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Geraldine A. Turner - Bixler

Geraldine A. Turner - Bixler, age 89, of Dunedin, Florida passed away in Allentown, Pennsylvania on November 15, 2017. 

She was born on April 16, 1928 in Bethlehem Twp., New Jersey.  She resided in Florida for the past 17 years, having moving from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  She was the daughter of the late Andrew and Helen Huff Hauck. She was predeceased in death by her loving husband, S. Fordham Bixler. 

At a time when women in America were only beginning to emerge as Chief Operating Officers, Geraldine was named President in 1975 of Orr’s Department Stores, Inc., which corporation maintained stores in Flemington and Phillipsburg, New Jersey, and in Bethlehem and Easton, Pennsylvania, as well as a specialty store in Chester, New Jersey.  She was the first woman to be named president of a retail chain in New Jersey.  Geraldine attained this well-deserved achievement the old fashioned way – through hard work.  Unpretentious, soft-spoken, and generous, she possessed an innate understanding of the merchandising sciences.  She rose through the ranks of the company to which she dedicate her life, beginning her career as a sales clerk in 1947.  Her obvious talents and work ethic were quickly recognized, and she advanced from merchandising manager and other positions of responsibility to Chief Executive.  During this journey of dedication and service, she went out of her way to treat every Orr’s employee with her unassuming dignity and grace.  She knew every employee by name and took a personal interest in their welfare.  The employees sensed that they were part of a caring family, and as a result, many employees worked at Orr’s for decades. 

Geraldine loved life, both at the beach, the swimming pool, and in the Florida sunshine.  She gave thanks to God for her good fortune through her faith as a devout Catholic.  She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes in Dunedin, Florida, and was also a former member of Church of the Annunciation in Bloomsbury, New Jersey.

Survivors include three nephews: William Hauck of Clinton, New Jersey, Bruce Hauck and his wife, Dawn, of Annandale, New Jersey and Jack Hauck and his wife, Evelyn, of Bangor, Pennsylvania;  one niece; Teresa Andresen and her husband, Albert, of Milford, New Jersey.  She is also survived by many great-nieces and nephews. 

Predeceased in addition to her husband are three brothers: Charles Hauck, Andrew Hauck and George Hauck, and two sisters, Esther Jurik and Ruth Hauck. 

Services will be private, with arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, New Jersey.  Memorials can be made to the Children’s Home of Easton, 2000 S. 25th Street, Easton, PA 18042. 

 

 

John R. Mowrey

 

John R. Mowrey, age 85, of Lebanon Twp., NJ passed away on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital located at the Lehigh Valley Campus in Bethlehem, PA.

He was born on December 10, 1931 in Hope, NJ.  He had resided in Lebanon Twp., NJ since 1971, moving from Pittstown, NJ. 

He was the son of the late Clyde Mowrey Sr. and Aremintha Wildrick Mowrey.

His wife, Barbara Johnson Mowrey, passed away in 1990.

John served in the National Guard.

John spent his whole career in home heating and air conditioning.  He worked for Meenan Oil in Clinton, NJ for many years until his retirement in the early 1990’s. 

John enjoyed spending time with his family.  Years ago, he was a Floor Monitor at Frenchtown Roller Rink.

Survivors include three daughters; Cathy Lifer and her husband Bill of Broadway, NJ, Karen Beam and her husband Charles of Lebanon Twp., NJ and Sandy Duplaga and her husband Richard of Easton, PA.  One son; Christopher Mowrey of Califon, NJ.  Six grandchildren; Amanda Adnett and her husband Stu of Fairfield, CT, Matthew Beam and his wife Annette of Oxford, NJ, Lisa Lake and her husband Kenan of Lebanon Twp., NJ, Taylor Duplaga of Easton, PA, Kyle Duplaga of Easton, PA and Megan Mowrey.  Eight great-grandchildren. 

Predeceased in addition to his wife by one son; John Robert Mowrey Jr. who passed away in 1956.  He is also predeceased by one grandson; Scott Lifer, four brothers and two sisters. 

Calling hours will be Monday, November 20, 2017 from 7-9pm.  Funeral Service will be Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 11am.  All at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment at Spruce Run Cemetery in Lebanon Twp., NJ. 

Memorials can be made to Lebanon Twp. Fire & Rescue, 532 West Hill Road, Glen Gardner, 08826 or the American Heart Association, 1 Union Street, Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691-4183. 

 

 

Anthony P. Taluba

Anthony P. Taluba, age 95, of Laceyville, PA passed away on Monday, November 13, 2017 at The Gardens at Tunkhannock in Tunkhannock, PA.

He was born on March 21, 1922 in Scranton, PA.  He spent his childhood near Laceyville and graduate from Meshoppen High School.  After his discharge from the Navy, he and Wanda Krajewski were married and lived near Laceyville for a short time.  They moved to NJ and lived in Plainfield, Hackettstown and Dunellen for several years before moving to Clinton Twp., NJ where they lived for many years.  Upon his retirement, Anthony and Wanda moved back to Anthony’s childhood hometown in PA where he found great enjoyment and peace.

He was the son of the late John Taluba and Mary Viatonis Taluba.

His wife, Wanda M. Taluba, passed away in 2007 after 59 years of marriage.

Anthony was a World War II Veteran, serving in the US Navy from 1943-1946.  He served as an Electrician’s Mate Third Class and was onboard the USS Concord and USS Franklin.  He was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Medal, American Theater Medal and Victory Medal. 

Before his retirement, Anthony was the owner of T&S Plastic Manufacturing Company in Plainfield, NJ.  He was an inventor, patent-holder, and jack-of-all-trades. 

After his retirement Anthony enjoyed spending time in PA where he grew up.  After spending a great deal of time finding the perfect piece of property in the mountains of PA, he settled in Laceyville where he had a spectacular view of the Susquehanna River.  Anthony also loved dogs and enjoyed having several dogs over the years including Buddy, Buddy 2 and Lady. 

Survivors include one son; Paul Taluba and his wife Marie of Annandale, NJ and one daughter; Barbara Bell of Enfield, CT.  Four grandchildren; Karyn and her husband Tqe, Kevin and his wife Erin, Robyn and her husband Ron, Heather and her husband Jon.  Five great-grandchildren;  Alex, Aiden, Jackson, Adam, Whitney, Brianna, and Gus.  Anthony is also survived by sister-in-law Thelma Taluba and many nieces and nephews..

Predeceased in addition to his wife include brothers and sisters Annie, Nellie, Vera, Jean, Joe, Frances, George, Martha, Agnes, Leonard, and Vince.

Calling hours will be Friday, November 17, 2017 from 10am -11:30am at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral Mass will follow at 12pm at Immaculate Conception Church, 316 Old Allerton Road, Annandale, NJ.  Interment at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Annandale, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to The Seeing Eye Inc., 10 Washington Valley Road, Morristown, NJ 07960.

 

 

C. Dennis Goodwin II

C. Dennis Goodwin II, age 72, of High Bridge, NJ passed away on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at home.

He was born on March 11, 1945 in Danville, KY.  While he spent his childhood in Kentucky, he moved to Tennessee at age 11, where he would reside for most of his life.  Dennis and his wife moved to High Bridge, NJ 11 years ago to be closer to their grandchildren.

He was the son of the late Rev. C. D. Goodwin Sr. and Muriel Ruby Panter Goodwin.

Dennis was the husband of Mary Beth Connaghan Goodwin, celebrating 39 years of marriage.

He was a retired manager for AT&T, working in their cellular division. 

Memberships include St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in High Bridge, NJ.

Dennis loved to cook and entertain.  He especially enjoyed having his friends and family over and would love to tell stories about his childhood in Kentucky.  He loved people and will always be remembered for being social.  His biggest love was his grandchildren.  He also enjoyed traveling; especially to Italy and on cruises.  He was an avid University of Tennessee and Alabama football fan. 

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include two daughters; O’Brien Speckin and her husband Kevin of Annandale, NJ and Denise Fitzgerald of Memphis, TN.  Three sons; Gregory Herschell and his wife Iola of Apollo Beach, FL, Tyler Herschell and his wife Tracy of San Antonio, TX and Dee Goodwin and his wife Marla of Collierville, TN.  Fourteen grandchildren; Mary Speckin, Finn Speckin, Nora Speckin, Lyla Speckin, Rayna Speckin, Jessie Rickey, Jed Rickey, Jared Rickey, Joshua Herschell, Mackenzie Herschell, Maddison Herschell, Jacob Herschell, Wesley Goodwin and Reagan Goodwin.  Dennis is also survived by six siblings; Joann, Adrienne, Rosalind, Phyllis, Connie and Bama. 

Memorial Mass will take place on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 10am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 59 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment will be private.  Arrangements by Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home in High Bridge, NJ. 

Memorials may be made directly to the Funeral Home to aid the family with funeral expenses.   Memorials can be sent to Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ 08829.    

 

 

Michael Louis Poggi

Michael Louis Poggi, 59, resident of Indialantic, FL, passed away Monday (October 30, 2017) peacefully at home.

Born in Flemington, NJ, he resided in High Bridge, NJ before moving to Florida. 

Michael was a graduate of Delbarton School in Morristown, NJ.  He received a B.S. in Computer Science and a M.A. in Computer Science from Montclair State College.  Michael also received an MBA in Marketing from the Roy E. Crummer School of Business at Rollins College.  He was President and Sole Owner of Solutions-in-General and had been retired the past several years.

Michael, an avid New York Giants fan since childhood, was a long-standing member of the Clifton NJ Moose (657) Club.  He loved to travel across the US and overseas especially enjoying his trip to Cuenca, Ecuador.  He was a connoisseur of fine food and wine and loved watching vintage movies and television.  Michael loved riding his motorcycles and especially loved his dogs, Skynyrd and Macy.

