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Carmen C. Polanco

Carmen C. Polanco, age 97, of Whitehouse Station, NJ passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital Somerset in Somerville, NJ.    

She was born on July 1, 1919 in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico.  She resided in Whitehouse Station, NJ for the past 20 years, moving from Toms River, NJ. 

Carmen was the daughter of the late Epifanio Cruz and Casilda Cruz Martinez.

She made leather purses in a factory in Puerto Rico and Newark, NJ and later worked as a seamstress in Newark, NJ for many years.

Carmen enjoyed doing needlework and crocheting.

Survivors include 1 son; Louis Polanco of Belvidere, NJ.  3 grandchildren; Anastasia ‘Tasha’ Steel and her husband Brent of St. Lauderdale, FL,  Louis Polanco II of San Clemente, CA and Frankie Polanco and his wife Stephanie of Leesburg, VA.  6 grandchildren; Brighton Steel, Louis Polanco III, Gabriella Polanco, Vincent Polanco, Frankie Polanco and baby–on-the-way, Amari Steel.  Survivors also include 1 sister; Mercedes Garcia of CA. 

Predeceased by 2 sisters; Rosa and Altagracia. 

Calling hour will be Friday, February 24, 2017 from 10am to 11am.  Funeral Service at 11am.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment at Union Cemetery in Lebanon, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., FL. 17, Chicago, IL 60601. 

 

 

Charles Parigian

Charles Parigian, age 94, of Annandale, NJ passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the Rolling Hills Care Center in Clinton Twp., NJ.

He was born on October 17, 1922 in Lowell, MA.  He was a resident of Annandale, NJ for the past 3 years, moving from Colts Neck, NJ.

He was the son of the late George and Marian Zaratgian Parigian.

Charles was the husband of Alice Seropian Parigian, celebrating 67 years of marriage.

Charles was a US Army Air Corps veteran, serving as a Navigator during World War II from 1944 to 1945.

He was a graduate of Penn State University, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering. 

Charles was a retired executive level Manager for Ozone Industries in Ozone Park, Queens, NY. 

Charles was a ‘foodie’ who especially enjoyed ice cream. 

His favorite quote was from Calvin Coolidge, “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.  Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.  Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts.  Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include 1 son; Gregory Parigian and his wife Angelica Harakas.  1 daughter with whom he resided with; Susan Parigian and her husband Richard Blankenberg.  6 grandchildren; Zoe Parigian, Althaea Parigian, Theodora Parigian, Nicholas Blankenberg and his wife Sharon Maus, Jonathan Blankenberg and Alexander Blankenberg.  2 great-grandsons; Milo Blankenmaus and Aram Blankenmaus.  Charles is also survived by his niece, nephews and their families.

Predeceased by 1 son; John Parigian who passed away 10 years ago and 1 brother; Berge Parigian. 

A celebration of Charles’ life will take place at a later date.  Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ.

Memorials can be made to the Arc of Hunterdon County, 1465 State Highway 31 S, Suite 23, Annandale, NJ 08801 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., FL. 17, Chicago, IL 60601. 

 

 

Francine ‘Franke’ DeBevoise, 87, Portraitist

Long time Lebanon resident Franke DeBevoise passed away February 8, surrounded by her family, from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease at Sanatoga Court in Pottstown, PA. She had been compassionately cared for there by the wonderful people in the dementia unit for over two years.

She was born Lorraine Francine Pidgeon on March 27, 1929 in Northport, Long Island, NY to Harold and Alice Conklin Pidgeon.  She lost her father to an auto accident at the age of seven and was raised under difficult circumstances by a widowed mother during the depression. During her formative years she frequently lived with the family of her best friend, Rolly Searight, who survives her in their hometown. She graduated from Northport High School in 1947 where she was a member of The National Honor Society.

She enrolled at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY where she later met her future husband Kenneth H. DeBevoise, Jr.  She graduated in 1951 and they were married on July 4, 1952. In 1954 they settled in Bogota, Bergen County, where they raised their children, Mark and Jill. She began to paint in the 50’s after putting the kids to bed. She became so engrossed late at night that she had to be convinced to put down the brushes and get some sleep.

Franke was an accomplished portrait artist for over 50 years. She studied initially with Helen Van Wyck and Paul Ortlip in NJ and later at The Art Students League in Manhattan under preeminent artists E. Raymond Kinstler, William Draper and John Howard Sandler, all presidential portraitists. She was on the board and a Lifetime Member of the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and a member of The National Arts Club, both in New York City. Her work can be found in courthouses, colleges and corporate offices and in many private collections. In her later life she took great pleasure in portraying Native Americans in their traditional regalia.

Franke was deeply committed to her family, and in the words of her grandson, “She always saw the best in people and never spoke an ill word of anyone. She taught us all by example how to be kind and compassionate.” She is survived by her son Mark of Willow Grove, PA, her daughter Jill Noble (Hank), grandchildren Jacqueline Mitchell (Adrian) of Pottstown, PA  and Bradley Sudol of Philadelphia, and great grandchildren Mekhi and Tyven Mitchell.

A Memorial Service will be held at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon on Saturday February 18, visitation 10AM to 11AM, Service 11AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3 Eves Drive, Marlton, NJ 08053 or ALZ.org
To view Franke's video tribute, click here.

 

 

Mary Frances Schneider

 

Mary Frances Schneider, formerly of Lebanon, passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Independence Manor in Raritan Twp., NJ.  She was 95 years old. 

She was born on August 26, 1921.  Mary was the daughter of the late Elizabeth and John Weller of Hampton, NJ. 

Her husband, Herman A. Schneider, passed away in 2007. 

Mary worked alongside her husband at Schneider’s Florist in Lebanon, NJ in which they owned and operated.

She was a member of the Musconetcong Valley Presbyterian Church in Hampton, NJ. 

Survivors include one daughter; Katherine E. Lencsak of Whitehouse Station, NJ. 

Graveside Service will be Monday, February 13, 2017 at 11am at Musconetcong Valley Cemetery in Hampton, NJ.  Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ.

Memorials can be made to Lebanon Borough Volunteer Fire Company, 88 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ 08833 or Whitehouse Rescue Squad, 269 Main Street, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889. 

 

 

Jean Kubas

Jean Kubas, age 93, passed away on Friday, February 3, 2017 at Brightview Senior Living in Bel Air, MD.

