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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. 

 

Daniel J. Joyce

Daniel J. Joyce, age 54, of Hampton, NJ passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at home. 

He was born on June 24, 1962 in Belleville, NJ.  He was a lifelong resident of Hampton.

He was the son of the late Michael R. and Marjean E. McCabe Joyce.

Daniel was a past Heavy Equipment Operator for the local #825 Operating Engineers in Springfield, NJ.  He enjoyed his job and loved operating heavy equipment.

Survivors include 1 daughter; Meghan E. Joyce of Clinton, NJ and her boyfriend Adam Fox of Hampton, NJ.  1 son; Daniel Fisher and his wife Rebekah of Easton, PA.  2 brothers; Paul Joyce and his wife Cindy of Bethlehem, PA and Michael Joyce and his girlfriend Tanya Werkheiser of Easton, PA.  1 sister; Nancy Wilbert and her husband Harold of Clinton Twp., NJ. 

A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 2pm to 6pm at Hampton Firehouse, 1 Wells Avenue, Hampton, NJ. .Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ. 

Memorials can be made in Daniel’s name to Hampton Fire Company, 1 Wells Avenue, Hampton, NJ 08827. 

 

 

Matthew Miller

'Love is Precious'

Matthew Miller, age 26, of Lebanon, NJ passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from an accidental overdose.

He was the loving son of Nancy More of Lebanon, NJ and Marc S. Miller of Lake Worth, FL.

Matthew graduated North Hunterdon High School in 2009. He was a general contractor working for his dearest friend, Cliff, of Battaglia Construction. 

Matthew enjoyed drawing, skateboarding and playing paintball with his younger brother Jadon.  He was currently on a paintball team named, “Carl’s Commandos”.

Although, for the past couple years Matthew has been fighting to overcome addiction; he still had an unbreakable bond with his family.  His unconditional love and compassion was able to outshine this horrible disease, but heroin addiction is merciless, and we need to open up our hearts and minds to those who are still sick and suffering.                      

Matthew was a smart, talented, loving soul, who wanted to fight this addiction for the sake of his family, but unfortunately, he lost the battle and the reality of Matthew’s death is devastating to all who knew him.  No possible reason can justify this loss. 

His immediate family includes his two brothers, Timothy Miller and Jadon Krisanda, two sisters, Sarah Miller and Rachel More, his niece Ava and nephew Jace of Lebanon, NJ, along with many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends both in NJ and FL, including his maternal grandparents, Fred R. Neubarth and Brenda J. Neubarth of Boynton Beach, FL.  He is also survived by the expectant mother, Skylar Lee of Hampton, NJ.  Matthew’s first child, a baby girl, is due May 31, 2017.

Calling hours will be Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm and also on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 11am to 12noon.  Funeral service will take place on Friday at 12noon.  During the funeral service, guests will be welcome to share a story or memory about Matthew.  All will take place at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be at Union Cemetery in Lebanon, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to Matthew’s Go Fund Me page which will help with funeral costs and also serve as a scholarship fund for Matthew’s daughter, by visiting  https://www.gofundme.com/in-memory-of-mat

To view Matthew's video tribute, please cick here. 

 

F. Neal Lambert

F. Neal Lambert, age 77, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Monday, May 8, 2017 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ.    

He was born on June 12, 1939 in Somerville, NJ.  He was a lifelong resident of Annandale, NJ.

He was the son of the late Frederick and Irene Whiteley Lambert.

He was the husband of Margaret Adele Koenig Lambert, celebrating 53 years of marriage.

Neal was a graduate of North Hunterdon High School, class of 1957.  Upon graduating from High School, he served with the US Air Force for 8 years.

Currently, Neal was working part-time for Shop Rite in Clinton, NJ.  Prior to his retirement, Neal spent the majority of his career as a Construction Official for Clinton Township.  Earlier in his career, he worked for Hunterdon Lumber Company.

