August 2017 Issue Obituaries

HUNT — Robert Hurff Hunt went to be with his maker on June 5, age 93. Bob was a lifelong resident of Logan Twp. He worked with his father on one of his grandfather’s two farms in Center Square until 1943 when he moved to the 200-plus acre farm on Oldman Creek Road. He later bought that farm and at one time had over 100 acres of asparagus. Farming, family and hunting were his passions. He would fatten 60 steers each winter and also worked at Chrysler Assembly Plant in Delaware to help make ends meet.

Bob was eight years old when he became a member of the Center Square United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the class of 1941 Swedesboro High School. In 1954 he married his childhood sweetheart from Swedesboro, Betty Gold, daughter of Leo T. and Myrtle Gold. He started a life with Betty in January 1954 that has lasted 63 years.

In 1963 Bob sold the farm and took a job at Monsanto Chemical Co., retiring after 25 years of service, many years never missing a day. His love of land and hunting took him on many trips starting in 1938. He hunted with the Hunt Hunting Club in the Pine Barrens. Their camp then was WWI surplus tents. They built a permanent camp but it burnt down in 1963. He then joined the Antler Club of Woodbury, where he has been an honorary member for many years and the oldest member, bagging in the 2015 season, according to the old timers, the largest rack in club history.

Bob was a quiet, unopinionated man who was liked and respected by all who knew him well and his dry sense of humor. His hunting took him and lifelong friends to Nova Scotia, Maine and PA for many years and many hours of stories of deer hunting. Bob has also worked the last 20 years on his sons’ farm where he has a reputation for exterminating those pesky groundhogs.

Bob was born on 12-13-23 to Foster V. Hunt Sr. and Edith Dawson Hurff. He was predeceased by a sibling, Foster V. Hunt, Jr. of WV, one step daughter, Linda M. Learch, a daughter, Jayne L. Misero. He is survived by his wife, Betty G. Hunt, a step daughter, Susan and Alfred Morgan of Bridgeville, DE, a son, David R. and Alisha Hunt of Logan Twp., two sons-in-law, Dominic Misero of Quinton and Billy Learch of Virginia, eight grandchildren: Jill, Justin, Adam, Rebekah, Charlotte, Foster, Cooper and Parker.

Donations to NRA ( will be appreciated.

GEISS — Dorothy Geiss passed away peacefully on June 18 with her loving family by her side. Dorothy was born in Thorofare, NJ in 1942 to the late Leon and Kathryn Matlack. She worked for 22 years at K-Mart as an assistant manager. Dorothy was an avid bingo player, enjoyed cruising, camping, she also got a kick out of people watching. Most importantly, Dorothy especially loved time spent with her family.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara Lynn. Dorothy is survived by her husband, Andrew Sr.; her sons, Andrew Jr., Michael Sr., (Valerie), and Craig Sr., (Joanna); grandchildren, Austin, Craig Jr. (Nicole), and Michael Jr.; great-grandchildren, Tyler and Brooke.

Please make contributions to The American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way No. 205, New Castle, DE 19720 or Compassionate Care Hospice, 4701 Ogletown Stanton Rd No. 2400, Newark, DE 19713.

BIGGS — Naomi Biggs (nee Whitley), age 92, of Mullica Hill, passed away on June 3 at Inspira Medical Center in Elmer.  Naomi was a long-time resident of Westville. She was predeceased by William, her devoted husband of 50 years and many dear family members and friends.  Naomi is survived by her daughter, Naomi, of Mullica Hill, grand-daughter, Chelsea, of Birmingham, AL, two nieces and many cousins and friends.

UHLHORN – Harry E. Uhlhorn, age 70 years, of Mount Royal, passed away on June 18 at ManorCare in West Deptford, NJ. He was born in Philadelphia, PA, the son of the late Harry G. and Ardell Uhlhorn and lived in Mt. Royal for the last 20 years. Harry proudly served in the U.S. Navy and he enjoyed restoring El Caminos and showing them at car shows.

