Kathleen, GA, formerly of Landing, NJ Mr. William A Smith, 89, World War II Veteran, died on July 26, 2014 after a brief illness. He was born in Hamlet, NC, and was one of ten children, and graduated Hamlet High School Class of 1942, before entering the Navy. He served as quartermaster 2nd class, promoted to acting chief aboard the USS Flaherty DE 135. The USS Flaherty was a member of the task group 22.3 which captured the U505 submarine which received the Presidential Unit Citation. He was a resident of Landing for 54 years prior to moving to Georgia in 2007. He retired in 1993, after working 42 years in the catering departments of the Algonquin, St. Moritz, and the Palace Hotels. He was a member of St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church since 1963, member of the American Legion Post #245 for 45 years, Retired Destroyer Sailors Association (Tin Can Sailors) for 22 years and a long time member of the DESA. He built 2 houses for his family and worked on many renovations and projects on his children’s homes, a true jack of all trades. He loved reading, family vacations, the beach, golf, water sports and traveling. He always enjoyed a good conversation with family, friends, acquaintances and never met a stranger.
He is survived by his wife Sophie of 69 years, sister Martha Pait, his loving children, Valerie and Luis Alvarez and Eileen and Stephen Smith, grandchildren; Dana Smith, Melissa Smith, Nicole Smith, William Smith, Alexandria Alvarez, and Michael Alvarez, great grandchildren; Ethan and Joshua, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Fannie Frances and John Benjamin Smith, Sr., sisters; Ruby Smith, Louise Hutchens, Edith Scott, and brothers; Joe, Ernest, Frank, Charlie, and John B Jr. His family and friends will miss his kind and helpful heart.
Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Monday from 4-8 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, 10 am, at St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church in Randolph, with the interment to follow at the Succasunna Presbyterian Cemetery. Donations may be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Roxbury Township, Margaret “Snookie” Elizabeth Hosking 85, died on July 25, 2014 at her home in Succasunna. She was born in Morristown and lived in Dover most of her life before moving to Succasunna 15 years ago. She grew up in Wharton and was a 1947 graduate of Wharton High School. She worked at the coffee shop in Dover General Hospital and retired in 1993. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Dover for 60 years.
She is survived by her husband John R Hosking of 64 years, 3 children Ida Mae (Greg) Tidey of Kenvil, John F (Sharon) Of Succasunna and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Hosking at home. She also leaves her sister Barbara Ferry of Wharton, 3 grandchildren; Amanda Tidey, Holly (Michael) Mastrian of Succasunna and John G (Jackie) Hosking of Succasunna, and 2 great grandchildren Abby and Aubree Mastrian.
Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Tuesday from 9:30-10:30 am. The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Tuesday, 11 am, at Sacred Heart RC Church in Dover, with the interment to follow at the Locust Hill Cemetery in Dover. Donations may be made in her name to Dr. Arnold P Gold Foundation, 619 Palisade Avenue, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632 at humanism-in-medicine.org/
Roxbury Township, Mr. Lester Raymond Baylor, Jr., 88,went to be with the Lord on July 17, 2014 at his home in Succasunna. He was born in Kenvil and was a lifelong resident of Roxbury Township. He was 1944 graduate of Roxbury High School and then served in the U.S Navy during WWII. He then worked as an explosive operator at the Hercules Powder Company in Kenvil for 40 years, was a 50 year Exempt Fireman of Company #1, member of the Mine Hill American Legion, and attended the Bethlehem Church in Randolph.
He is survived by his wife Dorothea F (Kanouse) of 65 years, son Gary (and Linda) of Great Meadows, grandson Eric (and Jennifer) Caskey of Budd Lake, son-in-law Louis Caskey of Landing, step granddaughter Tricia (and Kevin) Richards, and wonderful neighbors and extended family; Gary, Lisa, Samantha, Thomas, and Andrew Darling. He was predeceased by his daughter Bonnie E Caskey in February, 2014 and grandson Gary Caskey in 2007.
Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Sunday from 3 – 5 pm, with the Funeral Service at 5 pm. The interment will be private. Donations may be made in his name to Connor’s House, 758 Rt. 10, Randolph NJ 07869
Roxbury Township, Mrs. Lillian M. Ashley, 90, died on July 8, 2014 at her home. She was born in Queens, NY and lived in Queens before moving to Roxbury Township 64 years ago. She was employed at Picatinny Arsenal, then helped her husband build and manage Ashley’s Auto Body in Flanders. She was an active member of the Antique Automobile Club, the Vintage Chevrolet Club and the NJ Association of Corvair Enthusiasts and enjoyed touring and other activities with the clubs. She enjoyed many activities through the years, such as cake decorating, baking and china painting, and loved to travel. She was an avid historian, and was well informed about politics and current affairs.
She was predeceased by her husband Lawrence H Ashley, Sr. of 62 years, in 2012. She is survived by her son Lawrence H (and Donna) Ashley, Jr. of Succasunna and daughter Lynn Ashley of Flanders, and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Friday, July 18th from 6 – 9 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, July 19th at 10am, followed by a luncheon at Flanders Fire House. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society.
Spring Hill, FL Mr. Edward C Begraft, 83, died on July 4, 2014 at the Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill. He was born and raised in Succasunna, before moving to Spring Hill in 1997. He was a 1949 graduate of Roxbury High School and later attended Arizona State University in Temple, AZ. He was a Sales Director for Horizon Blue Cross / Blue Shield of NJ until his retirement in 1986. He served in the U S Air Force in Korea during the War and received several awards including the Korean Service Medal and 2 Battle Stars. He later became a life member of the VFW Post #2933 in Kenvil, NJ. He was an avid golfer, member of the Timber Pines Country Club in Spring Hill, and formerly of the Water Gap Country Club in PA. He was also an avid photographer and dancer.
