Miscellaneous New Jersey Obituaries


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From the New York Daily News, Saturday, October 16, 1954

Mrs. Tinie Greene, 87, mother of Abe J. Greene, commissioner of the National Boxing Association and Associate Editor of the Paterson Evening News, died yesterday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Irving Blank, at 410 East 38th St., Paterson, NJ.

Funeral services for Nicholas Schuldt, 36, traffic consultant and nephew of Frank Hoffman, of the building department of The News, will be held at 10am Monday in Immaculate Conception Church, Secaucus, NJ.  Schuldt died Thursday in his home at 174 Pandolfi Ave., Secaucus.

NY Journal-American, Sunday, September 5, 1954

Rites for Henry A. Smith, 82, New York architect who originated the "open stair" multi-family apartment house, will be held Tuesday at 1:30
p.m. at Green Wood Cemetery Chapel, Norwalk, Conn.  He died Friday in his home at 9 Eversley ave., Norwalk.  He is survived by his wife, May.

BRIDGTON, Maine, Sept. 4 (AP) - The Rev, Emmett W. Rankin, 86, father of Karl L. Rankin, U.S. Ambassador to Nationalist China, died last night after a long illness.  A native of Paola, Kan., the Rev. Mr. Rankin was pastor the South Bridgton Congregational church from 1930 to 1932 and served eight years in Maine's House of Representatives after retiring from the ministry.  He also served at the Presbyterian Church in Baldwin, L.I.

A rite for Col. Eugene McKibbin Froment, 75, former president of the Veterans Association of the 7th Regiment and retired steel manufacturer,
will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Riverside Church, Riverside dr. and 122st.  He died Thursday at the Honesdale, Pa., Hospital.  He was formerly associated with his father and his brother Louis in the steel firm his father founded.  He joined the National Guard in 1897 and retired as a full colonel in 1924.

New York Daily News, Tuesday, September 7, 1954

Admiral Edward C. Kalbfus, 78, USN, retired, died today at the Newport Naval Hospital.  Admiral Kalbfus twice was president of the Naval War College, and was in command of the Newport Naval Base from 1941 through the war.  He retired in 1946.

New York Daily News, Thursday, September 9, 1954

Funeral services for Ruth Vanderbilt Twombly, of 1 E. 71st St., great-granddaughter of Commodore Cornelius Vandelbilt(sic), will be held at 11 A.M. next Wednesday in St. Thomas Protestant Episcopal Church, Fifth Ave. and 53d St.  She died Sept. 1 in Paris.

New York Daily News, Friday, September 10, 1954

Chicago, Sept. 9 (CTPS). - Services for Chauncey McCormick, 69, art patron and civic leader, will be held at 11 A.M. Saturday in the First
Presbyterian Church of suburban Wheaton, of which he was an elder.  McCormick died last night after suffering a heart attack at his summer
home in Seal Harbor, Maine.  He leaves his wife, Marion Deering McCormick, and three sons, C. Deering, Brooks and Roger.  Private services were to be held at Seal Harbor today.
Decorated in War...
A grandson of William S. McCormick, co-founder of the farm machinery firm, Chauncey McCormick served as an Army captain in France and Poland in World War I.  He received the Purple Heart, two French medals and a citation from Gen. Pershing.  In Europe he met Herbert Hoover and they became fast friends.  McCormick organized Polish food relief after World War I and directed Polish relief during World War II.
Last year Hoover named McCormick head of a special group studying federal medical services as part of the Hoover Commission's efforts to
streamline the government.
Wide Range of Interests...
McCormick's activities covered a wide range. He held high posts in the International Harvester Corp., the Miami Corp., the Chicago Art
Institute, the American Foundation for the Blind, the Chicago Foundlings' Home and the McCormick Theological Seminary.
He organized the art exhibit at the Chicago Century of Progress in 1933 and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1936.
He was a cousin of Col. Robert R. McCormick, editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune.