He is survived by his son, Harry D. Uhlhorn of Swarthmore, PA and his fiancee, Jen; his two grandsons, Ryan and Jacob, a sister, Barbara and Kerry Graham of West Chester, PA; a brother Donn and Linda Uhlhorn of Chichester, PA, and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were under the direction of McBride-Foley Funeral Home, Paulsboro. Memories can be shared at

ROSSI — Heather Ann Rossi (Howard) age 70, of Clarksboro passed away June 18 at Shore Memorial Hospital. Heather was born and raised in Roxborough, PA. Graduate of Roxborough High, she had been a jeweler and worked in the medical billing field before retiring. Heather was an avid jewelry fanatic, enjoyed gardening and cooking, and more than anything adored her grandchildren.

Heather is survived by her loving husband Robert “Bob” Rossi, her children James Toopes, Ron Vanrell, Christopher Vanrell (Amy) and Randy Rossi (Christine), grandchildren Colton Vanrell, Mason Vanrell, Adriana Rossi, Alessandra Rossi, Emma Vanrell, Vincenzo Rossi and Luke Vanrell. She is also survived by sister Claire Lamon. Predeceased by her parents John and Claire Howard, brother John Howard and sister Kimerley Keller.

Donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or to Alzheimer’s Association, Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Memories and condolences can be shared at

LEONARD — James “Jimmy” Leonard was taken too soon on June 22. In his 46 years he touched so many with his infectious smile and grand personalized greetings. He loved everyone he knew and always had a warm hello for those he didn’t. A constant companion to his dad, they would make their rounds to favorite spots and farms. When dad passed he continued his routine with “the best mother in the world.” He loved spending time with his family doing his favorite things like hanging at the beach or by the pool, watching airplanes, going to church, Bottos Market, taking walks, pictures or rides to tunnels or bridges. His family extended to his friends at Lifestyles school, Dream Park Riding and Trinity Methodist Church. His twinkling eyes, kind soul and unending joy will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

James was predeceased by his father, James Leonard Jr. He is survived by mother, Dianne Whitaker, sisters, Barbara (Steve) Ridinger, Dee (Josh) Hackett, and nieces and nephews, Jamie Hackett, Joshua Hackett, Rachel Petrille, Stephanie Petrille, Kristopher Hackett, Daniel Petrille, Brook Ridinger and Jill Ridinger, and many aunts and uncles.

Interment Lake Park Cemetery, Swedesboro. Donations in memory of Jimmy can be made to Trinity U-M Church, Cedar Road, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062, or Lifestyle Supports, 646A Delsea Dr., Sewell, 08080 or Therapeutic Riding, 172 CR 537 East, Colts Neck 07722.

WINGMORE — Thomas D. Wigmore, Sr., 72 of the Bridgeport section of Logan Twp. passed away peacefully June 22 at home surrounded by his family. Born in Philadelphia, Tom lived in Logan Twp. for the past 24 yrs. coming from Tinicum, PA. He worked for Sun Ship as a carpenter in Chester, PA and was also self-employed as an auto mechanic, specializing in body and fender work and retired in 2010. Tom enjoyed life, was family oriented, enjoyed swimming, fishing, watching TV and his visits to Harrah’s.

Tom is survived by his wife of 50 years, Barbara A. (nee Goldhahn), his children, Thomas Jr., Barbara A. Mitchell and her husband Terry D. Mitchell, his grandsons, Jacob T. and Joshua D. Mitchell, a sister Martha Findle (Tootsie) and his companions, Blackie and Taz. He was predeceased by his twin brother, Lawrence, brother William and sister Carol Evans.

Contributions in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 1851 Old Cuthbert Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 would be appreciated. Arrangement were handled by Cheega Funeral Home, Swedesboro.

KNIGHT — Richard B. Knight age 70, of Mickleton passed away June 23 at his home. Richard was a proud 14 year veteran of the United States Marines, serving during Vietnam and other overseas posts. He permanently retired in 1980 from active service and earned his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University. He continued his career working with the U.S. Department of Navy as a Supervisory Personnel Management Specialist retiring in 2002.

Rich and his wife Kathy were avid RV’ers. In a 12 year span they set up camp in 47 States and five Canadian Provinces. Rich also enjoyed motorcycling, taking care of his land, and maintaining his RV.

