December 2013 Obituaries

STARR – George W. Starr of Federalsburg, MD passed away on Oct. 5 at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, DE. He was 86 years old.

He was born Dec. 30, 1926 in Miami, FL the son of the late George H. and Ethel Muhlbaier Starr.

He served his country in the U.S. Navy receiving the World War II Victory Medal. He worked as Del Monte Warehouse Supervisor in Swedesboro and retired from Williamsburg Canning Co. in Hurlock after 17 years of service. He attended the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Cambridge.

George was also a member of the Woolwich Fire Company. He joined the company on Oct. 10, 1960 and held the offices of Vice President in 1967, and President from 1968 to 1970. He was also a trustee from 1962 to 1970.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine England Starr, a son Charles F. Nipe of Hedgesville, WV, a daughter Catherine E. Starr Mullikin of Cordova, four grandchildren, Cassandra Nipe and Cullen Nipe of Hedgesville, WV, J.K. Mullikin Jr. and John A. Mullikin of Cordova, a sister Elaine Lilly of Almonesson, and a brother Lewis C. Starr of St. Petersburg, FL, and several nieces and nephews.

Donations can be made to Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 99, Federalsburg, MD, 21632 or Compassionate Care Hospice, 28467 DuPont Blvd., Millsboro, DE 19966.

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TUNNAT – Paul M. Tunnat, 64, of Swedesboro died Oct. 22. Born to the late Rudy and Freda Jaffe Tunnat in Newport, RI, he grew up in Hamilton, OH and resided over 30 years in Swedesboro.

Previously he lived in Brookhaven, PA. Paul received his BS in biology from Earlham College in Richmond, IN where he excelled in football and wrestling. He worked as a restaurant manager and later was a route salesman for Schmidt Baking Co. and  was a member of the Teamsters Union Local 676. Paul was an accomplished fisherman and a wonderful cook.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Linda Davis Tunnat, children, Lauren (Rick) Kerr and Ryan Tunnat, brothers Robert (Jane) Tunnat and Peter Tunnat, grandchildren, Nathaniel Tunnat and Emily Kerr. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Contributions: American Heart Association Memorial, PO Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693.

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FRANK – Helen Leah Frank, 90. You knew her as Leah but her given name was Helen. Even her husband, Harry, was shocked to learn this on their wedding day. Though they both graduated from Paulsboro High in 1941, they didn’t become acquainted till years later when they quietly began dating as payroll employees at Mobile Oil. She had a gift for working with numbers: years after leaving Mobile, Leah could recite SS numbers and payroll numbers of most of the employees. Music was in her DNA: as a child Leah learned to play the piano from her mother, an accomplished pianist. She played popular tunes and big band melodies to entertain family, friends. She moved as fluidly as she played enjoying both ballroom and square dancing. She traveled the world and lived in Venezuela for six years, but when she got the opportunity to return to her old home in Swedesboro, she refused to ever leave. Her old neighbors and classmates made her too comfortable.

In addition to her husband of 63 years, Harry, Leah is survived by sons, Karl and Brian.

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CASELLA – Angelina R. Casella of Oldmans Creek Road, Woolwich Township passed away peacefully at home on Oct. 28. Wife of the late Samuel Casella, loving mother of Mary Casella, the late Sara G. Kelly and the late Mario Casella. Grandmother of William Kelly III, Mary Allison Kelly and Katie Casella, great-grandmother of Alexis Kelly. Sister of Fred, Joseph and Michael Catalano.

Arrangements by Cheega Funeral Home, Swedesboro.

ZAMMARRELLI – Geraldine M. Zammarrelli, age 84, of Mullica Hill and formerly of Swedesboro and Deptford, peacefully passed away on Nov. 1 at her residence. Born in Orbisonia, PA she resided in Mullica Hill for the past 10 years. She was the wife of the late William Zammarrelli Sr. who passed away in 1999. Geraldine was a loving wife, mother and a devoted grandmother. She was an avid Phillies fan and a keen bird watcher.

She is survived by her children, Josephine DiBella, Linda Cristaudo, John and William Jr., her grandchildren, Alfred, William, Alexander, Katharine, John Jr., Christina, William III, Nicole and Michael, her great-grandchildren Jacob, Kerri, Kylie and Gia.

Services were held at the Cheega Funeral Home, Swedesboro. Interment St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Woolwich Township. Contributions in her memory to the NJ Disabled Veterans, 135 W. Hanover St., 4th Floor, Trenton, NJ 08618 would be appreciated.

