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The loss of a loved one can leave you with a lot of unanswered questions, feelings of stress and anxiety and grief that makes events difficult to handle. The experienced funeral directors at Gray Funeral Home will guide you through the aspects of the funeral service with compassion, dignity and respect. Our staff of dedicated professionals is available to assist you in making funeral service arrangements. From casket choices to funeral flowers, the funeral directors at Gray Funeral Home provide individualized funeral services designed to meet the needs of each family.

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Our Obituaries

Vaughn Stephen Shaw

November 6, 1942 - November 11, 2021

Vaughn Stephen Shaw, age 79, passed away Thursday November 11, 2021. "Steve" was born in Bound Brook, NJ. He was raised by his parents Sylvanus J Shaw and Fern L Shaw and resided in Cranford for over 70 years. He was a graduate of CHS and received his BA from West Georgia College. Steve also served in the Air Force from 1961-1964. He worked as an Air Traffic Controller at the Newark Airport for...
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Deborah Ann Moore

August 10, 1949 - November 6, 2021

Deborah Ann Moore (Gonano), 72, passed peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, November 6th, 2021. A resident of Colorado Springs, CO for twenty-six years, she previously lived in Harvest, AL, and St. Paul, MN. She was born in Elizabeth, NJ, and raised in Cranford, NJ where she graduated from Cranford High School in 1967. While receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics and...
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Jane Elizabeth (nee Dittmar) Michael

August 12, 1938 - November 4, 2021

Jane E. Michael (nee Dittmar), 83, of Clark, formerly of Cranford, passed away on November 4, 2021. A graduate of Cranford High School and Douglass College (Rutgers), Jane was a retired Home Economics teacher at Cranford and Westfield High Schools. Jane is survived by her loving husband Albert of 63 years, four children: James and wife Madlen, Debbie Buli and husband Nick (deceased), Joyce...
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Mary Rose Dusch Chavern

July 24, 1926 - October 29, 2021

Mary Rose Dusch-Chavern (Balph), of Cranford, New Jersey, passed away early morning, on Friday, October 29, 2021, at the age of 95. She was born on July 24,1926 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Helen (Wettach) & James Balph, Jr. She attended Cornell University and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Psychology. She married Glen A. Dusch on May...
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Anita E. Juntilla

April 19, 1922 - October 4, 2021

Anita Eugenie Sisson Juntilla, 99, of Westfield, NJ, died peacefully in her home on October 4, 2021. She was born April 19, 1922, in Minneapolis, Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She then studied piano and pedagogy at the McPhail Center for Music and continued building her teaching studio which she began when she was 16...
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Anthony R. Benenati

June 12, 1951 - October 2, 2021

Anthony R. Benenati, age 70, passed away at Overlook Hospital on October 2, surrounded by family and friends. Born in Newark, New Jersey in 1951 to Angelo and Dominica Benenati and raised in Nutley, New Jersey. He is survived by his loving wife Mary of 46 years, his brother Vincent, brother and sister in law Mike and Shirley Hayeck, "sister" Denise, niece Melissa, nephews Vincent and Ella...
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E. Meyers

August 29, 1932 - September 11, 2021

Lois Meyers Lois Meyers, age 89, of Ocean City, NJ formerly of Cranford, NJ, passed into Heaven peacefully on September 11, 2021. Lois was a member of Cranford United Methodist Church in Cranford. She enjoyed singing in the choir and spending time volunteering for Plainfield Free Meals. She also was an associate member of Saint Peter's United Methodist Church in Ocean City, NJ. Lois...
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Naomi C. (nee Wirdzek) Desiderio

June 28, 1950 - August 26, 2021

Naomi C. Desiderio (Wirdzek), 71, of Cranford died on Thursday, August 26, 2021, at Clark Nursing & Rehabilitation surrounded by family. A loving spirit filled with great faith and a wild imagination. First and foremost, she was a devoted mother who inspired her 3 children with her immense dedication, faith, and love. Mom saw the good in everyone and never had a negative word to say about anyone....
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Nancy J. (nee Tagliareni) Bovasso

March 25, 1933 - August 3, 2021

Nancy J. Bovasso (nee Tagliareni), 88, most recently of Westfield, NJ, passed away on Tuesday August 3, 2021, at Overlook Medical Center, in Summit, NJ. Born in Jersey City, NJ, to the late James and Margaret (nee Lupo) Tagliareni, Nancy lived most of her life there. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Robert J. Bovasso Sr, her beloved daughter Diane Bligh (nee Bovasso) and husband...
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Mary Catherine (nee Szabo) Readdy

August 19, 1934 - July 25, 2021

Mary Catherine Readdy (nee Szabo), 86, of Cranford, NJ, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, July 25, 2021. Mary was a legal secretary for over 30 years, retiring from Allstate Insurance Company. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and sister. Born in Newark, she was raised in Union and graduated from Union High School and Berkeley Secretarial School, later relocating to...
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Carol A Poszyler

August 22, 1957 - July 24, 2021

Carol Ann Poszyler, age 63, died surrounded by her loved ones on July 24, 2021 after a short, but vicious battle with lung cancer. Carol grew up in Irvington, New Jersey and had been a Cranford resident since 1989. She married Greg in September of 1980 and shared lots of fond memories over their 41 years of marriage. She worked for many years in customer service before joining her husband and son...
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Frank A Fiorelli

