January 2019 Issue ObituariesJanuary 3, 2019
DRIVER — Bertha M. Driver (nee Hodson) age 86, of Mullica Hill passed away Nov. 23, 2018 at Inspira Medical Center Woodbury. Wife of the late Robert Driver Sr., she is survived by her daughters Sharon Dahllof of Sewell and Gail Driver of Harrisonville, six grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and sisters Dorothy J. Carroll of Nebraska and Mary Jane Sellers of Texas. Bertha was predeceased by her sons, Robert Jr., Edward, David and Matthew.
She made the world a warmer place with her smile and handmade blankets. Crocheting was her passion. Huge Phillies Fan! She enjoyed the summers waving to all her shore going friends and will be sadly missed.
Donations can be made to American Diabetes Foundation Memories and condolences can be shared at www.smithfhmantua.com
THOMPSON — Mae Thompson (nee Stevenson), age 78 years, of Mickleton died Nov. 28, 2018 in her home with her family by her side
Mrs. Thompson was born and raised in Swedesboro and lived in Mickleton for the last 18 years. She worked as a secretary at Gallman and Kline Optometrists in Woodbury for several years. Mrs. Thompson was a member of Christ Presbyterian Church in Gibbstown. She enjoyed doing crafts and keeping her house clean.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Albert Thompson of Mickleton; her children, Deborah Green of Slatington, PA, Mark and Kimberly Thompson of Glassboro; her mother, Marguerite Stevenson of Pitman; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild; her sisters, Fay Sandy of Billingsport and Marguerite Sasman of Collingswood.
A Memorial Service was held in the McBride – Foley Funeral Home, Paulsboro. Memories can be shared at mcbridefoleyfh.com.
SCHWARTZ — Steven Robert Schwartz, age 23 of Swedesboro, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, in Concord, NH, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Born in Nyack, NY, he was the son of Robert G. and Susanne F. (nee Verhille) Schwartz. Steven was a 2014 graduate of Kingsway High School, and he was head of security for Dark Dynasty Canines in Carroll, NH. He had also worked security for the Memorial Hospital of Salem County for a few years.
Steven loved his family and was loved by them. He had a great sense of humor; he knew how to make everyone laugh. He enjoyed spending time with his nephews, and he had a love and passion for dogs. Even at 6’4″, his personality was as big as himself.
Steven is survived by his parents, Robert and Susanne; his sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Andrew DiGiambattista; his brother, Ryan Schwartz; his grandmother, Felice Verhille; his nephews, Dane Mattson, Andrew DiGiambattista, Jr., and Noah Schwartz; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Please visit www.htlayton.com to leave a note of condolence to his family.
SHOLDERS — Lynn Shoulders, 71. She liked people: If you popped into Lynn’s home, she’d throw you a spur of the moment party. Her grill was always gassed up and ready to go. And hers was the go-to house for the holidays.
Relaxing times found her sitting on her deck, a good book in hand or perhaps on the phone with her sister, Pat, solving the world’s problems free of charge. In years past she did a little skiing in the Poconos and Vermont and she enjoyed many a day trip on her husband’s boat. Lynn was the unofficial town watch in Clarksboro: not a car went by that she didn’t take note.
In her sophomore year at Swedesboro High, the young Lynn Slusar would meet a guy named Bill. They graduated from the newly built Kingsway High School and married shortly after. They were blessed with a daughter, the late Cheryl Ann. She is survived by her brother, Thomas Slusar Jr. and a sister, Patricia Iacovelli.
Donations to the American Cancer Society (cancer.org) will be appreciated.
RIZZO — Martha E. Rizzo (nee Sexauer), 99, of Mullica Hill passed away Dec. 14, 2018 at her home at Mullica Gardens Assisted Living in Mullica Hill. Mrs. Rizzo had previously lived in Woodbury Heights, Wenonah, Hopewell Township and Bridgeton.
She was born on Aug. 7, 1919 in the Othello section of Greenwich Township and was the daughter of the late Frederick and Martha D. Willis Sexauer. Mrs. Rizzo grew up in Stow Creek Township and graduated from Bridgeton High School in 1936. She was the wife of the late Benjamin S. Rizzo, who died in 1994.
Mrs. Rizzo was a homemaker for most of her life, but after high school and before starting a family, she was employed in the office at Seabrook Farms.
