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Joseph Lewis, 83, Notre Dame Alumnus Earned Bronze Star for War Service 
Joseph B. Lewis, 83, of Arlington, Va., died on Thursday, April 26, at home. Born in Clarksville, Tenn., he had lived in Westfield from 1962 to 1992. Mr. Lewis had been an executive with the B.F. Goodrich Company, where he was employed from 1939 to 1982, when he retired. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind., in 1939. Mr. Lewis was also a member of the Notre Dame tennis team and the Monogram Club, as well as a manager of the football team. During World War II, he served in the United States Army Air Corps as an enlisted man from 1942 to 1944, specializing in cryptography with training in intelligence. After graduating from Officer Candidate School, he served from 1945 to 1946 in the China-Burma- India Theater as a Lieutenant. Mr. Lewis was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his supervision during the entire China Offensive Campaign of more than 65 officers and enlisted men who were engaged in the operation of a message and cryptographic section, handling an average of more than one million coded groups of traffic a month from stations throughout the world. After World War II, he remained in the United States Air Force Reserves until 1958 and during that time was promoted to Captain. Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Caryl Cavanaugh Lewis; a son, Paul Lewis of Arlington, Va.; a daughter, Cathy Lewis of Alexandria, Va.; three sisters and two grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, April 30, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria. Mr. Lewis was buried at St. Mary's Cemetery in Alexandria with full military honors. Arrangements were handled by the Jefferson Funeral Chapel in Alexandria. May 17, 2001

Jean Stephens, 86 
Jean MacGregor Stephens, 86, of Plainfield died on Saturday, May 5, at the Country Arch Nursing Home in Pittstown. Born in Dalmuir, Scotland, she came to the United States in 1927. She had lived in Newark and Irvington before relocating to Plainfield 52 years ago. Mrs. Stephens had worked for over 26 years as a secretary for the United States Department of Agriculture in New Brunswick before retiring in 1982. She was a graduate of the Newark Normal School. Mrs. Stephens was a member of the Scotch Plains Baptist Church. She was also a volunteer at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center, as well as a Girl Scout leader, both in Plainfield. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert T. Stephens, Sr., in 1981. Surviving are two sons, Robert T. Stephens, Jr. of Green Brook and Craig W. Stephens of Clinton; three daughters, Jean S. Mazet of Green Brook, Roberta A. Schroff of Peoria, Ill., and Pamela J. Grausso of Scotch Plains; a brother, William D. MacGregor of Bayville; 11 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 10, at the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue in Fanwood. Interment took place at Hillside Cemetery in Scotch Plains. Memorial donations may be made to either the Clinton Rescue Squad EMS or to the Green Brook Fire Department EMS. May 17, 2001

Harold E. Fortiner, 92 
Harold Edgar Fortiner, 92, a former Westfield resident, died on Saturday, May 5, at Granite Farms Estates in Wawa, Pa. Born in Palmyra, he had been an executive at Ciba-Geigy in Summit. Upon his retirement, he volunteered as a consulting executive to factories in the Philippines. Mr. Fortiner was a member of the United Methodist Church of Westfield and the Rossmoor Community Church in Jamesburg. He was also a member of Atlas Pythagoras Lodge No. 10, Free and Accepted Masons in Westfield. He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth E. Corson Fortiner, and a son, Robert Fortiner. Surviving are a daughter-in-law, Priscilla Fortiner of Spanaway, Wash.; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Private arrangements were made under the direction of the Kain Funeral Home in Haddonfield. Memorial donations may be made to the Samaritan Fund at Granite Farms Estates, 1343 W. Baltimore Pike, Wawa, Pa. 19063. May 17, 2001

