Obituaries

Alphabetical Listing - 2012 - 2020:
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Walter Joseph Kendra

Walter Joseph Kendra, 91 of Long Valley, beloved husband of Joan Alyce Kendra nee Provost, passed away on Saturday, May 2nd, 2020 from complications from Covid-19. 
 
Originally from Chicopee Mass, he was pre deceased by the rest of his entire family: His parents Frank and Victoria Kendra, his sister and her husband Jane and Elmer Bordeau; his sister Mary J Kendra; his brother Joseph and wife Lorette Kendra; his sister Emily `Mitch` and her husband John Baseler; his younger sister Francis and husband Domingo Gruniero; and a brother who died at a very young age named Teddy Kendra. 
 
Walter and Joan settled in Long Valley, NJ after several moves with Bell Telephone/AT&T. They lived there for 44 years and raised 5 children. 
 
Walter has resided at the House of the Good Shepherd in Hackettstown since 2014. He was a Veteran of the US Army where he served for over 7 years and became a Sergeant and was stationed, among other places, near Paris, France. He was a long time employee of AT&T Longlines for over 33 years. He and his wife Joan owned and operated a framing franchise store, Prints and Things later renamed Deck the Walls, in the Brunswick Square mall which they operated for over 10 years. He had retired and also worked for the US Post Office, Drove a school bus for the Washington Township Board of Education, Drove the Heath Village shuttle bus, and was an avid Garage Sale aficionado. He had played a harmonica like a professional which he loved to do. He had always enjoyed his polish heritage, and had visited Poland where he found his roots. He has many friends and family and extended family and he will be greatly missed. 
 
Walter is survived by his Daughter Joanne Scara and her husband John; his son Mark Kendra and his wife Moira; his son Eric Kendra and his wife Mary-Leigh; his son Paul Kendra; and his daughter Julia Wulf and her husband David. Walter is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Jessica and Jennifer Scara; Liam, Connor, James and Brenden Kendra; Eric Kendra; Dylan, Benjamin and Katie Wulf. 
 
He was a great father, and a great man. We love you Dad.
 
Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840, www.cochranfuneral.com
 
 

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Thekla Barbara Kus

 Thekla Barbara Kus, long time resident of Hardwick, NJ passed away on May 6, 2020 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Born in Bavaria, Germany, December 31, 1937. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Anna (Scheurer) Wilhelm. 

Thekla came to the United States as a teenager. In 1957, she married Norbert Kus, also from Germany and raised three children.
 
Throughout her life, Thekla enjoyed reading, gardening and all types of needlework but most of all she loved spending time with family.
 
Thekla is survived by; son, Robert Kus (wife Kim), daughters, Sue Nelson (husband Bill, deceased), Ann Socha (husband John). Thekla was the proud Grandmother of five grandchildren; Jason Nelson (wife Nathalie), Jenny Capuano (husband Robert), Erik Nelson, John Kus (wife Stacy) and Jessica Kus and great grandmother to five.
 
Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, 23 vreeland Road, Suite #105, Florham Park, NJ 07932.
 
Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. www.cochranfuneral.com
 

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John F. Kantz

 John F. Kantz, age 80, of Mansfield Township passed away on April 6, 2020. John was born on September 16, 1939 in Passaic, NJ and was the son of the late Alicia (Nickerson) and William Kantz. 

 
John was the beloved husband for 50 years of Genevieve (Jenny) Kantz. John & Jenny were married on March 19, 1960 in Paterson, NJ. They resided in Mansfield Township for many years and John attended Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Great Meadows, NJ. John retired as a packaging engineer from Union Carbide and held several patents for his designs. John was an avid hunter in his younger days and enjoyed music, dancing, traveling, and woodworking. But most of all, John enjoyed his family.

He savored a hot cup of coffee, often remarking "is that pot fresh ?" John was also an enthusiastic traveler, thinking nothing about jumping behimd the wheel onward to a new destination. Family referred to him as " Johnny Florida's Around the Corner." He was a history buff, enjoyed good liquor 43 and loved to debate politics. John was most happy on the dance floor with his dear companion, Maria Fiorillo
 
 He is survived by three children, Pamela Valenza, John (Kristina) Kantz, Jeffrey (Elena) Kantz, 10 adoring grandchildren, Kristen, Kelly, Karissa, Jimmy, Jeffrey, Elijah, Zachary, Caleigh,Daniel and Jenna 7 great-grandchildren, Jakob, Kylee, Keana, Jaxon, Conlon, Julianna and Maeve, his loving companion Maria Fiorillo, sister Mary Jane (Jack) Hoogmoed and many treasured nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Jenny, daughter Kim Anne, brother’s Charles “Bud” and William “Bill” Kantz, and sisters Dorothy Bresnak, Florence Bresnak, Cecelia Mucci.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, burial will be private
 
A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.  
 

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Joseph "Joe" Kerick

Joseph S. Kerick, Sr
BELVIDERE 
 
Joseph “Joe” Kerick, 85, of Belvidere, NJ passed away Friday, April 3 rd  at Hackettstown Medical Center 
due to complications from COVID-19. 
 
Joe was born in Hoboken, NJ on July 6, 1934.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, the former 
Maureen Morrissey.  Joe was a graduate of Seton Hall University from which he earned his Bachelor’s 
and Master’s Degrees in Mathematics and Physics.  He was a teacher and head of the Mathematics 
Department in Hopatcong, NJ from which he retired in 1990.  Joe and Maureen enjoyed traveling and 
spending time with their family.  
 
In addition to his wife, Joe is survived by his six children; Kathy Bassininski and her husband Dan, Sharon 
Wheeler, Anne Darst, Joseph Kerick, Jr and his wife Melissa, Amy Dieteman and her husband Jack and 
James Kerick and his wife Deanna; his seven grandchildren Lisa Bowland and her husband Ryan, Lori 
Fikac and her husband Matt, Alexandra Darst and her wife Justine, Danny Bassininski, Elizabeth 
Dieteman, Sean Darst and Sammy Kerick and three great-grandchildren Luke Fikac and Madison and 
Brody Bowland.  Joe is also survived by a large extended family including multiple generations of nieces 
and nephews.  
 
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Food Pantry of Belvidere c/o the United Methodist 
Church at 219 Hardwick St. Belvidere, NJ 07823.  Due to the coronavirus pandemic a Celebration of Life 
will be held at a later date.  Online condolences may be offered at www.cochranfuneral.com 

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Laura Konopczynski

 Laura Konopczynski, age 100, of Hackettstown, NJ died Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at Heath Village, Hackettstown.  Laura was born on November 13, 1919 in Newark, NJ where she was raised along with her 6 siblings.  She was the middle child of the late Joseph and Sophie (Waldeck) Jarosiewicz.  In addition to her parents Laura was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Edward in 2001. 

Laura married Edward on leave from World War II, honeymooned in Niagara Falls, Edward quickly returned to duty until the end of the war.  They were married for 56 years, Laura chose to stay home to be a dedicated mom to their only child, Jill.  She was an involved and active homemaker, volunteering with the Girl Scouts, various school events and church outings.  She loved to bowl and belonged to a variety of leagues.  Upon moving to Heath Village in 2007 she remained active, enjoying Wii bowling, pinochle, bingo and exercising.  Her greatest joy was spending time with her two grandsons and two great granddaughters.

She is survived by devoted daughter, Jill Wanner and husband Kurt, a sister-in-law, Marie Jarowicz, two grandsons, Gregory Wanner and wife Arayel Osborne, Brian Wanner, two cherished great granddaughters, Melanie and Greta Wanner, many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, March 6, 2020 at 1 pm at St. Marks Parish, 59 Spring Lane, Long Valley, NJ with Father Marcin Michalowski officiating.  Burial will be in Brigadier Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ at a later date.

Visitation will be held at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ on Friday, March 6, 2020 from 10 to 12 noon.

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In lieu of flowers, donations to Heath Village Employee Appreciation Fund, 430 Schooley’s Mountain Road, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 in memory of Laura.

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Dorothy F. Knauer

 Dorothy F. Knauer, age 93, of Hackettstown died Tuesday, February 4, 2020. Dorothy was born August 1, 1926 in Brooklyn, NY. She was the daughter of the late Jack and Mabel (Kempf) Sloane.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Knauer in 1989, her brother, Robert Locks and sister, Judy Peacock.

She was previously employed as a Manager for Abraham & Strauss, Smithtown, Long Island. She was a devoted and loving homemaker, enjoyed sewing, decorating and cooking for her family.  In addition she loved going to lunch and having fun with friends. 

She is survived by her devoted son, Harold, and wife Annette Knauer of Hackettstown, NJ, her cherished granddaughter, Cindy, and her husband Kevin Danielson of Hackettstown, NJ, two great grandsons, Kyle and Ryan Danielson, and a sister, June Callahan.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

A prayer service will be held at 7:00 pm on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Rev. Donald Gebhard officiating.

For those wishing to leave online condolences, please visit www.cochranfuneral.com.

 

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John Klimas, Sr.

 On the morning of  23 January 2020, John "Yosh" P. Klimas, Sr., passed away at the age of 85, in Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Hackettstown, NJ. Born to the late John and Genevieve (Trzeciakiewicz) Klimas on 21 December 1934, John had been a life-resident of Great Meadows, NJ.

He was the owner/operator of Klimas Greenhouse, Great Meadows, NJ and a farmer "Mucker". He was an avid hunter and a man who did things "his way", he was a former member of the Green Valley Gun Club, some may agree he was a local outlaw and legend. In his youth, he worked in his family's butcher shop, across from Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Great Meadows.  He married on 20 September 1958 and had three children.  John was a loving father who was proud of his adored grandchildren and great granddaughter.

He is survived by his wife: Rosemarie (Rygiel) Klimas , a son, John P. Klimas, Jr. and his wife Tracy, 2 daughters, Donna M. Ervey and husband Kevin W., Sr. and Debra J. Ervey and husband Timothy J., he also has seven grandchildren, Cassie, Kevin Jr., Jessie, Kimmie, Timmie, John III and Gretchen, and his great granddaughter, Emily.

The funeral will be held 10:00 am on Thursday, January 30 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Rev. Anthony Pami officiating.  Burial will follow in Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, January 29 from 4 - 8 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

In lieu of flowers donations in his name may be sent to the Independence Fire Department, 24 Cemetery Road, Great Meadows, NJ 07838 or to the Independence First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 137, Great Meadows, NJ 07838 would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

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Joan V. Knudsen

 Joan V. Knudsen, age 62, of Blairstown, NJ died Sunday, January 12, 2020 at home surrounded by her loving family and dear friends.  Joan was born June 27, 1957 in Scranton, PA. She is the daughter of the late Benjamin and Beatrice (Kalesavich) James.

Joan was a graduate of Mount Olive High School class of 1975. After high school she worked as an optician for Douglas Manhire Opticians. While her girls were growing up Joan became a stay at home mom, she was involved in all their activities and events.

Joan was an accomplished crafter, she had a very creative mind, and she enjoyed sharing her creations with her family and friends. She loved attending craft fairs and going to lunch with her many friends.  Joan also worked for Tomasello Winery at Alstede farm in Chester. She was always up for a girls shopping trip with her daughters and taking her grandchildren out for an adventure.  

Joan is survived by her husband Gary, 2 daughters, Meghin Knudsen and Katie Brickey and her husband Derek, a brother Bob James and his wife Donna, her mother-in-law Joan E. Knudsen, her beloved grandchildren, Jacob and Riley Brickey, her in-laws, Sue and Henri Langlois, Pat and Glen Giaquinto, Ed and Linda Knudsen and Bill Knudsen. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Friends may call on Thursday January 16th from 4 – 8 pm with a funeral service at 7:30 with Rev. Mario Spadaro presiding at the Cochran Funeral Home 905 High Street Hackettstown,NJ 07840

In lieu of flowers for those so desiring a donation to the Cancer Center at RWJ 110 Rehill Avenue Somerville, NJ 08876 would be appreciated.

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Albert W. Kieselmann

 Albert W. Kieselmann, age 71, of Hackettstown, NJ died Monday, November 11, 2019 at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ.  Albert was born September 19, 1948 in Hackensack, NJ tothe late Charles and Dorothy (Ward) Kieselmann. 

Al served proudly in the US Air Force during Vietnam from 1969 to 1973.  He was previously employed by Dales Custom Auto, Hackettstown, NJ as an Auto Body Repairman.  Al was an avid reader, enjoyed restoring cars, and working on anything old that needed repair.

He is survived by 2 sons, Shawn Kieselmann, Craig Kieselmann, a brother, Charles Kieselmann, Jr., a grandson, Jason Kieselmann, his friend and former wife, Shirley Beemer a daughter-in-law, Aggessandra Allmeida Kieselmann and a nephew, Randy Kieselmann.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister in law, Gwen Kieselmann.

A visitation will be from 1 -2 pm Saturday, November 16, 2019 followed by a memorial service to begin at 2 pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

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Francis "Bucky" Kavanagh

It is with great sadness and profound grief that Panther Valley Golf & Country Club announces the passing of one of our own.

Francis “Bucky” Kavanagh, age 64, of Allamuchy, NJ died Sunday, November 10, 2019 at his home.

Bucky lived the majority of his live within the gates of Panther Valley. He grew up here – attending Allamuchy School and Hackettstown High School before attending Rider College – and continued to live here through his adult life.

His involvement at PVGCC began at the beginning of the club’s history as his family were some of the original Members of Panther Valley Golf & Country Club. In 1977 Bucky won the club championship. After that, Bucky began his 41 year career in the Golf Shop as the Assistant Golf Professional. Season after season, Bucky would eagerly await the early signs of spring – the first indicator that golf season – and the return of the Members at PVGCC – was just around the corner. His friendly smiling face was among the first and most recognizable at the club. Perhaps his most distinct attribute was his ability to remember the name, face, and preference of each golfer at PVGCC over the past 41 years. To this day, former Members and guests who have played the course reminisce about his welcoming and accommodating nature. During his time, Bucky was one of the most dedicated Members of the PVGCC family – going above and beyond whenever the situation warranted. Bucky was also one of the most knowledgeable people about not only PVGCC but also Allamuchy Township as a whole – often educating those around him

Bucky is predeceased by his father Desmond, his mother Jean and his sister Missy. Over the years, Bucky has become a part of each family at PVGCC – always celebrating and supporting everyone in their time of need. His kind heart and warmhearted nature will be missed by all that knew him.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 pm on Friday, November 22, 2019 at the Panther Valley Golf and Country Club, 1 Forest Drive, Allamuchy, N.J. 07820.

