December 2022 Issue

GREGOR — Shirley A. Gregor (nee Hurst) age 84 years of Clarksboro, died Oct. 27, 2022 in her home.

Shirley was born and raised in Paulsboro and was a 1955 graduate of Paulsboro High School. For many years she worked as a waitress at the Cup and Saucer, Sam’s Steak House, and the Dutch Inn restaurants. Shirley enjoyed caring for her home and treasured spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Robert and Diane Horner of Marlton, Susan West of Clarksboro; her grandchildren, Bobby and Laura West, Amanda Horner and Rachael Horner; her great grandchildren, Kylie, Savannah, McKenzie and Jackson and her sister, Betty Bolopue of Gibbstown. Shirley was predeceased by her husband, Sam Gregor and her great- granddaughter, Delaney West.

Funeral services were held at the McBride – Foley Funeral Home, Paulsboro. Contributions can be made in her memory to Bayada Hospice, 608 N Broad St., Suite 300, Woodbury, NJ 08096. Memories can be shared at www.mcbridefoleyfh.com.

COLANERO — Jean E. Colanero (nee Hall) age 90 years of Clarksboro, died peacefully in Shady Lane Nursing Home on Oct. 31, 2022. She was born in Camden to the late Hiram and Bessie Hall.

Mrs. Colanero retired after many years of service with Acme Markets in Pennsville. She was a fantastic cook and enjoyed attending her children’s sporting events. Mrs. Colanero also sewed clothing for her children and was an avid Phillies and Eagles fan.

She is survived by her children, Carmen Colanero Jr., Rocco Colanero, Christy and Bobby Colna; five grandchildren and her sister, Joan. Mrs. Colanero was predeceased by her daughter, Tina Colanero.

Arrangements by McBride – Foley Funeral Home, Paulsboro. Memories can be shared at www.mcbridefoleyfh.com.

JORDAN — Ruth E. Jordan (nee Retman) age 94 years of Swedesboro went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 1, 2022 in her home surrounded by her family.

She was born and raised in Salem and moved to Swedesboro when she married the late William Jordan. Mrs. Jordan worked in the cafeteria at Kingsway High School and later for Rode’s Catering. She attended Clonmell Methodist Church in Gibbstown and was a member of Paulsboro, Logan and Gibbstown Senior Citizens Clubs.

Mrs. Jordan enjoyed yodeling and singing, bowling, CB radios, and attending karaoke. She was an avid Phillies and Eagles fan, collected an extensive cardinal collection, and her favorite color was green.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Ragonese of Swedesboro; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren and many friends. Mrs. Jordan was predeceased by her husband, William Jordan; her son, Steven Jordan; her son in law, Jim Ragonese Sr. and her grandsons, Jason Jordan and Greg Ragonese.

Funeral services were held at the McBride – Foley Funeral Home, Paulsboro. Contributions can be made in her memory to the Stained Glass Fund at Clonmell Church, 516 W. Broad St., Gibbstown, NJ 08027. Memories can be shared at www.mcbridefoleyfh.com.

CONVERY — Patrick (Pat) Convery, 66, died Nov. 2, 2022 at Cooper Hospital.

One of the best things that ever happened to Swedesboro was Pat getting laid off from Dupont in 1982; he became an entrepreneur and bought a gas station from his brother and turned it into a Swedesboro institution.

Pat’s service station was much more than a spot for repairs and gas. Folks would stop by just to chat or share a cup of coffee with Pat. He had been a car guy since the days of his youth. A teenage Pat Convery had worked at a repair shop in Woodbury for his first job.

And following that pattern he hired many a young person over the years to work at his shop. Pat shaped them into men, productive members of their communities. He was honest to a fault. For customers there was nothing more reassuring than being able to drop your car off at night at the station, drop your keys through the mail slot and know Pat would have it back up and running for a fair price the next day.

But for Pat probably the most important thing was that the shop supported those around him. Everyone knew that for Pat, family came first. He spent many a year following his boys around to all their sporting events, helping the teams and cheering them on.

With the shop being a seven day a week proposition (and towing being a 24-hour commitment), his free time was spent mostly at his home. He liked to click around the channels on his TV or spend some quality time riding on his motorcycle.

For a few years he was able to escape from time to time with his family and friends out on his boat. And he was always excited to bring the extended family over for events. He was a master of the grill, and the first to jump off the diving board with the kids. The holidays found him around the kitchen, helping with the cooking and the cleanup after.

His friendships were just as important to him. He was very much the guy that you could call for a helping hand. It could have been advice on the repair of a car, help with a home project, or helping a friend or family member with an unexpected expense.

Pat was one of the best pool players in the area. He was a fixture in many of the leagues and travelled the country for tournaments and his home was full of his trophies. “Take what the table offers you” was always his advice when he coached players.

He’d meet a pretty girl named Betty on a blind date. They shared a 42-year marriage blessed by sons, Brock (Jennifer) and Dirk, and later by their beautiful granddaughter, Elise. He is survived by his brother, Fran (Barbara) Convery, sister, Rita (Rick) Shuttleton and many nieces and nephews. Pat was predeceased by his sisters, Barbara Connuli, Connie Hutchinson, Jackie Fowler and Kathleen Convery and brothers, Jimmy, Billy, Robert, John, and Joey and his parents Francis and Mabell.

Donations in lieu of flowers to Pat’s gofundme (https://www.gofundme.com/f/together-we-can-help-the-convery-family) will be appreciated.

ZEID — Dr. Lowell Zeid passed away on Nov. 17, 2022. He was the husband of Mary Zeid (nee Scuderi), father of Lori (David) Zeid and Dr. Randy (Tracy) Zeid, stepfather of Richard Hoagland, Michael (Christina) Hoagland, David (Diana) Hoagland and Rita Hoagland, and grandfather of 10.

Dr. Zeid was a practicing family physician in Swedesboro for many years with an office on Kings Highway.

Contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

BECKER — Karl E. Becker, age 81, died on Nov. 20, 2022, at home in Mickleton where he and his wife have lived with their daughter and family for the last 13 years. They called Secane and Rose Valley, PA home before moving to NJ.

Karl and his wife celebrated 60 years of marriage in March. Karl was born in Darby, PA and raised in Folcroft. He participated in little league and civil air patrol in his youth, graduated from Sharon Hill High School in 1959 among a class of only 42, and then attended Quaker City Aeronautical School.

He served an apprenticeship with Ludwig Honold to become a sheet metal mechanic, then continued his career at General Electric for almost 20 years. He began a second career in Upper Darby School District working as head custodian and in grounds maintenance.

He enjoyed being around kids and begrudgingly retired after 28 years at the age of 72. Karl was a proud blood donor with the American Red Cross and was recognized for donating more than 16 gallons during his lifetime.

Karl never passed a garage sale, flea market or auction without stopping. When he wasn’t doing projects around the home or in the yard, he could be found camping or discussing politics with friends and family. He adored his dogs and rescued a few in his years, and more than anything else loved spending time around his kids and grandkids.

He is survived by his partner, best friend, and high school sweetheart Jeanne M. (Turnier) Becker, children Donna M. (Robert) Rittershausen, Edward (Cindy) Becker, Michael Karl Becker (Chris Camacho), grandchildren Robert Rittershausen, Jr., Ryan Rittershausen, Niko Karl Becker, and sister Joan Ann Park.

Contributions may be made to the American Red Cross at https://www.redcross.org/donate/now or to the American Cancer Society at https://donate3.cancer.org. Memories may be shared at www.buddfuneralhome.com.

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