Gray Memorial 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

Michael J Heuer

December 3, 1981 - December 2, 2018

Michael Joseph Heuer of Cranford, NJ, died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loved ones, on the morning of December 2, 2018 after a 16 month battle with Glioblastoma. He was 36 years old. Michael was born on December 3, 1981 in Elizabeth, NJ and grew up in Cranford, NJ. After graduating from Cranford High School in 2000, he worked for seven years doing what he loved as a mechanic. His...
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Mary M. Loeser

October 14, 1926 - November 27, 2018

Mary Elizabeth Loeser (nee Mogileff) of Cranford, NJ, died on the morning of Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at Brighton Gardens of Mountainside, NJ, after a period of declining health. She was 92 years old. Mary was born October 14, 1926 in Newark, NJ. Her father (Jacob Mogileff) was a Russian immigrant, and her mother (Mary Smolsky) was of Slovakian/Lithuanian background. Mary grew up in...
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Susan Ishiyama

March 9, 1955 - November 8, 2018

Susan Arasin Ishiyama, 63, of Cranford passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, November 8th, 2018 surrounded in love by her family and friends. She was born in Jersey City, NJ on March 9th, 1955, beloved daughter of Peter and Eleanor Arasin. Susan was married to Toru on September 15th, 1979. She enjoyed 39 years fulfilling her life-long dream of being a devoted wife and loving mother to...
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Joan P. Festa

December 25, 1931 - October 28, 2018

Joan P. Festa of Cranford, New Jersey, passed away on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Born in Plainfield, New Jersey, Joan was raised in Mountainside. She attended Skidmore College before eventually settling in Westfield for many years. She moved to Cranford in 2015. After being a homemaker for many years, Joan worked as an Administrative Assistant at Overlook Hospital. After her retirement from...
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Paul F. Kaiser

May 18, 1951 - October 27, 2018

Paul Kaiser, 67, of Cranford, NJ passed away on Saturday, October 27th after a steadfast fight following emergency surgery. Paul was born May 18, 1951 to Cranford residents Fred and June Kaiser, where he lived and attended grades K-12 before going on to graduate from Lebanon Valley College with his Bachelor's in Education in 1973. Over the years, Paul lived out his passion for education...
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Neil Robert Bryson, DDS

April 3, 1940 - October 26, 2018

Neil Robert Bryson, 78, of Cranford N.J. passed away on Friday October 26,2018. Neil's Life Celebration and visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9PM Monday, October 29th, at Gray Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Ave. Cranford. His funeral mass will be celebrated at 9:30AM Tuesday October 30, 2018, at St. Michael Catholic Church, Cranford. Interment will follow in St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia....
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Juan Garcia

July 10, 1944 - October 17, 2018

Juan Garcia formerly of Kearny, recently of Union, peacefully passed away surrounded by loved ones at home. He was born on July 10, 1944 in Malaga, Spain. Juan was preceded in death by his by his loving wife, Esther Mercedes (nee Careterro), and by his parents Rafael and Rosario. He is survived by his daughter Veronica Doyle (nee Garcia), husband Mark A. Doyle, grandchildren Emily Esther, Mark...
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Antonio A. Duraes

November 21, 1927 - September 30, 2018

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James W. Ruff

June 26, 1924 - September 18, 2018

Dr. James W Ruff Dr. James W. Ruff born June 26, 1924 died on Tuesday September 18, 2018 at Overlook Hospital in Summit NJ surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born in Newark, NJ and grew up in Roselle Park, NJ. A graduate of Roselle Park High School class of 1942, he was the President of his graduating class. Jim was also an outstanding athlete in football and wrestling. Jim went on to...
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Frederick J. Spotts, Jr.

January 3, 1940 - September 16, 2018

Frederick J Spotts Jr., 78 of Cranford, NJ, passed away on September 16, 2018 surrounded by family and friends. Born January 3, 1940, the son of Frederick Sr. and Evelyn Spotts. Lived his life to "Never Give Up" as he fought a long battle with heart disease. Survived by his wife of 53 years, Henni; son Jeff (Elaina), daughter Amie (Chris) and his 3 grandsons JJ, Luke, and Cooper. ...
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Ruth A. Nead

December 1, 1929 - September 12, 2018

Ruth A. Nead (Helm), 88, of Garwood, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving children. Ruth was born in 1929 in East Orange, NJ and was the only daughter of Bertha and Frederick A. Helm. She had two older brothers, John and Frederick and one younger brother, Walter. Ruth was a lifelong resident of NJ and was a graduate of Clifford J. Scott...
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Charlotte M. Ruszkowski

August 31, 1929 - August 26, 2018

Charlotte Marie Ruszkowski (Sarnosky), 88, of Cranford, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, August 26 at Dr Phillips Hospital in Orlando, Florida after spending a wonderful week with her loving family in Walt Disney World. Charlotte was born in Bayonne in 1929 to loving parents and had one younger sister, Helen Nielsen. Charlotte moved to Cranford in 1943 and has been a resident there ever since...
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Gerda W. Hollingsworth

May 12, 1925 - August 7, 2018

Gerda W. Hollingsworth, (nee Opfer) passed away on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 with family and friends by her side. Born on May 12, 1925, to parents Wilhelm & Emilie Opfer (Koch). She was the beloved wife to the late Edward B. Hollingsworth. Mrs. Hollingsworth was born in Langenberg, Germany. She met her husband Edward while he was stationed in Germany. They married in 1948 and immigrated to...
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Mark William Petrilla

