Manford Elwood "Pick" Pickrell Jr.
On Thursday December 5th 2013 Manford Elwood "Pick" Pickrell Jr. quietly passed away at his daughter's home in Clinton Twp., NJ.
He was born on August 8th 1931 in Syracuse, NY to the late Manford Elwood Sr. and Bernice Calvert Pickrell.
While attending East Aurora High School Class of 1949 he was a three letter man and their star basketball player. One of his classmates stating in Pick's yearbook "Good Luck to a fellow you can never miss in a crowd".
Graduating from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1953 "Pick" had entered the ROTC program. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War years.
He married Sarah Elizabeth Taliaferro in 1954 and had two children, Dianne Lynn and Stuart Scott. Pick left the Air Force in 1955 and joined his father in a career in the design and distribution of motion picture equipment in Buffalo, NY. Moving to New Jersey in 1964 he elevated his career to become president of Xetron Corporation in Cedar Knolls before retiring in 1988. He was a true car enthusiast and loved working on and driving exotic cars. So much so that he was a past president of the North American Maserati Club while living in NJ.
In 1989 he moved to Del Ray Beach, Florida enjoying a life of boating and spending time with family and friends. In 2005 he moved to Knoxville, TN with longtime companion Shirley Ketcham before returning to New Jersey in 2011.
Pick is survived by his daughter Dianne Storey and her husband Michael. He has two grandchildren ; Kirk Christopher and Nicolette Elizabeth and one step-grandson Damian Michael Storey of High Bridge,NJ. He is also survived by his sister Jackie Haveman of Fort Worth, Texas and his longtime companion, Shirley Ketcham of Lake Canandaigua, NY. He is predeceased by his son Stuart Scott Pickrell.
Funeral Services will be private. Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, Lebanon, NJ
Memorial to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38015
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Sharon M. Apperson
Sharon M. Apperson, age 70, of High Bridge, NJ passed away on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ.
She was born on March 24, 1943 in Phoenix, Arizona. She had lived in New Jersey since 1990, moving from California.
She was the daughter of the late Lt. Col. John Ralph and Betty Jean Luick McCombs.
She graduated from California State University at Hayward with a degree in microbiology and also the College of Notre Dame in California with her MBA.
Sharon was a microbiologist, working for Ethicon in Bridgewater, New Jersey.
Survivors include 1 sister; Diane McCombs-Wilcox and her husband Jim Wilcox of California. 2 nephews; Cass McCombs of California and Devin Wilcox of California. Good friend; Dennis McNally of High Bridge, New Jersey.
Predeceased by 1 brother; Michael Earl McCombs.
Sharon was of the Baha’i faith. She was a member of the Gem Vac Veterans in Glen Gardner, New Jersey. She also was a volunteer at Lyons Veterans Hospital, specifically the Alzheimer’s unit. She worked closely with Rutgers University on their Veterans oral history program. She also enjoyed orchestrating Veterans Round Tables at the Clinton Library in Clinton, New Jersey. She was also an animal lover and advocate and was a Beekeeper. Sharon loved going to her second home in Saba island in the Caribbean.
Calling hours will be Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 11:30am to 1:30pm with Funeral Service at 1:30pm. All at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ. Interment immediately to follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Clinton, NJ.
Memorials to Gem Vac Veterans, 2062 Route 31, Glen Gardner, New Jersey 08826.
Nicholas Luongo, 81 of Clinton NJ, died Friday November 22 at his home.
He was born on March 15, 1932 in Newark, NJ. He was the son of Genevoso Luongo and Angela Rosamilia.
Nick honorably served his country as a marine in the Korean War. Later he was a handy man to his properties in Clinton for 42 years.
In addition to his beloved wife, Angela, he is survived by one daughter Laura Fisch, and her husband Wayne. Four grandchildren, Tara Cornish, and her husband Nick, Heather Luongo, Rachael Fisch, and Trevor Fisch, Along with seven great grandchildren. Predeceased by 1 son; Patrick L. Luongo who passed away in 2001.
A grave side service will be held on Wednesday November 27th at 10:00am, at Evergreen cemetery on North Halstead Street in Clinton NJ. Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, Lebanon, NJ.
Memorials to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
Robert 'Bobby' Charles Heine Jr.
Robert ‘Bobby’ Charles Heine Jr., age 51, of Apache Junction, AZ passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 after being in a motorcycle accident.
He was born on August 8, 1962 in New Brunswick, NJ. He had resided in Hunterdon County until moving to Arizona 23 years ago.
He was the son of the late Robert C. Heine Sr. and Donna Kimble Heine.
He attended North Hunterdon High School in Clinton Twp., NJ.
Bobby was a heavy machine operator, working for M & P Venture Partners LLC.
He enjoyed riding motorcycles, going to the shooting range, working on cars and going to casinos.
Survivors include 1 sister; Karen Bishop and her husband Robert of Asbury, NJ. 2 nieces; Kelly Bishop of Stewartsville, NJ and Kim Bishop of Washington, NJ. 3 great nieces and nephews; Anthony, Peyton, and Luke. Many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Memorial service will be Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 2pm at the Bishop Residence, 6 Timberline Road, Asbury, NJ 08802. Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to MAV (Motorcycle Accident Victims), PO Box 6, Pennsville, NJ 08070.
Evelyn M. Zellman
Evelyn M. Zellman, age 91, of Bethlehem Twp., PA passed away on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at the Old Orchard Health Care Center in Bethlehem Twp., PA.
