Obituaries

Alphabetical Listing - 2012 - 2020:
Click letter corresponding to deceased's last name: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Helen Marie Forgione Bradfield

 “There's bound to be rough waters,

And I know I'll take some falls,
But with the Good Lord as my Captain,
I can make it through them all.
And I will sail my vessel ‘til the river runs dry.

Like a bird upon the wind, these waters are my sky.
I'll never reach my destination if I never try.
So I will sail my vessel 'til the river runs dry."

~ Garth Brooks, The River

Helen Marie Forgione Bradfield was born in Belrose, NY on September 19, 1972.

She grew up in Denville, NJ and graduated from Morris Catholic High School in 1990.

She went on to earn her bachelor's and master's degrees from Kean University, where

she was a founding sister of Theta Phi Alpha National Sorority, Beta Omega chapter.

Helen is preceded in death by her parents Thomas Forgione and Judith Whalen_.

Helen is survived by her loving husband Guy Bradfield and her beloved son, Sean Bradfield,

Her three brothers Tom Forgione, his wife Susan, and their sons Jack and Nicholas, of Denville, NJ.

Daniel Forgione, his wife Amanda, and their daughters Arya and Evangeline, of Valencia, CA.

and Patrick Forgione of Livingston, NJ.

Helen and Guy first met each other in 1990, at Dover General Hospital, where they both worked.

She asked Guy to fix her watch. He asked for a kiss in return, and they fell in love. They were

engaged on Christmas Eve of 1995, and married on February 9, 1997. They shared their love of

Autumn, Halloween, Christmas, Disney, food, movies, and their son, who to their “surprise”, was

born to them on July 6, 1999. A devoted Garth Brooks and NY Yankees fan, Helen married a

Billy Joel and NY Mets fan, but still passed her passion for her favorite singer and favorite team

on to Guy & Sean.

Helen spent her career as a special educator and was a lifelong advocate for people with

disabilities. Helen's adult life included more than her fair share of trials and tribulations, and

many hospitalizations, for herself, and her son, yet she followed her heart and continued to

cultivate her many friendships, some of which were lifelong. Helen's spirit of perseverance got

her through pain and loss, time and time again and she personified her sorority's motto,

"Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring." - St. Catherine of Sienna.

 

For my beautiful wife, I love you hun.

“And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end. The way it all would go.
Our lives are better left to chance.

I could have missed the pain
But I'd have had to miss the dance.”

~ Garth Brooks, The Dance

 

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance and/or

any Covid-19 relief fund.

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Sarah Boehm

 On Friday, May 1, 2020 Sarah Boehm, age 29, passed away peacefully at Hackettstown Medical Center, ending her 9 year fight with cancer.  Her parents, Frances and Eric Boehm were at the bedside with her.

Sarah was one of the gentlest and most caring people one could ever meet.  She loved music, which was her major at County College of Morris.  Her primary instrument was her voice but she also studied piano.  She had a love for listening to country music, to which she was introduced by her Dad, and singing every song (I love this one!”) on the radio with her Mom and sister Emillie.  Sarah also participated in musical theatre during both her high school and college careers with both on and off-stage roles.  She was a part of such productions as the first school-based performance of Les Miserables, and participated in college in an on stage role in Phantom of the Opera.  She helped off-stage (audio, set work, you name it) with other performances such as Cats and Beauty and the Beast.  Aside from performance and singing, Sarah had a knack for set design and construction and in this way she has had a soup to nuts” involvement in many productions.  Sarah was a noted singer as well, performing with the Mount Olive High School, Morris County Region, and All-State Choirs, including being an honored soloist.

Sarah had a love of children and teaching.  Her long term goal was to become a teacher of music and/or English or Literature.

Along with her younger sister Emillie, Sarah also had a passion for horses and both sisters volunteered their time at Freedom Horse Farm in Long Valley, NJ.  The farm is an organization that uses Equine Assisted Therapy to aid physically and mentally handicapped individuals regain balance and other physical skills, helps those who have had traumatic injuries (such as soldiers and accident victims) gain back functionality such as walking and daily living activities, and helps those with psychological handicaps such as autism and PTSD develop coping mechanisms, all through relating with these beautiful and intelligent creatures.  A few of Freedom Horses 4-legged members deserve special mention.  Horses named Ashton, Chunky, Freedom, and Bella helped to keep Sarah involved in the program even when times got tough.  Sarah attended Centenary University, studying Therapeutic Riding Instruction.

Sarah had a love of reading, including classic literature such as Little Women, which she read in the 5th grade.  She was also a fan of fantasy such as Harry Potter, the JRR Tolkien series (Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit), and such dystopian works including Divergent, the Hunger Games series, and Maze Runner.  It was very common to find her with a book in her hand before cancer stole her sight, and then Alexa and audio books became one of her favorite forms of entertainment, along with her beloved Animal Planet programs.

Sarah is survived by her parents, Eric and Frances, by her beloved younger sister, Emillie, and her family pets, Shelby and Abby.  She is also survived by her maternal grandmother, Angelina Mecolick, aunt, Angela Baptista and her family, and her uncle, John Mecolick and his family.  On her paternal side, she is survived by her uncle, Bill Boehm and aunt, Jackie McNally and their families.  Finally, Sarah is survived by and always appreciated the never-ending love and support of her beloved friends, Lizzie, Jen and Katie, and her youngest cousins Rebecca and Zachary.

In lieu of flowers or other tributes, we request that if you so desire please contribute to Freedom Horse in Sarah's name, please visit Freedom Horse Stable a NJ Nonprofit corporation.

There will be a memorial service at the Church of the Messiah in Long Valley at a date yet to be determined due to the current restrictions.

Her memory will live on with us forever.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 www.cochranfuneral.com

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Katherine M. Brobst

 Katherine M. Brobst, age 79, of Budd Lake, NJ died Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at Dover General Hospital, Dover, NJ.  Katherine was born March 22, 1941 in Dover, NJ to late Paul and Mary (Smith) Ike.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, John Sr., her son, Raymond, and her daughter and son-in-law, Christine and Christopher Rahinesmith, 1 brother and 2 sisters.

She was previously employed by as a Packer for M&M Mars, Hackettstown, NJ retiring many years ago.  Katherine was a former member of the VFW, Kenville, NJ and the Warren County Seniors Citizens.  She enjoyed going to Bingo and hosting tricky trays for various organizations.  Most of all she loved spending time with her family and friends. 

She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Brobst-Stevenfield and her husband William, her two sons, Lorin Brobst, John Brobst, Jr. and wife Billie Jo, a brother, Raymond Ike, 9 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and one great grandchild on the way.

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All services are private and under the direction of the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ  07840

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Doris Evelyn Bailey

 Doris Evelyn Bailey, age 92, from Hackettstown, N.J., passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at Warren Haven Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.


She was born on March 19, 1928 in Chester, N.J. Doris attended Roxbury High School. She and her husband moved 
from Budd Lake to Hackettstown in 1964 with their three daughters. She worked over thirty years in the cafeterias within the Hackettstown school system.

Doris was a selfless and generous person who had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. She enjoyed her cats, Atlantic City casinos, Bingo, long rides in the car and going out to eat. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt and she will be greatly missed by all.

She is preceded in death by her husband of forty-six years, Lloyd C. Bailey, her brother, Earl Jacobus and her sister, Helen Backer. Doris is survived by daughters, Jane E. Bailey, Sandra A. Pulido and Cindy L. Gugliandolo, son-in-law Patrick Gugliandolo, two grandchildren, Victoria R. Pulido, and Amari (Samantha) R. Pulido and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

All services are private.  Arrangements under the direction of the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ  07840 www.cochranfuneral.com

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Sylvester Jackson Bowlin

Sylvester Jackson (“Jack”) Bowlin, loving father and husband passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 11, 2020.  Jack is survived by his wife Laurian, his three children, three grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and two sisters.
Born in Afton, TN Jack was a long term resident of Dante VA, Paramus NJ, Merrillville IN, McHenry IL and of late, Hackettstown, NJ. Upon graduating from high school, Jack proudly enlisted in the US Navy at age 17 and served on the USS Nicholas during World War II.  He participated in the Asian Campaign and American Campaign, and was a recipient of several ribbons and citations.  His time in the Navy shaped him as a man and was one of his proudest accomplishments.  He was also a proud member of The American Legion, Post 164.
Jack cherished his wife Laurian Frances Connors, whom he married upon leaving the Navy.  Whenever asked about his wife, Jack would say “She is the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen”.  He was the proud father to John Bowlin of Florida (whose wife is Barbara), Bob Bowlin of New Jersey (whose wife is Nancy) and Cindy Bowlin of New Jersey. He was also the proud grandfather to Craig , JD and Megan Bowlin, and great-grandfather to Jackson, Addison, Layla, Emery and Tyler Bowlin.  Jack would brag about his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to anyone who would listen.  He was also brother to the late Mary Willis, June Poe, Norma Worsfold and James Bowlin, and is survived by sisters Thelma Cline and Opal Salyer.
He worked for UniLever for 40+ years before retiring in 1989, and always spoke highly of his experiences there and of the men and women with whom he worked.  In his spare time, he loved being with family, reading, winning at dominoes and working in the yard.
Internment and a Celebration of Jack’s life will be held at a later date.  Memorial contributions can be made to: The American Legion Veterans & Children Foundation or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
To leave condolences to the family, visit Cochran Funeral Home at cochranfuneral.com.

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William J. Burke, Jr.

William J. Burke, 92 of Hackettstown, NJ, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Monday, April 6, 2020. A lifelong resident of Hackettstown, "Bill" was the son of the late William & Lena Riedinger Burke, Sr. Viewing hours and a mass of Christian burial will be announced shortly. A complete obituary with service details will be posted within the next few days. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com. The Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

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Edward Bialecki

Beloved husband and father, Edward T. Bialecki (68) of Long Valley, NJ died Tuesday, March 24th at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, after a year-long battle with cancer and complications from sepsis. He is sorely missed by his wife, Melinda (Uphoff) Bialecki, and daughters, Bridget and Colleen Bialecki. Ed was a family man who enjoyed dinners out with his wife and OAR concerts with his daughters. He had a dry sense of humor and an appetite for junk food. At 6’6” he could afford a few Twinkies, one of his favorites. While he loved donning the mask of a curmudgeon, he had a huge soft spot for the family Yorkie and was quietly a very generous man. Born September 30, 1951, Ed was the only child of the late Edward and the late Vera (Britton) Bialecki. Growing up in Fanwood, Ed’s natural athletic abilities were evident, and he soon had to choose between basketball and baseball. He went on to play college basketball at Catholic University on full scholarship. Subsequently, he acquired an MA at Seton Hall University and an MBA at Manhattan College. Ed worked in the business machines industry for over 40 years, spending the last 26 years with Kyocera Document Solutions (KDS). Starting as a Regional Sales Manager in ’93, he was promoted to VP Sales in ’99, and Senior VP Sales in ’04. When sharing the news of Ed’s passing with co-workers, US President & CEO of KDS Oscar Sanchez commented, “Ed was a professional who led by example, understanding the importance of building trusting relationships with dealers, vendors and colleagues. His warmth and presence within the KDA family will definitely be missed.” As Ed travelled globally for business, he relished playing many of the world’s best golf courses and was known for his excellent game. He also loved thoroughbred horse racing, held partial stakes in many horses over the years, and could quote stats a mile long on any horse he had been following. Accordingly, he had a long affiliation with Zilla Racing Stables. Due to his love of horses, the family asks that donations be sent to: Racing for Home, c/o Sherrie Courtney, 155 Blake Road, Hamden, CT 06517 (www.racingforhomeinc.com). This wonderful, small organization rescues unwanted former racehorses to save them from the abuse that so commonly is the fate of older horses. Here, they live out their natural lives with care, food and shelter. At the request of the family, a memorial service will be held sometime in the future. 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.

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Kim Louise Best

Kim Louise Best, 63, of Hackettstown, NJ, passed away at the Warren Haven Nursing Facility, Oxford, NJ after a lengthy illness. Born on August 4, 1956, Kim was the daughter of Robert Best Sr. and the late Ruth Walters Best. Kim was co-owner of Best’s Fruit Farm in Hackettstown, NJ for many years. Kim and her family have run the farm and store for several generations. Kim was a 1974 Graduate of Hackettstown High School and a 1978 graduate of Lafayette College with a degree in Music, History and Theory. When not working, Kim’s life was music. She helped form the Pocono Choral Society that traveled throughout the United States and Europe. She also was a member of the Fred Waring Recording Studio. Kim was a member of the Emmanuel Bible Chapel of Schooley’s Mountain, NJ. Kim is survived by her beloved father, Robert Best, Sr. and brother, Robert, both of Hackettstown. Nieces, Heather & Rachael and Nephew Justin. She also had six great Nephews & Nieces. Private funeral services and burial will take place at the convenience of the family. The Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Constance "Connie" Brenckle

 Constance “Connie” Brenckle, age 75, of Hackettstown, NJ died Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at Mt. Arlington Assisted Living, Mt. Arlington, NJ.  Constance was born October 6, 1944 in Elizabeth, NJ to the late Albert and the late Mary (Imbriaco) Forestiere.  In addition to her parents Connie is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Frank Brenckle. 
They are reunited again.

She was previously employed by Edison/Metuchen Orthopedic Group and Lombardi and Lombardi of Edison, NJ as their Financial Comptroller for many years before retiring.  Connie was a member of the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Mary, Hackettstown, NJ.  She loved to travel, cook for her family, shop with her daughter and friends.  Connie treasured spending time with her adoring family and friends, she will be deeply missed by all.

She is survived by two loving daughters, Lynn Marie Cerwin, Julie Ann Brenckle, two brothers, James Forestiere and wife Josephine, Albert Forestiere and friend Genevieve Tabor, a cherished grandson, Christopher Cerwin.

All services are private.

For those desiring donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 299 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany, NJ 07054 in memory of Connie.

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Carmen D. Bires

Carmen D. Bires, age 79, of Long Valley, NJ died Monday, March 9, 2020 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Hackettstown, NJ.  Carmen was born January 15, 1941 in Puerto Rico to the late Emilio and Francesca (Rodriguez) Vergara.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her beloved daughter and son in law, Carmen and Jack Lance in 2009 and three brothers Louis Vergara, Joe Vergara and Oscar Rodriguez.

She was Owner/Operator of New World International, Paterson, NJ.  Carmen was an accomplished Chemical Engineer who held 13 US patents in the Chemical industry.  She was featured in Forbes Magazine, was an avid NY Yankee fan and enjoyed watching the flowers bloom in the springtime. 

She is survived by two devoted sons, Louis A. Martinez and John Joseph Bires, wife Michele as well as granddaughters Aurelia Marie and Mila Annette. She is also survived by three brothers, Joseph Vergara and wife Karen, Hector Vergara and wife Awilda, Jose Emilio Rodriguez and wife Rosa and her sister, Myriam Rodriguez and husband Salvador. Sister in law, Carmencita Ofelia. Carmen is remembered by her loving companion, Angelo Fiorita, and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Catholic burial will be held 11:00 am on Monday, March 16, 2020 at Our Lady of the Mountain Church, 2 E. Springtown Rd, Long Valley, NJ with Rev. Marchin Michalowski officiating.  Burial will follow at Fairmount Cemetery, Califon.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 15, 2020 from 12 noon - 4 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.  Online condolences may be left at www.cochranfuneral.com
 

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Robert Levon Brobst

 Robert Levon Brobst, 85, of Long Valley, New Jersey passed away Thursday, March 5, 2020 at home after a lengthy illness.

Robert was born March 23, 1934 in Accident, Maryland to Cormany and Carrie Brobst. He was an alumnus of West Virginia University and pursued post-graduate degrees at Montclair State University and Lehigh University. Robert was a proud war-time veteran of the United States Navy serving as a Lieutenant JG. On December 9, 1961 he married the former Linda Litzen with whom he celebrated 58 years of marriage. Robert was employed as a science teacher in the Franklin Township School District and retired after many years of teaching public school. He was the proud owner of S.O.S. Stove and Fireplace Shoppe and built the business into one of the foremost stove shops in North Jersey. He lived his life under a philosophy of HOPE, stating "Hope propels us to achieve our dreams and drives us towards our pursuits."

Robert was pre-deceased by his three brothers and five sisters. He is survived by his loving wife, Linda, his daughter Ingrid Kouyialis and her husband Peter of Lake Hiawatha, NJ; his daughter Nancy Douglas and her husband Brian, of Branchburg, NJ, his daughter Erika Ackerman and her husband Jeff of Long Valley, NJ; his daughter Heidi Itkor and her husband Joseph of Hackettstown, NJ; his daughter Gretchen Capan of Long Valley, NJ and his son Robert Brobst Jr. and his wife Melissa of Long Valley, NJ. Robert was also the loving grandfather of Rachel Douglas, Bridget Douglas, Meghan Douglas, Sophia Douglas, Larissa Winterbottom and her husband Will, Amanda Ackerman, Tristan Ackerman, Erik Ackerman, Emily Itkor, Lauren Itkor, Samantha Capan, Chelsea Capan, Benjamin Capan, Kailene Brobst, Isabella Brobst and Robbie Brobst.

Visitation will be Friday, March 13, 2020 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm and 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

A Lutheran service, with military honors, will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Zion Lutheran Church, 11 Schooley’s Mountain Road, Long Valley, NJ at 11:00 am.

Flowers are appreciated. If preferred, donations can be made to either

The Zion Lutheran Church at 11 Schooley’s Mountain Road, Long Valley, NJ, 07853 or The Long Valley First Aid Squad at 70 East Mill Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853.

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Ora Jane Bauer

Ora Jane Bauer, age 90, of Hackettstown formerly of Parsippany, NJ and The Villages, FL died Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center.  Ora Jane was born November 26, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY to late James and Petronilla Kirchner Haddock.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her granddaughter Stephanie Margolin, her two sisters, Helen and Janet and her son in law, Christopher Margolin. 

Ora was previously employed by Sami Mamoun, MD, Roseland, NJ as an Office Manager, prior to that she was a Registered Nurse in the Maternity Department of St. Claire’sHospital, Denville, NJ for 10 years.  She was an active member of the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Mary church, Hackettstown and St. Peter’s Church, Parsippany where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and in their Rosary Altar Societies.  Ora was avid reader, enjoyed boating ,bowling and a die-hard Yankees fan. 

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Vincent Bauer, her two daughters, Audrey Margolin, Diane Baldini and husband Michael, a son Wayne Bauer and wife Donna, two grandsons, TJ and Jay Margolin, 6 great grandchildren, Tyler, Alyssa, Arianna, Cameron, Chase and Caden Margolin.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:30 am on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Church Of The Assumption Of The Blessed Mary, 305 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Father Antony Arockiadoss officiating.  Burial will follow in Stanhope Union Cemetery, Stanhope.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 3 pm - 7 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.
 

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Denis G. Bell

Denis George Bell, age 69, of Hackettstown, New Jersey died peacefully on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, New Jersey surrounded by friends and family.  Denis was born August 23, 1950 in Braddock, Pennsylvania.  He is the son of the late George Bell and the late Margaret (Gyurisin) Bell.  Denis was predeceased by one brother, Daniel Grannis and one sister, Nancy (Bell) Logan.

Denis was a devoted husband, a loving father and grandfather, a brother, an uncle and a dear friend to many and he will be fondly remembered and sorely missed by all.  He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years Gail (Supplee) Bell, 3 children, Douglas Bell and wife Juanita (Hill) Bell, Stephen Bell and wife Jennifer (MacDonald) Bell, and Christie Bell and husband Hojun Li.   He is also survived by his brother George Bell and wife Ann (Smith) Bell and 5 grandchildren, Aidan, Gavin, Jaevon, Lily and Lucas as well as many nieces and nephews.  

From 1970-1976 Denis served in the U.S. Army where he first attended Fort Monmouth NJ for Air Defense and Radar Repair and then spent 3 years in active duty and 3 years in the reserves.  Denis met his wife Gail while serving at Fort Monmouth when she and her nursing school friends visited the enlisted men’s club for a night out.  He played for the army's fast pitch softball team which enabled him to stay stateside during the Vietnam war.  After his honorable discharge, he had a variety of careers and at the end of his life was co-owner of a very successful concrete chemical company based out of Port Murray, New Jersey.

During his life he was an avid do-it-your-selfer and embarked upon many home renovation projects.  He loved to watch football and hockey and was a devoted fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Penguins.  During the 70's and 80's he played slow pitch softball with Fiedler Real Estate.  He also loved to spend time with his family and enjoyed many family vacations, playdates and sleepovers with his grandchildren.

Over the past 25 years Denis overcame many health obstacles and rarely complained about any of them.  In 2015 his niece, Kelly Bell, gifted him an extra 4 ½ years of life by donating her kidney and our family is forever grateful to her for that extra time.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.  A viewing and service will be held at Cochran Funeral Home on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 4:00-8:00 p.m.  From 7:30-8:00 p.m. there will be a service by clergy as well as a military playing of Taps and a folding and presentation of the flag.  All who wish to join are welcome.  There will be a private burial of ashes to be held at a later date to be attended by immediate family and close friends at the Musconetcong Valley Cemetery in Hampton, New Jersey.  Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.cochranfuneral.com/
 

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Learned T Bulman

Learned T. Bulman, age 96, of Hackettstown died Saturday, January 4, 2020 at home in Hackettstown.  Learned was born February 23, 1923 in Norwich, CT. He is the son of the late Thomas and Lillian A. (Parker) Bulman.  He is predeceased by his brother Vernon Tryon and one nephew, Barry Parker.
 

He served the U.S. Army from 1943 – 1945. He received an A.B. from Washington & Jefferson College in 1948 an M.S. in Library Science from Columbia University in 1949. He came to the East Orange Public Library in 1951 and retired as Director in 1977. He also worked in the Learning Resources Center at the County of Morris retiring from there in 1983.
 

A life member of the American Library Assn, He served as Councilor. He was a Past-President of the New Jersey Library Assn., The Little Theatre of East Orange, and the High-Twelve Club of East Orange.
 

He reviewed for the New York Times, the School Library Journal, wrote articles for several publications, and served as consultant for publishers.
 

He was Scottish Rite Mason and archivist/librarian for over 25 years for the Morris County Historical Society as well as serving on their Board.
 

He traveled extensively through the United States, Europe, the Middle East, South America, Australia and New Zealand.
 

A memorial service celebrating Dag’s life will be held on Saturday January 18th at 1:00 pm in the Auditorium of Heath Village, 430 Schooley's Mt Rd, Hackettstown, NJ
 

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 213 Main Street, Hackettstown, New Jersey 07840 in memory of Learned.
 

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

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John W. "Jack" Budd

Budd, John W "Jack"
 
John W Budd, known to friends as "Jack", peacefully passed away on December 14, 2019, at the age of 89 years. He was a devoted husband, loving father, and wonderful grandfather and great grandfather.
 
Jack was a native of Hackettstown NJ and long-time resident of Succasunna NJ. Jack is a descendant of the Budd Family of Budd Lake NJ and can trace his family history back to Obadiah Ayers, a founding father of Hackettstown, NJ.  Jack enjoyed sharing stories about his life growing up in this area of NJ. Jack attended Nichols College in Dudley, MA, served in the New Jersey National Guard, and retired from GMAC. He and his wife, Joann were members of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Succasunna, NJ, where Jack faithfully served as an usher for many years.
 
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Joann, three sons John Robert (Bob), Ronald, and James, three daughters-in-law Sandy, Jill, and Wendy, six grandchildren John Zachary, Brooks, Nichole, Tamara, Molly, and Brian, two step grandchildren Erica and Kevin, and one great grandchild, Jaxton. He is also survived by a brother, Jerre and his wife Nancy.  He is preceded in death by his son Thomas and his parents DeWitt and Vesta Budd.

 
He will be deeply missed.
 
Family and friends will be invited to a memorial service to celebrate Jack’s life at a later date. 
 
Memorial donations in memory of Jack can be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church, 203 Eyland Ave, Succasunna, NJ 07876

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

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

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Arthur J. Bundley

Mr. Arthur J. Bundley, the son of the late Robert and Mary Bundley, was born September 13, 1947, Barbour County, Clayton, Alabama.  He graduated from Barbour County Training School, Clayton, Alabama and relocated briefly to Chicago, Illinois before settling down in New Jersey.  He joined the National Guard in October 1968 until June, 1974.  He also graduated from the Institute for Computer Technology in 1971.
On May 13, 1972 he was joined in Holy Matrimony to Annette D. Wallace and to this union one child was born, Tammy L. Bundley.
Arthur was a dedicated employee with AT&T for 31 years and retired in 2003 as Staff Manager.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Mary Bundley and three brothers, Robert, Vance and TR.
He leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife of 47 years, Mrs. Annette D. Bundley of the home; one child, Tammy L. Bundley of Zebulon, North Carolina; three grandchildren, Ryan, Jazmine and Reagan; and two great-grandchildren, Carter and Karsyn all of Raleigh, NC; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Lizzie Henry, Peachtree, GA and Mrs. Victoria Walker, Monroe, NJ; five sisters-in-law, three brothers-in-law, a host of nieces and nephews, two God-children, Denise M. Lang and Ryan Deloatch and friends.
A funeral Service will be held at Cochran Funeral Home 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 at 11:00 am on Thursday December 12, 2019.  Calling hours are Thursday December 12, 2019 from 10:30 am to 11:00 am.  Burial will be at Union Cemetery, Hackettstown NJ 07840.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home.  Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.cochranfuneral.com/

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Paul Bodei

 Paul Bodei, age 79, of Hackettstown formerly of Short Hills, NJ died Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at Holly Manor Nursing Home, Mendham, NJ.  Paul was born August 11, 1940 in Orange, NJ to the late Joseph P. and Elaine Dorothy (Peck) Bodei.   

