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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.

Our honest service and commitment to excellence have served our customers well, and you can rest assured that we can assist you in your time of need. Whether you have come to our site for information about an upcoming service or to make arrangements for one, we hope the information you find here will be helpful.


Our Obituaries

Alfred F. Lesiak

May 6, 1945 - February 15, 2020

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John A Ridge

March 20, 1961 - February 7, 2020

John A. Ridge, 58, of Perth Amboy, NJ passed away peacefully on February 7, 2020. A loving son and brother, John was born on March 20, 1961, and grew up in Clark. As a young man, he served in the US Navy. John's favorite pastime was freshwater fishing at Round Valley Reservoir on his boat accompanied by his beloved dog, Casey. As a hobbyist, he had a unique talent in woodworking and ...
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Claudine W. Mill

October 24, 1925 - February 2, 2020

Claudine W. Mill, a Westfield resident for 65 years, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 2 surrounded by her husband and daughters. She was a devoted wife and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Born in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1925, Claudia married the love of her life, Robert C. Mill, and had over 71 wonderful years with him. Together they raised four...
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Lillian Rose Berquist

August 21, 1926 - January 29, 2020

Lillian R. Berquist (nee Black), 93, a longtime resident of Cranford, died on January 29, 2020. Lillian's visitation will begin at 10AM Tuesday February 4, 2020 at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Ave, Cranford, where her funeral service will begin at 11AM Tuesday. Entombment will follow at Rosedale Cemetery, Linden. Born in Bayonne, Lillian was retired from the American Can Co.,...
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Zenon Stan Borkowski

January 18, 1928 - January 29, 2020

.Zenon Stanislaus Borkowski died on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, a few days after he celebrated his 92nd birthday. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at St. Michael's Church, 40 Alden Street, Cranford, New Jersey at 10:30 am. A repast will follow. Stan, as everyone called him, was married to Julia Fancuillo for 70 years. They were both natives of Staten Island, New...
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Matthew J. Montanaro

March 14, 1931 - January 28, 2020

Matthew J. Montanaro 3/14/1931- 1/28/2020 Matthew (88) passed away peacefully at the VA Medical Center in Lyons New Jersey surrounded by family. He was born in West New York, New Jersey to James Montanaro and Lena Montanaro (nee Biondi). He resided in West New York until his entry into the United States Navy where he served in the Korean War from 1951 to 1955. Matthew also resided in North...
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Christine Kyritsis

November 8, 1931 - January 25, 2020

Christine Kyritsis, 88, of Bridgewater, died peacefully on January 25, 2020. Her funeral service will begin at 11AM Wednesday January 29, 2020 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Westfield, where her visitation will begin at 10:15 AM Wednesday until service time. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Please go to: www.grayfuneralhomes.com to offer condolences. Born in Cyprus,...
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Victor A Rela

January 1, 1930 - January 25, 2020

Victor A Rela of Westfield, NJ passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones, in his home on January 25, 2020 at the age of 90. He is survived by his loving wife Roxie A. Rela, son Matthew, daughter in law Lynn, grandsons Matthew and Michael, brother Dominick and sister Margret Marhefka. Victor graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Engineering degree. After service in...
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Constance C. Nicholas

May 19, 1934 - January 25, 2020

Constance C Nicholas Connie Nicholas passed away late Saturday night 1/25/20 at the age of 85 at the Center for Hope Hospice Scotch Plains NJ. Connie was born May 19, 1934 in Clark NJ to parents Lucien and Sophie Jankowski .Connie leaves behind her loving husband of 65 years Robert and 2 daughters Kelly Brinkerhoff, her husband David, Nancy Venezia, her daughter in law Tammie Nicholas and...
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Doug Burton

August 11, 1943 - December 29, 2019

Douglas Burton 76, of Middlesex, NJ, passed away on the evening of Sunday, December 29th at home surrounded by family and friends. Born on August 11, 1943 in Westfield, New Jersey, Doug was the son of the late Adele Danker and George Burton. He attended Westfield High School. Shortly after that, with the help of his uncle, he started his own successful business, Doug Burton Ceramic Tile, which...
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Alejandro Montero

