Gray Memorial Funeral Home

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Our Obituaries

Joanne Catherine Cunningham

June 12, 1943 - January 17, 2023

On Tuesday, January 17, 2023 Joanne Catherine Cunningham, 79 years of age, passed away peacefully at Hackettstown Medical Center. Joanne was born on June 12, 1943 in Irvington, New Jersey. She was a devoted Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and friend. Joanne enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, going to garage sales, and walking her dog Petey, who she loved very much. She was a very...
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Beverly J. Van Brunt

March 24, 1943 - December 31, 2022

Beverly Jean Van Brunt passed away peacefully on December 31, 2022. Beverly began her life journey in the small town of McAdoo, PA on March 24, 1943, a coal town 5 miles south of Hazelton, PA. She grew up and attended school in Linden, NJ. There she met friends that she kept for the next 60 years. For most of her adult life, Beverly was the owner of Penguin Italian Ices, located in Elizabeth,...
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Blanche K Halvorsen

October 18, 1920 - December 30, 2022

Blanche K. Halvorsen died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Friday, December 30, 2022. She was 102 years old. She was born in New York City at home to Joseph and Anna Kopecky on October 18, 1920. She grew up in Elizabeth, NJ and, along with her sister Alice, helped at their parents' bakery. Blanche worked as a secretary after graduating from high school. On June 12, 1944 she married...
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Magdalena C. Peterson

March 22, 1925 - December 23, 2022

Magdalena C. (Hirsch) Peterson of Scotch Plains entered Eternal Rest on Friday, December 23, 2022. She was born in Garwood on March 22,1925 to her parents Mathias and Magdalena Hirsch, immigrants from Austria-Hungary and was very blessed by God to reach the age of 97. She is survived by her loving and devoted Daughter, Christine M. Peterson and three generations of Nieces and Nephews who...
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Frances S. Hunt

June 22, 1929 - December 20, 2022

Frances S. Hunt, 93, of Silver Spring, Maryland, departed this life for eternal rest on Tuesday, December 20, 2022. Following a brief illness, she passed peacefully with loved ones by her side. Frances was born on June 22, 1929 to the late Reverend and Mrs. Frank M. Sherlock of Cranford, New Jersey. She graduated from Cranford high school and worked as a secretary at Tidewater Oil Company in...
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Doris H Pacholok

December 22, 1930 - December 12, 2022

Doris H Pacholok of Cranford NJ passed away on December 12th, 2022, ten days shy of her 92nd birthday. Born in Passaic, NJ on 12/22/30, Doris had two older sisters, Eve Rosolowsky and Mary Kawensky. Doris graduated from Jersey City State Teachers College with a BS in Education. She taught the primary grades in numerous inner city public schools. She delighted in making a difference in the lives...
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Virginia Waters, PhD.

July 5, 1946 - December 6, 2022

WATERS, Virginia, PhD, joined her heavenly family on December 6, 2022, at the age of 76. Virginia was a vibrant soul who helped countless friends, family, clients, and members of the community find happiness throughout her 46-year career as a practicing psychologist. Virginia would be the first to remind us that as we begin our journey remembering her, we must continue to discover joy in our...
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Arthur A. Patchett

May 28, 1929 - December 2, 2022

Arthur Allan Patchett, Ph.D. Arthur Allan Patchett, Ph.D., 93, a renowned research chemist and former Vice President of Medicinal Chemistry at Merck & Co., died in New Providence, NJ on December 2nd surrounded by his family. During his career, he conducted research that led to the development of several breakthrough medicines to treat cardiovascular diseases. Arthur was born on May 28,...
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Mary Grace Miller

April 14, 1942 - November 25, 2022

Mary Grace Miller, 80, of Bayville, NJ passed away peacefully on November 25, 2022 surrounded by family and friends. Born on April 14, 1942, in Jersey City, where she graduated from high school, Mary was the youngest daughter of the late Archie and Grace Miller. Mary's 50 year career as a secretary, spanned from her work at Western Electric in New York City, to Coury's and Seville Auto Body Shops...
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Eleanor Anne Harnett

October 1, 1935 - November 21, 2022

Eleanor (Lynn) Harnett was born on October 1, 1935 to Earnest and Eleanor Lynn in New York City. At the age of three Eleanor lost her hearing, and her parents enrolled her in a school for the deaf. It was here where it was instilled in her that there was nothing she could not do. From this she thrived, knowing that with patience and strive nothing was impossible. She went on to Mabel Dean Bacon...
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Helen F. Miller

July 11, 1926 - November 18, 2022

Helen F. Miller was born on July 11, 1926 in Roselle, NJ. She was the last child of Julia & Joseph Domin who were immigrants to the United State from Galicia (now Poland). She was preceded in death by her siblings Julian Domin, Rae Domin, Stephanie Davenport, Eleanor Pelich, Pauline Stanicki, & Jennie Domin. She married Robert Dawalt and they had two children, Robert and Julie. After her...
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Margaret K. Dooley

April 5, 1927 - November 6, 2022

Mrs. Margaret (Peg) Dooley passed away on November 6, 2022 In the comfort of her home surrounded by her family. Mrs. Dooley is survived by her seven children and their spouses, Thomas E. Jr. and Susan of Cranford, Shaun Dooley Benoit of Clark, Mary Lynn and Robert Deen of Timmonium, MD, Mark and Nancy of Doylestown, Pa., Ann Marie and David Hessler of Cranford, Joseph and Susan of Sterling, and...
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Victor Huljack, Jr.

