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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.

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Our Obituaries

Eleanor A. Popovich

April 24, 2018 - November 20, 2018

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Elizabeth Anne (nee Capone) Sampson

June 14, 1948 - November 19, 2018

Elizabeth Ann (nee Capone) Sampson, 70, of Westfield, died Monday November 19, 2018, at Overlook Medical Center in Summit. Born in Plainfield, she was the beloved daughter of the late James and Regina O'Donnell Capone. A 1966 graduate of Westfield High School, Elizabeth had worked in sales at the former Hahne's Department Store, now Lord & Taylor in Westfield. She is survived by her...
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Anne (nee Cryan) Ricca

October 10, 1933 - October 15, 2018

She was born Anne Cryan in Castlerea, County Roscommon Ireland, the daughter of Michael Cryan and Martha Satchwell Cryan. She came to America in the early 1950's, and called Westfield NJ her home for the past 45 years. Mrs. Anne Ricca passed away peacefully the morning of October 15, and was 85 years old. Anne was preceded in death by her husband: Philip John Ricca. She is survived by her two...
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George Paul Gross

December 7, 1923 - October 13, 2018

George P. Gross George Paul Gross, 94, of Chatham, NJ, passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2018 in Summit, NJ. George was born in Tarentum, Pa. to Howard and Clara Gross on December 7, 1923. He grew up in Winter Park, Fla., He married Jane Lion on April 17, 1953 in Short Hills, NJ. He graduated from Rollins College, and received his PhD in Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ...
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Shirley Louise Vitelli

December 4, 1931 - October 5, 2018

Shirley Louise Vitelli (nee Bartell), of Manchester, NJ, formerly of Westfield, NJ, passed away at her home on Friday October 5, 2018, at the age of 86. Born in Brooklyn, NY, to late Rev. Ernest C. and Madeliene King Bartell, Shirley grew up in Exeter, NH, and later lived in Natrona Heights, PA, before moving to Westfield. Shirley attended the Knox School for Girls in Cooperstown, NY, and Mount...
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Pamala G. Elmendorf

May 29, 1924 - September 27, 2018

Pamala Goodwill Elmendorf was born May 29, 1924 in Southern Pines, North Carolina. She peacefully passed away in her home in Fanwood, New Jersey on Thursday, September 27th, 2018 surrounded by loved ones. She was 94 years old. She is survived by a son Thomas (Susan) Darrell Elmendorf and two daughters, Sheryl Laliberte and Rayna Elmendorf; Four grandsons, Bryan (Alana) Laliberte, Jeffrey ...
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Nancy Christine Erickson

June 6, 1945 - September 27, 2018

Nancy Christine Erickson, 73, passed away Thursday afternoon, September 27, at her home in Edison. She maintained her generosity of heart and upbeat spirit throughout her illness. An educator, she enjoyed a career spanning 34 years in the service of the South Plainfield community. Born on June 6, 1945 to Ida and Eric Erickson, Nancy grew up on Staten Island. From her earliest moments, she was...
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Edna McGraham Szeliga

April 28, 1920 - September 16, 2018

Edna McGraham Szeliga, 98, of Fanwood, died Sunday September 16, 2018, at the Autumn Lake Health Care Center, Berkeley Heights. Born in the Bronx, NY to William and Catherine Fitzgerald McGraham, Edna moved to Westfield in 1956, then later to Fanwood in 2006. She was a longtime member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, where she had been active with the Rosary Society. Edna was a volunteer at...
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Terrence M Farley

March 6, 1930 - August 25, 2018

Terrence M. Farley, a Limited Partner at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. and resident of Basking Ridge, NJ, formerly of Westfield, NJ, died on August 25, 2018. He was 88. He was born March 6, 1930 in New York City, the second son of Terrence and Mary Farley. He was predeceased by his brother, Russell. He was educated at New York City public schools including College of the City of New York...
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Dolores (nee Tedesco) Koller

April 25, 1929 - July 28, 2018

KOLLER, Dolores (nee Tedesco), 89, on July 28, 2018, Beloved wife of the late Rev. Walter E. Koller, Devoted mother of Walter J. Koller (Christine Waldron), loving grandmother of Cora, dear step sister of Rudolph Novotny. Graduate of Queens College, NY, retired English teacher in the Cheltenham, PA School District. Her grave- side service will be 12:30PM August 2, 2018, in the ...
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Olive Stoker Tice

