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Daniel J. Joyce

Daniel J. Joyce, age 54, of Hampton, NJ passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at home. 

He was born on June 24, 1962 in Belleville, NJ.  He was a lifelong resident of Hampton.

He was the son of the late Michael R. and Marjean E. McCabe Joyce.

Daniel was a past Heavy Equipment Operator for the local #825 Operating Engineers in Springfield, NJ.  He enjoyed his job and loved operating heavy equipment.

Survivors include 1 daughter; Meghan E. Joyce of Clinton, NJ and her boyfriend Adam Fox of Hampton, NJ.  1 son; Daniel Fisher and his wife Rebekah of Easton, PA.  2 brothers; Paul Joyce and his wife Cindy of Bethlehem, PA and Michael Joyce and his girlfriend Tanya Werkheiser of Easton, PA.  1 sister; Nancy Wilbert and her husband Harold of Clinton Twp., NJ. 

A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 2pm to 6pm at Hampton Firehouse, 1 Wells Avenue, Hampton, NJ. .Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ. 

Memorials can be made in Daniel’s name to Hampton Fire Company, 1 Wells Avenue, Hampton, NJ 08827. 

 

 

Matthew Miller

'Love is Precious'

Matthew Miller, age 26, of Lebanon, NJ passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from an accidental overdose.

He was the loving son of Nancy More of Lebanon, NJ and Marc S. Miller of Lake Worth, FL.

Matthew graduated North Hunterdon High School in 2009. He was a general contractor working for his dearest friend, Cliff, of Battaglia Construction. 

Matthew enjoyed drawing, skateboarding and playing paintball with his younger brother Jadon.  He was currently on a paintball team named, “Carl’s Commandos”.

Although, for the past couple years Matthew has been fighting to overcome addiction; he still had an unbreakable bond with his family.  His unconditional love and compassion was able to outshine this horrible disease, but heroin addiction is merciless, and we need to open up our hearts and minds to those who are still sick and suffering.                      

Matthew was a smart, talented, loving soul, who wanted to fight this addiction for the sake of his family, but unfortunately, he lost the battle and the reality of Matthew’s death is devastating to all who knew him.  No possible reason can justify this loss. 

His immediate family includes his two brothers, Timothy Miller and Jadon Krisanda, two sisters, Sarah Miller and Rachel More, his niece Ava and nephew Jace of Lebanon, NJ, along with many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends both in NJ and FL, including his maternal grandparents, Fred R. Neubarth and Brenda J. Neubarth of Boynton Beach, FL.  He is also survived by the expectant mother, Skylar Lee of Hampton, NJ.  Matthew’s first child, a baby girl, is due May 31, 2017.

Calling hours will be Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm and also on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 11am to 12noon.  Funeral service will take place on Friday at 12noon.  During the funeral service, guests will be welcome to share a story or memory about Matthew.  All will take place at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be at Union Cemetery in Lebanon, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to Matthew’s Go Fund Me page which will help with funeral costs and also serve as a scholarship fund for Matthew’s daughter, by visiting  https://www.gofundme.com/in-memory-of-mat

To view Matthew's video tribute, please cick here. 

 

F. Neal Lambert

F. Neal Lambert, age 77, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Monday, May 8, 2017 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ.    

He was born on June 12, 1939 in Somerville, NJ.  He was a lifelong resident of Annandale, NJ.

He was the son of the late Frederick and Irene Whiteley Lambert.

He was the husband of Margaret Adele Koenig Lambert, celebrating 53 years of marriage.

Neal was a graduate of North Hunterdon High School, class of 1957.  Upon graduating from High School, he served with the US Air Force for 8 years.

Currently, Neal was working part-time for Shop Rite in Clinton, NJ.  Prior to his retirement, Neal spent the majority of his career as a Construction Official for Clinton Township.  Earlier in his career, he worked for Hunterdon Lumber Company.

Neal was very involved with his community.  He was Past Chief of Annandale Hose Company in Annandale, NJ.  He was also a Past Master of Host Lodge#6 F. & A. M.  in High Bridge, NJ and also Past District Deputy Grand Master 14th District.  Neal was a member of the Tall Cedars where he served as Chaplin and Past Grand Tall.  He was also responsible for starting the Tall Cedar’s Annual Charity Ball.  Neal was also a member of Quiet Birdmen Somerville Hangar. 

Neal enjoyed going on family vacations and spending time with his family. 

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include 3 daughters; Bonnie Cozze and her husband Louis of Raubsville, PA, Theresa Linzer and her husband Timothy of Annandale, NJ and Valerie Castaldo and her husband Vincent of Cedar Run, NJ.  7 grandchildren; Patrick Cozze, Victoria Linzer, Timothy John ‘TJ’ Linzer, Neal Linzer, Margaret Linzer, Jenna Castaldo and Joelle Castaldo.  Neal is also survived by 1 brother; Ronald A. Lambert and his wife Peggy of Danville, PA. 

Calling hours will be Sunday, May 14, 2017 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm with Masonic Services at 8pm.  Funeral Service will be Monday, May 15, 2017 at 11am.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private.

Memorials can be made to Tall Cedars of Lebanon #13, c/o Ray Bowkley,  362 Route 513 Califon, NJ 07830 or to the Host #6 Masonic Scholarship Fund, Grand Lodge Office, 100 Barrick Street, Trenton, NJ 08608.

To view Neal's video tribute, please click here. 

 

 

Wayde W. Brunt

 

HILLSBORO, NH:  Wayde W. Brunt 58, of Hillsboro, NH (formally from Cokesbury, NJ), died Wednesday May 3, 2017 at his home in Hillsboro, NH. 

He was born June 23, 1958 in Flemington, NJ to Richard N. and Sylvia J. Brunt

Wayde worked for Sylvania in Hillsboro, NH before his retirement. 

Survived by his parents Richard N. and Sylvia J. Brunt, of Lebanon, NJ, his Aunt Dianne A. Brunt, of Lyndeborough, NH, two Uncles, Raymond Brunt of Warner, NH, Barry Brunt of Mesa AZ, several cousins, and all of his many loving friends. 

Calling hours were held Sunday May 7, 2017 at the Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Hillsboro, NH. 

Private burial will be in Mt. View Cemetery, Cokesbury, NJ.

Local arrangements are under the direction of Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ. 

 

 

Frank L. Bunting III

Frank L. Bunting III, age 84, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at home.

He was born on November 1, 1932 in Elizabeth, NJ.  He has been a resident of Clinton Twp., NJ since 1964, moving from Kenilworth, NJ.   

Frank was the son of the late Frank L. Bunting Jr. and Dorothy Seeger Bunting.

He was the husband of Therese Brendl Bunting.

Frank was an U.S. Army veteran, serving as Corporal during the Korean War in Germany.

He owned and operated Buntings Bakery in High Bridge, NJ for many years until moving the bakery to Washington, NJ in the late 1980’s.  In 1992, went to work for the state of NJ at the Women’s Reformatory as a Baker until his retirement.

Frank was an avid NY Yankee and NY Giants fan.  He enjoyed bowling and also painting in his spare time.  His paintings received several awards and were even featured at the Wayfair Restaurant in Washington, NJ. 

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include 6 children; Martin and his wife Susan of Easton, PA, Barbara Keith of High Bridge, NJ, Elizabeth Jones and her husband Steve of Greer, SC, David Bunting of Simpsonville, SC, John Bunting and his wife Allison of Arlington, VA and Daniel and his wife Sandra of Pattenburg, NJ.  9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  3 brothers; Richard Bunting of Las Vegas, NV, George Bunting of Brownville, TX and Ronald Bunting of Elizabeth, NJ.  1 sister; Bernice O’Brien of West Spotswood, NJ. 

Frank is predeceased by his son-in-law; Klaus Keith and 2 brothers; Horace Bunting and Earl Bunting. 

