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Janet Marie Petterson Dawe

Janet Marie Petterson Dawe, age 82, longtime resident of New York City, passed away peacefully at her home in High bridge, NJ on Monday, February 19, 2018.  

Janet was born to Charles and Lillian Hixon on September 12, 1935 in Milford, MA.  Janet and her two siblings, Lorraine and Charles II, spent their childhood in Hopedale, MA.  Their father, who worked for the Draper Corporation, passed away unexpectedly when Janet was five. Her mother never remarried and raised her three children on her own.  Growing up with little, Janet developed appreciation for family, resilience, determination and compassion for others.

Janet graduated from Hopedale High School and went on to earn her RN from Massachusetts General School of Nursing in Boston, where she met her first husband, Lew Petterson.  In 1960, they moved to New York City, which Janet called home for the next 55 years.  In the beginning, Janet worked briefly as a Nurse at Sloan Kettering and Lenox Hill Hospitals, before taking time off to raise her three daughters - Lisa, Julie and Kate. 

Once her children were in School, Janet started as a Nurse at Mt Sinai Hospital where she worked for 35 years.  She started in the Narcotics Rehab Center, and at the end of her career, she was a Discharge Planner in the Department of Social Work.  Juggling parenting and work, Janet managed to earn her Bachelor’s Degree by attending “night school” at Marymount Manhattan College.  She loved being a nurse and was passionate about her job.  When she retired in 2005, Janet’s co-workers described her as an “everyday hero”, known for her calm strength, kindness and caring.

In 1979, Janet attended her Hopedale High School reunion, where she re-met her former classmate, Thomas Dawe. The two fell in love, married and shared a deep commitment for 37 years.  Tom preceded Janet in death on May 23, 2017.

After retirement, Janet loved exploring New York City, enjoying nature, traveling to visit her beloved children and grandchildren in New Jersey, Colorado and California, and time spent with the Booth family in Canada and Litchfield, CT.  In 2013, Janet had a stroke, and she and Tom moved to New Jersey in 2014 to be closer to family.  Janet was a loving, humble, supportive grandmother, mother, wife and friend.  She will be greatly missed and forever live on in our hearts. 

Survivors include three daughters: Elisabeth Mary Petterson and her husband Alan Sanborn of Arcata, CA, Juliana Petterson McClain of Aspen, CO and Katharine Anne Petterson of High Bridge, NJ;  seven grandchildren: Liam Sanborn-Petterson, Aidan Sanborn-Petterson, Zachary McClain, Ian McClain, Nicholas Haik, Amanda Haik and Oliver Haik;  one brother: Charles Hixon of Rochester, NY and one sister: Lorraine Fafard of Hopedale, MA; many nieces and nephews; step-children: Peter Dawe, Teresa Dawe D’Apolito, Laura Dawe Wiley, and Joe Dawe.

All services will be private.  

Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ.

 

 

Nora A. Donohue

Nora A. Donohue, age 84, of Clinton, NJ, passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at home.  She was born on September 5, 1933, in Brooklyn, NY.  Spending her childhood in Brooklyn, she married her husband of 58 years, William M. Donohue Sr. at her family parish of St. Matthews.  Her first years of marriage were spent in Brooklyn, before her and Bill moved as a family to Baldwin, Long Island and then Clinton, New Jersey.

She was the daughter of Patrick Berry of County Mayo, Ireland and Nora Berry (nee Sullivan) of County Galway, Ireland.

After a brief professional career in Manhattan and downtown Brooklyn, Nora dedicated her time to parenting.  Her five children, four grandchildren and great grandchild Dempsey were her pride and joy.  While her children were students at Clinton Public, Nora was the crossing guard at the intersection of Halstead and Center Street, at the Grandin Library.

Nora was an active parishioner at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in High Bridge, NJ, where she was a member of their Rosary Society.  Nora also was a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, where she actively participated in Irish Ceili dancing.

Survivors include two daughters Nora and husband Dr. David Krick of Nutley, NJ and Tara and husband Sean Palen Sr. of Ringoes, NJ;  one son, Billy Donohue Jr. of Allentown, PA, four grandchildren, including Jared Krick and his wife Kathryn Blaze of Westfield, NJ, Sean Palen Jr. of Arlington VA, Thomas Palen and Shannon Palen of Ringoes, one great-grandson, Dempsey Krick.  Nora is also survived by her two sisters, Mary Ellen Connelly and Theresa Clauberg and sister-in-law Mary Ellen Berry.  She will also be greatly missed by her many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased in addition to her husband are two sons, Joseph and Thomas P. Donohue, and two brothers John and Patrick Berry.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 1-4pm and 7-9pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral Mass will be Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 10am at St. Joseph’s Church, 59 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment at Long Island National Cemetery on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 12pm. 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hunterdon Hospice at 2100 Wescott Drive Flemington, NJ 08822.  
To view Nora's video tribute, please click here.

 

 

Thomas M. Jurkowski

Thomas M. Jurkowski, age 71, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Friday, February 16, 2018 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ.

He was born on January 5, 1947 in Bound Brook, NJ.  He spent most of his life in Clinton Twp., NJ, moving from Bound Brook, NJ.

He was the son of Irene M. Boszczuk Jurkowski of Clinton Twp., NJ and the late Bernard A. Jurkowski.

He was the husband of Judy Waldo Jurkowski, celebrating 36 years of marriage.

Upon his graduation at North Hunterdon High School, Thomas served with the US Army.

Thomas was a retired Union Sheet Metal Worker working for Local #027.

Memberships include Immaculate Conception Church in Annandale, NJ and the Clinton Elks.

Survivors in addition to his loving wife and mother include three brothers; Stephen Jurkowski and his wife Patti Otani of Phillipsburg, NJ, Bernard Jurkowski and his wife Carol of Canton, PA and Edward Jurkowski of Easton, PA.  One brother-in-law; Bill Gall of Newtonville, NJ.  Ten nieces and nephews; Trevor Jurkowski, Bernie Jurkowski, Sheri Peterson, Kimberly Clark, Chrissy Izso, Brian Jurkowski, Michael Gall, David Gall, Jonathan Gall and Daniel Gall.  Thomas is also survived by his two step-daughters; Annette Pemberton and her husband Richard of Nazareth, PA and Lisa McNealy and her husband Mark of Lopatcong, NJ.  Four step-grandchildren; Bob Thorsen, Amber Thorsen, Richard Pemberton Jr. and Samantha Roarke. 

Predeceased in addition to his father by one sister; Helen Gall. 

Calling hours will take place on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral Mass will be Friday, February 23, 2018 at 10am at Immaculate Conception Church, 316 Old Allerton Road, Annandale, NJ.  Interment at Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, PA.

 

 

Cindy L. Shand

Cindy L Shand 59 of Alexandria Twp. passed away Feb 2, 2018 at home.

Cindy was born September 1, 1958 in Raritan Twp. She was the daughter of Kenneth Burd and the late Dorothy Burke. She spent her childhood in High Bridge and attended North Hunterdon High School and was a resident of Hunterdon County.

Cindy enjoyed playing Bingo and going on day Trips. Cindy was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing dishes for friends and family. She was active with the Senior Citizens in Union Twp. where she was able to attend day trips. Cindy was also part of the Holland Twp. Women's Club and enjoyed working the election poles where she had many friends. Cindy also volunteered her time at the Hunterdon county SPCA thrift shop in the past. Cindy was also a past member of the VVA (Vietnam Veterans of America) She was also part of the legislation with ABATE (American Bikers Aim to Educate) She was also a past member of Whitehouse rescue. 

Cindy is survived by her long-time companion Curtis Schick of Alexandria Twp. A daughter, Michelle (Riccio) Ziemba and her husband Chad of Quakertown, PA.  A son William C. Smith Jr. and his wife Kelly of Reigelsville, PA. Cindy is survived by 5 grandchildren, Tyler, Miya, Maya, Brooke, Isabella and a granddaughter on the way, Zara. She is also survived by 2 other biological daughters; Victoria Smith and Rachel Smith.

Cindy is also survived by her father Kenneth Burd and his wife Chrissy of Middlesex, NJ. Cindy is survived by her siblings, Robert Burd and his wife Heidi of FL.  James Burd and his wife Beverly of RI and Tracy Strawser and her husband John of Pittstown, NJ. 

Cindy also leaves behind numerous loving relatives and friends where she will be dearly missed. 

Calling hours will take place on Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 2-4pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Immediately following friends and family will be invited to gather at the High Bridge Rescue Squad building, 95 West Main Street, High Bridge, NJ. 

 

 

 

Jay Casper Apgar

Jay Casper Apgar, age 76, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at home.

He was born on September 14, 1941 in Cokesbury, NJ and was a lifelong resident of Hunterdon County.

He was the son of Marjorie L. Ader Apgar of Country Arch Care Center in Pittstown, NJ and the late J. Preston Apgar.

For most of his career, Jay worked in the maintenance department at the Hunterdon Developmental Center in Clinton, NJ.

Jay was an avid fan of the Miami Dolphins and the New York Mets.  He also loved dogs and he enjoyed feeding the birds.

Survivors in addition to his mother include one sister; Beverly Lazier of Oxford, NJ and one brother; Gerald E. Apgar of La Porte, TX.   He is also survived by two nephews; Ken Lazier of Phillipsburg, NJ and Jeffrey Apgar of TX.  Several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by close family friend, Julio Oliveras. 

Predeceased in addition to his father by two nephews; Rick Lazier and John Lazier and one great-nephew; Christopher Juliano. 

Calling hours will be Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 10am to 12pm .  Funeral Service will follow at 12pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment at Mountain View Cemetery in Cokesbury, NJ. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 230 Cokesbury Road, Lebanon, NJ 08833. 

 

 

Verna E. Hauck

 

Verna E. Hauck, age 91, of Belvidere, NJ passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at home.

She was born on September 23, 1926 in Annandale, NJ.  She was a lifelong resident of Hunterdon County.

She was the daughter of the late Charles Russell and Elsie May Dalrymple Maxwell.

Her husband, George Hauck, passed away in 1980.

Verna was a High Bridge High School graduate.

Verna worked for Exact Level & Tool in High Bridge, NJ as a Bookkeeper/Administrator for over 50 years. Later in her career, she worked as a Secretary for the Sheriffs of Hunterdon County in Flemington, NJ. 

