Gray Funeral Home

The loss of a loved one can leave you with a lot of unanswered questions, feelings of stress and anxiety and grief that makes events difficult to handle. The experienced funeral directors at Gray Funeral Home will guide you through the aspects of the funeral service with compassion, dignity and respect. Our staff of dedicated professionals is available to assist you in making funeral service arrangements. From casket choices to funeral flowers, the funeral directors at Gray Funeral Home provide individualized funeral services designed to meet the needs of each family.

Our honest service and commitment to excellence have served our customers well, and you can rest assured that we can assist you in your time of need. Whether you have come to our site for information about an upcoming service or to make arrangements for one, we hope the information you find here will be helpful.

Our Obituaries

Patricia Ann (nee Drake) Devlin

March 17, 1933 - December 2, 2021

Patricia Ann (Drake) Devlin of Somerset passed away on December 2, 2021. She was 88. Patricia was born March 17, 1933 in Rahway, NJ to Charles and Florence (Marshall) Drake. She grew up in Westfield, NJ. She graduated from Westfield High School and East Stroudsburg University. She married Joseph Devlin on April 4, 1964 and lived in Fanwood for many years before moving to Somerset. She was...
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Robert C. Mill

December 26, 1926 - November 19, 2021

Robert C. Mill Obituary Robert C. Mill, a resident of Westfield NJ for 70 years, passed away peacefully in his home on November 19, 2021. He was born in 1926 to Charles Daniel and Emily Roth Mill and grew up in Montclair, NJ. A World War II veteran, Bob enlisted in the Army following his high school graduation and served our country in Okinawa and Korea. At the end of the war, he was honorably...
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Christine Ann Redd

December 25, 1970 - November 15, 2021

Christine Ann Redd, age 50, passed away quietly on the eve of November 15, 2021, at RWJ Medical Center. Born in South Amboy NJ and was raised in Old Bridge NJ, she was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Mary Ellen Petricek. She was educated at Sacred Heart and St. Mary's HS with her post education in Middlesex County College and Rutgers majoring in X-Ray and ultrasound technology....
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Betty Jo (nee Beasley) Kutlay

August 4, 1932 - November 15, 2021

Betty Jo (Beasley) Kutlay, of Rockaway, died Monday November 15, 2021, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family and friends. Mrs. Kutlay was 89 years of age. Betty spent many of her early years serving her community as PTA President in the local school district. She was born in Chattanooga, TN, before moving overseas to Turkey and finally residing in Rockaway. where she resided for the...
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Eric Jeffrey Whitman

November 3, 1955 - November 13, 2021

Eric Jeffrey Whitman, 66. of Old Bridge, NJ, passed away on Saturday November 13, 2021. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was the beloved son of William and Jeanette (nee Davis) Whitman, who predeceased him. Eric was a Senior Regulatory Compliance Analyst with the Axis Insurance Co. of Princeton, NJ. A 1973 graduate of Canarsie High School, Brooklyn, NY, Eric received a Bachelor's degree from...
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Jane Isabelle (nee Wagner) O'Connor

July 5, 1932 - October 29, 2021

Jane Isabelle (Wagner) O'Connor peacefully passed away on Friday, October 29, 2021 in New Providence, New Jersey. Jane was born on July 5, 1932 in Brooklyn, New York to Arthur and Muriel (Knerr) Wagner. A lifelong devout Catholic, Jane was educated at Our Lady of Wisdom Academy and St. Thomas the Apostle High School in New York. Following her graduation, Jane attended the Fashion Institute of...
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Margaret P. Campbell

May 12, 1922 - September 17, 2021

Margaret "Pat" Campbell passed away on September 17, 2021, at Lantern Hill, New Providence, NJ. Born in Flushing, NY, Margaret graduated from NYU. She also served in the US Navy as a nurse. Margaret resided in Westfield, NJ, for over fifty years. Her later years were spent in Spring Lake Heights, and Seabrook Village, Tinton Falls, NJ. Margaret was an avid duplicate bridge player and a member...
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Carol G. McIntyre

June 30, 1936 - September 3, 2021

Carol Gloria McIntyre, 85, resident of Four Seasons at Wall, passed away on September 3, 2021. Carol was a proud New Jersey girl. Born in Newark to Florence and Michael Pompilio, she graduated from Newark's Barringer High School and earned a B.S. in Chemistry from St. Elizabeth's College in Convent Station in 1957. This led her to the Schering Corporation in Bloomfield where she was...
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Elizabeth (nee Genovese) Lorenzo

September 22, 1916 - August 21, 2021

Elizabeth Theresa Lorenzo (nee Genovese), 104, of Westfield, NJ, passed away on Saturday August 21, 2021 at her residence. Born in New York, NY on September 22, 1916 to Francisco and Catherine (nee Greco) Genovese, Elizabeth had lived in Brooklyn, NY prior to moving to Westfield. She was the beloved wife of the late Vincent Lorenzo, and was preceded in death by her seven brothers and sisters...
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Kenneth G Ward

August 25, 1942 - August 7, 2021

Kenneth Ward, 78, husband, father, merchant, historian, of Westfield, passed away peacefully at home on August 7th after a 16 month battle with brain cancer. Ken was a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University in 1964, and earned the rank of Captain in the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations. In 1966, he married Margaret McAllister of the same college class, and in 1975, the couple and...
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Alice M Ousterman