He was predeceased by his father, Louis John Poggi; his mother, Ann Mary Quinn Poggi; his brother, John Terrence Poggi; his paternal grandparents, John Poggi and Paolina Pedrazzani Poggi; and his maternal grandparents, John Quinn and Elizabeth Hetherington Quinn.

Surviving are his two sisters, Barbara Ann Poggi of Melbourne, FL and Susan Poggi Hagen and her husband, Edward Hagen of Hampton, NH.  He is also survived by several nephews, nieces, a grand-nephew, two grand-nieces and many close friends.

Visitation is from 4 to 8pm Friday, November 10, at the Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am Saturday, November 11, at St. Joseph’s Church, 59 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Entombment will immediately follow at the Immaculate Conception Mausoleum in Clinton, NJ.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 USF Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612 or to the Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue Society, PO Box 808, Hudson, MA 01749-0808. 
To view Michael's video tribute, please click here.

 

 

Charles B. 'Cy' Apgar

Charles B. ‘Cy’ Apgar, age 90, long-time resident of Hunterdon County, passed away on Monday, October 23, 2017 at Arden Courts at Old Orchard in Easton, PA.

He was born on March 20, 1927 in Clinton Twp., NJ.  He lived in Cokesbury, NJ until 2013.  When his health declined, he resided at several nursing homes including Hunterdon Hills, Chelsea and Arden Courts.  

He was the son of the late Ervin and Bessie Apgar.

His wife, Dorothy ‘Dot’ M. McCatharn Apgar, passed away in 2012 after 63 years of marriage. 

Cy was a graduate of High Bridge High School. 

He was a US Navy veteran, serving from May 1, 1945 to May 15, 1946.  Cy served aboard the USS Roosevelt. He was the recipient of the Victory Metal and the American Theater Metal.  

He was a retired Heavy Equipment Operator for Local #825 Operating Engineers in Springfield, NJ.

Memberships include the Clinton Elks and Cokesbury Sportsman’s Club.  Cy was also a past member of the Annandale Hose Company where he was an active member for 10 years.

Cy was an outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish and camp.  He enjoyed camping with Spruce Run Beavers Camping Club.  He also enjoyed boating, snowmobiling, riding his lawnmower and he especially loved tractors.  He loved to go to sprint car races.  He also loved motorcycles and go-karts.  Years ago, he enjoyed going to his Florida home where he would spend the winter months.  He would often be found at his Florida residence burning brush.

Survivors include two sons; Wayne Apgar and his wife Marti of Durham, PA and Steven Apgar and his wife Sharon of Washington, NJ.  Four grandchildren; Christopher Apgar, Scott Apgar, Corey Burks and Lisa Kerschner and her husband Bob. Six great-grandchildren; Alaina, Scott Jr., Austin, Nicholas, Grace and Mariana.

Predeceased by three brothers; Earl who passed away at age 12, Elmer Apgar who passed away in 1977 and Frank Apgar who passed away in January 2017. 

Calling hours will be Friday, October 27, 2017 at 11am to 12pm.  Funeral service following at 12pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment at Mountain View Cemetery in Cokesbury, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to Alzheimer's Association, Greater NJ Chapter, 400 Morris Avenue, Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834 or Annandale Hose Company, 68 Beaver Avenue, Annandale, NJ.

 

 

Bernard 'Bernie' G. Pridy

Bernard ‘Bernie’ G. Pridy, age 74, of Lebanon Twp., NJ passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at home.

He was born on December 20, 1942 in Jersey City, NJ.  He resided in Lebanon Twp., NJ for many years, moving from Bricktown, NJ. 

He was the son of the late James and Anna Schmitt Pridy. 

Bernie was the husband of Kathleen A. Abati Pridy, celebrating 28 years of marriage.

He was a retired Store Coordinator for Quick Chek in Whitehouse Station, NJ. 

Bernie was an avid Giants fan.  He also enjoyed golfing and bowling.

Survivors in addition to his wife include four children; Bridget Albee and her husband Dick of Upstate NY, Guy Pridy and his wife Tara of Mantua, NJ, Danielle Farrell and her husband Kevin of Stuart, FL and Christian Pridy and his wife Erica of Brick, NJ.  Two stepsons; Joshua Walls and his wife Heidi of Alpha, NJ and Matthew Walls and his wife Nicole of Glen Gardner, NJ.  Eight grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.  Two great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by two brothers; James Pridy of FL and Ed Pridy and his wife Pat of VA.  One sister; Ethel Fleming of Long Branch, NJ.  Several nieces and nephews.  Bernie is also survived by his father-in-law; Paul Abati of Piscataway, NJ. 

Predeceased by one brother; Michael and two sisters; Anna and Florence. 

Calling hours will be Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 4pm to 7pm with funeral service at 7pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private.

Memorials can be made to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, PO Box 5281, 3201 Route 22 East, North Branch, NJ 08876. 

 

 

Charles W. Bruton

Charles W. Bruton, age 70, of High Bridge, NJ passed away on Friday, October 20, 2017 at home. 

He was born on January 8, 1947 in Brooklyn, NY.  He spent his childhood in Brooklyn, NY and ultimately moved to High Bridge, NJ where he would reside for many years.

He was the son of the late Charles and Marion Rubino Bruton.

He was the husband of Emily J. Kurtz Bruton, celebrating 49 years of marriage.

Charles spent his career working as a Manager for AT&T in various locations.  He loved to tell stories about his work to family and friends.

Memberships include St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in High Bridge, NJ where he has been an active member for many years.

Charles was an avid NJ Devils Fan.  He also enjoyed fishing and camping with his family.  Some of the best memories his family have are of cross country camping trips when his children were little.  Family was always the most important thing to Charles.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and taking care of his Grandchildren. 

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include seven children; James Bruton of High Bridge, NJ, Charlie Bruton III of High Bridge, NJ, Michael and his wife Maureen of Califon, NJ, Jeanne Lloyd and her husband Desmond of Morris Plains, NJ, John Bruton and his wife Areli of Somerville, NJ, Peter Bruton and his wife Megan of Hampton, NJ and Bill Bruton and his wife Jen of Lebanon Twp., NJ.  15 grandchildren; Joseph Bruton, Richie Bruton, Julianna Rose Bruton, Finley Bruton, Rumsey Bruton, Maclain Bruton, Alice Emily Lloyd, Elizabeth Bruton Lloyd, Angel Bruton, Ben Bruton, Emily Bruton, Harris Bruton, Casey Bruton, Preston Bruton and Jackson Bruton.  Charles is also survived by one brother; Francis Bruton and his wife Glorianne of Toms River, NJ. 

Charles is predeceased by his granddaughter; Bobbie Marie who passed away in 2003. 

Calling hours will be Monday, October 23, 2017 from 7-9pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 10am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 59 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment at Mountain View Cemetery in Cokesbury, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to Hunterdon Hospice, 215 NJ-31, Flemington, NJ 08822. 

 

 

Glenn William Hagan

Glenn William Hagan, age 53, of Belvidere, NJ passed away on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at home.

He was born on November 3, 1963 in Flemington, NJ.  He spent most of his life in Lebanon, NJ and also Whitehouse Station, NJ.  He resided in Belvidere, NJ with his beloved friends for the past 4 months. 

He was the son of the late Amiel Willaim Hagan who passed away in 2009 and Janet Patricia Dusey Hagan who passed away in 2015.

Glenn loved cars, especially his 1974 Trans Am which he always was making changes to despite how perfect it was.  He worked his entire career as an auto mechanic.  Over the years he worked for various shops and even had his own business as the ‘Mobile Mechanic’.  Most recently, he worked at Station Auto in Whitehouse Station, NJ.

Glenn was an active member of the Lebanon Boro. Fire Company, where he served as Chief in 2001.  Glenn also served his community as a former member of the Good Will Fire Company in Belvidere.  He was a former EMT for both Belvidere Ambulance Corps and Whitehouse Rescue Squad. 

Glenn was an avid outdoorsman.  He loved nature and especially enjoyed fly fishing and going to the Ken Lockwood Gorge in High Bridge, NJ.  He found peace being outdoors.  He was also an active member of Trout Unlimited Ken Lockwood Chapter #244.  He will always be remembered for his love of raccoons. 

Survivors include his two brothers; Michael Allen Hagan of Milltown, WI and Mark Reading Hagan and his partner Jesse of Wellington, FL.  Glenn is also survived by his two Goddaughters whom he loved dearly; Kristen M. Mascera and her husband Lawrence and their children Lillian and Eleanor of Hatfield, PA and Karen E. Piano and her husband John Schuettler of Hackettstown, NJ. 

Gathering of friends will take place on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 4pm – 5pm with Firemen’s Service at 5pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private.

Memorials can be made to Lebanon Boro. Fire Company, 88 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ 08833 or to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ 07860. 
To view Glenn's video tribute, please click here.

 

 

Alyssa Jo Laux

Alyssa Jo Laux, age 20, of Lebanon Twp., NJ passed away on Monday, October 9, 2017 at home. 

She was born on December 19, 1996 in Flemington, NJ.  She was a lifelong resident of Hunterdon County.

She was the daughter of Brian Laux of Lebanon Twp., NJ and Joanne Smith Ihling of Clinton, NJ. 

Alyssa was a ‘social butterfly’ – she enjoyed hanging out with her friends and listening to music.  She was well loved and always popular with her many friends.  Alyssa’s greatest passion in life was being a mother to her 14 month old daughter.  She was a wonderful mother and will be dearly missed.

