July 28, 2015

Anna C Smith

Roxbury Township, Anna C (Walsh) Smith, 95, died on July 28, 2015 at her home. She was born in Morristown and grew up in Dover before moving to Succasunna 57 years ago. She was a Commercial Loan Officer at the (now) Wells Fargo Bank in Succasunna. She was also a 57 year member of St. Therese R C Church and member and treasurer of their Rosary Society, and a member of the Roxbury Township Senior Citizens Club.

She was predeceased by her husband James J Smith in 1991, and by her 2 sons; Gregory J Smith and David E Smith. She is survived by 2 sons; Paul J Smith of Landing and James M (and Tracey) Smith of Rockaway, sister Sr. Rita Walsh of the Sister’s of Charity, and 2 grandchildren; Heather M Smith of Australia and Matthew Smith of Rockaway.

The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Saturday, 10 am at St. Therese R C Church, Main St, Succasunna, NJ. Arrangements are by the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com)

July 27, 2015

John L D’Ottavio

Hackettstown, WWII Army Air Corps Veteran Private John Louis D’Ottavio, 92, died peacefully on July 27, 2015, with his family by his side. He was born in Dover and lived in Succasunna most of his life before moving to TX and then to Hackettstown. He was a self-employed floor covering contractor for over 70 years. John L., a radio and u-control airplane enthusiast, coached the Roxbury American Legion Baseball team, was inducted into the American Modeling Hall of Fame, was an avid fisherman, loved gardening, and especially loved cooking.

He was predeceased by his wife Yolanda A (Tardive) D’Ottavio in 1988 and infant daughter Lona. He is survived by his 6 children – John “Skeets” D’Ottavio Jr, Nickey (and Cindy) D’Ottavio of Hackettstown, Phil D’Ottavio of Succasunna, Donna Scarnulis of PA, and Victor D’Ottavio and Billy D’Ottavio, both of AL. He also leaves his 2 sisters – Anna Catalano and Mary Whitmore, both of FL; 9 grandchildren – Nickey D’Ottavio Jr, Gina Riley, Danny D’Ottavio, and Lisa (and Geoff) Edmunds; Anthony, Matthew, and Ashley Scarnulis; Phil D’Ottavio Jr; and Jonathan D’Ottavio; and 7 great grandchildren – Emily and Jake Riley; Andrew, Jessica and Sophia D’Ottavio; and Trevor and Violet Edmunds.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Thursday from 4 – 7 PM. The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Friday, 10 AM at St. Therese R C Church, Main St, Succasunna, with the interment to follow at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in John’s honor to Wounded Warrior Project http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.aspx.

July 24, 2015

Mary Ann Norton

Roxbury Township, Mrs. Mary Ann Norton, 76, died on July 24, 2015 at the Morristown Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Jersey City and grew up in Lyndhurst and moved to Ledgewood in the early 1990’s. She was a professional nanny, writer, and worked for the Morris County Board of Elections.

She was predeceased by her husband William J Norton. She is survived by her 6 children; Toni (and Paul), Lecia (and Guy), Holly (and David), Mary Ann (and Phil), Billy (and Jill), and Alfred (and Laurie). She also leaves her 17 grandchildren; Tommy, Jennifer, Brian, Rachael, Kristina Lee, Kevin, Julianna, Ricky, Philip, Bayley, Tyler, Mitchell, Shaynna, Raymond, Rachel, Corey, and Bradley, 5 great grandchildren; Daniel, Sarah, Luca, Michael and Lucas.

The celebration of her life will be held on Monday, 10 am, at the Hillside Lutheran Brethren Church, 113 South Hillside Avenue, Succasunna, with a brunch to follow. Arrangements are by the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) She would have enjoyed seeing everyone wearing bright colors and ladies, even your favorite hat if you have one.

Mary Ann loved the Lord Jesus Christ and the gift of sharing him with others.