She was born on March 24, 1922 in Annandale, NJ. She lived in Annandale, NJ until moving to High Bridge, NJ in 1953. 6 months ago, she moved to Bethlehem Twp., PA.
She was the daughter of the late Clarence and Laura Snyder Manning.
Her husband, Hans E. R. Zellman passed away in 1987.
She was a Laundress at the Hunterdon Developmental Center in Clinton, NJ.
Evelyn was a member of the High Bridge Emergency Squad and Ladies Auxiliary. She was a former member of the Annandale Reformed Church. She also enjoyed playing cards and was a member of the Card Club. In addition, she enjoyed doing puzzles, bowling and watching the New York Yankees.
Survivors include 1 son; Thomas Zellman and his wife Sue of Bethlehem, PA. 1 daughter; Donna Rising and her husband Herman of Owego, NY. 1 granddaughter; Stephanie Kirk and her husband Ryan of Easton, PA. 2 step-grandchildren; Charlie Enman and his wife Kelly of Townsend, DE and Courtney Enman of Chester, MD. 1 great-grandson; Tyler Kirk.
Predeceased by 2 brothers; Bradley Manning and Sonny Manning. 4 sisters; Alice Sammis, Helen Wood, Addie Manning, and Ann Lissau.
Calling hours will be Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Funeral Service on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 11am. All at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ. Interment at Mountain View Cemetery in Cokesbury, NJ.
Memorials to the High Bridge Emergency Squad, PO Box 14, High Bridge, NJ 08829.
Elizabeth Kurtiak, age 71, wife of Carl Kurtiak of Berea, Kentucky passed away Monday Nov. 11, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky. Elizabeth was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey and was a resident of Pittstown, New Jersey for 25 years before retiring to Kentucky. She was the daughter of the late Joseph Guiliano and Mary Zemereta Guiliano. She was a nurse for the Perth Amboy Hospital and was a loving mother and wife. Elizabeth is survived by her husband Carl Kurtiak of Berea Kentucky, and her 3 children; David Kurtiak of Clinton New Jersey, Phillip Kurtiak of Gibsonville, North Carolina, and Vanessa Rice of Georgetown Kentucky and her brother Dr. Phillip Guiliano of Medford New Jersey. She is also survived by her 7 loving grandchildren; Timothy, Andrew, Ryan, Savannah, Madelyn, Audrey, and William.
Calling hours will be Saturday Nov. 16, 2013 from 8:45-10:45am at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, New Jersey. Memorial Mass immediately to follow at 11:30am at Our Lady of Victories Church in Baptistown, New Jersey. Inurnment at Immaculate Conception Cemetery & Mausoleum in Annandale, New Jersey.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to American Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.
Michael Garafola, age 62, of Lebanon, NJ passed away on October 26, 2013 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ.
He was born on November 2, 1950 in Jersey City, NJ.
He was the son of the late Michael and Marge Ferrandino Garafola, who previously owned Fat Mike’s in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ. .
Michael was self-employed operating many businesses including a Cigar company, jewelry store and horse owner, all located in NJ.
He is survived by his ex-wife; Svetlana Garafola of PA.
No calling hours. Services will be private. Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ.
Kirby George Overton
Kirby George Overton, age 76, of High Bridge, NJ passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at Hunterdon Care Center in Raritan Twp., NJ. following a long illness.
He was born on August 19, 1937 in London, Ontario, the elder son of the late Gordon and Gladys Morley Overton.
Although he was named after major league baseball pitcher Kirby Higbe, an All-Star with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1940, Kirby dedicated himself to a career in professional golf and was a US PGA member for many years.
Kirby worked as an assistant pro for the Philadelphia Cricket Club, the oldest country club in the US as well as the head pro at West Chester Country Club. Kirby and his wife were former owners of the Golf Store of Flemington in Flemington, NJ. In later years he worked as a teaching pro at Garden State Golf in North Branch, NJ and made custom clubs. Upon his retirement, he worked part time for SOS Security at Verizon Wireless in Bedminster, NJ.
Kirby was a member of the Spruce Run Lutheran Church.
Family members in addition to his wife of 24 years, Roxanne Jones Overton, include brother; Greg Overton and his wife Joanne of Moss Creek, IN; sons, Keith Overton and his wife Liz of North Wales, PA, Kirk Overton and his wife Heidi of Dresher, PA; daughters at home; Kaitlin and Allison; and grandchildren Joanna, Cole, Adam, and Melia.; nephew Michael Overton and niece Angie Overton of Indianapolis, IN.
Private family viewing. Gathering of friends on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 at 10am. Funeral service to follow at 11am at Spruce Run Lutheran Church, 442 West Hill Road, Glen Gardner, NJ. Interment will be private and at a later date. Arrangements by Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, High Bridge, NJ.
Memorials to Hunterdon Cancer Center, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822, Spruce Run Lutheran Church, 442 West Hill Road, Glen Gardner, NJ or St. Joseph’s Indian School, 1301 North Main Street, Chamberlain, SD 57325.
Gilbert Edward Carter
Gilbert Edward Carter, age 84, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at Rolling Hills Care Center in Clinton Twp., NJ.
He was born on May 2, 1929 in East Orange, NJ. He has been a NJ resident for the past 3 years, moving from PA. Prior to that he resided in Hunterdon County for 65 years.
He was the son of the late Harry and Wilmie Bonnell Carter.
Gilbert served in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict from 1948 to 1952 on the USS Boxer.