January 4, 1942 - October 24, 2022

Victor Eugene Huljack, Jr, 80, passed away Monday, October 24, 2022 peacefully at home. Born and raised in Irvington, New Jersey, Victor raised his family in both Roselle and Toms River. He was a US Army veteran from 1965-1969 stationed as a Chaplain's Assistant in Korea. Victor was a member of the Theatrical Wardrobe Union where he worked on numerous Broadway Shows, the MDA Labor Day Telethon,...
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Jean W. Grove

April 17, 1928 - October 22, 2022

Jean Wilkins Grove, 94, passed away surrounded by the love of her family, at Sunrise Assisted Living in Westfield, NJ on Saturday, October 22, 2022. Friends and family knew her as "Snik", a nickname given to her by her high school friends and proudly displayed on the license plate of her treasured yellow convertible. Snik was born on April 17, 1928 in Erie, PA to Carl and Marjorie (Evans) Wilkins...
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Joseph Patrick Van Bergen, Sr.

March 23, 1944 - October 22, 2022

Joseph Patrick Van Bergen, Sr., 78, died peacefully at the Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains, NJ on October 22, 2022. A lifelong and devoted resident of Cranford, Joe lived his last five years in Clark with his beloved wife, Joan (Walton). Born on March 23, 1944, to Louis and Beatrice (Rowe) Van Bergen, Joe was a proud 1962 graduate of Cranford High School and went on to earn an...
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Nestor Burbela

March 26, 1927 - October 9, 2022

NESTOR BURBELA 95 years old March 26, 1927 – October 9, 2022 Nestor was born in the small Ukrainian village of Vybodiv, located in western Ukraine. Nestor passed away with son Peter and daughter-in-law Courtney by his side. Nestor's wife and life-partner Jean, of the Yorkshire village of Hatfield passed in 2007. Nestor and Jean built a life and a family together with son Peter in Roselle...
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Christine J. Macmillan

July 25, 1953 - October 9, 2022

Christine Joan Macmillan (nee Neil), 69, of Kenilworth, passed away on Sunday October 9, 2022. Born in Trenton, where she graduated from high school, Christine was the daughter of the late Harold W. and Emma (Farkas) Neil. A member of the Woodside Chapel in Fanwood, Christine was a school crossing guard with Kenilworth Public Schools. She enjoyed knitting, and making beautiful afghans. Christine...
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William K. Murphy

June 15, 1947 - September 12, 2022

William Kevin Murphy 75, of Cranford, New Jersey and Harwich Port, Massachusetts died peacefully on September 12, 2022 surrounded by his loving family. William previously lived in the Matawan, New Jersey area for more than 40 years. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend who left this earth a better place for his part in it.   Bill was born in Point Pleasant, New...
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Robert H. Haller

March 10, 1947 - September 9, 2022

Robert Haller was born on March 10, 1947 in Elizabeth, NJ. He passed away peacefully at home in Cranford, NJ, on September 9, 2022. He was the son of Harry and Florence Haller. After living his early years with his family in Kenilworth, he was raised in Roselle Park and graduated from Roselle Park High School in 1965. Bob attended and graduated from Newark College of Engineering (NJIT) and...
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Barbara Lou Papa

April 16, 1937 - September 1, 2022

Barbara Lou Papa (Breden) of Cranford, New Jersey, passed away peacefully at age 85 on Monday September 1, 2022 after a brief illness at Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth, NJ. Barbara (nicknamed Be Be) was born on April 16, 1937 in Elizabeth NJ to Frederick and Agnes Breden (Burgoyne). Her family moved to Roselle, NJ where she graduated from Abraham Clark High. school in 1954. She met her future...
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Margaret Kovacs Toth

May 22, 1929 - August 23, 2022

Margaret Kovacs Toth May 22, 1929 – August 23, 2022 Margaret Kovacs Toth passed away August 23, 2022 at her residence in Warren, New Jersey. Born and raised in Carteret, New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Elizabeth (Szabo) Toth. Marge is predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Stephen (Pete) Kovacs, her daughter Sharon Klein, son-in-law Marty Klein, her second...
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Gail "Gitel" Rosenblum

August 15, 1938 - August 19, 2022

Gail H. Rosenblum, 84, of Cranford, NJ, passed away peacefully at home on August 19, 2022. Born on August 15, 1938 in Jersey City, she lived in Cranford for the past 55 years where she raised her two daughters, Alayna and Lynn with her loving husband, Lester, who predeceased her in 2015. Gail was a retired teacher working in the Montclair school system and as a supplemental teacher in the...
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Alexander Lehner

October 17, 1938 - August 14, 2022

Alexander Oscar Lehner beloved husband, brother, father, and grandfather has left his home on earth to be in peace in heaven. You may have known him as the State Department employee, who served our country in Iran and Sierra Leone as a foreign service officer. Or in his second career in communications for Schering Plough. For the great satisfaction he found in his volunteer work visiting our...
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Lillian (Lilly) May Carey

March 21, 1930 - August 7, 2022

Lillian was one of six siblings. Her and her twin brother, Jimmy were the youngest of the family. She grew up in Cranford and married Edward Carey who also was from the same town. Lillian and Edward raised their sons, Edward Jr. and Anthony, in Roselle Park. In her golden years, Lillian moved to Lebanon to be closer to her grandchildren. Lillian was a food enthusiast. Besides enjoying...
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Richard Kramkowski