February 26, 1970 - December 28, 2019

Alejandro "Rey" Montero (49), passed away Saturday December 28, 2019 at 11:04PM at Summit Overlook Hospital surrounded by his family. Rey was born February 26, 1970 in Dominican Republic to Anibal and Beatriz Hererra-Montero. Rey was happily married to the love of his life Elibet Montero since June 21, 1993. They have been married for 26 magically messy years. They welcomed his first daughter and...
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Adele C Kosowski

September 14, 1927 - December 28, 2019

Adele C. Kosowski, 92, of Cranford, passed away at her residence on December 28, 2019. Adele's visitation will be from 9:00-10:00AM Tuesday December 31, 2019 at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford. Her funeral mass will follow at 10:30AM Tuesday at St. Michael Catholic Church, Cranford. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Please go to: www...
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Virginia D. Osiecki

July 31, 1918 - December 24, 2019

Virginia D. Osiecki (nee Gawarecki), age 101, of Mountainside, NJ, passed away peacefully December 24, 2019 at Tidewell Hospice Care in Port Charlotte, Florida. Since 2013, Virginia had been residing in assisted care in Punta Gorda, FL. Virginia "Ginny" was born in Newark, NJ on July 31, 1918 to Stefan and Bertha Gawarecki who predeceased her. She spent her early years growing up during the...
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Allen V. Aldrich

March 10, 1942 - December 23, 2019

Allen V. Aldrich, 77, of Cranford passed away unexpectedly on December 23, 2019 at home. Born in Hillsborough, NH, he lived in New Jersey since 1963. Mr. Aldrich was a veteran of the US Army, serving in Korea. A concrete and paving contractor, he began his career with Cardell, Inc. Keasbey, and was later the co-owner of Al-Lee Contractors, Sayreville, and the owner and founder of Aldrich...
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John Paul Dizzia

October 22, 1945 - December 22, 2019

Cranford- John Paul Dizzia, 74 years old, passed away at Overlook Medical Center on Sunday, December 22, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 27, 2019 at the Snyder chapel of First Presbyterian Church, 11 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, NJ. Entombment to follow at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. Arrangements are by Gray Memorial Funeral Home. Born and raised...
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Sharon J. Smith

September 7, 1956 - December 20, 2019

Sharon J. Smith, 63, of Cranford, passed away on December 20, 2019. She worked for AT&T since April of 1983, and was a Lead Project Manager, which provided her with everyday challenges which she enjoyed. Sharon also enjoyed following the teachings of the Dalaï Lama, and studied Tibétain Buddhist philosophy, as well as Native American History. Sharon is survived by her husband Bob and...
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Kenneth Paul May

March 7, 1949 - December 10, 2019

Dr. Kenneth P. May, 70 of Westfield, was called home Tuesday, December 10, 2019 after a sudden and brief illness. Ken's visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 PM Friday December 13th, at Gray Funeral Home, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield. His funeral service will begin at 11:00 AM Saturday December 14, 2019 at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield. Interment will follow later in the Revolutionary Cemetery,...
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Harry F. Loeser

August 12, 1921 - December 10, 2019

Harry F. Loeser, of Cranford, NJ, died peacefully at his home on December 10, 2019. He was 98 years old. Harry was born and raised in Elizabeth, NJ. His parents, both descendants of German immigrants, were originally from Bridgeport, Connecticut. The family was active in the Second Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth. Harry graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School of Elizabeth in 1939. He worked...
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Lucilia G. (nee Garcia) Ramalho

January 26, 1948 - December 5, 2019

Lucilia G. Ramalho, 71, of Colonia, passed away on December 5, 2019. Born in Peniche, Portugal to the late Raul and Lucilia Rocha Pera Garcia, she is survived by her husband of 51 years, Manuel A. Ramalho. She was the beloved mother of son: Manny Ramalho and his wife Kathleen, daughter: Debbie Rouse and her husband Michael, beloved grandmother of Christian J. Ramalho, Katherine Luci Ramahlo,...
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Olive V. Granitzki

