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Mary T. Severns

Born: January 23, 1915

Died: July 22, 2001

Obituary: Not available


James Russell Mathis

Born: June 12, 1915

Died: March 25, 2003

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James R. Mathis

Rancocas Resident

Jim MathisJames Russell “Jimmy” Mathis, died at his home in Rancocas, NJ at age 87 on March 25, 2003.

He grew up in the Springside section of Burlington Twp. and settled in Rancocas in 1942. He owned and operated the Stevens General Store and the Rancocas Coffee Shoppe in Rancocas. He enjoyed woodworking and furniture repair as his hobbies and along with his wife he bred and raised Great Danes. He was active on various committee’s and in the Historical Society in Rancocas. He was a founding member of the ‘NJ Skiters’ ski club and was a member of the Philadelphia and Atlantic City Skating Clubs. He and his wife Betty were summer residents of Beach Haven Gardens on L.B.I.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years Betty Mathis of Rancocas NJ and by his son and daughter-in-law Steven and Andrea Mathis of Rancocas NJ. He is also survived by his grandson Owen Mathis also of Rancocas NJ and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday March 28th at 11AM at the Rancocas Friends Meeting 201 Main St. Rancocas NJ. Burial will follow in the Rancocas Friends Cemetery. There will be a visitation for family and friends on Thursday evening from 7-9pm at the PERINCHIEF CHAPELS 438 High St. Mt. Holly. In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to the Rancocas Friends Meeting 201 Main St. Rancocas NJ 08073.

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438 High Street Mt. Holly, NJ 08060
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Myrtle B. Pettit

Born: March 30, 1906

Died: August 24, 2003

Obituary: Not available


Marvin Dunfee

Born: October 18, 1931

Died: July 24, 2005

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Marvin H. Dunfee

Rancocas Resident

MarvinDunfee_wbMARVIN H. DUNFEE SR., 73, of Rancocas, formerly of BARNEGAT, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 24, 2005 at home surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Dunfee was the husband of Eleanor Janney Dunfee, and they celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary this year. The couple lived in Rancocas for 46 years.

Born in Barnegat, Mr. Dunfee was a graduate of Barnegat High School, where he served as class president and excelled in many sports. Marvin loved to play baseball and was a member of the Manahawkin Bears. He abandoned his dreams of playing professional baseball to serve his country in Korea, where he was a decorated veteran with the U.S. Air Force. Marvin was a member of the Society of Friends and served as co-clerk of the Rancocas Society of Friends Meeting. He also was co-clerk of the Rancocas Friends School Board and served as Fire Chief of the Rancocas Fire Company for four years. He was a former construction loan inspector for PSFS and Fannie Mae in Philadelphia and was instrumental in helping many low-income families attain housing. He attended Rider College of New Jersey and was a licensed Realtor in New Jersey.

Son of the late Lillian and Frank Dunfee, he is survived by his loving wife, Nora; his son Chip and his wife Keiren of Mount Laurel; daughters, Sara Flamm and her husband Steven, and Frances Smith all of Rancocas. He was devoted Pop Pop to Shane, Owen and McKenna Dunfee, Hunter and Cameron Flamm. He was the brother of Frank and Larry of Barnegat, and Elizabeth Estlow of Burlington. He will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Perinchief Chapels, 438 High St., Mount Holly. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at the Rancocas Friends Meeting, 201 Main St., Rancocas. Interment will be in the Rancocas Friends burial ground. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Rancocas Friends Pre K for the Marvin Dunfee Sr. Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 104, 201 Main St., Rancocas, NJ 08073.


Aubrey H. Severns

Born: December 24, 1912

Died: February 11, 2006

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Aubrey Severns

Aubrey H. Severns, 93, of Rancocas, a retired PSE&G Load Dispatcher, passed away February 11, 2006 at Moorestown Estates. Born and raised in Springside, he spent his adult life as a resident of the small village of Rancocas NJ, predeceased by his wife, Mary Thomas Severns, his sister Marion Fisher and his brother Joseph P. Severns. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law T. Hartley and Nadia Severns of Moorestown and 3 grandchildren Maya, Zoe and Aeron Severns.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 A.M. Saturday, Feb. 18th at Rancocas Friends Meeting, Main St, Rancocas. Friends may visit with the family from 10:30-11 A.M. at the Meeting. Interment will follow at the Rancocas Friends Cemetery. Contributions in his memory may be made to Rancocas Meeting, c/o Frank D. Smith Jr., 149 Country Club Dr, Lumberton NJ 08048.


Raymond Charles Gravatt

Born: October 19, 1915

Died: June 28, 2006

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Raymond Charles Gravatt

Rancocas, NJ resident

Raymond Charles Gravatt, age 90 of Moorestown N.J. passed away on June 28 2006.

Mr. Gravatt was born on October 19, 1915 in Rancocas N.J. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania he was an Electrical Engineer for RCA Moorestown and for Westinghouse Baltimore. Later he returned to his life long avocation of land conservation as District Manager Burlington Conservation District for the N.J. Dept. of Agriculture.

Mr. Gravatt served his country in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during WW II. He was the first Mayor of Willingboro N.J. and served on the Willingboro Township Committee. He was the Willingboro Township Civil Defense Chairman Director and Secretary of the Burlington County Cooperative Poultry Auction Secretary of the Burlington County Board of Agriculture Executive Committee Secretary and Life Member of the Rancocas Fire Company and was a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer for the Preservation and Wildlife Society (PAWS).

Mr. Gravatt was a member of Save the Environment of Moorestown STEM) the Burlington County Historical Society the N.J. the Genealogical Society the Westampton Historical Society the Association of Scientists and Professional Engineering Personnel the Council of Engineers and Scientists Organization and for fifty-five years was a member of the N.J. Farm Bureau.

Mr. Gravatt was the author of ‘Gravatt and Rich’ which traced the history of his French Hugenot family. He spoke about his genealogical research at the first annual Gravatt-Grovatt Family Gathering in September 2005. Mr. Gravatt was the author of ‘The Greene – Gravatt House 1681-1963’ a book chronicling the history of the house.

Known informally as the village historian he spent many years gathering material for his book ‘A History of the Village of Rancocas’ (working title) soon to be published.

Mr. Gravatt is survived by his wife of 61 years Betty Attema Gravatt; his son Stephen Attema Gravatt; his daughter B. Susan Gravatt Crowe his son-in-law Roy W. Crowe; and his grandchildren: R. Reeves Hoekstra Crowe W. Benjamin Ray Crowe and Lauren Ashley Gravatt.

A Memorial Meeting after the manner of the Religious Society of Friends will be held on August 5 2006 at 1:30 in the afternoon at the Westfield Friends Meeting 2201 Riverton Road Cinnaminson N.J. Memorial contributions may be made to the Raymond Charles Gravatt Fund Rancocas Monthly Meeting 201 Main Street Rancocas N.J. 08073. Arrangements by LEWIS FUNERAL HOME Moorestown N.J.

Published in Courier-Post on July 9, 2006


Florence ‘Tofts’ Burkley

Born: 1922

Died: August 2, 2007

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Florence ‘Tofts’ Burkley

Rancocas, NJ resident

Florence “Tofts” Burkley (nee Ballinger), age 85 of Rancocas, passed away into God’s loving and eternal care on Thursday, August 2, 2007 at Riverview Estates in Riverton.

Born in Evesham, Florence was a sixty year resident of Rancocas. She was a Lt. with the U.S. Navy during WWII and a graduate of Englewood Hospital School of Nursing. Florence was the director of nursing for a period of time for both Mount Holly Hospital and The Masonic Home in Burlington until her retirement in 1996. Florence was also a devoted member of the Rancocas Methodist Church for over sixty years serving as its treasurer and organist, a member of various choral groups in the area and was a member of the Eastern Star Chapter 147.

Florence is survived by her two loving children, Jennifer Faye Habingreither of Burlington Twp. and Jeffrey (Joy) Tofts of Haddon Heights. Adoring grandmother of Gwyn (Wayne) Sever, Sheri (Michael) Von fischer, Jodilyn (Michael) Turner and Jenifer Tofts. Loving great grandmother of Olivia and Madison Sever and Jack Martin Turner.