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CRAWFORD – T. Wayne Crawford age 85 years of Ocean View and Mt. Royal died Nov. 3 in his home surrounded by his family. Wayne was born and raised in Gloucester City and later joined the Navy and served during the Korean Conflict. He retired from DuPont Repauno Works and also worked as a police officer with the East Greenwich Police Department. After his retirement he worked for 15 years as a Sergeant at Arms in the Statehouse in Trenton. He was an exempt fireman and past Chief of Mt. Royal Volunteer Fire company, also serving as the President of the East Greenwich Township Firemen’s Relief Assn. for over 40 years. Wayne was a member of Cannon Masonic Lodge #104 F.&A.M. in Seaville; Crescent Temple Shrine: Past Patron of Woodbury O.E.S. #109 and Ocean City O.E.S. #38; past Gloucester County Republican Committeeman; past Deacon and Sunday School teacher at Berkley Baptist Church in Mt. Royal and a fire policeman for Seaville Fire Patrol. In his free time Wayne enjoyed boating, salt water surf fishing and time spent with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his children, Joseph C. and Maggie Crawford of Galena, MD; Janice and Stephen More of Mt. Royal; his grandchildren, Michele and Scott Flicker, Joseph A. Crawford, Ashley More, Zachary More, Jaryd More; his great granddaughter, Kaitlyn Flicker and his nieces, Gloria Ritchie and Hope Henkel. Wayne was predeceased by his wife, Iris Crawford, his parents, Wayne and Alberta Crawford, his sister, Gloria Henkel and his niece, Gayle Ferguson.

Services were held at the McBride-Foley Funeral Home, Paulsboro. Inurnment Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro. Contributions can be made in his memory to Shriners Hospital for Children, Phila. Unit, 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140. Memories can be shared at

GROUS  — Florence “Sweet Pea” Grous (nee Walker), 76, of Mullica Hill passed away peacefully on Nov. 5. Cherished wife of Philip P. Grous, treasured mother of Carolyn (John) Griffin of Maple Shade, Paul J. (Beth) Grous of Sudbury, MA, Alice (Bill) Kapustiak of Valrico, FL, and Gerald (Lorraine) Grous of Phoenixville, PA. Proud Granny of 13, Great Granny of 2. Dear sister of Eileen Ridgway, William Walker, Barbara Walker, Regina Waters and Marie Scanlon. Predeceased by her parents William and Frances (Connell) Walker, and siblings Frances Schenck, Joseph Walker and Jane Furlong.

Donations may be made to the Rutgers University Foundation in support of the Florence Grous Memorial Scholarship Fund, to be awarded annually to a nursing student, Attention: Martha L. Bahamon, Rutgers School of Nursing, 65 Bergen Street, Suite 110, Newark, NJ 07107-3001.

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DANTZLER – William Raymond Dantzler, 58, son of Ruth Loatman and the late Raymond Dantzler departed this life on Nov. 5.

Mr. Dantzler was born in Bridgeton and has resided in Mullica Hill for several years. He was a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church and employed by Callibaut Chocolate.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his mother Ruth Loatman, wife Nancy (Nixon) Dantzler, his children Elexis, Martisha and Antwuan, 6 siblings and 7 grandchildren.

FRAZIER — Edward T. Frazier, Jr., of Mullica Hill, formerly of Mantua, on Nov. 6, passed away at the age of 47. Beloved son of Edward & Joyce Frazier, Sr., loving fiance’ of Denise Cuthbert, devoted father of Christopher and Hunter. Treasured brother to Linda McGovern (Joseph), Lisa Hickman (Richard), and Kevin Frazier, Sr. (Vanessa). Dear uncle to Joseph, Brittany, Zackary, Tyler, Samantha, Jason, Julie, Gabrielle, Kevin, Jr. and Madelene. Eddie always enjoyed life to the fullest. He always looked on the bright side. He was very enthusiastic about his motorcycles, vintage cars and kayaking. He especially loved long motorcycle rides with his friends. He enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews. Eddie was truly a big kid at heart. Interment will be in Eglington Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.smithfhmantua.

STUDENT – Michael F. Student, 59, of Mullica Hill passed away on Nov. 10 Born in Philadelphia, Michael was the son of the late John & Helen Fedarko Student. He was a member of St. Joseph’s R.C. Church in Woodstown and was a retired Longshoreman with Local ILA #1291. Mike enjoyed the roar of NASCAR engines and on the opposite end the quietness and stillness of fishing. However, with all of accomplishments and interests what he enjoyed the most was the time he had with his family and friends, especially family vacations.

