March 2018 Issue Obituaries

NOLTE — Daniel A. Nolte Jr, 65, of Selbyville, Delaware, passed away on Dec. 31, 2017 in Ocean City, Maryland.

Dan was born in New Jersey to Daniel and Margaret Nolte. He went to school at Kingsway Regional High School. He was self-employed for many years and always had a sense of adventure and a taste for the good life. He enjoyed harness racing, bowling and, most of all, Ice Hockey.

Dan is preceded in death by his parents Margaret and Daniel and his wife of 19 years, Judy Nolte.

Dan is survived by his daughter, Vera Grimes and her husband Patrick, his son, Daniel Nolte III, and his wife, Aileen, his sisters, Margaret Morrison and Lillian Wolf, and his grandchildren, Josephine Grimes, Damon Grimes, Moxie Nolte and Padma Nolte.

Please send a donation to Autism Delaware, 924 Old Harmony Rd, Suite 201, Newark DE 19713.

Arrangements were made by Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro.

HARDY — Zechariah Hardy, 19. Full of joy and focused on loving his neighbor. Zech lived his faith, but he wasn’t a sanctimonious guy. He was an unusual find in this day and age: never an unkind word, and not an enemy to be found. His mind was a steel trap: Zech knew every state, every country and all their capitols. Academically he was a few years ahead, attaining an associates degree around the time most of us would be finishing high school. Not just a reader; a reader who remembered. Like most of us in the area he loved the Eagles and Phils. And he loved his time on the links, blessed to get a job at Scotland Run.

Zech is survived by his parents, Timothy and Tracy; his siblings, Samuel and Rebekah; he was the grandson of Ralph and Dolores Lerro and Bob and the late Peg Hardy.

McCARTHY — Daniel J. McCarthy. When he cooked, one thing was for certain: there would be no leftovers. Daniel attended the Le Cordon Blue Culinary School in Pittsburgh with intentions of working at Hotel and Restaurant management. But once there his interest turned to being a chef. He kept the kitchen humming at Millers Ale House in Springfield, PA, but it may have been the members of his family who received most of the benefit from his skill: his holiday special dish was sweet and sour meatballs.

His lifelong love of sports started with Logan Twp. Basketball where he was voted MVP. Dan was also a born performer: he wrote rap and played his keyboard. Just a kid at heart, summers found him taking his daughter and niece to the boardwalk. It’s arguable who enjoyed the rides more. Dan was raised in Logan Township and graduated from Kingsway High School in 1998. He died suddenly on Jan 3rd at his home in Collingdale, PA.

Dan is survived by parents, Diana and Frank, a daughter, Brielle, his sister, Shannon DiCarlo and godchild, Francesca DiCarlo.

His 37 great years were celebrated at Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro, NJ. Donations to the beneficiary trust account for Brielle McCarthy, 34 Dogwood Place, Logan Twp will be appreciated.

BELL — Peggy Jane Bell passed away on Jan. 6, 2018. Age 68. Mother of Michelle (Mike) Contarino of Wenonah, Michael (Tracy) Dinovi of Oak Valley, Mark (Jessica) Dinovi of Gibbstown, and Matthew Dinovi of Keyser, WV. Grandmother of Jeremiah Dinovi, Christina Dinovi, Matthew Contarino, Brett Contarino, Benjamin Contarino, Zachary Dinovi, Brandon Dinovi, and Brayden Dinovi. Sister of William (Karen) Bell of Pittsgrove. Daughter of the late Chester Arthur and Lillian Verna (nee Kinneman) Bell.

Born in Woodbury and raised in Glassboro and Williamstown, Peggy was a longtime resident of Franklinville where she raised her family before moving to Keyser, WV and most recently Mullica Hill. She was a 1968 graduate of Glassboro High School and later went back to school to earn an associate’s degree from Camden County College in 1991.

Peggy worked as a Dietary Technician for five years at the Romney Hospital in WV and later for 10 years with Sodexo Food Service for the Camden County Health Services Center at Lakeland before her retirement in 2010. She was faithful and devoted member of the church teaching Sunday School for many years and active with the Chit-Chat Group.

During her high school years, Peggy played the clarinet and was a member of the Marching Band as well as participating with the schools theatrical productions. She coached youth soccer in Franklin Township and was a second mom to many of the kids in the neighborhood. Peggy was a good bowler in her younger years and enjoyed yoga more recently. She loved the mountains in West Virginia and the trips to Ocean City with family.

Peggy liked her bus trips with the senior citizens, nights at the Broadway Theatre in Pitman, and lunches with aunts and cousins. She loved spending time with family and cherished the movie nights and doing crafts with the grandchildren. Her family remembers her as a woman with a great sense of humor and love for her parents.

