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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

Janet Oneil Jackson

January 25, 1937 - October 26, 2020

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

June 28, 1933 - October 24, 2020

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

April 9, 1914 - October 10, 2020

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

December 6, 1930 - October 7, 2020

Celina Tonda of Miami, Florida 12-16-1930 – 10-7-2020 Our beloved mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, sister and friend, Celina Tonda, has passed. Born in the town of Iguara, Cuba, she was the mother of Adrian, Hortensia and Tania. She will be missed immensely not only for the wonderful mother, wife, sister, grandmother, greatgrandmother and friend that she was, but for her...
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Richard W. Nicholls, Sr.

April 2, 1930 - October 5, 2020

Richard "Dick" W. Nicholls, 90, of Cranford, NJ, passed away surrounded by family, on October 5, 2020. He was born on April 2, 1930, in Blakely, PA. Dick was a graduate of Blakely High School (1947), Keystone Jr. College (1949), and Lehigh University (1951) where he obtained a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. After moving to New Jersey, Dick was employed by Merck & Co. from 1951-1953 as a Process...
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Lillian Catherine Vogel

January 25, 1918 - October 3, 2020

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

March 29, 1934 - September 20, 2020

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

December 8, 1936 - September 10, 2020

Nancy Gillan Cranford resident; passionate about her faith, her church, and education as elementary school teacher and tutor in retirement Nancy Gillan (formerly Roberts, nee Novovesky), native of Woodbridge, N.J., and resident of Cranford, N.J., passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, at the age of 83. Nancy was a teacher at the George Washington Elementary School No. 1 in...
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Brian W. Sharkey

December 4, 1950 - September 9, 2020

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

July 31, 1933 - September 8, 2020

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

December 14, 1940 - September 8, 2020

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

August 6, 1949 - September 7, 2020

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

March 28, 1946 - September 6, 2020

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

October 6, 1928 - September 5, 2020

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

April 3, 1934 - August 30, 2020

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

July 7, 1921 - August 29, 2020

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

November 11, 1962 - August 20, 2020

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

January 29, 1935 - August 14, 2020

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

February 25, 1921 - August 4, 2020

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

October 27, 1959 - August 3, 2020

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

August 9, 1927 - July 30, 2020

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George Hodges Bidgood

November 25, 1927 - July 30, 2020

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

September 25, 1939 - July 21, 2020

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

February 5, 1950 - July 5, 2020

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Anastasia Heins

September 11, 1931 - June 23, 2020

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

July 24, 1930 - June 21, 2020

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

January 10, 1946 - June 19, 2020

On Friday June 19, 2020, Raymond Jude Horrigan, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away at the age of 74. Ray was born on January 10,1946 in Jersey City, NJ to Raymond & Ruth Horrigan. He had a dedicated career in the insurance industry but his favorite titles were Dad & Poppy. On April 13,1969 he married his wife Trudy Walsh and they raised two daughters Susan & Jill in Cranford,...
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Thomas Fitzsimmons

July 11, 1931 - June 18, 2020

Thomas John Fitzsimmons, 88, of Cranford, NJ, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 18, 2020. Thomas was born July 11, 1931 in Avoca, PA to the late Thomas Damian Fitzsimmons and Helen Sheridan Fitzsimmons. As a Radio Maintainer assigned to the 528th Aircraft Control and Warning Group, for the Far East Air Force at Johnson Air Base in Japan, Thomas served his country during the Korean War, from...
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John Patrick "Jack" Byrne, Jr.

July 5, 1960 - June 12, 2020

John "Jack" Patrick Byrne Jr. (59) - 6/12/2020 - passed away peacefully at his home in Clark surrounded by his loving family. Born in Elizabeth, he was raised in Cranford and was a longtime resident of Union and eventually Clark. He was a graduate of Cranford High School, Class of 1978 and worked for the U.S Department of Justice for 25 years. Prior to working for the DOJ he was a licensed...
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Adelina G. Ferreira

February 25, 1945 - June 10, 2020

Adelina de Jesus Tavares Guerra Ferreira, 75, of Colonia, NJ, died on Wednesday (June 10th, 2020) in her home surrounded by loved ones, while holding her children's hand, due to complications of ALS. Adele was born on February 25th, 1945, in Vila Cortes da Serra, Gouveia, Portugal. As was common in most cases for families when migrating to the United States of America, her family became...
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Nancy Marie (New) Whitbred

