March 21, 2018

RONALD C. a.k.a. "Trashman"

Age 74, of Collingswood, on February 28, 2018. Survived by brother, Robert Reeves of Naples FL. Life long member of Salvation Army, where he was a sergeant. Retired from PNSY Shop 17. He was a Navy Veteran and avid collector of historical naval covers, memorabilia and was credited with supplying historical information to the Naval History and Heritage Command.
Services were completed bed-side and contributions can be made to Salvation Army KROC Center in Camden NJ.

March 21, 2018

Ernest Lattimore Jr., 91, former Naval Shipyard employee

Ernest Lattimore Jr., a former contractor and Philadelphia Naval Shipyard employee, died on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. He was 91.
He was affectionately known as “Junie.”
He was born on May 11, 1926 in Hampton, Va. to the late Lula Howard and Ernest Lattimore. He was educated in the Virginia public school system and grew up with his many cousins and close knit family.

Lattimore enlisted in the United States Navy, working as a civil engineer and was honorably discharged on May 24, 1946. After serving his country he moved to Philadelphia, where he met Lillian P. Gollar. The two married and one son was born to their union.
Lattimore worked at Philadelphia’s Frankford Arsenal and was later transferred to the Naval Shipyard until his retirement.
He enjoyed singing and using his hands for auto repair, carpentry and plumbing. He even owned his business, Lattimore Builder, where he was an expert contractor and blueprint draftsman.
Lattimore’s dedication to service was apparent in his community involvement. He was a deacon at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, a member of Pyramid Temple No. 1 Shrine, a 33 degree of Demolay Consistory, an emeritus member of King Solomon Chapter and a 66-year member of Mount Olive Lodge No. 27.
He was preceded in death by his wife.

He is survived by: his son, Ernest III and other relatives and friends.
Services were held March 19 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 41 W. Rittenhouse St.
Emmanuel Johnson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

March 16, 2018

James Evans, 81, retired Philadelphia Shipyard employee

James Evans, a former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard employee, died on Thursday, March 8, 2018. He was 81.
He was born on Jan. 23, 1937, in Washington, Ga., to the late Henrietta Evans and the late Henry Willis.
“Big Jim,” as he was affectionately known, moved to Philadelphia in 1957, where he met Ruby Mae Porter. They were married on Aug. 2, 1958. Having accepted Christ at an early age, the couple would join and raise their family at Faith Emmanuel Baptist Church under the stewardship of the late Rev. Perry Evans. He served on the choir and on various men’s groups throughout the years.

Never a stranger to hard work, he retired from the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1994 after more than 30 years of service.
Evans served in the Masonic Order for 40 years. He served faithfully throughout his entire tenure, rising at one point to the rank of worshipful master, and was also a founding member of The Positive Force.
“Every man dies, but not every man truly lives,” his family said in a tribute. “Big Jim definitely lived life to the fullest and then some, leaving a legacy of love and devotion that will transcend time.”

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Henry Willis Jr., Peter Britton and John Britton, and sisters, Lizzie Mae and Mary Lou.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by: his daughter, Stephanie (Luther) of Colwyn; sons, Roger of Atlanta, Barry (Theresa) of Philadelphia and Garret (Cheryl) of Lafayette Hill; granddaughters, Tequila, Shanel, Angelique, Jazzmyne, Charisse and Emerald; grandson, Dezmynd; great-grandchildren, Cheyenne, Tyree and Marcus; brothers, Arthur and Robert Lee (Jackie) of Stone Mountain, Ga., Ozzie (Diane) of Philadelphia and Leroy of Decatur, Ga.; sister, Vivian (William) of Ellenwood, Ga.; and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held March 17 at Faith Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2401 N. 29th St. Viewing is at 9 a.m. The Masonic service will follow at 9:30 a.m. Burial is in Fernwood Cemetery.

March 14, 2018

Mark S. Eckman

Mark S. Eckman, age 57 of Norwood passed away on March 10, 2018. Born in Philadelphia, May 4, 1960 and raised in Upper Darby. Mark graduated Upper Darby High School, the Class of 1979.

Mark was a Life Member of the Cardington Fire Company. He worked as a Machinist in the Propeller Shop at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. He enjoyed working with wood and was a talented handyman. Mark would take pleasure in trips to the Mountains, working on cars, being outdoors and spending time with his family.

