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Our Obituaries

Charles Bracken Aurand

February 28, 1950 - September 19, 2017

Charles B. Aurand February 28, 1950 – September 19, 2017 Charles Bracken Aurand, 67 formerly of Cranford, NJ passed away peacefully and surrounded by the love of his family on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at St. Luke's Hospice House in Bethlehem, PA after battling Alzheimer's disease. Born on February 28, 1950 in Westfield, NJ – he was the son of the late Elwin C and Vera B Aurand; He...
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John J. "Jay" Hartmann , Jr.

May 2, 1953 - September 9, 2017

John J. Hartmann Jr. "Jay" 64, passed on September 9, 2017. Jay's Life Celebration and visitation will be held at Gray Memorial Funeral Home at 12 Springfield Avenue , Cranford, NJ on Tuesday September 12th from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. His funeral mass will be celebrated at 9:30AM Wednesday September 13, 2017 at St. Michael's Church at 40 Alden St. in Cranford. Please go to: www.grayfuneralhomes.com...
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Eliane G Bobin

December 11, 1920 - August 31, 2017

Eliane G. Bobin Worked at Local Piano Store Miss Eliane G. Bobin , at the age of 96, went to her eternal rest on Thursday, August 31.She had been a resident of Cranford Health and Rehabilitation Center for about four years and enjoyed the company of the staff there. She was a lifelong lover of fashion and music, and appreciated the finer things in life. She took pride in her organization of...
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June Westdyke McDaniel

February 18, 1925 - August 27, 2017

June Westdyke McDaniel June W. McDaniel, formerly of Westfield, died Sunday August 27, at her residence in Fellowship Village, Basking Ridge, NJ. She was 92 years of age. June was predeceased by her husband Raymond W. McDaniel. June volunteered for many years at The Consignmant Shop, Flemington, NJ. Benefits of which go to trasitional house of Safe in Hunterdon to help victims of...
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Peter Fryziuk

June 16, 1927 - August 26, 2017

Peter Fryziuk, 90, formerly of Mountainside, passed away on Saturday August 26, 2017, at Easton Hospital, in Easton, PA, where he resided for the past several years. Born in Sadjava, Ukraine, he came to America in the late 1950s. He was retired from the B&M Finishers company in Kenilworth. Peter was devoted to his faith, and was a longtime member of St. John The Baptist Ukrainian Catholic...
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Betty Hosford

June 8, 1925 - August 20, 2017

Betty (Myrtle E.) Hosford was born June 8th, 1925 in Roselle, N.J. to Alva and Ethel Dunbaden. She was predeceased by her younger sister Jean Tice and her younger brother Richard (Mickey) Dunbaden. She is survived by her eldest daughter, Jean Marie Harris, her middle child, Ruth Ann Hosford, and her youngest, William Jonathan Hosford. She is also survived by five grandchildren, and 4 great...
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Mary (Gougoumis) Karagannis

October 6, 1923 - August 14, 2017

Mary Karagannis (nee Gougoumis), 93, of Freehold, NJ, passed away on Monday August 14, 2017, at The Manor, a nursing and care center in Freehold. Born in New York City, Mary had worked as a bookkeeper for the Karis Paper and Food Distributing company in Newark, NJ. She was the beloved wife of the late Peter D. Karagannis, who died in 1990. She was also preceded in death by a son-in-law: Neil...
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Joan V. Stone

March 18, 1918 - July 31, 2017

Joan Valentine Stone, a longtime Westfield resident, passed away peacefully on July 31, 2017 after a long illness. She was 99. Survivors include her son Greg, his wife Mary, their children Lauren and Jack, Joan's sister Lilian and many nieces and nephews. Joan was born in Butler, Pennsylvania and moved to Elizabeth, New Jersey at the age of ten. She spent two years in Europe as a...
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Evonthia " Evon" Karveli Laskaris

March 16, 1937 - July 27, 2017

Evonthia Karveli "Evon" Laskaris, 80, of Fanwood, NJ passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Visitation will take place at Gray Funeral Home, 318 E Broad St, Westfield, NJ on Sunday, July 30 from 4:00-7:00 pm. The funeral service will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Westfield, NJ on Monday, July 31 at 11:00 followed by interment at Ocean...
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Carolyn Nichols Wilday

August 19, 1919 - July 22, 2017

Carolyn Nichols Wilday Carolyn Nichols Wilday, long term resident of Sun City, California, died on Saturday, July 22 in Charleston, South Carolina. Carolyn was 97. She was born on August 19, 1919 in Washington D.C. to Henry W. Nichols and Bertha Bell Nichols. Carolyn attended elementary and high school in Westfield, New Jersey and also attended Syracuse University in New York. In 1941, Carolyn...
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Donna Eckler

August 8, 1952 - July 20, 2017

Donna Eckler, 64, of Fords, NJ, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 20 with Bob Farrar by her side at her residence. Born in Jersey City, NJ, Donna spent most of her professional career as an Administrative and Editorial Manager for AT&T Communications. Donna loved to travel, some of her favorite places were Lake George, NY and Sunny Florida. She also was an Athlete at heart, especially...
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Robert W. Selvig

