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

WOJCIK, WALTER JOSEPH (C/260)


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

MORTON (Mort) ADELBERG


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 www.egizifuneral.com
 
"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, Dķnna, 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

SALVATORE J. BARBELLA (02 Shop)

BARBELLA
SALVATORE J.


 

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.
 

Funeral Home

O'Leary Funeral Home Ltd
640 E Springfield Rd Springfield, PA 19064
(610) 259-1959


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, foundation.cooperhealth.org/
join-the-fight



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 www.earlefuneralhome.com


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.

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.egizifuneral.com

“A Life Well Lived
Is Worth Remembering”


December 28, 2016

Mullen, John J. "Jack", age 79, of Collingdale PA. Beloved husband of Dolores M. Bennett Mullen and the late Joan (nee Roach). Mr. Mullen was married to his late wife Joan for 49 years. Mr. Mullen was a Boiler Maker for the Navy Shipyard in Phila, PA for over 35 years.

He enjoyed hosting barbeques with his family and friends and when not with them he attended many musicals.

After retiring Jack took up golf and played with a group of friends called "golf buddies".

Dear father of John J. (Susan) Jr., Nancy (Charlie) Hanlon, Dennis (Cathy), Kathy (Frank) Slattery, Trish (Dave) Loomis. Survived by 15 grandchildren. Also survived by the Bennett children; Chuck, Rick, Joe, Ralph, Jeanne, and Doris.

Relatives and friends are invited to Jack's viewing Thursday Evening December 29, 2016 7:00-9:00 P.M at The Knoetgen-Donohue Funeral Home, 746 Kedron Ave. (Rt 420) Morton, PA, and to his Funeral Mass on Friday December 30, 2016 10:30 AM at the Church of St. Joseph's, 500 Woodland Ave., Collingdale, PA. Interment SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions in Jack and Joan's memory may be made to Friends of Fair Acres, 340 N. Middletown Road, Lima, PA 19037.

Online condolences at www.donohuefuneralhome.com



December 20, 2016

Former X56 shop Steve Hamby,  

HAMBY
STEPHEN R., 61, of Phila., Sat. Dec. 17, 2016. Devoted husband to Jennifer Hamby. Also survived by 2 stepdaughters Kelsey and Kaelyn, Sister Susan Altimari (Daniel), Nancy Costillo (Jose), sister-in-law Grace Hamby and Kathleen Hamby. Relatives and friends may call on Fri., Dec 23rd after 9:00 A.M. in SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME, 431 N. York Rd., Hatboro followed by his Memorial Service at 11:00 A.M. Donations in Stephen's memory may be made to the CJD Foundation, P.O. Box 5312 Akron, OH 44334 www.cjdfoundation.org.



December 7, 2016

Wayne H. Brownhill, age 69, of Upland, PA, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, surrounded by his family. Wayne was born and raised in Chester, PA, and was a graduate of Chester High School, Class of 1965. Mr. Brownhill worked at the Philadelphia Navy Yard as a tank tester for many years. Wayne became a police officer in 1973, serving 28 years for Parkside and Upland Borough, until 2001. Wayne also worked at Crozer Chester Medical Center as a security guard for 21 years, before retiring in 2008. Wayne enjoyed being around his family and friends. He loved fishing, talking about the old days and listening to Doo Wop and the oldies. He also he enjoyed watching all sports, especially the Philadelphia Eagles.
Son of the late Ernest and Helen Lentz Brownhill and father of the late John Francis Brownhill.
Survivors:
Wife of 38 years: JoAnn Heck Brownhill
Sons: Jason (Nicole), Chris and Matt Brownhill
Brother: Glen (Pat) Brownhill
Grandchildren: Hayden, Jason and Carter
Funeral Service: Saturday, November 5th at 2:00PM at the Minshall Shropshire-Bleyler Funeral Home, Ltd., Middletown (Rte. #352) & Knowlton Rds., Middletown Twp., Media, PA 19063.
Visitation: Saturday, November 5th after 12:30PM at the funeral home.
Interment: Private
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Basel Cell Syndrome Nevus, 14525 N. Cheshire Street, PO Box 321, Burton, OH 44021.



December 7, 2016

Mrs. Debra Whitehead Bergner, 61, Wife of the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Commander, Capt. Jon Bergner, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, at VCU in Richmond from complications of multiple sclerosis.

Born Jan. 13, 1955, in Pocatello, Idaho, she was the daughter of Claude and Eleanor Whitehead. After graduating from high school, she enlisted in the U.S. Navy where she served with honor for more than 12 years, attaining the rank of Petty Officer First Class.
She was among the first women to be assigned to sea duty, as well as one of the first to become Surface Warfare Qualified in 1982.
After leaving the Navy in 1984, Mrs. Bergner served in various assignments for the U.S. Navy and completed her career as Equal Opportunity Officer for the Northeast states. In 1996, Mrs. Bergner and her husband moved to the Eastern Shore where they built a home in Hacks Neck. For the next 10 years she worked for the U.S. Postal Service in various post offices on the Shore. She was a member of The Eastern Shore Yacht & Country Club where she was active in the Ladies Golf Association and regularly played Mah Jongg. She served on the Board of Directors and was House Chairman for many years. For the past 10 years, Mrs. Bergner served as a state election official and was looking forward to joining the Daughters of The American Revolution (DAR). Among many hobbies, she particularly enjoyed fishing and researching genealogy. Mrs. Bergner is survived by her husband of 32 years, Jon Bergner, of Hacks Neck; brother, Steven Whitehead and sister, Claudia McCoy, both of Pocatello. She was step-mother and friend to Jeffrey Bergner, of Virginia Beach, and Gregory Bergner (Annie), of Portland, Ore. She is also survived by the light of her life, her granddaughter, Veda. Mrs. Bergner’s favorite organizations were Wounded Warriors, Accomack SPCA and The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a future date.



December 7, 2016

JOHN J. PEACOCK III


At age 78 Was a former PNSY SLEP Supt. and Shop 38 Superintendent. John lived in Williams-town, NJ, and passed peacefully on Sunday, December 4, 2016.

He graduated from Bishop Neumann High School Class of 1956 and married the love of his life, Patricia, in May of 1960. Shortly afterwards he was called to military service and served his country as a solider and Military Police Officer in Europe as a member of the United States Army. Upon completion of his military service he resumed his 40 year civilian service career with the United States Navy at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, where he was awarded the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Medal before his retirement. His greatest pleasure in retirement was spending time with and taking care of his wife, his children and most of all his grandchildren. An avid sports fan and a simple man who enjoyed completing the daily crossword puzzle, he spent more than 40 years positively impacting the lives of many young men and women coaching in Monroe Township Little League and Gloucester County CYO, coaching the St. Mary’s Boys to championships in 1986, 1989 and 1991.

He was a devoted father of John J. Peacock (Marie), Kathryn Mary Peacock, Karen Ann Collins (Kenneth Jr.), James J. Peacock (Lisa), Joseph G. Peacock (Kimberly) and Claire Marie Folk. Loving grand- father of 18 grandchildren. Dear bother of Robert Peacock, Maryellen Nebe, William Peacock and Josephine Kelly. Also surviving many cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws.
Relatives and friends are invited to his Visitation on Wednesday
9:30 AM - 11:30 A.M. at Our Lady of Peace Parish/St. Mary's RC Church, Main St. and Carroll Ave., Williamstown. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12:00 Noon. Interment Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Williamstown. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Mary's School, 32 Carroll Ave., Williamstown, NJ 08094. Arrangements are under the direction of the BELL-HENNESSY FUNERAL HOME, Williamstown. Condolences and memories may be shared online at www.bell-hennessy.com.



Monday, October 31, 2016

Wayne H. Brownhill, age 69, of Upland, PA, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, surrounded by his family. Wayne was born and raised in Chester, PA, and was a graduate of Chester High School, Class of 1965. Mr. Brownhill worked at the Philadelphia Navy Yard as a tank tester for many years. Wayne became a police officer in 1973, serving 28 years for Parkside and Upland Borough, until 2001. Wayne also worked at Crozer Chester Medical Center as a security guard for 21 years, before retiring in 2008. Wayne enjoyed being around his family and friends. He loved fishing, talking about the old days and listening to Doo Wop and the oldies. He also he enjoyed watching all sports, especially the Philadelphia Eagles.
Son of the late Ernest and Helen Lentz Brownhill and father of the late John Francis Brownhill.
Survivors:
Wife of 38 years: JoAnn Heck Brownhill
Sons: Jason (Nicole), Chris and Matt Brownhill
Brother: Glen (Pat) Brownhill
Grandchildren: Hayden, Jason and Carter
Funeral Service: Saturday, November 5th at 2:00PM at the Minshall Shropshire-Bleyler Funeral Home, Ltd., Middletown (Rte. #352) & Knowlton Rds., Middletown Twp., Media, PA 19063.
Visitation: Saturday, November 5th after 12:30PM at the funeral home.
Interment: Private
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Basel Cell Syndrome Nevus, 14525 N. Cheshire Street, PO Box 321, Burton, OH 44021.


October 20, 2016

Robert (Bob) William Huegel, Former PNSY Shop 11 Shipfitter, at Age 64 passed away peacefully at Riddle Hospital on Tuesday October 18, 2016. Born April 30, 1952 in Erie, PA to Nancy and George Huegel. He attended Strong Vincent High School in Erie. Bob joined
the Navy after graduation. He worked as a ship fitter at the Philadelphia Navy Yard until its closing then worked for Congoleum in Marcus Hook, PA as a maintenance mechanic. Bob was devoted to his family and friends and beloved by many. He was an athlete who excelled at many sports including softball, bowling and golf.


Bob was the protective brother to Tom, Jane, George, Donald, Georgetta, Lynn and Karen who anyone could depend on and the best brother in law to Diane, Rebecca, David, Kevin, Ginger and Brian. Bob is survived by his wife, Susan of 41 years, his children, Jennifer (Jason) Bright, Patrick(KimberlyAnn) Huegel, and Jacqueline (Sean) Gordon and his grandchildren Alexis, Kylie, Antoinette, Michael, and Matthew who were always pop-pops' main priority. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing on Saturday October 22, 2016 from 8:30am to the start of his Funeral Mass at 10:00am at St. Gabriel's Church, Mohawk Ave., Norwood. Burial SS Peter and Paul Cemetery, Springfield



Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fiore A. Troncone, age 96 of Collingswood, passed away on October 16, 2016.

Beloved husband of the late Marie A. (nee Gimello); Devoted father of Anthony and John (Tina); Loving grandfather of Natalie, Lana and Lucas; Dear brother of Carmella Soda and the late Thomas Troncone; Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Prior to his retirement, Mr. Troncone was employed as a coppersmith/pipefitter with NY Shipbuilding and then the Philadelphia Naval Yard. He was a United States Navy Veteran, serving during World War II, a member of the Catholic Knights of St. George, and a longtime parishioner of St. Johns Church in Collingswood.

Relatives and friends are invited to the Visitation and Funeral on Thursday from 10 AM at the Parish of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Church of St. John, 809 Park Avenue in Collingswood,NJ where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM. Entombment will follow at Calvary Mausoleum in Cherry Hill.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


September 29, 2016
 

Robert Feldbaum former x56 employee and shop steward died Sept 27, 2016. Bob was a graduate of West Phila. Catholic High School for boys in 1965. Was an Army Ranger (wounded) during the Vietnam war. He also was a Veterans Services Officer, helping other veterans by directing them to the proper personnel to obtain their V.A. benefits.
Funeral arrangements are scheduled for Sat. Oct 1st at O'Leary's funeral home in Springfield Pa.....visitation hrs are between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.



September 28, 2016
 

Eileen Corcoran Brennan - Code 302

Eileen Corcoran Brennan of Collingdale passed away on August 17 at Little Flower Manor with her devoted sisters by her side. Eileen was born on the Fourth of July and enjoyed all things patriotic and red, white and blue. She was a 1964 graduate of Collingdale High School and a long- time resident of the borough. She was a dedicated member of the high school alumni association, serving as treasurer, secretary, and chairman of the sunshine and hospitality committees. She enjoyed participating in the alumni events and for many years represented the association in the annual fourth of July parade. She was employed by the Federal Government for over 42 years; working at Defense Personnel Supply Center, The Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and retiring in May 0f 2015 from the Department of Homeland Security. She had a talent for writing poetry, enjoyed singing and spent many years researching her family history and building her family tree. An avid animal lover, Eileen adopted and rescued many cats throughout the years.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Collingdale High School Alumni Association in Eileen's name for the establishment of a scholarship to be given to a deserving student. Donations can be sent to Collingdale High School Alumni Association, PO Box 1426, Collingdale, PA 19023 (please include Eileen's name with your gift).

To share your fondest memories of Eileen, please visit http://www.lifecelebration.com/ Life Celebration services provided by Leaver/Cable of Buckingham



Sept. 8, 2016

O'KEEFE MICHAEL J., on Sept. 3, 2016. age 67. Beloved husband of JoAnne M. (nee Nicholl), loving father of Brian and Erin, dear son of the late John and Marie O'Keefe, dear brother of Gerard and Deidre O'Keefe and the late Maureen Aptowicz; also survived by many loving relatives and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call Friday 6 to 8 P.M. and Sat. 8:30 to 9:30 A.M. at GALZERANO FUNERAL HOME, 9304 OLD Bustleton Ave. Philadelphia, PA (below Welsh Rd.).

Funeral Mass 10 A.M. Maternity B.V.M. Church. Int. Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers family prefers donations to Fox Subacute at Warrington, 2644 Bristol Rd., Warrington, PA 18976.

Galzerano Funeral Home
9304 Old Bustleton Ave.
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 698-7545



RODIER, PATRICK P. 61 - of Sea Isle City, passed away on Monday, November 19, 2012 surrounded by his loving family and friends at Cape Regional Medical Center.

Patrick was born in Hammonton and was a resident of Sea Isle City for many years.

He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force. Patrick worked as a Bar Manager for the Sea Isle City V.F.W. Post #1963, where all the members were an extended family to him. He had also worked for the Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard in Philadelphia, PA and was a member of the Somers Point American Legion. He was an avid sports fan and oldies enthusiast.

Surviving are his children, James, Patrick, Christopher, Matthew Rodier and their mother Barbra all of Somerdale, step daughter, Lisa Marie of Cape May Court House, step granddaughter, Celena Marie, his loving companion, Mary Van Atter, his siblings, Ann Rodier, Edward Rodier (Sandy). Stephen Rodier (Madelyn), Margaret Chernow, Jean Kinslow (Gary), Mary Liberato, Thomas Rodier, Dorothy McClain, Kathryn Rodier, and Philip Rodier (Susan). He was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Anna Rodier and a brother, James Rodier.

A Catholic Prayer Service will be offered Friday at 12 o'clock noon from The Godfrey Funeral Home of Palermo, 644 South Shore Road, Palermo, NJ where friends may call from ten o'clock until the time of service. Burial will be private.

Memorial donations may be made at a fundraiser scheduled for Patrick at Lacosta's Lounge, JFK and Landis Avenue, Sea Isle City, NJ on Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 1 PM until 5PM.


Thomas Phillip “Bear” Cowden, Sr., 54, of Virginia Beach, VA, passed away July 9, 2005.

A native of Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late Thomas and Shirley Cowden. He was an installation representative for NAV-AIR with 24 years of service. He was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Lynnhaven Sports Club.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 33 years, Margaret “Marge” G. Cowden; two daughters, Nanci L. Cowden and Shannon T. Cowden, and a son, Thomas B. “Tommy” Cowden, all of Virginia Beach, VA. He is also survived by a brother, Michael T. Cowden of Philadelphia, PA; and two grandchildren, Tommy M. Cowden and Hannah L. Cowden; as well as the rest of his large loving family. He was predeceased by a sister, Nancy Cowden.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Raymond Barton officiating. The burial will be private. The family will greet friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to Va. Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, 745 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23451. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Lynnhaven Chapel is handling the arrangements. The family invites those wishing to do so to wear dressy tropical clothing for the service.


PARKINSON, ANTHONY JAMES, Jr

PARKINSON, ANTHONY JAMES, Jr. ("Jim"), age 69, of Villas, NJ has gone to rest with his Lord on Monday, August 8, 2016 after a long illness. Jim was born in Philadelphia, PA; formerly lived in Drexel Hill, PA; and has been a Cape May area resident since 1991. He is the son of the late Anthony Sr., and the late Beatrice (nee Heineman) Parkinson. Jim was a graduate of Bishop Neumann High School in South Philadelphia, PA. He served his country in the US Army in Vietnam 1967-1968, where he received a Purple Heart. Jim worked at the Naval Ship Yard as a Machinist in Philadelphia until retirement in 2005. He taught machinist classes and wrote instructional manuals on procedures while working there. Jim attended St Raymond’s RC Church, was a member of the Villas Fishing Club, the DAV in Del Haven, and the Purple Heart Association. He is survived by his wife of 41 years Marcia (Nee Mitchell) Parkinson and his sons: James (Nicole) Parkinson & Rick Parkinson. Also surviving are: his sisters: Bebe (Chink) Flannigan & Lorraine Parkinson; his brother Dick (Pat) Parkinson; and his grandson Tyler; numerous nieces & nephews; and many friends who were like family. Jim was well known for his talent for trivia at the Villas Fishing Club and his sense of humor. He was a “true gentleman” who will be fondly remembered. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM on Friday, August 12, 2016 at the Parish of St John Neumann, St John of God RC Church, 680 Townbank Rd, North Cape May, NJ 08204; where friends will be received from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at Cape May County Veteran’s Cemetery, 127 Crest Haven Rd, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. The family suggests donations in Jim’s memory to St Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To share condolences, please visit www.evoyfuneralhome.com.



WILLIAM BOESENHOFER Sr.

William J. 'Bill' Boesenhofer Sr. on August 20, 2016 of Deptford, formerly of Philadelphia. Age 82. Loving husband of Diane (nee Pergolizzi). Beloved father of William J. Boesenhofer, Jr. of W. Chester, PA, Robert Boesenhofer (Shirley) of Deptford, Barbara Marvel of Deptford and Joseph Boesenhofer of Rio Grande. Brother of Frank Boesenhofer of Florida and the late, Karl Boesenhofer, Mabel Ayres, Ronald Boesenhofer and Ruth Seibott. Grandfather of seven and great-grandfather of eight. Beloved uncle to his many nieces and nephews. Bill worked as a Boil Inspector for NAVSSES at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. He was a life member of the Darby #2 Fire Company for over twenty years. Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 from 7-9pm and Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 9-10am in The Chapel at BOUCHER FUNERAL HOME, 1757 Delsea Dr., Deptford, NJ 08096. Religious Service Thursday 10am in The Chapel at the funeral home. Interment St. Joseph's Cemetery, Chews Landing. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, 1317 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314. For directions, to sign online guest book and to view Bill's Video Tribute visit http://www.boucherfuneralhome.com/. Boucher Funeral Home 1757 Delsea Dr. Deptford, NJ 08096 856-464-1097



William (Billy) Woods Passed away August 10, 2016.

Bill, Former 51 shop employee at PNSY and beloved husband of Patricia (nee Amerman); dear father of William M., and Kimberly (Brian) Moore; dear grandfather of Madison, William, Breann, Karli and Maci. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Viewing Monday, 9:30 A.M, from THE EDWARD J. PETNER FUNERAL HOME (Family Owned and Operated), 6421 Frankford Ave. at Levick St. Christian Burial Service 11 A.M. Int. private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's memory to VITAS Hospice, 1787 Sentry Parkway West, Bldg. 16, Suite 400, Blue Bell PA 19422.


UMBERTO A. "Bert" SIMEONE

UMBERTO A. "Bert" SIMEONE, (PNSY X67 and Combat Systems RADAR Branch)of West Deptford, NJ, died peacefully surrounded by his devoted family on January 28, 2013 at the age of 84. Legacy: A quiet, patient gentle man, Bert was devoted to his family. His days were spent working hard, completing his daily cryptogram, watching CNN and tending to his amazing gardens...especially his tomato and basil plants. He also enjoyed time fishing, watching his beloved Phillies and traveling with dear friends, the Ianni's and Turdo's. Bert was a talented craftsman and was proud of building his family home and his daughter's home in West Deptford. Born in Philadelphia, Bert was a resident West Deptford for 56 years. He was a United States Army Veteran on the Korean War serving from 1950 - 1952. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge Post 87 Florence Lodge. Prior to retiring in 1977 from the Philadelphia Naval Yard, Bert was an electronic technician by trade. The family would like to give a warm thank you to Bert's nurse from Samaritan Hospice, Sharon Tombleson and Pastor Chuck Mitchell. This most difficult time was made easier because of the wonderful care that you gave to Bert...Thank You. Family: Beloved husband of 61 years to Loretta G. (nee Mirra); devoted father of Donna Niemczura, Deborah (the late, Frank) Matteo and Stephen (Karen) Simeone; loving grandfather of James (Michelle) Matteo, Ashley Niemczura and great grandfather of Nicholas, Nora and Ryan; dear son of the late, Louis and Emilia (nee Maiello) Simeone; dear sister of Rita McHugh and the late, Fred, Carlo and Victor. Farewell Service: Visitation on Monday, 10:00 - 10:50 AM in Holy Angels Parish at St. Patrick's RC Church, Euclid and Cooper Streets, Woodbury, NJ, where the Mass will begin at 11:00 AM. Military Honors will follow the Mass. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bert's memory to Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Drive Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08053.

Tributes and memories may be shared at www.mcgfuneral.com

Arrangements by McGUINNESS FUNERAL HOME, Woodbury, NJ.

Published in South Jersey Times on Feb. 1, 2013



August 2, 2016

Frederick T. Reel

Frederick T. Reel, 88, of Gibbstown, who retired in 1988 as a civil engineer at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died Thursday, July 28, at Power Back Rehabilitation in Moorestown from complications from a fall on his property.

Born in Woodbury, Mr. Reel was a 1946 graduate of Paulsboro High School and earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from what is now Widener University in 1950, a daughter, Sharon, said.

He was an officer with an Army engineering combat battalion in Korea in 1950 and 1951 and retired as an Army Reserve colonel.

During the Korean conflict, his Army unit was involved with "lots of demolition work" while also building temporary bridges across the Naktong River, he wrote in brief notes about his service.

After returning from Korea, Mr. Reel worked for a year or two for Sun Shipbuilding in Chester before beginning his Navy Yard career in the mid-1950s, his daughter said.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Mr. Reel was a member of the Greenwich Township School Board in Gibbstown.

"He fought to keep open the Broad Street School," his daughter said. Broad Street marks its 100th birthday this year.

Later in the 1990s, his daughter said, he was a member of the board of education for Guardian Angels Regional School, a Catholic institution that operates elementary schools in Gibbstown and Paulsboro.

Peg DiMeo met Mr. Reel in the 1980s, when he and her late husband, Edward, became friends.

"He was a wonderful man," DiMeo said. "He was very caring about me and his family and the people around him."

Besides his daughter, Mr. Reel is survived by a son, George; daughters Marianne Davies and Laura Plantz; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His wife, Mary Ann, died in 2008.

A viewing was set from 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at St. Clare of Assisi Parish, 313 Memorial Ave., Gibbstown, before an 11:30 a.m. Funeral Mass there, with interment in Eglington Cemetery in Clarksboro.

Donations may be sent to the Guardian Angels district at gars-online.com.

Condolences may be offered to the family at landolfifuneralhome.com.



July 19, 2016

PETER D.BACHOWSKY A.K.A. "Pete The Cop"
 

Former Shop 26 Foreman and resident of Swarthmore died July 17, 2016. Survived by his wife Joan (nee Reeder) Bachowsky, daughter Jennifer (Michael) Wean, grand-children Madison and Alexander Wean and sister in law Barbara Reeder. Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Mass on Monday at 10:00 A.M. at St. Rose of Lima Church, 1901 Chester Pike, Eddystone, PA 19022. Friends may call 9 to 9:45 A.M. at the church. Int. Lawn Croft Cemetery. Contri-butions to Crozer Keystone Hospice Inpatient Residence 175 East Chester Pike, Ridley Park, PA 19078 are appreciated.



July 16, 2016

Elizabeth Dunston Nolan, shipyard employee

Elizabeth Dunston Nolan, 97, the daughter of North Carolina sharecroppers, who worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and for her church, died Saturday, July 9, at Saunders House in Wynnewood of complications from an earlier fall.

Mrs. Nolan, of West Philadelphia, was born in Franklin County, N.C., the eighth of 12 children of James and Harriett Dunston. In a sharecropper family, everyone was expected to work, she told her own daughters.

She and her siblings cared for the animals on the property and picked vegetables, cotton, and tobacco. The girls also were expected to do housework.

Because the segregated South did not offer quality education for African Americans, she lived with her married sister while attending South Philadelphia High School for Girls.

Her brother-in-law had to demand that she be allowed to take the college preparatory curriculum, because at that time black girls were routinely offered only a home economics curriculum, Mrs. Nolan told her family.

After graduating in 1937, she attended Virginia Union University in Richmond, working her way through while sending money home to help with the younger children.

She graduated in 1942, and returned to Philadelphia. Her first full-time job was caring for the children of a family on Rittenhouse Square.

At the peak of World War II, she worked briefly as a welder at the shipyard. After the war, she met and married William Nolan. The couple moved briefly to Phoenix, Ariz., then settled in Philadelphia, where they had two daughters.

In 1959, Mrs. Nolan and her husband separated and later divorced. She was rehired by the shipyard. Bolstered by graduate courses from Temple University, she rose to personnel administrator before retiring in 1980.

To keep busy and earn money, Mrs. Nolan became a travel agent and also seized the opportunity to travel.

"She never flew until she was 60, but once she started, she was a frequent traveler," daughter Adrienne Nolan Owens said.

Mrs. Nolan was a longtime member of the First African Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school, supervised the nursery, and was a deacon and one of the first female elders. She also helped to assemble a church history, her family said, and for a time spearheaded an effort to feed and shelter homeless men at the church.

A strong advocate of social justice, she participated in the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington in August 1963, and volunteered to be arrested on Aug. 29, 1985, during an antiapartheid protest in front of the South African embassy in Washington. The misdemeanor charge was dismissed.

She was a founding member of the African American Genealogy Group at the African American Museum, and an active member of the Parkside Historic Preservation Corp.

In 2013, she gave up her home and moved to Ohio to live near family, but earlier this year, she returned to Philadelphia. She was active until four months ago and mentally sharp to the end.

Besides her daughter, she is survived by daughter Angela Nolan-Cooper; three grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; a brother; and nieces and nephews.

A viewing starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 16, at the First African Presbyterian Church, 4159 W. Girard Ave., will be followed by a 10:30 a.m. funeral service. Interment is in Rolling Green Memorial Park, West Chester.




I regret to inform the passing of JAMES J. LAFFERTY on Monday, June 6, 2016.

Jim, known to friends as "Laff" and "Jimbo". Son of Helen Katherine and the late Joseph Michael Lafferty. He is survived by his mother, sister, Geraldine Cocker (Robert); a niece, Julie Ann Dengler (Brian), and nephew, Robert James Cocker (Katie). Great uncle of Graham and Gillian. Jim was a member of the Father Judge Class of 1966. Jim was 67 years old.

Visitation Saturday, 8:45 to 9:45 A.M., at St. Bernard Church, 7341 Cottage St., Philadelphia, PA 19136. Funeral Mass 10 A.M. Interment private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to Fr. Judge Alumni, c/o Fr. Judge High School, 3301 Solly Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19136, would be appreciated.

Jack Balkir

Website: www.pnsyreunion.com
Email: mail@pnsyreunion.com
Facebook: PNSY REUNION


Elizabeth B. Tinnin (staffing & classification specialist)



May 2, 2016

Robert D. Ranieri  (x56, x99 Shops)

Born: May 31, 1947
Died: April 20, 2016


Robert D. Ranieri, on April 20, 2016, of Glendora. Age 68.

Beloved husband of Helena M. (nee Poletis). Loving father of Robert D. “Bobby” Ranieri, Jr. (Dana) and Michelle M. Ranieri (Joseph). Devoted grandfather of Ava Marie Ranieri and Gianna & Olivia Racobaldo. Dear brother of Caroline Hannold (Frank) and the late Ronald T. Ranieri.

Robert was a pipefitter for Local 322 and also worked for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. He had a special love for the Eagles, cooking and most importantly, his family and friends.

There will be a viewing from 9 to 10:45am Monday morning at Our Lady of Hope Parish, St. Agnes RC Church, 701 Little Gloucester Rd., Blackwood, NJ 08012.

Funeral Mass 11am in church.

Interment private. Family requests in lieu of flowers donations may be made in Robert’s name to the charity of the donor’s choice.



April 28, 2016

 

Franklin R. Owens (x51 Shop, Codes 633, 228)

Age: 73 (1943-2016) - Sicklerville

Passed on 4/21/16. Serv. Fri. 11 am @ St. Matthews UAME Church, 1665 Derousse Ave., Delair.  View 9 - 11 am.

Interment Sunset Cemetery.  www.mayfuneralhomes.com



March 31, 2016



Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Thomas J. O'Brien III

Thomas J. O’Brien III, of Runnemede, Former PNSY Shop 11 Shipfitter passed away on March 27, 2016, at the age of 59.
Tom was a graduate of Camden County Vocational School, Class of 1975. After high school, he served in the U.S. Navy.

After he was discharged he went to work at the Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard, where he worked for over 10 years. He has worked for the U.S. Mint as a Material Maintenance Expeditor since 1995.

Tom was a member of the Runnemede VFW Post 3324, and the Warrior Watch Riders where he was known as “Obie.”

Husband of Evelyn (nee Booth). Father of Nali S. O’Brien and Rani R. O’Brien. Son of Thomas J. Obrien and the late Margaret (nee Skay). Brother of Margaret “Peggy” Mitchell, Joann (Ray)Schuman and Karen (Bob) Kling. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Tom will be remembered for his loving and caring manner with everyone he came to know.

Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m. Friday at Christ Our Light RC Church, 402 Kings Highway North, Cherry Hill, NJ.

Visitation is Thursday evening 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. at the Lewis Funeral Home, Moorestown, NJ. Interment will be private.

Please No Flowers. Memorial contributions to Runnemede VFW Post 3324, 600 North Black Horse Pike, Runnemede, NJ, 08078.


Richard Gonzoph, Jr. Former PNSY Shop 11 Shipfitter and Code 231 Planner & Estimator.

AGE: 60 • Chesapeake, VA

Richard Gonzoph, Jr., 60, passed away on March 16, 2016. He was born in Camden, NJ and was raised in Morgan Village. His family later moved to National Park, NJ. Most currently, he resided in Chesapeake, VA.

He is survived by his loving wife of over 20 years, Doreen Gonzoph; his parents, Richard & Jean Gonzoph, Sr.; brother-in-law, Vincent Pietromartire; along with extended family and friends. Richard loved his wife and his mother and father very much.

He attended St. Joseph's High School in Camden. After attending Gloucester County College, he joined his father at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard (PNSY). Richard started his career as a Shipfitter repairing and modernizing the U.S. Naval Fleet. He went on to become a Planner & Estimator (Structural) prior to the PNSY closure. Subsequently, he leveraged his shipbuilding knowledge as the Head Planner & Estimator (Structural & Piping) at Ship Intermediate Maintenance Activity in Norfolk, VA. Richard received numerous awards and commendations, including "Supervisor of the Year," throughout his 38 year career with the U.S. Navy.

From the time he was young, Richard spent summers in Chincoteague, VA. Throughout the years he could be found entertaining his many friends and enjoying time on the water clamming, crabbing, fishing in the channel, and water skiing.

A memorial service will be held at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Bridge Chapel in Chesapeake, VA on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at 3 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice . Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollo mon-brown.com.


Frank Quinton Jr.
Frank Quinton Jr.

Frank Quinton, 86, purchasing agent, shipyard worker

 

Frank Quinton, 86, of Gloucester City, a 22-year veteran of work at what was the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died at home Saturday, Jan. 23, of complications after a seizure.

Mr. Quinton and his wife of 65 years, Anna, knew each other "from the time they were young teenagers," said daughter Virginia James. Growing up in the same Camden neighborhood, she said, "they were never with anybody else."

One day, Anna happened to be walking home with a friend and Mr. Quinton happened to join them.

After he had gone on, "My mom said, 'Who's that?'

"My aunt said, 'That's my brother.' And Anna said, 'He's cute.' And that was it."

Mr. Quinton, his daughter said, "was a private guy who loved being home."

Born in Camden, Mr. Quinton graduated in 1947 from Camden City High School and served in the Army from 1951 to 1957, some of that time in West Germany.

"He loved Germany," his daughter said. At times, "he would just say he would go back to Germany, and we would all laugh."

In the 1960s and the 1970s at the shipyard, he was first a journeyman machinist and then a quality control specialist.

Then, in the 1980s and 1990s, he was an assistant purchasing agent for the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority.

He was a member of the Townsend C. Young VFW post in Gloucester City.

Besides his daughter Virginia James, Mr. Quinton is survived by his wife of 65 years, Anna; sons Frank III and Joseph; daughters Anna Summers, Kathleen Koc, Barbara Creato, Janice Nichols, Patricia Underwood, Judith Arthur, and Carolyn Monteleone; 28 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

A visitation was set from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at St. Mary's Church, 426 Monmouth St., Gloucester City, before an 11:30 a.m. Funeral Mass there. Interment with military honors was set for New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr, the same day.

Donations may be sent to St. Mary's Church, 426 Monmouth St., Gloucester City, N.J. 08030 or Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice, Suite 300, Five Eves Drive, Marlton, N.J. 08053.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mccannhealey.com.

610-313-8134 @WNaedele



Monday, December 28, 2015

CELLI

DEBRA (Debbie)(nee Catrambone), December 23, 2015. Former PNSY Type Desk for Miscellaneous Projects.  Most loving daughter of Dolores and the late Joseph Catrambone, loving sister of Vincent (Patty) Catrambone and Pidge (Frank) Sirolli, loving aunt of Dana (Eddie) Franklin, Joseph, Frankie and JoJo, loving companion of Tom Catalano and sadly missed by her beloved Bella. Relatives and friends are invited to her Memorial Mass Wednesday 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. at Infant Jesus Parish/St. John Vianney Church, 2901 Good Intent Rd., Deptford, NJ. Funeral Mass to begin 10:30 A.M. Interment private. VINCENT GANGEMI FUNERAL HOME INC.



October 3, 2015

Robert J. Dolson, Sr.

Born: October 10, 1947
Died: September 26, 2015

Robert J. Dolson, Sr., on September 26, 2015, of Bellmawr. Age 67.

Beloved husband of Cheryl (nee Weppler). Devoted father of Robert, Jr. (Lisa) and Krista Bravo (Francisco). Loving grandfather of Alina, Jasmeen, Alex, Eric, and Courtney. Dear brother of Ethel Galyean.

Robert proudly served in the United States Army. He was a past Fire Chief of Bellmawr #1 Fire Company and a retired fire inspector for the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Robert was also a member and PUFL of the American Legion Post #72 and an Honorary Life Member of VFW Post #9563.

There will be a visitation from 5 to 7pm Sunday evening at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE.

Memorial service 7pm at the funeral home.

Interment 12noon Monday, October 5, at Harleigh Cemetery Veterans Section, Camden.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robert’s name to TADSAW, 13423 Blanco Road, Suite 218, San Antonio, TX 78216, or donations may be made online at www.tadsaw.org.



September 14, 2015

James M. Brandemarte

AGE: 76 • Williamstown

On September 10, 2015. Born and raised in Camden, he has lived in Willamstown since 1978.

Mr. Brandemarte was a US Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a pipe fitter for the Philadelphia Naval Yard before retiring. He was a member of the Pipe Fitters Local Union# 322 and the Train Collectors Association. He was an avid lottery player, enjoyed doing cross word puzzles and going to WaWa for coffee and a donut.

Beloved husband of Marion J. Brandemarte (nee Jordan). Devoted father of James Brandemarte (Kristen), Frances Bacchieri (the late Terry), Timothy Pfister (Debbie) and Joan Pfister. Dear brother of Betty Fowler (Rocky) and John Brandemarte. Loving grandfather of Addison, Skyler and Shane Brandemarte and Richard Taitt (Christine) and Mary Lynn Ferrante (Justin). Loving great-grandfather of Ethan, Ella, Riley and Ava. Also survived by many loving nieces and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Wednesday from 10:00 - 11:00 am at the FARNELLI FUNERAL HOME, 504 N. Main Street, Williamstown, where a service will follow at 11:00 am. Burial will follow in the Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Williamstown.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, "Cemetery Fund", PO Box 337, Woodbury, NJ 08096.



August 28, 2015

John F. Heck, Jr. (71 shop)

John F. Heck, Jr., age 59, of Nottingham, PA, formerly of Chester, PA, died suddenly on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. John served as a U. S. Marine during the middle 1970's. He began working for the Philadelphia Navy Yard, until they closed, and then became a truck driver for the A. Duie Pyle Trucking Company for the past 18 years. John was an avid Hunter. He loved his dogs and enjoyed his home as well as taking care of the property. John especially enjoyed times spent with his family. Survivors: Wife of 31 years: Marie (Caltabiano) Heck Step-sons: William and Frankie Gurnick Step-daughter: Sherri Gurnick Brothers: Michael and Robert Heck Sisters: Jo Ann Brownhill, Janet Kalup, and Jean Heck Also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins Funeral Service: Tuesday, 12:00 Noon, at the Minshall Shropshire-Bleyler Funeral Home, Ltd., Middletown (Rte #352) & Knowlton Roads, Middletown Twp., Media, PA 19063 Visitation: Tuesday, after 11:00 AM at the funeral home Interment: Private In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John's name to, the Wounded Warriors Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS, 66675.



August 28, 2015

Lois J. Taylor

Lois J. Taylor (nee Doan), 75, a life time resident of Woodbury, passed away on May 22, 2015. Lois worked as an Administrative Supervisor for Department of Navy in Philadelphia for 30 years, retiring in 2012 where she received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the 1995 Woman of the Year Award and the award for Outstanding Performance and Significant Contributions toward the mission of Naval Station Philadelphia. She was a member of the First Baptist Church-Woodbury & Red Hat Society. Lois had a green thumb, she loved flowers and gardening.

Lois is survived by her sons Daniel Taylor (fiancée Mandi Underwood) of Ferrum, VA & Brian (Rosa) Duffield of Mullica Hill and grandchildren Matthew Taylor & Brianna Rose Duffield.

Interment Eglington Cemetery. Memories and condolences shared at daviswagner.com





July 17, 2015

JAMES J. BLESSINGTON

 
 
JAMES J. BLESSINGTON Notice
 
BLESSINGTON

 

JAMES J., July 14, 2015. Former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Machinery Group Superintendent, Beloved husband of Doris (nee Conn). Father of Debra (Ted) Scairato, James R. (Tina) Blessington and Timothy (Dianna) Blessington. Grand-father of Lauren, Jessica, Alanna, Angelina, Ryan, Sabrina and Tyler. Viewing Sunday eve, 7 to 9 P.M., from THE STOLFO FUNERAL HOME, 2536-38 S. Broad St. Also, Viewing Monday morning, 8:30 A.M., in the Funeral Home. Funeral Mass, 10 A.M., St. Richard Church, 19th & Pollock Sts. Int. New Cathedral Cem.
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/philly/obituary.aspx?n=james-j-blessington&pid=175308113&fhid=23046#sthash.ZsfEjZAw.dpuf


Saturday, June 20, 2015

I regret to inform all of the Passing of:
Norman E. Gibson Jr. (A.K.A. YUSUF) on Sunday June 14, 2015 Norm was a former PNSY Supply Person and later NFPC Supply, Shipping /Receiving and Accesses Control Employee.
Norm was a good man and will be sorely missed.
Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at the Mitchum-Wilson Funeral Home, 1410 South 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146. Viewing: 9:00 AM till 11:00 AM, Service: 11:00 AM.
Interment will be at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown PA


June 18, 2015

Charlie Buck shop 51, P&E and Pera. Passed away on Sunday June 14, 2015

Charles D Buck III, 65, of The Villages, Florida passed away Sunday, June 14, 2015 at The Villages Regional Hospital, The Villages, Florida. He was the husband of Virginia Purtle Buck. He was born on July 8, 1949 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania a son of the late Charles and Roseanna Buck. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, The Villages, FL where he was an Extraordinary Minister. He was a member of the West Hemingway Social Club, the West Hemingway Mens Golf Group, The American Legion and Angels Blessing Small Christian group. The West Hemingway Mens Golfers Group’s has created the Charlie Buck and Jim Milligan Inspiration Award to recognize others in the neighborhood who are going though long and courageous battles with health issues as these two have done. Charles will be deeply missed by his wife, Virginia and son: Adam Buck of KY; daughter: Adrienne Buck of PA; step-son: Buell Steelman of OR; and step-daughter: Mary Lyons of VA. A Visitation will be held on Monday, June 22, 2015 from 3 -5 p.m. at the Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 1511 Buenos Aires Blvd., The Villages, FL 32159. A Mass will be held on Tuesday, 2 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 5323 E County Road 462, Wildwood, FL 34785. Contributions in Charles’ memory should be sent to The Dr. Virginia Purtle & Charles Buck Music Scholarship Fund, Christopher Newport University, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, VA 23606 and would be greatly appreciated.



Marya Elizabeth Gripp-Johnson Obituary
 
Marya Elizabeth Gripp-Johnson
 
Among other Positions, She was he former Security Officer at the Philadelphia Navel Shipyard


Virginia Beach - On November 24th Marya lost her battle with lung and bone cancer. The family will have a celebration of life in the spring. For more details please email celebratemarya@gmail.com. She will be missed and forever in our hearts.

 
 
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Dec. 5, 2014
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pilotonline/obituary.aspx?n=marya-elizabeth-gripp-johnson&pid=173371728#sthash.9zky34hB.dpuf


May 25, 2015
 

Former X56 Shop Louie Marano obituary from Courier Post in February

 
Louis Marano, age 73 years of Woodbury Heights, peacefully passed away after a courageous fight on January 28, 2015 with his family by his side.
 
Lou was born and raised in Philadelphia and graduated from South Philadelphia High School. Lou then moved to NJ and settled in Woodbury Heights.
He served in the United States Army and following his discharge; returned home where he met, fell in love and married a young woman by the name of Patricia. Together they shared 51 years of marriage and raised three children who they both loved very much.
Lou worked as a Pipefitter at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard until his retirement in 2004 after 31 years of service.
Away from work, Lou enjoyed traveling to iconic US and European destinations and rooting for his beloved Philadelphia sports teams. Ever the jovial jokester, Lou entertained all everywhere he went. Most importantly, Lou cherished spending time with his family, especially his beloved grandchildren creating memories that they will now remember as his legacy.
 
Lou is the beloved husband of Patricia (nee Kenny); loving father of Karen (William) Febus; Michael (Robyn) and Mark (Kathleen) Marano; dear brother of Ann Leypoldt & Janet Capanna; cherished grandfather of Zoe, Giana, Dylan, Olivia, Fiona, Sophia & Nina.
 
Relatives and friends are invited to join Lou's family for his viewing Tuesday morning in the Church of the Incarnation, 240 Main Street, Mantua after 10 AM where his Funeral Mass will follow at 12 pm. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.In lieu of flowers, Lou's family requests memorial contributions made to Penn Medicine Development, 3535 Market Street, Suite 150, Philadelphia, PA 19104 c/0 MDS.


May 20, 2015

Daniel J. Newberg 11 shop/P&E

Daniel J. Newberg of Gleolden, PA on may 16th 2015. Beloved husband of Theresa Newberg (nee D’Amore), Devoted Father of Daniel J. and Michael B. Newberg. Brother of Richard (Maryann) and Nathan (Connie), also survived by loving nieces and nephews. Daniel was a Cub Scout master of pack 44,a volunteer for the Glenolden youth club and swim club. He was a kind and caring friend to all who knew him. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing Thursday morn 10 to 11a.m. at St. Gabriel’s Church, 233 Mohawk Ave., Norwood, PA 19074, funeral mass will begin at 11a.m. Interment is private.


May 19, 2015

John F. Griffin (17 Shop, C/265)

Age 70, of Drexel Hill, PA, passed away on May 17, 2015. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Drexel Hill, John graduated from Monsignor Bonner's Class of 1962. He was a member of the Air Force and served during the Vietnam Era.

John was a history and train enthusiast. He enjoyed reliving his days in the Air Force. He loved discussing trains and history. The History Channel was his favorite channel. John was a proud member of the American Legion and the VFW and was a parishioner of St. Andrew the Apostle in Drexel Hill.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Anne Marie Griffin.

John is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Suzanne Coll Griffin, and three children, Shaun Griffin, Colleen Weber (Mike), and Shannon Griffin.

Visitation: Thursday evening from 7-9 pm at the Rigby Harting & Hagan Funeral Home. 15 E. Fourth St. Media, PA 19063.
Funeral Mass: 11:00 am Friday at St. Andrew the Apostle. 3500 School Lane, Drexel Hill, PA 19026.
Online condolences: www.haganfuneralhome.com


Saturday, May 9, 2015



Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Edward J. DiGiovanni, Sr., was born & raised in Philadelphia before moving to NJ in the 60's. A former resident of Ventnor, Atlantic County, for more than 20 yrs. between the 60's and 80's, followed by Hilltop, NJ until just 3 yrs. ago. He was 91 & half years old - 9/20/1923 - 4/21/2015. He was a World War II Veteran who served with the US Army in the Pacific Islands and continued military service in the Army Reserves for more than 25 years. He retired at the rank of Master Sergeant. He was a career employee of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and retired as a Machine Parts Inspector in 1984. Eddie was a long time active member with both the American Legion, Post 281, Chews Landing, NJ & the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7927, Blackwood, NJ.


Eddie was predeceased by and the last survivor of 6 children of Pasquale & Filamena DiGiovanni. A widower of 4 years to his loving wife Helen (nee Evangelista) to whom he was married to for over 64 years and their son Mark.

He is survived by his children Edward, Jr. and his wife Antoinette; David; Elaina Cincotti and her husband Joseph and Carla Librizzi, 13 Grandchildren and 13 Great-Grandchildren.


A viewing will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Boakes Funeral Home, 6050 Main St., Mays Landing, NJ from 10am-12pm. Followed by a Service and Military Honors at Holy Cross Cemetery Chapel, 5061 Harding Hwy. (Route 40), Mays Landing, NJ at 12:15pm.

Affiliations

 American Legion 

 United States Army Reserves 

 US Army 

 Veterans of Foreign Wars



May 1, 2015

Val was x 38,P&E ordnance planner ,Farm out Type Desk.Versatile musician, professional magician, Great husband and father and everyone's friend.

VALENTINE R. O'CONNOR Jr.

O'CONNOR

VALENTINE R. JR., April 25, 2015, age 83 years. Beloved husband of the late Margaret A. (nee Costello); devoted father of Mary, Valentine, Michael, Bernard and Kathleen Smith; also survived by 18 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to Viewing Wednesday 7 to 9 P.M. and Thursday 8 to 9:15 A.M. HOLLEN FUNERAL HOME (T.J. Fluehr, F.D.), 3160 Grant Ave. (W. of Academy Rd.) Funeral Mass 10 A.M. St. Jerome Church. Interment St. Dominic Cemetery.

www.hollenfuneralhome.com



April 27, 2015

Edward J. Bissell

Edward J. Bissell, 80, of Ridley Park, formerly of Darby and Folcroft, died Friday, April 24, 2015 at Taylor Hospice.

Born in Philadelphia, he worked at the Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard for 36 years. Mr. Bissell was a founding father of the Blessed Virgin Mary CYO program, life member of Darby Fire Patrol #2, and a member of the Delaware County Coin Club. He aslo enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping.
Known for being a kind and giving man, the most important thing to him was his family.

Son of the late Charles and Emma (nee Van Blunk) Bissell, he was also predeceased by a daughter, Maryann; and his sisters, Elizabeth Ripper, and Catherine Milligan.

Surviving are his loving wife of 60 years Rita T. (nee Salotti), daughter, Rita Bissell Stout; Sons, Edward J., Jr. (Lyn), and Daniel L. (Mary); grandchildren, Dayna (Jared), Jim (Stacey), Josh, Michelle, and Dan, Jr. (Jackie); great-grandchildren, Noah, Sophie, Mason, Andrew, Brandon, and Katie; Brother, Charlie Bissell; and sister, Pat Sheppard.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 10 a.m, at St. Rose of Lima Church, 1901 Chester Pike, Eddystone, PA, 19022, where friends may call after 9 a.m.

Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery

In Lieu of Flowers contributions to Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA, 19106, would be appreciated by the family.

The Guest Book may be signed online at www.marvilfuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Marvil Funeral Home, Darby, PA


April 2, 2015

George A. McDowell Jr., 02 Shop

George A. McDowell Jr. "Mac" 67 years of age of Prospect Park, formerly of Philadelphia. A US Army Vietnam Veteran and a recipient of the Purple Heart. Beloved husband of Carol (nee Murphy), devoted father of Lori (Anthony) Squarcetta, and George A. (Valerie) McDowell III. Pop Pop of Aidan and Carter. Brother of Robert (Virginia) McDowell. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing and funeral Thursday March 19, 2015 after 10 AM Kish Funeral Home Ltd. 1998 Sproul Rd. Broomall,PA. 19008. Services to follow at 12 Noon. Interment with Military Honors Glenwood Memorial Gardens . Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be sent to Mac's family at www.kishfuneralhomes.com





March 28, 2015

Hello,
My husband worked for the Navy Yard years ago in the 80's. His name is Richard Padulese, Sr. I just saw that you have an obituary page and even though Rick passed of brain cancer three years ago, I was hoping that if you posted it, someone would have a fond memory to share with me. Since I can't make any more memories with him, I treasure every one I get. We were together since I was 15 and Rick was 17. Together 43, and married 40. I will include the obit if you would like to use it, and I also found a cool picture of the Yard Birds coming off the Ferry in West Deptford, NJ, where we lived down the street from the river. Sincerely, Mrs. Richard Padulese, Sr.

Richard Padulese Sr.

AGE: 61 • West Deptford

Richard Padulese, Sr., of West Deptford, on March 22, 2012, at home surrounded by his beloved family. He was 61.

An incredible man with a big heart, Rick would do just about anything for anyone; however, his family was always paramount in his life. Some of his favorite things to do were to walk his grandson, Luke to the river, play hallway Football with Ricky & Tony, go camping or on a memorable vacation with his family. Rick was always on the go, if he wasn't working or spending time with his family, he would be working around the house. A talented guy, he could fix just about anything. He loved trips to Europe, coin collecting, metal detecting, finding bargains at yard sales, going on cruises, watching Gunsmoke and astronomy. Rick was scheduled to retire on April 1st from South Jersey Port Corporation, Camden, where he was employed for 11 years as a pipefitter and welder. A true family man who loved life, Rick will be missed sorely by all who knew him.

He is the beloved husband of 40 years and soul mate of Kathy Padulese (nee Laigaie); best friend and devoted father of Richard Padulese, Jr. & Jennifer and Anthony Padulese & Jamie; outstanding Pop Pop to Luke and Ellie; dear son of the late Frank and Margaret Padulese; loving brother of Robert, Ronald, Joyce and the late Frankie; special son-in-law of Catherine Kelly, whom he loved like a mom; also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and cats Sam, Baby and the late Mr. Bones.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing Sunday 5-7 PM (which will conclude with a Time of Remembrance) and Monday 9-9:45 AM in the McGuinness Funeral Home, 34 Hunter St., Woodbury. Funeral Mass Monday 10:30 AM in Holy Angels Parish at St. Patrick RC Church, Woodbury. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to Animal Welfare Assoc., 509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ 08043 or online at www.awanj.org. Tributes and memories may be shared at: www.mcgfuneral.com


February 25, 2015

THOMAS J. McNISH

Thomas J. McNish, 71 of Ridley Twp, Folsom, PA, died Monday February 23, 2015 in his home. Born in Bridgeport, CT, he was the son of the late John F and the late Eileen O'Malley McNish. Tom graduated from Technical High School Scranton, PA. He received many certificates of accomplishment for training in leadership, management and technical proficiency from Penn State, Drexel University and the US Navy.

He served during the Vietnam War in the US Navy from 1962-1966. He was a resident of Folsom for the past 44 years coming from Scranton, PA.

Tom gave 38 years of dedicated service to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard particularly as lead Superintendent of the overhaul of the USS Forrestal. He was a proud member and former quartermaster of the American Legion Murray-Stuart Post 566 in Glenolden, PA. He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Morton,PA. Tom was an avid hunter,fisherman, golf enthusiast and loved spending summers at Baylor’s Lake in Fleetville, PA.

Survived by his wife: Regina (McManus) McNish,
daughter: Carolyn McNish of Folsom, PA
son: Thomas McNish of Brookhaven, PA
sister: Mary Ellen McNish of Philadelphia, PA Grandchildren, Cayden, Caitlyn, Cole

Funeral Mass Friday 11:00 am at Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Church, Amosland Road, Morton.
Friends may call Thursday from 7-9pm and Friday from 9:30- 10:15 am at Kevin M. Lyons Funeral Service, 202 S. Chester Pk, Glenolden, PA.

Burial Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery, Springfield.

Memorial donations in Tom’s name may be made to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church or American Legion Post 566 35 S. Glen Ave Glenolden, PA 19036.

Online condolences and memories may be placed on www.lyonsfs.com



February 8, 2015

John "Big Jack" Kumes, 72 shop

John Robert Kumes West Deptford, NJ John Robert Kumes, 76 of West Deptford on February 1, 2015, Jack passed away at Cooper Hospital. A veteran of the US Navy, Jack worked for many years as a rigger with the "yardbirds " at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. After retirement, he worked for Enterprise Car Rental Company in Cherry Hill. Mr.

Kumes is the beloved husband of Rosemary (nee Grochowski). He is the devoted father of John, Jeffrey and Jack (Natalie). He is the loving grandfather of Angelica and Jackson. He is the dear brother of Edith Eskridge and Thomas (Pauline) Kumes.

Funeral services and interment will be held privately at the convenience of his family. Arrangements HEALEY FUNERAL HOME (http://www.healeyfuneralhomes.com/). Healey Funeral Home 9 White Horse Pike Haddon Heights, NJ 08035 856-547-1675



January 31, 2015

Thomas McCloskey, C/2900

Thomas McCloskey. age 68, of Philadelphia, PA formerly of Oak Valley, NJ on January 27, 2015, peacefully surrounded by his family.

Tom will be fondly remembered as a loving man who devoted his life to his family. He proudly served his country in the Vietnam War, where he was a Purple Heart recipient.

Tom was easy going, adored his grandkids, and loved his Jack Daniels, cigarettes, and his Harley Davidson. Tom will be missed deeply by all that knew him.

Cherished son of the late Thomas and Rose McCloskey; devoted husband to Jeannette (nee White); dear step-father of Annette Green (Dan),

Christine Trice, and Tricia Hurley; adored grandfather of 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild; Tom leaves behind 2 furry companions, Siberian Huskies Thor and Zena.

Relatives and Friends are invited to Tom’s Viewing Monday Morning 10:00am – 12:00 pm at the McGuinness Funeral Home, 34 Hunter Street, Woodbury, NJ 08096.

ShareLife® Celebration to follow at 12:00pm. Interment Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery, Springfield, PA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom’s name to American Cancer Society, 1851 Old Cuthbert Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034, www.cancer.org.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Mr. Thomas McCloskey please visit our Sympathy Store.

http://www.mcgfuneral.com/obituaries/Thomas-Mccloskey/#!/Obituary




January 30, 2015

Deborah Bradley, 72, popular figure in West Philadelphia

DEBORAH BRADLEY was close to her niece, Jean Morgan, who lives in Virginia Beach, Va.

They talked on the phone every day, conversations that lasted hours. Deborah, a popular figure in her West Philadelphia neighborhood, lived alone and might have been a little lonely. But she looked forward to her chats with her niece.

Then on Jan. 21, Jean wasn't able to get her aunt on the phone. No answer at her number. Jean kept trying into the next day, to no avail.

She finally called Deborah's brother, Floyd Bradley, who sent his son, Kenneth Felton, to check on his sister.

Kenneth went to her house on Jan. 22 and discovered her body. She apparently had died on Jan. 21, possibly of a heart attack. She was 72.
"She had been to see a cardiologist," her brother said.

Deborah Bradley did clerical work for about 20 years for the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. She retired at age 56.

She lived in the 400 block of N. 53rd St., where she was active as block captain. She directed cleanup projects and other community activities.

Her group of neighbors took dinners to the police at Christmas, and were always there to help the sick, the shut-ins and anybody else in need.

Deborah was also a member of Town Watch, keeping her neighborhood safe from crime.

"She was always into something," her brother said. "She was very outgoing. She didn't hesitate to tell you what was on her mind. She'd let you know it."

Deborah loved animals and always had pet dogs. She was also active with shelters, eager to make sure the animals were well cared for.

She was born in Philadelphia, the youngest of the seven children of Charles T. Bradley and Mary Peyton Bradley. She graduated from West Catholic High School and went to work at the shipyard.

She is survived by her brother and nieces and nephews.

Services: Were being arranged.


January 28, 2015


Joseph M. Komonosky(1952 - 2015)

Joseph Michael Komonosky, the world's most wonderful husband, fabulous father and caring Pop Pop unexpectedly departed this life on January 8, 2015. Joe was born and raised in Chester, PA and was a lifetime member of Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church. He attended Saint James High School and graduated in 1970. He attended Penn State University for a short time before being drafted, and enlisting into the Navy. He sailed the Mediterranean Sea and was then stationed in San Diego, CA and finished in Norfolk, VA from 1971 - 1975. From there he entered the Naval Reserve and became a weekend warrior. Joe was so proud to serve his country. Joe started his career at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, in the carpentry shop. When PNSY was closing and many thanks to Bob Santoro, Joe was able to finish his career of 38 years as a Senior Industrial Specialist for NAVSEA. After his retirement in 2010 he could not keep still. He started his own custom home improvement company and was very successful. In 2014 Joe decided to hang up his tool belt and relocate to TX with his wife, in order to spend time with his beloved daughter, son-in-law, and his first Grandchild, Joey.

An avid and knowledgeable outdoorsman throughout his life, Joe greatly enjoyed hunting, crabbing with George and the gang, and fishing every Friday with his best friend Tony Mig at Davis Mill Pond, along with Jimmy Mac & Tom in the Delaware Bay. He also enjoyed gardening, and was proud of his harvest every summer. He loved to visit and share many good laughs with his good friends Freddy and Mal. He truly enjoyed when the retirees, Tony, Chris, Bob, Buzz, Tom, Stub, and Stu got together and talked about the good old days at NAVSEA. Joe was a gifted athlete from childhood, and enjoyed playing and watching football, baseball, and hockey. He will be long remembered as a genuinely good, kind-hearted person who loved to make people laugh, was always willing to help, and was a true inspiration to family and friends alike.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mary Komonosky. He is survived by the love of his life his wife of 32 years, Donna, daughter Joanna, Son-In-Law Steve, and Grandson, Joey. Sister; Martha McMonnies, Brother; David Komonosky. Nieces; Heather Fetter and Jenny Komonosky, Nephews; William McMonnies, Matthew Cello and Mark Cello, Cousin; Lieutenant Colonel Michael Kupchick.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00AM, Tuesday, January 20, 2015 and memorial contributions at Saint Sophia Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 5600 N. Colony Blvd., The Colony, TX 75056. Memorial contributions in Joe's memory can also be made to the church. Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home, Lewisville, Texas (972) 436-4581 is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be placed at www.mulkeymasonlewisville.com.



January 2, 2015

Charles J. WRIGHT

Charles J., Sr. "Tank", Former Shop 17, “F” section Supervisor & Planner & Estimator At the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Passed on Dec. 22, 2014.

He was the beloved husband to Debra (nee Williams). Dearest father to Charles, Jr. (Dana) and Jennifer. Loving Pop Pop to Danielle and Andrew. He is survived by his siblings: Andrew Jr. "Bud" (Linda), Mary (John) McCurdy, Theresa (Bob) Kane, Denise (Bob Hanson) Wray and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.


December 12, 2014

Billy Mower Jr. National Park, NJ (41 Shop)

Billy Mower, Jr., a longtime resident of National Park on December 7, 2014. Aged 58 years.

Billy was a hardworking, family man. He provided for his family by working as a boilermaker at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Metro Machine and Rhoades Industries.

Billy was an awesome cook and cherished time spent with his family. He enjoyed his weekends cruising in his classic '67 Nova.

He is the beloved husband of 36 years to Cynthia A. (nee Crawford); devoted father of Billy Mower, III (Michelle) and Abby Mower (Adam Bello); loving grandfather of Bailey Mower; dear brother of Steve Mower (Marcy) and Jani Mower (Lynn Evan) and brother-in-law of Laura Fried (Doug) and Gail Crawford (Paul Sultanik); faithful master of Winnie the Boxer.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing 10 AM and Farewell Ceremony 11 AM Saturday in the McGUINNESS FUNERAL HOME, 34 Hunter St., Woodbury. Interment Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: National Kidney Foundation , 111 S. Independence Mall E., #411, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or online at www.kidney.org - McGuinness Funeral Home 34 Hunter St. Woodbury, NJ 08096 856-845-0888



November 17, 2014

Leroy Malachi, 84, 37-year Naval Shipyard machinist

LEROY MALACHI Sr. didn't hesitate to grab a broom or a snow shovel and go out on his block on 61st Street near Race in West Philadelphia, to put his muscle into improving his neighborhood.

And Leroy had muscle to spare. In his youth, he won bodybuilding contests and titles like Mr. Pennsylvania, Mr. Maryland and Mr. New Jersey, his family said.

In the AAU Senior Nationals weightlifting event held in Philadelphia in 1956, he came in fifth in the heavyweight class with a combined lift of 865 pounds - press, 300, snatch, 250, clean and jerk, 315.

Leroy Malachi Sr., a 37-year machinist for the old Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, an Army veteran of the Korean War, and loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died Nov. 10. He was 84.


Leroy was a popular figure in his West Philadelphia neighborhood where he was an officer of the block committee and helped arrange events, especially those for the children.

He also was always available to help anyone who needed him, drawing on his skills in home improvement. He was there with hammer and saw and paint brush and, of course, he wouldn't have dreamed of charging anyone.

Leroy was born in Philadelphia to Ella and Jefferson Malachi. He graduated from Overbrook High School in 1948 and entered the Army. He served as a cryptographer in Korea.

After his discharge, he went to work in the shipyard. After 37 years, he was employed for a time in security at the Philadelphia Stock Exchange.

Leroy worked out in his home gym, at the YMCA and other facilities. He competed frequently in bodybuilding and weightlifting contests until he married the former Josephine Bussey in 1957.

Leroy was an avid reader, specializing in history going back to the Mayans, but with special interests in slavery, the Civil War, and more recent dramatic events.

He also liked to study the lives of black leaders through history, and was proud of the election of President Obama.

"He was happy he lived to see a black man as president," said his daughter, Patricia Lott.

"He was family-oriented, a strong Christian man, very kind-hearted. He enjoyed helping out in the neighborhood. Every summer, he helped plan events for the children with the block closed to traffic.

"He liked to keep the block neat and clean, and would go out with a broom or snow shovel to help out.

"The neighbors appreciated and loved him."

Leroy was a dedicated member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church and was always available for whatever the church needed done.

His wife died in 1994. Besides his daughter, he is survived by two sons, David Evans and Leroy Malachi Jr.; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Services: 11 a.m. tomorrow at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 5732 Race St. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be at Mount Lawn Cemetery.



October 31, 2014

James W. Borger, x56 P&E

James W. Borger of Glenside, Pennsylvania died Monday, September 29, 2014. He was 57 years old. Jim was born April 11, 1957 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, son of the late James G. Borger and Louise Borger (nee - Martino). He is the beloved husband of Mary “Peg” Borger (nee Devine); father of Jennie Borger (David Earley), Megan Borger, and Chad Borger; brother of Janet Maher and her husband Edward; brother in law of John, Annette, and Carol Devine.

Jim was born, raised, and educated in Philadelphia where he graduated from Saint John Neumann High School in 1975. During school he enjoyed being a disk jockey for high school dances. After graduating, Jim took a job at a Volkswagen dealer at the Philadelphia auto mall. A few years later he began a long stint as a pipe fitter at the Philadelphia Naval Yard which ended as the yard declined and reduced staff. Jim got professional training as a mechanic in an effort to expand his job opportunities. His efforts paid off and he has been a mechanic at the Philadelphia Zoo for the last 15 years. Jim met Peg Devine at a Temple University St. Patrick’s Day dance at the Neumann Center. The couple were married on September 27, 1980 and lived at the Glenside address they still call home today. Jim had widely varied interests. He was an avid fan of just about anything to do with automobiles including but not limited to: NASCAR, drag racing, car shows, driving cars, talking about cars, and more. Other interests included trains, both full size and hobby size, and anything to do with space, rockets, and the sciences that go with them.

Relatives and friends were invited to his viewing on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 9:00 A.M. and funeral service at 11:00 A.M. at Wetzel and Son Funeral Home, 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090. Interment was private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106 www.alz.org/desjsepa or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Family flowers arranged by Penny’s Flowers 215-884-9130.

www.wetzelandson.com


October 30, 2014

John 'Jack' Dempsey Jr., 78, former shipyard boilermaker

IF THERE were a mess of hard-shell crabs on the table and Jack Dempsey was present, you would have been advised to step aside.

"My brother could eat a bushel of hard-shell crabs all by himself," said his sister, Patricia George. "He would have cooked them himself. He loved to cook."

Jack's reported consumption of this sea delicacy might have been slightly exaggerated, but it testifies to Jack's love of life, and his appreciation of its bounty.

John "Jack" Dempsey Jr., onetime boilermaker for the old Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, a security officer at Philadelphia International Airport and a Marine Corps veteran, died Oct. 19 of complications of dementia. He was 78 and living in Bedford, Texas, but had lived most of his life in West Philadelphia.

Jack grew up on Budd Street in West Philly, playing halfball with his buddies. It was one of those close-knit neighborhoods where everybody knew everybody and formed a mutual-assistance bond.

He was born to John Dempsey Sr. and Lucille Dempsey, and graduated from Overbrook High School. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in February 1956 and served stateside.

Jack worked for a time in maintenance for Smith, Kline & French before joining the shipyard at the Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station in the early 1970s.

He worked as a boilermaker for more than 20 years. After his retirement, he went with Covenant Security Services, at International Plaza at the airport.

"Jack was a people person and he enjoyed his job there, as he liked working, staying busy and being around people," his sister said. "He loved his family and loved the family gatherings during the holidays. His nieces and nephews loved their 'Uncle Jack.' "

Jack was baptized at Monumental Baptist Church but was not a big churchgoer. However, he loved to read the Psalm 23 - "The Lord is my shepherd . . . " He would read it aloud and emphasize key words.

He loved music and dancing, and, into his middle years, could do a split on the dance floor. He liked to dress to the nines and never went out without a hat. He enjoyed visiting his brother, Eugene, in Cape May, N.J.

Jack liked to keep up with current events and never went to work without a Daily News folded in his hands. Even when he was ill, he insisted that the newspaper be brought to him.

"He could quote you dates, times and stories that he had read in the paper," his sister said. "Of course, he was happy that an African-American was elected president.

"He was a jovial man, always joking. His favorite expression was, 'You got that right!' "

Besides his brother and sister, he is survived by a son, Derek Dempsey; a daughter, Dawn Dempsey; two other sisters, Delores Lisbon and Sandra Berry, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by another daughter, Danita Dempsey, and two other sisters, Gwendolyn Dempsey and Geraldine Gist.

Services: 11 a.m. tomorrow at Monumental Baptist Church, 50th and Locust streets. Friends may call at 9 a.m.


October 19, 2014

Albert J. Privito of Blackwood N.J. at the age of 93

Passed away on October 16, 2014. Al was a Former Shipfitter (Shop 11) and Planner (Code 231). He worked in the Lay-Out section of shop 11 and eventually was promoted to the Planning section of the shipyard, Code 231. Mr. Privito was considered one of the "Good Guys" you got to share your career with.
He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy M. (nee Leone). Devoted father of Mark Privito (Beverly), Margery Sharman (John), and Gina Mignogna (Chris). Devoted Grandfather Jaclyn, Jennifer, Nicole, Ashley, John, Dean and Samantha. Proud great-grandfather of Raymond and Rocco.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing Monday 8:30-10:00 am at the Egizi Funeral Home 119 Ganttown Rd., Washington Twp. Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 am at Our Lady of Hope Parish/St. Agnes RC Church, Blackwood. Interment, Woodbury Memorial Park, Woodbury. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.egizifuneral.com


October 2, 2014

Joseph P. Lamb Sr., 94, of Drexel Hill, a proud Irishman who never forgot his Philadelphia roots, died Friday, Sept. 26, of respiratory failure at Springfield Hospital in Delaware County.

Born and raised in Southwest Philadelphia, Mr. Lamb was a 1937 graduate of West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys. While there, he played football, baseball, and basketball for the Connell Spades.

He was a resident of Briarcliffe, a neighborhood of brick rowhouses in Glenolden, before moving to Drexel Hill in 1969.

As a young man, he clerked for Dun & Bradstreet and made munitions at the Naval Gun Factory in Washington.


From 1944 to 1946, he served in the Army. Following his discharge, he worked for 30 years in various capacities, including as a machinist, at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

Mr. Lamb also was employed for 10 years at the Naval Aviation Supply Office in Northeast Philadelphia, retiring as an aircraft equipment specialist. On the side, he ran a tax accounting business.

An honors graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, he worked for the States of Pennsylvania and Georgia as an insurance examiner.

Mr. Lamb enjoyed spending leisure time with his family, traveling, watching old movies, playing golf, and studying the violin and piano. He followed the Phillies and Big Five basketball, especially the Penn Quakers, his family said. He was a member of St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Drexel Hill.

Son Joseph Jr. said his father, the offspring of Irish immigrants, "was very proud of his Irish heritage. Philadelphia and this area was the epicenter of his life."

Mr. Lamb was married for 61 years to Kathleen D. Lamb. She died earlier.

Surviving, besides his son, are daughters Jeanne Marie and Eileen McQueston; five grandchildren: two brothers; and a sister.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at St. Andrew the Apostle Church, 3500 School Lane, Drexel Hill. Friends may call after 10 a.m. Interment is in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.

Contributions may be made to West Catholic High School, 4501 Chestnut St., Philadelphia 19139.



October 2, 2014

Tom Amato, 41 Shop, C/385, and NAVSES

THOMAS P. AMATO, of Marlton, NJ, passed away on September 30, 2014. Tom was 63. Beloved husband of Jean (nee Hellwarth). Loving father of Nicholas and Gregory Amato, and Christine Venuto and her husband Joseph. Also survived by his mother, Cecelia Sacchetti Amato, sisters Mary Rush and Nancy Ambrogi and brother James Amato. Relatives and friends are invited to the viewing on Friday October 3rd from 6:00 - 9:00 P.M. at THE BRADLEY FUNERAL HOME, Route 73 and Evesham Road, Marlton N.J., 856-983-1005. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 A.M. Saturday October 4th at St. Joan of Arc Church, 100 Willow Bend Rd., Marlton, NJ. Interment will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Tom's name to: Mesothelioma and Pleural Program, Abramson Cancer Center, 3535 Market St., Suite 750, Phila., PA 19104, Attn: Natalie Reznik (make check payable to "The Trustees of University of Pennsylvania").



September 20, 2014

Ronald Drennen, Sr (Shop 17, P&E, PERA) has passed away on September 18, 2014. The friends are invited to his viewing on Wednesday September 24 betweeb 9-11 AM at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church at 1200 Park Avenue, Bensalem, PA.


September 18, 2014

Sinkler Casselle; architect at Phila. Navy Yard

Sinkler A. Casselle Sr., 93, of Deptford, a naval architect at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard from 1950 to 1977, died Sunday, Sept. 7, at Inspira Medical Center in Woodbury.

Mr. Casselle was involved with "the design and development of submarines; he helped with the structural design of them," a niece, Melanie Wright, said.

He won an award from the Portsmouth (N.H.) Naval Shipyard for his work on the submarine Jack in 1961, she said.

He won an outstanding service award from the Navy Yard in 1966 for development of a sonar detection system for submarines, she said.

And he earned a commendation from the commanding officer of the submarine Tusk for his shipboard work in the Mediterranean.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Casselle graduated from Overbrook High School in 1939 and studied structural engineering at what is now Drexel University.

Mr. Casselle entered the Navy in 1944, studied architectural engineering at the Naval Damage Control Training Center at the Navy Yard, and during his active duty rose to chief damage control technician.

After retiring from the shipyard, he was a consultant for a Philadelphia engineering firm, now CDI Corp., from 1978 to 1985.

Following his active-duty service, he joined a Navy Reserve submarine unit in Philadelphia and retired in 1980 as a chief petty officer, his niece said.

Mr. Casselle was a former treasurer of a Philadelphia local of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers and a former vice chairman of an organization of retired Navy Yard workers.

He was a former national treasurer for Frontiers International Inc., the African American service organization, and earned a life membership award from the NAACP, his niece said.

A Mason, he was a member of a World War II African American Navy veterans' organization and of Ye Olde Philadelphia Club, she said.

William Johnson, a friend for more than 60 years, was a fellow member of Frontiers and the Philadelphia Club.

"We had a profound love for each other," Johnson said. "He loved life and lived it to the fullest. He gave of himself selflessly."

Mr. Casselle was a deacon, treasurer, and choir member for two Philadelphia congregations, the First African Baptist Church from 1939 to 1977 and the Mount Carmel Baptist Church from 1977 to 1987.

Since 1987, he had been a member of Grace Temple Baptist Church in Lawnside.

Mr. Casselle is survived by his wife, the former Mayme Clarke; a son, Sinkler A. Jr.; a stepson, Douglas Clarke; a stepdaughter, Dana Clarke; a sister; and two grandchildren. His first wife, Beatrice, died in 1994.

Visitations were set from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at the Carl Miller Funeral Home, 831 Carl Miller Blvd., Camden, and from 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Grace Temple Baptist Church, 15 E. Charleston Ave., Lawnside, before an 11 a.m. funeral there. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Sewell.

Condolences may be offered to the family at http://carlmillerfuneralhomes.com.



September 18, 2014

Richard H. Nasuti, Sr. (x64 Shop)
(July 26, 1953 - September 13, 2014)

Richard H. Nasuti Sr., on September 13, 2014, of Barrington. Age 61.
Beloved husband of Sharon (nee Mick). Devoted father of Richard H. Nasuti Jr. (Carol), Jamie Nasuti Huboky (Mike), and Michael Nasuti (Kristina Scala). Dear grandfather of Richard III, Vincent, and Camryn. Brother of Natalie Cacciatore (Nick). Brother-in-law of Mike and Kim Mick. Uncle of Rita Cacciatore and Nicholas Cacciatore (Renata).

Also survived by many special friends, family, co-workers who have meant so much to him and our family.

Mr. Nasuti worked for the VA hospital in Philadelphia, PA.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the viewing Thursday evening from 7 to 9pm and Friday morning 9:15 to 10:15am at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE.

Funeral Mass Friday morning 11am at Holy Child Parish, St. Teresa’s RC Church, Runnemede.

Entombment St. Joseph’s Mausoleum, Chews Landing.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Nasuti’s name to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Family and friends may share memories at www.GardnerFuneralHome.com.



Thursday, August 14, 2014

From: Dennis Kaiser

Joseph E. Wiegand

Former Shipfitter (Shop 11), Joe worked in the lay-out section of shop 11. Joe was a gentleman and a very hard worker. I found this notice looking for old co-workers and was saddened to find it. I wish I could have told his family what a nice man he was, but, they already knew that. Rest in peace Joe, it was an honor to have known you.


Jan.1, 2005; beloved husband of the late Patricia J. (nee Comley); loving father of Susan T. (Edward J. III) Fossett; and John J. (Diane); dear grandfather of Mark, Brooke, Jillian, Lauren, and Joanna; dear brother of Mildred Landis, William and Edward Wiegand. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Viewing Thurs. 9 A.M. from THE EDWARD J. PETNER FUNERAL HOME (Family Owned and Operated), 6421 Frankford Ave. at Levick St. Mass of Christian Burial 11:15 A.M. St. Matthews Church. Int. St. Dominics Cem. No Viewing Wed. Eve. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Joe's memory The Evangelical Manor, 8401 Roosevelt Blvd, Phila, Pa 19152



August 7, 2014

Daniel E. Devlin III

Daniel E. Devlin, III, on August 4, 2014, of Deptford. Age 77. Loving uncle of Susan Allen, William Guidry, Mary Ann Olmo, Francis Guidry, Kathryn Mogck, Eileen Blemings and Kevin Guidry. Dear brother of the late Kathryn "Kitty" Guidry.

Unc grew up as the only boy in a family of girl Devlin cousins. He spent his formative years at Saint Joan of Arc Elementary School in Fairview NJ. As a teenager, Unc worked with his dad and Uncle Walt at "Devlin Brothers Paper Hanging and Painting Co”. Unc was a “cool” guy who had some creative ideas. He charged to park cars at his own sister’s wedding. (He made a bundle!)
Later he worked as a painter for Thomas Merryfield Inc. and then on May 5, 1980 he started in shop 71 “Painters” in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Unc enjoyed working at the Navy Yard and worked there until the Yard closed in 1995.
Outside of work Unc spent hours laughing and joking with his 7 nieces and nephews at 157 Peterson Blvd., In Woodbury Gardens, Deptford, NJ. Unc was always good for puzzles, riddles, goofy questions and funny nicknames. He enjoyed sitting on the front stoop smoking his Pall Mall cigarettes after dinner each night. Then he would shave and get ready to hit the town, which often meant walking to Three Points Bar or Half-Way Inn in Westville Grove.

Fast, sporty cars were a big part of Unc’s life. Remember his vanity tag: "R U GAME? Unc loved nice cars and took great pains cleaning and polishing them. Everyone knew not to mess with Unc’s car! He chauffeured for brides and grooms at Sue and Paul and Frank and Fran’s weddings. One of Unc’s claims to fame was the black and white car he bought from second baseman Dave Cash of the 1980 World Series Winning Philadelphia Phillies. He actually broke his big toe while dreaming that someone was stealing his car! (He jumped out of bed and smashed his foot while trying to stop the imaginary thief!)

Saturday mornings would find Unc reading the paper and picking his favorite horses for the Atlantic City Race Track and Garden State Park in Cherry Hill. He loved horses and the race track. He also loved classic chocolate tastykakes, Philadelphia soft pretzels, fried chicken TV dinners, and crabs. Unc loved coffee; we were NEVER supposed to clean out his mug.
Unc loved his nieces and nephews and his great nieces and nephews; and we loved him too. He was there for all of the major events in our lives.

And he never told us the answer to his favorite question: “Do you think the rain will hurt the rhubarb?”

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing Friday 8:30 - 9:30 am at the Egizi Funeral Home, 119 Ganttown Road, Washington Twp. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 am at SS. Peter & Paul RC Church, Washington Twp. Interment New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr.

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.egizifuneral.com.
 



July 2, 2014

Kenneth "Kenny" Plasket (Shop 51, P&E, PMAP, Mayport)

Kenny Plasket, age 69, passed away in Atlantic Beach, Florida, May 1, due to cancer. At PNSY closing, Kenny transferred to Naval Station, Mayport, where he worked until retirement in 2001. Upon retirement, Kenny continued to call the Mayport area his "home Port", purchased a motor home and "cruised" up and down the East Coast whenever the spirit moved him. Kenny is survived by his ex-wife and three daughters and is buried at the national cemetary down there.



May 27, 2014

Anthony A. Lorraine, 87, of Williamstown, an artist at the former Philadelphia calendar maker Joseph Hoover & Sons for 40 years, died Wednesday, May 21, of heart disease at home.

The Hoover firm, at 49th and Market Streets, was founded in 1856 and produced illustrated business wall calendars from the 1920s until it was sold in 1985.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Lorraine grew up near the Ninth Street Italian Market in the same house where his father, Dominic, was born, said his wife, Nancy.

"He didn't go to high school," his wife said, but had to get a job "to help out with the family. . . . Whatever he made, he gave to his mom."


He worked at a corner grocery store, then at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, "tossing rivets to the riveters."

During World War II, Mr. Lorraine was an Army infantryman who, when another soldier was killed, was assigned to carry messages to and from the front lines, his wife said.

After his discharge, he served in the Army Reserve for 13 years.

A member of the Woodland String Band, "he went up the street" for several years, playing a saxophone though he had never taken music lessons, she said.

He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Besides his wife, Mr. Lorraine is survived by sons Victor and Anthony; daughters Caroline Lorraine and Abby Riccobene; a sister; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A viewing was scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, at the LeRoy Wooster Funeral Home, 441 White Horse Pike, Atco, followed by a noon Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Peace Church, 32 Carroll Ave., Williamstown. Interment will be in Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Monroe Township.

Donations may be sent to www.strokeassociation.org.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.lpwoosterfuneralhome.com.



May 13, 2014


William R.Mebert, age 79, longtime resident of Middletown Township, peacefully passed away at home after a long illness. William had a long affiliation with the Boy Scout Association, starting out as a Cub Scout, then Boy Scout, and finally a Norwood Sea Scout. He proudly served the United States Navy and traveled extensively on the USS Northampton. Following his service in the Navy he was employed by the Department of Defense at the Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard. After his promotion to engineer, he was employed by Nav SES, and after 30 years of service he retired. During his retirement, he became employed by the Owl Association for 15 years as an Inspection Manager. William was known as a skilled woodworker and enjoyed fishing, traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Coralie Mebert, children, Valerie Elise Mebert and Richard Craig Mebert, grandchildren, Stephen, Ryan, and Victoria Mebert, Siblings, Elsie Moran, Ruth Hettinger, Mary Ann Teat and Karl Mebert also many nieces and nephews. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Friday evening, from 6:00-8:00PM at the Cavanagh-Patterson Funeral Home, 43 E. Baltimore Ave. Media Pa. 19063.



May 5, 2014

P. Williams, Navy Yard fire official

Paul Williams, 71, of Villas, N.J., who retired in 1989 as assistant fire chief at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died of lung cancer Wednesday, April 30, at home.
Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Williams attended what is now West Catholic Preparatory High School but left to help support the family because his father died when he was very young, daughter Wendy Hueftle said.
Mr. Williams served a four-year enlistment as an Air Force firefighter, and while stationed at a Royal Air Force base near Sculthorpe in Norfolk, England, he met and married his British wife, Wendy.
After leaving the military in 1963, he began his 26-year career at the shipyard as a firefighter.
He was a fire captain from July 1982 to February 1983, then assistant fire chief until his retirement in July 1989.
Mr. Williams had a second career, his daughter said, as head custodian at the Lower Cape May Regional High School, from August 1996 until he retired in June 2008.
Mr. Williams was a former secretary-treasurer of aPhiladelphia local of the International Association of Fire Fighters.
Among his other affiliations, he was a chaplain of the Disabled American Veterans chapter in Del Haven, Cape May County; a member of the American Legion Post in Wildwood; and a member of the Cape May County Emerald Society.
In addition to daughter Wendy, Mr. Williams is survived by daughters Sally Johnson, Carol McHugh, Anne Pfaff, Dawn Williams, Linda Williams, and Jessica Dennison; two brothers; two sisters; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandson. He was predeceased by his wife; daughter Maryanne Williams; and brother Donald Williams.
Visitation was set for 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, May 5, at St. Raymond Church, 25 E. Hudson Ave., Villas, before an 11 a.m. Funeral Mass there, with interment in the Cape May County Veterans Cemetery.
Donations may be sent to www.woundedwarriorproject.  org  .

Paul Williams, 71, of Villas, N.J., who retired in 1989 as assistant fire chief at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died of lung cancer Wednesday, April 30, at home.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Williams attended what is now West Catholic Preparatory High School but left to help support the family because his father died when he was very young, daughter Wendy Hueftle said.

Mr. Williams served a four-year enlistment as an Air Force firefighter, and while stationed at a Royal Air Force base near Sculthorpe in Norfolk, England, he met and married his British wife, Wendy.

After leaving the military in 1963, he began his 26-year career at the shipyard as a firefighter.

He was a fire captain from July 1982 to February 1983, then assistant fire chief until his retirement in July 1989.

Mr. Williams had a second career, his daughter said, as head custodian at the Lower Cape May Regional High School, from August 1996 until he retired in June 2008.

Mr. Williams was a former secretary-treasurer of a Philadelphia local of the International Association of Fire Fighters.

Among his other affiliations, he was a chaplain of the Disabled American Veterans chapter in Del Haven, Cape May County; a member of the American Legion Post in Wildwood; and a member of the Cape May County Emerald Society.

In addition to daughter Wendy, Mr. Williams is survived by daughters Sally Johnson, Carol McHugh, Anne Pfaff, Dawn Williams, Linda Williams, and Jessica Dennison; two brothers; two sisters; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandson. He was predeceased by his wife; daughter Maryanne Williams; and brother Donald Williams.

Visitation was set for 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, May 5, at St. Raymond Church, 25 E. Hudson Ave., Villas, before an 11 a.m. Funeral Mass there, with interment in the Cape May County Veterans Cemetery.

Donations may be sent to www.woundedwarriorproject. org.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.evoyfuneralhome.com.


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Paul Williams, 71, fire officer at Navy Yard

Paul Williams
Paul Williams
 

 

 

Paul Williams, 71, of Villas, N.J., who retired in 1989 as assistant fire chief at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died of lung cancer Wednesday, April 30, at home.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Williams attended what is now West Catholic Preparatory High School but left to help support the family because his father died when he was very young, daughter Wendy Hueftle said.

Mr. Williams served a four-year enlistment as an Air Force firefighter, and while stationed at a Royal Air Force base near Sculthorpe in Norfolk, England, he met and married his British wife, Wendy.

After leaving the military in 1963, he began his 26-year career at the shipyard as a firefighter.

He was a fire captain from July 1982 to February 1983, then assistant fire chief until his retirement in July 1989.

Mr. Williams had a second career, his daughter said, as head custodian at the Lower Cape May Regional High School, from August 1996 until he retired in June 2008.

Mr. Williams was a former secretary-treasurer of a Philadelphia local of the International Association of Fire Fighters.

Among his other affiliations, he was a chaplain of the Disabled American Veterans chapter in Del Haven, Cape May County; a member of the American Legion Post in Wildwood; and a member of the Cape May County Emerald Society.

In addition to daughter Wendy, Mr. Williams is survived by daughters Sally Johnson, Carol McHugh, Anne Pfaff, Dawn Williams, Linda Williams, and Jessica Dennison; two brothers; two sisters; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandson. He was predeceased by his wife; daughter Maryanne Williams; and brother Donald Williams.

Visitation was set for 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, May 5, at St. Raymond Church, 25 E. Hudson Ave., Villas, before an 11 a.m. Funeral Mass there, with interment in the Cape May County Veterans Cemetery.

Donations may be sent to www.woundedwarriorproject. org.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.evoyfuneralhome.com.


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Paul Williams, 71, fire officer at Navy Yard

Paul Williams
Paul Williams
 

 

 

Paul Williams, 71, of Villas, N.J., who retired in 1989 as assistant fire chief at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died of lung cancer Wednesday, April 30, at home.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Williams attended what is now West Catholic Preparatory High School but left to help support the family because his father died when he was very young, daughter Wendy Hueftle said.

Mr. Williams served a four-year enlistment as an Air Force firefighter, and while stationed at a Royal Air Force base near Sculthorpe in Norfolk, England, he met and married his British wife, Wendy.

After leaving the military in 1963, he began his 26-year career at the shipyard as a firefighter.

He was a fire captain from July 1982 to February 1983, then assistant fire chief until his retirement in July 1989.

Mr. Williams had a second career, his daughter said, as head custodian at the Lower Cape May Regional High School, from August 1996 until he retired in June 2008.

Mr. Williams was a former secretary-treasurer of a Philadelphia local of the International Association of Fire Fighters.

Among his other affiliations, he was a chaplain of the Disabled American Veterans chapter in Del Haven, Cape May County; a member of the American Legion Post in Wildwood; and a member of the Cape May County Emerald Society.

In addition to daughter Wendy, Mr. Williams is survived by daughters Sally Johnson, Carol McHugh, Anne Pfaff, Dawn Williams, Linda Williams, and Jessica Dennison; two brothers; two sisters; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandson. He was predeceased by his wife; daughter Maryanne Williams; and brother Donald Williams.

Visitation was set for 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, May 5, at St. Raymond Church, 25 E. Hudson Ave., Villas, before an 11 a.m. Funeral Mass there, with interment in the Cape May County Veterans Cemetery.

Donations may be sent to www.woundedwarriorproject. org.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.evoyfuneralhome.com.


