Roxbury Township, Mrs. Kusum B Rana, 90, died on February 8, 2016 at her home in Succasunna. She was born in Bhavnagar, India and came to the United States in 1993. She moved to Succasunna with her son in 1999.
She was predeceased by her husband Balrajsinhji Rana in 1969, and is survived by her 4 children; Indrajit Rana (and his wife Himadri Rana) , Pushpa Singh (and her husband Jagitinder Singh), Purna Jadeja (and her husband Mahipalsinh Jadeja), and Harsha Gohil (and her husband Rasikkumar Gohli).
Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Thursday from 9 – 12 noon. The Funeral Service will be starting at 10 am, at the Funeral Home.
Mt. Olive Township, Mr. Richard Lee Bell, 54, died on February 3, 2016 at home. He was born in Dover and grew up in Budd Lake. He later lived in PA before moving to Washington 2 years ago. He was a Union Carpenter in Local 254 for many years and loved being busy working.
He was predeceased by his brother Robert G Bell in December 2015, and is survived by his son Eric Russell Gesregan of Lake Hopatcong, grandchildren; Dana, Cameron, and Nova Gesregan, parents; Robert and Peggy Bell of Washington, sister Karen Massari of Hackettstown, and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at 7 pm, at the Funeral Home.
Randolph NJ, Mr. Andrew Downie, 85, died peacefully on January 30, 2016 in Succasunna NJ. He was born on May 30, 1930, in Tarrytown, NY. Andy grew up in Pottstown PA and was a graduate of Muhlenberg College and received his master’s degree from Teachers College Colombia University. He began his long teaching career at Clifford J. Scott High School in East Orange in 1960. He later joined the faculty at County College of Morris where he taught English for 34 years, retiring in 2004. Andy proudly served in the US Navy during the Korean War on the USS Mountrail.
He is survived by his son, Dave and his wife Debbie; his daughter Anne and her husband Rob; a brother, Ronald and sister-in-law, Connie; 4 grandchildren, Danielle, Diana, David and Matt; and many nieces and nephews.
He was a kind and caring, wonderful gentleman who will be deeply missed by all those who had the privilege of knowing and loving him.
A private memorial celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Donations may be made in his name to: Teach For America Donations, 25 Broadway, 12th floor, New York, NY 10004 or online at www.teachforamerica.org . Arrangements are by the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com)
Roxbury Township, Mrs. Ethel Alexander Vickery, 83, died on January 30, 2016 at St. Clare’s Hospital in Dover. She was born and raised in Baltimore, MD and lived with her family in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Sweden, and Massachusetts before moving to Roxbury Township 35 years ago. She earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD and her Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA. She was a reference librarian at both the Mt. Olive Township and Roxbury Township Public Libraries, and no query vanquished her considerable research skills. A passionate and adaptable traveler, she achieved a lifetime goal of visiting all fifty states, as well as several countries throughout Europe. Gracious and generous with her time and resources, she was fond of volunteer work and supporting the arts and historical societies, including the Daughters of the American Revolution, of which she was a member (Ferro Monte Chapter). She was known for sending friends and family customized thank-you notes and greeting cards, inscribed in an impeccable hand.
She was predeceased by her husband (Mayor) Thomas Vickery in 2004, and by her brother Harvey G Alexander, III in 2012. She is survived by her 5 children; Thomas P. Vickery of Cranbury, (Rev) Caroline A. Vickery of Delmont, PA, Anne E. (Stephen) Gale of Landing, Lela K. Vickery of Arlington, VA, and Ellen I. (Michael) Colarusso of Beacon, NY, and a granddaughter Emilia A. Colarusso, who was given the middle name Alexander in her grandmother’s honor.
An informal remembrance and reception will be held on Friday, 3-6 pm at the Succasunna Presbyterian Church fellowship hall A Prayer Service will be held at 4:15 pm. Arrangements are by the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to The Friends of the Roxbury Public Library or the American Lung Association.
Rockaway Township, Beloved Mother, Grandmother and great grandmother. Betty Dickinson passed away on Friday January 29, 2016 at Morristown Memorial Hospital. Predeceased by her husband, Adelbert and son Alan. Betty is survived by her loving children, Steven and his wife Karina, Jayne and her husband Art Bremner. Six cherished grandchildren; Tina, Scott, Robyn, Brianna, Kaleen and Jodi. Six great-grandchildren; Alexander, Christian, Matthew, Arianna, Julianna, Eli and her brother Robert Weiner.
Betty was a professional business woman and worked until her retirement from Regional Cancer Care Association of Morristown. She loved to travel the world and spend time with her family whom she adored.