At his request, there will be no service and cremation will be handled by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ. 

 

 

Daniel F. Mahony

Daniel F. Mahony, age 78, of Bethlehem, PA passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Moravian Village Health Center in Bethlehem, PA.

He was born on September 28, 1938 in Baldwin, NY.  He had resided in Clinton, NJ for 44 years before moving to Bethlehem, PA in January of this year. 

He was the son of the late Joseph Vincent and Mary Bettman Mahony. 

Daniel was the husband of Kathleen Ibbotson Mahony, celebrating 54 years of marriage. 

Dan was a retired History Teacher.  He taught for over 37 years at Bridgewater-Raritan High School,  where he had also served as a football and wrestling coach  for ten years.  Before teaching at BRHS, Dan taught at Lancaster Catholic High School in PA where he pioneered their wrestling program and served as both wrestling and football coach.  Dan also taught and coached at East Patterson High School in Elmwood Park, NJ. 

Dan was a sports enthusiast and a true leader.  In high school, he was continually nominated by his peers to be captain of their teams, including football, basketball, and baseball.  Dan also served as captain of the Baldwin Leaders Club.  His senior year, he was named to the first team of the All-Long Island football squad by Long Island News Day.  He went on to play college football while he attended Clarion University in PA, and was again voted by his teammates to be the captain his sophomore through senior years.  He was named to the first team All State Teachers College, All PA College Team, and was nationally ranked at the receiver position. He was inducted into his alma mater’s hall of fame in 2011 for his excellence in football.  Following graduation, Dan played for the Columbia Raiders semi-pro football team. 

Dan’s leadership in athletics continued past his coaching career as he went on to officiate wrestling for 28 years.  In 1998, he was the recipient of the Richard Mirshak Award for excellence in officiating.  He was active in the NJ Wrestling Officials Association, serving in many capacities including president of the Union-Essex chapter for 18 years, State Association president for two years, and Secretary for six years, and headed the Association Ethics Committee for six years.  He had also served on the Board of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, NJ Chapter since it’s inception in 2000.  Dan enjoyed running Somerset County wrestling tournaments for many years.  In 2000, he was selected by the NJ Wrestling Coaches Association for induction into the Region V Hall of Fame.  Dan also umpired softball games in Hunterdon County until as recently as last spring.   

Dan had a true passion for teaching and a genuine interest in his students.  He was recognized by his fellow teachers when he was voted as Teacher of the Year at Bridgewater-Raritan High School.  In 1997,  he was also awarded recognition as a distinguished teacher by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, having been nominated by one of his students.  In 2001, he was given the Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction Award for exemplary dedication to the field of education.  Dan loved his subject matter and was always thinking of new ways to teach his history lessons.  Even after his retirement, he was asked to come back annually to present his popular lessons on women’s studies and the history of rock and roll and how it shaped the culture of the 1950’s. 

Dan was an active community member while he resided in Clinton.  He was recently featured in an article in the Hunterdon Review highlighting his volunteer service to the Parks & Playgrounds Commission, where he served as co-chairman for over 25 years.  He liked to stay physically active as well and was an avid hiker.  

Dan was very family oriented.  He enjoyed organizing family reunions and always tried to be present at any major family event.  He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and very large extended family.  Despite having such a large family to keep up with, Dan was always interested and engaged in all of their lives. 

Dan is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen and two sons, Daniel F. Mahony Jr. and his wife Laura of Rock Hill, SC and Kevin J. Mahony and his wife Kimberly of Wilson, PA,  one daughter, Marjorie Mahony of Bridgewater, NJ,  three grandchildren, Gavin Mahony, Cassidy Mahony and Elena Mahony,  two step-grandchildren, Mason Chaya and Zac Chaya,  three siblings, Peter Mahony and his wife Bette Lou of Fincastle, VA, Charles Mahony of Clinton Corners, NY, and Kathleen Pierce and her husband Richard of Massapequa Park, NY,  three sisters-in-law, Jeanette Denton of Whitehall, PA, Rose Mahony Skarbek of Milltown, NJ, and Marion Mahony of Delran, NJ, and 48 nieces and nephews. 

Dan is predeceased by three brothers, Joseph Mahony, Leo Mahony, and Hugh Mahony and one sister, Mary Rita Myers. 

Calling hours will be Friday, May 5, 2017 from 2pm – 4pm and 6pm – 8pm.  Funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 12:30pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to Drexel Neumann Academy, 1901 Potter Street, Chester, PA 19013. 

To view Dan's video tribute, please click here.

  

 

Domenica T. Borsetti

Domenica T. Borsetti, age 84, of Barnegat, NJ, passed away on April 25, 2017. 

Domenica, known by those closest to her as “Minnie”, was born on September 28, 1932 in Newark to Rosario and Angelina Mastroianni.  She was the third of four siblings. 

Minnie worked as a supervisor at the New Jersey Compensation Bureau in Newark. 

Minnie met the love of her life, Paul, at a dance at the Silver Swan in East Hanover on February 10, 1962 at precisely 6:50pm and they were married eight months later in October 1962.  Minnie and Paul started their life in Belleville and within a year, bought their first home in Old Bridge.

Minnie left her career to start their family.  In 1968, Paul and Minnie purchased their home in Clinton Township, where they raised their three children and resided for 37 years. 

She was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker.  After Paul’s retirement in 2006, Minnie and Paul moved to Barnegat to a 55 and over community where they met many friends and participated in numerous activities including bocce, horse shoes, shuffle board, pinochle, rummikub, as well as trips to Atlantic City.  

Minnie and Paul travelled extensively throughout their marriage to more than 60 countries in six continents.  She especially loved cruising and her favorite place to travel was to Hawaii.  Minnie was a parishioner at St. Mary’s Parish in Barnegat and was a devout Catholic.

Minnie was predeceased by her parents, and her siblings, Philip and Elizabeth.  She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Paul; her younger sister, Theresa of Hillsborough; her three children and their spouses, Paul and Cynthia Borsetti of Tewksbury Twp., Rosann and Dr. Jeffrey Kaladas of Tewksbury Twp., and Diane and Philip Cooley of Alpharetta, GA; and her seven grandchildren, Kristine, Victoria, Justin, Grace, Emily, Jenna and Benjamin.  She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-laws, Theresa Borsetti of East Moriches, NY, Christine and Jack Randazzo of Murrieta, CA; and Salvatore and Mary Migliore of Merritt Island, FL; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive guests who wish to pay their respects on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon.  A funeral mass will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 10am.  Entombment will follow at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery & Mausoleum. 

 

 

Adelaide J. Olsen

 

Adelaide J. Olsen, 81, of Doylestown, PA, wife of the late Robert D. Olsen, passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Neshaminy Manor in Warrington, PA.

Born in Perham, MN., she was the daughter of the late Albert and Agnes (Derkey) Dubiel.

Adelaide retired after working for Prudential in Berkeley Heights, NJ and Ft. Washington, PA.  Most recently, she worked as a Pre-School Teacher for Kiddie Academy in Plumsteadville, PA.  Adelaide enjoyed knitting, gardening, bird watching and spending time with family.

She is survived by 2 daughters; Karen Thomas of Doylestown, PA and Susan Becker and her husband Eric of Franklin Twp., NJ.  4 grandchildren; Kristin Sanger and her husband Tom of Skokie IL, Daniel Thomas and his wife Laura of Norfolk, VA, Amanda Becker of Franklin Twp., NJ and Jeffrey Becker of Franklin Twp., NJ.  2 great-grandchildren; Carrig Sanger and Torin Sanger. 

Along with her husband she was preceded in death by their son Jeffrey Olsen.

All services will be private. 

Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ. 

 

 

Sharon Lee Zydiak

 

Sharon Lee Zydiak, age 69, passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ. One of three daughters of Roy and Barbara Cleveland, Sharon was born on May 20, 1947.