November 6, 1926 - July 6, 2021

Alice M. Ousterman passed away on July 6, at Overlook Hospital after a brief illness. She was 94. She was born and raised in Cranford, attended school there and graduated 4th in her class of 198 from Cranford High School in June of 1944. She began working in retail while in high school. After graduation, she worked as an advertising and publicity copywriter for R. J. Goerke Company in...
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Nancy May Roff

August 3, 1928 - June 28, 2021

Nancy Roff, age 92 of Westfield, NJ passed away on Monday, June 28, 2021 at the Atria Cranford in Cranford, NJ. She will be remembered by her family for her kind, generous and loving soul. Nancy was born in New York City on August 3, 1928 to parents, Olive (Graham) and George Earl May. Nancy was predeceased by her beloved husband, Robert Roff; brother Donald May; and sister Emily Guyett. ...
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Charles W. Plungis

August 15, 1941 - June 20, 2021

Charles William Plungis August 15, 1941 – June 20, 2021 Westfield, New Jersey Beloved Son, Husband, Father, Grandfather and Friend Charles William Plungis, 79, of Westfield NJ, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 20, 2021 at Overlook Hospital after a long and courageous battle against melanoma. Charles was born on August 15th 1941 in Elizabeth NJ. He graduated from Hillside High...
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Alfred "Al" Morasso, Jr.

April 8, 1927 - June 16, 2021

Alfred Morasso, Jr., 94, Veteran; Retired Ocean Marine Shipping Executive Alfred "Al" Morasso, Jr., 94, of Somerset, NJ, formerly of Westfield passed away on June 16, 2021. Born in New York City on April 8, 1927, to the late Capt. Alfred O. and Rosetta (Mildred) Morasso, Al spent his early years in West Orange, NJ and graduated from West Orange High School in 1945 as Acting President of his...
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Erin Patrice (nee Gaffney) Peterson

July 6, 1967 - May 11, 2021

Erin Patrice Peterson (née Gaffney), age 53, passed away on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 in her home after coping with Spinocerebellar Ataxia for six years. She was born in Philadelphia, PA before moving to Westfield, NJ where she spent her childhood. Erin earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Rutgers University in New Brunswick. After graduating, she began working for Merck where she...
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Edward Charles "Beatle Ed" Wittel

October 11, 1962 - March 20, 2021

Edward Charles Wittel, 58, of Westfield, died on Saturday March 20, 2021. Ed, known to many as "Beatle Ed" loved nothing more than bringing joy to others through music. Along with his band YesterdayAndToday Ed brought the music of the Beatles, as well as his unmatched humor and wit to crowds and packed bars across the NY/NJ area. Born on October 11th, 1962, he was preceded in death by his...
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Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Hetherington

May 8, 1925 - March 11, 2021

Elizabeth "Betty" Hetherington, née Tarasuk, died on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at her home in Basking Ridge, NJ. She was born on May 8, 1925 in Newark, NJ to Anna and Tomas Tarasuk, immigrants from Russia. Betty was the third of five children, and the last of the siblings to survive. Determined to acquire an education, Betty took advantage of the nurse training program at the University of...
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Domenica May Grossi

August 22, 1930 - March 6, 2021

Domenica May Grossi, 90, of Mountainside, passed away at her home on Saturday March 6, 2021. Born in Elizabeth, May grew up in Roselle Park. She lived in Elizabeth before moving to Mountainside. May is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Ted Grossi, devoted daughter Donna Pacifico and her husband Ronald, cherished grandchildren: Ronald JR Pacifico, Marla Pacifico and her husband Robert...
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Klara Katherina Christine Crocco

April 8, 1938 - February 13, 2021

It is with great sadness that the family of Klara Crocco, of Westfield, announces her passing on Saturday, February 13, 2021, with her children by her side. Klara did have COVID-19 last year, but surprisingly despite her COPD was able to recover from the disease. She was born on April 8, 1938, in Köhlen (Geestland), Germany to Klara (Kornahrens) and Klaus Jürgens. At the age of 18, ...
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Helga M. Elliot

July 11, 1929 - February 4, 2021

Mrs. Helga Elliot passed away peacefully in her own home on February 4, 2021 after a brief illness. In her early years as a nurse, she worked as head nurse in London, Cairo and the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. She lived in Westfield for the past 60 years. She was a school nurse at Edison Jr. High School, and the Westfield High School. She then worked as a school nurse and Social Worker at The West...
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Eleanore Cheress

September 20, 1925 - February 1, 2021

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Laura Karene Bass

June 26, 1968 - January 22, 2021

Laura Karene Bass, 52, of Mountainside, NJ passed away on Friday, January 22, 2021. A funeral service will be held at 12 Noon on Saturday, January 30, 2021 in Hollywood Memorial Park, Union, NJ. A private visitation for family members and close friends will precede the service from 10 am to 11 am at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E Broad Street, Westfield, NJ. Please go to:
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Mary Jane Mullaney

December 4, 1930 - January 21, 2021

Mary Jane Mullaney of Westfield was called home to God on January 21, 2021, after a twenty-year struggle with Alzheimer's. While her passing is sad to her many family members, they take joy in knowing that she is once again with those she loved who preceded her in death. They include her husband Tom, daughter Tara, granddaughter Kayla Rippe, her parents Michael and Alice Trainer, her brother...
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Dennis Michael Retcho