March 8, 1951 - July 23, 2021

Frank A. Fiorelli, 70, passed away unexpectedly at home on July 23, 2021 in Springfield, New Jersey. He was born March 8, 1951 to Alfonso and Mary Fiorelli and on May 31, 1980, married Nancy Gigon, whom he met at Rickel in Union. Surviving are his beloved wife Nancy, two cherished daughters Jennifer (Erik) Larsen and Jessica (Jake) Schor, four grandsons Chase, Quinn, Ethan & Caleb, Mother-in-Law...
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Jane Tomlinson Mathews

July 17, 1931 - July 10, 2021

Jane Tomlinson Mathews, 89 died at home on July 10th after a brief illness. A lifelong resident of Cranford she was the daughter of Richard Lee Tomlinson and Alice Rosencrantz Tomlinson. Jane was a member of the Cranford High School class of 1948 and went on to graduate from New Jersey College for Women (now known as Douglass Residential College of Rutgers University). While a student there she...
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James Robert Cook, Sr.

March 21, 1930 - July 5, 2021

James (Jim) Robert Cook, Sr., a lifelong Cranford, NJ resident passed on July 5th, 2021 at the age of 91. Surviving James is his beloved wife who he was married with for 67 years, Joan (Freckmann) Cook who also is lifelong resident of Cranford. Jim is survived by his twin sister Lily Carey. Jim was a devoted father to 4 children, loving grandfather to 11, and great-grandfather to 4. His oldest...
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Edward Schultz

August 29, 1930 - July 2, 2021

Obituary for Edward Schultz of Cranford NJ Edward Schultz of Cranford passed away at home on Friday, July 2, 2021. He was 90 and beloved by family and friends. Born one of seven children to German immigrants Helen and Emil Schultz, he resided in Jersey City, New Jersey, until joining the United States Coast Guard in 1952. In the Coast Guard he received schooling in electronics, sonar...
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Ryan Baker Quinn

March 24, 1999 - June 20, 2021

Everyone has a story. This is Ryan's. Ryan was born on March 24,1999 and loved beyond words. We learned shortly after that Ryan was unable to thrive due to brain mass that failed to develop. Doctors said if he made it thru the night, week, month or year it would be a miracle. He was diagnosed with a mountain of challenges including quadriplegia, seizures, blindness and chronic lung infections. Ry...
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John W. Rokose

September 9, 1930 - June 5, 2021

John Walter Rokose was born September 9, 1930 passed away at Riviera Rehabilitating Center on June 5th 2021. He was preceded by two sons Michael and John Rokose, wife Teresa, two children Tyler Michael Rokose and Candice Emily Rokose, Vincent P Rokose wife Suzanne and two children Olivia Rokose and Davis Rokose. John had recently moved to Florida to be with family from Cranford New Jersey where...
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Mary F. Kalinowski

October 12, 1923 - June 3, 2021

Mary Kalinowski, 97, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 3rd. She was recuperating from a stroke, at the home of her daughter. Born in Petrova, Czechoslovakia, Mary came to the United States at the age of 13 with friends from that area. She is preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Chester, and her son Robert, and is survived by her daughters Barbara, Joan, and Diane. Mary was a...
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Kevin Issac Goldsmith

April 10, 2004 - May 24, 2021

Kevin Issac Goldsmith passed away Monday May 24th, 2021 due to complications from Leukemia treatments at Children Hospital of Philadelphia. Kevin was just a few weeks removed from his 17th birthday. He was a kind and uplifting person of various interests. Kevin loved playing music on several instruments notably the guitar. Kevin was a former Judoka studying and competing at Cranford...
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Robert (Bob) William McArthur, Sr.

December 4, 1927 - May 17, 2021

Robert (Bob) William McArthur, beloved by family and friends, passed away on Monday, May 17, 2021 after a brief illness at the age of 93. He was born in Boston to Robert McArthur and Elizabeth Forrest Ross McArthur from Scotland. His mother died in childbirth and he was raised by his Dad and stepmother, Abbie Drillio McArthur. Earning a degree in Business Administration he graduated from...
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Mrs. Raffaela Gargiulo

May 23, 1937 - May 16, 2021

Raffaela Gargiulo age 83 passed away on Sunday, May 15th. She was the widow of Gaetano Gargiulo who she was married to for over 50 years. She was born in Battipaglia, Italy and immigrated to the US with Gaetano, and their two children, Salvatore and Tina in 1967. She and Gaetano lived in Brooklyn, NY until 2010 when they moved to Kenilworth, NJ. Raffaela loved to cook, sew, play cards...
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Beverly J. Walsh

October 26, 1931 - May 11, 2021

Beverly J. Walsh (October 26, 1931 – May 11, 2021), resident of Cranford since 1955, passed peacefully this past Tuesday at 89 years old. She was the widow of the late Ralph A. Walsh, sister of the late Thania LaRusso, and the matriarch of a loving family, including six children, 17 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren (with two more on the way). Born in Elizabeth, NJ to Kenneth and Thania...
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Dorothy Andersen White

March 13, 1920 - April 12, 2021

Dorothy Andersen White passed at home on April 12, 2021 at 101. She was the widow of Harold White and shared over 50 year's marriage together. She was born in Cranford, N.J. and resided in Roselle N.J. She worked in New York for some time and then worked in Watson Stillmon in Roselle where she met Harold. Dorothy was a Girl Scout leader. She loved to cook homemade food and especially...
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Kevin Hellhake

