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The loss of a loved one can leave you with a lot of unanswered questions, feelings of stress and anxiety and grief that makes events difficult to handle. The experienced funeral directors at Gray Funeral Home will guide you through the aspects of the funeral service with compassion, dignity and respect. Our staff of dedicated professionals is available to assist you in making funeral service arrangements. From casket choices to funeral flowers, the funeral directors at Gray Funeral Home provide individualized funeral services designed to meet the needs of each family.

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Our Obituaries

Lucille B. Finter

December 16, 1930 - March 16, 2019

Lucille B. Finter, 88, of Westfield, NJ, passed peacefully on Saturday, March 16, 2019. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 23 in the Westfield Presbyterian Church chapel at 140 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, NJ. Mrs. Finter was an enthusiastic birder, a lover of nature, a passionate reader and a devoted and deeply loved wife, mother and friend. Born in Westfield...
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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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Betty Nordquist Sayre

May 21, 1931 - January 31, 2019

BETTY N. SAYRE, BELOVED WIFE, MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER Betty Nordquist Sayre, 87, passed away at home on January 31, 2019. Born in Montclair, NJ, Betty lived in Westfield, NJ for 55 years before moving to Garwood, NJ in 2012. She obtained a bachelor's degree from Wellesley College in 1953 and later received a master's degree from Drew University. Betty is survived by her husband of 65...
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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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Suzanne Daleo Less

April 28, 1943 - January 5, 2019

Suzanne Daleo Less, 75, died on January 5, 2019 at Overlook Medical Center. She was born on Long Island and grew up in Westfield before moving to Scotch Plains 50 years ago. Suzanne was a graduate of Westfield High School and National College of Education, now National-Louis University. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Education and Literature and taught elementary education in Berkeley...
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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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Grace Naomi Rothmann

July 12, 1937 - December 31, 2018

Grace Naomi Rothmann, 81, of Warren, passed away peacefully at her residence on Monday December 31, 2018. Grace's visitation will be Friday January 4, 2019 from 4:00-8:00PM at Gray Funeral Home, 318 E. Broad St. Westfield, where her funeral service will begin at 10:30AM Saturday January 5, 2019. Burial will follow in Hollywood Memorial Park, Union. Please go to: www.grayfuneralhomes.com, to view...
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Alan Bruce Conlin, Jr.

October 14, 1923 - December 29, 2018

Alan Bruce Conlin Jr. 95, a 60 resident of Westfield, died Saturday December 29, 2018, at the Care One Center in Wall Twp., NJ, where he had recently resided. Born in Plainfield, Bruce was the son of the late Alan Bruce Conlin Sr., an attorney and former Westfield town councilman, and Aileen Gary Conlin. A 1942 graduate of Westfield High School, and Lehigh University, School of Engineering, he...
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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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George A. Lewis

May 17, 1931 - December 22, 2018

George Alfred Lewis of Westfield died peacefully on Saturday December 22, 2018 surrounded by family. He was 87. Known to his family as Geo, George was born May 17, 1931 in Syracuse, New York to Alfred J. Lewis (a high school principal) and Elizabeth (White) Lewis (a home maker). He was predeceased by his beloved wife of almost 60 years, Barbara Betham Lewis. He is survived by his son Peter...
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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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Louise Lisa Heucke

March 2, 1927 - December 12, 2018

Louise (Lisa) Heucke Louise Heucke of Clark, NJ (formerly of Cranford) passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at St. Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. Her two sons were by her side at her passing. Louise was born in Haeslach, Germany in 1927. She was the eldest of 7 children. After surviving her native country's depression and World War II, she immigrated at...
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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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William A. Parkhurst

September 13, 1932 - November 24, 2018

William A. Parkhurst, Jr., passed away on Saturday night, November 24, 2018 at the Compassionate Care Hospice in Hamilton, NJ after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 86. Bill was born in Elizabeth, NJ in 1932, and raised in Mountainside by his late parents Helen (Tomlinson) and William A. Parkhurst, Sr. He served in the US Army from 1953 – 1955. Bill married Dorothea Nicolson in...
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Elizabeth Ruth Steinmann