He was a Rural Carrier for the Whitehouse Station Post Office, retiring in 1989.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 284 in Whitehouse, NJ and also a lifetime member of the NRA. He loved to go hunting and fishing.
Survivors include 2 sons; Jeffrey Carter of Whitehouse Station, NJ and Richard Carter of Upper Black Eddy, PA. 2 daughters; Kelly Greening of Milford, PA and Janet Pascoe of Blairstown, NJ. 9 grandchildren. 10 great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be Tuesday, November 5, 2013 from 3pm to 7pm followed by Funeral services at 7pm. All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ. Interment will be private.
Memorials to Hunterdon Hospice, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822.
Ronald J. Kane
Ronald J. Kane, age 77, of Clinton, NJ passed away on Monday, October 28, 2013 at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ.
He was born on January 14, 1936 in Summit, NJ. He had been a resident of Clinton, NJ for the past 9 years.
He was the son of the late Vincent Joseph and Anna Elizabeth Farley Kane.
He was the husband of Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Ryan Kane, celebrating 37 years of marriage.
Ronald graduated from Millburn High School and served in the United States Army in the late 1950’s.
He worked for NJ Bell until his retirement in 1995.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Annandale, NJ and also a past member of the Elks Club in Springfield, NJ.
Ronald loved the Giants and Yankees. Years ago, he also enjoyed building race cars.
Survivors in addition to his wife include 1 step-son; Robert Griener and his wife Sharon of Madison, NJ. 1 step-daughter; Susan Link and her husband Cal of Harding, NJ. 4 grandchildren; Jessica Griener, Bailey Link, Charley Link and Casey Link. Several nieces and nephews. Many beloved friends.
He was predeceased by 9 brothers and sisters.
Calling hours will be Sunday, November 3, 2013 from 2-6pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ 08833. Funeral Mass Monday, November 4, 2013 at 10am at Immaculate Conception Church in Annandale, NJ. Interment at St. Teresa’s Cemetery in Summit, NJ.
Memorials to Clinton Rescue Squad, PO Box 5265, Clinton, NJ 08809.
Clayton 'Babe' L. Manhattan
Clayton ‘Babe’ L. Manhattan, age 82, of North Plainfield, NJ passed away on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at his daughter’s home in Bethlehem Twp., NJ.
He was born on January 30, 1931 in North Plainfield, NJ and was a lifelong resident of the area.
He was the son of the late Joseph and Mildred Carson Manhattan.
Babe served in the United States Marine Corps in Korea from 1948-1952. He was involved in 5 major engagements and was a Purple Heart recipient.
He was a professional tree man, working for Shade Tree Department in the city of Plainfield.
He was an avid dancer, a loving father and a true patriot. His family was his joy –and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandson.
Survivors include 1 son; Andrew Manhattan of Jakarta, Indonesia. 3 daughters; Kathleen Vinglas of South Plainfield, NJ, Elaine Fuchs and her husband Daniel of Valrico, FL and Wendy Theurer and her husband Richard of Bethlehem Twp., NJ. 1 son-in-law; Muammar R. Lopresti of South Plainfield, NJ. 6 grandchildren; Jennifer Jones, Diane Fuchs, Donna-Lynn Fuchs, Benjamin Theurer, Jacob Theurer and Olivia Theurer. 1 great-grandson; Daniel Fuchs.
Predeceased by 1 daughter; Diane Lopresti, 2 sisters and 3 brothers.
Memorial service will be Friday, November 1, 2013 at 6pm at Wendy Theurer’s home, 9 Rockhill Drive, Hampton, NJ. Inturnment will take place on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 10am at Hillside Cemetery in Scotch Plains, NJ followed by coffee hour at Kathleen Vinglas’s home 204 Fred Allen Drive, South Plainfield, NJ. Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ.
Memorials can be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.
Fay M. Tinnes
Fay M. Tinnes, age 93, of Raritan Twp., NJ passed away on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at Independence Manor in Raritan Twp., NJ.
She was born on October 30, 1919 in New York, NY. She had lived in Raritan Twp., NJ since 2002.
She was the daughter of the late Angelo and Incaranata DeCristafaro Pernicone.
Her first husband; Ralph Donatelli, passed away in 1975.
Her second husband, John P. Tinnes passed away in 2000.
Fay was an accounting supervisor for Oliver Tire & Rubber in Flemington. After working there for 23 years, she retired in 1980.
She was an avid reader and enjoyed writing poetry and doing ceramics. She also loved to sing.
Survivors include; 1 son; Kenneth A. Donatelli and his wife Eleanor A. of Clinton Twp., NJ. 1 step-son; John E. Tinnes of FL. 1 step-daughter; Carol Lilly of Annapolis, MD. 2 grandchildren; Kenneth M. Donatelli and his wife Valerie of Whitehouse, NJ and Deborah A. Walrond and her husband Steven of Kendall Park, NJ. 1 great-grandson; Kenneth P. Donatelli. 1 sister; Carmela Liotta of West Babylon, NY. Several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husbands, she was predeceased by 1 grandson; Michael J. Donatelli, who passed away in 2000. 2 brothers; Vincent Pernicone and Michael Pernicone. 2 sisters; Nancy Azzarini and Vincenza DelSanto.
Calling hours will be Friday, November 1, 2013 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Funeral Service will be Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 10am. All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ 08833. Interment at Locust Grove Cemetery in Quakertown, NJ.
Memorials can be made to Hunterdon Hospice, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
John F. Longordo Jr.
