January 20, 2017

Fred W Barkman

Fred W. Barkman, 70, originally from Chester NJ died on January 20, 2017 with his family at his side. He was born in Somerville and graduated from Roxbury High School in 1964.

Fred, his twin brother Walter and the Barkman family farmed in Flanders for many years, raising a herd of dairy cattle and other livestock. Fred also worked for many other family farms in the area including Rolling Green Farm in Long Valley. Farming was his first love.

In the early 70’s, after working for several years for Conover Brothers Bus Company in Chester, Fred and his brother started Barkman Buses Inc. and later Progressive Charter in Boonton and Fred soon settled into a long career in the charter bus business. He quickly became the ‘go to’ guy for organizing and leading small and large group tours and through the next 40 years, maintained close relationships with hundreds of tour leaders and companies who sought him out not just for his knowledge and expertise but his love of his work, his dedication to always going above and beyond and the smile that never seemed to end. At the time of his death, Fred was working for E. Vanderhoof and Sons in West Orange.

During the 80’s, Fred also traveled as the tour operator and driver with Grammy award winning jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson and his band. On their 1980 album, It’s My Time, the band wrote and dedicated a song to Fred called Spirit of St. Frederick. Fred’s music of choice was country music but he loved Maynard and the band and the Spirit of St. Frederick.

Fred was predeceased by his twin brother Walter R. Barkman in 2015 and by his parents Radford W. and Virginia (nee Newton) Barkman. He is survived by his sister Cynthia L. Barkman and her husband Ron J. Caruso of Long Valley, nephew Walter R. Barkman and his wife Navah of Newton, 5 nieces and nephews; David, Josh, Ruth, Tamara, and Robert, his sister-in-law Kathleen Barkman of Randolph as well as many close friends including Carlos Diez of Lake Hiawatha.

Friends may visit at Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 973-584-7264

(davishepplewhitefh.com) on Monday from 3 – 8 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, 10 AM, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 283 James Street in Morristown, with the interment to follow at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Chester.

Donations in Fred’s memory are welcome to the American Cancer Society.


January 15, 2017

Marc R Cooper

Mr. Marc Ryan Cooper of Mountain Lakes, New Jersey passed away on January 15,  2017 at Morristown Medical Center. He was a 2009 graduate of Mountain Lakes High School, where he was a member of the varsity football team. In 2014, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, and was applying for his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He had numerous specialty certifications, and worked as a personal trainer and Physical Therapy Tech.

Marc was a founding member of the Corpus Christi chapter of Sigma Nu fraternity and worked with the Wounded Warrior Project as his service pledge.  He was an avid snowboarder, and enjoyed ski trips to the Italian, French and Swiss Alps, Whistler-Blackcomb, Colorado, and Vermont.  He also traveled to the Caribbean, Windward Islands, and cruised the Mediterranean.  While in Texas, he learned wakeboarding and kiteboarding. He loved sports cars and tried his hand at car racing. He enjoyed all types of music, and played guitar and drums. Marc spoke fluent Spanish.

Marc was able to give the gift of life through the NJ Sharing Network.  So far, he has saved the lives of 5 transplant recipients with his organ donations, and will be helping up to 40 people in the coming days. He was honored with a flag raising ceremony at Morristown Medical Center on the day of his donations.

He is survived by his parents Jean C. Abbott and Dr. Roger W. Cooper Jr. He also leaves his maternal grandmother, Dorothea C. Abbott, brothers and sister; James (and Jennifer) Cooper, Jonathan (and Danielle) Cooper, Caroline Cooper (and fiancé, Adam May), and Matthew Cooper, and nieces and nephews; James Jr., Joey, Ellie, Lynny, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Friends may visit at Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 973-584-7264         (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Saturday from 2-5 pm, with a Family Service at 4 pm. Donations may be made in his name to the charity of your choice.

Roxbury twp. Mr. Matthew John Harmsen Menendez, 22, died on January 10th, 2017 in Boynton Beach, FL. He was born in Livingston at the St. Barnabas Hospital, and lived in Succasunna all of his life. He was a member of St. Therese R C Church and went to St. Therese School and Roxbury High School.

He was an aspiring song writer and rapper, and loved dirt bike riding, and motorcycles. He also enjoyed ice hockey, and skating.