February 8, 1955 - January 9, 2021

Dennis Michael Retcho, 65, departed this life on January 9,2021 at Morristown Medical Center He was born on February 8, 1955 in Queens, NY. He was the first born of ten children to the late William and Rose Retcho. Dennis previously lived in Linden, NJ and graduated from Burnet school. Dennis enjoyed the simple things in life: first and foremost his family, a good meal, a hot cup of coffee, a...
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Victor J Pecore

January 5, 1939 - January 4, 2021

Dr. Victor J Pecore of Westfield Family Man, Merck retiree Dr. Victor J Pecore aka Dad, F, Grandpa, Dips, Papa passed away on Monday, January 4, just one day shy of his 82nd birthday. Born on January 5th, 1939 to Theresa and Joseph Pecore, he was raised in Beacon NY with his sister Grace. He was fond of his childhood there especially his years spent at St. John's School. Victor was a...
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Julia Rogers Fullerton Schen

May 8, 1930 - December 27, 2020

Julia Rogers Fullerton Schen, 90 of Westfield, NJ, passed away on December 27, 2021. Born on May 8,1930, Julia was one of six siblings. Raised in Orange, CT by Harriet and Maurice Rogers, she graduated from the Day School and attended Connecticut College. She was predeceased by her husbands, Henry S. "Hank" Fullerton III and John V. "Van" Schen. Julia is survived by her children, Joan...
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William Henry Sampson

November 30, 1942 - December 2, 2020

William Henry Sampson, 78, of Westfield, passed away at his residence on Wednesday December 2, 2020. Born in Plainfield to the late Henry and Violet Thompson Sampson, Bill was a lifelong resident of Westfield. A graduate of Westfield High School, he was a Police Officer, retiring from the Westfield Police Department after 30 years of service. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the US...
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Robert L. Newell

September 8, 1952 - November 24, 2020

Robert Newell Lighting designer; devoted volunteer in his Westfield community On Tuesday, November 24, 2020, Robert Newell lost his courageous year-long battle with cancer. He passed peacefully with his wife and daughter by his side. Robert was born on September 8, 1952 in Summit NJ to Dr. Frank Newell and Rita Zellweger Newell, and is survived by his brother Kent, his wife, daughter, and...
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Donald B Emery

October 12, 1950 - November 17, 2020

Donald B. Emery went home to be with the Lord on November 17, 2020 surrounded by his family at the age of 70. Born in Newark on October 12,1950, to the late Everett and Esther (Matweyiw) Emery. He resided in Westfield for most of his life. He was a member of the New Jersey Army National Guard for 28 years. He was predeceased by his daughter Tracy Lynn and his brother Carl. Donald is...
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John A. "Chick" Miller

March 5, 1926 - November 16, 2020

John A. "Chick" Miller, 94, a lifelong resident of Westfield, passed away at his home, early on Monday November 16, 2020. He was the son of the late Adam and Eleanor (nee Probasco) Miller. Chick was a 1943 graduate of Westfield High School, where he lettered in sports, especially baseball. He was selected by the Boston Red Sox, but was soon drafted into the US Army during World War II, where he...
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Thomas C. Quinn

November 18, 1957 - November 11, 2020

Tom Quinn 11/18/1957 — 11/11/2020 Come all without Come all within You'll not see nothing like the Mighty Quinn The Mighty Quinn …. Where to even begin with all that Tom Quinn was, and all that he left behind? The basics are this: from Summit, NJ, youngest child of Carolyn and Edward Quinn, (deceased); brother to Richard, Michael and Tim (all deceased), and loving brother to Kathie ...
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Janet Oneil Jackson

January 25, 1937 - October 26, 2020

Janet Oneil Jackson, died of natural causes at her home in Mountainside, NJ on Monday October 26, 2020. In her last days she was surrounded by her family. Judging by the smile on her face, she was aware of and comforted by the love that surrounded her. Janet is survived by her husband, Bob Jackson, and her children: Jamie and his wife Lori Jackson, Jennifer and her husband Patrick Vance, Jill A....
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Ann S. Hoelterling

June 28, 1933 - October 24, 2020

On Saturday, October 24th, Ann Hoelterling , 87 passed from this earth into the Lord's Hands. Born in 1933 to Theodore Schasny and Hazel Briant Schasny. Born in a house on North Ave, she remained in Westfield her entire life. She was a devout communicant of Redeemer Lutheran Church for 56 years. She exuded pure love along with an unequalled caring personality. She was a longtime employee of both...
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Florence Ferrere

April 9, 1914 - October 10, 2020

Florence Ferrere, 106 years and 6 months old, of Mountainside, passed away on October 10, 2020. An amazing person, up until just three years ago, Florence was still shoveling snow and re-painting her garage floor. So what was the secret to her longevity ? While she ate lots of fruits and vegetables, and exercised a lot, Florence enjoyed eating cold cuts, meat, ice cream and candy, everything in...
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Lillian Catherine Vogel

January 25, 1918 - October 3, 2020

Lillian C. Vogel, 102 of Mountainside NJ Funeral services for Lillian Vogel, who passed away on Oct. 3rd at 102, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 7th. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Gray Funeral Home, 318 E. Broad St. Westfield. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Please go to: to offer condolences. Born in 1918, Lillian was a...
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Roxie Ann (nee Frazier) Rela

March 29, 1934 - September 20, 2020

Roxie Ann Rela of Westfield, passed away peacefully in her home on September 20, 2020 at the age of 86, surrounded by her loved ones. She is survived by her loving son Matthew, daughter-in-law Lynn, grandsons Matthew and Michael, and sister Mary Lou Camilli. Roxie graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. After traveling the world as a stewardess...
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Kenneth Carleton Wooster