She was born on June 7, 1923 in Forest City, PA and was one of eight children.  She moved to New Jersey in 1942 where she met her husband, Edward, who was in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  She lived the majority of her life in Edison, NJ and later Toms River, NJ. 

Jean was the daughter of the late Karl and Stella Zwicharowski.

Her husband, Edward Kubas Sr., passed away in 1998 after 52 years of marriage.

Jean retired from Regina Vacuum Company in Rahway, NJ as a Quality Control Inspector.  

Jean enjoyed family gatherings and celebrations.  She also enjoyed watching her sons play football at Rutgers and Penn State University and watching the Yankees regardless of what place they were in or the score. 

Survivors include sons; Edward Kubas Jr. and his wife Deborah of New Port Richie, FL, Greg Kubas and his wife Priscilla of Phoenix, AZ and Michael Kubas and his wife Diane of Annandale, NJ.  grandchildren; Michelle Kubas, William Kubas, Kim Economon and her husband Paul and Daniel Kubas and his wife Linda.   Great-grandchildren; Sophia, Paul Jr., Harry, Louis, Jake and Katie.    Jean is also survived by her sister; Josie Baron and her husband Dick of Elmira, NY.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm with Catholic Prayers at 2pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Inurnment will be Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 10:30am at St. Gertrude’s Cemetery, 53 Inman Avenue, Colonia, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202. 

 

 

Margaret Ruth Ladd Jones

Margaret Ruth Ladd Jones, born May 22, 1929 in Sunfield, MI passed away February 2, 2017. 

Margaret was one of six children born to the late Bernice E. Bigelow Ladd and Orange N. Ladd. 

Margaret moved to Lebanon, NJ from Kalamazoo, MI in 1960 and resided in Pohatcong, Twp., NJ for the past 13 years. 

She always was a homemaker but worked as well over the years at Tirpok’s Cleaners, NY Life, and many years of babysitting for many children. 

She enjoyed crocheting and sewing, watching the Mets play baseball and Tiger Woods golf, but her greatest joy in life was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

She is survived by her daughters, Carolyn Kolakowski of Pohatcong Twp., NJ and Kathryn Sierp, son-in-law George Sierp of Lebanon, NJ; grandchildren Laura Reper, Robert (and Jamie) Taylor, Becky (and Sarah Beth) Sierp and Nicole Sierp; great-grandchildren Matthew, Kayla, Sara, Erin, Katie and Schuyler; brothers Carl (Nancy) and Earl (Kathleen) Ladd; many nieces and nephews. 

Margaret was predeceased by her husband, Leonard Jones and son, Leonard Michael; brother James; sisters, Marian and Ilene. 

Calling hours will be Sunday, February 5, 2017 from 3pm -5pm.  Funeral Service will be Monday, February, 6, 2017 at 11am.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment at Lower Valley Cemetery in Califon, NJ. 

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

 

 

Robert C. Reed Jr.

 

Robert C. Reed Jr., age 76, of Hampton, NJ passed away on Monday, January 30, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on May 27, 1940 in High Bridge, NJ.  He was a lifelong resident of Hunterdon County, residing in High Bridge, Pittstown, Lambertville, and Hampton. 

He was the son of the late Robert Reed Sr. and Florence Hummer Reed.

Robert was the husband of Alice L. Harvey Reed.  They were married on November 30, 1968.

Robert was a retired heavy equipment operator for the NJ Water Supply Authority on Rt. 31 in Clinton, NJ.  In his younger years, he worked as a painter for Mattis Painting in Clinton, NJ. 

Robert loved to play the guitar and sing.  He enjoyed hanging out with the guys on a Saturday night on the front porch playing the guitar.  He also enjoyed painting and building race cars. 

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include 7 children; Tabitha and her husband Jody of High Bridge, NJ, Samantha ‘Sammy’ and her husband Lery of Lambertville, NJ, Robert ‘Bobby’ Reed III and his wife Linda McWilliams of Lambertville, NJ, Arty Reed of Lambertville, NJ, Freda Reed of High Bridge, NJ,  Kenneth and his wife April Reed of Interlatin, FL and Terry and her husband Terry Lawson of Mansfield, OH. 20 Grandchildren and several Great-grandchildren.  1 brother Paul Reed of Washington, NJ.

Mr. Reed was predeceased by 1 son; Thomas Wiemer and 2 brothers; Richard and Billy Reed.

Calling hours will be Friday February 3, 2017 from 7-9 and Funeral Services will be Saturday February 4, 2017 11:00AM all at the Naughtright-Scarponi Funeral Home 66 Main St. High Bridge, NJ 08829.

Interment will be at Lower Valley Cemetery in Califon, NJ.
To view Robert's video tribute, please click here.

 

 

Ronald E. Williams

Ronald E. Williams, age 74, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at St. Luke’s Warren Hospital in Phillipsburg, NJ. 

He was born on August 18, 1942 in Olympia, WA.  He had resided in Clinton Twp., NJ for the past 22 years, moving from Bridgewater, NJ and Oakland, CA.

He was the son of the late Eugene and Margaret Boyd Williams.

Ronald was a US Army Vietnam veteran. 

His wife, Joan T. Schaming, passed away in June of 2016 after 21 years of marriage.

Ronald was a Manager for AT&T in Bedminster, NJ for over 30 years. 

Memberships include Hunterdon County CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and the NRA.  Ronald also volunteered at the Mountain View Correctional Facility for over 20 years, where he was instrumental in the NJ-STEP Program, which offers college classes to inmates. 

Ronald was an avid NASCAR fan.

Survivors include 2 step-sons; Robert Schaming and his wife Jennifer of Forks Twp., PA and Jeffrey Schaming and his wife Nancy of Holland Twp., NJ.  4 step-grandchildren; Courtney Schaming, Ryan Schaming, Kevin Schaming and Kyle Schaming. 

Calling hours will be Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 6-8pm.  Gathering of Friends will be Friday, February 3, 2017 from 11am to 11:30am.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will immediately follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Cokesbury, NJ. 

  

 

Iole M. Matthews

Iole M. Matthews, age 86, of Phillipsburg, NJ passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice Center in Newton, NJ. 

She was born on April 15, 1930 in Milwaukee, WI.  She resided in Phillipsburg, NJ for the past 5 years, moving from Bethlehem Twp., NJ where she lived since 1974. 

She was the daughter of the late Robert and Zaira Mazzoni.

