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Henry Ronald Zielensky

 Henry Ronald Zielensky (Ron) was born on September 11, 1943 in Dover, New Jersey   He was the son of Henry and Mary (Polyak) Zielensky.

He was part of the Dover High School class of 1961 and the Trenton State College class of 1965. 

On December 26, 1966 he married Trudy Connelly. He proudly served in the United States Air Force (Captain) from 1966 to 1971.  He taught grades 6 and 8 from 1971-1978 in the Dover school system.

Ron was an avid racquetball player/owner/manager of Olympic Racquetball and Health Club in Randolph NJ from 1979-1988.  He designed and built their double geodesic dome home in Long Valley NJ in 1982.

He was a computer programmer for Prudential and then New York Life insurance companies until his retirement in 2000.  He loved his first car, a 1962 Corvair convertible, and when he turned 70 he got a similar 1962 Corvair convertible and joined the NJ Corvair Enthusiasts club.

He flew model airplanes with the Top of NJ rc model airplane club. He enjoyed playing bridge, gardening, and creating stained glass projects.

Ron was a country western line dancing enthusiast since 1993.  He was a Eucharistic minister at Our Lady of the Mountain Church in Long Valley.

He and Trudy enjoyed traveling and visiting all fifty states.  They especially enjoyed their many cruises.

He was an accomplished woodworker.  A special highlight of his life was when he built the altar, baptismal font, ambo, and other wooden structures for the remodel of Our Lady of the Mountain Church in Long Valley using wood from some of the original pews.

For the last year and a half he fought a brave battle with pancreatic cancer with a positive, cheerful attitude and a smile on his face. He left this life peacefully on April 26, 2020 at the age of seventy-six.

He leaves behind his beloved wife Trudy, Aunts Olga Wood (Hackettstown) and Alyce Polyak, (Rockaway Township), many cousins, nieces and nephews, his dachshunds (Maksie and Minnie), and many cherished friends.  

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.  Currently all services are private, however, there will be a Mass of Chritian Burial Live Streamed through Our Lady of the Mountain Church, Long Valley with Father Marcin offciating on April 29, 2020 at 8 pm.

Ron and Trudy would appreciate a donation toward pancreatic cancer research made in Ron’s name.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. For online condolences please go to

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Roula Zanette

Roula Zanette, 91 of Independence Township died Tuesday May 21st at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center.
Born in New York City she was a daughter of the late Richard and Molly Schmit Thielenhouse.
Roula had a career as a bookkeeper and retired from Canger-Spector of Parsippany, NJ, an engineering firm in Parsippany.
She was a member of Our Lady of the Mountain Roman Catholic Church in Long Valley  where she was a member of the Rosary Society and served as its treasurer. Roula also volunteered at the Long Valley Middle School and belonged to local senior citizens groups and the Red Hat Society.
In addition to her parents she was pre deceased by her husband Alfred Zanette in 1976..She is survived by her three daughters, Barbara Kleim, Susan Miller and NancyNeuhaus, a sister Joan Berg, Also five grandchildren, Gina Rouse, Erin Porch, Nicole Pierce, Bruce Neuhaus and Ashley Neuhaus and eight great grandchildren, Natalie, Adam, Rian, Tucker, Violet, Caiden, Landon and Rylee.
Friends may call of Friday May 24th for a memorial visitation  from 11 am to 1 pm at the Cochran Funeral Home 905 High Street Hackettstown, NJ 07840
In lieu of flowers donations in her memory to the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice 99 Sparta Ave, Newton, NJ 07860 would be greatly appreciated

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Marie Zebrick

Elsie Marie Zebrick, 95, of Hackettstown, NJ, passed away at House of the Good Shepherd, Hackettstown, NJ on Thursday, December 20, 2018 with her loving family by her side. Born February 2, 1923 in Springfield Gardens, NY, Marie was the daughter of the late Frederick L. & Elsie D. Ahrens Heil. Friends and family are invited to a visitation on Saturday, December 29, 2018 from 11:00 to 12:00pm at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 409 East Baldwin Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. Funeral services will begin at noon in the church. Interment will be on Monday December 31, 2018 at 11:00am in the Hollywood Memorial Park, Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Gethsemane Lutheran Church, The American Cancer Society or the Tri-County Fire Department, Route 57, Mansfield Twp, NJ. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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Genevieve T. Zabludowski

 Genevieve T. Zabludowski age 94 of Hackettstown NJ died Sunday, October 8, 2017.  She was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Oswiecinski) Werchinski. 