He was predeceased by his father John H Begraft, mother Leona Begraft Clark (and her second husband Louis Clark), sister Betty Mae Schimenick, beloved brother John H Begraft (and his wife Bonnie Belle and their son Christopher).
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Eleanor ( Garrigus ), sons; Craig (and Debra) Begraft of Kenvil, NJ and Scott (and Carol) Begraft of Mine Hill, 3 grandchildren; Kevin (and Jennifer), Sean, and Ashley, and 2 great granddaughter’s Audrey and Kelsey.
Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Tuesday from 5 – 8 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, 10 am, at the Funeral Home with the interment and Military Honors to follow at the Succasunna Presbyterian Cemetery.
John William Bushby 89, of Flanders, a well-known craftsman of colonial furniture and restoration, died on June 30, 2014
A resident of Flanders for nearly 40 years, he had been born in Westfield on January 10, 1925. He was the youngest son of Walter Edward and Martha Sparkman Bushby who were long-time residents of Westfield.
Mr. Bushby was drafted into the Army Air Corps in 1943 and retired as an air force Master Sergeant following the Korean War. During his deployment overseas he flew 50 combat missions over Europe with the 44th Bomb Group of the Eighth Air Force. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Purple Heart for his service and was credited with downing four German ME-109 fighters before being wounded by enemy ground fire. During the D-Day invasion he flew in the nose turret of his B-24 Liberator as the lead bomber over the Normandy targets. Wounded in combat he returned to Westfield in 1945 to finish high school. His wartime photo was the inspiration for the Harry Braham series of espionage novels.
In 1947 he married Ann Cecelia Braham of Westfield. They had two children, John M. Bushby, 66 of Flanders and Mary Virginia who passed away in 1965. Ann predeceased him in March of 2000. After a successful career with Magnus Chemical Company and its successor, Economic Laboratories, he and his wife relocated to Stuart, Florida. After a short stay there, they returned to New Jersey and opened Custom Crafting a custom woodworking and furniture company in Flanders. Operating purely by referral, Mr. Bushby built custom furniture for fine homes throughout Morris, Somerset, and Hunterdon counties. Arrangements are by the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com)
Roxbury Township, Mr. Joseph Giuseppe Soriano, 88, died on June 23, 2014 at home. He was born in Jersey City where he grew up. He later lived in Bayonne before moving to Succasunna 6 years ago. He was a welder and electrician for Circo Electric in Jersey City. He attended St. Therese R C Church in Succasunna and was an avid gardener.
He was predeceased by his wife Gaetana Soriano in 2003, and is survived by his 2 sons; Michael A (and Kristie) Soriano of Basking Ridge and Joseph, Jr. (and Maryellen) Soriano of Succasunna. He also leaves his 3 grandchildren Nicholas, Michael, and Joseph Robert Soriano, and sister Angelina of San Marco Dei Cavoti, Italy.
Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Monday from 9 – 10 am. The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Monday, 10:30 am at St. Therese R C Church, Succasunna with the entombment to follow at the Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington.
Mt. Arlington, NJ Miss Kathleen Marie Sullivan, 79, died on June 12, 2014 at the Compassionate Care Hospice in Dover. She was born in the Bronx, NY and lived in Queens and Northvale, NJ for 25 years before moving to Mt. Arlington 8 years ago. She was a 1952 graduate of the Aquinas High School in the Bronx and was an Executive Secretary for the Wm. Burden Investor’s Firm in New York for many years. She was also a member of Our Lady of the Lake R C Church in Mt. Arlington and was a talented artist and professional singer.
She was predeceased by her sister Mary T Kaplan in 2009 and is survived by her 3 sister’s; Deborah Moore, Lillian McArdle, and Gertrude “Trudy” Sullivan and, by her 12 nieces and nephews.
Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Sunday from 2 – 5 pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Monday, 10 am at Our Lady of the Lake R C Church in Mt. Arlington, with the interment to follow at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in E. Hanover. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Covenant House.
Newton, NJ Mr. Frederick J O’Brien, Jr., 84, died on June 4, 2014 at his daughters home in Wharton. He was born in Elizabeth and lived in East Orange before moving his family to Succasunna. He served in the U S Navy from 1951 – 1955 on the USS Saipan, he was with the East Orange Police Department as a Officer and Detective, UPS Security, and he was Chief Security Officer with County of Morris before retiring in 1997. He was an avid reader, enjoyed music and history.
He was predeceased by parents Fredrick Sr. and Elizabeth O’Brien, his wife Eleanor (Ibsen) O’Brien in 1976, and his sisters; Patricia Shea, and Eileen Smullen. He is survived by his 6 children; Noreen O’Brien and husband Len of Great Meadows, Diane O’Brien of Woodbridge, Nancy Squires and husband John of Port Orange, Fl., Patricia Schwippert and husband Ted of Andover, Michael O’Brien and wife Yvette of North Carolina, Laura Steiger and husband Howard of Wharton. He also leaves his 7 grandchildren ; Katrina Burke, Sean Squires, Shane O’Brien, Garrett Schwippert, Michael O’Brien, Nicole Steiger and Mackenzie O’Brien, his sister, Colleen Colombrito of Mt. Arlington, and his dear friend MaryJoan Davis.