John F. Longordo Jr., age 85, of Raritan, NJ passed away on Monday, October 21, 2013 at Kindred Hospital in Rahway, NJ.
He was born on May 30, 1928 in Raritan, NJ and was a lifelong resident of Raritan, NJ.
He was the son of the late John and Elizabeth Sakos Longordo.
He was the husband of Grace Scarponi Longordo.
John served in the US Navy from 1946 to 1948.
He was a Field Technician for Elizabethtown Water Company in Raritan, NJ.
John was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raritan, NJ and also the Knights of Columbus in Somerville, NJ.
He enjoyed watching football, especially the Giants. He also loved watching his grandson play lacrosse and football.
Survivors in addition to his wife include 1 son; Anthony Longordo of Raritan, NJ. 3 daughters; Patricia Longordo of Rahway, NJ, Barbara Denlinger and her husband William of Manchester, NJ and Kathleen Higgins and her husband Douglas of South Dakota. 4 grandchildren; John Anthony Longordo who is currently attending the University of Delaware, Noelle Denlinger of New York, NY, Natalie Hahn of Brooklyn, NY and Chuckie Wry of South Dakota. 1 great-grandson; Matthew Hahn of Brooklyn, NY.
He was predeceased by 2 brothers; Danny Longordo and Francis X. Longordo. 2 sisters; Betty Capici and Marie DeBono. 1 granddaughter; Grace Wry.
Calling hours with prayers will be Sunday, October 27, 2013 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ. Funeral Mass will be Monday, October 28, 2013 at 9:30am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 16 East Somerset Street, Raritan, NJ. Interment at St. Bernard’s Cemetery in Bridgewater, NJ.
William 'Bill' H. Conover
After fighting a long illness, William ‘Bill’ H. Conover, age 86, of Bath, PA formally of High Bridge, NJ died with his loving family by his side on Friday, October 18, 2013 at St. Luke’s Hospital. He was the son of John Russell and Ruth Emma Conover.
He was born on July 22, 1927 in Bissell, Tewksbury Twp., NJ where he was raised on a farm. He served as a Merchant Marine during World War II.
Known for his sense of humor, generosity and loving personality, he touched many lives through his willingness to help others. He was a member of the High Bridge Fire Department and the Moose Lodge of Washington, NJ. He was an avid camper and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
He worked at Taylor Wharton Iron & Steel Co. for 24 years. He then worked at United Telephone Co. until his retirement.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Doris Apgar. His 3 children; Nancy and her husband Robert VanNatta of High Bridge, NJ, William Conover of Bath, PA and Russell and his wife Connie of Cumming, GA. 4 grandchildren; Craig and Kelly VanNatta and Ryan and Amanda Conover. 3 great-grandchildren; Adrian, Bradly and Addison. 1 sister; Lois Conner of Ocala, FL and many nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by 3 half-brothers; Kenneth, C. Peter and Richard. 2 brothers; J. Allyn and Vernon and 2 sisters; Virginia Metzler and Joyce Coyle.
Calling hours will be Monday, October 21, 2013 from 1-4pm at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ followed by a memorial service at 4pm. Interment will be private and take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005 or the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004.
Richard A. de Medina
Richard A. de Medina, 71, died Thursday, October 17, 2013, with his wife by his side, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, of complications following a lung transplant.
He was born to the late Adolfo and Dolores de Medina, November 27, 1941 in New York City, New York. He was a veteran of the Army and served in Korea, Viet Nam, Japan, and Germany. He married Georgea Heironimus on June 12, 1971 in Augusta, Kansas. Rick graduated from Washburn University of Topeka in Kansas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1980. He also studied archaeology and anthropology at the University of Kansas.
Rick lived life to the fullest and spread that energy to those he met. He was passionate about meeting new people and getting to know them. He was devoted to his wife and daughter and to his Samoyed puppies.
He was loved and will be missed by his family and friends, and is survived by his loving wife, Georgea de Medina, and his cherished daughter, Alina, of Asbury.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 20, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. at the Clinton United Methodist Church, at 10 Halsted Street, Clinton, NJ, with visitation beginning at 2:30 p.m. Services are under the direction of Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, Lebanon, NJ.
Nicholas V. Panageas
Nicholas V. Panageas, age 86, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on October 11, 2013 at his son’s home.
He was born on July 10, 1927 in Brinda, Greece. He came to the United States in 1955 and resided in Jersey City, NJ before moving to Hunterdon County in 1976.
He was the son of the late Vasilios and Eleftheria Panageas.
His wife, Stamata ‘Stella’ Koromilas Panageas, passed away in 2005.
Nicholas had served in the Greek Navy.
He and his wife had owned and operated several restaurants including Spinning Wheel Diner in Lebanon, NJ, Daz-O-Del in Clinton, NJ and Hunterdon Restaurant in Whitehouse, NJ.
Nicholas was a member of St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church. He loved sports including football, hockey and the Yankees. He enjoyed working in the diner business. Most of all, he was a dedicated family man.
Survivors include 1 son; Vasilios ‘Bill’ N. Panageas and his wife Margaret of Lebanon, NJ. 2 daughters; Eleftheria ‘Lefty’ Samios and her husband Taki of Kalamata, Greece and Eugenia ‘Jenny’ Wilgeroth and her husband John of Wind Gap, PA. 5 grandchildren; Niko Samios, Sophia Panageas, Alex Samios, Nicholas Panageas and Stella Panageas.
