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The loss of a loved one can leave you with a lot of unanswered questions, feelings of stress and anxiety and grief that makes events difficult to handle. The experienced funeral directors at Gray Funeral Home will guide you through the aspects of the funeral service with compassion, dignity and respect. Our staff of dedicated professionals is available to assist you in making funeral service arrangements. From casket choices to funeral flowers, the funeral directors at Gray Funeral Home provide individualized funeral services designed to meet the needs of each family.

Our honest service and commitment to excellence have served our customers well, and you can rest assured that we can assist you in your time of need. Whether you have come to our site for information about an upcoming service or to make arrangements for one, we hope the information you find here will be helpful.

Our Obituaries

David Thomas Teese

June 4, 1953 - April 14, 2017

David Thomas Teese, age 63, passed away after a long illness on Friday, April 14, 2017. A memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, April 29, 2017, at St. Peter's Church, 406 Forman Ave., Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ. The family will accept condolences at 10:30 am in the Church. A long-time resident of Westfield, Mr. Teese, son of the late Charles and Ruth Teese, was raised in Cranford,...
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Anthony J Heffner

September 17, 1937 - April 8, 2017

Anthony was born and grew up in Simpson, PA the eldest of three children of Anthony H. and Rose (Borosky) Heffner. The family lost their father when Tony was only 13 years old. He worked hard in school and to help his mother support their home. He was a loving son and caring brother throughout his life. He attended Fell Township Senior High School, graduating in 1955. He proudly served his...
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Jean S. Gallagher

December 3, 1922 - April 6, 2017

Jean Marie Stewart Gallagher, 94, of Wilmington, North Carolina passed away on April 6, 2017 at her home in the Davis Health Care Community. She formerly resided in Mountainside and Westfield, New Jersey. Jean was born on December 3, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Girls' High in Philadelphia and attended Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. In 1942 Jean married...
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Donald B. Siano

June 30, 1942 - April 1, 2017

Donald B. Siano, 74, of Westfield, was stricken and died suddenly April 1, 2017 while traveling in Virginia. He was born in Sewickley, PA June 30, 1942 and was a 30 year Westfield resident. He was preceded in death by his mother Pauline Siano and his father Stephen Siano. He grew up in Ohio and on August 19,1972 married Elizabeth Moore Siano. He received his undergraduate degree in math...
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Rosemary C.L. Bauer

February 10, 1925 - March 23, 2017

Rosemary Christine Larson Bauer, a resident of Westfield, New Jersey since 1954, died on March 23, 2017 at the age of 92. Born in Gary, Indiana to Swedish immigrants on February 10, 1925, she was an alumna of Rockford College and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she received a Bachelor's degree in Education in 1947. She taught almost 30 years at the Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison...
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Kalliroe "Ero" Savorgiannakis

March 21, 1928 - March 21, 2017

Kalliroe "Ero" Savorgiannakis, of Westfield, passed away on her 89th birthday, March 21, 2017 in Overlook Hospital, Summit, NJ, after a brief illness. Born in St. Nicholas, Sparta, Greece, to the late Vasilios and Androniki Vosinakis, Ero was the beloved wife of the late John Savorgiannakis, who was a native of Crete. They were married in 1955 and lived in Athens for many years with their three...
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Eleanor C. Kliesch

October 26, 1936 - March 16, 2017

Eleanor C. Kliesch (nee Daniel), 80, of Westfield, died on March 16, 2017. Eleanor's visitation will be on Monday from 5:00-8:00PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield, where her funeral service will begin at 10AM Tuesday March 21, 2017. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. She was the beloved wife of the late Donald L. Kliesch Sr. Her survivors include...
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Robert James Smith

September 28, 1931 - March 15, 2017

Robert James Smith, 85, of Westfield, New Jersey, passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. A Memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church, 125 Elmer Street in Westfield, N.J., on Saturday April 8, 2017 at 2:00pm. He was born to the late James and Ruth Smith, September 28, 1931. Robert graduated from Bernards High School in 1949 and was inducted into the schools...
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Dorothy C Hingel

July 30, 1933 - March 12, 2017

Elizabeth, NJ — Dorothy "Dottie" Hingel, a long-time Westfield resident, joined the angels in heaven on March 12, 2017 at Father Hudson House surrounded by family. Born Dorothy Claire Smigelsky to parents Joseph and Margaret in1933, she was the oldest of four siblings. Dorothy attended St Mary's High School where she graduated with honors in 1952, was a class officer and a member of the dance...
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A. Maureen B. Wesche

June 27, 1924 - March 9, 2017

Maureen Wesche, 92: Avid cook, expert knitter and "red-headed Aussie" Maureen Bell Wesche, mother, grandmother and wife, passed away on March 9 in Groton, CT. She lived a full life to the age of 92. She loved to cook and entertain, and could make the simplest meal feel like a gourmet feast. She could create a complicated fisherman's knit sweater while watching a game show and shouting out the...
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Manuel J. Evaristo

September 21, 1930 - March 9, 2017

Mr. Manuel J. Evaristo passed away on Thursday March 9, 2017 at his residence in Westfield. Before moving to Westfield, Manuel lived in Garwood and Newark, NJ. Manuel served his country in The United States Army during the Korean conflict. He was a life member of the V.F.W.. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus, Bloomfield Council, and a member of St. Anne's Roman Catholic...
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Bart Albert Barré

