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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

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 grayfuneralhomes.com 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 Hoffman Mauney, 92, of Mountainside, passed away on Monday, August 15, 2016, at the Center for Hope Hospice, in Scotch Plains. Born in Woodhaven, Jamaica, Queens, NY, she was a real estate broker for many years. Leigh attended the College of Music in New York, and performed on Broadway. She was the beloved wife of the late Marion David Mauney, and is survived by her daughter: Lisa M. Mauney...
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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 www.grayfuneralhomes.com 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 www.grayfuneralhomes.com 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 www.grayfuneralhomes.com 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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David C Elliott

February 11, 1963 - May 13, 2015

David C. Elliott, 52, of New Providence, NJ, died Wednesday May 13, 2015, at Overlook Medical Center, Summit, the place where he was born on February 11, 1963. Formerly of Westfield, he was the beloved son of the late Harold and Cornelia Elliott. David is survived by his loving sister: Donna Elliott of Lake Worth, FL, and also a brother, Bruce. Graveside services for David, will begin at 11:30AM...
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Donald Albert Apsley

December 4, 1931 - April 30, 2015

. Service is on Sunday for retired Roselle Park police sergeant who gave of his time and repairman talents to Community United Methodist Church. Donald Albert Apsley, 83, of Roselle Park, NJ, passed away on April 30, 2015. The service of celebration for Don's life will be held on Sunday, May 7, at 2:30 pm at the Community United Methodist Church, Chestnut Street, Roselle Park. All are...
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Andriana Karagiannis

August 10, 1929 - April 26, 2015

Andriana Karagiannis, 85, of Rahway, died April 26, 2015. Visitation will be from 7-9PM Thursday, May 7th, at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad St. Westfield. Her funeral service will begin at 11AM Friday May 8, 2015, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Westfield. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. She was the owner and operator of the former New Super Diner in Rahway....
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Domenica "Mae" D'Amico Magliano

October 25, 1922 - April 12, 2015

Domenica ("Mae") Magliano of Huntington Beach, CA, formerly of Roselle, NJ, passed on April 12, 2015. She was 92 years young. Friends are invited to Mae's Life Celebration and visitation at Gray Funeral Home, 318 East Broad St., Westfield from 2-4 and 6-8PM Saturday, April 18th and 2-4PM Sunday, April 19th, with her funeral mass at 9:30AM Monday Apr 20, 2015 at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic...
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Werner H. Schmidt, Sr.

October 25, 1930 - March 31, 2015

Werner H. Schmidt of Mountainside, Werner H. Schmidt Sr., age 84 passed away on Tuesday March 31, 2015 at Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ. He was a former Vice President with Acromark of Elizabeth, and later in Berkeley Heights, manufacturers of hot stamping and decorating systems where he was employed for over 43 years retiring in 1996. Mr. Schmidt served in the United States Army. He...
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William Glenn Hymer

March 18, 1924 - March 23, 2015

William G. Hymer, 91 of Westfield, died Monday March 23, 2015, at the Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains. A Professional Engineer, Mr. Hymer was employed by the American Cyanamid Corporation, Wayne NJ, until an injury forced an early retirement. Born in Jerome, AZ, to the late Howard G. and Esther Wanner Hymer, young William and his family eventually settled in Shrewsbury, NJ. He...
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Marilyn W. Roberts

December 8, 1925 - March 22, 2015

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Donald Robert "Bob" Maxwell

July 26, 1925 - March 19, 2015

Donald R. "Bob" Maxwell, 89, of Mountainside, NJ, died March 19, 2015. Bob's life celebration and visitation will be Sunday March 22nd, from 2:00-5:00PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield, where his funeral service will begin at 11AM Monday, March 23, 2015. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Please go to www.grayfuneralhomes.com to view a tribute of Bob's...
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Adolph "Al" Schwerdt

October 6, 1925 - March 15, 2015

Adolph "Al" Schwerdt, 89, of Whiting, NJ, died at his residence on Sunday March 15, 2015. Born in Paterson, NJ, Al was a veteran of World War II, having served in the US Army Infantry as an Anti-Tank Gun Crewman in Europe. Formerly of Garfield, NJ, he was retired from Montclair State University, where he was a custodial engineer. Al was the beloved husband of the late Josephine Schwerdt. They had...
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Hortense Blanche "Jackie" Wenzel

October 6, 1924 - March 14, 2015

Hortense B. "Jackie" Wenzel, 90, of Cranford, died Saturday March 14, 2015, at her residence. Born in Roselle, NJ, she was a graduate of Roselle High School, and belonged to the high school's "Just 8's" alumna group. Mrs. Wenzel had been a former Sunday School teacher at the First Presbyterian Church, Cranford, and was a former member of the Cranford Womens Wednesday Morning Club. She enjoyed...
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Sue Carol Wood Douglas