He is predeceased by his parents Fritz & Pat Eckman and his grandson Connor James Moore.

Mark is survived by his beloved wife Sherri Anne Eckman; children Heather (Jason) Moore, Stacy (Mark) Tawney, Kelly (Ed) Glatts and Mark Eckman; 6 cherished grandchildren; dear brother of Fred (Meg) Eckman, Linda (Carroll) Watson and Sharon (Rich) Cahill; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral Service for Mark will be 10 AM on Saturday, March 17th at the McCausland Garrity Marchesani Funeral Home, 343 S. Chester Pike, Glenolden.
Viewing is from 7 to 9 PM on Friday, March 16th and 9 to 10 AM Saturday at the funeral home.
Burial is at Glenwood Memorial Gardens, 2321 W Chester Pike, Broomall, PA 19008.
In lieu of flowers contributions maybe made to the Mark Eckman College Fund c/o TD Bank.
Online Condolences may be posted at

February, 16, 2018


Of the Mayfair section of Philadelphia, passed away on February 8th, 2018, age 81. Graduate of St. Joseph's Univer-sity and longtime employee of the Phila. Naval Shipyard (51 Shop).  Army veteran who served in Germany from 1960-1962. Loving brother of Joseph A. Salvati (Nancy E.) and the late Peter A. Salvati (the late Janet). Devoted uncle of Barbara Salvati West (the late Ernest), Frank Salvati (JanAnn), and Debra Salvati (Jeff Cushner). Family and friends were invited to gather, remember and celebrate Dominic's life on Tuesday, February 13th from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. in St. Timothy RC Church, 3001 Levick St. Philadelphia. There will be a Funeral Mass at 10:30 A.M. with burial to follow in Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Dominic's memory to The American Lung Association, 305 S. 13th St, Phila., PA 19107, or the ASPCA, P O Box 96929, Washington DC 20090.

January 19, 2018

William (Bill) Lawrence Cupples, 1934 – 2017… 83 YO

Former PNSY 26 Shop General Foreman (A.K.A. ‘The Duke’, A.K.A. ‘The Poison Pen’) passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018 in Ridley Park, PA.

He was born & raised in West Philadelphia’s St. Gregory Parish, by John and Catherine (Griffin) Cupples. William was a 1951 graduate of St. Thomas More Catholic Boys High School and was a US Army Veteran.

He retired from the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard as a General Foreman/Welder with over 36 years of service.

Survivors include his wife, Theresa Mary (Massaro) Cupples; Sons; Dr. Richard A. Fuller (Agnes) of Blue Bell, PA and Sr. Msgt. Steven Fuller (Roccio), USAF (Ret) of Tucson, AZ; Siblings, Mary and Thomas; Four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to attend William’s viewing on Tuesday Jan. 9, 2018 from 12 – 1 PM at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 1901 Chester Pike, Eddystone, PA 19022.

Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow at 1 PM. Burial in Ss. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Springfield. Online condolences at

January 3, 2018


Age 95, Veteran of World War II, passed away at Riddle Village in Media PA, on August 23, 2017, from complications of a stroke. Husband of the late Mary E. Stewart and father of Patricia and Denise. Graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. For 30 years he worked at Philadelphia Naval Yard as a professional engineer and supervisor.
Viewing will be on Thursday, August 31st, from 10 to 11 A.M., followed by Funeral Services at White Rock Baptist Church, 53rd and Chestnut Sts., Phila. PA. Interment is private.

December 30, 2017

Moses W. Howard 41 Shop and NSWCPD.

Millsboro, DE, formerly of Chesilhurst - departed this life on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at the age of 70.

Services will be held 11am Saturday, December 30, 2017 at St.
John's U.M. Church, 409 Fairview Avenue, W. Berlin. Viewing: 10am
- 11am only. Burial in Gates of Heaven Cemetery, Berlin.
Arrangements entrusted to COVINGTON FUNERAL HOME, Atco.
Condolences may be sent to

December 12, 2017

Russell "Ken" Mack, (x51, crane Maintenance)

National Park - Russell "Ken" Mack, 74, of National Park, passed away on December 9, 2017. Russell was born in Johnstown, PA and has resided in National Park since 1973. He was an electrician at the US Navy Yard in Philadelphia. Russell served in the US Air Force.

