Obituaries: February 2013

ROBINSON – John C. Robinson Sr., of Swedesboro, found eternal peace on Aug. 4.

He was 89 years old and is survived by one son, John C. Robinson Jr., one daughter Joyce C. Coleman, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

GARRETT – Leona “Bunnie” Garrett (Fullerton), 66, lifetime resident of Swedesboro.

Pre-deceased by her loving husband, Patrick T. Garrett Sr., and parents, Harry and Leona Fullerton.

She is survived by daughter Sandra and husband Robert of Deptford, daughter Christine, husband George III and grandsons George IV, Thomas and Dylan of Bear, DE and her son, Patrick Jr., wife Janet and granddaughters Abigail and Emily of Swedesboro. She is also survived by her great-nephew Joe Miller-Vargas of Salinas, CA whom she loved as a son and raised from ages 2 to 16.

She is also predeceased by her brother Harry “Reds” Fullerton, sister Annie Miller, Agnes Fullerton and Mary Ragain. She is survived by her brother Roy Fullerton.

Bunnie fought a 12-year long battle with cancer going into remission for six years before restarting treatment again in 2009. She spent the last year on Hospice, at home, spending time with her children and grandchildren, which is how she loved to spend her time.

Bunnie was a devoted and loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and friend to many. Her unconditional love made her a favorite among family and friends and everyone knew they could depend on her for a kind word, loving embrace or just a shoulder to lean on.

She was a quiet and shy person that was voted “Most Quiet” by her classmates in 1964, the first graduating class of Kingsway Regional High School.

Services were held at the Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro. Interment Eglington Cemetery.

Donation may be made to Lighthouse Hospice, 1040 N. Kings Highway, Suite 100 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.

Cards and/or letters can be sent to: Garrett Family, PO Box 744, Swedesboro, NJ 08085.

HUNT – Clifford “Vernon” Hunt, 91. He never had the need for a vacation; he was completely content at home. He and his late wife, Evelyn Murphy, resided in Swedesboro for their entire married life of 54 years. Vernon’s passion in life was his garden. He was known for his pole lima beans and, in the end, the only vegetable he’d eat was succotash. During the summer, he enjoyed his rocking chair on the front porch. He was sometimes awake, and other times dozing off; but he’d always get a wave from all the ladies who passed by. You’d often find him in the shop where he crafted all sorts of things for family and friends. He enjoyed cheering for Jackie at soccer games, teaching Ken the fundamentals of carpentry, and family dinners with Kelly.

He was the second oldest of 16 kids, and lived at home and farmed with his father for the longest of any of the children. He retired from Hercules in Gibbstown in 1983. He served our country in the US Army from 1942-1945 serving in WWII.

He spent many a night dining and dancing with his late wife, Evelyn. Father of 2 children; Lyn Hunt-Fones and the late Jerry Meddick; grandchildren, Kenneth (Felicia) Fones, Jaclyn (John) Dobrzynski, and Kelly Meddick-Saxby; great grandchildren, Antonio, Cara and Samantha; daughter-in-law Janet Meddick and siblings; Dot Coppolino, Ginny Murphy, Sam Hunt, Edie Wilson, Walt Hunt and Kenny Hunt.

Donations in memory of Vernon can be made to the National Future Farmers of America Organization (Specify NJ Chapter) PO Box 68960, 6060 FFA Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46268-0960. Tell a great story about Vernon at www.lifecelebrationstudio.com

TOMARCHIO – Alfred Tomarchio, age 90, of Mullica Hill passed away on Dec. 15 at home. Alfred was a hard working farmer his entire life. He was a devoted husband, a loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather.

He is survived by his loving wife Josephine (nee Grasso) of 63 years, his five children, seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Entombment in Eglington Mausoleum, Clarksboro. Donations in Alfred’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.smithfhmantua.com

CASELLA – Rosaria (Sadie) Casella, age 81, of Mullica Hill passed away peacefully on Dec. 18 at her residence. Born and raised in Swedesboro, she lived in Mullica Hill for the past 60 years.

Sadie was a graduate of Swedesboro High School, Class of 1949, wife of the late John J. Casella for 54 years, she was a farmer’s wife, helping on the family farm, loved to cook and did canning but her family always came first, especially her grandsons. She was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish.

Sadie is survived by her sons, Mario (Kathy) and John, both of Mullica Hill. Her grandsons, Vincent and Daniel Casella, her sisters Carmela and Mary Bonaccorsi. She was predeceased by her daughter Sara Kinkade and a sister Rose Musumeci.