The funeral mass will be held at St. Lukes Parish, Long Valley, NJ at 10am on Friday, October 13, 2017.  The burial will be after the mass at Hollywood Memorial Park, Union NJ.  

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown NJ 07840.  Those wishing to leave an online condolance may do so at 

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Joann T. Zapetis

 Joann T. Zapetis, age 82, of Long Valley, NJ died Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Merry Heart Nursing Home, Succasunna, NJ.  Joann was born February 4, 1935 in Rumford, ME. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Rita (Goguen) Waugh. In addition to her parents Joann is preceded in death by her 2 sisters; June and Sally Waugh.

She was employed by Meals on Wheels, Fitchberg, MA as an Administrative Assistant for many years before retiring.  Joann enjoyed reading, computer games, playing cards with friends, arts and crafts and making greeting cards with her club.  In addition she loved to go to the theatre and taking trips to York Beach, Maine.

She is survived by 3 loving sons;  Joseph Zapetis and wife Lisa, John Zapetis,  James Zapetis and wife Chris 3 devoted daughters; June Heinle and husband Richard, Julia Adams and husband George, Janice Baker and husband Jeffery, 1 brother; Frank Waugh and wife Josephine, 1 sister; Sandra Bigelow, 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph's Church, 49 Woodland Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420 on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 11 am.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery.

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Linda Jean Zetterberg

Linda Jean Zetterberg, age 70, of Blairstown, NJ died Friday, May 12, 2017 at Morristown Memorial Hospital.  Linda was born March 2, 1947 in Jersey City, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Norman and the late Ruth (Stehlick) Hendrikson. 

She was employed by N.J. Publishing as a Production Supervisor. 

She is survived by her husband, Gerard Thomas Zetterberg, two sons, Robert Thomas and wife Michelle, Michael Scott and wife Tara, one daughter, Jean Ann, one step daughter, Janine Ann “Sissy”.  She is also survived by five grandchildren, Tylor Jakob, Sean Luke, Derek Michael, Kaitlyn Nicole, and Maddoxx James. 

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 6:30pm at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Rev. Birda Ferguson officiating.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc.  Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Seeing Eye Inc,  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home Inc,.  

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David E. Zak

 David E. Zak, 80, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, March 5th. He is survived by his wife, Harriett and her children Josh and Val. He was predeceased by his wife of 52 years Doreen (Jesso) Zak and his brother Charles. David is also survived by his sons David, Kevin (Joanne), Raymond (Robin) and daughter Diane Zak-Picardi, seven grandchildren and five great-granchildren. David leaves his brother Jim Zak, sisters Carol Tazza and Mary Ann Cuniglio and many nieces and nephews.

David was born and raised in Trenton. He was owner of Air X, an air freight corporation. After retiring, he moved to Long Beach Island and recently to Hackettstown. David was known for his wonderful sense of humor, his passion for golf and jelly doughnuts and always enjoyed time at the casinos.

Arrangements by Cochran Funeral Home. The family will mark his passing privately.

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Irene Zellars

Irene Zellars, 82, of Allamuchy, NJ passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Hackettstown Medical Center with her loving family at her bedside. Born August 1, 1934 in Passaic, NJ, Irene was the daughter of the late John & Anna Jankiv.
Irene was employed by the Hackettstown Board of Education for over 30 years as a secretary to the Hackettstown Middle School principal. In addition to work and caring for her family, Irene loved working in her vegetable garden and feeding all the animals that visited her yard. She was a 1952 graduate of Hackettstown High School and continued to keep in touch with her friends by working with the class reunion team. Irene was also a member of the New Jersey Education Association.
Mrs. Zellars is survived by two children; a son Theodore C. Zellars, Jr. and wife Brenda of Hackettstown, NJ and a daughter, Melanie Zellars Kennaugh of Hopatcong, NJ. Four loving grandchildren, Theodore C, Zellars III, Matthew Zellars, Adam Kennaugh, and Kyra Kennaugh, and Irene's brother, Daniel Yankiv of Hackettstown NJ. Irene was predeceased by her beloved husband, Theodore Crane Zellars who died in 2014 and her brother, Michael Yankiv. Last but not least, Irene is survived by her feline children, Bibs & Squeak.
Private graveside services will take place at a later date at Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hackettstown First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 298 Main Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. Online condolences may be sent to the family at The Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

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John W. Zellars

 John W. Zellars of Hackettstown, NJ passed away at home on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, he was 68 years old. Born in Morristown, NJ, John has been a lifelong resident of Hackettstown and was the son of Mary Gardner Zellars and the late Charles M. Zellars.

