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Helen E. (Knapp) Mirabella

March 6, 2021


Mrs. Helen E. Knapp Mirabella, 88, died Saturday, March 6, 2021 in the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Rahway, New Jersey.

Family and friends are invited to the visitation in the Kowalski Funeral Home, 515 Roselle Street, Linden on Tuesday, March 9th. from 5:00-8:00PM.  On Wednesday, March 10th. at 9:45AM, everyone will gather directly at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus R.C. Church, Linden where her funeral mass will be offered at 10:00AM.  The cremation in Rosehill Crematory and the inurnment of her cremains in Rosedale Cemetery, both in Linden, will be private.  The family has requested that you please omit flowers.  Donations may be made in Mrs. Mirabella’s memory to St. Theresa R.C. Church, Linden.

Mrs. Mirabella, the daughter of the late Helen Zasowska Knapp and the late Sam Knapp, was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and she lived in Bayonne, New Jersey before moving to Linden, New Jersey in 1953.

She was employed as a secretary by the Archdioceses of Newark, working in St. Hedwig’s R.C. Church and School in Elizabeth, New Jersey for twelve years prior to her retirement in 1994.

Mrs. Mirabella loved to do crossword puzzles and made sure to tune in to watch her favorite daily shows, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.  She enjoyed the simplicity of sitting outside in the sunshine and eating some good BBQ.  Prior to her husband’s death, the two of them would go dancing up a storm in several places.  Dancing was one of Mrs. Mirabella’s passions; she never passed up an opportunity to get her feet moving to the beat!

Predeceased by her husband, John S. Mirabella in 2015, Mrs. Mirabella is survived by her daughter, Carol Safner and her companion, Henry Stefanowicz; her two sons; Tom Saunders and his wife, Donna and Richard Saunders and his wife, Regina; her four grandchildren, Stacie Cuccaro and her husband, Joseph, Louie Safner and his wife, Melanie, Casey Uselton and her husband, David and Emily Imaduan and her husband, Sam; her seven great grandchildren, Gabriella Cuccaro, Ashley Cuccaro, Sophia Cuccaro, Layla Safner, Elizabeth Safner, Nadia Imaduan, Layla Imaduan and many friends and neighbors.

As per the regulations imposed through the State of New Jersey, there will now be a maximum of one hundred and fifty people allowed in the funeral home and the church at one time and face protection is required.  We thank you for your understanding during this time of transition.



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March 9, 2021

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Teresa V. Kowalski
515 Roselle Street
LINDEN, NJ 07036

Gathering of Family and Friends
March 10, 2021

9:45 AM to 10:00 AM
St. Theresa of the Child Jesus R.C. Church, Linden
131 East Edgar Road
Linden, New Jersey 07036

Funeral Mass
March 10, 2021

10:00 AM
St. Theresa of the Child Jesus R.C. Church, Linden
131 East Edgar Road
Linden, New Jersey 07036

Private Cremation

Private Inurnment


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