Memberships include St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in High Bridge, NJ.  She was also a member of the Clinton Twp. Seniors Club where she was also past Treasurer, and also Union Twp. Seniors Club.

Verna greatly enjoyed sports, especially bowling.  She was on many bowling leagues over the years.  She also enjoyed NASCAR racing and stock car racing.  She was involved with Stock Car Racing at Flemington Speedway.  Verna and her husband owned their own stock car that they enjoyed racing at Flemington, Dorney Park, Middletown, NY, Nazareth, PA and Harmony, NJ.  

Survivors include three nephews; Bruce Hauck and his wife Dawn of Annandale, NJ, William Hauck of Clinton, NJ, and Jack Hauck and his wife Evelyn of Bangor, PA.  One niece; Theresa Andresen and her husband Albert of Oxford, NJ.  Two great nieces; Courtney Chipman and her husband Charlie of Annandale, NJ and Nicole Hauck of Annandale, NJ. 

Predeceased by one brother; Charles John Maxwell who passed away in 2011. One sister; Gloria M. Braun who passed away in 2017. 

Calling hour will be Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 8:30am to 9:30am at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral Mass follow on Saturday at 10am at Immaculate Conception Church, 316 Old Allerton Road, Annandale, NJ.  Interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Clinton, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to The Hunterdon Medical Center Foundation, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822. 

 

 

Doris E. Esser

Doris E. Esser, age 91, long-time resident of High Bridge, NJ passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at Country Arch Care Center in Pittstown, NJ.

She was born on October 24, 1926 in High Bridge, NJ.  She resided in Clinton, NJ and High Bridge, NJ for her entire life.

She was the daughter of the late Daniel and Jennie May Hartrum Apgar.

Her husband, Floyd Esser, passed away in 2006 after 60 years of marriage.

Doris made levels for Exact Level & Tool in High Bridge, NJ for many years.  She also was employed by Simonds in Chester, NJ where she made parts for Aircrafts.

Memberships include Spruce Run Lutheran Church in Lebanon Twp., NJ.

Doris enjoyed crocheting, playing bingo, watching movies and her favorite shows.  She also loved to go shopping and babysitting.

Survivors include her two daughters; Eileen Clancy and her husband Stephen of Clinton, NJ and Nancy Bibinger and her husband Walter of Glen Gardner, NJ.  Several nieces and nephews. 

Doris is predeceased by her two brothers; Harold Apgar and Daniel Apgar. 

Calling hours will be Friday, February 2, 2018 from 4:30pm – 7:30pm at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Funeral Service will be Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 11am at Spruce Run Lutheran Church, 442 W. Hill Road, Glen Gardner, NJ.  Interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Clinton, NJ.

Memorials can be made to Spruce Run Lutheran Church, 442 W. Hill Road, Glen Gardner, NJ 08826.

 

 

 

Dorothy Elizabeth Pignaloso

Dorothy Elizabeth (née Twetan) Pignaloso, age 81, of Lebanon Twp., NJ went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at her home. 

She was born on September 18, 1936 in Queens, NY.  She spent many years in Queens before she married her beloved husband, Michael Pignaloso, Sr. in 1954.  The couple then moved to Pennsylvania where Michael attended Bible School.  In 1958, Dorothy moved to Bunnvale, NJ where her husband established Bunnvale Assembly of God and where Dorothy was an integral force behind the Church and a Faithful Servant of the ministry at the Church. 

Her husband, Michael, passed away in August of 2016 after 62 years of marriage.

Dorothy was the daughter of the late Arnt and Lillian Christiansen Twetan.

Dorothy had various jobs over the years including working for A.M. Best and also as a Social Worker for Head Start where she worked for over 10 years.  She also worked for Flemington Cut Glass, yet her biggest job was as a mother to her 10 children. 

Dorothy loved to spend time with her family and she lovingly prepared Sunday dinner at her home for years for anyone who could attend.  She also enjoyed shopping, playing scrabble and doing puzzles. 

Survivors include her children: Donna and Greg Kendrick of Conway, SC; Doris and Donald Sisto of Landing, NJ; Michael Jr. and Judy Pignaloso of Washington, NJ; Dawn and Joseph Farley of Wilson, PA; Daniel and Natalie Pignaloso of Stafford, VA, and Diane and Douglas Parker of Green Township, NJ; also, Ann Marie and Mark Gibson of Califon, NJ; Eric Pederson of Andover, NJ, Peter and Nike Brandner of Califon, NJ, and Andrew Panza of Randolph, NJ. Dorothy is also survived by her 33 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. In addition, she is survived by 2 sisters; Lillian Vasquez and her husband Thomas of Melbourne, FL and Ruth Visser of Hinesville, GA. 

She was predeceased in addition to her husband by her children, Darlene Brandner, Debra Gibson, Dora Pederson and Dorothy Panza; also her three grandchildren and one great- grandchild.  She was also predeceased by 3 brothers; Leonard Twetan, Carl Twetan and Clifford Twetan and 2 sisters; Jenny Kjoistad and Edna Nygaard. 

Viewings will be held at Bunnvale Assembly of God on Sunday, January 28, 2018, from 3 -5pm and 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., with services beginning at 7:30 p.m. A graveside service will be held on Monday morning, January 29, 2018, at 10 am at the Fairmont Cemetery, Tewksbury Township, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bunnvale Assembly of God Missions, 285 County Road 513, Glen Gardner, N.J. 08826. 

Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ 08833. 
To view Dorothy's video tribute, please click here.

 

 

Jay Scott

Jay Scott, age 87, of North Las Vegas, NV, passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas, NV.

He was born on November 9, 1930 in Philadelphia, PA.  He spent his childhood in Philadelphia before moving to New York City, where he would later meet his wife.   For many years he was a resident of West Portal, NJ until moving to North Las Vegas, NV in 1991.

He was the son of the late Anthony and Ida Foti Scott. 

His wife, Marie A. Scott passed away in December of 2015 after 55 years of marriage.

Jay was the Co-Founder, along with his wife, of Camp-Out Inc. since 1972, with 10 national locations.  Jay and his wife also founded Jugtown Mountain Campsites in Asbury, NJ.  His career started in show business as a professional actor in New York City. 

He was a Korean War Veteran, serving with the US Navy for 4 years.

Memberships include Our Lady of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV and The Church of the Annunciation in Bloomsbury, NJ where he was also a member of the Holy Name Society.  In his younger years, he was a musician and member of the Aqua String Band in Philadelphia. 

Jay enjoyed watching many sporting events and he also enjoyed hunting.  He loved to travel with his wife and especially loved going on cruises. 

Survivors include seven children; six sons and one daughter- Christopher Scott and his wife Susan of Hillsborough, NJ, Michael Scott of Asbury, NJ, Gregory Scott and his wife Patricia of Miami, FL, Andrew Scott and his wife Taryn of Asbury, NJ, Anthony Scott and his wife Jennifer of Las Vegas, NV, Robert Scott and his wife Michelle of Las Vegas, NV and Catherine Cox and her husband Roger of Asbury, NJ.  Thirteen grandchildren; Christopher Scott Jr., Lauren Scott, Nicole McAdoo and her husband Jordan, Jacqueline Scott, Zachary Grenache, Brendan Scott, Madeline Scott, Victor Scott, Taylor Moore, Anthony Scott, Emma Scott, Sebastian Scott and Angelo Scott.  Three great-grandchildren; Vincent McAdoo, Rosalia McAdoo and Francesca McAdoo.  One nephew; Bradley Lawrence of Rahway, NJ.  One niece; Katharine Wrenn and her husband Christopher of Dallas, TX.

Predeceased by one brother; Mitchell Scott.    

Calling hours will be Friday, January 26, 2018 from 2-4pm and 6:30-9:30pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ 08833.  Funeral Mass will be Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 11am at Church of the Annunciation, 80 Main Street, Bloomsbury, NJ.  Interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Alpha, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital by visiting Jay's personal memorial page by clicking here. 

 

 

Virginia Joyce Weppler

 

Virginia Joyce Weppler, a long-time resident of Clinton Township, passed away peacefully at her home on January 19, 2018.  She was 97.

Virginia was the daughter of the late Marion and Herbert Joyce of Mountainside.  Before moving to her home on Box Hill Farm in 1965, Virginia lived in Mountainside, NJ where she was involved with the local Parent Teacher Association and was an active member of the Mountainside Volunteer Rescue Squad. 

Virginia enjoyed gardening, needlework, rug hooking and freezing and canning the produce from her beautiful gardens. 

Virginia was predeceased by her husband Wilfred W. Weppler and her brother Herbert Joyce.  Virginia and Wilfred (Wep) had been married 73 years.

She is survived by a son, James F. Weppler of Clinton Township, daughter Janet Weppler Dodgen (Dennis) of Chesterfield, VA, a granddaughter, Elizabeth Oldham (Chris) and 2 great-grandsons, Ethan and Chance of Wittmann, Arizona.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Hunterdon Hospice, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, New Jersey 08822.

Services will be private.  Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ. 

 

 

Joyce Kirchin

Joyce Kirchin, 76, passed away on January 13, 2018. Her parents were Dolly and Joseph Sullivan of Staten Island, New York. Joyce graduated from Notre Dame College and later received her Master’s Degree from Rutgers University. Joyce was a 7th grade Science Teacher at Round Valley Middle School and well-respected tennis coach at North Hunterdon High School. A long-time resident of Tewksbury Township, she dedicated more than 35 years to Hunterdon County Special Olympics (HCSO), 30 years as the Director, working with over 150 local volunteers and together with them, enhancing and adding many new programs serving over 500 area athletes.  She received the HCSO Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.  She also received the Hunterdon County Community Volunteer of the Year Award in 2011. 

Joyce was also a very dedicated Eucharistic Minister and active member at St. Joseph’s Parish in High Bridge, NJ.  Also, she was a member of the Clinton Women’s Club & Book Club, and she enjoyed several outdoor sporting activities with her many friends. 

She is survived by her husband George, sisters; Karen Batz, and Linda Miller, Brother-in-Law Gary Miller, Sister and Brother-in-Law Karin and Vincent Rooney. She was the adoring Aunt to Jennifer Batz, Rachael Batz, Kim Miller, John Rooney, Monica Brand, Melissa Marzano, and fourteen great-grand nieces and nephews.

A Gathering of Friends will be held on Thursday, January 18th from 3:00-7:00pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main St. Lebanon, NJ.

