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RUTH DOBY SICKLES, 77, of BEACHWOOD, died yesterday at her daughter's home in Beachwood after a long fight with brain cancer. She retired after many years of service from the Trenton Post Office. She was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church, Lakehurst, the American Legion Eagles Women's Organization of New Jersey, and Forgotten Pets Inc. Born in Salisbury, N.C., she lived in the Trenton area most of her life before moving to Beachwood four years ago.
Her husband, Sgt. Edward James Sickles, died during World War II while serving with the 82nd Airborne; and she was predeceased by her parents, Isaac Filmore and Lula Mae Miller Doby.   Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Ruth M. and Richard E. Marcine Jr. of Beachwood; a sister and brother-in-law, Ollie and Joseph Esposito; a grandson and his wife, Richard E. III and Afie Marcine of Branchville; a granddaughter, Debra Ruth Marcine of Parsippany-TroyHills; three great-grandchildren, Danny, Lissy and Taylor Marcine; and two nephews, James and Joseph Esposito.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m.Thursday at Buklad Memorial Home, 2141 South Broad St., Hamilton.  Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Ernest Bliss, pastor of Memorial Baptist Church, officiating.  Burial will follow in Ewing Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Thomasville Children's Home, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361-0338.  Nov. 7, 2000

Elizabeth McSweeney Brackman, 38, of Lavallette died on Saturday, September 29, at the Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune from injuries she sustained in a September 12 automobile accident. Born and raised in Westfield, she lived in Lavallette for the past 20 years. Ms. Brackman was employed as an insurance representative with RMH Teleservices of Long Branch. She graduated from Westfield High School and Ocean County College. She was predeceased by her father, William P. McSweeney, and a brother, Robert McSweeney. Surviving are a daughter, Megan Brackman of Lavallette; a son, Timothy Brackman, also of Lavallette; her mother, Marguerite Mulshine McSweeney of Spring Lake Heights; four sisters, Kathleen Cotter of Alexandria Township, Margaret Ann Ayers of Biddeford Pool, Me., Maureen Luke of Rocklin, Calif. and Susan Ulmes of Holland Township, and two brothers, William McSweeney of Clinton Township and Brian McSweeney of Windsor, Calif. A Funeral Mass was offered yesterday, Wednesday, October 3, at the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield. Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. Arrangements were under the direction of the Gray Funeral Home, 318 East Broad Street in Westfield.

October 4, 2001
Minnie M. Gordon, 84 Minnie M. Gordon, 84, of Plainfield died on Wednesday, September 26, at her granddaughter's home in Plainfield. Born in King and Queen County, Va., she had lived in Westfield before moving to Plainfield 63 years ago. Mrs. Gordon was a member of the Mount Olive Church in Plainfield. Surviving are three sons, Bruce H. Gordon, Sr. and Ronald A. Gordon, both of Plainfield, and Alfred M. Gordon of North Plainfield; two daughters, Patricia N. Walls and Barbara Ann Tucker, both of Plainfield; two sisters, Kattie Luck and Elva Heatherine Doyle, both of Plainfield; a brother, Charles R. Thomas of Plainfield; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren and two great-great- great grandchildren. Services were held on Monday, October 1, at the Judkins Colonial Home in Plainfield.

Jane Bender, 74 Jane Cunningham Bender, 74, of Westfield died on Wednesday, September 26, at her home. Born in Elizabeth, she lived in Westfield for more than 40 years. Mrs. Bender was active in the Parent- Teacher Association in Westfield and was a volunteer with Overlook Hospital in Summit for many years. She was a member of the Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield and a former member of the Junior League of Westfield. She was predeceased by her husband of 47 years, Augustus John Bender, in 2000, and also by a son, Stephen Cunningham Bender. Surviving are a son, James Augustus Bender of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; two daughters, Diane Bender and Lisa Bender of New York City, and five grandchildren. A Mass was offered on Saturday, September 29, at St. Helen's Roman Catholic Church in Westfield, following the funeral from the Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home in Westfield. Interment was at Rosedale Cemetery in Linden.

