May 11, 2023

Arthur W Naprstek, Jr.

Roxbury Township, Mr. Arthur William Naprstek, Jr, 80, died on May 11, 2023 at the Morristown Medical Center. He was born in Hackensack and lived in Bergen County before moving to Succasunna 40 years ago. He served in the U S Army from 1962 to 1964. He was a retired Railroad Engineer for N J Transit in Dover from 1989 – 2012.

He is survived by Linda (McCracken) Naprstek, and by his son David A. Naprstek of Succasunna. He also leaves his brother Joel Naprstek, and his nephews; Paul and Chris.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ (973)-584-7264 ( on Saturday from 12 – 2 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday at 2 pm, at the Funeral Home.

May 07, 2023

Geraldine R Underhill

Hackettstown, Mrs. Geraldine Ruth Underhill, 86, died on May 7, 2023 at the Hackettstown Hospital. She was born in Parsippany and later graduated from Morristown, H S in 1954 and married the love of her life – George E Underhill. After 10 years residing in Morris Plains they moved their business to Kenvil and lived in Succasunna. Geraldine “Gerry” as the Vice President of George Underhill Excavating until her retirement.

Geraldine was predeceased by her husband George, sons; Gregory George and Gary Ray, and by her grandson Corey Ray.

She is survived by her daughter Bonnie (and Michael) Underhill-Argentieri. She also leaves her grandchildren; Jennifer (and Nick) Militello, Michelle, Eric, and Casey Mae Underhill, also by her 4 great grandchildren; Jordan Speer, Nick & Madeleine Militello, and Preston Davie. Special thanks to Jessica Speer and Barbara Sanders for always being there for Gerry.

Gerry had an extreme love for her grandchildren, and loved doing crafts and made occasions special especially her years of 4th of July parties. She had a huge doll collection and was a member of the Doll Club, and of the Presbyterian Church of Succasunna for many years.

There will be a private gathering to honor our beloved Mom and Grandmother.

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

May 01, 2023

William N Harding

Roxbury Township, William Noel Harding, 90, died on May 1, 2023 at his home surrounded by his loving family and the books and music he enjoyed most.  Bill, known to his family as Noel, was a devoted husband, loving and proud father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and amazing friend to those he met along the way. He cherished spending time with his family, especially holidays and summers in his beloved beach town of Barnegat Light.

Bill was a man of many talents and interests. He was a skilled musician, teaching himself how to play guitar, piano, banjo and harmonica, an avid reader, an award winning watercolor artist and New York Times crossword puzzle wiz. He was well versed in so many areas from politics to sports, history to the arts, and music to current events. No topic was beyond his reach for a robust conversation with anyone willing and able to join.

William Noel Harding was born to the late William and Catherine (Horgan) Harding in County Cork, Ireland and came to the United States at the age of 2. He was raised in Newark for 7 years and then grew up in Morristown. Bill was a graduate of Bayley Ellard High School where he met his future wife, Rosemarie Sebelle, when he was a basketball player and she was his cheerleader. Following high school, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War earning many medals and honors. Upon his return to the States, he was welcomed home at the dock by his parents and future wife Rosemarie.

Bill and Rosemarie married in 1957 and moved to Succasunna in 1962 where they raised their family of 5 children. Bill worked for the NJ Bell Telephone Company in Morristown as a chief switchman, later becoming a computer instructor and consultant for AT&T, and member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. He was a very active member of St. Therese Parish in Succasunna where he led the folk choir in church for many years, headed the Home School Association as President, served as a Eucharistic Minister and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He had a special devotion to St. Therese the Little Flower.

Bill was also very active on the Roxbury Township Board of Elections, Roxbury Little League and the board of the Roxbury Art Association.  He regularly attended school concerts and church plays. He could often be found at the many soccer and baseball fields throughout the town coaching or cheering on his children and grandchildren. He also loved taking them fishing at Horseshoe Lake and Barnegat Inlet.

Throughout his life, Bill thoroughly enjoyed all that New York City had to offer, taking Rosemarie to Rangers, Knicks and Yankees games during their dating years. He would pass this love onto his children with annual visits to Madison Square Garden and Yankee Stadium. The most notable game he attended was Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series, and later had Mr. Larsen sign his ticket stub. He would always march in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade with County Cork accompanied by his children and grandchildren. He and Rosemarie would routinely take in a wide variety of events from attending live performances of their favorite late night talk show host, David Letterman, to Broadway shows, museums, ballet and opera at the Met, along with the annual lighting of the Christmas tree and Christmas show at Rockefeller Center.

