January 2023 Issue Obituaries

HUNT — Timothy Hunt, 68. Tim was all about the land. He farmed from the days of his youth with the Vierecks and the Gaventas, and even spent most of his wedding day out picking peaches. If not in the open fields, he could also be found in the woods with a bow, shotgun, or rifle in hand. Though he had the pleasure to hunt as far away as Kansas, Kentucky and Wyoming, NJ was his favorite, where he bagged his prized 13 pointer. Wherever they were going on vacation, Tim could find a little extra room in the car for his fishing gear; mostly bass and always catch and release. If his TV was on, you can bet he was watching some war or western movies, anything John Wayne or, of course, any hunting and fishing shows. He was a 1973 Kingsway graduate and spent 35 years working for Gloucester County as a survey engineer. You couldn’t drive any road in GloCo without him saying “See this road? I built this.”

He was the best man at a wedding where he met a pretty bridesmaid; after the reception they all went bowling. Married to Regina “Gini” (née Knoll) for 38-year marriage and blessed with a daughter, Theresa “Teri” (John) Willard. Tim and Teri were inseparable. Tim would dress her in Carhardt and boots, and always had her in tow. He never missed any of her recitals or tennis matches. But he really found his calling as a grandfather with JJ and Grace. JJ was his shadow, always heading out with him for an hour or two in the woods on the 4-wheeler; Grace was his princess.

Tim is pre-deceased by his father, Laurence. He is survived by mother Marie (Edward) Hunt-Young, his sister, Linda (John) Heritage and many nieces and nephews.

Family will celebrate 68 great years at an upcoming memorial service.

SANDBERG — Theresa F. Sandberg age 83, of Mickleton, formerly of Mantua and Pitman passed away on Nov. 22, 2022. Born in Harrisburg, PA to the late George E. Jamison and Carolyn R. (nee Guaglionona), she graduated from Pitman High School Class of 1957.

Terry retired from the Superior Court of NJ Municipal Division where she was a legal secretary. She was an artist and loved to paint. Terry was a member of the Gloucester County and Salem County Art League.

She is survived by five children; Jody Ann Sandberg of Williamstown, Beth Ann Lindsay of Rehoboth Beach, DE, Donald Sandberg & his wife Elizabeth of Mullica Hill, Loriann Bruce and her husband Michael of West Deptford and Michael C. Sandberg and his wife Rita of Pittsgrove; twelve grandchildren and one on the way; six great grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Jamison of Mantua and Betty Ochipinti; many nieces and nephews, and her cat Mishka.

Memories and condolences can be shared at www.smithfhmantua.com

WHITEHOUSE — John Arthur Whitehouse, of Mickleton, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 24, 2022, at the age of 71.

John was born to Margaret and William Whitehouse on June 7, 1951. After attending West Catholic High School, class of 1969, he began his career at Purex Company, ultimately retiring from Dupont Marshall Laboratory in 2009.

His family will remember him as a man who loved catching up with the day to day happenings of his children. In John’s spare time he enjoyed watching the Phillies and Eagles.

John is survived by his wife of 50 years, Pamela (nee Greenawalt), as well as his four children; Matthew (Ashley), Marc (Kimberly), Michael (Myra), and Jennifer; granddaughter, Nora; his siblings, Margaret Digan, Donna Kubicky, and his identical twin,William Whitehouse. Mr. Whitehouse was predeceased by his parents, Margaret and William Whitehouse.

Arrangements by McBride – Foley Funeral Home, Paulsboro. Contributions can be made in his memory to the General Fund of St. Peter’s Church, 302 Kings Hwy., Clarksboro, NJ 08020. Memories can be shared at www.mcbridefoleyfh.com.

NELSON — Stacey Jean Nelson, 46, passed away Nov. 24, 2022, in the family home in Woolwich Township surrounded by her loved ones.

Born in Woodbury Dec. 31, 1975, she was the beloved daughter of Sharon Stecher Dupper, her late father, Robert Nelson and stepfather, Robert Dupper. She lived in Woolwich Twp. until her move to TX in 2016. Stacey graduated from Kingsway in 1994. Her career was as a Regional Credit Manager with Carrier Enterprise.