Calling hours will be Friday, November 22, 2019 from 12:00 noon – 8:00 pm at the Panther Valley Golf and Country Club, 1 Forest Drive, Allamuchy, NJ 07820.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown NJ 07840.  Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.cochranfuneral.com/

In celebrating Bucky’s life PCGCC will be collecting memories from throughout the years.

Please share any stories and pictures of Bucky throughout the years with Dan McCarthy at dan@panthervalleygolf.com .

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Thomas R. Knechel

Thomas Ralph Knechel, 64 of Washington Township, Morris County, New Jersey, passed away at his residence on Monday, November 4, 2019. Born in Morristown, NJ, on May 25, 1955, Tom was the son of Ralph & Lois Rossy Knechel of Hackettstown, NJ
A lifelong resident of the greater Hackettstown, NJ area, Tom was a graduate of Hackettstown High School and Wagner College. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hiking as well as traveling to destinations around the world. Tom was a self employed Real Estate Investor with properties in both Warren and Morris Counties. He previously worked as the general manager of the former Knechel Ford car dealership in Hackettstown; a family business.
In addition to his beloved parents, Ralph and Lois, Tom is survived by a sister, Linda Bahnuk and husband Tim of Hackettstown, NJ. One niece, one nephew and three great nieces. He is predeceased by his loving wife, Joan Lukacs Knechel who passed away in 2002.
Visitation will be on Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ. Funeral services will be on Friday, 10:00am at the funeral home.
Interment will follow at Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com.
In Lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Joan Knechel Cancer Center, C/O Hackettstown Regional Medical Ctr, 651 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown , NJ 07840, in memory of Thomas.

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Richard G. Kresge

Richard G. Kresge, 84, of Mt. Olive Twp, New Jersey, passed away at the home of his beloved daughter, Denise Valez in Fountain Inn, South Carolina on Sunday, November 3, 2019. Born March 31, 1935 in Snydersville, PA., “Dick” was the son of the late Clyde & Elsie Klingel Kresge. 

A lifelong resident and contributor to this community, Dick retired from the Mount Olive Board of Education after 27 years of service. Prior to that, he was employed by the Dover Handbag Company of Stanhope, NJ for 29 years. Dick was a long-time member of the Budd Lake Fire Department, Fire Police, Elks Club and was an honorary member of the Hackettstown Moose Lodge.

In addition to his beloved daughter, Denise and her husband Xavier Velez, he is survived by his twin brother, Robert Kresge; one sister, Gail Snyder and many nieces & nephews. Two loving grandchildren, Nicholas & Ethan Macaluso and two great grandchildren, Rylan & Koen Macaluso.

He is predeceased by his son, Richard “Rick” Kresge, three brothers; Terry,  Karey & Clyde as well as his girlfriend, Beverly Bowman.

Visitation will be on Friday, November 8, 2019 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840.

Funeral Services with Fireman’s honors will take place on Saturday, 2:30pm at the funeral home. Interment will follow at the Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Children’s Specialized Hospital, 150 New Providence Rd, Mountainside, NJ, 07092. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Hildred M. Kane

Hildred M. Kane, age 82, of Hackettstown, NJ passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2019.  Hillie was born September 16, 1937 in Hancock, NY to the late Melvin and Helen (Hazen) Smith.  She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James W. Kane in 2006, her son, Sean Michael Kane in 2019 her nephews, Billie and Richard Getchius and her brother, Melvin “Sonny” Smith.

Hillie was previously employed by Hackettstown High School as a Custodian where she retired in 2005. She will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

She is survived by her devoted daughter, Kathleen Kane, her step-son, James Kane and wife Helen, her sister, Cora Wright of South Carolina, her three grandchildren, Alexis, Ashley and Britney, great grandson Gage, many nieces, and her beloved dogs, Gizmo and Scuttles.   

The funeral will be held 2:00 pm on Friday, October 18 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.  Burial will follow at Hackettstown Union Cemetery, Hackettstown.

Visitation will be Friday, October 18, 2019 from 12 noon - 2 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

 

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Doris L. Kryszczuk

Doris L. Kryszczuk, age 99, Wayne, NJ died peacefully Friday, July 19, 2019 at Atrium Acute Care, Wayne, NJ.  Doris was born February 14, 1920 in Hoboken, NJ to the late Emil and Frances (Bruns) Manott.  In addition to her parents she is preceded I n death by her beloved husband, Charles "Kaz" Christian Kryszczuk and her cherished sister, Ruth Manott.

She was employed by Western Electric as a Machine Operator for many years before retiring.  Doris was a member of the Budd Lake Seniors and the Pioneers, she had a great love for animals and was a pet mom to numerous cats, dogs and birds.  In addition, Doris loved to sing, she was a member of the St. Jude’s Roman Catholic Church Choir and the Rosary Alter Society.  She was a devout catholic, her last word was Amen.  

She is survived by her loving sister, Frances Brady, her 4 nieces, Francine Brady, Laurene Brady, Kathleen Natoli and husband Ted, Charlene Leone and husband Dominic, seven grand nieces and nephews and seven great grand nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:30 am on Wednesday, July 24 at St. Jude R.C. Church, 17 Mt. Olive Road, Budd Lake, NJ with Father Antonio Gaviria officiating, there will be a visitation at the church from 9:30 to 10:30 am. (*Please meet at church the morning of the mass).  Burial follow at Union Cemetery, Hackettstown.

Visiting hours will be Tuesday, July 23, 2019 from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

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Sean Michael Kane

 Sean Michael Kane, age 50, of Willow Springs, NC formerly of Hackettstown, NJ died Tuesday, June 18, 2019.  Sean was born September 16, 1968 in Phillipsburg, NJ to Hildred (Smith) Kane and the late James Walter Kane.  

Sean graduated from Hackettstown High School and continued his education at Chubb Institute in the Computer Technology field.  He was employed by Resolute, Durham, NC as a Commercial Superintendent.    Sean loved to ride his Harley, enjoyed going to concerts, was a history and genealogy buff and a devoted animal lover.

He is survived by his devoted wife: Billie Jo (Hunt) Kane, his loving mother Hildred (Smith) Kane, a brother, James D. Kane and wife Helen, a sister, Kathleen Kane, two brothers in law, Richard Hunt and wife Martha, Samuel Hunt, two sisters in law, Catherine Hunt and husband Jimmy, Mary Christine Hayes and husband Randall, nieces and nephews, Alexis, Ashley, AJ, Laura, Ethan, Lindsey, Andy, Kaylan, Selena and Matthew.

Visitation will be held at the Cochran Funeral Home 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 on Monday, June 24, 2019 from 4-8 pm.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 10 am with Rev. Mario Spadaro officiating.  Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Hackettstown following services.

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Beth Cooke Knapp

 
 

Ms. Beth Cooke Knapp, 64, of Washington, N.J. passed away suddenly on May 16,2019, after a
brief illness at Hackettstown Medical Center
, Hackettstown, N.J.
Born at Newton Memorial
Hospital on September 22,1954, she was the youngest daughter of the late James A. and Anne
Cooke Knapp.

Beth graduated from Warren Hills H.S. In Washington, N.J. In 1972.

She attended American University and graduated from Washington Secretarial School and
worked for the American Red Cross Headquarters and at the Air and Space Museum for several
years in Washington
, DC.

She travelled extensively and amassed a tremendous amount of knowledge that enriched her life,
family and friends. Beth was her family's private tour guide.

She was an avid reader, learned Scottish dancing, loved attending live theater productions,
museums around the world, but her greatest enrichment was the study of Egyptology's ancient
world. She travelled to Egypt many years ago and witnessed the magnificent pyramids
,
museums, statuary, mummies, etc. In 1986 she relocated to San Francisco to accept a work
study program at Berkley University to study Egyptology and became a member of the
Egyptology Society and where she resided and worked for 30 years.

Beth was very loving, kind, generous, had a heart of gold and she lit up a room with her bright
smile and laughter and bubbly personality. There's no friend like a Sister, and no better Sister
than you! She was a member of Stewart Chapter #166, Order of the Eastern Star of New Jersey.

She is survived by her sisters Carol B. Hart, Dianne L. Thorn (Harold), Sally L. Spencer (David)
and nieces and nephews Darrell (Michelle)
& Christopher (Ann-Jennifer) Hart, James & Neil
(Michela)Thorn, Holly Zinn (Robert), Tracy Domzolski
, (Donnie),
Kimberly Stewart (Matthew);
great nieces and nephews Brandon
& Ryan Hart, Owen & Sophie Hart, Juliet & Zoe Tuggle,
Paige
& Samantha Domzolski, Lia & Sofia Thorn, Ryan, Kyle, Nicole Zinno

The family will receive their family and friends for memorial visitation on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm,
Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

For those wishing to leave online condolences, please visit www.cochranfuneral.com

 

 

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Johanna Kunkel

Johanna Kunkel, age 79, of Belvidere, NJ died Friday, May 10, 2019 at home.  Johanna was born February 8, 1940 in Romania to the late Rudolf and Wilhelmina (Kletsch) Krieger.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Herbert and her son Andrew.

As a dedicated homemaker and with deep love for her family, Johanna took the best care of those she loved.  She enjoyed baking and sewing and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. 

Johanna is survived by her daughter, Heidi Petersen and her husband Mark, their daughter Holly Bruens and her husband Michael, her son Peter Kunkel and his wife Marlene, her son Michael Kunkel and his wife Tara.

A burial will be held at Butzville United Methodist Cemetery, Butzville, NJ Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 1:30 pm.

A memorial visitation will be held Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from  12 noon to 1 pm and 3-5 pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ  07840

 

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Robert S. Kopack

Robert S. Kopack, 67, of Mansfield Twp., NJ, passed away at his residence on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Born in Passaic, NJ on April 30, 1952, Robert was the son of the late Steven & Elsie Velebir Kopack. “Rob” and his beloved wife of 44 years, Kim Semon Kopack have lived in Mansfield since 1982.

Robert grew up in Clifton, NJ and was a 1970 graduate of Clifton High School. He worked for Hoffman LaRoche of Fairfield, NJ for over 30 years as the head of computer operations. After his retirement, Rob started his own business of automotive tool sales called “Matco Tools” for 5 years. He also worked part time at Island Dragway of Great Meadows, NJ. His work at the dragway was a labor of love as car racing was his passion. Starting out racing door cars, he moved to working on and racing dragsters. Even in declining heath, Rob would help anyone diagnose and fix the car’s problem.
 
For several years, Robert and Kim enjoyed racing sled dogs for many years. In addition, he was a horse show dad and grandad; helping his family raise and show Quarter Horses and continued his love of horses, working at Graystone Horse Farm in Hope, NJ. . Driving his motor home was yet another hobby that Rob loved to do.

In addition to his loving wife, Kim, he is survived by one son, Brian (Stefanie) Kopack of Washington, NJ. One daughter, Karry (John) Kertesz of Milford, NJ. Beloved Granddaughters, Jasa Kopack & Campbell Kertesz. Two brothers, James & Richard Kopack and a sister, Lori, all of Clifton, NJ.
 
Viewing hours will take place on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 4:00 to 8:00pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840.

The funeral will begin at 8:00pm at the conclusion of the visitation.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to www.amyloidosis.org in memory of Robert.

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Charles H. "Carl" "Charlie" Kuhner

Charles H. “Carl” Kuhner of Hackettstown, NJ went to be with the Lord on February 20, 2019 at the House of the Good Shepherd after a Brief Illness.

Carl was born in the Bronx, New York City on April 8, 1932 to the late Frederick J. Kuhner and  Elsie (Quentin) Kuhner. He was also predeceased by sister Doris, Brother Fred and second wife Mary. He is survived by his loving family and friends. This includes his first wife Elizabeth, son Kevin and his wife Joan, grandson William and his wife Caitlin, grandson James and his wife Kristen, great granddaughter Parker Anne, niece Susan Ross Siegel, nephews Steven Ross and Fred Kuhner. He also leaves many loving cousins, extended family and close friends.

Carl sered in the US Army from 1952-1954, being stationed at Fort Indiantown Gap, PA and in Germany. He worked for most of his life, starting as a youngster. As an adult he managed data processing departments at a number of firms including Parents Magazine. Even in retirement, he continued to work part time.

He grew up and lived in the Bronx until 1961 when he moved his family to the Township of Washington in Bergen County, NJ. He later lived in Rockland County, NY for 35 years before moving to Hackettstown in 2018.

From a young age he was a regular church-goer and a good Christian, being raised Lutheran, becoming an Episcopalian and later Roman Catholic. He was involved with many church parish activities for most of his life. Carl served on the vestry of Grace Episcopal Church in Westwood in the 1970’s. He was also involved as a Scout leader for a number of years.

Carl was a life-long New York Yankees and Knicks fan. He was also an avid salt-water fisherman. He was a voracious reader of books and magazines and he loved to learn. He had a great love for music and listened to it often. Carl enjoyed playing board games and cards. His outgoing personality and sense of humor earned him many friends. He was loved by all who knew him.

The funeral will be held 1:00 pm on Sunday, February 24 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Father Robert Greiner officiating. 

Calling hours will be Sunday, February 24 from 12:00 PM - 3:00 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.

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Beulah Mae Kastenhuber

 Beulah Mae Kastenhuber (Ley) passed away at home in Hackettstown, NJ at the age of 92.

Born on January 31, 1926 to the late Ralph and Blanch (Anderson) Ley in Changewater, NJ. Bee had a strong love for movies, music, knitting and her family. A longtime resident of the greater Washington/Hackettstown Area, Bee was an active member of Rockport Presbyterian Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir.

Bee is survived by her children, Linda Onorato (Husband Lou), Glenn Kastenhuber (Wife Kathy) and Tammy Milia (Partner Chris).

