March 2016 Issue Obituaries

DONOFRIO — John Richard Donofrio age 59, of Mullica Hill suddenly passed away on Dec. 17, 2015 at home. He was born in Cleveland OH and grew up in Willowick OH. He received a BS Chemistry – The Ohio State University and an MS Chemical Engineering – Cleveland State University and spent most of his career in marine lubricant research and development at Mobil’s Paulsboro, NJ research facility. He retired on disability in 2005 from a Senior Engineering Associate position at Exxon Mobil Research & Engineering Co. in Paulsboro.

He is survived by his wife Colleen Donofrio (nee Grace), his daughters, Rae-Ellen Lynn and Mary Elizabeth Donofrio, his father, John Peter Donofrio, his brother, Paul Edward Donofrio and his wife Susan, his sisters, Jeanne Elizabeth Cremeans and her husband Gary, and Janice Lynne Somrak and her husband Tony, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and devoted friends. John was predeceased by his mother, Ruth Elizabeth Donofrio (nee Nealon), and his sister, Rae-Ellen Lynne Donofrio. Memorial contributions are appreciated to the: Moss Rehab Aphasia Center, Office of Development, Braemer Building, 5501 Old York Road, Philadelphia, PA 19141-3098; or Trinity United Methodist Church Youth Ministries, 284 Cedar Road, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062.

JAMES RILEY & PATRICIA RILEY —  James Michael Riley and Patricia Ann (nee Messina) Riley. James was born on Aug. 10, 1939 in Woodbury to the late Robert and Rose (nee Rutter) Riley and passed away suddenly on Jan. 16, at the age of 76. A former resident of Swedesboro, he and his wife were currently residents of Clayton, DE.

He had been a teacher for the West Deptford School District from 1960 until his retirement in 1998. James married Patricia (nee Messina) on April 7, 1967 and they were married for 49 years.

He is survived by his two children, Michael P. Riley and his wife Dawn and their four children and his daughter, Joanna Crane and her husband Paul and their four kids. A very involved father, he spent many years coaching his kids’ soccer teams.

He loved photography and owned his own studio “Memories Studio” in Swedesboro for many years. He loved boating and fishing and retired from teaching in 1998 to move close to the Eastern Shore to spend his retired years on his boat with his wife. James could never have enough time with his grandkids, loved taking them places, having fun and spending time with them – the “light of his life” – Alexandra, Ryan, Rylie, Evan and Emma.

Patricia was born on Jan. 22, 1943 to the late Pasquale and Carmela Messina and passed with her family by her side on Jan. 30, 2016 to join her husband of 49 years. She is survived by three children, Wendy (McCauley) Kaufman and her husband Tim, Michael P. Riley and his wife Dawn and their four children and Joanna (Riley) Crane and her husband Paul and their four kids.

She loved to cook, knit for her grandkids (Alexandra, Ryan, Rylie, Evan and Emma) and do crafts of any kind. A housewife for many years, she was later employed as a cook for the Telford Inn for many years.

KIBLER — Todd Kibler of Mullica Hill, aged 60, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 20. He was a loving husband and best friend to Hope (Lippincott) Kibler, and a caring and generous father to Maggie Buto (Ed) of MD, Kyle Kibler (Stephanie) of DE and Nicole Kibler, and devoted son to Barbara Kibler. He is predeceased by his father, William H. Kibler. He is also survived by his sister, Linda Mosco and brother, Randy Kibler, many special sister and brother-in-laws, and his adored grandchildren.

Todd retired as a systems manager/consultant from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals in 2011 but his true passion was buying and selling antiques under the trade name Country Antiques Two. He will also be missed by his many friends from the business.

ROSSITER — Richard “Tim” Rossiter age 62 years of Mickleton, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday Jan. 23, 2016.

Tim was born in Philadelphia, raised in National Park and graduated with a 4.0 from Glassboro State College with a degree in Mathematics. He also received the Gold Medallion in Mathematics at graduation. Tim later returned to Glassboro State and earned a degree in Computer Science following up with a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from Villanova where he received honors for graduating in the top three. He retired from a long career as a Computer Programmer with Boeing and had returned once again to Rowan where he was teaching computers.