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Florence’s life on Sunday, August 19, from 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM followed by her services at 2:30 PM at the Masonic Home Chapel of New Jersey, 902 Jacksonville Rd., Burlington Twp. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are under the direction of the DENNISON-McGEE FUNERAL HOME, 869 Beverly Rd., Burlington, NJ 08016.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name can be sent to Riverview Estates, 303 Bank Ave., Riverton, NJ 08077 or Epworth United Methodist Church, 500 Morgan Ave., Palmyra, NJ 08065.


Earle W. Johnson

Born: October 3, 1921

Died: December 28, 2008

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Earle W. Johnson

Rancocas Village Resident

EarlJ-1Earle W. Johnson, Jr. of the Rancocas Village section of Westampton, died Sunday, December 28, 2008 at Lourdes Hospital in Willingboro. He was 87.

Born in Camden, NJ, Mr. Johnson was a longtime resident of Rancocas.

He was a US Navy Veteran of WW II and Plank Owner of the USS Antietem. He later was retired from the NJ Air National Guard and the US Air Force. He received the US Air Force Commendation Medal. Mr. Johnson was also a retired Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor. He was a member of the Rancocas Fire Company and the NJ Exempt Fireman’s Association. Mr. Johnson was a Meals on Wheels Volunteer and a former Boy Scout Leader. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mount Holly for over 40 years.EarlJ-2

He is survived by his wife Ruth R.; a daughter Lynne (Don) Schneider of Sterling, VA; two grandchildren Chris and Ruby; five nieces, one nephew, many great nieces, great nephews; and great, great nieces and great, great nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11:00 AM at the PERINCHIEF CHAPELS, 438 High St., Mount Holly, NJ. Interment will be private. Friends may call on Monday morning from 10-11 AM at the Funeral Home.

There will also be a Memorial Service on Saturday, January 10th at 11:00 AM at the Rancocas Village Community Center (the old Fire House.)

EarlJ-3The family requests no flowers.

Contributions in Mr. Johnson’s memory may be made to either: Rancocas Civic Association, PO Box 101, Rancocas, NJ 08073 or First Presbyterian Church, 125 Garden St., Mt. Holly, NJ 08060, or The Covenant Presbyterian Church, 240 Creek Rd., Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054.


Maurice Lucas, Jr.

Born: Not available

Died: January 15, 2009

Obituary: Available here

Maurice Lucas, Jr.

Mt. Holly, NJ Resident

M. LucasMaurice (Sonny, Luke) Lucas, Jr. of Mount Holly died Thursday, January 15th, 2009 at his residence. He was 82.

Mr. Lucas was born in Pemberton and was one of 15 children of the late Maurice and Esther Fallon Lucas. He was raised in the village of Rancocas in Westampton, Mr. Lucas was an Army veteran of World War II and a former member of the Rancocas Fire Company. He was a school bus driver for Wills Bus Service for 45 years, and was a security guard for ADT in Pennsauken and his last employment was working for NADE in Bordentown. Mr. Lucas was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Church where he served as an usher for 50 years and he was an active volunteer for the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

Mr. Lucas is survived by his wife, Betty; two daughters: Maryellen Lucas of St. Petersburg, FL, and Alison Lucas of Eastampton, three grandchildren: Charles Lucas, Rhiannon Cooper and LeeAnne Lucas and a great granddaughter, Riley Doomer. He is also survived by six sisters: Elizabeth Poehls and Barbara (David) Farace of Moorestown, Gloria Rapagna, Kay (Bobby) Dever and Janet (Harry) Curran, all of Rancocas and Marie (Harry) Fry of Burlington Twp; and six brothers: Fred of Mount Holly, Edward “Russell” of Delran, Robert “Speedy” of Burlington Twp., Richard (Patricia) of Southampton, James of Browns Mills and Woody of Rancocas and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Virginia Lucas and John Lucas.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 11:30AM at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, High Street and Bartram Ave., Mount Holly.

Interment in Sacred Heart Cemetery will be for family members only.

Friends may call Sunday from 7-9PM at the PERINCHIEF CHAPELS, 438 High Street, Mount Holly and Monday from 10:30-11:30 at the church.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 260 High Street, Mount Holly 08060.


Cynthia Joan Kessler

Born: May 11, 1954

Died: January 18, 2009

Obituary: Image available

Cynthia Joan Kessler

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Bernard P. Colgan, Jr.

Born: 1951

Died: February 16, 2009

Obituary: Available here

Bernard P. Colgan, Jr.

B. ColganBernard P. Colgan, Jr., 58, of Burlington, passed away into God’s Loving and Eternal Care on Monday, February 16, 2009 at Lourdes Hospital in Willingboro.

Born in Bristol, Mr. Colgan lived in Burlington all of his life. He was employed as a mailer for ABCO Advantage in Rancocas for the last 25 years. An avid Nascar fan, and an Eagles and Phillies fan, he also enjoyed fishing and was very fond of his pet parrots and dogs, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family.

He is survived by his loving companion, Kim Berry and family, Mike Berry and Holly Berry and grandson, Gabriel Berry. Also his sisters, Ellen (Barry) Kuiper of Burlington, Joan (Joe) Estock of Columbus, Emma Adams of PA., and Marie Colgan of TN as well as a brother, John Colgan of PA. Also his nieces and nephews: Shawn and Nicole Kuiper, Brandi, William “Beeper” and Rosie Adams, Amy and Michael Colgan, Dawn Buckno, Jodie Kochie and Lynn Kacuiba.

The funeral will be held on Friday, February 20, 2009 at 11:00AM at the DENNISON-McGEE FUNERAL HOME, 869 Beverly Road, Burlington, where relatives and friends may call from 10AM.

Interment will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Burlington.

Memorial contributions may be sent to SIDS, One Robert Wood Johnson Place, MEB 312, 3rd floor, New Brunswick, NJ 08903.


Dolores Francis Slawinski

Born: 15 Aug 1933

Died: February 22, 2009

Obituary: Available here

Dolores Francis Slawinski

D. SlawinskiFormerly of Rancocas, NJ

Dolores Francis Slawinski, 75, formerly of Rancocas, New Jersey, passed away Sunday, February 22, 2009 at St. Luke’s South Medical Center, in Overland Park, Kansas.

The family will receive friends from 10-11AM on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at PENWELL-GABEL FUNERAL HOME, Olathe Chapel where funeral services will begin at 11AM.

Burial will be at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens.

The family suggests contributions to Guatemala Children’s Mission, P.O. Box 398, Spicer, Minn. 56288-0398.

To leave a special message for the family, please visit our website at www.PenwellGabel.com

Dolores enjoyed a career as a Registered Nurse in New Jersey, for 42 years before retiring in 1995.

She was preceded in death by a son; David E. Slawinski and a sister; Faith Frake. She leaves her husband of 53 years, Richard Slawinski, son; Robert (Sue) Slawinski, daughter; Mary (Phil) Murray, brother; Jack Moran, grandchildren; Susan, Roberta, and Sara Slawinski, Chris, Erin, and Cina Murray, a nephew; George (Doreen) Frake and their children; Buddy, Daniel, and P.J.


Thelma D. Grovatt

Born: 3 Nov 1929

Died: April 2, 2009

Obituary: Available here

Thelma D. Grovatt

T. GrovattRancocas, NJ Resident

Thelma D. Grovatt, of the Rancocas section of Westampton, died Thursday, April 2, 2009 at Virtua-Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly. She was 79.

Born in Riverton, NJ, the daughter of the late C. Kenneth and Matilda Russ Davis, Mrs. Grovatt was a longtime Rancocas resident. Mrs. Grovatt was an accomplished organist and musician. She played the organ at various area churches including Calvary Bible in Willingboro, Broad Street Baptist in Mount Holly, and Church of the Open Bible in Riverside. In earlier years, she played the French Horn in the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Grovatt was also a well know Cake maker and decorator. She taught sign language for Eastern Baptist College, had taught Sunday School at Calvary Bible Church, was a member of the Parents’ Advisory Board of the Burlington County Special Services School and was a former President of the Westampton PTA.