June 18, 1956 - July 27, 2022

Richard Kramkowski was born to the late Henry and Emma Kramkowski in Newark, in 1956 He graduated from Cranford High School in 1974 and was a member of the football and wrestling teams. He graduated from Engine City Tech of Union with a diesel mechanic education. He became a ASE Certified Master Technician during his tenure at BFI in the 1980's. In 2001 he founded his heavy equipment repair...
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Margaret J. "Nancy" (nee Spinner) Baker

March 7, 1934 - July 22, 2022

Margaret J. "Nancy" Baker (nee Spinner), age 88, formerly of Cranford, NJ, died on July 22, 2022 at Virtua Hospital in Voorhees, NJ. Visitation will be from 10:30- 11:30 AM on Friday July 29, 2022 at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Ave, Cranford, NJ, where her prayer service will begin at 11:30AM Friday. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, NJ. Nancy was born on...
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Frederick W. Roberts

August 12, 1948 - July 5, 2022

It is with heartfelt sorrow that Ron Roberts son of Frederick W Roberts announces the passing of his father. The Roberts Family has lost a core piece of their foundation. Frederick W Roberts passed away from Cancer after a long hard fought battle on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. His wife Robin Roberts, son Ron Roberts and granddaughter Samantha Roberts have been by his side throughout his battle,...
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Robert F. Ripp

August 31, 1942 - June 26, 2022

Robert Ripp of Tinton Falls, NJ formerly of Bayonne, passed away at home on June 26, 2022, at the age of 79. Robert was born August 31, 1942 in Jersey City as an only child to Elizabeth (nee Klinck) and Robert J. Ripp. Raised in Bayonne, Bob was a graduate of Bayonne High School before attending Stevens Institute of Technology. From there he went on to owning his own business, Bob's Liquors...
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Remo and Assunta (Susie) Perrella

June 21, 2022

On October 21, 2021, there was a great reunion. A short year and a half earlier, Assunta (Susie) Perrella left this earth due to complications from pneumonia….and on a cool October day, Remo Perrella, her husband of 58 years, joined her. Remo Perrella was born on May 18, 1925 in the Italian section of the Bronx. After the passing of his mother, he and his 2 brothers, William and Emilio, were...
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Jose S. Barreto

January 28, 1946 - June 18, 2022

José Silvério Pereira Barreto passed away on June 18, 2022. He was 76 years old. Preceded in death by his parents Viriato Da Silva Barreto and Isaura Pereira Da Silva. Jose was born and raised in Viseu Portugal alongside his younger brother Manuel Barreto. Jose's adventurous spirit led him to Angola, Africa at the age of 15. He would go on to serve in the Commandos special forces unit for...
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Daphne (Dee) Noel Burdett

June 20, 1926 - June 18, 2022

Obituary: Daphne Noel Burdett Daphne Burdett, 95, formerly of Cranford, New Jersey, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2022, surrounded by family. She was better known as "Dee" by all who knew her. Daphne was born June 20, 1926, in Hearts Content, Newfoundland, Canada, the daughter of Charles & Beatrice Butt. She married Stanley Burdett in May of 1960, at Osceola Presbyterian Church in Clark,...
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Mary Clark Nevalls

December 9, 1922 - June 10, 2022

Mary Clark Nevalls of Cranford, NJ age 99, died on June 10th, 2022. Born in Canton, NY, she graduated from Buffalo State Teachers College and Albright Art School, B.S. Art Education, 1944. She was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority. She won the "Miss Buffalo" Powers Girl contest in 1943. Her war effort was as a part-time driller-riveter at Kittinger Company. A Former Art Supervisor (12 grades...
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Claire A. (nee Kirkman) Brown

January 21, 1937 - June 1, 2022

Claire Anne (Kirkman) Brown, 85 of Cranford, NJ, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. She was born in Elizabeth, NJ in 1937, and was a lifelong resident of Cranford Township. After a life-threatening battle with breast cancer in 1995, Claire decided to take her difficult experience and turn it into something positive to help others. She became a lifelong volunteer for the...
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Barbara Ann (nee Mott) Wozniak

July 21, 1946 - May 29, 2022

Barbara Ann Wozniak, 75, of Winfield Park, NJ, went home to be with the Lord on May 29, 2022. Born in Rahway in 1946, she grew up in Linden, before moving to Winfield Park in 1965.Barbara touched the lives of many with encouragement, help, support, and always a beautiful gift. She always wore a smile, hiding her own troubles and putting others first. She had a very long "prayer list" that...
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Anne F. Fitzsimmons

September 15, 1937 - April 25, 2022

Anne Frances Azzolino Fitzsimmons, 84, of Cranford, NJ, passed away peacefully Monday, April 25, 2022. She was born September 15, 1937 in Newark, NJ to the late Frank Azzolino and Jennie (née Casa Massima) Azzolino. Anne grew up in Newark and graduated from Central High School in Newark. She moved to Cranford, NJ in 1970. Anne was a key punch operator in the workman compensation department for...
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Benjamin "Ben" Jay Dubin

March 28, 1958 - March 21, 2022

Benjamin Jay Dubin Obituary Benjamin Jay Dubin passed away Monday, March 21st, 2022 doing one of the things he loved the most,kicking powder while skiing in Telluride, Colorado. Ben was born March 28, 1958 in Morristown, New Jersey, the second child of Joseph and Arlene Dubin.The family lived in Morris Plains and later relocated to Mendham, New Jersey. He was an avid golfer having ...
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LeRoy P. "Roy" Torrigiani