Lewis J. Mishkin, 60, of Mountainside died on Tuesday, September 25, at her home. Born in New York City, he was a resident of Mountainside for 30 years. Mr. Mishkin owned the Lew Mishkin Association, a utility rate consulting company. He also was a motion picture producer and distributor in New York City, operating Mishkin International. He was a member of the Rating Board of the Motion Picture Association of America. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and economics, he also earned a law degree from New York University Law School in 1965. He was admitted to the New York Bar Association that same year. Mr. Mishkin was a member of B'nai B'rith in Westfield and Mountainside and a member of the Men's Club at Temple Emanu-El in Westfield. He also was a member of the Variety Club of America. Surviving are his wife, Lois Wachsberg Mishkin; a son, Jay Mishkin; a daughter, Robin Abrams; a brother, Neil Mishkin, and a grandson. The funeral service was held on Wednesday, September 26, at Temple Emanu-El. Interment took place at Temple B'nai Abraham Memorial Park in Union. Arrangements were conducted by the Menorah Chapels at Millburn in Union. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brain Tumor Society, the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey or to Temple Emanu-El in Westfield.

October 4, 2001
Erlean Robinson of Somerville died on Wednesday, September 26, at the Somerset Medical Center in Somerville. Born in Westfield, she had lived in Plainfield prior to moving to Somerville 47 years ago. Mrs. Robinson had been employed as a supervisor for RCA Corporation in Somerville for 35 years before retiring. She attended Plainfield schools and was a member of the Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Plainfield. She was predeceased by her husband, Harry Robinson. Surviving are three sons, F. Donald Ross of Marina Del Rey, Calif., Thomas Ross of Huntington Beach, Calif. and Wilton G. Robinson of Somerville; a daughter, Alta V. Ross of Somerville; two sisters, Martha Jones of Plainfield and Lou King of Garden Grove, Calif., and a brother, Henry Palmer, Jr. of Livingston. Funeral services were held on Monday, October 1, at the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue in Fanwood. Interment followed at Hillside Cemetery in Scotch Plains. Memorial donations may be made to the Cardiology and EEG Services, Somerset Health Care Services, in care of Somerset Medical Center, 110 Rehill Avenue, Somerville 08876.

October 4, 2001
Helen L. Young, 92, of Bordentown died on Monday, September 24, at her home. Born in Newark, she had lived in Westfield for 22 years before relocating to Bordentown in 1990. Mrs. Young had been a personnel investigator with Western Electric in Union for many years prior to her retirement in 1974. She was a member of the Rosary Society and the Senior Citizens, as well as a food pantry volunteer, all at St. Mary's Church in Bordentown. She also was a life member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and a volunteer at Rahway Hospital and Holy Trinity School in Westfield. Mrs. Young was a Past President of the Rosary Society of St. Augustine's Church in Newark. Surviving are a daughter, Patricia McEwan, and three grandchildren. A Mass was offered on Thursday, September 27, at St. Mary's Church. Arrangements were under the direction of the Huber-Moore Funeral Home in Bordentown.

October 4, 2001
Harry Perrine, 94, Longtime Custodian; Also Owned Metal and Roofing Business Harry E. Perrine, 94, died on Wednesday, September 26, at the Woodlands Genesis Eldercare Center in Plainfield. Born in Scotch Plains, he had lived in various area communities, mostly Plainfield and Mountainside, before moving to Wappinger Falls, N.Y., upon his retirement eight years ago. He had resided at the Woodlands for four years. Mr. Perrine had been employed by the Plainfield Board of Education as a custodian for 40 years, working in various schools throughout the district, including Jefferson, Lincoln and the high school. One of the last known ceiling tin smiths in the area, he later became the owner and operator of the Bremmer Street Metal and Roofing Company in Plainfield. Mr. Perrine was a member of the North Plainfield Police Reserve and served with the Civil Defense in Plainfield during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He bowled for many years with various leagues in Somerset and Union Counties. He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret Perrine, in 1972; a daughter, Shirley G. Perrine, in 1933; a son, Charles W. Perrine, in 1987, and a grandson, Christopher Perrine. Mr. Perrine was also preceded in death by his 14 brothers and sisters. Surviving are two daughters, Barbara A. Perrine of the Neshanic section of Branchburg and Phyllis E. Von Holten of Northport, Fla.; two sons, Frederick L. Perrine of South Plainfield and Harry R. Perrine, Jr. of Tuckerton; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Friday, September 28, at the McCriskin Home For Funerals in South Plainfield. Interment followed at Hillside Cemetery in Scotch Plains.