Sharon was the Great Great Grand-niece of President Grover Cleveland who was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States.  She was also the Great Great Great Granddaughter of Moses Cleveland who founded Cleveland, Ohio.

Sharon attended Edison High School, graduating in 1965.

During her post-high school years, Sharon was a secretary for Johnson and Johnson in New Brunswick, NJ and worked for McGraw-Hill Publishing in New York City.

Catching the eye of her then-future husband, Wayne Zydiak, Sharon and Wayne married in 1985. While working for Olympia Office Machines in Somerville, NJ, Sharon attended college via night classes, graduating from Rutgers University with a BA in Business Administration in 1990. As a professional and gifted seamstress Sharon was the owner-operator of Dial-a-Style on Main Street in High Bridge, producing many beautiful outfits for her clients and was a member of PACC (The Professional Association of Custom Clothiers) where she was one of the founding members of their NJ Chapter. Notably, Sharon was an active charitable contributor to Cinderella's Closet, providing alterations to donated prom gowns for many high school-age girls who were in need. Sharon also worked for Fabricland in North Plainfield, NJ from which she retired in 2015.

In her leisure time Sharon enjoyed many athletic pursuits including winter skiing, skydiving and was a certified scuba diver. Sharon, along with her husband Wayne, were also active members of Central Jersey Corvette Club enjoying many group excursions in their iconic vehicles.

Sharon is survived by the two most important men in her life - her beloved husband Wayne Zydiak of High Bridge, NJ, and son and only child Curtis Meaney and his wife Kim of Hampton, NJ.  She is also survived by her sisters; Donna Sanderson and her husband Marc of Lake Shawnee,NJ and Susan Thomas of Indio,CA. Her step-children: Ryan D. Zydiak of Mexico and Tonya Brie Pulec of Lincoln, Nebraska.  Her 3 step-grandchildren; Morgan Pulec, David Pulec and Daniella Zydiak.  Brother-in-laws; Marc and his wife Maggie Zydiak of Egg Harbor Township, NJ and Timothy Zydiak of Hillsborough, NJ.  Sister-in-law Daria and her husband Kirk Hoster of Shawnee, Oklahoma.  She is also survived by 3 nieces and 2 nephews. 

Always a kind, talented and hard-working woman and a selfless, generous and loving mother, Sharon will be sorely missed and long-remembered.

Gathering of friends will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 11am to 12pm.  A memorial service will immediately follow at 12pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private. 

Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent in Sharon’s name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Tomorrows Children’s Fund, 30 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601. 

 

 

Carol Louise Stiller

 

Carol Louise Stiller, age 75, of Washington Twp., PA passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest Hospital in Allentown, PA.

She was born on December 5, 1941 in Luzerne County, PA.  She resided in Washington Twp., PA since 2009, moving from Readington Twp., NJ. 

She was the daughter of the late Oscar Emil and Dorothy Marion Broskowskie Stiller.

Carol worked in the Butcher’s department at A&P Supermarket in Whitehouse and Pluckamin, NJ for many years.

For most of her life, Carol was a member of the Lebanon Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Clinton, NJ.

Survivors include 3 brothers; Eugene Stiller of Garland, TX, Gary G. Stiller with whom she lived with in Washington Twp., PA and Barry K. Stiller of Cherry Hill, NJ.  Several nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by 1 sister; Judith Marlene Ruby who passed away in 2013 and 1 brother; Harold James Stiller who passed away in 2010.

A memorial service will take place on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 4pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.

 

 

Margaret Thorne Negoescu

 

Margaret Thorne Negoescu, 89, of Bethlehem Twp., NJ passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ. 

She was born on September 18, 1927 in Franklin Twp., NJ the daughter of the late George R. and Phoebe Lester Thorne.  She grew up in Sydney on the family farm and was a 1945 graduate of Clinton High School.

Margaret met and married Constantine ‘Charlie’ Negoescu in 1956. They lived in Pattenburg enjoying 46 years of marriage before his death in 1999. During that time, she worked as a bookkeeper at various local businesses ending her career at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, NJ when she retired in 1989.

Margaret was a devout and lifelong member of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Pittstown, NJ.  She was an avid reader and she enjoyed cooking and baking.  Most of all, she loved spending time with her family. She lived with her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren for the past 14 years in Bethlehem Twp., NJ.

Survivors include her son Robert L. Negoescu, his wife Pam and her beloved grandsons Bobby and Ryan. She is also survived by her brother Robert C. Thorne of Bangor, PA and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, Charlie, Margaret was predeceased by brothers, George, Charlie and Bill and sister Betty.

A memorial service will take place on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 4pm at Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Pittstown, NJ.  Interment will be private. 

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts can be made in Margaret’s name to Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, 2 Race St, Pittstown, N.J. 08867.

Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ.

 

 

Stella M. Stoneback

 

Stella M. Stoneback, age 101, of Pittstown, NJ passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017 at Country Arch Care Center.

She was born on December 20, 1915 in Phillipsburg, NJ.  She resided in Pittstown, NJ for the past 6 years, moving from Lebanon, NJ.

She was the daughter of the late Julio and Isobel Bueno.

Her husband, Carl D. Stoneback Sr. passed away 15 years ago after 66 years of marriage. 

She was the Assistant to the Superintendent at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, NJ until her retirement in 1974.

Stella was a very talented Artist.  While she was living in Florida years ago, she taught private art lessons in Dunedin, FL.  She loved to paint and she was known for hand painting her Christmas cards.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Stewart Chapter #166 in High Bridge, NJ.

Survivors include 1 daughter; Elizabeth A. Mills of Lebanon, NJ.  1 son; Carl D. Jr. and his wife Helen Stoneback of Asbury, NJ.  5 grandchildren; Heather Crowe, Samantha Koch, Rebecca Stoneback, Allison Jobe and Carl Stoneback Jr.  6 great-grandchildren.  1 brother; Charles Gonzalez and his wife Bonnie of Arcadia, CA. She is also survived by her sister-in-law; Ruth McBride of Annandale, NJ. 

Predeceased in addition to her husband by her son-in-law; David Mills who passed away in 2012 and her brother; Edwardo Bueno. 

All services will be private.  Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ.

Memorials can be made to the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822. 

 

 

Beverly R. Merchant

Beverly R. Merchant, age 75, of Glen Allen, VA passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, VA.
She was born on June 20, 1941 in Manhattan. She had resided in Glen Allen, VA since 2014, moving from Clinton, NJ where she lived for 33 years.
She was the daughter of the late Maurice and Molly S. Herman Blumberg.
Her husband, Floyd S. Merchant passed away in 2013 after 32 years of marriage.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Hunter College in New York City, studying Zoology and Biology.
Beverly started her career as a Biochemical Technician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, then worked for 35 years as a computer programmer at companies including AT&T, Ayerst Labs, Church & Dwight, and MetLife. Up until her retirement in 2013, Beverly was a part-time Office Manager for Pedals for Progress in High Bridge, NJ.
Beverly was an avid reader. She also enjoyed buying and selling antiques. She sold antiques to several stores in Hunterdon County and also online. She was involved with several support groups and enjoyed volunteering her time with them, mentoring many people over the years, both in New Jersey and Virginia. Beverly enjoyed going to exercise classes and in her younger years she loved to go skiing, kayaking, canoeing and hiking with her family.  She traveled extensively in both Europe and the United States.
Survivors include 2 sons; Kenneth N. Stern and his wife Sandra of Sandy Hook, VA and Arthur H. Merchant of Basking Ridge, NJ. 2 granddaughters; Samantha Stern and Cassidy Stern. 1 brother; Harvey Blumberg of NY.
Beverly is predeceased by her first husband, Kurt Stern who passed away in 2013.
Calling hours will be Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 2pm - 4pm and 7pm - 9pm and on Friday, March 24, 2017 from 10am – 11am.  Funeral Service will be Friday, March 24, 2017 at 11am. All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ. Interment at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to ASPCA, PO Box 96929, Washington, DC, 20090-6929 or Freedom House, 3 Pavillion Road, Glen Gardner, NJ 08826.