John was currently employed by the Home Depot in Mansfield Twp. as the night supervisor. Many years ago, he was the owner of the Hackettstown Gulf Gas Station on Main Street. In addition to his employment, John was an active member of the Cataract Hose Fire Department in Hackettstown and served as the town fire marshal for many years. John proudly served our country in the United States Army having fought in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969.

Mr. Zellars is survived by his mother, Mary Gardner Zellars of Hackettstown. Two sons, Scott Zellars and his wife, Christine of Andover, NJ and Shawn Zellars and his wife, Glenda of Hackettstown, NJ. One brother, Charles Zellars, Sr. of Florida and one sister, Maryann Crawn of North Carolina. In addition, John is survived by five loving Grandchildren, Troy, Todd, Ashley, Austin and Abigail.

Viewing hours will take place on Monday, May 16, 2016 from 5 pm– 8pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. A Funeral Service will take place Monday, May 16, 2016 at 7:30 pm with Pastor Ninabeth Metcalf at Cochran Funeral Home and also a  Funeral Services will be Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 11:00 am at Cochran Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Hackettstown Fire Department or the Wounded Warriors Project. Online condolences may be given to the family at

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Marilyn J. Zorechak

 Marilyn A Zorechak (nee Flanagan) of Hackettstown, NJ passed away peacefully at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center on Friday, October 2, 2015.  The cause was chronic pulmonary disease.

Born, March 14, 1935, in East Orange, New Jersey to Mary and Anthony Flanagan.  In 1956 she married Robert A. Zorechak (predeceased) and raised 3 children Kathleen Navarro (Michael) of Fairport, New York; Robert Zorechak (Catherine) of Mansfield Township, New Jersey and Gary Zorechak of Frederick, Md. Marilyn is survived by seven grandchildren, her sister Claire (Lister) of Frederick, Maryland and was predeceased by her brother Joseph.  In addition she will be missed by 4 nieces, 3 nephews and many grandnieces and grandnephews.

Marilyn's passion was spending time with her 7 grandchildren: Katelyn, Zachary and Rebecca Navarro; Olivia, Lily and Sophia Zorechak and Max Zorechak.  Her kindness and smile will be greatly missed.  Grandma could always be counted on to help out in so many activities from making the most incredible Halloween costumes to decorating the house at Christmas time, but mostly for just spending "special" time with her.

In addition to raising her family, Marilyn worked full time for many years at Oritani Savings and Loan, United Savings Bank and the City of Paterson from where she retired in 2005.  At each of these institutes her work ethic and dedication were admired by both her co-workers and Managers. 

Never one to sit idle, in addition to working, Marilyn volunteered at several non-profit organizations spending many years dedicated to the parishioners and clergy at St. Gerard's Church in Paterson.  When she retired she donated over 2400 hours at the Hackettstown Regional Medical Center where she quickly became known as "The Cookie Lady" baking treats for the staff.   In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to:  Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, 651 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840 Attn: Foundation Department - Cardio Pulmonary Department

A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Gerard Majella R.C. Church 501 W. Broadway, Paterson, N.J. 07522 on Saturday, October 24th at 1:00PM. 

Arrangements were handled by the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

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Marie Brenda Zurine

Marie Brenda Zurine, age 76, a lifelong resident of Mansfield Township, NJ died Saturday, September 5, 2015 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. Brenda was born March 11, 1939 in Newton, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Joseph and Maud (Murphy) Schwanda. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her beloved husband; Daniel, 1 grandson; Trevor Stephen Zurine, 2 granddaughters; Ayla and Dandelion Zurine. She was employed by Picatinny Arsenal, Dover, New Jersey as a Secretary for many years before retiring. Brenda loved the outdoors and being with nature. She enjoyed fishing, hiking and tending to her potted flowers. Most of all she loved spending time with her devoted family. She is survived by; 1 daughter; Marie Zurine-Whaley, 3 sons; Joe Zurine, Tom Zurine, David Zurine and wife Michelle, 1 sister; Norma Philhower, 1 brother Donald Schwanda and wife Jennifer, 2 grandsons; Christian Daniel Zurine, Jacob Mitchell Byelick, many nieces, nephews and cousins. A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11:00 am on Thursday, September 10 at St. Mary's Church Of The Assumption, 305 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Father David Pekola officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Hackettstown following the mass. At the family's request they will except flowers or memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons Street PO Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057 in memory of Brenda.

