Miscellaneous Union County, New Jersey Obituaries

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Josephine Ford Wheeler of Foulk Manor North in Wilmington, Del., died on Tuesday, December 26, in the home of her daughter, Catherine Wheeler Bowen, in Rockland, Del. A native of Charleston, Mrs. Wheeler, who was born in 1911, had lived in Cleveland, Ohio, in Plainfield and in Westfield before returning to Charleston in 1969. She relocated to Wilmington in 1977 and moved to Foulk Manor North in early 2000. She attended Sullins College in Bristol, Va., and had worked in Charleston prior to her marriage to William R. Wheeler in 1938. Later, Mrs. Wheeler worked for the Wardlaw Country Day School in Plainfield. She was predeceased by her husband in 1963. Surviving, in addition to her daughter, is a brother, V. H. Ford, Jr. of Port Arthur, Tex. A memorial service will be held in the spring in Charleston. Arrangements were handled by the Chandler Funeral Home in Wilmington. Memorial contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 3515 Silverside Road, Wilmington, Del. 19810. January 4, 2001

Margaret Johansen, 80 
Margaret B. Johansen, 80, of Scotch Plains died on Tuesday, December 26, at home. Born in Plainfield, she resided in Scotch Plains for 48 years. Mrs. Johansen was a member of the Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield and a former member of the Monday Afternoon Club in Plainfield. Surviving are her husband, Jack C. Johansen; a daughter, Joyce Dolan of Scotch Plains; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Friday, December 29, at the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue in Fanwood. Interment followed at Hillside Cemetery in Scotch Plains. January 4, 2001

Helen F. Slater, 88 
Helen F. Slater, 88, of Jim Thorpe, Pa., died on Tuesday, December 26, in the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital in Leighton, Pa. Born in Jersey City, she had lived in Westfield before moving to Jim Thorpe 12 years ago. Mrs. Slater had been a clerical worker in New Jersey for many years before retiring. Surviving are a son, Richard Slater; a daughter, Joan Schasny; three grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Memorial services were held on Tuesday, January 2, in the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Westfield. The Edward F. Melber Funeral Home Inc. in Jim Thorpe was in charge of the arrangements. January 4, 2001

Joseph Poliseo, Sr., 83 
Joseph F. Poliseo, Sr., 83, of Valrico, Fla., died on Thursday, December 21, in Brandon Regional Hospital in Brandon, Fla. Born in Newark, he had lived in Scotch Plains before relocating to Valrico in 1997. Mr. Poliseo had been a home builder in New Jersey for many years before retiring. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and was a member of a New Jersey post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Surviving are his wife, Anna Poliseo; a daughter, Carol Massa; a son, Joseph Poliseo, and four grandchildren. Services have been held. January 4, 2001

Sumpter L. Capers, 77 
Sumpter L. Capers, 77, of Union died on Sunday, December 24, at home. Born in Vauxhall, he had lived in Union for more than 50 years. Mr. Capers had been in the maintenance business, Caper's Cleaning Service, for 30 years. He was also a school crossing guard for the Union Board of Education for 15 years. He was a member of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Vauxhall for 15 years. He was a United States Army veteran of World War II, serving in Germany. Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth H. Capers; two sons, Frederick Capers of Mapleshade and Donell Capers of Vauxhall; four sisters, Rebecca Palmer of Fanwood, Mary Looney of Vauxhall, Ella Jones of East Orange and Martha Capers of Newark; three brothers, Paul Capers of Vauxhall, Julius Capers of Newark and Maye Capers of Charlotte, N.C., and a grandchild. Services were held on Saturday, December 30, at the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Arrangements were handled by the Judkins Colonial Home in Plainfield. January 4, 2001