July 31, 1933 - September 8, 2020

Kenneth Carleton Wooster. July 31, 1933-September 8, 2020 He served his Lord, He served his Family, He Served his Friends, He served his Country. On September 8, 2020, on his beloved wife Theresa's birthday, Kenneth Carleton Wooster of Westfield, NJ left his life here on earth to enter into eternal life. His lifelong deep and abiding faith insures that he was welcomed to live and dwell in...
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Marion C. Bass

December 14, 1940 - September 8, 2020

Marion Claire Bass, 79, of Mountainside, NJ passed away on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. A funeral service will be held at 12:30pm on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 in Hollywood Memorial Park, Union, NJ, immediately following a private visitation for family members from 10am to 12pm at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E Broad Street, Westfield, NJ. Marion was the daughter of the late Edmund and Dorothy...
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Marie Louise Castaldo

August 6, 1949 - September 7, 2020

Marie Castaldo,71, of Westfield, NJ died on Monday, September 7, 2020 in her home. Marie was born and raised in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY by her late adoptive parents, Robert and Marie Croce. She attended college at St Joseph's College in Brooklyn and received her M.A. in Education from New York University. She started teaching in inner-city schools after college and then, following her...
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Harriette M. Waltner

March 28, 1946 - September 6, 2020

It is with profound sadness that we share with you that Harriette Waltner passed away on Sunday, September 6 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. Harriette had a long and impeccable career at Rutgers University NJ Medical School. Initially, she was part of the Student Affairs team at NJMS, but in the 1970's she was recruited into the Dean's Office and stayed there for...
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Frederick J. Griffin, Jr.

July 7, 1921 - August 29, 2020

Noticefor Frederick J. Griffin: Born in Newark,Mr. Griffin moved to Westfield in 1951. He was graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor Science degree in Commerce and Finance. After four years' service in the United States Army during World War II, where he attained the rank ofCaptain, he joined New Jersey Bell in 1946. Over the next 39 years, Mr. Griffin held a number...
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Nancy E. (nee Scott) Murphy

November 11, 1962 - August 20, 2020

Nancy Murphy, 57, of Westfield/Avenel, passed away of natural causes on August 20, 2020. Born to Eileen and Elliott Scott, November 11, 1962, in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Nancy graduated from Westfield High School, later achieved an Associates Degree, and was employed in various secretarial positions over the years. Nancy often stated she was extremely proud of her two children,...
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Phyllis M. (nee Burke) Pecka

February 25, 1921 - August 4, 2020

Phyllis Pecka passed away peacefully on August 4, 2020 at her home in Westfield, NJ. She was 99 years old. Born on a dairy farm in Clarkfield, Minnesota, Phyllis spent the first 16 years of her life without electricity or indoor plumbing. Shortly after graduating at the top of her high school class, Phyllis ventured to Minneapolis, "the big city", for employment. In the aftermath of Pearl...
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Diana L Taylor

August 9, 1927 - July 30, 2020

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George Hodges Bidgood

November 25, 1927 - July 30, 2020

George Hodges Bidgood, age 92, passed away on July 30 due to complications from a 10-year struggle with dementia. The only child of George and Ruth Hoskins Hodges, George was born on November 25, 1927 in Pineville, Kentucky, a small coal-mining town in southern Appalachia. George graduated from Pineville High School as Valedictorian of her class. The longtime Westfield resident had an adventurous...
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Kyu Hak Choi

February 5, 1950 - July 5, 2020

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Nancy Marie (New) Whitbred

May 10, 1930 - June 8, 2020

Nancy Marie New Whitbred passed away on June 8, 2020 surrounded by her family at her home in Mountainside, NJ, she was 90 years old. Nancy grew up in Elizabeth, NJ and was a graduate of Battin High School where she won the drama award for excellence in theater. She married Willard R. Whitbred in 1951 and moved to Mountainside, NJ where they raised three children. Nancy was a devoted and loving...
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Alwine Lois Hasselman

January 29, 1924 - June 2, 2020

Alwine Lois Hasselman, 96, was laid to rest Monday, June 8th , 2020 at the Presbyterian Cemetery in Springfield, NJ. Alwine (who we all knew as Lois) was a lifelong resident of Garwood, NJ where she raised 5 children, Margaret, Barbara, Donald, Kurt and William with her husband Walter, who predeceased her. She worked at her family business Mende's florist, located in Springfield, NJ for many...
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Karl Larson Burke

May 23, 1981 - May 18, 2020

Karl Larson Burke was born on May 23, 1981 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As a young child he was full of life and energy. He was an avid sports fan and loved to cheer on his favorite teams. He was the best improv comedian anyone would be lucky to experience. He was a well of knowledge about history, movies, science, music and art. A true renaissance man. However, his most heartfelt passion was music...
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Wm. Glenn Gandy

October 27, 1941 - May 6, 2020

William Glenn Gandy (78) died May 6, 2020 at the Lyons V.A. C.L.C. from COVID19. Born October 27, 1941 in Franklin County, Alabama to Henry and Effie Gandy, he is survived by his siblings Shirley Brocato and Gary Gandy. Glenn entered the United States Marine Corps in February 1964 and two years of his nine years' of service were spent in Vietnam. For his valor he was awarded the Silver...
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Robert Hargro

