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Jennie Aloia Spina, 88, Co-Owned Spina Delicatessen in Westfield 
Jennie Aloia Spina, 88, of Palm Bay, Fla., died on Sunday, May 13, at the St. Cloud Health Center in St. Cloud, Fla. Born in Westfield, she had lived there until moving to Palm Bay in 1971. Mrs. Spina was the former owner of Spina Delicatessen in Westfield. She was predeceased by her husband, Santo Spina, in 1973, and by a son, Patrick Spina, in 2000. Surviving are three sons, Ignasio Spina, Santo Spina, Jr. and Leonard Spina; a daughter, Mary Coleman; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. A Funeral Mass was offered on Friday, May 18, in the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield. Interment took place at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. The Dooley Colonial Home, 556 Westfield Avenue in Westfield, was in charge of the arrangements. May 24, 2001 

Joan E. Lonergan, 60
Joan E. Lonergan, 60, of Belle Mead died on Friday, May 11, at St. Peter's Hospital in New Brunswick. Born in Summit, she had lived there before relocating to Belle Mead 10 years ago. She had worked for ARC of Somerset. She was predeceased by a sister, Mary Piraneo. Surviving are four other sisters, Bridget Browne of Scotch Plains, Eileen Russell of Summit, Rose West of Madison and Kathleen Sanguiliano of Fanwood, and two brothers, Dennis Lonergan of Summit and Michael Lonergan of South Plainfield. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Tuesday, May 15, in St. Teresa of Avila Roman Catholic Church in Summit. Interment took place in St. Teresa's Cemetery in Summit. Arrangements were handled by the William R. Dangler Funeral Home in Summit. Memorial donations may be made to United Cerebral Palsy and sent in care of the William R. Dangler Funeral Home, 309 Springfield Avenue, Summit, 07901. May 24, 2001 

Julia Tornambe, 78 
Julia Tornambe, 78, of Westfield died on Saturday, May 12, in the home of her daughter, Judith DeAngelis, in Mountainside. Born in Madison, she had lived in Clark before moving to Westfield four years ago. Mrs. Tornambe was a Eucharistic minister and a member of the Prayer Group, the Senior Citizens Club and the choir, all of St. John the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Clark. She was predeceased by her husband, Michael D. Tornambe. Also surviving are another daughter, Patricia Duprat; a son, Dominick F. Tornambe; five sisters, Florence Priore, Rose Moore, Mary Bishop, Theresa Guerin and Ann Marie Sarno; three brothers, Joseph Matrisciano, Angelo Matrisciano and Louis Matrisciano, and eight grandchildren. A Mass was offered on Tuesday, May 15, at St. John the Apostle Church, following the funeral from the Werson Funeral Home in Linden. Interment was at St. Gertrude's Cemetery in Colonia. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105. May 24, 2001 

Doris Jarvis, 81, Air Corps Veteran; Was Photo Interpretation Expert 
Doris Jacobsen Jarvis, 81, of Glenview, Ill., died on Friday, May 4, in the Rosewood Care Center in Northbrook, Ill. Born in Oak Park, Ill., she had been a resident of Fanwood before moving to Glenview. Mrs. Jarvis served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Women's Army Air Corps during World War II as a photo interpretation expert. She was predeceased by her husband, Howard Jarvis, Jr., and by a brother, Albert Jacobsen. Surviving are two sons, Howard Jarvis, 3rd and Tyler Jarvis; a daughter, Lynly Jarvis; a sister, Charlotte Baytus, and four grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, at the Lutheran Church of the Ascension in Northfield, Ill. Interment was to be private. Arrangements are under the direction of the N.H. Scott & Hebblethwaite Funeral Home in Glenview. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 5040 N. Pulaski, Chicago, Ill. 60630. May 24, 2001 

Jean L. Wiese, 77 
Jean L. Wiese, 77, of Brodheadsville, Pa., died on Friday, May 11, in St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem, Pa. Born in Rahway, she had lived in Fanwood before relocating to Brodheadsville. Surviving are three sons, David Wiese of Fanwood, John Wiese of Blairstown and Douglas Wiese of Virginia Beach, Va.; three daughters, Kathryn Elguicze of Somerset, Suzanne Seilus of Bridgewater and Patricia Freeman of Effort, Pa.; a sister, Eleanor Mathis of Lakewood, and 10 grandchildren. Memorial services were held on Sunday, May 20, at the Donald N. Gower Funeral Home in Gilbert, Pa. Interment will take place at a time to be arranged by the family. Memorial donations may be made to Brookmont Health Care Activities Department, in care of Sue Oswald, Box 50, Effort, Pa. 18330. May 24, 2001 