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Mildred J. Zino

Mildred J. Zino, 93, of Hackettstown, NJ died Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Hackettstown, NJ. Born October 10, 1921 in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Louis & Louisa Zanotti.
Mildred has lived in the Hackettstown area since 1990 moving from Elizabeth, NJ and grew up in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, NY where she met her beloved, late husband, Peter J. Zino who died in 2007.  Mrs. Zino retired several years ago as an office manager for the Secret Service in Newark, NJ. She was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption in Hackettstown and a member of the church Rosary Society.

Mrs. Zino is survived by five children; Son Charles Zino of Independence Twp., NJ. Three daughters, Margaret Doscher of Hopkintown, NH, Louise Schneider of Cranford, NJ, Christine Milne of Edison, NJ and Paula Canovas of Canadensis, Pa. Mildred is also survived by 10 loving grandchildren & 11 Great-grandchildren.

Viewing hours will be Friday, 2-13-15 from 4-9pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. A mass of Christian Burial will take place Saturday, 2-14-15 at 10:30am at St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption in Hackettstown. Entombment at the conclusion of the mass will be in the Newton Cemetery, Newton, NJ. If considering donations in Lieu of flowers, The Alzheimer’s Association would be appreciated in memory of Peter J. Zino. Online condolences to the family may be given at

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Theodore Crane Zellars

Theodore Crane Zellars  of Allamuchy, NJ, died Monday, 5-26-14 at the Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, he was 81 yrs. old.  Born in Hackettstown, NJ on May 26, 1933, "Ted" was the son of the late Raymond & M. Eleanor Crane Zellars and was a lifelong resident of the area, he was also predeceased by 1 sister, Frances Zellars Duncan. 

Before his retirement, Mr. Zellars was employed by the Elastimold Corporation of Hackettstown as a Lab Materials Supervisor. He had previously worked at the former Cook, Color & Chemical and the Imperial Rubber Company.  He was a graduate of Hackettstown High School, class of 1950 and Seton Hall University with a degree in Business Administration in 1964. 

Theodore proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955 attaining the rank of Private.  He was a member of the American Legion, Blue Ridge Post#164, Hackettstown, NJ. Always active in his community, he was a member of various organizations such as; The Union Cemetery Committee, Hackettstown; The Allamuchy Board of Education from 1970-1975 formerly serving as president; The Allamuchy Board of Adjustments; The Hackettstown Juvenile Committee and the Hackettstown First Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Irene Jankiv Zellars, One son, Theodore Crane Zellars, Jr. and his wife Brenda (Crawn) Zellars.  A daughter Melanie Zellars Kennaugh and four loving grandchildren, Theodore C. Zellars, III, Mathew Zellars, Adam Kennaugh and Kyra Kennaugh.

Private Graveside services will be held at Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at the First Presbyterian Church of Hackettstown or the Hackettstown Regional Medical Center.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J., 07840. Online condolences may be given at

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Adelaide Grace Zander

 Adelaide Grace Zander, age 86,  died March 20, 2014, she was born in Elizabeth, NJ on November 16, 1927. Adelaide was raised in and lived in Linden, NJ most of her life.  She worked for Gorden Gin until retirement.  Then moving to Point Pleasant, NJ where she spent many happy years enjoying and loving the shore. 

She had an absolute joy for life and lived it fully making many friends along the way.  Adelaide was predeceased by her parents Frieda and John Zander.  She was also predeceased by her 2 loving sisters; Elsie Boyd and Ruth Novak, brother; John Zander and her nephew; Karl who she loved dearly. 

She is survived by a devoted brother; Edward Zander and held dear by her loving nephew; Sam Boyd and 2 nieces; Lucy Fenn, Lorraine Ohngemach, as well as their children; Doreen, Sandy, Cheryl, Bob, Sam Jr., Christine, Jennifer and a host of relatives and dear friends. 

Cremation was private. No services to be announced.  Arrangements under the direction of the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ  07840. 

