Obituaries – May 2016 Issue

BAKER — Carolyn Dawson Baker, 83, passed away on March 12 after a valiant battle with cancer. Born March 9, 1933 to Ruth Etta Lyons and C. Raymond Dawson, she is survived by husband, Ralph H. Baker Jr., and children, Diana (Victor) Cintron, Kathleen (Jorge) Barquet, and Chip (Sheri) Baker. She was predeceased by daughter, Laura Jane Baker. Carolyn was the loving grandmother to Katherine, Belen, Emily, Gabriel, Carolyn, Jorge, Michael, and Diana, and great-grandmother to five. Carolyn loved her canine grandbabies and enjoyed traveling to see them.

Carolyn attended Centre Square School. She met future husband, Ralph Baker, in freshman English class at Swedesboro High School, where she graduated in 1950. Carolyn married high school sweetheart, Ralph, on Jan. 5, 1952, while he was home on Army furlough from Austria. She graduated from Goldey Beacom College and worked as office manager at Atlantic Refining. Upon the birth of their first child, Carolyn left the business world to become a stay-at-home mother. Later she returned to work as a secretary at EIC and then as office manager at Gifted Children Newsletter.

She was a wordsmith with a beautiful smile and a wonderful sense of humor. Carolyn penned the most beautiful letters, kept detailed notes of travels with Ralph, and orchestrated the creation of beautiful birthday scrapbooks for her children. She was a terrific Scrabble player, but had even more joy when her grandkids defeated her. Dictionary fun time, reading, crosswords puzzles and knitting were hobbies.

Local residents will remember Carolyn selling soda and popcorn to the swimmers at Swedesboro Lake during the 1960s. A talented seamstress, Carolyn designed and sewed many school clothes, prom dresses and wedding gowns. She taught all of her children to sew whether they liked it or not. Carolyn sewed costumes for the 1976 bicentennial celebration.

Though she encouraged all scholarly pursuits, she was also a Phillies fan who bought tickets for her grandkids on opening day. Carolyn was an active member of Centre Square Union United Methodist Church, where she played the piano and taught Sunday School.

During Carolyn and Ralph’s 64-year marriage they lived in Philadelphia, Ann Arbor, Mullica Hill, Mantua, and Centre Square. According to Ralph, “64 years of marriage and every day was Valentine’s Day.”

ALLEN — The community lost a wonderful and selfless person when on March 15, Doris S. Allen, a 52-year resident of Furnace Road, Wernersville, PA, lost her eight-year battle with cancer. She was 87.

Doris was born in Swedesboro to parents Oscar and Sarah Shoemaker, long deceased. She was raised on their farm in South Harrison Township with her brother, Lester, who survives her. Doris learned the value of hard work on the farm and became the first in her family to attend and to graduate from college, which she did in 1950, earning a BA in elementary education from Trenton State College, now known as The College of New Jersey. She immediately began a teaching career, starting at Mullica Hill Elementary School and ending in Shillington, PA, at Cumru Intermediate School. She taught for 37 years and provided valuable lessons and positive guidance to countless students who attended her classes.

She never grew tired of helping her pupils. Remarkably, some of her former students ended up taking care of her when she was receiving cancer treatments at the Reading Hospital in West Reading, PA. Not only did they remember her, every one of them expressed genuine appreciation and affection for her.

Doris died in the 64th year of her marriage to her childhood sweetheart, Elmer, who grew up in Jefferson. They have one son, Robert, who lives in Manchester, Maine, with his wife, Sara Burns. Doris was blessed with two grandsons, Andrew G. Allen of Washington, D.C., and Aaron J. Allen of New York City.

Doris possessed a multitude of talents and people skills. She enjoyed reading and was a talented writer. She was an unbelievably good cook. After her retirement, she tended the flower gardens that surround her home and worked as a volunteer in numerous community projects and causes.

Doris also traveled extensively in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. She made friends wherever she went. She had the uncanny knack of striking up meaningful conversations with complete strangers, and utilized many of those conversations to forge ongoing friendships. Until her last illness, she stayed in touch through letters and emails with these acquaintances.

More important to her, however, were the scores of friendships that she built over her resplendent life, both in New Jersey and in Pennsylvania. As so many have said, “She was a good friend.” She was also a wonderful mother, a beloved wife and an irreplaceable grandmother. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Any family member or friend who wished to honor her memory do so by making a donation to either the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tenn., or the Salvation Army.

KELLER — Joseph James Keller, 77, of Mullica Hill, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on March 20. A kind and loving man, Joe devoted his life to his family. He loved being a father, grandfather and friend to all. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy. Joe’s love of flying led him to his lifelong career as chief pilot for Safeguard Scientifics.