In addition, Bee is survived by 8 Grandchildren and 6 Great Grandchildren, Michael Onorato (sons, Derek and Logan), Katherine Rauch (Husband Mark), Molly Fraumeni (Husband Frank and daughters Emma and Sofia), Jason Chiu, Justin Chiu, Alyssa Chiu (daughters Schulyer and Nova), Ryder Milia and Hunter Milia.

Bee will be missed by all who knew her including many nieces and nephews and sister in law, Jeanne Edwards.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Walter Kastenhuber and brother, Harry Ley.

Calling hours will be Thursday, January 3, 2019 from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 4, 2019 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Rockport Presbyterian Church, 395 Rockport Road, Port Murray, NJ 07865. 

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Janet M. Kaiser

Janet M. Kaiser, 75, of Hackettstown, NJ, passed away at the Compassionate Care Hospice Unit in Dover, NJ. Born January 20, 1943 in Rahway, NJ, Janet was the daughter of the late Herbert & Katherine Moran Perks. Janet has lived in the Hackettstown area since 2009 coming from Stanhope, NJ and Point Pleasant, NJ.
Mrs. Kaiser was of the Roman Catholic faith having most recently attended St. Jude’s Church in Budd Lake, NJ as well as St. Luke’s Church in Long Valley, NJ. For many years Janet was an active volunteer with the Deborah Heart & Lung Seaside Chapter in which she was a long time member until her passing.
She is survived by two sons; Kurt Kaiser and his wife Doris of Hackettstown, NJ & Douglas Kaiser and his companion Joanne Kebeck of Port St. Lucie, Fla. Five beloved grandchildren; Alexis, Dean, Caitlin, Karlie & Kelby.

Visitation will be on Monday, August 13, 2018 at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ., 07840  from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.  A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 11:30am in St. Lukes Roman Catholic Church, Long Valley, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Deborah Hospital foundation, 212 Trenton Road, Browns Mill, NJ 08015 in loving memory of Janet.  Please make checks to Seaside Chapter of Deborah.  Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Albert J. Kurnath

Albert J. Kurnath, 58 of Great Meadows, NJ, passed away on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Born in Paterson, NJ on September 9, 1959, he was the son of Mrs. Alice Sadlock Kurnath and the late Albert G. Kurnath. Al has been a lifelong resident of the Great Meadows area and was a graduate of Hackettstown High School and Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA where he excelled in wrestling. His love of wrestling continued as he coached youth wrestling for many years. In 1981 Al and his good friend Peter Wicki worked together to form the Wicki Wholesale Stone Corporation of Great Meadows, NJ in which he was a current partner of the firm. In addition to his employment, Al was passionate about woodworking, hunting and studying the life cycle, existence and habitat of the Wooly Mammoth. Al was also facinated with and collected arrowheads & indian artifacts along with other trinckets from the past of the indiginous indian tribes.  He was of the Catholic faith. Besides his beloved mother, Alice Kurnath, Al is survived by his loving children, Adam and Melinda Kurnath. One brother, Andrew Kurnath and his wife Maryellen of Newville, PA; three sisters, Audrey Matlock and her husband Rich of Washington Twp., PA; Anne Luff and her husband Tom of Shawnee on Delaware, PA and Amy Nordstrom and her husband, Chris of Mount Bethel, PA. Al had many devoted Nieces & Nephews and Great Nieces & Nephews. A public visitation will take place at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840 on Friday, June 29, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00pm. 11:00am Graveside services will be Saturday, June 30, 2018 in the Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows, NJ. Please meet at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Albert’s memory to the charity of ones choice. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Henry J. Kenia

Henry J. Kenia, 85, of Hackettstown, NJ, passed away at his home on Thursday, May 31,2018. Born in Duryea,PA on April 5, 1933, Henry was the son of the late Stanley & Sophie Goluska Kenia. Henry and his beloved family have lived in Hackettstown for over 55 years having moved from Mansfield Twp., NJ. He grew up in Clarks Summit,PA where he learned a strong work ethic on his family's farm. Mr. Kenia retired from M&M Mars Candy Company several years ago having worked there for over 32 years as a Coater. After his retirement, Henry stayed very active working on his house and yard. He was a member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Hackettstown, NJ where he participated as an usher and loved playing cards on Thursday nights. Henry enjoyed going to Applebee's with his beloved wife Marlene. It was there that he could always find his favorite table available with a friendly staff waiting to share a laugh with him. Due to his lifelong work ethic, family values and moral character, Henry was more than just a loving husband, dad, grandfather and great grandfather; he was his family's unwavering hero and will be deeply missed. Along with his beloved wife Marlene Green Kenia, Henry is survived by four children. Three sons, Michael Kenia of Roxbury, NJ, Kenneth "Kenny" Kenia of Waitsfield, VT and Kevin Kenia of Rochester, NH. One daughter, Laurie Mahoney of Tannersville, PA. He also is survived by one brother, William "Bill" Kenia of Tunkhannock,PA. Five precious Grandchildren and four Great Grandchildren. He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Janess Ashley Kenia. Visitation will take place on Monday, June 4, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. Funeral services will be on Tuesday, 10:00am at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 409 East Baldwin Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. Interment will be at the Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows, NJ. Donations may be given to the church in lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Patricia M. Kaditus

Patricia M. Kaditus, passed away on May 6th, 2018, at her home in Byram Township, NJ.



Patty Kaminsky was born in Scranton, PA on 6/12/1941, the seventh of eight children born to Andrew and Helen Kaminsky. She graduated from Scranton Technical High School in 1959, where she was remembered as “having a smile as bright as a penny” and “never wearing the same outfit twice.” She retained these qualities throughout her life.

After a whirlwind romance, Pat took a leap of faith with Casimir Kaditus, also of Scranton, Pa, as they daringly left their hometown to create their future together, settling in New Jersey and marrying in 1960. The risks paid off: Pat and Cas remained married until the time of her death (58 years) and shared three children, Cas (Jocelyn Leventhal), Kim, and Stacy as well as three adored grandchildren, Michael, Lisa, and Kaitlyn. Pat is survived by all members of her immediate family.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Helen and Andrew Kaminsky, her brother Thomas Kaminsky, and her sisters Helen Kennedy and Mary Flynn.

Before her marriage, Pat worked at Rice’s Credit office in Scranton, PA and later at Thermo Electric Company in Saddle Brook, NJ until giving birth to her first child. Pat dedicated herself to raising her children and assisting her husband with his business and showroom. Pat was also a loving caretaker to her mother Helen, as well as to her aunts Isabelle and Margret and her uncle Frank.

Pat enjoyed many interests, including baking, shopping, movies, decorating, photography, painting, crafting, dining out, boating, walking, bicycling, gardening, and “gabbing with her girls.” She enjoyed keeping up with her friends Ricki, Sienna, June, and Jean. She loved animals and was quick to help anyone in need. She had an encyclopedic knowledge of useful information, was a lifelong learner, and loved to discuss current events, including her offense at the current administration. She loved music and enjoyed an eclectic range of styles and performers. Pat was thoughtful, loved a good story, was quick to laugh, add to a joke, and is remembered fondly for her many failed attempts to withhold a snicker in situations she found ridiculous or stuffy.

Pat had a deep appreciation of athleticism and was a great supporter of her children and grandchildren’s’ sporting activities, describing exceptional athleticism as “poetry in motion,” including appreciation for the beauty, grace, power and freedom of racing horses. Through watching baseball and football with her grandson, Pat became an avid Yankee and Giants fan, a supporter of the Green Bay Packers, and in her final years, a Steph Curry mega fan. She would be absolutely thrilled with the current excitement of the Golden State Warriors in the finals.

She prided herself for her honesty, loyalty, trustworthiness and for not squandering what was given to her. She was known as an exceptional and generous hostess, wanting the best for those she loved, and as a fighter, surviving cancer and the treatments to cure it. She endured the indignities of aging and illness, indicating as she was oft to quote, “Getting old isn’t for the weak,” while expressing gratitude for each day, identifying, “Listen, I’m living with the big three; I know I’m living on borrowed time here.” Even though she was appalled at the increasing amount of time she needed to spend with them, she offered gratitude and respect for the many doctors and their staff who supported her well-being, took extra time to get to know her as a person, and treated her with kindness, dignity, and respect.

Pat did not easily suffer fools, but she would quickly act the fool if doing so would potentially tease out a smile or laugh from a baby or child. She loved children and was gifted in her interactions with them. Pat loved spending time with her grandchildren and she was exceptionally proud of them and their accomplishments, offering them the purest form of unconditional positive regard. It was one of her deepest regrets that she would not be able to continue with them on their paths and to see where they would travel. It would be her hope that they will always feel her love, support, encouragement, coaching, and cheerleading from the sidelines.

A brief memorial blessing with family will be held early this summer in the chapel at Cathedral Cemetery in Scranton, Pa, where her remains will be interred.

In lieu of flowers, Pat would appreciate and offer the following: Call your mother. Don’t worry about it. Let it go. Go and have some fun. Enjoy yourself. Listen to your mother. Use nightly lotion on your face and neck. Take care of your teeth. Stay out of the sun. Don’t be too long-winded. Offer kindness. Travel. Don’t be cheap. Understand your fears. Give each other a break. Never only make one dessert when three will do. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Always feed a stray. Be careful. Pat was deeply loved and her presence in this world is greatly missed.

Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

For those wishing to leave online condolence’s, please visit www.cochranfuneral.com

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Shirley A. Kearney

SHIRLEY A. KEARNEY 
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER 
MOUNT OLIVE TWP:
Shirley (nee Ahlers) Kearney died on Friday, May 11, 2018 at The House of the Good Shepherd, Hackettstown. She was 81.

Born in Dover, NJ, she lived in the Budd Lake section of Mount Olive Twp. all her life.
She was a graduate of Douglass College, the women's division of Rutgers University,
and began her career as a classroom teacher at the Lincoln Elementary School in
Roxbury Twp. in 1958 where she taught until her retirement in 1993.
Shirley was a member and past president of the Roxbury Education Association (REA)
and served as chief negotiator representing the Roxbury Twp. teachers and staff
. She
a
lso served as chairman of several committees and was an active member of the
Morris County Education Assoc., the New Jersey Education Assoc. and the National
Teachers Assoc., attending meetings, workshops, etc. on behalf of her colleagues in
the REA.
A member of the United Methodist Church since her childhood, Shirley was a lay
minister in her local parish and served as president of the United Methodist Women
there until her death. She considered it to be an honor and worked diligently on fund
raisers such as the roast beef dinners and luncheons. Her favorite was packing the
Chr
istmas shoeboxes which were sent to underprivileged children.
Shirley's life was one of commitment, whether it was her family, her church or her
students and teachers. When she accepted a responsibility, she remained committed
until its completion.
Survivors include her sister, Patricia Baer, Benton, Pa., her brother, Walter Ahlers and
his wife, Lois, Mt. Olive Twp., her foster siblings, Lois, Gloria and Steven and many
devoted nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband, Lieutenant James
Kearney of the Mt. Olive Twp. Police Dept.
 
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 11 am at The Drakestown United Methodist Church, 6 Church Road, Hackettstown. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery, Hackettstown.
Friends may call at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown on Monday, May 14, 2018from 4-8 PM.

For those desiring donations may be made to the Drakestown United Methodist Church, 6 Church Road, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 in memory of Shirley.
Online condolences may be made at www.cochranfuneral.com
 
 
 
 

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NORBERT KUS

Norbert Kus, 82 of Hackettstown died Tuesday April 24, 2018.
Born in Oppeln, Germany, he is a son of the late Gerhard and Charlotte Biskupek Kus.

Mr. Kus was a self employed general contractor. He enjoyed boating and his career building homes. 
He lived in Hardwick Township for 30 years in a home he built. He spent 15 years in Maryland on Hoopers Island before returning to New Jersey 5 years ago.

Norbert is survived by his wife Thekla (nee Wilhelm) Kus, a son Robert Kus (Kim) of Frankford Twp.,  two daughters, Susan Nelson (deceased husband Bill) of Long Valley,  Ann Socha (John) of Stillwater Twp., five grandchildren, Jason Nelson (Nathalie), Jennifer Capuano (Robert), Erik Nelson, Jon Kus (Stacy) and Jessica Kus, and 3 great grandchildren, Jacob, Morgan and Vada. 

Services and interment are private at the convenience of the family and are under the direction of the Cochran Funeral Home 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.
To leave an online condolence please go to www.cochranfuneral,com 

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John Robert Klucharits

 John Robert Klucharits, age 97, of Hackettstown died Saturday, March 24, 2018.  John was born May 6, 1920 in New York City, NY. He is the son of the late Rudolph and the late Theresa (Weiss) Klucharits. 

He proudly served in the Army during World War II from 1942 to 1946.  He loved to go out to eat with his family, he had a great sense of humor, and was a devoted Mets fan.      

He is survived by one daughter, Nancy and her husband Louie Salvatore, a son John and his wife Jean Klucharits, a son, Jim and his wife Trish Klucharits, 7 grandchildren, Julie and husband John Reiner, John Klucharits, Amy and her husband Pat Monahan, Katherine Salvatore, Theresa and her husband George Laoudis, James Klucharits, and Jonathan Klucharits.  He is also survived by 3 Great Grand Children, Alex Laoudis, Jaclyn Monahan, and Christian Laoudis.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:30 am on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at St. Mary's, 302 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840 with Father Antony Arockiadoss officiating.  Entombment will be in Union Cemetery, Mountain Ave, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. 

