Obituaries May 2015 Issue

DICKSON — John W. Dickson born in Sparta, GA on January 27, 1950, departed this life on March 20. He was preceded in death by his parents, Venice Clayton Dickson and JM Dickson; brother, Bill and sister, Willie Mae Sye; aunt, Grace Jones. John leaves to cherish his memories his devoted wife, Liz Dickson; two sons, Correle Matrice, Damian Darnell; eight grandsons, Andrew, Romeo, Davon, Da’Mir, Cameron, De’Mauri, Mason, De’Couri; four sisters, Elaine Robinson, Deda Dickson, Bernice Williams (Michael) and Sanjanetta Butts (James); one brother, Rev. Sanford (Linda); mother-in-law, Pearl Martin; one aunt, Vashti Jacobs; five sisters-in-law, three brothers-in-law and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, friends and co-workers.

JAMISON — Mamie Fields Jamison, age 94, of Swedesboro, went home to be with the Lord on March 25. Mrs. Jamison is survived by three daughters, Nancy Clarke, Bessie Stewart and Ruth Hawkins, and three sons, Isaac Jamison, Fred Jamison and Lawrence Jamison. Interment at Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro, NJ.

AVSEC — Mary Avsec, 77. Mary drove for Kingsway Regional HS. She never turned down a sports run. Her love of watching sports started when her sons were in Little League and never ended. She had four sons and never missed a game. Then came grandkids and they got the same attention. Mary in her quiet manner cheered on all the students even ones not related to her. The school bus runs were her form of a “bus man’s holiday”. When she drove Mary was never in a rush, a stop for ice cream could always happen. When her kids were no longer active in sports she became a volunteer at Phillies games giving out freebies after all she was forever a fan. It was a fact do not call between 7 and 8 p.m. that was Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune time. Retirement opened the door to vacations with other KRHS retired drivers. There were cruises and bus tours. But the trips to Alaska and Hawaii were her favorites.

She is survived by her sons; Robert (Wilma), Tim (Diane), Steve (Margo), and Chris (Katie), 10 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and one great great granddaughter whose games Mary will watch from above. Services were held at Daley Life Celebration Studio. Donations to either Wounded Warriors,, or the American Cancer Society , will be appreciated.

GRASSO — Carmela ‘Dolly’ Grasso, 73, of Logan Twp passed away March 28 at the Alterra Sterling House of Deptford in Deptford Twp. with her devoted family and best friend, Mary Sorbello, at her side. Born in Salem, NJ, Dolly was raised and resided in the Swedesboro area, was a graduate of Swedesboro High School, a secretary for the former Nothdurft Insurance Agency in Swedesboro, and the former Brisscon Chevrolet Dealership in Woodbury. She was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, a member of the St. Josephs Altar and Rosary Society and the Logan Twp. Senior Citizens. She was passionate about knitting and crocheting.

Dolly is survived by her siblings, Angelo (Sarah Florence) Grasso, Joseph (Nancy) Grasso and Anna (the late Joseph) Maugeri, several nieces and nephews and many friends. She was pre-deceased by her parents Leonardo and Rosa Grasso. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery, Woolwich Twp. Donations in her memory to Samaritan Hospice, c/o 5 Eves Drive, Ste 300, Marlton, NJ 08053 would be appreciated. Share memories at

BROADDUS — Alvin Broaddus, age 81, of Swedesboro, born March 17, 1934 departed this life on March 31. He leaves to mourn wife Gloria Broaddus, son Terrence, daughter Trudy, sister, Doris, three grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

LERCH — Regina “Rita” Lerch age 86 years of Mt. Royal died April 1 in Washington Township Senior Living Center. Mrs. Lerch was born and raised in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin and moved to Mt. Royal in 1959. Along with her late husband Bill, they operated Lerch’s Deli in Mt. Royal for 20 years.

She is survived by her sons, Ron Lerch of Wildwood, Bill Lerch of Greenbackville, Virginia, David and Dottie Lerch of Mullica Hill, Philip and Beverly Lerch of Mantua, Tom and Barbara Lerch of Marshville, North Carolina; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Arrangements by McBRIDE – FOLEY FUNERAL HOME, Paulsboro. Contributions can be made in her memory to Washington Twp. Senior Living, 600 Medical Dr., Sewell, NJ 08080. Memories can be shared at

RIZZO — Theresa Rizzo (nee Russo), 90, beloved wife of the late Frank Rizzo, of Mickleton, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on April 8. Theresa was a lifelong Mickleton resident and devout Catholic who enjoyed cooking and gardening. She always had an open door to anyone who wanted a good Italian meal or just a nice cup of tea. Theresa will be fondly remembered for her generosity and the impact that she made on her family and friends during her life.