To view Beverly's video tribute, please click here. 

 

 

Harry W. Burdge Jr.

Harry W. Burdge Jr., age 60, of Readington, NJ passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Brown Mills, NJ.

He was born on May 18, 1956 in Flemington, NJ.  He was a lifelong resident of Readington, NJ. 

He was the son of the late Harry W. Burdge Sr. and Norma Catanio Burdge.

Harry was the husband of Donna M. Christopher Burdge, celebrating 12 years of marriage. 

He was a Heavy Equipment Construction Operator with local #825 Operating Engineers in Springfield, NJ.

Harry was an avid NASCAR fan.  He also enjoyed salt water fishing and restoring antique John Deere tractors.  Harry was considered to be a master mechanic who could make anything work, and he loved sharing his mechanical knowledge with his friends.  In his younger years, he loved making cars into hot rods.   

Harry was an extremely loving husband and a wonderful provider for his family.  He will always be remembered for his sense of humor. 

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include his beloved pets; Mardi, Finnegan and Diesel.  He is also survived by his cherished sister; Marsha Sepesi and her husband Bob of Ringoes, NJ.  2 nephews; Chris Sepesi and his wife Jamie of Flemington, NJ and Matt Sepesi of Cocoa, FL.  1 great-nephew, Lucas Sepesi, who was Harry’s love and inspiration.  Harry is also survived by many cousins and dear friends who loved him. 

Calling hours will be Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 4pm – 8pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral Mass will be Friday, March 17, 2017 at 10:30am at St. Magdalen’s Catholic Church, 105 Mine Road, Flemington, NJ.  Interment will be private. 

Memorials can be made to Hope for Blake by visiting https://www.gofundme.com/hope-for-blake

To view Harry's video tribute, please click here.

 

 

Mary Ann "Mom Mom" McCann

Mary Ann ‘Mom Mom’ McCann, age 79, of Hillsborough, NJ passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville, NJ. 

She was born on April 5, 1937 in New York.  She spent her childhood living in Newark and Plainfield, NJ.  She resided for many years in Raritan, NJ before moving to Hillsborough, NJ 36 years ago. 

She was the daughter of the late Harry and Mary Anna Josefek Settele. 

Her husband, Christopher James McCann Sr. passed away in 1976 after 19 years of marriage. 

Mary Ann worked for many years at the Raritan Public Library in Raritan, NJ.  Years ago, she worked with her husband as a bookkeeper for his business, McCann Construction in Raritan, NJ.  She also worked with her husband on several businesses including a swimming pool and snowmobile franchise in Lebanon, NJ.   

Mary Ann was a member of the Hillsborough Senior Club.  She enjoyed photography, knitting, crocheting and scrapbooking.  She loved going to Walmart to print pictures for her scrapbooks.  She also enjoyed going on bus trips, going to Ocean City, NJ and traveling.  Most of all, she loved to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Survivors include 1 son; Christopher James McCann Jr. and his wife Vicki of Slidell, LA.  1 daughter; Melanie Ann Meseroll and her extended family of Asbury, NJ.  4 granddaughters; Krisha Tong, Katie McCann and her fiancé Scott Thornhill, Shannon Conover and her husband Bill and Christine Baglioni.  4 great-grandchildren; Edith Joy Conover, Hardy William Conover, Emilee Thornhill and Harrison Tong.  3 sisters; Dorothy Bednar and her husband John of Piscataway, NJ, Carol Forte of MA and Bertha Jacob of MA.  1 brother; Harry Settele and his wife Ellen of Oxford, NJ.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. 

Calling hours will be Friday, March 17, 2017 from 2-4pm with Funeral Service at 4pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private. 

Memorials can be made to American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202. 

To view Mary Ann's video tribute, please click here. 

 

 

Deborah Lynn Trimmer

Deborah Lynn Trimmer, age 61, of High Bridge, NJ passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at home.

She was born on August 31, 1955 in Morristown, NJ.  She resided in High Bridge, NJ since 2000, moving from Califon, NJ.

She was the daughter of the late Frank Edward Milligan who passed away before she was born and Marilyn Sheaf Rochelle who passed away in September of 2016.  Her father who raised her, Paul M. Rochelle, passed away in 1991.

Her husband, Dennis John Trimmer, passed away in April of 2013.

Deborah was an avid boater.  She enjoyed sailing, going to the beach and traveling. 

Survivors include 2 sons; Marshall S. Post of SC and Luke Post of Califon, NJ.  I granddaughter; Nina Loughney and her husband Anthony of Fort Sill, OK.  4 brothers; Phillip W. Rochelle and his wife Susan of Alexandria Twp., NJ, Daniel W. Rochelle and his wife Nancy of Clinton Twp., NJ, Christopher D. Rochelle and his wife Basia of Pattenburg, N and H. Peter Rochelle and his wife Linda of Allamuchy, NJ.   3 sisters; Wendy McCarthy and her husband Edward of Crystal River, FL, Cynthia Park of TX and Penny Rochelle of Kansas City, MO.  1 sister-in-law; Carol Rochelle of FL.  Many nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by her beloved Cat, Gulliver, who was named after her and her husband’s many sailing adventures. 

Predeceased in addition to her husband, by 1 brother; Paul ‘Sandy’ Rochelle Jr.

Gathering of friends will be Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 10am to 11am, followed by Memorial Service at 11am.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private.

Memorials can be made to Hunterdon Hospice, 215 NJ-31, Flemington, NJ 08822. 

 

 

Michele Cristen Conklin

Michele Cristen Conklin, age 34, of Harmony Twp., NJ passed away on March 8, 2017 at home.

She was born on June 20, 1982 in Hackettstown, NJ.  She resided in Harmony Twp., NJ since October of 2016, moving from Lebanon Twp., NJ.

She was the daughter of Sandra ‘Sandy’ Fechtman Blake of Harmony Twp., NJ and the late Charles Conklin.

She graduated from Voorhees High School in 2000.

Michele previously worked at Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital in Bridgewater, NJ for many years. 

She was an animal lover who also enjoyed hiking.  She loved sports, especially playing softball.  Michele was also involved in several charity organizations. 

Survivors in addition to her mother include her step-father; Tris Blake of Harmony Twp., NJ.  1 sister; Cindy Englishman and her husband Aaron of White Twp., NJ.  2 nieces; Nell Englishman and Rae Englishman.  Several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.  She is also survived by her beloved dog; Cricket. 

Predeceased in addition to her father by her brother; Jeffrey Conklin who passed away in 2010. 

Calling hours will be Sunday, March 12, 2017 from 1pm – 3pm and 5pm – 7pm.  Funeral Service will be Monday, March 13, 2017 at 10am.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private. 

Memorials can be made to Attitudes in Reverse by visiting https://attitudesinreverse.org/get-involved/donate/

To view Michele's tribute video, please click here. 

 

 

Alexander Richard Sadusky

 

Alexander Richard Sadusky, age 78, of Alexandria Twp., NJ passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on June 21, 1938 in Ashland, Butler Twp., PA.  He was a resident of Alexandria Twp. since 1971, moving from Annandale and Califon. 

He was the son of the late Alexander and Anna Kukish Sadusky. 

He was the husband of Barbara J. White Sadusky, celebrating 52 years of marriage. 

He served with the U.S. Navy Reserves from 1962 to 1968. 

Alexander was a retired Lab Technician at National Starch & Chemical in Bridgewater, NJ where he worked for 43 years.

He was a past executive member of the Pattenburg Rescue Squad. 