May 10, 1930 - June 8, 2020

Nancy Marie New Whitbred passed away on June 8, 2020 surrounded by her family at her home in Mountainside, NJ, she was 90 years old. Nancy grew up in Elizabeth, NJ and was a graduate of Battin High School where she won the drama award for excellence in theater. She married Willard R. Whitbred in 1951 and moved to Mountainside, NJ where they raised three children. Nancy was a devoted and loving...
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Daniel W. Brois

August 26, 1964 - June 6, 2020

Obituary for Daniel W. Brois August 26, 1964 – June 6, 2020 Cranford, New Jersey | Age 55 Daniel W. Brois, 55, of Cranford, NJ, returned home to The Lord on Saturday, June 6, 2020. Born in Summit, New Jersey, to Stanley J. and Theresa J. Brois. Dan was the youngest of three children; he is survived by his brother Thomas Edward and his sister, Victoria Mary Pavlovsky. As a child, Dan...
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Alwine Lois Hasselman

January 29, 1924 - June 2, 2020

Alwine Lois Hasselman, 96, was laid to rest Monday, June 8th , 2020 at the Presbyterian Cemetery in Springfield, NJ. Alwine (who we all knew as Lois) was a lifelong resident of Garwood, NJ where she raised 5 children, Margaret, Barbara, Donald, Kurt and William with her husband Walter, who predeceased her. She worked at her family business Mende's florist, located in Springfield, NJ for many...
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Karl Larson Burke

May 23, 1981 - May 18, 2020

Karl Larson Burke was born on May 23, 1981 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As a young child he was full of life and energy. He was an avid sports fan and loved to cheer on his favorite teams. He was the best improv comedian anyone would be lucky to experience. He was a well of knowledge about history, movies, science, music and art. A true renaissance man. However, his most heartfelt passion was music...
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Janet Randall

July 18, 1919 - May 17, 2020

Janet Randall passed away on May 17 2020 from pneumonia caused by Covid 19 at the age of 100. Born Janet Murray in Leith, Scotland, she moved to London, England where she lived through the Blitz and met her husband Ronald. She and her husband emigrated to the United States in 1951 where they settled first in Chicago. They moved to Cranford, New Jersey in about 1957. They had five children:...
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Stewart Thompson Crane, Jr.

August 29, 1932 - May 9, 2020

Stewart T. Crane Jr. Stewart Thompson Crane Jr. of Westfield NJ passed peacefully on Saturday May 9, 2020. He was born in Elizabeth, NJ on August 29, 1932 as the second child of Stewart Thompson Crane Sr. and Elise Terry Crane. He was raised mostly in Cranford NJ and graduated from Cranford High. Stew, as he was known to his friends & family, joined and served in the Navy during the Korean...
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Ruth Pringle

December 4, 1932 - May 8, 2020

Eleanor Ruth McCracken Pringle, known to all as Ruth, died peacefully on Friday, May 8, 2020 in East Windsor, NJ of complications arising from Covid-19 and dementia. She was 87 years old. Ruth was a brilliant, scientifically-trained, self-sufficient woman who devoted herself to her family, her church, and to helping others. Ruth was born on December 4, 1932 in Newark, NJ, the daughter of...
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Wm. Glenn Gandy

October 27, 1941 - May 6, 2020

William Glenn Gandy (78) died May 6, 2020 at the Lyons V.A. C.L.C. from COVID19. Born October 27, 1941 in Franklin County, Alabama to Henry and Effie Gandy, he is survived by his siblings Shirley Brocato and Gary Gandy. Glenn entered the United States Marine Corps in February 1964 and two years of his nine years' of service were spent in Vietnam. For his valor he was awarded the Silver...
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Arvind Gordhanbhai Patel

June 24, 1938 - May 6, 2020

Arvind Gordhanbhai Patel, 81, of Roselle Park, NJ, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth, NJ. Arvind was born on June 24, 1938 to Suragban and Gordhanbhai Patel in Malala, Uganda. He met the love of his life, Purnima Patel, and married her on October 30, 1965. Arvind will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Purnima, his two sons, Kumar and...
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Clinton Harris Miller III

November 22, 1931 - May 3, 2020

Clinton Harris Miller III November 22, 1931 – May 3, 2020 Clinton Harris Miller III of Cranford, NJ, died on May 3, 2020, at the age of 88. He had lived with kidney disease for more than two decades, and died suddenly following several months of declining health. His wife Nancy was by his side. He was born on November 22, 1931, in Elizabeth, NJ, the only child of Clinton H. Miller Jr...
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Luz Maria Landrove Soto

