January 2024 Issue

HUGHES — Charles E. Hughes Sr. age 62 years of Repaupo passed away on Nov. 2, 2023 in The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia surrounded by his family.

Chuck was born at Cooper Hospital, Camden and lived in the Gibbstown – Repaupo area most of his life. He was employed as a welder at Xylem, (formerly Godwin Pumps) in Bridgeport, where he worked for over 30 years until the day he was no longer able.

Chuck was an avid hunter, gardener and coin collector. He was someone who would always lend a hand to someone in need, as well as being the most loving, caring and devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather “Pop”, and friend. He was truly one of a kind.

He was the beloved son of the late Raymond and Irene Hughes; survived by his soul mate, wife and best friend of 45 years, Nora Hughes; his son, Joshua Hughes; his daughter, Nicole Hughes; his grandchildren, Peyton Hughes and Robert Cox, and their mother Morgan, as well as his sister, Ethel Murphy. He was predeceased by his son, Charles E. Hughes Jr. and his sister, Susan Hughes.

Services were held at the McBride-Foley Funeral Home, 228 West Broad Street, Paulsboro. Memories can be shared at www.mcbridefoleyfh.com.

MARINO — Dora M. Marino, 82, (Nee Scaffo) of Woolwich Township passed away peacefully at her home on Nov. 17.

A life resident of the Swedesboro area, she was a graduate of Swedesboro High School, Class of 1960. Dora helped run the family farm until she got married. While in school, Dora was a member of the Basketball Championship Team. She was a secretary for the Rowan University Football Team in Glassboro, ran the Team House and stayed friends with ‘her boys’. She became everybody’s ‘Mom’.

She was a compassionate, loving, giving person with lifelong friendships. She was a member of the Living Water Bible Church in Mt. Royal, loved to host friends at her home, loved cooking, and treasured international trips to visit family in Italy and Australia.

She owned and operated Marino’s Restaurant in Pleasantville for five years and helped out her mother and sister at Mom’s Pizzeria and Restaurant in Paulsboro.

She is survived by her daughter, Angela (Thomas) Hickey, her grandson who was the apple of her eye, Jordan Hickey and a brother, Sam (Bonnie) Scaffo. Her nieces, Susan Cecola and Joan Garrity, Stephanie (Larry) Gardner, Karen (Bruce) Leiman and Nancy (Chuck) Kubacki. Her nephews, Michael and Timothy Scaffo and Tony Scaffo. Great nieces and nephews and her extended Church family. She was predeceased by her parents, Angela and Benny Scaffo, her twin sister, Helen Scaffo, who passed away in September of this year and nephews, Sam and Joe Scaffo.

Donations in Dora’s memory to the Living Water Bible Church, 177 Kings Highway, Mount Royal, NJ 08061 would be appreciated. The Cheega Funeral Home, Swedesboro, was in charge of arrangements.

KIMBER –Joseph Kimber, 80. His mind was mechanical and exacting, his hands always in motion. Joe’s biggest outlet came from model trains. An S Gauge enthusiast (he considered them the most realistic) and a train buff from the days of his youth. He built all his models from scratch; the houses featured everything down to furniture in the rooms and curtains on the windows.

Of course, he could build just about anything; everyone had a few pieces of his furniture, bookcases and toy boxes and he even built his own sailboat, as wide as it was long. He was a mechanical designer for Scott Paper for most of his career.

He was one of the few people in the world who loved what they do for a living. “Can you believe I get paid for this?” And sometimes his skills and hobbies lined up perfectly. He did many a drawing for model train magazines over the years.

He loved classic rock (Buffet, Steely Dan, Foreigner, Elton John) and served our nation in the Army as a draftsman in Hawaii. He was born and raised in Swedesboro, was a graduate of Swedesboro High School Class of ’61 and lived in Mannington Township.

At work he earned more than just a paycheck. It’s there he’d meet a pretty girl named Judy. They’d share a 36-year marriage. He is survived by his sons, Joseph Kimber, Mike Thompson and Steve (Michelle) Kimber; grandchildren, Jacob, Avery, Joshua, Finn and Paige; his brothers, Edward and Dade Howell.