February 3, 1942 - April 17, 2020

Robert Hargro was born February 3,1942 in North Carolina. He departed this life on April 17, 2020. Robert had a love for music of all types- Motown, Jazz, R&B, Classical, early Rock and Roll and country. He enjoyed the hustle and bustle of New York City where he worked for over 35 years and could be routinely seen in a hat of his favourite NFL team, the NY Jets. Robert leaves behind to cherish...
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Lauramae Weber Cutler

March 22, 1922 - April 17, 2020

Long-time Westfield resident Lauramae Cutler, 98, passed away peacefully on April 17th. Born in Westerville, Ohio, she was the oldest of four children. She earned a B. A. Degree in Chemistry from Maryville College in 1943 and studied at the University of Akron while working at B. F. Goodrich. There, she met her future husband, Frank A. Cutler Jr., and following their marriage in 1946, moved...
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Ryan Christopher Mee

July 1, 1994 - April 17, 2020

Ryan Christopher Mee, 25, of Delran, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2020 in the arms of his true love and high school sweet heart. Ryan Christopher was born in Livingston, New Jersey on July 1, 1994 to Steven Scott Mee and Jennifer Palumbo Mee. He came into this world kicking and screaming, but then quickly smiled up into his momma's eyes. Ryan's vivacious nature just...
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John Elder Cohoon

October 24, 1923 - April 2, 2020

John Elder Cohoon was born October 24, 1923 in Easthampton, MA to Foster L. Cohoon and Helen B. Elder. His achievements started early when he attended the first National Boy Scout Jamboree in Washington DC in 1937 and succeeded in attaining the milestone of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Franklin High School in 1941 and went on to graduate as valedictorian of the first graduating class of Dean...
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Robert Fairbairn Derrey

August 12, 1931 - March 26, 2020

Robert Fairbairn Derrey passed away peacefully on March 26, 2020 after nearly nine decades of a life well-lived. Born to Natalie Fairbairn Derrey and Roger Derrey on August 12, 1931, Robert (Bob) was raised by his mother and grandparents, prominent Westfield residents Robert and Frances Fairbairn, at their historic family home on Kimball Avenue. Known as Brute to his family and close friends, Bob...
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Joanne A Sullebarger

June 19, 1930 - March 25, 2020

Joanne Aspinall Sullebarger, a Westfield resident for over 50 years, passed away peacefully on March 25, 2020 in Cincinnati where she had lived since 2014. Born in Newark in 1930, she attended the Vail-Deane School in Elizabeth. She received a B.A. from Douglass College in 1952 after also attending Mount Holyoke College and Barnard and later obtained a certificate from the New York School of...
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Dorothy Emelia Smith

November 1, 1931 - February 17, 2020

Dorothy E. Smith (Galli), 88, of Westfield, New Jersey, passed away on Monday, February 17, 2020. A Memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church, 125 Elmer Street in Westfield, N.J., on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 2:00pm. She was born to the late Rebello and Lena May Galli, November 1, 1931. Dorothy received a BA in Political Science from Brown University in 1953. She married...
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Alfred F. Lesiak

May 6, 1945 - February 15, 2020

Alfred F. Lesiak, Jr., 74, of Tinton Falls, NJ, passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2020. Born in Jersey City, NJ, Al earned a master's degree in economics from Jersey City State College and went on to teach history in the Woodbridge Township School District for over 30 years. After getting married Al found a one-acre lot on a parcel of land owned by the Van Nuys farming farm where he built a...
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Claudine W. Mill

October 24, 1925 - February 2, 2020

Claudine W. Mill, a Westfield resident for 65 years, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 2 surrounded by her husband and daughters. She was a devoted wife and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Born in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1925, Claudia married the love of her life, Robert C. Mill, and had over 71 wonderful years with him. Together they raised four...
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Christine Kyritsis

November 8, 1931 - January 25, 2020

Christine Kyritsis, 88, of Bridgewater, died peacefully on January 25, 2020. Her funeral service will begin at 11AM Wednesday January 29, 2020 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Westfield, where her visitation will begin at 10:15 AM Wednesday until service time. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Please go to: to offer condolences. Born in Cyprus,...
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Victor A Rela

January 1, 1930 - January 25, 2020

Victor A Rela of Westfield, NJ passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones, in his home on January 25, 2020 at the age of 90. He is survived by his loving wife Roxie A. Rela, son Matthew, daughter in law Lynn, grandsons Matthew and Michael, brother Dominick and sister Margret Marhefka. Victor graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Engineering degree. After service in...
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Doug Burton

August 11, 1943 - December 29, 2019

Douglas Burton 76, of Middlesex, NJ, passed away on the evening of Sunday, December 29th at home surrounded by family and friends. Born on August 11, 1943 in Westfield, New Jersey, Doug was the son of the late Adele Danker and George Burton. He attended Westfield High School. Shortly after that, with the help of his uncle, he started his own successful business, Doug Burton Ceramic Tile, which...
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Virginia D. Osiecki

July 31, 1918 - December 24, 2019

Virginia D. Osiecki (nee Gawarecki), age 101, of Mountainside, NJ, passed away peacefully December 24, 2019 at Tidewell Hospice Care in Port Charlotte, Florida. Since 2013, Virginia had been residing in assisted care in Punta Gorda, FL. Virginia "Ginny" was born in Newark, NJ on July 31, 1918 to Stefan and Bertha Gawarecki who predeceased her. She spent her early years growing up during the...
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Allen V. Aldrich

