June Issue Obituaries

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SMITH — Nolan Clyde Smith, 86, of Garden Spot Village, New Holland, PA passed away on April 26 at Maple Farm in Akron, PA.  Born in Swedesboro on Nov. 22, 1929 he lived in the South Jersey area until four years ago when he and his wife, Etta, moved to Coatesville, PA.

Nolan enjoyed playing football in 1945 and 1946 for Paulsboro High School, Paulsboro. He enjoyed gardening and he had one of the best home gardens in the “Garden State” and was proud of his “pickings”.  You would find him in the garden or working in the yard when he wasn’t working at DuPont’s Chambers Works in Deepwater, NJ.  He worked for DuPont for 40 years.

Nolan was preceded in death by his wife, Etta; parents Effie and Jess Smith and three brothers: Bobby, Edward and Kenneth. He is survived by two sons, Edward (Darlene) of New Holland, PA and Nolan A. Smith of Houston, TX; three grandsons and one granddaughter: Gary (Riann) of Ann Arbor, MI; Christopher Smith of Pine Hill, NJ; Darren (Keri) of Houston, TX and Melissa Smith of Seattle, WA; seven great grandchildren: Christopher, Austin, Nicolas, Audrey, Caleb, Kaitlyn and Emma.

The family would like to thank the staff at Maple Farm and AseraCare Hospice for their comforting and professional care during Nolan’s final days. The love that they showed to him was a sign of their commitment to Godly care.

Nolan’s cremains will be buried together at a later date with his wife, Etta at Eglington Memorial Gardens, Clarksboro.

MILLER — Helen (Knuksta) Miller, formerly of South Harrison Township, died on April 9 at the age of 96. As a previous Philadelphia resident, she worked as a Seamstress and remained an avid Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies fan. She was the wife of the late Adolph J. Miller. Memories may be shared at www.FERTIGFUNERALHOME.com .

LAWALL — John J Lawall, 64. John was lucky enough to meet Sara Maccherone at a party. Not only did he garner a wonderful wife but he came to live in Gloucester County. Here he relished nature and the great outdoors. When not hammering and sawing, John could be found in a tree stand or casting a line. He was a meticulous independent contractor in home improvement a perfectionist. He was later drawn to the perks associated with employment in the public sector and joined the maintenance staff at Rowan University. When he put the hammer down he’d be off building tree stands, getting his boat ready for the Delaware Bay, working on restoration of muscle cars, or sitting in the stands watching his sons’ little league, soccer and football games. After that party John spent 42 years with Sara and they were blessed with John, Jr. (Kristy), and two grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother and fishing buddy, Robert (Theresa). Donations to Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Dr. Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08053 will be appreciated.

WILLIAMS — Wanda L. Williams of Mullica Hill, passed on Apr. 19 at the age of 54. Survived by her children, Gabrielle Williams, Lawanda Jones (Martin), and Gregory Williams, Jr.; 4 grandsons and 4 granddaughters; husband, Gregory Williams, Sr.; 3 sisters, 3 brothers-in-law, and a host of other very special relatives and friends.

DeCAMILLIS — Carmine D. DeCamillis, Sr. on April 23, 2015 of Swedesboro. Age 87. Husband of the late Eleanor M. (nee Williamson). Father of Debra Williams (Jeffery) of Browns Mills, Carmine D. DeCamillis, Jr. (Jill) of Swedesboro and Eleanor Saldana (Ivan) of Puerto Rico. Brother of Ramona Bilotti of Swedesboro. Grandfather of seven and great-grandfather of five.

Carmine was a US Navy WWII Veteran and a skilled cabinet maker.

NETTLETON — John Phillip Nettleton, 68, of Mullica Hill, passed away on April 27. A decorated US Marine Corps veteran, John served in Vietnam, and received two Purple Hearts. He was a police officer for many years; he served with the NJ State Police, Deptford Twp., and retired from Harrison Township. John was a member of the original SWAT team in Gloucester County, VFW Post 7679, and America Legion Post 452.

He was a man truly dedicated to family and community. Beloved husband of Susan G. (nee VanMeter) for 32 years. Devoted father of George Lamb, Theresa Barnett, Jodiesue Lamb and Joshua Lamb. Loving Dadoo of 8, and dear brother of Joseph Nettleton and the late Elizabeth Priller. John was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Nettleton. Contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org would be appreciated. Thoughts and prayers may be extended to the family at www.FERTIGFUNERALHOME.com.

WILEY — Judith Ann Willey, better known as “Judy” age 73, of Creston, NC passed away April 28 at Ashe Memorial Hospital.

