December 2023 Issue

POOL — Earl Owen Pool age 84, of East Greenwich Twp., died on Oct. 31, 2023.

Born in Mullica Hill to the late George W. Pool and Sara (nee Owen), he graduated from Woodstown High School Class of 1957.  Immediately after graduation, he bought his first group of cows and created Sebowisha Farms and married his late wife Gladys “Beth” (nee Angelo) in 1960.

Owen was the former treasurer and director of the New Jersey Farm Bureau, president of Farmers Brokerage & Supply, delegate for the Land O Lakes Co-op, president of NJ State FFA (Nonprofit organization for agriculture support & education for students), and president of Gloucester County 4H Fair Association for over 20 years. Over the years he traveled throughout the state of New Jersey to attend meetings for the betterment of agriculture.

He was a hardworking, diligent dairy farmer at Sebowisha Farms until his death, but was also a loving and nurturing father, grandfather, and great grandfather.

Owen is survived by his four children, Richard Pool and his wife Heather, David Pool and his wife Martha, Linda Blum and her husband, Michael, and John Pool and his wife Noel; 10 grandchildren, Lynette (Troy), Elliot (Erin), Kristin (Chris), Caitlyn (John), Machaela (Brandon), Taylor, Courtney, John Jacob, Daniel & Levi; three great grandchildren, Alice Jeanne, Ruth Lee, and Liam Jay; and many nieces and nephews. He was also survived by two special nephews, Terry Poole and Jay Betsy. Owen was predeceased by his brothers, Harold, Harry, and Elmer Pool.

MUSUMECI — Jeffrey P. Musumeci, 64 of Buena, NJ passed away peacefully at home on Oct. 5, 2023.  Born in Woodbury, he has lived in Buena since 2009, coming from West Deptford.

Jeff worked as an operating engineer for Local Union #835 at Drexel University in Pennsylvania.  Jeff loved country living, would ride his golf cart through the wooded area behind his home, loved his animals, gardening, his home in Brigantine, loved the beach, cars, and doing projects around the house.

Jeff was the son of the late Salvatore and Ruby Musumeci and is survived by his wife, Susan, his son, James, his siblings, Marie (Gran) Wilds, Melanie (Louis) Moretto, Brian Musumeci and the Late Stephen Musumeci.  His mother-in-law, Joan Shimkus, brother-in-law, Paul Shimkus, sister-in-law, Joanne (Dennis) Gulite.  Also, several nieces and nephews.  Arrangements were handled by the Cheega Funeral Home, Swedesboro.

NOTTIS — Richard M. Nottis, 63 of Runnemede, NJ formerly of Woolwich Twp., passed away Oct. 24 at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Camden.  Born in Philadelphia, he resided in Runnemede for the last 13 years after moving from Pennsylvania.

He had worked for Jeffries and Mann’s in Philadelphia as a stocker. Rich was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church, Holy Child Parish, Runnemede, NJ.

He was an avid baseball player.  A large man with a kind heart, if someone sneezed, he would reply God bless. If it was your birthday, you would get a call with him singing ‘Happy Birthday’ or Merry Christmas, any special day would be the reason he would call and sing especially for you.

Richard was a Mummer in every sense of the word, a member and past president of Hegemans’ String Band, a member of the Polish American String Band, Woodland and Gloucester City String Bands. He will forever be remembered for his portrayal of Miss America in 1978 during the Mummers New Years Day Parade.

Richard is survived by his wife of 18 years, Angela, (nee Allen), children, Richard (Heather) Nottis Jr., Ryan (Ashley) Nottis, Michael Nottis, Alexis Nottis  and Melissa  (Nick) Pierre-Louis. Grandchildren, Casey, Addison, Riley Mae, Mason, Jameson, Carson, Angelina and Adriana. His siblings Gregory (Sue) Nottis, and Chris (Elena) Nottis, nieces Christina, Amanda (Justin) and Ava, nephew Dan.  Great nieces Avery, Austin and Briana and great nephew Tyler. Brother-in-law, Paul Evans, his best friend, Ronnie White and the entire Mummers family. He was predeceased by his parents, Richard and Arlene Nottis.

In memory of Rich, say something nice to a stranger, God bless if they sneeze, wish them a happy birthday or Merry Christmas and watch the Mummers New Years Day Parade.  Arrangements were handled by the Cheega Funeral Home, Swedesboro.

FRANK — Nina Frank, 49 (nee Lieggi) of York, PA passed away Nov. 6, 2023.  Formerly of Swedesboro, Carneys Point and Franklinville, NJ, she had lived in York, PA for the past 3 years.

She was born on Dec. 3, 1973 at Subic Bay Naval Hospital in the Philippines. She had strawberry blonde hair and cherry red lips. Nina had a vivid imagination and always wanted to write children’s books.

She had numerous trials in her life but with her husband’s love, she was able to be happy. She loved to read, play games online and was an animal lover.

She is survived by her husband, James Frank, Jr., her mother, Shirley (nee Drager) Lieggi and a brother, Antonio Lieggi IV.  She was a great friend, beloved wife, daughter and sister and will never be forgotten. 

Arrangements were handled by the Cheega Funeral Home, Swedesboro.

MATHIAS — Mary B. Mathias (nee Barber) earned her angel wings, suddenly, on Nov. 9, 2023, in her home. Mary was predeceased by her husband, Rober M. Mathias, Jr.; her mother and father, Leon (Mike) F. Barber, Sr. and Doris V. (Mickle) Barber; her sister Barbara B. (Barber) Roberts; her brothers, Leon F. Barber, Jr.; Richard F. Barber, Sr. and his wife Barbara Jane (Miller) Barber.

Mary is survived by her sons, Robert M. Mathias III and Michael W. Mathias and wife Diana Mathias. Three grandchildren, Michael Mathias, Kimberly Mathias; and Danielle Mathias; three great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Her sister, Elaine B (Barber) Matteo, and her sister-in-law, Helen (DeVoy) Barber. Along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mary was born in Swedesboro and graduated from Swedesboro High School in 1951. She worked for Homan Chevrolet in Swedesboro, Atlantic City Electric in Deepwater, the Salem Sunbeam, and Evergreen Publishing in all their secretarial and accounting departments. After retiring, she worked for Rapid Forms as a proofreader during their Christmas Card season.

Mary was active with her husband Bob, volunteering for the Penns Grove Ambulance Squad. She accompanied Bob on his meals-on-wheels deliveries, and they dressed up as Santa and Ms. Clause much to the delight of the shut-ins. She and Bob square danced for a few years with a local group and traveled to many square dancing events, even on a riverboat down the Mississippi.

Mary and Bob were very active in their church, Calvary Baptist, for many years. She sang in the choir and was very active in church events. She and Bob gave their time and support to the new Calvary Baptist Church. They donated the beautiful chandeliers in the Church.

Mary was a loving, caring mother to her immediate family as well as to her aging parents, and all her family members. Her one vice was watching and buying from QVC.

Please remember and honor her by sending donations to your favorite charity.

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