March 10, 1942 - December 23, 2019

Allen V. Aldrich, 77, of Cranford passed away unexpectedly on December 23, 2019 at home. Born in Hillsborough, NH, he lived in New Jersey since 1963. Mr. Aldrich was a veteran of the US Army, serving in Korea. A concrete and paving contractor, he began his career with Cardell, Inc. Keasbey, and was later the co-owner of Al-Lee Contractors, Sayreville, and the owner and founder of Aldrich...
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Kenneth Paul May

March 7, 1949 - December 10, 2019

Dr. Kenneth P. May, 70 of Westfield, was called home Tuesday, December 10, 2019 after a sudden and brief illness. Ken's visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 PM Friday December 13th, at Gray Funeral Home, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield. His funeral service will begin at 11:00 AM Saturday December 14, 2019 at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield. Interment will follow later in the Revolutionary Cemetery,...
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Lucilia G. (nee Garcia) Ramalho

January 26, 1948 - December 5, 2019

Lucilia G. Ramalho, 71, of Colonia, passed away on December 5, 2019. Born in Peniche, Portugal to the late Raul and Lucilia Rocha Pera Garcia, she is survived by her husband of 51 years, Manuel A. Ramalho. She was the beloved mother of son: Manny Ramalho and his wife Kathleen, daughter: Debbie Rouse and her husband Michael, beloved grandmother of Christian J. Ramalho, Katherine Luci Ramahlo,...
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William Paul Kaczynski, Sr.

October 11, 1941 - November 19, 2019

Founder and President of Woodbridge Builders Corp. William P. Kaczynski, Sr., 78, passed away peacefully in the presence of his family on November 19, 2019. Bill was born in Bayonne and was a US Army veteran. He raised his family in Clark and was founder and president of Woodbridge Builders Corp. An avid golfer, he was a member of the Colonia Country Club. Bill is survived by his beloved...
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Esther Emery

September 18, 1920 - October 28, 2019

Esther Emery went home to be with the Lord on October 28, 2019 at the age of 99. Born in Scranton Pa. on September 18, 1920 to the late Simon and Rose Matweyiw, she resided in Westfield for over 60 years. She was a long-time member of Evangel Church in Scotch Plains and worked at Hahne and Company for many years. Esther was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Emery and her son, Carl...
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Richard S. Hingel

May 8, 1967 - October 26, 2019

Richard Hingel entered into eternal life on October 26, 2019 in New York City. Richard was born in Summit on May 8, 1967. He was raised in Westfield and graduated from Westfield Senior High School in 1985. Richard was passionate about wrestling and was a Varsity wrestler since 9th grade. During his tenure on the Varsity Wrestling Team he was part of two district championship teams and one...
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Scott D Gray

November 26, 1960 - October 21, 2019

"Every child is gifted; they just unwrap their packages at different times". Scott D. Gray, 58, formerly of Westfield, passed away peacefully after a sudden illness, on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, where he resided, at The All American Adult Facility, in Hillsborough, N.J. As a 1979 Westfield High School graduate, Scott was employed at The OCUC, where he was empowered by an educational...
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James Gemmell Thomson

September 14, 1929 - October 20, 2019

James G. Thomson of Scotch Plains, NJ passed away on Oct. 20, 2019 at Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ. James was preceded in death by his wife Barbara (Pierson) Thomson and survived by three daughters, Wendy S. Thomson of Meriden, CT., Jennifer L. Thomson of Linden, NJ., Tracey S. Thomson of Forked River, NJ., and a son in law Michael Novak of Meriden, CT. James was born & raised, and spent...
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Donna Grozuczak

March 20, 1955 - October 18, 2019

Donna Grozuczak We celebrate the life and mourn the passing of Donna Grozuczak, who died on October 18, 2019 at the age of 64 in Millburn, New Jersey. Donna lived for her family and friends, but devoted the same passion and energy to the children of New Jersey she represented as a law guardian attorney, and the homeless in her community she supported as a long-time volunteer, fundraiser and...
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Marc A Rogala

November 9, 1958 - October 8, 2019

Marc, four random letters that form a name that was a son, brother, grandson, nephew, uncle, and friend. Marc was a beloved son and brother that left us too soon. I could attempt to tell you about Marc's experiences and accomplishments, but no one is ever remembered for the mundane. Instead, I would like to share with you the essence of my brother Marc. A complex man, my brother was a fearless...
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John F. Sipsis

June 22, 1967 - September 26, 2019

John F. Sipsis, 52, of Colonia, passed away on Thursday September 26, 2019. John was an auto mechanic, and had previously operated the Jersey Towing Co. He is the beloved son of Fotios and Konstantia Sipsis, beloved brother of Maria Sipsis, and Laura Sipsis. He is the dear uncle of Alexa, Victoria, and Gianni Alexiades. John's Life Celebration will be Wednedsday October 2nd, from 3:00-8...
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Michael Steven "Mickey" O'Brien

January 3, 1957 - September 20, 2019

Michael Steven "Mickey" O'Brien, 62 of Westfield, passed away suddenly on Friday, September 20, 2019 at home. Mickey was born January 3, 1957 in New York, NY to Francis (Frank) and Estelle (Goldstein) O'Brien. He graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School, Briarwood, NY, received his BS in Biological Sciences from Fordham University, Bronx, NY, in 1978, and his MS in Biological Sciences from...
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Eva Marie (nee Linzer) Wiley