Laredo, Tex., Sept. 9 (AP). - Samuel Hammer, 67, general manager of the Texas and Louisiana lines of the Missouri Pacific Railroad, died here
today after a heart attack.

Lancaster, Pa., Sept. 9 (U.P.) - Frank C. Beckwith, 83, a director and former president and chairman of the board of the Hamilton Watch Co.,
died today in his home here after a long illness.

Birmingham, Ala., Sept. 9 (AP) - Dr. James W. MacQueen, 54, a physician who became a mystery writer and psychiatrist after a crippling illness
interrupted his career died yesterday.  He wrote under the pen name of James Edwards.  His eight books included "Murder in Surgery" which was made into a movie.  Dr. MacQueen headed a hospital here until 1946 when he lost the use of his legs.  Against the advice of other doctors he ordered both limbs amputated - and recovered after 20 months in a hospital.  He got around in a wheelchair and drove his own car.

Philadelphia, Sept. 9 (AP)- William Silvano Thunder, 78, organist, choral conductor and music teacher, died yesterday.  He was an organ
accompanist of the Philadelphia Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski from 1916 to 1928.

Somerset (NJ) Messenger-Gazette, September 30, 1954

Mrs. Asher Emmons, 75, Native of Stockton
STOCKTON - Services were held Monday afternoon in the Van Horn Funeral Home, Lambertville, for Mrs. Ella R. Emmons, 75, of Idell road, widow of Asher W. Emmons, who died last Wednesday in McKinley Hospital, Trenton.   Elder Harold Bennett of Mardela Springs, Md., officiated.  Burial was in Rosemont Cemetery, Rosemont.   A native of Stockton, Mrs. Emmons was the mother of Mrs. Florence Blakley of Somerville.

Mrs. Frank Tainter, 82, Resident of Far Hills
FAR HILLS - Susan B. Tainter, 82, of Lake road widow of Colonel Frank S. Tainter, died Monday in her home after a long illness.   Mrs. Tainter was born in New York State, the daughter of the late Edward and Ada Bayard Rychman.  She had lived in Far Hills more than 50 years and was a member of St. John's on the Mountain Episcopal Church.  There are no immediate survivors.   Graveside services will be conducted today at 11 a.m. at Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, by the Rev. John D. Wing, rector of St. John's on the Mountain Church.

Miss Mary Voorhees, 81, Retired Church Organist
MIDDLEBUSH- Miss Mary Amanda Voorhees, 81, a life-long resident of this community, died Monday in her home on Front street after an illness of several months.  A teacher of piano, Miss Voorhees was organist 25 years at the Reformed Church until her retirement a few years ago.  She was the daughter of the late J. Newton and Amanda Alcott Voorhees.  There are no immediate survivors.  Funeral services were held yesterday in the Reformed Church, the Rev. Vernon Dethmrs, pastor, and the Rev. John Langwith of Annandale, former pastor, officiating.  Interment was in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

NUTLEY- William E. Brokaw, 53, of 597 Prospect avenue, a native of Somerville, died Sunday night in the Newark Eye and Ear Infirmary.  Mr. Brokaw began his career with Public Service Electric & Gas Company in the Somerville office in 1920.  He worked in the New Brunswick office and later was manager in Rahway.  He next served as manager of the East Orange office and at the time of his death was division commercial
manager of the Passaic County area.  Mr. Brokaw was a member of the First Reformed Church of Somerville.  He also was chairman of the Paterson Area Community Chest drive, a director of the Second National Bank of Orange and a member of the Rotary Club.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Elsie Graef Brokaw; his mother, Mrs. Alberta Brokaw of Somerville, and two sisters, Mrs. William R. Sutphen and Mrs. John F. Haynes, both of Somerville.  Private services were held Tuesday in the Sutphen Funeral Home, Somerville.  Dr. David R. Evans, pastor of the First Reformed Church, officiating.  Interment at the convenience of the family.