Russell is survived by his wife of 51 years Bonnie (nee Glancey) Mack; daughters Christina L. (Robert) Pine of Gibbstown, Patricia A. Spain of Richmond, VA & Debra L. (George) Litsch of West Deptford; son Brian K. Mack of Marlton; 2 brothers John Thomas of Blackwood & Charles L. Thomas of Cape May and 2 grandchildren Victoria & Andrew Pine.

Visitation Thursday 10am until the memorial service at 11am at the First United Methodist Church 414 Asbury Ave. National Park, NJ 08063 under the direction of DAVIS & WAGNER FUNERAL HOME Woodbury, NJ. Interment with Military Honors at Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to Camden County Animal Shelter at Memories and condolences shared at

October 11, 2017

Donald S. age 79 of Upper Darby, Pa. on September 1, 2017. He was a 35 year employee of Philadelphia Naval Shipyard; also owner and operator of Abats Auto Tags, Havertown, Pa.
Beloved Husband of the late Catherine J. (nee Farrell), Loving father of Agnes M. Bedard (John), Catherine J. and the late Andrew P. Lawless. Adoring Grandfather of Donald Zajac, Andrew Lawless Jr., Steven and Shannon Lubraggie, and Sarah Jane Bedard; also Great-Grandfather to Benjamin, Isabella, Molly, Jocelyn, Madeline, and Scarlett.
Relatives and Friends are invited to his viewing; 9:30 A.M. on Friday , September 8, 2017, at The DAnjolell Memorial Home of Broomall, 2811 West Chester Pike, Broomall, Pa. 19008, followed by his Funeral Service in the Main Chapel at 11:00 A.M. Inurnment: Fernwood Cemetery
In Lieu of Flowers: ASPCA Gift Center, P.O. Box 96929 Washington, D.C. 20077 would be appreciated.

October 9, 2017

Martin J. Mattus

Martin J. Mattus from Eddystone Pa died September 3rd 2017. Served in the Navy. Worked in the Navy Yard and Aker Shipyard Survivors: Daughter Tara Mattus. Mother Betty Mattus. Brother Tom Mattus (Rita). Brother: Jack Mattus (Libby). Sister: Mary Rash (Mike). Sister: Judy Cabanaw (Jeff). Services: October 5th. Calling: 9:30 AM. Mass: 10:30 AM. Our Lady of Charity Brookhaven. Burial: 1 PM National Cemetary at Washington Crossing, Newtown PA

October 3, 2017

Robert R. Schlegel

Robert R. Schlegel of Kensington passed away on Septem ber 30, 2017 at Vitas Hospice @ Nazareth Hospital at the age of 67. Bob is a US Army Veteran serving during the Vietnam Era. He was a former employee at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. He had a passion for antique cars and music. Bob is survived by many friends including the Bagnell Family, friends of McVeigh Rec and especially the "Dirty Dozen". Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation Tuesday October 10, 2017 from 9 - 10:30 am Galzerano Funeral Home 9304 Old Bustleton Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19115. Interment to follow at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown, Pa. In lieu of flowers the family prefers donations to The Wounded Warrior Project.

September 27, 2017

Francis Raymond (Fritz) Kudel
Age 91 of Upper Darby, Township.  Former PNSY Shop 67 Electronics Mechanic and QA Person, passed on 16 Sep 2017. Born on 9 Oct 1925, in Mahanoy City, Frank was the son of Raymond and Hazel Kudel. Upon graduating high school, Frank joined the US Navy, serving 3 years during WWII; then he did an additional 3 years in US Army. He also retired from the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard after serving over 30 years. He is survived by 2 daughters, Mary Grady and Karen Kudel; and 1 son, James Kudel; and 7 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren; 1 sister, Marlene Cunningham and 1 brother, Richard Kudel. Frank was predeceased by his wife, Mary Kudel and his oldest son, Thomas Kudel; a sister, Helen Clements, and 2 brothers, Robert and Earl Kudel. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Crozer-Keystone Hospice, 200 West Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064, Attn: Kim Samuels. The family would also like to thank the wonderful caregivers at Crozer-Keystone for their kindness. Cremation Society of Pa., Inc.

September 10, 2017

James A. Manzi Jr.