Pauline Castagna, 90 
Pauline Castagna, 90, of Fanwood died on Sunday, May 6, at Union Hospital. Born in Elizabeth, she had lived in Linden for 43 years before moving to Fanwood four years ago. Mrs. Castagna had been employed as an elementary teacher with the Elizabeth school system for 37 years, having last taught at the Abraham Lincoln School prior to retiring in 1974. She received a bachelor's degree from Trenton State College, now The College of New Jersey. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Castagna; three sisters, Sarah Zambuto, Carmela Fiorillo and Rose Naimo, and a brother, Paul Segro. Surviving are a daughter, Angela Maggs, and two grandchildren. A Mass was offered on Thursday, May 10, at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Elizabeth, after the funeral from the Petruccelli Funeral Home in Elizabeth. Interment took place at Rosedale Cemetery in Linden. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony of Padua Church, 853 Third Avenue, Elizabeth, 07202. May 17, 2001

Herman A. Roos, 74 
Herman A. Roos, 74, of Scotch Plains died on Sunday, May 6, at Overlook Hospital in Summit. Born in Union, he had lived there before relocating to Scotch Plains 50 years ago. Mr. Roos had been employed as a tool and die maker with Reliable Tool Company in Irvington for 25 years. He retired in 1988. He served in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. Surviving are his wife, Jeanne Gerndt Roos, and a brother, Robert H. Roos of Linden. Private arrangements were handled by the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue in Fanwood. May 17, 2001

Dorothy James, 85 
Dorothy Laffey James, 85, of Mountainside died on Sunday, May 6, at home. Born in Newark, she had lived in Westfield and Short Hills before moving to Mountainside two years ago. Mrs. James attended Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. She was a volunteer with New Eyes for the Needy in Millburn for many years. She was predeceased by a brother, Edwin W. Laffey. Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Nathan W. James; a son, John W. James of Madison, Conn., and four grandchildren. The funeral service took place on Wednesday, May 9, in Smith and Smith (Suburban) in Springfield. Interment was at St. Stephen's Cemetery in Millburn. Memorial contributions may be made to Overlook Hospital Foundation, 36 Upper Overlook Road, Summit, 07901. May 17, 2001

Elizabeth C. Crookall, 86, Was Member Of Women's Clubs and Other Groups 
Elizabeth C. Crookall, 86, of Brandon, Fla., died on Wednesday, January 24, in Brandon Memorial Hospital in Brandon. Born in Harrison, she had lived in Westfield before moving to Florida 20 years ago. Mrs. Crookall was a member of the Westfield Women's Club, as well as the Women's Club of Arlington, the Junior X Club, the Red Cross and the Roosevelt School Parent Teacher Association, all of Kearny. Surviving are her husband, Henry R. Crookall; two daughters, Jan Clark and Susan Crookall, and two grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. this Sunday, May 20, in the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington in Kearny. Arrangements are being handled by the Wilfred Armitage Funeral Home of Kearny. May 17, 2001

Philip DiMauro, 88 
Philip DiMauro, 88, of Toms River died on Monday, May 7, at home. Born in Italy, he had lived in Newark and Scotch Plains before moving to Toms River 18 years ago. Mr. DiMauro had been employed as a custodian with the Union County Vocational Technical Institute in Scotch Plains for 13 years before retiring in 1981. Prior to that, he had owned a barber shop in Irvington. Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Lucy Santaniello DiMauro; two sons, Joseph DiMauro and Philip DiMauro; three daughters, Marie Olsen, Concetta Dempsey and Ann McGriff; two sisters, Elizabeth Cicalease and Marie Bagnato; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. A Mass was offered on Friday, May 11, at St. Justin Church in Toms River, following the funeral from the Mastapeter Funeral Home in Bayville. Interment took place at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in East Orange. May 17, 2001

Erna Fuhrman, 91 
Erna Fuhrman, 91, of Raritan Township died on Monday, May 7, in the Hunterdon Care Center in Raritan Township. Born in Germany, she had lived in Irvington, Union and Scotch Plains before relocating to Raritan Township. Mrs. Fuhrman had been a cafeteria manager at the Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company in Newark for 25 years before retiring. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 22 in Hamilton Square for 39 years. Surviving are a daughter, M. Louise Van Assen; a sister, Leisel Kaelber; a brother, Karl Voelker; nine grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 12, in the Holcombe-Fischer Funeral Home in Flemington. Interment took place at Hollywood Memorial Park in Union. May 17, 2001