Paul grew up in Short Hills, NJ, he attended Milburn High School, Class of 1959.  Paul was a Seton Hall Alumni earning his Bachelors’ Degree in Business.  He was a longtime resident of Hackettstown, NJ where he was the Owner of Service Master and Hackettstown Building Maintenance.  In addition, he worked in the maintenance Department of Heath Village, he served on the Board of Directors of the Warren County ARC, was a member of the Senior Hall of Fame and the Hackettstown Chamber of Commerce.  He served as a youth advisor and a council representative for Panther Valley Ecumenical Ministry, was the Hackettstown Spring Festival Coordinator, and was a longtime member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and head usher/hospital chair.

He is survived by his beloved wife,  Linda (Edwards) Bodei, 3 children,  Jamie Zwerling, Steven Bodei, Keith Bodei, 2 brothers, Brian Bodei, Peter Bodei, 1 sister, Maureen Arnold, 2 grandchildren, Christopher Shearin, Bryn Bodei and 1 great grandchild, Riley.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Trinity House, 213 Main Street, Hackettstown on December 6, 2019 at 5 pm. 

Services were under the direction of the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.  Online condolences may be left at
www.cochranfuneral.com

For those desiring donations may be made to the Matt Torgersen Scholarship Fund c/o Trinity United Methodist Church, 213 Main Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840

 

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Stella Brzozowski

 STELLA BRZOZOWSKI, 96, of Blairstown, passed away on November 3, 2019. 

Stella was raised on the family dairy farm and later moved to the city for work.
Even while employed, she returned to her childhood home on her day off and on weekends and vacation. Upon retiring in 1991, she returned to Blairstown and lived there until the time of her death. She was predeceased by her brothers, John and Peter, and her sister, Helen. Stella is survived by her nieces, Marion Gallipoli, Lorraine Napier and Patricia Westbrook.  

 

Services and cremation were private and under the direction of the Cochran Funeral Home, Hackettstown, NJ.  Online condolences may be made at www.cochranfuneral.com. 

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Howard W. Burd

Howard W. Burd, 87, of Estero, Florida and formerly Hackettstown, NJ, passed away in Florida on Thursday, October 10, 2019. Born in Hackettstown, NJ on December 9, 1931, Howard was the son of the late Howard & Marie Benedict Burd. A wise business man, Howard was the founder and owner of the Intercounty Paving Company of Hackettstown and was well respected as a paving contractor among his peers. In addition to his business, Howard was a founding member and board director of the former Skylands Community Bank in Hackettstown. He was previously a member of the Hackettstown Rotary Club, a volunteer in the Hackettstown Rescue Squad and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Joyce Kilmer Council, all of Hackettstown. Howard was a devoted parishioner of St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption. An expert sailing captain, Howard navigated his sailboat “Blue Star” throughout the world and enjoyed entertaining his family and friends while on board. Mr. Burd is survived by his wife, Anne Hill Burd; two sons, Gary & Gregory Burd and one daughter, Michelle Burd Wilson. Three brothers, Ronald, Robert & Roger Burd. He is also survived by several loving grandchildren and great grandchildren. Howard is predeceased by his first wife, Dolores Kowalick Burd, a son David Burd and a grandson, Stephen David Anlas. Friends and family are invited to a period of visitation on Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 4:00 to 8:00pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, 10:30am at St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption, Hackettstown, NJ. Interment will follow at the Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

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Erik Sean Backmann

On the night of August 25, 2019 Erik S. Backmann took his last breath after a year long fight to cancer in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family.
   Erik was born in September of 1969 to James and Julia Backmann in Jacksonville, FL. Erik received his degree in HVAC, he was an avid golfer and devoted NJ Devil's fan. Yet, what he enjoyed most was being with his family.
   He leaves behind his loving wife Keliann, devoted children Melanie and David and 3 Grand children who he adored Shelby, Erik and Hunter.

"For I have lived my life to the full I have no regrets But I wish I could talk to my family to tell them one last goodbye" - satellite 15... The final frontier (lron Maiden)

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840.  All services are private at the request of the family.  Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.cochranfuneral.com/

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Laszlo, Jr. Buczko

Lester Buczko, age 61, of Hackettstown died Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at peacefully at home.  Lester was born May 24, 1958 in Phillipsburg, NJ to the late Laszlo and Margit (Csiza) Buczko.   

He was employed by Heath Village, Hackettstown NJ as a Maintenance Aide. Lester enjoyed his work and spending time with his coworkers.  In addition he was a huge New York Giants football and New York Yankees baseball fan.  He loved to go on walks and taking trips to Virginia Beach.

Lester is survived by his loving wife, Deidra (Hughes) Buczko, his devoted daughter, Melissa Buczko, his brother, Gyula Csiza and many other relatives, friends, nieces and nephews.  

Cremation is private.  

A celebration of Life service will be held at Heath Village, 430 Schooley's Mountain Road, Hackettstown, NJ on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 from 1-3 pm.

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Dmitriy Brenich

Dmitriy Brenich, 54 of Mansfield Township died Tuesday June 18th at Overlook Medical Center in Summit.  He was born in Moldova, one of 13 children of Pavel and Klavdia Brenich. Dmitriy was a landscaper before retiring due to illness. He was a member of Word of Life Church in Hackettstown.

 

He is survived by his wife Irina, his 7 children, sons, David and his wife Albina, Ruvim and his wife Alina and Andrei Brenich, daughters, Olga, Anastasiya, Korina and Natalia Brenich. Also his siblings, Boris, Sergei, Phillip, Peter, Pavel, Vladimir, Devora and Lidia.

 

Friends may call on Thursday, June 20th beginning at 6:30 pm at the Hackettstown Baptist Church, 916 County Road 517, Hackettstown. A funeral service will begin at 7:30 pm led by Rev. Yakov Meyko.

 

On Friday, June 21st prayers will be recited at the Hackettstown Baptist Church at 10am before going to Union Cemetery, Hackettstown for burial.

 

Arrangements under the direction of the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ. Condolences may be left at www.cochranfuneral.com

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Evelyn Ruth Beegle

Evelyn Ruth Beegle, 98, of Hackettstown, NJ, passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at House of the Good Shepherd in Hackettstown, NJ. Born in Nutley, NJ on April 23, 1921, Evelyn was the daughter of the late George & Eva Jane Davis Platt. In addition to her parents, Evelyn was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 47 years, John Ericson "Eric"Beegle in October of 1995, her sister, Ethel G. Platt, a brother, George E. Platt and his wife Olive and a nephew, John Losey and .brothers in law, Kenneth Beegle, Clarence Beegle, Lloyd Beegle, and sisters in law, Gladys Losey, Sidna Kastenhuber.  Evelyn has lived in Hackettstown since 1948 coming from Nutley, NJ.

She retired from M&M Mars Candy Company of Hackettstown having worked in the Records Department for 27 years. Always active in the community, Evelyn was a member of the following organizations; Charter member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Hackettstown, NJ as well as the Church Woman’s Guild; The M&M Mars Retiree’s Association; Daughters of America Four Freedoms #74, Nutley, NJ; Order of the Eastern Star #121, Nutley, NJ; The Woman’s Club of Hackettstown and former member of the Hackettstown Regional Medical Center Auxiliary.

Evelyn is survived by nephews, Kenneth Platt, Gary Beegle, Edwin Kastenhuber, nieces, Carol Platt, Carolyn Santella, Nancy Hydash, Bonnie CLarke, Donna Schook, Debbie Sundberg, . In addition, she will be dearly missed by her long-time caretaker, Kathy Garlick and friend, Kathy Palko, both of Hackettstown, NJ. The family would also like to acknowledge the loving care that Evelyn received while residing at House of the Good Shepherd.

Viewing hours will take place on Sunday, June 2, 2019 from 2:00pm – 6:00pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. Funeral services will be Monday, 11:00am at the Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ.
 
In addition to flowers, please consider donating to the Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Hackettstown or the Shepherd Fund of House of the Good Shepherd. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Mary Burd

Mary Burd age 94 went home with her Lord and Savior on Friday,  May 17, 2019.

She is survived by her sons, Robert H Burd and Roger C Burd and sisters Irene List and Madeline Holley.

She is preceded in death by her husband Howard T Burd ,her son Michael J Szidloski, her brothers Michael, George and Samuel Frederick and two sisters Elley and Loraine.  Mary had many grandchildren, great, grandchildren and great, great grandchildren that she loved dearly.
 
Mary was an avid gardner and enjoyed traveling with friends and relatives in her younger years. Mary found great comfort and strength studying the Bible.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 5 to 9 pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.
 
A funeral service will take place Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 11:00 am at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840,

Interment will follow at Union Cemetery.
 
Online condolences may be sent to www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Eleanor Braun

 Eleanor Braun, age 95, of Hackettstown died Sunday, May 12, 2019 at home in Hackettstown surrounded by her family.  Eleanor was born July 31, 1923 in Ossining, NY to the late Otto Carl and Anna Marie (Kuhn) Schmaler.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her beloved husband, James W. Braun, Sr., her two brothers and their wives, Ernest Schmaler and wife Ruth, Edward Schmaler and wife True.

 

Eleanor was previously employed by Burrelle's Press Clipping, Livingston, NJ as a Reader-Media Monitor.  She attended Panther Valley Ecumenical Church for the past 10 years and has been a member of Kitchell Memorial Presbyterian Church, East Hanover, NJ for over 60 years. Eleanor was an avid golfer, enjoyed bowling, and in her younger years played basketball and softball.  She loved to travel, the outdoors, and vacationing at the Delaware River and the New Jersey Shore.

 

She is survived by her daughter, Elise M. Rapp and husband Jim, her 3 sons, James W. Braun, Jr. and wife Jennifer, Scott E. Braun and wife Marian, Mark A. Braun and wife Carlene, ten grandchildren, Melissa and husband David, Nicole and husband Andrew, Scott and wife Sheri, Marlena, Zachary and wife Amy, Andrew, James, Jessica, Jamie and husband Matt, Michael and fiancée Kristen, 6 great grandchildren, Quinn, Matilda, Penelope, Andrew, Jason, Peyton, and many nieces and nephews.

 

Cremation was private.  Interment will also be private at Restland Memorial Park.

 

A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Panther Valley Ecumenical Church on Saturday, June 15, at 1:00 pm.

 

For those desiring donations may be made to Panther Valley Ecumenical Church, 1490 County Route 517, Hackettstown, NJ 07840, to Kitchell Memorial Presbyterian Church, 469 Ridgedale Avenue, East Hanover, NJ 07936, or to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ 07860 in memory of Eleanor.

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Kristina Berezny

 Kristina Berezny, age 51, lifelong resident of Long Valley and Hackettstown, NJ died Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ.  Kristina was born February 3, 1968 in Bristol, England to Brian William Charles and Angela (Wilbond) Tape.

Kristina was the heart and soul of her family, caring for her two children and managing Berezny Chiropractic in Flanders, NJ.  She was a devoted member of Abundant Life Community Church, Port Murray, NJ. Her incredible faith gave her strength throughout her illness and allowed her to continue interceding for and ministering to others.  She was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend to all and will be greatly missed by those who were blessed to be a part of her life.

She is survived by her loving husband, John Berezny, a son, Michael Berezny (24), a daughter, Maria Berezny (22), her parents, Brian and Angela (Wilbond) Tape, a sister, Nicola Calabrese, and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life memorial will be held Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 7-8 pm at the Holiday Inn, 1000 International Drive, Budd Lake, NJ 07828, In addition, visitation with the family from 5 – 7 pm and 8 – 10 pm.

For those desiring, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kristina's honor to Samaritan's Purse at https://www.samaritanspurse.org/memorial-page/kristina-berezny-long-valley-nj, or at P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.

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Margaret Bottei

 Margaret “Meg” Bottei, age 81, of Hackettstown, formerly of England died Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Kindred Hospital at St. Claire’s, Dover, NJ.  Margaret was born August 1, 1937 in Dover Kent, England. She is the daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Fuller) Toomer.  In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 36 years, Louis Bottei who passed away in February 2003. 

Meg was previously employed for 22 years by Chase Bank, Hackettstown NJ previously known as United Jersey Bank as a Platform Assistant.  She was a member of a local knitting group, she was a superb 1st class knitter and seamstress.  Meg created countless outfits and baby blankets, in addition she knitted 50 teddy bears for the Philadelphia Children’s Hospital to bring smiles to children with cancer.  In addition, she was an avid reader, loved to shop and while in England was a Secretary in Her Majesty’s Government.

She is survived by many friends most especially her devoted and faithful friends,   Marion Breitenkan, Linda Banfield and Diane Sabato.  Meg was known as “Nana Meg” to Diane and her family.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 from 11 am – 1 pm.

Burial is private in Old Forge, PA

Those wishing to make a memorial donation, please consider giving to:  St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Memorial Donations, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942 in memory of Meg

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Mary Baccolla

Mary Baccolla, age 97, passed away peacefully in her home in Hackettstown, NJ on March 14, 2019 with her loving family surrounding her.  

Mary Eleanor Ippolito was born on April 22,1922 in Johnstown PA, she was the last surviving sibling of the Ippolito family.  Mary moved to Paterson, NJ after graduating from Johnstown High school.  She studied beauty culture and became a hairdresser.  Mary met her husband, Jack Baccolla and they married on June 1, 1947 and were blessed with a baby girl, her one and only child, Catherine.

Mary truly had a full life.  She was a young entrepreneur, owning and managing a beauty shop in Paterson, NJ for almost 20 years.  After closing her shop, they moved to Ridgewood, NJ where she lived for the next 20 years.  

Mary and Jack moved to Coral Springs, Florida, where they lived for several years until Jack passed away in September 1981.  Mary was 61 years old.  She moved back to New Jersey to be close to her family. She later became a licensed real estate agent and worked in the Wayne NJ area for many years until she moved to Toms River in the 1980’s .She soon became anxious for another career so at 68 yrs old she  became a certified medical assistant for prominent eye surgeons in Toms River.  She enjoyed her new job and never retired until her late 70’s.  She was now free to enjoy what she loved most, gardening and her family.  

Mary lived for many years in Toms River, where she had an active social life, playing canasta, reading countless Danielle Steele novels and cooking for her family. Her grandchildren have fond memories of a freezer full of fresh homemade meals from their Nana Mary.

In 2014  Mary moved to Hackettstown to again be near her family. She still loved to read but her new favorite pastime was coloring in her new Adult Coloring Books and colored pencils.  She loved her new hobby.  

Mary is survived by her daughter, Catherine Ottilio and Victor Ottilio, her grand-daughter Cara Ottilio-Cooper and David Cooper, her granddaughter, Kathryn Ottilio, great-grandsons Michael and Evan Cooper and loving friends, nieces and nephews.  

On Monday March 18th, the family gathered for a memorial at the Calvary Cemetery in Clifton to honor Mary’s life.

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Bryan E. Burke

Chief Bryan E. Burke, age 80, of Hackettstown, NJ died Saturday, February 16, 2019 at home.  Bryan was born February 24, 1938 in Yonkers, NY to the late Philip and Ingrid (Williamson) Burke.  In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Gratia Burke in 2016. 

Bryan was the Chief of Police for the Teaneck Police Department before retiring after 30 years of service.  He was a member of the Chiefs of Police Associationthe Fraternal Order of Police, Knights of Columbus, Hackettstown, NJ, and the American Legion of Bergen County.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude from William Paterson University with a degree in Criminal Justice.  In addition Bryan was an avid vintage car collector.


He is survived by his 6 children: Alice Burke, 
Bryan Burke and wife Tracy, Dennis Burke and fiance Beth,Theresa Ricciardo and husband David, Patrick Burke and wife Christine, and Jayne Duggar and husband Danny; sister Denise Kuhl and husband Clark, 15 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.


Visitation will be Monday, February 18, 2019 from 4 - 8 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.


The funeral will be held 11:00 am on Tuesday, February 19 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.  Burial will follow at Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows, NJ.


For those desiring, donations may be made to Concerns of Police Survivors ("COPS"),
www.concernsofpolicesurvivors.org in memory of Bryan E. Burke.

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Linda A. Burk

Linda A. Burk, age 63, of Port Murray, NJ died Sunday, February 10, 2019.  Linda was born December 31, 1955 in Newton, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Francis and the late Jeanette (Rose) Burk.


The funeral will be held 8:00 pm on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840.  Burial will be private at the request of the family. 

Calling hours will be Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM at Cochran Funeral Home.  Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.cochranfuneral.com/
 

 

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Margot H. Best

 Margot H. Best, age 93, of Hackettstown died Monday, February 11, 2019 at home.  Margot was born November 23, 1925 to the late Kurt and Marie (Wendler) Freund.  In addition to her parents, Margot is preceded in death by her beloved husband, James Best in 1989. 

Margot was a devoted homemaker who dedicated her life to caring for her loving family. She was an avid reader, was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and enjoyed volunteering at the Trinity Thrift store.

She is survived by her loving daughters, Louise Gaylord, Margo Johnson, her grandson, Robert Johnson and wife Doreen and her cherished great grandson, Tyler Johnson.

The funeral will be held 11:00 am on Friday, February 15, 2019 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.  Burial will follow at Stanhope Union Cemetery, Stanhope, NJ at a later date.

Visitation will be Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Karen Ann Quilan Hospice Foundation, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ 07860 in memory of Margot.

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Ronald L. Bell

 Ronald L Bell, age 70, of Oxford, NJ died Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Hackettstown, NJ.  Ronald was born April 7, 1948 in Buttzville, NJ to the late Lewis and Helen (Riddle) Bell.  In addition to his parents Ron is preceded in death by his brother, Lewis Bell, Jr. and his son in law, Daniel Rotondo

Ron graduated from Belvidere High School, Class of 1966, he served proudly in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War.  He was employed by Hackettstown School District as the Head Custodian for 41 years.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #164, and Trinity United Methodist Church both of Hackettstown, NJ.  Ron was an avid New York Giants fan, enjoyed eating ice cream and a cold beer in the summertime. He was a talented builder and taught his grandchildren how to build as well.  He loved working on his home and spending time outdoors, most of all he loved his family.  He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather.

Ron is survived by his beloved wife, Gail A. (Batson) Bell, 3 cherished daughters, Michelle Enders and husband Glenn, Sherri Rotondo, Kelly Suyker and husband William “Bill”, 2 brothers, Harold Bell , Ralph Bell and wife Burdean, a sister Elda Mae Paolini, 6 grandchildren, Kayla Aquilino husband Thomas, Alexis Rotondo, Daniel Rotondo, William Suyker and Nicholas Suyker.  

The funeral will be held 10:30 am on Tuesday, February 12 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.  Burial will be at Pequest Union Cemetery following services..

Visitation will be Monday, February 11, 2019 from 4-8 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hackettstown High School Scholarship Fund in memory of Ron Bell c/o Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

 

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Jeanne R. Beresford

Jeanne Rose Beresford nee McCann,92, passed away on Jan 9th after a brief illness at Heath Village with Compassionate Care Hospice and her family by her side
Born June 14th  in Paterson NJ to Robert and Georgiana McCann. She lived 82 years in Totowa Borough and the last 10 years in Liberty Township in Warren County.
Jeanne went to Memorial School in Totowa and graduated from Passaic Valley High School in 1943. She lettered in field hockey, basketball and softball.  She played on a travelling Totowa girls basketball team, too.  She was Girls' Show White Chief in 1943.
Jeanne worked at NJ Bell until the birth of her children.  She was a daughter, wife, mother, aunt, gram, GG and homemaker. In her free time, Jeanne liked to cross stitch, make latch hook rugs and bake.
She recently received her 70 year pin from the Stella Chapter #20 Order of the Eastern Star. She was a brownie leader for 25 plus years for her daughters and granddaughter.  She touched the lives of many young girls at the Totowa United Methodist Church brownie troop. She belonged to the Christ Episcopal Church in Totowa as well as Westside United Methodist Church in Paterson.
During retirement, she and her husband travelled to the 48 contiguous states.  She was an avid gardener and had a green thumb taking care and nurturing her plants and flowers.
Her most special memories are the times at the family's summer home on Lake Hopatcong.  This was truly her "HAPPY PLACE".
She was predeceased by her husband, Roland of 62 years, her son, William (Billy) and her grandson, Shaun.
She is survived by her daughters Carol Beck and her husband, John of Shelby, NC, Lynne Rutkoski and her husband, Joe of Great Meadows, NJ, She is also survived by her granddaughter Beverly Langevin and her husband Tom Loscalzo, Grandsons Robert Langevin and Ryan and Jonathan Rutkoski. Her special great granddaughter, Emma. She also leaves a great grandson William. Her extended family includes her nephew, Jeff Conklin and her niece Leslie and her husband Luther Van Pelt and their three children Jennifer, Alyssa and Michael. 
A private cremation will be held. 
A Celebration of Her Life will be planned for the Summer of 2019 at the "LAKEHOUSE"
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation at www.cchfoundation.net or the Billie McKenna's Foundation at billiemylove.org in her memory.

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Anne Rita Byrnes

 Anne Rita Byrnes, age 85, of Hackettstown, NJ died Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at House of the Good Shepherd, Hackettstown.  Anne was born April 14, 1933 in Red Hook, NY (Brooklyn) to the late Thomas and Irene (Conklin) Byrnes.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Gerard and her two sisters, Joan and Joyce. 

She served proudly in the US Navy. She was previously employed by M&M Mars, Hackettstown, NJ as an Accounting Clerk.  Anne was a member of the Outdoor Singles Friends of Morris County, the M&M Mars Retiree Club, Hackettstown and the Gaelic Society.  She was proud of her Irish Heritage, loved Irish music and traveling to Ireland.  In addition Anne was a huge Genealogy buff. 

She is survived by her 3 loving daughters, Meagan Powell and husband Alan, Noreen Vokoun and husband Craig, Patricia Manoogian and husband Rob Conforti, 2 devoted sons, Dennis Manoogian  and Paul Manoogian, 4 brothers, Thomas, Donald, Brian and James, 1 sister, Maureen and 4 grandchildren, Ashley, Brittany, Remington, and Alex.

All services are Private and under the direction of the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ  07840.  Online condolences may be made at www.cochranfuneral.com

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Freda Bisset

 Freda Bisset, age 96, Hackettstown, NJ died Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at Heath Village of Hackettstown, N.J.  She was born August 12, 1922 in Clovis, NM. She is the daughter of the late Erlan Orestes and the late Sudie Laura (Farmer) Roye. 

She was employed by Hawthorne Christian Academy, Hawthorne, NJ as a Transportation Coordinator until the age of 80.

She is survived by 3 daughters, Anne Bisset Johnson, Alice Bisset Amico and husband Fred, Nadine Bisset Vitro and husband Michael, one brother, Tony Roye and wife Mary, 5 grandchildren, Katherine Amico Brennan, Alexander Michael Vitro, Claudia Elizabeth Vitro, Melanie Johnson, and Liam Johnson.  She is also survived by 3 great grandchildren, Nate, Dash, and Gabe Brennan.  She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Bisset, Jr., 4 brothers, 2 sisters, and one grandchild, Stephen Frederick Amico.  

The funeral service will be held at 7:00 pm on Friday, September 7, 2018 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Chaplin Mario Spadaro officiating.  Burial will be in George Washington Memorial Park. 

Calling hours will be Friday, September 7, 2018 from 4-8 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc.  Online condolences may sent at www.cochranfuneral.com

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Zachariah Beaverson

 Zachariah Beaverson, age 37, of Hackettstown died Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at home. Zach was born in Hackettstown, NJ to John Beaverson and the late Susan Peters. 

Zach enjoyed all kinds of music and in his younger years playing the guitar, he was a talented artist, loved the outdoors and keeping in shape, spending much of his time working out.    

He is survived by his father, John Beaverson, his sister, Amy Beaverson, 4 aunts, Lauri Grosso and husband Peter, Louise Eustance and husband Frank, Allyson Peters, Holly Peters, an uncle, John Peters, his friend and cousin, Peter Grosso and many other cousins and friends.

The funeral service will be held 7:30 pm on Monday, August 13 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Chaplin Mario Spadaro officiating.  Cremation was private.

Visiting hours will be Monday, August 13, 2018 from 4-8 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Turning Point, 680 Broadway, Suite 104, Paterson, NJ 07514 in memory of Zach.