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HARBAUGH — George Harbaugh, 70. He was full of joy. And if you were lucky enough to be around George, you would be too. Even calling him at 6 a.m., you’d hear his familiar, “Hey, How ya doin”; his smile beaming through the phone. His secret may have been that he didn’t sweat the small stuff; and George knew that, in reality, it was all small stuff. He never stopped following his dreams, starting a business well into his fifties. Of course, it may have been to entertain his lifelong fascination with the building process. But his biggest accomplishment may have been to inspire others. He motivated and encouraged to his boys to conquer their dreams. : “Keep your head up, stay positive and look on the bright side.” Cancer may have tried to dampen his spirits, but George never let it get him down; no one ever heard him complain.

A young George would meet a pretty girl named Barbara at a hamburger joint in Springfield. Their marriage was blessed with two sons, Stephen (Gina) and Geoff (Marie) and grandchildren, Angelina, Zachary, Zoey and Grace Anne. He is survived by his brother, Russell Harbaugh (Mabel).

Arrangements were made by the Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro. Donations to American Assoc. for Cancer Research ( will be appreciated.

ROCHE — Emma M. Roche (nee DiDonato), 86, of Mullica Hill, went home peacefully to her heavenly Father on Jan. 11, 2018, surrounded by her loving husband, children and grandchildren. Emma was born on March 3, 1931, the youngest daughter of Berardina and Antonio DiDonato. She grew up on “the farm” in Paulsboro where she later met and married her high school sweetheart, Daniel “Mutt” Roche.

Dan and Emma married on January 7, 1950; Emma passed having just celebrated the 68th anniversary of their love affair. Her faith was the center of her heart and home and in her last days she found peace in knowing that the Blessed Mother would come to her. Because she was tender-hearted and loved so fully, and love believes and hopes all things, she had many heart breaks in her many days.

She was preceded in death by her own eldest son, Stephen, and two of her daughters, Jeanne and Maureen. Emma was also preceded in death by her seven siblings: Daniel, Peter, Mary, Paul, Thomas, Teresa and Mario. She is survived by her other six children, Diane, Duane and wife Sheryl, Teresa and husband Ted Quirk, Mary, Danny and wife Patti, and Kristin and husband Ed Dirago, as well as 25 grandchildren and 20 greatgrandchildren. Her many surviving nieces and nephews, many of whom grew up with her and who have always loved her dearly, will feel the loss of this special friend.

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PARANTO — Pauline Paranto, 91. She was born, Pauline Julia Brissette, in Stafford Springs, Connecticut to the late Augustus and Anna Brissette, attended Sacred Heart School, and embraced her family heritage, speaking French throughout her life.

A young Pauline would be approached by the late Arthur; he’d ask her out and head home to tell his mom that he’d met the love of his life. They crossed the country before settling in Swedesboro to raise their family.

Pauline’s kids were her life; her home, her heart and her ears were always open to them. She was blessed with eight children – the late Charlotte, Norma Callahan, Nancy Byrd, Mark, Gregory, Mary Nix, Jeanne Erdley, and the late Gary – plus 15 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. A longtime parishioner of St. Joseph’s Church, she lived her faith. Most importantly, she passed it on to her children. In addition to being a mom, she worked as a secretary for Kingsway and helped her husband run Colossal Cold Cuts in Woodstown.

MOORE — Joan Elizabeth Moore, 83. Joan’s world revolved around her kids and grandkids. When her sons were young she was a den mother; her daughter was her best friend. Joan’s working years found her at Eglington Cemetery. She’d arrive at 7 to make sure all the guys had coffee. If there was a problem locating a grave, Joan was the go to person, even long after she retired. And no matter what the circumstances, she liked to look good: Joan was never seen without her lipstick and hair just so. QVC and HSN stock will take a hit without Joan’s patronage.

She was the wife of the late Harold Sr., and is survived by her children: Harold Jr. (Darlene Wingate), Matthew (Dee Wilson) and Nancy Moore-Gregal (Eric Kelly); her brother, John Henning; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were made by the Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro.

CAMP — Doris M. Camp (nee Windle) age 75 years of Clarksboro died Jan. 18, 2018 in Vitas Hospice, Stratford surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Camp was born in Philadelphia, raised in Collingdale, PA and Clayton, NJ. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Camp was a member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church, Clarksboro where she belonged to the Chit – Chats group and directed the children’s choir for several years. She was an active member of the American Sewing Guild and the Deptford Designers Sewing and Quilting Club. Mrs. Camp enjoyed traveling to Lancaster, PA and visiting her family in Australia.

She is survived by her children, David and Kathy Camp of Melbourne, Australia, Karen Camp of Clarksboro; her grandchildren, Ella and Nathan Camp and her sister, Barbara Ann and Hank Pfuhl of Kernersville, N.C. Mrs. Camp was predeceased by her husband, Edwin H. Camp Jr.

