Obituaries

Alphabetical Listing - 2012 - 2020:
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Nancy Colburn Stevens

Nancy Colburn Stevens, 91, of Hackettstown, NJ entered God’s eternal kingdom on May 23, 
2020. Nancy was the daughter of Claire and Harold L. Colburn and was born and raised in Montclair, NJ. A brother, Harold Colburn, Jr, predeceased her. She is predeceased by her beloved husband of 63 years, William Stevens.
Nancy attended Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. 
 
She met “Bill,” who was attending Lehigh University, on a double date. They were married on June 18, 1949. Nancy and Bill resided for many years in Caldwell, NJ where they raised their three daughters. Her daughters remember spending many wonderful family vacations at Cape Cod and Harvey Cedars, Long Beach Island, NJ. 
 
Nancy and Bill were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Caldwell where Nancy volunteered at their Serrv Shop. Nancy was a skilled sewer and knitter. She loved crafts of all types including stained glass art, decoupage and many others. In her later years, jigsaw puzzles were a favorite pastime. Nancy was very fond of her dogs, Jennifer, a Springer Spaniel, Melodie and Jazz, Papillions, and Melodie II, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. 
 
Nancy and Bill traveled extensively spending time in Bermuda, Hawaii and made several trips abroad. In their retirement years, Nancy and Bill had homes in Colorado and Texas. 
 
She is remembered by her family for her generosity, thoughtfulness and devotion to her family. Surviving are their three loving daughters and sons-in-law: Deborah and Gary Albrecht, Sandra and Glenn Brackmann and Valerie Shingledecker; four grandchildren and their spouses: Jason and Jennifer Molony, Heather and Patrick Rich, Andrew and Emily Brackmann, and Kelsey and Charles Kernstock; and 10 great grandchildren.
 
 In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The House of the Good Shepherd, Shepherd’s Fund, 798 Willow Grove St, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. 
 
Due to the current environment a private family service will be held at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ. 
 

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John E Sayer

 Loving husband, stepfather, brother and friend, John Everett Sayer of Blairstown New Jersey passed away peacefully on May 1, 2020 after having suffered a heart attack a few days prior.

 
Mr. Sayer was born January 31, 1959 in Allamuchy, New Jersey, and resided in Blairstown, New Jersey since his marriage to his beloved wife, Debbie. Mr. Sayer was the owner of John Sayer LLC.
 
The greatest testimony to the full life John led would be to celebrate him and his joyful nature.
He was a very committed mason and excelled in his craftsmanship. He lived his life with passion and not by half measures. He was also known to laugh with a glint in his eyes that you couldn't help but share. He loved hard work as much as he enjoyed fun and entertainment with us all. Whether he was throwing a pizza party for the neighborhood or celebrating life with a pig roast in the backyard and inviting everyone he knew, John was a light that was thoughtful, giving, and full of adventure.
 
He is survived by his loving wife, Debbie Sayer of Blairstown NJ, his stepchildren Taylor Evans of Brooklyn, NY and Adison Evans of North Bergen, NJ. He is also survived by a large extended family.
 
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Julia Sayer, and his brother Ralph (Razz) Sayer.
 
We ask that you keep John's family in your thoughts and prayers at this time. A memorial service to commemorate John will be scheduled at a later date, post Covid-19.
 
The family has asked that donations be made in lieu of flowers. Mr. Sayer was proud to support the arts, and to this end, the family have asked that donations be made to The John Sayer Artist Appreciation Fund on gofundme.com to help those artists struggling at this time, and The American Heart Association in memory and honor of John Sayer.
 
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His passing has created a gap that was only his to fill, however he will live on in our memories.
 
'He who binds himself to joy does the winged life destroy. But he who kisses the joy as it flies lives in eternity's sunrise'.  William Blake

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

 

"Amazing Grace" performed by Adison Evans, step daughter of John Sayer

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Reverend Clarence William Sickles

 Reverend Clarence William Sickles, 99, of Hackettstown, NJ passed away peacefully with his wife by his side on April 14, 2020 at the Clarence W. Sickles Health Care Center at Heath Village.

Clarence was born on February 11, 1921 in Harrison, NJ to the late John Joseph Sickles and Mary Lois Rowe Sickles. He married his loving wife, Jean Stover, on February 11, 1950.

As much as any one lifetime spanning nearly a century could be summed by one idea, Clarence’s life was dedicated to the service of others. Growing up as a teenager through the depression had a tremendous impact on Clarence and, throughout the rest of his time, he was always quick to help a person in need. Many of his accomplishments throughout his life share this common thread.


After beginning his collegiate studies at Rutgers in 1941, and with the guidance and encouragement from his parish priest, he transferred to and graduated from Columbia University and the General Theological Seminary in New York. Then, in 1948, he achieved his childhood goal to become a priest. At the start of his career, Clarence held positions as a chaplain in Sparta, Fairlawn, and Rutgers until he assumed the role of rector at St. James Episcopal Church of Hackettstown in 1953. It was in Hackettstown that Jean and Clarence would raise their family of eight children and engage as civic-minded members of the local community.


Augmenting the help and guidance he offered others through his position in the local church, Clarence never stopped looking for ways to help others outside of his congregation. During his service at St. James, he saw the need for developing eldercare in a way that provided comfort and dignity for those near the end of their lives. It was this idea that led him to form the Heath Village non-profit corporation and build the retirement community on Schooleys Mountain Road. While serving as Heath Village's first executive director, Clarence earned a Master's Degree at Columbia Teachers College in gerontology and therapeutic recreation. In 1978, the General Theological Seminary awarded him an honorary doctorate in divinity for his work with the elderly.


The support and guidance Clarence received to reach his goals made a lasting impact on the way he led his life. He passed these blessings on for so many people throughout his life in ways too innumerable to mention here. Many lives have been forever changed as a result of the impact Clarence had on those seeking council and understanding.


Clarence worked with the local Salvation Army to provide shelter and food for transient people moving through Hackettstown. Knowing this, the local Police would send transients to the Sickles family residence on Washington Street. There, Clarence would speak with them to assess their needs, arrange shelter in a local motel for the night and a meal at a nearby restaurant. Occasionally, when these arrangements couldn't work, he opened up the family home so they could get rest and receive a warm meal before heading on their travels — even though he and his wife were already caring for eight children.


He also engaged in creative and academic projects with the aim of making the world a more harmonious place. These achievements include authoring a book detailing the historical development of the Ten Commandments with a new moral code written in a secular nature. His work also included three children’s books:
The Happy Christmas Tree, The Easter Bunny, and The Pink Butterfly, each built on his love and caring for all as an extension of his Christian values.

Clarence lived his life enamored with human potential and the capacity for growth and understanding, both physical and mental. He was an accomplished track and cross country runner at both Kearney High School and St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark for what he refers to as “a glorious year” where he worked to obtain the credits needed to gain acceptance into Rutgers University in 1941. He took the physical health of his children very seriously, often rousing them out of bed before school to run the grounds of Hackettstown’s Centenary University. It is no surprise many Sickles’ siblings were star athletes in their chosen sports.


Equally as important was the education of those within his family and those who were not. Clarence was infamous among his grandchildren for pulling out grammar flashcards during their visits to inform them that Dick Tracy was, in fact, a proper noun. This playful sense of humor would come to life as he and Jean volunteered their time to analyze the handwriting of local high school students, which was an engaging way to help students self-reflect on their habits and qualities. He also provided care and assistance to many as they worked through their education to build the lives of which they dreamed.

Clarence was, as are we all, a person of variances. As much as he loved and cared for all of his fellow humans, he could also be stubborn and tenacious in his resolve. Longtime members of the Hackettstown community will no doubt have a memory of at least one of his letters to the newspaper editor. Anyone who had the distinction to share a Saturday afternoon watching college football with Clarence would hear him shout for the referees to “turn in their suits” after a bad call. One of the greatest compliments he could pay anyone was to ask for, and then consider, their opinion. Still, the reason Clarence so strongly held to his ideas was because he truly believed they represented the best ways to serve his fellow humans or, in the case of college football, fairness.


He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Jean Stover Sickles, his four daughters Mary Roberts and her husband John, Martha Sickles, Margaret Sheldon and her husband Jim, Monica Cook and her husband Pete; and his four sons, Mark Sickles, Michael Sickles and his wife Barbara, Martin Sickles and his wife Jean, and Matthew Sickles; along with, thirteen grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his brothers, Raymond and Harold Sickles, and his sisters Eleanor Rittmann and Mildred Freigant.  

Funeral services will be held at a later date for family and friends to join together to celebrate his life of service.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heath Village Employee Appreciation Fund, 151 Heath Village, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Cochran Funeral Home, To send an online condolence please visit http://www.cochranfuneral.com.

 

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Ronald W. Shaw, Sr.

Ronald William Shaw, Sr., age 81, a lifelong resident of Schooley’s Mountain and Hackettstown, NJ, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2020 at Sunrise Assisted Living of Randolph, NJ. He was born July 22, 1938 in Hackettstown, NJ to the late William Foster and Lillian Moyer Shaw and was predeceased by his sister, Janice Topoleski. Ron was previously employed at M&M Mars for 35 years, in Hackettstown, NJ. He was also a member of the Highlands Presbyterian Church, Schooley’s Mountain, NJ. Ron graduated from Hackettstown High School Class of 1957 and was an active member with the class reunions. He always loved reconnecting with his classmates again. Beyond being a two-sport Hackettstown High School standout athlete for football and baseball, Ron also enjoyed playing for the M&M Mars and other men’s league bowling and softball teams. While starting his retirement at age 53, Ron enjoyed playing golf and continued to give back by donating over 100 pints of blood to the American Red Cross in his lifetime. Ron loved to travel with his wife, Barbara. They would plan trips, crisscrossing the country by car, while occasionally traveling overseas to Europe. He was a dedicated and loving husband, father, and grandfather. His family and friends will miss him dearly. Ron is survived by his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Barbara Skinner Shaw, and their three children; Elizabeth Kim Kubik, and Jerry Carratura of Schooley’s Mountain, NJ, Ronald W Shaw Jr. of Schooley’s Mountain, NJ, Robert M Shaw and his wife, Maureen Connelly Shaw of Califon, NJ, his brother, Craig Shaw and his wife, Patricia Shaw of Albion, NY, and his sister, Cynthia Shaw Baum of Phillipsburg, NJ. Ron’s grandkids were the love of his life, each one being different and so special to him. He enjoyed being a part of all of their lives. He is survived by his seven grandchildren; Alex Shaw and Jaime Byrne of Hackettstown, NJ, Corrie Shaw Rea and her husband, Brandon Rea, of Corryton, TN, Richard Kubik of Boonton, NJ, Teesha Kubik of Schooley’s Mountain, NJ, Leah Shaw of South Bend, IN, Megan Shaw of Califon, NJ, and Erin Shaw of Califon, NJ, and is also survived by many special nieces and nephews. Arrangements are under the care of Cochran Funeral Home in Hackettstown, NJ. Burial will take place at the Union Cemetery in Hackettstown, NJ on April, 17. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Highlands Presbyterian Church, 3 Heath Lane, Long Valley, NJ, or The Schooley’s Mountain Fire Company, PO Box 35, Schooley’s Mountain, NJ, or please donate a pint of blood to the American Red Cross in honor of Ron.

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Fred Strutin

 Fred Strutin passed away peacefully, in his sleep on April 6, 2020 at the age of 93.He succumbed to the COVID 19 virus. He was born October 21, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York

 
.He served in World War II. He received the Meritorious Plaque as well as the World War II Victory Medal. Upon his honorable discharge from the military, he resumed his studies in electrical engineering at City College of New York earning a Bachelor’s degree. 
 
He married Estelle Brodzansky in 1947starting a family .His children included Stephanie, Marcelle, Millard, and Kennard. He started a business repairing various electronic devices, especially in radio and television, as well as commercial air 
conditioning installation. He moved from Brooklyn to Franklin Square, then West Hempstead.
 
 He spent his final years in an independendent living facility near his son Millard and daughter in law Lisa.
 
 He is now with his wife Estelle, and children Marcelle and Kennard. 
 
He is survived by his son Dr. Millard Strutin, and daughter Stephanie Zuckerman. His grandchildren, Collin, Sarah, Billy, Ben, Chari, Jillian and Seth. His great Grandchildren Graham, and Zahira, Fallon, Charlotte, and Gavin. Daughter in law Lisa Strutin, and son in law Elliott Zuckerman.
 
A life full of life. Rest in eternal peace.
 
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the hospital of your choice.
 

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Frank Schwartz

Frank Schwartz, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away on April 3, 2020 at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ.  Frank was born in Newark, NJ in 1939 to the late Frank and Frances Schwartz. 
 
 He served in the army for two years where he was stationed in Germany.  After serving in the military Frank worked at the Lucent Labs in Whippany as a sheet metal worker for 27 years.  He was a very hard worker who always had multiple side jobs in order to help better provide for his family. 
 
Frank lived in Hackettstown, NJ for the past 42 years.  He is survived by the love of his life Eileen, whom were married for 36 years.  He was loved by his three children, Robert Hugues, Richard Hugues, and Christine Hoff as well as their spouses and his many grandchildren and one great grandchild.
 
Frank was devoted to spending time with his family, whether it was going to his grandchildren’s sporting events, concerts or other events, he was always there to support them.  If anyone ever needed extra help with projects around the house, Frank was always there to lend a hand.  Some of the fondest memories of Frank were celebrating birthdays and holidays, boating around the lake, going on family vacations and savoring the joys of life.
 
Frank loved fishing and biking at the beach, tossing a ball in the yard and watching his grandchildren grow up.  He enjoyed spending time working in his yard, splitting wood, and working on cars .Frank was a beloved member of his family and he will be missed and honored by many. 
 
 His loss will be a huge void, but his family was blessed to have shared many wonderful memories with him.  
 
 

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Robert P Smith

 Robert P. Smith, age 82 of Randolph, New Jersey died Monday April 6, 2020. Robert was born January 14,

1938 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Edmund and Viola (Tanner) Smith. In addition to his parents he 
was preceded in death by his beloved wife Grace Ann Smith and son in-law Alexander E. Nowak.
 
Robert was employed by The New York Times as the manager of the Advertising Acceptability department. 
 
He proudly served in the US Marine Corp from 1956 to 1958 and was a volunteer fire fighter in Dumont 
NJ for many years. In addition he was a councilman for Allamuchy Township and a Eucharistic Minister 
for the Good Shepard Church in Andover NJ.
 
Robert is survived by his three daughters Toni-Ann Pieschl and her Husband Paul, Marie Cooper and 
husband Robert and Jennifer Nowak, five grandchildren Lauren, Lindsey, Robert, Charlotte, Victor and 
great granddaughter Eloise. 

All services are private.

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

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James V. Sasso

James Vincent Sasso (Jimmy), age 33, of Great Meadows, NJ passed away at home on April 3, 2020. Jimmy was born October 27, 1986 in Edison, NJ. 


 

Jimmy will be remembered for his bright smile and sense of humor. Known as a “ball buster” he could make anyone laugh with his quick wit and wise ass one liners. He had the kindest heart and would drop anything to help a loved one in need. He was someone you could count on - even if he made fun of you while he was doing it. 


 

As a kid, Jimmy loved to play sports, basketball and baseball were among his favorites.  He excelled at anything he tried. The only boy in his family, he was the light of his mother’s life.

As an adult, there were two places you would be sure to find Jimmy, working on his truck or fishing, he loved to do both. Fishing brought Jimmy much peace in recent years. But, Jimmy loved nothing more than his family.  They meant everything to him.


 He worked for Noce’s Paving for the last two years. He was dedicated, hardworking and an integral part of the team.  


 Jimmy is survived by his loving parents Donna and Joe Cicora of Great Meadows, NJ and Jerry Sasso of Spring Hill, FL. Paternal grandmother Dolores Cicora of Iselin, NJ and paternal grandfather Joseph Sasso of Toms River, NJ. His three devoted sisters Christina Sasso, Jamie Feehan and Melissa Cicora. Three brother in laws, Tom Tiplady, Pete Rinaldi, and Kyle Ruetsch. Three nieces, Kaelyn, Ava and Scarlett, four nephews Christopher, Anthony, Joey and Jack, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. 


 He was preceded in death, by his adoring grandparents Eileen and Fred DeCapua and Micheal Cicora, as well as his Uncle Joey DeCapua. We know they were waiting as they welcomed their boy home. 


 Jimmy will be missed beyond words by all who loved him. We will carry him in our hearts forever. 


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Arlene Schmidt

 

Arlene Schmidt, age 81, of Oxford, NJ died Saturday, March 28, 2020 at home.  Arlene was born December 18, 1938 in Newark, NJ to the late Andrew Riley and Grace E. (May) Frasca. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Peter Donald Schmidt, her cherished son, Donald William Schmidt and his wife Catherine, one brother, Phillip Riley and a brother-in-law, Mal Kelly.  
 
Arlene was the glue that kept her family together, she was a loving and dedicated mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She treasured her children and embraced each moment with them. She cherished her role as Nanny. She had a vivacious personality and fighting spirit.
 
She is survived by three daughters, Donna D'Addario and husband Michael, Marlene Schmidt and Al, Diane Schmidt and Brian, three sons, Dennis Schmidt, Christopher Schmidt and Patricia, Derrick Schmidt and wife Maureen, a brother, Curtis Riley, a sister, Ruth Kelly, 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. 
 
All services are private. 
 
For those desiring donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN in memory of Arlene.

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John Michael Schmid

 John M. Schmid, age 73, Boonton, NJ died Saturday, March 28, 2020 at the NJ Fireman's Home, Boonton, NJ.  John was born June 27, 1946 in Newark, NJ to the late John and Marie D. (Bock) Schmid. 

He proudly served in the US Navy during Vietnam and was a dedicated Fireman of the Elizabeth Fire Department, Elizabeth, NJ for many years before retiring. 

He is survived by two cherished sisters, Maryjane Petteruti and husband Richard, Bette Demsey and husband Richard, a loving brother, William Schmid, two nieces, Carolyn and Lisa, four great nephews Jack, Brian, Mikey, Jake and one great niece, Madeline.

All services are private.

For those desiring donations may be made to the NJ Fireman’s Home, 565 Lathrop Avenue, Boonton, NJ 07005.

 

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Catherine Sigler

 Catherine Sigler, age 91, of Hackettstown, NJ died Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Forest Manor Health Care Center, Hope, NJ.  Catherine was born April 29, 1928 in Montclair, NJ to the late Thomas S. and Mabel (Bolton) Morley.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Edward Sigler, her son, Edward Sigler, her daughter, Susan Casale, her two brothers, Thomas Morley, Joseph Morley, and her two sisters, Marylou Morley and Joan DiVencenzo.

Catherine was previously employed by Hackettstown Regional Medical Center as in their Materials Management Department retiring many years ago.  Catherine was a member of the Church of the Assumption, Hackettstown, NJ, was an avid reader and enjoyed bowling. 

Catherine was a kind and loving person who welcomed everyone in her neighborhood into her home.  Upon the death of her beloved daughter she opened her life to her cherished grandchildren, she helped raise them and mold them into the wonderful people they have become.  She was a generous person, if you were in need of food, she cooked, shelter, gave a place to stay, love and understanding, she listened and did not judge.  Catherine was a blessing in this life and all who knew her will miss her.   

She is survived by her daughter, Catherine Sigler, her son, and Thomas Sigler and wife Tina, son-in-law, Robert Casale, 3 grandchildren, Catrina, Justin and Jeremy and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service and burial will be held 11:00 am on Friday, March 6, 2020 at Pequest Union Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Great Meadows, NJ.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 5, 202 from 7-9 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

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Donald Schwanda

Donald Schwanda, 82, of Hackettstown, N.J., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in the town he called home for all of his life. Born Aug. 5, 1937, he was a son of the late Joseph Schwanda and Maud (Murphy) Schwanda. Don leaves behind many loving family members including his devoted wife, Jennifer Donnelly; and cherished nieces and nephews, Sandy Corby,  Danny Philhower, Joey Zurine, Tom Zurine,  Dave Zurine,  Jimmy Joe Philhower and Marie Zurine-Whaley.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Brenda Zurine and Norma Philhower; and a cousin, Ruth Best.

            Don attended Hackettstown High School, graduating in 1955. He enlisted in the National Guard, serving honorably for nine years.   Don was best known in the community as a flight instructor who spent his life teaching people to fly, and as owner and operator of the Hackettstown Airport. His father, Joe, founded the airport in 1937, the same year Don was born.  He had been using his farm field as a runway, when officials informed him that he needed to fly out of a legal airport - so Joe filled out the paperwork and certified his field as an airport. Don himself grew up surrounded by airplanes, learning the basics at an early age and taking his first solo flight in a J-3 Piper Cub – at age 12. Don loved to fly, earning his pilot’s license on his 17th birthday, then going to get his driver’s license on the same day.  Don took off on a flight instruction career spanning more than 50 years.  He became an FAA Designated Examiner, and – at the time of his qualification – the youngest in the United States. Don and his father ran the airport together and kept it flying, while Don gave the eager new pilots their wings, including Jennifer Donnelly, the woman he would spend much of his life with. Don leaves behind a legacy to be proud of: family, friends, community and country.

       Visitation and services are private for the family. A public Celebration of Life will be held at Hackettstown Airport in the spring, when all family, friends and acquaintances will be welcome to attend.  Messages of condolence may be made at www.cochranfuneral.com.

  Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings … – by John Gillespie Magee Jr.

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Robert J. Stiff

  Robert J. (Bob) Stiff, 87, of Shavertown, PA passed into eternal life on Sunday, February 9, 2020.  Bob is survived by the love of his life for over 62 years, Joanne (Kurzenknabe) Stiff and three daughters, Cheryl Stiff of Hackettstown, NJ, Kathleen Hoffman of Glen Gardner, NJ and Karen Stiff Carroll and husband William of Califon, NJ.  Bob is also survived by brother-in-law, George Kurzenknabe of Whitehouse Station, NJ, nieces Karen (Rodney) Boydstun, Orlando, FL, Susan Prickett, Lady Lake, FL, and nephew Mark Kurzenknabe, Hackettstown, NJ, and great nieces and nephews.
  Bob was predeceased by his parents Leslie Edison Stiff and Faye Hummer Stiff, his sister Betty (Seth) Eastman, and his brother, 1st. Lt. Edison G. Stiff, a fighter pilot in WWII who was killed in action.
  Bob is a U.S. Navy veteran having served during the Korean War era.  Fishing, fly tying, photography and model building were his hobbies.  He loved the Red Rock country of the west and made numerous trips there photographing the National Parks.  He also enjoyed nature and wildlife photography, and he and Joanne traveled extensively both in the U.S. and Europe.  Bob spent the bulk of his working life in the fine paper industry.  The last 15 years, he was manager of Archivart Corp., a manufacturer and supplier of acid-free paper products to the conservation field.  He was a volunteer at the Back Mountain Food Pantry for a number of years and served on the Board of Directors and as president.  He was a member of the Trucksville United Methodist Church.
 Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 22, from 10 – 12 a.m., followed by a celebration of Bob’s life at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ. Interment will be at a later date. 
 In lieu of flowers, donations, if desired, may be given to the Back Mountain Food Pantry, c/o Trucksville United Methodist Church, 40 Knob Hill Road, Trucksville, PA  18708.  Those wishing to leave online condolences may do so at www.cochranfuneral.com

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James D. Stocker

James D. Stocker of Hackettstown, NJ died Sunday, February 9, 2020 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. He was 90 years old.  James was born on May 11, 1929 in Easton, PA. He is the son of the late Frank Stocker and the late Esther (Blondell) Stocker.

James served in the U.S. Navy from 1946 to 1948.

James was a former business owner and considered a 'jack of all trades' by his family and friends. He loved animals, was a big fan of country western music and learned to play guitar later in life.

James is survived by his wife Ellen (Holley) Stocker, son Thomas (Bonnie) Stocker, his daughters  Pamela (William) Stanton, Barbara (Tim) Poff, Sherry (Marcus) Stocker and, stepdaughters Jacqueline (Robert) Chastain and Karen Anne (Mark) Scalfani as well as many grandchildren and great-granchildren.  He was preceded in death by sons, James and Timothy.  

A memorial service will be held 11:00am on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.

Calling hours will be Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 10am-11am at Cochran Funeral Home.  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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Harold F Swinson

Harold F. Swinson, age 98, of Naples Florida entered into rest on January 26, 2020. Harold was born in ­­­­­Denville, New Jersey on January 17, 1922 to Charles Carl Swinson and Mae Coursen Swinson. 

 

Harold was married to Margaret Martin Swinson for 70 wonderful years. He is survived by his daughter Diana and her husband Charles Cox of Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, his son Jeffrey of Naples, Florida, his five grandchildren Melissa Tatro, Amanda Gomez, Adam Cox, Jamie Swinson, Ryan Swinson and his seven great-grandchildren. Harold was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. 

 

During WWII Harold served with the 4th Combat Cargo in China, Burma and India. He was employed by NJP&L – JCP&L for 41 years, retiring as a Substation Supervisor in the Western Division in 1983. 

 

The world was a better place with Harold in it. He will be deeply missed by all that knew and loved him.

 

Family and friends may gather at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, New Jersey 07840 on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 10:00 am. A service to celebrate Harold’s life will be held at 11:00 am. Interment will be in the Tranquility Church Cemetery, Tranquility New Jersey.

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Elsie Snyder

 Elsie Snyder, age 85, of Mount Arlington, NJ formerly of Sligo, PA and Dover, NJ died Wednesday, January 22, 2020 after a brief illness. Born March 5, 1934 in Elizabeth, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Wilber "Pete" and Elsie Mae (Clouter) Mecabe.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of over 65 years, Richard, and her three brothers, Robert, Pete and David. 

Elsie was a recent resident in Mt. Arlington after spending 16 years in Sligo, PA.  She was a long time resident of Dover, NJ where she and her husband made a lovely home and raised a loving family.  She was a devoted homemaker, teacher’s aide and worked for a time at H O Baker Insurance Company.  She was also an active member of the First Memorial Presbyterian Church, Dover, NJ. 

In 2003 Richard and Elsie moved to Sligo, PA.  Elsie was a member of the congregation of the Sligo Presbyterian Church where she enjoyed active participation in various adult group functions and trips.  She served as an officer of the congregation for a term.

She is survived four sons, Richard Lee and his wife Corrine of Old Forge, PA, Kenneth and his wife Christine of Colonia, NJ, Jeffrey and his wife Tracy of Sarver, PA, Douglas and his wife Kristen Randolph, NJ, her daughter, Linda Sperry and her husband Jon, a sister , JoAnn Beachler and husband John of Mt. Vernan, IN, a sister-in-law, Gail Snyder of Vienna, NJ, two brothers-in-law, Lester Snyder and wife Joy, Robert Snyder and wife Janice both of Hackettstown, NJ, eleven grandchildren, Jon Jr., William, Marlaina, Robert, Erin, Stephen, Eric, Zachary, Kevin, Kate, Olivia, six great grandchildren, Nathaniel,  Alexa, Nora, AnnaLynne, Benjamin, Austin as well as many nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held 10:00 am on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ with Ken Hess officiating.  Burial will follow at Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows.

Visitation hours will be Monday, January 27, 2020 from 4 - 8 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sligo Presbyterian Church, 403 Colerain Street, Sligo, PA in memory of Elsie.

Online condolences may be made at www.cochranfuneral.com.

 

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Paul A. Sargeant

Paul Sargeant, age 59, of 278 Mansfield Village, Hackettstown died Tuesday, January 21, 2020.  Paul was born February 23, 1960 in Newton, NJ. He is the son of the late Marshall and Helen (Pyett) Sargeant. He was predeceased by his wife, Brenda Lee Jacobsen-Sargeant on December 13, 2019.
 

He was employed by Mount Olive Road Department for 37 years. Paul was also a member of the Hackettstown American Legion Post #164. 
 

He is survived by; sister; Sue Gibbs and three brothers; Marshall Sargeant, George Sargeant and Pat Sargeant.
 

The funeral service will be held 11:00 am on Monday, January 27 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Rev. Donald Gebhard officiating.  Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Union Cemetery, Long Valley, following the service.
 

Calling hours will be Sunday, January 26 from 4 - 8 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J..
 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Legion Post 164, P.O. Box 332, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840 in memory of Paul.
 

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Peter Lucas Salmon

Peter Lucas Salmon, long time Hopatcong NJ resident, 83, died peacefully at Bristol Glen, Newton NJ on Sunday, December 22, 2019.

He leaves his wife of 63 years, Gwendolyn (Morrissey) Salmon; daughters; Tamara Salmon-Mabus, Andrea (Salmon) Baldwin, Alison Salmon, and his son; Peter Lucas Salmon Jr; two grandchildren; Adeline Morrissey Heard and Eliza Mae Heard; brothers; Reverend Abraham Dickerson Salmon IV and Jerre Wayne Salmon. Born to Abraham Dickerson Salmon III and Audrey (Lucas) Salmon, both deceased, of Chatham NJ.

He graduated from Binghamton North High School, Binghamton, NY and attended Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA where he met his future wife. Peter spent most of his adult life in Hopatcong raising his family. Over the course of his lifetime he started various business ventures reflecting his love of tinkering and his desire to understand how machines worked.  

Peter volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America in several capacities including Cub Scout pack master and Eagle Scout review board. He had a lifelong passion for King Midget automobiles and enjoyed showing off his classic car in local parades and at national rallies. Peter loved studying, making and listening to many music genres from classical to barbershop. He adored family gatherings, especially Christmas, birthday celebrations and family reunions. Peter enjoyed great food and wine and became an accomplished baker later in life. He took great pride and delight in cheering on his granddaughter’s sporting events. Peter was active with the Salmon Family Association holding different offices over the years.

His generous spirit and sense of humor will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Interment is scheduled for February 1, 2020 at the Mt. Olive Union Cemetery, Flanders-Drakestown Rd., Flanders, NJ for immediate family. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to either the Mt. Olive Union Cemetery for perpetual cemetery care (c/o Jim Smith, 29 Kenmar Rd., Budd Lake, NJ 07828) or WQXR, NYC member supported classical music radio. (Follow this link to the donation page. https://www.wqxr.org/support/)

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

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Brenda Lee Sargeant

Brenda Lee Sargeant, age 72, Hackettstown died Friday, December 13, 2019.  Brenda was born January 3, 1947 in Phillipsburg, NJ. She is the daughter of the late John and the late Ada (Sigler) Jacobsen. 

A memorial service will be held 11:00 am on Friday, December 20, 2019 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Dr. Rev. Frank Fowler officiating.  Burial of ashes will be at Pleasant Grove Cemetery. 

Calling hours will be Friday, December 20, 2019 from 10am - 11am at Cochran Funeral Home.  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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William Alan Scott

William Alan Scott, age 76, of Hackettstown died Thursday, December 5, 2019 at home surrounded by his family.

William was born October 6, 1943 to the late Peter and Gladys Scott at Adelphi Hospital in Brooklyn, NY.
 
Bill served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War attaining the rank of Sergeant and served within the Tactical Air Control (TAC) security forces.
He went on to graduate from Manhattan College with a B.S. in business and graduated from Fordham University with a Master's in business administration.
Bill started and successfully ran his accounting firm, William Allan Scott, CPA. for more than 40 years.
 
He was an avid lover of all genres of music old and new. He was a talented musician and loved playing guitar and rhythm bass.  He (and his brother Peter) were 2 of the Kingsmen in the "Johnny Rodia and the Kingsmen" band that toured the tri-state area in the 1960's.
 