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Raymond Morris Brobst

Raymond Brobst 49 of Budd Lake,NJ passed away peacefully on Friday June 15,2018 at Hackettstown Hospital in Hackettstown,NJ surrounded by his family.  He was born on June 4,1969 in Dover,NJ to the late John (Jackie) Brobst Sr and Katherine Brobst.  Raymond truly lived his life to the fullest,he enjoyed spending time with family and friends,he was employed at Lemcor in Newark, NJ.  Raymond is survived by his mother Katherine Brobst of Budd Lake,NJ,his son Raymond Brobst of Phillipsburg,NJ,his daughter Jasmine Brobst of Stockton,NJ,his brother John Brobst Jr and his wife Billie Jo Brobst of Bangor,PA,his sister Deborah Brobst Stevenfield and her husband William Stevenfield of Budd Lake,NJ,his brother Lorin Brobst of Budd Lake,NJ,his grandson Ayden Brobst of Phillipsburg,NJ and several nieces,nephews and cousins. Raymond is also predeceased by his father John Brobst Sr and his sister Christine Brobst Rhinesmith.
Services will be held on Saturday June 23,2018 at 1:00pm at Highlands Presbyterian Church 3 Heath Lane Long Valley,NJ 07853 in lieu of flowers can be donated to the church.  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/

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John Francis Boyle

John Francis Boyle, age 82, of Hackettstown, NJ formerly of Fort Lee, NJ died Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Home in Hackettstown, NJ with his family by his side.  Mr. Boyle was born November 23, 1935 in Weehawken, NJ. He was the son of the John Boyle Sr and Matilda Maire Boyle.

 

He was employed by AT&T International of Basking, NJ as a Telecommunications Engineer for many years.  John was a very generous, hardworking and dedicated husband and father.  He was a dedicated family man and a JETS fan for life. Mr. Boyle loved gardening and visiting the Jersey Shore.

He is survived by his loving wife: Beatrice Marcus Boyle, his cherished children, Linda Boyle Medina (spouse Douglass) and Glen John Boyle (Spouse Karen) and sister Patricia Boyle Bernabeo (Spouse Anthony). Additionally survived by Grand children Miranda, Samuel, Erin and Evan. And daughter of his heart Leigh Marshall Parsons and children Hassey and Colton. He is predeceased by his daughter Victoria Ann Boyle and grandson Ryan Glen Boyle.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown NJ 07840.  A visitation will be Sunday, June 17, 2018 from 2-4 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840.  Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Lianne J. Brankner

 Lianne Smith Wrobel Brankner, 69, of Boonton, New Jersey, passed away on May 19, 2018.  She was raised in Hackettstown, New Jersey by her amazing mother, Evelyn.  She graduated from Hackettstown High School, Centenary College for Women, and William Paterson College.  She played basketball throughout high school and college.  After college she worked at M&M Mars.  Lianne married and started her family soon thereafter and relocated to Boonton, New Jersey where she lived until her passing.

After teaching for many years, Lianne worked for several insurance companies which included Prudential, TIAA-CREF, and The Standard.  She spent many of those years commuting into New York City and White Plains before retiring.  During her retirement she was able to spend much of her time with her three grandsons.  She enjoyed traveling with them, as well as with her friends.  As a loving grandmother, Mema was often found at either a sporting or school event. 

Lianne was a kind, loving, and thoughtful person.  She shared a great relationship with so many people, including family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.  Many could not wait for her sought-after Christmas cookies or peach pie.  She may have appeared quiet, but she also had a sharp wit about her and loved to laugh and have fun.

Lianne was predeceased by her mother Evelyn Smith.  She is survived by her son, Mark Wrobel, and his wife, Ketal, of Boonton, NJ; daughter, Jillian Wrobel Mackling, and her husband, Jerry, of Dale City, VA; and her three grandsons, Devin and Jaydin Wrobel, and Damon Mackling.

The viewing will be held at Cochran Funeral Home in Hackettstown, New Jersey on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 4 pm to 8 pm.  The funeral services will be held at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hacketstown, NJ on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 10 am with burial to follow at Union Cemetery Hackettstown, New Jersey. Friends and family may gather on Friday at the funeral home starting at 9 am.

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Louise Roberta Blaine

Louise Roberta Blaine, age 86, Rotonda West, FL formerly of Great Meadows, NJ died Saturday, April 14, 2018 at home. Louise was born December 30, 1931 in Orange, NJ to the late Walter N. and Anna Veronica (Humphrey) Burt. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 63 years, Ernest Parks Blaine, her two brothers, Walter and Robert Burt and her sister, Elizabeth McWilliams.

In 1947 Louise got her first taste of the restaurant business when her cousin, Arthur McGreevy purchased Llewellyn Farms and persuaded Louise to work for him part time in the kitchen. In addition and at the same time, she was a secretary at Prudential Insurance Company, Dover, NJ.  In 1961 she became the Secretary to the Superintendent of Schools in Mendham Borough. However in 1974 her cousin Arthur, purchased another venue, it was then that Louise took on the role as the General Manager for Larison’s Turkey Farm for 26 years

Louise had an active role as Trustee in the International Geneva Association, was a member of the Geneva Executives Club, The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs and Morris County Licensed Beverage Association. In 1987 the International Geneva Association gave her an award for Outstanding Dedication to the IGA, in 1992 she received the IGA’s Albert W. Stender Award and in 1998 the IGA honored her as Restaurateur of the Year.

Louise is survived by her daughter, Sharon Farrell and husband Paul, two sons, Ernest Blaine and wife Karen, Stephen Blaine, 7 grandchildren, Paul Farrell, Christopher Farrell, Cynthia Billone and husband Anthony, Christine Erney and husband Matthew, Jonathan Blaine, Jason Blaine, Kristin Orlando and husband Mark Hyman, 3 Great Grandchildren; Avery and Mia Billone, Brooke Erney, 3 sisters in law, Hazel Waldren and companion Tim Pierson, Marie Burt; Dolores Burt, a brother in law, Milton McWilliams, a cousin, Alice McGreevy and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 12:00 pm on Friday, April 20 at Saints Peter And Paul Roman Catholic Church, 360 US Hwy 46, Great Meadows, NJ. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Chester, NJ.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 20 from 9 am to 11:30 am at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.

Louise was an avid animal lover, therefore the family asks that donations be made to an animal shelter of one’s choice or to the Tidewell Hospice, Philanthropy Department, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238 in memory of Louise.

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Eleanor A. Burger

Eleanor A. Burger, age 86, of Stanhope, NJ died Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Hackettstown, NJ.  Ms. Burger was born February 10, 1932 in Dunellen, NJ. She was the daughter of the late William B. and Hilda (Rebel) Getz. 

She was employed by Rockaway Township School District, Rockaway, NJ as the Head Cook for many years.  Eleanor was the true matriarch of her family, she lived for her grandchildren, loved to host all the family gatherings.  She enjoyed cooking, gardening and helping her daughter with her floral business.

She is survived by her daughters, Evelyn Metzler, Diane Herzog and husband Richard, her sons, Otto Burger, Jr. and wife Jennifer, David Burger and wife Robin, Michael Burger and wife Natalie, her brother, Harold "Butch" Getz and wife Betty, 2 sisters, Elsie Murray, Florence Frosoni, 9 grandchildren, Jean Ellen Ellerbee and husband Shaka, Heidi Schilpp and husband Dustin, Danielle Tiplady and husband Drew, Otto Burger, III, Trevor Knapp and wife Mandy, Melissa Sanchez, Danny Welmon, Grace Honlgsberg, Paul Henry Honlgsberg, 10 great grandchildren, Denzel Vilsaint, Logan Knapp, Elizabeth Tiplady, Henry Tiplady, Brady Knapp, Sterling Schilpp, Conor Knapp, Juliette Sanchez, Conny Sanchez, and Jolan Honlgsberg and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:00 am on Saturday, April 21 at St. Marks Roman Catholic Church, 59 Spring Lane, Long Valley, NJ.  Burial will follow at Union Cemetery, Hackettstown.

For those desiring donations may be made to Alzheimer’s of NJ, 425 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ 07068 in memory of Eleanor.

Arrangements under the direction of the Cochran Funeral Home.

 

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Ruth M. Bartow

Ruth M. Tillou Bartow, 84, passed away in Hackettstown, NJ surrounded by her loving family on Monday, March 12, 2018. Born in the Mount Bethel section of Mansfield Twp., Ruth was the daughter of the late Fred & Elizabeth Morrison Tillou. She has been a resident of Hackettstown for the past 80 years. She is survived by her three sons, Herbert Jr. and his wife, Susan. Kevin and Deron. Also, her four grandchildren, Chris, Brian, Morganne & Mallory as well as her brother, Howard Tillou of Staunton, Va. Ruth was a 1952 graduate of Hackettstown High School. After her graduation, Ruth worked as an operator for the local phone company for a short time. As an active member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Hackettstown, Ruth helped to establish the church's Thrift Shop on Main St. where she worked multiple days a week for 35 years. She loved going to garage and yard sales. Ruth also enjoyed her yearly summer vacations to Dewey Beach, Delaware with her sister Jule and their families. Ruth was predeceased by her beloved husband, Herbert Bartow, Sr. in 2011. Visitation will take place on Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. Funeral services will be Friday, at the funeral home at 1:00pm. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the House of the Good Shepherd or the Trinity United Methodist Church in Hackettstown. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com

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Barbara N. Baird

Barbara N Baird died Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Hackettstown, N.J.  She is the daughter of the late Geo and the late Ethel (Zimmerman) Alnor. 

 

A Memorial service will be held 11:00 am on Friday, February 9, 2018 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840 with Rev. Mario Spardaro officiating.

 

Calling hours will be Friday, February 9, 2018 from 10:00 am- 11:00 am at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840.  Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.cochranfuneral.com/

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Richard P. Bingel

 Richard P. Bingel, 50, of Hackettstown died Saturday January 20, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born in  Brookline, MA a son of Richard J. and the late Emily (Rizzitano) Bingel, he grew up in Stoughton, MA. Richard proudly served his country with the United States Marines and participated in Operation Desert Storm. He later served with the US Army Reserves and National Guard. He was a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service in Budd Lake, NJ for over 20 years. He was a member and Past Commander of the American Legion Post 164 in Hackettstown. He was a former Cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 164 in Hackettstown. In addition to his father Richard is survived by one son, Douglas Bingel, two daughters, Brittany and Danielle Bingel and a brother Michael Bingel, also 2 nephews, Mikey and Alex and 1 niece Emily.. A visitation will be held on Saturday January 27th from 2-4 and 7-9 at the Cochran Funeral Home 905 High St. Hackettstown, NJ. Interment will take place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice 99 Sparta Ave. Newton, NJ 07860. To leave an online condolence please go to www.cochranfuneral.com

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Liborio "Lebo" Barbagallo

 Lebo (Liborio) Barbagallo, Sr., age 84, of Hackettstown formerly of Long Valley, NJ died Monday, January 8, 2018 at Hackensack University Hospital, Hackensack, NJ.  Lebo was born February 18, 1933 in Manhattan, NY. He was the son of the late Salvatore and Nancy (DeRario) Barbagallo.  In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his first wife Violet Rose, his brother, Anthony and his sister, Verna “Tootsie” Manzi. 

He served proudly in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.  Lebo was previously employed by City of New York, Bronx, NY as an Auto Mechanic retiring several years ago. Lebo was a former member of the Long Valley Fire Department, was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, Long Valley, NJ, the American Legion, Hackettstown, NJ, a devoted member of Our Lady of the Mountain Church, Long Valley and in his younger years he was a proud member of the Civil Air Patrol.    Lebo was an avid gardener, baker, he made his own wine and furniture, he was a true renaissance man.

He is survived by his beloved wife: Grace (Blasi-Morello) Barbagallo, his 3 sons, Liborio "Lee" Barbagallo Jr., Salvatore Barbagallo, Anthony Morello and wife Dawn, his 4 daughters, Josephine Hefferman and husband Sean, Donna Costano and husband Stephen. Melissa Baker and husband Thomas, Christina McLeavey and husband Thomas, 2 sisters, Lucille Brady, Rose Huggins, 13 grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 12:30 pm on Thursday, January 11 at Our Lady of the Mountain Church, 2 E. Springtown Rd, Long Valley, NJ. (**Please meet at church the morning of the fuenral) Following the mass the burial will be in Somerset Hills Cemetery, Basking Ridge.

Visiting hours will be Wednesday, January 10 from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hackensack UMC Foundation, John Theurer Cancer Center and Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital, 160 Essex Street, Suite 101, Lodi, NJ 07644 in memory of Lebo.

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Raymond B. Bentley

Raymond B. Bentley, 82, of Long Valley passed away peacefully on November 15, 2017 at Hackettstown Medical Center, Hackettstown, NJ surrounded by his loved ones. Born July 31, 1935 in Elizabeth, NJ, Raymond was the son of the late Earle Bentley and Theresa (Proffe) Bentley.
 
Raymond was the proud owner of Adam Metal Products Company in Ledgewood, NJ since 1976. He loved woodworking, antique collecting, and restoring antique trucks. He also had a passion for military and World War II memorabilia, and the New York Yankees. Raymond was an entertaining storyteller with an incredible sense of humor. He was compassionate, generous, and will be deeply missed by his loving family, friends, and employees.
 
He is pre-deceased by his brother Edward Bentley. Surviving are his beloved daughter Barbara (Bentley) Stoken and her husband Craig Stoken; his son Lawrence Bentley and his wife Amie Bentley; two grandsons, Garrett and Parker Stoken; a niece Jennifer Bentley and her son Nate Orlando.
 
Visitation will be held on Monday, November 20th from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. Funeral services will also be at Cochran Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 21st at 11 AM followed by interment at Hillside Cemetery in Scotch Plains. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517 or at woundedwarriorproject.org. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.cochranfuneral.com/

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Mildred A. Beatty

     Mildred A. Beatty, 93, of Hackettstown, NJ passed away on Thursday, November 2, 2017. Born in Hackettstown, Mildred was the daughter of the late Everitt & Marjorie Snook Parr.

     Mildred has lived in the Hackettstown area most of her adult life having grown up in Long Valley, NJ. Mrs. Beatty attended the First Presbyterian Church of Hackettstown; Long time member of the Eastern Star; Past president of the Hackettstown Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary and was a former Brownie leader in Hackettstown. Mildred learned to play golf in her 50’s and had many years of fun playing with friends and family. Lastly, she was a member of the M & M’s Retiree Club in Hackettstown.

     Mrs. Beatty is survived by two daughters; Patricia Butts and her husband, James of Hackettstown & Eileen Holder and her husband, Thomas of East Stroudsburg, PA. Four loving grandchildren; Kelly, Craig, Tara & Shane. She also has four great grandchildren; Malachy, Cormac, Henry & Arthur. Her loving husband, William H. Beatty passed away in 1999.

    Viewing hours will be on Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 2:00 – 5:00pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840.

     The funeral service will take place on Monday, 11:00am at the funeral home. Interment will be at the Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ.
 
     In Lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider donating to the Hackettstown First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 298 Main Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com

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Charles James Barnes

 Charles Barnes, age 83, of Newtonville, NJ died Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at home.  Mr. Barnes was born May 2, 1934 in Glen Ridge, NJ. He is the son of the late James and Ruth (Johnson) Barnes. 

He is survived by a cousin, Eileen Stokes.

Cremation was private

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church, 59 Spring Lane,  Long Valley, NJ 07853 on November 17, 2017 at 10:30 am.

Burial of ashes will be held at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Butler, NJ, Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 11 am.

 

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Ryan Boyle

Ryan Boyle, 25 of Hackettstown, NJ, passed away on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. Ryan was a loving son, brother, grandson and nephew. He is survived by his parents, stepparents, brothers and sisters; grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the family care of the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840.

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Kenneth C Baker

 Kenneth C. Baker, 92 of Chester died Wednesday October 11, 2017 at his home.
Born in Paterson he was a son of the late Kenneth J. and Edith (Harrow) Baker.
Before retiring Ken was the owner and operator of Ken's Floor Waxing Services in Rockaway, NJ.
Prior to opening his business  he was a truck driver, and loved to talk about his truck driving days.
He enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and building model cars.
Ken is predeceased by his wife Emma (Rosano) and a grandson Derek.
He is survived by his two sons, Kenny Baker and his wife Beth of Florida, Gary Baker and his wife Pat
of Rockaway, NJ, a daughter Patricia Carroll and her husband Robert of Long Valley, NJ. Also survived ny
7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will take place at  Stanhope Union Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

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Maria T. Bravo

 Maria T. Bravo, age 89, of Hackettstown died Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at home. Maria was born April 13, 1928 in New York City, NY. She was the daughter of the late Michele and Theresa (DiViesti) DiLella. 

She was previously employed by Jersey City Redevelopment Agency, Jersey City, NJ as a Secretary, retiring many years ago.  Maria enjoyed reading and spending time with her friends. 

She is survived by; goddaughter and cousin, Rosemarie Protano.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11:00 am on Monday, September 25 at St. Jude R.C. Church, 17 Mt Olive Road, Budd Lake, NJ with Father Antonio Gaviria officiating.  Entombment will be in Woodbridge Memorial Gardens, Avenel on Monday, September 25 at 1:00 pm.

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

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Anna Barbara Bienvenue

Mrs. Anna Barbara Bienvenue of Long Valley, New Jersey, passed peacefully at Morristown Medical Center, on September 14, 2017. She was 84 years old. Her visitation will be held at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, New Jersey on Thursday, September 21, at 11:00 A.M - 2:00 pm. Followed by a graveside service at Our Lady of the Mountain Cemetery, on Schooley's Mountain Road, Schooley's Mountain, New Jersey.
 
Mrs. Bienvenue was born on November 14, 1932, in Jersey City, New Jersey to Raymond and Frances Foerst, She was raised in California, then returned to New Jersey where she completed her high school education and attended Morris County College later in her life where she graduated after completing her Secretarial Courses.
She worked for various companies including Mack Trucking, and toward the end of her career for AT&T in Morristown, New Jersey as an Executive Secretary for a number of years until her retirement in 1987. Anna Barbara enjoyed travelling and visited Hawaii, and Spain. She had a passion for antiques, enjoyed oil painting, crafts, enjoyed reading murder mysteries, loved going to the New Jersey Shore, especially Cape May, or to just even sit on the boardwalk and watch the waves. Baking cookies for Christmas was one of her favorite things to do during the holiday season and having Summer French Picnics with  the French neighbors in the house behind hers until the wee hours of the night, or until the French wine went dry.She had a passion for flowers, Jasmine was one of her favorites. She was an active member of the Long Valley Historical Society, Long Valley Womens Club, Long Valley and Chester Senior Citizens' Club, and the Long Valley First Aid Ladies Auxiliary.
 
She married the late Joseph Roger Bienvenue. Together they had two children, Suzanne Angela and Michael Roger. She is survived by her brother, Joseph and the extended Foerst Family as well the extended Bienvenue Family. She has 5 grand-children, Shelley, Ben, Bryan, Saundra and Shaun, as well 10 great grand-children and 1 great-great-grandchild.
 
The family requests in lieu of flowers if donations could be contributed to the following: The Long Valley Historical Society, the Long Valley First Aid Squad. 

 

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Anita K. Berger

 Anita K. Berger, age 81, died Monday, September 4. 2017 at her home in Hackettstown, NJ.

Visitation will be held at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, Nj 07840 on Monday Sept. 11, 2017 from 10 am to 12 Noon with services beginning at Noon.  A complete notice to follow.

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Howard A. Bartow

 Howard A Bartow, age 90, of Hackettstown, NJ passed away Sunday, August 27, 2017 at Colonial Manor of Hackettstown, NJ after a long battle with cancer.  Mr. Bartow was born April 11, 1927 in Morristown, NJ to the late John and Ada (Pyle) Bartow of Vienna, NJ. In addition to his parents, Howard is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marilyn Dorcas Bartow and his daughter, Jacalyn.

Howard was the CEO of Conneaut Leather, Conneaut, Ohio before retiring.  Prior to moving to Ashtabula, OH in 1975, he was a partner in Middletown Leather of Middletown, NY and Hackettstown, NJ.  He produced leather for Ford, GM and Chrysler.  He also furnished leather for the furniture industry and book binders.  He was recognized more than once for “Leatherman of the Year” for his innovative leather finishes and processes.

He served in the US Navy from 1944 to 1945 as an Accountant in Corpus Christi, Texas.  He was an avid golfer, a member of the Ashtabula Country Club, Ashtabula Elks, the Rotary and the American Legion. He along with his son Bradley were members of the NEBO Hunting Lodge in Bushkill, PA.

He is survived by his son, Bradley Bartow and wife Lauren of Hope, NJ, his loving granddaughter, Megan Bartow and fiancé Douglas Sloyer of Belvidere, NJ and beloved grandson,  Bradley Bartow, II and wife Jenna of Belvidere, NJ.

At the request of the family all services are private.

For those desiring, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Megan Bartow, 124 Wall Street, Belvidere, NJ  07823

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Hildegard B. Breitenstein

Hildegard B. Breitenstein, age 85, of Hackettstown, NJ died Friday, August 4, 2017, at home surrounded by the love of her family.  Hildegard was born on October 15, 1931 in Hettenleidelheim, Germany.  She was the daughter of the late Jakub and Margarete (Schwalb) Ullmer.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her beloved loving husband, Edward.

Hildegard was a loving homemaker, who enjoyed spending time with her cherished granddaughters, Michelle and Diana, to whom she was known as Oma.   She loved going for long car rides with them and going on adventures.  Her favorite thing to do was go to the diner for lunch and afterwards have a Starbucks Frappuccino or a chocolate milkshake from Baskin Robbins.  Hildegard was an avid reader, gardener, enjoyed watching game shows and loved her NY Mets.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Mary Levy, her devoted son, John Breitenstein and wife Vickie, her sisters in Germany, Maria and Katharina, four grandchildren, Michelle, Diana, Adrien and Summer, four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ on Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 4 – 7 p.m.  A funeral service with the family will be held at the funeral home on Friday, August 18, 2017.

Entombment will be in Union Cemetery, Hackettstown following services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Eleventh Hour Rescue (an organization that saves dogs and cats), P.O. Box 218, Rockaway, NJ, 07866 in memory of Hildegard.

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Gina Marie Biasi

Gina Marie Biasi, age 23, of Hackettstown died Wednesday, July 19, 2017.  Gina was born June 21, 1994 in Hackettstown, N.J.. She is the daughter of Scott and Michele (Kahl) Biasi Sr..

Gina loved being outside, hiking, fishing and going to the beach.  When she couldn’t be outside, she spent her time writing poems and creating art.  Most of all, she loved her son Hunter very much.   

She is survived by one son, Hunter Biasi, her father Scott Biasi Sr., her mother Michele (Kahl) Biasi, one brother, Scott Biasi Jr., maternal grandmother, Leona Kahl, paternal grandmother, Rona Biasi, and one aunt, Chris Kahl.

The funeral will be held at 6:00 pm on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Rev. Mario Spadoro officiating.  Calling hours will be Saturday July 22, 2017 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm and from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.  Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.cochranfuneral.com. 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family care of Cochran Funeral Home.  Please send all donations to 905 High Street, Hackettstown NJ 07840.  

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George F. Bowman

 George F. Bowman, Jr., 83 of the greater Hackettstown, NJ area, passed away on June 17, 2017 in Oxford, NJ. Born January 19, 1934 in Schooley’s Mountain, NJ, George was the son of the late George F. & Mildred VanOrden Bowman.  In addition to his parents George is preceded in death by his brother, Richard “Dick” Bowman, his sister, Joan Kolczynski, a brother in law, George Barth, and a sister in law, Ellen Bowman.

George proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1956 to 1958. Upon his return home, he began his career as a carpenter and eventually became self-employed. George has served countless families in Warren County and will be remembered as a quick witted and talented carpenter.

George is survived by two daughters, Lisa Tomkin and husband Harold, Denise Allen,  one son, Jonathan Ort and wife Theresa,  one sister, Ruth Barth of Long Valley, NJ; One brother, Larry Bowman of Virginia, 6 grandchildren, Nicole, Abigail, Rebecca, Steven, William and Ian, one great granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.

Per George’s wishes, funeral services were private. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com

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Carl H. Burd

Carl H. Burd passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, June 30, 2017.  Born in Califon, he graduated from Hackettstown High School in 1955. He attended Rutgers University majoring in Agriculture.  Carl settled in Long Valley and followed his passion for farming by starting Burd Farms. He farmed until his retirement in 2011.  He also enjoyed spending his Saturday evenings calling Square Dances around the area. He looked forward to and loved spending time with his family especially around the dinner table with everyone.  He joined the Fairmount Fire Company in 1953, he was the Fire Chief in 1969 and also 1970.  Carl was a life member until his passing. Carl joined the Long Valley Rescue Squad in1957 and was a founding & life member.  He was predeceased by his parents Howard & Erma Mary (Smith) Burd , his sister's Dorothy (Burd) Frank and Evelyn (Burd) Matson,  He is survived by his significant other & companion of 30 years Joyce Shakespeare, his loving family Pam Shakespeare-Mackey (Kenneth), Buddy Shakespeare (Sandy), grandchildren Kyle, Ryan & Briana Shakespeare, as well as his loving cats Jeter & Cano.  Carl is also survived by his 3 nieces, 4 nephews & 2 sons.  Friends and relatives are invited to attend his viewing on Friday, July 7, 2017, from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. Cremation will be private.  In Lieu of flowers please make donations in Carl's name to the Fairmount Fire Company, PO Box 8, Long Valley, NJ 07853 and/or The Long Valley Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 111, Long Valley, NJ 07853

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William A. Bornhoeft, Sr.

