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.

Naomi E. Cole


Naomi E. Cole, age 91, formally of High Bridge, NJ passed away Monday April 7th, 2014 at the Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center in Winchester, VA where she had resided for the last 6 years.

She was born September 3, 1922 in High Bridge, NJ and had resided in High Bridge most of her life until moving in with her niece Diana Stadtmueller of Clear Brook, VA in 2004.

Naomi was the daughter of the late Irving and Marion Cregar Cole.

Naomi graduated from High Bridge High School Class of 1940.

She was a School Crossing Guard for many years in High Bridge, NJ.

In addition to her niece, survivors include several cousins.

Naomi was a member of the Glen Gardner VFW Post 5119 Ladies Auxiliary.

A calling hour will be on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10am - 11am followed by a Memorial Service at 11am at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High bBridge, NJ.  Interment to follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Clinton, NJ. 



Edward George Weierich


Edward George Weierich passed away peacefully Thursday, April 10, 2014.  Born in Harrison, NJ to the late George and Margaret, he was formerly of East Orange before moving to Berkeley Heights where he resided for 32 years.  He retired to Clinton Township NJ in 1989.

Edward graduated from Clifford Scott High School where he lettered in three sports with All-State honors in football.  He played football for the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated with a double major in Economics and Marketing from the Wharton School of Business.  Edward was also an avid golfer.

Edward was the Marketing Manager at Nopco Chemical in Newark, NJ for 20 years and at his retirement in 1989 was with CPS Chemical in Old Bridge, NJ.

Edward leaves behind Cora, his loving wife of 59 years.  He will be deeply missed by his son Douglas and his wife Virginia; his daughter Barb Surhoff and her husband Steve of Whitehouse Station, NJ.  His memory will be cherished by his four grandchildren Eric, Gretchen, Daniel and Matthew; sister in law Carol Weierich of Rockaway Township, NJ as well as many nieces and nephews.

Edward was predeceased by his brother George and sister Marcia Weierich.

Visitation will be on Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 12 noon to 2pm, followed by a memorial service at the Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hunterdon Medical Center Foundation, 2400 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822.



Charles Patrick Murphy

Charles Patrick Murphy, age 76, of Bridgewater, NJ passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at the Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, NJ. 

He was born on April 2, 1938 in Brooklyn, NY.  He had lived in Bridgewater for several years, moving from High Bridge, NJ. 

He was the son of the late Charles and Catherine Benson Murphy.

He was the husband of Nancy Julie Kovalchik Murphy, celebrating 52 years of marriage.

Charles served in the US Navy from 1956 to 1960.  He worked in communications and served for an extended period of time in Ethiopia. 

He was a Supervisor of building operations for Ortho Pharmaceutical in Raritan, NJ for 40 years. 

He was a devoted Catholic and a volunteer for Ortho’s Fire Brigade.  He was a Mets and Jets fan and loved fishing.  He also enjoyed the beach and most importantly, spending time with his family and grandchildren. 

Survivors in addition to his wife include 1 son; Michael Murphy and his wife Jill of Bridgewater, NJ.  2 daughters; Carolyn Lyons and her husband Rich of Colonia, NJ and Jenifer Pento and her husband Michael of Holmdel, NJ.  5 grandchildren; Casey Murphy, Kyle Murphy, Michael Pento, Giamarie Pento and Olivia Lyons.  1 brother; Pat Murphy.  2 sisters; Edna Carroll and Margaret Antonelli. 

Predeceased by 2 brothers; Jimmy Murphy and Michael Murphy. 2 sisters; Dotty Deanglis and Kitty Casey.

All calling hours and funeral services will be private at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment at St. Bernard's Cemetery in Bridgewater, NJ. 



Walter Paul Strauss

Walter Paul Strauss, age 79, of Clinton Twp., NJ, passed away on Friday, April 4, 2014 at Rolling Hills Care Center in Clinton Twp., NJ. 

