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.
 
   
   

William Schadewald

William Schadewald, age 83, of Union Twp., NJ passed away on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ.

He was born on April 9, 1931 in Bayonne, NJ.  He had resided in Union Twp., NJ for the past 9 years, moving from Garwood, NJ where he resided for over 50 years.  Prior to that, he lived in Linden, NJ. 

He was the son of the late William Schadewald and Violet Messinger Schadewald McDonald. 

He was the husband of Dolores Jean Enders Schadewald, celebrating 61 years of marriage. 

William was an Air Force Sergeant serving in the Korean War from 1950 to 1954. 

He worked as a Patternmaker for Rubovitz Pattern Works in Union, NJ.  In 1972 he opened his own Dog Grooming and pet supply business, Mr. B’s Grooming, in Garwood, NJ. 

He enjoyed golfing, fishing and going to his lake house at Lake Wallenpaupack.  He was a die-hard NY Yankees and NY Giants fan.  He also had a great love for dogs. 

Survivors in addition to his wife include 1 daughter; Denise Massimo and her husband Lenny of Union Twp., NJ.  2 sons; Bill Schadewald and his wife May of Garwood, NJ and Craig Schadewald and his wife Darilyn of New Bern, NC.  7 grandchildren; Alex Massimo, Michael Massimo, Jacquelyn Schadewald, Emily Schadewald, Hope Schadewald, Matthew Schadewald and Zachary Schadewald.  1 uncle; Norman Messinger. 1 brother-in-law; Dave Keane.  3 sister-in-laws; Margaret Twele, Pat Sullivan and Jayne Moore.  Several cousins and many nieces and nephews.  He also leaves behind his beloved extended family at Lake Wallenpaupack. 

Predeceased by 1 daughter; Debra Ann Schadewald who passed away in 1963.  1 sister; Gloria Schadewald Keane.  1 sister-in-law; Louise Pedrotti. 

Calling hours will be Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral Mass will be Friday, August 1, 2014 at 10am at St. Catherine’s of Siena Parish Center, 142 Perryville Road, Hampton, NJ.  Interment at St. Gertrude’s Cemetery in Colonia, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to Hunterdon Cancer Center, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822 and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105. 

 

 

Stephanie C. Saharic Swenson

Stephanie C. Saharic Swenson, age 97, of Raritan Twp., NJ passed away on Friday, July 25, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. 

She was born on November 21, 1916 in Jersey City, NJ and had resided in Hunterdon County for the past 13 years and at Hunterdon Care Center for the past 4 and a half years.

She was the daughter of the late Stephen and Marie Olstynski Florkiewicz.

Her first husband, Alexander Saharic, passed away on February 11, 1942.  She later re-married and her second husband, John H. Swenson, passed away on April 14, 1988. 

Stephanie earned a Nursing Degree from St. Elizabeth’s in Newark, NJ.  She worked as a Baby Nurse at a hospital in Newark, NJ.  Later, she was a Custodian at Shore Regional High School in West Long Branch, NJ. 

She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and playing cards.  She also liked spending time with her family and loved family gatherings.  Years ago, she especially enjoyed watching her brothers and sisters play the harmonica. 

Survivors include 3 sons; Alexander ‘Lex’ Saharic and his wife Hazel of Lebanon, NJ, Harold Saharic and his wife Diane of San Antonia, FL and Eric Swenson and his wife Marilyn of Fort Myers, FL.  9 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. 

Predeceased in addition to her husbands by 5 siblings; Helen Cestaro, Irene Slowak, Florence Zubikowski, Theodore Florkiewicz and Genevieve Mikrut. 

Calling hours will be Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Friends and family are welcome to gather at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 10am with prayers at 11am followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Hampton, NJ at 12noon.  Interment at Union Cemetery in Lebanon, NJ.    

Memorials can be made to the Hunterdon Care Center, 1 Leisure Court, Flemington, NJ 08822. 

 

 

Steven S. Olencki

 

Steven S. Olencki, age 58 of Clinton, NJ passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 21, 2014.

He was born on March 9, 1956 in Newark, NJ.  He grew up in Bergen County, yet the past 20 years he spent  in Hunterdon County.  