A Resurrection Mass will be held on Saturday, January 20th at 11am at St. Joseph’s Parish (59 Main Street). 

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Hunterdon County Special Olympics, c/o Kathy Creveling, 213 County Route 513, Glen Gardner, NJ 08826.

 

 

 

William A. 'Bill' Borman

William A. ‘Bill’ Borman, age 90, of Warren Township, NJ passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on July 1, 1927 in Middletown, NY.  He lived in Warren Township, NJ since October of 2016, moving from Lebanon, NJ where he resided with his wife for 46 years.  Prior to that they resided in Englewood, NJ where they owned their first home together. 

He was the son of the late August and Anna Zink Borman. 

Bill was the husband of Filomena ‘Phyllis’ Ferraro Borman.  The couple would have celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on January 27th

Bill graduated from Cliffside Park High School in 1945 and immediately enlisted in the US Navy where he attended boot camp at Sampson, NY.  He was a World War II veteran, serving with the Navy from 1945 to 1946 onboard the USS Huntington.  Upon his discharge, he attended NYU on the GI bill.

Bill displayed a steadfast work ethic.  He was employed with Anheuser-Busch in Newark, NJ for 37 years until his retirement.  He loved his work as a Foreman with the company.  After his retirement, he worked at All Season’s Flowers & Gifts in Lebanon, NJ where he delivered flowers to many families in the area of his home town.

Memberships include the Unity Spiritual Center in Asbury, NJ and also life member of the VFW Post 6059 in West Portal, NJ.

Bill was a very devoted person to anything he did in life.  He will always be remembered for being a very kind person who never had a bad thing to say about anyone.  He was always ‘lots of fun’, which was in his Senior yearbook, and he lived up to that saying for the entirety of his life.  He was loved by all. 

Bill and Phyllis enjoyed many years throughout their marriage traveling in their RV all over the United States and also one of their favorite spots – Prince Edward Island.  They also have many wonderful memories traveling for 28 years in their RV to Juno Beach, FL.

Bill also had many hobbies including gardening and building many projects.  He was a do-it-yourself guy who enjoyed carpentry.  He loved the game of football and was a devoted fan of the New York Giants. 

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include one daughter; Ellen L. Yersak of Bordentown, NJ.  Three grandsons; Neil C. Yersak and his girlfriend Victoria Lenoci of Philadelphia, PA, Christopher S. Yersak and his wife Barbara Jane of Harleysville, PA and Corey E. Yersak and his wife Erika of Clinton Twp., NJ.  One great-grandson; Colton Yersak.  He is also survived by his niece; Dorothy Molla Scarr and two nephews; John Molla Jr. and Mark Molla and his wife Lisa and their families, all of KY.  Sister-in-law; Lucy Yawger of Fairview, NJ.  One niece; Gail DeSilva and her husband George.  Great-nephew; Christopher DeSilva.  Bill is also survived by his nephew Frank Ferraro of FL. 

Predeceased by one son; Steven Borman who passed away at the age of 18 in 1974.  Bill is also predeceased by his older sister; Dorothy Molla and her husband John Molla.  Predeceased also includes his son-in-law; Dennis B. Yersak who passed away in 2012. 

Calling hours will be Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 10am to 12pm followed by Memorial Service at 12pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private.

Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or by visiting www.alz.org or to the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills, 200 Mt. Airy Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. 

 

 

Daniel Harold Hoffman

Daniel Harold Hoffman, age 84, of Tewksbury Twp., NJ passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at home.

He was born on December 30, 1933 in Everittstown, NJ.  He was a lifelong resident of Hunterdon County and lived in Tewksbury Twp., NJ for the past 62 years.

He was the son of the late James Cecil and Agnes Delhagen Hoffman

Daniel was the husband of Eleanor Ann Hoffman, celebrating 61 years of marriage.

Daniel was a US Marine Corps Veteran, serving during the Korean War from 1951-1953.  He was with the First Marine division and 82nd Congress where he was wounded in action in Western Korean in November of 1952.  He was the recipient of a Korean Service Medal, UN Service Medal and Purple Heart Medal.  Daniel was very proud of his service to our country and was featured several newspapers about his military service.

Upon his retirement from the US Marine Corps, Daniel worked as a stationary engineer at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, NJ.

Daniel was a lifetime member of the VFW, American Legion, National Rifleman, the Disabled American Veterans and the Cokesbury United Methodist Church.  He was also a lifetime member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart where he marched in numerous parades with the organization. 

Daniel was an avid outdoorsman.  He loved hunting, fishing and camping.  He was a past Scout Master for Troop 200 where he took the scouts on numerous camping trips including to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimmaron, NM and also to Delaware.  He also enjoyed marching in many parades with the Scouts over the years. 

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include two sons; Kevin Kyle Hoffman I and his wife Annette of Tewksbury Twp., NJ and Daniel Arthur Hoffman and his wife Janet of Bath, PA.  Two grandchildren; Kevin Kyle Hoffman II and Danielle Ann Hoffman, both of Tewksbury Twp., NJ.  One sister; Agnes Gertrude Brown of Hampton,. NJ.  One sister-in-law; Ruth Hoffman of Hagerstown, MD.

Predeceased by seven siblings; Helen Hoffman, Floyd Hoffman, Dorothy Hoffman, Kenny Hoffman, Jimmy Hoffman, Lizzy Hoffman and Bob Hoffman. 

Calling hours will be Sunday, January 7, 2018 from 1-4pm.  Funeral Service will be Monday, January 8, 2018 at 11am.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment at Mountain View Cemetery in Cokesbury, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822 or Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 610 Cokesbury Road, Lebanon, NJ 08833. 

 

 

Ruby Belle Van Nest

Ruby Belle Van Nest, age 86, formerly of High Bridge, NJ passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at Independence Manor in Flemington, NJ.

She was born on July 30, 1931 in Brownsdale, Newfoundland.  She spent her early years in Brownsdale until she moved to Toronto and eventually to High Bridge, NJ in 1956 when she married her husband. 

She was the daughter of the late Walter and Emma Thorne March.

Her husband, Donald J. Van Nest, passed away in 2015 after celebrating 59 years of marriage.

Ruby demonstrated a fine work ethic working for various companies over the years including Taylor Wharton Iron and Steel, Frelingheisen Insurance, John Bond Insurance and Hunterdon Transformer. 

Ruby enjoyed volunteering for her community through her work as a polling assistant on election days and also her involvement with High Bridge United Methodist Church.  She was an active member with the Church and also taught Sunday School for many years and volunteered with many Church activities.  Ruby was also a past member of the High Bridge Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary where she volunteered at the town Carnival and marched in many town parades.

Ruby loved to do cross stitch and was very proud of the pieces that she made.  She also enjoyed traveling to visit her family.  Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and watching them grow. 

Survivors include one son; James ‘Jim’ Van Nest and his wife Roseann of Hanford, CA.  One granddaughter; Elizabeth Van Nest of San Diego, CA and one grandson; Christopher Van Nest of Woodland Hills, CA.  2 brothers; Ben March and his wife Linda of Brownsdale, Newfoundland and Edward March and his wife Betty of Brownsdale, Newfoundland.  Three sisters; Becca Delgado and her husband Carl of Jonesboro, GA, Margaret Hassinger of Ebensburg, PA and Floss Thorne of St. John’s, Newfoundland.  One brother-in-law; Ken Koch of Ottawa, Canada.  She is also survived by her sisters-in-law and brother-in-law. 

Predeceased in addition to her husband by one sister; Ida Koch. 

Calling hours will be Friday, January 5, 2018 from 7-9pm.  Funeral Service will be Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 11am.  All at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Clinton, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to High Bridge United Methodist Church, 36 Church Street, High Bridge, NJ 08829. 

 

 

 

Nancy Louise (née Hall) Manhattan

Nancy Louise (née Hall) Manhattan, age 82, of Clinton, NJ passed away on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on May 4, 1935 in Plainfield, NJ.  She resided in Clinton, NJ since 1976, moving from North Plainfield, NJ. 

She was the daughter of the late Harry and Florence George Hall.

Over the years, Nancy had a thriving career in business management.  Between the years of 1974 and 1981, she worked for Logos Christian Publishing Company in Plainfield, NJ where she was a manager.  She went on to work for Cross Publishing in Readington twp., Nj., A.M. Best in Oldwick, NJ, and most recently she was the Assistant Manager for the Mirota Senior Residence in Whitehouse Station, NJ until her retirement 3 years ago.

Nancy was an extremely diligent and hard-working woman.  She was steadfast in her work ethic with many accomplishments in her life.  Most of all, she had a special admiration for her grandchildren and loved to spend time with them. 

Nancy was also very involved in her community.  She was a former member of the Presbyterian Church of both Dunellen and Clinton, NJ. As well as being a very active member of the Faith Chapel Wesleyan Church in Annandale, NJ where she was also a member of their Food Outreach Program.  Nancy enjoyed volunteering preparing meals for the food bank at her Church and she also enjoyed supporting the Open Cupboard Food Pantry in Clinton, NJ. 

Nancy was an founder and avid member of the Twins Mother’s Club of the Greater Plainfield Area for 50 plus years.  She was awarded as “Twins Mother of the Year” in 1974.  Through her work at the Twins Mother’s Club, she was passionate about supporting Vietnam POW/MIA.

She is predeceased by one daughter; Diane Nancy Lopresti who passed away in 2003.  One brother; Robert Hall and one sister; Linda Baumann. 

Survivors include her three daughters; Kathleen Vinglas of Stewartsville, NJ., Elaine and her husband Daniel Fuchs of Valrico, FL., Wendy and her husband Richard Theurer of Bethlehem Twp., NJ.  One son; Andrew Manhattan of Clinton, NJ. Six grandchildren; Jennifer Jones of Bushkill, PA, Diane and Donna-Lynn Fuchs of Valrico, FL, Benjamin, Jacob and Olivia Theurer of Bethlehem Twp., NJ.  Five great-grandchildren; Daniel Fuchs of Valrico, FL, Dylan, Aiden, Jaelyn and Grayson Jones of Bushkill, PA. As well as her son in-law; Muammar ‘Russ’ Lopresti of Ephrata, PA., Grandson-in law Timothy Jones of Bushkill Pa., and best friend Nancy Pierce.

Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 9am at Faith Chapel Wesleyan Church, 43 Lower Landsdown Road, Annandale, NJ.  Interment will follow at 11am at Hillside Cemetery, 1401 Woodland Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ.  Refreshments will follow at Sherban’s Diner in South Plainfield, NJ. Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to Faith Chapel Wesleyan Church, 43 Lower Landsdown Road, Annandale, NJ 08801 or to the Clinton Rescue Squad, Old Rte. 22, Clinton, N.J. 08809. 

 

 

Aida M. Gonzalez-Mestre

Aida Marie Gonzalez-Mestre, age 85, of Flemington, NJ passed away on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at her daughter’s residence.

She was born on May 11, 1932 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  She spent her childhood in the Bronx, NY before moving to the Dominican Republic.  In 1983 she moved to NJ where she lived in various towns including South Brunswick and Flemington where she lived for the past 10 years. 

She was the daughter of the late Ramon and Rafaela Soto Gonzalez.

Over the years, Aida worked for various Banks and also for AT&T.  Most recently, she worked for Coface Insurance Company in East Windsor, NJ. 

Memberships include St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in High Bridge, NJ.  Aida was also an active member of ‘Healthy Bones’ since the Club’s inception 20 years ago, in Flemington, NJ and Clinton NJ where she has many beloved friends.  She also adored attending Italian classes at the Flemington Senior Center with her friends. In these classes she became 40% fluent in Italian.

Aida loved to travel; She experienced many wonderful trips over the years including a visit to Hawaii and Turkey. She was also very good at scrapbooking, making photo albums of all of her grandkids. She also loved to watch the New Jersey Devils with her grandson Trevor, supporting the team through thick and thin.    

Survivors include three children; William Mestre and his wife Karen of Simi Valley, CA, Gerardo Mestre and his wife Patricia of St. Cloud, FL and Isabel Silvestri and her husband Steven of High Bridge, NJ.  Five grandchildren; Carlos Mestre, Aida Liz Mestre, Melissa Mestre, Trevor Silvestri and Madison Silvestri.  She is also survived by one brother; William Gonzalez and his wife Annie of Ocklawaha, FL and one sister-in-law; Millie Gonzalez of West Palm Beach, FL.

Predeceased by one brother; John Gonzalez and one sister; Ronnie Ruiz.

Calling hours will be Monday, December 4, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 10am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 59 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment will be private. 
To view Aida's video tribute, please click here.

 

 

Carmen N. Pereyra

Carmen N. Pereyra, age 95, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at home.

She was born on December 19, 1921 in La Romana, Dominican Republic.  She resided in the Dominican Republic until she was 23 years old. She moved to Puerto Rico where she resided for 2 years until 1946 when she moved to Manhattan, NY.  She also resided in North Plainfield, NJ before moving in with her daughter in Clinton Twp., NJ 2 1/2 years ago. 

She was the daughter of the late Diego and Petrona Lopez Padilla.

Her husband, Julio C. Pereyra, passed away in 1978.

Carmen worked in Fine Jewelry Sales at Macy’s in Plainfield, NJ for many years.

She was a past member of the Watchung Presbyterian Church in North Plainfield, NJ.

Carmen loved to dance and cook.  She was a very lively and happy person.  She will always be remembered for being a wonderful mother and of doing a lot with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include four daughters; Sonia Pereyra of Clinton Twp., NJ, Norma Petrole, with whom she lived with, and her husband Floyd of Clinton Twp., NJ, Myrna Barrett and her husband Bob of North Plainfield, NJ and Miram Hambacher and her husband Norman of TN.  Seven grandchildren; Michael Henn and his wife Debra of Clinton Twp., NJ, Lisa Barr and her husband Jefferson of Long Beach Island, NJ, Peter Henn of Titusville, FL, Keith Mager and his wife Doreen of MA, Jeffrey Mager and his wife Andrea of Bernardsville, NJ, David Mager and his wife Ann Marie of Warren, NJ and Richard Bishop of TN.  Eight great-grandchildren.

Predeceased in addition to her husband by eight siblings.

Calling hours will be Friday, December 8, 2017 from 10am to 12pm with Funeral Service following at 12pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private. 

 

 

Geraldine A. Turner - Bixler

Geraldine A. Turner - Bixler, age 89, of Dunedin, Florida passed away in Allentown, Pennsylvania on November 15, 2017. 

She was born on April 16, 1928 in Bethlehem Twp., New Jersey.  She resided in Florida for the past 17 years, having moving from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  She was the daughter of the late Andrew and Helen Huff Hauck. She was predeceased in death by her loving husband, S. Fordham Bixler. 

At a time when women in America were only beginning to emerge as Chief Operating Officers, Geraldine was named President in 1975 of Orr’s Department Stores, Inc., which corporation maintained stores in Flemington and Phillipsburg, New Jersey, and in Bethlehem and Easton, Pennsylvania, as well as a specialty store in Chester, New Jersey.  She was the first woman to be named president of a retail chain in New Jersey.  Geraldine attained this well-deserved achievement the old fashioned way – through hard work.  Unpretentious, soft-spoken, and generous, she possessed an innate understanding of the merchandising sciences.  She rose through the ranks of the company to which she dedicate her life, beginning her career as a sales clerk in 1947.  Her obvious talents and work ethic were quickly recognized, and she advanced from merchandising manager and other positions of responsibility to Chief Executive.  During this journey of dedication and service, she went out of her way to treat every Orr’s employee with her unassuming dignity and grace.  She knew every employee by name and took a personal interest in their welfare.  The employees sensed that they were part of a caring family, and as a result, many employees worked at Orr’s for decades. 

Geraldine loved life, both at the beach, the swimming pool, and in the Florida sunshine.  She gave thanks to God for her good fortune through her faith as a devout Catholic.  She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes in Dunedin, Florida, and was also a former member of Church of the Annunciation in Bloomsbury, New Jersey.

Survivors include three nephews: William Hauck of Clinton, New Jersey, Bruce Hauck and his wife, Dawn, of Annandale, New Jersey and Jack Hauck and his wife, Evelyn, of Bangor, Pennsylvania;  one niece; Teresa Andresen and her husband, Albert, of Milford, New Jersey.  She is also survived by many great-nieces and nephews. 

Predeceased in addition to her husband are three brothers: Charles Hauck, Andrew Hauck and George Hauck, and two sisters, Esther Jurik and Ruth Hauck. 

Services will be private, with arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, New Jersey.  Memorials can be made to the Children’s Home of Easton, 2000 S. 25th Street, Easton, PA 18042. 

 

 

John R. Mowrey

 

John R. Mowrey, age 85, of Lebanon Twp., NJ passed away on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital located at the Lehigh Valley Campus in Bethlehem, PA.

He was born on December 10, 1931 in Hope, NJ.  He had resided in Lebanon Twp., NJ since 1971, moving from Pittstown, NJ. 

He was the son of the late Clyde Mowrey Sr. and Aremintha Wildrick Mowrey.

His wife, Barbara Johnson Mowrey, passed away in 1990.

John served in the National Guard.

John spent his whole career in home heating and air conditioning.  He worked for Meenan Oil in Clinton, NJ for many years until his retirement in the early 1990’s. 

John enjoyed spending time with his family.  Years ago, he was a Floor Monitor at Frenchtown Roller Rink.

Survivors include three daughters; Cathy Lifer and her husband Bill of Broadway, NJ, Karen Beam and her husband Charles of Lebanon Twp., NJ and Sandy Duplaga and her husband Richard of Easton, PA.  One son; Christopher Mowrey of Califon, NJ.  Six grandchildren; Amanda Adnett and her husband Stu of Fairfield, CT, Matthew Beam and his wife Annette of Oxford, NJ, Lisa Lake and her husband Kenan of Lebanon Twp., NJ, Taylor Duplaga of Easton, PA, Kyle Duplaga of Easton, PA and Megan Mowrey.  Eight great-grandchildren. 

Predeceased in addition to his wife by one son; John Robert Mowrey Jr. who passed away in 1956.  He is also predeceased by one grandson; Scott Lifer, four brothers and two sisters. 

Calling hours will be Monday, November 20, 2017 from 7-9pm.  Funeral Service will be Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 11am.  All at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment at Spruce Run Cemetery in Lebanon Twp., NJ. 

Memorials can be made to Lebanon Twp. Fire & Rescue, 532 West Hill Road, Glen Gardner, 08826 or the American Heart Association, 1 Union Street, Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691-4183. 

 

 

Anthony P. Taluba

Anthony P. Taluba, age 95, of Laceyville, PA passed away on Monday, November 13, 2017 at The Gardens at Tunkhannock in Tunkhannock, PA.

He was born on March 21, 1922 in Scranton, PA.  He spent his childhood near Laceyville and graduate from Meshoppen High School.  After his discharge from the Navy, he and Wanda Krajewski were married and lived near Laceyville for a short time.  They moved to NJ and lived in Plainfield, Hackettstown and Dunellen for several years before moving to Clinton Twp., NJ where they lived for many years.  Upon his retirement, Anthony and Wanda moved back to Anthony’s childhood hometown in PA where he found great enjoyment and peace.

He was the son of the late John Taluba and Mary Viatonis Taluba.

His wife, Wanda M. Taluba, passed away in 2007 after 59 years of marriage.

Anthony was a World War II Veteran, serving in the US Navy from 1943-1946.  He served as an Electrician’s Mate Third Class and was onboard the USS Concord and USS Franklin.  He was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Medal, American Theater Medal and Victory Medal. 

Before his retirement, Anthony was the owner of T&S Plastic Manufacturing Company in Plainfield, NJ.  He was an inventor, patent-holder, and jack-of-all-trades. 

After his retirement Anthony enjoyed spending time in PA where he grew up.  After spending a great deal of time finding the perfect piece of property in the mountains of PA, he settled in Laceyville where he had a spectacular view of the Susquehanna River.  Anthony also loved dogs and enjoyed having several dogs over the years including Buddy, Buddy 2 and Lady. 

Survivors include one son; Paul Taluba and his wife Marie of Annandale, NJ and one daughter; Barbara Bell of Enfield, CT.  Four grandchildren; Karyn and her husband Tqe, Kevin and his wife Erin, Robyn and her husband Ron, Heather and her husband Jon.  Five great-grandchildren;  Alex, Aiden, Jackson, Adam, Whitney, Brianna, and Gus.  Anthony is also survived by sister-in-law Thelma Taluba and many nieces and nephews..