In his retirement years, Noel and Rosemarie enjoyed traveling together to visit friends and family throughout the country as well as trips back to Ireland and England – meeting up with cousins and long lost relatives. As a history buff, he enjoyed sharing his knowledge with his grandchildren by taking them to many historic sites including Washington DC, Gettysburg and the Statue of Liberty.

He was predeceased by his wife Rosemarie (Sebelle) Harding of 56 years, and by his brother Kevin Harding. He is survived by his 5 children; Bill (and Renee) Harding of Hackettstown, Michael Harding (devoted care taker), of Succasunna, Karen (and Ray) Tighe of Succasunna, Maureen (and Larry) Katz of Succasunna, and Stephen (and Christine) Harding of Succasunna. He also leaves his 10 grandchildren: Billy (Christina), Timmy (Larissa), Brianna (Nick), Shawn (Jill), Ryan (Ava), Meghan (Phil), Robbie, Peter, Liam, Ethan; 3 great grandchildren: Rylee, Billy, Mason; many cherished nieces and nephews, his loving sister Helen Johnson (Florida), his brother-in-law Bill Sebelle (Delaware) and his 2ndcousin Kevin Webb (Ireland).

In his final weeks, Bill’s smile was always at its brightest when his grandchildren were by his side, playing cards, listening to his favorite music or simply just telling his usual but always crowd pleasing jokes to them. He loved them all so dearly and his legacy will live on through them.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ (973)-584-7264 ( on Thursday from 3-5 & 7-9 pm. The Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, 10 am, at St. Therese R C Church in Succasunna, followed by the Interment with Military Honors at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover, NJ.

April 10, 2023

Carolyn Rynn

Roxbury Township, Mrs. Carolyn Rynn, 76, died on April 10, 2023 in her home. She fought a 5 year long, brave battle against cancer, which she contracted from working on the cleanup efforts after 9/11.  She was born in Flushing Hospital Queens, NY and lived in Bellmore, Long Island (NY).  She spent the majority of her childhood in Jackson Heights, NY before moving to Succasunna 50 years ago. She was a retired paralegal for Stier, Anderson, and Malone Law Firm in Princeton, NJ. She was a member of the Environmental Commission for ten years in its infancy and was very proud of the contributions she made. She also devoted herself to her children, acting as anything from brownie troupe leader to “horse mom.”

She was the daughter of the late George and Dorothy Johnson, and mother of Jennifer Connolly of Whippany, and Gerard Rynn of St. Louis, sister of Rosemary Johnson of Maine, and Robert Johnson of Michigan , and grandmother of Logan Faith Connolly, also of Whippany.  

A Memorial Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 4th from 2 – 4 pm at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ (973)-584-7264 ( The Funeral Service will be held at 3:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a donation to Saint Jude’s Research Hospital, Saint Hubert’s Animal Welfare, or the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center of Excellence Fund

Roxbury Township, Mrs. Melissa L Rodriguez-Mandry, 45, died on April 4, 2023. She was born in Denville NJ & lived in Landing before moving to Ledgewood 14 years ago. Melissa was a stay at home mom with 4 beautiful children & enjoyed being with her children at sports and academics.

She is survived by her husband Jose W Rodriguez-Mandry of 28 years, and by her 4 children: Jose, Tia, Thomas & Bianca, with her first granddaughter on the way. Mother Patricia Glynis , and by her 3 sisters: Kim and 2 other family members

The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Wednesday 10 am at St. Therese R C Church, in Succasunna.

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

April 02, 2023

Marlene L Murray

Mt. Arlington, Mrs. Marlene L Murray, 74, died on April 2, 2023 at her home in Mt. Arlington. She was born in Passaic and lived in Flanders before moving to Mt. Arlington earlier this year. She was a very loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Marlene was fully dedicated to taking care of those that she loved through acts of service. She was kind, humble, and selfless, always putting the needs of her family first.  Despite suffering from a cruel and debilitating illness for several years, Marlene maintained graciousness and kindness throughout her treatment, and she never complained once about her suffering. Marlene has been a member of the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Randolph.

She is survived by her husband Richard J Murray of 51 years, and by her sons: Sean (and Math) Murray of Pasadena, CA and Chris (and Jayme) Murray of Wynnewood, PA. She also leaves her 4 grandchildren: Jack, Aaron, Thea, and Seth and her loving and wonderful caregiver, Blanca Jaramillo.