Calling hours will be Monday, March 26, 2018 from 4:00pm – 9:00pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.07840. 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude PL, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.  Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.cochranfuneral.com/   

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Wanda M. Keifner

 Wanda Keifner, born November 15, 1910, known by most that knew her as Nana, passed away Sunday night, February 25 2018 , in her sleep. Nana was the mother of the late Melissa Fraser. Nana lived with her grandsons John and Albert, for the last forty seven years. She also lived with her great grandsons Matthew, Albert and her grand daughter in law Mary for 23 years. Matthew was her afternoon buddy, his passing last year left a void for her which she never showed. Nana set a good example of how to be strong through tough times. Through her life she taught us to always do the right thing, take care of each other through thick and thin. She had a wonderful life of 107 years, and will be missed more than words can express.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 5pm with Mario Spadaro officiating.  Calling hours will be at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown NJ 07840 on Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 3 - 6 pm.  Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.cochranfuneral.com/   

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Christine A. King

 Christine A. King, age 66, of Andover, NJ died Friday, February 2, 2018 at home.  Mrs. King was born May 19, 1951 in Glen Ridge, NJ. She was the daughter of Catherine (Giessel) Rowe and the late Nicholas Rowe.   In addition to her father she was preceded in death by her son, Timothy King.

She was previously employed by Garofalo Law Firm, Parsippany, NJ as a Secretary.  Christine was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Newton, NJ.  She was a kind and loving wife mother, grandmother and friend who loved spending time with family and friends. She also enjoyed knitting, gardening and camping. 

She is survived by her beloved husband, Thomas King, her 2 loving daughters, Bethany King,  Erin Reid and Husband Andrew, 2 devoted sons, Bryan King and wife Diana, Benjamin King and wife Lindsay, her mother, Catherine Rowe, a brother, Nicholas Rowe, II and wife Lisa, 3 sisters, Kerry Thompson and husband Andrew, Mary Hicks and husband Philip, Catherine "Katie" Huxster and husband Cliff,   2 Grandchildren,  Sloan And Dylan Miavitz.

Cremation will be private.  A memorial service will at the Holiday Inn Budd Lake - Rockaway Area, located at 1000 International Drive North on Saturday, February 17th, 2018 with services beginning promptly at 2 p.m. 

For those desiring donations may be made to Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation, (John Theuer Cancer Center), 360 Essex Street, Suite 301, Hackensack, NJ 07601 in memory of Christine.

 Arrangements under the direction of the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.


 

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Deborah Miller Kling

  Deborah Miller Kling died on October 23, 2017, at the age of 62, in Hackettstown, NJ, after a long battle with mBC (metastatic Breast Cancer). Her courage and deep faith throughout her journey, were an inspiration to many as she chose to deny and demystify the power of cancer to conquer the human spirit. She remained thankful to God for His many blessings. 

       Ever the teacher, she used humor, candor, spiritual strength and love to celebrate and share blessings, even in the face of a terrible, all-too-common curse. To help the search for a cure, she elected to donate her remains to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for medical research and education.
       Debbie was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Hackettstown, New Jersey where she attended grades K-9. She attended Blair Academy as a sophomore and then graduated from Hackettstown High School. Upon getting her BA in education from Southern Connecticut State University, she returned to Hackettstown High School and taught for 33 years before retiring. She coached sports, taught PhysEd, Health, Family Life, Life Skills, Driver Education, CPR, Ski Club, Swimming and LifeGuarding. She eventually earned a Masters Degree in Education from East Stroudsburg University.
       Over the course of 60 years in this rural town, she eventually taught children and grandchildren of her first students. A rarity in our time, her connective understanding of the towns residents allowed her to appreciate and resonate with parents and students as friends and neighbors, because they were. She was part of the fabric of generations in Hackettstown. 
       She will be remembered in the thousands of lives she touched as a mother, teacher, friend and colleague. Her legacy of fun, joy and purpose is treasured by her husband Stefan Kling, (also from Hackettstown) her children Samuel (wife Phoebe) of Brooklyn, Marjory of San Diego, Benjamin of Brooklyn, Maddie of Boston and stepson Owen of Nashville. She is survived by her sister Diane (husband Tim) Kasharain and nieces, Kristina and Rachel of Hope, NJ, a brother James, nieces Stella and Alba, and a sister Gwen (husband Richard) Zack and nephew Jacob and niece Hannah. She Was preceded in death by her parents, James Sherwood Miller and Nancy Taylor Miller. 
       Her large, extended family were the pride of her life. 
 
       An open visitation with the family will be held at Trinity House (212 East Moore St., Hackettstown, NJ, behind Trinity United Methodist Church) on Saturday, November 11, from 9am to 2pm.  
 
       A memorial service will be held in the Trinity United Methodist Church (213 Main St., Hackettstown, NJ) on Sunday, November 12, from 2pm to 3pm with light refreshment afterward .

       In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Debbie Miller Memorial Fund c/o Trinity United Methodist Church. Having worked with the Retired Teachers Scholarship fund and Soroptimist International, it was her wish to continue to give financial assistance for education to deserving individuals from our community. 

       We encourage you to increase your awareness, support and involvement with the efforts to find effective treatments and cures for Cancers that affect so many of us. We are grateful for your love, support and prayers.

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Daniel E. Kately

 Daniel E. Kately, age 48, of Blairstown, NJ died Friday, September 22, 2017 at Overlook Hospital, Summit, NJ from complications from Lung Cancer due to smoking for over 30 years.  Daniel was born January 18, 1969 in Morristown, NJ. He was the son of George Kately and the late Barbara (Ryver) Kately.

Daniel was a Master Carpenter and loved woodcarving.  He was featured in New Jersey Homes Magazine, Architects Design and on the Martha Stewart Show for his expertise in woodcarving. 

He is survived by his wife: Shani (Lindsay) Kately, his 3 daughters,  Brooke Kately, Sheila Kately and Faith Kately, his father George Kately, 2 brothers, Thomas Kately and wife Sally, George Kately, III and wife Sandy, and 3 nieces, Victoria, Jamie and Samantha Kately.

A memorial service will be held 8:30 pm on Wednesday, September 27 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. Cremation is private

Visiting hours will be Wednesday, September 27 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, PO Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057

At Daniel’s request, he donated himself to Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY for advancement in Cancer Research.

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Cornelius "Neil" Kappers

Cornelius B. (Neil) Kappers, 75, left us on September 9, 2017 at home with his wife by his side after a battle with Mesothelioma. Neil lived in Hackettstown, NJ until he married in 1989 then moved to Mansfield Twp. He was born in Sussex county on May 6, 1942. He was the son of the late Cornelius & Gerritdina 'Dini' Lumker Kappers. Neil was in the first graduating class from Hackettstown High School in 1960. He graduated from the State University of New York where he got his degree in HVACR. He served in the National Guard-Army division. He was the former owner of C. Kappers & Son, Inc. Neil developed and built Parks Edge Business Centre. He also built Victorian office building on Washington Street in Hackettstown formerly known as the Cordina Building. He was a licensed electrician and plumber. Neil founded Sussex county Electrical Association. Was the President of Sussex County Fuel Merchants Association; Belonged to Hackettstown Kiwanis; was a member of the American Legion Post 164, Hackettstown, NJ. Neil was the first local boy who earned the God and Country Award. He also was an Eagle Scout. He served as a Deacon and an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Hackettstown. Neil loved to help his church and the America Legion with various projects. Neil loved traveling around the US, Canada and Mexico in his 5th Wheel with his beloved wife Dorothy. He also traveled to the Netherlands many times to visit family and travel around Europe. He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy (Fletcher) Kappers; Three children, Luke Kappers and his wife Lisa of Edgewater, MD; Stepson Albert Fritschie and his wife Melissa of Oakmont, PA & Step daughter, Andrea Tompkins and her husband Bruce of Mill City, OR. Six grandchildren, Lauren Kappers, Matthew Kappers and Morgan Kappers of Edgewater, MD, Hunter Fritschie of Bradenton, FL, Elizabeth Tompkins of Mill City, OR & Briana Snyder of Aumsville, OR. His sister, Rita Kappers Alesi and her husband Charles of Winchester, MA. Two Nieces, Kara Alesi of Portland, ME & Ineke and her husband Pat Conway of Shangri, China. A great nephew, Thomas Conway and great niece Pearl Conway. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840 on Wednesday, September 13th. Funeral services will be at 11:00am on Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church, Main Street, Hackettstown, NJ. Interment will be private. We cannot thank Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice enough for the wonderful, loving care that Neil received from them. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Hackettstown, building Fund, 298 Main Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840 or the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ, 07960. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Else Koetzle

 Else Koetzle, age 91, of Phillipsburg, formerly of Hackettstown, NJ died Thursday, August 10, 2017 at Phillipsburg Care Center.  Mrs. Koetzle was born January 16, 1926 in Bielitz, Poland. She is the daughter of the late Hans and Margaret (Kopp) Willmann.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Karl and her sister, Hertha Karle.   

Else is survived by her loving daughter, Liese Augi and her husband Joseph, a sister, Margaret Kloos, and two nephews, David & Michael.

A memorial service will be held 3:00 pm on Wednesday, August 16 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Father David Pekola officiating.

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 16 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to ASPCA, 520 8th Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10018 in memory of Else.

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Stacey Lee Kennedy

Stacey Lee Kennedy, age 40, of Great Meadows, NJ formerly of Phillipsburg, NJ passed away on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at St. Luke’s Warren Hospital of Phillipsburg, NJ with her family by her side. Stacey was born January 26, 1977 in Hackettstown, N.J.. She was the daughter of Sean Kennedy Sr of Cookeville TN and Kathi Bauer of Great Meadows, NJ.
 
Stacey graduated from Belvidere High School, Class of 1995
 
Surviving is her Step Father; Charles Spry one son; Tyler Fricke and fiancé Heather of Phillipsburg, daughters; Corey Fricke and fiancé Evan of Hackettstown, Abagail Fricke of Tobyhanna, PA and Alexandrea Slack of Great Meadows, NJ, grandson; Tyler Fricke Jr. sister; Shannon Trzeciakiewicz and husband Stanley of Great Meadows, NJ, Tara Lynn of Great Meadows, brother; Sean Kennedy Jr. of Belvidere, NJ and six nieces and nephews.
 
The funeral will be held 7:30 pm on Friday, June 2 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Rev. Mario Spardaro officiating.
 
Calling hours will be Friday, June 2 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J..
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Go Fund Me, Stacey Kennedy,  Medical Fund or to Cochran Funeral Home, to help with funeral expense for  Stacey Kennedy.

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Barbara Klecka

  Barbara Klecka, age 88, died Friday, April 7, 2017 peacefully surrounded by her loving family.  Barbara was born March 29, 1929 in Passaic, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Ralph and the late Bertha (Teller) Basile. 

Barbara and her devoted late husband, Anthony "Tom" Klecka, were the Owners & Operators of the Budd Lake Motel. She devoted her life to mothering many. Her kindness, compassion and selflessness are reflected in the wonderful family she leaves behind. The world is truly a better place because she lived. 

She is also predeceased by her son, William Klecka, and her daughter, Eileen (Klecka) Franzese. 

She is survived by her son Thomas Klecka, her granddaughter Andrea (Franzese) Santiago and her husband Manny, grandson Ralph Franzese and his wife Gretchen, grandson Jason Klecka and his wife Steph, grandson Brian Klecka and his wife Erin.

She was also the loving Great Grandmother of Logan Santiago and AJ, Jordan and Mackenzie Klecka.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cochran Funeral Home.  Calling hours will be Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 5:00-9:00 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at St. Mary's Church, 302 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840. Immediately following the funeral mass, the burial will take place at Hackettstown Union Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barbara's name to Compassionate Care Hospice at cchnet.net/about/cch-foundation/ . Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Helen Kowalick

 Helen (Snyder) Kowalick, 76, of Summerfield, Florida died suddenly April 4, 2017.

Born March 12, 1941 in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late Minnie (Walters) Snyder and George (Wesley) Snyder and the wife of Frank Kowalick.  She was a life-long resident of the Hackettstown area.  A home-maker in her younger days, in 1975 she became the office manager and researcher in her husband's land surveying business until they both retired in 2005.

Helen was a member of the Independence Township Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary for more than 40 years, and greatly enjoyed the monthly breakfasts at the firehouse (both old and new).  She was a parishioner and volunteer at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Hackettstown.  She was also a member of the Hackettstown Hall of Fame.

In 2010, Helen and her husband moved to Florida.  Helen was a parishioner at St. Theresa's Roman Catholic Church and a volunteer in St. Theresa's soup kitchen, which she greatly enjoyed.  She also volunteered at the Oklawaha Food Pantry.  She was active in the Euchre Club, enjoyed Monday bingo and "Fun League Bocce".  She was an outgoing person and had many friends.

Helen is survived by her husband, Frank, of Summerfield, FL, a daughter Debra Ann DeVenne of Candia, NH, three sons, Frank Jr. And his wife Elaine of Andover, NJ, Keith and his wife Anne Marie of Groveland, MA and Edward of Brick Township, NJ.  She also leaves three brothers, Lester Snyder and his wife Joy of Hackettstown, NJ, Richard Snyder and his wife Elsie of Slego, PA and Robert Snyder and his wife Janice of Hackettstown, NJ, a sister-in-law and life long friend Gail Snyder of Vienna, NJ as well as five grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

Predeceaed by one brother; John Snyder Sr. and two sisters; Eva Dorcas and Dorothy Frankenfield.

Visitation will be on Monday, April 10, 2017 from 4-8 pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 10 am at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church of the Assumption, 302 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ  07840

Burial will follow the mass at Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows, NJ

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Independence Township Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. P.O. Box 137, Great Meadows, NJ  07838  Condolences can be sent to http://www.cochranfuneral.com

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Patricia Kay

                                                                 “MOM”
Patricia Joan Kay, age 74, of Hackettstown, NJ died Sunday, March 19, 2017 at home. Patricia was born on Easter Sunday, April 5, 1942 in Passaic, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Stanley and Elizabeth (Kamphausen) Rembish.  She married Donald Harry Kay. 
Patricia graduated from Wallington High School, Wallington NJ, Montclair State University 1964 with a BA in science education and a Master’s Degree from MSU in 1968.
Pat taught biology and earth science at Hackettstown High School 1964 to 1968 after which she took a thirteen year maternity leave. She returned to HHS in the early 80’s and taught biology and earth science again while working on her guidance certification. She left HHS in 1989 to become Director of Guidance at Pope John High School, Sparta, NJ. After a little over three years there, she moved on to Morris Knolls High School, Denville, NJ, as a guidance counselor. She left there in 1998 to retire but felt she had a few more years of counseling in her so she filled in at Bridgewater-Raritan High School for a counselor out on sick leave. She moved back to HHS for three years as freshman counselor and finally retired for good after one year at Belvidere High School, Belvidere, NJ. Wherever she worked, she gave one hundred and ten percent and was revered and loved by all those that knew her.
Pat enjoyed all kinds of crafts which included, but not limited to, crocheting, knitting, counted cross stitch, and leaded glass; she was never without a project. She also enjoyed decorating houses as she and her husband Donald moved seven times all in the Hackettstown area and every house had her touch. She was a big fan of Johnny Mathis and attended several of his live concerts. She also relished our times at Mohonk Mountain House upstate NY and at our cabin near Lake Wallenpaupack.