Tim was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish; Knights of Columbus Council #5197; Ancient Order of Hibernians, Commodore Barry Division and a champion of the Pro – Life Movement. He enjoyed cooking, reading and traveling throughout Europe, where Ireland was his favorite. Tim enjoyed taking his grandchildren to the movies and teaching them and watching them learn. He considered time spent with them “teachable moments” and his quick wit, confidence and deep faith will leave a lasting impression with many.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 41 years, Bernadette Rossiter (nee Rodriguez) of Mickleton; devoted father to Diana(Michael) Roche of West Deptford and Bernadette Lerro of Mickleton; loving grandfather to Tim, Michael, Julia, Joe, Maria, Stephen and Angelina; loving son of Pat Rossiter of National Park and devoted brother to Patti Rossiter and Neil Rossiter, both of National Park. Tim was predeceased by his granddaughter Theresa and his brother, Ross Rossiter.

Arrangements by McBride – Foley Funeral Home, Paulsboro. Contributions can be made in his memory to St. John of God Community Services, 1145 Delsea Drive, Westville, NJ 08093. Memories can be shared at

VECCHIO — Joseph Charles Vecchio, 91 of Mullica Hill, born Jan. 24, 1925 in Arkwright, NY, passed away Monday, Feb. 8 at Chester Valley Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Paoli, PA.

Joe was a sergeant in the Army during World War II and had a long career in accounting with Cease’s Commissary in Dunkirk, NY and Interstate United in Cleveland, Chicago and Philadelphia. He was a member of the Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mullica Hill.

He married Sara Mirusso on April 2, 1945, and together they raised six children. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sara, his parents Joseph and Jennie Vecchio, and his four brothers John V. Vecchio, Vincent L. Vecchio, Lawrence Vecchio, Charles J. Vecchio, and two sisters Mary Rose (Vecchio) Rotunda and Rose Mary (Vecchio) Saccamano. He is survived by his six children, Jay Vecchio of Garfield Heights, OH, Dale (Patricia) Vecchio of Belleville, IL, Neal Vecchio of Columbia, MD, Dean (Mary Jane) Vecchio of Mullica Hill, NJ, Kevin (Patricia) Vecchio of Gainsville, VA, and Laurie Stanton of Berwyn, PA; six grandchildren, Shannon Sullivan of Cleveland, OH, Alexandra Elizabeth Vecchio of Washington, DC, Alissa Vecchio and Deanna Vecchio of Mullica Hill, NJ, Christopher Vecchio of Gainsville, VA, Timothy Vecchio of Seattle, WA, Jim Stanton of Berwyn, PA, and Tori Stanton of Berwyn, PA.

Thoughts and prayers may be extended at Memorials in Joseph’s name may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 50 Crestwood Executive Center, Suite 401, St. Louis, MO 63126.

SKABICKI — Stanley Skabicki age 70, of Clarksboro passed away Sunday, Jan. 31. Stanley was retired after a long career as a Quality Control Engineer with PSEG at Salem Nuclear Plant. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and an active member in the local VFW. Stanley enjoyed spending his time with his family as well as enjoying fishing and being known as a great golfer.

Stanley is survived by his loving wife Angeline (nee Seder) Skabicki and daughter Charlene Marie Skabicki of Altamonte Springs, FL.

Donations can be made to supporting teaching golf to youths and teens or donations can be made to the Veterans Advisory Council please make checks payable to Veterans Advisory Council. Mail to: Veterans Affairs PO Box 337. Woodbury NJ 08096 Attn. Bob Jonas. Memories and condolences can be shared at

WRIGHT – Doris M. Wright. As a young woman she attended Pierce Business School then went on to work at DuPont as a secretary. But Doris would soon find what she considered to be her life’s calling. She was a wife, mother and homemaker for the ages. Doris was into nutrition long before it was a fad, favoring vegetables to cookies. Sundays found her gathering her clan around her dining room table. When school let out Doris headed straight to Sea Isle City and didn’t return until Labor Day, though she may have taken her kids on some car trips to Canada, Washington, DC and the Skyline Drive.

She and her late husband, Jack traveled after they emptied their nest. They were even on a cruise ship for the infamous 1991 Perfect Storm. Doris was a charter member of Logan Twp. Senior Citizens.