He was predeceased by 10 brothers and sisters.
Calling hours will be Tuesday, October 15, 2013 from 7-9pm with Trisagion prayers at 8pm and Wednesday, October 16, 2013 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm with Trisagion prayers at 8pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ. Funeral Service on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 10:30am at St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church, 85 Voorhees Corner Road, Flemington, NJ. Interment at Union Cemetery in Lebanon, NJ.
Memorials can be made to St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church.
Peggy Walton of Clinton Twp., NJ died at home on October 7, 2013.
She was born in High Bridge, NJ. The daughter of Charles and Ellen Walton.
Peggy was predeceased by her son, Bill DeRose and a sister Arlene Fenwick.
She is survived by her daughter, Shelley Adams and son-in-law Dave Adams of High Bridge, NJ and grandchildren Morgan Adams and Michael Adams.
Services are private under the direction of Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home in High Bridge, NJ.
Joseph V. Prostak Jr.
Joseph V. Prostak, Jr., age 39, passed away on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ after a long courageous battle with cancer.
He was born on December 12, 1973 in Flemington, NJ and was a lifelong resident of Clinton Twp., NJ.
He was the son of Joseph V. Sr. and Randi Sue Heft Prostak of Clinton Twp., NJ.
Joe graduated from North Hunterdon High School in 1992. He was self-employed, operating Paradise Repair - a small motor/automotive shop. In the past he also worked at Walmart and the Raritan Valley Golf Course.
He loved working with his Dad in the parts business. He also enjoyed working on cars, lawn mowers and working on the family farm. He enjoyed putting model cars together and also watching movies. Joe also loved to cook and bake. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and helping people.
Joe was a former member of the Annandale Fire Department and also a member of the Lebanon Grange.
Survivors in addition to his parents include 1 sister; Joann White and her husband John of Flemington, NJ. Aunts and Uncles; Dorothy and Michael Schafer of Hicksville, NY, Edward and Debbie Prostak of Alabama, Mary and Ronald Lomerson of Lebanon Twp., NJ, Donald and Myra Heft of Hampton, NJ, Shirley Black of Easton, PA, Ronald and Virginia Heft of Glen Gardner, NJ and Gary and Janet Heft of Easton, PA. His Godparents; Edmund Jr. and Helen Muckelmann of Lebanon, NJ. Many cousins.
He was predeceased by his Grandparents; Vasily and Helen Prostak and Nellie and Howard Heft. 3 Uncles; Paul Prostak, Robert Heft and Richard Heft. 1 cousin; Cherrie Levy.
Calling hours will be Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 12noon to 2pm with Funeral Service at 2pm. All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ. Interment at Newell Cemetery in Stanton, NJ.
Memorials can be made to Foundation for Morristown Medical Center’s Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, 475 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960.
Thomas William McCreary
Thomas William McCreary, age 58 of Hampton, NJ passed away unexpectedly on Monday, September 2, 2013 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp. after a sudden heart attack.
He was born on March 30, 1955 in Easton, PA and was a lifelong resident of Hunterdon County.
He was the son of William Thomas and Joan Stockton McCreary of Troy, PA.
He was the husband of Michele Chamblee McCreary, celebrating 35 years of marriage.
Thomas was a self-employed Cabinet Maker, operating McCreary Fine Furnishings in Hampton, NJ.
He was a talented woodworker and enjoyed making antique reproductions. Tom was instrumental in getting the village of New Hampton cited as a historic district. He loved living by the Muscontecong River and enjoyed all activities related to the river. He loved spending time with his granddaughter. He is best described as being a ‘big kid’ himself.
Survivors in addition to his wife and parents include 1 son; Patrick I. McCreary of Hoboken, NJ. 1 daughter; Mckenzie K. McCreary of Hampton, NJ. 1 granddaughter; Mckayla Anderson of Hampton, NJ. 1 brother; Michael McCreary of CT.
Memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 12:30pm at the McCreary residence, 44 Musconetcong River Road, Hampton, NJ.
Arrangements are under the direction of Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home in High Bridge, NJ.
Memorials can be made to Makayla Anderson’s Education Fund, 44 Muscontecong River Road, Hampton, NJ 08827.
Sara H. Izbicki
Sara H. Izbicki, age 91, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Monday, September 2, 2013 at Rolling Hills Care Center in Clinton Twp., NJ.
She was born on March 1, 1922 in South Fallsburg, NY. She resided in Lebanon, NJ for 16 years, moving from Beachwood, NJ where she resided for 10 years. Prior to that, she was a resident of Lakewood, NJ.
She was the daughter of the late Morris and Mary Spreirgen Sprager.
Her husband, Leonard Izbicki, passed away in 1992.
She was a World War II Veteran, serving in the US Army in 1943 with the 763rd WAAC.
Sara was a Cafeteria Aid at the Lakewood school system.
She was a member of the American Legion Post 166 in Lakewood, NJ for over 40 years, a member of the Flemington Senior Center and also the Clinton Twp. Senior Club. Sara was also a charter member of the Women’s Memorial in Washington DC. In addition, she was a member of the WAC’s (Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association) Chapter 74 in Clinton, NJ and also the P.V.A. (Paralyzed Veterans of America).
