January 20, 2021

Gary R Sweeney

Roxbury Township, Gary Richard Sweeney, 70, passed away on January 20, 2021 at St Clare’s Hospital in Dover. He was born in Dover and was a life-long resident of Succasunna. He was a 1968 graduate of Roxbury High School and later attended Trenton State College. He served in the U S Army National Guard and became a Past Commander of the American Legion Post 391 in Mine Hill. He was a member and trustee of the Succasunna United Methodist Church and member of the North Jersey Street Rod Association. He held a 25 year career with the Roxbury Police Department retiring in 1998 as a Lieutenant, and member of the Roxbury PBA. After his retirement he worked for the Far Hills Police Department for several years.

He is survived by his daughter Jennifer (and Kevin) Lewis of Sims, NC, his 3 grandchildren; Nicholas Sweeney and (Keara Brazzel) of Succasunna, Lindsey (and Caleb Sharp) Lewis of Raleigh, NC, and Jonathan Lewis of Sims, NC, brother and sister in law Larry (and Debbie) Sweeney of Sunset Beach, NC, and sister and brother in law Linda (and Doug) Scherzer of Calabash, NC and sister in law Anne Sweeney of Catawba, NC and his nieces and nephews; Kelly, Tracy, Jodi, Terri, April, Meagan, Kevin, and Shannon, and his dear friend Melanie Pancoast of Hackettstown, NJ.

He was predeceased by his loving wife Christine M Sweeney (of 41 years) in 2012, his daughter Beth Sweeney on December 4, 2020, and brother Ken Sweeney in 2015. He was the son of the late Ed and Iva Sweeney.

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








January 20, 2021

Mary Ellen McCrystal

MaryEllen McCrystal (nee Wormann), 74, of Succasunna, died on January 20, 2021 at Morristown Memorial Hospital.  Born in Newark, N.J., and raised in Belleville, MaryEllen was the oldest of Marie (Peck) and Edwin Wormann’s eight children.  She graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Newark and earned a B.A. in History from Georgian Court College.  She helped with and faithfully attended reunions from both schools.

From 1969 – 1986, MaryEllen taught Social Studies at Essex Catholic Boys High School in Newark and East Orange.  She met her future husband Bill at Essex, where both were highly respected faculty members.  She subbed at Wayne Hills High School and at St. Mary’s School in Wharton.  Bill predeceased MaryEllen in 2013.

MaryEllen served as a Eucharistic Minister at Essex Catholic, her home parish of St. Mary’s, Nutley, at St. Mary’s in Dover, and at St. Clare’s Hospital, Dover.  For a dozen years, she was a member of the Board of Directors of St. Peter’s Village, Denville.

A woman of strong faith, prayer, and quick wit, MaryEllen maintained and cherished lifelong friendships.  She remembered everyone’s birthday, anniversary, and special occasions. Her phone calls, notes (with enclosed articles of interest), homemade Christmas cookies, and annual “epistle” will be missed.  An avid reader, daily walker, and Jeopardy fan, she enjoyed traveling in Europe, the U.S. and Canada.  Her favorite times were spent with her grandchildren.

MaryEllen is survived by her “greatest achievement”, son Bill, daughter-in-law Erica (McKeever), grandson Blaise and granddaughter Darby; siblings Kathie (the late Joe) Deak, Jim (Monty) Wormann, Dan (Diane) Wormann, Ed Wormann, Ceil (Joe) Cocco, Janet (Patrick) Rankin, and Beth (Mark) Smith; twelve nieces and five nephews and their families, and Bill’s four nieces and their families.

Friends may pay their respects beginning at 10:30 AM on Monday, January 25 at Resurrection Parish, 651 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph, NJ, with a funeral Mass at 12 noon.  For those who cannot attend the Mass in person, the parish livestream can be found at resurrectionparishnj.org.  Arrangements are by the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home (davishepplewhitefh.com).

MaryEllen requested you remember her prayerfully when you enjoy the beauty of nature, especially sunsets and butterflies.

There will be a memorial celebration of her life at a later date.


January 19, 2021

Gladys F Rohn

Roxbury Township – On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, Gladys Frances Rohn, beloved wife, mother, sister and grandmother, passed away at the age of 81. Gladys was born on July 17, 1939 in Dover, NJ to Ann and Chester Merring and raised in Newark, NJ with her brother George and two sisters, Joan and Susan. On June 11, 1960 she married her high school sweetheart, Richard Rohn and together they raised five children, Scott, Norman, Diana, Lori and James. The family moved to Succasunna in 1968 and Gladys worked as a Claims Adjuster at Travelers Insurance Company for 26 years.