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May 3, 2014


James Vatis (1921 - 2014)

James Vatis, (Former Sheet Metal, 17 Shop Employee at PNSY), aged 92 years of Turnersville, peacefully passed away on April 25, 2014 with his loving family by his side.

Legacy

A quiet, hardworking man who loved his family is the legacy that Jim leaves behind.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Jim served in the United States Army during World War II as a Technician 5th grade. On his 23rd birthday, D-Day, Jim was among the soldiers that stormed Omaha Beach, Normandy, France. He earned the Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the EAME Theater Service Medal with 5 Bronze Stars. Following his time in the Army, Jim returned home, met, fell in love with and married a young woman by the name of Freda Hagel. They shared 53 years of marriage and raised a son, David that completed their family.

Jim worked as a Sheet Metal Worker at the Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard for twenty years until his retirement in 1983. Away from his work, Jim enjoyed doing puzzles with Freda, collecting stamps, coins and had an extensive beer can collection. He enjoyed going to Antique Car Shows and collecting Car Brochures. Most of all, Jim enjoyed the time spent with his family creating memories that they will cherish as his legacy.

Family

Jim is the beloved husband of Freda (nee Hagel); loving father of David (Sharon) Vatis; dear brother of Konel Captis and Anna Jordan; grandfather of 6 and great grandfather of 14

Farewell Service

Jim's Funeral Services will be held privately at the convenience of his family. Arrangements are under the direction of the McGUINNESS FUNERAL HOME of Washington Twp. Tributes and memories may be shared by visiting www.mcgfuneral.com



May 2, 2014

James Cianfrani

AGE: 92 • Cherry Hill

Peacefully at home on April 27, 2014, beloved husband of the late Anna M. Cianfrani (nee Palumbo); father of Mary Ann Jandoli of Yardley & the late Peter M. Cianfrani; grandfather of Christopher J. (Kristen)Jandoli of Haddon Twp., Elizabeth A. Jandoli (Kolja Bartscherer) of Basel, Switzerland; great grandfather of Anne, Lucia & Nicholas Jandoli and Francis Bartscherer; brother of Anthony (Norma) Cianfrani of Blue Bell.

A graduate of S. Phila. High School, Jim joined the Civilian Conservation Corps & helped build Skyline Drive in the Blue Ridge Mtns. then served in the US Navy during WWII leading to a career at the Phila. Naval Yard. In retirement Jim enjoyed fishing, inventing, gardening & the Cherry Hill Mens' Club where he was an avid card player. Mr. Cianfrani also enjoyed the Maturity Club at the KATZ JCC in Cherry Hill.

Memorial Gathering Monday 11 AM in the BLAKE-DOYLE FUNERAL HOME, 226 W. Collings Ave., Collingswood. Services at 1 PM.



May 1, 2014

Frank McCann (64 Shop)

Frank McCann, 76, passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014. Frank was born and raised in Philadelphia and never forgot it, he was Philly through and through. He made his living as a shipwright, working in the Navy Yards in Philly for over 30 years. He was a true family man and had a great sense of humor. He could light up a room with his charm, smile and infectious laugh. He loved to dance with his loving wife of 53 years, Dot. He and Dot moved to this area from New Jersey in 2009. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Catherine McCann and two brothers, Edward and Phillip McCann.

He is survived in addition to his wife Dot, three daughters, Kathleen Camm (Kerry), Colleen McCann, Maureen McCann; grandchildren, Justin Camm, Jessica Camm, Elle Woods-McCann, Charlee Woods-McCann, Cassius Woods-McCann; sister, Catherine Joyce (Bill) and several nieces and nephews.

The family requests memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors.

The family will receive friends Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 1 – 3 PM with a prayer service at 2 pm at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, The Villages. Please visit hiers-baxley.com to view the memorial tribute and share condolences with the family. Arrangements by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 1511 Buenos Aires Blvd., The Villages, Florida.



April 19, 2014

Joseph William Betz (38 Shop), 61, of Cape Carteret, died Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Carteret General Hospital.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 Tuesday at Munden Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Sally White officiating.

He is survived by his wife Judith Betz of Cape Carteret; a son William "Bill" Betz of Cape Carteret : mother Patricia Osborne of Morehead City; two sisters Rebecca Betz of Virginia,  and Elizabeth Betz of Cedar Point; niece Wendy Storck and husband Kenny of Currituck; great nephew Skyler Crawford and wife Beth of Oklahoma; and great nieces Meagan and Marina Storck of Currituck.

He is preceded in death by his father Joseph Herman Betz.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Boy Scouts of America 1500 Four Iron St. Morehead City, NC 28557.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.mundenfuneralhome.net

Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. of Morehead City.



April 10, 2014
 

TRAINOR

 
EDWARD P., April 8, 2014, age 79 years. (Former 26 Shop Welding General Foreman, Class of 1952 Representative on the Board of Governors North Catholic Alumni Association). Beloved husband of Marie A. (nee Mulgrew) and the late Frances (nee Selmer), loving father of Edward P. Jr. (Frances) and Christina (Char), dear step-father to Donald (Deborah), Theresa and Robert (Karyn) McGrogan and Eileen (Charles) Sweigert, dear brother of Terrie Costello, Phyllis (Gerry) Evans and the late Charles. Much loved Pop-Pop to 19 grand-children and 5 great grand-children. Relatives, friends and members of St. Katherine of Siena Primrose Club are invited to his Viewing Fri 6 - 8 P.M. and Sat. 9:30 - 11 A.M. at HOLLEN FUNERAL HOME (T.J. Fluehr, F.D.), 3160 Grant Ave. (W. of Academy Rd.) Funeral Mass 11:30 A.M. at St. Jerome Church. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cem. Family prefers donations to above named Church Memorial Fund. Please share your memories of Ed by visiting

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JOE Mastropaolo wouldn't let a little thing like turning 100 keep him from the pool tables or the dance floor.

He might not have been Minnesota Fats, but he could run a table with the precision of a much younger man, and proved it frequently after turning the century mark on Jan. 6, 2013.

As for dancing, he might not have been Fred Astaire but he could cut a rug, as they used to say, with the best of them, and always made it a point to dance with every lady in the house.

"He didn't want anybody to feel left out," said his daughter, Rita Ferrara.

That was also a hallmark of this man, who embodied the values of the old-fashioned gentleman, always putting others' needs ahead of his own.

Joseph Mastropaolo, a skilled tailor who worked for a number of local clothing firms, a welder's assistant for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard during World War II and a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died Monday at age 101. He was a longtime resident of South Philadelphia.

Joe always credited a lifetime of exercise, vitamins and positive thinking for his longevity. His brother, Anthony, is following close behind. He's soon to be 97 and is still driving.

Actually, Joe was a rather sickly youth. Once, while hospitalized, a nurse clapped him on both ears when he became too demanding, giving him a lifetime of hearing problems.

One day, while attending the Sesquicentennial Exposition, in Philadelphia in 1926, Joe came upon a booth run by a man who gave the sickly kid some sound advice - start working out and eat healthy food.

For some reason, the advice struck a chord. Maybe Joe was ready to hear it, and it changed his life. He took the man's advice, and the rest is history.

"He was like Jack LaLanne," his daughter said. "He was taking vitamins before most people knew there were such things. And he started lifting weights."

Joe grew up at 8th and Mountain streets, in a household of eight, with three brothers and two sisters. He attended Southwark Elementary School until eighth grade, when he ended his formal schooling.

At the shipyard, he was working on the battleship USS New Jersey as a welder's assistant. The workers used to ask what they would do if they got stuck in the tight quarters of the hold. They agreed it would be advisable to take off their heavy clothing to climb out.

Sure enough, Joe was working alone in the hold when the regular welder was off, and he got stuck. He said later that he remembered the advice about removing his clothing. It saved him from what could have been a lengthy imprisonment.

After the war, Joe started working as a tailor, learning the trade on the job. He worked for various local companies for about 40 years before retiring.

Before he joined the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center about 24 years ago, he tried other senior centers and didn't like them. He found a home at the South Philly center and became its star member.

Fellow members gave him a rousing and surprising 100th birthday bash. After the honors, he went into the poolroom and shot a game with brother Anthony, winning, of course.

In their youth, Joe and Anthony performed in their own band, Chick Rays and the Arcadia, with Joe on the drums.

Joe married his childhood sweetheart, Minnie, in 1938. She died in 1988 at age 72.

"She was the love of his life," his daughter said. "He never thought about going out with anybody else."

Joe was a passionate dancer who took lessons at the senior center and mastered dances his daughter said she never heard of. He and his wife went out dancing every week, and he continued after her death.

"He was very outgoing, easygoing," his daughter said. "He worried about his family. He wanted to take care of them, be with them. He always did for others."

Besides his daughter and brother, he is survived by two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services: Funeral Mass 10 a.m. tomorrow at Stella Maris Church, 10th and Bigler streets. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, 1430 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia 19147.


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 Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Joseph Mastropaolo, 101, shipyard worker, tailor and health nut

JOE Mastropaolo wouldn't let a little thing like turning 100 keep him from the pool tables or the dance floor.

He might not have been Minnesota Fats, but he could run a table with the precision of a much younger man, and proved it frequently after turning the century mark on Jan. 6, 2013.

As for dancing, he might not have been Fred Astaire but he could cut a rug, as they used to say, with the best of them, and always made it a point to dance with every lady in the house.

"He didn't want anybody to feel left out," said his daughter, Rita Ferrara.

That was also a hallmark of this man, who embodied the values of the old-fashioned gentleman, always putting others' needs ahead of his own.

Joseph Mastropaolo, a skilled tailor who worked for a number of local clothing firms, a welder's assistant for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard during World War II and a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died Monday at age 101. He was a longtime resident of South Philadelphia.

Joe always credited a lifetime of exercise, vitamins and positive thinking for his longevity. His brother, Anthony, is following close behind. He's soon to be 97 and is still driving.

Actually, Joe was a rather sickly youth. Once, while hospitalized, a nurse clapped him on both ears when he became too demanding, giving him a lifetime of hearing problems.

One day, while attending the Sesquicentennial Exposition, in Philadelphia in 1926, Joe came upon a booth run by a man who gave the sickly kid some sound advice - start working out and eat healthy food.

For some reason, the advice struck a chord. Maybe Joe was ready to hear it, and it changed his life. He took the man's advice, and the rest is history.

"He was like Jack LaLanne," his daughter said. "He was taking vitamins before most people knew there were such things. And he started lifting weights."

Joe grew up at 8th and Mountain streets, in a household of eight, with three brothers and two sisters. He attended Southwark Elementary School until eighth grade, when he ended his formal schooling.

At the shipyard, he was working on the battleship USS New Jersey as a welder's assistant. The workers used to ask what they would do if they got stuck in the tight quarters of the hold. They agreed it would be advisable to take off their heavy clothing to climb out.

Sure enough, Joe was working alone in the hold when the regular welder was off, and he got stuck. He said later that he remembered the advice about removing his clothing. It saved him from what could have been a lengthy imprisonment.

After the war, Joe started working as a tailor, learning the trade on the job. He worked for various local companies for about 40 years before retiring.

Before he joined the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center about 24 years ago, he tried other senior centers and didn't like them. He found a home at the South Philly center and became its star member.

Fellow members gave him a rousing and surprising 100th birthday bash. After the honors, he went into the poolroom and shot a game with brother Anthony, winning, of course.

In their youth, Joe and Anthony performed in their own band, Chick Rays and the Arcadia, with Joe on the drums.

Joe married his childhood sweetheart, Minnie, in 1938. She died in 1988 at age 72.

"She was the love of his life," his daughter said. "He never thought about going out with anybody else."

Joe was a passionate dancer who took lessons at the senior center and mastered dances his daughter said she never heard of. He and his wife went out dancing every week, and he continued after her death.

"He was very outgoing, easygoing," his daughter said. "He worried about his family. He wanted to take care of them, be with them. He always did for others."

Besides his daughter and brother, he is survived by two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services: Funeral Mass 10 a.m. tomorrow at Stella Maris Church, 10th and Bigler streets. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, 1430 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia 19147.



March 1, 2014

John J. “Moon” Mullen, Jr.

Former 51 Shop Electrician General Foreman
(December 9, 1948 - February 27, 2014)

Loving husband of Mary. Devoted father of Jodi Concio (Marc), John, III (Jessica), and Jill Koch (Brian). Proudest Pop-Pop of Mary-Kate, Joseph, Jackson, Janie, Brian, Bailey, Brandon, Bradley, Brooke, Brenna, and Brielle. Brother of the late Thomas C. Mullen and Joanne Walker. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to his Viewing Tuesday, 8-10:15 A.M. at BURNS FUNERAL HOME, 9708 Frankford Ave. (So. of Grant Ave.). Funeral Mass 11 A.M. St. Katherine of Siena Church. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to Rheumatology Research Foundation, 2200 Lake Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30319.



February 20, 2014

From: Mark Baugher <mark@mbaugher.com>

Otto W. Leutz worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for almost 30 years. Ott passed away on February 5th, 2014. I would like to post a notice on philly-yardbird.com, if this is appropriate. Please let me know.

Thanks, Mark



January 31, 2014

GIORDANO ANTHONY A.,

Tony “The Goo” Giordano, Retired PNSY/NFPC Foundry Man passed on January 29, 2014.

He is the beloved son of Jennie and the late Stephen; father of Danielle; loving brother of Michael (Kelly), Maria (late Albert) Landi, Anna (Domenic Cavalieri) Stephan, Carmela (Samuel) Shipley, and the late Pasquale; cherished companion of Diane; also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.Relatives and friends are invited to his Viewing Monday evening, 7 to 9 P.M., and Tuesday morning, 8:30 to 9:30 A.M., at PENNSYLVANIA BURIAL CO., INC., 1327-29 S. Broad St. Funeral Mass Tuesday, 10 A.M., St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church, 9th and Watkins Sts. Int. SS. Peter and Paul Cem.



January 15, 2014

Thomas F. Furtaw

Thomas F. Furtaw of Turnersville on January 13, 2014. Aged 84 years. Legacy An outgoing, friendly guy with a great sense of humor; Tom was a good family man. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Tom served proudly in the US Army. Prior to retirement, Tom was employed as a Ship Fitter, first for the US Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn and then Philadelphia with a total of 34 years of service. Family He is the beloved husband of Angela (nee Perry); devoted father of Suzanne Rose Getsinger, Thomas J., Robert A., Paulette Auleta (John), Paul, James (Brenda) and Sherri Davis (Jim); dear brother of John and Louis Furtaw; loving grandfather of 9 and great grandfather of 2. Farewell Tribute Services, military honors and interment will be private in the Gloucester County Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Gloucester County Veterans Advisory Council (In memo: Cemetery Fund), PO Box 337, Woodbury, NJ 08096. Tributes and memories may be shared at: www.mcgfuneral.com. McGUINNESS FUNERAL HOME, Washington Township



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Thomas F. Furtaw of Turnersville on January 13, 2014. Aged 84 years. Legacy An outgoing, friendly guy with a great sense of humor; Tom was a good family man. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Tom served proudly in the US Army. Prior to retirement, Tom was employed as a Ship Fitter, first for the US Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn and then Philadelphia with a total of 34 years of service. Family He is the beloved husband of Angela (nee Perry); devoted father of Suzanne Rose Getsinger, Thomas J., Robert A., Paulette Auleta (John), Paul, James (Brenda) and Sherri Davis (Jim); dear brother of John and Louis Furtaw; loving grandfather of 9 and great grandfather of 2. Farewell Tribute Services, military honors and interment will be private in the Gloucester County Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Gloucester County Veterans Advisory Council (In memo: Cemetery Fund), PO Box 337, Woodbury, NJ 08096. Tributes and memories may be shared at: www.mcgfuneral.com. McGUINNESS FUNERAL HOME, Washington Township.

 

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Thomas F. Furtaw of Turnersville on January 13, 2014. Aged 84 years. Legacy An outgoing, friendly guy with a great sense of humor; Tom was a good family man. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Tom served proudly in the US Army. Prior to retirement, Tom was employed as a Ship Fitter, first for the US Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn and then Philadelphia with a total of 34 years of service. Family He is the beloved husband of Angela (nee Perry); devoted father of Suzanne Rose Getsinger, Thomas J., Robert A., Paulette Auleta (John), Paul, James (Brenda) and Sherri Davis (Jim); dear brother of John and Louis Furtaw; loving grandfather of 9 and great grandfather of 2. Farewell Tribute Services, military honors and interment will be private in the Gloucester County Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Gloucester County Veterans Advisory Council (In memo: Cemetery Fund), PO Box 337, Woodbury, NJ 08096. Tributes and memories may be shared at: www.mcgfuneral.com. McGUINNESS FUNERAL HOME, Washington Township.

 

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Thomas F. Furtaw of Turnersville on January 13, 2014. Aged 84 years. Legacy An outgoing, friendly guy with a great sense of humor; Tom was a good family man. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Tom served proudly in the US Army. Prior to retirement, Tom was employed as a Ship Fitter, first for the US Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn and then Philadelphia with a total of 34 years of service. Family He is the beloved husband of Angela (nee Perry); devoted father of Suzanne Rose Getsinger, Thomas J., Robert A., Paulette Auleta (John), Paul, James (Brenda) and Sherri Davis (Jim); dear brother of John and Louis Furtaw; loving grandfather of 9 and great grandfather of 2. Farewell Tribute Services, military honors and interment will be private in the Gloucester County Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Gloucester County Veterans Advisory Council (In memo: Cemetery Fund), PO Box 337, Woodbury, NJ 08096. Tributes and memories may be shared at: www.mcgfuneral.com. McGUINNESS FUNERAL HOME, Washington Township.

 

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Thomas F. Furtaw of Turnersville on January 13, 2014. Aged 84 years. Legacy An outgoing, friendly guy with a great sense of humor; Tom was a good family man. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Tom served proudly in the US Army. Prior to retirement, Tom was employed as a Ship Fitter, first for the US Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn and then Philadelphia with a total of 34 years of service. Family He is the beloved husband of Angela (nee Perry); devoted father of Suzanne Rose Getsinger, Thomas J., Robert A., Paulette Auleta (John), Paul, James (Brenda) and Sherri Davis (Jim); dear brother of John and Louis Furtaw; loving grandfather of 9 and great grandfather of 2. Farewell Tribute Services, military honors and interment will be private in the Gloucester County Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Gloucester County Veterans Advisory Council (In memo: Cemetery Fund), PO Box 337, Woodbury, NJ 08096. Tributes and memories may be shared at: www.mcgfuneral.com. McGUINNESS FUNERAL HOME, Washington Township.

 

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Thomas F. Furtaw of Turnersville on January 13, 2014. Aged 84 years. Legacy An outgoing, friendly guy with a great sense of humor; Tom was a good family man. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Tom served proudly in the US Army. Prior to retirement, Tom was employed as a Ship Fitter, first for the US Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn and then Philadelphia with a total of 34 years of service. Family He is the beloved husband of Angela (nee Perry); devoted father of Suzanne Rose Getsinger, Thomas J., Robert A., Paulette Auleta (John), Paul, James (Brenda) and Sherri Davis (Jim); dear brother of John and Louis Furtaw; loving grandfather of 9 and great grandfather of 2. Farewell Tribute Services, military honors and interment will be private in the Gloucester County Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Gloucester County Veterans Advisory Council (In memo: Cemetery Fund), PO Box 337, Woodbury, NJ 08096. Tributes and memories may be shared at: www.mcgfuneral.com. McGUINNESS FUNERAL HOME, Washington Township.

 

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Thomas F. Furtaw of Turnersville on January 13, 2014. Aged 84 years. Legacy An outgoing, friendly guy with a great sense of humor; Tom was a good family man. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Tom served proudly in the US Army. Prior to retirement, Tom was employed as a Ship Fitter, first for the US Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn and then Philadelphia with a total of 34 years of service. Family He is the beloved husband of Angela (nee Perry); devoted father of Suzanne Rose Getsinger, Thomas J., Robert A., Paulette Auleta (John), Paul, James (Brenda) and Sherri Davis (Jim); dear brother of John and Louis Furtaw; loving grandfather of 9 and great grandfather of 2. Farewell Tribute Services, military honors and interment will be private in the Gloucester County Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Gloucester County Veterans Advisory Council (In memo: Cemetery Fund), PO Box 337, Woodbury, NJ 08096. Tributes and memories may be shared at: www.mcgfuneral.com. McGUINNESS FUNERAL HOME, Washington Township.

 

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James J. McHugh, Jr.

AGE: 66 • Barrington

Suddenly and surrounded by his loving family on January 13, 2014, of Barrington, NJ. Age 66 years. Beloved husband of 43 years to Linda E. McHugh. Loving father of Kelliann, James J. III, Kevin E. (Trish) and Patrick B. (Jacqui). Devoted grandfather of Dylan and Madison Grace. Dear brother of Nancie McHugh. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Jim was a Vietnam Era U.S. Army veteran and a 20 year employee of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. He was a founding member and coach of the Barrington Soccer League. Jim also volunteered in many capacities within the Barrington community.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing on Friday 9 AM to 12 Noon at the FOSTER-WARNE FUNERAL HOME, 250 White Horse Pike, Audubon, NJ. Mass of Christian Burial will follow Friday 1 PM from Infant Jesus Parish, St. Margaret Church, 845 Third St., Woodbury Hts., NJ 08097. Interment private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jim's memory to the Barrington Soccer Club, P.O. Box 125, Barrington, NJ 08007. To share memories and condolences with the family please visit www.fosterwarnefuneralhome.com.

 
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January 15, 2014

James J. McHugh, Jr.AGE: 66 • BarringtonSuddenly and surrounded by his loving family on January 13, 2014, of Barrington, NJ. Age 66 years. Beloved husband of 43 years to Linda E. McHugh. Loving father of Kelliann, James J. III, Kevin E. (Trish) and Patrick B. (Jacqui). Devoted grandfather of Dylan and Madison Grace. Dear brother of Nancie McHugh. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.Jim was a Vietnam Era U.S. Army veteran and a 20 year employee of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. He was a founding member and coach of the Barrington Soccer League. Jim also volunteered in many capacities within the Barrington community.Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing on Friday 9 AM to 12 Noon at the FOSTER-WARNE FUNERAL HOME, 250 White Horse Pike, Audubon, NJ. Mass of Christian Burial will follow Friday 1 PM from Infant Jesus Parish, St. Margaret Church, 845 Third St., Woodbury Hts., NJ 08097. Interment private.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jim's memory to the Barrington Soccer Club, P.O. Box 125, Barrington, NJ 08007. To share memories and condolences with the family please visit www.fosterwarnefuneralhome.com.



December 17, 2013

FERRAIOLO DOMINIC J. SR., Dec. 15, 2013. Beloved husband of Rita (nee DiTullio), devoted father of Dominic (Lizanne) Ferraiolo, Jr. and the late Alexander Ferraiolo, grandfather of Alex (Cristen), Gina, Alexis and Steven, great grandfather of Jovanna and Nylah, brother-in-law of Carmen (Ann) DiTullio and Frank Chiavrole; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Viewing Wednesday evening 7 to 9 P.M. from THE STOLFO FUNERAL HOME, 2536-38 S. Broad St. Also Viewing Thursday morning after 8 A.M. in the Funeral Home. Funeral Mass 9:30 A.M. in St. Monica Church, 17th and Ritner Sts. Interment SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery.



December 5 2013

Junius Robert Clayton, 75, Marine veteran of Vietnam and shipyard worker

GIVE JUNIUS CLAYTON an old John Wayne Western to watch or a Nat King Cole or Frank Sinatra song to listen to and he was a happy man.

Junius, a 22-year veteran of the Marine Corps who served two combat tours in Vietnam, was not just a fan, he was a student. He could tell you the names of cast members in the old movies he loved and sing the lyrics he had memorized from his favorite songs.

In addition, Junius had memorized Bible passages, and used them to soothe his own soul and to inspire others, his family said.

Junius Robert Clayton, whose decorations included a medal from the Republic of Vietnam, given to combat veterans, a former employee of the Veterans Administration Hospital and the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died Nov. 27 of a heart condition. He was 75 and lived in the Northeast.

He was the second child born in Philadelphia to Junius Robert Clayton Sr. and Eureka Clayton. He graduated from John Bartram High School and joined the National Guard. Two years later, in 1956, he joined the Marines.

He served two tours in Vietnam, from 1966 to 1967, and 1968 to 1969. Among his decorations were the Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm.

He left the Marines a sergeant.

His son, Junius Clayton III, said his father never talked about his experiences in the war.

"Junius was a strong, dedicated and loyal Marine, a decorated Marine who proudly served his country," his family said. "He was 'Semper Fidelis - Always Faithful.'

"Junius had a huge heart and a gentle spirit. He enjoyed life to its fullest, and it was truly an honor to know him and to be in his presence."

After his service, Junius went to work at the Veterans Administration Hospital and later the Naval Shipyard, retiring in 1988.

He married Marcia A. Brown in 1959.

Besides his wife and son, he is survived by another son, Van J. Clayton; six daughters, Cheri D. Clayton, Marcia A. Anderson, Deborah D. Clayton-Sargent, Kim R. Grimes, Shirley V. Clayton and Cheryl L. Clayton; a brother, Bernard Clayton; a sister, Elaine Baugh; 22 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Consolation Baptist Church, 2500 Wharton St. Friends may call at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Northwood Cemetery.
 



October 22, 2013

Patrick J. Gallagher, Sr.

Patrick J. Gallagher, Sr., on October 19, 2013, Age 72, born in South Philadelphia, he was a U.S. Army Veteran, retired Superintendent Boilermaker Shop Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard, who operated Gallagher's Pack & Ship with his wife in Media, PA. Past President of the Springfield Youth Club, proud member of the following: Gallagher's Irish Society, Joseph E. Montgomery AOH Division #65, The Knights of Columbus DeLaSalle and The Greater Wildwood Elks Club #1896.
An avid Eagles and Phillies fan he enjoyed year round visits to his Wildwood Crest home with his grandchildren, family and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Daniel and Mary Gallagher and his brother Daniel. Survivors: Beloved husband of Kathleen M. (nee Copeland) Gallagher; father of Patrick J., Jr. (Jennifer), Daniel J. (Meaghan), Colleen Gallagher, Ellen (Frank) Cignetti and Brian Gallagher; brother of the late Daniel (Margie) Gallagher, Catherine (the late Frank) Armstrong, Mary (the late Frank) Martin, Anna May (Tom) Cocco, and Monica (Bill) Stefanik.
Also survived by 12 grandchildren. Services: Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing Thursday evening, 6-8p.m., at St. Francis of Assisi Church Saxer Ave., Springfield, where his Funeral Mass will be Friday morning, 11:00 a.m. There will also be a viewing at Ruffenach Funeral Home, 4900 Township Line Road, Drexel Hill, on Friday morning from 9-10a.m.
Interment: Private. In lieu of flowers: Donations in Pat's memory to The Springfield Youth Club, P.O. Box 231, Springfield, Pa. 19064 or Crozer Keystone Hospice @ Taylor Hospital, 175 E. Chester Pike, Ridley Park, Pa. 19078, would be appreciated.



September 23, 2013

King Hezekiah Sharp, 96, shipyard welder

GROWING UP in Southwest Philadelphia, Hezzie Sharp was said to be the most handsome boy in the neighborhood.

"He could have gotten any girl, but he only had eyes for Ruth," his family said.

That was Ruth Griffin, his childhood friend. As they grew older, friendship blossomed into love, and they married while still teenagers on Oct. 9, 1936.

Theirs was a love story that touched the hearts of family and friends. It endured for 60 years, until her death in 1997.


King Hezekiah "Hezzie" Sharp, a welder, devoted family man and church deacon, died Sept. 13. He was 96 and lived in West Philadelphia.

Hezzie was born in Ahoskie, N.C., to William P. and Mary Harrell Sharp. The family moved to Philadelphia when he was 4. He attended West Philadelphia High School.

He worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard as a welder, and at Dodge Steel as a welder and burner. He retired in 1982.

His spiritual life began with Mount Zion Baptist Church, and in 1984 he joined Mount Carmel Baptist under the leadership of Pastor Albert Campbell.

He was ordained a deacon on Feb. 5, 1991, and became deacon emeritus on Nov. 13, 2005. He was a member of Men of Mount Carmel.

Hezzie was a longtime member of Masonic Corinthian Lodge 114, and later became a Shriner. Last July, he was honored as the oldest member of Corinthian Lodge 114.

"Hezzie was everyone's dad, grandpa and uncle, and became a great friend to everyone he met," his family said.

"His favorite line - especially to women - was, 'I'm doing fine now that I've seen you.' "

Everybody cherished his "wonderful smile," and were always awed by his phenomenal memory.

He is survived by two daughters, Ruth Ann Pigford and Zelvia Faire; a sister, Agnes Scranton; six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

Services: 11 a.m. tomorrow at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 58th and Race streets. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Rolling Green Memorial Park.



September 22, 2013

Harry F. Ennis Jr., 91, WWII vet, shipyard foreman

Harry F. Ennis Jr., 91, of Williamstown, served his country during World War II, and then began a long career at the Navy Shipyard in Philadelphia, where he worked up to rigging foreman.

On Tuesday, Sept. 17, he passed away from congestive heart failure.

His children said he was a quiet yet strong man who worked hard.

From 1943 through 1946, he served in the Army, with deployments that included serving in the Philippines, Japan, Guam, and Samoa.


Although he spoke about combat and the war, his children said he shared fewer memories later in life.

"I do recall one time he said he was asleep in his sleeping bag in the Philippines and he felt a snake crawl across his stomach. He didn't know whether it was poisonous or not. He just laid still until it left," said Mr. Ennis' daughter Sandra Pacini.

Years after he left the Army, Mr. Ennis had nightmares about the war. "He would be startled awake from the bad dreams," said Pacini, one of three siblings.

Mr. Ennis maintained his relationship with other veterans. He was a post commander for the American Legion in South Philadelphia.

He decided to take a job at the Navy Shipyard, encouraged by his father, who talked of work that included a good salary, benefits, and a pension. In 1980, he retired.

In 1969, Mr. Ennis and his now-deceased wife, Sue, moved to South Jersey. They left their rowhouse at 15th and Pollock Streets and bought a single home in West Deptford.

Pacini said he enjoyed the holidays, especially Christmas, when he strung the outside lights. Inside, he raised the tree on a platform and constructed tracks for the model trains that circled the tree.

On Christmas Eve, she said, her father put the toys together for his children.

Jeannie McCloskey described her father as a "self-made craftsman." He had an extensive collection of books and woodworking tools that he kept in perfect condition.

Mr. Ennis' son, also Harry, said he has a rocking horse his father made about 20 years ago.

In Philadelphia, McCloskey said her father had built a basement bar that he also finished with tiles and mirrors.

"He taught himself how to make cabinets and shelves," McCloskey said. "Daddy was a generous man and considerate. He was caring to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren."

Harry Ennis said his father also liked to go deep-sea fishing off the Jersey coast, at times heading out with three generations of the Ennis family. His tackle box included homemade fishing weights.

Ennis said his father was also an Eagles fan and held season tickets he shared with family and friends. On numerous occasions, he took his son.

In addition to his first wife, Mr. Ennis was preceded in death by his second wife, Mary, and a stepdaughter, Jacqueline Wisham. He is survived by his three children and two stepchildren, Candice Murphy and Maryellen Dietrich. He had 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Visitation is Monday, Sept. 23, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the McGuinness Funeral Home, 573 Egg Harbor Road, Washington Township. The funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. at SS Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Church, 362 Ganttown Road, Sewell. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 300 White Horse Pike, Berlin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103.

Tributes and memories may be shared at www.mcgfuneral.com.



September 22, 2013

Evelyn Boss Cogan, 65, lawyer, professor

Evelyn Boss Cogan, 65, a professor at La Salle University, died Saturday, Sept. 14, of lung cancer at her home in Center City.

Known to friends as Evie, she fought an eight-year battle with cancer and chronicled the experience in a 2013 article for Philadelphia Lawyer magazine.

It started in 2005 with a bad cough, she wrote. After cancer was found in her right lung, a doctor told her to go home and get her affairs in order; she had six months to live.

Undaunted, she sought out Corey Langer, a doctor at Fox Chase Cancer Center, who scheduled chemotherapy, radiation, and more chemo.


"Life was good" for two years, until the cough returned in 2009. She applied for admission to a clinical trial at Massachusetts General Hospital tailored to those with a genetic mutation that makes certain lung cancer cells responsive to treatment.

"I could hardly contain my excitement when I made my first trip up to Boston, to get the first supply of pills," she wrote.

Two weeks later, the medicine had to be withdrawn when her liver enzymes were elevated. The pills were reinstated at a low dose, with good results. Eight months later, the clinical trial opened at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

"I feel so lucky to be a beneficiary of this exploding area of personalized cancer treatment. My hope for a miracle in the future is here and now," she wrote.

She had learned, she said, "there are no bounds to the joys of life. Grab them when you can."

Dwelling on the negative, she said, "wastes too much energy." She likened the vagaries of life to playing bridge, a game in which she excelled: "This is the hand I'm dealt. I'm going to play it the best that I can."

Throughout the often-grueling ordeal, "I never heard her complain once," said her son, Jonathan D. Cogan.

A native of Northeast Philadelphia, Mrs. Cogan graduated from George Washington High School and earned her bachelor's and law degrees from Temple University.

She joined the La Salle faculty in 1988 and taught business and the law until retiring in 2010. She previously worked at the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

Jonathan Cogan said his mother enjoyed teaching because she "liked the law and liked getting people interested in it. From the time I was a child, we would talk about the law together. She's one of the main reasons I decided to become a lawyer."

David Jones, chair of La Salle's marketing department, to which Mrs. Cogan belonged, said she was skilled at engaging students; she even took a theater course so her classes would be more lively.

Gregory Bruce, a former dean of La Salle's business school, described Mrs. Cogan as a wonderful colleague. "She was one of those people [that] if you were around her, you felt better," he said.

Mrs. Cogan married Philadelphia defense lawyer Dennis Cogan. The two divorced; she married Daniel Z. Louis in 2010 after they met through friends. "There was a spark," Louis said of their first date.

Besides her husband, former husband, and son, she is survived by a sister, Susan Kleiber, and two grandchildren.

Graveside services were Monday, Sept. 16, at King David Memorial Park in Bensalem.

Donations may be made to the Jane and Leonard Korman Lung Center, 834 Walnut St., Suite 650, Philadelphia 19107.



July 27, 2013


Michael P. Haig, 63, former inspector at Phila. shipyard

Michael P. Haig, 63, of Wenonah, who retired in 2006 as an inspector of submarine propellers at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Sunday, July 21, at his home.
Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Haig grew up in the Crescentville section and graduated from Northeast High School in 1968.
His entire career was spent at the shipyard, a sister, Kathy Kysor, said Thursday.
Mr. Haig did not have to work under the enormous submarines as they sat in dry docks, Kysor said.
"It was not dangerous," she said, because Mr. Haig inspected the repaired propellers "when they were being made."

His inspections required measurements "down to one-thousandth of an inch," she said. The work was "great, because he loved his math."
Though he had not gone beyond high school, the Navy sent him "once or twice to California for training. That's why he was so good in his job."
Also, she said, "he was very active at the Southwood Bar" in Woodbury.
"He had so many friends there. He would help close the bar and take care of the girls so they wouldn't have to walk to their cars by themselves.
"He was always very caring that way," she said, and in return, "the people there were his family away from home."
Mr. Haig was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Besides his sister, he is survived by a brother and another sister Bonnie McCafferty.

A viewing was set from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at St. Margaret Church, Third Avenue and Beech Street, Woodbury Heights, before an 11 a.m. Funeral Mass there, with burial in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham.
Donations may be made to Susan G. Komen, Donor Services, Box 650309, Dallas, Texas. 75265-0309.
Condolences may be offered to the family at mcgfuneralhome.com.



July 16, 2013


William A. Martino  (x26)

William A. Martino "Bee", 66, of Folsom, formerly of the Meadows in Tinicum, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on March 29, 2013. William was the husband of Catherine Martin Martino. He is predeceased by one brother Joseph A. Martino and brothers-in-law Thomas Hughes and Samuel Troup. William was a Welder by trade and learned his craft at Sunship. He then worked at Westinghouse and later at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard until his retirement. He was an accomplished Martial artist with a specialty in Japanese swordsmanship. He also was an avid weightlifter and boxer. Survivors: Along with his wife Catherine, William is survived by his son William J. and his wife Ashlee Martino of Springfield, PA. Siblings: his twin brother Charles "Cy" of Essington, Nicholas of Erial, NJ, Joan Hughes of Erial, NJ and Dolores Troup of Greensboro, NC. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Services: Relatives and friends are invited to William's Life Celebration, Wednesday, 9:30-11AM, Our Lady of Peace R.C. Church, 208 Milmont Ave, Milmont Park, PA 19033, followed by his Funeral Mass at 11AM Interment: Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery, Springfield, PA In lieu of flowers: Contributions in William's memory may be made to the American Cancer Society (1-800-227-2345) Life Celebration Service: by James F. Knoetgen of Morton, 610-544-0600 To share your fondest memories of William: Please visit www.lifecelebration.com, 1-800-GIVNISH



July 14, 2013

Girard Mauro

Girard 'Jeep' Mauro, of Bensalem, Pa., passed away on July 9, 2013, at Langhorne Gardens Rehab Center. He was 77.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, he had been a resident of Bensalem since 1975. Mr. Mauro was a former employee of the Navy Shipyard in Philadelphia, Tuckers Ind., in Bensalem, and the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope. He was also a U.S. Marine Corps and Army Veteran. He was a loving and caring family man who loved working and taking cruises with his wife.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 48 years, Alice Mauro; his son, Stephen Mauro and his wife, Carol, of Levittown; daughter, Susan Mauro, of Bensalem; and grandchildren, Nicole, Stephen Jr., and Kyle.

Funeral services are private under the direction of the Galzerano Funeral Home. Interment will be in Washington Crossing National Veterans Cemetery. Galzerano Funeral Home

Bristol



June 25, 2013


JOSEPH F. "SPAVE" SPAVENTA

JOSEPH F. "SPAVE", on June 21, 2013. Former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard 920 Group Superintendent and Sheet Metal Shop Superintendent. Beloved husband of the late Mary Anne (nee Rough); loving father of Joseph and Mark (Gena); dear grand-father of Joseph (Jess), Theresa, Erika, Christina and Marlaina; great grandfather of Hailey, Christopher, Sirenna and Alaina; dearest brother of Barbara. Relatives and friends are invited to his Viewing WEDNESDAY Evening from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the PENNSYLVANIA BURIAL CO., INC., 1327-29 S. Broad St. Funeral Mass SATURDAY Morning 10:00 A.M. St. Ann's Church, 2900 Pacific Ave., Wildwood, NJ. Interment St. Mary's Cemetery, 1056 Seashore Rd., Cape May, NJ.



June 24, 2013


KENNETH CHARLES HARRIS

Age 79 of Knoxville, passed away May 15, 2013. Mr. Harris was employed at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard as a Shipfitter and a Shop Planner. He then transferred to NIPSO, then to NAVSEA 07. He later worked at the PEARL HARBOR Naval Shipyard as NAVSEA07’s Representative.

A Memorial Mass was held Sunday May 26, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. at All Saints Catholic Parish, 620 N Cedar Bluff Rd, Knoxville.



June 14, 2013

Dorothy E. "Dot" Saylor, 94, of Aldan, an events planner and athlete who as a teen taught the future Princess Grace of Monaco to swim at the Y, died Thursday, June 6, at home of natural causes.

The former Dorothy Stickel was born and raised in the Swampoodle neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Mrs. Saylor worked as a summer lifeguard at Philadelphia city pools during her teen years. At the Kelly Pool in East Falls, she taught future City Councilman Jack Kelly and his sister Grace the basics of swimming.

She enjoyed getting to know the famous family. "She always spoke about Jack and Grace," said her daughter Dorie Brossette.

After graduating from Simon Gratz High School, she worked at the Central Branch YMCA in Center City, then went to work at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard during World War II.

She met her husband, Luther, there; they were part of a logistics and planning team that designed and built the battleship New Jersey.

The two were married for 63 years. He died in 2004.

Mrs. Saylor was proprietor of Dorothy E. Saylor Social Consultants, which she ran out of her home. From the early 1960s through the 1990s, she arranged and directed hundreds of weddings, social engagements, and charity events for Philadelphia and Main Line clients. Her three children helped when they could.

"We met a lot of important people. It was a whirlwind," Brossette said.

A devoted member of the YMCA, Mrs. Saylor was known in the Philadelphia suburbs as a swimming, health, and fitness instructor. She brought yoga and tai chi to the area long before they were commonplace.

"My mother was ahead of her time. Nobody ever heard of yoga," said Brossette.

Mrs. Saylor also swam competitively in later years, and was a seven-time gold medalist with the Delaware County Senior Olympics and a two-time gold medalist with the Pennsylvania Senior Olympics.

Mrs. Saylor was an active lifetime member of the Republican Women of Pennsylvania and the Hannah Penn House, a Center City women's club that raises money for charity. She also was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday school, and the Aldan American Legion Auxiliary.

She rarely went out without a hat, her daughter said. Mrs. Saylor loved dogs and went to great lengths to care for them if they fell ill.

Surviving besides her daughter are son L. Douglas; another daughter. Linda; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 21, at Christ Lutheran Church, 7240 Walnut St., Upper Darby. Burial is private.

Donations may be made to Animal Friends of Lansdowne, Box 869, Lansdowne, Pa. 19050.


May 28, 2013

56 Shop Francis J. Van Horn
AGE: 72 • San Diego, CA

Francis J. Van Horn passed away peacefully on May 15, 2013 after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of lung cancer on May 1, 2013. Known to all his family and friends as Fran or Franny, he was born on October 29, 1940 in Camden, NJ to John E. and Louise M. (Borel) Van Horn. He was preceded in death by his parents and his younger sister, Patricia A. Hewitt. Fran is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Susan (Blasband), and their daughter Lindsay. He is also survived by his four children, John of Jacksonville, FL, Lisa Lang (Mike) of Sewell, NJ, Michael of Sewell, NJ, and Jennifer Cody (Chris) of Turnersville, NJ, and their families. Additionally, he is survived by his brother-in-laws, Thomas Hewitt, and his family, and Andrew Blasband, and his family, as well as many cherished relatives and friends.

After graduating from Merchantville High School in 1958, Fran began his civil service career with the United States Navy at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard as a journeyman pipefitter. He advanced at the same facility to serve in his last position as their senior Group Superintendent from 1988 to 1994. Moving to San Diego in 1994, Fran joined the Navy Public Works Center as the Operations Officer. He served in that position until 1998 when asked to assume the Maintenance Department Head position. In 2005, Fran became the Director of Operations Support. He served in this position until his retirement in 2011, after 43 years of service.



May 26, 2013

FRANCIS X. FRANK BROGAN
 

BROGAN
FRANCIS X. 'FRANK', on May 23, 2013, of Alexandria, VA., formerly of Philadelphia, PA. Beloved husband of the late Marie C. (nee Rheinwalt) Brogan; beloved father of Marie A. (Michael) Salvadore, Francis X. (Teresa) Brogan Jr., Donna Marie (Mario) Memmo and the late Dolores Kathleen Taylor; father-in-law of Matthew Taylor; loving grandfather of 8 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; brother of Maureen Tropiano and the late Elizabeth Accuazzo. Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Mass Wednesday 10:30 A.M. Church of St. Kevin, 200 W. Sproul Rd., Springfield, PA. 19064 and to his Viewing Wednesday after 9:30 A.M. in the Church. Interment SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery. Contributions to Lupus Foundation of America Inc., Phila. Tri-State Chapter, 500 Old York Rd., Suite 110, Jenkintown, PA. 19046.



May 24, 2013


JOSEPH E. COSTELLO

COSTELLO JOSEPH E., of Doylestown, PA passed away on Monday, May 20, 2013 in Doylestown Hospital, Doylestown, PA. He was 85 years old. Born in Philadelphia, PA to the late John and Mary Cole Costello, Joseph was a lifelong resident of Philadelphia before moving to Doylestown a year ago. He was formerly employed as a Ship Fitter and later a Metal Inspector with the Philadelphia Naval Yard for 35 years before retiring. Joseph was a World War II Naval Veteran and also enjoyed fishing, fixing things and spending time with his grandchildren.

Joseph is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Elizabeth Costello, devoted father of Kathleen (John) Diem, Marianne (Michael) Sawa, dear brother of Helene (John) Mayza, loving grand-father of Kelly (Greg), Jeffrey, Elizabeth, Joseph, Emily, Stephen and Carolyn, cherished great-grandfather of Matthew and Thomas.

At Joseph's request, cremation services were private under the direction of VARCOE-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME, Doylestown, PA. Interment will be private in the Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or www.stjude.org would be appreciated. Send condolences to www.varcoethomasfuneralhome.com



Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Francis J. Van Horn passed away peacefully on May 15, 2013 after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of lung cancer on May 1, 2013. Known to all his family and friends as Fran or Franny, he was born on October 29, 1940 in Camden, NJ to John E. and Louise M. (Borel) Van Horn. He was preceded in death by his parents and his younger sister, Patricia A. Hewitt. Fran is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Susan (Blasband), and their daughter Lindsay. He is also survived by his four children, John of Jacksonville, FL, Lisa Lang (Mike) of Sewell, NJ, Michael of Sewell, NJ, and Jennifer Cody (Chris) of Turnersville, NJ, and their families. Additionally, he is survived by his brother-in-laws, Thomas Hewitt, and his family, and Andrew Blasband, and his family, as well as many cherished relatives and friends.

After graduating from Merchantville High School in 1958, Fran began his civil service career with the United States Navy at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard as a journeyman pipefitter. He advanced at the same facility to serve in his last position as their senior Group Superintendent from 1988 to 1994. Moving to San Diego in 1994, Fran joined the Navy Public Works Center as the Operations Officer. He served in that position until 1998 when asked to assume the Maintenance Department Head position. In 2005, Fran became the Director of Operations Support. He served in this position until his retirement in 2011, after 43 years of service.

At Fran's request, there will be no service. His family would like to thank Elizabeth Hospice and the Opal Team for all their care, love, and support of their "one in a million, best of the best" husband and father.


Richard Michael Anderson

Home: Pitman, NJ
Date of Death: May 17, 2013
Age: 57
Birthdate: August 27, 1955
Place of Birth: Upper Darby, PA

Service Information:  Wednesday, May 22, 2013 11:00 AM Our Lady Queen Of Peace Church, Pitman, NJ

Visitation:  Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Kelley Funeral Home, Pitman, NJ; Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Kelley Funeral Home, Pitman, NJ

Interment:  Hillcrest Memorial Park, Pitman, NJ


Richard Michael Anderson, age 57 years, of Pitman, NJ, died May 17 at his home. Born in Upper Darby, PA, he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1978-79. Rich had lived in Pitman for 15 years. He was employed by the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard as a Scheduler and Project Planner for the past 15 years and was formerly employed by the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Mother of Mercy Parish, Our Lady Queen of Peace Church. He enjoyed reading, golfing, and coaching his son's teams. Family days spent at Lake Kandle, and watching the Phillies and Eagles were very important to him. His work and friendships at Aker were an essential part of his life, but his family was the heart of it. Rich's upbeat personality and infectious sense of humor touched everyone he knew. Predeceased by his mother Nancy and brother Christopher.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Lisa (nee Rizzolo), son Michael, sister Mary Rispo and brother John (Anita), many nieces and nephews, and his mother in law Theresa Rizzolo.
Friends may call on Tuesday evening from 7 to 9PM, and Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30AM in the KELLEY FUNERAL HOME, 125 Pitman Ave., Pitman, NJ. Funeral mass at 11AM in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 161 Pitman Ave., Pitman, NJ 08071. Interment Hillcrest Memorial Park. Those desiring may make contributions to the Church at the above address. 


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

William A. Repp

William A. Repp, on May 5, 2012, age 80 of Broomall for 44 years, formerly of Darby.
Born in Philadelphia, he graduated from Overbrook High School in 1950,where he was involved with the Math Club. He was employed by the US Navy as a Estimator/Plumber for the US Navy for 35 years, retiring in 1986.
He then was employed as a school bus driver (Bus #9) for the Marple Newtown High School for 17 years, retiring in 2008. He was a veteran of the Korean War in the US Army reaching the rank of Cpl as a Turret Artillery Mechanic.
He enjoyed helping his kids, grandkids and friends with all of there needs. He was a former coach in the Larchmont Little League, and he himself was active in club sports as a youth. He was married to the former Dorothy (nee Miller), they were married in June of 1955 and she passed away in March of 2002.
Survivors: His children Donna (Joseph) Wassel of Aston, Steve (Kerri) Repp of West Chester, Jennifer (Joseph) Shannon of Downingtown, his grandchildren, Joseph, Matthew, Brandon, Shane, Katie, Conor and Bridget, his brother Ed Repp of Cape Coral, FL, his sisters Alice Repp of Phila., and Helen Deffler of Sicklerville, NJ, he was predeceased by his brother Frank and Charles Repp.
Calling Hours: Relatives and friends are invited to his calling time on Wednesday eve, 6:00 to 8:00 PM, and Thursday, 10:00 to 11:00AM, in the Frank C. Videon Funeral Home, Sproul and Lawrence Rds., Broomall, followed by his funeral service at 11:00. Memorials may be sent in his name to: the , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 39105.
Interment: Edgewood Memorial Park


Joseph Barreca (Shop 51, P&E),

Age 88, on April 18, 2013. Husband of the late Evelyn (nee Potenza). Brother of John and the late Philip Barreca. Survived by his nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing Tuesday 9 A.M. Stella Maris Church, 10th and Bigler Sts. Funeral Mass 10 A.M. Entombment SS Peter & Paul Garden Mausoleum. Ruffenach Funeral Home.



May 1, 2013

Michael Rosati, 82, plumber and pipefitter


MICHAEL ROSATI had never sung in an opera, but he was eager to participate when he had the opportunity to be part of the chorus in a production of "Aida" in New York's Central Park in June.

So what if he was in his early 80s? It made no difference to him. He still had a voice and he was practicing to lend that voice to the special demands of opera.

But it was not to be. He died Saturday of cancer.

Michael Rosati, an Air Force veteran who worked in the family plumbing business and as a pipe fitter at the old Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and whose passions included singing, coaching baseball and golf, was 82 and lived in Malvern, Chester County.

The chance to sing in an opera was something he really wanted to do, said his wife of 59 years, the former Joan Boyd. "His death was so unexpected," she said.

Michael's interest in music actually began in the Air Force. He played the saxophone and clarinet in an Air Force band at Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois.

"He said he got tired of playing the national anthem," his wife said.

After his discharge, he played in some pickup jazz bands and performed at Philadelphia-area venues for a time.

Michael went on to sing sacred music with the choir at his church, St. Patrick's in Malvern, the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Choir and the Collegiate Choir. He sang with the Archdiocesan Choir at Mass at the National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia in South Philadelphia for many years.

When his sons became old enough to play baseball, Michael began coaching them in teams in Great Valley Little League.

"He loved the kids," his wife said. "He earned his nickname 'Flap' as a coach. If the boys started arguing with an umpire over a bad call, he would tell them he would do it. The kids would say, 'There he goes, out there flapping with the umpire.' "

Michael Rosati was born in West Philadelphia to Anthony and Philomena Rosati. He graduated from John Bartram High School in 1948, and enlisted in the Air Force.

He later worked with his brother, Joseph, in the family plumbing business in Clifton Heights, then went to work at the Naval Shipyard until it closed in 1995.

He married Joan A. Boyd, a native of the "Meadows" in Southwest Philadelphia, in 1954. They moved to Malvern in the early '60s.

Michael loved to play golf and would play at Pickering Golf Club in Phoenixville, where he worked as a volunteer to pay his greens fees.

He was also a devoted gardener and his tulips have just started to bloom.

"He was dedicated no matter what he did," his wife said. "He never gave up on anything. And he loved to talk. He would buttonhole people, and sometimes we had to rescue them."

Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Karen Walker and Jo-Ann Funkhouser; four sons, Michael, Richard, Christopher and Kenneth Rosati; two sisters, Helen Marinozzi and Rosalie Brennan; and 17 grandchildren.

Services: Funeral Mass 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick Church, 104 Channing Ave., Malvern. Friends may call at 6 p.m. Friday at D'Anjolell Memorial Home of Broomall, 2811 West Chester Pike, Broomall. Burial will be in Philadelphia Memorial Park, Frazer.

Contributions may be made to Neighborhood Hospice, 400 E. Marshall St., West Chester, Pa. 19380



April 29, 2013


John E. Lange (1949 - 2013)

John E. Lange Former PNSY 51 Shop General Foreman

AGE: 63 • Barrington

John E. Lange, of Barrington, passed peacefully on April 27, 2013, surrounded by his family. Age 63. Beloved husband of Sandra (nee Moritz). Devoted father of Steven, Alex and his wife Lindsay and Kevin and his wife Tara. Loving grandfather of Chloe Ava and Maya Elizabeth. Dear brother-in-law of Janet McNamee. Loving uncle of Kyle McNamee. John worked for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Shop 51, for 35 years. He was a US Army veteran. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the viewing Wednesday morning from 9 to 11am at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Service Wednesday 11am at the funeral home. Entombment New St. Mary's Mausoleum, Bellmawr. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in John's name to the Animal Adoption Center, P O Box 4017, Lindenwold, NJ 08021.



April 29, 2013

Mary P. Rahill of Holland died Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Holy Redeemer Hospice. She was 84.

She was the beloved wife of the late Eugene Rahill.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late William and Frances Fox Wixted; and mother of the late Maureen Crowthers and Joseph Rahill.

Mary was a resident of Holland for the past 26 years.

She was a graduate of St. Anne's Business School, Philadelphia. She worked for D.I. S. C. at the Philadelphia Naval Yard for more than 20 years before her retirement in 1991. Mary was a faithful communicant of St. Bede the Venerable Church.

Family was first and foremost in Mary's life, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren gave her the most comfort, and on occasion she enjoyed a game chance.

She will be deeply missed by all who came to know and love her.

Mary is survived by her children and their spouses, Gene J. Rahill and his wife, Sandy, Robert F. Rahill and his wife, Dolores, Francis X. Rahill and his wife, Joni, Jerry E. Rahill and his wife, Pina; her son-in-law, Gary Crowthers, and daughter-in-law, Patricia Rahill. She also is survived by one brother Gerald Wixted; 19 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her viewing from 10 a.m. until her funeral Mass at noon Wednesday, May 1, at St. Bede the Venerable Church, 1071 Holland Road, Holland. Interment will be held privately in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be made to Holy Redeemer Hospice 12265 Townsend Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154. www.fluehr.com



March 2, 2013

Samuel C. Alexander, 91, inspector; carpenter


Samuel C. Alexander, 91, of Darby Township, a retired building inspector and ship's carpenter who was active in his community and church, died Sunday, Feb. 24, at an assisted living facility in Southfield, Mich.

He had been in Michigan since 2011 to be close to a daughter and a son who live there.

Mr. Alexander was a building inspector for 27 years in Darby Township. He inspected residential and commercial buildings, churches, and other structures, retiring in 1992.

For part of that time, Mr. Alexander, a Navy veteran, also worked as a shipwright (ship's carpenter) at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for 37 years until his retirement in 1979.

"He was very active in his community," said his daughter Dorcas Knox. "He helped people get grants to improve their homes. He worked on many community issues."

Mr. Alexander was born July 13, 1921, in Philadelphia, the youngest of eight children of Charles and Edith Alexander.

He attended Darby Township schools and graduated from vocational schools in Philadelphia and Hawaii.

During World War II, Mr. Alexander joined the Pearl Harbor rebuilding program, working on ships and buildings damaged in the 1941 attack. He later joined the Navy, serving for two years in Norfolk, Va.

In 1943, he married Amy Whitehead. The couple had four children.

Mr. Alexander was a member of First African Baptist Church of Darby Township for more than 80 years. He was a church trustee for more than 50 years.

"He was very involved in his community, and he was very involved in his church," said his daughter. "He loved Darby Township."

Mr. Alexander was a talented carpenter who did many remodeling projects at his home and those of others. He built furniture in his spare time, his daughter said.

He enjoyed vegetable gardening, she said. "He was known for his tomatoes and his collard greens."

Mr. Alexander closely followed politics in the township. "He focused on schools and making sure we had good roads and homes in the community. He was making sure the community thrived," his daughter said.

He knew the township officials and "kept their feet to the fire," his daughter said.

Mr. Alexander, a Mason, was a past master of the Rose of Sharon Lodge No. 39. He was a former scoutmaster, a member of the American Legion, and an organizer of the Darby Township Bicentennial Committee.

"He helped bring businesses into the community," his daughter said. "He was interested in seeing the community grow and progress."

In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Alexander is survived by another daughter, Lois Norman; a son, Leslie; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister. He was preceded in death by a son, Samuel.

Family visitation will be from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at First African Baptist Church, 901 Clifton Ave., Darby. A Masonic service will follow at 9:30, with the funeral at 10. Interment will be in Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill.

Donations may be made to the B.W. Watkins Scholarship Fund at the church.



February 1, 2013

BOCHANSKI ,GEORGE V., born in Philadelphia on September 4, 1921 to the late Joseph and Helen Bochanski. Mr. Bochanski most recently resided in Secane, PA., but lived in Sharon Hill, PA for more than 50 years and was a faithful and active parishioner of Holy Spirit Church for over 60 years.

He was married for 56 years to the late Irene M. McLaughlin. He was a combat-wounded Army infantry veteran who saw action in France and Germany during World War II and received the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Bronze Star.

Mr. Bochanski retired as a Group Superintendent from the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in 1985. During his 35 year career, he held positions of increasing responsibility in the rigging group (72 Shop) at the shipyard. He was Vice President of the National Association of Supervisors - Federal Government (now the Federal Managers Association) and a graduate of The Comey Institute of Industrial Relations at Saint Joseph's University.

Never known to be idle, following retirement Mr. Bochanski remained busy with renovation projects at his summer home in North Wildwood, NJ and at the homes of numerous family members throughout the area.

Mr. Bochanski is survived by his six children: Irene M. Hart (Thomas) of Glenolden, PA; George V. Bochanski, Jr. (Kathleen), of Lansdowne, PA; Francis X. Bochanski (Joanne) of Turnersville, NJ; John J. Bochanski (Virginia) of Sewell, NJ; Theodore W. Bochanski (Cynthia) of Folcroft, PA; and Joseph P. Bochanski of Williamstown, NJ. He was also the father-in-law of the late Deborah Bochanski, wife of Joseph. Mr. Bochanski had 25 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 am on Tuesday, March 5th at Holy Spirit Church, Sharon Hill, PA followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon, PA. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in his name to the Holy Spirit Memorial Fund, 1028 School Street, Sharon Hill, PA 19079



January 24, 2013

George J. O'Brien

AGE: 81 • Medford

George J. O'Brien, on January 21, 2013, of Medford, formerly of Camden. Age 81. Beloved husband for 56 ¾ years of Rose (nee Hilbmann). Devoted father of Timothy, Dennis and Michele. Loving grandfather of Brandon Hook, Cody Patrick & Gianna Iuliucci, Dennis O'Brien and Joseph DeCrosta. Dear brother of Edward, Marie Balser and the late Francis, Jr., Patricia Longstreet, and John "Jack" Campbell. Predeceased by his parents, Francis A., Sr. and Marie O'Brien (nee McVeigh). Mr. O'Brien was born in Fishtown, PA. He was known for his love for his family, his pride in honorably serving his country as a U. S. Marine, his ready wit, and his love of coffee (often served up by his diner friends). He was rarely without a quip or a coffee cup. "Obie" was a "Yard Bird" for 32 years, retiring from the US Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia, PA in 1993. He started out as a welding apprentice, had a short stint as a DOD Policeman, then progressed to welder, welding instructor, planner/estimator, and welding engineering technician. There will be a viewing from 11:30am to 12:30pm Saturday at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral service 12:30pm Saturday at the funeral home. Interment private at the request of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in George's memory to the charity of the donor's choice or to the American Cancer Society, 1851 Old Cuthbert Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 or the American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. Family and friends may share memories at www.GardnerFuneralHome.com. Semper Fi, George.


January 21, 2013

Joseph C. White (charlie)

AGE: 74 • W. Deptford

Joseph C. White "Charlie" age 74, passed away on January 18, 2013. He was a resident of W. Deptford and a former resident of Camden. Charlie was a retired United States Airforce Veteran. He was an Electric General Supervisor at the Philadelphia Navy Yard for 32 years, and has been a member of the Moose Lodge #548 in Lindenwold for 24 years. Also Charlie was a very devout Catholic.

He is the beloved husband of Beatrice R. "Penny" (nee Tait). Dear father of Patricia White, JoAnn White, both of Blackwood, NJ and Corrine McLeod of West Deptford, NJ. Special grandpop of Rachael, Courtney, Cheyenne and Alexis "his Babe" and loving great-grandfather of 3. He is the brother of James, Gerald, Maryjane, Cathy (Ron), and the late Lorretta. Also he is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Relatves and friends are invited to his viewing Wednesday eve 7pm at the Alloway and Donnelly Funeral Home & Cremation Service (523-25 Cumberland St Gloucester City) Religious Services will begin 8:30pm at the Funeral Home. Int. Private. Family strongly requests memorial donations in his memory be made to the S.C.E.A. at www.secondchanceequine.com.


Obituary for William Ott, Jr, retired Superintendent Shop 64, I sent it to you back on Dec 5, 2012 but it has never showed up on the Yard's website, so I suspect you didn't received it

Chris Mason

 

William I. Ott Jr.


William I. Ott, Jr., age 78 of Pitman, NJ passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2012. Born in Mantua, NJ, he had been a resident of Pitman since 1959. Bill graduated from Pitman High School Class of 1952 where he served as class Vice President and was a recipient of the Gold Star Memorial Award for athletics. Bill's family farmed throughout South Jersey. After high school he enlisted in the Navy and later worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard where he retired in 1989 as Superintendent of Woodworkers. Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing with his sons and grandson and was a member of the Delsea Beagle Club in Elmer and the Red Top Gun Club. He was also a member of the Mantua Masonic Lodge #95 for 50 years.. Husband of the late Norma B. (nee Jackson), he is survived by son, William I. Ott, III and his wife Carol of Alloway, NJ and their son William I. Ott IV., and son, Steven R. Ott, Sr. and his wife Annette of Wilmington, DE, and their children, Angela, Alicia, Maria, and Steven Jr. He was predeceased by his sisters: Catherine Schnee and her husband Ralph, and Ruth Cattell and her husband Art. Relatives and friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 PM Friday, December 7 and 10 to 11 AM Saturday, December 8 at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 47 Main St., Mantua, NJ where a funeral service will be held at 11 AM. Interment will be in Wenonah Cemetery. Contributions in Bill's memory may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 3 Eves Dr, Marlton, NJ 08053. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.smithfhmantua.com



Published in Courier-Post from November 4 to November 8, 2012


Gerald P. Lanzilotti

AGE: 69 • Atco

Gerald P. Lanzilotti age 69yrs. of Atco, NJ passed away on October 27, 2012. Mr. Lanzilotti was born and raised in Phila. and moved to Atco in 1972. He is survived by his wife Virginia (nee Kollar), his daughter Susan Collins (Michael) a son, Gerald J. Lanzilotti and four grandchildren, Francesco, Zachary, Lindsey and Randy Jay. Gerald retired in 1998 from the US Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia as the Assistant Director of Inactive Ships.

A Mass to celebrate Gerald's life will be celebrated at 12:00 noon, November 10, 2012 at the St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, 5201 Harding Highway, Mays Landing, NJ 08330. The family requests that no flowers be sent.



Sunday, January 6, 2013

From: Dennis Kaiser
Shop: 011

Please add to Obit Section

JOHN P. DILLON SR. Passed away on November 25, 2012 age 56 of Aldan and formerly of S.W. Philadelphia. Beloved husband of Annette Procopio-Dillon. Loving son of Gloria Dillon and father to Christine (Christian) Munoz, John Dillon, Michelle (Robert) Chavez, Patrick, David and Nicole Dillon; siblings Steven, Mark, Eileen and Robert Dillon and 6 grandchildren. Son of the late John Dillon.


December 19, 2012

Stan was in an terrible car accident on his way home from work on Monday 12/10 and passed away on early Saturday morning.

Stanley H. Legoskey (1958 - 2012)

AGE: 54 ? Pine Hill

Stanley Henry was suddenly taken from us on December 15, 2012. He is survived by his beloved wife of 34 years, Carol Legoskey (nee Rowand). Loving father of Joel (Michelle), Jason, Joshua, Jenna, JaKhira, JaKiere, & Eduardo, and was also a father figure and mentor to many other children. He is also survived by his mother, Cecelia Legoskey of Springfield, GA; his siblings Tom Legoskey, "Missie" Douberly, Cathy Blankenship, "Ree Ree" Wonnink, & Linda Ponton; mother-in-law Irene "YoYo" Rowand; sister-in-law Irene Angelow; and many loving neighbors, extended family, and friends. Stanley served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, and worked for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove, and Fort Dix/McGuire Installation as a Mechanical Engineer. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing Thursday evening 6-9pm and Friday morning 10-11am at the ORA L. WOOSTER FUNERAL HOME, 51 Park Blvd., Clementon, NJ 08021. Funeral Services will begin at 11am. Cremation will be held privately following the services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Legoskey Family c/o the Ora L. Wooster Funeral Home for JaKhira & JaKiere's Education Fund. Please share your memories at OraLWoosterFuneralHome.com.

Rob Schiller

ex 38 Shop



Thu, 15 Nov 2012

Please add Bayard (Soupy ) Campbell 72 shop Rigger Supervisor to the death notices .We lost him Sept. 17 2012 to cancer. Easy going ,and well liked .



Oct. 30, 2012

Raymond G. Hubbard of Dover, died Sunday, October 28, 2012, at Kent General Hospital. He was 64.

Raymond was born December 26, 1947, in Easton, MD to the late Sherman and Hester Sutherland Hubbard.

He served in the US Air Force, retiring in 1989 as a Master Sergeant. He then worked at the Philadelphia Naval Yard, and in Civil Service at DAFB.

Pete is survived by his wife Hoa “Lei” Hubbard of Dover; 3 daughters, Linda MacGregor and husband Rob of Bridgeville, PA, Deanna Hess and husband Craig of Hartly, DE and Ellen Hubbard of Bridgeville, PA; 5 brothers, George Hubbard of Myrtle Beach, SC, Fred Hubbard of Denton, MD, Bill Hubbard of Denton, MD, Bruce Hubbard of Denton, MD, and John Hubbard of Crystal River, FL; and grandson Avery Hess.

He was preceded in death by his brother Russell Hubbard.

Funeral services will be held at 11am, Friday, November 2, at Torbert Funeral Chapel South, 1145 E. Lebanon Road, (Rt.10). Friends may call 6-8 Thursday evening.
Letters of condolence may be sent, and guestbook signed at torbertfuneral.com.


October 25, 2012

Raymond P. Thrash

Raymond P. Thrash of Burlington passed away Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Samaritan Hospice Inpatient at Virtua Hospital, Mount Holly.

Born and raised in Luzerne County, Pa., he was longtime Burlington resident.

Ray served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and U.S. Naval Reserve during Cuban Missile Crisis. He served aboard the Destroyer Borie. He then went to work as a marine machinist for Westinghouse the U.S. Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia, and then at The Ball Corporation, before his retirement.

He was a former Little League coach in Burlington City, who also enjoyed playing cards, '500 Rummy,' fishing and hunting.

He also belonged to Tin Cup Sailors Veterans group and was a parishioner of St. Paul's RC Church.

Raymond is survived by his wife of 50 years, Elizabeth (Cohen); daughter, Patt Ferrari (Michael), son, Shaun (Maryann); siblings, Harold (Selma), Gene (Rosemarie), Marie Kotansky, Marian Ayre, Judy Krouse; and his beloved dog, Scotty.

The family invites friends to his viewings and funeral. Viewings will be held at Page Funeral Home, 302 E. Union St., Burlington from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, and also from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Saturday, with burial to follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Burlington.

Donations may be made in his name to either St. Paul's Renovation fund C/O St. Katharine Drexel Parish, 223 E. Union St., Burlington, NJ 08016 or to the Burlington County Animal Shelter, 35 Academy Drive, Westampton, NJ 08060.

Messages of sympathy may be emailed to his family from the funeral home's Web site listed below. Page Funeral Home, Burlington



Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sad news, Carl Madonna, Former Production Superintendent 26 Shop PNSY, Maintenance Manager NFPC passed away Tuesday Sept. 25, 2012.
Services:
Viewing Sunday 9/30, 6-9 PM
Gangemi Funeral Home
2232-2240 So. Broad St.
(Broad & Wolf Sts.)
Philadelphia, Pa 19145
215-467-3838
Funeral Mass Monday 10/1, 10AM
St. Monica's Church
17th & Ritner Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145


Sat, 8 Sep 2012

Rocky "Thomas" V. Ciprane, age 51, of Maysville, suddenly passed away on July 9, 2012.

Rocky was born in Pennsylvannia, moved to Delaware in 1972, and graduated from Claymont High School in 1979.

Rocky was employed at Sun Ship Building, Pa., Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and was currently employed with MCB Camp LeJeune as a boiler mechanic.

He was a positive person who impacted many lives and was a unique individual capable of taking an interest in whomever he met. He volunteered with the American Red Cross (Multi Gallon Club), Onslow County NCSSA Bike Run for Teens, and many other organizations. He was caring, loving, respected, loved, and would give you the shirt off his back (If he had one on).

He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony V. and Henrietta M. Ciprane.

Rocky is survived by L. Anthony and Barbara J. Ciprane, Camille and Clyde Fawcett, goddaughter (niece) Sheri Fawcett, and nephew Adam Thomas Fawcett, daughters Terri and Tami and their mother Cindy, his grandchildren Damian, Zoey, Samantha, Sarah, and Mia Bella and his father-in-law, Lester McLaurin.

Rocky is also survived by his adopted sisters, Cathy, Trudy and Megan; and brothers, Rich, Seth, Jim, Timmy, Uwe, Bud, Doug, Moose, Steve, Bob, Fred, Hammy, and all the bikers he knew and loved as brothers and sisters.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Onslow County NCSSA Bike Run for Teens in Rocky's name.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 14 at Northwoods United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Johnson Funeral Home of Jacksonville.

Rocky made his home in Maysville his Final Ride.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sad news about a fellow pipefitter and the "candy man" of Bldg 4;

Joseph F. Del Grande,64 Loving son, husband, father and brother Joseph F. Del Grande, 64, of Glen Mills, formerly of Norwood, passed away August 16, 2012 at his home. He was born May 1, 1948 the son of Gloria M. (nee Ciampi) Del Grande and the late Joseph Anthony Del Grande. Retired as an Engineer at the Philadelphia Naval Yard after 34 years of service; was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. He was an active parishioner at St. Thomas the Apostle Church where he was also very involved. Mr. DelGrande was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed boating, fishing and he took pleasure in raising pheasants and oysters. He also loved spending time in Avalon with his family. Family: His wife, the late Anne Marie (nee Czyzewski / Casey) Del Grande; children Christopher and Michael; siblings Stephen and the late Anthony Del Grande; also survived by his nieces, nephews, cousins and friends Visitation/Service: Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation Thursday 9:15 AM until his Funeral Mass at 10:30 AM in St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Valleybrook Rd., Glen Mills. Burial St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Cemetery, Glen Mills. Contributions to Taylor Hospice, 300 Johnson Ave., Ridley Park, PA 19078.


August 21, 2012

Joseph F. Del Grande, 64, of Glen Mills, formerly of Norwood, passed away peacefully on August 16, 2012 at his home. He was born May 1, 1948 in Norwood the son of Gloria M. (nee Ciampi) Del Grande and the late Joseph Anthony Del Grande. Mr. Del Grande worked as an engineer at the Philadelphia Naval Yard, was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War and was an active parishioner at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Glen Mills where he was also very involved. In addition to his father he was also preceded in death by his wife Anne Marie (nee Czyzewski / Casey) Del Grande and his brother Anthony Del Grande. In addition to his mother he is also survived by his two sons Christopher and Michael Del Grande; his brother Stephen Del Grande; and also survived by his nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation Thursday from 9:15am until his Funeral Mass at 10:30am in the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle, Valleybrook Rd., Glen Mills. Interment will follow in St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Cemetery, Glen Mills. Memorial contributions may be made in Joseph's memory to Taylor Hospice Residence 300 Johnson Ave. Ridley Park, PA 19078.

Funeral Services
Thursday, August 23
9:15 AM to 10:30 AM
Church of St. Thomas the Apostle
430 Valleybrook Rd. Glen Mills, PA 19342



Mon, 23 Jul 2012


JOSEPH J. BROOKS
 

BROOKS, JOSEPH J. 73 - of North Cape May passed away suddenly on Thursday, July 19, 2012. Born in Philadelphia, he has been a Cape May area resident since 1996. Joseph served his country in the US Navy. He was a truck driver working from the Teamsters Union Local 107 of Philadelphia until 1978 when he began working at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Joseph became a Marine Machinist Foreman there retiring in 1995. He was last employed at the Wagging Tail Pet Grooming from 1996 to the present. Joseph was a member of the Parish of St John Neumann and was an avid bowler. He is survived his wife of 53 years Patricia Anne Brooks; his sons: Joseph C Brooks of Philadelphia, Pa, Daniel Brooks of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Donald Brooks of North Cape May; and his daughter Patricia Anne Brooks of Chester County, PA. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. There will be a funeral service at 9:00 PM on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at the Evoy Funeral Home, 3218 Bayshore Rd, North Cape May, NJ 08204; where friends will be received from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. To share condolences, please visit www.evoyfuneralhome.com.

38 Shop Foreman



June 4, 2012

Helen Carrington, hairdresser, dies at 91

Like a lot of retired people, Helen E. Gwathney Carrington needed something extra to keep her busy.

True, she was an accomplished hairdresser, but after her retirement from the old Strawbridge & Clothier store, she had time on her hands. It was then that a niece taught her quilting, and Helen seized on the new art form with her customary passion and devotion to detail.

"A new Helen evolved," her family said. "She made the most beautiful quilts you ever wanted to see, by hand stitching."

Helen Carrington, whose work life also included a stint as a welder at the old Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, a devoted Catholic active in her church and a loving mother of two, died May 26 of complications of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. She was 91, living in a nursing home, but lived for many years in West Philadelphia.

She was born in Philadelphia to Blanche Jay and Albert Gwathney. She attended the Apex Beauty Culture School and earned a beautician’s license.

In 1948, she married Frederick Carrington. Although they had no children of their own, they became parents to two children whom Helen raised as her own: James Lambert and Denise Boggs-Lewis.

At a young age, she went to work as a welder at the Naval Shipyard, then became a popular hairstylist, working out of her home. After the children entered high school, Helen went to work at a series of jobs, including the Chilton Factory, John Wanamaker’s and Strawbridge’s. She retired in 1999, but continued doing hair.

Her church life began at St. Charles Borromeo, in South Philadelphia. After moving to West Philadelphia, she joined Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish and was a loyal member until it closed in 2000. She and the other parishioners then transferred their devotion to St Cyprian’s, where she remained until her illness.

As a young woman, Helen belonged to a social club called the Over Twenty One, which sponsored a youth basketball team called the Cavaliers.

In 1963, she put daughter Denise into the Philadelphia School of Dance Arts under the direction of Joan Myers Brown. Helen was president of the Mothers Club.

After being unable to care for herself, she and her older sister, Louise, went to live in the Caring Heart Nursing Home. Louise died in January.

Her family described Aunt Helen, as she was called, as "regal, elegant, tall, red-haired., known for style, especially her hats. A very domineering persona — my way or the highway — with a heart of gold.

“All services performed by her -- to the slightest detail -- for herself or for others, were done carefully, systematically, to perfection.

“On occasion, Helen had been respectfully and affectionately called ‘Our Gestapo.’ None the less, she was ours."

Her children are her survivors.

Services: 10 a.m. Monday at St. Cyprian Church, 525 Cobbs Creek Parkway. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Glenwood Memorial Gardens, West Chester.



May 31,2012

James J. D'Allesandro

James J. D'Allesandro, 82 Of Ridley Park James J. D'Allesandro, 82, passed away on May 28, 2012. Born in Philadelphia, Jim retired in 1992 as a ship rigger for the Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard. He enjoyed watching the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies and Flyers. He was a kind man and enjoyed life with his wife. Survivors: Devoted wife of 61 years and care giver Hazel D'Allesandro; loving sisters Dolores (Carl) Wettlaufer, Archie Ancone and Ernnesta DeGeorge; many nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass Monday 10 AM at St George Church, Lamont Ave., Glenolden, PA 19036. Viewing 8:30 to 9:45 AM in the church. Burial Edgewood Memorial Gardens, Concordville, PA. Contributions: Alzheimer's Disease Assoc., 399 Market St., Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or American Parkinson Disease Assoc., 1 Medical Center Blvd.m Upland, PA 19103 would be appreciated. Online Condolences: www.mcgfh.com


May 15, 2012

To whom it may concern;
My twin brother Joseph P. DiEgidio suddenly passed away on 15 May 2012. He was in 07 shop.
He will be greatly missed. We were both in 07 shop when the shipyard closed, and we did miss it.

Stephen F. DiEgidio
540 898 5048



 April 16, 2012

Ernest Strother
 

ERNEST Strother was not really a born renegade, but he couldn't stand injustice when he encountered it.

That acute sense of right and wrong that guided him all his life might have had its origin in the segregated South of his childhood.

It was when he was in 10th grade at Abbeville High School, in Abbeville, S.C., in the early '30s that Ernest became aware that the "separate but equal" doctrine followed by many Southern school districts was a farce.

The whites-only and blacks-only schools were separate, all right, but rarely equal. Something inside young Ernest Strother rebelled, and he demanded that the school for African-Americans that he attended be given the same facilities as the neighboring white schools.

He was branded a troublemaker and expelled.

However, the more-enlightened school board overruled the administration and reinstated the young rebel.

Ernest Lewis Strother Sr. went on to graduate from a high school in Atlanta, moved to Philadelphia to raise his family and worked 35 years as a chef for an insurance company and became a pillar of the Presbyterian Church.

He died of heart failure on April 10. He was 96 and was living in the Broomall Presbyterian Home in Delaware County, but had lived for many years in West Philadelphia.

Ernest was a 33rd Degree Mason and was active in the Boy Scouts and the NAACP. His community and church work earned him an honor from the Chapel of the Four Chaplains.

He was also a dedicated traveler, visiting 49 states, Mexico, South America, the Caribbean and Canada.

Ernest was the first African-American male lay moderator of the Philadelphia Presbytery. He was also the first African-American moderator of the Presbyterian Men of the Synod. He was the oldest continuous member of the board of Presbytery Homes & Services.

He attended eight Presbyterian General Assemblies and served as a commissioner. He was a member of the National Black Presbyterian Caucus, and served on numerous standing and ad hoc committees.

Over the years, many Presbyterians also sampled his culinary expertise.

Ernest was born in Royston, Ga., the oldest of the four children of Lucy Perrin and Lemuel Strother. He graduated from Washington High School in Atlanta in 1933.

He moved to Philadelphia in 1936. He attended Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania, but did not graduate, due to family responsibilities. He married Catherine D. Bentley in 1939.

During World War II, Ernest worked as a weaponry calibrator at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. After the war, he worked in food service for the Provident Mutual Insurance Co., retiring in 1970. He was a certified executive chef.

He was a member of the Delaware Valley Professional Chefs Association and Explorer Post 650 of the Boy Scouts. He also was a member of the Association of Parliamentarians.

Ernest was a member of the former Reeve Memorial Presbyterian Church before it was dissolved in June 2005. He then joined Overbrook Presbyterian Church.

"He is remembered for his sense of humor, kindliness and sense of justice," his family said. "He always wanted to be known for taking the high road. Late in life, he inspired others with his optimism and grace.

"His motto was 'Every day is a bonus.' "

He is survived by two sons, Ernest Jr. and Robert George; a sister, Essie Patterson; a brother, Robert H. Strother Sr.; three grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Services: Memorial service 11 a.m. April 23 at Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 6376 City Ave. A Masonic service will begin at 10 a.m.

Donations may be made to Presbyterian Children's Village, Development Office, 452 S. Roberts Road, Rosemont, PA 19010.



Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bob was a Shipfitter Shop Planner, Very Nice Man

McMONIGLE
ROBERT J., age 78, April 10, 2012. Beloved husband of Wanda, for 51 years. Loving father of Theresa Kimble (Jim), Linda Costello (Robert), Mary McMonigle (Bob), and Sandra Shinn. Devoted Pop-Pop of Maureen, Stephanie, Robert, Grace, and Brett. Also survived by his sister-in-law, Maryann Carl. Robert was employed at the Phila. Naval Shipyard and as a Lieutenant in the Phila. Police Dept. Relatives and friends are invited to his Viewing Monday morning, 8 to 9:15 A.M., BURNS FUNERAL HOME, 9708 Frankford Ave. (S. of Grant Ave.). Funeral Mass, 10 A.M., St. Charles Borromeo Church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to St. Francis Inn, 2441 Kensington Ave., Phila. PA 19125, or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.


April 12, 2012

ROBERT TRACZYK PASSED AWAY ON WEDNESDAY APRIL 4,2012. THE FORMER 56 SHOP SUPERVISOR WAS A RESIDENT OF LAKE WORTH,FLA. AT THE TIME OF HIS PASSING. HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE JOAN. HE WAS BURIED WITH MILITARY HONORS APRIL 11,2012 AT SOUTH FLORIDA NATIONAL CEMETERY. HE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL.

COULD YOU LIST THIS AS IS IN THE YARDBIRD OBITS? THANKS

michael jasionis



April 9, 2012

Wesley T. Tilghman Sr., Marine, church deacon
 

WESLEY TYRONE Tilghman Sr. had two loves in his life: his family and his church.

Unless you count the Marines. All Marines love the Corps.

In fact, Wesley was stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina when he fell for Diane Alfreda Hawkins and married her on the base in 1974.

So the Marine Corps held fond memories for him.

Wesley Tilghman, former employee of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard who later worked out of Laborers Union Local 332, a church deacon who was always available for whatever his churches needed doing, died March 27 of complications of diabetes. He was 58 and lived in South Philadelphia.

"He was very loving and supportive," said his daughter Chelsie. "The one word that would describe him would be loving. He loved his family and his church family unconditionally."

Wesley was born in Philadelphia, the youngest of the eight children of Lucille Farmbry and Samuel Tilghman. He attended Bok Vocational High School before entering the Marines. He served stateside.

After his discharge, he worked as a boiler cleaner at the shipyard, and then went with Local 332, from which he retired in 2009.

"Deacon Tilghman found joy in serving God, spending time with his family, pleasing others, working, singing on the choir, serving on the praise and worship team, and providing for his family," his family said.

He served first at the Baptist Church of the Redeemer, and was later ordained a deacon at New Comfort Baptist Church. He also served House of Prayer Baptist and Mount Hebron Baptist Church, where he became vice president of the Deacon Board.

Wesley enjoyed singing in choirs, especially his favorite hymn, "He's Sweet, I Know," made famous by Mahalia Jackson:

I can't forget when I was sad,

Head hanging down and my soul feeling bad.

But all I could say was, "Lord take my heart."

Jesus heard me praying and he gave me a song.

Wesley was a handyman who enjoyed working on home repairs. He was famous in the family for his 7UP cake, and enjoyed treating family and friends at gatherings at his home.

"Most of all, he took pride in bragging about his children," his family said.

Besides his wife and daughter, he is survived by another daughter, Tyesha; two sons, Wesley Jr. and Rashiem; an adopted son, Glenn; two brothers, Chester and Jerry; three sisters, Barbra, Ardena and Mary; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Services: Were Saturday. Burial was at Eden Cemetery, Collingdale.



March 29, 2012

Blanche Edna Partlow, active churchwoman, dies at 82

BLANCHE Edna Partlow was a fervent churchwoman, a selfless caretaker of the needy, a generous mother and friend - but you didn't cross her.

"Blanche kept people in line with a stern look and a balled fist," her family said. "She was a no-nonsense lady and always insisted on being on time."

When she presided over a church feeding ministry for the poor, she told her helpers: "Those tables better be set properly."

Blanche Partlow, who worked in food retail for many years, a careful shopper who could "squeeze the life out of a handful of coupons," and a devoted family matriarch, died March 20 after a lengthy illness. She was 82 and lived in Germantown.

Blanche had fond memories of paying 50 cents for a ticket at the Earle Theater to see the likes of Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and other stars of the era - plus a movie.

She was born in Philadelphia to Romlous DeMassey Pace and Sadie Cook Pace. She attended the Joseph E. Hill School, Roosevelt Junior High and Germantown High School.

In her youth she worked as a babysitter, a dishwasher, and a model for Adolph's Beauty Products. In 1945, she started at the Penn Fruit Co. as a bagger and worked her way up to head cashier, the first African-American to hold the position.

Later, she worked for the commissary at the Naval Shipyard. When Penn Fruit went out of business, Blanche worked for the Super Fresh Market Co. She retired in 1984.

She married James Ferson Partlow in 1954.

Blanche was a Democratic committeewoman for 10 years, and a judge of election in the 29th Division of the 10th Ward for 20 years.

"Blanche was quick to start a conversation with anyone she met and made those in her company smile at her sharp wit," her family said.

She joined Mount Zion Baptist Church of Germantown in her teens and was a devoted and active member for 63 years.

She also was a member of the Winston Memorial Gospel Choir, the Outreach Feeding Ministry, Bible Club, J.Q. Jackson Memorial Scholarship Committee, the May Circle, Fellowship Guild and the Repast ministries.

"Blanche was a fervent shopper who seemed to shop for everyone but herself," her family said. "She was very giving, always buying and giving gifts and keepsakes out to friends and family."

She liked to watch TV soap operas, and took monthly jaunts to the Atlantic City casinos. She collected handbags and shoes, favoring the work of Etienne Aigner, the Hungarian designer of high-end fashion products.

" . . . Blanche was a hard worker and dutiful servant," her family said, "and always took the time to have dinner on the table every night for her family."

She also is survived by two sons, David and Mark; a daughter, Marie Williams; a sister, Renee Collquitt; 13 grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Services: 11 a.m. Friday at Mount Zion Baptist Church of Germantown, 41 W. Rittenhouse St. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Ivy Hill Cemetery



March 24, 2012

George L. Schneider, 74, aerospace engineer

George L. Schneider, 74, of Springfield, Delaware County, a retired GE aerospace engineer and church volunteer, died of leukemia Wednesday, March 21, at Delaware County Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Schneider grew up in West Philadelphia. While still in eighth grade, he got a job as a carpenter's helper making window valences, and he delivered milk by horse and wagon while attending St. Thomas More High School.

In his senior year, he designed and built a scale model of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre that was featured on the cover of the school's magazine.

After graduating in 1955, he was a carpenter at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. In 1956, he became an apprentice draftsman at General Electric and enrolled in the engineering program in the evening school of what is now Drexel University.

In 1959, he married his childhood sweetheart, Sally Martin. The couple had four children by the time he earned a bachelor's degree from Drexel in 1965.

Upon graduating, he advanced from draftsman to design engineer in the Reentry Systems Division of GE. He was involved in numerous U.S. missile and satellite programs and traveled frequently to the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico to participate in weapons testing.

Throughout his career at GE, he received numerous awards and commendations for exceptional performance, his family said. He retired in 1993.

A resident of Springfield since 1972, Mr. Schneider was a former member of the Parish Council of St. Francis Assisi Church. He was a former moderator of parish Catholic Youth Organization programs and was a fixture at CYO football and basketball games, track meets, and One Act Plays for nearly two decades, his family said.

He designed and built a children's game room for the St. Francis annual Christmas Bazaar. The manger he built for the parish school's Christmas show is still in use.

Over the years, Mr. Schneider completed numerous home-improvement projects, stripping and restoring the oak windows, handrails, doors and trim, and hammering, sawing, and measuring until late into the evening, his children said in a tribute.

His hobbies included model trains, outdoor Christmas displays, caring for his lawn and pool, watching movies, baking raisin bread, and tinkering in his garage and basement. He and his wife were known for their "unique style of jitterbug dancing and were the highlight on the dance floor" at family celebrations, their children said.

For their 50th anniversary, the couple traveled to Ireland, their ancestral home.

Besides his wife, Mr. Schneider is survived by sons Chip, Thomas, James, and Paul; daughters Mary Ann Gibbons, Sally, and Elizabeth; two brothers; and 18 grandchildren.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 25, and from 9 a.m. until a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 26, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 136 Saxer Ave., Springfield.

Donations may be made to Delaware County Regional Cancer Center, 501 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill, Pa. 19026.