She will be interned Wednesday February 3, 2016 at Beth Israel Cemetery in Woodbridge, NJ at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: The Quilt, The Names Project, The Morristown Jewish Center, Saint Joseph’s Indian School, or American Cancer Society. Arrangements are by the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com)
Raymond Harland Vanderhoof, 74, from Roxbury Twp. NJ passed away on January 27, 2016 while in Compassionate Care at Dover surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Dover, moved to Mine Hill then relocated to the Landing section of Roxbury where he resided for over 50 years.
Married to his best friend Diane Marie Rossi, the two have been lovingly married for over 54 years.
Ray, a Graphic Artist/Designer by profession for over 60 years worked as an Exhibitions Branch Specialist at Picatinny Arsenal for 30 years before moving on to finish his Government service at Fort Monmouth. Once retired, he, along with his family opened a graphic design studio in Roxbury, Ad-Venture Graphics, which is still operating on Main St. in Succasunna.
Ray was extremely active in the Roxbury Community and the type of man that would do anything for anyone. Besides early on being involved with Little League and president for several years and coached the Sr. Babe Ruth team he was also very active in the Rotary and Chamber of Commerce.
Being the giver that he was he took on the endeavor of the Tuesday Cruise for Kids in Roxbury for over 11 years. A car cruise in at the Ledgewood McDonalds that was created to raise money to help aid sick children and their families through difficult times. Along with the Tuesday Cruise he also organized a car show in the Ledgewood Mall every fall, again as a fund raiser, which is when he would present the proceeds to the Two Kids Foundation for the families that needed assistance.
Besides his interest in classic cars Ray was an avid boater and motorcyclist. Early on for several years he was a very active member of the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club and a very competitive sailor in the “E” scow class of sailboats. He was also very involved in the survival of Lake Hopatcong and an instructor in the Hopatcong Power Squadron. More recently he is an instructor at the district level of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA). His passion for motorcycles and the group of people he was involved with was unparalled and he took great pride in and loved being part of the organization.
Ray is survived by his beloved wife Diane, two sons and two grandsons. Raymond Jr. of Long Valley and Margaret, Todd of Roxbury and Cathy and his two very special grandsons Kyle and Brandon who he Loved and Lived for. Also, he leaves his sisters; Lynn (and Paul) Swidersky of MD and Elisa (and Art) Heinricher, nephews Scott and Christopher, brother-in-law Robert and Margaret Rossi of Landing, nephew Jeffrey and nieces Pam and Kelli.
Ray “The Guy you Always could count on to help”, He not only leaves behind a family that loves him dearly but many friends he has made over the years………We Love and will Miss you Husband, Dad & Grandpa!!
Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, (973-584-7264) (www.davishepplewhitefh.com) on Friday, January 29, from 2 – 5 & 7 – 9 pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Saturday, 10 am at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Mt. Arlington with the interment to follow at the Locust Hill Cemetery in Dover.
Roxbury Township, Mr. Ovidio Fernandez of Succasunna, NJ , 91, passed away on Wednesday, January 20th at the Merry Heart Nursing Home in Succasunna.
A resident of Succasunna for the past 27 years, Ovidio was born March 19, 1924 in Ciego de Avila, Cuba to Angel Fernandez and Maria Melia. He was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Felicia (Sotolongo) Fernandez, in 2013.
Until shortly after the 1959 Fidel Castro revolution and Communist indoctrination of Cuba, Ovidio owned and operated Laboratorio Clinico Irigoyen in Ciego de Avila (taken by the Castro regime) and served as President of the local Lion’s Club. After the revolution, Ovidio and his wife, fearing for their future and their child’s future under the brutal Castro regime, decided as did many Cuban families, to send their daughter, Mercy, to a refugee camp in America as part of the Pedro Pan Operation (mass exodus of over 14,000 unaccompanied children leaving Cuba), to meet up later. In the meantime, Ovidio worked for the Red Cross and then immigrated to the USA in 1962, rejoining their daughter. Like so many refugees arriving in Miami they came with nothing but the clothes on their back. Ovidio and his family were fortunate to find haven in the Dover, NJ area thanks to their sponsorship by St. John’s Episcopal Church of Dover in 1963. The parish provided financial assistance, food & clothing and helped find shelter & employment for Ovidio at the All Souls Hospital which later became the Mount Kemble Division of Morristown Memorial Hospital. He worked there for 35 years as a lab technician and Phlebotomist until his retirement.
Ovidio lived in Morris County, NJ for the last 52 years, residing in Dover, Kenvil and Morristown, before moving to Succasunna in 1988. He proudly became a US Citizen in 1971.
Ovidio was predeceased by his brother Angel Fernandez Jr., and his sister Gloria Lamas. He is survived by his sisters Zenaida Martinez and Hortensia Dorticos, both living in Miami Fla. He is also survived by his daughter Mercy and husband Robert Davenport of Succasunna, his grandchildren Michael Davenport of Ocean, NJ and Mary Jane & husband Thomas Parr of Succasunna, and 3 great grandchildren Thomas (TJ), Trevor and Tucker Parr.
