Services for Mrs. Wilda Beidler, 81, of Toms River will be held at
11 a.m. tomorrow in the “Family-Owned” Carmona-Bolen Home for Funerals,
412 Main St., Toms River.
Mrs. Beidler died Thursday in the Community Medical Center, Toms River.
Born in Tailorsville, Pa., she lived in Rahway for 10 years and Plainfield
for 20 years before moving to Toms River in 1998.
Surviving are her husband, David; three sons, Jim, Jerry and David
C. 2nd; two brothers, Bill and Don Nash; three sisters, Mrs. Gene Gerold,
Mrs. Ruth Freeman and Mrs. Bess Cordts; three grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Services for Gary J. Ericsson, 48, of East Brunswick will be held at
1 p.m. Monday in the Rezem Funeral Home, 457 Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick.
Burial will be in the Washington Monumental Cemetery, South River.
Mr. Ericsson, who died Thursday in Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City,
worked for the New York Times newspaper for 20 years.
He was a member of the Newspaper Mail Delivery Union for 30 years.
Born in New York City, he lived in Queens before moving to East Brunswick
12 years ago.
Surviving are his wife, Benay; three brothers, Wayne, Leif and Eric;
two sister, Mrs. Fern Parkin and Kelly Ericsson, and his father, Carl.
Harry Drexler Sr.
A Mass for Harry J. Drexler Sr., 61, of the Forked River section of
Lacey Township, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Monday in All Saints Chapel
of St. Pius X Church, Forked River. The funeral will be from Layton’s Home
for Funerals, 250 W. Lacey Rd., Forked River.
Mr. Drexler, who died Thursday in the Jersey Shore Medical Center,
Neptune, was a mechanic and foreman at the West Co. in Lakewood.
He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War.
Born in Paterson, he lived in Totowa and Bloomingdale before moving
to Lacey Township in 1972.
Surviving are his wife, Kathryn A.; a son, Harry J. Jr.; a daughter,
Mrs. Debbie Barletta, and two grandchildren.
Services for Mrs. June DiMartino, 64, of Union will be held at noon
Tuesday in the Haeberle & Barth Colonial Home, 1100 Pine Ave., Union.
Mrs. DiMartino died Friday in St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark.
Born in Newark, she lived in Irvington before moving to Union 24 years
Surviving are her husband, Peter; two sons, Peter and Robert, and a
sister, Mrs. Millie Passaretti.
Services for Miss Karen DelVecchio, 30, of Montclair, a registered
nurse, will be held at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Zarro Funeral Home, 145
Harrison St., Bloomfield.
Miss DelVecchio died Friday in the Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville,
where she had been a registered nurse for the past seven years.
She earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from York College,
She served as treasurer of the Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority while at college
and remained active in the group after graduation.
Born in Belleville, Miss DelVecchio lived in Montclair for seven years.
Surviving are her mother, Theresa DeSalvatore; her father and stepmother,
Gerard and Ruth DelVecchio; a brother, Gerard P., and her grandmother,
Mrs. Anna DelVecchio.
Betsy A. Delaney
A Mass for Mrs. Betsy A. Delaney, 53, of the Neshanic section of Hillsborough
Township, a registered nurse, will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Mary,
Mother of God Church, South Triangle Road, Hillsborough. Arrangements are
under the direction of the Hillsborough Funeral Home, Belle Mead.
Mrs. Delaney, who died Friday at home, was a registered nurse for IVF
of New Jersey in Somerset for six years.
A 1968 graduate of St. Raphael’s School of Nursing in New Haven, Conn.,
she served as a first lieutenant in the Air Force during the Vietnam War.
Born in New Haven, she lived in Delaware before moving to Neshanic
14 years ago.
Mrs. Delaney is survived by her husband, Richard; two daughters, Beth
A. and Erin; her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth P. Hawken, and four sisters, Mrs.
Deborah L. Woytowich, Mrs. Patricia J. Velardi, Mrs. Carol L. Marenholz
and Mrs. Barbara H. Ciolino.
Mrs. Liberta Cocuzza, 91, of Toms River died yesterday in Brick Hospital.
A Mass will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday in St. Luke’s Church, Toms
River, following the funeral from the Silverton Memorial Funeral Home,
2482 Church Rd., Toms River.
Born in Smithers, W.Va., Mrs. Cocuzza lived in Newark and Lakewood
before moving to Toms River 21 years ago.
