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H. Guenther Haerle

January 13, 1933 - January 24, 2018

H. Guenther Haerle Guenther Haerle passed away comfortably with his family on Wednesday, January 24th. Guenther was born on January 13th, 1933 in Union, NJ to two immigrant parents from Germany. His father, Oscar, came from the Weisbaden area, and his mother, Margarethe, came from the Goeswein area. Guenther attended Connecticut Farms grammar school, and graduated from Union High School...
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Judith M. Byrne

August 3, 1957 - January 23, 2018

Judith (Judi) Byrne (nee Reutzel) passed away at home, while under hospice care, on Tuesday, January 23rd,2018 after having been diagnosed with leukemia just three weeks prior. A long time resident of Jersey City, Judi moved to her sister's and brother-in-law's home in Cranford in 2004. She was employed by Moody's Investor Services in New York City as an Administrative Assistant before...
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Dorothy Ballard Hughes

December 9, 1923 - January 23, 2018

Dorothy Ruth Ballard Hughes, 94, of Union, NJ, formerly of Cranford, died peacefully at her residence on Tuesday January 23, 2018. Born in Wisconsin December 9, 1923, To the late: Alan G. Ballard Sr. and Irma Weiben Ballard. Dorothy was retired from the Bell Telephone Company, where she was a telephone information operator for over 25 years. She was also a member of the First...
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William G. Koellner

March 2, 1927 - January 21, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of William G. Koellner, "Bill", announces his passing on Sunday January 21 2018, at the age of 90. He died peacefully following complications from heart disease. Bill was Born in the Bronx, NY, grew up in Elizabeth, NJ and then spent 62 years as a resident of Cranford, NJ. Bill's lifelong career was as a Mathematics Educator. Following graduation from...
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Catheline A Malko

March 8, 1928 - January 4, 2018

Catheline A. Malko, 89, of Cranford, died on Thursday January 4, 2018 at Overlook Medical Center, Summit. Born in Simpson, PA, she lived for most of her life in Newark, NJ, where she lived in the Valesburg, and Ivy Hill sections. Catheline had worked for many years at the former Bambergers Department Store, now Macy's. She most recently worked at the former A&P and the Foodtown stores in...
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Joseph Edward Afflerbach

March 25, 1929 - January 2, 2018

Joseph Edward Afflerbech, 88, died peacefully Tuesday, January 2nd Rahway Hospital in Rahway following year long battle with cancer.Born and raised in Elizabeth ,Joe moved to Cranford over 30 years ago. In his early years , Joe was a proud member of the Fulton boys , a group of lifelong friends that grew up in Elizabeth. He was a machinist by trade and also a proud Army veteran of the Korean...
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William G. Jacobs

May 8, 1928 - December 6, 2017

William G. Jacobs from 205 Pawnee Rd., Cranford passed away on Dec. 6th, 2017 at the age of 89. He was born to William and Ethel Jacobs on May 8th, 1928, and was raised in Hillside, N.J. As a late teen, he was spotted by a travelling football coach for the University of Miami and was recruited for the team. He went on full scholarship to the University and was a starring tackle from 1948 to 1952....
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Louis R. Delgaizo

May 3, 1954 - November 27, 2017

Louis R. Delgaizo Louis Delgaizo, a longtime resident of Jersey City and later Cranford, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 27, 2017 at the age of 63. Louis was the toastmaster for his large Italian family, leading with grace at every family meal for decades. He was a devoted son, a loving brother and everybody's favorite cousin. He was an active member of Saint Michael's Church and the...
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Arthur "Arty" Ahrens

January 5, 1948 - November 21, 2017

Arthur Edward Ahrens, Jr., 69, of Cranford. Passed away on November 21, 2017 at the Center for Hope Hospice, Scotch Plains. Arrangements by Gray Memorial Funeral Home, Cranford. Following a private memorial service, internment at Graceland Memorial Park, Kenilworth. Polio survivor. Graduate of Roselle Catholic High School and Montclair State College. After employment in business as a Senior...
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Grace Kingsbury