Neal was very involved with his community.  He was Past Chief of Annandale Hose Company in Annandale, NJ.  He was also a Past Master of Host Lodge#6 F. & A. M.  in High Bridge, NJ and also Past District Deputy Grand Master 14th District.  Neal was a member of the Tall Cedars where he served as Chaplin and Past Grand Tall.  He was also responsible for starting the Tall Cedar’s Annual Charity Ball.  Neal was also a member of Quiet Birdmen Somerville Hangar. 

Neal enjoyed going on family vacations and spending time with his family. 

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include 3 daughters; Bonnie Cozze and her husband Louis of Raubsville, PA, Theresa Linzer and her husband Timothy of Annandale, NJ and Valerie Castaldo and her husband Vincent of Cedar Run, NJ.  7 grandchildren; Patrick Cozze, Victoria Linzer, Timothy John ‘TJ’ Linzer, Neal Linzer, Margaret Linzer, Jenna Castaldo and Joelle Castaldo.  Neal is also survived by 1 brother; Ronald A. Lambert and his wife Peggy of Danville, PA. 

Calling hours will be Sunday, May 14, 2017 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm with Masonic Services at 8pm.  Funeral Service will be Monday, May 15, 2017 at 11am.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private.

Memorials can be made to Tall Cedars of Lebanon #13, c/o Ray Bowkley,  362 Route 513 Califon, NJ 07830 or to the Host #6 Masonic Scholarship Fund, Grand Lodge Office, 100 Barrick Street, Trenton, NJ 08608.

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

 

 

Wayde W. Brunt

 

HILLSBORO, NH:  Wayde W. Brunt 58, of Hillsboro, NH (formally from Cokesbury, NJ), died Wednesday May 3, 2017 at his home in Hillsboro, NH. 

He was born June 23, 1958 in Flemington, NJ to Richard N. and Sylvia J. Brunt

Wayde worked for Sylvania in Hillsboro, NH before his retirement. 

Survived by his parents Richard N. and Sylvia J. Brunt, of Lebanon, NJ, his Aunt Dianne A. Brunt, of Lyndeborough, NH, two Uncles, Raymond Brunt of Warner, NH, Barry Brunt of Mesa AZ, several cousins, and all of his many loving friends. 

Calling hours were held Sunday May 7, 2017 at the Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Hillsboro, NH. 

Private burial will be in Mt. View Cemetery, Cokesbury, NJ.

Local arrangements are under the direction of Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ. 

 

 

Frank L. Bunting III

Frank L. Bunting III, age 84, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at home.

He was born on November 1, 1932 in Elizabeth, NJ.  He has been a resident of Clinton Twp., NJ since 1964, moving from Kenilworth, NJ.   

Frank was the son of the late Frank L. Bunting Jr. and Dorothy Seeger Bunting.

He was the husband of Therese Brendl Bunting.

Frank was an U.S. Army veteran, serving as Corporal during the Korean War in Germany.

He owned and operated Buntings Bakery in High Bridge, NJ for many years until moving the bakery to Washington, NJ in the late 1980’s.  In 1992, went to work for the state of NJ at the Women’s Reformatory as a Baker until his retirement.

Frank was an avid NY Yankee and NY Giants fan.  He enjoyed bowling and also painting in his spare time.  His paintings received several awards and were even featured at the Wayfair Restaurant in Washington, NJ. 

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include 6 children; Martin and his wife Susan of Easton, PA, Barbara Keith of High Bridge, NJ, Elizabeth Jones and her husband Steve of Greer, SC, David Bunting of Simpsonville, SC, John Bunting and his wife Allison of Arlington, VA and Daniel and his wife Sandra of Pattenburg, NJ.  9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  3 brothers; Richard Bunting of Las Vegas, NV, George Bunting of Brownville, TX and Ronald Bunting of Elizabeth, NJ.  1 sister; Bernice O’Brien of West Spotswood, NJ. 

Frank is predeceased by his son-in-law; Klaus Keith and 2 brothers; Horace Bunting and Earl Bunting. 

At his request, there will be no service and cremation will be handled by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ. 