May 29, 1921 - May 3, 2020

Luz Maria Landrove Soto, 98 years of age, passed away on Sunday May 3, 2020, at Atria Senior Living in Cranford, NJ. Affectionately called Luciola by all who knew and loved her, she was born and grew up in Bayamo, Cuba to Francisco Soto Izquierdo and Eugenia Figueredo Vega. She was the second youngest in a large family, with three sisters and six brothers, all of whom served to guide and...
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Frances Huckel

September 24, 1924 - April 28, 2020

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Charles Baker "Bud" Allewelt

May 25, 1926 - April 23, 2020

Charles Baker Allewelt, 93, passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at Cranford Park Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Cranford, NJ where he resided. Charles was born to the late Charles Bookman Allewelt and Margaret Appenzellar Allewelt, on May 25, 1926 in Hanover, PA. Charles, known affectionately to family and friends as "Bud" or "Charley," graduated from Eichelberger Senior High...
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Elma Louise Munster

October 21, 1930 - April 22, 2020

Elma Louise Munster, 89, a woman of deep faith and conviction, passed away peacefully on Wednesday April 22, 2020 at Sunrise Assisted Living in Westfield. A loving wife and mother, she was born in Belleville, New Jersey to Nicholas and Anna Kleinknecht and was the youngest of the 3 Kleinknecht ("Dolly") sisters. She worked for a number of years at Prudential in Newark, and eventually married her...
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Strato Nicholas Xenelis

December 10, 1921 - April 19, 2020

Tribute to Strato Nicholas Xenelis December 10, 1921 – April 19, 2020 Loving Husband, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Uncle and Friend Strato N. Xenelis, a long time resident of Cranford, NJ passed away peacefully at the age of 98 on Sunday, April 19, 2020. He is predeceased by his wife, Alice to whom he was married for sixty seven years. Strato was born in Eressos, a village...
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Eileen "Lile" Howard

February 7, 1927 - April 18, 2020

Eileen Howard, (nee Tangney), 93, passed away peacefully at home Saturday, 18 April 2020, after a long illness. Her death was not related to the current COVID-19 pandemic. 'Lile' was born in Rosnacarthna Mor, Faha, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland and attended Faha Cross School and The Presentation Convent Secondary School, Killarney, where her life long love of learning was kindled. She...
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Robert Hargro

February 3, 1942 - April 17, 2020

Robert Hargro was born February 3,1942 in North Carolina. He departed this life on April 17, 2020. Robert had a love for music of all types- Motown, Jazz, R&B, Classical, early Rock and Roll and country. He enjoyed the hustle and bustle of New York City where he worked for over 35 years and could be routinely seen in a hat of his favourite NFL team, the NY Jets. Robert leaves behind to cherish...
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Lauramae Weber Cutler

March 22, 1922 - April 17, 2020

Long-time Westfield resident Lauramae Cutler, 98, passed away peacefully on April 17th. Born in Westerville, Ohio, she was the oldest of four children. She earned a B. A. Degree in Chemistry from Maryville College in 1943 and studied at the University of Akron while working at B. F. Goodrich. There, she met her future husband, Frank A. Cutler Jr., and following their marriage in 1946, moved...
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Ryan Christopher Mee

July 1, 1994 - April 17, 2020

Ryan Christopher Mee, 25, of Delran, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2020 in the arms of his true love and high school sweet heart. Ryan Christopher was born in Livingston, New Jersey on July 1, 1994 to Steven Scott Mee and Jennifer Palumbo Mee. He came into this world kicking and screaming, but then quickly smiled up into his momma's eyes. Ryan's vivacious nature just...
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June S. Sulley

August 22, 1930 - April 15, 2020

June Sulley, 89 of Cranford, NJ passed away on Wednesday, April 15. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph F. Sulley and her parents Mildred (nee Hamilton) and Henry H. Schulz. She is survived by her children Lise Sulley (Robert Fincke), James Sulley (Maria) and George Sulley ( Jeanine Regusa), 7 grandchildren Krista, Samantha, Ian, Elizabeth, James, Ryan and Emma and her 2 cats. June was born...
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Kenneth J. House

May 18, 1942 - April 15, 2020

Kenneth J. House passed away on April 15, 2020 at the Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center in Chatham, NJ. Ken was born in Elizabeth NJ on May 18, 1942 to Berton and Louise (Buhr) House. He grew up in South Bound Brook where he inherited his love of flying from his dad. With money earned from his Courier News paper route, Ken bicycled to Somerset Airport to take flying lessons. At age...
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Joseph S. Papa