Gladys enjoyed spending time with her children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, crocheting, sewing, reading and shopping in her spare time. She could often be found hosting family gatherings, crocheting beautiful blankets, spoiling her grandchildren with her shopping habit, making clothes for her children and later, altering prom dresses and hemming pants for her grandchildren. She was also an avid ballroom dancer, a hobby she enjoyed doing with her husband, as they traveled around the country and even internationally to competitions.

Gladys was predeceased in death by her mother, Ann Merring, father, Chester Merring and brother, George Merring. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Richard, sisters: Joan Rahr and Susan McDonnell, children: Scott Rohn, Norman Rohn, Diana Nieves, Lori Spetaccino and James Rohn, grandchildren: Heather, Brittany, Nicole, Miranda, Amanda, Krysten, Michael, Timothy and Brandon and great-grandchildren: Hannah, Luis, Emmanuel, Jayden and Jazmin.

Friends and relatives may visit on Friday, January 22, 2021 at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home in Succasunna, NJ from 3 to 5 p.m. Donations in Gladys’s name may be made to The American Cancer Society or The Parkinson’s Foundation. Flowers or donations may be sent though the Davis & Hepplewhite,  96 Main St, Succasunna, NJ.





January 08, 2021

Patricia Kennedy

Roxbury Township, Mrs. Patricia Kennedy, 78, passed away on January 8, 2021, at St. Clare’s Hospital in Denville. She was born in Morris Plains and lived in Kenvil most of her life.

She was a dry cleaning presser for many years and later worked for both the Succasunna Shop Rite and Walmart. She was greatly loved by all.

She is survived by her 3 sons; Bob of Florida, John “Jack” of Kenvil, Dwayne of Hopatcong, and her daughter Connie of Kenvil, 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

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

January 08, 2021

Henry Toby

Newton, NJ. Mr. Henry Toby, 79, died on January 8, 2021 at the Holly Manor Center in Mendham. He was born and raised in Hillside before moving to Newton 40 years ago. He served in the U S Airforce during the Vietnam War and later earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He was a retired Aviation Salesman for the Securaplane Technologies Company in Tucson, AZ. He was an active member of the Succasunna United Methodist Church where he served on their SPRC Committee, Church Council, and the Men’s Group. He also enjoyed traveling to Myrtle Beach, SC and VA.

 He is survived by his wife Carol Davidson-Toby of 19 years, and by his step-children; Kelly (and John) Canzone and Rob (and Janna) Clare, and 5 grandchildren; Brian, Jon, Kelsey, Colin, and Jessica.

 Arrangements are by the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home,96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com). A public Memorial Service with Military Honors will be held at the Church at a later date with the interment at the Church Cemetery.



December 31, 2020

Carol Ann Palma

Roxbury Township, Mrs. Carol Ann Palma, 72, died on December 31, 2020 at her home in Succasunna. She was born in Orange, NJ and grew up in East Hanover before moving to Netcong and later Succasunna, where she lived for 25 years.  She earned her BA in Education from Newark State Teachers College (now Keane University).  She was an avid gardener and was known for her beautiful flowers.  She loved to cook and bake.  She was a fan of mystery novels, bargain-hunting at Kohl’s, and finding the best little-known restaurants wherever she went.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Philip J Palma, her daughter Nicole M Palma of Texas, and son Stephen P Palma of Succasunna. She also leaves her sisters; Jeanne Cunningham of Brick, NJ and Susan (and Brian) Kelly of Cedar Knolls, and brothers; Eugene (and Sharon) Hammett, Jr of FL, and Jeffrey Hammett of CA.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com), on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 from 4 – 7  pm.








December 30, 2020

Josephine M Fucci

Mt. Arlington, NJ.   Mrs. Josephine M Fucci, 95, died on December 30, 2020 at the Regency Grande Home in Dover. She was born and raised in Brooklyn where she lived for 92 years, before moving to Mt. Arlington 3 years ago. She worked in the office for the Nabisco Company in Brooklyn many years ago. She was also a member of The Basilica of Regina Pacis in Brooklyn and enjoyed the theater, museums, reading and every aspect of life.  She was known for her kind, loving disposition to all that she encountered, as well as her love of entertaining and cooking for friends and family.