Joe was a simple man and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Joe was the beloved husband of 53 years to Cherie (Sarah), nee Callan; devoted father of Joseph (Lisa) and Cara Buckland (George); loving grandfather of Brendan, Joseph, Sean, Ryan and Grace, and dear brother to the late Stuart.

Memorial donations may be made in Joe’s name to Holy Angels Parish, 64 Cooper Street, Woodbury, NJ 08096 or Gloucester Catholic Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 596, Gloucester City, N.J. 08030. Share the memories share love ShareLife at

LAVENDAR — Rene N. Lavendar, 30, of Swedesboro, passed away March 23 at Crozier Medical Center in Upland, PA. Rene was a lifelong resident of Swedesboro, attended Kingsway Regional High School, and was currently employed by Accu Temp Services in inventory control. She was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, loved the beach, shopping, an occasional trip to the casinos, and dancing.

Rene is survived by her mother, Sara Grasso; her father, Brady Lavender, and her aunt, Rose Pedulla. Services were held at the Cheega Funeral Home in Swedesboro. Contributions in Rene’s memory may be made to the funeral home to help with expenses. Cheega Funeral Home 1329 Kings Hwy. Swedesboro, NJ 08085.

MATTIOLI — Beverly Mattioli (nee McCue), 79, of Mt. Royal, died on Friday, March 25. Beverly was born and raised in Putnam Lake, NY and was a longtime Brewster resident until moving to Mount Royal to live with her daughter. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who treasured time spent with her family. In her free time, she enjoyed bowling, crafts, writing poetry, and she especially loved animals.

Beverly is survived by her children, John and Theresa Mattioli of Roswell, GA, Mike and Cheryl Mattioli of Moon Twp., PA, and Gina and Bob Miller of Mt. Royal; her grandchildren, John, Marc, Kristen, Tim, Ray, Emily, Jake, Lindsay, and Zachary, and her sister, Pat Stenzel. Beverly was predeceased by her husband, John Mattioli; her daughter, Lisa Mattioli; her parents, Ambrose and Maureen McCue, and her brother, Roger McCue.

Contributions can be made in Beverly’s memory to Magee Rehab Hospital Foundation Development Department, 1313 Race St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19102-1177 or Gloucester County Animal Shelter, 1200 N. Delsea Dr., Clayton, N.J. 08312. Arrangements are by McBride – Foley Funeral Home, Paulsboro, N.J. Memories can be shared at

WEST — Robert P. West Sr., 72, of Bridgeport and formerly of West Deptford Township, passed away March 26, at Inspira Medical Center in Woodbury surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Richmond, VA, the youngest of seven children, Bob attended Deptford High School, Class of ’63. He retired from Monsanto Chemical Co. after 24 years of service. Bob was an active member of the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Westville, NJ, and more recently attended Christ Episcopal Church in Woodbury. He was a volunteer for the Oak Valley Fire Company for many years, loved the shore, camping and was a devoted caregiver to his wife of 54 years, Barbara.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara (nee Trainer); his children, Cynthia Giandomenico, Robert West Jr. and William West; his loving grandchildren, Rick, Sophia, Vincenzo, Adrianne, Julianne, Billy, Derick and Dylan.

Services were held at the Cheega Funeral Home, Swedesboro

LANGBERG — Barry Langberg, age 61, of Mantua, passed away on March 27. Formerly of Mullica Hill “Jefferson,” Barry worked for Hungerford & Terry, Inc. in Clayton for over 30 years. He enjoyed fishing, going to Riverwinds in West Deptford to watch boats and planes, loved animals, and was great with kids.

Barry is survived by his cousins, Ralph Langberg and Erika Quinlan; his close friends, Christina Walker and Cassandra Thomas, his adopted family, and many close friends. He is also survived by his dog, Roman, and his cat, Noah.

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JOHNSTON — Robert Johnston of Camden, DE, formerly of Mullica Hill, passed on March 28. He was 73.

A generous guy, Bob would give the shirt off his back to help others. A hardworking, jack of all trades, he could fix just about anything. Prior to retirement, Bob provided for his family by working as a pipefitter for Union Local No. 322, the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, and Mobil Research and Development, Paulsboro. He and his ever present smile will be missed dearly by all who knew him.