Interment Lake Park Cemetery, Woolwich Township.

SMEDLEY — Diane Smedley, 60. If you were in need, Diane would be there for you with her last dollar. Her home was open to everyone. You knew you’d have a meal and a safe place to stay.

She was always looking to improve herself. In her 50’s she earned her bachelor’s degree in hotel management, graduating with honors. She was a great mom, though not the strictest, and she always had a little trinket or planned adventure for her grandchildren.

If her television was on, she’d be checking out CSI, Hawaii 5.0 and anything Disney. She loved the sounds of Billy Joel, The Who and just about any classic rock.

Her meatloaf was great because she changed it up over time, and she made a mean Shepherd’s pie. Earlier years found her working for Harris Plumbing and Heating.

She is survived by her son, Chris Smedley; grandchildren, Joshua and Sasha; and her siblings, Kimberly (Jay) Fazzino, Angel (Glenn) Smedley, and Victoria (Christopher) Heritage.

Diane’s life will be celebrated at a later date.

SHILES — Doris M. Shiles (nee Nash) age 92, of Mullica Hill passed peacefully, Dec. 1, 2023, at Mullica Gardens Assisted Living.

Doris was retired as the former owner/operator of the Hilltop Restaurant in Mullica Hill. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Doris had fond memories of her time spent in Ft. Myers/Sanibel Island collecting shells, going to her family home in Ocean City, to enjoy a beautiful sunset on the beach, traveling with her late husband, knitting hats for newborns, and being involved with the Active Adults group of Harrison Twp.

Doris is survived by her children, Maurice Shiles and his wife Karen, Catherine Richman and her husband Herb, Patricia Dutka and her husband William, Julia Wray and her husband William and daughter-in-law, Mary Lynn Shiles; her grandchildren, Dallas, Catherine, Michael, Danielle, Erica, William, Stacy, Kristen; her great grandchildren, Noah, Beverly, Scott, Samuel, Ava, Lilly, Logan, Natalia, Juliana, Emma, and Andrew. She was predeceased by her husband Maurice D. Shiles, Sr., son Michael D. Shiles and sister, Jean Pierson.

Special thank you from the family to the care Mullica Gardens and Caring Hospice provided throughout the last year to Doris and family.

Donations can be made to Mullica Hill Gardens Assisted Living, 161 Mullica Hill Rd., Mullica Hill, NJ 08062 or Caring Hospice Services of South Jersey, 133-Q Gaither Dr., Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054.

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

FEUERBORN — Carmen Feuerborn age 82, of Mount Royal, died peacefully on Dec. 5, 2023 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Carmen was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Yukon High School in Oklahoma. He went into the Army during the Cold War from 1959 to 1961, where he was a linesman on the Czechoslovakian border.

He was married to his loving wife, Betty (nee Askin) for 58 years and they have four daughters, Rhonda (Mike) Martin, Barbara (Christopher) Lutz, Susan (David) Dunn, and Lori Lynn who died at birth. He was Poppy to seven grandchildren, Michael and Nicholas Martin, Rylee and Reagan Lutz, and Samantha, Ethan, and Sidney Dunn, and great grandson, Carson Rantz.

He worked for the General Services Administration in Philadelphia, Botto’s in Mt. Royal, and then E.I. DuPont in Deepwater for 30 years, as a warehouseman, weight master, and train engineer before retiring in 1999. He worked for Heart Ambulance Service for two years and then the Gloucester County Transportation Services as an omni-bus operator from 2002 to 2012 before retiring.

Carmen loved to volunteer. He joined the Mount Royal Fire Company where he helped to build the first rescue truck. He was a founding member of the East Greenwich Ambulance Association in 1972 and an EMT for over 30 years. He served as captain of the squad for 13 years, until the county took over in 2007.

He joined the Honor Guard for the Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery and served until August 2023. He was a member of the ANU Garrison 52 and former member of the Philadelphia Jokers Brigade.

He enjoyed gardening, deer hunting, camping, traveling, taking photos of his grandkids and attending their sports events and plays. Making chili was his specialty. He loved playing the game Sequence with the grandkids, and Poppy didn’t always win.