She was predeceased by her husband Joseph Fucci in 1997 and is survived by her daughter Anne Criscitiello of Mt. Arlington and by her granddaughter Mary (and John Paul) Osorio of Morristown, NJ. She also leaves her many nieces and nephews; Francine (and Rich)  Sandomeno, Marcella Kereztury of New Jersey; Randi (and Ralph) Speranza, Maryan Lockwood, Barbara DiSabato, Joanne (and Andre) Laguerre, Kathleen Clark, Elaine Arnone, Mark (and Jane) Romeo of New York; John (and Dee) Carcioppolo of Connecticut; Jo-Ann Fay, Karen (and Paul) Mazzolo, Robert Carcioppolo and Michael Carcioppolo of Florida; David (and Elyssa) Carcy of Pennsylvania; Johnny (and Debbie) Carcioppolo of Alabama; Roxanne Carcioppolo of Louisiana;  many Great and Great, Great Nieces and Nephews and countless friends and “adopted” children and grandchildren.

Arrangements are by the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) A Private Catholic Service will be held with a private burial at the Calvary Cemetery in Queens, NY.

Any memorial donations may be sent to: The Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, PO Box 3214, New York, NY 10087-214(ocrahope.org) or any charity of your choice.



December 29, 2020

Dolores J Kremins

Randolph, NJ.Mrs. Dolores Joyce Kremins, 85, died on December 29, 2020 at home. She was born in Newark and lived in Chatham, NJ and Wilson, NC before moving to Randolph 3 years ago. She married her husband Richard E Kremins on June 3, 1956 and they celebrated their 60thAnniversary together with root beer floats at a rodeo ! She was a homemaker and loved to sew and crochet, watch old movies and enjoyed playing BINGO with the Randolph Seniors.

She was the daughter of the late George and Elizabeth Haeder and was predeceased by her husband Richard E Kremins in 2016, her son Kenneth Kremins in 1991, and by her sister Lillian Baer in 2015.

She is survived by her daughter Katherine M Kremins of Randolph and daughter-in-law Kathleen A Kremins of Maplewood, NJ.

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

Donations may be made in her name to the Randolph Regional Animal Shelter, 97 Ironia Road, Mendham, NJ 07945.





December 21, 2020

Joy W Vavrek

Roxbury Township, Mrs. Joy W. Vavrek, 85, died on December 21, 2020 at the Kindred Care Center in Dover. She was born in Boise. Idaho and lived in many states before moving to Succasunna 60 years ago. She earned her Master’s Degree in East Asian Studies from Seton Hall University, and was a teacher, reporter, and more recently was an Administrating Officer in Bernardsville Boro NJ. For many years she was the Sr. Editor of the Star Journal and a member of the Holy Wisdom Byzantine Orthodox Church in Flanders.

She is survived by her husband Michael Vavrek, Jr. of 63 years, and by her children, Michael Thaddeus, Paul Andrew, and Mary Veronica. Also, her two grandchildren, Christopher and Obra. She was predeceased by her parents Arne and Buelah (Petty) Waara and her brother Fredrick.

Arrangements are by the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) The Private Service will be held Monday, December 28th, with the burial at the Succasunna Presbyterian Cemetery. A Memorial Service for the public will be held at a later date.

December 18, 2020

A. Doreen Wright

Roxbury Township, Mrs. Annie “Doreen” Wright, 94, died on December 18, 2020 at the Merry Heart Assisted Living Center. She was born at home in Succasunna and has been a lifelong resident. Starting in 1957, she was a substitute teacher at the Lincoln School and then graduated from Kean College in 1971, where she earned her BA in Education. She then became a Librarian at the Roxbury Township Public Library for 21 years. She was a life member of the Succasunna United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday School Teacher, 61 year Choir Member, and served on the Church Membership Committee. She was also a founding member of the Roxbury Women’s Club, and member of the Boy Scout Mother’s Club, and Girl Scout Leader.

She was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Annie Hosking, and was predeceased by her husband John “Jack” L Wright, Sr in 2001, and by her daughter Carol Wright Searle, and granddaughter Heather Stigliano.

She is survived by her daughters; Susan Lynn Wright of Succasunna, Linda (and Bob) Yates of Succasunna, Sarah (and Philip) Shaw of Palm Bay, FL, and son John L Wright, Jr of Key West, FL. She also leaves her 6 grandchildren;  Victoria (and Brian) Dzuban, Ronald (and Elizabeth) Searle, Thomas Stigliano, Tamara Yates, Hilary (and Patrick) Collins, and Kian Shaw, and 2 great grandsons; Erik and Logan Searle, and great granddaughter Aislinn Collins.

Arrangements are by the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) The Graveside Service will be held Monday, December 28th, 11 am, at the Succasunna Methodist Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.


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