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Ersilia C. Gisoldi, worked in Summit silk factory, 89
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Thursday, Nov. 19, at St. Patrick Church in Chatham for Ersilia Caporaso Gisoldi of Chatham, who died Monday, Nov. 16, 1998, at Overlook Hospital in Summit after a long illness. She was 89. Born in Cautano, Italy, near Naples, Mrs. Gisoldi came to this country in 1928 upon her marriage. She lived in Summit and then came to Chatham in 1944.
Mrs. Gisoldi first worked in the Summit Silk Mill, which became the site of McGregor and Co., and then for the Bedrosian Co. in Summit, where she repaired oriental rugs. Following World War II, Mrs. Gisoldi was a seamstress with the Weber Co. in New York City, making fine blouses, and then joined her husband in his rug repairing and cleaning business.
She was a member of St. Patrick Church and its Rosary Society. Mrs. Gisoldi was known for her vegetable and flower garden, most particularly for her cultivation of roses. Her husband, Frank, died earlier.
She is survived by three daughters, Pauline Mazza of the Convent Station section of Morris Township, Angela M. Pariso of Chatham and Elvira of Chatham; a son, Deacon Frank A. of Summit; a brother, Mario Caporaso of Italy, and a granddaughter.
Arrangements were by the Wm. A. Bradley and Son Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Chatham.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Chatham Emergency Squad, Passaic Avenue, Chatham, N.J. 07928.

Jacqueline Goodwin Lee, 36, assistant manager of store
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 16, at the First Baptist Church in Madison for Jacqueline L. Goodwin Lee of Madison, who died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 1998. She was 36. Born in Morristown on March 1, 1962, Mrs. Lee was a lifelong Madison resident and a 1980 graduate of Madison High School.
She was an assistant manager of the A&P in Madison for the past year. Previously, she was a clerical staff member for seven years at the Exxon Research and Engineering Co. in Florham Park. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.
A brother, Henry O. Goodwin, predeceased her. She is survived by two sons, Ka-Leeft M. and Wilson H., both at home; her daughter, Olivia M., also at home; her mother, Nina Ruth G. Goodwin of Madison; her father, Thomas H. Goodwin Jr. of Hartford, Conn.; two brothers, Thomas A. of Mount Bethel, Pa., and Donald L. of Bangor, Pa.; a sister, Joyce “Linda” Goodwin of Madison, and several nieces and nephews.
Interment was in Heavenly Rest Cemetery in East
Hanover. Arrangements were by Burroughs, Kohr and Dangler Funeral Home, 106 Main St., Madison.

Kenneth J. Hume, 93, assessor, Morgan Guaranty employee
A memorial service was held Sunday, Oct. 25, for Kenneth J. Hume, 93, of Chatham, who died Thursday, Oct. 22, 1998. Born in New York City, Mr. Hume lived in Chatham since 1938. He was an employee of the Morgan Guaranty Bank in New York City for 49 years before his retirement from the foreign currency division. He started his career there at age 15. In addition, Mr. Hume was the Chatham tax assessor for more than 36 years.
He was a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Chatham and a member and a former Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus. He was an avid golfer and often spoke of the old days in Chatham and the growth he witnessed first-hand. His wife, Mary, predeceased him.
He is survived by two daughters, Claudia Madigan of Chatham and Eileen Spaulding of Sparta; a son, Kenneth Jr. of Parsippany; nine grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Josephine Piserchio, 83, was school crossing guard
A funeral mass was offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at St. Vincent Martyr Roman Catholic Church in Madison for Josephine Piserchio of Madison, who died Sunday, Nov. 8, 1998, at home. She was 83. Born in Orange, Mrs. Piserchio lived in Livingston before coming to Madison 29 years ago. She was a school crossing guard in Madison before her retirement in 1993.
Her husband, Joseph, and her son, Eugene, predeceased her.
She is survived by a sister, Lillian Pagliaro of Orange. Interment was at Glendale Cemetery in Bloomfield. Arrangements were by Madison Memorial Home, 159 Main St., Madison.

Patricia Bengtson, nurse, Eastern Star member, 63
A memorial service was held Friday, Nov. 13, at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Florham Park for Patricia D. Bengtson of Convent Station, who died Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1998, at Morristown Memorial Hospital. She was 63. Born in Orange, Mrs. Bengtson lived in Florham Park before moving to Convent Station in 1971. She was a registered nurse who was graduated from the Presbyterian Hospital in Newark, now Bloomfield College. She worked at Montclair Community Hospital from 1957 to 1967.
Mrs. Bengtson was a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church in Florham Park. She also was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was an elected member of the Morris Township Republican Committee in 1979.
She is survived by her husband, Bruce D.; two daughters, Kathryn J. Barnsley of Sutton Forest, New South Wales, Australia, and Sarah A. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and a son, Stephen B. of Mount Olive Township.
Interment was private. Arrangements were by Burroughs, Kohr and Dangler Funeral Home, 106 Main St., Madison.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 144 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park, N.J. 07932.