Floyd M. Porter, 78 
Floyd M. Porter, 78, of Hardyston Township died on Friday, May 4, in Indian River Memorial Hospital in Vero Beach, Fla. Born in Passaic, he had lived in Westfield before moving to Hardyston 50 years ago. Mr. Porter had been a manufacturing representative with the F.M. Porter Company in Franklin for 20 years prior to retiring in 1991. He was a United States Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. Surviving are his wife, Jean Porter; three sons, Francis Porter, Mark Porter and Jeffrey Porter; two daughters, Elizabeth Porter-Steisel and Margaret Mary Porter; a sister, Claire Amendola; a stepbrother, Dennis Porter, and 10 grandchildren. A Mass was offered on Saturday, May 12, in St. John Vianney Church in Stockholm, following the funeral from the F. John Ramsey Funeral Home in Franklin. May 17, 2001

Margaret Vosseler, 81 
Margaret C. Panzarino Vosseler, 81, a lifelong resident of Elizabeth, died on Monday, May 7, at home. Mrs. Vosseler, a homemaker, was Past President and Treasurer of the AM Vets Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 25 and a Past President of the Mother's Club of Bender Memorial Academy, both of Elizabeth. Surviving are her husband of 60 years, George T. Vosseler; two sons, Thomas G. Vosseler of South Plainfield and Peter Vosseler of Fanwood; a brother, Anthony Panzarino of Roselle Park; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services were held on Friday, May 11, at the Mastapeter Funeral Home in Roselle Park, followed by a Mass at St. Genevieve's Roman Catholic Church in Elizabeth. Interment took place at St. Gertrude's Cemetery in Colonia. Memorial contributions may be made to the Center For Hope Hospice, 176 Hussa Street, Linden, 07036. May 17, 2001

Harold S. Pike, Jr., 66, Air Force Veteran; Was Employed in Marketing and Sales Rodger T. Twitchell, 85, Was Mason; Worked in Machine-Tool Design Field Rodger Tierney "Ted" Twitchell, 85, of Flanders died on Saturday, April 28, at home. Born in Ontario, Canada, he had lived in Westfield for many years before moving to the Flanders section of Mount Olive in 1971. Mr. Twitchell had been employed in the machine and tool design industry for many years before retiring several years ago. A 1935 graduate of Metuchen High School, he studied mechanical engineering at Rutgers University. He was a life member of the society of Free Masons. He was predeceased by his wife of 45 years, Ida Louise Twitchell; his mother, Regina Ann Twitchell; his father, Claude A. Twitchell, and a brother, Cyrus Twitchell. Surviving are two sons, Rodger Twitchell of Kennebunkport, Me. and David Twitchell of Long Valley; three sisters, Claudia Snoden of Diamond Head, Miss., Celia Horner of Mine Hill and Elizabeth Hilton of Bound Brook, and four grandchildren. A private family memorial service was held on Sunday, April 29, at Mr. Twitchell's home. Arrangements were under the direction of the Dooley Colonial Home, 556 Westfield Avenue in Westfield. Memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Hospice Care, 187 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, 07041. May 17, 2001

Harold Stanley Pike, Jr., 66, of Cape May Court House died on Monday, May 7, at home. Born and raised in Fanwood, he had lived in Clark and Bensalem, Pa., prior to moving to Cape May Court House. Mr. Pike was employed in marketing and sales and most recently served as district sales manager for Westwood Computer Corporation. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Purdue University in Lafayette, Ind. He served in the United States Air Force. Surviving are his mother, Hilda Pike, also of Cape May Court House, and a brother, Kenneth R. Pike of Medford. A memorial service was held on Friday, May 11, at the Dias Creek United Methodist Church in Cape May Court House. The family has requested that no flowers be sent. Memorial donations may be made to the Memorial Fund of Dias Creek Methodist Church, 77 Springers Mill Road, Cape May Court House, 08210. The Radzieta Funeral Home of Cape May Court House was in charge of the arrangements. May 17, 2001