July 9, 1918 - July 18, 2017

Robert W. Selvig, 99, of Tewksbury, passed away at home July 18 surrounded by his loving family. His parents immigrated to the US from Norway and settled in Chicago where Robert was born. A decade later, his father was transferred to Westfield where Robert would spend early adulthood. His education at UVM and NYU was interspersed with adventures riding the rails, followed by five years in service...
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Anthony R. Espuga

October 27, 1938 - July 10, 2017

Anthony R Espuga October 27, 1938 – July 10, 2017 Anthony Richard Espuga also known as Tony, died peacefully Monday July 10, 2017. He was born on October 27, 1938 in Elizabeth NJ. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and is a Graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor in Business Administration. Tony and Bev were married in 1961 and they resided in Cranford NJ since 1967. ...
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Luis Socorro Mendez

January 6, 1937 - July 5, 2017

Luis S. Mendez, 80, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by loved ones on July 5, 2017. Luis was born in Havana, Cuba on January 6, 1937 and studied law at the University of Havana. Forced to flee his home country to escape political persecution, he ultimately arrived in New York in 1961. Luis utilized his keen business acumen and steadfast determination to propel himself with...
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Gregory D. Winter

April 30, 1949 - July 3, 2017

Gregory D. Winter Obituary Gregory D. Winter, 68, of Westfield NJ died peacefully in his sleep on Monday July 3, 2017 while on vacation in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Visitation will be at Gray Funeral Home in Westfield on Thursday July 20 from 4-8 PM. A funeral service will be held on Friday July 21 at 11 AM at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 414 E. Broad Street in Westfield. An interment...
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Steven Scott Mee

July 22, 1963 - July 3, 2017

Steven Scott Mee, 53, of Delran, New Jersey, passed away on July 3rd, 2017 peacefully in his sleep. Steve was born in Newark, New Jersey on July 22nd 1963. He graduated from Scotch Plains/Fanwood High School in 1981 and then attended Union County College. Steve was married to Jennifer (Palumbo) Mee on October 4th, 1992. They were married 24 years. Steve worked as a compliance director...
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Constance L. Hansen

September 17, 1920 - June 27, 2017

Constance L. Hansen Cranford Resident Constance L. Hansen, 96, passed away June 27, 2017. Funeral arrangements are with Gray Memorial Funeral Home, Cranford, N.J., where visitation and life celebration will be on Friday, June 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael's R.C. Church, Cranford, on Saturday, July 1, at 8:45 a.m. Constance was a resident of...
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Thomas J. Sensbach, Sr.

July 6, 1929 - June 18, 2017

Thomas "Tom" Sensbach, 87, of Fayson Lakes, NJ, passed away on June 18, 2017. Tom's visitation will be on Thursday June 22nd from 4:00-8:00PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield, where his funeral service will begin at 10AM Friday June 23, 2017. Please go to: www.grayfuneralhomes.com to view Tom's Life Tribute. Tom was born in Westfield, NJ, the son of the late Siebert and...
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William F. Kanzler

August 26, 1926 - June 18, 2017

William F. Kanzler, 90, a longtime resident of Cranford, died on Sunday June 18, 2017, at JFK Medical Center-Hospice, Edison, NJ. William's visitation will be on Thursday June 22nd from 5:00-8:00PM at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford. His funeral mass will be celebrated at 9:30AM Friday June 23, 2017, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 40 Alden St., Cranford. Interment will...
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Sally Sanders

June 3, 1920 - June 12, 2017

SALLY SANDERS, 97, of Garwood, died Monday June 12, 2017 at her residence. Sally's visitation will be on Wednesday June 14th, from 4:00-8:00PM, at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, where her funeral service will begin at 10AM Thursday June 15, 2017. Please go to: www.grayfuneralhomes.com to offer condolences. Interment will follow in Rosedale Cemetery, Linden. Born...
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Madalen O. Salls

July 23, 1923 - June 2, 2017

Madalen O. Salls Madalen O. Salls, 93, a longtime resident of Union, NJ, passed away on Friday June 2, 2017. Madalen's visitation will be Tuesday June 6th, from 6:00-8:00PM at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Ave. Cranford. Please go to: www.grayfuneralhomes.com to offer condolences. Her funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:15AM Wednesday June 7, 2017 at St. Michael Catholic Church...
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B. Schmidt

October 14, 1933 - May 27, 2017

Eleanore Schmidt (nee Braun), 83, of Mountainside passed away peacefully on Saturday May 27 at her son's home in Warren, NJ. Private arrangements are by the Gray Funeral Home in Westfield, NJ. A memorial service will be held at 12 pm on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the Community Presbyterian Church in Mountainside, NJ. Mrs. Schmidt worked in retail sales for many years at Sealfon's and at Lord &...
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Marion D. Wetzel