Survivors include 2 sons; Edward T. Izbicki and his wife Catherine of Beachwood, NJ and Michael J. Izbicki and his wife Lisa of Yorktown Heights, NY. 4 daughters; Elaine J. Miller and her husband David of McHenry, IL, Anne T. Witschard and her husband Rolando of Syracuse, NY, Marsha “Misty” T. Kramer and her husband Neal of Morristown, NJ and Margaret F. Hollabaugh and her husband Richard of Lebanon, NJ. 7 grandchildren; Patrick Miller, Joanne Miller, Thomas Miller, Sarah Marie Izbicki, Jason Izbicki, Timothy Hollabaugh and Andrew Hollabaugh. 7 great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be Thursday, September 5, 2013 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ. Chapel service Friday, September 6, 2013 at 1:30pm at B.G. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 350 Provinceline Road, Wrightstown, NJ.
Georgia Lynn Mowrey Wright
Georgia Lynn Mowrey Wright, age 50, of Phillipsburg, NJ passed away on Monday, September 2, 2013 at St. Luke’s Warren Hospital in Phillipsburg, NJ after battling Crohn’s Disease for many years.
She was born on March 21, 1963 in Phillipsburg, NJ and was a resident of Hunterdon County for many years before moving to Phillipsburg, NJ.
She was the daughter of the late Frank H. Mowrey Sr. who passed away in June of 2012 and Jean Delores Edmonds Mowrey who passed away in May of 2013.
Georgia worked at Grayrock Pharmacy in Clinton, NJ for several years as an OTC Supervisor.
She also volunteered at the Hagedorn Geriatric Center and taught pre-school in Hampton. She was a member of the High Bridge Methodist Church as well as the Hampton Presbyterian Church. Georgia was a member of the Women’s Club in Hampton. She also was an avid reader and loved to crochet. She found happiness in the little things in life.
Survivors include 1 daughter; Heather Wright and her fiancé Isaiah Ward of Rapid City, SD. 1 brother; Frank H. Mowrey Jr. and his girlfriend Donna of Stockertown, PA. 2 sisters; Donna L. VonFabian and her husband Michael of Easton, PA and Shonda J. Caracciola and her husband Nick of Bethlehem Twp., NJ. 7 nieces and nephews; Joey, Karey, Ashley, Ron, Allison, Tyler and Nicholas.
Calling hour will be Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 11am to 12noon with memorial service at 12noon. All at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ. Inurnment of Georgia’s cremated remains along with her parents, Frank and Jean Mowrey Sr., will be immediately following at Musconetcong Valley Cemetery in Hampton, NJ.
Memorials to High Bridge Methodist Church, 36 Church Street, High Bridge, NJ 08829 or Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, National Processing Center, PO Box 1245 Albert Lea, MN 56007-9976.
Jennifer Susan Halar
Jennifer Susan Halar, age 61, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Sunday, August 18, 2013 at home.
She was born on February 3, 1952 in Somerville, NJ and had resided in Annandale for the past 7 years, moving from Whitehouse.
She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Halar.
She was a former Medical Coder for LabCorp in Raritan, NJ.
Jennifer was a member of the Lebanon Congregation of Jehovah witnesses.
She loved the ocean and beach. Jennifer enjoyed shopping and loved to spend time watching sailing ships.
Survivors include 2 sisters; Joan Kostreba and her husband Michael of Sevierville, TN and Jacque Perun of Sevierville, TN. 6 nieces and nephews; Diane Zitiniak, Charmaine Kostreba, Michael Kostreba, Dawn Cuccaro, Donna Geffre and Dustin Perun.
Predeceased in addition to her parents by 1 sister; Patricia Cuccaro.
Arrangements will be private under the direction of Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ.
Joseph Palitchka, age 93, passed away with his family by his side, on Monday, August 19, 2013 at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, NJ.
He was born on September 16, 1919 in Beaver Meadows, PA and had lived in Manville since 1950.
He was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Raub Palitchka.
His wife, Bernadine Strenk Palitchka passed away in 1975.
Joseph served in the Civil Conservation Corp 1937-1940, the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II in the South Pacific 1940-1945. Joseph was an avid gardener and would take his family every summer to the sunny hills of Pa. and would pick wild blueberries. He enjoyed salt water fishing on the NJ coast and picking winners at NJ racetracks.
Survivors include 3 sons; Joseph Palitchka and his wife Deborah of Somerville, NJ, John Palitchka and his wife Diane of Manville, NJ and Michael Palitchka of Manville, NJ. 3 daughters; Jeanette Poole and her husband Allen C. of Bridgewater, NJ, Mary H. Scarponi and her husband Frank of Bridgewater, NJ and Bernadine Tomasco and her husband Richard of Hillsborough, NJ.
Grandchildren; Nicole Palitchka, Ryan Palitchka of Somerville, Amanda Palitchka, Kayla Palitchka , John Palitchka of Manville. Amber Scarponi of South Carolina, Frank Scarponi of Bridgewater, Richard Tomasco and wife Barbara of Manville. Matthew Tomasco of Hillsborough and 1 great grandchild Nicholas Tomasco of Manville.
Predeceased in addition to his wife, by 4 sisters and 1 brother.
Calling hours will be Thursday, August 22, 2013 from 4pm to 8pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ. Funeral Mass on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 9am at Sacred Heart Church, 206 Filak Street, Manville, NJ. Interment at Somerset Hills Memorial Park in Basking Ridge, NJ.
John W. Lazier
John W. Lazier, age 53, of Frenchtown, NJ passed away on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at home.
He was born on June 7, 1960 in Port Jarvis, NY and had lived in Frenchtown for the past 20 years.
He was the son of Beverly Apgar Lazier and the late Edward Lazier.
