Obituaries June 2017 Issue

SKINNER — Margery Carole Skinner, age 72 of Pilesgrove, died March 11 in her home with her family by her side.

Born in Woodbury, she was the daughter of the late Ulysses Sherman and Marjorie Doris (Geitz) Estilow. Margery was a 1962 graduate of Swedesboro High School, and she received her B.S. from Drexel University in 1967 where she was a member of Varsity Singers and toured Europe with them.

She loved teaching elementary education, and retired in 2002 after over 30 years of service. During those years, she taught in Harrison Twp., South Harrison Twp., Friends School of Mullica Hill, and East Greenwich Twp. For her service, she was named Gloucester County Outstanding Teacher in 1998.

Margery is survived by her husband, who she married on June 22, 1968, Leroy W. Skinner; her son and daughter-in-law, David D. and Amy (Buenaflor) Skinner; her daughter and son-in-law, Amy Carole (Skinner) and Michael Thomas Hays; and her sister, Betsy Estilow.

More than anything else, Margery loved spending time with her family and friends. She was a caring, compassionate, and generous person. She enjoyed history and genealogy, especially visiting Colonial Williamsburg, and camping with her family. She was a devoted member of Evangelical United Methodist Church in Clarksboro where she enjoyed singing in the choir. Memorial contributions may be made to Evangelical United Methodist Church, 14 West Cohawkin Rd., Clarksboro, NJ 08020. Please visit to leave a note of condolence to the family.

YULO — Angelina “Angie” DiPietro Yulo of Carneys Point, NJ, passed away surrounded by loved ones on April 23 at Cooper Hospital in Camden. She was 97.

Born January 18, 1920 in Penns Grove, Angie was the daughter of the late George and Filomena (DiGuilio) DiPietro. In 1947 she married her husband of 69 years, Daniel Joseph of Camden. After only a few months in the city, they would live the rest of their lives together near her childhood home of Penns Grove, surrounded by her family and friends from her mother’s birthplace, Valle San Giovanni, Abruzzo, Italy.

Angie was kind, strong-willed, and intelligent. After graduating Penns Grove High School, she worked at Woolworth’s 5 and 10. She was a secretary for the Pedricktown DOD during the war and took night classes until graduating from Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington. She continued at the DOD until her son was born and later worked as a secretary for Jane A. Williams Real Estate.

Angie was skilled and adventurous in the kitchen: trying out new recipes, perfecting traditional Italian dishes, baking cookies and her signature chiffon cakes, and teaching everyone how to make pasta. Family meant everything to her. Her house was ever open for company or big family parties and she always made time to visit family and friends, near or far. She adored her grandchildren, teaching them pasta-making, cooking, and baking secrets; chaperoning school trips; caring for them when sick; and hosting countless sleepovers.

Every night Angie said the rosary and prayed for her family. Each Sunday she went to church until she could no longer drive and thereafter watched mass on TV. She was an active member of the St. James’ Parish community.

She is survived by her loving husband, Daniel Joseph; son, Daniel Michael and wife, Patricia (Nothdurft) of Clarksboro; granddaughter, Jennifer and spouse, Daniel Thomas Lay; grandson, Daniel John; great-grandson, Sebastian Lay; sister, Susan (DiPietro) Davis; and sister-in-law, Marie (LaRosa) DiPietro both of Carneys Point. In addition to her parents, Angie was predeceased by five brothers, Antonio, Albert, Alfonso, George and Fredrick, and one sister, Santa. Contributions can be made in her memory to Catholic Charities at

LEONARD — Edward J. Leonard Jr, 70. He grew up with his hands in the soil. Ed worked his family’s farm until heading off to college. But most of his adult life found him being the most popular guy in town: the bartender. He was a partner at the Finish Line and worked at the Dutch and Holiday Inn.

Ed loved the ponies: you’d find him at Delaware Park and the first Saturday in May was better than Christmas. “Unbelievable!” he’d say if his horse didn’t win. But maybe it was the thrill of placing a bet he enjoyed; he was also a fan of the casinos.

He’d head out with the grandkids to Cowtown and return home with every noise making goody he could find. But he was always a kid at heart: they’d wear out playing basketball, football and sledding long before he ever did. From the time he got out of bed till he got back in, Ed was dressed to the nines and he was in great demand at parties: Fred Astaire never moved so gracefully.

Bartending at a retirement party, he’d find a pretty lady ordering a drink. He and Nancy would click and spend the next 35 years together. He is survived by his son, Ed Leonard III; stepchildren, Terry Fulmer (Keith) and Joseph Sarbello (Donna); 5 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Donations to the American Diabetes Association ( will be appreciated.