Bill was a passionate outdoorsman and loved wildlife. His greatest passion was fishing and loved to fish whenever he could. Owning multiple Ranger boats throughout his life,
he was always up for an outdoor adventure with his fishing buddies and the various fishing clubs he belonged to. His adventures took him throughout the North East always searching
for that "one perfect lake". Bill's other passion was long range shooting. A lifetime member of the NRA and a licensed Range Safety Officer, he frequently taught long range shooting classes or competed in competitions.
 
Bill is survived by his wife, Janet and two sons, Michael Scott and his life partner Barbara Matloff and her children Adam and Breanne Matloff, his son Justin Scott and his brother Peter Scott.
 
A memorial gathering will take place from 3-6pm on Sunday, December 15th with Military Honors at the Cochran Funeral Home 905 Street Hackettstown, NJ.
 
Cremation is private with entombment of cremains at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Please leave an online condolence at www.cochranfuneral.com

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June B. Stephens

 

 June B. Stephens, age 90, of Flanders, NJ died peacefully Tuesday, October 8, 2019.  June was born June 12, 1929 in Dover, NJ to the late Preston and Gladys (Hammell) Smith.  She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Roger Stephens, Sr. in 2011, and her four brothers, Sherwin, Leland, Durand and Kenyon, and three sisters, Marilyn, Glenda and Diane.
 

June was previously employed by Mountain View School, Mt. Olive, NJ as the Cafeteria Manager retiring many years ago.    She enjoyed her work and spending time with her family.  June will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
 

She is survived by two sons, Roger Stephens, Jr., Kevin Stephens, seven grandchildren, Preston, Conner, Shawn, James, Christopher, Michael, Kelly, two great grandchildren, Dylan, Aaron and a sister, Gyl Fela.
 

The funeral service will be held 11:00 am on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ with Pastor JoAnn Winzer officiating.  Burial will follow Mount Olive Cemetery, Budd Lake.
 

Visitation will be Friday, October 11, 2019 from 3-5 pm and 7-9 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.
 

In Lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to, St Jude Childrens Research Hospital, Memorial & Honor Program, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942, in memory of June.

 

 

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Richard Snyder

 

Richard Snyder, 86, of Mt Arlington, NJ (formerly Sligo, PA and Dover, NJ) died after battling cancer on September 23, 2019.

 

Born February 24, 1933 in Hackettstown, NJ, he was the son of the late Minnie (Walters) Snyder and George (Wesley) Snyder and the husband of Elsie Snyder for over 65 years. Richard was a recent resident in Mt. Arlington after spending 16 years in Sligo. PA where he and Elsie moved to in 2003. He served in the US Navy from 1952 through 1955 during the Korean War.  He enjoyed a career with Verizon Phone Co. (originally NJ Bell Telephone and Bell Atlantic). 

 

Richard was a long time resident of Dover, NJ and was a diligent and respected volunteer with the Dover Fire Department for 39 years and served a term as its Chief from 1972 - 1975.            

 

In 2003 Richard and Elsie moved to Sligo, PA. Richard was a member of the congregation of the Sligo Presbyterian Church where he enjoyed participation in the choir and teaching Sunday school. Prior to their moving he was also an active member of the First Memorial Presbyterian Church of Dover.

 

Richard was an avid camper, hunter and fisherman, enjoying the outdoors immensely.    

 

Richard is survived by his wife Elsie (Mecabe) Snyder of Mt. Arlington, NJ, four sons, Richard Lee and his wife Corrine of Old Forge, PA, Kenneth and his wife Christine of Colonia, NJ, Jeffrey and his wife Tracy of Sarver, PA, Douglas and his wife Kristen of Randolph, NJ and a daughter, Linda Sperry and husband Jon of Dover, NJ. He is also survived by two brothers Lester and his wife Joy of Hackettstown, NJ, Robert and wife Janice of Hackettstown, NJ, a sister-in-law Gail Snyder of Vienna, NJ as well as 11 grandchildren, Jon Jr., William, Marlania, Robert, Erin, Stephen, Eric, Zachary, Kevin, Kate, and Olivia.  5 great-grandchildren, Nathaniel, Alexia, Nora, AnnaLynne, and Benjamin and many nieces and nephews.

 

Predeceased by one brother John Snyder Sr. and three sisters Eva Dorcas, Dorothy Frankenfield and Helen Kowalick.

 

Visitation is on Wednesday September 25 from 4-8 pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St. Hackettstown, NJ and funeral service on Thursday September 26 at 10 am also at Cochran Funeral Home. Burial will follow the funeral service at Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows, NJ.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Dover Fire Department 37 N. Sussex St. Dover, NJ or Sligo Presbyterian Church 403 Colerain St. Sligo, PA. would be appreciated.

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Muriel Stevens

 

 Muriel Bernice Stevens, 88, of Hackettstown, NJ, passed away on Saturday, September 21, 2019, in Oxford, NJ.

She was born on January 23, 1931, in Hackettstown, NJ,  the child of Robert A. and Laura A. (Wilken) Smith .

She was a 1948 graduate of Hackettstown High School.

Muriel married Robert J. Stevens in June of 1950.  Together they had two children, son Dale and a daughter, Robin. Muriel was a lifelong resident in Hackettstown, and lived most of her many years on Mountain Avenue.
 

She worked at several iconic businesses in Hackettstown, beginning during her high school years at the Jigger Shop, on Main Street. She moved on to the Dairy Bar on Rt. 46  east of town, and remained there until the mid-sixties. Finally, she took a position at the Shop-Rite supermarket on Stiger St., later moving to the store in Mansfield, where she held the position of head cashier  until her retirement in 1993. Wherever she worked, she was always well liked by both customers and co-workers.  She was also a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.   
 

Muriel loved to travel. She often visited distant family, traveling to Florida, Texas, Kentucky, New York  and Oregon. At home in Hackettstown, her doors were never locked, and friends and family were welcome to drop in, and frequently did.

Her Christian faith was an important part of her life. She lived her faith every day, being generous in spirit and having a forgiving nature. She was quick to help anyone in need.
 

She is predeceased by her husband Robert, her sister Shirley Sitnik,, her brother Robert Smith, her sister Jane Mooney and her daughter, Robin Chiniewicz.
 

She is survived by her son, Dale Stevens and his wife  Wendy Copenhaver (Corning, NY), a sister Sharon-Lee Molnar and her husband John  (Phillipsburg, NJ), a sister Sandra Garriques (Boonton, NJ), a brother Charles Smith and his wife Barbara (Bushnell, FL). Her five grandchildren are Dawn Chiniewicz (Oxford, NJ), Nicole Campbell (Portland, OR), Kendra Chamberlain (Baton Rouge, LA), Patrick Stevens (Ocean City, MD) and granddaughter Maxwell Stevens (Buffalo, NY). She also leaves behind four great-grandchildren.
 

Visitation hours are on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, from 2-4 pm and from 6-8 pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. 
 

Graveside services will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, at 11:00 am at Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ with Dr. Rev. Frank Fowler officiating.

Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at: www.cochranfuneral.com
 

 

 

  


 

 

 


 

 

 

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David T. Sawicki

David Thaddeus Sawicki of Independence Township died peacefully after a long illness while surrounded by his family on September 1, 2019, at the age of 47 at Morristown Medical Center. 

David was born on February 26, 1972 in Belleville, New Jersey, the youngest child of Thaddeus Sawicki and Evelyn Goley Sawicki. 

David had a wonderful childhood growing up in Union with his two sisters, Karen and Diane. David’s love of baseball started very early with Little League and eventually playing baseball as a Union High School Farmer. He went on to play baseball at Seton Hall University where he was a nationally ranked Division I pitcher. David went on to coach college baseball at several New Jersey colleges. He was most proud of establishing the Centenary College Cyclones Baseball Team and would go on to lead them to the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship Regionals in 2005 and 2006. He most recently worked for Campbell University in North Carolina as the Director of Regional Admissions and loved helping young students become Camels. 

David lived life with a bold personality and a full heart. David moved to Hackettstown in 2002 where he met, quickly fell in love, and married Jennifer Nick Sawicki in 2004. Jennifer and David had two beautiful daughters, Katherine (Katie) and Madelyn. David adored his girls and was an attentive father. During his free time, David would coach his daughters’ teams and served on the Independence Township Recreation Commission to ensure the children in town would have the same wonderful experiences on the ball fields as he had growing up. David was never shy and would always be heard from the sidelines cheering on his two favorite girls, Katie and Madelyn. He also loved to spend time on Long Beach Island, cheering on his beloved NJ Devils, and watching Star Wars with his daughters.   

He is preceded in death by his father, Thaddeus in 2006. David is survived by his wife Jennifer, and his two young daughters, Katie and Madelyn, of Independence Township; his mother Evelyn, of Waretown, NJ; his sister Karen, of Basking Ridge, NJ; and his sister Diane, of Waretown, NJ. 

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. Calling hours will be Friday, September 6, 2019 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm and from 7:00 – 9:00pm. The funeral service will be on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 10:00am at the Cochran Funeral Home. The burial will take place at Ocean County Cemetery 280 Wells Mills Road, Waretown, NJ.  

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to Katie and Madelyn’s College Funds. Donations can be sent to the family, funeral home, or Go Fund Me https://www.gofundme.com/f/sawicki-girls-college-fund?pc=em_dn_contacts_r&rcid=r01-156755619411-e548c5a0739346ef&member=2818246&utm_medium=email&utm_source=product&utm_campaign=p_email%2Binviteacceptedemailtoteammember

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Floyd A. Smith

Floyd Alfred Smith of Heath Village, Hackettstown, N.J. died on August 27, 2019, at the age of
90. Floyd was born in Flushing, N.Y. on February 24, 1929, to Floyd Lee and Mary Davenport
Smith. 
 
He received a bachelor’s degree from Pace University in New York City in 1951. He
was inducted into the US Army in 1951, and served two years stationed at West Point. After
completing military service, he began his career in Corporate Records Management at Union
Carbide. On October 2, 1955, he married Lucy DeHondt, together they raised 3 daughters in
Oyster Bay, N.Y. They later lived in Brookfield Center, Conn. and Chapel Hill, N.C. before
moving to Hackettstown, N.J. Floyd was an active member of the Heath Village community,
serving as resident representative to the board of directors and on many committees, and
organizing and running the very popular bocci league. He enjoyed painting and exhibited his
work at a show at Heath Village. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of
Hackettstown.
 
Floyd was preceded in death by his wife Lucy and sister Mary Lee Umshlag. He is survived by
three daughters; Sarah (Terry) Becker of Burnsville, Minn., Jenny (Mark) Sanders of
Albuquerque, N.M., and Martha (Robert) Fico of Westfield, N.J., and grandchildren Lesley
(Josh) Schneider, Rachel and Kristen Becker, and Jack and Mark Fico, and his sister Betty
Gessner, one nephew and four nieces.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown NJ 07840.  
 
A private family service will be held this Fall.  Memorial donations can be made to the Friendship Fund, 151 Heath Village, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840 Attn:Debbie O’Brien.  Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.cochranfuneral.com/ 

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Katherine "Katie" Lynn Smith

 

Katherine Lynn Smith “Katie”, age 25, of Hackettstown, NJ died Tuesday, August 27, 2019 after a long struggle to embrace recovery.  Katherine was born October 4, 1993 in Hackettstown, NJ with a feisty cry and a full, dark head of hair. She was the daughter of David Smith, Jr. and Renee Bielski. 

Katie loved music. She was a talented singer, who trained her voice in choir and appeared in school musicals. More recently, she had performed at open mics and was working on song writing.  Katie was also an avid journal-keeper and picture taker—and liked to draw and paint. Since childhood, she had a knack for choosing great colors in the pictures she created.  

An adventurous person with an infectious smile, Katie always tried to be there for her friends and those she cared about.  She will be deeply missed by all who will always love her.

She is survived by her son, Julian David Smith, and his father, Ross Windsor. She is also survived by her father, David, her mother, Renee, and her brother, David Smith III, and her grandparents, Walter and  Marcella, her Aunt Lauren, Aunt Jackie, Uncle Frank, and cousin Michelle.  

Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 31 from 12 noon - 3:30 p.m. at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ. A service will follow at 3:30- 4:00 p.m.  Cremation will be private.

In lieu of flowers, a small donation may be made to Straight and Narrow, 508 Straight Street, Paterson, NJ 07501 in memory of Katie.

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Nell A. Supplee

 Nell A. Supplee, age 65, of Hampton, NJ died Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Princeton Medical Center.  Nell was born December 30, 1953 in Newark, NJ to the late Henderson and the late Joan (Van Ramp) Supplee.  In addition to her parents Nell is preceded in death by her brother, William W. Supplee.

Nell volunteered at the Family Guidance Center of Warren County and was a former member of the United Methodist Church, Washington, NJ.

Nell is survived by her son, Joseph Nicholas Supplee and companion Cristina D’Ambrosio and her sister Gail Bell, many nieces and nephews and her adored 6 cats.  

Cremation is private.  A burial of ashes will be held at the Musconetcong Valley Cemetery, Hampton, NJ at a later date.

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Joyce A. Shakespeare

Joyce A. Shakespeare died peacefully at home, Friday, July 26, 2019, after a valiant battle with cancer.  She was surrounded by her loved ones.  


Joyce was born on September 11, 1939 in Reading, PA.  She moved to Long Valley with then husband James in 1968.  She was employed by NIA & Region Oil before retiring several years ago.  Joyce was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, Long Valley, NJ.

She is survived by her daughter, Pam Shakespeare-Mackey and her husband Ken, son, Buddy Shakespeare and his wife Sandy, grandchildren, Kyle, Ryan and Briana Shakespeare.

In addition to her parents Joseph W. and Ruth A. (Hass) Mench, Joyce was preceded in death by her beloved companion, Carl H. Burd.

She loved watching her grandchildren play sports, cooking family dinners, and traveling with Carl.  Joyce and Carl were huge Yankee fans and named their two cats Jeter and Cano.  She enjoyed spending time with her close friends and routinely attended numerous performances at the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse.

All services are private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her memory may be made to the Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065.

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Mal L. Strowbridge

Mal Lewis Strowbridge passed into eternity on Saturday, July 20th, 2019. He was born in Newton, New Jersey on October 28th, 1947 to Ken and Laura Strowbridge of Hackettstown, New Jersey. Mal was a lifelong resident of Hackettstown, a 1967 graduate of Hackettstown High School.

He was employed as a shipping manager at Elastimold Corporation for many years before retiring in 2006.

Mal married Priscilla Sweatt of Newton, a nurse.

A proud member of the Hackettstown Fire Department's Hose Company, he was also an honorary member of the Hackettstown Rescue Squad in its earlier years.

During his years, he actively participated in drag racing, was a member of the NHRA, and was a loyal New York Yankee fan.

Mal enjoyed being involved with mountain biking with his son, attending competitions, as he was always a supportive father.

Throughout his life, he enjoyed spending time at his lifelong home, raising his children and helping to raise his grandchildren.

In recent years, he spent a great deal of time interacting with old friends as well as new, whether on social media, over a cup of tea at the local diner, or reminiscing about the days of old at a friends garage.

Known by all as a simple and kind man, Mal professed his faith in Jesus Christ at the time of his baptism, many years ago. In recent years, he had faithfully attended Christ Baptist Church with his family.

Mal is survived by his wife Priscilla, of 46 years, and his three beloved children, sons Kyle, Jared, daughter Sheila and her husband William Wiles III, granddaughters Malorie Skye Wiles, Brielle Renee Strowbridge, and grandsons Logan Wiles and Wyatt Wiles, Sister-in-Law Dorothy Dalley, Niece Diana Gardner and Cousin Deidra Strowbridge.

"When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet."

Proverbs 3:24 KJV 

A visitation will be held Friday, July 26, 2019 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

A graveside funeral service will be held Saturday, July 27, 2019, starting at 11:00 am at Rockport Cemetery, Rockport Road, Mansfield, NJ with Rev. Derek Makri officiating.

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Edna W. Smaracko

 On Sunday July 7, 2019 Edna Smaracko passed away peacefully in Charlottesville Virginia at the age of 90. Born Edna Alice Wade in York Maine on April 2, 1929 to Alton and Helen Wade (Bonasch) then moved to NJ after the passing of her father. 
She graduated from Hackettstown High School in June 1947.  Over the years Edna worked several jobs in the Hackettstown area among them were Charles Ort Insurance, Paul Ort Real Estate, Courter Colbert and Hare Law Firm. In 1989 she retired from AT&T/ Lucent.

 On October 22, 1950 she married Peter Smaracko and they resided together on Lafayette St. for 42 years.  After the passing of Peter in 1997 she moved to Largo Florida until 2016.  In 2016 she moved to Rosewood Village Assisted Living in Charlottsville, VA.
 
Edna leaves behind two daughters Helen Galione married to Bill Galione of Morgan Hill, CA and Mary Ann Mazzola married to Vince Mazzola of Charlottsville, VA., four granddaughters, Kristen Judson (Scott Judson), Michelle Galione, Emily Mazzola and Katie Mazzola, and two great grandchildren, Sydney and Tanner Judson. She also leaves behind her sister, Wilhelmina Handelong of New Port Richey, FL. and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Cochran Funeral Home in Hackettstown NJ on Friday, July 12 from 4-8 p.m. with funeral service on Saturday, July 13 at 12:00 pm. Interment will be at Pequest Cemetery in Great Meadows, NJ.

In Lieu of flowers, please consider donations to; The Seeing Eye, P.O. Box 375, Morristown, NJ 07963.  Please indicate that the donation is in memory of Edna Smaracko (a note included with the check, her name in the memo section, etc).  Donations can also be made online at https://online.seeingeye.org (there is a tribute section where the memorial information can be entered) and over the phone at (973) 539-4425.
 

 

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Lorraine Sinerco

 Lorraine Sinerco, age 72, of Hackettstown, NJ died Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Overlook Hospital, Summit, NJ.  Lorraine was born July 29, 1946 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Joseph and Sally (Donavan) Crifasi. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a brother, Jack Crifasi.

Lorraine was a loving and devoted mother to her 5 children and 5 grandchildren.  She  enoyed cooking great Italian food and was known for her delicious sauce and meatballs.

She is survived by her loving husband,  Silvio Sinerco , her two daughters, Jennifer Morris and husband Scott, Rena Hummel and husband Kyle, three sons, James Sinerco, Andrew Sinerco, Paul Sinerco and wife Sarai, five grandchildren, Liam, Delaney, Gracie, Abigail, Aiden, a nephew, Reno Buttitieg, a niece, Michelle Delisle and her beloved dog, Monique.

A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, June 21, 2019 at 10 am at the Mountaintop Church, 6 Naughright Road, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

 

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Mary Ellen Scardo

 Mary Ellen Scardo(Heil) passed away on May 25th after a courageous battle against ALS. 

Mary Ellen was born in St. Peters in New Brunswick and was raised in Roseland. She lived in Hackettstown for the past 22 years after living previously in Stanhope.


For 25 years, Mary Ellen was a Surgical Unit Assistant at St. Claire's Dover. Her last few years working were spent at St. Claire's in Denville and at Mansfield Hallmark, where she was known to be one of the favorite “Hallmark Girls”.


Mary Ellen is survived by her husband (Frank), her son (Ben), three cats, and two dogs. She was a beloved sibling to Cindy Heil-Corzine, Carolyn Pellek, & Edward Heil and was a loving daughter to her parents Ed & Dorothy Heil. Mary Ellen was also a wonderful aunt to Maureen Plunkett(and her husband, Pat), Christopher Pellek, Marianne Pellek, Shannon Heil, Kelly Heil, Ned Corzine, and Eric Corzine. 


Services for Mary Ellen will be on Saturday June 29th at Cochran Funeral Home 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ  07840. Visitation hours will be between 2pm-5pm and a short service will be held at Cochran at 5pm. 


One of Mary Ellen's last wishes was for everyone to "dress casual" at her service. She wanted this to be a celebration of her life instead of a mourning.

In addition to flowers, please consider donating to the ALS Therapy Development Institute in Mary Ellen's name:

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Arnold A Schumacher

Arnold Allan “Red” Schumacher (91) passed away peacefully at home in Andover, NJ on Saturday, April 20, 2019. His parents were Dewey Bird Schumacher and Laura Ackerman. He was born in Neenah, WI on April 3, 1928. He married Mary Louise Markovich (deceased) on December 29, 1950 in Neenah, WI. They had 7 children; David Bruce Schumacher residing in CA, Christy Ann Watters residing in NJ, Beth Lynne Phan residing in NJ, Brian Keith Schumacher residing in WV and Laura Marie Bellinger residing in VA. Jeffrey Howard Schumacher and Scott Alan Schumacher (both deceased) resided in CA. He had 14 Grandchildren and 13 Great Grandchildren. Surviving siblings; Howard Schumacher residing in OR and Ruth Selear residing in AZ. Gordon Bruce Schumacher resided in CA (deceased). He graduated high school in Neehah, WI in 1945 and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from The Regents of the Institute of Technology, WI in 1953. Arnold served in the Navy in World War II from 1947 to 1952 where he received an Honorable Discharge along with the WWII Victory Metal. He worked as a Civil and Mechanical Engineer. His knowledge and expertise granted him many opportunities to work with engineering firms all over the East Coast. His passions were his family, his faith and his love for designing, remodeling and building. He was a very talented master craftsman. Someone could say they needed a table or bench or chairs and two hours later he would have a design drawn and days later would have it built. His family will continue to enjoy having his many creations in each of their homes. He’ll be remembered for always loving to play games with his family. Yahtzee or board games with the grandkids and the many different kinds of card games with his children. He loved sweet treats and was always fiddling with something but usually his hearing aids. He struggled with type II diabetes and lung cancer in his later years but always showed support, strength and love. 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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Catherine M. Spitz

 Catherine E. Spitz, age 86, of Oxford, NJ formerly of Philadelphia, PA and Long Beach Island, NJ died Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Hackettstown, NJ.  Catherine was born July 4, 1932 in Philadelphia, PA.to the late Joseph and Eleonore (Miller) Spitz. 

She was previously employed by Stutz Candy, Long Beach Island, NJ as a Store Manager,   prior to that she was a Nun with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia serving our lord and savior for 37 years. Catherine had a Masters Degree in music, taught music for St. Hubert’s Catholic High School, Philadelphia, Pa, played the organ at church and was an avid reader of mysteries.

Catherine is survived by her brother, Joseph M. Spitz and wife Sharon, 6 nieces and nephews, Katherine Weber and husband Donald, Joseph Spitz and wife Robin, Peter Spitz and wife Stephanie, Michael Spitz and wife Sherry, Thomas Spitz and wife Lisa, June Spitz and Fiancée Rodoberto, 14 great nieces and nephews, 12 great great nieces and nephews and her beloved dog, Coco.

A memorial mass will be held 10:30 am on Monday, April 22 at Church Of The Assumption Of The Blessed Mary, 305 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ with Father Antony officiating. 

Cremation and burial are private.

For those desiring donations may be made to the:

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation
P.O. Box 781352
Philadelphia, PA 19178-1352 in memory of Catherine

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Rose Marie Schepis

Rose Marie Schepis, age 89, of Hackettstown died Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at home in Hackettstown. Rose was born April 15, 1929 in Bronx, NY. She is the daughter of the late Louis and Bernadette (Scurria) Baudo. 


The two most important things to know about Rose Schepis are that she was Italian and that she was a grandmother.  She carried both these titles proudly above anything else.  Her grandchildren were funny, smart, adventurous, good looking, talented, and total catches

Whether any of that was actually true would never matter and we would pity the fool who dared challenge any of those notions.  The best attribute any of us possessed outside these outstanding qualities was that we were all, at least half Italian, and to be specific, Sicilian.   Sicilians posses  not only soul but fight.  We come from an Island that has faced invasions and fought for our heritage.  Her children and grandchildren were the reflection of that.  The only thing that made her prouder than being a Sicilian was being an American.  Born April 15th, 1929, the daughter of immigrants who traveled through Ellis Island, Rose Schepis was a first generation American.  She married Joseph Schepis on May 1, 1949 , also a first generation American who served his country aboard a Navy Destroyer in WWII.  Together they raised three daughters, Maria, Bernadette and Rosemarie, all the first members of their family to be college graduates.   Rose, a professional seamstress in her youth, never lost her love or talent for sewing.   She found her identity, aside from her family, with her talent for creating beautiful clothes and crafts.  Her sewing machine sat proudly in the corner of her home until her last days, even in nursing care. If you visited her home,  you would know her kitchen always held a statue of Mother Cabrini, several pounds of butter for her constant baking, and every unclaimed button and color of spool of thread in the Tri-State area.  Any family member or friend with a wayward blazer or pair of trousers in need of a lost button or patch need go no further than her, even if it meant surrendering what they were wearing for repairs against their will as her son-in-laws quickly learned.  Her strength of spirit, love for her family, and creative spirit will forever be her life achievements
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She is survived by her children, Maria and Curt Jewett, Bernadette Theiss, Rosemarie and John Caporale and her grandchildren, Valerie Jewett, Elizabeth Jewett, Charles Theiss, Christopher (Lee) Theiss, Kevin (Brittany) Theiss, Joseph Caporale, Geena Caporale and Dominic Caporale. 

 

A chapel service will be held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla, New York on Friday, March 29th.  

A graveside service will be held  on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 12:00 pm at Gate Of Heaven Cemetery, 10 West Stevens Avenue, Hawthorne, NY with  officiating. 

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Helen A. Sobczak

Helen A. Sobczak, 81, of Hackettstown, NJ passed away on January 12, 2019. Visitation and Funeral services will be held at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ on Monday, January 14, 2019. The viewing will be from 10:30am to 11:30am with the funeral service beginning at the end of the visitation. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Alzheimer's Association in Helen's memory. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Anthony C. Santos

 

Anthony “Tony” Santos, affectionately known as “Grandpa Toad” or “No-ny,” of Long Valley, New Jersey, passed away at the age of 83 on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at home after a courageous battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Despite the fact that he was born and raised in Boston, over his 44 years as a NJ resident, he became a diehard Yankees fan.

 

Tony served in the United States Airforce from 1954 to 1958 as a Master Sergeant before being honorably discharged. For 33 years he was a corporate pilot for Allied Chemical/Signal and Honeywell where he traveled the world. For five years after his 1995 retirement he flew many interesting famous people and sports teams.

 

His passions were flying planes, going on road trips, jamming to rock and roll music, acquiring the latest technology, and eating an entire can of whip cream in one sitting – without sharing. Above all else he cherished his wife, children, and grandchildren – always going to great lengths for their safety and their happiness. He always told loved ones, “You’re the best!” but they knew HE was the best.

 

Tony was the oldest of five children. He was predeceased by his parents Anthony Charles Santos, Jr. and Rita Patricia Frost; his sister, Rita and brother, Fred.

 

He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Lydiarina (Baker) of Middletown, PA; his five children and their spouses: Michael Santos and his wife Robyn of Hackettstown, NJ, Donald Santos and his wife Mary of Scottsville, VA, Julie Smith and her husband Edwin of Long Valley, Lynette Renda and her husband John of Toms River, NJ, Nina Dorlon and her husband Kevin of Long Valley; 14 grandchildren: Nicole, Owen, Matthew, Mackenzie, Mary Rose, Conner, Thomas, Alexis, Pamela, Alaina, Grace, Kevin, Nathaniel, Ryder; as well as six great-grandchildren; Sienna, Tristan, Gabriel, Damien, Calais and Leia. Tony Santos was the patriarch of an exceptional and loving family.

 

A viewing will be held on Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Mountain Roman Catholic Church, 2 E. Springtown Rd., Long Valley, NJ 07853 with the interment to follow at Good Shepherd RC Cemetery, Airport Road, Green Township, N.J. 07821. 

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at: http://www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org.   

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500 Chicago, Illinois 60611

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Audrey Brown Sypniewski

 Audrey Brown Sypniewski, age 88, of Port Murray, grew up in Vineland, NJ then moved to Plainfield NJ where she married her husband on April 19,1952.  Then moved to Hackettstown, NJ in 1970.  She  passed away Thursday, December 27, 2018 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center surrounded by her family.  Audrey was born November 25, 1930 in Vineland, NJ the 5th child of the late John W. and Grace (Vernel) Brown, Sr. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Joseph T. Sypniewski, Sr. who passed away on Dec. 27, 1996, and her 6 siblings, Cliff, Ray, Jack, Ted, Everett and Louise. 

Audrey was a loving homemaker, enjoyed doing puzzles, loved baseball and football, her favorite teams were the NY Mets and NY Jets.  She was a founding member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Hackettstown, NJ

Audrey is survived by her devoted daughter, Judy Sypniewski and her companion John Palotas, her two loving sons, Joseph “Joe” Sypniewski, Jr. and his wife Patricia “Pat”, Thomas “Tommy” Sypniewski and wife Nancy,  five grandchildren, Thomas, Matthew, Brian, Joseph and Amanda, 6 great grandchildren, Lilly, Gracie, Elijah, Zachary, Breanna and Hadley.

The funeral will be held 10:00 am on Thursday, January 3 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Pastor Steven Lee officiating.  Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Hackettstown following services.

Visitation will be Wednesday, January 2, 2019 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

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Nicole Lynn Scott

Nicole Lynn Scott, 38, died suddenly last week in Belvidere, New Jersey. 

 

Nicole was born on September 27, 1980 to parents Edward John Welsh and Giorgina Tomeo Welsh in Hackettstown, New Jersey, joining older sister Racquele.  The Welsh family remembers Nicole as their fun-loving, free-spirited, adventurous, fearless, and hard-working daughter and sister as well as an extraordinarily devoted mother to her son Haven Wisdom Scott (father Arric Scott). 

 

They fondly recall Nicole’s love for the earth and the water.  She enjoyed swimming at the family’s in-ground pool at her first home on Hope Road in Great Meadows, New Jersey and at the swimming pool of family friends Bob and Karen Russell.  She enjoyed surfing and sun-bathing on the coasts of New Jersey, South Carolina, and Florida.  In recent years, she found tranquility kayaking on Budd Lake.  Nicole also rode the earth on skis at Shawnee Mountain and Camelback, on four-wheelers in Maine, and on dirt bikes in New Jersey.  She loved apple-picking with her mother and sister every year on Columbus Day weekend at Gulick’s Fruit Farm in Bangor, PA, and like her family she loved working in the garden.  As a young girl, she showed an entrepreneurial spirit, charging her cousins admission to use the family’s trampoline at their home of fifteen years on Cat Swamp Road in Allamuchy, NJ.  Later in life, after earning an Associate Degree from the County College of Morris, she would apply her industriousness and passion for growing life as a landscape designer.

 

When her son was born on July 30, 2007, she invested all of her energy into being the best mother to Haven, her greatest creation.  Nicole instilled in her son a commitment to sowing hope and helping others, and with Haven, she regularly donated her time to serving the needy and feeding the homeless.  In her passing, Haven carries on her generous spirit and heartwarming laughter and smile.