Thomas Lovetri, Was Blacksmith
RARITAN - Thomas Lovetri, 72, of 9 Second avenue, a blacksmith, died Tuesday in Somerset Hospital after an illness of several months.  He was the husband of the late Frances Marsilio Lovetri.  Born in Italy, Mr. Lovetri came here 55 years ago.  He was employed by D.R. Kenyon & Sons as a blacksmith and was a member of St. Rocco's Society and a communicant of St. Ann's Church.  Surviving are three sons, Joseph and Nicholas Lovetri of Raritan and Carmine Lovetri of Bridgewater Township; three daughters, Mrs. Louis Viola of Plainfield, Mrs. Charles Gianotti of Raritan and Mrs. Nicholas Rosania of Whitehouse Station, and nine grandchildren.  Services will be held tomorrow at 9 a.m. in the Bongiovi Funeral Home and at 9:30 a.m. in St. Ann's Church where a solemn mass of requiem will be offered by the Rev. Charles LaCavera, pastor.  Burial will be in St. Bernard's Cemetery.

Frank A. Vitelli of 152 Westervelt Ave., part owner of the Greenbrook Bottling Co., Green Brook Rd., died last night (Sept. 30, 1954) at home.  Born in Bound Brook 60 years ago, he had lived in the borough 43 years.  Mr. Vitelli's father, the late Frank A. Vitelli Sr., founded the bottling company in 1912.  The present partnership, organized in 1930, consists also of four other brothers, James, Joseph, Anthony and Dennis.  The deceased was a member of Ball-Kirch Post, American Legion, and a communicant of St. Joseph's Church.  In addition to his brothers, he leaves his widow, Mrs. Julia Cunniff Vitelli; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Bremere of Middlesex Borough and Miss Carmella at home; four sons, Frank Jr. of Middlesex Borough, John, Joseph and Anthony at home; three grandchildren.  The Scarpa Funeral Home will announce arrangements.

Anthony J. Blahut - 28 Dec 1954
The funeral of Anthony J. Blahut of 726 Plum Street, who died Tuesday in St. Francis Hospital, will be held tomorrow at 8:15 a.m. from the Kowalski Funeral Home, 868 Brunswick Avenue.  Requiem high mass will be celebrated at 9 in St. Joseph's Church and interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.  Friends may call this afternoon and evening.

Plainfield (NJ) Courier-News, August 8, 1967

FINDERNE - Carlisle Shafer, 59, of 10 Thomas St., died unexpectedly today (August 8, 1967) in his home.  He had been employed by American Cyanamid in Bound Brook.  Mr. Shafer was born in Mountain Top, Pa., and lived here 28 years.  He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Somerville Aerie 2137; BPO Elks, Manville Lodge 2119, and the Finderne Reformed Church.  He leaves his widow, Kathryn Blahut Shafer; a son, Kenneth of the Thomas St. address; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shafer of Zarephath; two sisters, Mrs. Zella Silett and Mrs. Irel Truitt, also of Zarephath; a brother, Olin of Virginia, and two grandchildren.  Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Taggart- Chamberlain Funeral Home in Bound Brook.  Interment will be in Bound Brook Cemetery.   The Eagle lodge will hold a service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and the Elks lodge will hold a service at 8 p.m.  Friends and relatives may call at the funeral home from 2-4 and from 7-9 p.m. tomorrow and Thursday.

Plainfield (NJ) Courier-News, Monday, March 8, 1982

BRIDGEWATER - Kathryn M. Shafer, 72, of 10 Thomas St. in Finderne, died Saturday (March 6, 1982) at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville.  She was born in Sonman, PA., and lived in Finderne for the last 43 years.  She was a member of the Senior Citizens Club of Manville.  Her husband, Carlisle Shafer, died in 1967.  Surviving are a son, Kenneth Shafer of Bridgewater; a brother, Walter Blahut of Plattsburgh, NY.; and two grandchildren.   Services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow in the Bridgewater Funeral Home, 707 E. Main St., Finderne, with the Rev. Donald J. Stager, pastor of the Finderne Reformed Church, officiating.  Burial will be in Bound Brook Cemetery.