He was the son of the late Theodore and Lillian Ryder Olencki.

He was the husband of Gail Gagliostro Olencki, celebrating 23 years of marriage.

He graduated from Johnson and Whales College in Providence, RI with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management.

Steven was a Food Service Director for Pomptonian Food Service in Fairfield, NJ.  He had worked for the same company since the early 1980’s.  In addition, he and his wife owned and operated LJ’s Lodge in Stowe, VT from 2003 – 2009. 

He loved golfing and watching sports on TV and he also enjoyed going to the Devils hockey games with his son.  He was a huge fan of Notre Dame football.

Survivors in addition to his wife include 1 son; Matthew Oppenlaender of Lowell, MA.  1 brother; Ted Olencki of NC.  2 sisters; Christine Rusticus and her husband Yke of Stockton, NJ and Barbara Englund and her husband Al of Naples, FL.  5 nieces and nephews and his Mother-in-Law; Lonnie Gagliostro of Clinton, NJ. 

Calling hours will be Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 10am – 1pm followed by funeral service at 1pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private. 

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. 

 

 

Elizabeth Ann Bush

 

Elizabeth Ann Bush, age 85, of Walnutport, PA passed away on Monday, July 21, 2014 at Blue Mountain Health System in Palmerton, PA.

She was born on July 2, 1929 in Belle Mead, NJ to Lida and Harry Philhower. 

Elizabeth lived in Cokesbury/Lebanon area for most of her life.  She was a 1947 graduate from High Bridge High School.  She married Harry Bush Jr. just a few months after her High School graduation on October 26, 1947.  They resided in Lebanon until their retirement on August 20, 1985 at which time they moved to Walnutport, PA. 

She was an avid reader and enjoyed knitting.  Most of all, she loved being with her family - especially with her great grandchildren.   

In addition to her husband of 66 years, survivors include 1 daughter; Sheryl Fleming and her husband Wayne of Hoffmeister, NY.  2 granddaughters; Stephanie Nemeth and her husband Mark of Bethlehem Twp., NJ and Melanie Novacek and her husband Hutch of Annandale, NJ.  4 great grandchildren; Devon, Dylan, Hutch and Noah.  1 great-great grandson; Jared.  1 sister; Helen Everhardt of AL.  1 sister-in-law; Mary Bush.  2 nieces and 1 nephew. 

Predeceased by 1 daughter; Jacalyn Bush and 2 sisters; Evelyn Shinkos and Ruth Stiger. 

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

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 of the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005. 

 

 

Blanche Ellen Hoffman

Blanche Ellen Hoffman, age 53, of Bethlehem Twp., NJ passed away on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at home.

She was born on April 2, 1961 in Raritan Twp., NJ and was a lifelong resident of Hunterdon County.

She was the daughter of the late Richard Francis and Grace Beam Burd.

Her husband, Charles A. Hoffman Jr. passed away in 2004.

She was a Voorhees High School graduate.

Blanche was a Custodian at North Hunterdon High School in Annandale, NJ for 12 years until her retirement. 

She loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren.  She also enjoyed going to yard sales and baking.

Survivors include her long-time companion, Robert A. Germinsky of Bethlehem Twp., NJ.  1 son; Charles A. Hoffman III and his wife Julia of Glen Gardner, NJ.  2 daughters; Grace Suruda and her ex-husband Joshua Suruda and also her fiancé Timothy Kowalchuk of Phillipsburg, NJ and Amy Kelman and her husband Andrew of Vero Beach, FL.  10 grandchildren; Alera Marie Hoffman,  Aria Ann Hoffman, Richard Altemose Jr., Valerie Suruda, Joshua Suruda Jr., Wessley Suruda, Seth Suruda, Viktor Suruda, Michael Kelman and Alexa Kelman.  2 brothers; Donald Burd  and his wife Minick of WA and Joe Smith of NJ.  3 sisters; Marge Farho of Rolla, MO, Shirley Burd of Rolla, MO and Susan Burd of PA. 

Predeceased by 2 brothers; Charles Burd and Richard F. Burd Jr. and also her mother and father-in-law; Marion and Charles A. Hoffman Sr. 