In her retirement she enjoyed traveling and visiting her daughter, her husband and the three grandchildren in MA.

Patricia is survived by her beloved husband of 52 years, Donald, her cherished daughter, Elizabeth Amodeo and husband Eddie, her loving son, Michael D. Kay, a sister, Susan Zuretti and husband Chuck, 3 grandchildren, Maria, Allison, Eddie Amodeo and her dog, Ginger. 

Pat joined “Friends and Neighbors,” a club that operated out of Panther Valley where she served as president for three years. She especially enjoyed working with the Tuesday morning craft group.

Calling hours will be Friday, March 24 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.. With a wake service starting at 6:00 pm

A graveside service will be held, Saturday, March 25 at 11:00 am, at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, NJ 07652. Please meet at the front gate of the cemetery at 10:45 am.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Selah Care Center, 443 Schooley’s Mountain Road, Hackettstown, NJ  07840 in memory of Patricia.

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Anthony J. Kowalski, Jr.

 Anthony J. Kowalski, Jr., age 63, of Belvidere, NJ died Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Lehigh Valley Hospital of Allentown, PA.  Anthony was born December 2, 1953 in Newton, NJ. He is the son of the late Anthony J. and Agnes (Wysowaty) Kowalski, Sr. In addition to his parents Anthony was preceded in death by his son, Anthony Kowalski, III.

He was employed as a Union Carpenter with Northeastern Local 254, Edison, NJ for many years. In addition Anthony was a member Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, the (NRA) National Rifle Association, and the Kunkletown Gun Club.  Anthony was a kind, talented and loving man, he enjoyed traveling, spending time with his cherished grandson, Brandon and his beloved chocolate Lab, Dutch.  Anthony was an avid Outdoorsman, fishing, hunting, hiking and making fishing lures were his passion.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years:  Patricia (Nash) Kowalski, his beloved children; Michael Kowalski, his baby girl; Michelle McIntosh and her husband Christopher, a grandson; Brandon McIntosh, 1 brother, Andrew Kowalski and wife Diane, 3 sisters; Adella Kowalski, Alice Corrigan and Anna Hoch-Kile and her husband Rick, a sister in law, Roberta Henry, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of the Christian burial will be held 10:00 am on Monday, January 30 at Saints Peter and Paul R.C. Church, 360 US Hwy 46, Great Meadows, NJ.  Burial will be in Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows following the mass.  (Note:  Friends please meet at church the morning of the funeral.)

Visitation will be Sunday, January 29 from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

For those desiring donations, may be made to: Saints Peter and Paul R.C. Church, 360 US Hwy 46, Great Meadows, NJ 07836, Little Servant Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, 1000 Cropwell Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 or to Community of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, The Most Blessed Sacrament Friary, 375 13th Avenue, Newark, NJ 07103 in memory of Anthony.

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James F. Knapp

 James F. Knapp, age 73, of Hackettstown died Monday, October 31, 2016 at Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown, NJ.  James was born June 20, 1943 in Chester, NJ.

All services are private at family’s request.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cochran Funeral Home Inc, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840.  Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.cochranfuneral.com/

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Pierre F. Kleim

Pierre F. Kleim, age 86, of Oxford, NJ died Sunday, October 2, 2016 at Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice. Pierre was born August 9, 1930 in Norton, MA. He is the son of the late Paul and the late Jean (Meyer) Kleim. He served in the Navy during the Korean War from 1951 to 1955. He was employed by Parsippany Troy Hills High School as a teacher. He is survived by his wife: Barbara(Zanette) Kleim , One Daughter, Karin Kleim Ettinger, two sons Gary Kleim, and Russell Kleim, One step Daughter, Erin Porch, two grandchildren, Nicole Ettinger, and Adam Porch. The funeral will be held on October 6, 2016 at 11:00 am  at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Chaplin Amy Florence officiating. Burial will be in Frankford Plains Cemetery, 100 Plains Road, Augusta, NJ 07822 following the funeral service. Calling hours will be Wednesday, October 5 from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Karen Ann Quilan Hospice Foundation, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ 07860. Those wishing to leave online condolences may do so at www.cochranfuneral.com/

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Richard S. Kirby

Richard S. Kirby, age 69, of Simpsonville, KY died Friday, January 15, 2016 at the VA Medical Center of Louisville, KY.  Richard was born August 24, 1946 in Newton, NJ. He is the son of the late Lester W. and Roberta Jane (Chamberlin) Kirby. 

 

Richard graduated from Hackettstown High School in 1964 and, shortly thereafter, joined the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and proudly served until 1970.

 

He received an Associate’s Degree in Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. Richard was then employed as an Engineer at Ingersoll Rand in the Phillipsburg, NJ facility.

 

Richard is survived by his loving wife Lisa (Etter) Rauch Kirby of Simpsonville, KY, three brothers Jim Kirby of Fairview NC, Thomas Kirby of Clinton, CT and Art Kirby of Greensboro, NC.

 

The funeral will be held 11:30 am on Monday, January 25, 2016 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Pastor Rich Peter officiating.  Burial will be in Tranquility Cemetery, Tranquility NJ, following the funeral service.

 

Visitation will be held on Monday, January 25, 2016 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 am at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

 

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to: Alzheimer’s Association, Greater NJ Chapter, 400 Morris Avenue Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834 or to Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018 in memory of Richard

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Albert Kloos

Albert Kloos, age 87, of Panther Valley, Hackettstown formerly of Kentucky died Monday, October 5, 2015 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. Albert was born November 5, 1927 in Germany to the late Jacob and Sophia (Rhine) Kloos. He was previously employed as an Executive with Grow Chemicals, Louisville, KY before retiring. Albert holds several US patents, enjoyed playing tennis, golf and classical guitar. He was an active member in the Schlaraffia German Organization. He is survived by his wife: Margaret (Willmann) Kloos , 1 son; Dr.Thomas Kloos and his wife Kathy, 2 grandsons; Michael Kloos, David Kloos and his fiancé Shannon Leinweber. The funeral service will be held 8:00 pm on Wednesday, October 7 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Cochran, Hackettstown, N.J. with Pastor Mario Spadarro officiating. Cremation is private. Visiting hours will be Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from 4-8pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ. For those desiring donations may be made to the ASPCA, 520 8th Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10018 in memory of Albert.

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Robert "Bob" King

Robert King of Fort Myers Beach, Florida and Pemaquid Point, Maine. passed away at his home in Maine on Tuesday, September 15, 2015. He was sixty-six years old. Bob was the devoted partner of Kathleen Brown, also of Fort Myers Beach, Florida and Pemaquid Point, Maine, as well as father to Rosemary King (Lambertville, NJ), Julie King Kelly (Hopatcong, NJ), and Jamie King (West Palm Beach, FL). He was brother to Patrick King and sister-in-law to Patricia King (both in St. Louis, Mo). Deceased before him were his parents, Robert F. King and Florence Donnelly King; his wife, Jean King; his brothers, Thomas King and Brian King; and his sister, Maureen Winnie (all from Budd Lake, NJ). He was grandfather to Nicole and Reghan Kelly and Fiona, Tige, and Rory Larkin. He also leaves behind his nieces and nephews, Jessica Priest, Matthew Winnie, Desiree King, Sarah King Glotfelty, and Robert J. King, as well as four great-nieces and nephews. Bob was born in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn in 1948, and spent summers in Budd Lake until his family moved to Budd Lake year-round in 1963. He attended Brooklyn Technical High School and then graduated from West Morris High School in 1966. He raised his daughters in Budd Lake, and moved to Fort Myers Beach, Florida in 1992. Since 2005 he summered in Pemaquid Point, Maine. He began his career as a tool and diemaker, starting at Picatinny Arsenal. He shifted to sales in that industry, working for Hollingsworth Terminals and Blanchard Abrasives. He later sold real estate with Century 21 in Florida before his retirement. In Budd Lake, Bob was involved with the Knights of Columbus through St. Jude’s Church. Later, Bob was an active member of Sons of the American Legion Post 42 in Damariscotta, Maine and the Moose Lodge 964 in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Bob was an enthusiastic sports fan. In Fort Myers, he rooted for HPK team annually in the Roy Hobbs World Series. In his spare time, he loved to captain his boat, the “Just One More”, in the Gulf of Mexico and was a voracious reader. A memorial service will take place on October 10 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ. Another memorial service will take place in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Mooseheart Child City or Moosehaven City of Contentment, both Moose charities. Donations can be sent to Moose Charities, Inc., 155 S. International Dr., Mooseheart, IL 60539-1100.

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Ruth Kay

Kay, Ruth (Ahr), 98, of Oradell. Beloved wife of the late Harry Kay. Mother and Mother-in-law of Donald H. Kay and his wife Pat of Hackettstown, and Ellen (Kay) Wood and her husband John of Essex Jct., VT. Sister of the late Viola Wolfe. Grandmother of Beth (Kay) Amodeo, Michael Kay, Amy (Wood) Wilkes, and Brian Wood. Great-Grandmother of Maria, Allison, and Eddie Amodeo, and Brandon, Jonathan, and Ryan Wilkes. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held at the George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 11:00 AM. Please meet at the front cemetery gate at 10:45 AM. Relatives and friends invited. Expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to Selah Care Center, 443 Schooley’s Mt. Rd., Hackettstown, NJ 07840. Arrangements by the Cochran Funeral Home, Hackettstown.

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Mitzi Ruth Kuehn-Yamawaki

Mitzi R, Kuehn-Yamawaki, age 80, of Hackettstown died Sunday, September 6, 2015 at home. Mitzi was born March 22, 1935 in Hermann, MO. She is the daughter of the late Kurt and Majorie (Elliott) Kuehn. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by 1 brother; Raymond Kuehn and 1 sister; Edith Ross. She provided individual health services that included, massage, facials and reflexology services. She was a licensed Cosmetologist and Real Estate Agent. Mitzi was a member of the Panther Valley Ecumenical Church, Allamuchy, NJ, enjoyed gardening and was a devoted feline animal activist. She was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She is survived by her husband: Tomio Yamawaki, 1 daughter; Marjorie Milano, 2 sons; Tomio Yamawaki II, Douglas Yamawaki, 1 brother; Kurt Dekuehn, 6 grandchildren, Tomio III, Jeffery, Julianna, Melanie, Jared, Christopher, 8 great grandchildren, Tami Lynn, Cameron, Isabella, Kalysta, Anya, Ethan, Ava and Dalaina. Cremation will be private. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Panther Valley Ecumenical Church, 1490 County Road 517, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

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Janess Ashley Kenia

Janess Ashley Kenia, 32 of Vienna, NJ passed away on  Friday, August 14, 2015 at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ. Born August 1, 1983 in Hackettstown, NJ, Janess was the daughter of H. Michael Kenia & Marie Cummins Kenia.

Janess has been a lifelong resident of Vienna. A very talented artist and outgoing spirit, Janess had studied Art Design and Fashion while at Morris County Community College.
In addition to her mom and dad, Janess is survived by her loving sister, Jessica Kenia of Collingswood, NJ; Grandparents Henry & Marlene Kenia of Hackettstown and Jeanne Cummins of Vienna, NJ. In addition, Janess was loved by  many aunts, uncles, cousins and her boyfriend, Jonathan Roessler.

Visitation and funeral services will be on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:30pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ, 07840 with the funeral service beginning at 6:30pm.  Online condolences may be given to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the family care of the funeral home.
 

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William Kohl

William Edmund Kohl, 78, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family, on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to visit the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840, on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 from 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. For further information, www.cochranfuneral.com. Funeral Mass will be held at The Church of the Assumption, 305 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 11:00am. Mr. Kohl was born in New York City, NY, son of the late Dr. Edmund and Margaret Kohl. He was predeceased by his sister, Marianne. He is survived and will be greatly missed by his wife Rita; his three sons: William E. Jr; Douglas D. and his wife Maria; and Christopher J. and his wife Doreen; one daughter Elizabeth P. Condon and her husband Kenneth; his stepchildren: Jennifer Pisapia and her husband Rob; and Sara Hall-Phillips and her husband, Joseph; and Matthew Hall and his wife Pam; fourteen grandchildren; his brother-in-law, William Kracke; and many nieces and nephews. He graduated high school from the New York Military Academy and attended Villanova University earning a Degree in Economics. Mr. Kohl owned an accounting practice until shortly before his death. He was a member of the Panther Valley Golf and Country Club for more than 20 years. In July 2012, Mr. Kohl finally made a Hole-in-One! He was actively involved in each community in which he lived. Mr. Kohl was active in many organizations. Serving as the Commissioner of Recreation for the Borough of Ringwood, he was instrumental in building recreational facilities. He coached Little League baseball, and organized youth football. His interests included: sailing, golfing, travel, and gardening. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: St. Francis Breadline – Franciscan Bread for the Poor, 135 West 31st Street, New York, NY 10001-3439 (www.stfrancisbreadline.org)

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Irene Katchen

Irene Katchen, age 91, resident for the past 50 years in Budd Lake, NJ died Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Englewood Community Hospital, Englewood, FL. Irene was born August 24, 1923 in Nesquehoning, PA. She is the daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Hanusik) Hydro. Irene was also predeceased by her husband, Stephen.

 

She was employed in the Retail Department of Reynold's, Hackettstown, NJ. Irene was a proud, strong woman who enjoyed doing crosswords and was an avid reader/researcher. She was a member of the Mount Olive Senior Citizens and loved spending her winter months in Florida.  Her greatest source joy has been her entire family.  

