August 05, 2022

Melissa Oefelein

Succasunna, NJ.  Mrs. Melissa A Oefelein (nee Bluemel) passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family on August 5, 2022. She was born on November 17, 1931 in Rock Springs, Wyoming and graduated from Woodbury College in Los Angeles, CA with a degree in Fashion Design. She was a homemaker, and had a short career at Gordon Publications, and enjoyed handcrafts, crochet, and knitting. She was a member of St. Therese R C Church in Succasunna. 

 She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph C Oefelein, of 62 years; her three sisters; one granddaughter; and one great grandson. She was a wonderful mother of MaryAnne Cospito, Joseph C. (and Lisa) Oefelein, Carol (and Alan) Bilsky, Peggy (and John) Kavanaugh, James (and Kathy) Oefelein, Peter (and Carolyn) Oefelein, and Melissa (and Bert) Wartman. She also leaves her 17 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Family and friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 973-584-7264 ( on Friday, August 12th, from 4 – 8 pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be held at St. Therese R C Church on Saturday at 12 noon. The interment will be private.

August 05, 2022

Thomas F Torode

Roxbury Township, Thomas “Thom” Frank Torode, 60, passed away on August 5, 2022, with is family & loved ones by his side after a 4.5-years battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Friend, and Entrepreneur with a heart for service and helping others.

 Thom was born in Williamsport, PA to Frank and Ilene Torode and grew up in various parts of the US and Kwajalein Atoll before settling in New Jersey. Thom had a Bachelor of Arts from Fairleigh Dickenson University and an MBA from Phoenix University. Thom was an entrepreneur who successfully started and operated a variety of businesses. Starting Sunrise Business Advisors, as a business coach he wanted to share his experience to help other small business owners to succeed and profit. 

 He was active in the community and was a member of the Mt. Olive Chamber of Commerce and the Roxbury Rotary Club and previous Flemington Rotary Club where he served as President. Thom was a Den Leader, an Assistant Scout Master, participating in events including popcorn sales to support his son to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. 

 Thom was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Succasunna, NJ and served in multiple positions including church council. Most recently Thom was on the executive committee as Director at Large for Business Network International. Thom was awarded Knight Commander in the League of Legend Heroes for St. Baldrick’s, having shaved his head for 10 years to raise funds for research for pediatric and adolescent cancer research. 

Thom was a devoted Husband to Katherine “Kit” Thompson for 23 years and Father to Emmanuel and Marie Torode. He shared his passion of travel, skiing, scuba diving, hot air balloons, cooking, food, wine, cars, flowers, and all things beautiful with them. Most of all Thom shared his faith and belief in God. That strong faith is what gave him the courage during treatments, with the belief of a cure and always being positive knowing that his life’s journey was in God’s hands. 

He is pre-deceased by his father, Frank, and will be missed by his mother, Ilene, his wife, Kit, his son Emmanuel “Manny”, his daughter Marie, 3 sisters Debbie Hixon, Laurel Cripe, and Cheryl Cooper, their spouses, nieces, and nephews. 

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, August 22, 2022, at 11 am at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 203 Eyland Avenue, Succasunna, NJ and will be shared online, link will be provided.

In lieu of flowers Donations can be made in Thom’s name to St. Baldricks, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or your favorite charity.

 Also, a fund for the children will be announce at a future date.

Arrangements are by the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ. (973)-584-7264. (

August 04, 2022

Charlotte J Clarke

Netcong, NJ. Charlotte June Clarke, 75, died peacefully on August 4, 2022, at The Dwelling Place in Dover. Immensely proud of being born in Brooklyn, she lived in Flanders, Succasunna, and Hackettstown before retiring to Netcong. Charlotte worked on Wall Street, and her last job was the Principal’s Secretary at the Jefferson Elementary School in Succasunna for 25 years, which she loved because of the outstanding teachers and students.

Charlotte, otherwise known as, Her Royal Highness, was blessed by her friends and family. She was so fortunate to be surrounded by friends that she always considered her sisters and family. Charlotte was a fan of Ruth Chris, particularly when Peter paid. She loved to cook and play cards, especially when she was winning. She is survived by her son Peter Clarke of Netcong and her many Jim Shore figurines.

