Obituaries March 2019 Issue

LISBOA — Jose Rios Lisboa, 93, of Clarksboro died on Feb. 8. He was born to Leonor Lisboa Cardona and Manuel Rios Roman in San Sebastian, PR. He formerly owned and operated Rios Market in Mullica Hill

He was predeceased by his wife Carmen Iris Rios; children Manuel Hernandez, Ruben Rios and Nydia Rios Lopez. He is survived by his children, Milagro Rios Torres (Edelmiro), Ana Rios Pickering (Paul), Iris Doreen Rios, Joe Rios (Pamela), Marilyn Rios Becker, Danny Rios, Josephine Rios Demola (Robert) and Nancy Rios Solina; 29 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Donations can be made in his memory to Vineland Spanish 7th Day Adventist Church, 230 W. Chestnut Ave., Vineland, NJ 08360.

BROWN — RoseMary Brown (nee Hauseknecht), 99, formerly a 60 plus year resident of Swedesboro, passed away on Feb. 10 in Erwin, TN.

She was the beloved wife of the late Earle D. Brown. RoseMary was born in Lock Haven, PA, raised in Bloomsburg, PA and graduated from Bloomsburg State College with a teacher’s degree. She taught at Swedesboro High School and then while raising her two children, was a fondly remembered substitute teacher at the elementary school and Kingsway Regional High School. Because she enjoyed it so much, she continued substitute teaching well into her 80’s.

RoseMary was a long-time member of Bethesda Methodist Church where she enjoyed playing in the hand-bell choir. She was president of the Swedesboro Library Board for many years and was instrumental in expanding it and getting the current services it offers. She was active in several other organizations through the years. She and Earle had many cherished Swedesboro friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Webers (Robert) of Conifer, CO and son, Scott Brown (Diane) of Erwin, TN; two granddaughters, Jennifer (Kyle) and Kelly; one grandson, Christopher (Joli) and a great- granddaughter, Adalyn Rose.

RoseMary’s zest for life, positive attitude and sense of humor was inspiring. She was a great lady and a great Mom and will be so very much missed by many.

Memorial donations can be made to the Swedesboro Library.

BURT — Dorothy “Dotty” Burt, (nee Summy), 84, of Mickleton, died on Feb. 11. Beloved wife of the late Robert S. Burt; she is the mother of Susan (Dave) Datz and Robert Scott (Cecilia) Burt; grandmother of Sandy (Domenic) Consoli and David Datz; great-grandmother of Jacob Robert Consoli.

Contributions in her memory may be made to American Heart Association. Condolences:

JEFFERS — Francis ‘Jeff’ Jeffers of Logan Township, passed away peacefully on Feb. 12, age 94 years. Beloved husband of Karen. Devoted father of the late Michael Jeffers. Loving grandfather of Michele Policella (Nicholas) and Maryann Montemore (Dean). Great-grandfather of Nicholas, Julieann, Dawson, Rachel and Arianna. Predeceased by many brothers and sisters.

Jeff proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a founding member of the Racoon Creek Boat Club and a long-time member of the Gibbstown VFW Post 5579. Jeff enjoyed music, dancing, boating, fishing, hunting, and his old friend, Jack Daniels. Jeff will always be remembered as one who was glad to share his knowledge and would do anything for anyone. Memorial donations may be made to the Gibbstown VFW Post 5579, 743 W. Broad St., Gibbstown, NJ 08027 or to the charity of your choice. To express condolences, visit

MICHAEL — Joan Michael. If you lived in East Greenwich, you saw her walking. And walking. And walking. Sitting still just wasn’t in her repertoire. Joan excelled in sports, especially basketball. After dinner she would shoot some hoops with her boys; the loser washed the dishes – not too often was that Joan. But even when you lost you still won since you had already eaten her cooking, especially chicken corn and vegetable soups. And the kitchen radio was always tuned to 610 WIP; don’t think of changing it.

