Obituaries April 2016 Issue

READ — Peter B. “Pete” Read, age 73, died suddenly on Feb. 21, with his family by his side. Pete lived most of his life in Mullica Hill. He worked 40+ years at Agresta Oldsmobile in Williamstown. He was a family man and had many very good friends. His hobbies included working on cars, reading, puzzles, watching car races, watching Jeopardy and NCI. His favorite saying was “Whatever” and he hated his picture taken. He was a “collector of everything and a parter of nothing”.

Pete was predeceased by his first wife Carol (Twyford) Read. He is the beloved husband of Margaret “Peggy” (Seiler) Read, devoted father of John (Jane) Read, Patty (Carl) Rohe-Davis, Richard Read and Jamie Svincov. Loving Grandfather of nine, Great Grandfather of four. Donations may be made in Pete’s memory to the Diabetes Foundation at Thoughts and prayers may be extended to the family at

SCHATZ — Helen K. (Kyriakos) Schatz “Cookie” (1921-2016) Age, 94, of Swedesboro, died Monday, Feb. 22. Helen was born March 27, 1921 and was a graduate of Chester High School, Class of 1939. Mrs. Schatz retired from Sunroc Corporation, where she was an Executive Assistant, for many years. Helen was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and a member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Media, PA. Cookie enjoyed sewing, reading, traveling and keeping up with the world news. Most of all, she was devoted to her family and enjoyed spending time with them.

Wife of the late Frederick G. Schatz. Survivors: Devoted Son: Peter D. Rudd (Nancy), Step Sons: Kenneth Schatz (Loretta) and Alan Schatz (Marilyn), Step Daughter: Lillian Edelman, Grandchildren: Helena Angelo (Dave) and Michael Rudd, Great Granddaughters: Victoria and Brianna Rudd, Sisters: Ruby Trantas, Jula Radell and Kathryn Davis.

Memorial donations may be made in memory of Helen to: St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 30 E. Forge Rd., Media, PA 19063. Condolences:

DIGGS — Christine Diggs age 53 of Logan Twp., passed on Feb. 22.

BARTON — Harvey Russell Barton Jr. was a serious engineer who didn’t take himself too seriously. “Seldom wrong, never in doubt.” He had an infectious belly laugh and could fix anything – even if it wasn’t broken. He was on his back replacing the garbage disposal in his mid-80s. He died Friday, March 4, at Shady Lane Nursing Home with his wife, Eleanor, by his side one week after the celebration of the 25th anniversary of their very happy marriage (Harveee! – Yes Dear!). Eleanor remains at Shady Lane in Clarksboro. Doris, Harvey’s wife of over 40 years, died in 1990. Harvey/pop-pop leaves an extended family of eight Barton and Azzari children, 15 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. He is survived by brother, Don and his wife, Maria, and by sister, Dorothy.

Born in 1925 in Riverside, N.J., his professional life began as a flight mechanic in Burma, flying over the Himlayas in World War II to supply Chiang-Kai Chek’s fighting tigers. After graduating from the University of Buffalo on the GI Bill, he ‘engineered’ flavorings, optics, electronics and reliability and maintainability, and later was a community college professor teaching computer software – until he was 81! Harvey had many hobbies over his life: playing the cornet, model airplane building, tropical fish, furniture making, camping trips, and electronics. He took up winemaking in his late 40s and continued for nearly 40 years, much of that time as the favorite winemaker of the Azzari family. Over 400 copies of his winemaking book were sold at the Italian Market in Philadelphia. He was a Sunday school teacher and elder for Grenloch Presbyterian Church, and he was a member of the Washington Township School Board when the high school was constructed, serving as vice president in 1964-’65. He was president of the Russell-Kaign Family Reunion for many years.

Services were held at Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro. Harvey was well-cared for in his last months by Holy Redeemer Hospice, Lindsay Place in Pennsville and Shady Lane Nursing Home in Clarksboro. Donations to any of these would be welcome.

HORNER — Verna S. Horner, 95, of Harrisonville, died March 9 in her home with her family by her side. Born and raised in Alloway, daughter of the late Howard & Clara (Drummond) Simpkins, she had been a Harrisonville resident for the past 76 years. Verna, along with her husband, Willard, owned and operated their farm, Fertile Green Stock Farm in Harrisonville for many years. She was also a member and treasurer of the Harrisonville Grange No. 26 and a member of the Woodstown Friends Meeting.

Verna is survived by her son & daughter-in-law, W. Kirk and Sandy Horner; her grandson, John (and Kris) Horner; her granddaughter, Tracy (and Nathan) Willard; four great-grandchildren, Rachel, Erin, Morgan, and Sean; and two step-great-grandchildren, Kyle and Evert Willard. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Norman Simpkins, and her sister, Alma Rammel. Memorial contributions in Verna’s memory may be made to the Harrisonville Grange #26, c/o W. Kirk Horner, PO Box 108, Harrisonville, NJ 08039. Please visit to leave a note of condolence to the family.

SUPLEE — Charles L. “Soup” Suplee Jr., of Mullica Hill, died on March 10 at his home. He was 82.

Born in Philadelphia, he was raised in Glassboro and graduated in 1951 from Glassboro High School. Upon graduation from Drexel with a B.S. in civil engineering, he was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Mr. Suplee retired from the DuPont Company in 1990 as manager of industrial properties in the company’s Corporate Real Estate Division in Wilmington where he was involved with the location and acquisition of their major facilities throughout the U.S. Mr. Suplee was a past president of the Industrial Development Research Council, an organization of corporate real estate executives, and state and local industrial developers.

Mr. Suplee cared deeply about people and his community. As a member of the Harrison Township Historical Society, he served as project director of the Old Town Hall Restoration from 1991 to 1996. He was an active member of the Mullica Hill Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. He was also a member of Pitman Lodge No. 197, F&AM. Soup lived his life from his generous and loving heart. Never missing an opportunity to celebrate, he delighted in the happiness of others. Soup especially enjoyed years of sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and summer vacations at his family home in Ocean City, N.J.

He is survived by Judy, his wife of 60 years; son, Curt Mitchell Suplee; daughter, Jennifer Suplee Mullin of Bowie, MD.; granddaughter, Jessica Suplee Welsh (John); grandsons, Zachary, Jackson, and Carter Mullin; great-granddaughters, Tori and Desirae Welsh; his brother, Richard S. Suplee of Glassboro; his sister-in-law, Betsy S. Gray, and nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Harrison Township Historical Society, P.O. Box 4, Mullica Hill, N.J. 08062 or the Omar and Mary Heritage Education Fund of Mullica Hill Friends Meeting, P.O. Box 67, Mullica Hill, N.J. 08062. Thoughts and prayers may be extended to the family at


DAHLLOF — Anne R. Dahllof (Cavallero), 88, of Mullica Hill, passed away March 11. Wife of the late Vernon Dahllof Sr., Anne is survived by daughter, Maryanne Dahllof; son, Vernon Dahllof Jr., and daughter-in-law, Sharon Dahllof.

Anne graduated in 1945 from Glassboro High and then from Union Academy Beauty Culture School in Philadelphia. She had been employed in Woodbury at the tax office for six years, then retired in 1985 from Columbia Records after 20 years. Anne loved all kinds of animals!

Donations can be made to Smile Train, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or the favorite animal shelter or orphanage of your choice. Memories and condolences can be shared at

BROWN — Tyler Ritchie Brown. Accomplished high school student and athlete, beloved son Tyler Ritchie Brown, 17, of Woolwich Township, died in the early hours of March 12 as a result of injuries sustained as a passenger in a car accident. He was born in Springfield, Ore., the only son of Russ and Susan (Ritchie) Brown. Tyler graduated from Kingsway Middle School, and was a senior at Salesianum School in Wilmington, Del. In addition to his parents, Tyler is survived by his maternal grandmother, June Ritchie, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

And though an only child, his loss is mourned by more than 1,000 Salesian brothers who knew him as a funny, talented, and devoted friend. Tyler’s infectious attitude and good humor made him an integral part of the fabric of the Salesianum school community. A two-sport varsity athlete on the wrestling and rugby teams, Tyler’s interests went beyond athletics. A member of the school’s Model UN squad, Tyler also cultivated his design and art talents at Salesianum, where his artwork was featured in various publications and in the school’s halls.

Outside Salesianum, Tyler was interested in lacrosse, music and was a black-belt martial artist. He spent many summers at YMCA Camp Ockanickon and looked forward to being a full counselor this summer before heading off to Syracuse University, where he earned a scholarship to study architecture.

Interment is at the Lake Park Cemetery in Woolwich Township. Tyler’s family requests that contributions be made to a charity meaningful to Tyler. They are: Make A Wish Foundation,; Salesanium School, Wilmington, Del.,; Camp Ockanickon, Medford, N.J.,; Warriors Helping Warriors, Middletown, Del.,

ALCOTT — William R. Alcott Sr. age 82 years of Mullica Hill died Monday March 14 in his home surrounded by his family. Mr. Alcott was born in Westville and raised in Thorofare and Bridgeport. He lived for many years in Paulsboro before retiring to Mullica Hill.