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Lottie Alban Zalusky

Lottie Alban Zalusky, 94, died on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at Warren Haven Care Center, Mansfield Township, NJ.  Born in Newark, NJ on April 6, 1919 to the late Walter and Apolonia (Gorzelnik) Alban.  Lottie was predeceased by her husband Raymond, her son; Richard,  two grandchildren; Bradly and Lance Lenar and her companion Charles Lunney.

Lottie lived in Mansfield Township, NJ for 4 years coming from East Stroudsburg, PA.  She was a member of St. Marks Parish in Long Valley, NJ.  She was previously employed as a Hostess at  Mullers Diner in Marshalls Creek, PA.  Lottie loved crafts and enjoyed sewing.  Washing, drying and ironing was her passion; she enjoyed going to the casinos and spending time with her family.

Lottie is survived by a daughter Mary Martina Z. Lenar and husband George; 4 grandchildren; Richard and Thomas Zalusky, Nicole and Danielle Lenar; 1 great grandson Zachary Zalusky and daughter in law Geraldine Zalusky.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2013, 5:00 - 9:00 PM at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

Funeral Service will be on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:30 PM at the funeral home. 

Interment is private.  Online condolences may be made at:

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Helen Zwarych

Helen Nykun Zwarych, age 92, a life-long resident of Great Meadows, NJ passed away on September 10, 2013 after a long illness. She had been living with her loving daughter and care-giver, Nancy Falcone for the past year.
Helen was born July, 5, 1921 in Nykun’s General Store, built by her parents Andrew Nykun Sr. and Mamie Nykun. It is still a legendary family owned landmark in Great Meadows, NJ.  With her late husband Nicholas Zwarych, they lived their entire life only a few feet away from her birth place in the house they built next door. They raised three successful and loving children Thomas Zwarych of Port St. Lucie, FL, Robert Zwarych of Cleveland, TN and Nancy (Zwarych) Falcone of Newburgh, NY. Helen is survived by her children, their spouses, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Helen was without a doubt one of the most renowned and well respected senior citizens in town. Described by many as a “fixture” in the community and lovingly addressed by her many friends and acquaintances as “Mrs. Z”, “Aunt Helen” and “Mrs. Independence”. Nothing in Great Meadows got past Helen’s scrutiny and opinion. Loved by all who knew her, she was active in the small close-knit community her entire life. During her earlier years she was a Cub Scout Den Mother and was also a Room Mother for Central Elementary School classrooms attended by her children. She was a Treasurer for the local school PTA and also served as Treasurer for Independence Township. She was appointed to the County Board of Elections. She was a lifetime member of the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church. This was a church built in large part by her father Andrew and mother Mamie, who donated the land next to their store so that a Ukrainian church could be built.  Their daughter, Helen could often be seen cooking, cleaning or peeling potatoes in preparation for the church dinners, festivals and famed perrogie sales. As a young adult, she loved to dance and would often be kicking up her heels to the polka bands that played regularly in her area. As a child and teenager, she worked in the general store and later part-time at “Andy’s” the family vegetable stand with her mother and father.           After the WW II, like many of her girlfriends at the time, she was swept off her feet by her persistent suitor and now late husband Nicholas. She greatly loved and admired this hard-working, no nonsense kind of man who served several terms as mayor of Independence Township. Having lived in Great Meadows her entire life, she is most remembered by the community as the first and founding Director of the Independence Township Senior Center in Great Meadows, a position she loved and proudly held for 21 years, retiring when she was 80 years old.  Helen had a unique ability and the special skills necessary to serve the senior community. She planned bus trips, organized holiday meals, senior games, activities and held health fairs. She invited distinguished health professionals, politicians, tax experts and guests to speak on topics important to the senior citizens of Warren County. If Helen was your friend, you knew she was a friend for life and treated you like family. Always willing to lend a hand, she was a special woman and will be sadly missed by her family and all who knew her.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St. Hackettstown, NJ (908) 852-3361. A gathering of friends and relatives is scheduled for 11am – 1:00 pm at Cochran’s and will conclude with a brief memorial service on Saturday, September 28, 2013. A Repast will be held at the Independence Township Senior Center, Rt. 46 Great Meadows NJ after the service. Burial will be held privately with family. Helen has respectfully requested that in lieu of flowers, that her beloved friends and family make contributions in her name to the Independence Fire Department. Online condolences may be given at

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