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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.

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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.

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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.   

 

 

Donald F. Rumpf Sr.

Donald F. Rumpf Sr., age 84, of High Bridge, NJ passed away on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at home.

He was born on October 20, 1932 in Plainfield, NJ and was a lifelong resident of High Bridge, NJ.

He was the son of the late Frank and Elizabeth Cregar Rumpf.

Donald was a US Army veteran, serving during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955.

Donald was the husband of  Marcia A. Smith Rumpf, celebrating 63 years of marriage.

He was a Licensed Land Surveyor, working for Robert W. Lee Associates until his retirement in the late 1990’s.

Donald was a past member of the American Legion and High Bridge Reformed Church.

He was a sports enthusiast.  He enjoyed coaching Little League and basketball when his sons were growing up.  He loved fishing and was a Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles fan.  He also enjoyed bowling years ago and also dancing with his wife, especially square dancing and doing the jitterbug.  Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and family. 

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include 3 sons; Donald ‘Butch’ F. Rumpf Jr. and Barbara Kotulich of Washington, NJ, Larry J. Rumpf and Debbie of Washington, NJ and Randy G. Rumpf and Nancy of Lebanon Twp., NJ.  7 grandchildren; Nicholas Rumpf of Los Angeles, CA, Jeremy Rumpf and his wife Stefanie of Ewing, NJ, Amy DaSilva and her husband Brian of Palmer, PA, Kiley Rumpf of Aberdeen, NJ, Renee Rumpf of Ewing, NJ, Matthew Rumpf of Washington, NJ and Cory Rumpf and his wife Carissa of Washington, NJ.  2 great-grandchildren; Hunter Rumpf and Skyelar Rumpf.

Calling hours will be Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 10am to 12noon with funeral services following at 12noon.  All at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Clinton, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131. 

 

 

Ruth M. Stevens

Ruth M. Stevens, age 83, of Glen Gardner, NJ passed away on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at home.

She was born on October 11, 1933 in Somerville, NJ.  She was a lifelong resident of Hunterdon County and resided in Glen Gardner, NJ for the past 60 years.

She was the daughter of the late Isaac and Anna Cole Hoffman.

Her husband, Alton R. Stevens, passed away in 2003 after over 50 years of marriage.

Ruth worked as a Banker for several banks throughout her career including First National Bank and Corestates Bank, both in Glen Gardner, NJ. 

Ruth was a past member of the Glen Gardner Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, Glen Gardner United Methodist Church and High Bridge United Methodist Church. 

She enjoyed traveling, going to bingo with her friends and having family dinners. 

Survivors include 2 sons; Mark A. Stevens and his wife Tammy of Easton, PA and James A. Stevens and his wife Susan of Glen Gardner, NJ.  4 grandsons; Andrew Stevens and his wufe Rachel of Bethlehem, PA, James Andrew Stevens II and his fiance Caitlin Terhune of Lebanon Twp., NJ, Thomas Stevens and his wife Jessica of Clinton, NJ and Bryan Stevens and his wife Shannon of Hampton, NJ.  2 great-grandchildren; Addison Stevens and Carmen Stevens.  1 brother; Stephen Isaac Hoffman and his wife Lois of Port Angeles, WA. 

Predeceased in addition to her beloved husband by 3 sisters; Gladys Brendel, Betty Hoffman and PeggyAnn Kinney. 

Calling hours will be Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm.  Funeral service will be Friday, December 9, 2016 at 11am.  All at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment at Musconetcong Valley Cemetery in Hampton, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to the Glen Gardner Volunteer Fire Company, 2168 State Route 31, Glen Gardner, NJ 08826-3715 or High Bridge United Methodist Church, 36 Church Street, High Bridge, NJ 08829.   
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Dorothy G. Hartsell

Dorothy G. Hartsell, age 79, of Pittstown, NJ passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ.

She was born on January 10, 1937 in Brooklyn, NY.  She spent most of her life in Hunterdon County, yet she lived in Germany, Mississippi and South Carolina years ago when her husband was in the Air Force.

