August 07, 2020

Salvatore A DelPreore

Roxbury Township,   Mr. Salvatore A DelPreore, 76, died on August 7, 2020 at St. Clare’s Hospital in Dover. He was born and raised in East Orange before moving to Succasunna 46 years ago. He was a 1967 graduate of Youngstown State University (summa cum laude).  He was a well known entrepreneur throughout his life.  He made his mark with the McDonalds Corporation in the 1970s as a tri-state area licensing director.

Sal was a beloved husband, father, uncle, grandfather and friend willing to help anyone in a moments notice.  He was a fixture in the Roxbury Twp athletic programs as a coach and “enthusiastic” fan of all sports. You could always catch Sal in his lawn chair along the sidelines.  He cherished the many friends he made in his neighborhood.  The neighborhood dogs could count on him for a treat anytime of the day.

He is survived by his wife Brenda J (Johnson) DelPreore of 48 years, his sons Christopher (and Jennie) DelPreore of Independence Township, and Matthew (and Stacey) DelPreore of Ramsey. He also leaves his 5 grandchildren Joey, Jack, Lily, Luke and Adam, his grand dog Duke, his sister Kathleen Milinkovich (DelPreore) and her late husband Tom of Fairfield, his niece Lauren (and Anthony) Iavarone and their daughter Artie, his nieces Stephanie DelPreore, Krista Milinkovich, and nephew Thomas Milinkovich, and his sister-in-law Stephanie Bruno (DelPreore) and husband Anthony. He was predeceased by his parents Nunzio and Florence DelPreore and his beloved brother Arthur L DelPreore.

He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-laws Dorothy (and Randy) Hotz, Lois Goldstein, Randy (and Angela) Johnson, and nieces/nephews Kimberly (and Alan) Klein, Evan Hotz, Jason (and Ria) Dilatush, and Leighann (and Curtis) Barron and all their children.

The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, 10 am, at the Garden Mausoleum, at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 225 Ridgedale Ave East Hanover, NJ.  Fr. Mark Olenowski will be the celebrant.  The Family will then hold a repast at their home (on Saturay) at 12 noon, at 14 Kentwood Road, Succasunna, NJ

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




July 31, 2020

Cheryl Lynne Quick

November 25, 1979 – July 31, 2020

Budd Lake, Cheryl Lynne Quick of Budd Lake, NJ died suddenly on Friday, July 31, 2020.  Cheryl was predeceased by her father, Arthur Quick of Florida.  She is survived by 3 children, Anthony Quick, JR Bradley and Faye Bradley of Budd Lake, NJ, her mother, Bonnie Nye of Succasunna, NJ and step father Brad Nye of Budd Lake, NJ.  She is also survived by her Aunt Sue and Uncle Joe of Gettysburg, Aunt Helen and Uncle Bill of Florida and many cousins.

She was a homemaker and loving mother and daughter.

Private Graveside Services were held at the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Succasunna, NJ, on August 4, 2020.

The family requests any donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements were by Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ

July 20, 2020

Sylvia V Morodan

Roxbury Twp.,  Mrs. Sylvia V Morodan, 74, passed away on July 20, 2020 at St. Clare’s Hospital in Dover. She was born in Morristown and grew up in Kenvil, before moving to Succasunna 50 years ago.

Sylvia was one-of-a-kind. Her smile lit the room, her warmth made you feel welcome, and signature red lipstick and luxe lashes revealed her glamour. It was hard to leave Sylvia’s house without a full belly and a to-go container of her famous meatballs or eggplant parm.

Sylvia was married to Joe (Joseph R Morodan), the love of her life for 50 years. He called her “Lucy” when she did things like put too much soap in the washing machine or dump grease from a frying pan of zeppoles down the toilet. Other than that, they claim to have never had a fight.

She was a selfless and caring mother who taught her girls to love unconditionally, make a perfect bed and to never stay mad. She was proud of her children, but, oh, those grand babies! Sylvia spent her last ten years as a grandmother. First to Riley, who called her Grandma Jersey; next to twins Hailey and Chloe, who she lovingly renamed “Lulu and Lala”.