She was born July 12, 1941 in Louisville, Kentucky, to the late George and Wilma Pennington Clunn. She is survived by her husband, Donald Edward Willey; one son, Don Willey and wife Charlotte of Creston; one daughter, Jody Ann Viereck and husband Bob of Woolwich Township; three sisters, Marcia Dutton of Pennsville, New Jersey, Janet Clunn of Pennsville, New Jersey, and Marilyn Herrmann of Hay Market, Virginia; one brother, George Richard Clunn of Creston; two grandchildren, Amanda and Drew Viereck; several nieces and nephews also survive. The family respectfully requests memorials may be made to Creston Fire Department, 211 Worth Chapel Road, Creston, NC 28615 or Disabled American Veterans, 767 W. Lebanon Street, Mt. Airy, NC 27030.

GRASSO — Sarah Florence Grasso, (nee Walker), age 83 of Mullica Hill, passed away April 30 at home with her loving family at her side. Born in Mt. Ephraim, Sarah lived in Glendora and moved to Mullica Hill in 1957. She was a member of the Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit Parish, Mullica Hill, the Golden Age Senior Citizens and the Church of the Incarnation Seniors.

Sarah was a city girl who enjoyed dancing and it was at a dance that she met her soulmate and favorite dance partner, Angelo, and became a farmer’s wife. She quickly learned all aspects of working on the family farm including working in the packing house. She was a great cook and terrific baker and enjoyed spoiling her children and grandchildren. Sarah enjoyed her trips to the casinos and had extraordinary luck, not only winning at the slots but the 50/50’s and gifts on the bus trips down. She would purchase chances for her children and grandchildren and at least one ticket if not more would win and she made sure the lucky child received the money.

Sarah is survived by her husband of 58 years, Angelo, Sr., her sons, Lenny (Nedda) Grasso and Angelo Grasso Jr., her grandchildren, Katherine (Ben) Wilson, Julianne Grasso, Leonard Grasso Jr. and Angelo Grasso III. Her Great-granddaughter, Scarlett Sarah Wilson. Her brother, James Praria, loving cousin, Peggy McGlory and dearest friend Freda Barbagallo. Contributions in her memory to Bayada Hospice, 603 N. Broad St. Ste 301, Woodbury, NJ 08096 or Our Lady of Lourdes Guardian Angel Program, 1600 Haddon Ave, Camden, NJ 08103 would be appreciated. Share memories at www.cheegafuneralhome.com .

BAUER — Phillip John Bauer. Once a Marine, always a Marine. Phillip headed to Paris Island immediately following high school. There he learned their code of conduct which he followed throughout his life. Honor was always first on the list. Generosity may have been second. Phillip was always the first to have his wallet open if there was a friend or family in need. Money and material goods were just never that important to him. In the end he believed all you have is your word. He shared these life lessons with his daughters. It was easy to tell if he liked you: he’d tag you with a nickname. When their family started to grow Phil brought his family to Logan Township and later moved to Mullica Hill when his kids were raised. After serving in Vietnam Phillip returned home to Philadelphia and joined the Chevron Co. He stayed there as part of the management team until retirement. He only ever went out on one blind date, but it certainly worked out well. He and the late Connie would share 43 years of marriage and be blessed by three daughters: Brenda Scionti (Joe) of West Palm Beach FL, Amanda Tara DeGennaro (Joe) of Quinton, and Joleen Bauer (Leo Rollins) of Drexel Hill, PA., and grandchildren, Alexa Ortiz, Antonio Scionti, Joseph and Jonathan DeGennaro. He is survived by two sisters, Linda Cramer and Nancy Baehr. Pre-deceased by his grandson, Daniel DeGennaro. Donations to Wounded Warrior Project: PO Box: 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 will be appreciated.

BARLOW — On May 6, Ada passed away at 90 years young. Ada touched countless lives. She was a dedicated mother, grandmother, and friend to many. Ada was born in Louisville, KY and was the devoted wife of the late David Barlow for 35 years. Ada is survived by her four children, Debra Sexton, Eric Barlow, Rhonda Barlow, Barry Barlow, her beloved daughter-in-law Debra Barlow; four grandchildren Donna Barlow, Gene Barlow, Crystal Hiser, and Amanda Colgate; and seven great grandchildren Charlie Colgate, Samantha Cain, Justin Cain, Josey Hiser, Joseph Hiser, Deshawn Colgate and Destany Colgate. Donations may be made to Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

PARKER — Robert John Parker, 67. He was always industrious: in his teen years Bob delivered for a pharmacy and a deli. The pay was good but so were the sandwiches from the deli: a growing boy needs to eat. It was also enough money for Bob to buy his first car, a VW: Bob’s car addiction had begun. In later years it was Fords that followed him home a couple of times a year, always bought from Ace Motors. Not only did he buy there but he took his insurance clients to Woodbury to make sure his favorite salesmen gave them a good deal. Of course he always made sure that his clients got more than just insurance from him; listening is a powerful skill. Bob was larger than life and could play the crowd surrounding him keeping them laughing: he claimed he had received a certificate of occupancy from Upper Darby High not a diploma. A funny joke, but no one doubted his math skills. A company Bob was with sent out post cards for sales leads. One landed on Patricia Moore’ s doorstep. Not only did he make a sale but their friendship grew into a 20 year marriage.