Predeceased in addition to his wife include brothers and sisters Annie, Nellie, Vera, Jean, Joe, Frances, George, Martha, Agnes, Leonard, and Vince.

Calling hours will be Friday, November 17, 2017 from 10am -11:30am at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral Mass will follow at 12pm at Immaculate Conception Church, 316 Old Allerton Road, Annandale, NJ.  Interment at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Annandale, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to The Seeing Eye Inc., 10 Washington Valley Road, Morristown, NJ 07960.

 

 

C. Dennis Goodwin II

C. Dennis Goodwin II, age 72, of High Bridge, NJ passed away on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at home.

He was born on March 11, 1945 in Danville, KY.  While he spent his childhood in Kentucky, he moved to Tennessee at age 11, where he would reside for most of his life.  Dennis and his wife moved to High Bridge, NJ 11 years ago to be closer to their grandchildren.

He was the son of the late Rev. C. D. Goodwin Sr. and Muriel Ruby Panter Goodwin.

Dennis was the husband of Mary Beth Connaghan Goodwin, celebrating 39 years of marriage.

He was a retired manager for AT&T, working in their cellular division. 

Memberships include St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in High Bridge, NJ.

Dennis loved to cook and entertain.  He especially enjoyed having his friends and family over and would love to tell stories about his childhood in Kentucky.  He loved people and will always be remembered for being social.  His biggest love was his grandchildren.  He also enjoyed traveling; especially to Italy and on cruises.  He was an avid University of Tennessee and Alabama football fan. 

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include two daughters; O’Brien Speckin and her husband Kevin of Annandale, NJ and Denise Fitzgerald of Memphis, TN.  Three sons; Gregory Herschell and his wife Iola of Apollo Beach, FL, Tyler Herschell and his wife Tracy of San Antonio, TX and Dee Goodwin and his wife Marla of Collierville, TN.  Fourteen grandchildren; Mary Speckin, Finn Speckin, Nora Speckin, Lyla Speckin, Rayna Speckin, Jessie Rickey, Jed Rickey, Jared Rickey, Joshua Herschell, Mackenzie Herschell, Maddison Herschell, Jacob Herschell, Wesley Goodwin and Reagan Goodwin.  Dennis is also survived by six siblings; Joann, Adrienne, Rosalind, Phyllis, Connie and Bama. 

Memorial Mass will take place on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 10am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 59 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment will be private.  Arrangements by Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home in High Bridge, NJ. 

Memorials may be made directly to the Funeral Home to aid the family with funeral expenses.   Memorials can be sent to Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ 08829.    

 

 

Michael Louis Poggi

Michael Louis Poggi, 59, resident of Indialantic, FL, passed away Monday (October 30, 2017) peacefully at home.

Born in Flemington, NJ, he resided in High Bridge, NJ before moving to Florida. 

Michael was a graduate of Delbarton School in Morristown, NJ.  He received a B.S. in Computer Science and a M.A. in Computer Science from Montclair State College.  Michael also received an MBA in Marketing from the Roy E. Crummer School of Business at Rollins College.  He was President and Sole Owner of Solutions-in-General and had been retired the past several years.

Michael, an avid New York Giants fan since childhood, was a long-standing member of the Clifton NJ Moose (657) Club.  He loved to travel across the US and overseas especially enjoying his trip to Cuenca, Ecuador.  He was a connoisseur of fine food and wine and loved watching vintage movies and television.  Michael loved riding his motorcycles and especially loved his dogs, Skynyrd and Macy.

He was predeceased by his father, Louis John Poggi; his mother, Ann Mary Quinn Poggi; his brother, John Terrence Poggi; his paternal grandparents, John Poggi and Paolina Pedrazzani Poggi; and his maternal grandparents, John Quinn and Elizabeth Hetherington Quinn.

Surviving are his two sisters, Barbara Ann Poggi of Melbourne, FL and Susan Poggi Hagen and her husband, Edward Hagen of Hampton, NH.  He is also survived by several nephews, nieces, a grand-nephew, two grand-nieces and many close friends.

Visitation is from 4 to 8pm Friday, November 10, at the Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am Saturday, November 11, at St. Joseph’s Church, 59 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Entombment will immediately follow at the Immaculate Conception Mausoleum in Clinton, NJ.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 USF Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612 or to the Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue Society, PO Box 808, Hudson, MA 01749-0808. 
To view Michael's video tribute, please click here.

 

 

Charles B. 'Cy' Apgar

Charles B. ‘Cy’ Apgar, age 90, long-time resident of Hunterdon County, passed away on Monday, October 23, 2017 at Arden Courts at Old Orchard in Easton, PA.

He was born on March 20, 1927 in Clinton Twp., NJ.  He lived in Cokesbury, NJ until 2013.  When his health declined, he resided at several nursing homes including Hunterdon Hills, Chelsea and Arden Courts.  

He was the son of the late Ervin and Bessie Apgar.

His wife, Dorothy ‘Dot’ M. McCatharn Apgar, passed away in 2012 after 63 years of marriage. 

Cy was a graduate of High Bridge High School. 

He was a US Navy veteran, serving from May 1, 1945 to May 15, 1946.  Cy served aboard the USS Roosevelt. He was the recipient of the Victory Metal and the American Theater Metal.  

He was a retired Heavy Equipment Operator for Local #825 Operating Engineers in Springfield, NJ.

Memberships include the Clinton Elks and Cokesbury Sportsman’s Club.  Cy was also a past member of the Annandale Hose Company where he was an active member for 10 years.

Cy was an outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish and camp.  He enjoyed camping with Spruce Run Beavers Camping Club.  He also enjoyed boating, snowmobiling, riding his lawnmower and he especially loved tractors.  He loved to go to sprint car races.  He also loved motorcycles and go-karts.  Years ago, he enjoyed going to his Florida home where he would spend the winter months.  He would often be found at his Florida residence burning brush.

Survivors include two sons; Wayne Apgar and his wife Marti of Durham, PA and Steven Apgar and his wife Sharon of Washington, NJ.  Four grandchildren; Christopher Apgar, Scott Apgar, Corey Burks and Lisa Kerschner and her husband Bob. Six great-grandchildren; Alaina, Scott Jr., Austin, Nicholas, Grace and Mariana.

Predeceased by three brothers; Earl who passed away at age 12, Elmer Apgar who passed away in 1977 and Frank Apgar who passed away in January 2017. 

Calling hours will be Friday, October 27, 2017 at 11am to 12pm.  Funeral service following at 12pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment at Mountain View Cemetery in Cokesbury, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to Alzheimer's Association, Greater NJ Chapter, 400 Morris Avenue, Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834 or Annandale Hose Company, 68 Beaver Avenue, Annandale, NJ.

 

 

Bernard 'Bernie' G. Pridy

Bernard ‘Bernie’ G. Pridy, age 74, of Lebanon Twp., NJ passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at home.

He was born on December 20, 1942 in Jersey City, NJ.  He resided in Lebanon Twp., NJ for many years, moving from Bricktown, NJ. 

He was the son of the late James and Anna Schmitt Pridy. 

Bernie was the husband of Kathleen A. Abati Pridy, celebrating 28 years of marriage.

He was a retired Store Coordinator for Quick Chek in Whitehouse Station, NJ. 

Bernie was an avid Giants fan.  He also enjoyed golfing and bowling.

Survivors in addition to his wife include four children; Bridget Albee and her husband Dick of Upstate NY, Guy Pridy and his wife Tara of Mantua, NJ, Danielle Farrell and her husband Kevin of Stuart, FL and Christian Pridy and his wife Erica of Brick, NJ.  Two stepsons; Joshua Walls and his wife Heidi of Alpha, NJ and Matthew Walls and his wife Nicole of Glen Gardner, NJ.  Eight grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.  Two great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by two brothers; James Pridy of FL and Ed Pridy and his wife Pat of VA.  One sister; Ethel Fleming of Long Branch, NJ.  Several nieces and nephews.  Bernie is also survived by his father-in-law; Paul Abati of Piscataway, NJ. 

Predeceased by one brother; Michael and two sisters; Anna and Florence. 

Calling hours will be Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 4pm to 7pm with funeral service at 7pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private.

Memorials can be made to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, PO Box 5281, 3201 Route 22 East, North Branch, NJ 08876. 

 

 

Charles W. Bruton

Charles W. Bruton, age 70, of High Bridge, NJ passed away on Friday, October 20, 2017 at home. 

He was born on January 8, 1947 in Brooklyn, NY.  He spent his childhood in Brooklyn, NY and ultimately moved to High Bridge, NJ where he would reside for many years.

He was the son of the late Charles and Marion Rubino Bruton.

He was the husband of Emily J. Kurtz Bruton, celebrating 49 years of marriage.

Charles spent his career working as a Manager for AT&T in various locations.  He loved to tell stories about his work to family and friends.

Memberships include St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in High Bridge, NJ where he has been an active member for many years.

Charles was an avid NJ Devils Fan.  He also enjoyed fishing and camping with his family.  Some of the best memories his family have are of cross country camping trips when his children were little.  Family was always the most important thing to Charles.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and taking care of his Grandchildren. 

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include seven children; James Bruton of High Bridge, NJ, Charlie Bruton III of High Bridge, NJ, Michael and his wife Maureen of Califon, NJ, Jeanne Lloyd and her husband Desmond of Morris Plains, NJ, John Bruton and his wife Areli of Somerville, NJ, Peter Bruton and his wife Megan of Hampton, NJ and Bill Bruton and his wife Jen of Lebanon Twp., NJ.  15 grandchildren; Joseph Bruton, Richie Bruton, Julianna Rose Bruton, Finley Bruton, Rumsey Bruton, Maclain Bruton, Alice Emily Lloyd, Elizabeth Bruton Lloyd, Angel Bruton, Ben Bruton, Emily Bruton, Harris Bruton, Casey Bruton, Preston Bruton and Jackson Bruton.  Charles is also survived by one brother; Francis Bruton and his wife Glorianne of Toms River, NJ. 

Charles is predeceased by his granddaughter; Bobbie Marie who passed away in 2003. 

Calling hours will be Monday, October 23, 2017 from 7-9pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 10am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 59 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment at Mountain View Cemetery in Cokesbury, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to Hunterdon Hospice, 215 NJ-31, Flemington, NJ 08822. 