AGE: 82 • Gloucester City, NJ

Former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Sheet Metal (17 Shop) General Foreman, James A. Manzi Jr. passed away on September 4th, 2017.  Beloved Husband of Mary J. (nee Ryan) Manzi. Devoted Father of Jinny (Frank) Grisolia, Wilma (Anthony) Kuzmunich, Christina Faith (William) Manzi-Wood, and the late Daniel W., James L., & Victoria Lynn Manzi. Loving Pop Pop of Alyssa, Joseph, Andrew, & Isabella. Dear Brother of Clara DeMarco. Also several Nieces & Nephews. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his viewing Friday from 9 to 10:30 AM at the

11 E. Kings Hwy. Mt. Ephraim, N.J.

Followed by funeral service Friday 9/8/2017 at 10:30 AM also at the funeral home. Entombment Calvary Mausoleum, Cherry Hill, N.J. Family requests in lieu of flowers donations may be sent to St.Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105-1942 in James' memory. Guest book can be shared at www.milanofu

August 16, 2017

Thomas Ross Pleasant III, 59, machinist and musician

Thomas Ross Pleasant III, 59, of Southwest Philadelphia, a machinist and musician, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, of cancer at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospice in Darby Borough.
Mr. Pleasant was born in West Philadelphia to Thomas Pleasant Jr. and Joyce C. Pleasant Lisby.

He was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church, was a regular churchgoer as an adolescent, and, after a hiatus, rededicated himself to his Christian faith.
Mr. Pleasant graduated from the Parkway Program in the School District of Philadelphia and enrolled in Cheyney University, which led to an apprenticeship at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Apprenticeship Academy. While there, Mr. Pleasant learned to be a machinist.
He worked at the trade from 1983 until the shipyard closed in 1996. Two years later, Mr. Pleasant landed a job as a machinist with the Philadelphia School District and continued working there until retiring in 2014.

In his spare time, Mr. Pleasant read widely and amassed a sizable private library. He expressed his creativity through music,  playing drums for several local bands.

He also enjoyed listening to music from throughout the African diaspora, including the work of jazz and reggae performers.
“He was a very nice, intelligent person,” said niece Toi Snipes. “If anybody needed help, he would stop and turn on a dime and help them.”
In addition to his father, mother, and niece, he is survived by a sister; a nephew; and his friend Edwina Hawthorne, who was with him throughout his six-month illness, his family said.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Francis Funeral Home, 5201 Whitby Ave. Burial is private.
Donations may be made to benefit musical programs for children at the Settlement Music School, Box 63966, Philadelphia 19147.

June 29, 2017


Age 67, on March 16, 2017. Beloved husband for 44 years of Teresa (Gardyasz), devoted father of Teresa, Marie (Alfred) Wolanin, Walter, and Julia (Daniel) Clifton; loving grandfather of Natalie, Stanley, Genevieve, Noah and Jacob; brother of Arlene Smith and Richard (Carol) Wojcik; godfather and uncle to many. Friends may call Mon 6 to 8 P.M. and Tues 8 to 9:30 A.M. at HOFFMANN FUNERAL HOME, 1770 Brown Ave, Bensalem. Funeral Mass 10:30 A.M. St. Ephrem Church. Inter Our Lady of Czestochowa Cem.

June 21, 2017


Former PNSY Industrial Relations Office Head on February 27, 2017, of Media, PA. Beloved husband of the late Brena (nee Rosenberg) Adelberg. Loving father of Kenneth (Edna) Adelberg, Ronald (Debra) Adelberg and Donald Adelberg. Devoted grandfather of Mia, Melanie, Jenna (Andrew) Silver, Marc and Rachel and great-grand-father of Caroline. Relatives and friends are invited to Services, Friday, 12 Noon, JOSEPH LEVINE & SONS MEMORIAL CHAPEL - WEST, 2811 West Chester Pike, Broomall PA. Int. Haym Salomon Memorial Park. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Jacksonville FL 32256

June 19, 2017

Victor T. Feola

Regret to inform you that Victor T. Feola, 95, of Folsom, NJ and formerly of Hammonton, died on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at Spring Village of Galloway.  
Born in Philadelphia, he was a resident of Folsom most of his life. He was an U.S.  Army Veteran of World War II, he was a Purple Heart recipient and he was awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge.  Victor worked for Scott Paper in Landisville and the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.  He was a member of the Folsom Volunteer Fire Company, the Knights of Columbus in Williamstown, the V.F.W. Post No. 1026 in Hammonton and the National Disabled American Veterans. 
He was predeceased by his wife, Sally Feola, and his son, Thomas Feola. He is survived by one daughter, Lucille McManus and her husband, Jimmy of Galloway Township, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  
Relatives and friends attended a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, June 12, 2017, at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Parish Church of St. Joseph's, 226 French Street in Hammonton. Burial followed at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 124 S. First Road in Hammonton.  
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the V.F.W. Post No. 1026, 390 South Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton, NJ 08037.  
Arrangements made by the Carnesale Funeral Home.