She is survived by her children Barbara Rizzo (late Leslie) Philips of Blue Ridge, GA, Barry (Janet) Rizzo of Voorhees, NJ, Kenneth (Melinda) Rizzo of Swedesboro, Karen (Andrew) Richards of Blue Ridge, GA, and Frank (Denise) Rizzo Jr of Sarasota, FL and her grandchildren Bradley and Christopher Richards. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Stroke Association , 1 Union Street, Suite 301, Robinsville, NJ 08691 Share the memories share love ShareLife at

DAVIDSON — Elma Crispin Davidson. Elma lived to the age of 102. Perhaps her longevity was due to her inability to sit still. Into her mid-nineties Elma was china painting while residing at Pitman Manor. When a member of a group, she always held an office and truly participated in activities. She owned and operated Elma’s Friendly Shop, a beauty salon, in her Woolwich Twp. home from when she was a newlywed until 2003. At the same time she was a member of Le Bebe Doll Club, Kingsway Sr. Citizens, Swedesboro Grange, Eastern Star #115, and served on Woolwich Election Board. She worked as a custodian for Woolwich from 1939, working there longer than anyone. Elma graduated from Swedesboro High in 1933 and of course was the Class Treasurer. In 1939 she became a member of Bethesda UM Church and vice president of the Tri C Class.

She was the wife of the late, Samuel, mother of Samuel “Bud” Davidson of Woolwich, and Janice Sharkey, of West Deptford Twp., sister of Mabel Shiveler, grandmother of six. Services were held at DALEY LIFE CELEBRATION STUDIO. Donations to Pitman Manor, 535 N. Oak Ave, Pitman, NJ 08071 Attn: Fellowship Fund will be appreciated.

CASELLA — Donna M. Casella, 59. Donna did for Donna last. Doing for others was her way of life. Her children were her first priority then came others, putting her last in line. But Donna did enjoy life especially annual cruises with “the girls”, vacations sunning at Ocean City beach, Joker Poker at the casinos, and any meal at all at local dinners. Working for Aramark gave Donna another opportunity to serve others. She managed the kitchen at Camden Catholic High School. She was a fighter until the end battling cancer.

Donna is survived by her son, Alfio “Bud”,(fiancee Kate Daily) and daughter Dana ,her twin and best friend Sue Caltabiano (Ron), brothers, Vincent and Steven (Robyn) Musumeci, and special niece, Tammy and nephews, Ronnie, Ryan, and Michael Caltabiano. She was the former wife of Alfio Casella and daughter of the late Patricia and Vincent Musumeci. Services were held at Daley Life Celebration Studio. Tell a great story about Donna at

SLUSARSKI — Ruth J. Slusarski Ruth, 86 wore many hats: mom to her own seven children plus all the other neighborhood kids, a Brownie Leader and active in the 4H. Her work ethic dated to the days of her youth: as a young teenager she learned how to open clam and oyster shells while working at Pete’s Fish Market. Her artsy side blossomed when she started decorating cakes. From her home business came fancy tiered cakes including dolls to match the bridesmaids dresses and of course rosettes. Later years found her teaching a night class in cake decorating at West Deptford High School. She used to visit her brother and sister so much at Nicholas Nursing Home that an administrator talked her into becoming an aide. She stayed with the position until they both passed away. Most will agree that her last job was the best: she went on to spread smiles making candy and sugar eggs at Damask Candies. She remained active in the Logan Twp. Senior Citizens. Ruth was an ardent Penns Grove High School rooter. She met her late husband, John at a football game. He happened to be rooting on Swedesboro High. It could have been contentious at first but the attraction led to a 64 year marriage. April 21 would have been their 68th anniversary.

They were blessed with seven children: Cynthia Goodale, Ruth Ann Hall (John), Cathy Wilson (Matt), John Jr. (Joann), Sandy Richman (Frank), Michael, George (Vickie), 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Services were held at DALEY LIFE CELEBRATION STUDIO. Burial Eglington Cemetery.

YUCIS — John A. Yucis age 65 years of Mickleton died April 14 in Inspira Hospital, Woodbury surrounded by his family. John was born in Salem, raised in Pennsville and lived in Mickleton for the last 43 years. He was a veteran serving in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. John worked as an electrician for Ferro in Bridgeport for over 30 years. He was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, St. Michael’s Church in Gibbstown, the Salem Sportsmen’s Club and he enjoyed woodworking and playing with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Mary Yucis (nee Bradley) of Mickleton; his daughter, Christine and John Schulden of Woolwich Twp.; his grandchildren, Hannah, Veronica and Emily; his brothers, Michael and Andrea Yucis of Pennsville, James and Belinda Yucis of Kinzers, PA, Edward and Diana Yucis of Atco; his sister, Alexandra and John Richards of Carneys Point and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by MCBRIDE – FOLEY FUNERAL HOME, Paulsboro. Contributions can be made in his memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Memories can be shared at

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