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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

Florence Ferrere

April 9, 1914 - October 10, 2020

Florence Ferrere, 106 years and 6 months old, of Mountainside, passed away on October 10, 2020. An amazing person, up until just three years ago, Florence was still shoveling snow and re-painting her garage floor. So what was the secret to her longevity ? While she ate lots of fruits and vegetables, and exercised a lot, Florence enjoyed eating cold cuts, meat, ice cream and candy, everything in...
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Lillian Catherine Vogel

January 25, 1918 - October 3, 2020

Lillian C. Vogel, 102 of Mountainside NJ Funeral services for Lillian Vogel, who passed away on Oct. 3rd at 102, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 7th. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Gray Funeral Home, 318 E. Broad St. Westfield. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Please go to: to offer condolences. Born in 1918, Lillian was a...
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Roxie Ann (nee Frazier) Rela

March 29, 1934 - September 20, 2020

Roxie Ann Rela of Westfield, passed away peacefully in her home on September 20, 2020 at the age of 86, surrounded by her loved ones. She is survived by her loving son Matthew, daughter-in-law Lynn, grandsons Matthew and Michael, and sister Mary Lou Camilli. Roxie graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. After traveling the world as a stewardess...
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Kenneth Carleton Wooster

July 31, 1933 - September 8, 2020

Kenneth Carleton Wooster. July 31, 1933-September 8, 2020 He served his Lord, He served his Family, He Served his Friends, He served his Country. On September 8, 2020, on his beloved wife Theresa's birthday, Kenneth Carleton Wooster of Westfield, NJ left his life here on earth to enter into eternal life. His lifelong deep and abiding faith insures that he was welcomed to live and dwell in...
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Marion C. Bass

December 14, 1940 - September 8, 2020

Marion Claire Bass, 79, of Mountainside, NJ passed away on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. A funeral service will be held at 12:30pm on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 in Hollywood Memorial Park, Union, NJ, immediately following a private visitation for family members from 10am to 12pm at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E Broad Street, Westfield, NJ. Marion was the daughter of the late Edmund and Dorothy...
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Marie Louise Castaldo

August 6, 1949 - September 7, 2020

Marie Castaldo,71, of Westfield, NJ died on Monday, September 7, 2020 in her home. Marie was born and raised in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY by her late adoptive parents, Robert and Marie Croce. She attended college at St Joseph's College in Brooklyn and received her M.A. in Education from New York University. She started teaching in inner-city schools after college and then, following her...
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Harriette M. Waltner

March 28, 1946 - September 6, 2020

It is with profound sadness that we share with you that Harriette Waltner passed away on Sunday, September 6 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. Harriette had a long and impeccable career at Rutgers University NJ Medical School. Initially, she was part of the Student Affairs team at NJMS, but in the 1970's she was recruited into the Dean's Office and stayed there for...
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Frederick J. Griffin, Jr.

July 7, 1921 - August 29, 2020

Noticefor Frederick J. Griffin: Born in Newark,Mr. Griffin moved to Westfield in 1951. He was graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor Science degree in Commerce and Finance. After four years' service in the United States Army during World War II, where he attained the rank ofCaptain, he joined New Jersey Bell in 1946. Over the next 39 years, Mr. Griffin held a number...
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Nancy E. (nee Scott) Murphy

November 11, 1962 - August 20, 2020

Nancy Murphy, 57, of Westfield/Avenel, passed away of natural causes on August 20, 2020. Born to Eileen and Elliott Scott, November 11, 1962, in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Nancy graduated from Westfield High School, later achieved an Associates Degree, and was employed in various secretarial positions over the years. Nancy often stated she was extremely proud of her two children,...
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Phyllis M. (nee Burke) Pecka

February 25, 1921 - August 4, 2020

Phyllis Pecka passed away peacefully on August 4, 2020 at her home in Westfield, NJ. She was 99 years old. Born on a dairy farm in Clarkfield, Minnesota, Phyllis spent the first 16 years of her life without electricity or indoor plumbing. Shortly after graduating at the top of her high school class, Phyllis ventured to Minneapolis, "the big city", for employment. In the aftermath of Pearl...
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Diana L Taylor