The mother of the late Alan, Mrs. Grovatt is survived by her husband Nelson; two sons and their wives: Larry and Denise Grovatt of Gibbstown; Wayne and Lynda Grovatt of Burlington Township; and four grandchildren: Travis, Kaitlin, Tyler, and Trevor. She is also survived by a sister: Lorraine Roach (Robert) of Mantua; and a sister-in-law: Ethel Davis of Palmyra and many nieces and nephews.
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Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 AM at the PERINCHIEF CHAPELS, 438 High St., Mt. Holly.

Interment will be in Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson.

Friends may call on Monday evening from 7-9:00 PM and on Tuesday morning from 10-11 AM at the Funeral Home. Contributions in Mrs. Grovatt’s memory may be made to Heritage Baptist Church, 530 Union Mill Rd., Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054. (www.perinchief.com)


M. Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Mathis

Born: June 9, 1917

Died: April 20, 2009

Obituary: Available here

M. Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Mathis

M. MathisVillage of Rancocas Resident M. Elizabeth “Betty” Mathis died Monday, April 20, 2009 at the Burlington Woods Conv. Center in Burlington. She was 91.

Born in Pennsauken, NJ, Mrs. Mathis was a longtime Rancocas Resident. She lived in Rancocas for 80 years. Mrs. Mathis was the former Postmaster in Rancocas for 40 years. Along with her husband, the late James Mathis, she owned Stevens General Store and created the Rancocas Coffee Shoppe. She was an active member of the Rancocas Friends Meeting. She also visited and resided in Beach Haven Gardens. With her husband, they raised Great Danes. Mrs. Mathis was also an avid needlepoint enthusiast and loved gardening.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Steven and Andrea Mathis of Rancocas, a grandson Owen Phillip Mathis. She was the sister of the late W. Marshal Stevens.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11:00 at the Rancocas Friends Meeting, Main Street, Rancocas. Interment will be in the Rancocas Friends Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday evening from 7-9 PM at the PERINCHIEF CHAPELS, 438 High St., Mt. Holly, NJ and on Saturday from 10:30 – 11:00 at the Rancocas Friends Meeting.

Contributions in Betty’s memory may be made to the Rancocas Monthly Meeting c/o Frank Smith, 148 Country Club Dr., Lumberton, NJ 08048 (www.perinchief.com)


James A. Lefferts

Born: June 5, 1935

Died: June 30, 2009

Obituary: Available here

James A. Lefferts

J. LeffertsRancocas, NJ resident

James A. Lefferts age 74 of Rancocas passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday June 30, 2009.

Born in Beverly, he lived there before moving to Rancocas 7 years ago. Jim retired from the NJ Turnpike. He was a life member and past chief, with over 55 years of service with the Beverly Fire Co. #1, the first president of the Beverly Athletic Club and coached baseball for various teams in Beverly and an avid Phillies fan. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion, the N.R.A. and the Jersey Joes. He enjoyed hunting, antique cars, snowmobiles and was a military buff and a practical joker.

Father of the late Keith and brother of the late Miriam McCord. Loving father of Linda (Gary) Granath of Beverly, Cynthia (Doug) Nims of Moorestown, Lori (John) Davidson of Rancocas, father-in-law of Toni Lefferts of Mt. Laurel, cherished grandfather of Jessica (Anthony) Procopio, Ryan and Scott Lefferts, Kevin Granath, Andrew Nims, and Hayley and Claudia Davidson.

Funeral service will be held on Monday, July 6th, 10AM at the Page Funeral Home, 302 E. Union St., Burlington. Interment-Odd Fellows Cemetery. Friends and Relatives may call on the family Sunday 6-8PM and Monday 9-10AM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions would be appreciated to the Beverly Fire Co. #1, 440 Laurel St., Beverly, NJ 08010.


Horace C. Randall

Born: September 21, 1935

Died: November 21, 2009

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Horace C. Randall

Horace C. Randall of Rancocas passed away into God’s loving and eternal care on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at Samaritan Inpatient Hospice, Mount Holly. He was 74.

Born in Delanco, he lived in Willingboro before moving to Rancocas 53 years ago.

Mr. Randall retired in 1988 as a construction foreman with New Jersey Bell Telephone Co. after 33 years of service. During his tenure at New Jersey Bell Telephone Co., he also served as a Westampton Township police officer and retired in 1981, after being chief for 13 years.

Mr. Randall was a member of Ducks Unlimited, The NRA, and The Telephone Pioneers.

In his younger years, he enjoyed playing baseball, boat racing, hunting, fishing, and billiards. He also spent many hours as an avid wood carver.

He was the son of the late Edward and Agnes Heaton Randall and brother of the late Edward Randall.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Loidl Randall; two daughters, Penny Thorpe (Robert) of Rancocas, Mary Szuter (Michael) of Burlington Township; and two sons, Robert Randall of Bridgewater, and Roger Randall (Carol) of Rancocas. He also is survived by a sister, Connie Sager of Delran; a brother, Joseph Randall (Linda) of Medford; a sister-in-law, Carole of Rancocas; six grandchildren, Brittany, Randy, Erica, Ally, Jenny, and Jess; and three nieces.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Dennison Funeral Home, 214 W. Front St., Florence, where relatives and friends may visit the family from 10 a.m. Interment will be in Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Horace C. Randall may be sent to Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Drive, Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08053.

Dennison Funeral Home, Florence


Edythe R. Calland

Born: May 19, 1916

Died: February 11, 2010

Obituary: Available here

Edythe R. Calland

E. CallandEdythe Rebecca Shinn Calland of Easton, Pa. went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010.

Her lifetime scripture verse was found in Deuteronomy 13:6. “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” This gave her comfort during her lifetime.

Edythe was born in Rancocas on May 19, 1916 and lived in the Rancocas area until 2001, when she moved to Easton, Pa. with her daughter and son-in-law.

She was an active member of the Rancocas Methodist Church for 75 years, teaching Sunday School and Bible School for 50 years.

Edythe was a 4H leader, Women’s Christian Temperance Union member, PTA member and president, and volunteered to make the best candied sweet potatoes for the Rancocas Firehouse dinners.

During her working years, she was a secretary for the TB League in Burlington, also engineers at RCA in Cherry Hill, and then was employed by the Willingboro School System setting up the offices in the new schools. After the schools were opened, she went to work as the secretary for the business administrator for 22 years before retiring in 1983.

Edythe’s hobbies were reading, decorating for special occasions, painting on wood and oils on canvas, crafts, and helping her family and anyone else who needed a hand.

She was a loving wife of Edward G. Calland, who preceded her in death in 2000. They were married for 64 years.

Edythe is survived by two daughters, Sandra Gentry and her husband, Kenneth of Hurlock, Md., and Carol Lamb and her husband, Frank of Williams Township, Pa. She also is survived by six married grandchildren: Kenneth Gentry Jr. and Holly, John Gentry and Lisa, Edward Lamb and Dr. Elizabeth, Lynn Gentry Farr and Jeffrey, Michael Lamb and Taryn, and Laura Lamb Botwin and Andrew. Edythe lived to welcome 15 great-grandchildren: David, Jessica, Grayson, and James Gentry, Cody, Ryan, Abby and Macy Lynn Farr, Althea, Kyla, Payce, Timothy and Dashl Lamb, Jack and Hunter Botwin.

Also surviving are Edythe’s sister, Ruth Potter of Annapolis; her brother, Roy and his wife, Betty of Glens Falls, N.Y., and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Perinchief Chapels, 438 High St., Mount Holly. Interment will be held privately. Friends may call on Saturday at the funeral home from 12 p.m. until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Edythe to Saint Luke’s VNA Hospice, 1510 Valley Center Parkway, Suite 200, Bethlehem, PA 18017, or Calvary Baptist Church, Building Fund, 111 Dewberry Ave., Bethlehem, PA 18017.