Aunt Sylvia was loved by her nieces and nephews who grew up always knowing they were welcome to stay for dinner, the night or however long they needed. She treated them like her own, and they cherished her for it.

Sylvia graduated Joseph Paterno’s Beauty School top of her class and was a professional hairdresser in Succasunna for many years. Her clients came for a set and comb, but stayed for the conversation.

She is survived by her husband and by her two daughters; Nicole (and Rich) Fachet of New Providence, NJ, and Jennifer (and Avery) Kowalski of Wallingford, CT. She also leaves her three grandchildren; Riley Kowalski, Hailey Fachet and Chloe Fachet, brother Gregory (and Lisa) Colananni and his children Gregory and Talia Colananni, two sisters; Linda Palumbo and Antoinette Smith and her children Scott (and Lucie) Smith and Michelle (and Eric) Fowler, great nephews Anthony and Bailey Smith, Stephen and Nicholas Fowler; great niece Sierra Smith. She joins her loving parents Carmela and Gregory Colananni in heaven.

A private memorial service and mass will be held at St. Therese Church,151 Main St, Succasunna, NJ on Thursday, July 23, 2020. In honor of Sylvia, please donate to your local food bank.

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





July 12, 2020

Donald W Johnson

Roxbury Township, Mr. Donald William Johnson, 89, died on July 12, 2020 at home in Succasunna. He was born in Philadelphia, PA, and at age 9 his mother remarried and moved to Panama. He was the son of the late Helen Marie Willis Fogle and John Charles Johnson. His stepfather was employed by the U S Army as an Ordinance Machinist. After graduating High School, he became an electrical apprentice for the Panama Canal Co. and worked on the Gatun Locks. In 1956, he, his wife and 2 children left Panama and moved to New Jersey where he became a member of the Local #52, IBEW and worked construction while attending Newark College of Engineering at night. In 1980 he accepted a position with the electrical department of Anheuser-Busch in Newark and worked there until his retirement in 1996 when he and his wife moved to Cape Coral, FL. He was an avid fisherman and boater. In 2004 he and his wife moved to Ft. Myers, FL and returned to N J in 2018.
He was predeceased by his loving wife Barbara (Gillick) Johnson last year. He is survived by his sons; William L (and Vicki) Johnson of Vernon Hill, VA, and David M (and Anne) Johnson of Montville, NJ, and daughter Donna (and Lawrence) Johnson Ashley of Succasunna. He also leaves his 2 grandsons; Michael and Patrick Johnson. He was predeceased by his brothers; John and Robert Johnson, and sister Helen Fogle Shafer.
Arrangements are by the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 973-584-7264 ( A graveside service at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Chester will be held at a later date.


July 09, 2020

John Tetz

Roxbury Township, Mr. John Tetz passed away Wednesday July 9, 2020 from complications of Parkinsons.  Residing for 60 years on Mark Lane in Succasunna NJ, John was well known for riding around town on his recumbent bike known as a Velomobile.  He is survived by his Brother Richard Tetz, Daughter Jan McAuley and son-in-law Tim, Grandchildren Maggie and Nate McAuley, and Great Grandchildren Connor, Caleb, and Katherine McAuley.  His wife of 60 years, Joan Knapp Tetz, passed away in 2016.

John was born in 1932 at the height of the Depression – he was taught to never waste a thing, and learned from an early age how to build and repair the mechanical machinery on the farm.  He attended Technical school in Chicago, served in the Signal Corps during the Korean War, and became an Engineer at Bell Labs in the 1960’s.  He was part of several important developments, including the Telstar Satellite Project.

John had so many interests and passions over the years!  He raced his Porsche with the Sports Car Club, took up photography and built his own dark room, created sculpture and jewelry out of stainless steel, and began a love affair with the letter O by creating original wall art and mobiles, all using the basic form of a circle.  You can see John’s artwork at the Roxbury Library where he has donated those pieces.  But of course, he is best known for his crazy looking bikes and promoting Human Powered Vehicles to make our planet a better place!

Due to Covid-19 and John’s wishes, there will be no services held – John would have wanted everyone to instead, follow his example and make a difference in this world!