August 9, 1927 - July 30, 2020

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George Hodges Bidgood

November 25, 1927 - July 30, 2020

George Hodges Bidgood, age 92, passed away on July 30 due to complications from a 10-year struggle with dementia. The only child of George and Ruth Hoskins Hodges, George was born on November 25, 1927 in Pineville, Kentucky, a small coal-mining town in southern Appalachia. George graduated from Pineville High School as Valedictorian of her class. The longtime Westfield resident had an adventurous...
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Kyu Hak Choi

February 5, 1950 - July 5, 2020

A complete obituary is being composed by the family.
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Nancy Marie (New) Whitbred

May 10, 1930 - June 8, 2020

Nancy Marie New Whitbred passed away on June 8, 2020 surrounded by her family at her home in Mountainside, NJ, she was 90 years old. Nancy grew up in Elizabeth, NJ and was a graduate of Battin High School where she won the drama award for excellence in theater. She married Willard R. Whitbred in 1951 and moved to Mountainside, NJ where they raised three children. Nancy was a devoted and loving...
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Alwine Lois Hasselman

January 29, 1924 - June 2, 2020

Alwine Lois Hasselman, 96, was laid to rest Monday, June 8th , 2020 at the Presbyterian Cemetery in Springfield, NJ. Alwine (who we all knew as Lois) was a lifelong resident of Garwood, NJ where she raised 5 children, Margaret, Barbara, Donald, Kurt and William with her husband Walter, who predeceased her. She worked at her family business Mende's florist, located in Springfield, NJ for many...
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Karl Larson Burke

May 23, 1981 - May 18, 2020

Karl Larson Burke was born on May 23, 1981 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As a young child he was full of life and energy. He was an avid sports fan and loved to cheer on his favorite teams. He was the best improv comedian anyone would be lucky to experience. He was a well of knowledge about history, movies, science, music and art. A true renaissance man. However, his most heartfelt passion was music...
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Wm. Glenn Gandy

October 27, 1941 - May 6, 2020

William Glenn Gandy (78) died May 6, 2020 at the Lyons V.A. C.L.C. from COVID19. Born October 27, 1941 in Franklin County, Alabama to Henry and Effie Gandy, he is survived by his siblings Shirley Brocato and Gary Gandy. Glenn entered the United States Marine Corps in February 1964 and two years of his nine years' of service were spent in Vietnam. For his valor he was awarded the Silver...
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Robert Hargro

February 3, 1942 - April 17, 2020

Robert Hargro was born February 3,1942 in North Carolina. He departed this life on April 17, 2020. Robert had a love for music of all types- Motown, Jazz, R&B, Classical, early Rock and Roll and country. He enjoyed the hustle and bustle of New York City where he worked for over 35 years and could be routinely seen in a hat of his favourite NFL team, the NY Jets. Robert leaves behind to cherish...
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Lauramae Weber Cutler

March 22, 1922 - April 17, 2020

Long-time Westfield resident Lauramae Cutler, 98, passed away peacefully on April 17th. Born in Westerville, Ohio, she was the oldest of four children. She earned a B. A. Degree in Chemistry from Maryville College in 1943 and studied at the University of Akron while working at B. F. Goodrich. There, she met her future husband, Frank A. Cutler Jr., and following their marriage in 1946, moved...
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Ryan Christopher Mee

July 1, 1994 - April 17, 2020

Ryan Christopher Mee, 25, of Delran, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2020 in the arms of his true love and high school sweet heart. Ryan Christopher was born in Livingston, New Jersey on July 1, 1994 to Steven Scott Mee and Jennifer Palumbo Mee. He came into this world kicking and screaming, but then quickly smiled up into his momma's eyes. Ryan's vivacious nature just...
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John Elder Cohoon

October 24, 1923 - April 2, 2020

John Elder Cohoon was born October 24, 1923 in Easthampton, MA to Foster L. Cohoon and Helen B. Elder. His achievements started early when he attended the first National Boy Scout Jamboree in Washington DC in 1937 and succeeded in attaining the milestone of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Franklin High School in 1941 and went on to graduate as valedictorian of the first graduating class of Dean...
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Robert Fairbairn Derrey