He was the beloved husband of Linda (nee Horan); devoted father of Jillian; loving brother of Nancy Levering, Susan Mumbower, and the late Margaret Allen, William, James and John Johnston, Dorothy Orr and Florence “Patsy” Dagney, and special uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Furrever Friends (animal rescue), P.O. Box 141, Woodbury, NJ 08096. Share the memories, share the love, share Life at

UNGRUE — Michael A. Ungrue, 58, of Mullica Hill, passed away suddenly on March 29. Michael was employed with Boeing as a quality specialist. He is survived by his wife, Donna Ungrue (Doto); children, Alexandria and Michael J. Ungrue; grandson, Noah; sisters, Mary Ungrue and Dawn Cutler; brothers, James, Edward, and Joseph. He was predeceased by daughter, Monica, and brother, Daniel.

Donations can be made to American Heart Association , 1 Union St. Suite 301, Robbinsville, N.J. 08691 or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675. Memories and condolences can be shared at

GIBSON — Nancy E. Gibson, 82, of Swedesboro and formerly of Norwood, PA, died at peace on March 30, after a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Gibson was born in Philadelphia to the late Hazel and Clara Mae Bailey and retired from a career in banking as a branch manager. She was a lifelong sports fan and held a special love for her dog, “Nipper”. She was the beloved wife of the late Clarence H. “Pete” Gibson and is survived by her son, Paul (Phyllis); loving grandsons, Timothy (Claire) and Kyle; cherished great-grandsons, Nolan and Elliott, and many nieces and nephews.

Contributions may be made to the Interboro High School Scholarship Fund, 900 Washington Ave., Prospect Park, Pa. 19076. Condolences may be sent to

BYE — Janice Vaughan Eldridge Bye, 71, of Mullica Hill, passed away on April 1. Jan was born in Danville, PA and had resided in Gloucester County for 45 years.

Jan was a lover of life, family, friends and fun. Always drawn toward sunshine and travel, she shared her time in Ocean City, Key West and her beloved family cottage in upstate Pennsylvania. Jan was a practitioner of living life to its fullest. She was the co-owner with her husband Arthur of Urban & Bye Realtor in Philadelphia.

Jan is survived by her husband, Arthur Bye; daughters, Elizabeth (James) Haley of Haddonfield, NJ; Meredith (Byron) Murrill of Cherry Hill, NJ, and Jennifer (Michael) Fratini of Mantua, NJ; sisters, Gerre Vecchiola and Roberta Maggs, and her grandchildren, Samuel, Kaitlyn, Anna, Christian, Ava, Henry and Lila whom she loved unconditionally. She was predeceased by her parents, Homet and Roberta Vaughan of Danville, PA, and sister Nancy Magill.

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BROWN — Ruth A. Brown (nee Harris), 74, of Clarksboro, passed away on April 2 with her loving family at her side.

A sweet and helpful lady, Ruth was very active and was often told by others to slow down. She was a good friend to others and devoted to her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandson, whom she doted on. Ruth was very talented and enjoyed her crafts and crochet. Playing bingo and going on trips and cruises were some of the activities that kept her busy.

Born in Mt. Holly, NJ, Ruth was a resident of Clarksboro for over 40 years. Ruth was an active member of the West Deptford Senior Citizens Club, the Moose Club of Mt. Holly and the Sportsman Club of Salem County. She was employed by Saint John of God in Westville for over 20 years.

Ruth was the beloved wife of 55 years to Leonard P. Brown Jr.; devoted mother of Leonard P. (Anna) Brown III, Lisa (Joe) Eivich and Jennifer (James) Mayer; cherished Mom Mom of Melissa, Matt, Kevin, Len, James, Cody, the late Calvin, and great-Mom Mom of Will; and dear sister of Ella Miller, Shirley Hart, Charles Harris and the late Mae Denny.

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WORKMAN — Bertha Workman (nee Weick), 96, of Clarksboro, died Saturday, April 2 in Pitman Manor, Pitman, NJ.

Mrs. Workman was born in Paulsboro and raised in Gibbstown where she taught school for 39 years. She and her late husband, Joseph, built their own home in Clarksboro, where they lived for over 50 years. Mrs. Workman was a member of Evangelical United Methodist Church in Clarksboro.

She is survived by her niece, Diane Lind Buck of Centerville, VA.; her nephew, Dale R. Lind of Glendale, AZ, and her great-niece, Dori Lind of Peoria, AZ. Mrs. Workman was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Workman, and her sister, Dorothy Lind.

The funeral service was held at the McBride – Foley Funeral Home in Paulsboro. Contributions can be made in her memory to the Memorial Fund of Evangelical U.M. Church, 14 West Cohawkin Rd., Clarksboro, N.J. 08020. Memories can be shared at

MORRISON – Thomas J. Morrison, Jr., 69. If grandparents received awards for perfect attendance, Tom would have been first on the list. Though he was blind, he listened intently at all of their functions. But nothing was better than when he would take them to see his beloved Phillies: T-shirts all around. If his T.V. were on, odds are he’d be beating contestants at “Wheel” and “Jeopardy!”