                                                     William “Bill” Bornhoeft

William Bornhoeft died June 19, 2017 in Hackettstown, NJ, his residence since 2013.

 Born July 5, 1932 and raised in Newark, NJ, Bill graduated Eastside High in 1951 and married Adele Serfass the next year. They started their family in the Ironbound neighborhood.

The Bornhoeft’s moved to West Milford, NJ in 1966, living there until retiring to  Sebastian, FL, in 1991, where Bill’s favorite activity was competing in local softball leagues.

He took pride in his Newark roots and his career as a bus driver for NJ Transit. Bill returned to New Jersey when Adele passed away in 2013. He enjoyed recalling memories of his driving career for the residents and staff of the Good Shepherd community. He did not live in the past, however, keeping current with the growth of his grandchildren and the highs and lows of the Yankees season.

Bill was predeceased by his wife, Adele in 2013 and his son, William in 1997. He is survived by his daughter, Jodi Kuzmiak and her husband Ken, five granddaughters, and three great grandchildren.

His family plans to commemorate his life privately.

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

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

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Ronald A. Buttner

 Ronald A. Buttner, of North East, MD, passed away peacefully on June 13, 2017 at his home surrounded by his wife and children. He is the son of Joan (neé Taylor) and the late George Buttner. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Patricia (neé Reeves). Ron is lovingly remembered by his wife; children, Ethan Buttner, Esq., Sarah Frisino and her husband Justin; his grandchildren Nora and Chester Frisino; his mother Joan Buttner; his siblings Garrett (Deborah) Buttner, Lisa Buttner, Brian (Maria) Buttner and Christian (Sara) Buttner; mother-in-law Ann Reeves; sisters-in-law Cindy (Steve) Tomeo and Kathy Dahms; 11 nieces and nephews and their children; and many great friends.

Ron was born in Morristown, NJ and was a resident of Hackettstown, NJ until 2008, when he retired from M&M Mars after 25 years.

Ron was a loving husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family. He spent many happy hours outside perfecting the flower gardens and landscape of his home. In his retirement, he enjoyed searching for and collecting pottery, watching the birds, and spending time at the beach with his feet in the sand and the sun on his face.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 16, 2017 from 12:00 noon until 4:00 PM with a memorial service scheduled from 4:00 PM-5:00 PM. 

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Donald E. Burd

 Donald E. Burd, age 90, died peacefully at home, Don grew up in Long Valley, NJ before moving to Sun City, CA.  Mr. Burd was born in Westfield, NJ. He was the son of the late Elmer Lewis and Grace (Anthony) Burd.  In addition to his parents Donald is preceded in death by his loving wife, Alice nee-Benoist Burd who passed away November 2, 2005.

He served proudly in the US Air Force from 1946 to 1950.  Donald was previously employed by CHA, Inc. of Irvine, CA before retiring in 2015 to the NJ Fireman’s Home, Boonton, NJ. Don was a genuine person, just a good old guy who everyone well liked.  He was the king of sayings, he was a social butterfly and extremely charismatic.  Don enjoyed a good cigar and loved coffee, gardening his geraniums and listening to music.  He was a huge fan of NASCAR and building model airplanes.  He was a former member of the Long Valley Fire Dept., No.1, the Morris County Masonic Lodge, the Zion Lutheran Choir and the Boys Scouts of America.   

The family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to the staff of the NJ Fireman’s home for the care that they showed their father, they will be eternally grateful.

He is survived by his devoted children:  Donald Burd and wife Angelita, Amy Sapio and husband John, Peter Burd and wife Kim, Merry Beth McMonigal and husband Thomas, Scott Burd and wife Carolyn, a brother; Charles Burd and wife Susan, a sister; Betty Rush, 16 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and 2 more on the way.

A funeral service will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, Long Valley at 11 am on Saturday, June 3, 2017.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Long Valley Fire Dept. No. 1, 5 Farview Avenue, Long Valley, NJ  07853 in memory of Donald.

 

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Bert A. Barrier

 Bert A Barrier, age 70, of Budd Lake, NJ died Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Morristown Memorial Hospital.  Bert was born September 7, 1946 in Dover, NJ. He is the son of the late Shephard and the late Jean (Boyd) Barrier. 

He served in the Army during the Vietnam War from 1971 to 1972. 

He is survived by his wife: JoAnn (Tassinaro) Barrier, son and daughter in law, Kevin and Joanna Barrier; son and daughter in law, Keith and Amy Barrier; daughter and son in law, Kelly and Michael Pizzirusso; brother and sister in law, Norman and Edna Barrier; 7 Grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.  A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, April 28, 2017 at St. Jude’s Roman Catholic, Church, 17 Mount Olive Road, Budd Lake, N.J.  with Father Antonio Gaviria officiating.  . 

Calling hours will be Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at Cochran Funeral Home.  Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.cochranfuneral.com/ 

In Lieu of Flowers, please consider the following: American Heart Association, NJ Affiliate Memorials Program, 2550 Route 1, New Brunswick, NJ 08902-4301 or Budd Lake First Aid & Rescue 365 US Highway 46 Budd Lake, NJ 07828

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Stephen Bilobram

Stephen Bilobram, 95, of Budd Lake, NJ, passed away at his home on Saturday, February 18, 2017 surrounded by his family.

Born to Nicolas Bilobram and Julia Kozak in the small village of Dowhomostyska, Ukraine, he was orphaned at age 2 and lived outside the city of Lvov until he was 18.

In 1939 he was captured by the Nazis and forced to work in a labor camp for six years.  After being liberated in 1945 he became a Displaced Person and was allowed to emigrate to England.  There he met his wife Margaret Wiedermann and worked in a textile factory.

In 1951 he was granted permission to come to the United States with his family.  He became an American citizen in 1956.

Stephen worked as a machinist at Standard Tool Manufacturing Company in Lyndhurst, NJ for over 30 years.

He enjoyed wine making, gardening and deep sea fishing.

He was a devout parishioner of St. John’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Vailsburg, NJ. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Margaret, his daughters Tamara Taylor and Sylvia Bilobram, and his granddaughters Caitlin and Brynn Taylor.

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Frederick F. Brand

                                                                                A Good Man – A Good Life

Frederick F. Brand: 1922-2017

Fred Brand, 94, made his transition on January 30th to be reunited with his parents, five sisters,four brothers, and beloved wife Margaret.  This fine man led a good life, one that overcame many challenges, had its ups and downs, but one that helped him relish the simple joys of life – a good book, a gin and tonic, a win by the NY Giants, and the laughter and close bonds of good friends and a loving family.

 

Fred was a gifted athlete at Central HS in Paterson, a decorated WWII veteran, an outstanding youth league baseball coach, and a 200+ average bowler as the anchorman on the Lakeview TV bowling team that featured him and his four brothers.

 

As a husband and a father, he fully embraced all the responsibilities of those roles, but never lost the sense of laughter and mischief that personified his entire life.  And as the affectionately-known GPFB (Grandpa Fred Brand) to his son Fred, daughter-in-law Joan, grandsons Dave and Mike, granddaughter-in-law Katie, family members Ed, Mary, Lauren, Gary, and Rachel, surviving nieces, nephews, and cousins, dearest companion Dorothea, good friends Marsha, George, Judee, and their families, Kristen, and all the amazing staff and residents at the Clover Rest Home, he continued to inspire others to live life to the fullest, as he did himself until his last breath.

Fred will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him, but more importantly, he will always be remembered, and his dignity, humor, and caring ways will be celebrated forever.  

A memorial service will be held on February 18th, 1-4 PM, at the home of Joan and Fred Brand.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Camp Fatima of New Jersey, P.O. Box 654, Harrison, NJ 07029, or www.campfatimanj.org/donate.php.

 

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Dorothy Bertha Baker

 Dorothy Bertha Baker, age 91, of Hackettstown formerly of Washington, NJ died Monday, January 23, 2017 at House of the Good Shepherd.  Mrs. Baker was born February 26, 1925 in Plainfield, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Harold and Helen (Flynn) Emmons. 

She was formerly employed by Elastimold, Hackettstown NJ as a Factory Worker. 

She is survived by her daughters, Dorothy and Cynthia, 7 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

All services are private.

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Chloe Marie Bencivengo

Chloe Marie Bencivengo, 17 of Hackettstown, NJ passed away on Friday, January 20, 2017. Born in Hackettstown, NJ, Chloe was the daughter of Tina Bencivengo-Culp & Robert Culp, II.

A lifelong resident of Hackettstown, Chloe was a free spirit that was passionate about her artwork and paintings as well as music, playing the guitar and being outdoors to experience nature which she loved to photograph.

In addition to her loving parents, Robert and Tina, Chloe is survived by one brother, Christopher Albertson, Jr. of Hackettstown; three sisters, Corynne Albertson of Budd Lake, NJ; Ashley Culp & Caitlyn Culp of Hackettstown. Maternal Grandparents, Nicholas & Connie Bencivengo, Sr.; Paternal Grandparents, Frederick & Kathleen Farrell, Russell & Kathleen Culp. One Great Grandmother, Ardys Culp. Chloe is also survived by many Aunts, Uncles & Cousins.

Visitation hours will be on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 4:00 to 8:00pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. Funeral services will be Thursday, 10:00am 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 family, care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com.
 

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Kimberly Ann Bradley

 Kimberly Ann Bradley 30, passed away on January 14, 2017. She was born in Dover, NJ and grew up in Hopatcong, later residing in Hackettstown. Kimber was a hard worker and did her best with any task given to her. She loved Disney movies, as one of her dreams was to visit Disney World. She spent most of her time with her dog, Syrus, who she considered as her child. She was adventurous and loved theme parks such as Hershey and Six Flags. She was so loving and would do anything for anyone. Kimber is survived by her fiance Chaz Siuniak, her mother Barbara Bradley, her grandmother Helen Ulrich, her brother Steven Bradley and his fiance Amanda Carlucci, her nephew Skyler Bradley as well as her uncles, aunts, and cousins. Also predeceased by her father, Mark Bradley. A viewing service will be held Friday, 1/20/17 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 at Cochran Funeral Home in Hackettstown NJ. Flowers can be sent to funeral home. Kimber will be greatly missed.  Those wishing to leave online condolances may do so at www.cochranfuneral.com

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Joseph A. Beetar

 Joseph A. Beetar, age 73, of Hackettstown formerly of East Brunswick, NJ died Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center.  Joseph was born February 2, 1943 in Brooklyn, NY. He is the son of the late Albert G. and Grace C. (Duffy) Beetar Russo. 

He served in the proudly in the Navy during the Vietnam War.  He was formerly employed by AT&T, Bedminster, NJ as a Technical Writer.  Joe was passionate about preserving wildlife, he helped protect the sea turtles in North Carolina, tracked and tagged bobcats, owls and orphaned black bear cubs. 

He is survived by his beloved wife: Susan (Halliwell) Beetar, 2 loving daughters, Jennifer Beetar – Speth and husband Paul,  Andrea Beetar and husband Edward Blomquist; 3 brothers, John Beetar, Richard Beetar, Robert Beetar and wife Magaly  a sister , Eileen Beetar, 4 grandchildren, Gus Blomquist,  Matelyne Blomquist, John Speth,  Addison Speth,  many nieces, nephews and close friends.

A mass of Christian burial will be held 10:30 am on Monday, January 23 at St. Mary's Church of the Assumption, 305 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Father Krystian Burdzy officiating.  Burial will follow at St. John's Cemetery, Middle Village, NY.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 22 from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

For those desiring donation may be made to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation, 302 Tortuga Lane, Surf City, NC 28445 in memory of Joe.

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Ruth M. Best

Ruth M. Best, 79 of Hackettstown, NJ passed away at her home on Sunday, January 15, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Lancaster, PA, Ruth was the daughter of the late Frederick & Emilie Schwanda Walters.

Ruth has been a lifelong resident of the Hackettstown area and with her family ran Best Fruit Farm and Market in Independence Twp. Previously; Mrs. Best served on the Independence Twp. Board of Adjustments and the Central School P.T.A..

She is survived by her loving husband, Robert Best, Sr., One son, Robert Best, Jr. and one daughter, Kim Best. Three beloved Grandchildren, Heather, Justin and Rachael and was survived by six Great Grandchildren.

Visitation will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 high Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. Funeral Services will be at 10:00am on Thursday at the Emmanuel Bible Chapel, 3 Pleasant Grove Road, Schooley’s Mountain, NJ, 07870.
Interment will be at the Stanhope Union Cemetery, Stanhope, NJ. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com. Donations may be made to the charity of ones choice.
 

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Betty J Barlow

 Betty J. Barlow, age 83, of Hackettstown formerly of Budd Lake, NJ died Friday, January 13, 2017 at Heath Village of Hackettstown, NJ.  Betty was born September 5, 1933 in Washington DC. She is the daughter of the late Sidney E and Violet E (Oliff) Roman.  She was predeceased by her husband, Allen Barlow in 2007, her cherished daughter Catherine Garrison, 1 sister, Lorna Harmon and a brother, William Roman.

She was formerly employed as a Registered Nurse with Walter Reed Medical Center, Bethesda, MD.  Betty was fascinated with Meteorology and Geology and passed that love on to her son, Allen.  She wrote a weather column for the local newspaper in Parachute, Colorado where she formerly resided.  In addition Betty was an avid reader.

She is survived by her loving son, Allen Barlow, Jr. and wife Nancy, a brother, Robert Roman, a son in law, John Garrison;  3 grandchildren, Cynthia, Leslie and Scott,  2 great grandchildren, Maggie and Joey and several nieces and nephews,.

The funeral will be held 10:30 am on Sunday, January 22 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Rev. Joseph McCarthy officiating.  Burial will be in Hackettstown Union Cemetery, Hackettstown following services.

Visitation will be Sunday, January 22 from 9:30 am - 10:30 am at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Susan G Komen Cure of North Jersey, 44 Middle Avenue, Second Floor Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901 in memory of Betty.

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Joan D. Basenese

Joan D. Basenese, 81 years old of Stanhope, NJ, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ. Born October 24, 1935 in Newark, NJ, Joan was the daughter of the late Sidney & Dorothy Rassbach Deiter.

Mrs. Basenese has lived in Stanhope since 1968 coming from Andover, NJ. She was employed by Newton Hospital as a dietitian for many years. After her retirement, Joan opened Baker’s Treasure Bakery in Hackettstown which she operated for several years. She was a parishioner of St. Michael’s Church in Netcong, NJ. In addition, Joan was a member of the Red Hat Society and enjoyed crafting and ceramics.

Mrs. Basenese is survived by four daughters, Joanne and her husband Michael Providakis, Michele and her husband Spiros Kaltsas; Judy and her husband David Costa, Sr. and Marilyn and her husband Leon Espinoza, three siblings, Mary Noel, John & Sidney. She had eleven beautiful grandchildren and ten loving great grandchildren. Joan is also survived by her dear companion, Hugh “Duke” Casey and was predeceased by her loving husband, Angelo J. Basenese who died in 1971, and 1 sister, Dorothy Ann.

Visitation will take place at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ on Friday, November 25, 2016 from 4:00 to 8:00pm. Funeral services will be on Saturday at the funeral home beginning at 10:00am. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Randolph, NJ. Following the interment friends and family are invited to St. Michael's Knights of Columbus Hall on Route 46 in Netcong, NJ.  In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Deborah Hospital Foundation or the Disabled American Veterans Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com.
 

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Anna Balestrieri

.Anna Balestrieri, age 98, a longtime resident of the Hackettstown, NJ area died Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at The House of the Good Shepherd, Hackettstown. Anna was born June 24, 1918 in the Bronx, NY. She is the daughter of the late Francesco and Giovanna (LaCalamita) D’Alessandro. In addition to her parents she is predeceased by her husband, Harry Balestrieri, one grandson, Peter Stanzione, one son-in-law, Frank Dale, five brothers and two sisters.

She was a devoted Homemaker, who enjoyed cooking, baking and hosting get togethers with her family and friends. Anna was an avid reader, loved to crochet and go for long walks.  Most especially she had a deep connection with all of her grandchildren, making each of them feel special. 

She is survived by four daughters, Diana Dale, Loretta Gomez and husband Frank, Anne Carretta and husband Michael, Dolores Stanzione and husband Carl, twelve grandchildren, Harry and wife Patty, Kim and husband Steve, Teresa, Frank, Dina and husband Reiner, Steven and wife Sue, Jennifer, Kevin and wife Lisa, Justin and wife Barbara, Carl and wife Nicole, Anna and husband Glen, and Noah, sixteen great grandchildren, Walter, Harry,  Andrew, Brielle, Sarah, Nicholas, Caroline, Ally, Kevin Michael, Riley, Lola, Leonardo, Matthew, Lauren, Ethan and Elena, six great great grandchildren, Brian, Zachary, Trey, Zackery, James and Ryder and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 am on Monday, October 31 at Our Lady of the Mountain Church, 2 E. Springtown Rd, Long Valley, NJ with Father Ray Lopatesky officiating.  Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, 85 Pleasant Hill Road in Chester, NJ, 07930 following the mass.

Visiting hours will be Sunday, October 30 from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 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 in memory of Anna Balestrieri.

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Elinor P. Bleach

Elinor P. Bleach, 88 of Hackettstown, NJ passed away on Friday, September 16, 2016 at Heath Village in Hackettstown. Born March 25, 1928 in Bayonne, NJ, Elinor was the daughter of the late Jacob & Anna Kos.
Elinor has lived in the greater Hackettstown area for the past 8 years coming from Roselle, NJ. She retired many years ago as an executive secretary for the NBC Director of Continuity Acceptance in New York City. In addition to her former employment, Elinor was a 1945 graduate of Bayonne High School;  member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #3947 ladies auxiliary in Roselle, NJ. Lastly, Elinor was a talented singer and entertainer having been associated with several bands.

Elinor is survived by her loving daughter, Elizabeth Gavin and her husband Francis of Hackettstown, NJ. Three beautiful grandchildren, Johanna, Owen and Clare. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Michael who died in 2005.

A 10:00am Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Good Shepherd R.C. Church, Andover, NJ. There will be a one hour visitation prior to the mass at the church. Interment will be in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Andover, NJ. In Lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the New Jersey Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840 is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com.
 

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Gratia Ellen Burke

Gratia E. Burke, age 77, of Hackettstown died Thursday, August 25, 2016 at home surrounded by her loving family.  Gratia was born January 1, 1939 in Englewood, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Charles L. and Gratia Ellen (Hendricks) Schastey. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by 1 sister, Ann.

She was previously employed by the Courter Kobert Law Firm, Hackettstown, NJ as their Legal Administrator.  Gratia was a member of the Board of Directors for the ARC of Warren County, the Drug Alliance for the Town of Hackettstown, the Board of Elections for Hackettstown and the Hackettstown Senior Hall of Fame.  She was an avid golfer, loved to shop but most especially she enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Chief Bryan E. Burke, 2 daughters:  Alice Maria Burke and Theresa Ellen Ricciardo and her husband David; 3 sons: Bryan Philip Burke, Dennis Lincoln Burke, and Patrick Edmund Burke and his wife Christine; 7 siblings: sisters Betty, Nancy, Margaret, Susie and Dotty; and brothers Charlie and Jack; 15 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 28 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, August 29 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Rev. Donald Gebhard officiating.  Burial will be in Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The ARC of Warren County, P.O. Box 389, Washington, NJ 07882 in memory of Gratia.

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Sarah Bramley

 Sarah Bramley, age 19, of Allamuchy Township, NJ died Friday, August 19, 2016 at home.  Ms. Bramley was born January 26, 1997 in Hackettstown, NJ. She is the daughter of Christopher and Jennifer (Dodge) Bramley. 

Sarah was a full time student at Lafayette College School of Engineering, Easton, PA.  She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Hackettstown, NJ, played field hockey at Pope John High School earning her varsity letter and for Lafayette Club Field Hockey. Sarah worked part time as a hostess for Stella G’s Restaurant, Hackettstown and was a member of the Society of Women’s Engineers at Lafayette.

She is survived by her devoted parents; Christopher and Jennifer (Dodge) Bramley, Jr., loving brother; Christopher Bramley, III, paternal grandparents; Christopher and Charlotte Bramley, Sr. and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Sarah was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents; William and Corrine Dodge.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 am on Saturday, August 27 at First Presbyterian Church, 298 Main Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Rev. Birda Ferguson officiating.  Cremation is private.

The family requests that donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church or to Lafayette College Department of Engineering at 307 Markle Hall, Easton PA 18042 or athttp://leopardlink.lafayette.edu/engineering in memory of Sarah. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ  07840.  Condolences may be left at www.cocranfuneral.com


 

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Helen E. Burdge

 HELEN E. BURDGE, 98 WENT HOME TO BE WITH THE LORD ON AUGUST 20, 2016 AT WARREN HAYEN NURSING HOME, OXFORD NJ.

BORN ON NOVEMBER 3, 1917 IN HACKETTSTOWN, NJ. SHE WAS A DAUGHTER OF THE LATE GEORGE AND KATHERINE MITTEN, SYFOR.

SHE WAS THE WIFE OF THE LATE VIRGIL ARRON BURDGE WHO PASSED ON  DECEMBER 30, 1969.  

HELEN RESIDED IN HACKETTSTOWN ALL HER LIFE. SHE WAS EMPLOYED BY  WARREN COUNTY SENIOR NUTRITION PROGRAM FOR 38 YEARS. AFTER HER RETIREMENT IN 2013, SHE STILL VOLUNTEERED FOUR DAYS A WEEK UNTIL NOVEMBER 2015. SHE RECEIVED A CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION FROM WARREN COUTY DIVISION OF AGING AND DISABILITY SERVICES. SHE LOVED TO CROCHET, TAT AND SPEND TIME WITH HER MANY FRIENDS. SHE WAS ALSO AN ADVID YANKEE FAN. SHE WAS A MEMBER OF CALVARY ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH IN HACKETTSTOWN.

FOR MANY YEARS. SHE WAS A LOVING AND KIND HEARTED PERSON AND DEVOTED TO HER LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

SHE IS SURVIVED BY MANY NIECES AND NEPHEWS AND MANY, MANY FRIENDS. HELEN WAS PREDECEASED BY 13 BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

The funeral will be held 1:00 pm on Tuesday, August 23 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with  officiating.  Burial will be in Hackettstown Union Cemetery, Hackettstown following services.

Visiting hours will be Tuesday, August 23 from 12Noon - 1 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Jimmy Swaggart Ministries, P.O. Box 262550, Baton Rouge, LA  70826-2550 for Outreach Bibles.

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David Batson

David Batson, 81 of Budd Lake, NJ passed away at his home on Saturday, August 13, 2016. Born in Dover, NJ on August 24, 1934, David was the son of the late Edward C. & Elizabeth J. Seward Batson. David lived in Budd Lake all of his life and was proud to maintain his home and yard keeping it in a pristine condition. He served his country in the United States Army and was a member of the American Legion in Wharton, NJ. David loved to play golf, watch the Yankees and meet the “gang” at Rosie’s Restaurant every morning.  He was also, a proud member of the Budd Lake Fire Department.  David is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Eigner Batson at home. One daughter, Sharon Batson Anthony and her husband Edward of Plainfield, NJ. One sister, Betty Jean Hofmann and her husband Robert of Budd Lake, NJ. One sister in law, Barbara Batson of Budd Lake. Two grandchildren, Luke & Taylor as well as two great grandchildren, Julianna & David. He was also survived by one Nephew and three nieces. He was predeceased by his brother Robert. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 16, 2016 from 2-4 & 7-9pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. 10:00am funeral services will take place on Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Doris R Budrick

Doris Budrick, age 86, of Flanders, NJ died Thursday, June 9, 2016 at St. Claires Hospital. Doris was born April 17, 1930 in Rockaway, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Benjamin and the late Agnes (Krolek) Reed. She was a homemaker for most of her life. She enjoyed bowling with the American womans Auxiliary league and enjoyed cooking. She is survived by one son, Michael R Budrick and one brother Donald Reed. She was pre deceased by her brother Benjamin Reed and by her sister Bernice Dube. A memorial service will be held 10:30 am on Friday, June 17 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church, 61 Main Street, Flanders, NJ. With Father Stanley Barron officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. Those wishing to leave online condolences may do so at www.cochranfuneral.com/

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Veronica Clare Boeddinghaus

 Veronica Clare (Kelly) Boeddinghaus 99, passed away on April 15, 2016, peacefully at her home with 

family by her side.

Veronica was born October 22, 1916, in Jersey City, NJ, the daughter of the late Robert B. and
Caroline (Myers) Kelly. She was the wife of the
late Stephen E. Boeddinghaus with whom she was
married 52 years.

