Becker Funeral Home

219 Kinderkamack Road, Westwood, NJ


Michelle M. Boccellari Burns

May 4, 1984June 15, 2020

Burns, Michelle M., 36 of Dumont, NJ, passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Michelle is survived by her three children. Giuliana, age 5, Tianna, age 18 months, and Brianna, age 8 months. Parents John C. and MaryEllen Boccellari; her siblings John C. Boccellari, his wife Sharon, their 2 children, Isabella and Lilliana, and Nicole Boccellari and Alex and their 3 children, Alexander, Sophia and Angelina. Michelle was also a Godmother to Ulysses & Alexander and a Goddaughter to Christine & Michael. Michelle is predeceased by her sister, MaryEllen.

Michelle worked at Hans Maxem's, right out of high school, as a hairdresser. Michelle was a great beautician as she built great relationships with all her clients and co-workers, they adored her, she always made them laugh and was always there to listen. Michelle was a great mother to her 3 beautiful daughters as they loved to dance and take silly pictures. Michelle loved to be close to family and friends as she looked forward to all gatherings, especially having all the cousins play together. Michelle had a great sense of humor as she was always known as “the life of the party,” she really knew how to have a great time and bring smiles to all faces around her. Her heart was huge as she wanted to fix it all, be the first to give advice, and would always be the first to give a helping hand before giving it to herself.

Michelle was loved by all around, she was the favorite friend, she was the favorite cousin, she was the favorite niece, everyone just loved her sense of humor and strong personality on what she believed in. We will all miss you Michelle, we all love you, and please rest in peace.


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Michelle M. Boccellari Burns

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Edward Roell

July 7, 2020

I have been a customer of Hans Maxem's for approximately twenty-eight years.

I've always gotten a fine buzz, charged fairly, and treated, nicely and respectfully.

Michelle had buzzed my hair many times and many times we talked about school, children, and life-in-general. She was wise and friendly and she would listen to what you had to say and comment accordingly. She loved her children and spoke of them often.

What a truly sad day it was [for me] to go back to Hans Maxem's after it had to be closed because of Covid-19, only to be told of Michelle's death.

I am so very sadden by what had befallen her. I hope she is with God and she is at peace!

I wish my friends at Hans Maxem's peace and good fortune!

alice krieger

June 26, 2020

As I write this, I am shocked and cry for the tragic, untimely loss of Michelle. She was a talented hair stylist and the I always looked forward to seeing her at Hans Maxems. Michelle was a sweet, kind devoted mother and beautiful woman both inside and out.
May she be at peace surrounded by love.

Alice Krieger, patron from Hans Maxems

Raven Donahue

June 24, 2020

Michelle was an amazing person, mother, and friend. I looked up to her since i was little as my whole family would get their hair done at Hans. We would talk about her daughters and our lives. She would always ask about how i'm doing in school and actually cared about her clients because they were her family also. She was such a down to earth person my heart breaks for her family. I wish nothing but the best for her 3 beautiful daughters and my condolences to her family. I love you Michelle<3

Donna Brown

June 23, 2020

Our condolences to Michelle's family. Over the years she has cared for my hair and my daughter's hair at Hans Maxem. She spoke so proudly about her children. May she rest in peace. May God give strength to the family as they mourn their loss.

Ellen Hohman

June 22, 2020

I give my sincere and deepest condolences to the Boccellari family. Michelle became my hairdresser 10 years ago and over those years also became my friend. She was kind, caring, considerate and loved her children more than life itself. May God bless and watch over those girls, as I know that Michelle will also. I will miss her dearly.

Ellen Hohman

Stacey Pappas

June 21, 2020

My sincere condolences on the passing of Michelle. She was a very sweet person.

Stacey Pappas

John Ruocco

June 21, 2020

Michelle would occasionally cut my hair. She always asked how my son, who went to PVHS with her, was doing, and how his wife and daughter were. She would share with me her concerns and thoughts about a range of topics. She always made it clear how much she loved being a mother to all her children. She always showed me pictures of her children as they were growing up. I will miss her very much! May she rest in the arms of the Lord and await the day in the distant future when she will be reunited with her children.

Amy Falk

June 21, 2020

Michelle, you were not just my hairdresser or stylist. You became my friend and someone I confided in. Your beautiful children was something we ALWAYS talked about. You always advocated for your daughter and I know you are watching over your children right now. You always made me laugh and those around you. There are no words for this tragic loss. I send my condolences to your family and friends. I’m miss you Michelle.
Rest In Peace ❤️

Emily Kratzer

June 20, 2020

Michelle was a tireless advocate for her special girl, and a devoted mother. A talented hair-dresser. Someone who stayed strong. I am heartbroken. Deepest condolences to her family, and to our Hans Maxem "family."


June 19, 2020

My best friend, my sister, the Carm to my Marge, I'll miss you for eternity. There are no words to describe the pain. I love you...