Perinchief Chapels, Mount Holly


Anna Strohlein

Born: April 13, 1910

Died: March 1, 2011

Obituary: Available here

Anna Strohlein

A. StrohleinAnna (Pelechowicz) Strohlein of Riverton died on Tuesday March 1, 2011. She was 100.

Born in Reading, PA., Anna was a resident of Riverton for the past 66 years.

Her green thumb earned her the respect of neighbors and friends with her knowledge of plants and landscaping architecture.

She had been employed at a greenhouse in Cherry Hill where she taught herself the formal Latin names for the various plants. Anna was also an avid reader.

She was the wife of the late William H. Mellon and Jacob D. Strohlein.

She was the loving mother of William H. Mellon (Mary Jane), Dolores Strohlein and Mary Lou Francis (Raymond); dear grandmother of William and Michael; great-grandmother of Jennifer, Christopher and Ben. She was the sister-in-law of Sophie Pelechowicz.

Relative and friends are invited to attend her visitation on Saturday, March 5, 2011 from 10 to 11 a.m. followed by her Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church, 4th St. and Linden Ave., Riverton, NJ 08077. Entombment will follow at Lakeview Memorial Park Mausoleum, Cinnaminson.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Riverton Fire Co., 505 Howard St., Riverton, NJ 08077.

Weber Funeral Home, 112 Broad Street, Riverton


Byron M. Verner

Born: November 22, 1970

Died: June 30, 2011

Obituary: Available here

Byron M. Verner

B. VernerOur dear Byron M. Verner, a resident of Rancocas, passed away suddenly Thursday, June 30, 2011. He was 40.

Byron is survived by his wife of more than nine years, Patricia; his mother, Sally Phelan; stepfather, Richard; his father, John Verner; stepmother, Patricia; his mother-in-law, Rita Clavin; his beloved sister, Jennifer Tenner; brother-in-law, Kristopher; his brother, Keith Verner and fiance, Wendy; sisters-in-law, Rosemary Brecher and Rita Clavin; brother-in-law, Joseph Clavin; his grandmothers, Margaret Bowker ‘Nana’ and Florence Verner ‘Mom Mom’; nephews, Ryan Tenner and Stephen Brecher; nieces, Alyssa Tenner ‘Lissy’ and Christina Brecher; his aunts and uncles; many cousins; great-aunts and uncles; and many dear friends.

Byron was a Mason and member of the Mount Holly Lodge 14 of Free and Accepted Masons, and the Knights Templar of New Jersey. He was also an active member of the Center for Conscious Living in Moorestown and Joyful Gathering Spiritual Center of New Jersey in Voorhees.

He managed his own business for many years but his main focus was always to help others in any way he could.

Friends and relatives may call from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, July 8, at Perinchief Chapels, 438 High St., Mount Holly, where a memorial service will be held at noon, by the Masons and his churches, to which all are welcome.

In lieu of flowers and because of Byron’s love of children, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Philadelphia, One Valley Square, Suite 133, 512 Township Line Rd., Blue Bell, PA 19422.

Byron will be forever missed and never forgotten. We ask for your prayers for those of us left behind. Perinchief Chapels


Florence L. Verner

Born: July 7, 1928

Died: May 31, 2012

Obituary: Available here

Florence L. Verner

Florence L. Verner of Rancocas passed away on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mt. Holly. She was 83.

Born in Mt. Laurel, she was a lifelong Rancocas resident.

An avid Phillies fan, Florence was also a longtime member of the Rancocas Methodist Church and the Rancocas Civic Association.

She was the grandmother of the late Byron Verner.

She is survived by her three children: Susan Evans (David), Sandra Verner (John Corson), and John Verner (Pat); three grandchildren: Michael Evans, Keith Verner, and Jennifer Tenner (Kristopher); two great-grandchildren, Ryan Tenner and Alyssa Clevenger; a sister, Betty Thomas; and a brother, Russell Lore.

Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Perinchief Chapels, 438 High St., Mt. Holly. Interment will follow in the Mt. Holly Cemetery.

Friends and relatives may visit with the family on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Westampton Emergency Services, 780 Woodlane Road, Westampton NJ 08060. Perinchief Chapels, Mt. Holly


Doris M. Johnson

Born: May 15, 1928

Died: Oct. 10, 2012

Obituary: Available here

Doris M. Johnson

Doris M. Johnson, a lifelong resident of Rancocas, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 at Lourdes Medical Center in Willingboro. She was 84.

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She is survived by her loving husband of more than 62 years, Warren H. Johnson; two children, Patricia Smith (George), and Carter Johnson (Sandra); three grandchildren: Jennifer Toth (William IV), Heather Gross (Brian), and Addison Johnson; three great-grandchildren: Paige Toth, William Toth V, Colette Gross; four sisters: Erma Gardner, Eleanor Hansel, Lois McCurdy, Ruth Shedaker; two brothers, Wilbur Yerkes and William Yerkes Jr.; and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be held 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the N.J. Veterans Cemetery, North Hanover Township.

Friends and relatives planning to attend are to meet at the Perinchief Chapels, 438 High St., Mt. Holly at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her honor to the Deborah Hospital Foundation, 212 Trenton Road, Browns Mills NJ 08015. Perinchief Chapels, Mount Holly

Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Wrightstown, Burlington County
New Jersey, USA Plot: O5 2308


Margaret Janney Bowker

Born: November 22, 1970

Died: June 30, 2011

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Margaret Janney Bowker

M. BowkerMargaret Janney Bowker of Hainesport, formerly of the Village of Rancocas, wife of the late Keith H. Bowker, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at Samaritan Hospice Inpatient Center in Mount Holly.

She celebrated her 88th birthday with her family by her side on Nov. 15.

Margaret was born ‘on the farm’ in Rancocas, attended Moorestown Friends School; married and raised her family in Rancocas, where she was a postal clerk for more than 40 years. Margaret was raised as a Quaker and later became a member of the First Church of Christ Scientists in Moorestown.

She loved spending time at the family home in Barnegat Light on Long Beach Island.

Margaret is survived by four children and their spouses, Donald Bowker (Patricia) of Plainfield; Linda Challender (William) of Hainesport, Sally Phelan (Rick) of Hainesport, and Janette Jones (Joe) of Lake Orion, Mich. Margaret was blessed with 14 grandchildren, Michael (Jennifer), Michelle, Maureen (Vincent), Melissa, Megan, William (Susan), Bruce (Elizabeth), Brian (Brook), Keith (Wendy), Jennifer (Kris), late Byron (Patti), Derek, Kristi, and Traci; 17 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. Margaret also is survived by her brother, Ernest Janney (Missy), and sisters, Eleanor Dunfee and Frances Ventola; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, at Perinchief Chapels, 438 High Street, Mount Holly, with a memorial service following. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be made to Southern Ocean Relief Project, 297 Route 72, #333, Suite 35, Manahawkin, NJ 08050 for LBI Hurricane Sandy relief. Perinchief Chapels, Mount Holly


Gloria L. Rapagna

Born: 1929

Died: March 4, 2013

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Gloria L. Rapagna

Gloria L. (Lucas) Rapagna died Monday, March 4, 2013 at the Mount Laurel Center. She was 84.

Born in Hainesport, Mrs. Rapagna was a longtime Village of Rancocas resident. She was retired from Modern Packaging, where she worked for over 25 years.

Gloria enjoyed baking and was an animal lover.

She is survived by her son, Fred Rapagna of Shamong; her daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Michael Fortino of Medford; and two grandsons, Samuel and Nicholas Rapagna. The sister of the late Maurice ‘Sonny’ Lucas, Virginia Lucas, and John Lucas, she is survived by 11 siblings including her special sisters, Marie Fry and Elizabeth Poehls.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Perinchief Chapels, 438 High St., Mount Holly, where friends may visit with the family from 10 to 11 a.m.

Contributions in her memory may be made to either Life Choice Hospice, 1415 Hooper Ave., Suite 203, Toms River, NJ 08753 or the Burlington County Animal Shelter, 35 Academy Dr., Westampton, NJ 08060. Perinchief Chapels, Mount Holly


Ruth C. Baker

Born: July 29, 1926

Died: June 12, 2013

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Ruth C. Baker

Ruth C. BakerRuth C. Baker, of Rancocas, passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at her home. She was 85.
Born and raised in Mount Holly, she was a lifelong area resident and Rancocas resident for over 60 years. She was an excellent and avid bowler who loved her family and the time they could spend together.

