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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

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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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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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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