Anthony ‘Kelly’ Esposito, Chatham Twp. developer
A funeral mass was offered Wednesday, Dec. 9, at St. Vincent
Martyr Roman Catholic Church in Madison for Anthony “Kelly” Esposito of
Madison, who died Saturday, Dec. 5, 1998, at Overlook Hospital in Summit
after a brief battle against lung cancer. He was 65.
Born in Madison, Mr. Esposito was a lifelong resident.
He founded the Kelly and Son Construction Co. in Madison in 1960 and
was one of the earliest developers in Chatham Township. His professional
buildings on the corner of Shunpike and Green Village roads in the township
were the first in the area. He also was instrumental in 1988 in the
installation of the only street clock with both music and chimes in Chatham
Township. Mr. Esposito was an active supporter and friend of the
Carmelite nuns in Morristown and Warwick, N.Y. He is survived by
his wife of 46 years, Lucille; a son, Patrick “Ricky” of Madison; a daughter,
Diane Pagliuca, also of Madison; four brothers, Michael “Mickey,” Patrick
and Carmine “Chico,” all of Madison, and James “Bucky” of Roxbury; a sister,
Josephine Whitley of Vermont, and six grandchildren.
Interment was in St. Vincent’s Cemetery in Madison. Arrangements were
by the Madison Memorial Home, 159 Main St., Madison.
Edward McFall, 74, native of Scotland
A funeral mass was offered Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Burroughs, Kohr
and Dangler Funeral Home in Madison for Edward McFall of Madison, who died
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1998, at Morristown Memorial Hospital after a long
illness. He was 74. Born in Blantyre, Scotland, Mr. McFall lived
in Kearny for 10 years before coming to Madison 15 years ago. He
was employed by the N.J. Bell Telephone Co. in Newark for 15 years until
illness prompted him to retire in 1983. Mr. McFall was a member of
the Bell Telephone Pioneers of New Jersey.
He is survived by a sister, Christine Duffy of Scotland, and nieces
Interment was in St. Vincent’s Cemetery in Madison. Arrangements were
by Burroughs, Kohr and Dangler Funeral Home, 106 Main St., Madison.
Charlene M. Harvey, 53, foreign language teacher
A funeral mass was offered Saturday, Nov. 21, at St. Teresa of
Avila Roman Catholic Church in Summit for Charlene M. Trauth Harvey of
the Gillette section of Long Hill Township, who died Wednesday, Nov. 18,
1998, at Morristown Memorial Hospital after a four-year battle against
breast cancer. She was 53.
Born in Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Harvey lived in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Chatham
before moving to Gillette 18 years ago.
She was a teacher at Columbia Middle School in Berkeley Heights for
29 years before her retirement last year. Earlier, she had taught
for one year in Chatham. Mrs. Harvey was a graduate of the University
of Dayton, Ohio, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages,
and of Seton Hall University in South Orange, where she earned a master’s
degree in French and Spanish in 1972.
She is survived by her husband, Ronald; her mother, Martha Trauth of
Cincinnati; a stepdaughter, Rebecca of Pennsylvania; a stepson, Daniel
of Frenchtown; and six sisters, Denise Trauth of North Carolina, Suzanne
Trauth of Montclair, Eileen Trauth of Massachusetts, Jeannette Trauth of
Pennsylvania, Patricia Trauth of California and Kathleen Trauth of New
Mexico. Interment was in Bloomingdale Cemetery. Arrangements were
by Paul Ippolito Summit Memorial, 7 Summit Ave., Summit. Memorial
contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 669 Littleton
Road, Parsippany, N.J. 07054.
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
Arrangements were by the Wm. A. Bradley and Son Funeral Home, 345 Main
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
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.
Nils Person, war veteran, awarded Purple Heart, 82
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 31, at the Burroughs, Kohr
and Dangler Funeral Home, 106 Main St., Madison, for Nils W. Person of
Madison, who died Friday, March 26, 1999, at the Inglemoor Nursing Home
in Livingston. He was 82.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Person lived in Florham Park for five years
before coming to Madison in 1957.
