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

Olive V. Granitzki

April 17, 1928 - November 29, 2019

Olive Vivian (Anger) Granitzki, age 91, died peacefully on Friday, November 29, 2019. Olive's memorial and visitation will be from 7 to 9 PM on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Avenue, Cranford. Her funeral service will be on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 11 AM at Trinity Episcopal Church, 205 North Avenue E. Cranford with the Rev. Andrew Kruger, Rector,...
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Joseph Lopes

April 1, 1942 - November 27, 2019

Mr. Joseph Lopes passed away peacefully on November 27, 2019. He was 77 years old. Joe was born and raised in New York City with his brother Sal and mother Eleanor. He went on to serve in the US Army and then began his career as a police officer with the Port Authority of NY & NJ, before marrying his wife, Marilyn. They started a family and settled in Cranford, NJ shortly after. He was...
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Pauline Smith

June 30, 1931 - November 24, 2019

Pauline Smith, a Longtime Resident of Roselle Park, NJ passed away on 11/24/2019 at the age of 88 after an extended illness. She was a resident in the Cranford Rehabilitation & Nursing Home at the time of her passing. Pauline was Born & Raised in the small city of Caguas, Puerto Rico on 6/30/31.She was 17 years of age when her family moved to the United States and settled in Newark, NJ before...
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William A. Doyle

December 8, 1929 - November 5, 2019

William A. Doyle, Longtime funeral director in Westfield and Cranford William A. Doyle, 89, of Cranford, passed away peacefully on November 5, 2019 at his home following a brief illness. Bill's Visitation will be Friday November 8th from 4:00-9:00PM at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford. His funeral mass will be celebrated at 9:45am Saturday, November 9, 2019 at St....
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Eleanor "Ellie" (nee Spahr) Giles

June 23, 1917 - November 3, 2019

Eleanor "Ellie" Giles (nee Spahr) age 102 of Roselle Park passed away at her residence on Sunday November 3, 2019. Relatives and friends are invited to Ellie's visitation on Friday November 8, 2019 from 10:00AM -1:00PM at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, where her funeral service will begin at 12:30PM Friday. Interment will follow at Hollywood Memorial Park, Union....
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Vincent Auriemma, Sr.

August 22, 1929 - November 3, 2019

Vincent J. Auriemma Sr, "Jimmy" entered eternal life peacefully at home on Sunday November 3rd. Born August 22, 1929 to Antonio and Anna (nee Adinolfi) Auriemma in Newark NJ. He was pre-deceased by his wife Jean (nee Cifelli), his siblings Anthony Auriemma, Angela Rispoli, Victor Auriemma, Joseph Auriemma and Yolanda Fellows. He is survived by his daughters JoAnn Allen and her husband...
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Beverly E. Burnett

October 10, 1932 - October 29, 2019

Beverly Eleanor Lissenden Burnett, age 87, went to live with Jesus on Tuesday morning Oct 29th. She was surrounded by family and passed peacefully after a long illness. She was born in Jersey City, October 10, 1932, the daughter of Raymond and Martha Lissenden. The family moved to Cranford when Beverly was 13 years of age where she went on to graduate from Cranford High School in 1950. She...
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Robert W. Middleton

December 14, 1949 - October 29, 2019

Robert Middleton, 69, of Kenilworth, passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at Overlook Hospital. He was born on December 14, 1949 and was a lifelong Kenilworth resident. Robert was a graduate of Harding School in Kenilworth and attended Jonathan Dayton Regional High School in Springfield before graduating from David Brearley High School in Kenilworth in 1967. After graduating from college,...
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Andrew P. Colonna

June 17, 1932 - October 23, 2019

Andrew P. Colonna, Loving & caring husband for 65 years to Marie G. Colonna (nee Valerioti). Devoted father of son Andrew, and wife Caryn Herman; daughter Linda Ann, and husband Sebastian Ofria; and son Robert, and wife Anne Marie. He has five grandchildren: Jennifer, married to John-Paul Blaber; Melissa, married to Michael Abbriano; Nicole, Michael and Robert Colonna as well as three great...
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Mildred E. Nary

July 12, 1924 - October 14, 2019

Mildred E. Nary passed away on Monday at the House of the Good Shepherd in Hackettstown NJ. Born in Elizabeth, she lived most of her life in Cranford. She was 95 years of age. A Life Celebration and visitation will be on Friday from 4 to 8 pm at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, Cranford. Funeral services will be 10 am Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church Of Cranford, 11 Springfield Avenue. ...
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John H. Saffer