Memorial service will be on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 1pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private.

Memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Common Sense For Animals, 2420 NJ 57, Stewartsville, NJ 08886. 

 

 

Irma Lueger

Irma Lueger, age 83, of Bethlehem, PA passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Country Meadows Nursing Home in Bethlehem, PA. 

She was born on November 9, 1930 in Wolfenbuttel, Germany.  She had resided in Bethlehem for the past 4 years, moving from Annandale, NJ. 

She was the daughter of the late Franz and Minna Buchholz Mueller.

Her husband, John E. Lueger passed away in March of 1995.   They were married for 43 years.

Irma enjoyed going on bus trips to Atlantic City and playing Rummikub at the Briteside Adult Day Service Center in Flemington, NJ.  She also loved to crochet; she frequently would crochet baby blankets and donate them to local hospitals. 

Survivors include 1 son; Robert Lueger and his wife Lori of Califon, NJ.  1 beloved granddaughter; Alexis Lueger.  1 sister; Hanna Schilling of Huntington Station, NY.   Predeceased in addition to her husband by 2 brothers and 3 sisters. 

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

Memorials can be made to Hunterdon Humane Animal Shelter, 576 Stamets Road, Milford, NJ 08848. 

 

 

Alice Platt

 

Alice Platt, age 90, of Fort Lauderdale, FL passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Broward Nursing Home in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

She was born on May 3, 1924 in Perth Amboy, NJ and had resided in Union County for many years before moving to Florida 40 years ago. 

She was the daughter of the late George and Ida Levine Albert.

Alice was a Registered Nurse and worked at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Elizabeth, NJ for many years.  When she moved to Florida, she worked for Florida Power & Light until her retirement. 

She was an avid reader and also enjoyed going to the movies.

Survivors include 1 son; Clifford Platt and his wife Rosemarie of Clinton, NJ.  1 daughter; Paula Yukna of Fort Lauderdale, FL.  1 daughter-in-law; Helene Platt of Carteret, NJ.  6 grandchildren; Brian Yukna and his wife Xena, Amy Yukna, Erica Platt and her husband Robert Jordan, Heather Platt and her husband David Gravatt, Danielle Platt and Tyler Platt.  9 great-grandchildren; Dylan, Julia, Lia, George, Rachel, Laura, Abigail, Josephine and Lucas.  1 sister; Ethel ‘Bert’ Albert of FL.

She is predeceased by 1 son; Michael Platt and 1 brother; Milton Albert. 

Graveside service will be on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 10:45am at Beth Israel Cemetery in Woodbridge, NJ.  Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ. 

 

 

Katherine Mary 'Kathy' Nadeau

Katherine Mary ‘Kathy’ Nadeau, age 74, of Madison, NJ passed away on Monday, July 7, 2014 at St. Claire’s Compassionate Care in Dover, NJ. 

She was born on April 27, 1940 in Brooklyn, NY and had resided in Madison, NJ since 1999, moving from Clinton Twp., NJ.

She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Veronica Benoff Bietka.

Her husband, William “Bill” M. Nadeau passed away in 2007.

Kathy worked as a Kitchen Aide for Readington Twp. School district and later for AT&T in Bernardsville, NJ. 

She was a past member of the Lioness Club and Polish American Club.  She also loved to play bingo, play slots, crochet and read. 

Survivors include 5 daughters; Cynthia K. Nadeau of Madison, NJ, Kristie J. Keck and her husband Jeffrey of Quakertown, PA, Kimberly A. Nadeau of Madison, NJ, Karen L. Hickman and her husband George of East Stroudsburg, PA and Susan L. Kedian and her husband Edward of Westfield, NC.  11 grandchildren.  2 sisters; Janet Spetz and her husband George and Jeannie Simms and her husband John.    1 brother; Edward Bietka and his wife Jeanette.  Many nieces and nephews. 

Predeceased in addition to her husband by 2 daughters; Debra Nadeau and Sandra Nadeau.  1 sister; Joanne Eisele. 

Calling hour will be Friday, July 18, 2014 from 5-6pm with funeral services at 6pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 400 W Blackwell Street, Dover, NJ 07801. 