April 17, 1928 - November 29, 2019

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

April 1, 1942 - November 27, 2019

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

June 30, 1931 - November 24, 2019

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

October 11, 1941 - November 19, 2019

Founder and President of Woodbridge Builders Corp. William P. Kaczynski, Sr., 78, passed away peacefully in the presence of his family on November 19, 2019. Bill was born in Bayonne and was a US Army veteran. He raised his family in Clark and was founder and president of Woodbridge Builders Corp. An avid golfer, he was a member of the Colonia Country Club. Bill is survived by his beloved...
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William A. Doyle

December 8, 1929 - November 5, 2019

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

June 23, 1917 - November 3, 2019

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

August 22, 1929 - November 3, 2019

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

October 10, 1932 - October 29, 2019

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

December 14, 1949 - October 29, 2019

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

September 18, 1920 - October 28, 2019

Esther Emery went home to be with the Lord on October 28, 2019 at the age of 99. Born in Scranton Pa. on September 18, 1920 to the late Simon and Rose Matweyiw, she resided in Westfield for over 60 years. She was a long-time member of Evangel Church in Scotch Plains and worked at Hahne and Company for many years. Esther was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Emery and her son, Carl...
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Richard S. Hingel

May 8, 1967 - October 26, 2019

Richard Hingel entered into eternal life on October 26, 2019 in New York City. Richard was born in Summit on May 8, 1967. He was raised in Westfield and graduated from Westfield Senior High School in 1985. Richard was passionate about wrestling and was a Varsity wrestler since 9th grade. During his tenure on the Varsity Wrestling Team he was part of two district championship teams and one...
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Andrew P. Colonna

June 17, 1932 - October 23, 2019

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

November 26, 1960 - October 21, 2019

"Every child is gifted; they just unwrap their packages at different times". Scott D. Gray, 58, formerly of Westfield, passed away peacefully after a sudden illness, on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, where he resided, at The All American Adult Facility, in Hillsborough, N.J. As a 1979 Westfield High School graduate, Scott was employed at The OCUC, where he was empowered by an educational...
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James Gemmell Thomson

September 14, 1929 - October 20, 2019

James G. Thomson of Scotch Plains, NJ passed away on Oct. 20, 2019 at Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ. James was preceded in death by his wife Barbara (Pierson) Thomson and survived by three daughters, Wendy S. Thomson of Meriden, CT., Jennifer L. Thomson of Linden, NJ., Tracey S. Thomson of Forked River, NJ., and a son in law Michael Novak of Meriden, CT. James was born & raised, and spent...
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Donna Grozuczak

March 20, 1955 - October 18, 2019

Donna Grozuczak We celebrate the life and mourn the passing of Donna Grozuczak, who died on October 18, 2019 at the age of 64 in Millburn, New Jersey. Donna lived for her family and friends, but devoted the same passion and energy to the children of New Jersey she represented as a law guardian attorney, and the homeless in her community she supported as a long-time volunteer, fundraiser and...
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Mildred E. Nary

July 12, 1924 - October 14, 2019

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

October 7, 1946 - October 13, 2019

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

November 9, 1958 - October 8, 2019

Marc, four random letters that form a name that was a son, brother, grandson, nephew, uncle, and friend. Marc was a beloved son and brother that left us too soon. I could attempt to tell you about Marc's experiences and accomplishments, but no one is ever remembered for the mundane. Instead, I would like to share with you the essence of my brother Marc. A complex man, my brother was a fearless...
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Evelyn (nee Tedeschi) Santoro

December 12, 1928 - October 6, 2019

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

December 21, 1936 - October 4, 2019

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

June 22, 1967 - September 26, 2019

John F. Sipsis, 52, of Colonia, passed away on Thursday September 26, 2019. John was an auto mechanic, and had previously operated the Jersey Towing Co. He is the beloved son of Fotios and Konstantia Sipsis, beloved brother of Maria Sipsis, and Laura Sipsis. He is the dear uncle of Alexa, Victoria, and Gianni Alexiades. John's Life Celebration will be Wednedsday October 2nd, from 3:00-8...
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Michael Steven "Mickey" O'Brien

