September 2021 Issue Obituaries

JACOVELLI — Michael F. Jacovelli, Sr., 71 of Logan Township, affectionately known as ‘Jaco’, passed away peacefully at home on July 19.

Born in Paterson, NJ he has lived in Logan Township for the past 33 years. He was employed as a machinist for Pandrol Inc. in Bridgeport, was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish and a former Lector at the church. “Jaco” served the Bridgeport Fire Company and Logan Township Fire Department since 1988. Serving in roles including Captain, Lieutenant, and Safety Officer, he planned and delivered the department’s annual Fire Prevention Programs for many years. Countless Logan Township students learned how to “Stop, Drop, and Roll” and “Stay Low and Go” from Jaco through presentations at our schools. He was also responsible for spearheading efforts to obtain steel from the World Trade Center to highlight the Department’s 9/11 Memorial at the Steelman Ave. firehouse.

Prior to his dedicated service to our community, Jaco was a firefighter on Rescue 4 in Totowa, NJ, and proudly served as an EMT for Logan EMS and then Gloucester County EMS.

He is survived by his wife, Linda (nee Todd), his children, Joseph (Kimberly), Michael (Jessica) and Amy Jacovelli, his grandchildren, Natalia, Arianna, Devlan and Catalina and a sister Natalie Jacovelli, Mike was predeceased by his sisters, Mary Patten, and Joann Guilano.

Services were held at the CHEEGA FUNERAL HOME, Swedesboro. Contributions in his memory to the Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Co., PO Box 488, Bridgeport NJ 08014 would be appreciated.

JEFFERSON — Jeanne Jefferson, age 56, of East Greenwich Twp. “Mickleton” passed away at home on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021.

She was born in Philadelphia, PA to the late Dennis Joseph Szabo and Theresa (Guidi). Jeanne worked as a custodian for East Greenwich Public Schools. In her spare time, she enjoyed trying new recipes and baking cookies for her family and friends. Most of all she loved her family and loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Clarence Dennis Jefferson and his wife Brooke of Vineland, Gerald Joseph Jefferson and his wife Dana of Limestone TN, Theresa Arlene Acevedo, and her husband Victor of Mantua; 9 grandchildren, Jocelyn, Jade, Vanda, Emmett and Evelyn Jefferson, Joshua Olsen, Gabriel, Isabella, and Victor Jr. Acevedo; brothers, Dennis, Jimmy, and Louis Szabo; and sisters, Barbara Frank, Audrey Guseman, Cindy Flachsbart and Terry Szabo. She was also survived by her better half, Cole Coulter, his three children and his grandchildren. Memories and condolences can be shared at

Mc HARGUE — Diane McHargue, 59, of Mullica Hill, died on Aug. 14, 2021.

Diane had a very generous personality often opening her house to friends in need.  And a cat could do no better than to find its way to her doorstep.

She is survived by her mom, Theresa Bazarte; her daughter, Amanda; her brother Michael McHargue and her sister, Sheri Hargenarder.

Services were held at Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro.  Interment Lake Park Cemetery, Woolwich.

REIGER — Edward James Rieger, 73.

They called him “Ruff House.” Eddie bounced and bartended at the Ferry Slip Inn. For fun he’d let patrons punch him as hard as they could.  They were more likely to injure their hands than the rough house. But he was just as generous as he was tough: come payday he’d buy the bar rounds more than a few times at Fiorile’s. As a father he wasn’t the strictest; no bedtimes and a bottomless pocket of change for the arcade and candy, but he raised quality boys. Eddie was the favorite Uncle to all his nieces and nephews. As a Grandpop he never missed a game, and he messaged his grandchildren every morning. When he coached his boys in baseball, all the players knew he was fair. It never mattered your background, Eddie gave everyone a chance, never judging another person. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, shot sporting clays at Salem County Sportsman’s Club and listened to the sounds of Doo Wop. If his T.V. was on he’d probably be checking out some Gunsmoke with his remote, flashlight, dip, and phone all within reach. His working years found him with the teamsters (Local 676), running the yard smoothly at John D. Lawrence in Westville. After that he finished his work life as a greens keeper at Pitman Golf Course. He attended Kingsway, graduated from Hargrave Military Academy, was an All-State Football player on both sides of the ball and a Free Mason. He earned 4th degree black belt in martial arts and became a sensei.

He is survived by his sons, Eric (Patricia), Matthew (Ginger) and Kyle Snyder (Angelica), grandchildren, Victoria, Peyton, Tatum, Bianca and Luka and many nieces and nephews. He passed peacefully surrounded by the people that loved him the most.

Services were held at Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro.

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