Survivors, son Stephen H. Boeddinghaus and wife Doris, Hampton, New Hampshire, daughter, with
whom she lived with, Carol R. Laird and husband John P. Laird of Nazareth
, Pa. Grandchildren: John
Laird, of Pa., Stephen Laird and wife Karen, of N
.J., Veronica C. Durling and husband Dale II, of NJ, Laura
Young, and Louise Holt, and husband Dean, of New Hampshire. Great grandchildren, Ryan and
Meredith Young, of New Hampshire, Stephen and Rachel Laird, of Pa., and Dale
III, Ryan and Lauren
Durling, NJ
., along with many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by parents, 3 brothers: William, Robert and Herbert Kelly and a sister: Margaret
D
idovich, and nieces and nephews, Thomas Kelly, David and Marie Didovich.

Services: Private, under the direction of the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.  Online condolences may be made at www.cochranfuneral.com

Contributions: Animals in Distress, 5075 Limeport Pike, Coopersburg, Pa. 18036 

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Jacob M. Byelick

Jacob Mitchell Byelick passed away unexpectadly at the age of 31, on April 6, 2016. He was born Aug 29, 1984.

He is preceded in death by his younger brother Trevor in September 2010.

He is survived by his mother Donna and stepfather Hank Stewart; father Mitchell Page; grandfather Stephen Byelick; grandmother Margret Stewart; grandmother Diane Cresitellol; step siblings Alexis and Derek (Page); uncles Nathan, Daniel, Stephen (Byelick) and Chris (Page), Dave (Traylor), Bob (Davis), and Frank (Stewart); aunts, Annie (Smith), Crystal, Mayito, Maggie and Kiersten (Byelick), Laura (Carousel) and Dana (Page-Hurst), Philomena (Davis), Rachel (Traylor) Bonnie, Mary, Andrea (Stewart); 2 Neices; 26 Cousins; 15 second cousins; and numerous friends.
 
In lieu of a viewing/funeral, on April 10--also known as Siblings Day--his ashes were sprinkled from the top of Point Mountain and purple, white, and green balloons were let loose into the sky in the same spot as his brother 5 years earlier.

The memorial was led by his long time friend/brother Rob Simpson and was attended by many friends and loved ones, tears were shed stories were shared, and friends and family were bonded in their mutual love of this young man.

He will never be forgotten and forever loved.

Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

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Lidia A. Bolster

 Lidia A. Bolster, age 68, of Greendell formerly of Belleville, NJ died Friday, April 1, 2016 at Newton Memorial Hospital, Newton, NJ.  Mrs. Bolster was born April 20, 1947 in Newark, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Giaimo) Catenacci.  In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her brother; Frank, Jr. 

She was employed by A & P, Andover, NJ as a Cashier.  Lidia was an avid reader and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. 

She is survived by her husband: Conrad Bolster, her daughter; Michele Kristiansen and husband John, 2 grandchildren; John and Erik Kristiansen and 1 niece Maria Torluccio.

The funeral will be held 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 6 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Father Sutton officiating.  Burial will be in Tranquility Cemetery following services.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 5 from 4-8 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 in memory of Lidia.

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Edward Bentley

 Edward Bentley, age 71, Budd Lake, NJ formerly of Bushkill, PA died Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at home.  Edward was born March 4, 1945 in Elizabeth, NJ. He is the son of the late Earle and Theresa (Proffe) Bentley. 

He was employed by Adam Metal Products, Ledgewood NJ the Plant Manager. Edward was an outdoorsman, who enjoyed fishing and nature.  In his younger days, enjoyed racing and working on stock race cars.

He is survived by his daughter: Jennifer Bentley, 1 brother: Raymond Bentley and 1 grandson: Nathaniel Orlando.

The funeral will be held 8:00 pm on Friday, March 18 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Rev. Joseph McCarthy officiating. 

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 18 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Lung Assoc. of New Jersey, 1031 Route 22 West, Suite 203, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

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Alberta L. Best

 Alberta L. Best, age 88, of Hackettstown died Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at Forest Manor Heath Care Facility after a lengthy illness.  Alberta was born August 10, 1927 in Kenvil, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Alfred and Mary M. (Ridner) Berry. In addition to her parents, Alberta is preceded in death by her husband; Allan Best in 2003, and her daughter; Linda Lavagnino in 1987. 

She was the owner/operator of her hair salon in Dover, NJ for 25 years.  In 1986 moved to Clarksville, VA to care for her daughter and then retired in 2003, moving to DeBary, FL where she resided for 20 years. 

She is survived by her devoted daughter; Brenda Miller and her companion Henry Masker, 1 brother; Wayne Berry and his wife Kathy, 1 grandson; Michael Miller, Stanhope, NJ 2 granddaughters; Teri Small and Lora Ballard of Chase City, VA and many nieces and nephews.

Cremation is private.

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David W. Bullock

David Wayne Bullock, age 44, of Hackettstown died late Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at Lehigh Valley Hospital after injuries sustained from an automobile accident. David was born October 4, 1971 in Newton N.J. and was the son of Thomas Bullock and Barbara Bullock. He was self employed as a carpenter. During his life he was a true nature lover, bears being his first priority, he also enjoyed watching and identifying birds. He was very into heavy metal music, and was also a big fan of professional wrestling. He is survived by his wife: Bonnie A. Bullock, his father, his mother, a grandmother, Florence L Agens, a sister, Sharyl L. Bullock and her fiancée, Pat Mammana. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cochran Funeral Home 905 High Street Hackettstown NJ 07840. A memorial visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from 3 – 8pm., Casual attire is preferred. The memorial service will be held 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 2 at Cochran Funeral Home. Interment will be private at family’s request. Those wishing to leave online condolences may do so at www.cochranfuneral.com/

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Alma Brekke

 There will be a memorial service for Alma Brekke who passed away on January 23, 2016 at the Cochran Funeral Home on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 11 am.  Friends may gather from 10-11am before sevices begin.

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Helen Mary Brennan

 Helen Mary Brennan, age 90, of Clark formerly of Hillside, NJ died Sunday, January 3, 2016 at Monroe Village Health Care Center, Monroe Township, NJ.  Mrs. Brennan was born January 18, 1925 in Newark, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Stephen and Mary (Hrycychyn) Klapy.  In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her sister:  Teresa Kenny and her brother William Klapy. 

She was employed by as a Food Service Director for the Clark School System.  Helen was a member of the Ukrainian Woman’s Club, Newark, NJ, and very active member of the Ukranian Church in Hillside, NJ. Most of all Helen loved and cherished her family.

She is survived by her husband: Thomas Brennan, her son; Thomas Brennan and wife Grace, her daughter; Nancy Campanella and husband Larry, 4 grandchildren; Daniel, Amanda, Gabrielle and Robert, many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:30 am on Friday, January 8 at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 335 US Hwy 46, Great Meadows, NJ with Father Eugene officiating.  Burial will be in Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows following the mass.

Visitation hours will be Thursday, January 7 from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Greater NJ Chapter, 400 Morris Avenue Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834 in memory of Helen.

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Rev. Francis Benson

 Reverend Francis “Frank” Benson, 84, of Hackettstown, NJ, passed away on Monday, January 4, 2016 in Hackettstown surrounded by his loving family. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 5, 1931, Frank was the son of the late Frank & Elizabeth Ledbetter Benson. Frank was born into a working class family and left school at the age of 14, not uncommon at that time. After he recognized that he was called to the ministry, he finished school through correspondence courses.

 
Ordained in 1961, Frank was a graduate of the University of Edinburgh both as an undergraduate and seminary student and earned his Masters of Sacred Theology at Union Theological College in New York. After his ordination on December 6, 1961, Frank was called to serve the Mt. Olivet Community Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, NY until 1968. At that time, Rev. Benson was called to The Garden Memorial Presbyterian Church in Washington DC until 1975. He and his family then moved to Kearny, NJ serving as pastor of Knox Presbyterian Church until his retirement in 1996. While in Kearny, Frank became the chaplain of the Kearny Police Department, a volunteer position that he retained until the present time. Rev. Benson and his wife, Paula Primamore Benson moved to Hackettstown and switched his membership from the Presbytery of Newark to the Newton Presbytery where he was a member of several committees, most notably the Committee on Ministry. Additionally, he was elected Moderator of the Presbytery for one year. As a retired minister, he substituted as a guest preacher, moderator of session, or moderator of congregational meetings. He was proud to be the officiant of both his children’s weddings as well as his nieces, cousins, and friends.
 
In addition to his loving wife Paula, Frank is survived by his children Francis Roderick Benson and Nancy Elizabeth Hellriegel and their spouses, Beth Benson and John Hellriegel, as well as his grandchildren Margaret Benson, Francis Marshall Benson, Bruce Hellriegel, and Daniel Hellriegel.
 
A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church 298 Main St. Hackettstown N.J. 07840 on Saturday, February 13, 2016  at 11 am with Rev. Amy Lincoln officiating and Rev. Birda Ferguson co-officiating. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. In Lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you please consider donating to your favorite charity or Frank’s favorite Johnsonburg Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center at http://www.campjburg.org in Frank’s memory. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com.
 

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Rita J. Barry

Rita Joan Barry, 84, of Hope, NJ passed away surrounded by her loving family at Forest Manor of Hope, NJ on December 23, 2015. Born August 10, 1931 in the Bronx, NY, Rita was the daughter of the late Thomas & Rose Etta Rogers Barry. She has lived in Hope for several years coming from Summit, NJ.

Before her retirement many years ago, Rita was employed as an office manager with Western Union in Manhattan, NY.

Rita is survived by Four Children, Regina Clark, Joan Murphy, William M. Murphy, Jr. and his wife, Debbie, and Rhonda Sturm and her husband, Michael;  Eight loving Grandchildren; Kelly Murphy, John Guise, Jr., Rachael Murphy, Tyler Clark, Brianna Murphy, Ian Murphy, Brandon Sturm & Sean Sturm and seven Great Grandchildren; Cole, Forest, Steven, Lauren, Trevor, Jack & Addyson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Raymond's Church, Bronx, NY on Saturday, January 9th at 9:45 am with burial to follow at St. Raymond's Cemetery also in the Bronx, NY.
 

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Grace A. Batson

 Grace A. Batson “Birdy”, age 91, Oxford, NJ died Saturday, December 5, 2015 at Warren Haven Nursing Home, Oxford, NJ.  Grace was born January 17, 1924 in Drakestown, NJ. She is the daughter of the late William and Nellie (Keggan) Bird.  She was preceded in death by her husband Robert G. Batson in October 1956, she is also preceded in death by her 5 brothers; Jerry, Robert, Floyd and William Bird, Howard Burd and her sister: Alice.

She was employed by Acme Markets, Succasunna, NJ as a Cashier for many years, she also previously worked as an assistant at Calleremi Cadillac and Buick Dealership in Budd Lake, NJ.  Grace enjoyed visiting with friend and spending time with her loving family 

She is survived by her daughter; Gail A. Bell and her husband Ronald, 3 grandchildren; Michelle Enders, Sherri Rotondo and Kelly Suyker. 5 great grandchildren; Kayla Enders, Alexis Rotondo, Daniel Rotondo, William Suyker and Nicholas Suyker.

The funeral will be held 12:00 pm on Thursday, December 10 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Dr. Rev. Frank Fowler officiating.  Burial will be in Hackettstown Union Cemetery, Hackettstown on Thursday, December 10 at 1:00 pm.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 10 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 213 Main Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840 in memory of Birdy

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Barbara L. Brodeur

 Barbara L. Brodeur, age 88, of Hackettstown, NJ formerly of Scottsdale, AZ died Sunday, November 29, 2015 at House Of The Good Shepherd, Hackettstown.  Barbara was born February 11, 1927 in White Plains, NY. She is the daughter of the late George and the late Florence (Verplanck) Martin.  In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband; Albert S. Brodeur.

Barbara graduated Centenary Jr. College, Hackettstown, NJ in 1947 and Marywood College, Scranton, Pa in 1949, was formerly a Librarian employed by Southville High School, Rockville, NY from 1949-1952.  She was a 60+ year member of DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), member of the Colonial Dames, AZ, the Paul Harris International Rotary, an active member of the Christ Episcopal Church, Greenwich, CT, member of the St. Barnabas on the Dessert, Scottsdale, AZ, served on the Board of Trustees at Centenary College and was the National Alumni President there from 1966-1967.

She is survived by 2 daughters; Christine Brodeur and her husband Donald MacClellan, Deidre Ann Brodeur and her husband Michael Coen, 2 grandchildren; Elizabeth Coen and Patrick Coen.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the House of the Good Shepherd, 798 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, NJ.  Cremation is private.

Burial of ashes will be held at the Rural Cemetery, White Plains, NY also at a later date.

 

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Mary J. Beam

 Mary J. Beam, age 69, of Hackettstown, NJ formerly of Allamuchy died Wednesday, November 25, 2015.  Mary was born December 22, 1945 in Washington, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Abram K. and  Almeda (Crowell) Metzgar, Sr.  In addition to her parents Mary is preceded in death by her husband; Walt Beam.

She was employed as greeter at the Walmart, Mansfield NJ.  Mary loved to cook and was an avid reader.  She especially loved spending time with her family. 

She is survived by her 4 sons; Steven Strowbridge, Philip Strowbridge and wife Erin, Kenneth Strowbridge and wife Jody, Robert Strowbridge, 3 sisters; Hester Perrell, Ruth Wildrick, Helen Zamoro, 2 brothers; Abram Metzgar, Walter Metzgar and 7 grandchildren.

Services and cremation are private.

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John Michael Barbato, Jr.

John Michael Barbato, Jr., age 20, of Hackettstown died Sunday, November 1, 2015 in Andover, NJ.  John was born February 25, 1995 in Hackettstown, NJ. He is the son of John M Barbato, Sr. and Zoeann (Crane) Tanis. 

He was employed by Abilities Workshop, Washington NJ as an Aide, John enjoyed his work very much and will miss spending time with the people he helped.  He was an avid drum and guitar player and loved to play basketball.

He is survived by his mother; Zoeann Tanis and husband Paul, father; John M. Barbato, Sr. and wife Jamie, brother; Vincent Nicholas Barbato, maternal grandparents; Judith amd Robert Crane, maternal uncle; Robert Crane and wife Synthia, Paternal Uncles; Louis Barbato, III and wife Phyllis, Vincent Barbato and wife Connie and many cousins.

John is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents; Louis & Theresa Barbato.

The funeral will be held 8:00 pm on Wednesday, November 4 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Father David Pekola officiating. 

Visitation hours will be Wednesday, November 4 from 4:00 - 8:00PM at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

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Juanito L. Borja

Juanito L. Borja, age 71, of Hackettstown died Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at his residence. He was born May 12, 1944 in the Philippines. He is the son of the late Hermenigildo and the late Justiniana (Litang) Borja. He was self-employed as a Handyman/Carpenter. He is survived by his wife; Asuncion (Ilano) Borja; 2 sons; Eric Borja, and Jounee Borja; and 3 Grandchildren; Elora, Eldrin, and Yohan. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 10:00 am at St. Jude R.C. Church, 17 Mt Olive Road, Budd Lake, NJ with Father Antonio officiating.

Calling hours will be Saturday, August 29, 2015 immediately after the Funeral Mass, from 12:00 - 2:00PM at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.. Cremation will be private. Those wishing to make online condolences may do so at www.cochranfuneral.com

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Robert C. Bernard

Robert Carl Bernard, age 76, of Hackettstown went to be with God on Saturday, August 15, 2015. Robert was born January 4, 1939 in Ashtabula, OH. He is the son of the late Carl and Carol (Dow) Bernard. While attending Ohio State University, Bob was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa and was in the ROTC. After graduating college, Bob worked for Westinghouse and Alcoa. He retired as a Traffic and Logistics Supervisor from Mobil Chemical in Washington, NJ after 25 years. After retirement, Bob held multiple “hobby jobs” at places such as, the Long Valley Pub & Brewery, Laidlaw School Bus Company and Johnson Dodge. He was a very active member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Hackettstown, NJ for over 42 years. Bob served on numerous committees. Being a faithful servant of the Lord, he volunteered much of his time to many projects including a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, working at the Lord’s Pantry for over 20 years, Truck Stop Ministry and also delivered food weekly to St. Philip’s Ministry in Paterson, NJ. In 2005 Bob was inducted into the Senior Hall of Fame as recognition for his volunteerism. For years, Bob also volunteered weekly at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. Bob was well known for his sense of humor, infectious laugh and contagious smile. Because of his love of learning, Bob enjoyed reading and extensive travel, especially driving through the United States. He is survived by his wife of 52 years: Sue (Hakala) Bernard, 1 son; Andrew Bernard and wife Dawn of Great Meadows, NJ, 1 daughter; Kerry Roselle and husband Phil of Nashville, TN; 3 Grandchildren; Khilian, Jared & Rhiannon. A Memorial Service will be held 3:00 pm on Sunday, August 23 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 213 Main Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Dr. Rev. Frank Fowler officiating. . In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Lord’s Pantry, Trinity United Methodist Church, 213 Main Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840.

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James H. Burton

James H. Burton, age 70, of Hackettstown, NJ died suddenly Thursday, August 6, 2015 at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, VA. James was born in 1945 in Wayland, NY. He is the son of the late Earl and Myrtle Burton. In addition to his parents James is preceded in death by his brother; Lawrence Earl Burton and two newborn grandchildren; Hannah Nicole Wells, James Bradley Sloane. James was a graduate of Haverling High School, Bath, NY class of 1963 and St. Bonaventure University, Olean, NY, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1967. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 16 and his love for scouting led him to pursue a career as a Professional District Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America. In 1971, James transferred to New Jersey from Ithaca, NY to facilitate the Scouting Explorer Program. Other career opportunities followed, primarily in the area of Purchasing and he retired in 2003. He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Hackettstown, NJ and felt that faith was the cornerstone of his life. He married Edna White on July 24, 1965 in Bath, NY and they just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. In addition to his loving wife he is survived by 2 devoted daughters; Christina D. Sloane and her husband Michael and Rebecca L. Burton, 4 grandchildren; Dominic James Petrucelli, Stephanie Marie Sloane, Julia Rae Wells, Colton James Wells, 1 great granddaughter, Bailey Ava Sloane, mother in law, Hazel White, several nieces and nephews and Melissa A. Morgan who was lovingly welcomed into his family. James was a generous and loving, husband, father and grandfather. He spent his time coaching his daughters softball teams, camping, taking family vacations and enjoying his friends and neighbors. His life-long passion was going to garage sales and flea markets and finding just the perfect item for one of his children or friends. He had a keen eye for assessing the value of collectibles and rejoiced in adding them to his collection. A celebration of his life will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, August 22 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ. Visiting hours will also be Saturday, August 22 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 213 Main Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840 or to the American Legion Blue Ridge Post 164, P.O. Box 332, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840 in memory of James.

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Lois A. Bonar

Lois A. Bonar, 87, of Mansfield Twp., NJ, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 27, 2015 to be reunited with “the love of her life” Alexander Bonar for eternity. Lois was born December 31, 1927 to Louis & Virginia Ricketts Tersigni whom she loved dearly. Lois graduated from Belvidere High School in 1945 where she was the manager of the girls’ basketball team and was also a cheerleader. Lois met Al and they married and began their life together in September, 1946. They worked for her family's restaurant, the Ranch -O- (now Luigi’s) in Belvidere, NJ for a number of years. In 1961 they opened Cliffdale Park Inn on Route 57 in Mansfield Twp. There, they lived and worked side by side with their family for 44 years. Lois & Al enjoyed their yearly trips to Florida, the Jersey Shore and their house in the Pocono’s but Cliffdale was always home with so many fond memories of time spent with family and friends. Upon Al’s death in 2005 after 59 years together, Lois continued on at the restaurant as the hostess until it was sold in 2008. She so enjoyed greeting everyone and making them feel welcomed. One of Lois greatest traits was her generosity to others. She loved flowers, decorating for every holiday, cooking, entertaining and especially listening to music.  As she entered her golden years, her fortitude was amazing, always starting the day “looking pretty”. She was ready for any fun activity the day might bring. She had a life well lived. Lois life was always surrounded by the family she so cherished and in return, they cherished her. She is survived by her loving daughter, Alexis Siegfried and her husband, Bill of Mansfield Twp. Her Granddaughters, whom she adored, Laurie Tartaglia and her husband Nick of Belvidere; Lexis McCoy and her husband Rik of Hackettstown, NJ. Her precious great grandchildren, Anthony and Niya Tartaglia, Aidan and Owen McCoy. Her loving sister and best friend with whom she spent many fun filled days, Carmen Govan of Hackettstown, NJ. Her devoted and dedicated caregivers at Warren Haven as well as hospice. She is also survived by 2 Aunts & an Uncle, many nieces, Nephews and cousins. Lastly, Lois was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption in Hackettstown. Visitation and a Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. Viewing hours will be from 12:30 to 2:30pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ. Immediately following the viewing, the funeral mass will take place at St. Mary’s Church, 305 High St., Hackettstown, NJ with Fr. David Pekola presiding. Interment will be at Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ. In Lieu of flowers, please consider donating to either St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption or Compassionate Care Hospice of Sparta, NJ. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Frieda Berk

Frieda Berk, age 101, of Hackettstown formerly of Ridgefield Park, NJ died Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at House of the Good Shepherd of Hackettstown, NJ. Frieda was born February 4, 1914 in Manhattan, NY. She is the daughter of the late Julius and Martha (Kaufman) Simon. She was also proceeded in death by her husband, Erwin Berk, her daughter, Roslyn Camaro, her brother, Michael Simon, 2 sisters, Janet Fishel and Ethel Simon and 1 grandson, Robert. She was of Jewish faith and a devoted Homemaker, who enjoyed crocheting, playing pinochle, gardening and bingo. Frieda was also an avid bird watcher. She is survived by her son, Marvin Berk and his companion Dennis Kord, her daughter, Susan LaFalce and her husband Angelo, 3 grandchildren, John, Marie and Calin, 4 great grandchildren, Andrew, Jessica, Julia and Joshua. A memorial visitation will be held at 4:00 pm on Thursday, May 14 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Rabbi Mary Zamore officiating. Cremation was private, Calling hours will be Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 2-4 pm at the funeral home. 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 Frieda.

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Millard R. Branch

 Millard R Branch, age 80 of Hackettstown formerly of Denville, NJ died Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice of Newton, NJ.  Millard was born July 22, 1934 in Jersey City, NJ. He is the son of the late Millard and Kathryn (Hunter) Branch.  He is also predeceased by his wife of 47 years Priscilla (Rowan) Branch, 1 son, Robert, 1 sister, Helen “Peggy” Nagel and 1 brother, William. 

He served in the US Army during peacetime from 1957 to 1959.  He was employed by Newton Memorial Hospital as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), prior to that and for most of his career he served as the Vice President of Finance at Dover General Hospital and was an active member of the Panther Valley Ecumenical  Church and a member of the St. John’s Masonic Lodge, Mountain Lakes, NJ.

He was a loving father, grandfather, brother and uncle. Millard  is survived by his 2 sons: Kenneth Branch and wife Maryann Panei, M.D., Stephen Branch and partner Michael Amaya, 1 daughter; Lisa Weber and husband Bill, and 9 grandchildren:  Robert, Brianna and Caitlin Branch, Tyler, Ryan and Nicole Beaudet, Kyle, Sam and Molly Weber, many nieces and nephews. 

Visitation will be held at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 on Monday, May 11th, 2015 from 11 am – 1 pm.  Services will be held at the Panther Valley Ecumenical Church, 1490 Country Road Route 517, Hackettstown, NJ at 1:30 pm. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ  07860 in memory of Millard.

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Roy A. Bryant

Roy Bryant of Madison Heights, Michigan and Independence, Virginia died in Hackettstown,N.J. Saturday May 2nd after a lengthy illness. He was 92. Roy was predeceased by his wife Milan Hendry Bryant in 1975. He is survived by his daughter, Deirdre Bryant Worth, her husband Norman Worth, and his beloved grandchildren Armando Worth and Yoli Worth. Roy is also survived by his sisters, Geneva Tuck and Virginia Carter. Roy served in the Signal Corps during World War II. He was a police officer for the city of Detroit for 25 years, and later worked as a fraud investigator for the State of Michigan. After retiring, he became a tree farmer in Virginia, where his family has deep roots. There will be a service at the Flat Rock Methodist Church on Powerhouse Road in Independence, Virginia at 10 am on May 14th, 2015 with The Reverend Terri Johnson Gregory presiding. Interment at the Bryant Cemetery will follow. There will be visiting hours at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 on May 7th, 2015 from 10am - Noon with services beginning at noon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ 07860.

