October Issue ObituariesOctober 4, 2018
STECHER — David A. Stecher Woolwich, N.J. David A. Stecher of Woolwich Twp. and Bellmawr, NJ, passed away peacefully at home with his wife at his side on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. David was born on 6/21/1944 to parents Albert C. Stecher, Sr. and Margaret Stecher (Berger). He was raised on a farm in Swedesboro (Woolwich) NJ and began his adult life as a farmer with his brother Albert, Jr. He later worked for the local Police Dept. and retired as Sgt. David was a self-taught welder and auto mechanic who excelled at whatever he chose to do. He had excellent work ethics. After leaving the Police Department, Dave opened his business, Dave Stecher, Inc Welding and Fabrication and Car Repair. His customers count on him for his honest and ethical service. His first customers were farmers in the area who he also considered his friends. He was always ready to help keep their equipment running especially thru the busy summer season. He is the beloved husband of Carol A. Stecher (nee Bradley). He was predeceased by his sister Margaret Donaghy and brother Albert, Jr. He leaves behind to honor his memory his sister Shirley Garrozzo (Vern), Sharon Dupper (Bob), sister-in-law Bonnie Langdon (Tom), brothers’-in-law Robert (Kathy) Bradley and Mike Bradley, sisters’-in-law Barb Stecher and Peggy Bradley, nephew Chris Donaghy (Teri) and many more nieces and nephews; as well as his dog Casey. A memorial luncheon was held at Botto’s Restaurant in Swedesboro. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.smithfhmantua.com.
WOHLFARTH — James M. Wohlfarth Clarksboro. James M. Wohlfarth passed away peacefully on September 13, 2018, surrounded by his loving family, of Clarksboro, age 64 years. Loving son of Frances and the late George. Beloved husband of Lisa (nee Salvatore). Devoted father of Michael (Diana), Brooke Morina-Baker (Robert), Kimberly Wohlfarth (David) and Dennis Morina. Dear brother of Donna Keys (Dennis), Debbie Knestaut (Anthony), Wendy Martin (Kenny) and Lynn Granato (Chris). Loving pop-pop of Taylor, Carson, Giovani, Ava, and Quinn. Also survived by his mother-in-law Clarita and the late Joseph Salvatore, his brothers-in-law; Joe Salvatore (Joanne), Dave Salvatore (Maryann), several nieces and nephews and his faithful canine companion Slate.
Jim retired from Valero Refinery after 35 years of service. Summer was by far his favorite season of the year. He enjoyed the beach and playing with his grandchildren in the pool. Jim could also be found working in the yard or in the kitchen baking his famous pound cake. Above all, Jim was devoted to his family and enjoyed Sunday dinners.
Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org. To express condolences, visit www.landolfifuneralhome.com.
BLUMENSTEIN — James C. Blumenstein Jr. Mt. Royal. James C. Blumenstein Jr., age 68, of Mt. Royal passed away Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 at Jefferson Hospital at Washington Township. He spent 45 years at the job he loved at Eagle Point; until recently a supervisor for Sunoco Logistics. He enjoyed dancing, traveling, sports, and his cars.
James is survived by his wife Jeanne (nee Patterson) and brother-in-law Pat Ciarrocchi, predeceased by his parents and sister Janice Ciarrocchi. Also survived by brother-in law Edward Patterson, brother-in law Paul Patterson (Sandy), nephew Paul Patterson, nephew Mike Patterson (Melissa), niece Stephanie Patterson (Channing), niece Sammy Patterson, great nieces Veronika and Isabella.
Donations can be made to Camden County Animal Shelter. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.smithfhmantua.com
EDL — RoseMarie D. Edl (nee Dellaquilla), 78, of Woolwich Township, passed away on Sept. 22, 2018 after a long, courageous battle with breast cancer. Wife and best friend of beloved husband of 56 years to Richard G. Sr.; devoted mother of Richard G. Jr. (Susan) and Rhonda E. (Peter) DiLorenzo; cherished grandmother of Abigail and Katherine DiLorenzo; dear sister of Diane (Bud) McClintock, Stephen (the late, Leslie) Dellaquilla and the late Dominic (and late, Bette Jane) Dellaquilla. RoseMarie shared a special relationship with her niece Susan Dellaquilla and is survived by many loving nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Born in Philadelphia, PA in 1940. Later on, her family relocated to Mount Royal. RoseMarie graduated from Swedesboro High School in 1959. She garnered many accolades such as Best Dressed and Best Dancer. After high school she worked in Philadelphia for Beneficial Finance, then for California Packing Company in Swedesboro. It was during this time, at a chance meeting at the Haddonfield Icehouse, that she would meet her life love, Richard. He tied her skates that night and their courtship began, leading to their marriage in 1962.
RoseMarie lived in Woolwich Township for 22 years and prior to that, Gibbstown. While an active member in St. Clare of Assisi Parish, she developed a fond friendship with Father Grace Manano, who often came to the house to offer prayer and solace. RoseMarie worked within the local banking industry for more than 20 years, serving as a prominent bank officer before retiring from Wells Fargo. During this time, she developed many strong, lasting friendships with co-workers and customers. RoseMarie was frequently known within the community as “the lady from the bank.”