Margaret ‘Peg’ Dengel, 53, led Oakes Outreach Center
A memorial service was held Thursday, Nov. 12, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 200 Main St., Chatham, for Margaret “Peg” Dengel, formerly of Chatham, who died Friday, Nov. 6, 1998, at Robert Woods Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick. She was 53. Born in Euclid, Ohio, she was a resident of New Jersey since 1980, living in Chatham before moving to Franklin Park 10 years ago.
A former employee of the Borough of Chatham and of AT&T, most recently she was director of the Oakes Outreach Center in Summit.
She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chatham and an active member of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, where she served on several commissions, including the Isaiah Team, the Diocesan Council, and the Oasis board. She was a founding member of the New Ark, the diocesan Cursillo movement.
She is survived by three brothers, James DeViney and his wife Marina of Cleveland, Ohio, Dennis DeViney of Columbus, Ohio, and Douglas DeViney of Cleveland; a sister, Cindy McQuade and her husband Daniel of Columbus; several nieces and nephews, and many dear friends. Her body was donated to Robert Woods Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick for anatomical studies. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Memorial Fund, 200 Main St., Chatham, N.J. 07928, or the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, 195 Little Albany St., New Brunswick, N.J. 08901.

Florence Gruver Duffy, 97, lifelong Madison resident
A funeral mass was offered Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Burroughs, Kohr and Dangler Funeral Home in Madison for Florence Gruver Duffy, 97, of Madison, who died on Sunday, Oct. 25, 1998.
Born in Madison, Mrs. Duffy was a lifelong resident. She worked in the office of the Benjamin Insurance Co. in Madison for many years.
Mrs. Duffy was a member of St. Vincent Martyr Roman Catholic Church in Madison.
Her father, Samuel Adams Gruver, served as Madison mayor of 1935 to 1945.
She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas. She is survived by a nephew, George Dann of Florida, and friends.
Interment was in Restland Memorial Park in East Hanover. Arrangements were by Burroughs, Kohr and Dangler Funeral Home, 106 Main St., Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Prospect Street, Madison, N.J. 07940.

Merle C. Biskeborn, 91, innovator, Bell System designer
Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 23, at the Wm. A. Bradley and Son Funeral Home in Chatham for Merle Chester Biskeborn, 91, of Chatham Township, who died Sunday, Oct. 18, 1998, in Gilroy, Calif. Born on a farm in Scotia, Neb., Mr. Biskeborn moved to Pukwana, S.D., and then to Chamberlain, S.D. Following his graduation from Chamberlain High School he moved to New York City and then lived in Baltimore, Md., before coming to Chatham Township in 1954.
He was associated with the Bell System since 1930 following his graduation with honors as the Chamberlain High School class valedictorian. He joined the Western Electric Co., which was a branch of AT&T, in New York City. In the early 1930s he transferred to Western Electric in Baltimore. During World War II, Mr. Biskeborn worked on the development of small-scale radar systems. Following the war he attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. In 1954 he was promoted to head of the communications cable development department at Bell Telephone Laboratories in the Murray Hill section of Berkeley Heights. He was responsible for the design, manufacture and laying of transatlantic telephone cables. At home Mr. Biskeborn pursued such building projects as a forge, a welder, a radon detector and a tractor, which he built from an old model T chassis that he and his sons had exhumed from the Great Swamp. He used collected Christmas tree tinsel to make the rims for the front wheels of the tractor by melting down tinsel in his forge.
Mr. Biskeborn was a photographer and carried his camera worldwide on business and pleasure trips.
His wife, Virginia S., died earlier.
He is survived by a daughter, Ann of Hagerstown, Md.; two sons, John M. of Westminster, Colo., and Robert of Hollister, Calif.; two sisters, Myrtle Glaus of Chamberlain, S.D., and Nelda Radich of Greshman, Ore., and three grandchildren. Arrangements were by the Wm. A. Bradley and Son Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Chatham.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Historical Society of Chatham Township, P.O. Box 262, Chatham, N.J. 07928.

Susan McIntosh Wing, 72, birder and photographer
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Nov. 1, at Stanley Congregational Church in Chatham for Susan McIntosh Wing, 72, of Chatham, who died Saturday, Oct. 10, 1998, after a brief illness.
Born in Philadelphia, Pa., Mrs. Wing lived in New York before coming to Chatham in 1958. She attended the George School in Pennsylvania and was a graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Mass. During the past 20 years, Mrs. Wing was an active birdwatcher with the Summit Nature Club. She also was a photographer and a member of the Morris Photocolor Club.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Charles M.; a son, Charles M. Jr. of Chatham; a daughter, Susan Wing Markson of Lakeville, Mass.; a brother, Andrew J. McIntosh Jr. of Morristown, and two grandsons.
Arrangements are by Wm. A. Bradley and Son Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Chatham.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Chatham Emergency Squad, 31 North Passaic Ave., Chatham, N.J. 07928.

