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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

Russell G. Parsell, Sr.

December 3, 1921 - September 20, 2016

Russell Parsell was born on December 3, 1921 in Westfield, NJ in the East Broad Street home adjacent to Fairview Cemetery. Russell lived in Westfield for most of his 94 years. He retired from Merck in Rahway after more than 30 years of service. Russell was a World War II Veteran and an avid fisherman. He loved fishing, family, animals, gardening and puzzles. He loved his wife, Adele. ...
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Anthony Vincent "Tony" Colalillo

October 15, 1940 - September 19, 2016

Anthony V. Colalillo, MD Longtime Rahway physician, studied in Italy Dr. Anthony V. Colalillo, 75, of Kenilworth, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 19, 2016. Dr. Colalillo's Life Celebration will be on Friday Septemeber 23rd from 5:00-9:00PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave. Cranford. His funeral mass will be concelebrated at 10AM Saturday September 24, 2016 at St....
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Audrey Olive Dow

October 30, 1922 - September 18, 2016

Audrey Olive Dow, 93, of Edgartown, Massachusetts and formerly of Scotch Plains, New Jersey died peacefully on Sunday evening, September 18, 2016, at home after a long illness. She was born in Elizabeth, on October 30, 1922 and was the daughter of Phillip and Marion Watson Dow. As a young woman, she worked at Merck and Co. before deciding to change her career path. Audrey...
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Daniel F. Wolf

December 18, 1950 - September 18, 2016

Daniel F. Wolf, 65, passed away peacefully at home on September 18, 2016. Dan was born in Newark, NJ and has been a Cranford resident for over 35 years. He is survived by his wife, Dottie, children Daniel, Alexis and Susan, four grandchildren and sister, Karen. Dan was a wonderful husband and father, and he will be remembered for his kindness and incredible sense of humor. Visitation hours...
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Honor H. Bing

January 1, 1933 - September 17, 2016

On Saturday September 17, 2016 Honor Meta Bing(nee Hipp) went to be with the Lord. She was born on New Years Day 1933 in Newark, NJ. She lived in Irvington for 20 years before moving to Westfield. She was an active member of her church and civic community. She served several terms as PTA president in her children's schools. She was a deacon in her church and taught vacation bible school when her...
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Gregory Wallace MacIver

September 7, 1951 - September 15, 2016

Gregory MacIver, Born in Summit NJ, Gregory of Clark NJ passed on Thursday Sept 15, 2016 at his home. A graveside service will take place on Tuesday Sept 20th held at the Woodbridge Memorial Gardens at 11:00am. Arrangements Br Gray Funeral Directors, Westfield. Log onto www.GrayFuneralHomes.com to sign guest book. Greg lived in Clark his entire life and graduated from AL Johnson HS as...
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William Martin Arthur III

April 19, 1951 - September 15, 2016

William Martin Arthur III, 65, of Roselle Park, died Thursday September 15, 2016. Bill's Life Celebration will be on Sunday September 18th from 2:00-5:00PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford, where his funeral service will begin at 5:00PM Sunday. He was employed for many years with the MacKenzie Door Co. in New York . He was pre deceased by his brother David. He is ...
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Debra Anne Parente Rosin

January 16, 1957 - September 8, 2016

Debra Parente-Rosin Amazing Mother, Wife, Aunt, Musician, Teacher and Wonderfully Caring Person Debra Parente-Rosin, 59, of Westfield, NJ passed away on Thursday, September 8th, 2016. She was a loving Mother, Wife, Aunt and Musician who was very active in the arts. Debra was born and raised in North Arlington, NJ. She received her Bachelor in Music Education from Montclair...
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Salvatore "Sal" Duca

November 26, 1937 - September 7, 2016

Salvatore "Sal" "Sammy" Duca, Sr., 78, of Winfield Park, passed away peacefully on September 7, 2016 at Delair Rehab Facility in Linden, NJ. He is survived by his loving wife, Debra (Corbisiero) Duca,. Sal is also survived by his brothers - John, Tony and Joseph Duca, and by his little sister, Rose Rego. He is survived by his children - James, Donna and Salvatore, Jr. "Ace". He leaves...
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Joseph Anthony Saunders, Sr.

January 19, 1952 - September 7, 2016

Joseph Anthony Saunders, Sr., 64, passed away on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Joseph was born in Inwood, Long Island and a resident of New Jersey for over 40 years. He is survived by his wife, Diane of 42 years, children Lisa (Dan), Donna, Joseph, Jr. (Caitlin), granddaughter, Samantha, brother, Gregory, brother in law, Joseph and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Joseph spent 25 years...
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Dorothy S. Baldwin

September 23, 1925 - September 6, 2016

Dorothy Scruton Baldwin of Cranford passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2016 just shy of her 91st birthday (9/23/25), at Sunrise of Westfield. Born in Plainfield, Dot graduated from Westfield High School. She was a secretary for Bristol Meyers in NYC before starting her family in Westfield and then moving to Cranford in 1949. Dorothy is predeceased by her brother Mack (1928) and her husband of 66...
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Mary Ellen Higgins

September 1, 2016

Mary Ellen (Eleanor) Higgins, age 87, of Elizabeth, NJ died Monday, September 1, 2016 at Riverton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rahway, NJ. Eleanor's Life Celebration will be on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, from 4-6 p.m., at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, NJ. Her funeral mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 7, at St. Michaels Church, 100 Alden...
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Mildred Speck