April 25, 1958 - April 11, 2021

Kevin Hellhake April 25,1958 - April 11, 2021 of Toms River, NJ died suddenly this past Sunday. Born in Elizabeth, Kevin was raised in Cranford and graduated from Cranford High School in 1976. He worked for NJ Transit as a revenue specialist for 30 years before retiring in 2010. Kevin was a hunter, avid fisherman, and a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast. He was a kind, caring man, with a...
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Joan H. Fridlington

May 12, 1933 - March 13, 2021

Joan H. Fridlington age 87 passed away at the Center For Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains, NJ. Born in Montreal Quebec Canada, to Lawrence and Violet (Nee Searles) Landermann. She lived many years in Cranford, New Jersey. She was a Registered Nurse last working for Doctor Kassouf in Cranford. Pre deceased by her loving husband Robert John Fridlington who passed away in 2015. She is...
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Gail Ann Denman

July 29, 1948 - March 12, 2021

Gail Ann Denman, age 72 passed away on Friday March 12, 2021 at Father Hudson House in Elizabeth, NJ Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, she lived her entire life in Cranford. Gail is a descendant of the Denman Family for which Denman Road in Cranford is named. Gail was proud of being on of the first female FBI agents in the country. She was last stationed at the FBI Newark Bureau. She is...
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Carl J. Matyas

November 17, 1931 - March 9, 2021

Mr. Carl J. Matyas age 89 passed away on Tuesday March 9, 2021 at RWJ Hospital at Rahway, NJ Born in Elizabeth NJ, 1949 graduate of St. Mary's High School. He lived over 65 years in Cranford, Carl was self employed and owned Purefine Washing Fluid Company in Elizabeth. He was a member of St. John The Apostle R.C. Church in Clark. He enjoyed coaching Cranford Little League Baseball...
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Mildred M. Mustillo

January 14, 1928 - February 21, 2021

Mildred M. Mustillo (nee Tagliareni), 93, of Cranford, passed away at her home on Sunday February 21, 2021. Born in Jersey City to the late James and Margaret (nee Lupo) Tagliareni, she and her late husband John owned and operated AJAY TV Sales and Service of Bayonne and Jersey City. She enjoyed her family, cooking, playing cards, and Mahjong. She especially liked winning against her...
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Eugene W. Reynolds

September 29, 1939 - February 9, 2021

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Kathleen O. McAdam

January 23, 1938 - January 29, 2021

Kathleen McAdam (nee O'Dwyer), 83, of Cranford, passed away peacefully on January 29, 2021, at the home of her daughter, Mary Jo McAdam Fuller. Visitation will be Sunday, February 7,2021 from 1:00pm-5:00pm at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, New Jersey. Funeral Mass on Monday,February 8, 2021, 10:00 am at St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, Cranford, New Jersey. ...
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Ruth E. Jones

September 23, 1933 - January 25, 2021

Ruth E Jones passed away on January 25, 2021 at Spring Village at Pocono Assisted Living, Stroudsburg, PA. She was born on September 23, 1933 in Plymouth, PA to Margaret (Sims) and William H Paul. She grew up in Plymouth and graduated from Plymouth High School in 1951. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from The State Teacher's College of Pennsylvania (Bloomsburg University) in 1955...
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Lucy E. Ferri

August 17, 1927 - January 18, 2021

Lucy E. Ferri, 93, of Cranford, New Jersey, passed away on January 18th, 2021 at Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey. Born in Cranston, Rhode Island to Luigi and Elvira (Chiaia) Barbato, Lucy worked many years as a supervisor at United Counties Trust Company in Cranford and was an active member in St. Michael's Church in Cranford. She is survived by her son, James (Lorraine); daughter,...
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Joyce H. Hintz

September 22, 1928 - January 11, 2021

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Henry J Wichmann, Jr.

July 10, 1934 - January 9, 2021

Henry J. Wichmann Jr., 86, of Cranford, passed away on Saturday January 9, 2021. He was born on July 10, 1934 to Henry and Helen (Torgersen) Wichmann Sr. in Union City, NJ. Henry grew up in Jersey City, NJ attending public schools. After graduating from William Dickinson High School, Henry went on to attend two years of college at Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, PA. Henry was...
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June Meyer

June 19, 1929 - January 5, 2021

June Helen Meyer nee Lambert 91, died of natural causes January 5, 2021 at Center for Hope hospice facility. She was born June 19, 1929 in Bayonne, NJ the daughter of the late Charles and Florence (Eckert) Lambert. June graduated from Cranford High School, Class of 1946. Following graduation, she worked for the United Way retiring after over 35 years of service. June married William Meyer on...
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Laure Ann Airoso

April 30, 1963 - December 31, 2020

Laure Ann Airoso age 57 passed away suddenly on December 31, 2020 at her residence in Cranford. Born in Plainfield , NJ she lived with her family in Cranford. Laure last worked as a Sale Associate for the Farm House in Garwood, NJ. She is survived by her loving father, Joseph F. Neri, her son Dylan Airoso, and her brothers Frank and Mark Neri. No visitation. A Mass Of Christian...
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Rose Azzolino

March 25, 1931 - December 28, 2020

Rose Azzolino, 89, of Clark, passed away on Monday December 28, 2020 at the Clark Rehabilitation Center, where she resided. Born in Newark, she was retired from the Prudential Life Insurance Company. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Jennie Cassamasima Azzolino, her brother Michael Azzolino, and brother-in-law Thomas Fitzsimmons. She is survived by her brother Joseph Azzolino...
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Robert L. Garcia