December 23, 1927 - March 9, 2015

Sue Carol Wood Douglas, 87, died peacefully on March 9, 2015 at Brighton Gardens in Middletown, NJ, where she resided in recent years. She was born December 23, 1927 in West Orange, NJ to Fann A. Westerland and Cecil George Wood. Sue grew up on Staten Island, NY and graduated from Port Richmond High School. After graduation she attended Pace University and worked for the Nestlé Company...
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Marian E Gared

March 26, 1945 - February 3, 2015

Marian E. Gared (nee Hage), 69, formerly of Cranford, died February 3, 2015 at her residence in Toms River, NJ, where she had recently resided. She was the beloved daughter of the late Joseph S. and Grace Mae (Grogg) Hage, and dear sister of the late Barbara Hage. Marian had been an executive secretary with Ashland Oil Co., Boonton, NJ. Burial will be 12 noon Wednesday February 11, 2015 in...
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Dorothea Grace Traynor Nelson

February 24, 1927 - January 31, 2015

Dorothea Grace Traynor Nelson, 87, of Whiting, Ocean County, NJ, died January 31, 2015, in Crestwood Manor in Whiting. Born on February 24, 1927, in Westfield to the late John Henry and Adelaide Veronica O'Connor Traynor. She graduated from Holy Trinity High School, Westfield, Class of 1944, and the Berkeley School for Secretaries. She was employed for 26 years, with National Life Insurance...
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Marie Louise Tilton

March 22, 1921 - January 30, 2015

Marie L. Tilton, 93, of Cranford, died January 30, 2015, in Clark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born in New York, NY, she had been a resident in Cranford since 1980. Marie was a member of The First Presbyterian Church in Cranford, and active with The Margaret Green Assn. She was also a member of the Cranford Historical Society, and enjoyed writing poetry. Marie was the beloved sister to...
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Harlow Raine Di Giorgio

January 22, 2015 - January 22, 2015

Baby Girl Harlow Raine Di Giorgio, passed away shortly after birth on January 22, 2015. Her Life Celebration will be from 6-8PM Thursday January 29th, at Gray Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Ave. Cranford. Harlow is survived by her parents: Amber Witt and Michael Di Giorgio of Cranford, sister: Sadie, and brothers: Michael and Marcus. She was the granddaughter of: Sharon and Mario Di Giorgio,...
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Robert Lee MacDonald

March 14, 1929 - January 22, 2015

Robert L. MacDonald, age 85, currently of Tinton Falls, NJ passed away on January 22, 2015. Robert's Life Celebration will be 2-4 and 7-9PM Monday Janaury 26th, at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave. Cranford, where his funeral service will begin at 11:00AM Tuesday January 27, 2015. His final resting place will be in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. To view a tribute of Robert's life,...
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Melanie Hughes Graff

January 20, 1953 - January 18, 2015

Melanie Hughes Graff, 61, of Cranford, died Sunday January 18, 2015, at Care One at the Highlands Center in Edison. Born to John and Dorothy Ballard Hughes in Rahway, Melanie graduated from Cranford High School, and attended Union County College. Melanie was an accountant first with Mountainside Public Schools, then more recently with the Board of Education in South Amboy, NJ. She enjoyed...
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Joseph D Genlot

April 9, 1937 - January 2, 2015

Joseph D. Genlot, 77, of Westfield, died Friday January 2, 2015, at Overlook Medical Center, in Summit. He was retired from the US Military Electronics Research Development and Engineering Center at Fort Monmouth, NJ, where he was an electrical and computer research engineer. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Joseph graduated of Pratt Institute of Technology. Before his career at Fort Monmouth, he previously...
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Michael Chevalier Quaid

April 24, 1926 - January 1, 2015

Michael Chevalier Quaid, formerly of Linden, died on January 1, 2015, at Brandywine Hospital in Brandywine, PA. Mike's Life Celebration and visitation will be from 3:00-8:00PM, Monday January 5th, at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Avenue, Cranford. His funeral mass will begin at 9:30AM Tuesday January 6, 2015, at St. Michael Catholic Church, Cranford. Entombment will follow in St....
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Margaret D. Jareski

July 19, 1921 - December 25, 2014

Margaret Jareski - Age 93 Margaret D. Jareski was born in Newark, NJ to her parents Edward and Josephine Thieme. After graduating from Newark High School, she had a professional career for 30 years with NJ Bell in Elizabeth, NJ. In 1951, she married Frank Jareski and lived in a home they purchased in Mountainside, NJ. During her life in Mountainside, she was a past...
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Catherine B. (nee Ford) Dreimuller