August 8, 1924 - August 25, 2016

Mildred Speck Beloved Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother Mildred Speck, 92, of Garwood, passed away on Thursday August 25, 2016, at her residence. Mildred's Life Celebration will be on Sunday August 28th, from 2-4 and 7-9PM, at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Avenue, Cranford. Her funeral mass will be celebrated at 10AM Monday August 29, 2016, at St. Casimir Catholic Church,...
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John Alec Boughtwood

February 11, 1937 - August 22, 2016

John Alec Boughtwood John Alec Boughtwood, age 79, passed away unexpectedly at home on Monday August 22nd, 2016. Visitation and life celebration is on Friday August 26th at the Gray Funeral Home (908-233-0143), 318 E. Broad Street, Westfield, N.J. from 4 to 8 p.m. Go to grayfuneralhomes.com for on line condolences. A native of the United Kingdom, John was born in Billericay, Essex, in 1937...
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Leigh Hoffman Mauney

March 24, 1924 - August 15, 2016

Leigh Hoffman Mauney of Mountainside, NJ was 92 when passing away (though possibly 95 we're told) on Monday, August 15, 2016 at the Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains, NJ. She was born Ottilie Eunice Hoffmann in Woodhaven, Jamaica Queens NY, where she enjoyed growing up acting and singing in local Community Theatre and sang in her Episcopal Church Choir. She loved her Parents dearly,...
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Grant Alvah Standeven

April 2, 2016 - August 10, 2016

Baby Boy Grant Alvah Standeven, 4 months old, of Cranford, NJ, passed away on Wednesday August 10, 2016, in Montefiore Childrens Hospital in New York City, after a brief illness. He is the beloved son of Matthew T. and Laura Holbert Standeven, dear baby brother of Isla Marie Standeven, beloved grandson of: Joyce Bridges, Alvah Holbert (deceased), and Robert and Marie Standeven. He is also...
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Robert S. Kalinowski

May 4, 1957 - August 7, 2016

Robert Steven Kalinowski, 59, of Lakewood, NJ, died Sunday August 7, 2016 at his residence after a brief illness. Born in Plainfield, NJ, Robert lived for many years in Cranford, NJ, where he graduated from Cranford High School. He served in the US Navy, and was honorably discharged in 1982. Bob was a machinist, and also worked as a technician for AT&T. An avid fisherman, Robert is survived by...
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John Simpson Eldridge, Sr.

September 6, 1920 - August 5, 2016

John Simpson (Jack) Eldridge died the morning of August 6, one month short of 96 years old, in his home in Cranford, New Jersey. Jack attended Pingry School and then Yale, where he graduated with a degree in industrial engineering. Then WWII hit, and he enlisted in the Navy and transferred to the Marines as a dive-bomber pilot with Squadron VMSB-244, the "Bombing Banshees," based in the...
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Judyann Schipani

September 4, 1943 - August 4, 2016

Judyann Stemmer- Schipani, beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother passed away August 4th, 2016. Born in jersey city, raised in Cranford, lived in Union for 28 years and finally resided in stewartsville NJ Her family was her life. She gave all of herself and expected nothing in return except love and spending time to be with her family. Judyann had a warm beautiful heart,...
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Martha Hindman White

November 11, 1919 - July 29, 2016

Martha Hindman White Martha H. White (Betty) formerly of Westfield, died peacefully on July 29, 2016 at Runnells Specialized Hospital. A memorial service will take place at the First United Methodist Church of Westfield on Sept 17, at 11 AM. Interment will be private in Pittsburgh, Pa. Born in Pittsburgh, Pa, Betty was a long-time resident of Westfield prior to moving to Mountainside and...
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Nancy Sturmer Derrey

September 4, 1931 - July 21, 2016

Nancy Sturmer Derrey There are so many things I don't know about my grandmother, but I'll start with the things I do. I know that she was born in Chicago on September 4, 1931 to Mildred and Carl Sturmer. I know that she graduated from Westfield High School in 1949 and then from Syracuse University in 1953. I know that she was a little wild, that she and her best friends called themselves...
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Jude R. Buccine

June 14, 1978 - July 16, 2016

Jude R. Buccine passed away peacefully on Saturday July 16, 2016. Jude was born on June 14,1978. He graduated from Cranford High School. He resided in Union City, NJ, before returning to Cranford. He worked as a driver for the Hudson County News. He then went on to become a proud Iron worker for Local#11, and presently working on the Pulaski Skyway. Jude was a kind and gentle soul...
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Inez Fol-Krupinski

October 6, 1952 - July 14, 2016

Inez Fol Krupinski, artist and long-time resident of Westfield, New Jersey, passed away on July 14, 2016, after a brief illness. Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00AM, Saturday (today) July 16, 2016, at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad St, Westfield, followed by interment in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Inez studied art at Elmira College, earning a bachelor of arts, and continued art...
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Ethel Ridilla McMahon

December 9, 1921 - July 7, 2016

Ethel Ridilla McMahon, 94, of Scotch Plains, died peacefully on July 7, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family. A Life Celebration for Ethel will be from 6:00-9:00 P.M. Monday, July 11th, at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield. Her funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 A.M. Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 1571 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains....
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Barbara Lynne Titus

April 25, 1962 - June 30, 2016

Barbara Lynne Titus (nee Willis), 54, of Woodbridge, died suddenly on June 30, 2016. Born in Plainfield, Barbara had a Masters degree in Social Work from New York University, and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Kean University. She had previously worked in the health care field at area hospitals. She was the beloved wife of the late Mark H. Titus, who tragically passed away on March 3rd of...
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Adeline A. Parsell