He was a purchasing agent for the Schaefer Brewing Co. in Brooklyn
from 1951 until his retirement in 1978. Mr. Person was a graduate
of the City College of New York, now the City College of the City University
of New York. He was a founder of the Florham Park Wood Carvers Club
and taught archery at the Madison Area YMCA in Madison for 20 years.
During World War II, Mr. Person was an Army staff sergeant with the
131st Field Artillery and served in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
He was awarded a Purple Heart. His wife, Winifred B., died previously.
He is survived by three sons, John B. of Stanton, Nils B. of Madison
and David K. of Ketchikan, Alaska; three sisters, Constance Headly of Long
Island, N.Y., Josephine Tyson of Southbury, Conn., and Edna Hanson of Lakeland,
Fla.; a brother, John of Southbury; five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Madison Volunteer Ambulance
Corps, 29 Prospect St., Madison, N.J. 07940.
John Ruckelshaus, inventor, father of Madison’s mayor
A memorial service was held on Sunday, March 7, at Grace Episcopal
Church, 4 Madison Ave., Madison, for John Greer Ruckelshaus of Boonton,
formerly of Madison and the father of Madison Mayor Gary Ruckelshaus.
Mr. Ruckelshaus, an electrical engineer and inventor who held more than
44 patents, died Friday, Feb. 26, 1999, after a brief illness. He was 97.
Born in Newark, Mr. Ruckelshaus lived in Madison and Summit before
moving to Leisure Village in Lakehurst in 1972. He attended Newark
College of Engineering and received an honorary doctoral degree from Hamilton
State University in 1974.
The founder and president of the Madison Electrical Products Co. (MEPCO),
Mr. Ruckelshaus was a pioneer in the birth of radio broadcasting in the
He obtained the first amateur license for a radio telephone transmitter
in 1920. His station, with call letters 2-GF, broadcast the first radio
advertisement - a sale for L. Bamberger and Company of Newark - in
early 1921. This first radio “commercial” so impressed one listener at
the department store, owner Louis Bamberger, that radio station WOR was
started about six months later. Mr. Ruckelshaus conceived of the
cathode heater radio tube, which made possible the operation of radio receivers
from house current instead of batteries and revolutionized the radio receiving
set industry. One of his cathode heater tubes is in the Smithsonian Institution
in Washington, D.C. During World War II he designed and produced
MEPCO precision wire wound resistors which were incorporated in the atomic
bomb, the proximity fuse and other war projects. He also developed an engine
ignition system for the Signal Corps which produced no radio interference.
After the war Mr. Ruckelshaus developed the Vamistor film resistor, which
eliminated the need for hundreds of feet of wire in a resistor. The Vamistor
has been used in every U.S. space flight, as well as in computers,
telephone equipment and sophisticated electronics equipment. His
other inventions included rotators for television receiving antennas. Among
his inventions he did not patent were circuit breakers now used in homes,
treadle-controlled traffic signals and thermopane window glass. Mr.
Ruckelshaus was a member of the Christian Science Church in Summit until
1972. He was a member of the Madison Rotary Club from 1944 to 1966; the
Kiwanis Club in Leisure Village, and the International Electrician and
He was the husband of the late Florence Cowan Ruckelshaus and the late
Edith Hart Ruckelshaus.
He is survived by two sons, John G. Jr. and Gary, and three grandchildren,
Gary, Jill and Julie.
Interment was private. Arrangements were by the Burroughs, Kohr and
Dangler Funeral Home, 106 Main St., Madison. Memorial donations may
be made to the Madison Public Library, 39 Keep St., Madison, N.J. 07940.
Charlotte Nelson, active with club, school, library
A memorial service was held Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Wm. A.
