Obituaries November 2017 Issue

SALVATORE — Joseph J. Salvatore, Jr., 80, of Mullica Hill, formerly of Paulsboro, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family on Oct. 2.

Beloved husband of Clarita (nee Lipsett). Devoted father of Joseph R. (Joanne), Lisa Wohlfarth (James), and David (Maryann). Loving grandfather of Michael, Brooke, Kim, Dennis, Joseph, Justin, Jeffrey, Nicolina, Kelsea, and David. Great-grandfather of Taylor, Carson, Giovani, Ava, Olivia, and Emma. Predeceased by his sisters Dolores Burzichelli and Anita Cockrell. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Salvatore retired from Ogden Maintenance Corp as a Site Manager with 30 years of service. He served two terms on Paulsboro Borough Council and 11 years as President of Spicer Estates HOA. In his leisure time, Joseph enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family.

The family requests memorial donations to Holy Redeemer Home Healthcare & Hospice, 160 E. 9th Ave, Runnemede, NJ 08078. To express condolences visit

FOLTZ — Sara Fallon Foltz (nee Lewis), age 82 died on Oct. 6. Born and raised in Upper Darby, PA, Sara moved to Clarksboro in 1967.

She formerly worked as a Secretary for Bryan Air Conditioning in Philadelphia. She worked as a librarian for over 10 years at Glassboro State College. Sara and her husband raised Seeing Eye Dogs for many years.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years Robert W., brother William Lewis, sisters Janet Gartner, Dorothy Gutherman and many nieces and nephews.

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CUETO — Caroline Azzari Cueto of Orlando, Fla. died Oct. 7. She was born in Swedesboro,  the youngest child of the loving Azzari family.

Her childhood days were spent in the library, reading and dreaming. Her beautiful soprano voice was often heard from the loft at St. Joseph’s Church. Her young single days were spent working in Philadelphia. Her evenings were filled with family dinners and lively rounds of Pinochle and Gin Rummy among friends.

After a storied romance, she married Ben, and they moved to New York City, where she worked for Time-Life. After moving to Puerto Rico, their daughter Crista was born and the tiny island became a favorite tourist destination for relatives from the ‘boro. Their life journey then took them to Virginia, and then Florida, where Cara was born. Caroline spent those days as a hands-on mom, who was active in the PTA and the schools, but still found time for volunteer work and singing in the choir at St. Maurice.

Caroline was an aficionado of pasta, football, reading, Scrabble, and music. On Saturdays she could be found jumping on the coffee table shouting at the television while watching the Hurricanes running toward the end zone. She displayed the same enthusiasm when listening to Pavarotti’s Nessum Dorma, shouting out “Sing It!” as the tenor sang his final “Vincero.” However, nothing captured her heart as did her grandchildren, who became her precious gems during her golden years spent in Orlando, FL.

Caroline’s spirit lives on in Benjamin, her devoted husband; in her beloved daughters Crista Cueto (Firoz Dattu) and Cara Elias (Brian), and also in her grandchildren, Caroline Grace and Josey Elias, and Sabrina and Raffi Dattu. She is survived by her loving sister, Gloria Centonzo and many dear nieces and nephews. Caroline was preceded in death by her parents, Rosina and Giovanni Azzari, brothers Alessio and Edavide (Dave) Azzari, and sisters Angelina Casella and Lydia Cuccinotta.

Lasting gifts can be made in her name to either the St. James Cathedral Choir of Orlando, Friends of the Music Ministry, 215 North Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32802 or to Friends of Gloucester County Public Library, 389 Wolfert Station Rd., Mullica Hill, NJ 08062.

LAUGHLIN — Joseph D. Laughlin Jr., 69. Everyone knew what Joe valued most: family. His kids’ interests shaped his own. When his wife and daughter got involved with The Salem County Young Shepherds 4-H Club, he was off in his truck picking up some sheep. Of course, they’d later become Joe’s sheep, but they won some ribbons along the way.

His son’s love of Scouting led Joe to be active in Troop 13. Long after his son had earned Eagle Scout and headed off for college, Joe still stayed involved, mentoring another generation of boys.