 

Nicole is survived by Haven Wisdom Scott and his father Arric Scott; parents Edward and Giorgina Welsh; sister Racquele Welsh-Driscoll and her husband Matt; aunt Rose Tomeo-Rehm and her husband Jack; uncle Steve Tomeo, III and his wife Cindy; aunt Santina Flynn and her husband Stephen; aunt Barbara Welsh Bielan and her husband Jim; cousin Jonathan Rehm and his wife Erin; cousin Stephen Tomeo, IV and his wife Jenna; cousin Taylor-Marie Flynn Dubord and her husband Matt; cousin Kelly Rehm Tyree and her husband Ben; cousin Justin Flynn and his wife Kim; cousin Sara Tomeo DeLusant and her husband Steve; cousin Lisa Bielan Cranert and her husband Frank; cousin Brett Bielan; cousin Christine Bielan McClean; cousin Jessica Bielan Gile and her husband Eric; Arric’s mother Gladys Shanahan; Arric’s brother Daryl Williams; and Arric’s brother Kevin Scott and wife Laura. 

 

In her passing, Nicole joins her brother Stephen Welsh; her Nonno and Nonni, Stefano and Raffaela Tomeo; and grandfather and grandmother Eugene and Emma Welsh.

 

We invite guests to join us at a Celebration of Life for Nicole that has been scheduled for Thursday, December 27 from 2:00-7:00 P.M. at the Independence Fire House in Great Meadows, New Jersey (24 Cemetery Rd. Great Meadows, NJ 07838).  Family will greet Nicole’s loved ones from 2:00 until 4:00, followed by a service presided over by Reverend Dr. Frank Fowler III of Trinity United Methodist Church from 4:00-5:00, and time for stories and remembrances over food and drink from 5:00-7:00.  

 

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a GoFundMe campaign in support of Haven (Hope for Haven @ http://gf.me/u/pfi6qu ) or to the Trinity United Methodist Church in Hackettstown, New Jersey (213 Main Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840). Checks should be made out to Trinity United Methodist Church, noted for “Discretionary Fund.”  Nicole and Haven volunteered their service to Trinity United, and the church provided generous support to them during times of need. 

 

Even in this time of sorrow and grief, in the spirit of Nicole’s many qualities, we invite you to recall the words of Bob Marley, one of her favorite musicians: “As it was in the beginning / So shall it be in the end / Give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel alright / Let’s get together and feel alright.”  Earth, water, love, and spirit, may you watch over our dear Nicole.

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Mary Alice Sheldon

Mary Alice Welsh Sheldon, 84, of Hackettstown, NJ passed away peacefully with her family by her side on December 2, 2018.

Mary Alice was born on August 30,1934 in Hackettstown, NJ to the late James Joseph and Alice Washer Welsh. She married her beloved husband, Arthur “Gaylord” Sheldon, on September 4, 1954.

As a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Mary Alice focused much of her life and energy on their Sharp Street home, which remained a family headquarters and social center for more than 50 years. It was with tireless work that she and her husband Art built this safe oasis that became the warmest and most welcoming sanctuary to four generations of their family. She kept the Sharp Street home well stocked with candy from her hometown M&M’s and, if someone’s favorite snack wasn’t found in the kitchen cabinet, it’s availability on the next visit was nothing short of guaranteed. Outside the home, she worked with various local businesses in Hackettstown, but her longest tenure was with the Hackettstown High School cafeteria. It was there where she spent many years because she knew it would allow her to greet her children when they arrived home at the end of their day.

Children, both in and out of her family, had the ability to make Mary Alice light up like a house decorated for the holidays. To this end, she served as a member of the Hackettstown PTA and, after learning what few sport options were available for girls in the community, was highly instrumental in establishing the Hackettstown Recreation Girl’s and Women’s Softball Leagues where she also volunteered her time as a coach. A lifelong resident of Hackettstown, she was always working to make the town she loved a better place for all as a member of both the Hackettstown Rescue Squad Auxiliary and the Hackettstown Women’s Club. In retirement, she was was a key member of the Harper’s Bagel and Bakery Social Club, which met daily in the morning to discuss local and world issues. Many days, those conversations poured into a lunch meeting at Mama’s Restaurant and Cafe Baci. The close bonds she formed with the patrons and workers of these local establishments are just a few examples of Mary Alice’s ability to form close connections with others that extended years and, in many instances, decades.

She is survived by her two daughters: Peg Sheldon Russack and her husband Doug, and Patty Kitt, her companion Robert Andreotta and her two sons; James Sheldon and his wife Margaret, and Scott Sheldon and his companion Debra Margretta; three grandchildren, James and his wife Cherise, Erin and her husband, J.D., and Andrew and his companion Sam DeGennaro; two great grandchildren, Sullivan and Lila. She is also survived by two brothers, Thomas Welsh and his wife, Lisa, William Welsh and his wife, Donna, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, her parents, her brother James Welsh, and her great-grandson, Arthur Gordon “Sonny” Hendershot.

Family and friends may pay their respects on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 11AM-12PM at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. A memorial service celebrating Mary Alice’s life will follow immediately at 12PM at the funeral home, along with the interment at Hackettstown Union Cemetery Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made in Mary Alice’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142 Memphis, TN 38148-0142 https://www.stjude.org/give/memorials-and-dedications.html, or The Market Street Mission, 9 Market Street, Morristown, NJ 07960

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Cochran Funeral Home. To send an online condolence please visit http://www.cochranfuneral.com.


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Shirley Sargeant

Shirley Sargeant, 85, of Washington, NJ, passed away on November 20, 2018. Born in Hazelton, PA, Shirley was the daughter of the late Claude C. & Bertha Swires Ehoh, Sr. She was previously employed for 14 years as a line worker with M&M Mars Candy Company of Hackettstown, NJ. In addition, Shirley was a 30 year member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Hackettstown. She is survived by her beloved son, Bruce Sargeant and his wife, Jennifer of Landing, NJ; Her loving grandson, Thomas Sargeant. Two brothers, Claude C. Eroh, JR. of Mountain Lakes, NJ & Raymond F. Eroh of Hackettstown, NJ. Graveside services will take place on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 11:00am in the Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. 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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Michele C. Sabatino

 Michele C. Sabatino, 50, died on Friday November 16, 2018 at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown , NJ. Michele was born on November 25, 1967 in Somerville, NJ to Eileen Heydecke and the late Richard Heydecke.

Michele was a graduate of Hackettstown High School and lifetime resident of Hackettstown and the surrounding area. She obtained her nursing degree at William Paterson College and the College of St. Elizabeth. She will be long remembered as a great friend, a compassionate pediatric nurse and loving sister. She truly gave of herself from the heart; her family and friends are devastated by the loss. Michele had a long and successful career as a Registered Nurse at St. Josephs Regional Medical Center in Paterson NJ, for more than 25 years. Michele was an avid traveler who loved her NY Giants, her summer BBQ’s, and her beach vacations but what she treasured most was her countless friends and friendships.

She is survived by her Mother, Eileen Heydecke , of Belvidere;  brother, Jeff Heydecke, of Belvidere; sister Becky Roberts and her husband Chris Roberts, of Oxford; nephews , Ethan and Dylan Roberts; several loving Aunts, Uncles , cousins and extended family. She was predeceased by her father, Richard Heydecke.

Calling hours will take place Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in memory of Michele Sabatino to St..Judes Children Hospital.

 

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Gunvor "Gunnie" Silvani

 

Gunvor (Gunnie) Silvani, aged 100 years, died on October 27, 2018.  Gunnie was born on May 9, 1918 in Hovas, Sweden.  She moved to the United States when she was 35, and married Rocco Silvani 2 years after her arrival.  Rocco sadly passed away in 2009 leaving a whole in her heart. She was an avid gardener, and gourmet baker and cook.  Sewing, knitting and crossword puzzles were her favorite pastimes, along with Skandanavian folk dancing.   
 
Gunnie is survived by her two daughters, Pia Silvani from Weaverville, NC and Inga Lutz, along with her son-in-law, Tom Lutz (from Great Meadows, N.J.) and two grandsons, Bob Lutz (now living in California) and Ryan Lutz (from Allamuchy, NJ).  
 
She had a long, joyful life.  A private service will be held with her family on Tuesday morning.  

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

Helen M. Smith, 92, of Hackettstown, NJ, passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2018 in Dover, NJ. Born August 21, 1926 in Blairstown, NJ, Helen was the daughter of the late Jake & Theresa Gruver.
A lifelong resident of Warren County, Helen was best known as a compassionate but strong minded babysitter to hundreds of children in the greater Hackettstown area.
Helen is survived by four loving children, George L. Smith, Jr., Robert Smith and his wife Kim & Richard Smith and his wife Cynthia. One daughter, Patricia Johnson. Two sisters, Dorothy LaBadey & Betty Hezel; Sister’s-in-law, Florence & Betty Gruver. Beloved Grandchildren, Robert Smith, Jr. and wife Julie, Janice Davis and husband Wayne, Jason Munson, James Drechsel and wife Joanna, Christine Naili, Joseph Drechsel and wife Summitra. Rebecca Sparano and husband Thomas & Stephanie Johnson. 17 Great Grandchildren. Helen was predeceased by her brothers Donald, Harry, Jake, Ernie and Jerry Gruver as well as two sisters, Florence Osborn & Leta Jadick.
At Helen’s request, there will be no funeral services. Donations may be made in Helen’s memory to Compassionate Care Hospice, Building B, Suite 2, Sparta, NJ. 07871. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com. The Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ. 07840 has been entrusted with Helen’s final wishes.

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Robert E. Scholtz

 Robert E. Scholtz, Jr., age 59, of Flanders, NJ died Sunday, October 7, 2018 at University Hospital, Newark, NJ.  Robert was born November 11, 1958 in Philadelphia, PA. He is the son of Eugeniee E. (Adler) Scholtz and the late Robert Scholtz, Sr. 

He was previously employed as a Police Officer for Mount Olive Police Department, in addition Robert was a Fleet Manager for First Transit Bus Company, Elmwood Park, NJ.  He was a former member of the (FOP) Fraternal Order of Police, the Budd Lake Fire Department, Budd Lake, NJ the Stanhope Fire Department, Stanhope, NJ and VASA Park, Budd Lake, NJ.  Bob enjoyed boating especially on Lake George, NY and on Lake Hopatcong, NJ, smoking cigars, watching Star Trek and World War II documentaries.  He loved hanging out in his garage where he was a master mechanic and spending time with his loving daughter.

He is survived by his devoted daughter, Ashley Scholtz,  his mother, Eugeniee E. (Adler) Scholtz, beloved fiancée, Aridia Recio, 3 godsons, Jeffrey Jozowski, Christopher Philhower, Joey DeMagistris and many nieces and nephews,.

The funeral will be held 1:30 pm on Saturday, October 13 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Rev. Mario Spardaro officiating.  Cremation is private.

Visitation will be Saturday, October 13 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Budd Lake Fire Department, 378 US Route 46, Budd Lake, NJ 07828 or to Fraternal Order of Police Mount Olive Chapter, P.O. Box 134, Budd Lake, NJ 07828 in memory of Bob.

 

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John W Schmidt

John William Schmidt, 95, of Hackettstown, NJ died surrounded by his family on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at The House of the Good Shepherd. He was born on January 23, 1923 in Union City, NJ, to the late John and Louise (Krech) Schmidt. Upon graduation from Snyder High School in Jersey City, he became a Sergeant in the Army Air Force during WWII. Following the war he married his childhood sweetheart, June Gloria Seacord on December 8, 1945 and they were happily married for 72 years. John and June later moved to Paramus, NJ where they raised their family and developed many lifelong friendships. Most recently, he has been living at the House of the Good Shepherd in Hackettstown, NJ where he moved with his wife four years ago.
John was a linotype operator by trade and spent most of his career at Lind Brothers, Inc. in New York City. He was a member of the Typographical Union. He was also a talented proofreader. 
 John was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church for almost 60 years. He was a tireless worker, always willing to help out anyone in need. He was also a member of the Senior Pioneers in Paramus, NJ for many years. He was an avid photographer amassing a collection of over 10,000 slides all meticulously cataloged to share with friends and family. John loved to travel and was happiest when planning his next vacation.
John is survived by his daughters, Jacquelyn Trainor and her husband Edward of Succasunna, NJ and Jill Budd and her husband Ronald of Hackettstown, NJ, sister, Margaret Johnsen.  He is also survived by his four grandchildren, Megan (and her husband Colin Dray), Kevin (and his wife Kaity), Molly and Brian whom he treasured.
A service of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, October 5, 2018 at Christ Lutheran Church, 357 Farview Avenue, Paramus, NJ at 11:00 AM. Internment will immediately follow at George Washington Memorial Park Cemetery, Paramus and Century Roads, Paramus, NJ. Arrangements under the direction of the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either The Shepherd Fund, The House of the Good Shepherd, 798 Willow Grove St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840 or to Christ Lutheran Church, 357 Farview Ave., Paramus NJ, 07652.

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Frank Robert "Bob" Sheldon

F. Robert “Bob” Sheldon, 84 of Hackettstown, NJ, passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, September 16, 2018. Born in Newton, NJ on September 27, 1933, “Bob” was the son of the late Arthur & Margaret Weber Sheldon. Bob spent his early childhood in Franklin, NJ before moving to Hackettstown in 1948.
As a young man, Bob served his country in the United States Navy in 1953. Upon his return, he worked for the former Kass Furniture store of Hackettstown. Later, Bob attended the New Jersey Police Academy in 1957. Following his graduation, Bob served as a Police Officer in Hackettstown. He also spent 53 years working part time for the Hackettstown Board of Education as a security officer having retired only months ago.  You could not go to any sporting event at the Hackettstown High School without seeing Bob, where he ran security for all events. Bob knew everyone and everyone knew him. Bob will always be remembered by his outgoing personality and smile, but most of all by his Root Beer Barrels and Werther’s candies that he always had in his pocket. The Hackettstown High School recently held a special event dedicating a plaque honoring him for his service to the school system and simultaneously was the first person inducted into the Hackettstown Recreation Department Hall of Fame. Mr. Sheldon was also employed by the Jersey Central Power & Light as a lineman and meter reader for 32 years, retiring in 1994.
In addition to his employment, Bob enjoyed donating his time as a little league baseball coach in Hackettstown for over 39 years culminating with the dedication of a baseball field in his name at the Riverside Park in Hackettstown. He was a 53 year member of the Hackettstown Vigilant Hook and Ladder Fire Company; A 53 year member of the American Legion, Post #164 of Hackettstown and the Police Benevolent Association. He was of the Lutheran faith and attended Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Hackettstown.
He is survived by his three daughters; Joanne Kiefer and husband William, Janice Meade and husband Robert and Jody Strowbridge and husband Ken. Six grandchildren; Jenna Strowbridge, Kenny Strowbridge, Michael Meade, Eric Costantini, Robert Kiefer and Gina McGarey and husband Brian with one great grandchild on the way, due October 31, 2018.
Visitation will be held at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 3:00 to 8:00pm. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 11:00 am at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 409 East Baldwin Street, Hackettstown, NJ. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you please consider donating to Compassionate Care Hospice, 350 Sparta Ave., Building B, Suite 2, Sparta, NJ, 07871 or Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Diana Lynn Smiecinski

 Diana Lynn Smiecinski (nee-Fisher) age 70, of Hackettstown, NJ passed away Thursday, September 13, 2018 at Morristown Memorial Hospital peacefully with her family by her side. Diana was born July 25, 1948 in Skillman, NJ the only child of the late Clarence Fisher and the late Anna Fisher (nee-Werner).   In addition to her parents she is predeceased by her step-mother, Stella Fisher.

She graduated from Princeton High School and attended Ryder College. Diana was employed by Automatic Switch, Elastimold and M&M Mars. She was a dedicated mother and great cook.  Diana enjoyed watching NASCAR and professional golf as well as rooting on the Green Bay Packers. She was a loving mother of her 3 girls and grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening and caring for her house plants and watching Mother Nature's creatures. 

She is survived by her loving husband: Richard Smiecinski, and their daughters Marlena Lynn Maier and her husband James of Wakefield, MA, Carrie Ann Hornung and her husband Andrew of Allamuchy, NJ, Rebecca Michele Smiecinski and her fiance' Gene Chammings of Stillwater, NJ. Her grandchildren Amelia and Adelynn Hornung, Jace and Clayton Maier.  

Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 16, 4-7pm at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ. a service will be held Monday September 17, 10:00 am at the funeral home.

For those desiring donations may be made to Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary, 52 County Road 661 Newton, NJ 07860in memory of Diana.

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June G. Schmidt

 June Gloria Schmidt, 93 of Hackettstown, NJ died surrounded by her family on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at The House of the Good Shepherd.  She was born on June 23, 1925 in Jersey City to the late William Seacord and Gertrude (Backe) Seacord.  She grew up in Jersey City surrounded by a large extended family of Norwegians..


She married her childhood sweetheart, John William Schmidt, following WWII on December 8, 1945, and they were happily married for 72 years.  They moved to Paramus in 1955 where they raised their family and developed many life long friendships.  Most recently they have been living at The House of the Good Shepherd in Hackettstown, NJ..

June was an active member at Christ Lutheran Church in Paramus for almost 60 years.  She cherished her church family.  She spent her life caring for and bringing joy to everyone around her.  She touched many lives and the world is a better place because of her bright and generous spirit. She was a "living angel" as her life was one of faith and love of family.  She was a "confidante" who provided wise counsel  with a beautiful smile and words of encouragement to everyone she met.  She "never met a stranger".

June is survived by her husband John and her daughters Jacquelyn Trainor and her husband Edward of Succasunna, NJ, and Jill Budd and her husband Ronald of Hackettstown, NJ.  She is also survived by her four grandchildren, Megan, Kevin, Molly and Brian whom she absolutely adored.

She spent many years babysitting and now has several "adopted" grandchildren with whom she shares a very special relationship, namely Emily, Holly, Brad and Brian Collins.  Also, Kevin Patrick Reynolds, who she has loved like a son since he was a baby.

A service of Christian burial will be held on Friday, August 10, 2018 at Christ Lutheran Church, 357 Farview Avenue, Paramus at 11:00 a.m.  Internment will immediately follow at George Washington Memorial Park Cemetery, Paramus and Century Roads, Paramus, NJ.  Arrangements under the direction of the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ  07840

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either The Shepherd Fund, The House of the Good Shepherd, 798 Willow Grove St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840 or to Christ Lutheran Church, Paramus, NJ 07652.

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Veronica P. Schwartz

Veronica P. “Ronnie” Schwartz, age 64, of Great Meadows, NJ died peacefully Monday, July 2, 2018 at home. Born November 16, 1953 in Passaic NJ, she was the daughter of Julia (Tschischik) Pellock and the late Steven Pellock. 
 
Ronnie graduated from West Essex High School in North Caldwell NJ and continued her education at the Katherine Gibbs School in Montclair, NJ. She worked as a Surveyor Technician at Robert E. Berry Surveyors Inc. and was very active in real estate. Her most recent employment was Branch Manager and VIP for The Longaberger Company for over 30 years. Ronnie volunteered with the Frelinghuysen Municipal Alliance, serving as the Municipal Alliance Coordinator. She received the Volunteer of the Year Award for her volunteerism. Ronnie was also an active member of St. John’s United Methodist Church, with involvement in the UMW, Youth Group and Sunday School as a Vacation Bible School teacher. 
 
Ronnie’s greatest achievement and role in life was being a devoted mother to her only child, Katelyn. Whether serving as the Frelinghuysen Elementary School PTO President or being a chaeuffer and official “Golf Mom,” Ronnie always went above and beyond for her daughter’s happiness. Other hobbies and passions included collecting antiques and vintage popcorn tins, reading, traveling and driving her 1937 Ford Street Rod.  Ronnie also received the "Volunteer of the Year Award as well as the Juliane Williams Humanitarian Award for her volunteerism” 
 
She is survived by her loving daughter, Katelyn E. Schwartz, her mother, Julia Pellock, her brother, Walter Pellock and wife Gayle Offerjost, her cousins, Lauribeth Aksynowicz, Cyndi Finnegan and husband Daniel. 
 
The funeral will be held 10:30 am on Monday, July 9 at St. John's United Methodist Church, Hope, NJ with Carla Costantino officiating.  Burial will follow at St. John's United Methodist Church Cemetery, Hope, NJ.
 
Visitation will be Sunday, July 8 from 1pm - 5pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, and Monday at the church from 9:30 - 10:30 am.

***Please note on Monday we will be meeting at the church, there is no visiting at the funeral home on Monday.

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Helen M. Stoddard

Helen M. Stoddard, 96 of Hackettstown, NJ passed away at home on Friday, June 22, 2018. Born in Mahoney, PA, Helen was the daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. Yankus. She has resided in Hackettstown for well over 50 years and lived in the Countryside section of town most of that time. Prior to retiring at the age of 85, Helen worked for the CVS Drug Store in Hackettstown for several years. Most of her working years were served at the former Bach’s Drug Store of Hackettstown where she took pride in serving customers at the cosmetics counter. Helen was a fixture in Hackettstown and could be seen walking to and from work every day. She was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption in Hackettstown. Mrs. Stoddard is survived by two sons, George Robert Stoddard, Jr. and his wife Patsy of Darlington, SC & Michael Stoddard of Irvine, CA. Two beloved granddaughters; Tanya & Rebecca as well as three great grandchildren; Myles, Ezra & Wendel. Helen was predeceased by her loving and dedicated son, Richard “Ricky” Stoddard in 2015. Helen was the last of her four siblings to survive. Friends and family are welcome to attend the visitation on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ. 07840. Funeral services will begin at 7:30pm. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Betty J. Scanga

 Betty Joan (Alquist) Scanga, 85, of Hackettstown, NJ was granted her angel wings on Friday, June 22, 2018 (on her mother’s birthday) and is now happily reunited with her husband of 64 years, Robert P. Scanga, who preceded her in death in September of 2017.  Betty was also predeceased in death by her parents, Geraldine and Herman Alquist of New Kensington, PA, where Betty was born.  Brothers George and wife Myrna Alquist, as well as Kenneth Alquist are all reunited in Heaven with Betty and Bob.  Betty is survived by two daughters, Diane E. Moeller and husband Jeffrey and daughter Brooke, Janice E. Babin and husband Gregory, and one son, Robert D. Scanga and wife Anna and daughter Andrea Stallman.  She is also survived by two beloved grandchildren, Kimberly and Colin, children of Janice and Greg.  Betty is also survived by one brother, Dennis Alquist and wife Flora, as well as Kenny’s wife Janice Alquist.  Betty was also an aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Betty was a graduate of New Kensington High School where she acquired her love of numbers and bookkeeping.  She was a Girl Scout and a cheerleader.  Betty was President of the Future Homemakers of America club and a member of the Youth Fellowship group.  Betty and her husband Bob were awarded king and queen of the Army base.  She was always a gorgeous and popular green-eyed redhead who everyone loved.

Betty was very involved with her children’s activities as a Girl Scout leader, CCD social event and fundraising volunteer and tutor.  Betty volunteered for years at her church rectory, Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and sang with the church choir.  Betty carried with her always a very strong religious faith.  She also volunteered for years at the Hackettstown Hospital gift shop.  She had jobs here and there during her marriage; first with Gilpin Van Trump & Montgomery Mortgage Company in Wilmington, DE as a bookkeeper and also Systems of the Future IT Company in Florham Park, NJ as a receptionist.  Betty was a member of the Panther Valley ladies bowling league where she also held the position of Secretary.  She was also the family secretary for her husband’s business as well as for her son with his Knights of Columbus volunteer work.

Betty was a doting wife and mother who adored cooking, baking, holidays and entertaining.  She went all out for holidays with her family, and she was an exceptional cook who entertained many of her husband’s business associates.  She has left for her children and grandchildren an extensive recipe collection.  Betty also loved planting flowers to beautify her yard, making afghans for the family, reading and playing cards.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday June 27, 2018 at 11 am at the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 302 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.  Visitation will be held at the Cochran Funeral Home from 9:00 to 10:30 am.

Entombment will follow the Mass at Union Cemetery, Mountain Ave., Hackettstown.

Donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation online at www.arthritis.org where you will see the DONATE button or write to Arthritis Foundation National Office, 1355 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 600, Atlanta, GA 30309.

Online condolences may be offered at www.cochranfuneral.com. Address:  905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 (908) 852-3361.  Lodging information can be found on their website.

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Josephine Smillie

Josephine Smillie, 85, of Hackettstown, NJ, passed away Monday, April 16, 2018.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Josephine was the daughter of the late John & Margaret (McGurk) Kirk.
 
Prior to living in Hackettstown, Josephine also lived in Budd Lake, NJ for twenty years and Kearny, NJ for forty years.

Mrs. Smillie is survived by three daughters; Margaret (Bob) DeFuria, Frances (Pascal) Berini and Jo-Anne (Tony) Chudley. In addition, she is survived by six grandchildren; Robert (Alison), Nicole, Alyson, Anthony, Justin and Nicholas. Also, three loving great grandchildren; Aedan, Emily & Aine.

She was predeceased by her husband Andrew Smillie and her son, Robert Smillie.

Visitation will take place on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840 from 11:30am until 12:45pm.
 
A mass of Christian burial will follow at 1:00pm at St. Mary's Church of the Assumption, 305 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ. After the mass, cremation will take place privately.

The Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Marie K Staulcup

 Marie K. Staulcup died peacefully in her sleep March 12, 2018. She was 98. Marie was born in Allamuchy, New Jersey. She Graduated from Glassboro State Teachers College in Glassboro, New Jersey and aught school immediately after graduation. She married Harry Staulcup and together they had two children that were raised in Wilmington, Delaware. Marie was a volunteer at A.I. duPont School where she worked with children and Hospice of Delaware.


Marie is survived by two daughters, Barbara Neyers and Sandra Staulcup, and three grandchildren.

A funeral service will take place Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, with Pastor Rich Peter officiating.

Burial will follow at Tranquility Cemetery in Tranquility, New Jersey.

 

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Grace Ann Smith

 Grace Ann Smith, age 78, of, Hackettstown died Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at Forest Manor Health Care Center, Hope, NJ.  Grace was born June 30, 1939 in Bronx, NY to the late Anthony and Mary (Salerno) Bosco.  In addition to her parents, Grace is preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Bosco and her son in law, Alexander Nowak.

She was formerly employed by Newton Memorial Hospital, Newton, NJ as a Secretary.  Grace was a member and Eucharistic Minister of the Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church, Andover, NJ.  In addition she participated in their Bible study program.  She was a former volunteer at the Newton Memorial Hospital after she retired, was an avid animal lover, enjoyed a good murder mystery and word search puzzles.  Most of all she loved cooking for and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her beloved husband: Robert Smith, three daughters; Toni-Ann Pieschl and her husband Paul, Marie Cooper and her husband Robert and Jennifer Nowak, a brother Anthony Bosco Jr. and his wife Hildegard, sister Donna Fina and her husband Michael, a sister in law; Tina Bosco. Five grandchildren; Lauren Hurban and her husband Matt, Lindsey Pieschl, Robert Cooper, Charlotte Cooper, Victor Nowak, a great granddaughter, Eloise Hurban and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held 10:30 am on Monday, March 12 at Good Shepherd R.C. Church, 48 Tranquility Road County Route 517, Andover, NJ with Father Timothy Dowling officiating.  Burial will be in Good Shepherd Catholic Cemetery, Andover following the mass,

Visitation hours will be Sunday, March 11 from 2 - 6 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

For those desiring donations may be made to;

Alzheimer’s New Jersey, 425 Eagle Rock Avenue, Suite 203, Roseland, NJ 07068 in memory of Grace.

Arrangements has been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. Online condolences may be made at www.cochranfuneral.com

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Elizabeth A. Sturtevant

Our beloved mother, Elizabeth Ann Sturtevant, 102,  passed away peacefully at the House of the Good Shepherd in Hackettstown, NJ on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 with her family by her side.  Elizabeth was born in Rockaway, NJ on May 22, 1915 to the late John Vincent and Barbara (Onca) Yosh. 


During her long life, Mrs. Sturtevant resided in Rockaway, Denville, Budd Lake and Hackettstown, NJ.  She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and homemaker, who enjoyed gardening, cooking, and keeping in touch with her family and friends.

She was a member of St. Jude's Church in Budd Lake, NJ before moving to Hackettstown for 28 years.

Mrs. Sturtevant is survived by one daughter, Gladys Shea two sons, Robert J. Sturtevant and partner Helen Blide, Alan E. Sturtevant and his wife Jeannie, 9 Grandchildren, and 12 Great Grandchildren.

 
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 48 years, Robert D. Sturtevant.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:30 am on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at St. Jude’s Church, 17 Mount Olive Road, Budd Lake, N.J. 07828.  Burial will be in Somerset Hills Cemetery, Basking Ridge on Saturday, January 13, 2018.

 

Calling hours will be Friday, January 12, 2018 from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Elizabeth Sturtevant to:  House of the Good Shepherd Christmas Fund 2018.  The entire staff there has treated Mrs. Sturtevant with loving care.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Cochran Funeral Home.  Those wishing to make an online condolence may do so at www.cochranfuneral.com

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Diane Scheffler Sloane

Diane Scheffler Sloane May 31, 1939 - December 20, 2017

Diane Sloane, 78 of Allamuchy, NJ died Wednesday December 20, 2017 at Heath Village in Hackettstown, NJ. She was the daughter of the late Carl and Marjorie Scheffler. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Mike Sloane and her son Christopher Sloane.

Diane is survived by her son, Gregory Sloane of Nevada City, CA, her sister, Barbara Pursely and her niece, Jocelyn McDaniel of Granville, OH.

Cremation was private. A small memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements under the direction of the Cochran Funeral Home, Hackettstown, NJ

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William E. Semanchik

 

 
 
William E. "Willie" Semanchik, 88 of Allamuchy died Friday December 22, 2017at home.
He is a son of the late John and Anna (Surgent) Semanchik. He was born and lived his entire life on the farm in Allamuchy.
Mr. Semanchik was a dairy farmer, he owned the Alla-Valley Farm in Allamuchy, NJ.
He served as Mayor of Allamuchy in the 1970’s and helped bring the Panther Valley development to Allamuchy.  In the 40’s and 50’s he and his brothers ran the Willow Tree Garage, repairing farm equipment for local farmers. A 1947 graduate of Hackettstown High School he played varsity football and belonged to the FFA there.
He was a member of the Church of the Assumption in Hackettstown.
His wife Phyllis M. Semanchik died in 2012.
He is survived by a son, John W. Semanchik, two daughters, Phyllis A. Semanchik and Susan M. Semanchik, beloved grandchildren, Gus, Ryleigh, Pier and Callan and several nieces and nephews, also his faithful Blue Heeler, Lady.
Friends may call on Tuesday from 5 – 8 pm at the Cochran Funeral Home 905 High St. Hackettstown. Funeral services begin at 8 pm with Fr. David Pekola presiding.
Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations to the family c/o Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 would be greatly appreciated.

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Helen Mary Sacco

Helen M. Sacco, Age: 88

Passed peacefully on November 12, 2017 at the House of the Good Shepard, Hackettstown. She lived in Frelinghuysen for 48 years and worked as a Deputy Warden of the Warren County Jail.

Helen loved her porch parties, a good drink, and animals of all kinds.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband Gabriel and son William. She is survived by her daughter Julie Sacco and her partner Jennifer Harris, her son Robert and his wife Linda, her daughter Carol, and four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Visitation will be held at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, from 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm.

Funeral Mass will be held at St. Jude Church, 17 Mount Olive Road, Budd Lake, NJ, on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at 10:30am.  Interment will immediately follow the service at Hackettstown Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (www.nationalmssociety.org), or Antler Ridge Animal Sanctuary in Newton, NJ
(www.antler-ridge.com).
 