March 21, 2012

Joseph J. Welch

Joseph J. Welch, 71, of West Deptford, on March 17, 2012. Joseph was born in Philadelphia and has resided in West Deptford for 20 years. He was a planning manager at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for 38 years, retiring in 1995. Joseph was a member of the Presbyterian Church at Woodbury and the Woodbury Kiwanis Club. He volunteered for Make A Wish Foundation and the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation. Joseph is survived by his wife of 17 years Susan (nee Brennan); son Joseph W. of Bellmawr; daughter Catherine E. Welch of West Deptford & grandson Dylan Joseph Welch. Visitation Saturday 10am until the Memorial Service at 11am at the Presbyterian Church at Woodbury 67 S. Broad St. Woodbury, NJ under the direction of DAVIS & WAGNER FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES Woodbury, NJ. Interment Woodbury Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Make-A- Wish of NJ at nj.wish.org. Memories & condolences shared at daviswagner.com



March 16, 2012

William A. Franchi, Sr.

AGE: 80 • Oaklyn

William A. Franchi, Sr., on March 13, 2012, 53 year resident of Oaklyn, NJ, age 80. Beloved husband of the late Janet (nee Schrepper). Loving father of William A. Franchi, Jr., Michelle Varvaro, and Jack Franchi (Beth). Cherished grandfather of Jack, Robert, Allyson, Jennifer, Sam, Nicholas and Michael. Dear brother of Natalie Muldoon, Philip Franchi, Sr. and the late Vincent, Anna Miller, Jake, Albert, Samuel and Guisseppi, loving son of the late Giustino and Mary (nee Russo). He is also survived by his many nieces and nephews.

Bill, "Poops" to his many friends, grew up in the Sweet Potato Hill section of Camden. He was a proud U.S. Air Force Veteran of the Korean War and was a member of the Oaklyn American Legion Post #84 and Oaklyn VFW Post # 4463. Bill worked for many years at NY Ship in Camden and finished his career as a rigger at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard from which he retired in 1996. He was the last original member of the Oaklyn Manor Bar Clam Bake, loved playing cards with his friends and gardening, but nothing could trump his love for spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to meet Sunday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 PM and again Monday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, St. Aloysius Church, 37 W. Haddon Ave., Oaklyn. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at New St. Mary's Cemetery in Bellmawr. In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorial donations in Bill's name be made to American Lung Association Of NJ, 1031 Rt. 22 West, Suite 203, Bridgewater, NJ 08807. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to CRERAN FUNERAL HOME, OAKLYN, NJ www.creranfh.com



March 12, 2012

THOMAS A. SHEEDY, of the Fishtown section of Phila., formerly of Logan and Mayfair. On Friday, March 9, 2012 at the Veterans CLC. He was an army veteran of the Vietnam War. Beloved husband of Judy (Brown), loving father of Molly A. Sheedy and Sara T. Sheedy, beloved son of the late Anna Mae and Thomas Sheedy, brother of MaryAnn (Lux) and the late Charles Sheedy, nephew of Jack Donegan of Pine Hill, NJ. Also survived by 2 sisters-in-law and 3 brothers- in-law, multiple cousins, 3 nieces, 5 nephews and many good friends and neighbors. Former employee of the Phila. Naval Shipyard and the Phila. Housing Authority. Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Friday after 9 A.M. at THE KOCIUBINSKY FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 305-07-09 E. Girard Ave., Phila., PA 19125 followed by his Funeral Mass Fri. 10:30 A.M. in the Church of St. George, 2700 E. Venango St. Phila., PA 19134. Burial with military honors at Washington Crossing National Veterans Cemetery, Newtown, PA. Friends may call at KOCIUBINSKY'S Thursday eve. 7 to 9 P.M. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Thomas' name to the Veterans Community Living Center, 3461 Civic Center Blvd., Phila. PA 19104.


March 8, 2012

JOHN ROLAND SMITH, on March 6, 2012, at the age of 71. Devoted husband of Linda (nee Colwell); loving father of Jon (Lisa) and Kimberly; 2 brothers, 5 sisters and many nieces and nephews.
Relatives, friends, co-workers of PNSY Shop 67 and Phila. Water Dept. are invited to his Viewing Sunday, 6 to 9 P.M., BURNS FUNERAL HOME, 9708 Frankford Ave. (So. of Grant Ave.), and also Monday, from 8:45 to 9:45 A.M., followed by his Service 10 A.M. Interment Washington Crossing National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family prefers donations to Purple Heart Service Foundation, 7008 Little River Turnpike, P.O. Box 49, Annandale VA 22003, in his memory.



 Mar. 8, 2012


Electrician Horace Reese Sr., shared his power willingly
 

ReeseHORACE REESE SR. was the kind of guy who was always available to help his community, his church, his friends and family.

And he did it quietly, selflessly, with no ostentation. The satisfaction for him came in the doing of the deed.

Horace Reese, a master electrician who worked on ships at three shipyards, an active member of the NAACP, a devoted churchman and a family patriarch, died Friday. He was 99 and was living in Rio Vista, Calif., but had lived for 70 years in Philadelphia.

Horace was born in Warm Springs, Ga., the 10th of the 14 children of George and Mattie Reese. He came to Philadelphia in 1934.

He learned his trade at Murrell Dobbins Vocational Technical High School in North Philadelphia. He worked as an apprentice electrician at the University of Pennsylvania and at the Sun Shipyard & Dry Dock Co. in Delaware County.

He went to the New York Shipyard in Camden as a journeyman electrician. There he worked on the Kitty Hawk, the last conventionally fueled aircraft carrier in the Navy fleet.

The ship was so huge (more than 1,000 feet long, with a 282-foot beam) that its launching in 1960 posed a problem. If it had been launched down the ways, the conventional method, it would have flooded Philadelphia across the river. So it was launched by flooding the dry dock and floating it there.

After New York Ship, Horace moved on to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, where he earned the status of master electrician. He also operated his own electrical business during his career.

While growing up in Warm Springs, Horace met Maude Ballard. They were married on June 6, 1933. She died in 1998 after 65 years of marriage.

As an active member of the NAACP in Philadelphia, Horace became involved in civil-rights activities. He attended meetings, helped produce fliers, and pitched in wherever he was needed.

"If you needed him, he would be right there," said his niece Gloria Blount. "He did things in his own quiet way. He never sought any recognition."

Horace started driving at age 12 in Georgia, and was still driving into his early 90s.

He was a longtime member of Holy Tabernacle Church, joining when it was in Tinicum Township, Delaware County, and staying with it when it moved to 425 S. 60th St. in West Philadelphia.

It later was renamed Taylor Tabernacle Church, under the pastorate of the late Dr. C.B. Taylor. Horace was a deacon and an usher and was always available for whatever the church needed.

"His legacy of love will be remembered and appreciated by those who loved him dearly," his niece said.

Horace was living in Mount Airy when he moved to California to live with his son, Horace Jr.

Besides his son, he is survived by a daughter, Betty Johnson; another son, Gregory; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Oxford Presbyterian Church, 8501 Stenton Ave. Friends may call at 9 a.m.



March 5, 2012

The PNSY community lost another icon on 1 March 2012 in JOSEPH W. KRULIKOWSKI (A.K.A. Joe ‘K’). He was Code 250 when the shipyard closed and was assigned the task of setting up the Norfolk Naval Shipyard Detachment, Naval Foundry and Propeller Center at the Prop Shop located in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Joe retired from the Naval Foundry and Propeller Center as its Director a few years back and was one of the people responsible for its success in its early days. His infectious positive attitude and unwillingness to give up on a problem was a key to his success. Joe’s glass was ALWAYS half full. His was a nice guy and will be missed.

Joe is survived by his Wife Kathryn (nee Sweeney), his daughter Kathleen Tezla (Anthony), his grandchildren Elizabeth and Joseph and his sister Jane Charpentier. All services private at the family's request.



February 27, 2012

 Leigh R. Williams, 64, of Waterford, passed away unexpectedly at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center on Feb. 22, 2012.

Leigh was originally from southern New Jersey and the Philadelphia area. He spent 32 years in the ship building industry, working for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and Kvaerner Shipbuilding, both in Philadelphia. He served as a Marine medical corpsman in the Vietnam War. In 2004 Leigh and his wife Deborah moved to Waterford; he was employed at Lowe’s in Littleton. He enjoyed reading, traveling, kayaking, woodworking, camping, and spending time with family cats Emily, Emma, and Molly.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years Deborah (Thomas) Williams of Waterford (employed at the Stifel Nicolaus office in St. Johnsbury), his mother Ellen Williams of Haddonfield NJ, his sister Lynne Moran and husband Michael of Haddon Township NJ; his parents-in-law William III and Mildred Thomas of Brookhaven PA; brother-in-law Keith Thomas of Somers Point NJ, nieces, nephews and their families: Christopher Moran, Andrew Moran, Ryan Moran, and Adrienne Moran; Melissa Thomas and William Thomas V. He was predeceased by his father Dale Williams and his brother-in-law William Thomas IV.

This Saturday, Feb. 25, family will receive friends in Littleton at the First United Methodist Church from 11AM to the start of the funeral service at 12Noon. The Rev. Robert Schneider will officiate.

Please, no flowers. Given his love of animals, contributions in Leigh’s memory may be directed to the Kingdom Animal Shelter, PO Box 462, St. Johnsbury VT 05819.

Online condolences may be shared with the family privately at www.saylesfh.com.



February 26, 2012

Francis J. "Pat" Patton (38 Shop)

 
Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War

Francis J. "Pat" Patton, age 85, formerly of Milton, DE, died Thursday, February 23, 2012 at Salem Hospital in Mannington, NJ.
Born in Clifton Heights, PA, to the late James F. & Marion D. (Carty) Patton; he had lived in Briarcliffe, PA, and Ocean View, NJ, prior to living in Milton.
Mr. Patton served in the US Navy during WWII and during the Korean War, then he worked at the A & P warehouse in Yeadon, PA and at the Philadelphia Naval Yard. He was also a juvenile officer and later a police officer in Darby Township.
Survivors: Mr. Patton is survived by his children, Stephen, Debbie, Richard, and Donna; seven grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sisters, Mary Sellers and Florence "Sissy" Brown, and he was predeceased by his brothers, James "Pat" and Albert "Buddy" and his sisters, Helen and Katherine.
Services will be private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Patton's memory may be made to the Delaware County SPCA, 555 Sandy Bank Rd., Media, PA, 19063 (610-566-1370), or to A Buddy For Life Rescue, 1148 Pulaski Hwy., Suite 309, Bear, DE, 19701 (302-322-4997).
Please visit www.htlayton.com to leave a note of condolence to the family.
Arrangements are under the direction of the H.T. Layton Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Woodstown, NJ, 856-769-1515.



February 17, 2012

William S. Carlucci

William S. Carlucci, age 93 of Wenonah, NJ died Saturday, February 11, 2012 in Vineland. Son of Guiseppe and Caterina Carlucci, he was originally from South Philadelphia and he lived in Wenonah for 35 years. A retired pipefitter, he worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for 30 years where he was also an Instructor and Supervisor. He was a former Secretary of the Pipefitters Union and was a member of United Association - Plumber's Union, Local 322. During World War II, William served in the US Army in the Philippines and in Japan. He was also a former member of VFW Post 678. Husband of the late Rita (nee Trombetta), he is survived by his sons: Joseph (Dorothy) Carlucci of Cherry Hill, NJ & William (Jeanne) Carlucci, Jr., of Media, PA; grandson: William Carlucci, III and 1 great grandson. He was also pre-deceased by his son, Louis Carlucci. Relatives and friends may visit with the family 10 - 11:30 AM Saturday, February 18 at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 47 Main St., Mantua, NJ followed by Mass of Christian Burial at Church of the Incarnation at 12 noon. Interment will be in Wenonah Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.smithfhmantua.com.



February 13, 2012

JOSEPH E. POWER Jr.


JOSEPH E. JR., 79, on February 10, 2012, of Runnemede. Born and raised in South Philadelphia. He was the beloved husband of the late Elizabeth (nee May). Devoted father of Kathleen (Paul) P. Krulish, Linda J. (Kevin) Gill, Barbara A. (Mark) Salerno, Mary E. (Gary) Kindle, Sister Elizabeth Grace(Laurie) and the late baby Joseph Power. Son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth(nee Hamilton) Power. Loving stepfather of Michael Gable, Diane Gable, Ellen (James) Hrkach and Frank (Karen) Gable. Loving grand-father of 17 and great grand-father of one. Dear brother of Joan (Alexander) Arrow and the late Francis Stairiker, Mary Sasso and Martin Power. Beloved uncle of many nieces and nephews. Joseph was a 1950 graduate of Southeast Catholic High School. He proudly served as a U.S. Marine Corps Corporal during the Korean War. For many years, Joseph worked for the Philadelphia Navy Yard as a foreman and marine machinist for Shop 38. After retiring, he later became superintendent of Hodson Commons in Cherry Hill. Joseph was a member of St. Maria Goretti RC Church. Family and friends are invited to call from 7 to 9P.M. Monday evening and 8:15 to 9:15A.M. Tuesday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, 126 S. BLACK HORSE PIKE, RUNNEMEDE, NJ. His Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Child Parish, St. Maria Goretti RC Church, Runnemede, NJ, Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. Interment will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Chews Landing, NJ. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Joseph's memory to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, 121 S. St. Asaph St., Alexandria, VA. 22314.
Family and friends may share memories at www.GardnerFuneralHome.com



February 3, 2012

Russell Moroz of Warminster passed away Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. He was 93.

Born in Allentown, Pa., he was the son of the late Demetrius and Anastasia Pekius Moroz.

Mr. Moroz was formerly employed as a tool and dye maker at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and retired from the Frankford Arsonal in Philadelphia.

He was an avid golfer and enjoyed gardening.

He was the beloved husband of the late Catherine L. Walsh Moroz and the loving father of Patricia A. Wierzbowski (Daniel) of Warrington, Russell K. (Carole) of Libertyville, Ill., and the late Dr. Regina Moe. He was the brother of Millie, Mary, Eugene and Joseph; grandfather of Daniel, Thomas and John Wierzbowski and Emily Moroz; and great-grandfather of nine.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 6 in Nativity of Our Lord Church, Street Rd., Warminster. Friends will be received from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at Decker Funeral Home, 216 York Rd., Warminster. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 399 Market St., Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106 in Mr. Moroz's memory.

Condolences may be made to the family online at the below web site. Decker Funeral Home, Warminster



February 1, 2012

WILLIAM H. "CRABMAN" JOHNSON III

WILLIAM H. III "CRABMAN", January 29, 2012, a veteran of the U.S. Army. Dearest of son Mildred House. Loving father of William H. IV , Jesse (Sarah) and Michelle Hesler. Dearest grandfather of Elijah and Natalie. Dear brother of Gaile Murphy and Charles E. Johnson. Loving companion of Ann Marie Kerr. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Relatives, friends, former employees of Phila. Naval Shipyard, employees of Aker Shipyard, members of St. John of the Jordan Club and members of VFW Mason-Dixon Post No. 7234 are invited to his Memorial Viewing Friday morning from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at SHEA FUNERAL HOME INC., 29th and Dickinson St., Phila., PA 19146. Int. private.




Jan. 19, 2012

Bernice Cherry, Philadelphia Streets Department bookkeeper

Bernice Bishop Cherry, 87, who worked for the Philadelphia Streets Department for 31 years, died Friday, Jan. 13, of pancreatic cancer at Kearsley, the West Philadelphia retirement community where she had lived for the last two years.

For eight years in the 1950s, Mrs. Cherry and her husband, Earle Cherry Sr., owned the Oak Room, a restaurant at Broad and Master streets in North Philadelphia, said a niece, Joan Merritte.

Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Cherry graduated when she was 16 from William Penn High School and, during World War II, worked as a teenage riveter on warships at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

From 1956 until her retirement from the city in 1987, Merritte said, Mrs. Cherry was a bookkeeper with the Streets Department, tallying expenses "for the men in the trucks."

Into the 1990s, Mrs. Cherry worked in the accounting department of a federal agency in Philadelphia.

Then, Mrs. Cherry was a part-time proctor for Civil Service entrance exams. "The tests were given only on Saturdays," Merritte said. "She would go to schools and monitor people taking the tests."

Mrs. Cherry is survived by a brother, the Rev. William Edward Bishop Sr., and several nieces and nephews. Her husband died in the 1950s. Their son, Earle Jr., died in 1995.

A viewing was set from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at Tindley Temple United Methodist Church, Broad Street near Fitzwater, before an 11 a.m. funeral service there. Burial is to be in Valley Forge Memorial Gardens.



Jan. 18, 2012

Gaetano D. Smedile, 90, retired shipyard rigger and sports fan

Gaetano D. "Danny" Smedile, 90, of South Philadelphia, a retired shipyard rigger and sports fan who was a popular fixture at Veterans Stadium for more than 20 years, died Saturday, Jan. 14, of complications from seizures at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Smedile retired from the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in 1980. Several months later, his wife of 30 years, Rita Innaurato Smedile, had a debilitating stroke.

As her caretaker, he searched for activities they could do together, said their son, Thomas. He drove her to Veterans Stadium when no game was scheduled and talked the security staff into letting him push her around the stadium in her wheelchair. The walk became a daily routine in nice weather. "He called it her workout," their son said.

After his wife died seven years later, Mr. Smedile kept up the daily visits to the Vet. He also was a regular at Phillies and Eagles games. Because he spent so much time at the stadium, he met Phillies and Eagles players and became friends with Buddy Ryan, then the Eagles' coach, who let him come to team practices.

Chris Wheeler, a longtime Phillies broadcaster, met Mr. Smedile in the 1980s.

"He came to all the Phillies charity events, and if you were doing a live remote, Danny was there," Wheeler said. "He knew the game and would give you his opinion. . . . He had a big smile and was just delightful, a true Vet character."

Mr. Smedile's routine ended when Veterans Stadium was demolished in 2004. He went to Phillies games at Citizens Bank Park and Eagles games at Lincoln Financial Park, but his new hangout became Chickie's & Pete's Crab House & Sports Bar on Packer Avenue in South Philadelphia, where the staff called him "Poppy." He had dinner with his family at the restaurant once a month and came in for lunch once a week.

In early November, Mr. Smedile got to see Ryan, who was in town for the Eagles-Chicago Bears game. At an event for Ryan at the Sheraton Society Hill, Mr. Smedile was warmly greeted by former Eagles Mike Quick, Seth Joyner, and A.J. Feeley, his son said.

Weeks later, Mr. Smedile's family had a Phillies-themed party for him at Citizens Bank Park for 100 guests to celebrate his 90th birthday. A Mummers string band entertained, and Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino called from Hawaii with best wishes.

Born to Sicilian immigrants, Mr. Smedile dropped out of South Philadelphia High School to enlist in the Army during World War II. He served in England and landed in Normandy a week after D-Day.

After his discharge, he worked in Salem, Mass., for five years and then worked for a printing company in Philadelphia before becoming a rigger at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

In addition to his son, Mr. Smedile is survived by a daughter, Deborah Renshaw, and three grandchildren.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at Gangemi Funeral Home, Broad and Wolf streets. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church, 2901 S. 10th St. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

PAUL ANTHONY MIDIRI SR.

MIDIRI
PAUL ANTHONY, SR., on January 8, 2012, of Runnemede. Age 88. Beloved husband of 61 years of Helen J. (nee Smith). Loving father of Diane Kochon (Christian), Paul, Jr. (Elizabeth) and Joseph (Ericka). Dear grandfather of the joys of his life Christian, Joey and Elaina. Brother of Rose D'Angelo and Marie Midiri. Brother-in-law of Joan Redgate. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Mr. Midiri proudly served in the US Navy in the South Pacific during WWII. He retired from the Philadelphia Naval Yard after 40 years as a welder, a job he loved. There will be a Viewing from 7 to 9 P.M., Wednesday eve, and 9:15 to 10:15 A.M., Thursday morning, GARDNER FUNERAL HOME RUNNEMEDE, 126 S. Black Horse Pike, Runnemede NJ. Funeral Mass, 11 A.M., Thursday, at Holy Child Parish, St. Teresa's RC Church, Runnemede. Interment private. Family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Mr. Midiri's memory to Trinity Lutheran Church Food Pantry, 200 E. Clements Bridge Rd., Runnemede NJ 08078.


Monday, January 9, 2012

Helen T. Callahan of Levittown died at her home Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. She was 89.

Born and raised in Southwest Philadelphia, she attended West Philadelphia High School.

Mrs. Callahan was an original homeowner in Falls Township and had resided there for the past 59 years.

She was a member of Saint Joseph the Worker Parish, and the Falls Township Senior Center.

During World War II, Mrs. Callahan was employed at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. She also worked at Cybis Studios in Trenton doing porcelain decorating, and then was an office helper at the former Oxford Valley Cablevision in Fairless Hills.

Mrs. Callahan enjoyed trips to the Jersey shore with her family, and excursions with members of the Falls Senior Center.

Beloved wife of the late Thomas J. Jr., Mrs. Callahan was the loving mother of Thomas J. III (Marie) of Indian Trail, N.C., Michael G. Sr. of Levittown, and Kevin of Jenkintown; and the grandmother of Michael G. Callahan Jr. (Stephanie Metterle), Thomas J. Callahan IV (Sherry), Daniel Callahan, Meredith Brown (Andrew), Kristen, Kelly and Kathryn Callahan. She also will be sadly missed by her daughter-in-law, Colleen Hedden Feldman of Fallsington; and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call from 7 until 9 p.m. Wednesday, and from 8:15 until 9:15 a.m. Thursday, at James J. Dougherty Funeral Home, 2200 Trenton Road, Levittown. Her funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at Saint Joseph the Worker Church, 9172 New Falls Road, Fallsington, followed by Rite of Committal in Resurrection Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to Martha's Cupboard in care of Saint Joseph the Worker Church at the above address.

Condolences may be posted at the Web site below. James J. Dougherty Funeral Home,

Levittown

www.doughertyfuneralhome.com


Jan. 6, 2012

B. Goldentyer, 81, engineer on city rail tunnel

Bernard Goldentyer, 81, of Philadelphia, project manager of the Center City Commuter Tunnel for the city Department of Public Property, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital of complications from heart failure.

The 1.7-mile-long commuter tunnel was completed in the spring of 1984 at a cost of more than $300 million - more than $653 million in 2011 dollars - linking SEPTA lines that had ended at the Reading Terminal and at Suburban Station.

In a 1977 interview before construction began, Inquirer reporter Richard Ben Cramer described Mr. Goldentyer as "a short, thick energetic man with sand-and-gravel hair and stubby fingers that he licks to make better speed through books of plans."

"His speech hits jackhammer rhythm as he tries to describe all the activities that will be taking place simultaneously underground."

In May 1984, two to three weeks before limited train service was to begin, the tunnel suffered a scare, but only minor damage, during an aboveground fire.

The fire, in the ruins of a building at 10th and Filbert Streets, spread to 17 other buildings.

"From what I saw," Mr. Goldentyer told reporters, "we came through it very well."

Born in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood, Mr. Goldentyer graduated from Central High School and earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1955 from what is now Drexel University.

While working, he earned two master's degrees, in civil engineering from Drexel in 1969 and in government administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1971.

Mr. Goldentyer's career as a civil engineer began with the U.S. Department of the Interior and continued with the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. In 1962, the city named him materials-testing engineer for the Streets Department highway division.

In 1970, he was named Philadelphia's deputy chief airport engineer, before he began the work that defined his career - the tunnel.

In retirement, Mr. Goldentyer was a member of Temple University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and played clarinet in an ensemble at the Cheltenham Township Adult School.

He also served as a community representative for the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Mr. Goldentyer is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nancy; sons Joel and Mark; a daughter, Debra; and four grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at Goldsteins' Rosenberg's Raphael-Sacks, 310 Second Street Pike, Southampton.


Thu, Jan. 5, 2012

Edwin A. Schultz, 86, retired naval engineer at Navy Yard

Edwin A. Schultz, 86, of Plymouth Meeting, a retired naval engineer, died of lung disease Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Mercy Suburban Hospital.

From the early 1960s until retiring in 1990, Mr. Schultz was with the Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station at the Philadelphia Navy Base. His last position there was as senior project engineer, responsible for the oxygen- and nitrogen-generating plants that support life aboard aircraft carriers and submarines.

Mr. Schultz graduated at age 17 from Olney High School in 1942. He loaded freight cars until he was drafted into the Army at 18.

During World War II, he served as a combat engineer with the Third Army in Europe. In April 1945, he participated in the liberation of Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany.

Mr. Schultz, whose Jewish parents had emigrated from the Ukraine, spoke Yiddish to the Germans he encountered and was amused when they questioned his dialect. He told his family he proudly responded, "Ich bin Jude."

After the war, he earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from what is now Drexel University in 1955 while caring for his ill mother. He then worked for chemical companies in Butler County, Pa., and Tuscola, Ill.

In 1959, he returned to the Philadelphia area and was an engineer with a division of Philco Corp. in Lansdale before taking a position at the Navy Base.

A Mason, Mr. Schultz was past master of Montgomery Lodge 19. He was a supporter of abortion rights and for years escorted women past antiabortion protesters at Planned Parenthood and the Philadelphia Women's Center.

An enthusiastic correspondent, he would wake up in the middle of the night to write letters to family members or to newspapers. The Inquirer published his letters on a variety of topics, including politics, strife in the Middle East, growing up in the Depression, and butterflies.

Mr. Schultz, an avid naturalist, believed that reforestation, even on city streets, would vastly reduce the impacts of carbon dioxide and thermal radiation. His motto was "Plant a tree and bless the shade," his family said.

He is survived by a daughter, Gail Scoufield; two grandsons; and two great-granddaughters. His wife of 53 years, Selma Thomas Schultz, died in 2009.

A Masonic service will be at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, followed by a funeral at 11, at Levine & Sons Memorial Chapel, 4737 Street Rd., Trevose. Burial will be in Montefiore Cemetery, Jenkintown.

Donations may be made to Jefferson Foundation, Department of Pulmonary and Infectious Diseases, 925 Chestnut St., Suite 110, Philadelphia 19107.


FELIX M. TARABORRELLI

FELIX M. TARABORRELLI on Dec. 15, 2011, of Drexel Hill, formerly of Philadelphia. Retired Planner and Estimator/Shipfitter at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.


Robert T. "Bud" Reagan Jr.

Robert T. 'Bud' Reagan, Jr, age 68 of West Deptford, NJ died Sunday, December 11, 2011 after a courageous battle with kidney cancer. Born in Philadelphia, he had been a resident of West Deptford since 1969. Bud was retired after 34 years at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard where he began as a pipefitter and rose to the rank of integrated ship systems inspector general foreman. He enjoyed summers at his home in North Wildwood, watching the Philadelphia Eagles, hunting, and fishing. Husband of the late Madalyn A. whom he was married to for 46 years, he is survived by one daughter: Beth Ann (Daniel) Mangigian of Woolwich Twp., NJ, three sons: Robert Reagan lll of North Wildwood, Stephen (Charity) Reagan of Williamstown, Jonathan Reagan of West Deptford, 4 grandchildren, Daniel & Madalyn Mangigian, Bryan & Victoria Reagan, one sister: Patricia Spicer of Mullica Hill, two brothers: Thomas Reagan of Sewell, and Michael Reagan of Deptford. Predeceased by his brother William Reagan of Philadelphia. Relatives and friends may visit with the family 7 to 9 PM Monday, Dec.19th and 8 to 9:15 am Tuesday, Dec. 20th at SMITH FUNERAL HOME 47 Main St., Mantua, NJ. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Angels Parish At St. Patrick's RC Church, 64 Cooper St., Woodbury, NJ Tuesday at 10 AM. Cremation private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Cooper Cancer Institute (memory of Robert Reagan), The Cooper Foundation, One Cooper Plaza, Camden, NJ 08103 Memories and condolences may be shared at www.smithfhmantua.com


Roy L. Buhrman Sr.

Roy L. Buhrman, Sr., 63, of Franklinville, NJ, on December 4, 2011. Born in Camden, he lived in Barrington and Audubon before moving to Franklinville in 1977.

Mr. Buhrman was a US Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He worked for the shop 11 at the Philadephia Naval Yard before retiring.

A Beloved husband of Susanne R. Buhrman (nee Dilks). Devoted father of Roy L. Buhrman, Jr. and John M. Buhrman (Donna). Loving grandfather of Joey, Roy, Amy, Beckah, Aislynn, Breanna, Kailey and Alexia. Also survived by his good friend Timmy White.

(Published in Gloucester County Times on December 6, 2011)


December 02, 2011

Leonard Prybutok, electrician, educator

Leonard Prybutok, 89, an electrician, educator, and ham radio operator who supplied communications during Hurricane Iniki in Hawaii in 1992, died of kidney failure Sunday, Nov. 27, at Atria, an assisted-living residence in Center City.

Mr. Prybutok was an electrician at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for three years. Then for 20 years, he was a foreman and estimator for Peter H. Lowenthal & Co., an electrical contractor in North Wales. He was an active member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 98.

In 1979, Mr. Prybutok changed careers and became a vocational education teacher at Dobbins Technical High School and then at Edison High School.


November 17, 2011


Eugene Rykaski of Levittown died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, at his residence following a lengthy illness. He was 90.

Born and raised in North Philadelphia, he resided in Boynton Beach, Fla., for 30 years until moving to Statesman Woods in Levittown two years ago.

Mr. Rykaski was a U.S. Navy veteran of both World War II and the Korean War.

He worked as a shipfitter and later as supervisor of the structural group in production engineering at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for more than 30 years, retiring in 1974.

Eugene loved all types of fishing, especially bass fishing. He also played golf and tennis.

He was the beloved son of the late Nicholas and Elizabeth Rykaczewski; devoted brother of Leo Rykaczewski of Chapel Hill, N.C., the late Stanley Rykaczewski, and Catherine Robenolt. He also is survived by four nieces, five nephews; and numerous grand nieces and grand nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, at Fluehr Funeral Home, 864 Bristol Pike (Route 13), Bensalem, where his funeral service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to The Family Service Assn, 670 Woodbourne Road, Unit 4, Langhorne, PA 19047. Fluehr Funeral Home, Bensalem



November 17, 2011


Mary (Sassano) Zappa of Deptford passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. She was 87.

Mrs. Zappa was born in Philadelphia and had been a longtime Delran resident before moving to Deptford in 2006.

Mary was dedicated to her faith and had been an active parishioner of the former Church of The Holy Name in Delran, and more recently Holy Angels Parish, Most Holy Redeemer Church in Woodbury.

Mrs. Zappa worked briefly at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard during World War II, but will be fondly remembered as a loving and devoted wife of 63 years, doting mother, grandmother and homemaker.

Mary is survived by her loving husband, Frank Zappa of Deptford. She is also survived by her children: Sandra and her husband, Peter Genzano of Riverside, Barbara Adams of Pilesgrove and Stephen and his wife, Mary Jane Zappa of Cape Coral, Fla.

Mrs. Zappa was the proud grandmother of seven and great-grandmother of three. Mary was the sister of Frank, Tony, Willie, Mike and the late Harry, Minnie, Johnny and Rita. She is also survived and will be sadly missed by her many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to join the Zappa family in a 'con te partiro' on Friday morning from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Henry Funeral Home, 152 W. Atlantic Ave., Audubon.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Angels Parish, Most Holy Redeemer Church, 1219 Delsea Dr., Westville Grove.

Mausoleum entombment will follow at New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr.

As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia PA 19106 , or at www.alz.org, or to the American Heart Association, 604 Wheatfield Court, Flemington NJ 08822, or at www.americanheart.org. Henry Funeral Home,   Audubon

www.henryfuneralhome.com



William G. Collins (72 Shop) of Blackwood, NJ, died on Nov. 9, 2011 at the age of 93 years, devoted husband of the late Martha (nee Wallace) who predeceased him in 1989. Beloved father of: Patricia Mervine (Robert), William G. Collins, Jr., Kathleen Patto (Joseph), and Joseph “Bud” Collins. Proud and loving grandfather of: Meghan Collins, Erin Collins, Patrick Collins, Amy Patto, and Kellianne Bond. Dear brother of Theresa Krajicek (the late Bud), and the late Frank “Dit” Collins (the late Helen). He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Collins was a U.S. Army World War II Veteran, and survivor of the Normandy Invasion. As a younger man, he was a talented athlete, playing semi pro baseball and football. He was a dedicated Phillies fan (in good years and bad years), and a long time active Parishioner of St. Jude’s Church in Blackwood, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society. He gave 40 years of government service at the U.S. Naval Shipyard, Phila. PA, as an Apprentice Rigging Instructor. In his later years, he worked as a volunteer at Camden Co. Health Services Center, (Lakeland) helping to care for patients.
Bill was a kind, independent, and proud man, who was known as “Mr. Fix It” around the house. His legacy lives on with a family he was proud of, whom will miss him dearly.
Viewings will be Sunday eve. 7:00 – 9:00 PM, and Monday 8:45-9:45 AM, at Earle Funeral Home, 122 W. Church St., Blackwood, NJ 08012. His Mass of Christian Burial will follow Monday at 10:30 AM, Our Lady of Hope Parish/St. Jude’s Church, 402 S. Black Horse Pike, Blackwood, NJ. Interment with his late wife will take place at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Chews Landing, NJ. His family would appreciate flowers, or contributions in his memory to Our Lady of Hope Parish/St. Jude’s Church. Condolences may be viewed/posted at www.earlefuneralhome.com

Cemetery:
St. Joseph's Cemetery (Chews Landing)
N Black Horse Pike and Lower Landing Road
Blackwood , NJ 08012


Tony Boyce worked in the Supply Dept. for many years at PNSY. He was a very nice man. My condoleces to his family and friends.

BOYCE, ANTHONY I. November 10, 2011, age 81, of Manayunk. Husband of the late Gertrude (nee Dougherty); father of Anthony, Michael, Christopher Boyce, Trudy Rauscher and Kathleen Procknow; also survived by 11 grandchildren; 3 great grand-children; brother of Rita Moore, Mary Hanson, Margie Moore, Rose Boyce and the late James, John, Joseph
Boyce and Helen Mendiola. Relatives and friends are invited to Viewing Tuesday 8:30 to 10:30 A.M. at THE KOLLER FUNERAL HOME, 6835 Ridge Ave. (cor. of Livezey) Funeral Mass 11 A.M. St. John the Baptist Church. Interment Calvary Cem. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory to Roman Catholic High School Alumni Assoc., 301 N. Broad St., Phila.,
PA. 19107.



Leo Casey passed on Oct 21. Leo worked in 06 shop at the yard then went to public works as a heavy equipment operator in Northeast Philadelphia NAVFAC.

CASEY
LEO V., JR., Oct. 21, 2011. A Vietnam War Army Veteran. Beloved husband of Patricia Casey (nee Weinert). Devoted father of Albert J. (Theresa) Marnoch, Maureen (Pat Healy) Fox, Elisa M. (James) McGovern, Coleen P. Casey and the late Michael Marnoch. Brother of Linda Kane, Patricia Keenan and Kathy Breckley. Also survived by 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to his Viewing Tues eve 7-9 P.M. and Wed. 9-10 A.M, MANNAL FUNERAL HOME, 6925 Frankford Ave. (at Tyson), and to his Mass of Christian Burial Wed. 11 A.M., St. Malachy R.C. Church, 11 & Master Sts. Int. Holy Sepulchre Church. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Leo's name may be made to Holy Redeemer Hospice, 12265 Townsend Rd., Phila., PA 19154


Tom Herb worked in 56 shop at the yard. He was with NAVFAC public works in Northeast Philadelphia (NSA).

HERB THOMAS W., October 18, 2011. Beloved husband of Linda (nee Masino). Devoted father of Jason Thomas (Kathleen), Lisa Marie and the late Michael A. Grandfather of Brianna Marie, Michael Joseph, Anthony Thomas, Alex Joseph and Michael Anthony Jr. Loving son of Joan and the late Thomas Herb. Dear brother of Linda, Joan, Brian and the late Billy. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing Sun. eve after 7 P.M. and Mon. 8 to 9:30 A.M. CASSIZZI FUNERAL HOME, 2913-17 E. Thompson St. (at Cambria). and his 10 A.M. Funeral Mass, Our Lady Help of Christians Church. Interment Resurrection Cem.


Edward F. Kelly of Woodbury, NJ on July 10, 2011, aged 78 years.
Legacy
Edward proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. A dedicated hard worker, Edward provided for his family working at the Philadelphia Naval Yard as a Supervisor. He enjoyed the sounds of Gershwin, especially Rhapsody in Blue, The Eagles & Diana Krall. Edward will be remembered as a strong, independent, family man who leaves a legacy of love & happiness to his family.
Family
Beloved husband of Helen (nee Martin). Devoted father of Tracey K. Terry and Lisa J. Kelly Dear brother of John Thompson Loving grandfather of Gabriel
Farewell Service
All services private.


October 11, 2011

(51 Shop) Heldon R. "Val" Valente of Trevose, Pennsylvania died suddenly Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at his residence. He was 51 years old. Val was born October 3, 1959 in Lisboa, Portugal, son of Jose S. Valente and Natalia Valente (nee - Reto).

He is the beloved husband of Lisa M. Valente (nee Feingold). Father of Christina Sterling and her husband Osbern ā€¯O.D.ā€¯ and Rosemarie Valente. Grandfather of Zion, Mason, Sirus, and Lillian. Son of Jose and Natalia Valente. Brother of Sue Goldstein and her husband Scott.

Val immigrated to the United States with his parents when he was six or seven years old. He was educated in Philadelphia; graduating from Northeast High School. Val served in the United States Navy from September of 1979 until October of 1981. He served on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) and took great pride in his service. Val proudly worked for many years at the Philadelphia Naval Yard (51 Shop). He had recently been employed as a "Production Maintenance Electrician" for the United States Mint, Philadelphia.

The internment was at Sunset Memorial Park, 333 West County Line Road, Feasterville, Pa 19053. Valā€™s graveside service and military honors were rendered by the United States Navy.



Tue, Sep. 27, 2011

Esther Ann Brown McFarland, 94, of Haverford

Esther Ann Brown McFarland, 94, of Haverford, a volunteer with institutions dedicated to preserving Swedish heritage, died of a stroke Tuesday, Sept. 20, at home.

Mrs. McFarland grew up in Willistown Township and graduated from Tredyffrin/Easttown High School.

During World War II and through the Korean War, she was an office manager at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. She met Cmdr. George C. McFarland at a Navy function, and they married in 1956.

After his discharge, her husband pursued a career as a financial investor while she raised their son.

Mrs. McFarland, who was descended from Swedes who settled along the Delaware River in the early 1640s, was an active member of the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia. She helped fund the museum's Sven Gunnarsson and Jonas Nilsson New Sweden Gallery, named for her ancestors, and in June she spoke at the gallery opening, with Princess Madeleine of Sweden in attendance, said her son, George Jr.

Mrs. McFarland was also a descendant of William Lewis, a federal judge and legislator who wrote a 1780 law that gradually abolished slavery in Pennsylvania. She was active in efforts to preserve Lewis' summer home, Strawberry Mansion, in Fairmount Park. She had almost completed a book about him, which her family plans to publish.

Through marriage, Mrs. McFarland inherited a Scottish connection and developed friendships among members of the St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia.

Her husband established a scholarship, awarded by the society, to students to spend a year in Scotland. After he died in 1989, she administered the scholarship.

Mrs. McFarland and her husband enjoyed 30 years of world travel, primarily by cruise ship. She was about to embark on a cruise the day after she suffered a stroke, her son said.

She visited all seven continents and was among the first American visitors to China in the early 1970s and to the temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. In her 80s, she rode in a hot-air balloon over Kenya, her son said.

In addition to her son, Mrs. McFarland is survived by three grandchildren and a niece.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 625 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010.

Donations may be made to the church or to Bryn Mawr Hospital Foundation, 130 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010.


Sunday, September 25, 2011

From: Bucky Quinn

My father, Bucky Quinn, passed away on Friday. He often followed along on this site. I believe he would have given his right arm to go back and do it all over again as an apprentice.

FRANCIS B. JR., "BUCKY" Sept. 23, 2011. A retired employee of the Phila. Navy Yard after 33 yrs. Beloved husband of 54 yrs. to Winnie (nee Bubeck). Loving father of Francis "Buck" (Lynn) Quinn; dear grandpop to Zachary, Nolan and Conor; brother of Larry, Betty and Patricia Franklin. Also sur-vived by many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to his Viewing on Wed. eve 7-9 P.M. and Thurs. 8:45-9:45 A.M. at the BURNS FUNERAL HOME, 9708 Frankford Ave. (So. of Grant Ave.) followed by his Funeral Mass at 10:30 A.M. at St. Anslem Church. Interment Resurrection Cem. If so desired, in lieu of flowers donations in his memory to the Catholic Charities Appeal, 222 N. 17th St., 7th Fl., Phila., PA. 19103.
www.burnsfuneralhome.com


James F. Higginbotham, Sr.

Passed away on August 23, 2011. Resident of Cherry Hill, NJ. Age 72.

Beloved husband of Catherine "Kay" Higginbotham (nee Williams). Predeceased by his parents, James A. Higginbotham and Margaret Joy Shute and his step-father, William R. Shute. Loving father of: James Higginbotham Jr., Margaret Smith (Jeffrey), Kathleen Sitkowski (Michael), Michael Higginbotham (David), Mark Higginbotham, and Robert Higginbotham (Lisa). Brother of: Elizabeth Morenc (Raymond), Catherine Wade (Warren), Helen Harper (Edward), Walter Shute (Judy), James Shute, Carolyn Eicholtz (Charles) and Harry Shute (Susan). Grandfather of: Albert Labinski, Amanda Higginbotham, Jeffrey Smith Jr., Jessica Smith, Nicholas Smith, Katelyn Sitkowski, Danielle Higginbotham and Melissa Higginbotham. Brother-in-law of: Norman Williams (Kathleen), Paul Williams (Wendy-deceased), Donald Williams-deceased, James Williams (Donna) and Mary Anne Niedzwiadek (Michael). Also survived by his daughter-in-law, Melanie Goins and numerous nieces and nephews. James was retired from NAVSSES at the Philadelphia Naval Yard.

Relatives and friends are invited to the viewing on Friday from 7:00-9:00 PM and Saturday from 8:45-9:45 AM at The Catholic Church of St. Mary, 2001 Springdale Rd., Marlton, NJ 08003. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM Saturday at the church. Interment will follow. If desired, memorial donations may be made in Mr. Higginbotham's name to the Catholic Church of St. Mary.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Rudolph Norman

Rudolph Norman, 54, passed away Friday, July 15, 2011. He was a native of Philadelphia, Pa., and was an engineer with Naval Ship Support Activity. He is survived by his loving wife, Lolita Norman, and two sons. A funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. www.SturtevantFuneralHome.com.


July 15, 2011 4:00 am

Joseph N. Rosella of Holland, Pa. died peacefully on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at his daughter's residence in Warwick. He was 97.

He was the beloved husband of the late Elsie T. Sokolowski Rosella and the late Amelia 'Molly' Dalesandro Rosella.

Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Michael and Carmella Mercuri Rosella and brother of the late Jenny Dickson.

Mr. Rosella was a resident of Holland for the past two years and formerly resided in the Rhawnhurst section of Philadelphia for 57 years.

Before retiring in 1971, he was employed as a machinist at the Philadelphia Navy Yard for 32 years. During that time, Mr. Rosella was president of both the machinist union and the metal trades union. After retiring, he then started a family contracting business with his son and continued working until he reached the age of 93.

He was a past Grand Knight and member of Father Thomas Ryan Council 5036 of the Knights of Columbus in Philadelphia.

In his leisure time, he enjoyed taking trips to Atlantic City, N.J. and visiting the casinos for a game of chance. He was an avid Phillies fan.

He is survived by his three children: Constance D. Coffin and her husband, Jay of Warwick, Joseph M. Rosella and his wife, Karen of Holland, and Joseph Dalesandro and his wife, Donna of Brigantine, N.J., his brother, Lou Rosella and his wife, Clara of Philadelphia, and his sister, Clara Brennan and her husband, Michael of Wrightstown. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing on Saturday, July 16, 2011, from 9 a.m. until his Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Bede the Venerable Church, 1071 Holland Road, Holland, PA 18966. Interment will take place at Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 3331 Street Road, Suite 410, Bensalem, PA 19020.


Sun, Jul. 10, 2011

Leonard Pompa, 99, a civil engineer who helped design the world's first nuclear-powered submarine, died Tuesday, July 5, at his Ardmore home.
Mr. Pompa was the chief engineer for fabrication at Lukens Steel Co. in Coatesville in the early 1950s when the company landed a contract to work on the Nautilus project. The submarine was launched in 1954.

Daughters Lori Pompa and Anita Moran said Mr. Pompa had regaled them with stories about his meetings with Rear Adm. Hyman Rickover, who spearheaded the project.

"I recall him talking about his first interview with Adm. Rickover, who was notoriously difficult at times," Moran said.

"The lore was that he [Rickover] would do things to throw people off balance," she said, explaining how he would tilt the blinds so the sun would shine in someone's eyes "to see how they would handle an awkward situation."

Her father, she said, was relieved he didn't smoke after noticing that the ashtray was out of reach from his chair. He persuaded Rickover, later known as the father of the nuclear Navy, to give his company the contract, she said.

Mr. Pompa was born in Castelluccio Valmaggiore, a little town in Italy whose nearest city is Naples. When he was 15, he immigrated to Philadelphia. His first job was playing his mandolin, serenading outside people's windows, to earn pocket money.

In 1940, Mr. Pompa earned a degree in civil engineering from Villanova University. He took graduate courses at the University of Pennsylvania.

After he worked as an engineer at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and later at General Electric, Lukens Steel hired him in 1945. In 1947, he was promoted to chief engineer, specializing in welding, the fabrication of high-strength steel, and particle acceleration.

He had "a very long and dignified career" at the company, said Gene DiOrio, a Lukens Steel historian. During his 30 years at Lukens, Mr. Pompa worked on various Navy projects and coordinated work with the Italian Steel Corp., DiOrio said.

In 1950, Mr. Pompa moved to Ardmore with his wife, the former Mary Lorine, a nurse, and they raised four children.

"It may have been love at first sight," said Lori Pompa. After her mother first saw Mr. Pompa, a friend of her brother's, she confided to one of her sisters that she intended to marry him. The next day, he was dropping her off at work.

Mr. Pompa, who loved opera and played the violin, stayed vibrant all his life, his family said. He donated his time to helping seniors in the neighborhood file their taxes, and he designed certificates for inmates who completed an education program.

He also embraced modern ways. In recent years he carried a cellphone, spoke with relatives in Italy via Skype, and bought a new car.

He had many friends. "He met people's eyes and had these amazingly deep conversations with them," Moran said. "He had Old World grace and charm and was genuinely interested in people and their stories."

In addition to his daughters, Mr. Pompa is survived by a son, J. Anthony Pompa; another daughter, Mary O'Neill; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. His wife of 62 years died in 2005.

Viewings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 10, at McConaghy Funeral Home, 328 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, and after 9 a.m. Monday, July 11, at St. Colman Roman Catholic Church, Lancaster Avenue and Argyle Road, Ardmore, where a Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Penn Home Care & Hospice Services, 150 Monument Rd., Suite 300, Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004.


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Wilson J. Scott

of Palmyra, N.J., passed away Thursday, June 23, 2011. He was 67.

He was born and raised in Philadelphia.

Mr. Scott was a U.S. Navy veteran.

He worked at the Philadelphia Navy Yard as a boilermaker and welder, then, he went to work at Philadelphia Sign in Palmyra.

A resident of Palymra for 48 years, he belonged to the Palmyra American Legion.

He loved fishing and the lottery, and was known around town as Mr. Lucky.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Janet (Barron) Scott; his loving children, Janet Gilbert (Chris) and Maureen Larmanis. He was known as 'POP' to his grandchildren, and many others, Jessica, Michelle, Rachel, Scott and Dalton; and his great-grandson, Connor. He also is survived by his sister, Joan Marsh, and Harry Horstman who was like a brother to him; a niece, Coleen Coon; a nephew, Brian Harrington; and many friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., followed by his funeral service, at the Weber Funeral Home 112 Broad Street (River Road) Riverton, N.J. Interment will be in Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle N.J. Veterans Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to Fox Chase Cancer Center, Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, PA.

Weber Funeral Home, 112 Broad St., Riverton




Charles L. Hawley | Machinist, 70
 

Charles L. Hawley, 70, a retired machinist formerly of Pottstown, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Saturday, May 14, at home in Orlando.

Mr. Hawley grew up in Kensington, the youngest of 13 children. He was a painter at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard before joining Rorer Pharmaceuticals in Fort Washington in 1971.

He and his wife, Helen Bancos Hawley, raised a family in Abington and Pottstown. He was a former volunteer with the Upper Pottsgrove Township Fire Company.

Mr. Hawley retired as a machinist from what is now Rhone-Poulenc Rorer in 1994. Two years later, he and his wife moved to Florida.

He enjoyed camping, visiting mountains and beaches, riding his Harley-Davidson, and spending time with family and friends.

In addition to his wife of 34 years, Mr. Hawley is survived by sons Charles and Loni; daughters Theresa Walters, Tami Bryan, Mary Reinert, Lynette, and Nicole; a brother; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at the West End Fire Company, 112 Rice St., Stowe.



Angelo J. Pennacchia, 85, mechanic, veteran

Angelo J. Pennacchia, 85, of Springfield, Delaware County, a mechanic and decorated World War II Army veteran, died of renal cell cancer Wednesday, May 18, at home.

Mr. Pennacchia grew up in West Philadelphia and trained as an auto mechanic.

During World War II, he drove tanks and motorcycles in the 773d Tank Destroyer Battalion under Gen. George S. Patton's command in northern France and central Europe. He was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded a Purple Heart.

After his discharge, Mr. Pennacchia was a General Motors Corp. auto mechanic before going to work at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. For 30 years, he was an engineer mechanic for aircraft-carrier catapults. Occasionally he and his team were flown to a ship at sea to make repairs.

After retiring from the Navy Yard in 1986, he worked for Four D Electric, an electrical contractor in Havertown.

He was an expert mechanic who was always eager to help his children, friends, and neighbors. It never took more than a phone call for him to arrive ready to install a set of brakes or change a faulty light fixture, his family said.

An avid sports fan, Mr. Pennacchia was in the stands when the Phillies won the World Series in 1980 and 2008. As an usher and later as a season-ticket holder, he cheered on the Eagles at Franklin Field and Veterans Stadium, and he attended the 2005 Super Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., with his two sons. He also attended many 76ers and Flyers games.

When their children were growing up, he and his wife, Angelina Tulli Pennacchia, vacationed in Wildwood. Later, they enjoyed summer vacations with their family in Ocean City, N.J.

Mr. Pennacchia is survived by sons Raymond and Angelo; daughters Linda Schramm and Cynthia Blankenship; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters. His wife of 55 years died in 2002.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 22, and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 23, at D'Anjolell Memorial Home, 2811 West Chester Pike, Broomall. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 23, at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 136 Saxer Ave., Springfield, Pa. 19064, where Mr. Pennacchia was usher captain for many years. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.

Donations may be made to the church.



William (Bill "Doc") Dougherty passed away on May 5, 2011. Bill was a boilermaker in shop 41 during the 1970's & 80's. Friends are invited to pay respects on Monday night 5/9/11 from 7 to 9 PM at Pennsylvania Burial Co., 1327 So. Broad St., Phila. Pa, and Tuesday morning 8 to 9 AM. Funeral Mass will be at St. Monica's Church. 17th & Ritner Sts., at 9:30 AM. (Submiited by Bill's sister, Ellen Booth, Shop 26 Welder).


John J. Hance Sr.


 
Former 11 Shop Shipfitter John J. HANCE Sr. 67 of Washington Twp. on April 7, 2011.
 
Devoted father of John Jr. (Barbara), George (Brenda) and Chris-Jan (John); Loving grandfather of
Siarrah Lynn, Dylan, Georgie, Austin and another Angel on the way; Beloved companion to the Yorkie, Mickey.
 
 
Friend of many.


Harvey L. Schultz


 
SCHULTZ, Harvey L. 84, of Seminole, entered into rest on March 31, 2011, at his home surrounded by his loving family after a long illness. Born in Philadelphia, PA, he came here in 1989 after retiring from the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. He was a proud member of the Pinellas Park Rotary and was an avid bowler and throughout his life he participated in many leagues and tournaments. He was a proud WWII U.S. Navy veteran and again served his country during the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Army. He was a longtime employee of Publix and retired after 18 years of service. He is survived by loving wife of 47 years, Adele; his daughters, Christine (John) A. Reily of Philadelphia, PA and Fran (Thomas) E. Timcik of Seminole; grandchildren, Jason and Joseph Reily and Joyce Jackson all of Pennsylvania; and great- granddaughters, Reily & Rachael Jackson. There will be a gathering of friends beginning at 2pm with service and military honors beginning at 3:30 pm on Saturday, April 2 at Reese Funeral Home 727 391-9954

Published in the St. Petersburg Times on April 1, 2011


Wed, Apr. 13, 2011

Bernard Auerbach, 91, teacher and principal

Bernard Meyer Auerbach, 91, a teacher and administrator in Philadelphia public schools, died of heart failure Monday, April 11, in the home in Northeast Philadelphia that he and his wife purchased new in 1955.

Mr. Auerbach grew up in Strawberry Mansion. After graduating from Central High School when he was 15, he was an apprentice at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and received his teacher's training at Philadelphia Normal School.

In 1941, before shipping overseas with the Navy, he married Beatrice Neidich. During World War II, he served in the South Pacific aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid.

After his discharge, he joined the faculty of Blaine Elementary School in Strawberry Mansion. He spent 18 years at Blaine as a teacher, counselor, and assistant principal. While there, he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Temple University.

Mr. Auerbach became principal at Read School in South Philadelphia in 1965 and later was principal at Lawndale Elementary in the Northeast.

When the Philadelphia school board closed Lawndale Elementary in 1975 to cut costs, Mr. Auerbach told The Inquirer that the thought of losing his pupils saddened him.

"I sing with them. I play with them. I tease them. I love them," he said.

When he retired in 1982, Mr. Auerbach was principal of Rhawnhurst Elementary in the Northeast.

In the summer during the 1950s, he was program director at Strawberry Mansion Recreation Center. Later, he was director of Boulevard Day Camp in Northeast Philadelphia and then was director of Camp Kweebec in Schwenksville.

Mr. Auerbach was a member of B'nai B'rith and Adath Zion Congregation in Northeast Philadelphia. He was active with the Philadelphia Public School Retired Employees Association and the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees.

He lived independently and enjoyed breakfast out three times a week with old friends, his son, Leon, said.

Mr. Auerbach's wife died in 1998. Besides his son, he is survived by a brothers, David and Ruby; and nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be at noon Wednesday, April 13, at Joseph Levine & Son, 4737 Street Rd., Trevose. Burial will be in Montefiore Cemetery, Rockledge.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Robert Norman Barol

Robert 'Bob' Barol of Levittown passed away peacefully at Chandler Hall Hospice surrounded by family, after a lengthy illness on Sunday, March 13, 2011. He was 93.

Bob is most remembered for his friendliness, sense of humor, creating laughter, and sentimental love of family.


Wanting to enlist during World War II, he was instead chosen to apprentice for four years as a ship fitter at the Philadelphia Naval Yard. Bob later went on to work for many decades in the Engineering Department at Rohm and Haas Company.

Always reinventing himself, Bob took over as a homemaker when his wife was unable; he learned to cook delicious full course meals and added many new responsibilities to his life without a complaint, keeping his positive attitude in the forefront.

Bob was the beloved husband for 66 years of Catherine T. (Grogan) Barol; father of Lorraine Barol Calhoun (Newton), Martin Barol and was preceded in death by daughter, Regina Scharpman (Gary) of Miami; and brother of Selma Disckind of Orlando, Fla. Robert is also survived by four grandchildren, Lynne Owen, H. Rick Owen, Christina Calhoun, and Kathryn Calhoun; a great granddaughter, Hailey Owen and great

great-granddaughter, Cici Arencibia; He was also preceded in death by great granddaughter, Tara Owen.

Graveside Service and Interment will be held privately.

Contributions in Bob's memory may be made to Chandler Hall Hospice, 99 Barclay St., Newtown, PA 18940. Goldsteins' Rosenberg's

Raphael-Sacks Funeral Home,

Southampton


John J. (Jack) D'ALONZO Jr., 72,

Army Veteran and 26 Shop Welder

John J. 'Jack" Jr. 72, of Primos, formally of Drexel Hill, Passed away Wednesday, February 23rd, at his residence.

Jack was born in Darby, the son of the late Emilia (Haiko) and John J. D'Alonzo.

He was a member of Saint Eugene Church in Primos and a former member of Saint Charles Church in Drexel Hill. He served in the United States Army and worked as a welder at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

He was the brother of the late William D'Alonzo.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Catherine F. (nee: Halfpenny) D'Alonzo and his two daughters, Christina (D'Alonzo) Kroh, and husband Roger Kroh, of Secane, Dawn (D'Alonzo) O'Neill, of Clifton Heights and his sister, Joyce Dongiven, of Florida as well as six grandchildren.


Bernard "Beau" Merkins Sr.

Bernard "Beau" Merkins Sr.

On February 5, 2011, at the age of 68, with his family at his side, Beau Merkins, Sr. peacefully left this world.

Beau was considered by his children as the best Dad and best Grandpop in the world and will be greatly missed. Beau enjoyed spending time with his family, tinkering with cars and small motors and was an avid collector. Beau was a kind man always willing to lend a hand. Beau served in the U S Air Force #4485 Org. Maint. Squad at Englin Air Force Base, Florida. He also worked for Volkswagen, Rayco, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard 38 Shop and Christiana Auto.

Beau was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Elinor Merkins; brother, George and sisters, Sis and Sue. Beau is survived by his brothers, Robert and Jim Merkins; his daughters, Lorraine and Jim Dobies, Stacey and Rodney Bush, Angela Hughes and "Dave" William Stewart and Bernadette Mitchell; his son, Beau Merkins and Andrea Thompson; his grandchildren, Jimmy, Robert, Stephanie, Alicia, Amber, James, Markie, Hannah, Dalton, Angel and Kyle; great grandchildren, Tylor and Hailey and many family members and special friends.

A memorial service for Beau will be held on Saturday February 12, at noon in the McCrery and Harra Funeral Home, 3710 Kirkwood Highway Wilmington, DE 19808. Visitation will be at 11 am. Burial will be held privately. The family requests that casual attire be worn.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Beau's memory may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, First State Chapter, 100 W. 10th St. Wilmington, DE 19801 or Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,100 W. 10th St. Suite 209 Wilm., DE. 19801.

To send online condolence visit
www.mccreryandharra.com
302-478-2204
Published in The News Journal from February 10 to February 


LOUIS A. "LOU" ARICO (A Retired General Foreman of PNSY Shop 11)

LOUIS A. "LOU", on January 13, 2011 of Media PA. He was the beloved husband of the late Anna (nee DeJulio) for 62 years and brother of the late Alfred Rickey and Mary O'Neill. Survived by his loving children Joseph A. Arico (Nancy Lee) and Luanne J. Arico (Michael Berger), his cherished grand-children, Joseph and Michael Arico and Justin Berger, his sister Lucy O'Neill and also many loving nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to his Viewing Fri. eve, 7 to 9 P.M., D'ANJOLELL MEMORIAL HOME OF BROOMALL, 2811 West Chester Pike, Broomall PA, and Sat. morning, 10 to 10:45 A.M., Holy Spirit Church, 1028 School St., Sharon Hill PA 19079. Funeral Mass to follow at 11 A.M. Interment SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to Holy Spirit Church at the above address would be appreciated.


Friday, January 14, 2011
 
 From: Jack Balkir
 E-Mail: jbalkir@gmail.com
 Shop: 51 Shop / Code 1200
 
 I regret to inform you all that BOB SCHWARTZ (56 Shop GF) has passed away early Friday (Jan 14) morning.
 
 The viewing will be held Monday night from 6:30-9 at McGuiness Funeral Home 34 Hunter St, Woodbury, NJ 08096
 
 The funeral will be held on Tuesday at 11 AM at St. Matthews Church 307 Wesley Ave, National Park, NJ 08063


PELOSY Mario A., Jr. (C/260)

On November 6, 2010, of Williamstown. Age 76.

Beloved husband of Angela (nee Sottile). Loving father of Joann Jalkiewicz (Mark), Marianne Goding (Greg), Diane Mason (Bill), Rene Dougherty (Bob) and Angel Damiani (Anthony). Dear grandfather of 12. Also survived by many cherished family members.

Mario was a 1963 graduate of Drexel University with a degree in mechanical engineering and a 4th Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus in Williamstown. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing Tuesday eve 7:00 – 9:00 pm and Wednesday 8:00 – 9:00 am at the EGIZI FUNERAL HOME, 119 Ganttown Rd., Washington Twp. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 am at Our Lady of Peace Parish / St. Mary's Church, Williamstown. Interment Saint Mary's Cemetery, Williamstown. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.egizifuneral.com "A Life Well Lived Is Worth Remembering"



Thu, Jan. 6, 2011


Wilbert 'Bunny' Horsey, 85

Things were tight in the family of Wilbert Joseph Horsey back in the '30s, and he couldn't afford the stylish clothes he desired. He solved the problem by going to work in a tailor shop.
"I was getting tired of wearing those raggedy clothes and having other people laughing at me," he once told a family member.

Working in a tailor shop made it possible for him to look fresh and polished.

Wilbert Horsey, called "Bunny" by family and friends, a retired shop supervisor for the former All Aluminum Co. in Philadelphia, Army veteran of World War II and youth baseball coach, died Dec. 28. He was 85 and lived in Mount Airy.

He was born in Philadelphia to Joseph Horsey and Muriel Nichols. He attended St. Peter Claver Parochial School, one of the first racially integrated schools in the city.

He showed a skill in mathematics and was an excellent artist who loved to draw. Because of his academic abilities, he was accepted at the former Southeast Catholic High School. He attended the school for three years before transferring to Benjamin Franklin High School.

In 1943, he joined the Army and was stationed in New Guinea, where he worked as a longshoreman. He wound up his service with the 317th Port Company, 411th Port Battalion Transportation Corps, and was discharged in January 1946.

After his service, he went to work for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in the supply department. He left the shipyard and joined the All Aluminum Co., where he worked for 19 years, working his way up to shop supervisor before the company went out of business.

"This was where he learned that dealing with people could be a blessing and at the same time a nightmare," his family said. "His cool demeanor and sense of humor always helped to keep situations under control."

Bunny liked having a good time, and joined a male social club, the Yellow Jackets. He coached its softball team to several championships, planned for social events and organized trips to places like Las Vegas.

He coached youngsters from 6 to 18 in the Ogontz Baseball League, and also acted as the league's scorekeeper.

Wilbert enjoyed watching his grandsons Shannon and Glenn play baseball, and his granddaughter Misha play high-school basketball. He was proud to watch her play in a state championship game in 2005.

He was a big fan of Philadelphia sports teams. He rarely missed a sporting event involving Philadelphia teams on TV, and he and his son, Michael, attended every Eagles home game from 1982 to 2000.

He also is survived by two daughters, Joanne Cook and Sharon Renee Horsey, and seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Marva Horsey.

Services: Were yesterday. Burial will be in Chelten Hills Cemetery.


Nancy Berry
(Died December 15, 2010)


Berry, Nancy (nee: Lowe), age 68, on 12/15/10. Predeceased by parents Thomas & Anna Lowe; sister Marie Rook; and brothers-in-law William Long, Thomas Rook, and George Butler. Survived by husband Bill Berry; daughter Nancy A. Berry; sisters Anna Long, Ada Butler, Margaret "Peggy" Miller (Frank), and Barbara Loman (Joe); and brother Thomas Lowe (Ann Louise). Family and friends may call Mon., 7-9pm, and Tues., 9-10am, at Galzerano Funeral Home, 3500 Bristol-Oxford Valley Rd., Levittown, followed by a religious service, 10am, in funeral home. Interment in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown. Donations to St. Mary Hospital, 1201 Langhorne-Newtown Road, Langhorne, PA 19047 c/o Greg Wozniak.



December 15, 2010

Richard Hawryshko

Richard Hawryshko, 64, passed away Wednesday, December 15, 2010, in the VA Medical Center, in Plains Township. He is formerly of Hunlock Creek.

He was born May 13, 1946, in Kingston, and was a son of the late Anna Andreuskevitch.

Richard served in the U.S. Navy from 1965 until 1976, including two tours in Vietnam.

He was employed in the Philadelphia Naval shipyard as a pipefitter until retiring in 1995.

Richard is survived by his wife of 35 years, Jean Bevan Hawryshko, Simpson; daughter Kristy Hawryshko and her fianc� David Van Gorder, Simpson; son Michael Hawryshko and his wife, Ashley, Peckville; as well as a granddaughter Cora Wylie.

Richard was loved by all his friends and family and will be dearly missed.

A Blessing Service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday from the Williams-Hagen Funeral Home, 114 W. Main St., Plymouth, with Father Stephen Stavoy officiating. Interment will take place in Maple Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.



September 11, 2010

John Hawryshko

John Hawryshko, 87, formerly of Front Street, Hanover Section of Nanticoke, passed away Saturday, September 11, 2010, at the Kingston Commons Nursing Center.

Born on January 15, 1923, in the Hanover Section of Nanticoke, he was a son of the late Stephen Hawryshko Sr., and Pauline Daschuk Hawryshko.

He was a graduate of Nanticoke High School, Penn State University and Georgetown Law School.

Mr. Hawryshko was employed for many years by the Department of the Navy at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

He was a member of Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Church and was a social member of Hanover Hose Co. No. 4.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. Helen Shriner; and brothers, Stephen Hawryshko Jr., on November 4, 1996, and Michael Hawryshko on August 3, 2009.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at a time to be announced from the Stanley S. Stegura Funeral Home Inc., 614 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke. Interment will be in Holy Transfiguration Cemetery, Nanticoke. Friends may call Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.


September 9, 2010

John P. McCullough (x56)

On September 8, 2010, of Washington Twp. Age 65. Beloved husband of Linda (nee Wimmer). Devoted father of Kevin (Suzanne) and Ryan (Lauren). Loving grandfather of Kali, Logan and Riley. Dear brother of James, Brian, Sister Rita Bridget, Michael, Margaret and Gregory McCullough. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing Friday eve 6:30 – 9:00 pm and Saturday 8:15 – 9:15 am at the EGIZI FUNERAL HOME, 119 Ganttown Rd., Washington Twp. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 am at SS Peter and Paul RC Church, Washington Twp. Interment Gloucester County Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Williamstown.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 7020 AC Skinner Pkwy., Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

"A Life Well Lived Is Worth Remembering."



August 30, 2010

Carl Carite, 85, of Buena passed away Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, at his residence.

He was born in Palmyra to the late Antonio and Anna (Maimone) and had been a resident in Buena for 27 years. Carl was the oldest of five siblings and a graduate of Palmyra High School in 1941. He was enlisted into the U.S. Army Air Corps, obtaining the rank of sergeant, serving during World War II. Carl then joined the Army National Guard, before he retired as CW4, after 38 years of service. Before his retirement, he was employed with the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard as a planning developer.
He is survived by wife of 30 years, Frances Carite; daughters, Linda Baldino of Richmond, Va., and Susan Szabo of Dover, Del.; son, Carl Carite Jr. of Marlton; daughters Jill Ventura of Berlin and Anne Warchol of Marlton; a stepdaughter, Cheryl Ozalas of Mullica Hill; a stepson, Daniel Busillo of Orlando, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank Carite' and a sister, Rosemarie Winters.
Carl was predeceased by his brothers, Tony and Charles Carite.
Family and friends will be received from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Rone Funeral Service, Vineland, where Carl's funeral service will begin at 11 a.m.
Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are under the supervision of Rone Funeral Service, 1110 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland.
The family requests donations be made in Carl's memory to Caring Hospice Services, 102 Gaither Drive, Suite 2, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054; or International Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Drive, Suite 206, North Hollywood, CA 91607-3421.
To send online condolences, visit the funeral home website at www.ronefuneralservice.com.



August 24, 2010

EDWARD J. DUFFY
 

DUFFY, EDWARD J., on Aug. 20, 2010, age 73, of Northeast Phila., formerly of Schuylkill. 25 year employee of the Phila. Navy Yard. Loving husband of Anne M. (nee Dougherty) Duffy. Father of Robert (Cindy), Elizabeth (John Miller), Daniel, Edward, Mary Kate (Frank) Convery and John Duffy. Also survived by 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Brother of Janet Evers and the late James, John and Robert Duffy. Also survived by many aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. Relatives and friends are invited to attend His Funeral Mass Thursday 10 A.M. at Christ The King Church, Morrell Ave. and Chesterfield Rd., Phila. PA 19114 where friends may call from 9 to 9:45 A.M. Thursday at the church. Int. private. In lieu of flowers family prefers Mass Cards



June 2, 2010

Vincent Anthony Talotta

TALOTTA, Vincent Anthony Age 49, of Stratford, passed away suddenly on Thursday, May 27th, 2010 at home. Vincent worked as a Customer Service Rep at Dept of Defense Philadelphia, PA, with 30 yrs. of service. Husband of Bettyann Goodfellow. Father of Lynda Talotta, Theresa Talotta, Colleen Haas, and Walt Haas. Grand-father of Michael James Jr. Son of the late Louis and Jean (nee Donofrio) Talotta. Brother of Debbie (Dan) Cavallaro, Jeanne (Ed) Zelaskey, Lorraine (Mike Savio) Talotta, Roseanne (Mike Riley) Talotta, Louie (Margie) Talotta, and Anthony Talotta. Also many nieces, nephews and cousins.

***VIEWING**** - Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing and visitation with the family on Friday morning from 8:30-10:30am at EUGENE J. ZALE FUNERAL HOME, INC. 712 No. White Horse Pk Stratford, NJ PH - 856-783-5100

***FUNERAL MASS*** - Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe R.C. Church Parish-Saint Luke Campus, Warwick Road, Stratford, NJ, at 11:00am on Friday.

***BURIAL*** - New Saint Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr, NJ.



June 2, 2010

Ronald W. Wallner (72 Shop)

Ronald W. Wallner, 62 years old, of Eliot, Maine, passed away on Wednesday, May 26, 2010.

Mr. Wallner was born on January 4, 1948, in Philadelphia, Pa. He was the son of Dolores (Cini) Rodenbaugh and the late Walter J. Wallner.

Ronald attended Girard College in Philadelphia, Pa., and for many years worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard until its closing. Following the closing Ronald was transferred in 1989 to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard where he worked as a diver and rigger until his retirement in 2006.

Ronald was a Past Master Mason in his native Philadelphia. He enjoyed spending quality time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He had a wonderful sense of humor, and an infectious smile, and when Ronald was not with his family he was outside caring for his lawn, or making some type of improvement to his home. He was a deeply loved man, and will be missed by many.

Ronald is survived by his mother Dolores Rodenbaugh of Boothwyn, Pa., his wife of 32 years Christine (Heinemann) Wallner of Eliot, Maine; three daughters, Wendi Cormier and her husband James of Rochester, N.H., Megan McCormack and her husband Matthew of Eliot, Maine, and Cory Wallner and her fiancé, Rich Eddy of South Berwick, Maine. Also surviving is a sister Tamara McCalla and her companion Alex Begg of Drexel Hill, Pa.; four grandchildren, Zachary and Sydney Cormier, Brandon and Owen McCormack, and several nieces and nephews.

At Ronald's request immediate services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

Care for the Wallner family has been entrusted to the J.S. Pelkey Funeral Home of Kittery, Maine.



May 20, 2010

Louis Screnci Sr. Shop 11,41 and NSWCCD-SSES, passed away on 17 May 2010.

SCRENCI, LOUIS, May 17, 2010. Beloved husband of the late Victoria (nee Autodore). A devoted father of William (Susan), Robert (Linda) Screnci, Maria (Bart) Ricci and the late Louis Screnci. Grandfather of Louis (Trisha), Brad (Cindy), Tara (Joe) Buonadonna, Jennifer (Donald) Caldwell, Kimberly (Domenic) Marchesani, Matthew and Catherine Screnci, Bart and Sam Ricci. Great grandfather of Briana, Ashley, Bella and Joey. Brother of the late Samuel, Vincent, Sylvester Screnci, Louise Ruggirio, Mary Marotta and Nicholas Screnci. Also survived by as many loving nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to his VIEWING FRIDAY EVENING 7-9 P.M. AND SATURDAY 8:30 A.M. UNTIL 9:30 A.M. at THE MONTI-RAGO FUNERAL HOME INC., 2531-35 S. Broad St. Funeral Mass Stella Maris Church, 9th and Bigler Sts. 10 A.M. Interment Calvary Cemetery, Cherry Hill, NJ. In lieu of flowers, family request contributions be made to Helen's Hope, P.O. Box, 51191 Phila., PA 19115.



May 5, 2010

Benjamin J. Arena
 

Benjamin J. Arena of Bristol passed away Monday, May 3, 2010, at Chandler Hall in Newtown. He was 59.

Born in Philadelphia, he lived most of his life in Bristol. He was a graduate of Bristol High School and Bucks County Technical School.

Mr. Arena worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for 16 years until its closing and then worked for Kvaerner shipyard that took over.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was the son of the late Josephine Arena and brother of the late Joseph Arena.

He is survived by his father, Salvatore Arena of Bristol; his brother, Salvatore Arena Jr. of Bristol; his sister, Mary Jones and her husband, Bernie, of St. Mary's, Ga.; his sister-in-law, Gail Arena of New Jersey; and his nephew, and niece, Chris and Stepfanie Jones.

Advertisement Family and friends are invited to attend his viewings Thursday, May 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday, May 7, from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at Molden Funeral Chapel, 133 Otter St., Bristol. A funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mark Church, Bristol. Interment in St. Mark Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the Web site listed below. Molden Funeral Chapel, Bristol

www.moldenfuneralchapel.com



May 2, 2010

John J. McElwee
 

John Joseph "Jack" McElwee passed away Monday, March 8, 2010. He was 94.

He is survived by Margaret "Marge" (Razler), his loving wife for 67 years.

He was born to John A. McElwee and Hannah (Cooper). He lived and married in Philadelphia until he moved his family to Levittown in 1956. They resided there for more than 20 years and were involved with their friends and many church activities at Immaculate Conception Parish.

Jack worked at the Philadelphia Naval Yard during World War II as a shipfitter and until recently could tell stories about the different ships he had worked on and what happened to them. He also worked making railroad cars and then was employed with Keebler Baking Co. for 25 years until his retirement.

He and his wife, Marge, then moved to Florida, residing first in Lehigh Acres then Whiskey Creek and finally "Top of the World" in Clearwater. They enjoyed swimming most days and dancing, "exploring" and traveling as much as they could.

Jack belonged to the Knights of Columbus and was a member of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church where his ashes will be interred at a later date.

Advertisement Jack, a self-taught man, had a natural talent for music and drawing and entertained the willing with a good joke, story or riddle as often as possible.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, John "Jasper" McElwee of Lambertville, N.J., and four daughters: Helene M. Hofmeister (George) of Levittown, Margaret "Peggy" Maccabee (Paul) of Hastings on the Hudson, N.Y., Mary Ann Weidner (Thomas) of Geneva, Ill., and Regina McElwee of Bristol. He also is survived by 12 grandchildren: Kristina, Amanda, George Thomas, Laura, Jonathan, Claire, Philip, Frances Marie, Nicole, Keith, Brittney and Bianca; and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Philip McElwee and a sister, Marie (McElwee) Ryan.

A memorial Mass was held at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Clearwater, Fla., on Saturday, March 27. A future memorial Mass will be celebrated locally at his family's convenience. Details will be published for friends who may wish to attend.



March 30, 2010

Genevieve Eder
 

Genevieve "Jean" Eder of Palm City, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, after a lengthy illness. She was 83.

Mrs. Eder was born March 13, 1926 in Philadelphia, the daughter of Michael and Maryann (Narkin) Karsis. She attended Bartrum High School in Philadelphia.

Upon graduation, she was employed at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

On Oct. 10, 1949, she married Charles J. Eder of Philadelphia. She and her family resided in Levittown for many years, where she was a member of the Oak Tree Women's Civic Group.

She is survived by her children, Charles J. Eder Jr. of Langhorne, Susan J. Solari of Angels Camp, Calif., Charlene J. Umin of Palm City, and Cheryl A. Rohrbacher of Bordentown, N.J.; her sister, Helen Bennett of Philadelphia; and five grandchildren.

Advertisement She retired from the Lower Bucks County Water Authority, moving to Bensalem after the death of her husband. She had recently moved to Palm City, where she resided with her daughter, Charlene, until her death.

Cremation took place in Florida and a local memorial service is planned for family and friends later this spring with arrangemants being made by her son.

Contributions may be made to American Heart Association.



March 29, 2010

Pete Pizzi worked in x38 shop A/C section, P.W. NavFac in Northeast Philadelpha.

PETER V., Feb. 26, 2010, son of Eleanore (nee Finore) and the late Ernest, devoted husband of Victoria (nee Pizzo), beloved father of Danielle (John) Pizzi, Stephanie (Joseph) Varano and Natalie (Paul Biscardi) Pizzi, brother of Joseph (Sherri), Ernie (Val), Mary (Frank) Tees and the late Michael, loving grandfather of Victoria, Giavanna and Vienna; also survived by many nieces, nephews, friends and family.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Viewing Wednesday evening 7 - 9 and Thursday 9 - 10 A.M. from BALDI FUNERAL HOME, 1331 S. Broad St. (ample parking on premises). Funeral Mass will follow viewing Thursday 10:30 A.M. St. Monica Church, 17th and Ritner Sts. Interment New St. Mary's Cem, Bellmawr.



 Tue, Mar. 9, 2010

George H. Chavanne Sr., retired court officer

George H. Chavanne Sr., 84, of South Philadelphia, a retired court officer, Mummer, and commander of the Philadelphia Municipal War Veterans Association, died of complications from a stroke Sunday at home.

Mr. Chavanne grew up in South Philadelphia with five siblings. He dropped out of Bok Vocational High School in 11th grade to help his father, a widower and disabled World War I veteran, support the family.

During World War II, Mr. Chavanne served in the Army Air Force in Europe. He was stationed in Germany at the end of the war and guarded captured SS troops. In November 1945 he attended a four-hour session of the Nuremberg war trials.

After his discharge in 1946, Mr. Chavanne worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. In 1952, he joined the office of the Clerk of Quarter Sessions Court in Philadelphia, which serves Common Pleas Court, Municipal Court, and the Juvenile Division of Family Court. For almost 20 years, until retiring in 1987, Mr. Chavanne managed the accounting department at Family Court, including supervising support order accounts for children from broken homes.

Mr. Chavanne was commander of the Municipal War Veterans Association for 37 years until becoming ill in 2005. He was past commander of the United Veterans Council of Philadelphia and was active with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Center. He assisted with fund-raising for the Vietnam War Memorial in Philadelphia.

Mr. Chavanne also served on the board of the Veteran Boxers Association Ring One. He had wanted to be a boxer in his youth but couldn't fight because he wore glasses, said his daughter Lisa Grivnovics.

Since he was a child, Mr. Chavanne had marched in the Mummers Parade on New Year's Day and for 25 years, until becoming ill, he strutted with the Purul Comic Club, dressed as a "dude" with a top hat and cane.

He loved politics, his daughter said, and was a Democratic committeeman for more than 50 years.

Since 1950, Mr. Chavanne had been married to Henrietta Valentine Chavanne. His sister was her high school classmate and introduced them.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Chavanne is survived by sons George Jr. and William; daughters Donna Long, Virginia Drier, and Kathleen; and 11 grandchildren.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 8 to 9:45 a.m. Friday at Rogers Funeral Home, 1428 S. Third St. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, Third and Reed Streets. Burial with military honors will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.


March 7, 2010

ALBERT F. D'IMPERIO (71 Shop)

D'IMPERIO, ALBERT F., of Glassboro NJ, passed away on March 1, 2010, at the age of 77.
Family
Beloved husband of the late MaryAnn. Devoted father of Albert (Soupy) D'Imperio, Judith Callen, Thomasine (Tammy) Ward. Loving grand-father of Alexandra, Danielle, Samantha and Joseph; Dear Brother of Lucy Perrone, Dorothy Perri and Fred D'Imperio.

Farewell Tribute
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his visitation, Thursday, 9 to 10:45 A.M., at Church of the Incarnation, 240 Main Street, Mantua NJ, where a Funeral Mass will follow at 11 A.M. Interment Wenonah Cemetery, Mantua NJ.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Animal Welfare Assoc., 509 Centennial Avenue, Voorhees NJ 08043.
Arrangements under the direction of McGUINNESS FUNERAL HOME, Washington Twp., NJ 1-800-993-0888
Tributes & memories may be shared at:
www.mcgfuneral.com


Sun, Mar. 7, 2010

George S. Britton often likened himself to the grasshopper in Aesop's fable, singing away while the ants around him were hard at work.
Mr. Britton, who entertained generations of folkies with his guitar, Elizabethan lute, and repertoire of songs in 10 languages until he was in his 80s, died of Parkinson's disease Feb. 12 at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. He was 94 and lived in Miquon.

"The privilege is in doing what I want to do." he once told an Inquirer reporter. "That's heaven on earth."

Mr. Britton performed at schools, colleges, hootenannies, and Philadelphia Orchestra Children's Concerts, and on television and radio. He sang "Sermons in Song" at churches and wrote a folk Mass and an ecumenical service. He also produced several albums, and his recordings featuring Pennsylvania Dutch songs are in the Smithsonian collection.

He made a decent living thanks in part to his wife, Charlotte Klemp Britton, who handled bookings for him and other folk artists. She also managed the George Britton Folk Studio in Lafayette Hill, where, for 20 years, Mr. Britton taught youngsters ditties such as "Casey Jones" and "Froggy Went a-Courtin' " and basic three-chord guitar progressions.

He and his wife met when they were counselors at Miquon Day Camp and married in 1953. All four of their children and several of their grandchildren are accomplished musicians.

"Going back to Ireland, we're six generations of musicians," daughter Wendy Young said.

In 1957, Mr. Britton and his wife founded the Philadelphia Folksong Society with several friends, and five years later members started the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Mr. Britton performed at the first festival, which became an annual event. The Brittons were also among the original partners of the Main Point coffeehouse in Bryn Mawr in the 1960s.

Mr. Britton who once described himself as "a mediocre talent with, maybe, an exceptional voice," hadn't planned on becoming a folksinger. Instead, he considered a career in opera. Growing up with eight siblings in Reading, he sang in church choirs and earned money for voice lessons caddying and selling newspapers.

During World War II, he was a machinist at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and for General Electric.

In 1945, inspired by Burl Ives' radio broadcasts, he acquired a guitar. His first professional gig was with the Meyer Davis Orchestra in California. Later he entertained at trailer and mining camps in California with an old-time minstrel, Ed "Uncle Remus" Bonnell.

Back in Philadelphia, he performed at festivals, Renaissance fairs, coffeehouses, and schools.

Like other folkies he participated in social-justice causes, entertaining at political and peace rallies. His chance to have a daily 15-minute radio program was vetoed by station officials because he was a union member.

Mr. Britton also was an environmentalist. He and his wife built a solar house in Miquon in 1984.

"Charlotte and I wanted something that didn't look weird but was relaxing," he told a reporter in 2002. The layout of the house wasn't as energy efficient as it could have been, he said, "but Charlotte wanted to be able to see the woods, and life is compromise."

In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Britton is survived by sons Kerry and Timothy, daughter Ellen, a sister, and seven grandchildren.

A song celebration will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. April 11 at First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, 1710 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown.


Wed, Feb. 24, 2010


James J. Craig, 90, investors' protector

James J. Craig, of Bryn Mawr, an accountant who helped protect Pennsylvania consumers from fraud, died Friday of pneumonia at his daughter Patricia's home in Cambridge, Mass.

Mr. Craig, who turned 90 in October, retired last month after 38 years with the Pennsylvania Securities Commission.

As the commission's chief accountant, he reviewed financial statements filed in conjunction with applications to sell securities, and assisted the commission's enforcement division with cases by reviewing and summarizing financial information.

In the late 1990s, Mr. Craig was involved in investigating the finances of Greater Ministries International of Tampa, Fla. The organization collected a half-billion dollars from people all over the United States in a scam promising to double their money on investments that ministry officials said were blessed by God.

In 1998, aided by Mr. Craig's findings, the Securities Commission and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Consumer Protection obtained an injunction to stop solicitations by Greater Ministries, whose leaders were eventually arrested and sentenced to prison.

During his career, Mr. Craig uncovered several scams and recovered millions of dollars for investors, said Michael J. Byrne, the commission's chief counsel and former director of enforcement.

"He was the state's secret weapon, nobody else had an analyst like him," said Byrne. "He was an unassuming, consummate professional who took pride in public service."

Mr. Craig and his three siblings were raised by a widowed mother in South Philadelphia. His Depression-era upbringing left him with compassion for the less fortunate, his daughter said, and in his work with the Securities Commission he was incensed by frauds that preyed on the elderly and the unsophisticated.

After graduating from Southeast Catholic, now Neumann-Goretti High School, Mr. Craig earned a bachelor's degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and later earned a master's degree in business administration from Drexel University.

During World War II, he was an accountant with the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. In 1948 he joined Jerrold Electronics, a pioneer cable-television systems provider, and began a long association with Jerrold's founder, Milton Shapp. Mr. Craig was a member of the transition team when Shapp was elected governor in 1970, and was a financial adviser when Shapp campaigned unsuccessfully for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1976.

Mr. Craig, who experienced mental illness in his family, was a longtime member of the board and former treasurer of the Main Line chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Mr. Craig had been a vegetarian for health and ethical reasons since the 1950s. He displayed an old-fashioned formality and wore a suit and tie even on weekends, but was an adventurous traveler, his daughter said. He and his wife, Ruth Hutchison Craig, visited Europe, Asia, and Africa, and years ago traveled down the Amazon with their two daughters.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by a daughter, Eileen, and nieces and nephews. His wife of 42 years died in 2001.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Friday at Our Mother of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church, 31 Pennswood Rd., Bryn Mawr. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.


 Fri, Feb. 19, 2010

Edward J. Lata | Naval engineer, 77

Edward J. Lata, 77, a retired naval engineer formerly of Glenside, died of Alzheimer's disease Jan. 30 at Tallwoods Care Center in Bayville, N.J.
Mr. Lata graduated from West Philadelphia Catholic High School and earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Drexel Institute of Technology. He worked for the Vertol Aircraft Co., a helicopter manufacturer in Philadelphia, while at Drexel and for a year after graduating, then was a design and testing engineer at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for five years. In 1962, he joined the Philadelphia Naval Air Engineering Center.

From 1983 until retiring in 1994, he held management positions at the Naval Air Engineering Center in Lakehurst, N.J. He introduced quality controls in engineering processes at Lakehurst and influenced the careers of many young engineers, his daughter Jennifer said.

Mr. Lata, whose parents were Spanish immigrants, was an assistant deputy on the Navy's Advisory Council for Hispanic Employment and a minority recruiter for naval engineering centers.

Since 1958, he had been married to Geraldine Garcia Lata. Their parents introduced them at a Spanish Club in Philadelphia.

Mr. Lata enjoyed cooking Spanish cuisine and seafood dishes, traveling, and boating. He was a former commodore of the Pine Beach Yacht Club on the Toms River in New Jersey.

In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by daughters Jo Ann and Josette and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main St., Toms River, N.J., where friends may call after noon.


Feb. 16, 2010

Salvatore J. Conoscento
 

Salvatore J. "Sam" Conoscento died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010.

Sam was a Feasterville resident for 50 years.

He was the beloved husband of the late Dolores C. (Wiza) Conoscento; loving father of Martha Sampson (Mike), Mary Bowser (Mike) and Margie Pompino (Bob); Pop Pop to Marla, Victor, Sammie, Eric, Corey, Holly, Nicole and Kristin; great-Pop Pop to Jake and Jackson; the brother of Joseph, Josephine, Rose, and the late Christina, Charlie, Nino and Anthony.

Sam worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Circle Service Air Conditioning and was a maintenance mechanic for Seafood Shanty and Olive Garden restaurants before retiring.