May 29, 1952 - August 3, 2018

Mark William Petrilla, 66, of Cranford, NJ, passed away, Friday, August 4, 2018, surrounded by family. Mark was born and raised in Elizabeth, NJ where he graduated in 1971 from Thomas Edison Voc-Tech High School. He worked as a marine engine mechanic at Lehman Power in Linden, NJ, served the East Orange community as an EMT and most recently worked at Registrar and Transfer Co in Cranford,...
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Constantina "Tina" Orellana

October 28, 1933 - July 16, 2018

Tina Orellana was born in Manhattan, New York, moving to Elizabeth New Jersey where she lived most of her life. She was a career accountant working in the New York City construction industry. She leaves behind a son, Manuel Orellana, a daughter, Marrissa Eich, and 2 grandchildren, Jean Eich and Michael Eich Tina's funeral will take place on Friday, July 20th, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Holy Trinity...
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Walter H. Ditzel, Jr.

January 6, 1920 - July 10, 2018

Walter Ditzel, Jr. Walter Ditzel, Jr., long time resident of Cranford, NJ, passed away on July 10, 2018 at 98 years of age. Walter served his country in the Army's 811th Tank Destroying Unit during World War II. After the war, Walter wed Elsie Mandoni, beginning their 55 year marriage. Walter was an avid sportsman and member of the VFW and the American Legion. He was a Cranford fireman...
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John R. "Jack" Coogan

October 24, 1931 - July 8, 2018

John R. "Jack"Coogan Sr., 86, of Cranford and Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ passed away on Sunday, July 8, 2018 surrounded by his family. Friends and family are invited to pay their respects at the wake at Gray Memorial Funeral Homes, 12 Springfield Avenue in Cranford on Thursday, July 12 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm and join with us in a mass honoring and celebrating his life on Friday, July 13 at 10:30 am at...
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Inez V. Iwanyshyn

September 29, 1921 - July 1, 2018

Inez V. Iwanyshyn, 96, of Mountainside, passed away Sunday, July 1, 2018, at Center for Hope Hospice, Peggy's House in Scotch Plains, surrounded by her family. She was born September 29, 1921 to parents Ingeborg (Olsen) and Johannes Mathisen. She was a long time resident of Cranford before moving to Mountainside in 1974. Inez is survived by her loving husband of 75 years, John Iwanyshyn. She...
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Edith L. Gallagher

May 23, 1933 - June 30, 2018

Edith L. Gallagher (Giesler), 85 of Seaside Park, NJ passed away on June 30, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family. Edith was born in Elizabeth, NJ and raised in Roselle, NJ where she graduated from Abraham Clark High School in 1951. She lived in Roselle where she raised her family until 1983 when she moved to Cranford, NJ. She retired with her husband Edward full-time to their...
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Margaret Hamilton Di Lollo

October 26, 1930 - June 28, 2018

Margaret Hamilton "Peg" DiLollo, 87, of Elizabeth, died Thursday June 28, 2018, at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Peg's Life Celebration will be from 2-4 and 7-9PM Sunday July 1st, at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford, where her funeral service will begin at 10AM Monday July 2, 2018. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Please go to: www...
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Barbara S. O'Desky

February 22, 1942 - June 27, 2018

BARBARA S. JEWETT O'DESKY Barbara S. O'Desky of Bridgewater, and wife of the late Sheldon O'Desky, passed away on June 27, 2018 surrounded by loved ones. Mrs. O'Desky was also predeceased by her former husbands Nicholas J. Ruggiano and Francis I. Haltli. Ms. O'Desky was born in Passaic, NJ in 1942. Ms. O'Desky was raised in Westfield, NJ, and graduated from Westfield High School in 1959....
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Lidia Orellana

August 7, 1927 - June 9, 2018

.With a happy heart, and an always-ready laugh on hand, Lidia Orellana lived a life filled with humor. She could make you smile with a subtle line, a well-timed look, or a simple gesture that kept you on your toes and doubling over in laughter at any given moment. Born in Havana, Cuba, Lidia immigrated to the United States in the 1940s where she met the love of her life, her husband Alfonso....
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Robert C. Bresenhan, Sr.

January 10, 1935 - May 13, 2018

Robert C. Bresenhan Sr. Cranford resident, loving husband, father and grandfather Robert C. Bresenhan Sr., 83, of Cranford, NJ and Charleston SC, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Overlook Hospital, Summit, NJ. Born in Clearco, WV, raised in Baltimore, MD, where he met his wife Frances (nee Chewning), he and Frances raised their family in...
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Constance "Connie" Arthur

September 4, 1917 - April 13, 2018

Constance Evelyn Davis, affectionately known to friends and family as "Connie", was a resident of Westfield, NJ, and joined the Lord on Friday, April 13, 2018 at the young age of 100 years. Constance was born in Quincy, Massachusettes on September 4, 1917, the daughter of Josephine and Frank Davis and was raised in Kenilworth, NJ. Connie always had a beautiful and inquisitive mind and a love...
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Louise M. Engstrom

February 22, 1926 - April 4, 2018

Louise M. Engstrom Louise M. Engstrom, 92, of Cranford passed away peacefully at home April 4, 2018 surrounded by family. Born Feb 22 in Elizabeth to Frank & Louise Buettner, she was a graduate of Battin High & Berkeley Secretarial School. She worked at Swedish Iron & Steel in NY before marrying her husband Harold in 1950. She was a former active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in...
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Emily M. Lepanto