Called affectionately by all as “Papa”, Ovidio will be remembered for his dedicated hard working character, his friendly smile and his ability to make his patients in the hospital feel at ease during testing procedures. His passions were eating Cuban cuisine, watching Yankee baseball games, food shopping at Shop Rite, visiting relatives in Miami and tinkering around his yard.
Private services will be conducted by the Davis and Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ with interment at the First Presbyterian Cemetery in Succasunna.
Roxbury Township, Mrs. Margaret ”Peggy” Helen Mulligan, 83, died on January 20, 2016 at the Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. She was born and raised in New York City, married and started her family there. Moved to Parsippany, NJ in 1966, then to Landing, NJ 15 years ago. She was a retired analyst for the Pfizer Corporation in Parsippany, and member of St. Therese R C Church in Succasunna, the Columbiettes in NY, and the Democratic Party in NY.
She loved Irish music & dancing, being with her family and close friends She was a best friend to all, a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, and best mother anyone would could have. She was always there to be of help to anyone in need, she loved life, family, and she loved her faith and church.
She was predeceased by her husband Kenneth Mulligan in 1973, son Brian Mulligan in 2013, granddaughter Katherine Alida Schoneveld , grandson Sean Patrick Mulligan, and granddaughter Erin Mulligan. She is survived by her loving children, daughter Diane M (and Jack) Schoneveld of Landing, Kevin (and Sue) Mulligan of Norton, MA, and KerriAnn Mulligan of Mt. Arlington, 8 surviving grandchildren, Meghan, Daniel, Kristin, Ken, Kathleen, Kelly, Ryan & Neil; great grandchildren; Brendan, and Maeve.
Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, (973-584-7264) (www.davishepplewhitefh.com) on Thursday, from 3 – 6 pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Friday, 10 am at St. Therese R.C. Church, Succasunna.
After a long illness Maureen Springer of Succasunna, NJ died on January 15th, 2016. Born in the Bronx in 1931 she then resided in Succasunna NJ with her husband since 1962 where they raised four children. Devoted mother, wife and grandmother, her love were her children, grandchildren, and great grand children. Maureen also was a member of The Alter Rosary Society at Saint Theresa’s Church, giving of her time to raise monies for the poor. She retired from the Hartford Insurance Company in 1994 where she preformed manual rating for commercial polices.
Maureen was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, and leaves her four children; Patricia Janson- Trapasso of Roxbury NJ, Loretta Boyle-Janson (and James) of Chester NJ, William Springer of Cincinnati Ohio, Barbara Springer-Trufolo ( and Alan) of Brick, NJ., her thirteen grand children, Bryan Uszenski, Jacqueline Schramm, Jason Springer, Patricia Saltarelli , Bonnie Brecher, James Boyle, Garrett Springer, Melisa Drake, Jennifer Drake, Cara Trapasso, Christina Drake, Nicholas Trufolo, Brandon Trufolo, and 19 great grandchildren. She also leaves her sister Anne Flynn of Tappan, NY and brother Michael Adams of Hong Kong.
Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, (973-584-7264) (www.davishepplewhitefh.com) on Tuesday, from 3 – 7 pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Wednesday, 10 am at St. Therese R.C. Church, Succasunna, with the Internment to follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Chester, NJ. If you wish please make donations to The House of the Good Shepherd or Compassionate Hospice where my she was cared for and loved.
Emma Virginia Fancher died January 13, 2016 at the Markham House Retirement Community in Portland, Oregon. She was 94. She was born in Waterloo, New Jersey, later moved to Stanhope, and graduated from Netcong High School in 1939. After her marriage in 1946 to Ralph Fancher, they made their home in Kenvil, New Jersey.
Mrs. Fancher worked at Picatinny Arsenal in the 1940’s where she met her future husband. They resided in Kenvil for 60 years until health issues required them to relocate near their daughter’s home in Oregon in 2005. They were married for 63 years at the time of his death in 2009.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna for 68 years, where she taught Sunday School among other volunteer activities. She was also a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Starlight Chapter #107 O.E.S., and the Ever Young Seniors of Roxbury.
Survivors include her daughter Virginia and husband Norman Haugk of Lake Oswego, OR, three grandchildren, Brian (Kathy) of Renton, WA, David (Erika) of Poway, CA, and Laura (Chad) of Fall City, WA and three great grandsons, Jacob, Connor, and Christopher.
Friends may visit at the Davis-Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ, (973-584-7264) (www.davishepplewhitefh.com) on Thursday, January 21, 2016, from 11:30 am – 1 pm. The Funeral Service will follow at 1 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 99 Main St, Succasunna, NJ, with the interment to follow at the Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna.