September 2022 Issue

JACOBSEN — Charles R. Jacobsen, 75, of Woolwich Township, passed away July 19 at Manor Care Center in W. Deptford, NJ.

Born in Perth Amboy, he resided in Woolwich Township for the past 10 years, coming from Edison, NJ. He was an Army Veteran and had worked for Spex Certiprep, in Metuchen, NJ as a chemical inspector. Charles was a bicycle enthusiast, riding at every chance he had.

He loved to read, engage in conversation with anyone, played chess and enjoyed working with wood. He was a gentle, kind, patient and loving man with a great sense of humor.

Charles is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, April, his son, Shane Davidson, and his fur baby, Rainbow.

Services were held at the Cheega Funeral Home, Swedesboro.

GILLESPIE — Anna Paul Gillespie (nee Fish) passed away on July 12 in her home in Reinholds, PA with family by her side.

Anna was born on August 14, 1932 in Swedesboro and lived most of her life in Paulsboro. She relocated to Lancaster County permanently in June of 2021 to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Steve Good of Reinholds, PA and her grandsons Max and Dan Medaglia of Wyomissing, PA.

She was the oldest of Elizabeth F. (Thomson) & Benjamin L. Fish, Sr.’s five children. Anna graduated from Pierce Business School in Philadelphia, PA. After that she went on to have a 41-year career with EI DuPont Company. She started out as a secretary, then executive assistant and ended her career as an arbitrator, retiring in 1991.

Anna was always active in her church, St. Paul’s United Methodist in Paulsboro, NJ where she held several offices over the years and volunteered much of her time. She recently attended Salem Evangelical & Reformed Church in Reamstown, PA.

Anna was a classy lady full of fun and extremely generous. She was fiercely independent, loving, accepting and wise. She was a great role model, mom, grandmother, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, colleague and benefactor. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law Wayne and Jean Fish of Greer, SC, Glenn and Chris Fish of Safety Harbor, FL and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother and sister-in-law, Nancy and Ben Fish, Jr., her sister and brother-in-law, Lois and Leon Lamson and one nephew, Troy Fish. Those wishing to honor Anna’s memory may send donations to the Fish Family Scholarship Fund at Paulsboro High School – where Anna was a 1949 graduate, 670 N. Delaware St., Paulsboro, NJ 08066 or another of Anna’s favorite charities -Ranch Hope for Boys, PO Box 325, Alloway, NJ 08001. Arrangements by McBride – Foley Funeral Home, Paulsboro, NJ. The family would like to thank all who have reached out to share stories about Anna – how funny she was, how generous she was and how she touched so many lives. If you knew Anna, you were truly blessed! Memories can be shared at

FABRI — Theresa Fabri. If you saw her tooling down the road, you’d know her first priority: Theresa’s license plate read “GRANNY5.” So much more than the average grandmother; her grandchildren thought of her more as a best friend. Of course, she would “go granny” all over you if you tripped her temper, and she was always there with the unvarnished truth: Theresa didn’t have much of a filter.

You couldn’t keep the girl from shopping. Of course, it was never anything extravagant; she was a fan of the blue light special. Rumor was that she kept K-Mart in business. She made the heartiest of meals though they may have not been the healthiest, they were always the tastiest. She was a woman in constant motion and always up for an adventure. She drove cross country with her son in the family station wagon, visited Alaska and the Caribbean, and got her first tattoo at 75.

Quieter times found her doing stained glass and painting at All Fired Up. Theresa kept her best friends for a lifetime, especially Loretta and Lori. If her T.V. was on she’d probably be checking out some sci-fi: a Star Wars fanatic.

She is survived by her only son, Michael; and she was “Granny” to Lyn, Casey, Kelly, Rachel and Erin; and “Gigi” to Knox, London and Hadlee. Also survived by her sisters Kathy (John) Pabst and Sheila (Alan) McIlvaine. She was pre-deceased by Joseph, her husband of 50 years. Her beloved brother, Frank. Sister-in-law Delores and Daughter-in-law Toni. She is also survived by much extended family and many friends.

BARBER — Amy Thum-Barber, 46. She loved you more. An amazing wife, mother, bonus mom, sister, aunt, and friend. If you knew Amy, you loved Amy.

She was all about her family and her friends. She was the cool mom with the open-door policy; the Barber house became a sanctuary for all who needed it. Amy’s life was filled with chaos, but the good kind. If she was not at home with her Cricut or watching the Hallmark channel; you could find her at Bridgeport Speedway. If she was not watching Pop or Eddie race; she was working her various roles and enjoying the show.