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include 1 daughter; Jacqueline and her husband Edward Majorossy of Readington Twp., NJ and their 5 children; Matthew, Katie, Grace, Zachary and Annabelle.  2 sons; John Sadusky of Alexandria Twp., NJ and Michael Sadusky and his longtime girlfriend Kathy Whiteley of Union Twp., NJ. 

Predeceased by 1 brother; Anthony Sadusky who passed away in 2002. 

Calling hours will be Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm.  Memorial Service will be Monday, February 27, 2017 at 11am.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private. 

Memorials can be made to the Pattenburg Rescue Squad Inc., 590 Pattenburg Road, Asbury, NJ 08802 or Hunterdon Hospice, 215 NJ-31, Flemington, NJ 08822.
To view Alexander's video tribute, please click here.

 

 

Carmen C. Polanco

Carmen C. Polanco, age 97, of Whitehouse Station, NJ passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital Somerset in Somerville, NJ.    

She was born on July 1, 1919 in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico.  She resided in Whitehouse Station, NJ for the past 20 years, moving from Toms River, NJ. 

Carmen was the daughter of the late Epifanio Cruz and Casilda Cruz Martinez.

She made leather purses in a factory in Puerto Rico and Newark, NJ and later worked as a seamstress in Newark, NJ for many years.

Carmen enjoyed doing needlework and crocheting.

Survivors include 1 son; Louis Polanco of Belvidere, NJ.  3 grandchildren; Anastasia ‘Tasha’ Steel and her husband Brent of St. Lauderdale, FL,  Louis Polanco II of San Clemente, CA and Frankie Polanco and his wife Stephanie of Leesburg, VA.  6 grandchildren; Brighton Steel, Louis Polanco III, Gabriella Polanco, Vincent Polanco, Frankie Polanco and baby–on-the-way, Amari Steel.  Survivors also include 1 sister; Mercedes Garcia of CA. 

Predeceased by 2 sisters; Rosa and Altagracia. 

Calling hour will be Friday, February 24, 2017 from 10am to 11am.  Funeral Service at 11am.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment at Union Cemetery in Lebanon, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., FL. 17, Chicago, IL 60601. 

 

 

Charles Parigian

Charles Parigian, age 94, of Annandale, NJ passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the Rolling Hills Care Center in Clinton Twp., NJ.

He was born on October 17, 1922 in Lowell, MA.  He was a resident of Annandale, NJ for the past 3 years, moving from Colts Neck, NJ.

He was the son of the late George and Marian Zaratgian Parigian.

Charles was the husband of Alice Seropian Parigian, celebrating 67 years of marriage.

Charles was a US Army Air Corps veteran, serving as a Navigator during World War II from 1944 to 1945.

He was a graduate of Penn State University, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering. 

Charles was a retired executive level Manager for Ozone Industries in Ozone Park, Queens, NY. 

Charles was a ‘foodie’ who especially enjoyed ice cream. 

His favorite quote was from Calvin Coolidge, “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.  Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.  Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts.  Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include 1 son; Gregory Parigian and his wife Angelica Harakas.  1 daughter with whom he resided with; Susan Parigian and her husband Richard Blankenberg.  6 grandchildren; Zoe Parigian, Althaea Parigian, Theodora Parigian, Nicholas Blankenberg and his wife Sharon Maus, Jonathan Blankenberg and Alexander Blankenberg.  2 great-grandsons; Milo Blankenmaus and Aram Blankenmaus.  Charles is also survived by his niece, nephews and their families.

Predeceased by 1 son; John Parigian who passed away 10 years ago and 1 brother; Berge Parigian. 

A celebration of Charles’ life will take place at a later date.  Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ.

Memorials can be made to the Arc of Hunterdon County, 1465 State Highway 31 S, Suite 23, Annandale, NJ 08801 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., FL. 17, Chicago, IL 60601. 

 

 

Francine ‘Franke’ DeBevoise, 87, Portraitist

Long time Lebanon resident Franke DeBevoise passed away February 8, surrounded by her family, from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease at Sanatoga Court in Pottstown, PA. She had been compassionately cared for there by the wonderful people in the dementia unit for over two years.

She was born Lorraine Francine Pidgeon on March 27, 1929 in Northport, Long Island, NY to Harold and Alice Conklin Pidgeon.  She lost her father to an auto accident at the age of seven and was raised under difficult circumstances by a widowed mother during the depression. During her formative years she frequently lived with the family of her best friend, Rolly Searight, who survives her in their hometown. She graduated from Northport High School in 1947 where she was a member of The National Honor Society.

She enrolled at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY where she later met her future husband Kenneth H. DeBevoise, Jr.  She graduated in 1951 and they were married on July 4, 1952. In 1954 they settled in Bogota, Bergen County, where they raised their children, Mark and Jill. She began to paint in the 50’s after putting the kids to bed. She became so engrossed late at night that she had to be convinced to put down the brushes and get some sleep.

Franke was an accomplished portrait artist for over 50 years. She studied initially with Helen Van Wyck and Paul Ortlip in NJ and later at The Art Students League in Manhattan under preeminent artists E. Raymond Kinstler, William Draper and John Howard Sandler, all presidential portraitists. She was on the board and a Lifetime Member of the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and a member of The National Arts Club, both in New York City. Her work can be found in courthouses, colleges and corporate offices and in many private collections. In her later life she took great pleasure in portraying Native Americans in their traditional regalia.

Franke was deeply committed to her family, and in the words of her grandson, “She always saw the best in people and never spoke an ill word of anyone. She taught us all by example how to be kind and compassionate.” She is survived by her son Mark of Willow Grove, PA, her daughter Jill Noble (Hank), grandchildren Jacqueline Mitchell (Adrian) of Pottstown, PA  and Bradley Sudol of Philadelphia, and great grandchildren Mekhi and Tyven Mitchell.

A Memorial Service will be held at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon on Saturday February 18, visitation 10AM to 11AM, Service 11AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3 Eves Drive, Marlton, NJ 08053 or ALZ.org
To view Franke's video tribute, click here.

 

 

Mary Frances Schneider

 

Mary Frances Schneider, formerly of Lebanon, passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Independence Manor in Raritan Twp., NJ.  She was 95 years old. 

She was born on August 26, 1921.  Mary was the daughter of the late Elizabeth and John Weller of Hampton, NJ. 

Her husband, Herman A. Schneider, passed away in 2007. 

Mary worked alongside her husband at Schneider’s Florist in Lebanon, NJ in which they owned and operated.

She was a member of the Musconetcong Valley Presbyterian Church in Hampton, NJ. 

Survivors include one daughter; Katherine E. Lencsak of Whitehouse Station, NJ. 

Graveside Service will be Monday, February 13, 2017 at 11am at Musconetcong Valley Cemetery in Hampton, NJ.  Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ.

Memorials can be made to Lebanon Borough Volunteer Fire Company, 88 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ 08833 or Whitehouse Rescue Squad, 269 Main Street, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889. 

 

 

Jean Kubas

Jean Kubas, age 93, passed away on Friday, February 3, 2017 at Brightview Senior Living in Bel Air, MD.

She was born on June 7, 1923 in Forest City, PA and was one of eight children.  She moved to New Jersey in 1942 where she met her husband, Edward, who was in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  She lived the majority of her life in Edison, NJ and later Toms River, NJ. 

Jean was the daughter of the late Karl and Stella Zwicharowski.

Her husband, Edward Kubas Sr., passed away in 1998 after 52 years of marriage.

Jean retired from Regina Vacuum Company in Rahway, NJ as a Quality Control Inspector.  

Jean enjoyed family gatherings and celebrations.  She also enjoyed watching her sons play football at Rutgers and Penn State University and watching the Yankees regardless of what place they were in or the score. 