Services were held at the Cheega Funeral Home, Swedesboro. Share memories at www.cheegafuneralhome.com.

WILLIAMSON – Mariam L. Williamson (nee Snyder) age 79 years of Swedesboro died Dec. 29 in Crozer Hospital, Chester, PA.

Mrs. Williamson was born and raised in Southwest Philadelphia and graduated from West Philadelphia Catholic Girls High School. She received her sacraments and was married at St. Barnabas Parish, Southwest Philadelphia and was currently a member of St. Mary’s Chapel, Paulsboro where she was the organist.

Mrs. Williamson was a member of the Logan Twp. Senior Citizens Club and bowled on a league at the Brunswick Zone in Deptford. She enjoyed traveling and always had a bag packed and ready to go. Miriam left on her final trip on Saturday and was met by her Doo, Jack Williamson.

She is survived by her son-in-law Ray Martin, daughter-in-law Melanie Williamson, son-in-law Robert Jannarone; her grandchildren, Amber and Steve Dodelin, Erin Williamson, Breanna, Meghan and Joshua Jannarone; her great grandchildren, Stephen, Rachael, Luke and Samuel Dodelin; her sisters, Jane Ruth and Ruthann Flavin; her brother, George T. and Sandi Snyder Jr. and her sister-in-law Annabelle Williamson and several loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Williamson was predeceased by her children, John G. Williamson, DonnaMarie Martin and Loraine A. Jannarone; her parents, George and Ruth Snyder Sr. and her brother, Edward Snyder.

Services were held in the McBride-Foley Funeral Home, Paulsboro. Interment Eglington Cemetery. Contributions can be made in her memory to St. Mary’s Chapel, c/o Ed Dellate, 40 Darlington Rd., Glen Mills, PA 19342. Memories can be shared at www.mcbride-foleyfh.com.

HAWN – Howard E. Hawn, Sr., age 82 of Mullica Hill died after a long and courageous battle with cancer on Jan. 2. Born in Woodbury, he graduated from Paulsboro High School in 1948, graduated from Trenton State College with a B.S. and later from Glassboro State College with a Master degree in Education Administration. He served in the US Army from 1953 to 1955. He enjoyed golfing and traveled extensively. Howard was a member of the Hobo Band, his own band the 4 Sharps, was a Boy Scout leader, coached little league, and was a former member and trustee of St. Paul’s UMC in Paulsboro.

Survived by wife Sandra I. (nee Billig), 4 children Howard (Barbara) Hawn Jr., of Daytona Beach, FL, Barry (Beth) Hawn of Hobe Sound, FL, Ronald Hawn of Ft. Pierce, FL, Wendy (Victor) Veiga of Mickleton, grandchildren, Anthony (Stepfanie)Veiga, Christopher Hawn, Brandon Veiga, Ryan Hawn, Jenna Hawn, Kelby Hawn, and Justin Hawn. Mr. Hawn was predeceased by parents Charles and Sarah Hawn, baby Hawn, and 2 sisters.

Contributions in Howard’s memory may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 284 Cedar Road, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062 or American Cancer Society, 1851 Old Cuthbert Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.smithfhmantua.com

MULLEN – William A. Mullen Jr., age 95 years of Clarksboro, died Jan. 3, surrounded by his family at Shady Lane Home, Clarksboro. Mr. Mullen was born and raised in Paulsboro and lived in Clarksboro since 1940. He retired from Nabisco in 1979 as a sales representative. Mr. Mullen was a member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church and a former member of Zion United Methodist Church, Clarksboro. He was a past Vice President of the Kingsway Board of Education where he was involved with the building of the school; an exempt member of the East Greenwich Fire Association; member of the Mickleton Grange; the East Greenwich Board of Elections and the Clarksboro Masonic Lodge #87 F.A.&M. Mr. Mullen enjoyed woodworking, caning chairs, gardening and working fixing and building things with his friend, Dale Williams.

He is survived by his daughter, Joy and William Phifer of West Deptford; his daughter in law, Judith Mullen of Seattle, WA; his grandchildren Betsy and Kenney Coffey, Kathy and Kyle Iverson, Justin, Danielle, Rebekah and Hannah Phifer; his great grandchildren Britton and Linnea Coffey, Drew and Reese Iverson and his brother I law, Norman C. Eastlack. Mr. Mullen was predeceased by his wife Helen Haines Mullen; his son, William A. Mullen III and his brother, Harry L. Mullen.