May 25, 1926 - May 27, 2017

Marion Daisy Wetzel The Westfield Starbucks lost a loyal customer on May 27, 2017, when Marion Daisy Wetzel died at home at the age of 91 after a short illness. Marion Crook was born on May 25, 1926 in Coney Island, New York, where her parents, Irving and Florence Crook, raised Marion and her older brother, Robert. Marion was just 15 when the America entered WWII. Marion's life revolved...
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Chester S. Kalinowski

July 23, 1923 - May 21, 2017

Chester S. Kalinowski, 93, of Cranford, died Sunday May 21, 2017, after a brief illness. Chester's visitation will be Friday May 26, 2017 from 10-11:30am, at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford. His graveside service with military honors will follow at 1:30PM Friday at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ. Please go to: www...
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John G. Sully

July 6, 1922 - May 20, 2017

John George Sully of Westfield, NJ passed away at his home on May 20. Born on July 6, 1922, in Newark, NJ, he was the only child of Katharine and George Sully. On January 26, 1946, he married Patricia Stevens in Southington, CT. She predeceased him in 2014. He was a graduate of The Lawrenceville School and earned a BA at Princeton University where he played varsity hockey and baseball. He...
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Doris M. (nee Bedford) Rabasca

August 14, 1923 - May 18, 2017

Doris M. Rabasca ( née Bedford), 93, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Doris' Life Celebration and visitation will be Sunday May 21st, from 2-4 and 6-8PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad Street, Westfield. Her funeral service will begin at 10AM Monday May 22, 2017, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 559 Park Ave, Scotch Plains...
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Anna L. Weisgerber

March 10, 1925 - May 11, 2017

Anna Lopotko Weisgerber, 92, of Cranford passed away on Thursday May 11, 2017, quietly at her home of 60 years with her son at her side. She was born in Chicago, Illinois of Frances Stanko Lopotko and Wasil (William) Lopotko. Of historic curiosity, Frances traveled from Europe as a steerage passenger on the Olympic, sister ship of the Titanic, in October of 1918. Frances entered the United States...
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Edward W. Beglin, Jr.

January 15, 1934 - May 4, 2017

HONORABLE EDWARD W. BEGLIN, JR. A native of Elizabeth and a product of its school system, the Hon. Edward W. Beglin, Jr. was born on Jan. 15, 1934. He graduated with honors from Wesleyan University in 1955, and then attended New York University School of Law as a Snow National Scholar, attaining the Dean's List and graduating with a LLB degree in 1958. He was admitted to the bar of the State...
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Josephine Scannella Weibel

January 4, 1927 - April 26, 2017

Josephine Scannella Weibel, 90, of Cranford, passed away on Wednesday April 26, 2017 at Cranford Health and Extended Care Center. Born in Scranton, PA, Josephine was the beloved wife and helpmate of the late Lorenz Henry Weibel, who was a math and science teacher in the Cranford Public Schools. Mrs. Weibel was active with the Cranford United Methodist Church , where she was a past recording...
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Robert (Bob) Lombardo

August 3, 1950 - April 25, 2017

Bob Lombardo, 66, of Lawrenceville and Cranford, NJ, passed away at home surrounded by family on April 25, 2017 after a short but valiant fight against cancer. Born in Lawrenceville, NJ, Bob graduated from Lawrence High School and continued on to Chamberlain Junior College before receiving bachelor's and master's degrees from Wagner College. Bob married Kathy Johnson on October 10th, 1977. They...
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Sandra Lee Reitmeier

October 4, 1941 - April 19, 2017

Sandra Lee Reitmeier (nee Dolle), 75, of Cranford, NJ passed away on Wednesday April 19, 2017, surrounded by her loving family at Rahway Hospital, Rahway, NJ. Sandra's Life Celebration will be held on Sunday April 23 from 2 – 6 pm at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Avenue, Cranford NJ. Please go to: www.grayfuneralhomes.com to view her life tribute. Sandra was a graduate of...
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David Thomas Teese

June 4, 1953 - April 14, 2017

David Thomas Teese, age 63, passed away after a long illness on Friday, April 14, 2017. A memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, April 29, 2017, at St. Peter's Church, 406 Forman Ave., Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ. The family will accept condolences at 10:30 am in the Church. A long-time resident of Westfield, Mr. Teese, son of the late Charles and Ruth Teese, was raised in Cranford,...
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Anthony J Heffner

September 17, 1937 - April 8, 2017

Anthony was born and grew up in Simpson, PA the eldest of three children of Anthony H. and Rose (Borosky) Heffner. The family lost their father when Tony was only 13 years old. He worked hard in school and to help his mother support their home. He was a loving son and caring brother throughout his life. He attended Fell Township Senior High School, graduating in 1955. He proudly served his...
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Jean S. Gallagher

December 3, 1922 - April 6, 2017

Jean Marie Stewart Gallagher, 94, of Wilmington, North Carolina passed away on April 6, 2017 at her home in the Davis Health Care Community. She formerly resided in Mountainside and Westfield, New Jersey. Jean was born on December 3, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Girls' High in Philadelphia and attended Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. In 1942 Jean married...
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Donald B. Siano

