The family owned and operated Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, Inc. was originally owned by John Brokaw and it was operated as The Brokaw Funeral Home.

Walter V. Caskey

Walter V. Caskey, age 73, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown, NJ. 

He was born and raised in Newark, NJ and lived for many years in North Plainfield, NJ until settling in Clinton Twp., NJ where he enjoyed spending time with his friends and neighbors.    

He was the son of the late Walter and Eleanor LaPont Caskey. 

He was the husband of Mary M. Shorie Caskey, celebrating 49 years of marriage. 

Walt owned and operated Graphic Research Inc. in Fanwood, NJ for many years.  He then restarted a smaller company, Graphic Research LLC in Warren, NJ where he worked until his sudden death. 

He served in the US Air Force in the 1960’s and was a true patriot. 

He was a member of the Reaville Sportsman’s Association in Flemington, NJ and the 200 Club of Union County. 

Walt was generous beyond measure and loved by all. 

Walt is survived by his beloved wife, Mary and 2 daughters; Cheryl Caskey and her partner Catherine Ioannides of Flemington, NJ and Kelly Ingram and her husband Dan of Hampton, NJ.  2 cherished granddaughters; Kelsey Ingram and Madison Ingram.  1 sister-in-law; Vicki Anscau and her husband Dave of Scotrun, PA.

Calling hours will be Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm with Funeral Service at 8:30pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private.   

A celebration of his life will be scheduled in the spring of 2015. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Clinton Rescue Squad, 48 Old Highway 22, Annandale, NJ 08801. 



John Patrick Brown Jr.

John Patrick Brown Jr. , age 82, of High Bridge, NJ passed away on Monday, November 24, 2014 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ. 

He was born on May 31, 1932 at Morristown, NJ.  He grew up in Bedminster, NJ and was a resident of Somerville for thirty years before moving to High Bridge NJ in 1984.

He was the son of the late John Patrick Brown Sr. and Catherine Ann (Jones) Brown.

His wife, Barbara Keegan Brown predeceased him in 2006.

In his youth, he was an altar server at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Far Hills NJ.  John was a 1952 graduate of Bernards High School where he was a pitcher on the Mountaineers’ baseball team.  Upon his graduation, he tried out for the Baltimore Orioles baseball team.  He was drafted into the US Army where he served in the Korean War from 1952-1954 as a field artillery gunner on the 105 Howitzer.

John was a salesman of electrical supplies for many years at Acme Electric in Somerville, Circle Electric in Plainfield and, lastly, for Hesco Electric Supply in Annandale. 

He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus in High Bridge.  He was also a member of the American Legion Post 12 in Somerville NJ and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Spruce Run Memorial Post 5119 in Glen Gardner NJ.    He was an avid bowler and a member of many teams throughout Central Jersey. 

Survivors include his son John P. Brown IIII (Jack) of High Bridge NJ, three sisters, Nancy Santolini   of Vineland NJ, Joan Vossen and Mary Ellen Brown of Annandale NJ, many nieces and nephews and several great nieces and great nephews.  He was also predeceased by two brothers-in-law, Concenzio (James) Santolini, and John L. Vossen.

Calling hours will be Sunday, November 30, 2014 from 1-5pm at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ 08829.  Funeral Mass will be Monday, December 1, 2014 at 10am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in High Bridge, NJ.  Entombment will follow at t Somerset Hills Memorial Park in Basking Ridge, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus, 59 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ 08829 or Veterans of Foreign Wars, 179 Main Street, Glen Gardner, NJ 08826. 



Marie Gallas

Marie Gallas, age 72, of High Bridge, NJ passed away on Friday, November 21, 2014 at home.

She was born on August 9, 1942 in Bayonne, NJ and was a resident of High Bridge for most of her life.

She was the daughter of the late Stanley and Mary Wojtkowski.

Her husband, William ‘Bill’ R. Gallas, passed away on August 4, 2014.

Marie worked as a Customer Service Representative for Verizon for many years until her retirement. 

Survivors include 1 son Michael Gallas, 1 daughter Courtney Gallas and 5 grandchildren. 

All services will be private.  Arrangements by Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home in High Bridge, NJ.


Catherine L. Lacidonia

Catherine L. Lacidonia, age 91, of Union Twp., NJ passed away on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at home. 

