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.
 
   
   

Geraldine (Gerri) M. Bridegum

 

Geraldine (Gerri) M. Bridegum, of Stanton, age 68, died on Sunday afternoon 14 September, after a protracted battle with lung cancer. She leaves behind a 43 year love affair with Tom, her husband of 43 years; her greatly beloved son Benjamin of Carnigie, PA; Beloved sister-and brother-in-law, Nancy and Gary Betz of Grand Lake Stream, ME; and much loved niece, Mandy, and husband Dave Dulevitz and two grandnephews of Marshall, VA; and much loved nephew, Gary Betz and wife Denise, a grandnephew and grandniece of Colorado City, CO.

Gerri was born in Newark, NJ and grew up in East Brunswick, NJ. After graduating from East Brunswick H.S. she was a secretary in the Public Relations Office at Rutgers University until 1973, when she accepted a position at Ethicon, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson Company. She retired in 2003 after serving as Administrative Assistant to five Ethicon presidents. In retirement, she worked part-time as the Constituent Services Representative for Congressman Leonard Lance in his Flemington office.

Gerri enjoyed cooking and entertaining. Guests enjoyed the results. She was also fond of reading, sewing, gardening, decorating and travel.

She was the daughter of the late Frank and Helen Shovlin.

Calling hour will be Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 10am – 11am followed by a Mass of the Resurrection at 11am, all at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in High Bridge, NJ.  Burial at the Newell Cemetery in Stanton, NJ. Arrangements by Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home in High Bridge, NJ. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Gerri’s memory be made to the following organizations, which provided us with wonderfully caring and very professional service and just a phone call away:Whitehouse Rescue Squad, 269 Main Street, POB 175,Whitehouse Station, NJ08889 or Hunterdon Hospice, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822.

 

 

Lesley Patricia Hayes

 

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

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

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

She was an Edison High School graduate.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

William T. 'Bill' Swankie

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Floyd 'Gene' E. Hudson

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Julia Colantano

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

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

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

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

She was a housewife.

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

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

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

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

 

 

Thomas J. Devine

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Dorothy A. Schaefer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Predeceased by 1 brother; Paul Prostak. 

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

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

 

 

Dina Dubinina

Dina Dubinina, age 76, of Lebanon, NJ passed away on Monday, August 4, 2014 at home.

She was born on May 25, 1938 in Reutovo, Russia.  She had resided in Lebanon since 2006, moving from Boston, MA. 

She was the daughter of Semyon and Fira Golub Kruglyak.

Her husband, Viktor Dubinin, passed away in 2001.

She was a Quality Controller for Rigas Modes in Riga, Latvia. 

Survivors include 1 son; Aleksej Dubinin of Flemington, NJ.  1 daughter; Olga Kozhukhov and her husband Oleg of Lebanon, NJ.  3 grandchildren; Yuri Dubinin, Dmitri Dubinin and Alisa Kozhukhov.  1 sister; Vera Kipnis of Newton, MA.

Predeceased by 1 brother and 1 sister.

Funeral Service will be Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 1pm at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Followed by interment at Beth Israel Cemetery in Woodbridge, NJ. 

 

 

Iris Dorothy Moore

 

Iris Dorothy Moore, age 80, of Tewksbury Twp., NJ passed away on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at home. 

She was born on June 27, 1934 in London, England. 

She was the daughter of the late Cyril and Dorothy Giles Hitchcox.

She married Donald Lee Moore (of South Plainfield, NJ) in London, England while he was in the United States Air Force.  They later moved to United States in 1955. 

She worked as a Cashier at King’s Supermarket in Whitehouse Station, NJ. 

Survivors include 1 daughter, Michelle D’Agostino and her husband Peter of Whitehouse Station, NJ.  2 sons; Michael Moore of Lebanon, NJ and Matthew Moore and his wife Cristy of Colorado Springs, CO.  1 sister; Christine and her husband John Nielson of Colorado Springs, CO.  4 grandsons; USAF Captain Justin D’Agostino and his wife Carrie of Dayton, OH, James D’Agostino of Whitehouse Station, NJ, Matthew Moore of Colorado Springs, CO and Zachary Moore of Colorado Springs, CO.  Great-grandson and great-granddaughter; Alexander and Vienna D’Agostino of Dayton, OH.  5 nieces and 7 nephews in the United States and several cousins in England.  Faithful friend and companion, Bobo, of Lebanon, NJ. 

Predeceased in addition to her husband by 1 daughter; Jacqueline Moore. 

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

Memorials can be made in Iris’s name at the request of all the family to: Compassionate Care Hospice, 9 Lamington Road, Suite A, Branchburg, NJ 08876.  Memorials can be made in memory of Iris and Donald Moore at the request of Michael to: Mylestone Equine Rescue, 227 Still Valley Road, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865.  Additional memorials can be made in memory of Iris and Donald Moore at the request of Matthew and Chris to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  At the request of Michelle, memorials can be made in memory of Mom Iris Moore and Mom Norfolk to: The Wildlife Center of Virginia, PO Box 1557, Waynesboro, VA 22980. 

 

 

Peter William Richetti

 

Peter William Richetti, age 54, of High Bridge, NJ passed away on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ.