Relatives, friends and fellow members of Neshaminy Activities Center and Playmasters Theater Group are invited to his viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and after 10 a.m. Friday in Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 611 Knowles Ave. at Second Street Pike, Southampton. A funeral Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Interment will be in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Sam's memory may be made to the Dolores (Wiza) Conoscento Scholarship Endowment at Immaculata University, c/o Sister Rita O'Leary, IHM, 1145 King Road, P.O. Box 733, Immaculata, PA 19345. Slabinski Funeral Home,



Feb. 12, 2010

Frank E. Swiacki Sr., 90, buyer for the Navy

Frank E. Swiacki Sr., 90, of Northeast Philadelphia, a retired procurement officer who excelled at public speaking and the polka, died of a stroke Tuesday at Aria Health-Torresdale Campus.
Mr. Swiacki grew up in Port Richmond. After graduating from Northeast High School in 1936, he was a mechanic at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

He married a neighborhood girl, Helen Vendzulis, in 1943 after proposing while they were horseback riding in Manayunk, she said.

During World War II, Mr. Swiacki served in the Navy in the Atlantic. In April 1945, he was aboard the destroyer escort Janssen when it earned a Battle Star for destroying a German U-boat. The Janssen was participating in Operation Teardrop, designed to sink enemy submarines that were believed to be approaching the East Coast armed with V-1 flying bombs.

After his discharge, Mr. Swiacki worked at the Naval Supply Depot in Philadelphia and earned a bachelor's degree at night from La Salle College He traveled across the nation buying equipment and parts for Navy ships and aircraft before retiring in 1981.

According to his son Francis, Mr. Swiacki had been a poor public speaker in his youth but became an eloquent speaker after joining Toastmasters International. The organization develops public-speaking and leadership skills through practice and feedback in local clubs. Mr. Swiacki won competitions at Toastmasters' conventions and was always the toastmaster at family and church events, his son said.

Until a few weeks ago, Mr. Swiacki bowled every Monday night. He also golfed every week, weather permitting, his son said. For his wedding anniversary in September, he barbecued for 14 people. The guests wore red and white - the colors of the Polish flag.

He was proud of his heritage and kept up his Polish-language skills, his son said. He was a member of the Associated Polish Home, a center for Polish groups in Philadelphia, and he and his wife were enthusiastic polka dancers.

Mr. Swiacki was a lector, eucharistic minister, and member of the finance committee at Our Lady of Calvary Church in the Northeast. Some years ago, when his wife spent months convalescing from a serious injury, he told his family that taking her Holy Communion was one of the most moving and satisfying experiences in his life.

In addition to his wife and son Francis, Mr. Swiacki is survived by sons Gerald and Joseph; daughters Laurita Miller and Sandra; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Calvary Church, 11023 Kipling Lane, where friends may call after 8:30.


Tuesday, February 2, 2010
 
 From: Jim Yunker
 E-Mail: yunkerjf@verizon.net
 Shop: Shop 67, Code 133
 
 Just learned that Ron Mace, Q A Director for the SY passed away. Had a lot of dealings with him when I was Foreman of the 67 Shop test equipment lab. A real good guy who will be missed.
 
 Ronald J. Mace, 66, of Upper Chichester, died Jan. 27 at Riddle Memorial Hospital.
 
 Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Mace graduated from Bartram High School and earned an engineering degree from Penn State University.
 
 He worked as quality-assurance director at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for more than 28 years. After retiring in 1995, he worked as a consultant for Kema Register Quality.
 
 Mr. Mace resided in West Bradford, before moving to Upper Chichester.
 
 He was the son of James Mace Jr. and Dorothy Lee Mace.
 
 Survivors: Wife of 42 years, Jacqueline Trotter Mace; children, Tracy Mace of Philadelphia, Darryl Mace of Valley Township; one grandson.
 
 Service: Noon Saturday, East Goshen Bible Church, 902 N. Chester Road, West Chester.
 
 Visitation: 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
 
 Burial: Northwood Cemetery, Downingtown.
 
 Contributions: In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Jefferson Hospice and Palliative Care, Home Care Network, Suite 400, 1 Radnor Corporate Center, 100 Matsonford Road, Radnor, PA 19087.
 
 Arrangements: Donohue Funeral Home, Downingtown.
 
 Condolences: www.donohuefuneralhome.com.



January 14, 2009

John F. Lanni, 80, of the Broomall section of Marple, died Jan. 7 at Vitas Hospice in Darby.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Lanni graduate from St. Thomas Moore High School in Philadelphia.
A Korean War veteran, Mr. Lanni served with the Marine Corp from 1952-1954.
Mr. Lanni worked at the Philadelphia Navy Yard for 31 years.
He started as a pipe fitter and was promoted to Naval Sea Logistics Center before his retirement in November 1990.
He was the son of the late Carmen and Anna Amato Lanni. He was the brother of the late Lucy Lanni.
Survivors: Wife, Florence Di Virgilio Lanni of Broomall; sons, John P. Lanni of the Drexel Hill section of Upper Darby, David Lanni of Westtown; sister, Dana Cara.

Service: 10 a.m. Tuesday, at St. Bernadette Church, Bond Avenue and Turner Avenue, Drexel Hill.
Visitation: 8:30 a.m. today at the D'Anjolell Memorial Home, 2811 West Chester Pike, Broomall.
Burial: SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple.
Contributions: Vitas Hospice, 1500 Lansdowne Ave., Darby PA



December 28, 2009

I have the unhappy task to inform you that our retired PNSY co-worker and friend, Bernard O. Williams, has died. He had been on dialysis for a long time, suffered from neuropathy, and was in a nursing home for the past several months. In the end, his heart failed.

I spoke to his daughter, Lisa, and received this information:

The funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 2, 9:00 AM at

Holy Communion Lutheran Church
442 South Route 73 (on right, about 1/2 mile south of former Berlin circle)
Berlin, NJ 08009
Phone: 856.767.0650



December 5, 2009

PETER C. CARROZZA (X67, NAVSHIPSO)

CARROZZA PETER C., suddenly on Dec. 5,
2009. Beloved father of Jena and Sara; loving grandfather of Julian; dear brother of Frank A. (Lynn), Mark J. (Jean), Leonard M. (Natalie), Mary Jo (Lynda) and the late Kathleen Rose; former husband of Marian Christopher; also many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Relatives and Friends are invited to attend his Funeral Wed. 8:30 A.M. THE GRASSO FUNERAL HOME, Broad and Shunk Sts. Funeral Mass 10 A.M., Annunciation B.V.M. Church. Int. private. Viewing Tues. eve 7-9P.M. In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory to Annunciation Church.



Mon, Oct. 12, 2009


Anthony DeCrescenzo, supplier

Anthony DeCrescenzo, 96, formerly of Ardmore, a retired businessman who owned a store-fixture business in South Philadelphia for 25 years, died of congestive heart failure Thursday at Waverly Heights retirement community in Gladwyne.

By the time Mr. DeCrescenzo opened his business, he had worked at restaurants, country clubs, the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, and in his brother-in-law's millwork business.

He opened Anthony DeCrescenzo Store Fixtures Inc. in the mid-1940s, using the lessons he learned working for others to become his own boss.

The South Philadelphia firm supplied fixtures to supermarket chains, including Penn Fruit & Food Fair, as well as to businesses such as Docktor Pet Centers. When 7-Eleven convenience stores moved into the region, DeCrescenzo's supplied their counters and shelves.

Born in Shamokin, Pa., Mr. DeCrescenzo moved with his family to South Philadelphia when he was a young boy. He met his future wife, Adele Grassi, when they were teenagers growing up in the same neighborhood.

He closed his store in the early 1970s but worked for 10 more years as a salesman and customer-service manager for Robert E. Lamb builders.

In addition to his wife of 72 years, Mr. DeCrescenzo is survived by sons Anthony Jr. and Dante; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. John Vianney Church, Youngsford and Conshohocken State Roads, Gladwyne. Services begin at 10:30 a.m. Burial is in Calvary Cemetery in Conshohocken.

Memorial donations may be made to Muirfield Health Center, Waverly Heights, 1400 Waverly Rd., Gladwyne, Pa. 19035.


September 29, 2009

John Mario Moran

MORAN, John Mario Of Blackwood, NJ, passed away on Sept. 21, 2009 at the age of 71 years. Beloved husband of Patricia Moran (nee Tracy). Devoted father of Liz West (Gene) of Bellmawr, NJ, and Tracy Cubbler (Chuck) of Pine Hill, NJ. Dear grandfather of Michael Moran (Carrie), Gene West, Jr., Shelby Cubbler, Nicole West, and Patrick Cubbler. Proud great-grandfather of Chloe Moran. A retiree of the U.S. Naval Ship Yard of Philadelphia with 30 years of service, John was currently an employee of the AAA Voorhees office for the past 13 years. He liked doing crossword puzzles, was an avid NY Giants fan, and enjoyed watching the games with his grandchildren. His viewing will be Thursday eve. 6:00 - 8:00 PM at EARLE FUNERAL HOME, 122 W. Church St., Blackwood, NJ 08012. Condolences may be posted, and his memorial video viewed at www.earlefuneralhome.com



September 28, 2009

LUCILLE M. LAURIA

Lucille M. Lauria, age 85, of Florence died Thursday in Samaritan Hospice, Virtua Memorial Hospital, Mount Holly.

She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., and was the daughter of the late Leonard Sr. and Margaret Corbett Scassero.

Lucille resided in Lumberton and Edgewater Park before moving to Florence 25 years ago.

She retired in 1984 as a Cosmetic Sales Representative for Pomeroy's in Willingboro with 20 years of service. Before her retirement, she worked for the Philadelphia Naval Yard as a riveter during WWII, at Sears as a sales clerk, and AT&T as a telephone operator.

She was awarded a special commendation for locating actor Eddie Fisher for his parents while he was out of the country.

Lucille loved going to Atlantic City and Las Vegas and was a very lucky winner.

Her greatest treasure in life was her family and especially her grandchildren. She was truly a very loving and spiritual individual.

Lucille was a former member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Beverly.

Predeceased by her brothers, Robert and Leonard Jr. Scassero, and sister, Rose Powell.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sandra M. and Lonney Brown of Roebling. She was the loving grandmother to Nicholas Brown of Roebling and Gina Marie Brown and fiance, Darren Johnson, of Roebling. She was a great-grandmother to her angel, Olivia Isabella. Also survived by her longtime loving companion and caregiver, Salvatore "Sam" Imperato of Florence, brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Betsy Scassero of Dillsburg, Pa., and many nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday 11:00 AM at Sts. Francis and Clare Parish - Holy Assumption Worship Site, Roebling with Rev. Adam Midor officiating. Friends may call Wednesday from 9:00 AM until church departure at KOSCHEK AND PORTER FUNERAL DIRECTORS, 1115 Hornberger Avenue, Roebling. Interment will be in Monument Cemetery, Beverly.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations be sent to Samaritan Inpatient Hospice Center at Virtua Memorial Hospital 175 Madison Ave., 2 South, Mt. Holly, NJ 08060.



Wed, Sep. 23, 2009

Raymond Ginkiewicz | Store owner, 82

Raymond J. Ginkiewicz, 82, a mail carrier, naval draftsman, and store owner, died of heart failure Friday at his home in Upper Frederick Township, Montgomery County.
Born in Philadelphia, he graduated from Frankford High School in 1945, served in the Army for two years, and attended Drexel University.

His wife, Bernadette, said he built and then owned Miami Hardware in Villas, N.J., from 1949 to '54, and built and owned Raybern Appliances in Penndel, Bucks County, from 1954 to '61.

In 1964, he earned an engineering degree from what is now the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology in Media.

He worked for the Postal Service in Philadelphia and in Plymouth Meeting, was a draftsman at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, and was director of controlled maintenance at the Naval Air Development Center in Warminster.

As a member of the former North Penn Optimist Club, he helped coordinate Easter egg hunts at the Whitpain Township Building and the Halloween haunted houses at a firehouse in North Wales.

A member of the Paradise Watch Dogs, which opposes a proposed quarry in New Hanover Township, he collected rocks in family outings to quarries farther afield.

Besides his wife, he is survived by daughters Ramonde Ginkiewicz, Deborah Kenna, and Madelyn McGuckin; a sister; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

A visitation was set for 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, 437 Ridge Pike, Lafayette Hill, followed by an 11:30 a.m. Funeral Mass there.


September 22, 2009

Katherine T. Pietroboni

Katherine T. Pietroboni, of Fairless Hills, died on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at Saint Mary Medical Center, after a long illness. She was 89.

Born in Donora, Pa., Katherine graduated from Saint Francis Academy, Pittsburgh, with her degree in nursing.

During World War II, she was a registered nurse at the Philadelphia Naval Yard. She also worked in Pennsylvania Hospital for several years.

A member of Saint Frances Cabrini Parish, Katherine had been active in the former Woman's Guild. She was also a former member of the CYO at Saint Frances Cabrini and helped with obtaining uniforms for both the girl's basketball and softball teams. Katherine worked in the "bingo" kitchen and was known for her homemade meatballs.

Katherine was a dialysis patient at DaVita Dialysis Center in Langhorne for more than five years.

She enjoyed singing and she and her husband would always call the family members on their birthdays to sing happy birthday to them.

Katherine is the daughter of the late Salvatore and Frances (DeRoss) DeCristoforo; and is the loving mother of the late Edward Jerome Pietroboni.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 62 years, Edward N., of Fairless Hills; her children, Charlotte A. Patton and her husband, Stephen H. of Fairless Hills and Patricia L. Moore and her husband, Robert of Levittown and her grandchildren, Rebecca Murray (James) of Gordonsville, Va., Stephen Patton (Hillary) of Langhorne, Keith Patton (Karyn) of Langhorne, Robert Moore (Jennifer) of Yardley, Crystal of Lawrenceville, N.J. and Derek Moore of Sedona, Calif. She also will be sadly missed by her great-grandchildren, Stephen William, Kendall Mae, James Edward, Jordan Michelle and Brianna Lynn; her sister-in-law, Mary Helen DeCristoforo of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Samuel DeCristoforo.

Family and friends are invited to call from 7 until 9 p.m. on Friday, and again from 8 until 9 a.m. on Saturday at the James J. Dougherty Funeral Home, 2200 Trenton Road, Levittown. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Saint Frances Cabrini Church, 325 South Oxford Valley Road, Fairless Hills, PA 19030. Rite of Committal will follow in Resurrection Cemetery.

The family has requested that memorial contributions in Katherine's name be made to Saint Frances Cabrini Church at the above address or to Newtown Ambulance Service, 2651 S. Eagle Road, Newtown, PA 18940. James J. Dougherty Funeral Home, Levittown



Sep. 17, 2009

Edward Harding, contractor

Edward E. Harding, 87, of West Chester, a retired construction superintendent who piloted 35 bombing missions during World War II, died of heart failure last Thursday at Neighborhood Hospice, West Chester.
Mr. Harding grew up with nine siblings in West Philadelphia. After graduating from St. Joseph's Preparatory School, he was a steamfitter at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. In 1943, he enlisted in the Army Air Force.

He was stationed in England after acquiring his wings and officer's commission, and from spring 1944 to spring 1945 he flew B-17 bombers. He was awarded the Air Medal with five oak-leaf clusters.

Mr. Harding later served in the Army Reserve. He'd had enough of bombs, and when he had to state an assignment preference if called back to active duty, he wrote, "Athletic director," said his son, Edward.

In his teens, Mr. Harding had a chance to try out as a pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics and was invited to Phillies spring training. Though he didn't pursue a baseball career, in the 1950s he helped organize a Little League team in Southwest Philadelphia.

For three years Mr. Harding studied premedical courses at St. Joseph's College on the GI bill before dropping out to work in construction as a carpenter's apprentice. He became a supervisor for contracting companies, building high schools in the Philadelphia area. In the 1980s he taught building trades at Delaware County Technical High School for several years. He returned to construction work and ended his career in 1992 with P.M. D'Onofrio, a concrete contractor in West Chester.

Mr. Harding enjoyed bowling with his wife, Helen Levy Harding, and was a fan of Philadelphia sports teams.

In addition to his wife of 43 years and son, he is survived by a daughter, Hannah-Rose Pepe; two sisters; and three granddaughters.

A Memorial Mass will be said at 11 a.m. tomorrow at SS. Simon and Jude Church, 8 Cavanaugh Court, West Chester, where friends may call after 10:30. Mr. Harding was a eucharistic minister at the church. He donated his body to science.


September 9, 2009

Herbert Liftman, 87, mechanical engineer

Herbert Liftman, 87, of Cherry Hill, a retired mechanical engineer and decorated World War II veteran, died Monday of cancer at home.
A native of Stoughton, Mass., Mr. Liftman attended Northeastern University for two years before joining the Army. During World War II, he fought in France and Germany and was wounded on May 4, three days before the enemy surrendered. His scar was shaped like a T, which he thought was appropriate since he served with the 36th Infantry "Texas" Division, said his daughter, Sharon Parver. He was the recipient of a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

After recovering from his injury, Mr. Liftman played trumpet with an Army band. In December 1945, the band participated in the funeral of Gen. George Patton in Heidelberg, Germany.

After his discharge, Mr. Liftman returned to Northeastern and earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.

He worked for companies in Massachusetts and New Jersey and on Staten Island, where he met his future wife, Charlotte Kusher. The couple married in 1950 and moved to Cherry Hill when he joined RCA in 1961. Later, Mr. Liftman was an engineer at the U.S. Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia, where he designed and installed communications systems for Navy ships. He retired in 1995 at age 73.

Mr. Liftman was a former member of the Cherry Hill Wind Symphony and was a member of the Jewish War Veterans and Temple Beth Sholom in Cherry Hill.

He and his wife were serious travelers, staying in one country for two to three weeks to experience the culture, their daughter said. They traveled to Australia, China, and Japan, and all over Europe, she said.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Liftman is survived by a son, Barry, two brothers, and four grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at Platt Memorial Chapel, 2001 Berlin Rd., Cherry Hill. Friends may call from 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in Crescent Memorial Park, Pennsauken.

Donations may be made to Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Dr., Marlton, N.J. 08053.



Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ross Trimboli (x11)


Ross S. Trimboli, 91, a longtime resident of Darby, a World War II veteran, died July 21 at Britton Manor in Glen Mills.

Born in Raymondville, N.Y., Mr. Trimboli lived in Darby for 59 years.

He served in the Marines during World War II.

Mr. Trimboli worked for 27 years as a ship fitter at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, retiring in 1980. Prior to the Navy Yard, Mr. Trimboli worked for Sun Ship.

He was a member of Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Darby, where he served as the Sacristan for many years. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus, West Philadelphia Council No. 344, where he was a past grand knight.

Mr. Trimboli was a life member of the Disable Veterans Association, and was also a member of the Marine Corps League.

He was the husband of the late Angelina Romano.

Survivors: Sons, Ross S. Trimboli of the Drexel Hill section of Upper Darby, Dominic Trimboli of Ardmore; daughters, Joan Nixon of Glenolden, Dorothy Brennan of Swedesboro, N.J., Renee Blessington of Wilmington, Del.; sister, Mary Vernatter of Potsdam, N.Y.; brother, Pasquale Trimboli of Norwood, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren.

Mass: 10 a.m. Monday at Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 1101 Main St., Darby.

Visitation: 7-9 p.m. Sunday and after 9 a.m. Monday at the Marvil Funeral home, 1110 Main St., Darby.

Burial: SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple.

Contributions: In lieu flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent to BVM Church, 1101 Main St., Darby, PA 19023.



July 29, 2009

Charley Ross (x38)

Charles J. “Charley” Ross, 80, of Eddystone, a marine mechanic/foreman, died July 22 at Taylor Hospital.

Born in Chester, he lived in Eddystone for 54 years. Prior to that, he lived in Chester. He graduated from Chester High School in 1947.

Mr. Ross was a marine mechanic/foreman for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for 35 years. He retired in 1987.

He served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and received the Korean Service Medal, the China Service Medal, the United Nations Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal.

Mr. Ross did magic tricks for the family.

He was a member of the American Legion and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.

Mr. Ross was entered into the Delaware County Athletes Hall of Fame for baseball in 2001.

For many years, he attended retreats with the Men of Malvern.

He was an avid bowler and bowled with several leagues in Delaware County.

Mr. Ross enjoyed golfing and trips to Brigantine, N.J.

He was son of the late Charles and Catherine Buckley Ross.

Survivors: Wife of 57 years, Jeanne MacDougall Ross; daughters, Charlene DeProphetis of Sanatoga, Barbara Hudgins of Ridley Park; sons, James C. Ross of Woodlyn, Charles D. Ross of Wilmington, Del.; sisters, Elizabeth “Betty” Mack of Newtown Square, Lillian “Nunny” Dodds of Ridley Park; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

Service: Mass, 10 a.m. Monday, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Simpson Street and Chester Pike, Eddystone.

Visitation: 9-10 a.m. Monday at the church.

Burial: Private.

Contributions: American Heart/Stroke Association, 777 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15235-5927.

Condolences: www.whiteluttrell.com.

Arrangements: White-Luttrell Funeral Home, Ridley Park.



July 27, 2009

Joseph P. Rucci, III  (x41)

RUCCI JOSEPH P. III, age 57, on July 24, 2009 of Deptford, NJ, formerly of Phila. PA. Beloved husband of Denise M. (nee Horgan) Rucci, dear father of Jamie M. (Joe) Buccino and Christopher M. (Ashley) Buccino, proud grandfather of Christopher M. Jr., brother of Donna Rucci, Michael (Joanne) Rucci, Michelle Holland, Paul (Carol) Rucci and David (Theresa) Rucci; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Mass Tuesday July 28, 2009 10:30 A.M. St. Laurence Church, 8245 West Chester Pk., Upper Darby, PA. Interment SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery. Calling hours Tuesday 8:30 - 10 A.M. THE DONOHUE FUNERAL HOME, 8401 WEST CHESTER PIKE (cor. LYNN BLVD.), UPPER DARBY PA, 610-449-0300. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Dana and Christopher Reeves Foundation, 636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 3A, Short Hills, NJ 07078 would be appreciated.



June 25, 2009

Ronald J. Fraser (x56)
 

June 17, 2009. Beloved son of the late Thomas J. and Mary (nee Endress) Fraser and brother of the late Tom and Jack Fraser. Loving brother-in-law of Gerri Fraser and Elinor Monteleone. Devoted uncle to Tommy (Kathy) Fraser, Kathie Caffarella, Joanne (Robert) Schimenti and Dawnmarie Fraser. Also he is survived by 8 great nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to his Viewing Monday eve, 7 to 9 P.M., and again on Tuesday, 8:30 to 9:30 A.M., BRIAN W. DONNELLY FUNERAL HOME INC., 311 Wharton St., Phila., followed by his Funeral Mass, 10 A.M., Mt. Carmel Church. Int. SS. Peter and Paul Cem. Family requests donations be made in his memory to Mt. Carmel Church, 3rd & Wolf Sts. Phila. PA 19148.



June 12, 2009

Thomas W. Lavelle Sr.  (11 Shop)

LAVELLE
THOMAS W., SR., of Pocono Pines PA, formerly of Phila., on Monday, June 8, 2009, at the age of 76. Beloved husband of Frances V.(Flanagan) Lavelle; loving father of Thomas (Kathleen), Frances Ann Valiante (David), Maureen "Kelly" Lydon (Joe), Eileen Gallagher (Michael), Jacquelyn Kane (Kevin), and Christine Kober (Tim); cherished pop of Bridget, Ashley, David, Tommy, Kaitlyn, Megan, Jaimee, Kathleen, Ian, Patrick, Collin, Kevin, Timmy, Kaela, Sean, Mickey, Maura, Christopher, and Francis. Tom was a Fourth Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus, a member of Division 87 Ancient Order of Hibernians, and member of Mid May Men of Malvern. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War. Relatives and friends are invited to Thomas' Life Celebration Sunday evening, 6 to 9 P.M., at JOHN F. GIVNISH OF ACADEMY RD., 10975 Academy Rd., Phila., and to participate in his Funeral Mass Monday, 10 A.M., at Maternity B.V.M. Church, 9220 Old Bustleton Ave. Phila. PA 19115. (No Viewing Monday morning) Int. Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Roman Catholic High School Alumni Assoc., 301 N. Broad St., Phila. PA 19107, would be appreciated by the family.



May 20, 2009

Kenneth A. Naegele (38 Shop)
 

May 19, 2009, of Sewell, NJ., beloved father of Matthew J., loving fiancé of Rosemary McGrath, dear son of Mary (nee Evans) and the late Alvin E., dear brother of Karen (Thomas) Gallagher and John (Lori) also suvived by 3 nephews. Relatives and Friends are invited to attend his Viewing Saturday 9 A.M. St. Timothy's Church, 3001 Levick St., Phila, PA. Mass of Christian Burial 10 A.M. Int. Our Lady of Grace Cem. No viewing Friday Eve. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Ken's memory to the ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, 321 Norristown Rd., Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002.



May 15, 2009

Michael Steuber Sr., 58,

Vietnam vet; youth coach; avid softball player

Michael Steuber Sr., 58, of Folsom, a Vietnam veteran and Philadelphia Naval Shipyard employee, died May 15 at Jeanes Hospital in Philadelphia.

Born in Philadelphia, he lived in Darby for 17 years, in Hampton, Va., for three years, in Folcroft for six years and in Folsom for 28 years. He was a 1968 graduate of West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys.

Mr. Steuber completed a four-year apprenticeship at the Philadelphia Navy Yard as a pipefitter in 56 Shop and worked as an engineering tech in the design division at the Navy Yard for 22 years.

An Air Force Vietnam veteran, Mr. Steuber served as a sergeant in the 38th Tactical Airlift Squadron at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, CCK Air Force Base in Taiwan, and at the Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Saigon, Vietnam.

He played softball for 28 years in the Air Force, at the Navy Yard and in the summer and fall for various leagues in Delaware County, including Hoffman, Delco Tavern, Interboro, Aston Residential and Del-Val Men's leagues.

Mr. Steuber was also involved in the development of the Delco Men's Touch Football League, which he played and coached in for 10 years.

He also coached for the Folcroft Boys Club and the Folsom Falcons Boys Club. He received the Charles S. Bottino Memorial Team Sportsmanship Award as a baseball coach in the Ridley Township Knee-Hi Division.

Mr. Steuber also coached in the EDCO Junior and Senior Baseball League and the Delco Youth Football League, where the Folsom Boys Club Seniors went to the championship in 1985. In 1986, they were Delco champs, and in 1987, Northern Division champs.

Mr. Steuber was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia in October 2001. He received a stem cell transplant in June 2002 at Jeanes Hospital, thanks to Barbara, from Indianapolis, who donated her stem cells to him.

He was also a member of the American Legion Post 507 in Norwood.

Mr. Steuber supported the Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at Penns Landing in Philadelphia.

He was son of the late Philip J. Steuber Sr. and Mary H. Steuber and brother of the late Rev. William Steuber.

Survivors: Wife, Bernadette; sons, Michael Jr. and Shawn; brothers, Philip, Richard, Joseph and Timothy; sister, Marianne Terra; daughter-in-law; three grandchildren.

Services and burial: Private.

Contributions: Jeanes Hospital, 7604 Central Ave., Philadelphia PA, 19111. Arrangements: Kevin M. Lyons Funeral Service, Glenolden.



Anthony L. Jedwabny, aka JED, died 25 April 2009 at age 58 surrounded by his family.

Tony grew up in orphanages, St. John's and St Joe's (The HUT), and believed it a blessing. He attended Roman Catholic H.S. 1969, where he attained All-Catholic honors in soccer. Upon graduation, Tony moved to Staten Island to be with family and soon found work with Gypsum Co. Tony's Federal career started at Ft Wadsworth in Staten Island, NY. Soon there after, he was promoted and started working at Ft Hamilton in Brooklyn, NY. While in Staten Island he met and married Mary. With this union two sons were born, Anthony (TJ) and Dan. In the mid 1970's, Tony heard about openings at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and applied. In 1978, he started with the 07 Shop of the Shipyard Public Works Department. Tony would continue his work within the 07 Shop earning promotions and accolades for the next 30 years, retiring due to health reasons in 2008.

Tony was involved early on with the St Barnabas sports. He was Soccer commissioner, referee, and coach throughout his years at St Barnabas. Involving himself with PAL as a referee, while living in Philadelphia and umpired baseball for the Elmwood St club. Tony broadened his sports' involvement with Folcroft township sports and coached girls' basketball and on occasion refereed too. Tony believed in teaching sports, but with sportsmanship and spirit.

In the 1980's Tony met and married Ann Marie and they had Mike, Pam and Joe and moved to New Jersey. Tony got involved with refereeing in the Washington township basketball program.

Tony's family and friends, so thought of his ideals and religious beliefs, that they selected Tony to be the Godfather to their children, seven in all.

Tony's friends at the 07 Shop, PNSY where numerous and they all had their favorite stories about Tony, whether it be about his softball days for the 07 team, working conditions at PNSY or ASO, or fellow employees.

Tony's siblings, (Leon-deceased, John, Tony, Mary, Rose, Johno-deceased, Franny-deceased, Sue, James, Bettyann, and Mida) and their spouses were very loving and important in Tony's life. The many nephews, nieces, and cousins brought a special gleem to Tony's heart when he saw them.

Tony was predeceased by his Dad(Tony) and Mom( Betty), who loved and cherished Tony's endeavors.

Relatives and friends attended Tony's Memorial Mass, Saturday, May 2nd at St. Teresa RC Church, Runnemede, NJ

May Tony's Love, Spirit, and Joy continue to touch us all. Thank you.


May. 7, 2009

'Percy' E. Council, an outgoing guy, dies at 82

CHARLOTTE COUNCIL has had a distinguished 27-year career with the Philadelphia Police Department and is now a deputy police commissioner, but when she encounters people in the Germantown area, she's "Percy's daughter."
"That's my distinction," she said.

"I might be a deputy police commissioner, but I can go almost anywhere and people will say, 'Oh, you're Percy's daughter.' "

Percy was the nickname of her father, Pernell Emanuel Council, described by his daughter as a "true son of G-Town," an outgoing guy popular with everyone, from the kids at the Mount Airy Cultural Center, where he was an honored mentor, to his bowling buddies, neighbors and just about everyone else.

"He was known for his dynamic personality," said his daughter, who heads the Police Department's Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Services. "You knew it when he came into a room."

Pernell Council, a retired engraver at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, where he spent 33 years, and an outstanding cook who liked to surprise his family with his own culinary inventions, died Sunday.

He was 82 and lived in West Oak Lane.

Percy was devoted to the Mount Airy Cultural Center, where he spent at least the last 20 years working with the young members who are testing their skills in jazz music.

An avid jazz fan, Percy helped the youngsters improve their skills and was there when they performed.

"He did whatever was needed," his daughter said. "He was one of their mentors."

Percy worked with Philly sax star Anthony H. "Tony" Williams, who founded the cultural center to teach youngsters the fundamentals of jazz and won the Mellon Jazz Community Award in 2003 for his work with the kids.

Percy also endeared himself to the students and teachers by cooking hot dogs for them after every session. He would sometimes cook for as many as 40 people every week, at his own expense.

He was so fond of the kids, he hung photos of them all over the house he owned next to his. Anytime there was a performance, he made sure he got pictures of the youngsters doing their thing.

"He was a very giving person," Tony Williams said. "He was full of fun and laughter, but when he did things for people he was kind of quiet.

"He had a personality that just glowed. He was a very inspirational person."

Tony said that the cultural center plans a special tribute to Percy at its regular rehearsal on May 25 at 6 p.m. at the LaRose Dance and Supper Club, 5531 Germantown Ave.

"It will be dedicated to him," Tony said.

Percy was born in Philadelphia to Charles and Mary F. Council. He attended Germantown High School.

His father died when he was 6, and Percy had to take odd jobs to help support the family during the Depression.

He married the former Mary Jackson in 1952, and retired from the shipyard in 1981.

Percy was not only a great cook, he was an imaginative one. He enjoyed experimenting and trying new concoctions of his own invention.

"They were always delicious," his daughter said.

Percy was also an avid bowler, and was a member of several leagues over the years.

Asked if he was any good, his daughter said, "He thought so."

Besides his wife and daughter, he is survived by a son, Charlotte's twin, Clinton; another daughter, Barbara; a brother, Charles Freeman Council, now 93; and three grandchildren.

Services: 11 a.m. tomorrow at Corinthian Baptist Church, 6100 N. 21st St.

Friends may call at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Ivy Hill Cemetery.


May. 5, 2009

Elwood Selby, a true 'people person'

IT WASN'T uncommon for Scott Selby to come upon his father, Elwood A. Selby, chatting away with somebody on the street or on the Atlantic City Boardwalk as if he had known the person for years.
But when Scott questioned him, it turned out that his father had never seen the person before.

That was the kind of guy Elwood was. There was no such thing as a stranger in his life. He was gregarious in the extreme.

Elwood Selby, longtime supervisor with the Department of Defense-supply center in Philadelphia, former produce manager for local supermarkets, and a veteran of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, died April 27. He was 88 and lived in West Oak Lane.

This "people person," as his son described him, was also a neighborhood treasure, never hesitating to help his neighbors even if it meant taking them to the store, or to doctor's appointments - whatever they needed. Elwood was there for them.

His son said that his father's motto was: "If I can just help somebody, then I know my living has not been in vain."

"He was known for his smile, which truly lit up a room," his son said.

"People gravitated to my Dad," Scott said. "He had an aura about him that drew people to him. He was a talker; he could talk for hours.

"He had a real good sense of humor. He was a jokester.

"He taught his children always to be respectful of others, and have good manners."

Elwood Selby was born in Pottstown, Montgomery County, the second of the seven children of Paul Hanson and Elsie Selby.

He graduated from Pottstown High School in 1938. He discovered that his career choices and access to trade schools were limited, so he decided to enlist in the Army.

He was assigned to the Tuskegee Airmen, an all African-American unit that trained pilots at Tuskegee, Ala. Elwood was on the ground crew, working with gyros.

He served from 1942 to 1945, and attained the rank of sergeant.

Home from the war, he married Betty Blackson, his high-school sweetheart, in 1946. They had six children.

"His children were his pride and joy," his family said. "His love for them was insurmountable."

He had a varied work career. He worked for the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. In 1957, he learned of an opportunity with the Defense Supply Center and worked his way up to supervisor of classified material and mail. He retired in 1985.

Elwood also worked for a number of supermarkets, including Penn Fruit, Pantry Pride and Pickwell. He was usually manager of the produce department.

"He was good with customers," his son said. "He would help them find what they were looking for and take care of them through the store."

That was what Elwood liked to do, take care of people.

Elwood enjoyed deep-sea fishing out from the Jersey Shore. He liked to garden and was an avid sports fan.

He was baptized last Sept. 6 at New Hope Full Gospel Baptist Church, in Norristown, by Bishop Wayne Ellis.

"He had a gentle, loving spirit," his family said.

Besides his wife and son, he is survived by three other sons, Elwood Selby Jr., Anthony Selby and Michael Selby; a daughter, Kim Rinehart; three sisters, Margaret Selby, Jennifer Selby and Dottie Selby; 16 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by another son, Craig.

Services: 11 a.m. today at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 401 Beech St., Pottstown. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Limerick Cemetery.


April 24, 2009

George C. Paulson Sr.


George C. Paulson, Sr., age 80 died on April 23, 2009. He was born and raised in Woodbridge, NJ and lived in Pitman for 36 years before moving to Sewell 10 years ago. He was in the US Navy from 1947-1967 where he served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. After his retirement from the Navy he continued to work as an Estimator for the Philadelphia Navy Ship Yard retiring after 20 years. He is a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Pitman, the Knights of Columbus Council #6247, St. Vincent DePaul Society and was the social director for the church for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years Theresa M. (nee Gerney), children Diana (Alan) Capaccio of Pitman, Christopher (Linda) Rose of Pitman, Karry Grace (Carl Upchurch) of Newark, DE, George C., Jr. (Patricia) of Pitman, grandchildren David, Chris, Ann Marie, Jennifer, Matt, Amber, Mark, Gwen, Allisha, Ryan, Aaron, great grandchildren Andrew and Chance and brother James (Cira) of Lakeworth, FL and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Sunday 6-8pm and Monday 9:30-10:30am in the KELLEY FUNERAL HOME, 125 Pitman Ave, Pitman, NJ. Funeral mass will be Monday at 11am in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Pitman Ave, Pitman, NJ. Entombment Hillcrest Mausoleum. Contributions may be made to American Lung Assn., 1600 Route 22 East, Union, NJ 07083-3407. Memorials may be shared at www.kelleyfhpitman.com



Apr. 10, 2009

Frank L. Rojs

 
ROJS, Frank L. Suddenly on April 8, 2009, of Oaklyn, NJ, age 77. Frank is the beloved husband of Lee LaMaina Rojs (nee Sciarra), loving father of Dottie Britt (Bill) of Williamstown, Franny McKane (Dennis) of N. Wildwood, Cindy Morrison (Stan) of Williamstown, Mark Rojs of Clementon and dear brother of Tillie McColgan. He is the loving grandfather of Sean, Brian (Shannon), Dan, Kim (Stephen), Jeana, Stanley, Michael, Nick, Rosie and great grandfather of Jacob, Johnathan, Shyanne, Emma, Sam, and Grady. Frank is also survived by his dear step-children Peter (Joanne) and Michael (Stephanie) LaMaina and step-grand-children Samantha, Cara, Shauna, Krista and Bridget. Frank was a former employee of Schmidt's Brewery and Phila. Naval Shipyard. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, swimming, cooking and woodworking, but will be most remembered for his kindness toward others. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Mon-day from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at St. Aloysius Church, 37 W. Haddon Ave., Oaklyn, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM. Interment will be private at the request of his family. There is no evening viewing. Frank's family would appreciate memorial donations, in his name, be made to the American Cancer Society , 1851 Old Cuthbert Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 or American Lung Assoc., 1600 Rt. 22 East, Union, NJ 07083



Thu, Mar. 26, 2009

Joseph Van Blunk | Longshoreman, 82

Joseph "Babe" Van Blunk, 82, of South Philadelphia, a Mummer and retired longshoreman, died Saturday at St. Monica's Manor in Philadelphia.

Mr. Van Blunk grew up on Two Street, helping his father make wench costumes for Mummers comic divisions. From childhood until eight years ago, he marched with the comics on New Year's Day, his family said. In his youth, he played with the Cherokee Indians Football Club in Philadelphia.

Mr. Van Blunk attended Bok Technical High School before enlisting in the Army in 1945. By age 19, he was a sergeant with the occupation forces in Italy. While in the service, he traveled to Switzerland and Yugoslavia, and developed a love for the food, wine, and culture of Europe, his family said.

After his discharge, Mr. Van Blunk worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, for the Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., and as a bus and taxi driver before becoming a longshoreman in 1949. Fellow members of International Longshoremen's Association Local 1291 called him "Peepers" because he wore glasses, his family said. He retired in 1989.

Mr. Van Blunk enjoyed vacations in Wildwood. He never returned to Europe because he didn't like to fly.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marie Whalin Van Blunk; sons Joseph and Robert; daughter Lynn Ruffenach; three granddaughters; and a great-grandson.

Friends may call from 7:30 to 9: 30 a.m. Friday at the Murphy-Ruffenach Funeral Home, 2239 S. Third St. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 2319 S. Third St. Burial will be in Old Cathedral Cemetery.


Posted on Tue, Mar. 24, 2009


William H. Smith, 88, artist, writer and ad executive

William H. Smith, 88, of Bristol Borough, a painter, sculptor, and advertising professional, died of heart failure March 20 at Silver Lake Center, a nursing home in Bristol.

Mr. Smith first gained recognition when, as a teenager, he painted a series of murals on African American history at Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore, from which he graduated in 1939.

His daughter, Claire, a former sports columnist for The Inquirer and the New York Times, said his paintings had been exhibited at the U.S. embassy in Oman, the Smithsonian Institution, and the University of Pennsylvania.

He worked in acrylic, oil, pastel, pencil and lithograph, his daughter said, but he wasn't confined to the easel.

"He was a modern-day griot," she said, "an African storyteller, historian and entertainer."

His sculpture of Harriet Tubman, commissioned by the African American Historical and Cultural Society of Bucks County, stands in Bristol Lions Park.

Born in Sharptown, Md., Mr. Smith earned a scholarship to what is now the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He received his bachelor's degree in 1943.

Deferred from military service during World War II because of a childhood injury, he worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, then taught English and art in Baltimore public high schools.

In the 1950s, his son Hawthorne said, Mr. Smith returned to Philadelphia and became an advertising executive until he opened his own firm in the late 1960s, William H. Smith Advertising in Doylestown.

He freelanced illustrations and columns for the Baltimore Afro-American, the Baltimore Sun, and The Inquirer, his daughter said, and as a guest columnist "he wrote prolifically in his second career for the Bucks County Courier Times after he turned 70."

Besides his son and daughter, Mr. Smith is survived by sons William Jr. and Barton; six grandchildren; a sister; a brother; and several nieces and nephews. His wife of 57 years, Bernice, died in 2006.

Viewings are set for 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Wade Funeral Home, 1002 Radcliffe St., Bristol, and at 8:30 a.m. there Thursday; a Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, 1025 Radcliffe St., Bristol. Burial is to be in the church cemetery.


March 2, 2009

KREWDA
FRANCIS JOHN, Feb. 25, 2009. Beloved husband of Michelina (Fraietta), devoted father of Frank (Dawn), Kimberly Delaney (James); also survived by a sister Maryann (Honey) Wisniewski. Relatives and friends are invited to his Memorial Mass Monday March 2, 2009 at St. Monica Church 10 A.M. Int. Oakland Cemetery.
 

He was in 72 Shop. a Rigger



Toomey Sr., Michael Patrick

Michael Patrick Toomey, Sr., on February 24, 2009, of Mullica Hill, formerly of Runnemede. Age 53.

Beloved husband of Janet (nee Stewart). Devoted father of Michael Patrick, Jr. and Stephanie Judith. Loving son of the late James and Margaret Toomey. Dear brother of Mary Margaret Money, Catherine Ann Toomey and Thomas James Toomey. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Toomey was employed by the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia, PA and was a member of the NSRA.

There will be a viewing from 6 to 9pm Friday eve and 8:45 to 9:45am Saturday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE, 126 S. Black Horse Pike, Runnemede (856-939-2095). Funeral Mass 11am Saturday at St. Joseph's RC Church, Swedesboro. Interment Calvary Cemetery, Cherry Hill. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Michael & Stephanie Toomey College Fund, c/o TD Bank, 148 N. Main Street, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062.

Expressions of sympathy may be e-mailed to

Condolences@GardnerFuneralHome.com.


JOHN J. (JACK) TOWELL
 
 John J. (Jack) Towell, age 57 of Delanco, passed away on May 9, 2008 at home after a valiant battle with cancer.
 
 Jack is survived by his devoted wife of twenty-seven years, Barbara Andersen (Fritz). He is also survived by his cherished son, Daniel J. Fritz, Jr.; daughter-in-law, Nancy F. Fritz (nee Asay) and his adored granddaughters, Brianna E. and Taylor M. Fritz of Riverside. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters: Robert L. Towell of Willingboro; his brother and sister-in-law, Stephen E. and Regina M. Towell of Edgewater Park; his sister, Kathleen M. Towell of Edgewater Park; his sister, Regina M. Gambardello and brother-in-law Louis of Delanco, and his brother, James P. Towell of Etters, PA.
 
 Also surviving Jack are his nieces and nephews: Stephen and Linda Towell of Pennsauken, Christopher Towell of Southampton NJ, Patrick Towell of Edgewater Park, Nicole Gambardello of Delanco, and his great niece, Sarah Towell of Pennsauken. Jack is also survived by his aunts: Doris Towell of Valley Stream, NY, Jean Towell of Levittown, NY; his aunt and uncle, Loretta and Peter Savage of Hicksville, NY. He is also survived by his cousins, Anne Schantzler of Hicksville, NY, Veronica (Ronnie) Redente of East Haven, CT, Michael Savage of Sidney, ME, John Sullivan of Levittown, NY, Patti Sullivan of Long Island, NY, and Keith and Kevin Towell.
 
 Born in Brooklyn, NY, Jack moved to Willingboro with his family in 1964. He attended Willingboro Public Schools and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 1969. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged as a Lance Corporal in 1975. After his service, he returned to work at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and was honorably retired when the base closed in 1995. While at PNSY, he received several Outstanding Achievement Awards and promotions from the beginning of his career as a Marine Machinist Apprentice, through Project Planner. After brief employment with Westcott Electric, he worked for AJ Evers of Riverton and later as a
 Production Manager when it became Evers International of Pennsauken.
 
 A 1997 graduate of Burlington County College, Jack also served the Mercer Burlington Bowling Association and as an American Bowling Congress Lane Representative. An avid bowler for many years, he was a longtime member of the Little Bowling League and Twi-Lite Men's League of Burlington.
 
 Jack joined the Washington Fire Company of Delanco and served as a Fire Police Officer and Lieutenant,
 beginning in 1997. Obtaining his EMT certification at the age of 50, Jack also served with Delanco Emergency Squad, answering hundreds of emergency calls each year from 1999 until he became disabled by his illness in late 2006. From 2001 to 2006, he served as President of Delanco EMS.
 
 A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Peter's RC Church in Riverside on Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 10 AM. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2008, from 7 to 9 PM and Thursday, May 15, 2008 from 8:30 to 9:30 AM at SWEENEY FUNERAL HOME, Bridgeboro and Washington Streets, Riverside, NJ. A repast will be held following the service at Europa Cafe, 708 Burlington Avenue, Delanco, NJ.
 
 The family requests no flowers. So that Jack's legacy of helping others lives on,
 
 Memorial Donations may be made to: Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Drive, Suite 300 Marlton, NJ 08053, Delanco Women's Civic Club, 2930 Goucher Ave., Delanco, NJ, 08075 or Saint Peter's RC Church, 102 Middleton St., Riverside, NJ 08075.


February 18, 2009

McDermott, James J. "Mac"

on February 12, 2009, age 89, of Bryn Mawr PA. Born in Philadelphia he formerly resided in Upper Darby PA. Retired from Villanova University and The Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, he served in the US Army during WWII. Survived by his children, John McDermott (Claudia Brose) of San Francisco and Joyce Larrabee of Bryn Mawr; his beloved grandsons, Brian and David Larrabee and his devoted nieces and nephews who were and active part of his life. He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence (nee Garrity). Relatives and friends are invited to his Visitation on Thursday morning, February 19th, 9 to 10 A.M., followed by his Funeral Mass, 10 A.M., at St. Thomas of Villanova Chapel, Villanova PA (on campus parking - access from North Ithan Avenue entrance). Int. SS. Peter and Paul Cem. The family will receive friends following the Funeral Service and Friday evening after 6 P.M. at the home of The Larrabee family.



February 13, 2009

Anthony C. Markette

Anthony C. Markette, age 60, died suddenly on February 11, 2009 at his home in Boothwyn.

Anthony is a graduate of Bishop Neumann High School. He was a longtime resident of Delaware County and has resided in Boothwyn, Upper Chichester Twp. for the last 30 years. Mr. Markette retired from the Philadelphia Naval Yard after 35 years of service and was currently employed by the Upper Chichester School District.
Anthony was the past Master and Secretary of Fernwood Lodge #543 F& A M, past High Priest of Temple Melita Royal Arch Chapter Assembly #183. He was a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Philadelphia, Shriner Nur Temple and member of the 1st Operative Masons of the US Bryn Athen Quarry Assembly. Tony was an officer of the Grand Chapter.
Anthony was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a U.S. Army Veteran who served during the Vietnam War.
Son of the late Agnes (Jarosiwicz) Markette.
SURVIVORS:
WIFE of 38 YEARS: Donna (Keeran) Markette
FATHER: Anthony F. Markette of S. Philadelphia.
1 SON: Carmen Markette and his wife Lyn of Massachusetts.
2 DAUGHTERS: Renee Torres and her husband Reny of Boothwyn and Danielle Markette of Maryland.
2 GRANDCHILDREN: Alexander and Mateo


MASONIC SERVICES Sunday evening at 8:15pm and Monday at 11:00am at Nolan - Fidale Funeral Home Ltd., 5980 Chichester Ave, Aston
Funeral Services at 11:15am following the Masonic Service.
ENTOMBMENT: Glenwood Memorial Gardens, Broomall.
VISITATION: Sunday Evening from 6-8:30pm and Monday from 10:00-10:45 am at the funeral home.



Thu, Feb. 5, 2009

Elwood C. Rausch, a great neighbor

ELWOOD C. RAUSCH was the kind of neighbor everybody should have.
For one thing, he was a Mr. Fixit-type who didn't hesitate to use his expertise with electricity, carpentry, painting and other skills to help out his neighbors.

He also lent his time and energy to taking neighbors for rides to doctors' appointments, the pharmacy, hospitals and grocery shopping. Or he would simple take them out for a pleasant drive.

Elwood Rausch, retired employee of the old Bell Telephone Co. and later Verizon, who installed and repaired heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems in all the company buildings, collapsed and died while attending services Sunday in St. James Lutheran Church in the Northeast. He was 88 and lived in Burlholme.

"He was very generous," said his niece, Barbara Dufner. "He was always helping people out. He was quiet, but he had a dry sense of humor."

Elwood, known to family and friends as Woody, was born in Philadelphia to Emma and Harry Rausch. He graduated from Frankford High School.

During World War II, he worked as an electrician at the old Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, working on ships that arrived there for repair.

Elwood and his crew patched them up and sent them back to war.

He retired from Verizon about 20 years ago.

Elwood was very active with his church, St. James Lutheran. He helped with bookkeeping, was an usher and a student of Bible studies. He was always available for whatever the church needed doing.

He was also an avid gardener and worked on his and his parents' gardens when they were alive. He was a Mason.

Elwood loved sunsets. He was a dedicated amateur photographer and had a good view of sunsets from his vacation home in the Villas on the bay at the Shore.

"We're still going through the slides he took," his niece said. "He did beautiful work."

When not shooting the sunsets, he enjoyed going out on charter boats to fish. He also liked to swim or simply cool out on the beach.

His niece said his death was a shock. He had not been ill.

"We were planning on going out Monday to look for a new car," she said. "His car died on him last week."

Elwood never married. His niece is his only immediate survivor.

Services: 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. James Lutheran Church, 5158 Castor Ave. Friends may call at 9:30 a.m. A Masonic service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Ramona and Adams avenues.

Donations may be made to the church, at Philadelphia 19124.


February 4, 2009

Grabusic, John C.

GRABUSIC
JOHN C., 'JOHNNY GRAY', of NE Phila, on January 31, 2009, age 78. Beloved husband of the late Doris (nee Hackett). Devoted father of Cynthia Grabusic; also survived by nieces and nephews. Relatives, friends and faculty of Orleans Tech are invited to his Viewing and Funeral Thursday 11 A.M. at JOHN F. FLUEHR AND SONS INC., 3301-15 Cottman Ave. Funeral Service 12 Noon. Int. Sunset Mem'l Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions in John's memory to The Children's Hospital of Phila for Leukemia Research, 34th & Civic Center Blvd, Phila PA 19104 would be appreciated.

John Grabusic was a electrical supervisor in 06 shop.



Tuesday, February 3, 2009

KANEFSKY, DANIEL, Dec. 22, 2008. Husband of Diana (nee Chakov), father of Joel (Sue) Kanefsky, Stuart (Robin) Kanefsky, Brenda (Frank) DiGiovannangelo, Sidney (Rebecca) Kardon, Susan Kardon (Brian Schiff), Betsy (John) Caruso, and the late Jerome Kanefsky; also survived by 10 grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to Funeral Services, Wed. 11:30 A.M. precisely, GOLDSTEINS' ROSENBERG'S RAPHAEL SACKS, 6410 N. Broad St. Int. Mt. Lebanon Cem. Shiva will be observed at the late residence. Contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Dan was the Combat Systems Office RADAR Branch Supervisor when he retired.


Jan. 28, 2009

William H. Isaacs Sr., 87, Mummers 'Legend'

The Legend has died.

In 1959, Bill Isaacs, a South Philadelphia taproom owner and lifelong Mummer, founded the Downtowners Fancy Brigade.

Within a decade, Downtowners say, he changed Mummers history. And earned their title "the Legend."

On May 2, he would have joined legions of Mummers to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary in a black-tie event at the Crystal Tea Room at the old John Wanamaker store.

But on Sunday, William H. Isaacs Sr., 87, died of complications from pneumonia at Methodist Hospital.

He was looking forward to the celebration, his wife, Marie, said in an interview yesterday. "He had put aside money."

In December, in a front-page article in The Inquirer, current Downtowners president Frankie DeVito explained that "just like in the NFL, when every few years there's a coach that comes along and changes the system, Bill changed the parade and the way of doing things."

Before he came along, fancies were "thought of as string bands without instruments," DeVito said.

Mr. Isaacs gave them his imagination.

And floats.

In 1963, he bought an old Packard for $52, built a large float around it, and on New Year's Day rolled it up Broad Street with the Downtowners.

"It completely changed the Fancy Brigades," Downtowners' captain Jim Julia told The Inquirer in December.

"Each club that wanted to beat him had to learn to use props," he said. "It started with one prop, then two props, and now you have what you see in the Pennsylvania Convention Center."

But beat them Mr. Isaacs did, winning seven first prizes in his 21 years as the Downtowners' captain.

A Camden native, Mr. Isaacs attended what is now Bok Technical High School but left to join the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1939, doing construction work in the Kaibab Forest in Arizona.

After working as a carpenter at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, he was a carpenter's mate in the Navy in the South Pacific from 1942 to 1945.

He returned to Philadelphia to work as a union carpenter, and from 1953 to 1998 he co-owned and operated the P&B Bar in South Philadelphia at 12th Street and Oregon Avenue.

But his legend was as a Mummer. It's what he lived for and why he will long be remembered.

Besides his wife of 62 years, Mr. Isaacs is survived by their son, William H. Jr.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Gangemi Funeral Home, Broad and Wolf Streets, with an 11 a.m. graveside service in the cemetery of Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Church, Columbus Boulevard and Christian Street.


January 28, 2009

Steiger Sr., John A. (17 Shop)

STEIGER
JOHN A. SR., January 26, 2009. Loving and devoted husband of Rosalie (nee DiMartini); loving father of Dennis (Michele) Steiger and the late John A. Steiger Jr.; loving grandfather of Erika, Dennis Jr. and Marisa; dear brother-in-law of Charles DiMartini. Relatives and friends are invited to his Viewing and Funeral Saturday, 8 to 9:30 A.M., at VINCENT GANGEMI FUNERAL HOME, INC., Broad and Wolf Sts. Funeral Mass 10 A.M., Stella Maris Church, 10th and Bigler Sts. Int. SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery.



January 25, 2009

Paul J. Bull | Mechanic, referee, 82

Paul J. Bull, 82, of Plymouth Meeting, a retired sheet metal mechanic and volleyball official, died of cerebral vascular disease Wednesday at Sunrise Assisted Living in Lafayette Hill.
Mr. Bull graduated from Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School in Philadelphia. During World War II, he served in the Navy Seabees on Okinawa. After his discharge, he was a steamfitter at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, and then worked for Willard Construction Co. in Jenkintown for 29 years until retiring in 1990. He was a member of Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 19.

Mr. Bull and his wife, Jean Boot Bull, met on a blind date and married in 1955. They were founding members of Plymar Swim Club in Plymouth Meeting. He began playing competitive volleyball at Plymar. Later he joined the team at the Norristown YMCA and competed in games on the East Coast.

While still playing, he began officiating at high school, college and recreational league games. Mr. Bull, who officiated at games until the 1990s, was inducted into the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame last year.

He enjoyed vacations at the Shore, gardening, and home improvement projects.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Bull is survived by sons Bob and Thomas; daughters Susan Harrison, Julie Kelly, Linda Deveney and Christine Wilcox; two sisters; a brother; and 10 grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow at St. Philip Neri Church, 437 Ridge Pike, Lafayette Hill. Friends may call from 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in George Washington Memorial Park, Plymouth Meeting.


January 22, 2009

James F. Valentine Sr.

VALENTINE, SR., JAMES F. 79 - of Galloway, previously of Lindenwold passed away on Monday, January 19, 2009. He was born in Philadelphia, PA, and served in the Navy during the Korean War. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He had over 30 years of service at the Philadelphia Shipyard when he retired. He went on to work over 25 years as a teacher at the Camden County Technical Institute. He is predeceased by his sons, Thomas Valentine and John Valentine. He is survived by his loving wife, Margaret; sons, James F., Jr., and Michael; his grandchildren, Carly, Sean, Meghan, William and Alex. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Visitation will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 603 New Jersey Avenue, Absecon, NJ from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM. A mass will immediately follow. Arrangements have been entrusted to Wimberg Funeral Home, 211 E. Great Creek Road, Galloway, NJ 08205. For Condolences or directions visit wimbergfuneralhome.com



January 20, 2009

Edward E. Parkinson ("Yogi") - 56, Fire Dept., 07

Edward ("Yogi") Parkinson, of Folcroft, PA died Sunday, January 18, 2009 at the age of 68. He is survived by Mary ann Parkinson (nee Fanelli) his wife of 27 years, and his daughter, Rose. He had been battling cancer and undergoing numerous surgeries and chemotherapies since 2005.

Edward grew up in South Philadelphia and Lansdowne, PA, and graduated from Lansdowne-Aldan HS. He apprenticed in plumbing and joined the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in 1970 as a pipe-fitter. He worked in 56 shop as a pipe-fitter, then as a firefighter, and again as a pipe-fitter in the sprinkler gang and big plumbing shop within 07 shop. It was in 07 shop that he met Mary ann Fanelli - his future wife and my mother. She drove the truck for his crew, and eventually caved to his advances and the 07-shop's matchmaking. The two were married in 1981 and someone welded their tool-boxes together. In 1983 they had me (Rose). Ed also worked at the National Park Service in Maintenance from 1987 until 1995. Since retiring from the government he's worked in maintenance and as a driver for a number of companies, most recently for Church's Auto Parts.

Ed was a volunteer fireman since the age of 16, and was a lifetime member of Lansdowne, Darby#2, and Colwyn. He used to bowl three nights a week and didn't mind when I would tag along to sell candy for school as long as I kept score for them on the projector. He loved golf and rescheduled a surgery so he wouldn't miss another year's golf trip. He was a fixture at the neighborhood breakfast joint through countless owners and names. He routinely showed up more than an hour early for just about everything because he felt there was no excuse for lateness. He did not hesitate to tell you exactly what he thought, with no sugar-coating. He had an angry voice that was just about incapable of a whisper. He would do anything for anybody because that was just the kind of person he was.

He's only been gone two days and the outpouring of kindness from everyone has been a huge help to both my mother and myself. I am not at all surprised, however, to see how many friends my parents have accumulated throughout their lives. My dad was that kind of hardworking, selfless and loyal person that commanded respect and earned him lifeong friends. We will all miss him.

A funeral mass will be held Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 11am at St. Gabriel in Norwood, PA. Calling period will be from 9-11am.

Donations can be made to:

The American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718
Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718
www.cancer.org



January 4, 2009

Donald Elmer, emergency manager

Donald C. Elmer, 72, of Cherry Hill, Camden County's emergency management coordinator since 1994, died of a heart attack Thursday at Virtua West Jersey Hospital Voorhees.
"He was a great advocate of making sure our county was well-staffed with assets for emergencies," said Samuel Spino, a planner for the county Public Safety Department.

Mr. Elmer grew up in Maple Shade and was a 1954 graduate of Moorestown High School.

He studied business administration at La Salle College.

His son, Paul, said his father was proud of two attempts to break into professional baseball.

"He was a heck of a baseball player," his son said. The Philadelphia Athletics twice invited him to try out as a pitcher but twice turned him down.

Mr. Elmer served briefly with the Marine Corps, was honorably discharged because of a heart condition, and, his son said, went to work as a laborer at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

Mr. Elmer joined the Cherry Hill Police Department in 1960 and retired in 1988 as the sergeant in charge of the traffic division.

Then he commuted to New York City as director of security for Kinney Parking Systems, but, his son said, "after my mom passed away, the travel was getting to him."

Mr. Elmer's first wife, Carol Ann, died in 1992.

Mr. Elmer became director of the Camden County Department of Public Safety in August 1992 and emergency management coordinator in April 1994.

A member of the Bishop Eustace Prep fathers' club, Mr. Elmer was a Little League coach and, his son said, a founder of the Cherry Hill Police Superior Officers Association and past president of the Cherry Hill Policemen's Benevolent Association.

Besides his son, Mr. Elmer is survived by his wife, Linda; daughters Robin MacBride and Megan Fisher; and 10 grandchildren.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow and 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Schetter Funeral Home, 304 W. Route 70, Cherry Hill. There will be no funeral.



Monday, December 8, 2008

Former 26 Shop Eddie Wells passed away, arrangements below,

WELLS
EDWARD F., age 52, on December 5, 2008 of Drexel Hill PA, formerly of SW Phila PA. Beloved husband of Teresa Anne 'Terri' (nee O'Neill) Wells. Devoted father of Kimberly A. Milam Wells, Hollie M. Wells and Edward F. Wells Jr. Loving 'Pop-Pop' of Lindsay Rose. Beloved son of Charles and Anne (nee Breen) Wells. Brother of Charles Wells Jr., Mary Citrone, Annie Novelli, Kathy Dearie, Joseph Wells, Gina Ellis and Bernadette Pellegrino. Man's best friend, Rudy. Relatives, members of Steamfitters Local #420 and friends are invited to his Funeral Wed. 9 A.M., O'LEARY FUNERAL HOME, 640 E. Springfield Rd., Springfield, PA and to his Viewing Tuesday evening after 6 P.M. Funeral Mass Wed. 10 A.M., Church of St. Bernardette. Interment SS Peter and Paul Cemetery. Contributions to St. Bernadette Church, 1035 Turner Ave, Drexel Hill PA 19026.



November 26, 2008

Joseph P. Rucci Jr., 81, analyst

Joseph P. Rucci Jr., 81, of Sewell, a Mummer, the co-founder of a boys' and girls' club, and a retired systems analyst, died of pneumonia Saturday at Kennedy Memorial Hospital-University Medical Center in Washington Township.
Mr. Rucci grew up in South Philadelphia and attended South Philadelphia High School. During World War II, he was an Army military policeman at Fort Bragg, N.C.

After his discharge, he was a tabulating machine operator with the City of Philadelphia, and worked in the Submarine Supply Office at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard before joining the Defense Supply Center.

A self-taught engineer, Mr. Rucci helped implement a bar-code system used by the U.S. government. Although he was a high school dropout, he worked with generals and other high-ranking personnel on complicated projects, said his son Michael. In 1969, Mr. Rucci received the government's Meritorious Civilian Award. He retired in 1985.

Mr. Rucci and his wife, Dorothy Furry Rucci, purchased a new home in the Elmwood Park section of Southwest Philadelphia in 1956. Several years later, neighbors met in their basement to organize the Elmwood Boys and Girls Club. For 10 years, Mr. Rucci was president of the club, which is still active.

For 20 years, Mr. Rucci helped build elaborate feathered backpieces for the South Philadelphia String Band.

He drove the parade route on New Year's Day in the band's equipment car until five or six years ago, his son said. At age 11, Mr. Rucci had marched in his first parade with the Lobsters fancy division, dressed as Abraham Lincoln, and for many years he marched with the Hog Island fancies.

In 2000, he received the Mr. Clown Award from the Mummers Museum.

Mr. Rucci served on the board of the Mario Lanza Institute in South Philadelphia. He and Lanza, the opera singer, were from the same neighborhood.

In addition to his son, Mr. Rucci is survived by sons Joseph III, Paul and David; daughters Michele Holland and Donna; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. His wife of 47 years died in 1995.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Boucher Funeral Home, 1757 Delsea Dr., Deptford. A Funeral Mass will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Incarnation Church, 234 Shadow Place, Mantua. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.



November 22, 2008

Frank Manzoni Jr. | Worked at shipyard, 65

Frank Manzoni Jr., 65, of Washington Township, died of multiple organ failure Monday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

A 1959 graduate of South Philadelphia High School, he was a Army National Guard veteran.

After working as a self-employed master plumber, his son Frank 3d said, Mr. Manzoni was a planner and estimator at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard from the early 1970s to the early 1990s. Most recently, his son said, he was a locksmith at Rowan University.

Mr. Manzoni was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of Men of Malvern.

Besides his son, Mr. Manzoni is survived by his wife, Frances; daughters Frances Rende, Joann Nardi and Diane; sisters Carol Evangelista and Rosemary Davis; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A viewing is to be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at SS. Peter and Paul Church, 362 Ganttown Rd., Washington Township, immediately followed by a Funeral Mass. Burial will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Blackwood.


November 11, 2008

MCGOTHIGAN, ADA CLAIR
(nee Leitner). On Nov. 3, 2008. Of Mt. Laurel. Age 69.
 

Loving wife of the late Frank. Devoted mother of Linda Lord, Mark McGothigan, Michele McGothigan-Price and Frank McGothigan and his wife Beth Ann. Caring grandmother ofRoger, Jonathan, Morgan and Quinn. Ada will
also be missed by many loving nieces, nephews, friends and family.


Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing Saturday, Nov. 8th from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at the BRADLEY FUNERAL HOME, Rt. 73 and Evesham Rd., Marlton, NJ. A service of remembrance will be celebrated Saturday11:00 AM at the funeral home. Interment will be private.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to CHOP Ketogenic Diet Program Account 9104 999 43, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 34th and Civic Center, Philadelphia, PA 19104.



Oct. 31, 2008


Daniel J. Bove | Builder, 85

Daniel Joseph Bove, 85, of Newtown Square, a builder in Delaware County for more than 50 years, died of pulmonary fibrosis yesterday at home.
Mr. Bove was valedictorian of his class at Darby High School in 1941.

During World War II, he was a welder in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Later, he was employed by Daman & Foster, a surveying company in Delaware County, and became a crew chief. In 1955 he established Bovan Realty & Construction Co., in Media.

The firm, now Bovan Land Development in Norwood, has built numerous homes in Delaware and Chester Counties and constructed and managed apartment complexes and office buildings in Delaware County. Until last year, Mr. Bove was active in the business, which is now operated by his son Daniel Jr.

Mr. Bove was a member of Overbrook Golf Club in Villanova for 40 years and played golf all over the world.

Family was the center of his life, his children said, and Sunday dinners were cherished. He was a great storyteller and had a gift for making everyone laugh and feel special, they said.

In addition to his son, Mr. Bove is survived by daughters Diane Bizzarro, Leslie Dunn, Carolyn Lynch and Elise Nehring; 17 grandchildren; and his companion, Mary Ellen Pruett. His wife of 45 years, Elise Brandt Bove, died in 1998.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church, 330 Highland Ave., Bryn Mawr. Friends may call at 9:15 a.m. Burial will be Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon.


October 22, 2008

Fischer, Robert B., Sr. ("Fish", X51)

On October 1, 2008 of Chesilhurst, NJ age 71 years. Loving father of Robert B. Fischer, Jr. (Debbie) of Englewood, FL, Joseph Fischer (Dee) of Voorhees, NJ, Michael C. Fischer of Haddonfield, NJ and Susan Fischer (Arthur Becker) of Bellmawr, NJ. Brother of Joan Dominick of Voorhees, NJ andToni Waffle of Pahrump, NV. Grandfather of 10 and uncle of 7.

Mr. Fischer served in the US Air Force. He worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for over 30 years. Relatives and friends are invited to greet the family on Monday October 6 from 11:00 am to 12:00noon at the LeROY WOOSTER FUNERAL HOME, 441 White Horse Pike, Atco, NJ (856)767-0539. A memorial service will begin at 12:00noon. Interment will follow at the Brig General Wm. C. Doyle Vet. Mem. Cemetery, Arneytown, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canuso Foundation, 30 Washington Ave., Haddon Heights, NJ 08035 in memory of Robert Fischer, Sr. and his late daughter-in-law, Babe Canuso.



October 20, 2008

Klohoker, John (Jack) J.
 
June 27, 1930 - June 7, 2008. Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great  grandfather. Resided in Las Vegas, NV since 2004 after previously residing in Blackwood, NJ for 48 years. Retired Civil Servant having worked 27 years with Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and 13 years with NAVSEA Shipbuilding Support Office. Retired in 1984 as a Master Chief Operations Specialist having served 36 years in the United States Naval Reserve.
Coach, manager and board member with the Blackwood Little League from 1973 through 1991. Survived by his wife Shirley M. (nee Moos), son John Jr. and his wife Patty, daughter Jeannette and her husband John, grandson Matthew and his wife Jill, grandson Andrew, granddaughters Johnna and Alicia, and great-grandsons Seth and Owen.
Memorial mass 4PM Friday, July 25, 2008 at St. Jude's RC Church, Blackwood,  NJ.



October 17, 2008

Frank A. 'Bratt' Brattelli Jr., 59,

Construction worker; trumpet player

Frank A. "Bratt" Brattelli Jr., 59, of Prospect Park, a construction worker and trumpet player who enjoyed making his own wine, died Oct. 14.
Born and reared in South Philadelphia, Mr. Brattelli was a resident of Prospect Park for 20 years.
He was a graduate of Bishop Neumann High School, Class of 1967.
Mr. Brattelli was employed by the Philadelphia Navy Yard from 1967-1993. He also worked for E.R. England Trucking Co., Schnieder Trucking Co., M. Davis Construction and most recently, DiSabatino Construction.
He was a trumpet player and member of the Settlement School of Music in Philadelphia.
He was also a member of the Panthers Bowling League in New Jersey, and the National Rifle Association.
He enjoyed making wine with his brother and spending time at his home in Morris, Pa.
He was the brother of the late Sherri Brattelli.
Survivors: Wife, Lorraine McDonald Brattelli; sons, Michael Brattelli of New Jersey and Anthony Brattelli of Springfield; parents, Frank A. and Olive Jackopin Brattelli Sr. of Tom's River, N.J.; brother, Thomas Brattelli of New Jersey; sisters, Karen Evangelista of Chester County and Michelle Casper of New Jersey; one granddaughter; nieces and nephews.
Service: 3 p.m. Saturday, Nolan-Fidale Funeral Home Ltd., 5980 Chichester Ave., Aston.
Visitation: 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Contributions: Morris Animal Refuge, 1242 Lombard St., Philadelphia, PA 19147.
Condolences: www.nolanfidale.com
Burial: Private.



September 12, 2008

Donald M. Black Sr. | Committeeman, 86

Donald M. Black Sr., 86, a former Democratic committeeman in West Mount Airy, died Aug. 28 of pneumonia in the skilled nursing facility at Stapley in Germantown, a retirement home.
Raised in the Frankford section of Philadelphia, Mr. Black attended Northeast High School and retired in 1971 after more than 30 years of federal service at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and the Naval Air Propulsion Test Center in Trenton.

In 1977-78, he was president of the home and school association at Martin Luther King Jr. High School.

He was a board member of West Mount Airy Neighbors, Mount Airy USA and the Northwest Interfaith Movement.

Mr. Black was a committeeman in the 22d Ward, Seventh Division, a captain of the unit block of Westview Street and a leader of Cub Scout Pack 611 and Boy Scout troop 404.

He sang with the Singing City Choir and the choirs of Campbell AME Church, Ebenezer Seventh Day Adventist Church, and the Germantown Community Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Black is survived by his wife of 53 years, Vivian; son Donald Jr.; daughters Annette Johnson, Donna Lee, Melanie Sellers and Lynda; a brother; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. today at Germantown Community Presbyterian Church, Greene and Tulpehocken Streets.



Friday, September 12, 2008

Annette M. Murphy, 63,
Former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Inside Machinist

Annette M. Murphy, 63, of Secane, died Sept. 10 at home.
Born in Philadelphia, Ms. Murphy was a 1963 graduate of St. Maria Goretti High School in South Philadelphia.
She resided in Atlantic City, N.J., before moving to Secane three years ago.
Ms. Murphy maintained the slot machines at the Taj Mahal Casino from 1997-2005 and previously worked as an inside machinist in 31 Shop at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for many years.
She was the daughter of the late Michael and Helen Fuoco.
She is survived by her daughter, Debra (Robert) Brennan.
Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at the McCausland-Bathurst-Garrity Funeral Home, 202 S. Chester Pike, Glenolden.
Visitation: 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Burial: Private.
Donations: In lieu of flowers, donations to American Cancer Society EDC Relay, 1615 West Chester Pike, Suite 102, West Chester, PA 19382.


September 5, 2008

Charles M. Proud | Shipyard executive, 94

Charles M. Proud, 94, of Ardmore, a former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard executive, died of bone cancer Tuesday at Taylor Hospice in Ridley Park.
Mr. Proud worked at the shipyard from 1935 to 1972, beginning as a substitute stenographer and retiring as director of industrial relations.

For about 10 years thereafter, he was a business manager for several physicians at Jefferson Medical College, his son James said.

A 1932 graduate of Roman Catholic High School, Mr. Proud attended Strayer's Business College. He was a member of his high school alumni association and a member of St. Denis Roman Catholic parish since 1945.

In addition to his son, he is survived by daughters Mary Ellen Tomasso and Judith Rex, 12 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Charles.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Stretch Funeral Home, 236 E. Eagle Rd., Havertown. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Denis Church, East Eagle Road between Darby and Haverford Roads, Havertown. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon.





August 19, 2008

McKIERNAN DAVE F.,

age 45, of Bensalem, passed away Sat., July 5, 2008. He will be sadly missed by his beloved wife of 20 years Fiona (nee McHugh) McKiernan, one son Sean and one daughter Kathleen. Brother of Mary Kay McKiernan, Fran Vanderstine, Judy McKiernan and Debbie Bevan. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Wed., 8:30 AM, at the TOMLINSON FUNERAL HOME, 2207 Bristol Pike, Bensalem PA 19020. Mass of Christian Burial Wed., 10 AM, at St. Ephrem's Church, Bensalem. Interment private. Friends may also call Tues. eve. from 7 to 9 PM at the Funeral Home. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Elks Lodge #970, 95 Wood St., Bristol, PA 19007.

Mr. McKiernan was a Foundryman with the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard an the Naval Foundry and Propeller Center



July 30, 2008

James E. Tiano Sr. dies, helped with police plaque program

THERE'S AN empty chair at the memorial plaque dedication ceremony today in the Northeast.
The ceremony honors a fallen police officer; the chair is there to memorialize James E. Tiano Sr., who never missed a plaque ceremony and provided the flowers for the officer's survivors.

Jim Tiano, a World War II veteran who spent five months in a German prisoner of war camp, a retired employee of the old Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and devoted family patriarch, died Saturday of a stroke. He was 92 and lived in the Northeast.

Despite his age, his son, Police Chief Inspector James E. Tiano Jr., was surprised by his death.

"He was very strong," his son said. "Seven days a week he walked four blocks to the Jewish Y at Tomlinson Street and Red Lion Road. He was about to take another walk, but collapsed 20 feet from his front door."

Tiano Jr. said it was just recently that his father said that if anything happened to him, he wanted money taken from his accounts and used to continue providing flowers for the plaque dedication ceremonies.

Attorney James Binns, who started the plaque ceremonies in 2001, said the elder Tiano became curious about the program shortly after it began.

"He started attending and he never missed one," Binns said. "He purchased the flowers and corsages for the survivors. He was a sweet man. This is a big loss."

Today's ceremony, honoring Officer James F. Christie, who died in 1961 in the line of duty, is the 54th such ceremony.

Damon Williams, Daily News reporter who frequently covers the plaque ceremonies, said, "James Tiano Sr. was the consummate gentleman with a gentle soul. It was always an endearing sight, seeing the elder Tiano at the various police plaque dedications throughout the city. With grace, he would provide the roses that surviving family members placed on the plaques."

Jim Tiano was born in Philadelphia to Joseph and Josephine Tiano. He married the former Ellen Tucci in 1943.

He was 26 with a wife and a son and working at the shipyard when he was drafted into the Army.

"We never knew anything about his military service," Chief Inspector Tiano said. "He never talked about it. A few months ago, Tiano said he got an e-mail from someone who was trying to find soldiers who had been in a German prison camp with his father.

Slowly, the dramatic tale came out. Jim, who served in Gen. George Patton's 3rd Army, allowed that he was captured after a "fierce battle" in November 1944. He remained a prisoner until the war in Europe ended in April 1945.

"I don't know what's worse, being cold or hungry," he once mused.

After the POW camp was liberated, he and other prisoners still had a long trudge to get back to their units. By that time, the Russian Army had closed in and they had to do some maneuvering to avoid the Russians. His ordeal cost him six months in a hospital.

After he returned home, he went back to the shipyard, where he worked as a machinist and in later years as an instructor.

In January, he was honored by City Councilman Frank Rizzo for his military and community services. The American Legion made him one of the marshals in a Veterans Day parade.

"He was thrilled to death," his son said.

Besides his wife and son, he is survived by another son, Joseph; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Services: 11 a.m tomorrow at Grace Church and the Incarnation, 2645 E. Venango St. Friends may call at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Oaklyn Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Police Memorial Plaque Program, Fraternal Order of Police, 1237 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia PA 19123.



July 28, 2008

Ruth Johnson, 88, saleswoman, giver

Ruth Johnson came from a small town in North Carolina to find work during World War II, wound up marrying an Army man, living in Germany, and later became a star saleswoman for the beauty products company, Avon.
She died last Monday at the age of 88. She lived in West Philadelphia.

Ruth was born to the Rev. Argenia Hawkins, a minister and teacher, and Semora Hawkins. She was the sixth of 16 children.

She moved first to Jericho, N.J., then to Philadelphia in 1942, where she became a shipfitter at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

Her sister, Marjorie, who came with her, was a welder.

Ruth married Ernest J. Johnson, a career Army man. He was assigned to Germany, where he was in charge of German prisoners.

Because of the stress of that job, he became ill and returned to the States. He died in 1956 of a condition that the Army ruled was a direct result of his war service. He was a staff sergeant.

Ruth went to work for Avon products and advanced to a managerial position. She was with the company for 28 years and won citations as a top saleswoman.

She then worked for Strawbridge & Clothier until her retirement in 1992.

Ruth, who had no children of her own, set about spoiling her nieces and nephews. She was the one who staged birthday parties for everybody, and she was famous in the family for her pound cakes.

In her retirement, she became active with Star Harbor, a senior citizens club in West Philadelphia, where she organized a pinochle club. She also enjoyed the Atlantic City casinos.

Ruth liked to drive and bought herself a new Chevrolet every three years, paying cash.

She was an active member of Vine Memorial Baptist Church.

"She was the most giving, most loving person you would ever meet in your life," said her sister, Marjorie Tyles. "She would take people into her home, give people money who needed it. She once had a whole family living with her until they got back on their feet."

She also is survived by three other sisters, Mary Hawkins, Charity Singleton and Dora Funches, and three brothers, Argenia, James and Carol Hawkins.

Services: 11 a.m. tomorrow at Vine Memorial Baptist Church, 5600 W. Girard Ave. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be in the National Cemetery at Beverly, N.J.



July 17, 2008

John Wagner Jr., 60, coach

John Wagner Jr., 60, of Sewell, beloved freshman football coach at St. Joseph's Preparatory School and a postal worker for 25 years, died of throat cancer Friday at Methodist Hospital. He had been a longtime resident of Southwest Philadelphia.
Born in South Philadelphia, Mr. Wagner graduated from West Catholic High School in 1965. He enlisted in the Navy in 1968 and was a lightweight boxer while serving Stateside on the Yosemite, a destroyer tender, until his discharge in 1970. He married Mona Caruso in 1978, and they raised three children.

"My dad taught me to box when I was 3 years old," John Wagner III said. "We threw big parties in our basement to watch fights on television."

Mr. Wagner worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for 10 years before the U.S. Postal Service hired him in 1986. He retired a few months ago as a supervisor with the Media Post Office.

Mr. Wagner's real love was coaching football. Affectionately called Coach Wags, he became freshman football coach at St. Joe's 13 years ago when his two sons were on the team.

A milestone in Coach Wags' life occurred Oct. 27, when St. Joe's faced archrival Monsignor Bonner during a torrential rainstorm.

"We scored two quick ones in the first four minutes and won 27-0. That was my dad's 100th win," his son said. "There were at least 150 fans that turned out in the rain to watch the game. My dad was given a jacket to commemorate the occasion."

"Today was the culmination of my life," Coach Wags said after the game. "I loved it."

St. Joe's varsity head coach Gil Brooks said Coach Wags had been "the gatekeeper" of football. "Wags' 100th win was as special as any moment in the history of Prep football."

Mr. Wagner's sons helped him coach the last five years.

"My father was not all about winning. Relationships and preparing the boys for life were more important to him," son John said. "He touched so many lives. More than 1,000 people paid their respects at his funeral."

In addition to his wife and John, Mr. Wagner is survived by son Steven; a daughter, Kim Grosso; his mother, Candida; a grandson; and two brothers.

Services were held Tuesday.

Memorial donations may be sent to St. Joseph's Preparatory School, 1733 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia 19130.



July 17, 2008

LEE, LUTHER

Of Washington Twp., on July 14, 2008. Age 81 years.
Luther was known to many as The Flag Man and to all as a true family man, Luther's patriotism and devotion to his family will live on through all who knew him. Born April 9, 1927, in Eufala, Alabama, to Bivie and Lawrence Lee, Sr.
Luther joined the US Navy as soon ashe was able in 1944. Proudly fighting for his country from 1944 to 1967, Chief Petty Officer Luther Lee served during WWII, Korea and Vietnam on many ships including the USS St. Louis 'The Lucky Lou' and was a typhoon survivor. Once returning from the service, Luther was employed as a Foreman of the 38 Shop at the Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard.
Beloved husband of Diane (nee Keys) and the late Patricia (nee Moore); Devoted father of Steven (Debra) Lee of E. Strouds-burg, PA, Denise Lee of Columbia, SC, Michael Lee of Sewell, NJ, Kathleen (Bob) Albano of S. Philadelphia, PA and Sharon Lee of Sewell, NJ; Loving grandfather of Steven Lee, Jr., Jonathon Lee, Patricia Lind, Kathleen Albano, Laura Albano, Angel Albano, Robert Albano, Jr. and Giovanni Albano; Adoring great grandfather of Nicolette, Anthony, Gabriella, Matthew and Joshua. Dear brother of Leamon (Pearlie) Lee, and the late Katie Lou Lee, the late Sara Splitgerber and the late Lawrence Lee, Jr. Loving son-in-law of Winifred and the late Charles Keys and bro-ther-in-law of Deborah (Eugene) Elwell.
Viewing Friday 6:30-9PM and Saturday 12:30-1:30PM in McGUINNESS FUNERAL HOME 573 Egg Harbor Rd., Sewell (Washington Twp.) NJ 08080. Funeral Service will follow at 1:30PM. Interment Gloucester Co. Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Williamstown, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Disabled American Veterans P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250. Tributes & memories may be shared at: www.mcgfuneral.com



July 5, 2008

James R. Valentine, 55,
Folcroft resident

James R. Valentine, 55, of Folcroft, a lifeling Delaware County resident, died July 4 at home.
He was born in Philadelphia. He attended Our Lady of Fatima Grade School and Cardinal O'Hara High School, graduating from Upper Darby High School. Mr. Valentine also completed engineering courses at Drexel and Penn State.
He was employed by the Navy at the Naval Surface Warfare Center at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard as an electronics technician. Among his many duties, he also assisted research scientists in the development and execution of experiments for fiber optic sensor systems.
Mr. Valentine was an excellent amateur chef, who gave his favorite recipes, food and canned vegetables to friends, family and co-workers. His passion was tinkering with electronics, inventing numerous electronic devices and tools used at home and at work. He was also a musician, playing both the accordion and keyboard.
Survivors: Parents, William I. and Elizabeth O'Hara Valentine of Primos; brothers, William J. Valentine of Primos, Thomas J. Valentine of Pittsburgh and David E. of Brookhaven; two nieces and one nephew.
Service: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Cavanagh Family Funeral Home, 301 Chester Pike, Norwood.
Visitation: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Burial: Private.
Contributions: Aid for Friends, 12271 Townsend Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154.
Condolences: Can be e-mailed to the funeral home at info@cavanaghfuneralhome.com.



July 3, 2008

Robert N. Salerno | Accountant, coach, 63

Robert N. Salerno, 63, of Newtown Square, an accountant, Mummer, and coach, died Saturday at Montgomery Hospital in Norristown of a heart attack.
Mr. Salerno grew up in Southwest Philadelphia. He graduated from Archmere Academy in Claymont, Del., and earned a bachelor's degree from Drexel University, where he played football. He served in the Army in the States. He was an auditor and accountant at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for 35 years. After retiring in 2000, he was an accountant for Gallen's Texaco Station in Marple.

Mr. Salerno coached in the Newtown Edgmont Little League and coached Marple Bengals football teams. For 15 years, he was a coach and member of the board of the Newtown Square Petticoat League, a girls' softball program. Recently, he had been an assistant softball coach for Marple Newtown High School

In the 1960s, Mr. Salerno was a member of the Mummers Purul Comic Club. He later joined Hog Island, a fancy division. Though he stopped strutting in 2001, his children and grandchildren continue to participate in Mummers New Year's Day parades.

Mr. Salerno is survived by his wife of 40 years, May Donnelly Salerno; daughters Christine Williams, Susie and Michelle; son Matthew; his mother, Laura Salerno; a sister; and four grandchildren.

Friends may call from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. today at Donohue Funeral Home, 3300 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square. A Funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. at St. Anastasia Church, 3301 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.
 



June 18, 2008

Roy A. McFall, 58
Retired Welder

Roy A. McFall, 58, of Corpus Christi, TX, formerly of Norwood, died suddenly, June 16, at home.

Born in Philadelphia, he was a graduate of Bartram High School. A Vietnam Vet, Mr. McFall proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from 1967-69. He was an employee at the U.S. Mint from 1974-77. He was a welder at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, X26, from 1977-96. In 1996, he transferred to the Corpus Christi Army Depot only to retire in January 2008.

Mr. McFall was a proud member of the Marine Corps League and Patriot Guard. He was an avid bow hunter which he enjoyed with his brothers and friends.

Mr. McFall was a dedicated husband and devoted father.

He was the son of the late Harry Sr. and Georgianna McFall and brother of the late Harry Jr., John and Harry Anderson.

Survivors: Wife of 29 years, Barbara (Schultz); sons, Taylor of San Diego, Ca and Ryan of Corpus Christi, TX; brothers, Thomas of Darby, Leslie of Franklinville, NJ and Henry of WV; sister Debra of Blackwood; many nieces and nephews.

Visitation: 4-8 pm, Friday, June 19 at the Maxwell P. Dunne Funeral Service, 1222 Morgan Ave., Corpus Christi, TX 78404.

Burial: At the discretion of the family.



May 2, 2008

John Trimbey Derr | Railcar designer, 90

John Trimbey Derr, 90, of Lower Makefield, a retired Budd Co. designer and a railroad enthusiast, died of Parkinson's disease Tuesday at home.
Mr. Derr grew up in Germantown, where he was an Eagle Scout and a Sea Scout. After graduating from Germantown High School, he was a draftsman for Baldwin Locomotive in Philadelphia. During World War II, he worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

For more than 30 years, he designed railcars for Budd, traveling to Japan, West Germany and Brazil for the manufacturing giant. After retiring in 1982, he served as a consultant for several years.

Mr. Derr belonged to numerous railroad and trolley organizations. He was past president of the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad and the Buckingham Valley Trolley Association, and a founding member of the East Penn Traction Club and the South Eastern Pennsylvania Garden Railway Society. He wrote articles for Model Railroader and Fine Scale Railroader magazines and other publications, and was a contributor to The Car and Locomotive Cyclopedia.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Ada Epting Derr; daughters Ellen Pacewicz, Nancy Biedermann and Rita Diamond; a stepson, Michael Epting; and eight grandchildren. His first wife, Eleanor Fallon Derr, died in 1988.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 1:30 p.m. today at St. Ignatius Church, 999 Reading Ave., Yardley, where friends may call after 12:30. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham.



This obit notice is over a year old. I just became aware of Mr. McKee's passing last week and had the obituary notice copy sent from the Inquirer's archives. I'm not family, just someone who worked with Bob for a number of years and feel his passing too should be acknowledged.

Frank

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Robert R. McKee Sr. ("Mac" or "Boomer")

51 Shop Master, Quarterman Electrician, Gyro Shop Foreman, Electrician Foreman, Gyro Compass Mechanic, IC Electrician Chief Petty Officer USN (ret.)



McKEE ROBERT R., SR., on April 11, 2007, of Upper Darby, PA, ret. Navy Chief Petty Officer.



