May 2023 Issue

BONACCORSI — Salvatore A. (Sam) Bonaccorsi, 74 a lifelong resident of the Woolwich Twp. area passed away at Inspira Medical Center, Mullica Hill. Sam was the husband of the late Caroline (nee Quimby) and was the son of the Late Salvatore and Mary (Nee Coco) Bonaccorsi. An Army Veteran, he operated a dump truck company before retiring. He was a graduate of Kingsway High School.

WALLACE — Joseph Wallace, affectionately known as OC, 58 of Logan Twp., passed away peacefully at home.  Born in Mt. Holly, he resided in Logan Twp. for 23 years coming from Burlington, NJ. Joe had attended Burlington City High School and graduated from Omega Institute, Pennsauken, NJ with honors.

He was a computer technician employed by Comp-u-com.  Joe loved music and in his younger days, he was lead singer for a ‘heavy metal band’, and was a weightlifting enthusiast. He was an avid sports fan, following the Phillies and Eagles, loved his cats, hiking, the beach, gardening and bird watching. Joe loved visiting different breweries and, of course, loved to eat. 

Joseph is survived by his devoted wife of 35 years, Linda (Nee Kinsey) Wallace, two sons, Joseph Wallace and his partner, Christopher Giovanetti, and Jarred Wallace, and his sister, Rose (Angel) Wallace. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Rose Marie Wallace, and his brother, Christopher Wallace.

A Memorial Service was held at the Cheega Funeral Home, Swedesboro.  Donations in his memory may be sent to Samaritan Hospice, PO Box 71425, Phila Pa 19176-1425 or, would be appreciated.

BORRELLI — Doris R Borrelli, 94 of Logan Twp. passed away at the University of Penna. Hospital on March 20, 2023.  Born in Bridgeton, she lived most of her life in Logan Twp.  She was a farmer’s wife working alongside her husband on the family farm. Doris attended St. Joseph’s Church in Swedesboro and, in later years, St. Gabriel the Archangel in Carneys Point, NJ.

She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Elia, her sons, Edward, Mark and Kenneth. Also, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, James Borrelli. A memorial service was held at the Cheega Funeral Home, Swedesboro.

LOGGIA — Nick Loggia Sr, 65 of Woolwich Twp. passed away March 23 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Phila PA.

Born in Campobello-Di Licata, Sicily he moved to Philadelphia, PA in 1968 with his parents and brother. He worked for Stroehmann Bakeries for over 35 years before retiring in 2015 to pursue his passions of cooking, woodworking and playing with his grandchildren. Nick resided in South Jersey for the past 20 years, coming from Philadelphia, PA.

Nick is survived by his wife of 40 years, Valerie (nee Pratt) his children, Nick (Lucia) Loggia Jr., Paula (Bob) Churchill. His grandchildren, Anthony and Scarlett. His brother, Jack (Jeannie) and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his siblings, Charles, John, Carmen, Carmela and Paola.

A viewing was held at the CHEEGA FUNERAL HOME, Swedesboro.

ETHERIDGE — Patricia Etheridge, 57. Patricia was a sassy gal who loved the Lord. Her smile and laugh brought endless joy to Living Hope Worship Center. She always had a book she was devouring, usually Christina books, but also anything about her favorite place, Lancaster. She made many a trip out there enjoying all the restaurants and shops.

Her Woolwich home was full of all her Amish finds. If her TV was on, she’d be checking out the I.D. channel, solving crimes with her favorite shows.

She’d meet a handsome guy named Chuck when she was waitressing at the Silver Coin Diner in Hammonton. They’d share a 29-year marriage blessed by their son, Anthony Lee Etheridge.

She is survived by her mother, Carol Wilson; and her sisters, Ann Sanchez (Robert) and Angelina Jillson (Dave).

CERMIGNANO — Gregory Cermignano, 75. Greg was a true family man who could always find a way to make you laugh.

Greg met the love his life Suzanne, through a mutual friend. They went on to enjoy 50 years of marriage together. They traveled around the world enjoying cruises, watching their children excel through sports, and headed to Ocean City beach in the summers to relax with family and friends.

Greg had an extreme passion and love for teaching. He obtained his bachelor’s degree at Villanova University, his MBA at Drexel University, and later earned his Law degree from The University of Delaware, Widener School of Law. He paid his way by becoming a professor at Temple University, and then a 30 + year term at Widener University and Widener University Law School, teaching courses such as business law, sports law and accounting related subjects. After passing his Jurisprudence exams, he continued to work as a professor at Widener and an attorney in his part time, only to carve out more time for his wife and kids.

His love of Philadelphia sports, especially Villanova basketball, led to him following his dream of becoming a basketball coach. He coached basketball at St. Joe’s CYO in Swedesboro and was a co-creator of the Little League in Logan Twp.

He was an avid traveler, mainly by cruise ships. He always stated he would have loved to teach on a cruise ship for a six month term. Greg and Sue traveled on at least 1 to 2 cruises for at least the last 20 years and was able to take his grandchildren on the Disney cruise.

If his TV was on, you could be sure it was a Philly sports game or a western movie. You could find Greg in the house by the sound of his singing and, if you were riding in his car, you would be learning new lyrics from a musical playing.

He was never one to raise his voice unless it was geared toward referees. He was also one to tease others, especially his two grandchildren Aria Rose and Nicholas Gregory.