Ruth C. BakerShe was the mother of the late John F. Baker Jr.; sister of the late John Cline, Harry Cline, and Lois Penny. She is survived by her loving husband, John F. Baker Sr., of over 66 years, four children, Mary DeSavino (Ronald), Joan Gares (William), Bob Baker (Debi), Barbara Peyre-Ferry (Donald); seven grandchildren, Eric, John III, Dale, Brad, Josh, Bret, Leah; two great-grandchildren, Noah and Ellery; two sisters, Claudia Harper and Shirley Burns; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday at the Rancocas Friends Meeting House, 201 Main St., Rancocas, NJ 08073. Interment will be private. Friends and relatives may visit at the Meeting House with the family from 10 a.m. until time of service.

Ruth C. BakerIn lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Rancocas Friends Meeting House, or Doctors Without Borders, 333 7th Ave., New York, NY 10001, or Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Dr., Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08053. Perinchief Chapels, Mount Holly, New Jersey.


Warren H. Johnson

Born: Dec. 23, 1921

Died: August 22, 2013

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Warren H. Johnson

Warren JohnsonWarren H. Johnson a lifelong resident of the Village of Rancocas died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 at his home. He was 91.

Mr. Johnson was a 1941 graduate of Rancocas Valley Regional High School, and served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II on board the USS Tampa. Warren worked for PSE&G as an electrician until his retirement.

He was an avid sportsman and a member of the Burlington County Fish and Game League. Warren was involved in the reintroduction of wild turkeys to New Jersey and enjoyed woodcarving waterfowl. He played in a band at the Columbus Farmers Market and Alberts Hall in Waretown. He enjoyed drawing the buildings and homes of Rancocas and local area history and was especially proud of his tomato garden.

The husband of the late Doris M., he is survived by his daughter, Patricia (George) A. Smith of Hainesport and son, Carter (Sandra) W. Johnson of Rancocas; three grandchildren, Jennifer (William IV) Toth, Heather (Brian) Gross, and Addison Johnson; and three great-grand-children, Paige Toth, William Toth V, and Colette Gross.

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Due to cemetery restrictions on flowers, contributions in Mr. Johnson’s memory may be made to Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Dr., Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08053. Perinchief Chapels, Mount Holly

Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Wrightstown, Burlington County
New Jersey, USA Plot: O5 2308


Violet Ruth Mohn

Born: July 29, 1926

Died: October 26, 2014

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Violet R. Mohn

Violet Ruth Mohn of Rancocas passed away Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at Virtua Memorial Hospital in the Samaritan Hospice Unit in Mount Holly. She was 88.

Violet was born in Mount Laurel and had been a longtime resident of the town of Rancocas.

She was a past member of the Shepherds of Bethlehem and a past member of the Masonville and Rancocas Fire Company’s Ladies Auxiliary. Violet worked in catering at Green Leaf Boarding Home with her sister, Doris Irelan. She enjoyed gardening, baking, embroidering, but her biggest love was her family; especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Q. Mohn, her son James Q. Mohn Jr., and her daughter, Anna May.

Violet is survived by three children, Randolph ‘Lucky’ Mohn, Bonnie Shipe and Ruth Mohn; her grandchildren, Amy and Patrick Dungee, Ed Michener, Kristina and Jack Brown, April and Andrew Bell, and Jim and Holly Mohn; and her great-grandchildren, Keira, Megan, Grace, Morgan, Ryan, Aaron, Bella and Benjamin. She is also survived by her sisters, Charlotte Frake and Theresa Fenimore.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday Nov. 1, at the Lee Funeral Home, 317 High St., Mount Holly. Relatives and friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, at the funeral home. Interment will follow the service in the Evergreen Cemetery, Main St., Lumberton.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Violet Either to Deborah Hospital, 200 Trenton Rd, Browns Mills, NJ 08015 or to Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Dr., Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08053.


Joyce E. Brown

Born: April 3, 1935

Died: December 2, 2014

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Joyce E. Brown

Joyce E. BrownJoyce E. Brown of the Village of Rancocas died Tuesday, December 2, 2014 in Mount Holly. She was 79.

Born in Trenton, Mrs. Brown was a longtime area resident. She was a volunteer and former President of the Westampton PTA when her children were in school. She loved playing bingo. Mrs. Brown was a faithful member of Corpus Christi RC Church in Willingboro and was a devoted wife and mother.

The wife of the late Joseph W. Brown, Sr. and the mother of the late Patrick Paul Brown, Mrs. Brown is survived by 5 children: Lorretta (husband Tom); Joseph (wife Theresa); Elizabeth; Kathleen (husband Jim); and Mildred (husband Bryan); 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother William Brink (wife Coloette) of Florida.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated on Saturday at 11:00 AM at the Corpus Christi RC Church, 11 S. Sunset Rd., Willingboro. Relatives and Friends may visit with the family on Saturday from 10-11 AM at the Church. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Rancocas Community Center, Main St., Rancocas, NJ 08073.

Sacred Heart Cemetery, Washington St. Hainesport, NJ, DEC 6 Visitation 10:00AM – 11:00AM

Corpus Christi RC Church, S. Sunset and Charleston Rds., Willingboro, NJ

Dec. 6 Mass of Christian Burial 11:00AM Corpus Christi RC Church


Alfred Aldridge “Aldy” Williams

Born: October 26, 1929

Died: June 19, 2014

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Alfred Williams

Alfred Aldridge ‘Aldy’ Williams died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. He was 84.

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Aldy is survived by his wife of 60 years, Emily; two daughters and their husbands, Elizabeth and Howard Maresch of Langhorne, Pa., and Carolynn and Gregg Dunham of Rancocas, N.J.; three grandchildren, Carolyn Laich (Andrew), Jonathan Maresch, and Alexandra Dunham; and a great-grandson, Ryan Laich. He also is survived by a sister, Tina Patricia Sunstein, and a stepbrother, Henry Williams.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at the Rancocas Village Community Center, 203 Main St., Rancocas, NJ 08073.

Contributions in his name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.


Elizabeth Ann Bowker

Born: June 16, 1927

Died: April 27, 2011

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Elizabeth A. Bowker

Elizabeth Ann Bowker of the Village of Rancocas died Wednesday at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly. She was 83.

Mrs. Bowker was born in Burlington, the daughter of the late Richard Heiss, and was a graduate of Burlington High School.

She was a self-employed blueberry grower in Pemberton.

For more than 40 years Elizabeth was the sole caregiver for her son, Glenn.

Elizabeth had a deep and quiet faith and a zest for life. She enjoyed gardening, flounder fishing, and she bowled well into her 70s.

People, family and relationships were really the most important things in her life.

Elizabeth is survived by four children, Barbara Gray (Robert) of Medford, Nancy Bowker of Portland, Me., Glenn Bowker of Rancocas, and Betty Jean Minkus (Herb) of New Lisbon. She also is survived by four grandchildren, Stephen and Kevin Gray, and Elizabeth and Sarah Minkus; and by her step-mother, Sophia Heiss of Burlington.

There will be a memorial service at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Rancocas Friends Meeting, Main Street, Rancocas. Friends and relatives are invited to visit with the family from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Meeting House. Interment will be private.

Contributions in Mrs. Bowker’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, 1 Union Street, Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691.


Mordecai S. Haines, Jr.

Born: September 13, 1916

Died: January 16, 2015

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Mordecai S. Haines, Jr.

Mordecai S. Haines Jr. of Westampton passed away Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at his home. He was 98.

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Born and raised in Mt. Holly he was a lifelong farmer and past board member of the Beverly Co-Op and longtime member of the Rancocas Friends Meeting.

An avid and long-time trap shooter, Mordecai was a member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association, Pine Belt Sportsman’s Club, and the Pine Valley Gun Club, having won many tournament awards both locally and nationally, as well as becoming an inductee in the NJ Trap Shooting Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife, Esther (Ridgway) of more than 70 years; a son, Richard Haines (Sandra); three grandchildren, Lori Nester (Lenny), Becki Haines (Teddy), and Patti Ott (Kenneth); six great-grandchildren, Cameron, Connor, Damon, Sydney, Oliver and Tyson.