Her husband, Robert Christopher Matthews, passed away in 1996.

Iole worked for New York Life in Cokesbury, NJ as a Bookkeeper for many years and also with A.M. Best in Oldwick, NJ. 

Iole was very involved with her community.  She was an active member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Califon, NJ.  She was past Treasurer of her Senior Group in Bethlehem Twp., NJ, past President of a Bereavement Group in Hunterdon County, past Treasurer of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, past Officer of her Senior Group in Union Twp. and she was on the Board of Elections for 30 years in Bethlehem Twp.  Years ago, she volunteered for the American Cancer Society and she also volunteered at the Hunterdon Medical Center’s ‘Grandma for a day’ program.  Iole was the recipient of Bethlehem Twp.’s ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Award. 

Iole enjoyed going to the beach, going on day trips, seeing shows, scratch-off lottery tickets and going to casinos.  She also enjoyed spending time with her family.

Survivors include 2 sons; Scott C. Matthews and his wife Therese M. of Alexandria Twp., NJ and Douglas R. Matthews and his wife Emily E. of Pittstown, NJ.  2 grandchildren; Kristen Leigh Matthews of Morristown, NJ and Ryan Christopher Matthews of Alexandria Twp., NJ.

Predeceased in addition to her husband included 1 brother; Louis Mazzoni, who passed away in 1962.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm and Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 8am – 9am at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 10am at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Califon, NJ.  Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ 07860 or St. Jude, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
To view Iole's tribute video, please click here.    

 

 

Cathy Anne Zembko

Cathy Anne Zembko, age 60, of Hillsborough, NJ passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville, NJ, surrounded by her immediate family.

She was born on September 29, 1956 in Plainfield, NJ.  She resided in Bridgewater, NJ for most of her life before moving to Hillsborough, NJ 2 years ago.

She was the daughter of Marion Perhac Zembko of Bridgewater, NJ.

Cathy worked at Home Depot on Rt. 202 in Bridgewater as a Sales Associate for 15 years.

Cathy was a very giving person that was always willing to help anyone.  She volunteered and donated with many different organizations.  She loved to have fun with her family and friends.  Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her beloved daughter.  Her daughter was the center of her world and she was always very involved with her friends, education and success.

Survivors in addition to her mother include one daughter; Lauren M. Zembko of Hillsborough, NJ.  One sister; Cheryl Brarens and her husband Doug of Mt. Pocono, PA.  One brother; Bruce Zembko of Bridgewater, NJ.  One niece; Cherie Green and her husband Brandon of Tecumseh, Canada.  Three great nieces and nephews; Benjamin, Charlotte and Cameron.  She is also survived by her Uncle and Aunt; Paul and Pat Perhac of South Branch, NJ. 

Cathy is predeceased by her maternal grandmother; Anna Perhac who she was very close with.  As well as her Great Aunt, Helena Munz, who she adored very much.

Calling hours will be Friday, January 27, 2017 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm.  Funeral Service will be Saturday, January 28, 2016 at 11am.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ 08833.

Interment will be private. 

 

 

Frank Apgar

Frank Apgar, age 101, of Annandale, NJ passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at home. 

He was born on November 9, 1915 in Alpha, NJ.  He resided in Annandale, NJ in the same house since August 1950, having moved from Lebanon. 

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

His wife, Marjorie Dilts Apgar, passed away on October 15, 1979.

Frank was a heavy machine operator.  He worked for Forsythe Construction for 18 years and then with his son, Lawrence, operating Frank F. Apgar & Son in Annandale, NJ for many years until his retirement in 1989. 

Frank was a member and Past Chief of Annandale Hose Company.

He loved telling stories about his younger years, including stories about when he lived on Haynes Farm from 1918 to 1936.  As a teenager, he worked at the Haynes Produce Stand, what is now Ercolano’s.    

Survivors include 1 brother; Charles Apgar.  2 sons; David Apgar and his wife Catherine of Hampton, NJ and Robert Apgar of Annandale, NJ.  1 daughter-in-law; Marlene Apgar of Annandale, NJ.  5 grandchildren; Susan Bonczak and her husband John, Carol Franc and her husband Matthew, Jeffrey Apgar and his wife Melanie, Stacey Duncan and her husband Mark and Brian Apgar and his wife Mandy.  7 great-grandchildren; Shane, Christopher, Connor, Madison, Owen, Alexandra and Jack. 

Predeceased, in addition to his wife, by 2 brothers; Earl Apgar who passed away at age 12 and Elmer Apgar who passed away in 1977.  His oldest son, Lawrence, passed away on January 23, 2009. 

Calling hours will be Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 4pm to 7pm, with Firemen’s Services at 6:30pm.  Funeral Service will be Monday, January 30, 2017 at 11am.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ 08833.  Interment at Union Cemetery in Lebanon, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to the Annandale Hose Company, 68 Beaver Avenue, Annandale, NJ 08801.

 

 

Neil A. Papenfuhs

 

Neil A. Papenfuhs, age 50, of Bethlehem Twp., NJ passed away on Monday, January 23, 2017 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ.

He was born on January 29, 1966 in Trenton, NJ.  He was a lifelong resident of Hunterdon County.

He was the son of the late Gordon and Virginia Rinehart Papenfuhs.

Neil was a self-employed house painter. 

Survivors include 1 brother; Roy H. Papenfuhs of North Chatham, MA.  3 nephews; Eric Papenfuhs, Graham Papenfuhs and Alen Papenfuhs.  Many Aunts and Uncles including Arnold Papenfuhs of Pittstown, NJ, Lou Jeffery of Ellington, CT, Rudy and Patricia Papenfuhs of Kansas City, MO and Gail Rinehart of Chandler, AZ.  He is also survived by his beloved dog, Emma. 

Predeceased by 1 brother; Glenn F. Papenfuhs who passed away in April of 2016.  1 nephew; Brian Shae Papenfuhs and 1 uncle; William Rinehart. 

A Memorial service to celebrate Neil’s life will take place in the spring and will be announced on the Funeral Home website www.scarponifuneralhomes.com/obituaries.html.  Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ. 

 

 

Joseph F. Labuta

Joseph F. Labuta, age 82, of Raritan Twp., NJ passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017 at Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ. 

He was born on October 31, 1934 in Jersey City, NJ.  He resided in Raritan Twp., NJ for the past 8 years, moving from High Bridge and Lebanon Twp. where he resided for most of his life. 