December 4, 1925 - June 30, 2016

Adeline (Adele) Parsell passed away on June 30, 2016. Adele was a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Adele was a Worthy Matron of Atlas Chapter 99 of the Order of the Eastern Star and active in her church. Adele was born in Florham Park, New Jersey on December 4, 1925. In 1947, she married her husband, Russell. They raised their family in Scotch Plains and then in Westfield, NJ....
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Raymond Ray Fyhr

September 11, 1953 - June 23, 2016

Raymond Arthur Fyhr, age 62, a longtime resident of Cranford, NJ, died peacefully in his home after suffering a stroke in August, 2015, followed by a long period of complications and illness, on the morning of Thursday, June 23, 2016. Ray was born at the Nassau Hospital, renamed Winthrop–University Hospital, in Mineola, NY, on September 11, 1953 to Ellef Hansen and Ana (Riollano) Fyhr. He...
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Daniel L. Schroeck

May 17, 1951 - June 20, 2016

Daniel Louis Schroeck, a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, at age 65, passed away at Care One Rehabilitation Center in Livingston, NJ on Sunday, June 20, 2016. Dan, born in Newark, lived the younger half of his life in Belleville, NJ before buying a home and moving his family to Cranford, NJ in 1983. He worked as a Printer at the Newark Star-Ledger for 43 years before...
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Frances Passalacqua Graebner

November 23, 1954 - June 17, 2016

Frances Passalacqua Graebner, 61, of Mountainside, died Friday June 17, 2016, at Overlook Medical Center, Summit, NJ. Born in New York, NY, Fran had been a surgical care nurse at St. Vincent Hospital in New York, and later at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ. She later became a stay at home mom, caring for her two daughters, then later her parents, and husband. Prior to living in...
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Sapho Lambrinides

June 28, 1920 - June 12, 2016

Sapho Lambrinides, born in Lesvos, Greece, peacefully passed away on June 12 at her home of 66 years in Westfield surrounded by her family. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Basil and is survived by her loving daughter Andrea Lambrinides and her husband John Johnnidis, and her loving grandchildren Jonathan Basil, Christopher Gregory, and Avril Andromache Johnnidis. Her funeral service...
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Charles Elmer Jacob

June 5, 1931 - June 7, 2016

Dr. Charles E. Jacob, age 85, died suddenly on June 7th. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Chuck was the only child of Thelma and Charles H. Jacob. He attended the University of Michigan, earning both a B. A. and an M.A. there. After serving in the army, he attended Cornell University, where he earned a Ph.D. in political science. He taught at Vassar College from 1960 to 1967, and then at Rutgers...
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Nancy L. Boyle

November 13, 1940 - June 4, 2016

Nancy Lynn Boyle November 13, 1940 – June 4, 2016 Nancy Lynn Boyle was born on November 13, 1940 to Lillian and Thomas Boyle. She had one older brother, Tommy, who has preceded her into the Lord's presence. She leaves behind two younger brothers, Art and Dan; along with 17 nieces & nephews and their families. Nancy passed peacefully into eternal life on June 4, 2016. Nancy attended...
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Charles C. Haydon

August 14, 1916 - June 2, 2016

Charles Collings "Col" Haydon, a devoted father, and husband to Gladys Haydon, a World War II veteran, and lifelong baseball fan, died June 2. He was 99. Born in Baltimore, Charles lived in Philadelphia and Jersey City. Then in 1948, he married Gladys Helen Snook. In 1950 they moved to Cranford, N.J. Charles and Gladys celebrated 68 wedding anniversaries. As a youth, Charles played in...
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Thomas G. Goga

February 24, 1961 - May 31, 2016

Thomas G. Goga of Cranford NJ, Born Depew NY 2/24/61 passed away at his home Tuesday 5/31/16 after a short illness. Tommy as he was known to his family and those who loved him, was a wonderful, caring, loving individual, who could light up any room he entered. He always had a positive attitude and his smile was infectious. The most important thing in his life were his two kids Elliott (18) and...
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John Priovolos

July 2, 1938 - May 25, 2016

John Priovolos, 77, of Cranford, passed away suddenly at his residence on Wednesday May 25, 2016. John's Life Celebration will be Friday (today) May 27th from 2-4 and 6-9PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford. His funeral service will begin at 9:30AM Saturday May 28, 2016 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Westfield. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield...
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Steven Michael Davoren

November 29, 1968 - May 22, 2016

Steven Michael Davoren, 47, of Westfield, passed away at his residence on May 22, 2016. Born in Teaneck, NJ, he was a professor of research and psychology. He previously taught at Union County College, Cranford, NJ. He is survived by his parents: Michael and Helen (Rosendahl) Davoren, and his brother: Douglas M. Davoren. Services are private. Arrangements by Gray Funeral Directors, Westfield,NJ.
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Yuriy Shakhnes

February 28, 1935 - May 20, 2016

Yuriy Shakhnes, 81, of Cranford, NJ, died on Saturday May 21, 2016, at Overlook Medical Center, Summit, NJ. Born in Moscow, Russia, Yuriy moved to America in 1992. He was a metallurgical engineer, and the beloved husband of Vera Monosova, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his son: Alexander Shaknes and his wife Valentina of Brooklyn, NY, and three grandchildren: Peter, Nicholas, and...
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Loretta M. Reilly