Funeral service will be held noon, Tuesday, at the Perinchief Chapels, 438 High St., Mt. Holly. Interment will follow in the Rancocas Friends Cemetery. Relatives and friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Pine Belt Sportsman’s Club, PO Box 2543, Vincentown, NJ 08088. Perinchief Chapels, Mount Holly


Thomas Buzby Smith

Born: 1929

Died: May 1, 2014

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Thomas Buzby Smith

Thomas B. SmithThomas Buzby ‘Buz’ Smith of Southampton passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Samaritan Inpatient Hospice in Mount Holly. He was 85.

Born a raised in Rancocas, he was a U.S. Army veteran at the conclusion of World War II.

He had spent time living in Maine, Massachusetts, and Florida, before settling back in Southampton many years ago.

Husband of the late Virginia Blake Smith; father-in-law of the late Peter Oskirko, he is survived by his wife of more than ten years, Virginia (Endicott) Smith; a daughter, Ellen Oskirko, a son, Donald Brimmer (Jean); two grandchildren, Michelle Sigafoos, Kashen Rose; two stepchildren, David Sutphin and Virginia MacFarland; many great-grandchildren, a sister, Eugenia L. Steelman, and a brother, Frank D. Smith Jr.

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His graveside service will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Perinchief Chapels, Mount Holly


Mary Louise Winner

Born: 1948

Died: February 28, 2012

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Mary Louise Winner

Mary Louise Winner of Westampton died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 at Virtua-Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly. She was 64.

Born in Monroe, Wisc., Mrs. Winner was a longtime area resident.

She was a graduate of Rancocas Valley Regional High School and attended Robert Morris College.

She was an Assistant Manager of the Sunnyside Farms Dairy Store for a number of years and later worked in medical billing and as a salesperson for TR Bell in Moorestown.

In her early years she was an accomplished swimmer and diver.

Mrs. Winner was a former Vice President of the Westampton PTA and enjoyed needlework.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-laws: Jason and Chrissy Winner of Springfield, Pa., Damon and Kelly Winner of Westampton.

She is also survived by a grandson Patrick, a granddaughter, Devin; Roger Winner of Westampton; and a special caregiver, Nerissa Maniago.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Church, 121 High St., Mount Holly. Entombment will follow in Lakeview Mausoleum.

Friends may call on Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Perinchief Chapels, 438 High St., Mount Holly. Perinchief Chapels, Mt. Holly


Jane R. Evans

Born: August 13, 1926

Died: February 27, 2015

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Jane R. Evans

Jane R. EvansJane R. Evans, 88, of North East, passed away Friday, February 27, 2015, at UPMC Hamot. She was born on August 13, 1926, in North East, Pa., a daughter of the late Daniel W. and Myrtle A. Plumley Reese.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in North East and enjoyed gardening and being in the outdoors. After her retirement as a customer service representative in the banking industry, Jane and her husband Robert visited all 50 states in the United States and all the provinces in Canada.

She was preceded in death by her son, Robert F. Evans and her brother Daniel P. Reese.

Jane is survived by her husband of 64 years, Robert W. Evans, whom she married December 16, 1950, one son, David W. Evans and his wife Cynthia of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and one daughter, Jane Evans of Cinnaminson, N.J. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Jon Evans and his daughter Lilly Evans, Sara Farrington and her husband Keith and Lindsey Newman, a sister-in-law, Carol Reese, one nephew, Jim Reese and his wife Phyllis and one niece, Gail Reese.

Private visitation and funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family, at the W. Tad Bowers Funeral Home, 92 S. Lake St., North East, Pa. Interment will be in North East Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Gertrude M. Bostwick Memorial Library of the First Presbyterian Church of North East, 25 W. Main St., North East, PA 16428, or to the Community Nursing Services of North East, 7 Park St., North East, PA 16428. To send condolences, please visit www.bowersfuneralhome.com.


Esther J. Haines

Born: abt 1922

Died: April 26, 2015

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Esther J. Haines

Esther J. Haines of Westampton, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2015 at her home. She was 93.

Esther was a former member of the Charleston Methodist Church and later became a Charter Member and longtime Sunday School teacher at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Willingboro when it was founded. She was a past member of the Westampton PTA and thoroughly enjoyed trips to Atlantic City and the precious time she spent with her loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Wife of the late Mordecai S. Haines Jr., she is survived by her son, Richard Haines (Sandra); three grandchildren, Lori Nester (Lenny), Becki Haines (Teddy), Patti Ott (Kenneth); and six great-grandchildren, Cameron, Connor, Damon, Sydney, Oliver, and Tyson.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Perinchief Chapels, 438 High St., Mount Holly. Interment will follow in the Rancocas Friends Cemetery. Relatives and friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m. until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 201 Levitt Parkway, Willingboro, N.J. 08046. Perinchief Chapels, Mount Holly www.perinchief.com


Richard Luongo

Born: Sunday, June 6th, 1943

Died: Thursday, July 9th, 2015

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Richard Luongo

Richard Luongo of Oaklyn, formerly of Jersey City passed away on July 9, 2015; 72 years at JFK Hospital in Cherry Hill.

Beloved husband of Carol (nee Bosak) for 46 years; Devoted father of Richard (Lisa), Eric (Cyndi), Jennie (Brian) Berryhill; Loving grandfather of Frankie, Gianna, Charlotte, Cecelia, Emma and Zach; Dear brother of David & Albert; Also survived by many nieces & nephews.

Prior to retirement, Richard worked as a journalist, writer and editor for many large newspapers. In his early career, he worked in New York with Discount Store News and Restaurant News. Later in his career he moved from North Jersey down to Southern Jersey where he worked for the Courier Post, Retrospect, and most recently the Star Herald. He had a true love and passion of reading, his favorite authors included Hemmingway, Ludlum, and Stephen King.

Richard also loved to watch the BBC network and was a big fan of classic car shows. Richard always had a dunkin donut coffee in hand; his two favorite flavors were the pumpkin spice and hazelnut. He also was a true chef and especially enjoyed baking. But of all his hobbies and passions, his true love was being with family, whether it was family dinners or just being together, it was what made him smile and of course being surrounded by his precious grandchildren.

Relatives & friends are invited the Visitation & funeral on Tuesday from 5 to 7 PM at the Falco CARUSO & Leonard Funeral Home, 6600 N. Browning RD in Pennsauken. A funeral service will be celebrated at 7PM. Final disposition private. In lieu of flowers, please make contribution’s to donors choice.


Emily A Williams

Born: abt 1932

Died: Monday, Aug. 24, 2015

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Emily A Williams

Emily A Williams 1Emily Anne Williams died on August 24, 2015 at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, NJ. She was 83. Emily was born in Philadelphia, PA, but always considered Rancocas Village her home. She referred to it as a magical place.

Emily came to Rancocas as an infant with her parents, Norman and Emily Wiggins. She grew up in the Village, attending grade school in Mt. Holly. She went away to attend George School in Newtown, PA and then Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, where she received her BFA. She went on to receive her master’s degree in art education from the University of Pennsylvania. She met her husband, Aldy while at Penn. They decided to run off and get married in Snow Hill, MD, beginning their life together with a sense of adventure and fun. They set up house in Aldy’s hometown of Rochester, NY for a couple of years.