April 14, 1937 - November 18, 2017

Grace Kingsbury,recently of the Sunrise Community of Westfield NJ, died on Saturday, November 18, 2017. She was born on April 14,1937 and lived in Jersey City NJ until 1965 when she moved to Cranford. Grace graduated from Snyder High School in Jersey City and received her Bachelor's Degree and a Masters' Degree in Education from the then Jersey City State College. She was also a demonstration...
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Gladys Helen (nee Snook) Haydon

January 6, 1924 - November 14, 2017

Gladys Helen (nee Snook) Haydon, a long-time resident of Cranford who was devoted to her family and was an active member of the United Methodist Church died on Nov. 14. She was 93. Born in Newark, N.J., in 1924, she grew up in Belleville. She married Charles Collings Haydon and 1948, and they lived in Jersey City before moving to Cranford in 1950. Gladys worked in offices in Newark prior...
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Walter M. Andersen

March 15, 1936 - November 7, 2017

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Frances Oldam

April 24, 1930 - November 6, 2017

Frances Oldam, known by family & friends as "Fran", a longtime resident of Cranford and later Monroe Township, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 6, 2017 at the age of 87 surrounded by family. Fran was a home maker who loved all kinds of cooking, especially baking Christmas cookies. From an early age, Fran had a passion for babysitting children, singing and later playing the organ. She...
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Anna Galushkina

April 14, 1981 - October 30, 2017

Anna Galushkina, of Bloomfield, New Jersey died tragically on October 30, 2017 at 9:20 am, when she decided to end her life. She was 36 years old. Anna is survived by her parents, son Ryann and brother Eugene. She also left behind partner Andrew, aunts Tatiana and Aina and uncle Gennady and cousins. She is predeceased by paternal grandparents Anna Galushkina and Jacob Galushkin and maternal...
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Yolanda M. Delgaizo

May 27, 1926 - October 17, 2017

Yolanda Delgaizo Yolanda Delgaizo (DiFeo), known by family & friends as "Lanny", a longtime resident of Jersey City and later Cranford, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at the age of 91. Lanny was a home maker who was rarely home and had a zest for life. She was a devoted mother, wife, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Her passion was music and was a talented vocalist...
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Elizabeth P Strunk

July 15, 1946 - October 8, 2017

Elizabeth P. Strunk, 71, a longtime resident of Kenilworth, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family. Elizabeth's Life Celebration will be this evening Wednesday October 11th, from 7:00-9:00PM at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Ave, Cranford, where her funeral service will begin at 11:00AM Thursday October 12, 2017. Interment will follow in Rosedale Memorial Park in Linden. ...
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Thomas A. O'Neil, Jr.

May 12, 1938 - October 7, 2017

Thomas A. O'Neil, Jr. Thomas A. O'Neil, Jr. of Cranford NJ passed away peacefully on Saturday October 7, 2017 at the NJ Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ. He was born at home in New Philadelphia, PA on May 12, 1938 to Thomas A. O'Neil Sr., and Josephine (Elinausky) O'Neil. Thomas is survived by brothers Joseph O'Neil (wife Marianne) and Richard O'Neil (wife Rose), and sisters Kathy O'Neil...
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Isabel H Ewing

August 10, 1937 - September 23, 2017

Isabel H. Ewing, 80, of Cranford, died on Saturday September 23, 2017. Her visitation will be from 6:00-8:00PM Wednesday September 27th at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Ave, Cranford, where the funeral service will begin at 10AM Thursday September 28, 2017. Burial will follow in Graceland Memorial Park in Kenilworth. Born in Bayonne, she had lived in Cranford since 1957. Isabel...
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Charles Bracken Aurand