May 30, 1930 - April 1, 2018

Emily M. Lepanto age 87 passed away on Sunday April, 1, 2018 at the J.F.K. Medical Center in Edison, NJ. Born in the Ontario Province of Canada, she lived in Cranford most of her life. She married Michael Lepanto in 1962. She met her husband who was a Untied Airlines Flight Engineer as she was a Stewardess. She retired from United Airlines to raise her children Emily is pre deceased by her...
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Kevin David Skwarski

April 27, 1990 - March 30, 2018

Kevin David Skwarski, age 27, passed away on Friday March 30, 2018 in Panorama City California. Born in Rahway, New Jersey, he grew up in Cranford before moving to Panorama City California two years ago. He was a graduate of Cranford High School. Kevin continued his education at Wyotech, in Blairsville, Pennsylvania. He earned a certification in high performance auto mechanics. Kevin took...
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Rolf Alan Erickson

August 5, 1953 - March 23, 2018

Rolf Alan Erickson, 64, of Cranford, died suddenly at his residence on Friday March 23, 2018. Born in Newark, NJ, he was a 1971 graduate of Cranford High School. Rolf worked for the Picut Manufacturing Company, in Warren, NJ where he was a machine operator. An avid bowler, Keith bowled for many years at the Clark Lanes, where he worked at one time. Rolf was preceded in death by his father...
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Grace R. Eisner

November 13, 1914 - March 18, 2018

Grace R. Eisner age 103 passed away on Sunday March 18, 2018 at her residence in Whiting, NJ. Born November 13, 1914 in Jersey City, NJ, she lived in Cranford and Westfield before moving to Whiting a little over a year ago. Grace was a member of Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Jersey City, and an Associate Member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Cranford. She was also a member of Sweet...
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Valerie A. Rothlein

May 19, 1937 - March 11, 2018

Valerie A. Rothlein, 80 Born May 19, 1937 to Russell I. Rothlein and Alice Hornich in Asbury Park, NJ. Valerie graduated from Irvington High School, Allegheny College (B.A.) and Monmouth College (M.A.). She worked for Lockheed in Watchung, NJ and then was employed many years as a Technical Editor at A.T. & T. in Holmdel, NJ prior to her retirement. She lived in Toms River and Basking Ridge...
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Richard Lee Tomlinson, ll

March 7, 1968 - March 7, 2018

Richard Lee Tomlinson ll, age 50, entered into eternal rest on March 7, 2018. Born in Rahway, NJ, he grew up in Cranford before moving to Bridgewater. Richard was employed as a Senior MRI Technician at Associated Radiologists in Bridgewater, New Jersey, where he worked for many years. He is survived by his loving parents, Jeremy and Carole Tomlinson. Also surviving is a sister, Julie...
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Linda C. Bristow

May 31, 1948 - February 26, 2018

Linda C. Bristow died on February 26, 2018 at the age of 69 at home, where she wanted to be. She was under hospice care having fought brain cancer for more than 12 years. Linda is survived by her husband of almost 25 years, Eric Rosenberg, son, Kyle Johnson, daughter-in-law, Tamara Johnson, grandson Carter Johnson, sister, Virginia (Ginny) Szeklicki, and nephews, Christopher Szeklicki, Robert...
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John J. Buraczynski

May 11, 1945 - February 21, 2018

John J. Buracynski died on February 21, 2018 in at the age of 72. He is survived by his wife, Doris, son, Stephen, daughter-in-law, Lisa, daughter, Stacey, son-in-law, Michael, and 5 grandsons, Ryan, Dylan, Brandon, Andrew, and Matthew of Cranford, NJ and Easton, CT. John was born on May 11, 1945 in Brooklyn, NY to John J. Buraczynski Sr. and Edith Swenson. He graduated from Brookyln Technical...
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H. Guenther Haerle

January 13, 1933 - January 24, 2018

H. Guenther Haerle Guenther Haerle passed away comfortably with his family on Wednesday, January 24th. Guenther was born on January 13th, 1933 in Union, NJ to two immigrant parents from Germany. His father, Oscar, came from the Weisbaden area, and his mother, Margarethe, came from the Goeswein area. Guenther attended Connecticut Farms grammar school, and graduated from Union High School...
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Judith M. Byrne

August 3, 1957 - January 23, 2018

Judith (Judi) Byrne (nee Reutzel) passed away at home, while under hospice care, on Tuesday, January 23rd,2018 after having been diagnosed with leukemia just three weeks prior. A long time resident of Jersey City, Judi moved to her sister's and brother-in-law's home in Cranford in 2004. She was employed by Moody's Investor Services in New York City as an Administrative Assistant before...
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Dorothy Ballard Hughes

December 9, 1923 - January 23, 2018

Dorothy Ruth Ballard Hughes, 94, of Union, NJ, formerly of Cranford, died peacefully at her residence on Tuesday January 23, 2018. Born in Wisconsin December 9, 1923, To the late: Alan G. Ballard Sr. and Irma Weiben Ballard. Dorothy was retired from the Bell Telephone Company, where she was a telephone information operator for over 25 years. She was also a member of the First...
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William G. Koellner

March 2, 1927 - January 21, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of William G. Koellner, "Bill", announces his passing on Sunday January 21 2018, at the age of 90. He died peacefully following complications from heart disease. Bill was Born in the Bronx, NY, grew up in Elizabeth, NJ and then spent 62 years as a resident of Cranford, NJ. Bill's lifelong career was as a Mathematics Educator. Following graduation from...
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Catheline A Malko