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Ernest Parks Blaine

Ernest Parks Blaine, 83, of Great Meadows, NJ, died Friday, April 10, 2015 at the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice facility, Newton, NJ. Born April 20, 1931 in the village of Ralston, NJ, Ernest was the son of the late Joseph & Edith Parks Blaine. He and his beloved wife, Louise Burt Blaine have lived in the Great Meadows area for the past 25 years coming from Mendham, NJ. Mr. Blaine was a retired salesman having worked for B&W Country Vacuum of Great Meadows, NJ. Mr. Blaine proudly served our country in the United States Navy. Over the years, Ernest was very active with the Boy Scouts of America and continued to participate with the organization throughout his adult life. He was an active member of St. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Church, Great Meadows, NJ and a past Grand Knight of the church parish Knights of Columbus. His church family will greatly miss him as he could often be found at the church working on projects, fixing things and volunteering his assistance wherever needed. In addition to his wife Louise, He is survived by two sons; Ernest Blaine and his wife Karen & Stephen Blaine. One daughter, Sharon Farrell and her husband Paul. One sister, Hazel Waldron & Timothy Pierson. Three sisters in law; Elizabeth McWilliams, Dolores Burt & Marie Burt. Seven beloved Grandchildren; Cynthia Billone, Christine Erney, Jonathon Blaine, Jason Blaine, Kristin Orlando, Paul Farrell, Jr. & Christopher Farrell. Three Great Grandchildren; Avery & Mia Billone and Brooke Erney. He was predeceased by a sister, Ida Blaine. Viewing hours will be Monday, 4-13-15 from 4 – 8pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. A 10am Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, 4-14-15, at St. Peter & Paul Church, Rte 46, Great Meadows, NJ. Interment will be at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Chester, NJ. Donations in Mr. Blaine’s name may be made to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice or to his beloved church. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Irene S. Bennett

Irene S. Bennett, age 86, died peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Bennett, a lifelong resident of Hackettstown, was born on February 11th, 1929 in Morristown, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Leo and the late Victoria (Doncheski) Grogan. Irene is predeceased by her devoted husband, John Bennett and her beloved brothers Gerald, Leo and Gilbert Grogan. Mrs. Bennett was employed by Hackettstown Regional Medical Center as one of the first group of nurses hired when the hospital opened its doors for the first time. Irene is survived by a daughter, Gay and her husband Thomas Keating, sons John Bennett and wife Karen Bennett, Paul Bennett and James Bennett. She also leaves behind six grandchildren, Jeffrey Bennett, Victoria Byrka, Kathryn Rucki, Alexander Keating, Jack Bennett, Matthew Bennett, and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her life-long gal pals, Betty, Betty, and Tessie. Calling hours will be held Wednesday, March 25th from 10am to 12:30pm at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 followed by a mass and Christian burial at 1pm at Our Lady of the Lady Mountain R.C. Church, Long Valley, NJ officiated by Rev. Abuchi Nwosu. Immediately following, interment will be in Hackettstown Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hackettstown Regional Medical Center 651 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

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Ruth Ann Battersby

Ruth Ann Battersby, 77, died March 15, 2015 at home in Hackettstown, NJ. She was born in Paterson, NJ to the late Abraham and Minnie (Brodowsky) Battersby. Ruth will be laid to rest on Wednesday, March 18th in Laurel Grove Cemetery, Totowa. Services are private.

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Paul L. Bayse

Paul L. Bayse, age 77, of Mount Bethel, PA formerly of Randolph, NJ of died Thursday, March 12, 2015 at St. Luke’s Hospital (Anderson Campus) Easton, PA. Paul was born February 10, 1938 in Roanoke, VA. He is the son of the late Hursel and Gertrude (Everhart) Bayse. He served in the Army during the Vietnam war 1962-1964. He was employed by Certified Valuations Randolph, NJ as a Commercial Real Estate Appraiser. Paul was an avid golfer, enjoyed woodworking and was a history buff. He is survived by his wife: Elise (Ross) Bayse; his 2 sons: Paul Bayse and wife Janice, Mark Bayse and wife Yvonamor, 1 daughter; Debby Teeney and husband Gerald; 3 sisters; Dorothy Ayers and husband Wayne, Connie Dennis and husband Doug and Margie Rucker; 7 grandchildren, Jeffrey, Lauren, Elyse, Kyle, Kayla, Madelyn and Olivia. The funeral will be held 1:00 pm on Sunday, March 15 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Rev. Don Gebhardt officiating. Cremation is private. Calling hours will be Sunday, March 15 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the funeral home.

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Jeannette I. Berkery

Jeannette I. Berkery of Hackettstown, formerly of West Orange, NJ died peascefully at Merry Heart Care Center, Succasunna, NJ on Friday, January 9, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Raymond and Jennie Richards. The wife of the late Henry "Harry" Hayes and the late Andrew Berkery. Jeannette was also predeceased by 1 son; David Hayes, 2 sisters; Elsie Edinger and Florie Jacques and 1 grandson: Vincent. Jeannette worked as a Bank Teller before retiring and was a proud United States Veteran of World War II where she served in the Army Woman's Corp in New Guinea. She was a member of the VFW Post 282, Hackettstown, NJ and served as a Deacon for the Paterson Memorial Church, Paterson, NJ. As a hobby she enjoyed to crochet. Jeannette is survived by her son; Donald Hayes and wife Donna, step-son; Harry Hayes, 1 brother; Raymond Richards, 4 grandchildren; Shawn, Justin and wife Michele, David and Nicole, 1 great-grandchild; Hadley. Visitation will be held at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ on Tuesday, January 13, 2014 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 10:30 am with the Rev. Birda Ferguson officiating. Burial will be at Hollywood Memorial Park, Union, NJ following services. For those desiring donations may be may to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 in memory of Jeannette.

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August "Augie" Binder

 August "Augie", C. Binder, age 78, of Nazareth, PA and Naples, FL formerly of Port Murray, NJ died Sunday, December 21, 2014 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Bethlehem, PA.  August was born June 16, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY.

 
He served in the United States Reserves from 1955 - 1963.  Augie owned and operated the Bee-Line Fuel Company, Port Murray, NJ for many years before retiring.  He served his community as Mayor of Mansfield Township several times and was a Mansfield Township Committeeman and member of the Tri-County Fire Department.  Augie enjoyed his work, farming, restoring homes but most of all he loved and cherished his family.
 
He is survived by his wife of 55 years: Helen (Beers) Binder; 1 son; August and his companion Kim Brown-Bodamer; 1 daughter; Lisa Hill and husband Brian; 2 grandchildren; Sarah and Matthew Hill.

 He is the son of the late Carl and Loretta (Croswell) Binder. Augie is also predeceased by 2 sisters: Loretta and Evelyn.
 
The funeral will be held 11:00 am on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Pastor Paul Wells officiating.  Burial will be in Hackettstown Union Cemetery, Hackettstown following services.
 
Visitation hours will be Tuesday, December 23, 2014 from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ. Online condolences may be made at www.cochranfuneral.com
 

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William Rogers Bulford

William Rogers Bulford, age 88, died Friday, October 24, 2014 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center.  Mr. Bulford was a resident of Andover, NJ.  He was born May 10, 1926 in Sarver, PA to the late James and Edith (Gray) Bulford.

William Bulford was predeceased by his wife of fifty-seven years, Geneva M. Bulford, and his daughter, Priscilla Bulford Wintermute.  He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Bulford. 

William served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.  He used his GI benefits to complete a bachelor’s degree, majoring in religion and minoring in English and history.  He later completed his master’s degree in educational finance at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.  William began his long teaching career in 1955 in western Pennsylvania, working in the Seventh-day Adventist school system.  He moved to New Jersey in 1968 where he taught at Garden State Academy in Tranquility until he retired in 1996.  He was honored by the academy when the students voted to name the young men’s resident dormitory after him. 

Visitation will be held at the Cochran Funeral, 905 high Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 on Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm with services immediately following visitation at 3:30 pm.

Cremation was private.  Burial will be held folowing services at Tranqulity Cemetery, Tranquility, NJ

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the following relief and development agency:

ADRA International, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904

ATTN: William R. Bulford Memorial Fund  

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Elizabeth Boresen

 Elizabeth Boresen, age 94, of Frelinghuysen Township formerly of Saddlebrook, NJ died Tuesday, September 23, 2014.  Elizabeth was born October 18, 1919 in Jersey City, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Wilhelm and Emma (Kruse) Malmbach.  Elizabeth was also preceded in death by her brother; William and 5 sisters; Emma, Hattie, Louise, Catherine and Frances.

She was employed at a Teacher for the Mount Olive High School, Mount Olive, NJ for several years.  Elizabeth earned her B.S. Degree in Education and her Master’s Degree in Distributive Education from Montclair State College.  She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Glen Rock, NJ and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and past Matron Jeptha Chapter, Ridgewood, NJ.

She is survived by her daughter; Karen Newquist and her husband James, 2 grandchildren: Kenneth Newquist and wife Sue and Kristen Valenti and her husband Frank, and 5 great grandchildren.

Cremation will be private. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Christopher J. Bragg

Christopher J. Bragg of Roxbury Township passed away at his residence on Saturday, July 5, 2014, he was 30 years old. He is survived by his Father Donald K. Bragg with whom he lived, his Mother, Doris Conk and her husband Edward Compton of Hackettstown NJ. 2 Sisters, Stephanie Anne and Jamie Lynne also of Hackettstown. Private funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street Hackettstown, NJ 07840. Interment will be at Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center. PO Box 575 Woodland Ave, P.O. Box 159 Madison, NJ 07940. In Christopher's Memory. Online condolences may be sent to www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Henderika "Rika" J. Brands

 Henderika “Rika” J. Brands, age 83, of Belvidere, NJ died Thursday, May 29, 2014 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Hackettstown, NJ.  Henderika was born June 26, 1930 in Gronigen, Holland. She was the daughter of the late Jan and Johanna (Muller) Jansen. 

Rika was a loving and devoted mother who enjoyed spending time with her adoring grandchildren. 

She is survived her son, Randolph J. Brands and his wife Barbara, daughter, Judy Rossmell and her husband Robin; 4 grandchildren, Ryan R. and Christopher R. Rossmell, Amanda J.and Casey L. Brands.

Cremation is private. Burial of remains will be at Hackettstown Union Cemetery at a later date. 

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Franklin Phillips Baker, Jr.

Franklin Phillips Baker, Jr., age 89, Long Valley, NJ died Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at Paragon Village in Hackettstown, NJ.  Franklin was born December 18, 1924 in West Orange, NJ, to the late Franklin Phillips Baker, Sr. and his wife Thelma, née Nelson.

Franklin was married to Sonja Jeanette Baker, née Jacobson, on August 16, 1958; they were married 55 years.

He graduated from Kearny High School and attended the New Jersey Institute of Technology before transferring to and graduating from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Class of 1966, with his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Franklin served in the Navy during World War II from 1942 to 1947 and the Korean War from 1950 to 1951. He was employed at Picatinny Arsenal as a mechanical engineer, where he received numerous awards before retiring in 1993.  Previously, Mr. Baker worked for Bendix Corporation, Dean Ward, the Kearny Police Department, and the New York Port Authority Police.

Franklin was a member and served on the church councils of First Lutheran Church in Kearny, St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Wayne, St. David’s Episcopal Church in Kinnelon, and Zion Lutheran Church in Long Valley.  Franklin’s hobbies included the Roxbury Area Model Airplane Club, bowling with the West Hudson YMCA Church League and the Picatinny Bowling League, chess with the Picatinny Chess Club, the Morris County Chess League and the Hackettstown Chess Club, and playing bridge as an International Match Points player. He was a Literary Volunteer of America as well as an English as a Second Language teacher. His civic duties included serving on the Senior Advisory Council of Washington Township, as Vice Commander of the American War Veterans of Washington Township, as a District Trustee of the Vasa Order of America, New Jersey District No. 6, being a charter member of  Vasa Three Crowns Lodge No. 704, which he served as Financial Secretary, Vice Chairman, and Chairman, and serving on the Board of Trustees of NJ Vasa Home Park and as membership chairman for the Scandinavian American Heritage Society.

He is survived by his wife, Sonja Jeanette Baker; two sons,  Franklin “Frank” Baker, III and Kathy Baker, Jeffrey Baker and Diane Cunningham, and four daughters, Marianne Tomandl and Daniel Tomandl, Cynthia Scott and Randy Scott, Kristin Baker and Roy Groething, and Nancy Baker and Michael Everett; his sister-in-law,  Lucille Baker; and his eight grandchildren,  David, Mark, Eric, Audrey, Willamina, Alexander, Samantha and Alex; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Franklin is preceded in death by his brother, Richard Baker, and sisters, Hilda Gunther and Elberta Ingrassia, as well as his parents.

The funeral service will be held 11:00 am on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Zion Lutheran Church, 11 Schooley's Mountain Road, Long Valley, NJ. Pastor Richard Kiesling will be officiating. Calling hours will be Friday, May 9, 2014 from 3:00 to 5:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ. Cremation will be private.

In lieu of flowers and at the request of the family please make donations to: Social Ministries – Zion Lutheran Church, 11 Schooley’s Mountain Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853, in memory of Franklin.

 

 

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Irene T. Bippart

 Irene T. Bippart, age 86, of Hackettstown died Monday, April 28, 2014 at St. Claire’s Hospital of Dover, NJ.  Irene was born April 30, 1927 in Madison, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Albert and Augusta (Husveth) Lusardi.  She was predeceased by her husband, Richard E. Bippart and her brother, Bobby Lusardi. 

She was employed by Prudential, Newark NJ as an Administrative Assistant for many years. Irene was a member of St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, was an avid animal lover who supported many animal humane societies.  She enjoyed playing Bingo with her dear friends of Peter Drive, loved to watch cooking shows and playing scrabble with her adoring grandchildren. 

She is survived by; 2 daughters, Diana Salus and husband Bob, Lorna Wild and husband Bruce; 1 son, Charles Bippart and wife Dena; 1 brother, Albert (BeBe) Lusardi and wife Pat; 6 grandchildren, Robert, Erika, Kait, Drew, Cory and Matthew; 2 nieces, LeeAnn and husband Mike and Susan, 1 great nephew, Sean and 1 great niece, Sarah.

The funeral will be held 11:00 am on Friday, May 2, 2014 at St. Mary's Church Of The Assumption, 305 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Father David Pekola officiating.  Burial will be in Mendham/Hilltop Cemetery, Mendham following the mass.

Calling hours will be Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.  For online condolences www.cochranfuneral.com

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to NJSPCA, 1119 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1939 in memory of Irene.

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Charlotte J. Bauer

Charlotte J. Bauer, 86 of Hackettstown, N.J. died on Saturday, March 29,2014 at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, N.J. surrounded by her loving family. Born June 14, 1927 in East Orange, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Charles & Marjorie Donaldson Fricke.

A lifelong resident of the greater Hackettstown area, Charlotte stayed active in the community and was a ladies auxiliary member of both the Hackettstown Moose Lodge and Blue Ridge Post #164 American Legion in Hackettstown where she could always be found playing bingo on Thursday nights! Charlotte is survived by four sons: Calvin and his wife Christina Pulver, Donald and his wife Bonnie Pulver, Jeffery Pulver and Harry Pulver. Two Daughters: Bonnie Grosso and Kathy Pulver. She was proud of her 17 Grandchildren and 20 Great Grandchildren. Charlotte was predeceased by two brothers and two sisters.

She was predeceased by her loving husband Richard "Jack" Bauer who died in 1992. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 10am to 1pm. Funeral services will take place at 1pm Wednesday after the viewing hours at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, N.J., 07840. Interment will follow at Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows, N.J.. In Lieu of flowers, please consider St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Condolences may be given online at www.cochranfuneral.com

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Katherine Ball

Katherine Ball, age 83, of Greendell, NJ died Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center of Hackettstown, N.J. Katherine was born July 20, 1930 in Paterson, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Joseph and Gertrude (Kuistra) Chipalone. She married her loving husband Edward Ball, Sr. on August 10, 1963 and celebrated 50 yrs. of marriage on August 10, 2013. She was employed as a Coordinating Supervisor for Hayband Clothing Corp. for many years specializing in establishing new stores throughout the United States. After her retirement, Katherine worked with her husband, Edward at their family owned business, Blairstown Drycleaners. She is survived by her husband: Edward Ball, Sr.; one son, Edward Ball, Jr. and wife Julie of Long Valley, N.J.; One beloved granddaughter; Ragen Elizabeth Ball and one sister; Nanette Chianchiano of North Carolina. The funeral will be held 10:00 am Monday, March 31 at Tranquility Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 1 Academy Lane, Tranquility, NJ with Pastor Mark Jagitsch officiating. Interment will be in the Tranquility Cemetery, Tranquility, New Jersey. Visitation will be Sunday, March 30 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm at Tranquility Seventh-Day Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Regan Elizabeth Ball Education fund, Care of her parents Ed and Julie Ball.

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Stephen W. Barkovich

Stephen W. Barkovich, 52, of Long Valley, N.J. With great sorrow, the family of Stephen W. Barkovich of Long Valley, N.J., announces his unexpected passing on March 22, 2014. He was 52. Steve was born in Quebec, Canada, the loving son of Patricia Walker and the late William Barkovich. He lived in Montreal and Toronto before moving to New Jersey in 1993. Steve leaves behind his devoted wife, Devika Chinapen; his beloved son, Zachary Barkovich; his adoring mother, Patricia Walker; his loving brother, Gregory Barkovich and his wife, Sor-Hwa Teo; his dear niece, Shan-Li Barkovich; and a host of caring aunts, uncles, other relatives and good friends. The funeral will be a private family service. In lieu of flowers, donations in Steve’s memory can be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation via the attached website or by mail. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840. www.cochranfuneral.com http://friends.wish.org/100-000/page/Stephen-Barkovich/Memorial-Page.htm Make-A-Wish® America Attention: Jessica Nuttall In Memory of Stephen W. Barkovich 4742 North 24th Street, Suite 400 Phoenix, AZ 85016 602-385-6916

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James C. Bernecker

James C. Bernecker, 39, of Long Valley, New Jersey passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, March 16, 2014.  James was born on January 28, 1975 at Hackensack Hospital.  He was the Service Manager at Clinton Acura since 2007 and worked in the automotive industry throughout his adult years. 

 
James is survived by his three beloved daughters, Abigail, Lily, Madeline and their mother Katherine Bumber.  James is also survived by his mother Barbara Holly and her husband David of Southport North Carolina, his father William Bernecker and his wife Mary of Chester New Jersey, his two younger sisters Christina Greenley of Long Valley and Amy Bernecker of Denville. As well as his two nieces Jordan and Taylor Greenley. James also left behind his two dogs Jasper and Darby, and his cat Bella. 
 
Jim was a caring and compassionate person who loved animals.  Jim had a variety of interests including running, wood-working, automotive hobbies and spending time with friends.  Most importantly, Jim cherished spending time with his daughters.
 
Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Cochran Funeral Home located at 905 High Street in Hackettstown, New Jersey between the hours of 2:00pm and 6:00pm.   A memorial service to celebrate Jim’s life will begin promptly at 5:00pm.
 
 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the college fund for James’ children.
Checks can be made out to:
PA529IP acct#577857229
Please add in note: “This check is in memory of James Bernecker for the college funds of Abigail, Lily, and Madeline”. 
 
Donations should be mailed to:
Pennsylvania 529 Investment Plan
PO Box 55378
Boston, MA 02205-5378

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Eileen A Blum

 Eileen A. Blum, age 65 of Hackettstown, N.J passed away peacefully on Tuesday March 11, 2014.  Eileen was born on January 19, 1949 in New York City, NY.  She was the daughter of the late Milton and the late Josephine (Harrison) Blum.  She was also predeceased by her 2 brothers; David and Charlie. 

Eileen was a Registered Nurse, employed by NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases NYC, NY.  She enjoyed traveling the world, horse racing, and adored her grandnieces grandnephew.

She is survived by 1 sister, Joanne Lanterman; 2 nephews, Jeff Bossen and wife Cassandra, Steve Bossen and wife Nicole; 3 grandnieces, Allie, Tyler, and Carlie; 1 grandnephew; Andrew.    

The Funeral mass will be held on Saturday March 15th, 2014 at 8:00am at St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, 305 High Street Hackettstown, NJ with Father David Pekola officiating.  Burial will be at St. John’s Cemetery, Queens, NY following the mass. 

Visitation will be on Friday March 14th, 2014 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 from 4 – 8pm.   

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, 350 Sparta Ave, Building B, Suite 2, and Sparta, NJ 07871, in memory of Eileen.      

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Charles W. Barna, Jr.

 Charles W. Barna, Jr., age 67, resided in Warren County most of his life died Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at home in Hackettstown, NJ.  Charles was born April 12, 1946 in Passaic, NJ. He is the son of the late Charles W. and the late Sophie (Zak) Barna.  He is also predeceased by 1 nephew; Robert Muraski.

He served in the U. S. National Guard during the Vietnam war from 1963 to 1969.  Charlie retired from M & M Mars as a Commodities Broker in 1996. 

He was of the catholic faith and enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing in his early years. Charles was an antique car enthusiast and a member of the Hackettstown American Legion Post 164.

Charles is survived by his daughter; Vickie Kennelly, son; Michael Barna; 2. Sisters; Marlene Wachelka and her husband Bruce, Juanita Barna-Providoshin and her husband Steven; 2 grandchildren, Stephanie & Kyle Kennelly; 1 niece, Susan Lance; 2 nephews, Jeff & Brian Wachelka.

Cremation is private.

 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Independence Township First Aid and Rescue Squad, Regina Lane, Great Meadows, NJ 07838

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Lynn Boutin

Lynn Boutin, 49, of Hackettstown, N.J. died Wednesday, 2-19-14 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. Born in Denville, N.J. on October 23, 1964, Lynn was the daughter of the late Albert T. and Jean Pearson the 3rd . Lynn was raised in the Lake Telemarck section of Rockaway, N.J. and has lived in Hackettstown for the last 30yrs. She was employed by the Phoenix Group Holdings of Warren, N.J. as the Vice President of Finance for the last 8yrs. Lynn's most important priority in life was her loving family; but in addition, she was an "hardcore" Yankee's fan and an expert scrapbook creator. Lynn was an indispensable assistant to her husband Jerry, who serves as a boy scout leader for troop #175, Mansfield, N.J.. She is survived by her husband, Jerry R. Boutin, two wonderful children, son Brandon J. Boutin and daughter Amanda Lynn Boutin, both of Hackettstown, N.J.. Step Mother, Jean A. Pearson of Charlotte, N.C.. Brother's, Albert Pearson, IV of Rockaway, N.J. and Ronald S. Pearson of Union, N.J.. Step Sister, Jean-Marie Sonne of Charlotte, N.C.. Uncle Joel Sklar of Rockaway, N.J. and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 2pm to 6pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J., 07840. Funeral services will be  10am Monday, February 24, 2014 at the funeral home. Interment to take place at Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows, N.J. Those wishing to make a contribution in Lynn's name are asked to please consider the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research, 1820 W. Webster Ave., Suite 304, Chicago, Ill., 60614. Online condolences may be made at www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Richard J. A. Boresen



Richard J. A. Boresen of Skillman Terrace, Saddle Brook died Wednesday, February 12, 2014. He was 98.

Mr. Boresen contributed to this country throughout his life as a sheet metal worker during and after World War II, and as a Chore Service volunteer after he retired. Among his greatest joys were singing, dancing, community service, collecting trains and watching football. He will be greatly missed by the many lives he touched.

Mr. Boresen was a resident of Saddle Brook for 65 years.  He was born in Jersey City and spent his early years dancing to the tunes of  the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and Frank Sinatra.  In 1941, he married Elizabeth (nee Malmbach) Boresen.

As sheet metal worker, Mr. Boresen served the United Sates of America during World War II by building battleships such as the U.S.S. General John Pope and the U.S.S. Plunkett DD431. After the war, Mr. Boresen continued his career with Mars Metal Products and eventually retired from Clifton Metal Products in 1984.

Mr. Boresen’s passions lay in singing, dancing and service to his community. He traveled to Japan with his wife to showcase American square dancing through the Kuntry Kusins dance group. He was a member of several vocal groups, including a barber shop quartet. A proud member of the Masons, Mr. Boresen celebrated his 70th anniversary as Master Mason with the Secaucus Hudson Lodge in 2012.

Mr. Boresen enjoyed repairing homes for seniors through the Chore Service of Bergen County for nearly 20 years. He also volunteered his time at the Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation gift shop.

Mr. Boresen was honored many times over for his community service. In 2003 he was recognized with the president’s Daily Point of Light Award. In 2008 he received The President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award for dedicating more than 4,000 hours of service to others. Mr. Boresen received the Triumph of the Human Spirit Dedicated Volunteer Service Award from Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation in 2000.  Mr. Boresen was very proud of the snack stand built at the Ridgefield Park during his presidency of the Ridgefield Park Rotary Club in 1971-1972.

Mr. Boresen is survived by Mrs. Boresen; his daughter Karen Newquist and her husband Jim, of Flanders; his grandson Kenneth Newquist of Pennsylvania, and his granddaughter Kristen Valenti of New Hampshire and their spouses; and five great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were handled by the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. Online condolences may be given at www.cochranfuneral.com. A memorial service will be held for Mr. Boresen at the Good Shepherd Church Lutheran Church, 233 South Highwood Avenue, Glen Rock, NJ, on May 10, 2014, at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Chore Service, www.bergenvolunteers.org.

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Margaret Bird

Margaret Bird, 94, longtime resident of Hackettstown, NJ died on December 15, 2013 at Warren Haven Care Center, Mansfield Township, NJ.  Born on June 27, 1919 in Port Morris, NJ to the late John I. and Lena (Crawn) Decker. She was predeceased by her husband William T. "Bill" Bird in 1983.

