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Haydee Rocio Collantes

April 9, 1964 - November 27, 2020

Haydee Rocio Collantes, 56, of Garwood, passed away on November 27, 2020. Born in Peru, she worked for the SBM Co. in Kenilworth. She is survived by her husband: Jesus Rodriguez, daughter Rocio Katherine Huertas (Hiram Torres), grandson: Jorge Torres, mother: Haydee Gutierrez, sister: Odeli Collantes (Jose), brothers: Jorge Collantes (Rosa), and Cesar Collantes (Dulber).Visitation: Monday 4-8PM...
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Purnima Patel

January 19, 1940 - November 6, 2020

Purnima A. Patel, 80, of Roselle Park, NJ, went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 6, 2020 at home in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Purnima was born on January 19, 1940 to Babubhai and Sivitabhen Patel in Ahmedabad, India. She met Arvind October 28th and married him on October 30, 1965, 2 days later. Purnima will be lovingly remembered by her two sons, Kumar and Shetal, daughter-in-law,...
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Celina Tonda

December 6, 1930 - October 7, 2020

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

April 2, 1930 - October 5, 2020

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

December 8, 1936 - September 10, 2020

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

December 4, 1950 - September 9, 2020

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

October 6, 1928 - September 5, 2020

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

April 3, 1934 - August 30, 2020

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

January 29, 1935 - August 14, 2020

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

October 27, 1959 - August 3, 2020

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

September 25, 1939 - July 21, 2020

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

September 11, 1931 - June 23, 2020

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

July 24, 1930 - June 21, 2020

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

January 10, 1946 - June 19, 2020

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

July 11, 1931 - June 18, 2020

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

July 5, 1960 - June 12, 2020

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

February 25, 1945 - June 10, 2020

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

August 26, 1964 - June 6, 2020

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

July 18, 1919 - May 17, 2020

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

August 29, 1932 - May 9, 2020

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

December 4, 1932 - May 8, 2020

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

June 24, 1938 - May 6, 2020

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

November 22, 1931 - May 3, 2020

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

May 29, 1921 - May 3, 2020

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

September 24, 1924 - April 28, 2020

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Charles Baker "Bud" Allewelt

May 25, 1926 - April 23, 2020

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

October 21, 1930 - April 22, 2020

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

December 10, 1921 - April 19, 2020

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

February 7, 1927 - April 18, 2020

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

August 22, 1930 - April 15, 2020

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

May 18, 1942 - April 15, 2020

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

January 23, 1937 - April 12, 2020

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

October 28, 1932 - April 5, 2020

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

July 25, 1929 - April 4, 2020

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

August 7, 1944 - April 3, 2020

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

June 10, 1944 - April 1, 2020

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

August 20, 1950 - March 29, 2020

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

September 27, 1931 - March 28, 2020

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

May 13, 1936 - March 26, 2020

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

October 3, 1927 - March 16, 2020

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

November 20, 1950 - March 8, 2020

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

January 14, 1940 - March 1, 2020

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

August 31, 1929 - February 21, 2020

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

March 22, 1931 - February 19, 2020

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

March 20, 1961 - February 7, 2020

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

August 21, 1926 - January 29, 2020

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

January 18, 1928 - January 29, 2020

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

March 14, 1931 - January 28, 2020

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

May 19, 1934 - January 25, 2020

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

February 26, 1970 - December 28, 2019

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

September 14, 1927 - December 28, 2019

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

October 22, 1945 - December 22, 2019

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

September 7, 1956 - December 20, 2019

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

August 12, 1921 - December 10, 2019

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

April 17, 1928 - November 29, 2019

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

April 1, 1942 - November 27, 2019

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

June 30, 1931 - November 24, 2019

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

December 8, 1929 - November 5, 2019

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

June 23, 1917 - November 3, 2019

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

August 22, 1929 - November 3, 2019

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

October 10, 1932 - October 29, 2019

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

December 14, 1949 - October 29, 2019

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

June 17, 1932 - October 23, 2019

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

July 12, 1924 - October 14, 2019

Mildred E. Nary passed away on Monday at the House of the Good Shepherd in Hackettstown NJ. Born in Elizabeth, she lived most of her life in Cranford. She was 95 years of age. A Life Celebration and visitation will be on Friday from 4 to 8 pm at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, Cranford. Funeral services will be 10 am Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church Of Cranford, 11 Springfield Avenue. ...
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John H. Saffer