 

 

Daniel F. Mahony

Daniel F. Mahony, age 78, of Bethlehem, PA passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Moravian Village Health Center in Bethlehem, PA.

He was born on September 28, 1938 in Baldwin, NY.  He had resided in Clinton, NJ for 44 years before moving to Bethlehem, PA in January of this year. 

He was the son of the late Joseph Vincent and Mary Bettman Mahony. 

Daniel was the husband of Kathleen Ibbotson Mahony, celebrating 54 years of marriage. 

Dan was a retired History Teacher.  He taught for over 37 years at Bridgewater-Raritan High School,  where he had also served as a football and wrestling coach  for ten years.  Before teaching at BRHS, Dan taught at Lancaster Catholic High School in PA where he pioneered their wrestling program and served as both wrestling and football coach.  Dan also taught and coached at East Patterson High School in Elmwood Park, NJ. 

Dan was a sports enthusiast and a true leader.  In high school, he was continually nominated by his peers to be captain of their teams, including football, basketball, and baseball.  Dan also served as captain of the Baldwin Leaders Club.  His senior year, he was named to the first team of the All-Long Island football squad by Long Island News Day.  He went on to play college football while he attended Clarion University in PA, and was again voted by his teammates to be the captain his sophomore through senior years.  He was named to the first team All State Teachers College, All PA College Team, and was nationally ranked at the receiver position. He was inducted into his alma mater’s hall of fame in 2011 for his excellence in football.  Following graduation, Dan played for the Columbia Raiders semi-pro football team. 

Dan’s leadership in athletics continued past his coaching career as he went on to officiate wrestling for 28 years.  In 1998, he was the recipient of the Richard Mirshak Award for excellence in officiating.  He was active in the NJ Wrestling Officials Association, serving in many capacities including president of the Union-Essex chapter for 18 years, State Association president for two years, and Secretary for six years, and headed the Association Ethics Committee for six years.  He had also served on the Board of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, NJ Chapter since it’s inception in 2000.  Dan enjoyed running Somerset County wrestling tournaments for many years.  In 2000, he was selected by the NJ Wrestling Coaches Association for induction into the Region V Hall of Fame.  Dan also umpired softball games in Hunterdon County until as recently as last spring.   

Dan had a true passion for teaching and a genuine interest in his students.  He was recognized by his fellow teachers when he was voted as Teacher of the Year at Bridgewater-Raritan High School.  In 1997,  he was also awarded recognition as a distinguished teacher by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, having been nominated by one of his students.  In 2001, he was given the Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction Award for exemplary dedication to the field of education.  Dan loved his subject matter and was always thinking of new ways to teach his history lessons.  Even after his retirement, he was asked to come back annually to present his popular lessons on women’s studies and the history of rock and roll and how it shaped the culture of the 1950’s. 

Dan was an active community member while he resided in Clinton.  He was recently featured in an article in the Hunterdon Review highlighting his volunteer service to the Parks & Playgrounds Commission, where he served as co-chairman for over 25 years.  He liked to stay physically active as well and was an avid hiker.  

Dan was very family oriented.  He enjoyed organizing family reunions and always tried to be present at any major family event.  He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and very large extended family.  Despite having such a large family to keep up with, Dan was always interested and engaged in all of their lives. 

Dan is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen and two sons, Daniel F. Mahony Jr. and his wife Laura of Rock Hill, SC and Kevin J. Mahony and his wife Kimberly of Wilson, PA,  one daughter, Marjorie Mahony of Bridgewater, NJ,  three grandchildren, Gavin Mahony, Cassidy Mahony and Elena Mahony,  two step-grandchildren, Mason Chaya and Zac Chaya,  three siblings, Peter Mahony and his wife Bette Lou of Fincastle, VA, Charles Mahony of Clinton Corners, NY, and Kathleen Pierce and her husband Richard of Massapequa Park, NY,  three sisters-in-law, Jeanette Denton of Whitehall, PA, Rose Mahony Skarbek of Milltown, NJ, and Marion Mahony of Delran, NJ, and 48 nieces and nephews. 