October 4, 2001
Noel J. Foster, 40, Was Aon Executive; Had Come to Aid of Colleague at WTC Noel J. Foster, 40, of Bridgewater died on Tuesday, September 11, while at his office in the World Trade Center in New York City. Born in Oceanside, N.Y., he had lived in Westchester County, N.Y., and in Harrison, Bridgewater and Scotch Plains before returning to Bridgewater two years ago. Mr. Foster was a Vice President and producing broker with Aon Re, Inc., having been employed with the firm since 1997. He had been working on the 99th floor of Two World Trade Center and was apparently helping a fellow employee with a broken leg to get out of the office at the time the building came under attack. Mr. Foster attended St. Andrew's Catholic School in Flushing, N.Y. and then the New York Military Academy in Cornwall on Hudson, N.Y., from which he graduated in 1978. A Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) cadet, he was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 1980. A 1982 graduate of Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., he was awarded two bachelor of arts degrees, one in journalism and the other in political science. During college, he became a member of BETA Fraternity, published a student newspaper and took part in Pennsylvania political campaigns. Before joining Aon, he had held positions with LDG Management Company of New York; George G. Zimmerman and Company of Mendham; Guy Carpenter and Company of New York; the New England Agency and the Kronish Agency in New York. He was a member of the American Special Risk Association. Surviving are his wife of 10 years, Nancy Rabbitt Foster; two daughters, Megan C. Foster and Nicole C. Foster, and his parents, John and Marion Foster of Colts Neck. A memorial service was held on Sunday, September 30, at the Shrine of St. Joseph in Stirling. Memorial contributions may be made to the Megan and Nicole Foster Education Fund, P.O. Box 181, Martinsville 08836.

October 4, 2001
Benjamin "Lenny" Armando, Jr., 54, of Fanwood died on Friday, September 28, at his residence. Born in Kearny, he had lived in Nutley before relocating to Fanwood 28 years ago. Mr. Armando was the owner and operator of Domlen Graphics Machinery Inc. in Garwood for the past 24 years. He attended Fairleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War era. Surviving are his wife, Janice E. Armando, and two daughters, Elizabeth C. Armando and Catherine M. Armando, both of Fanwood. Funeral services were held yesterday, Wednesday, October 3, at the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue in Fanwood. Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. Memorial contributions may be made to the Plainfield Area Humane Society, P.O. Box 3074, 75 Rock Avenue, Plainfield 07063.

October 4, 2001
Francis A. Rotondo, 75, Deli Owner; Army Veteran Received Purple Heart Francis A. Rotondo, 75, of Scotch Plains died on Wednesday, September 26, at his home. Born in Plainfield, he lived in Scotch Plains for 40 years. Mr. Rotondo had been the owner and operator of Rotondo's Oakridge Liquors and Deli from 1970 until his retirement in 1997. He graduated from Rider University in Lawrenceville in 1952, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a Staff Sergeant and was awarded the Purple Heart. Mr. Rotondo was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains and of its Holy Name Society. He was also a member of the Father John S. Nelligan Council of the Knights of Columbus in Scotch Plains and a member of the Disabled American Veterans of New Jersey. Surviving is his wife, Mary K. Rotondo; three sons, John F. Rotondo of Scotch Plains, Stephen J. Rotondo and Christopher M. Rotondo, both of Edison; two daughters, Anne Marie Rotondo and Mary Frances Rotondo, both of Westfield, and six grandchildren. The funeral was held on Saturday, September 29, from the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue in Fanwood. A Mass followed at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. Interment was at St. Gertrude's Cemetery in Colonia. Memorial donations may be made to either the American Diabetes Association, Northwest Region Chapter, 200 Cottontail Lane, Somerset 08873 or to the Scotch Plains Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 325, Scotch Plains 07076.

October 4, 2001
Elaine M. Leone, 78 Elaine Marcia Leone, 78, of Fanwood died on Sunday, September 30, at Runnells Specialized Hospital of Union County in Berkeley Heights. Born in Leonia, she had lived in Plainfield before relocating to Fanwood in 1958. She moved to Runnells nine years ago. Mrs. Leone had worked as a nurse's aide at Lyons Veterans Hospital before retiring. She was predeceased by her husband, Domenic A. Leone, in 1970. Surviving are a son, Richard Leone of Fanwood, and a granddaughter. The funeral was held yesterday, Wednesday, October 3, from the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue in Fanwood. A Mass followed at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains. Interment took place at Hillside Cemetery in Scotch Plains. Memorial contributions may be made to the Plainfield Area Humane Society, P.O. Box 3074, Plainfield 07063 or to the Associated Humane Society, 124 Evergreen Avenue, Newark 07114.

