October 15, 2021

Ann Elizabeth Reno

Mt. Olive Township,  Miss Ann Elizabeth Reno, 86, died on October 15, 2021 at St. Clare’s Hospital in Dover. She was born in McPherson Kansas.  She grew up in Eureka, Kansas and earned her BA in Accounting from Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas. She then joined AT&T,  She soon moved East and lived in various locations near New York City until moving to Flanders 48 years ago. She was a computer programmer for 53 years, first working for A T & T and later for the A D P payroll company in Parsippany. She was an avid reader and cat lover.

She is survived by her brother Charles W (and Carole) Reno of Cherry Hill, 2 nieces; Lisa (and Joseph) Palen of Richmond, VA and Kathryn Reno of Cherry Hill, and 4 great nieces and nephews; Madeleine Palen, Jack Palen, Melissa Brown and Nicholas Brown.

Friends and relatives may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home,96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Thursday (October 21st) from 1 – 4 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at 3 pm. The interment will follow at the Colestown Cemetery in Cherry Hill on Friday at 11 am.

 

 

October 14, 2021

Robert A Smith, Sr

Roxbury Township, Mr. Robert A Smith, Sr., 80, died on October 14, 2021 at home. He was born and raised in Newark and moved to Succasunna 54 years ago. He was the owner of Allstate Vending Company and then worked for Yellow Freight in Pine Brook.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia E (Groninger) Smith of 60 years. He met his future wife when they were 9 years old. He leaves his daughter Robin (and Eric) Shenk and son Robert A Smith, Jr. He also leaves his 5 grandchildren; Candice (Eric) Linzmayer, Justin (Ashley) Messina, Ryan (Kelsey) Messina, Jason Messina and Amanda Smith, 5 great grandchildren Adelyn, Elaina, Morgan,  Jordana and Colton and 3 step great grandchildren, Brandon, Adriana and Malia. He was predeceased by his daughter, Debra Smith.

Friends and relatives may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Monday, October 18th, from 2 – 4 & 6 – 8 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, 11 am, at the Funeral Home with the interment to follow at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Chester.

 

 

October 09, 2021

Rev. Thomas H Hjembo

Rev. Thomas Harold Hjembo, 75, died peacefully at home on October 9, 2021. He was born in Staten Island, NY and moved to Flanders, NJ at age 7. He attended Hillside Lutheran Brethren Church where he met his wife, Judy.They were married in July of 1970 and moved to Minnesota, where Tom attended Lutheran Brethren Seminary.He earned his Masters of Divinity in 1973 and accepted his first call to ministry at The Mission Church of Paramus, NJ.During this time they welcomed the birth of their daughter Beth and son Matthew. 

 After serving The Mission Church from 1973 to 1982, he accepted a new call to minister at Cape Coral Lutheran Brethren Church in Florida.He ministered in Cape Coral for 9 years, and then received a call to serve The Mission Church once again.He spent the remainder of his ministry there, retiring at age 66.During his 40 years of ministry, he shared the love of God to everyone from children to seniors and served people in times of joy and in times of sorrow.Pastor Tom “PH” was always known to make people laugh, to feel encouraged and loved, and to point people to Christ.

 In his retirement he enjoyed staying on his boat in Lake George and Gaither Homecoming Cruises with his family, but his favorite thing of all was spending time with his two grandsons.

 He is survived by his wife Judith “Judy” (Salvesen) Hjembo of 51 years, and by his daughter Beth Laurel (and David) Droney of Little Falls, and son Matthew Eric (and Kyleen) Hjembo of Denton, TX. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Samuel Droney and Nathan Droney, brothers, Ralph (and Gloria) Hjembo and David (and Wendy) Hjembo, and mother-in-law Bertha Salvesen.

 The visitation will be held at Hillside Lutheran Brethren Church, 113 S. Hillside Avenue, Succasunna, on Saturday, October 16th, from 1 – 3 pm, and the funeral service will follow at the Church at 3 pm. Tom will be laid to rest at Restland Memorial Park Cemetery in East Hanover, NJ.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Mission Church Memorial Fund via check or tithe.ly.