Survivors include sons; Edward Kubas Jr. and his wife Deborah of New Port Richie, FL, Greg Kubas and his wife Priscilla of Phoenix, AZ and Michael Kubas and his wife Diane of Annandale, NJ.  grandchildren; Michelle Kubas, William Kubas, Kim Economon and her husband Paul and Daniel Kubas and his wife Linda.   Great-grandchildren; Sophia, Paul Jr., Harry, Louis, Jake and Katie.    Jean is also survived by her sister; Josie Baron and her husband Dick of Elmira, NY.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm with Catholic Prayers at 2pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Inurnment will be Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 10:30am at St. Gertrude’s Cemetery, 53 Inman Avenue, Colonia, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202. 

 

 

Margaret Ruth Ladd Jones

Margaret Ruth Ladd Jones, born May 22, 1929 in Sunfield, MI passed away February 2, 2017. 

Margaret was one of six children born to the late Bernice E. Bigelow Ladd and Orange N. Ladd. 

Margaret moved to Lebanon, NJ from Kalamazoo, MI in 1960 and resided in Pohatcong, Twp., NJ for the past 13 years. 

She always was a homemaker but worked as well over the years at Tirpok’s Cleaners, NY Life, and many years of babysitting for many children. 

She enjoyed crocheting and sewing, watching the Mets play baseball and Tiger Woods golf, but her greatest joy in life was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

She is survived by her daughters, Carolyn Kolakowski of Pohatcong Twp., NJ and Kathryn Sierp, son-in-law George Sierp of Lebanon, NJ; grandchildren Laura Reper, Robert (and Jamie) Taylor, Becky (and Sarah Beth) Sierp and Nicole Sierp; great-grandchildren Matthew, Kayla, Sara, Erin, Katie and Schuyler; brothers Carl (Nancy) and Earl (Kathleen) Ladd; many nieces and nephews. 

Margaret was predeceased by her husband, Leonard Jones and son, Leonard Michael; brother James; sisters, Marian and Ilene. 

Calling hours will be Sunday, February 5, 2017 from 3pm -5pm.  Funeral Service will be Monday, February, 6, 2017 at 11am.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment at Lower Valley Cemetery in Califon, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

 

Robert C. Reed Jr.

 

Robert C. Reed Jr., age 76, of Hampton, NJ passed away on Monday, January 30, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on May 27, 1940 in High Bridge, NJ.  He was a lifelong resident of Hunterdon County, residing in High Bridge, Pittstown, Lambertville, and Hampton. 

He was the son of the late Robert Reed Sr. and Florence Hummer Reed.

Robert was the husband of Alice L. Harvey Reed.  They were married on November 30, 1968.

Robert was a retired heavy equipment operator for the NJ Water Supply Authority on Rt. 31 in Clinton, NJ.  In his younger years, he worked as a painter for Mattis Painting in Clinton, NJ. 

Robert loved to play the guitar and sing.  He enjoyed hanging out with the guys on a Saturday night on the front porch playing the guitar.  He also enjoyed painting and building race cars. 

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include 7 children; Tabitha and her husband Jody of High Bridge, NJ, Samantha ‘Sammy’ and her husband Lery of Lambertville, NJ, Robert ‘Bobby’ Reed III and his wife Linda McWilliams of Lambertville, NJ, Arty Reed of Lambertville, NJ, Freda Reed of High Bridge, NJ,  Kenneth and his wife April Reed of Interlatin, FL and Terry and her husband Terry Lawson of Mansfield, OH. 20 Grandchildren and several Great-grandchildren.  1 brother Paul Reed of Washington, NJ.

Mr. Reed was predeceased by 1 son; Thomas Wiemer and 2 brothers; Richard and Billy Reed.

Calling hours will be Friday February 3, 2017 from 7-9 and Funeral Services will be Saturday February 4, 2017 11:00AM all at the Naughtright-Scarponi Funeral Home 66 Main St. High Bridge, NJ 08829.

Interment will be at Lower Valley Cemetery in Califon, NJ.
To view Robert's video tribute, please click here.

 

 

Ronald E. Williams

Ronald E. Williams, age 74, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at St. Luke’s Warren Hospital in Phillipsburg, NJ. 

He was born on August 18, 1942 in Olympia, WA.  He had resided in Clinton Twp., NJ for the past 22 years, moving from Bridgewater, NJ and Oakland, CA.

He was the son of the late Eugene and Margaret Boyd Williams.

Ronald was a US Army Vietnam veteran. 

His wife, Joan T. Schaming, passed away in June of 2016 after 21 years of marriage.

Ronald was a Manager for AT&T in Bedminster, NJ for over 30 years. 

Memberships include Hunterdon County CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and the NRA.  Ronald also volunteered at the Mountain View Correctional Facility for over 20 years, where he was instrumental in the NJ-STEP Program, which offers college classes to inmates. 

Ronald was an avid NASCAR fan.

Survivors include 2 step-sons; Robert Schaming and his wife Jennifer of Forks Twp., PA and Jeffrey Schaming and his wife Nancy of Holland Twp., NJ.  4 step-grandchildren; Courtney Schaming, Ryan Schaming, Kevin Schaming and Kyle Schaming. 

Calling hours will be Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 6-8pm.  Gathering of Friends will be Friday, February 3, 2017 from 11am to 11:30am.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will immediately follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Cokesbury, NJ. 

  

 

Iole M. Matthews

Iole M. Matthews, age 86, of Phillipsburg, NJ passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice Center in Newton, NJ. 

She was born on April 15, 1930 in Milwaukee, WI.  She resided in Phillipsburg, NJ for the past 5 years, moving from Bethlehem Twp., NJ where she lived since 1974. 

She was the daughter of the late Robert and Zaira Mazzoni.

Her husband, Robert Christopher Matthews, passed away in 1996.

Iole worked for New York Life in Cokesbury, NJ as a Bookkeeper for many years and also with A.M. Best in Oldwick, NJ. 

Iole was very involved with her community.  She was an active member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Califon, NJ.  She was past Treasurer of her Senior Group in Bethlehem Twp., NJ, past President of a Bereavement Group in Hunterdon County, past Treasurer of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, past Officer of her Senior Group in Union Twp. and she was on the Board of Elections for 30 years in Bethlehem Twp.  Years ago, she volunteered for the American Cancer Society and she also volunteered at the Hunterdon Medical Center’s ‘Grandma for a day’ program.  Iole was the recipient of Bethlehem Twp.’s ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Award. 

Iole enjoyed going to the beach, going on day trips, seeing shows, scratch-off lottery tickets and going to casinos.  She also enjoyed spending time with her family.

Survivors include 2 sons; Scott C. Matthews and his wife Therese M. of Alexandria Twp., NJ and Douglas R. Matthews and his wife Emily E. of Pittstown, NJ.  2 grandchildren; Kristen Leigh Matthews of Morristown, NJ and Ryan Christopher Matthews of Alexandria Twp., NJ.

Predeceased in addition to her husband included 1 brother; Louis Mazzoni, who passed away in 1962.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm and Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 8am – 9am at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 10am at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Califon, NJ.  Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ 07860 or St. Jude, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
To view Iole's tribute video, please click here.    

 

 

Cathy Anne Zembko

Cathy Anne Zembko, age 60, of Hillsborough, NJ passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville, NJ, surrounded by her immediate family.

She was born on September 29, 1956 in Plainfield, NJ.  She resided in Bridgewater, NJ for most of her life before moving to Hillsborough, NJ 2 years ago.

She was the daughter of Marion Perhac Zembko of Bridgewater, NJ.

Cathy worked at Home Depot on Rt. 202 in Bridgewater as a Sales Associate for 15 years.

Cathy was a very giving person that was always willing to help anyone.  She volunteered and donated with many different organizations.  She loved to have fun with her family and friends.  Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her beloved daughter.  Her daughter was the center of her world and she was always very involved with her friends, education and success.