March 8, 1928 - January 4, 2018

Catheline A. Malko, 89, of Cranford, died on Thursday January 4, 2018 at Overlook Medical Center, Summit. Born in Simpson, PA, she lived for most of her life in Newark, NJ, where she lived in the Valesburg, and Ivy Hill sections. Catheline had worked for many years at the former Bambergers Department Store, now Macy's. She most recently worked at the former A&P and the Foodtown stores in...
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Joseph Edward Afflerbach

March 25, 1929 - January 2, 2018

Joseph Edward Afflerbech, 88, died peacefully Tuesday, January 2nd Rahway Hospital in Rahway following year long battle with cancer.Born and raised in Elizabeth ,Joe moved to Cranford over 30 years ago. In his early years , Joe was a proud member of the Fulton boys , a group of lifelong friends that grew up in Elizabeth. He was a machinist by trade and also a proud Army veteran of the Korean...
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William G. Jacobs

May 8, 1928 - December 6, 2017

William G. Jacobs from 205 Pawnee Rd., Cranford passed away on Dec. 6th, 2017 at the age of 89. He was born to William and Ethel Jacobs on May 8th, 1928, and was raised in Hillside, N.J. As a late teen, he was spotted by a travelling football coach for the University of Miami and was recruited for the team. He went on full scholarship to the University and was a starring tackle from 1948 to 1952....
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Louis R. Delgaizo

May 3, 1954 - November 27, 2017

Louis R. Delgaizo Louis Delgaizo, a longtime resident of Jersey City and later Cranford, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 27, 2017 at the age of 63. Louis was the toastmaster for his large Italian family, leading with grace at every family meal for decades. He was a devoted son, a loving brother and everybody's favorite cousin. He was an active member of Saint Michael's Church and the...
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Arthur "Arty" Ahrens

January 5, 1948 - November 21, 2017

Arthur Edward Ahrens, Jr., 69, of Cranford. Passed away on November 21, 2017 at the Center for Hope Hospice, Scotch Plains. Arrangements by Gray Memorial Funeral Home, Cranford. Following a private memorial service, internment at Graceland Memorial Park, Kenilworth. Polio survivor. Graduate of Roselle Catholic High School and Montclair State College. After employment in business as a Senior...
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Grace Kingsbury

April 14, 1937 - November 18, 2017

Grace Kingsbury,recently of the Sunrise Community of Westfield NJ, died on Saturday, November 18, 2017. She was born on April 14,1937 and lived in Jersey City NJ until 1965 when she moved to Cranford. Grace graduated from Snyder High School in Jersey City and received her Bachelor's Degree and a Masters' Degree in Education from the then Jersey City State College. She was also a demonstration...
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Gladys Helen (nee Snook) Haydon

January 6, 1924 - November 14, 2017

Gladys Helen (nee Snook) Haydon, a long-time resident of Cranford who was devoted to her family and was an active member of the United Methodist Church died on Nov. 14. She was 93. Born in Newark, N.J., in 1924, she grew up in Belleville. She married Charles Collings Haydon and 1948, and they lived in Jersey City before moving to Cranford in 1950. Gladys worked in offices in Newark prior...
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Walter M. Andersen

March 15, 1936 - November 7, 2017

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Frances Oldam

April 24, 1930 - November 6, 2017

Frances Oldam, known by family & friends as "Fran", a longtime resident of Cranford and later Monroe Township, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 6, 2017 at the age of 87 surrounded by family. Fran was a home maker who loved all kinds of cooking, especially baking Christmas cookies. From an early age, Fran had a passion for babysitting children, singing and later playing the organ. She...
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Anna Galushkina

April 14, 1981 - October 30, 2017

Anna Galushkina, of Bloomfield, New Jersey died tragically on October 30, 2017 at 9:20 am, when she decided to end her life. She was 36 years old. Anna is survived by her parents, son Ryann and brother Eugene. She also left behind partner Andrew, aunts Tatiana and Aina and uncle Gennady and cousins. She is predeceased by paternal grandparents Anna Galushkina and Jacob Galushkin and maternal...
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Yolanda M. Delgaizo

May 27, 1926 - October 17, 2017

Yolanda Delgaizo Yolanda Delgaizo (DiFeo), known by family & friends as "Lanny", a longtime resident of Jersey City and later Cranford, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at the age of 91. Lanny was a home maker who was rarely home and had a zest for life. She was a devoted mother, wife, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Her passion was music and was a talented vocalist...
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Elizabeth P Strunk

July 15, 1946 - October 8, 2017

Elizabeth P. Strunk, 71, a longtime resident of Kenilworth, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family. Elizabeth's Life Celebration will be this evening Wednesday October 11th, from 7:00-9:00PM at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Ave, Cranford, where her funeral service will begin at 11:00AM Thursday October 12, 2017. Interment will follow in Rosedale Memorial Park in Linden. ...
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Thomas A. O'Neil, Jr.

May 12, 1938 - October 7, 2017

Thomas A. O'Neil, Jr. Thomas A. O'Neil, Jr. of Cranford NJ passed away peacefully on Saturday October 7, 2017 at the NJ Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ. He was born at home in New Philadelphia, PA on May 12, 1938 to Thomas A. O'Neil Sr., and Josephine (Elinausky) O'Neil. Thomas is survived by brothers Joseph O'Neil (wife Marianne) and Richard O'Neil (wife Rose), and sisters Kathy O'Neil...
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Isabel H Ewing

August 10, 1937 - September 23, 2017

Isabel H. Ewing, 80, of Cranford, died on Saturday September 23, 2017. Her visitation will be from 6:00-8:00PM Wednesday September 27th at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Ave, Cranford, where the funeral service will begin at 10AM Thursday September 28, 2017. Burial will follow in Graceland Memorial Park in Kenilworth. Born in Bayonne, she had lived in Cranford since 1957. Isabel...
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Charles Bracken Aurand

February 28, 1950 - September 19, 2017

Charles B. Aurand February 28, 1950 – September 19, 2017 Charles Bracken Aurand, 67 formerly of Cranford, NJ passed away peacefully and surrounded by the love of his family on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at St. Luke's Hospice House in Bethlehem, PA after battling Alzheimer's disease. Born on February 28, 1950 in Westfield, NJ – he was the son of the late Elwin C and Vera B Aurand; He...
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John J. "Jay" Hartmann , Jr.