May 20, 1937 - March 6, 2017

Bart Albert Barré, 79, died on March 6, 2017 with his wife of 52 years, Carolkay, by his side. He was a devoted husband and a dedicated and loving father and grandfather. Bart was a friend to everyone he met, a truly caring person who made the world better because he was in it. Bart was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1937 to Henri and Dorothy Barré. He grew up in the Midwest,...
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Alice A. Xenelis

October 25, 1927 - March 3, 2017

Alice Andrews Xenelis of Cranford, NJ passed away peacefully at the age of 89 on Friday, March 3, 2017. She is predeceased by her parents, Helen and Andrew T. Andrews. She is survived by her loving husband Strato of 68 years. They had many wonderful years together and enjoyed their trips abroad. Alice also leaves her daughter Helen X. Hamilton and son-in-law James. She was the proud grandmother...
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John J. Jaruzelski

October 4, 1924 - March 1, 2017

John J. Jaruzelski, Scientist, dies at 92. John J. Jaruzelski, a resident of Westfield for 57 years, died on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at the Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains. He was 92. John was born Janusz Jan Jaruzelski on October 4, 1924, in Siemionki, Poland on his father's estate on the shores of Lake Goplo, not far from Gniezno in western Poland. He was the eldest child of...
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Michael D. Celock

February 12, 1953 - February 26, 2017

Michael D. Celock, 64, of Cranford, N.J. passed away unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep at home on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Born February 12, 1953 to Mary and John Celock in Johnson City, N.Y., he grew up in Binghamton, N.Y. and was a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and had lived in Cranford since 1983. He was the managing director of the Omega Strategic...
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Frances Dolores Gerckens

July 8, 1935 - February 19, 2017

Frances Dolores Gerckens (nee Caramico), 81, of Westfield, passed away on Sunday February 19, 2017, surrounded by her loving family at Center for Hope Hospice, Scotch Plains. Frances' Life Celebration will be on Tuesday (today) February 21st from 4:00-7:00PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield. Please go to: to view her life tribute. The funeral mass...
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Louise "Lou" Rives (Sydnor) Metz

April 27, 1926 - February 17, 2017

Louise Rives Sydnor Metz, 90, of Chatham NJ, formerly of Mountainside NJ, died February 17th 2017 at Garden Terrace Nursing Home. Mrs Sydnor Metz was born April 27, 1926 in Dinwiddie County Virginia, the daughter of John Will and Olive Rives. She graduated from Longwood College in Virginia and married the late Joe Sydnor Jr in 1947. They had two children, the late Syd Sydnor and Betsy. Lou...
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Marion Sophia (nee Piotrowski) Lupia

December 18, 1926 - January 24, 2017

Marion Lupia, 90, (nee Piotrowski), of Lakewood, died on Monday January 24, 2017, at Monmouth Medical Center's Southern Campus, in Lakewood. Born in Jersey City, NJ, she had been a secretary for many years with youth consultation services. She enjoyed travel throughout Europe, and had earlier lived with her family in Verona, Italy. She participated in the Knights of Columbus Variety Shows, and...
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Marilyn D. Teitelbaum

June 3, 1921 - January 23, 2017

Marilyn D. Teitelbaum, 95, beloved wife of the late Arthur Teitelbaum ,died peacefully on Monday January 23, 2017 .A private burial will be held at Fairview Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Gray's Funeral Home in Westfield, N.J. Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Service at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2309 Route 70 Manchester,New Jersey at 11 am Wednesday February 1, 2017.. For...
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Robert Edward Dinsmore

November 9, 1919 - January 17, 2017

Robert E. Dinsmore, 97, of Westfield, NJ passed away peacefully at Father Hudson House (Center for Hope Hospice) in Elizabeth, NJ on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Born in Brogue, PA on November 9, 1919, to Harry and Clara Gipe Dinsmore, Bob lived in Brogue, PA and graduated from Red Lion High School in 1936. He graduated in 1940 from Lebanon Valley College with a bachelor's degree in accounting...
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Joseph Philip Dzuback, Jr.

December 7, 1920 - January 13, 2017

Joseph Philip Dzuback Jr., 96, passed peacefully from this world on January 13, 2017, at home in Westfield, NJ, surrounded by his children and grandchildren. Born in Bayonne, NJ, on December 7, 1920, to Joseph and Maria Simko Dzuback. Joe was raised in Bayonne. He attended St. Peter's College and Fordham University, before enrolling at the Merchant Marine Academy and graduating with the...
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Katherine O Lewis

March 11, 1927 - January 11, 2017

To be fortunate to find my life long companion Katherine in 1949 , share three children , Keith, Patricia, & Barbara, four grand children, Holly, T.J., Katie ,& Rob, & one great grand child Charlie. To spend Sixty Six years together through good and bad and enjoy each others company. supporting each other in everything has been something we both have cherished. I shall miss Her. She has been the...
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Mary Eckler

January 15, 1929 - January 7, 2017

Mary Eckler, 87, of Yardley, PA, died Saturday January 7th at her residence. Born in Jersey City, NJ, Mary spent her early adult years as a Military wife and Mother of two. She later worked for AT&T for many years until she retired. Mary enjoyed travelling, Camping, cooking, baking, sewing and more than anything, spending time with her Family. Mary was married for 64 years to her loving...
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Karen Sue Wheeler

June 29, 1947 - December 28, 2016

Karen Sue Wheeler Was Born on 06-29-1947 And Found Eternal Peace on 12-28-2016 Karen Sue Wheeler was a strong, hard working woman who gave everything she had just for the sake of making life better for her family and the friends she made along the journey. Despite some of the tremendous adversity she encountered in her life, she persevered and ultimately succeeded in doing just that,...
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Giuseppe "Peppe" "Joe" Chirichella