He attended countless dance recitals and marching band performances. He thought nothing of traveling a couple of hours to help his kids when they had a plumbing problem or locked themselves out of the house, or even just to visit for an hour.

Everyone loves the UPS man: Joe was no exception. He began working for UPS as a part-time loader during his college years, moved on to driving brown trucks and big rigs, taught other UPS employees to safely do both, and spent many years as a supervisor. He was part of the 1989 Philadelphia Air Hub planning team. After 36 years at UPS, retirement found him keeping busy, working at Swedesboro True Value and Penske, and researching family genealogy.

For years he was the care taker of the Stratton Mansion. He had the skills and tools to pull it off, the passion to make it perfect. He made friends easily and worked hard to maintain them for a lifetime. Joe made Swedesboro a friendlier town: he jogged almost every day, offering passing cars a smile and a wave.

Joe was born in Philadelphia, PA, and raised in Stratford, NJ. He worked summers as a Beach Haven, NJ lifeguard and graduated from Sterling High School as a member of the Class of 1967. After graduation, he joined the U. S. Navy and was a Hospital Corpsman. He was assigned to the Second Marine Division. After his Honorable Discharge, he attended Camden County College and Rutgers University. Somehow Joe was able to tear his rapt attention away from the course material of a Civil War and Reconstruction class to notice the pretty girl sitting next to him.

Romance led to nuptials. Joe and Jo Ann’s marriage was blessed by two children: Joseph D. III (Liliya) and Rebecca. He is survived by his beloved wife, Jo Ann; his loving children, son, Joseph D. III and his wife, Liliya, and daughter, Rebecca; his brother, James (Kathleen), his mother- and father-in law, Jules and Josephine Alexander, sister- and brother-in-law, Deborah and Mark Munson, and niece and nephews, Kristine Laughlin, Andrew Laughlin, Matthew Munson, and Brandin Munson (Stella), and his constant shadow, Hayley the German Shepherd. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph D. and Florence Laughlin, and his brother-in-law, Jules J. Alexander III.

Interment, Lake Park Cemetery. The family would appreciate donations made in Joe’s memory to Boy Scout Troop 13 (Swedesboro, NJ).

MONAHON — Robert W. Monahon Jr., 60. Most days he could be found at a local lake, casting a line and wearing his well worn welder’s hat. Bob was an ever thoughtful son: every morning started with a call to his mother. Of course it came from a land line; Bob had tossed his cell phone into the lake, joyous he never had to talk to another telemarketer. But he did bend and later bought one for his daughter.

He was a complex guy but kept his meals very simple: peanut butter and butter sandwich washed down with a black and white shake. Late nights found him searching the channels for his favorites: John Wayne and Rambo movies. Growing up he was a typical big brother. One moment he’d be scaring his sisters with his alter ego “Bad Boy Louie “. The next he’d be protecting them by chasing the boys away.

One day while fishing at Lake Narriticon, Bob noticed a pretty girl riding by on her bicycle. In fact she’d ridden by him quite a few times. Bob and the late Heidi Clouser would wed and be blessed with a daughter, Rachel, and a son, the late Matthew.

He is survived by his mother, Carole Monahon, and sister, Cheryl Kappler. He was pre-deceased by his sister, Karen Sandone.

Interment Lake Park Cemetery.

TREMOLINI — Richard J. Tremolini passed away peacefully on Oct. 11 surrounded by his loving family, of Mullica Hill, age 63 yrs. Beloved husband of Darlene M. (nee Gunsten). Devoted father of Daniel and Jennifer. Dear brother of Glenn.

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TAYLOR — Alfreda Grasso Taylor, 79 of Carney’s Point, previously of Swedesboro died Oct. 13. She was the wife of the late Arthur G. Taylor, mother of Sara Pierson and Frank Grasso, grandmother of Brittany Olson and Clement Pierson IV; great grandmother of 3 grandsons.

SCHEETZ — Clara M. Scheetz, age 86, of Mullica Hill, formerly of Sewell, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 14. She was born in Philadelphia to Edward Marion and Nancy Marie Brewer on March 7, 1931. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, old movies, but most of all she loved her family and adored her grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Wife of the late Henry L. Scheetz, she is survived by her daughter, Theresa Harris, three grandchildren Jamie Harris (James Monforte Jr.) Bryan Harris (Patrice), and Marc Harris, five great grandchildren, James III, Jase, Jaxon, Brian Jr., and Bryce, her sister, Nancy Fredricks, and many nieces and nephews. Clara was predeceased by her brothers, Eddie and Bobby Brewer.