In addition to his wife Suzanne (nee Warner) and children, Lisa and Tim, he was blessed with two grandchildren Aria Rose and Nicholas Gregory. He is also survived by his beloved cousin, Mario Ercole aka Uncle Pudgy. He is predeceased by his brother, Richard, and cousin, Joanne Agnew.

Donations can be made to programs that provide access to quality cancer healthcare, and unite people in the fight against all cancers affecting.

DRAGER — Joseph William Drager, 98 of Swedesboro passed away April 9, a bright and beautiful Easter morning.

Joseph was born on the family farm in Logan Twp. in 1924. A lifelong resident of Swedesboro, he enjoyed mowing lawns and unfortunately any flowers that got in the way. Joe and his late wife Doris enjoyed traveling to Fortescue to fish on the party boats.

He was a hard worker, a positive role model for his children, a loving husband, a leader who preferred to work behind the scenes. “If you are going to do the job, do it right”. At times he worked three jobs in order to send his children to Catholic Grammar and High Schools.

Joseph was a lifelong member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, St. Joseph Church, Swedesboro. Devoted to his faith in God and to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

He graduated from Swedesboro High School, Class of ’42 at the age of 17 and joined the Navy, serving 3 years on the aircraft carrier, the USS Bennington. Joseph was a proud member of the Woolwich Fire Company – A volunteer firefighter since the age of 16. Prior to his death he was the oldest living retired member of the Fire Company.

He is survived by his son, Louis (Betty Lou) Drager, Daughters, Jo Anna (Robert) Gahrs and Shirley Lieggi. His grandchildren, Debra Drager (Tom) Winnberg, Kelly Drager Nobles, Nina Lieggi (James) Frank and Antonio J Lieggi IV. His Great-Grandchildren, Grant and Hope Winnberg, Brianna, Kaitlyn, Josiah and Zachary Nobles, Antonio J. Lieggi V and Julianna Williams. His Daughter-in-law, Patricia Drager. Also, several nieces and nephews, especially Jane Drager (Doug) who helped the family navigate the medical waters over the years. Joseph was predeceased by his loving wife, Doris Spence Drager, his son, Michael Drager, infant son, Steven Paul Drager, his parents, Emil and Anna Burkel Drager and siblings, Louis, John and Edith Drager, Mary Houvig, Alice Jess and Infant Beatrice Drager. The family would like to extend a special thanks to his current Angel Caregivers, Deneen, Maria, Marcala and Katrina, most who have cared for him so lovingly since 2017.

Services were held at CHEEGA FUNERAL HOME, Swedesboro. Donations to the Woolwich Fire Company, 1517 Kings Hwy, Swedesboro, NJ 08085 would be appreciated.

CHUDY — Vicki L. Chudy (Harding), age 68, died on April 16, 2023 at her home in Glassboro. Vicki lived in the Pitman/Glassboro area most of her life. She graduated from Kingsway High School in 1973 and attended Cairn University. Vicki formerly worked for Thomas Scientific in Swedesboro for many years and worked for Scott’s Lawn Care in Runnemede.

Survived by her husband of 30 years Alan P. Chudy, children Jeff (Jenn) Tisa, Michael (Valerie) Chudy, Cristina (Scott) Ward, Amanda (Steve) Velasquez, Ethan (Amanda) Chudy, Robert Wilson (Frank Vegilante), 8 grandchildren and sister Nancy Horn.

SLUSAR — Joseph Slusar, 78. Joe started with the Woolwich Fire Company at a young age as a junior fireman and spent a lifetime in service with both the department and the ambulance squad. When the siren sounded many a dinner was cut short, and many an evening’s rest interrupted to help his fellow residents in their darkest hours.

He’d inspire two generations of firemen behind him. He kept the trucks in tip top shape; Joe could turn a wrench with the best of them. Probably dated back to his days doing small engine repair with his dad at the Homestead.

He’d later move his repair shop behind his house. Often the shop was more of a social affair with dozens of people coming and going and hanging out. But, if it was broken, you knew Joe could fix it.

He was proud of his service to our nation. He enlisted in the Navy just out of high school and served in Vietnam on an aircraft carrier. And yes, he kept everything running smooth there as well.

If he got out of the area, he’d most likely be heading off to the woods, shotgun in hand (he started the Tall Pines Gun Club in 1964) or off on his boat for a little angling. And in his later years, he did a little snorkeling in the islands. As a grandfather he was always there with a little wisdom: “Here’s 20 bucks. I don’t push cars and I don’t do bail.” He would however change a flat from time to time with hardly a complaint.

He cheered for the Phils but would commiserate about their losses with a few choice words. Joe was a graduate of the first class of Kingsway Regional and retired from the turnpike in 2002 after 33 years of service.

Freshman year at Swedesboro High he’d meet a pretty girl named Catherine. They’d share a 57 year marriage blessed by two children: Brian (Chrissy) and Kim Thompson (Tommy); his grandchildren, Renee (Bobby) Ferrell, Brianne Slusar, Joseph Slusar III, Nicholas Thompson and Zachary Thompson; and his siblings: Carol Dupper (Bill), Darlene Gage, Jerry (Marylou), and Kathleen Hurff (Edgar);

Interment Lake Park Cemetery.

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