Survivors in addition to her parents include her stepfather; Rich Ihling and her daughter; Myiah Nicole.  She is also survived by her sister; Jamie Lee Laux of Lawrenceville, NJ and 4 step-siblings; David Ihling, Justin Ihling, Cailey Ihling and Cody Ihling, all of Lebanon Twp., NJ.  Paternal grandmother; Kay Laux of Forked River, NJ.  Maternal grandfather; James Smith and his wife Phyllis of Maywood, NJ.  Maternal step-grandfather; Peter Pace of Hollywood, FL.  She is also survived by her Aunt Donna Smith of Boca Raton, FL and her Uncle Scott Laux of Forked River, NJ.

Predeceased by her maternal grandmother; Carolyn Pace and paternal grandfather; Joseph Laux.

Calling hours will be Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 1-4pm with funeral service at 4pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private.

Memorials can be made to Eva’s Village, 393 Main Street, Paterson, NJ 07501.    
To view Alyssa's video tribute, please click here.

 

 

Nathan Joel Fultz

 

Nathan Joel Fultz, died peacefully at home in his bed on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017.

His mother was faithfully by his side as she had been throughout his life. Nathan lived in Glen Gardner, NJ for 50 years; he and his mother moved to Keene, NH in June 2016.

Nathan is survived by his mother, Barbara Fultz, his sisters, Bethann Clauss and Charlyn Allen, his brother, Micah Fultz, his 5 cousins whom he loved and spoke of often, and 11 nieces and nephews. Much to Nathan's disappointment, he never married, but he was always looking for that special lady.

In his 20s and 30s, he worked at Laneco Food Stores and various fast food restaurants. Nathan had a sharp eye for detail and always wanted to do his best.
He was generous to a fault and loved to shop and find special gifts for his loved ones.
He enjoyed driving in his car and riding around with others when he could no longer drive.
Nathan was a devout follower of Jesus Christ, and he is now reunited with his father and other pre-deceased loved ones as they join their voices with the angles in singing their songs of praise.

Calling hours will be Friday, October 6, 2017 from 10am to 12pm with Funeral Service following at 12pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment at Cedar Hill Cemetery in East Millstone, NJ.
Memorials can be made to the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief, PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839.

 

 

Joseph A. Ditzel

Joseph A. Ditzel, age 63 of Pittstown, NJ passed away on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at home. 

He was born on September 21, 1954 in Morristown, NJ.  He spent his childhood in Martinsville, NJ before moving to Lebanon, NJ.  He resided in Pittstown, NJ for the past 17 years.

He was the son of the late Wallace F. and Bertha M. Oakes Ditzel.

Joseph was the husband of Christine M. Haux-Ditzel, celebrating 19 years of marriage.

He worked in Maintenance at Walmart in Clinton, NJ for 20 years.  Previously, he had worked in construction.

Joseph had a true passion for motorcycles.  He also loved animals and enjoyed taking photos of wildlife.  He was an outdoorsman and especially enjoyed fishing.  He loved to spend time in his man cave and his garage.  Joseph also enjoyed woodworking, watching movies and the history channel.  He was also an avid NASCAR fan.  Joseph will always be remembered for his delicious apple pies. He was especially very happy and proud to own his own home.

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include three sisters; Laura Betza and her husband Phil of Hillsborough, NJ, Serina Mitchell and Lou Nolan of Honesdale, PA and Dorothy Rogers and her husband Fred of Bridgewater, NJ.  Joseph is also survived by his father-in-law and mother-in-law; Justin and Marie Haux of Blandon, PA.  Brother-in-law; David Haux and his wife Fabiola of Oregon and Sister-in-law; Karen Baney and her husband Phil of Fleetwood, PA. Several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.  He is also survived by many dear friends and his beloved dogs; Max and Mandy and his cats; Chase and Tanner. 

Gathering of friends will take place on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10am – 2pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will follow at Somerset Hills Memorial Park, 95 Mt. Airy Road, Basking Ridge, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to the family directly and can be sent to: Christine M. Haux-Ditzel, c/o Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ 08833. 

 

 

Devin R. Harrison

Devin R. Harrison age 23 of Lebanon Borough, NJ passed away Thursday September 28, 2017 at home.

He was born September 24, 1994 in Somerville, NJ and was a lifelong resident of Lebanon.

Devin was the son of Paul M. Conaty and Tracy Harrison-Conaty of Lebanon, NJ.

He was a grounds worker for Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.

In addition to his parents, Devin is survived by his brothers Derek J. Harrison and Nathan C. Harrison, as well as by his sisters Megan R. Conaty and Riley Josephine Conaty.

Maternal Grand Parents Joseph Lella (PopPop) and Judith Kacsmar Lella (Nana).

Paternal Grand Parents John R. and Linda Conaty, and Grandma Rose in spirit.

Devin’s fiancée Alyssa Supple, future Mom-and-Dad-In-Law Ellen and Billy Supple, and future sister Deidre Supple.

Several aunts and uncles including: Theresa M. Stoveken, Joann Pankowski, Michael and Linda Conrad, Tom Rolleston (Uncle Worm), Joe Lella, and Heather McDougal (Anti Heather).

Several cousins including: Amber, Alyssa, Brianna, Leah, Alyssa, Kristin and Kasey.

And many friends including: Steve (Scuba Steve), Oliver, Seamus, Peter (Pete), Ryan, Colton, Matt and Robert (R-Bob).

There were never enough hours in the day for Devin to achieve all of his aspirations. Devin is a man of dreams and ideas: a mad scientist and an avid outdoorsman. His dream is to live on a sailboat fishing, docking only to trade his fish and to work on his island-farm. There is nothing that Devin would not try once (except for peanut butter and ketchup), and it is this adventurous and inclusive spirit that makes him such a beautiful and wonderful person. All he ever wanted was to make other people happy.

He was also a former Junior Member of the Lebanon Boro Fire Company.

Calling hours will be Wednesday October 4, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 with Funeral Services at 8:30 PM all at the Scarponi-Bright F.H 26 Main St. Lebanon, NJ.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Teen Challenge www.tcnewjersey.org: 245 Stanton Mountain Road, Lebanon, NJ 08833 (973)-374-2206 director@tcnewjersey.org

We would like to extend the invitation to anyone who would like to stop by the house between services: our home is your home and we would love the company.

To view Devin's video tribute, please click here. 

 

 

George J. Sekela

George J. Sekela, age 90, of Lebanon Twp., NJ passed away on Monday, September 25, 2017 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ. 

He was born on January 19, 1927 in Glen Gardner, NJ.  He resided at the home that he was born in for his entire life.

He was the son of the late William and Mary Lis Sekela.

He was the husband of Nadima Melhem Sekela. 

George was a World War II Veteran, serving in the United States Army from 1944 to 1948. 

George worked for the State of New Jersey Road Department in Annandale, NJ for 28 years.  He also worked on the family farm for 72 years of his life, beginning at age 9. 

Memberships include the Glen Gardner VFW Post 5119. 

George enjoyed going to Gronsky’s for breakfast and working on his farm.  He was a friend to all and will always be remembered for his hard work. 

Survivors in ddition to his wife include two sisters; Helen Van Doren of Lamington, NJ and Anna Jackson of North Branch, NJ.  Several nieces and nephews. 

Predeceased by two brothers; Walter Sekela and Frank Sekela. 

Calling hours will be Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 10am to 12:30pm.  Funeral Service will immediately follow at 12:30pm.  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 the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822 or to Lebanon Twp. Volunteer Fire Department, 532 W. Hill Road, Glen Gardner, NJ 08826.

 

 

Zachary Michael Woods

Zachary Michael Woods, age 29, of Pittstown, NJ passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ.

He was born on June 28, 1988 in Allentown, PA.  He resided in Pittstown, NJ for the past 6 years, moving from Lebanon, NJ.

He was the son of Curtis H. Schick and Claire Alison Woods. 

After receiving his Associate’s Degree from Raritan Valley Community College, Zachary has been employed in sales.

Zachary loved music and enjoyed promoting and going to concerts.  His true passion was snowboarding.  He also was an environmentalist and very health conscious.

Survivors include his father; Curtis H. Schick and his girlfriend Cindy Shand of Milford, NJ and his mother; Claire Alison Woods of New Ringgold, PA.  Maternal grandmother; Susan Woods of Lebanon, NJ and paternal grandmother Marian Schick of Milford, NJ.  Zachary is also survived by his 3 year-old son; Maxwell Zachary Woods and Maxwell’s mother, Nicole Diana, both of Easton, PA. Three half-brothers; Curtis Schick and his wife Sarah of Fishkill, NY, Matthew Schick and his girlfriend Christine of Bethlehem, PA and Justin Daniel Woods of New Ringgold, PA.  One niece; Evangeline Schick and one nephew; Brooks Schick.  Two Uncles; Kevin Schick and his wife Julie and Tyler Schick and his wife Cindy, both of PA.  One Aunt; Sallie Woods of Lebanon, NJ. Many beloved cousins. 

Predeceased by his maternal grandfather; John E. Woods and paternal grandfather; Curtis L. Schick. He is also predeceased by his Uncle; John Grant Woods who passed away in 2015. 

Gathering of friends will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 1pm to 2pm.  Memorial Service will follow at 2pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Annandale, NJ. 

 

 

Linda Jean Luizza

Linda Jean Luizza, age 64, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the Hunterdon Care Center in Raritan Twp., NJ.

She was born on July 8, 1953 in Belleville, NJ.  She resided in Clinton Twp., NJ since 1982, moving from Middlesex County.

She was the daughter of the late George W. and Margaret Cassidy Watters. 