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Robert R. McKee Sr.
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA) and Philadelphia Daily News (PA); 127 words
Published: 2007-04-14
Section: Death Notice - Classified
PA United States
McKEE ROBERT R., SR., on April 11, 2007, of Upper Darby, PA, ret. Navy Chief Petty Officer. Beloved husband of the late Mary C. McKee (nee Garrity). Loving father of Rosemary C. McKee, Margaret M. (Daniel) Drake, Robert R., Jr. (Christina) and Thomas E. (Michelle) McKee. Dear grandfather of Kathryn, Nicole, Julia, Sydney, Andrew, Michael, Matthew, Robert, Thomas and Eric. Brother of Edward McKee and Ellie Reid. Friends are invited to visit the family Mon. eve. 7-9 P.M. and Tues. 8:30-9:30 A.M. at THE DONOHUE FUNERAL HOME, 8401 WEST CHESTER PIKE (cor. LYNN BLVD.), UPPER DARBY, PA, 610-449-0300 followed by his Funeral Mass 10 A.M. Tues. St. Laurence Church, 8245 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby, PA. Int. Calvary Cem., West Conshohocken, PA

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April 17, 2008

Lawrence Robert Kennedy, 52, of Frankfort, husband of Rose Bond Kennedy died Saturday at Frankfort Regional Medical Center.


Ted (that's the name everyone in the shop knew him by) worked in 67 Fire Control.

A U. S. Navy veteran, he was a retired civil service employee.
Surviving besides his wife, are her four daughters and thirteen grandchildren; his father, Charles Kennedy; a sister and her husband, Peggy and Roger Kennedy; a niece, Deann Devean; an uncle, Billy Ford; and cousins, Mike Briggs, Debbie Hudgkins, Wayne Ford, Bruce Ford and Linda McNeil.

A memorial service will be held in the East Orrington Congregational Church (Orrington, Maine) on Saturday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m.

Rogers Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements



April 9, 2008

James Schmidt | Electrical engineer, 95

James Schmidt, 95, formerly of Broomall, an electrical engineer at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and a Phillies fan, died of cancer Thursday at Riddle Village in Media.
A native of Wilkes-Barre, Mr. Schmidt earned a bachelor's degree from the Tri-State College of Engineering in Angola, Ind., where he pitched on the baseball team. He later earned a certificate from the National Radio Institute.

Mr. Schmidt worked for the Philadelphia Electric Co. before going to the shipyard in 1938. During World War II, he was exempt from the military because the shipyard needed his radar expertise. He also operated a radio and television repair business and built a TV that he set up in his Drexel Hill garage. In the 1950s on summer nights neighbors would watch prizefights, The Ed Sullivan Show, and The Colgate Comedy Hour, his son James Jr. said.

After retiring, Mr. Schmidt was a substitute math teacher at Marple Newtown High School for several years.

In his late 80s, Mr. Schmidt attended Phillies Dream Week in Florida three times. He was the oldest player, his son said, but could still hit and run. He celebrated his 95th birthday at Citizens Bank Park watching the Phillies beat the Giants in June.

Mr. Schmidt was a Mason and a Shriner and enjoyed making clocks and wooden toys.

In addition to his son, he is survived by a daughter, Nancy Pflieger; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter. His wife of 61 years, Dorothy Jones Schmidt, died in 1996.

A funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Kovacs Funeral Home, 530 W. Woodland Ave., Springfield, where friends may call after 9:30 and where a Masonic service will begin at 10. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Broomall.



April 7, 2008

Charles K. Valutas | Shipyard supervisor, 91

Charles K. "Big V" Valutas, 91, formerly of Darby, a retired Philadelphia Naval Shipyard supervisor and a disabled veteran, died of prostate cancer March 26 at Riddle Village in Media.
Mr. Valutas grew up in South Philadelphia, where his Lithuanian parents had settled. His father died during the influenza epidemic that swept the country after World War I, and Mr. Valutas dropped out of school after the sixth grade to help his mother.

During World War II, he served in the Army and participated in the invasion of North Africa. He was wounded, and his right leg was amputated below the knee. While recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, he met Eleanor Roosevelt, and he later cherished the newspaper photo of him with the first lady. He left the hospital on Dec. 24, 1943, keeping a promise to his future wife, Naomi Brown, that he would be home for Christmas, their son, Charles, said.

After his discharge, Mr. Valutas worked at the Naval Shipyard and became a cost accountant supervisor.

He was honored by the Navy for computerizing shipyard accounting systems, his son said. He retired in 1976.

Mr. Valutas enjoyed darts, big band music, gardening, repairing radios and televisions, and writing satirical essays.

He was an expert target shooter and could still hit the bull's-eye in his 80s, his son said.

In addition to his son, Mr. Valutas is survived by daughters Kate Pohlig and Naomi Maude; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

His wife of 60 years died in 2005.

The funeral will be at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday at Marvil Funeral Home, 1110 Main St., Darby. Friends may call from 7:45 a.m. A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.



March 20, 2008

Charles J. "Bud" McHugh, 89; helped found union

Charles J. "Bud" McHugh, 89, of East Lansdowne, a founder of Millwright and Machinery Erectors Local 1906, died Sunday of heart failure at Lankenau Hospital.
Mr. McHugh, who served in the Navy on Okinawa during World War II, decided to form the union after the war to help fellow veterans earn a living wage, said his daughter Joanne Knipmeyer.

"A lot of the guys who came back were Depression kids who didn't have a chance to go to college," she said. In other words, people such as Charles McHugh.

Mr. McHugh, who grew up in West Philadelphia, graduated from West Catholic High School in 1938 and went to work at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

He was a skilled carpenter who later learned the millwright's trade. Millwrights build, install and maintain heavy machinery.

Mr. McHugh joined the Navy during the war but was ordered back to the Navy Yard after a year of overseas duty because his work was viewed as essential, his daughter said.

After the war, Mr. McHugh worked for eight years to help organize the union, and became a charter member when the union opened for business in 1954.

The Philadelphia union, a local of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, has about 600 members, according to business agent Rich Kelly.

After the union was organized, Mr. McHugh became a union employee and was constantly on call for jobs at plants such as Scott Paper Co., Oscar Mayer & Co., and Tasty Baking Co., which manufactured a product for which he had a well-documented fondness.

"He was well respected for his knowledge in the field, and also in the union hall," said Joe Foley, a retired Local 1906 member.

He also noted that Mr. McHugh was very much a full-time family man. He and his wife of 46 years, Marge, who died in 1991, had 10 children.

He coached his sons in Little League, and he helped build the Greenhill Community Center at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Overbrook, where his daughter played volleyball.

Mr. McHugh was a volunteer for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Operation Santa Claus almost from its inception in 1968.

In his later years, one of his favorite pastimes was driving, his daughter said. The last time he had his car inspected, the mechanic suggested he might not need an emissions check because, at his age, he probably had not driven 5,000 miles in the previous year. Then the mechanic checked the odometer.

"Bud," he said, "you put 21,000 miles on this car."

In addition to his daughter, Mr. McHugh is survived by daughters Carol Doering, Veronica, Margaret Mary "Maggie" Wilkins, and Helene Calabro; sons Charles III, Hugh and Joseph; two sisters; 19 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Two of his children, Theresa and Mary, are deceased.

A viewing will begin at 6 p.m. Monday at O'Leary Funeral Home, 640 E. Springfield Rd., Springfield, Delaware County. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Lourdes, 63d Street and Woodbine Avenue. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, West Conshohocken.



March 17, 2008

BEDNARCZYK, THADDEUS J. 'TED' [51 Gyro Shop]

Of Burlington, died Saturday, March 15th at Marcella Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, he was 83 years of age.
Born in Camden, NJ., Ted had worked as an electrician at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. A United States Navy Veteran he served his country honorably during W.W.II aboard the USS South Dakota. A parishioner of All Saints R.C. Church, Ted was also a member of All Saints Holy Name Society, the Neptune Hose Company #5 , the New Jersey State Exempt Fireman's Association and a member of American Legion Post #79 for more than 60 years.
Husband of the late Jennie Biblewski Bednarczyk, who died in 2004, Ted is survived by his two daughters and sons-in-law: Joanne & Robert Kelly and Carolynn & John Pitko, Sr., all of Burlington, two brothers: Leonard and Stanley Bednarczyk and his sister-in-law, Eleanor Bednarczyk. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Deborah & Mark Addiego, Robert & Elizabeth Davis, Christopher & Elizabeth Davis, Derek & Allison Majikas, Erin & Warren Repsher and John Pitko, Jr., and his fiancƩ Lyn Chintese as well as his great - grandchildren: Nicholas, Ryan & Eric Addiego; Tyler, Isabella & Trista Davis, Dean Majikas and Jack Warren Repsher.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial, Tuesday, March 18th at 10:00 a.m. in All Saints R.C. Church, 0AHigh St., Burlington. Entombment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery Mausoleum, Burlington. There will be no viewing prior to church services. Those wishing may make memorial donations in Ted's memory to either: All Saints Church, 502 High St., Burlington, NJ. 08016, or to the Animal Rescue Center, 35 Academy Dr., Westampton, NJ. 08060.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Page Funeral Home, 302 E. Union St., Burlington. Expressions of sympathy may be e-mailed to the family at:pagefuneralhome@ comcast.net.



March 13, 2008

Joseph H. Bonelli, 89

Joseph H. Bonelli, 89, of the Overbrook section of West Philadelphia, an electrician at the Philadelphia Naval Yard, died March 10 in Broomall.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Bonelli served in the Navy during World War II. He was employed at the Philadelphia Navy Yard for more than 30 years.

He a member of the VFW, American Legion, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association and Watkins Senior Center.

Mr. Bonelli was very handy around the house with projects involving electrical work and painting. He was also very mechanically inclined and insisted on looking at the cars of his family and friends before letting them go to the auto repair shop.

Mr. Bonelli enjoyed woodworking and CB radio.

He was the son of the late Harry and Florence DeLabio Bonelli. He was predeceased by his wife Gertrude Egan Bonelli. He was the brother of the late Louis Bonelli, Lucy Judd, Annie DiOrio, Josephine Colagreco and Rose Ruffo.

Survivors: Children, Trudy E. Giambrone of Wayne, Kathleen Padow of Langhorne, Joseph R. Bonelli of Broomall, Denise M. Morgan of Rutland, Mass. and Vanessa Kane of Pottstown; four grandchildren.

Service: Noon Saturday, D’Anjolell Memorial Home of Broomall, 2811 West Chester Pike, Broomall.

Visitation: 10:30-11:45 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon.

Contributions: American Heart Association, Memorial Fulfillment Center, 5455 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43214.



March 10, 2008

CARLUCCI, JOSEPH R. (x31)
 

Of Atco, died March 6, 2008, at West Jersey Hosp., Berlin surrounded by his family at the age of 77, after a courageous battle with prostate cancer.

Beloved son of the late Michael and the late Christina (nee Zecca) Carlucci. Devoted brother of Maryann C. Whitener of Atco, Mina Reitano of Phila., the late Emilio A., the late Pasquale R. and his sister-in-law Josephine of Mullica Hill. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews whom he loved as his children.

Joe was born and raised in Phila. He was a graduate of Bok Vocational H.S. Class of 1948. He worked for a year as an auto body repairman before enlisting to serve his country during the Korean War in the Air Force. He worked for over 30 years as a mechanical engineer at the Phila. Naval Shipyard. Joe was a quiet, soft spoken person who loved to tend his garden and served for many years as the Financial Secretary for the St. Jude Council #6551 K of C.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing Tuesday from 7 to 9 pm at The GIOSA FUNERAL HOME, 171 Haddon Avenue, West Berlin and again Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:45am at Assumption Church, 318 Carl Hasselhan Drive, Atco, NJ 08004 where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Weds. at 11am. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Gate of Heaven Cem., Berlin.
Joe's family requests in lieu of flowers, donations in his memory be made to Assumption Parish at the above address. For information and condolences, please visit www.giosafuneralhome.com



March 1, 2008

Walter J. Logan Sr., 88, airman and builder

Walter J. Logan Sr., 88, formerly of Gulph Mills, a Tuskegee Airman who built more than 175 homes in the Philadelphia area, died of heart failure Tuesday. Mr. Logan grew up with 11 siblings in Atlanta and learned carpentry from his father. In the early 1940s, he worked as a machinist at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

When war broke out, his son Kenneth said, Mr. Logan tried to join the Navy, but black people then could only be cooks in the Navy, and he didn't cook. Instead, Mr. Logan joined the Army and was selected to be one of the elite group trained to be pilots at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. The war ended before he could serve overseas.

After his discharge, Mr. Logan worked in the construction industry and studied engineering at Drexel Institute. In 1956, he built his first house in Abington Township. He later built a development of split levels and another of townhouses in Yeadon, and built homes in Lansdowne.

In the 1970s, he built a subdivision in Gulph Mills that included his own home. He also built homes for two of his sons in Wyncote and Radnor, and constructed homes in Delaware and New Jersey as well as in Pennsylvania. Though he built several upscale homes, his son said, he was a trailblazer in building affordable housing, and sought creative ways to turn renters into homeowners.

After building his last home in Wayne in the mid-1990s, Mr. Logan continued to buy and sell real estate from an office in Upper Darby and more recently in King of Prussia.

Mr. Logan enjoyed cards, pool, golf, and dancing to music from his collection of jazz and rhythm and blues records.

After his first marriage ended in divorce after 23 years, he married Sandra Gail Venuto. She died in 2005.

In addition to his son, Mr. Logan is survived by sons Walter Jr. and Frank; daughters Judith Royal, Twila and Heidi; five grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and his former wife, Beatrice.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Upper Merion Baptist Church, 585 General Steuben Rd., King of Prussia. Friends may call at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Valley Forge Memorial Gardens.



February 27, 2008

RIVELL GEORGE THOMAS 72 Shop,

on February 25, 2008, of St. Mary's GA, age 62. Beloved husband of Sharon (nee McCartney); loving father of Bernadette, George Michael (Angela) and Edward Thomas; dear brother of William Rivell (Carol), Marie Law and Kathy Rivell; sadly missed by his grandsons, Seth and Cole. Relatives and friends are invited to his Viewing Friday, 11 A.M., and Funeral Service, 12 Noon, at MURPHY-RUFFENACH FUNERAL HOME, 3rd and Wolf Sts. Int. New St. Mary Cem., Bellmawr NJ. Family requests donations in George's memory be made to Hospice of The Golden Isles Inc., 1692 Glynco Pkwy., Brunswick GA 31525.



February 17, 2008

Walter J. Hetherington Sr., 81

World War II veteran; master electrician

Walter J. Hetherington Sr., 81, of Springfield, a master electrician and veteran of World War II, died Dec. 22 at Harlee Manor Nursing Home in Springfield.

Born in Philadelphia, he resided in New Jersey and Southwest Philadelphia before moving to Springfield.

Mr. Hetherington was a master electrician for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard before retiring.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, having served in the South Pacific. He was a very patriotic man.

Mr. Hetherington enjoyed playing golf and the lottery. He played the banjo and loved Cape May, N.J.

He was the widower of Marie Hance Hetherington, to whom he was married 31 years. He was the father of the late Walter J. Hetherington Jr.

Survivors: Daughters, Joan Donahue of Havertown, Karen Penatar of Broomall; companion of 20 years, Verna Zelaney of New Jersey; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Mass: 11 a.m. Friday at St. Pius X Church, Lawrence Road, Marple.

Visitation: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday at the Kish Funeral Home, Sproul and Lawrence roads, Marple.

Burial: SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple.

Contributions: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.



February 16, 2008

DiMartino, Salvatore

On February 1, 2008, of Marlton, NJ. Formerly of New York. Age 85.
Beloved husband of Geronima (nee Aliano). Loving father of Carol DiMartino and Carmen Jonson and her husband Peter. Proud grandfather of Samantha and Brittany.
Mr. DiMartino worked as an electrician for over 50 years at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard/Global Industries. Salvatore was a veteran of the US Air Force. He served his country during WWII.
Services: Viewing Wednesday Feb 6 at the Bradley Funeral Home Rt 73 and Evesham Rd, Marlton, NJ. Burial at the Brig. General William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetary, Arneytown, NJ



February 6, 2008

'Mr. Floyd' Culver, delivered DN, Inky

NOBODY AT the Daily News or Inquirer ever called Floyd Culver anything but "Mr. Floyd."

"That's the kind of respect we had for him," said Bob Palmo, district circulation manager for the papers as he talked about a man who had been selling the papers in the streets of the city since 1947.

He was still selling them through helpers until a few weeks ago. After all, he was only 100 years old.

"He still wanted to be involved," Palmo said. "But about five weeks ago, he called me and said, 'I can't do it anymore.'"

Mr. Floyd, who began his working life on a pecan farm in Alabama, served as a cook in the Navy in World War II, and had been a loyal ambassador for the Daily News and Inquirer for six decades, died yesterday. He had turned 100 on Oct. 3.

Well into his 90s, Floyd loaded up the sturdy bicycle he bought in 1954 with newspapers, along with his cane, and would ply the streets of Center City and South Philadelphia, delivering hundreds of papers to the customers he loved. And who loved him.

If Floyd didn't show up with their newspaper on schedule, his customers knew there had to have been an earthquake or some other cataclysm.

Sickness was hardly an excuse.

"He didn't know what it was to take a sick day," said his daughter, Brenda Taylor, who took care of her father in his senior-citizen apartment at 16th and Reed streets, South Philadelphia.

In 1999, when Floyd was 91, Inquirer writer Michael Vitez, described him riding through the silent streets of Center City at 3 a.m.:

"The rain is pouring. He's wearing a yellow slicker. The balloon tires hum as they spit up water. He is carrying 84 morning newspapers in the basket on the front of his bike, and he has covered them with a brown tarp.

"Despite his frail, bent body and his heavy load, Mr. Floyd executes movements that are almost balletic. . . . He reaches and spins and twists, knowing just how much effort is needed to slip a paper under a door or stash one behind a screen. Every paper is lovingly delivered."

When he finished the first load, he rode back to the distribution point, a storefront at 18th and Bainbridge, and loaded up with the Daily News.

A major stop on his route was Graduate Hospital, where he delivered papers to patients and staff. On his 90th birthday, the doctors and nurses gave him a surprise party that brought tears to his eyes.

They had been tipped off by daughter Brenda, who knew her father never would have mentioned it.

Floyd was born on a pecan farm in Headland, Ala., the oldest of the four children of Robert Lee Culver and Mary Lee Thomas.

Times were tough and his mother took him out of fifth grade and made him work in a grocery store, where he made 25 cents a day.

After he was discharged from the Navy in 1946, he worked briefly for a quartermaster depot in Louisville, Ky., before coming to Philadelphia.

He worked for a time for the old Philadelphia Naval Shipyard before starting to deliver papers.

He and a helper would show up on the loading dock at 15th and Callowhill streets before dawn and load up with 1,000 to 1,500 papers, Bob Palmo said. Later, he worked alone.

In 2001, he was knocked over by a car at 22nd and Pemberton streets and broke his right knee. He was out of action for eight weeks, but couldn't wait to get back on the job. In 1998, he fell and broke a hip, which required a replacement.

Aside from that, he's always been healthy and independent.

"He was still cooking his own breakfast and dinner," his daughter said.

He retired from full-time newspaper delivering at the age of 94. There was no party, no fuss.

"He just quietly rode off into the sunset," Brenda said.

In recent years, although wheelchair-bound, he continued to sell a few papers out of his apartment.

"He was a hell of a man," Bob Palmo said. "He was a likable guy; everybody liked him. He was a very special person."

Besides his daughter, he is survived by two grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Services: 11 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Slater Funeral Home, 1426 Fitzwater St. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Glenwood Memorial Park, Broomall.



January 29, 2008

Abraham A. Wehbe | Insurance agent, 98

Abraham A. Wehbe, 98, of Prospect Park, an insurance sales agent who never retired, died of toxic shock Wednesday at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
For more than 40 years, Mr. Wehbe was a sales agent for Royal Arcanum, a fraternal insurance company. He passed a test for his insurance license when he was 80 and was still selling policies - including to the nurse in the hospital who cared for him, his daughter Loretta said.

A native of Lebanon, Mr. Wehbe came to the United States with his parents in 1923. He was a machinist at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard until the 1960s. He then was a master plumber until 10 years ago as well as an insurance agent.

Mr. Wehbe was married to Jean Gariffo Wehbe for 35 years until her death in 1973. He then married Kathryn Delisi Wehbe. She died in 2006.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by another daughter, Rosemary; a son, Richard; a sister; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be from 9 to 10:15 a.m. today at Knoetgen Funeral Home, 746 Kedron Ave., Morton. A Funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. today at St. Gabriel Church, 233 Mohawk Ave., Norwood. Burial will be in Lawnview Cemetery, Rockledge.



January 15, 2008

Eugene T. Taddei | Supervisor, volunteer, 82

Eugene T. Taddei, 82, of Ardsley, a retired warehouse supervisor and community volunteer, died Saturday at Central Montgomery Medical Center in Lansdale of complications from Alzheimer's disease and a stroke.
In 2002, Mr. Taddei was honored at a ceremony celebrating his 33 years of service on the Abington Township Special Police Force and was named a sergeant emeritus. The volunteer force directs traffic at community and sporting events and at churches, and assists police in emergencies.

He was also a volunteer with the American Red Cross and traveled to Florida in 1992 in the afermath of Hurricane Andrew.

Mr. Taddei grew up with 10 siblings in Huntingdon Valley. During World War II, he worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. After the war, he was a gardener on a Bethayres estate and developed an extensive knowledge of horticulture, his daughter Patricia said. Later he was a warehouse supervisor for a Philadelphia company and for Dresher Mechanical Contractors. After retiring in 1995, he was a crossing guard in Abington Township for seven years.

His wife of 20 years, Marion Lord Taddei, died in 1978. They met when she asked him to dance at a Catholic Youth Organization social, their daughter said.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Taddei is survived by another daughter, Elaine; a son, Paul; three brothers; four sisters; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 2316 Fairhill Ave., Glenside. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at May Funeral Home, 354 N. Easton Rd., Glenside.

Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Abington.



January 15, 2008

M. Brasovankin; lost custody of grandchild because of age

Morris Brasovankin, 89, of the Oxford Circle section of the city, who made national headlines when he and his wife went to court to try to retain custody of their grandson, died Friday of complications from pneumonia at Einstein at Elkins Park hospital.

Morris and Mildred Brasovankin were settled into retirement and were taking care of their grandson, Steven, after his father, also Steven, lost custody following an episode at a local hospital.

When they sought permanent custody, a Family Court judge ruled that they were too old and removed their grandson from their care last year. The case became a cause celebre for grandparents. But the Brasovankins came to accept the judge's decision.

"They had really given up the thought of raising Steven," said Mr. Brasovankin's stepson Elliott Hirsh. "They had accepted the fact that it was my brother's responsibility."

Young Steven Brasovankin is in foster care in Blue Bell, said Hirsh, and is attending prekindergarten in the Wissahickon School District. His father is attending parenting classes with the goal of regaining custody this year, he said.

"That would be the best memorial he could give his father," Hirsh said.

Mr. Brasovankin grew up in Philadelphia. He worked as a welder at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, and also owned and drove a taxi, Hirsh said. In the 1960s, he and his wife opened a deli in Cherry Hill called Deli Land, he said.

Besides his wife, son and grandson, he also is survived by a daughter, Janet Wilson; another stepson, Allen Hirsh; and three other grandchildren.

Graveside services at Montefiore Cemetery were Sunday. Contributions may be made to the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, 2100 Arch St., Philadelphia 19103.



January 2, 2008

Reba Wise, a Mummers seamstress

WHEN Rheba Burnside was a child, her mother would take her to the Mummers Parade, and she would feel compelled to root for the Quaker City String Band.
That was the band that sported costumes made by her mother, Reba L. Wise, and when Quaker City won prizes, Reba was so proud, her daughter said.

Her mother worked for Stevens Costumes, which made the spectacular dress of the Mummers, for several years in the '50s. The company's big client was Quaker City.

Reba Wise, a skilled seamstress who had a long working career that included the old Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and the Defense Department Quartermaster Depot, a woman whose sweet spirit endeared her to everybody she met, died Saturday. She was 97 and lived in West Philadelphia.

"She was a very petite, dainty, sweet lady," said her daughter. "If you met her, you would instantly accept her as your mom. There was a peace around her.

"But she was also very strong in her quiet way. You could feel the spirit of love around her."

Reba was born in Philadelphia and attended Martha Washington High School. She worked for the Navy Yard for about 20 years, made costumes for the Mummers for several years, then went to the Quartermaster Depot in South Philadelphia from which she retired in 1975.

She was a skilled seamstress who made all the clothes for her family. She enjoyed the Atlantic City casinos, the harness track at the old Brandywine Raceway in Delaware, and thoroughbred racing.

She was good at handicapping race horses, until her eyesight dimmed to the extent that she couldn't read the fine print in the racing forms.

Reba also enjoyed traveling, mostly in the United States, but also liked to cruise the Caribbean, and her daughter took her to Mexico.

She enjoyed a special treat last September when she attended a relative's Ethiopian-style wedding in San Diego.

Reba was in good health until recently. While undergoing dialysis at the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, she was a favorite of the nurses and doctors.

Her granddaughter, Elizabeth Burnside, said everybody at the hospital loved her.

"They were extra gentle with her because she was so fragile," Elizabeth said. "She would tell us to take care of the nurses, write to them or send them cookies. She had such a sweet spirit."

Besides Rheba Burnside and her daughter, Elizabeth, Reba is survived by four other grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Services: Funeral Mass 10 a.m. Friday at St. Cyprian Church, 63rd Street and Cedar Avenue. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon.



December 28, 1007

Bob Davis -11shop & Design Div


ROBERT R. DAVIS, age 74, of Yardley, died Wed. Dec. 26, 2007. He will be sadly missed by his beloved wife of 52 years, Catherine (nee Buchanan); 2 sons: Robert M. Davis (Kathy Ann) and Mark X. Davis (Linda); one daughter, Kathleen M. Mundhenk (Tracy); brother of Lois Ann Bartlett (Donald); also survived by 6 grandchildren: Jenna, Mark, Holly, Jeffrey, Michael and Catherine. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service Sun. 2 P.M. at the TOMLINSON FUNERAL HOME, 2207 Bristol Pike, Bensalem PA, 19020 where friends may call from 12 noon until the time of Service. Interment private. Mass Cards preferred
 

 

November 28, 2007

James Borger, age 81 on Nov. 28, 2007.

Beloved husband of Louise. Dear father of Janet and James. Grandfather of Jennie, Megan and Chad. Brother of Joseph and William Borger.
Veteran of WWII, U.S. Navy and a
56 Shop employee.



November 12, 2007

George W. McCormick, Jr - Design Division



November 7, 2007

Paul G. Sers, 31 Shop Superintendent
 

Paul G. Sers died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007.
He was the beloved husband of Ceil (Farrow) Sers.
Mr. Sers was a member of Solomon's Lodge 3 Free and Accepted Masons, and was the past president of the Chelten Hills Model Railroad Club.
He was a former employee of the Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard.
Paul was the father of Paul Sers (Barbarann), Robert Sers, Lee O'Neil (David), Janet Comfort (Thomas), and Claudine Sweeney. He was the grandfather of ten.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service at 10 a. m. Saturday, at the Wetzel and Son Funeral Home, 419 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, where friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday. A Masonic service will be held at 8 p.m. Friday. Interment will be in Thompson Memorial Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Paul's memory to the Alzheimers Association, Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market St., Suite 102, Phila., PA 19106. Wetzel and Son Funeral Home,



October 30, 2007

Cary D. Ligons, lent a helping hand

CARY DEHAVEN Ligons was a man of many skills, and he put those skills to work in all the jobs he held and to which he lent a powerful work ethic.
He started out as a grocery clerk while still a kid, served in the Army, worked as machine operator for the old Westinghouse Electric Corp., then the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, and finally as a bus driver for SEPTA, out of the Comly Depot in Northeast Philadelphia.

In addition, he was a singer who lent his baritone/bass voice to both gospel and popular songs. He sang in the choirs of local churches and for a time with the group, Gospel Pearls.

Cary Ligons died Oct. 22. He was 62 and had lived for many years in South Philadelphia.

Cary, known to family and friends as Josh, was born in Philadelphia the second of the six children of the late Cary Jasper Ligons and Oredia Johnson Ligons.

He graduated from West Philadelphia High School in 1963. After his Army service, spent mostly in Europe, he attended Community College of Philadelphia and later received a certificate in mechanical drafting from John F. Kennedy Vocational Center.

Although basically shy, Josh "was quite a comedian and could say and do the craziest things to make people laugh," his family wrote in an obituary. "He always greeted everyone with his infectious smile."

"Josh was special to his family and children in his neighborhood, always giving a helping hand to those less fortunate than he," his family wrote.

"He was kind, courteous, caring and generous to all he came in contact with."

His younger brother, Calvin, wrote, "How wonderful it is to have an older brother who protected and looked after me when I was a child . . .

"I have always been proud to have been nicknamed 'Little Josh' by the neighborhood crew. It meant a lot to me and began my path to a higher level of self-esteem."

Josh also is survived by his mother, and four sisters, Oredia Cassandra Kennedy, the Rev. Delrio Ligons-Berry, Evangelist Dorette Ligons-Ham and Lydia Michelle.

Services: Were yesterday. Burial was in Westminster Cemetery, Bala-Cynwyd.



October 24, 2007

James A. Watts, x26 General Foreman

passed on Thursday Oct. 18, 2007. Beloved husband of Betty Watts. Beloved father of Carolyn Watts, Gwendolyn Mabine, Jacqueline Watts, James Watts Jr.; also survived by daughter-in-law Julie, grand-children Kenneth, Stephanye, Stephon, Iyasu, Abeni, Serene and Kidane; and a host of nieces, nephews, "adopted sons" and friends. A Viewing will be held Thursday Oct. 25th from 9 - 11 A.M., Service 11 A.M. at Zion Baptist Church, Broad and Venango Sts., Phila. Int. Ivy Hill Cem., 1201 Easton Road, Phila. 19150. Repass will be at Zion Baptist Church following Burial.



October 24, 2007

Donald J. Beavers | Purchasing agent, 90

Donald J. Beavers, 90, formerly of Whitemarsh, a retired purchasing agent and decorated World War II veteran, died of cancer Friday at the Hill at Whitemarsh, a residence for seniors.
Mr. Beavers graduated from Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia and attended the University of Pennsylvania.

During World War II, as an Army sergeant with the Second Armored Division, he participated in the invasions of North Africa and Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge, and the occupation of Berlin. In September 1944, he was with the first American troops to enter Belgium. He received a Bronze Star with one oak-leaf cluster and the Belgian Croix de Guerre.

After his discharge, Mr. Beavers was a human-resources specialist at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, the IRS, the Naval Supply Depot, and the Naval Publications and Forms Center in Philadelphia. He retired from government service in 1973, after which he was a purchasing agent for 20 years for the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Wyndmoor.

Mr. Beavers coached baseball for the Catholic Youth Organization in Flourtown, and was a former Boy Scout volunteer. He was an avid reader and enjoyed growing vegetables and carving wooden garden figures and Nativity scenes.

He is survived by his sons Donald, David and Robert; a daughter, Mary Anne Allen; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. His wife of 53 years, Elizabeth Mizii Beavers, died in 1999.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. today at St. Genevieve Church, 1225 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown, where Mr. Beavers was a founding member and usher, and where friends may call after 9 a.m. Burial will be in George Washington Memorial Park, Plymouth Meeting.



September 26, 2007

JOHN R. ANNAN (x51)

Suddenly on Sept. 23, 2007, of Rutledge, formerly of Norwood.
Beloved husband of Edna J. (nee Stamoulis), devoted father of Alicia Boylan and Nicole Mulhern; dear brother of Nancy Young, Stephen Annan and Susan Rainey; also survived by 5 grandchildren Marissa, Erin, Sophia, Shauna, Joshua and his many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Viewing Friday after 8:15 A.M. at THE CAVANAGH FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 301 Chester Pike, Norwood, PA; followed by Funeral Mass at 11 A.M. in the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Morton, PA. Int. SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery.



September 14, 2007

Rosalie Robinson, popular and successful beautician


Rosalie Williams Robinson was such a popular beautician in West Philadelphia that she had to open four shops to accommodate all her customers.
 

She opened her first at 56th and Market streets shortly after graduating from the Skidmore Beauty School. She couldn't handle the rush of clients seeking her special skills, so she opened three more shops, at 59th and Market, at 58th and Rodman, and at 60th and Cedar Avenue.
 

"Each one was better than the other," said her son, Ronald W. Gray.
 

Even when her health began to fail, she tried to accommodate a client who "just needed a few curls for a special occasion."
 

Rose, as she was called by family and friends, died last Friday. She was 81 and lived in West Philadelphia.
"Rose had many friends, neighbors and co-workers," said her son. "Once you met her, you would be drawn to her wit and charm.

"One thing we had to fuss with her about, she just loved to pinch the babies in the family."

She was born in Philadelphia to Edward C. Williams and the former Rosa L. Stokes.

During World War II, she was employed by the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard as an original "Rosie the Riveter."

When she was semi-retired in the late '80s, she worked for a time for the state Department of Public Welfare at the State Office Building.

She was an active member of the 59th Street Baptist Church.

Besides her son, she is survived by a brother, Alvin Williams; three granddaughters, and a great-grandson.

Services: 10 a.m. tomorrow at the 59th Street Baptist Church, 315 S. 59th St. Friends may call at 9 a.m.
 



August 5, 2007

MASTER GUNNERY SERGEANT NICHOLAS J. FORMOSA

U.S. Marine Corp suddenly on July 27, 2007, age 55 of S. Phila. Beloved husband of 28 years to Christina (nee Cimino), beloved father of Nicholas C., son of the late Nicholas and Amelia (nee DiProspero), brother of Maria (James) Capone and Mark Formosa, son-in-law of Julie and the late Samuel Cimino, brother-in-law of Joan (the late Ronald) Davis and Catherine (William) Myers. Beloved uncle of William and Julie Myers, Maria (Michael) Scoloveno, Christa (Scott) Leska, Jamie and Vincent Capone, great uncle of Brittany Myers and Avery. Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Tuesday, 9 A.M., LEONETTI - O'LEARY FUNERAL HOME INC., N.E. cor. Broad and Wolf Sts. and to his Viewing Monday eve. 6-9 P.M.. Funeral Mass Tuesday 11 A.M.. Epiphany of Our Lord Church, 11th and Jackson Sts. Int. SS. Peter and Paul Cem. (Parking on Premises)

Worked 51 shop PNSY work leader. USS Kitty Hawk CV63
 



August 2, 2007

Irving Horowitz

July 30, 2007, husband of Evelyn (nee Forman); brother of Ruth (Ted) Kahan; also survived by 2 step sons, 2 children and 2 step grandchildren. Mr. Horowitz was a former employee of The Philadelphia Naval Yard. Relatives and friends are invited to Graveside Services Friday 11 A.M., precisely, at the Har Jehuda Cem. (Sec R) Upper Darby, PA. Contributions in his memory may be made to American Cancer Society, 1626 Locust St., Phila., PA 19103.



July 29, 2007

Bernard C. "Bernie" Moran
(May 28, 1930 - July 28, 2007)

On July 28, 2007, Age 77, of Westmont, NJ. Beloved husband of Mary A. (Nee Abel). Loving father of Michael (Lynne), Dennis (Eileen), Chip (Donna). Devoted brother of Nancy Erdbrink (Paul) and Rosemary Romeo. Also survived by 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren as well as many friends. Bernie was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Camden and Audubon Park, NJ. In 1947 he left Camden Catholic High School to join the Navy. He served in the Submarine Service for 3 years before becoming an Apprentice Pipe Fitter at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. During his 40 years at the Shipyard, Bernie rose through the trades to the Senior Production Superintendent position as the highest ranking civilian. During his tenure he worked tirelessly with local and federal officials to bring maritime work to the Delaware Valley. He was president of the Association for Shipyard Development, the Federal Managers Association and Master Mechanics Association. His work, along with efforts of Unions, Management, State and Congressional officials paved the way for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard winning the Carrier Ships Life Extension Program contract providing thousands of jobs to the Delaware Valley Community. He earned the Navy's highest civilian award the Superior Civilian Service Award at Philadelphia. After retiring from the yard in 1986 he continued to serve his community. He again joined forces with community, state and federal officials and successfully bought the Battleship New Jersey to the Camden Waterfront as both a museum and a monument to the Delaware Valley maritime trade community. In his own community of Haddon Township Bernie served on the zoning board for eight years and volunteered his time to aid cancer patients in the county's Road to Recovery Program. Bernie put a 100 percent effort into all that he did but he truly loved three things, his family, his friends and fishing. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his visitation Wednesday morning from 9 to 10:15 AM at Holy Saviour Church 50 Emerald Ave., Westmont, NJ, followed by a funeral mass at 10:30 AM. Interment New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr, NJ. In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation, 1415 Rt. 70 E., Suite 400, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034. Arrangements by the JACKSON FUNERAL HOME of Westmont, NJ



July 26, 2007

Robert A. Eckert
“Bobby” “Wimpy”
Warwick, Rhode Island, formerly of Barrington, NJ

Died unexpectedly on February 27, 2007. He was the beloved husband and soulmate of
Kathy (Regan) Eckert.  Father of Dustin Eckert (Danielle) of Warwick RI; Kristy Eckert
(Jared Greenberg) of Princeton, NJ; Pop-pop of Kelsea and Daphne. Son of Marie Eckert and the late George Eckert.  Son-in-law of the late James and Josephine Regan.

Bobby was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He was employed at the Naval War College Maintenance Department in Newport RI for the last 12 years.  He was previously a shipfitter at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for 17 years.

He loved to play with his grandchildren, walk, cook, go to the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and laugh.  He was a happy fun loving guy.

He is also survived by: George Eckert (Kathy); Marie Dobisch (Dave); Marty Eckert (Bett);
Rita Eckert; Eileen Holcombe (Buddy); Ed Eckert (Julie); Jim Eckert (Karen);
Tom Eckert (Debbie); Peggy Weir (Steve); Michael Regan (Joanne); Carol Smith (Rick);  
Buster Regan (Karen); many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.



July 17, 2007

Lynn, Sr., John W.

On July 14, 2007, age 92, of Marlton, NJ. Born in Philadelphia, John retired from the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in 1974 as Superintendent of Shipfitting after a 42 year career. He was an active member of St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and Hospital Minister. Beloved husband of Helen F. "Ange" (nee Maloney) for 66 years. Loving father of Jack (Betty), the late Thomas (Gerre), the late Robert, Eileen, Joseph, Jude (Bill) Johnston and Bernadette (Jim) Ronca. Much beloved Poppie of Kevin, Thomas, Meghan, Amy, Kelly, Erin, Jacqueline, Joseph, Brianna, Jessica, James, Ryan, Jennifer and Kelly. Great grandfather of twelve. Brother of the late William F. Lynn and Marion Lynn, both of Philadelphia. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may call at the BRADLEY FUNERAL HOME, Rt. 73 & Evesham Rd., Marlton on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 from 8:30 until 9:30am. Mass of Christian Burial 10am Wednesday at St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church, 100 Willow Bend Rd., Marlton. Interment Calvary Cem., Cherry Hill. In lieu of flowers, the donations may be made to the Dominican Sisters of the Perpetual Rosary, 1500 Haddon Ave., Camden, NJ 08103.



July 6, 2007

Madosky,Max L  (SHOP 17)


Age 54 died tragically Thrusday, June 14 at his home in Pitman, NJ.
He was a 1972 graduate of Cherry Hill West High School. Max enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1974 and was a dedicated and loyal Marine for 13 years. He worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for over 20 years. Max was a devoted Christian and loved worshiping the Lord. He was very handy and could fix anything. He enjoyed hunting and spending time outdoors. Most of all he loved his family, animals and helping anyone in need. He touched everyone who knew him in a special way. Max will be missed by all who knew him



July 3, 2007

Louis Aiello III, 45, engineer, coach, civic leader

Louis Francis Aiello III, a former Philadelphian who became an executive with a West Virgnia water company, a coach and civic leader in Charleston, W. Va., died of cancer June 16 at the age of 45.

Lou was born in Philadelphia to Louis and Elaine Aiello and graduated from the Norwood-Fontbonne Academy, Chestnut Hill Academy and Villanova University, where he received a bachelor- of-science degree in engineering.

For a time, he worked as a mechanical engineer in the instrumentation department at the U.S. Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia, and was living in Chestnut Hill.

Lou received a master's degree in business administration from the University of Charleston. He remained in Charleston and was employed as an engineering supervisor for the West Virginia-American Water Co. in the leak-detection and distribution departments.

Lou married Susan Kawash in 1986.

"Everyone whose life Lou touched knew that he was a wonderful and loving husband, father, coach, mentor and friend," his family said.

In Charleston, he was a founding member of the St. Michael the Archangel Council of the Knights of Columbus, was active in the Cub Scouts and the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

He was a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and coached a number of youth sports, including tee ball, soccer, hockey, basketball and baseball.

He was also a member of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce, earning Ambassador of the Year honors.

Besides his wife and parents, he is survived by two daughters, Maria and Sarah; two sons, Michael and Andrew; a brother, Christopher Aiello, and three sisters, Gina Aiello, Mariann Haselman and Lisa Laws.

Services: Memorial Mass 10 a.m. July 28 at Our Mother of Consolation Church, 9 E. Chestnut Hill Ave.

Contributions may be made to the Louis F. Aiello III Scholarship Fund, Norwood-Fontbonne Academy, 8891 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia 19118.



June 28, 2007

Gladys W. Smith, devoted to family

GLADYS WALKER SMITH didn't like dirty dishes in the sink.

"She was clean and neat, so I washed dishes all day, it seemed," said her daughter, T. Carlene Davis.

"My mother was a hard worker and consistent disciplinarian," she said.

"She was not to be played with. When she gave an order, I was wise to obey and move immediately."

Gladys Smith, who worked as a housekeeper for various prominent families here and in New York, an active churchwoman and matriarch of an extended family, died Friday of complications from dementia.

She was living in a nursing home but had lived most of her life in North Philadelphia.

She was born in Norfolk, Va., to Annie Walker Deaton and Link Griffin. She got her early education there through the ninth grade.

She was 16 when her mother died and a friend told her about a job taking care of children for a family in New York City. She worked there for a couple of years before coming to Philadelphia at the age of 19.

"My mother was a lover of music," her daughter said. "She learned to play the organ and served as the organist at her church. When she moved to Philadelphia, she never even told anyone that she could play. The atmosphere was very different, so she just let it go."

Gladys worked from 1941 to 1949, during World War II, at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. She later worked for a clothing factory until returning to domestic work.

She worked for the Miller family, of the moving and storage company, Miller North Broad; the family of the late City Councilman Thacher Longstreth, and that of Municipal Judge William J. Brady. She retired in 2000 or 2001.

Gladys was small in stature, but she didn't take any guff from anyone.

"My grandmother's nicknames were 'Boy' and 'Biddy,' " said her granddaughter, Darlene Jones. "I don't know about the Biddy, but I can assume that Boy came from the fact that my grandmother was not afraid to fight anyone. She could be rough when she was ruffled."

Gladys was an active member of Foster Memorial Baptist Church for more than 30 years. She lived only a block from the church and walked to services. She was a member of the Senior Choir and performed whatever chores the church needed.

She also is survived by a grandson, Sylvester Evans; seven great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a brother, Gervan Deaton.

Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Foster Memorial Baptist Church, 18th and York streets. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Peace Cemetery, 31st Street and Lehigh Avenue.



June 22, 2007

David S. Borders | Office manager, vet, 58

David S. Borders, 58, of Drexel Hill, an office manager and Vietnam War veteran, died of melanoma Saturday at home.

Mr. Borders graduated from Upper Darby High School. He then was a welder at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and helped prepare the battleship New Jersey for deployment to Vietnam in 1968.

The next year he was in Vietnam, serving in the Army as a generator technician.

After his discharge, Mr. Borders worked for an elevator company and as a bill collector. For the last 13 years, he had been office manager with HiTech Instruments Inc. in Broomall.

He loved to travel, said his wife, Sandra Thomas Borders, especially in England, where he took beautiful photographs of the castles and the landscape.

In addition to his wife of 35 years, Mr. Borders is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Downey; a son, James; his mother, Beatrice Henriques; a sister; three brothers; and a granddaughter.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at Drexel Hill United Methodist Church, 600 Burmont Rd., Drexel Hill; Mr. Borders had been a member there for 25 years. Friends may call from 9 a.m. Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill.



June 17, 2007

Terry S. Realley, Sr., age 51, of Williamstown, NJ, on Sunday, June 17, 2007 after a long illness.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa., Terry has lived in Williamstown since 1977. He worked for the Philadelphia Naval Yard for 22 years then for Unicco Service Corporation at Drexel University for the past 10 years. He has a passion for golf.

Husband of Julia (nee McFadden). Loving son of Leonora (nee Wilson) and the late William Realley. Devoted father of Terry (Tobey) Realley Jr. of Williamstown, Meghan (Kevin) Long of Annandale, NJ and Allyson Realley of Langhorne, PA. Dear brother of Kevin (Maggie) Realley, the late Richard Realley and the late Patrick Realley. Loving grandfather of soon to be baby boy Shawn. Dear uncle of several nieces and nephews. Faithful companion to his dog Darby.

Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation on Thursday, June 21, 2007 from 9:30-11:00 AM at St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Main St. and Carroll Ave., Williamstown. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 AM. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Williamstown.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Methodist Hospital Foundation, 2301 S. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19148



May 4, 2007

BERWICK, CHARLES R


On May 2, 2007; of Bellmawr, NJ; age 60 years. Beloved husband of Kathleen T. (nee Kennedy); Devoted father of Denea and her husband Kenneth Jordan, and Charles and his wife Mindy; Dear son of Esther and the late Edwin Berwick; Loving Pop-Pop of Alex, Cory, Casey and Elizabeth; Dear brother of Edwin and his wife Marion, Eileen and her husband Raymond Dybus, James and his wife Linda, and the late Thomas and his wife Donna; also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Prior to his retirement, Mr. Berwick was employed at the Philadelphia Naval Yard for 26 years. For the past 12 years, he was employed by Superior Supply in Brooklawn. A United States Army Veteran, Mr. Berwick also served as a Reserve Police Officer in Bellmawr for several years. Relatives and friends are invited to the Visitation and Funeral on Sunday from 1 PM at the Falco/Caruso & Leonard Pennsauken Funeral Home, 6600 North Browning Road, where a Funeral Service will be held at 3 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Drive, Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08053 or to the American Cancer Society, 1651 Old Cuthbert Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.



April 28, 2007

Leo H. Therien (x38)
Leo H. Therien, 77, of Peoria, AZ, passed away on April 9, 2007. He is survived by his beloved wife Jo Therien; 2 daughters Rosemarie (James) Votta and Patricia Therien; 3 grandchildren Paul, Jennifer and Tricia; 3 Great-grandchildren Allison, Adara and Gabrielle. The Funeral Service will be at 11:00 AM, Friday, April 13, 2007 at Sunland Mortuary 15826 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City, AZ where Visitation will be from 5-8 PM, Thursday, April 12, 2007 and also 9-11 AM, Friday, April 13, 2007. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, Avondale, AZ.



April 20, 2007

Ernest Sutton, dedicated to his faith

DARLENE JAMES was surprised when a woman stopped her on the street recently and talked for a good hour about how Darlene's father had worked with her son and turned his life around.

"We're finding out about all kinds of things that he did for people that we didn't know about," Darlene said. "He never told anybody."

Her father, Ernest A. Sutton, operator of a radio and TV repair shop in North Philadelphia for about 25 years, an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War, and devoted church deacon, died April 12. He was 83 and lived in Germantown.

"He enjoyed helping people, especially young people, and he didn't ask for anything in return," his daughter said. "He would do anything for you."

Ernest was born in Windsor, N.C., to Ernest T. Sutton and Florence Brown. His mother died a few years after his birth, and he and his father lived in Miami and North Carolina before coming to Philadelphia.

He married Florence R. Simpkins on July 6, 1943.

When he was not serving in the Army, where he attained the rank of sergeant, he held several jobs, including working as a chimney sweep and at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

He attended a trade school to learn painting and paperhanging, and later the Keystone Electronics School.

With that training, he was able to open Sutton's Radio & TV Repair, on York Street near Woodstock, in the '60s. He also worked as a salesman for Simco Electronics and Steinberg Electronics before retiring in 1985.

Ernest was just a boy when he joined Miller Memorial Baptist Church, in North Philadelphia, to which he devoted his considerable talents, dedication and singing voice until he suffered a stroke in the church in September 2005.

He convalesced at home until he suffered a heart blockage on March 28, which caused his death.

Ernest was an ordained deacon at Miller Memorial and served under four pastors during his 50-year membership. He sang on various church choirs and served as chairman of the Men's Day Committee.

Among his most satisfying duties was running the tape ministry. Using his knowledge of electronics, he set up equipment to tape the services, which he then took to shut-ins unable to attend.

He also maintained the church sound system.

"He worked hard in the church, trying to do all the things the Lord gave him the strength to do," his daughter said. "He was a man who was always about completing what he undertook.

"He was honest, but he could be strict. He meant what he said."

Besides his wife and daughter, he is survived by three other daughters, Eugena McDuffy, Audrey Diallo and Theresa Brown; 9 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Ernest Jr.

Services: 11 a.m. tomorrow at Miller Memorial Baptist Church, 1518 N. 22nd St. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Merion Memorial Park, Bala-Cynwyd.



April 10, 2007

VINCENT HINK

VINCENT F., Sr. 86 of Ocean City, NJ passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2007 at Shore Memorial Hospital, Somers Point, NJ. Born September 2, 1920 in Phila., PA, he was formerly of Cheltenham, PA; he had summered in Ocean City since 1949 and became a permanent resident in 1985. Mr. Hink was a World War II Veteran, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. He retired as a Production Supervisor for Electronics at the Phila. Navy Yard. He was a former member of St. Joseph's Parish R. C. Church, Cheltenham, PA and a life member of the National Association of Shipyard Superintendents. The son of former Phila. Fire Commissioner, George E. Hink and Mary (nee McKeever) Hink, he is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Bette) (nee Wandel); sons, Vincent, Jr. (wife Ann), John, and Gary (wife Donna); 3 grandsons, Gary Jr., Brian, and Andrew. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Wed. Morn. at 11 a.m. at St. Frances Cabrini R. C. Church, 2nd St. and Atlantic Ave., Ocean City, NJ, where friends may call from 10 a.m. until the Mass. Burial will follow Mass in Seaside Cemetery, Palermo, NJ. Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Augustine School (1337 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, NJ 08226) or the Ocean City Rowing and Athletic Association (PO Box 880, Ocean City, NJ 08226). To email condolences, www.godfreyfuneralhome.com.



April 10, 2007

101-year-old Cecelia Theresa Smith

THE TANTALIZING aromas emanating from Cecelia Theresa Smith's home would waft around the corner to the Holy Temple Holiness Church and whoever was present would instantly be alerted.

"Sister Smith is cooking!" went the cry.

And pastor and parishioners would bolt around the corner to find Sister Smith in her customary place at the kitchen stove preparing her soul-food specialities, and everyone was welcome to partake.

People would simply show up at her North Philadelphia home and say, "What are you cooking today? I smell something."

There was always food sizzling at Sister Smith's home and there was usually a crowd of family, friends, neighbors and, of course, church folk, crowded around to stuff themselves on her fried chicken and other Southern delights.

And, although Cecelia had six children, it often felt like she had many more because children seemed to come from everywhere just to be in her comfortable presence.

Cecelia, a devoted churchwoman, onetime employee of the old Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and a shirt laundry, and matriarch of a total of 125 descendants, died April 3. She turned 101 on that day.

Although Cecelia loved children, she didn't take any nonsense from them. If they misbehaved, they got a good spanking, and it didn't matter whose children they were.

Often, the miscreants would go home and get another licking from parents who knew that if Miss Toots, as Cecelia was known in the neighborhood, had reason to punish the kids, they deserved it.

"I sometimes thought she never slept," said her daughter Gladys Eleanor Jenkins. "Kids would walk past her house at night, and she'd be at the window shouting, 'Where you comin' from this time of night?' And they better have had a good reason."

Cecelia was known as the "hat lady." She always had a stylish hat, and she wouldn't have dreamed of leaving her home for church without matching shoes and purse and a jaunty hat.

At Holy Temple, 29th and Dauphin streets, she was on various ministries and visited the sick and shut-ins as a licensed mission worker.

Cecelia was born in Danville, Va., to Alice and William Holman. The family came to Philadelphia when she was a child.

She married Arnold Eugene Smith in 1930. He died in 1962.

She worked as a laundress for the Naval Shipyard, then was employed for 18 years by the Fawn Shirt Laundry before retiring in the early '80s.

Cecelia had a special fondness for the ironing board. Long after she officially retired, men would take her their shirts, which she would launder and iron at home.

Sometimes she would have 25 or 30 shirts to do, and she wouldn't take any money for the work.

"She would say, 'Why should I take money for doing what I love?' " her daughter said. "She thought giving her cash was an insult. However, if somebody wanted to give her a hat, she'd take that."

Cecelia, who was a feisty 4 feet 9, was remarkably healthy all her life. In her final years, nurses would go into her room and ask where her medicine was. There was no medicine.

"She wouldn't even take an aspirin," her daughter said.

Cecelia never complained or would admit she was in any pain in her final years.

"If you asked her how she was doing, she would always say, 'I'm fine. I'm fine. I'm doing good.' "

Even when she could no longer speak, she would smile and wink to let everyone know that her body might be weak, but her spirit was still strong.

Cecelia also is survived by two sons, Arnold Richard Dukes Smith and Frederick Oliver Smith; another daughter, Florence Irene Hodges; 22 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; 48 great-great-grandchildren, and one great-great-great-grandchild. She was predeceased by a son, Joseph Simmons, and a daughter, Elizabeth Bishop.

Services: Were Saturday. Burial was in Fernwood Cemetery, Delaware County.



April 10, 2007

Joseph M. Inverso, of Verga, passed away on April 2, 2007; aged 84 years.

Born in Philadelphia, Joseph was a resident of Verga for 41 years. He was a boilermaker for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for more than 30 years. He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II and was a member of the VFW Post 6884 in National Park and American Legion in Westville. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus in National Park and Gloucester ICAC formerly in Fairview.

In his spare time, Joseph enjoyed gardening, especially in the summer taking care of his tomato plants. He loved to travel and will be remembered as a loving and hard-working man.

Beloved husband of 47 years to Helen (nee Sholders); Dear brother of Eleanor Bergh, the late Dan Inverso and brother-in-law of Bette and her husband, Bill Mower; also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and grandnieces and -nephews.

Visitation on Monday, 6:30-9:00 p.m. and Tuesday, 8:15-9:15 a.m. at the McGUINNESS FUNERAL HOME, 34 Hunter St., Woodbury.

Funeral Mass 10 a.m. at St. Matthews R.C. Church, 4th and Monument avenues, National Park.

Interment will follow at New St. MaryĀ¹s Cemetery, Bellmawr.

In lieu of flowers, family would like donations to be made to St. Joan of Arc Church, 3107 Alabama Rd, Camden, NJ 08104; or St. MatthewĀ¹s Church, 307 Wesley Avenue National Park, NJ 08063.

Tributes and memories may be shared at www.mcgfuneral.com.



April 3, 2007

Leonard J. Brown on April 2, 2007. of Brooklawn, NJ. Dear father of Janet Goetz (Peter), Dawn Colofranson (Anthony) and Joseph Brown (Colleen). Loving son of Leonard "Jake' Brown and the late Julia (nee Finnerty). Beloved grand-father to Matthew and Thomas Goetz, Caitlin, Tara and Anthony Colofranson and Heidi, Joseph, Casey and Rebecca Brown; also survived by his sister Janet Cullen, brother Frank Brown (Kathy) and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Brown was born and raised in South Phila. and served in the U.S. Navy-Seabees. He retired in 1993 after 30 years service from the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Mr. Brown was an active member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians National Park Division and was a former member of the year. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Wed. from 9:30 to 11:30 A.M. at the ETHERINGTON-CRERAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Powell St., Gloucester City N.J. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12 Noon at St. Mary's Church, 426 Monmouth St., Gloucester City, NJ. Interment to be held at the convenience of the family. There will be no evening viewing.



March 16, 2007

Tom Banjock worked in 51 Shop until the yard closed

Thomas J. Banjock, Jr. (51 Shop)
Thomas J. Banjock, Jr., 60, a resident of Sharon Hill, died on March 7th at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby.
Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Thomas J. and Edith Banjock. He was a resident of Sharon Hill for the last 30 years.

Mr. Banjock was employed as an electrician at the Philadelphia Navy Yard for 36 years until his retirement.
He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years and the U.S. Army for three years. After his discharge, he served in the Army Reserves for 28 years.

Mr. Banjock was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Folsom.
He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, brother, and uncle.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Niglio Banjock; his brother, Daniel Banjock of Secane; his step-mother, Ann Banjock of Secane; and his many nieces and nephews.

His memorial service will be held on Tuesday at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood. His visitation will be on Tuesday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home. His burial will be private.



March 15, 2007

SQUADRITO JAMES J. (Design), on March 12, 2007, of Haddonfield, NJ age 81. Beloved husband of Dolores (nee Schiavo). Devoted father of James V. Squadrito (Kathleen), Marilyn S. Bonner (John), Richard G. Squadrito (Carole) and Cheryl Squadrito-Moskovitz (Michael). Dear brother of Joseph J. Squadrito (Violet). Grandfather of 9 and great-grandfather of 5. Relatives and friends may visit with the family from 9:15 to 10:15 A.M. Sat. morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. 126 S. Black Horse Pike, Runnemede, NJ 08078. Funeral Mass 11 A.M. at Christ the King RC Church, Haddonfield. Int. St. Joseph's Cemetery, Chews Landing, NJ.
Family requests in lieu of flowers donations may be made in Mr.
Squadrito's memory to the Marianist Family Retreat Center Building Fund, P.O. Box 488, Cape May Point, NJ 08212.



March 6, 2007

John A. "Jack" Sweeney

John A. “Jack” Sweeney, 69, of Williamstown, N.J., on March 3, 2007. Born in Philadelphia, he was a lifelong resident of the Cecil section of Williamstown.
Mr. Sweeney was a pipe fitter for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and later a self employed auto mechanic before retiring. He was a member of Our Lady of the Lakes Church and a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

Beloved husband of the late Margaret Sweeney (nee Ruberton). Dear brother of Ann Richardson, Helen McGrath, the late Elizabeth Hazelton, the late Marie McGrath, the late Thomas Sweeney and the late Margaret Schroeder. Loving son of the late Thomas and Helen Sweeney.

Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. at the FARNELLI FUNERAL HOME, 504 N. Main Street, Williamstown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lakes Church, 19 Malaga Road, Collings Lakes. Burial will follow in St. Mary¹s Cemetery, Williamstown.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1851 Old Cuthbert Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.


March 6, 2007

Michael and Ida Carrozza: 1908-2007

Michael Carrozza Sr.'s inspiration through most of his 98 years was the poet Robert Frost. Daily, he would recite, "But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep."

Mr. Carrozza's other lifeline was Ida, his wife of 80 years. Until four years ago, when frail health forced the couple to move to their daughter's home in Mount Laurel, they walked hand-in-hand daily on the streets of their native South Philadelphia neighborhood.

Mr. and Mrs. Carrozza died within days of each other - she on Feb. 27, two days after her 99th birthday; he three days later, on March 2. They both died of heart failure at their daughter's home.

"My father just did not wake up on Feb. 20," said son Joseph. "It was the first time in his life that he did not get out of bed. A few days later, my mother went to sleep a few feet away from him and did not wake up. She died on Feb. 27. My father woke up when her body was being taken away. We told him Mother was waiting for him. He went back to sleep and died three days later."

Their life was a love story. Mr. and Mrs. Carrozza were together most of the time. They opened their home to family and neighbors. She cooked enormous Italian meals for scores of people. He loved to dance and was often the last one on the dance floor. They were thrilled when their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren visited them at their Atlantic City vacation home.

"At their Shore home, my grandfather had stacks of books waiting for me to read, and my grandmother was tireless," said granddaughter Alison Causey. "She cooked every meal, washed clothes by hand and hung them out to dry. Everyone was welcome in their home."

In 1985, the couple bought a shell of a rowhouse in the 2300 block of South 17th Street and renovated it themselves. It is now a red-brick jewel in the middle of the block with bright paint, a polished walnut door, and cut-glass windows.

South Philadelphia neighbor Bill Giliotti said, "Mike and Ida were kind to everyone. They were so in love - they walked together everywhere, always holding hands."

"They were inseparable," said neighbor Frank Ferraro. "If anyone in the neighborhood had a problem, they helped them out. They held hands while they walked to visit 'the old people' in the neighborhood."

They lived in that rowhouse until Mr. Carrozza broke his arm after falling on the dance floor during a cruise in the Caribbean in 2003.

The former Ida Pauciello, who was born within blocks of her future husband, was the eldest daughter of 13 children. The family was poor, and she quit school after the fourth grade to pick fruit and vegetables on farms in New Jersey.

"Mother said that during the 1918 influenza epidemic she watched from a window as a horse-drawn cart picked up bodies each day. When her youngest brother fell ill, her mother shouted to the man in the cart, 'He will not die. You will not take him,' " said Joseph. "They all lived through the epidemic."

Mr. Carrozza grew up in a family of five children, and graduated from Southern High School in 1926. He fixed up old homes and later became an electrician. The couple married a year after he graduated from high school, and moved into her parents' home near the Italian Market.

Mrs. Carrozza, the dominant partner in the marriage, opened a delicatessen at Eighth and Hoffman Streets. Mr. Carrozza became a certified electrician who worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard during World War II and then refurbished homes.

Although they both quit working in their 60s, they did not exactly retire. They continued their active lives. He did electrical work and repair jobs for his children, grandchildren and neighbors. She opened their home to everyone and fed them well.

"Now they will be buried together, just as they were in life," said neighbor Michael Pantano.

In addition to their son Joseph and granddaughter Alison, Mr. and Mrs. Carrozza are survived by another son, Michael Jr.; a daughter, Virginia Colaprete; seven more grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Mr. Carrozza is also survived by a brother; Mrs. Carrozza is survived by two sisters. Their baby daughter, Lorraine, died in the late 1930s.

Friends may visit at 7 tonight and at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow at Carto Funeral Home, 2212 S. Broad St. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church, Ninth and Watkins Streets. Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1626 Locust St., Philadelphia 19103.



March 2, 2007

N.A. D'Alessandro Sr. | Former Yeadon mayor, 89

Nicholas A. D'Alessandro Sr., 89, former mayor of Yeadon, died Sunday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Fair Acres Geriatric Center in Lima.

Mr. D'Alessandro served two terms as mayor of Yeadon, from 1974 to 1982. A Democrat, he tried to bridge the gap between political parties in the borough; increased the number of police officers; and worked to ease racial tensions, his son Nicholas Jr. said.

He was a founding member and past president of the Yeadon Swim Club, where he organized a tennis program and activities for children and adults. He was also past president of the Galileo Club in Yeadon, an Italian American organization. He was proud of his Italian heritage, his son said, and compiled albums of old family photos for his three children.

A graduate of Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia, Mr. D'Alessandro served in the Marine Corps for four years until 1940 in the States and in Cuba. During World War II, he worked at the Frankford Arsenal and then was an electrician at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for 25 years. From 1972 until retiring in the early 1980s, he was an electrician at PNB Bank in Philadelphia.

In addition to his son, Mr. D'Alessandro is survived by his wife of 65 years, Elizabeth Sacco D'Alessandro; daughters Maria and Leza; and three grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Louis Church, 821 W. Cobbs Creek Parkway, Yeadon. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon.



February 25, 2007

William Groves passed away in his sleep February 6, 2007 at the age of eighty-three.
Survived by four sons and one grandchild.
Mr. Groves was a Combat Infantryman during World War II and a survivor of the "Battle of the Bulge."
Mr. Groves started in the shipyard as an apprentice coppersmith in 56 Shop. He was shop head and retired as "Structural Group Superintendent."
Interment was private.



February 22, 2007

Louis Ira Plenty III, 56, school police officerLouis Ira Plenty III liked nothing better than to kick back and play his saxophone, inspired no doubt by his idol, John Coltrane.

Although Louis wasn't in Coltrane's class and never performed in public, he enjoyed playing, often with a group of other amateur musicians, all in it for their own pleasure.

Louis, a 10-year employee of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, a school police officer and a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, died Sunday of cancer. He was 56 and lived in Nicetown.

He was born in Philadelphia to Louis Ira Plenty Jr. and Cozetta Plenty. He graduated from Saul High School and attended Cheyney University and Temple University.

After the Navy, he worked in the tool room at the shipyard. He later served as a police officer at the Bethune Middle School, 3301 Old York Road.

Louis, called "Shrimpie" by family and friends, enjoyed the road trips he and his family took, including cross-country travel, and visits to Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts and New Orleans.

He also enjoyed watching wrestling on TV.

He and his wife, the former Margaret Patricia McCuthen, were married in 1982.

"We were planning to take a cruise, which he always wanted to do," she said. "He was a man of few words, but if you went to him, he always had good advice. He was just a quiet, gentle soul."

Besides his wife, he is survived by his sons, Louis IV, Trae Richardson, Rhubur and Ryan; a brother, Stewart Plenty, and six grandchildren.

Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Zion Baptist Church, Broad and Venango streets. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Rolling Green Memorial Park, West Chester.



Thursday, February 15, 2007

Jimbo Gillespie of 17-Shop passed away on Monday

GILLESPIE JAMES E. "JIMBO", suddenly on Feb. 12, 2007, age 48. Beloved son of Gloria and the late James Gillespie, loving brother of Barbara, Patricia, Rose, Michael and John; beloved friend of Kathy Keller; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Relatives, friends and employees of The Phila. Fire Dept. are invited to his Viewing, Saturday morning 8:30 to 10:45 A.M. in St. Gabriel Church, 29th and Dickinson Sts., Mass of Christian Burial 11 A.M. Int. Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Gabriel Church or School, 29th and Dickinson Sts. Phila. PA 19146.


Monday, February 12, 2007

Willie "Bill" Bradford
Shop 67 Electronic Spvr

On Feb 9, 2007, Willie "Bill" Bradford passed away from this life.  The Homegoing service and funeral arrangements are as follows:

Viewing:  Fri, Feb 16, 2007  9am - 10am

Funeral:  Fri, Feb 16, 2007  10am - 11am

Location for Viewing and Funeral:  Living Faith Christian Center    2323 Rt 73 (former site of the Expo Center)
Pennsauken, N.J. 08110     for directions see website: www.lfccnj.com

Burial: Brigadiare General William C. Doyle Veteran's Cemetary in Wrightstown, N.J.

Submitted on behalf of the Bradford Family by Reggie and Valerie Bradford of Willingboro, N.J.


February 10, 2007

Solomon Wilson | Budget officer, 78

Solomon Wilson, 78, of East Mount Airy, a retired budget officer for the Philadelphia Department of Recreation, died of lung cancer Monday at Chestnut Hill Hospital.

Mr. Wilson was fed up with dead-end jobs when he decided to take an aptitude test after he was discharged from the Navy.

He had worked as a dishwasher in restaurants and a laborer at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. He didn't want to go back. So, he took the test. He discovered he had an aptitude for numbers and business.

In the late 1950s, Mr. Wilson got a job as an accounting clerk in the Philadelphia Water Department. While working during the day, he began studying at night at St. Joseph's University. He later earned a bachelor's degree in accounting.

Mr. Wilson, who was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School, continued working for the city for 25 years. When he retired in the mid-1980s, he was a budget officer in the Department of Recreation.

Mr. Wilson was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Germantown. He frequently traveled to Europe with his wife, Myrtle Simpson Wilson. His favorite country was Finland.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Wilson is survived by a daughter, Denise McKinney; one granddaughter; one sister; and three brothers.

A viewing is at 9 a.m. Monday at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 5421 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia 19144. Services begin at 11 a.m. Burial is in George Washington Memorial Park, Whitemarsh Township.

Memorial donations may be made to the church.



January 31, 2007

William (Bill) Joseph Sullivan, Design Division
Born in Philadelphia, PA
Departed on Jan. 31, 2007 and resided in Virginia Beach, VA. 
  
Service: Private 
  
William "Bill" Joseph Sullivan, 85, of the 1900 block of Longbridge Lane, passed away January 31, 2007, in Virginia Beach, VA.

A native of Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late James and Catherine Sullivan. William was a retired Engineer having graduated in 1954 from Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia, PA with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He, along with his wife, were US Naval veterans of WWII.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Jane Sullivan; two sons, William Sullivan, his wife Janis, and Michael Sullivan, both of Virginia Beach, VA; two grandchildren, William J. Sullivan of Prescott, AZ and Patrick J. Sullivan of Orlando, FL; two great-grandchildren, William and Anastacia Sullivan; and a sister, Catherine Curtin of Philadelphia, PA.

Arrangements are private with Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation of Tidewater. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.



January 29, 2007

John B. Parker | Art director, 85

John B. Parker, 85, of Blue Bell, a retired art director, died of liver failure Jan. 2 at Abington Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Parker grew up in South Philadelphia. During World War II, he served in the Army as a bazooka gunner with the 79th Infantry in Europe. In January 1945, enemy soldiers captured him in France near the German border, and he spent more than four months in a POW camp. When Russians took over the camp in the spring, conditions worsened, his son-in-law John Emens said. Mr. Parker escaped with other GIs and, by bicycle and by foot, made it back to the American lines.

After his discharge, Mr. Parker was an illustrator at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. He then worked for Leeds & Northrup, a manufacturer of precision parts. He retired as the company's graphic-arts director in 1982.

Mr. Parker enjoyed travel and painting in acrylics and water colors.

He married Dorothy Mohrfeld Parker in 1942; they had met at a dance in Wildwood. The couple raised four children in Riverton and moved to Montgomery County in 1969.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Parker is survived by daughters Nancy Emens, Jane Fox, Deborah Signore and Lisa Cummings; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 17 at Old York Road Country Club, 801 Tennis Ave., Spring House.



January 29, 2007

Henry "Hank" Hoster was Superintendent of 03 Shop when he retired

HENRY HOSTER, formerly of Willow Grove on Jan. 25, 2007 at age 82. Husband of the late Dorothy Zerweck, father of the late Karen Hoster Havelin. Survived by 2 grandsons Michael Havelin and Paul Havelin. Brother of Charles (Olga) Hoster; Dolores Andrews; Margaretta (Bill) Yanalavage; Bunny Pennypacker; Cathy (Bob) Goldsmith and the late Otto, Richard, Walter, Downey, Frances, Rosanna and Ruth. Relatives, friend are invited to his Life Celebration Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007 from 7-9 P.M. at CRAFT/GIVNISH OF ABINGTON, 1801 Old York at Old Welsh Rds. A Masonic Service will be held 8 P.M. Thursday eve at the Funeral Home and to his Funeral Service on Friday, Feb. 2, 2007, at 11 a.M. at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 919 Tennis Ave. (between Welsh Rd. and Limekiln Pike) Ambler, PA 19002. Interment private. Memorials in his name may be sent to Memorial Fund for the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at the above church.
 



January 23, 2007

Joseph A. Novello | Shipyard estimator, 92

Joseph A. Novello, 92, of Drexel Hill, a retired Philadelphia Naval Shipyard employee and a musician, died of heart failure Friday at Haverford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Growing up in South Philadelphia, Mr. Novello sold newspapers to pay for saxophone and clarinet lessons. After graduating from Central High School, he went to work at the shipyard as an apprentice boilermaker. He eventually became an expert planner and estimator at the shipyard, and traveled to Navy bases all over the world to evaluate ship repairs.

After retiring from the shipyard in the 1970s he was a consultant for an engineering firm until 1987.

On weekends, Mr. Novello played in combos or quartets at weddings and social events. He also gave private saxophone and clarinet lessons to students who included his grandchildren and several future Philadelphia Orchestra members, said his daughter, JoAnn Evans. He was a member of the American Federation of Musicians for more than 50 years.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Novello is survived by his wife of 69 years, Jennie Tocci Novello; a son, Angelo; three sisters; five brothers; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Bernadette of Lourdes Church, 1035 Turner Ave., Drexel Hill. Friends may call at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.



January 18, 2007

Thomas James Waters Jr. age 66, a humble and unpretentious husband, father and grandfather died Thursday, January 18, 2007 at his home in Pitman.

Forever an avid athlete and fitness enthusiast, Tommy participated in track, football and weightlifting at Paulsboro High School where he earned varsity letters in track and a recognition award for football. In addition, he trained at the YMCA where he competed and won awards in weight lifting and body building events - including his greatest and last event in York, Pa. He also received the American Legion Award and several good citizenship awards.


Upon graduation from high school, Thomas Waters enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served from 1960-1964, receiving the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense service medal.

Following his honorable discharge he worked for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for 27 years. He was recognized as “Employee of the Year” several times for his work as a pipe fitter in Shop 56.

When he retired from the shipyard in 1993, Tom stayed active in the community where he often walked, bicycled and played basketball with his grandchildren. He was well-read, frequented various libraries and volunteered his time to those in need of a helping hand. Tommy socialized at the Glassboro Senior Citizen Center and played pinochle at the Mantua VFW. He dearly loved his family and home life and had many interests.

He enjoyed occasional trips to New England and regular trips to the seashore with his family. He was an avid beachcomber who met the love of his life, Marilyn, over 40 years ago on the sands of Atlantic City. Although humble, he had a spattering of class and self-righteousness. He was the “uncommon commoner”.

Tommy and his beloved wife Marilyn married in 1966 and settled in South Jersey where his family grew. He is also survived by his daughters Conni-Joi Sullivan and her husband Martin of Salem, Lilith-Martine Waters of Pitman, grandchildren Holli-Joi and Thomas Sullivan of Salem, a sister Georgianna Canning of Gibbstown and niece & nephews Chrissy, Bobby and Tommy Canning.

Relatives and friends may visit with the family 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 47 Main St., Mantua, N.J. Graveside services with military honors will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gloucester County Veterans Cemetery, 240 Tuckahoe Rd., Monroe Township, N.J.

Memories and condolences may be shared at www.smithfhmantua.com. No flowers, please! The Waters family respectfully requests memorial contributions to Cancer Care National Office, 275 7th Ave. New York, NY 10001.



December 30, 2006

Harry Benz | Sheet metal mechanic, 89

Harry Benz, 89, of Harleysville, a retired sheet metal mechanic and instructor, died of heart failure Thursday at the nursing facility at Frederick Mennonite Community in Frederick.

Mr. Benz grew up in Kensington, where he played soccer at the Lighthouse Boys Club. He graduated from Northeast High School. While working at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard he attended classes at Drexel Institute of Technology, now Drexel University, and earned a certificate in mechanical engineering from the former Spring Garden Institute in Philadelphia.

In the early 1950s he joined W.M. Anderson Co., a mechanical contracting company in Philadelphia. He helped design systems and was on-site foreman for the installation of air-conditioning for several major Philadelphia buildings, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Penn Mutual Insurance Co. building. While at Anderson, he taught industrial art in evening classes sponsored by the Philadelphia School District.

After leaving Anderson in the late 1970s, he taught in the joint apprentice program of the Philadelphia HVAC Contractors' Association and the Philadelphia Sheet Metal Workers' Local 19. He trained apprentices in the use of computerized design and fabrication tools, his daughter Marilynn said, and his students won awards in annual apprentice competitions. He retired in 1988.

He enjoyed square dancing and was "the ultimate handyman," his daughter said. He was an excellent auto mechanic and could do any kind of home improvement, she said.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Benz is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary Jowett Benz; a son, Harry II; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. today at St. Maria Goretti Roman Catholic Church, 1601 Derstine Rd., Hatfield. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham.



December 19, 2006

Joseph A. Casalunova, Navy Yard aide

JOSEPH A. Casalunova, a 41-year employee of the old Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, a wounded World War II Army veteran and devoted family man, died Saturday. He was 91 and lived in South Philadelphia.

Casalunova served in the Italian Campaign as a ranger with the 36th Texas Division and was badly wounded by shrapnel on May 29, 1944, outside Rome.

A devout Catholic, he was looking forward to seeing Rome. When his outfit was within 5 miles of the Holy City, he and a buddy stretched out on the ground to relax.

A mortar round struck near them. It killed his buddy and severely wounded Casalunova in the shoulder and cost him the sight in his left eye. He received a Purple Heart for his wounds.

He had fought at the disastrous battle of Kasserine Pass in North Africa and was part of the invasions of Sicily and Italy.

Casalunova was born in South Philadelphia to James Casalunova and the former Marie Alis. He attended St. Monica's School and dropped out in the eighth grade.

He worked as a paperhanger before going into the Army.

After the war, Casalunova married the former Rose "Rosie" Fanelli, and went to work at the shipyard.

He retired in 1989. "He spent the remaining 17 years of his life as a healthy, active retiree," one of his grandsons, Paul Califano, said.

He enjoyed North Wildwood, where he owned a second home. He also loved bingo, cards and other games. As a kid, he was a marbles champ.

Casalunova was a big sports fan. He would watch any sport on television. "If it had a ball in it, he'd watch it," Paul said.

He was especially fond of the Phillies and occasionally got to the stadium to watch games.

Casalunova was the kind of guy who would literally give you the shirt off his back. His generosity was legend among family and friends.

"He was always ready to give somebody money if they needed it," his grandson said. "And he was a loving, caring family man."

Besides his wife and grandson, he is survived by a son, Joseph A. Casalunova Jr.; a daughter, Marie Califano; four other grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Services: Funeral Mass 10 a.m. today at St. Monica's Church, 17th and Ritner streets. Friends may call at 8 a.m. at the Carto Funeral Home, 2212 S. Broad St. Burial will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery.



December 9, 2006

Dever, Ronald J.   

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RONALD J. on Dec 9, 2006; beloved husband of Dorothy E. Dever (nee Myers); devoted father of Ronald (Rebecca), Robert, Jim (Michele); loving grand father of Christopher, Lauren Jimmy, Courtney, Justin, Brendan and Melanie; dear brother of Patricia Mullen and Barbara Janda. Ronald had worked at the Phila Naval Ship Yard (Shop 38) for many years and was a member of Elks of Wildwood and the Villas Fishing Club. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Viewing Wed. eve 7 to 9 P.M. and Thurs. 8:30 to 9:30 A.M. at THE REILLY FUNERAL HOME, 2632 E. Allegheny Ave. Funeral Mass 10 AM Nativity BVM Church. Int. will follow in Cold Spring Presbyterian Cemetery, Cold Spring, New Jersey.


November 20, 2006

Rabuck, George E.

Rabuck George E., on Nov. 20, 2006, husband for 54 years to Rosemarie (nee Smith), loving father of Francis G., Joseph P., the late George W., and seven grand children. Mr. Rabuck was a member of Steamfitters Local #420 and a 56 Shop employee.



November 13, 2006

FOGERTY, Robert On November 13, 2006. Of AZ, formerly of Havertown and Broomall, PA. Uncle of Kevin T., Kathy Wilson, Joanne Czarnowski, Carolyn McGlinchey, Thomas McNasby, Veronica and Joanna Fogerty. Also survived by many great-nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends and retirees of The Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard may call Friday morning after 9:30 AM St. Pius X Church, 220 Lawrence Rd., Broomall, PA. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 AM. Interment Ss. Peter & Paul Cemetery. (KISH FUNERAL HOME LTD, Broomall, Philadelphia)



November 02, 2006

Jerry A. Moore | Electrician, 93

Jerry A. Moore, 93, of West Philadelphia, an electrician and stationary engineer at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and the former Pyramid Tire Retreading Co., died of pneumonia Saturday at Chestnut Hill Hospital.

Born in Atlanta, the descendant of African American slaves, Mr. Moore moved to South Philadelphia at 12 with his mother.

He graduated from South Philadelphia High School in 1932 and married his sweetheart, Hura Mae Harrington, the following year. The couple raised three children in West Philadelphia.

Mr. Moore supported his family by working in a dry-cleaning plant, where he helped organize the workers' union. When the country entered World War II, he became an electrician and stationary engineer at the Navy Yard, and worked there until the end of the Korean War.

He retired in the late 1970s as a general mechanic and electrician at the old Pyramid Tire Retreading Co. near Sixth Street and Girard Avenue.

"My father was gregarious, stern, and set his rules about the house," said his son Acel, editor emeritus and columnist for The Inquirer. "He led by example; he was a gentleman. He enjoyed reading and discussing politics."

In retirement, Mr. Moore was the treasurer of the Walnut Hill Group, which helped build housing in West Philadelphia and worked to get out the vote.

"My father was very dependable," said his daughter, Geraldine Fisher. "He kept the playground clean at 47th and Sansom. He was a good dad."

Mr. Moore often did electrical work for his neighbors and friends, often without charge. He was fond of attending his yearly high school reunions.

In addition to his son and daughter, Mr. Moore is survived by another son, Michael; three grandchildren; and three great-grandsons. His wife died in 1980.

Friends may visit at 10 a.m. tomorrow at White Rock Baptist Church, 53d and Chestnut Streets. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Chelten Hills Cemetery, East Mount Airy.



November 1, 2006

Milton Lanchak | Aeronautic technician, 91

Milton "Lanny" Lanchak, 91, formerly of Drexel Hill, a retired aeronautical technician and decorated World War II veteran, died Oct. 18 of heart failure at Hospice of Lancaster County, Lancaster.

Mr. Lanchak grew up in Wilkes-Barre. At 16, he joined the circus and two years later went to work for the Civilian Conservation Corps as a heavy-equipment operator.

During World War II, he was a tank driver in the Army in North Africa. He was shot in the leg and was the lone survivor of a failed rescue mission. He was awarded a Purple Heart and a Silver Star for valor.

After his discharge, Mr. Lanchak was an aeronautics technician at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. He was a troubleshooter for plane problems at military bases in the United States, his daughter Patricia DeNucci said, and helped install a radar-evasion system in Vietnam in 1964. After retiring in 1973, he was a security officer at Villanova University for more than 10 years.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Lanchak is survived by a son, Anthony; daughter Linda Lovelace; three brothers; and three granddaughters. His wife of 25 years, Rose Mazzurra Lanchak, died in 1971.

The funeral was Thursday at D'Anjolell Memorial Home in Broomall. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., on Nov. 14.



October 2, 2006

STOUGHTON, FRANK E. "FRITZ' suddenly on Oct. 2, 2006. Beloved husband of Martha T. (nee Johnston). Loving father of Linda (Bill) Tonkinson, Mary (Kevin) Clinton, Martha (Jack) McCormick and Catherine (Ed) Malandro. Dear "Pop' of Ryan, Kevin, Jennie, Amy, Billy, Eddie, Molly and Dillon. Dear brother of Theresa Fierko. Brother-in-law of Dorothy Henry, Florence Johnston and Veronica Johnston. Cousin of Ed (Sarah) Henderson; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Relatives, friends, members of 82nd Airborne, Employees of The Philadelphia Naval Shipyard (31 Shop) and St. Gabriel Bowling Leaque are invited to his Viewing Thurs. morning in St. Gabriel Church, 29th and Dickinson Sts. from 8:30 to 10:45 A.M. Mass of Christian Burial 11 A.M. Int. Holy Cross Cem. Donations in Frank's memory to the Eastern Christian Children's Retreat, 700 Mountain Ave., Wyckoff, NJ 07481 or to The St. Gabriel Church Memorial Fund, 2917 Dickinson St., Phila., PA 19146 would be appreciated.



September 28, 2006

BERT, JOHN "JACK", age 72, of Palmyra, passed away on Sept. 26, 2006. He was born and raised in Philadelphia and graduated from Northeast Catholic High School. He lived in Palmyra for 55 years. Jack was a retired supervisor at the Philadelphia Naval Yard. He is survived by his wife of 49 years Joan (nee Salmon) of Palmyra; his children, Linda (Steve) Barszcz of St. Petersburg, FL, Jack (Maureen) Ebert of Cherry Hill. He was predeceased by his son Mark. Dear grandfather of Casey, Andy, Kelly, Daniel and Emily. Relatives and friends are invited to call Thursday from 7 to 9 P.M. and Friday from 930 to 10:30 A.M. at the WEBER FUNERAL HOME, 112 Broad St. (River Road), Riverton NJ and to attend the Liturgy of Christian Burial Friday 11 A.M. at Sacred Heart Church, Riverton, NJ. Interment Lakeview Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers remembrance may be made in his name to Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Drive, Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08054.



September 26, 2006

Robert C. Kitchen

Robert Carlton Kitchen, 91, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006, at Hospice Center of Mount Pleasant, S.C.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 30, at 10:30 a.m. at the Rodenberg Chapel at Franke at Seaside in Mount Pleasant. Burial will be in Quantico National Cemetery.

Mr. Kitchen was born Dec. 31, 1914, in Hanover, Pa., and was the son of George Holcom Kitchen and Lydia Woods Kitchen.

Bob is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Linda Kitchen Elksnin and Nick Elksnin of Mount Pleasant; his brother, Todd Kitchen of Wilmington, N.C.; his sister, Elizabeth Kitchen Holloway of Nashua, N.H.; five nieces; and two nephews. Pauline Rogers Kitchen, his beloved wife of 51 years, and David Robert Kitchen, his well-loved son, predeceased him.

A lifelong sports fan, Bob watched Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig play for the Philadelphia A's and saw Bobby Jones play golf.

He was valedictorian of his high school class, but was unable to accept a scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania, as it was the Great Depression. Instead, he found employment in Roosevelt's New Deal programs, the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Public Works Administration. During the 1930s and early 1940s, Bob worked several stints as a practical nurse and was employed by Western Electric.

During World War II, Bob served his country in the Army Air Corps doing bomb-site work in North Africa and Italy. In 1945, he entered Drexel Institute of Technology, now Drexel University, and completed a degree in electrical engineering under the G.I. Bill. After working at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Bob began working for RCA in 1954 and retired from the company in 1983. He worked on many projects during the early years of the space program, including Project Gemini.

Bob and his wife spent some of their happiest years at Lake of the Woods, a recreational community in Locust Grove, where he was a founding father of the LOW Civic League and treasurer of the LOW Fire and Rescue Co.

Civic-minded to the core, Bob never failed to vote in an election. He was a longtime Republican, much to his daughter's consternation.

In addition to his family, Bob's lifelong love was tennis, which he began playing in 1933 and continued to play up until just weeks before his death. He was a constant presence on the Maybank Tennis Center courts, playing doubles three times a week. In January 2005, his tennis buddies marked his 90th birthday by raising $3,000 for tsunami relief.

A member of the "Greater Generation," Bob met life's challenges with tenacity and grace. He helped support his family during the Depression, when his father's illness prevented him from working. He cared for his wife, Polly, who had Alzheimer's for many years, and never wavered in his support of his son, David, who suffered from mental illness.

Regardless of the circumstances, Bob was always optimistic about life and generous towards others. His was truly a life well-lived, and he was an inspiration to his family and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lake of the Woods Fire and Rescue, 104 Lakeview Parkway, Locust Grove, Va. 22508.

A memorial message may be written to jhenrystuhr.com.



September 21, 2006

Marie Alice Walsh Tull, bookkeeper, homemaker

Marie Alice Walsh Tull, 74, of Westmont, a bookkeeper who became a full-time homemaker, died of cancer Monday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Mrs. Tull raised six children, but before she settled down, she had an adventure in Mexico.

She had graduated from Pitman High School and studied at Adelphi University in New York, but eventually quit school. She hopped into a car with her sister Ruthann and friend Rita Carless and the women headed south.

They drove to Texas and then Mexico, stopping to work as secretaries and bookkeepers when they ran out of money.

When they returned, Mrs. Tull worked at RCA in Camden and then at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. She married Thomas Jay Hull in 1955, but Mrs. Tull never lost her spirit of adventure. When a relative gave the family money for her children's Christmas presents, Mrs. Hull bought plywood.

"She made a border with the wood, rolled out a huge sheet of plastic, attached it to the wood and turned on the hose," said Joan Chapman, Mrs. Tull's daughter. "When the water froze, we had an ice skating rink in our yard."

In addition to her husband and daughter, Mrs. Tull is survived by daughters Anne Zmijewski; Kathryn Jones and Susan; sons Mark and Jerome; four sisters; and six grandchildren.

Friends may call 7 to 9 p.m. today and 8:30 to 10 a.m. tomorrow at Blake-Doyle Funeral Home, 226 Collings Ave., Collingswood. A funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Holy Savior Church, 50 Emerald Ave. Westmont. Burial is at New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr.

Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of U.S., 2100 "L" St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20037.





August 2, 2006

Virginia Schollenberger | Church volunteer, 83

Virginia Garvine Schollenberger, 83, formerly of Springfield, Delaware County, a church volunteer, died of a stroke Monday at Riddle Village, a retirement community in Media.

Mrs. Schollenberger was a longtime member of Covenant United Methodist Church in Springfield and was past editor of its monthly newspaper. For many years, she and her husband, Elwood P. Schollenberger, were volunteers at the church's communications center for the deaf and used teletypewriters to assist the hearing-impaired. The couple met when he was her boss at the Naval Air Engineering Center at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. They married in 1947.