January 15, 1943 - December 13, 2020

Robert L. Garcia, 77, of Washington Twp. (Warren County), NJ, passed away on Sunday December 13, 2020. Born in Elizabeth, NJ, to the late Manuel and Carmen Valle Garcia, Bob grew up in Union , NJ. He attended Upsala College, and served in the US Air Force, where he was an automatic flight control specialist. Bob also served in the US Army. He was retired from Lockheed Electronics Co.,...
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Agustina (nee Diaz) Jimenez

July 26, 1929 - December 13, 2020

Agustina was married to Rev. Artemio Jimenez who passed away with the Lord on October 17, 1991. She was a widow for 29 years. Agustina leaves behind 5 children: Sam, Carmen, Alice, Gladys and Art 13 Grandchildren: Moses, Abraham, Jasmin, Isaac, Michael, Allison, Liza, Edwin, Jennifer, Stephanie, Matthew, Samuel, Priscilla and Amanda 19 Great Grandchildren: Sammy, Samara, Abraham Jr, Amelia...
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Paul J Discepolo, Sr.

March 24, 1956 - December 12, 2020

Paul J. Discepolo Sr., 64, a lifelong resident of Garwood, passed away at home on Saturday December 12, 2020. He was preceded in death by his father Salvatore, and daughter Michelle. He is survived by his son: Paul J. Discepolo Jr, daughters: Melissa and Jennifer Discepolo, his mother: Joan (nee Dougherty) Discepolo, brother: Michael Discepolo (Sharon), three sisters: June Planas, Janis...
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Douglas C. Sulzer

December 6, 1947 - December 3, 2020

SULZER, Douglas Caldwell, age 72, passed away unexpectedly in Boston, MA, Dec.3, 2020. A noted architect and engineer, Douglas was a fixture in the architectural world in the City of Boston and beyond for 50 years. Growing up in Mountainside, NJ, Douglas was the son of the late E. Fred Sulzer and Eleanor (Caldwell) Sulzer. Douglas was an honor graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering at...
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Diane E Morris

September 23, 1938 - December 2, 2020

Diane Morris, 82, went home to the Lord on December 2, 2020 engulfed with the love and prayers of her family. Born in Elizabeth in 1938 to Philomena and Louis Perrella, she spent most of her young life doing what she loved most, dancing ballet. She was the youngest student accepted to the American School of Ballet in NYC at the age of 7, where she danced under Balanchine and alongside Rudolf...
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Haydee Rocio Collantes

April 9, 1964 - November 27, 2020

Haydee Rocio Collantes, 56, of Garwood, passed away on November 27, 2020. Born in Peru, she worked for the SBM Co. in Kenilworth. She is survived by her husband: Jesus Rodriguez, daughter Rocio Katherine Huertas (Hiram Torres), grandson: Jorge Torres, mother: Haydee Gutierrez, sister: Odeli Collantes (Jose), brothers: Jorge Collantes (Rosa), and Cesar Collantes (Dulber).Visitation: Monday 4-8PM...
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Purnima Patel

January 19, 1940 - November 6, 2020

Purnima A. Patel, 80, of Roselle Park, NJ, went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 6, 2020 at home in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Purnima was born on January 19, 1940 to Babubhai and Sivitabhen Patel in Ahmedabad, India. She met Arvind October 28th and married him on October 30, 1965, 2 days later. Purnima will be lovingly remembered by her two sons, Kumar and Shetal, daughter-in-law,...
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Celina Tonda

December 6, 1930 - October 7, 2020

Celina Tonda of Miami, Florida 12-16-1930 – 10-7-2020 Our beloved mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, sister and friend, Celina Tonda, has passed. Born in the town of Iguara, Cuba, she was the mother of Adrian, Hortensia and Tania. She will be missed immensely not only for the wonderful mother, wife, sister, grandmother, greatgrandmother and friend that she was, but for her...
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Richard W. Nicholls, Sr.

April 2, 1930 - October 5, 2020

Richard "Dick" W. Nicholls, 90, of Cranford, NJ, passed away surrounded by family, on October 5, 2020. He was born on April 2, 1930, in Blakely, PA. Dick was a graduate of Blakely High School (1947), Keystone Jr. College (1949), and Lehigh University (1951) where he obtained a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. After moving to New Jersey, Dick was employed by Merck & Co. from 1951-1953 as a Process...
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Nancy Gillan

December 8, 1936 - September 10, 2020

Nancy Gillan Cranford resident; passionate about her faith, her church, and education as elementary school teacher and tutor in retirement Nancy Gillan (formerly Roberts, nee Novovesky), native of Woodbridge, N.J., and resident of Cranford, N.J., passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, at the age of 83. Nancy was a teacher at the George Washington Elementary School No. 1 in...
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Brian W. Sharkey

December 4, 1950 - September 9, 2020

Brian William Sharkey, 69 of Forked River, NJ passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Brian was born on December 4, 1950 in Bayonne, NJ to his parents, the late John and Theresa Sharkey. He graduated from Jersey City State College in 1974 with a BS degree in Mathematics. On July 31, 1976 he married the love of his life, Judy. Brian is survived by his loving wife, Judy, his three beloved...
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Rosario Almodovar

October 6, 1928 - September 5, 2020

Rosario Rivera Sosa de Almodóvar, 91, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, September 5th, 2020 at Cranford Rehab and Nursing Center. Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Rosario married her late husband Juan Almodóvar on September 27th 1943. Together, they moved to New York City to raise their family, then retired to Isabela, Puerto Rico. Rosario was an active member of her church,...
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Elizabeth Ann "Betty" (nee Wasyle) Ford