September 8, 2019

Eva Wiley peacefully passed away on September 8, 2019. Eva was born in Perth Amboy, NJ, grew up in Woodbridge, NJ and attended Woodbridge High School. She then went on to graduate with a Fine Arts degree from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ. Shortly after she graduated from college, she met her devoted husband, Jack and they settled together in Westfield, NJ, a community Eva loved...
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Esme Chester Ambos

May 6, 1924 - September 8, 2019

Esme (Chester) Ambos of West Windsor, formerly of Westfield and of Tinton Falls, New Jersey, died September 8, 2019 at the age of 95. Born in Tompkins Cove, New York, she earned a Bachelor of Letters degree from what was then known as the New Jersey College for Women (now Douglass College). She was a member of the only all-women class to have graduated from Rutgers University School of...
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Barbara W. Case

March 2, 1928 - August 12, 2019

Barbara Case of Westfield N.J. passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019. Born in Boston, MA. on March 2, 1928. Her parents were Oliver and Edith Wood. She was raised in Winthrop, MA., lived in Clarksburg, WV, then in Old Bridge, NJ., before moving to Westfield, NJ in 1968. Public Accountant employed by Aaron Beck, CPA for 37 years, first under the name of Feld & Beck, then under the name of...
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Margaret Tobin McKenna

September 9, 1920 - July 17, 2019

Margaret T. McKenna, 98 – Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother: Margaret Tobin McKenna passed peacefully in her sleep on July 17, 2019, in Naples Florida. She was 98 years old. Peggy, as she was called, was born September 9, 1920, in Orange, NJ to Gretchen Krueger Tobin and Clark Walworth Tobin. She married William Leigh Smith shortly after WWII. Together they had four...
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Constance "Connie" (nee Eckert) Chapla

July 15, 1937 - July 1, 2019

Constance (Eckert) Chapla Constance "Connie" Chapla, of Escondido, CA, formerly Hillside, NJ and Mountainside, NJ, went to heaven to join her beloved husband, Walter, on July 1, 2019. She died peacefully after a long battle with lung diseases, at the Atria Assisted Living Facility in San Diego, CA. Connie was born on July 15, 1937, in the Bronx, NY, the 9th child of John and Catherine...
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L. Joann Koster

February 16, 1943 - June 30, 2019

Joann Koster, Insurance Executive Linda "Joann" Koster, beloved leader, mentor and friend died Sunday morning, June 30, 2019 with her wife Laura by her side. In February, she celebrated her 76th birthday at Sunrise Assisted Living Westfield, with a party of friends old and new, the loving staff of Sunrise and her devoted private aids from Right at Home, Chatham, NJ. Known as "Joann", she...
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Mark William Burke

August 18, 1953 - June 6, 2019

Mark William Burke passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at his home in Westfield, New Jersey. He was 65 years young. His sharp intellect, deep humanity, insatiable curiosity and fun-loving sense of adventure endeared him to his family, friends and coworkers. A dearly loved husband, father, son, brother and uncle, his lasting gifts to us all are the countless memories that he...
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Donald Anthony Carrelli

July 2, 1981 - May 25, 2019

Donald Anthony Carrelli was a loving son, loyal brother, favorite uncle, caring friend, and proud Marine. He died tragically doing what he loved – being outdoors on his bicycle. Donald was born July 2, 1981 in Summit, NJ. He grew up in Mountainside, NJ and he attended Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights, NJ. He received a BA from Fairfield University, CT. After 9/11...
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Jessie R. Gray

January 11, 1932 - May 24, 2019

Jessie B. Gray, 87, formerly of Westfield, born and raised in Wilmington, NC, passed away peacefully after a sudden illness, on Friday, May 24, 2019, at RWJ hospital In Somerville, NJ. Jessie is preceded in death by her husband,Of 63 years, Dr. Dean F.Gray. As an accomplished pianist, Jessie received a BA in music from Indiana University, and studied at Flora Macdonald Conservatory in N.C....
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Joseph Philip Dzuback III

May 23, 1951 - May 9, 2019

Joseph Philip Dzuback III, 67, passed away surrounded by his loving family in his Fanwood home on the evening of May 9, 2019, after a valiant fight against cancer. Joe was born in Jersey City on May 23, 1951 and he graduated from Westfield High School in 1969. Joe attended Villanova University, where he earned a B.A. in History and developed a lifelong passion for Villanova basketball. After...
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Anna Marie Ober

January 22, 1926 - April 19, 2019

ANNA MARIE OBER January 22, 1926 to April 19, 2019 Anna Marie Ober (nee Vaccarino) passed away peacefully on Friday, April 19. A long time resident of Westfield, NJ (with intervening residences in Warren, NJ and Fort Myers Fl), Anna was born and raised in Johnston, PA., graduating from Johnstown High School. Following WWII she...
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Henry Laessig IV

February 19, 1930 - April 14, 2019

Henry Laessig IV of Westfield died Sunday, April 14, 2019 at his home in Westfield. Mr. Laessig and his family moved to Westfield in 1959, and lived there until the present. He was a graduate of Drexel University, Philadelphia, receiving a B.S. in Business Administration. He was a member of the Drexel Chapter of Alpha Pi Lambda. Henry served for two years as a Lieutenant in the US army,...
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Rose Dawn Engel

March 29, 1923 - April 6, 2019

Rose Dawn Engel, 96, of Westfield, passed away on April 6, 2019, at Garden Terrace Nursing Home in Chatham, NJ. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 55 years, Walter R. Engel, in 2010. Rose, who was also known by her middle name, Dawn, was born March 29, 1923 in Derby, CT to Biagio and Barbara Spina. She lived on Staten Island, NY with her parents and her brother George (deceased), and...
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Kenneth A Ruppert