May 2, 1953 - September 9, 2017

John J. Hartmann Jr. "Jay" 64, passed on September 9, 2017. Jay's Life Celebration and visitation will be held at Gray Memorial Funeral Home at 12 Springfield Avenue , Cranford, NJ on Tuesday September 12th from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. His funeral mass will be celebrated at 9:30AM Wednesday September 13, 2017 at St. Michael's Church at 40 Alden St. in Cranford. Please go to:
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Betty Hosford

June 8, 1925 - August 20, 2017

Betty (Myrtle E.) Hosford was born June 8th, 1925 in Roselle, N.J. to Alva and Ethel Dunbaden. She was predeceased by her younger sister Jean Tice and her younger brother Richard (Mickey) Dunbaden. She is survived by her eldest daughter, Jean Marie Harris, her middle child, Ruth Ann Hosford, and her youngest, William Jonathan Hosford. She is also survived by five grandchildren, and 4 great...
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Anthony R. Espuga

October 27, 1938 - July 10, 2017

Anthony R Espuga October 27, 1938 – July 10, 2017 Anthony Richard Espuga also known as Tony, died peacefully Monday July 10, 2017. He was born on October 27, 1938 in Elizabeth NJ. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and is a Graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor in Business Administration. Tony and Bev were married in 1961 and they resided in Cranford NJ since 1967. ...
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Constance L. Hansen

September 17, 1920 - June 27, 2017

Constance L. Hansen Cranford Resident Constance L. Hansen, 96, passed away June 27, 2017. Funeral arrangements are with Gray Memorial Funeral Home, Cranford, N.J., where visitation and life celebration will be on Friday, June 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael's R.C. Church, Cranford, on Saturday, July 1, at 8:45 a.m. Constance was a resident of...
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William F. Kanzler

August 26, 1926 - June 18, 2017

William F. Kanzler, 90, a longtime resident of Cranford, died on Sunday June 18, 2017, at JFK Medical Center-Hospice, Edison, NJ. William's visitation will be on Thursday June 22nd from 5:00-8:00PM at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford. His funeral mass will be celebrated at 9:30AM Friday June 23, 2017, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 40 Alden St., Cranford. Interment will...
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Sally Sanders

June 3, 1920 - June 12, 2017

SALLY SANDERS, 97, of Garwood, died Monday June 12, 2017 at her residence. Sally's visitation will be on Wednesday June 14th, from 4:00-8:00PM, at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, where her funeral service will begin at 10AM Thursday June 15, 2017. Please go to: to offer condolences. Interment will follow in Rosedale Cemetery, Linden. Born...
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Madalen O. Salls

July 23, 1923 - June 2, 2017

Madalen O. Salls Madalen O. Salls, 93, a longtime resident of Union, NJ, passed away on Friday June 2, 2017. Madalen's visitation will be Tuesday June 6th, from 6:00-8:00PM at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Ave. Cranford. Please go to: to offer condolences. Her funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:15AM Wednesday June 7, 2017 at St. Michael Catholic Church...
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Chester S. Kalinowski

July 23, 1923 - May 21, 2017

Chester S. Kalinowski, 93, of Cranford, died Sunday May 21, 2017, after a brief illness. Chester's visitation will be Friday May 26, 2017 from 10-11:30am, at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford. His graveside service with military honors will follow at 1:30PM Friday at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ. Please go to: www...
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Anna L. Weisgerber

March 10, 1925 - May 11, 2017

Anna Lopotko Weisgerber, 92, of Cranford passed away on Thursday May 11, 2017, quietly at her home of 60 years with her son at her side. She was born in Chicago, Illinois of Frances Stanko Lopotko and Wasil (William) Lopotko. Of historic curiosity, Frances traveled from Europe as a steerage passenger on the Olympic, sister ship of the Titanic, in October of 1918. Frances entered the United States...
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Edward W. Beglin, Jr.

January 15, 1934 - May 4, 2017

HONORABLE EDWARD W. BEGLIN, JR. A native of Elizabeth and a product of its school system, the Hon. Edward W. Beglin, Jr. was born on Jan. 15, 1934. He graduated with honors from Wesleyan University in 1955, and then attended New York University School of Law as a Snow National Scholar, attaining the Dean's List and graduating with a LLB degree in 1958. He was admitted to the bar of the State...
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Robert (Bob) Lombardo

August 3, 1950 - April 25, 2017

Bob Lombardo, 66, of Lawrenceville and Cranford, NJ, passed away at home surrounded by family on April 25, 2017 after a short but valiant fight against cancer. Born in Lawrenceville, NJ, Bob graduated from Lawrence High School and continued on to Chamberlain Junior College before receiving bachelor's and master's degrees from Wagner College. Bob married Kathy Johnson on October 10th, 1977. They...
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Sandra Lee Reitmeier

