December 2014 Issue Obituaries

SACKETT — Gary W. Sackett, 69, of Swedesboro. His friends will miss his book critiques on Facebook. Gary was a voracious reader and shared what he gleaned with everyone. Since becoming ill, his Kindle was his constant companion.

As a young man Gary obtained a Master’s Degree in Theology and put it to good use as a Chaplain in the Army where he attained the rank of Major. After leaving the military, Gary became a self-taught computer systems guru and became the I.T. director at Unique Industries.

In February 1991 he met Sandy Lewis but it wasn’t until Labor Day 2013 that they became Mr. and Mrs. It was a momentous day for both of them.

He is survived by children: Melanie, Adam, and Marc Lewis, Anthony, Gary Jr., Paige Sackett, Laurie Gallant, and Gilbert Sackett.

Services were held at Daley Life Celebration Studio. Donations can be made to Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Drive, Suite 300, Marlton NJ 08053 or Penn Lung Center at HUP.

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GLASSBROOK — Phyllis M. Glassbrook, 98. She wouldn’t leave her home until her appearance was just right: hair, clothes, jewelry. Phyllis was the picture of a lady. She was a true homemaker. Not only did she cook, bake and knit, she also painted her house and mowed the lawn.

She and her late husband, Clarence, settled in many different places for his work. When they were first married they were in Rhode Island, then they moved to California where they raised their daughter, then relocated to Baton Rouge, La. One thing they all had in common is they were great venues for boating. Of course she always had a little Annie Oakley in her. In Louisiana she would target shoot in the Bayou and was known to level her .45 at a few alligators. When they retired they settled in the Swedesboro area.

In 1983 Phyllis, after the death of her dear husband, took residence in Friends Village in Woodstown where she delighted in spoiling the other residents with her baking. Holidays weren’t complete until she had just the right cakes or cupcakes. When she was in her 90’s Phyllis commented that “my friends will think I didn’t make it” (referring to Heaven) since so many were already there.

Her survivors include a daughter, Barbara and her husband Anthony Casella, two grandsons: John and Anthony and four great grandchildren.

Services were held at Daley LIFE CELEBRATION STUDIO. Interment Eglington Mausoleum. Tell a great story about Phyllis at Donations to Alzheimer’s Association , 399 Market St., Philadelphia 19106, Caring Hospice, 133Q Gaither Dr., Mt.Laurel, NJ 08054 or will be appreciated.

CALTABIANO — Jennie Ann Caltabiano age 78, of Mullica Hill passed away on Nov. 8.

Jennie lived most of her life in Mullica Hill. She loved her family, grandchildren, and especially enjoyed cooking for them. Jennie was a member of the Gloucester County Seniors and the Holy Spirit Club.

Predeceased by her son Alfred R. Caltabiano, she is survived by her daughter, Joanne Bruzzese, four grandchildren, Nicholas Bruzzese (Julie), Melissa Chrisner (Douglas), Vincent Bruzzese, and Gianna Bruzzese, great grandson, William Chrisner, sisters, Rita Caltabiano, Carmella Spadaro (John), Anne DeFrank, and brother, Nate Bisconte (Verna).

Burial at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Woolwich Twp. Donations can be made to charity of the donor’s choice. Memories and condolences can be shared at

LIPPINCOTT — Euleta Joy Lippincott (nee Ford) age 87 years, of Clarksboro, went home to be with the Lord on Oct. 28 in her home. Joy was born to the late James Elmo and Meda Ford and raised in Callao, Missouri on a dairy farm and had lived in Clarksboro since 1953. Joy lived from coast to coast before Ervin, the love of her life, finally convinced her to marry him. On her last visit to New Jersey she told him it was now or never while standing on the steps of the train. Joy told him she wasn’t getting off unless they got married. In a week, they planned their wedding and tied the knot that lasted for 33 wonderful years. Joy loved to talk about those happy times and had the sweetest little smile when she would be reminded of them, saying that she played hard to get.

Joy worked for the family business for many years handling calls and sending the men out to the jobs; continuing to run the family business for 10 more years after Ervin’s passing. Joy was a “Band Mom” with the Kingsway Marching Band during the 1970’s and 80’s, always having anything the members needed, even car rides for those that couldn’t get to the school. She was a past member of Zion U.M. Church where she led the Cherub Choir for over 20 years, and a member of Evangelical United Methodist Church where she belonged to the Joy Circle Ladies group.

Joy treasured taking care of her grandchildren, spending hours of quality time playing board games and attending many of their sporting events. She liked to attend yard sales, and visiting her family on annual trips to Missouri before she became ill with Parkinson’s. In her later years, Joy enjoyed watching the game show network with Wheel of Fortune being her favorite show.