Richard is survived by wife Kathleen M. (nee Loyzelle), brothers William J. Knight, Joplin, MO, John D. Knight, Perry, FL, sisters Pearl Ward, Perry, FL, Mary L. (Ted) Kroese, Freeport, FL, Susan (George) Baily, DeFuniak Springs, FL and Linda (Mitch) Coleman, Mexico Beach, FL, predeceased by his wife Candice R. Knight (nee Cain), brothers Bernice F. Knight and Herman L. Knight and sisters Margaret L. Holden and Meryl Knight.

Donations to be made to “Wreaths of Remembrance” at People for People (please write “Wreaths” in the memo line). Mail to: PO Box 256, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062. Also online donations at Memories and condolences can be shared at

PAYNE — Linda Payne age 61, of Mullica Hill passed away June 24 at home with her family by her side. Linda worked as a homemaker raising her family. She enjoyed spending time with her family and loved the beach.

Linda is survived by her sons Kenneth (Jen) Jr., Brian (Angel), Stephen (Jill), Jason (Becky), and Bradley (Erica). Also by 13 grandchildren, four sisters, one brother, and her mother Rose McAteer. Predeceased by her loving husband Kenneth Payne Sr. and one brother.

Donations can be made to American Cancer Society, 1851 Old Cuthbert Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ 08034. Memories and condolences can be shared at

LOVELL — Joyce Smelik Lovell, 76, of Red Bank, NJ, and formerly of Woolwich Township, passed away on June 27 surrounded by many of her family members.

She was born in the Bronx, NY on Aug. 12, 1941, the daughter of the late Helen Makara Smelik and the late Andrew Smelik. When she was 12, the family moved from the Bronx to Oakland, NJ and after completing her education at Indian Hills Regional High School, she worked in the baking industry, and then drove school bus routes for several years.

In 1961, she met Theodore Lovell, then of Franklin Lakes, NJ, and in 1963, they were married in the First Presbyterian Church in Glens Fall, NY, to begin a wonderful like together for 54 years. In late 1963, they moved to Lake Iosco in Blommingdale, NJ, then moved to Woolwich in 1984 and in 2015 moved to Red Bank, NJ.

One of her favorite hobbies was making wooden children’s toys in her workshop; many of those toys still exist. A large portion of her time was spent traveling with her husband, assisting in the supervision of his engineering projects. Her entire life was dedicated to helping other people; this included becoming a certified First Responder, and a certified Defibrillation Technician. She spent 10 years volunteering at the local schools, 12 years as a trained Contact Help Line Volunteer and Trainer, 13 years as a Hospice Volunteer, and found the time and energy to be a yearly blood donor.

She was ordained Deacon at the Woodstown Presbyterian Church, and while living in Woolwich, spent over 8,000 hours as a volunteer in the Emergency Section of the Salem County Memorial Hospital, and in 2002 was bestowed with the Volunteer of the Year award.

She is survived by her husband, Ted, and daughters Karen Lovell (Michael), Barbara Lovell (John), and grandchildren Matthew, Sawyer and Makara Napoli; her siblings Maryann Pruiksma (Jim), Donald Smelik, Diana Willoughby (Bob), Linda Smelik (Helen), and Ricky Smelik (Nancy); step daughter Laurie Candelora (Kent), Dorothy Peppard (Jack), Cynthia Koontz (Tom), and grandchildren Kristin, Ryan, Taryn, Colin, Sam, Vanessa, Taylor, Madison, David, Benjamin, Thomas and Brady; and great-grandchildren Noah, Charlotte, Gianna, Dominic, Luca and Karolina.

In honor of Joyce’s commitment to helping individuals receive warm and compassionate end-of-life care, the family requests donations may be made to the National Hospice Foundation: 1731 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 or with notification sent to: The Lovell Family at 329 Linden Ave., Locust, NJ 07760.

Please visit to leave a note of condolence to the family.