October 7, 1946 - October 13, 2019

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of John Henry Saffer. Born Oct 7th 1946 in Jersey City. He moved to Cranford as a child, where he spent the remainder of his life. He was a proud member of the Cranford Elks Club for 45 years. He had a huge heart under a tough exterior. He was loyal, caring and had a wicked sense of humor. He loved all animals and would feed them everywhere he...
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Evelyn (nee Tedeschi) Santoro

December 12, 1928 - October 6, 2019

Evelyn Santoro, 90, formerly of The Villages, FL, formerly of Cranford, died on Sunday October 6, 2019, at The Villages Regional Hospital. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Evelyn was the beloved wife of the late: Thomas G. Santoro, and mother of the late: Thomas J. Santoro. She is survived by her loving daughter: Linda MacMenamie, and grandson Eric Santoro. Evelyn's Life Celebration will be on Sunday...
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Hugh W. Gooding

December 21, 1936 - October 4, 2019

Hugh W. Gooding, a longtime resident of Elizabeth and Roselle Park, New Jersey and a member of IBEW Local 164 from which he was retired, made his transition into eternity on October 4, 2019 at his last place of residence; Alaris @ Essex, Irvington New Jersey. A memorial service to celebrate and commemorate his life will be on November 2, 2019 3 P.M-6 P.M at Gray's Funeral Home and Sanctuary: 12...
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Valerie Anne Frank

October 10, 1947 - August 3, 2019

Valerie Anne Frank, formerly of Westfield, passed away on August 3rd at Community Medical Center in Toms River. Born October 10, 1947, she was a graduate of Westfield High School and Kean University. Valerie was a member of a historical re-creation group for decades. She had a love for music and theater and was a faithful patron of the Metropolitan Opera of NYC for almost 40 years. She traveled...
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William Jackson

March 28, 1954 - July 27, 2019

William (Bill) Jackson, 65, died suddenly on Saturday, July 27, 2019. Bill's visitation will be from 4-8PM Tuesday July 30th at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Ave, Cranford, where his visitation will also be from 9:30AM Wednesday July 31, 2019 until the his funeral service which will begin at 11:00AM Wednesday. Please go to: www.grayfuneralhomes.com to offer condolences. He was...
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Kevin James Scott , Jr.

August 14, 1981 - July 20, 2019

Kevin Scott, Jr., 37, passed away Saturday, July 20. He was born August 14, 1981 in Union, the son of Kevin and Judith Scott. He attended Woodbridge schools and graduated from Colonia High School in 1999. He was currently residing in Sewaren, NJ with his girlfriend Meagan Shann and their 3 cats Oliver, AJ, and Cheeto. Kevin enjoyed watching sports, his favorite teams being the Yankees,...
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Richard Charles Mabee, Sr.

August 31, 1942 - July 12, 2019

Richard Charles Mabee: MacGyver, Elder, Sailor, Family Hero. Rich, 76, of Cranford was called home to Heaven on Friday, July 12, 2019 following a brief illness. Rich grew up in Winfield Park where he had an idyllic childhood romping through the neighborhood and playing on the river. He married the love of his life, Betty Heyns, at age 21 and they enjoyed 56 blessed years of marriage together. ...
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Gaetano Gargiulo

January 16, 1932 - July 1, 2019

Gaetano Gargiulo, 87, of Kenilworth, passed away on Monday July 1, 2019, at his residence. Born in Sorrento, Italy, he has lived in America for more than 50 years. He is survived by his loving wife: Raffaela, devoted son: Salvatore and his wife Mary, devoted daughter: Assunta "Tina", and her husband Stephen Dombrowski, five grandchildren, and two sisters: Teresa Gargiulo, and Emilia Murdolo....
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Diane (Nee) Dinsmore Sims

April 1, 1946 - June 21, 2019

Diane M. (Nee Dinsmore) Sims, age 73 passed away on Friday June 21, 2019 at her residence in Kenilworth, NJ. Born in Newark, NJ, she grew up in Cranford. She also lived in Linden before moving to Kenilworth. She is survived by her loving son, William K. Sims, and his wife Kim. Her grandson Taylor Sims.. Three brothers, Gary J., Robert, and Kenneth Dinsmore. Diane was a Collections...
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Annelie De Leonard