June 14, 2017

Frank Spadafora, passed away on May 29, 2017. 
On May 29, 2017 of Glassboro. Age 66. Beloved husband of Barbara A. (nee Nuss). Devoted father of Michael A. (Trinette) and Tina M. Spadafora. Loving grandfather of Isaiah, Hanna and Alyssa. Dear brother of Pamela Chappell, Mary Pasquale, John, James, Paul and the late Kenneth Spadafora.
Frank was born on December 29th 1950, in Brooklyn, New York. He was the third child of Elsie and Frank Spadafora. He grew up in Brooklyn then Queens and had a paper route. He attended Aviation High School in New York City. After graduation, Frank moved to Turnersville, New Jersey with his dad, mom, brothers and sisters. He enlisted for 4 years in the Navy. After boot camp, he reported for duty at Quonset Point, Rhode Island. He was assigned to a helicopter squadron. His role was to keep the helicopters well maintained. In 1970, he met Barbara at a swim club dance, he attended with friends, while on weekend leave. They were married in 1971. They soon had 2 children, Michael and Tina. Frank's enlistment ended just before Michael was born and he went to work for a small company, owned by his friend Bill's uncle, that did quality assurance inspection at the Salem Nuclear Power Plant. He x-rayed welds to ensure they had no defects. In 1976, he continued this work at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and advanced to the position of Film Interpreter. He analyzed the industrial x-rays of ship components and created maps of the structural weaknesses he found so the welders could redo them.
Frank liked to build things and do renovations on homes he owned over time. His favorite things to build were decks. He also renovated several kitchens and bathrooms. Frank even built a fireplace in one home. One special project he did was to build a camper in the back of his pickup truck. He took the family on many adventurous camping trips up and down the east coast from sunny Florida to Bar Harbor, Maine. He loved visiting state and national parks, and historic landmarks. His favorite place to visit was the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. He never tired of driving the winding roadways, taking in the breathtaking views at the overlooks, and touring the caverns. As his camping experience grew, he progressed to a pop-up camper and then eventually to a conversion van. The most adventurous trip he took with the family was in 1986 when he went across the country. He visited the Grand Canyon (Arizona), Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming), the Air Force Academy (Colorado), and a Native American Reservation also in Wyoming. Frank trekked down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back to the top with his son Michael, while the girls waited anxiously for their safe return.
Frank retired early when the Navy Yard closed and pursued one of his lifelong dreams, to build an entire house. His son, Michael, purchased a property on East Holly Ave. Frank and Mike demolished the old house on the property and they built a new house on it. They also renovated an old pole barn and turned it into a workshop. As his family grew to include grandchildren, Isaiah, Hanna, and Alyssa, Frank devoted much of his time and attention to babysitting, driving them places, picking them up from school, and attending soccer games, science fairs, dance recitals, holiday concerts, Halloween parades, field days, tennis matches, gymnastic performances, robotic competitions, pumpkin launches, and mock trials. He loved his grandchildren so much and was extremely proud of all of them. The grandkids held a special place in his heart.
He took care of his ill and aging parents in the last years of their life and worked hard to prepare their house for sale after their passing. In 2008, he moved to the Village Grande at Camelot in Glassboro, New Jersey. He enjoyed being at the community pool in the summer, swapping stories and news with all of his neighbors all year long, and using his tablet to keep up with friends on Facebook. He liked to go to the Atlantic City casinos to play slot machines, eat at the buffets where he indulged in his favorites (steak, crab legs, shrimp, and Italian pasta), and swim in the indoor pools.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his visitation Friday 12:30-2:00 PM at the Egizi Funeral Home, 119 Ganttown Rd., Washington Twp. Funeral service 2:00 PM. Inurnment, Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Williamstown. In lieu of flowers, donations in Frank's memory may be made to the Veterans Advisory Council "Veterans Helping Veterans", P.O. Box 337, Woodbury, NJ 08096. Condolences may be shared with the family at
"A Life Well Lived
Is Worth Remembering"