He was born on September 16, 1934 in Queens, NY.  He had lived in Clinton Twp., NJ for the past 30 years, moving from Mineola, NY. 

He was the son of the late Walter Paul Sr. and Louise Ehatt Strauss.

He was the husband of Diane M. Gonet Strauss.

Walter was a US Army Veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict from 1956-1963. 

He graduated from Pace University in Manhattan with his bachelor’s degree. 

He was an accountant, working for AT&T in Murray Hill, NJ. 

Memberships include Annandale Hose Company, Life Member of Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corps. and Committee Chairman for Troop 45 Boy Scouts in Mineola, NY. 

Walter loved to spend time with his grandchildren. 

Survivors in addition to his wife of 55 years include 3 sons; Gary Strauss and his wife Debra of Mesa, AZ, Scott Strauss and his wife Patricia of Mineola, NY and Marc Strauss and his wife Kelly of Clinton Twp., NJ.  1 daughter; Susan Beth Wyatt of Phoenix, AZ.  7 grandchildren; Matthew Strauss and his wife Diana, Lindsay Backus and her husband Ryan, Bryan Strauss, Christopher Strauss, Tiffany Strauss, Jason Strauss and Thomas Schlagenhaft.  2 great-grandchildren; Aidan Backus and Landan Backus.  1 sister; Joanne Louise Bolen and her husband Ralph of Farmington Hills, MI. 

Predeceased by 1 brother; Raymond W. Strauss. 

Calling hours in New Jersey will be Friday, April 11, 2014 from 2-4pm and 6-9pm with Firemen’s services at 8pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ. 

Calling hours in New York will take place on Saturday April 12, 2014 from 7-9 pm and Sunday April 13, 2014 from 2-5pm and 7-9pm.  All at the Cassidy Funeral Home, 156 Willis Avenue, Mineola, NY.  Funeral Services on Monday April 14, 2014 at 10am also at the Cassidy Funeral Home.  A private cremation to follow.

Memorials can be made to the Annandale Hose Company #1, 68 Beaver Avenue, Annandale, NJ 08801 or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004. 



Ramona S. Domovich

Ramona S. Domovich age 87 of Annandale, Clinton Township, New Jersey passed away at home on Wednesday March 26, 2014 with her loving husband by her side. 

She was born on January 17, 1927 in Waverly, PA the only child to the late Lyle and Rosalyn Sullivan Severance.

Ramona will be remembered for her kindness, interest in helping others and spending much of her time as a volunteer. Upon completion of Waverly High School she attended the East Stroudsburg State Teachers College earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Her first year of teaching was at Nutley, NJ in 1948-1949.

On July 16, 1949 she married Stephen M. Domovich, whom she met while attending college. She was married for 64 years. Ramona taught in Clinton Township and retired after 39 years of teaching in elementary education. She enjoyed her profession and felt that children were always curious and wanted to know of what she taught.

She and her husband filled her summer vacations with extensive traveling. In July of 1982 a trip to China stands out. Ramona and her husband with 17 other Hunterdon County residents were on a plane enroute to Shanghai from X:’an. The flight began routinely until  five knife wielding madmen turned it into a nightmare. They demanded to be flown to Taiwan. All of the passengers on board escaped injury. Dynamite was smuggled on board and used by blowing a ragged five foot hole in the fuselage of the plane.

During retirement Ramona volunteered for many years at Hunterdon Medical Center. She delivered meals on wheels and helped the County Health Department when flu shots were given in various communities.  Some of her hobbies were painting and cross stich.  She loved to cook and bake for her friends and family. 

Ramona was a member of the First Baptist Church of Abington, Waverly, PA, a lifetime member of NJTA and the NTA.  She was a member of the Hunterdon Hills Lions Club for 37 years.  She was involved with the Clinton Woman’s Club for many years and served as treasurer.  She was also a member of the Clinton Township Senior Club. 

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband Steve, her nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm with funeral services at 7:30pm. All at the Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ. 

Funeral procession will gather at the funeral home on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 9am following prayers, will proceed to the Hickory Grove Cemetery in Waverly, PA. 