She was the daughter of the late William and Helen Wodjat Gratt. 

Her husband, Richard John Hartsell, passed away in 2001. 

She was a graduate of North Hunterdon Regional High School in Annandale, NJ. 

Dorothy worked for 25 years as Assistant Director for the Office on Aging in Flemington, NJ. 

Memberships include St. Catherine of Siena Church in Pittstown, NJ where she was also active in their choir. 

Dorothy volunteered for many years at the Senior Center in Flemington, NJ.  She enjoyed crocheting and cooking.  Her favorite pastime was reading.  She also loved to spend time with her family.  She was a wonderful housewife and her family was very important to her. 

Survivors include 2 sons; Earl Hartsell of Pittstown, NJ and Richard Hartsell and his friend and business partner Richard ‘Buddy’ Waterman of Alpha, NJ. 3 daughters; Linda Hudecek of Harmony, NJ, Kathleen Bowlby and her fiancé Jeff Warren of Allentown, PA and Elizabeth Tillou and her husband Butch of Jim Thorpe, PA.  8 grandchildren; Robert Hudecek and his companion Gina of Wind Gap, PA, Suzanne Hudecek and her husband Ulisses of Plainfield, NJ, Sarah Darling and her husband Phillip of Forks Twp., PA, David Bowlby and his wife Nicole of Nazareth, PA, John Bowlby and his fiancée Casey Altemose of Whitehall, PA, Shannon Bowlby of Mt. Olive, NJ, Serena Smolczynski and her husband John of Jim Thorpe, PA and Ashley Tillou of Jim Thorpe, PA.  5 great-grandchildren; Kali Tillou, Gregory Bowlby, Rebecca Bowlby, Jessica Bowlby and Savannah Darling.  1 sister; Maryann Tallon of FL.

Predeceased in addition to her husband by 1 sister; Amelia Midgley. 

Calling hours will be Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 4pm to 7pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ.  Rosary will be said on Monday, December 5, 2016 starting at 9:20am, followed by Funeral Mass at 10am, both at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 2 Whitebridge Road, Pittstown, NJ.  Interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Clinton, NJ.   

Memorials can be made to American Lung Association, National Direct Response Headquarters, 1200 Hosford Street, Suite 101, Hudson, WI 54016-9316. 

 

 

Doris Apgar Conover

 

Doris Apgar Conover, age 90, died peacefully at home on Saturday, November 12, 2016 after a long courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.  Born May 30, 1926, she resided in Bath, PA where she was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, William H. Conover, who died in 2013.  Before retiring in Bath she lived and raised her family in High Bridge, NJ.  She was the daughter of Leslie and Minnie Philhower Apgar of Cokesbury, NJ.

Doris worked at Taylor Wharton Iron and Steel in High Bridge during World War II as a mail clerk, and raised her family while working at Quality Packaging in Kingwood, NJ for 20 years.  She was a former member of the High Bridge Fire Department Auxiliary.  She loved camping, game shows, playing cards on family game night and just being with family, extended family and friends. 

She is survived by her 3 children; Nancy and her husband Robert VanNatta of High Bridge, NJ, William B. Conover of Bath, PA and Russell Conover and his wife Connie of Cumming, GA.  4 grandchildren; Craig VanNatta of High Bridge, NJ, Kelly VanNatta and her fiancé Karl Wuttke of Annandale, NJ, Ryan Conover of Sugar Hill, GA and Amanda Conover Myers and her husband Cody of Dawsonville, GA.  3 great-grandchildren; Adrian, Bradley and Addison.  1 sister; Shirley Colontone of Branchburg, NJ and many nieces and nephews.  Also predeceased by a brother Harold Apgar and a sister Alma McDowell. 

Graveside Service will be on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 11am at Mountain View Cemetery in Cokesbury, NJ.  Arrangements by Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home in High Bridge, NJ. 

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to Heartland Hospice, 881 Marcon Blvd., Ste 3700, Allentown, PA 18109 or The Michael J. Fox Foundation, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.

