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Our Obituaries

Robert C. Mill

December 26, 1926 - November 19, 2021

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

December 25, 1970 - November 15, 2021

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

August 4, 1932 - November 15, 2021

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

November 3, 1955 - November 13, 2021

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

July 5, 1932 - October 29, 2021

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

May 12, 1922 - September 17, 2021

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

June 30, 1936 - September 3, 2021

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

September 22, 1916 - August 21, 2021

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

August 25, 1942 - August 7, 2021

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

November 6, 1926 - July 6, 2021

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

August 3, 1928 - June 28, 2021

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

August 15, 1941 - June 20, 2021

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

April 8, 1927 - June 16, 2021

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

July 6, 1967 - May 11, 2021

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

October 11, 1962 - March 20, 2021

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

May 8, 1925 - March 11, 2021

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

August 22, 1930 - March 6, 2021

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

April 8, 1938 - February 13, 2021

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

September 29, 1939 - February 9, 2021

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Helga M. Elliot

July 11, 1929 - February 4, 2021

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

September 20, 1925 - February 1, 2021

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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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Laura Karene Bass

June 26, 1968 - January 22, 2021

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

December 4, 1930 - January 21, 2021

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

February 8, 1955 - January 9, 2021

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

January 5, 1939 - January 4, 2021

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

May 8, 1930 - December 27, 2020

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

November 30, 1942 - December 2, 2020

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

September 8, 1952 - November 24, 2020

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

October 12, 1950 - November 17, 2020

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

March 5, 1926 - November 16, 2020

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

November 18, 1957 - November 11, 2020

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

January 25, 1937 - October 26, 2020

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

June 28, 1933 - October 24, 2020

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

April 9, 1914 - October 10, 2020

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

January 25, 1918 - October 3, 2020

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

March 29, 1934 - September 20, 2020

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

December 4, 1950 - September 9, 2020

Brian William Sharkey, 69 of Forked River, NJ passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Brian was born on December 4, 1950 in Bayonne, NJ to his parents, the late John and Theresa Sharkey. He graduated from Jersey City State College in 1974 with a BS degree in Mathematics. On July 31, 1976 he married the love of his life, Judy. Brian is survived by his loving wife, Judy, his three beloved...
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Kenneth Carleton Wooster

July 31, 1933 - September 8, 2020

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

December 14, 1940 - September 8, 2020

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

August 6, 1949 - September 7, 2020

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

March 28, 1946 - September 6, 2020

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

October 6, 1928 - September 5, 2020

Rosario Rivera Sosa de Almodóvar, 91, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, September 5th, 2020 at Cranford Rehab and Nursing Center. Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Rosario married her late husband Juan Almodóvar on September 27th 1943. Together, they moved to New York City to raise their family, then retired to Isabela, Puerto Rico. Rosario was an active member of her church,...
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Elizabeth Ann "Betty" (nee Wasyle) Ford

April 3, 1934 - August 30, 2020

Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Ford (nee Wasyle), 86 0f Winfield Park, NJ, passed away on Sunday August 30, 2020 at Center for Hope Hospice - Father Hudson House in Elizabeth. Born in Jersey City, NJ to the late Joseph and Lillian Foltin Wasyle, Betty had worked as a medical records secretary at the former St. Mary Hospital in Hoboken, NJ. She was preceded in death by her daughter: Sharon Street. She...
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Frederick J. Griffin, Jr.

July 7, 1921 - August 29, 2020

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

November 11, 1962 - August 20, 2020

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

January 29, 1935 - August 14, 2020

Walter Kilpatrick of Clark, NJ pass away peacefully on Friday, August 14th, 2020. He was born in Dunmore, Pa and later moved to Jersey City, NJ where he met and married his late wife Angela Kilpatrick (nee Malfitano). He proudly served in the United States Army and worked as a printer after leaving the service. He then worked for Sears, Roebuck and Company retiring after 20 years. He was an...
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Phyllis M. (nee Burke) Pecka

February 25, 1921 - August 4, 2020

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

October 27, 1959 - August 3, 2020

Salvatore Gargiulo (October 27, 1959 – August 3, 2020) Devoted husband to Mary, loving father to Daniel, Michelle and Eric. Son of Raffaella and Gaetano (deceased). Born in Battipaglia, Italy he came to the U.S in 1967 with his family. Sal was a dedicated family man who loved living in Cranford. Sal believed his proudest accomplishment was his three children. One of his greatest...
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Diana L Taylor

August 9, 1927 - July 30, 2020

An obituary will be forthcoming
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George Hodges Bidgood

November 25, 1927 - July 30, 2020

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

September 25, 1939 - July 21, 2020

Gunter C. Aschmies, age 80, passed away peacefully on July 21, 2020, in Summit, New Jersey. Gunter was born September 25, 1939 to Hans and Anni Bendix Aschmies in Memel, Germany. He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, including his twin brother Horst. He immigrated to the United States at the age of 18, and later settled in Cranford, NJ. He worked during the day and earned...
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Kyu Hak Choi

February 5, 1950 - July 5, 2020

A complete obituary is being composed by the family.
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Anastasia Heins

September 11, 1931 - June 23, 2020

On Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Anastasia Heins (Stasia), loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend passed away. Stasia was born September 11, 1931, Jersey City, NJ to John and Theresa Zazula. She shared a close and loving relationship with her family. As a young lady, Stasia and a group of friends formed a knitting club to knit items for the military serving overseas. This...
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George R. Martis

July 24, 1930 - June 21, 2020

George R. Martis passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020 at home surrounded in love by his family. He was born in Linden NJ on July 24, 1930, the only child to George A. and Agnes (Eckel) Martis and was a lifelong resident. George was an accomplished athlete, the captain of his Linden HS basketball team, an All-County player and avid bowler and tournament dart player. He attended New Jersey...
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