Survived by his wife of 21 years, Donna Sulvetta, his beloved son, John, his loving dog, Rizzo the Husky, brother John Student (Cathy) and sister, Marianne Turra (Rocco), dear cousin Vera Belansen, son-in-law of Stephen and Mae Sulvetta and many more family members and friends.

Donations can be made to the John Student II College Fund, TD Bank, 148 N. Main St., Mullica Hill, NJ 08062 (856-223-1700).

SARLO – Ruth E. Sarlo, (nee Thomas), age 95, formerly of Clarksboro on Nov. 13 at Brightview Assisted Living in Deptford, where she enjoyed her last two years.

Ruth was a strong willed and loving woman whose biggest joy was her family.

Beloved wife of 69 years to the late Louis Jr.; devoted mother of Judith Uricher (William), Louis Sarlo III (Cheryl) and the late Michele Seddon; adored grandmother of William Uricher Jr., Amy Davis, Christopher Uricher, Thomas D. Seddon Jr., Matthew Seddon, Louis Sarlo IV, and Sam Sarlo, proud great grandmother of 9.

Donations in Ruth’s name to the Salvation Army, 915 Haddon Ave., Camden, NJ 08103

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McINTOSH – Patricia H. McIntosh (nee Horman), 78, of Clarksboro passed away on Nov. 15. Born in Barron, WI, she had been a resident of Clarksboro for 51 years. She was a graduate of Paulsboro HS Class of 1952 where she has been a member of the reunion committee. Pat enjoyed working for Dr. Robert Provencher in Clarksboro. She liked to travel, especially to the casinos. Pat loved her family and cats.

Wife of Howard F. McIntosh, survivors also include son Scott McIntosh and his wife, Jo, of Westford, MA; daughter Sandy Eckstein and her husband, Chuck, of Atlanta, GA, and brother Gary Horman and his wife, Rose, of Ocean Springs, MS. Pat was predeceased by her sister, Jeanne E. Reid, and their parents, R. Henry and Mary “May” Horman.

Interment Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro. Contributions in Patricia’s memory may be made to Furrever Friends Rescue and Volunteers Inc., PO Box 141, Woodbury, NJ 08096 or

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BAKER – Catherine P. Baker. As a young girl Catherine played field hockey and basketball which set her up for life to be physically active pushing as she aged to walk and still enjoyed the outdoors. Before going to Friends Village Catherine lined in Swedesboro for 94 years. Her family name was Passwater and she had 7 siblings. She was an active member of the Presbyterian Church serving on the Board of Trustees. At Church and the Swedesboro Municipal Office she could always be counted on to pick up any job and help out. Things didn’t always go according to her plans but with her strong personality and self-sufficient ways, Catherine made do. Friends drove her wherever she needed to go and went grocery shopping for her, maybe because her thank you was always lit up with big smiles. Nurses and aides at Friends Village were taken with her wit and one liners. In her younger days she was employed by Anchor Glass Co. in Salem as a control operator.

She was predeceased by her husband, Gene and is survived by two daughters, Barbara Kessler and Jen Kay Kondress, two grandsons, Glenn Kessler and Blake Kondress, two great grandchildren, her caretaker, niece, and best friend, Charlene LaRosa. And her grocery bearing “boyfriend” Ed Dupper.

Services were held in the Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro. Burial in Lake Park Cemetery. Tell a great story of Catherine at

CONWAY – John R. “Rob” Conway, also known as J.R., 74, of Mullica Hill, passed away on Nov. 21 at home.

Beloved husband for 27 years of Joan (nee Snyder), devoted father of Kim (Ken) Wagner of Charlotte, NJ, Denise (Tim) Shirhall of Matthews, NC, Keith (Shelby) Fowler of Charlotte, NC, Debra  Tierno of Woodstown, Alex (Debbie) Silvestro of Gibbstown, Kelly (Lee Anne) Fowler of Mint Hill, NC and Stephen (Stacy) Silvestro of Woolwich. Loving grandfather of 14, great grandfather of 7. Dear brother of Minta Van Novotny. Predeceased by his parents John “Jack” and Thelma (Phillips) Conway.

Contributions to the Salem County Animal Humane Society at, PO Box 214, Carneys’ Point, NJ 08069 would be appreciated.

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