She was born on February 1, 1923 in Bluefield, West Virginia.  She was a resident of Hampton, NJ for the past 6 years, moving from Lakewood, NJ and had spent most of her life in Jersey City, NJ. 

Her husband, Manuel ‘Bob’ Lacidonia, passed away several years ago.

She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Soluri Merante. 

She worked as a seamstress in New York City for many years. 

Catherine was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Pittstown, NJ. 

Survivors include 1 daughter; Sharon Bednarczyk and her husband Joseph of Hampton, NJ.  2 grandchildren; Danielle DeCroce and her husband Christopher of Hampton, NJ and Douglas Bednarczyk of Marlton, NJ.  2 great-grandchildren; Adrienne DeCroce and Dominick DeCroce, both of Hampton, NJ.  1 sister; Josephine Pascarello and her husband Mario of Lakewood, NJ. 

Predeceased by 1 sister; Angelina Yacenda. 

Calling hours will be Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 2-6pm followed by a prayer service at 6pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Entombment will be private. 



Ronald Stewart Franks

Ronald Stewart Franks, age 67, of Nazareth, PA, passed away on November 11, 2014 at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest. 

He was born on November 20, 1946 in Elizabeth, NJ.  He was a resident of Nazareth for the past 20 years, moving from Pittstown, NJ. 

He was the son of the late John L. and Irene M. Franks. 

He was the husband of Judith ‘Judy’ Franks, celebrating 45 years of marriage. 

Ronald was a retired Heavy Equipment Operator for the Bernards Twp. Road Department in Bernardsville, NJ.

He loved cars and trucks and enjoyed working on any vehicle.  He always had a project going on. 

Survivors in addition to his wife include 2 sons; Steven Franks of Hopewell, NJ and David Franks of Vienna, ME.  1 sister; Edith Franks of Stroudsburg, PA.

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

Memorials can be made to Lehigh Valley Regional Burn Center, 2100 Mack Blvd., PO Box 4000, Allentown, PA 18105-4000.



Elizabeth 'Betty' Catherine Magrosky

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Catherine Magrosky, age 85, of Bridgewater, NJ passed away on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at home. 

She was born on July 9, 1929 in Chicago, IL and had resided in Bridgewater, NJ for many years. 

She was the daughter of the late Robert and Catherine O’Malley Howell. 

Her husband, Clement ‘Clem’ R. Magrosky, passed away in 1993. 

She graduated from Rutgers University and worked for Ethicon in Bridgewater, NJ as a supervisor for over 20 years.   Later, she worked for Builtrite Shoe Store in Somerville, NJ. 

Betty was a member of Holy Trinity Church in Bridgewater, NJ where she was also a past Sunday School Teacher. 

Survivors include 3 sons; Frank B. Magrosky and his wife Fran of Hillsborough, NJ, Patrick J. Magrosky and his wife Debbie of Bridgewater, NJ and Heath Garrett Ashmore of Bridgewater, NJ.  4 grandchildren; Justine Colella and her husband Stephen of PA, Patrick Magrosky of PA, Darcy Magrosky of NJ and Brandon Magrosky of PA.  1 great-grandchild on the way in May 2015. 

Predeceased in addition to her husband by 1 daughter; Cheryl Ashmore and son-in-law Gary Ashmore who both passed in 1980.  1 brother; Robert Howell and 2 sisters; Joan Scarponi and Louise Perry. 

Calling hours will be Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 10am to 11am with funeral service following at 11am.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private.

Memorials can be made to Holy Trinity Church, 60 Maple Street, Bridgewater, NJ 08807. 



Ann Marie Sherlock


Ann Marie Sherlock, age 69, of Tewksbury Twp., NJ passed away on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at St. Clare’s Compassionate Care in Dover, NJ.

She was born on May 8, 1945 in Yonkers, NY.  She was a resident of Tewksbury Twp., NJ for the past 41 years, moving from Piscataway, NJ. 

She was the daughter of the late Julius and Margaret Elizabeth Broderick Dolgos.

Ann Marie was the wife of John R. Sherlock, celebrating 46 years of marriage.  

She was an RN and worked for many years at Somerset Medical Center as a Charge Nurse in Cardiac Care.  Later, she worked at Morningstar Health Center in Clinton, NJ. 