Services were held in the McBride – Foley Funeral Home, Paulsboro. Contributions can be made in her memory to Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc., 371 East Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787-2976. Memories can be shared at

HURFF — Joseph Allen Hurff, 89. He didn’t have any children but Joe was that favorite uncle; even if he teased his nieces a bit. He served our nation in the Army as an x-ray technician and went to work as a mathematician at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. He assisted in inventing one of the first computers. There was a picture of him with this computer in the Smithsonian. But he was hardly all work: Joe lived on the Chesapeake and water skied; when the cold came headed for the slopes: everywhere from the Poconos to the Swiss Alps.

He is survived by his sister, Audrey Bundens; nieces, Jo Anne Penza, Patricia Pappas, Susan Costill and Janet DeVault.

His 89 great years were celebrated at Daley Life Celebration Studio. Donations in his memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ( will be appreciated.

GRASSO – Frank B. Grasso, 59. When times got tough, you could count on Frank. He was a solid guy. He would up being a father figure for his extended family. This was Franks’s week: he knew every stat from every Super-Bowl and believed Montana the greatest. He should have competed in the Scripps-Howard, the spelling of most words on the tip of his tongue. Every car he owned was wrecked by a deer: he used to claim they were lurking for him on the side of the road. He loved comic books and westerns and kept the Sunoco station on the Turnpike humming along.

He is survived by his sister, Sara Pierson and was uncle to Brittany Olson and Clement Pierson IV and three great-nephews.

A celebration of his 59 great years was held at Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro.

SCHWEBEL — Jean Hunter Schwebel, age 95, died on Jan. 23, 2018. Raised in Atlantic City, Jean moved to Paulsboro her senior year of high school. She graduated Salutatorian of Paulsboro High School in 1940. She lived in Clarksboro most of her life until moving to Cherry Hill with her daughter 11 years ago. She worked for the Labor Department for the State of New Jersey for many years.

Survived by her daughter Bonnie Jean Schwebel; sister, Elaine (Phil) Stumpf, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard J. and brothers, Dr. Harold Hunter, Carlton Hunter, Dr. Leland Hunter, Gordon Hunter, and Herbert Hunter.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1851 Old Cuthbert Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ 08034. Memories may be shared at

BELLACE — Santina (Sandy/Didi) Bellace (nee Mami), 100. Everybody loved Swedesboro’s smiling lady. Didi’s family, friends and countless people always eagerly came for a visit to her home to enjoy a great cup of coffee, be comforted by her endearing life lessons and unwavering Christian faith or Sandy’s diplomatic listening ways and welcomed advice. People would leave her home with endearing keepsake “smileys” to remind them of her prayers, hugs & smiles for them to carry in their hearts forever.

She and her husband, the late Charles (Charles Barber Shop), moved to Swedesboro in 1946. Didi was devoted to family, Saint Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church and Grammar School. She was a past member of Altar and Rosary Society, PTA, Legion of Mary, Swedesboro Lions Women’s Auxiliary, membership chair for founding Swedesboro Lake Assoc., den mother for Cub Scout Pack 213 and a Swedesboro Little League team mom.

Didi worked at her father’s bakery in South Philly and caught the eye of the young Charles “Chip” Bellace. Turns out the whole neighborhood knew they were perfect for each other; the last who needed convincing was Didi. Their marriage was blessed with children, Philip (Christine), Charles, Rosemarie and grandchildren, Christa, Philip, Gabriell, Sondra Marie, and Roman. Didi was loved by all her nieces, nephews, cousins and godchildren. She is the loving sister and aunt of the Antoinette Pinto and Arthur Mami families.

Donations to Eternal World Television Network, 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale AL, 35210 will be appreciated. Arrangements by Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro.

ZAPPALA — Samuel J. Zappala, 92, of Swedesboro, passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home with family at his side. Born and raised in Swedesboro, Sam was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish and was a retired car salesman, working for the former Reliable Garage in Swedesboro and Riverview Ford in Pennsville, NJ. After retiring, Sam and his wife moved to Port Richey, FL, and returned to live with his daughter after her passing.

Sam was one of the first Special Police Officers for Woolwich Township, and in his younger days was a band member in Swedesboro and best known for playing the trumpet and xylophone. He was a member of Elks Lodge No. 2520 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 4208. He was a quiet, gentle man with a big heart, loved his family and friends.

Sam was the husband of Dorothy (Fuzzy) Zappala for 49 years until her passing in 2015 and is survived by a daughter, Jean Garozzo and her fiancée, William Konya, a son, Salvatore Zappala, six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and son-in-law Michael Krawchuk. He was predeceased by his son, Howard, and daughter, Donna Krawchuk.