May 28, 1928 - June 12, 2019

Annelie De Leonard, age 91 of Springfield, NJ died on Wednesday June 12, 2019. Born in Waiblingen, Germany, she came to the United States at age 18 and has lived in Springfield since 1949. She became a US citizen in 1951. She was a licensed insurance agent and broker and with her husband William "Bill" DeLeonard owned and operated The De Leonard Agency in Springfield. Bill DeLeonard passed...
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John Michael Oshust

October 1, 1946 - June 11, 2019

John M. Oshust, 72, formerly of Bayonne, passed at home in Cranford, NJ on June 11th with his immediate family by his side. He taught secondary science courses in Linden for 17 years, followed by 15 years at Westfield High School. John held a Bachelor's of Science Degree from Jersey City State College (1968) and a Master's Degree in Applied Physics from NJIT (1982). His love for science...
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Frederick H. Di Trapani

August 2, 1956 - June 8, 2019

3pm – 7pm at Gray Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, NJ. Fred Di Trapani, born on August 2, 1956, passed away peacefully at his home in Cranford, NJ on June 8, 2019. Born and raised in Manhattan he ultimately moved to New Jersey for the sake of his family but the city never left him. Fred had a passion for music whether it was listening to it loudly on the radio or playing it...
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Oliver C. Johnson III

July 31, 1929 - May 26, 2019

Oliver C. Johnson 3rd Born July 31, 1929 Died May 26, 2019 Oliver Passed away on Sunday May 26, 2019 at his residence in Scotch Plains. Oliver was born in Newark at St. Barnabas Hospital, and Raised in Irvington NJ by His Parents Hazel and Oliver C. Johnson Jr. He Graduated from Irvington High School and Went on to Graduate from N C E,Newark College of Engineering (Now NJIT ) ...
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Michael Joseph Devlin

June 27, 1954 - May 18, 2019

Devlin, Michael J., 64, of Cranford, passed away at his residence on May 18, 2019. Born in Elizabeth, he was a 1972 graduate of Cranford High School. Michael had worked for many years as a service advisor for Haldeman Lexus of Princeton. He was a classic car enthusiast and raced gas powered RC Cars. He was preceded in death by his wife Cynthia Kluge Devlin, and is survived by his son: Matthew,...
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Josephine M. "Jo Jo" Serpe

November 15, 1932 - May 18, 2019

Josephine Marie Serpe (nee LaBue), 86, of Cranford, passed away on Saturday May 18, 2019, at her residence. Born in Jersey City, NJ, Jo Jo as she was known, grew up in Bayonne, where she graduated from Bayonne High School in 1950. She worked for more than 20 years at Carvel Ice Cream shop in Bayonne. Jo Jo enjoyed trips to Atlantic City and Las Vegas, and going shopping especially at flea...
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Dorothea M. (nee Batt) Willoughby

September 22, 1927 - May 16, 2019

Dorothea Margaret Willoughby (Batt), age 91, of Port Orange, Florida, formerly of Tequesta FL, Cranford and Linden NJ, passed away May 16, 2019. She was predeceased by her husband, Sydney W. Willoughby, her parents Walter S. and Agnes M. (Phelps) Batt and brother Stanley E. Batt. She is survived by her three sons, Sydney W., Jr., Thomas J. (Carolyn) and Robert J. (Sandra), her grandchildren...
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Frances Johnson

January 6, 1926 - May 11, 2019

FRANCES JOHNSON passed away peacefully at the age of 93 on Saturday May 11, 2019 at her home in Cranford, NJ. Fran was born on January 6, 1926 in NYC. She was a graduate of Millburn High School and attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and Berkely Secretarial School in East Orange, NJ. A long-time resident of Cranford New Jersey Fran retired in 1991 from the Fiduciary Trust International...
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Gladys Bordonaro

September 23, 1929 - May 8, 2019

Gladys Bordonaro (nee Hoybo) passed away peacefully at age 89 on Wednesday May 8 in the Hospice for Hope facility in Elizabethtown, NJ. A life long resident of Hudson County, she attended Union Hill High School and married Anthony Bordonaro of Union City, a Navy veteran of World War II. She is survived by two children, Gayle Ciborowski and Gary Bordonaro and daughter-in-law Andrea Fiore...
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Barbara Penny Reilly