The Mission Church
128 N. Farview Ave.
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-265-1156
www.themissionchurch.org
https://tithe.ly/give_new/www/#/tithely/give-one-time/936048
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Arrangements are by the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com)

 

October 09, 2021

George M Seprish, Sr.

Mt. Arlington (NJ) George M. Seprish, Sr., 88, passed on October 9, 2021 at home, surrounded by his family after a long, hard-fought battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Son of Ignatz (James) and Anna Seprish, George was born on December 8, 1932 in Snow Shoe, Pennsylvania and was raised in a small, coal-mining town outside Wilkes-Barre, with his five siblings. He proudly served four years in the Coast Guard and while traveling, he would take his children to visit the bases in different states. After George’s service in the Coast Guard, he attended Penn State and studied drafting and engineering. He was an engineer for 36 years at Hoffman-LaRoche Pharmaceuticals in Nutley (NJ) before retiring.

George also lived in Syracuse, New York; Pittsfield, Massachusetts; and Dallas, Texas, before settling down in Rockaway (NJ), for over 50 years to raise his family. For his final years, he lived in Mt. Arlington and enjoyed the forest animals at his back porch.

George loved watching and playing sports. As a teenager he played baseball and was a very good pitcher earning him the nickname, “Aimer.” He also was in bowling leagues for many years and even bowled perfect games of 300 on multiple occasions. However, the sport he loved the most was golfing. He was an avid golfer for most of his life and loved to share his golfing tips with anyone, even if you didn’t golf. 

As far as watching sports, of course he loved watching golf and imparted his knowledge of the game and players while you watched with him. He was a devout Penn State Nittany Lions football fan, as well as a longtime frustrated Phillies fan. 

George Seprish was a loving Grandpa who encouraged and supported his grandkids’ endeavors in any way he could. Although not able to physically attend their sporting activities, he loved to hear stories of their games and even gave up his basement, allowing them to practice pitching and hitting during the winter. One of their favorite activities with Grandpa was finding all of the Easter eggs he would hide for the yearly hunt. He was so good at it that one year they found an egg hidden the previous year.

George Seprish is survived by his loving and devoted wife of  27 years, Joyce Chang, and six children: Michele Seprish, George M. (Dori) Seprish, Jr, Jeannine (Corey) Dash, Alyssa (Nick) Tsourides, Ming (Miriam) Shih, and Joyin Shih (Richard) Schragger. He also leaves his 12 grandchildren: Jessica, Taylor, Christopher, Jeffrey, Vanessa, Konstantine, Alexia, Maximus, Andrew, Madeline, Kai, and Quinn; and three sisters: Helen Bellaus, Madeline Worlinsky, and Arlene Barilla. He was predeceased by his brothers: David Seprish and James Seprish.   

 Friends and relatives may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Thursday, October 14th, from 6 – 8 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, 10 am, at the Funeral Home with the interment to follow at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Chester. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to 

www.michaeljfox.org, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, in honor of the deceased.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 08, 2021

Phyllis L Guerrero

Roxbury Township, Mrs. Phyllis Louise Guerrero died on October 8, 2021 at Saint Clares Hospital, Dover. She was born and raised in Totowa, and lived in Randolph and Succasunna before moving to Kenvil 47 years ago. She was a retired telephone operator for the Bell Telephone Company in Morristown, and a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. She was a very active member of the Succasunna First Presbyterian Church- singing in the choir, and serving as an Elder, Deacon, Sunday School teacher, Cemetery Secretary, and Historian. She collected antiques and dolls,was a member of a local Doll Club and wrote several articles for magazines in those areas. She also wrote and published 4 books about historical figures in the church.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband John B Guerrero last year and is survived by her 3 sons; John L Guerrero of Sicklerville, NJ, Chris Guerrero of Kenvil, and Lee J (and Nadja) Guerrero of Austria. She also leaves her grandchildren; Nicholas and Jessica.

Friends and relatives may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Friday, October 15th, from 4 – 7 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, 10 am, at the Presbyterian Church, with the interment to follow at the Church Cemetery.