October 2, 1930 - December 18, 2016

Giuseppe Chirichella, 86, of Cranford, died suddenly, while asleep on Sunday December 18, 2016 at his residence. Born in the small village of Monte San Giacomo, Salerno, in the Campagna region of Italy, Peppe as he was known, came to the US in 1966, celebrating 50 years in America, of which he was a proud citizen. Having lived in East Rutherford and Hoboken, he moved to Cranford 30 years ago. He...
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Doris J. Trumbower

June 15, 1924 - December 10, 2016

Doris June (nee Brautigam) Trumbower, 92, of Mountainside, N.J., formerly of Vauxhall, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on Dec 10, 2016, at the Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert Lewis Trumbower, devoted daughter of the late Lillian and Otto Brautigam, and loving mother of Heather Jan Trumbower. Doris was born in Orange and then lived...
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Vi Grant

November 26, 1926 - December 4, 2016

Vi Grant age 90 passed away on Sunday December 4, 2016 at the Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, New Jersey. Born in Plainfield, NJ, she lived in Mountainside, then living in Florida for 23 years. She then moved back to New Jersey and lived with her grand nephew Marco in Tinton Falls. While in Florida, Vi was active with the United Methodist Church in Spring Hills. An avid cat LOVER,...
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Donald F. Roden

October 17, 1926 - November 29, 2016

Donald F. Roden, 90, of Westfield, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday November 29. 2016. Donald's visitation will be on Thursday December 1st, from 2-4 and 7-9PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield. His funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:15AM Friday December 2, 2016 at St. Helen Catholic Church, Westfield. Interment will follow at Fairmount Cemetery, Newark. Donald...
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Alice Catherine Barbiere

April 21, 1948 - November 27, 2016

Alice Catherine Barbiere (née Schneider) passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2016, at the age of 68. She passed peacefully in her home following a courageous four-year battle with breast cancer. Alice is survived by her devoted husband of 49 years, Dr. Mario C. Barbiere, and their four loving sons: Jim, Chris, Mike, and Matthew. Alice was also blessed with the love of two daughters-in-law,...
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Linn H. Smith

April 8, 1937 - November 11, 2016

Linn H. Smith Passed Away Devoted Husband, Father, and Grandfather Linn Haskell Smith, formerly of Westfield, NJ passed on November 11th. Born in 1937 in Buffalo, NY, Linn served honorably in the US Navy before ultimately settling in Westfield to raise his family. He owned The Robert Treat Liquor Shop on Quimby St. In his later years, he found his true calling, becoming a certified...
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William DeWitt Peek, Sr.

April 10, 1925 - November 2, 2016

William DeWitt Peek Prominent Westfield Attorney-at-Law William DeWitt Peek of Westfield, N.J., passed away on November 2, 2016 at age 91. A memorial service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Westfield on Saturday, November 12 at 11:00 am. Arrangements by Gray Funeral Directors, Westfield. Go to for on line condolences. The son of DeWitt Clinton Peek and...
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Frank P. Muggeo

April 24, 1934 - October 8, 2016

Frank Muggeo, 82, of Westfield, died on Saturday October 8, 2016. Frank's Life Celebration will be 2-4 and 7-9PM Tuesday October 11th, at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad St. Westfield. His funeral mass will be celebrated at 10AM Wednesday October 12, 2016 at the Church of the HolyTrinity, 315 First St., Westfield. His interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Born in Brooklyn...
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Franklyn J. "Frank" Sullebarger

June 13, 1928 - October 4, 2016

Franklyn Jackson Sullebarger (1928-2016) Franklyn Jackson Sullebarger, a resident of Westfield, NJ, for over 50 years, passed away peacefully on October 4, 2016 in Cincinnati where he had lived since 2014. Born in Brooklyn on June 13, 1928, he graduated from Adelphi Academy and became an Eagle Scout in 1946 and earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Rutgers University in...
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John Huntington Taylor

March 4, 1928 - October 2, 2016

John H. Taylor of Westfield. John H. Taylor, 88, passed away on October 2, 2016 at Sunrise of Westfield after a brief illness. John's memorial service will begin at 10AM today, Wednesday October 5, 2016 at St. Paul Episcopal Church, Westfield, followed by burial in the Garth of St. Paul's. Arrangements by Gray Funeral Directors of Westfield. He was surrounded by his family and died...
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Russell G. Parsell, Sr.

December 3, 1921 - September 20, 2016

Russell Parsell was born on December 3, 1921 in Westfield, NJ in the East Broad Street home adjacent to Fairview Cemetery. Russell lived in Westfield for most of his 94 years. He retired from Merck in Rahway after more than 30 years of service. Russell was a World War II Veteran and an avid fisherman. He loved fishing, family, animals, gardening and puzzles. He loved his wife, Adele. ...
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Audrey Olive Dow

October 30, 1922 - September 18, 2016

Audrey Olive Dow, 93, of Edgartown, Massachusetts and formerly of Scotch Plains, New Jersey died peacefully on Sunday evening, September 18, 2016, at home after a long illness. She was born in Elizabeth, on October 30, 1922 and was the daughter of Phillip and Marion Watson Dow. As a young woman, she worked at Merck and Co. before deciding to change her career path. Audrey...
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Honor H. Bing