She was the wife of the late Jack and is survived by three children: Rebecca (George) Kuhl, John (Marsha) and Christopher (Carol); seven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Services were held under the direction of Daley Life Celebration Studio. Donations to St. Paul’s UM Church PO Box 133, Bridgeport, 08014 were she was a member will be appreciated.

MARSHALL — Theresa A. Marshall (nee Clements), born in Shenandoah, PA, loving wife of Louis G. Marshall of Clarksboro, died peacefully on Feb. 3, of complications from pneumonia.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, her son, Louis G. Marshall Jr. (Phyllis Giannini) of Cherry Hill; her daughters, Sharon Marshall (Marshall Witt) of Lewes, DE, Sandy Orndorff (Chuck) of Somerdale, NJ, Cathy Welsh (Matt) of Sicklerville, NJ, Terri Ann Pennypacker (Rob) of Mantua, NJ; five grandchildren and their spouses, Becky Orndorff, Matt Orndorff (Aimee), Alex Riley (Abby), Ryan Pennypacker and Evan Pennypacker; one great granddaughter, Avery Theresa Riley and her two sisters, Mary Owen of Clarksboro, and Margaret Masi of Bristol, CT.

Mrs. Marshall was an active senior in Gloucester County, working county elections and enjoying her membership at the Woodbury YMCA. In addition to her family, Theresa will be remembered for her strong spirit, her love of dancing, dogs, chocolate and ice cream.

Arrangements by McBride – Foley Funeral Home, Paulsboro. Memories can be shared at Contributions can be made in her memory to the charity of one’s choice .

GROPPENBACHER — Theresa Groppenbacher, (nee Creedon), 88, of Mullica Hill, passed away on Feb. 4 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Paulsboro, Theresa had been a resident of Mullica Hill for 61 years. Beloved wife of the late John M. Groppenbacher. Devoted mother of Kathleen Dipper (Raymond) of Clarksboro, Janet Groppenbacher (Patricia Marvil) of Mullica Hill and George Groppenbacher (the late Sandra) of Franklinville. Loving grandmother of Merayah (Matt), Brittany, Shane (Kelli), Steve (Billie Jean) and their 2 children, Kimberly (Tom) and their 4 children, and Kathy and her 4 children. Great grandmother of Aubrey, George and Gwenneth. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Along with her husband, she was predeceased by her parents James and Elizabeth (Burke) Creedon, and her brother James A. Creedon (Elsie).

Contributions to McGee Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, 1513 Race St., Philadelphia, PA 19102 would be appreciated. Thoughts and prayers may be extended to the family at

GREGG — Fred W. Gregg age 87, of Mullica Hill formerly of Sewell passed away Friday, Feb. 5. Born in Wenonah, he served in the Marines during the Korean War. Fred was employed with DuPont as a Millwright, a member of the Sewell Fire Department, and was an original member of the Sewell Rifle & Pistol Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, wood working, making furniture and playing golf.

Fred is survived by his wife, of 65 years, Anne (nee Coles), his children, Nancy Spangler and her husband John (deceased) of Green Bank, NJ, Janis Wolfe and her husband Craig of Parrish, FL, Wendy Gregg of Sewell, NJ, Ken Gregg and his wife Fran of Sewell, NJ, five grandchildren, Greg Clendining, Dan Spangler, Staci Clendining, Holly Gregg and Noelle Gregg. Fred was predeceased by his parents, Willard Gregg and Ethel (nee Fimple), his son Bruce Gregg, his brother, Donald Gregg, and his sister Doris Bonef.

As an expression of sympathy, contributions can be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 261 Connecticut Drive, Suite 1, Burlington, NJ 08016 and/or Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market St., Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Memories and condolences can be shared at

KARWACKI — Dorothy I. Karwacki (nee Andrien), age 89, of Newark, DE, formerly of Jonas, PA and Clayton, passed away in her home on Feb. 14. Born in Highland Park, PA, Dorothy was the daughter of the late Angela (Dobie) and Alfred Andrien, and wife of the late Joseph J. Karwacki, Jr. for 63 years. She worked as an inspector for Owens Illinois Closure Division, in Glassboro, retiring in 1988 after 35 years of service. Dorothy was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, and was especially active on the carnival committee. She was an avid sewer, loved to cook, and opened their homes to family and all friends, particularly Wacki Acres.