May 2, 2017

Eleanor Mittie Rhorer, 79, naval shipyard supervisor

Eleanor Mittie Rhorer, who served in the United States Navy, died on April 23, 2017. She was 79-years-old.
Rhorer was lovingly known as “Shang” by family and friends. She was born on May 8, 1938 in Durham, N.C. to the late William and Leona Mittie Harris.
After being educated in Richmond, Va. and graduating from Maggie L. Walker High School in 1956, Rhorer enlisted in the United States Navy.

Rhorer served in the Navy from November 1956 until November 1960 when she was honorably discharged as Yeoman Third Class. While serving in the Navy, Rhorer was awarded the Good Conduct Medal.
Soon after serving in the Navy, Rhorer married her late husband Herman Rhorer.
Upon completing her service, Rhorer worked as the material liaison for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Supply Department for 32 years, until her retirement in 1993.
Rhorer and her husband had two daughters, Karen and Valerie, and a son, Michael.
Hobbies Rhorer enjoyed included bowling, Tiger Woods, the Philadelphia Eagles, going on casino trips and most of all spending time with her family. She also enjoyed listening to Al Green, her favorite musician.

Described by neighbors and friends as “one heck of a lady,” Rhorer was spirited. Her favorite colors were salmon, green and purple.
Services were held May 1, 2017 at Emmanuel Johnson Funeral Home, Inc.
In addition to her three children, she is survived by: a daughter-in-law Stacy; eight grandchildren, Dínna, Marquise, Duane, Erika, Braheim, Sydney, Paige and Mya; two great-grandchildren, Jaylynn and Ryan; a brother, Joseph Ray; a sister, Willieon; and nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

April 28, 2017

Romsteadt, Fred M. 68 yrs.
West Berlin NJ,
April 20th 1949- April 20th 2017

Born in Kansas City Missouri, Fred suddenly passed away on April 20th 2017 in his home in West Berlin.

Beloved husband of 47 years to Jane L. Romsteadt (nee Barrett). Devoted father to Dana Romsteadt O'Hara, and Michael and Sandra Romsteadt. Proud grandfather to Caitlyn O'Hara, Abbey O'Hara, Michael F. Romsteadt, and Patrick Curran. Loving brother of Carol and Larry Parish, Barbara and Thomas Revak, Richard and Cindy Romsteadt. Son in law to Dorthy Barrett; Brother in law to William Barrett and Anthony and Karen Mauriello. Also many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by his parents Helen and Fred Romsteadt of Philadelphia, PA.

Fred grew up in South Philadelphia and joined the Navy at the age of 17. During his active service, he was awarded the National Defense Service Metal, and Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon while sailing the USS Independence, and received an honorable discharge. He worked as an engineer for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for 19 years. He was a dedicated family man, loved fishing and was a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan. He was a jack of all trades; he could fix anything and you could always find him tinkering in his workshop.

Relatives and friends are welcomed to his memorial visitation on Saturday, April 29th from 9:30 to 11:30am at Knight Funeral Home at 14 Rich Ave, Berlin. A memorial service will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
No more tears... Just a beautiful memory...Our big fish...
Forever Loved, Never Forgotten.
Miss you already!

April 5, 2017

John Dobrowalski X26, QAO:
John J. Dobrowalski, age 86 of Glen Mills, PA passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on March 2, 2017 at Glen Mills Assisted Living. Born to the late John & Blanche Zarembo Dobrowalski, he was raised in Plymouth, PA. John has resided in Newtown Square for 5 years previously residing in Phila., PA. He served in the Navy during the Korean War and later was a foreman for the Philadelphia Navy Yard for 39 years retiring in 1988. John was a member of St. Anastasia Catholic Church. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth M. (Jago) Dobrowalski. John is survived by 2 children, Elizabeth "Beth" Cavaliere & John Dobrowalski, 4 grandchildren, John & Dan Cavaliere and Jennifer Dobrowalski & Leann Wollet and 3 great grandchildren, Kylie & Tristan Wollet & Vincent Cavaliere