Dan is predeceased by three brothers, Joseph Mahony, Leo Mahony, and Hugh Mahony and one sister, Mary Rita Myers. 

Calling hours will be Friday, May 5, 2017 from 2pm – 4pm and 6pm – 8pm.  Funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 12:30pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to Drexel Neumann Academy, 1901 Potter Street, Chester, PA 19013. 

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

  

 

Domenica T. Borsetti

Domenica T. Borsetti, age 84, of Barnegat, NJ, passed away on April 25, 2017. 

Domenica, known by those closest to her as “Minnie”, was born on September 28, 1932 in Newark to Rosario and Angelina Mastroianni.  She was the third of four siblings. 

Minnie worked as a supervisor at the New Jersey Compensation Bureau in Newark. 

Minnie met the love of her life, Paul, at a dance at the Silver Swan in East Hanover on February 10, 1962 at precisely 6:50pm and they were married eight months later in October 1962.  Minnie and Paul started their life in Belleville and within a year, bought their first home in Old Bridge.

Minnie left her career to start their family.  In 1968, Paul and Minnie purchased their home in Clinton Township, where they raised their three children and resided for 37 years. 

She was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker.  After Paul’s retirement in 2006, Minnie and Paul moved to Barnegat to a 55 and over community where they met many friends and participated in numerous activities including bocce, horse shoes, shuffle board, pinochle, rummikub, as well as trips to Atlantic City.  

Minnie and Paul travelled extensively throughout their marriage to more than 60 countries in six continents.  She especially loved cruising and her favorite place to travel was to Hawaii.  Minnie was a parishioner at St. Mary’s Parish in Barnegat and was a devout Catholic.

Minnie was predeceased by her parents, and her siblings, Philip and Elizabeth.  She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Paul; her younger sister, Theresa of Hillsborough; her three children and their spouses, Paul and Cynthia Borsetti of Tewksbury Twp., Rosann and Dr. Jeffrey Kaladas of Tewksbury Twp., and Diane and Philip Cooley of Alpharetta, GA; and her seven grandchildren, Kristine, Victoria, Justin, Grace, Emily, Jenna and Benjamin.  She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-laws, Theresa Borsetti of East Moriches, NY, Christine and Jack Randazzo of Murrieta, CA; and Salvatore and Mary Migliore of Merritt Island, FL; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive guests who wish to pay their respects on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon.  A funeral mass will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 10am.  Entombment will follow at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery & Mausoleum. 

 

 

Adelaide J. Olsen

 

Adelaide J. Olsen, 81, of Doylestown, PA, wife of the late Robert D. Olsen, passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Neshaminy Manor in Warrington, PA.

Born in Perham, MN., she was the daughter of the late Albert and Agnes (Derkey) Dubiel.

Adelaide retired after working for Prudential in Berkeley Heights, NJ and Ft. Washington, PA.  Most recently, she worked as a Pre-School Teacher for Kiddie Academy in Plumsteadville, PA.  Adelaide enjoyed knitting, gardening, bird watching and spending time with family.

She is survived by 2 daughters; Karen Thomas of Doylestown, PA and Susan Becker and her husband Eric of Franklin Twp., NJ.  4 grandchildren; Kristin Sanger and her husband Tom of Skokie IL, Daniel Thomas and his wife Laura of Norfolk, VA, Amanda Becker of Franklin Twp., NJ and Jeffrey Becker of Franklin Twp., NJ.  2 great-grandchildren; Carrig Sanger and Torin Sanger. 

Along with her husband she was preceded in death by their son Jeffrey Olsen.

All services will be private. 

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

 

 

Sharon Lee Zydiak

 

Sharon Lee Zydiak, age 69, passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ. One of three daughters of Roy and Barbara Cleveland, Sharon was born on May 20, 1947.

Sharon was the Great Great Grand-niece of President Grover Cleveland who was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States.  She was also the Great Great Great Granddaughter of Moses Cleveland who founded Cleveland, Ohio.