Plainfield (NJ) Courier-News, Tuesday, October 10, 2000

Kenneth Melvin Shafer, food broker for 40 years
BRIDGEWATER - Kenneth Melvin Shafer, 61, died Sunday (Oct. 8, 2000) at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair.  Born in Somerville, he lived all his life in Bridgewater.  He also maintained  a home in Tuckerton where he spent weekends and summers.  He was a food broker for 40 years for H.C. Boerner, which later became Marketing Specialists in Montclair.  He was a graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick and was a member of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity.  Mr. Shafer was a former member of the Beach Haven Yacht Club.  He also sold fruits and vegetables on weekends at the old Packard's Farmers' Market in Hillsborough for 38 years, until it's closing in the 1990s.  He was an avid league bowler in the central New Jersey area.  (details of living family members omitted)  A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Taggart-Chamberlain Funeral Home, 305 E. High St., Bound Brook.  There will be no calling hours.

Plainfield, NJ., Courier-News, Friday, October 15, 1954

Isaac V.P. Selover
South Amboy - Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the home for Isaac V.P. Selover of 254 Second St.  Interment will be in
Christ Church Cemetery.  Mr. Selover, father of Mrs. Beatrice Ganss of Fanwood, died Wednesday at the age of 78.  His widow, and a sister also survive.

Ernest L. Marston
Westfield - Funeral services for Ernest L. Marston, 70, of 450 Mountain Ave., were held yesterday afternoon in Gray's Funeral Home with the Rev. J.L. McCorison Jr., C.C., pastor of the First Congregational Church, officiating.  Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.  Mr. Marston died Monday in his home after a long illness.  He was the husband of Mrs. Emma L. Marston.

New York Journal-American, Sunday, October 17, 1954

BUTLER, N.J., Oct 16 (AP). - The Rev. Leonard Thomas Walsh, 57, O.F.N., of  St. Francis Monastery here died last night.  Father Leonard came to the monastery in 1948 from St. Francis College in Brooklyn where he taught philosophy.  Born in Brooklyn, he received his early education at St. Anthony's and St. Francis' Preparatory schools there, and later at St. Joseph's Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y.   He was received into the Franciscan Order in 1919, and ordained to the priesthood in 1926.  After a short time at St. Joseph's Church in East Rutherford, N.J., he was appointed superior of the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, where he served from 1937 to 1943.  In 1943 he was assigned to the philosophy department of St. Bonaventure College of New York and later to a similar department at St. Francis College.  Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. William Moran of Brooklyn and Mrs. Edward J. Moran of Ridgewood, N.J.

A Mass for Ercole Marchisio, 71, one-time owner of the Marguery Restaurant, 270 Park ave., will be offered tomorrow at 10 a.m. at St. Cecilia's Church, Teaneck, N.J.  He died of a heart attack at his home on Palisade ave., Englewood Cliffs.

Alex Berman
Rites were being planned today for Alex Berman, 60, president of Tad, Inc., an Elizebeth firm.  He died Friday at his home in Elizabeth.

Somerset (NJ) Messenger Gazette, September 5, 1954

Uriah Coleman, 76, of 61 Mercer street, a retired employe(sic) of the Central Railroad of New Jersey, died yesterday in his home.  Born in Roycefield, he was a life-long resident of this area.  He retired nine years ago as superintendent of parks and gardens for the Central Railroad.  He had been employed by the railroad for 42 years.  Mr. Coleman was a member of Ivanhoe Council, JrOUAM, and was active 50 years in the First Methodist Church.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lottie Conners Coleman; a son, Clarence N. Coleman of Fitchville, Conn.; four grandchildren, and a brother, William Coleman of New Egypt.  Services will be held in his home Saturday at 3 p.m., the Rev. Harold B. Wright, pastor of the First Methodist Church, and the Rev. A.N. Smith, former pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in Old Cemetery.

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