Arrangements by McBride-Foley Funeral Home, Paulsboro. Contributions can be made in his memory to the Mexico Missions Fund, c/o Calvary Chapel of Bellmawr, 53 N. Black Horse Pike, Bellmawr, NJ 08031, or the Missions Fund at E.U.M., 14 W. Cohawkin Rd., Clarksboro, NJ 08020. Memories can be shared at www.mcbridefoleyf.com

BABINGTON – Wayne O. Babington, age 81, of Logan Township, passed away Jan. 5 at Underwood Memorial Hospital, Woodbury. Born in Ravenna, Ohio, Wayne has lived in Logan Township for the past 12 years coming from Ohio. He was a self-employed builder and in later years an auctioneer. An Army veteran of the Korean War, he was a paratrooper, mastering 21 jumps. Wayne received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star, always wore his dog tags and was proud of serving his country. He loved to work, always finding something to do. His family always came first, then his animal family, loving all animals, worked in his garden, rode his bicycle and his work out plan, which included lifting weights, could put the best to shame. Wayne was a member of VFW Post 15031 of Trenton and the National Auctioneer Assoc.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Trula (nee Cecil), a son and his wife, Robert and Lisa of Pilesgrove Twp., and a granddaughter Kortney. Sibling, Albert and Nancy and a sister-in-law Lillian Richards.

Services were held at the Cheega Funeral Home, Swedesboro. Contributions to the Gloucester County Animal Shelter, 1200 Delsea Dr., Clayton, NJ 08312 would be appreciated. Share memories at www.cheegafuneralhome.com

CHIULLI – Louis J. “Louie” Chiulli, age 57, of Mullica Hill passed away suddenly on Jan. 6 at home.

Louie had a passion for animals, his farm was his dream He also was a master at building. He was a loving son and brother. He will be deeply missed.

Loving son of Sue (nee DiCredico) and the late John Chiulli. Dear brother of Carmen and Adele Chiulli.

Contributions may be made to ASPCA, 424 East 92nd St., New York, NY 10128 or at www.ASPCA.org

MUSUMECI – John Musumeci, 81. He was born and raised on the farm and spent most of his life tilling the land. For John any brand of tractor would suffice as long as it was a John Deere. It didn’t take much to keep him happy; a cup of coffee, a cigarette and his Chevy pickup truck. He loved country music, pulled for Jeff Gordon and made the occasional trip to the casinos. Though he never seemed to actually kill a deer, he spent lots of time hunting them. Many days found him solving the world’s problems with his friends at Vesuvio’s and the diner.

He was predeceased by his wife Gloria Sciore. They were blessed with 3 daughters: Lore (Michael) Morro, Lisa (Lew) Hunter, and Ginny (Thomas) Narolewski, and 7 grandchildren: Lewis, Jon, Matthew, Ally, Julia, Lauren and Derek.

Services were held at the Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro. Interment Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro.

TULLY – Romayne M. Tully, (nee Rafferty) age 85 of Clarksboro died on Jan. 8.

Fun-loving and caring, Ronnie was devoted to her family, many friends, and her faith. She filled her days with roller skating, working out at the YMCA, karaoke, cheering on the Eagles, and volunteering her time at Brightview. She enjoyed the sounds of the Mummers music and was first to dance the Golden Slipper any time it came on. Ronnie was a proud supporter of any sport her children and grandchildren played, and continuously watched out for and checked in on her family and many new friends

Cherished daughter to the late Raymond and Helen Rafferty; beloved wife of nearly 60 years to the late Joseph J.; devoted mother of Paul (Kathy), Linda Kuehnle (Ed), Steve (Christine), Joanne Campbell (Rick), and the late Joseph Jr. ; loving grandmother of Brad (Lindsey), Chris, Lauren, Edward (Juliet), Carolyn , Geoff, Patrick (Hannah), Olivia, Caitlin, and Brendan; adoring great grandmother of Kierstyn and Harper; dear sister to Bob Rafferty (Dot).

Donations may be made in her name to the Gloucester County Animal Shelter, 1200 N. Delsea Dr., Clayton, NJ 08312. Tributes and memories may be shared at www.mcgfuneral.com.

SHEPHERDSON – Bruce Shepherdson, 59. Even his bad moods were good moods: Bruce always maintained a sunny disposition. Ironworking was imbedded in his DNA. His father, brothers and son all belong to local 401. Bruce erected steel in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York, making friends as he went along. If he was there, everyone at Falcon Steel could rest assured the job would be running smoothly. His lawn was cut at least three times a week and he tested the water in his pool several hundred times a day. He relaxed a bit by riding his Victory Motorcycle and played a little golf, though he threw more than his fair share of clubs.