Sharon attended Edison High School, graduating in 1965.

During her post-high school years, Sharon was a secretary for Johnson and Johnson in New Brunswick, NJ and worked for McGraw-Hill Publishing in New York City.

Catching the eye of her then-future husband, Wayne Zydiak, Sharon and Wayne married in 1985. While working for Olympia Office Machines in Somerville, NJ, Sharon attended college via night classes, graduating from Rutgers University with a BA in Business Administration in 1990. As a professional and gifted seamstress Sharon was the owner-operator of Dial-a-Style on Main Street in High Bridge, producing many beautiful outfits for her clients and was a member of PACC (The Professional Association of Custom Clothiers) where she was one of the founding members of their NJ Chapter. Notably, Sharon was an active charitable contributor to Cinderella's Closet, providing alterations to donated prom gowns for many high school-age girls who were in need. Sharon also worked for Fabricland in North Plainfield, NJ from which she retired in 2015.

In her leisure time Sharon enjoyed many athletic pursuits including winter skiing, skydiving and was a certified scuba diver. Sharon, along with her husband Wayne, were also active members of Central Jersey Corvette Club enjoying many group excursions in their iconic vehicles.

Sharon is survived by the two most important men in her life - her beloved husband Wayne Zydiak of High Bridge, NJ, and son and only child Curtis Meaney and his wife Kim of Hampton, NJ.  She is also survived by her sisters; Donna Sanderson and her husband Marc of Lake Shawnee,NJ and Susan Thomas of Indio,CA. Her step-children: Ryan D. Zydiak of Mexico and Tonya Brie Pulec of Lincoln, Nebraska.  Her 3 step-grandchildren; Morgan Pulec, David Pulec and Daniella Zydiak.  Brother-in-laws; Marc and his wife Maggie Zydiak of Egg Harbor Township, NJ and Timothy Zydiak of Hillsborough, NJ.  Sister-in-law Daria and her husband Kirk Hoster of Shawnee, Oklahoma.  She is also survived by 3 nieces and 2 nephews. 

Always a kind, talented and hard-working woman and a selfless, generous and loving mother, Sharon will be sorely missed and long-remembered.

Gathering of friends will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 11am to 12pm.  A memorial service will immediately follow at 12pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private. 

Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent in Sharon’s name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Tomorrows Children’s Fund, 30 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601. 

 

 

Carol Louise Stiller

 

Carol Louise Stiller, age 75, of Washington Twp., PA passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest Hospital in Allentown, PA.

She was born on December 5, 1941 in Luzerne County, PA.  She resided in Washington Twp., PA since 2009, moving from Readington Twp., NJ. 

She was the daughter of the late Oscar Emil and Dorothy Marion Broskowskie Stiller.

Carol worked in the Butcher’s department at A&P Supermarket in Whitehouse and Pluckamin, NJ for many years.

For most of her life, Carol was a member of the Lebanon Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Clinton, NJ.

Survivors include 3 brothers; Eugene Stiller of Garland, TX, Gary G. Stiller with whom she lived with in Washington Twp., PA and Barry K. Stiller of Cherry Hill, NJ.  Several nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by 1 sister; Judith Marlene Ruby who passed away in 2013 and 1 brother; Harold James Stiller who passed away in 2010.

A memorial service will take place on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 4pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.

 

 

Margaret Thorne Negoescu

 

Margaret Thorne Negoescu, 89, of Bethlehem Twp., NJ passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ. 

She was born on September 18, 1927 in Franklin Twp., NJ the daughter of the late George R. and Phoebe Lester Thorne.  She grew up in Sydney on the family farm and was a 1945 graduate of Clinton High School.

Margaret met and married Constantine ‘Charlie’ Negoescu in 1956. They lived in Pattenburg enjoying 46 years of marriage before his death in 1999. During that time, she worked as a bookkeeper at various local businesses ending her career at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, NJ when she retired in 1989.

Margaret was a devout and lifelong member of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Pittstown, NJ.  She was an avid reader and she enjoyed cooking and baking.  Most of all, she loved spending time with her family. She lived with her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren for the past 14 years in Bethlehem Twp., NJ.

Survivors include her son Robert L. Negoescu, his wife Pam and her beloved grandsons Bobby and Ryan. She is also survived by her brother Robert C. Thorne of Bangor, PA and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, Charlie, Margaret was predeceased by brothers, George, Charlie and Bill and sister Betty.

A memorial service will take place on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 4pm at Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Pittstown, NJ.  Interment will be private. 

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts can be made in Margaret’s name to Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, 2 Race St, Pittstown, N.J. 08867.

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

 

 

Stella M. Stoneback

 

Stella M. Stoneback, age 101, of Pittstown, NJ passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017 at Country Arch Care Center.

She was born on December 20, 1915 in Phillipsburg, NJ.  She resided in Pittstown, NJ for the past 6 years, moving from Lebanon, NJ.

She was the daughter of the late Julio and Isobel Bueno.

Her husband, Carl D. Stoneback Sr. passed away 15 years ago after 66 years of marriage. 

She was the Assistant to the Superintendent at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, NJ until her retirement in 1974.

Stella was a very talented Artist.  While she was living in Florida years ago, she taught private art lessons in Dunedin, FL.  She loved to paint and she was known for hand painting her Christmas cards.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Stewart Chapter #166 in High Bridge, NJ.

Survivors include 1 daughter; Elizabeth A. Mills of Lebanon, NJ.  1 son; Carl D. Jr. and his wife Helen Stoneback of Asbury, NJ.  5 grandchildren; Heather Crowe, Samantha Koch, Rebecca Stoneback, Allison Jobe and Carl Stoneback Jr.  6 great-grandchildren.  1 brother; Charles Gonzalez and his wife Bonnie of Arcadia, CA. She is also survived by her sister-in-law; Ruth McBride of Annandale, NJ. 

Predeceased in addition to her husband by her son-in-law; David Mills who passed away in 2012 and her brother; Edwardo Bueno. 

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

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

 

 

Beverly R. Merchant

Beverly R. Merchant, age 75, of Glen Allen, VA passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, VA.
She was born on June 20, 1941 in Manhattan. She had resided in Glen Allen, VA since 2014, moving from Clinton, NJ where she lived for 33 years.
She was the daughter of the late Maurice and Molly S. Herman Blumberg.
Her husband, Floyd S. Merchant passed away in 2013 after 32 years of marriage.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Hunter College in New York City, studying Zoology and Biology.
Beverly started her career as a Biochemical Technician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, then worked for 35 years as a computer programmer at companies including AT&T, Ayerst Labs, Church & Dwight, and MetLife. Up until her retirement in 2013, Beverly was a part-time Office Manager for Pedals for Progress in High Bridge, NJ.
Beverly was an avid reader. She also enjoyed buying and selling antiques. She sold antiques to several stores in Hunterdon County and also online. She was involved with several support groups and enjoyed volunteering her time with them, mentoring many people over the years, both in New Jersey and Virginia. Beverly enjoyed going to exercise classes and in her younger years she loved to go skiing, kayaking, canoeing and hiking with her family.  She traveled extensively in both Europe and the United States.
Survivors include 2 sons; Kenneth N. Stern and his wife Sandra of Sandy Hook, VA and Arthur H. Merchant of Basking Ridge, NJ. 2 granddaughters; Samantha Stern and Cassidy Stern. 1 brother; Harvey Blumberg of NY.
Beverly is predeceased by her first husband, Kurt Stern who passed away in 2013.
Calling hours will be Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 2pm - 4pm and 7pm - 9pm and on Friday, March 24, 2017 from 10am – 11am.  Funeral Service will be Friday, March 24, 2017 at 11am. All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ. Interment at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to ASPCA, PO Box 96929, Washington, DC, 20090-6929 or Freedom House, 3 Pavillion Road, Glen Gardner, NJ 08826.

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