Margaret was a Housekeeping Supervisor at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center prior to her retirement many years ago. She loved country music, worked all of her life and family was everything to her.

She is survived by daughters, Margaret A. Carrell, Port Murray, NJ; Linda M. Bird, Hackettstown, NJ; sons, William J. Bird, Middlebury, FL.  and Robert L. Bird, Phillipsburg, NJ; 12 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 4:00 - 7:00 PM at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

Funeral Service will be on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 1:00 PM at the Cochran Funeral Home.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to either Warren Haven Care Center, 350 Oxford Road, Oxford, NJ 07863 or the Alzheimer's Association, 400 Morris Ave., Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834-1365.

Online condolences may be sent to www.cochranfuneral.com

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Stella Bartnichak

Stella Bartnichak, of Heath Village, Hackettstown, N.J.,  formerly of Wallington, N.J. died on September 18, 2013 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Hackettstown, N.J., she was 99 years old.
Viewing hours will be on Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 2 -5pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J..  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, September 23rd, 10:30AM  at Our Lady of the Mountain Church, Schooley's Mountain Rd., Schooley's Mountain, N.J..  Cremation will be private. 

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Janet Beattie

Janet Beattie passed away peacefully at Heath Village rehabilitation center on June 17th


Born in Evanston, IL to Lawrence and Katherine Jordan, Mrs. Beattie grew up in Des Moines IA until she moved east to attend Endicott College in Massachusetts. She then re-located to Manhattan, working for a men’s clothier while attending Parsons School of Design
where she enhanced her already abundant decorative talents.
In 1957 she met Kenneth Beattie at a Princeton University football game and they were married in June of 1959.
Mr. & Mrs. Beattie resided at “The School House” on the Grounds of Hamilton Farms in Gladstone NJ until moving to Pickle Road in Pottersville in 1961 where she lived for the rest of her life.
Mrs. Beattie was a part of “The Magic Shop” in Oldwick for 42 years. She enjoyed using her talents decorating, displaying items and spending time with her co-workers and especially with her customers.
Mrs Beattie was also a member of “The Questors” in Hunterdon County for many years.
Both she and her husband were avid environmentalists, working to preserve the natural beauty of the area.
Mrs. Beattie is pre-deceased by her husband Kenneth (2000) and is survived by her son Jonathan of Hackettstown and her daughter Kathryn Benkoczy of Saratoga Springs, NY.
A service of remembrance will be held on Saturday June 29th at 11:00 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Gladstone.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Upper Raritan Watershed Association, PO Box 273, Gladstone, NJ 07934.
Arrangements under the direction of the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 Interment is private.

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Helen Dolores Buckley

Helen Dolores Buckley, 100, of Allamuchy, NJ died on Friday, June 7, 2013 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center.  Born on November 26, 1912 in Jersey City, NJ to the late Jacob and Josephine (Blaha) Lindner. She was predeceased by her husbands  (1st) John Buckley and (2nd) David Buckley.

Helen was a loving and devoted homemaker and lived in Panther Valley in Allamuchy Township,  NJ for over 30 years.  She was a long time parishioner of St. Mary's Church Of The Assumption, Hackettstown, NJ.

She is survived by a son Raymond and his wife Patricia Buckkley, CT; a daughter Joan and her husband Thomas Franco, Allamuchy, NJ; 9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.  She was predeceased by a son John and a daughter Helen Burns.

Visitation will be held on Monday, June 10, 2013, 4:00 - 8:00 PM at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 10:30 at St. Mary's Church Of The Assumption, 305 High St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

Interment will be private.

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Roberta Reed Brandt

Roberta Reed Brandt of Budd Lake died peacefully on May 12, 2013 after a 15 month struggle with brain cancer. The daughter of Forrest and Allison Reed of Hoosick Falls, NY, she was born February 25, 1938. Roberta studied science and math at the Unversity of Rochester and taught math after graduation. She married James E. Brandt in Dec. 1959 and they shared 53 years of married life.

Roberta enjoyed caring for her home, flower gardens and children, Lisa and Jim. She made beautiful craft items, won ribbons for flowers arrangements, and was a member of the Local Garden Club. Always social, she enjoyed leading parties for her Longaberger basket business. Roberta was a member of St. James Episcopal Church for more than 45 years.
Roberta loved nature and visiting National Parks. She and her husband traveled to 49 states in their motor home.

Roberta shared her love of plants, birds, and animals with her grandsons, David, Robert and Jason. She is also survived by her brothers Robert and Forrest (Jr.) Reed.

Calling hours will be Wednesday May 15, 2013 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday May 16, 2013 at 10:30 AM at St. James Episcopal Church, 124 Washington Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

Interment will be private.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown. NJ 07840.



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Edward A. Breitenstein

Edward A. Breitenstein, age 84, of Hackettstown died Sunday, April 7, 2013 at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ. Edward was born September 14, 1928 in Jersey City, NJ. He was the son of the late Albert and Margaret (Oelze) Breitenstein. He was married to Hildegard (Ullmer) Breitenstein. 
 
He served in the Army during the Korean War from 1948 to 1952. Edward received the Army of Occupation Medal. He retired from Bendix Aviation, Honeywell International, Teterboro, NJ as a Supervisor in 1992. Edward was previously employed by Western Electric, Kearny, NJ as their Manufacturing Supervisor from 1946-1984.
 
Edward loved spending time with his family. He was a member of the VFW Lodge in Hackettstown, NJ and the Moose Lodge in Secaucus, NJ. He loved to travel and go sightseeing, was an avid reader who also enjoyed crossword puzzles and in his younger years liked to assemble models. Edward’s favorite baseball team was the NY Mets.
 
He is survived by his wife: Hildegard (Ullmer) Breitenstein, 1 daughter; Mary Levy; 1 son; John and wife Vickie, 4 grandchildren: Michelle, Diana, Adrien, and Summer; 3 great grandchildren; Mia, Aden, Maya.
 
Arrangements are by Cochran Funeral Home. Visitation hours will be Wednesday, April 10 from 3:00 pm - 7:00 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hackettstown First Aid & Rescue Squad, PO Box 201, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 in memory of Edward.
 

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Audrey Benson

Audrey Benson, age 65, of Easton, PA formerly of Great Meadows, NJ died Friday, March 22, 2013 at St. Luke's University Hospital of Fountain Hill, PA. Audrey was born May 28, 1947 in Orange, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Andrew and the late Evelyn (Kearns) Benson. 
 
She was previously employed by as an Office Manager before her retirement. 
Audrey was a member of the 4H Club of America (the Little Derby 4H Club locally) and was of Christian faith. She was active with horses and loved to farm.
 
She is survived by her daughter Dawn Chloros and husband James and her son Larry Siebens; 7 grandchildren; Kyle, Nicolle, Claire, Kevin, Connor, Katie and Natalie.  
 
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 26 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. from 7-9 pm. Cremation is private.
 
For those desiring donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure,
P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309 or ww5.komen.org

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George Theodore Benward

George "Ted" Benward, "Benny"  64, of Hackettstown, NJ died on March 20, 2013 at the home of his niece, Bonnie and Don Elston of Hackettstown, NJ. George was born in Newton, NJ on December 18, 1948.  He was predeceased by his parents, the late George and Charlotte (Hill) Benward.

George was raised in Belle Mead, NJ and lived in Uniontown, Pennsylvania before moving to Hackettstown, NJ where he lived for the past 5 years.  George was self-employed in the construction field both in Uniontown, PA and Belle Mead, NJ.  He also was employed at Higgins Chrysler Garage in Belle Mead and was a Past Officer with the Montgomery Township Fire Department in Belle Mead. He proudly served in the United States Army, 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam War. 

George was a Leity member of the Drakestown Methodist Church; he was currently involved in Hospice and Clergy Studies and was soon to receive his Divinity Degree to become a Pastor of the United Methodist Church of North America; also a member and President of the Trustees; member of the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Association; member of the Veterans of Foreign War in Belvidere and the Warren County Veterans Association.

He is survived by his companion, Patricia Crist;  two daughters, Renee Lynn Benward and Danielle Ruth Benward; a son, Theodore George Benward; two sisters, Shirley Young and her husband Dale, Hackettstown, NJ and Donna Lamonaco, Belvidere, NJ; three grandchildren, Angaleigh, Keith Jr. and Shane.  

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 22, 2013 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM and 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013, 11:00 AM at the Drakestown Methodist Church, 6 Church Road, Drakestown, NJ
Interment will be in Pequest Union Cemetery following the service.

Arrangements are by the Cochran Funeral Home and condolences may be sent to www.cochranfuneral.com

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Doris Louise Bozzuffi

Doris Louise Bozzuffi, 89, passed away March 18, 2013 at her home in Belvidere, NJ surrounded by her beloved family.

Born in Passaic, NJ on the Fourth of July 1923, she was the daughter of the late John and Margaret (Franzoni) Perini and the wife of John Bozzuffi who died in 2001.

Doris was raised in Clifton, NJ and at the age of 16 moved to Blairstown, NJ. She was a 1939 graduate of Blairstown High School and served as Senior Class President.  Doris played piano for choral functions and briefly attended the Juilliard School in New York City where she studied music.  In the early 1940's, Doris drove the Book Mobile for the Warren County Public Library.  Married in 1947, she and John settled in Hackettstown where they raised five children.  While there, she was employed by M & M/Mars working in the customer service department.  Upon John's retirement, they moved to a farm in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Doris' passion for gardening was manifested by the rainbow of colorful flowers which surrounded their homestead from spring through fall.  They returned to New Jersey in 2001 and upon John's death, she moved to the Belvidere area.  Doris was a woman of great compassion and a long time friend to many.  Her generosity was on display for anyone who crossed her threshold.  She loved the theater, travel, a good historical novel, long walks and especially chocolate.  She was an excellent seamstress, knitter and in later years, learned to weave on the treadle loom.  What gave her the greatest joy were the times spent in her kitchen teaching her grandchildren to prepare the dishes of her ancestral village in northern Italy.  She will be deeply missed but never forgotten by her loving family and many friends.

Doris was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and a former parishioner of the Church of the Assumption in Hackettstown.  She served as President of the Fiber Guild in Bradford County.  Doris and her neighbors in Belvidere volunteered as lunch providers for workers at Habitat for Humanity.

Doris is survived by her two sons, Victor Bozzuffi of Hackettstown,  and Jack Bozzuffi and his wife, Eileen of Oxford,  daughters Susan Horn and husband Ronald of Oxford,  Margaret Joseph and husband Frank of Belvidere, and Liza Thomas and husband Joe of Belvidere; six grandchildren, Emilia, Ethan, Kara, Matthew, Julian and Dane and one great grandchild, Evan. She is also survived by a brother, Rudolph Perini and wife Joan of Chatham, NY.  She was predeceased by her brothes Claude and Jack Perini.

A Mass will be held in her honor at St. Patrick's R.C. Church, 327 Greenwich St., Belvidere, NJ at  11:00 AM on Saturday, March 23, 2013. Offer on line condolences at www.cochranfuneral.com  Burial will be held privately at a later date.

Doris has requested that in lieu of flowers, gifts be made to the NJ Commissioon for the Blind, an organization she held in high regard for assisting her father who had succumbed to blindness in the latter years of his life.  They can be contacted at 153 Halsey St., Newark, NJ 07101.

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

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Francis Xavier "Frank" Banville

Francis "Frank" X. Banville, age 87, of Hackettstown, NJ formerly of South Carolina and Branchville, NJ died Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center of Hackettstown, NJ. Francis was born January 25, 1926 in New York City, NY. He is the son of the late Francis Xavier and the late Anna Margaret (Flynn) Banville. He was married to Pauline Banville for 29 years. Previously,Frank was married to the late Frances Theresa (Stalker) Banville. He is also predeceased by his son Kenneth Banville and brother Robert Banville
 
He served in the Army during World War II from 1944 to 1946. He was employed by Picatinny Arsenal, Wharton, NJ as an Accountant. 
Francis was a member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church of the Assumption in Hackettstown, NJ, he was also a Fourth Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Seneca, SC, a member of the VFW and American Legion in both the Branchville and Hackettstown, NJ. Frank enjoyed gardening, but his hobby and passion was as a pigeon fancier, he owned, bred and showed fancy and sporting breeds for over 60 years.
 
He is survived by his wife: Pauline (Chapleau) Banville, 1 son Richard Banville; 1 daughter; Nancy Ann Ross and her husband David; 2 stepsons, Wain Harrison, Dean Harrison;  2 stepdaughters; Janice Ferguson and husband Alex and Lynn Harrison; 1 sister Janet Gokey, 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
 
A memorial mass will be held at  St. Mary's Church Of The Assumption, 305 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. on Tuesday, March 12,  2013 at 11:00am.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children's Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.

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Roger H. Behre

Roger H. Behre, 87, of Hackettstown, N.J., died at his residence in Paragon Village, Hackettstown, N.J. on Saturday, March 2, 2013.
Born January 25, 1926 in Summit, N.J., he was the son of the Late Edward & Gertrude Rider Behre. He had previously  lived in  Long Valley, N.J. for many years and was raised in Madison, N.J..
Roger retired at the age of 65 from R & R Construction, Chester, N.J. as a truck driver.  He was a WWII Veteran having proudly served in the U.S. Airforce from 1944 to 1945.
Roger has traveled extensively throughout the United States with his family in their "5th Wheel" R.V. and also had a passion for riding Harley Davidson's that lasted well into his 85th year. He was a member of Musconetcong Lodge #42 F. & A.M., Budd Lake, N.J. .
He is survived by a son, Dale Behre - Hacketstown, N.J. and a daughter, Beth Swain - Long Valley, N.J., 2 loving Grandaughter's Michelle and Melanie and 3 Great Grandson's.  He was predeceased by a brother, Edward Behre.
Vistation will be held on Tuesday, 3-5-13 from 4 to 8pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, 10AM at the funeral home. Interment will be at the German Valley Rural Cemetery, Coleman Rd., Long Valley, N.J..  In Lieu of flowers, friends may make donations to the charity of ones choice.  Online condolence may be made to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com

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Anita L. Brydon

Anita L. Brydon, age 93, of Hackettstown died Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Heath Village, Hackettstown, NJ. She was born January 13, 1920 in Summit, NJ. She is the daughter of the late John F and the late Genevieve (Kenny) Loderick. Anita was also predeceased by 3 brothers; John, Clifford, Stuart Loderick and her former husband the late Robert W. Brydon.  
 
Anita was a graduate of the All Souls Nursing School of Morristown, NJ class of 1942. She worked as a Registered Nurse for The Prudential Insurance Company, Newark, NJ for many years before retiring. She was a member of St. Mary's of the Assumption R.C. Church, Hackettstown and she loved her NY Mets.
 
She is survived by 2 sons; Robert W. Brydon, Jr. and wife Kathleen, Dennis Brydon, 5 daughters; Kathleen Ryan and husband Robert, Judith Esposito and husband James, Elizabeth Pizzuti and husband Charles, Mary Anita Sutton, Denise Lovenberg and husband David and; 15 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.  
 
The funeral will be held 11 am on Wednesday, February 27 at St. Mary's Church Of The Assumption, 305 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Father David Pekola officiating. Burial will follow at St. Theresa Cemetery Mausoleum, Summit, NJ.
 
Viewing hours will be Tuesday, February 26 from 4-8 pm and Wednesday, February 27 a hour prior to church services at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial & Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942 in memory of Anita.

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Julius "Babe" G. Bartku

  Julius G. "Babe" Bartku, 76, of Hackettstown, N.J., died Wednesday, February 6, 2013 in Newton,  N.J. after a lengthy illness. Born in Dover, N.J. on September 14, 1936, "Babe" was the son of the late Louis & Josephine Jugan Bartku.
 
"Babe" retired several years ago from a multi talented career starting as a tree surgeon for  Asplundh Corporation of Landing, N.J.,  as well as a chauffeur and finally retiring as a wood craftsman. He and his family have lived in the greater Hackettstown area for many years.  A true Outdoorsman,"Babe" was a lifetime member of the Allamuchy Gun Club.  After retirement "Babe" loved woodworking, hunting, fishing, spending time with his family, and an occasional trip to Las Vegas and Atlantic City.  As a young man, he proudly served his country in the New Jersey National Guard.
 
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Dorothy "Louise"  Smith Bartku of Hackettstown, N.J. One Son, Louis Bartku and his wife Gwenn of Independence Twp., N.J. Two Grandson's, Gregory and Aaron Bartku.

Friends may call on Monday, February 11, 2013 from 4 to 7pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, N.J., 07840. Funeral Services will be at the end of the visitation beginning at 7pm.  Cremation will be private.
 
Those wishing to make donations in lieu of flowers are asked to please consider the National Parkinson Foundation, Development Office, 1501 N.W. 9th Avenue, Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136-1494.  Condolences may be sent to www.cochranfuneral.com.




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Dirk Andrew Beaumont

Dirk Andrew Beaumont, 64, of Budd Lake, N.J., died Sunday, February 3, 2013 surrounded by his loving family.
Dirk was born on February 21, 1948 in Port Arthur, Texas and was the son of the late Dirk A. & Helen Hmeler Beaumont and the step son of the late Charlotte Beaumont. He and his family have lived in the Budd Lake section of Mt. Olive Twp. for the past 38 years.

Dirk has served as a National Business Director for Consolidated Container Company, for many years, as well as a consultant for Beaumont Landscaping and will be remembered by those who knew him for the great love he had for his wife, children and grandchildren. His children and grandchildren were his pride and joy and his wife was the love of his life! Truly a man's man, he was an avid lover of golf and long rides on his Harley or in his Corvette. Dirk had a wonderful life; he was truly loved by many people. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sandra Grassi Beaumont with whom he lived and son, Brian and his wife Monica Beaumont of Long Valley, N.J., daughter, Brittney and her husband Daniel Barefield of Pembroke Pines, FL. and a son, Blake Beaumont of Morristown, N.J.. He is also survived by two brothers, David and his wife Angelica Beaumont and Mark and his wife Christine Beaumont, his loving grandchildren, Julia, Morgan and Hunter Beaumont and Emma Rose and Bryant Barefield. Several cousins, nieces and nephews survive him as well.

Viewing hours will be on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840 from 4 to 8pm. A Mass of Christian burial will celebrated on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at 10:00AM at St. Jude's Church, Budd Lake, N.J.. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Carol Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Ave., Morristown, N.J. 07960. Condolences may be sent to the Beaumont family at www.cochranfuneral.com

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Henry "Jerry" G. Bechok

Henry G. "Jerry" Bechok, 55, of the Panther Valley section of Allamuchy Twp., NJ where he resided for the passed 15 years. Jerry passed away peacefully at the home of his sister, Catherine Goehring, in Hampton, N.J. on February 2, 2013 surrounded by his family. He was born in Somerville, NJ on October 2, 1957, he was the son of the late John and Edna (McCaffrey) Bechok. 

Jerry was employed as a Maintenance Manager for the Panther Valley Club, Allamuchy Twp, NJ for several years.  He was a graduate of Somerville High School Class of 1975.  He was a talented craftsman and able to apply his expertise to any project presented to him.

Jerry is survived by his 2 sisters;  Ann Koteles, Catherine Goehring and her husband Edward, 1 brother; Robert Bechok and his wife Alice, 4 nieces and nephews;  Adam, Elizabeth, Jesse and Ryan.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, February 5, 2013  from 6-8pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.. Funeral services will also be at the funeral home on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 11:00AM. Interment will be at the Lake Nelson Memorial Park, Somerset, N.J.

Jerry will be missed deeply by both his family and his friends.

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Loni Paul Bongiorno

Loni Bongiorno, age 44, of Hackettstown, NJ died unexpectedly at UMDNJ in Newark on Monday morning, January 28, 2013. Loni Paul Bongiorno was born May 1, 1968 in Passaic, NJ and spent most of his life in Green Township. He is the son of Wayne and the late Elaine (Gill) Bongiorno.
He attended Newton High School in Newton, NJ and then attended Keysone College in Pennsylvania where he received an Associates Degree. He was employed by Weichert Realtors, East Hanover, NJ.

Loni was a good and true friend to all who knew him, he touched many lives with his good humor, contagious smile, strength and compassionate heart. Loni was an avid sport fanatic, loved to travel and especially loved to spend time with his family and friends.

He is survived by ; his father Wayne Bongiorno, Booth Bay, Maine; maternal grandmother, Evelyn Gill of South Dakota; two brothers Paul and his wife Michelle Bongiorno, Byram, NJ and Chad and his wife Shannon Bongiorno, Netcong, NJ; nieces and nephews, Lindsey, Ryan, Jessica & God Son, Jack and extended families that loved Loni.

The funeral will be held 7:30 pm on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.

Calling hours will be Thursday, January 31, 2013 from 4 - 8 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested by the family to the Juvenile Arthritis Foundation, C/O The Arthritis Foundation, PO Box 96280, Washington, DC 20077; please designate on your donation that it is for the "Juvenile Arthritis Foundation" in Loni's memory. Thank you.

 



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Elizabeth J. Batson

Elizabeth J. Batson, age 96, of Succasunna, NJ, formally a life long resident of Mount Olive Township, NJ passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at Merry Heart Nursing Home, Succasunna, NJ. Elizabeth was born January 18, 1916 in Flanders, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Frank and Mabel (Berry) Seward. 

Elizabeth was an Executive Secretary at Picatinny Arsenal, Dover, New Jersey retiring in 1981.
She enjoyed her family, all types of handwork, gardening, crossword puzzles, reading her Bible, the New York Yankee ballgames and keeping her home in pristine condition. Her determination, work ethic and true grit leaves a legacy of deep respect by all who knew her.
Elizabeth is pre-deceased by her husband of 50 years, Edward C. Batson in 1983 and her son, Robert in 1990.

Survivors include her son, David (Mary) Batson; her daughter, Betty Jean (Robert) Hofmann; and her daughter in law, Barbara Batson all of Budd Lake, NJ. She is also survived by her 6 grandchildren, Scott Hofmann, Hackettstown, NJ; Jo Ann (Steven) Mc daughlin, FL; Deborah (Michael) Bloom, Succasunna, NJ; Shelly (Michael) Doyle, Stanhope, NJ; Sharon (Edward) Anthony, Plainfield, NJ. Also survived by ten great grandchildren; Stephanie, Michele and Michael Bloom, John, Jamie, Jacqueline Mazza; Katie Doyle, Taylor and Luke Anthony and John Davenport; also 6 great great grandchildren; Avah and Ayden Bloom, Brianna Mazza, John Donohue and David and Julianna Davenport.
She is also survived by 2 sisters, Vera Burd, Phillipsburg, NJ and Caroline Batson, Stanhope, NJ. 2 sister in laws, Alberta Batson, Mansfield Township and Alice Seward, FL.; brother in law Henry Batson, Stanhope, NJ and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held 10:00 am on Monday, January 7, 2013 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. Burial will be in Hackettstown Union Cemetery.

Calling hours will be Sunday, January 6, 2013 from 2:00 - 4:00pm & 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.

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Evelyn G. Beemer

Evelyn G. Beemer, age 88, of Hackettstown died Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at Brookmont Healthcare Center, Effort, PA. Evelyn was born November 14, 1924 in Sussex, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Stephen and Gladys (Russell) Leek. She was predeceased by her husband, Late Robert J. Beemer, Sr. on May 18, 2011.

She was employed by Hackettstown Regional Medical Center as a Switchboard Operator.
She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Hackettstown, NJ; Evelyn also was a volunteer at the Trinity Thrift Shop and her family was everything to her.

She is survived by sons Robert J., Jr. & Rose Beemer; Gary & Elvira Beemer; daughters Joyce & Tom Kenny; Brenda & Jeff Bodjack; and Shirley Beemer; brother, Frank & Roit Leek; sisters; Shirley Suiter and Lila Minervino; 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

The funeral will be held 11:00 am on Monday, January 7, 2013 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. Burial will be in North Hardyston Cemetery, Sussex.

Calling hours will be Sunday, January 6, 2013 from 3:00 - 6:00 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.

In lieu of flowers memorials to the Trinity United Methodist Church, 213 Main St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

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Alfred "Bud" L. Beam

Alfred "Bud L. Beam, 82, of Mansfield Township, NJ, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family.  Born July 6, 1930 in Long Valley, NJ Bud was the son of the late Morris and Elsie Emmons, and has been a lifelong resident of the area. 

He was the owner and operator of Bud Beam Excavating, Long Valley, NJ for over 50 years.  Bud was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Hackettstown, NJ; former member of the Hackettstown Rotary Club; member of the "NEBO" Hunting Lodge of Pikes Co., PA; and previously served on the Mansfield Township Board of Education. Growing up as an athlete in football and baseball, he remained an avid golfer as an adult, and enjoyed playing with family and friends.

