March 21, 2019

Frank D Valentine

Frank. D. Valentine died at home, peacefully in his sleep, on March 21, 2019 . Frank, the son of William and Eleanora Valentine , was born and raised in Roxbury, N.J.and Graduated from Roxbury High School in 1956. Frank then served in the United States Marine Corps from 1956 – 1958,.Frank was given the Special Assignment of Sea Duty in the Atlantic fleet where he served on the Honor Guard of the USS North Hampton.

After being Honorably Discharged from the Marine Corps as a Corporal he took a position as Patrolman with the Wharton Police Department , serving from 1958 -1962.

While he served the town of Wharton , he met and married his caring wife of 59 years and mother of his children, Joan Dabb, they raised two Sons Frank Valentine Jr. and Brian Valentine.

Frank then  joined the Mountain Lakes Police Department in 1962 and retired in 1987 as a Lieutenant. Frank made many friends during his career and did his best to mentor many young men. Frank, as nature intended , was predeceased by his parents William in 1958 and Eleanora in 1992. Frank , the youngest of his siblings was also predeceased by his six brothers and sisters, Shirley Goerner, Rawson Valentine, Jeanne Chapman, Mary Seals, Charles Valentine and Rene Valentine.  Frank , sadly, was predeceased by his son Frank Jr. in 2010.

Surviving and living forever in his heart, is his wife Joan, his son, Brian, and Daughter in law Doreen Valentine and his two Grandchildren; Daniel and Ryan Valentine. Also surviving and loved by Frank, and who all generously helped him in his later years, his nephews Michael and Thomas Dabb, his nephew Kevin Valentine, and his sister in law, Joan Valentine.

Friends and family may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ  973-584-7264  ( on Tuesday, from  4 – 7 pm. A Memorial Service, with Military Honors, will be held at 7 pm. Donations may be made in his name to the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, at

March 18, 2019

Dorothy B Kelly

Mt. Olive Township, Dorothy B. Kelly, age 92, passed away peacefully surrounded by dear friends on March 18, 2019. Dorothy was predeceased by her parents, Thomas Kelley and Alice Beck Kelly as well two siblings John and Agnes Kelly. Born in Pennsylvania, Ms. Kelly spent most of her life in Morris County, NJ.

She had many close friends whose lives were blessed with her wit, insight and never ceasing optimism; especially Debbie Cummings, Kathy Schneider, Eileen Finneran and Carol Littlewood. Dorothy had a wide ranging interests including plants, reading, collectables, and puzzles. She especially loved her pet dog Betsy, whose photograph was never out of sight. Ms. Kelly was loved by all who knew her, and will be deeply missed.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ  973-584-7264  ( on Saturday, March 23 from 1 – 3 pm.  The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, 1 pm at the Funeral Home. The interment will be private.


March 16, 2019

Gary B Griffiths

Roxbury Township, Mr. Gary B Griffiths, 79, died on March 16, 2019 at the Regency Grande Home in Dover. He was born in Dover and was a lifelong resident of Roxbury Township. He worked for the Roxbury Township Board of Education as a grounds keeper from 1958-1988. He enjoyed going to the Roxbury Nutrition Center and the Ever – Young Seniors meetings, where he met many wonderful people there. He also enjoyed making his daily rounds to the Kenvil Post Office, different deli’s, Joes Pizza, and especially Bryan’s Luncheonette in Succasunna. Everyone has been so wonderful to him and looked after him before entering the Regency Grande Home in Dover.

He was the son of the late Arja and Edna Kuersteiner Griffiths. He is survived by his sister Ellen J (and Walter W Sr. ) Erck of Ringoes, NJ.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ  973-584-7264  ( on Friday, March 22 from  2 – 4 pm.  The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, 10 am at the Funeral Home, with the interment to follow at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Chester.


March 09, 2019

Ellinor M Woerner

Mrs. Ellinor (Ello) M Woerner, of Roxbury Township, NJ ..formerly of Livingston, passed away at age 88, on March 9, 2019 inAndover, NJ. She was born on March 29, 1930 in Germany, to the late Margarete and Wilhelm Jakob. Ellinor graduated from a German Middle School. She was in the Food Service industry at Prudential as a Cafeteria worker until retiring in 1990. Ellinor was married to the late Albert E. Woerner. She was also predeceased in death by her brother, Karl Heinz; sister, Erika and her beloved dog, Emmitt.

