July 16, 2019

Carmella R McDonald

Roxbury Township, Mrs. Carmella R McDonald, 95, died on July 16, 2019 at the Regency Grande Home in Dover. She was born in Newark and grew up in Netcong where she graduated High School. She later married and lived in Ledgewood before moving to Berkshire Valley 35 years ago.  She worked for many years at Picatinny Arsenal and was a member of the Roxbury Senior Citizens Club.

She was predeceased by her husband, (of 39 years) John J McDonald in 1984. She is survived by her 4 children; Elaine Ayres of Long Valley, Richard (and Linda) McDonald of Berkshire Valley, Dennis McDonald of Budd Lake, and Phyllis (and Kenny) Yue of Netcong. She also leaves her 8 grandchildren; Daniel and Jason Ayres, Casey McDonald, Shanna Maher, Donald and Thomas Cole, Tina and Nicole Yue and her 7 great grandchildren, and by her sister Barbara Nassaur of GA.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Friday (July 19th) from 3 – 6 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday (July 20th), 10 am, at the Funeral Home, with the interment to follow at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Chester.

The family invites you to have lunch with them at the “Cinders Wood and Fire Grill” located at 319 Route 46, Mine Hill, NJ 973-928-7000 directly after the funeral on Saturday.

July 15, 2019

Frank D Pratt

The family of Frank Donald Pratt announces his passing on Monday, July 15, 2019, at the age of 87 at the Morris Hills Center in Morristown, NJ.  Frank was predeceased by his wife Helgard Pratt (in 2009). He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Sandy (Dave), Jeff (Kelly) and Mike, as well as his two grandchildren, Rachel and Tyler.

He was born in Troy, NY, raised his family in Mt. Arlington, NJ and retired with his wife of 49 years in Brick, NJ.  He served in the U.S. Navy and was a Retail Salesman and Purchasing Agent for the Rickel’s Lumber and Hardware Store in New Jersey. He was also a member of St. Jude’s Parish in Budd Lake.

Arrangements are by the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) A Memorial Service, with Military Honors, will be held at the Brigadier General Doyle Veterans Cemetery in Wrightstown, NJ, in the fall.

July 09, 2019

Carol J DeGraw

Roxbury Township, Mrs. Carol DeGraw (Coletti), 77, of Succasunna, NJ passed away peacefully surrounded by family on July 9th, 2019 at Morristown Medical Center. She was born in Morristown on January 6th, 1942, Carol graduated from Morristown High School, Class of 1960. She later moved to Succasunna 53 years ago. Carol went on to become a licensed practical nurse at Merry Heart Nursing Home for 37 years. Along with that Carol also did private duty nursing for 25 years and was a member of the Roxbury Senior Citizens.Carol loved cooking for her family as well as entertaining for holidays and special events. She enjoyed the outdoors, which included swimming and hiking. Her favorite vacation was spending two weeks in Hawaii as well as climbing Mt. Washington in New Hampshire with her beloved husband of 56 years, Kenneth S. DeGraw.

Carol is predeceased by her mother Andreina Fabbro (Coletti), her father August Coletti, and her two brothers Paul and Peter Coletti.

She is survived by her husband Kenneth S. DeGraw, of 57 years, her three children; Julie Baez, 58, Brenda Rodriguez, 56, and Kenneth DeGraw Jr., 54, and his wife Linda DeGraw. She also leaves her four grandchildren; Brandon, Samantha and Kenneth DeGraw III and Kelsey Rodriguez, a sister Linda Coletti, her husband Antonio Mejido and their two children Josef and Michael.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Saturday (July 13th) from 2 – 5 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday at 4:30 pm, at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Carols honor to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or The World Wildlife Fund.

July 06, 2019

Joann A Beatty

Randolph, NJ    Mrs. Joann A (Weatherburn) Beatty, 87, died on July 6, 2019 at the Bright View Center in Randolph. She was born in Orange, NJ and grew up in West Orange, and graduated from the Berkley School in East Orange. She lived in Succasunna for 35 years, where she raised her family and worked as a Secretary for the Roxbury Township Board of Education for 25 years. She later moved to Bath, PA, and returned to N J, 5 years ago.

She is survived by her husband Ronald G Beatty, daughters; Gayle (and Eric) Kranz, and Colleen (and Henry) Gialanella, 4 grandchildren; Randy (and Regina) Jones, Daniel (and Amanda) Gialanella, Kevin Gialanella, and Megan (and Jeremy) Bilotti, and 4 great grandchildren; Lily,Kaylee, Nora, and Luca.

Arrangements are by the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) A private service will be held at a later date.



July 05, 2019

Priscilla A Flint

Roxbury Township, Priscilla A Flint, 90, died on July 5, 2019 at Bristol Glen in Newton. She was born in Englewood and grew up in Palisades Park and Coytesville (part of Ft. Lee) and moved to Succasunna 50 years ago. She was a secretary at the County College of Morris for many years in Randolph. She was a member of the Succasunna United Methodist Church, the Ever Young Senior Citizens, HARP at Hillside Lutheran Brethren Church in Succasunna, and the Daughter’s of the American Revolution. She also enjoyed sewing and Cross Stitch.