February 7, 1947 - April 29, 2019

Barbara Penny Reilly of Wallingford, CT, died on April 29, 2019 in the home of her sisters in NJ. Penny was born in Scotland on February 7, 1947. She immigrated to the United States with her parents, James and Elizabeth Hamilton, and sisters, Elizabeth and Eleanor in 1956. Penny settled in Brooklyn and went to high school there. She met her husband Joe in 1962 and they were married in...
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Bonnie Sue Moulton

May 26, 1962 - April 10, 2019

Bonnie Sue Moulton, 56, of Kenilworth, went home to be with the Lord, on Tuesday April 10, 2019, at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, Rahway. Born in Lakewood, NJ, Bonnie Sue grew up in Kenilworth and was a 1980 graduate of Brearley High School. Bonnie Sue was a cardiac monitor technician for the former Union Hospital. After being diagnosed with Lupus, Bonnie Sue was not able to continue...
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Suzanne H. Chandler

September 9, 1929 - March 30, 2019

Suzanne Huelin Chandler of Cranford, NJ passed away peacefully on March 30th. She was born and raised in Portland, Maine before moving with her family to New Jersey over 50 years ago. Suzanne attended Stevens College in Columbia, Missouri. She married Richard Chandler (now deceased) and together they celebrated 52 years of marriage. They enjoyed traveling the world together but would...
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Gary K. Abline

October 26, 1960 - March 20, 2019

Gary, "Howie", Kenneth Abline age 58 died Wednesday morning suddenly and unexpectedly from a cardiac event on March 20, 2019 at his home in Largo Florida. He was born in Newark New Jersey, grew up in Colonia NJ where he lived most of his life until relocating to Largo Florida in August 2017. He loved Florida's warm weather and beautiful beaches. Born to the late Carol Ann Kortenhaus (Abline...
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Frances Theresa Ferreira

November 29, 1950 - March 14, 2019

Frances Theresa Ferreira 68, of Cranford NJ, has gone to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 14th 2019. She was born to Anthony and Palmarina DeFabio on November 29, 1950 in Saint Elizabeth Hospital, Elizabeth NJ. Frances obtained her nursing degree from Muhlenberg Nursing School. A lifelong resident of Cranford, Frances devoted her time between her family and as a business owner...
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Aileen M. Gilroy

January 28, 1969 - March 5, 2019

Aileen Marie Gilroy, 50, a resident of Cranford, passed from this life on March 5th, 2019, in a local hospital. She will be remembered as a loving and devoted mother, sister and friend. Aileen loved watching her children compete in gymnastics, bowling, swimming and tennis. She always wanted the very best for her children in all that they have and continue to accomplish. ...
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Judith Ann Turner

May 20, 1954 - February 19, 2019

Obituary for Judith Ann Turner (Le Duc) Judith Ann Turner (Le Duc) (64) born May 20, 1954, of Cranford, formerly of Clark, passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ. Born in Plainfield, NJ, Judy graduated with an Associates in Nursing from Muhlenberg Hospital School of Nursing in 1999. Judy was employed as a Registered Nurse, at Children's...
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Jeremiah Jerry Tierney

June 12, 1936 - February 15, 2019

Jeremiah "Jerry" Tierney passed away on Friday February 15, 2019 at the age of 82. He was born and raised in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania where he completed his elementary and high school educations. He graduated from Shenandoah Catholic High School in 1954, where he starred on the basketball team. He completed 3 semesters of Civil Engineering at Villanova University before being granted a...
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Olga Marie Hotz

December 17, 1918 - February 11, 2019

Obituary for Olga Marie Hotz (Malafi) HOTZ, Olga Marie (Malafi) (100) born December 17, 1918, formerly of Elizabeth, N. J., passed away on Monday, February 11, 2019 at the Clark Nursing and Rehab Ctr., Clark, N.J. She was a devoted mother of Judith Hromoko, Valerie Vangopoulos, and Karen Irwin, Mother-in-law to Michael Hromoko, loving Grandmother to Melanie, Lauren, Jason, Michael and Jessica...
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Marion (nee Schou) Jensen