In lieu of flowers please send memorials in memory of Ramona Domovich to: Hunterdon Hospice, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822 or National Parkinson Foundations Inc., 1501 N.W. 9th Ave/Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136. 



Richard John Kornicke

Richard J. Kornicke, age 68, of Califon, NJ passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at home.  He was the son of the late Joseph and Helen Kornicke.   Richard was born on April 5, 1945 in Elizabeth NJ, and had resided in Califon, NJ since 1991.  He was independently employed, running a painting and paper hanging business.  He is survived by his son Christopher, a brother Ronald and his wife Roberta, nieces Stephanie and Amy, nephew Bobby and half-brother Joe.

Richard was a kind hearted man.  He loved his son, family and friends.  He touched many people’s lives and souls throughout his life.  He had a close relationship with the wilderness, our Mother Earth as well as a tight bond with our Father God.  He will be missed, but never forgotten.

Following cremation, a private memorial will be planned.



Kenneth M. Sutton Sr.


Kenneth M. Sutton Sr. age 83 of Hamstoad, NC passed away Wednesday March 12, 2014 at his home.

Mr. Sutton was born September 5, 1930 in Cokesbury, NJ and had live most of his life in Hunterdon County, NJ before moving to NC a few years ago.

He was the son of the late Howard and Zetta Apgar Sutton.

His wife Ilene E. Milford Sutton passed away in 2005.

The Sutton family including his son Barry, will meet with friends on Tuesday March 18, 2014 at 10:00AM at the Scarponi-Bright F.H. 26 Main St. Lebanon, NJ.

Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Cokesbury, NJ.



Geraldine Ann 'Gerry' Frey

Geraldine Ann ‘Gerry’ Frey age 82 of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away Friday March 7, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born March 21, 1931 in Central Islip, NY and had resided in Clinton Twp., for 14 years moving from Dover, NJ where she had lived for 47 years.

Mrs. Frey was the daughter of the late John and Bridget McSharry Johnston.

She was a Registered Nurse at the Dover General Hospital in Dover, NJ retiring in 1984.

Mrs. Frey received her Diploma in Nursing at the Mary Immaculate School of Nursing in Jamaica, NY.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years Leo J. Frey Jr.  1-son Leo J. Frey III and his wife Jeanette of Clinton Twp., NJ.  1-daughter Jackie Smith and her husband Paul of Windsor Locks, CT.

5-grandchildren – Anna Curtis, Vickie McShane, Gwen Bishop, Tim Smith and Jenny Frey.

6-great grandchildren Lilla Bishop, Tommy Bishop, Genevieve Smith, Abbie McShane, William Smith and Finn McShane.

1-brother Jack Johnston and his wife Ginny of Hendersonville, NC.

1-broyher-in-law Michael Frey and his wife Alida of Newburyport, MA.

Mrs. Frey was predeceased by a daughter Patricia M. Frey in June 2012.

Memberships include Immaculate Conception Church and it’s Altar Rosary Society and the Women’s Club of Port Charlotte, FL where she served as President.

Gerry was a talented artist who created beautiful oil paintings, decorated elaborate cakes, crocheted baby blankets, and was an avid gardener.

Calling hours will be Monday March 10, 2014 from 2:00 – 4:00 & 7:00 – 9:00 at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home 26 Main St. Lebanon, NJ. In lieu of flowers, please send Mass Cards. The family requests that no perfumes, colognes, or scents be worn to the viewing or funeral due to allergies.

Funeral Mass will be Tuesday March 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 316 Old Allerton Road Annandale, NJ.

Interment will be private at the St. John of God Cemetery in Central Islip, NY.



Sylvia Jane O'Rourke

Sylvia Jane O’Rourke age 73 of Williams Township, PA passed away Friday March 7, 2014 at the Old Orchard Health Care in Easton, PA.

She was born August 25, 1940 in Binghamton, NY and had lived many years in Pittstown, NJ before moving to Williams Township, PA.