She was a Girl Scout leader while raising their daughters in Springfield. Her husband died in 1994, and in 1995, she moved to Riddle Village.

Mrs. Schollenberger graduated from Owen J. Roberts High School in Pottstown. As a young girl, she attended the 1936 Democratic Convention in Philadelphia with an aunt. The experience, her daughter Linda Devlin said, fueled a lifelong interest in politics. For two years, she taught high school math after earning a bachelor's degree from West Chester State Teachers College, now University.

She enjoyed travel, e-mailing friends and family, and playing bridge, her daughter said.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Schollenberger is survived by daughter Beth Folkomer and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Riddle Village Town Hall, 1048 W. Baltimore Pike, Media.



July 30, 2006

Robert R. Smith | Company executive, 86

Robert R. Smith, 86, of Fort Washington, a retired freight company executive, died of pancreatic cancer July 21 at Artman Lutheran Home in Ambler.

Mr. Smith grew up in Philadelphia's Bridesburg section and graduated from Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades in Media. During World War II, he was a master electrician at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard before enlisting in the Army Air Corps. He completed officer's training and was scheduled to participate in the invasion of Japan when the war ended, his son Philip said.

Since 1944, Mr. Smith had been married to Phyllis Scherr Smith, whom he had met at a roller-skating rink in South Philadelphia. After his military service, he joined his father-in-law's company, Scherr Motor Freight in Philadelphia, and eventually became president. After the company closed in 1982, he was a sales representative for other trucking companies until retiring in 1992.

He enjoyed reading history and current events, following the stock market, and listening to Irish folk music and Scottish bagpipes.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Smith is survived by sons Howard and Richard; daughter Roberta; and three grandchildren.

The funeral and burial are private.



July 13, 2006

Edward L. Cohen, 89; invented many gadgets

Edward L. Cohen, 89, of Voorhees, the founder of Edwards Creative Products, who invented more than a hundred gadgets, including the Magic Wand stick spot cleaner, died of heart failure Tuesday at home.

Mr. Cohen took everyday problems and turned them into ideas for inventions he created in his Cherry Hill basement.

For him, the residue on the bottom of a wet bar of soap was more than just a nuisance. It was inspiration. The result: Mr. Cohen's No Goo Soap Dish.

In more than 50 years, Mr. Cohen developed products to handle drooping bow ties, stains, yellowing dentures and belt storage. Many appeared in the Spencer Gifts catalog.

"He took the common annoyances and figured if he was having problems, other people were as having them as well," said his daughter, Andrea Malamut.

The problem-solver in Mr. Cohen surfaced at an early age. He was a little boy when he attached two lenses to a potato to create what he called a potatoscope. He was a teenager when he saw a drooping bow tie on a bus driver and invented a clip to keep it in place.

After graduating from Gloucester High School in 1935, he worked in sheet metal at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. He drew a comic strip, Bilgy, for the yard's newspaper.

He served stateside in World War II, then became a Fuller Brush salesman. In 1954, he decided to start his company, focusing first on household products. His raw materials were often found in his home.

"My mother would look up and say, 'Where's my turkey baster?' " Malamut said.

Mr. Cohen's breakthrough product was the Handee Belt Ring, a circular device used to store belts in a closet. Its success funded the opening of Mr. Cohen's first factory in Cherry Hill. Other products included eyeglasses equipped with a mirror so wearers could style the hair at the back of their head, and the Press N' Print, a copying machine that operated without electricity and was used in the Peace Corps.

Cohen products were featured in segments on the Jack Paar and Johnny Carson shows. Mr. Cohen was the subject of a feature on Comedy Central's The Daily Show.

He retired in 1978 and moved to Deerfield Beach, Fla. He turned the business over to his son, Chuck, but continued to develop ideas, sometimes sending notes scribbled on napkins to his son.

Mr. Cohen and his wife, Leona Zubrow Cohen, returned to the area four years ago.

In addition to his wife, daughter and son, Mr. Cohen is survived by two sisters, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Friends may call after 10:30 a.m. today at Platt Memorial Chapels Inc., 2001 Berlin Rd., Cherry Hill, where services will begin at 11 a.m. Burial is at Har Nebo Cemetery, Philadelphia.

Memorial donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes and Research Foundation, 1415 Route 70 E., Suite 502, Cherry Hill, N.J. 08034.



June 27, 2006

Bob Calissi (X-26 Welder)

CALISSI, Robert P. Died peacefully on June 21, 2006. Of Drexel Hill, PA. Beloved Husband of Barbara (nee Conway) Calissi, beloved father of Diana M. (Lowell) Lanshe, Brandon Calissi, Robert R. Calissi and Gregory S. Calissi, beloved son of Robert H. Calissi and the late Grace (nee Richards) Calissi. Also survived by 4 grandchildren Christopher, Andrew and Zachary Vanaman and Leah Rose Calissi, his grandmother Louise Calissi and his sister Jacqueline (Robert) Otto.  Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Service Tuesday 11 AM OLEARY FUNERAL HOME, 640 E. Springfield Rd., Springfield, PA and to his Viewing Monday evening after 6 PM. Interment Glenwood Memorial Gardens. (Parking On Premises)


June 13, 2006

Walter J. Fedyna | Retired engineer, 91

Walter J. Fedyna, 91, of Bensalem, who in a long engineering career at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard became an expert in the science of welding, died Thursday of multiple organ failure at Harmony Place, an assisted-living facility in Northeast Philadelphia.

The son of Russian immigrants who settled in Philadelphia, Mr. Fedyna graduated in 1932 from Central High School before earning a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1939 from Drexel Institute of Technology.

He married Dorothy Mary Long in 1945, and they raised three children in Drexel Hill and, later, Bucks County.

Mr. Fedyna was a specialist in metals, welding and metallurgical engineering on ships and planes during his 37-year career at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and at the now-closed Naval Air Development Center in Warminster. He retired in 1976 as a supervisor projects engineer.

Mr. Fedyna was active in professional organizations and lectured on electron-beam welding at the Franklin Institute, the Engineers' Club in Center City, and the Office of Naval Research. He also taught welding for 20 years at Drexel University and for five years at Delaware Valley Community College and at what was then Spring Garden College.

Mr. Fedyna was honored by the Navy Air Systems Command and was appointed Navy liaison to the National Materials Advisory Board.

In retirement, Mr. Fedyna enjoyed ballroom dancing several evenings a week, mostly at Paso Doble Ballroom in South Jersey.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Fedyna is survived by a daughter, Cheryl; sons Walter Jr. and John; four grandchildren; three sisters; and one brother.

A funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Hollen Funeral Home, 3160 Grant Ave., Philadelphia. Burial is private.

Donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Box 96280, Washington, D.C. 20077.



June 8, 2006

Billy Williams, 56, U.S. Mint worker

Billy Williams was rarely seen without Boom-Boom and Sparky. Boom-Boom (real name Tanasia Washington) was his granddaughter by marriage.
Sparky, also known as "Baby Boy," was his pet Shih Tzu.
They went everywhere together, at least everywhere that a dog could go.
He took Tanasia, now 8, to the zoo, carnivals, whatever might intrigue a little girl.
"She was just like a daughter to him," said his wife, the former Carol Turner. "We raised her as our own."
Williams, whose last job was as a press operator for the U.S. Mint, an Army veteran and fitness enthusiast, died Sunday of a stroke. He was 56 and lived in Collingdale, Delaware County.
Williams was born in Tallahassee, Fla., and came to Philadelphia as a child.
He graduated from Bok Technical High School and entered the Army. He served in the Pacific.
After the Army, he worked at the old Philadelphia Naval Shipyard as a machinist.
After several years there, he went to the mint.
He enjoyed lifting weights and visiting the Atlantic City casinos.
Williams and Carol, his third wife, were married in February 2000.
He also is survived by a daughter, Tanya, and two grandchildren.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at New Consolation Christian Center, 2500 Wharton St. Friends may call at 9 a.m.
Burial will be in Fernwood Cemetery, Delaware County.



Sat, Jun. 03, 2006

Robert Urban, 79, soccer coach

Robert Urban, 79, of Wallingford, an engineer whose coaching and organizational skills helped popularize youth soccer, died of heart failure Sunday at Reading Hospital.
In 1967, Mr. Urban volunteered to coach when his son joined the Nether Providence Athletic Association soccer team. He had learned to play the game while at the U.S. Naval Academy. For the next 35 years, he stayed active in the sport by coaching youngsters and adults. He was president of the Nether Providence Athletic Association from 1970 to 1998; past president and board member of the Delaware County Soccer League; and an administrator of Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association camps for many years.
Mr. Urban mowed soccer fields, sold candy at fund-raising events, and kept extra uniforms in his garage for youngsters who could not afford them.
In 1994, when a reporter asked him why he was so involved, he said: "The sheer enjoyment of the sport is probably the primary thing. The most rewarding thing now is seeing the kids I coached that are now parents and have kids playing or are coaches or referees."
Nick Cirilli has been a youth soccer coach in Aston Township for 32 years. He was recruited by Mr. Urban, who learned that Cirilli played soccer in college.
"You couldn't say no to Bob," he said. He always showed gratitude, Cirilli said, for the efforts of players, coaches and parents.
Mr. Urban grew up on a dairy farm in Mansfield, Pa. After graduating from high school, he served in the Army in Europe during World War II. Following his discharge, he earned a bachelor's degree from the Naval Academy and then served on active duty in the Navy from 1951 to 1958. He was recalled to active duty in 1961 and was stationed aboard a destroyer escort in Guantanamo Bay during the Cuban missile crisis.
He remained in the Naval Reserve until retiring as a commander in 1986. That year he also retired from his 23-year career as a a civilian engineer at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
Mr. Urban was past president of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Industrial Engineers. He had worked at the polls on Election Day in Nether Providence Township for years and served on the board of the Helen Kate Furness Library in Wallingford. He was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable gardener, his son said, and was a member of the Pennsylvania Horticulture Association.
In addition to his son, Mr. Urban is survived by his wife of 49 years, Sophie Latas Urban; a son, Thomas; a brother; and two grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. John Chrysostom Church, 617 S. Providence Rd., Wallingford. Friends may call from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m Monday and from 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in Edgewood Memorial Gardens, Concordville.


May 18, 2006

Francis A. DeFeo | Retired police officer, 86

Francis A. DeFeo, 86, a Philadelphia police officer for 23 years who was awarded the Bronze Star during World War II, died May 10 of a stroke at Manor Care, a rehabilitation center in West Deptford, where he had been for one month. Before moving to Mantua Township 10 years ago, he had been a longtime resident of South Philadelphia.

Mr. DeFeo graduated in 1937 from Southeast Catholic High School. His dream of attending a university and becoming a chemist was dashed during the Depression because he could not afford college. Instead, he went to work as a sheet-metal worker at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

He was drafted in 1941 and was trained as an Army medic and assigned to the Third Army. During the Battle of the Bulge, the young serviceman led an evacuation of wounded soldiers to safety from behind enemy lines, a feat for which he was awarded the Bronze Star.

While in England preparing for D-Day, Mr. DeFeo met his future bride, Betty Edwards, at a local dance hall. They were married in 1945, the same year he was discharged. He also served in the Army Reserve until 1968, when he retired with the rank of captain.

After the war, Mr. DeFeo returned to the shipyard, but quit that job in 1950 to join the Police Department. For the next 23 years, he was a patrolman, and also worked in the radio room and as a motor-vehicle accident investigator.

He also worked part-time loading trucks for The Inquirer and drove a cab to support his family of six children.

After retiring from the Police Department in 1973, Mr. DeFeo was on the Temple University police force for two years. In 1975, he joined the Philadelphia School District police for seven years, until medical problems forced him to retire.

He continued to do part-time work for lawyers until fully retiring in 1994.

In retirement, Mr. DeFeo traveled, and was proud to have met Pope John Paul II in 1992 at the Vatican.

In addition to his wife, Mr. DeFeo is survived by daughters Donna Creed, Carmella, Donna, Pamela and Tina; sons Francis and Luciano; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a brother.

Services were Monday.

 

April 23, 2006

K R A J E W S K I

Dennis J. "Zeke" on April 20, 2006. Beloved son of Eleanor (nee Gosik) and the late Stanley L. Krajewski. Dear brother of Janice, Richard (Debbie), Barbara A., Timothy (Kathy), and the late Stanley L. Jr. "Buster" (his wife Chris). He is also survived by nieces, nephews and their families. Relatives, friends, fellow members of Polonia Club, Point No Point, and fellow employees of Phila. Intl. Airport are invited to his Viewing and Funeral Monday after 8AM at the Slabinski Funeral Home 2614 Orthodox St. Funeral Mass 10 AM St. John Cantius Church. Int. Holy Redeemer Cem. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. John Cantius Church 4415 Almond St. Phila., PA 19137 would be appreciated. Share your fondest memories of Zeke at SlabinskiFuneralHome.com



Sunday, April 16, 2006

John E. Martin Jr. | Acme truck mechanic, 82

John E. Martin Jr., 82, of Morton, a mechanic for Acme Market trucks for 40 years, died of cancer Monday at Taylor Hospice in Ridley Park.
Mr. Martin grew up in Morton and attended Ridley Township High School. He worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and served in the Army in Guam and in the Philippines during World War II. In 1947 he married Catherine Convery, the sister of an Army buddy.
After the war, he joined Acme as an apprentice. He repaired trucks wherever they broke down, his daughter Betty Anne Hermann said, and knew the location of every Acme on the East Coast. He retired in 1988.
Mr. Martin had been a volunteer with the Catholic Youth Organization, coached football with the Kedron Youth Association in Ridley Township, and was active with the Cardinal O'Hara High School Fathers Club in Springfield. He was a member of the Rutledge Fire Company.
He enjoyed golf, the beach, Philadelphia sports, and the company of the "Fritz Warner Coffee Club," a group of retirees.
In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Martin is survived by daughters Mary Lou Przybylowicz, Cathie Pfaff and Theresa Rogers; son John; a sister; and 10 grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 2130 Franklin Ave., Morton. Friends may call from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Knoetgen Funeral Home, 746 Kedron Ave., Morton. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.


Monday, April 10, 2006

Charles H. Council, Phila. dog-sledder

Soon after Charles H. Council bought Nikki - a Siberian husky he called his "only blue-eyed soul brother" - in 1968, he began dreaming of the sport of sled-dog racing. An electrician by trade, he imagined himself with a team of dogs silently racing across the snow-covered wilderness. Trouble was, he lived in Germantown.
That did not stop him. For 20 years, Mr. Council devoted much time and energy to the sport, building sleds and acquiring and caring for as many as 15 dogs. For much of that period, he joined like-minded adventurers in search of places where they could race their teams.
Mr. Council, 69, who last raced in 1981, died of liver cancer March 24 at Bryn Mawr Hospital. He had lived in Ardmore since 1987.
Mr. Council was born in Germantown, the oldest of 13 children, and in 1954 graduated from Dobbins Vocational-Technical High School, where he had concentrated on becoming an electrician. He joined the Navy and served on a minesweeper in the Mediterranean.
After his discharge in 1958, he returned to Germantown and married Mildred Roper the next year. The couple and their two daughters lived on a quiet cobblestone street in a brick twin.
Along the way, the family bought Nikki, and Mr. Council began pursuing his dreams.
At first, Mr. Council and others who shared his obsession had to travel to New England to find races. In 1970, Mr. Council and others founded the Delaware Valley Siberian Husky Club to promote the sport and set up races.
By 1973, the club was holding an annual race with about 80 participants on Hidden Drive in Fairmount Park before 5,000 spectators. The race took place with or without snow. When necessary, wheeled rigs took the place of sleds with runners.
For the next 15 years, every chance he got, Mr. Council raced in this area, elsewhere in the Mid-Atlantic states, and in New England. He could care for six dogs at home; when he owned more, he boarded them at friends' homes.
He transported as many as six dogs in homemade kennels, stacked on his yellow Ford Country Squire station wagon, topped with his sled. His daughters rode in the car with him.
"It wasn't until I was grown up that I thought we might have looked strange driving down the road," daughter Denise Council-Ross said. "I don't know where he got the energy to do the things he did."
He never made it to the Yukon, but he taught his daughters how to race.
During the 1970s, Mr. Council, who won more than 20 racing trophies, showed off his dogs on local television shows and at Veterans Stadium before a Phillies game.
During the week, Mr. Council worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in the late 1950s and for the Curtis Publishing Co. until 1964. He was an electrician for Acme Markets for 36 years until retiring in 2000.
He took part in Germantown civic activities such as the Duval Improvement Association and the Boys Club and was elected a Democratic committeeman in the 59th Ward in 1965. And he never missed his daughters' track and field events.
Mr. Council and his first wife divorced in 1984. In 1987, he wed Ida Mae Pendleton, who brought three children into the marriage. The family moved to Ardmore. By that time, he had given up racing, and kept huskies only as pets. He also sang in several choirs.
In addition to his wife, daughter and former wife, Mr. Council is survived by his other daughter, Murrlyn Bond; stepsons Robert and Glenn Puller; stepdaughter, Joanne Pendleton; father, Charles F.; stepmother, Louise Council; nine grandchildren; eight brothers; and a sister.
Services were held April 1.


Tuesday, March 28, 2006

BIONDO GENE, suddenly on March 27, 2006, age 78 yrs., of Haddon Heights, N.J.

He was the loving and devoted husband of Marie Biondo (nee Curcio). Beloved father of Maureen Smith (the late Lou), Denise Colavita (Michael) and Genamarie Biondo. Loving grandfather of Daniel, Michael, Andrew, Janina and step grandson Louis, dear brother of Mario and Carmen Biondo and Rita Grecco.
Mr. Biondo was a proud Navy veteran of WWII and member of Bellmawr VFW Post #7410. He was also a member of the Polish American Heritage Society.
Mr. Biondo was also a long time employee at the Phila. Naval Shipyard working as a general foreman marine machinist of 38 Shop for over 40 years prior to his retirement in 1985.
Gene had a BIG heart and was always helping family and friends. He seemed larger than life itself with his warm smile and wonderful laugh. He loved to Polka and would go anywhere to do so.
He will be sadly and deeply missed by all that knew and loved him and he will live in our hearts forever. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Thursday evening from 7 to 9 P.M. and again Friday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 A.M. at THE CRERAN FUNERAL HOME, 400 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn N.J. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 A.M. at Sacred Heart Church, Black Horse Pike and Kings Highway, Mt. Ephraim, NJ. Entombment New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorial donations in Gene's name be made to LARC School, 1089 Creek Rd., Bellmawr, NJ 08031.


March 9, 2006

Ronald Gilbert Wilson, a fire victim

RONALD Gilbert Wilson was never the same after two tours of duty in Vietnam.
 He left a happy-go-lucky guy, always in a good mood, helpful to people, and returned morose, isolated and closed off.
"He didn't like to talk about it," said his sister Elaine Taylor Branch. "There would be tears in his eyes, so I stopped asking."
Wilson won a Purple Heart for wounds and a Bronze Star for valor during his service in the Vietnam War, but his family knows nothing about how he earned those and other medals.
He died Friday in a fire in his home on Marshall Street near 7th, in Olney. He was 59.
Despite the trauma of the war, Wilson managed to graduate from the Community College of Philadelphia and Temple University.
But even in school he kept to himself and didn't associate much with fellow students, his sister said.
He held a number of jobs, including clerk for the Internal Revenue Service, mail handler for the main post office at 30th and Market streets, state store clerk, employee at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
"He was restless," his sister said. "He didn't stay in any job too long."
Wilson took courses in tailoring at the Draft School of Tailoring and made suits for friends and family for a time.
"He was very good at it," his sister said, "but he didn't do it for long."
He was born to Raymond Wilson Sr. and the former Sarah Allen Wilson, in Jamaica, Long Island, N.Y. He came to Philadelphia at an early age and was baptized in the New Central Baptist Church in 1964.
He married Ruth M. Daring about 15 years ago. She died last year.
Wilson was a member of veterans' groups, including the Disabled American Veterans, which gave him a certificate commemorating his service.
"It bothered him, the things he had to do in Vietnam," his sister said. "The lives he had to take. He was not my brother when he came back from there."
He also is survived by another sister, Annie Thompson; two brothers, Raymond S. Wilson Jr. and Lucius Wilson, and 10 step-children.
Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at the Slater Funeral Home, 1426 Fitzwater St. Burial will be in Merion Memorial Park, Bala Cyn-wyd.




March 7, 2006

William K. Scattergood | Welding engineer, 88

William K. Scattergood, 88, of Wallingford, a welding engineer and former teacher, died Friday of kidney failure at Riddle Memorial Hospital in Media.
Mr. Scattergood was a welding engineer for Sun Oil in Philadelphia for 27 years until retiring as field-services manager in the mid-1980s.
He previously had worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. While there, he earned an engineering degree from Drexel University and then taught welding engineering at Drexel for 17 years.
He was active with several professional organizations and was former Delaware County chairman of the Society of Professional Engineers' Math Counts Program. The program sponsors national mathematics competitions for seventh and eighth graders.
Before moving to Wallingford, Mr. Scattergood lived in Norwood for almost 65 years and served as a school board president in the Interboro School District.
He was a graduate of West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys. During World War II, he was a construction foreman in the Army Air Corps on Guam.
Mr. Scattergood was a Eucharistic minister and lector at St. John Chrysostom Roman Catholic Church in Wallingford.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ann Bakey Scattergood; sons William Jr., and Richard; daughters Eileen Robinson, Karen Dardine, Ann Marie DiCugno and Jean; two sisters; and seven grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass will be said at noon today at St. John Chrysostom Church, 617 S. Providence Rd., Wallingford. Friends may call at 10:30. Burial is private.
Donations may be made to HollyDELL School, for disabled students, 610 Hollydell Drive, Hurfville, N.J. 08080.




Friday, February 24, 2006

Chief Kenneth J.

Of Williamstown, NJ, age 54, on February 17, 2006 at home. Born in Camden, he grew up in Merchantville and also lived in Seaville before moving to Williamstown in 1983.
Chief Barber was an Air National Guard Veteran. He was the Fire Chief at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Fire Department before retiring in 2005 with 31 years of service. He was a member of the Niagra Fire Department in Merchantville. A member and former Captain of the Seaville Fire Company. A current member and former Assistant Chief of the Williamstown Fire Company.
A current crew member of the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service. A member of the NJ State Fire Chiefs Association. A member of the Gloucester County Fire Chiefs Association. A member of the Delaware Valley Fire Chiefs Association. A 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Mater Christi Council # 3352.
Beloved husband of Bernadette R. (nee Rose). Devoted father of Nicholas Barber and his wife Marissa of Williamstown. Loving son of Marie Barber of Hammonton and the late Milo Barber. Dear son in law of Bart and Joan Rose of Maple Shade.
Relatives, friends and fellow firefighters are invited to his viewing on Tuesday eve. from 6:00 - 9:00 PM and on Wednesday from 9:00 - 10:00 AM at the FARNELLI FUNERAL HOME, 504 N. Main Street, Williamstown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM at St. Mary's Church, S. Main Street, Williamstown. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Williamstown. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Burn Foundation 1201 Chestnut St. St# 801 Philadelphia, PA 19107.




Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Francis G. Clarke Jr 63 years old

Passed sudenly on December 18th 2005
He was a life long resident in Gloucester City, NJ.
He is survived by his wife Cynthia and two children Paul & Marianne Clarke, Brother Harry Clarke, Sister Elizabeth Ashmen, And 4 Grandchildren
Francis worked over 20 years at the Navy Yard Starting out in 38 Shop.
Then he was promoted into ILS as an Equipment Analyst,where he stayed until the yards closing.
Internment was at Locustwood Memorial park in Cherry Hill, NJ on Friday Decenber 23, 2005.




Monday, January 09, 2006

SKALAMERA, Anthony J. (07 Shop)

On January 3, 2006. In Kissimmee, FL, formerly of S. Philadelphia, PA and Staten Island, NY. Son of the late Anthony and Anna (nee Rusin) Skalamera, loving father of Tony, John, Mary, Susan, Tony, Rosemarie, Betty Ann, Jim, Lois Armda and the late Leon, JohnO. and Frank, dear brother of Ed, Jim, Joe, Theresa and the late John, Mary and Anna. Also survived by 21 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He was a friend to many. Relatives and friends are invited to his Memorial Mass Saturday January 21, 2006 at 10:30 AM in St. Gabriel Church, 29th & Dickinson Sts., Philadelphia. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Tonys memory to Mercy Health Hospice, 1500 Lansdowne Ave., Darby, PA 19023




Monday, December 19, 2005

DICICCO, JOSEPH R.

Age 79 of Cherry Hill, formerly of Delran, passed away on Friday December 16, 2005 at Cadbury Nursing Home in Cherry Hill.
Mr. DiCicco was born in Philadelphia, and had been a longtime Delran resident before moving to Cherry Hill. Joseph proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. He worked as the General Foreman Machinist Marine of Shop 38 at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for 30 years, retiring in 1986. Mr. DiCicco was a parishioner of St. Peter's RC Church in Riverside, and will be fondly remembered for being very artistic and his love of drawing and wood carving.
Joseph is the widower of his late wife Rose DiCicco (nee Constantino).
He is the father of Joseph and his wife Susan DiCicco of Louisville, Kentucky, and Sharon and her husband Jim Hopper of Feasterville, PA. Mr. DiCicco is the proud grandfather of Chelsea Rose Hopper, Darin DiCicco, and Joseph DiCicco. Joseph is also survived and will be sadly missed by his brothers Frank and Rocco DiCicco, and his sisters Dolores Beatrice and Joyce Bailey, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held on Monday morning at 11 am at St. Peter's Church, Bridgeboro & Hancock Sts., Riverside. Entombment will follow the liturgy at St. Peter's Cemetery Mausoleum, also in Riverside.
Relatives and friends are invited to join the DiCicco family and share their fondest memories of Joseph on Monday morning between 9:30 and 10:30 am at the SWEENEY FUNERAL HOME, Riverside.
As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Charlotte D. Nelson Center at Cadbury, 2150 Rt. 38, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002.
Condolences can be emailed to thediciccofamily@sweeneyfuneralhome.net.




December 5, 2005

Shirley Shaw Holland | Caterer, 78

Shirley Shaw Holland, 78, formerly of Media, a caterer and Christmas shop owner, died of pneumonia Tuesday at Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal, Va.
For 10 years, Mrs. Holland owned and operated the Wooden Shoe, a Christmas-theme gift shop in Chadds Ford. After fire destroyed the shop in the early 1980s, she operated a catering business from her home until the 1990s. She was known for her decorated wedding and party cakes, her daughter-in-law Sherrie Holland said.
Mrs. Holland grew up in Llanerch and graduated from Haverford High School. During World War II, she worked at the Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia and later worked for an advertising agency.
She enjoyed collecting the work of Brandywine School artists.
In addition to her son, Mrs. Holland is survived by a daughter, Holly Allen. Former husbands Raymond Auger and Edward Holland are deceased.
A memorial service will be held Jan. 14 at her son's home in Chester Gap, Va. Memorial donations may be made to the Chester County SPCA, 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, Pa. 19380.




November 10, 2005

Nathaniel Butler, 67, Naval Yard worker for 40 years

Nathaniel Butler, a retired blaster for the old Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 67 and lived in North Philadelphia.
Reared in North Philadelphia, he graduated from Simon Gratz High School. He worked for the Navy Yard for more than 40 years, retiring in the 1990s.
He is survived by his wife, Karen; three daughters, Adrienne White, Thelma Ferrel and Teagen White; four sons, Nathaniel L. Butler, Darren S. Mims, Henry T Williams and Roger K. Williams; a brother, Sam Winder, and many grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a son, Deion.
Services: Being arranged.




October 27, 2005

Clara Diven Rollason | Retired teacher, 89

Clara Diven Rollason, 89, a teacher for more than 20 years at Sayre Middle School, died Monday of respiratory failure at the Quadrangle in Haverford. She was a longtime resident of Drexel Hill.
A 1934 graduate of Upper Darby High School, Mrs. Rollason earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1938 from Wheaton College in Illinois. She briefly changed her mind about teaching and earned a bachelor's degree in merchandising in 1942 from Simmons College in Boston. When World War II broke out, she moved back to the Philadelphia region and took a job at the Navy Yard.
"Her brother was serving in the South Pacific, and my mother wanted to do her part in the war," said her daughter, Patricia Erdos.
She married Thomas J. Rollason in 1947, and the couple settled in Drexel Hill.
After staying home to raise her children for a few years and earning a master's degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania, Mrs. Rollason began a 21-year teaching career at Sayre Junior High School at 58th and Walnut Streets. On the weekends, she taught Sunday school.
"My mother loved children. She watched my children after she retired so I could be a teacher to other children," her daughter said.
In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Rollason is survived by a son, Thomas, and five grandchildren. Her husband died in 1996.
Friends may visit at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Frank C. Videon Funeral Home, Broomall. A funeral service will follow at 10:30. Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill.
Donations may be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators, Box 628200, Orlando, Fla. 32862.




Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Jacob Dudley Jr., retired painter

Jacob Astor Dudley Jr., a retired professional painter, died Sunday of cancer. He was 79 and lived in West Philadelphia for most of his life.
Born in Wilson, N.C., he moved to West Philadelphia when he was 8. The graduate of Thomas Edison High School served in the Navy during World War II.
He was a self-employed painter and worked for the Philadelphia Naval Yard, Veterans Hospital and Campbell Soup Co. He retired about 10 years ago.
He is survived by two daughters, Taalibah Abdulhaqq and Zubaidah Abdul Rahman; four brothers, Herman, Alphonso, Charles and Rudolph; two sisters, Leora Jones and Ruth Pierce; three grandchildren, and six great- grandchildren.
Services:11 a.m. today at Francis Funeral Home, 634 North 38th St. Friends may call at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Mount Moriah Cemetery.




Monday, October 10, 2005

Hazel Frye, 93, cop at Naval Shipyard

WITH HER long black hair streaming down her back and a pistol strapped to her hip, Hazel Frye was a formidable-looking cop.
She was the first black woman to serve as a police officer for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and she got the job by scoring highest on the test for the position and being the sharpest shooter.
It was during World War II that Hazel took the job, which was a far cry from a security guard. She was involved with regular police-type work concerning the shipyard, which had 40,000 employees during the war.
She might go into a bar to arrest a suspect, or put a judo hold on a rowdy. She was tough, but in a quiet way. Basically, she was a sweetheart in a hard job.
Hazel Carey Byrd, as she became after two marriages, worked for the federal government for a total of 25 years, was a fine musician, devoted churchwoman and outstanding cook. She died Tuesday. She would have been 94 yesterday. She lived in Wyndmoor, Montgomery County, but lived for many years in Mount Airy.
She was married for 51 years to Bill Byrd, a star pitcher for various teams in the old Negro League from 1933 to 1950. He was considered the last major league pitcher to legally throw the spitball, later outlawed.
As his wife, Hazel traveled to his games all over the country during the summer, and to Central and South America for winter-league ball.
She was born in Washington, D.C., to Lucille Frye Hawkins. She was the first woman ever elected president of a class at Dunbar High School. She later studied at Howard University.
She married Rayfield Carey in 1928, and when that marriage dissolved, married Byrd in 1941. He died in 1992.
After her stint as a police officer at the shipyard, Hazel went to work for the Naval Aviation Supply Depot and rose from a G3 to G9, working as a supervisor in materials handling. She retired in 1969.
She apprenticed herself to the organist at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington and learned to play the challenging pipe organ.
In Philadelphia, she sang on the choirs of St. Paul's Baptist Church and Corinthian Baptist. Her soprano voice sang the praises of the Lord in many solo performances.
She was an outstanding swimmer and kept herself in shape swimming at the YMCA. She had worked as a lifeguard in Washington.
Hazel was also an outstanding cook, who cooked the old-fashioned way, without recipes, using the knowledge she inherited from her mother, grandmother and back into family culinary history.
"She was very placid in her later years," her daughter Ruth C. McArtis said. "She was not the least outgoing. It didn't take a lot to please her."
She also is survived by another daughter, Barbara Rooths; a stepson, Ronald Byrd; 18 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
Services: 11 a.m. today at Corinthian Baptist Church 21st Street and Godfrey Avenue. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Ivy Hill Cemetery, Wadsworth and Woolston avenues.




October 7, 2005

Donald English, 85, served the elderly

EVEN before Donald W. English was a senior citizen, he was devoted to seniors. He worked tirelessly to make sure their needs were met, whatever they were.
"He always wanted to make conditions better for them," his wife, Ethel, said. "He retired at 59, but it was always the thing he knew he was going to do.
"Whatever they were fighting for, he was there for them. Whether it was better health care, living conditions, transportation, especially for the handicapped."
English, who served on the boards of the Pennsylvania Council on Aging, Riverview Home for the Aging and Greater Philadelphia Health Action, died Monday. He was 85 and lived in Center City.
Born in Trenton, he graduated from the local high school and then moved to South Philadelphia, where he worked at the Naval Shipyard. He then joined the Navy and served in World War II.
After the war, he went back to work at the shipyard and attended St. Joseph's University. He later graduated from Temple University.
At the shipyard, he rose from shipfitter to management positions. He retired in 1979 after 38 years.
English was an active member of Zoar United Methodist Church at 12th and Melon streets for more than 50 years. A tenor, he loved to sing and was a member of the senior choir and the men's chorus.
"It didn't matter if it was a hymn or gospel, he liked to sing it all," his wife said.
He served on the church's finance committee, the trustee board and pastor parish relations committee.
Also, he was active in scouting.
English met his wife of 30 years at the church. It was the second marriage for both.
"He was a fine, gentle, loving husband," she said. "He was my everything. Someone like him maybe comes in your life once in your lifetime. He loved people; he loved being around people and helping them. I never saw him angry, not one time."
She said he attributed his good nature to being an Aquarius who was born on Valentine's Day.
"He always said [that] since he was born on Valentine's Day, there wasn't time to be angry. He said he was an Aquarius and it was time to make love."
Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Brenda Hank-ins and Marilyn McCoy; a son, Jerome Hankins; three sisters, Charmine Williams, Neota Jackson and Helen Smith; two brothers, James and Carl; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Services: 10 a.m. Monday at Zoar United Methodist Church. Friends may call at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Chelten Hills Cemetery.
Donations may be sent to Zoar United Methodist Church Restoration Fund, 1204 Melon St., Philadelphia, 19123.




October 5, 2005

John J. Demchuk, 83, Army cavalryman

John J. Demchuk, 83, one of the last horse soldiers in the Army's Seventh Cavalry, died of bladder cancer Friday in his South Philadelphia home.
Formerly based in Fort Bliss, Texas, the Seventh Cavalry was dismantled in 1943, and its soldiers were trained for modern combat and shipped off to the Pacific during World War II.
Mr. Demchuk, a corporal, was honored with the Bronze Star for serving as a heavy machine gunner during the Bismarck Archipelago Campaign.
He was honored by the military on Nov. 7, 2002, his 60th anniversary of entering the Army, with a U.S. flag flown over the Capitol in Washington.
Mr. Demchuk, who was born and raised in South Philadelphia, dropped out of school during the Depression when his father died. He supported his mother and three sisters by working as a cabinetmaker and as a butter churner at a city dairy.
He landed a job as a bookbinder at the former Curtis Publishing Co. in Center City in 1940. Mr. Demchuk was drafted by the Army in 1942 and returned to Curtis after his discharge three years later.
He and Marie Fenning were married in 1947. The couple settled in South Philadelphia and raised four children.
When Curtis went out of business in 1963, Mr. Demchuk was hired by C. Schmidt & Sons Brewing Co., where he installed beer lines in taverns. He later worked as a pipe fitter for the Philadelphia School for the Deaf and at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. He retired in 1988.
Mr. Demchuk strutted his stuff in five New Year's parades with the Quaker City String Band.
In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Demchuk is survived by sons Thomas and William; daughter Jane Cassidy; and three granddaughters.
Friends may visit at 8 a.m. today at Rogers Funeral Home, 1426 S. Third St. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Sproul and Crum Creek Roads, Marple Township.




Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Alexander Hansken

Alexander Hansken,76,of Spring Hill Florida died Tuesday,Sept 6,at Hernando-Pasco Hospice Care Center in Brooksville fl. He was born in Philadelphia Pa,and came to florida from Folsom Pa 13 years ago.He was retired Navy Chief with 4 years active and 26 in reserves.His nearly 30 years of Federal Service at the Phila Naval Shipyard was with Shop 38,code 229,code 232,code 228 and Flap as a field Supervisor. He was a Key Planner in the SLEP Program.He is survided by his wife Catherine of Spring Hill;Two daughters,Sheryl Koch of Pottstown,Pa and Sandy Hansken of Flosom Pa. Two sons,Alan Hansken of Flosom Pa and Rich Hansken of Bothell,Wash.Two brothers, Rodney Hansken of Grand Isle and John Hansken of Newark,Del.a sister Fran Frantz of Howey in the hills;four grandchildren,and two greatgrandchildren. His final resting will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Va.




August 01, 2005

KENNEDY, JAMES F., SR.

Of Williamstown, peacefully on Saturday, July 30, 2005 at his home beside his family. Age 67.
Mr. Kennedy was born in Camden, formerly of Glendora and has been a resident of Williamstown since 2001. James was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He worked for 23 years at the Philadelphia Naval Yard and retired as a Facility Supervisor in 2001 at Quantico Marine Corp Base in Virginia. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Moose Lodge. He enjoyed boating and cars.
Beloved husband of Carmella (nee Bellomo) of 45 years. Devoted father of Patricia Schonewolf, Donna (Robert) Paratore, James (Janeen) Kennedy, Jr. and Carmella (Robert) Rivell. Loving grandfather of Joey, Jesse, Justine, David, Raquel, Jimmy III, Jennifer, Rachel and Hailey.
Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Wednesday, August 3, 2005 from 9:30-11:00 am at the BELL-HENNESSY FUNERAL HOME, 420 South Main St., Williamstown, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 am. Interment Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Williamstown.
Condolences and memories may be shared online @ www.bell-hennessy.com.




Thursday, July 28, 2005

Mike Duffin who worked in 51 Shop at the yard and then at Willow Grove passed away on Monday, July 25. He had been working down here in Cape May for the Coast Guard for the last 3 years. Services are scheduled for Saturday morning at Fluehr Funeral Home, 864 Bristol Pike in Bensalem, Pa. Please add this to the "yard-bird" site.




Monday, July 04, 2005

Obituary: William J. Mullen (X-31?) passed away 28 June, 2005. at Virtua Hosp., Mt. Holly he was 61. Worked at PNSY 30 years retired in 1993. Mass was said on Saturday 2 July, at St. Mary of the Lakes RC Church Medford, NJ, and burial was at Holy Sepulchre Cem. in Hammonton, NJ




May 25, 2005

Gloria S. Anderson | Store manager, 83

Gloria Spatola Anderson, 83, of Deerfield, Fla., a former Main Line store manager, died of emphysema Thursday at Broward County Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Mrs. Anderson was a runway and fashion advertising model in Philadelphia for many years. She continued to model into her 50s, her daughter Christine Beck said. In the 1960s and 1970s, she managed the Natalie Colette store in Haverford and then managed the Nan Duskin store in Strafford. She retired when her husband, Anthony T. Anderson, died in 1981, and moved to Florida the following year.
Mrs. Anderson grew up in Philadelphia, where her family's produce business prospered even during the Depression. It embarrassed her, Beck said, when she was chauffeured in a limousine to the Academy of Sacred Heart in Overbrook. After graduation, during World War II, she worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
She married in 1943. While raising two children, she and her husband lived on a five-acre property in Gladwyne, where she also cared for horses, dogs, cats, chickens, raccoons and a monkey, her daughter said.
In addition to her daughter Christine, Mrs. Anderson is survived by another daughter, Sandra; a sister; a brother; a granddaughter; and great-granddaughter.
The funeral will be tomorrow in Fort Lauderdale.
Memorial donations may be made to the Seamen Animal Shelter, 334 Commercial St., Provincetown, Mass. 02657.




Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Theresa S. Bloom | Organized girls sports, 79

Theresa Severino Bloom, 79, of Plymouth Meeting, a retired office manager who organized girls athletic programs in Plymouth Township, died from respiratory complications Friday at home.
Mrs. Bloom and her former husband, Louis Bloom, were active in their sons' sports leagues in Plymouth Township in the 1960s. There were no similar leagues for girls then, their son Daniel said, and in 1972, his mother organized and became the first commissioner of the Plymouth Township Girls Basketball League.
Later she started the Plymouth Girls Softball League and for more than 10 years served as commissioner, head coach and umpire. Bloom said his mother would say she had all the daughters she wanted, thanks to the leagues.
Mrs. Bloom played sports while growing up in Southwest Philadelphia. She graduated from Bartram High School and during World War II worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. For 20 years, until retiring in 1991, she was a office manager for U.S. Steel Supply.
Mrs. Bloom was a Democratic committeewoman and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels in Plymouth Meeting.
She also is survived by sons David and Douglas; a brother; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. today at Epiphany of Our Lord Church, Township Line and Walton Road, Plymouth Meeting. Friends may call at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon.




Thursday, March 31, 2005

Alexander Amoroso | Navy Yard mechanic, 87

Alexander Amoroso, 87, of Brookhaven, a retired aircraft mechanic who served as fire marshall in Media, died of Parkinson's Disease Saturday at home.
He had long lived in Media before moving to Brookhaven about six years ago.
Mr. Amoroso served as a Navy aircraft mechanic in the Pacific during World War II. He was discharged in 1945 and went on to serve for 30 years in the Navy Reserve.
After the war, he began working as a mechanic at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. He remained there for 30 years, until he retired in 1975. He continued working as a trucker and handyman until six years ago, when he became ill.
Mr. Amoroso was a volunteer with the Media Fire Company, a fourth degree Knight of Columbus and an usher at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Media. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He and Caroline Melchiore were married in 1937. She died in 1999.
Surviving are daughters Louise Ciancaglione, Lorraine Quinlan, Carol Gura and Antoinette Killion; one brother; and eight grandchildren.
Friends may call from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. today at Rigby Harting & Hagan Funeral Home, 15 E. Fourth St., Media. A Funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Franklin and Monroe Streets, Media. Burial is at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.
Memorial donations may be made to Vista Care, 525 Plymouth Rd., Suite 315, Plymouth Meeting, Pa. 19462.




March 28, 2005

CAVALIERE EDMOND

March 28, 2005, age 83, Decorated WWII Veteran of the U.S. Army, Staff Sergeant Infantry Pacific 1943-1946. Retired em-ployee of Philadelphia Navy Shipyard, pipe and copper fitter 1950-1986. Beloved son of the late Octavius and Matilda (nee Paulino); brother of the late Paul; survived by many loving cousins. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Viewing Friday, 9:30 to 11 A.M., from BALDI FUNERAL HOME, 1331 S. Broad St. (ample parking on premises). Funeral Mass, 11:30 A.M., St. Thomas Aquinas Church. Int. SS. Peter and Paul Cem. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made in his memory to St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1719 Morris St., Phila. PA 19145.




Monday, March 21, 2005

Francis Dougherty, devoted family man

FRANCIS J. DOUGHERTY was a member of that generation of Americans who had to put their lives on hold through long years of economic depression and a world war.
But they did what they had to do to get through it, and without complaint, accepting the sacrifices that were required as their chosen duty.
It's no wonder that Tom Brokaw, in his best-selling book, called theirs "The Greatest Generation."
Dougherty was 11 when the stock market crashed in 1929, signaling the start of the Great Depression, which didn't end until 1941 - and then there was a world war to fight.
"Your life was on hold," his son Frank said. "You couldn't make plans. You didn't know if you were going to have a job, and then you didn't know if you were going to survive." But Dougherty never felt sorry for himself.
"He was the most uncomplaining guy I ever met in my life," said a daughter, Maureen Brown. "Everything was always fine. He was very even-tempered."
Dougherty, longtime employee of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, a Navy veteran of World War II, a handyman whose workbench was the centerpiece of his home, and a devoted family man, died last Monday. He was 87 and lived in Port Richmond.
He was born in North Philadelphia to John Dougherty and the former Stella Magrann. He attended the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary School in Port Richmond and won a full scholarship to St. Joseph's High School.
But funds were short and he wasn't able to afford books, carfare and other essentials, so he wound up at Northeast Catholic High School. He walked to school, a round-trip hike of three to four miles a day.
It was at Nativity that he met Anne Donnelly, his future wife. They were married in 1940.
Dougherty dropped out of high school after the ninth grade and took a number of jobs, applying his skills at electricity, carpentry, wall-papering, plastering and even car repair.
For a time he rented cushions to fans at Phillies games at the old Baker Bowl, Broad Street and Lehigh Avenue.
In 1935, he joined the Navy. He was a crew member on the destroyer USS Chester, which served as an escort when President Franklin D. Roosevelt made a diplomatic swing around South America.
He left the Navy in September 1940, and went to work at the Naval Shipyard as a rigger in the Industrial Department. He tried to get back in the Navy after the Pearl Harbor attack, but he was turned down because he was doing essential war work.
He finally got back in the Navy in 1944 and was sent to the South Pacific Theater, supporting Marine landings as the Americans worked their way up a chain of islands to Japan.
He left the Navy in November 1945, and returned to the shipyard as an estimator in the Planning Department. When he retired in 1973, he was a supervisory equipment specialist.
But Dougherty usually had more than one job. While working at the shipyard, he would take weekend jobs, at a gas station and at Sears.
And then there was his home workbench. Whenever there was a problem with an item or appliance, his wife would say, "Leave it on the workbench for your father. He'll get to it when he gets back from the Navy Yard. Your father, well, he can fix anything."
When his oldest son, Frank, a retired Daily News reporter, bought his first car and discovered it needed a new engine, Dad was on the job.
"He climbed a tree across the street, fitted a chain over a bough, removed the engine from a crate from Sears, hoisted it out of the crate and up into the air, then gently set it in place and bolted it to the frame," Frank said. "That car, a Jeep, ran for years like the proverbial top."
Dougherty was proud of his Irish roots, and was able to celebrate St. Patrick's Day without alcohol. He didn't drink or smoke, or tolerate bad language.
Another son, John, said whenever you got in trouble as a kid, you went to Dad.
"If you got in trouble, he would say you shouldn't have done it, now let's fix it. He was never judgmental. He was always there to help you out.
"He was low-key. You wouldn't even know he was in the same room. He would never intefere in your life unless you asked him for help."
Daughter Anne Gibson said the sight and smell of hot peanuts to this day remind her of how her father used to take her to Athletics' games at Connie Mack Stadium and always buy her hot peanuts.
"He wasn't into crowds, but he would take us wherever we wanted to go," she said. "He would drive us to Wildwood, go back to work at the shipyard, then come and pick us up in a week."
"He had a very dry sense of humor," Maureen said. "He passed on his humor to his children. He also taught us that when you become a parent, you live for your children. You have to be really selfless."
"Nothing so became him as the manner of his going," his son, Frank, said. "He died in his home of 50 years, in bed, surrounded by his children, while his friend, Father Dan Moriarity, led the family in the rosary.
"After completion of the second Joyful Mystery, my father quietly and with great peace slipped off into eternity."
Dougherty was a quartermaster for the Carr-Dougherty Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. The post was named for his brother, John, who was a pilot in World War II but was killed in a plane crash after the war.
He also is survived by two brothers, Joseph and William; a sister, Regina Marshall, and four grandchildren. His wife died in 1999.
Services: Funeral Mass 10 a.m. tomorrow at Nativity BVM Church, 2535 E. Allegheny Ave. Friends may call at 6 and 8 tonight at the Reilly Funeral Home, 2632 E. Allegheny Ave. Donations may be made to the Nativity BVM Memorial Fund, 2535 E. Allegheny Ave., Phila., 19134.




Thursday, March 17, 2005

Elwood A. Brown | Engineer, teacher, 86

Elwood A. Brown, 86, of Wallingford, formerly of Overbrook, a retired engineer and adult education teacher, died of a stroke Monday at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
For 35 years, until retiring in 1990, Mr. Brown worked as an electronics engineer at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. His wife, Katherine Cascio Brown, said Mr. Brown believed strongly in the value of education. He earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from Drexel University at night, then helped finance his children's college careers by working a second job for many years as an electronics teacher in the evening division of Dobbins Technical High School in Philadelphia.
Mr. Brown was a native of Fishtown. He served in the Navy in the States during World War II and the Korean War.
In addition to his wife of 62 years, he is survived by sons William and Richard; daughters Kathleen Crombie, Nancy McBride and Judith Virgilio; two sisters; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. today at St. John Chrysostom Church, 615 S. Providence Rd., Wallingford. Friends may call at 10 a.m. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.




March 14, 2005

Paul R. Allen Sr.

Paul R. Allen Sr. on March 14, 2005 of Turnersville, NJ age 53. Beloved husband of Susan Ann (nee Guidry). Devoted father ofAlicia S., Paul R. Jr. and Kelli L. Allen. Loving son of Dorothy (nee Ruhe) and the late William Allen. Dear brother of Bernadine Allen. Paul will be sadly missed by his many nieces and nephews. Paul worked as a Pipe Fitter in Shop 56 for 23 years at the Phila. Naval Yard.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing Thursday eve. 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the EGIZI FUNERAL HOME 119 GANTTOWN RD. WASHINGTON TWP., NJ

Mass of Christian Burial Friday 10:00 a.m. at SS. Peter & Paul RC Church Washington Twp. Interment St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Chews Landing. The family requests that memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans P.O. Box 14301 Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0301. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.egizifuneral.com




March 2, 2005

FRANCIS "FRANK" X. LOWRY, JR., age 57 of Clayton, NJ, died Wed. March 2, 2005 in Elmer Hospital, Elmer, NJ. Mr. Lowry was a graduate of Roman Catholic High School, Class of '66 and Salem County College Class of '95. He was a shipfitter at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard until retirement. Frank enjoyed fishing and genealogy research. Beloved husband of Elaine G. (nee Roeschen), dear brother of Michael Lowry and his wife Joann of Tuscan, AR; son of the late Frances X. Lowry, Sr. and the late Daisy May Lawry (nee Seifreid). Relatives and friends may gather in the BARCLAY FUNERAL HOME, Broad and Maple Sts., Clayton, NJ on Monday 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. Funeral Mass Mon. 11 A.M. in Our Lady of Lourdes R.C. Church, Greentree Rd., Glassboro, NJ. Int. Forest Hills Cem., Huntington Valley, PA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Our Lady of Lourdes R.C. Church, St. Vincent dePaul Society, 500 Greentree Rd., Glassboro, NJ 08028




Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Marian Ward | Secretary, volunteer, 50

Marian Ward, 50, of Fairmount, a secretary and school volunteer, died Saturday at Hahnemann University Hospital of complications from brain surgery.
Ms. Ward grew up with five siblings in Fairmount. At 25, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Her brother Timothy said subsequent surgery and radiation treatment left her with impaired motor skills. He said another brother, Patrick, an Army gunner, was shot down in a helicopter in Vietnam in 1968 and was posthumously awarded the Silver Medal. "He was brave," Timothy Ward said, "but Marian was braver."
She battled strokelike symptoms for half her life, he said, but remained upbeat and determined to live a normal life.
Ms. Ward worked for more than 12 years in the payroll department at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. She then volunteered as a teacher's aide at St. Francis Xavier School in Fairmount.
Despite a severe limp, she loved to dance at Irish socials with former classmates from John W. Hallahan High School. She was devoted to her five nieces.
In addition to her brother and nieces, Ms. Ward is survived by a sister, Elaine Favuzzi.
A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Philadelphia. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, West Conshohocken. Friends may call from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday and from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Phillips Funeral Home, 468 N. 23d St., Philadelphia. Donations may be made to St. Francis Xavier School, 2321 Green St., Philadelphia 19130.




Friday, February 18, 2005

Albert D. Blum

BLUM ALBERT D., Feb. 10, 2005, 84, loving husband of Frances Carson Blum, of 54 years; devoted brother of Jerome (Jean) Blum and the late Sidney (Shirley) Blum; also survived by loving nephews and nieces. A Veteran of WWII, who served in the Army. He was a Shipyard Assistant Controller for 42 years and a devoted member of numerous local synagogues. Relatives and friends are invited to Funeral Services Sunday, 1:30 P.M. precisely, at Cong. Beth El - Ner Tamid, 715 Paxon Hollow Road, Broomall PA. Int. Mt. Jacob Cem. Shiva will be observed at Cong. Beth El - Ner Tamid. Contri-butions in his memory may be made to Cong. Beth El - Ner Tamid.




Thursday, February 10, 2005

Joseph G. Martin Sr. | Shipyard foreman, 83

Joseph G. Martin Sr., 83, of Sharon Hill, a retired shipyard foreman, died Sunday of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby.
Mr. Martin grew up in Fishtown, the youngest of nine children. He dropped out of Northeast High School to work at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and worked on the battleship New Jersey, which was launched in 1942. During World War II, he was an Army antiaircraft gunner in Europe.
After his discharge, he returned to the shipyard. Whenever the New Jersey was dry-docked for repairs, his daughter, Elayne Cipolla, said, her father was assigned because he knew the ship so well. He retired in 1979 as a general foreman.
His wife of 56 years, Helen Alexanderwicz Martin, died in 1999. He also is survived by sons Joseph Jr. and Edward; four sisters; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Holy Spirit Church, Sharon Avenue and School Street, Sharon Hill. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Cavanagh Funeral Home, 301 Chester Pike, Norwood. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.




February 05, 2005

WHITLOCK, EDGAR WARREN, Feb. 5, 2005, age 70 of Lansdale; beloved husband of Dr. M. Sue (nee McDowell) Whitlock and brother of Paul Douglas Whitlock of Upper Black Eddy. He retired from the Phila. Naval Shipyard (67 Shop apprentice instructor). Memorial Service for relatives and friends Sat. Feb. 12, at 1 P.M. in First Presbyterian Church, 4 S. Ridge Ave., Ambler (Corner of Ridge Ave. and Butler Pike). The family will greet friends following the service. In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 700 Horizon Circle, Suite 201, Chalfont, PA 18914.




Thursday, February 03, 2005

George Lapushkin Jr. 67 Shop (Fire Control) Supervisor

LAPUSHKIN GEORGE JR., Jan. 31, 2005, loving husband of the late Claire (nee Vincolato); beloved father of Marianne (Thomas) Rumbaugh; dear grandfather of Michelle and Christina; loving and devoted companion of Angie Forte; dear brother of Claudia Fagioli; survived by loving nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Friday, 9 A.M., at VINCENT GANGEMI FUNERAL HOME, INC., Broad and Wolf Sts. Funeral Mass to follow at 10 A.M., St. Rita Church, Broad and Ellsworth Sts. Ent. Holy Cross Mausoleum. Viewing Thurs. eve. 7-9:30 P.M., Add'l eve parking ROTA Bldg. lot, 2304 S. Broad St
In lieu of flowers, donations made to St. Rita's Shrine would be appreciated.




Friday, January 07, 2005

GAYOWSKI, WALTER E. , 67 shop fire control

Of Wenonah, NJ on January 4, 2005, age 52 years.
Beloved husband of Janice (nee Iovinelli). Devoted father of Alison and Victoria. Dear brother of Paul Gayowski. Also survived by brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.
Walt will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father & friend. He will be sadly missed by all who loved him.
Memorial Service Saturday 11 AM in the McGUINNESS FUNERAL HOME, 34 Hunter St., Woodbury, NJ, where relatives and friends may call after 9AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 600 White Horse Pike, Audubon, NJ 08106. Tributes and memories may be shared at www.mcgfuneral.com




Thursday, December 30, 2004

Elmer Dowd 17 shop

On December 27, 2004, lifelong resident of Berlin, NJ. Age 76 years.
Beloved husband of Jean (nee Johnson). Devoted father of Michael of Berlin, Deborah of Lindenwold, and Georgia Lucas of Berlin. Loving brother of Verna Fallon of Warren, PA. Proud grandfather of Stephanie, Michelle, Shawn, and Charles. Great Grandfather of Dylan.
Elmer was a US Army Veteran, Air Force Reserves Veteran, and 31 year member of the Coast Guard Reserves Flotilla 113. He retired from the Philadelphia Naval Yard in 1986. An avid fisherman, he was a member of the Atco Hookers Fishing Club.
The family will receive Relatives and Friends Thursday afternoon 1:00-2:00PM at the COSTANTINO FUNERAL HOME 231 W. WHITE HORSE PIKE BERLIN, NJ 08009. Funeral service 2:00PM at the funeral home. Interment Berlin Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions to your favorite charity are preferred.
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December 09, 2004

INNAMORATO, ANDREW 'COSTANTINO'

Died peacefully at home in Leisuretowne, Southampton on Dec. 9, 2004 at the age of 83. Husband of the late Maria. Father of Linda Stehnman of Voorhees and the late Anthony 'Tony' M. D'Aulerio. Brother of Gloria DeSantis and Diana and 7 grandchildren; also survived by loving companion Antonietta Taylor and her family.
Andrew was born in Phila. The oldest of 9 children to the late Anthony and the late Anna (nee Ricci) Innamorato. He was a Navy Vet of WWII, who served on the aircraft carrier USS Monterey in the Pacific. He was employed for 37 yrs. as a supervisor at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard .
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Monday after 10am at St. Andrew the Apostle Church Rt 561 and Kresson- Gibbsboro Rd, Gibbsboro, where his funeral mass will be celebrated at 11am. Entombment New St. Mary's Cem. Mausoleum, Bellmawr. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory to Deborah Hosp., Foundation, 21 Trenton Rd. Browns Mills, NJ 08015 or Samaritan Hospice 5 Eves Dr. Suite 300 Marlton, NJ 08053.




December 9, 2004

Luther A. Saylor | Systems engineer, 92

Luther A. Saylor, 92, of Aldan, a retired systems engineer and outdoorsman, died of vascular disease Nov. 29 at Bryn Mawr Terrace.
A native of Annville, Pa., Mr. Saylor earned a bachelor's degree from Lebanon Valley College. In the early 1940s, he worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, where he and his future wife, Dorothy Stickel, were members of the team constructing the battleship New Jersey. During World War II, he served in the Army in the European Theater.
After the war, Mr. Saylor worked for Univac, developing computers that were used to count the 1950 U.S. Census. He was later an engineer for the computer division of RCA in New Jersey. He retired from Sperry Rand, now Unisys, in Blue Bell in 1976.
Mr. Saylor was a member and past president of the Aldan Men's Glee Club and was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Upper Darby, where he also assisted with finances. He built sets for the Colonial Playhouse in Alden.
Mr. Saylor enjoyed salmon fishing in Canada and hunting in Pennsylvania. He cultivated an extensive vegetable garden as recently as this summer.
In addition to his wife of 61 years, Mr. Saylor is survived by a son, L. Douglas; daughters Dorie Brosette and Linda; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 22 at Christ Lutheran Church, 7240 Walnut St., Upper Darby, Pa. 19082. Memorial donations may be sent to the church.




Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Thomas H. Wendt | Carpenter, WWII vet, 86

Thomas H. Wendt, 86, formerly of Springfield, Delaware County, a Pearl Harbor survivor and retired shipyard carpenter, died of pneumonia Thursday at Broomall Presbyterian Village.
Growing up in Iowa, Mr. Wendt was a star athlete. His daughter Marie Hazzard said he turned down a college basketball scholarship and a tryout with the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team and joined the Navy at 17.
On Dec. 7, 1941, he was aboard a repair ship in Pearl Harbor when Japanese planes attacked. He later told a reporter he had "a ringside seat" to the enemy bombing of the U.S. fleet. During World War II, Mr. Wendt served in the South Pacific. He remained in the Navy for 21 years. After retiring as a chief petty officer in 1962, he was a carpenter at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for 20 years.
He was past chaplain of the Philadelphia chapter of the Fleet Reserve Association and was a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and the Knights of Columbus.
His daughter said Mr. Wendt was an Eagles season-ticket holder and a huge fan of Chicago Cubs and Phillies baseball.
His wife of 21 years, Ursula Messina Wendt, died in 1973. In addition to his daughter, Mr. Wendt is survived by another daughter, Francine Laughead; a sister; and three grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Kevin Church, 200 W. Sproul Rd., Springfield. Friends may call at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.




October 21, 2004

William H. Aungst | Owned ironwork shop, 86

William H. Aungst, 86, of Newtown Square, owner of an ironwork company who loved golf and dancing, died of a heart attack Monday at Bryn Mawr Hospital. In 1954, Mr. Aungst established Wm. Aungst & Sons as a small shop specializing in residential ornamental ironwork. Later, the business in Prospect Park expanded to include fencing and structural steel projects. Since his retirement in 1980, his sons, John and William A., have run the company.
A native of Renovo, Pa., Mr. Aungst moved to Philadelphia as a teenager to work at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. During World War II, he was a shipfitter in the Navy in the Pacific.
Following his discharge, he returned to the Navy Yard, where he was an ironworker and a welding instructor in the ship repair unit before opening his own business. In 1941, he was married to Marie Innerarity.
The couple were members of the Carousel Dance Club. Mr. Aungst had bowled in a league at Sproul Lanes and for many years played golf several times a week at Springfield Country Club. He was a Mason and an Elk.
In addition to his wife and sons, he is survived by a daughter, Marie Gordon Johnson; a brother; three sisters; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
A Masonic service will be at 7:45 p.m. today at Videon Funeral Home. Friends may call from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.




October 04, 2004

Herbert K. Fleisher | Expert on watches, 91

Herbert K. Fleisher, 91, of Elkins Park, an expert on antique watches and owner of a building-supply company, died Tuesday at the Rydal Park nursing home in Jenkintown.
Mr. Fleisher was the caretaker of a watch collection acquired by his grandfather Moyer Fleisher. He exhibited prized items, including a watch fashioned in the early 1500s by German locksmith Peter Henlein, said to be the earliest maker. Mr. Fleisher was a founding member and past president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors.
A native of East Oak Lane, he graduated from Cheltenham High School and later cochaired class reunions. He was cofounder and past president of the Cheltenham High School Alumni Association.
During World War II, he worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and later in construction and as a manufacturer's representative before opening Elkins Builders Supply in Elkins Park. He retired in the 1990s.
Mr. Fleisher was past president of the York Road Wingate Lodge of B'nai B'rith in Elkins Park. His wife, Ruth Harris Fleisher, said her husband, who had recovered from childhood polio, had post-polio syndrome for the last 30 years and was active with the polio survivors' group at Abington Memorial Hospital.
In addition to his wife of 63 years, Mr. Fleisher is survived by sons David and Charles; a daughter, Barbara; a sister; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Wednesday at Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia.




September 22, 2004

Daniel J. McGinniss | Instrument maker, 84

Daniel J. McGinniss, 84, of Cherry Hill, a retired instrument maker at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died of complications from dementia Sunday at Kresson View Center in Voorhees.
Mr. McGinniss grew up in North Philadelphia and studied instrument-making in trade school. He later joined the shipyard, where the devices he built included barometers for ships.
He and his four brothers all served during World War II, and their grandmother kept five stars in her window until they came home. Mr. McGinnis served in Africa, France, Italy and Germany. He was discharged after the war in 1945.
Mr. McGinniss then returned to the shipyard, but also took additional jobs. He repaired jewelry and clocks, and sold Cadillacs and real estate.
He retired in 1972.
Mr. McGinniss was a charter member of Knights of Columbus Council 5714 in Maple Shade and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy I. Schmidt McGinniss; daughter Diane Pfluger; two brothers; and two grandchildren.
Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Bradley & Stow Funeral Home, 127 Medford-Mount Holly Rd. (Route 541), Medford. A Funeral Mass will be said at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Peter Celestine Roman Catholic Church, 402 Kings Highway N., Cherry Hill. Entombment will be at Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 11000 Lincoln Dr. W., Suite 7, Marlton, N.J. 08053.




Tuesday, September 14, 2004

JANDA EUGENE C. on Sept. 10, 2004.

Beloved husband of the late Margaret Janda (nee Norris), devoted father of Eugene (Donna), Michael (Debra), Peggy Ann Poley (Michael), Patty Fisher (Joe), Jack (Maureen), Maureen, Thomas and Ann Marie McGarrigle (Don).

He is also survived by 22 grandchildren, 5 great grand-children and his brothers John, Joseph, Raymond and Jerry. He was the son of the late John J. Janda and brother of the late James Janda.

Gene was a 1948 graduate of Northeast Catholic High School, a member of 82nd Airborne Div., he was employed at the Phila Naval Shipyard for over thirty years, a member of Pipefitters Local 420, Putso AC, American Legion Post 152, Nativity BVM Senior Citizens (Vice President), Port Richmond Senior Citizens, he attended St. Agnes Wellness Center, was a Red Cross Volunteer and had coached Port Richmond Tigers.

Relatives, friends and members of all his affiliations are invited to attend his Viewing Tues eve, 6 until 9 P.M. and Wed. 8:30 A.M. until 10:30 A.M., THE REILLY FUNERAL HOME, 2632 E. Allegheny Ave. Funeral Mass 11 A.M. Nativity B.V.M. Church. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cem. Memorial contributions may be sent to Northeast Catholic Alumni Scholarship Fund, PO Box 4896, Phila19124 in lieu of flowers.




Thursday, September 09, 2004

E. Wayne Clemens, 64, of Folsom, died suddenly Sept 1 from a tree accident.

Mr. Clemens, a retired electrician at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and longtime member of the West End Boat Club, was born to the late Daniel and Mary Hower Clemens in Upland.

He was the husband of Jill Clemens and the father of the late William Daniel Clemens. He was the brother of the late Daniel and Bruce Clemens.

Clemens lived in Folsom for 33 years and graduated from Penncrest High School in 1959. Before retiring from the shipyard, he worked at American Viscose, Reynolds Metal and for SEPTA.

He loved working with his hands on many outdoor projects and was an avid boater.

Survivors: Wife, Jill Clemens; step-mother Helen Swithenbank of Lester; sister, Janet Kay Davies of Bortondale, Pa.; brother, Ronald Clemens of Lester; former wife, Dorothy Clemens of Morton; sons, Wayne Clemens of Morton, Joseph Clemens of Folsom, Daniel Clemens of Folcroft; daughters, Loriann Green of Virginia Beach, Va., Lisa Cosner of Wilmington, Del, Elizabeth Garr of Swarthmore, Kristen Clemens of Morton; step children, Michael Murtaugh of Ridley Park and John Murtaugh of Swarthmore; grandchildren, William and Danielle Garr, Charles Cosner, Eric and Michael Murtaugh.




Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Samuel Wiater | Former shipyard worker, 93

Samuel Wiater, 93, of Rhawnhurst, a retired asbestos worker at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died of heart failure Sunday at Nazareth Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia.
Mr. Wiater was the epitome of the hardworking man who went to his job, came home to dinner on the table, read the newspaper, and then went to bed, said his daughter, Marlyn Harris.
He worked jobs at New York Shipbuilding Corp. in Camden and at oil refineries in North Jersey before going to work at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in the mid-1940s.
Mr. Wiater remained with the shipyard for 30 years as a master pipe coverer, installing insulation on pipes.
A highlight of his career was his selection to sail for two days with a ship serviced at the Navy Yard to make sure that the work was satisfactorily done.
After he retired, Mr. Wiater had more time to read detective novels and fix things around the house, but in 1988, he developed asbestosis and cancer.
"They told us if he had aggressive chemotherapy every week for a year, he would live for five years if we were lucky," Harris said. "Look what happened. He fooled us all."
Mr. Wiater's wife, Lillian Nelson Wiater, died in 2003.
In addition to his daughter, Mr. Wiater is survived by a son, Stephen; one sister; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services are 10 a.m. today at Goldsteins' Rosenberg's Raphael Sacks Inc., Suburban North, 310 Second Street Pike, Southampton. Burial will be in King David Memorial Park, Bensalem.




July 19, 2004

Lemuel Casey | Shipyard machinist, 80

Lemuel Casey, 80, of Folcroft, a retired supervisor at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died Tuesday of heart failure at Delaware County Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Casey was born in Hacoda, Ala., and grew up in New Orleans. During World War II, he served in the Navy in the Pacific. While on liberty in Philadelphia, he met his future wife, Catherine Adorno. They were married in 1946. After his discharge from the Navy, he was a bus driver for Philadelphia Transportation Co. - now SEPTA - and then was a machinist at the Navy Yard for 32 years. He retired in 1988 as supervisor of one of shipyard's maintenance and machinery shops.
Daughter Melody McKnight said her father was an avid NASCAR racing fan.
In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Casey is survived by two sons, Frank and Joseph; another daughter, Patricia Riccio; a brother and sister; and nine grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. today at St. Gabriel Church, 233 Mohawk Ave., Norwood. Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Cavanagh Funeral home, 301 Chester Pike, Norwood. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.
Memorial donations may be made to Mona Lynn Casey Fund, Wesley College Office of Institutional Advancement, 120 N. State St., Dover, Del. 19901.




June 29, 2004

Louis Dolente Jr., ran family's construction business

Louis V. Dolente Jr., partner in the Louis Dolente & Sons contracting business for over 40 years, died Friday. He was 81 and lived in Havertown.
Dolente was born and raised in West Philadelphia and was a 1941 graduate of the former St. Thomas More High School. He attended St. Joseph's University.
He worked for a time for the old Baldwin Locomotive Works and the Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co. before becoming a heavy equipment operator at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
After World War II, he returned to the family construction business, where he remained until his retirement in 1989.
He married the former Marie Mainardi in 1947. She died in 1990.
"The distinctive characteristic of his personality was that he was a dynamic, all-embracing, fun-loving individual who leaves behind a legacy of love and laughter," his family said.
He is survived by three sons, Louis III, Gerard J. and Michael; two sisters, Elizabeth Ruggieri and Rose Dolente; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Janet A. Dolente Stefan, who died in 1996.
Services: Funeral Mass 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Denis Church, Eagle Road and St. Denis Lane, Havertown. Friends may call at 6 this evening at the Robert L. D'Anjollel Memorial Home of Broomall, 2811 West Chester Pike, Broomall.
Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, West Conshohocken.




Thursday, May 20, 2004

Joseph J. Caruana | Engineer, singer, 80

Joseph J. Caruana, 80, of Springfield, Delaware County, a retired engineer and singer, died of complications from lymphoma Friday at a friend's home in Bryn Mawr.
Mr. Caruana grew up in Upper Darby and graduated from West Catholic High School in Philadelphia. During World War II, he served in the Army in Georgia, where he met his future wife, Doris Lovendahl, an Army nurse. He was later stationed in Japan during the occupation.
After his discharge, Mr. Caruana earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University. For more than 20 years, until retiring in 1973, he was a civilian engineer at the Philadelphia Navy Base.
His son Jim said Mr. Caruana, a baritone, sang in the choirs at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Springfield and Daylesford Abbey in Malvern.
His wife died in 1973. In addition to his son, he is survived by sons John and Richard; daughters Suzanne Satterfield, Joyce Driscoll and Jean; a sister; four grandchildren; and his longtime companion, Dee Longaker.
A Funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. today at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 136 Saxer Ave., Springfield. Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Kovacs Funeral Home, 530 W. Woodland Ave., Springfield. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.




Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Lenny Zeserman General Foreman Woodworker Shop 64 passed away on Sunday May 2, 2004. Services were held at Levine and son 7112 North Broad Street on Tuesday May 4, 2004. Lenny is survived by his wife Rosalie, three sons and eight grandchildren. Lenny would have been 82on May 31. He was born in 1922. Lenny was a good man and he will be missed by many of us.




May 4, 2004

Douglas Liss | Electrical engineer, 86

Douglas Liss, 86, formerly of Bensalem, a retired electrical engineer and photographer, died of complications from Parkinson's disease Saturday at his son Jerome's home in Elkins Park.
Mr. Liss began a career as a civilian engineer with the Navy during World War II at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. In 1942, he married Sylvia Gorowski, who also worked at the shipyard. After the war, he was an engineer at the former Johnsville Naval Air Station in Warminster until his retirement in 1978.
A native of Denver, he earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Denver.
His son said Mr. Liss was a talented landscape and portrait photographer and maintained his own darkroom. For many years, until he was 80, he taught photography for the Temple Association of Retired Professionals at Temple University.
Mr. Liss' wife died in 2000. In addition to his son, he is survived by another son, Michael; a brother; and four grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at Levine & Sons Memorial Chapel, 7112 N. Broad St., Philadelphia. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park, Trevose.
Memorial donations may be made to Abington Hospice, Abington Memorial Hospital, 1200 Old York Rd., Abington, Pa. 19001.




April 17, 2004

Louis T. Reilly | Cabinetmaker, 76

Louis T. Reilly, 76, of Woodlyn, a retired cabinetmaker, died Tuesday at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park of complications from heart surgery.
For 49 years Mr. Reilly worked at Hedemark's, a cabinetry company in Norwood. His son Mark said that in order to support his large family, Mr. Reilly also made kitchen and bathroom cabinets for private customers. He retired in the early 1990s. For the last several years he had been a bagger for Genuardi's Market in Springfield. "He wanted to keep busy, and he made a lot of friends there," his son said.
Mr. Reilly grew up in Delaware County. After World War II, he served in the Marine Corps in Guam and then was a shipyard pipe fitter before becoming a cabinetmaker.
He enjoyed roller-skating with his grandchildren, bowling, and following Philadelphia sports teams.
His wife of 44 years, Jean Cassidy Reilly, died in 1996. In addition to his son, he is survived by sons Jeffrey and Scott; daughters Melanie McHugh, Stacie O'Brien, Dawn Roedel, Lori Suplee, and April Balchiunas; a brother; 19 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. today at Cavanagh Funeral Home, 301 Chester Pike, Norwood. Burial will be in Valley Forge Memorial Gardens, King of Prussia.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 527 Plymouth Rd., Plymouth Meeting, Pa. 19462.




March 10, 2004

Bishop Johnnie L. Roberson, 93

BISHOP Johnnie L. Roberson's greatest joy was teaching the word of God. He made it plain and simple so even a child could understand.
"When he opened his mouth, it was like a wealth of wisdom would come out," his daughter, Evelyn Jones, said. "He always said, 'Follow me. I follow Christ.' "
Roberson wasn't a large man. His daughter said he weighed no more than 155 pounds "soaking wet," but his faith led him to do big things. He founded a church and led many people to a faith-based life.
Although he was 93, Roberson was in perfect health. On March 2 he walked into his bathroom and died of natural causes. He lived in West Oak Lane for many years.
Born in Tennille, Ga., Roberson had to leave school in the 11th grade to work on the family farm. He moved to North Philadelphia in 1935 and worked at the Naval Shipyard.
Years later he went to work for General Motors as a shipping manager in Philadelphia and later in New Brunswick. He worked there for more than 30 years and retired in 1973.
He founded the Resurrected Church of God in North Philadelphia and served there from 1947 to 1989.
Roberson was the bishop of Jones Temple Church of God in Christ.
He married his wife, Annie, in 1940. She died in 1988 after a long bout with cancer. But throughout her illness he was by her side,
"He was a very loving kind of man," Jones said. "When my mother was ill, he washed and ironed our clothes, cooked and cleaned, even combed our hair. It didn't look so good, but he did it anyway."
Jones said he was there not only for his own children but also for children in the neighborhood who had no father.
After his wife died in 1988, he married, Annie L. Duncan Roberson. She was also a pastor. He then joined her church, Holy Ghost Crusade First Born Church, as an associate pastor.
He is also survived by four sons, Harvey Roberson Willie Duncan, the Rev. Alfred Duncan and the Rev. Leroy Duncan; five other daughters, Bishop Ann Roberson Clarke, Christine Hayes, Evelyn Jones, Gloria Whiting, Loretta Evans and Joyce Duncan; 32 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Johnnie Jr.
Services: Were yesterday. Burial was in Rolling Green Memorial Park in West Chester.




Friday, February 27, 2004

Screven T. "Butch" Clarke

CLARKE, Screven T. "Butch" On February 25, 2004. Of West Grove, PA, formerly of Morton, PA. Beloved Husband of Patricia M. (nee Holly) Clarke, beloved father of Kristen J. Clarke and Shannon P. Thomas, the loving grandfather of Brandon and Daniel, brother of Pamela G. Cooper. Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Service Monday 11 AM, OLEARY FUNERAL HOME, 640 E. Springfield Rd., Springfield, PA and to his Viewing Sunday Eve after 6:30 PM, in the Funeral Home. Interment Ss. Peter & Paul Cemetery. In his memory, the family would appreciate contributions to the American Lung Assoc., 525 Plymouth Rd., Suite 315, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462. (Parking On Premises)




February 25, 2004

James V. Garzone Sr. | Funeral home owner, 90

James V. Garzone Sr., 90, the owner of a beer distributorship and two funeral homes, died Sunday at the Central Montgomery Medical Center. He was a lifelong resident of Port Richmond.
Mr. Garzone, who delivered ice as a youngster, eventually went to work as a welder at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard - a position he kept throughout World War II.
In 1940, he met Catherine Errichetti, the daughter of a mortician, at a funeral. That year, Mr. Garzone married her and founded Garzone Beverage Co., which grew to be one of the largest beer distributors in the city before folding in 1980.
In 1968, he founded Garzone Funeral Home in Port Richmond and opened a branch in Juniata Park in 1980. His sons run the businesses today.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Garzone is survived by sons Louis, James Jr. and Gerald; a daughter, Antonia Esposito; eight grandchildren; two sisters; and a brother.
Friends may visit at 5 p.m. tomorrow at Holy Innocents Roman Catholic Church. A Funeral Mass will follow at 8 p.m. Friends may visit at 9 a.m. Friday at Garzone Funeral Home, across the street from the church. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem.
Memorial donations may be sent to Holy Innocents Church, L Street and Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia 19124.




Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Salvatore Passero Jr. | Sheet metal worker, 62

Salvatore "Sonny" Passero Jr., 62, of Washington Township, a retired sheet metal worker, died of pancreatic cancer Jan. 20 at home.
Mr. Passero worked at the Philadelphia Navy Yard before joining the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 19 in 1977. He worked for many years in the trade on buildings in Philadelphia and South Jersey.
He retired in May 2003 when he was diagnosed with cancer.
Mr. Passero, who attended Triton Regional High School in Runnemede, was a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and enjoyed watching football games.
He was married to Lois E. Copestick Passero for 38 years.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Passero is survived by daughters Dorothy Whitehead, Catherine Cruise, Colette Nicoletti and Desiree; son Anthony; two brothers; and five grandchildren.
Services and burial were Monday.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1851 Old Cuthbert Rd., Cherry Hill, N.J. 08034.




Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Daniel T. McFarland | Boxing manager, 84

Daniel T. McFarland, 84, who managed the professional boxing career of one of his sons, died of degenerative muscle disease Wednesday at home in West Philadelphia.
Mr. McFarland was born and raised in McBee, S.C. He married Inez Peterson in 1939. The couple moved to West Philadelphia, where he took a job with the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Depression. They stayed there, raising 11 children.
After the CCC, Mr. McFarland worked in a factory and with the Philadelphia Transit Co. in the 1940s. He took welding job in the 1950s at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. He also worked as a boxing trainer with the Philadelphia Crime Prevention Association at the West Philadelphia Boys Club until the late 1960s.
While at the Boys Club, Mr. McFarland took up amateur boxing and began managing his son Marvin "Candy" McFarland's professional career. Marvin McFarland won 22 professional fights, including a victory against world welterweight champ Don Jordan in 1960 in a nontitle fight in Baltimore.
Mr. McFarland left the shipyard in the late 1960s after undergoing lung surgery for asbestos poisoning, his daughter Carolyn Tart said.
He loved to hunt. "When Dad shot a deer, he shared the meat with our neighbors," his daughter said.
Mr. McFarland is also survived by two other daughters, Theresa King and Glenice Thomas; sons Marvin, Calvin, Edward, Lawrence, Don and Quinn; 38 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. His wife and two sons are deceased.
Friends may visit at 9 a.m. Thursday at International City Community Church, 6301 Elmwood Ave. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Burial will be in White Chapel Gardens in Feasterville.




Thursday, January 22, 2004

Madison B. Thomas, 81, worked for racial harmony

Madison B. Thomas, 81, of Willingboro, a retired electrician and equipment specialist who worked tirelessly toward achieving racial harmony in his community, died of heart failure Sunday at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County in Willingboro.
Mr. Thomas volunteered with youth groups and neighborhood watch programs and served for many years as a leader of the Kinsmen, Willingboro's oldest black civic group.
Under his leadership, the association organized scholarship events to benefit local students and recognized the achievements of historic African Americans and area community activists.
Mr. Thomas' volunteer efforts also included service projects in Philadelphia.
He worked with the Philadelphia Crime Prevention Association and the West Philadelphia Boys Club. In South Jersey, he organized neighbors in his Buckingham Park neighborhood, leading efforts to establish a crime watch and a beautification program.
Mr. Thomas was born in Savannah, Ga., and served in the Army during World War II. After the war, he moved to Philadelphia in search of better job opportunities and began working as an electrician at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
He retired in the late 1970s but continued to work, first as a campus police officer at Rutgers-Camden and later as a greeter at the Ames department store in Cinnaminson.
Mr. Thomas was first married to Ada Hall, but they later divorced. He was married to Lillian Watson in 1983.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Thomas is survived by daughters Gwendolyn Huggins and Dolores; son Jerry; two sisters; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
A viewing is 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at Janes United Methodist Church, 47 E. Haines St., Philadelphia. Services follow at 11 a.m. Burial is at Ivy Hill Cemetery.




Thursday, January 22, 2004

Russell C. Mueller | Sheet-metal worker, 92

Russell C. Mueller, 92, a retired sheet-metal worker and onetime sandlot football player who helped build the battleship New Jersey at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died of renal failure Saturday at his daughter's Audubon Park home.
Mr. Mueller, known to everyone as Moogie, was born in Camden and spent most of his life in Oaklyn.
When he was 18, he was a fullback for the Fair Hills Tigers, a sandlot football team, and met his future wife Dorothy Sherrer after she saw him play.
Vince Scriboni of Oaklyn was a boy when he saw Mr. Mueller play for the Oaklyn Oaks in the early 1930s.
"He was a wiry son of a gun, a good, hard-nosed player," Scriboni said, recalling that sandlot players were paid by passing a hat through the crowd.
Before and during World War II, Mr. Mueller was a leading welder at the shipyard, working on the New Jersey and other warships, including the Washington, another battleship.
After the war he became an ironworker and then a sheet-metal worker. He was a longtime member of Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local 19 in Philadelphia.
In 1966, while working in Fox Chase section of Philadelphia, Mr. Mueller fell 30 feet and impaled his leg on a threaded pipe. But he returned to work in three weeks, said his son, Bart.
After his wife died in 1973, Mr. Mueller married Mabel Bauer. She also died before him.
Besides his son, Mr. Mueller is survived by a daughter, Margaret Bendorf; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister.
Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Creran Funeral Home, 400 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn. Funeral services and interment will be private.
Memorial donations may be made to the Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local 19 Scholarship Fund, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia 19147.




Thursday, January 15, 2004

GLENN, JOHN A. of Coatesville, PA formerly of Phila in his 80th year, husband of Dorothy T. Leitner Glenn, father of Barbara J., Patricia J., Gary J. Funeral Mass at 11 AM, Sat. Jan. 17, 2004 at St. Cecilia Church, 6th Ave and Chestnut Sts., Coatesville. Friends may call 9:30 - 10:30 AM, Sat. at HARRIS-MOUNTAIN FUNERAL HOME, 1030 E. Lincoln Hwy, Coatesville. Int. St. Cecilia Cem., Coatesville.




Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Robert Cotton Womer (Bob), age 85, died peacefully at home on Sunday, December 28, after a brief illness.

He was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Central High School in 1935. Except for time served in the United States Navy during World War II, he was employed at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard from 1941 until 1977. At retirement, he was Superintendent of Public Works.

While employed at the Navy Yard, he was a member of the National Association of Superintendents, and held various offices in the Quartermen and Leadingmen's Association. He was a member of the National League of Masonic Clubs, Journers Association 901. He was also a member of Rotary International, District 7640 for more than 25 years and served as president of the Berlin Rotary Club.

Bob was an avid reader, stamp collector, and fisherman.

He was the beloved husband of the late Mabel E.(nee Stewart); father of Judith E. (Bernhard) Rosenstein of Evanston, IL, Bonnie L. (John) Adams of Williamstown, NJ, and Roberta L. (Derek) Low of Orlando, FL. He is also survived by six grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to either Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Drive, Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08053; or Berlin Rotary Club (please provide address).




Monday, January 05, 2004

Former Superintendent Woodworker Seymour Adlen passed away on December 31, 2003. The funeral service and interment was on Sunday January 4, 2004. He was survived by a daughter and two granddaughters.
Please post this notice on the obituary page.
Thank you
Jerry Fitzpatrick, General Foreman Shipwright(ret)




January 01, 2004

DePOLTER, ANDREW, on December 30, 2003, of Williamstown, N.J. Beloved husband of Catherine D. (nee McMahon), devoted father of Patricia A. Ham and her husband William of Andover, MA and Andrew G. DePolter and his wife Geri of Washington Twp., loving grandfather of Andrea, Patricia, Christopher, Amy Marie and Andrew, great grandfather of 11. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing Saturday 9 to 10:15 A.M. at the EGIZI FUNERAL HOME, 119 GANTTOWN RD., WASHINGTON TWP. Mass of Christian Burial 11 A.M. at St. John Neumann RC Church, Sicklerville. Interment private at the convenience of the family. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.egizifuneral.com




Saturday, December 20, 2003

Isadore Fickler | Clothier, 86

Isadore Fickler, 86, of Wynnewood, a retired children's clothier who was active with Jewish organizations, died of mesothelioma Wednesday at Lankenau Hospital.
Mr. Fickler grew up above the children's clothing shop owned by his parents in South Philadelphia and graduated from South Philadelphia High School. During World War II, he was a bookkeeper at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, where, his daughter, Arlene, said, he was exposed to the asbestos that doctors told him caused his lung disease.
While earning a bachelor's degree at night at Temple University, he met Rose Caplan. The couple married in 1949.
For many years Mr. Fickler and his brother, Max, operated a wholesale children's clothing business in Old City. He retired in 1985.
He was member of Congregation Beth T'Fillah in Philadelphia and organized the synagogue's holiday meals for the needy. He also was financial secretary of the Weizman Lodge of B'nai B'rith in Philadelphia.
In addition to his wife, daughter and brother, Mr. Fickler is survived by a son, David, and two grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Joseph Levine & Son Memorial Chapel, 7112 N. Broad St., Philadelphia. Burial will be in Montefiore Cemetery in Rockledge.
Memorial donations may be made to Congregation Beth T'Fillah, 7630 Woodbine Ave., Philadelphia 19151.




Saturday, December 13, 2003

E.J. Nangle Sr., 77, of Berwyn

Edward J. Nangle Sr., 77, of Berwyn, died Nov. 30 at Montgomery County Hospital in Norristown from injuries suffered when his car collided with a pickup truck in West Norriton Township, 15 days after his wife's death. He was a former member of the Lower Providence Township police force and a retired SEPTA bus driver.
His wife of 52 years, Claire Lauth Nangle, 73, died Nov. 15 of heart failure at Montgomery County Geriatric Center in Royersford, where she had been a resident for six years. He visited her every day.
"They were devoted to each other," their daughter Trish Luberda said. "The nurses would find them napping together every afternoon."
Mr. Nangle grew up in Ardmore. At 15, he lied about his age and enlisted in the Navy. During World War II, he served on the USS Franklin and other aircraft carriers in the South Pacific. After his discharge, he was a bus driver for what was then the Schuylkill Valley Bus Co. in Norristown. His future wife was one of his passengers. She was commuting from Norristown to her job at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. The couple were married in 1951.
In the 1950s and 1960s, he worked for Montgomery County as a radio dispatcher in the District Attorney's Office, and as a guard in the Montgomery County Prison. From 1964 to 1971, he was a police officer in Lower Providence Township before going back to work as a bus driver for SEPTA. He retired in 1992. Mrs. Nangle, who grew up in Jim Thorpe, worked as a sales clerk for Sears Roebuck & Co. in Norristown and at other part-time jobs after her children were grown. She loved to play Bingo, Luberda said, and to go bowling and dancing with Mr. Nangle.
Mr. and Mrs. Nangle were longtime residents of Trooper before moving to Berwyn in 1992.
The couple are survived by another daughter, Barbara D'Antonio; sons Edward Jr. and Craig; and 11 grandchildren. Mr. Nangle is also survived by three brothers.
A Funeral Mass for Mrs. Nangle was Nov. 19 at St. Colman Roman Catholic Church, Lancaster Avenue and Argyle Road, Ardmore, Pa. 19003. A Funeral Mass for her husband was said Tuesday at St. Colman's. They were buried in St. Denis Cemetery in Havertown.
Memorial donations may be made to the church.