She is survived by her aunts: Barb and Carol Stecher, Shirley Garozzo (Vern), Susan Nelson, Sandy Bunch and her uncle, Barry Nelson. She is pre-deceased by her aunt, Suze Donaghy (Bill), uncles, Al Jr., David Stecher, and Norman Nelson.

She leaves behind to honor her memory her sisters, Dawn Coggins, Sheryl Nelson, and Rebecca Buyarski (Beau), her trusting special cousin, Jessica Ratiu and her boyfriend and caregiver, Timothy Moran, as well as her dogs, Gigi, Capone and Cinder.

In Stacey’s memory please donate to your local animal shelter.

WOJCIECHOWSKI — Maureen Wojciechowski, of Mickleton, passed away on Nov. 27, 2022. She was 49. She was born in Rockville Centre, NY to Edward and Deidra Dowling on June 13, 1973. She received her undergraduate degree from Pace University and doctorate from Life University. She previously operated Swedesboro Community Chiropractic.

She is survived by her husband, Timothy, and daughter, Abigail; her parents, Edward (Donna) Dowling and Deidra Kennedy; sisters Tara (Jeff) Busse, Erin (Jason) Burkholder, Eileen (Doug) Miller; sister-in-law, Judith Bardsley (Robert), brother-in-law, Daniel Wojciechowski (Bailey), in-laws, Joseph and Patricia Wojciechowski, cousins, nieces, and nephew.

Contributions in Maureen’s memory may be sent to the Abramson Cancer Center Development, 3535 Market Street, Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

BRESLER — Geraldine Joy Bresler, “Gerry,” age 83 of Mickleton passed away on Dec 1, 2022. Born in Paulsboro to the late Carl A. Bresler and Lydia (nee Schober), she graduated from Swedesboro High School. Gerry went on to Wheaton College, graduating with the centennial class of 1960. Returning to NJ, Gerry completed an MS in Library Science at Drexel, and found a job as an Armed Services Librarian in Germany. Gerry later had a secure position at the Trenton State College Library, retiring after 25 years to care for her parents.

Gerry was a member of Westerly Road Church of Princeton and later Southwood Baptist Church. In her earliest years, Gerry’s family read the Bible together, setting a lifelong habit. Gerry enjoyed the outdoors and knew many birds and trees and plant varieties.

She enjoyed traveling to many places in the USA, returning to visit Germany and going to Africa with another adventuresome cousin. Gerry enjoyed scrapbooking, knitting and always reading. She volunteered at her church library and at the County Library. Gerry loved and encouraged everyone she knew, telling them about her hope in the Lord Jesus.

She is survived by several cousins and their families. Besides being predeceased by her parents, Gerry was also predeceased by her brother Robbie Bresler.

Contributions can be made to the Marion Wade Center at Wheaton College at https://www.wheaton.edu or by mail at Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College, 501 College Ave., Wheaton, IL 60187 or Southwood Baptist Church, 11 Griscom Lane, Woodbury, NJ. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.smithfhmantua.com.

HARDY — Robert William Hardy was born Oct. 18, 1938, in Camden, son of Elva M. and Robert J. Hardy. He spent the first 40 years of his life in Camden, and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School before enlisting in the Marines.

Brother to Patrick J Hardy. Husband to his deceased wife Peggy. Father of Robert, William “Billy”, James, Catherine, Timothy, Patricia, Theresa and Sarah. Father-in-law to Mary, Tracy, Gail, Christopher, Paul, Ryan and Bobby. Husband to Florence Collins Hardy. He was a loving grandfather and great grandfather to many wonderful children and families.

He was a man of faith, a man of honor, and a man of service; he was a man of singular strength. He instilled in all of us the need to strive for excellence. He committed his life to serving his Lord, and brought that faith into his work as a marine, a father, a Catholic deacon, a chaplain. He also acted as a prison chaplain, a leader of both men and youth groups and retreat leader and speaker.

It was his commitment to seek and pray with a stranger every day as an act of service. Being open to God’s healing spirit enabled him to sense a person that needed a kind word or prayer. He was spiritually grounded in faith to talk and walk with strangers, always walking by faith and trusting in Jesus.

Robert touched the lives of many people of all ages and backgrounds – a shining light reflecting Jesus and Jesus alone. His light will shine on through all the people who had the privilege of knowing him.