 

Lorraine E. Thompson

Lorraine E. Thompson age 91 of Forks Township, Pa passed away Monday November 7, 2016 at the Easton Hospital in Easton, PA.

Lorraine was born March 2, 1925 in Bloomfield, NJ and had resided in Forks Twp. for the past 10 years moving from Kitty Hawk, NC. She had lived many years in Bridgewater, NJ.

She was the daughter of the late James T. and Lorraine Perry Healey.

Lorraine was a Legal Secretary for Mauro, Russo, Savo, & Kline Attorneys in Somerville, NJ and also had worked for Lawyers Title Insurance also in Somerville, NJ.

She was a Master Gardner in Dare County, NC.,  North Carolina Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 16-07,  The Red Hat Club,  and Past President of the Kitty Hawk Landing Association in NC.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years Ronald R. Thompson.

2-sons Edward William Sampson of Emmaus, PA and David A. Thompson of Forks Twp. 1 - daughter Susan L. Schaible of Oxford, NJ.

3-Granddaughters Amy L. Olson of Bloomsbury, NJ, Allison L. Schaible of Oxford, NJ, and Abby –Sue Bundy of Oxford, NJ.

4-Great Grand Children Jack Carman, Aliee Carman, Jessie Olsen, and Parker Bundy.

Lorraine was also predeceased by one grandson John E. Schaible Jr. who passed away in 2003.

Calling hours will be Thursday November 10, 2016 from 6-9PM at the Scarponi-Bright F.H 26 Main St. Lebanon, NJ.

Funeral Services will be private. 

 

 

Frances 'Fran' Anna Woodhull

Frances ‘Fran’ Anna Woodhull, age 84, of High Bridge, NJ passed away on Thursday, October 20th, 2016 at Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ.

She was born on July 3, 1932 in Morristown, NJ.  She lived in High Bridge, NJ for the past 60 years. 

Fran was the daughter of the late Andrew and Anna Frances Conklin.

She worked for several years as a Housekeeping Supervisor at Little Brook Nursing Home in Califon, NJ.

Memberships include the Bunnvale Assembly of God in Glen Gardner, NJ where she was an active member for 60 years.  Fran was a past Sunday School Teacher and a WM Member at the Church where she also sang solos during services. 

Years ago, Fran was a Cub Scout Den Mother when her sons were growing up. 

Fran enjoyed attending church every Sunday, praying for others, knitting, and spending time with family and friends.  Her children were very important to her.

Survivors include 4 children; John B. Woodhull Jr. and his wife Maryann of Frenchtown, NJ, Donald A. Woodhull of High Bridge, NJ, Sue Ellen Briner of Lebanon, NJ and Faith Joy Coughlan and her husband Joe of High Bridge, NJ.  12 grandchildren; Duane Edward Woodhull, Annette Marie Russo and her husband Andrew, Denise Ann Rusnak and her husband Rob, Tammy Lynn Yeakel and her husband Ryan, Karen Mucchiello, Alan Young, Wendy Raleigh and her husband Doug, Robin Young, Matthew Briner, Stephen Briner, Jacquelynn Coughlan and Stephanie Ramos and her husband Daniel.  13 great-grandchildren; Amanda Russo, Adam Russo, Miles Mucchiello, Andie Young, Robert Rusnak, Ethan Yeakel, Caleb Yeakel, Alexandra Raleigh, Ayden Briner, Mason Briner, Isabel Briner, Kaylee Briner and Elijah Ramos. 

Predeceased by 1 son; Stephen Andrew Woodhull who passed away in 1980 and 1 son-in-law Melvin Briner who passed away in 2008.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 5pm to 7pm with a Celebration of Fran’s Life at 7pm.  All at Bunnvale Assembly of God, 285 County Road 513, Glen Gardner, NJ.  Interment will be Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 10:30am at Mountain View Cemetery in Cokesbury, NJ.  Funeral Services are under the direction of Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home in High Bridge, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. 
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Regina "Jean" Ann Zuba

 

Regina “Jean” Ann Zuba, age 75, of High Bridge, NJ passed away on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ.

She was born on November 27, 1940 in Avoca, PA.  She lived in High Bridge, NJ for the past 40 years, moving from PA.  She was a graduate of Avoca High School.

Regina was the daughter of the late Stanley and Stephanie Slusark Halagarda.

She was the wife of John L. Zuba, celebrating 53 years of marriage.

Regina was a licensed beautician and she also worked for GE for several years.  Most recently she owned and operated a gift shop called Material Things in Califon, NJ. 

Memberships include St. Joseph’s Church in High Bridge, NJ.

Survivors in addition to her loving husband include 2 sons; John P. Zuba and his wife Kymberly of Cincinnati, OH and Brian C. Zuba and his wife Athena of Jupiter, FL.  1 daughter; Lynn M. Hower and her husband Scott of Macungie, PA.  5 grandchildren.  3 sisters; Helen, Theresa and Anne. 

Gathering of friends will be Monday, October 24, 2016 from 10am to 11am at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Funeral Mass will be immediately following at 11am at St. Joseph’s Church, 59 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Inurnment at Immaculate Conception Mausoleum in Annandale, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation, 9100 Wescott Drive, Suite 202, Flemington, NJ 08822. 

 

 

Margaret Sadie Woods

 

Margaret Sadie Woods, age 90, of Pittstown, NJ passed away on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at Country Arch Care Center in Pittstown, NJ. 

She was born on December 15, 1925 in High Bridge, NJ and lived her entire life in High Bridge, NJ until moving to Country Arch Care Center 1 ½ years ago. 

Margaret was the daughter of the late Lester and Jenny Farley Philhower. 

She worked for Cooperative Industries in Chester, NJ making airplane gauges for many years until her retirement. 

Margaret loved to crochet and garden.  She enjoyed taking care of her family.

Survivors include one son; Richard Arthur Woods and his wife Lorraine of Pohatcong Twp.,  NJ.  Three grandchildren; Stacy Woods, Kenneth Woods and Megan Emelia Woods-Pieper and her husband Craig Pieper of Nazareth Twp., PA.  One great-granddaughter; Briana Marie Woods.

Predeceased includes one son; Kenneth Ronald Woods who passed away several years ago. 

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

 

 

Roseann Hogrebe

Roseann Hogrebe, 82, of Lebanon, NJ passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

Roseann was born in Johnstown, PA. and moved to Wilkes Barre, PA, as a child.

Roseann is survived by her husband of 62 years, Leonard C. Hogrebe, of Lebanon NJ, sons Wayne and his wife Donna of Lebanon, NJ, Gregory of Easton, PA, Richard and his significant other LouAnn Polewski of Lake Ariel, PA , William and his wife Mary of Bloomsbury, NJ, Grandsons Conner and Callen of Lebanon, NJ, and Scott and David of Three Bridges, NJ, and an ex-daughter-in-law Sharon of Three Bridges, NJ.

Roseann is also survived by two sisters, Mary of Wilkes Barre, PA, Kathleen and her husband Frank of Wilkes Barre, PA, and a brother William, and his wife Gerry of Wilkes Barre. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Roseann was predeceased by her parents, John and Mary, sons Leonard and Kevin, a daughter-in-law Angela, and two brothers, Jack and Richard.

Roseann and her husband Leonard moved to Hillsborough, NJ in 1964, where they lived until moving to Lebanon in 1979. During that time, in addition to raising six sons, Roseann helped her husband start the family business, Apple Tree Landscaping, where she continued to work throughout most of her life.

Roseann loved to sing, and was a member of the choir at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Whitehouse Station where she was also a Parishioner for many years. Roseann was also an avid reader, and enjoyed going to exercise and yoga classes. One of Roseann’s favorite pastimes was wandering through rummage sales, where she was known to have come up with many great “finds” over the years. Roseann was known for her keen sense of observation- she never “missed a trick”.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 4pm to 7pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral Mass will be Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 9:30am at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 390 County Road 523, Whitehouse Station, NJ.  Interment at Mountain View Cemetery in Cokesbury, NJ. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hunterdon Hospice, 215 Rt. 31, Flemington, NJ 08822.  

 

 

Elsa T. Rodriguez Vega

Elsa T. Rodriguez Vega, age 85, passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Rolling Hills Care Center in Clinton Twp., NJ.

She was born on July 29, 1931 in Guanica, Puerto Rico.  She was the daughter of the late Domingo and Santia Vega Torres and spent the majority of her life on the island until moving to New York with her husband and four children. She worked for many years at a Day Care Center for Catholic Charities in Manhattan. 

Elsa would return back to Puerto Rico to the town of Yauco with her husband Benjamin Rodriguez Vega for their retirement where they would live until his passing in 1997. Following his passing, Elsa returned to the United States to Hampton, New Jersey where she would remain until she was placed in Rolling Hills Care Center 3 years ago. She developed strong bonds with the staff and residents there including a friendship with her roommate Janice Tighe and her favorite aide Ernside.

Elsa was a very independent woman who enjoyed taking care of people.  She was a wonderful mother and grandmother playing a prominent role in the lives of her granddaughters.  A fierce advocate for education, she was proud of their accomplishments. She enjoyed listening to the radio, going out to eat, and spending time with her family.  She also loved going to parks and being outdoors.

Survivors include 4 children; Benjamin Rodriguez Jr. and his wife Aida of Jacksonville, FL, Edgar Rodriguez of West New York, NJ, Maria R. Shariatdoust and her husband Reza of Califon, NJ and Jose Rodriguez and his wife Susan of New York, NY.   3 grandchildren; Marisa Shariatdoust, Rana Shariatdoust and Nicole Rodriguez.  2 sisters; Gladys Rosa and her husband Miguel of Puerto Rico and  Mirtha Vega of Puerto Rico.  2 nieces; Madeline Duran and Gladys Merced.  Several cousins. 

Calling hour will be Tuesday, October 4, 2016 from 11am to 12noon at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ, followed by Committal Services at Immaculate Conception Mausoleum in Annandale, NJ.

Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society by visiting https://donate.cancer.org/index. 

 

 

Wilson 'Wil' L. Cregar

Wilson ‘Wil’ L. Cregar, age 81, of Clinton, NJ passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at home. 

He was born on October 6, 1934 in High Bridge, NJ and lived the majority of his life in Hunterdon County.  For a brief time he lived in Solomons, MD while he was in the U.S. Navy.

He was the son of the late Wilson Cregar Sr. and Edna Sigler Cregar. 

Wil was the husband of Elinor (Jakey) Glenn Cregar, celebrating 60 years of marriage.

He was a Korean War veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy from 1954 to 1960 as a Navy Diver and Fireman. He served on the USS Tarawa.

Wil was the Head Groundskeeper at Voorhees High School until his retirement in 1999.

Memberships include Exempt member of the High Bridge Fire Department and Special Police Officer for the High Bridge Police Department.  Wil was also one of the founders of the High Bridge Athletic Association and past president of the organization.  He was very active in the North Hunterdon Little League and Tri-County Baseball League, where he played, coached and umpired for many years for both organizations.

Wil loved baseball and played semi-professionally in his younger years.  He enjoyed collecting baseball cards and also going to casinos. 

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include two sons; James Cregar and his wife Lisa of Hampton, NJ and Jeffrey Cregar and his wife Karen of High Bridge, NJ.  Six grandchildren; Callie Cregar of Branchburg, NJ, Kari Cregar of Hampton, NJ, Jared Shepard of Chatham, NJ, Jacob Cregar of High Bridge, NJ, Zachary Cregar of High Bridge, NJ and Nicholas Cregar of High Bridge, NJ.  Two brothers; Roger Cregar of High Bridge, NJ and Gary Cregar and his wife Delores of AZ.  One sister; Betty Jane Carling and her husband David of Port St. Lucie, FL.  He is also survived by his beloved cat, Samantha. 

He is predeceased by one daughter; Karin Shepard who passed away in 2000. 