August 12, 1931 - March 26, 2020

Robert Fairbairn Derrey passed away peacefully on March 26, 2020 after nearly nine decades of a life well-lived. Born to Natalie Fairbairn Derrey and Roger Derrey on August 12, 1931, Robert (Bob) was raised by his mother and grandparents, prominent Westfield residents Robert and Frances Fairbairn, at their historic family home on Kimball Avenue. Known as Brute to his family and close friends, Bob...
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Joanne A Sullebarger

June 19, 1930 - March 25, 2020

Joanne Aspinall Sullebarger, a Westfield resident for over 50 years, passed away peacefully on March 25, 2020 in Cincinnati where she had lived since 2014. Born in Newark in 1930, she attended the Vail-Deane School in Elizabeth. She received a B.A. from Douglass College in 1952 after also attending Mount Holyoke College and Barnard and later obtained a certificate from the New York School of...
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Dorothy Emelia Smith

November 1, 1931 - February 17, 2020

Dorothy E. Smith (Galli), 88, of Westfield, New Jersey, passed away on Monday, February 17, 2020. A Memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church, 125 Elmer Street in Westfield, N.J., on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 2:00pm. She was born to the late Rebello and Lena May Galli, November 1, 1931. Dorothy received a BA in Political Science from Brown University in 1953. She married...
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Alfred F. Lesiak

May 6, 1945 - February 15, 2020

Alfred F. Lesiak, Jr., 74, of Tinton Falls, NJ, passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2020. Born in Jersey City, NJ, Al earned a master's degree in economics from Jersey City State College and went on to teach history in the Woodbridge Township School District for over 30 years. After getting married Al found a one-acre lot on a parcel of land owned by the Van Nuys farming farm where he built a...
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Claudine W. Mill

October 24, 1925 - February 2, 2020

Claudine W. Mill, a Westfield resident for 65 years, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 2 surrounded by her husband and daughters. She was a devoted wife and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Born in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1925, Claudia married the love of her life, Robert C. Mill, and had over 71 wonderful years with him. Together they raised four...
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Christine Kyritsis

November 8, 1931 - January 25, 2020

Christine Kyritsis, 88, of Bridgewater, died peacefully on January 25, 2020. Her funeral service will begin at 11AM Wednesday January 29, 2020 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Westfield, where her visitation will begin at 10:15 AM Wednesday until service time. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Please go to: to offer condolences. Born in Cyprus,...
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Victor A Rela

January 1, 1930 - January 25, 2020

Victor A Rela of Westfield, NJ passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones, in his home on January 25, 2020 at the age of 90. He is survived by his loving wife Roxie A. Rela, son Matthew, daughter in law Lynn, grandsons Matthew and Michael, brother Dominick and sister Margret Marhefka. Victor graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Engineering degree. After service in...
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Doug Burton

August 11, 1943 - December 29, 2019

Douglas Burton 76, of Middlesex, NJ, passed away on the evening of Sunday, December 29th at home surrounded by family and friends. Born on August 11, 1943 in Westfield, New Jersey, Doug was the son of the late Adele Danker and George Burton. He attended Westfield High School. Shortly after that, with the help of his uncle, he started his own successful business, Doug Burton Ceramic Tile, which...
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Virginia D. Osiecki

July 31, 1918 - December 24, 2019

Virginia D. Osiecki (nee Gawarecki), age 101, of Mountainside, NJ, passed away peacefully December 24, 2019 at Tidewell Hospice Care in Port Charlotte, Florida. Since 2013, Virginia had been residing in assisted care in Punta Gorda, FL. Virginia "Ginny" was born in Newark, NJ on July 31, 1918 to Stefan and Bertha Gawarecki who predeceased her. She spent her early years growing up during the...
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Allen V. Aldrich

March 10, 1942 - December 23, 2019

Allen V. Aldrich, 77, of Cranford passed away unexpectedly on December 23, 2019 at home. Born in Hillsborough, NH, he lived in New Jersey since 1963. Mr. Aldrich was a veteran of the US Army, serving in Korea. A concrete and paving contractor, he began his career with Cardell, Inc. Keasbey, and was later the co-owner of Al-Lee Contractors, Sayreville, and the owner and founder of Aldrich...
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Kenneth Paul May