February 28, 1950 - September 19, 2017

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

May 2, 1953 - September 9, 2017

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

June 8, 1925 - August 20, 2017

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

October 27, 1938 - July 10, 2017

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

September 17, 1920 - June 27, 2017

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

August 26, 1926 - June 18, 2017

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

June 3, 1920 - June 12, 2017

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

July 23, 1923 - June 2, 2017

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

July 23, 1923 - May 21, 2017

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

March 10, 1925 - May 11, 2017

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

January 15, 1934 - May 4, 2017

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

August 3, 1950 - April 25, 2017

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

October 4, 1941 - April 19, 2017

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

November 30, 1942 - March 31, 2017

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

July 7, 1926 - March 20, 2017

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

September 2, 1922 - February 26, 2017

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

September 9, 1923 - February 24, 2017

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

March 8, 1921 - February 19, 2017

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

January 17, 1922 - February 8, 2017

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

April 29, 1963 - January 25, 2017

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

December 30, 1956 - January 20, 2017

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

January 4, 1934 - January 6, 2017

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

March 12, 1926 - January 4, 2017

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

January 27, 1921 - January 4, 2017

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

July 20, 1918 - December 27, 2016

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

April 3, 1930 - December 22, 2016

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

June 2, 1932 - December 20, 2016

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

February 5, 1920 - December 17, 2016

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

January 22, 1918 - December 12, 2016

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

February 11, 1951 - December 9, 2016

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

August 27, 1932 - December 7, 2016

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

March 31, 1950 - November 17, 2016

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

August 8, 1918 - November 16, 2016

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

April 20, 1946 - November 12, 2016

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

June 10, 1921 - November 11, 2016

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

September 23, 1964 - October 25, 2016

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

August 15, 1932 - October 15, 2016

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

December 19, 1925 - October 3, 2016

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

October 15, 1940 - September 19, 2016

Anthony V. Colalillo, MD Longtime Rahway physician, studied in Italy Dr. Anthony V. Colalillo, 75, of Kenilworth, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 19, 2016. Dr. Colalillo's Life Celebration will be on Friday Septemeber 23rd from 5:00-9:00PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave. Cranford. His funeral mass will be concelebrated at 10AM Saturday September 24, 2016 at St....
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Daniel F. Wolf

December 18, 1950 - September 18, 2016

Daniel F. Wolf, 65, passed away peacefully at home on September 18, 2016. Dan was born in Newark, NJ and has been a Cranford resident for over 35 years. He is survived by his wife, Dottie, children Daniel, Alexis and Susan, four grandchildren and sister, Karen. Dan was a wonderful husband and father, and he will be remembered for his kindness and incredible sense of humor. Visitation hours...
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Salvatore "Sal" Duca

November 26, 1937 - September 7, 2016

Salvatore "Sal" "Sammy" Duca, Sr., 78, of Winfield Park, passed away peacefully on September 7, 2016 at Delair Rehab Facility in Linden, NJ. He is survived by his loving wife, Debra (Corbisiero) Duca,. Sal is also survived by his brothers - John, Tony and Joseph Duca, and by his little sister, Rose Rego. He is survived by his children - James, Donna and Salvatore, Jr. "Ace". He leaves...
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Dorothy S. Baldwin

September 23, 1925 - September 6, 2016

Dorothy Scruton Baldwin of Cranford passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2016 just shy of her 91st birthday (9/23/25), at Sunrise of Westfield. Born in Plainfield, Dot graduated from Westfield High School. She was a secretary for Bristol Meyers in NYC before starting her family in Westfield and then moving to Cranford in 1949. Dorothy is predeceased by her brother Mack (1928) and her husband of 66...
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Mary Ellen Higgins

September 1, 2016

Mary Ellen (Eleanor) Higgins, age 87, of Elizabeth, NJ died Monday, September 1, 2016 at Riverton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rahway, NJ. Eleanor's Life Celebration will be on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, from 4-6 p.m., at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, NJ. Her funeral mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 7, at St. Michaels Church, 100 Alden...
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Mildred Speck

August 8, 1924 - August 25, 2016

Mildred Speck Beloved Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother Mildred Speck, 92, of Garwood, passed away on Thursday August 25, 2016, at her residence. Mildred's Life Celebration will be on Sunday August 28th, from 2-4 and 7-9PM, at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Avenue, Cranford. Her funeral mass will be celebrated at 10AM Monday August 29, 2016, at St. Casimir Catholic Church,...
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Grant Alvah Standeven