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



July 07, 2020

Gwendolyn B Panula

Roxbury Township, Gwendolyn B Panula, 85, died on July 7, 2020 at the Morristown Medical Center. She was born in Manhattan and raised in Bronx, NY, moving to Succasunna in 1970. She was an active member of St Therese R C Church in Succasunna, serving as a Eucharistic Minister and a Catechist.  She cherished her role in preparing the 2nd Grade children to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist.  She was honored to receive the Vivere Christus Award in 2014 for her many years of service to the Church.

She began her Nursing career at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY where she rose to the level of Asst. Director of Nursing.  After arriving to Succasunna, she worked in many of the area’s hospitals before finding her true calling as an educator when she accepted the job as Nursing Lab Coordinator at the County College of Morris in Randolph.  After 20 years of educating many of New Jersey’s RN’s, she retired to enjoy travelling with George and spending time with their children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and their families.

She was predeceased by her husband George, of 60 years, in 2019, and by her daughter Elizabeth Ann Panula in 2017. She is survived by her daughters; Kathleen (and Ronald Leo) Hockey of Albuquerque, N M and Gwendolyn Ann (and Lee Edward) Miller of Ledgewood, 4 grandchildren; Andrew Christopher Hockey, Peter Alexander Hockey, Kristin Lynn Miller, and Dillon Christopher Miller, and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ  973-584-7264  ( on Friday, from 7 – 9  pm.  The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Saturday, 10 am at St. Therese R C Church, with the interment to follow at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Chester.


July 07, 2020

Bernice Cosgrove Lawson

Bernice Cosgrove Lawson entered the world on June 22, 1920 and left it on July 7, 2020, after reaching 100 years of age. The world is a better place because of her. She was born to Lester and Clara Cosgrove in Hoboken, NJ, and grew up in Weehawken, NJ. She most recently lived in Rockaway, NJ, and previously lived in Randolph and Paramus, NJ

She did things that were uncommon for women at that time, but she never thought of herself as a pioneer. She just took advantage of the opportunities that came to her. Growing up in Weehawken, she was always involved in athletics, playing basketball, softball and tennis. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, Weehawken; earned a bachelor’s degree from Jersey City State Teachers College; and later earned a master’s degree from New York University. She served in the Navy as an aerographer during World War II. While stationed in Washington, DC she met the blond-haired, blue eyed Marine of her dreams, Buford (Bud) Lawson. They married in March of 1948 and raised three children: Lawrence, Russell and Jennifer. She had a long, fulfilling career as a teacher, and retired in 1986 after teaching for many years at Kennedy School in Roxbury, NJ.

She embraced life every step of the way and never let anything hold her back. She was involved in myriad groups, including the garden club, Ironia Reelers and Grand Prowlers Square Dance clubs; Garden State Square Dance Campers and Telephone Pioneers Campers; and the Morris County Retired Educators.  She also helped start the Randolph Library. She loved traveling, and took many trips throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

The most special trips, though, were the ones to Woodloch Pines with the entire family. For many years, the family would gather for a pre-Christmas weekend, and a week in the summer, where precious memories were made.

She was pre-deceased by her husband, Bud, in 1999. She is survived by her sons Lawrence, and his wife, Jean; Russell, and his wife, Brenda; her daughter, Jennifer, and her husband, Daniel; as well as three grandchildren: Marie Louise Mowery, and her husband, Jonathan; Bo Lawson, and his wife, Molly; and Josh Hulshizer, and his wife, Brandy; and four great-grandchildren: Daniel, Brogan, and Heidi Lawson; and Dixie Hulshizer

Her courage, strength, determination, generosity and love have been an inspiration and she will be sorely missed by all.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ  973-584-7264  ( on Wednesday from 4 – 8  pm.  The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Thursday, 10 am at St. Lawrence R C Church, Chester, NJ, with the interment to follow at the N J Veterans Cemetery in Arneytown

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation or to the charity of your choice.


June 28, 2020

Amanuel T Kildea

Amanuel Tamirat Kildea, of Long Valley, New Jersey, took his own life on Sunday, June 28, 2020.  Amani was the son of Tom and Janice Kildea, who adopted him in 2005 when he was five.  He was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, but he was a proud American, through and through.