In addition to being a Nurse, Ann Marie was a Jin Shin Jyutsu practioner (an ancient art of harmonizing energy in the body).  She volunteered at Steeplechase Cancer Center at Somerset Medical Center providing Jin Shin Jyutsu on cancer patients. 

She was a member of the Women’s Club in Tewksbury Twp, volunteer for SAFE in Hunterdon and a former member of the Hunterdon Holistic Society.  In the early 1990’s, Ann Marie and her husband, John, ran a country inn on Lake Champlain called North Hero House in North Hero, VT.  

She was an animal lover, avid reader and loved having her cup of tea.  Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family and granddaughters. 

Survivors in addition to her husband include 2 daughters; Laura Ann Sherlock of Tewksbury Twp., NJ and Christine M. Sherlock of Tewksbury Twp., NJ.  1 son; Robert John Sherlock and his wife Amy Marie of Washington, NJ.  2 granddaughters; Isis P. Sherlock and Holly Ann Sherlock and one grandchild on the way in April 2015.  3 sisters; Mary Janicke and her husband Paul, Rosemary Samsel and her husband Ed and Dr. Elizabeth T. Dolgos and her husband Dr. Peter Sinks.  1 brother; Joseph Dolgos. 

Predeceased by 2 sisters; Sheila L. Rodrigue and Margaret E. Schneider. 

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

Memorials can be made to SAFE in Hunterdon, 47 E Main Street, Flemington, NJ 08822. 



Gail Elizabeth Goodman

Gail Elizabeth Goodman, daughter of the late Francis and Marjorie Alpaugh Sheridan of High Bridge and Kingwood Twp., NJ, passed away on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at St. Clare’s Compassionate Care Hospice in Dover, NJ. 

She was a lifelong resident of High Bridge and attended both the Elementary and High School class of 1957.

She was also a life member of the High Bridge Fire Department Emergency Squad and H.O.G. and also a member of the V8 Ford Club.

She was the coordinator of the North Hunterdon Training Group from 1971 to 1992.  In addition, she was an E.M.T. and Fire Service Instructor. 

Gail was also a member of the High Bridge Methodist Church.

She worked many jobs and lastly as a “911” dispatcher for Hunterdon County, which she did for over 12 years.

Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Osborn S. Goodman, Jr. of High Bridge.  7 children; Juanita ‘Sam’ Jacobs of Califon, NJ, Cristina ‘Goody’ Erickson of Ringoes, NJ, Annette ‘Net’ Miller of Frenchtown, NJ, Gregory ‘Greg’ Goodman Sr. of Oxnard, CA, Laurence ‘Larry’ Goodman Sr. of Carlisle, PA, Michael ‘Mike’ Goodman Sr. of Harrisburg, PA and Osborn ‘Osie’ S. Goodman III of Harmony, NJ.  16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.  Also survived by her sisters, Glenda Fulcher of Clayton, DE and Marjorie Williamson and her husband Bill of San Leon, TX.  1 brother; Frank Sheridan, Sr. and his wife Eileen of LePorte and Flynn, TX.  Several nieces and nephews. 

At her request, there will be no service and cremation will be handled by Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home in High Bridge, NJ. 


Arthur Charles "Buddy" Adler

On September 23, 2014 the Good Lord decided to call home one of his faithful servants, Arthur Charles “Buddy” Adler, Active Christian, veteran, independent voter, businessman, humanitarian, union actor and voice over artist at age 82 years at Parrish Community Hospital in Titusville, FL. 

He was born on May 5, 1932 in Queens, NY and moved to High Bridge, NJ in 1934.  He was a Christened Lutheran, but became a 60 year supporting member of the High Bridge United Methodist Church and at the time of his passing was a member of the High Bridge Reformed Church.

