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.

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.



Lesley Patricia Hayes

Lesley Patricia Hayes, age 55, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at home.

She was born on November 17, 1958 in New Brunswick, NJ.  She grew up in Edison, NJ and was living in Clinton Twp. for the past 20 years.

She was the daughter of the Patrick Hayes of Edison, NJ and the late Jasamine Viscardi Hayes.

She was an Edison High School graduate.

Lesley was a Sales Representative for Gerri Care Medical Products. In Bound Brook, NJ. 

She was a member of the Clinton Elks and also an avid Giants football fan.  She enjoyed shooting pool, gardening and spending time with friends. 

Lesley can be described as hard working and always good for making others laugh.  She was loved by all who knew her.  She was one of a kind. 

Survivors in addition to her father include 1 brother, Dennis Hayes of Edison, NJ and many beloved friends. 

Calling hours will be Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 11am to 1pm.  Followed by a Funeral service at 1pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.   Interment at Franklin Memorial Park in North Brunswick, NJ. 

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



William T. 'Bill' Swankie


William T. ‘Bill’ Swankie, age 85, of Clinton, NJ passed away on Monday, August 18, 2014 at the Voorhees Center in Voorhees, NJ. 

Bill was the husband of Michelina “Mickie” Campesi Swankie, celebrating over 63 years of marriage.  They lived in Clinton NJ for the past 20 years. He was a retired self-employed Masonry Contractor, and a devoted husband, father, grandfather and father-in-law.

He was an avid NY Giants football fan, and enjoyed playing the lottery, watching TV’s The Price is Right and Let’s Make a Deal, being outdoors gardening in his younger years, and over time became an accomplished cook.

Bill was born on September 7, 1928 in Orange, NJ. to William and Mary Allen Swankie.  Survivors in addition to his wife include his daughter Paula Swankie DeLiso and her husband Bob of San Francisco, CA; his 5 grandchildren: Michael DeLiso of Washington DC, Claire DeLiso of Philadelphia, PA, Catie DeLiso of San Francisco, CA, Russell Muldowney of Atlantic City, NJ and Melissa Muldowney of Clinton, NJ; his 2 brothers: Richard “Dick”Swankie of Harrison, NJ, and Robert “Bob”Swankie and his wife Barbara of Florham Park, NJ; and son-in-law Robert “Bob” Muldowney of Clinton, NJ. He was predeceased by his children: Lisa A. Muldowney (2010), Patricia A. Swankie (1956) and William F. Swankie (1960).

Calling hours will be Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm, followed by a memorial service at 2:30pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  A reception will follow next door at the church hall.

Memorial contributions in his honor can be made to Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822. 



Floyd 'Gene' E. Hudson


Floyd ‘Gene’ E. Hudson, age 78, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ. 

He was born on September 13, 1935 in Philadelphia, PA and had resided in Clinton Twp., NJ since 1965.

He was the son of the late Floyd I. and Harriet E. Hillerman Hudson.

Gene was the husband of Rebecca Webster Hudson, celebrating 54 years of marriage.

He graduated from Haverford College with a Bachelor of Science degree.  He went on to earn his masters and PhD, both from University of Delaware. 

He was the Associate Director of Regulatory Affairs for Colgate-Palmolive in Piscataway, NJ until his retirement in 1994.      

Gene was an avid fisherman, hunter, birdwatcher and Eagle Scout.  He was also a member of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical Society and the General G. W. Taylor Civil War Round Table in Clinton, NJ.  He was a committeeman in Clinton Twp., NJ from 1970-1972.  He was also on several other committees in Clinton Twp. over the years.  

Survivors in addition to his wife include 2 sons; Douglas Hudson of Hopkinton, MA and Braden Hudson of Alpha, NJ.  1 daughter; Kathryn Campbell and her husband Michael of Upton, MA.  5 granddaughters; Felicia Quinn, Kelsey Campbell, Erica Hudson, Lauren Campbell and Nicole Hudson.  2 brothers; William Hudson and his wife Linda of Newark, DE and Joseph Hudson and his wife Sue of Newark, DE. 

Gathering of friends will take place Thursday, August 28, 2014 from 10am to 11am, followed by a Memorial Service at 11am.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private. 