January 3, 1957 - September 20, 2019

Michael Steven "Mickey" O'Brien, 62 of Westfield, passed away suddenly on Friday, September 20, 2019 at home. Mickey was born January 3, 1957 in New York, NY to Francis (Frank) and Estelle (Goldstein) O'Brien. He graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School, Briarwood, NY, received his BS in Biological Sciences from Fordham University, Bronx, NY, in 1978, and his MS in Biological Sciences from...
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Eva Marie (nee Linzer) Wiley

September 8, 2019

Eva Wiley peacefully passed away on September 8, 2019. Eva was born in Perth Amboy, NJ, grew up in Woodbridge, NJ and attended Woodbridge High School. She then went on to graduate with a Fine Arts degree from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ. Shortly after she graduated from college, she met her devoted husband, Jack and they settled together in Westfield, NJ, a community Eva loved...
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Esme Chester Ambos

May 6, 1924 - September 8, 2019

Esme (Chester) Ambos of West Windsor, formerly of Westfield and of Tinton Falls, New Jersey, died September 8, 2019 at the age of 95. Born in Tompkins Cove, New York, she earned a Bachelor of Letters degree from what was then known as the New Jersey College for Women (now Douglass College). She was a member of the only all-women class to have graduated from Rutgers University School of...
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Barbara W. Case

March 2, 1928 - August 12, 2019

Barbara Case of Westfield N.J. passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019. Born in Boston, MA. on March 2, 1928. Her parents were Oliver and Edith Wood. She was raised in Winthrop, MA., lived in Clarksburg, WV, then in Old Bridge, NJ., before moving to Westfield, NJ in 1968. Public Accountant employed by Aaron Beck, CPA for 37 years, first under the name of Feld & Beck, then under the name of...
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Valerie Anne Frank

October 10, 1947 - August 3, 2019

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

March 28, 1954 - July 27, 2019

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

August 14, 1981 - July 20, 2019

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

September 9, 1920 - July 17, 2019

Margaret T. McKenna, 98 – Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother: Margaret Tobin McKenna passed peacefully in her sleep on July 17, 2019, in Naples Florida. She was 98 years old. Peggy, as she was called, was born September 9, 1920, in Orange, NJ to Gretchen Krueger Tobin and Clark Walworth Tobin. She married William Leigh Smith shortly after WWII. Together they had four...
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Richard Charles Mabee, Sr.

August 31, 1942 - July 12, 2019

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

July 15, 1937 - July 1, 2019

Constance (Eckert) Chapla Constance "Connie" Chapla, of Escondido, CA, formerly Hillside, NJ and Mountainside, NJ, went to heaven to join her beloved husband, Walter, on July 1, 2019. She died peacefully after a long battle with lung diseases, at the Atria Assisted Living Facility in San Diego, CA. Connie was born on July 15, 1937, in the Bronx, NY, the 9th child of John and Catherine...
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Gaetano Gargiulo

January 16, 1932 - July 1, 2019

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

February 16, 1943 - June 30, 2019

Joann Koster, Insurance Executive Linda "Joann" Koster, beloved leader, mentor and friend died Sunday morning, June 30, 2019 with her wife Laura by her side. In February, she celebrated her 76th birthday at Sunrise Assisted Living Westfield, with a party of friends old and new, the loving staff of Sunrise and her devoted private aids from Right at Home, Chatham, NJ. Known as "Joann", she...
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Diane (Nee) Dinsmore Sims

April 1, 1946 - June 21, 2019

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

May 28, 1928 - June 12, 2019

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

October 1, 1946 - June 11, 2019

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

August 2, 1956 - June 8, 2019

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

August 18, 1953 - June 6, 2019

Mark William Burke passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at his home in Westfield, New Jersey. He was 65 years young. His sharp intellect, deep humanity, insatiable curiosity and fun-loving sense of adventure endeared him to his family, friends and coworkers. A dearly loved husband, father, son, brother and uncle, his lasting gifts to us all are the countless memories that he...
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Oliver C. Johnson III