October 4, 1941 - April 19, 2017

Sandra Lee Reitmeier (nee Dolle), 75, of Cranford, NJ passed away on Wednesday April 19, 2017, surrounded by her loving family at Rahway Hospital, Rahway, NJ. Sandra's Life Celebration will be held on Sunday April 23 from 2 – 6 pm at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Avenue, Cranford NJ. Please go to: to view her life tribute. Sandra was a graduate of...
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Kathleen Jane Patterson

November 30, 1942 - March 31, 2017

Kathleen "Kathy" J. Patterson (Karlovitch), 74 years old, passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017 at her home in Arrowhead Lakes, Mount Pocono. Kathy was born in November of 1942 to Virginia and Kenneth Patterson. The oldest of 3 sisters and a brother; Diane Patterson, Lee Masiello (and husband Bob), and Kenneth Patterson, Jr. The daughter of an Air Force Drill Instructor, Kathy and her family...
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Edward Hrycenko

July 7, 1926 - March 20, 2017

Edward Hrycenko, 90, of Linden and Seaside Heights, NJ, passed to eternal life at home on Monday, March 20, 2017. He will always be remembered for his love of gardening and bowling. He was a master at the barbecue grill and enjoyed providing Sunday breakfast after church to his extended family. Ed was a proud Navy veteran of World War II. He was a past president of the Ukrainian National Home...
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Mary Rose Mesgleski

September 2, 1922 - February 26, 2017

Mary Rose Mesgleski, 94, of Cranford, N.J. passed away peacefully at home on February 26, 2017. Born in Elizabeth, NJ, Mary moved to Cranford in 1988. Surviving are her two boys Peter and Michael, as well as hundreds of friends and relatives who loved her very much. Visitation and life celebration is Wednesday, March 1 from 3 pm to 7 pm at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Avenue,...
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Evelyn M. Bleeke

September 9, 1923 - February 24, 2017

WESTFIELD– Evelyn M. Comey Bleeke, 93, a resident of Westfield, NJ and of Kennebunk, Maine passed away in her sleep on Friday, February 24, 2017 in Edison, NJ. She was born in Reading, Mass on Sept. 9, 1923. As a young girl, Evelyn displayed immense natural musical talent and enthusiasm. By age ten, she was playing piano and pump organ for church services and developing as a singer. After...
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Charles Brackbill, Jr.

March 8, 1921 - February 19, 2017

Charles Brackbill, Jr. 1921-2017 The Reverend Charles Brackbill, Jr., 95, of Mountainside NJ, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on February 19, 2017. Born in Philadelphia, PA and raised a Mennonite, he went on to take his degree from Princeton Seminary and was called as pastor to Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, NJ. In his lengthy career he served as a...
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Emma A. Zmijewski

January 17, 1922 - February 8, 2017

Emma A. Zmijewski (nee Brown) January 17, 1922 - February 8, 2017 Wife of the late Stephen Zmijewski. Born, raised and lived in Brooklyn, New York for 70 years before relocating to Cranford, New Jersey for her remaining years. Survived by daughters Laura Bashaw and Joanna Zmijewski; Grandchildren Jill Nazzaro (husband, Matthew) and Matthew K. Bashaw; Great Grandson Matthew John Nazzaro. ...
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Cynthia Kluge Devlin

April 29, 1963 - January 25, 2017

CYNTHIA KLUGE DEVLIN Cynthia Kluge Devlin passed away with her family at her side, on January 25, 2017, after a courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer. A memorial service celebrating Cindy's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church of Cranford, 11 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, N.J. Please visit for online condolences. Born on...
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Robert (Rob) Markowski, Cranford

December 30, 1956 - January 20, 2017

Robert "Rob or Bob" Markowski – 60 years old of Cranford, NJ – left us peacefully on the morning of January 20, 2017 after almost two years of battling head/neck cancer. Robert, the only child of Charles and Jeanne Markowski, was born on December 30, 1956. He was raised in Union, New Jersey where he graduated from Union High School class of '74. He obtained his B.S. in Marketing from Seton...
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Anne H. Rothlein

January 4, 1934 - January 6, 2017

Anne H. Rothlein, 83, Had Been Longtime Resident of Cranford Anne H. Rothlein, 83, of Lakewood, N.J. passed away peacefully at Toms River Community Memorial Hospital on Friday, January 6, 2017. Born in South Amboy, N.J. on January 4, 1934, to Edna and William Horley, Anne lived in Perth Amboy and graduated from Perth Amboy High School. She married Russell Gilbert Rothlein on February 5,...
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Richard C Maxfield

March 12, 1926 - January 4, 2017

Richard C. Maxfield, 90, formerly of Cranford, died January 4, 2017 at the New York State Veterans Home at St. Albans in Jamaica, NY. He was born and raised in New Jersey. In World War II he served in the Company G, 11th Infantry Regiment, and was awarded the distinction of Distinguished Member by Major General John M. LeMoyne for his outstanding contributions. Dick was a graduate of The...
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Robert Hamilton Seavy

January 27, 1921 - January 4, 2017

Robert H. Seavy Loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather Lived a life of generosity and service Robert Seavy, 95, of Clark, NJ passed away at home on January 4, 2017. A celebration of Bob's life will be held on January 28, 2017 at 11:00 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Cranford, NJ. Born in Warren, Pa. in 1921 to George and Elizabeth Seavy, Bob lived in Clarendon, Pa. He...
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George Mueller