March 7, 1949 - December 10, 2019

Dr. Kenneth P. May, 70 of Westfield, was called home Tuesday, December 10, 2019 after a sudden and brief illness. Ken's visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 PM Friday December 13th, at Gray Funeral Home, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield. His funeral service will begin at 11:00 AM Saturday December 14, 2019 at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield. Interment will follow later in the Revolutionary Cemetery,...
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Lucilia G. (nee Garcia) Ramalho

January 26, 1948 - December 5, 2019

Lucilia G. Ramalho, 71, of Colonia, passed away on December 5, 2019. Born in Peniche, Portugal to the late Raul and Lucilia Rocha Pera Garcia, she is survived by her husband of 51 years, Manuel A. Ramalho. She was the beloved mother of son: Manny Ramalho and his wife Kathleen, daughter: Debbie Rouse and her husband Michael, beloved grandmother of Christian J. Ramalho, Katherine Luci Ramahlo,...
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William Paul Kaczynski, Sr.

October 11, 1941 - November 19, 2019

Founder and President of Woodbridge Builders Corp. William P. Kaczynski, Sr., 78, passed away peacefully in the presence of his family on November 19, 2019. Bill was born in Bayonne and was a US Army veteran. He raised his family in Clark and was founder and president of Woodbridge Builders Corp. An avid golfer, he was a member of the Colonia Country Club. Bill is survived by his beloved...
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Esther Emery

September 18, 1920 - October 28, 2019

Esther Emery went home to be with the Lord on October 28, 2019 at the age of 99. Born in Scranton Pa. on September 18, 1920 to the late Simon and Rose Matweyiw, she resided in Westfield for over 60 years. She was a long-time member of Evangel Church in Scotch Plains and worked at Hahne and Company for many years. Esther was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Emery and her son, Carl...
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Richard S. Hingel

May 8, 1967 - October 26, 2019

Richard Hingel entered into eternal life on October 26, 2019 in New York City. Richard was born in Summit on May 8, 1967. He was raised in Westfield and graduated from Westfield Senior High School in 1985. Richard was passionate about wrestling and was a Varsity wrestler since 9th grade. During his tenure on the Varsity Wrestling Team he was part of two district championship teams and one...
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Scott D Gray

November 26, 1960 - October 21, 2019

"Every child is gifted; they just unwrap their packages at different times". Scott D. Gray, 58, formerly of Westfield, passed away peacefully after a sudden illness, on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, where he resided, at The All American Adult Facility, in Hillsborough, N.J. As a 1979 Westfield High School graduate, Scott was employed at The OCUC, where he was empowered by an educational...
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James Gemmell Thomson

September 14, 1929 - October 20, 2019

James G. Thomson of Scotch Plains, NJ passed away on Oct. 20, 2019 at Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ. James was preceded in death by his wife Barbara (Pierson) Thomson and survived by three daughters, Wendy S. Thomson of Meriden, CT., Jennifer L. Thomson of Linden, NJ., Tracey S. Thomson of Forked River, NJ., and a son in law Michael Novak of Meriden, CT. James was born & raised, and spent...
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Donna Grozuczak

March 20, 1955 - October 18, 2019

Donna Grozuczak We celebrate the life and mourn the passing of Donna Grozuczak, who died on October 18, 2019 at the age of 64 in Millburn, New Jersey. Donna lived for her family and friends, but devoted the same passion and energy to the children of New Jersey she represented as a law guardian attorney, and the homeless in her community she supported as a long-time volunteer, fundraiser and...
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Marc A Rogala

November 9, 1958 - October 8, 2019

Marc, four random letters that form a name that was a son, brother, grandson, nephew, uncle, and friend. Marc was a beloved son and brother that left us too soon. I could attempt to tell you about Marc's experiences and accomplishments, but no one is ever remembered for the mundane. Instead, I would like to share with you the essence of my brother Marc. A complex man, my brother was a fearless...
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John F. Sipsis