February 3, 1937 - March 18, 2022

Leroy "Roy" Torrigiani, 85, passed away at Overlook Hospital on the evening of March 18th, 2022. Born in Brooklyn, NY and formerly of Staten Island, NY, he was a resident of Cranford for over 20 years. He was a loving and loyal husband, father, and grandfather. Surviving are his devoted wife of 59 years, Kathy Torrigiani; his son Rory Torrigiani, daughter Nicole Bobbitt and Son in law Dave...
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Milmore McLaughlin

December 11, 1934 - March 16, 2022

Milmore James McLaughlin Jim McLaughlin died peacefully on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at Overlook Hospital, Summit, New Jersey, at the age of 87. Born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey, Jim attended St. Patrick's Elementary School and Saint Peter's Prep. He also attended St. Peter's College and earned a BA in Business. Jim worked for NJ Bell Telephone Company where he began as a coin box...
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Faye A. Cerillo

October 13, 1922 - March 15, 2022

Faye A. Cerillo died peacefully March 15, 2022 in the Crestwood Manor Life Care Center, Whiting, N.J. Faye was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a young woman she worked for the local phone company while attending Nebraska State Teacher's College. During World War II Faye met her late husband Thomas Cerillo and celebrated 69 years of marriage before his passing in 2014. Faye worked in the office of...
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Kerri Bruzenas

January 6, 1977 - March 9, 2022

Kerri Bruzenas, 45, of Manalapan, and formerly of Cranford, passed away on Wednesday March 9, 2022. A graduate of Cranford High School, Kerri received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Rutgers University. She had been a creative media consultant with ID Media, New York, NY, and more recently worked in the restaurant business, as a server, manager, and event planner. She is...
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Marion Partelow Puglisi

October 30, 1938 - March 2, 2022

Marion P. Puglisi was born in Ossining NY and moved to Elizabeth, NJ as a child. She graduated from Battin High School in 1956, received her BS degree and teaching certificate from Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia in 1960 and her MA in mathematics from Louisiana State University in 1967. She moved to Cranford and taught high school mathematics at David Brearley Regional High School in...
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Elizabeth Jane Ricany

June 2, 1930 - February 27, 2022

Elizabeth Jane Reese Ricany known as Jane died 2/27/22. She was born 6/2/30. Jane attended Roselle high school. In 1951, she married Michael Ricany (dec). She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Cranford. They had four children together, Dawn Michael (dec) Debbie and David (dec). Jane enjoyed eight grandchildren Jamie Jeremy Jason Jonathan Tim Caitlin Alex and Dylan also five great...
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Dolores R Koellner

July 2, 1929 - February 18, 2022

Dolores R. Koellner, 92, of Cranford, NJ, passed away peacefully on Friday February 18, 2022,in Cranford, NJ. Dolores was born in Sayreville, NJ, on July 2, 1929, to Victor and Apolonia Roskowski.  She grew up in Sayreville, NJ and was the youngest of 9. As a teenager and young adult, Dolores and her sisters, Florence and Victoria, were part of a girl band, complete with stunning...
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Edward Lowe Semple , Jr.

January 6, 1925 - February 11, 2022

EDWARD LOWE SEMPLE, Jr. January 6,1925 - February 11, 2022 Edward L. Semple, Jr. graduated to his heavenly home on Friday, February 11th in Charlotte, North Carolina. Prior to moving to Charlotte in 2014, Edward was a longtime resident of Cranford, New Jersey since 1955. Edward was predeceased by his parents, Ted and Louise of Coral Gables, Florida and his sister, Patsy. Edward...
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Sharon Kolbe

July 24, 1951 - January 26, 2022

Sharon Elizabeth Kolbe of Clark and Bayville, New Jersey, passed away on January 26, 2022 at Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin. Sharon was born on July 24, 1951 to the late Ruth Martell Kolbe and C. Clayton Kolbe and raised in Cranford and Union, NJ. Sharon graduated from Cranford High School, attended Union County Technical School and graduated from Kean College. She started her...
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Rose nee Borrelli Restivo

October 14, 1926 - January 26, 2022

Rose was born to Louis and Margaret Borrelli in Brooklyn, NY on October 14, 1926. The third of four siblings, elder sister Eleanor, brother Vito and later younger brother Louis. Upon graduation from Eastern District HS in Williamsburg, Brooklyn she began a clerical career at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. As fate would have it, her close friend and coworker Marie Restivo, later (Silvestri) invited...
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Francisco Pachito Sepulveda

September 21, 1931 - January 26, 2022

A complete obituary is being composed by the family. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to http://weblink.donorperfect.com/Sepulveda
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Edith Mary Kennedy Coogan

March 13, 1932 - January 21, 2022

Edith Kennedy Coogan March 13, 1932 – January 21, 2022 Loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, devoted friend, tireless volunteer and organizer Edith Kennedy Coogan, 89, resident of Cranford and Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ passed away peacefully on January 21, 2022 surrounded by her family. She was a strong and kind woman who lived a wonderful life with a loving family...
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William R. Field

September 29, 1945 - January 14, 2022

William Field, 76, passed away at Overlook Hospital on January 14th after a brief battle with Covid. Born in Allentown, NJ and formerly of Kearny, he was a resident of Cranford for 50 years. He was a loving and loyal husband, father, and grandfather. Surviving are his devoted wife of 50 years, Joann; his beloved daughter, Kim Marie; and his loving grandsons, Jack and Will; as well as a nephew,...
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Eufemia "Emma" Rotella

October 14, 1928 - January 8, 2022

Eufemia "Emma" Rotella (née Pagliuca), age 93, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 8th, 2022, at her home in Garwood, New Jersey. She was born on October 14th, 1928 in Aiello del Sabato, Avellino, Italy, to Clelia and Corrodino Pagliuca. Emma was one of sixteen children and spent her life putting the needs of others, especially her family, before her own. After the death of her father,...
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H. Reed Myers