Bradley and Son Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Chatham, for Charlotte Hedin
Nelson of Chatham, who died Thursday, Feb. 11, 1999, at Overlook
Hospital in Summit following a short illness. She was 61.
Born in Minneapolis, Minn., she moved to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1965 and
then came to Chatham in 1967.
She was a 1959 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a bachelor
of arts degree in elementary education, and was an elementary school teacher
in Minneapolis before moving to Cleveland.
Mrs. Nelson was a past president of the Junior Women’s Club of Chatham;
a former co-president with her husband, John A. Nelson, of the Chatham
High School Parent-Teacher Organization in 1979, and had worked with the
Summit YWCA and the Library of the Chathams.
She had assisted her husband in his packaging business, Custom Way
Packaging, and following his death in 1992 she worked for the Nilson Insurance
Agency in Morristown.
She is survived by three sons, John F. “Jay” of Maplewood, Todd E.
of Monroe, Conn., and Scott D. of Chatham; a brother, Lynn J. Hedin of
South Dakota; a sister, Marcia Tammel of California, and five grandchildren.
Interment was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Library of the Chathams,
214 Main St., Chatham, N.J. 07928.
Sylvia Swerdlin, retired comptroller
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 25, at Menorah Chapels
at Millburn in Union for Sylvia Swerdlin of Florham Park, who died Tuesday,
March 24, 1999, at home.
Born in New York City, Mrs. Swerdlin lived in
Hillside, Elizabeth and Millburn Township before coming to Florham
She was the comptroller for Jahne Barnes in New York City for many
years before her retirement.
She is survived by a daughter, Joyce Beck; a son, Eric; a sister, Ruth
Feiger, and three grandchildren.
Interment was private. Arrangements were by Menorah Chapels at Millburn,
2950 Vaux Hall Road, Union.
Margaret Simonson, 93, charter member of chapel
Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 3, at the Henry Chapel at
Chapel Pointe in Carlisle, Pa., for Margaret C. Simonson of Carlisle, formerly
of Chatham, who died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at Carlisle Hospital. She
was 93. Born in Park Ridge, Mrs. Simonson lived in Chatham before
moving to Carlisle.
She was a volunteer at Overlook Hospital in Summit for 35 years.
Mrs. Simonson was a charter member of Long Hill Chapel in Chatham Township.
She is survived by a son, Robert C. of West Lawn, Pa.; four grandchildren,
and two great-grandchildren.
Interment was private. Arrangements were by Hoffman-Roth Funeral Home,
219 North Hanover St., Carlisle, Pa.
Lucille D. Robbins, 83, active with Eastern Star
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at the
Masonic Homes in Elizabethtown, Pa., for Lucille D. Robbins of Elizabethtown,
formerly of Madison, who died Saturday, Aug. 28, 1999, at the Masonic Homes.
She was 83.
Born in Okabena, Minn., Mrs. Robbins lived in Philadelphia, Pa., Stratford,
Conn., Ponte Vedra, Fla., and Madison before moving to Elizabethtown.
She was a registered nurse in hospitals in Philadelphia and nursing homes
in Stratford, Conn., before her retirement. Mrs. Robbins was a past
Worthy Matron of the former Oak Lane Eastern Star Chapter No. 325 in Philadelphia;
a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra, and a civic volunteer.
While a Madison resident, she attended Grace Episcopal Church in Madison.
Her husband, Harris N., died previously.
She is survived by three sons, James D. of Madison, Thomas R. of West
Bloomfield, Mich., and Lawrence E. of Middletown, Pa.; five grandchildren,
and 10 great-grandchildren. Interment was private. Arrangements are
by the Miller Funeral Home, 130 North Market St., Elizabethtown, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society,
615 Community Way, Lancaster, Pa. 17603, or to the Hospice of Lancaster
County, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, Pa. 17604.
Gertrude M. Spencer, 90, active with seniors club
A funeral liturgy will be celebrated at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Sept.