June 22, 1967 - September 26, 2019

John F. Sipsis, 52, of Colonia, passed away on Thursday September 26, 2019. John was an auto mechanic, and had previously operated the Jersey Towing Co. He is the beloved son of Fotios and Konstantia Sipsis, beloved brother of Maria Sipsis, and Laura Sipsis. He is the dear uncle of Alexa, Victoria, and Gianni Alexiades. John's Life Celebration will be Wednedsday October 2nd, from 3:00-8...
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Michael Steven "Mickey" O'Brien

January 3, 1957 - September 20, 2019

Michael Steven "Mickey" O'Brien, 62 of Westfield, passed away suddenly on Friday, September 20, 2019 at home. Mickey was born January 3, 1957 in New York, NY to Francis (Frank) and Estelle (Goldstein) O'Brien. He graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School, Briarwood, NY, received his BS in Biological Sciences from Fordham University, Bronx, NY, in 1978, and his MS in Biological Sciences from...
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Eva Marie (nee Linzer) Wiley

September 8, 2019

Eva Wiley peacefully passed away on September 8, 2019. Eva was born in Perth Amboy, NJ, grew up in Woodbridge, NJ and attended Woodbridge High School. She then went on to graduate with a Fine Arts degree from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ. Shortly after she graduated from college, she met her devoted husband, Jack and they settled together in Westfield, NJ, a community Eva loved...
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Esme Chester Ambos

May 6, 1924 - September 8, 2019

Esme (Chester) Ambos of West Windsor, formerly of Westfield and of Tinton Falls, New Jersey, died September 8, 2019 at the age of 95. Born in Tompkins Cove, New York, she earned a Bachelor of Letters degree from what was then known as the New Jersey College for Women (now Douglass College). She was a member of the only all-women class to have graduated from Rutgers University School of...
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Barbara W. Case

March 2, 1928 - August 12, 2019

Barbara Case of Westfield N.J. passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019. Born in Boston, MA. on March 2, 1928. Her parents were Oliver and Edith Wood. She was raised in Winthrop, MA., lived in Clarksburg, WV, then in Old Bridge, NJ., before moving to Westfield, NJ in 1968. Public Accountant employed by Aaron Beck, CPA for 37 years, first under the name of Feld & Beck, then under the name of...
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Margaret Tobin McKenna

September 9, 1920 - July 17, 2019

Margaret T. McKenna, 98 – Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother: Margaret Tobin McKenna passed peacefully in her sleep on July 17, 2019, in Naples Florida. She was 98 years old. Peggy, as she was called, was born September 9, 1920, in Orange, NJ to Gretchen Krueger Tobin and Clark Walworth Tobin. She married William Leigh Smith shortly after WWII. Together they had four...
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Constance "Connie" (nee Eckert) Chapla

July 15, 1937 - July 1, 2019

Constance (Eckert) Chapla Constance "Connie" Chapla, of Escondido, CA, formerly Hillside, NJ and Mountainside, NJ, went to heaven to join her beloved husband, Walter, on July 1, 2019. She died peacefully after a long battle with lung diseases, at the Atria Assisted Living Facility in San Diego, CA. Connie was born on July 15, 1937, in the Bronx, NY, the 9th child of John and Catherine...
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L. Joann Koster

February 16, 1943 - June 30, 2019

Joann Koster, Insurance Executive Linda "Joann" Koster, beloved leader, mentor and friend died Sunday morning, June 30, 2019 with her wife Laura by her side. In February, she celebrated her 76th birthday at Sunrise Assisted Living Westfield, with a party of friends old and new, the loving staff of Sunrise and her devoted private aids from Right at Home, Chatham, NJ. Known as "Joann", she...
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Mark William Burke

August 18, 1953 - June 6, 2019

Mark William Burke passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at his home in Westfield, New Jersey. He was 65 years young. His sharp intellect, deep humanity, insatiable curiosity and fun-loving sense of adventure endeared him to his family, friends and coworkers. A dearly loved husband, father, son, brother and uncle, his lasting gifts to us all are the countless memories that he...
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Donald Anthony Carrelli

