July Issue Obituaries

BUTLER — Susan Marie Butler (nee Winston), age 80, died on May 22, 2021. Susan was a graduate of Pitman High School in 1958. She lived in Mullica Hill most of her life.

Susan worked in Medical Records at Elmer Community Hospital for over 42 years. Susan enjoyed shopping and gardening. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was predeceased in 2019 by her husband of 60 years Aaron V. Butler, grandson Aaron Butler and brother Benjamin Winston. Survived by her children Karen (James) Robinson, Richard (Robin), Ronald (Rita), grandchildren Ronald Jr. (Katie), Adam and Mathew (Amanda), great grandchildren Ronald III, Patrick, and sister in laws Joy Winston and Dorothy Sconyers.

Those desiring may make a contribution to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org or to the American Liver Foundation at www.liverfoundation.org. Memories may be shared at www.kelleyfhpitman.com.

MAHLEY — Donald S. Mahley age 84 years of Clarksboro died Sunday May 23, 2021 in his home. Donald was born in Camden and raised in Woodbury where he graduated from Woodbury High School class of 1954. In 1966 he moved to a new home in Clarksboro where he lived until his passing.

Donald retired after 39 years of service as a Lab Technician with Mobil Research and Development in Paulsboro. He was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Clarksboro. Donald enjoyed spending time at his summer home in Strathmere, fishing and crabbing as well as caring for his cars.

He is survived by his son, Greg Mahley of West Deptford and was predeceased by his wife, Janet Mahley. The Funeral Service were held in the McBride – Foley Funeral Home, Paulsboro. Memories can be shared at www.mcbridefoleyfh.com.

HOLT — Robert D. Holt age 66, of Mantua Twp. formerly of West Deptford and Marlton passed away on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

Born in Woodbury to the late Robert L. Holt and Eleanor Holt (Geitz), he grew up in Wenonah and graduated from Gateway High School Class of 1972. Bob attended Glassboro State College (Rowan University) and worked at Columbia Records which became Sony Music, for 30 years. He loved music especially the Eagles, Glenn Frey and Don Henley and some of his favorite entertainers were David Letterman and Rick Flair.

Bob loved to read and some of his favorite authors were Steven King and Carl Hiaasen. He wrote two books, “Views from the Cheap Seats” and “A Field Guide to Homeland Stupidly.”

Bob is survived by his cousins, Donald Fiske (Denise) and Holly Rafferty (Rudy) and their families, and his cat Gardenia.

As an expression of sympathy, contributions can be made to Wenonah Free Public Library, 101 E. Mantua Avenue, Wenonah, NJ 08090 or the Gloucester County Library, 389 Wolfert Station Road, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.smithfhmantua.com.

WILCOX — Bruce Richard Wilcox, Sr. of Woolwich Twp., age 75, fell asleep in death on May 31, 2021.

Loving husband of Simmie Christine (nee Moses) for 52 years. Survived by his sister Vanetta E. McDonald of South Carolina. Beloved father to four children, Bruce Jr (and Migdalia), Michael Sr, Nichole and David. Eight cherished grandchildren, Isaiah (and Beatriz), Michael Jr, Lynette (and Sam), David, Issac, Simeon, Anthony and Damien. He is also survived by his loving sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and many spiritual sons and daughters.

O’LEARY — Mark E. O’Leary, 52, went home to be with the Lord on May 31, 2021 in his home. Mark was born in Woodbury, raised in Clarksboro and was a graduate of Kingsway High School. For several years he worked in the auto body field and then as an aide for Gloucester County Special Services District. Mark then worked as an operator for Mobil Oil Co (later PBF Refining) in Paulsboro. In his free time he enjoyed restoring cars and remodeling his home.

He is survived by his sisters, Lillian and Paul McCairns and Liz O’Leary; his brother, Joe O’Leary; all of Clarksboro; his brother, Bob O’Leary of Gibbstown and his beloved pet cat, Tic Tac. Mark was predeceased by his parents, Lillian and Thomas O’Leary Sr. and his brother, Thomas O’Leary Jr.

Arrangements by McBride – Foley Funeral Home, Paulsboro. Contributions can be made in his memory to Mulligan Animal Shelter, 129 Bell Ave., Mt. Royal, NJ 08061. Memories can be shared at www.mcbridefoleyfh.com.