“To act justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with God” Micah 6:8

SMITH — Joseph Edward Smith, 98, of Mullica Hill and Thorofare, passed away peacefully on Dec. 3, 2022. Joe was born on Oct. 10, 1924, in Pleasantville, NJ to Raymond and Helen (nee Schreider) Smith. Upon graduating Pleasantville High School in 1942, Joe enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served during WWII in the South Pacific on landing crafts (LST and LSM)

Returning home, Joe attended Temple University where he met and married Carol Bowden his wife of 62 years. Joe and Carol settled in Woodbury and raised their family. Joe worked his entire career for the Exxon Corporation Marine Department in Paulsboro, Baltimore and Norfolk. In retirement, Joe and Carol moved to Virginia Beach, VA where they spent many happy years socializing, entertaining family, and creating beautiful gardens.

Joe is predeceased by his parents, his wife Carol, siblings Raymond, Dolores, Rita, Rose Marie, and grandson Christopher Taylor. Surviving sons Richard (Kathleen), Michael, and daughter Suzanne Taylor; grandchildren Jeffery Taylor (Aimee), Brian Smith (Meghan), Amanda (Brian) Smith and Melissa Smith; and great grandchildren Owen, Ethan, and Alana Taylor.

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HEISMAN — Dr. Jean Heisman age 64, of Mullica Hill passed away on Dec. 5, 2022. Born in Rantoul, Illinois to the late Robert Emil Skoog and Ann Elizabeth (nee Golden). She lived in and served Mullica Hill as a local optometrist since 1989, running her business alongside her late husband, Elliott. In her spare time, she enjoyed quilting and traveling, and was an avid fan of Ohio State University football, her alma mater.

Wife of Elliott Heisman, she is survived by her sons, Evan and Adam Heisman; her grandson, Theo Heisman; siblings, Bob, Marilynn, and Dave. Jean is also survived by her dog, Ellie. Contributions can be made to YPATT (Your Place at the Table) – Trinity UMC, 284 Cedar Road, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062 or MD Anderson Cooper Foundation Cancer Research at https://support.foundation.cooperhealth.org.

MANGANO — Jane A. Mangano, age 89 of Woolwich, died on Dec. 9, 2022.

Jane was born on Dec. 28, 1932, to the late Arthur & Elsie (Brady)

Ayares. She was raised in Woodstown and was a 1950 graduate of Woodstown

High School. After high school, she earned a degree in music at Centenary

College in Hackettstown.  

Jane was an extremely devoted wife and mother, and at the top of her list

was her grandson, Noah. Her other loves were flowers, wildlife, gardening,

and canning her own vegetables. Her “Grammy Beans” and tomatoes will always

be her family’s favorites.

She was an avid Phillies fan and held season tickets for more years than her family could remember. She was a member of the Gloucester County Chorus and enjoyed sharing her musical talents until well into her 80’s. She was involved in local and county politics for many

years and also worked for the Board of Elections in Gloucester County.

She was a huge Barry Manilow fan and traveled the world to hundreds of his concerts. Jane lived her life her way, on her terms, right up to her last moment.

She will be dearly missed. Jane is survived by her husband of 61 years, Tony, who she married on Oct. 28, 1961; her son and daughter-in-law, Sam and Joanne; her grandson,

Noah; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Please visit www.htlayton.com to leave a note of condolence to her family.

CENTONZO — Karen Centonzo, 59. Her ever-present smile could light up a room. Things may have been going great or they could have been going really bad, but you’d never know from her demeanor.

Karen was caregiver for her family and friends; she took care of their needs way before her own. If her T.V was on she’d be checking out some old shows (Family Affair, I Love Lucy). And she was a Nascar fan (Dave Blaney, Ryan Blaney and Kenney Schrader.) She cheered for the Philly teams with one exception; she had a soft spot for Peyton Manning.

She was a 1981 graduate of Kingsway and worked for CVS as a pharmacy tech.

She is survived by her husband, John Centonzo; her son, Kevin Borrelli; her father, William Barber; her sister Dawn Salus (Gary); 3 nieces, one nephew and one great niece

Interment Lake Park Cemetery, Woolwich. Donations to American Cancer Society (Cancer.org) will be appreciated.