Ellinor is survived by her son, Carl Woerner; daughter Lorraine Woerner Jones, and son-in-law David R Jones; and sisters, Renate, Gisela, and Monika, along with numerous Nieces and Nephews.

She loved music and dance, gardening, travel, cooking and baking …and more than anything, good times, usually coffee and cake with friends and family. She attended the Redeemer Lutheran Church and was a member of The Faithful Folders. She will be dearly missed by us all, especially her warm smile and generous nature.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 203 Eyland Avenue, Succasunna on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 1 pm, with a luncheon to follow at the Church Fellowship Hall. Arrangements are by the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (

March 04, 2019

Irene Onuski

Roxbury Township, Mrs. Irene Onuski, 89, died on March 4, 2019 at home. She was born and raised in Luzerne County, PA and later lived in Irvington for many years before moving to Roxbury Township 20 years ago. She was a homemaker and an avid gardener. She was a former member of Sacred Heart R C Church in Irvington and became a member of St, Therese R C Church in Succasunna.

She was predeceased by her husband George Jr in 1999 and by her 8 siblings. She is survived by her 2 sons; George III (and Donna) Onuski of FL and Gary J (and Lorraine) Onuski of Succasunna, 2 granddaughters; Sherrie (and Thomas) Nigito of Hackettstown and Shannon Onuski of Succasunna.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 ( on Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Friday, 10 am at St. Therese R C Church, 151 Main Street, Succasunna, followed by the entombment at the Hollywood Cemetery in Union, NJ.



March 04, 2019

Rose Gilda Tardive Stetz

Hendersonville, N C, Mrs. Rose Gilda Tardive Stetz, 98, died on March 4, 2019 at the Life Care Center. She was born in Dunmore, PA and lived in Succasunna before moving to N C for the past 4 years. She worked as a housekeeper and cook for Fr. Leo Lambert when the church was founded in Succasunna. She was also a member of St. Therese R C Church and Rosary Society. She later retired as a nurse’s aide from the Merry Heart Nursing Home in Succasunna.

She loved being with family and looked forward to Sunday family dinners and especially cooking for celebrations on Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving where all her children and grandchildren would gather at her home.

She was predeceased by her husband Stephen Stetz in 2011, her parents Gabriel and Antoinette Tardive, and by her sister Yolonda D’Ottavio, and 7 brothers; Dominik, John, Ambrose, Vincent, Veto, Gabriel, and William Tardive.

She is survived by her 4 children; Carolyn (and Doug) Morrow of GA, Rosemary (and John) Ciaramella of NC, Stephen Jr. (and Francene) Stetz of Succasunna, and James (and Kimberly) Stetz of NC. She also leaves her 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 ( on Sunday from 4 – 8 pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Monday, 10 am at St. Therese R C Church, 151 Main Street, Succasunna, followed by the interment at the Succasunna Presbyterian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society.

February 25, 2019

Dr. Robert Loring

Dr. Robert (“Bob”) Loring of Hopatcong, New Jersey died at home on February 25, 2019.  He was born on July 11, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Alex and Mildred (née Arkawy) Lifschutz. Bob attended Midwood High School (‘51), Columbia College (‘55), and the Columbia University School of Oral and Dental Surgery (‘58), where he also completed a program in orthodontics. While at Columbia College, Bob was an oarsman in the heavy weight crew and in dental school was the photography editor of the yearbook. In December 1957, Bob married Barbara Greenberg.

After dental school Bob entered the U. S. Army, and was stationed at Fort Monroe in Newport News, Virginia from 1959-1961, achieving the rank of Captain.  After discharge from service, Bob and Barbara settled in Staten Island, where Bob established his orthodontics practice, was president of the Staten Island branch of the Alpha Omega dental fraternity, was active in Kiwanis, volunteered in the Staten Island Hospital dental clinic, and they raised their daughters, Robyn and Susan.

Upon retirement, Bob and Barbara relocated to their summer home in Hopatcong.  Bob was an active participant in his children and grandchildren’s lives —attending every game, always showing enthusiasm and support for those he loved. In retirement, Bob enjoyed lectures on art, history, politics, economics and the movies and traveling with his family.

Bob was an avid classic movie buff and science fiction reader, loved boats, automobiles and car racing, and enjoyed building electronics and home construction projects.