Arrangements are by the Cheega Funeral Home, Swedesboro. Contributions in his memory to Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, PO Box 10086, Toledo, Oh 43699-0086 would be appreciated.

BECKETT — Clark B. Beckett Jr., 85, Clarksboro, formerly of Gibbstown, passed away on Feb. 2. Beloved husband of Dorothy E. (nee DePrince). Devoted father of Barry C. and his wife Brandi L. (nee Taggart). Clark was predeceased by his parents Clark “Duck” Beckett, Sr. and Helen L. (nee Myers) as well as his brothers Herb “Butts” and Robert “Chopper” Beckett. Also survived by his sister-in-laws and many nieces and nephews.

Clark graduated from Paulsboro High School Class of 1949 and then went on to serve in the U.S. Air Force where he played in the Air Force Band. He was a life member of the Gibbstown VFW Post 5579. Mr. Beckett retired from Hercules Chemical Plant as an Operations Supervisor after 32 years of service. After retirement, Clark went on to work for the Gloucester County Department of Health & Human Services where he delivered for Meals on Wheels. Clark enjoyed music and was a member of the St. Michaels Band and a former member of the Pitman Hobo Band.

The family requests donations to the Gibbstown VFW Post 5579, 743 W. Broad St, Gibbstown, NJ 08027. To express condolences visit

LITTLE — Dale (Kershaw) Little, 67, of Mickleton, passed away on Feb. 7. She is predeceased by her husband, Michael Little and son, Michael Little Jr. Dale is survived by her daughter, Carrie Dobson (Little); son-in-law, Arret; three grandsons, Gerry, Samuel, and Curt; as well as many family and friends.

The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support. Memories, thoughts and prayers may be extended to the family by visiting

HOMAN — Charles (Mike) Shannon Homan, 94, of Swedesboro passed away on Feb. 7 surrounded by his family.

The Homan family traces back to the original Swedish settlers in 1642. He lived his entire life in Swedesboro, left to attend UNC in 1941, entered the Navy as an ensign in 1943 and then returned to finish his degree in 1947. Back to Swedesboro in 1950, he met and married Mary Ann Getsinger, the new music teacher.

Mike was a consummate community volunteer, leader and teacher. He worked for his father’s auto dealership, but found a passion in education as a teacher and administrator. He was on the planning board for Kingsway High School and remained its board president until 1979. He was also on the founder’s board for Gloucester County College and the Dean of Community Services there until his retirement in 1988. He was always curious, continuing his education in 1986 to pursue his doctorate. He loved to travel, play tennis, golf and ski into his 90’s.

After 66 years of marriage, he was predeceased by his wife, Mary Ann, by just four weeks. He is survived by his daughters Ann (Rich) Kaplan, Susan (William Herbst) Homan and Charla (Bill) Lewis, grandchldren Chelsea and Shannon Lewis, Ben and Norm Kaplan, nieces Lynn Hathaway, Joy Jansson, and Gail Branc.

A memorial service will be held in the Spring.

Arrangements were made by the Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro. Memorial donations can be made to either the Charles and Mary Ann Homan Endowment Scholarship at Rowan College at Gloucester County or Bethesda United Methodist Church in Swedesboro.

CLOUSER – Patrick Richard Clouser. Though named Patrick at birth, when his grandfather first saw him he exclaimed he looked more like a Rick; something about his bright red hair. The name stuck. But his friends never really bought in: they called him Critter, due mostly to his time spent hunting and fishing in the creek behind their family home. He was a natural talent at woodworking, crafting his sisters jewelry boxes with hidden drawers. But his talents really showed in home remodeling: when he sheet rocked, tiled, and roofed he put Bob Vila to shame.

Rick is survived by a sister, Colleen and brothers, Casey (Donna), and William (Jen) and was Uncle Richie to Brennen Clouser and Rachel Monahon who always got special attention.

His 53 great years was celebrated at Lake Park Cemetery with a graveside service. Arrangements were made by Daley Life Celebration Studio.

LUDEWIG — Jane Elizabeth Ludewig (nee Mutton), age 77, was called home to glory on Feb. 15 at her home in Mickleton. Raised in Westville, Jane graduated from Woodbury High School in 1959 and was a graduate of Peirce Business School. She was a devoted homemaker while raising her sons. She was a woman who eagerly served the Lord and was a Stephen’s Minister while a member at Gloucester County Community Church.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years William H., son Andrew (Lori), grandchildren William Robert and Patricia Jane Ludewig and her sister Linda (Randall) Poekert. Sons Jeffrey and Douglas predeceased her. She was the daughter of the late Katherine Gerard Barraclough. Memories may be shared at

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