He was the son of the late Joseph E. and Frances Skacil Labuta.

He was the husband of Florence C. McDonough Labuta, celebrating 52 years of marriage.  Joseph and Florence were married at St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church in Jersey City, NJ.

Joseph was a US Navy veteran, serving as a RM2 during the Korean War from 1954 to 1962 on the submarine USS Trumpetfish (SS-425).

After his military service, Joseph earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ.

Joseph worked for Western Electric in Newark, NJ where he was involved with training the North East Region.  He later went on to work for Fimbel Door Manufacturing in Whitehouse, NJ.  Upon his retirement in June of 2004, he worked part-time for Spruce Run Aluminum in Lebanon, NJ. 

Memberships include St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in High Bridge, NJ.  He was a 4th Degree Knight in Council #10627 and PJPII Assembly 3293.  Joseph was an Eagle Scout and was a past Boy Scout troop leader.  He was also involved in Girl Scouts. 

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include one son; Brian Labuta and his wife Susan of High Bridge, NJ.  Two daughters; Karen Shea and her husband Kevin of Pittstown, NJ and Christine Labuta of Flemington, NJ.  One grandson; Jack Shea.

Calling hours will be Friday, January 13, 2017 from 2pm - 4pm and 6pm - 8pm.  Members of Joe’s 4th Degree Assembly will deliver a proclamation and rosary decade at 7:30pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral Mass will be Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 10am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 59 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment will be private. 

Memorials can be made to the Knights of Columbus Council #10627, 59 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ 08829. 

 

 

Barbara Galusha

 

Barbara Galusha, age 83, of Clinton Twp., NJ passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on April 19, 1933 in Elizabeth, NJ.  She resided in the same house in Clinton Twp. since February of 1966.  Prior to that, she lived in Metuchen, NJ.

She was the daughter of the late Edwin F. and Elizabeth C. Provost Morsbach.

Her husband, Donald A. Galusha passed away in 1985.

Barbara retired many years ago after working at Somerset Savings Bank in Somerville, NJ as a bank teller.  Prior to that, she worked for Eastern Airlines in their reservation/ticketing department and also as a Bus Driver in Clinton Twp. 

Barbara loved to knit, quilt and do cross stitch and was a member of the FCE in Gladstone, NJ.  She was also a member of the Round Valley United Methodist Church in Lebanon, NJ.  She enjoyed traveling with her family and friends.  She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Survivors include 3 sons; Donald “Bryant” B. Galusha and his wife Donna of Loveland, CO, Edwin “Fred” F. Galusha and his wife Tiffany of Hawley, PA and Charles S. Galusha and his girlfriend Jackie of Stewartsville, NJ.  9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by 1 sister; Louise Novak and her husband Howard of Longmont, CO. 

Predeceased in addition to her husband, by one sister, Catherine Morsbach, who passed away in the 1930’s. 

Calling hours will be Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 2pm – 4pm and 7pm - 9pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral service will be Friday, January 13, 2017 at 11am at Round Valley United Methodist Church, 30 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment at Union Cemetery in Lebanon, NJ. 

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

It view Barbara's video tribute, please click here.

 

 

Leanna Brown

 

Former New Jersey State Senator Leanna Brown passed away peacefully in the presence of family at her

son Steve’s home on December 15th. She was 81. 

Leanna was a force in the New Jersey Republican Party.  Politics was her calling.  She was a true public

servant, sincerely caring about the welfare of her constituents.  Leanna served in both houses of the

New Jersey Legislature, representing the 26th district.  In 1980 she was elected to the New Jersey

Assembly.  In 1983 she became the first Republican woman to be elected to the New Jersey Senate

where she served for 10 years. 

Leanna was born in Providence, RI to Esther and Harold Young.  She attended the Northfield School for

Girls and then Smith College.  She married W. Stanley Brown, her high school sweetheart, in 1956.   In

1961 they moved to Chatham, where Leanna launched her political career.  She served on the Chatham

Borough Council from 1969 to 1972 and then was elected to the Morris County Board of Chosen

Freeholders, becoming the director in 1976.  In 1978 she was named president of the New Jersey

Association of Counties.  After 13 years in the New Jersey Legislature, Leanna was appointed to the New

Jersey Casino Control Commission where she served for 6 years.  She worked on President George W.

Bush’s transition team, and in 2007 she was appointed by him to serve on the President’s Commission on

White House Fellowships.

Leanna traveled extensively with her husband Stan and their grandchildren.  In particular she enjoyed

her numerous trips to Africa and was an avid collector of native art.  She was also a dedicated member of

her reading group that met regularly for 54 years. 

Leanna is predeceased by her husband Stan, and is survived by her sister Lucinda (Thorpe), her children

Bill (Kathy) and Steve (Cher), her grandchildren Rob, Tom, Joe, Maggie, Sid and Brit, and her great-

granddaughter Andromeda.  She was a loving wife and mother, a tireless advocate for the residents of

the State of New Jersey, and a strong supporter of women’s causes.  She will be greatly missed by all. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 7th at 11:00 am at the Stanley Congregational

Church in Chatham.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Leanna Brown Scholarship Fund, in

care of the church.

To view Leanna's video tribute, please click here

 

 

Ruth Stroud Carpenter

Ruth Stroud Carpenter, age 98, of Lebanon Twp., NJ passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at home.

She was born on December 6, 1918 in Bernardsville, NJ.  She resided in Lebanon Twp., NJ with her son and daughter-in-law for the past 5 years, moving from Satsuma, FL where she lived with her granddaughter for several years.

She was the daughter of the late Lester B. and Grace Hallock Stroud.

Ruth’s husband, John G. Carpenter, passed away in 1995 after 53 years of marriage.

She was a 1937 graduate from Clinton High School in Clinton, NJ, graduating as the class Salutatorian.  She went on to attend Rider Business College from 1937 to 1938. 

Ruth’s career was extensive in the Hunterdon County Sheriff’s office.  She started as a secretary and worked her way up to become Sheriff of Hunterdon County where she served 2 terms, making her career span 25 years with the Sheriff’s office.   Ruth was the first female Sheriff in New Jersey and also the first woman elected Sheriff in the country.  In her early career, she worked for Hauck, Felter & Lance Attorney’s office. 