June 30, 1942 - April 1, 2017

Donald B. Siano, 74, of Westfield, was stricken and died suddenly April 1, 2017 while traveling in Virginia. He was born in Sewickley, PA June 30, 1942 and was a 30 year Westfield resident. He was preceded in death by his mother Pauline Siano and his father Stephen Siano. He grew up in Ohio and on August 19,1972 married Elizabeth Moore Siano. He received his undergraduate degree in math...
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Kathleen Jane Patterson

November 30, 1942 - March 31, 2017

Kathleen "Kathy" J. Patterson (Karlovitch), 74 years old, passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017 at her home in Arrowhead Lakes, Mount Pocono. Kathy was born in November of 1942 to Virginia and Kenneth Patterson. The oldest of 3 sisters and a brother; Diane Patterson, Lee Masiello (and husband Bob), and Kenneth Patterson, Jr. The daughter of an Air Force Drill Instructor, Kathy and her family...
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Rosemary C.L. Bauer

February 10, 1925 - March 23, 2017

Rosemary Christine Larson Bauer, a resident of Westfield, New Jersey since 1954, died on March 23, 2017 at the age of 92. Born in Gary, Indiana to Swedish immigrants on February 10, 1925, she was an alumna of Rockford College and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she received a Bachelor's degree in Education in 1947. She taught almost 30 years at the Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison...
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Kalliroe "Ero" Savorgiannakis

March 21, 1928 - March 21, 2017

Kalliroe "Ero" Savorgiannakis, of Westfield, passed away on her 89th birthday, March 21, 2017 in Overlook Hospital, Summit, NJ, after a brief illness. Born in St. Nicholas, Sparta, Greece, to the late Vasilios and Androniki Vosinakis, Ero was the beloved wife of the late John Savorgiannakis, who was a native of Crete. They were married in 1955 and lived in Athens for many years with their three...
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Edward Hrycenko

July 7, 1926 - March 20, 2017

Edward Hrycenko, 90, of Linden and Seaside Heights, NJ, passed to eternal life at home on Monday, March 20, 2017. He will always be remembered for his love of gardening and bowling. He was a master at the barbecue grill and enjoyed providing Sunday breakfast after church to his extended family. Ed was a proud Navy veteran of World War II. He was a past president of the Ukrainian National Home...
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Eleanor C. Kliesch

October 26, 1936 - March 16, 2017

Eleanor C. Kliesch (nee Daniel), 80, of Westfield, died on March 16, 2017. Eleanor's visitation will be on Monday from 5:00-8:00PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield, where her funeral service will begin at 10AM Tuesday March 21, 2017. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. She was the beloved wife of the late Donald L. Kliesch Sr. Her survivors include...
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Robert James Smith

September 28, 1931 - March 15, 2017

Robert James Smith, 85, of Westfield, New Jersey, passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. A Memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church, 125 Elmer Street in Westfield, N.J., on Saturday April 8, 2017 at 2:00pm. He was born to the late James and Ruth Smith, September 28, 1931. Robert graduated from Bernards High School in 1949 and was inducted into the schools...
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Dorothy C Hingel

July 30, 1933 - March 12, 2017

Elizabeth, NJ — Dorothy "Dottie" Hingel, a long-time Westfield resident, joined the angels in heaven on March 12, 2017 at Father Hudson House surrounded by family. Born Dorothy Claire Smigelsky to parents Joseph and Margaret in1933, she was the oldest of four siblings. Dorothy attended St Mary's High School where she graduated with honors in 1952, was a class officer and a member of the dance...
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A. Maureen B. Wesche

June 27, 1924 - March 9, 2017

Maureen Wesche, 92: Avid cook, expert knitter and "red-headed Aussie" Maureen Bell Wesche, mother, grandmother and wife, passed away on March 9 in Groton, CT. She lived a full life to the age of 92. She loved to cook and entertain, and could make the simplest meal feel like a gourmet feast. She could create a complicated fisherman's knit sweater while watching a game show and shouting out the...
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Manuel J. Evaristo

September 21, 1930 - March 9, 2017

Mr. Manuel J. Evaristo passed away on Thursday March 9, 2017 at his residence in Westfield. Before moving to Westfield, Manuel lived in Garwood and Newark, NJ. Manuel served his country in The United States Army during the Korean conflict. He was a life member of the V.F.W.. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus, Bloomfield Council, and a member of St. Anne's Roman Catholic...
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Bart Albert Barré

May 20, 1937 - March 6, 2017

Bart Albert Barré, 79, died on March 6, 2017 with his wife of 52 years, Carolkay, by his side. He was a devoted husband and a dedicated and loving father and grandfather. Bart was a friend to everyone he met, a truly caring person who made the world better because he was in it. Bart was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1937 to Henri and Dorothy Barré. He grew up in the Midwest,...
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Alice A. Xenelis