She was predeceased by her husband Ralph J Flint in 2001, and is survived by her 3 children; Richard (and RuthAnn) Flint of Succasunna, Nancy (and Floyd) Ribe of Succasunna, and Debra Flint of New Castle, PA. She also leaves her 7 grandchildren; Jason, Adam, Steven, Rebecca, Katie, Athena, and Jasper, 7 great grandchildren, and her sister Judith Betten of Rochelle Park, NJ.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Thursday (July 11th) from 3 – 6 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Friday (July 12th), 11 am, at the Funeral Home, with the interment to follow at the Succasunna Methodist Cemetery.

July 03, 2019

Dolores J Kojak

Roxbury Township, Mrs. Dolores “Dee” Olive Jordan Kojak, 89, was called to Heaven on July 3, 2019 from the Morristown Medical Center. She was born and raised in Morristown and was a 1947 graduate from Morristown High School. She moved to Succasunna in 1955. She held two Master’s Degrees: Master of Arts in Speech Pathology in 1972 (and Bachelor of Arts Summa Cum Laude in 1971) from Newark State College (Kean University), and Master of Education in Psychological Counseling in 1978 from William Paterson University. She was certified in Speech Pathology through the NJ Department of Education in 1973 and earned numerous other DoE certifications. She was employed as a Speech Pathologist and Teacher of the Deaf and Hearing Impaired at the Mt. Arlington Public School District, for 25 years. She was a life member, Elder, historian, treasurer, guest Minister, and choir member of the Mt. Freedom Presbyterian Church, and served on the Church Cemetery Board. She also had worked as a psychotherapist with Comprehensive Counseling Centers and volunteered her time with a crisis telephone service helpline.

She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Alexander Thomas Kojak, in 2009, and is survived by their four children: Diane Alexa Kojak of Philadelphia, Alexander Daryl (and Kate) Kojak of NYC, Denise Annette Kojak of NYC, and Dawn Alisa Kojak of NYC, and by her grandchild Nadia of Philadelphia. She also leaves her half sisters and brother: Gail Sorbara of Lake Hopatcong and Judy Simon of FL, and Rodger Iverson of FL; cousins Ed Jordan of CO and Dawn Patricia Tyler of NM; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her twin sister June Ann Holmes in 2009.

Dee loved and lived for her family and friends and the warm home she created. She and Alex were actively involved in square dancing with the Ironia Reelers for years. Her love of nature and the great outdoors led to family vacations and camping in New England, hiking and summiting Mount Washington and other peaks, also cross-country skiing, Ortley Beach summers, and swimming at Horseshoe Lake where she helped to pioneer the “Fifty Mile Swim.” The family also swam at the Randolph YMCA. Thanks to her faith, humor, and zest for life, Dee triumphed over breast cancer for 25 years.

Dee was also a pioneer in the Church pulpit as guest Minister when women in that role were uncommon. She authored two books, “A History of the Mt. Freedom Presbyterian Church in Randolph Township” and “Fuzzy Frog.” She and Alex owned Dalko Kreations and pursued jewelry trade shows, painting, puppet-making for her speech students, and a variety of artistic endeavors. Dee’s caring warmth and spontaneous smile is so deeply missed.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Monday, July 8, from 3 – 5 & 7 – 9 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, July 9, at 12 noon, at the (former) Mt. Freedom Presbyterian Church, Sussex Turnpike, Randolph, with the interment to follow at the Church Cemetery.


June 29, 2019

Wanda M Kielblock

Wanda Moore Kielblock passed away peacefully on June 29th 2019 at Morristown Medical Center.  She was 90 years old going on 29. 

She lived her entire life in New Jersey, born January 6, 1929 in Newark to Andrew Budd and Julia Hoydich Moore, grew up the eldest of 3 girls in Gladstone and after her marriage to Carl F. Kielblock (Sonny) in 1949, she lived in Millington until 1969 and then on the farm in Meyersville, where her husband was born, for the remainder of her life. 

She attended Bernards High School, received a Secretarial degree and worked as a telephone operator at Bell Laboratories.  Wanda wed the love of her life, Sonny, she took time off to raise their 5 children and run the household, drove a school bus for Dealaman Enterprises and then returned to AT&T to continue her career at BellCore where she was the international patent coordinator, responsible for filing its domestic and foreign patent applications.

Wanda was a cheerleader, played softball for the Grangerettes, enjoyed tennis and was an avid bridge, scrabble and cribbage player. She knitted many sweaters, canned the harvest from the farm, never stopped quilting and she loved mowing lawn and tending her beloved chickens. Her passion and what brought her joy throughout her whole life was dancing.  It is through the square dances at the Meyersville Grange that she met her husband, they danced through life together for 56 years and she was still showing off her moves at the recent weddings of her grandchildren.

Volunteer work included Den mother, the PTO, Bellcore’s Pioneers of America and the Visiting Nurses Rummage Sale in the Dry Goods Department for over 20 years.