 

 

Edward J. "Ed" Turkiewicz

Edward J. “Ed” Turkiewicz, age 64, of Lebanon, NJ passed away on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at home. 

He was born on April 7, 1950 in Elizabeth, NJ, was raised in Winfield Park, NJ, and had resided in Lebanon since 1991, moving from Carteret, NJ. 

He was the son of the late Edward and Frances Szypula Turkiewicz.

Ed was the husband of Claire M. Cannon Turkiewicz.

He attended Southampton College, Southampton, NY. 

He was a Realtor for Weichert Realtors in Clinton, NJ, in partnership with wife Claire.

Prior to becoming a Realtor Ed was employed by American Flange & Mfg. Co., Linden, NJ, and

Celanese Corp., Summit, NJ.

Ed was a member of the Hunterdon/Somerset Association of Realtors, NJ Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors.  He was an avid dog walker in his town of Lebanon.  Many knew him as “Ty’s father”.  He was also a lifelong trout fisherman and hockey fan.

Survivors in addition to his wife of 35 years include 2 sisters; Barbara James of Winfield Park, NJ and Genevieve Krutzler and her husband Jim of Edison, NJ.  1 brother-in-law; Marty Cannon and his wife Cyndee of Toms River, NJ.  6 nephews; Jack James and his wife Laure Scaturo of Millstone Twp., NJ, Jimmy Krutzler of Flemington, NJ, Steven Krutzler and his wife Christine of Montclair, VA, Christopher Cannon of Toms River, NJ, Kyle Cannon of Toms River, NJ and Kevin Cannon of Toms River, NJ.  1 niece; Kady Cannon of Cockeysville, MD.  2 great-nieces and 1 great-nephew.  Several cousins and his beloved beagle, Ty. 

Calling hours will be Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm.  Funeral Services will be Thursday, June 19th, 2014 at 11am.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to Hunterdon Hospice, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822. 

 

 

Phyllis Taccetta

Phyllis Taccetta, age 69, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at the Rolling Hills Care Center in Clinton Twp., NJ. 

She was born on October 24, 1944 in Newark, NJ.  She had resided in Clinton Twp. for 4 years, moving from Oldwick, NJ. 

She was the daughter of the late Charles and Ann Scornavacca Taccetta.

Her husband, Winfred Kallenburg, passed away in 2003.

She was employed at AT&T in Basking Ridge, NJ until her retirement. 

Phyllis had many interests, but she loved her family most of all.  She was beloved by anyone who met her and will be sadly missed. 

Survivors include 2 daughters; Victoria Miller and her husband William of High Bridge, NJ and Christina Mastrodomenico of Lebanon Twp., NJ.  3 grandchildren; Karena Paleologo of Quincy, MA, Owen Cox of Lebanon Twp., NJ and Kalen Cox of Equinunk, PA.  2 sisters; Francis Taccetta of Bowie, MD and Diane Taccetta of Morris Plains, NJ.  Many beloved nieces and nephews. 

Predeceased in addition to her husband by 2 sisters; Angela Bontempo and Angel Taccetta and also her first husband, Ralph Mastrodomenico. 

Calling hours will be Monday, June 16, 2014 from 7-9pm at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment will be private. 

 

 

Stuart Vaughan

Stuart Vaughan, age 88, of High Bridge, NJ passed away on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at home.

He was born on August 23, 1925 in Terre Haute, IN and had resided for 24 years in High Bridge. 

He was the son of the late John Harwood and Paulette Walker Vaughan.

Stuart was the husband of Anne Thompson Vaughan, celebrating 49 years of marriage. 

Stuart’s life revolved around the theatre.  He was the Founding Artistic Director of the New York Shakespeare Festival.  He earned the first Tony Award for his company as well as Obie and Drama Desk awards.  Stuart has directed over 200 productions.  He was also the Artistic Director of the Phoenix Theater in New York and the Founding Artistic Director of the Seattle Repertory Theatre and Repertory Theatre New Orleans. He has been awarded with 2 honorary doctorates from Rowan University and Indiana State University.  He has taught at Harvard, Ohio State, University of Georgia, Reed College, Indiana University, and University of Alabama.  Stuart is a member of the Actors Studio. In 1978 Stuart and his wife Anne founded the New Globe Theatre, Inc. to tour classical productions to the college/university/art center circuit, and in 2006 they (along with Vincent Curcio) revived the theatre and went on to produce 4 plays Off-Broadway.