She was the daughter of the late Harry and Carol Evelyn (McGregor) Apgar.

Her loving husband Ronald J. O’Rourke passed away in 2011.

Mrs. O’Rourke was a Professional Fund Raiser Coordinator for the Overlook Hospital Foundation in Summit, NJ.

Surviving are two sons Thomas P. Danielson of Pittsburgh, PA and Christopher and his wife Kelly Danielson of Williams Twp., PA, one daughter Cynthia and her husband Mark Flagg of  North Clarendon, VT;  three stepchildren, Michael O’Rourke of Alpha, NJ, Kathleen Farrelly of Bushkill, PA and Mary Mahoney of South Sterling, PA; and one sister Constance Archibald of Washington, NJ; five grandchildren and a great grandson.

Mrs. O’Rourke was predeceased by a sister Sally Ann Wilson and stepson Ronald J. O’Rourke II.

Calling hours will be Sunday, March 9 from 3:00–6:00 p.m and Funeral Services will be Monday, March 10 at 11:00 a.m. all at the Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home 26 Main St. Lebanon, NJ.

Interment will follow at the Mountain View Cemetery in Cokesbury, NJ.

Memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels of Northampton County, Inc., 4240 Fritch Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18020.



Charles George Metzler

Charles George Metzler, affectionately known as “Red,” passed away on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Memory Care Living in Chester, NJ.  He was 88 years old.  He was born on November 6, 1925 in Far Hills, NJ, son of Asa and Thelma Metzler.  He was a graduate of Bernards High School in Bernardsville, NJ.  He proudly served his country during World War II in the United States Navy.  Following an honorable discharge, Red returned home to NJ where he met his wife, Virginia.  They were married on April 7, 1952. 

As a lifelong resident of Whitehouse Station, NJ, he retired from Readington Township in 1989.  He was also a lifetime member of the Whitehouse Station Volunteer Fire Department.  He enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, watching NASCAR races and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Howard Metzler; and beloved wife, Virginia “Gin” Metzler. 

Left to cherish his memory are his son Robin Metzler, and his longtime companion, Kathy Ardoline, of Bethlehem, PA and his daughter, Penny Moore, and her husband, Douglas of Three Bridges, NJ.

As well as his five grandchildren, Todd Metzler of Columbus, MT; Rebecca Allan (Moore) of Morris Plains, NJ; Allyson Hickswa of Bethlehem, PA; Courtney Moore of Washington, DC; and Meredith Metzler of Saylorsburg, PA.  Along with five great-children: Caleb, Jackson, Layne, Cameron and Liberty.  He will be deeply missed by his sister, Lola Connor of Alpha, NJ.  He will also be missed by many additional family members and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 3:00pm at the Whitehouse Fire Station, 271 Main Street, Whitehouse Station, NJ.  A private burial will be held at later date at Somerset Hill Memorial Park.  Arrangements are being made by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ 08833.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association to help fight Alzheimer’s disease through vital research and essential support programs and services, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011. 



William 'Bill' Lee Langston Sr.

William ‘Bill’ Lee Langston Sr., age 88, of Boonton, NJ passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at St. Claire’s Hospital in Denville, NJ. 

He was born on July 11, 1925 in Atlanta, GA.  He resided in Hunterdon County for many years.

He was the son of the late Don Langston Sr. and Dixie Dodgen Langston. 

William was the husband of Adele Derda Langston.

He was a Cpl. in the United States Marine Corps serving in both World War II and Korea.

He was a retired Lathe Operator for John’s Manville Corp. in Manville, NJ.

William was a Giants and Yankee fan.  He also enjoyed golfing.  He was very active as a poll worker and challenger. During the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, he worked as a security guard.  .  After retirement, William and his wife traveled to all 50 states in their RV and cruises.   

He was a member of the Clinton Fire Department, NJ Exempt Firemen’s Association, the Marine Corp. League, Hunterdon County Bulldogs of the Marine Corp. League and Gem Vac Veterans.