Frank LaCorte, 77, of Westfield died on Tuesday, December 26, at Union Hospital in Union. Born in Jersey City, he lived in Westfield for 34 years. Mr. LaCorte had been employed for many years as a pattern maker for Monroe Patterns in Roselle Park before retiring in 1988. He was a member of the American Pattern Makers Association. He served in the United States Army during World War II. Surviving are his wife, Anna V. Aika LaCorte; two daughters, Pat Rivero of Three Bridges and Nancy LaCorte of Westfield; two brothers, Pete LaCorte of Roselle and Rosario LaCorte of Berkeley Heights; a sister, Ann Benz of Bridgeton, and two grandchildren. A Funeral Mass was held on Friday, December 29, in St. Helen's Roman Catholic Church in Westfield. Interment took place at St. Gertrude's Cemetery in Colonia. Arrangements were handled by the Dooley Colonial Home, 556 Westfield Avenue in Westfield. January 4, 2001

Lorraine E. Kowalewski Kwasek, 75, died on Wednesday, December 27, at St. Michael's Hospital in Newark. Born in Newark, she moved to Westfield in 1952. Mrs. Kwasek had been a bookkeeper for the Westfield High School cafeteria for the last 30 years. She was a communicant of St. Helen's Roman Catholic Church in Westfield. She was predeceased by her husband, John Kwasek, in 1986, and by a sister, Helen Wolfe, in 1999. Surviving are a son, Philip Kwasek of Westfield; a daughter, Lorrie Bielen of Ringoes; her mother, Mary Cowalewski of Homestead, Fla.; a sister, Dorothy Wall of Bayville, and a brother, Stanley Kowalewski of Keanesburg. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Saturday, December 30, at St. Helen's Church. Interment took place at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. Arrangements were under the direction of the Dooley Colonial Home, 556 Westfield Avenue in Westfield. January 4, 2001

Sylvia R. Annunziato Petitti, 73, of Mountainside died on Wednesday, December 27, at Overlook Hospital in Summit. Born in Belleville, she had lived in Newark before relocating to Mountainside in 1954. Mrs. Petitti was a founding parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Mountainside, where she was a member of the Rosary Altar Society. She was a member of the Colonia Country Club and the Mountainside Neighborhood Painting Club. Surviving are her husband, John V. Petitti; three daughters, Marilyn Stevenson of Roswell, Ga., Carol McDonald of Morrisville, Pa. and Barbara Petitti of Portland, Me.; two sons, Richard Petitti of Roswell, Ga. and Michael Petitti of Key Largo, Fla.; a brother, Leo Annunziato of Leonardo, and 10 grandchildren. A Mass was offered on Saturday, December 30, in Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Interment was private. Arrangements were under the direction of the Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home in Westfield. Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Tex. 75265. January 4, 2001

Patrick Carroll, 83 
Patrick Carroll, 83, of Westfield died on Sunday, December 31, at Overlook Hospital in Summit. Born and raised in Ballinlough, County Meath, Ireland, he came to the United States in 1950 and settled in Newark. He had lived in Westfield since 1967. Mr. Carroll had been a union carpenter with Local No. 1342 of Essex County, retiring in 1982 after 31 years. He was an usher with the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary O'Toole Carroll. Surviving are two daughters, Patricia Sohler of Martinsville and Valerie Carroll of Utah; a son, John Carroll of Westfield, and two grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today, Thursday, January 4, at St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church in Garwood. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. Visitation will take place at 8:30 a.m. today at the Dooley Funeral Home, 218 North Avenue in Cranford. January 4, 2001

Mary H. Moriarty, 79 
Mary H. Moriarty, 79, of Westfield died on Saturday, December 30, at the home of her daughter, Joanne Romer, also of Westfield. Born in Manhattan, she had lived in Springfield for 25 years before relocating to Westfield seven years ago. She was predeceased by her husband, John J. Moriarty, in 1993; two sons, Neil Moriarty, in 1968, and Joel Moriarty, in 1974, and a daughter, Marianne Moriarty, in 1992. Besides her daughter, she survived by four grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, January 4, at St. Helen's Roman Catholic Church in Westfield, followed by interment at St. Teresa's Cemetery in Summit. Arrangements are being handled by the Gray Funeral Home, 318 East Broad Street in Westfield. January 4, 2001