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

 

Mary Elizabeth "Betsy" Smith

Mary Elizabeth “Betsy” Smith, age 87, died peacefully on June 9, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. 

She was predeceased by her husband Arthur in 1992, after 43 years of marriage.

Betsy was born in 1926 in Brooklyn, NY, daughter of John F. and Gertrude Ross.  She was a graduate of St. Brendan’s High School in Brooklyn, NY.  Betsy was a resident of Levittown, NY for over 50 years. 

While living on Long Island she was a parishioner of St. Bernard’s R.C.C., Levittown, NY and was a member of Catholic Daughters of Americas Court St. Pius #1690 for over 25 years.  She served as Regent for that Court as well as serving as District Deputy at the State level.

In 2005, she moved to Alexandria, NJ with her daughter Ellen and son-in-law Anthony.  She became a member of St. Catherine of Siena R.C.C. in Pittstown, NJ where she was a member of the Rosary Society. 

She is survived by her daughter Ellen Marie (Smith) Russo and her husband Anthony Russo.  1 granddaughter; Sara (Carman) McLean and her husband Brian McLean.  1 great-granddaughter; Ainsley Jane McLean.  1 sister; Jane (Ross) Ewanciw.  Numerous nieces and nephews. 

Predeceased in addition to her husband by 1 daughter; Jane Claire (Smith) Carman who passed away in 1997.  1 sister; Gertrude Hannan.  2 brother-in-laws; John Hannan and Paul Ewanciw. 

Visitation will be Wednesday, June 11, 2014 between the hours of 2pm and 8pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ 08833. 

A mass of Christian Burial celebrating Betsy’s life will take place on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 11am at St. Catherine of Siena Parish Center, 142 Perryville Road, Hampton, NJ 08827. 

Prayers and burial will take place Friday, June 13, 2014 at 12noon at Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury, NY. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the St. Catherine of Siena Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 245, Pittstown, NJ 08867. 

 

 

Ronald Lee Hoffman

Ronald Lee Hoffman, age 70, of Lebanon Twp., NJ passed away on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ. 

He was born on August 27, 1943 in Glen Gardner, NJ and was a lifelong resident of Hunterdon County.

He was the son of the late John Van and Amy Dennis Hoffman. 

He was the husband of Jane Sutton O’Donnell.

Ron worked for the Laborers Local 3 in Washington, NJ. 

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking and going to yard sales.  He also loved landscaping, gardening and his fish pond.  He was an avid gun collector.  In addition, he enjoyed frequenting Gronsky’s Milkhouse in High Bridge, NJ and going to the Space Center while visiting his daughter in Florida.  Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his best buddy - his granddaughter, Brooke Cahill. 

Survivors in addition to his wife include 2 daughters; Robin Bizub and her husband Eddie of Kissimmee, FL and Jessica Cahill and her husband Scott of White Twp., NJ.  1 granddaughter; Brooke Cahill.   1 brother; John Hoffman of Dennard, AR.  1 sister; Geraldine Struening of Toms River, NJ.

Predeceased by 1 brother; Charles A. Hoffman Sr. who passed away in 2003. 

Calling hours will be Sunday, June 8, 2014 from 1-4pm.  Funeral services will be Monday, June 9, 2014 at 9am.  All at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment at Mountain View Cemetery in Cokesbury, NJ.

 

 

Elmer Ethan Wagner ('El')

Elmer Wagner (left) receives the Veteran of the Year Award by the East Rochester American Legion Post 1917 from his good friend, James Ramph (US Coast Guard).

 

ELMER ETHAN WAGNER (“El”), a true patriot, born in Rochester, New York on Flag Day (June 14), 1922, died peacefully on the original date of the first-observed Memorial Day (May 30), 2014 in Clinton Township, New Jersey, surrounded by his loving family.