Buddy was very active all his life in Civic, Fraternal and Humanitarian efforts and never forgot his hometown of High Bridge.  He was a heart Boy Scout in High Bridge.  He was class President Class of 1951 HBHS active in Baseball and the Thesbian Society and Voted Most Likely to Succeed, Member HBHS Alumni Association, a Jaycee for many years as Local President Dover Area Jaycees, State VP, and National Director.  JCI Senator 6919, listed in the 1967 Issue of “5000 Outstanding Local President, and other awards.   A military Veteran of the NJ National Guard and then the US Army stationed overseas in Vienna, Austria 1953-1955.  While stationed there a Winner in the Novelty Category of the All Army Talent Contest with his Spike Jones Pantomime.  A member of the Herbert Cawley American Legion Post 0188 and is remembered in the C.K. Hoffman Veterans Memorial.  A 37 year member of the Host Masonic Lodge #6 F&AM formerly Hobart.  Raised in June 1970, and Past Master of Canaveral Lodge #339 in 1977 in Cocoa Beach, FL.  Recipient of the York Rite Gold Honor Award and Royal Order of Scotland.  He was a District Chairman of Citizenship and conducted many successful masonic projects including a 9 page offering called “The Future of Freemasonry” in 2007.  He played the lead role of George Washington all over Florida in the Masonic Scottish Rite George Washington Degree to celebrate the 200th birthday of America.  He was the main entertainment at the Masonic Grand Secretaries Banquet in Washington, DC in 1977, and an admired Masonic Ritualist.  He is a former Tall Cedar and Shriner in which he played the role of Ritual Potentate in the Ceremonials and entertained the Florida Grand Lodge for several years in Jacksonville and elsewhere. 

He was founder, chairman of the board and principal fundraiser for the Over the Rainbow Children’s Wish Foundation, Inc.  for more than 27 years formerly the Heather Templeton Children’s Wish Foundation, Inc..  Founder and benefactor of the Ethel Ann Dietze and Arthur L. Adler Memorial Education Assistance Award for more than 40 years given to High Bridge Middle School in Loving Memory of his Parents and benefactor of the Angel Award Foundation given to those who have served their Church and Humanity well for more than 15 years.

He was an American Patriot performing patriotic programs celebrating the United States of America and God for much of his adult life.  A popular internet blogger on major issues facing America and wrote a contributing series called “I remember when” for the High Bridge residents newsletter “The Bridge”. 

Buddy saved Walt Disney’s first studio the famous old garage and donated it free and clear to the Garden Grove, CA Historical Society along with part of his Disney memorabilia collection and later with former congressman Robert K. Dornan, obtained a National Day of recognition for Walter Elias Disney on December 5, 1989 and was given full credit in the Congressional Record. 

He was a Union Actor and Voice Over artist/impressionist belonging to SAG/AFTRA.AEA and did several TV shows including Jennifer Slept Here, Too Close for Comfort and “A” Team, while in California while Senior Contract Administrator for the Disney organization in Florida and California handling Special Projects, Capitol expenditures, and construction bids for major rehabs and new attractions.  He played the lead role of herod the great in the world famous Glory of Christmas and Joseph of Arimathea in the Glory of Easter for 1583 consecutive performances over 13 years at the Crystal Cathedral Church.  He was a Level 3 Certified High Powered/High Tech Hobby Rocket builder and launcher seen in several Hobby Rocket Publications.  He made a great Santa Claus!

He is the recipient of a Recognition Proclamation and Plaque from a former High Bridge Mayor Carl Lewis and a Certificate of Citizenship from the United Methodist Conference and many other letters of Praise and Accomplishment.  He was a writer and public speaker.  In 1987, he raised more than $4000 for the then Heather Templeton Children’s Wish Foundation, Inc.  on a hot summer night at then HBHS Auditorium. 

But, most of all he loved his hometown and his old lifelong friends at High Bridge, NJ and all those memories!  Some older High Bridge residents may remember Buddy Alder entertaining at the Annual Fireman’s carnivals with his Spike Jones Auto Races, always offering his time and talent to many!

He is survived by his first cousin Allan Hunt of Ft. Lauderdale, FL as well as a first cousin Ronald Birchall in St. Augustine, FL and Janice Chaitow of Tampa, FL.

His wonderful mother, Ethel Ann, an accomplished Pianist and artist, and his father Arthur L. Adler, who owned Art’s Sunoco Service on West Main Street preceded him in death.  Also predeceased by his first cousin, Marilyn Karrmann. 

Memorial and Masonic  Services will be 11:00AM on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at the High Bridge Reformed Church. Military Honor Guard will be by the High Bridge American Post #188.

Arrangements by Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home in High Bridge, NJ. 



Donald 'Don' Carten

Donald ‘Don’ Carten, age 81, of Lebanon Twp., NJ passed away on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ.

He was born on June 7, 1933 in New York City.  He had resided in High Bridge, NJ before moving to Lebanon Twp., NJ 30 years ago.