July 11, 1927 - December 14, 2014

Catherine B. Dreimuller passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Sunday, December 14, 2014. She was born in Jersey City, NJ on July 11, 1927 and was the daughter of Donald J. and Catherine Mitchell Ford. Catherine graduated from St. Aloysius School in Jersey City, NJ. She worked at Socony Oil later Exxon Mobil for many years. She was predeceased by her husband, William J. Dreimuller...
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Eliza Kennedy Taylor

August 10, 1930 - December 5, 2014

Eliza Kennedy Taylor died after a short illness on December 5, 2014. She was born in Youngstown, Ohio on August 10, 1930 and was the daughter of James Neilson Kennedy and Marion Peffer Kennedy. Her father was the founding director of the first alcoholism treatment clinic in the United States, later named in his honor as the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic. Eliza graduated from the Rayen High...
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Kathleen Carlson

February 15, 1941 - November 11, 2014

Kathleen D. Carlson Kathleen D. Carlson passed away on November 11, 2014 after a brief stay in Overlook Hospital. She was 73. Born and raised in Bayonne, she spent her adult life in Cranford, both as a resident and a teacher in several Cranford Public Schools. She spent the majority of her career at Orange Avenue School, where she made many cherished friends, enjoying their company until...
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Joan Alice (nee Dushanek) Roll

June 17, 1925 - November 9, 2014

Joan Alice (nee Dushanek) Roll, 89, formerly of Garwood, died November 9, 2014 in Brooklyn, NY, where she had been a resident. Born in Garwood to the late Frederick and Ellen Donoughue Dushanek, Joan was retired from the National Council of Churches, in New York, where she had been an executive secretary, and program specialist. She was the beloved wife of the late Reverend Kenneth E. Roll Sr.,...
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Richard R. Muller

June 14, 1934 - October 31, 2014

Muller, Richard Roger Richard Roger Muller, 80, of Delran NJ died October 31st 2014. "Uncle Rich" Muller, son of Richard and Juliette Muller, loving husband of Arline Joan Muller, passed away on October 31st at his home in Delran, NJ. He is survived by his wife Arline and son David Anthony Muller. Muller served in the United States Army. He worked for Preston Trucking Company as...
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Hui Pak

January 10, 1928 - October 28, 2014

Hui Pak of Linden, NJ died on October 28, 2014. Born January 10, 1928 in Kung Bok, South Korea. Predeceased by her loving husband of 23 years, Chun Ki Pak. Hui moved to the United States with her daughters in 1977. She is survived by her four daughters, Sue Nowak and her husband Lee, Nami Pae and her husband Si, Rene Yon Pak, Mia Pak and her husband Chris Filchak; five beloved grandchildren...
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Louis S. "Lou" Valvo

December 12, 1921 - October 23, 2014

Louis S. Valvo, 92, of Warwick, MD, formerly of Cranford, NJ passed away peacefully after a short illness on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at Genesis Health Care, Elkton, Md. Born and raised in Forestville NY, he joined the war effort in 1942 and proudly fought for his country in the 8th infantry division (anti-aircraft) throughout Europe. He married and opened a successful business in Newark NJ ...
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Catherine Cathy Downer

August 12, 1952 - October 19, 2014

Catherine Downer, 62, of Westfield, died Sunday October 19, 2014, at Overlook Medical Center, Summit, the place where she born on August 12, 1952. The Downer family were early pioneers in the settling of Westfield, NJ. Cathy was the Membership Director of IEEE, a worldwide professional technology association, based in Piscataway, NJ. A lifelong resident of Westfield, she attended Westfield...
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Leonard Schork

March 23, 1920 - October 11, 2014

Leonard Schork, 94, of Westfield, NJ, and Southport, Maine, died peacefully on Saturday October 11, 2014, at the Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains, NJ. He was a resident of Westfield for the past 55 years. Leonard's Service of Remembrance will begin at 11:00AM Tuesday October 14, 2014 at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, NJ. Interment will be in Hollywood Memorial Park, Union, NJ....
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Arnold "Gig" Gordon Manville

September 8, 1941 - October 10, 2014

Arnold "Gig" Gordon Manville, 1941-2014 Arnold "Gig" Gordon Manville, 73, died the morning of Friday, October 10 at his Carleton Road home in Westfield. After bravely battling pancreatic cancer for a year and a half, he was surrounded by his loving family as he peacefully passed away. Gig's Life Celebration and visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9PM Sunday October 12th, at Gray Funeral Directors,...
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William H. Roeben

March 31, 1927 - October 4, 2014

William "Bill" Roeben, 87, passed away on October 4th. Bill's Life Celebration will be held on Wednesday, October 8th from 2pm- 4pm and 7pm- 9pm at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Ave, Cranford, NJ, where his funeral service will begin at 11am on Thursday, October 9th. Internment will follow at Hollywood Memorial Park, Union, NJ. Dress will be casual. Go to grayfuneralhomes.com for...
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Lucilia Rocha Pera Garcia

July 26, 1922 - September 27, 2014

LUCILIA R.P. GARCIA Native of Portugal, Homemaker Our beloved Lucilia Rocha Pera Garcia, 92, of Newark, N.J., entered into eternal rest on Saturday, September 27, 2014 peacefully at her home. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Lucilia's Life Celebration and visitation at Gray Funeral Home, 318 East Broad St., Westfield, N.J., Tuesday (today) September 30th from 2...
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Alfred Horlbeck

April 20, 1926 - September 26, 2014

Mr. Alfred Horlbeck age 88 passed away at his residence in Westfield. No visitation. Graveside services will be 10 am on Monday at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. A Memorial service 1 pm at the Willow Grove Presbyterian Church, also on Monday September 29, 2014.
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Genevieve F. Mooers

January 17, 1922 - September 24, 2014

Genevieve Colleen(Farrah) Mooers, 92 of Westfield, NJ formerly of Wappingers Falls, NY entered into rest September 23, 2014. Born in Perryoplois, PA. Daughter of the late Abraham and Julia (Murray) Farrah. Wife of the late Woodford J. Mooers. Survived by children Marcia Hill (Michael) of Ashland, MA, Kimberly Mooers, Julia Diddell (Eric) of Westfield, NJ and Woodford J. Mooers III (Nadine) of...
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Angela F. Naporan

March 26, 1916 - August 31, 2014

Angela Ferrigno Naporan, 98, formerly of Mountainside, died August 31, 2014, in Cape Coral, FL, where she had lived in recent years. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she had been retired as a librarian in the local public schools. She was the beloved wife of the late: Frank J. Naporan, who died in 1998. Angela is survived by nieces: Loretta Orzo, Linda DeFeo, and other nieces and nephews. Burial...
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Mary June Korb

December 6, 1939 - August 23, 2014

Mary June Taylor Korb, 74, of Westfield, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at home. June was born in Quitman, Georgia to Lampkin Jelks and Laura Luell Taylor. She was raised in Quitman by her beloved parents along with her dear brother, John Lee Taylor, before moving to Westfield in 1961. June worked for Micron Powder Systems, Summit, N.J. in accounting for many years before...
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Mary Corcoran

June 13, 1930 - August 18, 2014

Mary Corcoran, 84, formerly of Newark, died Monday August 18, 2014 at Sunrise of Westfield, NJ, surrounded by her loving family. Mary's Life Celebration and visitation will be 3:00-8:00PM Wednesday August 20, at Gray Funeral Directors, 12 Springfield Ave, Cranford. Her funeral mass will be celebrated at 930AM Thursday August 21, 2014, at St. Michael's Catholic Church Cranford. Interment will...
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Roseanne Yeager Parrett

December 9, 1922 - August 14, 2014

Roseanne Yeager Parrett, 91, of Scotch Plains, beloved mother of Robert R. Parrett, passed away at her home, on Thursday August 14, 2014. Roseanne's Service of Remembrance will be 11:00AM Thursday August 28, 2014, at the Fanwood Presbyterian Church, where the interment will follow in the church memorial garden. Arrangements by Gray Funeral Directors, Westfield. Born in Minneapolis, MN, to...
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Ruth S. Freist

July 25, 1926 - August 14, 2014

Ruth S. (Larsen) Freist, 88, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 14, 2014. Mrs. Freist was born in Scotch Plains, daughter of the late Ole and Thora Larsen. She graduated Scotch Plains High School in 1945. She resided in Springfield for 42 years, prior to moving to Woodbridge in 2009. Prior to her retirement in 1985 she was employed as a supervisor for New York Telephone in New York...
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Edward J. Pizzella

June 12, 1929 - August 13, 2014

Edward Pizzella, 85, Cranford resident for 63 years passed away peacefully at home on August 13. Mr Pizzella was born in Elizabeth, son of Raymond and Emma(nee Villelli)Pizzella. He graduated from Abraham Clark High School in Roselle in 1948, then served in the National Guard as a sharp shooter until 1953. After which he was employed by Acme Supermarkets as a produce manager for 48...
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Steven W. Rocco

January 24, 1945 - August 12, 2014


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Ann Benz

August 29, 1918 - August 8, 2014

Ann Nemec Benz passed from this life on Friday evening, August 8, 2014. She was 95 years old. Ann was born in Bellaire, Ohio, one of six children of Vincent and Verona Nemec. She came to New Jersey as a young woman and graduated from nursing school in 1939. She was a nurse at Saint Michael's Hospital in Newark prior to her marriage to Dr. George L. Benz of Newark. They were married over 55...
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