Survivors in addition to her mother include one daughter; Lauren M. Zembko of Hillsborough, NJ.  One sister; Cheryl Brarens and her husband Doug of Mt. Pocono, PA.  One brother; Bruce Zembko of Bridgewater, NJ.  One niece; Cherie Green and her husband Brandon of Tecumseh, Canada.  Three great nieces and nephews; Benjamin, Charlotte and Cameron.  She is also survived by her Uncle and Aunt; Paul and Pat Perhac of South Branch, NJ. 

Cathy is predeceased by her maternal grandmother; Anna Perhac who she was very close with.  As well as her Great Aunt, Helena Munz, who she adored very much.

Calling hours will be Friday, January 27, 2017 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm.  Funeral Service will be Saturday, January 28, 2016 at 11am.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ 08833.

Interment will be private. 

 

 

Frank Apgar

Frank Apgar, age 101, of Annandale, NJ passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at home. 

He was born on November 9, 1915 in Alpha, NJ.  He resided in Annandale, NJ in the same house since August 1950, having moved from Lebanon. 

He was the son of the late Ervin and Bessie Apgar.

His wife, Marjorie Dilts Apgar, passed away on October 15, 1979.

Frank was a heavy machine operator.  He worked for Forsythe Construction for 18 years and then with his son, Lawrence, operating Frank F. Apgar & Son in Annandale, NJ for many years until his retirement in 1989. 

Frank was a member and Past Chief of Annandale Hose Company.

He loved telling stories about his younger years, including stories about when he lived on Haynes Farm from 1918 to 1936.  As a teenager, he worked at the Haynes Produce Stand, what is now Ercolano’s.    

Survivors include 1 brother; Charles Apgar.  2 sons; David Apgar and his wife Catherine of Hampton, NJ and Robert Apgar of Annandale, NJ.  1 daughter-in-law; Marlene Apgar of Annandale, NJ.  5 grandchildren; Susan Bonczak and her husband John, Carol Franc and her husband Matthew, Jeffrey Apgar and his wife Melanie, Stacey Duncan and her husband Mark and Brian Apgar and his wife Mandy.  7 great-grandchildren; Shane, Christopher, Connor, Madison, Owen, Alexandra and Jack. 

Predeceased, in addition to his wife, by 2 brothers; Earl Apgar who passed away at age 12 and Elmer Apgar who passed away in 1977.  His oldest son, Lawrence, passed away on January 23, 2009. 

Calling hours will be Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 4pm to 7pm, with Firemen’s Services at 6:30pm.  Funeral Service will be Monday, January 30, 2017 at 11am.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ 08833.  Interment at Union Cemetery in Lebanon, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to the Annandale Hose Company, 68 Beaver Avenue, Annandale, NJ 08801.

 

 

Neil A. Papenfuhs

 

Neil A. Papenfuhs, age 50, of Bethlehem Twp., NJ passed away on Monday, January 23, 2017 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ.

He was born on January 29, 1966 in Trenton, NJ.  He was a lifelong resident of Hunterdon County.

He was the son of the late Gordon and Virginia Rinehart Papenfuhs.

Neil was a self-employed house painter. 

Survivors include 1 brother; Roy H. Papenfuhs of North Chatham, MA.  3 nephews; Eric Papenfuhs, Graham Papenfuhs and Alen Papenfuhs.  Many Aunts and Uncles including Arnold Papenfuhs of Pittstown, NJ, Lou Jeffery of Ellington, CT, Rudy and Patricia Papenfuhs of Kansas City, MO and Gail Rinehart of Chandler, AZ.  He is also survived by his beloved dog, Emma. 

Predeceased by 1 brother; Glenn F. Papenfuhs who passed away in April of 2016.  1 nephew; Brian Shae Papenfuhs and 1 uncle; William Rinehart. 

A Memorial service to celebrate Neil’s life will take place in the spring and will be announced on the Funeral Home website www.scarponifuneralhomes.com/obituaries.html.  Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ. 

 

 

Joseph F. Labuta

Joseph F. Labuta, age 82, of Raritan Twp., NJ passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017 at Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ. 

He was born on October 31, 1934 in Jersey City, NJ.  He resided in Raritan Twp., NJ for the past 8 years, moving from High Bridge and Lebanon Twp. where he resided for most of his life. 

He was the son of the late Joseph E. and Frances Skacil Labuta.

He was the husband of Florence C. McDonough Labuta, celebrating 52 years of marriage.  Joseph and Florence were married at St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church in Jersey City, NJ.

Joseph was a US Navy veteran, serving as a RM2 during the Korean War from 1954 to 1962 on the submarine USS Trumpetfish (SS-425).

After his military service, Joseph earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ.

Joseph worked for Western Electric in Newark, NJ where he was involved with training the North East Region.  He later went on to work for Fimbel Door Manufacturing in Whitehouse, NJ.  Upon his retirement in June of 2004, he worked part-time for Spruce Run Aluminum in Lebanon, NJ. 

Memberships include St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in High Bridge, NJ.  He was a 4th Degree Knight in Council #10627 and PJPII Assembly 3293.  Joseph was an Eagle Scout and was a past Boy Scout troop leader.  He was also involved in Girl Scouts. 

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include one son; Brian Labuta and his wife Susan of High Bridge, NJ.  Two daughters; Karen Shea and her husband Kevin of Pittstown, NJ and Christine Labuta of Flemington, NJ.  One grandson; Jack Shea.

Calling hours will be Friday, January 13, 2017 from 2pm - 4pm and 6pm - 8pm.  Members of Joe’s 4th Degree Assembly will deliver a proclamation and rosary decade at 7:30pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral Mass will be Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 10am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 59 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment will be private. 

Memorials can be made to the Knights of Columbus Council #10627, 59 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ 08829. 

 

 

Barbara Galusha

 

Barbara Galusha, age 83, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on April 19, 1933 in Elizabeth, NJ.  She resided in the same house in Clinton Twp. since February of 1966.  Prior to that, she lived in Metuchen, NJ.

She was the daughter of the late Edwin F. and Elizabeth C. Provost Morsbach.

Her husband, Donald A. Galusha passed away in 1985.

Barbara retired many years ago after working at Somerset Savings Bank in Somerville, NJ as a bank teller.  Prior to that, she worked for Eastern Airlines in their reservation/ticketing department and also as a Bus Driver in Clinton Twp. 

Barbara loved to knit, quilt and do cross stitch and was a member of the FCE in Gladstone, NJ.  She was also a member of the Round Valley United Methodist Church in Lebanon, NJ.  She enjoyed traveling with her family and friends.  She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Survivors include 3 sons; Donald “Bryant” B. Galusha and his wife Donna of Loveland, CO, Edwin “Fred” F. Galusha and his wife Tiffany of Hawley, PA and Charles S. Galusha and his girlfriend Jackie of Stewartsville, NJ.  9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by 1 sister; Louise Novak and her husband Howard of Longmont, CO. 

Predeceased in addition to her husband, by one sister, Catherine Morsbach, who passed away in the 1930’s. 

Calling hours will be Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 2pm – 4pm and 7pm - 9pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral service will be Friday, January 13, 2017 at 11am at Round Valley United Methodist Church, 30 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment at Union Cemetery in Lebanon, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to Hunterdon Hospice, 215 NJ-31, Flemington, NJ 08822.

It view Barbara's video tribute, please click here.

 

 

Leanna Brown

 

Former New Jersey State Senator Leanna Brown passed away peacefully in the presence of family at her

son Steve’s home on December 15th. She was 81. 

Leanna was a force in the New Jersey Republican Party.  Politics was her calling.  She was a true public

servant, sincerely caring about the welfare of her constituents.  Leanna served in both houses of the

New Jersey Legislature, representing the 26th district.  In 1980 she was elected to the New Jersey

Assembly.  In 1983 she became the first Republican woman to be elected to the New Jersey Senate

where she served for 10 years. 