October 25, 1927 - March 3, 2017

Alice Andrews Xenelis of Cranford, NJ passed away peacefully at the age of 89 on Friday, March 3, 2017. She is predeceased by her parents, Helen and Andrew T. Andrews. She is survived by her loving husband Strato of 68 years. They had many wonderful years together and enjoyed their trips abroad. Alice also leaves her daughter Helen X. Hamilton and son-in-law James. She was the proud grandmother...
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John J. Jaruzelski

October 4, 1924 - March 1, 2017

John J. Jaruzelski, Scientist, dies at 92. John J. Jaruzelski, a resident of Westfield for 57 years, died on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at the Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains. He was 92. John was born Janusz Jan Jaruzelski on October 4, 1924, in Siemionki, Poland on his father's estate on the shores of Lake Goplo, not far from Gniezno in western Poland. He was the eldest child of...
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Michael D. Celock

February 12, 1953 - February 26, 2017

Michael D. Celock, 64, of Cranford, N.J. passed away unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep at home on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Born February 12, 1953 to Mary and John Celock in Johnson City, N.Y., he grew up in Binghamton, N.Y. and was a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and had lived in Cranford since 1983. He was the managing director of the Omega Strategic...
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Mary Rose Mesgleski

September 2, 1922 - February 26, 2017

Mary Rose Mesgleski, 94, of Cranford, N.J. passed away peacefully at home on February 26, 2017. Born in Elizabeth, NJ, Mary moved to Cranford in 1988. Surviving are her two boys Peter and Michael, as well as hundreds of friends and relatives who loved her very much. Visitation and life celebration is Wednesday, March 1 from 3 pm to 7 pm at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Avenue,...
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Evelyn M. Bleeke

September 9, 1923 - February 24, 2017

WESTFIELD– Evelyn M. Comey Bleeke, 93, a resident of Westfield, NJ and of Kennebunk, Maine passed away in her sleep on Friday, February 24, 2017 in Edison, NJ. She was born in Reading, Mass on Sept. 9, 1923. As a young girl, Evelyn displayed immense natural musical talent and enthusiasm. By age ten, she was playing piano and pump organ for church services and developing as a singer. After...
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Frances Dolores Gerckens

July 8, 1935 - February 19, 2017

Frances Dolores Gerckens (nee Caramico), 81, of Westfield, passed away on Sunday February 19, 2017, surrounded by her loving family at Center for Hope Hospice, Scotch Plains. Frances' Life Celebration will be on Tuesday (today) February 21st from 4:00-7:00PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield. Please go to: www.grayfuneralhomes.com to view her life tribute. The funeral mass...
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Charles Brackbill, Jr.

March 8, 1921 - February 19, 2017

Charles Brackbill, Jr. 1921-2017 The Reverend Charles Brackbill, Jr., 95, of Mountainside NJ, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on February 19, 2017. Born in Philadelphia, PA and raised a Mennonite, he went on to take his degree from Princeton Seminary and was called as pastor to Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, NJ. In his lengthy career he served as a...
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Louise "Lou" Rives (Sydnor) Metz

April 27, 1926 - February 17, 2017

Louise Rives Sydnor Metz, 90, of Chatham NJ, formerly of Mountainside NJ, died February 17th 2017 at Garden Terrace Nursing Home. Mrs Sydnor Metz was born April 27, 1926 in Dinwiddie County Virginia, the daughter of John Will and Olive Rives. She graduated from Longwood College in Virginia and married the late Joe Sydnor Jr in 1947. They had two children, the late Syd Sydnor and Betsy. Lou...
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Emma A. Zmijewski

January 17, 1922 - February 8, 2017

Emma A. Zmijewski (nee Brown) January 17, 1922 - February 8, 2017 Wife of the late Stephen Zmijewski. Born, raised and lived in Brooklyn, New York for 70 years before relocating to Cranford, New Jersey for her remaining years. Survived by daughters Laura Bashaw and Joanna Zmijewski; Grandchildren Jill Nazzaro (husband, Matthew) and Matthew K. Bashaw; Great Grandson Matthew John Nazzaro. ...
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Cynthia Kluge Devlin

April 29, 1963 - January 25, 2017

CYNTHIA KLUGE DEVLIN Cynthia Kluge Devlin passed away with her family at her side, on January 25, 2017, after a courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer. A memorial service celebrating Cindy's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church of Cranford, 11 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, N.J. Please visit grayfuneralhomes.com for online condolences. Born on...
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Marion Sophia (nee Piotrowski) Lupia

December 18, 1926 - January 24, 2017

Marion Lupia, 90, (nee Piotrowski), of Lakewood, died on Monday January 24, 2017, at Monmouth Medical Center's Southern Campus, in Lakewood. Born in Jersey City, NJ, she had been a secretary for many years with youth consultation services. She enjoyed travel throughout Europe, and had earlier lived with her family in Verona, Italy. She participated in the Knights of Columbus Variety Shows, and...
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Marilyn D. Teitelbaum