Friends may visit the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ. (973)-584-7264. ( on Monday, August 8, from 3 – 6 pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Tuesday at 10:30 am, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton RC Church in Flanders, with a private interment to follow.

We invite you to donate to Morris Catholic High School (200 Morris Avenue, Denville, NJ) in her honor instead of sending flowers


July 25, 2022

Kenneth N Fehsal

Succasunna, NJ, Kenneth Nelson Fehsal, 91, died peacefully on July 25th, 2022 surrounded by loved ones. He was born in Pearl River, NY on July 3rd, 1931 to Clarence and Marie Fehsal. He lived in Dover, NJ before moving to Succasunna in 1976. He graduated from Dover High School and later earned his Bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University. He proudly served in the U.S Marine Corps during the Korean War and earned two Purple Hearts and a gold star. He then worked as an engineer at Picatinny Arsenal in Rockaway Township for 36 years. He was a member of the St. Therese R C Church In Succasunna, and was an avid fisherman and golfer.

He is survived by his wife Anita P (nee Nazzaro) Fehsal of 51 years alongside his 7 children: Kevin (and Eileen) Fehsal of PA, Debra Brady of FL, Kim Johns of East Hanover, Micheal (and Sandy) Fehsal of Flanders, Kelly (and Ryan) Dahms of Mt. Olive, Christine (and Sean) Tully of Madison, and Jennifer Fehsal of Succasunna. He also left behind 17 loving grandchildren, and nieces; Susan J Ketterer of Mays Landing, NJ and Mary Ann Ketterer (and Edward) Forry of Townsend, DE. He was predeceased by his sister Marion H (and Frederick) Ketterer of Randolph, and son-in-law Jack Brady of FL.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ. (973)-584-7264. ( on Sunday, July 31st from 2 – 5pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be held at St. Therese R C Church in Succasunna, NJ on Monday, August 1st, at 10am, followed by the interment with Military Honors at the Northern NJ Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Sparta, NJ Donations may be made in his name to the Wounded Warriors Organization.

July 15, 2022

Carmel Hehn

Roxbury Township, Mrs. Carmel Hehn, age 88, passed away on July 15, 2022 at St. Clare’s Hospital in Dover. She was born in Brooklyn, NY and lived in Manalapan, NJ for many years before moving to Ft. Myers, FL and Succasunna, NJ. 

 Carmel was a dedicated and hard worker. She worked as an advertising manager for WOR TV Channel 9 for many years before retiring.

 Carmel was a devoted and loving mother, aunt, grandmother, sister, and friend. She enjoyed activities that brought her friends and family together like celebrating birthdays and holidays, playing games, and family vacations. She would spend hours cooking and preparing for her company.

 Carmel was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Hehn, Sr., devoted mother of Joseph Hehn & his wife Beth of Hackettstown and Barbara Stevens of Randolph, and loving grandma to Allyson Stevens of Randolph.

 A brief service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, July 23rd, 2022 at 4:30 pm, with visitation from 3 to 5 pm at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 973-584-7264 (

 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to a charity of your choice

July 09, 2022

Francis X Mickley

Parsippany, NJ.   Mr. Francis X Mickley, was born on May 22, 1958 in Morristown, NJ to Alice Meeker Mickley and Bill Mickley. He entered into eternal rest on July 9, 2022.

Francis was a special angel who attended the Morris ARC programs for virtually all of his life. He was predeceased by his parents and his nephew Kenn Lucas. He leaves his siblings Mary Frances Lucas of Succasunna and her husband Ron, Bill Mickley of South Carolina, and Art Mickley and his wife Denise of Surprise, Arizona. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 973-584-7264 ( on Friday, July 15th, from  8 – 10 am. The Funeral Liturgy will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton R C Church in Flanders, at 10:30 am. The interment will follow at the Holy Rood Cemetery Mausoleum, Whippany Road, Morristown, NJ.