Bob is survived by two sisters, Lowanda Jennings and Barbara Gall; children: Christian, Christopher, Justin and Michele Parker and Allison Butler and his tail wagging buddy, Molly. He was pre deceased by son, Drew Belko. Donations can be made to Patricia Parker C/O PNC Bank, 143 Bridgeton Pike, Mullica Hill 08062 or Cumberland Co. SPCA (members.petfinder.com) will be appreciated.

TANNER — Rose Mary Tanner (Vendvay) age 78, of Mickleton passed away May 10 at Our Lady Of Lourdes Medical Center. Rose Mary had formerly been a resident of Gibbstown and Philadelphia. Wife of the late Robert Tanner, Rose Mary is survived by her son Daniel Tanner and his wife Sharon, their daughters Michele and Renee, her brother – Brother Stephen Lendvay. Donations can be made to American Heart Association 1 Union Street Suite 301 Robbinsville, NJ 08691. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.smithfhmantua.com.

TARANTINO — Kathleen E. Tarantino (nee Traum) age 85, of Mullica Hill passed away peacefully on May 14. Beloved wife of the late Francis J., Sr.; loving mother of Kathryn Moody, Frank, Jr. (Debbie), Michael (Debbie), Mary Ellen DePrince (Anthony), and Stephen (Karen); dear sister of Helen Conway; loving grandmother of 14 and great grandmother of five. Contributions may be made to Deborah Heart and Lung Center, 200 Trenton Rd, Browns Mills, NJ 08015. Share the memories – share love – ShareLife with McGuinness Funeral Home at www.mcgfuneral.com.

HOTROVICH — Anna Hotrovich (Kobasz) age 92, of Bridgeport passed away May 18. Anna was the wife of the late Archpriest John P. Hotrovich. Anna and Father John worked side by side in parishes through many states including NJ, PA, NY, MN, and OH. After Father John’s passing, she became a member of the Federated Women’s Club where she became an officer of their group. Anna was also an active member of the Logan Township Seniors.

Anna is survived by daughter Nancy Gibas, son John Hotrovich and his wife Cindy, grandchildren Andrea (Matt) Fenstermacher, Carolynn (Alex) Angelo, Paul Hotrovich, and Stephanie (Greg) Doyle, two great grandchildren Jonathan and Rylan. Also sister Helen Dunham brother William (Mary) Kobasz, many nieces, nephews, and their families. Donations can be made to Saint Peter’s and Paul’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church,406 Philadelphia Pike Wilmington, DE 19809. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.smithfhmantua.com.

BOCK — Donald Bock Sr., 87. He was a husband and father for the ages. As a manager for his son’s ice hockey team, Don never missed a game even if it involved driving five hours. Referees would get an earful if he thought they weren’t being fair. Don was a member of the greatest generation. He interrupted college to fight for our freedoms. His collection of books about the Civil War, WWI and WWII rivaled most libraries and he knew just about everything about military aircraft. His favorite planes were the F-4U Corsair and the P-40 Warhawk. When the Colts abandoned his hometown of Baltimore he changed his allegiances to the Eagles. Family was most important to Don; he didn’t believe in in-laws. When Don Jr married, Kim became his daughter. His passion for his sons’ football and ice hockey were replaced by dance recitals and soccer when his granddaughters came along, but he enjoyed them with the same amount of passion. Earlier years found him doing sales for many companies and he later owned his own company selling stationary for banks and title companies. A young Don met a girl named Virginia Upchurch. Though they both were involved with other people they never looked back. Their 59 year marriage was blessed by two sons, Donald (Kimberly) and Dann and two granddaughters, Samantha (Josh Cooper) and Allie (Oscar Rau); Pre-deceased by his parents C. Adam Bock, Sr. and Doris (nee Dickinson), he is survived by his brother C. Adam Bock Jr. and his sister, Jean Catherine Giles and a large extended family. Services were held at Daley Life Celebration Studio. Donations to woundedwarriorproject.org will be appreciated.

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