April 3, 1934 - August 30, 2020

Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Ford (nee Wasyle), 86 0f Winfield Park, NJ, passed away on Sunday August 30, 2020 at Center for Hope Hospice - Father Hudson House in Elizabeth. Born in Jersey City, NJ to the late Joseph and Lillian Foltin Wasyle, Betty had worked as a medical records secretary at the former St. Mary Hospital in Hoboken, NJ. She was preceded in death by her daughter: Sharon Street. She...
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Walter F. Kilpatrick

January 29, 1935 - August 14, 2020

Walter Kilpatrick of Clark, NJ pass away peacefully on Friday, August 14th, 2020. He was born in Dunmore, Pa and later moved to Jersey City, NJ where he met and married his late wife Angela Kilpatrick (nee Malfitano). He proudly served in the United States Army and worked as a printer after leaving the service. He then worked for Sears, Roebuck and Company retiring after 20 years. He was an...
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Salvatore Gargiulo

October 27, 1959 - August 3, 2020

Salvatore Gargiulo (October 27, 1959 – August 3, 2020) Devoted husband to Mary, loving father to Daniel, Michelle and Eric. Son of Raffaella and Gaetano (deceased). Born in Battipaglia, Italy he came to the U.S in 1967 with his family. Sal was a dedicated family man who loved living in Cranford. Sal believed his proudest accomplishment was his three children. One of his greatest...
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Gunter Aschmies

September 25, 1939 - July 21, 2020

Gunter C. Aschmies, age 80, passed away peacefully on July 21, 2020, in Summit, New Jersey. Gunter was born September 25, 1939 to Hans and Anni Bendix Aschmies in Memel, Germany. He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, including his twin brother Horst. He immigrated to the United States at the age of 18, and later settled in Cranford, NJ. He worked during the day and earned...
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Anastasia Heins

September 11, 1931 - June 23, 2020

On Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Anastasia Heins (Stasia), loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend passed away. Stasia was born September 11, 1931, Jersey City, NJ to John and Theresa Zazula. She shared a close and loving relationship with her family. As a young lady, Stasia and a group of friends formed a knitting club to knit items for the military serving overseas. This...
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George R. Martis

July 24, 1930 - June 21, 2020

George R. Martis passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020 at home surrounded in love by his family. He was born in Linden NJ on July 24, 1930, the only child to George A. and Agnes (Eckel) Martis and was a lifelong resident. George was an accomplished athlete, the captain of his Linden HS basketball team, an All-County player and avid bowler and tournament dart player. He attended New Jersey...
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Raymond Jude Horrigan

January 10, 1946 - June 19, 2020

On Friday June 19, 2020, Raymond Jude Horrigan, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away at the age of 74. Ray was born on January 10,1946 in Jersey City, NJ to Raymond & Ruth Horrigan. He had a dedicated career in the insurance industry but his favorite titles were Dad & Poppy. On April 13,1969 he married his wife Trudy Walsh and they raised two daughters Susan & Jill in Cranford,...
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Thomas Fitzsimmons

July 11, 1931 - June 18, 2020

Thomas John Fitzsimmons, 88, of Cranford, NJ, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 18, 2020. Thomas was born July 11, 1931 in Avoca, PA to the late Thomas Damian Fitzsimmons and Helen Sheridan Fitzsimmons. As a Radio Maintainer assigned to the 528th Aircraft Control and Warning Group, for the Far East Air Force at Johnson Air Base in Japan, Thomas served his country during the Korean War, from...
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John Patrick "Jack" Byrne, Jr.

July 5, 1960 - June 12, 2020

John "Jack" Patrick Byrne Jr. (59) - 6/12/2020 - passed away peacefully at his home in Clark surrounded by his loving family. Born in Elizabeth, he was raised in Cranford and was a longtime resident of Union and eventually Clark. He was a graduate of Cranford High School, Class of 1978 and worked for the U.S Department of Justice for 25 years. Prior to working for the DOJ he was a licensed...
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Adelina G. Ferreira

February 25, 1945 - June 10, 2020

Adelina de Jesus Tavares Guerra Ferreira, 75, of Colonia, NJ, died on Wednesday (June 10th, 2020) in her home surrounded by loved ones, while holding her children's hand, due to complications of ALS. Adele was born on February 25th, 1945, in Vila Cortes da Serra, Gouveia, Portugal. As was common in most cases for families when migrating to the United States of America, her family became...
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Daniel W. Brois

August 26, 1964 - June 6, 2020

Obituary for Daniel W. Brois August 26, 1964 – June 6, 2020 Cranford, New Jersey | Age 55 Daniel W. Brois, 55, of Cranford, NJ, returned home to The Lord on Saturday, June 6, 2020. Born in Summit, New Jersey, to Stanley J. and Theresa J. Brois. Dan was the youngest of three children; he is survived by his brother Thomas Edward and his sister, Victoria Mary Pavlovsky. As a child, Dan...
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Janet Randall

July 18, 1919 - May 17, 2020

Janet Randall passed away on May 17 2020 from pneumonia caused by Covid 19 at the age of 100. Born Janet Murray in Leith, Scotland, she moved to London, England where she lived through the Blitz and met her husband Ronald. She and her husband emigrated to the United States in 1951 where they settled first in Chicago. They moved to Cranford, New Jersey in about 1957. They had five children:...
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Stewart Thompson Crane, Jr.