Calling hours will be Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10am to 11am with Funeral Service at 11am.  All at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Clinton, NJ. 

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

 

 

William 'Bill' F. Olsen

William ‘Bill’ F. Olsen, age 65, of Bethlehem Twp., NJ passed away on Monday, September 19, 2016 at home.

He was born on February 28, 1951 in Brooklyn, NY.  He had resided in Bethlehem Twp., NJ for the past 22 years, moving from Roselle Park, NJ.

He was the son of the late Fredrick and Mary Parks Olsen.

Bill was the husband of Kathleen Maguire Olsen, celebrating 36 years of marriage.

He worked for Lucent Technologies in Warren, NJ until his retirement.

Bill was an avid fisherman.  He loved the outdoors and also enjoyed hunting. 

Memberships include the Warren County Rod and Gun Club in Asbury, NJ.

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include his daughter; Colleen Callahan and her husband Dan of Worcester, MA and his son; Kevin Olsen of Bethlehem Twp., NJ.  2 grandchildren; Declan Callahan and Liam Callahan.  4 sisters; Mary Kelly of Stewartsville, NJ, Winnie Olsen of Washington, NJ, Karen Loveland of Brick, NJ and Debbie Olsen of FL.  He is also survived by his mother-in-law; Helen Keyworth of Bethlehem Twp., NJ and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Predeceased includes his sister; Gail Shollar and his brother; Fredrick Olsen. 

Calling hours will be Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm.  Funeral Service will be Friday, September 23, 2016 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 Rt. 31, Flemington, NJ 08822.   

 

 

Roger A. Jursey

Roger A. Jursey, age 78, of Lebanon, NJ passed away on Friday, September 16, 2016 at Rehab at River’s Edge in Raritan, NJ.  He was born on November 8, 1937 in Newark, NJ, and lived in Irvington, NJ.  He resided in Clinton Twp., NJ, moving from Irvington, NJ with his family in 1969.

He was the son of the late John Walter and Helen Cecelia Burger Jursey.

Roger worked at Bonds in Newark, and later SS Kresge, also in Newark, in the Men’s Furinshings department.  Roger was one of the first employees of the American Freedom Train foundation, a bicentennial train project based in Lebanon, NJ.  He later worked on the Chessie Steam Special.  In his later years, Roger was a part-time sales associate at Walmart in Clinton, NJ until his retirement.

Roger loved his family, animals, and living in the country. His biggest passions in life were the Hudson River Day Line boats, the Great Lakes Car Ferries, and trains.  Roger was an honorary crew member of his favorite Hudson River Day Line steamship, the Alexander Hamilton. He could often be found steering the boat up and down the Hudson River on a warm summer day.  He made numerous trips to Lake Michigan to ride the steam-powered car ferries between Michigan and Wisconsin.  His proudest achievement was as a locomotive crew member of the American Freedom Train and later Chessie Steam Specials, allowing him the pleasure of working on steam locomotives.

Memberships include the Steam Ship Historical Society of America, and the Detroit Historical Society. 

Survivors include his sister Valerie Arcuri and her husband Louie of Lebanon, NJ.

Graveside services will be private.  A celebration of Roger’s life will be arranged at a later date.

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

 

 

Alice Mae Burke

Alice Mae Burke, age 88, of Union Twp., NJ passed away on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at Country Arch Care Center in Union Twp., NJ.

She was born on February 16, 1928 in Hampton, NJ and was a lifelong resident of Hunterdon County.

She was the daughter of the late Alfred LeRoy and Dorothy Langenbach Cole.

Her husband, William Donald Burke passed away in 2000.

Alice was the owner of Clintonian Hair Care Center in Clinton, NJ for many years.

Memberships include High Bridge United Methodist Church in High Bridge, NJ where she was a member for over 50 years.

Alice enjoyed traveling and loved going on cruises.