July 24, 2015

Robert McNeil, Jr

Netcong, Mr. Robert McNeil, 62, died on July 24, 2015 at home. He was born in Dover and lived most of his life in Roxbury Township before moving to Netcong. He was a sanitation worker for Roxbury Township for 16 years and previously worked for the Spartan Oil Company.

He is survived by his daughter Ashley E McNeil of Pleasant Valley, NY, sister Sharon (and Thomas) Lemoncelli of Dover, niece Brittani, nephew Thomas, Jr., and great niece Chloe.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Tuesday from 7 – 9 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, 10 am at the Funeral Home with the interment to follow at the Succasunna Methodist Cemetery.

July 24, 2015

John J Cummings

Mt. Olive Township, Mr. John Joseph Cummings, 64, died on July 24 at the Morristown Medical Center. He was born in Boston, MA and lived in Flanders before moving to Whippany. He was a sales representative for the Morris Plains Stop & Shop and was a member of Local 1262 Food & Commercial Workers Union and previously worked for many years for A T & T in Piscataway.

He was the son of the late James and Nora Cummings and is survived by his 2 sons Matthew J Cummings of Wharton and Michael J Cummings of Flanders. He also leaves his former wife Debra Cummings of Flanders, 6 brothers and sisters; Paul and Robert Cummings of Harwichport, MA, Marianne Giammarco of Knolton, Richard and Edward Cummings of Milton, MA and Noreen Maguire of Marshfield, MA

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Thursday from 11 am – 1 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, 12 noon at the Funeral Home by Fr. John Wherlen.

July 20, 2015

Georgina M Nemecek

Dr. Georgina Marie Nemecek, 68, Roxbury Township, died on July 20th at her home in Ledgewood, New Jersey. She is survived by her brother, Dr. Russell Nemecek (Mary Ann), of Liverpool, New York, a nephew. Thomas Nemecek (Donatta) of Tallahassee, Florida and her niece, Emily Nemecek of Baldwinsville, New York. She was predeceased by her parents Dr. George and Frances Valerie Nemecek formerly of Mineola, New York.

Born in Mineola, New York on August 27, 1946, Georgina was a member of 4-H and the Girl Scouts in her youth. Georgina was valedictorian of her Mineola High School class of 1964. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Mt. Holyoke College with a major in chemistry and a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her professional career included teaching biochemistry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worchester, Massachusetts and as a pharmacological researcher for Sandoz and Novartis Pharmaceuticals in East Hanover, New Jersey and attended St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Flanders.

Georgina enjoyed spending time on Eastern Long Island where she had a summer home. Her other enjoyment and love were her beagles and especially those that had been rescued after being abandoned.
As a “retirement” venture Georgina went to law school and obtained a JD degree from Rutgers University Law School in Newark, New Jersey at the age of 63; passing the bar exam in both New Jersey and New York.
She was a loving sister providing guidance and inspiration and was dedicated to her profession. Georgina was a caring and helpful friend to those who knew her well and had a special place in her heart for her nephew and niece. Georgina was a loving and dedicated daughter to her mother over the nearly three decades following her father’s death.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 am. The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Friday, 10 am at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton R C Church in Flanders, with the interment to follow at the Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury, LI, NY.

July 12, 2015

Robert H DeGraaff

Roxbury Township, Mr. Robert “Bob” H. DeGraaff, 78, died on July 12, 2015 at his home with his family by his side. He was born in Jersey City to Harry and Frieda (Haas) DeGraaff  and,  after the death of his mother when he was 11, grew up in Secaucus raised by Louis and Anna Stenken.  He served in the U S Navy and then studied at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He and his family moved to Roxbury Township 43 years ago.  He began his career working for many toy and invention companies including Mattel,  Hasbro,  and Kohner Brothers. Later he became a self employed master inventor, model maker and furniture builder, and sole prporietor of Proto Design & Engineering. He was a member of St. Therese R C Church in Succasunna, the Roxbury Rotary Club where he received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award, and the Secaucus Masonic Lodge F & A M.  His many hobbies included woodworking, painting and gardening with his father-in-law, the late Adam Mikol.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy (Mikol) of  57 years, 2 daughters:  Doreen (and Kevin) Markferding of Florham Park  and Denise (and Todd) Abney of Succasunna. He also leaves his 4 grandchildren; Christopher (and Kristen) Markferding, Kathryn Markferding, Nicholas Markferding, and Allison Abney, a great-grandson Dylon Markferding, and sister Diane Fugel of Montrose, Pennsylvania and her family.