WEHRLE — Rosemary W. Wehrle, age 98, of Clarksboro passed away peacefully at home on July 4. Rosemary was born in Lebanon, PA, and raised in Altoona. An accomplished pianist, she also ran her own dance studio and performed in various venues in the area. Rosemary met her future husband when her friend pressed her brother, Joseph, to be a fourth in a doubles tennis game. They married during WWII and eventually Joseph’s new job at Mobil settled them in Clarksboro.

Rosemary had many interests and could hold a conversation on nearly any topic from cooking to cars. She enjoyed bowling, attending dinner dances and shopping. She served as president for St. Patrick’s School PTA several times and played piano for the Catholic Daughters of America. Rosemary was also active in managing the non-profit “Leprechaun Shoppe” whose proceeds benefited St. John of God for over 30 years. Rosemary was a skilled cake decorator and word of mouth brought many to her door with orders for birthdays, weddings and other occasions. She decorated her last wedding cake for her granddaughter’s wedding when she was 80. Rosemary embraced Christian principles and carried them out throughout her life.

Rosemary was predeceased by her beloved husband of 65 years, Joseph, and the loving mother of Marian (Lenny) Smith, Joan (John) Tierno, Robert (Linda) Wehrle, Lois (Benedict) Carrozza, Rosalie (Lou) Konowal, Thomas (Susan) Wehrle and Donna (Frank) Piarulli and loving grandmother of 17 grandchildren and great-grandmother of 20, dear sister to Louise Behe and loving aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Way Life Center, 686 N. Broad St., Woodbury, NJ 08096. Memories and condolences can be shared at

NARDELLA — Judith M. Nardella (nee Decker), age 76, of Woolwich Twp. passed away on July 11. Born in Philadelphia, she worked for their family business, Nardella, Inc. in Philadelphia. In her spare time Judy taught cooking classes, authored several cookbooks, and was a wonderful artist. Most of all she loved her family and adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by husband, Richard Nardella, daughters, Dana Durante (John), and Judy A. McDonald-Dunn (Ronald Sr.), grandchildren, Kristina Mclean (Ed), Richard Durante (Ashley), Francis McDonald III, Michael McDonald, Megan McDonald (Dom), Lisa Dunn-McHugh (Josh), Ron Dunn Jr., great grandchildren Bennett Durante, Chloe McHugh, Olivia Mclean, brother Joseph Decker (Karen), sister Rosetta Abbruzzese (Anthony). Judy was predeceased by grandson, Michael McDonald and her brother Edward Decker, Jr.

As an expression of sympathy, contributions can be made to University of Pennsylvania Cardiac Unit, Suite 750, 3535 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-3309 and Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania (CHOP), P.O. Box 781352, Philadelphia, PA 19178-1352. Memories and condolences can be shared at

EASTLACK — Paul G. Eastlack. Be prepared. Troop 13 of the Boy Scouts of America knew the leadership of Paul for 35 years, many boys making Eagle Scout under his tutelage and the Swedesboro Kiwanis club thrived for many years because of Paul’s efforts. But community service and service to nation weren’t new to him: a young Paul couldn’t wait to turn 18 to join the army. He and his friends all signed up and headed off to war. Paul spent most of his time in Korea and he picked up carpentry and mechanic skills while he was there. Coming home he worked for DuPont; every job from the dynamite mines to foreman of the experimental lab in Delaware. But for most of his life he maintained a second job as a mechanic, initially for Homan’s Garage and later for himself.

He spent a lifetime seeking knowledge. Even at age 90 he was doing research on the computer and staying current with the grandkids through e-mail. Paul was a man of few words: he was firm in his convictions but everyone knew Paul’s warmth. Even later in life he cared for many in his family; in his home if that’s what it took.

The Repaupo boy would spot a girl on a bicycle in Swedesboro. He knew Carole Stiles was the one. Their 66 year marriage was blessed by three children, Gail, Paul S. (Linda) and Priscilla DeMora (Dan) and 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He is survived by his sister, Mildred Luongo.

Interment Lake Park Cemetery.

MANGANO — Maria Mangano, age 75, previously of Swedesboro. She is survived by her brothers, John (Anna), Alfio (Joann), and Anthony (Jane) and her sister, Angie Miller.

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