July 31, 1929 - May 26, 2019

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

July 2, 1981 - May 25, 2019

Donald Anthony Carrelli was a loving son, loyal brother, favorite uncle, caring friend, and proud Marine. He died tragically doing what he loved – being outdoors on his bicycle. Donald was born July 2, 1981 in Summit, NJ. He grew up in Mountainside, NJ and he attended Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights, NJ. He received a BA from Fairfield University, CT. After 9/11...
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Jessie R. Gray

January 11, 1932 - May 24, 2019

Jessie B. Gray, 87, formerly of Westfield, born and raised in Wilmington, NC, passed away peacefully after a sudden illness, on Friday, May 24, 2019, at RWJ hospital In Somerville, NJ. Jessie is preceded in death by her husband,Of 63 years, Dr. Dean F.Gray. As an accomplished pianist, Jessie received a BA in music from Indiana University, and studied at Flora Macdonald Conservatory in N.C....
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Michael Joseph Devlin

June 27, 1954 - May 18, 2019

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

November 15, 1932 - May 18, 2019

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

September 22, 1927 - May 16, 2019

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

January 6, 1926 - May 11, 2019

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

May 23, 1951 - May 9, 2019

Joseph Philip Dzuback III, 67, passed away surrounded by his loving family in his Fanwood home on the evening of May 9, 2019, after a valiant fight against cancer. Joe was born in Jersey City on May 23, 1951 and he graduated from Westfield High School in 1969. Joe attended Villanova University, where he earned a B.A. in History and developed a lifelong passion for Villanova basketball. After...
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Gladys Bordonaro

September 23, 1929 - May 8, 2019

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

February 7, 1947 - April 29, 2019

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

January 22, 1926 - April 19, 2019

ANNA MARIE OBER January 22, 1926 to April 19, 2019 Anna Marie Ober (nee Vaccarino) passed away peacefully on Friday, April 19. A long time resident of Westfield, NJ (with intervening residences in Warren, NJ and Fort Myers Fl), Anna was born and raised in Johnston, PA., graduating from Johnstown High School. Following WWII she...
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Henry Laessig IV

February 19, 1930 - April 14, 2019

Henry Laessig IV of Westfield died Sunday, April 14, 2019 at his home in Westfield. Mr. Laessig and his family moved to Westfield in 1959, and lived there until the present. He was a graduate of Drexel University, Philadelphia, receiving a B.S. in Business Administration. He was a member of the Drexel Chapter of Alpha Pi Lambda. Henry served for two years as a Lieutenant in the US army,...
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Bonnie Sue Moulton

May 26, 1962 - April 10, 2019

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

March 29, 1923 - April 6, 2019

Rose Dawn Engel, 96, of Westfield, passed away on April 6, 2019, at Garden Terrace Nursing Home in Chatham, NJ. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 55 years, Walter R. Engel, in 2010. Rose, who was also known by her middle name, Dawn, was born March 29, 1923 in Derby, CT to Biagio and Barbara Spina. She lived on Staten Island, NY with her parents and her brother George (deceased), and...
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Suzanne H. Chandler

September 9, 1929 - March 30, 2019

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

March 5, 1946 - March 27, 2019

Kenneth A. Ruppert, 73, formerly of Union, NJ died on March 27, 2019. His funeral service will be 10AM Tuesday April 2, 2019 at Gray Funeral Home, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield, where visitation begins at 9AM Tuesday. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Please go to: www.grayfuneralhomes.com to offer condolences. Kenneth was a recent resident of Wall, NJ. A 1964 graduate of...
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Evelyn J Schaefer

September 15, 1929 - March 21, 2019

Evelyn J. Schaefer (nee Kappmeyer). 89, formerly of Westfield, NJ, passed away on March 21, 2019, at Fellowship Village, Basking Ridge, NJ. Born in Plainfield, Evelyn worked at Seaman's Bank in New York City before she was married. A resident of Westfield since 1962, she had worked for the former Wyatt Brother's Clothing Store and Crestmont Bank. Evelyn was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church...
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Gary K. Abline

October 26, 1960 - March 20, 2019

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