Eleanore F. Walker, 69 
Eleanore F. Armann Walker, 69, of Scotch Plains died on Monday, May 14, in Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield. Born in New York, she lived in Scotch Plains for 41 years. Mrs. Walker co-owned the Linden Pork Stores and Pan Am Provisions in Linden. She was a member of the Scotch Plains Junior Women's Club. Surviving are her husband of 48 years, Dixie Walker; two daughters, Debra A. Walker and Patricia L. Staib, both of North Plainfield, and a grandchild. Services were held on Wednesday, May 16, at the Higgins Home for Funerals in North Plainfield. Memorial contributions may be made to the Muhlenberg Foundation, in care of Intensive Care Unit, Park Avenue and Randolph Road, Plainfield 07060, or to the American Lung Association of New Jersey, 1600 Route 22, East, Union, 07083. May 24, 2001 

Carrie Anderson, 95
Carrie Anderson, 95, of Mountainside died on Saturday, May 12, in Manor Care of Mountainside. Born in Newark, she lived in Mountainside for 49 years. Mrs. Anderson had been a supervisor in the lamp department of General Electric in Newark for 38 years before retiring in 1962. She was a member of the Eastern Star Sharon Chapter 61 in Caldwell and the Foothill Club of Mountainside. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard Anderson. Surviving is a sister, Beatrice Kellogg. Services were held on Wednesday, May 16, in the McCracken Funeral Home in Union. May 24, 2001 

Martin Herbst, 92, Managed Family Farm; Later Worked for Area Lumber Company 
Martin Herbst, 92, of North Plainfield died on Sunday, May 13, at the McCutchen Friends Home in North Plainfield. Born in Bayonne on August 30, 1908, he moved to Scotch Plains with his family the following year. He later relocated to Basking Ridge and moved with his wife to the McCutchen Friends Home a month ago. After graduating from Plainfield High School, Mr. Herbst managed the family farm in Scotch Plains until 1953. He was later employed by the J.D. Loizeaux Lumber Company in Plainfield until his retirement in 1973. He was predeceased by two sisters, Frances and Elizabeth; two brothers, Charles and Fred; a halfsister, Anna, and four half-brothers, Adolph, John, Peter and George, and a grandson. Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Irma Hansen Herbst; a daughter, Doris Herbst of Burlington, Vt.; a son, David Herbst of Tewksbury Township, and two grandchildren. At Mr. Herbst's request, there were no funeral services. Memorial donations may be made to the McCutchen Friends Home, 112 Linden Avenue, North Plainfield 07060. Arrangements were handled by the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue in Fanwood. May 24, 2001 

Todd David Bixler, 33
Todd David Bixler, 33, of Westfield died on Monday, May 14, at home. Born in Plainfield, he lived all of his life in Westfield. Mr. Bixler was a self-employed construction worker. Surviving are his parents, Robert A. Bixler, Sr. and Jean M. Messner Bixler; four brothers, Carter Bixler, Robert A. Bixler, Jr., Eric Bixler and Joel Bixler, and two sisters, Dana Bixler and Jill Bixler. Arrangements were under the direction of the Gray Funeral Home, 318 East Broad Street in Westfield. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 208 West End Avenue, Bridgewater 08807. May 24, 2001 

Manuel J. Aranjo, 81 
Manuel J. Aranjo, 81, of Mountainside died on Monday, May 14, in Overlook Hospital in Summit. Born in Framingham, Mass., he had lived in Irvington before moving to Mountainside in 1956. Mr. Aranjo had been a longshoreman with the International Longshoremen's Association for 20 years before retiring. He had previously worked for the American Can Company in Newark. Surviving are his wife, Marie DeRose Aranjo; a daughter, Maryjo Sperlazza; a son, Manuel Aranjo; a brother, Max Augusta, and five grandchildren. A Mass was offered on Thursday, May 17, at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Mountainside, following the funeral from the Haeberle & Barth Colonial Home in Union. Interment took place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover. May 24, 2001 

Blanche Loeffler, 76 
Blanche M. Langley Loeffler, 76, of Scotch Plains died on Tuesday, May 15, in Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown. Born in Brooklyn, she had lived in Long Island before relocating to Scotch Plains. Mrs. Loeffler had been a secretary at K.M.V. Associates, an insurance company in Scotch Plains, before retiring in 1979. She was predeceased by her husband, William Loeffler, in 1975, and by a son, William Loeffler. Surviving are three daughters, Elizabeth George, Barbara Morasso and Janice Keller; a sister, Audrey Lasher; a brother, Frank Langley, and six grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Saturday, May 19, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains. Interment took place at St. Gertrude's Cemetery in Colonia. Arrangements were handled by the Dooley Colonial Home, 556 Westfield Avenue in Westfield. May 24, 2001 