Linda was the wife of Irving T. Luizza Jr., celebrating 44 years of marriage.  The couple got engaged at Linda’s Senior Prom before her graduation at Edison High School.

She was an Office Manager for Pilat North America Inc. in Whitehouse Station, NJ.  She worked for the company for 19 years.

Linda loved gardening, flowers and going to the beach.  She also had a true passion for Halloween and will always be remembered for her over-the-top Halloween displays and trick-or-treating festivities in her hometown of Annandale. 

Survivors in addition to her loving husband include two daughters; Karen Zeigenfuss and her husband Dave of Newtown Square, PA and Jeanmarie Sellner and her husband Jonathan of NJ.  One granddaughter; Avery Raine Zeigenfuss.  Linda is also survived by six siblings; Joan DeLuca and her husband Lou, Margaret M. Moran, Thomas J. Watters and his wife Bert, Barbara Baumgarten and her husband Kurt, Robert A. Watters and his wife Marcia, and Kathleen Kearns and her husband Larry.  One sister-in-law; Ann Marie Chamberlain and her husband Michael.  Several nieces and nephews.

Linda is predeceased by one brother; George L. Watters and one sister; Janet M. Welsh and her husband Jimmy. 

Gathering of friends will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 12noon - 2pm.  Memorial service will immediately follow at 2pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private. 

Memorials can be made to The Rutgers University Foundation - CINJ, 120 Albany Street Tower One, Suite 305, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.  Please make checks payable to CINJ-RUF and please include Linda's name in the memo.  Donations can also be made to the Musella Foundation, 1100 Peninsula Blvd., Hewlett, NY 11557.
To view Linda's video tribute, please click here.

 

 

Edna L. McIntyre

Edna L. McIntyre, age 98, passed away quietly in her home on Friday, September 8, 2017.  She was born on February 27, 1919 in Richmond Virginia, the daughter of Norman Court Leffler and Irene Bauer Leffler.  Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Fairview, Pennsylvania where she grew up and graduated high school as valedictorian of her class.  She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in home economics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in foods and nutrition from Michigan State University. 
Edna worked for Rutgers Cooperative Extension in Flemington, NJ as the county home agent, where she met her husband, William G. McIntyre.  They were married in 1946, and enjoyed sixty years together until William’s passing in 2006.  While raising her family at home in Lebanon, NJ, Edna served on the Hunterdon County Home Economics Advisory Council, and was an active member of the Clinton Women’s Club, at times serving as club president.   Edna also served as a judge of foods and canned goods at the Flemington Agricultural Fair, and helped with suppers at the Round Valley Methodist Church where she was a supporting member. 
Edna’s sister, Irene Lucero predeceased her in 1978.
Survivors include three children, William N. McIntyre of Washington, NJ, Nancy M. Roche of Lebanon, NJ and Richard A. McIntyre of Easton, PA;  four grandchildren, Gerald McIntyre and his spouse Kim Geary of Lexington, MA, Rebecca Roche Pickin and her husband Ben Pickin of Grottoes, VA, Daniel McIntyre of Bloomsbury, NJ and Sarah Roche Jones of Charlotte, NC; three great-grandchildren; Cynthia McIntyre, Eleanor Pickin and Charlotte Pickin.

A gathering of friends will take place at the family home at 56 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 1-3pm to celebrate her life. 

Memorial contributions may be donated to RCE (Rutgers Cooperative Extension) of Hunterdon County, Attn: Diana-Boesch, 314 State Route 12, Building 2, Flemington, NJ 08822.  Checks should be payable to County of Hunterdon and in the memo line include a note that says, “In memory of Edna McIntyre.”  Memorials can also be made to Hunterdon Hospice, 215 Rt. 31, Flemington, NJ 08822. 
Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ.

 

 

Arthur Lindsey Wells

Arthur Lindsey Wells, of Hellertown, PA, died on September 8th, 2017.  Born in 1924 in East Orange, NJ, the son of Mary & Arthur Wells, he lived in Plainfield, Cranford, and Toms River (NJ) before moving to Hellertown in 2013.

He was the owner of Arthur Wells Guild Opticians in Springfield, NJ, retiring in 1988.

He was a U.S. Coast Guard combat veteran during WWII, serving in the southwest Pacific. He was a "plank owner" on the patrol frigate, U.S.S. Belfast (PF-35).  While serving, he received 4 battle stars for participating in the liberation of Noemfoor, Sansapor, Morotai, and the Philippine Islands, as well as receiving numerous other campaign medals.

Arthur was a life member of Post 73 American Legion since 1946 and a charter member of Squadron 73, Sons of the American Legion in East Orange, NJ. With continuous membership in the American Legion since 1933, he was one of the oldest members in the United States. Upon the disbanding of Post 73, he transferred to Post 129 in Toms River.

He was also a life member of the VFW Post 8352 in Toms River, the Coast Guard Veterans Association, the Patrol Frigate Reunion Association, the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association, and the NJ Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

He was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Doris Hansen Wells.  Surviving are his son Steven, daughter-in-law Lesley, and 3 grandsons, Brian, Andrew and David, who all live in Lebanon, NJ.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral Service will be Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 10am at the Funeral Home, followed by a luncheon at Round Valley United Methodist Church in Lebanon.  Interment will take place at Rosedale Cemetery in Linden, NJ at 2pm. 

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital by visiting www.stjude.org
To view Arthur's video tribute, please click here.

 

 

Betty Ann Hoffman

Betty Ann Hoffman, age 86, of High Bridge, NJ passed away on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ. 

She was born on June 28, 1931 in Long Valley, NJ.  She was a lifelong resident of Hunterdon County, living in High Bridge since the 1950’s. 

She was the daughter of the late Archie and Angie Ader Hoffman.

Her father being a Farmer, Betty grew up living on various farms in Hunterdon County, including a farm that now is in Round Valley Reservoir property.

Her husband, Raymond R. Hoffman, passed away in 1998.

Betty was a graduate of High Bridge High School.

Betty was a Certified Nurse’s Aide.  She worked for many years at the Union Forge Nursing Home and later worked for Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital in Lebanon Twp. where she was employed for 20 years. 

She was a longtime member of High Bridge Reformed Church and also an active member of the Red Hat Society. 

Betty enjoyed sewing, crocheting, needlepoint and doing embroidery.  She also enjoyed tending to her vegetable garden and canning.  She loved family get-togethers and especially loved attending family birthday parties and holidays. 

Survivors include one son; Larry A. Hoffman and his wife Nancy of Port Murray, NJ.  Two grandchildren; Justin Hoffman and his wife Jordan Race-Hoffman of Upper Mount Bethel, PA and Andrew Hoffman and his girlfriend Stephanie Fisher of Bangor, PA.  Betty is also survived by two sisters; Carol Hudecek of Annandale, NJ and Lois Voorhees of Lebanon, NJ.  Many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased in addition to her husband by one son; David Hoffman, who passed away in 1991 and one brother; Ronald Hoffman.

Calling hours will be Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ. Funeral Service will be Monday, September 11, 2017 at 11am at High Bridge Reformed Church, 23 Church Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment at Lower Valley Cemetery in Califon, NJ.
To view Betty's video tribute, please click here.

 

 

Kathleen Sak

Kathleen Sak, formerly Kathleen Byrnes, age 50, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at home. 

She was born on June 12, 1967 in Paterson, NJ.  She lived in Clinton Twp., NJ since 2005, moving from Whippany, NJ.

She was the daughter of Les Byrnes of Clifton, NJ and the late Doris Hess Byrnes.

Kathy was the wife of Steven J. Sak, celebrating 12 years of marriage.

She was a graduate of Seton Hall University where she received her undergraduate and graduate degrees. 

Until 2015, she was a Business Consultant for IBM in Florham Park, NJ.

Kathy was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. 

She enjoyed baking – especially pies and cookies.  She also loved scrapbooking and documenting her ancestry, athletics, golfing, and antique restoration.  Most of all she loved spending time with her family, in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Survivors in addition to her loving husband and father include her four year old son; Charlie Sak.  She is also survived by 6 siblings; Karen Funk, Cindy Lupo, Dianne Morino, Terry Cipolla, Les Byrnes and Chris Byrnes. 

Calling hours will be Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral Mass will be Friday, September 1, 2017 at 10am at Immaculate Conception Church, 316 Old Allerton Road, Annandale, NJ.  Interment at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Annandale, NJ.  

Memorials can be made to the ALS Association, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 37022, Boone, IA 50037-0022 or by visiting www.alsa.org/donate

 

 

Bernadine M. Goepfert

Bernadine M. Goepfert, 49, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ. 

She was born on July 2, 1968 in Staten Island, NY, and grew up in Toms River, NJ. She had been living in Clinton Twp, NJ for the past 19 years.

She was the daughter of William ‘Bill’ and Mary Boone Coleman of Barnegat, NJ.

Bernadine was the loving wife of Joseph J. Goepfert, celebrating over 20 years of marriage, and the mother of Brittany, Brenden, and Connor, all living at home.

Bernadine graduated from St. Joseph’s High School and then attended Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ where she completed her degree in Finance. She was also part of the GCU Women’s soccer team and was the leading scorer in the nation at one time. She was employed as a Technical Account Manager for Veritas, based in Mountain View, CA.

Bernadine’s passions in life were her children, dogs, the beach, reading, and travel.  She loved to watch her children participate in sports and always could be seen with a camera in her hand. She was an avid dog lover spending much time with her faithful companions Sassy, Biscuit, and Charlie.  She would take every opportunity to go to the beach with family.  She loved to travel and recently completed a pilgrimage to Rome, Fatima, and Lourdes.