Survivors in addition to his wife include 2 sons; William Langston Jr. and his wife JoAnn of Bethlehem Twp., NJ and Timothy Langston and his wife Cindy of Clinton, NJ.  2 grandsons; Tyler Langston and Rocco Ferraro.  3 brothers; James Robert Langston and his wife Betty of Fort Myers, FL, Thomas Langston and his wife Pat of Belvidere, NJ and Kenneth Langston and his wife Marty of Conway, SC.  1 sister; Peggy Tinnis of Easton, PA.  Several nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by 1 son; Jeffrey Langston.  1 daughter; Linda Langston.  1 brother; Don Langston.  2 sisters; Norma Bush and Carol Baker. 

Calling hours will be Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 2-4pm and 6-8pm with 7pm services by the Hunterdon County Marine Corps League detachment #927 and Firemen’s pass thru at 7:30pm.  Funeral will be Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 11am. All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment at Mountain View Cemetery in Cokesbury, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to Clinton Fire Department, P.O. Box 5062  Clinton, NJ 0889 or Clinton Rescue Squad, PO Box 5265, Clinton, NJ 08809.    



Willard 'Bill' Sutton

Willard C. ‘Bill’ Sutton, age 81, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on his family dairy farm where he was born on December 5, 1932 and had lived his entire life.

He was the son of the late Edson and Harriet M. Lare Sutton.

In addition to working the farm also worked from 1972-1994 as a custodian for the Readington Twp. Elementary School in Readington Twp., NJ.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years Marilyn B. McCrea Sutton.  1 son; Kevin F. ‘Fred’ and his wife Judy Sutton of Clinton Twp., NJ.  He is also survived by many cousins.

Bill was predeceased by 1 daughter; Susan L. Sutton who died in 1971 and a special Uncle Johnny Lare.

Bill was a member of the Cokesbury United Methodist Church in Cokesbury, NJ and was a former trustee at the Church. He was also the caretaker and member of the Cokesbury Cemetery Association.

Calling hours will be Thursday February 27, 2014 from 2-4 and 7-9 and Funeral Services will be Friday February 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM. All at the Scarponi-Bright F.H. 26 Main St. Lebanon, NJ.

Interment will be at the Cokesbury Cemetery in Cokesbury, NJ.



Wendy Marie Lebelt

Wendy Marie Lebelt, age 48, of High Bridge, NJ passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2014 after battling cancer for 2 years. 

She was born on April 3, 1965 in Somerville, NJ.  She had resided in High Bridge since 1972.  Prior to that, she lived in Manville, NJ. 

She was the daughter of the late Richard T. Lebelt Sr. and Beverly Dorthy Anderson Lebelt. 

She was a 1983 graduate of Voorhees High School.

Wendy was a PCA nurses assistant working at Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ. 

Memberships include Collie Club of America, Hunterdon Hills Collie Club and Certified Nursing Assistant Program. 

Wendy enjoyed her horses and her collies. 

Survivors include 1 son; Ted Keimel of Chester, NJ.  2 daughters; Brandy Keimel and Shelby Keimel, both of Chester, NJ.  2 brothers; Kenneth Lebelt and his wife Donna Lebelt of Alpha, NJ and Richard Lebelt Jr. and his wife Heidi Lebelt of Stroudsburg, PA.  4 nieces; Carlee Lebelt, Brooke Lebelt, Madison Lebelt and Paige Lebelt. 

Funeral Mass will be Friday, February 28, 2014 at 10am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in High Bridge, NJ.  Interment will be private.  Arrangements by Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, High Bridge, NJ. 

Memorials to Hunterdon Cancer Center, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822 or Hunterdon Hospice, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822. 



John A. 'Jack' Nagle Jr.


John A. ‘Jack’ Nagle Jr. age 50 formerly of High Bridge, NJ passed away Wednesday February 19, 2014 in Kenilworth, NJ.

He was born October 9, 1963 in Raritan Twp., NJ and grew up in High Bridge, NJ.