As a young family, they moved to the Masonville-Rancocas Woods area, but eventually returned to settle in her beloved Rancocas. Emily taught art briefly at Lakewood, NJ Junior and Senior High Schools. Dissatisfied with the rigid curriculum of public school and wanting to be home to raise her children, she began teaching art her own way with classes on Saturday mornings for young people at her home on Second Street in the early 1960’s. Mentoring her students went beyond teaching technique. Emily taught art history and appreciation and although she was a masterful water colorist, she taught other mediums as well. She was nurturing and inspiring but she didn’t placate. She was a gentle critic bringing the best out of her students and her children as well. There were trips to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and other galleries in Philadelphia. Lynn and Liz intermittently participated as students, and Lynn recalls modeling many times. Lynn and Liz share memories of plein air painting at Hollingshead’s barn in Moorestown and the Riverton Yacht Club, to name a few. Emily was proud of both Liz and Lynn who have each pursued careers and interests in art and design. The sisters recall that no Saturday art class was without homemade treats, as the art of cooking was important to their mother.
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Emily was deeply inspired by Julia Child and became a long time member of a gourmet club through invitation from Sophia, the mother of her beloved art student, Dean. Emily often spoke of how gifted Dean was and treasured a poem he wrote about her years after the classes ceased. It hung in a frame in the kitchen by the back door which she passed through daily to feed the birds. Emily was a naturalist of sorts, with a passion for life of all creatures great and small. Along with the birds, she loved her pets which even included spiders and other creepy crawlies. Emily particularly loved dogs. When the household was no longer with pets, she took the dogs of friends into her home for tender loving care, when their families were away.

Emily A Williams 3A practicing Quaker, Emily served on the School Committees of Rancocas Friends School and Moorestown Friends School. She was a pragmatist and a janusian thinker, always seeing and weighing more than one perspective. Emily was an intellectual who enjoyed political debate, art and music (particularly avant garde orchestral compositions), but she delighted in planning menus and hosting dinner parties with the greatest of passion. She was an avid reader and loved playing bridge with friends. She was a student and a teacher, always eager to learn new things and to share them but she never embraced technology, surfed the net or used email! In fact, if anyone every asked for her email she’d reply with a tone of distain. She liked things simple. Email was not a necessity for Emily who was the best correspondent. She wrote witty letters with artistry like the accomplished painter she was. A great conversationalist, she was able to engage in dialogue with anyone on almost any topic.

Emily found humor easily in every aspect if her life and was eager to make lemonade when life threw lemons her way. Her love of art merged with her aesthetic affinity for fashion. She made most of her own clothes. She was an accomplished seamstress, and for many years had her own cottage business performing alterations and dressmaking from her home on Main Street. Emily loved the challenge of a complex pattern, often tweaking it and making it her own, or re-cutting a vintage wedding dress for a sentimental bride. Working with the finest of textiles was a passion, similar to her love of cooking with challenging and unique ingredients. She always had an array of herbs at hand as gardening was a favorite pastime. Emily’s garden had a variety of daffodils that would rival those of Longwood Gardens, but she was especially fond of herbs and had quite a garden of both medicinal and culinary plants. She wrote an article on herbs for her Tai Chi Club Newsletter. Emily never exercised. She was naturally fit, but in her late. 60s and 70s she found tai chi to be of benefit both physically and mentally.

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Emily is predeceased by her husband, Alfred Aldridge Williams. She is survived by her two daughters and their husbands, Elizabeth and Howard Maresch, Carolynn and Gregg Dunham, three grandchildren, Carolyn and Andrew Laich, Jonathan Maresch, and Alexandra Dunham, one great grandson, Ryan Laich, and a new great granddaughter, Emily Laich arriving in November.Emily A Williams 4

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, October 10th, at the Rancocas Village Community Center, 203 Main St., Rancocas, NJ 08073. Contributions in her name may be made to the Animal Welfare Association, 509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ 08043.

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James F. Lucas

Born: May 14, 1939

Died: Sept. 8, 2015

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James F. Lucas

James F. Lucas passed away peacefully on Sept 8th at Marcella center in Burlington.

Jim was born in Mt. Holly on May 14, 1939. He was the son of the late Maurice, Sr. and Esther (Fallon) Lucas. Jim was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers. He is survived by four sisters and five brothers as well as many nieces and nephews.

Jim was raised in the village of Rancocas and for many years lived in Woodland township where he was the owner of Woodland Liquor store and Deli. While living there he made many friends and was so generous to those in need. He had a great love for children.

Jim loved to whistle and had a great big smile for everyone he met.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday September 11th at 10:30AM at the Sacred Heart Church, 260 High St., Mt. Holly. Friends may visit from 9:30-10:30AM at the church. Interment will be the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Hainesport.

In lieu of flowers donations should be made to Mount holly Elks Special Children’s committee ( SCC )

116 High St. Mt. Holly, 08060. Arrangements were made with Ed Kaelin III at the LEE FUNERAL HOME, Mt. Holly. Email condolences to leefuneralservice.com

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Terrance Albert Ewing

Born: May 18, 1948

Died: Sept. 15, 2015

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Terrance Albert Ewing

Terrance-Albert-EwingSomers Point, New Jersey: Terrance Albert Ewing, “Terry,” 67, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 following a lengthy illness. He was born May 18, 1948 to Albert L. and Lois Annette Ewing.

Terry was born in Atlantic City and raised primarily in Somers Point. He graduated from Mainland High School in ‘66 and graduated from Glassboro State College ’70 with a degree in education. He went on to earn his Masters.

He spent his entire career doing what he loved, sharing his passion of geography and civics with the students of the Richard M. Teitelman Middle School in the Lower Cape May Regional School District. His impressive career spanned 38 years in education. For a short time he served as a guidance counselor. In addition, Terry coached soccer and worked as a track official.

In his early years, Terry was a part of the local Civil Air Patrol squadron. As an adult, he was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, where he was known for running the church spaghetti dinners and men’s breakfasts. He was also a member of the Egg Harbor Elks Lodge. Mr. Ewing had a passion for animals and was known to be easily swayed to adopt strays. He was an avid reader of mysteries, enjoyed classic movies and TV shows, and had an appetite for discussing politics and trivia. He even auditioned to appear on Jeopardy.

His kindness knew no bounds. He was always known as the man who would do anything for a friend or someone in need. Terry is survived by his wife of 44 years: Roberta (née Gregory) Ewing; his daughter, Cyndi (Eric) Luongo; two grandchildren: Zachary and Emma; his brother Gene (Ginger) Ewing; brother-in-law Walt (Lois) Gregory; sister-in-law Harriett (Hans) Beck; as well as 5 nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at United Methodist Church of Somers Point (Bethel Rd and Doran Ave) on Saturday, October 3. Visitation is from 2-4 pm; Service of Remembrance at 4pm; dinner reception at the church will follow.


Marie Estelle Fry

Born: Feb. 14, 1930

Died: Dec. 19, 2015

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Marie Estelle Fry

Marie Estelle Fry passed away in her sleep Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015.

She was born Feb. 14, 1930, to Maurice and Esther Lucas in Claremont, N.J. Marie was one of 15 children.

She was married to Harry W. Fry Sr. and was the mother of James Michael and Harry W. Fry Jr.

She is survived by her son, Harry W. Fry Jr. and his wife, Cheryl; her granddaughters, Tonya M. (Fry) Digregorio and her husband, Dean, and Tara L. (Fry) Faquir and her husband, Asaad Faquir; and her great-grandchildren, Brock and Gia Digregorio. She also is survived by her sisters, Barbara Farace of Moorestown, Catherine Dever of Rancocas, and Janet Curran of Rancocas, her brothers, Fred Lucas of Voorhees, Russell Lucas of Delran, Richard Lucas of Southampton, Robert of Burlington, William and ‘Woody’ Lucas of Rancocas; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was preceded her in death by her husband, Harry; son, James; mother, Esther, and father, Maurice; sisters, Virginia, Elizabeth, and Gloria, and brothers, Maurice, John and James.

Marie was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Parish and for many years a member of the Sacred Heart PTA.

She loved being with her friends and family, and could talk with the best of them. She loved her family and was quick to share pictures and stories with family and friends. She will be missed by her family, friends, and all that knew her.

Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, at Sacred Heart Church, 260 High St., Mount Holly. Relatives and friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Lee Funeral Home, 317 High St., Mount Holly. Interment will follow Mass in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Hainesport.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Sacred Heart Church at the above address.

Email condolences to the funeral home’s Web site listed below.
Ed Kaelin III, Lee Funeral Home, 317 High St., Mount HollyLeefuneralservice.com


Henry “Hank” Rowan

Born: December 4, 1923

Died: December 9, 2015

Obituary: Available here

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Henry “Hank” Rowan, the multimillionaire industrialist from Westampton and the namesake of Rowan University, died Wednesday night. He was 92.