Bernadine was a committed member to Immaculate Conception Church in Annandale, NJ.  Her faith in God, big heart, and willingness to help others was unmatched.

She is survived by her two brothers; Christopher Coleman and his wife Pamela of Montgomery, NY and Gregory Coleman and his wife Alexis of Stockholm, NJ.  Several nieces and nephews. 

Calling hours will be Tuesday, August 29, 2017 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 12:00pm  at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 316 Old Allerton Road, Annandale, NJ.  Interment at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Annandale, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center by visiting www.sthuberts.org/donate  or Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822. 

To view Bernadine's tribute video, please click here. 

 

 

Susan M. Carr

Susan M. Carr, age 54, of Lebanon Twp., NJ passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at home.

She was born on July 29, 1963 in Plainfield, NJ.  She was a lifelong resident of Lebanon Twp., NJ. 

She was the daughter of Lou and Barbara Polewka Perry of Lebanon Twp., NJ. 

Susan was the wife of Edward F. Carr, celebrating 31 years of marriage.

She was a graduate of Voorhees High School, class of 1981.

Susan was a homemaker – she enjoyed caring for her family, home and farm.  She also helped her husband with his business, Static Power in Phillipsburg, NJ. 

Susan had many loves in life, including reading, traveling, fishing and animals.  She traveled to all 50 states with her husband and loved going on family trips.  She especially enjoyed being at their lake house on Lake Ontario. 

Susan’s love of animals was evident.  Spending her days on the farm, Susan loved to raise many animals including miniature donkeys, peacocks, sheep, and goats. 

She volunteered with Lebanon Twp. Schools and Voorhees High School, where her sons attended.  Susan also volunteered with Meals on Wheels for many years. 

Survivors in addition to her loving husband include 2 sons; Dylan Carr and Mark Carr, both at home.  She is also survived by her beloved German Shepherd, Jett. 

She is predeceased in addition to her parents by her in-laws, George and Mary Carr and also her maternal grandmother, Jennie ‘Babcia’ Polewka, with whom she was very close with. 

A celebration of Susan’s life will take place on Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 2-5pm at the Glen Gardner VFW, 179 E. Main Street, Glen Gardner, NJ. 

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center,  2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822. 

 

 

Sarah Elizabeth Pickrell

Sarah Elizabeth Pickrell, age 82, originally from Hackettstown, NJ passed away at her home on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

She was born on January 16, 1935 in Harrisonburg, VA.  The daughter of Charles Heistand Taliaferro and Ruth Fireburgh Taliaferro.  Her father was an American Consul in Merida on the Yucatan Penninsula of Mexico when she was born and where she was coined with the nickname “Tupi” which her friends liked to call her.  In 1938 they moved to Yarmouth and then on to Halifax, Nova Scotia where she was educated.  In 1951 the family moved to Eagle Pass, Texas where she eventually married. 

Sarah moved to East Aurora, NY in 1956 and then to Hackettstown, NJ in 1964.  She was a stay at home mom while her children were growing up.  She later became a receptionist in the radiology department of Charlton Methodist Hospital in Duncanville, Texas. 

Sarah loved to listen to music and was an avid reader.  She traveled the world scuba diving and loved taking trips with her many friends.  In 1991 she moved back to NJ to watch her young grandson Kirk while her daughter Dianne went to Romania to adopt her granddaughter Nicolette.  Sarah started her own day care, affectionately called Sarah’s Gang, and watched many children in the area while her grandchildren were young.

She is survived by her daughter; Dianne Lynn Storey and her husband Michael of Clinton Twp., NJ.  Three grandchildren; Damian Storey, Kirk Storey and Nicolette Storey.  Two sisters; Mary Mullen and her husband Peter of Roanoke, VA and Katie Hollen of TX. 

Sarah is predeceased by her son; Scott Pickrell.

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

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

  

 

Anna Alvina Binder

 

Anna Alvina Binder passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Sunday, August 13, 2017.  Anna is survived by her husband of 72 years, Wilbert, as well as daughters Diane Coffman, Nancy Bodyl and husband Gregory, and grandchildren Michelle and Gene Bodyl. 

Alvina was born in a suburb of Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 18, 1925.  Upon coming to the United States she lived in various New Jersey towns including Springfield, Murray Hill, Pittstown, and most recently Milford. 

Alvina graduated from Jonathan Dayton Regional High School, Springfield, NJ, in 1943.  She held various administrative assistant positions until becoming a full-time homemaker.

Alvina had many interests, most notably sewing and crafting, music, gardening, and baking.  Her love of animals, and most specifically German Shepherds, led her to lend her support to various humane organizations.

Alvina was an active member of the Hunterdon Hills Lions Club for more than 30 years.  She frequently contributed her artistic talents to the club’s fundraising events.  Alvina was also a member and volunteer for the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Pittstown.

Calling hours at the Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home (26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ) will be on Thursday, August 17, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.  A celebration of her life will be conducted by Pastor Thomas Jones at 7:00 p.m.  Friday’s interment will be private.

Memorials can be made to Harmony Animal Hospital, Rescue Fund in Memory of Alvina Binder, 2200 Belvidere Road, Phillipsburg, NJ  08865 or to Common Sense for Animals, 2420 Route 57, PO Box 589, Broadway, NJ 08808.   

 

 

Richard "Nick" Frankevich

Richard “Nick” Frankevich, age 70, resident of Pulaski since 2005, formerly of High Bridge, NJ, passed away Saturday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse. Richard was born November 25, 1946 in Raritan, NJ the son of Nicholas and Virginia Bell Frankevich. He graduated from High Bridge High School in 1965. Richard married Sandra Drosdick in 1998. He was employed by A&P Markets for 41 years, retiring in 2005. Richard was a member of High Bridge Volunteer Fire Department for over 40 years, and he was an avid fisherman.

Surviving are his wife, Sandra, one son, Edward Frankevich of NJ, two stepdaughters, Christine (Chip) Woodworth of Oswego and Cynthia (Chuck) Tayburn of Bushkill, PA, two stepsons, Brian (Jacqueline) Drennon of Washington, NJ and Doug (Barbara) Drennon of Las Vegas, NV, one brother Robbie (Joan) Frankevich of Girdwood, AK, one niece Emma Frankevich of Alaska and eight grandchildren.

Calling Hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 9th, at the Foster -Hax Funeral Home, 52 Park St., Pulaski, NY. Additional calling hours will take place on Friday August 11th from 10am to 12pm followed by Funeral Service at 12pm at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Clinton, NJ. 

 

 

Liliana Renata Consolino

Liliana Renata Consolino, age 73, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ.

She was born in Ceglie di Campo in Bari, Italy.  She resided in Italy until she was 14 years old.  When she came to America, her family settled in New York where she would live until 1981 when she moved to Clinton Twp., NJ. 

She was the daughter of the late Ermanno and Julie Prunelle Santomauro.

Her husband, Giuseppe ‘Joe’ Consolino, passed away in 2012 after 48 years of marriage. 

Liliana enjoyed traveling, gardening, sewing, crafts, going to the beach, snorkeling, fishing and boating.  Growing up on the island of Ventoten in Italy, she loved the sea.  She would spend her summers there, which she enjoyed immensely.  She was also a member of the Lebanon Seniors Club. 

Survivors include four daughters; Joann Consolino and her husband Michael Werber of Clinton Twp., NJ, Tania Consolino and her boyfriend Eric Grim of Allentown, PA, Kim Consolino of Clinton Twp., NJ and Ariel Consolino and her husband Tiruvattar Chandran of Raritan, NJ.  Three grandchildren; Kira Consolino Scala of Clinton Twp., NJ, Sophia Consolino Scala of Clinton Twp., NJ and Luca Chandran of Raritan, NJ.  Two sisters; Bianca Palmas of NY and Adriana Santomauro of NY.  Three brothers; Giuseppe Santomauro and his wife Lidia of NY, Enrico Santomauro of NJ and Roberto Santomauro of FL.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. 

Predeceased in addition to her husband by two sisters; Chiara Gattoni and Annunziata Di Spigno and two nephews; Renato Gattoni and Luciano Gattoni.

Calling hours will be Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral Mass will take place Friday, July 28, 2017 at 10am at Immaculate Conception Church, 316 Old Allerton Road Annandale, NJ.  Interment will be private.

Memorials can be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, 855 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 550, Chicago, IL 60631 or the Glioblastoma Foundation. P.O. Box 62066, Durham, NC 27715.

 

 

James 'Jim' R. Cox

 

James ‘Jim’ R. Cox, 76, passed away on July 23, 2017 after a long illness.

Jim was born August 7, 1941 to the late Clyde R. Cox and Bessie Shutts Cox. 

Jim leaves behind a brother Patrick Cox of Dover, DE, sister-in-law Sheri Cox of Easton, PA, sister-in-law Robyn Cox Morgan of DE and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Clyde R. Cox and Thomas C. Cox. 

Jim participated in many activities through the ARC in Hunterdon and Warren counties.  When he was younger, he went to Special Olympics as a runner.  He was funny, liked collecting things, liked sports, car racing, dancing and loved playing with Sparky.

Graveside service will take place on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 12pm at Mountain View Cemetery in Cokesbury, NJ. 

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

Memorials can be made to the ARC of Hunterdon by visiting  www.archunterdon.org.

 

 

Gloria M. Braun

 

Gloria M. Braun, age 81, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at the VNA Hospice of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA. 

She was born on January 20, 1936 in Clinton, NJ.  She was a lifelong resident of Hunterdon County.

She was the daughter of the late Charles Russell and Elsie May Dalrymple Maxwell.

Her entire career, Gloria worked in banking.  She was retired as a teller at Fleet Bank in Flemington, NJ which would become Bank of America. 