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COLES — Leon Leslie Coles, 80, lifetime resident of Mullica Hill, passed away on Oct. 17 at home.

Beloved husband for 55 years to Judith (nee Hoff), devoted father of Renee Coles-Lonczak (Edmund J.) of Glassboro, Christine (the late Christopher) Lynch of Mullica Hill, Leon Leslie Coles, IV (Monique) of South Harrison and Matthew L. Coles (Christin) of Pitman, loving grandfather of 10 and great grandfather of one. He was predeceased by his parents Leon Leslie Sr. and Laura Dorothy (Davis) Coles.

Mr. Coles was a lifetime mechanic with a passion for Mercedes. He founded Coles Garage Services, Inc, which became a social hangout for the folks in town, worked for Mobil Research for 33 years, and was a flag man when they opened Atco Raceway and active in the early drag racing scene in South Jersey. He loved dogs and the shore, but hated the beach. When not working at Mobil, Lee could be found at the garage.

His greatest pride and accomplishment in life was his grandchildren. He was a loving and devoted family man.

Please make contributions to the Gloucester County Animal Shelter, 1200 N. Delsea Dr., Clayton, NJ 08312. Thoughts and prayers may be extended to the family at

KEARNS — Nelle V. Kearns, age 72, of Mullica Hill, previously from Bethel, CT, died on Oct. 15 after a three year battle with strokes.

She was the beloved wife of Thomas Kearns for 47 years. Survivors include son David Kearns of Mullica Hill, daughter Elizabeth Nold and husband Nick of Dublin, OH, granddaughter Athena Rex of Dublin, OH, brother Patterson Cowder of Holly Springs, NC, and nieces. She was predeceased by her sister Donna Gray of Pittsburgh, PA and her parents Donald and Alberta Cowder (nee Graham).

Nelle was born in Clearfield, PA in 1945 and graduated from Wilkinsburg, PA High School in 1962. She received her B.S.N. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1966. While at Penn she was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority and an officer in Women’s government. She received her M.S.N. degree from Western Connecticut State University.

Nelle served in the USAF 1967-72 attaining the rank of Captain. She was stationed in Texas, Idaho (where she met Tom), Japan and England. Nelle and Tom were married on Feb. 21, 1971 in Wilkinsburg, PA. Nelle and Tom made their home in Bethel, CT from 1973 to 2007. While there she worked as an R.N. and then as an LPN Instructor at Henry Abbot Vocational School retiring in 2006.

She was active with the M.S. Society, Bethel Jaycee Women and Sigma Theta Tau honor society. Nelle was an active member of Bethel United Methodist Church where she served as Scripture reader, Lay member to Annual Conference, president of UMW and on various committees.

Nelle moved to Mullica Hill in 2007 with Tom and Dave. While there she was active with the M.S. Society. She was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church where she served as Scripture reader, Lay member to Annual Conference, Parish Nurse and in the Bell Choir. Donations can be made to Trinity UMC, 284 Cedar Rd., Mullica Hill, NJ 08062. Memories and condolences can be shared at

SWARTZ — John T. Swartz, age 63, of Mullica Hill, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Oct.18.

Husband of Dorothy Ann Swartz (Mascuilli) also survived by his parents – Joseph and Joan Swartz (Byrne), Dorothy’s parents – Arnold and Santa Mascuilli (Triolo), children – John (Lindsey) Swartz Jr., Melissa Borelli, Pamela (Jason) Lepore, grandchildren – Ave Swartz, John Swartz III, Dominic Borelli, Anthony Borelli, Dylan Lepore, Dante Lepore, Rocco Lepore, Stella Lepore. Siblings – Joseph (Ann) Swartz, Sharon (Barry) Weidner, Georgeann (Thomas) Ford, Monica (Thomas) Forst, Marikay (Patrick) Forst, Victoria (Wayne) McDonald, Kristen (Patrick) McGonigal.

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