April 2, 2016 - August 10, 2016

Baby Boy Grant Alvah Standeven, 4 months old, of Cranford, NJ, passed away on Wednesday August 10, 2016, in Montefiore Childrens Hospital in New York City, after a brief illness. He is the beloved son of Matthew T. and Laura Holbert Standeven, dear baby brother of Isla Marie Standeven, beloved grandson of: Joyce Bridges, Alvah Holbert (deceased), and Robert and Marie Standeven. He is also...
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Robert S. Kalinowski

May 4, 1957 - August 7, 2016

Robert Steven Kalinowski, 59, of Lakewood, NJ, died Sunday August 7, 2016 at his residence after a brief illness. Born in Plainfield, NJ, Robert lived for many years in Cranford, NJ, where he graduated from Cranford High School. He served in the US Navy, and was honorably discharged in 1982. Bob was a machinist, and also worked as a technician for AT&T. An avid fisherman, Robert is survived by...
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John Simpson Eldridge, Sr.

September 6, 1920 - August 5, 2016

John Simpson (Jack) Eldridge died the morning of August 6, one month short of 96 years old, in his home in Cranford, New Jersey. Jack attended Pingry School and then Yale, where he graduated with a degree in industrial engineering. Then WWII hit, and he enlisted in the Navy and transferred to the Marines as a dive-bomber pilot with Squadron VMSB-244, the "Bombing Banshees," based in the...
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Judyann Schipani

September 4, 1943 - August 4, 2016

Judyann Stemmer- Schipani, beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother passed away August 4th, 2016. Born in jersey city, raised in Cranford, lived in Union for 28 years and finally resided in stewartsville NJ Her family was her life. She gave all of herself and expected nothing in return except love and spending time to be with her family. Judyann had a warm beautiful heart,...
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Jude R. Buccine

June 14, 1978 - July 16, 2016

Jude R. Buccine passed away peacefully on Saturday July 16, 2016. Jude was born on June 14,1978. He graduated from Cranford High School. He resided in Union City, NJ, before returning to Cranford. He worked as a driver for the Hudson County News. He then went on to become a proud Iron worker for Local#11, and presently working on the Pulaski Skyway. Jude was a kind and gentle soul...
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Raymond Ray Fyhr

September 11, 1953 - June 23, 2016

Raymond Arthur Fyhr, age 62, a longtime resident of Cranford, NJ, died peacefully in his home after suffering a stroke in August, 2015, followed by a long period of complications and illness, on the morning of Thursday, June 23, 2016. Ray was born at the Nassau Hospital, renamed Winthrop–University Hospital, in Mineola, NY, on September 11, 1953 to Ellef Hansen and Ana (Riollano) Fyhr. He...
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Daniel L. Schroeck

May 17, 1951 - June 20, 2016

Daniel Louis Schroeck, a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, at age 65, passed away at Care One Rehabilitation Center in Livingston, NJ on Sunday, June 20, 2016. Dan, born in Newark, lived the younger half of his life in Belleville, NJ before buying a home and moving his family to Cranford, NJ in 1983. He worked as a Printer at the Newark Star-Ledger for 43 years before...
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Nancy L. Boyle

November 13, 1940 - June 4, 2016

Nancy Lynn Boyle November 13, 1940 – June 4, 2016 Nancy Lynn Boyle was born on November 13, 1940 to Lillian and Thomas Boyle. She had one older brother, Tommy, who has preceded her into the Lord's presence. She leaves behind two younger brothers, Art and Dan; along with 17 nieces & nephews and their families. Nancy passed peacefully into eternal life on June 4, 2016. Nancy attended...
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Charles C. Haydon

August 14, 1916 - June 2, 2016

Charles Collings "Col" Haydon, a devoted father, and husband to Gladys Haydon, a World War II veteran, and lifelong baseball fan, died June 2. He was 99. Born in Baltimore, Charles lived in Philadelphia and Jersey City. Then in 1948, he married Gladys Helen Snook. In 1950 they moved to Cranford, N.J. Charles and Gladys celebrated 68 wedding anniversaries. As a youth, Charles played in...
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Thomas G. Goga