Gloria was a member of the Clinton Twp. Seniors Club and Union Twp. Seniors Club, where she enjoyed going on trips with both groups.  She was an avid reader and also liked to watch TV.  Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her friends and beloved sister, especially going out to eat.

Survivors include her loving sister; Verna E. Hauck of Clinton, NJ.  Two nephews; Bill Hauck of Clinton, NJ and Bruce Hauck and his wife Dawn of Annandale, NJ and their daughters; Courtney Chipman and her husband Charlie and Nicole Hauck, both of Annandale, NJ. 

Predeceased by her brother; Charles John Maxwell who passed away in 2011. 

Calling hours will be Sunday, July 16, 2017 from 1-3pm.  Funeral Service will be Monday, July 17, 2017 at 1pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Clinton, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822. 

 

 

Carl Christensen

 

Carl Christensen, age 54, of High Bridge, NJ passed away on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at home.

He was born on February 20, 1963 in Syracuse, NY.  He lived in High Bridge, NJ for the past 20 years, moving from Three Bridges, NJ and Syracuse, NY.

He was the son of Donna Nielson Christensen of Saratoga, NY and the late James Christensen. 

Carl was married to Debbie Beer-Christensen for 25 wonderful years.

Carl served six years in the US Navy on submarines in the mid 1980’s. 

Carl was a wonderful stay-at-home Dad who loved his girls.  He enjoyed fishing and though he enjoyed watching all sports, baseball was his passion.  His friends and family will miss his sense of humor and light hearted good nature.

Survivors in addition to his loving wife and mother include his two daughters; Emily Christensen and Jamie Christensen.  Four sisters: Kate Weinhold, Andrea Koleda, Jeannine Van Nostrand and Liz Kosmowski.  He is also survived by his Mother-in-Law; Janina Kail of Eastchester, NY. 

Calling hours will be Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 7-9pm and Sunday, July 9, 2017 from 10am to 11am, followed by memorial service at 11am.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Wounded Warrior Project by visiting  https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate
To view Carl's video tribute, please click here.

 

 

Edward L. Yawger

Edward L. Yawger, age 68, of High Bridge, NJ passed away on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest Hospital in Allentown, PA.

He was born on September 3, 1948 in Somerville, NJ.  He was a resident of Hunterdon County, NJ for the past 33 years, moving from Bradley Gardens, NJ.

He was the son of the late Raymond and Elda Ross Yawger.

He was the husband of Patricia E. Holoman Yawger, celebrating 38 years of marriage.

Ed was a retired Leadman Furnace Operator for US Bronze Powders in Flemington, NJ. 

Ed and his wife Patricia attended the High Bridge United Methodist Church and he was a past member of the Bradley Gardens Fire Company. 

Years ago, he enjoyed hunting and also playing softball – he played on softball teams for his work and church at the time.  Ed also loved to watch football and boxing and was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers.  He had a passion for fixing things for people and was always keeping busy helping people.  He also enjoyed playing games with his friends and family, especially playing scrabble, horse shoes, 500 Rummy and Mille Bornes.  Most of all, Ed loved to spend time with his grandchildren and would always help out babysitting them. 

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include 2 sons; Edward L. Yawger II and his wife Samantha of Alpha, NJ and Andrew R. Yawger and Kristin Hann of High Bridge, NJ.  3 grandchildren; Kevin Yawger, Katrina Yawger and Nathan Yawger.  2 brothers; Scott Boeman and his wife Marlene of Gilbert, PA and Robert Yawger and Gladys Yawger of Pen Argyl, PA.  3 sisters; his twin sister Elda Ward and her husband Jack of Lebanon, NJ, Carol Groff of Nazareth, PA and Sharon Ziolkowski and her husband Frank of Easton, PA.  Sister-in-law; Dolores DeLorenzo of Bridgewater, NJ.  Brother-in-law; Joseph Holoman and his wife Joan of Salisbury Twp., PA.  Ed is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.   

Predeceased by his son; Roy Edward McCumbers Jr. who passed away in July of 2016 and his nephew; Tommy Holoman who passed away in March 2016. 

Calling hours will be Friday, July 7, 2017 from 4-6pm with Memorial Service at 5:30pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private.

Memorials can be made to High Bridge United Methodist Church, 36 Church Street, High Bridge, NJ 08829.

 

 

James 'Jim' L. Edmonds

James L. Edmonds, age 74, of Lebanon Twp., NJ passed away on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Kindred Hospital New Jersey – Morris County. 

He was born on November 17, 1942 in Somerville, NJ.  He spent his childhood in South Bound Brook, NJ.  He was a resident of Lebanon Twp., NJ since 1997, moving from High Bridge, NJ. 

He was the son of the late Walter M. and Margaret L. Edmonds.

He was the husband of Carol L. Brong Edmonds, celebrating 42 years of marriage.

Jim worked for many years as a truck driver for Fox Lumber in Clinton, NJ.  After leaving Fox Lumber, he worked for the Hunterdon Developmental Center as a truck driver until his retirement in 2006.

Jim was one of the original members of the ‘Down and Outers Club’ in High Bridge and was also a past member of the High Bridge Fire Department.

Jim loved all kinds of music.  For 19 years, he enjoyed attending the Pocono Blues Festival with his family.  Jim made a friend wherever he went.  Everywhere he traveled to, he always knew someone there. 

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include 5 children; James Edmonds and his wife Terry of Easton, PA, Debra Kearns of Tallahassee, FL. Alicia Edmonds and her wife Kelly of Jacksonville, FL, Denise Tuddles of Jacksonville, FL and Jamie Edmonds of Lebanon Twp., NJ.  And 1 predeceased son Jeremy Ryan Edmonds. 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.  A  brother; Walter Edmonds of New Providence, NJ and a sister; Peggy Schaeffer and her husband Charles of Whitehouse Station, NJ.  Many cousins, nieces and nephews.  Jim is also survived by his beloved dogs; Eddie and Dixie. 

Calling hours will be Sunday, July 2, 2017 from 1pm to 4pm with funeral service at 4pm.  All at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment will be private. 

Memorials can be made to High Bridge Fire Department, 7 Maryland Ave., High Bridge, NJ 08829, High Bridge Emergency Squad, 95 West Main Street, High Bridge, NJ 08829 or the NJSPCA by visiting www.njspca.org/donate.

 

 

Jacqueline (Jaci) Theresa Fusco

Jacqueline (Jaci) Theresa Fusco, 46, of Lebanon, NJ, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. 

Jaci was born on January 19, 1971 in Belleville, NJ.  She lived in Cedar Grove, NJ until 1976, when the family moved to Clinton Township.  Jaci attended the Clinton Township schools and graduated from North Hunterdon High School in 1989.  She attended and received an Associates Degree from Harcum Junior College in Bryn Mawr, Pa. and began working at Ferrera Foods in New Brunswick.  She worked at Ferrara Foods for many years, making life long friends.  

In 2002, Jaci followed her passion for dogs, earned her Grooming License and began her career as a dog groomer.  She worked most recently at the Sudsy Pup in Lebanon and enjoyed her new career, her wonderful dog and human clients and her co-workers. 

Jaci loved to entertain her friends and family, she enjoyed holidays immensely and loved going to concerts.  She was a loving and devoted Mom who adored her son and cheered him on from the sidelines at football and basketball games.  Jaci was the best sister and a “best friend for life” to her sister Gina.  She was the “Cool Aunt Jaci” who would ride her Harley to her niece’s field hockey games and attended all dance recitals and cheerleading competitions.  She was the best friend who went to concerts, watched cheesy horror movies and crazy shark movies.

Jaci is survived by her loving parents, Jean and Gerald Fusco of Tewksbury, NJ.  Her devoted son, John Gerald, her sister Gina Hand, her brother-in-law Kevin Hand, her nieces Riley and Charley, her Aunt Gloria, Aunt Lynda and Uncle Jack, her dog, Claymore, many Aunts, Uncles, cousins and family members and dear friends.  

Jaci is also survived by the love of her life, Lonnie Ball, who loved and cherished her for four years.  With Lonnie, Jaci found true joy riding her Harley Davidson and she truly embraced the lifestyle.  She is also survived by her best friend, Heidi Wagner Rowe, who never left her side, and her childhood friend Beth Granfield Redd who she shared a friendship with for over 40 years. 

Jaci was a sweet and kind soul who made friends wherever she went.  She was brave, fearless and selfless.  She never complained or felt sorry for herself, even as her health deteriorated.  She faced all obstacles great and small with a smile on her face, a fantastic sense of humor, and an intoxicating laugh.   Jaci will forever be remembered for her loyalty, friendship, beauty and an infectious laugh that could be heard and felt for miles.  Jaci is greatly missed by all. 

A memorial mass will be held on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 11am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 59 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment will be private.  Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hunterdon Hospice, 215 NJ-31, Flemington, NJ 08822.    

 

 

Ruth Arlene DeVoe

DeVoe, Ruth Arlene (nee Apgar ) of Silverpoint,  TN passed away Monday, June 26, 2017. Born May 11, 1929 in High Bridge NJ,  Mrs. DeVoe was 88 years old. Loving and loyal wife of the late Adrian ( Jim ) DeVoe. Beloved mother of Raymond ( Tracy ) DeVoe of Spring Hill, FL and Linda Modica (the late Joseph)  of Hampton, NJ. Dearest grandmother of Gregory DeVoe ( Aretha ) of Silverpoint, TN,  who was also her loyal and loving caretaker and companion for years, and Jennifer Klauder ( Todd ) of Bensalem, PA, Kenneth Modica (Nicole)  of Milford, NJ and Keith Modica  ( Stacey ) of Califon, NJ.  Proud great-grandmother of several great-granchildren.