July 03, 2022

Victoriano S Lalo

Mr. Victoriano S. Lalo, 62, of Succasunna, New Jersey passed away on July 3, 2022. Victoriano or “Ike” as his family and friends affectionately called him was born on June 13, 1960 to Paulino and Consuelo Lalo in Manila, Philippines.
After graduating from Martinez Memorial College with a Degree in radiology technology he immigrated to the United States in 1981 to live with his big sister Felicidad “Peachy” Legge in Randolph New Jersey. He started his first job in Randolph and completed his career in medical services as a logistics driver for the Quest Diagnostics Company in Teterboro. He is a member of St. Therese R C Church in Succasunna.
In 1983 he moved to Succasunna and went on to have 5 children Arnie Lalo, John Vincent Lalo, Ciara Lalo, Carlie Lalo, and Maria Lalo.
Ike was predeceased by his his mother and father Paulino and Consuelo Lalo and brother Paulino Lalo Jr. He is survived by his above mentioned children and by his 5 brothers and sisters; Felicidad Legge, Mercedez Lalo Dela Cruz, Teresita Lalo, Virginia Lalo Navarro, Angelito Lalo, and Danilo Lalo Sr.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 973-584-7264 ( on Friday, July 8th, from 4 – 8pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be held at St. Therese R C Church in Succasunna on Saturday, at 10 am, followed by the interment at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Chester.

July 01, 2022

Ronald L Gisonna

Roxbury Township, Mr. Ronald L Gisonna, 70, died on July 1, 2022 at the Morristown Medical Center.  He was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY before moving to Roxbury Township 35 years ago.  Ron was a retired salesman for the Win Depot Restaurant Supply Center in Long Island City, NY.   Ron was a member of the Ever Young Senior Citizens Club and he was also a founding member and former President of the Roxbury Arts Alliance.  Ron loved food and spent hours talking about restaurants he enjoyed.  His favorite past times included going to classic car shows and casinos in the area.  Ron and his wife Linda traveled to Florida often.

He is survived by his wife Linda (Cassimore) Gisonna of 49 years, his sons Nicholas Gisonna and his wife Kelly; Matthew Gisonna; and his cherished grandson James Gisonna.  Ron will be dearly missed by countless others.

Friends and family may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 973-584-7264 ( on Wednesday, July 6th, from 3 – 6 pm.  Additionally, a celebration of Ron’s life will be held on a later date.   All family and friends will be invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers a donation to the family would be appreciated.  Ron was planning on starting an investment fund for his grandson James and we would like to honor his wishes.

June 27, 2022

Julian Perez

Roxbury Township, Mr. Julian Perez, 72, died on June 27, 2022 at St. Clare’s Hospital in Dover. He was born in Lares, Puerto Rico and came to Newark at the age of 9. He then lived in Harrison before moving to Roxbury Township 2 years ago. He was a car salesman for over 25 years.

 He was the youngest of 15 children and is survived by his wife Jorgelina (Lena) Perez of 52 years. He also leaves his son Julian Perez, Jr and his wife Johanny Lizardo of Parsippany, and 3 granddaughters; Joanna, Julianna, and Jasmine. He also leaves 5 brothers and sisters; Juana, Julia, Benicio, Joaquin, and Berto, and many nieces and nephews. 

 Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 973-584-7264 ( on Thursday, June 30th, from 9 – 11 am. The funeral service will be held at the Funeral Home at 11 am, with the interment to follow at the Good Shepherd Cemetery in Green Township.



June 23, 2022

Barbara M Staufenberger

Dover, NJ.  Mrs. Barbara M Staufenberger, 85, died on June 23, 2022 at Exelcare in Dover. She was born and raised in Newark and lived in Lake Hiawatha for 50 years before moving to Randolph and later to Dover. She graduated from St. Vincent’s Academy H S in Newark in1954 and was a member of St. Peter the Apostle Church in Parsippany. She was a retired Payroll Administrator for the Schiffenhaus Packaging Company in Newark

She was predeceased by her husband Paul F Staufenberger on February 24, 1993 and sister Marilyn “Sis” McGuire on March 25, 2018. She is survived by her son Peter (and Ericka ) Staufenberger of Leonardtown, MD and daughter Mary Ann (and Edward) Joyce of Wharton. She also leaves her 5 grandchildren; Matthew Staufenberger, Nicholas Staufenberger, Beth Staufenberger, Kelsey Joyce, Morgan Joyce and great grandson, Luke Staufenberger.

 Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 973-584-7264 ( on Tuesday from 4 – 7 pm.


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