June 3, 1921 - January 23, 2017

Marilyn D. Teitelbaum, 95, beloved wife of the late Arthur Teitelbaum ,died peacefully on Monday January 23, 2017 .A private burial will be held at Fairview Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Gray's Funeral Home in Westfield, N.J. Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Service at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2309 Route 70 Manchester,New Jersey at 11 am Wednesday February 1, 2017.. For...
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Robert (Rob) Markowski, Cranford

December 30, 1956 - January 20, 2017

Robert "Rob or Bob" Markowski – 60 years old of Cranford, NJ – left us peacefully on the morning of January 20, 2017 after almost two years of battling head/neck cancer. Robert, the only child of Charles and Jeanne Markowski, was born on December 30, 1956. He was raised in Union, New Jersey where he graduated from Union High School class of '74. He obtained his B.S. in Marketing from Seton...
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Robert Edward Dinsmore

November 9, 1919 - January 17, 2017

Robert E. Dinsmore, 97, of Westfield, NJ passed away peacefully at Father Hudson House (Center for Hope Hospice) in Elizabeth, NJ on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Born in Brogue, PA on November 9, 1919, to Harry and Clara Gipe Dinsmore, Bob lived in Brogue, PA and graduated from Red Lion High School in 1936. He graduated in 1940 from Lebanon Valley College with a bachelor's degree in accounting...
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Joseph Philip Dzuback, Jr.

December 7, 1920 - January 13, 2017

Joseph Philip Dzuback Jr., 96, passed peacefully from this world on January 13, 2017, at home in Westfield, NJ, surrounded by his children and grandchildren. Born in Bayonne, NJ, on December 7, 1920, to Joseph and Maria Simko Dzuback. Joe was raised in Bayonne. He attended St. Peter's College and Fordham University, before enrolling at the Merchant Marine Academy and graduating with the...
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Katherine O Lewis

March 11, 1927 - January 11, 2017

To be fortunate to find my life long companion Katherine in 1949 , share three children , Keith, Patricia, & Barbara, four grand children, Holly, T.J., Katie ,& Rob, & one great grand child Charlie. To spend Sixty Six years together through good and bad and enjoy each others company. supporting each other in everything has been something we both have cherished. I shall miss Her. She has been the...
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Mary Eckler

January 15, 1929 - January 7, 2017

Mary Eckler, 87, of Yardley, PA, died Saturday January 7th at her residence. Born in Jersey City, NJ, Mary spent her early adult years as a Military wife and Mother of two. She later worked for AT&T for many years until she retired. Mary enjoyed travelling, Camping, cooking, baking, sewing and more than anything, spending time with her Family. Mary was married for 64 years to her loving...
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Anne H. Rothlein

January 4, 1934 - January 6, 2017

Anne H. Rothlein, 83, Had Been Longtime Resident of Cranford Anne H. Rothlein, 83, of Lakewood, N.J. passed away peacefully at Toms River Community Memorial Hospital on Friday, January 6, 2017. Born in South Amboy, N.J. on January 4, 1934, to Edna and William Horley, Anne lived in Perth Amboy and graduated from Perth Amboy High School. She married Russell Gilbert Rothlein on February 5,...
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Richard C Maxfield

March 12, 1926 - January 4, 2017

Richard C. Maxfield, 90, formerly of Cranford, died January 4, 2017 at the New York State Veterans Home at St. Albans in Jamaica, NY. He was born and raised in New Jersey. In World War II he served in the Company G, 11th Infantry Regiment, and was awarded the distinction of Distinguished Member by Major General John M. LeMoyne for his outstanding contributions. Dick was a graduate of The...
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Robert Hamilton Seavy

January 27, 1921 - January 4, 2017

Robert H. Seavy Loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather Lived a life of generosity and service Robert Seavy, 95, of Clark, NJ passed away at home on January 4, 2017. A celebration of Bob's life will be held on January 28, 2017 at 11:00 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Cranford, NJ. Born in Warren, Pa. in 1921 to George and Elizabeth Seavy, Bob lived in Clarendon, Pa. He...
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Karen Sue Wheeler

June 29, 1947 - December 28, 2016

Karen Sue Wheeler Was Born on 06-29-1947 And Found Eternal Peace on 12-28-2016 Karen Sue Wheeler was a strong, hard working woman who gave everything she had just for the sake of making life better for her family and the friends she made along the journey. Despite some of the tremendous adversity she encountered in her life, she persevered and ultimately succeeded in doing just that,...
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George Mueller

July 20, 1918 - December 27, 2016

George Mueller died at Cranford Health and Extended Care Center on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at the age of 98. He was born on Lehigh Avenue in Roselle Park, NJ to George and Anna Kaup Mueller, and he was educated in local public schools. After his second year at Roselle Park High School, he left to take over his family's ice delivery route when his father needed cataract surgery. That was the...
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Eugenia J. Jacobs

April 3, 1930 - December 22, 2016

Eugenia J. Jacobs age 86 passed away at her residence in Cranford, NJ on Thursday December 22, 2016. Born in South Amboy, she spent her childhood in South River. Then moving to Elizabeth, and graduated Batton High School. Then moving to Cranford where she raised her family. Eugenia worked as a secretary for the Chief Accountant at Bristol Meyers. She then went onto work as a consultant...
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Merlyn W. Jones