August 29, 1932 - May 9, 2020

Stewart T. Crane Jr. Stewart Thompson Crane Jr. of Westfield NJ passed peacefully on Saturday May 9, 2020. He was born in Elizabeth, NJ on August 29, 1932 as the second child of Stewart Thompson Crane Sr. and Elise Terry Crane. He was raised mostly in Cranford NJ and graduated from Cranford High. Stew, as he was known to his friends & family, joined and served in the Navy during the Korean...
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Ruth Pringle

December 4, 1932 - May 8, 2020

Eleanor Ruth McCracken Pringle, known to all as Ruth, died peacefully on Friday, May 8, 2020 in East Windsor, NJ of complications arising from Covid-19 and dementia. She was 87 years old. Ruth was a brilliant, scientifically-trained, self-sufficient woman who devoted herself to her family, her church, and to helping others. Ruth was born on December 4, 1932 in Newark, NJ, the daughter of...
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Arvind Gordhanbhai Patel

June 24, 1938 - May 6, 2020

Arvind Gordhanbhai Patel, 81, of Roselle Park, NJ, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth, NJ. Arvind was born on June 24, 1938 to Suragban and Gordhanbhai Patel in Malala, Uganda. He met the love of his life, Purnima Patel, and married her on October 30, 1965. Arvind will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Purnima, his two sons, Kumar and...
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Clinton Harris Miller III

November 22, 1931 - May 3, 2020

Clinton Harris Miller III November 22, 1931 – May 3, 2020 Clinton Harris Miller III of Cranford, NJ, died on May 3, 2020, at the age of 88. He had lived with kidney disease for more than two decades, and died suddenly following several months of declining health. His wife Nancy was by his side. He was born on November 22, 1931, in Elizabeth, NJ, the only child of Clinton H. Miller Jr...
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Luz Maria Landrove Soto

May 29, 1921 - May 3, 2020

Luz Maria Landrove Soto, 98 years of age, passed away on Sunday May 3, 2020, at Atria Senior Living in Cranford, NJ. Affectionately called Luciola by all who knew and loved her, she was born and grew up in Bayamo, Cuba to Francisco Soto Izquierdo and Eugenia Figueredo Vega. She was the second youngest in a large family, with three sisters and six brothers, all of whom served to guide and...
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Frances Huckel

September 24, 1924 - April 28, 2020

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Charles Baker "Bud" Allewelt

May 25, 1926 - April 23, 2020

Charles Baker Allewelt, 93, passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at Cranford Park Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Cranford, NJ where he resided. Charles was born to the late Charles Bookman Allewelt and Margaret Appenzellar Allewelt, on May 25, 1926 in Hanover, PA. Charles, known affectionately to family and friends as "Bud" or "Charley," graduated from Eichelberger Senior High...
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Elma Louise Munster

October 21, 1930 - April 22, 2020

Elma Louise Munster, 89, a woman of deep faith and conviction, passed away peacefully on Wednesday April 22, 2020 at Sunrise Assisted Living in Westfield. A loving wife and mother, she was born in Belleville, New Jersey to Nicholas and Anna Kleinknecht and was the youngest of the 3 Kleinknecht ("Dolly") sisters. She worked for a number of years at Prudential in Newark, and eventually married her...
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Strato Nicholas Xenelis

December 10, 1921 - April 19, 2020

Tribute to Strato Nicholas Xenelis December 10, 1921 – April 19, 2020 Loving Husband, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Uncle and Friend Strato N. Xenelis, a long time resident of Cranford, NJ passed away peacefully at the age of 98 on Sunday, April 19, 2020. He is predeceased by his wife, Alice to whom he was married for sixty seven years. Strato was born in Eressos, a village...
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Eileen "Lile" Howard

February 7, 1927 - April 18, 2020

Eileen Howard, (nee Tangney), 93, passed away peacefully at home Saturday, 18 April 2020, after a long illness. Her death was not related to the current COVID-19 pandemic. 'Lile' was born in Rosnacarthna Mor, Faha, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland and attended Faha Cross School and The Presentation Convent Secondary School, Killarney, where her life long love of learning was kindled. She...
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June S. Sulley

August 22, 1930 - April 15, 2020

June Sulley, 89 of Cranford, NJ passed away on Wednesday, April 15. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph F. Sulley and her parents Mildred (nee Hamilton) and Henry H. Schulz. She is survived by her children Lise Sulley (Robert Fincke), James Sulley (Maria) and George Sulley ( Jeanine Regusa), 7 grandchildren Krista, Samantha, Ian, Elizabeth, James, Ryan and Emma and her 2 cats. June was born...
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Kenneth J. House

May 18, 1942 - April 15, 2020

Kenneth J. House passed away on April 15, 2020 at the Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center in Chatham, NJ. Ken was born in Elizabeth NJ on May 18, 1942 to Berton and Louise (Buhr) House. He grew up in South Bound Brook where he inherited his love of flying from his dad. With money earned from his Courier News paper route, Ken bicycled to Somerset Airport to take flying lessons. At age...
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Joseph S. Papa

January 23, 1937 - April 12, 2020

Joseph (Joe) Sebastian Papa of Cranford, New Jersey, passed away at age 83 on Sunday April 12, 2020 while in residence at the Cornell Hall nursing home in Union New Jersey. Joseph was born on January 23, 1937 in Long Island City, NY to Joseph Papa and Carmella (Caudo) Papa. His family moved to Roselle, NJ in 1947 where he graduated from Abraham Clark High School in 1954. He lettered in...
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Robert A. Nicholas