Memberships include the Sidney Progressive Grange, Vice President of the Hunterdon County PTA, President of Glen Gardner PTA, Hunterdon County Soroptimists, Active in Girl Scouts, Chairman of March of Dimes Walk-a-thon, Tallahassee Wildflower Club, Order of the Easter Star Stewart Chapter, Hunterdon County & National Republican Clubs, Vice President of the NJ Sheriff’s Office and the National Sheriffs Association. 

Ruth was very active in her community and her volunteer work.  She delivered meals for meals-on-wheels and was very active in several churches.  She was a Clerk of the Elders at Bethlehem 1st Presbyterian Church in Pittstown, NJ and she was an active member of Spruce Run Lutheran Church in Lebanon Twp., NJ.  She was also Past President of the Women’s Group of 1st Presbyterian Palatka Church in Palatka, FL where Ruth also worked in their soup kitchen.  Ruth also received numerous awards for her volunteerism, including “Volunteer of the Year’ by Putnam County, FL and ‘Woman of the Year’ by Presbyterian Church of America. 

Survivors include 2 sons; John W. Carpenter and his wife Linda of Cumberland, KY and Robert S. Carpenter and his wife Judith of Lebanon Twp., NJ with whom she resided.  6 grandchildren; Rhonda Fishburn and her husband Michael of Satsuma, FL, with whom she previously lived, Teresa Philpot and her husband Doyle of London, KY, Robert Carpenter and his wife Nicole of Stewartsville, NJ, Jon Carpenter of Altamonte Springs, FL, Rachel Messerman and her husband Justin of Trenton, OH and Rebecca DiRe and her husband Anthony of Lebanon Twp., NJ.  10 great-grandchildren; Dane Fishburn, Zachary Fishburn, Isaac Messerman, Jacob Messerman, Geneva DiRe, Nadia DiRe, Vienna DiRe, Lena Carpenter, Logan Carpenter and Lucas Carpenter.  2 step-great-grandchildren; Rachel and her husband Michael Payne and Suzanne Philpot.  4 step-great-great-grandchildren; Jatzary Philpot, Orian Philpot, Olivia Philpot and Jasmine Payne. 

Predeceased in addition to her husband by her daughter; Phyllis Chapman who passed away in 2004.  In addition, she is predeceased by 1 brother; Lincoln Stroud and 1 sister; Elizabeth Roadarmal. 

Calling hours will be Thursday, December 22, 2016 from 7pm-9pm and Friday, December 23, 2016 from 10am – 12noon, followed by Funeral Service on Friday at 12noon.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment at Union Cemetery in Lebanon, NJ. 

 

 

Gary Eugene Hart

Gary Eugene Hart, age 67, of Whitehouse Station, NJ passed away on Friday, December 16, 2016 at home.

He was born on January 8, 1949 in Princeton, NJ.  Gary spent his childhood in Raritan, NJ, and then he moved to Neshanic, NJ and in 1999 moved to Whitehouse Station, NJ. 

Gary was the son of the late Clare Eugene and Gwendolyn Elizabeth Liedum Hart. 

He was the husband of Esther Daniel Hart, celebrating 47 years of marriage.

He was a US Navy Veteran, serving from 1969 to 1971.

Gary co-owned and operated C & G Excavating in Hillsborough, NJ until his retirement in the late 1990’s.

He was a member of the NRA and the American Trap Shooting Association.

Gary loved trap shooting and in his younger years, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.     

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include one son; Kenneth Hart and his wife Kristin of Lebanon, NJ.  One grandson; Kain Hart.  One sister; Sharon Knox and her husband Kevin of San Diego, CA.  Two brothers; Ronald Hart of Asbury, NJ and Dennis Hart of NV.

Predeceased by his sister-in-law; Vera ‘Lynnie’ Hart who passed away in May of 2016. 

At Gary’s request, all services will be private.  Arrangements are under the direction of Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ. 

 

 

Robert H. Hoffman

 

Robert H. Hoffman, age 90, of Pittstown, NJ passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at the Country Arch Care Center in Pittstown, NJ.

He was born on April 20, 1926 in Clinton Twp., NJ and was a lifelong resident of Hunterdon County.

Robert was the son of the late Harvey and Grace Barber Sutphen Hoffman.

His wife, Marion N. Johnson Hoffman, passed away in 2011 after 62 years of marriage.

Robert was a US Army World War II veteran, serving from 1944 to 1946.

Robert spent his career as a welder, first working for Taylor Wharton in High Bridge, NJ for 25 years and then he worked for F.L.Smidth and Cincinnati Gear in Lebanon, NJ until his retirement.  He also operated his own welding business.

Memberships include American Legion Post #0113, the Veterans of Foreign Wars post #5119 in Glen Gardner, NJ, NRA, Fishing Club and a life member of the American Hunting Club.

Robert was an avid outdoorsman.  He enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing.  He also loved animals, especially his dogs. 

Survivors include two sons; Bill Hoffman and his wife Dawn of Pittstown, NJ and Bobby Hoffman and his wife Sherry of Montrose, PA.  One granddaughter; Ashley Sohns and her husband Matt of Tunkhannock, PA.  One great-granddaughter; Ella Renee Sohns.  One sister; Shirley Wack and her husband David of High Bridge, NJ. 

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

Memorials may be made to Quakertown Volunteer Emergency Medical Services, PO Box 225, Pittstown, NJ 08867.   

 

 

Donald F. Rumpf Sr.

Donald F. Rumpf Sr., age 84, of High Bridge, NJ passed away on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at home.

He was born on October 20, 1932 in Plainfield, NJ and was a lifelong resident of High Bridge, NJ.

He was the son of the late Frank and Elizabeth Cregar Rumpf.

Donald was a US Army veteran, serving during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955.

Donald was the husband of  Marcia A. Smith Rumpf, celebrating 63 years of marriage.

He was a Licensed Land Surveyor, working for Robert W. Lee Associates until his retirement in the late 1990’s.

Donald was a past member of the American Legion and High Bridge Reformed Church.

He was a sports enthusiast.  He enjoyed coaching Little League and basketball when his sons were growing up.  He loved fishing and was a Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles fan.  He also enjoyed bowling years ago and also dancing with his wife, especially square dancing and doing the jitterbug.  Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and family. 