He is survived by his parents Judy and David Menendez of Succasunna, Brother David (and Chelsea LaValle) Menendez at home, nephew Carter Menendez, Niece Ayva Menendez, several Aunts and Uncles, as well as many Cousins.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Friday from 3-5  &  7-9 pm. The Memorial Service will be held at 8 pm at the Funeral Home. The interment will follow at the Restland Memorial Park Cemetery in East Hanover at a later date.

January 08, 2017

Virginia J Preziosi

Roxbury Township, Mrs. Virginia J Preziosi, 92, died on January 8, 2017 at the Karen Ann Quinlan Center in Fredon Township. She was born and raised in Dover and lived in Kenvil for 66 years. She was a seamstress at McGregor Mills in Dover and enjoyed sewing as a career and hobby. She also enjoyed cooking, baking, and doing puzzles.

She was predeceased by her husband John A Preziosi, Sr. in 2011 and by her grandson Shawn. She is survived by her 3 children; Sue Ann (and Frank) Kaenrath of Long Valley, John Jr. (and Pat) Preziosi of Myrtle Beach, SC and James Preziosi of Daytona Beach, FL. She also leaves her 5 grandchildren; Bryan, Capria, Tara, James, and Joseph, and 5 great grandchildren.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Tuesday from 3-5 and 7-9 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, 10 am, at the Funeral Home, with the interment to follow at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover.

January 04, 2017

Selina B Smith

Roxbury Township, Selina Bartolomeo Smith of Succasunna. Beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend.

Selina passed away on January 4th at the age of 84 after a courageous battle with leukemia. She was the beloved wife of the late Louis M Smith, her husband of 57 years, devoted mother to Brian Smith, Adam and Vicki Smith and Anita and Rob Stix. Loving grandmother of Helen Ann, Emily, Ryan,Connor and Lily Smith, Francesca and Nathan Stix. Her family was the single most important part of her life. She is also survived by her sister Beverly Bartolomeo of Philadelphia. Throughout the years she was a volunteer at Roxbury Schools and St. Therese Library. She was a book – seller at the now closed “The Book Shop” in Morristown, NJ. She was a member of the Roxbury Seniors Club and the Roxbury Library Book Club. Selina was a bowler, Mah Jongg player and reader of good books. A movie fan of old and new films and loved good music and was a sports fan of all Philadelphia athletic teams. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

All through her illness she was filled with great love and gratitude to her children, daughter-in-law Vicki and grandsons Ryan and Connor and to her dear friends Joan and Gene DeLorenzo whose kindness and thoughtfulness was never ending.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Sunday (January 8th) from 11 am – 1 pm. A repass will follow at her home. In lieu of flowers we welcome you to make a donation to the Leukemia Foundation or to the Charity of your choice in her memory.



January 01, 2017

Lewis G Stroehlein

Mt. Olive Township, Mr. Lewis George Stroehlein, 89, died on January 1, 2017 at the Morristown Medical Center. He was born in Caldwell and grew up in Montville. He was a 1945 graduate of Roxbury High School and lived in Flanders for 60 years. He was a draftsman for Bell Laboratories in Whippany for many years.

He was predeceased by his wife Florence Stroehlein in 2001, and is survived by his 2 children; Dennis Charles Stroehlein of Bennington, VT and Rose Marie Stroehlein of Hackettstown, 2 grandchildren; Erik and Shannon, and a great grandson Soren.

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

January 01, 2017

Geraldine L Yates

Roxbury Township, Mrs. Geraldine L. Yates, 95, of Succasunna, NJ, passed away on January 1, 2017.

Gerry was born in Philadelphia, PA on July 11, 1921 to the late Robert A and Mary L Fleming. She graduated from Girls High in Philadelphia and also studied at Temple University.

Gerry was married to B. Ross Yates on September 23, 1950 and they lived in New York City, and Long Island prior to moving to Succasunna in 1960.

Gerry worked at the Roxbury Public Library for many years. She enjoyed traveling, reading, bridge and collecting antiques. She was also actively involved in the Roxbury Woman’s Club serving as President and was a Charter Member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Gerry is survived by her sons Robert Alan (and Linda), David Craig (and Francene), and Eric Scott (and Janice), 6 Grandchildren, and 6 Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Ross in 1988.

Visitation will be held from 9am to 11am on Friday January 6, with the Service at 11 am, at Davis and Hepplewhite Funeral Home, Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com). The burial will be held at the Presbyterian Cemetery in Succasunna.