July 20, 1918 - December 27, 2016

George Mueller died at Cranford Health and Extended Care Center on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at the age of 98. He was born on Lehigh Avenue in Roselle Park, NJ to George and Anna Kaup Mueller, and he was educated in local public schools. After his second year at Roselle Park High School, he left to take over his family's ice delivery route when his father needed cataract surgery. That was the...
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Eugenia J. Jacobs

April 3, 1930 - December 22, 2016

Eugenia J. Jacobs age 86 passed away at her residence in Cranford, NJ on Thursday December 22, 2016. Born in South Amboy, she spent her childhood in South River. Then moving to Elizabeth, and graduated Batton High School. Then moving to Cranford where she raised her family. Eugenia worked as a secretary for the Chief Accountant at Bristol Meyers. She then went onto work as a consultant...
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Merlyn W. Jones

June 2, 1932 - December 20, 2016

Merlyn W Jones passed away on December 20, 2016. He was born on June 2, 1932 in Wilkes-Barre, PA to Richard and Irene (Swartwood) Jones. He grew up in Wilkes-Barre and graduated from James M Coughlin High School in 1950 where he played Varsity Football. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from The State Teacher's College of Pennsylvania (Bloomsburg University) in 1954. While playing...
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William Zinsky

February 5, 1920 - December 17, 2016

William (Bill) Zinsky, 96 of Linden died Saturday, December 17th, 2016 after a short illness. William's life celebration will be held Wednesday December 21st from 4:30-8:30 PM at Gray's Funeral Home, 21 Springfield Ave. Cranford. His funeral mass will be held at 10 AM December 22nd, 2016 at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, Kenilworth with burial to follow at Holy Redeemer Cemetery, South...
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Helen T. Zulick

January 22, 1918 - December 12, 2016

Helen T. Zulick (nee Zemencik), 98, of Cranford, died on Monday December 12, 2016, at Cranford Hall Nursing Center. She was a nanny and housekeeper for several local families for many years. Born in Donora, PA, she had been a 73 year resident of Cranford, and a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Cranford. Helen was the beloved wife of the late: Stephen V. Zulick who operated the former...
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Robert W. Romano

February 11, 1951 - December 9, 2016

Robert W. Romano, 65, passed away peacefully on December 9, 2016 at his home in Cranford, NJ. He was born on February 11, 1951 in Brooklyn, NY to Michael Romano and Beatrice Schoenberg. Robert grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical Highschool in 1969. After high school he earned a B.A. in Russian Language at Queens College, and a diploma in Computer Technology at...
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Joan Y. Moeller

August 27, 1932 - December 7, 2016

Joan Yvonne Moeller, 84, of Coral Springs, Florida died at home on December 7, 2016 with family by her side. Joan was born August 27, 1932 in Belleville, New Jersey; the youngest of three girls to parents Samuel Joseph and Cecilia Edna Nesbitt and sisters Margaret (Peggy) and Edna. Joan was co-owner of Orange Plastics, Inc. in Rahway, NJ—along with her late husband Helmut Moeller—until the...
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Tyler K. Hill

March 31, 1950 - November 17, 2016

Tyler Kent Hill, 66, of Cranford, died suddenly on November 17, 2016 at his residence. He was born in Plainfield to the late Stanley and Ruth Hoffman Hill. He retired in 1984 from Films, Inc of New York, NY. Tyler was a graduate of Kean College and had been an avid swimmer. He grew up in Cranford and was a member of the Cranford Swim Club and a lifeguard. He was a member of the Friends of the...
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Esteban Eliodoy Puebla

August 8, 1918 - November 16, 2016

Esteban Eliodoy Puebla: June 8, 1918 - November 16, 2016 Dr. Esteban Eliodoy Puebla passed away November 16, 2016, at age 98. Born in Bayamo, Cuba, Dr. Puebla was a longtime resident of Havana, Cuba until he came to the US and moved to Linden, NJ. He graduated from the University of Havana with a degree in Diplomatic and Consular Law. He began his working life in Cuba in the Printing Press...
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John T. Cavin

April 20, 1946 - November 12, 2016

John T. Cavin, 70, devoted husband of Patricia (Yacullo) Cavin, passed away on Saturday, November 12th. He leaves behind his wife, Patricia (Yacullo) Cavin, a sister, Natalie and her husband, Jim, a sister-in-law, Barbara Yacullo and her husband, Ron along with 1 nephew, 1 niece, 2 great nephews and 3 great nieces, as well as other family and friends. He was predeceased by his grandparents, John ...
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Genevieve Patricia Raudonis

June 10, 1921 - November 11, 2016

Genevieve Patricia Raudonis Genevieve Raudonis, 95, passed away peacefully on November, 11 2016 surrounded by her family in Cranford, NJ. Born in Simpson, Pennsylvania, Genevieve was a longtime resident of Elizabeth, NJ and Union, NJ. She was predeceased by the love of her life and husband of 68 years, John A. Raudonis Jr. Genevieve is survived by her five loving daughters and sons-in-law:...
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Judy Muscietta

September 23, 1964 - October 25, 2016

JUDY MUSCIETTA, 52, of East Rutherford, NJ, passed away suddenly on October 25, 2016. She had been a corporate accountant with the Ingram Content Group, New York. Born in Ridgewood, NJ, Judy was a graduate of Emerson High School, and Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she also received her MBA degree. She volunteered with the Franciscan Friary in Newark, NJ. Judy was the beloved daughter of...
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Ruth C. Favata

August 15, 1932 - October 15, 2016

Ruth Christine Favata, aged 84, passed from this life on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at home in Union, new Jersey, after a valiant, but short struggle with cancer. Born in 1932 she was the daughter of the late Walter and Helen Ansbach of easton, pa. Ruth was a beloved sister to ten siblings, all predeceased. In 1954, Ruth married her childhood sweetheart and the love of her life, Vincent...
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Rene' S Gabbai

