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.

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Our Obituaries

Beatrice Rose Harkins

September 26, 1919 - November 18, 2022

Beatrice "Bea" Rose Harkins, 103, passed away on November 18, 2022 in Warrenton, VA. Born on September 26, 1919 in Newark, NJ, she resided there until moving to Scotch Plains in 1949 with her beloved husband Daniel. While living in Scotch Plains for over fifty years, she was a member of St. Bartholomew Church and the Rosary Society and held the position of Assistant Branch Manager for United...
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Nora T Griffith

June 30, 1932 - November 13, 2022

Nora T. Griffith, 90, passed away peacefully on November 13, 2022, at her residence in Hamilton, NJ. Nora was born and raised in Bronx, NY. In 1964, she moved to Westfield, NJ where she lived for 50 years. Nora was a parishioner at Holy Trinity Church where she was a constant figure, for many decades, at the 5:30 Vigil Mass on Saturday evenings. Beloved wife of the late Thomas Griffith; she is...
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Geoffrey McNair Gates, Jr.

November 20, 1932 - October 24, 2022

Geoffrey M. Gates, 89, Beloved Family Man, Marine Geoffrey McNair Gates passed away on Monday, October 24th, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. Born in New York City on November 20th, 1932, he was the son of Jane Shonnard Bell and Geoffrey McNair Gates. Raised in New York City and Bedford, NY, Geoffrey was a student at the Buckley School and Rippowam Cisqua School. He was a graduate of St....
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Donald R. Webber

March 12, 1934 - October 5, 2022

Donald Richard Webber passed away on October 5, 2022, at the age of 88. Donald was born in Massachusetts to Donald Everett and Margaret Hunt Webber. He grew up with three younger sisters: Shirley, Marilyn, and Lorraine. He spent his high school summers working as a cook in Maine. After growing up in Medford, MA, his family moved to Westfield, NJ the summer before his senior year in high school....
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Lucy (nee Pepe) Pugliese

August 14, 1921 - September 21, 2022

Lucy Pugliese (Pepe) passed away on September 21st at the young age of 101. She was preceded in death by her parents Joseph & Fortunata Pepe; her husband John; six brothers and sisters Marie Faimali, Antionette Faiello, Anthony Pepe, Rose Pannullo, Alfred Pepe and Viola DeDeo, who she now joins in their special place in heaven. She was the loving aunt to numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces...
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Bonnie Lynn McKevitt

September 12, 1942 - September 6, 2022

Obituary for Bonnie McKevitt Bonnie Lynn McKevitt of Westfield passed away on September 6, 2022 at the age of 79, following several years' battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Bonnie was born September 12, 1942, in Jersey City, NJ to George and Isabelle. She grew up in Jersey City and over the years also lived in Cedar Grove, Westfield, and Cranford. Bonnie graduated from Dickinson High...
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David W. Norwine

December 25, 1927 - August 17, 2022

David W. Norwine – Joyous Musician David Westcott Norwine, loving husband, dad and grandpa, tenor soloist, and exceedingly joyous and kind human, died peacefully on August 17, 2022, at the age of 94. He was, and is, loved beyond measure. The eldest son of Mary Alice (nee Westcott) and Courtney Norwine, David was born on Christmas Day, December 25, 1927 in Brooklyn, NY and lived for a...
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Helen T. Martin

December 20, 1918 - August 14, 2022

Helen T. Martin was born in Newark, NJ on December 20, 1918 and passed on August 14, 2022 at the age of 103 years young. She moved to Westfield, NJ in 1923 where she eventually settled with her daughter Joan. She graduated from Westfield High School and went on to Virginia to attend girls finishing school, where she graduated with a degree in business. Helen notably worked at the Bank of New...
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Jennie L. (nee Lambrite) Williams

August 2, 1930 - August 1, 2022

Jennie Lambrite Williams of Westfield, NJ age 91, died on August 1st, 2022, just one day before her 92nd birthday. Jennie was born in Tinicum Township, Bucks County PA, on the farm of her parents, Edward and Sadie Lambrite. She was the youngest of four girls. She graduated from Doylestown High School and then went on to earn a bachelors and teaching degree from Stroudsburg University in 1952....
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Margaret "Margie" Woolston

