The world is a sadder place over the unexpected passing of Myrna Santiago, on Friday, December 17, 2021. Myrna was born in Puerto Rico before relocating to Bayonne where she has resided for the past 52 years. She worked as a teacher’s aide for the Bayonne Jewish Community Center, a position she held for many years. With a passion for nature and gardening, she also worked as a horticulturist in the Greenhouse Department at Lowe’s in Bayonne where she applied her distinctive style of combining colors and textures to the elegant floral arrangements and plants for display.
Myrna took extreme pride in her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom she guided through life with unwavering love, support and optimism.
Known for her exceptional cooking skills and gracious hospitality, Myrna made sure every occasion was celebrated with an enthusiastic spirit that brought great joy to her family and friends. Her sparkling personality and captivating smile were contagious as she beamed with pleasure while dancing to her favorite Salsa music. Myrna will be missed immensely, but never forgotten, as her legacy of love is eternal.
Predeceased by her parents, Jose Emilio Sr. and Onilda Marie (Pagan) Ocasio; her son Mark Anthony, sister, Carmen Iris Coss, brother, Jose E. Ocasio Jr. Left to cherish her memory are her children and their spouses, Emarillis Santiago and husband, Alex Irizarry, Jezabel Castellanos and husband Omar Rodriguez, Suehaily Santiago and husband Marcos Antonio Dasilva, two sons, Hector Luis Santiago and Timothy Joseph Ryan; two sisters, Lucy Santiago and Nancy Lopez; three brothers, Jose Antonio Ocasio, Hannel Rodrigues and Nelson Pagan; twelve grandchildren, Alex, Evan and Evelyn Irizarry, Deonnie Borders, Angielise Castellanos, Timothy Joseph and Emmy Ryan, Javier Vega, Suehaily, Sulianet, Evan Rodriguez and Honesty Rodriguez; and six great-grandchildren, Alaina and Nathaniel Varela, Nyla Lee Borders, Macho and Alan Vega, and Aiden Irizarry.
A visitation will be held at the Dworzanski & Son Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 22, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. A prayer service will be conducted at 6:45 pm by Bishop Joshua Rodriguez of the Cityline Church of Bayonne. Cremation will be privately held at Rosehill Crematory in Linden, NJ.
It is respectfully asked that all visitors immediately exit the funeral home after briefly paying their respects to the family so that others may have the same opportunity. Please arrive with a face covering before entering the funeral home.
God Has Called Our Mother Home
God has called our mother
away from a world of strife,
to shine among the angels
in a fairer and brighter life.
Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe from all grief and sin,
Forever and forever,
Where all is pure within.
Our hearts are full of sorrow,
And tears have dimmed our eyes,
But we shall meet her once again,
In the home beyond the skies.
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