December 19, 1925 - October 3, 2016

Rene S. Gabbai, 90, of Springfield, NJ, passed away on Monday October 3, 2016, at his residence. Rene's Life Celebration will be Wednesday October 5th, from 2-4 and 7-9PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford. His funeral mass will be celebrated at 9:30AM Thursday October 6, 2016 at St. Michael Catholic Church, 40 Alden St. Cranford. Entombment will follow in Glendale Cemetery,...
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Anthony Vincent "Tony" Colalillo

October 15, 1940 - September 19, 2016

Anthony V. Colalillo, MD Longtime Rahway physician, studied in Italy Dr. Anthony V. Colalillo, 75, of Kenilworth, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 19, 2016. Dr. Colalillo's Life Celebration will be on Friday Septemeber 23rd from 5:00-9:00PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave. Cranford. His funeral mass will be concelebrated at 10AM Saturday September 24, 2016 at St....
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Daniel F. Wolf

December 18, 1950 - September 18, 2016

Daniel F. Wolf, 65, passed away peacefully at home on September 18, 2016. Dan was born in Newark, NJ and has been a Cranford resident for over 35 years. He is survived by his wife, Dottie, children Daniel, Alexis and Susan, four grandchildren and sister, Karen. Dan was a wonderful husband and father, and he will be remembered for his kindness and incredible sense of humor. Visitation hours...
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Salvatore "Sal" Duca

November 26, 1937 - September 7, 2016

Salvatore "Sal" "Sammy" Duca, Sr., 78, of Winfield Park, passed away peacefully on September 7, 2016 at Delair Rehab Facility in Linden, NJ. He is survived by his loving wife, Debra (Corbisiero) Duca,. Sal is also survived by his brothers - John, Tony and Joseph Duca, and by his little sister, Rose Rego. He is survived by his children - James, Donna and Salvatore, Jr. "Ace". He leaves...
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Dorothy S. Baldwin

September 23, 1925 - September 6, 2016

Dorothy Scruton Baldwin of Cranford passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2016 just shy of her 91st birthday (9/23/25), at Sunrise of Westfield. Born in Plainfield, Dot graduated from Westfield High School. She was a secretary for Bristol Meyers in NYC before starting her family in Westfield and then moving to Cranford in 1949. Dorothy is predeceased by her brother Mack (1928) and her husband of 66...
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Mary Ellen Higgins

September 1, 2016

Mary Ellen (Eleanor) Higgins, age 87, of Elizabeth, NJ died Monday, September 1, 2016 at Riverton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rahway, NJ. Eleanor's Life Celebration will be on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, from 4-6 p.m., at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, NJ. Her funeral mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 7, at St. Michaels Church, 100 Alden...
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Mildred Speck

August 8, 1924 - August 25, 2016

Mildred Speck Beloved Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother Mildred Speck, 92, of Garwood, passed away on Thursday August 25, 2016, at her residence. Mildred's Life Celebration will be on Sunday August 28th, from 2-4 and 7-9PM, at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Avenue, Cranford. Her funeral mass will be celebrated at 10AM Monday August 29, 2016, at St. Casimir Catholic Church,...
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Grant Alvah Standeven

April 2, 2016 - August 10, 2016

Baby Boy Grant Alvah Standeven, 4 months old, of Cranford, NJ, passed away on Wednesday August 10, 2016, in Montefiore Childrens Hospital in New York City, after a brief illness. He is the beloved son of Matthew T. and Laura Holbert Standeven, dear baby brother of Isla Marie Standeven, beloved grandson of: Joyce Bridges, Alvah Holbert (deceased), and Robert and Marie Standeven. He is also...
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Robert S. Kalinowski

May 4, 1957 - August 7, 2016

Robert Steven Kalinowski, 59, of Lakewood, NJ, died Sunday August 7, 2016 at his residence after a brief illness. Born in Plainfield, NJ, Robert lived for many years in Cranford, NJ, where he graduated from Cranford High School. He served in the US Navy, and was honorably discharged in 1982. Bob was a machinist, and also worked as a technician for AT&T. An avid fisherman, Robert is survived by...
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John Simpson Eldridge, Sr.

September 6, 1920 - August 5, 2016

John Simpson (Jack) Eldridge died the morning of August 6, one month short of 96 years old, in his home in Cranford, New Jersey. Jack attended Pingry School and then Yale, where he graduated with a degree in industrial engineering. Then WWII hit, and he enlisted in the Navy and transferred to the Marines as a dive-bomber pilot with Squadron VMSB-244, the "Bombing Banshees," based in the...
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Judyann Schipani

September 4, 1943 - August 4, 2016

Judyann Stemmer- Schipani, beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother passed away August 4th, 2016. Born in jersey city, raised in Cranford, lived in Union for 28 years and finally resided in stewartsville NJ Her family was her life. She gave all of herself and expected nothing in return except love and spending time to be with her family. Judyann had a warm beautiful heart,...
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Jude R. Buccine

June 14, 1978 - July 16, 2016

Jude R. Buccine passed away peacefully on Saturday July 16, 2016. Jude was born on June 14,1978. He graduated from Cranford High School. He resided in Union City, NJ, before returning to Cranford. He worked as a driver for the Hudson County News. He then went on to become a proud Iron worker for Local#11, and presently working on the Pulaski Skyway. Jude was a kind and gentle soul...
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