He never gave up on the Eagles, Phillies or Flyers – they were his teams. He enjoyed country music, doo-wop concerts, and theatrical plays.

Carmen is also survived by his sisters, Phyllis Rackley, Anita Johnston, and Katie McNeil of Oklahoma, and Mary Heller of Hawaii; brothers, Michael of Kansas, Thomas and Pat of Texas. Also, by Georgia Askin of Mt. Royal and Palmer and Leona Askin of Tennessee; many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Memorial donations can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children P.O. Box 1525, Ranson, WV 25438.

CLEMENTE — John James Clemente Jr. was born on Aug. 12, 1939 in Swedesboro. At age 84 he passed away on Dec. 14, 2023 in Swedesboro, 25 years to the day after his beloved wife, Judy.

John lived a full life. He loved his wife, and his family. He was a true cowboy, a hard worker, and liked to have fun. You could find him with his family or horses.

Over the years he created many memories that he always shared stories of. He was a wealth of knowledge that was always willing to teach, and was always there to lend a helping hand. He loved horses, cars and motorcycles. He was a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association and National Reining Horse Association.

He was also a member of the Penns Grove Exchange Club and Jaycee’s. Longtime Member of St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish.

John attended St James Grammar School Penns Grove, Salesianum High School Wilmington, DE, and then was Class of 1958 at Valley Forge Military Academy Valley Forge, PA. He owned & Operated A. Clemente, Clemente Transit Mix, & Clemente Farms.

He is survived by his three daughters, Lisa DiBartolo and her husband Sandy, Elaine Wright, Johnna Spano and her husband Jody, six grandchildren Ryan Wright, Jenna Wright, Brandon DiBartolo, Alyssa DiBartolo, Dominic Spano and his wife Alyssa, Carmela Spano and her fiancé Tyler Zebrovious, two great-grandchildren Riley and Macey Spano, his sisters Faith Vittori and Louise Lucchesi and her husband Joe, as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife Judith D’Amato Clemente, and his parents John Clemente Sr. and Carmela Delloso Clemente as well as his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Carol and Jesse DeVault. Brother in Law Joel Vittori.

FERKO — John P. Ferko Jr. age 89 years of Mickleton passed away on Dec. 18, 2023 in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Camden with his family by his side.

He was born and raised in South Philadelphia; lived in Folcroft for 12 years and moved to Mickleton in 1975. Mr. Ferko was a veteran serving in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict aboard the U.S.S. Pocono. He retired as manager after 36 years of service with Bell Telephone of Pennsylvania and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers.

Mr. Ferko also belonged to St. Clare of Assisi Parish, St. John’s Church. He enjoyed taking cruises with his wife, riding on trains and working on his model trains and train platform.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Joyce Ferko (nee Cook) of Mickleton; his daughters, Linda and Bruce Tomlin of Mickleton, Barbara Ravenelle of Mickleton, Cindi and Scott Bradley of Punta Gorda, Florida; 10 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; his brother, Frank and Ronnie Ferko of Northport, Florida and his sister, Anne and Bob Wirth of Pittsburgh, PA.

Services were held at the McBride-Foley Funeral Home, 228 W. Broad St., Paulsboro. Contributions can be made to the charity of one’s choice. Memories can be shared at www.mcbridefoleyfh.com.

JONES — Gary S Jones, 69, of Mickleton, passed away peacefully with his loving family on Dec. 20, 2023.

Gary loved to be around his family and his corvette. He was an avid Eagles and Phillies fan. He enjoyed going to his house on Chincoteague Island, boating, riding dirt bikes and quads, white water rafting, camping trips, and raising Great Danes for show dogs. Gary was a very dedicated worker of 37 years to Valero Refinery in Paulsboro, NJ. He never missed a day.

He is the beloved husband of 44 years to Ruth Jones (nee Atkinson). Devoted father of Ryan and Eric (Katie). Treasured grandfather of Hunter. Son of the late Elaine and late William Jones. Dear brother of Eileen (Jay), William (Jackie), and Ken. Longtime friends Pat and Franco. He will be missed by family and friends.

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