He was the son of the late Donald F. and Ruth Halpin Carten.

His wife, Catherine Porreca Klinger Carten, passed away in 1992.

He was a United States Navy Veteran of the Korean War, serving as an Aircraft Fueler on the U.S.S. Hornet CVA 12 from 1952-1955. He pitched for the Navy 7th Fleet team to a service (fast pitch) softball title.

Mr. Carten worked in maintenance for Voorhees High School in Lebanon Twp., NJ retiring in 1995.

Survivors include daughter Penny Klinger Willis and her husband Gary of Phillipsburg, NJ. Cherished grandchildren Catherine, Shawn, and Bradley Willis.

Son Jerry and his wife Beth Klinger and grandchildren Matthew & Gregory Klinger of Bloomsbury, NJ.  A brother James Carten of Milford, NJ. He was proceeded in death by a sister, Joan Williams of New Hampshire.

Memberships include Hunterdon County Rifle and Pistol Association (Mr. Carten was co-founder and past president), Co-founder of the High Bridge Athletic Association and (High Bridge) Hunterdon Huskies and Little Bigger League Baseball. He also founded the Roadrunner’s fast pitch softball team out of High Bridge in the 1970’s. He also volunteer softball coach for Donna Exley at Voorhees High School for 30+ years. Mr. Carten loved traveling in his camper and playing golf.

Calling Hours will be Saturday October 11th 2014 from 10 to 12 with a 12:00PM Celebration of Life Service all at the Scarponi-Bright F.H. Lebanon, NJ. Interment at the Our Lady of Grace Cemetery in Langhorne, PA will be private.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Meals on Wheels, 5 Walter E. Foran Blvd., Flemington, NJ 08822. 



Ellen J. McCaffrey

Ellen J. McCaffrey, age 26, died on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 after a difficult battle with cancer.

Ellen was born on May 13, 1988 in Somerville, NJ. She lived in Lebanon and Clinton Township for her entire life. Ellen was the daughter of Thomas A. and Joan M. Goodwine McCaffrey of Clinton Twp., NJ. She is survived by two younger sisters Michele E. McCaffrey of Jersey City and Maureen E. McCaffrey of Clinton Township, maternal grandmother Margaret Goodwine of Mahwah, NJ, paternal grandmother Janet McCaffrey of Lebanon, NJ and a warm extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Ellen was a graduate of North Hunterdon High School. She earned an associates degree from Raritan Valley Community College and attended Rutgers University. Ellen worked as a paralegal at two nearby law firms.

Ellen had a broad interest in all facets of life and read extensively on a wide range of topics including science, philosophy, politics, history, nature, mathematics, art, etc. She had an exceptional memory and loved to converse on any subject. She also had an artistic flair and enjoyed displaying her work in creative ways.

Throughout her life, Ellen had a great love for animals and nature. She devoted her time to nurturing and playing with small furry creatures.

A viewing will be held on Sunday October 5th from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at the Scarponi Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ. A funeral mass will be held at 10am on Monday October 6 at the Immaculate Conception Church, 316 Old Allerton Road, Annandale, NJ. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Ellen’s name be made to the St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, 3201 US 22, North Branch, NJ 08876 or the Jason P. Schaible Memorial Fund (JPS Memorial Fund, 54 Norma Rd, Hampton, NJ. 08827). The JPS fund provided great assistance to Ellen during her illness.



Anna E. Morella

Anna E. Morella, age 87 passed away Friday September 26, 2014 at the Bridgeway Care and Rehabilitation Center in Bridgewater, NJ.

She was born May 26, 1927 in Somerville, NJ and had lived most of her life in the Bridgewater-Somerville area.

Her husband Pasquale D. Morella passed away in 1971.

Mrs. Morella was the daughter of the late Fredrick and Anna Bierkamp Eggert.

Survivors include 2- sons, Richard Morella and his wife Elizabeth of Anaheim, CA; Ronald Morella and his wife Suzanne of Washington, NJ; 1-daughter Patti Huseman of Fort Myers, FL; 1- sister Fritzi of FL and 8-grandchildren and 3- great grand children.

Mrs. Morella was predeceased by her sisters Metta Brienza of Somerville, NJ; Willie Doochack of Newark, DE and Charlotte Turner of Athens, GA.