June 2, 1932 - December 20, 2016

Merlyn W Jones passed away on December 20, 2016. He was born on June 2, 1932 in Wilkes-Barre, PA to Richard and Irene (Swartwood) Jones. He grew up in Wilkes-Barre and graduated from James M Coughlin High School in 1950 where he played Varsity Football. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from The State Teacher's College of Pennsylvania (Bloomsburg University) in 1954. While playing...
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Giuseppe "Peppe" "Joe" Chirichella

October 2, 1930 - December 18, 2016

Giuseppe Chirichella, 86, of Cranford, died suddenly, while asleep on Sunday December 18, 2016 at his residence. Born in the small village of Monte San Giacomo, Salerno, in the Campagna region of Italy, Peppe as he was known, came to the US in 1966, celebrating 50 years in America, of which he was a proud citizen. Having lived in East Rutherford and Hoboken, he moved to Cranford 30 years ago. He...
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William Zinsky

February 5, 1920 - December 17, 2016

William (Bill) Zinsky, 96 of Linden died Saturday, December 17th, 2016 after a short illness. William's life celebration will be held Wednesday December 21st from 4:30-8:30 PM at Gray's Funeral Home, 21 Springfield Ave. Cranford. His funeral mass will be held at 10 AM December 22nd, 2016 at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, Kenilworth with burial to follow at Holy Redeemer Cemetery, South...
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Helen T. Zulick

January 22, 1918 - December 12, 2016

Helen T. Zulick (nee Zemencik), 98, of Cranford, died on Monday December 12, 2016, at Cranford Hall Nursing Center. She was a nanny and housekeeper for several local families for many years. Born in Donora, PA, she had been a 73 year resident of Cranford, and a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Cranford. Helen was the beloved wife of the late: Stephen V. Zulick who operated the former...
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Doris J. Trumbower

June 15, 1924 - December 10, 2016

Doris June (nee Brautigam) Trumbower, 92, of Mountainside, N.J., formerly of Vauxhall, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on Dec 10, 2016, at the Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert Lewis Trumbower, devoted daughter of the late Lillian and Otto Brautigam, and loving mother of Heather Jan Trumbower. Doris was born in Orange and then lived...
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Robert W. Romano

February 11, 1951 - December 9, 2016

Robert W. Romano, 65, passed away peacefully on December 9, 2016 at his home in Cranford, NJ. He was born on February 11, 1951 in Brooklyn, NY to Michael Romano and Beatrice Schoenberg. Robert grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical Highschool in 1969. After high school he earned a B.A. in Russian Language at Queens College, and a diploma in Computer Technology at...
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Joan Y. Moeller

August 27, 1932 - December 7, 2016

Joan Yvonne Moeller, 84, of Coral Springs, Florida died at home on December 7, 2016 with family by her side. Joan was born August 27, 1932 in Belleville, New Jersey; the youngest of three girls to parents Samuel Joseph and Cecilia Edna Nesbitt and sisters Margaret (Peggy) and Edna. Joan was co-owner of Orange Plastics, Inc. in Rahway, NJ—along with her late husband Helmut Moeller—until the...
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Vi Grant

November 26, 1926 - December 4, 2016

Vi Grant age 90 passed away on Sunday December 4, 2016 at the Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, New Jersey. Born in Plainfield, NJ, she lived in Mountainside, then living in Florida for 23 years. She then moved back to New Jersey and lived with her grand nephew Marco in Tinton Falls. While in Florida, Vi was active with the United Methodist Church in Spring Hills. An avid cat LOVER,...
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Donald F. Roden

October 17, 1926 - November 29, 2016

Donald F. Roden, 90, of Westfield, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday November 29. 2016. Donald's visitation will be on Thursday December 1st, from 2-4 and 7-9PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield. His funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:15AM Friday December 2, 2016 at St. Helen Catholic Church, Westfield. Interment will follow at Fairmount Cemetery, Newark. Donald...
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Alice Catherine Barbiere

April 21, 1948 - November 27, 2016

Alice Catherine Barbiere (née Schneider) passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2016, at the age of 68. She passed peacefully in her home following a courageous four-year battle with breast cancer. Alice is survived by her devoted husband of 49 years, Dr. Mario C. Barbiere, and their four loving sons: Jim, Chris, Mike, and Matthew. Alice was also blessed with the love of two daughters-in-law,...
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Tyler K. Hill

March 31, 1950 - November 17, 2016

Tyler Kent Hill, 66, of Cranford, died suddenly on November 17, 2016 at his residence. He was born in Plainfield to the late Stanley and Ruth Hoffman Hill. He retired in 1984 from Films, Inc of New York, NY. Tyler was a graduate of Kean College and had been an avid swimmer. He grew up in Cranford and was a member of the Cranford Swim Club and a lifeguard. He was a member of the Friends of the...
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Esteban Eliodoy Puebla