October 7, 1946 - October 13, 2019

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of John Henry Saffer. Born Oct 7th 1946 in Jersey City. He moved to Cranford as a child, where he spent the remainder of his life. He was a proud member of the Cranford Elks Club for 45 years. He had a huge heart under a tough exterior. He was loyal, caring and had a wicked sense of humor. He loved all animals and would feed them everywhere he...
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Evelyn (nee Tedeschi) Santoro

December 12, 1928 - October 6, 2019

Evelyn Santoro, 90, formerly of The Villages, FL, formerly of Cranford, died on Sunday October 6, 2019, at The Villages Regional Hospital. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Evelyn was the beloved wife of the late: Thomas G. Santoro, and mother of the late: Thomas J. Santoro. She is survived by her loving daughter: Linda MacMenamie, and grandson Eric Santoro. Evelyn's Life Celebration will be on Sunday...
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Hugh W. Gooding

December 21, 1936 - October 4, 2019

Hugh W. Gooding, a longtime resident of Elizabeth and Roselle Park, New Jersey and a member of IBEW Local 164 from which he was retired, made his transition into eternity on October 4, 2019 at his last place of residence; Alaris @ Essex, Irvington New Jersey. A memorial service to celebrate and commemorate his life will be on November 2, 2019 3 P.M-6 P.M at Gray's Funeral Home and Sanctuary: 12...
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Valerie Anne Frank

October 10, 1947 - August 3, 2019

Valerie Anne Frank, formerly of Westfield, passed away on August 3rd at Community Medical Center in Toms River. Born October 10, 1947, she was a graduate of Westfield High School and Kean University. Valerie was a member of a historical re-creation group for decades. She had a love for music and theater and was a faithful patron of the Metropolitan Opera of NYC for almost 40 years. She traveled...
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William Jackson

March 28, 1954 - July 27, 2019

William (Bill) Jackson, 65, died suddenly on Saturday, July 27, 2019. Bill's visitation will be from 4-8PM Tuesday July 30th at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Ave, Cranford, where his visitation will also be from 9:30AM Wednesday July 31, 2019 until the his funeral service which will begin at 11:00AM Wednesday. Please go to: to offer condolences. He was...
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Kevin James Scott , Jr.

August 14, 1981 - July 20, 2019

Kevin Scott, Jr., 37, passed away Saturday, July 20. He was born August 14, 1981 in Union, the son of Kevin and Judith Scott. He attended Woodbridge schools and graduated from Colonia High School in 1999. He was currently residing in Sewaren, NJ with his girlfriend Meagan Shann and their 3 cats Oliver, AJ, and Cheeto. Kevin enjoyed watching sports, his favorite teams being the Yankees,...
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Richard Charles Mabee, Sr.

August 31, 1942 - July 12, 2019

Richard Charles Mabee: MacGyver, Elder, Sailor, Family Hero. Rich, 76, of Cranford was called home to Heaven on Friday, July 12, 2019 following a brief illness. Rich grew up in Winfield Park where he had an idyllic childhood romping through the neighborhood and playing on the river. He married the love of his life, Betty Heyns, at age 21 and they enjoyed 56 blessed years of marriage together. ...
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Gaetano Gargiulo

January 16, 1932 - July 1, 2019

Gaetano Gargiulo, 87, of Kenilworth, passed away on Monday July 1, 2019, at his residence. Born in Sorrento, Italy, he has lived in America for more than 50 years. He is survived by his loving wife: Raffaela, devoted son: Salvatore and his wife Mary, devoted daughter: Assunta "Tina", and her husband Stephen Dombrowski, five grandchildren, and two sisters: Teresa Gargiulo, and Emilia Murdolo....
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Diane (Nee) Dinsmore Sims

April 1, 1946 - June 21, 2019

Diane M. (Nee Dinsmore) Sims, age 73 passed away on Friday June 21, 2019 at her residence in Kenilworth, NJ. Born in Newark, NJ, she grew up in Cranford. She also lived in Linden before moving to Kenilworth. She is survived by her loving son, William K. Sims, and his wife Kim. Her grandson Taylor Sims.. Three brothers, Gary J., Robert, and Kenneth Dinsmore. Diane was a Collections...
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Annelie De Leonard

May 28, 1928 - June 12, 2019

Annelie De Leonard, age 91 of Springfield, NJ died on Wednesday June 12, 2019. Born in Waiblingen, Germany, she came to the United States at age 18 and has lived in Springfield since 1949. She became a US citizen in 1951. She was a licensed insurance agent and broker and with her husband William "Bill" DeLeonard owned and operated The De Leonard Agency in Springfield. Bill DeLeonard passed...
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John Michael Oshust