January 1, 1933 - September 17, 2016

On Saturday September 17, 2016 Honor Meta Bing(nee Hipp) went to be with the Lord. She was born on New Years Day 1933 in Newark, NJ. She lived in Irvington for 20 years before moving to Westfield. She was an active member of her church and civic community. She served several terms as PTA president in her children's schools. She was a deacon in her church and taught vacation bible school when her...
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Gregory Wallace MacIver

September 7, 1951 - September 15, 2016

Gregory MacIver, Born in Summit NJ, Gregory of Clark NJ passed on Thursday Sept 15, 2016 at his home. A graveside service will take place on Tuesday Sept 20th held at the Woodbridge Memorial Gardens at 11:00am. Arrangements Br Gray Funeral Directors, Westfield. Log onto to sign guest book. Greg lived in Clark his entire life and graduated from AL Johnson HS as...
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William Martin Arthur III

April 19, 1951 - September 15, 2016

William Martin Arthur III, 65, of Roselle Park, died Thursday September 15, 2016. Bill's Life Celebration will be on Sunday September 18th from 2:00-5:00PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford, where his funeral service will begin at 5:00PM Sunday. He was employed for many years with the MacKenzie Door Co. in New York . He was pre deceased by his brother David. He is ...
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Debra Anne Parente Rosin

January 16, 1957 - September 8, 2016

Debra Parente-Rosin Amazing Mother, Wife, Aunt, Musician, Teacher and Wonderfully Caring Person Debra Parente-Rosin, 59, of Westfield, NJ passed away on Thursday, September 8th, 2016. She was a loving Mother, Wife, Aunt and Musician who was very active in the arts. Debra was born and raised in North Arlington, NJ. She received her Bachelor in Music Education from Montclair...
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Joseph Anthony Saunders, Sr.

January 19, 1952 - September 7, 2016

Joseph Anthony Saunders, Sr., 64, passed away on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Joseph was born in Inwood, Long Island and a resident of New Jersey for over 40 years. He is survived by his wife, Diane of 42 years, children Lisa (Dan), Donna, Joseph, Jr. (Caitlin), granddaughter, Samantha, brother, Gregory, brother in law, Joseph and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Joseph spent 25 years...
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John Alec Boughtwood

February 11, 1937 - August 22, 2016

John Alec Boughtwood John Alec Boughtwood, age 79, passed away unexpectedly at home on Monday August 22nd, 2016. Visitation and life celebration is on Friday August 26th at the Gray Funeral Home (908-233-0143), 318 E. Broad Street, Westfield, N.J. from 4 to 8 p.m. Go to for on line condolences. A native of the United Kingdom, John was born in Billericay, Essex, in 1937...
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Leigh Hoffman Mauney

March 24, 1924 - August 15, 2016

Leigh Mauney of Mountainside, NJ was 92 (possibly 95 we're told) when passing away on Monday, August 15, 2016 at the Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains, NJ. She was born Ottilie Hoffmann in Woodhaven, Jamaica Queens NY, where she enjoyed growing up acting and singing in local Community Theatre and sang in her Episcopal Church Choir. She cherished her Parents, absolutely adoring her...
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Martha Hindman White

November 11, 1919 - July 29, 2016

Martha Hindman White Martha H. White (Betty) formerly of Westfield, died peacefully on July 29, 2016 at Runnells Specialized Hospital. A memorial service will take place at the First United Methodist Church of Westfield on Sept 17, at 11 AM. Interment will be private in Pittsburgh, Pa. Born in Pittsburgh, Pa, Betty was a long-time resident of Westfield prior to moving to Mountainside and...
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Nancy Sturmer Derrey

September 4, 1931 - July 21, 2016

Nancy Sturmer Derrey There are so many things I don't know about my grandmother, but I'll start with the things I do. I know that she was born in Chicago on September 4, 1931 to Mildred and Carl Sturmer. I know that she graduated from Westfield High School in 1949 and then from Syracuse University in 1953. I know that she was a little wild, that she and her best friends called themselves...
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Inez Fol-Krupinski

October 6, 1952 - July 14, 2016

Inez Fol Krupinski, artist and long-time resident of Westfield, New Jersey, passed away on July 14, 2016, after a brief illness. Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00AM, Saturday (today) July 16, 2016, at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad St, Westfield, followed by interment in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Inez studied art at Elmira College, earning a bachelor of arts, and continued art...
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Ethel Ridilla McMahon

December 9, 1921 - July 7, 2016

Ethel Ridilla McMahon, 94, of Scotch Plains, died peacefully on July 7, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family. A Life Celebration for Ethel will be from 6:00-9:00 P.M. Monday, July 11th, at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield. Her funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 A.M. Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 1571 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains....
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Barbara Lynne Titus

April 25, 1962 - June 30, 2016

Barbara Lynne Titus (nee Willis), 54, of Woodbridge, died suddenly on June 30, 2016. Born in Plainfield, Barbara had a Masters degree in Social Work from New York University, and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Kean University. She had previously worked in the health care field at area hospitals. She was the beloved wife of the late Mark H. Titus, who tragically passed away on March 3rd of...
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Adeline A. Parsell

December 4, 1925 - June 30, 2016

Adeline (Adele) Parsell passed away on June 30, 2016. Adele was a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Adele was a Worthy Matron of Atlas Chapter 99 of the Order of the Eastern Star and active in her church. Adele was born in Florham Park, New Jersey on December 4, 1925. In 1947, she married her husband, Russell. They raised their family in Scotch Plains and then in Westfield, NJ....
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Frances Passalacqua Graebner