She was a member of Meyersville Presbyterian Church for over 40 years where she was a Deacon, an Elder, the Church Financial Secretary and Treasurer for many years. Hosting coffee hour on the farm after Easter Dawn Services became a church tradition.


Her family will remember her as a loving, hard working wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother generously sharing her motherly advice, her undivided time and talents, and of course, her fresh eggs and plentiful apples to whoever came to visit. The grandchildren will especially remember dancing to ‘her music’ in the kitchen, sharing a bowl of rice krispies or butter pecan ice cream and offering instant iced tea that always had too much mix. 


Wanda is predeceased by her husband of 56 years Carl Frederick Kielblock. She is survived by her 5 children; Carl Kielblock Jr., Tracy Wagner (Rob), Lark Beyer (Bill), Fritz A. Kielblock (Rosemarie), and Kelly Roshto (Guy), 12 grandchildren; Billy, Fox, Nicholas, Julie, Kristin, Fritz Jr., Casey, Melanie, Marshall, Hector, Sonny and Amy, 7 great grandchildren: Tobias, Jonas, Eli, Quinn, Isabelle, Fritz III and Liam and her 2 sisters: Rita Serdakowski and Joan Borriello (Ralph).


A Memorial Service is planned for Saturday, August 10th, 2019 at Meyersville Presbyterian Church, 223 Hickory Tavern Rd, at 4pm.  Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in her name to Meyersville Presbyterian Church or Long Hill Township First Aid Squad.




June 10, 2019

James R Norris, Sr

Concord, NC,    Mr. James R Norris, Sr., 76, died on June 10, 2019 in NC. He was born in Newark, and grew up in Union Beach, NJ. He lived most of his life in Succasunna before moving to Concord, NC, 10 years ago. He began his career in 1962 as an Iron Worker in Local #11. After his retirement in 1988 he started Norris and Sons Towing Company in Kenvil, with his sons Jim, Jr. and Ed.  Jim, Sr. was also a volunteer Fireman in the Randolph, Ironia Company, from 1977-1979. He later became a bus driver for the Roxbury Board of Education.

He was predeceased by his loving wife Jane, of 49 years, in 2016. He is survived by his 5 children; Colleen (Sheri), James (Tami), Edward (Stacey), Sean and Laurie (Ruben),  grandchildren; Samantha, Nicholas, Kaitlin, Julia, Megan and Kevin and his great grand-daughter Isabella, and sister, Carole Loesch.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Wednesday from 4 – 8 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, 7 pm, at the Funeral Home, with the interment to follow at the Succasunna Presbyterian Cemetery on Thursday morning at 11 am.In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association, in memory of his wife Jane Norris.

June 01, 2019

Catherine Y Hays

Randolph, NJ  Catherine Young Hays (nee McIntosh) passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 1st surrounded by her loving family. Kay was born on September 29, 1927 in Kearny N.J. and graduated from Kearny High School. A resident of Randolph, N.J., for the last 62 years, she was employed as a telephone operator for AT&T in Newark, N.J., as a Charles of the Ritz representative for Bamberger’s in Morristown,  and for many years as a beauty consultant at Morris County Drug store in Randolph. She loved her home on the Jersey Shore, travelling with her husband Bill, her pets and of course, her family. Kay was very proud of her Scottish heritage, her parents having hailed from Glasgow, Scotland. She was a fierce advocate for the rights of the developmentally disabled especially at a time when services were very limited. A long-time supporter of the Humane Society, her family joked that she surely must have saved countless numbers of dogs and cats.

Kay is preceded in death by her parents, George and Margaret McIntosh, her husband Bill who she met on the beach in Belmar, her son Jack and her beloved Aunt Jean. She is survived by her son Kevin and wife Barbara, son Bill and wife Roslyn, son Steven and her cherished granddaughter Meghan. In recent years, Kay was supported by a host of loving, caring neighbors and friends, in particular Wiesia Huie, who was her long-time caregiver and friend. The Hays family wishes to thank all of you for your incredible attention and kindness to our mom.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 07876, 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Wednesday, June 5, from 4 to 7 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, June 6th, at 11 am, by Fr. Paul Manning, at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arc of Morris County at: Development Office, The Arc/Morris, P O Box 123, Morris Plains NJ 07950 or through arcmorris.org.

May 29, 2019

Charles F Walsh

Roxbury Township, Charles F Walsh, 72, died on May 29, 2019 at the Holly Manor Home in Mendham, NJ. He was born and raised in Kearny, NJ and then joined the U S Navy. He then lived in California and Florida and returned to Kearny, NJ in 2002 and settled into Ledgewood, NJ, 5 years ago.

He was the son of the late Charles and Irene Walsh. He is survived by his 3 sisters; Irene Ingenito of St. Agustine, FL, Mickey Dobbing of St. Augustine, FL, and Susan (and Larry) Conover of Ledgewood, NJ, and many nieces and nephews., and grand nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are by the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 07876, 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com)




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