Kevin Fitzpatrick, 76, Was Teacher; Active in Politics and Volunteerism Kevin Dwyer Fitzpatrick, 76, of Plainfield died on Sunday, September 30, at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield. Born in Plainfield on June 8, 1925, the son of the late Cornelius and Mary Dwyer Fitzpatrick, he had lived in Dunellen and Naples, Fla., between 1970 and 1984. He was a resident of Plainfield for the past 14 years. Mr. Fitzpatrick had been employed by the Newark Board of Education as a teacher from 1954 to 1980 and had also worked at Naples High School in Florida. He was a faculty member at Washington School in Edison and at Immocaklee High School and Laley High School in Collier County, Florida. Mr. Fitzpatrick served as First Vice President of the Edison Teachers Association. He was a delegate to the Middlesex County Teachers Association and a member of its Speakers Bureau from 1957 to 1959. He was a Past President of the Young Democrats in Plainfield and First Vice President of the Dunellen Democratic Club. Mr. Fitzpatrick had served as Clerk of the Courts in Dunellen. Mr. Fitzpatrick was a member of the Knights of Columbus National Education Association and served as Chairman of the Heart Fund in 1960. He also was a Chairman for the Citizens for Kennedy Campaign and for Williams for Senator, both in 1960. A communicant of St. John's Roman Catholic Church in Dunellen and a member of its Holy Name Society, he also served on the Plainfield Rescue Squad from 1988 to 1989. Mr. Fitzpatrick was a member of third- and fourth-degree Knights of Columbus John Barry Council No. 2544 in Dunellen. He was also a volunteer firefighter and served with Emergency Medical Services in Naples, where he was Fire Commissioner from 1983 to 1987. A United States Navy veteran of World War II, he also served in the Naval Reserves from 1946 to 1954. He graduated from Seton Hall University in South Orange in 1955 and received his master's degree in education from the university in 1963. Mr. Fitzpatrick also attended St. John's University in New York. Surviving are two daughters, Mary Ellen Fitzpatrick of Rockville, Md. and Anne Petroski of Kennsamgton, Md.; four sons, Kevin Dwyer Fitzpatrick, Jr. of Atlanta, Ga., Jack Fitzpatrick of Alpharetta, Ga., Donal Fitzpatrick of Naples, Fla. and Gerard Fitzpatrick of Bremerton, Wash.; three sisters, Mary Banta of Westfield, Una Christ of West Caldwell and Nora Monroe of Plainfield; a brother, Brendon Fitzpatrick of Farmington Hills, Mich., and 14 grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, October 5, at St. John's Church. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. today, Thursday, October 4, at the Sheenan Funeral Home in Dunellen. Memorial donations may be made to Battleship NJ, 1715 Highway 35, Middletown 07748.

October 4, 2001
Erna A. Hoffman, 81, Was Active With Many Local Organizations Erna A. Hoffman, 81, of Westfield died on Wednesday, September 26, at Runnells Specialized Hospital of Union County in Berkeley Heights. Born in Newark, she was a resident of Westfield for 47 years. During and after World War II, Mrs. Hoffman had been the executive secretary to the senior administrative officer of Newark Air Base. She was later secretary to the Chief Medical Officer at the Veterans Hospital in Lyons. Mrs. Hoffman graduated from Upsala College in East Orange in 1941. She was a member of Amity, the Order of the Eastern Star, the Women's Club of Westfield, the College Woman's Club of Westfield and the Westfield Historical Society. Surviving are her husband, Arthur K. "Red" Hoffman, and two daughters, Loren Kyle Hoffman of Southwick, Mass., and E. Lisa Hoffman of Cranford. Private funeral services were arranged under the direction of the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue in Fanwood. Memorial contributions may be made to People for Animals of Hillside, the Scholarship Fund of the College Woman's Club or to the Miller-Cory House Endowment Fund, both of Westfield.


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