September 19, 1923 - December 21, 2021

Myers, H. Reed: On December 28, 2021, Reed ceased his travels on this earth and was raised to eternal rest. Born on September 19, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois to Harvey H. and Gladys B. Myers, he served our country in the Army, and, when discharged, worked for Western Electric Co. for 38.5 years. In 1946, he was raised a Master Mason, becoming Worshipful Master of Azure Lodge #129 (now Azure-Masada ...
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Mary M. Merwede

March 8, 1937 - December 17, 2021

Mary Merwede, age 84, passed away on Friday, December 17, 2021. Mary was born and raised in Cranford before retiring to Ocean Grove and then Toms River. She was active in the Cranford United Methodist Church Choir as well as the Ocean Grove Auditorium Choir and Historical Society. She enjoyed volunteering at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch and Community Medical Center in Toms River. ...
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Harvey Kenyon Nevalls, Jr.

January 9, 1922 - December 17, 2021

HARVEY KENYON NEVALLS, JR. Harvey Kenyon Nevalls, Jr of Cranford, NJ age 99, died December 17th, 2021. He was born January 9th, 1922 in Buffalo, NY and graduated from the University of Buffalo with a BS in Business Administration in February 1943. He entered the Samson Naval Training Center, Geneva, NY in March 1943, and subsequently became a Quartermaster and instructor at the base. In...
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Vaughn Stephen Shaw

November 6, 1942 - November 11, 2021

Vaughn Stephen Shaw, age 79, passed away Thursday November 11, 2021. "Steve" was born in Bound Brook, NJ. He was raised by his parents Sylvanus J Shaw and Fern L Shaw and resided in Cranford for over 70 years. He was a graduate of CHS and received his BA from West Georgia College. Steve also served in the Air Force from 1961-1964. He worked as an Air Traffic Controller at the Newark Airport for...
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Deborah Ann Moore

August 10, 1949 - November 6, 2021

Deborah Ann Moore (Gonano), 72, passed peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, November 6th, 2021. A resident of Colorado Springs, CO for twenty-six years, she previously lived in Harvest, AL, and St. Paul, MN. She was born in Elizabeth, NJ, and raised in Cranford, NJ where she graduated from Cranford High School in 1967. While receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics and...
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Jane Elizabeth (nee Dittmar) Michael

August 12, 1938 - November 4, 2021

Jane E. Michael (nee Dittmar), 83, of Clark, formerly of Cranford, passed away on November 4, 2021. A graduate of Cranford High School and Douglass College (Rutgers), Jane was a retired Home Economics teacher at Cranford and Westfield High Schools. Jane is survived by her loving husband Albert of 63 years, four children: James and wife Madlen, Debbie Buli and husband Nick (deceased), Joyce...
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Mary Rose Dusch Chavern

July 24, 1926 - October 29, 2021

Mary Rose Dusch-Chavern (Balph), of Cranford, New Jersey, passed away early morning, on Friday, October 29, 2021, at the age of 95. She was born on July 24,1926 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Helen (Wettach) & James Balph, Jr. She attended Cornell University and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Psychology. She married Glen A. Dusch on May...
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Anita E. Juntilla

April 19, 1922 - October 4, 2021

Anita Eugenie Sisson Juntilla, 99, of Westfield, NJ, died peacefully in her home on October 4, 2021. She was born April 19, 1922, in Minneapolis, Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She then studied piano and pedagogy at the McPhail Center for Music and continued building her teaching studio which she began when she was 16...
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Anthony R. Benenati

June 12, 1951 - October 2, 2021

Anthony R. Benenati, age 70, passed away at Overlook Hospital on October 2, surrounded by family and friends. Born in Newark, New Jersey in 1951 to Angelo and Dominica Benenati and raised in Nutley, New Jersey. He is survived by his loving wife Mary of 46 years, his brother Vincent, brother and sister in law Mike and Shirley Hayeck, "sister" Denise, niece Melissa, nephews Vincent and Ella...
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E. Meyers

August 29, 1932 - September 11, 2021

Lois Meyers Lois Meyers, age 89, of Ocean City, NJ formerly of Cranford, NJ, passed into Heaven peacefully on September 11, 2021. Lois was a member of Cranford United Methodist Church in Cranford. She enjoyed singing in the choir and spending time volunteering for Plainfield Free Meals. She also was an associate member of Saint Peter's United Methodist Church in Ocean City, NJ. Lois...
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Naomi C. (nee Wirdzek) Desiderio

June 28, 1950 - August 26, 2021

Naomi C. Desiderio (Wirdzek), 71, of Cranford died on Thursday, August 26, 2021, at Clark Nursing & Rehabilitation surrounded by family. A loving spirit filled with great faith and a wild imagination. First and foremost, she was a devoted mother who inspired her 3 children with her immense dedication, faith, and love. Mom saw the good in everyone and never had a negative word to say about anyone....
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Nancy J. (nee Tagliareni) Bovasso

March 25, 1933 - August 3, 2021

Nancy J. Bovasso (nee Tagliareni), 88, most recently of Westfield, NJ, passed away on Tuesday August 3, 2021, at Overlook Medical Center, in Summit, NJ. Born in Jersey City, NJ, to the late James and Margaret (nee Lupo) Tagliareni, Nancy lived most of her life there. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Robert J. Bovasso Sr, her beloved daughter Diane Bligh (nee Bovasso) and husband...
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Mary Catherine (nee Szabo) Readdy