October 06, 2021

Robert T King

Roxbury Township, Mr. Robert T King, 78, died on October 6, 2021. He was born in Orange, NJ on August 19, 1943. He was the son of the late Thomas and Margaret (Daire) King. After graduation from Our Lady of the Valley High School in Orange, he joined the U S Army. After completing his basic training at Fort Dix, NJ, he was stationed in Germany for two and a half years. Upon his return, he met his future wife Sandra. He built his life around her and his daughters. He was a cable splicer for JCP&L and retired in 2004 after 34 years of service.

He leaves behind his wife of 54 years, Sandra (Esposito), daughters Erin (and Brian) Schwartz of Succasunna, Kori (and Don) Sheneman of Stanhope, grandchildren; Ethan and Brandon Schwartz, Abby and Lucas Sheneman. His brother-in-law Robert Esposito (and partner Annette), nephew and God Son Matthew (and Nicole) Esposito, nephew Michael (and partner Emmi) Esposito, his neighbor and good friend of 50 years, Tad Simms. As well as many wonderful cousins.

Robert enjoyed golf and having lunch with the retired JCP&L group. A lifelong fan of all New York/New Jersey teams, the Yankees, Mets, Jets, and Giants. His biggest enjoyment was traveling with his beloved wife and daughters, his son-in-laws and his much loved grandchildren. Watching his grandchildren at cross country events, basketball games, marching bands competitions, and so many baseball games were the things most loved by him. He looked forward to the annual KSS family road trips to Washington D C, Niagara Falls, Williamsburg, Myrtle Beach, Baltimore Harbor, and Sunapee, NH.

He will be loved forever and missed for always by his family. Just a very good man.

A Memorial visitation will be held at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ, 973- 584-7264. (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Monday (October 11th) from 3 – 5 pm, followed by a private family service. In lieu of flowers please send any donations in his name to the Market Street Mission, PO Box 1937, Morristown, NJ 07960. 973-538-6337  shelter@marketstreet.org

 

 

 

 

October 04, 2021

Richard R Flint

Dingmans Ferry, PA, Mr. Richard R Flint, 69, died on October 2, 2021 at the Newton Medical Center. He was born in Troy, NY and moved to Roxbury Township in 1969. He was a 1970 graduate of Roxbury High School and later earned his Business Degree from C.C.M. Rich began his career with Bell Atlantic in 1970 as a telephone installer and retired as an engineer for Verizon after 45 years of service.

For many years, he was an active member of the Succasunna United Methodist Church where he sang in their choir, served on the Cemetery Board, and participated in many other church activities.Rich was an Eagle Scout and was an active leader of Pack and Troop 159 while his sons were in scouting. He was also a former member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, and currently the Flintlocks at the Winnebago Scout Reservation. Rich also had a life-long love of singing barber shop, riding motorcycles and making people laugh with his quick wit and a smirk.

He is survived by his wife Ruth Ann (Miller) Flint of 48 years, and his sons; Jason Richard Flint and Adam R Flint. He also leaves his 5 grandchildren; Emily, Christopher, Jordan, Lucas, and Wyatt, his sisters; Nancy Ribe and Debra Flint, and several nieces and nephews.

Friends and relatives may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Thursday, October 7th, from 3 – 7 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, October 8th, at the Funeral Home, at 10 am, followed by the interment at the Succasunna Methodist Cemetery.

 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Flintlocks BSA, Inc. 102 Timerbrook Rd. Rockaway, NJ 07866.

 

 

September 23, 2021

Joseph G Devaney

Dover, Joseph G Devaney, 97.5, died on September 23, 2021 at St. Clare’s Hospital, Dover. He was born May 8, 1924 at home, on a cow farm in Mine Hill, NJ. He was raised in Boonton, NJ, where he spent his early years, graduating Boonton High School. He was briefly employed as a Tool & Dye Maker in Newark, NJ.

In December 1943 when he enlisted in the U S ARMY to fight in WW II. After serving in the Pacific Theater during the Philippines Campaign (Oct , he was discharged from the US Army in December, 1945.

Upon his return from the War, he attended Rider College and earned his degree in Accounting and met Helen (Burke) Devaney (deceased 2015) and wed in 1952. Shortly after they wed, he passed the CPA exam and joined the firm of Phillip Brooks & Co in Bloomfield, NJ.