August 8, 1918 - November 16, 2016

Esteban Eliodoy Puebla: June 8, 1918 - November 16, 2016 Dr. Esteban Eliodoy Puebla passed away November 16, 2016, at age 98. Born in Bayamo, Cuba, Dr. Puebla was a longtime resident of Havana, Cuba until he came to the US and moved to Linden, NJ. He graduated from the University of Havana with a degree in Diplomatic and Consular Law. He began his working life in Cuba in the Printing Press...
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John T. Cavin

April 20, 1946 - November 12, 2016

John T. Cavin, 70, devoted husband of Patricia (Yacullo) Cavin, passed away on Saturday, November 12th. He leaves behind his wife, Patricia (Yacullo) Cavin, a sister, Natalie and her husband, Jim, a sister-in-law, Barbara Yacullo and her husband, Ron along with 1 nephew, 1 niece, 2 great nephews and 3 great nieces, as well as other family and friends. He was predeceased by his grandparents, John ...
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Linn H. Smith

April 8, 1937 - November 11, 2016

Linn H. Smith Passed Away Devoted Husband, Father, and Grandfather Linn Haskell Smith, formerly of Westfield, NJ passed on November 11th. Born in 1937 in Buffalo, NY, Linn served honorably in the US Navy before ultimately settling in Westfield to raise his family. He owned The Robert Treat Liquor Shop on Quimby St. In his later years, he found his true calling, becoming a certified...
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Genevieve Patricia Raudonis

June 10, 1921 - November 11, 2016

Genevieve Patricia Raudonis Genevieve Raudonis, 95, passed away peacefully on November, 11 2016 surrounded by her family in Cranford, NJ. Born in Simpson, Pennsylvania, Genevieve was a longtime resident of Elizabeth, NJ and Union, NJ. She was predeceased by the love of her life and husband of 68 years, John A. Raudonis Jr. Genevieve is survived by her five loving daughters and sons-in-law:...
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William DeWitt Peek, Sr.

April 10, 1925 - November 2, 2016

William DeWitt Peek Prominent Westfield Attorney-at-Law William DeWitt Peek of Westfield, N.J., passed away on November 2, 2016 at age 91. A memorial service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Westfield on Saturday, November 12 at 11:00 am. Arrangements by Gray Funeral Directors, Westfield. Go to grayfuneralhomes.com for on line condolences. The son of DeWitt Clinton Peek and...
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Judy Muscietta

September 23, 1964 - October 25, 2016

JUDY MUSCIETTA, 52, of East Rutherford, NJ, passed away suddenly on October 25, 2016. She had been a corporate accountant with the Ingram Content Group, New York. Born in Ridgewood, NJ, Judy was a graduate of Emerson High School, and Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she also received her MBA degree. She volunteered with the Franciscan Friary in Newark, NJ. Judy was the beloved daughter of...
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Ruth C. Favata

August 15, 1932 - October 15, 2016

Ruth Christine Favata, aged 84, passed from this life on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at home in Union, new Jersey, after a valiant, but short struggle with cancer. Born in 1932 she was the daughter of the late Walter and Helen Ansbach of easton, pa. Ruth was a beloved sister to ten siblings, all predeceased. In 1954, Ruth married her childhood sweetheart and the love of her life, Vincent...
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Frank P. Muggeo

April 24, 1934 - October 8, 2016

Frank Muggeo, 82, of Westfield, died on Saturday October 8, 2016. Frank's Life Celebration will be 2-4 and 7-9PM Tuesday October 11th, at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad St. Westfield. His funeral mass will be celebrated at 10AM Wednesday October 12, 2016 at the Church of the HolyTrinity, 315 First St., Westfield. His interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Born in Brooklyn...
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Franklyn J. "Frank" Sullebarger

June 13, 1928 - October 4, 2016

Franklyn Jackson Sullebarger (1928-2016) Franklyn Jackson Sullebarger, a resident of Westfield, NJ, for over 50 years, passed away peacefully on October 4, 2016 in Cincinnati where he had lived since 2014. Born in Brooklyn on June 13, 1928, he graduated from Adelphi Academy and became an Eagle Scout in 1946 and earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Rutgers University in...
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Rene' S Gabbai

December 19, 1925 - October 3, 2016

Rene S. Gabbai, 90, of Springfield, NJ, passed away on Monday October 3, 2016, at his residence. Rene's Life Celebration will be Wednesday October 5th, from 2-4 and 7-9PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford. His funeral mass will be celebrated at 9:30AM Thursday October 6, 2016 at St. Michael Catholic Church, 40 Alden St. Cranford. Entombment will follow in Glendale Cemetery,...
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John Huntington Taylor

March 4, 1928 - October 2, 2016

John H. Taylor of Westfield. John H. Taylor, 88, passed away on October 2, 2016 at Sunrise of Westfield after a brief illness. John's memorial service will begin at 10AM today, Wednesday October 5, 2016 at St. Paul Episcopal Church, Westfield, followed by burial in the Garth of St. Paul's. Arrangements by Gray Funeral Directors of Westfield. He was surrounded by his family and died...
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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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