July 2, 1981 - May 25, 2019

Donald Anthony Carrelli was a loving son, loyal brother, favorite uncle, caring friend, and proud Marine. He died tragically doing what he loved – being outdoors on his bicycle. Donald was born July 2, 1981 in Summit, NJ. He grew up in Mountainside, NJ and he attended Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights, NJ. He received a BA from Fairfield University, CT. After 9/11...
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Jessie R. Gray

January 11, 1932 - May 24, 2019

Jessie B. Gray, 87, formerly of Westfield, born and raised in Wilmington, NC, passed away peacefully after a sudden illness, on Friday, May 24, 2019, at RWJ hospital In Somerville, NJ. Jessie is preceded in death by her husband,Of 63 years, Dr. Dean F.Gray. As an accomplished pianist, Jessie received a BA in music from Indiana University, and studied at Flora Macdonald Conservatory in N.C....
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Joseph Philip Dzuback III

May 23, 1951 - May 9, 2019

Joseph Philip Dzuback III, 67, passed away surrounded by his loving family in his Fanwood home on the evening of May 9, 2019, after a valiant fight against cancer. Joe was born in Jersey City on May 23, 1951 and he graduated from Westfield High School in 1969. Joe attended Villanova University, where he earned a B.A. in History and developed a lifelong passion for Villanova basketball. After...
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Anna Marie Ober

January 22, 1926 - April 19, 2019

ANNA MARIE OBER January 22, 1926 to April 19, 2019 Anna Marie Ober (nee Vaccarino) passed away peacefully on Friday, April 19. A long time resident of Westfield, NJ (with intervening residences in Warren, NJ and Fort Myers Fl), Anna was born and raised in Johnston, PA., graduating from Johnstown High School. Following WWII she...
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Henry Laessig IV

February 19, 1930 - April 14, 2019

Henry Laessig IV of Westfield died Sunday, April 14, 2019 at his home in Westfield. Mr. Laessig and his family moved to Westfield in 1959, and lived there until the present. He was a graduate of Drexel University, Philadelphia, receiving a B.S. in Business Administration. He was a member of the Drexel Chapter of Alpha Pi Lambda. Henry served for two years as a Lieutenant in the US army,...
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Rose Dawn Engel

March 29, 1923 - April 6, 2019

Rose Dawn Engel, 96, of Westfield, passed away on April 6, 2019, at Garden Terrace Nursing Home in Chatham, NJ. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 55 years, Walter R. Engel, in 2010. Rose, who was also known by her middle name, Dawn, was born March 29, 1923 in Derby, CT to Biagio and Barbara Spina. She lived on Staten Island, NY with her parents and her brother George (deceased), and...
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Kenneth A Ruppert

March 5, 1946 - March 27, 2019

Kenneth A. Ruppert, 73, formerly of Union, NJ died on March 27, 2019. His funeral service will be 10AM Tuesday April 2, 2019 at Gray Funeral Home, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield, where visitation begins at 9AM Tuesday. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Please go to: to offer condolences. Kenneth was a recent resident of Wall, NJ. A 1964 graduate of...
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Evelyn J Schaefer

September 15, 1929 - March 21, 2019

Evelyn J. Schaefer (nee Kappmeyer). 89, formerly of Westfield, NJ, passed away on March 21, 2019, at Fellowship Village, Basking Ridge, NJ. Born in Plainfield, Evelyn worked at Seaman's Bank in New York City before she was married. A resident of Westfield since 1962, she had worked for the former Wyatt Brother's Clothing Store and Crestmont Bank. Evelyn was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church...
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Lucille B. Finter

December 16, 1930 - March 16, 2019

Lucille B. Finter, 88, of Westfield, NJ, passed peacefully on Saturday, March 16, 2019. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 23 in the Westfield Presbyterian Church chapel at 140 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, NJ. Mrs. Finter was an enthusiastic birder, a lover of nature, a passionate reader and a devoted and deeply loved wife, mother and friend. Born in Westfield...
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Betty Nordquist Sayre

May 21, 1931 - January 31, 2019

BETTY N. SAYRE, BELOVED WIFE, MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER Betty Nordquist Sayre, 87, passed away at home on January 31, 2019. Born in Montclair, NJ, Betty lived in Westfield, NJ for 55 years before moving to Garwood, NJ in 2012. She obtained a bachelor's degree from Wellesley College in 1953 and later received a master's degree from Drew University. Betty is survived by her husband of 65...
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Suzanne Daleo Less