Memorial donations may be given to Roxbury Public Library.

December 29, 2016

Stephen F Procacci

Hopatcong, Mr. Stephen Frank Procacci, 29, died on December 29, 2016. He was born in Dover and lived in Hopatcong all of his life. He was a 2007 graduate of Hopatcong High School and became a general handyman and landscaper.

He is survived by his parents Paul and Miriam Procacci, four brothers and sisters; Paul (and Ashley) Procacci of Florida, Kristin (and John) Marx of Hopatcong, Justin (and Erika) Procacci of Green Brook, and Lisa Procacci of Hopatcong. He also leaves his paternal grandparents; Paul and Kathleen Procacci of Kearny, and eleven nieces and nephews; Brianne, Payton, Colin, Kylie, J. J., Bryson, Noah, Cameron, Desmond, Liam, Ashton, and a nephew on the way. He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents Thomas J and Helen Butler.

Stephen enjoyed different activities, including fishing at Bear Pond. He enjoyed nature and the outdoors. He loved to walk. He enjoyed working with his brother, Justin, helping him on different projects.

He especially enjoyed being with his nieces and nephews. He was willing to help others as he participated in distributing food to the poor in Brooklyn.

Stephen was an extremely good hearted and loving son who loved his family. His Mom and Dad, his grandparents, and his siblings were special to him. His favorite places included his grandparent’s house and Bear Pond. He also enjoyed visiting his siblings and seeing his nieces and nephews as well as seeing his aunts, uncles and cousins.

He enjoyed having a good cup of coffee with his Mom and studying and reading the Bible with her. He loved Jesus. He enjoyed watching football. He was a fellow Green Bay Packer fan along with his father, mother, and sister. He enjoyed the Marvel and Star Wars / Star Trek movies. He loved Jungle Book, old and new versions.

He already is missed and always will be missed. We love you, Stephen.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Tuesday from 3 – 7 pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Wednesday, 10 am, at St. Jude’s R C Church, with the interment to follow at the Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to New York City Relief (http://newyorkcityrelief.org/) or or Catholic Charities Diocese of Paterson (http://www.catholicharities.org/)


December 26, 2016

Rosann Rasmussen

Mt. Olive Township, Rosann Margaret Rasmussen passed away on December 25, 2016 after a long battle with multiple myeloma. Visitation will be on Wednesday, December 28th,  from 5 – 7 pm at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street Succasunna, NJ with a service to follow at 7 pm. Interment will be at Hammond Cemetery in Hammond, WI

Rosann was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to the late Thomas Fletcher Willoughby, Jr. and Ethel Willoughby. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she met and married her husband, Clayton Rasmussen in June 1961, with a degree in Home Economics Journalism. After graduation, she worked at Swift and Company for four years before giving it up to start a family and following her husband to graduate school.

Rosann was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters Victoria Vanderwal and Kathleen Durian. She is survived by her beloved husband of 55 years and by her children Laura Rasmussen, Allentown, PA, Diane (Vince) Belcher Brandon, FL and Karen (Eric) Balda, Cincinnati, OH and grandchildren Christopher and Nicole Zumberge, Lilyann and Leo Belcher, and Megan and Nathan Balda and a brother Thomas Willoughby III.

Rosann did a lot of volunteer work and was an active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Succasunna until her illness. Donations may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation themmrf.org.

December 25, 2016

Dennis G Cascio

Byram Township, Dennis George Joseph Cascio, 63, was called by his Heavenly Father Home to his Eternal resting Place on December 25th, as a special Christmas Birthday present to Jesus, surrounded by his loving family. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and earned his BS from Staten Island University in Engineering. He was a Technical Engineer for Siemens Corporation in East Hanover for 10 years, and previously worked for Bell Laboratories in Whippany for 25 years.  He was a member of Saint Therese Roman Catholic Church in Succasunna and was a 4th degree member in the parish Knights of Columbus Council.

 He is survived by his loving wife Jackie Cascio of 35 years, sons; Eric (and Kristen) Cascio, Joshua Dennis Cascio, and daughter Danielle Cascio, six Grandchildren; Emily Rose, Savannah Michele, Santino, Anthony, Ayden, and Jacob, and sister, Rina Cascio.

 Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ  973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Thursday from 3-5 and 7-9 pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Friday, 10 am, at Saint Therese Roman Catholic Church, with the entombment to follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Newton..

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