He was the husband of Linda Renna Lazier, celebrating 20 years of marriage.
John was a graduate of Delaware Valley High School.
John was an avid outdoorsman and he was a talented woodworker. He enjoyed fishing and loved nature. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family.
Survivors in addition to his wife and mother include 2 sons; Jonathan Lazier of Frenchtown, NJ and Christopher Juliano of Branchburg, NJ. 1 brother; Ken Lazier of Phillipsburg, NJ. Grandmother; Marjorie L. Apgar of Annandale, NJ. Several nieces and nephews. Good family friend;
Predeceased by his step-father; Henry Lazier who passed away in June of 2013 and 1 brother; Rickie Edward Lazier and sister-in-law Robin Lazier in October of 2012.
Calling hours will be Monday, August 19, 2013 from 10am – 12noon with funeral service at 11:15am. All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 259 Cokesbury Road, Lebanon, NJ 08833.
Madeline Ragazzo, age 88, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on July 29, 2013 at Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ.
She was born on March 2, 1925 in Paterson, NJ.
She was the daughter of the late Donato and Rachel Perna Veronese.
Her husband, Anthony Ragazzo, passed away in 1977.
She was a homemaker. Madeline was a great cook and enjoyed cooking for her family.
She was a member of Hunterdon County Eye Openers for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She was also a charter member of the Friendship Club of Immaculate Conception Church in Annandale, NJ.
Survivors include 2 daughters; Janet Reynolds and her husband Ken of Magnolia, TX and Mildred Pasoreck of Clinton Twp., NJ. 3 granddaughters; Dawn Ranek and her husband Tim of Conroe, TX, Elise Van Buskirk and her husband Josh of Pittsboro, NC and Kristi Pasoreck and her boyfriend Jesse of Annandale, NJ. 6 great-grandchildren; Justin Zurburg of Magnolia, TX, Ashley Crespo of Houston, TX, Amaris Crespo of Conroe, TX, Samara Crespo of Conroe, TX, Brianna Crespo of Conroe, TX and Ava McCrea of Annandale, NJ. 1 great-great-grandson; Anthony Lopez of Houston, TX.
Predeceased by 3 brothers; Joe Veronese, Doe Veronese and Frank Veronese. 2 sisters; Angelina DiGiacomo and Evelyn Snyder.
A private service will be Wednesday, July 31, 2013 from 3-5pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ 08833.
Memorials can be made in Madeline’s name to NJ Library for the Blind - TBBC, Attn: Development Department, 2300 Stuyvesant Avenue, Trenton, NJ 08618.
Anna Josephine Abele
Anna Josephine Abele, age 97, of Bethlehem Twp., NJ passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on December 22, 1915 in Newark, NJ. She had resided in Bethlehem Twp., NJ since 1981, moving from Belleville, NJ.
She was the daughter of the late John and Eva Liposka Kowalczyk.
Her husband, William F. Abele, passed away in 1971.
Anna loved to tell how she went out to work at age 11, moving from factory to factory whenever she could earn an extra penny or two. She worked all her life, untiol her retirement in 1980 from Tungsol Electronics. Upon her retirement, she had a house built next to her daughter and son in law and proceeded to learn all about flowers and vegetables by working with them at New Horizon Plant Farm in Bethlehem Twp., NJ. She loved this new journey in her life and especially interacting with the customers, and they loved her. She helped out in the business until she was in her nineties.
Until she got sick at the beginning of May, Anna was an active individual who lived in her own home and took care of her own needs. She enjoyed Bingo, and going to garage sales and frequenting local thrift shops. She loved a bargain, and continued using food store coupons until the end, even though "they give me a headache". She was a member of the Bethlehem Township Seniors. Her greatest joy came from being with her grandchildren , and her 26 great children, who enjoyed her as much as she enjoyed them.
She had a quick wit and given 5 minutes’ notice was always ready for an adventure. She was a special lady and will be missed by all whose lives she touched.
Survivors include: 2 sons; William F. Abele Jr. and his wife Lilia of Verona, NJ and Robert H. Abele and his wife Patricia of Escondido, CA. 2 daughters; Eleanor Weber and her husband Harold of Somerset, NJ and Marion Sampaio and her husband Tony of Bethlehem Twp., NJ. 14 grandchildren; Jennifer Anderson and her husband Mike, Bethany Abele, Deborah Morelli and her husband Roger, Judith Eisen and her husband Lance, Donna Recine and her husband Richard, Joanne Adam and her husband Curt, Harold Weber Jr. and his wife Jodie, Spencer Abele, Todd Abele, Robin Abele, Sandi Duncan, Jacki DeAngelis, Gina Sampaio and her husband Otto Hanley and Becka Bossons and her husband Kevin. 26 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by 3 brothers; John Kowalczyk, Joseph Kowalczyk and Anthony Kowalczyk. 2 sisters; Helen Kowalczyk and Irene Osinski.
Calling hours will be Friday, July 12, 2013 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ. Funeral Mass on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 9am at St. Ann’s Church, 30 Main Street, Hampton, NJ. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington, NJ.
Memorials to Hunterdon Hospice, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822.
Paul Francis Gibson
Paul Francis Gibson, age 87, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2013 at home.
He was born on June 3, 1926 in Somerville, NJ and had lived in Somerville for many years before moving to Sergeantsville, NJ and the last 6 years in Clinton Twp., NJ.
He was the son of the late Paul and Edna Mae Warntz Gibson.