March 25, 1932 - May 17, 2016

Loretta M. Reilly, 84, of Cranford, passed away on Tuesday, May 17th, at her daughter's house in Lopatcong, NJ. Born and raised in Bayonne, NJ she received her Bachelor's Degree from Fordham University. She married Frank J. Reilly in 1955 and they started their life together in Bayonne. After moving to Cranford in 1962 she held several jobs in town including teacher at St Michaels School and...
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Juanita E. Sumner

June 3, 1922 - May 15, 2016

Juanita P. Sumner Beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother Juanita Phillips Sumner peacefully passed away May 15, 2016. A memorial service will be held 1 pm on May 22, 2016 at the Terrill Road Baptist Church, 1340 Terrill Rd. Scotch Plains, NJ 07076. Arrangements by Gray Memorial Funeral Home, Cranford. You may go to grayfuneralhomes.com for on line condolences. Juanita was born...
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Bertha E. "Betty" (nee Schmidt) Bogaert

May 6, 1922 - May 12, 2016

Bertha ("Betty") E. Bogaert, 94, long time Westfield resident, died on Thursday, May 12, 2016. Betty was born on May 6, 1922, in Bayonne, New Jersey, to John Frederick and Ella Force Schmidt. After graduating from high school, she pursued her interest in art and became an accomplished artist in her own right. She enjoyed nature and all of the arts. Her fascination with other cultures and...
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Thelma J. (Palmquist) MacKay

October 11, 1918 - May 12, 2016

Thelma J. MacKay, age 97, died on Thursday, May 12 th , 2016 at the Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains, NJ, after a long life. She was born Thelma Johanna Palmquist on October 11, 1918 to Gustave and Johanna Palmquist at 735 Avenue Y in Brooklyn, NY. Thelma attended New York City public schools and graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School. She later attended secretarial school and...
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Lynne M. Hogan

February 8, 1961 - May 10, 2016

Lynne Marie Hogan age 55 passed away on May 10, 2016, surrounded by her family at the Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains, NJ. Lynne was born on February 8, 1961 in Trenton, New Jersey, grew up in Willingboro, NJ, spent her earlier adult years living in Margate, NJ and working at Bally's Grand Casino. She married on October 3, 1992 and moved to Cranford, NJ to raise a family and was a...
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Joseph R. DeMarco

March 1, 1927 - May 6, 2016

Joseph DeMarco, born March 1, 1927 passed away on May 6, 2016 at Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey after a short illness. .Born in Brooklyn, New York he grew up in Staten Island, New York relocating to Elizabeth New Jersey in1966. He resided in several communities in New Jersey. His last residence was located in Clark, NJ. He attended McKee High School located in Staten Island, New York....
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David Paul Jones

September 19, 1964 - April 19, 2016

David Paul Jones died suddenly on April 19. born September 19 1964 in elizabeth nj. lived in roselle park. graduated Cranford high school and the Union County Vocational School in 1982. Worked as a mold maker for the last 34 years. Loved his cat Tigger. Avid Nascar Fan. Particularly followed Jeff Gordon's career. Followed the Jets, Yankees, and Devils. He's survived by his parents Ruth and Merlyn...
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Nancy Snyder

June 11, 1930 - April 17, 2016

Nancy J. Snyder, Sunday School Teacher for over forty years. Nancy J. Snyder of Cranford and Normandy Beach passed away at home on Sunday April 17, 2016. Visitation and burial will be private. A memorial service, and Life Celebration will be 11:30 am Thursday April 21, 2016 at the Snyder Chapel of the First Presbyterian Church, 11 Springfield Avenue, Cranford. Arrangements by Gray Memorial...
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Robert L. Chavern

December 4, 1926 - April 14, 2016

Mr. Robert L. Chavern age 89 passed away peacefully at the Runnells Specialized Hospital in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Born in Glassport, Pennsylvania, he lived in California, and most recent in Cranford, New Jersey. Bob was a retired Art Teacher and Potter for the Los Angeles Unified School District. He also served our country during World War Two in the Army Air Corps. No visitation. ...
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Guy G Gurka

July 17, 1947 - April 8, 2016

Guy Gregory Gurka, 68, of Roselle Park, NJ, died peacefully on Friday, April 8, 2016, at the Father Hudson House Center for Hope Hospice Care Center in Elizabeth, NJ. Guy was born on July 17, 1947 in Elizabeth, NJ, the son of Francis and Gloria Gurka (née Borelli). Guy was married for 42 years to the late Sharon Gurka (née Smithman) with whom he had three children. Guy is survived by his...
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Othmar Wittreich

September 30, 1926 - April 5, 2016

Othmar Wittreich, 89, of Westfield, passed away on Tuesday April 5, 2016 at JFK Medical Center, Edison. Othmar's Life Celebration will be on Friday April 8th, from 5:00-9:00PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield. His funeral mass will be celebrated at 10AM Saturday April 9, 2016 at St. Helen's Catholic Church, 1600 Rahway Ave. at Lambertsmill Rd., Westfield. Interment will...
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James Patrick Bulger

January 6, 1971 - April 4, 2016

James Patrick Bulger born Jan 6, 1971 in Jersey City, NJ died on April 4, 2016 Melbourne Fla. "Jimmy" grew up in Cranford, NJ. He attended St Michael's School, Hillside Ave School and Cranford High School. He was an honor roll student many times and an amazing athlete. He played football, baseball and wrestled for Cranford at various times. He is the son of Frederick Bulger (deceased) and his...
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Patricia L. (nee Earhart) Kelly