Edward Ehrhard of Chatham, Automatic Switch chairman
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Cypress Lake Methodist Church in Fort Myers, Fla., for Edward R. Ehrhard of Chatham, 76, who died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1998, at home of cancer.
Born in Newark, Mr. Ehrhard lived in Chatham since 1947.
At the time of his retirement in 1987, Mr. Ehrhard was chairman and chief executive officer of Automatic Switch Co. in Florham Park. He joined the company in 1959 as a quality control manager and subsequently became the plant manager of the main manufacturing plant in Florham Park. He became president in 1978 and chairman of the board in 1984.
During his tenure he oversaw the expansion of nine international manufacturing operations and led Automatic Switch through its transition from a closely-held family company to a public company traded on the American Stock Exchange.
Mr. Ehrhard was a former member of the Advisory Board of the American Stock Exchange.
In 1987, Mr. EHrhard was elected chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. Previously, in 1979, he was named the New Jersey Electrical Industry Man of the Year, and in 1980 Financial World magazine named him one of the outstanding chief executive officers in the electrical industry.
His community activities included service on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce and the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the N.J. College Advisory Board and was a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Life Income Fund and the U.S. Life Advisory Board.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kathryn P.; two daughters, Pamela of Edina, Minn., and Deborah of Clinton; a brother, Julius of Lakewood; two grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
Arrangements were by Phil Kiser Funeral Home, 9239 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, Fla.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hope-Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Circle, Fort Myers, Fla. 33908.

Barry DiLauri, 58, owner of steel fabricating firm
A funeral mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Holy Family Church in Florham Park for Barry DiLauri, 58, of Florham Park, who died Sunday, Oct. 4, 1998, at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.
Born in Morristown, Mr. DiLauri lived in Madison before coming to Florham Park in 1967.
He was the owner and operator of DiLauri Steel Fabricators in East Hanover since 1975. Previously, he was employed by Micropul in Summit from 1965 to 1975.
Mr. DiLauri served in the Navy for four years.
He was a member of the Saw Mill Gun Club in the Whippany
section of Hanover Township, the Florham Park Pistol and Rifle Club, and the Rock Hill Gun Club in Pennsylvania.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen M.; a son, Christopher of Florham Park; a brother, Nicholas of Madison, and his mother, Sue of Toms River.
Entombment will be in the Gate of Heaven Mausoleum in East Hanover. Arrangements are by Burroughs, Kohr and Dangler Funeral Home, 106 Main St., Madison.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Make a Wish Foundation, 126 Morris Ave., Elizabeth, N.J. 07208.

Ann Brewer Pike, teacher
A memorial service was held Sunday, Oct. 4, at Winter Park Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, N.C., for Ann Brewer Pike, 92, of Wilmington, formerly of Chatham, who died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1998, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center in Wilmington.
Born in Newark, Mrs. Pike was a longtime Chatham resident before moving to Wilmington in 1970.
A former teacher, she was a Braille transcriber for the North Carolina Library.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. George H. of Wilmington; two sons, the Rev. George H. Jr. of Green Valley, Ariz., and Richard L. of Wilmington; a daughter, Elizabeth Pike Sherer of Richmond, Va.; a brother, Charles E. Brewer of Bainbridge, Ga.; seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel, 1617 Market St., Wilmington, N.C.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center, 1406 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, N.C. 28401, or Winter Park Presbyterian Church, 4501 Wrightsville Ave., Wilmington, N.C. 28403.

Roza Finkey of Chatham, 87
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Hungarian Reformed Church in Passaic for Roza Balogh Finkey, 87, of Chatham, who died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1998, at home.
Born in Hungary, Mrs. Finkey came to Passaic in 1951 and to Chatham in 1968.
Her husband, Istvan, died previously.
She is survived by a son, Stephen, and a daughter, Lilla, both of Chatham.
Interment was at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus. Arrangements were
by Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home, 515 Lexington Ave., Clifton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Chatham Emergency Squad, 31 North Passaic Ave., Chatham, N.J. 07928.

William S. Bonanno, Judge and Former Prosecutor, 54
A funeral mass was offered Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1998, at St. Vincent Martyr Roman Catholic Church in Madison for William S. Bonanno, 54, of Madison, the borough’s municipal judge, who died Friday, Oct. 2, 1998, at home.
Born in Irvington, Mr. Bonanno lived in Madison for 48 years. He was the municipal judge in Madison since 1989. Formerly he was a municipal prosecutor in both Parsippany and Madison.
In his youth, Mr. Bonanno was a member of the cast of the television show “The Bontempos,” which was aired on channels 7 and 13. He was a graduate of the Delbarton School in Morris Township and St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pa., as well as the Seton Hall Law School in Newark. He was a member of the Morris County and the New Jersey Bar associations.
Mr. Bonanno was a member of St. Vincent Martyr Roman Catholic Church, where he was a former choir member. He also was an honorary member of Local No. 92 of the Madison Police Benevolent Association. He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline; a son, Brian of Dover; two daughters, Susan of Marlton and Christine of Madison; his mother, Mary S. of Madison, and two grandchildren.
Interment was in St. Vincent’s Cemetery in Madison. Arrangements were by the Burroughs, Kohr and Dangler Funeral Home, 106 Main St., Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Prospect Street, Madison, N.J. 07940 or to the American Heart Association, 298 West End Ave., Bridgewater, N.J. 08807.


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