November 27, 2003

WATSON, R. KENNETH, JR.

Age 50, of Aston Township, PA. Died Thursday, November 27, 2003 at Riddle Memorial Hospital.
He was a State Boiler Inspector for Pennsylvania Labor and Industry. He was previously employed at the Philadelphia Naval Yard as a Boiler Inspector for 15 years.
He was devoted to his home and family and served as a coach for the Aston Valley Baseball League.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Diane (nee Nicholls) Watson; two sons, Kenneth R. Watson and Brian D. Watson, both at home; his mother, Evelyn (nee Hess) Watson of Pennsauken, NJ; three sisters, Linda Corson of Palmyra, NJ, Diane Watson of Palmyra, NJ and Karen Basciani of Pennsauken, NJ. Also survived by several aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces.
Funeral service 10 AM Thursday from Fellowship Baptist Church, 209 Bethel Rd., Concord Twp., PA. Interment Media Cemetery, Media, PA. Friends may call 7:00 to 9:00 PM Wednesday and 8:30 to 9:30 AM Thursday at The MINSHALL-SHROPSHIRE FUNERAL HOME, Middletown (Rte #352) & Knowlton Rds., Middletown Twp., Media, PA.




November 27, 2003

James Ruggeri | Quality-control director, 91

James Ruggeri, 91, of Havertown, a retired quality-control supervisor for the Boeing-Vertol helicopter division, died Monday at Mercy Suburban Hospital in East Norriton of complications from Alzheimer's disease and pneumonia, which resulted in heart failure.
Mr. Ruggeri was raised on a farm in Hammonton, N.J., and joined the Navy as a teenager. He trained at the Naval Submarine Base in Connecticut and subsequently served as a gunner's mate on the USS Tennessee, USS Chicago and USS Bushnell. He was stationed in California and Hawaii.
After being discharged in 1933, Mr. Ruggeri married Nancy Mitidieri and settled in Philadelphia and later Havertown.
Mr. Ruggeri worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. He later joined Piasecki Helicopter in Morton, working as a quality-control supervisor. He remained with the company, which later became Boeing-Vertol, for more than 30 years.
He retired in the late 1960s.
Mr. Ruggeri bowled with several leagues, was skilled at growing near-cantaloupe-size tomatoes, and frequented flea markets, where he bought old bicycles to restore and resell.
In addition to his wife of 67 years, Mr. Ruggeri is survived by daughter, Joyce Colin, and one granddaughter.
A viewing will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, West Chester Pike and Manoa Road, Havertown. A Funeral Mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 919 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1100, Chicago, Ill., 60611-1676.




Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Jesse Lieberman | Radiation expert, 83

Jesse Lieberman, 83, of Center City, a pioneer in radiation safety, died Sunday of heart disease and cancer at Pennsylvania Hospital.
Born and raised in Center City, Mr. Lieberman earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1941 from the University of Pennsylvania.
During World War II, he worked as a civilian developing fuel for planes at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. After the war, he returned to Penn and earned a master's degree in chemical engineering.
Starting in the early 1950s, Mr. Lieberman was the chief of occupational environment with the city Department of Public Health.
He also studied the effects of X-rays, particularly as they were used in shoe stores to help customers get a good fit. They are no longer used for that purpose.
Mr. Lieberman worked in the industrial-hygiene division at the Naval Regional Medical Center from 1972 to 1986. He never retired, working the last 17 years for Rohm & Haas Co. and running his own consulting firm, Jesse Lieberman & Associates. He could converse on ancient Greece, economics and music, his niece Sharon Ash said.
In addition to his niece, Mr. Lieberman is survived by three other nieces and a nephew.
The funeral will be at noon today at Joseph Levine & Son, 7112 N. Broad St. Burial will be in Har Zion Cemetery.




November 24, 2003

James T. Cornell | Shipyard supervisor, 81

James T. Cornell, 81, of Wayne, a retired shipyard supervisor who helped Mummers strut on New Year's Day, died Thursday at his home of complications of Parkinson's disease.
As a teenager growing up in South Philadelphia, Mr. Cornell marched with Mummers Fancy Brigades on New Year's Day.
After going to work as a carpenter at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in 1940, he met another carpenter, Peter A. Broomall, founder of the Broomall String Band. He became drill instructor for the string band and later was drill instructor for the Uptown String Band.
During World War II, he served in the Navy as a gunner aboard ships in the Atlantic, the Pacific, and the Mediterranean. He was wounded twice and was awarded a Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster.
After his discharge, he returned to the shipyard. He retired as supervisor of the maintenance shop in 1980. For 15 years, until he retired again in 2000, he was maintenance supervisor at Rosemont School of the Holy Child.
Before moving to Wayne two years ago, Mr. Cornell had lived in Lansdowne for 40 years.
His wife, Mary Lamey Cornell, said her husband was a skilled craftsman who had built their summer home in Avalon.
In addition to his wife of 58 years, he is survived by two sons, Thomas and James; seven grandchildren, and two great-grandsons. A daughter, Jean Marie Kleinberg, died in 1978.
A Funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Monica Roman Catholic Church, 635 First Ave., Berwyn. Friends may call at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, West Conshohocken.
Memorial donations may be made to Parkinson's Research, APDA Lewis House, Crozer Chester Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Blvd., Upland, Pa. 19013.




November 20, 2003

Nicholas J. Cecere Jr. | Retired engineer, 71

Nicholas J. Cecere Jr., 71, a retired division director at the Naval Air Engineering Center in Lakehurst, N.J., died of complications from Parkinson's disease on Sunday at Mercy Suburban Hospital in East Norriton.
Mr. Cecere grew up in South Philadelphia and earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Drexel Institute of Technology, now Drexel University, in 1955.
He worked at Piasecki Helicopter, now Boeing, in Ridley Park, before joining the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard's Naval Air Engineering Center when it was in Philadelphia. Mr. Cecere retired in 1987.
Surviving are sister Bernice C. Colello and several nieces.
There will be a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. today at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, 428 S. Main St., North Wales. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon.
Memorial donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 225 City Ave., Suite 104, Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004.




November 12, 2003

Herbert Simms Sr., 76, embraced work

HERBERT SIMMS SR. had a motto by which he lived: "Look for the job no one wants to have and you make it yours. That's how you will survive and be successful in the world of work."
Simms was one of the first black machinists at Yale & Towne, and later excelled in his job as a supervisor for the Postal Service.
"He was an honest, average man," his son Herb Jr. said.
Simms died of complications from diabetes Thursday. He was 76 and a lifelong South Philadelphia resident.
He attended Bok Vocational-Technical High School and graduated from Standard Evening School.
About 5-foot-10, he was handsome with flawless dark skin and a megawatt smile.
He married Thelma Stroy in 1944, but the couple later divorced. He married Ernestine Williams in 1958.
Simms enlisted in the Army during World War II. He was a corporal and served in Germany. Not much is known about his military service, because he rarely talked about it.
After leaving the Army, he worked briefly at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Then he joined Yale & Towne, working as a machinist for the local lock-makers for the next 32 years.
He later went to work for the Postal Service, starting as a mail handler and working his way up to group leader and finally supervisor.
He also served as a union steward for 17 years before becoming a chief shop steward. He retired in 1988.
Simms loved to bowl. His average was in the high 190's, and he was on the bowling team at Yale & Towne. He would wear his yellow bowling shirt with his job's name inscribed on it and had his own name imprinted on his bowling ball.
He was very involved with the Masons.
"My grandfather was a Mason for 50 years, and it was in my family," his son said. "It's part of the history of South Philadelphia. That's where all the people would meet. That's how they stayed connected."
He was a member of O.V. Catto Elks Lodge. He then joined the the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons.
He was also a past commander of Lincoln American Legion Post 89 and was the drum major of the Drum and Bugle Corps, "Lincoln Invaders."
"The drum and bugle core was the first black drum and bugle corps in the state of Pennsylvania," his son said. "I was a member, and we traveled all over the country and participated in competitions."
Simms was an outstanding ballroom dancer known for his smooth moves. He loved gospel music, but his favorite music was jazz, especially female jazz singers like Gloria Lynne, Nancy Wilson and Dakota Stanton.
He was a devoted member of New Central Baptist Church for more than 50 years and served as president of the Men's Usher Board, sang on the male chorus and a was member of the Layman Ministry.
"The last year he had a double amount on dialysis. He had a rough time, and we are kind of happy he didn't have to suffer anymore," his son said. "He was in the hospital 20 out of 30 days a month. His body was just worn out. But he never gave up."
Besides his wife and son he is survived by five daughters, Senore Simms, Hilda Bey, Conchita Fields, Kimberly Simms and Nicole Simms; two other sons, Michael and Reginald; a sister, Senore Alexander; 14 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Services: 8 p.m. Friday at New Central Baptist Church, 2003 Lombard St. Friends may call at 5 p.m. Burial will be at Eden Cemetery in Collingdale.




Thursday, October 30, 2003

John Smith - x38, Progress

John Smith x38/Progress passed away this Monday. He had asbestosis and heart problems. The funeral will be this Saturday at St Jude's church in Blackwood NJ. Details are in Wednesday's Inquirer and Courier Post.




Saturday, October 25, 2003

William T. Anderson | Docking pilot, 68

William T. Anderson, 68, of Ocean City, Md., former chief docking pilot at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died Monday of lung cancer at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del.
For 20 years, Capt. Anderson directed tugboats maneuvering battleships, destroyers and aircraft carriers into the shipyard. His wife, Nancy Ciarmellano Anderson, said that among the vessels her husband docked were the USS Kitty Hawk, the USS Saratoga, and the USS New Jersey.
Capt. Anderson had a lifelong love of the sea. After growing up in Aldan, he enlisted in the Navy before graduating from Aldan High School. He served for two years in Pensacola, Fla., and then for two years aboard the destroyer USS Stephen Potter.
Following his discharge, he worked for 15 years aboard Taylor & Anderson Co. tugboats on the Delaware River and earned his pilot's and captain's licenses.
His wife said that after retiring in 1995, he began implementing his dream to live near the sea and boat for pleasure. Two years ago, he and his wife moved to Ocean City, Md., from their home in Broomall.
In addition to boating, Mrs. Anderson said her husband enjoyed golf, music and dancing. "He loved to jitterbug," she said. He had recently learned to tap dance. "He was light on his feet and had a great sense of rhythm," she said.
In addition to his wife of 42 years, Capt. Anderson is survived by son Ernie; daughters Gina Orr, Christy McHugh, and Bonnie Jean Sanginiti; a sister; a twin brother; and 10 grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. today at D'Anjolell Memorial Home, 2811 West Chester Pike, Broomall. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.
Memorial donations may be made to Lung Cancer Research, American Cancer Society, 1615 West Chester Pike, West Chester, Pa. 19382.




Tuesday, October 21, 2003

William Norwood Thomas, engineer, teacher, leader

William Norwood Thomas, a professional engineer, teacher, Army veteran of World War II and civic leader, died Oct. 13. He was 78 and lived in West Mount Airy.
Thomas had a varied professional career. He was a design engineer at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, the Frankford Arsenal, General Electric and Boeing-Vertol. He also worked with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. He was manager of the Hess Engineering Research Laboratory of Drexel University, and an assistant professor. He retired in 1998.
Thomas served in the Army in World War II and received battle stars for combat in France, Germany and the Mediterranean.
He and his wife, the former Virginia Dare Cutler, and a group of residents were founders of the Upper Wissahickon Civic Association.
Thomas was born in Duquesne, Pa., to Bertha and William Thomas. He attended public schools in Duquesne before entering the Army.
He received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, a master's in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's in mechanical engineering from Drexel University.
He was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Engineers Club of Philadelphia and was a charter member of the Penn Club of New York.
Thomas enjoyed golf, dancing and an occasional game of cards. He and his wife traveled extensively through the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, largely to play golf.
"He was a caring and thoughtful person who shared his talents with all," his family said. "He was dedicated to his family, his church and his community."
Besides his wife, he is survived by a sister, Alma Burgess.
Services: 11 a.m. today at Second Baptist Church of Germantown, 6459 Germantown Ave. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Ivy Hill Cemetery.




Saturday, October 04, 2003

Mabel Hattie Pressley, matriarch

AS A STUDENT at the McMichael Elementary School back in the '30s, little Mabel Smith had a habit of jumping up and giving her teacher a big hug. "She was just adorable," said her sister, Gladys Walden. "That charisma never left her."
Mabel Hattie Pressley, a woman who loved the arts, literature, poetry and the church, a sought-after tax consultant, outstanding cook and loving matriarch of a large family, died Sunday. She was 78. She lived in Willingboro, N.J., but was a longtime Philadelphian.
Mabel had wanted to be a teacher, a goal she never achieved, but, her sister said, "She was a teacher in many ways."
"Any incorrect grammar was instantly corrected," she said. "She inspired her children with her own motto - they could do anything they set their minds to."
She was born in Philadelphia to James L. Smith, who was also known as Melvin Tarwater, and the former Mary Lee.
After she graduated as salutatorian from McMichael, she attended Sulzberger Junior High School and West Philadelphia High.
After high school, she took a job as a waitress at the former Southern Teapot Restaurant in West Philadelphia, where she also learned some of the culinary skills that would endear her to family and friends in later years.
"I would sometimes cook for the grandchildren when she was sick," Walden said. "And they would say, 'It's not as good as Mom-Mom.' "
Mabel's favorite customer at the restaurant was a tall, quiet, handsome fellow named Henry Wilson Jenkins. They married in 1943, and a child was born. They later divorced.
She held a number of jobs throughout the 1940s, including at Campbell Soup in Camden, manager of the now defunct Oxford Loan Co., and a brief stint with the Philadelphia County Board of Assistance.
Toward the end of World War II, she took jobs at the Frankford Arsenal and the Marine Corps Depot.
In 1953, she married the late Rev. Samuel David Bryant. They had four children, and owned and operated a laundry, an auto repair garage and an apartment building. That marriage also ended in divorce.
She became a tour guide at the U.S. Mint, where her charm, outgoing personality and warmth earned her the title "Miss Personality."
"That tells a lot about what kind of a woman she was," her sister said.
After that came jobs at the Internal Revenue Service and the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
Pressley was baptized at Penn Memorial Baptist Church, later joined Monumental Baptist and then Resurrection Baptist, where she was involved in a number of church activities, including the Ever Readys women's choir.
In 1970, she met and married Deacon David Pressley Sr. They became involved with New Covenant Baptist Church and Wayside Ministries, where she became a Mother of the Church. Her husband died Aug. 11.
For a time, she was a fulltime homemaker and, her family said, "keeper of dreams for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren."
Then she enrolled in a tax preparation course at H & R Block and became a certified tax specialist.
"Just three days before she died, long after she retired, somebody came knocking on the door wanting her to work on their taxes," her sister said. "She was much in demand."
As charming as Mabel was, she could be "feisty," her sister said. "You couldn't pull the wool over her eyes. She was the boss."
She also is survived by two sons, Henry W. Jenkins Jr. and Samuel D. Bryant Jr.; three daughters, Laura L. Bryant, Sandra Bryant Good and Patricia L. Bryant; two other sisters, Norma Seamon and Joan DelLior; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Services: 11 a.m. today at Christ Temple AME Zion Church, 299 John F. Kennedy Way, Willingboro, N.J. Friends may call at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown, N.J.




Sunday, September 28, 2003

Edward F. Hagan Sr. | Shipyard engineer, 78

Edward F. Hagan Sr., 78, of Newtown Square, an engineer at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for more than 40 years, died Tuesday of complications of asbestosis at Delaware County Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Hagan grew up in West Philadelphia and graduated from West Philadelphia High School. During World War II, he served in the Army as a paratrooper and participated in the Normandy invasion.
After his discharge, he went to work at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard; he retired in 1990.
His daughter Margaret said her father loved baseball and enjoyed watching the Phillies on television and attending the games.
Mr. Hagan also is survived by his wife of 57 years, Gertrude McMenamin Hagan; daughters Pamela Reid and Leah Medlock; sons Edward, Robert and Thomas; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
A Funeral Mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2400 N. Providence Rd., Media. Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.




Wednesday, September 17, 2003

John E. Byrnes | Retired machinist, 82

John E. Byrnes, 82, formerly of Haddon Township, a retired machinist at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died of liver cancer Friday at his home in Palm Coast, Fla. He had lived in Haddon Township for many years before moving to Deerfield Beach, Fla., in 1981, and later to Palm Coast.
Mr. Byrnes served in the Navy during World War II as a machinist aboard the destroyer USS Jenkins. He received campaign medals for his participation in battles in Europe, Africa and the Pacific. He was cited for helping to assist medical personnel in the treatment of servicemen seriously wounded by enemy fire in the Philippines. After the war, Mr. Byrnes returned to Philadelphia, eventually settling in Haddon Township. He worked for a Philadelphia machine company for several years before he took a post at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. He worked there for more than 30 years, advancing to the position of chief quarterman, machinist marine.
He retired in 1980 and moved to Florida a year later.
Mr. Byrnes was a member of organizations including the VFW, the Italian-American War Veterans and the Tin Can Sailors Association. For many years, he fished regularly at the Shore.
He was married to Olga Rebechi in 1942.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Byrnes is survived by son John E. Jr.; daughter Christine A.; a brother; a sister; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Services were yesterday.
Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, Fla. 32129.




Wednesday, September 10, 2003

John M. DePietro | Machinist, Phils usher, 78

John M. DePietro, 78, of Glenolden, a retired machinist and an usher and ticket taker at Phillies games, died of heart failure Sunday at Hahnemann University Hospital.
For 19 years, until he was hospitalized last month, Mr. DePietro worked the Phillies games at Veterans Stadium. For many years he also was on the part-time staff at the Spectrum. "He would be at a baseball game," his son John said, "and then he would go across the street to help out with security at a concert at the Spectrum." For 14 years, until he retired in 1979, his full-time job was as a machinist for the city of Philadelphia. He had previously been a machinist for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for 15 years.
Mr. DePietro grew up in Wilkes-Barre. In 1953, he married Ann Cerra DePietro, and he moved to Philadelphia to work at the shipyard.
In the 1950s, he was an umpire for semipro baseball teams and later was a baseball coach and athletic director of the Catholic Youth Organization at St. Barnabas Roman Catholic Church in Southwest Philadelphia. He was a member of the St. Barnabas bowling team and competed in tournaments with the Professional Bowlers Association.
Active in politics, he was a judge of elections for many years and was a Republican ward leader in Southwest Philadelphia in the 1970s.
Since moving to Glenolden five years ago, he had been president of the Folcroft Seniors Club and was a member of the pinochle club in Glenolden.
"He was very social and busy," his son said, "but he always had time for us." As president of the DePietro Men's Club, he organized trips with friends and family to local sports events and to baseball spring training in Florida and on the West Coast.
Mr. DePietro is also survived by son James; a daughter, Nancy Capuano; a sister; and eight grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 1 Fatima Dr., Secane. Friends may call from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.
Memorial donations may be made to Phillies Charities Inc., Box 7575, Philadelphia 19101.




August 29, 2003

Francis X. Daly, Jr.
Retired Painter, 74

Francis X. Daly, Jr., 74 a retired Shipyard Painter, died Friday, 8-29-03, at home in Bellmawr.

A Bellmawr resident for over 41 years, he resided in Cape May, NJ for 5 years. He was born and raised in South West Philadelphia and attended West Catholic High School for Boys.

Fran was a Painter for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard from the mid-1980's until retiring from the Test Lab in 1993. Previously he worked for 30 years as an Electrotyper. He also served in the Naval Reserves for six years.

He was a member of the American Legion of Brooklawn, NJ & Cape May, NJ.

Fran enjoyed fishing, boating & watching his favorite hometown sports teams. But mostly he was devoted to his family.

He was a devoted husband of the late Patricia R. (nee Black). Beloved father of Pamela (Les) McFall and Patrice (Chuck) Fisher. Loving grandfather of Ryan P. and Evan T. Fisher. Dear brother of Maude Todd, Joan Goettel, MaryLou Pastore, Ann Receveur, the late Denise Schaffer, John and Robert Daly.

Friends are invited to attend the viewing Tuesday evening (9-2-03) 7 pm to 9 pm at the Gardner Funeral Home, 126 South Black Horse Pike, Runnemede, NJ.

Memorial donations made be made in Mr. Daly's memory to the Thomas Jefferson Hospital, Division of Medical Oncology Dept., 1025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Expressions of sympathy may be emailed to:
Condolences@GardnerFuneralhome.com




Saturday, August 23, 2003

Michael P. Pizzo | Financial analyst, 75

Michael P. Pizzo, 75, of Havertown, a retired financial analyst who was the former owner of a Penn Jersey Auto Parts in Audubon, died of heart failure Tuesday at Lankenau Hospital.
Mr. Pizzo was born in the Bronx, N.Y. He served as a fireman in the Navy during World War II.
After his discharge, Mr. Pizzo worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and then joined Boeing-Vertol in Ridley Park. He worked as a financial analyst for the firm until he left the company in the 1970s to operate his own business.
Mr. Pizzo opened a Penn Jersey Auto Parts and ran the business for 10 years before selling it and returning to Boeing-Vertol. He retired in 1990.
He was a member of the Temple Lutheran Church in Havertown and the American Legion Post No. 667. He enjoyed bowling, golf, gardening, and cooking Italian food.
He was married to Madeline Lambert Pizzo for 54 years.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Pizzo is survived by daughters Michelle M. Faber and Barbara J.; three brothers; and two grandchildren.
A viewing will be from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. today at Temple Lutheran Church, Brookline Boulevard and Earlington Road, Havertown. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Glenwood Memorial Gardens, Broomall.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, One Plymouth Meeting, Suite 520, Plymouth Meeting, Pa. 19462-1316.




Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Vincent Bognanni, vet with big heart OMAHA BEACH was a surreal horror.
Vincent Bognanni waded ashore with the silly song, "Besame Mucho," playing on the landing-craft radio.
"We're lying on the sand, getting raked by machine guns, and we're hearing this song," he told an interviewer in 1994.
The song ended when the landing craft was blown up.
Then, as the desperate men struggled up the bluffs from the beach, under withering fire, the soldier with the land-mine detector suddenly froze and wouldn't go any farther.
Bognanni and his men were told to shoot the man if he didn't move. That got him under way.
Brig. Gen. Norman Cota, a fellow Philadelphian, came up to the men at the base of the bluffs and said, "C'mon, why should we die here? Let's go up there and die." And thousands did die on Omaha, the deadliest of the five beaches on the Normandy coast in the great invasion of France on June 6, 1944, during World War II. Bognanni was wounded twice, but kept fighting. He was with his outfit, the 115th Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, through the war. He wound up with two Purple Heart medals and other decorations and the rank of master sergeant.
He died of cancer Thursday. He was 79 and was a lifelong resident of South Philadelphia.
Bognanni, called Jimmy by family and friends, was born in Philadelphia to Vincent and Philomena Bognanni. He graduated from Bok Vocational High School and entered the Army in 1942.
After the war, he went to work at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, starting as a tool and instrument maker and working his way up to planner and estimator. He retired in 1981 after 30 years.
He married Eva Recchuti in 1951.
Bognanni was an amazing jack-of-all-trades. He could quickly master any skill.
His son, Salvatore, a carpenter, used him on small jobs and his father took to carpentry as if he had been doing it all his life.
"He was great," his son said. "He could do anything. He could tear a motor down and put it back together, repair washing machines, dryers, sewing machines - whatever was broken, he could fix it. He taught me a whole lot.
"He was even a mathematician. He was fantastic at math. It's funny, but each of his grandchildren inherited one of his traits.
"He was a very loving father," Salvatore said. "He was very protective of all of us growing up. He never backed down from anybody. He was very tough."
But his generosity was legendary among family and friends.
"He was a very good friend," Salvatore said. "If you needed anything, he was there, not just the immediate family, but cousins, nephews and nieces, uncles, everybody."
"Vincent was a family man first and foremost," his family said in a statement.
"He put nothing ahead of his family. His fortune was his family. In his eyes, he was the wealthiest man alive, all because of his family and extended family."
His generosity extended to others as well.
"He would help a friend in need or a stranger without even thinking twice," the family said. "He knew how to do everything from tailoring to mechanical and construction. There was nothing Jimmy wouldn't tackle. No job was too small or too large."
Bognanni was a sports fan and played softball (first base) for the Navy yard team into his 50s. He was also an enthusiastic bowler, although he was never a champ. "He'd say, 'I do what I can do.' " his son said. "He was the best guy in the world. The house has been packed every day since he died. He was the kind of guy, if you met him, you loved him."
He also is survived by another son, Vincent; two daughters, Phyllis Piraine and Denise Chiaradonna; a sister, Theresa Morone, and seven grandchildren.
Services: Funeral Mass 11 a.m. today at Epiphany of Our Lord Church, 11th and Jackson streets. Friends may call at 9 a.m. at Gangemi's Funeral Home, Broad and Wolf streets. Burial will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.




Thursday, July 31, 2003

John "Jack" Vishio | Supervisor, welder, 86

John "Jack" Vishio, 86, of Conshohocken, a retired sheet metal supervisor and welding instructor, died of a ruptured aneurysm Monday at Montgomery Hospital Medical Center.
Mr. Vishio, a lifelong resident of Conshohocken, graduated from Conshohocken High School in 1936.
He worked as a welder at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard during World War II. He then joined the former Clermont Engineering company, where he worked as a supervisor for 20 years until the business closed.
In the mid-1970s, Mr. Vishio joined the Limerick nuclear power plant, working as a welder until his retirement in 1982.
He continued to work part time as a welding instructor at area high schools. Mr. Vishio taught welding at Central Montgomery County Vocational Technical School in Norristown, and Dobbins Vocational-Technical School and Kennedy Vocational Training Center, both in Philadelphia. He retired from teaching about five years ago.
Mr. Vishio was a member of Local 19 of the Sheet Metal Workers Union in Philadelphia and the senior citizens group at the Plymouth Community Center. He was a parishioner at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church in Conshohocken, where he was an usher and frequently helped out during bingo nights. He was a Fourth Degree knight of the Knights of Columbus.
He married Anna Choinski in 1942.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Vishio is survived by a son, John Jr.; a daughter, Sandra Caterbone; and four grandchildren.
A viewing will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at William A. Moore Funeral Home, 708 Fayette St., Conshohocken. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Oak and West Elm Streets, Conshohocken. Burial will be in St. Matthew Cemetery, Conshohocken.
Memorial donations may be made to the Bells of St. Mary's, St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, 140 W. Hector St., Conshohocken, Pa. 19428.




July 22, 2003

Rosemary Murphy Hart | Newspaper ad-taker, 74

Rosemary Murphy Hart, 74, of Drexel Hill, a newspaper ad-taker, who could sell ads even to difficult clients, died Friday of complications from emphysema at Delaware County Memorial Hospital.
In the 1950s, Mrs. Hart joined the classified advertising department of the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin as a part-time ad-taker. When her children were older, she worked full-time at the Bulletin until 1981. She then worked for the classified department of the Philadelphia Daily News and later sold ads for the combined Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Inquirer classified departments.
"She would get the most difficult clients because she was so aggressive," her son Joseph 4th said. For several years before she retired in 1991, she sold ads for the boat sales column. "She would see ads in other papers," her son said, and would call the sellers to get them to advertise in The Inquirer and the Daily News."
Mrs. Hart grew up in South Philadelphia. After graduating from John W. Hallahan High School in Philadelphia, she worked for several years as a secretary at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. In 1952, she married Joseph J. Hart 3d. He died in 2001.
"She was very smart," her son said. "She was good at math and loved to read." He said she enjoyed music and movies and was a big fan of The Golden Girls television show.
In addition to her son, she is survived by daughters Rosemary Hart and Jeanne Schatzman; a brother; and two grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass will be said tomorrow at St. Kevin's Church, 200 W. Sproul Rd., Springfield, Delaware County. Friends may call from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and after 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Kovacs Funeral Home, 530 W. Woodland Ave., Springfield. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon.




Tuesday, July 08, 2003

James DeAnnis; entrepreneur, community activist

A mentor, activist, and entrepreneur, James A. DeAnnis was devoted to improving his community.
Originally of Port Antonio, Jamaica, DeAnnis had been a Philadelphian since he moved here at the age of 12. He died June 28 at the age of 101.
He began his pursuit of entrepreneurship as a worker for Asher Candy Co., and eventually purchased a store at 15th and South streets. He was known for his hard work in the candy business until he lost his store during the Great Depression.
Despite that, DeAnnis did not quit. When denied employment at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, he wrote a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. After reading DeAnnis's letter, Roosevelt instructed Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox to intervene. DeAnnis was immediately hired.
DeAnnis began work as a marine pipe-fitter. He helped build the USS New Jersey, USS Wisconsin and other vessels, and helped repair several crippled Allied warships.
After World War II, he became a licensed plumber and eventually a building inspector for the City of Philadelphia, a job from which he retired.
Outside of work, DeAnnis was devoted to his community. He is the former president of the Wissahickon Boys Club, Westside Community Council, and a life member and co-founder of Center in the Park. He was a member of Star in the East Lodge 55, F&AM, and a charter member of Steward H. McCord Chapter #49 H.R.A.M.
Longtime friend Josephine Price said: "He was a walking history book. He knew everything about the Germantown area."
DeAnnis was known for fighting for the community. He organized the old Delaware Valley Housing Association to protest and vote against high-rise low-income projects. He lived to see the demolition of all housing projects in Philadelphia.
He is survived by a son, Kenneth; daughter-in-law Mary, granddaughter Pamalyn Williams, great-granddaughter Tonya Williams, step-granddaughters Susan Shelton and Sandra Copeland, and several other relatives, extended family and close friends, J.R Wilson, Josephine Price, Beverly Goynus, and Virginia Brothers.
Services: A memorial service will be held tomorrow night at 7 at Janes United Methodist Church, 47 E. Haines St.




June 22, 2003

William J. Carr, Sr.

William J. Carr, Sr. of the Oak Valley section of Deptford, NJ on June 22, 2003. Age 87 years.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Mr. Carr later moved to Oak Valley where he has resided for the past 23 years. He worked as a Pipefitter for the Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard for more than 35 years. In his spare time he enjoyed gardening, was an avid Philadelphia Sports fan and loved spending time with his family. Mr. Carr will be remembered as being a compassionate, Loving man who was a joy to spend time with.
He is the beloved husband of the late Mary. Devoted father of Geri Cox, Mary Jane Hazel, Patricia Abbott, Kathleen Donley, William J. Jr., and Arthur Carr, Sr. Grandfather of 18. Great grandfather of 19.
Viewing Wednesday morning 8:30 to 10:30 AM in the McGuinness Funeral Home, 34 Hunter Street, Woodbury, NJ.




Friday, June 27, 2003

Vincent J. Brogley | Navy employee, 87

Vincent J. Brogley, 87, a civilian Navy employee for more than 30 years, died Tuesday of heart failure at Riddle Village, a retirement community in Media.
Mr. Brogley was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and grew up in North Philadelphia near the old Connie Mack Stadium. His sister Virginia Heinz said that, as a child, her brother sold sandwiches and newspapers to fans and collected players' autographs.
He graduated from Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia, where he played football.
In the 1940s, he went to work as an apprentice machinist at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. He eventually became an analyst at the Naval Air Engineering Center in Lakehurst, N.J. After retiring as a Navy employee in 1978, he was an analyst for 10 years for Sanders & Thomas, an engineering company in Philadelphia.
Mr. Brogley married Margaret Brown in 1942. She died in the 1970s. In 1981 he married her sister, Alice. She died in 1999.
For more than 30 years, he was active with the Miraculous Medal Association in Germantown. He was a member of the Holy Name Society and was a former Eucharistic minister at St. David Church in Willow Grove.
Before moving to Riddle Village three years ago, Mr. Brogley had lived in Willow Grove for almost 20 years. He previously had lived in Philadelphia's West Oak Lane and Fox Chase sections.
In addition to his sister, he is survived by sons Charles and Daniel; a daughter, Beatrice; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother; and another sister.
A funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. today at St. Anastasia Church, 3301 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square. Friends may call from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. at Videon Funeral Home, 2001 Sproul Rd., Broomall. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon.




Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Anthony P. Musnick | Naval shipyard director, 84

Anthony P. Musnick, 84, of Cherry Hill, a retired director of shipbuilding and scheduling at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died of complications from lung and liver cancer Monday at the Cadbury Nursing Home in Cherry Hill.
Born in New York, Mr. Musnick studied engineering at Manhattan College before moving to the Philadelphia area to work at the shipyard.
He remained at the South Philadelphia plant for 30 years. He was promoted to deputy director of shipbuilding and scheduling in 1963 and director of the division in 1966. He retired in 1974.
He spent summers in Marmora, N.J., where he enjoyed fishing and riding a tandem bicycle on the boardwalk with his wife, Estelle Kukuruza Musnick.
Mr. Musnick painted oils, cooked special dishes for his family, and carved toys for his grandchildren. He was a ham-radio operator; his handle was K3OST.
Mr. Musnick lived in Broomall for 50 years in a home he built. In 2001, he and his wife moved to Cherry Hill.
In addition to his wife of 60 years, Mr. Musnick is survived by daughters Carol A. Gercke and Stephanie K. Karpell, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and one sister.
Friends may call after 11 a.m. Friday at St. Anastasia Church, 3301 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, where a Funeral Mass will be said at noon. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 216 Haddon Ave., Westmont, N.J. 08108.




Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Joseph P. McCarney | Electrician, 78

Joseph P. McCarney, 78, of Media, a retired electrician and former Boy Scout leader, died in his sleep of natural causes Friday in the home where he had lived since childhood.
Mr. McCarney was born in Philadelphia and had lived in Media since he was 2. After graduating from St. James High School in Chester, he served in the Navy in England during World War II.
After his discharge, he worked as an electrician at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for 33 years.
When his three sons were growing up, Mr. McCarney was active with the Boy Scouts and was a former Webelos Cub Scout den leader.
He enjoyed fishing, camping, cooking vegetables he grew in his garden, and spending time with his grandchildren.
His wife of 33 years, Lorraine McGuirk McCarney, died in 1983. Mr. McCarney is survived by sons Thomas, Hank and Dan; daughters Ellen Hanway, Maureen Decker, Carol Clark, Catherine Herman and Eileen Baker; a sister; and 18 grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Rigby Harting & Hagan Funeral Home, 15 E. Fourth St., Media. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 to 10 a.m. tomorrow at the funeral home. Burial will be in Edgewood Memorial Park, Glen Mills.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 625 Ridge Pike, Conshohocken, Pa. 19428.




April 30, 2003

Julian Holowchak | Retired engineer, 71

Julian Holowchak, 71, of Logan, a native of Ukraine and a retired engineer for the Department of Defense, died of complications after brain surgery April 23 at Albert Einstein Medical Center.
Mr. Holowchak moved to Chesapeake City, Md., in 1949 from Ukraine and then to Bristol in 1951. He joined the Army in 1954, serving as an infantryman in Korea before being discharged in 1955.
He studied at Pennsylvania State University's Abington campus for two years and then attended Drexel University.
He moved to Logan in 1960 and worked for Philadelphia's Licenses and Inspections Department for a few years in the early 1960s.
He earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1966 from Philadelphia Military College (now Widener University).
Mr. Holowchak worked as a mechanical engineer for the Defense Department in Lakehurst, N.J., and later at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard until 1971. He worked at the Defense Department's Personnel Support Center in South Philadelphia for 26 years, retiring in 1997.
Mr. Holowchak was active in the Ukrainian American community. He belonged to the St. Sophia Society and played center-forward for the Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals soccer team in the 1950s.
Mr. Holowchak is survived by his wife of 45 years, Olena Pak Holowchak; daughters Chrystyna McIntyre, Roxolana Holowchak and Alexandra Webster; a son, Andrij; and five grandchildren.
Friends may visit at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Nasevich Funeral Home, 109 E. Tabor Rd., Olney. A service will be held at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, and a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 at Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1627 W. Cayuga St., Logan. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, 438 Cedar Rd., Elkins Park.




April 14, 2003

MARTINELLI ALEXANDER M., April 14, 2003, ``UNCLE DO', of S.W. Phila., loving husband of Phyllis (nee Scotese), devoted father of Susan (Michael) Ciancaglione; brother of Evelyn Gillespie, Paul and Michael Martinelli. Relatives and friends and members of V.F.W. Post 822 are invited to his VIEWING AND FUNERAL MONDAY 8:30 A.M., THE STIGALE MEMORIAL HOME, 6316-18 Elmwood Ave. Funeral Mass 10:30 A.M. St. Irenaeus Church. Interment Holy Cross Cem.




April 14, 2003

HUGHES, THOMAS F.

On April 10, 2003, Thomas of Erial, NJ age 63 years.
Beloved husband of Joan F. (nee Martino). Survived by daughter Tara Lee (Jeffrey) Hughes-Edel of Voorhees, NJ. Brother Robert (Rita) Hughes of Williamstown, NJ. Sister's Elaine Jones of Jonesboro, GA, and Carol Lazzaro of Naples, FL.
Thomas was a pipe coverer/fitter with the Phila. Navy Yard. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the K of C Council #9193.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the viewing Tuesday 7-9pm and Wednesday 8:45-9:15 am at the ORA L. WOOSTER FUNERAL HOME - 51 Park Blvd., Clementon, NJ. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 am at St. Edwards R.C. Church. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery




April 12, 2003

Eleanor Jean Delaney | Homemaker, 79

Eleanor Jean Delaney, 79, a homemaker in West Chester, died Tuesday in Chester County Hospital after suffering a heart attack.
Mrs. Delaney devoted herself to her family, but she was also a dedicated rock collector and gardener and taught Sunday school classes at Advent Lutheran Church, where she had been a member.
She was also a longtime Girl Scout leader. She began leading troops at age 18, said her son Alan, and was invited to meet Lady Agnes Baden-Powell when the founder of Girl Scouting visited Philadelphia in 1941.
Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Delaney graduated from Olney High School in 1941. During World War II, she worked as a secretary at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. During her tenure there, she watched the launch of two celebrated battleships, the USS Wisconsin and the USS New Jersey.
During a postwar stint as a secretary at Temple University, she met Horton Delaney, who was a graduate student there. The two married in 1949. Mr. Delaney died in 2000.
Besides Alan, survivors include two other sons, Blaine and Don; daughters Jean Popeck and Beth Evangelista; 12 grandsons; and one granddaughter.
A viewing will be held at 9 a.m. today at Mauger Givnish Funeral Home, 24 Monument Ave. in Malvern, followed by a service at 10. Interment will be in Lawnview Cemetery in Rockledge.




March 26, 2003

Charles E. Cooper, beloved coach

YOU MIGHT not have appreciated the advice you got from Charles Edward Cooper at the time he gave it, but when you looked back you thought maybe he had something after all.
"We didn't always appreciate what he was telling us," said his daughter, Toni Yvette Rudisill, "but looking back, I'm glad I listened."
"He was the kind of guy who would give you advice soon after you met him."
Cooper, retired Philadelphia Naval Shipyard supervisor, an organizer and coach of athletic teams in nearly every sport, founder of a busy van service and devoted churchman, died Thursday. He was 65 and lived in North Philadelphia.
He was born in Winding Gulf, W.Va., the fifth of eight children of Denver David Cooper and Sarah Elizabeth Mitchell Cooper.
He was educated in the Beckley, W.Va., school system and graduated from Stratton High School in 1954. He came to Philadelphia in 1955.
Cooper joined the Army in 1960 and served three years.
He worked for Connelly Containers, the Philadelphia Tribune as a courier and the U.S. Mint before going to the shipyard, where he was supervisor of supplies. He retired in the early 1990s after more than 30 years of service.
His work with athletic teams was a big part of his life. He organized and coached the Allegheny Rams football team and managed the Allegheny Angels girls' softball team.
He also started and coached other teams in baseball and basketball.
"He enjoyed working with young people," his daughter said.
And the young people responded. He was their mentor and surrogate father as well as their coach.
"For some of the kids, he was the only father they had," Toni said.
"He was very demanding. He wouldn't settle for anything less than your best."
The kids called him "Mr. Coop."
"Even after he stopped coaching, he still went to the games," his daughter said.
"He was a dependable, hard-working man," she said. "He was a well-respected and loved community leader."
Cooper was active with the Christian Hope Baptist Church, which he joined in 1966. He participated in many church activities and was a member of the senior usher board, board of trustees, Pastor's Aide Society and was church treasurer.
He and his wife, the former Shevla Jean Render, of Mount Hope, W.Va., were married in 1963.
After his retirement, Cooper began operating a van service that took private school children to their schools and ferried church groups and members of other organizations to various events.
He took a delegation to the Million Man March in Washington in 1995.
"He was known to many as a kind, loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle and brother," his daughter said. "He spent his life reaching out to others."
Cooper enjoyed traveling. He and his wife would go back to their roots in West Virginia, and also visited other points in the South as far away as Florida. He also traveled to France and Spain.
He was an avid fisherman. He had his own boat when he was young, but in later years was content to take party boats out of Crisfield, Md.
He was also a fervent fan of local pro sports teams.
"He created long and lasting friendships," his daughter said. "Sometimes he would tell me things I didn't want to hear, but I see now that he made a real difference in my life."
Besides his wife and daughter, Cooper is survived by two sons, David Harold and Derome Edward Cooper; four sisters, Arnethia Stokes, Vera Hillian, Wanda Diane Copney and Derondia Hines; two brothers, Robert Cooper Sr. and James Cooper, and eight grandchildren.
Services: 11 a.m. today at Christian Hope Baptist Church, 26th Street and Girard Avenue. Friends may call at 9 a.m.
Burial will be in Mount Peace Cemetery, 31st Street and Lehigh Avenue.




March 22, 2003

Andrew J. Fabian | Ex-Navy Yard worker, 43

Andrew J. Fabian, 43, of Mount Ephraim, a former employee of the Philadelphia Navy Yard who started his own business when the yard closed, died of a heart attack Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden.
Mr. Fabian was born in Camden. He grew up in Bellmawr and was a 1978 graduate of Triton Regional High School in Runnemede. He studied for two years at Drexel University.
Mr. Fabian then worked several jobs, including positions at a printing press and a manufacturing company, before he joined the Philadelphia Navy Yard workforce in the early 1980s. He served an apprenticeship in electronics, then repaired and maintained ship computers and radar systems.
When the yard closed in 1996, Mr. Fabian started a construction and handyman business.
In 1985, he married Robin O'Neill. The couple had been students in the same kindergarten class and later in the same high school but didn't begin dating until several years after graduation.
Mr. Fabian enjoyed making furniture and stained glass for family members and friends.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Fabian is survived by son Andrew; daughter Michelle; parents Charles and Regina Sorbicki Fabian; two sisters; and a brother.
A viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Gardner Funeral Home, 126 S. Black Horse Pike, Runnemede, where services will begin at 8 p.m.




February 9, 2003

Daniel E. Molony

MOLONY DANIEL E., age 52 on Feb. 7, 2003, sadly missed by his best friend and wife, Barbara, 2 sisters, 2 brothers and 3 children. Relatives, friends, and members of the James Froggy Carr N.Y.A. and the I.L.A. Local 1291 are invited to his Funeral Mon. 11 A.M. and Services 1 P.M. MURPHY-RUFFENACH FUNERAL HOME, 3rd and Wolf Sts. Int. New St. Mary's Cem., Bellmawr, N.J.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Daniel's memory may be made to The American Cancer Society, 1626 Locust St., Phila., PA 19103.




February 11, 2003

John E. Rightley, 76, body-shop owner

JOHN E. RIGHTLEY, auto- body-shop owner, WWII veteran and all-around character, died Saturday of congestive heart failure. He was 76 and lived in Broomall.
Born in Chester in 1926, Rightley grew up as one of 13 children in West Philadelphia. He enlisted in the Navy at 17 and served in the Pacific with the 56th Construction Battalion, known as the "Seabees." While stationed in Guam, Rightley helped to build airstrips and roads.
In 1951, he met Jeanne Armstrong in Wildwood, N.J., and the two were married the next year, settling in West Philadelphia before moving to Broomall in 1954.
Rightley worked as a welder in the Philadelphia Navy Yard before opening John's Auto Body in Broomall in 1954. His son Jeffrey worked for his father for the past 30 years and runs the shop.
Jeffrey recalls that his father loved putting people on. "One time my mother walked in and he's watching the History Channel. Something about the sea. She asked what he was watching and he told her 'Oh, the Loch Ness monster died and they're bringing him to the surface.' "
Rightley's neighbor, Dan Pellegrino, remembers the same jokester. "He always had a funny story. You didn't know whether to believe him or not."
"He had a nickname for everybody," said his wife, Jeanne, whom Rightley nicknamed "Je-sus Christ Jeanne." "Every time I took a wrong turn in the car, he'd say, "Oh, Jesus Christ, Jeanne!' " she laughingly recalled.
"My friends call me that. I have a friend who has a friend who's never met me but asks her, 'How's Jesus Christ Jeanne?' "
Rightley also nicknamed Gregory "Dudley" Smith, an employee at John's for 25 years whom he loved as his own son.
Rightley semi-retired from the shop about a decade ago, although he still came in every morning to open up the place and feed the stray cats he allowed to stay there. Rightley, who stood 5-feet-8 and had wavy, white hair and brown eyes, wore blue shirts and blue pants almost exclusively. On Sundays, he and Jeanne would dress up and go out for breakfast. Rightley enjoyed French toast and eggs with corned beef hash.
Rightley suffered from diabetes and macular degeneration, an eye disease that left him with only peripheral vision two years ago.
Before his vision deteriorated, Rightley loved to sail his family along the Delaware River in his 38-foot boat called "Wishes and Dreams."
He sailed in style, Jeanne remembers. "He would put John Philip Sousa on and open up the horn, and everyone would know he was coming."
Rightley loved Sousa, as well as classical music like Brahms and Beethoven, and the songs of the Three Tenors.
"He treated us like his kids and always took care of us," neighbor Pellegrino said of him and his wife, Krissy. "We could ask him anything."
He was widely and affectionately known as the "Old Man," said Jeffrey. "Even old men called him the Old Man. His presence just demanded respect. He was like an icon."
"The Old Man was a jack of all trades. He had a common knowledge about the mechanics of all things. He changed pickup trucks more than people change their underwear," kidded Jeffrey of his father, whose most recent truck was a navy 2002 Ford F-150.
"He's quite a character," said Jeffrey. "He's gonna be sorely missed. He was a mentor, teacher, boss and father. I lost it all in one swoop."
Besides his wife and son Jeffrey, he is survived by another son, John M.; a daughter, Jan; three brothers, James, Robert and Joseph; two sisters, Helen Monroe and Margaret Nash, and four grandchildren, Joseph, Jessica, Ty and Jennifer.
Services: Viewing tomorrow 9-10:30 a.m. at the D'Anjolell Memorial Home, Broomall. Mass 11 a.m. at St. Anastasia Church, Newtown Square. Rightley will be cremated.
Contributions may be made in Rightley's memory to the American Diabetes Association, One Plymouth Meeting, Suite 520, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 or to Macular Degeneration Research c/o Wills Eye Hospital, 840 Walnut St. Phila, PA 19107.




January 31, 2003

Anthony J. Nicodemo | Pipe fitter, 79

Anthony J. Nicodemo, 79, a retired pipe fitter who was a prisoner of war during World War II, died Tuesday of pneumonia at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Philadelphia.
A lifelong resident of South Philadelphia, Mr. Nicodemo joined the Army in 1943. He was sent to Europe, where he was reported missing in action in January 1945. For several months, his family, including his father, Pascal, a Philadelphia mounted police officer, did not know what had become of him.
But in April 1945, word came from the War Department that Mr. Nicodemo had been liberated from a German prison camp.
Mr. Nicodemo returned to civilian life and a job at the Philadelphia Navy Yard as a pipe fitter. He also worked at the Quartermaster Depot. He retired more than 15 years ago.
Mr. Nicodemo is survived by his wife of 56 years, Olga; sons Anthony, Joseph and Ronald; a daughter, Terry; two brothers; and six grandchildren.
A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Baldi Funeral Home, 1331 S. Broad St. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Monica Catholic Church, 17th and Ritner Streets. Burial will be at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Marple Township.




January 29, 2003

Vincent G. Iannello | Carpenter, 87

Vincent G. Iannello, 87, a retired carpenter, died Monday of multiple organ failure at Mercy Hospital in Darby.
He had been a longtime resident of Drexel Hill.
Born in Italy and the oldest of four children, Mr. Iannello trained as a cabinetmaker before being brought to West Philadelphia in 1934 by his father, Giovanniti, the first in the family to emigrate.
Mr. Iannello served in the Marine Corps and then, after he was discharged in 1940, was a civilian employee of the Philadelphia Navy Yard during World War II.
As a carpenter, he worked for several construction companies in the Philadelphia region, including the last 20 years with Daniel Keating Construction of Villanova. He retired in 1982.
Mr. Iannello is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rita; a son, Vincent; daughters Marie Shirlow and Frances DeStefano; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, Turner Avenue between Bond and Marvine Avenues in Drexel Hill. Friends may call at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Marple Township.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Bernadette Church, 1035 Turner Ave., Drexel Hill, Pa. 19026.




January 25, 2003

Harry J. Applegate

Harry Joseph "Bud" Applegate, 50, of 3204 Old Tanbark Road, luray, died Friday, Jan. 24, 2003, at his home. Mr. Applegate was born March 28, 1952, in San Diego, Calif., and was a son of the late Harry Elmer Applegate and Mary Cecelia Rafferty Applegate of Bellmawr, N.J.
He was raised and lived in Bellmawr, N.J. until 1974. He was an Navy veteran and a program analyst for the Department of Defense, retiring in 1999. He was member of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.
On Oct. 4, 1974, he married Barbara Ellen Perrott, who survives. In addition to his mother and wife, he is survived by a son, Patrick Joseph Applegate of Anchorage, Alaska; two daughters, Kristine Marie Avandee, of Woodbridge and Elizabeth Ann Applegate of Luray; two brothers, Thomas Applegate and Kenneth Applegate, both of New Jersey; two sisters, Nancy Alminde and Beth Einsel, both of New Jersey; and two grandchildren.
Father Christopher Lemme will conduct the funeral Mass 11 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. Burial will be at Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Bradley Funeral Home in Luray with a Rosary at 4 p.m.




January 22, 2003

John McGinley | Retired electrician, 60

John "Jack" McGinley, 60, a retired electrician, died Monday of complications associated with rheumatoid arthritis at his home in Aston, Delaware County. He was a resident of Aston for 31 years.
Mr. McGinley grew up in Southwest Philadelphia and graduated from John Bartram High School in 1960 before joining the Navy. He served as a radarman aboard the destroyers USS Douglas H. Fox and USS Barney.
After the service, he learned the electrical trade while working at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. He then spent 21 years with Scott Paper, retiring in the mid-1990s.
Mr. McGinley was a devoted family man who loved to spend time at his summer home in North Wildwood, N.J.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Donna; daughters Lori McGinley, Donna Gatta and Shirley Tardif; one brother; and five grandchildren.
A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Minshall-Shropshire Funeral Home, Middletown and Knowlton Roads, Media. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 256 Concord Rd., Aston. Burial arrangements are private.
Memorial donations may be made to the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, 219 N. Broad St., Suite 2, Second Floor, Philadelphia 19107.




December 20, 2002

Frank Dombkoski, 82, decorated vet

FRANK C. Dombkoski, Army Air Corps veteran of World War II who flew 66 combat missions in the Mediterranean theater, retired employee of the old Frankford Arsenal and the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and a businessman, died Tuesday. He was 82 and lived in Bridesburg.
Dombkoski received the Air Medal with two clusters for his service as a gunner with the 47th Bombardment Group of the 86th Squadron, one of the busiest combat units in the war.
The 47th saw action at the critical battle of Kasserine Pass in Tunisia in 1943, where it flew a sortie every two minutes, and later supported troops during the invasion of Sicily.
The unit endured two years and 10 months of continuous combat duty and won many citations before it was rotated home at the end of the war in Europe in 1945.
Dombkoski was born in Philadelphia to Konstanty and Stella Dombkoski. Although he did not graduate from high school, he earned his GED in the service. He attended Drexel University for three years after the war.
He worked with his father, who operated an auto repair garage in Bridesburg, where his mechanical aptitude became apparent.
He worked at the old Frankford Arsenal until it closed in 1977. He helped develop a diagnostic system for tanks, so that commanders could have an idea of how long the engines would run before needing repair. The technology was later transferred to automobiles.
Moving on to the Naval Shipyard, Dombkoski worked with the Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station, recalibrating gauges.
"Now they just throw them away," said his son, Stephen P. Dombkoski.
"They used to fix them."
He retired in 1986.
While working at these jobs, he and his wife, the former Fay Dadura, operated the Kensington Dress Co., making dresses on contract with manufacturers.
"My father would repair the sewing machines," his son said. "My mother ran the business."
The couple also ran Fay's Fashion Boutique in Bridesburg for a time. His wife died in 1993.
He and his wife were great dancers. Any affair that included dances saw them cutting the rug with great gusto.
Dombkoski was also a connoisseur of good food, especially Polish fare, and he and his wife enjoyed going out to restaurants.
"He was famous for his potato pancakes," his son said. "He would travel to Wilkes-Barre and return with 55 gallons of batter."
The whole family would pitch in to fry the pancakes, called placki z kartofli in Polish, for any event that called for a lot of food.
Dombkoski was a skilled craftsman who made stained-glass lamps in the Tiffany style, and made opal jewelry in his home workshop.
But his passion in later years became flying radio-controlled model planes, which he made himself.
He and fellow members of the Northeast Philadelphia Radio Control Club would go to the grounds of the old Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry to fly the planes. "Many a time he would go tramping through the mud to retrieve the planes," his son said. His father was also a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics.
He was active with his church, St. John Cantius, as a lector and was a member of the Holy Name Society and the Golden Agers.
He also was treasurer of the Polish Beneficial Association Group 60, a member of Men of Malvern and the American Legion.
"He was always available to us," Stephen said. "He was always willing to help. We got a lot of good advice from him."
Dombkoski also is survived by another son, Frank P.; two daughters, Margaret and Theresa Dombkoski; a brother Walter J; a sister, Sue Dombkoski; his companion, Hollie Jarecki, and three grandchildren.
Services: Funeral Mass 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. John Cantius Church, Thompson Street above Orthodox.
Friends may call at 6 this evening at the Sucharski Funeral Home, 2324 Margaret St., and at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow.
Burial will be in Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Richmond Street near Orthodox.


December 04, 2002

Joseph G. Lieb Jr.

LIEB JOSEPH G. JR., age 46, on Dec. 2, 2002, formerly of Grays Ferry, beloved husband of Marie (nee Whalin), loving father of Joseph, Kristy and Jillian, beloved son of Joseph ``Reds' and the late Helen (nee Hoeke), dear brother of Charles, Gregory (Kathy), Timothy (Bonnie), Mary Beth McGuire (James) and James, dear brother-in-law of Joseph Whalin, Michael Whalin and Kathy LaBarr (Thomas), sadly missed by his many cousins, nieces and nephews. Relatives, friends and members of Friends for Joe Lieb, Boiler Makers of the Phila. Naval Ship Yard and Local 1201 are invited to his Viewing Thurs. Eve. 6 to 9 P.M. and Funeral Mass Fri. 9:30 A.M., Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 3rd and Reed Sts., Phila., PA 19147. Int. SS. Peter and Paul Cem. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Joe's memory to Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. Arr. by MURPHY-RUFFENACH FUNERAL HOME




November 26, 2002

Anthony J. Pratico Sr. | Estimator, 69

Anthony J. Pratico Sr., 69, a retired planner and estimator who enjoyed coaching youth sports, died Saturday of a heart attack at his home in Northeast Philadelphia. Mr. Pratico worked at the Philadelphia Navy Base for 37 years as a planner and estimator, traveling the world to take part in refurbishing Navy ships on active duty. He retired in 1989.
Mr. Pratico, who had been a resident of the Northeast since the early 1960s, coached baseball and other youth sports for Far Northeast AA, Parkwood YO and St. Anselm CYO.
He grew up in South Philadelphia and graduated from Southeast Catholic High School, now St. John Neumann High School, in 1952. He was an Army veteran.
Mr. Pratico is survived by his wife of 46 years, Anna; sons Anthony Jr. and Francis; three sisters; two brothers; and five grandchildren.
Viewings will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 to 10 a.m. tomorrow at John F. Givnish Funeral Home, 10975 Academy Rd.
A Funeral Mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Anselm Catholic Church, 12669 Dunks Ferry Rd. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem.




November 21, 2002

Alexander Coles, cared for the elderly

THE OFTEN lonely and forsaken residents of the Riverview Home had one thing to brighten their lives: The daily arrival of Alexander Coles. Coles, a resident care aide in the men's section of the home, always arrived bright and cheerful, usually with a joke to make his charges laugh, always with an attitude easily perceived - that he loved them all.
He would take care of their needs, encourage them with hope and humor, take them on excursions - frequently on his day off - make sure they could see the ball games on TV, buy them little presents.
"They'd be waiting for him to show up," his wife, the former Diane Simmons, said. "Many of them were alone. They had no families that cared about them, or no families at all. He gave them something to look forward to."
Coles, employed for seven years at the city's home for the ill and aging in the Northeast, Army veteran of Vietnam, union official, history buff and devoted family man, died of a heart attack Friday. He was 52 and lived in Frankford.
He was born in Philadelphia and raised by his grandparents, William H. and Laura Coles. He graduated from Edison High School and enlisted in the Army in 1967. He trained with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Benning, Ga., where he received an award for a 50-mile run completed in one day.
Coles served in Korea before being shipped to Vietnam as a member of the Special Forces. He was discharged in 1970.
He worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard as an electrician until it closed. He then went to work for the city at the Riverview Home. He became a shop steward with Local 159, AFSCME District Council 33.
"He fought for his fellow union members when he needed to," his wife said. "He was always into fairness for everyone. That was his life. He was always that way." She met him after he left the Army and they were married in 1970. "You meet someone and you just know that he's going to be your soul mate," she said.
With the Riverview patients, "he had a special gift for encouragement," his wife said. "If it was somebody's birthday, he'd go out and buy them a present. He bought an alarm clock for a man who tended to oversleep and miss breakfast.
"He'd get a Sixers hat for a man. Just little things that mean so much. His heart was with his job. The men will miss him terribly."
When the men went on excursions to the Pennsylvania Dutch country, or Atlantic City or Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Coles went with them, even on his days off, helping them in and out of the bus, getting them into their wheelchairs.
"He loved his work," his wife said. "The residents loved him. He was like their buddy."
"He was a nice, quiet man," said Donald Moore, president of Local 159. "He really cared about the men. He was excellent at his job."
"He was a giving person," his wife said, "a giving husband, a loving father. Everybody took to him."
Coles enjoyed fishing along the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers, liked a good game of chess. But his addiction was reading history books.
"I told him he should have been a history teacher," his wife said.
He also was a dog lover, and was considerably broken up a year ago when the family dog, Damien, a Rottweiler, died at the age of 7.
"He would tuck us in at night," Diane said of the dog. "He would make sure we were safely in bed before he'd go downstairs to his own bed."
The family was considering getting another dog, perhaps this Christmas, but his wife said she couldn't think about that now.
Coles also is survived by two daughters, Monique and Alexandria; two sons, Lamarr Coles, a police officer assigned to the 19th district, and Andre Coles, and six grandchildren.
Services: 11 a.m. tomorrow at Rose of Sharon Apostolic Church, 1216 W. Lehigh Ave. Friends may call at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Ivy Hill Cemetery, Wadsworth and Woolston avenues.




November 19, 2002

Charles A. Sizer, an old-fashioned dad

CHARLES A. SIZER was an old-fashioned dad. Not overly affectionate maybe, but always there when he was needed.
"We sat on mom's lap," said his daughter, Patricia Hill.
The kids might not have sat on Dad's lap, but they knew that whatever they needed he would be there for them.
"He was a good provider," his daughter said. "He took care of us."
Sizer, who worked for 29 years as a carpenter at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, was a wizard with wood, standout bowler, Navy veteran and devoted grandpop. Sizer died Thursday. He was 82 and had lived in Roslyn before moving to a nursing home in Blue Bell in recent years.
He was born in Philadelphia the 12th of 14 children of Walter and Estelle Sizer. He grew up in North Philadelphia and was educated in Philadelphia public schools.
Sizer served in the Navy in World War II, then went to work as a carpenter at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. He came back to Philadelphia in 1956 and started at the Naval Shipyard. He retired in 1985.
He married the former Helen Johnson in 1940. She died in 1997.
When he was living in Mount Airy, Sizer set up a woodworking shop in his garage, where he turned out bookcases, dressers, chests and various other items of furniture.
He might have had a tidy business selling his handmade furniture, but he did it all for his family.
"Whatever we wanted he made for us," Patricia said.
When he wasn't working in his shop, he might be enjoying a solitary game of pool in the family room, or bowling with his buddies.
"He was a good bowler," his daughter said. "He bowled in two leagues."
When Patricia and her husband, the Rev. Ronald K. Hill, bought a big house in Willow Grove, her father set to work converting it into a duplex.
"He did it by himself," she said, "although we helped him. He was a tough boss; we were expected to jump."
Sizer was always willing to put himself out wherever he was needed, and church was one place where he was needed.
He was a member of Woodcrest United Church of Christ, Thouron Street and Mount Pleasant Avenue, Mount Airy, then a couple of years ago, joined McKinley Memorial Baptist in Willow Grove.
"Mom was very active in church," Patricia said, "but Dad would do anything to help out."
The arrival of grandkids melted the old man's heart. "He was very active in their lives," his daughter said. "The grandkids loved him. He willingly gave his time to them."
Sizer also is survived by two sons, Charles Sizer Jr. and Ronald Sizer Sr.; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He outlived all his siblings.
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday at McKinley Memorial Baptist Church, 214 Cedar Ave., Willow Grove. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Ivy Hill Cemetery, Wadsworth and Woolston avenues.




November 5, 2002

Stanley J. Pontoski | WWII veteran, 84

Stanley J. Pontoski, 84, a retired Philadelphia Naval Shipyard worker who survived the sinking of a destroyer in the South Pacific during World War II, died Saturday of lung cancer at Holy Redeemer Hospital.
He was a resident of Northeast Philadelphia and had lived for many years in Glenside.
Mr. Pontoski, who served in the Navy from September 1940 to December 1946, was a machinist's mate aboard the destroyer USS Gwin when it was torpedoed by the Japanese in July 1943 during the Battle of Kolombangara off the Solomon Islands. Sixty-one men from the ship perished. The Gwin and her crew received five battle stars for service in World War II; Mr. Pontoski earned a total of eight, along with a Philippine Liberation ribbon, among other medals.
Mr. Pontoski, who grew up in Philadelphia and learned plumbing at a trade school, was a mechanic at the Navy Yard, retiring in 1976.
He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2819.
Mr. Pontoski is survived by his wife of 41 years, Patricia; sons Paul, Thomas, Stephen, Michael and Joseph; daughters Therese Harkey and Kathleen Vrijmoet; and 14 grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of Ransom Catholic Church, Roosevelt Boulevard and Unruh Street. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial arrangements are private.
Memorial donations may be made to the St. Francis Inn, a soup kitchen for the homeless, at 2441 Kensington Ave., Philadelphia 19125.




October 29, 2002

Rev. Lafayette Gooding, Zion Hill pastor

ON THE Sunday morning after the fifth fire struck the Zion Hill Church of God in Christ in 1981, there was the pastor, up to his knees in water in the basement, cleaning up.
The Rev. Lafayette F. Gooding Jr. was a determined man. He not only intended to rebuild the Germantown church so he could continue to bring the word of God to his congregation, he wanted to hold services that very day.
And he did.
As some of the parishioners who gathered in the balcony of the church's Fellowship Hall wailed and lamented the disaster, the work of arsonists, Gooding preached his usual sermon of love and forgiveness.
Gooding, pastor of Zion Hill since 1971, whose ministry included healing and prophecy, former president of the Pentecostal Network of Philadelphia and the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity; a popular radio preacher and 30-year employee of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died Wednesday. He was 83 and lived in West Oak Lane.
The fires that plagued Zion Hill over a six-month period in 1981 were blamed on arsonists, but no one was ever arrested and the motive was not known. But they didn't deflect Gooding from his mission.
"His faith in God was unshaken," said his son, Lafayette F. Gooding 3rd. "He was a miracle man."
Gooding was born in Kingston, N.C., the second of 16 children of Lafayette and Almeata Gooding. The family moved to Philadelphia and Gooding graduated from Central High School in 1939.
He served in the Navy during World War II, then majored in electronics at Temple University. He graduated from Manna Bible School in 1963 and attended the Manhattan Institute of Technology and the Berlitz language school. He received his doctor of divinity degree from the American College of the Bible in 1970. He and his wife, the former Ollie Williams, a classical pianist, were married in 1961.
Gooding was employed by the Naval Shipyard as an electrician, electrical inspector and electrical supervisor. He was one of the first African-American supervisors at the yard.
He later was employed at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Warminster.
In 1974, he took early retirement to devote full time to his ministry. He had already assumed the pastorate of Zion Hill, a Pentecostal church, then located at Morton and Armat streets. A few years later, it moved to its present location on Washington Lane near Chew Avenue.
He took his ministry into prisons and hospitals, and he visited shut-ins. Wherever people needed him, he was there.
"Many people were blessed by his life," said his son, a minister at Jehovah Shalom Church, 15th and Christian streets. "He constantly wanted to help people know who they were, to love God and to love others."
Gooding conducted successful healing services, but always insisted the healing was done by God, not him. "His was a holistic ministry. He wanted to help the whole person," his son said.
His broadcasts for 15 years on radio station WNAP in Norristown were a "three-minute hot shot," his son said, bringing the word of God in highly concentrated form to his listeners.
Almost inadvertently he became what his son called a "beacon of hope" for immigrants trying to enter the country, and then helping get them settled here.
"He started with one person and word spread that he could help," his son said. "He helped hundreds of individuals and families from all over the world."
"I'm grateful for what God has done in my life," his son said, "allowing him to be my father."
Gooding is also survived by three daughters, Delores Little, Corinthia Washington and Veronica Thornton; two sisters, Gladys Phillips and Frances Gooding-Evans; a brother, Ben Gooding, and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services: 10:30 a.m. today at Holy Temple Church of God in Christ, 60th and Callowhill streets. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Ivy Hill Cemetery, Wadsworth and Woolston avenues.




August 24, 2002

Joseph Tomasetti

TOMASETTI--``SAUSAGE' Aug. 24, 2002, JOSEPH T.; beloved husband of Shirley (Teaf); devoted father of Donna Mary and Joseph (Debra); dear grandfather of Amanda, Olivia and Alanna; uncle of Pete and Pat Gable and Susan DeLucia.

Relatives and friends invited to Viewing Tues. 7-9 P.M. CARTO FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2212-14 S. Broad St. and Wed. 9-10 A.M. at Our Lady of Calvary Church, 11024 Knights Rd., Phila., PA 19154. Funeral Mass 10 A.M. Int. Sunset Memorial Cemetery.

Joe Sausage of 17 shop passed away, one of the nicest guys that worked at PNSY.




July 27, 2002

A. Weir Stedman, 80, art patron, industrialist

A. Weir Stedman, 80, of Haddonfield, a former plumbing supplies manufacturer whose donation to Rutgers University established an art gallery on the school's Camden campus, died of pneumonia Tuesday at Virtua-West Jersey Hospital Voorhees.

In the early 1970s, Mr. Stedman donated funds for a Rutgers University endowment to honor his parents.

Margaret Weir Stedman was an artist. Alonzo W. Stedman, founded a plumbing equipment manufacturing business in Camden. An art gallery seemed a perfect way to memorialize his mother, the artist, and his father, a man whose business prospered in the local community, said Mr. Stedman's wife, Janice Chupp Stedman.

In 1975, the Stedman Art Gallery opened in the university's fine arts building.

Mr. Stedman was born in Camden and graduated from Moorestown Friends in 1939. He earned a a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College in 1943. That year, he married Janice Chupp and later began working in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard's chemical lab.

In 1945, Mr. Stedman entered the Navy, serving at bases in Michigan and Washington, D.C., until his 1946 discharge. When he returned home, Mr. Stedman became an executive at his father's firm, Standard Tank & Seat Co. in Camden. He became president of the company when his father retired in the late 1950s. Mr. Stedman closed down the company in 1974 and then operated several liquor stores, which he later closed.

He was named the South Jersey Chamber of Commerce's most outstanding citizen in 1970 and served on several boards, including those of South Jersey National Bank, the Camden County YMCA and the United Fund of Camden County, now the United Way. He also served as president of the South Jersey Manufacturers Association.

A member of the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield, Mr. Stedman was president of the board of trustees and president of the congregation.

In addition to his wife of 59 years, Mr. Stedman is survived by sons David Alonzo and Alan Lowe; daughter Janice Margaret Stedman Peterman; and seven grandchildren.

Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. today at the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield, 20 E. Kings Highway, Haddonfield, N.J. 08033, where funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial is private.

Memorial donations may be made to the church.




July 22, 2002

ROBERT J. ROGERS

Of Turnersville, NJ age 71. Beloved husband of Eleanor (nee Wagner).

Devoted father of Deborah Rogers and Robert F. (Barbara) Rogers. Loving grandfather of Robert C.

Mr. Rogers was an Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict. He worked at the Brooklyn & Philadelphia Naval Yards for 31 years retiring in 1986.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing and funeral Friday 8:30-10:30am at the EGIZI FUNERAL HOME 119 GANTTOWN RD. WASHINGTON TWP., NJ. Mass of Christian Burial 11:00am at St. Charles Borromeo RC Church Washington Twp. Interment New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr.




July 18, 2002

Harry B. Doyle | Foundryman, 80

Harry B. Doyle, 80, a retired foundryman and decorated veteran of World War II, died Sunday of complications associated with Alzheimer's disease at Calvert Manor Healthcare Center in Rising Sun, Md.

Mr. Doyle, who grew up in South Philadelphia, had been a resident of Brookhaven for more than 35 years.

He served in the Army during World War II, taking part in the D-Day invasion of Omaha Beach. He was later wounded in France and awarded a Purple Heart.

Mr. Doyle was a foundryman who poured iron for more than 30 years at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. He retired in 1987 and moved to Florida, but in the late 1990s he moved back north to Galena, Md.

Mr. Doyle was a longtime Mummer, marching in the parade's Fancy Division with the Golden Sunrise New Year's Association. His last parade was in the early 1990s.

Mr. Doyle is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy; sons Robert and James; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Oliver H. Bair Suburban West Chapel, 8500 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby. Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the funeral home. Friends may call at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill.

Memorial donations may be made to Americans to Conquer Cancer and Alzheimer's Disease Now, Box 5065, Hagerstown, Md. 20741.




Saturday, June 01, 2002

Leonard Chunn | Union worker, 101

Leonard Chunn, 101, retired business manager for Laborers Union Local 332, died last Saturday of kidney failure at his home in North Philadelphia.

A native of Georgia, Mr. Chunn came to Philadelphia in the late 1930s and went to work at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. He began working for Local 332 in the early 1940s and remained a union member for the rest of his life. He retired as business manager in the 1970s.

Mr. Chunn was active in church work, teaching Sunday school at Jones Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal Church, where he was a member for many years. He later joined Wayland Temple Baptist Church.

He was a longtime Phillies fan.

Mr. Chunn is survived by a sister, Azzie Gaither; a granddaughter, Teresa Welton; grandsons Harold and Michael Williams; three great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. His wife of 65 years, Virginia, died in 1992. His daughter, Edythe, died in 1999. His son, Leonard Jr., died several years ago. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Wayland Temple Baptist Church, 2500 W. Cecil B. Moore Ave. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Eden Cemetery, Collingdale.




Thursday, May 30, 2002

Charles J. Martin | Retired machinist, 84

Charles J. Martin, 84, a retired machinist, died Sunday of heart failure at his home in Secane, Delaware County. Mr. Martin, a native of Maryland, had lived in Secane for more than 50 years.

Mr. Martin worked as a machinist at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for 25 years, retiring in the early 1970s. He then continued to work at Radnor House, a condominium complex in Radnor, as a maintenance man until 1998.

A Navy veteran of World War II, Mr. Martin belonged to Amvets of Clifton Heights. He also was a Mason.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Annie; a son, C.J.; a daughter, June Carreno; one sister; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A calling hour will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. tomorrow at Doyle-Stonelake Funeral Home, 85 E. Baltimore Ave., Lansdowne. No services are planned. Burial will be in Mount Moriah Cemetery, Southwest Philadelphia.




Monday, May 27, 2002

John J. McWilliams
Engineer, 82

John J. McWilliams, 82, a retired logistics engineer, died Friday at the Virtua Rehab Center in Mount Holly of pneumonia. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he lived in Southampton, Burlington County, for 46 years.

After working at the McGuire Air Force Base for 10 years, Mr. McWilliams became a logistics engineer at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, and later the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, and the Aegis Project in Moorestown.

Mr. McWilliams served in the Army Air Corps for four years during World War II as an airplane mechanic.

An active member and an usher at the Sacred Heart Church in Mount Holly for 25 years, Mr. McWilliams also was a bingo worker for 30 years and a Cub Scout leader of Sacred Heart Pack 32. More recently, he was a member of the Holy Eucharist Church in Tabernacle.

Mr. McWilliams also belonged to the Knights of Columbus Santa Maria Council 1179, where he was a Grand Knight and a fourth-degree member of the John Tatum Assembly. He also was a member of the the American Legion Eden Stanley Post 294 of Pemberton.

He enjoyed family life; playing the piano and organ; helping his wife write her autobiography; camping trips with his sons and the Cub Scouts, and doing home-improvement projects.

Mr. McWilliams is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary M.; sons, John J. Jr., James, Robert, Thomas, and Leonard; daughters, Mary Pike, Roseann Thomas, and Rita Homen; 21 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be held Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lee/Givnish Funeral Home, 317 High St., Mount Holly. A funeral liturgy will be said at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Eucharist Church in Tabernacle. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Hainesport.

Memorial donations may be made to the Virtua Rehab Center Richmond Unit, Memorial Health Alliance, 62 Richmond Ave., Mount Holly, N.J. 08060.




Thursday, May 23, 2002

Joseph R. Gahagan Sr. | Retired engineer, 79

Joseph R. Gahagan Sr., 79, of West Chester, a former engineer for Ford Aerospace and for the Navy, died of cancer Monday at Paoli Memorial Hospital. Mr. Gahagan was born in Scranton and grew up in Englewood, N.J.

After graduating from St. Cecilia High School in Englewood, he served in the Army Signal Corps in the Pacific during World War II.

After the war, he spent a year building radar towers in Alaska and then worked for Philco Co. in Philadelphia for several years.

He interrupted his career with Philco to earn a degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University in 1954.

After Philco was purchased by Ford, Mr. Gahagan became senior project manager in the 1970s for the Sidewinder Missile Project for Ford Aerospace in Willow Grove. His wife of 51 years, Rita Boland Gahagan, said he traveled to Kuwait and other countries to explain the missile's technology to foreign governments.

After retiring from Ford Aerospace in 1981, he was an engineer for 14 years for Navsses (Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station) at the Philadelphia Naval Base.

He and his wife, longtime residents of Broomall, moved to Hershey's Mill retirement community in West Chester in 1997.

His home was furnished with a pool table. "He loved to play," his wife said, "and he was good at it."

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Joseph, James, and Patrick; daughters Rita Schaefer and Maureen Valko; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. today at SS. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, 1325 Boot Rd., West Chester. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple.

Memorial contributions may be made to Jefferson Palliative Care and Hospice, Gerhard Building, 130 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010.




May 18, 2002

WINDSOR, Robert T. ("Turk" 38 Shop)

On May 18, 2002. Of Wallingford. Beloved Husband of 51 years to Jean Seiverd Windsor, father of Robert T. Windsor Jr. of Palm City, FL, Michael Windsor of Middletown Twp., George Windsor and Nancy J. Windsor of Wallingford, brother of John L. Windsor and the late Margaret Alexander.

Also survived by ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The Funeral Mass will be Wednesday at 10 AM in St. John Chrysostom Catholic Church, Providence Rd. (Route 252), Wallingford. Interment Chester Rural Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday eve from 6:30 to 9 PM and Wednesday from 8 to 9:30 AM at the NOLAN-FIDALE FUNERAL HOME, 2316 Providence Ave., Chester.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Crozer Hospice, 1 Medical Center Blvd., Upland, PA 19013.




May 9, 2002

Mark Mackie | Won honors in Vietnam, 52

Mark Mackie, 52, of Abington, a retired shipfitter at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard who was awarded two Bronze Stars for his service in Vietnam, died of leukemia Monday at Abington Memorial Hospital.

As an Army medic during the war, Mr. Mackie served for 13 months in a 23d Infantry Division battalion that saw some of the war's heaviest fighting. During a series of battles in 1970, he carried wounded men from the field and helped save their lives.

In April of that year, Mr. Mackie's battalion came under heavy attack. Mr. Mackie carried wounded soldiers from a field surrounded by booby traps. He managed to take three men to safety before tripping a wire that triggered an explosion of shrapnel. Several pieces lodged in both of his legs.

Mr. Mackie was hospitalized in Vietnam and returned to the United States in January 1971. He was awarded numerous commendations for his service, including two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts, said Edward J. Lowery, executive director of the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service and Education Center Inc., a nonprofit veterans assistance agency.

Mr. Mackie returned from the war and worked at several jobs before becoming a shipfitter at the Navy Yard, where he installed floors and decks on ships, and coworkers gave him the nickname, "Monk."

In the mid-1990s, Mr. Mackie was injured on the job and was forced to retire. He stayed home to take care of his 4-year-old son Kyle T., while his wife, Kathy A. White Mackie, went to work.

In 1998, Mr. Mackie was diagnosed with leukemia, beginning years of treatment that included chemotherapy and a bone-marrow transplant. After a period of remission, the cancer reappeared in February.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Mackie is survived by his mother, Margaret Downing Mackie; father William; and a brother.

A viewing will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. tomorrow and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the William R. May Funeral Home, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial is at Hillside Cemetery in Roslyn.

Memorial donations may be made to the Abington Memorial Hospital Foundation c/o the Nurse Development Fund, 1200 Old York Rd., Abington, Pa. 19001.




May 08, 2002

Anthony J. Pappalardo | SEPTA employee, 43

Anthony J. Pappalardo, 43, of Swedesboro, a inventory management specialist for SEPTA, died of a heart attack Saturday at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Pappalardo moved to Drexel Hill with his family when he was young. He attended Upper Darby High School and Folcroft Vocational Technical School, where he studied welding, graduating in 1977.

Almost immediately, he began working as a welder at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, where he stayed for 17 years.

Mr. Pappalardo joined SEPTA eight years ago, working as an inventory specialist who purchased equipment for the company.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Miriam "Mimi" Truax Pappalardo; sons A.J., Billy, Nicholas and Zac; a brother; and a sister.

Friends may call from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. today at Donohue Funeral Home, 8401 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at St. Bernadette Church, 1035 Turner Ave., Drexel Hill. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.

Memorial donations may be made to the Pappalardo Children's Fund in care of Mellon Citizens Bank, State Road and Lansdowne Avenue, Upper Darby, Pa. 19082.




March 22, 2002

James Arthur "Tic Toc" Casson

CASSON Of North Wildwood, N.J., March 22, 2002, JAMES ARTHUR ``TIC TOC', age 45, husband of Judy (nee Abruscato), father of Genevieve, son of Jack and Mary Casson, brother of Jack Casson and Dawn Marcelis, 5 nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial Monday 12 Noon, St. Ann Church, 2900 Atlantic Ave., Wildwood, N.J. where friends may call from 10 A.M. Interment St. Mary's Cem., Lower Twp., N.J. Arr. INGERSOLL-GREENWOOD FUNERAL HOME, North Wildwood, N.J.




March 18, 2002

Mario Di Bussolo | Shipyard carpenter, 81

Mario Di Bussolo, 81, of West Chester, a retired carpenter for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died Wednesday of complications from a stroke at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Coatesville.

Mr. Di Bussolo was born in South Philadelphia but grew up in Vasto, on the coast of Abruzzi, Italy. He and his family had moved back to their hometown when Mr. Di Bussolo's father became ill.

Just before turning 18, Mr. Di Bussolo returned to the United States to avoid losing his American citizenship and being drafted into Mussolini's army. Shortly after he returned to South Philadelphia, he received a draft notice from the U.S. Army.

"The drill sergeant would bark orders, and he was like 'No capisce [don't understand]' " English, said Mr. Di Bussolo's son, Joe.

Trained in Italy as a master cabinet maker, Mr. Di Bussolo was assigned to build bridges for U.S. soldiers to cross and then destroy them so the unit would not be followed. He was shot in the leg during the Normandy invasion but continued with his unit to the Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Di Bussolo was awarded the Purple Heart. After his discharge, Mr. Di Bussolo returned to South Philadelphia, where he married Millie Bonavolonta and worked as a carpenter at the Naval Shipyard. He retired in the mid-1980s and moved to West Chester five years ago.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Di Bussolo is survived by another son, Frank, and two grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass was Saturday at SS. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, 1325 Boot Rd., West Chester. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Philadelphia, 325 Chestnut St., Suite 1120, Philadelphia 19106.




February 27, 2002

MAYO, JOSEPH L. (BUD)

Age 74, of Thorofare, died Tuesday at his daughters home in Mickleton. Mr. Mayo was born in Camden and lived in Thorofare for 43 years. He retired 9 years ago after working as a machinist at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Husband of the late Mary L. Mayo. He is survived by 5 daughters Barbara LaGrossa of Maple Shade, JoAnn Mayo of Delray, FL, Deborah Mercer of Brigantine, Mary Lou Boyer of Deptford, Michelle Moore of Mickleton, a son Louis Mayo of West Deptford, 3 brothers Thomas of Westville Grove, Kenneth of Audubon Park, William of Chesilhurst, and 13 grandchildren. Relatives & friends may visit with the family Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30am at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 47 Main St., Mantua. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10AM Saturday in St. Patrick's RC Church, Cooper St., Woodbury. Burial will be in the Eglington Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Moorestown VNA, 907 Pleasant Valley Ave., Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054




February 22, 2002

Fletcher F. Pierce, loved his garden

NOTHING MADE Fletcher F. Pierce happier than puttering in his garden.

He loved to put on a pair of old pants, get on his hands and knees and spend hours doting on his garden.

Pierce grew the most beautiful hibiscus and the tallest, most breathtaking calla lilies.

His luscious garden was the talk of his West Philadelphia neighborhood. Pierce wasn't shy about boasting about his garden; he was proud of it, and often gave flowers to his family and friends so they could enjoy it, too.

His favorite place to visit was Longwood Gardens where he would walk endlessly admiring the flowers and plants.

Pierce's love of gardens brought him so much happiness. It kept his mind and his body busy as he grew older.

Pierce, owner of Pierce Real Estate in West Philadelphia, died Feb 15 of a heart attack. He was 89 and a longtime West Philadelphia resident.

Born in Wilson, N.C., he graduated from Darden High School and then went to work for North Carolina Mutual Insurance Co. in Darden.

In 1940, he moved to West Philadelphia and worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

During World War II, he served in the 92nd Infantry (Buffalo) Division, the legendary and heroic troop of black soldiers who fought and beat some of Hitler's toughest troops in the Italian campaign.

Samuel Peters, Pierce's next-door neighbor and friend, served in the same division.

Although the men did not know each other during the war, they were both members of the Philadelphia Chapter of the 92nd Infantry (Buffalo) Division, for which Fletcher served as historian.

"He fought in Italy and saw a lot of action," Peters said. "It was very intense and the area was mountainous, rugged terrain. He didn't dwell on it, though."

"When we talked about the war it was more about where we went on leave, places we got baths in, which was a treat for us, and little villages we visited. Most of us guys don't like to talk about it. We won't even share it with our wives, it brings up too many hard memories."

Peters said every year on Memorial Day, he, Pierce and other veterans placed a wreath at the Black Soldiers Monument, now on Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

"He was a very charitable person," Peters said. "He donated flowers for the memorial most of the time."

While on leave in 1943, Pierce married Lucille Helen Russell. They were wed for 52 years. She died in 1995.

After the war, he attended the Wharton Evening School at the University of Pennsylvania for six years and received a business certificate.

In 1954, he began his real estate career with Letson Realty. Five years later he opened his own office in West Philadelphia.

His niece, Jaki Pierce Mungai, said her "Uncle Fletch" was a very proud, dignified man who had a hearty chuckle and enjoyed a good laugh.

"We were very close," she said. "He didn't have any children and neither did any of his siblings, except my father. After his wife passed, we started a family dinner every Sunday. He would come over and we learned a lot about my family from his early childhood stories."

Pierce told her about how when he got in trouble his father would send Mungai's father to catch him for his punishment.

He told stories about his two grandmothers, one African and one Indian, sitting on the porch watching him and his four siblings. As the last surviving sibling, he enjoyed reliving those memories.

Pierce used his success to help others. He was a longtime contributor to many charities, including the United Negro College Fund, Hampton Institute and Habitat for Humanity.

He is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Services: 10 a.m. today at Reeve Memorial United Presbyterian Church, 50th and Aspen streets. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Fernwood Cemetery in Delaware County.

Donations may be sent to Elvira B. Pierce Scholarship Fund, 6021 W. Columbia Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19151.




February 7, 2002

John Bellis | Former Delran official, 77

John Bellis, 77, a retired systems analyst and former member of the Delran Board of Education, died of a heart attack Tuesday while driving to his Delran home. Mr. Bellis, a school board member from 1964 to 1977, was part of the administration that built Delran High School. Completed in 1975, it provided a hometown school for students who had attended nearby Riverside High School.

A World War II Navy veteran, Mr. Bellis served on the destroyer Frank Knox. He was assigned to jam the radar signals of German ships.

When he was discharged, he went to work as an electrician at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and helped build the battleship New Jersey, now a museum in Camden.

He later joined the staff at the Frankford Arsenal in Philadelphia, where he worked for 33 years as a systems analyst, supervising computer operations. He retired in 1978, but almost immediately went to work for the Delran School District as an attendance officer. He retired from that post in 1988.

Mr. Bellis was a member of many Delran-area organizations, including Knights of Columbus Council 1436, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3020, and the Delran Senior Citizens Club. In 1990, he ran for the school board again, but lost.

Mr. Bellis was married to Ruth E. Walker Bellis for 45 years before she died in 1992. Four years later, he married Veronica Duffy Jordan; she, her late husband, and the Bellises had been best friends. Together, the couples owned a vacation house and a Shore deli together. After Mr. Bellis and Mrs. Jordan lost their spouses, they found each other.

"I know my mom would have blessed their marriage," said Mr. Bellis' son, Stephen.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Bellis is survived by a daughter, Barbara Doganieri, and nine grandchildren.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Sweeney Funeral Home, 337 Bridgeboro St., Riverside. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Bridgeboro and Hancock Streets, Riverside. Entombment will be in the church mausoleum. Memorial donations may be sent to the Matt Talbot Emmaus Institute in care of Msgr. William Dombrow, Resurrection of Our Lord Church, 2000 Shelmire Ave., Philadelphia 19152.




February 7, 2002

Robert L. Souels | Retired welder, 80

Robert L. Souels, 80, a retired welder who was active in church work, died of a heart attack Sunday at his home in the East Oak Lane section of Philadelphia. Before moving to East Oak Lane about 12 years ago, he had been a longtime resident of West Philadelphia.

Mr. Souels worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard as a welder for more than 25 years. After he retired in the 1980s, he worked for a few years as an instructor at the Opportunities Industrialization Center.

Mr. Souels had a long association with Wayland Temple Baptist Church in North Philadelphia. He was treasurer for 42 years and served on the board of trustees from 1951 until his death. On Saturdays, he helped distribute food to poor people as a member of its community development committee. He also sang in the choir and served on the scholarship committee.

A graduate of Central High School, Mr. Souels was active in the NAACP.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Bertha; two sisters; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Wayland Temple Baptist Church, 2500 Cecil B. Moore Ave. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Westminster Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd.




February 5, 2002

Charles John Schock | Service-station owner, 85

Charles John Schock, 85, of Ocean City, N.J., former owner of Shock's Atlantic Service Station in Roxborough, died of heart failure Friday at his home.

Mr. Schock, who had lived in East Falls for many years until his retirement in 1980, was raised in Roxborough and graduated from Roxborough High School. For several years, including during World War II, Mr. Schock worked in the machine shop at the Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia.