October 1, 1946 - June 11, 2019

John M. Oshust, 72, formerly of Bayonne, passed at home in Cranford, NJ on June 11th with his immediate family by his side. He taught secondary science courses in Linden for 17 years, followed by 15 years at Westfield High School. John held a Bachelor's of Science Degree from Jersey City State College (1968) and a Master's Degree in Applied Physics from NJIT (1982). His love for science...
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Frederick H. Di Trapani

August 2, 1956 - June 8, 2019

3pm – 7pm at Gray Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, NJ. Fred Di Trapani, born on August 2, 1956, passed away peacefully at his home in Cranford, NJ on June 8, 2019. Born and raised in Manhattan he ultimately moved to New Jersey for the sake of his family but the city never left him. Fred had a passion for music whether it was listening to it loudly on the radio or playing it...
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Oliver C. Johnson III

July 31, 1929 - May 26, 2019

Oliver C. Johnson 3rd Born July 31, 1929 Died May 26, 2019 Oliver Passed away on Sunday May 26, 2019 at his residence in Scotch Plains. Oliver was born in Newark at St. Barnabas Hospital, and Raised in Irvington NJ by His Parents Hazel and Oliver C. Johnson Jr. He Graduated from Irvington High School and Went on to Graduate from N C E,Newark College of Engineering (Now NJIT ) ...
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Michael Joseph Devlin

June 27, 1954 - May 18, 2019

Devlin, Michael J., 64, of Cranford, passed away at his residence on May 18, 2019. Born in Elizabeth, he was a 1972 graduate of Cranford High School. Michael had worked for many years as a service advisor for Haldeman Lexus of Princeton. He was a classic car enthusiast and raced gas powered RC Cars. He was preceded in death by his wife Cynthia Kluge Devlin, and is survived by his son: Matthew,...
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Josephine M. "Jo Jo" Serpe

November 15, 1932 - May 18, 2019

Josephine Marie Serpe (nee LaBue), 86, of Cranford, passed away on Saturday May 18, 2019, at her residence. Born in Jersey City, NJ, Jo Jo as she was known, grew up in Bayonne, where she graduated from Bayonne High School in 1950. She worked for more than 20 years at Carvel Ice Cream shop in Bayonne. Jo Jo enjoyed trips to Atlantic City and Las Vegas, and going shopping especially at flea...
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Dorothea M. (nee Batt) Willoughby

September 22, 1927 - May 16, 2019

Dorothea Margaret Willoughby (Batt), age 91, of Port Orange, Florida, formerly of Tequesta FL, Cranford and Linden NJ, passed away May 16, 2019. She was predeceased by her husband, Sydney W. Willoughby, her parents Walter S. and Agnes M. (Phelps) Batt and brother Stanley E. Batt. She is survived by her three sons, Sydney W., Jr., Thomas J. (Carolyn) and Robert J. (Sandra), her grandchildren...
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Frances Johnson

January 6, 1926 - May 11, 2019

FRANCES JOHNSON passed away peacefully at the age of 93 on Saturday May 11, 2019 at her home in Cranford, NJ. Fran was born on January 6, 1926 in NYC. She was a graduate of Millburn High School and attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and Berkely Secretarial School in East Orange, NJ. A long-time resident of Cranford New Jersey Fran retired in 1991 from the Fiduciary Trust International...
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Gladys Bordonaro

September 23, 1929 - May 8, 2019

Gladys Bordonaro (nee Hoybo) passed away peacefully at age 89 on Wednesday May 8 in the Hospice for Hope facility in Elizabethtown, NJ. A life long resident of Hudson County, she attended Union Hill High School and married Anthony Bordonaro of Union City, a Navy veteran of World War II. She is survived by two children, Gayle Ciborowski and Gary Bordonaro and daughter-in-law Andrea Fiore...
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Barbara Penny Reilly

February 7, 1947 - April 29, 2019

Barbara Penny Reilly of Wallingford, CT, died on April 29, 2019 in the home of her sisters in NJ. Penny was born in Scotland on February 7, 1947. She immigrated to the United States with her parents, James and Elizabeth Hamilton, and sisters, Elizabeth and Eleanor in 1956. Penny settled in Brooklyn and went to high school there. She met her husband Joe in 1962 and they were married in...
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Bonnie Sue Moulton