January 23, 1937 - April 12, 2020

Joseph (Joe) Sebastian Papa of Cranford, New Jersey, passed away at age 83 on Sunday April 12, 2020 while in residence at the Cornell Hall nursing home in Union New Jersey. Joseph was born on January 23, 1937 in Long Island City, NY to Joseph Papa and Carmella (Caudo) Papa. His family moved to Roselle, NJ in 1947 where he graduated from Abraham Clark High School in 1954. He lettered in...
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Robert A. Nicholas

October 28, 1932 - April 5, 2020

Robert A Nicholas Bob Nicholas passed away late Sunday night 4/5/20 at the age of 87 at the Cranford Nursing and Rehab. Bob was born October 28, 1932 in Kearney NJ to parents Lionel and Rose Nicholas. Bob leaves behind his 2 daughters Kelly Brinkerhoff, her husband David, and Nancy Venezia, his daughter-in-law Tammie Nicholas and grandchildren Heather, Brian and Anthony Nicholas, David, Steven,...
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Else Theobald Falk

July 25, 1929 - April 4, 2020

Else Theobald Falk, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, a longtime resident of Berkeley Heights, entered into eternal rest on April 4, 2020. Born in Pirmasens, Germany, she came to the United States in 1955 when she married her husband of 65 years, Bernard. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her four children, Katherine and her husband Robert Hubbuch, John and...
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Carmen Milagros Manto

August 7, 1944 - April 3, 2020

Carmen Milagros Manto, 75, of Cranford, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 3rd. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico to the late Juan Almodovar and Rosario Rivera Sosa, Carmen lived most of her life in New York City where she was a paraprofessional for PS 152. There she raised her three children, Elizabeth Marty-Dalli, Nelson...
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John Elder Cohoon

October 24, 1923 - April 2, 2020

John Elder Cohoon was born October 24, 1923 in Easthampton, MA to Foster L. Cohoon and Helen B. Elder. His achievements started early when he attended the first National Boy Scout Jamboree in Washington DC in 1937 and succeeded in attaining the milestone of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Franklin High School in 1941 and went on to graduate as valedictorian of the first graduating class of Dean...
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James Hamilton Sedam, Jr.

June 10, 1944 - April 1, 2020

A complete obituary is being composed. No visitation. A memorial service will be held in the future at the First Baptist Church of Metuchen. Please visit this web site for future services.
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Karen Gustavsen

August 20, 1950 - March 29, 2020

Karen Gustavsen, 69, long time Cranford, NJ resident died Sunday, March 29th. Karen is survived by her children Kevin, Michaele, Michael, and Lauren, nine grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. She also leaves behind her older sister Judi and younger brother Russell, as well two nieces (Gina and Lisa), two grandnieces, a grandnephew, and many cousins who loved her. Karen was a very...
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Joan Louise Dalton

September 27, 1931 - March 28, 2020

Joan Louise Dalton, 88, long time Cranford, NJ resident, died Saturday, March 28, 2020 of respiratory failure after a short illness. Joan spent her final year at St. Joseph's Senior Home, Woodbridge, NJ. She was born in Linden, NJ on September 27, 1931, the daughter of Michael and Rose Fragale Poleski. Joan grew up in Linden and graduated from Linden High School in 1948. She graduated from...
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George F MacKenzie

May 13, 1936 - March 26, 2020

George F. MacKenzie, 83, longtime resident of Westfield NJ, went into the presence of his Savior and the Lord of his life on Thursday March 26 at home in Holmdel NJ. George was the son of Fred and Edith (Gibb) MacKenzie and grew up in Kenilworth NJ. He attended Jonathan Dayton HS in Springfield NJ and Wheaton College, Wheaton IL. After graduation he joined his father in the family business,...
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Robert Fairbairn Derrey

August 12, 1931 - March 26, 2020

Robert Fairbairn Derrey passed away peacefully on March 26, 2020 after nearly nine decades of a life well-lived. Born to Natalie Fairbairn Derrey and Roger Derrey on August 12, 1931, Robert (Bob) was raised by his mother and grandparents, prominent Westfield residents Robert and Frances Fairbairn, at their historic family home on Kimball Avenue. Known as Brute to his family and close friends, Bob...
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Joanne A Sullebarger

June 19, 1930 - March 25, 2020

Joanne Aspinall Sullebarger, a Westfield resident for over 50 years, passed away peacefully on March 25, 2020 in Cincinnati where she had lived since 2014. Born in Newark in 1930, she attended the Vail-Deane School in Elizabeth. She received a B.A. from Douglass College in 1952 after also attending Mount Holyoke College and Barnard and later obtained a certificate from the New York School of...
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Rose Cecelia Foley