October 28, 1932 - April 5, 2020

Robert A Nicholas Bob Nicholas passed away late Sunday night 4/5/20 at the age of 87 at the Cranford Nursing and Rehab. Bob was born October 28, 1932 in Kearney NJ to parents Lionel and Rose Nicholas. Bob leaves behind his 2 daughters Kelly Brinkerhoff, her husband David, and Nancy Venezia, his daughter-in-law Tammie Nicholas and grandchildren Heather, Brian and Anthony Nicholas, David, Steven,...
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Else Theobald Falk

July 25, 1929 - April 4, 2020

Else Theobald Falk, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, a longtime resident of Berkeley Heights, entered into eternal rest on April 4, 2020. Born in Pirmasens, Germany, she came to the United States in 1955 when she married her husband of 65 years, Bernard. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her four children, Katherine and her husband Robert Hubbuch, John and...
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Carmen Milagros Manto

August 7, 1944 - April 3, 2020

Carmen Milagros Manto, 75, of Cranford, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 3rd. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico to the late Juan Almodovar and Rosario Rivera Sosa, Carmen lived most of her life in New York City where she was a paraprofessional for PS 152. There she raised her three children, Elizabeth Marty-Dalli, Nelson...
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James Hamilton Sedam, Jr.

June 10, 1944 - April 1, 2020

A complete obituary is being composed. No visitation. A memorial service will be held in the future at the First Baptist Church of Metuchen. Please visit this web site for future services.
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Karen Gustavsen

August 20, 1950 - March 29, 2020

Karen Gustavsen, 69, long time Cranford, NJ resident died Sunday, March 29th. Karen is survived by her children Kevin, Michaele, Michael, and Lauren, nine grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. She also leaves behind her older sister Judi and younger brother Russell, as well two nieces (Gina and Lisa), two grandnieces, a grandnephew, and many cousins who loved her. Karen was a very...
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Joan Louise Dalton

September 27, 1931 - March 28, 2020

Joan Louise Dalton, 88, long time Cranford, NJ resident, died Saturday, March 28, 2020 of respiratory failure after a short illness. Joan spent her final year at St. Joseph's Senior Home, Woodbridge, NJ. She was born in Linden, NJ on September 27, 1931, the daughter of Michael and Rose Fragale Poleski. Joan grew up in Linden and graduated from Linden High School in 1948. She graduated from...
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George F MacKenzie

May 13, 1936 - March 26, 2020

George F. MacKenzie, 83, longtime resident of Westfield NJ, went into the presence of his Savior and the Lord of his life on Thursday March 26 at home in Holmdel NJ. George was the son of Fred and Edith (Gibb) MacKenzie and grew up in Kenilworth NJ. He attended Jonathan Dayton HS in Springfield NJ and Wheaton College, Wheaton IL. After graduation he joined his father in the family business,...
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Rose Cecelia Foley

October 3, 1927 - March 16, 2020

Rose Cecelia Foley 92 of Brick Township NJ passed away peacefully in the early morning on March 16 at home surrounded by her family. She was born in Jersey City to a large loving family of 11 as the youngest child to Antonio and Antonina Montalbano. She was married to her loving husband Frank Joseph Foley Jr. in 1953 who preceded her in death in 1999. She is survived by her loving daughters Anita...
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Patricia Marie Cavin

November 20, 1950 - March 8, 2020

Patricia Marie Cavin, 69, of Toms River, passed away early Sunday morning March 8, 2020, at Arbors Care Center, Manchester Twp, NJ after an illness. Born in Newark to the late Michael and Josephine Thomas Yacullo, Patty was a graduate of Vailsburg High School, Newark, Class of 1968. Patty worked for Lord & Taylor Department Store, Westfield, in the Jewelry department. Prior to that she worked for...
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Michael J. Azzolino

January 14, 1940 - March 1, 2020

Michael J. Azzolino, 80 years old, of Elmwood Park, NJ passed away on March 1, 2020 after a long illness. Michael was born in Newark, NJ on January 14, 1940 to Jenny (nee Casa Massima) and Frank Azzolino. He graduated from Newark's Central High School in 1958. Michael was a member of The Apollos recording artists known for their songs "I Love You Darling" and "Bandstand Baby." He enjoyed...
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Jean W. Kleespies

August 31, 1929 - February 21, 2020

Jean Louise (Wolfram) Kleespies August 31, 1929 - February 21, 2020 Jean Louise (Wolfram) Kleespies, 90, formerly of Lynbrook, NY and Danville, VT, passed away on Friday, February 21, 2020 surrounded by her family. Daughter of the late Alfred & Jessie Wolfram, she grew up, married and raised her family in Lynbrook, NY before retiring to Danville, VT with her husband, John, in 1989. She is...
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Stanley James Brois

March 22, 1931 - February 19, 2020

Obituary for Mr. Stanley J. Brois March 22, 1931 - February 19, 2020 Cranford, New Jersey | Age 88 Stanley J. Brois, 88, of Cranford, NJ, passed away on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. Born in Bronx, NY, Stan was the youngest of eight children who helped in his family grocery store while growing up and then was awarded a football scholarship at Fordham University where he earned his...
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John A Ridge

March 20, 1961 - February 7, 2020

John A. Ridge, 58, of Perth Amboy, NJ passed away peacefully on February 7, 2020. A loving son and brother, John was born on March 20, 1961, and grew up in Clark. As a young man, he served in the US Navy. John's favorite pastime was freshwater fishing at Round Valley Reservoir on his boat accompanied by his beloved dog, Casey. As a hobbyist, he had a unique talent in woodworking and ...
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Lillian Rose Berquist