Elmer served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II in the European Theatre as a Tactical Reconnaissance P-51 Fighter Pilot, flying more than 40 documented and undocumented missions over occupied France and Germany.  He attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant and was awarded the WWII Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon with Five Stars for Air Offensive and the Air Medal with Seven Oak Leaf Clusters.  In addition, Elmer received the Certificate of Recognition from the United States Secretary of Defense and the New York State Governor’s Award for Distinguished Military Service.  He served as Assistant Operations Officer and Reservist after returning to the US.  Elmer was selected for the Veteran of the Year Award in 2009 at the East Rochester Legion Post #1917.

After marrying his sweetheart, Joan Niedermeier in 1946, Elmer attended Paul Smith’s College (Associates Degree in Forestry) and the University of Michigan (Bachelors Degree in Forestry and Masters of Science Degree in Wildlife Management).  His career with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation spanned many decades, until his retirement in 1981, after which he served as volunteer Director and Board member for the Powder Mills Park Fish Hatchery for seven years.  Elmer was also a member of several advisory boards including the Monroe County Conservation Council and the Monroe County Water Quality Management Advisory Board, his contributions formally recognized by the Monroe County Executive.

An avid sportsman, Elmer received the Monroe County Sportsman/Conservationist of the Year Award in 1986.  He was also a lifelong Amateur Radio enthusiast achieving his Extra Class License (call sign W2BNJ) and volunteering his time during natural emergencies and at the Antique Wireless Museum in Bloomfield, NY.  He received a public service award from the American Radio Relay League in 1973 for his outstanding work during the Hurricane Agnes flood disaster.   In his continuing dedication to public service, Elmer was a member of the Lions Club and the Masons (highest order).

Elmer is survived by his wife of 67 years, Joan Wagner, his daughter Bonnie Wagner-Westbrook and his son-in-law, John Westbrook.  He will be deeply missed by his family and many close friends.

Elmer will be interred at White Haven Memorial Park in Pittsford, NY in a private ceremony.  Anyone wishing to honor his memory is asked to donate to the East Rochester American Legion Post #1917 or the Antique Wireless Association in Bloomfield, NY. Services are under the direction of Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ. 

 

 

William 'Bill' H. Davis

William ‘Bill” H. Davis, age 55, of Washington, NJ passed away on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at St. Luke’s of Warren Hospital in Phillipsburg, NJ.

He was the son of the late William C. and Dorothy M. Showers Davis. 

He was born on October 12, 1958 and had resided for the past 35 years in Washington, NJ. 

Bill was the husband of Marilyn G. Freeman Davis, recently celebrating 35 years of marriage. 

He was a Mason Foreman at the Hunterdon Developmental Center in Clinton, NJ. 

Bill enjoyed fishing and working on engines.  He also loved motorcycles.

In addition to his wife, survivors include 2 daughters; Marilyn M. Davis of Washington, NJ and Marlena A. Davis of Washington, NJ.  1 granddaughter; Dayna Davis of Washington, NJ.  2 brothers. 

All services will be private. 

 

 

Phyllis Jane Case

Phyllis Jane Case, age 67, of Kingwood Twp., NJ passed away on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ. 

She was born on January 12, 1947 in Somerville, NJ.  She has resided in Frenchtown, NJ with her husband since 1972.  

She was the daughter of the late Harold and Iva Hunt Moore. 

She was the wife of Frank L. Case, celebrating 46 years of marriage.

Phyllis was a graduate of North Hunterdon High School class of 65.  She worked at the A&P in Flemington, NJ from 1966-1968.  After working for the A&P, she was self employed.

Phyllis loved gardening, flowers, doing yard work, and camping.  She also loved animals.

Survivors in addition to her husband include 2 sisters; Betty Maczynski and her husband Luke of Whitehouse, NJ, Bernice Mutchler and her husband Gene of East Stroudsburg, PA, and six nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be Friday, May 30, 2014 from 10am - 12noon, followed by funeral services at 12noon.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment at Union Cemetery in Lebanon, NJ. 

