September 08, 2014

Gordon “Ernie” Sprague

Jefferson Township, Mr. Gordon “Ernie” Sprague, 65, died on September 8, 2014 at St. Clare’s Hospital in Dover. He was born in New York City and graduated from Summit High School in 1968. He moved to Lake Hopatcong 13 years ago. He was working for the Summit Truck & Auto Body Co. in Summit for more than 20 years.

He was the son of Richard and Caroline Sprague and is survived by his son Ernest Sprague (and Rachel Lynch) of Lake Hopatcong, 2 sisters; Lauren (and Dennis) Lynch of Downingtown, PA, and Janice (and John) Scholz of Hopatcong. He also leaves his 3nieces Heather, Shawna, Montana and nephew Matthew, and 2 great nieces and great nephew.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 ( on Thursday from 6 – 9 pm, with an evening service at 8 pm. The interment will follow at the Succasunna Presbyterian Cemetery on Friday at 2 pm. Donations may be made in his name through his family, c/o Davis & Hepplewhite F H, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 07876.

September 01, 2014

Donald A Villiger

Roxbury Township, Donald A. Villiger, 72, died on September 1, 2014 at the Morristown Medical Center. He was born in Plainfield and grew up in North Plainfield before moving to Roxbury Township 41 years ago. In 1964 he earned his BS Degree in accounting from Waynesburg University and began working at Allied Chemical Company (now Honeywell International) in Morristown, retiring in 2007 after more than 37 years of service. He was an avid gardener, stamp collector and enjoyed traveling to Wildwood Crest and Walt Disney World with his family.

 He is survived by his wife Marie (Ellis) of 45 years, three daughters; Nancy Less and her husband Philip, Karen Villiger and her partner Bryan Toczek and Lori Czarnecki and her husband Stephen.  He also leaves his grandson Thomas Czarnecki, two sisters; Joyce Jensen and Carole Villiger, his nieces and nephew and his Irish Setter “Lucky”.

 Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 ( on Thursday from 5-8 pm, and on Friday morning from 9-10 am, with the interment to follow at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Chester. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital,

August 24, 2014

Norman C Pollison

Roxbury Township,  Norman C. Pollison died Sunday, August, 24th, 2014 at St. Clare’s Dover Campus after a short illness. He was 89 years old. He was born in Ogdensburg, NJ and lived in Succasunna, NJ for over 58 years.  He was a graduate of Franklin High School and Rutgers University with a BS Degree. He served in the US Navy during World War II.  Mr. Pollison was an accountant, Deputy Accounting Officer and Finance & Accounting Officer at Picatinny Arsenal for over 40 years.  He received many awards, letters of appreciation, and letters of commendation while working at Picatinny Arsenal.  He retired at the end of 1987.  After his retirement from Picatinny Arsenal he worked for AT&T as a consultant, other small businesses in the area, and had a real estate license working for Weichert Referral Associates until June 1996. He was a life member of Samaritan Lodge #98 F&A and Harmony Lodge #8 Masons for over 67 years, 32nd Degree Mason in Lodge Council Chapter Consistory Valley of Northern New Jersey for over 42 years, a Shriner in Salaam Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. of Livingston, NJ for over 40 years and Morris County Shrine Club.

He was also a member of Dover/Rockaway Lodge #782 B.P.O. Elks for over 52 years, Past Exalted Ruler, Past District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler, and lodge secretary for 22 years retiring from that office in 1994.  He was a honorary life member of the lodge since 1981.  He was also a certified ritualistic judge and was State Ritual Chairman for the New Jersey State Elks Association for four years and judged in the Elks National Convention on two occasions and also in other states.  Dover Elks merged with Lake Hopatcong  Elks in April 2007.

 He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Madeline M. (Castaldi) on January 22, 2011.  He is survived by two daughters, Sharon Hebner and her husband Andrew of Norton, Massachusetts, and Linda Wisneiski and her husband James of Bushkill, Pennsylvania, one brother, Leon Pollison and his wife Kathy of Dover, New Jersey and four grandchildren; Michael, Douglas, Jennifer, and Sarah. Visitation on Wednesday, August 27th from 2-4  and 6-8 PM, and on Thursday morning from 9 – 9:45 am at the Davis and Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 973-584-7264 (, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ. Church services at the Presbyterian Church at 10 AM Thursday, August 28th, with burial at the Stanhope Union Cemetery.  In lieu of Flowers, donations are requested to the Presbyterian Church, 99 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ, 07876.



August 19, 2014

Ann Pauline Adolfsen

Roxbury Township, Ann Pauline Adolfsen, 99, of Succasunna, NJ, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ early Tuesday morning, August 19. She was born April 4, 1915, in Lista, Norway, to Bernt and Bolette Tonnesen. In March, 1948, she immigrated to Brooklyn, New York. On May 28, 1949, she married her husband, Syvert Adolfsen, who immigrated from Borhaug, Norway. In 1954, she moved to Succasunna, New Jersey.

She was predeceased by her husband, Syvert, who passed away in Nov, 1983. She leaves behind her daughter, Gerd Brita Hemenway, and her husband, John, residing in Leominster, MA and her daughter, Sylvia Adolfsen, who is a Missionary with Global Outreach Missions in Belize. Pauline also leaves behind grandson, David Hemenway, and his wife, Lisa, residing in Sunnyvale, CA, and grandson, Stephen Hemenway, of Leominster, MA. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews in Norway.