March 29, 2017




Age 91, on March 24, 2017, of Yeadon, PA. Beloved husband of Marie G. (nee Calise) Barbella. Devoted father of Thomas (Rose) Barbella, Terry (Lee) Flocco and Maria D'Annunzio. Proud grand-father of Jeffrey Brian, Ian, Adam and Alex. Relatives and friends are invited to his Viewing Thursday 10 A.M. O'LEARY FUNERAL HOME, 640 E. Springfield Rd., Springfield, PA 19064. Funeral Service Thurs. 11 A.M. Int SS Peter & Paul Cem. In lieu of flowers, Contributions may be made to Penn Wissahickon Home Care and Hospice Services/Development, 3535 Market St. Ste 750, Phila., PA 19104.

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O'Leary Funeral Home Ltd
640 E Springfield Rd Springfield, PA 19064
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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Mike Wise a former 41 Shop Boilermaker. Rest in Peace!

Of Blackwood, NJ, on Feb. 2, 2017. Beloved husband of Beth Wise (nee Fluehr), devoted father of Lauren, Michael and Nicholas Wise, loving son of Jean Wise (nee Vasile) and the late Harry Wise.
Brother of Diane Maciejewski (Michael), uncle of 5 nieces and one late nephew. Relatives, friends, members of St. Jude Council #12092 and Archbishop C. J. Damiano Assembly #1626 Knights of Columbus are invited to attend his Viewing Sunday evening from 2 to 5 P.M. at the BOUCHER FUNERAL HOME, 1757 Delsea Dr., Deptford Township, NJ 08096 and his Funeral Monday morning from 8:15 to 10:15 A.M. at the FLUEHR FUNERAL HOME, 864 Bristol Pike (Rt. 13), Bensalem, PA 19020. Funeral Mass 11 A.M. St. Charles Borromeo Church, Bristol Pike and Hulmeville Rd., Bensalem, PA 19020. Rite of Committal Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem. In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to the M.D. Anderson Cooper Cancer Center, 2 Cooper Pl., 400 Haddon Ave., Camden, NJ 08103,

January 27, 2017

Jim McCullough II,  Shop 51/Shop 67, Planning, NAVSSES
- Son of Jim McCullough I, Shop 64
- Father of Jim McCullough III, Shop 67, CS&IT
McCullough, James Henry
Aug. 25, 1926 - Aug. 12, 2016
James "Jim" Henry McCullough of Lakewood Ranch, FL passed away peacefully on Friday, August 12, 2016 at the age of 89. He was born on August 25, 1926 in Camden, NJ to the late James Robinson and Mary Caddell McCullough, both from Belfast, Ireland.
Jim moved to Lakewood Ranch, Florida in June 2005 and loved every minute of being in Florida ever since! In April, Jim received his 10 Year Anniversary Pin from the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium as a loyal volunteer.  He was the "Turtle Man" on Thursday afternoons and loved educating the many visitors on sea turtle life.
Jim had proudly served our country in WWII as a Fireman 1st Class on submarine duty and supported the "Diesel Boats Forever" teams by being a member of the US Submarine Vets Group in Pinellas County. He loved attending the Sarasota Opera House and many productions at the Van Wezel.
As a lifelong, "avid fan" of the Philadelphia Eagles, he truly bled "green". Many years were spent with family at the Jersey Shore in Ocean City.
His working career began at 16 delivering groceries for Boccelli's in Haddon Heights, N. J. Volunteering for the US Navy Submarine Service as soon as he graduated high school in 1944, he began his lifelong devotion to government service. An electrician apprenticeship in the Philadelphia Naval Yard transitioned to expertise in all things electronic.  Progressing throughout his field, Jim was quickly recognized as a "go to guy" in PNSY Shop 67 and Planning, culminating as a US Navy renowned subject matter expert for NAVSSES of Electronic Counter Measures masts for both Diesel and Nuclear Submarines. He retired on 12/31/87. After a part time position with NADE, he decided to enjoy his retirement to the fullest and followed his dreams to Florida.
He has now left this earthly "Paradise" for another.  A friend to so many, who will be sadly missed.
Survivors include his loving children, Pat McMillan (Mac) of Lakewood Ranch, FL, James A. McCullough (Elizabeth) of Washington Township, NJ and Paul McCullough (Diane) of Berlin, NJ and cherished grandchildren, Thomas Clayton, Jenna Bennett (William), Tara and James M. McCullough. Jim is preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia E. McCullough, his sister, Thelma Heggan and his former wife, Charlotte Tilton McCullough.
A visitation will be held from 10 AM until the time of service at 11 AM on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at Palms Robarts Funeral Home. Interment will take place at Sarasota National Cemetery at 11:00 am on Monday, August 29, 2016. Both are open to all.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236 or Nate's Honor Animal Rescue, 4951 Lorraine Rd., Bradenton, FL 34211.
Published in Herald Tribune on Aug. 16, 2016