February 24, 1961 - May 31, 2016

Thomas G. Goga of Cranford NJ, Born Depew NY 2/24/61 passed away at his home Tuesday 5/31/16 after a short illness. Tommy as he was known to his family and those who loved him, was a wonderful, caring, loving individual, who could light up any room he entered. He always had a positive attitude and his smile was infectious. The most important thing in his life were his two kids Elliott (18) and...
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John Priovolos

July 2, 1938 - May 25, 2016

John Priovolos, 77, of Cranford, passed away suddenly at his residence on Wednesday May 25, 2016. John's Life Celebration will be Friday (today) May 27th from 2-4 and 6-9PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford. His funeral service will begin at 9:30AM Saturday May 28, 2016 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Westfield. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield...
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Yuriy Shakhnes

February 28, 1935 - May 20, 2016

Yuriy Shakhnes, 81, of Cranford, NJ, died on Saturday May 21, 2016, at Overlook Medical Center, Summit, NJ. Born in Moscow, Russia, Yuriy moved to America in 1992. He was a metallurgical engineer, and the beloved husband of Vera Monosova, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his son: Alexander Shaknes and his wife Valentina of Brooklyn, NY, and three grandchildren: Peter, Nicholas, and...
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Loretta M. Reilly

March 25, 1932 - May 17, 2016

Loretta M. Reilly, 84, of Cranford, passed away on Tuesday, May 17th, at her daughter's house in Lopatcong, NJ. Born and raised in Bayonne, NJ she received her Bachelor's Degree from Fordham University. She married Frank J. Reilly in 1955 and they started their life together in Bayonne. After moving to Cranford in 1962 she held several jobs in town including teacher at St Michaels School and...
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Juanita E. Sumner

June 3, 1922 - May 15, 2016

Juanita P. Sumner Beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother Juanita Phillips Sumner peacefully passed away May 15, 2016. A memorial service will be held 1 pm on May 22, 2016 at the Terrill Road Baptist Church, 1340 Terrill Rd. Scotch Plains, NJ 07076. Arrangements by Gray Memorial Funeral Home, Cranford. You may go to grayfuneralhomes.com for on line condolences. Juanita was born...
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Lynne M. Hogan

February 8, 1961 - May 10, 2016

Lynne Marie Hogan age 55 passed away on May 10, 2016, surrounded by her family at the Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains, NJ. Lynne was born on February 8, 1961 in Trenton, New Jersey, grew up in Willingboro, NJ, spent her earlier adult years living in Margate, NJ and working at Bally's Grand Casino. She married on October 3, 1992 and moved to Cranford, NJ to raise a family and was a...
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Joseph R. DeMarco

March 1, 1927 - May 6, 2016

Joseph DeMarco, born March 1, 1927 passed away on May 6, 2016 at Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey after a short illness. .Born in Brooklyn, New York he grew up in Staten Island, New York relocating to Elizabeth New Jersey in1966. He resided in several communities in New Jersey. His last residence was located in Clark, NJ. He attended McKee High School located in Staten Island, New York....
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David Paul Jones

September 19, 1964 - April 19, 2016

David Paul Jones died suddenly on April 19. born September 19 1964 in elizabeth nj. lived in roselle park. graduated Cranford high school and the Union County Vocational School in 1982. Worked as a mold maker for the last 34 years. Loved his cat Tigger. Avid Nascar Fan. Particularly followed Jeff Gordon's career. Followed the Jets, Yankees, and Devils. He's survived by his parents Ruth and Merlyn...
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Nancy Snyder

June 11, 1930 - April 17, 2016

Nancy J. Snyder, Sunday School Teacher for over forty years. Nancy J. Snyder of Cranford and Normandy Beach passed away at home on Sunday April 17, 2016. Visitation and burial will be private. A memorial service, and Life Celebration will be 11:30 am Thursday April 21, 2016 at the Snyder Chapel of the First Presbyterian Church, 11 Springfield Avenue, Cranford. Arrangements by Gray Memorial...
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Robert L. Chavern

December 4, 1926 - April 14, 2016

Mr. Robert L. Chavern age 89 passed away peacefully at the Runnells Specialized Hospital in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Born in Glassport, Pennsylvania, he lived in California, and most recent in Cranford, New Jersey. Bob was a retired Art Teacher and Potter for the Los Angeles Unified School District. He also served our country during World War Two in the Army Air Corps. No visitation. ...
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James Patrick Bulger