Surviving are a son, Philip; three daughters, Mrs. Nancy Lambroschino,
Mrs. Lisa Reale and Mrs. Grace Strada; a brother, Frank P. Castro; two
sisters, Mrs. Mary Cirnese and Mrs. Josephine Coleman; nine grandchildren
and 18 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service for David W. Caughlan, 76, of Bridgewater will be
held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Pluckemin Presbyterian Church. Arrangements
are by the Layton Funeral Home, Bedminster.
Mr. Caughlan, who died Friday in the Robert Wood Johnson University
Hospital in New Brunswick, was a commercial lighting manufacturer’s representative,
having owned and operated David W. Caughlan Associates in Bridgewater for
20 years, retiring in 1989. Previously, he worked in the lighting division
of Graybar Electric of New York and Newark for 20 years.
He graduated from Rutgers University in 1948 with a bachelor’s degree
in business administration.
He was a member of the Solomon’s Lodge 46 F&AM, Somerville, and
the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.
An Army veteran of World War II, he served for 19 months in Italy,
France, Germany, and Australia and received four Bronze Stars for his participation
in the Southern France, Rhineland, Central Europe, and Rome/Arno campaigns.
Born in East St. Louis, Ill., he lived in Demarest before moving to
Bridgewater in 1953.
Surviving are Edith, his wife of 46 years; two daughters, Mrs. Carol
C. Schulley and Susan G.; a sister, Mrs. Mary Kelley, and three grandchildren.
A Mass for Mrs. Marcella Maude Caldwell, 82, of Sykesville, Md., a
former New Jersey resident and Brielle police dispatcher, will be offered
at 12:30 p.m. Monday in St. Denis Church, Manasquan. The funeral will be
from the Neary-Quinn Funeral Home, 39 South St., Manasquan.
Mrs. Caldwell, who died Thursday in the Copper Ridge Nursing Home,
Sykesville, was a dispatcher with the Brielle Police Department for 15
years before retiring in 1975.
She was a member of the ladies auxiliary of Volunteer Engine Company
2, the women’s club and the American Association of Retired Persons, all
in Manasquan. Mrs. Caldwell also volunteered at the MCOSS Thrift Shop in
Manasquan for several years.
Born in Newark, she lived in Manasquan before moving to Sykesville
three years ago.
Surviving are two sons, William L. and George O., and three grandchildren.
A Mass for Robert P. Byrnes, 87, of Roselle will be offered at 10 a.m.
Monday in St. Elizabeth Church, Linden, following the funeral from the
Leonard-Lee Funeral Home, 301 E. Blancke St., Linden.
Mr. Byrnes, who died Thursday at home, was a comptroller with the General
Motors Corp. in Linden, where he worked for 40 years before retiring in
Born in Queens, he lived in Roselle 50 years.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Patricia Augenstein and Mrs. Elizabeth
Gorgeson; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Mary A. Butterly, 69, of Lakehurst died yesterday in St. Barnabas
Medical Center, Livingston.
A Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow in St. Catherine of Siena
Church, Cedar Grove. Arrangements are by the Prout Funeral Home, Verona.
Mrs. Butterly was a member of the Rosary Society of St. John’s Church
Born in Jersey City, she lived in Short Hills before moving to Lakehurst
10 years ago.
Surviving are a son, John N.; a brother, John Yefcak, and four grandchildren.
Services for Mrs. Claudette L. Burris, 60, of Elizabeth will be held
at 7 o’clock tomorrow evening in the Liberty Baptist Church, 515 Court
St., Elizabeth. Arrangements are by the Nesbitt Funeral Home, Elizabeth.
Mrs. Burris, who died Wednesday in Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth,
was a teacher’s aide in the Elizabeth school system.
Born in Rock Hill, S.C., she moved to Elizabeth many years ago.
Surviving are her husband, Hiram; a daughter, Renee; two sons, Reginald
and Anthony; her mother, Mrs. Audrey Simril; six sisters, Mrs. Mary Edelin,
Mrs. Ruth Fisher, Miss Cynthia Simril, Miss Rita Simril, Mrs. Debra McDuffie
and Miss Vivian Sewell; two brothers, James and Samuel Simril, and nine
Benitta O. Burfield
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Mrs. Benitta O. Burfield, 81, of St. Petersburg,
a former New Jersey resident, died here Thursday in the Edward White Hospital.
Arrangements are by the Blount Curry and Roel Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Burfield was born in Newark, N.J., and lived in Union, N.J., before
moving to St. Petersburg.
Surviving are two sons, Brian J. and Craig P.; a brother, Edwin Burchardt,
and two grandchildren.