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include 3 sons; Donald ‘Butch’ F. Rumpf Jr. and Barbara Kotulich of Washington, NJ, Larry J. Rumpf and Debbie of Washington, NJ and Randy G. Rumpf and Nancy of Lebanon Twp., NJ.  7 grandchildren; Nicholas Rumpf of Los Angeles, CA, Jeremy Rumpf and his wife Stefanie of Ewing, NJ, Amy DaSilva and her husband Brian of Palmer, PA, Kiley Rumpf of Aberdeen, NJ, Renee Rumpf of Ewing, NJ, Matthew Rumpf of Washington, NJ and Cory Rumpf and his wife Carissa of Washington, NJ.  2 great-grandchildren; Hunter Rumpf and Skyelar Rumpf.

Calling hours will be Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 10am to 12noon with funeral services following at 12noon.  All at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Clinton, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131. 

 

 

Ruth M. Stevens

Ruth M. Stevens, age 83, of Glen Gardner, NJ passed away on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at home.

She was born on October 11, 1933 in Somerville, NJ.  She was a lifelong resident of Hunterdon County and resided in Glen Gardner, NJ for the past 60 years.

She was the daughter of the late Isaac and Anna Cole Hoffman.

Her husband, Alton R. Stevens, passed away in 2003 after over 50 years of marriage.

Ruth worked as a Banker for several banks throughout her career including First National Bank and Corestates Bank, both in Glen Gardner, NJ. 

Ruth was a past member of the Glen Gardner Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, Glen Gardner United Methodist Church and High Bridge United Methodist Church. 

She enjoyed traveling, going to bingo with her friends and having family dinners. 

Survivors include 2 sons; Mark A. Stevens and his wife Tammy of Easton, PA and James A. Stevens and his wife Susan of Glen Gardner, NJ.  4 grandsons; Andrew Stevens and his wufe Rachel of Bethlehem, PA, James Andrew Stevens II and his fiance Caitlin Terhune of Lebanon Twp., NJ, Thomas Stevens and his wife Jessica of Clinton, NJ and Bryan Stevens and his wife Shannon of Hampton, NJ.  2 great-grandchildren; Addison Stevens and Carmen Stevens.  1 brother; Stephen Isaac Hoffman and his wife Lois of Port Angeles, WA. 

Predeceased in addition to her beloved husband by 3 sisters; Gladys Brendel, Betty Hoffman and PeggyAnn Kinney. 

Calling hours will be Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm.  Funeral service will be Friday, December 9, 2016 at 11am.  All at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment at Musconetcong Valley Cemetery in Hampton, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to the Glen Gardner Volunteer Fire Company, 2168 State Route 31, Glen Gardner, NJ 08826-3715 or High Bridge United Methodist Church, 36 Church Street, High Bridge, NJ 08829.   
To view Ruth's video tribute, please click here.

 

 

Dorothy G. Hartsell

Dorothy G. Hartsell, age 79, of Pittstown, NJ passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ.

She was born on January 10, 1937 in Brooklyn, NY.  She spent most of her life in Hunterdon County, yet she lived in Germany, Mississippi and South Carolina years ago when her husband was in the Air Force.

She was the daughter of the late William and Helen Wodjat Gratt. 

Her husband, Richard John Hartsell, passed away in 2001. 

She was a graduate of North Hunterdon Regional High School in Annandale, NJ. 

Dorothy worked for 25 years as Assistant Director for the Office on Aging in Flemington, NJ. 

Memberships include St. Catherine of Siena Church in Pittstown, NJ where she was also active in their choir. 

Dorothy volunteered for many years at the Senior Center in Flemington, NJ.  She enjoyed crocheting and cooking.  Her favorite pastime was reading.  She also loved to spend time with her family.  She was a wonderful housewife and her family was very important to her. 

Survivors include 2 sons; Earl Hartsell of Pittstown, NJ and Richard Hartsell and his friend and business partner Richard ‘Buddy’ Waterman of Alpha, NJ. 3 daughters; Linda Hudecek of Harmony, NJ, Kathleen Bowlby and her fiancé Jeff Warren of Allentown, PA and Elizabeth Tillou and her husband Butch of Jim Thorpe, PA.  8 grandchildren; Robert Hudecek and his companion Gina of Wind Gap, PA, Suzanne Hudecek and her husband Ulisses of Plainfield, NJ, Sarah Darling and her husband Phillip of Forks Twp., PA, David Bowlby and his wife Nicole of Nazareth, PA, John Bowlby and his fiancée Casey Altemose of Whitehall, PA, Shannon Bowlby of Mt. Olive, NJ, Serena Smolczynski and her husband John of Jim Thorpe, PA and Ashley Tillou of Jim Thorpe, PA.  5 great-grandchildren; Kali Tillou, Gregory Bowlby, Rebecca Bowlby, Jessica Bowlby and Savannah Darling.  1 sister; Maryann Tallon of FL.

Predeceased in addition to her husband by 1 sister; Amelia Midgley. 

Calling hours will be Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 4pm to 7pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ.  Rosary will be said on Monday, December 5, 2016 starting at 9:20am, followed by Funeral Mass at 10am, both at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 2 Whitebridge Road, Pittstown, NJ.  Interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Clinton, NJ.   

Memorials can be made to American Lung Association, National Direct Response Headquarters, 1200 Hosford Street, Suite 101, Hudson, WI 54016-9316. 

 

 

Doris Apgar Conover

 

Doris Apgar Conover, age 90, died peacefully at home on Saturday, November 12, 2016 after a long courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.  Born May 30, 1926, she resided in Bath, PA where she was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, William H. Conover, who died in 2013.  Before retiring in Bath she lived and raised her family in High Bridge, NJ.  She was the daughter of Leslie and Minnie Philhower Apgar of Cokesbury, NJ.

Doris worked at Taylor Wharton Iron and Steel in High Bridge during World War II as a mail clerk, and raised her family while working at Quality Packaging in Kingwood, NJ for 20 years.  She was a former member of the High Bridge Fire Department Auxiliary.  She loved camping, game shows, playing cards on family game night and just being with family, extended family and friends. 

She is survived by her 3 children; Nancy and her husband Robert VanNatta of High Bridge, NJ, William B. Conover of Bath, PA and Russell Conover and his wife Connie of Cumming, GA.  4 grandchildren; Craig VanNatta of High Bridge, NJ, Kelly VanNatta and her fiancé Karl Wuttke of Annandale, NJ, Ryan Conover of Sugar Hill, GA and Amanda Conover Myers and her husband Cody of Dawsonville, GA.  3 great-grandchildren; Adrian, Bradley and Addison.  1 sister; Shirley Colontone of Branchburg, NJ and many nieces and nephews.  Also predeceased by a brother Harold Apgar and a sister Alma McDowell. 