 

She is survived by 3 sons; Robert and his wife MaryAnn, Stephen, Vincent and his wife Linda, and 2 daughters,  Patricia Bracey, Beverly Katchen and her husband Thomas Higgins, 1 brother; Vincent Hydro; 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

 

 

A funeral Mass will be held 10:00 am on Tuesday, April 7th at Holy Wisdom Byzantine Church, 197 Emmans Road, Flanders, NJ with Father Marcel Szabo officiating. Burial will be in Hackettstown Union Cemetery, Hackettstown following the Mass.

 

Viewing hours will be Monday, April 6th from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Wisdom Byzantine Church, 197 Emmans Road, Flanders, NJ 07836 in memory of Irene.


 

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Charles E. Kenney

 Charles E Kenney, age 83, of Belvidere, formerly of Hackettstown, NJ died Saturday, March 21, 2015 at home.  Charles was born January 23, 1932 in Brooklyn, NY. He is the son of the late Charles J. and May (Gillon) Kenney.  Charles was predeceased by his loving wife Trudy (Meyer) Kenney and his sister Rosemary Lambert.

He served in the Army during the Korean and Vietnam wars and during peacetime from 1949 to 1977.  He was employed by Picatinny Arsenal as a Nuclear Weapons Technician. Charles was an avid stamp collector, loved his work and traveling.  In addition he served as a Chief Warrant Officer for many years. 

He is survived by 2 daughters: Michele Vargo and husband Michael, Debra Campbell, 1 son; Charles Kenney, 1 brother; Frank Schindler and wife Carol, 2 sisters; Eileen and Jean; 4 grandchildren: Miranda, Kaitlyn, Vicki and Drew and 5 great grandchildren,.

The funeral will be held 10:30 am on Friday, March 27 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Father David Pekola officiating.  Burial will be in Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ on Friday, March 27 at 1:30 pm.

Visitation hours will be Thursday, March 26 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 in memory of Charles

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George J. Kopp, Jr.

George J. Kopp, Jr., age 87, of Hackettstown, NJ died Thursday, March 5, 2015 at home. George was born June 6, 1927 in Jersey City, NJ. He is the son of the late George J. and Georgia (Valk) Kopp, Sr. He served in the US Navy during World War II from 1945 to 1946. He was employed by NY Bell, Manhattan, NY as a Supervisor. George served as Mayor of Hardwick, NJ for 3 years, was on the Hardwick Township Planning Board for 6 years and was a member of the Hardwick Planning Board. He was in office at the time that the Town Hall was built, in addition George was honored by Christie Todd Whitman for the merger of the Bahaquarry. George enjoyed making stained glass and was a member of the Stained Glass Association of America and a member of the Board of Trustees for the House of Good Shepherd. He is survived by his wife of 64 years: Jean (Robinson) Kopp, his daughters: Beverly Botelho , Judith Bivino, Diane Carl and her husband Mitchell; 2 sisters;f Lois Robertson and Janet Finamore, 6 Grandchildren, 2 Great Grandchildren, 4 nieces and 2 nephews. Cremation was private. A memorial service will be held at the House of Good Shepherd, 798 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, NJ on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to House of the Good Shepherd, 798 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840 in memory of George.

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Karen Louise Kromer

Karen Louise Kromer, 68, of Snydersville, passed away peacefully on February 10, 2015 at University Hospital in Tamarac, Florida. Born on June 6, 1946 in Jersey City, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Ingvald and Louise (Dotti) Grimsland. She grew up with her younger brother Jan and sister Vicki in Fort Lee. She graduated from Fort Lee High School and worked at Continental Excess as an insurance underwriter for 20 years. In 1983, Karen married Peter Kromer and lived on a small farm in Mansfield, NJ. She raised their two children and made a warm and loving home. Karen enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, and relaxing in the sun. She was a fun, caring mother who enjoyed cooking. Her meals were full of love and always brought the family together. As a volunteer, she delivered food to homes for Meals on Wheels. Karen was a wonderful person and will be missed. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter; Kaitlin L. Kromer of Stroudsburg, PA, son; Justin S. Kromer and his wife Julie of Arlington, VA, sister; Vicki A. Grimsland and her husband Gary Mitchell of Culver City, CA, brother; Jan G. Grimsland and his wife Laura of Wayne, NJ. Services will be held at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 at 12pm on Saturday, February 14th with the Rev. Joseph McCarthy officiating. Burial will follow at the Union Cemetery in Hackettstown, NJ. Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Friday, February 13th from 2-8pm at the Cochran Funeral Home. For those desiring donation may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942 in memory of Karen.

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Sharon A. Krayniak

Sharon A. Krayniak, (nee Boyd) 68 of Long Valley¬¬, died Friday December 5th at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. Born in Miami, OK, and raised in Garfield, NJ, Sharon was the daughter of the late James Boyd and Rosemarie (Prehart) Patlosky. A Long Valley resident since 1990 she and her family previously lived in Pasadena CA for 17 years.She was a member of Our Lady of the Mountain RC Church, Long Valley, NJ. Sharon was a Registered Sales Assistant with Smith-Barney in Morristown until 1997 when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. This disease rendered Sharon paralyzed from the neck down in 2003. Sharon faced her disease with calm and courage, never uttering a word of pain or complaint. She was an inspiration to all she came in contact with during her illness. Sharon is survived by her husband of forty years, John Krayniak, who she met in grammar school. Also their son John M. Krayniak, of Long Valley, and his wife Christine and a grandson John Patrick Krayniak. Funeral services are Thursday December 11th beginning at 9:30am from the Cochran Funeral Home 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ. with a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of the Mountain RC Church, Long Valley, NJ at 10:30 am. Friends may call on Wednesday December 10th from 2-4 & 7-9 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations in Sharon’s name may be made to the National MS Society P.O. Box 4527 New York, NY 10163. To view the obituary or leave online condolences please visit www.cochranfuneral.com

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Patricia Ann Kiselica

 Patricia A. Kiselica, age 66, of Hackettstown, NJ formerly of Fountain Hill, PA died Thursday, October 30, 2014 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center.  Patricia was born January 10, 1948 in Fountain Hill, PA. She is the daughter of the late Howard and Marion (Bicking) Nonnemacher.  

She was employed by Moravian Academy, Bethlehem, PA as a Teacher.  Patricia was also a ski instructor for Shawnee Mountain and Camelback Ski resorts both in PA. She was a camp counselor at Moravian Academy and she taught Sunday school at Moravian Church in Bethlehem, PA. Patricia was an avid skier and enjoyed crafts and reading.

She was a devoted mother, not only to her own children but to all who entered her home, she will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband; John P Kiselica; her brother Edd Nonnemacher; her 2 sons;  Eric Cerrato and his wife Diana,  Darren Cerrato and his wife Cynthia and 3 grandchildren; Christopher, Annmarie & Shane Cerrato.

Predeceased by her late brothers; William & John Nonnemacher.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 1:30 pm on Monday, November 3 at St. Mary's Church Of The Assumption, 305 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Father Walter officiating.  Cremation is private.

Viewing hours will be Sunday, November 2nd from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, NJ Division, Inc.  Warren Unit, Osmun House, 4 Opdyke's Lane, Oxford,, NJ 07863

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Joseph C. Kelly, Sr.

Joseph C. Kelly, Sr., age 78, of Hackettstown since 1978, died Monday, September 29, 2014 at his son’s home in Stanhope, NJ.  Mr. Kelly was born March 24, 1936 in Denville, NJ. He is the son of the late John and Elizabeth (Zeek) Kelly. 

Joe was employed by Picatinny Arsenal, Picatinny, NJ as a Computer Programmer/Systems Analyst retiring after 35 years of service.  He graduated from Morris Hill High School Class of 1955.  Joe enjoyed riding his Harley, working on cars, bikes and trucks. In his younger years Joe was an avid fisherman. 

He is survived by his son; Joseph C. Kelly Jr. and his 3 grandsons:  Jack, Joseph and Wyatt.

Funeral visitation will be held from 1-4 pm with services at 4 pm on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Rev. Joe McCarthy officiating.  Cremation was private.

At the family's request please send plants, not flowers in memory of Joe.

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Jospeh Lloyd Kennedy, Jr.

 Joseph Lloyd Kennedy, Jr., age 68, of Independence Township died Monday, September 1, 2014 at Shore Medical Hospital, Somers Point, NJ.  Joseph was born January 7, 1946 in Nyack, NY. He is the son of the late Joseph L. and Marcella (Canobbio) Kennedy, Sr.    

Joseph was a devoted father and businessman and a beloved uncle and grandfather. After graduating from Rider University with his degree in marketing, he began his career as a coach for St. Thomas Aquinas High School (currently Bishop Ahr High School), Edison, NJ. He worked at Yankee Stadium, NY as a vendor which was a highlight in Joe’s working years.  He moved on to own/operate his own business in financial services through New York Life, Saddlebrook, NJ for the past 39 years.  Joe did not lose his passion for coaching, he continued to coach youth baseball and basketball locally.  As a Committeeman in Independence Township he was instrumental in obtaining Green Acres funding for the Field of Dreams also in Independence Township. Joe has a larger than life personality whose generosity will always be remembered and appreciated by all whom he touched.  Joe was a man who loved his family, his fishing club, collecting model trains and the land on which he lived.  An avid Penn State football and NJ Devils hockey fan, he shared his love and tickets for both teams often.  He had a genuine concern for those he met, be they family, clients, or people working on his property.  He always made people feel appreciated, and he will be greatly missed by all who had the good fortune to know him.

He is survived by his wife: Patricia (Kaminski) Kennedy, 3 sons; Joseph, III and his wife Kimberly, Matthew and Andrew Kennedy, 3 grandchildren; Cameryn, Joseph and Devin Kennedy and 11 nieces and nephews.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, 360 US Hwy 46, Great Meadows, NJ.  Burial will be in Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows, NJ following services.

Visitation will be Friday, September 5, 2014 from 4:00 - 8:00PM at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

For those desiring donations may be made to the Independence Township Field of Dreams, P.O. Box 164, Great Meadows, NJ,  07838 in memory of Joseph Kennedy.

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John Kowalczuk

John Kowalczuk, formerly of Hackettstown and Great Meadows, NJ died at Newton Memorial Hospital, Newton, NJ on August 31, 2014, he was 89 yrs. old.  Currently, John lived in the Bell Reeve Assisted Living Residence for the past 4 years coming from Greentown, PA. Born in Great Meadows, NJ he was the son of the late Stephen & Pauline Dupnock Kowalczuk.  Mr. Kowalczuk retired many years ago from the Elastimold Corporation of Hackettstown having worked there for over 30 yrs.

John proudly served our country in both the U.S. Army in Korea from ’50 – ’52 receiving the Korean Service Medal with 2 bronze stars and the U.S. Navy from ’53 – ’57 having been stationed aboard the U.S.S. Altair.  He was member of the V.F.W. and American Legion, Blue Ridge Post #164, both of Hackettstown, NJ.  John was also a lifelong member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Church, Great Meadows, NJ. A talented artist having studied at the New York Art Institute, John liked drawing  and painting then giving his artwork to friends and family.
He is survived  by several Nieces & Nephews and their families.

A memorial visitation will be on Thursday, September 4,2014 from 6-8pm. A memorial Service with military honors will take place on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 6:30pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. Interment will take place at the Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Korean War Veterans Association, P.O. Box 407, Charleston, IL., 61920-0407.  Online condolences may be given at www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Edward D. Kay

 Edward D. Kay, age 90, a lifelong resident of Hackettstown, NJ died Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Hackettstown, NJ.  Mr. Kay was born October 18, 1923 in Hackettstown, NJ. He was the son of the late Harry and Annie (Heath) Kay. 

He served in the US Army during World War II.  Edward was employed by Elastimold Hackettstown, NJ as a Molder for many years, he was previously employed by Bartley Foundry, also as Molder.  He was a member of the Mt. Olive Bible Church, Mt. Olive, NJ and will be missed dearly by the congregation.

He is survived by Patricia A. Szumski and her husband Joseph.

Edward was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Grace (Emmons) Kay, his brother, James Kay, his 3 sisters; Jeanette Anderson, Jane Kately and Harriet Sharp.

The funeral service will begin at 11:00 am on Thursday, August 28th at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Pastor Neil Lines officiating.  Burial will be in Hackettstown Union Cemetery, Hackettstown following services.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, August 27th  from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to House of Good Shepherd, 798 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 or to Mt Olive Bible Church, Flanders-Drakestown Road, Flanders, NJ  07836 in memory of Edward. 

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Natalie Louise Sherman Kleinkauf

 

Natalie Louise Sherman Kleinkauf passed away peacefully on July 2, 2014 at her residence in Heath Village, Hackettstown, NJ. Natalie was born in New York City on November 18, 1918 but grew up in the Morristown area. She attended Peck School, Kent Place, and Morristown High School (Class of ’37), and graduated from Connecticut College for Women in 1941, with post graduate studies at the New York School of Social Work. She married Charles Edward Kleinkauf, a Special Agent for the FBI, and they settled in Morris Plains to raise their family. Natalie and Charles both enjoyed playing golf and were members of Springbrook Country Club. Charles retired from the FBI after 32 years of service and served as a vice-president of what is now Chase Bank until 1976 when Charles again retired and they moved to Sun City, Arizona.

A natural and very capable leader, Natalie quickly became involved in community activities, and served as president for local organizations: the Woman’s Club in Morristown, the Home Garden Club, and Circle 11 of the Presbyterian Church. While living in Arizona she was President of Riverview Women’s Golf Association, a member of the Quartz Chapter of Questers and a Board member of Sun City Art Museum.

Always with a friendly smile on her face, Natalie loved her family and friends and enjoyed many years of travel with Charles in their retirement. Her grace and dignity was an inspiration to all.