November 5, 1917 - July 23, 2018

Olive Louise Stoker Tice (known as ' Ollie'), was born on November 5, 1917 in Auburn, NY and passed away at the age of 100 on July 23, 2018 in Basking Ridge, NJ. She graduated from Russell Sage College in 1939 and was married for 58 years to Edward Allen Tice who passed away in 1999. She is survived by her children, Stephen Tice, Laura Weiner, and Virginia Stillman; and by her...
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Anna Mary Herbst

January 13, 1928 - July 20, 2018

Anna Mary Herbst, 90, loving care giver to parents and veterans, licensed hairdresser, active participant in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, enthusiastic baker, passed away in her sleep on July 20, 2018 at the Bridgeway Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hillsboro, New Jersey. Anna resided for almost 20 years at the Gill Sr. Citizens apartments in Cranford. Anna Mary Herbst and her twin sister...
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Chester Rogala

December 4, 1937 - July 20, 2018

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Frances C. Brader

September 17, 1923 - July 18, 2018

Frances C. Brader (nee Brown), 94, of Mountainside, passed away on July 18, 2018. Frances' visitation will be on Friday July 20th from 6 to 8 PM, at Gray Funeral Home, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield, where her funeral service will begin at 10AM, Saturday, July 21, 2018. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Fran, an avid gardener, was a longtime resident of Westfield. She had...
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Richard Townley Weldon

June 8, 1944 - July 12, 2018

Richard Townley Weldon. 74, of Westfield and Mantoloking, passed away on Thursday July 12, 2018 at his residence in Mantoloking. Richard's Life Celebration will be Monday July 16th from 3:00-6:00PM at Gray Funeral Home, 318 E.Broad St., Westfield. Private funeral services with burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Brielle, NJ will be on Tuesday July 17, 2018.Please go to: www.grayfuneralhomes.com to...
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Wanda F. Solosy

December 29, 1928 - July 9, 2018

WANDA F. SOLOSY, 89, formerly of Mountainside, NJ, died Monday July 9, 2018, In Newberry, SC. Wanda's visitation will be from 4:00-8:00PM Friday July 13th, at Gray Funeral Home, 318 E. Broad St, Westfield. Her funeral mass will be celebrated at 10AM Saturday July 14, 2018 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Mountainside Interment will follow at St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia. Born in...
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Margaret Mary (nee McAllister) Ward

October 8, 1942 - June 25, 2018

Margaret Ward, 75, Multifaceted Wife, Mother, Computer Programmer and Merchant. Margaret Ward, of Westfield, passed away peacefully at home on June 25th after a 6 year battle with cancer. Intellectually curious and creative her entire life, Margaret was first an English teacher, following her graduation from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1964. In 1966, Margaret married Kenneth Ward of the same ...
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Betty Schenck

July 6, 1929 - June 23, 2018

Betty Hanshew Schenck passed away on June 23 in Venice, Florida. She was born on July 6, 1929, the daughter of the late Marjorie and Frank Hanshew. Betty grew up in Westfield, New Jersey, attended the local schools and graduated from Skidmore College. An accomplished artist, she became an art teacher and for many years was the head of the Art Department at Westfield High School until her...
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Juliet W. Griffin

January 13, 1920 - June 8, 2018

Juliet W. Griffin – age 98 Born in Schenectady, NY, Mrs. Griffin lived in Maplewood, NJ, for many years. She was a graduate of Columbia High School and a 1941 graduate of Wilson College, Chambersburg. Prior to her marriage, she was employed in the commercial department of New Jersey Bell Telephone Co., ending her career as business office supervisor in the General Accounts Office. Mr....
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Robert Bob Daly

May 22, 1978 - May 7, 2018

It is with great sadness the family of Bob Daly announces his passing after an unexpected brain aneurysm on Monday, May 7th, 2018. Bob was 39 years old. He will be lovingly remembered by his father, Neil Daly, his mother, Carole Johansen and his brother Mike Daly. He is also survived by his aunts and uncles, Patricia and John Malazdra, Kathy and Vinny Francesco , David Romano as well as several...
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George Graydon Curtis

January 4, 1936 - May 5, 2018

George Graydon Curtis, 82, of Westfield passed away on Saturday, May 5 at the Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care in Scotch Plains. Don was born on January 4, 1936 in Rochester, New York, the only child of the late George Graydon, Sr. and Dorothea Smith Curtis. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the University of Rochester in 1958 and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree...
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Robert E Wyckoff

August 19, 1937 - May 5, 2018

Robert E. Wyckoff Former Mountainside Councilman, Fire Chief, and Director of Public Works Robert E. Wyckoff, 80, of Mountainside, NJ, passed away peacefully at his residence, surrounded by his loving family on Saturday May 5, 2018. Robert's visitation will be Tuesday May 8th, from 2-4 and 7-9PM at Gray Funeral Home, 318 E. Broad St.,...
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Gabor "Gabe" Kardos

October 18, 1945 - April 28, 2018

Gabor "Gabe" Kardos, 72 Gabor "Gabe" Kardos, 72, resident of Mountainside, known locally as the "Poem & Pen Man", passed away on April 28, 2018. Born in Hungary in 1945, he moved to the US in 1957. He served in the US Army in the 24th Infantry Division. Gabe married his high school sweetheart, Sharyn (neé Hawkins), whom he met in 1961; they were together for 57 crazy, loving years. ...
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Frank A. Cutler, Jr,

November 14, 1920 - April 18, 2018

FRANK A. CUTLER Jr. Long-time Westfield resident, Frank A. Cutler Jr., 97, passed away on April 18, 2018 in his sleep. Born in 1920 in Pana, Illinois, he was the youngest of seven children. He excelled at math and science at Pana( IL) Township High School. He also spent time playing the oboe in the school orchestra, and participating in the theater program. In 2004, he was inducted into Pana...
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Margaretha G. Hoogsteen

November 26, 1928 - April 15, 2018

Margaretha Geessiena Hoogsteen, (formerly of Westfield, NJ and Waretown, NJ), age 89, unexpectedly passed away with her family at her side in Morristown Medical Center in Morristown NJ on April 15, 2018. Margaret was born on November 26, 1928 in Bedum, The Netherlands. She earned her Teacher's Certificates and taught farm children in a small farming village school in the Netherlands until...
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Robert Lincoln Fink

February 12, 1925 - April 6, 2018

Robert Lincoln Fink, 93, formerly of Westfield, died on April 6, 2018, at the Pigeon Forge, TN, Care and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Elizabeth, NJ to the late George E. and Laura Bean Fink, Bob grew up in Westfield, where he was active with the Westfield YMCA, and was a 1947 graduate of Westfield High School. A veteran of World War II, serving in the US Navy, Bob was a graduate of...
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Carl Peter Rentrop

March 27, 1994 - April 5, 2018

Carl Peter Rentrop March 27, 1994 - April 5, 2018 Our Beloved Son and Brother Always in Our Hearts and Memory Carla,...
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Patricia Lynn (nee Britton) Kopp

March 19, 1948 - March 26, 2018

Patricia Lynn (Britton) Kopp, 70, died at 4:30 PM. On Monday, March 26, 2018 at Center For Hope, Peggy's House in Scotch Plains, NJ. She was the wife of Robert W. Kopp. Both Robert and Patricia have been Scotch Plains residents for over 39 years. There will be no viewing. Cremation will be arranged by Gray Funeral Home in Westfield and will take place at the Rosehill Crematory, Linden, NJ. A ...
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Roland Edwin Engelke

May 14, 1935 - March 18, 2018

Roland E. Engelke, 82, of Scotch Plains, died suddenly at his residence on Sunday March 18, 2018. Born in Brooklyn, NY, to the late Fred and Frances (Whunch) Engelke. he is survived by his brother: Warren R. Engelke of Westfield. A longtime resident of Westfield, Roland graduated from Westfield High School in 1953. He later graduated from Franklin and Marshal University, Lancaster, PA,...
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Shirley Betty (nee Witenberg) Fischer

May 12, 1929 - March 14, 2018

With a heavy heart, we regret to announce that Shirley Fischer passed away in her sleep on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Shirley B. Fischer, 88, Born May 12, 1929 to Goldie and Nathan Witenberg in Middletown, CT. She graduated from Middletown High School and Toby Coborn School for Fashion careers with a specialization in merchandizing. She worked for Federated Department Stores for over 40 years...
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Marillyn "Lyn" (nee Dembeck) Kole

December 21, 1923 - March 9, 2018

Lyn Kole (nee Marillyn Dembeck), 94, of Westfield, died March 9, 2018 at her residence. Born on December 21, 1923, Lyn was predeceased by her husband Ed Kole in 2013. She is survived by her daughter Suzan; son, Jeffrey; three grandchildren: Emily, J.B., and Lily. She is also survived by relatives in NJ and Ohio. Lyn was a member of The Presbyterian Church in Westfield. At her request there will...
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Ann Marie (nee Skorge) Sensbach

September 25, 1931 - March 7, 2018

Ann Marie (nee Skorge) Sensbach, 86, of Fayson Lakes (Kinnelon), NJ, passed away on March 7, 2018. Ann's Life Celebration will be from 4-8PM Tuesday March 13th at Gray Funeral Home, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield, where her funeral service will begin at 10:30AM Wednesday March 14, 2018. Please go to: www.grayfuneralhomes.com to view her life tribute. Ann was born in Plainfield, NJ, the daughter of...
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Joan M. Harvey

February 8, 1931 - February 9, 2018

Joan M. Harvey (nee Donahue), 87, formerly of Westfield, NJ, died on Friday February 9, 2018, at Green Knoll Nursing Center in Bridgewater. Joan's visitation will be from 4:00-7:00PM Sunday February 11th, at Gray Funeral Home, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield. Her funeral mass will be celebrated at 10AM Monday, February 12, 2018 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Westfield. Interment will follow in...
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Edward L. "Ted" Terry

January 6, 1919 - February 4, 2018

Edward L. "Ted" Terry Jr, 99, of Mountainside, NJ, died on Sunday February 5, 2018. Ted's Visitation will be from 6:00-9:00PM Wednesday February 7th at Gray Funeral Home, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield, where his funeral service will begin at 10AM Thursday February 8, 2018. Interment with honors will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Please go to: www.grayfuneralhomes.com, to offer...
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Jesus Perez-Santalla

March 8, 1937 - January 18, 2018

CUBAN IMMIGRANT, PROUD AMERICAN CITIZEN, BELOVED FATHER, GRANDFATHER, HUSBAND AND FOUNDER OF RIA MONEY TRANSFER WORLDWIDE, JESUS PEREZ-SANTALLA DIES AT AGE 80 IN CUERNAVACA, MEXICO Jesus Perez-Santalla left this world on January 18, 2018 in peace after a long and productive life well lived. He was known as "Papi"" to his six children, "Abuelo" to his 18 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren...
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Georgios Drimtgias

November 15, 1950 - January 14, 2018

Georgios Drimtgias, 67, of Mountainside, NJ, died on Sunday January 14, 2018, in Miami, FL, where he had been residing during the past year. Born in Athens, Greece, he was a fromer owner of the Bridgewater Diner, Bridgewater, NJ. He also worked with his best friend and house painter Thomas Anastasiou. He is survived by his loving wife: Alba Olivero Drmtgias, and his brother: Theophilos...
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Mildred L. Messersmith

September 24, 1922 - January 11, 2018

On January 11, 2018 Mildred L. Messersmith "Mema" of Cranford, NJ passed from this world with her family surrounding her bedside. She is survived by her daughter Joan Alesi, her daughter Susan Miccio and son-in- law Ralph, daughter Marion Cossa and son-in-law Alan. She is also survived by 6 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren. There will be a private memorial service to be held at Gray...
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Charles D. "Bud" Pulis, Jr.

May 9, 1932 - November 11, 2017

CHARLES D. (BUD) PULIS, JR. Charles D. Pulis, Jr., affectionately known as "Bud," of Springfield, New Jersey died peacefully on November 11, 2017 at the age of 85. The son of Lillian and Charles D. Pulis, of Westfield, Bud was born May 9, 1932 in Brooklyn, NY; and came to Westfield following his birth. He attended Westfield schools, graduated from the Taft School, in Watertown, CT, followed...
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Shirley (nee Marden) Payne

May 27, 1922 - November 2, 2017

Shirley Marden Payne,95, of Westfield and Mountainside passed away peacefully on Thursday November 2nd at Brighton Gardens of Mountainside. Shirley was born on May 27, 1922 in Westfield. She attended Westfield schools and graduated from Westfield High School. She then went on to receive a degree in Textile Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn New York. Shirley was a lifelong member of her...
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Elizabeth Thora Howarth

September 28, 1920 - October 31, 2017

Elizabeth Thora Howarth September 28, 1920 – October 31, 2017 Elizabeth was born on September 28, 1920, the third of five children of Ole and Thora Larsen in Scotch Plains, NJ. She attended the Scotch Plains school system and graduated from Scotch Plains High School. After high school, Elizabeth had a bank job in Manhattan. During World War II, she gave up her bank job to be a ...
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Richard W. Haesler

September 14, 1929 - October 8, 2017

Richard William Haesler, 88, of Wall, N.J., passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont, after a brief illness. He was surrounded by his family. The son of Joseph and Loretta (nee Gannon), Richard grew up in Upper Montclair with brother Joseph, Jr. and sister Jean. He graduated from Saint Benedicts Preparatory School in Newark in...
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Manfred Gunther Bass

August 15, 1935 - October 8, 2017

Manfred G. Bass, 82, of Mountainside, NJ, passed away on Sunday October 8, 2017. Visitation will be 5:00-9:00PM Wednesday October 11, 2017 at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield, NJ, where a private funeral service will be held on Thursday October 12, 2017. Interment will follow in Hollywood Memorial Park, Union, NJ. Manfred was the son of the late Herta and Helmut Bass. He was...
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Eliane G Bobin

December 11, 1920 - August 31, 2017

Eliane G. Bobin Worked at Local Piano Store Miss Eliane G. Bobin , at the age of 96, went to her eternal rest on Thursday, August 31.She had been a resident of Cranford Health and Rehabilitation Center for about four years and enjoyed the company of the staff there. She was a lifelong lover of fashion and music, and appreciated the finer things in life. She took pride in her organization of...
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June Westdyke McDaniel

February 18, 1925 - August 27, 2017

June Westdyke McDaniel June W. McDaniel, formerly of Westfield, died Sunday August 27, at her residence in Fellowship Village, Basking Ridge, NJ. She was 92 years of age. June was predeceased by her husband Raymond W. McDaniel. June volunteered for many years at The Consignmant Shop, Flemington, NJ. Benefits of which go to trasitional house of Safe in Hunterdon to help victims of...
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Peter Fryziuk

June 16, 1927 - August 26, 2017

Peter Fryziuk, 90, formerly of Mountainside, passed away on Saturday August 26, 2017, at Easton Hospital, in Easton, PA, where he resided for the past several years. Born in Sadjava, Ukraine, he came to America in the late 1950s. He was retired from the B&M Finishers company in Kenilworth. Peter was devoted to his faith, and was a longtime member of St. John The Baptist Ukrainian Catholic...
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Mary (Gougoumis) Karagannis

October 6, 1923 - August 14, 2017

Mary Karagannis (nee Gougoumis), 93, of Freehold, NJ, passed away on Monday August 14, 2017, at The Manor, a nursing and care center in Freehold. Born in New York City, Mary had worked as a bookkeeper for the Karis Paper and Food Distributing company in Newark, NJ. She was the beloved wife of the late Peter D. Karagannis, who died in 1990. She was also preceded in death by a son-in-law: Neil...
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Joan V. Stone

March 18, 1918 - July 31, 2017

Joan Valentine Stone, a longtime Westfield resident, passed away peacefully on July 31, 2017 after a long illness. She was 99. Survivors include her son Greg, his wife Mary, their children Lauren and Jack, Joan's sister Lilian and many nieces and nephews. Joan was born in Butler, Pennsylvania and moved to Elizabeth, New Jersey at the age of ten. She spent two years in Europe as a...
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Evonthia " Evon" Karveli Laskaris

March 16, 1937 - July 27, 2017

Evonthia Karveli "Evon" Laskaris, 80, of Fanwood, NJ passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Visitation will take place at Gray Funeral Home, 318 E Broad St, Westfield, NJ on Sunday, July 30 from 4:00-7:00 pm. The funeral service will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Westfield, NJ on Monday, July 31 at 11:00 followed by interment at Ocean...
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Carolyn Nichols Wilday

August 19, 1919 - July 22, 2017

Carolyn Nichols Wilday Carolyn Nichols Wilday, long term resident of Sun City, California, died on Saturday, July 22 in Charleston, South Carolina. Carolyn was 97. She was born on August 19, 1919 in Washington D.C. to Henry W. Nichols and Bertha Bell Nichols. Carolyn attended elementary and high school in Westfield, New Jersey and also attended Syracuse University in New York. In 1941, Carolyn...
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Donna Eckler

August 8, 1952 - July 20, 2017

Donna Eckler, 64, of Fords, NJ, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 20 with Bob Farrar by her side at her residence. Born in Jersey City, NJ, Donna spent most of her professional career as an Administrative and Editorial Manager for AT&T Communications. Donna loved to travel, some of her favorite places were Lake George, NY and Sunny Florida. She also was an Athlete at heart, especially...
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Robert W. Selvig

July 9, 1918 - July 18, 2017

Robert W. Selvig, 99, of Tewksbury, passed away at home July 18 surrounded by his loving family. His parents immigrated to the US from Norway and settled in Chicago where Robert was born. A decade later, his father was transferred to Westfield where Robert would spend early adulthood. His education at UVM and NYU was interspersed with adventures riding the rails, followed by five years in service...
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Luis Socorro Mendez

January 6, 1937 - July 5, 2017

Luis S. Mendez, 80, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by loved ones on July 5, 2017. Luis was born in Havana, Cuba on January 6, 1937 and studied law at the University of Havana. Forced to flee his home country to escape political persecution, he ultimately arrived in New York in 1961. Luis utilized his keen business acumen and steadfast determination to propel himself with...
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Gregory D. Winter

April 30, 1949 - July 3, 2017

Gregory D. Winter Obituary Gregory D. Winter, 68, of Westfield NJ died peacefully in his sleep on Monday July 3, 2017 while on vacation in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Visitation will be at Gray Funeral Home in Westfield on Thursday July 20 from 4-8 PM. A funeral service will be held on Friday July 21 at 11 AM at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 414 E. Broad Street in Westfield. An interment...
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Steven Scott Mee

July 22, 1963 - July 3, 2017

Steven Scott Mee, 53, of Delran, New Jersey, passed away on July 3rd, 2017 peacefully in his sleep. Steve was born in Newark, New Jersey on July 22nd 1963. He graduated from Scotch Plains/Fanwood High School in 1981 and then attended Union County College. Steve was married to Jennifer (Palumbo) Mee on October 4th, 1992. They were married 24 years. Steve worked as a compliance director...
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Thomas J. Sensbach, Sr.

July 6, 1929 - June 18, 2017

Thomas "Tom" Sensbach, 87, of Fayson Lakes, NJ, passed away on June 18, 2017. Tom's visitation will be on Thursday June 22nd from 4:00-8:00PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield, where his funeral service will begin at 10AM Friday June 23, 2017. Please go to: www.grayfuneralhomes.com to view Tom's Life Tribute. Tom was born in Westfield, NJ, the son of the late Siebert and...
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B. Schmidt

October 14, 1933 - May 27, 2017

Eleanore Schmidt (nee Braun), 83, of Mountainside passed away peacefully on Saturday May 27 at her son's home in Warren, NJ. Private arrangements are by the Gray Funeral Home in Westfield, NJ. A memorial service will be held at 12 pm on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the Community Presbyterian Church in Mountainside, NJ. Mrs. Schmidt worked in retail sales for many years at Sealfon's and at Lord &...
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Marion D. Wetzel

May 25, 1926 - May 27, 2017

Marion Daisy Wetzel The Westfield Starbucks lost a loyal customer on May 27, 2017, when Marion Daisy Wetzel died at home at the age of 91 after a short illness. Marion Crook was born on May 25, 1926 in Coney Island, New York, where her parents, Irving and Florence Crook, raised Marion and her older brother, Robert. Marion was just 15 when the America entered WWII. Marion's life revolved...
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John G. Sully

July 6, 1922 - May 20, 2017

John George Sully of Westfield, NJ passed away at his home on May 20. Born on July 6, 1922, in Newark, NJ, he was the only child of Katharine and George Sully. On January 26, 1946, he married Patricia Stevens in Southington, CT. She predeceased him in 2014. He was a graduate of The Lawrenceville School and earned a BA at Princeton University where he played varsity hockey and baseball. He...
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Doris M. (nee Bedford) Rabasca

August 14, 1923 - May 18, 2017

Doris M. Rabasca ( née Bedford), 93, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Doris' Life Celebration and visitation will be Sunday May 21st, from 2-4 and 6-8PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad Street, Westfield. Her funeral service will begin at 10AM Monday May 22, 2017, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 559 Park Ave, Scotch Plains...
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Josephine Scannella Weibel

January 4, 1927 - April 26, 2017

Josephine Scannella Weibel, 90, of Cranford, passed away on Wednesday April 26, 2017 at Cranford Health and Extended Care Center. Born in Scranton, PA, Josephine was the beloved wife and helpmate of the late Lorenz Henry Weibel, who was a math and science teacher in the Cranford Public Schools. Mrs. Weibel was active with the Cranford United Methodist Church , where she was a past recording...
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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: www.grayfuneralhomes.com 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 grayfuneralhomes.com 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 www.GrayFuneralHomes.com 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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