Rowan, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, originally from Ridgewood, Bergen County, was the founder of Rancocas-based Inductotherm, the world’s leading manufacturer of industrial furnaces and other melting, thermal processing production systems for the metals and materials industry.

Inductotherm officials said Rowan would be remembered best for his “innovation, humanitarianism and courage.”

His death was announced by the company Thursday afternoon.

“It is with deepest regret and a heavy heart we announce that Mr. Rowan, or ‘Hank,’ as he was affectionately known in the industry, passed away peacefully last night at age 92. His contribution to his employees, customers, the local and global community, and the foundry industry at large will carry on for generations to come,” the company said.

“Mr. Rowan’s dedication has greatly influenced others, and his personal challenge to make a difference has been highly successful. Mr. Rowan’s ambitious and innovative developments established less expensive and more efficient methods of melting metal. His achievements have made the foundry industry safer, more productive and more technologically advanced.”

For his contributions to the industry, Rowan was inducted into the 2003 Foundry Hall of Honor.

In 1995, Rowan published his autobiography, “The Fire Within” with John Calhoun Smith. His mother “preached a doctrine of thrift and self-reliance,” Mr. Rowan wrote in his 1995 autobiography. It was a lesson, “I readily absorbed.”Henry_Rowan_web

His parents, prominent obstetrician Henry M. Rowan Sr. and Margaret Frances Boyd Rowan, divorced when he was 6.

For high school, Mr. Rowan attended a Massachusetts boarding school, Deerfield Academy, and then enrolled at nearby Williams College.

In 1943, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was trained as a bomber pilot, flying B-17s and B-29s. While in the service, Mr. Rowan married Betty Long. Upon his discharge, and with help from the GI Bill, they headed to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a degree in electrical engineering.

Rowan was predeceased by his first wife, Betty, and two sons, James and David. Both boys had muscular dystrophy, an inherited condition marked by the gradual wasting of muscle tissue. In 1968, at age 21, Jimmy died. Ten years later, at age 28, David died.

He is survived by his wife, Lee; his daughter, Virginia; his son-in-law, Manning J. Smith III, two grandchildren, and a sister.

In remembrance, a public Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2015 at 12:00pm. All are invited to attend the Services at the:

First Presbyterian Church
101 Bridgeboro Road
Moorestown, NJ 08057

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mr. Rowan’s honor at either of the following two organizations:

Foundry Education Foundation (www.fefinc.org)
c/o Brian Lewis, Executive Director 1695 N. Penny Lane Schaumberg, IL 60173

or

Lake George Land Conservancy (www.lglc.org)
c/o Cornelia Wells, Office Manager
P.O. Box 1250
Bolton Landing, NY 12814

Cards and condolences to his wife, Lee Rowan or the family can be sent in care of Indel, Inc. located at 10 Indel Avenue, P.O. Box 157, Rancocas, 08073.


Thomas Hartley Severns

Born: abt 1945

Died: January 25, 2016

Obituary: Available here

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ths-webOn Monday, January 25, 2016, T. Hartley Severns, 70, loving father and husband, passed away due to complications from a six year long cancer battle. He was surrounded by his family in his final days. He was the son of Mary and Aubrey Severns.

Hartley was born in Mount Holly and grew up in Rancocas, NJ. He attended Rancocas Friends Pre-school and Moorestown Friends School. He graduated from Juniata College in 1967. Hartley was a jazz musician, research assistant, and instrument repairman. He was a beloved fixture on the Boston and New York City music scenes, who toured with T-Bone Walker in the 70s. In his spare time, he enjoyed painting, sketching, reading, practicing the shakuhachi, and telling fantastical tales, many of which turned out to be true. He also loved animals, science fiction, westerns, samurai films, anime, manga, and food.ths2-web

He will be missed by his three children, Maya Severns of New York, NY, and Zoe and Aeron Severns of Moorestown, NJ, and his wife Nadia Severns of Moorestown, NJ.

His memorial service will be held February 6th at Rancocas Friends Meeting, 201 Main Street, Rancocas, NJ, at 3PM, with visitation during the hour before. Arrangements by the Perinchief Chapels, Mount Holly

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Rancocas Friends Meeting, Main Street, Rancocas, NJ, US

Richard J. Slawinski

Born: February 26, 1929

Died: January 31, 2016

Obituary: Available here

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Richard Joseph Slawinski finished the purposes set before him on earth at 11:00 pm on January 31, 2016. As the only son of Edward and Edna Slawinski, Richard began his life journey on February 26, 1929 in Bloomfield, NJ. After high school, he served his country in the US Army. While at home on leave, he met the love of his life, Dolores Swayne, of Mt. Holly, NJ. Richard and Dolores wed on June 25, 1955 and were married for 53 years.

After living in Bloomfield, NJ for 16 years, they relocated with their two children, Robert and Mary, to the village of Rancocas, NJ where they spent the next 35 years living in their beautiful farmhouse on Main Street.

Richard loved golfing, cars, both old and new, woodworking, and homemade food. He was an excellent role model, husband and father. In 2007 when his wife, Dolores, had a stroke, he spent the next two years devoted to caring for her every need. He cared for her with love and tenderness that was a beautiful gift to those who were privileged to watch.

Other than his wife, the other loves of Richard’s life were his two children, Robert and Mary. There was absolutely nothing that he wouldn’t do for his family. Whether practicing “tough love” when needed or extending grace and mercy, Richard taught his children how to live well, love well, and in the end, finish well.

Richard was preceded in death by his son David in 1959, and by his beautiful wife Dolores in 2009. He is survived by his son Robert Slawinski and his wife Sue of Lansdale, PA; his daughter Mary Murray and her husband Phil of Olathe, KS; as well as his six amazing grandchildren: Christopher Murray, Erin Murray, Susan Slawinski, Cina Murray, Roberta Slawinski and Sara Slawinski.

If you happened to visit him at Santa Marta, you would listen to him burst with pride as he spoke of the many dreams and achievements of his grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Jack Moran, and his nephew, George Frake and family, both of Medford, NJ.

It is not easy to say goodbye to a man loved so deeply by his children, family members and friends. Richard lived his life with a smile on his face, love in his heart and a childlike faith that made his love and friendship irresistible.

A memorial service celebrating Richard’s life will be held at 1:30pm on Saturday, February 20th in the chapel of the Santa Marta Retirement Community, 13800 W. 116th St, Olathe, KS 66062. In lieu of flowers, Richard’s family requests that donations be made to Catholic Community Hospice, 9720 W. 87th Street Overland Park, KS 66212. www.CatholicCharitiesKS.org


Harry R. Curran

Born: abt 1937

Died: Oct. 12, 2016

Obituary: Available here

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Harry R. Curran of the Village of Rancocas passed away Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 at Lourdes Hospital in Camden, N.J. He was 79.

Harry was born in Camden and had been a longtime resident of the Village of Rancocas. He served his country in the U.S. Army and retired as Lieutenant from the New Jersey State Police after 27 years. For the last 15 years, Harry worked for the N.J. Department of Labor as a tax examiner.

If not working, Harry enjoyed reading, watching boxing and watching the Philadelphia Phillies.harry-curran-wb

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Janet (Lucas); his children, Dawn L. Curran (Elaine Rocha), Karen Treiber (Andrew) and Michael Harry Curran (Annmarie); and his grandchildren, Michael Robert Curran, Alainna Curran and Fallyn Treiber. Harry is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 17 at the Church of the Assumption, 28 Monmouth Rd. (Rt. 537), Wrightstown, NJ 08562, where relatives and friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will follow with honors in Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown.

Due to the cemetery’s restriction on flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Harry to New Jersey State Police Survivors of the Triangle (SPFAST). Checks can be mailed to SPFAST, P.O. Box 43, Sea Girt, NJ 08750.

Email condolences through the funeral home’s web site below.Ed Kaelin III,harry-r-curran2

Lee Funeral Home, Mount Holly
www.leefuneralservice.com