Dorothy is survived by her sister, Charlotte Eline; her sons and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Catherine of Clermont, FL and Thomas M. Sr. of Newark, DE; three daughters and son-in-law, Angele and R. Jeffrey Cooper of Williamstown, NJ, Helen Fromm, and Mary-Jo Szwak of Swedesboro; 14 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, Dorothy was also preceded in death by her sisters Marie Miller and Madelyn Binnig, and son-in-law, Michael Szwak. The family requests contributions be made to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 345 Bear Christiana Rd, Bear, DE 19701. To send an online condolences visit

FERGUSON — Lois M. Ferguson (nee McIlvaine) age 87 years of Mickleton, died Feb. 17 in Inspira Hospital, Woodbury. Mrs. Ferguson was born in Swedesboro and raised in Gibbstown. She was a graduate of Paulsboro High School and lived in Paulsboro for over 50 years before moving to Mickleton 15 years ago. Mrs. Ferguson retired from DuPont, Wilmington where she worked as a secretary. She was an active member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Paulsboro where she was past United Methodist Women’s Secretary and Sunday School Teacher in the Junior Department. Mrs. Ferguson also volunteered at Inspira Hospital and the Whitehall House in National Park. In her free time she enjoyed reading and gardening.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, John Ferguson of Mickleton; her children, Joann and William Rammel of Lancaster, PA; Peter Virgilio of Lenoir, North Carolina; her grandchildren, Stephanie Lockwood and Steve Rammel; her great grandchildren, Joey, Bella and Camille Lockwood, Mattaus Rammel; her brother, William McIlvaine of Gibbstown; her niece, Patty Platt and her nephew, Bill McIlvaine. The Funeral Service were held at the McBride – Foley Funeral Home, Paulsboro. Contributions can be made in her memory to the Sunday School Room Divider Project, C/O St. Paul’s Church, PO Box 209, Paulsboro, NJ 08066. Memories can be shared at

TARR — Cordelia Tarr, 10 of Clarksboro on Feb. 18. Share the memories share the love share Life at McGuinness Funeral Home Visit: or call 800-993-0888.

MYERS — William Henry Myers age 78 years of Newport News, VA passed away on Feb. 19 at Riverside Hospital, Newport News. Bill was born in Woodbury, raised in Repaupo and attended Paulsboro High School. He retired after 28 years of service in the U.S. Navy as a Chief Petty Officer. He then worked as a City Code inspector for the City of Newport News, retiring after 15 years. Bill enjoyed being with his family, Christmas, flying his model airplanes, fishing and mowing his lawn.

He was predeceased by his loving wife of 35 years, Joyce Mary and his son, William Henry Myers Jr. Bill is survived by his daughters, Cheryl Larzelere (Robert) of Gibbstown, Wanda Granato (Richard) of West Deptford; his grandson, Michael Coleman (Jessica) and great grandson, Bryce of Deptford; his sisters, Lorraine Hughes (Pat) and Sylvia Merkle (Richard) and eight half brothers and sisters. Services were held at the McBride Foley Funeral Home, Paulsboro. The family would appreciate donations to Toys for Tots, 210 County House Rd., Clarksboro, NJ 08020. Memories can be shared at


AIELLO — Margaret R. Aiello (Simon) age 61, of Clarksboro passed away Feb. 20 at home. Margaret was born in Philadelphia and lived for 40 years in Clarksboro. She was retired from the purchasing department of Gloucester County. Margaret enjoyed annual trips to Aruba, boating on the Chesapeake Bay, shopping, and special time with her family and the grandchildren. She adored her granddaughter Angelina and would do anything for the people she loved. She was the kindest soul.

Wife of Frank J. Aiello, also survived by son Frank J. Jr. (Frankie) his wife Meghan, daughter Janel Caputo and her husband Robert, two grandchildren Angelina and Giovanni, father Joseph Baltadonis and his wife Diane.

Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to Lighthouse Hospice 1040 N. Kings Highway Suite 100 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034. Memories and condolences can be shared at

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