September 29, 1921 - February 10, 2019

Marion S. Jensen, 97, of Basking Ridge, formerly of Cranford, passed away at her residence on Sunday February 10, 2019. Marion's visitation will be from 3-5 and 6-8PM, on Friday February 15th, at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Avenue, Cranford. Her funeral service will begin at 11AM Saturday February 16, 2019 in the Chapel of St. Giles at Restland Memorial Park, 77 Deforest Ave, East...
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Henry Clunie

June 20, 1929 - February 2, 2019

Henry "Harry" Clunie, 89, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Harry was born in Kearny, NJ to parents, Alexander and Jean, with sisters Agnes, Jean, and Vicki. A 1947 graduate of Kearny High School, Harry grew up in a bustling community surrounded by his fellow Scotch-Americans. Harry honorably served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. His sharp wit and...
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Vilbina Guertin "Beanie" Tanzer

January 19, 1934 - January 27, 2019

Vilbina Guertin "Beanie" Tanzer, 85 of Cranford, passed away on Sunday January 27, 2019. Beanie's visitation will begin at 10AM Saturday February 2nd at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Ave. Cranford, where her memorial service will follow at 11:30 AM Saturday. Born in Elizabeth, to Louis and Gladys Ditzel Guertin, Beanie was a lifelong resident of Cranford. A 1953 graduate of Cranford...
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Edward L., Gallagher

July 6, 1933 - January 20, 2019

Edward L Gallagher, 85, of Seaside Park, NJ passed away on January 20th, 2019 at Ocean Medical Center, Brick, NJ. Edward was born in Kenilworth, NJ and lived there until 1949 when he moved to Roselle, NJ. He graduated from Abraham Clark High School in 1951. He raised his family in Roselle with his late wife Edith. They moved to Cranford in 1983 and retired full-time to their summer home in...
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Marc W. Andrew

March 30, 1962 - January 18, 2019

Marc W. Andrew, 56, of Cranford, NJ, passed away January 18, 2019 at St. Barnabas Hospital after suffering an aneurysm. He is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years, Sherry Ackerson Andrew, and son, Ian Spencer Andrew. Born in Southampton, England in 1962, Marc served in the British Army for a number of years. Most notably he with the UN Peacekeeping Forces in Cypress. He met Sherry in...
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Margie G. Pate

January 14, 1935 - January 18, 2019

Margie G. (Grippo) Pate, 84, of Fanwood, N.J., went home to Heaven on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 after a long illness. Her faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, supported and strengthened her during her illness, and ultimately brought her the peace that passes all understanding. Margie was born to the late Beulah (Fairchild) Grippo and John Grippo, at their home in Kenilworth, NJ, where she...
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John C. Jaeckel

February 20, 1947 - January 13, 2019

John C. Jaeckel age 71 passed away on January 13, 2019 at his residence in Manahawkin, New Jersey. Born in Orange, New Jersey, he lived in Kenilworth before moving to Manahawkin. John worked as a carpenter for the North East Carpenters Union. Before that he served in the United States Navy. John loved his Nissan 380 ZX. He enjoyed going to Atlantic City, and Key West. Also enjoyed...
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Helen S. Doerr

May 8, 1927 - January 5, 2019

Helen S. Doerr Devoted Mother Helen S. Doerr, 91, of Cranford, NJ, passed away peacefully on January 5, 2019. Raised in Hillside, NJ, by her parents Helen and Charles Schleuning, Helen lived in Cranford for the past 65 years. Predeceased by her husband, George Doerr, Jr. (1958), Helen is survived by her daughters Cynthia Doerr Gladis and Georganne Doerr Jussel and her sons in law, Daniel Gladis...
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Steven E. Senkarik

August 7, 1933 - December 24, 2018

STEVEN E. SENKARIK, 85, of Cranford, NJ, peacefully passed away in his sleep on the morning of December 24, 2018. He was born in Bernardsville, NJ to the late Katherine and Stephen Senkarik on August 7, 1933. He was the youngest of 3, predeceased by his sister, Anna. He is survived by his sister, Betty Polacek and her husband Marty. Steve was proud to be an American and Served his Country in...
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