Natalie was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Byron G. Sherman who pre-deceased her as did her brother Dr. Byron G. Sherman, Jr.. She is survived by her two daughters, Barbara MacKenzie (Mrs. Kenneth C.) of Morristown and Ann Gunnin (Mrs. Harry) of Jasper, GA, granddaughters Amanda Benchley (Mrs. Clayton) of NYC, NY, Kara MacKenzie of New Vernon, NJ, and Jennifer Tougas of Bowling Green, KY and a grandson John Tougas of Athens, GA. Also surviving are five great-grandchildren, Theodore and Eloise Benchley, Annabel and Charles Plante, and Michael Tougas, two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Gail Sherman of Manchester, VT, and Mrs. Bonnie Kleinkauf of Schenectady, NY,a brother-in-law, James McMahon of Fairport, NY, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Services will be planned at a later date.

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Richard Karp

 Richard A. Karp

Beloved husband and  father

Dearest Richard/Dad,

You had an incredible way of connecting with people with a genuineness that was palpable to all those you touched; whether it was through your wit, comedic sensibility, incredible compassion or generosity, to name a few!  Our lives are forever richer for having known you, and you will be sorely missed!  We carry you in our hearts!

Love always,

Barbara, Chris, Nigel

There will be a celebration of his life at his residence on Saturday, June 21, 2014, starting at 3 p.m.  Please contact Nigel at nkarp02@yahoo.com.

Those wishing to make a donation in his name may do so, to The Lillian Booth Actors Home, 155-175 West Hudson Ave., Englewood, N.J. 07631.

 

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Nancy R. Krapf

Nancy R. Krapf, age 83, died Sunday, April 20, 2014 at home in Hackettstown, NJ formerly of West Campton, NH, Marlboro, NJ and Wantagh, NY. Nancy was born December 28, 1930 in Floral Park, NY to Lester Charles Kinzey and Ida (Bultman) Kinzey. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis E. Krapf, her grandson, Gary and her daughter in law, Joanne. Nancy was a loving, devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by 4 sons: Brian Krapf and wife Linda, Robert Krapf and wife Sungwon, Gary Krapf and James Krapf, 1 daughter: Deborah Engstrom and husband Gary, 9 grandchildren: Jamie, Christopher, Allison, Kristin, Erik, Zachary, Joseph, Jason and Dylan, 8 great grandchildren. The funeral will be held 10:00 am on Wednesday, April 23 at St. Mary's Church Of The Assumption, 305 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Father David Pekola officiating. Burial will be in Pinelawn Memorial Park, Farmingdale, NY on Wednesday, April 23 at 2:00 pm. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial & Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942

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Yvonne P. Kohrherr

Yvonne P. Kohrherr, 68, of Washington Township, (Morris Co.), passed away on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at her residence.  She was born in Newark, NJ on August 29, 1945 to the late Mark and Mary Eleanor (O'Neill) Tillou.  She is survived by her husband, Dennis C. Kohrherr.

Yvonne live in Washington Township since 1982, coming from Elizabeth, NJ and grew up in Hillside, NJ.  She graduated from Jersey City State College with a BS Degree. Yvonne was a Special Education Teacher with the Willow Glen Academy in Andover, NJ prior to her retirement in 2004. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Capt. Daniel Vliet Chapter, Phillpsburg, NJ; she was also a guide at Waterloo Village, Byram, NJ.

In addition to her husband, Yvonne is survived by two daughters, Susan Kohrherr and her husband Robert Magriino, and Karen and her husband David Strout, both of Hackettstown, NJ;  step-son Dennis Kohrherr, Union City, NJ; two grandchildren, Sarah and Allison Strout.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 4:00 - 8:00 PM at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 10:00 AM at the funeral home.

Interment will be in Hackettstown Union Cemetery, Mountain Ave., Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either Operation Bling Foundation, 6 South Street, New Providence, NJ 07974 or go to www.OperationBlingFoundation.org or to St. Huberts Animal Center, Netcong, NJ.

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Thomas R. Kitchen, Jr.

Thomas R. Kitchen, Jr., 64, of Hackettstown, NJ, passed away surrounded by his loving family at his residence on October 20, 2013.  Born in Newton, NJ on March 19, 1949 to the late Thomas R. Kitchen, Sr., former mayor of Hackettstown, N.J. and Ruth Swintner Kitchen.

Tom has been the Superintendent of Warren County Road Dept. for the past 5 years coming from Hackettstown where he served as Superintendent of the Department of Public Works.  Prior to that, Tom worked at Intercounty Paving Co. of Hackettstown for 22 years.

Mr. Kitchen proudly served his country in Viet Nam with the U.S. Navy from '68 to '70 on the USS Leary achieving the rank of Petty Officer.

 A lifelong resident of Hackettstown, Tom was a graduate of Hackettstown High School, Class of 1967, where he played defensive tackle & offensive center on their Football team, he also  participated on the Wrestling and Track Teams. He was co-founder of the HHS Tiger Athletic Association and  founded the Tiger's Snack Bar for sporting events; he was past Chief of the Hackettstown Fire Dept. and was a member of the Vigilant Hook and Ladder Co. and  Exempt Fireman's Association; He was a member of Blueridge Post # 134,  American Legion, Hackettstown, NJ.  Lastly, he coached girls softball for over 20 years, including the Warren Co. Softball Team and The Jersey Emerald's.

Thomas is survived by his wife, Ellen (Rice) Kitchen at home, son Andrew R. Kitchen and daughter Allison Kitchen, both of Hackettstown, NJ; one sister Linda Ries of Glen Gardner, NJ.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 4:00-8:00 PM at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Highlands Presbyterian Church, 12 Pleasant Grove Rd., Long Valley, N.J. 07853
Interment Services will take place on Friday, 10-25-13 at 11:00am, Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows, N.J.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Church.  Condolences may be sent to www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Richard T. Kennedy

Richard T. Kennedy, 79, of Hackettstown, NJ passed away on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Forest Manor in Frelinghuysen Township, NJ.  Richard was born in Hoboken, NJ on November 29, 1933 and is the son of the late Martin and Rose (Stratton) Kennedy.

Richard retired as a Crew Supervisor after 40 years with the NJ state Department of Transportation.  He was a US Air Force veteran during the Korean War as an aircraft and engine mechanic.  He was a member of Our Lady Of The Mountain Catholic Church, Schooley's Mountain, NJ.

He was a loving father to his son, Kevin and adored his "big boy" grandson, Ryan.  He will be remembered by many relatives and friends whose lives he touched over the years.

Richard is survived by his wife, Joyce, of 48 years; his son Kevin and his wife, Lisa; grandson, Ryan; sister, Joan Rega, Waynesburg, PA; sister-in-law, June Jones, Spencer, West Virginia; also survived by many cusins, nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by sister, Lillian Schmelz and Dorothy; brothers, Martin, Robert, and John Thornton.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2013, 4:00 - 8:00 PM at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 10:30 AM at Our Lady Of The Mountain R. C. Church, 2 East Springtown Road,  Long Valley, NJ 07853.

Burial will follow in the Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows, NJ 07838.

For those desiring donations may be made to the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice,  99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ 07860 in memory of Richard.

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Arlene E. Klosky

Arlene E. Klosky, 73, of Ocala, Fl. died on September 16, 2013 at the Legacy House Hospice in Ocala, FL. Born on February 22, 1940 in Jersey City, NJ to the late Hilliard and Ida (Koerner) Hammer.  Arlene is survived by her loving husband, William at home.

Arlene lived in Ocala, FL. for 8 years coming from New Jersey.  Prior to retirement she was an Executive Secretary for the Buildings and Grounds Department for the Mt. Olive School District in Mt. Olive, NJ.  Arlene was a parishioner of St. Jude R.C. Church, Budd Lake, NJ.

In addition to her husband, William, Arlene is survived by sons Paul and wife Dawn Sansevere; Thomas and wife JoAnn Sansevere; Steven Sansevere; daughters Karen and husband Robert Stone; Lynn Brugler and fiance Greg Natale; sisters Janet and husband Richard Hyland and Geraldine Perkins. Grandchildren Jennifer, Michael, Jamie, Ashley, David, Alicia, Jayson and Dayna; great grandchild, Andrew and many niece and nephews. 

Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 24, and Wednesday, September 25, 2013, from 4:00 - 8:00 PM (on both days) at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High ST., Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 10:30 AM at St. Jude R.C. Church, 17 Mount Olive Road, Budd Lake, NJ 07828.

Interment will be in Stanhope Union Cemetery, Stanhope, NJ.


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Joseph F. Kelly, Jr.

Joseph F. Kelly, Jr., 89 of Fort Myers, FL died on September 6, 2013 in Knoxville, TN.  Born in New York City on October 24, 1923 to the late Joseph Francis Kelly, Sr. and the late Margaret M. (Twomey) Kelly.  Joseph was predeceased by his wife, the late Mary Rita (McMahon) Kelly in 2007.

Joseph lived in Fort Myers, FL. for 25 years coming from Mountain Lakes, NJ.  He was a parishioner of The Church of the Sacred Heart in South Plainfield, NJ. as well as STS. Peter & Paul R.C. Church in Great Meadows, NJ. Before his retirement he was employed as a Postmaster in Succasunna, NJ  He was a member of the American Legion in Piscataway and the Belvidere Post # 131; member of the retired Postmasters Association (a national organization); was an avid reader, loved to travel and enjoyed spending time with his family.

Joseph is survived by sons Dennis and wife Bonnie Kelly and William and wife Mary Ruth Kelly ; daughter Margaret and husband Joseph Tavernite; seven grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; he was predeceased by a grandchild.

Visiting will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2013, 2:00 - 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

A Funeral Mass will be on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM at The Church of the  Sacred Heart, South Plainfield Avenue, South Plainfield, NJ

Interment will be in Holy Redeemer Cemetery, South Plainfield, NJ

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Legion Post # 131, Belvidere, NJ 07823.

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Brian King

Brian King, age 53, of Budd Lake, NJ died Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center of Hackettstown, NJ. Mr. King was born February 20, 1960 in Brooklyn, NY. He is the son of the late Robert and the late Florence (Donnelly) King. Brian is also predeceased by his brother Thomas. 
 
He was employed by Tonar Industries, Rockaway, NJ as the Shipping and Receiving Warehouse Manager. Brian loved spending time with his family, especially his many nieces and nephews.
 
He is survived by 1 sister; Maureen Winnie and 2 brothers; Robert King and Patrick King and his wife Patti, 8 nieces and nephews; Rosemary, Desiree, Julie, Jamie, Jessica, Matthew, Sarah and Bobby, 9 great nieces and nephews; Alexandria, Nicole, Fiona, Brenna, Tige, Reghan, Connor, Callen and Rory.
 
Visitation will be held on Monday, September 9, 2013 at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 from 2-8 pm.
 
A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11:00 am on Tuesday, September 10 at St. Jude R.C. Church, 17 Mt Olive Road, Budd Lake, NJ. 
 
Cremation is private

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John Kuziw

John Kuziw, 88 of Hackettstown, NJ died on Sunday, June 9, 2013 at House of the Good Shepherd, Hackettstown, NJ.  Born in Ukraine on Sept 9, 1924 to the late Hryhorij and Palahna Kuziw. He was predeceased by his first wife Natalia Buczak.

John is survived by sons,Eugene and Jerry and a daughter Ivanka and a half sister.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at St. Andrew's Church, Campbell Hall, NY with a Funeral Mass at 12:00 Noon.  Burial was in Holy Spirit Cemetery, Hamptonburgh, NY.

Arrangements were conducted by Cochran Funeral Home,  905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840 

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Gabriella Klimas

Gabriella Klimas, 94, of Hackettstown, N.J. died on Friday, May 10, 2013 at House of the Good Shepherd, Hackettstown, N.J.. 
Born in Jersey City, N.J. Gabriella was the daughter of the late Felix & Amelia Kot and has lived in the greater Hackettstown area most of her life. 
She and her husband, the late John V. Klimas, owned and operated the former Tavern Rest, Rt. 46, Hackettstown, N.J. for over 50 years and retired several years ago.
Mrs. Klimas was a member St. Mary's Church of the Assumption, Hackettstown, N.J. for many years. Also, a longtime member of the Restaurant and Tavern Association of America.
She is survived by two sons, John F. Klimas and his wife Milagro, Hackettstown, N.J. and Eugene Klimas and his wife Katherine of Glauster, Va.
Visitation will be on Monday, 5-13-13 from 4 - 8pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, N.J. 07840.  Funeral services will be on Tuesday, 10AM at the funeral home. Interment will be at Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows, N.J.. Online condolences may be sent to www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Joseph Koslo

Joseph Koslo was called home by our Lord on April 23, 2013 at the age of 92. Mr.. Koslo was born in Brooklyn, New York, the third of six children of Joseph and Katie (Buterla).  The family later moved to Kenvil, New Jersey where Joseph attended and was graduated from the Roxbury School System and served in the Armed Services.

He competed in the Harvest Moon Ball in New York City where he and his partner were all around champions.  Their first professional performance was at the Loew's State Theater in New York City with Ed Sullivan as the Master of Ceremonies.  Additionally he danced in several Hollywood short films.  Joseph also played semi-pro basketball.  He was an avid sports fisherman who enjoyed annual treks to remote lakes in the Canadian wilderness.  Joseph was an entrepreneur who owned retail and wholesale businesses.

Mr. Koslo is survived by his loving wife, Charlotte Piteo Koslo, his daughter Robin Koslo-Stahl, his son Randy Koslo, and his grandchildren, Samantha and Anderson Stahl, Christopher and Taylor Koslo, a brother Walter Koslo of Florida, a sister Mary of Arizona and a number of nieces and nephews.  He was preceded by his parents, his brothers Alex and Peter Koslo and his sister Helen Harris.

Joseph is a member of Saint Mary's Church Of The Assumption.

Friends may call Friday, April 26, 2013, 4;00 - 7:00 pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

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Charles H. Koch

Charles H. Koch, 84, of Hackettstown, N.J., died Tuesday, March, 26, 2013 at Morristown Memorial Hospital.

Born in Paterson, N.J. on June 19, 1928, he was the son of the late Charles F. & Celestine Garreau Koch.  Charles has lived in the Hackettstown area since 1994 having moved from Wharton, N.J. and lived in Fair Lawn, N.J. throughout his childhood.