Verna Lipford Luisi, 79, Was Director Of Arts and Crafts at Park and YMCA 
Verna Lipford Luisi, 79, of Fanwood died on Tuesday, May 15, at Overlook Hospital in Summit. Born in Trooper, Pa., she had lived in Somerville before relocating to Fanwood 46 years ago. Mrs. Luisi attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, studying in the Liberal Arts program. She was active in the Girl Scouts in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood area. Mrs. Luisi was also the Arts and Crafts Director at Forest Road Park in Fanwood, as well as for the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA, for many years. Surviving are her husband, T. Robert Luisi; a daughter, Amy E. Smeltzer of Scotch Plains, and a son, Robert T. Luisi of New Hope, Pa. Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 19, at the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue in Fanwood. Interment took place at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. Memorial contributions may be made to the Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, 20 Roszel Road, Princeton, 08540. May 24, 2001 

Dorothy Shoemaker, 88 
Dorothy M. Shoemaker, 88, of Scotch Plains died on Saturday, May 12, at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield. Born in Springfield, the daughter of the late G. E. Eckermann and Mildred Allen Eckermann, she had lived in Millburn and Lakewood before moving to Scotch Plains in 1997. Mrs. Shoemaker was a homemaker and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was predeceased by her husband, Albert L. Shoemaker, in 1975, and by a daughter, Cynthia Webb, in 1994. Surviving are a daughter, Alberta Giacomara; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 19, at the Higgins Home for Funerals in Plainfield. Interment took place at St. Stephen's Cemetery in Millburn. May 24, 2001 

Lucretia Moore, 95 
Lucretia Crump Moore, 95, of Westfield died on Friday, May 11, at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield. Born in Petersburg, Va., she lived in Westfield for more than 80 years. Mrs. Moore had been employed as a housekeeper in Westfield for many years. She was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Westfield for more than 60 years, where she was an organizer and President of the Flower Club for more than 50 years, as well as a member of the choir. She was also a nurse's aide for the Westfield Community Center Drum and Bugle Corps and a member of Centennial Temple No. 246 Independent Benevolent Protective Order Elks of the World of Westfield. Her husband, Russell Moore, died in 1943. Surviving are a niece and cousins. Services were held on Thursday, May 17, at the Judkins Colonial Home in Plainfield. May 24, 2001 

Lorraine P. Warden, 72, Worked for Bank; Member and President of Women's Clubs 
Lorraine P. Warden, 72, of Macungie, Pa., died on Tuesday, May 15, at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville. Born in Westfield, she had lived in Plainfield for many years before moving to Macungie, Pa. 20 years ago. Mrs. Warden had been employed as a customer service representative for Queen City Bank in Plainfield for many years. She last worked as an executive secretary for Air Products Inc. of Piscataway before retiring several years ago. She was a member of the Junior Women's Club of Scotch Plains and was also a Past President and longtime member of the Federated Women's Club of America in Macungie. She was predeceased by her husbands, Charles L. Barry in 1964, Joseph F. Coleman in 1970 and Robert K. Warden in 1997, and by a daughter, Ellen Barry Mulkeen, in 1985. Surviving are a son, Charles Barry; a daughter, Barbara Barry Goodell; her mother, Honora F. Brown Pfeiffer; a sister, Bernice Phillips, and two brothers, Richard Pfeiffer and James Pfeiffer. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Friday, May 18, at St. Helen's Roman Catholic Church in Westfield. Interment took place at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. Arrangements were under the direction of the Dooley Colonial Home, 556 Westfield Avenue in Westfield. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. May 24, 2001 

John Bachanes, 42 
John Bachanes, 42, of Scotch Plains died on Wednesday, May 16, in Rahway Hospital. Born in Newark, he had lived in East Newark before moving to Scotch Plains 12 years ago. Mr. Bachanes was an officer with the Haledon Police Department for the last 14 years. He was a member of Police Benevolent Association Local No. 349 in Haledon. He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Frances Bachanes. Surviving are four brothers, Charles Bachanes, Frank Bachanes, Joseph Bachanes and Steve Bachanes. Private services were arranged by the Condon Memorial Home in Harrison. May 24, 2001 

Stanley Jennis, 73, of Westfield died on Wednesday, May 16, at home. Born in Newark, he had lived in Cedar Grove before relocating to Westfield 36 years ago. Mr. Jennis owned the New Dawn Health Shop in East Brunswick. He had previously owned a secretarial school in Elizabeth and, prior to that, the International House of Pancakes in East Brunswick. He was a volunteer with the New Jersey State Division of Consumer Affairs Mediation Office in Newark. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He was predeceased by a sister, Arlene Schwartz. Surviving are his wife, Esther L. Sher Jennis; two sons, Mark Jennis and Paul Jennis, and four grandchildren. The funeral was held on Sunday, May 20, from the Bernheim-Apter- Goldsticker Suburban Funeral Chapel in Maplewood. Interment took place at B'nai Abraham Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to cancer research. May 24, 2001 