Jack was a Landscaper and he loved the outdoors, especially fishing.

Survivors include: 1 son Joey Nagle of Dingmans Ferry, PA.

His father John A. and his wife Sandy Nagle of Califon, NJ.

His mother Patricia Shaw Schultz and her husband Ron of Judsonia, Arkansas.

2- brothers- Tim and his wife Beth Nagle of Northampton, PA and Kevin and his wife Valerie Nagle of Benton, Arkansas.

1 step sister- Laurie and her husband Bob Lueger of Califon, NJ.

Many nieces and nephews.

Jack was predeceased by 1 step brother; Randy Harner.

Calling hours will be Sunday February 23, 2014 from  2:00 – 4:00 with prayers at 3:30 all at the Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home 66 Main St. High Bridge, NJ.

Interment will be private. 



Joyce Sammis Smith


Joyce Sammis Smith age 87 of Montgomery Twp., NJ passed away ate the Stonebridge at Montgomery on Sunday February 9th 2014.

She was born June 13, 1926 in Somerville, NJ and she had lived many years in Pennington, NJ before moving to Montgomery Twp. in 2002.

She was the daughter of the late Charles Russell and Madeline Buckenham Sammis.

Joyce was a Vice President of the Walter F. Smith Insurance Co. in Trenton, NJ.

Her husband Rauland Praul Smith passed away in 1981.

Survivors include 1- sister Marion Sammis Straussfogel of Cape Coral, FL and several nieces and nephews.

Joyce was predeceased by 2-sisters Libby S. Dow and June Michaelson.

Calling hour will be Tuesday February 11, 2014 from 6-7PM followed by Funeral Services at 7:00 PM all at the Scarponi-Bright F.H. 26 Main St. Lebanon, NJ.

Interment will be private.  Memorials can be made to one’s choice.



Richard Francis Burd, Jr.


Richard Francis Burd, Jr. age 48 of Alexandria Twp., NJ passed away Tuesday January 28, 2014, at home.

He was born February 4, 1965 in Raritan Twp., NJ and was a lifelong resident of Hunterdon County.

He was the son of the late Richard F. Burd, Sr. and Grace Beam Burd of Califon, NJ.

Mr. Burd was a Corrections Officer for the State of New Jersey at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Clinton, NJ for ten years, retiring in 2010.  After retirement, he was employed by South Ridge Community Church for three years, in maintenance. 

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Jennifer C. Baker; sons, Richard F. Burd III of Clinton, NJ and Joshua John Burd of Califon, NJ; daughter, Julia Carol Burd of Alexandria Twp., NJ, brother-in-law, Christopher G. G. Baker and his wife, Deborah L. Baker of Chapel Hill, NC, his mother and father-in-law, George J. Baker  and Carol Baker of Califon, NJ;  brothers, Joseph Smith of Oldwick, NJ and Donald Burd of British Victoria, Washington; sisters, Shirley Burd of Missouri, Marjorie Farho of Missouri, Blanche Hoffman of Asbury, NJ,  Susan Fairbrother of Carbondale, PA, and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Burd was predeceased by a brother, Lindy Burd.

Mr. Burd was an avid outdoorsman, attended South Ridge Community Church, was a family farmer who raised livestock and hay. He was a handyman and able to repair even the most complex broken item. If he couldn’t fix it, he was able to rig it !

Calling hours will be Monday February 3rd,  2014 from 3-5:00 with a service at 5:00 -  all at the Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home 26 Main St. Lebanon, NJ.

Interment will be private.

Memorial gifts may be donated to Joshua Burd for his second Teen Missions International service trip to the far east in the summer of 2014.  Donations can be made to Joshua Burd 362A CR 513 Califon, NJ 07830.  All checks must be mad eout to Joshua Burd.



Eleanor N. Cavlier

Eleanor N. Cavlier age 85 of High Bridge, NJ passed away Tuesday January 28, 2014 at the Country Arch Care Center in Union Twp., NJ.