Bob’s wit, gentle and kind heart, and smile will be missed by his many friends and family. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara Ruth (née Greenberg), his daughter Robyn Loring Specthrie (Leon Specthrie), daughter Susan Loring Crane (Hugh Crane) , and his grandchildren, John Crane, Alexandra Crane and Caroline Crane, and many loving nieces and nephews.

The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, 1 pm at the Funeral Home. Friends may visit at he Funeral Home on Thursday from 12:30 – 1 pm. Arrangements are by the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (


February 24, 2019

Barbara A Waer

Roxbury Township, Barbara Ann Waer, 66, died at home on February 24, 2019. She was born in Dover and lived in Succasunna all of her life. Many years ago she was a sales representative for an advertising company in Bloomfield, and was now a homemaker. She was a 1970 graduate of Roxbury High School and loved to crochet, cook, bake, and garden. She also was an avid reader and writer.

She is survived by her husband Max Zuniga of 43 years, son Tony Zuniga of Hackettstown, and Amanda Zuniga (and fiancé  Dan Andriola) of Nutley, and her pet dog Nico.

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

February 23, 2019

Robert Riley

Sun City Center, FL     Bob was born in Hartford, Connecticut the son of Joseph L. and Marion C. Riley. He was pre-deceased by his sister Lois R. Conolle and is survived by his brothers Richard J. Riley and Raymond Riley as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was married to his wife Barbara in 1958 and had four children, Susan M. Riley, Carole R. (Benedict) McPhillips, Katherine R. (Vernon) Joyner and Robert C. (Deborah) Riley. Bob was the proud grandfather of Eric (Melanie), Brian (Alicia), Mark and Scott McPhillips, V. Thomas, David and Samuel Joyner, Joseph and Paige Riley. He also had five great grand children, Jayson, Benedict, Sawyer, Lincoln and Layla McPhillips.

Bob retired in 2001 after working 44 years in the offset printing industry. After retirement he was active in the Meals on Wheels program in Morris County, New Jersey as well as working at a soup kitchen sponsored by St. Therese R.C. Church in Succasunna, New Jersey until he moved to Wimauma, Florida.

Bob loved sports, he was in many bowling leagues, loved to play golf and was a loyal fan of the New York Giants and Boston Red Sox. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers donations to St. Vincent DePaul at Prince of Peace R.C. Church will be appreciated.

Visitation will be 8:30 am to 10:00 am at Sun City Center Funeral home followed by a funeral service at Prince of Peace R.C. Church in Sun City. Burial will be private at Pleasant Hill cemetery in Chester, New Jersey. Local arrangements are by the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 07876 (973-584-7264)

February 09, 2019

Anne M Talmage

Anne Margaret Talmage (formerly Anne T. Freund), 77, passed away February 9, 2019 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, MD. She resided the past few years at Morningside House of Laurel in Laurel, MD.

Anne was born August 26,1941, in Dover ,NJ and lived most of her life in Succasunna, NJ. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. William G. Talmage and Reverend Anne (Nancy) Trott Talmage.

Anne graduated from Kent Place School in Summit, NJ and earned a degree in Early Childhood Education from Keane College in Union, NJ. She was a founding member of The Nursery School at St. Dunstan’s in Succasunna and taught at several pre-schools.

Anne was an accomplished artist and musician.  She had a passion for singing and dancing and shared her love of music with friends and family.  She was a member of the Art Association in Roxbury, where she won awards for her paintings. She enjoyed many genres of music but especially Folk and Bluegrass and belonged to various music organizations and choirs over the years.

Anne was a proud grandmother who cherished the time she spent with her two grandsons, as well as her niece and other family members.

Anne is survived by her daughters: Victoria A. Freund and life-partner  William L. Edens of Rogersville, TN, and Maria J. Sudol and husband George of Kenvil, NJ. Grandsons: Nicholas G. Sudol and girlfriend Rachael Incorvaia, and Theodore V. Sudol. Sister: Garland Riggs and husband Anthony of Lanham, MD. Niece: Elizabeth Weatherby and husband Theodore.

Friends and family may visit February 16, 2019 from 12 pm to 2 pm at Davis and Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main St., Succasunna, NJ, with a Memorial service beginning at 1:30 pm. Interment will take place immediately after at the Cemetery of The First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.




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