April 28, 1943 - January 5, 2019

Suzanne Daleo Less, 75, died on January 5, 2019 at Overlook Medical Center. She was born on Long Island and grew up in Westfield before moving to Scotch Plains 50 years ago. Suzanne was a graduate of Westfield High School and National College of Education, now National-Louis University. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Education and Literature and taught elementary education in Berkeley...
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Grace Naomi Rothmann

July 12, 1937 - December 31, 2018

Grace Naomi Rothmann, 81, of Warren, passed away peacefully at her residence on Monday December 31, 2018. Grace's visitation will be Friday January 4, 2019 from 4:00-8:00PM at Gray Funeral Home, 318 E. Broad St. Westfield, where her funeral service will begin at 10:30AM Saturday January 5, 2019. Burial will follow in Hollywood Memorial Park, Union. Please go to:, to view...
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Alan Bruce Conlin, Jr.

October 14, 1923 - December 29, 2018

Alan Bruce Conlin Jr. 95, a 60 resident of Westfield, died Saturday December 29, 2018, at the Care One Center in Wall Twp., NJ, where he had recently resided. Born in Plainfield, Bruce was the son of the late Alan Bruce Conlin Sr., an attorney and former Westfield town councilman, and Aileen Gary Conlin. A 1942 graduate of Westfield High School, and Lehigh University, School of Engineering, he...
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George A. Lewis

May 17, 1931 - December 22, 2018

George Alfred Lewis of Westfield died peacefully on Saturday December 22, 2018 surrounded by family. He was 87. Known to his family as Geo, George was born May 17, 1931 in Syracuse, New York to Alfred J. Lewis (a high school principal) and Elizabeth (White) Lewis (a home maker). He was predeceased by his beloved wife of almost 60 years, Barbara Betham Lewis. He is survived by his son Peter...
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Louise Lisa Heucke

March 2, 1927 - December 12, 2018

Louise (Lisa) Heucke Louise Heucke of Clark, NJ (formerly of Cranford) passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at St. Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. Her two sons were by her side at her passing. Louise was born in Haeslach, Germany in 1927. She was the eldest of 7 children. After surviving her native country's depression and World War II, she immigrated at...
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William A. Parkhurst

September 13, 1932 - November 24, 2018

William A. Parkhurst, Jr., passed away on Saturday night, November 24, 2018 at the Compassionate Care Hospice in Hamilton, NJ after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 86. Bill was born in Elizabeth, NJ in 1932, and raised in Mountainside by his late parents Helen (Tomlinson) and William A. Parkhurst, Sr. He served in the US Army from 1953 – 1955. Bill married Dorothea Nicolson in...
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Elizabeth Ruth Steinmann

June 7, 1935 - November 21, 2018

Elizabeth Ruth Steinmann, 83, died suddenly on November 21, 2018. Born in Newark to the late Frederick and Hervor Borjeesson Steinmann, Bunny, as she was lovingly known, had previously taught school for many years, including schools in the Wayne Twp. Public School District. A former longtime member of the North Reformed Church in Newark, she most recently became a member of the Fairfield...
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Eleanor A. Popovich

April 24, 1928 - November 20, 2018

ELEANOR A. POPOVICH – nee IHNAT Eleanor passed away on Nov 20 with her family beside her after battling dementia for the last 6 years or more. She was at home with the assistance of Center for Hope Hospice as well as her faithful caregiver Helen Poc and fortunately she was still able to remember her family – Gail Skryha and her husband Michael and their twin daughters, Tristen and Lauren...
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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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Charles T. "C.T." Ward

June 19, 1958 - September 4, 2018

Charles T. "C.T."Ward Jr., 60, formerly of Westfield, died on September 4, 2018, at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, Idaho from pneumonia and other health complications. He was born on June 19, 1958, in Rodriguez Army Hospital, in El Morro Castle in Old San Juan, PR to Helen Klein Ward and Charles Ward. CT's father was assigned to the Navy Medical Corps in Sabana Seca, PR. The family returned...
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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: 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: 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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