August 21, 1926 - January 29, 2020

Lillian R. Berquist (nee Black), 93, a longtime resident of Cranford, died on January 29, 2020. Lillian's visitation will begin at 10AM Tuesday February 4, 2020 at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Ave, Cranford, where her funeral service will begin at 11AM Tuesday. Entombment will follow at Rosedale Cemetery, Linden. Born in Bayonne, Lillian was retired from the American Can Co.,...
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Zenon Stan Borkowski

January 18, 1928 - January 29, 2020

.Zenon Stanislaus Borkowski died on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, a few days after he celebrated his 92nd birthday. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at St. Michael's Church, 40 Alden Street, Cranford, New Jersey at 10:30 am. A repast will follow. Stan, as everyone called him, was married to Julia Fancuillo for 70 years. They were both natives of Staten Island, New...
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Matthew J. Montanaro

March 14, 1931 - January 28, 2020

Matthew J. Montanaro 3/14/1931- 1/28/2020 Matthew (88) passed away peacefully at the VA Medical Center in Lyons New Jersey surrounded by family. He was born in West New York, New Jersey to James Montanaro and Lena Montanaro (nee Biondi). He resided in West New York until his entry into the United States Navy where he served in the Korean War from 1951 to 1955. Matthew also resided in North...
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Constance C. Nicholas

May 19, 1934 - January 25, 2020

Constance C Nicholas Connie Nicholas passed away late Saturday night 1/25/20 at the age of 85 at the Center for Hope Hospice Scotch Plains NJ. Connie was born May 19, 1934 in Clark NJ to parents Lucien and Sophie Jankowski .Connie leaves behind her loving husband of 65 years Robert and 2 daughters Kelly Brinkerhoff, her husband David, Nancy Venezia, her daughter in law Tammie Nicholas and...
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Alejandro Montero

February 26, 1970 - December 28, 2019

Alejandro "Rey" Montero (49), passed away Saturday December 28, 2019 at 11:04PM at Summit Overlook Hospital surrounded by his family. Rey was born February 26, 1970 in Dominican Republic to Anibal and Beatriz Hererra-Montero. Rey was happily married to the love of his life Elibet Montero since June 21, 1993. They have been married for 26 magically messy years. They welcomed his first daughter and...
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Adele C Kosowski

September 14, 1927 - December 28, 2019

Adele C. Kosowski, 92, of Cranford, passed away at her residence on December 28, 2019. Adele's visitation will be from 9:00-10:00AM Tuesday December 31, 2019 at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford. Her funeral mass will follow at 10:30AM Tuesday at St. Michael Catholic Church, Cranford. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Please go to: www...
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John Paul Dizzia

October 22, 1945 - December 22, 2019

Cranford- John Paul Dizzia, 74 years old, passed away at Overlook Medical Center on Sunday, December 22, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 27, 2019 at the Snyder chapel of First Presbyterian Church, 11 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, NJ. Entombment to follow at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. Arrangements are by Gray Memorial Funeral Home. Born and raised...
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Sharon J. Smith

September 7, 1956 - December 20, 2019

Sharon J. Smith, 63, of Cranford, passed away on December 20, 2019. She worked for AT&T since April of 1983, and was a Lead Project Manager, which provided her with everyday challenges which she enjoyed. Sharon also enjoyed following the teachings of the Dalaï Lama, and studied Tibétain Buddhist philosophy, as well as Native American History. Sharon is survived by her husband Bob and...
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Harry F. Loeser

August 12, 1921 - December 10, 2019

Harry F. Loeser, of Cranford, NJ, died peacefully at his home on December 10, 2019. He was 98 years old. Harry was born and raised in Elizabeth, NJ. His parents, both descendants of German immigrants, were originally from Bridgeport, Connecticut. The family was active in the Second Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth. Harry graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School of Elizabeth in 1939. He worked...
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Olive V. Granitzki

April 17, 1928 - November 29, 2019

Olive Vivian (Anger) Granitzki, age 91, died peacefully on Friday, November 29, 2019. Olive's memorial and visitation will be from 7 to 9 PM on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Avenue, Cranford. Her funeral service will be on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 11 AM at Trinity Episcopal Church, 205 North Avenue E. Cranford with the Rev. Andrew Kruger, Rector,...
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Joseph Lopes

April 1, 1942 - November 27, 2019

Mr. Joseph Lopes passed away peacefully on November 27, 2019. He was 77 years old. Joe was born and raised in New York City with his brother Sal and mother Eleanor. He went on to serve in the US Army and then began his career as a police officer with the Port Authority of NY & NJ, before marrying his wife, Marilyn. They started a family and settled in Cranford, NJ shortly after. He was...
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Pauline Smith

June 30, 1931 - November 24, 2019

Pauline Smith, a Longtime Resident of Roselle Park, NJ passed away on 11/24/2019 at the age of 88 after an extended illness. She was a resident in the Cranford Rehabilitation & Nursing Home at the time of her passing. Pauline was Born & Raised in the small city of Caguas, Puerto Rico on 6/30/31.She was 17 years of age when her family moved to the United States and settled in Newark, NJ before...
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William A. Doyle

December 8, 1929 - November 5, 2019

William A. Doyle, Longtime funeral director in Westfield and Cranford William A. Doyle, 89, of Cranford, passed away peacefully on November 5, 2019 at his home following a brief illness. Bill's Visitation will be Friday November 8th from 4:00-9:00PM at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Ave., Cranford. His funeral mass will be celebrated at 9:45am Saturday, November 9, 2019 at St....
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