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Anthony S. Settembre

Anthony S. “Pappa Tony” Settembre, 93 of Paramus, NJ passed away at Valley Hospital, Paramus, NJ on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Born November 20, 1923, Anthony was the son of the late Fiorevante & Philomena Constaneino Settembre. Mr. Settembre proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during WWII. Mr. Settembre is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years, Evelyn. Three children, Phyllis (Charlie) Barber of Hackettstown, NJ; Fiore (Jeannie) Settembre of Sparta, NJ & Anthony (Diane) Settembre of Loveland, Ohio. Beloved Grandchildren, Jessica (Matt) Lamb, Greg (Val) Barber, Trina (Chris) Moroni, Steven (Stacey) Barber, Corey Barber, Julia (Marvin) Ma, Lauren (Andrew) Watson, Michael (Leah) Settembre, Robert Settembre, Christine (Cliff) Desso, Marie (Andrew) Henn, Paul Settembre and Anthony Settembre.  Loving Great Grandchildren, Tim, Madison, Morgan, Cayla, Tyler, Brianna, Charlie, Gabriella, Jeremy, Joshua, Kristen (Paul) Bridgham, James, Daniel, Matthew, Drew, Anthony, Noah, Jacob, Brooklyn, Mia, Cliff,  Caylee, Briella, Andrew & Easton.  Great Great Grandchildren, Riley & Eljah. Viewing hours will be on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 & 7:00 – 9:00pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. Funeral services will be on Friday, at the funeral home at 10:00am. Interment with military honors will follow at the Forrest Green Park Cemetery, Marlboro Township, NJ. The Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Eleanor E. Sobolewski

Eleanor E. Sobolewski, age 93, of Succasunna, NJ died Wednesday, October 4, 2017.  Eleanor was born September 1, 1924 in Newark, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Joseph and the late Estelle (Dukiet) Fecoskay. 

She is survived by her son, Paul and his wife Kathleen Sobolewski.  She is also survived by one granddaughter Andrea Sobolewski. 

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home, Inc 905 High Street Hackettstown NJ 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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Jay A. Siegel

Jay A. Siegel, Ph.D. died at home in his sleep on September 25, 2017 in Mt. Arlington, New Jersey due to heart failure.  He was 71.

Jay is survived by his wife Margaret Wilke of Mt. Arlington, NJ; his daughter Samantha Linehan and her husband Nick of Hackettstown, NJ, and son Paul Siegel of Brooklyn, NY; and his two grandsons Tommy and Ben Linehan of Hackettstown, NJ.  He is also survived by his two sisters Judy Siegel of Gaithersburg, MD and Pam Douglas and her husband Ed of Las Vegas, NV.

Jay was born on April 16, 1946 in Washington D.C. to Samuel and Mae Siegel.  He graduated from George Washington University with a doctorate degree in chemistry in 1975.  He married Margaret Wilke in 1976.  After working as a forensic chemist with the Virginia Bureau of Forensic Sciences, Jay spent over 35 years as a forensic science educator and researcher at Metropolitan State College in Denver, CO, Michigan State University (Professor Emeritus) in East Lansing, MI, and Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis, IN, where he also served as a department chair.  Several forensic sciences undergraduate and graduate programs blossomed under his leadership. Jay was author and editor of several forensic science books and editor in chief of the massive Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences. He was honored as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and as a Distinguished Alumni Scholar at The George Washington University.

Jay was proud of his children and grandchildren, and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.  For over 30 years, he annually gathered many friends for 5-day trips to the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, where he organized play tickets, lodging and meals, all through his in-name-only travel agency, Miracle Travel. These wonderful times together will be sorely missed by his friends, including his good-natured competitiveness when sitting down at a card table. Jay was outstanding in the classroom—both demanding and engaging. So memorable were his stories about his forensic science cases that after he retired, he was employed by cruise lines to do on-board lectures for the cruise guests on days at sea. They were very well attended, especially after the word spread: “You have to hear this guy!”  He stayed connected with people across the globe through his world travels, especially his five trips with wife Maggie to visit friends and see Australia.  He will be remembered as an excellent teacher, mentor, husband, father, grandfather, brother, cousin, uncle and friend.

Friends and family are invited to attend a gathering to celebrate the life of Jay Siegel at the home of Nick and Samantha Linehan at 3:00 pm on Saturday, September 30, 2017.  There will be a live feed of the memorial service for those who wish to participate from afar.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the charity of your choice.

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Joyce Elaine Stevens

 Joyce Elaine Stevens, age 79, of Hackettstown formerly of Arizona died Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at home.  Ms. Stevens was born December 15, 1937 in White Plains, NY. She was the daughter of the late Edward and Elizabeth (Purdy) Applebey.  In addition to her parents, Joyce is preceded in death by her brother, Glen Edward Applebey.

She served in the US Air Force during Peacetime from 1957 to 1958.  She was formerly employed by Arizona Dept. Of Public Safety, Phoenix, AZ as a Secretary before retiring.  Joyce was an avid reader, graduated from Alexander Hamilton High School class of 1955 where she played the trumpet in the high school band.  She was a champion for Disabled Veterans and donated frequently to the Women’s Memorial of Arlington National Cemetery. 

She is survived by a daughter, Pamela Roller And Husband Mike 2 sisters, Patricia Worthington and husband Russ, Joan Gerrits, 3 grandchildren, Jennifer, Stephanie and Michael, 6 great grandchildren.

Cremation was private.  Burial of Cremains will be held at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

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Cara Spendley

  Cara J. Spendley, 69, of Great Meadows, NJ passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 24th, 2017 at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ surrounded by her loving family. Cara was born in Dover, NJ and was the child of the late Joseph and Alvira Spendley.

A long-time resident of Great Meadows, NJ, Cara was last employed by Heath Village Retirement Community as a Security Guard where she was loved by both residents and staff. Prior to that, she was self-employed in construction for over 30 years.

Cara will be remembered as a loving and devoted spouse, parent, sibling, and friend-there were few people in this world who she did not get along with. She was a courageous, fun-loving, optimistic person who worked as hard as she played. She enjoyed camping, trips to the beach, taking long walks with her husky, and most of all, spending time and laughing with her family and friends. When her family went through troubled or dark times, Cara was always there giving unconditional love and support. This world was truly blessed to have been touched by Cara’s warm heart and contagious laughter.

Cara is survived by her wife, Susan; her children, Paul, Chris, and Lauren; her sisters, Arline, Claire and Phyllis, her 2 step-grandsons, her dog, Hailey, her cat, Furby, and many close friends.

A memorial service will be held on September 27th, 2017 at Cochran Funeral Home in Hackettstown, with visitation from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm and a Memorial Service at 8 pm.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Garden State Equality Action Fund at https://gardenstateequality.nationbuilder.com/donate

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Robert P. Scanga

Robert Paul Scanga, revered husband, father and grandfather, entered Heaven’s gates on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Bob is survived by his adoring wife, Betty Joan (Alquist) Scanga, of Hackettstown, NJ. They were married for 63 years and knew each other since middle school. Bob and Betty were both born in New Kensington, PA.

Robert is also survived by two daughters, Diane E. Moeller and husband Jeffrey, Janice E. Babin and husband Gregory, and a son, Robert D. Scanga, Anna and Andrea Stallman. He is also survived by two beloved grandchildren, Kimberly and Colin, children of Janice and Greg. Of the eleven Scanga siblings, Bob is survived by Carl, Evelyn and Ted.

Robert majored in Chemistry and minored in Biology and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He began his amazing 65-year career in the chemical industry as a chemist for DuPont, continued as a salesman for Hercules, was general manager for two chemical plants and completed his extensive career as the business owner of Chester Chemical Co., Inc.  Bob played basketball and baseball in high school. In college, he played varsity baseball, was a distinguished ROTC military student, and he served as President of his Junior class, President of Sig Tau Fraternity and President of the Interfraternity Council. Bob was an active sportsman throughout his life playing golf, skiing, sailing and biking. Bob was in the Army for six months’ military duty. He was a member of the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Hackettstown, NJ for 36 years with Betty. Bob and Betty also traveled extensively throughout their marriage.

Visitation will be held at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 on Friday September 15, 2017 from 3:00 – 7:00 pm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption, 302 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 10 am.  Entombment will follow at Union Cemetery Mausoleum.

Donations may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Division of the John Theurer Cancer Center, Hackensack University Medical Center at
www.jtcancercenter.org/welcome/make-a-donation. Online condolences may be offered at www.cochranfuneral.com. Lodging information can be found on their website.

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Henderikus K. G. Smit

Henderikus K.G. Smit age 87 died Friday, August 25th at Gardens for Memory Care at Easton. Born in the Netherlands he is a son of the late Lambertus Jan Smit and Henderika Bogema Smit. he came to the United States in 1951. Mr Smit worked as a truck driver at Welsh Farms in Long Valley for many years,  and later was a driver for the Clinton Milk Dairy in Newark. He lived in Long Valley for many years before moving to Budd Lake 15 years ago. He is predeceased by his wife Aaltje and infant son Hank. Henderikus is survived by 4 sons, Gerald and his wife Clara, Bert, Henry, and Benny and his wife Jeanine, 3 daughters Aukje Kuntz and her husband Ronald, Rita Maurer and her husband David,Stephanie Greenspan and her husband David, also 4 brothers, 1 sister, 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. The Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to cochranfuneral.com.

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Patricia A. Snover

 It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved Mother, Grandmother and our GG.

Patricia Ann Snover, 84 of Hackettstown NJ,  left us on Tuesday August 22, 2017 after suffering a difficult but  short battle to cancer. She was born in Hackettstown on December 30, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Francis & Alice Barbara (Smith) Lake Sr.

A lifetime resident of Hackettstown. Patricia graduated from Hackettstown High School Class of 1951. She married Harry P Snover Sr. of Newton NJ in 1952. She was a 57 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 164 Hackettstown NJ.  She served on the Warren County Election Board for many years. Until her retirement, "Pat" worked at M&M Mars in the Receiving Department. Her hobbies were her devotion to her family and included sewing, knitting and crocheting.

Our Mother is survived by six children; Harry P. Snover  Jr. and Nancy of Hackettstown .  Lewis F. Snover Sr. and Carla of Great Meadows.  Charles M. Snover  Sr. and Christine of Hackettstown.  Linda L. Oleszek and Jim of Hackettstown. Patti A. Rowe and Dan of Maryville,TN.  Allyson M. Snover  and companion Dave Kincaid of Hackettstown. " 14" Loving Grandchildren," 17" Great Grandchildren (with #18 due in January) In addition , she is survived by her beloved brother Joseph F. Lake Jr. and Janet of Hackettstown. And their Children Joe, Samatha and Jenny. She was predeceased by her loving Husband Harry of 49 years, and her son Frank E. Snover Sr.  We would remiss not to mention that our mother also leaves behind her beloved dog, Sally. ALL of which, who were the Love of her life.

Visitation will take place on Sunday, August 27, 2017 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown NJ 07840. Funeral service will be Monday, August 28, 10:00am at the funeral home. Interment will follow at the Union Cemetery, Hackettstown NJ.

 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Patricia's memory to the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ 7860 or the Salvation Army 199 Mountain Avenue, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

 

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Arthur J. Sheldon

Arthur “Gaylord” J. Sheldon, 84, of Hackettstown, NJ passed away peacefully with his wife by his side on July 20, 2017. He has left those that knew him best with heavy hearts, smiles on their faces, and feeling roughly "60/40" about the whole ordeal.

Art was born on August 17, 1932 in Franklin Borough, Sussex County, NJ to the late Arthur Sheldon  and Marge Webber. His step-mother, Anna Madison Sheldon, provided a guiding influence from the age of 13. On September 4, 1954, he married the love of his life, Mary Alice Welsh.

 
Prior to his marriage, Art served in the US Navy studying weather patterns. Or, as he would describe it: He got a free cruise to Europe and back. In his professional life, he worked for the United States Postal Service and was Postmaster in Hackettstown from 1984 to his retirement in 1992 after 38 years with the USPS.

Art’s main purpose in life was to give service to his beloved Hackettstown community, to which he referred as "Paradise Valley."

These activities included 43 years on the Hackettstown Recreation Commission where he was instrumental in the development of the Hackettstown Pool Complex bearing his name; nearly 60 years working with the Hackettstown First Aid and Rescue Squad; over 40 years on the Hackettstown Parking Authority Commission; the voice of the Hackettstown Tigers High School Wrestling Team for many years; and the Union Cemetery Board.

Throughout retirement, Art remained busy by driving for Hoskings Livery, Callaremi Cadillac, and for family and friends who needed a ride to the local airports because, as he would say with a characteristic shrug, “The car does all the work.”

Art also offered his effortless warmth and kindness as a greeter for Cochran Funeral Home.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Mary Alice Welsh Sheldon, his two daughters Peg Sheldon Russack and her husband Doug, and Patty Kitt, his two sons, James Sheldon and his wife Margaret, and Scott Sheldon, three grandchildren, James and his wife Cherise, Erin and her husband JD, and Andrew, and two great grandchildren, Sullivan and Lila. He is also survived by his brother, Bob Sheldon, and his many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Rick Sheldon.

Family and friends may pay their respects on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 from 4-8 PM at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07882. A memorial service celebrating Art’s life will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 26 at 11AM at the funeral home with interment immediately following at Hackettstown Union Cemetery Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering (
https://giving.mskcc.org/) in honor of Arthur Sheldon. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Cochran Funeral Home. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Mary E. Semanchik

 Mary E. Semanchik, age 96, a longtime resident of Allamuchy, NJ died Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Care One Of Hanover, Hanover, NJ.  Mary was born October 18, 1920 in Greendale, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Robert and Elva (Sipley) Stang.  In addition to her parents Mary is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jacob Semanchik. her son, Andrew Semanchik, 3 brothers, Bob Stang, Ralph Stang, George Stang, 3 sisters, Jane Cornie, Margaret Blackford, Eleonore Stang and a daughter in law, Karen Semanchik.

Mary enjoyed cooking for her loving family, she was known to always put others before herself. In addition she was a longtime member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Hackettstown, NJ

She is survived by 2 sons; Robert Semanchik,, Jacob Semanchik, Sr. and wife Karen, a brother, Clarence Stang and wife Martha, a sister, Ruth Stang, 9 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and 3 great great Grandchildren,.

The funeral will be held 11:00 am on Monday, June 26 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Rev. Bob Meeker officiating.  Burial will be in Tranquility Cemetery, Tranquility following the service.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 25 from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM and 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

For those desiring donations may be made to the American Legion, P.O. Box 332, Hackettstown, NJ  07840 in memory of Mary.


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Audrey "Joy" E. Steet

 Audrey E. Steet, "Joy", age 74, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on Saturday May 20th 2017.  Born and raised in Atlantic City, she is a daughter of the late Joseph T. and Audrey W. Boddy Smith.

Joy lived in Galloway Township before moving to Hackettstown, NJ in October 2012. Joy was married to her high school sweetheart James H. Steet for 48 years before his death in 2012.

She was a graduate of Stockton State College and had been a special education classroom aide at the Arthur Rann Middle School in Galloway Township for 18 years before retiring.  Joy was an avid cook who had a vast collection of cook-books and kitchen gadgets. She enjoyed sailing, gardening, camping, birding, spending time at the boat and with Olivia & Otis.

She was a volunteer at the Trinity food pantry and a member of St. Jame's Episcopal Church in Hackettstown.  While living in Galloway Township she and her husband were dedicated volunteers at the Forsythe Wildlife Refuge for many years.

Joy is survived by a son, James S. Steet of Dearborn, Michigan, a daughter Joyce A. Steet of Hackettstown, a brother Joseph T. Smith, Jr. (Cindy) of Absecon and her 2 adored grandchildren, Brandon A. Kous and James T. Steet.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday May 25, 10:30 am at St. James Episcopal Church 214 Washington St. Hackettstown. Friends may call at the church from 9:30 am until the service time. Interment will follow at the Atlantic City Cemetery Association, Pleasantville, NJ arrival scheduled for 2:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers donations in her memory to St. James Episcopal Church would be greatly appreciated.

The Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  For those desiring condolences may be made at www.cochranfuneral.com

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Sister Marie E. Schutte

Sister Marie E. Schutte, age 92, of Hackettstown died Friday, April 28, 2017 at House of the Good Shepherd.  Sister Schutte was born May 16, 1924 in Brooklyn, NY. She was the daughter of the late George and Katherine (Schneller) Schutte. 

Sister Marie was a Nun with Sisters of Charity, Yonkers NY. 

A Funeral Mass of remembrance will be held 11:00 am on Friday, July 14, 2017 at Our Lady of the Mountain Church, 2 E. Springtown Rd, Long Valley, NJ.

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Thomas H. Sharp

Thomas H. Sharp, age 61, of East Stroudsburg, PA formerly of Hackettstown, NJ was welcomed into heaven on Sunday, April 30, 2017.  Thomas is survived by his devoted wife of 35 years, Kathleen (nee-Spicer) Sharp, nieces Ashleigh (Ian Cassidy) Spicer, Brittany Spicer and nephew Nick Spicer and family and friends across the country.   He was born October 4, 1955 in Denville, NJ. His family joyfully greeting him in heaven include his parents Howard and Harriet (Kay) Sharp and father-in-law, Frank Spicer.

 

His service in US Air Force prepared him for his career with Marotta Controls.  Over the past 35 years, his career has spanned the depths of the ocean to the heights of the heavens; from working on submarines, to the payload bay of the space shuttle and the international space station.

 

A quiet man with an inquisitive mind, he was an avid reader who enjoyed a good game of horseshoes and hiking in the natural beauty of the Pocono mountains.  He was a history buff who studied the lessons of the Battle of Gettysburg with friends and colleagues.  He willingly provided tours to anyone who showed an interest.

The family would like to thank all who brought joy to his life and to the nurses and staff at the VNA Hospice House, East Stroudsburg, PA who provided comfort and care to Tom during his final transition to his heavenly home.

 

Memorial donations in Tom’s honor may be made through:  
https://www.gofundme.com/hdtv-for-hospice-patients

 

Visiting hours will be Thursday, May 4 from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ with a funeral service beginning at 7:30 pm.  The burial services will be private.

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Ellen P. Swain

Ellen P. Swain, 57, of Long Valley, NJ passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ. Born in Morristown, Ellen was the daughter of Helen Helke McGuire and the late James McGuire.

Ellen was employed by the CHUBB Group of Insurance in Whitehouse, NJ as an account executive. When Ellen was not working she loved nothing more than spending time with her loving family and working in her flower garden.

In addition to her Mother, Helen, Ellen is survived by her husband Michael P. Swain of Long Valley, NJ. Two daughters, Heather Janoski and her husband Jason of Long Valley, NJ; Alison Lorentson and her husband, Tom of Mansfield Twp, NJ. Four siblings, Michael, Patty, Lisa & Tielynn.  Two beautiful Granddaughters, Ashley & Payton as well as a soon to be granddaughter, Annie Claire.

A visitation will take place at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ from 4:00 to 8:00pm on Wednesday, April  26, 2017. Funeral services will be on Thursday at 10:00am at the funeral home. Interment will follow at the German Valley Rural Cemetery, Nauright Road, Long Valley, NJ. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com. In addition to sending flowers, the family asks that you plant a flower in Ellen’s memory.

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Frances Eleanor Sandelli

Our beloved mother, Frances Eleanor Sandelli, 96, passed away peacefully at The Legacy House in Ocala, FL, on April 15, 2017, with family by her side.  She was born in Franklin, NJ, on August 3, 1920, to the late Samuel Hemlock and Anna Karczmar.  During her long life, Mrs. Sandelli resided in Hackettstown, NJ, Bermuda, and Ocala, FL.  She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and homemaker, who enjoyed gardening, cooking, and keeping in touch with her family and many lifelong friends.  She and her late husband, Alfred, were also avid golfers.  She was a member of the Church of the Assumption in Hackettstown for 58 years and of Queen of Peace in Ocala for over 30 years.  Mrs. Sandelli is survived by her daughter Georgine (Luis) Villafana of White Stone, VA; sons Alfred (Roberta) Sandelli, Jr., and James (Janet) Sandelli of Oak Ridge, NC; sister Helen Wright of Brunswick, GA; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 70 years, Alfred St., in 2012, and her grandson Michael, in 2006.  Visitation will be held Monday, April 24, 2017 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at HIERS-BAXLEY FUNERAL SERVICES-Timber Ridge.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, State Road 200, Ocala, on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 8:30 AM.  Interment will be Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows, NJ, on April 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM.  Flowers are gratefully declined.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services-Timber Ridge, and Cochran Funeral Home, Hackettstown, NJ.

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William C. Suyker

William C. Suyker, age 77, of Mount Bethel, PA died peacefully Sunday, March 19, 2017 at his residence.  William was born January 19, 1940 in Holland.  He is the son of the late William and Anna (Vermey) Suyker.  He married Beverly Kievit. 

William was the proud owner and operator of the Suyker Family Farm for most of his life before he was employed by the Oxford Township Board Of Education, as a Custodian. 

He is survived by his wife; Beverly (Kievit) Suyker, 3 sons; Ronald Suyker, Steven and his wife Nikki Suyker, Bill and his wife Kelly Suyker.  4 daughters; Yvonne and her husband Alfred VanWingerden, Deborah Paul, Carrie Tate and Chris Suyker.  He is also survived by a son in law; Jeffrey Meehan, and by 16 grandchildren.  He was pre deceased in death by one daughter Barbara Meehan and by one grandchild. 

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840 with Pastor Lewis officiating.  Burial will be at Pequest Union Cemetery immediately following the funeral service

Calling hours will be Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 7:00-9:00pm at Cochran Funeral Home.  Those wishing to leave online condolences may do so at www.cochranfuneral.com/ 

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Marcel L. Simonet

 Marcel L. Simonet, 70, went Home to be with the Lord on December 31, 2016.  Born March 30, 1946 in NY, he grew up in the city spending summers in the Catskill Mountains where he began his love of the outdoors. He proudly served his country when he was drafted in the US Army for two years.  He was deployed overseas to Vietnam and courageously served as a Forward Observer during his deployment. He was retired after a long successful career in the insurance industry.  Marcel fulfilled his dream last year of having his cabin in the woods in upstate NY and made many great memories there over the last year.  He was an amazing husband, father, grandpa, uncle, brother and friend. He would do anything for anyone without hesitation. Every adversity in his life he faced courageously, optimistically and humorously. Marcel was a very proud man and always taking care of others. He was a true hero in every sense of the word. He will be loved, missed and honored forever. He is preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Irene and his sisters Gail, Betty and Jane. Surviving are the love of his life, his wife, Krista Simonet; Daughter and Son in Law Danielle and Chris Boukedes of Charlotte NC; Daughter and Son in Law Jennifer and Darin Maund of  Great Meadows NJ; Granddaughters Erin, Ella, Zoey and Keely; Sister Joyce Simonet;  His nieces and nephews and his beloved “sons” his dogs, Zeke and Dexter. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to BeTheMatch.org or the Wilmington NY Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department PO BOX 425 Wilmington NY 12997. A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday January 14th  2017 at Rockport Presbyterian Church 395 Rockport Road Port Murray NJ.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cochran Funeral Home Inc, 905 High Street Hackettstown NJ 07840.  Those wishing to leave online condolences may do so at www.cochran funeral.com.  

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Janet E. Szemple

 Janet E. Szemple, age 78, of Hackettstown formerly of Bayonne, NJ died Sunday, December 4, 2016 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Hackettstown.  Janet was born July 13, 1938 in Wyoming, PA. She is the daughter of the late Wilbur and Mildred (Parsons) Long.  Janet is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Joseph Szemple in 1996 and 1 sister, Shirley Flynn. 

She was employed by Mt. Carmel Guild, Jersey City, NJ as a Registered Nurse.  Janet was an avid art and music lover.  She enjoyed playing the piano and spending time with her family. 

She is survived by 2 devoted daughters,  Kerry Drennan and husband William, Lauren Sirico and husband John, 1 loving son, Mark Szemple and wife Julie, 6 cherished grandchildren, Ryan, Steven, John, Nadine, Paige and Graham, many nieces and nephews,.

The funeral will be held 10:30 am on Thursday, December 8 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Pastor Jennifer Smith Walz officiating.  Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington following services.

Visitation hours will be Wednesday, December 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 Trinity United Methodist Church, 213 Main Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840 in memory of Janet.

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Virginia E. Sparnon

 Virginia E. Sparnon, age 89, a lifelong resident of Hackettstown, NJ died Friday, November 25, 2016 at Heath Village, Hackettstown, NJ.  Mrs. Sparnon was born May 15, 1927 in Hackettstown. She is the daughter of the late Merril and Ethel (Courtright) Allen.  In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Leland Sparnon, 2 brothers, John Allen and Albert Emery. 

She was employed by NJ Bell, Hackettstown, NJ as a Telephone Operator for many years. Virginia in her younger years was previously a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader, and member of the PTA in Hackettstown.  She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and going to craft shows.  Virginia loved spending time with her family, was a dedicated wife to her husband and mother to her family.  She also loved to go for Sunday afternoon drives in the country.

She is survived by 2 daughters; Patricia Sparnon, Beverley Boal and husband Dave, 1 son; Raymond Leland Sparnon, Jr. and wife Jane, 1 adopted daughter; Sheila Fabiano, 3 grandchildren; Kathryn Thor and husband Ira, Megan Mooney and husband Kevin, Erin Shah and husband Herschel, 5 great grandchildren; Gavin, Kendra, Julia, Shannon and Anderson.

The funeral will be held 12:00 pm on Tuesday, November 29 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Rev. Joseph McCarthy officiating.  Burial will be in Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows following services.

Visitation hours will be Tuesday, November 29 from 10 am to 12 Noon at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, 350 Sparta Avenue, Building B, Suite 2, Sparta, NJ 07871 in memory of Virginia.

 

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Michael L. Shields

Michael L. Shields, 35 of Hackettstown, NJ passed away at his home on Friday, November 18,2016. Born in Flushing, NY Michael was the son of Thomas & Mary Williams Shields. Viewing hours will be Monday, November 21, 2016 from 4:00 to 8:00pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday at 10:30am in St. Mary's Church of the Assumption, High Street, Hackettstown, NJ. Interment will follow at the Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Roland Sluder

 Roland Sluder, age 91, of Augsburg Lutheran Village, Baltimore, MD died Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at the House of the Good Shepherd, Hackettstown, NJ.  Roland was born October 3, 1925 in Jamaica Queens, NY. He is the son of the late LeRoy and Elsie (Elfrich) Sluder, Sr.  In addition to his parents Roland is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lucille (Semon) Sluder, his daughter, Linda Shipman and his brother, LeRoy Sluder, Jr.

He served proudly in Patton’s 3rd Army, 94th Infantry Division during World War II.  Roland was employed by Franklin United Life, Garden City, NY as a Clerk for many years. He was an avid reader, hunter and fisherman.  In addition, Roland was very active in the American Legion, going from school to school educating America’s youth about World War II.

He is survived by his son, Richard Sluder and wife Diane, his daughter, Janet Fitzpatrick and husband David, 1 sister, Doris Blank and husband Nathan, 4 grandchildren, Sarah Chrzanowski and husband John, James Sluder, Jillian O'Brien and husband Corey, Jennifer Malecio and husband Ethiel, Jr., 3 great grandchildren, Meghan Chrzanowski, Kayla Melecio, Travis O'Brien and one Melecio great grandchild on the way.

Burial Ceremony will be in Pinelawn Memorial Park, Farmingdale, NY on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 1pm.

For those desiring to attend, please meet at the cemetery office by 12:45 pm.

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

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Cynthia D. Stephens

 Cynthia D. Stephens, age 55, of Hackettstown, NJ died Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center of Hackettstown, NJ.  Ms. Stephens was born Fayetteville, NC. She is the daughter of the late Vernon Castle and Willie Mae (McNeil) Stephens. 

She is survived by; a sister, Patricia Sledge; a nephew, Charles Sledge, friend, Deborah Beards;

Cremation private.

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Josefa "Fefa" Silfa-Herrera

 Josefa "Fefa" Silfa-Herrera, 63 of Hackettstown, NJ passed away at Hackettstown Medical Center on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. Graveside services will be held on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 3:00pm at the Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ. Visitation will be from 11:00am to 2:30pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Philip Schaffroth

Philip Schaffroth, age 89, of Hackettstown, NJ died peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at home.  Mr. Schaffroth was born July 19, 1927 in Palisades Park, NJ. He is the son of the late Charles and Marie (Donner) Schaffroth.   In addition ti his parents Phil is preceded in death by his 4 brothers: Charles, Waldemer, Emil, and Rudolph Schaffroth and 1 sister; Adelaide DeFiore

He served in the Navy during World War II from 1944 to 1945.  Philip was formerly employed by Rite Way Express, Westfield, NJ as a Truck Driver, in addition he was a former member of the retired Teamsters Union #560.  Phil loved his antique truck and enjoyed to golf. 

He is survived by his loving wife: Jean (DeCarlo) Schaffroth, his devoted son; William Collins, his 2 adoring daughters; Marie Meyer and husband Richard, Susan Vetterl and husband Mark,  2 grandchildren;  Allison Meyer, Katelyn Koonz and husband Chad 2 great grandchildren;  Logan Vetterl, Olivia Grace Koonz, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral will be held 3:30 pm on Sunday, October 9 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with  officiating.  Cremation will be private

Visitation hours will be Sunday, October 9 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

For those desiring memorials may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 400 West Blackwell Street, Dover, NJ 07801 in memory of Phil.

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Barbara Sly

Barbara Sly Died: Aug 31, 2016 Barbara C. Sly, age 88, of Hackettstown and formerly of Pennington, NJ, and Ridgefield, CT, died Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. Barbara was born September 25, 1927, in Warren, PA. She is the daughter of the late Paul H. and Meredyth (Neal) Coe. In addition to her parents, and her husband of 64 years, William L. Sly, she was predeceased by her sister, Patricia Critchlow. A 1949 graduate of Wells College, Barbara was employed as a bookkeeper and church secretary before and after raising her family. She was active in Girl Scouting, as an Elder and Deacon in the church, and a volunteer in other settings including historic Keeler Tavern and the Pennington Public Library. She also enjoyed baking, sewing, gardening, and reading. She is survived by 3 daughters, Margery N. Sly, Carol G. Sly and husband Stephen Marshall, Patricia L. Sly and husband Robert Chernow, 1 brother, Dr. Stephen Coe and wife Peggy, 5 grandchildren: Robin, Melissa, Jack, John, and Neal; brothers-in law James Critchlow and Paul Kreitler; and many nieces. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cochran Funeral Home Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown NJ 07840. Cremation is to be private. A memorial service will be held at Heath Village Auditorum at 10:30 am on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 298 Main St, Hackettstown, NJ 07840; Wells College, Aurora, NY 13026; or to a charity of one’s choice. Those wishing to make online condolences may do so at www.cochranfuneral.com

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Barbara Shayne

Barbara Shayne, 88, of Mystic, CT passed away August 19, 2016 at Pequot Health Center in Groton, CT.  Barbara was born in Weehawken, NJ on December 9, 1927 to Rose (Baker) and George Stewart.   She graduated from Weehawken High School and attended The Wood Secretarial School in New York City.  She worked at the N.Y. Telephone Co. as an auditor before marrying Charles S. Shayne (Shinkowski) of Hackettstown, NJ.  Together they raised their four children in Morris Plains, NJ.  Barbara spent the last 30 years in Ledyard and Mystic, CT enjoying her children, her grandchildren, her cats and her wonderful quilting. 