Leanna was born in Providence, RI to Esther and Harold Young.  She attended the Northfield School for

Girls and then Smith College.  She married W. Stanley Brown, her high school sweetheart, in 1956.   In

1961 they moved to Chatham, where Leanna launched her political career.  She served on the Chatham

Borough Council from 1969 to 1972 and then was elected to the Morris County Board of Chosen

Freeholders, becoming the director in 1976.  In 1978 she was named president of the New Jersey

Association of Counties.  After 13 years in the New Jersey Legislature, Leanna was appointed to the New

Jersey Casino Control Commission where she served for 6 years.  She worked on President George W.

Bush’s transition team, and in 2007 she was appointed by him to serve on the President’s Commission on

White House Fellowships.

Leanna traveled extensively with her husband Stan and their grandchildren.  In particular she enjoyed

her numerous trips to Africa and was an avid collector of native art.  She was also a dedicated member of

her reading group that met regularly for 54 years. 

Leanna is predeceased by her husband Stan, and is survived by her sister Lucinda (Thorpe), her children

Bill (Kathy) and Steve (Cher), her grandchildren Rob, Tom, Joe, Maggie, Sid and Brit, and her great-

granddaughter Andromeda.  She was a loving wife and mother, a tireless advocate for the residents of

the State of New Jersey, and a strong supporter of women’s causes.  She will be greatly missed by all. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 7th at 11:00 am at the Stanley Congregational

Church in Chatham.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Leanna Brown Scholarship Fund, in

care of the church.

To view Leanna's video tribute, please click here

 

 

Ruth Stroud Carpenter

Ruth Stroud Carpenter, age 98, of Lebanon Twp., NJ passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at home.

She was born on December 6, 1918 in Bernardsville, NJ.  She resided in Lebanon Twp., NJ with her son and daughter-in-law for the past 5 years, moving from Satsuma, FL where she lived with her granddaughter for several years.

She was the daughter of the late Lester B. and Grace Hallock Stroud.

Ruth’s husband, John G. Carpenter, passed away in 1995 after 53 years of marriage.

She was a 1937 graduate from Clinton High School in Clinton, NJ, graduating as the class Salutatorian.  She went on to attend Rider Business College from 1937 to 1938. 

Ruth’s career was extensive in the Hunterdon County Sheriff’s office.  She started as a secretary and worked her way up to become Sheriff of Hunterdon County where she served 2 terms, making her career span 25 years with the Sheriff’s office.   Ruth was the first female Sheriff in New Jersey and also the first woman elected Sheriff in the country.  In her early career, she worked for Hauck, Felter & Lance Attorney’s office. 

Memberships include the Sidney Progressive Grange, Vice President of the Hunterdon County PTA, President of Glen Gardner PTA, Hunterdon County Soroptimists, Active in Girl Scouts, Chairman of March of Dimes Walk-a-thon, Tallahassee Wildflower Club, Order of the Easter Star Stewart Chapter, Hunterdon County & National Republican Clubs, Vice President of the NJ Sheriff’s Office and the National Sheriffs Association. 

Ruth was very active in her community and her volunteer work.  She delivered meals for meals-on-wheels and was very active in several churches.  She was a Clerk of the Elders at Bethlehem 1st Presbyterian Church in Pittstown, NJ and she was an active member of Spruce Run Lutheran Church in Lebanon Twp., NJ.  She was also Past President of the Women’s Group of 1st Presbyterian Palatka Church in Palatka, FL where Ruth also worked in their soup kitchen.  Ruth also received numerous awards for her volunteerism, including “Volunteer of the Year’ by Putnam County, FL and ‘Woman of the Year’ by Presbyterian Church of America. 

Survivors include 2 sons; John W. Carpenter and his wife Linda of Cumberland, KY and Robert S. Carpenter and his wife Judith of Lebanon Twp., NJ with whom she resided.  6 grandchildren; Rhonda Fishburn and her husband Michael of Satsuma, FL, with whom she previously lived, Teresa Philpot and her husband Doyle of London, KY, Robert Carpenter and his wife Nicole of Stewartsville, NJ, Jon Carpenter of Altamonte Springs, FL, Rachel Messerman and her husband Justin of Trenton, OH and Rebecca DiRe and her husband Anthony of Lebanon Twp., NJ.  10 great-grandchildren; Dane Fishburn, Zachary Fishburn, Isaac Messerman, Jacob Messerman, Geneva DiRe, Nadia DiRe, Vienna DiRe, Lena Carpenter, Logan Carpenter and Lucas Carpenter.  2 step-great-grandchildren; Rachel and her husband Michael Payne and Suzanne Philpot.  4 step-great-great-grandchildren; Jatzary Philpot, Orian Philpot, Olivia Philpot and Jasmine Payne. 

Predeceased in addition to her husband by her daughter; Phyllis Chapman who passed away in 2004.  In addition, she is predeceased by 1 brother; Lincoln Stroud and 1 sister; Elizabeth Roadarmal. 

Calling hours will be Thursday, December 22, 2016 from 7pm-9pm and Friday, December 23, 2016 from 10am – 12noon, followed by Funeral Service on Friday at 12noon.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment at Union Cemetery in Lebanon, NJ. 

 

 

Gary Eugene Hart

Gary Eugene Hart, age 67, of Whitehouse Station, NJ passed away on Friday, December 16, 2016 at home.

He was born on January 8, 1949 in Princeton, NJ.  Gary spent his childhood in Raritan, NJ, and then he moved to Neshanic, NJ and in 1999 moved to Whitehouse Station, NJ. 

Gary was the son of the late Clare Eugene and Gwendolyn Elizabeth Liedum Hart. 

He was the husband of Esther Daniel Hart, celebrating 47 years of marriage.

He was a US Navy Veteran, serving from 1969 to 1971.

Gary co-owned and operated C & G Excavating in Hillsborough, NJ until his retirement in the late 1990’s.

He was a member of the NRA and the American Trap Shooting Association.

Gary loved trap shooting and in his younger years, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.     

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include one son; Kenneth Hart and his wife Kristin of Lebanon, NJ.  One grandson; Kain Hart.  One sister; Sharon Knox and her husband Kevin of San Diego, CA.  Two brothers; Ronald Hart of Asbury, NJ and Dennis Hart of NV.

Predeceased by his sister-in-law; Vera ‘Lynnie’ Hart who passed away in May of 2016. 

At Gary’s request, all services will be private.  Arrangements are under the direction of Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ. 

 

 

Robert H. Hoffman

 

Robert H. Hoffman, age 90, of Pittstown, NJ passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at the Country Arch Care Center in Pittstown, NJ.

He was born on April 20, 1926 in Clinton Twp., NJ and was a lifelong resident of Hunterdon County.

Robert was the son of the late Harvey and Grace Barber Sutphen Hoffman.

His wife, Marion N. Johnson Hoffman, passed away in 2011 after 62 years of marriage.

Robert was a US Army World War II veteran, serving from 1944 to 1946.

Robert spent his career as a welder, first working for Taylor Wharton in High Bridge, NJ for 25 years and then he worked for F.L.Smidth and Cincinnati Gear in Lebanon, NJ until his retirement.  He also operated his own welding business.

Memberships include American Legion Post #0113, the Veterans of Foreign Wars post #5119 in Glen Gardner, NJ, NRA, Fishing Club and a life member of the American Hunting Club.

Robert was an avid outdoorsman.  He enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing.  He also loved animals, especially his dogs. 

Survivors include two sons; Bill Hoffman and his wife Dawn of Pittstown, NJ and Bobby Hoffman and his wife Sherry of Montrose, PA.  One granddaughter; Ashley Sohns and her husband Matt of Tunkhannock, PA.  One great-granddaughter; Ella Renee Sohns.  One sister; Shirley Wack and her husband David of High Bridge, NJ. 

All services will be private.  Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ.

Memorials may be made to Quakertown Volunteer Emergency Medical Services, PO Box 225, Pittstown, NJ 08867.