January 6, 1971 - April 4, 2016

James Patrick Bulger born Jan 6, 1971 in Jersey City, NJ died on April 4, 2016 Melbourne Fla. "Jimmy" grew up in Cranford, NJ. He attended St Michael's School, Hillside Ave School and Cranford High School. He was an honor roll student many times and an amazing athlete. He played football, baseball and wrestled for Cranford at various times. He is the son of Frederick Bulger (deceased) and his...
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Evelyn Tanzer Loderstedt

April 26, 1928 - March 26, 2016

Evelyn Loderstedt (nee Tanzer), 87, a longtime resident of Cranford, passed away on Saturday March 26, 2016 at her residence. Evelyn's Service of Remembrance will be Saturday April 2, 2016, at 2:00PM at Calvary Lutheran Church, 108 Eastman St., Cranford. Arrangements by Gray's of Cranford, go to www.grayfuneralhomes.com, to offer condolences. Born in Elizabeth, Evelyn enjoyed singing,...
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Christine Jacoby

August 26, 1923 - March 25, 2016

Christine Jacoby, 92, of Cranford, NJ passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Friday, March 25, 2016. Born in Newark, NJ on august 26, 1923 and resided in Cranford for 63 years. It was there that she enjoyed entertaining and cooking for her family and friends, "The Pomi Debs". She retired as a bookkeeper from union center national bank in 1987. She was predeceased by her...
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Rosemarie Mack

October 17, 1926 - March 17, 2016

Rosemarie Mack, 89, of Cranford, passed away on March 17, 2016. Rosemarie's Life Celebration will be Tuesday March 22nd, from 4:00-8:00PM, and Wednesday March 23rd at 10AM at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford, where her prayer service will follow at 11AM Wednesday. Entombment will follow at St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia. Please go to: www.grayfuneralhomes.com to view her...
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Mary Vanderhoff

June 26, 1948 - March 16, 2016

Mary VanderHoff Beloved wife, mother and grandmother Mary Vanderhoff, 67, of Cranford passed away at home on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Mary was born in Newark on June 26, 1948. She is survived by her beloved husband, James; children and spouses, James and Motoko Golden, Eileen and Stephen Kisly, Andrew...
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John Howard

February 25, 1925 - March 4, 2016

John Howard, 91, of Cranford, passed away on Friday March 4, 2016, at his residence. John's visitation will be Tuesday (today) from 6:00-9:00PM March 8th, at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford, NJ (go to www.grayfuneralhomes.com). His funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday March 9, 2016, at 9:30AM at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 40 Alden Street, Cranford. ...
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Thornton H. Webb

April 15, 1925 - March 1, 2016

Mr. Thornton H. Webb age 90 passed away on Tuesday March 1, 2016 at the Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ. Born in Hanover, NJ, he lived in Springfield For many years. Thornton was a self employed owner of W.&.W. Leasing (a trucking company) in Jersey City. He is pre deceased by two sons, Richard and Gary Webb. He is survived by his wife, Doris (nee Osmun) Webb, a daughter, Nancy W...
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William Hendry

January 11, 1927 - March 1, 2016

William Hendry Father, Mechanical Engineer and Veteran, 89 William Hendry, 89, of Cranford, N.J., passed away on March 1, 2016. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 9:30 am in The Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford, N.J. Interment will follow at Somerset Hills Memorial...
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Marion L. Gonano

August 30, 1920 - February 23, 2016

Marion L. Gonano age 95 passed away on Tuesday February 23, 2016 at her residence in Cranford, NJ Born in Highland Falls, New York, she lived most of her life in Cranford, NJ. In Cranford, she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, and Azure Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. Marion last worked as a waitress for the Galloping Hills Caterers in Union. She is pre deceased by her...
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Michael A. Guthrie

October 25, 1955 - February 4, 2016

Michael A. Guthrie, 60, of Cranford, NJ, passed away on Thursday February 5, 2016, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NY. Michael's Life Celebration will be Monday February 8th from 5:00-9:00PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford, NJ. To view a tribute of Michael's life please go to www.grayfuneralhomes.com . Graveside services and burial will be 11:00AM Tuesday...
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Margaret Arasin "Peggy" Metzger