Memorials can be made to Whitehouse Rescue Squad, PO Box 175, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889-0175 or the National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, New York 10016.  



Julia Colantano

Julia Colantano, age 95, of Raritan Twp., NJ passed away on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Independence Manor in Raritan Twp., NJ. 

She was born on February 13, 1919 in Boonton, NJ.  She had resided in Denville, NJ for most of her life, moving to Raritan Twp., NJ 3 years ago. 

She was the daughter of the late Andrew and Agnes Dziorny.

Julia’s husband, William Michael Colantano, passed away in 1997. 

She was a housewife.

She was a devout Catholic and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She also was a member of the Senior Citizens Club in Denville, NJ.  Julia enjoyed gardening, playing bingo and cooking (especially desserts).  She was also known to see a fly on the wall….with no glasses needed. 

Survivors include 1 son; William Michael Colantano Jr. and his wife Kathleen of Lebanon, NJ.  1 son-in-law;  Andrew Dachisen of Montague, NJ.  3 grandsons; Andrew Dachisen, William Michael Colantano III and his wife Debra and Michael William Colantano and his fiancé Melissa.  3 great-grandchildren; Nolan Colantano, Kaylee Colantano and William Michael Colantano IV.  1 sister; Anna Venturini of Boonton, NJ.

Predeceased by 1 daughter; Judith Dachisen.  2 brothers; Andrew Dziorny and John Dziorny.  1 sister; Irene Wach.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from 10am to 11:30am followed by Funeral Service at 11:30am.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment at Somerset Hills Memorial Park. 



Thomas J. Devine


Thomas J. Devine, age 92, of Clinton Twp. passed away on Saturday, August 16, 2014.  He was born on March 10, 1922 in Jersey City, NJ.  He moved to Clinton Twp. in 2007, after residing in Lebanon Twp., since 1965.

Thomas was the husband of Judith Gray Devine, celebrating 49 years of marriage.  He was the son of the late Thomas and Louise Allard Devine.

He was a World War II Navy veteran.  He retired in 1992 as a Union Construction Painter for Zack Painting Co. Inc.

Thomas was a member of the American Legion in High Bridge and St. Joseph’s Church in High Bridge.  He was an avid bowler.  He also enjoyed photography, target shooting and weight training. 

Survivors in addition to his wife include his son; Tommy Devine and his wife Stacy of Readington Twp., his daughter; Tracy Devine and her husband Glenn Prokopik of Readington Twp., and 2 grandchildren; Logan and Josalyn; and many beloved nieces and nephews. 

Predeceased by a brother; Frank Devine and a sister; Helen Devine Stewart. 

Calling hours will be Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 2-4pm with Funeral Service at 4pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011



Dorothy A. Schaefer

Dorothy A. Schaefer, age 70, of Hicksville, NY passed away on January 15, 2014 in Long Island, NY. 

She was born on August 16, 1943 in Somerville, NJ.

She was the daughter of the late Vasily and Helen Stala Prostak.

Dorothy was the wife of Michael Schaefer of Hicksville, NY, celebrating 50 years of marriage.

She was a beautician, working for many salons over the years.

She was an avid gardner and loved to sew and do needlework.  She also enjoyed cooking and taught all of her sons how to cook.  Most of all, she was a fantastic mother.

Survivors in addition to her husband include 3 sons; Thomas Schaefer and his wife Maureen of Upstate NY, Matthew Schaefer and his wife Wendy of Long Island, NY and Jeffrey Schaefer and his wife Beth of PA.  5 grandchildren; Jayke, Edyn, Mikayla, Ian and Thomas.  2 brothers; Joseph Prostak and his wife Randi of Lebanon, NJ and Edward Prostak and his wife Debbie of AL.  1 sister; Mary Lomerson and her husband Ronald of Lebanon Twp., NJ.  1 aunt; Helen and her husband Edmond Muckelmann of Lebanon, NJ.  Several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Predeceased by 1 brother; Paul Prostak. 

Memorial service will be on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 1pm at Stanton Grange Hall, 16 County Road 618, Lebanon, NJ.

Local arrangements by Scarponi-Bright F.H. Lebanon, NJ.