 

 

Glenn William Hagan

Glenn William Hagan, age 53, of Belvidere, NJ passed away on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at home.

He was born on November 3, 1963 in Flemington, NJ.  He spent most of his life in Lebanon, NJ and also Whitehouse Station, NJ.  He resided in Belvidere, NJ with his beloved friends for the past 4 months. 

He was the son of the late Amiel Willaim Hagan who passed away in 2009 and Janet Patricia Dusey Hagan who passed away in 2015.

Glenn loved cars, especially his 1974 Trans Am which he always was making changes to despite how perfect it was.  He worked his entire career as an auto mechanic.  Over the years he worked for various shops and even had his own business as the ‘Mobile Mechanic’.  Most recently, he worked at Station Auto in Whitehouse Station, NJ.

Glenn was an active member of the Lebanon Boro. Fire Company, where he served as Chief in 2001.  Glenn also served his community as a former member of the Good Will Fire Company in Belvidere.  He was a former EMT for both Belvidere Ambulance Corps and Whitehouse Rescue Squad. 

Glenn was an avid outdoorsman.  He loved nature and especially enjoyed fly fishing and going to the Ken Lockwood Gorge in High Bridge, NJ.  He found peace being outdoors.  He was also an active member of Trout Unlimited Ken Lockwood Chapter #244.  He will always be remembered for his love of raccoons. 

Survivors include his two brothers; Michael Allen Hagan of Milltown, WI and Mark Reading Hagan and his partner Jesse of Wellington, FL.  Glenn is also survived by his two Goddaughters whom he loved dearly; Kristen M. Mascera and her husband Lawrence and their children Lillian and Eleanor of Hatfield, PA and Karen E. Piano and her husband John Schuettler of Hackettstown, NJ. 

Gathering of friends will take place on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 4pm – 5pm with Firemen’s Service at 5pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private.

Memorials can be made to Lebanon Boro. Fire Company, 88 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ 08833 or to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ 07860. 
To view Glenn's video tribute, please click here.

 

 

Alyssa Jo Laux

Alyssa Jo Laux, age 20, of Lebanon Twp., NJ passed away on Monday, October 9, 2017 at home. 

She was born on December 19, 1996 in Flemington, NJ.  She was a lifelong resident of Hunterdon County.

She was the daughter of Brian Laux of Lebanon Twp., NJ and Joanne Smith Ihling of Clinton, NJ. 

Alyssa was a ‘social butterfly’ – she enjoyed hanging out with her friends and listening to music.  She was well loved and always popular with her many friends.  Alyssa’s greatest passion in life was being a mother to her 14 month old daughter.  She was a wonderful mother and will be dearly missed.

Survivors in addition to her parents include her stepfather; Rich Ihling and her daughter; Myiah Nicole.  She is also survived by her sister; Jamie Lee Laux of Lawrenceville, NJ and 4 step-siblings; David Ihling, Justin Ihling, Cailey Ihling and Cody Ihling, all of Lebanon Twp., NJ.  Paternal grandmother; Kay Laux of Forked River, NJ.  Maternal grandfather; James Smith and his wife Phyllis of Maywood, NJ.  Maternal step-grandfather; Peter Pace of Hollywood, FL.  She is also survived by her Aunt Donna Smith of Boca Raton, FL and her Uncle Scott Laux of Forked River, NJ.

Predeceased by her maternal grandmother; Carolyn Pace and paternal grandfather; Joseph Laux.

Calling hours will be Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 1-4pm with funeral service at 4pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private.

Memorials can be made to Eva’s Village, 393 Main Street, Paterson, NJ 07501.    
To view Alyssa's video tribute, please click here.

 

 

Nathan Joel Fultz

 

Nathan Joel Fultz, died peacefully at home in his bed on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017.

His mother was faithfully by his side as she had been throughout his life. Nathan lived in Glen Gardner, NJ for 50 years; he and his mother moved to Keene, NH in June 2016.

Nathan is survived by his mother, Barbara Fultz, his sisters, Bethann Clauss and Charlyn Allen, his brother, Micah Fultz, his 5 cousins whom he loved and spoke of often, and 11 nieces and nephews. Much to Nathan's disappointment, he never married, but he was always looking for that special lady.

In his 20s and 30s, he worked at Laneco Food Stores and various fast food restaurants. Nathan had a sharp eye for detail and always wanted to do his best.
He was generous to a fault and loved to shop and find special gifts for his loved ones.
He enjoyed driving in his car and riding around with others when he could no longer drive.
Nathan was a devout follower of Jesus Christ, and he is now reunited with his father and other pre-deceased loved ones as they join their voices with the angles in singing their songs of praise.

Calling hours will be Friday, October 6, 2017 from 10am to 12pm with Funeral Service following at 12pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment at Cedar Hill Cemetery in East Millstone, NJ.
Memorials can be made to the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief, PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839.

 

 

Joseph A. Ditzel

Joseph A. Ditzel, age 63 of Pittstown, NJ passed away on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at home. 

He was born on September 21, 1954 in Morristown, NJ.  He spent his childhood in Martinsville, NJ before moving to Lebanon, NJ.  He resided in Pittstown, NJ for the past 17 years.

He was the son of the late Wallace F. and Bertha M. Oakes Ditzel.

Joseph was the husband of Christine M. Haux-Ditzel, celebrating 19 years of marriage.

He worked in Maintenance at Walmart in Clinton, NJ for 20 years.  Previously, he had worked in construction.

Joseph had a true passion for motorcycles.  He also loved animals and enjoyed taking photos of wildlife.  He was an outdoorsman and especially enjoyed fishing.  He loved to spend time in his man cave and his garage.  Joseph also enjoyed woodworking, watching movies and the history channel.  He was also an avid NASCAR fan.  Joseph will always be remembered for his delicious apple pies. He was especially very happy and proud to own his own home.

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include three sisters; Laura Betza and her husband Phil of Hillsborough, NJ, Serina Mitchell and Lou Nolan of Honesdale, PA and Dorothy Rogers and her husband Fred of Bridgewater, NJ.  Joseph is also survived by his father-in-law and mother-in-law; Justin and Marie Haux of Blandon, PA.  Brother-in-law; David Haux and his wife Fabiola of Oregon and Sister-in-law; Karen Baney and her husband Phil of Fleetwood, PA. Several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.  He is also survived by many dear friends and his beloved dogs; Max and Mandy and his cats; Chase and Tanner. 

Gathering of friends will take place on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10am – 2pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will follow at Somerset Hills Memorial Park, 95 Mt. Airy Road, Basking Ridge, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to the family directly and can be sent to: Christine M. Haux-Ditzel, c/o Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ 08833. 

 

 

Devin R. Harrison

Devin R. Harrison age 23 of Lebanon Borough, NJ passed away Thursday September 28, 2017 at home.

He was born September 24, 1994 in Somerville, NJ and was a lifelong resident of Lebanon.

Devin was the son of Paul M. Conaty and Tracy Harrison-Conaty of Lebanon, NJ.

He was a grounds worker for Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.

In addition to his parents, Devin is survived by his brothers Derek J. Harrison and Nathan C. Harrison, as well as by his sisters Megan R. Conaty and Riley Josephine Conaty.

Maternal Grand Parents Joseph Lella (PopPop) and Judith Kacsmar Lella (Nana).

Paternal Grand Parents John R. and Linda Conaty, and Grandma Rose in spirit.

Devin’s fiancée Alyssa Supple, future Mom-and-Dad-In-Law Ellen and Billy Supple, and future sister Deidre Supple.

Several aunts and uncles including: Theresa M. Stoveken, Joann Pankowski, Michael and Linda Conrad, Tom Rolleston (Uncle Worm), Joe Lella, and Heather McDougal (Anti Heather).

Several cousins including: Amber, Alyssa, Brianna, Leah, Alyssa, Kristin and Kasey.

And many friends including: Steve (Scuba Steve), Oliver, Seamus, Peter (Pete), Ryan, Colton, Matt and Robert (R-Bob).

There were never enough hours in the day for Devin to achieve all of his aspirations. Devin is a man of dreams and ideas: a mad scientist and an avid outdoorsman. His dream is to live on a sailboat fishing, docking only to trade his fish and to work on his island-farm. There is nothing that Devin would not try once (except for peanut butter and ketchup), and it is this adventurous and inclusive spirit that makes him such a beautiful and wonderful person. All he ever wanted was to make other people happy.

He was also a former Junior Member of the Lebanon Boro Fire Company.

Calling hours will be Wednesday October 4, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 with Funeral Services at 8:30 PM all at the Scarponi-Bright F.H 26 Main St. Lebanon, NJ.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Teen Challenge www.tcnewjersey.org: 245 Stanton Mountain Road, Lebanon, NJ 08833 (973)-374-2206 director@tcnewjersey.org

We would like to extend the invitation to anyone who would like to stop by the house between services: our home is your home and we would love the company.

To view Devin's video tribute, please click here. 

 

 

George J. Sekela

George J. Sekela, age 90, of Lebanon Twp., NJ passed away on Monday, September 25, 2017 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ. 

He was born on January 19, 1927 in Glen Gardner, NJ.  He resided at the home that he was born in for his entire life.

He was the son of the late William and Mary Lis Sekela.

He was the husband of Nadima Melhem Sekela. 

George was a World War II Veteran, serving in the United States Army from 1944 to 1948. 

George worked for the State of New Jersey Road Department in Annandale, NJ for 28 years.  He also worked on the family farm for 72 years of his life, beginning at age 9. 

Memberships include the Glen Gardner VFW Post 5119. 

George enjoyed going to Gronsky’s for breakfast and working on his farm.  He was a friend to all and will always be remembered for his hard work. 

Survivors in ddition to his wife include two sisters; Helen Van Doren of Lamington, NJ and Anna Jackson of North Branch, NJ.  Several nieces and nephews. 

Predeceased by two brothers; Walter Sekela and Frank Sekela. 

Calling hours will be Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 10am to 12:30pm.  Funeral Service will immediately follow at 12:30pm.  All at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ. Interment at Mountain View Cemetery in Cokesbury, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822 or to Lebanon Twp. Volunteer Fire Department, 532 W. Hill Road, Glen Gardner, NJ 08826.

 

 

Zachary Michael Woods

Zachary Michael Woods, age 29, of Pittstown, NJ passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ.

He was born on June 28, 1988 in Allentown, PA.  He resided in Pittstown, NJ for the past 6 years, moving from Lebanon, NJ.