May 26, 1962 - April 10, 2019

Bonnie Sue Moulton, 56, of Kenilworth, went home to be with the Lord, on Tuesday April 10, 2019, at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, Rahway. Born in Lakewood, NJ, Bonnie Sue grew up in Kenilworth and was a 1980 graduate of Brearley High School. Bonnie Sue was a cardiac monitor technician for the former Union Hospital. After being diagnosed with Lupus, Bonnie Sue was not able to continue...
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Suzanne H. Chandler

September 9, 1929 - March 30, 2019

Suzanne Huelin Chandler of Cranford, NJ passed away peacefully on March 30th. She was born and raised in Portland, Maine before moving with her family to New Jersey over 50 years ago. Suzanne attended Stevens College in Columbia, Missouri. She married Richard Chandler (now deceased) and together they celebrated 52 years of marriage. They enjoyed traveling the world together but would...
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Gary K. Abline

October 26, 1960 - March 20, 2019

Gary, "Howie", Kenneth Abline age 58 died Wednesday morning suddenly and unexpectedly from a cardiac event on March 20, 2019 at his home in Largo Florida. He was born in Newark New Jersey, grew up in Colonia NJ where he lived most of his life until relocating to Largo Florida in August 2017. He loved Florida's warm weather and beautiful beaches. Born to the late Carol Ann Kortenhaus (Abline...
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Frances Theresa Ferreira

November 29, 1950 - March 14, 2019

Frances Theresa Ferreira 68, of Cranford NJ, has gone to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 14th 2019. She was born to Anthony and Palmarina DeFabio on November 29, 1950 in Saint Elizabeth Hospital, Elizabeth NJ. Frances obtained her nursing degree from Muhlenberg Nursing School. A lifelong resident of Cranford, Frances devoted her time between her family and as a business owner...
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Aileen M. Gilroy

January 28, 1969 - March 5, 2019

Aileen Marie Gilroy, 50, a resident of Cranford, passed from this life on March 5th, 2019, in a local hospital. She will be remembered as a loving and devoted mother, sister and friend. Aileen loved watching her children compete in gymnastics, bowling, swimming and tennis. She always wanted the very best for her children in all that they have and continue to accomplish. ...
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Judith Ann Turner

May 20, 1954 - February 19, 2019

Obituary for Judith Ann Turner (Le Duc) Judith Ann Turner (Le Duc) (64) born May 20, 1954, of Cranford, formerly of Clark, passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ. Born in Plainfield, NJ, Judy graduated with an Associates in Nursing from Muhlenberg Hospital School of Nursing in 1999. Judy was employed as a Registered Nurse, at Children's...
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Jeremiah Jerry Tierney

June 12, 1936 - February 15, 2019

Jeremiah "Jerry" Tierney passed away on Friday February 15, 2019 at the age of 82. He was born and raised in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania where he completed his elementary and high school educations. He graduated from Shenandoah Catholic High School in 1954, where he starred on the basketball team. He completed 3 semesters of Civil Engineering at Villanova University before being granted a...
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Olga Marie Hotz

December 17, 1918 - February 11, 2019

Obituary for Olga Marie Hotz (Malafi) HOTZ, Olga Marie (Malafi) (100) born December 17, 1918, formerly of Elizabeth, N. J., passed away on Monday, February 11, 2019 at the Clark Nursing and Rehab Ctr., Clark, N.J. She was a devoted mother of Judith Hromoko, Valerie Vangopoulos, and Karen Irwin, Mother-in-law to Michael Hromoko, loving Grandmother to Melanie, Lauren, Jason, Michael and Jessica...
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Marion (nee Schou) Jensen

September 29, 1921 - February 10, 2019

Marion S. Jensen, 97, of Basking Ridge, formerly of Cranford, passed away at her residence on Sunday February 10, 2019. Marion's visitation will be from 3-5 and 6-8PM, on Friday February 15th, at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Avenue, Cranford. Her funeral service will begin at 11AM Saturday February 16, 2019 in the Chapel of St. Giles at Restland Memorial Park, 77 Deforest Ave, East...
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Henry Clunie

June 20, 1929 - February 2, 2019

Henry "Harry" Clunie, 89, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Harry was born in Kearny, NJ to parents, Alexander and Jean, with sisters Agnes, Jean, and Vicki. A 1947 graduate of Kearny High School, Harry grew up in a bustling community surrounded by his fellow Scotch-Americans. Harry honorably served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. His sharp wit and...
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Vilbina Guertin "Beanie" Tanzer