 

 

Alfred "Freddie" Anicet Samson

 

Alfred Anicet Samson was born 17 April 1924 in Fort de France, Martinique to Emile Samson and Genevieve Talia Sarotte.  “Freddie,” as he was known to close friends and family, grew up Catholic; attended Catholic grade school in urban Martinique, and was Alter Boy at his local parish.  He loved soccer from his youth; visited friends in the neighboring country side, followed in the footsteps of his older brothers, and most of all he loved fishing in the Caribbean Sea with his father and brothers.  Freddie was the middle child of seven children; two sisters, Andre and Yvette; four brothers, Morris, Theadore, Yeves, and Rene. Yvette, the sole surviving sibling, lives in southern France.

In 1941 at the age of seventeen, Freddie and his older brother Theadore joined the French Navy, following their father’s example of military service.  During his military stay, his travels took him to North Africa, Spain, countries of Western Europe, and to the United States, where he met his bride-to-be, Elsie Norwood in New York City.  Following the war, Freddie joined the Merchant Marines; working from the port of New York, he traveled the world and often told about adventures in exotic places like Casablanca, Australia, Greece, Denmark, and other global ports of call. 

Throughout Freddie’s career, three words best captures the true essence of the man that his family, friends, and business associates came to know and respect; dependable, hard-working, and meticulous.  Freddie worked many years with Canrad Precision Company, a government contractor that manufactured precision parts for the aircraft and aerospace industries; supplying parts for the Challenger space craft.  Freddie retired in the early 1980’s and later moved to Richmond, Virginia with his wife to be closer to his two sons and grandchildren.   Due to his wife’s advancing illness, he left Virginia in 1999 for New Jersey to live with his daughter, Genevieve until his death.

One of the great joys of Freddie’s life has been his family.  He celebrated 58 years of marriage with his loving wife, Elsie who preceded him in death as did his elder son, Alfred Jr.  Freddie leaves behind his first born, Genevieve Samson of Tewksbury Township, NJ; daughter, Madelaine Brooks of Franklin Park, NJ; Philip Samson of Richmond, Virginia; Grand Children: Nicole Morales of Richmond, VA; Philip Samson, Jr. of Richmond, VA; Nicholas Brooks of Franklin Park, NJ: Christopher Brooks of Franklin Park, NJ; Jaydon Samson of Richmond, VA; Jaeda Morales of Richmond;   

Alfred Anicet Samson thoroughly enjoyed his life. He was a life-long New York Mets fan; enjoyed cooking and eating; loved his grand children; confessed his faith in Christ; loved music, especially Sinatra. He enjoyed reliving times with his mother and father, and dreamed of going home one last time.  When asked how things were going in his life, a response of “copasetic” was always good happiness barometer!  We will sorely miss you Freddie.

Calling hours will be Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 4-6pm with funeral services at 6pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private. 

 

 

George R. Carr

George R. Carr, age 94, of Whitehouse Station, NJ passed away on Monday, April 21, 2014 at home.

He was born on January 2, 1920 in Brooklyn, NY.  He lived in High Bridge, NJ from 1970 to 1996 before moving to Whitehouse Station, NJ. 

He was the husband of the late Mary Frances Coen Carr who passed away in 2012 after 70 years of marriage. 

He was the son of the late John and Rose Edge Carr.

George was a US Army World War II Veteran, serving in the Quartermaster Corps. from 1942 to 1945 in France and Germany.  He was in the 102nd infantry division that liberated Germany. 

He worked for Mobil Oil Company in Pennington, NJ as a Lab Chemist until his retirement in 1983. 

George loved to travel.  He especially enjoyed his trips to Ireland and Cape Cod with his wife.  He also enjoyed going to his home in Fort Myers, FL.  He loved to garden, play poker, spend time with his grandchildren and talk to people. 

Survivors include 7 children; George M. Carr of Burlington, CT, Mary Anne O’Connor of Waldwick, NJ, Tom Carr of Gilbert, AZ, Patricia Shadock of Massapequa, NY, Susan Carr of Mont Clare, PA, Barbara Snyder of Lebanon Twp., NJ and Edward Carr of Lebanon Twp., NJ.  16 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. 

Predeceased in addition to her husband by 1 son; Stephen Carr who passed away in 1969 at age 13. 

Calling hours will be Friday, April 25, 2014 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm.  Funeral services Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 9am.  All at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment at Mountain View Cemetery in Cokesbury, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. 

 

 

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.