November 23, 1954 - June 17, 2016

Frances Passalacqua Graebner, 61, of Mountainside, died Friday June 17, 2016, at Overlook Medical Center, Summit, NJ. Born in New York, NY, Fran had been a surgical care nurse at St. Vincent Hospital in New York, and later at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ. She later became a stay at home mom, caring for her two daughters, then later her parents, and husband. Prior to living in...
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Sapho Lambrinides

June 28, 1920 - June 12, 2016

Sapho Lambrinides, born in Lesvos, Greece, peacefully passed away on June 12 at her home of 66 years in Westfield surrounded by her family. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Basil and is survived by her loving daughter Andrea Lambrinides and her husband John Johnnidis, and her loving grandchildren Jonathan Basil, Christopher Gregory, and Avril Andromache Johnnidis. Her funeral service...
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Charles Elmer Jacob

June 5, 1931 - June 7, 2016

Dr. Charles E. Jacob, age 85, died suddenly on June 7th. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Chuck was the only child of Thelma and Charles H. Jacob. He attended the University of Michigan, earning both a B. A. and an M.A. there. After serving in the army, he attended Cornell University, where he earned a Ph.D. in political science. He taught at Vassar College from 1960 to 1967, and then at Rutgers...
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Steven Michael Davoren

November 29, 1968 - May 22, 2016

Steven Michael Davoren, 47, of Westfield, passed away at his residence on May 22, 2016. Born in Teaneck, NJ, he was a professor of research and psychology. He previously taught at Union County College, Cranford, NJ. He is survived by his parents: Michael and Helen (Rosendahl) Davoren, and his brother: Douglas M. Davoren. Services are private. Arrangements by Gray Funeral Directors, Westfield,NJ.
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Bertha E. "Betty" (nee Schmidt) Bogaert

May 6, 1922 - May 12, 2016

Bertha ("Betty") E. Bogaert, 94, long time Westfield resident, died on Thursday, May 12, 2016. Betty was born on May 6, 1922, in Bayonne, New Jersey, to John Frederick and Ella Force Schmidt. After graduating from high school, she pursued her interest in art and became an accomplished artist in her own right. She enjoyed nature and all of the arts. Her fascination with other cultures and...
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Thelma J. (Palmquist) MacKay

October 11, 1918 - May 12, 2016

Thelma J. MacKay, age 97, died on Thursday, May 12 th , 2016 at the Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains, NJ, after a long life. She was born Thelma Johanna Palmquist on October 11, 1918 to Gustave and Johanna Palmquist at 735 Avenue Y in Brooklyn, NY. Thelma attended New York City public schools and graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School. She later attended secretarial school and...
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Guy G Gurka

July 17, 1947 - April 8, 2016

Guy Gregory Gurka, 68, of Roselle Park, NJ, died peacefully on Friday, April 8, 2016, at the Father Hudson House Center for Hope Hospice Care Center in Elizabeth, NJ. Guy was born on July 17, 1947 in Elizabeth, NJ, the son of Francis and Gloria Gurka (née Borelli). Guy was married for 42 years to the late Sharon Gurka (née Smithman) with whom he had three children. Guy is survived by his...
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Othmar Wittreich

September 30, 1926 - April 5, 2016

Othmar Wittreich, 89, of Westfield, passed away on Tuesday April 5, 2016 at JFK Medical Center, Edison. Othmar's Life Celebration will be on Friday April 8th, from 5:00-9:00PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield. His funeral mass will be celebrated at 10AM Saturday April 9, 2016 at St. Helen's Catholic Church, 1600 Rahway Ave. at Lambertsmill Rd., Westfield. Interment will...
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Patricia L. (nee Earhart) Kelly

February 18, 1929 - March 31, 2016

Patricia L. Kelly (nee Earhart), 87, of Westfield, died Thursday March 31, 2016 at her residence. Patricia's funeral service will begin at 11:00AM Tuesday April 5,2016, at Gray Directors, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield, where there will be viewing from10:00AM until service time. Please go to to offer condolences. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Born...
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Mark Harlow Titus

May 20, 1951 - March 3, 2016

Mark Titus died suddenly of smoke inhalation at a job related incident on March 3, 2016. Mark's Life Celebration will be held on Sunday April 10, 2016 from 2:00-4:00PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield, NJ. Go to to view a tribute to Mark. He was educated at Exeter and Lafayette College and lived in Woodbridge,NJ with his wife Barbara. He worked...
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Helen O. "Wiffie" Hoffert

December 21, 1925 - February 22, 2016

The family of Helen Oliphant Hoffert mourns her passing on February 22, 2016. Born December 21, 1925, in Trenton, NJ, and known to her family as Wiffie, she was a longtime resident of Mountainside deeply involved in community service and affairs. She was a learning disabilities specialist for over two decades, teaching throughout New Jersey. In her sixties, she combined her expertise in that area...
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Josephine M. Smith

May 9, 1925 - February 5, 2016

Josephine "Jo" M. Smith (nee Maisto), passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 5, 2016 after a brave battle with cancer. She was 90. Jo was born on May 9, 1925 in Newark, NJ to father Dominic Maisto and mother Mary Alamia. She grew up in a large, loving family with six brothers and three sisters. Jo was preceded in death by her husband, Irving C. "Dick" Smith, owner and...
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Thomas M. Morick