June 7, 1935 - November 21, 2018

Elizabeth Ruth Steinmann, 83, died suddenly on November 21, 2018. Born in Newark to the late Frederick and Hervor Borjeesson Steinmann, Bunny, as she was lovingly known, had previously taught school for many years, including schools in the Wayne Twp. Public School District. A former longtime member of the North Reformed Church in Newark, she most recently became a member of the Fairfield...
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Eleanor A. Popovich

April 24, 1928 - November 20, 2018

ELEANOR A. POPOVICH – nee IHNAT Eleanor passed away on Nov 20 with her family beside her after battling dementia for the last 6 years or more. She was at home with the assistance of Center for Hope Hospice as well as her faithful caregiver Helen Poc and fortunately she was still able to remember her family – Gail Skryha and her husband Michael and their twin daughters, Tristen and Lauren...
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Elizabeth Anne (nee Capone) Sampson

June 14, 1948 - November 19, 2018

Elizabeth Ann (nee Capone) Sampson, 70, of Westfield, died Monday November 19, 2018, at Overlook Medical Center in Summit. Born in Plainfield, she was the beloved daughter of the late James and Regina O'Donnell Capone. A 1966 graduate of Westfield High School, Elizabeth had worked in sales at the former Hahne's Department Store, now Lord & Taylor in Westfield. She is survived by her...
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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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Anne (nee Cryan) Ricca

October 10, 1933 - October 15, 2018

She was born Anne Cryan in Castlerea, County Roscommon Ireland, the daughter of Michael Cryan and Martha Satchwell Cryan. She came to America in the early 1950's, and called Westfield NJ her home for the past 45 years. Mrs. Anne Ricca passed away peacefully the morning of October 15, and was 85 years old. Anne was preceded in death by her husband: Philip John Ricca. She is survived by her two...
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George Paul Gross

December 7, 1923 - October 13, 2018

George P. Gross George Paul Gross, 94, of Chatham, NJ, passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2018 in Summit, NJ. George was born in Tarentum, Pa. to Howard and Clara Gross on December 7, 1923. He grew up in Winter Park, Fla., He married Jane Lion on April 17, 1953 in Short Hills, NJ. He graduated from Rollins College, and received his PhD in Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ...
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Shirley Louise Vitelli

December 4, 1931 - October 5, 2018

Shirley Louise Vitelli (nee Bartell), of Manchester, NJ, formerly of Westfield, NJ, passed away at her home on Friday October 5, 2018, at the age of 86. Born in Brooklyn, NY, to late Rev. Ernest C. and Madeliene King Bartell, Shirley grew up in Exeter, NH, and later lived in Natrona Heights, PA, before moving to Westfield. Shirley attended the Knox School for Girls in Cooperstown, NY, and Mount...
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Antonio A. Duraes

November 21, 1927 - September 30, 2018

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Pamala G. Elmendorf

May 29, 1924 - September 27, 2018

Pamala Goodwill Elmendorf was born May 29, 1924 in Southern Pines, North Carolina. She peacefully passed away in her home in Fanwood, New Jersey on Thursday, September 27th, 2018 surrounded by loved ones. She was 94 years old. She is survived by a son Thomas (Susan) Darrell Elmendorf and two daughters, Sheryl Laliberte and Rayna Elmendorf; Four grandsons, Bryan (Alana) Laliberte, Jeffrey ...
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Nancy Christine Erickson

June 6, 1945 - September 27, 2018

Nancy Christine Erickson, 73, passed away Thursday afternoon, September 27, at her home in Edison. She maintained her generosity of heart and upbeat spirit throughout her illness. An educator, she enjoyed a career spanning 34 years in the service of the South Plainfield community. Born on June 6, 1945 to Ida and Eric Erickson, Nancy grew up on Staten Island. From her earliest moments, she was...
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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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Edna McGraham Szeliga

April 28, 1920 - September 16, 2018

Edna McGraham Szeliga, 98, of Fanwood, died Sunday September 16, 2018, at the Autumn Lake Health Care Center, Berkeley Heights. Born in the Bronx, NY to William and Catherine Fitzgerald McGraham, Edna moved to Westfield in 1956, then later to Fanwood in 2006. She was a longtime member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, where she had been active with the Rosary Society. Edna was a volunteer at...
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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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Charles T. "C.T." Ward