MATTSON — Rena A. Mattson, 79, of Willow Street, PA passed away on Dec. 22, 2022. Mrs. Mattson was born in Macon, Georgia on March 9, 1943, and raised in Avalon and Pennsville, NJ. She and her husband Wayne, lived in Swedesboro from 1969 to 1994 at which time they moved to Stone Harbor. From 2009 to 2022 Rena and Wayne enjoyed life at the Spring Run at the Willow Valley Retirement Communities in Willow Street, PA.

Mrs. Mattson was a graduate of Pennsville Memorial High School, Glassboro State College and Larson/Juhl Professional Picture Framing School in Methuen, MA. Rena was an art teacher and a certified professional picture framer.

Rena taught six years in the Swedesboro Elementary School and 20 years in East Greenwich Township Elementary Schools.

Mrs. Mattson was a Charter member of the Women’s Museum of the Arts in Washington, DC, The Dickinson Theater Organ Society, The Friends of the Wanamaker Organ, The Antique Automobile Club of America, and the American Yo-Yo association.

Rena was an accomplished artist in her own right. Although she worked in a variety of media, she most enjoyed wood carving. She studied carving with renowned carver J.P Hand of Cape May County, N.J.

Rena is survived by her loving husband since Nov. 27, 1969, Wayne Mattson; brother Herman Adkins; sister Phyllis Adkins; sister in-law Patricia Adkins; one niece and six nephews; and several great- nieces and nephews. Mrs. Mattson is predeceased by her parents, Herman and Bellvirda (Law) Adkins.

Donation may be made to the Dickinson Theater Organ Society, P.O. Box 7263, Wilmington, Delaware 19803 or the Stone Harbor Museum, 235-93rd Street, Stone Harbor, N.J. 08247

To leave an online condolence please visit, SnyderfuneralHome.com

GOETASKI – William G. Goetaski, 78, of Cape May Court House, NJ, passed away on Dec. 16, 2022.

Born in Swedesboro to the late William John and Margaret McCann Goetaski, he moved to Cape May Court House 25 years ago from Aruba. He worked at Coastal Oil in Westville, NJ. He was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and was a fourth-degree knight with the Knights of Columbus. He was a Boy Scout Leader. An avid handyman, Bill enjoyed fishing, gardening, boating, and doing yardwork.

Bill is survived by his wife of 60 years Janis; his daughters Carolyn (Frank) Casella and Janis Goetaski; his grandchildren David (Kaitlynn) Edwards and Chad Casella; and his great grandchildren Liam Edwards, Avery Edwards, and Audrey Edwards.

Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or The Salvation Army, 22 South Texas Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401.

HALL — Doris Hall passed away peacefully at her home in Logan Twp. on Dec 23, 2022.

She was a Councilwoman for Logan Township from 1980 and was just recently re-elected for another term in office. She was the first Afro-American woman to be Deputy Mayor for Logan Twp. She was also on the Logan Township Planning Board, Chairperson for Logan Township Parks and Rec and the Executive Democratic chairperson for Logan Township for District 2 from 1980 to 2007.

She was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, and her greatest joy was in her singing, given a beautiful voice she gave back to the Glory of God by singing in the church choir. She became Music Director for St. Joseph’s Church in 1990, began and directed a children’s choir at the church and became the Church Cantor, singing for masses, weddings, and funerals.

Hearing Doris sing the Ave Maria just took your breath away and a dry eye was hard to find. She also was the coordinator of the Christmas Concerts held each year at St. Joseph’s Church and now St. Clare of Assisi Parish.

Doris spread her wings and became a charter member of the Jubilato Deo Choir and with this group sang in Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Kimmell Center in Phila. Pa. Their Easter and Christmas Concerts were applauded by everyone.

She also joined the Cathedral Singers of Camden and with them she traveled to Rome and sang at a Mass with Pope Paul VI, and also traveled to Paris, France for a concert with this group. She was also a member and cantor for the Camden Diocesan Choir.

Doris is survived by her son, Walter, grandsons, Reggie II, Antoine, and Jamar. She was predeceased by her husband George and her son Reggie (Fudge). Contributions in her memory can be sent directly to the Cheega Funeral Home, 1329 Kings Highway, Swedesboro, NJ 08085 to help with expenses

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