October 8, 1923 - February 2, 2016

Thomas Michael Morick, 92, died Tuesday February 2, 2016, at the Veterans Memorial Home in Menlo Park, NJ where he had been living since April, 2015. Tom was born October 8, 1923 in Rhodesdale, Ohio to Michael and Anna Morick. His family moved to Nanticoke, PA where Tom and his 4 siblings (Mary, Joe, Harry, and Betty) spent most of their childhood. At the age of 18, Tom joined the army and...
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Joan Katherine Nagle

October 29, 1928 - January 27, 2016

JOAN KATHERINE NAGLE, of Westfield, NJ, died January 27, 2016 at the Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains, NJ. Born Joan Katherine Murtha in Manhattan, NY, she spent her formative years at Our Lady of Lourdes School High School of the Blessed Sacrament and attended Hunter College. Prior to her marriage to Richard Nagle she was employed at Henri Bendel. She resided in Westfield for the past 60...
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Bernice M. "Bernie" Dodds

October 29, 1923 - January 23, 2016

Bernice Davies Dodds, passed peacefully from this life on Saturday, January 23 in Basking Ridge, NJ. "Bernie" was born on October 29, 1923 in Newburgh, New York where she grew up. After graduating from Virginia Intermont College she met the love of her life and father of her four children, Bob Davies. Bernice and Bob lived in several towns in central New Jersey before settling in Westfield in...
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Marjorie D Gushard

September 30, 1920 - January 20, 2016

Marjorie D. Gushard, 95, of Cranford, NJ, died peacefully of natural causes on January 20, 2016. Born September 30, 1920, in Flushing, New York, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd and Elizabeth (Knapp) Dressner. In 1938 Marjorie attended Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA where she met the love of her life, William Howard (Gus) Gushard, from Philadelphia, PA. In 1942 they were married and...
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Elizabeth Alfes "Liz" Pye

March 8, 1940 - January 18, 2016

Elizabeth Alfes Pye, 75, of Cranford, passed away on Monday January 18, 2016, at her residence. Liz's Life Celebration will be Tuesday (today) January 19th from 5:00-9:00PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford. Her funeral mass will be celebrated at 9:30AM Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at St. Michael Catholic Church, 40 Alden St., Cranford. Interment will follow in...
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Inga M. Krohn

April 21, 1934 - January 10, 2016

Inga Martha Krohn of Basking Ridge, NJ passed away on Sunday, January 10 at Peggy Coloney's House in Scotch Plains, NJ. Born April 21, 1934 in Jersey City, NJ, Inga was the daughter of Maria and Hans Krohn. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Hunter College in New York and had worked, until she retired, at Exxon Corporation. Inga resided in Basking Ridge nearly 30 years. Inga is survived by...
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Helen Doris Bovenkerk

January 4, 1928 - December 30, 2015

Helen D. Bovenkerk, 87 Helen D. Bovenkerk passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2015, in the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, at the age of 87. Mrs. Bovenkerk was born on January 4, 1928, in Kearny, New Jersey. She and her first husband, William P. Cloyes, settled in Westfield, New Jersey, in 1954, where she became a member of the Presbyterian Church in Westfield and...
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Mary Jane King

January 14, 1933 - November 20, 2015

Mary Jane King, 82 Mary Jane King passed away on 11/20/2015 in Norfolk, Va. She was the beloved: wife of Charles Emmett King (d. 1987), mother of Patricia, James, Michael and Edward; mother-in-law of Beth, Janice and Adriana; grandmother of Matthew, Mary and Thomas as well as sister to Nancy, James (deceased), Virginia (deceased) and Patrick (deceased). Funeral service will be held at Our...
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Mary Petrovcik

November 11, 1929 - November 17, 2015

Mary Petrovcik (nee Gallagher), 86, passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease on Tuesday, November 17, 2015. Mary was born in County Donegal, Ireland and moved to the United States in 1952. She married the late Jan Petrovcik and raised her family in Jersey City before moving to Fishkill, New York in 1985. She spent the last eight years as a resident of Brighton Gardens in...
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Peter Brennan

October 20, 1940 - November 10, 2015

Peter Brennan passed away at his residence in Springfield, NJ at the age of 75. Born in Washington DC, he most recently lived in Springfield, NJ. Surviving is his brother, Gordon, and a sister, Alison Brennan. A complete obituary is being composed.
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Donald Herbert Eckler

August 11, 1928 - November 5, 2015

Donald Herbert Eckler, 87, of Yardley, PA, died Thursday November 5, 2015 at his residence. Born in Buffalo, NY, Don was an electrical engineer, having retired from the Square D. Co. A veteran of the US Army, Don served during the Korean War period. He enjoyed travelling,and fishing, especially on Lake Ontario, Boothbay Harbor, ME, and Clearwater, FL. A photographer, Don also enjoyed big...
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Diane Hunter de Hosson

August 8, 1933 - November 2, 2015

Diane Hunter de Hosson passed away Monday, November 2, 2015 at her home in Chatham, New Jersey. She graduated from Westfield High School and was educated at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She was also a member of Alpha Omicron Pi International Sorority. She had been employed by American Airlines at Liberty International Airport for 11 years, working in the Flight Department and on Air...
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Pedro Juan Colon

November 27, 1942 - October 29, 2015

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Bernice K. Worth

November 10, 1922 - October 26, 2015

Bernice Katherine Beattie Worth – 1922 – 2015 Bernice Worth, 92 entered into eternal rest on Monday, October 26 in Omaha, NE. Bernice was born in Plainfield NJ on November 10, 1922 and lived in Scotch Plains and Whiting until relocating to Omaha to be closer to family. Her parents Louis and Katherine Beattie, and her sister Joyce Lee predeceased her. She is survived by her loving...
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Bayard Taylor "Bob" McWilliams

December 12, 1924 - October 9, 2015

Bayard Taylor McWilliams died on October 9, 2015 in Somerville, New Jersey after a short illness. He was 90. Bayard, known as Bob, was born on December, 12, 1924 in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania to parents Howard and Julia (Jones) McWilliams. During World War II, Bob was conscripted in the U.S. Army and later served as an army engineer on reconstruction in Vienna. After working for Boeing and...
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Harold Spencer Wolff, Sr.