She also made sure her community was safe, volunteering with the Woolwich Fire Company, especially when her husband was Chief. Throughout these different organizations that she was a part of and her kid’s friends she gathered so many people. You could say she collected strays. If you asked her, she would have told you that she worked at Goodwill.

However, it was not until later that she found her true calling – Mimi. She loved being able to meet her grandsons and spoil them rotten. She was the crock pot queen and made an awesome potato soup and pumpkin ziti. The recent years were anything but easy for her, but she always kept it light. With Amy’s sense of humor you would never hear her complain as long as her nasal spray (crack) was close by.

When she chose to leave Jersey, she was taking a ride “out West” or visiting her family in Georgia. She loved to travel when she could. She will be incredibly missed.

Amy Barber was predeceased by her father Daniel Hinkle and her mother Myrna Shurr.

She is survived by her husband Ed Barber Jr. her “Pop” Martin (Denise) Shurr. Mother of Mikaela, Casey Jo, Eddie (Gabi), Lexi Lou, and Little Maykayla. Mimi of Tucker Daniel and Chase Edward. Sister of Susan Bland (Eric), Daniel Hinkle (Stephanie), Marty Shurr III (Michelle). Niece of Calvin and Florence Cossaboon. Aunt of Danny, Lily, Juliana, Sophia, and Theo. Godmother of Mason Shaffer and Zachary Williams. And survived by many more loved ones.

And please give generously to Amy’s gofundme

MARINO — Rita Marino, (nee Garozzo), 96 years, affectionately known to all as Aunt Rita, of Mullica Hill, passed away peacefully at her residence with her daughter at her side.

Rita was a life resident of the Swedesboro-Mullica Hill area. Wife of the late Alfred Marino (1978) she was a farmer’s wife, assisting her husband on the farm. Rita was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, a member of the church choir, a Eucharistic Minister, member and Past President of the Altar-Rosary Society. She was one of the original volunteers for Kings Things in Swedesboro.

Rita is survived by her daughter, Mary Moul and former son-in-law, Donald Moul. She was predeceased by her siblings, Angelina Canavo, Ida (Joseph) DeSimone, Sister Mary Garozzo and Angelo (Catherine) Garozzo.

Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Clare of Assisi Parish, designate Organ Repair and sent to St. Clare of Assisi Parish, 140 Broad St. Swedesboro, NJ 08085 would be appreciated. Arrangements by the CHEEGA FUNERAL HOME, Swedesboro.

MALLOY — Our dear mother, Diane Louise McClelland Malloy sadly passed away on Aug. 11 at the age of 60.

She was a wonderful mother who was always there when we needed her and was the rock of our family. Diane touched many people’s lives, and she had many friends and was a well-loved member of the community in Mullica Hill.

She was predeceased by her father H. James McClelland and mother Ruth Suzanne Knowles and is survived by her husband Steven J. Malloy, her mother-in-law Claire H. Malloy, her sister Linda Lelak (Dennis), her brother Richard McClelland (Nora), her son Dennis J. Fuss II, daughters Josephine Malloy, Stephanie Malloy, and Daneen D. Fuss, Joseph F. Broz (Stephanie), and her 5 grandkids. Donations kindly requested to American Heart Assn. at Thoughts and prayers at

VELLUTATO — Janice Elaine Vellutato (nee Poole) age 91 years of Mickleton died Aug. 20. She was born on June 10, 1931 on her Grandparents Banscher Farm on Cohawkin Road in Clarksboro to the late Myrtle (Banscher) and Everett Poole Sr.

Janice was a 1949 graduate of Paulsboro High School and worked for 35 years as a secretary in Employee Relations assisting people in finding jobs and was a great help to many. She also had a stable of Standardbred horses, notably Sleepytime Jan. Jan also owned Harmony Acres Hoof Beats, a harness and tack shop in Mickleton. She admired John Wayne, Doris Day, Mary Tyler Moore and Frank Sinatra; but most of all her 1957 Ford T-Bird!

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, James Vellutato of Mickleton. Jan was predeceased by her brothers, Marvin Poole and Everett Poole Jr.

Arrangements by McBride Foley Funeral Home, Paulsboro. Contributions can be made in her memory to CHOP, PO Box 781352, Philadelphia, PA 19178-1352. Memories can be shared at Rest in Peace you earned it, Amen.

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