Dr. James Brown
A Mass for Dr. James M. Brown, M.D., 76, of Cedar Grove, a physician
for more than 40 years, will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow in the Unitarian
Church of Montclair. Arrangements are by Martin’s Home for Services, Inc.,
Dr. Brown, who died Tuesday at home, was a radiation oncologist at
Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville, and operated a radiology practice
in East Orange. He also served on the staffs of St. Mary’s Hospital, East
Orange, and St. Michael’s, St. James, and Columbus hospitals, all of Newark,
and was an associate professor at the New Jersey College of Medicine.
He attended Howard University, Washington, D.C. and received a bachelor’s
degree from Long Island University and his medical degree from the University
of Paris, France. He completed his residency in radiology at Bellevue Hospital
in New York City, where he later served as an administrator.
Born in Bluefield, W. Va., Dr. Brown lived in Paris, New York and Newark
before moving to Cedar Grove in 1971.
Surviving are his wife, Dr. Ursula Brown; two sons, Dr. Andrew Brown
and Roger Brown; three daughters, Marion Brown, Dr. Jocelyn Brown and Mrs.
Grace Hill; two brothers, Dr. William Brown and Leopold; a sister, Mrs.
Marion Parsons; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Arthur J. Brice
Services for Arthur J. Brice, 68, of Somerset will be held at 11 a.m.
tomorrow in the Anderson Funeral Service, 201 Sandford St., New Brunswick.
Mr. Brice, who died Tuesday in St. Peter’s University Hospital, New
Brunswick, was employed as a warehouseman by Excell Logistic Inc. in Dayton.
Born in Chester, S.C., he moved to Somerset many years ago.
Surviving are his wife, Patricia; two daughters, Mrs. Robin Darby and
Shirley McClurkin; four sons, Jeffrey W., Gregory S. and Jay A. Hinton
and Robert McClurkin, and six sisters, Mrs. Mary J. McCullough, Mrs. Genvia
Morris, Mrs. Lacy Barns, Mrs. Janie Crawley, Mrs. Gertrude Davis and Rosa.
Mrs. Mary “Anita” Breese, 71, of Clinton Township died yesterday in
the Hunterdon Medical Center, Raritan Township.
A Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Immaculate Conception
Catholic Church, Old Allerton Rd., Annandale, following the funeral from
the Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, 66 Main St., High Bridge.
Mrs. Breese retired in 1998 as a cottage training supervisor at the
Hunterdon Developmental Center, Clinton.
Born in Plainfield, she lived in Clinton for the past 45 years.
Surviving are a son, Mark G.; a brother, Thomas Briskey, and two grandchildren.
A Mass for Mrs. Mary Banda of Venice, Fla., formerly of Columbia, will
be offered at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow in St. Genevieve’s Church, Elizabeth.
The funeral will be from the McCracken Funeral Home, 1500 Morris Ave.,
Mrs. Banda, who died Tuesday at home, was a member of the China Painters
Born in Newark, she lived in Columbia before moving to Venice six years
Surviving are her husband, John; a son, John Jr.; three sisters, Catherine
Cicero, Mrs. Alice Tillet and Mrs. Louise Kerr-Cappeselli; two brothers,
Carmine and Alfonse Cicero, and a grandchild.
Andrew A. Balog Jr.
Andrew A. Balog Jr., 76, of Fords died yesterday at home.
A Mass will be offered at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Our Lady of Peace Church,
Fords, following the funeral from the Flynn & Son Funeral Home, 23
Ford Ave., Fords.
Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Hopelawn.
Mr. Balog was a parts manager with Rossmeyer Brothers in Metuchen for
more than 30 years before retiring in 1988.
He served on the executive boards of the Fords-Clara Barton baseball
and basketball leagues and was a founder of the Fords-Clara Barton bowling
Mr. Balog served in the Marines during World War II.
Born in Perth Amboy, he lived in Fords for the past 50 years.
Surviving are two sons, Devin and Drew; a sister, Mrs. Anne Sabine,
and three grandchildren.
Services will be private for John J. Avenatti, 63, of the Forest Lakes
section of Byram Township, who died Monday in St. Clare’s Hospital, Dover
Division. Arrangements are by the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, Newton.
Mr. Avenatti was the administrator of the Brookville Health Care Center
in Irvington for the past six months.
Earlier, he held the positions of administrator, executive director,
executive vice president, chief executive officer and served on the board
of trustees of the Westmont Home Inc. in Wayne and Paterson for a total
of 20 years.
He was a member of the Society of Licensed Nursing Home Administrators
and served on its board of directors since 1972. He also was vice president,
president, executive director and executive secretary of the society.
Mr. Avenatti was a member of the New Jersey Association of Non-Profit
Homes for the Aging from 1979 through 1998, the American Association of
Homes and Services for the Aging from 1982 until 1998 and the Tri-County
Chamber of Commerce in Wayne.