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 Funeral Liturgy will be held on Saturday, 10 am at St. Therese R C Church, Main St, Succasunna, NJ. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either St. Therese RC Church or St. Barnabas Hospice.

July 10, 2015

Shirley Holmes

Roxbury Township, Mrs. Shirley Holmes, 89, died peacefully on July 10, 2015 at her home in Berkshire Valley, with her family around her. She was born in Succasunna and was a lifelong resident of Roxbury Township. She was a Certified Nurse’s Aide for the Visiting Nurses Association in Morristown for 30 years, and member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Dover.

 She was predeceased by her husband Harold Holmes in 1989 and is survived by her son Thomas Holmes of Wharton and daughter Lisa Ann Martin of Bailey, CO. She also leaves her 4 loving grandchildren; Kayla, Kristen, Scotty, and Ashley and 6 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 & 7 – 9 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, 11 am at the Funeral Home with the interment to follow at the Succasunna Presbyterian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society or to the Wounded Warriors Foundation.

July 09, 2015

Rose S Lazorisak

Roxbury Township, Mrs. Rose Sracic Lazorisak, 86, passed away on July 9, 2015 at home with her children by her side.  She was born and raised in St. Michael, PA and lived in East Orange with her husband Alex before moving to Succasunna 57 years ago.

Rose worked in the Accounting department for Bell Telephone in the Harrisburg, PA and Paramus, NJ offices during the 1950’s.  She was the administrator of her husband Alex’s private law practice for over 25 years.

Rose dedicated her life to her family and friends.  She was known for her infectious laugh which inevitably made everyone in her company laugh along with her.  Rose was extremely proud of her Croatian heritage often preparing her family’s favorite ethnic foods for holidays and special occasions.

She was involved in numerous activities at St. Therese School including serving as room mother for several years and as secretary of the Church’s Alter Rosary Society.   Rose was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow Award for her contribution to the Roxbury Township Rotary Club.

Rose was predeceased by her husband Alex of 61 years on June 6th 2015, her parents Kazimir and Mary (nee Mihacevich) Sracic, brothers John, Matthew and Zvonimir, and her and her husband’s faithful companion Nasha.

She is survived by her loving children, daughters Tressa (and James) Gladysz and Alesia Lee Lazorisak, son Alex J (and Susan) Lazorisak, grandsons James Alex Gladysz and Matthew James Gladysz, brothers Stephen and Albert (wife Elizabeth), sister Mary Perich, her caregiver Line Mabiala, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Sunday from 2pm – 5pm.  The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Monday, 1pm at St. Therese R C Church, Main St, Succasunna, NJ, with the entombment to follow at the Locust Hill Mausoleum, Dover.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her name to one of the following:  Lymphoma Research Foundation or the Lung Cancer Research Foundation through Davis and Hepplewhite Funeral Home.

July 09, 2015

Henry W Peterson

Long Hill Township, Mr. Henry William Peterson, 87, died on July 9, 2015 at the Morristown Medical Center. He was born in Orange, NJ and was a resident of Millington for more than 60 years. He earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Steven’s Institute of Technology, and worked at Worthington Engineering Corp. in Harrison, and later at PSE&G in Newark, for many years. He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

He is survived by his wife Prudence, daughter Cindy, son-in-law Greg, and 4 grandchildren: Henry, Fikirte, Kidane, and Elizabeth.

 A Memorial Service was  held at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Millington.  Arrangements are by the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com)

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