August 30, 1960 - July 18, 2022

Margaret Woolston passed away peacefully at home on Monday, July 18, 2022. She was just a month shy of her 62nd birthday. Margie was part of a large family being the eighth of nine but she was special in so many ways. Margie's generation was in the vanguard of changing norms when society no longer sidelined those with special needs, including Down's Syndrome. For years...
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Jeanne Anderson Augustine

June 9, 1933 - June 8, 2022

JEANNE ANDERSON AUGUSTINE JUNE 9, 1933 – June 18, 2022 Jeanne Anderson Augustine passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at the age of 89. Jeanne was the wife of the late Alan M. Augustine Sr., the love of her life, who passed away in June of 2001 after nearly 48 years of marriage. She was a member of the committee to bring improvements to the current Alan M. Augustine Village...
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Antigoni Exarhos

June 9, 1932 - June 8, 2022

Antigoni Exarhos, 89, of Elizabeth, NJ, passed away on June 8, 2022, one day prior to her 90th birthday. She was born on June 9, 1932 in Vomblo, Greece to Dimitroula and Socrates Vasilatis. Mrs. Exarhos was a kind and gentle person. She was witty, fun, enjoyed reading poetry, and watching "Jeopardy!" She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Spiros, her daughter Agatha (George) Zourzoukis,...
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Barbara Rabasca DiBonaventura

August 6, 1956 - May 25, 2022

Barbara Rabasca DiBonaventura Barbara R. DiBonaventura passed away at her home in Warren, New Jersey, May 25, 2022 at age 65. Barbara was born in Plainfield, NJ to Doris and Albert Rabasca and grew up in Scotch Plains NJ later moving with her family to Warren. She graduated from Scotch Plains - Fanwood High School in 1974 and earned an early childhood education degree from...
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Carol (nee Bunce) Hancock-Carleau

June 20, 1932 - May 9, 2022

Carol Hancock-Carleu (nee Bunce) formerly of Mountainside, passed at the age of 89 in Orlando, Florida, on December 1, 2021. She was pre-deceased by both of her husbands, Donald F. Hancock and George H. Carleu and her stepson Stephen. Mother of Carolyn Hancock and James Hancock, sister of Audrey Woolley. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Ashley and Bryce, two step children Linda Smith...
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Barbara Conlin Pulis

April 18, 1934 - April 4, 2022

Barbara Conlin Pulis, known to all as "Bobby", died peacefully on Monday morning, April 4, 2022, 14 days before her 88th birthday. She was surrounded by so much love. Born April 18, 1934, the daughter of Alan Bruce Conlin and Ella Bray "Sis" Conlin, of Westfield, Bobby grew up and attended Westfield schools. She was a graduate of Westfield High School where she was the lead drum majorette,...
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Marjorie Jane Morton Miller

August 12, 1929 - March 22, 2022

Marjorie Jane Morton Miller, 92, a lifelong resident of Westfield, NJ passed away at her home early on Tuesday March 22, 2022. She was the daughter of the late George and Louise (nee Wenke) Morton. Marjorie was a 1947 graduate of Westfield High School. She was a Girl Scout leader for Troop 673 at McKinley School in Westfield for 4 years. Her passion in life was her family, friends and...
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William F Hoelterling

August 11, 1933 - March 18, 2022

William Frederick Hoelterling, 88 of Westfield peacefully passed away at home on March 18th, 2022. Bill was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Ann Schasny Hoelterling. He is survived by his three children, William Hoelterling and wife Charlotte, James Hoelterling and Nancy Hoelterling, four grandchildren, Allison Hoelterling, William (B.J.) Hoelterling, and Karen and Kelly Heinkel. He is also...
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Robert D Miller

May 10, 1926 - February 28, 2022

Robert D. Miller, 95, Musician and Long Time Westfield Resident Robert Douglas Miller, age 95, passed away on February 28, 2022. Bob was born on May 10, 1926, to Susie and Albert Miller. He had two older siblings, Sarah, and Frederick, and was joined two years later by his sister and lifelong best friend Ellen (Foster). The family lived on Sinclair Place. Bob attended Franklin School,...
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Michael J. Holliday