He was the son of Curtis H. Schick and Claire Alison Woods. 

After receiving his Associate’s Degree from Raritan Valley Community College, Zachary has been employed in sales.

Zachary loved music and enjoyed promoting and going to concerts.  His true passion was snowboarding.  He also was an environmentalist and very health conscious.

Survivors include his father; Curtis H. Schick and his girlfriend Cindy Shand of Milford, NJ and his mother; Claire Alison Woods of New Ringgold, PA.  Maternal grandmother; Susan Woods of Lebanon, NJ and paternal grandmother Marian Schick of Milford, NJ.  Zachary is also survived by his 3 year-old son; Maxwell Zachary Woods and Maxwell’s mother, Nicole Diana, both of Easton, PA. Three half-brothers; Curtis Schick and his wife Sarah of Fishkill, NY, Matthew Schick and his girlfriend Christine of Bethlehem, PA and Justin Daniel Woods of New Ringgold, PA.  One niece; Evangeline Schick and one nephew; Brooks Schick.  Two Uncles; Kevin Schick and his wife Julie and Tyler Schick and his wife Cindy, both of PA.  One Aunt; Sallie Woods of Lebanon, NJ. Many beloved cousins. 

Predeceased by his maternal grandfather; John E. Woods and paternal grandfather; Curtis L. Schick. He is also predeceased by his Uncle; John Grant Woods who passed away in 2015. 

Gathering of friends will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 1pm to 2pm.  Memorial Service will follow at 2pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Annandale, NJ. 

 

 

Linda Jean Luizza

Linda Jean Luizza, age 64, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the Hunterdon Care Center in Raritan Twp., NJ.

She was born on July 8, 1953 in Belleville, NJ.  She resided in Clinton Twp., NJ since 1982, moving from Middlesex County.

She was the daughter of the late George W. and Margaret Cassidy Watters. 

Linda was the wife of Irving T. Luizza Jr., celebrating 44 years of marriage.  The couple got engaged at Linda’s Senior Prom before her graduation at Edison High School.

She was an Office Manager for Pilat North America Inc. in Whitehouse Station, NJ.  She worked for the company for 19 years.

Linda loved gardening, flowers and going to the beach.  She also had a true passion for Halloween and will always be remembered for her over-the-top Halloween displays and trick-or-treating festivities in her hometown of Annandale. 

Survivors in addition to her loving husband include two daughters; Karen Zeigenfuss and her husband Dave of Newtown Square, PA and Jeanmarie Sellner and her husband Jonathan of NJ.  One granddaughter; Avery Raine Zeigenfuss.  Linda is also survived by six siblings; Joan DeLuca and her husband Lou, Margaret M. Moran, Thomas J. Watters and his wife Bert, Barbara Baumgarten and her husband Kurt, Robert A. Watters and his wife Marcia, and Kathleen Kearns and her husband Larry.  One sister-in-law; Ann Marie Chamberlain and her husband Michael.  Several nieces and nephews.

Linda is predeceased by one brother; George L. Watters and one sister; Janet M. Welsh and her husband Jimmy. 

Gathering of friends will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 12noon - 2pm.  Memorial service will immediately follow at 2pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private. 

Memorials can be made to The Rutgers University Foundation - CINJ, 120 Albany Street Tower One, Suite 305, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.  Please make checks payable to CINJ-RUF and please include Linda's name in the memo.  Donations can also be made to the Musella Foundation, 1100 Peninsula Blvd., Hewlett, NY 11557.
To view Linda's video tribute, please click here.

 

 

Edna L. McIntyre

Edna L. McIntyre, age 98, passed away quietly in her home on Friday, September 8, 2017.  She was born on February 27, 1919 in Richmond Virginia, the daughter of Norman Court Leffler and Irene Bauer Leffler.  Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Fairview, Pennsylvania where she grew up and graduated high school as valedictorian of her class.  She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in home economics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in foods and nutrition from Michigan State University. 
Edna worked for Rutgers Cooperative Extension in Flemington, NJ as the county home agent, where she met her husband, William G. McIntyre.  They were married in 1946, and enjoyed sixty years together until William’s passing in 2006.  While raising her family at home in Lebanon, NJ, Edna served on the Hunterdon County Home Economics Advisory Council, and was an active member of the Clinton Women’s Club, at times serving as club president.   Edna also served as a judge of foods and canned goods at the Flemington Agricultural Fair, and helped with suppers at the Round Valley Methodist Church where she was a supporting member. 
Edna’s sister, Irene Lucero predeceased her in 1978.
Survivors include three children, William N. McIntyre of Washington, NJ, Nancy M. Roche of Lebanon, NJ and Richard A. McIntyre of Easton, PA;  four grandchildren, Gerald McIntyre and his spouse Kim Geary of Lexington, MA, Rebecca Roche Pickin and her husband Ben Pickin of Grottoes, VA, Daniel McIntyre of Bloomsbury, NJ and Sarah Roche Jones of Charlotte, NC; three great-grandchildren; Cynthia McIntyre, Eleanor Pickin and Charlotte Pickin.

A gathering of friends will take place at the family home at 56 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 1-3pm to celebrate her life. 

Memorial contributions may be donated to RCE (Rutgers Cooperative Extension) of Hunterdon County, Attn: Diana-Boesch, 314 State Route 12, Building 2, Flemington, NJ 08822.  Checks should be payable to County of Hunterdon and in the memo line include a note that says, “In memory of Edna McIntyre.”  Memorials can also be made to Hunterdon Hospice, 215 Rt. 31, Flemington, NJ 08822. 
Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ.

 

 

Arthur Lindsey Wells

Arthur Lindsey Wells, of Hellertown, PA, died on September 8th, 2017.  Born in 1924 in East Orange, NJ, the son of Mary & Arthur Wells, he lived in Plainfield, Cranford, and Toms River (NJ) before moving to Hellertown in 2013.

He was the owner of Arthur Wells Guild Opticians in Springfield, NJ, retiring in 1988.

He was a U.S. Coast Guard combat veteran during WWII, serving in the southwest Pacific. He was a "plank owner" on the patrol frigate, U.S.S. Belfast (PF-35).  While serving, he received 4 battle stars for participating in the liberation of Noemfoor, Sansapor, Morotai, and the Philippine Islands, as well as receiving numerous other campaign medals.

Arthur was a life member of Post 73 American Legion since 1946 and a charter member of Squadron 73, Sons of the American Legion in East Orange, NJ. With continuous membership in the American Legion since 1933, he was one of the oldest members in the United States. Upon the disbanding of Post 73, he transferred to Post 129 in Toms River.

He was also a life member of the VFW Post 8352 in Toms River, the Coast Guard Veterans Association, the Patrol Frigate Reunion Association, the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association, and the NJ Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

He was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Doris Hansen Wells.  Surviving are his son Steven, daughter-in-law Lesley, and 3 grandsons, Brian, Andrew and David, who all live in Lebanon, NJ.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral Service will be Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 10am at the Funeral Home, followed by a luncheon at Round Valley United Methodist Church in Lebanon.  Interment will take place at Rosedale Cemetery in Linden, NJ at 2pm. 

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital by visiting www.stjude.org
To view Arthur's video tribute, please click here.

 

 

Betty Ann Hoffman

Betty Ann Hoffman, age 86, of High Bridge, NJ passed away on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ. 

She was born on June 28, 1931 in Long Valley, NJ.  She was a lifelong resident of Hunterdon County, living in High Bridge since the 1950’s. 

She was the daughter of the late Archie and Angie Ader Hoffman.

Her father being a Farmer, Betty grew up living on various farms in Hunterdon County, including a farm that now is in Round Valley Reservoir property.

Her husband, Raymond R. Hoffman, passed away in 1998.

Betty was a graduate of High Bridge High School.

Betty was a Certified Nurse’s Aide.  She worked for many years at the Union Forge Nursing Home and later worked for Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital in Lebanon Twp. where she was employed for 20 years. 

She was a longtime member of High Bridge Reformed Church and also an active member of the Red Hat Society. 

Betty enjoyed sewing, crocheting, needlepoint and doing embroidery.  She also enjoyed tending to her vegetable garden and canning.  She loved family get-togethers and especially loved attending family birthday parties and holidays. 

Survivors include one son; Larry A. Hoffman and his wife Nancy of Port Murray, NJ.  Two grandchildren; Justin Hoffman and his wife Jordan Race-Hoffman of Upper Mount Bethel, PA and Andrew Hoffman and his girlfriend Stephanie Fisher of Bangor, PA.  Betty is also survived by two sisters; Carol Hudecek of Annandale, NJ and Lois Voorhees of Lebanon, NJ.  Many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased in addition to her husband by one son; David Hoffman, who passed away in 1991 and one brother; Ronald Hoffman.

Calling hours will be Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ. Funeral Service will be Monday, September 11, 2017 at 11am at High Bridge Reformed Church, 23 Church Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment at Lower Valley Cemetery in Califon, NJ.
To view Betty's video tribute, please click here.

 

 

Kathleen Sak

Kathleen Sak, formerly Kathleen Byrnes, age 50, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at home. 

She was born on June 12, 1967 in Paterson, NJ.  She lived in Clinton Twp., NJ since 2005, moving from Whippany, NJ.

She was the daughter of Les Byrnes of Clifton, NJ and the late Doris Hess Byrnes.

Kathy was the wife of Steven J. Sak, celebrating 12 years of marriage.

She was a graduate of Seton Hall University where she received her undergraduate and graduate degrees. 

Until 2015, she was a Business Consultant for IBM in Florham Park, NJ.

Kathy was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. 

She enjoyed baking – especially pies and cookies.  She also loved scrapbooking and documenting her ancestry, athletics, golfing, and antique restoration.  Most of all she loved spending time with her family, in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Survivors in addition to her loving husband and father include her four year old son; Charlie Sak.  She is also survived by 6 siblings; Karen Funk, Cindy Lupo, Dianne Morino, Terry Cipolla, Les Byrnes and Chris Byrnes. 

Calling hours will be Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral Mass will be Friday, September 1, 2017 at 10am at Immaculate Conception Church, 316 Old Allerton Road, Annandale, NJ.  Interment at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Annandale, NJ.  

Memorials can be made to the ALS Association, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 37022, Boone, IA 50037-0022 or by visiting www.alsa.org/donate

 

 

Bernadine M. Goepfert

Bernadine M. Goepfert, 49, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ. 