He was a United States Navy Veteran of both World War II and Korea, serving from 1943 – 1953.
He retired in 1989 after working many years as a Right of Way Agent for Somerset County, NJ.
Paul is survived by his wife of 37 years, Nedra B. Burtis Gibson. 1 step-son; C. Scott Hoffman and his wife Andrea of Clinton Twp, NJ with whom he lived. 3 grandchildren; Adam, Caitlin and Jeremy Hoffman. 1 sister; Sarah Joyce James of Bridgewater, NJ. 1 brother; Stewart B. Gibson and his wife Jean of Colorado. 6 nieces and 2 nephews.
Memberships include the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers.
Gathering of friends will be held Saturday, July 27, 2013 from 1-3pm with 2:30pm prayers. All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ. Interment will be private.
Memorials to ASPCA of Hunterdon, 576 Stamets Rd, Milford NJ 08848.
Cecilia B. Bell
Cecilia B. Bell, age 92, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 6, 2013 at Country Arch Care Center in Union Twp., NJ.
She was born on May 13, 1921 in Phillipsburg, NJ. She previously resided in Lebanon, NJ for over 40 years with her predeceased husband, Joseph Bell. Cecilia also resided in Washington, NJ with her previously deceased husband, Harry Rothenbeck from which they had 4 children; Doris Buckwalter and her husband Ronald of Williston, FL, Allan Rothenbeck and his wife Joann of South Hero, VT, Charles Rothenbeck and his wife Peggy of Lake Brea, CA and Linda Grefe and her husband Paul of Pittstown, NJ.
She is also survived by 13 grandchildren. 30 great-grandchildren and 14 great- great-grandchildren. 1 sister; Barbarann Cruver and her husband Victor of Phillipsburg, NJ.
She was also predeceased by 1 brother; Cecil Philhower and 1 sister; Betty Leiby.
Cecilia worked a full time job at ORR’s in Easton, PA for several years, at Tungsol for 13 years and at The Star every night for 4 years. She was also employed with The Community Action from 1966-1969, Research Triangle Institute out of North Carolina in the 1970’s and The Buttonshop in Flemington, NJ for 8 years. Cecilia will be remembered as a very giving and loving person and will be missed by all.
She was a member of the DAR of the Whitehouse Chapter and served as Regent for 1 year and was still active. She was also a member of The Garden Club, Clinton Museum, Babes in Toyland Doll Club and the Anna Crump Circle of Lebanon, NJ.
Calling hours will be Thursday, July 11, 2013 from 2-4 with Funeral Service at 4pm and 7-9pm. All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ. Interment will be private.
Anna Donatiello, age 88, passed away on July 2, 2013 at Hunterdon Care Center in Raritan Twp., NJ.
She was born on July 10, 1924 in Bronx, NY. She was a resident of Hunterdon County since 1988, moving from Tannersville, PA.
She was the daughter of Frank and Theresa Favia Ricardo.
Her husband, Michael T. Donatiello passed away in 2006.
She was a homemaker.
Anna loved attending Mass.
Survivors include 1 daughter; Linda Furnari-Rose and her husband Anthony of Clinton Twp., NJ with whom she lived. 2 grandsons; John J Furnari and his wife Nadya of South Bound Brook, NJ and Michael Furnari and his girlfriend Erika of San Francisco, CA. 1 great-granddaughter; Isabella Furnari. Several brothers and sisters.
In addition to her husband, she is predeceased by 1 Daughter, Carol Ann Manganello.
Calling hours will be Friday, July 5, 2013 from 6-8pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ. Funeral Mass on July 8, 2013 at 11am at St. John Neuman Church in Califon, NJ. Interment at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Henry A. Lazier
Henry A. Lazier, age 78, of Oxford, NJ passed away on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at home.
He was born on March 23, 1935 in Vernon, NJ. He had resided in Oxford for 25 years, moving from Washington, NJ.
He was the son of the late John and Mable Manderville Lazier.
He was the husband of Beverly Apgar Lazier, celebrating 22 years of marriage.
Henry was a Loader Operator for Tilcon in Bernardsville, NJ. He retired at the age of 75.
He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed going to diners. Years ago, he raced Stock Cars in Flemington, NJ and always enjoyed watching races. Henry loved fishing and sports; including the Mets. He also enjoyed going to casinos with his wife.
Survivors in addition to his wife include 2 step-sons; Ken Lazier of Phillipsburg, NJ and John Lazier and his wife Linda of Baptistown, NJ. 5 Step-grandchildren; Christopher Juliano, Jonathan Lazier, Kyle Lazier and his wife Amber, Matt Lazier and his wife Rachel and Scott Lazier and his fiancé Carissa Pieklo. 5 step-great-grandchildren; Travis Lazier, Elliana Lazier, Nicole Pieklo, Jacklyn Pieklo and Julia Pieklo. 2 brothers; Wilbur Lazier of Warwick, NY and Arnold Lazier of Middletown, NY. 2 sisters; Eva Mills of Ocala, FL and Carrie Mills of Port Jervis, NY. Good family friend; Julio Oliveras. Mother-in-law; Marjorie Apgar of Annandale, NJ.
Predeceased by 1 step-son; Rickie Lazier and 1 daughter-in-law; Robin Lazier - who both passed in October of 2012. 3 brothers; Charlie Lazier, Edward Lazier and Harry Lazier. 1 sister; Edie Bailey.
All services will be private. Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 259 Cokesbury Road, Lebanon, NJ 08833.