October 3, 1927 - March 16, 2020

Rose Cecelia Foley 92 of Brick Township NJ passed away peacefully in the early morning on March 16 at home surrounded by her family. She was born in Jersey City to a large loving family of 11 as the youngest child to Antonio and Antonina Montalbano. She was married to her loving husband Frank Joseph Foley Jr. in 1953 who preceded her in death in 1999. She is survived by her loving daughters Anita...
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Patricia Marie Cavin

November 20, 1950 - March 8, 2020

Patricia Marie Cavin, 69, of Toms River, passed away early Sunday morning March 8, 2020, at Arbors Care Center, Manchester Twp, NJ after an illness. Born in Newark to the late Michael and Josephine Thomas Yacullo, Patty was a graduate of Vailsburg High School, Newark, Class of 1968. Patty worked for Lord & Taylor Department Store, Westfield, in the Jewelry department. Prior to that she worked for...
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Michael J. Azzolino

January 14, 1940 - March 1, 2020

Michael J. Azzolino, 80 years old, of Elmwood Park, NJ passed away on March 1, 2020 after a long illness. Michael was born in Newark, NJ on January 14, 1940 to Jenny (nee Casa Massima) and Frank Azzolino. He graduated from Newark's Central High School in 1958. Michael was a member of The Apollos recording artists known for their songs "I Love You Darling" and "Bandstand Baby." He enjoyed...
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Jean W. Kleespies

August 31, 1929 - February 21, 2020

Jean Louise (Wolfram) Kleespies August 31, 1929 - February 21, 2020 Jean Louise (Wolfram) Kleespies, 90, formerly of Lynbrook, NY and Danville, VT, passed away on Friday, February 21, 2020 surrounded by her family. Daughter of the late Alfred & Jessie Wolfram, she grew up, married and raised her family in Lynbrook, NY before retiring to Danville, VT with her husband, John, in 1989. She is...
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Stanley James Brois

March 22, 1931 - February 19, 2020

Obituary for Mr. Stanley J. Brois March 22, 1931 - February 19, 2020 Cranford, New Jersey | Age 88 Stanley J. Brois, 88, of Cranford, NJ, passed away on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. Born in Bronx, NY, Stan was the youngest of eight children who helped in his family grocery store while growing up and then was awarded a football scholarship at Fordham University where he earned his...
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Dorothy Emelia Smith

November 1, 1931 - February 17, 2020

Dorothy E. Smith (Galli), 88, of Westfield, New Jersey, passed away on Monday, February 17, 2020. A Memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church, 125 Elmer Street in Westfield, N.J., on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 2:00pm. She was born to the late Rebello and Lena May Galli, November 1, 1931. Dorothy received a BA in Political Science from Brown University in 1953. She married...
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Alfred F. Lesiak

May 6, 1945 - February 15, 2020

Alfred F. Lesiak, Jr., 74, of Tinton Falls, NJ, passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2020. Born in Jersey City, NJ, Al earned a master's degree in economics from Jersey City State College and went on to teach history in the Woodbridge Township School District for over 30 years. After getting married Al found a one-acre lot on a parcel of land owned by the Van Nuys farming farm where he built a...
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John A Ridge

March 20, 1961 - February 7, 2020

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

October 24, 1925 - February 2, 2020

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

August 21, 1926 - January 29, 2020

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

January 18, 1928 - January 29, 2020

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

March 14, 1931 - January 28, 2020

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

November 8, 1931 - January 25, 2020

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

January 1, 1930 - January 25, 2020

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

May 19, 1934 - January 25, 2020

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

August 11, 1943 - December 29, 2019

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

February 26, 1970 - December 28, 2019

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

September 14, 1927 - December 28, 2019

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

July 31, 1918 - December 24, 2019

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

March 10, 1942 - December 23, 2019

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

October 22, 1945 - December 22, 2019

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

September 7, 1956 - December 20, 2019

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

March 7, 1949 - December 10, 2019

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

August 12, 1921 - December 10, 2019

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

January 26, 1948 - December 5, 2019

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

April 17, 1928 - November 29, 2019

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

April 1, 1942 - November 27, 2019

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

June 30, 1931 - November 24, 2019

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

October 11, 1941 - November 19, 2019

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

December 8, 1929 - November 5, 2019

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

June 23, 1917 - November 3, 2019

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

August 22, 1929 - November 3, 2019

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

October 10, 1932 - October 29, 2019

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

December 14, 1949 - October 29, 2019

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

September 18, 1920 - October 28, 2019

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

May 8, 1967 - October 26, 2019

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

June 17, 1932 - October 23, 2019

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

November 26, 1960 - October 21, 2019

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