Barbara was predeceased by her husband of 29 years and their infant son, Bradford.  She is survived by her children:  George and his wife, Eileen of Pacific Grove, CA, Elizabeth Freeman of Mystic, CT, Douglas of Crofton, MD and Andrew and his wife, Susan of Middletown Springs, VT.  She also leaves grandchildren Jeffrey and Christopher Freeman, Catherine and John Shayne and Caitlin Morrow.

A graveside service will be held at Union Cemetery in Hackettstown, NJ on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 1:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to the ASPCA (donations can be made directly on their website in memory of Barbara).   Arrangements 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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Harriet Schmidt

 Harriet M Schmidt, age 80, Hackettstown died Saturday, July 30, 2016 at home in HackettstownMs. Schmidt was born June 7, 1936. She is the daughter of the late Henry J. and Harriet Schmidt

All services are private.

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Lucy DeHondt Smith

 

Lucy DeHondt Smith of Heath Village, Hackettstown, NJ died on July 25,2016 at the age of 85.
She was born in Flushing NY on March 28, 1931 to Cyrus and Marjorie DeHondt
. She received
a Bachelor's degree from Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA in 1952 and a Master's degree
from Long Island University in secondary education specializing in math. On October 2, 1955
she married Floyd Alfred Smith; together they raised three daughters in Oyster Bay , New York
.
Lucy enjoyed sewing, was an accomplished quilter and studied genealogy and the Bible. She
was a member of the DAR, the First Presbyterian church of Hackettstown, and enjoyed
volunteering at the Friendship Center daycare at Heath Village where she was a PenPal, Weekly
Reader and volunteer at many special events.
Lucy is survived by her loving husband of 61 years,3 daughters; Sarah (Terry) Becker of Bumsville, MN, Jenny (Mark) Sanders ofAlbuquerque, NM, Martha (Robert) Fico of Westfield, NJ, and 5 grandchildren; Lesley, Rachel and Kristen Becker, and Jack and Mark Fico. A private family memorial service will be held on Saturday July 30,2016 at the First Presbyterian Church of Hackettstown. Memorial donations
can be made to Friendship Center Intergenerational Childcare Center, 420 Schooley'S Mountain
Road Hackettstown, NJ 07840, Attention Jennifer Jensen.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ  07840.  For those desiring condolences may be made at www.cochranfuneral.com

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Marion A Side

 Marion A. (Kohn) Side of Hackettstown, NJ, and former longtime resident of Brookfield, CT, passed away peacefully on July 16th, surrounded by the love of her family. Marion was born in New York City to Florence and Walter Kohn on July 2, 1929. She was married to the late William G. Side for 64 loving years.

Marion and Bill started their family in Syosset, NY and later moved to Brookfield, CT. Marion is survived by her son, Ken (Elizabeth), of Ridgefield, CT and daughter, Carolyn (Tim) Norton of Hackettstown, NJ. She was the loving Grandmother of Samantha, Abigail, Kevin and Veronica Side and TJ and Aiden Norton. 
 
She devoted much of her life to raising her children and spending quality time with her family. She and Bill also loved to travel and were able to see many parts of the world. Her greatest joy came when the family was all together, enjoying their home on Candlewood Lake. 
 
Marion had been a devoted member of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Brookfield, CT and an active volunteer in her community. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
 
There will be a private service for immediate family members at the Cochran Funeral Home in New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent in Marion’s name to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton NJ 07860.

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Virginia M. Skutnik

Virginia Skutnik, formerly of Hackettstown, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Sunday July 3rd at the age of 92.  The daughter of George and Emily Fish, Virginia was born on May 18, 1924 in Brooklyn, NY. She was predeceased by her husband Theodore, who passed away in 1986.  She was the loving mother and mother in law of Joyce & Henry Cullen, Cary, NC; Lynn & Daniel Sladovich, Township of Washington, NJ; Karen & Wayne Smith, Andover, NJ; Gary & Kristina Skutnik, Sewell, NJ.  Also survived by granchildren Michael Cullen and Denise Cullen Lazarczyk, Brian and Dana Sladovich, Cody and Timothy Smith, David and Matthew Skutnik and great grandchildren Shane, Amanda, Hailey, Anthony, Emma, Liam and Landon.

Virginia & Ted moved from Brooklyn, NY to Hillsdale, NJ in 1950 where they lived until 1979.  They retired to Sun City West, AZ where Virginia remained until 2001.  She then lived in Hackettstown and Oxford, NJ.

She was a member of Emmanuel Bible Church, Long Valley, NJ.  Previously she was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Woodcliff Lake, NJ (where she also worked as church office secretary for nine years) and American Lutheran Church of Sun City, AZ.

Viewing Thursday evening July 7th from 6-9 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840.  Friday morning there will be a viewing from 9:30 to 10:30 followed by a funeral service at 11:00 both at Emmanuel Bible Church, 3 Pleasant Grove Rd., Long Valley (Schooleys Mountain), NJ 07870.

Memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel Bible Church, PO Box 3, Schooleys Mtn., NJ  07870 or to Care Net Pregnancy Resources, 202 Church Street, Hackettstown, NJ  07840.

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Barbara E. Slachetka

Barbara E. Slachetka (nee Mooney) passed on June 9, 2016. She was 101years old. Beloved wife of the late Joseph J. Slachetka, Sr.  Barbara was predeceased by brothers; Leonard Mooney (Helen) and James Mooney (Jane), sister; Marion Petro (Frank) and grandson; Jeffrey.

Survived by brother; Wilbur Mooney (Helen). Beloved mother of Joseph Jr. (Myra), Rita Ryan (David), Mark (Winnie), and Norine Melillo (Tom); loving grandmother of Sarah, Karen, Meg and Michael; great-grandmother of Lillian and Miriam; and aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Barbara was born and raised in Hackettstown. She graduated from Hackettstown High School in 1933, where she was captain of the girls' basketball team. Barbara received a nursing degree in 1938 from St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Elizabeth, NJ, where she was an obstetrical and general duty nurse until she joined the US Army Air Force in 1942, rising to the rank of lst Lieutenant. Upon returning to Hackettstown to raise her family, Barbara volunteered as the school nurse at St. Mary's Parochial School as well as with the annual Red Cross Blood Drive. She was employed at Newton Hospital and then at Picatinny Arsenal as an Occupational Health Nurse. Barbara was a member of both the American Legion and the Legion Auxiliary. Both she and her late husband, Joseph, were honored to be the Grand Marshals for the Hackettstown Memorial Day parade in 2007.  Barbara was an avid sports fan. She especially followed the Yankees and the Giants, and was a perennial winner of the March Madness bracket pool. She enjoyed creating beautiful needlepoint which were stretched, framed, and proudly displayed. Barbara also enjoyed traveling; especially the M&M bus trips to the Atlantic City casinos.

Visitation will be held at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 on Friday, June 17, 2016 from 4-7 pm.  A funeral mass will be held at St, Mary's Church of the Assumption, 305 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 on Saturday, June 18, 2015 at 12:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to:  The American Legion Post #164, P.O. Box 332, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 in memory of Barbara.

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Michael J. Selitto

 Michael J. Selitto, age 59, of Hackettstown died Friday, June 10, 2016 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Hackettstown, NJ.  Michael was born May 24, 1957 in Newark, NJ. He is the son of the late Joseph and Gloria (Pantone) Selitto.  In addition to his parents, Michael is preceded in death by his sister, Cecilia DeCarlo.

He was employed by Anheuser Bucsh, Newark, NJ as a Shop Steward.  Michael was an avid painter, loved to build and construct layouts for model Lionel trains and fish.  Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his loving children and grandchildren. 

He is survived by 2 sons: Joseph Selitto and his wife Dana, Angelo Selitto and his fiancé Jackie, daughter: Pamela Selitto, sister: Joann Selitto, 2 grandchildren: Michael and Luca Selitto.

The memorial mass will be held at St. Luke's R.C. Church, 265 W Mill Street, Long Valley, NJ on Tuesday, June14, 2016 at 11 am.

For those desiring donations may be made to the American Liver Foundation, 39 Broadway, Suite 2700, New York, NY 10006 or at www.liverfoundation.org in memory of Mike.


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

 

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Alfred Saupe

Alfred Moritz Wilhelm Saupe, Jr. July 12, 1925 – May 29, 2016 Alfred Moritz Wilhelm Saupe, Jr., of Hackettstown, formerly of Convent Station and Madison, passed away peacefully in his home in Bentley Commons at Paragon Village, on May 29. His devoted daughter, Dana LaGueux and granddaughter, Megan LaGueux, were at his bedside. Alfred was 90 years old and had been married to Valerie Corwin Saupe for nearly 66 years, when she died two years ago, in March 2014. Alfred was born at home on July 12, 1925, in East Orange, NJ. His father, Alfred, Sr., was born in Germany. He arrived in the U.S. as a young man, just prior to World War I, and parlayed a vocational education into a successful career as a high level executive in the hosiery industry. His mother, Willhemina Elizabeth Ludeke Saupe, was born in the U.S. to German immigrant parents, and was educated in Germany. Alfred’s first language was German. His older sister, Elizabeth Hartzell, and younger brother, William Arthur Saupe, preceded him in death. Alfred attended high school at Carteret Academy and started college at Penn Military College. His education was interrupted by World War II, when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1944. At age 19, Alfred was one of the youngest first lieutenants in the Marine Corps. He served as a Marine from 1944-1946, after which he completed his education, receiving a degree in economics from Princeton University in 1949. During the Korean War, Alfred returned to the Marine Corps from March 1951 until June 1952. After his discharge from the military, Alfred followed in his father’s footsteps, pursuing a successful career as a sales executive in the hosiery industry for almost 50 years. He worked for 24 years at Berkshire Hosiery and another 17 with Vision Hosiery, where he was instrumental in the promotion and nationwide success of the Christion Dior hosiery brand. Alfred capped off his career with several years running the New York office of Hampshire Hosiery, where he continued his stewardship of the Christian Dior brand. He retired in 1993. Alfred also led an active civic life. Over the years, he served as a deacon in the Madison Presbyterian Church, President of the Madison Golf Club, Trustee of the Cheshire Home, and Paragon Village Morris Hall Resident Council President. After his retirement, Alfred became a familiar face at the Morristown Memorial Hospital and Hackettstown Medical Center, where he volunteered for countless hours over the years. Alfred was the consummate gentleman, even-tempered and respectful to all. He always had a twinkle in his eye and was well-known for his keen sense of humor, joke telling and general good cheer. He loved to play golf and, most of all, to preside over family gatherings. Less than a year ago, Alfred proudly hosted a 90th birthday celebration in Cape May, NJ, attended by his four children, their spouses, and his eight extraordinary grandchildren. Alfred was especially loved by his beautiful and loyal wife, Valerie, whom he first met in nursery school, and with whom he raised a happy and healthy family for over 66 years. Alfred will be dearly missed by his three sons, Theodore C. Saupe and his wife Elizabeth Bailey of Athens, GA, A. William Saupe and his wife Pamela Dupuis, of Asheville, NC, and Peter S. Saupe and his wife Susan Sauer, of Madison, WI, and by his favorite daughter, Dana Saupe LaGueux and her husband Steven LaGueux of Long Valley, NJ, his eight grandchildren, his nieces, nephews, and dear friends. A memorial celebration of Alfred’s life and love of his family and friends will be held at 4:00 PM on June 12 at the Long Valley Presbyterian Church, 39 Bartley Rd., Long Valley. Alfred strongly supported the mission of the Cheshire Home, a residential and rehabilitative facility for young adults with severe spinal cord injuries and other neurological conditions, and requests that memorial donations be made in his name to the Cheshire Home, 9 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park, NJ 07932. View on-line at www.cheshirehome.org

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LaVonne B. Solomon

 LaVonne "Bonnie" B. Solomon, age 93, of Lincoln, VT died Friday, May 27, 2016 at her son’s home.  Mrs. Solomon was born February 12, 1923 in New York City, NY. She is the daughter of the late Coy E. and Gladys (Natusch) Bonner.  In addition to her parents LaVonne is preceded in death by her husband of 23 years; Howard R. Solomon in 1984, her two brothers; Coy Bonner and wife Sue, Dwayne Bonner and wife Barbara both in Indiana. 

LaVonne graduated from Isaac C. Ellston High School, Michigan City, Indiana.   She returned to New York in 1942 where she attended the Bellevue School of Nursing, unfortunately during this time she had to leave school, being admitted to Trudau Sanatorium with Turberculosis for two years. She later returned to Bellevue to finish her degree.
Most recently she was the Coordinator of Volunteers for RSVP, Middlebury, VT for 10 years before retiring at age 87, prior to that she worked in various positions during her life.  LaVonne was most proud working as Head Nurse for Bellevue Hospital for 13 years following her graduation from college.  In 1942 she entered the Bellevue School of Nursing and graduated in 1947. In addition she returned to college and graduated in 1956 from Hunter College with a BS in Education with majors in Nursing Education and English. She was a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Middlebury, VT, she was active in preserving the environment, loved to knit and was an avid reader.

She is survived by her son; Howard R. Solomon and his companion; Carlos Abril, one AFS son, Harold Kirschner, one grandson; Eljah, two sisters; Charmian Melnick, Mardelle Reed, four nieces; Janolin, Catherine, Marina, and Loretta, five nephews, David, Gary, Paul, Coy and James.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 am on Saturday, June 4 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 3 Main Street, Middlebury, VT  05753.  Cremation was private.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ  07840.

For those desiring donations may be made to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church or to an educational institution of choice in memory of LaVonne.

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Walter Schaefer

 Walter Schaefer, age 70, of Lansdale, PA died Sunday, May 1, 2016 at Quakertown Center, Quakertown, PA.  Walter was born March 22, 1946. He was the son of the late William and Elise Schaefer. 

He was employed by Allied Barton, King Of Prussia, PA as a Shift Supervisor. Walt graduated with a B.A. degree from the University of Iowa in 1976 with a major in Journalism and a minor in technical German. He worked as a writer, producer and consultant for various companies including Lynch Industries,  AT&T, MIS Consulting Company, and St. Agnes Medical and Burn Center in Philadelphia and The University Medical School in Iowa City, Iowa.

He is survived by his dear friends:  Larry Diener and Joseph Ranweiler, Gerald Lewis and Clem Young.  Funeral was private.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10 am at the Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows, NJ. 

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Robert Slattery

Robert Slattery, 74, of Hackettstown, NJ passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, April 24, 2016. Born September 22, 1941 in New York City, Robert was the son of the late Kenneth & Alice Ortleib Slattery.

Robert has lived in Hackettstown since the age of 14 coming from Livingston, NJ. He was a graduate of Hackettstown High School and attended East Stroudsburg University and Fairleigh Dickinson University. His passion was driving and working on Hot Rods of all types and was a member of the North Jersey Street Rod Association.

Robert is survived by his loving wife, Marianne McAteer Slattery; three sons, Robert, Timothy & Christopher Slattery; three stepsons, Richard, Michael & Paul Gundersdorf. In addition, he is survived by 10 loving grandchildren. Robert was predeceased by his brother, Kenneth.

Visitation will be on Friday, April 29, 2016 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. Funeral service will follow beginning at 2:00pm at the funeral home. Cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, C/O St. Jude Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis TN, 38148-0142 or Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, 350 Sparta Avenue, Building B, Suite 2, Sparta, NJ 07871. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com.
 

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Rose Ann Sorce

 Rose Ann Sorce, age 96, of Hawthorne Inn Of Hilton Head, Hilton Head, SC formerly of Belvidere, NJ, died Thursday, March 17, 2016 at home.  Rose was born December 9, 1919 in Montclair, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Benjamin and Josephine (Sofferente) Fiorenza.  She was preceded in death by her husband; Vincent Sorce in 1981, 1 sister; Josephine Santullo and 1 brother; Michael Fiorenza. 

She was the owner/operator of Dolly Shop, Nutley, NJ. She loved to knit and was an avid reader.

She is survived by 2 daughters; Toni Trovato, Barbara von Bremen and husband Robert, 4 grandchildren;  Sandra Duffy, Richard Trovato and wife Kimberly, Andrew Trovato and wife Juliana, Christen Fisher and husband Matthew, 5 great grandchildren; Aidan Duffy, Ava Duffy, Carly Trovato, Alexandra Fisher, and Julian Fisher.

The funeral will be held 11:00 am on Tuesday, March 22 at St. Mary's Church of the Assumption, 305 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Father David Pekola officiating.  Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover following the mass.

Visitation will be Monday, March 21 from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

For those desiring donations may be made to:  St. Jude's Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105-1942 in memory of Rose.

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Caterina Schiano

Caterina Schiano, 59, of Hackettstown,NJ passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, March 13, 2016. Born in Monte Di Procida, Italy, Caterina was the daughter of the late Giuseppe & Angela Coppola. Caterina spent her childhood in Italy and moved to the United States over 40 years ago.

Caterina  was a loving Mother and Nonna (grandmother) who always welcomed friends into her home as if they were family. Music and cooking were important to Caterina as it added yet another element of warmth to her household for her friends and family.

Caterina is survived by her devoted husband, Luigi Schiano; mother in law, Antonietta Schiano;  one son, Anthony Schiano & his wife Brittany and two daughters, Tania Pfeiffer & her husband Jonathan and Angela Golladay & her husband Jason. Five beautiful grandchildren, Anthony, Lilliana, Kaiden, Logan and Luigi. Three brothers, Tommaso, Biagio & Salvatore Coppola and two sisters, Irene & Maria-Rosaria. She was predeceased by one brother, Michele.

Viewing hours will take place on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. The funeral service will be held at St. Mary's Church, 305 High Street, Hackettstown NJ  on Thursday, March 17, 2016 beginning at 11:00am. Interment will be at Hackettstown Union Cemetery, Mountain Avenue, Hackettstown, NJ. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com

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Dominick R. Scalera

 


 

Dominick R. Scalera, age 20, Ventnor, NJ died Sunday, February 21, 2016 at his residence, after losing a hard-fought battle with addiction. Dominick was born July 14, 1995 in Morristown, NJ. He is the beloved son of Robert B Scalera and Monika Vaccaro.


Dominick grew up in the Allamuchy and Green area, and attended Newton High School. He spent one year in San Diego, CA, before returning to NJ, settling in the South Jersey area. Dominick held several jobs since high school, both in San Diego, CA and in South Jersey. His last employment was in masonary with Ocean Construction in Ocean City, NJ


Dominick enjoyed skateboarding, baseball, and building with Legos when he was younger. He spent a lot of time at the beach and took some amazing pictures of sunsets.


Dominick was a generous young man with a loving and sensitive spirit. He touched the lives of many people.
 

He is survived by his father, Robert B Scalera and mother, Monika Vaccaro; Stepmother, Michelle Scalera, 2 Brothers, Tyler Craig and Jon Scalera, Paternal Grandmother Carmella; Maternal Grandmother Renee Vaccaro; Stepfather, Les Smith, 2 Stepsisters, Erin Smith and Devin Smith; Godfather and Uncle , Mark Vaccaro; Godmother and Aunt, Barbara Scalera, and many more loving Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.
 

He is predeceased by his Paternal Grandfather, Robert Scalera and Maternal Grandfather, Vincent Vaccaro.

 
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 1:30 pm on Saturday, February 27 at Good Shepherd Church, 48 Tranquility Road, Andover, NJ with Father Martin McDonnell officiating. Calling hours will be Friday, February 26 from 4 - 8pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840. Those wishing to leave online condolences may do so at www.cochranfuneral.com.
 

If desired, donations may be made to the Caron Treatment Centers at www.caron.org.

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Sharon L. Scudder

Sharon L. Scudder, 68, of Hackettstown, NJ. passed away on Friday, January 15, 2016 at  Paragon Village, Budd Lake, NJ surrounded by her loving family. Born January 23, 1947 in Dover, NJ, Sharon was the daughter of the late August & Gertrude Conn Bencivengo.

Sharon has lived in the Hackettstown area most of her life coming from Netcong, NJ where she spent her early childhood. Prior to retiring several years ago, Sharon had been employed by the former Area Lighting of Independence Twp. and lastly as a Home Health Aid. She was of the Methodist faith and attended church at Trinity United Methodist Church of Hackettstown. In addition, Sharon was active in community organizations such as the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Hackettstown Moose Lodge. Lastly, she loved playing Bingo with her friends at the Legion and was passionate about supporting her loving grandchildren at their sporting events or at home whenever possible.

She is survived by two sons, Charles W. Scudder, Jr. and his wife Shari, of Hackettstown, NJ & Michael Scudder and his wife Hope of Liberty Twp., NJ. Three loving grandchildren, Andrew, Kirsten & Cheyenne. Two sisters; Sandy and Linda; Four brothers, Nick, Jimmy, John & Gus. Sharon was predeceased by her beloved husband, Charles W. Scudder, Sr. in 2012 and two sisters; Arlene and Ann Marie.

Viewing hours will be Monday, January 18th at the Cochran Funeral Home from 4-8pm with the funeral service beginning at 8:00pm. Interment will be at Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 10:00am. The Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com. In Lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Grace Healthcare, www.gracehealthcareservices.com.
 

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Joseph K. Szumski

Joseph K. Szumski, 97, of Oxford, NJ passed away on Monday, December 7, 2015. Born March 4, 1918 in Scranton, Pa., Joseph was the son of the late William & Kamilia Milewicz Szumski. Mr. Szumski has previously lived in Hope, NJ and Mt. Bethel, NJ. Joseph retired from EMCO Plastics in Belvidere, NJ many years ago. Prior to working at EMCO, he worked most of his adult life as a dairy farmer. Joseph is survived by his loving wife, Grace Rollison Szumski. One son, Joseph Szumski and his wife Patricia of Independence Twp., NJ. Funeral services were private under the direction of the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. The interment took place at the Hope Cemetery, Hope, NJ. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com

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Margaret M. Swinson

Margaret M. Swinson, 93, of Homosassa, FL entered into rest on December 3, 2015. Margaret was born in Allamuchy, New Jersey on September 25, 1922 the daughter of Alvin and Hazel (Wiseburn)  Martin.

Margaret is survived by her husband of 70 years Harold at home, 1 son Jeffrey Swinson of St. Pete Beach, Fl., 1 daughter Diana and her husband Charles Cox of Homedale, NJ, 5 grandchildren Jamie Swinson, Ryan Swinson, Melissa Tatro, Amanda Gomez and Adam Cox and 4 great grandchildren.
 
Friends may gather at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 on Wednesday December 9, 2015 from 12 to 1 PM. Funeral Service will follow at the funeral home.Interment will be in the Tranquility Church Cemetery, Tranquility, NJ.
 
Arrangements are under the direction of Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, FL and the Cochran Funeral Home, Hackettston, NJ -  908-852-3361 www.cochranfuneral.com
 

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Norma L Santee

Norma L. Santee, 81 of Heath Village, Hackettstown died Thursday at the Sickles Health Care Center at Heath Village. Born in Mitchell South Dakota she was a daughter of the late August and Esther (Koenig) Kludt. Norma served as the county auditor for Poweshiek County, Grinnell, Iowa. Her husband Robert died in 2014. Norma was a quilter and enjoyed politics and current events. She is survived by her son Kevin and his wife Kathleen Santee; three sisters, Sharon Richards, Lexi Haddadin and Cindy Kludt; also her grandchildren, Michael, Tyler and Guy Santee. Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cochran Funeral Home 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

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Rachel Marie Saris

 Rachel Marie Saris, age 82, of Hackettstown died Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at House Of the Good Shepherd of Hackettstown, NJ.  Rachel was born October 13, 1933 in New York City, NY. She is the daughter of the late Ralph and Carmen (Martinez) Diaz. She was preceded in death by her 2 sons; John Saris and Robert Torres Jr., and 1 daughter, Judith Marie Lovatt.

She was employed by Karen's Kurtain’s, Ledgewood NJ as a Manager for many years before retiring.  Rachel enjoyed crocheting, playing board games and Rummy with her grandchildren.  She was an active church member and loved to sing and dance. 

She is survived by her son; Mark Saris and wife Jackie, her daughter Linda Astacio and husband Robert, 2 brothers; Robert Diaz and wife Rosita, Ralph Diaz, 1 sister; Martha Astacio and husband George, 13 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.

The funeral will be held 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 7 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Father David Pekola officiating.  Burial will follow at Hackettstown Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ

Visitation hours will be Saturday, November 7 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

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Walter T Savenko

 Walter T. Savenko, age 97, of Hope, NJ died Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center of Hackettstown, NJ.  Walter was born October 21, 1918 in Cleveland, OH. He is the son of the late Timothy Beliakoff and Marina (Larko) Savenko. 

Walter served proudly in the US Army during World War II from 1944 through 1947.  He was previously employed by Giant Foods, Harrisburg, PA. Walter was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather, who will be missed greatly by his adoring family. 

He is survived by 2 daughters; Renata Melvin and husband Kevin, Marina Crumley and husband Chris, 4 grandchildren: Jennifer, Chris, Christine and Matthew; 8 Great Grandchildren.

The cremation was private.

A burial of cremains will be held at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, 1158 Morgan Road, Pittsburgh, PA  15017 on Monday November 16th, 2015 at 11 am. 

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Robert H. Smith

 Robert H. Smith, age 76, of Panther Valley, Allumuchy Township formerly of Port Murray, NJ died Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at home after a long illness.  Robert was born November 1, 1938 in Summit, NJ. He is the son of the late Marvin and Helen (Marsh) Smith.   

Robert was formerly employed by Adam Metal Products, Ledgewood, NJ as the General Manager and had a long career in the lighting industry.  He graduated from Duke University with a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1960 and he served in the US Air Force as a Lieutenant  from 1960 to 1965 during Vietnam War.  He was a member of the Morris County Canal Board and Friends of Waterloo.  He enjoyed genealogy,  was an avid history buff and raised Morgan horses. 

He is survived by his wife: Christine (Shawger) Smith, 1 son; Robert H. Smith, Jr. and wife Yana, their children; Nathaniel, Zachary, Benjamin and Annika 1 daughter; Kimberly Cooke and husband Bruce and their 3 children, 1 stepdaughter; Paula Charalambous and husband Robert and their daughter; Sydney,  3 step children and 5 step grandchildren, 1 brother; Marvin smith and wife Jackie, 1 sister; Marion Blackwell and husband William.

A memorial service will be held at the Waterloo United Methodist Church, Waterloo Village Road, Stanhope, NJ on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 11 am.  Cremation was private.

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

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Frank E., Sr. Snover

Frank E. Snover, Sr., 56, of White Twp., NJ. passed away on Monday, September 28, 2015 at the Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice in Fredon, Twp., NJ surrounded by his loving family. Born February 18, 1959 in Newton, NJ, he was the son of Patricia Ann Lake Snover and the late Harry P. Snover, Sr.

Frank was raised in Hackettstown, NJ and has lived in White Twp. since 1989. He was a graduate of Hackettstown High School, class of 1978 and was employed by M&M Mars, Hackettstown, NJ for over 30 yrs in the Maintenance Department having retired several years ago. 

In addition to being a family man, Frank was a true outdoorsman that dedicated much of his time either hunting or fishing with his friends and family.  He was a member of Belvidere Lodge #13, F & A.M.

In addition to his mother, Patricia Snover, He is survived by his loving son, Frank Snover, Jr. and wife Cara; Three brothers; Harry P. “Hank” Snover, Jr., Lewis F. Snover, Sr. & Charles M. Snover, Sr; Three sisters, Linda Oleszek, Patti Rowe & Allyson M. Snover. Several Aunts,  Uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and devoted dog; Browning.

The Visitation will be from 4pm to 8pm on Friday, October 2, 2015 at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. The funeral service will be held at 10 am on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Cochran Funeral Home. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Goodwill Fire Dept., 689 Water St., Belvidere, NJ, 07823 or the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ. Online condolences may be given to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Harold W. Sergent

Harold W. “Bill” Sergent,Sr., 77 of Long Valley, NJ died Friday August 7th at the House of the Good Shepherd in Hackettstown, NJ.  Born in Boonton, he is a son of the late Harold and Dorothy Dreager Sergent.
Bill was a lifelong resident of Long Valley. He worked for the Morris County Road Department for 36 years, retiring as the Assistant Superintendent of Roads. After his retirement from the county department,  Bill worked for the Mine Brook Golf Club. Bill was a life member of the Schooley’s Mountain Fire Protection Association and the Schooley’s Mountain Presbyterian Church which is now the Highlands Presbyterian Church. He is also one of the founding members of the Long Valley Raiders Football Organization in Long Valley. Bill’s nickname was “Stumpy” which became the name of the former Stumpy’s Sports Pub in Independence Twp. Bill was predeceased by his beloved wife Betty Jane (Rooks) Sergent in 2010. He is survived by  a son, Harold W. “Bill” Sergent,Jr. and his wife Marilyn, of Independence Twp. ; two daughters, Tammy L. Torres and Lisa A. Inza and her fiancée Joe Milelli all of Long Valley; also two grandchildren, Alexander and Amanda Inza. Friends may call on Monday August 10th from 4 – 8 pm at the Cochran Funeral Home 905 High Street,Hackettstown. The funeral service will be held at 10am on Tuesday August 11th at the Highlands Presbyterian Church, 3 Heath Lane, Schooley’s Mountain. Interment will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Schooley’s Mountain Fire Protection Association, PO Box 35 Schooley’s Mountain, NJ 07870 would be greatly appreciated.
To leave an online condolence please go to www.cochranfuneral.com

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Jeanette Seals

Janette M. Seals, age 58, of Stanhope, NJ passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Newton Memorial Hospital, Newton, NJ. Janette was born January 18, 1957 in Morristown, NJ. She is the beloved daughter of the late Morris C. and Grace (Chamberlain) Seals. Janette lived most of her life in Roxbury, NJ and graduated from Roxbury School System. She worked at the Morris ARC in Flanders ATC for over 30 years. She lived in Hackettstown NJ for 10 years moving to Stanhope, NJ in 2014. She then attended the SCARC senior program in Sparta. Janette enjoyed swimming, horseback riding, bowling, watching TV and attending service at Break Point Community Church. She is survived by her sister; Deborah Hildebrant and husband Charles, her brother; Richard Seals and wife Keri, 1 niece; Kelsey McMahon and husband Ryan, 1 nephew; Daniel Seals and many loving cousins. The funeral will be held 1:00 pm on Wednesday, July 29 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Pastor Bart Young officiating. Burial will be in Somerset Hills Cemetery, Basking Ridge following services Calling hours will be Wednesday, July 29 from 11:00 am - 1:00 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: SCARC 11 US Highway 206 Suite 100 Augusta, NJ 07822.

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Sidney E. Spyer Jr.