Mrs. Morella was a retiree from Ortho Pharmaceutical and a parishioner at St. Ann’s Church in Raritan, NJ.

Calling hours will be Tuesday September 30, 2014 from 2-4 and 7-9 at the Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home 26 Main St. Lebanon, NJ 08833. Funeral Mass Wednesday October 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM at St. Ann’s Church 45 Anderson St. Raritan, NJ with Interment at St. Bernard’s Cemetery in Bridgewater, NJ.



Joseph E. Widmer

Joseph E. Widmer, age 85, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Monday, September 22, 2014 at the Kindred Hospital in Rahway, NJ. 

He was born on September 11, 1929 in Queens, New York and lived in East Brunswick, NJ for many years before moving to Lebanon, NJ in 1990. 

He was the son of the late Joseph A. and Elizabeth Fehr Widmer.

Joseph was the husband of Theresa M. Widmer, celebrating 36 years of marriage.

He served the United States in the Navy reserves.

Joseph was an Engineer for Merck in Somerset, NJ until his retirement in 1996. 

Joseph was a skilled craftsman who enjoyed woodworking. He also enjoyed a good round of golf with friends and family.  He loved building and flying radio controlled model airplanes and was a member of RVRCC flying club. Most of all, he loved his family and spending time with his grandchildren and great granddaughter.

Survivors in addition to his wife include 3 sons; Michael J. Widmer and his wife Laura of Monroe Twp., NJ, Gerard M. Widmer and his wife Lisette of Germantown, TN and William H. Widmer of North Brunswick, NJ.   3 daughters; Patricia A. Gray and her husband Bradley of Lebanon, NJ, Janice M. Keller of Matawan, NJ and Marybeth Whitman and her husband Peter of Medford, NJ.  11 grandchildren; Lindsey E. Gray, Kristen Bongiovi and her husband Luigi, Tina Bell and her husband Jason, Ashley Widmer and her husband David Ritter, Kevin Phelan and his wife Christine, Katherine Widmer, Courtney Keller, Kaitlin Whitman, Kailey Whitman, Andrew J. Widmer and Samantha Widmer. 1 great-grandson; Will Bell.  1 great-granddaughter; Aubrey Rose Felz. 

Predeceased by a son; Joseph E. Widmer Jr. who passed in 1976.  In addition he is predeceased by his first wife; Irene D. Widmer who also passed in 1976 and a brother; Richard Widmer who passed in 2001.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral Mass Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 10am at Immaculate Conception Church, 316 Old Allerton Road, Annandale, NJ.  Entombment to follow at Immaculate Conception Mausoleum in Annandale, NJ.

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



Geraldine (Gerri) M. Bridegum


Geraldine (Gerri) M. Bridegum, of Stanton, age 68, died on Sunday afternoon 14 September, after a protracted battle with lung cancer. She leaves behind a 43 year love affair with Tom, her husband of 43 years; her greatly beloved son Benjamin of Carnigie, PA; Beloved sister-and brother-in-law, Nancy and Gary Betz of Grand Lake Stream, ME; and much loved niece, Mandy, and husband Dave Dulevitz and two grandnephews of Marshall, VA; and much loved nephew, Gary Betz and wife Denise, a grandnephew and grandniece of Colorado City, CO.

Gerri was born in Newark, NJ and grew up in East Brunswick, NJ. After graduating from East Brunswick H.S. she was a secretary in the Public Relations Office at Rutgers University until 1973, when she accepted a position at Ethicon, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson Company. She retired in 2003 after serving as Administrative Assistant to five Ethicon presidents. In retirement, she worked part-time as the Constituent Services Representative for Congressman Leonard Lance in his Flemington office.

Gerri enjoyed cooking and entertaining. Guests enjoyed the results. She was also fond of reading, sewing, gardening, decorating and travel.

She was the daughter of the late Frank and Helen Shovlin.

Calling hour will be Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 10am – 11am followed by a Mass of the Resurrection at 11am, all at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in High Bridge, NJ.  Burial at the Newell Cemetery in Stanton, NJ. Arrangements by Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home in High Bridge, NJ. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Gerri’s memory be made to the following organizations, which provided us with wonderfully caring and very professional service and just a phone call away:Whitehouse Rescue Squad, 269 Main Street, POB 175,Whitehouse Station, NJ08889 or Hunterdon Hospice, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822.