Tom was raised in Swedesboro, (one of the last of the remaining Peeltown Gang) and spent his youth on the basketball court at St. Joe’s and the football field at St. James. Earlier years found him working as a dispatcher at Universal Supply Co., in Gloucester City, NJ.

Thomas was the husband of the late Patricia and is survived by his daughter, Tara Morrison-Smith (Shawn); his son, Joe (Laura) Martin; his sisters, Sr. Mary Ella Morrison, O.P.; Kathleen Vuk (Robert) and Margaret Mary Kain (Joe), and four grandchildren.

Donations to Guardian Angels School, 717 Beacon Ave., Paulsboro, N.J. 08066 or Padua Academy, 905 N. Broom St., Wilmington, DE 19806 will be appreciated.

ZAYAC — Fred J. Zayac, 79. “I can’t believe I’ve lived this long.” And from some of the stories he would tell, it was a wonder. Fred grew up one of three boys in Mt. Royal, the middle son of Elsie and Joseph Zayac. He attended “old” Swedesboro High School, where he met the love and soul mate of his life, Jean Chesney. From 1954 to 1958, he served our country in the Air Force.

Fred and Jean married in 1957 and had a daughter, Gail, in 1959. Soon a son, Rae, followed only to pass in a short five years. Fred was a person who loved life to the fullest. Not one to let grass grow under his feet, he and Jean moved frequently. Some called them “Gypsies.” He loved meeting and talking with people which behooved him as an “ambassador of goodwill” for many years with Camping World, and then as greeter/salesman at the Home Depot, “the best job ever.” Everywhere he went, people would say “I know you.” He left a lasting impression on all who were fortunate to meet him. Homes, cars, trailers, and boats: he had many. Both Fred and Jean sported golf clubs and used them often at Woodbury Country Club and Pinehurst Country Club.

He was the husband of the late Jean, and is survived by his adoring daughter, Gail Redkoles; grandchildren, Paul and Shana Redkoles, and Amber and Brian Almeida; great-grandchildren, Scarlett and Madden Redkoles and Alyssa Rae Almeida; his loving sister-in-law, Margaret Carter, and his dog, Taffy.

Donations to the American Heart Association will be appreciated.

ARROYO — Efrain Arroyo,77, came to Woolwich with his dad at age 14. Offered the choice between working and school, Efrain jumped at the opportunity to work. For years he traveled back and forth between Puerto Rico, Florida and New Jersey, but Woolwich always remained his favorite place.

Efrain was friends with local farmers and worked at Mike’s Corner, running the store and making deliveries. Most knew him as Frank. He worked hard and saved until he could buy his own vegetable farm.

While working in a packing house in Florida, Efrain met Netty. Soon they married and settled in Woolwich where they raised their three daughters, Rosa Arroyo, Luz Marx and Julie Hawk. He is also survived by a brother, Ray; sisters, Olga Cruz, Elaine Quiles, Maria Arroyo-Mendez, Carmen Arroyo-Gonzalez; a brother-in law, Jose Ruiz; a niece, Beatrice Ruiz, and six grandchildren. Burial in Lake Park Cemetery, Swedesboro.

ZIZMONT — Anthony Stanley Zizmont, of Cherry Hill. Anthony was born in Chester, Pa., July 20 1933, and grew up in Bridgeport. He could be seen delivering papers there for many years. He was the son of Anthony and Helen Zizmont and graduated from Paulsboro High School in 1951. He went to Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, and graduated in 1955 with a degree in physics and continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1958 with a master’s degree in physics. Anthony worked part-time at RCA in Camden, during those three years (1955 to 1958). He completed four years of ROTC and became 2nd Lt. in the Army Signal Corps and went on six months active duty at Fort Monmouth, NJ, as a 1st Lt. and later left the service as a captain. He began working at the General Electric Space Center in King of Prussia, PA, in a research group tracking satellites and worked there for about five years until the program closed. Anthony lived in Philadelphia at Park Town Place on the Parkway and later moved to Cherry Hill, NJ He worked at Mobil Oil in Princeton, NJ, and then went back to Rutgers full-time to get a master’s degree in statistics. Anthony then got a job at Cities Service in Cranbury, NJ, as a statistician and analyst in a research group. He was predeceased by his brother, Francis, and is survived by his siblings, Eddie (Judy) and Helen (Dan) Orbanus, with whom he lived, and nieces and nephews, Roy, Kelly, Lisa, Eddie, Kim and Barbara and several cousins.

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