Sidney Spyer, Jr. WWII Airforce Veteran Sidney Spyer, Jr. of Long Valley, NJ passed away on Saturday, June 6th. He was 92 years old. Born in Bayonne, NJ on July 1st, 1922, Sid graduated from Bayonne High School and attended Colgate University prior to entering the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He flew 59 bombing missions in B-24s over Europe with the 450th Bomb Group. He opted to stay in the Reserve after the war ended and was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. In 1946 Sid and his wife Esther(Fran) were married and over the years resided in Jersey City and Madison before finally moving to Long Valley. Sid was active with youth groups in Jersey City and Madison. In 1976, he and his son Duane founded S.E. Spyer Associates, Inc., a sales engineering business specializing in institutional grade architectural woodwork. He retired in 1995. Among Sid’s favorite pastimes were listening to music and enjoying the outdoors, especially hunting with his son, a tradition that was handed down to him from his father. He continued to do so well into his eighties. Sid is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Esther(Fran), his son Duane and his wife Patti, his daughter Michele Ullrich, his two grandchildren, Lauren and William Ullrich, his sister Gladys Spyer and his friend of seventy years and fellow crew member Abe Silver, with whom he flew most of his missions. A memorial visitation will be held Thursday, June 11, 2015 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM, at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Virginia S. Slack

Virginia S. Slack, 96, of Hackettstown, NJ, died Monday, May 4, 2014 at House of the Good Shepherd in Hackettstown.  Born at home November 28, 1918 in Schooley’s Mtn, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Leslie N. & Pearl Sutton Smith. Virginia was a lifelong resident of the greater Hackettstown area.

Mrs. Slack was a dedicated wife and mother that filled her family’s home with love and support making her a true homemaker. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Charles P. Slack in 2011.  Virginia is survived by two children; a son Donald B. Slack and his wife Lucille of Long Valley, NJ & one daughter, Barbara Lewis and her husband, Bob of Port Murray, NJ. Five loving Grandchildren & Seven Great Grandchildren. Mrs. Slack was predeceased by a daughter, Bette many years ago.

 A 2pm Memorial Service will be held Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840.  Friends and family are welcome to visit for one hour prior to the service.  Those considering a memorial donation in Virginia’s memory are asked to please consider giving to the House of the Good Shepherd, Willow Grove St, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. Online condolences to the family may be given at www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Debra J. Smith

Debra J. Smith, age 57, of Washington, NJ was diagnosed with cancer 4 years ago. After a courageous battle, she succumbed to her illness on Friday, May 1, 2015 at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ. Debra was born November 11, 1957 in Denville, NJ. She is the daughter of Jean (Furcha) Smith and the late Kenyon Smith. She was previously employed by A & M Best, Oldwick, NJ as a Data Entry Clerk and by BASF, Belvidere, NJ. Debra enjoyed doing crafts, crocheting afgans and going to craft shows. She loved to garden and designed her own gardens. She was an avid cat lover and fan of sports. She was a huge fan of the Seattle Seahawks ever since they originated. She is survived by; her mother Jean (Furcha) Smith; 1 brother; Shawn Smith and his wife Carol, 3 aunts; Dianne Johannsson; June Stephens, Gyl Fela and husband Martin and many cousins. The family would like to thank the Morristown Memorial Hospital doctors, nurses and staff for taking such good care of Debra during her final weeks. Visitation hours will be Monday, May 4, 2015 from 4-8 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ. The funeral will be held on Tuesday, May 5 at 11 am at the funeral home. Burial will follow services at Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to any local or animal rescue shelter of your choice or the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, PO Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057 in memory of Debra.

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George J Salotti

George J. Salotti, 97 of Long Valley, formerly of Secaucus died Sunday April 26th at the New Jersey Firemans Home in Boonton where he was a resident for the last three years. George was born in O'Hara Township, Pennsylvania, a son of the late Charles and Erminia (Lai) Salotti. George was a veteran of the United States Navy serving during World War II with the rank of Seaman First Class. He was an inspector with the Jersey City Water Works for many years before retiring. Now an Exempt fireman he proudly served with the Chicora Park Volunteer Fire Department in Secaucus for many years and achieved the rank of Captain. George also helped build an addition to the firehouse. George was an avid boater and loved being on the water or working on one of his boats in the marina. He was a longtime proud member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 32 in Secaucus, NJ. He was also a member of the Senior Citizens Clubs in Chester and Long Valley. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his wife Gertrude who died in 1997. He is survived by his two daughters; Georgene Pennington and her husband Steven and Lois Smith and her husband Lou; eight grandchildren, Joseph, Gregory and Sandra Galazin, Michael, Jason and Seth Pennington, Rebecca Copenhaver and Stephanie Taylor. Eighteen Great Grandchildren;, Brooke, Jeffrey, Olivia, Turner, Olivia. Wyatt, Nevaeh, Charlotte, Rylan, Liam, Luke, Rowan, Ashlyn, Colin, Alanna, Giavanna, Caitlin and Savannah. Funeral services are being held on Thursday April 30th, 10:30 am at the Cochran Funeral Home 905 High Street, Hackettstown, Friends may call on Wednesday April 29th from 4 - 8 pm. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery Mausoleum in Newton. In Lieu of Flowers donations to the NJ Fireman's Home, 565 Lathrop Avenue, Boonton, NJ 07005 would be greatly appreciated.

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Robert Smillie

Robert Smillie, age 56, of Independence Township, formerly of Budd Lake and Kearny, NJ died Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. Robert was born September 14, 1958 in Kearny, NJ. He is the son of the late Andrew and Josephine (Kirk) Smillie. 
 
He was employed as a Carpenter with the Carpenters Union Local #254, Edison, NJ. Robert was an avid reader, sports fan and history buff. He enjoyed politics and spending time with his loving family. 
 
He is survived by his mother Josephine (Kirk) Smillie; 1 son; Robert and wife Alison; 3 sisters;  Margaret DeFuria and husband Robert, Frances Berini and husband Pascal, Jo-Anne Chudley and husband Tony; 2 granddaughters; Aedan and Aine Smillie; 3 nieces; Nicole, Alyson and Emily; 3 nephews; Anthony, Justin and Nicholas.
 
 
The funeral service will be held 5:00 pm on Saturday, March 28 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. Cremation private.
 
Viewing hours will be Saturday, March 28 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm at Cochran Funeral Home.
 
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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Richard A. "Ricky" Stoddard

Richard A. “Ricky” Stoddard, 59, of Hackettstown, NJ, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015 at his home with his loving family at his bedside.  Born September, 25, 1956 in Newton, NJ, Ricky was the son of Helen Yankus Stoddard and the late George R. Stoddard, Sr.
A lifelong resident of Hackettstown, Rick was a graduate of Hackettstown High School, Class of 1972. Ricky has worked in both the construction and painting industries for 35+ years and was considered an expert of his trade. Most recently, Rick has been a self employed, professional painter in high demand around the greater Hackettstown area.  In his free time over the years, Rick was passionate about visiting and learning the ways of “The Wild West” and the lifestyles of that bygone era. Fittingly, his favorite place to visit was Tombstone Arizona.
Ricky is survived by his loving mother, Helen Yankus Stoddard of Hackettstown; Brothers George Robert Stoddard, Jr. and his wife, Patsy of Darlington, SC & Michael James Stoddard of California.  Three nieces;  Tanya, Rebecca & Debbie and Three great nephews, Myles, Ezra & Wendel.

Friends and family are invited to a 2 – 3pm visitation with a 3pm funeral service on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com.
 

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Brian H. Smith

Brian H. Smith, age 37, of Hackettstown formerly of Westwood, NJ died Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. Brian was born May 30, 1977 in Westwood. He is the son of Patricia (Frate) Smith and the late Robert A. Smith. In addition to his father he was predeceased by his father in law; David Hughes. He was employed by Epic Management, Inc. as a Site Manager. Brian was a former football player for Westwood High School, he enjoyed going to the beach, fishing, camping and watching NASCAR racing. Most of all he loved spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife: Dawn (Hughes) Smith , his daughter; Morgan Smith, his son; Parker Smith, his mother Patricia A. (Frate) Smith, his brother, Robert "Bobby" and wife Lorraine Smith; his sister; Tracey Wycoff and husband Brian;his mother in law; Charlotte Hughes, his nieces and nephews; Jason and Sydney Smith, Brett, Jenna, and Rylie Wycoff. The funeral will be held 11:00 am on Saturday, February 21 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Pastor Terry Herzberg officiating. Burial will be in Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows following services Visitation hours will be Friday, February 20 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. For those desiring, donations may be made to: Labrador Retriever Rescue, Inc., P.O. Box 654, Tewksbury, MA 01876 or SOS Beagle Rescue, 814 Judith Lane, Atco, NJ 08004 or to Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 409 E. Baldwin Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 in memory of Brian.

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Marion A. Smith

Marion A. Smith, 90, lifelong resident of Hackettstown, NJ, died Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Hackettstown Regional Hospital surrounded by her loving family.  Born May 22, 1924 in Rockport, NJ, Marion was the daughter of the late Isaac & Lena (Beatty) Flumerfelt.  She and her loving husband Leroy were married 54 years prior to his passing in 1995.
Marion was a graduate of Hackettstown High School, class of ’42. She retired in 2000 after 20 years of employment with the Hackettstown Board of Education as a cafeteria attendant at the High School.   Always active within her community, Marion was an honorary member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #164 of Hackettstown having been a member for 69 years.  Mrs. Smith served as a charter member and past president  and Chapeau Posse of 8/40 Salon  #561, Warren County, NJ.  Lastly, Marion loved Halloween, to hear and tell a good joke and was a practical joker extraordinaire at the expense of her family and dear friends!  Nobody was "safe" from her antics!
Marion is survived by 2 sons; Leroy Terry Smith and his wife, Sientje; Kevin Smith and his wife Karen, both of Hackettstown.  Two daughters; Patricia Lemoine and husband Maurice “Boo” of Laronger, LA; Colleen Hughes and husband Michael of Murrieta, CA, 1 sister; Carol Beck and husband Jerry of Florida, 1 sister in law; Marilyn Flumerfelt.  8 loving grandchildren; Carrie Lemoine and companion Perry Champagne, Skip Lemoine and wife Janine, Duane, Richard Hughes and wife Jennifer,  Mark Hughes and wife Brooke, Kelli Floyd and husband Matt, Kevin Smith and companion Kristen Yacavone, Tasjaana Smith and companion Ben Miraglia, 11 great grandchildren; Justin, Kiersten and Jacob Smith, Eden Yacavone, Katelyn, Reagan and Cassidy Lemoine, Shannon Hughes, Savannah and Jason Floyd and Fiona Miraglia.
Marion is predeceased by 1 brother; Richard Flumerfelt and 1 sister; Evelyn Ort.
Visitation will be held at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 on Thursday, February 19, 2015 from 4-8 pm.
A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, February 20, 2015 at 11 am.  Burial will follow at Port Murray cemetery, Port Murray, NJ.
For those desiring donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Program

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Ronald K. Schuster

April 10, 1942 – January 30, 2015 - Ronald K. Schuster age 72, of Blairstown, NJ formerly of Belvidere, NJ died Friday, January 30,2015 at Barn Hill Care Center of Newton, NJ. Ron was born April 10,1942 in Easton, PA. He graduated from Belvidere High School in 1960. He attended the Art School of NY. Ron Joined the US Navy in 1965 and served in Vietnam from 1966 – 1967. He received an Honorable discharge in 1969. Ron was employed by M&M Mars, in Hackettstown as an officer worker for many years before retiring. He was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, where he was a Past Patron and a Past Grand Representative of Wyoming. He was a member of Warren Lodge #13 for 45 years, until the Grand Lodge of New Jersey took away their charter and forced members to join other lodges in Pennsylvania. Ron then joined Whitfield Lodge # 622 in Tatamy, PA. Ron was also a member of the Belvidere Legion #131 and the Good Will Fire Company in Belvidere. He was an avid bowler, Nascar fan, artist and loved to travel. He is survived by a brother, John Schuster, of Belvidere NJ, two sisters, Alice Good of Richmond, PA and Joan Davis of Hope, NJ. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and his friend Harry G. Waldron, Sr. of Blairstown. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cochran Funeral Home Inc, 905 High Street Hackettstown, NJ 07840. Services are private at family’s request. For those desiring donations may be made to the Order of the Eastern Star Building Fund, 355 Tatamy Road, Tatamy, PA 18064 or to the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons Street PO Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057

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Hammel Susan "Susie"

Susan Hammel, age 67, of Mansfield Township formerly of Summitt and Chatham, NJ died October 31, 2014 at home. Susan was born April 29, 1947 in Plainfield, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Donald A. and Ruth Kennedy (Ginson) Stahl. She was employed by Borough Of High Bridge, High Bridge, NJ as a(n) Financial Assistant. She is survived by her husband of 43 years: Philip Hammel , her loving daughter, Amy Peruyera Hammel and beloved son, Scott Hammel and wife Patricia and devoted sister, Barbara Baldwin and brother, Greg Stahl and wife Birdine, and 3 cherished grandchildren, Trenadie, Nicolas and Olivia. The funeral will be held 10:00 am on Wednesday, November 5 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 213 Main Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Dr. Rev. Frank Fowler officiating. (Please meet at church) Burial will be in Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows following services. Visiting hours will be Tuesday, November 4 from 2-4 and 6-9 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Special Events Hospitality, 213 Main Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840 in memory of Susie.

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Manuel "Manny" J. Sosa

 Manuel J. Sosa “Manny” of Hackettstown passed away on October 19, 2014 at NYU Langone Medical Center. 

Manny was born January 2, 1944 in Cardenas, Cuba.  He was the son of the late Pablo and Rosalia (Hernandez) Sosa. 

Manny was a Financial Advisor with Lincoln Investment Planning.   He was an avid reader, enjoyed dancing and golfing.  He was a Veteran of the Vietnam War, member of the American Legion Post #0164, a member of the VFW Post 2833 and DAV.    

Manny is survived by his wife; Barbara (Coppola) Sosa, 2 daughters; Jamie Bressler and husband Richard, Morgan Sosa-LaBohne and husband Christopher, 2 brothers; Pablo Sosa and wife Maria, Antonio Sosa and wife Tere,  1 stepson; Christopher Powell, 2 step daughters; Sondra Powell and Jennifer Koroski and husband Michael, and 7 grandchildren; Maggie, Emerson, Quinn, Gavin, Matthew, Michael, and Joseph. 

Visiting hours will be on Saturday November 1, 2014 at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ  07840 from 12 noon – 3pm. 

Following visitation a memorial service will begin at 3:00 pm at the funeral home with Rev. Joseph  McCarthy officiating.

 In lieu of flower donations can be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675,  St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Shriner’s Childrens Hospital, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 in memory of Manny.      

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David Sherman

David H. Sherman, 22, of Hackettstown, NJ, died at his residence on Saturday, October 11, 2014.

Born August 1, 1992 in Dover, NJ, David lived in Hackettstown all of his life and was a graduate of Hackettstown High School in 2010. 

He is survived by his Mom and Dad, Stephen & Patricia Shaw Sherman of Hackettstown, NJ. Three brothers; Chris Sherman of Pompano Beach, Florida & Michael and Daniel Sherman of Hackettstown. He is also survived by his loving, maternal grandmother, Mona Shaw of Vero Beach, Florida.

Viewing hours will be on Friday, 10-17-14 from 4pm to 7pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. Funeral services will begin at 7:00pm immediately after the visitation on Friday. Cremation will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider giving to the church that David attended, specifically:  The Lord’s Pantry at Trinity United Methodist Church, 213 Main Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840.  For directions to the funeral home or if you would like to send an online condolence to the family, please visit cochranfuneral.com.

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William G. Side

WILLIAM G. SIDE, 86, of Hackettstown, New Jersey, a New York City native and 35-year resident of Brookfield, Connecticut, passed away September 18, after a long illness. Born December 21, 1928 to George and Adeline, Bill grew up on Long Island and graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School. He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War and for 40 years was a mechanical contractor specializing in heating and cooling systems for schools and office buildings. He and beloved wife Marion were married for 64 years and raised two children, Kenneth (Elizabeth), of Ridgefield, Connecticut., and Carolyn (Tim) Norton of Hackettstown, New Jersey. Grandchildren include T. J. and Aiden Norton, Samantha, Abigail, Kevin, and Veronica Side. During retirement, Bill opened a small woodworking shop and for the next 18 years supplied saddlery shops and restored antique furniture. He also was a longtime member of the Brookfield Lions Club. He and Marion were also spent a lot of time traveling throughout the world. Bill’s greatest enjoyment came from spending time with his family in the home he built on Candlewood Lake. Visitation will be held from 2-4 pm on Sunday, September 21, 2014, at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. Services will begin at 4 pm Sunday with Rev. Dr. Frank Fowler officiating. Cremation will be private.

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William L. Sly

William L. Sly, age 88, of Hackettstown, NJ, formerly of Pennington, NJ, died Sunday, September 14, 2014  at Heath Village.  William was born December 18, 1925, in Nyack, NY. He was the son of the late John Lazear Sly, M.D., and the late Elsie (Leggett) Sly.  Bill was preceded in death by his only sister, Shirley Sly Kreitler.


He grew up in Summit, NJ, graduated from the Loomis Institute, and served in the US Navy during World War II.  Bill graduated from Cornell University with Bachelor Degrees in Economics and Mechanical Engineering. He was employed by Zero, Princeton, NJ, as a mechanical engineer before retiring.  Bill was a Presbyterian Elder and a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Hackettstown.  He served as an elder and treasurer at South Salem (New York) Presbyterian Church, and was a past member of the Pennington Presbyterian Church, Pennington, NJ. Bill was an advocate for education; he attended 61 elder hostels and volunteered at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, Pennington, NJ.  He enjoyed sailing and anything to do with boats; he and his wife enjoyed many sailing vacations.


He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Barbara (Coe) Sly, 3 daughters;  Margery Sly, Carol Sly and husband Stephen Marshall, and Patricia Sly and husband Robert Chernow, and 5 grandchildren; Robin, Melissa and James Chernow, John and Neal Marshall.


A private, grave side service will take place at a later date.


Donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 298 Main Street, Hackettstown, NJ  07840, or to Cornell University – Class of 1947,Office of Alumni Affairs, 130 E. Seneca Street, Suite 400, Ithaca,  NY  14850.

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Janice M. Stephenson

 Janice M Stephenson, age 78, a resident of Long Valley, NJ since 1969 died Thursday, August 28, 2014 in Dover, NJ.  Janice was born September 27, 1935 in Montclair, NJ. She is the daughter of the late John W. and Victoria (Sobroski) McCambley.  Janice was predeceased by her husband, Robert Donald Stephenson on September 4, 2006 and her sister Theodora Toth.

She was employed by Washington Township as an Assistant Treasurer for many years and was a member of Our Lady of the Mountain Church, Long Valley.

She is survived by 1 son; Donald Stephenson and his wife Sandra, 1 daughter; Patricia Gilbert and her husband Paul; 4 grandchildren, Shawn Stephenson, Stacey Gilbert, Sarah Gilbert, Samantha Gilbert and 1 great granddaughter, Lillie Jeffcoat.

The funeral will be held on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 11 am Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Rev. Frank Fowler officiating.  Burial will be in German Valley Rural Cemetery, Long Valley following services.

 Calling hours will be on Monday, September 1, 2014 from 4-8 pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 400 W. Blackwell Street, Dover, NJ  07801 in memory of Janice.

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Virginia H. Schmeal

Virginia Hannah Schmeal, 92, died , Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Heath Village, in Hackettstown, N.J.  Virginia was a lifelong and proud New Jersey resident, born Oct. 10, 1921 to the late Rev. Robert Caspar and Gladys Lintner.  She graduated from Columbia High School and later attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Virginia married Charles Frederick Schmeal September 28, 1945 by her father, Rev. Robert Caspar Lintner. Virginia had worked briefly as a newspaper reporter before spending the majority of her career with Avon Products as a supervisor.  After retiring from Avon, Virginia and Fred moved to Heath Village, a retirement community that they called home since 1987, that took wonderful care of them in their later years.  They also enjoyed traveling and spent many years wintering in Florida.

Virginia was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Hackettstown, N.J., a church her father led when she was growing up and was close to her and Fred’s heart.  To show their gratitude for the church, they endowed the Schmeal Conference Room.  Virginia, a devout Christian, was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

In addition to her parents and husband, Virginia was preceded in death by a brother, Robert David Lintner. Survivors include a son Charles Frederick and wife Nancy of Owensboro; grandchildren Jamie Wellman and husband Gerald, Kellie Schmeal,   and a great grandchild, Jackson Park Wellman all of Nashville, TN.

A memorial service will be at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, at First Presbyterian Church Chapel, Owensboro, with the Rev. Dr. Jonathan Eric Carroll officiating.   In addition there will sldo be a memorial service at Heath Village Auditorium on August 7th, 2014 at 2pm following this service internment will take place at Pequest Union Cemetery in Great Meadows, N.J.

For those desiring donations may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 215 Main Street, Hackettstown, NJ  07840 in memory of Virginia.

Arrangements are 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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Michael Sloane

 Michael E. Sloane, age 72, of Allamuchy, NJ died Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Morristown Memorial Hospital.  Michael was born May 28, 1942 in Lancaster, PA. He is the son of the late Dr. Milton Sloane of Englewood N.J. and Leonore (Chertcoff) Sloane who lives in Chapel Hill N.C.. 

Michael was a sales representative for AT&T. Living in the area for 43 years, Michael was an active member of his community. He served on the Allamuchy Town Council and the Warren County Board of Elections. Additionally he was a member of the Environmental Commission of Warren County and the Warren County New Jersey Mosquito Commission. Michael enjoyed collecting tractors as well as restoring them. He also enjoyed spending time rebuilding computers.

He is survived by his wife, Diane (Scheffler) Sloane; his son, Gregory Sloane; two sisters, Margaret “Maggie” Sloane and Molla  Donaldson and husband Jerry. Michael was predeceased by his son, Christopher.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Allamuchy Green First Aide Squad, 25 Maple Lane, Andover, NJ  07821.

Arrangements are under the directions of Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. Online condolences may be given at www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Susan SantaMaria

Susan (Battey) SantaMaria Born March 1, 1963 in Morristown, NJ. A lifelong resident of Hackettstown, Susan passed away peacefully after a short illness on June 11, 2014 in the home her grandfather built. She leaves behind her devoted husband, Len, and two beloved children, Michael and Anna, a sister Jeannie Battey Donaldson and husband Philip and children Jeff and Neilie, a brother William Battey and wife Chris and children Karyn Clegg and Kevin Battey. Susan was predeceased by her father, Richard C. Battey and her mother, Doris Rossy Battey and grandparents William and Ada Rossy. Susan was a homemaker and always put her family first. While her children were in high school Susan volunteered with the Hackettstown High School Marching Band and was passionate about ensuring the longevity of the program. In addition to participating in her children’s activities Susan volunteered for many animal organizations and shelters. Susan leaves behind many relatives and friends who will miss her spirit, wit, compassion, kindness, and love. In respect of Susan’s wishes there will be no services. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in her honor to the Hackettstown High School Marching Band, 701 Warren Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840 or the Karen Ann Quinlan Charitable Foundation, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ, 07860. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840

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Aaltje Smit

 Aaltje Smit, age 81, of Budd Lake, formerly of Long Valley, NJ died Friday, June 6, 2014 at St. Clares Hospital, Dover, NJ.  Aaltje was born January 29, 1933 in the Netherlands. She is the daughter of the late Gerard and the late Auke (Broersema) Van der Ploeg.  She is married to Henderikus K. Smit. 

Aaltje was a loving Homemaker who enjoyed caring for her family, playing cards and watching her favorite TV shows. 

She is survived by her husband: Henderikus K. Smit, 4 sons, Gerald Smit and wife Clara, Bert Smit, Henry Smit, Benny Smit and wife Jeanine, 3 daughters, Aukje Kuntz and husband Ronald, Rita Mauer and Husband David, Stephanie Greenspan and husband David, 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.  She was predeceased by 1 brother.  

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

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John W. Spier

 John W. Spier, age 83, passed away at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.  He was born on September 29, 1930 in Newark, NJ.  He was the son of the late John W Spier, and the late Gudrun (Meyer) Zaccario. He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, the late Marilyn (Lanier) Spier.

John had served 4 years in the U.S. Army Signal Corps and took part in the Berlin Airlift.  After his discharge, he worked for a time for New Jersey Bell Telephone as a lineman.  He later worked for Kearfott in Little Falls, N.J. developing and implementing gyroscopic guidance systems for the Nike missiles used by the Army in the 1960’s.  He went on to work for Razdow Laboratories in Newark, N.J. where he developed and implemented solar tracking systems for a large tracking installation in the Canary Islands.  After his tenure with Razdow, John spent the bulk of his career at Picatinny Arsenal as a maintenance management specialist for 30 years developing weapons systems used by the U.S. Army.

He was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church and participated in men’s bible study and other activities and missions at Trinity throughout the years. He is survived by his three sons: John Spier III and wife Mary, Dennis Spier and wife Tracy, Mark Spier and wife Gayle, 1 brother Peter Zaccario and wife Nancy and 4 grandchildren, Michael, Travis, John IV and Courtney Spier.  Calling hours will be from 4 – 7pm Thursday, June 5, 2014 and Friday June 6, 2014 from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840.  Funeral services for John will be at the Cochran Funeral Home on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 11am with Rev. Dr. Frank Fowler officiating.  Cremation is private.

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Judith A. Sheldon

Judith A. Sheldon of Hackettstown, N.J. died Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at Heath Village, Hackettstown, N.J. surrounded by her loving family; she was 73 yrs. old.

Born May 4, 1941 in Hackettstown, “Judy”, a lifelong resident of the area, was the daughter of the late Benjamin & Mary Mangiacotti Foulk.   She graduated from the Wilfred Academy of Beauty in 1960 and retired in 2002 from Styles by Forte of Hackettstown where she worked as a receptionist.

A 1959 graduate of Hackettstown High School, Judy has always been an active member of the community, including being a 40 yr. plus member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Blue Ridge Post #164, Hackettstown, the Hackettstown Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and an exempt member of the New Jersey State Auxiliary since 1977.   She was of the Lutheran faith and a member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Hackettstown.

Judy is survived by her loving husband, F. Robert Sheldon at home. Three daughters, Joanne Kiefer and husband William of Royal Oak, MI,  Janice Meade and husband Robert of Long Valley, NJ and Jody Strowbridge and husband Ken of Millmont, PA..  A brother, William Foulk of Frederica, Delaware and a sister Catherine Foulk of Bloomsbury, NJ. and six beautiful grandchildren, Eric Costantini, Robert Kiefer, Gina Costantini, Jenna & Kenny Strowbridge and Michael Meade.

Visitation will be on Monday, 6-2-14 from 4 – 8 pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, N.J., 07840.  Funeral services will be 11:00am, Tuesday, 6-3-14 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church,  409 East Baldwin Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with the interment taking place at Hackettstown Union Cemetery. A gathering of friends and family will take place at the American Legion immediately after the interment at the cemetery. Those considering donations in lieu of flowers are asked by the family to please consider Compassionate Care Hospice, 350 Sparta Ave., Bldg B, Suite 2, Sparta, N.J. 07871 or The Friendship Fund of Heath Village, Schooley’s Mtn. Rd., Hackettstown.  Online condolences may be given at www.cochranfuneral.com.
 

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Edward R., Jr. Shanahan

Edward R. Shanahan, Jr. 68, of Mt. Bethel, Pa. died on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Heath Village, Hackettstown, N.J. surrounded by his loving family. 

Born July 18, 1945 in Brooklyn, N.Y., Ed was the son of the late Edward R. & Lillian Steffans Shanahan, Sr..  He has lived in Mt. Bethel, Pa. for the past 12 yrs. coming from Long Valley, N.J. where he and his family resided for 25yrs. 

Ed was a 1964 graduate of Chatham High School and continued his education at Christian Brother's College, Memphis, Tenn. from which he graduated in 1968.

Mr. Shanahan and his former business partner, the late Andrew Tufts co-owned and operated Oliver's Restaurant of Chester, N.J. for 25 years and retired from the restauraunt in 1996. Most recently, Ed worked as a real estate agent for the former Stan Udell Real Estate agency and lastly for Fiedler Real Estate Agency of Hackettstown from which he retired. Prior to owning Oliver's, Ed had been employed  by the Mepco Co. of Morristown, N.J. and the Black Bull Restaraunt, Mtn Lakes, N.J.

He is survived by his loving wife of 42 yrs., Margaret "Peggy" Hurley Shanahan. One son, Edward R. Shanahan, III of Mt. Bethel, Pa.. One daughter, Colleen Shanahan Jones and her husband Dave of Independence Twp., N.J.. One sister, Arlene FitzPatrick of Fairfax, Va. and nephews Sean and Thomas. Three loving Grandchildren, Reese, Dean and Lena Jones. He will be dearly missed by Peggy's extended family, the Hurley Clan!

Viewing hours will be on Tuesday, 5-27, 2014 from 4 to 8pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, N.J., 07840. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, 5-28-14, 11am at the funeral home. Interment will be at Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows, N.J..  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at St. Jude Childrens Hospital, Memorial & Honor Program,, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Ten., 38105-1942 or Joan Knechel Cancer Center, c/o HRMC, 651 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.  For direcions and online condolences please visit, www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Valerie Corwin Saupe

 Valerie Corwin Saupe of Mount Olive, formerly of Convent Station and Madison, passed away peacefully in her home at Paragon Village, on March 17. She was 88.

Valerie was born on November 6, 1925 in Newark, NJ. She grew up in South Orange, NJ, and attended Miss Beard’s School and Bennett Junior College. In 1948, she married Alfred M.W. Saupe Jr., and together they had four children, Ted, Bill, Peter and Dana. She was the proud grandmother of Tyler, Zachary, Daniel, Christian, Megan, Gabrielle, Alexandra and Simon.

Valerie was a loving and devoted wife and mother, as well as a dedicated volunteer for many years: VP for The United Fund, Babies Alumni (the Women’s Association) of Morristown Memorial Hospital and Secretary of the Woman’s Division of the Madison Golf Club. She was a member of The Madison Presbyterian Church for more than forty years, where she served as Deacon.

Valerie will be dearly missed by her husband of almost 66 years, Alfred Saupe, her three sons: Theodore C. Saupe and his wife Beth of Athens GA, A.William Saupe and his wife Pamela of Asheville NC, Peter Saupe and his wife Susan of Monona WI, and her daughter Dana (Saupe) LaGueux and her husband Steven of Long Valley, NJ, her eight grandchildren, her nieces, her nephews and dear friends. A memorial celebration of Valerie’s life and love of her family and friends will be held on May 10th at the Long Valley Presbyterian Church at 4:00 pm.

Due to her love of animals, memorial donations may be made in Valerie’s name to St. Hubert’s Giralda, Inc. in Madison, NJ. https://www.sthuberts.org/donate

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Marilyn Spier

Marilyn J. Spier, age 81, passed away at Morristown Medical Center on Friday, March 21, 2014. She was born on December 18, 1932 in Newark, N.J. She was the daughter of the late Joshua and the late Eva Mae (Tauvalt) Lanier. She worked as a Computer Security Specialist and was employed by Picatinny Arsenal for 30 years. She also was a member of Trinity United Methodist church and enjoyed being a part of the prayer shawl group at the church. She is servived by her husband: John Spier, Sr., 2 sons: John Spier III., and wife Mary, Dennis Spier and wife Tracy, 1 sister: Edith Christensen and 3 grandchildren: Michael, John IV, and Courtney Spier. Calling hours will be from 4 – 7pm Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840. Funeral services for Marilyn will be at the Cochran Funeral Home on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 11am with Rev. Dr. Frank Fowler officiating. Cremation is private.

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Donald A. Souza

 Donald A. Souza, age 79, of Budd Lake, NJ died Sunday, March 23, 2014 at home.  Donald was born January 14, 1935 in Glouster, MA. He is the son of the late Charles P. Cochrane and the late Mary E. Silva-Souza. 