August 19, 1934 - July 25, 2021

Mary Catherine Readdy (nee Szabo), 86, of Cranford, NJ, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, July 25, 2021. Mary was a legal secretary for over 30 years, retiring from Allstate Insurance Company. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and sister. Born in Newark, she was raised in Union and graduated from Union High School and Berkeley Secretarial School, later relocating to...
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Carol A Poszyler

August 22, 1957 - July 24, 2021

Carol Ann Poszyler, age 63, died surrounded by her loved ones on July 24, 2021 after a short, but vicious battle with lung cancer. Carol grew up in Irvington, New Jersey and had been a Cranford resident since 1989. She married Greg in September of 1980 and shared lots of fond memories over their 41 years of marriage. She worked for many years in customer service before joining her husband and son...
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Frank A Fiorelli

March 8, 1951 - July 23, 2021

Frank A. Fiorelli, 70, passed away unexpectedly at home on July 23, 2021 in Springfield, New Jersey. He was born March 8, 1951 to Alfonso and Mary Fiorelli and on May 31, 1980, married Nancy Gigon, whom he met at Rickel in Union. Surviving are his beloved wife Nancy, two cherished daughters Jennifer (Erik) Larsen and Jessica (Jake) Schor, four grandsons Chase, Quinn, Ethan & Caleb, Mother-in-Law...
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Jane Tomlinson Mathews

July 17, 1931 - July 10, 2021

Jane Tomlinson Mathews, 89 died at home on July 10th after a brief illness. A lifelong resident of Cranford she was the daughter of Richard Lee Tomlinson and Alice Rosencrantz Tomlinson. Jane was a member of the Cranford High School class of 1948 and went on to graduate from New Jersey College for Women (now known as Douglass Residential College of Rutgers University). While a student there she...
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James Robert Cook, Sr.

March 21, 1930 - July 5, 2021

James (Jim) Robert Cook, Sr., a lifelong Cranford, NJ resident passed on July 5th, 2021 at the age of 91. Surviving James is his beloved wife who he was married with for 67 years, Joan (Freckmann) Cook who also is lifelong resident of Cranford. Jim is survived by his twin sister Lily Carey. Jim was a devoted father to 4 children, loving grandfather to 11, and great-grandfather to 4. His oldest...
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Edward Schultz

August 29, 1930 - July 2, 2021

Obituary for Edward Schultz of Cranford NJ Edward Schultz of Cranford passed away at home on Friday, July 2, 2021. He was 90 and beloved by family and friends. Born one of seven children to German immigrants Helen and Emil Schultz, he resided in Jersey City, New Jersey, until joining the United States Coast Guard in 1952. In the Coast Guard he received schooling in electronics, sonar...
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Ryan Baker Quinn

March 24, 1999 - June 20, 2021

Everyone has a story. This is Ryan's. Ryan was born on March 24,1999 and loved beyond words. We learned shortly after that Ryan was unable to thrive due to brain mass that failed to develop. Doctors said if he made it thru the night, week, month or year it would be a miracle. He was diagnosed with a mountain of challenges including quadriplegia, seizures, blindness and chronic lung infections. Ry...
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John W. Rokose

September 9, 1930 - June 5, 2021

John Walter Rokose was born September 9, 1930 passed away at Riviera Rehabilitating Center on June 5th 2021. He was preceded by two sons Michael and John Rokose, wife Teresa, two children Tyler Michael Rokose and Candice Emily Rokose, Vincent P Rokose wife Suzanne and two children Olivia Rokose and Davis Rokose. John had recently moved to Florida to be with family from Cranford New Jersey where...
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Mary F. Kalinowski

October 12, 1923 - June 3, 2021

Mary Kalinowski, 97, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 3rd. She was recuperating from a stroke, at the home of her daughter. Born in Petrova, Czechoslovakia, Mary came to the United States at the age of 13 with friends from that area. She is preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Chester, and her son Robert, and is survived by her daughters Barbara, Joan, and Diane. Mary was a...
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Kevin Issac Goldsmith

April 10, 2004 - May 24, 2021

Kevin Issac Goldsmith passed away Monday May 24th, 2021 due to complications from Leukemia treatments at Children Hospital of Philadelphia. Kevin was just a few weeks removed from his 17th birthday. He was a kind and uplifting person of various interests. Kevin loved playing music on several instruments notably the guitar. Kevin was a former Judoka studying and competing at Cranford...
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Robert (Bob) William McArthur, Sr.

December 4, 1927 - May 17, 2021

Robert (Bob) William McArthur, beloved by family and friends, passed away on Monday, May 17, 2021 after a brief illness at the age of 93. He was born in Boston to Robert McArthur and Elizabeth Forrest Ross McArthur from Scotland. His mother died in childbirth and he was raised by his Dad and stepmother, Abbie Drillio McArthur. Earning a degree in Business Administration he graduated from...
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Mrs. Raffaela Gargiulo

May 23, 1937 - May 16, 2021

Raffaela Gargiulo age 83 passed away on Sunday, May 15th. She was the widow of Gaetano Gargiulo who she was married to for over 50 years. She was born in Battipaglia, Italy and immigrated to the US with Gaetano, and their two children, Salvatore and Tina in 1967. She and Gaetano lived in Brooklyn, NY until 2010 when they moved to Kenilworth, NJ. Raffaela loved to cook, sew, play cards...
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Beverly J. Walsh