He is survived by, and was married to "the love of his life", Elizabeth "Betty", for over 60 years.  He is also survived by three children and their spouses: Robin Travis and her husband James of Mansfield Twp; Marcie DiPaola and her husband Robert of Long Valley; and Randy Beam and his wife Kathy of Palmerton, PA.  He and Betty were proud of their eight grandchildren: Brian Beam and his wife Teresa; Adam, Kiley, and Jamie Travis; Benjamin, Alexander, and Blake DiPaola; and Rebecca Beam.  He was predeceased by his sister, Bernice Emmons.  He enjoyed and spent endless hours with his daughters and their horses at shows, enjoyed passing on his love of sports to his grandchildren and enjoyed mentoring his son and grandchildren at work excavating during their summers.

Memorial Services will include visitation from 1:00 - 3:00 PM and a service at 3:00 PM on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High ST., Hackettstown, NJ. Interment will be private at the Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Hackettstown, NJ or the Mansfield Township Rescue Squad.

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Richard L. Baldwin

Richard L. “Dick” Baldwin, age 87, of Great Meadows, NJ died Sunday, November 11, 2012 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Hackettstown, N.J.. Richard was born July 17, 1925 in Beattystown, NJ. He is the son of the late Raymond and Ruth (Anderson) Baldwin.

He was Self employed and owned Richard Baldwin Trucking, Great Meadows, NJ.
Dick lived in Great Meadows, NJ all of his life. He was of the Methodist faith. Dick was the Superintendent of the Pequest Union Cemetery for 50 years, retiring 3 years ago. He was also a 50 year member of both the American Legion Blue Ridge Post # 164 and the Moose Lodge # 816, Hackettstown, NJ. He was a Charter member of the Tri-County Fire Department and he also enjoyed traveling. Dick proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years: Helen Irene (Terick) Baldwin, at home; a son Robert R. Howell, Stroudsburg, PA; two daughters, Helen & Joe Stanley, Morristown, NJ; Louise & Chris Thomas, Silverthorn, CO; a sister, MaryLouise & Jack Cornish, Stewartsville, NJ; 5 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren; predeceased by 2 brothers, George And John Baldwin; and a  daughter in law, Diana Howell.

The funeral will be held 10:00 am on Friday, November 16, 2012 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. Burial will be in Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows, NJ

Calling hours will be Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 4:00PM to 8:00PM at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.07840.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Selah Care Center, 443 Schooley’s Mountain Road, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

The family would also like to acknowledge their gratitude to Mr. Ron Peterson of Liberty Township, NJ as he and Dick worked closely together for many years forging a strong and lasting friendship.

Heartfelt thanks also goes to Darlene, Mark and Joshua Tranquilli of Selah Care Center of Washington Township (Morris Co.) for their help and compassion during a most difficult time.


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Georgianna E. Bailey

Georgianna E. Bailey, age 88, of Hackettstown, NJ died Friday, October 26, 2012 at Andover Subacute Rehab Center, Andover, NJ. Georgianna was born March 22, 1924 in East Orange, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Charles and Marjorie (Donaldson) Fricke. She was predeceased by her husband, late Earl Bailey in 1979.

She was employed by Standard Railway, Boonton, NJ as an Assembly Line/Factory Worker.
Georgianna was an avid dancer and enjoyed 30's and 40's music. She also loved to read.

She is survived by a son Wayne Fricke; Sister, Charlotte Bower; predeceased by a son, Leonard Fricke; a Brother, Robert Fricke; and a Sister, Marjorie Bailey.

The funeral will be held 1:00 pm onThursday, November 1, 2012 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. Burial will be in Hackettstown Union Cemetery, Hackettstown following the funeral service.

Calling hours will be Thursday, November 1 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.
 

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Ralph Edwin Bailey

Ralph Edwin Bailey, age 87, of Allamuchy, NJ died Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ. Ralph was born March 7, 1925 in Allamuchy, NJ. He is the son of the late George C. and Nellie (Wheeler) Bailey. 

He was employed by M & M Mars Inc., Hackettstown, N.J. in the production department and retired in 1993. Previously, he had worked with his father and brother as a carpenter for G.C. Bailey & Sons of Allamuchy, N.J. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy from '43 to '46 in the Atlantic & Pacific Theatre manning a 5" Cannon on the warships DE340 O'Flaherty & the USS River Raisin. 
Ralph was an active Charter Member of the Allamuchy-Green First Aid Squad since 1971, member of DESA (Destroyer Escort Association), the M&M's Retiree Assoc. and the  Allamuchy Seniors Association.  Ralph was also an avid NASCAR enthusiast and traveled to many races with his wife Arlene in thier RV. Ralph also enjoyed bowling and belonged to several leagues in Warren County over the years. He was a former member of Tranquility United Methodist Church and was currently an active member of Panther Valley Ecumenical Ministries, Allamuchy, N .J. with his beloved wife Arlene.

He is survived by his wife: Arlene (Watters) Bailey, Allamuchy, NJ; 1 son, G. Gregory Bailey, Hackettstown, NJ; 3 grandchildren., Krista A. Bailey-Murphy, Jessica Mershon Bailey-Silvent & Gregory Sven Bailey. 1 great grandaughter, Brianna Nicole Bailey. He was predeceased by his brother, Cecil Bailey.

Visitation will be on Friday, 10-5-12 from 5 - 8pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, N.J. 07840. Funeral Services will be on Saturday, 10AM at the Panther Valley Ecumenical Ministries Church, Rte 517, Allamuchy, N.J.  In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Allamuchy-Green 1st Aid Squad or the P.V.E.M. Elevator Fund.  Online condolence may be made to www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Madeline Bozikis

Madeline Bozikis, age 62, of Mansfield Village, NJ died Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. Madeline was born May 27, 1950 in Jersey City, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Pelegrino and Madeline (Kimmerle) Iasiello.

She was employed by Shop-Rite, North Bergen, NJ as a Cashier. Madeline was a graduate of Union Hill High School, Class of 1968 in Union City, NJ.
Madeline was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Union City, NJ. She enjoyed puzzles and was an avid reader. Madeline was a wonderful mother and wife.

She is survived by her husband: Steven Bozikis; 2 daughters, Kathy Bozikis and Tracy Bozikis and 1 Son, Steven Bozikis; 1 Niece, Pamela Weems, Florida; predeceased by a brother, Nicholas Iasiello.

The funeral will be held 7:00 pm on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. Interment is private. 

Calling hours will be Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 5:00pm-9:00pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.

 

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Jeanne Fischer Bansch

Jeanne E. Bansch, age 57, of Schooley’s Mountain, NJ passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at St. Clares Hospital of Dover, NJ. Jeanne was born July 19, 1955 in Denville, NJ. to Marilyn G. (Yeager) Fischer and the late Nicholas R. Fischer. Jeanne lived on Schooley’s Mountain for the past 37 years, previously residing in her hometown of Rockaway Township, NJ. She was a parishioner of St. Mark’s R.C. Church, Long Valley, NJ for 12 years where she actively taught religious education to the kindergartners. Prior to that, she was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Mountain R.C. Church for 23 years where she taught religious education to several grade levels, including Confirmation Preparation.

She was employed by KinderCare of Mt. Olive for 10 years. Prior to KinderCare, she was a child care provider at her home.
She was a graduate of Morris Knolls High School and received her Associate of Arts degree from County College of Morris in 1975, majoring in English with a minor in Psychology. Her proudest roles in life were being both a wife and mother.

Jeanne is survived by her husband of 37 years, Wayne D. Bansch at home; 3 sons, Matt Bansch and his wife, Cara of Hackensack, NJ; Greg Bansch and his wife, Becky of Denville, NJ and Andy Bansch at home; her mother, Marilyn Fischer of Rockaway Township, NJ; 2 brothers, Gary Fischer of Frenchtown, NJ and Brian Fischer and his wife Jean of Rockaway Township, NJ; 1 niece, Allison Fischer and 1 nephew, Nicholas Fischer.

A memorial Mass will be held 10:00 am on Monday, October 1, 2012 at St. Marks Parish, 59 Spring Lane, Long Valley, NJ. Interment is private.

.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, 350 Sparta Ave., Bldg. B., Suite #2, Sparta, NJ 07871.



 

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Edgar L. Batz

Edgar L. Batz, 92, a long time resident of Hackettstown, NJ, died Monday,  9-3-12 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center.  Born Feb. 14, 1920 in East Orange, NJ Edgar was the son of the late August & Helen Carpenter Batz.
 

Edgar worked for 25yrs. at the Hercules Powder Company, Kenvil, N.J. and retired in 1971.  He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served 39 months during WWII. After leaving the armed services, Edgar married his loving wife, Irene McDonald, who died in 1998 after 53 years of marriage.
 

He and his wife Irene were long time members of St. James Episcopal Church in Hackettstown. He was a volunteer and lifetime member of the Hackettstown Fire Department. An avid gardener, Edgar's Madison St. yard was always filled with beautiful flowers. Both He and Irene will always be remembered as good neighbors and friendly to everyone they met.  In 2008 he moved to House of the Good Shepherd in Hackettstown and will always be remembered as kind gentleman.
Edgar is predeceased by his loving wife Irene, two brothers, Raymond and Gerald, and one sister, Doris Paetzold.
 

He is survived by his beloved Godchild- niece and nephew, Jane & Bill Cook of Roseville, Pa..additional  nieces & nephews, Richard Paetzold, Janet Paetzold Jones,  Dorothy Batz Hagenbuch & Raymond E. Batz, as well as many great & great great nieces & nephews. In addition to family, Edgar is also survived by devoted friends, Pierre & Francis Benoist of Hackettstown, NJ.
 

Funeral Services will be on Saturday, 9-8-12 at 11:00 am at St. James Episcopal Church, Washington St., Hackettstown, N.J. 07840. Interment will be in the Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ.  Arrangements are by the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stained Glass window fund, House of the Good Shepherd, 798 Willow Grove St., Hackettstown, N.J. 07840 or the Hackettstown Fire Dept. 

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David Michael Barry

David Michael Barry, 40, died on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at St. Clare's Hospital, Dover, N.J. after a long illness.
He was born June 30, 1972 in Morristown, N.J. and graduated from Hackettstown High School in 1991. He lived in Cresco, Pa. for the past 15 yrs. with his girlfriend Sharon Deberardinis and their 5 Labradors; Lodi, Hudson, Rubicon, Opus One & Molson Golden.  He loved the Boston Red Sox, the Miami Dolphins and fine wine.
He is survived by his maternal grandmother, Jacqueline Bozzi Woebse of Morristown; his mother, Jacquelyn Woebse Barry of Whippany; his father, Richard Barry of Hackettstown; 2 brothers, Robert Barry of Port Murray, Richard Barry of Cranford; 3 sisters, Hope Barry Hezel of Lopatcong; Amy Barry Mason of Washington; Melissa Barry DiSanto of Morristown; 11 nieces/nephews and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
The funeral, a Mass of Christian Burial,  will be held at 10AM on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at St. Mary's Church of the Assumption, Hackettstown, N.J.
Calling hours will be Tuesday, August 21, 2012 from 4-8PM at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: MontCoLyme, 211 S Main St., Northwales, Pa., 19454, 888-661-LYME, www.montcolyme.org Condolences may be given online at www.cochranfuneral.com .

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Barbara K. Brooks

Barbara K. Brooks, age 95, of Hastings Square, Washington Township, (Morris Co.), NJ died Thursday, August 2, 2012 at Holly Manor Nursing Home, Mendham, NJ. Barbara was born October 13, 1916 in East Richford, VT. She is the daughter of the late William and Helena (Johnson) Perry.

She was employed by Bristol High School Board Of Education, Bristol, Conn. as a Cafeteria Aide for many years.

She is survived by three daughters, Joyce Quinn, Patricia Cheverier and Kathleen  MacDougall and 1 son, Coleman Brooks; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. 

Entombment will be held 10:00 AM on Monday, August 6, 2012 at Hackettstown Union Cemetery, Mountain Avenue, Hackettstown, N.J.
 

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Helen Marie Burns

Helen Marie Burns, age 71, of Allamuchy Township, NJ died Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at Barn Hill Care Center, Newton, NJ. Helen was born March 3, 1941 in Jersey City, NJ. She is the daughter of  Helen Dolores (Lindner) Buckley and the late John Joseph Buckley. 

She was employed by Laborers Local # 472, Newark, NJ as an Administrative Assistant.
Helen was a parishioner of St. Mary's Church of the Assumption, Hackettstown, NJ; she was a member of the Friends and Neighbors of Panther Valley; member of the Allamuchy Senior Citizens; she adored her grandchildren and was a very social person enjoying spending time with her friends.

She is survived by ; her mother Helen Dolores (Lindner) Buckley; ; Son & Wife, James & Mary Burns, Newton, NJ; Brother & Wife, Raymond & Patricia Buckley, Lakewood, NJ; Sister & Husband, Joan & Thomas Franco, Allamuchy, NJ; 3 Grandchildren, James Patrick, Campbell Allison And Daniel Jacob; sister in law, Elizabeth Buckley, Fl.; Predeceased by her husband James Patrick Burns and a brother, John Buckley.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:00 am on Friday, July 13, 2012 at St. Mary's Church Of The Assumption, 305 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. Burial will be private.

Calling hours will be Thursday, July 12, 2012 from 4 - 8 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J..

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice Foundation, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ 07860..


 

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Lawrence B. Boyd

Lawrence B. Boyd, age 87, of Liberty Township, Great Meadows, NJ died Monday, July 2, 2012 at St. Clares Hospital in Dover, NJ. Lawrence was born October 5, 1924 in West Southport, ME. He is the son of the late Lawrence A. and Jennie (Jordan) Boyd.

He served in the US Army during WW II from 1943 to 1945. He was employed by The Boston & Maine Railroad, Boston, MA as a Civil Engineer.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Melrose, MA; he was a Mason with the Alna Anchor Lodge # 43 AF & AM, Damariscotta, ME; member of the Wyoming Lodge in Melrose, MA; member of the Waverly Royal Arch Chapter in Melrose, MA; member of Major General Henry Knox Lodge, Boston, MA; member of the Star of Bethlehem Lodge, Wakefield, MA and member of the Shriners, Boston, MA.

He is survived by his wife: Verna (Wyman) Boyd ; Son & Wife, Lawrence Henry & Debra P. Boyd; Son & Wife, Michael Peter & Laurel Ann Boyd; Daughter & Husband, Melissa Jane & Joseph S. Kerick, Jr.; Sister Janice Young; 2 Grandchildren, Kirsten Louise & Corbin Michael; 2 Great Grandchildren, Julianna Willett & Taylor Stickney; late brother, Harold Boyd; Late 3 Sisters, Marion, Doris & Margaret.

Relatives and friends will honor and remember Larry's life by gathering for visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose, MA on Friday, July 6, from 4-8 PM and again on Saturday morning where his Funeral Service will be celebrated at 10:00 AM.
 

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Laurence A. Bond

Laurence A. Bond, age 85, of Belvidere, NJ died Friday, May 11, 2012 at Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown, NJ. Mr. Bond was born November 7, 1926 in Essex England. He is the son of the late Arthur and Johanna (Van De Kuil) Herbert. He was married to Valeria Cebron Bond for 64 years.

He was employed by Feldman’s Inc. in Brooklyn NY as a Foreman in the tool and dye shop.
Laurence was of the Catholic Faith.

He is survived by his wife: Valeria (Cebron) Bond; Daughter & Son in Law, Karen & Joseph Diaz; Granddaughters, Amanda & Kristina Diaz; 2 Brothers Brian & John Bond of Essex England.

A Mass of Christian Faith will be held 10:30 am on Monday, May 14, 2012 at Our Lady of the Mountain Church, 2 E. Springtown Rd, Long Valley, NJ with Rev. Abuchi Nwosu officiating.

Calling hours will be Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 2:00 - 6:00 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Greater NJ Chapter, 400 Morris Avenue Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834
 

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Jane I. Beaumont

Jane I. Beaumont, age 81, Hackettstown died Friday, April 27, 2012 at Morristown Memorial Hospital of Morristown, NJ. Jane was born June 26, 1930 in Easton, PA. She was the daughter of the late Theodore and Laura (Wheeler) Hill. She was married to William Beaumont who died in 1992.
She was employed by House of Good Shepherd, Hackettstown, NJ in housekeeping and retired many years ago. 
Jane moved to the Hackettstown area more than 50 years ago and was a dedicated member of her community. Jane was an active member of the Drakestown United Methodist Church and also a member of the Woman's Society of the church. Jane was an avid bowler and was a league member at Oakwood Lanes in Washington N.J.; she was also a member of the Hackettstown Ladies Auxiliary. Jane loved spending time with her family and teaching them to live life the way she did. She was the last of 8 siblings to pass away.She is survived by 3 Children, 3 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

The funeral will be held 1:00 pm on Friday, May 4, 2012 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.  Burial will be in Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows,NJ

Calling hours will also be Friday from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM at the Funeral home in Hackettstown, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Drakestown United Methodist Church
6 Church Road, Hackettstown NJ, 07840.
 

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Helen Bond

Helen Bond died April 19, 2012 in the House of the Good Shepherd, Hackettstown, N.J. She was 93 years old. Helen lived in Hackettstown, NJ since moving from Long Valley, NJ in 2010.

Helen was born in Red Bank, NJ on April 10, 1919. She was the daughter of the late Michael and Pauline Amelchenko. After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1937, she embarked on what would be a 34 year career in the insurance industry as a Claims Analyst and manager at Royal Globe and the Home Insurance Company. After living in Brooklyn, NY for 25 years, she and her husband returned to New Jersey in 1954 to raise their family, while Helen continued her career in Manhattan. Helen prided herself on being a hard worker both in the office and at home, but took time to relax with her husband and daughter fishing and boating.

Helen retired at age 65 in 1984 and later moved to Meshoppen, PA. After the death of her husband, Victor, Helen moved to New Jersey to live with her daughter and family.

Helen is survived by her daughter, Kristine and her husband, Peter Kipe, Long Valley, NJ. Also survived by her granddaughters, Jennifer and her husband George Moore and Erin and her husband Carl Klemme, two great-grandsons, Andrew and Kevin Moore.

In accordance with Helen's wishes, her life will be celebrated privately by a gathering of her closest family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials may be made to one of the following organizations: Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, 350 Sparta Ave., Bldg D, Suite 2, Sparta, NJ 07871 or The House of the Good Shepherd, 789 Willow Grove St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

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Dr. John W. Borino


John W. Borino, MD, age 98, of Allamuchy Township, Great Meadows, NJ died Saturday, April 14, 2012 at home in Great Meadows. John was born June 3, 1913 in Chicago, ILL. He is the son of the late John and Marie (Pagliarulo) Borino. He was predeceased by his wife of 70 years, Beatrice C. (DiDominico) Borino in December, 2011.

He was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Mountain R.C. Church, Long Valley, NJ. He was a graduate of Loyola University in Chicago, IL and the University of Texas where he received his M.D. He was a member of many medical associations. Dr. Borino started his practice in Newark, NJ, eventually moving his practice to Hackettstown, NJ and seeing patients well into his 70's before retiring. Dr. Borino proudly served in the United States Navy from 1944-1946 in the South Pacific.                                                                                                                
He is survived by a son, John A. Borino of North Haledon, NJ, a daughter, Paula Borino of Brodheadsville, PA, and 8 Grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11:00 am on Friday, April 20 at St. Mary's Church Of The Assumption, 305 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. Burial will be in Gate Of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, NJ following the mass.

Calling hours will be Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 5:00pm-8:00pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

In Lieu of flowers donations can be made  to Warren Haven Nursing Home, 350 Oxford Road, Oxford NJ, 07863, in memory of Dr. John Borino.
 

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Stephen L. Berstler Jr.

Stephen L. Berstler, Jr., age 22, of Chester, NJ died Friday, December 30, 2011 in New York, NY. Stephen was born September 7, 1989 in Hackettstown, N.J...He is the son of Stephen L. Berstler Sr.and Sandra Basenese. 

Stephen was a junior at Salisbury University in Maryland, and wanted to be a Teacher of Physical Education and High School coach and Personal Trainer. Stephen would have been a student teacher this year. Stephen was very active in Track & Field at the College Cross County level and also wrote for the Salisbury Sports Newspaper on Campus at Salisbury University in Maryland. Stephen was a lifelong resident of Long Valley, NJ, and was a member of the Grace  Church.

He is survived by ; his father Stephen L. Berstler Sr. of Chester, NJ.  his mother Sandra Basenese. of Hackettstown, NJ; Brother of Sara Jean Berstler and Michael Paul Berstler; maternal grandfather, Michael Paul Basenese Sr..

The funeral will be held 10:00 am on Monday, February 13 at Grace Church, Route 46 East, Netcong, NJ, 07857 with Pastor Armin Sommer officiating. Burial will be in Stanhope Union Cemetery, Stanhope on Monday, February 13.

Calling hours will be Sunday, February 12 from 2:00 - 6:00 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J...

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to  West Morris Track and Field Association, c/o West Morris Central High School, 259 Bartley Road, Chester, NJ 07930.

 

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Dorothy A. Bartkus

Dorothy A. Bartkus, 91, died January 24, 2012 in the House of Good Shepherd, Hackettstown, NJ.  Dorothy lived in Hackettstown, NJ since 2002 coming from Kearny, NJ  and was born in Kearny, NJ on May 7, 1920.

Dorothy was the daughter of the late Ernest and Emma (Salzmann) Konshott.  Dorothy is also predeceased by her husband Edward C. Bartkus and her sister Mabel Pumo.

Dorothy is survived by 2 sons:  Paul and his wife Phyllis Bartkus of Hackettstown, NJ and Robert Edward and his wife Mary Bartkus of Tewksbury, NJ. Three grandchildren:  Elizabeth Bartkus, Graham Tracey and Jesse Tracey and 6 great-grandchildren.

Dorothy first worked at the Prudential Insurance Co,, Newark, NJ. Then owned and operated the Dablers Ceramic Studio in Kearny, NJ. Lastly, she served as an Assistant Cashier for the First National Bank, Newark, Nj retiring many years ago. She also served in the WAVES of the united States Navy during WWII as Storekeeper 1st Class.

She was a graduate of Kearny High School and attended Fairleigh Dickenson University. Dorothy was a member of St. James Episcopal Church, Hackettstown, NJ; she was an Oblate at The Community of St. John Baptist Mendham, NJ where she practiced ecclestiastical embroidery; was an active member of Episcopal Diocese of the of Newark Alter Guild; Secretary of the National Altar Guild; and was a member of Christ Church in Harrison where she served as a Warden & Vestry member; Lastly, she was first President of the Resident's Council at the House of the Good Shepherd.

Visitation Saturday January 28, 2012 from 8:30 to 10:00 am at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. Services to be held Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 10:30 am at St. James Episcopal Church, Washington Street, Hackettstown, NJ.  Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be sent to the Community of St. John Baptist, P.O. Box 240, 82 West Main Street, Mendham, NJ  07945 or visit www.csjp.org

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Catherine M. Brooks

Catherine M. Brooks, age 96, died Monday, January 9, 2012 at Pinehurst, NC. Catherine lived in Long Valley for 28 years coming from Clifton, NJ and was born May 28, 1915 in Paterson, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Anton and the late Katherine (Lockner) Dubits. She was married to the late David J. Brooks who died in 1994. She was also predeceased by her Anthony and two sisters, Ann and Teresa.

She was employed by Kosman School, Long Valley NJ as the Manager of the Cafeteria. In addition Catherine was the Vice President of DAB Land Surveying Co., Kinnelon, NJ

She is survived by her daughter: Kathleen J. Brooks, her son: David A. and his wife Dolores Brooks; 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Catherine was the former President of the Lakeview Woman’s Republican Club, Clifton, NJ, was a member of the Jolly Nine Woman’s Club, a member of the Division of Aging in Morris Plains, and was a volunteer at the Chester Nutrition Program, Chester, NJ

The funeral will be held 11:00 am on Saturday, January 14 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Fr. Abuchi Nwofu officiating. Burial will be in Somerset Hills Cemetery, Basking Ridge.

Calling hours will be Saturday, January 14 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons Street, P.O. Box 7, East asyracuse, NY 13057

 

 

 

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James Bunting

James Bunting, age 84, Saturday, January 7, 2012 at home with his loving family by his side. James lived in the Hackettstown area for the past 13 years coming from Verona, NJ and was born July 22, 1927 in Newark, NJ. He is the son of the late James and the late Eleanor (Oliver) Bunting.

He served in the United States Navy during World War II from 09/13/1944 to 6/28/1946, honorably discharged as a Seaman 1st Class. He was employed by Tung-Sol, Bloomfield, NJ as a Foreman and retired after 30 years of service to the company. Jim was also the owner of the Waterhole Bar, Bloomfield, NJ retiring many years ago.

Jim was a member of the Bloomfield Elks Lodge and the V.F.W. of Cedar Grove, NJ and also attended St. Peter’s Episcopal Church of Essex Fells, NJ.

He is survived by his wife: Rose Marie(Croce) Bunting, his daughter Sandra Bunting, his son James & wife Catherine Bunting, 2 Grandchildren, Ryan And Chelsy.

The funeral will be held 10:00 am on Tuesday, January 10 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Rev. Stephanie Weathered officiating. Burial will be in Hackettstown Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ.

Calling hours will be Monday, January 9 from 4:00 - 9:00 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, 140 Littleton Road, Suite 200, Parsippany, NJ 07054.

 

 

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