When the children were young Joan cashiered at the Woodbury ACME and later, when the opportunity presented itself, she went to Salem Community College and became an LPN. Being a nurse was always her heart’s desire and once a nurse always a nurse: at Pitman Manor she thought of herself more as a floor nurse than a patient.

Joan knew the Good News and shared it with all would listen: she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible at the Zion UM Church.

A young Joan Nickerson would meet the dashing Gerald Michael Sr. at the Woodbury Halloween Parade: they married three months later and were blessed with four children: Gerald Jr.(Cheryl) of Gibbstown, JoAnn Kelly (Tom Gajewski) of Somers Point, Beth Mickiewicz (Mike) of Boynton Beach, Fl., and the late Larry (Mary Ann) of Vineland. She was Mom Mom to seven grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren and is survived by sisters: Rose Shute, Charlotte Spencer, Gertie Gentile, Eleanor (John) Thomas, Shirley Dillon, and brothers: William (Karen) Nickerson, Joe (Priscilla) Nickerson, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Lottie (Dick) Nickerson.

VanATTAR — William “Bill” Michael VanAtter, age 60, of Swedesboro, passed away on Feb. 15 at Vitas Healthcare Inpatient Hospice Unit in Stratford.

Raised in Sicklerville, NJ, Bill was a Union Carpenter from Local 1073 in Philadelphia, PA. He was a member of the Woodstown Moose Lodge Number 932. Bill enjoyed fishing, playing pool, horseshoes, reading, watching his beloved Philadelphia Flyers and Phillies and spending time with his friends and family.

Bill is survived by his wife Karen Frye VanAtter, stepson Alex Frye, mother Joanne VanAtter, father and stepmother William and Marge VanAtter, daughter Nicole Beaudoin, granddaughters Olivia and Marissa, sister Joanne Ludwick, brothers Mark (Mary-Ellen) and David (Patricia) VanAtter, mother and father-in-law Rosemary and Rodney Danner, sister- in-law Linda Fox, brother-in- law Wayne Danner and numerous nieces and nephews.

Interment at Lake Park Cemetery in Swedesboro.

WRIGHT — Harold (Howdy) A. Wright, III, 59, of Swedesboro, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 16 at home. Beloved son of Harold A, Jr. and Barbara (nee Hadley). Howdy was born September 15, 1959 and raised on 8th Street in Salem, NJ. He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara (February 2015). He is survived by his three sons Harold A. IV (Alicia) of Billings, MT, Christopher of Billings MT, and Alec (Leticia) of West Deptford, NJ; siblings Sally of Pennsville, Douglas of Pennsville, and sister-in-law, Sandy.

Contributions in Howdy’s memory can be made to Ranch Hope, Inc., Po Box 325, Alloway, NJ 08001. Thoughts and prayers at

FORAN — Gregory J. Foran, Sr., 63, of Swedesboro, passed away at home Feb. 16. Born in Reading, PA, Greg was formerly of Lumberton, NJ.

He was a medical imaging specialist and retired from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden. He was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, and extremely proud of his accomplishments as a member and his ability to sponsor others in A.A. of Gloucester County and previously the A.A. Hainesport Chapter in Burlington County.

Greg loved his grandkids, bird watching, the beach, gardening, and was an avid record collector. No matter how many records he sold, his collection kept growing.

Greg is survived by his wife of 13 years, Faith (Nee McNew), his children, Gregory Jr. and his fiancee Erica, Stephanie Foran and fiancee, Michael, Rebecca (Niluka) Abeyawardene, Kathleen (Andrew) Thomas. His grandchildren, Addyson and Alexa Thomas and Vincenzo Bello, and his faithful sidekick, Bella. He was predeceased by his brother Wayne Foran.

Arrangements were handled by the Cheega Funeral Home, Swedesboro, NJ. Contributions in his memory to the Gloucester County Animal Shelter, 1200 N. Delsea Dr., Clayton, NJ 08312, or the charity of your choice, would be appreciated.

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