She was born May 15, 1928 in Plainfield, NJ and had lived in Bound Brook, NJ before moving to High Bridge in 1993.

Mrs. Cavlier was the daughter of the late Paul and Theresa Batiato  DeGaetano.

Her husband James A. Cavlier passed away in 2008.

She was a Salesperson for Teppers Department Store in Plainfield, NJ. 

Survivors include 2- daughters Christine and her husband Russell Jasaits of Ocala, FL and Cindy A. and her husband Charles Cavlier of Pittstown, NJ.

8- Grandchildren Steve Cavlier, Jessica Dame, Michael Jasaitis, Matt Jasaitis, Jayna Dorris, Mark Jasaitis, Morgan Jasaitis and Jenny Riedle and  11 Great Grandchildren Natalie Ringer, William Dame, Michael Dame, John Jasaitis, Kelsie Jasaitis, Ethan Jasaitis, Aiden Jasaitis, Jane Dorris, Katelyn Dorris, Nathan Jasaitis and Alice Jasaitis.

1-Sister Vera Pepe of Georgia.

Mrs. Cavlier was a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in High Bridge, NJ.

Calling hours will be Sunday February 2, 2014 from 2-5 at the Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home 26 Main St.  Lebanon, NJ.

Funeral Mass will be Monday February 3, 2014  10:00 AM  at the St. Joseph’s Church 59 Main St. High Bridge, NJ.

Interment at Bound Brook Cemetery Mountain Ave. Bound Brook, NJ.



Jack Alfred Williams

Jack Alfred Williams age 91 of High Bridge, NJ passed away Friday January 21, 2014 at home.

He was born December 21, 1922 in New York City and had resided in High Bridge since 2006, when he moved from Brevard NC and Trout Creek NY, where he had split his time since his retirement.

He was the son of the late James and Nana Brill Williams. His wife Jean Preston Williams passed away in 2008.

Jack was a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran who served in the Pacific Theater as a bombardier and navigator on B-24 bombers. He received the Purple Heart for wounds received in serving our country. He was also a member of the 500th Bomb Group Association. Jack was attending Queens College in NYC when he enlisted in 1942.

Jack retired from M&T Chemicals in Rahway, NJ as an Advertising Manager.

Survivors include a son Richard and his wife Sandy Williams of High Bridge NJ and their children Karen and Jack Williams, and a daughter Jill Williams of Dover NJ.

Funeral Services will be private under the direction of the Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home in High Bridge, NJ.



Fred A. Kelly

Fred A. Kelly, age 58, of Bethlehem Twp., NJ passed away Wednesday January 22, 2014.

He was born November 14, 1955 in Towanda Twp., PA. and was the son of the late Fred and Elge M. Varesio Kelly.

Mr. Kelly was a graduate of Cook College , Rutgers University,  in New Brunswick, NJ.

Mr. Kelly was a  Resource Conservationist for the USDA – NRSC Department of Agriculture out of Somerset, NJ for 30 years. 

Survivors  include Ellen his wife of 32 years, son Joseph of New York City, daughter Laura of Hoboken, NJ,  sisters Lynn Kelly of New York City, Carol Kelly of Hopewell,  NJ and Geri Kelly-Gross of Topanga, CA.

Calling hour will be Sunday from 1:00 – 2:00 followed by Funeral Services at 2:00 all at the Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home 26 Main St. Lebanon, NJ.

Interment will be private.



David J. Wall


David J. Wall, age 82, of Oxford, NJ passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ.

He was born on May 31, 1931 in the Village of South Hampton Long Island, NY. He resided in Oxford for 1 ½ years, moving from Hillsborough, NJ where he lived for 9 years. Previous to that, he lived many years in Watchung, NJ.

He was the son of the late John Christopher and Emily Lee Wall.

David was in the Merchant Marines from 1948 to 1950 serving on the Great Lakes.

He was a truck driver, working for Weldon Concrete in South Plainfield, NJ.