9, at St. Patrick Church, 85 Washington Ave., Chatham, for Gertrude M.
Colmer Spencer of Chatham, who died Monday, Sept. 6, 1999. She was 90.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she came to Madison in 1949, and to Chatham
Mrs. Spencer was involved in numerous organizations in Madison and
Chatham, most recently the Chatham Senior Citizens.
Her husband, Charles J., died previously. She is survived by
three sons, Donald of Bernardsville, Charles Jr. of Chatham and Robert
of Summit; a sister, Veronica Colmer of Brooklyn; eight grandchildren,
and two great-grandchildren.
Interment will be at St. Vincent Cemetery, Madison. Arrangements are
by the Wm. A. Bradley and Son Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Chatham.
Joseph F. Musil, veteran, Western Electric engineer
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 7, at the Michael Hegarty
Funeral Home, 3377 Route 9, Old Bridge Township, for Joseph F. Musil of
Old Bridge Township, formerly of Chatham, who died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999,
at home. He was 78. Born in Newark, Mr. Musil lived in Chatham before
moving to Old Bridge 39 years ago.
He was a mechanical engineer with the Western Electric Co. in
Kearny for 43 years before his retirement in 1983. During World War
II, Mr. Musil served with the Army in the 568th Anti-Aircraft Artillery
Automatic Weapons Battalion. He received the American Service Medal, the
Distinguished Unit Badge, the Good Conduct Medal, the European-African-Middle
Eastern Service Medal and the Victory Medal.
He was a member of Philo Lodge 243 of the Order of Free and Accepted
Masons in South River.
His wife, Mildred, died previously.
He is survived by two sons, Joseph of Moscow, Pa., and James of Old
Bridge Township; a daughter, Marilyn of Old Bridge Township, and two grandchildren.
Interment was private.
John R. Gorman, executive, assisted the disabled, 71
Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 4, at Faith Lutheran Church
in the Murray Hill section of New Providence for John R. Gorman of Florham
Park, who died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, at St. Barnabas Medical Center
in Livingston. He was 71.
Born in Enfield, Conn., Mr. Gorman lived in Massachusetts before coming
to Florham Park eight years ago. He was the vice president of sales
and marketing for National Appraisal Services in Scotch Plains for eight
years before his retirement in 1997. Previously, he was employed
by Litton Industries in Fall River, Mass. Mr. Gorman was president
and a member of the Northern Region Porsche Organization of America.
He also was a member of the East Orange Golf Club, and the Fairmount
Country Club in Chatham Township.
Mr. Gorman volunteered to assist developmentally disabled citizens
in Morris Plains.
He is survived by his wife, Dale; three daughters, Kathleen Fairley,
Lynn Gaetani and Maureen Ruffino; a son, John; two sisters, Annamae MacArdle
and Joann, and seven grandchildren. Interment was in Fair Mount Cemetery
in Chatham. Arrangements were by the William R. Dangler Funeral Home, 309
Springfield Ave., Summit. Memorial contributions may be made to the
American Diabetes Association, 101 Eisenhower Parkway, Roseland, N.J. 07068.
Rosina Cavezza, resident of Madison, grandmother
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Tuesday, Sept. 7, at St. Vincent
Martyr Roman Catholic Church in Madison for Rosina Altieri Cavezza of Madison,
who died Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999, at home. She was 86. Born in Scranton,
Pa., Mrs. Cavezza lived in Cicciao, Italy, before coming to Madison 46
Her husband, Tommaso, died previously.
She is survived by three sons, Carmine, Mario and Frank; three daughters,
Carol Spagnuolo, Mary Belknap and Lucy McGrath; 15 grandchildren, and five
great-grandchildren. Entombment was in Gate of Cemetery in East Hanover.
Arrangements were by the Madison Memorial Home, 159 Main St., Madison.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of
Northern New Jersey, 38 Elm St., Morristown, N.J. 07960.