Calling hours will be Thursday, August 28,         from 7 to 9 pm at Davis and Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 973-584-7264 (, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ. On Friday, Aug 29, at Bethlehem Church, 758 Rt. 10, Randolph, NJ, visitation will be from 9-10 am, followed by the Funeral Service at 10. After the Funeral Service, cars will leave for the interment at Restland Memorial Park, 77 Deforest Ave, East Hanover, NJ. In Pauline’s memory donations may be made to Global Outreach Mission, P.O. Box 2012, Buffalo, NY or to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 661, Fitchburg, MA, 01420.


August 12, 2014

Gary W Lanier

Roxbury Township, Mr. Gary W. Lanier, Jr., 45, died on July 23, 2014 at Marine’s Hospital in Key Largo. He was born in Bronx, NY and  lived in Savannah, GA, while serving in the US Army, prior to moving to Roxbury Township 19 years. He was an alarm technician and loved his children, family and friends as much as his thrill seeking sports such as skydiving, motorcycle riding and scuba diving.
He is survived by his former wife, Sandy Harding of Kenvil, 3 children, Victoria, Alexander and Breanne, sisters, Gina Phillips and Tammy Lanier along with several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 9 am for a gathering and exchanging of stories with mass starting at 10 am at St. Therese R C Church, 155 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ. A trust has been established for his children in the name of Lanier Family Trust.

August 06, 2014

Robert W Carter

Randolph Twp, Mr. Robert “Bob” William Carter, 61, died on August 5, 2014 at St Clare’s Hospital in Denville. He was born in Newark and lived in West Orange before moving to Randolph 37 years ago. He was a master carpenter for 40 years and owned Rocky Pines Construction in Randolph. From 1980-1993 he worked for Center Grove Contracting.  He worked on many homes and businesses in Northern NJ, Randolph (including Resurrection Parish), and in Maine. He loved all animals and was very close to his dogs, delivered many puppies, and rescued many needy dogs. He will be remembered for his kindness and huge heart. He also loved boating (with his dogs) in Maine and riding his motorcycles.

 He is survived by his wife Patricia (Kovack) of 42 years, daughter Zorina (and Jeff) Munson of Mine Hill, grandchildren; Veronica Carter of Randolph and Rhett Munson of Mine Hill, his mother Joanne Rodriguez of West Orange and father Robert Carter of South Jersey. He also leaves his sister Madeline Snyder, brothers; Marco and Frank Nappi and Gilbert Rodriguez and several half sisters and brother.

 Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 ( on Sunday from 2 – 5 pm, with the Service at 4 pm. Donations may be made in his name to the ASPCA or your local animal shelter.

August 04, 2014

Cristeta C Sinlao

Mt. Olive Township,  Mrs. Cristeta C Sinlao, 58, died on August 4, 2014 at the Morristown Medical Center. She was born in Angeles City, Philippines and settled in Flanders, NJ. She was a quality controller at Stull Technologies in Randolph.

She is survived by her husband Rodrigo R Sinlao, son Mark Sinlao and daughter Christine Sinlao, all of Flanders.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 ( on Friday from 3 – 5 & 7 – 9 pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Saturday, 10 am, at St. Therese R C Church in Succasunna with the interment to follow at the Succasunna Presbyterian Cemetery.


July 31, 2014

Iva L Sweeney

Roxbury Township, Mrs. Iva L. Sweeney, 89, passed away on July 31, 2014 at the Compassionate Care Hospice in Dover. She went home to her Lord and to join her sweetheart “Eddie”. Iva was born in Roxbury Township and was a lifelong resident there. She was a lifelong member of the Succasunna United Methodist Church, where she devoted much of her time to the thrift shop where she had many good friends. Iva retired from Warner Chilcott Pharmaceuticals in Morris Plains after more than 25 years of employment.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband Edward, of 66 years, in July 2013. She was also predeceased by her parents Floyd W and Clara Haggerty, brother Floyd W “Nip” Haggerty, sisters;  Betty Haggerty, Helen Cooper, Myrtle Burd, and dear daughter-in-law Christine Sweeney.

She is survived by her children; Kenneth (and Anne) Of  Maiden, NC, Lawrence (and Debra) of Sunset Beach, NC, Gary of Succasunna, NJ and Linda (and Doug) Scherzer of Calabash, NC. She also leaves her sisters; Lois Cooper of Wilson, NC, Bernice “Pat” (and Clarence) Clark of Succasunna and brother Gordon (and Violet) Haggerty of Wharton, NJ, 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren who were her greatest joy in life; Kelly Bruno, Tracy (and Allan) Brucato, Kevin Sweeney, Jennifer (and Kevin) Lewis, Shannon (and Michele) Sweeney, Beth Sweeney, Jodi (and Jason Avery) Valecz, Terri (and Mike) Finnegan, April (and Michael) Lindstrom, Meagan (and Travis) Tedrow, Taira Brock, Nicholas Cerqueira, Lindsey and Jonathan Lewis, Kira and Brady Finnegan, Mathilda and Elsa Sweeney, and Luella Tedrow.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 ( on Monday from 3 – 7 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, 10 am, at the Succasunna United Methodist Church , with the interment to follow at the Succasunna  United Methodist Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Succasunna United Methodist Church, 91 Main St, Succasunna, NJ 07876, the Compassionate Care Hospice, 400 West Blackwell St, Dover, NJ 07801, or to your local chapter of the American Cancer Society.


July 26, 2014

William A Smith

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 ( 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 ( 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



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