February 18, 1929 - March 31, 2016

Patricia L. Kelly (nee Earhart), 87, of Westfield, died Thursday March 31, 2016 at her residence. Patricia's funeral service will begin at 11:00AM Tuesday April 5,2016, at Gray Directors, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield, where there will be viewing from10:00AM until service time. Please go to www.grayfuneralhomes.com to offer condolences. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Born...
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Evelyn Tanzer Loderstedt

April 26, 1928 - March 26, 2016

Evelyn Loderstedt (nee Tanzer), 87, a longtime resident of Cranford, passed away on Saturday March 26, 2016 at her residence. Evelyn's Service of Remembrance will be Saturday April 2, 2016, at 2:00PM at Calvary Lutheran Church, 108 Eastman St., Cranford. Arrangements by Gray's of Cranford, go to www.grayfuneralhomes.com, to offer condolences. Born in Elizabeth, Evelyn enjoyed singing,...
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Christine Jacoby

August 26, 1923 - March 25, 2016

Christine Jacoby, 92, of Cranford, NJ passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Friday, March 25, 2016. Born in Newark, NJ on august 26, 1923 and resided in Cranford for 63 years. It was there that she enjoyed entertaining and cooking for her family and friends, "The Pomi Debs". She retired as a bookkeeper from union center national bank in 1987. She was predeceased by her...
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Rosemarie Mack

October 17, 1926 - March 17, 2016

Rosemarie Mack, 89, of Cranford, passed away on March 17, 2016. Rosemarie's Life Celebration will be Tuesday March 22nd, from 4:00-8:00PM, and Wednesday March 23rd at 10AM at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford, where her prayer service will follow at 11AM Wednesday. Entombment will follow at St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia. Please go to: www.grayfuneralhomes.com to view her...
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Mary Vanderhoff

June 26, 1948 - March 16, 2016

Mary VanderHoff Beloved wife, mother and grandmother Mary Vanderhoff, 67, of Cranford passed away at home on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Mary was born in Newark on June 26, 1948. She is survived by her beloved husband, James; children and spouses, James and Motoko Golden, Eileen and Stephen Kisly, Andrew...
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John Howard

February 25, 1925 - March 4, 2016

John Howard, 91, of Cranford, passed away on Friday March 4, 2016, at his residence. John's visitation will be Tuesday (today) from 6:00-9:00PM March 8th, at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford, NJ (go to www.grayfuneralhomes.com). His funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday March 9, 2016, at 9:30AM at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 40 Alden Street, Cranford. ...
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Mark Harlow Titus

May 20, 1951 - March 3, 2016

Mark Titus died suddenly of smoke inhalation at a job related incident on March 3, 2016. Mark's Life Celebration will be held on Sunday April 10, 2016 from 2:00-4:00PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield, NJ. Go to www.grayfuneralhomes.com to view a tribute to Mark. He was educated at Exeter and Lafayette College and lived in Woodbridge,NJ with his wife Barbara. He worked...
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Thornton H. Webb

April 15, 1925 - March 1, 2016

Mr. Thornton H. Webb age 90 passed away on Tuesday March 1, 2016 at the Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ. Born in Hanover, NJ, he lived in Springfield For many years. Thornton was a self employed owner of W.&.W. Leasing (a trucking company) in Jersey City. He is pre deceased by two sons, Richard and Gary Webb. He is survived by his wife, Doris (nee Osmun) Webb, a daughter, Nancy W...
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William Hendry

January 11, 1927 - March 1, 2016

William Hendry Father, Mechanical Engineer and Veteran, 89 William Hendry, 89, of Cranford, N.J., passed away on March 1, 2016. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 9:30 am in The Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford, N.J. Interment will follow at Somerset Hills Memorial...
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Marion L. Gonano

August 30, 1920 - February 23, 2016

Marion L. Gonano age 95 passed away on Tuesday February 23, 2016 at her residence in Cranford, NJ Born in Highland Falls, New York, she lived most of her life in Cranford, NJ. In Cranford, she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, and Azure Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. Marion last worked as a waitress for the Galloping Hills Caterers in Union. She is pre deceased by her...
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Helen O. "Wiffie" Hoffert

December 21, 1925 - February 22, 2016

The family of Helen Oliphant Hoffert mourns her passing on February 22, 2016. Born December 21, 1925, in Trenton, NJ, and known to her family as Wiffie, she was a longtime resident of Mountainside deeply involved in community service and affairs. She was a learning disabilities specialist for over two decades, teaching throughout New Jersey. In her sixties, she combined her expertise in that area...
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Josephine M. Smith

May 9, 1925 - February 5, 2016

Josephine "Jo" M. Smith (nee Maisto), passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 5, 2016 after a brave battle with cancer. She was 90. Jo was born on May 9, 1925 in Newark, NJ to father Dominic Maisto and mother Mary Alamia. She grew up in a large, loving family with six brothers and three sisters. Jo was preceded in death by her husband, Irving C. "Dick" Smith, owner and...
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Michael A. Guthrie

October 25, 1955 - February 4, 2016

Michael A. Guthrie, 60, of Cranford, NJ, passed away on Thursday February 5, 2016, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NY. Michael's Life Celebration will be Monday February 8th from 5:00-9:00PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford, NJ. To view a tribute of Michael's life please go to www.grayfuneralhomes.com . Graveside services and burial will be 11:00AM Tuesday...
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Thomas M. Morick