Graveside Service will be on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 11am at Mountain View Cemetery in Cokesbury, NJ.  Arrangements by Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home in High Bridge, NJ. 

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to Heartland Hospice, 881 Marcon Blvd., Ste 3700, Allentown, PA 18109 or The Michael J. Fox Foundation, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.

 

Lorraine E. Thompson

Lorraine E. Thompson age 91 of Forks Township, Pa passed away Monday November 7, 2016 at the Easton Hospital in Easton, PA.

Lorraine was born March 2, 1925 in Bloomfield, NJ and had resided in Forks Twp. for the past 10 years moving from Kitty Hawk, NC. She had lived many years in Bridgewater, NJ.

She was the daughter of the late James T. and Lorraine Perry Healey.

Lorraine was a Legal Secretary for Mauro, Russo, Savo, & Kline Attorneys in Somerville, NJ and also had worked for Lawyers Title Insurance also in Somerville, NJ.

She was a Master Gardner in Dare County, NC.,  North Carolina Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 16-07,  The Red Hat Club,  and Past President of the Kitty Hawk Landing Association in NC.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years Ronald R. Thompson.

2-sons Edward William Sampson of Emmaus, PA and David A. Thompson of Forks Twp. 1 - daughter Susan L. Schaible of Oxford, NJ.

3-Granddaughters Amy L. Olson of Bloomsbury, NJ, Allison L. Schaible of Oxford, NJ, and Abby –Sue Bundy of Oxford, NJ.

4-Great Grand Children Jack Carman, Aliee Carman, Jessie Olsen, and Parker Bundy.

Lorraine was also predeceased by one grandson John E. Schaible Jr. who passed away in 2003.

Calling hours will be Thursday November 10, 2016 from 6-9PM at the Scarponi-Bright F.H 26 Main St. Lebanon, NJ.

Funeral Services will be private. 

 

 

Frances 'Fran' Anna Woodhull

Frances ‘Fran’ Anna Woodhull, age 84, of High Bridge, NJ passed away on Thursday, October 20th, 2016 at Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ.

She was born on July 3, 1932 in Morristown, NJ.  She lived in High Bridge, NJ for the past 60 years. 

Fran was the daughter of the late Andrew and Anna Frances Conklin.

She worked for several years as a Housekeeping Supervisor at Little Brook Nursing Home in Califon, NJ.

Memberships include the Bunnvale Assembly of God in Glen Gardner, NJ where she was an active member for 60 years.  Fran was a past Sunday School Teacher and a WM Member at the Church where she also sang solos during services. 

Years ago, Fran was a Cub Scout Den Mother when her sons were growing up. 

Fran enjoyed attending church every Sunday, praying for others, knitting, and spending time with family and friends.  Her children were very important to her.

Survivors include 4 children; John B. Woodhull Jr. and his wife Maryann of Frenchtown, NJ, Donald A. Woodhull of High Bridge, NJ, Sue Ellen Briner of Lebanon, NJ and Faith Joy Coughlan and her husband Joe of High Bridge, NJ.  12 grandchildren; Duane Edward Woodhull, Annette Marie Russo and her husband Andrew, Denise Ann Rusnak and her husband Rob, Tammy Lynn Yeakel and her husband Ryan, Karen Mucchiello, Alan Young, Wendy Raleigh and her husband Doug, Robin Young, Matthew Briner, Stephen Briner, Jacquelynn Coughlan and Stephanie Ramos and her husband Daniel.  13 great-grandchildren; Amanda Russo, Adam Russo, Miles Mucchiello, Andie Young, Robert Rusnak, Ethan Yeakel, Caleb Yeakel, Alexandra Raleigh, Ayden Briner, Mason Briner, Isabel Briner, Kaylee Briner and Elijah Ramos. 

Predeceased by 1 son; Stephen Andrew Woodhull who passed away in 1980 and 1 son-in-law Melvin Briner who passed away in 2008.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 5pm to 7pm with a Celebration of Fran’s Life at 7pm.  All at Bunnvale Assembly of God, 285 County Road 513, Glen Gardner, NJ.  Interment will be Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 10:30am at Mountain View Cemetery in Cokesbury, NJ.  Funeral Services are under the direction of Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home in High Bridge, NJ. 

Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. 
To view Fran's video tribute please click here: https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/5RMSQP87Y9K4WDHJ

 

 

Regina "Jean" Ann Zuba

 

Regina “Jean” Ann Zuba, age 75, of High Bridge, NJ passed away on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ.

She was born on November 27, 1940 in Avoca, PA.  She lived in High Bridge, NJ for the past 40 years, moving from PA.  She was a graduate of Avoca High School.

Regina was the daughter of the late Stanley and Stephanie Slusark Halagarda.

She was the wife of John L. Zuba, celebrating 53 years of marriage.

Regina was a licensed beautician and she also worked for GE for several years.  Most recently she owned and operated a gift shop called Material Things in Califon, NJ. 

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

Survivors in addition to her loving husband include 2 sons; John P. Zuba and his wife Kymberly of Cincinnati, OH and Brian C. Zuba and his wife Athena of Jupiter, FL.  1 daughter; Lynn M. Hower and her husband Scott of Macungie, PA.  5 grandchildren.  3 sisters; Helen, Theresa and Anne. 

Gathering of friends will be Monday, October 24, 2016 from 10am to 11am at Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Funeral Mass will be immediately following at 11am at St. Joseph’s Church, 59 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Inurnment at Immaculate Conception Mausoleum in Annandale, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation, 9100 Wescott Drive, Suite 202, Flemington, NJ 08822. 

 

 

Margaret Sadie Woods

 

Margaret Sadie Woods, age 90, of Pittstown, NJ passed away on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at Country Arch Care Center in Pittstown, NJ. 

She was born on December 15, 1925 in High Bridge, NJ and lived her entire life in High Bridge, NJ until moving to Country Arch Care Center 1 ½ years ago. 

Margaret was the daughter of the late Lester and Jenny Farley Philhower. 

She worked for Cooperative Industries in Chester, NJ making airplane gauges for many years until her retirement. 

Margaret loved to crochet and garden.  She enjoyed taking care of her family.