He also was a member of the Governor’s 1980-1984 New York Task Force
for the White House Conference on Aging, the Passaic County H.E.W. Association,
the Byram Senior Citizen’s Housing Complex Inc. and former New York Governor
Cuomo’s Task Force for the Continuing Care Retirement Committee.
Mr. Avenatti was a graduate of Brooklyn College and in 1972 received
a degree in hospital management and nursing home administration from Rutgers
He served in the Army during peacetime.
In 1983, Mr. Avenatti received the Byram Township Mayor’s Award for
Community Service for Senior Citizen’s Housing.
Born in Maspeth, N.Y., he lived in Westfield before moving to Forest
Lakes 20 years ago.
Surviving are Elisa, his wife of 20 years; a sister, Mrs. Dolores Lombardo;
a stepdaughter, Stephanie Bolwin; a stepson, Harry Rau, and a grandchild.
Richard A. Apgar, 67, of Hackettstown died yesterday at home.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Cochran Funeral Home
Inc., 905 High St., Hackettstown.
Mr. Apgar was a carpenter at Apgar Brother’s Carpentry in Irvington.
He served in the Army during the Korean War.
Mr. Apgar was a member of the Loyalty Lodge 33, Union, and the Scottish
Rite Lodge of Lincoln Park.
Surviving are his wife, Vera; two daughters, Mrs. Donna Stahl and Mrs.
Debra Faria; a brother, Kenneth; a sister, Mrs. Dorothy Seitzmeyer, and
Mrs. Serafina Arminio, 95, of Union died yesterday in Union Hospital.
A Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Elizabeth Church,
Elizabeth, following the funeral from the Galante Funeral Home, 2800 Morris
Born in Italy, Mrs. Arminio lived in Elizabeth before moving to Union
20 years ago.
Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Maria Gargano, Mrs. Evia Celano,
Mrs. Anna La Vecchia, Mrs. Elisa (Helen) Parker and Irma.
Mrs. Anastasia Woronka, 85, of Clifton died yesterday in Hackettstown
A Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Nicholas Ukrainian
Catholic Church, Passaic, after the funeral from the Lakeview Memorial
Home, 371 Lakeview Ave., Clifton.
Mrs. Woronka worked as a housekeeper at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson
for many years before retiring.
Born in Ukraine, she lived in Paterson before moving to Clifton in
Surviving are two sons, Walter and Theodore; a daughter, Mrs. Veronica
Carroll; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A Mass for Mrs. Mary Wasenda, 82, of Riverton will be offered at 10
a.m. Wednesday in St. Mary’s Russian Orthodox Church, Jackson, following
the funeral from the Maliszewski Funeral Home, 218 Whitehead Ave., South
River. Burial will follow at St. Vladimir’s Cemetery, Jackson.
Mrs. Wasenda died Saturday in Rancocas Hospital, Willingboro.
Born in Poland, she lived in Somerset before moving to Riverton 34
Surviving are her husband, William; a son, John T., and two grandchildren.
Anthony F. De Francis
A Mass for Anthony F. De Francis, 62, of Cliffwood Beach will be at
9 a.m. tomorrow in St. Lawrence Church, Laurence Harbor, after the funeral
from Kurzawa Funeral Home, 341 Washington Rd., Sayreville.
Mr. De Francis died Saturday in Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy.
He was a service mechanic for Foltzer’s Service Station, Newark, for
Mr. De Francis served in the Navy during peacetime.
Born in Newark, he moved to Cliffwood Beach 27 years ago.
Surviving are daughters, Mrs. Eileen Hinds, Mrs. Michele Stefanski,
Mrs. Susan Andrews, Cathy, Mrs. Debra Ford and Mrs. Donna Barresse; a son,
Joseph Fernandez; sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Orme, Mrs. Rose Blessing and Mrs.
Mary Rochelle; brothers, Jackie and Donny; 13 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Arleen Ward, 90, Methodist educator
Services for Mrs. Arleen Ward, 90, of Fellowship Village in Basking
Ridge will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Madison United Methodist
Church, Madison Avenue, Madison. Arrangements are by the Burroughs, Kohr
and Dangler Funeral Home, Madison.
Mrs. Ward, who died Saturday at home, shared the duties of each appointment
in joint ministries with her husband, the late William R. Ward Jr. Their
pastorates were in the Mount Lebanon Methodist Church, Pittsburgh, Pa.,
from 1946-1960, Manchester, Conn., Newport, R.I., Hingham, Mass., and East
Mrs. Ward was a graduate of Boston University, receiving both undergraduate
and graduate degrees in Christian education.