June 19, 1958 - September 4, 2018

Charles T. "C.T."Ward Jr., 60, formerly of Westfield, died on September 4, 2018, at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, Idaho from pneumonia and other health complications. He was born on June 19, 1958, in Rodriguez Army Hospital, in El Morro Castle in Old San Juan, PR to Helen Klein Ward and Charles Ward. CT's father was assigned to the Navy Medical Corps in Sabana Seca, PR. The family returned...
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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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Terrence M Farley

March 6, 1930 - August 25, 2018

Terrence M. Farley, a Limited Partner at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. and resident of Basking Ridge, NJ, formerly of Westfield, NJ, died on August 25, 2018. He was 88. He was born March 6, 1930 in New York City, the second son of Terrence and Mary Farley. He was predeceased by his brother, Russell. He was educated at New York City public schools including College of the City of New York...
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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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Dolores (nee Tedesco) Koller

April 25, 1929 - July 28, 2018

KOLLER, Dolores (nee Tedesco), 89, on July 28, 2018, Beloved wife of the late Rev. Walter E. Koller, Devoted mother of Walter J. Koller (Christine Waldron), loving grandmother of Cora, dear step sister of Rudolph Novotny. Graduate of Queens College, NY, retired English teacher in the Cheltenham, PA School District. Her grave- side service will be 12:30PM August 2, 2018, in the ...
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Olive Stoker Tice

November 5, 1917 - July 23, 2018

Olive Louise Stoker Tice (known as ' Ollie'), was born on November 5, 1917 in Auburn, NY and passed away at the age of 100 on July 23, 2018 in Basking Ridge, NJ. She graduated from Russell Sage College in 1939 and was married for 58 years to Edward Allen Tice who passed away in 1999. She is survived by her children, Stephen Tice, Laura Weiner, and Virginia Stillman; and by her...
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Anna Mary Herbst

January 13, 1928 - July 20, 2018

Anna Mary Herbst, 90, loving care giver to parents and veterans, licensed hairdresser, active participant in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, enthusiastic baker, passed away in her sleep on July 20, 2018 at the Bridgeway Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hillsboro, New Jersey. Anna resided for almost 20 years at the Gill Sr. Citizens apartments in Cranford. Anna Mary Herbst and her twin sister...
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Chester Rogala

December 4, 1937 - July 20, 2018

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Frances C. Brader

September 17, 1923 - July 18, 2018

Frances C. Brader (nee Brown), 94, of Mountainside, passed away on July 18, 2018. Frances' visitation will be on Friday July 20th from 6 to 8 PM, at Gray Funeral Home, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield, where her funeral service will begin at 10AM, Saturday, July 21, 2018. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Fran, an avid gardener, was a longtime resident of Westfield. She had...
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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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Richard Townley Weldon

June 8, 1944 - July 12, 2018

Richard Townley Weldon. 74, of Westfield and Mantoloking, passed away on Thursday July 12, 2018 at his residence in Mantoloking. Richard's Life Celebration will be Monday July 16th from 3:00-6:00PM at Gray Funeral Home, 318 E.Broad St., Westfield. Private funeral services with burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Brielle, NJ will be on Tuesday July 17, 2018.Please go to: www.grayfuneralhomes.com to...
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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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Wanda F. Solosy

December 29, 1928 - July 9, 2018

WANDA F. SOLOSY, 89, formerly of Mountainside, NJ, died Monday July 9, 2018, In Newberry, SC. Wanda's visitation will be from 4:00-8:00PM Friday July 13th, at Gray Funeral Home, 318 E. Broad St, Westfield. Her funeral mass will be celebrated at 10AM Saturday July 14, 2018 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Mountainside Interment will follow at St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia. Born in...
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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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Margaret Mary (nee McAllister) Ward

October 8, 1942 - June 25, 2018

Margaret Ward, 75, Multifaceted Wife, Mother, Computer Programmer and Merchant. Margaret Ward, of Westfield, passed away peacefully at home on June 25th after a 6 year battle with cancer. Intellectually curious and creative her entire life, Margaret was first an English teacher, following her graduation from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1964. In 1966, Margaret married Kenneth Ward of the same ...
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Betty Schenck

July 6, 1929 - June 23, 2018

Betty Hanshew Schenck passed away on June 23 in Venice, Florida. She was born on July 6, 1929, the daughter of the late Marjorie and Frank Hanshew. Betty grew up in Westfield, New Jersey, attended the local schools and graduated from Skidmore College. An accomplished artist, she became an art teacher and for many years was the head of the Art Department at Westfield High School until her...
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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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Juliet W. Griffin