October 8, 1923 - February 2, 2016

Thomas Michael Morick, 92, died Tuesday February 2, 2016, at the Veterans Memorial Home in Menlo Park, NJ where he had been living since April, 2015. Tom was born October 8, 1923 in Rhodesdale, Ohio to Michael and Anna Morick. His family moved to Nanticoke, PA where Tom and his 4 siblings (Mary, Joe, Harry, and Betty) spent most of their childhood. At the age of 18, Tom joined the army and...
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Margaret Arasin "Peggy" Metzger

October 15, 1958 - January 31, 2016

Margaret Arasin "Peggy" Metzger (Coppinger), 57, a lifelong resident of Cranford, NJ, passed away on Sunday January 31, 2016, after a lengthy illness. Peggy's Life Celebration will be Friday February 5th from 3:00-8:00PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford, where her funeral service will begin at 11:00AM Saturday February 6, 2015. Burial will be 11AM Wednesday February 10th,...
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Joan Katherine Nagle

October 29, 1928 - January 27, 2016

JOAN KATHERINE NAGLE, of Westfield, NJ, died January 27, 2016 at the Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains, NJ. Born Joan Katherine Murtha in Manhattan, NY, she spent her formative years at Our Lady of Lourdes School High School of the Blessed Sacrament and attended Hunter College. Prior to her marriage to Richard Nagle she was employed at Henri Bendel. She resided in Westfield for the past 60...
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Julia Teresa (nee Hersko) Wolf

March 14, 1917 - January 24, 2016

JULIA T. WOLF Wife of the Former Roselle Park Police Department Commissioner and Borough Councilman Julia Teresa Wolf (nee Hersko), 98, of Scotch Plains, NJ, passed away at her residence on Sunday, January 24, 2016. Julia's Life Celebration will be Friday January 29th from 2:00-5:00 and 7:00-9:00PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave, Cranford, where her funeral service...
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Bernice M. "Bernie" Dodds

October 29, 1923 - January 23, 2016

Bernice Davies Dodds, passed peacefully from this life on Saturday, January 23 in Basking Ridge, NJ. "Bernie" was born on October 29, 1923 in Newburgh, New York where she grew up. After graduating from Virginia Intermont College she met the love of her life and father of her four children, Bob Davies. Bernice and Bob lived in several towns in central New Jersey before settling in Westfield in...
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Marjorie D Gushard

September 30, 1920 - January 20, 2016

Marjorie D. Gushard, 95, of Cranford, NJ, died peacefully of natural causes on January 20, 2016. Born September 30, 1920, in Flushing, New York, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd and Elizabeth (Knapp) Dressner. In 1938 Marjorie attended Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA where she met the love of her life, William Howard (Gus) Gushard, from Philadelphia, PA. In 1942 they were married and...
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Scott M. Vander Wall

March 21, 1974 - January 19, 2016

Scott Martin Vander Wall died suddenly at his home in Wyckoff, NJ on Tuesday, January 19th. He was 41 years old. Scott was born and raised in Midland Park, NJ and attended Midland Park High School. He married Brenda (Haven) Vander Wall in 1993 and they raised two wonderful children together; Christopher Scott Vander Wall (age 22) and Samantha Marie Vander Wall (age 14). He also leaves...
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Elizabeth Alfes "Liz" Pye

March 8, 1940 - January 18, 2016

Elizabeth Alfes Pye, 75, of Cranford, passed away on Monday January 18, 2016, at her residence. Liz's Life Celebration will be Tuesday (today) January 19th from 5:00-9:00PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford. Her funeral mass will be celebrated at 9:30AM Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at St. Michael Catholic Church, 40 Alden St., Cranford. Interment will follow in...
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Inga M. Krohn

April 21, 1934 - January 10, 2016

Inga Martha Krohn of Basking Ridge, NJ passed away on Sunday, January 10 at Peggy Coloney's House in Scotch Plains, NJ. Born April 21, 1934 in Jersey City, NJ, Inga was the daughter of Maria and Hans Krohn. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Hunter College in New York and had worked, until she retired, at Exxon Corporation. Inga resided in Basking Ridge nearly 30 years. Inga is survived by...
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Antoinette Evaristo

September 30, 1932 - January 6, 2016

Mrs. Antoinette Evaristo age 83 passed away at the Center For Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. Born in Newark, New Jersey, she lived in Garwood before moving to Westfield in 2005. Before her retirement in 1996, she worked in Medical Records at St. James Hospital in Newark, NJ. Before that she was a secretary at St. James School. She is survived by her loving husband Manuel J....
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Mark L Samolewicz

July 27, 1957 - December 31, 2015

Mark L. Samolewicz, 58, lifelong resident of Roselle Park, NJ passed away on Thursday, December 31st. Mark's Life Celebration will be Tuesday January 5th, from 6:00-9:00PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10AM Wednesday January 6, 2016, at the Church of the Assumption, 113 Chiego Place, Roselle Park, NJ. To view a tribute of Mark...
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Helen Doris Bovenkerk

January 4, 1928 - December 30, 2015

Helen D. Bovenkerk, 87 Helen D. Bovenkerk passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2015, in the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, at the age of 87. Mrs. Bovenkerk was born on January 4, 1928, in Kearny, New Jersey. She and her first husband, William P. Cloyes, settled in Westfield, New Jersey, in 1954, where she became a member of the Presbyterian Church in Westfield and...
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Joan L. Rocco