October 26, 1931 - May 11, 2021

Beverly J. Walsh (October 26, 1931 – May 11, 2021), resident of Cranford since 1955, passed peacefully this past Tuesday at 89 years old. She was the widow of the late Ralph A. Walsh, sister of the late Thania LaRusso, and the matriarch of a loving family, including six children, 17 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren (with two more on the way). Born in Elizabeth, NJ to Kenneth and Thania...
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Dorothy Andersen White

March 13, 1920 - April 12, 2021

Dorothy Andersen White passed at home on April 12, 2021 at 101. She was the widow of Harold White and shared over 50 year's marriage together. She was born in Cranford, N.J. and resided in Roselle N.J. She worked in New York for some time and then worked in Watson Stillmon in Roselle where she met Harold. Dorothy was a Girl Scout leader. She loved to cook homemade food and especially...
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Kevin Hellhake

April 25, 1958 - April 11, 2021

Kevin Hellhake April 25,1958 - April 11, 2021 of Toms River, NJ died suddenly this past Sunday. Born in Elizabeth, Kevin was raised in Cranford and graduated from Cranford High School in 1976. He worked for NJ Transit as a revenue specialist for 30 years before retiring in 2010. Kevin was a hunter, avid fisherman, and a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast. He was a kind, caring man, with a...
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Joan H. Fridlington

May 12, 1933 - March 13, 2021

Joan H. Fridlington age 87 passed away at the Center For Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains, NJ. Born in Montreal Quebec Canada, to Lawrence and Violet (Nee Searles) Landermann. She lived many years in Cranford, New Jersey. She was a Registered Nurse last working for Doctor Kassouf in Cranford. Pre deceased by her loving husband Robert John Fridlington who passed away in 2015. She is...
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Gail Ann Denman

July 29, 1948 - March 12, 2021

Gail Ann Denman, age 72 passed away on Friday March 12, 2021 at Father Hudson House in Elizabeth, NJ Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, she lived her entire life in Cranford. Gail is a descendant of the Denman Family for which Denman Road in Cranford is named. Gail was proud of being on of the first female FBI agents in the country. She was last stationed at the FBI Newark Bureau. She is...
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Carl J. Matyas

November 17, 1931 - March 9, 2021

Mr. Carl J. Matyas age 89 passed away on Tuesday March 9, 2021 at RWJ Hospital at Rahway, NJ Born in Elizabeth NJ, 1949 graduate of St. Mary's High School. He lived over 65 years in Cranford, Carl was self employed and owned Purefine Washing Fluid Company in Elizabeth. He was a member of St. John The Apostle R.C. Church in Clark. He enjoyed coaching Cranford Little League Baseball...
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Mildred M. Mustillo

January 14, 1928 - February 21, 2021

Mildred M. Mustillo (nee Tagliareni), 93, of Cranford, passed away at her home on Sunday February 21, 2021. Born in Jersey City to the late James and Margaret (nee Lupo) Tagliareni, she and her late husband John owned and operated AJAY TV Sales and Service of Bayonne and Jersey City. She enjoyed her family, cooking, playing cards, and Mahjong. She especially liked winning against her...
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Eugene W. Reynolds

September 29, 1939 - February 9, 2021

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Kathleen O. McAdam

January 23, 1938 - January 29, 2021

Kathleen McAdam (nee O'Dwyer), 83, of Cranford, passed away peacefully on January 29, 2021, at the home of her daughter, Mary Jo McAdam Fuller. Visitation will be Sunday, February 7,2021 from 1:00pm-5:00pm at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, New Jersey. Funeral Mass on Monday,February 8, 2021, 10:00 am at St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, Cranford, New Jersey. ...
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Ruth E. Jones

September 23, 1933 - January 25, 2021

Ruth E Jones passed away on January 25, 2021 at Spring Village at Pocono Assisted Living, Stroudsburg, PA. She was born on September 23, 1933 in Plymouth, PA to Margaret (Sims) and William H Paul. She grew up in Plymouth and graduated from Plymouth High School in 1951. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from The State Teacher's College of Pennsylvania (Bloomsburg University) in 1955...
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Lucy E. Ferri

August 17, 1927 - January 18, 2021

Lucy E. Ferri, 93, of Cranford, New Jersey, passed away on January 18th, 2021 at Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey. Born in Cranston, Rhode Island to Luigi and Elvira (Chiaia) Barbato, Lucy worked many years as a supervisor at United Counties Trust Company in Cranford and was an active member in St. Michael's Church in Cranford. She is survived by her son, James (Lorraine); daughter,...
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Joyce H. Hintz

September 22, 1928 - January 11, 2021

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Henry J Wichmann, Jr.

July 10, 1934 - January 9, 2021

Henry J. Wichmann Jr., 86, of Cranford, passed away on Saturday January 9, 2021. He was born on July 10, 1934 to Henry and Helen (Torgersen) Wichmann Sr. in Union City, NJ. Henry grew up in Jersey City, NJ attending public schools. After graduating from William Dickinson High School, Henry went on to attend two years of college at Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, PA. Henry was...
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June Meyer

June 19, 1929 - January 5, 2021

June Helen Meyer nee Lambert 91, died of natural causes January 5, 2021 at Center for Hope hospice facility. She was born June 19, 1929 in Bayonne, NJ the daughter of the late Charles and Florence (Eckert) Lambert. June graduated from Cranford High School, Class of 1946. Following graduation, she worked for the United Way retiring after over 35 years of service. June married William Meyer on...
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Laure Ann Airoso