Retiring in 1993, Charles was employed by the Milford Board of Education, Milford, N.J. as a Mathematics Educator. He also had served as an Administrator for the Fair lawn, N.J.. Board of Education.

Charles  served our country during WWII in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Japan at General MacArthur's Headquarters, from 1946 to 1947.

He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Hackettstown, N.J. and was an avid collector of "N" Scale Model Trains and Railroading Schematics. Years ago, Charles had proudly served as a Soccer Coach for the New Milford Varsity team.

He is survived by 6 children, son's John C. Koch of Dallas Tx., Brian F. Koch of Chester, N.Y., Carl. P. Koch of Havelock, N.C. and Eric C. of Chester, N.Y.. daughter's Jacque Koch of Cambridge, Mass. and Ally C. Koch of Hackettstown, N.J. Also surviving, is former wife and mother of John, Carl and Brian,  Mary Koch of Chester, N.Y. and the Mother of Eric, Jacque & Ally; Kim Parsons Koch of Hackettstown, N.J.. He had 5 loving Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren.  He was predeceased by a Sister, Eugenia "Gene" Wagner.

Viewing hours will be on Friday, 3-29-13 from 4 to 8pm at the Cochran Funera Home, 905 High Street, Hackettsown, N.J., 07840.  Funeral services with military honors will be held Saturday, 3-30-13, 11AM at the funeral home.  Interment will take place in the Brig. General William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery of New Jersey at a later date.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Civil Liberties Union.  Online condolences may  be given at www.cochranfuneral.com.  A gathering of friends and family will take place immediately following the funeral service at the Trinity Methodist Church Rotunda Room, Main St. Hackettstown, N.J.. There is ample parking in the rear of the church.

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Frank X. Kurilla

BEACHWOOD, NJ - Frank X. Kurilla, 62 of Beachwood, NJ passed away Saturday, November 24at Community Medical Center, Toms River, NJ.

Born in Kingston, PA to John and Julia Hetro Kurilla he lived in Swoyersville, PA and later in Wilkes-Barre, PA until moving to Beachwood with his family in 1984.

Frank or "Frannie" as he was known by his closest friends, attended King's College in Wilkes-Barre where he was a member of their 1970 National Championship Club Football team. He first met his beloved wife JoAnn Plesic in 1976 and the two were engaged within 6 months of meeting each other. He has since been working for IBM for over the past 30 years.

Frank was preceded in death by his wife JoAnn of nearly 25 years, his brothers John, Andrew, Joseph and sister Mary Nardone. Surviving are his sons Anthony and his fiance Sarah, Beachwood, NJ; Frank, Jr. and his wife Tanya, Hackettstown, NJ; brother Michael and his wife Kathy, Swoyersville; three grandaughters and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Saturday, December 1st, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish (formerly Holy Trinity) 116 Hughes Street, Swoyersville, PA 18704 with a viewing at 10:00 AM followed immediately by a Mass at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers the family would ask friends and family to consider a donation to the American Diabetes Association or Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840; www.cochranfuneral.com

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Arthur Henry Knauer

Arthur Henry Knauer, age 91, of Califon, NJ died Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at Little Brook Nursing Home of Califon, NJ. Mr. Knauer was born July 22, 1921 in Brooklyn, NY. He is the son of the late August Carl and the late Henrietta (Mueller) Knauer. Arthur was also predeceased by his wife Helen and wife Henrietta; 2 brothers George and Charles.

He served in the US Navy during the WWII war from 07/23/1942 to 12/10/1945. He was employed by Linden Chlorine Products, Linden, NJ in there Maintenance Dept. for several years, prior to that he owned and operated with his brother the Cranford Delicatessen.
Arthur had a love of carpentry and enjoyed building and fixing things. He was best known for helping others, he loved spending time with friends and family.

He is survived by his daughter; Jean Bowers, 2 sons; Daniel A. Knauer and wife Dorothea, Edward Knauer; 1 Brother; Howard Knauer and wife Mary; 4 grandchildren; Danielle, Laura, Chelsea, Elijah; 8 great grandchildren; Emily, Nathan, Justin, Livia, Izaiah, Nina, Nicholas and Christian. Several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held in Fairview Cemetery, 1100 E. Broad Street, Westfield, NJ on Monday, November 5 at 11:00 am.

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Catherine Klucharits

Catherine "Minnie" Klucharits, 89, of Hackettstown, N.J. died friday, 10/26/12 surrounded by her loving family at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. Born on April 16, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Anthony & Dominica Faresich Carcich. Minnie and her loving husband of 68 yrs., John,  have lived in the Hackettstown area for the past 18 yrs., moving from Bergenfield and previously West New York, N.J. 

She was employed by PNC Bank (formerly known as Citizens & Midlantic Bank) of Budd Lake, N.J. for over 45 yrs. retiring in June of this year.  Minnie was a member of St. Mary's Church of the Assumption, Hackettstown, N.J.

She is survived by her husband, John Robert  Klucharits of Hackettstown, N.J., Daughter - Nancy K. (Louis) Salvatore, Long Valley, N.J., 2 sons - John (Jean) Klucharits of Emerson,  N.J. & Jim (Trish) Klucharits of Randolph, N.J..  7 Loving Grandchildren, Julie, Johnny, Amy, Katherine, Theresa, James & Jonathan and their spouses. 2 Great Grandchildren, Alex & Jaclyn. She was predeceased by 2 brothers, Leo and Anthony. 

Visitation will be on Thursday, 11-1-12 from 1-4 & 6-9pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, N.J..  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, 11-2-12, 10:30AM at St. Mary's Church of the Assumption, 305 High St., Hackettstown, N.J. (please meet at church). Entombment will take place at the Union Cemetery, Mountain Ave., Hackettstown, N.J. 07840.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Joan Knechel Cancer Center at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840 or DaVita Dialysis Center of Hackettstown, Ref. # 2272, 657 Willow Grove St., Hackettstown, N.J.

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Charles Edward Kaiser, Jr.

In Memory of Charles E. Kaiser, Jr.

February 20, 1950 – October 22, 2012

Charles Edward Kaiser, 62, of Budd Lake, NJ passed away suddenly on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 at his home in Budd Lake, NJ. Born on February 20, 1950 to Charles and Marie (Goeckel) Kaiser, he was raised in Orange, NJ. Charles lived in Budd Lake for the past 7 years. He was a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in Political Science. He had previously worked in government service at the Internal Revenue Service as an Accountant.

He is survived by his children: David Kaiser, Tara Furman, Derrick Luciano, Gina Luciano, Michele Luciano, Danielle Bolen and Jessica Kaiser, Niece Kathleen and many grandchildren.

He was predeceased in death by both parents and his brother, Joseph E. Kaiser of Sparta, NJ.

At Charles’ request, a small Family service was held at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 County Road 517, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

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Barbara E. Kirdzik

Barbara E. Kirdzik, age 75, a lifelong resident of Hackettstown and Allamuchy, NJ died on June 7, 2012 after a long 10 year battle with cancer, fighting to the very end. Barbara was born January 19, 1937 in Newton, NJ. She is the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Danks) Hoff. She was predeceased by her husband Benjamin William Kirdzik and a Son, David Kirdzik.

She was employed by Stuber Ins. Agency, Hackettstown, NJ as a Claims Processor.
Barbara was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Hackettstown, NJ; member of the Hackettstown Historical Society, Long Valley Bridge Club, the Hackettstown and Mansfield Seniors, former President of the Independence PTA, was a volunteer at the Trinity Thrift Shop and she loved to paint.

She is survived by 1 Son- Gary and his wife Cathy Kirdzik; 1 Daughter- Debbie and her husband Greg Vanderydt; 2 Brothers- Charles and his wife Jeanne Hoff; John and his wife JoAnn Hoff; Grandchildren, Amanda, Adam, Grant, Blake, Shannon, Cameron & Connor; daughter in law, Colleen Kirdzik; Best Friend, Willy Vanderydt

A memorial service will be held 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840 Interment is Private

Visitation will be Saturday, June 16, 2012 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ 07860 or to Trinity United Methodist Church In Thanksgiving to the Visitation Team, 213 Main St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

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Jean Ann Kunkel

Jean A. Kunkel, age 86, of Hackettstown died Friday, March 23, 2012 at home in Hackettstown, surrounded by her loving family. Jean was born June 23, 1925 in Bronx, NY. She was the daughter of the late Andrew and the late Mary (Battaglia) Santonastasio. She was married to the late Wallace M. Kunkel.

Jean was a member of the Abundant Life Community Church, Port Murray, NJ. She also was a member of the Golden Agers of the Abundant Life. She was last employed by Offrey's, Flanders, NJ in Packaging and Design.  Most of all Jean enjoyed spending time with her loving family and extended family, giving and receiving love. Jean loved music, sewing, especially doll making; her home was the center for holiday celebrations-everyone loved her cooking. She was an exceptional storyteller which her family enjoyed immensely.

She is survived by her 6 sons: Marc Kunkel and his wife Peggy; Bruce Kunkel and his wife Helen, Jeff Kunkel, Wally Kunkel, Carl Kunkel, Christopher Kunkel; a daughter Mary Walsh and her husband Ed; 13 grandchildren, Karen Williams, Kris Platko, Mike, Henry, Daniel, Elizabeth (Lizzy), Emily, Lafe and Ben Kunkel, James, Christopher, Dawn and David Walsh; 6 Great-grandchildren, Ian Dobyns, Aubrey and Julie Williams, George and Matthew Platko,  Bella Bliss Kunkel.

Predeceased by her Late Husband, Wallace Kunkel, 3 Brothers; Andy, Phil And Bill, and 2 Sisters; Florence And Gladys.

The funeral service will be held 12:00 noon on Thursday, March 29 at Abundant Life Community Church, 21 Cherry Tree Bend Road, Port Murray, NJ with Pastor Tim Duryea officiating. Burial will be in Hackettstown Union Cemetery, Hackettstown.
 

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Charles Schuyler Keister

Charles Schuyler Keister, age 92, of 533 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown died Sunday, January 29, 2012 at home in Hackettstown. Charles was born February 8, 1919 in Lock Haven, PA. He is the son of the late Charles Lester and the late Eva (Schuyler) Keister. He married Violet "Hope" McGhee Keister.

Charles proudly served his country in the US Army during World War II. Charles served in Patton's 3rd Army, 35th Infantry as a communications Staff Sergeant. He was in the Battle of the Bulge and also served in Germany and Luxemburg.

Charles attended Lock Haven State Teachers College and taught Social Studies at Lock Haven High School from 1941-1955, he received his Master's Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and served as the Supervising Principal of the Sugar Valley School in Loganton, PA from 1955 - 1959. Charles moved to Hackettstown, NJ in 1959 to fill the first principal position of the newly built Hackettstown High School. During this time he authored the book, "The Principal of the Thing." In 1970 Charles was selected as the superintendent of the Hackettstown School District where he served until his retirement in 1984.

He is survived by his wife: Violet "Hope"(McGhee Keister) Keister ; Brother of Helen Sumpter; He also has two grandchildren. Daugher & son in law, Linda & Patrick McClune; Grandson, Ryan McClune; granddaughter, Ashley McClune.

Predeceased by his Late Sister, Dorothy Walker.

A memorial service will be held 12:00 pm on Saturday, February 4 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 213 Main Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Dr. Rev. Frank Fowler officiating.

Calling hours will be Saturday, February 4 from 10:00 am - 12:00 Noon at Trinity United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Trinity united Methodist Church, 213 Main Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

 

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Joelle Ketch-Tyrrell

Joelle Ketch-Tyrrell, age 43, died Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at Warren Haven Nursing Home of Oxford, NJ. Joelle lived in New York State for several years returning here to Hackettstown 1 year ago where she resided most of her life and was born October 14, 1968 in Dover, NJ.

She is the daughter of Ronald Ketch and Sharon (Ball) Abato.

 

She was employed as a caregiver and worked in New York State. Joelle was a graduate of Hackettstown High School, Class of 1987.

 

She is survived by her mother: Sharon (Ball) and her husband Edward Abato; her sister Tina Abato and brother Ed Abato, Jr., many aunts, uncles and cousins who loved her very much. 2 half brothers: Kevin Ketch and Ronald Ketch, Jr. and her father Ronald and his wife Judith Ketch.

 

The funeral service will be held 8:00 pm on Friday, January 20 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. Interment is private.

 

Calling hours will be Friday, January 20 from 4:00pm-8:00 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes association, NJ Office, CenterPointe II, Suite 103, 1160 Route 22 E, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.

 

 

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D. Lois Konkle

D. Lois Konkle, age 75, died Sunday, January 15, 2012 at Newton Memorial Hospital of Newton, NJ. Lois lived in the Blairstown, NJ area most of her life and was born July 23, 1936 in White Plains, NY. She was the daughter of the late Lewis E. and the late Dorothea G. (Hilton) Blanchard, Sr. She was married to the late Raymond H. Konkle. In addition Lois is predeceased by 1 brother Lewis E. Blanchard, Jr. and 1 sister R. Louella Campbell.

 

She was employed by Blairstown Police Dept., Blairstown, NJ as a Clerk/Dispatcher and previously was a crossing guard for over 45 years in Blairstown, NJ. Lois was a member of the Knowlton united Methodist Church and had recently served on the board of Trustees of the church; Past Matron of Blair Chapter #179 O.E.S. in Blairstown; member of the Hardwick Senior Citizens; she volunteered at the church Thrift Shop and was a member of the Newton Hospital Auxiliary.

 

She is survived by her daughter: Lois C. Konkle, her son: Craig M. & wife Elizabeth Konkle, her sister Sharon L. & husband Allen Longenecker; 2 grandchildren: Raymond Thomas & Sophie Grace

 

The funeral will be held 11:00 am on Friday, January 20 at Knowlton United Methodist Church, Rt. 94, Columbia, NJ with Rev. Donald Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Ridge Cemetery, Blairstown, NJ

 

Calling hours will be Thursday, January 19 from 2 - 4 and 7 -9 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. and on Friday, January 20 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am at Knowlton United Methodist Church, 509 State Route 94, Columbia, NJ 07832

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Memorials to the Knowlton United Methodist Church.

 

 

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