Beautiful, loving, generous, RoseMarie, also known affectionately as “Roe”, was a true lady in every sense of the word. She was so very caring and always put other’s needs before her own. Stylish, elegant and professional were often words used to describe Roe. She was always dressed to the nines and her attention to detail was not only displayed in her dress, but in every aspect of her life; from the setting of the table for Sunday Italian family dinners to the decorating of gifts that were meticulously selected for her loved ones. No detail was ever overlooked.
Roe was an excellent party/event planner. She truly relished that role whether it was during her children’s early school years as being room-mom, cookie-mom, cub-scout leader, to being the ultimate party planner for her children’s weddings. Her attention to detail is lovingly expressed in the wreaths she made as presents for those she loved.
Roe loved the games of chance like bingo, the NJ lottery and going to the casino. Her most recent trip to the casino with her niece Sue provided the most joy. RoseMarie was a terrific dancer to the music from the 1950’s. Roe and her sister Diane led the way dancing the Twist and Jitterbug at all the family weddings. Teaching her son Richie how to dance in the living room at their Gibbstown home was a very fond memory for her. Roe truly enjoyed watching all the classic movies, especially “Gone with The Wind” – her all-time favorite.
The annual tradition of making Christmas dinner ravioli at her sister Diane’s house was something she never wanted to miss. It wasn’t the actual making of the ravioli that she loved to do, but it was the family time together that was so precious. Later in life, visits from Richie and daughter-in-law Sue, who live in Virginia, were much anticipated. Those visits brought joy and fine quality time with Sue, as Dad and Richie went to the Sportsman Club on Sundays. She truly loved the stories Sue would share about her grandson, Klaytin. These playful stories always brought a smile to her face. Roe-Roe, as she was so affectionately called by her grand-daughters, Abigail and Katherine, cherished her time spent with them. Whether it was baby-sitting in their toddler years, trips to the zoo or movies, to cheering them on at their swim meets, softball games, or attending piano recitals, she enjoyed it all. Abby and Katie brought her much joy.
Another fine recent memory was attending the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Parade down Broad Street with her granddaughters and her very attentive son-in-law Peter, whom she thought the world of. She cheered the most for her favorite player Carson Wentz.
RoseMarie truly enjoyed travel, whether it being with her husband, family or friends. She was fortunate to visit many amazing destinations such as: Alaska, the Caribbean Islands, Florida, Germany, Hawaii, Italy, Las Vegas, Mackinac Island, New York City, Palm Springs and Switzerland. One of her fondest excursions was a trip to Disney World with her granddaughters Abby and Katie. She completed a religious pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal and to Lourdes, France. Her most recent cherished trek was a local journey with her husband to the Shine of St. Padre`Pio in Landisville, NJ.
RoseMarie brought everyone together. She will be forever deeply missed.
Memorial contributions may be made in Roe’s name to Guardian Angel Regional School, 150 S. School Street, Gibbstown, NJ 08027 or at www.gars-online.com/gars/Giving/ Arrangements by McGuinness Funeral Home, Woodbury and Washington Township. Share the memories … share love … ShareLife at www.mcgfuneral.com.
WILBRAHAM — Kay Wilbraham. Her soothing words, “this too shall pass”, were all it took to calm down the most stressful of situations. Kay’s boys knew they’d hear if they were doing something wrong, but Kay left little doubt that she’d be there for them no matter what. When her boys went to St. Joseph’s Grammar School she volunteered as a teacher and later worked as the school secretary. Earlier years found her working as an executive secretary for Clark Equipment in Michigan and later for DuPont, where she brought her organizational skills to bear. And, of course her home was just as organized: her shoes were stacked alphabetically, and Kay had a file or diary on just about everything. She had entertaining down to a science: when hosting an event, she’d look through her diaries dating back to the eighties for insight. Kay was no slouch when it came to cooking; her turkey made the holidays perfect and when the German girl came to South Jersey, friends taught her to cook Italian. Saturdays found her cheering her beloved Notre Dame: she could be heard all the way in South Bend. But, even with all she did, she somehow found a way to fit in a few cruises: 55 to be exact.
The young Kay Vogelsang would go out on a double date with two students from Notre Dame. John Wilbraham was the other girl’s date but fell for Kay at first sight; he’d ask her out the next day: Some Like it Hot at the drive-in theater, borrowing Kay’s mother’s car. A week after his graduation they’d marry. Their 56-year union was blessed by three boys: Thomas (Wade Kocsovsky), Patrick (Amy) and Christopher (Lori); and later by grandchildren, Tristan, Holly, Harry, Ava and Charlotte.
Seventy eight great years were celebrated at Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro. The family requests that donations be made in Kay’s memory to Holy Cross College, P.O. Box 308, Notre Dame, IN 46556-0308.