January 13, 1920 - June 8, 2018

Juliet W. Griffin – age 98 Born in Schenectady, NY, Mrs. Griffin lived in Maplewood, NJ, for many years. She was a graduate of Columbia High School and a 1941 graduate of Wilson College, Chambersburg. Prior to her marriage, she was employed in the commercial department of New Jersey Bell Telephone Co., ending her career as business office supervisor in the General Accounts Office. Mr....
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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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Robert Bob Daly

May 22, 1978 - May 7, 2018

It is with great sadness the family of Bob Daly announces his passing after an unexpected brain aneurysm on Monday, May 7th, 2018. Bob was 39 years old. He will be lovingly remembered by his father, Neil Daly, his mother, Carole Johansen and his brother Mike Daly. He is also survived by his aunts and uncles, Patricia and John Malazdra, Kathy and Vinny Francesco , David Romano as well as several...
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George Graydon Curtis

January 4, 1936 - May 5, 2018

George Graydon Curtis, 82, of Westfield passed away on Saturday, May 5 at the Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care in Scotch Plains. Don was born on January 4, 1936 in Rochester, New York, the only child of the late George Graydon, Sr. and Dorothea Smith Curtis. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the University of Rochester in 1958 and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree...
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Robert E Wyckoff

August 19, 1937 - May 5, 2018

Robert E. Wyckoff Former Mountainside Councilman, Fire Chief, and Director of Public Works Robert E. Wyckoff, 80, of Mountainside, NJ, passed away peacefully at his residence, surrounded by his loving family on Saturday May 5, 2018. Robert's visitation will be Tuesday May 8th, from 2-4 and 7-9PM at Gray Funeral Home, 318 E. Broad St.,...
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Gabor "Gabe" Kardos

October 18, 1945 - April 28, 2018

Gabor "Gabe" Kardos, 72 Gabor "Gabe" Kardos, 72, resident of Mountainside, known locally as the "Poem & Pen Man", passed away on April 28, 2018. Born in Hungary in 1945, he moved to the US in 1957. He served in the US Army in the 24th Infantry Division. Gabe married his high school sweetheart, Sharyn (neé Hawkins), whom he met in 1961; they were together for 57 crazy, loving years. ...
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Frank A. Cutler, Jr,

November 14, 1920 - April 18, 2018

FRANK A. CUTLER Jr. Long-time Westfield resident, Frank A. Cutler Jr., 97, passed away on April 18, 2018 in his sleep. Born in 1920 in Pana, Illinois, he was the youngest of seven children. He excelled at math and science at Pana( IL) Township High School. He also spent time playing the oboe in the school orchestra, and participating in the theater program. In 2004, he was inducted into Pana...
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Margaretha G. Hoogsteen

November 26, 1928 - April 15, 2018

Margaretha Geessiena Hoogsteen, (formerly of Westfield, NJ and Waretown, NJ), age 89, unexpectedly passed away with her family at her side in Morristown Medical Center in Morristown NJ on April 15, 2018. Margaret was born on November 26, 1928 in Bedum, The Netherlands. She earned her Teacher's Certificates and taught farm children in a small farming village school in the Netherlands until...
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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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Robert Lincoln Fink

February 12, 1925 - April 6, 2018

Robert Lincoln Fink, 93, formerly of Westfield, died on April 6, 2018, at the Pigeon Forge, TN, Care and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Elizabeth, NJ to the late George E. and Laura Bean Fink, Bob grew up in Westfield, where he was active with the Westfield YMCA, and was a 1947 graduate of Westfield High School. A veteran of World War II, serving in the US Navy, Bob was a graduate of...
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Carl Peter Rentrop

March 27, 1994 - April 5, 2018

Carl Peter Rentrop March 27, 1994 - April 5, 2018 Our Beloved Son and Brother Always in Our Hearts and Memory Carla,...
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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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Patricia Lynn (nee Britton) Kopp

