July 17, 2014

Lester R Baylor, Jr

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

July 08, 2014

Lillian M Ashley

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.

 

 

July 04, 2014

Edward C Begraft

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.

 

 

 

 

June 30, 2014

John W Bushby

John William Bushby 89, of Flanders, a well-known craftsman of colonial furniture and restoration, died on June 30, 2014

 at his home in Flanders after a long struggle with COPD.

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)

June 25, 2014

Georgia L Best

Roxbury Township, Mrs. Georgia L Best, 83 died on June 25, 2014 at the Compassionate Care Hospice in Dover.  She was born in Dover and lived most of her life in Kenvil.  She was a homemaker, avid bowler, member of the Roxbury Township Senior Citizens Club, and enjoyed crocheting many special treasures for her family and friends.  She spent endless time spoiling her two cats, and was a loyal NY Mets Fan.
 
She was predeceased by her husband Donald Best, of 62 years, in 2011 and mother Alvaretta Carlson.  She is survived by her 3 children, Richard (and Nancy) of Tannersville, PA, Robert (and Linda) of Mount Olive Township, and Cindy (and Doug) Ernst of Stillwater, 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, sister Harriet Waldron of Independence Twp. and sister-in-law, Terry Walby.  She also leaves several nieces, nephews, and cousins, dedicated friend and neighbor Denise, and life-long friends, the Beaudry family.
 
Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Saturday, July 5th, from 3-6pm, with a service at 5pm.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her name to the Compassionate Care Hospice, SpartaNJ  07871.

June 23, 2014

Joseph Soriano

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.

June 12, 2014

Kathleen M Sullivan

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.

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

May 31, 2014

Joyce Ann Waldron

Roxbury Township,  Mrs. Joyce Ann Waldron, 83, died on May 31, 2014 at home after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Dover, grew up and lived most of her life in Stanhope, and later moved to Ledgewood for 20-years before moving to Succasunna this year. She worked for Holland Manufacturing in Succasunna for many years before becoming a mother, and later worked as a secretary for Michael Bengis Architect in Ledgewood and Gates Architectural Design of Hopatcong.

 She was predeceased by her husband Reginald in January and is survived and loved by her son David Waldron of Succasunna, 2 grandchildren; Michael Waldron of Randolph and Jennifer Jones of GA, and 2 sisters; Carol Cimosz of Hackettstown and Betty Maxwell if Windgap, PA.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Monday from 4 – 6 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, 5:50 pm, at the Funeral Home.

May 27, 2014

Elizabeth J Engel

Roxbury Township, Mrs. Elizabeth Julia Engel, 96, died on May 27, 2014 at the Merry Heart Nursing Home in Succasunna. She was born in Buffalo, NY and lived in Montvale and Kearny, before moving to Succasunna. She was a clerk for the Western Electric Company in Kearny many years ago. She is survived by her sister Lorraine McNinch of Sun City Center, in Florida.

Arrangements are by the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com). The interment was held at the Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington, NJ.

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