Lisbeth Brodie, 90, Holocaust Survivor; Founded Nursery School at Temple 
Lisbeth Brodie, 90, a longtime resident of Westfield and survivor of the Holocaust during World War II, died on Friday, May 18, at home. Born on May 15, 1911 in Poznan, Poland, she had briefly worked as a journalist before she and her mother were sent to the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942. While there, she was forced to worked 16-hour days reading English and Polish documents and translating them for the Germans. As she later recalled in her memoirs, she would on occasion intentionally mistranslate documents in an attempt to save lives or retaliate against the Germans. After the Germans eliminated the Warsaw Ghetto and deported the prisoners, Miss Brodie was sent to a camp in Berlin and later to the Theresienstadt concentration camp. She emigrated to New York in 1950, where she worked at a summer camp, and subsequently relocated to Westfield. Miss Brodie earned a bachelor's degree in early childhood development in 1958 from Kean College, now Kean University, in Union. A year earlier, she founded a nursery school at Temple Emanu- El in Westfield, and served as the school's director until her retirement in 1986. Surviving are two cousins, Erica and Tony Matthews of London. Services were held on Sunday, May 20, at Temple Emanu-El. May 24, 2001 

Virginia Holschuh, 83, Duke Alumna; Affiliated With Library, Theater Group 
Virginia Chason Holschuh, 83, of New Providence died on Sunday, May 20, at Overlook Hospital in Summit. Born in Elizabeth, she had lived in Westfield for 58 years before moving to New Providence three years ago. Mrs. Holschuh had been employed as a bookkeeper and secretary for many years by Elsie Betz Realty and Lennox Realty, both of Westfield. She graduated from the Elizabeth school system and attended Duke University in Durham, N.C. Mrs. Holschuh was affiliated with the Westfield Community Players, Planned Parenthood, the Westfield Memorial Library and the American Civil Liberties Union. She was predeceased by her husband, Frank Johnston Holschuh, in 1972, and a grandson, Gary Escobedo. Surviving are a son, Louis William Holschuh of Columbus, Ohio; three daughters, Linda Blair of Edison, Anne Escobedo of Ventura, Calif., and Jane Holschuh of Tucson, Ariz., and five grandchildren. A memorial gathering was held yesterday, Wednesday, May 23, at the home of Robert and Vena Sharer of Westfield. Arrangements were under the direction of the Gray Funeral Home, 318 East Broad Street in Westfield. Memorial donations may be made to the Westfield Memorial Library, the American Stroke Association or Planned Parenthood. May 24, 2001 

Maxine Bradie, 72 Maxine Bradie, 72, of Mountainside died on Friday, May 18, at Overlook Hospital in Summit. Born in Brooklyn, she had lived in Westfield before moving to Mountainside in 1958. Mrs. Bradie was a member of the Westfield Chapter of Hadassah, the Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-El in Westfield and the Northern New Jersey Branch of the National Jewish Association. She was predeceased by her husband, Mitchell Bradie. Surviving are three sons, Neil, Glenn and Jon, and a sister, Roslyn Denard. Funeral services were held on Monday, May 21, at Temple Emanu- El. Interment was at Beth Israel Cemetery in Woodbridge. Arrangements were under the direction of the Menorah Chapels at Millburn in Union. Memorial contributions may be made to the Westfield Chapter of Hadassah. May 24, 2001 

Karin S. Schmidt, 41 
Karin Sue Schmidt, 41, of Meyersville died on Friday, May 18, at Overlook Hospital in Summit. Born in Glen Ridge, she had lived in Mountainside and Westfield before relocating to Meyersville three years ago. Miss Schmidt graduated from Kean University in Union in 1981 with a degree in education. Surviving are her parents, Werner H. and Eleanor Braun Schmidt, and a brother, Werner H. Schmidt, Jr. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, May 24, in the Community Presbyterian Church in Mountainside. Arrangements were handled by Smith and Smith (Suburban) of Springfield. May 24, 2001 

Brenda L. Rizzi, 59 
Brenda L. Rizzi, 59, of Berkeley Heights died on Friday, May 18. Born in Garwood, she had lived in Mountainside before moving to Berkeley Heights 30 years ago. Mrs. Rizzi was a member of TRIO, the Transplant Recipients International Organization, Inc. Surviving are her husband of 37 years, Vito L. Rizzi; a son, Steven L. Rizzi of Watchung; a daughter, Denise L. Micca of Manhattan, and two grandchildren. Arrangements were handled by the Valley Memorial Funeral Home in Gillette. Memorial contributions may be made to Transplant Recipients International Organization, 1000 16th Street NW, Suite 602, Washington, D.C. 20036-5705. May 24, 2001


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