He served in the US Army during the Korean War from 1954 to 1956.  He was the Owner/Operator of Souza, LLC, Wayne, NJ.  Donald was a member of St. Jude’s Roman Catholic Church, Budd Lake, NJ, and enjoyed traveling the world. He was an avid singer; he took courses at the County College of Morris where he earned his Associates Degree in Music.  One of his fondest memories was when he performed at Carnegie Hall, NYC years ago. 

He is survived by 2 daughters: Joan Ballerin, Phoebe Souza, 2 dear friends;  Trudy Bliesath and Thomas Romano; 2 grandchildren, Erica & A.J.

Predeceased by his daughter: Laura Souza.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Jude R.C. Church, 17 Mt Olive Road, Budd Lake, NJ on Saturday, March 29th, 2014 at 10:30 am, friends please meet at the church at 10 am.
Cremation was private.  Online condolences may be made at www.cochranfuneral.com

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Boys Town, PO Box 7000, Boys Town, NE 68010, St. Jude R.C. Church, 17 Mt Olive Road, Budd Lake, NJ 07828 or Loyola House of Retreats, 161 James Street, Morristown, NJ 07960 in memory of Donald.   

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Henry S. Sosnowski

Henry Stanley Sosnowski, a life-long resident of Great Meadows, passed away peacefully in his sleep Thursday, Feb 20 after a short illness. "Suity" was 91. The fourth of six children, he was born Dec 22, 1922, to the late Vitold and Jadwica Sosnowski. He was predeceased by His wife Stella in 1989 and one son, Raymond in 2008. Henry served in the Army Air Corp during World War II in campaigns that included North Africa, France, Italy, and staging D-Day. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal. Henry and his wife Stella along with their four children raised produce on the Great Meadows muck from the late 1940s until the early 1970s. Afterwards he drove tractor-trailer for APA Transport making local deliveries until his retirement in 1987. During his retirement, Henry enjoyed gardening, driving cross-country, and hunting with the Independence Rod and Gun Club until his late 80s. He was well-known in the area for his dill pickles, pickled peppers, and cheesecakes. Henry was a long-standing member of Saint Peters and Paul Roman Catholic Church, which his father Vitold helped build in the 1920s. Henry is survived by: a daughter, Kathy Sosnowski and her husband Steve Sotendahl of Massachusetts; 2 sons, Ron Sosnowski and his wife Barb of California, Pat Sosnowski and his wife Liane of Denver; two sisters, Ida Bolzan of Great Meadows and Eleanor Deats of Florida; 1 daughter-in-law, Priscilla Mott-Sosnowski of New Jersey and grandchildren, Alec Sosnowski and his wife Annie of Brooklyn, Maggie Sosnowski. A funeral visitation will be held at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 11 am to 2 pm. A funeral mass will be held at St. Peter and Paul Church, Great Meadows on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 11 am. Please meet at church, not at the funeral home. Interment: Pequest Union Cemetery following the mass. For those desiring, donations may be made to the Independence First Aid Squad and Fire Dept., 24 Cemetery Road, Great Meadows, NJ 07838 in memory of Henry.

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George Stults

George Stults, 66, died at home on February 13, 2014. He was the son of William and Elizabeth (Frantz) Stults, both deceased. He leaves behind his loving wife, Laura Atkins Stults, his devoted sister, Linda Stults, and her friend Steve, his brother Karl Stults, his caring sister-in-law, Leslie Atkins and her partner Mary Reddington He was predeceased by his brother, Raymond “Rocky” Stults. He also leaves behind his many good friends, particularly Bob Banfield who was a loyal friend until the end, as well as his kind and supportive family at Pax Amicus Theatre where he starred in many, many shows. George was a graduate of Parsippany High School and Wilkes University where he majored in Political Science and excelled in baseball and wrestling. George was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. After leaving the service, he taught social studies at both Dover and Hackettstown High Schools. George was Superintendant (Chief Maintenance Coordinator) at Peachtree Village in Hackettstown, NJ. In addition to acting, George’s hobbies included golf, completing the NY Times Crossword Puzzle every Sunday morning, and playing card and board games with his wife, sister and friends. A Memorial Service will be held at Cochran Funeral Home in Hackettstown on March 1st from 2pm to 4pm. Donations in George’s memory may be made to: Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ 07860. Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. www.cochranfunerl.com

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Frank Sutton

Frank Davis Sutton, 78 of Waynesboro, Va. passed away on Friday, February 7, 2014 at Augusta Health. He was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey on March 11, 1935, son of the late Frank and Jennie Sutton. Frank was currently volunteering at Augusta Health and at the Augusta County Public Library. Frank had been a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity in the Waynesboro area for many years. He had also been an active volunteer fireman for more than 30 years in New Jersey. Frank had also served in the National Guard. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Sutton and his daughter Patricia Sutton. Frank is survived by his son Frank Sutton, his daughter Susan Dunn and her husband all of Branchville, New Jersey; His step children Glenn Davis and his wife, of Churubusco, Indiana; Wayne Davis and his wife of Mesa, Arizona; his brother Bob and his wife, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Frank also is survived by eight grand children as well as two great grand children and several nieces and nephews. The Family will receive friends from 10 A.M. until 11:30 A.M. on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown N.J., 07840. Funeral services will begin at 11:30 A.M. at the funeral home with Rev. Kim Webster officiating. Interment will be at Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, New Jersey. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Newton Fire Museum, 150 Spring St. Newton NJ, 07860, Waynesboro Volunteer First Aid Crew, 201 W. Broad St. Waynesboro VA 22980, or the Staunton, Augusta, Waynesboro, Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 3188 Staunton VA 24402-3188. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.cochranfuneral.com

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Dorothy Anna Schlereth

Dorothy Anna Schlereth, 81, of Hazel Park, MI, passed away on February 13, 2014 at St. Josephs Hospital in Reading, PA. Born in Brooklyn, NY on September 22, 1932 to the late Daniel and Adeline (Fippinger) Schiffbauer.  Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, the late Adam Schlereth (2000).

Dorothy lived in Hazel Park, MI. for 5 years coming from Mohrsville, PA.  She was previously employed as a file clerk for Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Hackettstown, NJ. for many years.  Dorothy was a member, Elder and Charter member of the Tranquility Seventh Day Adventist Church; she was an  investment leader and very active in the church.  She enjoyed scrapbooking, needlepoint, playing the piano and doing bible crossword puzzles.

She is survived by son, Harry Scott and his wife Amy Beth Schlereth; daughters, Melody Ann Dillon (late husband William F. Dillon), Wendy Lee and her husband Roy Allan Slayton; grandchildren, Ryan Slayton, Rianna Fornwalt, William Dillon, Rebecca K. Schlereth, Adam Schlereth and Anna Carol Schlereth; great grandchildren, Kaylee and Aria Fornwalt;  6 nieces and nephews; predeceased by  a brother, Daniel Schiffbauer and 2 sisters, Gloria Stark and Adeline Brooks.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 2:00 - 4:00 PM and 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840.  There will be a viewing on Thursday, February 20, 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon at the Tranquility Seventh Day Adventist Church, Rt. 517, Tranquility, NJ. with the funeral service to begin at 12:00 Noon at the church.

Interment will be in Tranquility Cemetery, Tranquility, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the church at P.O. Box 5,  Tranquility, NJ 07879

Online condolences may be sent to www.cochranfuneral.com

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Helen Scrivanich

Helen Scrivanich, 94, of Hoboken, NJ died in Hackettstown, NJ at the home of her son and daughter in law who lovingly cared for her during her illness.  She was born in Manhattan, NY on August 17, 1919 to the late Edwardo and Jennie (Marchiano) Guido.  She was predeceased by her husband, Matthew Scrivanich, Sr.

Helen was a graduate of Lyndhurst High School, Lyndhurst, NJ.  She was of the Catholic faith.  Helen (formerly) worked as an E.R. Aide at St. Mary's Hospital in Hoboken, NJ and previously worked as a factory worker for the Bendix Corporation, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.  Helen enjoyed spending time with her loving family.

Survivors include her sons, Matthew and his wife Lena Scrivanich and Edward Scrivanich; a sister, Pat Knapp; grandaughter Dara Orvasky and her husband Bob; grandson Matthew Scrivanich; great grandchildren Robbie and Matthew Orvasky; many nieces and nephews;  she was predeceased by a son, William in 1983; brothers, Sylvester, Frederick and Nicholas and sisters Geraldine, Rose and Edith.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2014, 4:00 - 8:00 PM at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, February 7, 2014, 10:30 AM at the Sacred Heart Church, 324 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst, NJ.

Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ following the Funeral Mass.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Road, Newton, NJ 07860.

Online condolences may be sent to www.cochranfuneral.com

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Kevin Len Stibrany

Kevin Len Stibrany, 47 of Washington Township, Morris Co., NJ died on December 28, 2013 at his residence. He was born in Denville, NJ on April 18, 1966 to the late Leonard and Geraldine (Huizenga) Stibrany.

Kevin received his B.A. Degree from Centenary College, Hackettstown, NJ and was employed  at Marshall's Department Store in Chester, NJ. He enjoyed car restoration, especially working on the family Lincoln.

Kevin is survived by his brother, Robert, his aunt, Elizabeth Van Horn and several cousins.

Visitation will be on Saturday, January 4, 2014, 12:00 - 1:00 PM with the Funeral Service to follow at 1:00 PM at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Washington Township Police/Rescue Squad, 1 East Springtown Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853.

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Irene A. Stia

Irene Stia, age 95, of Allamuchy Township, Hackettstown died Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ. Irene was born May 1, 1918 in Rutherford, NJ. She was the daughter of the late Rudolph and Frieda (Gleitzman) Staw. She was predeceased by her husband, Late Frank J. Stia in 2004. She retired from the Saddlebrook Board of Education as an Administrative Secretary retiring in 1988. Irene maintained many long term friendships. She volunteered at the Hackettstown Hospital Gift Shop for the last 20 years right up until the snows started flying this month. She was a avid reader and the poster girl on the last January's Warren County Library/Northeast Branch's "READ" program. She is survived by Irene A. Stia "Jr." and husband John Chemerynski; Janet Stia Shellenhamer and husband Keith; and Kathleen Stia Schroeder and husband Wayne. She was also blessed with five grandchildren: David Shellenhamer (wife Stacey): Scott Shellenhamer (wife Brittany); Matthew Shellenhamer, Jasmine and Jade Schroeder; and three great granddaughters: Averie Rose Shellenhamer, Nicolette Chemerynski and Alexis Prosser. The funeral will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, December 30 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. with Father David Pekola officiating. Burial will be in Tranquility Cemetery, Tranquility, NJ. Calling hours will be Sunday, December 29 from 3:00 - 7:00 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J., 07840, www.cochranfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Warren County Library NE Branch, 40 Us Highway 46 Hackettstown, NJ 07840. Irene will be lovingly remembered for her unwavering family devotion and selfless dedication to those she held close to her heart.

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Alexandra Steiner

After bravely struggling with depression and related issues for many years, Alexandra Anne Barnes Steiner passed away quietly at home in Hackettstown on December 9, 2013. She was 34. Alex was smart and talented with a wide circle of friends. She was a good listener and a story teller and a fine photographer. She loved nothing more than finding unusual items at flea markets and yard sales. She loved music and singing and sang for several years in the St. James Episcopal Church choir in Hackettstown. Alex is survived by her mother, Lynne Timlin, and her father, Paul Steiner; her stepparents, ThomasTimlin and Shelly Steiner, as well as her brother Matthew, sister Margaret, sister Suzanne and brother in law Byron. She is also survived by her grandfather and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Peace to you Alex. We will love you always...

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Alex’s memory to the Domestic Abuse Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Warren County, PO Box 88, Washington, NJ 07882. Arrangements are under the direction of Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

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Tecza N Sanchez

 Tecza N. Sanchez, age 63,Budd Lake, NJ died Friday, November 22, 2013 at home.  Tecza was born January 26, 1950 in Chile. She is the daughter of the late Francisco and the late Romelia (Zamorano) Hernandez.  She was married Raul Sanchez. 

 She was employed by Paragon Village, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 as a Health Care Aide.  She was a loving person with a loving spirit and she was always willing to help anyone in need. 

 She is survived by her husband: Raul Sanchez , her daughter; Roxana H. Sanchez; her son; Juan F. Sanchez and wife Rebecca J., 3 sisters; Andriana Del Carmen Hernandez Zamorano, Carmen Hernandez Zamorano, Elizabeth Hernandez Zamorano, 1 brother; Francisco Hernandez Zamorano;  nephews & nieces; Patricia, Jenny, Lucia And Ricardo Vasquez, Gabriel, Marta, Francisco & Emilia Hernandez, Marcos, Carolina, Pizarro & Luis Loyola.

 The funeral will be held 10:30 am on Saturday, November 30 at Grace Church, Route 46 East, Netcong, NJ.  Burial will be in Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows following services.

 Calling hours will be Saturday, November 30 from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM at Grace Church, Route 46 East, Netcong, NJ.

 

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Linda Sullivan

Linda Sullivan, 63, of Budd Lake, NJ died on October 27, 2013 at her residence.  Born in Kansas City, Missouri to the late Willard and Billie (Earnhardt) Mayberry. She was predeceased by her husband, the late Thomas J. Sullivan.

Linda lived in Budd Lake, NJ for the last 3 months coming from California. She was employed as an operator for the Sharp Answering Service in Dover, NJ.  She attended St. Jude's R.C. Church in Budd Lake, NJ. Linda enjoyed crochet, watching TV and listening to music.

She is survived by four daughters, Dawn Sullivan and her companion Tim, Shannon and her husband Craig Hatting, Erin and husband Goran Naumvoski and Megan Sullivan and her companion Cory;  one sister Terrie Carroll; seven grandchildren, Brianna, DJ, Justin, Brandon, Kaylee, Kalin and Aiden. She was predeceased by a sister the late Jean Beatty.

A memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013, 10:30 AM at St. Jude R.C. Church, Budd Lake, NJ.

Services are under the direction of the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

Online condolences may be sent to www.cochranfuneral.com

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Edna May Sporn

Edna May Sporn Obituary for The Bergen Record newspaper
 
 
Edna May Sporn, 93, of Heath Village, Hackettstown passed away on October 14, 2013.
 
Born in New York City, she lived in Fair Lawn and Radburn for more than 70 years. Edna was a member of many community organizations and served as President of Garretson Forge Farm and Restoration.
 
Beloved wife of the late George A. Sporn, she is survived by her two sons, George and James, James wife and daughter, Monique and Stephanie, two great-grand children and several nieces and nephews.
 
A private service for family and friends will be held at internment at George Washington Memorial Park.
 
Arrangements 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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Rita Smith

Rita Smith, 80 of Boonton Township, NJ died on August 16, 2013 at Merry Heart of Boonton Township, NJ. Rita was born on June 15, 1933 in Germany to the late Alfred and Alfreda (Bruehl) Schroter.  She was predeceased by her late husband, Stuart Smith.

Rita lived in White Plains, NY before coming to New Jersey.  She was a member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church, White Plains, NY. She enjoyed spending time with her family, was an avid seamstress and loved to read novels and attend bingo.

Rita is survived by a son, Stuart Smith, Jr. and his wife Christine O'Brien of White Plains, NY and a daughter Diane and her husband Brian Heubel of Hackettstown, NJ; 4 grandchildren, Tyler, Devon, Madeline and Alexandra.  Rita was predeceased by a brother Wolfgang Schroter and a sister Giselia West.

Private arrangements are by the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St, Hackettstown, NJ 07840

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to either the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., PO Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057 or the Alzheimers Association, 400 Morris Avenue, kSuite 251, Denville, NJ 07834-1365.

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Jeannette H. Sherry

Jeannette H. Sherry, 82, of Canadaigua, NY, formerly of Poughkeepsie, NY died on Sunday, August 11, 2013.  "Jean" was born on August 29, 1930 in Great Meadows, NJ, the daughter of Victor and Helen Klimas who predeceased her.

Jean is also predeceased by her two brothers, Victor (Jean) and Klee (Gay) and her sister Helen Kowalik (Wesley). She is also predeceased by a grandson, Timothy Covney.

She is survived by her sisters; Theresa Malaska, Frances Kosinchuk, Victoria Ekeson and Susan Dohanik, and her brother: Edward Klimas (Brenda). Jean is also survived by her seven children: Patricia Miller (Tobias), William Sherry, Jr. (Judith), Susan Miligy, Margaret Dugan (Mark), Nancy Dingee, Joan Sherry, and Jean Marie Ahart (John) as well as 14 grandchildren,  2 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are being made by Cochran Funeral Home,  908-852-3361, (www.cochranfuneral.com). On Thursday, August 15, 2013 there will be a private family viewing prior to a funeral mass at 11:00 AM at STS. Peter an Paul R.C. Church, 360 Rt. 46, Great Meadows, NJ and a burial at Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ontario-Yates Hospice, 756 Pre-Emption Road, Geneva, NY 14456 or the hospice group of your choice.

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Mary P. Stout

Mary P. Stout, 88, of Hackettstown, NJ died on March 14, 2013 at Foret Manor Health Care Center, Frelinghuysen Twp., NJ. Mary was born in Newark, NJ on January 28, 1925 to the late Salvatore and Emma (Coleman) Curcio. She was predeceased by her husband George in 1979.

Mary lived in Long Valley/Hackettstown area for 14 years coming from Bloomingdale and Newark, NJ. She was a Waitress at Fucci's in Newark, NJ for many years. She was a member of St. Luke's Catholic Church in Long Valley, NJ; a member of the VFW in Bloomingdale, NJ.

She is survived by sons, Robert Stout, Hackettstown, NJ and Russell and his wife Janet Stout, San Diego, CA.; brothers Angelo Corch, Nutley, NJ and James and his wife Jean Curcio, Kearny, NJ; grandchildren Jessica, Carrie, Nikki, Stephanie, Stacy, Lauren and Dayna. Mary was predeceased by her sisters, Beatrice Karolis and Anna Smith.

Visitation will be on Sunday, July 28, 2013 from 9:00 - 11:00 AM with a Memorial Service at 11:00 AM at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840. Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimers Association, 400 Morris Ave., Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834-1365.

The deep sadness we all feel at her passing mixes with the fond and happy memories of her that those of us she touched will carry with us for the rest of our lives.

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F. Marion W. Strowbridge

F. Marion W. Strowbridge, 99, a resident of House of the Good Shepherd since July 13, 2012 to present, died on July 5, 2013 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. Born December 7, 1913 in Dover, NJ , moved to Hackettstown, NJ in 1918 when her father Alfred C. Walling bought the Hackettstown Gazette. Graduated Hackettstown High School , Class of 1931.She married (late) Ralph "Scrubby" Strowbridge in September 18, 1943 and he preceased  her 1978.

She  was employed by Jersey Central Power and Light for 37 years as a District Business Manager. She lived in Hackettstown, NJ since 1918 coming from Dover, NJ. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Hackettstown, NJ; a Charter member of the Soroptomist Club; Charter member of the Dan Allen Society; a Charter member of the Hackettstown Historical Society;President of the Junior Womans Club;  she loved to sew and knit shawls, afgans, sweaters, etc. and loved to play cards, bridge, bingo and pinochle; she enjoyed reading cookbooks, baking and entertaining family and friends; cruising was her favorite type of vacation; spent many vacations in Long Lake, NY; she was a fan of New York City Broadway plays; was an animal lover, especially of cats; was a pancreatic cancer survivor and had a wondeful sense of humor.

Marion is survived by cousins, Joyce Hill, Washington, DC; Janet Zahumeney, Cranford, NJ; Carol Ann Rohan;  Diane Perrine, Branchburg, NJ; niece Diedra Strowbridge, Hackettstown, NJ and Long Lake, NY; nephew Malcolm Strowbridge, Hackettstown, NJ.  Marion is predeceased by her father, late Alfred C. Walling (died 1929 at the age of 35) and her mother, Fannie Louisa Walling  (died 2001 at the age of 109).

Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013, 9:30 - 11:00 AM at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840 with a Graveside Service following at 11:30 to be held at Hackettstown Union Cemetery, Mountain Avenue, Hackettstown, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the First Presbyterian Church, 298 Main Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.



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Hilda A. Stead

Hilda A. Stead, 85 of Hackettstown, NJ died June 19, 2013 at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ.  Born in Newark, NJ on November 16, 1927 to the late Antonio and Judith (Almeida) Gonsalves. Hilda was predeceased by her husband Thomas in 2005.

Hilda lived in Hackettstown, NJ for 10 years coming from Kearny, NJ. She was a parishioner of Our Lady Of The Mountain R.C. Church in Long Valley, NJ. She was employed by the Puerto Rico Marine Management, Inc. in Port Elizabeth, NJ as a Supervisor.  She enjoyed gardening, crocheting and knitting.

She is survived by sons, Robert and wife Marybeth (Maciag) Stead and Timothy and Rusty Stead; sister Norma Rosa and grandchildren Tyler and Alison.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, June 23, 2013, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

There will be a Memorial Mass held on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 10:30 AM at Our Lady Of The Mountain R.C. Church, Long Valley, NJ.

Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery following the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

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Donald William Schmidt

Donald William Schmidt, age 49, of Liberty Township, NJ died Sunday, May 19, 2013 at Warren Haven Nursing Home of Oxford, NJ.  Donald was born September 14, 1963 in Newark, NJ. He is the son of Peter Donald and Arlene (Riley) Schmidt. 

He is survived by his son, Zachary Schmidt; his father Peter Donald and mother Arlene (Riley) Schmidt;  sisters Donna D'Addario, Marlene Schmidt, Diane Schmidt;  and brothers Dennis Schmidt, Christopher Schmidt, Derrick Schmidt.  

 
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 25th at 12 Noon at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.  Visit from 11:00am until time of service.


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

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Robert C. Schander

 

Robert C. Schander, age 81, a 50 year resident of Hackettstown, NJ died Monday, May 13, 2013 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center of Hackettstown, N.J.  Mr. Schander was born February 3, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois. He is the son of the late Charles and the late Gertrude (Hanson) Schander.  He married the late Betty Jean Christman. 

 

He served in the Army during Peacetime between WWII and The Korean War. He was a chemist, retiring from Akzo Chemical Company in Edison, NJ.

Robert loved to go camping with his family and spending time with his grandchildren.

He enjoyed amusement parks, especially roller coasters, and traveling to the Amish Country.

Robert was a greeter at Wal-Mart for 5 years before retiring in 2012.

He was a member of the Church of the Latter Day Saints.

 

 

He is survived by Son & Daughter in law, Robert And Gail D. Schander; Son & Daughter in law, Charles "Chris" And Deb Schander; Daughter Carole Schander; Foster sister, Eleanor Brinker; And 5 Grandchildren Daniel,Justin,Rusty,Logan,and Samantha.

 

 

The funeral will be held 10:00 am on Monday, May 20 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. Burial to follow in Northampton Memorial Shrine, Easton.

 

 

Calling hours will be Sunday, May 19 from 1-5pm.

 

Services made under the direction of Cochran Funeral Home, Inc.,  905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

 

 

 

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Evelyn R. Stapleton

 

Evelyn R. Stapleton, age 87, died Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Warren Haven Nursing Home of Oxford, NJ.  Evelyn was born October 13, 1925 in Newark, NJ. She is the daughter of the late John Granfield. 

 

She was employed by Township Of Randolph as a Secretary. 

 

She is survived by a daughter, Bonnie Glynn; sons Kennedy Stapleton and John J. Stapleton;  Four grandchildren, one great-grandchild.

 

Interment will be private.

 

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

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Doris May Sutton

Doris May Sutton, 81, of Waynesboro, VA died Monday, April 15, 2013 at Augusta Health of Fishersville, VA.  Doris was born December 7, 1931 in Bloomfield, NJ, daughter of the late Paul F. and Verna May (Apgar) Stewart.  She was predeceased by her Sister, the late G. Elizabeth Winship.

Doris graduated from Bloomfield High School and Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts.  She was employed as an Executive Secretary in the pharmaceutical industry.  Doris was an active volunteer at Augusta Medical Center for 16 years and was a member of an international woman's philanthropic educational organization, both roles she treasured.

She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Frank D. Sutton; brother Paul Stewart and his wife Betty of O'Fallon, Missouri; son Glenn Davis and his wife Katherine of Churubusco, Indiana; son Wayne Davis and his wife Melissa of Mesa, Arizona; as well as 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 9:00 - 11:00 AM at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840 with the Funeral Service following visitation at 11:00 AM.  Burial will be in Hackettstown Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Augusta County Library, 1759 Jefferson Highway, Fishersville,  VA 22939 in memory of Doris Sutton.

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Sally Theresa Schepis

Sally Theresa Schepis, 95, of Hackettstown, NJ died on April 12, 2013 at her residence at Paragon Village.  Born on October 27, 1917 in New York City, NY, daughter of the late Salvatore and Clara (Bette) Miraglia. Sally was predeceased by her husband, the late Nicholas Schepis in 2007.

Sally lived in Paragon Village, Hackettstown, NJ for 10 years coming from Brooklyn, NY.  Sally was a parishioner of St. Mary's Church Of The Assumption. She was an accomplished artist and loved art.  She also enjoyed writing poetry.

Sally is survived by a son, Anthony and wife Patricia; a brother, Julius Ceasar Miraglia; three grandchildren, Michelle and husband Michael Healy, Nicole and husband John Kiseli and Thomas Schepis;  three great grandchildren, Logan Michael Healy, Jack Thomas Kiseli and Lacee Jo Healy. Sally was predeceased by a son, Richard; five brothers, Victor, Humbert, Charles, William and Frank and a sister Nancy.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2013, 2:00 - 4:00 pm and 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 15, 2013, 10:00 AM at St. Mary's Church of the Assumption, 305 High St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840.  Burial will be in Hackettstown Union Cemetery.

For those desiring, donations to Paragon Village "In Care of the Willows", 427 Rt. 46 E., Hackettstown, NJ, 07840.

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Andrew T. Smillie

Andrew T. Smillie, 87, of Budd Lake, NJ died on Monday, April 8, 2013 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. Born in Kilmarnock, Scotland on May 18, 1925,  he was the son of the late James and Fanny (Haughie) Smillie. He is survived by his wife, Josephine (Kirk) Smillie.

Andrew lived in Budd Lake, NJ for 18 years coming from Kearny, NJ. Andrew was a Brick Layer for Brick Layers and Allied Crafts, Local BAC # 4, Fairfield, NJ. He served with the British Royal Marines. Andrew was of the Presbyterian faith; member of Union Local # 4; he was an avid reader, enjoyed crosswords, loved walking and being out  doors and discovering nature; he enjoyed spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife, Josephine, Andrew is survived by a son, Robert Smillie; three daughters, Margaret and husband Robert Defuria; Frances and husband Pascal Berini and Jo-Anne and husband Tony Chudley; two sisters, Ina McClure and Stella Spence; six grandchildren, Robert and wife Alison, Nicole, Alyson, Anthony, Justin and Nicholas; three great grandchildren, Aedan, Emily, Aine; sister in law Jessie Smillie; predeceased by three brothers, James, Robert and William; predeceased by seven sisters, Isa, Grace, Greta, Mary, Frances, Margaret and Mae.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 1:00 - 4:00 PM with the funeral service following at 4:00 PM at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

Interment will be private.

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Joan D. Sturtevant

Joan D. Sturtevant, 61, of Mansfield Township, NJ died at her residence. Born in Paterson, NJ on November 21, 1951, daughter of the late Oscar and Mildred E. (Rullo) Kimmel. Wife of 34 years to Douglas E. Sturtevant at home.

Joan was a self employed Artist. She enjoyed Facebook and Art groups. Joan lived in Mansfield Township, NJ for 37 years coming from Budd Lake, NJ

Surviving in addition to her husband is a son, Douglas Sturtevant, Hackettstown, NJ; daughter, Vanessa Sturtevant, Hackettstown, NJ; sister, Patricia D'Arcangelo, Fair Lawn, NJ; two grandchildren, Alice Sturtevant and Sky Evans.

Services and interment are private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ 07860.

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John "Sparky" Benjamin Sexton

John Benjamin Sexton “Sparky”, age 53, of Great Meadows, NJ formerly of Hackettstown died Friday, March 8, 2013 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. John was born May 20, 1959 in Dover, NJ. He is the son of John Joseph and the late Anna Marie (Bencivengo) Sexton. He was married to Barbara (Widner) Sexton for the past 22 years. 
 
He served in the US Army from 1977 to 2002 upon his retirement from the military he became a subcontractor for the Army. 
John was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Hackettstown, NJ and Apple Mountain Golf Club, Oxford, NJ. John was an avid hunter and fisherman and he enjoyed playing golf.
 
He is survived by his wife: Barbara (Widner) Sexton,  his 2 daughters; Tara Sexton, Carrie Faith and husband James, 1 son; Steven Widner and wife Jayna ; his father John Joseph Sexton; 3 brothers; Christopher J. Sexton and wife Lauren,  Eric G. Sexton, Shane E. Sexton, 1 sister; Roseanne and husband Michael DiRenzo; 8 grandchildren; Jolina Wallace, Shane Faith, Evan, Jaycee, Sandy, and Cassie Widner.
 
A military service will be held 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 13 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ. Cremation was private.
 
Calling hours will be Wednesday, March 13 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

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Thomas R. Singerline

Thomas R. Singerline, age 87, Bethlehem, PA, formerly of Kearny, NJ died Friday, February 8, 2013 at Valley Manor of Coopersburg, PA.  Mr. Singerline was born May 4, 1925 in East Newark, NJ. He is the son of the late Benjamin J. and the late Helen A. (McDonald) Singerline. 

He was a member of Holy Cross Church, Harrison, NJ where he served as an altar boy.  He lived all his life in NJ before moving to Lake Tahoe, NV in 2012 for several memorable months with his eldest son, Tom. Tom was a United States Navy WWII  Veteran having served on the USS Joseph Hewes, a transport assigned to carry troops to and from the battle areas.  After off-loading delays caused by the Battle of Casablanca, she was sunk by a German torpedo while anchored off the Northern African coast.  A survivor, Tom was rescued and later served on the LST-731 and was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre and participated in the capture and occupation of Guam. Tom was awarded the WWII Victory medal, he was an active member of the VFW Post #340, Kearny, NJ and the Knights of Columbus, Hackettstown, NJ.  Upon his return home from the war Tom was employed by Monsanto Corp., Jersey City, NJ until his retirement in 1985.  Tom loved the sea, Frank Sinatra and the NY Yankees and NY Giants.

He is survived by 3 sons; Thomas, Christopher and wife Gina, Terence Singerline; two daughters; Mickey Kunkel, Denise Singerline and husband William Foster; 1 brother, 2 sisters and 4 grandchildren.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, February 12 from 6-9 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

The funeral will be held 11:00 am on Wednesday, February 13 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.  Burial will follow at Hackettstown Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ.

For those desiring donations may be made to AMVETS National Service Foundation, 4647 Forbes Boulevard Lanham, MD 20706.

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Peggy J. Sabatino

Peggy J. Sabatino, age 81, of Hackettstown, NJ died Thursday, January 17, 2013 at her home. Peggy was born March 14, 1931 in Charleston, WV. She is the daughter of the late Wallace and Arley May (Woods) McNeil. She was predeceased by her husband, Gaetano Sabatino on December 12, 1980.

She was a loving and devoted Homemaker. Peggy was an avid reader, enjoyed crossword puzzles and sewing. She also enjoyed indoor gardening.