HUTTON — Alan Verne Hutton, age 80, of Mullica Hill, passed away on April 25 at Inspira Medical Center in Vineland.

Verne was a lifelong resident of Mullica Hill and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy as well as a professional truck driver.

Verne is survived by his wife, Lorraine Hutton of Mullica Hill; one brother, Ray Hutton of Maine and one sister, Madeline Dolcin of Mullica Hill. Memories, thoughts and prayers may be extended to the family by visiting

TURNAGE – Elizabeth “Betty” Lucille (Jaeger) Turnage, age 89, passed away in her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on April 25. She was born in Minnesota and spent part of her youth in Center Square, Logan Township. She was the daughter of Charles and Veronica Matts Jaeger.

Betty proudly served her country as a lieutenant in the US Navy as a flight nurse. She was stationed at the US Naval Hospital in Bainbridge, MD. She was a member of the medical team of the TransPacific portion of MATS Operation Wounded Warrior, an accomplishment which gave her much pride.

She was a faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, NC. Elizabeth was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend who loved spending her time with her family and friends.

In her spare time, Betty enjoyed traveling. She traveled around the world and back on The Concorde. Her family and friends will miss receiving her personal and eloquent cards.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents; step-son, Douglas Clayton Turnage; sisters Shirley J. Dodgen and Jean Pruitt; brothers William and Robert Jaeger; and brothers-in-law John Nothdurft and Jack Pruitt. She is survived by her loving husband, Fred D. Turnage; daughter DeeDee (Sam) McDermott; step children Betty (Ross) Griffith, Diane Lanigan, Dale (Russ) Laney, and Don (Cyndy) Wood; siblings Kathleen Nothdurft, Rodney Jaeger, Jack (Betty Jane) Jaeger; sisters-in-law Doris Jaeger and Peggy Jaeger; 15 grandchildren, multiple great grandchildren, numerous nephews, nieces, loved ones and friends.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston Salem, NC 27104.

SHOLDERS — Edna Sholders (nee Broomall) age 92 years, of Mickleton died April 29 at her daughter’s home surrounded by her family.

She was born and raised in National Park and was a 1942 graduate of Woodbury High School, where she was a cheerleader. Mrs. Sholders was a long time member of Evangelical United Methodist Church in Clarksboro, where she belonged to the Joy Circle and also a member of the Order of Shepherds of Bethlehem, where she was Past Supreme Commander.

She was proud to have worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard as a secretary during the war and many people know her from the Mickleton Post Office. Mrs. Sholders enjoyed crocheting, playing the piano, ceramics and painting.

She is survived by her children, Dorathy and Joe Garozzo of Woolwich Township, Richard E. and Barbara Sholders of Pedricktown; her grandchildren, Brendan, Justine, Cara, Richard A., Nicole and Danielle, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the McBride – Foley Funeral Home, Paulsboro. Contributions can be made in her memory to the Memorial Fund of Evangelical U.M. Church, 14 W. Cohawkin Rd., Clarksboro, or Autism N.J., 500 Horizon Drive, Suite 530, Robbinsville, NJ 08691. Memories can be shared at

HENGEL — Paul W. Hengel Sr., age 87, of Woolwich Twp., passed away on May 4 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Born in Pierre, SD, he was a graduate of Pierre High School, and continued his education at St. Thomas University, Notre Dame, and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Seattle University. Paul worked 37 years for Boeing before retiring in 1992. He was a passionate Notre Dame Fan, enjoyed playing golf, bowling, and attending family functions and vacationing in his beloved South Dakota.

In 2014, he was inducted into the Pierre High School Hall of Fame. Paul was a member of Holy Name Church where he served as a Eucharistic Minister, and Sunday Lector. He was instrumental in the construction of the new Parish Church and Hall at Holy Name.

Husband of the late Mary A. Hengel (nee Carberry), he is survived by his 10 children, Mary Anne Smith (Darvin) of Columbus, NE, Paul W. Hengel Jr. (Amy) of Alberton, MT, Thomas A. Hengel (Lisa) of Mullica Hill, Margaret J. Sammacicci (Nicholas) of Pilesgrove, NJ, Patricia M. Raffa (Ronald) of Hammonton, NJ, Elizabeth A. Groody (Chris) of Mantua, NJ, Nancy M. Hengel of Pilesgrove, NJ, Philip J. Hengel (Michele) of Alloway, NJ, Joseph M. Reese-Hengel (Allen), Atascadreo, CA, and Theresa K. Morrison (Thomas) of Alloway, NJ, 16 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren, and sisters-in-law, Jane & Ann Hengel. Paul was also predeceased by his siblings, Elizabeth Lamster, Ray, John, Bernard, Anthony, & Phillip Hengel.