December 1, 1942 - December 27, 2015

Joan L. Rocco age 73 passed away on Sunday December 27, 2015 at the Cranford Health and Extended Care Center. Born in New York City , she lived in Cranford for many years. She is pre deceased by her husband Frank Bush. She is survived by a sister, Nina Shimer, and many nieces and nephews. No visitation. A graveside service will be 11:30 am Wednesday December 30, 2015 at Fairview...
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Wellington Richard Mc Dowell

December 16, 1929 - December 13, 2015

Wellington Richard McDowell, known as Richard to all, was the owner of McDowells Oil Heat in Westfield NJ, a business his late father started in 1928. His parents were Fay Bert McDowell and Muriel Walton McDowell. Richard was born in the family home in Mountainside NJ on December 16, 1929. He lived and worked in the Westfield area his entire life. Richard's older brother, the late Howard J...
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Lois J. Bennis

September 8, 1928 - December 12, 2015

LOIS JEAN HERMAN BENNIS Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister, and Friend Poet, Photographer, Gardener, Doll Collector, Genealogist, Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer Scrabble World Champion Lois Jean "Lo-Gal" Herman Bennis passed away peacefully at her home in Lakewood, New Jersey with her loving family on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at the age of 87. Born in Elmira, NY, on September 8,...
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Henry A. Dreyer Jr.

April 8, 1943 - December 4, 2015

Henry Arnold Dreyer Jr., 72, who co-owned the legendary Dreyer Farm in Cranford , died December 4 in Overlook Medical Center, Summit, New Jersey. There will be no visitation, with private burial in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. The Gray Memorial Funeral Home in Cranford said a public memorial service will be held Wednesday 10 am December 9, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church in Cranford. ...
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Eileen S Hollingsworth

September 2, 1953 - November 27, 2015

Eileen Sheila Hollingsworth, 62, of Boynton Beach, FL, died on November 27, 2015 at her residence after a lengthy illness. Born in Newark, NJ, she was a graduate of Cranford High School Class of 1971. She was also a graduate of Kean University. An avid roller skater, Eileen conducted roller skating clinics for the Cranford Department of Recreation. She later planned roller skating events...
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Grace E. Parlapiano

August 22, 1930 - November 27, 2015

Grace Huff Parlapiano passed away on Friday November 27, 2015 at her residence at Brighton Gardens in West Orange. Born August 22, 1930 in her family's home on Court Street in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Grace was the youngest daughter of John Huff and Emma Harris Huff. She grew up in Elizabeth, graduating from Battin High School in 1948. She worked briefly for Kraft Foods on Worth Street in New...
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Mary Jane King

January 14, 1933 - November 20, 2015

Mary Jane King, 82 Mary Jane King passed away on 11/20/2015 in Norfolk, Va. She was the beloved: wife of Charles Emmett King (d. 1987), mother of Patricia, James, Michael and Edward; mother-in-law of Beth, Janice and Adriana; grandmother of Matthew, Mary and Thomas as well as sister to Nancy, James (deceased), Virginia (deceased) and Patrick (deceased). Funeral service will be held at Our...
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Mary Petrovcik

November 11, 1929 - November 17, 2015

Mary Petrovcik (nee Gallagher), 86, passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease on Tuesday, November 17, 2015. Mary was born in County Donegal, Ireland and moved to the United States in 1952. She married the late Jan Petrovcik and raised her family in Jersey City before moving to Fishkill, New York in 1985. She spent the last eight years as a resident of Brighton Gardens in...
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Margaret F Rudd

September 30, 1927 - November 11, 2015

Margaret F. Rudd, 88, passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, she graduated from Cranford High School 9class of 1945). She maintained many friendships from her high school days throughout her life. Margaret lived in Cranford the majority of her adult life and in later years worked at the Union County Courthouse as a secretary/transcriber in the probation...
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Peter Brennan

October 20, 1940 - November 10, 2015

Peter Brennan passed away at his residence in Springfield, NJ at the age of 75. Born in Washington DC, he most recently lived in Springfield, NJ. Surviving is his brother, Gordon, and a sister, Alison Brennan. A complete obituary is being composed.
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Donald Herbert Eckler

August 11, 1928 - November 5, 2015

Donald Herbert Eckler, 87, of Yardley, PA, died Thursday November 5, 2015 at his residence. Born in Buffalo, NY, Don was an electrical engineer, having retired from the Square D. Co. A veteran of the US Army, Don served during the Korean War period. He enjoyed travelling,and fishing, especially on Lake Ontario, Boothbay Harbor, ME, and Clearwater, FL. A photographer, Don also enjoyed big...
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Joseph M. Chencharik

February 20, 1926 - November 4, 2015

Joseph "Joe" Chencharik, 89, of Cranford, NJ passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 in the loving care of his family and the staff of Homeside Hospice and Cranford Health Extended Care Center. Joe was born and grew up in the "Down Neck" section of Newark where he attended Hawkins Street School and East Side High School before leaving to enlist in the Army during World War II. He served in...
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Joseph Szymanski