Irwin Gleich, 76, CPA and Member Of Westfield Community Players 
Irwin S. Gleich, 76, of Hilton Head Island, S.C. died on Saturday, December 30, at St. Joseph Hospital in Savannah, Ga. Born on June 27, 1924 in New York City, he was the son of the late Sam and Tessie Connor Gleich. He had lived in Westfield before moving to Hilton Head Island in 1989. Mr. Gleich was a partner for 38 years as a Certified Public Accountant with N. Tannenbaum and Company. He graduated as an honor student from City College of New York, now Baruch College. He served in the United States Army Signal Corp during World War II. Mr. Gleich was an active member of the Westfield Community Players of Westfield. He was also a member of the Townsend Harris Alumni Association and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Surviving are his wife, Gladys Wechsler Gleich, and two daughters, Debra Gleich of Burbank, Calif. and Cynthia Meryl Gleich Agress of Westfield. A memorial service was held yesterday, January 3, at the Island Funeral Home in Hilton Head Island. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 205, Columbia, S.C. 29204. January 4, 2001

Nathan Stern, 84, of Mountainside died on Friday, December 29, in Overlook Hospital in Summit. Born in Czechoslovakia, he had lived in Irvington before moving to Mountainside. Mr. Stern had owned Tabachnick's Kosher Deli in Springfield for 33 years before retiring four years ago. Surviving are his wife, Clara Stern; two sisters, Leah Stern and Hannah Stern, and four brothers, Sam Stern, Aaron Stern, Morris Stern and Martin Stern. Graveside services were held in the Beth Israel Cemetery in Woodbridge. Arrangements were under the direction of the Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home in Westfield. January 4, 2001

Bruce N. Crichton, 64 
Bruce Nelson Crichton, 64, of Middletown died on Monday, December 25, at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank. Born in Rahway, he had lived in Westfield and in Rumson before moving to Middletown 10 years ago. Mr. Crichton's professional life included running a family coal business, owning his own brokerage firm, investing in local and foreign businesses and building golf courses. He was active for 33 years in the founding and growth of the Navesink Country Club in Middletown, where he was a President and golf club champion over the years. He played on the men's hockey team there as recently as this winter, and also helped initiate the club's youth skating program. His golf tournaments took him to Bermuda, Mexico and Scotland, as well as all over the United States. Mr. Crichton was discharged from the United States Army Reserves. Surviving are a daughter, Lissa Crichton of Rye, N.H.; two sons, Douglas Crichton of Vienna, Austria and Garrett Crichton of Washington, D.C., and a grandson. A memorial gathering took place on Friday, December 29, at the Navesink Country Club. Memorial donations may be made to the N.J.S.G.A. Caddie Scholarship Foundation, 100 Broad Street, Bloomfield, 07003. January 4, 2001

Henry Kramkowski, 81 
Henry E. Kramkowski, 81, of Cranford died on Saturday, December 30, at home. Born in Jersey City, he had lived in Union before moving to Cranford 44 years ago. Mr. Kramkowski had worked as a Frame Man for New Jersey Bell in Jersey City for 35 years before retiring in 1984. He was a communicant of St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Cranford and a member of the Cranford Senior Citizens Wednesday Club. He was predeceased by his wife, Emma C. Gallini Kramkowski, in 1986. Surviving are two sons, Raymond Kramkowski of Westfield and Richard Kramkowski of Garwood; a daughter, Rosemary Kargus of Garwood; two sisters, Stella Andrews and Nellie Warren, both of Toms River, and six grandchildren. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered at 10:30 a.m. today, Thursday, January 4, at St. Michael's Church. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. Arrangements are under the direction of the Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Avenue in Cranford. January 4, 2001


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