Survivors include her daughter; Donna MacLennan and her husband Ken of Hampton, NJ.  2 granddaughters; Heather Kiley and her husband Scott of Hampton, NJ and Laurel Lynch and her husband Joe of Greenwich Twp., NJ.  3 great-grandsons; Michael Kiley, Benjamin Kiley and Sean MacLennan.  2 great-granddaughters; Victoria Kiley and Alexis Lynch.  1 brother; Alfred Cole Jr. and his wife Joan of NJ. 

Calling hours will be Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 11am to 1pm with Funeral Service at 1pm.  All at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment at Musconetcong Valley Cemetery in Hampton, NJ. 

To view Alice's memorial video, please click here.

 

 

Marilyn Diane Rochelle

Marilyn Diane Rochelle, age 88, of Lebanon Twp., NJ peacefully entered eternal rest on Friday, September 2, 2016.
Born on January 29th, 1928 in Passaic, NJ, she resided in Lebanon Twp. for the past 27 years. Prior to that, she lived in Tewksbury Twp. for 19 years. She moved to Hunterdon County from Morris Plains.
She was the daughter of the late Stanley and Geraldine (Boas) Sheaf.
She was predeceased by her former husband of 30 years, Paul M. Rochelle, in 1991.
She was a loving and devoted mother and homemaker. She dedicated her life to raising and caring for her large family. She enjoyed decorating her home with favorite furnishings and accessories. Holiday celebrations were especially favored by Marilyn, giving her the opportunity to gather her loved ones around her to enjoy good food and good times. Always full of stories of her life, she was also happy to lend an ear and able to pass along sage advice when she felt inspired to do so. She enjoyed spending time with her many grandchildren, and always greeted them with a smile and a hug, keeping a special bag of candy on hand for their visits. Each spring, her flower pots filled with blooms which she enjoyed cultivating and displaying. She also enjoyed the companionship of several different canine pets through the years.
She leaves behind her children. three sons; Phillip W. Rochelle and his wife Susan of Alexandria Twp., NJ, Daniel W. Rochelle and his wife Nancy of Clinton Twp., NJ and Christopher D. Rochelle and his wife Basia of Pattenburg, NJ. She also leaves three daughters; Wendy McCarthy and her husband Edward of Crystal River, FL, Cynthia Park of TX and Deborah Trimmer of High Bridge, NJ. and two step-children; H. Peter Rochelle and his wife Linda of Allamuchy, NJ and Penny Rochelle of Kansas City, MO. Her step son Paul "Sandy" Rochelle passed away in 2014 and his wife Carol Rochelle resides in FL. She was very proud of her 25 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.
She was predeceased by her three brothers; Stanley Sheaf, Robert Sheaf and Fred Sheaf. and her sister, Jane Schweer.
A funeral Mass will be Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 10am at Church of the Holy Spirit, 3 Haytown Road, Lebanon, NJ. Interment at Mountain View Cemetery in Cokesbury, NJ.

 

 

James J. Laciura

James J. Laciura, age 86, of Alexandria Twp., NJ passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at home.

He was born on August 28, 1930 in Paterson, NJ.  He spent his childhood in Paterson before moving to Hawthorne, NJ where he lived for many years.  2 ½ years ago, he moved in with his daughter and son-in-law in Alexandria Twp., NJ.

He was the son of the late Filippo and Francesca Laciura.

His wife, and love of his life, Mary Grace Buonforte Laciura, passed away in 1994. 

James was a Paratrooper in the US Army, 82nd Airborne, serving from 1951 to 1954.

Before his retirement, James was a welder for Marcal Paper Products in Elmwood Park, NJ. 

James was an avid baseball fan and loved the Mets.  He was a full-on handyman and loved starting new projects and constructing things for his granddaughters.  He also loved putting together puzzles and taking his granddaughters shopping.

Memberships include St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Hawthorne, NJ.

Survivors include his daughter with whom he lived with, Karen Novak and her husband Edmund Novak . Four granddaughters, Lauryn Steiner and her husband Erik, Jaclyn Novak ,Tracy Novak and Carly Laciura.  One sister, Kate Gilone of Haledon, NJ. 

Predeceased in addition to his wife includes one son, Philip Laciura who passed away in 2007 and four siblings. 