Joe & Helen moved to Randolph Township, NJ in 1956 where they lived for 53 years. In 1958 he was invited to become a partner in the firm he started with, then called Brooks, Bass, Devaney, Kulsar & Leshner in Montclair, NJ, and in 1974 Bass & Devaney. After the passing of Joe’s partner, his daughter eventually joined as partner, and after Joe’s retirement at age of 76. His legacy lives on as his daughter KellyAnne D. Carmona CPA continues his legacy.

Joe was recognized by several organizations for his support in the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s of various addiction organizations,

including as a board member to the predecessor addiction treatment facility in Mendham now called Daytop. He was an avid champion of the local fundraiser called “The Dope Open”, working closely with the Open’s founder, Mary Mullhalnd.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Dover, NJ where he sat on various committees over the years and was one of the first Eucharistic Ministers to serve the parish.

In addition to Helen, Joe was predeceased by his parents, William and Eva (Macdougall) Devaney, and his two older brothers Harry Devaney and Edward Devaney. He is survived by his daughter KellyAnne (and Marvin) Carmona of Randolph, and son Kevin (and Dominique) Devaney of Evergreen, CO. He also leaves his 5 grandchildren; Lauren and Karl Erickson of New Jersey, and Payden, Lyla and Ascher Devaney of Colorado, and his amazing great grandson Draco Erickson.

Friends and relatives may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home,96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Sunday (October 10th) from 10 – 11 am. The Funeral Service will be held at 11 am, with Military Honors. The interment will follow at Arlington National Veterans Cemetery,  at a later date.

In lieu of flowers and in line with his passion for supporting addiction services, the family asks donations be made to Morris County Hope One thru their Prevention is Key program: http://preventioniskey.org/donate/

 

 

 

September 17, 2021

Michael R Gulick

Chester Twp., Mr. Michael R Gulick, 60, died on September 17, 2021. He was born in Dover and lived most all of his life in Roxbury Township, moving to Chester last year. He was a 1980 graduate of Roxbury High School and the proud President & Owner of Tree King, Inc. in Landing.

Mike spent most of his life building a company and giving back through donations and contributions within the same town and church he grew up in. He enjoyed coaching his children’s sports teams within Roxbury Township Recreation. There was nothing he loved more than fishing and boating with his family and friends.

He was the son of the late Harold and Mary Ellen Gulick and was predeceased by his sister Patricia Chaparro. He is survived by his loving wife Denise A (Fanelli) Gulick of 36 years, and by his 5 children; Jennifer (and Justin) Shaver, Robert (and Kayla) Gulick, Ryan Gulick, Megan Gulick, and Matthew Gulick; and his granddaughter Sloane Gulick. He also leaves his sister Mary Ellen Dugan, and brothers; Harold Jr. (and Lorraine) and Kenneth (and Mary Ann) Gulick; and lifelong friends Robert Goetting and Bill Turton. He was a proud uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Friends and relatives may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home,96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Tuesday (September 21st) from 4 – 8 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at 7 pm. Donations may be made in his name to Alzheimer’s Association.

 

 

 

 

September 16, 2021

Dona E McCurdy

Roxbury Township, Mrs. Dona E McCurdy, 76, died on September 16, 2021 at the Morristown Medical Center. She was born in France and grew up in Dover. She then lived in Mt. Olive Twp. where she was a school bus driver, later moving to Roxbury Township where she worked in finance for Monroe Systems of Business. She was also very handy at home repairs and carpentry, and was an avid cook.

She was predeceased by her husband Richard G McCurdy (of 22 years) in 2009, and by her son Robert J McCurdy in 2010. She is survived by her 3 sons;Edward J Gannon of Boston, MA, Scott R (and Christina) Gannon of Flanders, and Jimmy Gannon, Sr of Mine Hill, 4 loving grandchildren, and many friends and relatives.

 Friends and relatives may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home,96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Wednesday (September 22nd) from 9 – 11 am. The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, 11 am, at the Funeral Home, with the interment at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Randolph, at a later date.

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