PARKS — Noralee Parks (nee Lambertson) age 93 years of Clarksboro died June 1, 2021 in Salem Hospital, Salem surrounded by her family.

She was born in Quinby, Virginia and raised in Paulsboro where she was a 1945 graduate of Paulsboro High School. Mrs. Parks retired as Assistant Bank Manager of First Union Bank in Paulsboro after 17 years of service.

She enjoyed square dancing, traveling, camping in Lancaster, decorating her home and baking. Most of all she treasured time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Glenn and Olivia Jenkins of Daytona Beach, Florida, Sharon and David Zeck of Monroeville, JoAnn and Ralph Whalen of Columbia, South Carolina; her stepson, Bertram Parks of Thorofare; 6 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren and a half sister, Nancy and Barry Petenbrink of Georgia. Mrs. Parks was predeceased by her husband, Bertram M. Parks.

The Funeral Service was held in the McBride – Foley Funeral Home, 228 Paulsboro. Memories can be shared at www.mcbridefoleyfh.com.

MROZ — Linda J. Mroz (nee Devine) on June 4, 2021 of Mullica Hill, formerly of Deptford and S. Phila. Age 76. Wife of the late Leonard S. Mroz. Loving mother of Dana Marro (Michael) of Mullica Hill. Devoted grandmother of Vincent and Daniel Marro. Beloved sister of George Gaughan (Andrea) of Sewell, Evelyn “Evi” Flagg (John) of Florida, William Gaughan (Laurene) of Deptford, Thomas Gaughan of Monroeville and the late Ann Carol Beck and Joseph T. Gaughan, Jr. Step-mother of Carolyn Damanskis (David), Marjorie Mroz (Patti), Elaine White and their families.

Linda was a Customer Service Representative for B/C-B/S of Philadelphia and was a member of Calvary Chapel of Gloucester County. She enjoyed reading and dancing.

Donations may be made to Choices of the Heart, 108 Greentree Rd., Blackwood, NJ 08012. To sign online guest book and to view Linda’s Video Tribute visit www.boucherfuneralhome.com.

KELLY — Jeanne Kelly, 93. She raised six kids on her own; Jeanne may have been a little strict, but who could blame her. If you got into trouble, you’d most likely find yourself under house arrest for a week or two. And she always liked to keep a watchful eye on them: when Jeff kept wandering so she attached him to a leash. The kids did chores at the house, all had some sort of a job and paid her room and board. It taught them the value of a dollar. A lot of work on her part, but it produced quality kids. She kept food on the table working as a seamstress at Marilyn Dress Company and cleaned at the Old Swedes. And she did alterations on the side. But she was hardly all work and no play, especially if her sister, Blanche was around. They were known to hoist a few beers and attended more than their fair share of parties.

She is survived by her children, Jean (Steve) Spithaler, Patricia (Marty) Spithaler, David, Jeff (Peggy), and Robin (Bob) Gardiner; grandchildren, Nathan Kelly, Susan Stepp, Stephen Spithaler, Kelli Gandy, Hope Spithaler, Valerie Conroy, and Crissy Kelly; thirteen grandchildren; and her dear friends, Susie Rankin and Steven Fauntleroy. She was pre-deceased by a son, Howard “Hoppy”.

Donations to Lighthouse Hospice, 200 Lake Drive, Suite 205, Cherry Hill NJ 08002 will be appreciated.

MAYA — Albert R. Maya went to be with his Lord and Savior surrounded by his loving family on May 27, 2021.

Albert, better known as Al, was born on February 27, 1956 to Joan and Albert Maya in Philadelphia. He grew up in Pitman. During his youth, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.

On March 17, 1981, Al married the love of his life, Darlene. The two settled in Swedesboro and started their young family where Al began a career with the Glazer’s Union.

Al’s unwavering faith was central to his life. He was a devoted member of House of Praise. He also was an accomplished bird hunter and freshwater fisherman. In his later years, he even guided others during bird hunts with his treasured English Pointers.

Al was a handy man in every sense of the word, his greatest project being his large diesel truck affectionately named “Big Blue” – a true labor of love. Though he had plenty of hobbies and interests, his favorite activity was spending time with his wife.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Darlene, and two children, Albert Jr. and Richard. He is also survived by his sister, Deborah Clemente, and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and loyal hunting dogs, Balto, Doc and Maxwell.

If desired, friends may make memorial contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

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