September 24, 1918 - October 1, 2015

Mr. Harold S. Wolff, 97, formerly of Westfield, passed away in Vero Beach, Florida on October 1, 2015. Visitation will begin at 10AM Wednesday October 7, 2015, at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield, where his funeral service will follow at 11AM. Burial with honors will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Harold (Harry) Wolff was born September 24, 1918 in Elizabeth, New...
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Suzanne Keese Sloan

August 30, 1949 - October 1, 2015

Suzanne Keese Sloan, 66, of Metuchen, formerly of Westfield, died October 1, 2015. Suzanne's Life Celebration will be Sunday October 4th, from 2:00-6:00PM, with an Eastern Star service at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield, where her funeral service will begin at 11AM Monday, October 5, 2015. Interment will follow in Hollywood Memorial Park, Union. She is survived by her loving...
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Joan Gretta Gregorio

August 16, 1930 - September 23, 2015

Joan Greta Goordman Gregorio Gram August 16, 1930 - September 23, 2015 Joan Gregorio passed away peacefully in her grandson, Robert Morehead's arms. Joan is survived by her two children, Susan Pytwan and Kurt Gregorio, her two grandchildren, Robert Morehead and Stephanie Morehead, and her two great-grandchildren, Jonathan Noce and Christopher Noce. Joan was predeceased by her husband, Vito...
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Panagiotis Andriopoulos

October 4, 1934 - September 10, 2015

Panagiotis Andriopoulos, 80, of Scotch Plains, NJ, passed away on Thursday September 10, 2015, at Runnells Specialized Hospital, Berkeley Heights, NJ, after a lengthy illness. Born in Agrinion, Greece, where he served in the Greek Army, Panagiotis came to the US, where he later went into the restaurant business, which he developed from a small catering truck to later owning and operating the...
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Eung Soon Cho

July 28, 1928 - September 7, 2015

Visitation will be on Thursday September 10, 2015 from 7-9 pm at the Gray Funeral Home in Westfield, with an 8 o'clock service. Burial services will begin 10 am on Friday, September 11, 2015 at the funeral home, and then to Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. A complete obituary is being composed.
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James "Jimmy B" Balatsos

August 11, 1924 - August 28, 2015

James Balatsos "Jimmy B" 91, of Mountainside, NJ, died on Friday August 28, 2015. Jimmy B's visitation and life celebration will be Monday August 31st from 3:00-8:00PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield, where Trisagion service will begin at 6:30PM Monday. His funeral service will begin at 11:00AM Tuesday September 1, 2015 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 250 Gallows...
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Beatrice Nissen Greene

September 20, 1930 - August 21, 2015

Beatrice Nissen Greene, a long-time Westfield NJ resident, died August 21 after a prolonged illness at her Fellowship Village residence in Basking Ridge. Her passing came just one month shy of her 85th birthday, and just three months after the death of David F. Greene, her beloved husband of 62 years."Bea" was born Beate Maria Nissen on September 20, 1930 in Frankfurt Germany, to Margarethe ...
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Qerime Ramushaj

November 29, 1957 - August 18, 2015

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Arthur Charles "Artie" Dorie

January 26, 1937 - August 17, 2015

Arthur Charles "Artie" Dorie, 78, of Westfield, passed away August 17, 2015 at his residence. He leaves behind his son: Scott Dorie and Scott's wife Sharon, four grandchildren, great grandchildren, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his son: Bruce Dorie. After serving four years in the US Air Force, Artie spent most of his life working with his hands. A general contractor, he was an...
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Susan Marilyn Nika

September 20, 1956 - August 10, 2015

SUSAN MARILYN NIKA Susan Marilyn Nika (nee Murphy), 58, of Westfield, passed away on August 10th, 2015 after a 22 year battle with brain cancer. She was the beloved wife of Michael Edward Nika, her husband of 32 years, and the loving mother of two children, Colleen Nika and Michael Nika Jr., all of whom is she survived by. She is predeceased by her father, Captain George Arnold Murphy U.S.N.,...
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Karst Hoogsteen

October 1, 1923 - August 10, 2015

Karst Hoogsteen, PhD (formerly of Westfield, NJ and Waretown, NJ), age 91, passed away with his family and loving wife of 57 years at his side at Fellowship Village in Basking Ridge, NJ on August 10, 2015 after a brief illness. Karst was born on October 1, 1923 in Groningen, The Netherlands. He was awarded his PhD in Crystallography from the University of Groningen, and immigrated to the United...
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Mercedes Lopez "Mer" Fol

August 22, 1925 - July 30, 2015

Mercedes L. Fol (nee Lopez) of Westfield, passed away on July 30, 2015. Mercedes' Life Celebration and visitation will be Tuesday August 4th, from 6:00-8:00PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield, where family and friends may gather at 12 Noon for her funeral service on Wednesday August 5, 2015. Entombment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Born in 1925 in Newark,...
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David T. Huff