January 9, 2017

John F. Portscheller, Sr., 06 shop Toolmaker

AGE: 90 • Blackwood

John F. Portscheller, Sr., passed away on January 5, 2017 at the age of 90 years. Devoted husband of the late Dorothy, who predeceased him in 2009 after 64 years of marriage. Beloved father of Joan Puglia (Russell) of Washington Twp., NJ, John F. Portscheller, Jr. of FL, and David E. Portscheller
(Lois) of Gloucester Twp., NJ. John was also predeceased by his two brothers, Frank and Joseph Portscheller.

John and Dorothy met as children. They married and almost immediately, John was shipped out to serve our Nation during WWII with the U.S. Army Air Corps. Dorothy accompanied him, lived on base, and worked odd jobs so that she could be close to John. John was a long time employee of the U.S. Naval Shipyard in Phila., where he retired as a foreman in 1985. He was an avid bowler, and an active member of numerous senior citizen clubs in Gloucester Twp. over the years, serving as President of several of them. He and his late wife traveled together extensively during their marriage, and enjoyed spending time at the casinos in Atlantic City.

Viewing will be Wednesday, Jan. 11th, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM at Earle Funeral Home, 122 W. Church St., Blackwood, NJ 08012, where a prayer service will follow at 8:30 PM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory would be appreciated to the Camden County Animal Shelter, 125 County House Road, Blackwood, NJ 08012. Condolences and memories may be shared at

January 6, 2017

Kevin P. Meehan 56 Shop PNSY

On January 3, 2017 of Washington Twp. Age 63. Beloved Husband of Patricia (nee O’Donnell). Devoted father of Sean P. (Michell), Timothy (Jill) and Kerry Meehan (Michelle). Loving grandfather of Gabby, Samantha, George, Liam, Cameron, Amanda, Mickey and Tommy.
Dear brother of Joseph F. Barnett, Jr., Michael B., Margaret F. and the late Martha Esher.

Kevin was a loving husband and a great dad. He battled courageously against every obstacle life threw at him. He loved "God , family and country." Kevin was the first in his family to graduate college. He was the epitome of the term lifelong learner.
When the closing of the Navy yard forced him to change careers, he went back to school to take education classes and ultimately became a teacher of his biggest love, history. He ultimately went on to earn his masters degree in educational administration.
Kevin's quest for knowledge didn't end there. He took classes in pipefitting, tuned in to any and all shows to do with history, read the newspaper cover to cover and even sat and read the encyclopedia like one might read a good novel. He traveled extensively in Europe to many counties to experience the sites where major events shaped history.
Kevin loved camping and hiking the Appalachian trail where he was famous for getting lost in the woods. He loved to tell corny jokes, provide text commentary during Eagles games and coin Kevinisms such as "going to the carnival is like buying a hot dog." He also loved God and helping others. He was a faithful member of the Knights of Columbus and a volunteer to his church's food pantry.
Kevin's first love was his family. His proudest accomplishment was his three sons who are honest, productive members of society now raising families of their own. He was happiest when surrounded by not only his immediate family but also his brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.
Through his final moments he continued to selflessly think of others. Concerned about his wife and family rather than his own condition, he passed away as he lived life - on his terms.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing Friday
7:00-9:00 PM and Saturday 8:45-9:45 AM at the Egizi Funeral Home
119 Ganttown Rd., Washington Twp. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 AM at Mary Mother of Mercy Parish/Our Lady of Lourdes RC Church, Glassboro. Entombment, All Saints Cemetery, Newfield.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Kevin’s memory may be made to Mary Mother of Mercy Parish, 500 Greentree Rd., Glassboro, NJ 08028.

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