Samuel Cirincione, 82, Honored Knight; Active in Church and Veterans Groups 
Samuel Frank Cirincione, 82, of Garwood died on Friday, May 4, at home. Born in Gratteri, Sicily, he emigrated to the United States in 1929. He had lived in Westfield before relocating to Garwood in 1949. Mr. Cirincione had been employed by Hyatt Roller Bearing, a division of General Motors in Clark, before retiring. He was a United States Army veteran of World War II, serving in Italy and North Africa, and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Bayleaf Post No. 6807 and American Legion Post No. 317, both of Garwood. He was a Nocturnal Hour member of St. John the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Clark and a member of the Holy Name Society of St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church in Garwood. In 1998, he earned a Lifetime Service Award as a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus of the John Dawson Gilmary Shea Assembly. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Color Corp. Surviving are his wife, Fannie Cirincione; a daughter, Annette Cirincione, and a brother, Russell Cirincione. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, May 8, at St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church in Garwood. Interment took place at St. Gertrude's Cemetery in Colonia. Arrangements were under the direction of the Dooley Colonial Home, 556 Westfield Avenue in Westfield. May 17, 2001

Mary Hart, 82, Sears Sales Associate; Active in Golden Age and Auxiliary 
Mary Klizas Hart, 82, of Scotch Plains died on Thursday, May 10, at home. Born in St. Clair, Pa., she had lived in Kearny before moving to Scotch Plains more than 40 years ago. Mrs. Hart had worked at Prudential Insurance in Newark before becoming a sales associate at Sears in Watchung. She retired from Sears in 1981. She was a member and Past President of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Post No. 10122 in Scotch Plains, and a member of the Golden Age and St. Bartholomew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, both of Scotch Plains. She was predeceased by her husband, William Hart, on May 10, 2000. Surviving are two daughters, Linda A. Horvath of Rahway and Jayne H. Danco of Bridgewater; a brother, John Klizas of Stratford, Conn.; a sister, Anna Wargo of St. Clair, and four grandchildren. The funeral took place on Monday, May 14, from the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue in Fanwood, followed by a Mass at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church. Interment took place at Hillside Cemetery in Scotch Plains. Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Jersey Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, 1 Robert Wood Johnson Place, New Brunswick, 08903 or to Center For Hope Hospice, 176 Hussa Street, Linden, 07036. May 17, 2001

Viola Byrd Sims, 87 
Viola Byrd Sims, 87, of Engelwood Cliffs died on Thursday, May 10, at the Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly. Born in Virginia, she was raised in Westfield and was educated through the Westfield school system. She had also lived in New York City and Fort Lee before moving to Engelwood Cliffs 52 years ago. She was a member of the National Doll and Toy Collectors Club and of the Photo Club, both in New York City. Surviving are a granddaughter, Lisa A. Curtis; a grandson, Darryl Curtis, and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 15, at the Gray Funeral Home, 318 East Broad Street in Westfield. Interment took place at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. Memorial donations may be made to a favorite charity. May 17, 2001

Thelma H. Welaish, 80 
Thelma H. Welaish, 80, of Fanwood died on Saturday, May 12, at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield. Born in Somerville, Mass., she had lived in Roxbury, Mass., and then in Weymouth, Mass., before relocating to Fanwood in 1968. Mrs. Welaish had been employed as a legal secretary for AFD Title in Scotch Plains, Charles Thatcher, Esq., formerly of Scotch Plains, and then for Leib, Kraus, Grispin & Roth in Scotch Plains, before retiring in 1995. She was a graduate of the Hitchcock Secretarial School in Boston. Surviving are her husband of 50 years, Stanley Welaish; a son, Jeffrey L. Welaish of Pennsylvania; two daughters, Natalie Y. Broderick of Massachusetts and Deborah Welaish Sutphen of Frenchtown; two sisters, Shirley Boise of California and Beverly A. Johnson of Massachusetts, and seven grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 15, at the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue in Fanwood. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fanwood Volunteer Rescue Squad, 218 Forest Road, Fanwood, 07023. May 17, 2001