She was born on July 2, 1968 in Staten Island, NY, and grew up in Toms River, NJ. She had been living in Clinton Twp, NJ for the past 19 years.

She was the daughter of William ‘Bill’ and Mary Boone Coleman of Barnegat, NJ.

Bernadine was the loving wife of Joseph J. Goepfert, celebrating over 20 years of marriage, and the mother of Brittany, Brenden, and Connor, all living at home.

Bernadine graduated from St. Joseph’s High School and then attended Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ where she completed her degree in Finance. She was also part of the GCU Women’s soccer team and was the leading scorer in the nation at one time. She was employed as a Technical Account Manager for Veritas, based in Mountain View, CA.

Bernadine’s passions in life were her children, dogs, the beach, reading, and travel.  She loved to watch her children participate in sports and always could be seen with a camera in her hand. She was an avid dog lover spending much time with her faithful companions Sassy, Biscuit, and Charlie.  She would take every opportunity to go to the beach with family.  She loved to travel and recently completed a pilgrimage to Rome, Fatima, and Lourdes.

Bernadine was a committed member to Immaculate Conception Church in Annandale, NJ.  Her faith in God, big heart, and willingness to help others was unmatched.

She is survived by her two brothers; Christopher Coleman and his wife Pamela of Montgomery, NY and Gregory Coleman and his wife Alexis of Stockholm, NJ.  Several nieces and nephews. 

Calling hours will be Tuesday, August 29, 2017 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 12:00pm  at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 316 Old Allerton Road, Annandale, NJ.  Interment at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Annandale, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center by visiting www.sthuberts.org/donate  or Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822. 

To view Bernadine's tribute video, please click here. 

 

 

Susan M. Carr

Susan M. Carr, age 54, of Lebanon Twp., NJ passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at home.

She was born on July 29, 1963 in Plainfield, NJ.  She was a lifelong resident of Lebanon Twp., NJ. 

She was the daughter of Lou and Barbara Polewka Perry of Lebanon Twp., NJ. 

Susan was the wife of Edward F. Carr, celebrating 31 years of marriage.

She was a graduate of Voorhees High School, class of 1981.

Susan was a homemaker – she enjoyed caring for her family, home and farm.  She also helped her husband with his business, Static Power in Phillipsburg, NJ. 

Susan had many loves in life, including reading, traveling, fishing and animals.  She traveled to all 50 states with her husband and loved going on family trips.  She especially enjoyed being at their lake house on Lake Ontario. 

Susan’s love of animals was evident.  Spending her days on the farm, Susan loved to raise many animals including miniature donkeys, peacocks, sheep, and goats. 

She volunteered with Lebanon Twp. Schools and Voorhees High School, where her sons attended.  Susan also volunteered with Meals on Wheels for many years. 

Survivors in addition to her loving husband include 2 sons; Dylan Carr and Mark Carr, both at home.  She is also survived by her beloved German Shepherd, Jett. 

She is predeceased in addition to her parents by her in-laws, George and Mary Carr and also her maternal grandmother, Jennie ‘Babcia’ Polewka, with whom she was very close with. 

A celebration of Susan’s life will take place on Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 2-5pm at the Glen Gardner VFW, 179 E. Main Street, Glen Gardner, NJ. 

Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center,  2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822. 

 

 

Sarah Elizabeth Pickrell

Sarah Elizabeth Pickrell, age 82, originally from Hackettstown, NJ passed away at her home on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

She was born on January 16, 1935 in Harrisonburg, VA.  The daughter of Charles Heistand Taliaferro and Ruth Fireburgh Taliaferro.  Her father was an American Consul in Merida on the Yucatan Penninsula of Mexico when she was born and where she was coined with the nickname “Tupi” which her friends liked to call her.  In 1938 they moved to Yarmouth and then on to Halifax, Nova Scotia where she was educated.  In 1951 the family moved to Eagle Pass, Texas where she eventually married. 

Sarah moved to East Aurora, NY in 1956 and then to Hackettstown, NJ in 1964.  She was a stay at home mom while her children were growing up.  She later became a receptionist in the radiology department of Charlton Methodist Hospital in Duncanville, Texas. 

Sarah loved to listen to music and was an avid reader.  She traveled the world scuba diving and loved taking trips with her many friends.  In 1991 she moved back to NJ to watch her young grandson Kirk while her daughter Dianne went to Romania to adopt her granddaughter Nicolette.  Sarah started her own day care, affectionately called Sarah’s Gang, and watched many children in the area while her grandchildren were young.

She is survived by her daughter; Dianne Lynn Storey and her husband Michael of Clinton Twp., NJ.  Three grandchildren; Damian Storey, Kirk Storey and Nicolette Storey.  Two sisters; Mary Mullen and her husband Peter of Roanoke, VA and Katie Hollen of TX. 

Sarah is predeceased by her son; Scott Pickrell.

All services will be private.  Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ.

Memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. 

  

 

Anna Alvina Binder

 

Anna Alvina Binder passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Sunday, August 13, 2017.  Anna is survived by her husband of 72 years, Wilbert, as well as daughters Diane Coffman, Nancy Bodyl and husband Gregory, and grandchildren Michelle and Gene Bodyl. 

Alvina was born in a suburb of Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 18, 1925.  Upon coming to the United States she lived in various New Jersey towns including Springfield, Murray Hill, Pittstown, and most recently Milford. 

Alvina graduated from Jonathan Dayton Regional High School, Springfield, NJ, in 1943.  She held various administrative assistant positions until becoming a full-time homemaker.

Alvina had many interests, most notably sewing and crafting, music, gardening, and baking.  Her love of animals, and most specifically German Shepherds, led her to lend her support to various humane organizations.

Alvina was an active member of the Hunterdon Hills Lions Club for more than 30 years.  She frequently contributed her artistic talents to the club’s fundraising events.  Alvina was also a member and volunteer for the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Pittstown.

Calling hours at the Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home (26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ) will be on Thursday, August 17, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.  A celebration of her life will be conducted by Pastor Thomas Jones at 7:00 p.m.  Friday’s interment will be private.

Memorials can be made to Harmony Animal Hospital, Rescue Fund in Memory of Alvina Binder, 2200 Belvidere Road, Phillipsburg, NJ  08865 or to Common Sense for Animals, 2420 Route 57, PO Box 589, Broadway, NJ 08808.   

 

 

Richard "Nick" Frankevich

Richard “Nick” Frankevich, age 70, resident of Pulaski since 2005, formerly of High Bridge, NJ, passed away Saturday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse. Richard was born November 25, 1946 in Raritan, NJ the son of Nicholas and Virginia Bell Frankevich. He graduated from High Bridge High School in 1965. Richard married Sandra Drosdick in 1998. He was employed by A&P Markets for 41 years, retiring in 2005. Richard was a member of High Bridge Volunteer Fire Department for over 40 years, and he was an avid fisherman.

Surviving are his wife, Sandra, one son, Edward Frankevich of NJ, two stepdaughters, Christine (Chip) Woodworth of Oswego and Cynthia (Chuck) Tayburn of Bushkill, PA, two stepsons, Brian (Jacqueline) Drennon of Washington, NJ and Doug (Barbara) Drennon of Las Vegas, NV, one brother Robbie (Joan) Frankevich of Girdwood, AK, one niece Emma Frankevich of Alaska and eight grandchildren.

Calling Hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 9th, at the Foster -Hax Funeral Home, 52 Park St., Pulaski, NY. Additional calling hours will take place on Friday August 11th from 10am to 12pm followed by Funeral Service at 12pm at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Clinton, NJ. 

 

 

Liliana Renata Consolino

Liliana Renata Consolino, age 73, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ.

She was born in Ceglie di Campo in Bari, Italy.  She resided in Italy until she was 14 years old.  When she came to America, her family settled in New York where she would live until 1981 when she moved to Clinton Twp., NJ. 

She was the daughter of the late Ermanno and Julie Prunelle Santomauro.

Her husband, Giuseppe ‘Joe’ Consolino, passed away in 2012 after 48 years of marriage. 

Liliana enjoyed traveling, gardening, sewing, crafts, going to the beach, snorkeling, fishing and boating.  Growing up on the island of Ventoten in Italy, she loved the sea.  She would spend her summers there, which she enjoyed immensely.  She was also a member of the Lebanon Seniors Club. 

Survivors include four daughters; Joann Consolino and her husband Michael Werber of Clinton Twp., NJ, Tania Consolino and her boyfriend Eric Grim of Allentown, PA, Kim Consolino of Clinton Twp., NJ and Ariel Consolino and her husband Tiruvattar Chandran of Raritan, NJ.  Three grandchildren; Kira Consolino Scala of Clinton Twp., NJ, Sophia Consolino Scala of Clinton Twp., NJ and Luca Chandran of Raritan, NJ.  Two sisters; Bianca Palmas of NY and Adriana Santomauro of NY.  Three brothers; Giuseppe Santomauro and his wife Lidia of NY, Enrico Santomauro of NJ and Roberto Santomauro of FL.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. 

Predeceased in addition to her husband by two sisters; Chiara Gattoni and Annunziata Di Spigno and two nephews; Renato Gattoni and Luciano Gattoni.

Calling hours will be Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral Mass will take place Friday, July 28, 2017 at 10am at Immaculate Conception Church, 316 Old Allerton Road Annandale, NJ.  Interment will be private.

Memorials can be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, 855 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 550, Chicago, IL 60631 or the Glioblastoma Foundation. P.O. Box 62066, Durham, NC 27715.

 

 

James 'Jim' R. Cox

 

James ‘Jim’ R. Cox, 76, passed away on July 23, 2017 after a long illness.

Jim was born August 7, 1941 to the late Clyde R. Cox and Bessie Shutts Cox. 

Jim leaves behind a brother Patrick Cox of Dover, DE, sister-in-law Sheri Cox of Easton, PA, sister-in-law Robyn Cox Morgan of DE and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Clyde R. Cox and Thomas C. Cox. 

Jim participated in many activities through the ARC in Hunterdon and Warren counties.  When he was younger, he went to Special Olympics as a runner.  He was funny, liked collecting things, liked sports, car racing, dancing and loved playing with Sparky.

Graveside service will take place on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 12pm at Mountain View Cemetery in Cokesbury, NJ. 

Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ.

Memorials can be made to the ARC of Hunterdon by visiting  www.archunterdon.org.