A young Kathy McGovern noticed that a guy named Bruce was dating all of her friends. They too would soon begin dating. Their 39 year marriage was blessed by Matt and his wife Mary, who was more than a son, he was Bruce’s best friend and co-worker. Bruce was an expert babysitter for grandkids Tyler and Ava Grace, though he admitted it was more tiring than ironwork. He is survived by his brothers George, Mike, Mark, Brian and Paul and his sister, Mariam Murphy. Predeceased by his brother, David and parents, George and Margaret.

Services were held at the Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro. Interment Lake Park Cemetery. Tell a great story about Bruce at www.lifecelebrationstudio.com

CALTIBIANO – Rosario (Sadie) Caltabiano (nee Bonaccorsi) age 73 of Clarksboro, passed away peacefully on Jan. 14 with her family by her side.

Everywhere she went her smile and laughter was contagious and her love, kindness and generosity were abundant to all. Sadie was born and raised on a farm in Swedesboro which we now know as Pureland. A hard worker, she was employed at Del Monte Corporation for many years, but retired as a Banker from First Fidelity in Woodbury. She was a member of Incarnation Church, Mantua. She met the love of her life at a dance social at the Almonesson Ballroom, and married him 5 years later. She loved going on road trips and was adventurous. Every Saturday night was a treat to listen to music by Lawrence Welk and Sundays were special with delicious dinners with her family. She was loved and will be deeply missed by everyone.

She is the beloved wife of the late Alfred V. Caltabiano; devoted mother of Maria Caltabiano Stewart of Mantua and Angle Stauffer (Wayne) of Sewell; loving daughter of the late Sam and Mary Bonaccorsi; devoted Nana to Laure (Jeff), Rebecca and Justin, who were her pride and joy; and Emily and Julian Costa, who were also touched by her love; special Aunt to Rose Biacco of Mickleton; dear sister to Sam Bonaccorsi, Connie and Joe Ziccone and Margaret Caltabiano. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Interment St. Joseph Cemetery, Swedesboro. Tributes and memories may be shared at www.mcgfuneral.com.

O’HARA – Shawn P. O’Hara of Swedesboro died on Jan. 15. Age 40. Son of the late William O’Hara and Dorothy M. O’Hara. Brother of Denise O’Hara (Robert) of Mullica Hill, David M. O’Hara (Kelly) of Deptford, Kyle A. Joseph (Stephen) of Swedesboro and the late Michael P. O’Hara. Uncle of Ashley, Lauren, Christine, Michael Jr., Baby Albie and Janelle. Companion of Candis Unsworth.

Shawn worked as a mason for Think Pavers Hardscaping and was a member of Cement Masons Union Local 592 in Philadelphia. He enjoyed cooking and loved animals especially his cats Bandit and Cedar O’Hara.

Interment Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro. Donation may be made to South Jersey Animal Rescue, 129 Bell Ave., Mt. Royal, NJ 08061. To view Shawn’s Video Tribute visit www.boucherfuneralhome.com .

HIGGINS – Dean Michael Higgins, 58, of Mililani, Hawaii passed away suddenly on Jan. 12.

He was born on June 11, 1954 in Camden and grew up in Mt. Royal, graduating from Kingsway Regional High School.

Survivors include his wife Ramona Carrozza-Higgins, Miliani, Hawaii; mother and father, Nancy and Joseph Higgins; Sister Nancy J Krusinski (husband Jon); Sister Gay Diane Higgins; Brother Joey Jay Higgins. Dean was a huge fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies.

TURK – Walter F. Turk, age 93, died on Jan. 16. Born and raised in Harrison Township, he lived there all his life. Walter was a self-employed farmer. He was a charter member of the Ewan Fire Co. and was a member of the Harrison Twp. Historical Society. Walter served on different State Agricultural Farm Boards, the Harrison Twp. Board of Education and the Harrison Twp. Planning Board. Walter was also affiliated with St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Glassboro and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Mullica Hill.

Walter was a devoted husband, father and brother. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 62 years Marion (nee Carpenter) and his brothers John, George and David Turk. He is survived by his son James F. and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Contributions may be made to St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 212 N. Main St., Glassboro, NJ 08028; St. Stephens’ Episcopal Church, 51 N. Main St., Mullica Hill, NJ 08062; Richwood United Methodist Church, Richwood-Elmer Rd., Richwood, NJ 08074 or the Harrison Twp. Historical Society, PO Box 4, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062. Memorial may be shared at www.kelleyfhpitman.com.

CALLEJA – Joseph W. Calleja, age 84, of Woolwich Township, on Jan. 18. Beloved brother of Dolores.

Services were held at the Cheega Funeral Home, Swedesboro

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