He was born on March 15, 1960 in Red Bank, NJ. He has been a resident of High Bridge, NJ for the past 19 years, after moving from St. Louis, MO.
He was the son of Francis A. and Margaret Mills Richetti of Brick, NJ.
Peter and his beloved wife, Rita Durkin Richetti, were married for 31 wonderful years.
He earned his BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. He also received his MFA and MA from Washington University in St Louis, MO.
He worked for DG3 Printing in Jersey City, NJ.
Peter was a member of Vineyard Community Church in Morris Plains, NJ. He was active in the church’s youth ministry and mission work.
Peter was the rock of his family and a safe harbor for anyone who needed him. He loved the arts. He especially enjoyed writing and painting. He was very comical and known for his dry sense of humor. Most of all, Peter loved spending time with his grandsons who knew him as ‘Papa’.
Pete was also survived by his four sons: Ian and his wife Meghan, Benjamin and his wife Bethany, Zachary and his wife Kaitlin, and Josiah; three grandsons: Elijah David, Bowie Phineas and Simon Davis. One brother: Francis Richetti Jr.; two sisters; Theresa O’Donnell and Margaret Leonard; and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 3-5pm and 7-9pm. Funeral Services on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 11am. All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ. Interment will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Chester Twp., NJ.
Memorials may be made in Peter’s name to Youth With A Mission on www.ywam.org/Donate.

 

Ann E. Whitehead

 

Ann E. Whitehead, age 72, of High Bridge, NJ passed away on Monday, August 4, 2014 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ. 

She was born on August 20, 1941 in Jasper, IN.  She had resided in High Bridge, NJ for the past 17 years, moving from Hampton, NJ. 

She was the daughter of the late Harold and Cyrilla Jerger Reker.

Ann was the wife of Martin H. Whitehead Sr., celebrating 30 years of marriage. 

Survivors in addition to her husband include 1 son; Andy and 1 daughter; Sharon.  2 grandchildren; Steven and Marisa.  1 brother; Robert.  1 sister; Ruth.  1 sister-in-law; Kathleen. 

Calling hours will be Thursday August 7, 2014 from 2-4 and 7-9pm at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Funeral Mass will be Friday, August 8, 2014 at 9am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 59 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 225 Ridgedale Avenue, East Hanover, NJ. 

 

 

William R. 'Bill' Gallas

William R. ‘Bill’ Gallas, age 73, of High Bridge, NJ passed away on Monday, August 4, 2014 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ. 

He was born on October 1, 1940 in Jersey City, NJ.  He had resided in High Bridge for 20 years, moving from Bayonne, NJ. 

He was the son of the late Henry and Anna Szyesny Gallas. 

Bill was the husband of Marie Wojtkowski Gallas of Union Twp., NJ. 

He served with the United States Marine Corps. from 1958 to 1962.  He was in Platoon 298, second recruit battalion at Paris Island, SC. 

He worked for Onyx Chemical until his retirement in 1984.  Then he went on to work for Continental Airlines in Newark, NJ. 

He was an avid fisherman.  He also loved to play baseball and was formerly on the Jersey City All Stars baseball team. 

Survivors in addition to his wife include 1 son; Michael Gallas and 1 daughter; Courtney Gallas.  5 grandchildren. 

All services will be private.  Arrangements by Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home in High Bridge, NJ.

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

 

 

Florence 'Flo' Vybihal

Florence ‘Flo’ Vybihal, age 80, of Clinton, NJ passed away on Friday August 1, 2014 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, NJ. 

She was born on March 1, 1934 on the family farm ‘Old Homestead’ in Cokesbury, NJ.  She was a lifelong resident of Hunterdon County, living in Clinton, NJ since 1976. 

She was the daughter of the late Percival Kinsey and Carol Thomas-McCatharn and the wife of John F. Vybihal, this year celebrating their 61st wedding anniversary. 

She graduated from North Hunterdon High School, as part of the first graduating class in 1952. 

Before retirement she worked for Bowman Oil in Washington, NJ and later for Meenan Oil Company in Clinton, NJ.

Flo was a member of the Cokesbury United Methodist Church in Cokesbury, NJ.  She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, always putting her family before all else.

Survivors in addition to her husband include one daughter; Lorraine C. Vybihal of Union Township, NJ and two sons; John T. Vybihal of Palm Beach Gardens, FL and Martin K. Vybihal and his wife Kathleen of West Caldwell, NJ. She also leaves behind four grandchildren; Breanne Christina Vybihal, Morgan Mary Vybihal, Charlotte Rose Vybihal and Daniel Martin Vybihal, as well as one brother; Paul McCatharn and his wife Janette of Ocala, FL. 

Flo was predeceased by one daughter, Christina Ann Vybihal as well as two sisters, Dorothy Apgar and Alice Sutton and two brothers, Robert McCatharn and Percy McCatharn. 

Calling hours will be Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm.  Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 11am.  Both events will take place at the Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Cokesbury, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to the Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 259 Cokesbury Road, Lebanon, NJ 08833. 

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal.  Love leaves a memory no one can steal.” 

Forever in our hearts...until we meet again.

 

 

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.