October 15, 1958 - January 31, 2016

Margaret Arasin "Peggy" Metzger (Coppinger), 57, a lifelong resident of Cranford, NJ, passed away on Sunday January 31, 2016, after a lengthy illness. Peggy's Life Celebration will be Friday February 5th from 3:00-8:00PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford, where her funeral service will begin at 11:00AM Saturday February 6, 2015. Burial will be 11AM Wednesday February 10th,...
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Julia Teresa (nee Hersko) Wolf

March 14, 1917 - January 24, 2016

JULIA T. WOLF Wife of the Former Roselle Park Police Department Commissioner and Borough Councilman Julia Teresa Wolf (nee Hersko), 98, of Scotch Plains, NJ, passed away at her residence on Sunday, January 24, 2016. Julia's Life Celebration will be Friday January 29th from 2:00-5:00 and 7:00-9:00PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave, Cranford, where her funeral service...
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Scott M. Vander Wall

March 21, 1974 - January 19, 2016

Scott Martin Vander Wall died suddenly at his home in Wyckoff, NJ on Tuesday, January 19th. He was 41 years old. Scott was born and raised in Midland Park, NJ and attended Midland Park High School. He married Brenda (Haven) Vander Wall in 1993 and they raised two wonderful children together; Christopher Scott Vander Wall (age 22) and Samantha Marie Vander Wall (age 14). He also leaves...
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Antoinette Evaristo

September 30, 1932 - January 6, 2016

Mrs. Antoinette Evaristo age 83 passed away at the Center For Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. Born in Newark, New Jersey, she lived in Garwood before moving to Westfield in 2005. Before her retirement in 1996, she worked in Medical Records at St. James Hospital in Newark, NJ. Before that she was a secretary at St. James School. She is survived by her loving husband Manuel J....
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Mark L Samolewicz

July 27, 1957 - December 31, 2015

Mark L. Samolewicz, 58, lifelong resident of Roselle Park, NJ passed away on Thursday, December 31st. Mark's Life Celebration will be Tuesday January 5th, from 6:00-9:00PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10AM Wednesday January 6, 2016, at the Church of the Assumption, 113 Chiego Place, Roselle Park, NJ. To view a tribute of Mark...
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Joan L. Rocco

December 1, 1942 - December 27, 2015

Joan L. Rocco age 73 passed away on Sunday December 27, 2015 at the Cranford Health and Extended Care Center. Born in New York City , she lived in Cranford for many years. She is pre deceased by her husband Frank Bush. She is survived by a sister, Nina Shimer, and many nieces and nephews. No visitation. A graveside service will be 11:30 am Wednesday December 30, 2015 at Fairview...
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Wellington Richard Mc Dowell

December 16, 1929 - December 13, 2015

Wellington Richard McDowell, known as Richard to all, was the owner of McDowells Oil Heat in Westfield NJ, a business his late father started in 1928. His parents were Fay Bert McDowell and Muriel Walton McDowell. Richard was born in the family home in Mountainside NJ on December 16, 1929. He lived and worked in the Westfield area his entire life. Richard's older brother, the late Howard J...
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Lois J. Bennis

September 8, 1928 - December 12, 2015

LOIS JEAN HERMAN BENNIS Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister, and Friend Poet, Photographer, Gardener, Doll Collector, Genealogist, Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer Scrabble World Champion Lois Jean "Lo-Gal" Herman Bennis passed away peacefully at her home in Lakewood, New Jersey with her loving family on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at the age of 87. Born in Elmira, NY, on September 8,...
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Henry A. Dreyer Jr.

April 8, 1943 - December 4, 2015

Henry Arnold Dreyer Jr., 72, who co-owned the legendary Dreyer Farm in Cranford , died December 4 in Overlook Medical Center, Summit, New Jersey. There will be no visitation, with private burial in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. The Gray Memorial Funeral Home in Cranford said a public memorial service will be held Wednesday 10 am December 9, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church in Cranford. ...
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