Amani leaves behind his parents, and his brother James and his sister Jennifer.  His siblings looked up to him, admired him, and loved him deeply.  He is also survived by his “Pop-pop,” James Muller, his birth-mother, Genet, in Ethiopia, and many aunts, uncles and cousins, who delighted in him and loved him.

Amani was a natural athlete; he loved basketball the most.  He would have liked to have been a great football player, but he was also wonderfully and beautifully slender.  (A distinct disadvantage.)  As a child, he was happiest with a friend and a ball.

He was exceptionally bright.  He was terrific at games and he hated to lose. His native language was Amharic, but he picked up English almost immediately upon his arrival in the US.  His language miscues were always endearing.  (A cold day might be “frisky.”  A “lazy Susan” was a “spinning Mary.”)  And he was funny.

Amani was sensitive, tender-hearted, gentle and kind.  He was a great listener, and he loved to listen to family stories.  He felt deeply, observed closely.  He was broken in ways that very few could see or would ever know.

He dreamed of a career in the FBI or CIA.  The idea of a boring desk job was abhorrent to him.  His proudest moment was his graduation from basic training as an MP in the United States Army Reserves in February.  His parents were so proud of the young man he was becoming, even as that process of his becoming was so difficult for him.  He was looking ahead to attending James Madison University in the Fall.  He often dreamed about a family of his own.

Amani cherished his time with his friends, who meant the world to him.  Everyone who met him, who knew him, young and old, admired him and loved him.  He doubted that, but we knew it to be true.

Although life with Amani was often challenging at home, we loved him dearly. His departure from us and from this world is an unspeakable tragedy for us all.  He will be a part of our family forever, and we trust he is safe in the arms of Jesus.  O dear, sweet boy, Amani!  We love you!

His Memorial Service will be private.  Amani’s family wants you to know that they feel your love more than you can imagine.

.In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center (29 Pleasant Grove Rd., Port Murray, NJ 07865), or any organization dedicated to suicide prevention.

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






June 26, 2020

Betty L Crater

Randolph,  Mrs. Betty L Crater, 80, died on June 26, 2020 at the Merry Heart Nursing Home. She was born in Morristown and grew up in Roxbury. She graduated from Roxbury High School in 1957 and moved to Randolph 42 years ago. She was a retired Accounting Clerk for the Schindler Elevator Company in Randolph.

She is survived by her husband Clyde A Crater of 42 years, her 4 children; Debbie (and Steve) Giannos, John “Bucky” (and Sue) Crater, Lynn (and Fiancé Keith) Ciccarone, and Laura (and David) Roberts. She also leaves her 7 grandchildren; Michelle, Ricky, Nicky, Ashley, Kaitlyn, Nicole and Madison; 2 great granddaughters; Faye and Allana; brother Richard (and Sue) Pickel and sister Marion Bawiec. She was predeceased by her two loving sisters Patricia Gottsleben and Dorothy Sund.

Friends may visit the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 973-584-7264 ( on Wednesday from 10 am – 12 noon (on a rotating basis). There will be a graveside service on Wednesday, 12:30 pm, at the Locust Hill Cemetery in Dover, prior to the entombment there.





June 25, 2020

John A Chastek

Roxbury Township, Mr. John A Chastek, 68, of Succasunna, son of the late Fred and Anna Chastek, passed away suddenly at home on June 25, 2020. John graduated from Wallington High School in 1971, after which he worked as a carpenter for Jerico Homes. He eventually opened up his own construction company with his late brother Frederick, which they had for many years. After John left the construction field, he worked for the East Hanover Board of Education. He built two of his own homes in New Jersey and one in Florida. When he moved to Florida, he worked for the Holy Cross Hospital. Then later for the Broward County Board of Education. After relocating back to NJ in 2008, he lived with his daughter Nicole and her family in Succasunna, NJ and again worked for the East Hanover Board of Education, from which he retired in 2017. John Loved his family and loved to joke. We will miss his loving smile and his quick-witted sense of humor.

He will be dearly missed by his daughter Nicole and his 3 grandchildren; Landon, Olivia, and Leonardo, his sister MaryAnn (and John) Galiger, his former wife Susan Chastek (Reimels) and his nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 973-584-7264 ( on Saturday from 2 – 5 (on a rotating basis).