March 5, 1946 - March 27, 2019

Kenneth A. Ruppert, 73, formerly of Union, NJ died on March 27, 2019. His funeral service will be 10AM Tuesday April 2, 2019 at Gray Funeral Home, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield, where visitation begins at 9AM Tuesday. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Please go to: to offer condolences. Kenneth was a recent resident of Wall, NJ. A 1964 graduate of...
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Evelyn J Schaefer

September 15, 1929 - March 21, 2019

Evelyn J. Schaefer (nee Kappmeyer). 89, formerly of Westfield, NJ, passed away on March 21, 2019, at Fellowship Village, Basking Ridge, NJ. Born in Plainfield, Evelyn worked at Seaman's Bank in New York City before she was married. A resident of Westfield since 1962, she had worked for the former Wyatt Brother's Clothing Store and Crestmont Bank. Evelyn was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church...
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Lucille B. Finter

December 16, 1930 - March 16, 2019

Lucille B. Finter, 88, of Westfield, NJ, passed peacefully on Saturday, March 16, 2019. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 23 in the Westfield Presbyterian Church chapel at 140 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, NJ. Mrs. Finter was an enthusiastic birder, a lover of nature, a passionate reader and a devoted and deeply loved wife, mother and friend. Born in Westfield...
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Betty Nordquist Sayre

May 21, 1931 - January 31, 2019

BETTY N. SAYRE, BELOVED WIFE, MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER Betty Nordquist Sayre, 87, passed away at home on January 31, 2019. Born in Montclair, NJ, Betty lived in Westfield, NJ for 55 years before moving to Garwood, NJ in 2012. She obtained a bachelor's degree from Wellesley College in 1953 and later received a master's degree from Drew University. Betty is survived by her husband of 65...
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Suzanne Daleo Less

April 28, 1943 - January 5, 2019

Suzanne Daleo Less, 75, died on January 5, 2019 at Overlook Medical Center. She was born on Long Island and grew up in Westfield before moving to Scotch Plains 50 years ago. Suzanne was a graduate of Westfield High School and National College of Education, now National-Louis University. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Education and Literature and taught elementary education in Berkeley...
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Grace Naomi Rothmann

July 12, 1937 - December 31, 2018

Grace Naomi Rothmann, 81, of Warren, passed away peacefully at her residence on Monday December 31, 2018. Grace's visitation will be Friday January 4, 2019 from 4:00-8:00PM at Gray Funeral Home, 318 E. Broad St. Westfield, where her funeral service will begin at 10:30AM Saturday January 5, 2019. Burial will follow in Hollywood Memorial Park, Union. Please go to:, to view...
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Alan Bruce Conlin, Jr.

October 14, 1923 - December 29, 2018

Alan Bruce Conlin Jr. 95, a 60 resident of Westfield, died Saturday December 29, 2018, at the Care One Center in Wall Twp., NJ, where he had recently resided. Born in Plainfield, Bruce was the son of the late Alan Bruce Conlin Sr., an attorney and former Westfield town councilman, and Aileen Gary Conlin. A 1942 graduate of Westfield High School, and Lehigh University, School of Engineering, he...
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George A. Lewis

May 17, 1931 - December 22, 2018

George Alfred Lewis of Westfield died peacefully on Saturday December 22, 2018 surrounded by family. He was 87. Known to his family as Geo, George was born May 17, 1931 in Syracuse, New York to Alfred J. Lewis (a high school principal) and Elizabeth (White) Lewis (a home maker). He was predeceased by his beloved wife of almost 60 years, Barbara Betham Lewis. He is survived by his son Peter...
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Louise Lisa Heucke

March 2, 1927 - December 12, 2018

Louise (Lisa) Heucke Louise Heucke of Clark, NJ (formerly of Cranford) passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at St. Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. Her two sons were by her side at her passing. Louise was born in Haeslach, Germany in 1927. She was the eldest of 7 children. After surviving her native country's depression and World War II, she immigrated at...
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William A. Parkhurst

September 13, 1932 - November 24, 2018

William A. Parkhurst, Jr., passed away on Saturday night, November 24, 2018 at the Compassionate Care Hospice in Hamilton, NJ after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 86. Bill was born in Elizabeth, NJ in 1932, and raised in Mountainside by his late parents Helen (Tomlinson) and William A. Parkhurst, Sr. He served in the US Army from 1953 – 1955. Bill married Dorothea Nicolson in...
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Elizabeth Ruth Steinmann

June 7, 1935 - November 21, 2018

Elizabeth Ruth Steinmann, 83, died suddenly on November 21, 2018. Born in Newark to the late Frederick and Hervor Borjeesson Steinmann, Bunny, as she was lovingly known, had previously taught school for many years, including schools in the Wayne Twp. Public School District. A former longtime member of the North Reformed Church in Newark, she most recently became a member of the Fairfield...
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Eleanor A. Popovich

April 24, 1928 - November 20, 2018

ELEANOR A. POPOVICH – nee IHNAT Eleanor passed away on Nov 20 with her family beside her after battling dementia for the last 6 years or more. She was at home with the assistance of Center for Hope Hospice as well as her faithful caregiver Helen Poc and fortunately she was still able to remember her family – Gail Skryha and her husband Michael and their twin daughters, Tristen and Lauren...
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