Mrs. DeVoe spent many years working in the cattle / livestock business along with her husband. She enjoyed farm life and any kind of gardening.  She loved all flowers and took much pride in her plants often sending friends and family yearly calendars displaying her accomplishments. 

Viewing will be held at the Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home in High Bridge, NJ on Friday, June 30, 2017,  7-9 PM.  Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 AM at the funeral home  with burial at Mountain View Cemetery in Cokesbury, NJ.   A celebration of Mrs. DeVoe’s life will follow with a luncheon at the Pattenburg United Methodist Church.

 

 

Connie Rose Barbagallo

 

Connie Rose Barbagallo passed away on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ after 8 months of her mother’s pregnancy.

She was the daughter of Rachel Ann Glester and Justin Matthew Barbagallo of Washington, NJ.

Rachel and Justin were happily and anxiously awaiting their baby girl’s arrival, which was expected in July. 

Survivors in addition to her parents include her 10 year old sister; Grace Brobst of Bangor, PA.  Her paternal grandparents; Alfred ‘AJ’ Barbagallo of Norristown, PA,  Janet Barbagallo of Flemington, NJ and Gary Gaulrapp of Flemington, NJ.  Maternal grandparents; Billie and John Brobst of Bangor, PA.  Connie is also survived by several Aunts and Uncles; Melissa Barbagallo of Flemington, NJ, Sean Barbagallo of Pottstown, PA, Jason Barbagallo of Bridgeport, PA, Amanda Evans of Bethlehem, PA, Joseph Stokes of Phillipsburg, NJ and Wayne Roberts of Pen Argyl, PA. 
All services will be private.

 

 

Christopher Michael Ignacz

 

Christopher Michael Ignacz, age 18, of Union Twp., NJ passed away on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

He was born on October 23, 1998 in Pompton Plains, NJ.  He was a resident of Union Twp. for the past 12 years, moving from Clifton, NJ. 

Christopher was the son of Michael and Donna Connor Ignacz of Union Twp., NJ.

Christopher was an avid fan of the New York Yankees, New Jersey Devils and New York Jets.  He loved baseball, playing hockey and playing video games.  He also loved Star Wars.  Christopher enjoyed going to MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) functions and going to MDA camp.  He was also a member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Pittstown, NJ.

Survivors in addition to his loving parents include his sister; Amanda Ignacz and his brother; John Ignacz, both at home.  He is also survived by his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.   

Calling hours will be Friday, June 16, 2017 from 4-8pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral Mass will be Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 10am at St. Catherine of Siena Parish Center, 142 Perryville Road, Hampton, NJ.  Interment at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Annandale, NJ.

Memorials can be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 5940 Hamilton Boulevard, #F, Allentown, PA 18106. 

 

 

Neil 'Chris' 'Pop' Nelson

Neil ‘Chris’ ‘Pop’ Nelson, age 70, of Union Twp., NJ passed away on Monday, June 12, 2017 at home.

He was born on September 16, 1946 in Phillipsburg, NJ.  He was a lifelong resident of Hunterdon County. 

He was the son of the late Niel Christian and Helen Elizabeth Nelson. 

He attended North Hunterdon High School.  He completed Somerset County Vocational School’s Carpentry program in 1976. 

Chris was a Corporal in the United States Marines, serving from 1966 to 1972. 

Chris was a builder/contractor in the carpenters union local #254 in Springfield, NJ until his retirement in 2008. 

Chris was an avid chess player.  He enjoyed fishing at Round Valley Reservoir and going for walks and reading at Spruce Run Reservoir.  In his younger years he loved riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle.  Years ago, he also enjoyed deer hunting, yet in recent years he was an avid horn hunter.  Most of all, he loved spending time with his family. 

Survivors include his daughter; Annmarie Nelson Wade and her husband Christian Wade IV of Union Twp., NJ.  Seven grandchildren; William Thomas, Chris Wade V and his fiancée Megan Wills, Duncan Wade, Jessica Wade, Nicholas Wade, Brooke Elizabeth Wade and Annelise Wade.  One brother; Rick Nelson and his wife Lynn of Hampton, NJ.  Three nephews; Ryan Nelson and his wife Stephanie, Jonathan Nelson and his wife Gabby and Cody Nelson.  One great-nephew; Chase Nelson.  Chris is also survived by his ex-wife; Kathleen Eick of PA. 

Gathering of friends will take place on Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 5pm to 7pm.  Memorial Service will take place at 7pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private. 

Memorials can be made to the VA New Jersey Health Care System East Orange Campus, 385 Tremont Ave., East Orange, NJ 07018. 

 

 

Edmund 'Sonny' Arthur Muckelmann Jr.

Edmund ‘Sonny’ Arthur Muckelmann Jr., age 88, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Rolling Hills Care Center in Clinton Twp., NJ.

He was born on February 13, 1929 in Langhorn, PA.  He spent his childhood in Hoboken, NJ until he moved to the family dairy farm, ‘Twin Brook Farm’, in Clinton Twp., NJ when he was 12 years old.  Sonny spent the rest of his life working that farm and cultivated future generations in his family to sustain it.

He was the son of the late Edmund Arthur Muckelmann Sr. and Elvira Louise Huehnerbein Muckelmann.

Sonny was the husband of Helen Prostak Muckelmann.  The couple would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on June 27th

Memberships include the NJ Farm Bureau, and the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors.  Sonny was also inducted into the Holcombe Jimison Farmstead Museum in Lambertville, NJ in 2012. 

Sonny enjoyed decorating the farm for Christmas.  His spectacular Christmas display was his gift to the neighborhood, and enjoyed by all.  He was also an avid clock collector and restorer.  He loved flowers, gardening, skiing and traveling with his wife.  He and Helen especially enjoyed traveling to New England where Bar Harbor was one of their favorite spots. 

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include two half-brothers; Ronald Muckelmann and his wife Corithia of Montgomery, PA and Daniel Hurley of FL.  He is also survived by his two nephews who work the farm with him; Philip Prostak and Bob Prostak.  Additional nieces and nephews that survive him include; Dominikja Prostak, Thomas Prostak, Barbara Prostak, Jonathan Prostak, Mary Lomerson and her husband Ron, Ed Prostak and his wife Debbie, and Don Prostak and his wife Brenda.  Sonny is also survived by many loving grand nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his paternal grandparents; Freda and Henry Muckelmann.

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

Memorials can be made to the Steeplechase Cancer Center, 30 Rehill Ave., Somerville, NJ 08876. 

 

 

Lois Castleton

Lois Castleton, age 75, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at home.

She was born on February 6, 1942 in Belleville, NJ.  She spent her childhood in Belleville, NJ, but spent many years in Union County NJ before moving to Clinton Twp., NJ 7 years ago.

She was the daughter of the late Raymond and Mae Kramer.

Lois was the wife of Robert J. Castleton, celebrating 55 years of marriage.

She was a housewife who loved spending time with her family, traveling and quilting.  Most of all, she adored her grandchildren – they were her life. 

Survivors in addition to her husband include one son; Robert G. Castleton and his wife Joann of Port Orchard, WA.  One daughter; Donna Greenhalgh of Annandale, NJ.  Four grandchildren; Jennifer Castleton and her fiancé Tito Vivanco who are getting married later this month of Burlington, WA, Stephen Castleton of Bellingham, WA, Mark Tabaka of Annandale, NJ and Mandi Greenhalgh of Annandale, NJ.  Three siblings; Dorothy Moglia and her husband Joseph, Raymond Kramer and Cookie Lake.

Predeceased includes one sister; Evelyn Totaro and her husband Louis. 

Calling hours will be Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 2-4pm with funeral service at 4pm.  All will take place at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private. 

Memorials can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to Clinton Rescue Squad, PO Box 5265, Clinton, NJ 08809.

 

 

Janice Marie Prostak

Janice Marie Prostak, age 53, of Greenwich Twp., NJ passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017.

She was born on June 4, 1964 in Staten Island, NY.  She was a resident of the Hunterdon/Warren County area her entire life, moving to Greenwhich Twp. in 1988. 

She was the daughter of the late Robert Andrew and Maryann Sicora Gerritse.

Janice was the wife of Thomas S. Prostak, celebrating 30 years of marriage.

She was a 4th grade teacher at Greenwich Elementary School where she taught for 21 years.

Janice was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alpha, NJ.  She loved traveling and running.  Most of all, she loved her family and she loved education.  She was a very dedicated teacher who would spend a great deal of time thinking about what she could do for her students. 

Survivors in addition to her husband include her son; Thomas W. Prostak and his fiancee Lauren Perlingero of Stewartsville, NJ. She is also survived by two sisters; Sister Kathleen Marie Gerritse of Hopewell Junction, NY and Karen Gardineer and her husband David of Ewing, NJ.  Two brothers; Thomas Gerritse of NE and John Gerritse of CA. 

Calling hours will be Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral Mass will be Friday, June 9, 2017 at 10:30am at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church,  830 5th Ave., Alpha, NJ.  Inurnment on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 12:30pm at St. Mary’s Mausoleum in Alpha., NJ. 

Memorials can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Rd., 2nd Floor, Bethesda, MD 20814. 
To view Janice's video tribute, please click here.

 

 

Neil A. Papenfuhs

 

Neil A. Papenfuhs, age 50, of Bethlehem Twp., NJ passed away on Monday, January 23, 2017 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ.

He was born on January 29, 1966 in Trenton, NJ.  He was a lifelong resident of Hunterdon County.

He was the son of the late Gordon and Virginia Rinehart Papenfuhs.