Memories, condolences, and a complete obituary can be found at

DIXEY — John Edward Dixey lll, age 87, of Mickleton, passed away on May 5. Born in Woodbury to John Edward Dixey Jr. and Thelma (nee Hudson), he was a graduate of Woodbury High School Class of 1949.

John worked as a Millwright for DuPont in Repauno, and retired from Ciba-Geigy Corp. in Newport, DE. He loved to travel, enjoyed sports, especially baseball, which included many years of coaching in Westville. John was an avid Penn State fan.

John is survived by his wife Nancy A. Dixey (nee Souder), his children, Deborah Ann Gunther and her husband George, Steven M. Dixey and his wife Lisa, and Scott W. Dixey and his wife Karen, step-children, Robert Deacon Jr. and his wife Kathy, and James Deacon, grandchildren, Stephen, Michael, Nicole, Lauren, Jake, and Cole, seven step-grandchildren, and his brother William R. Dixey. John was predeceased by his previous wife Doris Ann Dixey (nee Babcock), his sister, Elizabeth, and brother, David.

As an expression of sympathy, contributions can be made to the Gloucester County Sheriff K-9 Unit, PO Box 376, Woodbury, NJ 08096 or the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Memories and condolences can be shared at

ALLEN — Marion E. Allen (nee Eggert), age 88, of Mount Royal, passed away on May 11 at her home after a battle with cancer. She was from Wenonah and was the daughter of the late George Eggert and Florence (nee Sturr).

Mrs. Allen was a graduate of Glassboro State Teachers College. She taught kindergarten and first grade at Billingsport Elementary School in Paulsboro until her retirement. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mantua, and enjoyed the YMCA Arthritis Swim group, bus trips, reading and doing Find-A-Word.

She is survived by her daughter, Martha Temple (Brian), her son, George Allen, six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Mrs. Allen was predeceased by her son John Allen, III.

Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Mantua, 109 Lincoln Ave., Mantua, NJ 08051.

BARBER – Leone Barber Jr., 83. Leon Barber Jr. Public speaking was far from Junnie’s comfort zone. Well, at least when he was young. But when his church put out a call for lectors he wanted to serve. A Dale Carnegie course gave him the confidence. Leon went on to lector, officiate at funerals, weddings, MC at company affairs, and be the President of the local Kiwanis Club for several terms.

Of course growth was always his thing. Junnie had a thirst for learning and adventure. Along with his wife they motorcycled in many states alone and with the Retread Bike Club. They spent 29 years at Big Timber Lake Campground in Cape May Courthouse taking family camping and seeing Civil War Battlefields. Somehow Leon found time to coach Little League teams. Although his daughters didn’t think he was a slave to fashion he always looked just right out in public. He kept the church finances straight; his count was never off.

It was a blind date led Leon and his wife, Helen DeVoy to enjoy 61 years together. They were blessed with four children: Mariagnes “Chickie” Johnson, Leon 3rd, Peggy Cipparone and Jennifer Ranji, 14 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. He is survived by sisters, Mary Mathias and Elaine Matteo and was pre-deceased by siblings, Richard and Barbara “Bobby” Barber. Interment Lake Park Cemetery. Donations in memory of Junnie may be made to St. Clare of Assisi Parish, 140 Broad Street Swedesboro 08085.

VENUTO – Scott R. Venuto, 39, of Mickleton, passed away suddenly on May 16.

Scott loved to be outdoors with his son, Nick. They enjoyed their fishing trips and quadding. Scott adored his son, but life became too burdensome for him to remain with us. He will forever be loved and truly missed.

Beloved son of Michael and Judy (nee Hanies) Venuto; loving father of Nicholas; dear brother of David (Dawn) and uncle of Brandon and Tyler Venuto. Scott is also survived by his Uncle Thomas Haines and Ronald (Peg) Venuto.

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HOLMES — James Franklin Holmes, a longtime resident of Swedesboro, was born on Oct. 24, 1923, to the late Willie and Leah (Frazier) Holmes in King and Queen Co., VA. On May 18, he peacefully entered eternal rest.

Jimmy was a retired custodian of Kingsway Regional High School.

He is survived by his three daughters, Mertha (Gary) Fauntleroy and Ronnie (Daniel) Morris of Swedesboro, and Sheila Holmes-Howard of Tolleson, AZ: and two daughters-in-law, Joyce Johnson and Darlene Johnson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Johnson Holmes, and three sons, Eric (Holmes) Johnson, Everett and Julian Holmes.


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