May 20, 1927 - November 3, 2015

Joseph Szymanski died peacefully in his sleep on November 3, 2015 at Atrium Senior Living of Princeton. Joseph was born on May 20, 1927 in Jablonowo Pomorskie, a farming community in North Central Poland. Before WWII, he apprenticed and became a master cabinet-maker and wood worker. During the war, Joseph was forced to work in a factory under the German occupation. From there he was...
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Diane Hunter de Hosson

August 8, 1933 - November 2, 2015

Diane Hunter de Hosson passed away Monday, November 2, 2015 at her home in Chatham, New Jersey. She graduated from Westfield High School and was educated at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She was also a member of Alpha Omicron Pi International Sorority. She had been employed by American Airlines at Liberty International Airport for 11 years, working in the Flight Department and on Air...
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Marcia Ann Skoog

March 28, 1935 - October 31, 2015

Marcia Ann Skoog, age 80, passed away on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at the Cranford Health and Extended Care Center. Born in Port Chester, New York, spent most of her early years in Rye, New York, she most recently lived in Cranford where she raised her family. She is survived by her loving husband, Erik A. Skoog, her adoring children, daughter Kristine A. White, and her significant other...
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John Francis Dalton , Jr.

July 1, 1926 - October 31, 2015

Jack Dalton, Longtime Coach and Teacher at St. Benedicts Prep. John (Jack) F. Dalton, of Cranford passed away on October 31, 2015. He was 89 years old. Visitation and Life Celebration will be held at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Ave, Cranford, NJ on Tuesday, November 3 at 7 - 9pm and Wednesday, November 4 at 2 - 4pm and 7 - 9pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St....
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Pedro Juan Colon

November 27, 1942 - October 29, 2015


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James A. "Jim" Holland III

November 29, 1961 - October 27, 2015

James A. Holland III died suddenly on October 27, 2015 at the too young age of 53. Jim grew up in Union N.J., and later lived in several places including Morristown, Peapack and, most recently, Belvidiere. As a youth Jim was very active in Boy Scouts and advanced to the rank of Eagle. Jim graduated from Rutgers University and earned an M.B.A. from Pace University. After graduation he worked...
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Bernice K. Worth

November 10, 1922 - October 26, 2015

Bernice Katherine Beattie Worth – 1922 – 2015 Bernice Worth, 92 entered into eternal rest on Monday, October 26 in Omaha, NE. Bernice was born in Plainfield NJ on November 10, 1922 and lived in Scotch Plains and Whiting until relocating to Omaha to be closer to family. Her parents Louis and Katherine Beattie, and her sister Joyce Lee predeceased her. She is survived by her loving...
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Jean Elizabeth (nee Titus) Apsley

December 15, 1932 - October 26, 2015

Jean E. Titus Apsley Lifelong resident of Roselle Park Jean Elizabeth Apsley passed away on Monday, October 26, 2015. Jean continued to witness her faith in the afterlife during her sudden illness. She was surrounded by...
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Joanne Reynolds

June 11, 1942 - October 19, 2015

A beautiful woman, a loving and caring mother, grandmother and wife. Her love of movies, music, dancing and playing games with her family and friends will never be forgotten. She lived a life in her final years filled with the sounds of her grandchildren. And her final hours were filled with the love and comfort of her children and extended family. She will never be forgotten. A visitation...
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Bayard Taylor "Bob" McWilliams

December 12, 1924 - October 9, 2015

Bayard Taylor McWilliams died on October 9, 2015 in Somerville, New Jersey after a short illness. He was 90. Bayard, known as Bob, was born on December, 12, 1924 in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania to parents Howard and Julia (Jones) McWilliams. During World War II, Bob was conscripted in the U.S. Army and later served as an army engineer on reconstruction in Vienna. After working for Boeing and...
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John "Donnie" Gallicchio

November 21, 1963 - October 6, 2015

John "Donnie" Gallicchio, 51, of Middlesex, NJ, died suddenly, on Tuesday October 6, 2015. John was a masonry contractor for many years, having started in the business with his father, the late Nunziante Gallicchio. Devoted to his family, Donnie was an avid fan of the NFL Oakland Raiders, and enjoyed going to the track to watch horse racing. He is survived by his adoring daughters: Nicole Costa,...
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Arlene M. Neeson

May 27, 1924 - October 4, 2015

Arlene May Neeson Arlene May Neeson (nee Grossmann) passed away at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, in New Brunswick, N.J., on Sunday, October 4, 2015. She was 91. Cremation arrangements are being handled by Gray Funeral Home, in Cranford, N.J. A memorial service in her honor will be held at a later date at Linden Presbyterian Church. Arlene lived in Paterson, N.J. her whole life until February...
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Ruth Ann Halko

October 10, 1947 - October 2, 2015

Ruth Ann Halko, of Cranford, NJ, passed away suddenly in her home on Friday, October 2, 2015. She was born in Rahway, NJ, on October 10, 1947, to the late Donald Wehrenberg Sr. and Joan Metzger. She was pre deceased by her husband, Joseph Halko. Surviving are her daughter Ruthie Halko, brother Donald Wehrenberg Jr, and his wife Donna, and nephews Jason and Justin Wehrenberg. Also surviving...
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Harold Spencer Wolff, Sr.

September 24, 1918 - October 1, 2015

Mr. Harold S. Wolff, 97, formerly of Westfield, passed away in Vero Beach, Florida on October 1, 2015. Visitation will begin at 10AM Wednesday October 7, 2015, at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield, where his funeral service will follow at 11AM. Burial with honors will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Harold (Harry) Wolff was born September 24, 1918 in Elizabeth, New...
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