Neil was a self-employed house painter. 

Survivors include 1 brother; Roy H. Papenfuhs of North Chatham, MA.  3 nephews; Eric Papenfuhs, Graham Papenfuhs and Alen Papenfuhs.  Many Aunts and Uncles including Arnold Papenfuhs of Pittstown, NJ, Lou Jeffery of Ellington, CT, Rudy and Patricia Papenfuhs of Kansas City, MO and Gail Rinehart of Chandler, AZ.  He is also survived by his beloved dog, Emma. 

Predeceased by 1 brother; Glenn F. Papenfuhs who passed away in April of 2016.  1 nephew; Brian Shae Papenfuhs and 1 uncle; William Rinehart. 

A Memorial service to celebrate Neil’s life will take place on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 1:00pm at the residence of Nick Smith, 441 Mine Road, Asbury, NJ 08802.  Please RSVP to Roy Pepenfuhs at 908-752-8824.  Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ. 

 

 

James J. Flynn

Surrounded by family, Jim (a/k/a Ben), age 90, of Lebanon Borough, passed away on Friday, May 26, 2017 at Rolling Hills Care Center in Lebanon Borough, NJ.

Born on May 1, 1927 in Jersey City, NJ, he moved from Belleville, NJ (where he resided from 1973) to Vero Beach, FL in 2003. 

Jim was the son of the late James J. Sr. and Ellen Verdon Flynn. 

His wife, Frances (nee) Pflugi, passed away in 1999 after they celebrated 42+ years of marriage.

Jim served as a World War II veteran in the US Navy in the rank of Seaman First Class from 1944 to 1946.  As a USS Vermilion crew member, he earned and was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Medal, American Theatre Medal and Victory Medal. 

He achieved a distinguished 31-year career as a Jersey City Police Officer, where he dedicated himself from 1956 to 1988.

Jim was a devoted and committed husband, father, relative, and companion. He loved to perform duets with Franny, his wife, during her life; entertain anyone who asked “or didn’t ask” with his gifted voice, imitating some of his favorite musical artists and comedians—Louie Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Red Skelton.  No matter where he lived, friends would demand he sing “Danny Boy” which he never forgot even up to his very last days.  Laughing, joking and hearing his boys perform an endless imitation of quotes from Rodney Dangerfield were high favorites of his. Family was very central to Jim’s values. He always loved being around them, his parents, siblings, children, grand kids, and great grand kids, and will always be remembered for his love of his kin. Jim was an active member of Vero Beach Alliance Church in Florida as well as Riverside Community Church in Nutley, NJ during the years he resided there.

Survivors include five children: Susan Disko and her husband Mark of Lebanon Twp., NJ, James J. Flynn and his wife Michele of Waretown, NJ, Joseph Flynn and his wife Maïté of MD, David Flynn and his wife Elizabeth of Lima, Peru and Rev. Donald Flynn and his wife Leigh of Essex Fells, NJ; 14 grandchildren: Tricia Tyrell and her husband Jim, Lauren Schaible and her husband Matt, Jaclyn Torzewski and her fiancé Shaun Verrier, Melissa Torzewski, Daniel Flynn, Bryan Flynn and his wife Chelsea, Jonathon Flynn, Jay Flynn, Joshua Flynn, Jessica Wood and her husband Brayden, Benjamin Flynn, Andrew Flynn, Emily Flynn and Abigail Flynn; four great-grandchildren: Grace Tyrell, James Tyrell, Hunter Schaible, Louie Schaible and baby boy Wood on-the-way next month; two sisters: Margaret Nielsen and Theresa Quigley; and 13 nieces and nephews.  Jim is also survived by his beloved and very special friend, Mary Thomas of Vero Beach, FL. 

In addition to his wife, Jim was also predeceased by his sister, Mary Flannelly, his brother, William Flynn, and nephew, Thomas Flannelly. 

The family invites all family and friends to a military celebration of his life followed by interment and repass on Thursday, July 6, 2017, at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery in Arneytown, NJ.  Please arrive no later than 11:15am.  Location of repass will be announced after military celebration.

The family requests any donations in Jim’s memory be made to the Vero Beach Alliance Church, 1701 43rd Avenue, Vero Beach FL 32960 in honor of his very dear and special friend, Mary Thomas, who cared for him tirelessly through these past difficult years.  Donations may also be made to the Center for Mission Mobilization, CMM-MA122, P.O. Box 3556, Fayetteville, AR  72702. 

 

 

 

Elizabeth G. Richards

Elizabeth G. Richards, 88, formerly of Bridgewater, Manville and Readington Twp., passed away on May 26, 2017 at Country Arch Care Center, Pittstown, NJ surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Richards, known as ‘Betty”, was born in Scranton, PA to Eli and Ann Bird on July 19, 1928, the oldest of three children.  Raising six children in Bridgewater, she kept busy holding down a fulltime job and keeping up with the demands of a large family.  She worked for many years at RCA in Bridgewater and later at FTS Industries in Branchburg, retiring in 1993. 

Betty was a member of American Legion Post 284 in Whitehouse, overseeing their “Poppy” fundraiser for several years and holding various positions.  She was also an Associate Member of the VFW in Manville.  In her younger years, she was a regular on bowling leagues throughout the area and enjoyed a lively game of Bingo. 

Mrs. Richards is survived by her children, Paul Richards of Bloomsbury, NJ, Rick Richards of California, Bette Kozura and her husband Ed of Clinton, NJ, Thomas Richards of Florida and Doreen Tabertshofer and her husband Fred of Mohrsville, PA.  In addition she leaves behind her grandchildren: Stacey Kozura, Kimberly Glass (Michael), Brad Tabertshofer (Monika), Steven Gossh (Alodie), Lynette Arena, Paul Richards, Timothy Richards, Pamela Richards, Dan Richards, T.J. Richards, Michael Richards, Dana Richards and Todd Richards.  She was proud to have 9 great-grandchildren who also survive her: Ryan, Luke, Jake, Kayla, Mason, Wyatt, Emmalynn, Joshua and Zoey Jean.  Also surviving are her brother-in-law Anthony Emmi and many nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her beloved daughter Carol Richards, her gransons Ken Kozura and Brian Gossh, her parents and her siblings, Harriet Emmi and Donald Bird. 

Services will be private under the direction of Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, Lebanon, NJ. 

 

 

Thomas W. Dawe

Thomas W. Dawe, age 82, of High Bridge, NJ passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at home.

He was born on March 12, 1935 in Mendon, MA.

He was the son of the late John and Ruth Muhleib Dawe. 

Thomas was the husband of Janet Petterson (née Hixon), celebrating their 37th wedding anniversary on February 22nd

Thomas served with the US Army from 1954 to 1957 where he was stationed in Germany.  Upon the completion of his service, he attended Northeastern University on the GI bill and was a student of their graduating class of 1961. 

Thomas was an Engineer for Alcan in Woodbridge, NJ for many years.  After working at Alcan, he taught Science and Math at the Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics. 

Survivors in addition to his wife include four children; Peter Dawe, Teresa D’Apolito, Laura Dawe Wiley and Joe Dawe, three step-daughters; Lisa Petterson, Kate Patterson Haik and Julie McClain and 13 grandchildren. 

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

 

 

Helen Ann Petrozelli

 

Helen Ann Petrozelli, age 91, of Clinton, NJ passed away on Monday, May 22, 2017 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ.

She was born on July 17, 1925 in Jersey City, NJ.  She was a resident of Clinton, NJ for the past 4 years, moving from Crestwood, NJ and Conway, NH. 

She was the daughter of the late Bernard and Catherine McCormack Mulvaney.

She was the wife of Gerald J. Petrozelli, celebrating 66 years of marriage.

Helen was a graduate of Snyder High School in Jersey City, NJ. 

In her early career, Helen worked as a telephone operator.  Later, she worked as a personal chef to many dignitaries in the tri-state area. 

Helen’s love for her husband, family and faith was undeniable.  She loved spending time with her family, including traveling extensively with her husband.  She was a devout Catholic.  Together with her husband, they would attend daily Mass at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Annandale, NJ and Sunday Mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in High Bridge, NJ.  Helen was also a member of the Blue Army Shrine in Asbury, NJ. 

Helen enjoyed traveling throughout the United States.  She especially loved the New England States; Vermont and Lake Champlain being her favorite spots.  She also enjoyed skiing, ice skating and cooking. 

Survivors in addition to her loving and devoted husband include 4 children; Gerald Bernard Petrozelli of Alberta, VA, Sheila Castanien and her husband Marc of Annandale, NJ, Mary Lou Nace and her husband Robert of Jutland, NJ and John F. Petrozelli and his wife Elizabeth of Sellersville, PA.  8 grandchildren; Gerald Robert Petrozelli and his wife Charlene, Amanda Jane Nace, Karen Scholl and her husband Jeff, Catherine Castanien and her fiancé Jonathan Skwirut, Rebecca Nace and her fiancé Chinku Grover, James Castanien, Daniel Petrozelli and Jonathan Nace.  4 great-grandchildren ; Pierce, Avery, Emery and Lincoln.  2 great-granddaughters on-the-way later this year.  Helen is also survived by 1 brother; Edward Mulvaney of Ft. Pierce, FL. 

Helen is predeceased by 1 brother; Frank Mulvaney and 3 sisters; Mary Mulvaney Reilly, Kathleen Mulvaney Stanton and Marguerite Mulvaney McKenna. 

Calling hours will be Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Funeral Mass will take place Friday, May 26, 2017 at 10am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in High Bridge, NJ.  Interment at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Annandale, NJ. 

To view Helen's video tribute, please click here.