While living in Hopewell Township, she attended the Greenwich Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday school for many years. She was also active in the Bessie Miller Fellowship Sunday School Class. For many years, she had served as Girl Scout leader. In addition, while being active in the community, she handled all the bookkeeping associated with her husband’s trucking business.
She had been a member of both the Wenonah and Pitman United Methodist Churches and was a volunteer at Pitman Manor while a resident of Gloucester County.
She is survived by one daughter, Alyce R. Taylor, one son, Maurice W. Rizzo, one granddaughter, Jerry and her daughters as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Marsha M. Rizzo, a son, James B. Rizzo, a grandson, Christopher B. Rizzo, sisters, Catherine Colson and Anna Uhland, a brother, Frederick Sexauer, several brothers and sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Rizzo’s name can be made to Ranch Hope, PO Box 325, Alloway, NJ 08001 or to the Christopher Rizzo Book Scholarship, Rowan College at Gloucester County, 1400 Tanyard Rd., Sewell, NJ 08080.
RINK — Harry L. Rink, 89, of Gibbstown and formerly of Swedesboro, passed away peacefully on Dec. 14, 2018. Beloved husband of 45 years to Doris A. (nee Kuhlwein). Devoted father of Patricia Smith (Larry), David (Kimberly) and Paul (Marilyn Coulter). Loving grandfather of Matthew (Melissa), Joshua (Katie), Devin and Jackie Rink. Great-grandfather of Noah, Olivia, Henry and Bryce. Also survived by his Godson, Harry Zander.
Harry was proud to own and care for the world’s oldest Finnish/Swedish log cabin that was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places. He was an active member of the community where he served as Councilman and Mayor. Harry was a member of many civic and historical organizations including the NJ Conference of Mayors, the Gloucester County Mayor’s Assoc., the Gibbstown/Paulsboro Community Advisory Committee, Gloucester City Stamp Club, and he served on the Joint Insurance Fund Board for over 25 years.
Harry will always be remembered as the “go to” man as well as sharing stories of local history and the people he met.
Memorial donations may be made to the Gibbstown VFW Ladies Auxiliary, c/o Peggy Mattson, 1201 Chestnut Street, Paulsboro NJ 08066. To express condolences please visit www.landolfifuneralhome.com.
HEISER — Etta Jane Heiser (nee Wigglesworth), 81, of Mullica Hill went to join her father, mother and sister Patricia Musumeci (nee Wigglesworth) in Heaven, probably on a beach. She died peacefully in her sleep Dec. 21, 2018 at home after a battle with cancer, Cancer probably cheated. She was born Sept. 28, 1937 in Mullica Hill to Kenneth and Vera Davis Wigglesworth. She is survived by her daughter, JoEtta (Andy), of Westville, Donnie (Nicole) of Williamstown, and Eddie (Tricia Jean) of Mullica Hill. Grandchildren, Drew, and Bryan Campbell, Rachel, Noah, Jacob and Abigail Heiser and Zachery, Cody and Tyler Heiser. She is also survived by her brothers, Kenneth “Jerry” Wigglesworth(Lois), Daris “Jimmy” Wigglesworth (Barbara) and her beloved aunt Jean E. “Betty” Symons (nee Davis), along with many nieces and nephews.
She graduated with the Glassboro High School Class of 1955, Glassboro State College Class of 1960 and had an honorary doctorate in Gramology. She taught fifth grade at J. Mason Tomlin School from 1960-1966 stopping to raise her family. She began working at the Gloucester County Court House in 1983, and retired in 2008, serving nine of those years as Deputy Clerk.
She was involved with the Harrison Township Historical Society for 20 years, serving as Secretary for 12 of those years. Member and Treasurer of the Friends of the Gloucester County Library System for 24 years. Longtime member and treasurer of Raccoon Valley Swim Club. She was a member and organist at Trinity Methodist Church.
She enjoyed roller skating, skiing, traveling, boating, swimming, the beach and was just south enough of geeky to not wear a Star Trek uniform, though she enjoyed Science fiction and romance novels. Her love of music was shared through her children and grandchildren and they will never forget the lyrics to “On the Way to Cape May”, “Cuanto le Gusta”, “You are My Sunshine” and “Bushel and a Peck”. She touched the hearts of everyone she knew and met and will be greatly missed.
The family asks that a donation be made on Etta Jane’s behalf to Friends of the Gloucester County Library, Mullica Hill, NJ, Trinity United Methodist Church, Mullica Hill, NJ or Harrison Township Historical Society, Mullica Hill, NJ.