July 15, 1940 - February 15, 2022

July 15, 1940 – February 15, 2022 Michael Joseph Holliday died Tuesday February 15, 2022 at Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ. A longtime resident of Westfield, NJ, he was 81 years old. The oldest of 4, Mike was born in Youngstown, OH on July 15, 1940 and grew up in nearby Campbell. From an early age, he was very responsible and showed tremendous devotion to his family and his younger siblings....
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George M Harbt

March 26, 1933 - February 14, 2022

George Harbt, 88, Active Westfield Resident It is with great sadness we share that George Max Harbt passed away at his home in Westfield, New Jersey, on Monday, February 14, 2022. Born in Cranford to Helen and Max Harbt on March 26, 1933, George was raised in Westfield, where he graduated from Westfield High School before getting his associate degree from Keystone College. He then served in the...
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Jane nee Lion Gross

July 26, 1928 - February 9, 2022

Jane Lion Gross, 93, of Chatham, NJ, passed away on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 in Scotch Plains, NJ. Jane was born in Orange, NJ. to Earl and Gretchen Lion on July 26, 1928. She grew up in Short Hills, NJ. She married George P. Gross on April 17, 1953 in Short Hills, NJ. She graduated from Douglass College, Rutgers University, and received a BA in English. She worked for McGraw Hill in New...
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Lois L. Thomson

May 12, 1929 - January 30, 2022

Lois Thomson, 92, of Cranford, NJ died peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, January 30, 2022. Born in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada to the late William and Eva (Smith) Milton, Lois was a graduate of Alma College in St. Thomas. She emigrated to the US in 1952, residing in Westfield, NJ for over 60 years and spent her final years in Cranford. Lois and her husband, William Thomson, owned...
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Nikolay "Nick" Shargorodsky

August 17, 1992 - January 21, 2022

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Chloe Ryer Cohoon

August 3, 1925 - January 16, 2022

Chloe Ryer Cohoon of Lakewood, NJ and Indian Lake, NY, died on Sunday evening, January 16, 2022 at the Harrogate Skilled Nursing Center in Lakewood. She was 96 at the time of her death. Chloe was born on August 3, 1925 in Westfield, New Jersey where she grew up living with her parents Isabel and Henry Ryer on the Boulevard and then on Dorian Road. She graduated from Westfield High School in...
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James Joseph O'Connor, Jr.

September 4, 1930 - January 2, 2022

James Joseph O'Connor, Jr. passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 2, 2022 in New Providence, New Jersey. Jim was born on September 4, 1930 in New York City to James and Viola (LaMothe) O'Connor. A classic self-made man, Jim started his working life as a child, delivering the Bronx Home News in his neighborhood of Clason Point. While attending various Catholic schools in the Bronx, in...
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Jean Manner Enes

July 2, 1927 - December 14, 2021

Jean M. Enes, 94 passed away on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at Overlook Medical Center, Summit, NJ. Jean was born in Passaic, NJ and raised in Garfield and later Ridgewood, NJ. She was a resident of Fanwood before moving to Westfield where she resided for 62 years. A 1947 graduate of Centenary Junior College. Jean married Ralph C. Enes in 1948. Also, she became a partner in Mary Rose Fashions...
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William J "Billy" Bizink , Jr.

July 7, 1971 - December 9, 2021

William Joseph Bizink Jr., age 50, of Clark passed away peacefully on December 9. Billy, for those who knew him, grew up in Westfield and attended Westfield High School before residing in Clark. He is preceded in death by his father, William J. Bizink Sr., and is survived by his mother, Patricia Orlik and a sister, Kathleen Orlik. Billy was full of love for his daughters, Sophia and Kendall,...
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Robert Lincoln Gude

November 10, 1930 - December 9, 2021

Robert Lincoln Gude, 91, died on December 9th at his home in Somerset, NJ. Born in Englewood, NJ to Herbert & Viola Gude, Bob graduated Dwight Morrow High School and Duke University with a Business Administration degree. He proudly served our country in the US Army for 2 years during the Korean War. Post-war he attended the University of California, Berkeley for graduate courses in Finance. ...
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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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