Active in the life of Drew University and the Madison United Methodist
Church, she was a member of the United Methodist Women’s Organization.
Mrs. Ward has visited nearly every corner of the globe on many trips,
and was often called to give lectures on her travels.
She was a member and officer of the Mount Lebanon, Pa. Chapter P.E.O.
for 50 years.
Born in Jewett City, Conn., she lived in Syracuse, N.Y., Harrison,
N.Y., and Convent Station, before moving to Basking Ridge in 1986.
Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Christine E. Bosley; three sons, Ralph
A., David B. and Gerald W.R.; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Arthur H. Udasin
Memorial services for Arthur H. Udasin, 58, of Lakewood will be held
at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow in his residence at 2 Dawnwinds Ct., Lakewood. Arrangements
are by the Ely Funeral Home, Neptune.
Mr. Udasin, who died Saturday in the Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune,
was a manager with AT&T for 30 years before retiring in 1997.
After his retirement, he worked as a project coordinator for Greentree
Mr. Udasin was a member of the Second Wednesday of Every Month (S.W.E.M.)
Born in Newark, he lived in Whitehouse Station before moving to Lakewood
two years ago.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Cindy Althoff and Mrs. Jill Jones;
a sister, Mrs. Shelley Swill; three grandchildren, and his companion, Nancy
Mrs. Virginia Taddeo, 82, of West Orange died yesterday at home.
A Mass will be offered at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Church, Orange, following the funeral from the Paul Ippolito Memorial,
252-256 Henry St., Orange.
Born in Birmingham, Ala., Mrs. Taddeo lived in Orange before moving
to West Orange 50 years ago.
Surviving are her husband, Frank J.; two sons, Patrick and Frank Jr.;
a daughter, Mrs. Mary Grace Paris; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Macaluso and
Mrs. Frances Dellorto; three brothers, Ross, Benjamin and Peter Mangina;
five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A Mass for Vincent “Bucky” Barone, 70, a lifelong resident of Elizabeth,
will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Anthony’s Church, Elizabeth,
following the funeral from the Petruccelli Funeral Home, 232 Christine
Mr. Barone died Saturday in Trinitas Hospital, Jersey Street Campus,
He was a truck driver with FMI Trucking of Carteret from 1995 until
1998. Previously, he was a truck driver the former Doyle Transport. Co.
of Elizabeth for 20 years until 1978.
He was a former member of the Stallion Club of Elizabeth and an active
bowler with the Jersey Lanes Bowling League in Linden.
Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Carmela; a son, Vincent J.; two
daughters, Mrs. Deborah Honeymar and Mrs. Judith Pavese, and eight grandchildren.
Alejandrina Sanchez, 76
A Mass for Mrs. Alejandrina Sanchez, 76, of Newark will be offered
at 10 a.m. tomorrow in St. Aloysius Church, Newark, following the funeral
from the Buyus Funeral Home, 426 Lafayette St., Newark.
Mrs. Sanchez died Saturday in St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston.
Born in Puerto Rico, she came to Newark in 1954.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Nilda Ortiz and Ms. Myrna Sanchez;
a son, Marcos Jr.; four sisters, Mrs. Juana Alvarado, Mrs. Ana Alvarado,
Mrs. Marina Alvarado, and Mrs. Gladys Serrano; two brothers, Felipe and
Manuel; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services for Charles Meyer, 79, of Dover will be held at 2 p.m. today
in the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home, 26 Mule Rd., Toms River.
Mr. Meyer, who died Friday in the Community Medical Center, Toms River,
worked for Red Devil Tools for 33 years before retiring in 1983.
He served in the Army during World War II.
Born in Newark, he lived in Irvington and Springfield before moving
to Dover in 1987.
Surviving are his wife, Catherine; a daughter, Mrs. Nancy Treiber;
two sons, Charles and Gene, and two grandchildren.
Private funeral services will be held for Mrs. Elizabeth Steinbach,
82, of Whiting, who died Saturday in the Community Medical Center, Toms
River. Arrangements are by the Costello-Koyen Funeral Home, Avenel.
Mrs. Steinbach worked at Revlon in Edison for 10 years before retiring
She served as president of the Ladies Auxiliary of Avenel Fire Co.
1 and the Woodbridge Township Girl Scout Council.
Born in Perth Amboy, she lived in Avenel for 68 years before moving
to Whiting 14 years ago.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Ruth Tufaro and Mrs. Jean S. Beirle;
a son, John; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations can be made to the Avenel Fire Co. 1, Avenel Street
at Route 1 North, Avenel, N.J. 07001, or the Deborah Hospital Foundation,
100 Trenton Road, Browns Mills, N.J. 08015.