January 19, 1934 - January 27, 2019

Vilbina Guertin "Beanie" Tanzer, 85 of Cranford, passed away on Sunday January 27, 2019. Beanie's visitation will begin at 10AM Saturday February 2nd at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Ave. Cranford, where her memorial service will follow at 11:30 AM Saturday. Born in Elizabeth, to Louis and Gladys Ditzel Guertin, Beanie was a lifelong resident of Cranford. A 1953 graduate of Cranford...
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Edward L., Gallagher

July 6, 1933 - January 20, 2019

Edward L Gallagher, 85, of Seaside Park, NJ passed away on January 20th, 2019 at Ocean Medical Center, Brick, NJ. Edward was born in Kenilworth, NJ and lived there until 1949 when he moved to Roselle, NJ. He graduated from Abraham Clark High School in 1951. He raised his family in Roselle with his late wife Edith. They moved to Cranford in 1983 and retired full-time to their summer home in...
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Marc W. Andrew

March 30, 1962 - January 18, 2019

Marc W. Andrew, 56, of Cranford, NJ, passed away January 18, 2019 at St. Barnabas Hospital after suffering an aneurysm. He is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years, Sherry Ackerson Andrew, and son, Ian Spencer Andrew. Born in Southampton, England in 1962, Marc served in the British Army for a number of years. Most notably he with the UN Peacekeeping Forces in Cypress. He met Sherry in...
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Margie G. Pate

January 14, 1935 - January 18, 2019

Margie G. (Grippo) Pate, 84, of Fanwood, N.J., went home to Heaven on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 after a long illness. Her faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, supported and strengthened her during her illness, and ultimately brought her the peace that passes all understanding. Margie was born to the late Beulah (Fairchild) Grippo and John Grippo, at their home in Kenilworth, NJ, where she...
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John C. Jaeckel

February 20, 1947 - January 13, 2019

John C. Jaeckel age 71 passed away on January 13, 2019 at his residence in Manahawkin, New Jersey. Born in Orange, New Jersey, he lived in Kenilworth before moving to Manahawkin. John worked as a carpenter for the North East Carpenters Union. Before that he served in the United States Navy. John loved his Nissan 380 ZX. He enjoyed going to Atlantic City, and Key West. Also enjoyed...
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Helen S. Doerr

May 8, 1927 - January 5, 2019

Helen S. Doerr Devoted Mother Helen S. Doerr, 91, of Cranford, NJ, passed away peacefully on January 5, 2019. Raised in Hillside, NJ, by her parents Helen and Charles Schleuning, Helen lived in Cranford for the past 65 years. Predeceased by her husband, George Doerr, Jr. (1958), Helen is survived by her daughters Cynthia Doerr Gladis and Georganne Doerr Jussel and her sons in law, Daniel Gladis...
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Steven E. Senkarik

August 7, 1933 - December 24, 2018

STEVEN E. SENKARIK, 85, of Cranford, NJ, peacefully passed away in his sleep on the morning of December 24, 2018. He was born in Bernardsville, NJ to the late Katherine and Stephen Senkarik on August 7, 1933. He was the youngest of 3, predeceased by his sister, Anna. He is survived by his sister, Betty Polacek and her husband Marty. Steve was proud to be an American and Served his Country in...
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Doris Rose (nee Dando) Riccardi

July 30, 1928 - December 15, 2018

Doris Rose Riccardi, 90, of Mountainside, NJ died on Saturday December 15, 2018, at the Spring Grove Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New Providence. Born in Pittston, PA to the late George and Jessie (Renfer) Dando, she discovered music early in life and played the piano at many school functions and joined the band as well. Occasionally she sang on the radio with her brother Allan.As a...
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Helen Baer

September 29, 1927 - December 14, 2018

Helen Baer peacefully passed away on December 14, 2018 at Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ. Helen was 91 years old. She was born in Roselle, NJ to Frederick and Margaret Dittmann. She is predeceased by George, her husband of 51 years. She graduated from Abraham Clark High School in Roselle. She worked briefly for NJ Bell and L'Oreal. She was a homemaker and survived by her four children,...
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Viola L. Leber

March 16, 1926 - December 10, 2018

Viola L. Leber passed away on Monday December 10, 2018 at her residence in Cranford Born in Newark, NJ she lived most of her life in Cranford where she raised her family. Viola worked in the family business as secretary and bookkeeper with her husband at Otto's Truck Body Works in Newark. A Life Celebration will be on Thursday from 4 pm to 7 pm at Gray Memorial Funeral Home in Cranford. ...
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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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