Giovanni G. Cuoco, 70 
Giovanni Gerardo Cuoco, 70, of Wildwood Crest died on Thursday, May 10, in Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. Born in Avellino, Italy, he had lived in Venezuela, Colonia and Scotch Plains before moving to Wildwood Crest in 1989. Mr. Cuoco was self-employed before retiring in 1989. Surviving are his wife of 38 years, Lina Cuoco; two sons, Alfonso Cuoco and Rocco Cuoco; two daughters, Antonietta (Annette) Cuoco and Luigina Sollazzo; two brothers, Gerardo Cuoco and Antonio Cuoco; four sisters, Guiseppina DeCicco, Licia Bove, Ripalda Cuoco and Liliana Cuoco, and two grandchildren. A Mass was offered on Monday, May 14, at St. Ann's Church in Raritan, following the funeral from the Bongiovi Funeral Home in Raritan. May 17, 2001

Edward Samuel, 73 
Edward Samuel, 73, of Sugar Run, Pa., died on Tuesday, May 8, at home. Born on June 16, 1927 in Raritan Township, he was the son of the late Adam and Josie Gaboski Samuel. He had lived in Neshanic for many years before relocating to Sugar Run in 1991. Mr. Samuel was a retired carpenter. A United States Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 284 in Whitehouse, the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Manville, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 1829 of Flemington and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 2137 of Somerset. Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Virginia Fink Samuel; a daughter, Susan S. Aboul-Nasr of Simpsonville, S.C.; two sons, Edward Samuel, Jr. of Landenberg, Pa. and Joseph Samuel of Westfield; six sisters, Loretta Price and Grace Hashim , both of Florida; Olga Przewoznik, Helen Ference, Virginia Kutiak and Florence Oleniacz, all of New Jersey; a brother, Frank J. Samuel of Pennsylvania, and nine grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Friday, May 11, at the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington. Interment was at Neshanic Cemetery in Neshanic. May 17, 2001

Joseph W. Perkins, 60 
Joseph Wendall Perkins, 60, of Plainfield died on Tuesday, May 8, at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield. Born in Richmond, Va., he had lived in Westfield before moving to Plainfield 30 years ago. Mr. Perkins was employed by the Plainfield Board of Education as band director and a music teacher. He had previously taught in the Westfield school system. He graduated from Virginia State University in Petersburg, Va. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Westfield, where he was also a member of the Sanctuary Choir, Oratorio Choir and Wesley Singers, as well as a substitute organist. Mr. Perkins was also a member of Stone Square Lodge No. 38 Free and Accepted Masons Prince Hall Affiliation in Plainfield. Surviving are his wife, Janette Perkins; a daughter, Wendi Perkins of Richmond, Va.; two stepdaughters, Brenda Marshall of Upper Marlboro, Md. and Sharon Drayton of Plainfield, and three brothers, Newton Perkins and Hamilton Perkins, both of Richmond, and Morris Perkins of Westfield. A memorial service was held on Saturday, May 12, at the First United Methodist Church. Arrangements were handled by the Judkins Colonial Home in Plainfield. May 17, 2001

Mary E. Marhon, 83 
Mary E. Marhon, 83, a lifelong Westfield resident, died on Thursday, May 10, in the Morris Hills Nursing Home in Morristown. Mrs. Marhon had been a secretary at Merck in Rahway for many years before retiring several years ago. Surviving are a daughter, Pat Jenkins; a son, John Marhon; a sister, Anne Lesak; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Services were held on Monday, May 14, in the Dooley Colonial Home, 556 Westfield Avenue in Westfield. May 17, 2001


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