Memberships include Watchung Chemical Engine Company, the Teamsters Union 866 & 469 and Optimist Club of Watchung. Survivors include 1 son and 5 daughters including Diane Keefe and her husband Raymond of Lincoln Park, NJ and Denise Mitterando and her husband Rick of Glen Gardner, NJ. 6 grandchildren including Jackie Gilmore and Nicholas Mitterando. 4 great-grandchildren including Isabelle, Maximus and Carly. 1 brother John Wall of Whitehouse Station ,NJ and 2 sisters June De Cicco of Andover ,NJ and Jeanne Bogus of Estero, Florida and one brother predeceased Donald.

Calling hours will be Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 2-4pm followed by Funeral service at 4pm. All at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ. Interment will be private.



'Wonderful' Georgia Mae Walls

‘Wonderful’ Georgia Mae Walls, age 80, of Pittstown, NJ passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ. 

She was born on September 1, 1933 in Somerville, NJ and was a lifelong resident of Hunterdon County. 

She was the daughter of the late George and Helen Poole Schuyler.

She was a graduate of Clinton High School. 

Georgia was the wife of Leon E. Walls, celebrating 62 years of marriage this past Christmas.

She was a telephone operator in the 1950’s for Clinton Telephone Company in Clinton, NJ. 

Georgia loved people and enjoyed talking on the phone to many friends and family.  She also loved to watch game shows and play cards.  Whenever anyone would ask her how she was she would always reply, “I am wonderful.” 

Survivors in addition to her husband include 3 children; Debi Walls of Pittstown, NJ, Leon Walls of PA and Darryl Walls of Holland Twp., NJ.  6 grandchildren; Erica Amon, Ryan Catanzareti, Cheryl Stephens, Patrick Catanzareti, Carla Skeuse and Damian Walls.  5 great-grandchildren; Aiden Amon, Tucker Stephens, Ross Stephens, Olive Skeuse and Skylar Stephens.  3 sisters; Shirley, Dwanne and Donna. 

Predeceased by 1 daughter; Cheryl Patinella and 1 granddaughter; Carla Marie Patinella. 

Calling hours will be Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 10am to 12 noon followed by Memorial Service at 12 noon.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ 08833.  Interment will be private. 



Carolyn H. Branch


Carolyn H. Branch, age 92, of Lebanon, NJ, passed away Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at the Morristown Hospital in Morristown, NJ.

She was born November 13, 1921 in Lewisburg, PA and resided many years in Niskayuna, NY before moving to Lebanon, NJ in 2005.

Mrs. Branch graduated Magna Cum Laude from Stetson University in Deland, Florida. She devoted her life to her family and was beloved by all who knew her.

She was the daughter of the late Roy F. and Virginia C. Howes.

Her husband, Garland M. Branch Jr., passed away in 2000.

Survivors include her sister, Emily Young of Ithaca, NY; her four children: Virginia C. Branch of St. Helena Island, SC; Garland M. Branch, III of Natick, MA; Charles N. Branch of Sunnyvale, CA; and Helen E. Branch of Whitehouse Station, NJ. She had ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

There will be a gathering of friends on Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm at the Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main St. Lebanon, NJ.

Instead of flowers, a donation may be made to Operation Smile, 3641 Faculty Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA, 23453, 1-888-249-3797,



Karen Ann 'Mom' Lenox


Karen Ann ‘Mom’ Lenox, age 70, of Jim Thorpe, PA passed away on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at the home of her son in Jim Thorpe, PA.

She was born June 14, 1943 in Massachusetts and had lived in Clinton Twp., NJ before moving to Jim Thorpe in 1984. She was the daughter of the late John and Anna Greta Lenox.

She was a stewardess for Eastern Airlines and later a housewife.  She also was a babysitter and had worked for Kraft Foods retiring in 1984.

Survivors include 2- sons Kevin Paul Schneider of Lebanon, NJ and Steve Lenox Schneider of Jim Thorpe, PA.  1-sister Barbara and 2-grandsons – Colby and Toby Schneider both of Lebanon, NJ.

All funeral services will be private.

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