A private, family Funeral Liturgy will be held on Friday, April 7th, at 4:00 pm at the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Dover-Chester Road, in Randolph. The internment will be at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, in Chester, on Saturday at 10:30 am.

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

Donations may be made in her name to the PSP & CBD Foundation:

April 01, 2023

Hazer L Muller

Hazer Lee Muller Sr. was born to Joseph and Sarah Muller on Tuesday, August 18, 1936, in Swansea, South Carolina.  He passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 1st, 2023, at the age of 86.

He was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-six years Florence.  Known to most of his friends and family simply as Lee, he spent the early years of his childhood in South Carolina – first in Swansea, and later in Columbia.  He lived in New Jersey for most of his adult life, but also lived in Texas for a short time.  Lee was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

He is survived by his three children, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, five siblings, and a host of first and second cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Arrangemens were by the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ (973)-584-7264 (

March 23, 2023

Mary Ann L Howard

Mary Ann Loretta Howard, 81, died on March 23, 2023 at Care One in Parsippany. She was born in Jersey City to Vincent and Frances (Schwind) Ryan.

She was a retired Administrative Assistant for the Food & Drug Administration in Parsippany. She enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, relaxing at the beach, and dancing! 

She married Bede F. Howard, Jr on November 21, 1970. She lived many wonderful years in East Hanover and Florham Park, NJ.  She spent her last few years in Lake Hopatcong until she moved to Care One Nursing Home.

She is survived by her 3 children: Shannon Caccavella (and her husband Chris) of Ledgewood, Bede F. Howard, III of Lake Hopatcong, and Ryan Howard (and Deanna DePetris) of Myrtle Beach. She also leaves her 3 grandchildren: Christopher, Caitlin, and Peyton Ann.

 A Memorial Visitation and Celebration of Life,  will be held on Tuesday, May 30th from 4 – 8 pm at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ (973)-584-7264 ( The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Wednesday, May 31st, 10 am at St. Therese R C Church in Succasunna, followed by the burial at the Glendale Cemetery in Bloomfield. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Shriners Children Hospital.


March 17, 2023

Anne C Dowd

Roxbury Township, Anne C. Dowd, 82, of Mt. Arlington, died on March 17.  She had lived in Succasunna for 54 years before moving to Mt. Arlington two years ago.  She is survived by her loving husband, John, four children, and ten grandchildren.

Anne was born on Jan 9, 1941, grew up, and got married in the Bronx, then moved to Rochester, NY for two years before settling for good in Succasunna.  Anne’s mother, Margaret Conlan lived with her and John in Succasunna for 30 years, before passing away in 1999 at the age of 96.  Anne is also pre-deceased by her father Joseph and cherished siblings, Joseph and Mary. Anne was a long-time bus driver in the Roxbury school system.

Besides John, Anne is survived by her children Michael (and Peggy) of Ringoes, NJ, Marianne (and Steve) Farkas of Merrick, NY, Lorraine (and Curtis) White of Chatham, NJ, and Brendan (and Beckie) of Moultonborough, NH and her ten grandchildren, Timothy, Mallory, Inna, Xander, Katherine, Bridget, Erin, Stephen, Aidan and Ellie.   Anne is also survived by many in-laws, nieces, and nephews who loved spending time with her.

Friends and family may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ (973)-584-7264 ( on Monday, March 20th, from 5 – 8 pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Tuesday 10 am at St. Therese R C Church with the interment to follow at the Succasunna Presbyterian Cemetery.

March 13, 2023

Lynna A Goch

Roxbury Township, Mrs. Lynna Ann Goch, 72, died on March 13, 2023 at her home in Landing. She was born in Carbondale, PA and moved to Roxbury Township 45 years ago. She worked for more than 27 years for the A M Best Company as the Editor of the Best Review. She was a former member of Temple Shalom in Succasunna and was a graduate of Rider College, loving mother, sister, and wife. She was also a proud Lithuanian and proud Democrat, as well as an avid reader, excellent cook, and former member of the Community Soup Kitchen of Morristown.

She is survived by her husband Harvey Stephen Goch, of 47 years, and by her sons: Evan Goch and Jeremy Goch, both at home, sister Donna (and husband Lee)  Nemetz of Clearwater, FL, and brother Benjamin (and his wife Barbara) Bagdonas of Painesville, Ohio.

Friends and family may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ (973)-584-7264 ( on Friday, March 17th, from 10am  – 12 noon.

Donations may be made in her name to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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