Survivors include one son; Richard Arthur Woods and his wife Lorraine of Pohatcong Twp.,  NJ.  Three grandchildren; Stacy Woods, Kenneth Woods and Megan Emelia Woods-Pieper and her husband Craig Pieper of Nazareth Twp., PA.  One great-granddaughter; Briana Marie Woods.

Predeceased includes one son; Kenneth Ronald Woods who passed away several years ago. 

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

 

 

Roseann Hogrebe

Roseann Hogrebe, 82, of Lebanon, NJ passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

Roseann was born in Johnstown, PA. and moved to Wilkes Barre, PA, as a child.

Roseann is survived by her husband of 62 years, Leonard C. Hogrebe, of Lebanon NJ, sons Wayne and his wife Donna of Lebanon, NJ, Gregory of Easton, PA, Richard and his significant other LouAnn Polewski of Lake Ariel, PA , William and his wife Mary of Bloomsbury, NJ, Grandsons Conner and Callen of Lebanon, NJ, and Scott and David of Three Bridges, NJ, and an ex-daughter-in-law Sharon of Three Bridges, NJ.

Roseann is also survived by two sisters, Mary of Wilkes Barre, PA, Kathleen and her husband Frank of Wilkes Barre, PA, and a brother William, and his wife Gerry of Wilkes Barre. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Roseann was predeceased by her parents, John and Mary, sons Leonard and Kevin, a daughter-in-law Angela, and two brothers, Jack and Richard.

Roseann and her husband Leonard moved to Hillsborough, NJ in 1964, where they lived until moving to Lebanon in 1979. During that time, in addition to raising six sons, Roseann helped her husband start the family business, Apple Tree Landscaping, where she continued to work throughout most of her life.

Roseann loved to sing, and was a member of the choir at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Whitehouse Station where she was also a Parishioner for many years. Roseann was also an avid reader, and enjoyed going to exercise and yoga classes. One of Roseann’s favorite pastimes was wandering through rummage sales, where she was known to have come up with many great “finds” over the years. Roseann was known for her keen sense of observation- she never “missed a trick”.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 4pm to 7pm at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral Mass will be Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 9:30am at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 390 County Road 523, Whitehouse Station, NJ.  Interment at Mountain View Cemetery in Cokesbury, NJ. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hunterdon Hospice, 215 Rt. 31, Flemington, NJ 08822.  

 

 

Elsa T. Rodriguez Vega

Elsa T. Rodriguez Vega, age 85, passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Rolling Hills Care Center in Clinton Twp., NJ.

She was born on July 29, 1931 in Guanica, Puerto Rico.  She was the daughter of the late Domingo and Santia Vega Torres and spent the majority of her life on the island until moving to New York with her husband and four children. She worked for many years at a Day Care Center for Catholic Charities in Manhattan. 

Elsa would return back to Puerto Rico to the town of Yauco with her husband Benjamin Rodriguez Vega for their retirement where they would live until his passing in 1997. Following his passing, Elsa returned to the United States to Hampton, New Jersey where she would remain until she was placed in Rolling Hills Care Center 3 years ago. She developed strong bonds with the staff and residents there including a friendship with her roommate Janice Tighe and her favorite aide Ernside.

Elsa was a very independent woman who enjoyed taking care of people.  She was a wonderful mother and grandmother playing a prominent role in the lives of her granddaughters.  A fierce advocate for education, she was proud of their accomplishments. She enjoyed listening to the radio, going out to eat, and spending time with her family.  She also loved going to parks and being outdoors.

Survivors include 4 children; Benjamin Rodriguez Jr. and his wife Aida of Jacksonville, FL, Edgar Rodriguez of West New York, NJ, Maria R. Shariatdoust and her husband Reza of Califon, NJ and Jose Rodriguez and his wife Susan of New York, NY.   3 grandchildren; Marisa Shariatdoust, Rana Shariatdoust and Nicole Rodriguez.  2 sisters; Gladys Rosa and her husband Miguel of Puerto Rico and  Mirtha Vega of Puerto Rico.  2 nieces; Madeline Duran and Gladys Merced.  Several cousins. 

Calling hour will be Tuesday, October 4, 2016 from 11am to 12noon at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ, followed by Committal Services at Immaculate Conception Mausoleum in Annandale, NJ.

Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society by visiting https://donate.cancer.org/index. 

 

 

Wilson 'Wil' L. Cregar

Wilson ‘Wil’ L. Cregar, age 81, of Clinton, NJ passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at home. 

He was born on October 6, 1934 in High Bridge, NJ and lived the majority of his life in Hunterdon County.  For a brief time he lived in Solomons, MD while he was in the U.S. Navy.

He was the son of the late Wilson Cregar Sr. and Edna Sigler Cregar. 

Wil was the husband of Elinor (Jakey) Glenn Cregar, celebrating 60 years of marriage.

He was a Korean War veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy from 1954 to 1960 as a Navy Diver and Fireman. He served on the USS Tarawa.

Wil was the Head Groundskeeper at Voorhees High School until his retirement in 1999.

Memberships include Exempt member of the High Bridge Fire Department and Special Police Officer for the High Bridge Police Department.  Wil was also one of the founders of the High Bridge Athletic Association and past president of the organization.  He was very active in the North Hunterdon Little League and Tri-County Baseball League, where he played, coached and umpired for many years for both organizations.

Wil loved baseball and played semi-professionally in his younger years.  He enjoyed collecting baseball cards and also going to casinos. 

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include two sons; James Cregar and his wife Lisa of Hampton, NJ and Jeffrey Cregar and his wife Karen of High Bridge, NJ.  Six grandchildren; Callie Cregar of Branchburg, NJ, Kari Cregar of Hampton, NJ, Jared Shepard of Chatham, NJ, Jacob Cregar of High Bridge, NJ, Zachary Cregar of High Bridge, NJ and Nicholas Cregar of High Bridge, NJ.  Two brothers; Roger Cregar of High Bridge, NJ and Gary Cregar and his wife Delores of AZ.  One sister; Betty Jane Carling and her husband David of Port St. Lucie, FL.  He is also survived by his beloved cat, Samantha. 

He is predeceased by one daughter; Karin Shepard who passed away in 2000. 

Calling hours will be Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10am to 11am with Funeral Service 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 Hunterdon Hospice, 215 Rt. 31, Flemington, NJ 08822.