She will be remembered by her family as a kind hearted and sweet Mother and Grandmother. She is survived by her daughter, Sandy and Tom Carty of Voorhees and their children Tim, Matt, Becca and Stephen Carty, her daughter, Pam Wardach of Mickleton; her son-in-law Joseph A. Wardach of Villas; and their daughters, Elizabeth Starr, Emily and Abigail Wardach; her brother, Bernice Ford of Callao, Missouri; her sisters, Joann St. Clair of Brookfield, Missouri, Janet Moore of Quincy, Illinois and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Lippincott was predeceased by her beloved husband, Ervin Lippincott; her son, Ralph Lippincott; her brother, Barry Ford and her sisters, June Jenkins and Judith Ford. Services were held at the McBRIDE – FOLEY FUNERAL HOME, Paulsboro. Interment Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro. Contributions can be made in her memory to the charity of your choice. Memories can be shared at

McCORMICK — Thomas R. McCormick , age 63, of Woolwich Twp, on Nov. 8 died peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Tributes and memories may be shared at

PENDER — Norman B. Pender, age 76 died on Nov. 12. Norman lived in Edison, NJ for 48 years before moving to Swedesboro three years ago. He was an electrician with IBEW Local 358 and IBEW Local 456, retiring after 42 years. Norman loved to travel to national parks and the beach. With his family he drove to 49 states. He was also an avid bicycler and NASCAR fan.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years Judy A. (nee Therkelsen), children Tracey (Rick) Hill, Phillip (Juliet) Pender Sr. and grandchildren Jessica, Martha, Phillip Jr., Joseph, Robin, Christina and Alexis. Contributions may be made to the American Lung Assn , 1031 Route 22 West Suite 203 Bridgewater, NJ 08807 or the Canuso Foundation at Memories may be shared at

McCANN — Raymond A. McCann age 69, of South. Harrison Township passed away Nov. 13. Born in Swedesboro he lived the last 36 years in South Harrison Township. He was a graduate of Swedesboro High School Class of 1963. Ray served in the Air Force, then worked for Delmonte, Crown Cork & Seal for 31 years, and was retired from Exxon Mobil Lube Plant as a Packaging Department Operator after 15 years. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.

Survived by his beloved wife Judith A. (Owens), three children Raymond A. Jr. (Sharon). Ann McCann, Mark (Elina), seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, two sisters Katherine McCann, Rita Yourgevidge (John), and brother William McCann (Himanshi). Burial at Eglington Cemetery. Memories and condolences can be shared at

RODE — Elaine S. Rode, of Woolwich Township, died Nov. 16. It’s been said that 10 percent of any organization does 90 percent of the work. Elaine was always in the 10 percent. The Evangelical United Methodist Church in Clarksboro benefited from her active ways. She attended from birth and served as President of the Joy Class, Church Historian, Treasurer, and played the piano and organ. Elaine was on the board of Kingsway Regional High School at its inception. When the Foundation for Trinity “Old Swedes” Church began in the early 90’s, Elaine happily joined the committee. She also helped form the Swedesboro Woolwich Historical Society and enjoyed her time with the Mickleton Garden Club.

She graduated from Ursinus College in 1948 with a degree in chemistry. DuPont Co. employed her until her fourth child was born and babysitters were hard to find. Wanting to do more, Elaine went back to school at Glassboro State Teachers College and received another degree in Remedial Reading and taught part time until 1974. Somehow during that period she found the time to help out at Rode’s Roost. She introduced an upscale catering menu by adding Hors d’oeuvres.

The Salutatorian and Best Female Athlete of Swedesboro High class of ‘44 happened to marry the Best Male Athlete of the class of ‘44, the late Earl Jr. They’d marry and settle on Rode Lane. Together they’d spoil their four children: David (Joyce), Jane Eyre, Betsy (Dr. Stephen) Rioux and the late Chris (the late Jean). She is survived by eight grandchildren (even more spoiled), her brother, Alfred Schober (Trudy) and her dog, Schatze (the most spoiled).

Services were held at DALEY LIFE CELEBRATION STUDIO, Swedesboro. Donations to Evangelical U-M Church, 14 West Cohawkin Road, Clarksboro 08020 will be appreciated.

FELIX – Sharyn C. Felix passed away peacefully on Nov. 21 surrounded by her loving family. Sharyn was born in Chester, PA on May 4, 1946 to Audrey Clarice McFadden and Edwin Parmalee van Deusen. Sharyn graduated from The Ellis School for Girls and attended both Penn State University and Glassboro State College, where he proudly obtained a BA in Education. Sharyn was a resident of Mullica Hill for 33 years prior to moving to Hockessin and was currently residing in Haddon Heights.

Sharyn retired from Penns Grove-Carneys Point as an English teacher, where she touched many children’s lives. She was a member of the Clearview Regional School Board for many years. Sharyn was also the proprietor of The Finishing Touches Antique Shop in Mullica Hill, which was well known and one of her passions. She was an active member of the Mullica Hill Women’s Club and the Mullica Hill Merchants Association. She enjoyed many summers fishing, relaxing on the beach and sipping margaritas while enjoying the sunset. She had many loves, the most important being her family. She also enjoyed cruising the islands, old movies, and watching award shows.

Sharyn is predeceased by her loving husband, Robert Felix, of 43 years; her best friend, the love of her life, and soul mate, who she missed dearly. She is now resting in peach with Bob. She is survived by her two children: J.E. Heather Cheesman (William) of Swedesboro and R. Christopher Felix (Kimberly Coyle) of Audubon, NJ. Her immeasurable love for her three grandsons will never be surpassed. W. Alexander Cheesman, Colin Robert Felix, and Colby Thomas Felix. She enjoyed attending her grandsons’s musical concerts and sporting events, where she was affectionately known as “Baseball Mom-Mom”. She leaves behind her brother Edwin H. van Deusen (Nancy). She was loved by her many devoted cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear friends.


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