She is survived by daughters Peggy Marshall and Tana Sabatino; She also has two grandchildren, Eric Marshall and Lucas Aurore; she was predeceased by her son Thomas Sabatino.

Services and interment are private.

 

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Arthur K. Sirkis

ARTHUR K. SIRKIS

On January 15th, Arthur K. Sirkis of Hackettstown, NJ passed away quietly at his home with his wife by his side.
Born in Brooklyn, New York on May 3, 1931, Arthur graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn and received a Congressional appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. After graduating in 1954 and proudly serving as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, Arthur graduated from New York Law School in 1968 and was admitted to the bar in New York and New Jersey. Arthur founded his law firm in Hackettstown, NJ. Throughout his 40 year career, he was very well known, highly respected, and greatly appreciated for his hard work, compassion and dedication to helping his clients.

Arthur enjoyed bicycling, gardening, and was a passionate traveler. His memberships included Hackettstown Kiwanis, West Point Society of New Jersey, Jewish Center of Northwest New Jersey, and the Warren County Bar Association.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 55 years, Phyllis (Neher), five children; Jonathan (Laura), Boulder, CO, Jane Przada (Jerry), Dallas, TX, Daniel (Brenda), Yardley, PA, Joan Lavery, Hacketttstown, NJ and Ann Miranda (Mason), Boston, MA, and ten grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers Louis and Michael plus many nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held 1:00 pm on Friday, January 18, 2013 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. Burial will be in Hackettstown Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ

Calling hours will be Thursday, January 17, 2013 from 6:00pm-9:00pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.

The Sirkis family has requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to RWJMS, Mouradian Laboratory Research Fund. Contributions can be made by sending a check payable to Foundation for Healthcare Advancement, 120 Albany Street, Tower II, Suite 850, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 in memory of Arthur K. Sirkis or online at
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Caroline Frances Smith

Caroline Frances Smith, age 78, of Long Valley, NJ died Thursday, December 20, 2012 at Sunrise Assisted Living of Randolph, NJ. Mrs. Smith was born April 18, 1934 in Montreal, Canada. She is the daughter of the late Charles and the late Mabel (Weber) Smith. Caroline is also predeceased by her daughter, Kathleen Marie Smith.

She retired from Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ in 2002 where she worked as a Registered Nurse for 20 years.

She is survived by 3 daughters; Joanne Louise Kortendick and husband Michael, Adrienne Renee Owens and husband Greg, Rachael Elizabeth Suazo and husband Aaron, 4 sons; David John Smith and wife Donna, Philip Joseph Smith and wife Debbie, Gordon Smith and wife Liz, Edwin Christopher Smith and wife Julie; 14 grandchildren; Jennifer, Kristin, Martin, Matthew, Maria, Jacob, Ryan, Mason, Nicole, Caitlin, Courtney, Gabrielle, Mary Rose and Conner.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11:00 am on Saturday, December 22 at Our Lady Of The Mountain Church, 2 E. Springtown Rd, Long Valley, NJ with Father David Pekola officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Our Lady of the Mountain Cemetery .  The family wishes to invite friends and family to join them at the Schooley's Mountain Firehouse following the services at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Alzheimer's Association, 400 Morris Ave., Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834-1365

 

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Paul T. Spitz

Paul T. Spitz, 50, of Hackettstown, N.J. died Friday, 11-30-12  with his loving family by his side.  Born September 6, 1962 in New Jersey, he was the son of the late Thomas & Patricia Carter Spitz.
 

Paul was employed by M&M Mars Inc., Hackettstown, N.J. in the Research & Development department as an Analytical Chemist for the past 11yrs.

 He graduated from Hackettstown High School in 1980 and continued his education at Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pa. earning his degree in Bio-Chem. Paul was a member of St. Mary's Church of the Assumption, Hackettstown, N.J. and the Knights of Columbus, Joyce Kilmer Council also of Hackettstown.
 

He is survived by his wife Maggie Wojcicki with whom he resided. 2 Daughter's - Bailey & Jordan Spitz of Mansfield Twp., N.J.. 1 Brother - Steven and his wife Lucyna of Jackson, N.J. and 1 Sister - Lois and her husband Charlie Mercurio of Oxford, N.Y.. Paul is also survived by Nieces & Nephews, Rachel & Garret Spitz and Tony, Shana & Cathryn Mercurio.
 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wed., 12-5-12, 11AM at St. Mary's Church of the Assumption, 305 High St., Hackettstown, N.J.. Visitation will be on Tues. from 3-5 & 7-9PM at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J., 07840. Interment will be at Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, N.J. Donations may be made to the charity of ones choice. 

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

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Vikki K. Siegel

Vikki K. Siegel, age 83, of Schooley's Mountain, NJ died Saturday, November 24, 2012 at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ. Vikki was born May 29, 1929 in Newark, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Harry Jacobs and Anita Karcher. She is predeceased by her husband, Late Martin Siegel in 2009. 

Vikki assisted her mother Anita with the family Beauty Shop business in her youth. Later, she began a modeling career and it was during this portion of her life that she met Marty Siegel and they married. They started their family in West Orange, NJ and Vikki discovered that there was interest in her painting ability by the American Visionary Printmaker, Ralph Fabri. It was during this portion of her life she came to the attention of our 34th President, Dwight Eisenhower, who commissioned her to paint a portrait of him. Vikki's next venture was the creation of an "Art Colony", a place where local artists could sell their works to the public. Meanwhile, her son Brad had developed a passion for horses which ultimately led to Vikki creating a private riding academy with friends in 1972 known as Suburban Essex Riding Club. Her success with this venture led to the creation of Snowbird Acres Farms in 1978, owned entirely by the Siegel family and managed by both Steffi and Torri. Vikki's accomplishments in the NJ horse industry includes appointment as Director of the NJ Horse Council, by then Gov. Christine Whitman to the NJ Sire Stakes Committee, a member of the Leadership Council of the National Federation of Independent Business of NJ and co-chairman of the NJ Delegation. She was a member of the US Equestrian Federation Committee for Competition Management and was formerly on the Sunshine Task Force and was also on the Hunter Task Force; Vikki was  Honorary State Chairman for the Business Advisory Committee of the National Republican Congressional Committee among other appointments. Vikki was instrumental in passing The Equine Liability Protection Law, # PL 1997 c. 287.

She is survived by a son, Bradford Siegel; daughters Stephanie Siegel and Torri Siegel Dragos and her husband John; 7 Grandchildren, Lauren, Jenna, Greg, Marty, Skylar Noah And Zack.

The funeral will be held 4:00 pm on Monday, December 3, 2012 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. Interment is private

Calling hours will be Monday, December 3, 2012 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the following horse rescue organizations, mylestoneequinerescue.org ( 227 Still Valley Road, Phillipsburg, NJ 08855) or canterusa.org
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Emma L. Schaefer

Emma L. Schaefer, age 96, of Heath Village, Washington Township (Morris Co.) died Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at Heath Village. Emma was born September 19, 1916 in Jersey City, NJ. She is the daughter of the late John and Josephine (Esikant) Schaefer.

She was employed by PSE & G as a Supervisor.
Emma was a member of the Long Valley Lutheran Church.

She is survived by a sister & husband, Charlotte & Herman Meiburg; a niece, Carol Johnson of Bellevue, Washington.

A Graveside service and burial will be held 11:30 am on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at George Washington Memorial Park, 234 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ.

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Lola E. Schirm

Lola E. Schirm, age 86, died Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at Morris Hill Center, Morristown, NJ. Lola was born October 19, 1926 in East Orange, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Ralph and  Katherine (Weltner) Herrington. She was predeceased by her husband, the late Frederick P.Schirm.

She was a Homemaker. Lola lived in Hackettstown, NJ since 1998 coming from Edison, NJ and previously from Union, NJ

She is survived by two daughters, Tracy Gomez, South Amboy and Dawn (Thomas) Ross, Hackettstown, NJ; one brother, Ralph Herrington; one grandchild. Victoria; predeceased by 3 sisters, Katherine, Dorothy And Mary.

Funeral arrangements by Cochran Funeral Home, Hackettstown, NJ are private.

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Harry A. Swanson

Harry A. Swanson, age 93, of Vasa Park, Mount Olive Township, NJ died Wednesday, October 17, 2012. Harry was born May 11, 1919 in Morristown, NJ. He is the son of the late Alexander and Emma (Bengtson) Swanson.

He served in the Army Air Corps during WW II from 1942 to 1946 as a First Lieutenant with the 446th Bomb Squadron, 321st Bomb Group. He flew over 70 missions and received many medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the French Award, Legion of Honor. He was employed by Suburban Propane, Whippany, NJ as Accountant, retiring many years ago.

He is survived by two nephews, their spouses and children, Thomas Coleman, Jr. and Richard A. Swanson. Harry was cared for during his final months by close friends, Ginny and Jim Radel, Steve and Jayne Lewis, Grete Verdal and other friends of his Vasa Park community. Hospice and the VA Hospital assisted in his care and helped to fulfill his wish to pass at home. Brooke Rodges was also a special friend to Harry. Susan & Greg Holmes and Nancy Varatoni helped by generously giving financial support for at home nurse care during Harry’s final days.

The funeral will be held 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. Burial will be in Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown, NJ on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Calling hours will be Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM at Cochran Funeral Home,  905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.

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Geraldine Huizenga Stibrany

Geraldine Huizenga Stibrany, age 80, of Washington Township, Long Valley, NJ died Monday, October 8, 2012 at St. Clare’s Compassionate Care Hospice, Dover, NJ. Geraldine was born February 21, 1932 in Paterson, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Casper and May (Kooger) Huizenga.

She was employed by Picatinny Arsenal, Dover, New Jersey as a Draftsman.
Geraldine was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church for over 68 Years. Geraldine volunteered many hours for her local church that she loved so much. Geraldine's "labor of Love" hours included teaching Sunday school, cleaning and painting of the large Sunday school room, Chairperson of the Annual Bazaar & Turkey Dinner, Chairperson of the New Organ Fund in which they raised $40,000. Treasurer of the English Hand Bell Choir at the Church, past Secretary for the United Methodist Women. Geraldine was also a member of the church choir for over 20 years. In addition to her volunteer work with the church, Geraldine also spent many hours on the road driving people back and forth to doctor appts. and hospital visits.
Family was everything to Geraldine and loved being with them when she was not volunteering at her church. She was a dedicated homeroom mother going on class trips and helping in the class room, she also worked on the Morris County Election Board and the Washington Twp. and West Morris school election boards.
Geraldine was a graduate of Hackettstown High School Class of 1950 she also received a certificate in mechanical drafting at the West Morris Adult School.

She is survived by two sons, Kevin Stibrany and Robert Stibrany; a sister, Elizabeth VanHorn; many nieces and nephews; predeceased by a brother, Late Casper Huizenga.

The funeral will be held 12:00 pm on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. Burial will be in Hackettstown Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ following the funeral service.

Calling hours will be Thursday, October 11, 2012 from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Noon at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Long Valley First Aid Squad, PO Box 111, Long Valley, NJ 07853 or Washington Township Police Dept., 1 East Springtown Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853.


 

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Derrick T. Sypniewski, Jr.

Loving son, brother and friend, gone too soon at 19

Derrick T. Sypniewski, Jr., 19, passed away surrounded by his family at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, N.J., on Friday, October 5, 2012.

Visitation will be at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, N.J., on Monday, October 8 from 4pm - 8pm. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Service at Cochran Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 9 at 11am.

Derrick was born in Hackettstown, N.J., where he resided with his parents. He was a recent graduate of Hackettstown High School in 2011. He was currently employed in Hackettstown with Enzos Pizzeria, the Comfort Inn in Mansfield, and at Valley Auto & Tire on Main St. where his smile was enjoyed by all those who came by. Derrick inspired those around him with his enthusiasm for life and his contagious laughter. He will be missed by all and will be remembered as a young man who always found happiness with his family and friends.

Derrick is survived by his devoted parents, Derrick and Michele Sypniewski, loving brother, Nicky Sypniewski, all of Hackettstown, N.J., and his adoring grandparents Linda and Edward Pasko, Jr. and Ted and Kathleen Sypniewski. He is also survived by his devoted great grandmother Helen Lynch and great grandpa Edward Pasko, Sr., aunt Kimberely Friedman,  uncle Tadzu and aunt Susan Sypniewski, aunt Tammy Sypniewski, uncle Ethan Sypniewski, and aunt Shilah Sypniewski.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sypniewski Family c/o Cochran Funeral Home.

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Edward Siwicki

Edward Siwicki, age 91, of Independence Township, NJ died Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center . Edward was born April 10, 1921 in Newark, NJ. He is the son of the late Aleksander and Mary (Pelczarski) Siwicki. He was predeceased by his wife, Late Margaret Skarl Siwicki in 2009.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the the WW II. He retired from Anheuser-Busch as a Machinist in 1984. He lived in Independence Township, NJ since 1998 coming from St. Augustine, FL.

He is survived by a Daughter & Son In Law, Patricia & Joseph Tortorello, Budd Lake, NJ
He is predeceased by two sisters.

A Mass will be held 11:00 am on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at St. Jude R.C. Church, 17 Mt. Olive Road, Budd Lake, NJ 07828.
There is no visitation at the Cochran Funeral Home.

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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Linda Resotko Savino

Linda Resotko Savino, age 57, of Green Township, NJ died Thursday, August 9, 2012 at home surrounded by her loving family. Linda was born July 3, 1955 in Paterson, NJ. She is the daughter of Joseph and Ethel (Ruffing) Resotko.

Linda was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Newton, NJ; she received her B.A. in Education (Home Economics) from Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ.; in addition to her employment with the Roxbury Board of Education as a Home Economics and Child Care teacher, she also enjoyed Dog Training and showing Shelties as well as bringing her dogs to hospitals as therapy dogs.

She is survived by her husband: Dominick Savino; 2 sons, Michael & Allison Savino, Germantown, MD and Christopher Savino, Philadelphia, PA; 1 brother, Joseph Resotko, Garfield, NJ; 1 sister, Lisa & Jeff Kruk, Schwenksville, PA; She also has one grandchild, Marley Jean;  and her Parents, Joseph & Ethel Resotko, Hamilton Square, NJ.

The funeral will be held 10:00 am on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at Christ Episcopal Church, Newton, NJ. Burial will be in Good Shepherd Catholic Cemetery, Andover, NJ following the Funeral Service.

Calling hours will be Monday, August 13, 2012 from 2 - 4 and 7 -9 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.

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Hildegard Scala

Hildegard Scala, age 83, of Panther Valley, Allamuchy Township, NJ died Sunday, August 5, 2012 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Hackettstown, N.J.. Hildegard was born August 15, 1928 in Jersey City, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Karl A. and Martha M. (Bayer) Hans.

She was employed by St. Barnabas Hospital, Livingston, NJ as a Manager. 
Hildegard and her husband Theodore "Ted" were married for 60 years. They lived in Panther Valley (Allamuchy Township) for 30 years coming from Chatham Township, NJ. Hildegard received her B.S. in Commercial Art from Pratt Institute. She loved to paint, sew and crochet.

She is survived by her husband: Theodore "Ted" R.Scala at home; one son, Gregory R. and Amy Scala; one daughter, Leesa T. and John McCarty; Sister of Martha Kmetz; 2 Grandchildren, Jennifer Scala And Adam McCarty.

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Charles W. Scudder, Sr.

  Charles W. "Chuck" Scudder, Sr., 67, of Hackettstown, N.J. died on sunday, 8-05-12 at his home.  Born 11/01/1944, he was the son of the late George A. & Anna Gould Scudder.  Chuck has lived most of his life in the Hackettstown and Great Meadows, N.J. area moving from Rockaway Twp., N.J. as a young man.
  He was employed by the Liberty Twp. Road Dept. for many years and retired in 2004.  Chuck was a former member of the Hackettstown Moose Lodge.  Most recently, he enjoyed spending time with his family and was previously very active in local sports such as the softball and flag football leagues. Hunting and fishing also played an important role in Chuck's life years ago.  He was of the Methodist faith and scheduled to join the Trinity United Methodist Church, Hackettstown, N.J. this sunday.
  He is survived by his wife of 48 yrs., Sharon Bencivengo Scudder with whom he lived. Two sons - Chuck Scudder, Jr. and his wife Shari of Hackettstown, N.J. & Michael Scudder and his wife Hope of Liberty Twp., N.J.. 3 loving Grandchildren, Andrew, Kirsten & Cheyenne.  He is survived by 4 Sisters, Charlotte (Arnold) Heath, Pat (Ron) Garriques, Georgia DeLorenzo & Sharon Hansen. He was predeceased by 2 brothers and 2 sisters.
  Viewing and funeral services will be on Friday, 8-10-12 at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, N.J. 07840 from 4-8PM with the funeral beginning at 8pm. Interment will be  on Sunday, 2:30 PM at Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, N.J.
  In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Kidney Foundation.  Online condolence may be made at www.cochranfuneral.com .

 

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Alfred J. Sandelli, Sr.

Alfred J. Sandelli, Sr., 94, passed away peacefully at his home in Ocala, FL on Saturday, July 21, 2012, with his wife, Frances at his side. Alfred was born July 19, 1918 in Morristown, NJ. to the late Michael and Mary (Pignona) Sandelli and was a graduate of Morristown High School, Class of 1938.

Mr. Sandelli served 5 years as a commissioned officer in the United States Army Corps of Engineers during WW II and saw action in the European theater. After the war, he spent several years at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ and worked as a general supervisor on the New Jersey Turnpike. He was a construction superintendent on several facilities for the Port of New York Authority and Port Newark. Mr. Sandelli spent 25 years in Bermuda supervising projects for the US Government at Kindley Air Force Base as well as local island buildings to include the Bank of Bermuda, main and branch offices and Bacardi Rum World Headquarters.

Mr. Sandelli is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years, Frances (Hemlock) Sandelli, and his three children: his daughter, Georgine Villafana and her husband, Luis, of White Stone, Virginia, His sons, Alfred Sandelli, Jr. and his wife Roberta of Bucksport, Maine and James Sandelli and his wife Janet of Oak Ridge, North Carolina. He is also survived by his sister, Florence Crane of Deming, New Mexico, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his grandson, Michael in 2006.

Mr. Sandelli and his wife, Frances, raised their three children in Hackettstown, NJ and Bermuda. Upon retirement, they divided their time between their Hackettstown home and their Ocala, Florida home. Mr. Sandelli was a member of Church of the Assumption in Hackettstown, NJ for 58 years and a member of Queen of Peace Ocala, FL. For 26 years. His love and care of his family and his Catholic faith were first and foremost in his life.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Ocala, FL. On Wednesday, July 25, 2012 and interment with military honor guard will be at Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows, NJ on Friday, July 27, at 1:00 PM.

Memorial donations may be made to Church of the Assumption, 302 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

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Lauraine J. Sullivan

Lauraine J. Sullivan, age 67, of Allamuchy Township, NJ (Panther Valley) died Friday, July 20, 2012 at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ. Lauraine was born February 8, 1945 in Brooklyn, NY. She is the daughter of the late Frank and Laura (Trzaka) Jaskot.

She was employed by Prudential Financial, Newark, NJ as a Project Manager. She was a parishioner of St. Marys Church Of The Assumption, Hackettstown, NJ. She loved reading and gardening. Lauraine live in Allamuchy Township, NJ since 1995 coming from Mountain Lakes, NJ

She is survived by one daughter, Tracey & Thomas Yokas, California,   Brother-  Greg & Debra Jascott; 1 loving Granddaughter, Olivia,  Long time companion Robert Marks.
 

Visitation will be on Thursday, 7-26-12 from 4 to 8pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840. A Mass of Christian Burial  will be held on Friday, 11am at St. Mary's Church of the Assumption, 305 High St., Hackettstown, N.J. with Fr. David Pekola presiding.  Directions and online condolences may be sent to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com.  Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donatons may be sent to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.
 

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Alfred W. Sitarski

Alfred Walter Sitarski of Panther Valley, Allamuchy, New Jersey and formerly of East Dennis, Massachusetts and Rutherford, New Jersey returned to the Lord on Saturday, July 14th. He was 91 years old.
He was born in Linden, New Jersey on April 14, 1921.

Fondly know as "Al", Mr. Sitarski served in the United States Navy from 1942-1946 and was in the Navy Reserve until 1955.
He graduated from Newark College of Engineering with Tau Beta Pi honors and his degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1943. He pursued graduate studies at Cornell and New York University.

He lead a distinguished 37-year career at Exxon Corporation and retired as State Government Relations Representative, Public Affairs in 1983. He was awarded an Assembly Resolution and Commendation from the State of New Jersey General Assembly upon his retirement for his contributions to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the New Jersey Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, as Trustee of the New Jersey Citizens Transportation Council, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the New Jersey Petroleum Council, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee, and as Trustee of the New Jersey Sportsman-Industry Conservation Counsel. Al was also known as an avid fisherman all of his life, as a consummate and skilled angler.
Mr. Sitarski was also recognized for his contributions to the Governor's Early Warning Task Force, Governor's Council on New Jersey Outdoors, Advisory Commission Liberty State Park, Sportsmen-Industry Conservation Council of New Jersey, Natural Resource Education programs for Pequest Trout Hatchery, Natural Resource Education Center and the New Jersey Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife.

He is predeceased by his parents, Victoria and Joseph Sitarski and his sister, Helen Weilandics.

Mr. Sitarski is survived by his beloved wife, Clara of 65 years, his daughters Susan Sturm and Cynthia Sommer, beloved grand children, James and Allison Sommer and loving niece, Elaine Buehler, nephew, Dean Cieszynski and grand-nephews Christopher Buehler and Raymond Cieszynski.
 Visitation will be held at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 on Monday, July 16, 2012 from 4-7 pm.  A funeral mass will be held at Curch of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Hackettstown, NJ on Tuesday July 17, 2012 at    11 am. Interment will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Chester, NJ

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Amelia M. Sparta

Amelia M. Sparta, age 102, of Hackettstown formally of Phillipsburg, died Sunday, June 17, 2012 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. Amelia was born March 7, 1910 in Bloomsbury, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Christian and Matilda (Noto) Fatta. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 48 years the late Santo J. Sparta on May 16, 1977. She was also predeceased by four brothers and six sisters; Joseph, Samuel, Leo and Sebastian Fatta; also Josephine Turdo, Adeline LaCaruba, Sebastiana Turdo, Mary Napoli, Providence Napoli and Grace Fatta; her son in law Salvatore P. Russo and a great grandson Michael J. Russo.

Surviving is a daughter, Grace Russo and Grand-Daughter, Stephanie Russo and her fiance Douglas Stepanchuk, Jr. and step Great-Grand daughter Geena Jaremko, Grandsons, Stephen Russo and George Russo and his wife Janet. Great-Grandsons, George Russo, Jr. and his fiance Caitlin Suk; Nicholas Russo and his fiance Samantha Yates, Jonathan Russo and a Great-Great Grandson, Brett Salvatore Russo. She was also survived by many loving nieces & nephews

She was a devoted member of the Church Of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Altar-Rosary Society.

Visitation will be on Thursday, June 21, 2012, 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ

A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, June 22, 2012, 10:30 AM at Church Of The Assumption Of The Blessed Virgin Mary, 305 High St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840 and will be offered by the Rev. David J. Pekola.

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

Memorial contributions may be made in Amelia’s name to the Church of the Assumption.



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Eleanor Sherry

Eleanor Sherry, age 96, of Hackettstown, NJ formally of East Rutherford, NJ died Saturday, June 16, 2012 at House Of The Good Shepherd, Hackettstown, N.J.. Eleanor was born July 1, 1915 in Garfield, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Charles and Maria (Brickse) Reutty. She was predeceased by her husband, Late Edward Sherry in 1945.

She was employed by Hoffman LaRoche, Nutley, NJ as a Research Lab. Technician.
Eleanor was of the catholic faith.

She is survived by 1 Son, Hugh Sherry, Stanhope, NJ  and 2 Grandchildren.

A Funeral Service will be held 8:30 pm on Wednesday, June 20 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. Burial will be in St. Marys Cemetery, Saddle Brook, NJ on Thursday, June 21 at 11:00 AM

Calling hours will be Wednesday, June 20 from 2:00 - 4:00pm and 7:00 - 9:00pm at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Charity of one's choice.



 

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Ann M. Swain

Ann M. Swain, age 82, of House Of The Good Shepherd, Hackettstown, NJ died Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Hackettstown, N.J.. Ann was born January 1, 1930 in Paterson, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Leonard and Lena (VanTol) Weilhower. She was predeceased by her husband, William Swain on 11/24/1996.

She was a Homemaker.
Ann loved to crochet; she was an Avon Representative.

She is survived by 2 Sons Lawrence and wife Beth Swain; Michael Swain; She also has 1 grandchild, Melanie and 3 Great Grandchildren, Caden, Brock and Adam. 1 Brother & Wife, Ronald & Barbara Sheurs; Predeceased by a Son, William Swain (1970) and 2 Sisters, Barbara St. Louis And Dolores Burke.



The funeral will be held at 7:00 pm on Friday, June 8, 2012 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. Burial will be private.

Calling hours will be Friday, June 8, 2012 from 4:00 - 8:00 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J..

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Joseph J. Slachetka

Joseph J. Slachetka, age 96, of Hackettstown, NJ died Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center of Hackettstown, NJ. Joseph was born November 15, 1915 in Carteret, NJ. He is the son of the late Joseph and Anna (Piotrowicz) Slachetka. He was married to Barbara Mooney Slachetka for 67 years.

He served in the US Army Air Force during WW II. He was employed by Hackettstown Post Office, Hackettstown, NJ as a Postman for over 30 years before retiring.
He was a Parishioner of St. Mary's Church of the Assumption, Hackettstown, NJ and was married there; served in the Merchant Marines; served in the Civilian Conservation Corp, Almond, NY; served in the Army-Air Force, 552 nd Heavy Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force during WW II ; member of the American Legion Post # 164, Hackettstown, NJ and the V.F.W. Hackettstown, NJ; he was an avid gardener and was active in the Boy Scouts.

He is survived by his wife: Barbara (Mooney) Slachetka ; son & wife, Joseph J. & Myra Slachetka; son & wife, Mark & Winnie Slachetka; daughter & husband, Rita & David Ryan, ; daughter & husband, Norine & Thomas Melillo; 5 Grandchildren, Sarah, Karen, Meg, Michael and Jeffrey; Great Granddaughter, Lillian; Late Brother, Stanley Slachetka; Late Sister, Olga Yapczenski.


A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11:00 am on Saturday, June 2 at St. Mary's Church Of The Assumption, 305 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. Burial will be in Hackettstown Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ on Saturday, June 2.

Calling hours will be Friday, June 1 from 2:00 - 4:00pm and 7:00 - 9:00pm at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to  the American Legion Post # 164, Willow Grove St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840.
 

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Alice Schoebel

Alice Schoebel, age 103, of Hackettstown died Monday, May 21, 2012 at House of the Good Shepherd of Hackettstown, NJ. Alice was born December 18, 1908 in Paterson, NJ. She was the daughter of the late Daniel and the late Alice (Gee) Ackerman. She was married to the late Robert Schoebel.

She was employed by Essex County Hospital as a LPN for many years. Alice lived a long life and will be missed by her family and many friends. She was of the Protestant Faith.

She is survived by; 2 nieces: Audrey Weber and her husband Harold, Branchville, NJ and Alice H. Shope, Glen Gardner, NJ; 1 nephew: David Shope and his wife Ilean

All services are private.

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Phyllis M. Semanchik

Phyllis M. Semanchik, age 82, of Allamuchy  NJ  died Thursday,  April 26, 2012 after a short illness at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Hackettstown, N.J. Phyllis was born August 19, 1929 in Morristown, NJ. and lived in Bartley and Flocktown, NJ prior to moving to Allamuchy, NJ in 1952.  She is the daughter of the late Felix and Lenore (Emerick) McKenna. She is married to her beloved husband, William E. "Willie" Semanchik and they would have celebrated 60 years of marriage on June 15, 2012.

She was employed by the U.S. Dept. Of Agriculture retiring in 1984 after 36 years. She also was employed later for the Farmland Preservation Program for over 10 years.  Hackettstown, NJ.  Phyllis was a parishioner of St. Mary's Church Of The Assumption, Hackettstown, NJ; she was on the Board of the Warren County Fair Queen and Dairy Princess Board. Phyllis was a graduate of Hackettstown High School, Class of 1947.

She is survived by her beloved husband:  William E. "Willie" Semanchik ,  Daughters- Phyllis A. Semanchik and Susan Semanchik, both of Allamuchy, NJ; Son- John W. Semanchik, Allamuchy, NJ; Grandchildren-Gus, Ryleigh, Pier and Callan; Sisters- Barb McGowan, Catherine Gelo, Patricia Mickler, Shelia McKenna, Candae Olivia;  Brothers- Terrence McKenna, Dennis McKenna;  Late Brothers, Francis And Timothy McKenna; Late Sister, Molly Helmer.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:30 am on Monday, April 30 at St. Mary's Church Of The Assumption, 305 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. Burial will be in Tranquility Cemetery, Tranquility on Monday, April 30 following the Mass.

Calling hours will be Sunday, April 29 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM and 7:00 - 9:00 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.
 

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Macular Degeneration Foundation, PO Box 531313, Henderson, NV 89053 or to the family C/O Cochran Funeral Home.



 

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Margaret C. Smith

Margaret C. Smith, age 74, of Hackettstown, NJ died Monday, March 5, 2012 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center of Hackettstown, N.J.. Margaret was born April 6, 1937 in Hackettstown, N.J.. She is the daughter of the late Charles and Eleanor (Swisher) Barabas. She was pre-deceased by her husband, the late Melvin Smith (1973)And Her Companion the late Albert Kishpaugh (1996)

She was employed by the Hackettstown Board Of Education as a Cafeteria Aide for 32 years, retiring 8 years ago.
Margaret lived in Hackettstown all of her life. She was a very active member of the Ladies Auxillary of the Hackettstown American Legion, Blue Ridge Post # 164. She was a graduate of Hackettstown High School.

She is survived by 1 Son-Melvin Smith, Hackettstown, NJ; 2 Daughters-Ann Bell, Great Meadows, NJ; Lisa Smith-Wilks, Carbondale, PA.; 1 Brother-Charles Barabas, Vienna, NJ; 1 Sister- Patricia Young, Union, NJ; 5 Grandchildren; 3 Great Grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.



A funeral service will be held 8:00 pm on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.

Calling hours will be Thursday, March 8, 2012 from 4:00pm-8:00 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.07840

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family of Margaret C. Smith C/O Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840

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Karen F. Santo

Karen Faith Santo, age 50, of Great Meadows, NJ coming from Frelinghuysen Township, NJ, died Saturday, February 25, 2012 at University Hospital, Newark, NJ. Mrs. Santo was born December 30, 1961 in Phillipsburg, NJ. She is the daughter of Yvonne M. (Davenport) Haggerty and the late Herbert S. Haggerty . She was married Anthony C. Santo.

She was the owner/operator of Clean Solution, Great Meadows, NJ. Karen enjoyed gardening, fishing and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband: Anthony C. Santo , a daughter: Jamie Stoner and her husband Seth; a son: David Cook; her mother: Yvonne M. (Davenport) Haggerty; 3 brothers: Wayne, Randy and Mitchell; 4 sisters: Debra, Melissa, Linda and Pamela and 3 grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held 8:00 pm on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. A visitation will be on Wednesday February 29, 2012 from 5:00-9:00 pm at the funeral home.  Interment Private.
 

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