January 26, 1957 - July 29, 2015

David T. Huff, age 58 of Westfield, N.J., died at home July 29, 2015 after a long illness. David's Life Celebration will begin at 12:00 Noon Thursday August 6, 2015, at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad St. Westfield, where his Service of Remembrance will follow at 1:00PM Thursday. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Please go to to offer condolences. ...
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Barbara Mignon Doane

August 21, 1932 - July 26, 2015

Barbara Mignon Doane, 82, of Basking Ridge and Beachwood, New Jersey, died on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Fellowship Village. Miss Doane was born in Cranford, New Jersey and lived in Westfield until her move to Basking Ridge, New Jersey in 2006. A graduate of Westfield High School, Class of 1950, she went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bates College, Lewiston,...
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Ruth Norine (nee Fritz) Schulz

April 7, 1919 - July 3, 2015

Ruth Norine (nee Fritz) Schulz, age 96, died Friday, July 3, 2015 at her home in Cranford, NJ. Ruth's Life Celebration will begin at 10AM Wednesday July 8, 2015 at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave. Cranford, where her funeral service will begin at 11:30AM Wednesday, with the Reverend Carol Lindsay officiating. Entombment will follow at Holly wood Memorial Park, Union. To view a...
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Karen B. Baily

March 9, 1945 - July 3, 2015

BAILY – Karen Brunner died peacefully at her home in Mountainside surrounded by her family on July 3, 2015. Devoted wife of 48 years to Nicholas Baily, loving mother of Lisa Baily and Nicole Baily, grandmother to Sophia and Jacob. She was also very close to her brother, John Brunner, who was also with her in her last days. Karen attended Westfield Senior High School in Westfield, NJ then...
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Mary Elizabeth Paul

March 21, 1920 - June 26, 2015

Mary Elizabeth Paul, "May," entered heaven on 26 June 2015 at the age of 95. The stories she told captivated so many with her unforgettable "Joisey" accent and expressions like "get outta here" or "down yonda." May's positive attitude and willingness to share her life with others made her a great companion and friend to so many. Known for taking the bus and for pushing her shopping cart from her...
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Judith A. St. George

February 26, 1931 - June 10, 2015

On June 10, 2015 Judith Alexander St. George passed away peacefully in Bloomfield, Ct with her husband at her side. Judith was 84 years old. Judith was born on February 26, 1931 in Westfield, NJ. Raised during the Great Depression, she found an early refuge in reading which was a lifelong passion. Judith graduated from Smith College in 1952, where she wrote and was an editor of the college humor...
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Raymond C. "Ray" Reid, Jr.

July 7, 1935 - June 5, 2015

Raymond C. Reid Jr., 79, of Gillette, formerly of Westfield, died June 5, 2015. Ray's Life Celebration will be Monday June 8th from 2-4 and 7-9PM, at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford, NJ, where his funeral service will begin at 11AM Tuesday June 9, 2015. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. To view a tribute of Ray's life, please go to: www...
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June L Blair

October 30, 1931 - June 4, 2015

Mrs. June L. Blair (nee Workman), 83, of Cranford, NJ, died on June 4, 2015 at Overlook Medical Center from complications of a long illness. June's Life Celebration will begin at 10AM Saturday June 13, 2015 at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave, Cranford, where her Service of Remembrance will begin at 11 AM Saturday. Private interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Born in...
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Marilyn E Bornemann

February 18, 1928 - June 1, 2015

Marilyn E. Bornemann died on Monday June 1, 2015 in Janesville, Wisconsin after a long illness. She was born Marilyn Elizabeth Ellenberger on February 18th, 1928 in Westfield, N.J., the daughter of Frederick A. Ellenberger and Edith Lillian (Brunner) Ellenberger. As a child, she was the light of her parent's eyes, with a beautiful laugh and big bouncy curls. She had a remarkable memory...
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Rita Theresa Mehrman Hansen

April 3, 1942 - June 1, 2015

Rita Theresa Hansen (nee Mehrman), 73, of Fanwood,NJ and formerly of Rahway, NJ, passed away on Monday morning, June 1, 2015 at Hackensack University Medical Center, following a short illness. Born to George and Agnes McGrath Mehrman in Newark, NJ, Rita had been a filing administrator with X-ray sorting at RWJ University Rahway Medical Center. She and her beloved late husband Harvey R. Hansen...
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David Ferguson Greene

December 18, 1926 - May 23, 2015

David F. Greene, 88, a long-time Westfield resident, died suddenly Saturday May 23 at his Fellowship Village residence in Basking Ridge. He was born in New Rochelle, NY on December 18, 1926 to Mertie and LeRoy Greene.Dr. Greene graduated from Columbia University with bachelor, masters and doctorate degrees in chemical engineering. While commuting to Columbia, he struck up a relationship with...
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Virginia Dennis "Ginnie" Green

June 28, 1922 - May 23, 2015

Virginia Dennis "Ginnie" Green, 92, of Cranford, died early Saturday morning May 23, 2015, at Care One Assisted Living in Livingston, NJ. Virginia's Life Celebration will be Tuesday May 26th, from 2-4 and 7-9PM at Gray Funeral Directors, A Life Celebration Home, 12 Springfield Ave. Cranford, where her funeral service will begin at 10AM Wednesday May 27, 2015. Interment will follow in Fairview...
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