March 19, 1948 - March 26, 2018

Patricia Lynn (Britton) Kopp, 70, died at 4:30 PM. On Monday, March 26, 2018 at Center For Hope, Peggy's House in Scotch Plains, NJ. She was the wife of Robert W. Kopp. Both Robert and Patricia have been Scotch Plains residents for over 39 years. There will be no viewing. Cremation will be arranged by Gray Funeral Home in Westfield and will take place at the Rosehill Crematory, Linden, NJ. A ...
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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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Roland Edwin Engelke

May 14, 1935 - March 18, 2018

Roland E. Engelke, 82, of Scotch Plains, died suddenly at his residence on Sunday March 18, 2018. Born in Brooklyn, NY, to the late Fred and Frances (Whunch) Engelke. he is survived by his brother: Warren R. Engelke of Westfield. A longtime resident of Westfield, Roland graduated from Westfield High School in 1953. He later graduated from Franklin and Marshal University, Lancaster, PA,...
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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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Shirley Betty (nee Witenberg) Fischer

May 12, 1929 - March 14, 2018

With a heavy heart, we regret to announce that Shirley Fischer passed away in her sleep on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Shirley B. Fischer, 88, Born May 12, 1929 to Goldie and Nathan Witenberg in Middletown, CT. She graduated from Middletown High School and Toby Coborn School for Fashion careers with a specialization in merchandizing. She worked for Federated Department Stores for over 40 years...
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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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Marillyn "Lyn" (nee Dembeck) Kole

December 21, 1923 - March 9, 2018

Lyn Kole (nee Marillyn Dembeck), 94, of Westfield, died March 9, 2018 at her residence. Born on December 21, 1923, Lyn was predeceased by her husband Ed Kole in 2013. She is survived by her daughter Suzan; son, Jeffrey; three grandchildren: Emily, J.B., and Lily. She is also survived by relatives in NJ and Ohio. Lyn was a member of The Presbyterian Church in Westfield. At her request there will...
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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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Ann Marie (nee Skorge) Sensbach

September 25, 1931 - March 7, 2018

Ann Marie (nee Skorge) Sensbach, 86, of Fayson Lakes (Kinnelon), NJ, passed away on March 7, 2018. Ann's Life Celebration will be from 4-8PM Tuesday March 13th at Gray Funeral Home, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield, where her funeral service will begin at 10:30AM Wednesday March 14, 2018. Please go to: www.grayfuneralhomes.com to view her life tribute. Ann was born in Plainfield, NJ, the daughter of...
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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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Joan M. Harvey

February 8, 1931 - February 9, 2018

Joan M. Harvey (nee Donahue), 87, formerly of Westfield, NJ, died on Friday February 9, 2018, at Green Knoll Nursing Center in Bridgewater. Joan's visitation will be from 4:00-7:00PM Sunday February 11th, at Gray Funeral Home, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield. Her funeral mass will be celebrated at 10AM Monday, February 12, 2018 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Westfield. Interment will follow in...
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Edward L. "Ted" Terry

January 6, 1919 - February 4, 2018

Edward L. "Ted" Terry Jr, 99, of Mountainside, NJ, died on Sunday February 5, 2018. Ted's Visitation will be from 6:00-9:00PM Wednesday February 7th at Gray Funeral Home, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield, where his funeral service will begin at 10AM Thursday February 8, 2018. Interment with honors will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Please go to: www.grayfuneralhomes.com, to offer...
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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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Jesus Perez-Santalla

March 8, 1937 - January 18, 2018

CUBAN IMMIGRANT, PROUD AMERICAN CITIZEN, BELOVED FATHER, GRANDFATHER, HUSBAND AND FOUNDER OF RIA MONEY TRANSFER WORLDWIDE, JESUS PEREZ-SANTALLA DIES AT AGE 80 IN CUERNAVACA, MEXICO Jesus Perez-Santalla left this world on January 18, 2018 in peace after a long and productive life well lived. He was known as "Papi"" to his six children, "Abuelo" to his 18 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren...
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Georgios Drimtgias

November 15, 1950 - January 14, 2018

Georgios Drimtgias, 67, of Mountainside, NJ, died on Sunday January 14, 2018, in Miami, FL, where he had been residing during the past year. Born in Athens, Greece, he was a fromer owner of the Bridgewater Diner, Bridgewater, NJ. He also worked with his best friend and house painter Thomas Anastasiou. He is survived by his loving wife: Alba Olivero Drmtgias, and his brother: Theophilos...
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