Mr. Alcott was a veteran serving in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked for DuPont Chambers Works and later at the Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard. He was a life member of the George D. Patton V.F.W. Post #678, Paulsboro and an avid Phillies fan and he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his children, Doris Ann and Robert Blake of Carneys Point, Marian and Samuel Fish of Johnsonville, S.C., Carolyn and Frank Yandach of Gibbstown, William R. Alcott Jr. of Mullica Hill, Lee Ann and Jim Hollingsworth of Collingswood; his grandchildren, Sammy, Lisa, Marla, Melinda, Josh, Frankie, Katie, Kyle, Alexis, Robbie, Derek and Jason; nine great grandchildren; his sisters, Dolores, Lois and Claudia; his brother, Carl and his dog, Napo. Mr. Alcott was predeceased by his wife, Marian L. Alcott; his parents, William and Ada Alcott and several brothers and sisters.

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

MAGSAM — H. Fred Magsam, 66. Fred thought any make of classic car was fine as long as it was a Chevy. He always had one in the yard under construction, which meant he was all over the swap meets looking for parts every weekend. In the summertime you could often find him with a fishing rod in hand or down in Tuckerton doing some crabbing. He always claimed to have the biggest catch, but the pictures told a different story. If he wasn’t on the water, you could find him out exploring on a four wheeler. Earlier years saw Fred playing pool at the East Greenwich Fire Station, and occasionally fighting a fire. He was a member of the Teamsters Union Local 676 and retired from VWR Scientific.

He is survived by his sons, Bryan (Tori) and Stephen (Aimee), and grandchildren, Cole, Blake, Kyle and Kevin; a sister, Janet Marsh (Tim), and his niece, Tara Marsh. Services were under the direction of Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro. Interment Lake Park Cemetery, Woolwich Twp.

TAGLE — Lutgardo P. Tagle, M.D, 76. Dr. Tagle grew up in the Philippines during World War II. Times were hard and many family members sacrificed for him to complete his training. The doctor didn’t forget the many kindnesses, and later paid back by sponsoring other students and seminarians. He was a quiet, humble man who, when he spoke, was full of wisdom. His practice was in Brooklyn in an underprivileged neighborhood where he felt his skills would be needed. He came to New York to complete a residency at Lincoln Hospital. The chief resident was Sonia Mendoza, M.D. Friends put them together for a dinner dance and it led to a marriage of almost 48 years. When they retired, the Tagles moved to Woolwich Township to be midway between grandchildren. Since they were both pediatricians, children were a necessary part of their lifestyle, but playing games and fixing toy cars replaced the office. Of course it wasn’t just his grandkids that he so enjoyed, it was his entire family. Dr. Tagle was blessed to have a home big enough to host everyone during the holidays.

In addition to his dear wife, Sonia, he is survived by three sons, Arnel M.D., John and Warren; two brothers, five sisters and six grandchildren. He was predeceased by two brothers and one sister. Services were held at Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro. The family requests Mass Cards or donations to St. Peter’s Seminary, San Jose, Antique, Philippines.

STEPHENS — Alfonzo T. Stephens Sr., age 44, of Mullica Hill, departed this life on March 15. Condolences may be sent to

FLAMINI — Alfonso P. Flamini, 88, of Woodbury, formerly of Mickleton, passed away March 16. He was the husband of the late Helen (nee Moffa), beloved father of Mark P. (Vicky) of South Harrison, David of Philadelphia, loving grandfather of Dena and Mark Jr., and brother of George (Gloria) Flamini.

He was a Charter member of the Carmel S. Morina Sons of Italy Lodge, a member of the Knights of Columbus in Paulsboro, a WWII U.S. Army veteran, and retired from Mobil Oil as a machinist.

DILKS — Grace Dilks (nee Granata), a life resident of Swedesboro, passed away March 19 at her residence, surrounded by her loved ones. A graduate of Swedesboro High School, Class of ’43, Grace worked in the collection department at the former First Fidelity Bank in Woodbury, N.J., retiring in 1990. Grace was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, a choir member since grammar school, a Eucharistic minister and lector. She was also a member of St. Joseph’s Altar-Rosary Society and served as hostess for their spaghetti dinners, Christmas bazaars and chicken barbecues. She held the position of Sunshine Lady and never forgot to send out cards to the sick or for the holidays. She never missed walking in the St. Joseph and St. Alfio Processions through the streets of Swedesboro. Grace was also a member of the Columbiettes, St. Francis Council, Swedesboro. She did volunteer work for the Red Cross blood drives and for Samaritian Hospice. She took on the job of being the seasonal decorator for Single Parents Dances in Clayton. Loving to dance, Grace would be the first on the floor when the music began at the Oasis Ballroom in Mullica Hill.

Wife of the late Wesley Dilks, Grace is survived by her children, Pam (Lyle) Gray, Wesley (Averil) and Ronald (Anne) Dilks; her grandchildren, Aven, Alfred, Renee, John and Sarah, and great-grandchildren, Alycia and Alexia. Contributions in Grace’s memory to St. Clare of Assisi Parish Memorial Fund, 140 Broad St., Swedesboro, would be appreciated. Arrangements were by the Cheega Funeral Home, Swedesboro.


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