Calling hours will be Sunday, September 4th, 2016 from 1pm to 4pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral Mass will be Monday, September 5, 2016 at 11am at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 2 Whitebridge Road, Pittstown, NJ.  Interment will be private. 

Memorials can be made to The VFW National Headquarters 406 W. 34th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111, designated to: Helping Veterans Program Fund.

 

 

Doris K. Kinzel

 

Doris K. Kinzel, age 96, of Pittstown, NJ passed away on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at Country Arch Care Center in Pittstown, NJ.

She was born on April 26, 1920 in Staten Island, NY.  She resided in Clinton, NJ for many years before moving to Country Arch Care Center in 2013. 

She was the daughter of the late Louis and Emelia Carlson Korn.

Her husband, Winslow Kinzel passed away in 1999. 

Doris was a graduate of Curtis High School in Staten Island, NY. 

She worked for many years for the Hunterdon Review Newspaper in Clinton, NJ where she was responsible for the Legal and Classified section.

Survivors include three children; Lorraine Woods and her husband Richard of Pohatcong Twp., NJ, Donna D’Auria of Tabernacle, NJ, Gary Kinzel and his wife Jennifer of Pittstown, NJ and Wendy K. Lewis and her husband James A. Lewis Jr. of West Chicago, IL.  Nine grandchildren; Megan Woods-Pieper and her husband Craig, Brietney Sierzant and her husband Charles, James A. Lewis III and his wife Carrie, Christina D’Auria, Paul Lewis, Scott Kinzel, Rachel D’Auria, Brian Kinzel and Lauren D’Auria.  4 great-grandchildren; Briana M. Woods, James A. ‘Jamesy’ Lewis IV, Landon P. Lewis and Leila A. Sierzant.  

Doris was an avid reader and she loved spending time with her family.

She was a member of the Palmer Moravian Church in Easton, PA and was very active in their women’s circle. 

A gathering of friends will be held on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 1pm to 2pm followed by a Memorial Service at 2pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private.

Memorials can be made to Palmer Moravian Church, 2901 John Street, Easton, PA 18045 or the Humane Society,   1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington DC, 20037. 
To view Doris's video tribute, please click here.

 

 

Leslie Earl 'Jim' Keller Jr.

 

Leslie Earl ‘Jim’ Keller Jr., age 80, of Union Twp., NJ passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Rolling Hills Care Center in Lebanon, NJ. 

He was born on February 4, 1936 in Baltimore, MD.  He had resided in NJ since 1985, moving from Hingham, MA. 

Jim was the son of the late Leslie Earl Keller Sr. and Kathryn Claire Klemmer Keller.

He was the husband of Margarita ‘Marge’ Gonzalez Keller, celebrating over 46 years of marriage.

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include his two daughters; Kathryn Elizabeth Kemp of Trappe, MD and Mary ‘Aimee’ Olsen and her husband Raymond of High Bridge, NJ.  Six grandchildren; Eric J. Kemp of Trappe, MD, Thomas S. Kemp of Trappe, MD, Aiden T. Keller of Clinton Twp., NJ, Patrick J. Querry of Allentown, PA, Christopher S. Querry of Clinton, NJ and Melissa M. Olsen of High Bridge, NJ. 

Predeceased includes one daughter; Elizabeth A. Keller who passed away in 1969.

Jim was a retired executive in the retail industry and served his community and the State of New Jersey as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor; and as a Legislative Advocate dealing with issues of addiction.  He served on the Board of Directors of The Good News Home for Women, Warren County Community Prevention Resources and Essex Prevention Resources.  He served the Episcopal Church in the Dioceses of Maryland, Massachusetts and on the staff of the Bishop of New Jersey.  He was a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Lebanon   .   

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 1pm at Church of the Holy Spirit, 3 Haytown Road, Lebanon, NJ 08833.  Interment will follow immediately in the Church Memorial Garden.   Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Church of the Holy Spirit, Jim Keller Memorial Fund, 3 Haytown Road, Lebanon, NJ 08833.