April 30, 1963 - December 31, 2020

Laure Ann Airoso age 57 passed away suddenly on December 31, 2020 at her residence in Cranford. Born in Plainfield , NJ she lived with her family in Cranford. Laure last worked as a Sale Associate for the Farm House in Garwood, NJ. She is survived by her loving father, Joseph F. Neri, her son Dylan Airoso, and her brothers Frank and Mark Neri. No visitation. A Mass Of Christian...
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Rose Azzolino

March 25, 1931 - December 28, 2020

Rose Azzolino, 89, of Clark, passed away on Monday December 28, 2020 at the Clark Rehabilitation Center, where she resided. Born in Newark, she was retired from the Prudential Life Insurance Company. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Jennie Cassamasima Azzolino, her brother Michael Azzolino, and brother-in-law Thomas Fitzsimmons. She is survived by her brother Joseph Azzolino...
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Robert L. Garcia

January 15, 1943 - December 13, 2020

Robert L. Garcia, 77, of Washington Twp. (Warren County), NJ, passed away on Sunday December 13, 2020. Born in Elizabeth, NJ, to the late Manuel and Carmen Valle Garcia, Bob grew up in Union , NJ. He attended Upsala College, and served in the US Air Force, where he was an automatic flight control specialist. Bob also served in the US Army. He was retired from Lockheed Electronics Co.,...
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Agustina (nee Diaz) Jimenez

July 26, 1929 - December 13, 2020

Agustina was married to Rev. Artemio Jimenez who passed away with the Lord on October 17, 1991. She was a widow for 29 years. Agustina leaves behind 5 children: Sam, Carmen, Alice, Gladys and Art 13 Grandchildren: Moses, Abraham, Jasmin, Isaac, Michael, Allison, Liza, Edwin, Jennifer, Stephanie, Matthew, Samuel, Priscilla and Amanda 19 Great Grandchildren: Sammy, Samara, Abraham Jr, Amelia...
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Paul J Discepolo, Sr.

March 24, 1956 - December 12, 2020

Paul J. Discepolo Sr., 64, a lifelong resident of Garwood, passed away at home on Saturday December 12, 2020. He was preceded in death by his father Salvatore, and daughter Michelle. He is survived by his son: Paul J. Discepolo Jr, daughters: Melissa and Jennifer Discepolo, his mother: Joan (nee Dougherty) Discepolo, brother: Michael Discepolo (Sharon), three sisters: June Planas, Janis...
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Douglas C. Sulzer

December 6, 1947 - December 3, 2020

SULZER, Douglas Caldwell, age 72, passed away unexpectedly in Boston, MA, Dec.3, 2020. A noted architect and engineer, Douglas was a fixture in the architectural world in the City of Boston and beyond for 50 years. Growing up in Mountainside, NJ, Douglas was the son of the late E. Fred Sulzer and Eleanor (Caldwell) Sulzer. Douglas was an honor graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering at...
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Diane E Morris

September 23, 1938 - December 2, 2020

Diane Morris, 82, went home to the Lord on December 2, 2020 engulfed with the love and prayers of her family. Born in Elizabeth in 1938 to Philomena and Louis Perrella, she spent most of her young life doing what she loved most, dancing ballet. She was the youngest student accepted to the American School of Ballet in NYC at the age of 7, where she danced under Balanchine and alongside Rudolf...
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Haydee Rocio Collantes

April 9, 1964 - November 27, 2020

Haydee Rocio Collantes, 56, of Garwood, passed away on November 27, 2020. Born in Peru, she worked for the SBM Co. in Kenilworth. She is survived by her husband: Jesus Rodriguez, daughter Rocio Katherine Huertas (Hiram Torres), grandson: Jorge Torres, mother: Haydee Gutierrez, sister: Odeli Collantes (Jose), brothers: Jorge Collantes (Rosa), and Cesar Collantes (Dulber).Visitation: Monday 4-8PM...
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Purnima Patel

January 19, 1940 - November 6, 2020

Purnima A. Patel, 80, of Roselle Park, NJ, went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 6, 2020 at home in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Purnima was born on January 19, 1940 to Babubhai and Sivitabhen Patel in Ahmedabad, India. She met Arvind October 28th and married him on October 30, 1965, 2 days later. Purnima will be lovingly remembered by her two sons, Kumar and Shetal, daughter-in-law,...
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Celina Tonda

December 6, 1930 - October 7, 2020

Celina Tonda of Miami, Florida 12-16-1930 – 10-7-2020 Our beloved mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, sister and friend, Celina Tonda, has passed. Born in the town of Iguara, Cuba, she was the mother of Adrian, Hortensia and Tania. She will be missed immensely not only for the wonderful mother, wife, sister, grandmother, greatgrandmother and friend that she was, but for her...
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Richard W. Nicholls, Sr.

April 2, 1930 - October 5, 2020

Richard "Dick" W. Nicholls, 90, of Cranford, NJ, passed away surrounded by family, on October 5, 2020. He was born on April 2, 1930, in Blakely, PA. Dick was a graduate of Blakely High School (1947), Keystone Jr. College (1949), and Lehigh University (1951) where he obtained a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. After moving to New Jersey, Dick was employed by Merck & Co. from 1951-1953 as a Process...
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Nancy Gillan

December 8, 1936 - September 10, 2020

Nancy Gillan Cranford resident; passionate about her faith, her church, and education as elementary school teacher and tutor in retirement Nancy Gillan (formerly Roberts, nee Novovesky), native of Woodbridge, N.J., and resident of Cranford, N.J., passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, at the age of 83. Nancy was a teacher at the George Washington Elementary School No. 1 in...
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