In 1953 he put on a khaki uniform, black bow tie, and gray leather cap with the red Atlantic logo and opened his station at Henry Avenue and Walnut Lane. Customers could purchase a tune-up or a lube job and receive a free set of pheasant tumblers if they bought eight gallons of gas.

The station is now Shock's Sunoco and is run by Mr. Schock's sons, Charles Jr. and John.

A fisherman and boating enthusiast, Mr. Schock had owned a home in Ocean City since 1964. After his retirement, he spent summers at the Shore and winters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

He was a member of the Roxborough-Manayunk Lions Club.

In addition to his sons, he is survived by his wife of 60 years, Madeleine Gallagher Schock; a daughter, Rosemary Fitzpatrick; three sisters; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A daughter, Madeleine Popelars, died in 1993, and another daughter, Claire Wuest, died last year.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. today at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church.

Contributions may be made to the church, 146 Rector St., Philadelphia 19127.




January 5, 2002

Dominic Monte | Former business owner, 78

Dominic Monte, 78, of South Philadelphia, a retired owner of A&M Welding Service and an active church member, died Tuesday of cancer at his home.

Mr. Monte had a difficult childhood, said his daughter Diane Tumolo. He spent several years in foster care before being sent to St. Francis Home for Boys in Eddystone, Delaware County, at age 11. The experience left him determined to become a good parent, she said.

"He was a model of what a husband and father and grandfather should be," she said.

During World War II, he worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard as a welder and helped build the battleship New Jersey.

In 1944, he married the former Lucy DiFalco and the two settled in South Philadelphia and began raising a family.

The couple, however, encountered heartache, losing two young children - Lucille at age 2 and Joseph, who was 5 months old. After their daughter died of the kidney disease nephrosis in 1950, he helped raise money for research into combating the disease.

Instead of becoming bitter about his losses, "my father decided to devote himself to his church," his daughter said. He became chairman of the St. Vincent de Paul and Holy Name Societies at Epiphany Church in South Philadelphia.

In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by sons Michael and Joseph; another daughter, Lucille DiLuzio; and 16 grandchildren. Another son, Edward, died in 1986 at age 22.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 9:30 a.m. today at Epiphany Church, 1121 Jackson St., Philadelphia. Friends may call at 8:30 a.m. at Pennsylvania Burial Co., 1327 Broad St. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon.

Memorial donations may be made to the church, at 1121 Jackson St., Philadelphia 19148.




January 4, 2002

Thomas P. Hannigan | Former police captain, 81

Thomas P. Hannigan, 81, of Southwest Philadelphia, a former Philadelphia police captain, died Saturday of brain cancer at home.

Mr. Hannigan grew up in South Philadelphia and graduated from Southeast Catholic High School, now St. John Neumann High School. He served in the Navy during World War II and joined the police force in 1950.

He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War, and after his discharge in 1952, he returned to the Police Department and began a steady climb through the ranks. He was made a lieutenant in 1953 and promoted to captain in 1965, taking charge of the Ninth Police District, which includes the Art Museum area.

In 1967, he resigned from the force to take a job in security with the Philadelphia Navy Yard. He retired in 1985.

Mr. Hannigan is survived by his wife of 45 years, Angela; sons Thomas Jr. and John; a daughter, Kathleen; one brother; and four grandchildren.

Services will be held at noon tomorrow at Southside Baptist Church, 5 E. Oak Lane, Glenolden. Burial is private.




January 3, 2002

James J. Gray, 87, founder of funeral home

James Jethro Gray, 87, of Wyndmoor, a funeral director and founder of the James J. Gray Funeral Home in West Philadelphia, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease on Saturday at the Masonic Home of Pennsylvania in Lafayette Hill.

Mr. Gray founded the funeral home nearly 50 years ago at the corner of Thompson and Allison Streets. He started the business after graduating from Eckel's School of Mortuary Science of Philadelphia, where he had studied during the day while working nights at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

Mr. Gray was motivated to join the profession after seeing what he thought was incompetent work by other funeral directors, said his wife, Evelyn Deas Gray. Mr. Gray sometimes donated funeral services and often didn't pressure families whose bills remained unpaid, she said.

"When he retired, I went over his books, and he was owed nearly $60,000," Mrs. Gray said. "He was a pushover."

An Army veteran, Mr. Gray served in New Guinea and the Philippines during World War II. He was a Mason, a member of Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, and a member of the Quaker State Funeral Directors' Association.

Mr. Gray was married to Mildred Vincent Gray who died in 1987. He married Evelyn Deas Gray in 1990.

After years of refusing to retire, Mr. Gray finally left the business because of deteriorating health. Mrs. Gray sold the business - which still carries Mr. Gray's name - and three years ago Mr. Gray moved into the Masonic Home of Pennsylvania.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Gray is survived by daughter Millicent Lownes Jackson; stepchildren Michelle Gould and Eric W. Bray; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, 5620 Wyalusing Ave., Philadelphia. Friends may call from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Burial will be at Mount Lawn Cemetery, Sharon Hill.




December 28, 2001

James Barber, former legislator

James David Barber, 80, a barber and nine-term state representative from West Philadelphia during the 1970s and 1980s who chaired the powerful House Health and Welfare Committee, died Sunday at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington.

Mr. Barber, a native of Columbia, S.C., moved to Philadelphia as a teenager with his family and graduated from Overbrook High. He worked as a machinist at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and later opened a restaurant and three barber shops in West Philadelphia.

In 1947, he met and married Rebecca Nedab. She died in 1998.

Mr. Barber started his political career as a Democratic committeeman in 1947. In 1968, he won his first term as state representative for the 190th District, running as an anti-machine candidate. He held the seat until 1986, when he was defeated in the Democratic primary by Vincent Hughes.

Mr. Barber became the first chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, after a bitterly contested internal election, in 1972.

The caucus, he said in 1974, was designed to get black ward leaders and black elected officials together so they could "get a piece of the political pie instead of the crumbs" he felt they had been getting. As chair of a key House committee, he became one of the most powerful black politicians in the state.

But he always tried to present himself as a man in touch with the working people of his district. Criticized during a feisty 1982 primary as being out of touch with voters because he had no official office, Mr. Barber brushed the charge aside, saying his barber shop at 4085 Lancaster Ave. was the best way to keep in contact with his constituents.

"I could open a fancy office and wear a suit," he said at the time, but added that fewer people would come to see him. "They know Jim Barber, the barber, and they know where to find me."

Mr. Barber professed to have little concern about losing an election. "When you serve the people, you don't have too much worrying to do. I continue to cut hair, where I can have a rapport with people. I haven't got above cutting hair."

During his political career, Mr. Barber served on a governor's task force for special-needs children and on the prison board. He also enjoyed horse racing and playing cards.

"He had a great sense of humor and strong determination," said his daughter, Diane Hannah, of Newark, Del. "My father had a very strong will to the end." In addition to his daughter, Mr. Barber is survived by two grandsons and two nephews.

A viewing will be held tomorrow at 9 a.m., with funeral services at 11, at the White Rock Baptist Church, 53d and Chestnut Streets, West Philadelphia. Burial will be in Fernwood Cemetery.




December 13, 2001

Anne C. Bettinger

Alumnus of St. Mary's R.N. School of nursing, and a retired Occupational Nurse from the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

Interment Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Minersville, PA




November 01, 2001

George E. Coffman | Electrician, 77

George E. "Bud" Coffman, 77, of Southampton, an electrician at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died Sunday at Virtua-Memorial Hospital Burlington County in Mount Holly.

His daughter, Diane, said he had suffered a heart attack on Friday.

Mr. Coffman had resided in Southampton for 10 years. He previously lived in Collingswood and Philadelphia and was born in Bryn Mawr.

A veteran of World War II, Mr. Coffman served in the Navy for nearly six years. He was stationed in Bainbridge, Md.; Newport, R.I.; Washington, D.C.; and New York City. His daughter said he also had served in the Mediterranean. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the European-African-Middle Eastern Area Medal.

After his discharge in 1948, Mr. Coffman worked for the government as an engineer for the next 34 years. In addition to the shipyard, he worked for the Directorate of Technical Operations for the Defense Industrial Supply Center in Philadelphia.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his wife, Elizabeth "Betty" E. Hansbury Coffman; a son, Richard; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, and a brother.

Friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Bradley Funeral Home, Route 73 and Evesham Road, Marlton, where funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery, Pennsauken.




October 29, 2001

Joseph F. Moore Sr., 90; supervised city prisons

Joseph F. Moore Sr., 90, who put Philadelphia prisoners to work learning a trade and producing useful items, died of pneumonia Wednesday at the Torresdale branch of Frankford Hospital. He was a resident of East Torresdale, where he had lived since 1964.

Mr. Moore was born and raised in the city's Brewerytown section and enlisted in the Navy when he was 17. He served on the Dobbins, a repair ship, in the Pacific. After his discharge, he returned to Philadelphia to work as a shipfitter at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard until World War II, when he reenlisted. During the war, he served as a Seabee in the South Pacific. Later, he worked as a civilian for the Navy and then for the Army at bases in California.

In 1953, Mr. Moore began working for the City of Philadelphia, supervising maintenance at Holmesburg and Moyamensing Prisons and the House of Corrections, and at the Home for the Indigent, later renamed Riverview.

In 1954, he was appointed institution industries supervisor for Philadelphia prisons. For the next 19 years, until his retirement, Mr. Moore supervised such traditional prisoner occupations as shoemaking and innovative operations such as an electrostatic paint shop used by prisoners to refurbish furniture in city offices and a dry-cleaning plant where prisoners cleaned guards' uniforms.

His son John said Mr. Moore set up a cannery next to the Holmesburg farm and worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture teaching prisoners to package surplus beans and rice for easier distribution.

The prisoners also manufactured police nightsticks and recycled lead slugs used at the firing range at the Police Academy into bullets.

John Moore said his father was especially proud of the Ping-Pong tables, pup tents and gym mats the prisoners made for the city Department of Recreation.

Mr. Moore was the first president of the Father Judge Father's Association and was a past president of the East Torresdale Civic Association. He also was former president of the Correctional Industries Association. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

In addition to his son John, he is survived by son Joseph Jr.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. His wife of 71 years, Mary, died in June.

A Funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Katherine of Siena Church, 9700 Frankford Ave. Friends may call at 9 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem.




October 19, 2001

Kathryn Bradford | Materials engineer, 77

Kathryn Mary Needham Bradford, 77, of Marlton, a former materials engineer at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died of heart failure Tuesday at East Texas Medical Center in Clarksville, Texas, where her son Kendell lives.

Mrs. Bradford had lived in Marlton for more than 40 years. She was born in Meyersdale, Pa.

A World War II Navy veteran, she worked for 26 years as a civilian materials engineer for the Navy, first at the Navy yard in Washington, D.C., and later at the Naval Air Engineering Center at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard until her retirement in 1975.

Mrs. Bradford was a member of the Moorestown chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She also was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Haddonfield.

Besides her son Kendell, she is survived by another son, Harlan N.; a stepson, Carl B.; a stepdaughter, Marian W.; a grandson; and a brother. She was the widow of Marion H.

Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Kain Funeral Home, 8 W. Kings Highway, Haddonfield. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Grace Episcopal Church, 19 E. Kings Highway, Haddonfield. Burial will be private.




September 12, 2001

Joseph W. Fucci | Navy Yard supervisor, 67

Joseph W. Fucci, 67, a retired supervisor at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died Friday of colon cancer at Temple University Hospital.

He had been a resident of the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia.

Mr. Fucci worked for more than 30 years at the Navy Yard, starting as an apprentice coppersmith and retiring in 1988 as a production supervisor.

Mr. Fucci, who grew up in Kensington, graduated from North Catholic High School in 1951. He was an Army veteran.

An excellent athlete, Mr. Fucci stood out in softball and soccer.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons Joseph, Michael and Robert; a stepdaughter, Tina Keller; a stepson, John Keller; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 9:30 a.m. today at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Belgrade Street and Allegheny Avenue. Friends may call at 8 a.m. at Reilly Funeral Home, 2632 E. Allegheny Ave. Burial will be in St. Dominic Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be sent to Temple University Hospital Cancer Center, 3401 N. Broad St., Philadelphia 19140.




September 11, 2001

Mary M. Quinn | Navy base employee, 79

Mary M. Quinn, 79, a retired employee of the Philadelphia Navy Base, died Sunday at Virtua-West Jersey Hospital Marlton after a massive stroke.

Mrs. Quinn, a resident of Marlton, was a contract administrator at the base until she retired in 1976. She then worked as a bookkeeper for St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church in Marlton until about nine years ago.

She was graduate of Holy Child Academy in Sharon Hill, Delaware County.

Mrs. Quinn is survived by her husband, John; a daughter, Regina; and four grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church, Willow Bend and Evans Roads, Marlton. Burial will be private.




September 03, 2001

William T. Cuppen Sr. | Shipyard worker, 82

William Thomas Cuppen Sr., 82, a Philadelphia Naval Shipyard worker for nearly four decades, died Wednesday.

Mr. Cuppen was born in Chincoteague, Va. In the 1940s, he moved to Philadelphia and served in the Navy during World War II. He retired from the yard in the late 1970s.

He was a Mason.

Mr. Cuppen is survived by his wife, Eva; eight children; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at Jones Memorial Methodist Church, 49 E. Haines St., with a Masonic service to follow from 10 to 11. A final viewing will run from 11:15 until the funeral service at 11:30.




August 31, 2001

GOLUB THOMAS J.

Suddenly on August 29, 2001 of Cherry Hill, NJ, age 47. Beloved son of Anthony and Eleanor Golub. Dear brother of Robert, Stephen, Anthony, Edward, Patricia, Marie and Kathleen. Also survived by many neices & nephews. Thomas had worked for The Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard and was currently employed by the Cherry Hill Post Office. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing Saturday 8-9am in THE SCHETTER FUNERAL HOME 304 West Rt 70, Cherry Hill, NJ. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday 9:30am in Queen of Heaven Church Cherry Hill. Entombment Calvary Mausoleum, Cherry Hill.




August 19, 2001

Edward R. O'Brien | Plumber, Rotarian, 73

Edward R. O'Brien, 73, a plumber and past president of the Upper Darby Rotary Club, died at his Newtown Square home Tuesday of mesothelioma, a form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

Mr. O'Brien was born in Reading and raised in Southwest Philadelphia. He attended public school in Philadelphia and earned an associate degree in heating and ventilation at Temple University. While attending plumbing school at night, Mr. O'Brien worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

He opened Edward O'Brien Plumbing & Heating at 53d Street and Baltimore Avenue. Mr. O'Brien moved the business to Drexel Hill in 1968, eight years after moving his family to Springfield, Delaware County. He retired last April. During his plumbing career, he served as president of the Philadelphia Master Plumbers; Pennsylvania Plumbing and Cooling Contractors; and National Association of Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors.

Mr. O'Brien took an active role in Rotary clubs and the Masons. He served as president of Upper Darby Rotary Club in 1985 and as governor of Rotary District 7450, covering Southeastern Pennsylvania, in 1989.

Mr. O'Brien joined the Hamilton Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania in 1962. He then transferred to Springfield-Hanby Lodge No. 767 in the 1970s. He was also a member of the Masons' Scottish Rite and LuLu Temple Shrine.

Mr. O'Brien was a member of Advent Lutheran Church of West Chester for six years, where he volunteered as a communion assistant and was on the Hospitality Committee. Before that, he was a member St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Springfield, also serving on church committees there.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Violet L.; sons Robert N. O'Brien of Springfield and Russel P. de Furia; a brother and sister; and two grandchildren.

A viewing, followed by a Masonic service, will be held 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Frank C. Videon Funeral Home, Sproul and Lawrence Roads, in Broomall. A second viewing will be held 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, followed by an 11 a.m. service, at Advent Lutheran Church. Burial will be at Fernwood Cemetery in Upper Darby.

The family suggests memorials be contributions to Advent Lutheran Church, 1601 Green Lane, West Chester, Pa. 19382.




August 19, 2001

Dominic Benevento | Retired welder, 78

Dominic Benevento, 78, a retired welder and Marine Corps veteran of World War II, died Wednesday of leukemia at his home in Bellmawr.

Before moving to Bellmawr, Mr. Benevento had been a longtime resident of Woodlynne.

Mr. Benevento grew up in Camden and graduated from Camden High School. He served in the Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946, drawing duty in the South Pacific.

After the war, he went to work as a welder at the old New York Shipyard in Camden, and after that facility closed in 1967, he moved across the Delaware River to the Philadelphia Navy Yard. He retired in 1984.

Mr. Benevento took great pleasure in supporting his children and grandchildren in their activities. He also was a devoted Eagles fan who enjoyed debating their merits with friends and spending Sunday afternoons watching games on television with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Josephine; sons Don and Robert; daughters Joann Teschko and Carol McGuigan; two sisters; one brother; and 12 grandchildren.

Services will be at noon Tuesday at Gardner Funeral Home, 126 S. Black Horse Pike, Runnemede. Friends may call at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Arneytown.

Memorial donations may be made to the Williams Syndrome Association, Box 297, Clawson, Mich. 48017.




August 16, 2001

Daniel McDevitt | Government worker, 72

Daniel McDevitt, 72, a Korean War veteran and a longtime government worker who was a frequent spectator in Delaware County courtrooms, died of cancer Sunday at Delaware County Memorial Hospital. He lived in Westbrook Park for nearly 50 years.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. McDevitt earned the nickname "Bones" as a youth because he was extremely thin, a family member said. He was a graduate of St. Agatha's Elementary School and St. Thomas More High School.

Mr. McDevitt served in the U.S. Army 82d Airborne Division from 1946 to 1947, and in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1948 to 1952, which included active duty in the Korean War.

Mr. McDevitt had a long government career, working at the U.S. Naval Shipyard for four years, and then as a contracting officer for the Naval Air Engineering Center in Philadelphia from 1957 to 1975. He then worked with the Defense Personnel Support Agency, also in Philadelphia, for 12 years.

Retiring from government service in 1987, Mr. McDevitt took a position as a purchasing agent at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania until 1995.

Family members described Mr. McDevitt as kind, happy and generous, and they said he was dedicated to his church and to his family. They said he enjoyed trips with his wife, Susan, to her native Ireland.

Mr. McDevitt could often be seen sitting in on trials at the Delaware County Courthouse, his family said, and he was present throughout the high-profile John E. du Pont murder case. Many times he sat in courtrooms to watch his son, Deputy District Attorney Daniel J. McDevitt. And by coincidence in 1991, Mr. McDevitt and his wife served on the same jury in a civil case, something his son said he had never heard of since.

He was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Catholic War Veterans, and the Knights of Columbus, De La Salle Council 590, in Springfield, where he often worked as a bartender.

Mr. McDevitt is survived by his wife, Susan Howley McDevitt; sons Daniel J. and Sean P.; daughters Marie Palmieri and Theresa Negron; three sisters; and 11 grandchildren.

A viewing will be held at the O'Leary Funeral Home on Springfield Road in Springfield tonight beginning at 6. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Holy Cross Church, Springfield Road and Bishop Avenue, also in Springfield. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Broomall.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sponsor-a-Student Program, Holy Cross School, 240 Bishop Ave., Springfield, Pa. 19064.




August 9, 2001

Charles H. McMahon | Design engineer, 91

Charles H. McMahon, 91, a retired assistant chief design engineer, died of complications from pneumonia Saturday at Atlantic City Medical Center-Mainland Division, Pomona.

He was a longtime resident of Oaklyn and Brigantine. He had a winter home in St. Petersburg, Fla., for more than 30 years.

Mr. McMahon retired in 1963 from the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, where he had started work in 1929 as a copyist.

During his career, he worked on the battleships New Jersey and Washington and the aircraft carrier Kittyhawk, built across the Delaware River by the former New York Shipbuilding Co., family members said. Over the years, he worked as part of the design crews for the engines of PT 7 and PT 8, the Talos shipboard missile-delivery system, and steam and hydraulic aircraft-launching systems.

Mr. McMahon was a graduate of Drexel Institute of Technology.

He enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing, boating, reading, repairing his camper, and remodeling his home.

He is survived by his sons, Charles H. Jr., Robert A. and Daniel R.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was the widower of Ethel Prickett McMahon.

Services were held yesterday under the direction of Foster's Funeral Home, Collingswood. Burial was in New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr.




July 28, 2001

Carnes Harding,

Carnes A. Harding, 81, of Rockhill Mennonite Community, Sellersville, formerly of Mount Laurel, N.J., and Media, died Saturday.

Born in Anad, Mont., he was a son of the late Jason and Hazel (Wall) Harding. He was a graduate of Dallas High School, Philadelphia. He was an electrician for 37 years at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. He also owned a window cleaning business. He was a U.S. Navy Seabees veteran of World War II, serving as an electrician in the South Pacific. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church, Glen Mills, and Fellowship Baptist Church, Mount Laurel, N.J., attended Penn Valley Church, Telford, and was a Sunday school teacher and a dea~con of his church.

He was preceded in death by his infant daughter and two grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Betty (McCall) Harding; sons, David, Souderton; and James, Boothwyn; daughter, Peggy Mellen, Moriches, N.Y.; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and brothers, Keith, Candler, N.C.; Kenneth, Tunkhannock; and Darrel, Hollywood, Fla.

Relatives and friends may attend the funeral at 11 a.m. Thursday from the Williams-Bergey-Koffel Funeral Home, 667 Harleysville Pike, Route 113, Franconia. Interment will be in Sellersville Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday. Memorial donations may be made to Cambodia Missions Fund, c/o Hope Valley Community Church, 134 Main St., Pennsburg, 18073.




July 25, 2001

Anthony G. Scavello; trained homing pigeons

Anthony G. "Tot" Scavello, who trained and raced homing pigeons so successfully that his home was overflowing with trophies, died Saturday. He was 85 and lived in Bala Cynwyd.

Scavello graduated from Lower Merion High School, where he played football. He also played semi-pro football for the Belmont Hills Indians.

After serving in the Navy during World War II, he worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for 15 years. After that he worked for his family construction business, Scavello Brothers, until he retired seven years ago.

But his passion was for the pigeons he raced for 74 years. At times he owned as many as 250 birds, which raced anywhere from 10 to 600 miles.

He is survived by his wife, Philomena; three daughters. Mary D. Bloguszewski, Anne Marie Daywalt and Joan Scavello; two sons, Tony and Richard; three sisters, Jewel Giangiulio, Peggy Simpson and Dolores Brandt; nine grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Services: 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Justin Martyr Church, 1222 Hagysford Road, Narberth. Friends may call from 7 to 9 tonight at Koller Funeral Home, 6835 Ridge Ave. Burial will be in Westminster Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd.




July 16, 2001

Joseph R. Antonelli | Adminstrator, 68

Joseph R. Antonelli, 68, a retired Philadelphia Naval Shipyard administrator, died Friday from cancer at his Cherry Hill home.

He lived in Cherry Hill for the last 35 years, and was born and raised in Philadelphia.

Mr. Antonelli was an administrator for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, where he worked for 32 years before retiring in 1985.

He served in the Army from 1953 to 1955, and then entered the Army Reserves.

He was a graduate of South Philadelphia High School.

He was a Philadelphia Eagles fan, and enjoyed home remodeling, boating, fishing, and spending time with his pet German shepherd Thunder.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Wichanski Antonelli; daughters, Paula Ursino, Laura Antonelli and Maria Antonelli; and four grandchildren.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow and from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Schetter Funeral Home, 304 W. Route 70, Cherry Hill. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Queen of Heaven Roman Catholic Church, Route 70, Cherry Hill. Entombment will be in Locustwood Memorial Park, Cherry Hill.




July 13, 2001

Robert T. Benckert Jr. | Former machinist, 43

Robert T. Benckert Jr., 43, of Upper Darby, a former machinist, died of multiple organ failure Tuesday at Lankenau Hospital.

Mr. Benckert, a dialysis patient for a number of years, was reared in Southwest Philadelphia.

He joined the Navy while a junior at John Bartram High School in Southwest Philadelphia and later worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for 12 years before retiring in 1992.

Family members said he would be remembered for his off-beat sense of humor and his dedication to his children.

He is survived by his former wife, Joanne M. Perry Benckert; sons Michael, Bobby and Matthew; daughter Kristine; his parents, Robert T. Sr. and Margaret Benckert; and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today at M.F. Williams Funeral Home, 33 W. Baltimore Ave., Clifton Heights. Burial will be private.

The family suggests contributions to Wynnewood Dialysis Unit, Lankenau Hospital, 100 Lancaster Ave., Wynnewood, Pa. 19096.




July 11, 2001

Walter F. Williams, mortician

Walter F. Williams Sr., 79, veteran funeral director and church deacon, died Thursday of heart failure at St. Francis Nursing Home in Darby.

Mr. Williams moved to Aldan recently after living above his funeral home in Southwest Philadelphia for nearly 30 years.

During his four decades as a funeral director, Mr. Williams handled thousands of clients. For most of his career, he held a second job as a machinist, saying he liked the work and valued the pay.

The same man who wrested peaceful smiles from the dead, and coaxed effort and output from factory machines, also sang baritone in the chorus of Philadelphia's Dra Mu Opera Company and was a deacon in the First Baptist Church of Paschall.

Mr. Williams was born in Philadelphia, but he graduated from high school in Carlisle, Pa.

At the start of America's involvement in World War II, Mr. Williams found work at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. He became a skilled machine operator, but he never lost sight of his long-held ambition to become a funeral director.

After the war, Mr. Williams worked as a machinist and trained as a mortician.

During his studies at the old Eckels College of Mortuary Science in Center City, Mr. Williams drew praise from his instructors for his painstaking approach to "restorative art."

Mr. Williams earned his funeral director's license in 1949. He worked part time for a South Philadelphia funeral home while continuing as a machinist, in Bethayres and in Folcroft.

Mr. Williams opened his own funeral home in 1971. In time he would become partners with a cousin, Harold Palmer, and then with Palmer's son, Harry.

Mr. Williams was ordained a deacon in 1974, marking his complete immersion in the Baptist faith he had accepted after his marriage. Raised in the A.M.E church, he converted "when we got married and I told him I was not going to change," said Christine, his wife of 50 years and a lifelong Baptist.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Williams is survived by son Walter Jr.; daughter Christine Calista; six grandchildren; and a sister.

There will be a viewing from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Williams & Palmer Funeral Home, 7103 Woodland Ave. There will be a viewing tomorrow from 5 to 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Paschall, 2114 S. 71st St. Funeral services will follow at the church. Burial will be Friday in West Laurel Hill Cemetery.




July 10, 2001

Ruth Elizabeth Patton, homemaker

RUTH ELIZABETH "Ruthie" Patton, a homemaker and former Navy Yard worker who enjoyed listening to the blues, watching TV game shows and solving crossword puzzles, died Saturday of apparent heart failure at Green Acres Rehabilitation Center. She was 86 and lived in North Philadelphia for about 20 years.

She was the mother of former Deputy Fire Commissioner Donald Patton, who died in April 1998. Her two other sons, Howard Jr. and Charles, retired from the Philadelphia Police Department after long and illustrious careers. Howard Jr. reached the rank of captain and Charles was a lieutenant.

Ruthie Patton was an active parishioner at Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Catholic Church until its closing. She later worshiped at St. Elizabeth's, St. Stephen's and St. Martin de Porres.

Born Ruth Morris in Philadelphia, she attended Girls' High School. She met her late husband, Howard F. Patton, at a social function and married him in the early 1930s after a brief courtship.

She was a domestic worker, then became a welder at the Navy Yard during World War II before becoming a full-time homemaker. "You could say she was happy-go-lucky," said Veronica Pleasant, a sister. "But, on the other hand, she also had a stubborn streak."

Ruth Patton jammed to the blues and especially liked songs by B.B. King. She sometimes reminisced about her club hopping days when she caught many famous acts at long-gone nightspots including Pep's, the Blue Note and the Showboat.

She played along with the TV contestants on "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune," read romance novels and enjoyed the challenge of a good crossword puzzle.

"You could bring her a crossword-puzzle book and she was in her glory," her sister said.

Ruth Patton had "an eye for decorating" and could craft tasteful knickknacks from items most people discarded. She created beautiful Afghans and sweaters for her family and drew and painted landscapes for her own amusement.

In addition to two of her three sons, Patton also is survived by two daughters, Ursula Patton Temple and Melba Patton Guy; one other sister, Dorthea Merchant; 14 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

Services: Viewing from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday at St. Athanasius Catholic Church, Limekiln Pike and Walnut Lane.

Mass of Christian Burial at 11 with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery on Cheltenham Avenue.




July 9, 2001

Angelo Sylvester | Police officer, 80

Angelo Sylvester, 80, a retired detective sergeant in the Philadelphia Police Department, died of congestive heart failure June 30 at the Atlantic City Medical Center-Mainland Division, Pomona.

He had lived in Mays Landing, Atlantic County, for the last three years, and previously lived in Clayton, Mount Laurel, North Wales and Philadelphia, where he was born and raised.

Mr. Sylvester worked in the Philadelphia Police Department from 1950 until retiring in 1970. He then worked in the state Department of Unemployment Security office in Philadelphia.

An Army veteran of World War II, he served in the Aleutian Islands. After the war, he served in the National Guard and then the Army Reserve, retiring in 1968 as a captain.

Early in life, Mr. Sylvester worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

He was a graduate of South Philadelphia High School and the Philadelphia Police Academy, and he was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police.

He is survived by his sons, Robert J. and John A.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother. He was the widower of Sunday Gallo Sylvester.

Friends may call from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. today at the McGuinness-Washington Township Funeral Home, 573 Egg Harbor Rd., Washington Township. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at SS. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, Ganttown Road, Turnersville. Entombment will be in Calvary Mausoleum, Cherry Hill.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265-0309.




July 8, 2001

Odessa J. Curtis | Wife and mother, 80

Odessa J. Curtis, 80, a caring wife and mother of four, died early Thursday of a stroke at Integrated Health Systems of Whitemarsh.

Mrs. Curtis grew up in St. Louis. She met her husband, Philadelphia native Gaynes D. Curtis, when he was stationed with the Army near St. Louis.

The couple moved to Philadelphia, where Mrs. Curtis worked as a Navy Yard seamstress during World War II.

She later worked for John Wanamaker stores in accounts receivable, then began a career in the auditing department of Mellon Bank. She retired in 1979.

Mrs. Curtis was widowed in 1996 after 53 years of marriage.

She was a longtime member of St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church.

In recent years, Mrs. Curtis had struggled with Alzheimer's disease, but the memories she left for those who loved her remain constant.

"She was caring, giving, a great cook who always had an open door," daughter Sandra E. Dunham said.

Mrs. Curtis is also survived by sons Royce and Gaynes; another daughter, Gail; two sisters; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

There will be a viewing from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Vincent de Paul, 109 E. Price St. The funeral will follow. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Cheltenham.




July 7, 2001

Robert T. Benckert Jr. | Former machinist, 43

Robert T. Benckert Jr., 43, of Upper Darby, a former machinist, died of multiple organ failure Tuesday at Lankenau Hospital.

Mr. Benckert, a dialysis patient for a number of years, was reared in Southwest Philadelphia.

He joined the Navy while a junior at John Bartram High School in Southwest Philadelphia and later worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for 12 years before retiring in 1992.

Family members said he would be remembered for his off-beat sense of humor and his dedication to his children.

He is survived by his former wife, Joanne M. Perry Benckert; sons Michael, Bobby and Matthew; daughter Kristine; his parents, Robert T. Sr. and Margaret Benckert; and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today at M.F. Williams Funeral Home, 33 W. Baltimore Ave., Clifton Heights. Burial will be private.

The family suggests contributions to Wynnewood Dialysis Unit, Lankenau Hospital, 100 Lancaster Ave., Wynnewood, Pa. 19096.




July 06, 2001

Anthony J. Rollo | Retired engineer, 77

Anthony J. Rollo, 77, of Drexel Hill, a retired test engineer for jet-propulsion engines, died at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital on Tuesday of complications from kidney surgery.

Mr. Rollo had lived in Yeadon before moving to Drexel Hill in 1981, the year he retired from the Philadelphia Navy Base.

Family members said he was best remembered for his love of gardening and his ability as a craftsman.

After graduating from South Philadelphia High School in 1942, he worked at the Philadelphia Navy Base except for service in World War II. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1943 and worked as a mechanic. In 1962, just months before the Cuban missile crisis, he joined the Air Force Reserve.

Mr. Rollo was a member of American Legion Post 214 in Upper Darby.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Lucy P. Clementone Rollo; children Marian M. DiGirolamo, Anthony J. Jr. and Peter R.; five grandchildren; and a sister.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.at Spencer T. Videon Funeral Home, 400 Shadeland Ave., Drexel Hill. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church, 3500 School Lane, Drexel Hill. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon.

The family suggests contributions to Catholic Charities Appeal, 222 N. 17th St., Philadelphia 19103.




June 25, 2001

James J. Golden | Ex-Navy Yard rigger, 88

James J. Golden, 88, of the Wissinoming section of Philadelphia, died of heart failure Saturday at the Frankford Campus of Frankford Hospital.

Raised in Port Richmond, Mr. Golden rode the rails across the country during the Depression looking for jobs. For a time, his family said, he made his living as a prize fighter.

During World War II, he was a rigger at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, helping to build the battleships USS New Jersey and USS Washington.

For more than 50 years, he was a member of Local 401 of the International Brotherhood of Structural and Ornamental Ironworkers.

A 50-year member of the Loyal Order of Moose, he was the oldest member of Division 87 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; five sons, James M., Joseph P. and Richard F., all of Philadelphia, Daniel W. of Horsham and Robert M. of Cinnaminson, N.J.; and 13 grandchildren.

A viewing at 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church, Harbison and Cheltenham Avenues, will be followed by a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem.




June 15, 2001

Florence R. Schmitt | Government secretary, 44

Florence Ranalli Schmitt, 44, of Drexel Hill, a former secretary for federal agencies, died Wednesday at Vitas Hospice House of Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia after a five-year battle with cancer. She formerly lived in Upper Darby and West Philadelphia.

Mrs. Schmitt was employed by the federal probation department at the federal courthouse at Sixth and Market Streets in Philadelphia. She previously worked as a secretary at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

After 15 years of service, she went on medical leave three years ago, her family said.

Surviving are her husband of 10 years, Francis X. Schmitt; her father, Phillip Ranalli Sr.; and two brothers.

A viewing will be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday at Videon Funeral Home, Sproul and Lawrence Roads, Broomall. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Bernadette Roman Catholic Church, Turner Avenue, Drexel Hill. Burial will be private.




June 13, 2001

Thomas J. Boylan, 78, naval engineer

Thomas J. "Toddy" Boylan, 78, of Cinnaminson, an engineer who helped build the USS New Jersey and who was a well-known neighborhood Santa Claus, died last Wednesday at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals-University Medical Center/Cherry Hill.

Mr. Boylan, a Philadelphia native who graduated from West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys, was a World War II veteran who served on the Custer, an attack transport that deployed Marines to the island of Kyushu, Japan, in preparation for a possible invasion of that country's main island.

But Mr. Bolan always held a strong affinity for the "Big J," a battleship he helped build in the 1940s as a pipe fitter's apprentice.

"He would always say, 'That's my ship,' " said his daughter Martha Conda. "He was real proud of his work on the New Jersey."

Mr. Boylan would tell his family stories of working on the battleship when it was in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. His small size allowed him to crawl through the battleship's pipes.

A highlight of her father's later life, Conda said, was accompanying Gov. Christie Whitman on the ferry that ushered the homecoming USS New Jersey back to Philadelphia in 1999.

"My father told the governor about how one time he actually got stuck in the pipes," Conda said.

After the war, Mr. Boylan landed a job as an engineer with ITE/Gould Brown Boveri in Chalfont, Bucks County, where he worked on the circuitry of military submarines and ships.

Mr. Boylan enjoyed playing Santa Claus for local children for 30 years. He stopped the Christmas before last.

"My father was not a tall man," Conda said. "He would tell the kids that Santa Claus was really an elf."

Mr. Boylan was among the first parishioners of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Cinnaminson, which was founded in 1962.

He was a member for several decades of the Men of Malvern, a group of Catholic men who each year would take a trip to Malvern, Chester County, for a weekend of prayer and reflection.

"He was real outgoing," Conda said. "His three things were his church, his buddies and his family."

Mr. Boylan was also a volunteer firefighter for the Cinnaminson Fire Company.

In addition to Conda, he is survived by two other daughters, Eleanor Grogan and Anne Hanstein; 10 grandchildren; and two brothers. His wife, Ann, and a sister died earlier.

Services were held Monday under the direction of Snover/Givnish's of Cinnaminson. Burial was at Lakeview Memorial Park in Cinnaminson.

Memorial contributions can be sent to Holy Cross High School, Education Foundation Office, Route 130, Delran, N.J. 08075.




June 4, 2001

Matthew DiSerio; led carrier-overhaul effort

Matthew J. DiSerio, 67, who headed up the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard's overhaul of aircraft carriers for much of his career, died Thursday at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals-University Medical Center/Cherry Hill after battling Gaucher's disease.

He had lived in Cherry Hill for the last 36 years and was born in Astoria, N.Y.

Mr. DiSerio was known as Mr. SLEP for his role in the creation of the Aircraft Carrier Service Life Extension Program (SLEP), including lobbying for the concept. He led the program from its inception in 1979 until he retired in 1988.

The program allowed the Navy to perform extensive overhauls of the nation's fossil-fuel aircraft carriers, extending their 30-year life spans by 15 years for a quarter of the cost of building a new carrier, said Bob Gorgone, who succeeded Mr. DiSerio as program manager.

SLEP eventually became a verb used in the Navy for the extensive overhauling of a ship, he said.

Mr. DiSerio was responsible for the idea that a ship could be divided into "mini-ships," with the data on each section being entered into a different computer file, Gorgone said.

Mr. DiSerio oversaw the SLEP work on the first five ships overhauled at the shipyard - the Saratoga in 1980, followed by the Forrestal, Independence, Kitty Hawk and Constellation.

He received the Superior Civilian Service Award, the Navy's second-highest honor for civilian employees, in 1986.

Mr. DiSerio worked on Navy programs for 41 years, beginning his career at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1951 and continuing there until its closing in 1965, when he came to Philadelphia.

After retiring, he worked as a senior engineer for the CDI Marine Co., based in Blackwood, Camden County.

He was a graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School. He attended the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and the Pratt Institute, also in New York.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Trudy M. Smith DiSerio; a son, John; daughters Janine Chernavsky and Karen Copsetta; six grandchildren; and a brother.

Services were held yesterday under the direction of the Schetter Funeral Home, Cherry Hill.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Gaucher Association, Suite 101, 11140 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md. 20852-3106.




May 25, 2001

Jesse B. Moody

Jesse B. "Sonny" Moody, a civilian military equipment specialist and avid sports and science fiction fan who was devoted to his family and his church, died of a heart attack May 16 while vacationing with his wife near San Antonio, Tex. He was 52 and lived in West Chester for 18 years.

For the last 15 years, Moody worked at the Naval Inventory Control Point on Robbins Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia, where he provided technical advice on costs and parts to repair airplanes. He previously was a machinist at Leeds and Northrop and at the Naval Shipyard, where he worked on submarines.

Born in Philadelphia, Moody graduated from Roman Catholic High School, where he played football. He earned an associate's degree at Delaware Valley Institute of Technology and also attended Cheyney University and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Moody met his wife at a Delta sorority party in Germantown and they married a couple of years later in 1971.

"What I liked about him was his wry sense of humor and the fact that he loved people," his wife said.

"He was very friendly. It didn't matter who you were, if you had two ears he was going to talk to you."

A dedicated parishioner at Ss. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, Moody was an usher for 17 years who insisted that his children and grandson attend Catholic schools. He was involved in community events and was a member of the Order of the Knights of Columbus.

He also was a diehard Eagles fan and followed Temple football and hoops.

He proudly wore a ring his son earned while playing football at Georgia Tech.

Moody also is survived by one daughter, Adena; two sons, Jesse and Jeremy; his mother, Prenthy Coleman Moody; two sisters, Bernadette Taplin and Antoinette Moody-Sharp; one brother, Kevin, and one grandson.

Services: A viewing from 9 to 11 a.m. today at Ss. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, on Boot Road, in West Chester. Services at 11 with burial in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, on Cheltenham Avenue.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Diabetes Society, One Plymouth Meeting, Plymouth Meeting, Pa. 19462.




May 8, 2001

Henrietta Baker

Henrietta Baker, a former school dietician and a leader in her church and community, died Thursday. She was 78 and lived in North Philadelphia.

For many years Baker worked at the Most Precious Blood Catholic Church school cafeteria, eventually becoming the dietician. In 1972, she resigned to care for her grandson, Brian, who had special needs and medical challenges. "Henrietta's unselfish acts of love and devotion never wavered for her family," said a family member.

She was a member of Most Precious Blood Church, which later merged with St. Martin de Porres Church, where she sang on the choir, taught sewing to senior citizens and often was called upon to volunteer her time for the Parish Community Social Service Ministry. She was a charter member for 25 years of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Peter Claver Court 187. She served as grand lady for two terms, vice grand lady for eight terms and lecturer for a number of years. Baker also was a charter member of Sister Theo Bowman Chapter 34, 4th degree. Baker was a member of a social club, the Ladies of Joy, where she served as president, coordinating various activities such as leisure trips and shopping sprees.

For a number of years, she worked as a judge of elections for the 32d Ward, 31st Division and was financial secretary and business manager for Turner Street Clean Block Organization. Born in Greenwood, S.C., Baker came to Philadelphia when she was one years old. During World War II, she worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and was one of the few black women to work as an electrician on the battleship USS Wisconsin from 1942 to 1943.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Donald Baker; two sons, Donald Jr. and Wayne; a daughter, Cheryl Baker Branham; nine grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and a sister, Bernice Sims. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Martin de Porres Church, 2340 W. Lehigh Ave., where friends may call two hours earlier. Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery.




April 26, 2001

Raymond R. Flinn | Inspector, 65

Raymond R. Flinn, 65, a shipyard inspector, died of esophageal cancer Monday at his Gloucester City home.

He was a lifelong Gloucester City resident, and was born in Camden.

Mr. Flinn was an inspector at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard until retiring in 1993. Later, he worked as a custodian for St. Mary's Grammar School in Gloucester City.

He served in the Army from 1957 to 1959 and then in the Army Reserve.

Mr. Flinn was a lifelong parishioner of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Gloucester City. He was a third-degree member of Knights of Columbus Council 674 in Gloucester City.

He was a member of the Gloucester City Democrat Club, the Gloucester City Historical Society, and the Gloucester County Historical Society.

He was a graduate of Brown Preparatory School in Philadelphia.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Bernadette M. Bernard Flinn; daughters Donna Marie Williamson and Colleen Kain; three grandchildren; a brother; and a sister.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at the McCann Funeral Home, 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 426 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Burial will be in New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Msgr. Lucitt Needy Children's Christmas Fund, 426 Monmouth St., Gloucester City, N.J. 08030.




April 13, 2001

Nichelle 'Nikki' Smith

Nichelle C. "Nikki" Smith, an active member of her church and a former employee of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died Tuesday after a long illness.

She was 39 and lived in Coatesville. Formerly of Philadelphia, she was a graduate of Bok Vocational Technical High School where she majored in tailoring. She attended Temple University for two years. After leaving Temple, the former Nichelle Langley worked at the shipyard from 1984 to 1992, where she completed an apprenticeship in engineering.

Before she became ill she had been self-employed as a tailor in Coatesville. Smith was a member of New Life in Christ Fellowship in Coatesville. A family member said "she was a faithful and active member, contributing her time and energy to many different tasks. She previously was a member of New Welcome Baptist Church and attended Solid Rock Baptist Church, both in Philadelphia.

Survivors include her husband, Minister Clarence G. Smith Jr.; a son, Clarence G. III; a daughter, Christina N. Culler; her parents, Thomas and Myrtle Kimbrough Langley; and a brother, Charles H. Dickerson. A sister, Pamela Dickerson, is deceased.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at New Life in Christ Fellowship, 23 S. 5th Ave., Coatesville, where friends may call two hours earlier. Burial will be in Rolling Green Memorial Park in West Chester. Contributions may be made to Clarence Smith Jr., c/o New Life in Christ Fellowship, 23 S. 5th St., Coatesville, Pa. 19320.




April 13, 2001

A. Wesley Woodland | Production manager, 83
A. Wesley Woodland, 83, formerly of Norristown, a tool-and-die maker before he went into production management, died Monday at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre after a brief illness.

Originally a tool-and-die maker at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and for the former Synthane-Taylor Co. in Oaks, Montgomery County, he switched to production management. He worked for Teleflex Inc. in North Wales; Berg Electronics in Harrisburg; Exxon Corp.'s facility in Exton; and Videotek Inc. in Pottstown.

Mr. Woodland, a Norristown native, graduated from Norristown High School and then served in the Navy during World War II as an aerographer's mate aboard the Casco. He also served on another ship and took part in the Philippines campaign, receiving several commendations.

He resided in Norristown for many years and later lived in Emmaus, Lehigh County, before he moved to Wescosville, also in Lehigh County, 10 years ago.

He was a 32d-degree Mason and a former Boy Scout leader in Audubon. He enjoyed deep-sea fishing.

He is survived by children, Carol W. Cornish, Karen H. Aaron, Dale W. and Michael; three brothers; three sisters; and four grandchildren.

Friends may call after 10 a.m. today at Williams-Bergey-Koffel Funeral Home, 667 Harleysville Pike (Route 113), Franconia Township, Montgomery County. A Masonic service will be held at 10:45 a.m., with a funeral at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Limerick Garden of Memories, 44 Swamp Pike, Limerick.

The family suggests contributions to National World War II Memorial, Suite 501, 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22201.




April 10, 2001

Harry Kadransky | Certified public accountant, 83

Harry Kadransky, 83, of Upper Darby, a certified public accountant for nearly 50 years, died of lymphoma Sunday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Kadransky served clients until a year ago, when illness forced him to retire. He started his accounting practice in 1951, working out of his home. Most of his clients were small businesses.

He was an accomplished ballroom dancer, his family said, and regularly attended local dance sessions with his wife as his partner. He later met his second wife at a ballroom dance.

He was born in South Philadelphia, and graduated from South Philadelphia High School in 1935 and from Temple University in 1939 with a business degree.

During World War II, Mr. Kadransky worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard as an electrician.

He was a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

His first wife, Jeanette Gerson Kadransky, to whom he was married for 45 years, died in 1988.

He is survived by his wife of nine years, Ellen Cogan Kadransky; daughters Gloria Rabinowitz and Sally Borgman; stepsons Erik Strangeways, Gregory Strangeways, Peter Watkins and Timothy Gold; and four grandchildren.

Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at Temple Israel, Bywood Avenue and Walnut Street, Upper Darby. Burial will be in Mount Jacob Cemetery, Darby.




April 5, 2001

Lillie T. Dawson | Active homemaker, 100

Lillie Twining Dawson, 100, a homemaker who walked three blocks to her last birthday party in February, died Friday of injuries suffered in a fall at her home in White Horse Village, Newtown Square. She formerly lived in Clifton Heights.

Mrs. Dawson liked to be active and take on challenges, her family said.

When she was 96, she went jet skiing with a grandniece on Chesapeake Bay and enjoyed the ride so much that she repeated it several times.

She drove until she was 94.

She also enjoyed walking and was still taking regular strolls until a month before her death. For her birthday on Feb. 2, Groundhog Day, she walked from her daughter's home to hers for the birthday celebration.

Mrs. Dawson loved animals and often used to show dogs at obedience shows.

"She always wanted to try something new," said her daughter, Barbara J. Dawson, who lived nearby.

Mrs. Dawson attended schools in Clifton Heights and studied at Banks Business College in Philadelphia, earning a certificate as a bookkeeper and secretary.

She worked for local companies, including an auto agency. During World War II, Mrs. Dawson worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in purchasing.

Her husband of 48 years, James A. Dawson, died in 1967. Other survivors are daughter Jean Dracup; two grandchildren; and three great-grandsons.

Visitation will be at 7 p.m. tomorrow and 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Williams Funeral Home, 33 W. Baltimore Ave., Clifton Heights. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Clifton United Methodist Church, 113 South Springfield Rd., Clifton. Burial will be in Montrose Cemetery, Upper Darby.




April 4, 2001

Raymond J. Cochard | Construction executive, 77

Raymond J. Cochard, 77, of Havertown, who rose from carpenter to executive during a 45-year career in the construction business, died of complications from cancer Monday at Integrated Health Services nursing home in Broomall.

Mr. Cochard was associated with major projects in the area that included hospitals, highways, skyscrapers, marine construction and colleges.

After graduating from Bartram High School in 1942, Mr. Cochard received a medical deferment from military duty during World War II and took up carpentry. He was an apprentice at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

After the war, he worked on marine terminals along the Delaware and soon became general superintendent for R.E. Carrick Co., his family said.

In 1971, Mr. Cochard left Carrick to become vice president of Shamrock Construction Co. of Cherry Hill. Three years later, he cofounded General Concrete Construction Corp. of Lansdowne. In 1980 he joined Mergentime Corp. as vice president of construction. He retired in 1992.

His wife of 43 years, Helen Brennan Cochard, died in 1991.

Surviving are sons Raymond Jr., Stephen and Mark; two brothers; a sister; and five grandchildren.

A viewing will be held at 7 p.m. today at Donohue Funeral Home, 330 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church, Highland Avenue, Bryn Mawr. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Broomall.




ROY R ROEMER SR 75 of Louisville, KY. died monday March 12 2001 at home Born in Philadelphia PA, formerly of National Park, NJ.he lived in Louisville,Ky.since 1970.

MR. Roemer worked in publications for the Naval Ordnance Station in Louisville, Ky. He also worked for at the former naval air station at the Philadelphia Naval SHIPYARD.

He was a former member of the Army MARS, South Jefferson Republican Club and the Florence Masonic Lodge.

He was also the past president of the National Park Volunteer Fire Co. National Park N.J.

Surviving are his son Roy R Jr of Louisville and two grandsons.

Services will be 12 noon Thursday at Arch L Heady &Son Funeral Home, 8519 Preston Highway,Louisville Ky,40219,where friends may call 3 to 8 pm.Wednesday. Burial will be in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Ky.

Contributions may be made to the Fraze Animal Rescue Foundation, P.O. BOX 421, New Albany, IN 47151.




March 19, 2001

Louis Levy | Retired draftsman, 83

Louis Levy, 83, of West Deptford, a retired draftsman at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died of complications of Parkinson's disease Thursday at Underwood-Memorial Hospital, Woodbury. He had lived in Deptford for 45 years.

After graduating from Trenton High School in 1935, Mr. Levy became a draftsman at the shipyard, served in the Army during World War II and the Korean War, and then returned to the shipyard, where he worked until his retirement as a quality-assurance specialist in 1977.

After his retirement, he worked part time as a gateman for several years at the Atlantic City Race Course.

Mr. Levy was a member of Congregation Beth Israel of Woodbury.He enjoyed playing tennis and golf and going to the Atlantic City casinos, where he played poker. He also enjoyed horse racing and crossword puzzles.

Mr. Levy is survived by his wife of 45 years, Myrna Brooks Levy; a daughter, Judy; and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at Berschler Shenberg & Blady Funeral Chapels, 5341 Route 38, Pennsauken. Burial will be at Crescent Burial Park, Pennsauken.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Chelsea Pier 62, Suite 305, New York, N.Y. 10011.




March 15, 2001

Michael Netzko | Shipyard worker, 84

Michael Netzko, 84, a Philadelphia Naval Shipyard employee and a weekend accordionist, died of complications from Parkinson's disease Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Camden.

He had lived in Pennsauken since 1963, and he was born and raised in Philadelphia.

Mr. Netzko was a pressure tank tester at the shipyard from 1939 until retiring in 1974. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers.

A Marine Corps veteran of World War II, he served in 1945 and 1946.

On weekends, Mr. Netzko played the accordion at weddings, taprooms and cabarets. He was a life member of Philadelphia Musical Society Local 77, having joined in 1955.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Anna Mary Dudzinski Netzko; a son, Michael R.; a daughter, Lorraine; and a sister.

Friends may call after 8:30 a.m. today at the Stephenson-Brown Funeral Home, 33 W. Maple Ave., Merchantville. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, 43 W. Maple Ave., Merchantville. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Philadelphia.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, 43 W. Maple Ave., Merchantville, N.J. 08109.




March 15, 2001

Robert Fass, Bellmawr official

Robert J. Fass, 74, chairman of the Bellmawr Zoning Board for the last 15 years, died of complications from lung cancer Sunday at his Bellmawr home.

He had lived in Bellmawr since 1971, and was born and raised in Madison, Wis.

Mr. Fass served on the zoning board for more than 30 years.

"He was a gentleman who brought pride and dedication to his work," Mayor Frank Filipek said. "He knew the job better than anybody I ever knew. He loved the town of Bellmawr," and he learned about zoning matters by going out and observing what was being done.

"Everything he did stood out," Filipek said. "He was a good friend, a family man, and an asset to the borough."

Mr. Fass was an industrial hygienist at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, starting work there in 1966 and retiring in 1987.

A Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War, he was a chief hospital corpsman and a chief petty officer. In Korea, he served with the First Marine Division and received two Presidential Unit Citations and a Korean Presidential Unit Citation. He served 22 years, retiring in 1966.

Mr. Fass was a 1960 graduate of Navy Nuclear Power School in New London, Conn.

He was a past president of Fleet Reserve Association Chapter 57, where he was a member of the board of directors.

He served on the Camden County Veterans Advisory Committee and held the position of adjutant.

He was a parishioner of Mary Mother of the Church in Bellmawr. He was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

Mr. Fass was a graduate of Marshfield (Wis.) High School and received an associate degree from Camden County College in Blackwood.

He was passionate about horse racing, and in the last several years he was part-owner of Koluctoo Kris, a thoroughbred.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary T. Roetz Fass; sons Robert J. Jr., Thomas M., Richard J. and David M.; daughters Judith A. Gray, Monica T. Fass and Elaine M. Wydra; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his mother, Margaret Sitzman Fass.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. tomorrow at the Gardner Funeral Home, 126 S. Black Horse Pike, Runnemede. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. tomorrow in Mary Mother of the Church, Braisington Avenue, Bellmawr. Burial will be in New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr.

Memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Dr., Suite 300, Marlton, N.J. 08053.




March 7, 2001

Harry Garrett Sr., 78, dedicated to his family

Harry Garrett Sr., a retired city employee who was dedicated to his family and the community, died Friday of complications of coronary arterial disease. He was 78 and lived in West Philadelphia.

Garrett worked as a heavy equipment operator for the city for 36 years. He had previously worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and for home building contractors in South Jersey.

"Garrett was a hard worker who was dedicated to any job he held," said a family member. ". . .Garrett was known as a family man and a good neighbor."

His wife and high school sweetheart, the former Dora Turner, said, "My husband was a good man. We had 55 years of working together in unity."

On the block where they lived, Garrett was known as the neighborhood contractor and fisherman. He also was known for the beautiful remodeling jobs he did on his home and those of neighbors. When he went on his fishing trips and caught fish, everyone on the block had fish.

With Garrett working days and his wife working nights, they were able to coordinate efforts so they never needed babysitters in raising their six children, all of whom completed high school and two obtained college degrees.

Recently, the family had a difficult decision to make. Garrett was a candidate for open heart surgery, however he was not strong enough to sustain it. They decided to forego the surgery in exchange for a reasonably good quality of life.

Knowing that her husband could die at any time, Dora Garrett said, "I prepared myself for the fact that my husband could leave without notice. He did that on Friday morning."

Like so many other young men during the Depression, Garrett had dropped out of high school to help support the family. In 1943, he enlisted in the Army and participated in the Invasion of Normandy and in campaigns in the Asiatic-Pacific theater.

He had been an active member of Lodge 120 of the Masonic Order and belonged to the Golden Age Club of District Council 33.

Survivors also include two sons, Harry Jr. and Vincent; three daughters, Phyllis G. Dorn, Cheryl Robinson and Olivia; four sisters, Lucille Dowson, Annie Lair-King, Nomia Singleton and Viola Holmes; a brother, Elijah "Sonny" Garrett; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A son, Roy, was killed in 1997, the victim of an attempted carjacking.

A service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Corinthian Baptist Church, 5101 Pine St., where friends may call one hour earlier. Burial will be in Rolling Green Memorial Park in West Chester.




February 17, 2001

John R. Stull, Sr. (71 Shop Head)

On February 17, 2001. Of Media, formerly of Drexel Hill. Beloved Husband of the late Lillian T. (nee Gasdor), devoted father of Patricia Stull Lunkenheimer, Barbara (B.J.) Hoffman, John (Jack) R. Jr., Lynne M. Stull and Kathy Harkisheimer, dear brother of Beatrice Winters and Paul Stull. Also survived by twelve grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral on Thursday after 8:15 AM at THE CAVANAGH-PATTESON FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 43 E. Baltimore Ave., Media, followed by a Funeral Mass in the Church of St. Bernadette, Turner Ave. between Bond & Marvine Aves., Drexel Hill at 10 AM. Interment Holy Cross Cem. Friends may call at CAVANAGH-PATTERSON Wednesday eve 5 to 8 PM. PLEASE OMIT FLOWERS. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the American Brain Tumor Assoc., 2720 River Rd., DesPlaines, IL 60018 would be greatly appreciated.




February 4, 2001

John T . Tuscano, 73

John T . Tuscano, 73, of Lakeland, Fla., died Feb, 4 2001 at home.

Born in Philadelphia PA and formerly of Mount Laurel NJ, Mr. Tuscano was a retired supervisor for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia.

He was a member of St Anthony's church in Lakeland, the VFW Post of North Lakeland and the Naval Shipyard union.

He was an Army veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Mary A.; a son, John Jr.of Absecon; two daugthers, Susan of Tampa, Fla., and Lori Brenner of Bristol,Pa; three bothers Frank and Thomes both of Philadelphia Pa, and Robert of NORTH Carolina; sister, Philonena Gray of Lakeland; and four grandchilder.

Services were Feb. 6 at St Anthony's Church in lakeland .Arrangements were by Trinty Memorial Garden & Funeral Home,Lakeland.

Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice of Polk COUNTY, 105 Arneson Ave .; Auburdale, Fla. 33809; or to St Anthony's Church 802 Marcum Road, Lakeland. Fla. 33809.




January 29, 2001

Esther B. Monroe
Homemaker

Esther Barnes Monroe died of complications from pneumonia Wednesday at Rancocas Hospital, Willingboro.

She had been a resident of the Riverhouse in Edgewater Park since 1957. She was born in Philadelphia and raised in Philadelphia and Mantua, Gloucester County.

Mrs. Monroe, a homemaker, was dedicated to her family, her Catholic faith, and the enjoyment of being a host for social events, family members said.

In her earlier years, she was a fashion model and a jewelry buyer at Kind Jewelers in Philadelphia.

Mrs. Monroe was a parishioner of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Beverly, where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society.

She was a volunteer with Meals on Wheels in Burlington County for about decade.

She was a 1937 graduate of Mater Misericordiae Academy in Merion, Montgomery County, and she attended Rosemont College.

During World War II, Mrs. Monroe worked in the drafting department of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

She enjoyed traveling and took trips to Egypt, Italy, South America, Bermuda, Scandinavia and Alaska.

She also enjoyed entertaining, whether for intimate groups or grand holiday parties, often designing and making her own dresses for special occasions.

She is survived by her sons, William Winfield Jr. and Christopher David; a daughter, Honor Santos; 11 grandchildren; a brother; and three sisters. She was the widow of William W. Sr.

Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. today at the Page Funeral Home, 302 E. Union St., Burlington City. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. today at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Warren Street, Beverly.




January 19, 2001

Frank Maffei, 82, Army vet who loved to sing

They called Frank Maffei "The Mockingbird of South Philly" because he enjoyed belting out old tunes while strolling down Passyunk Avenue or playing rummy with his friends.

But the Mockingbird's voice was stilled on Monday when he died at St. Agnes Hospital following complications from a Dec. 30 fall on Passyunk. He was 82 and lived in South Philly all his life.

"He was an outgoing person. A kind person," said his wife, Grace. "We had a lovely relationship. We never had an argument in the 12 years we were together. He made me feel special because he always wanted me beside him."

Educated in public schools, Frank Maffei worked briefly for the post office before joining the Army during World War II. He served in Guam and was involved in the Guadalcanal campaign during his four-year hitch before his honorable discharge in 1945.

When he returned to Philadelphia, he worked as a warehouseman at the Navy Yard, until retiring about 25 years ago when he underwent triple-bypass surgery. But he survived, partly because he always had a song in his heart.

Maffei married his first wife, Bertha Prete, in the mid-1940s. She died in the late '80s and, in 1988, he married Grace Simonetti Baldino, who also had recently been widowed.

"People said we married too soon," she said. "But he told them, 'Look, we're already 70 years old. What am I supposed to do, court her for a couple of years?' "

Maffei was a dog lover who liked to dance to Lawrence Welk's "champagne" music.

His wife said her husband was a "clean-cut man" who was fussy about his clothes. He also liked to play the ponies at area race tracks.

Maffei also is survived by one son, Ralph; two stepdaughters, Mary E. Torretti and Anna Maria Della Pia; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by one sister and four brothers.

A viewing is from 7 to 9 tonight at the Ruffenach Funeral Home, 21st Street and Snyder Avenue. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Monica's Church, 17th and Ritner streets. Burial is at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery, in Springfield.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Deborah Hospital Foundation, 2 Bala Plaza, Suite 300, Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004.




January 15, 2001

Nicholas P. Caccavo, 77, devoted to family

Nicholas P. Caccavo, a retired federal employee and a man who took friendship and citizenship seriously, died Friday. He was 77 and lived in South Philadelphia.

Nick Caccavo was an electronics technician. He worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard from 1948 to 1960, then at the Naval air engineering center at Pomona, N.J., until 1967 and finally at the Naval air center at Lakehurst, N.J., until he retired in 1980. For three years after retiring he remained at Lakehurst as a consultant.

Raised in the 9th and Dickinson streets neighborhood of South Philly, the son of immigrant parents, Caccavo believed it was important to be involved in matters that affect your neighborhood and family.

He and his brother-in-law, Fred DeBerardinis, whom he had known since high school, frequently attended City Council meetings and community town meetings together.

"He was very civic-minded," said DeBerardinis. "He was always ready to assist anyone who had any kind of emergency. He always had a house full of TVs and radios to repair for friends and neighbors. Nick had many, many friends and he will be greatly missed by everyone, especially me."

Gina Apadula, one of his daughters, said, "He was the best father anybody could ask for. He did everything with us and took us everywhere and taught us everything. He was so interested in life, reading and learning, and he passed that on to us."

She said, "Friends were in and out and he ran for everybody who needed him. If it was 3 a.m., he'd go. He was very family-oriented. He took my brother scuba diving, the Boy Scouts, just anything he could. He'd get us there if we were involved in school functions."

There was also music in the Caccavo home. He played the guitar professionally at weekend events, such as weddings, and belonged to the musicians union.

Friends and family described Caccavo as a meticulous, well-organized man who was a model for others. Family members who once groaned at being ordered to hold still for more photos by the amateur photographer today are grateful that dad was there to chronicle so many events, with dates and names carefully recorded on the backs of the photos.

A recipient of cornea transplants when it was still a pioneering procedure, Caccavo in recent years was a volunteer driver who took the blind to social events.

A graduate of Bok Vocational Technical High School, Caccavo served in the Navy during World War II as a radioman aboard LST No. 492. His nickname in the service was "Little Chief." An officer writing to Caccavo's parents described their son as "the most popular" man in the crew.

He participated in the Normandy Invasion and the battle of Okinawa in the Pacific. Upon his discharge as radioman first class he had received three battle stars. After the war he attended Temple University for three years.

Survivors also include his wife of 51 years, the former Anna Tortoreto; a son, Nicholas V.; another daughter, Lisa Caccavo; five grandchildren; and a sister, Antoinette DeBerardinis.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Calvary Temple, 3301 S. 20th St., where friends may call two hours earlier. Burial will be in New St. Mary's Cemetery in Bellmawr, N.J.

Contributions may be made to Wills Eye Hospital.




January 5, 2001

John C. Bailey Sr.

Retired painter, 89

John Clifford Bailey Sr., 89, a devoted churchman and retired ship painter who labored at his craft in Philadelphia and South Carolina, died Monday of an intestinal disorder at Albert Einstein Medical Center.

He had been a longtime resident of West Oak Lane.

Mr. Bailey grew up in Atlanta, where he developed a deep and enduring relationship with the Baptist church.

He and his wife, Geneva, settled in Charleston, S.C., where Mr. Bailey worked at the naval shipyard and became active in the area's civil-rights movement. He led a tenants' group that pressed the U.S. Postal Service to improve mail delivery in the African American neighborhood of Read Hill.

Mr. Bailey was transferred to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in 1945. He soon became an active member of Jones Memorial Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and a trustee. He was instrumental in founding a Boy Scout troop at the church.

Mr. Bailey retired from the shipyard in 1978 and operated his own house-painting firm for many years.

A devoted Mason and a committed follower of local and national politics, he rarely missed a date at the polls.

In addition to his wife of more than 60 years, he is survived by a son, John Jr.; a daughter, Juanita Highsmith; two granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at Jones Memorial Baptist Church, 20th and Dauphin Streets. Services will follow. Burial will be at Forest Hills Cemetery in Huntingdon Valley.




December 29, 2000

LEE DAVID STRING SR.

LeeDavid String Sr 59 of Frankinville New Jersey died THURSDAY in Kenndy Memorial Hospital Washington Township.

Born in Philadelphia he formerly lived in Williamstown and Blackwood before moving to Franklinville in 1976 .

He served in the U.S. Navy He worked as a crane operator for the Philadelphia Naval Ship-yard for 30 years before retiring in 1993.

He was also a pilot and owned a 1939 Taylor Craft.

Surviving are his former wife JoANN C (NEE DeVITO TWO SONS Lee David Jr of New Castle,DEL, AND DAVID BRYAN OF Philadelphia and a sister ,Evelyn M Braunecker of New Castle.

Services will be 11a.m.Thursday in the Bell-Hennessy Funeral Home,120 South Main St Williamstown, where frieds may call after 10 am Burial will be in the Harleigh Cemetery, Camden.

Contributions may be made to the Nature Conservancy, 4245 North Fairfax drive Suite No 100, Arlington.Va, 22203.




December 21, 2000

Martin L. Pugh Jr., 80, Navy Yard retiree

Martin L. Pugh Jr., 80, who as a boy growing up in a single-parent home scavenged for wood in North Philadelphia to help support his brothers and sisters, died Friday of complications associated with diabetes at his home in the Olney section of Philadelphia.

Before moving to Olney to live with his son, Mr. Pugh had been a longtime resident of West Oak Lane.

Mr. Pugh, whose mother died when he was kindergarten age, was about 12 when he started joining an older brother in early-morning hunts for stray pieces of wood and discarded odds and ends - anything they could sell. He would then go on to school while his brother headed for street corners to sell whatever they had managed to collect.

His father, a janitor who worked in Center City, died when Mr. Pugh was 16, so he quit Central High School and went to work on an ice truck. Many years later, in 1983, he earned his general equivalency diploma.

Getting his diploma was "something he always wanted to do," said his son, Martin 3d, a postal worker. "He went and did it, and after he got it, he cherished it for the rest of his life."

Mr. Pugh was born in Orangeburg, S.C., the third of seven children; his family came to Philadelphia when he was a toddler.

He grew up doing whatever he could to help, but then in 1939, he quit the ice truck and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, clearing trees to make way for roads in rural Pennsylvania. He joined the Army, served in Europe during World War II, then returned to Philadelphia after his discharge in 1945.

He got a job at the old Philadelphia Navy Yard, where he spent much of the rest of his working life, retiring in 1972 as a public-works inspector.

Old habits die hard, and Mr. Pugh did not stay retired long. He worked for the Philadelphia Department of Recreation for the next 11 years.

Mr. Pugh was an active and longtime member of Haven Peniel United Methodist Church in North Philadelphia, serving as a trustee and on several committees, teaching an adult men's Bible class, and taking on the duties of secretary of the church's men's group.

The church recognized him as its man of the year in 1983.

In addition to his son, Mr. Pugh is survived by three grandchildren, one sister and one brother. His wife of 50 years, Marjorie, died in 1996.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Haven Peniel United Methodist Church, 2301 W. Oxford St. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be at Ivy Hill Cemetery.




November 21, 2000

Don E. Renstrom, 77, Machinist at Navy Yard, World War II veteran

Don E. Renstrom, 77, of the Darby/Colwyn area, a former employee of the Philadelphia Navy Yard, died Nov. 19 at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. Born in Fayette City, Pa., Mr. Renstrom was a 22-year resident of the Darby/Colwyn area. He was employed as a machinist in the tool and die division of the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Following his retirement, Mr. Renstrom worked as a crossing guard in Darby for six years and as a security guard for Crystal-X in Colwyn.

Mr. Renstrom served in the submarine division of the Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He was a life member of VFW Post 598, Darby.

Mr. Renstrom was the father of the late Sharon Satanaro.

Survivors: Wife, Helen L. Lease Renstrom of Colwyn; daughter, Barbara Chilzer of Belle Vernon; stepsons, John Carroll of Glen Mills, Raymond Carroll of Philadelphia and Nelson Carroll of Sharon Hill; brother, Henry Renstrom; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren.

Mass: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Marvil Funeral Home, 1110 Main St., Darby.

Visitation: 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Burial: Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill.

Contributions: American Heart Association, 625 W. Ridge Pike, Building A, Suite 100, Conshohocken, PA 19428.




November 20, 2000

Walter P. Ashe Sr.
Electrical welder, 84

Walter P. Ashe Sr., 84, a retired electrical welder, died of a massive stroke Wednesday at Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center, Camden.

He had lived in Gloucester City for nearly 50 years and was born in Red Bank, Monmouth County.

Mr. Ashe worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for 20 years before retiring when he was 70. Previously, he worked at the New York Shipyard and the Mathis Shipyard, both in Camden.

An Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Ashe served in Europe as a private first class with the 159th Infantry, 106th Division.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Margaret C. Herrmann Ashe; sons Walter P. Jr. and James P.; a daughter, Anna T. Dickson; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and a brother.

Friends may call after 9:30 today at the McCann Funeral Home, 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City, where funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Entombment will be in New St. Mary's Mausoleum, Bellmawr.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Special Fund in care of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 426 Monmouth St., Gloucester City, N.J. 08030.




November 16, 2000

Stanley Grzybowski
D-Day veteran, 77

Stanley Grzybowski, 77, a paratrooper and glider man during World War II, died of a heart attack Monday at his Deptford home.

He was born in Philadelphia and had lived in Deptford since 1976.

Mr. Grzybowski was working at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in 1941 when he enlisted in the Army. He was a platoon sergeant in the 193d Airborne Infantry and a paratrooper and glider man in the 17th and 101st Airborne Divisions.

Mr. Grzybowski participated in the D-Day invasion in 1944 and was wounded in Belgium in the Battle of the Bulge in 1945. He then returned to the United States and resumed his work at the shipyard.

After 37 years of service, including his military time, Mr. Grzybowski retired as a supervisor and equipment specialist in the shipyard's technical division in 1978.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Kathryn Arcidicono Grzybowski; a daughter, Alexis Sarruda; and two grandchildren.

Friends may call from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. today at the McGuinness Funeral Home, 573 Egg Harbor Rd., Washington Township. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Church of the Holy Family, 226 Hurffville Rd., Washington Township. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Cherry Hill.

Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans of Gloucester County, Chapter 64, Box 386, Mantua, N.J. 08051.




November 09, 2000

Agnes Loftus Heasley
Former mortgage officer, 95

Agnes Loftus Heasley, 95, a coal miner's daughter who became a teacher, a textbook editor, a government employee, and a mortgage officer, died of complications associated with colon cancer Saturday at Frankford Hospital-Torresdale Campus.

She had been a resident of Northeast Philadelphia.

Mrs. Heasley was born the youngest of five children in Jessup, Lackawanna County - coal-mining country. Her father, a foreman in a coal mine, saw to it that she got an education. She earned a bachelor's degree from Marywood College in Scranton in 1926, then taught math and science at Jessup High School.

She also taught for the WPA during the Depression.

Mrs. Heasley and her family moved to Philadelphia in 1950. She raised five boys and edited textbooks for Chilton Publishing. She also worked in supply at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, and then, for eight years, she reviewed mortgages for the Federal National Mortgage Association, now Fannie Mae. She retired on disability after suffering a heart attack in 1960.

Mrs. Heasley is survived by sons Frank, Eugene, John and Patrick; 15 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. Her husband of 60 years, Joseph, died in 1990. Her son Joseph Jr. died in 1994.

Viewings will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Burns Funeral Home, 9708 Frankford Ave. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of Calvary Church, 10000 Knights Rd. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem.




November 08, 2000

Isaac S. Taylor

Flange turner, 85

Isaac S. "Ike" Taylor, 85, a flange turner and outstanding high school athlete, died of heart failure Saturday at his Clayton home.

Mr. Taylor worked for the former New York Shipbuilding Co. in Camden and then at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for 25 years before retiring in 1980. Previously, he was a glassblower for the Kimble Glass Co. in Vineland.

He also was the longtime owner and operator of Ike's Moving & Hauling in Clayton, and he rented boats and did maintenance work at Wilson Lake in Clayton.

Mr. Taylor was a military policeman in the Army during World War II.

A lifelong Clayton resident, he was a 1933 graduate of Clayton High School, where he was a tackle on the football team and a center in basketball. In track and field, he placed in the discus event at the South Jersey Class B sectionals in 1932 and 1933. He was named to the Clayton Sports Hall of Fame.

He later played semipro football and basketball in South Jersey.

Mr. Taylor was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Clayton.

He enjoyed gardening, particularly growing vegetables.

He is survived by his sons, C. Rodney, David S. and Donald I.; daughters Christine Taylor Read and L. Jill; eight grandchildren; and a brother. He was the widower of Judith Dahl Taylor.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today and after 10 a.m. tomorrow at Trinity United Methodist Church, 351 N. Delsea Dr., Clayton, where funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Cedar Green Cemetery, Clayton.

Memorial donations may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 351 N. Delsea Dr., Clayton, N.J. 08312.




November 07, 2000

Warren Matthews, 71, petty officer, engineer

Warren D. Matthews, 71, a retired Navy petty officer from Buckingham who carried his military experience into civilian work as an electrical engineer, died of cancer Friday at his home.

His Navy service spanned from 1948 to 1958, when he retired as a chief petty officer. He had been an electrician's mate and during the Korean War was aboard an LSMR, which stands for landing ship medium, rocket.

"It was a landing craft that shot medium-range rockets to support Marines landing on the beach," said his wife of 46 years, Mary "Gerry" Silk Matthews.

After his military service, Mr. Matthews was an electrical engineer at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and then at the Naval Air Warfare Center in Trenton. He retired from there in 1994.

A Cincinnati native, he graduated from Cheviot High School and, after his military service, attended Pennsylvania State University for two years.

Mr. Matthews lived in Holland, Bucks County, from 1978 to 1990, when he moved to the adult community at Buckingham Springs in Buckingham Township.

A sports enthusiast, he was a member of several bowling leagues and played in an over-60 softball league. He also liked a few hands of poker.

In addition, Mr. Matthews was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic Church, a new parish in Buckingham Township, and previously a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church in Doylestown Borough.

Besides his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Rosemarie Biron, Gail Anne Pollock, and Theresa Crowley; two brothers; and seven grandchildren.

Friends may call after 10 a.m. today, with a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Bede the Venerable Roman Catholic Church, 1054 Holland Rd. in Holland, Bucks County.

Burial will follow in St. John Neumann Cemetery, County Line and Stump Roads in Chalfont, Bucks County.

The family suggests contributions to Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic Church, Hollyberry Square, 5667 York Rd., Lahaska, Pa. 18931.




November 3, 2000

Walter Parrish Sr.

Walter P. Parrish Sr., a retired Navy shipyard worker and devoted deacon whose faith sustained him through a long illness, died Wednesday surrounded by family at MCP Hospital. He was 86 and a longtime North Philadelphian who lived at the Fairview Nursing Home for the last two years.

"Everyone who knew him loved him immediately," one of his daughters, Carolyn Dillard, said. "He never complained and he always managed to find something good to say," one of his grandchildren added.

A soft-spoken, easygoing man, "Fats" Parrish married his wife, Emma, 55 years ago and worked at the shipyard for 35 years before retiring in 1990.

He worked even harder at Thankful Baptist Church where he was secretary of the Deacon Board, served communion, visited the sick and shut-in and wrote obituaries for departed congregants. He also did tax returns for free in the neighborhood and was an avid historian who was hooked on "Jeopardy."

Parrish's health deteriorated rapidly after the brief illness and death of his only son, Walter "Buddy" Parrish Jr., in 1995. At his son's funeral, the minister reminded the congregants that weeping endures for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

Fats Parrish whispered to his son, "I'll see you in the morning."

Parrish is survived by his wife, Emma; two daughters, Carolyn Dillard and Phyllis Parrish; one brother, William; four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. He also was predeceased by three brothers, R.L., D.C. and L.B. Parrish; and one sister, Lila Mae Hill.

A viewing will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at Thankful Baptist Church, 17th Street and Allegheny Avenue. Services will be at 10 with burial in Northwood Cemetery, 15th and Haines streets.




August 11, 2000

Nicholas D'Amico, 94, played mandolin and was a barber

Nicholas D'Amico, 94, whose hands could create a gorgeous melody and a pretty nice haircut, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at the Integrated Health Systems nursing home in Broomall.

He had been a longtime resident of the Overbrook section of Philadelphia.

Mr. D'Amico was a musician who played mandolin for many years with the Munier Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra, a volunteer musical group that performs at community and retirement homes, libraries, schools, colleges and other venues in the region. In addition to the mandolin, he also played violin, piano, saxophone and guitar.

He was a barber, too, and operated Nick's Barber Shop from 1961 until two years ago. By then, the shop at Edgemore Road and Lansdowne Avenue had become a neighborhood landmark.

The son of Italian immigrant parents, Mr. D'Amico was born in South Philadelphia but moved to Overbrook with his family as a young boy. He learned how to cut hair at age 13 from family members.

He had no formal secondary education, but he did receive formal training in the mandolin and violin, his principal instruments.

"He was a schooled musician, and proud of it," his son John said. "He was a died-in-the-wool classical guy."

Mr. D'Amico was 50 or so when he learned to play guitar, his son said, and he later taught the instrument - he always had a few students - at his shop. Those were about the only occasions for his playing music at the shop. As a rule, he did not play to amuse customers.

Mr. D'Amico "really put his heart and soul into music," his son said. "It was his life."

It was a passion he passed on to his children. A quartet of two pianists, a percussionist and an opera singer exists among the six.

Mr. D'Amico played music for more than 70 years - he put down his instruments about the same time he closed his barber shop. Mr. D'Amico played violin for orchestras in the Works Project Administration during the 1930s.

He was head of a string band at the Philadelphia Navy Base, where he worked as a warehouseman from 1950 until he left to open his barber shop in '61.

"I think working at the Navy Yard was just an excuse for him to be in the band," his son said.

One of the highlights of Mr. D'Amico's life was performing as a solo mandolinist with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1970.

In addition to his son John, Mr. D'Amico is survived by his wife of 69 years, Josephine; two other sons, Nicholas and Francis; daughters, Marie Amoroso, Margaret Lacey and Christine DeVault; 18 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. today at St. Callistus Church, 6700 Lansdowne Ave. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Marple Township.




July 24, 2000

Alfred N. Ricciardi Sr., 75, WWII veteran, played trumpet for Eagles

Mr. Ricciardi received the Pacific and American Theater Ribbon and the Victory medal as a Second-Class Machinist's Mate in the Navy during World War II.

He was an auto mechanic at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard from 1976 until his retirement in 1988. Mr. Ricciardi had been employed by Center City Cadillac Co. for 33 years.

He played trumpet in the Philadelphia Eagles' Sound of Brass half-time band and later drove the team's helmet car. Mr. Ricciardi worked with the Eagles for 33 years.

He was born in Philadelphia and lived in Drexel Hill for 50 years.

Mr. Ricciardi had been a member of the Sampson WWII Veterans, American Legion Post 0661, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Marple Newtown Concert Band, Springfield Symphony, Delco Brass Band and Upper Darby John Phillip Sousa Band.

His son, Richard R., died in 1971.

Survivors: Wife, Camille "Dolly" Rosa Ricciardi; sons, Alfred N. Jr. of Drexel Hill, Michael J. of Havertown; brothers, Eddie Ricciardi of Cherry Hill, N.J., Albert Ricciardi of Smithville, N.J.; six grandchildren; one great grandchild.

Mass: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Saint Charles Borromeo Church, Burmont Road and Dennison Avenue, Drexel Hill.

Visitation: 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon.

Arrangements: M.F. Williams Funeral Home Inc., Clifton Heights.




May 19, 2000

James A. 'J.P.' Pender

James A. "J.P." Pender, a retired bridge welder and wrought-iron worker who enjoyed racing motorcycles and feeding stray cats, died of undetermined causes Tuesday while en route to Temple University Hospital. He was 66 and lived in Nicetown-Tioga more than 40 years.

Pender worked in the city's bridge maintenance department for 22 years before retiring in 1988. He also had his own business creating wrought-iron railings and doors in a garage workshop near his home.

He formerly worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and once owned a Germantown Avenue restaurant called A Place in the Sun.

In his younger days, Pender and his brothers belonged to a championship motorcycle racing team that revved up the tracks from Lawnside, N.J., to Daytona, Fla.

Pender married his wife, Mattie "Pearl," in 1956 and was a deacon for about 16 years in the Church of the Living God in North Philadelphia.

He fed birds and stray cats in the neighborhood and was a surrogate father to many youths - sometimes taking them along on family camping trips to Florida.

Pender was a jocular man who played the bass with jazz bagpiper Rufus Harley and sang tenor on the Edwin Hawkins Seminar Choir CD titled "Order My Steps In Your Word."

He often visited the sick and shut-ins, enjoyed deep-sea fishing off the Jersey coast and rooted for the Sixers and Eagles.

Besides his wife, Pender is survived by four sons, James Jr., Aaron, Anthony and Mark; four daughters, Darla Pender-Brennan, Barbara Jones, and Sharon and Antoinette Pender; four brothers, Roscoe, John, Vernon and Reginald; three sisters, Marjorie Johnson, Sandra Bryant and Mary Grant; and six grandchildren.

A viewing will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at Canaan Baptist Church, Pulaski Avenue and School House Lane. Services will be at 11, with burial in Ivy Hill Cemetery on Easton Road.




May 17, 2000

Raymond N. Logan

Raymond Nathaniel Logan, a retired electrical engineer who enjoyed golf and classical music, died of natural causes Saturday after a four-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 86 when he succumbed at the Kearsley Longterm Care Center.

Logan, of Conshohocken, retired in 1972 from the Frankford Arsenal, where he had worked since the mid-1950s. While there, he received a patent for inventing something called a temperature stabilizing amplification system.

He previously worked in electronics at the U.S. Naval Air Development Center in Johnsville and at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Born in South Philadelphia, Logan graduated from South Philly high and earned a bachelor's degree from St. Augustine College in North Carolina in 1939. He did a brief hitch in the Navy before beginning his electronics career.

He was a congregant at the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas and a former member of St. Simon the Cyrenian Church, where his father was rector for more than 40 years.

Logan played classical piano and organ and relaxed to Beethoven and Chopin. But he knew how to jitterbug and could waltz like Arthur Murray.

Logan is survived by his wife, Harriet; a daughter, Donna Logan-Riddick; two brothers, the Rev. Dr. Thomas W. S. Logan and Leonard Delany Logan; a sister, Phyllis Simms; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, Lancaster and Overbrook avenues. There will be no viewing. Burial will be in West Laurel Hill Cemetery on Belmont Avenue.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, Constitution Place, Suite 1120, 325 Chestnut St., Phila., Pa. 19106.




May 12, 2000

Judge Louis Vignola, 88, led Traffic Court

Judge Louis Vignola, 88, the scourge of scofflaws who himself was made to pay for his mistakes, died Tuesday of heart failure at Delaware County Memorial Hospital.

A lifelong resident of South Philadelphia, he was the father of former Philadelphia Councilman and City Controller Joseph C. Vignola.

As president judge of Philadelphia Traffic Court in the 1970s, Judge Vignola cracked down on people who ignored their traffic tickets, substantially raising revenue collected from fines as a result.

At the same time, he was a target of a federal probe that ended with his 1978 conviction for receiving $32,000 in bribes from two court writ servers in return for channeling work to them. He was sentenced to two years in prison and fined $10,000.

In March 1980, at age 68, he began serving his sentence. He was released from custody after suffering a heart attack a little more than a year later, and he underwent quadruple-bypass surgery in July 1981.

Judge Vignola, who was first elected to the bench as a magistrate in 1953, was appointed president judge of Traffic Court by Gov. Milton J. Shapp in January 1974. He had been appointed to the Traffic Court bench in 1970.

When he took over as president judge, he announced that there would be "no compromises, no nothing" for scofflaws.

"I'm not going to fuss around. No special arrangements, and they're going to pay right through the teeth," he was quoted as saying in accounts at the time.

He made them do exactly that. The revenue collected by his court rose from $4.5 million in 1974 to $6 million in 1975 to more than $10 million in 1977.

While he was putting some teeth into Traffic Court, he was also trying to avoid the bite of political-corruption and ticket-fixing charges. By December 1975, he was fighting summonses himself, and his downfall had become a matter of when, not if.

Judge Vignola was very much a product of South Philadelphia: loyal to his friends and family but mistrustful of outsiders.

One of 12 children, he grew up to the sounds of stickball and the smells of the Italian Market. He played three sports at South Philadelphia High School for Boys, then went on to earn a degree from Pennsylvania State University.

In the 1930s, he worked as a boilerman at the Navy Yard and played semipro football for the old Frankford Yellowjackets. He also was active with the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers and Iron Ship Builders of America, becoming its representative in 1946.

He was involved in other unions, serving as president of the Naval Shipyard Union, the Shipyard Metal Trade Council, and the Maritime Trades Department of the AFL-CIO.

A Democrat, he lost a bid for City Council in 1951.

Judge Vignola continued to work for the unions until he was elected a magistrate, then returned to the boilermakers' union as a trustee and treasurer of Local 19 after his release from prison. He retired in 1987.

Handy around the house, Judge Vignola enjoyed home projects and taking care of his summer home at the Shore.

He was active in the Knights of Columbus, the Queen Village Association, and the Fathers' Club at St. Joseph's Prep.

In addition to his son Joseph, he is survived by another son, Louis E., and a grandson, Joseph C. His wife of 55 years, Mary, died in 1994.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Jesu at St. Joseph's Prep, 1733 W. Girard Ave. Friends may call at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph's Prep, 1733 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia 19130.




May 9, 2000

John F. Butler Sr.
Died May 9, 2000, at the age of 90.

John was employed at tha Phila. Naval Shipyard for 38 years. He started his career as an electrian, advancing to a Planner & Estimator, and ending his career in 1968 as an Negotiator/Adjudicator.

John is survived by 5 children, 3 sons & 2 daughters. John Jr., Francis, James, Loretta, and Patrica.




April 7, 2000

Philip Zuber, 90, the first St. Joseph's College athlete to win all-American honors, died of coronary arrest Wednesday at the Kressonview Nursing Center in Voorhees.

He had lived in Marlton for the last 22 years. He previously resided in Northeast Philadelphia, and was born and raised in South Philadelphia.

Mr. Zuber started his stellar athletic career at South Philadelphia High School, where he was a halfback and quarterback on the football team, centerfielder on the baseball team, and forward on the basketball team.

Standing just 5 feet, 6 inches tall, he was nonetheless named all-Public School in basketball.

"He was one of our great all-around athletes," said William Escher, president of the South Philadelphia High School Alumni Association.

Mr. Zuber played basketball and football at St. Joseph's and was named honorable-mention all-American for his exploits on the court in 1931-32. He started for the team in the 1930-31 and 1931-32 seasons, playing under Bill Ferguson, St. Joseph's winningest basketball coach. Mr. Zuber led the team in scoring both seasons, averaging 6.6 points per game in 1930-31 and 10.8 points in 1931-32.

He was named to the South Philadelphia Athletic Hall of Fame in 1971 and to the St. Joseph's Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988.

He worked as a baker for Donuts Galore in Rockledge, Pa., for about 10 years before retiring 25 years ago. He previously worked for a milk company and been a bookkeeper for a construction firm. He also had worked as a welder for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard during World War II.

Mr. Zuber, a member of the Sportsers at the Jewish Community Center in Philadelphia, loved doing cryptograms and cr