June 2024 Issue

MARINO — Mary M. Marino, 91, formerly of Clarksboro, passed away peacefully on April 19, 2024 surrounded by her family.

Born in Camden, NJ, she resided in Clarksboro for most of her life with her late husband Fred. She was a graduate of Clayton High School, Class of ’50 and a member of Incarnation Church in Mantua, NJ.

Mary held several jobs in her lifetime but the two that brought her the most joy was her church and her family. She was family oriented, enjoyed trips to the shore, cooking and eating, spending time with the grandkids and her sisters.

Mary is survived by her son, Michael (Monica) Marino, grandchildren, Michele and Dustin Marino and her sisters, Mae Reilly, Rosalind Varallo, and Grace Capizola.

Arrangements were handled by the CHEEGA FUNERAL HOME, Swedesboro. Donations in her memory may be made to Incarnation Church, 240 Main St. Mantua, NJ 08051.

MEYER — Susan M. Meyer (Ridgway), age 72, died on April 28, 2024 at her home in Clarksboro. Raised in Woodbury, NJ, Susan graduated from Woodbury High School in 1969 where she was active in basketball and the color guard.

During high school, Susan volunteered at Underwood Memorial Hospital. Susan earned her R.N. from Roxborough Memorial Hospital in 1972. She began her career in nursing at Underwood Memorial Hospital where she worked from 1972-1989.

During this time, Susan also worked part time for Drs. Reuter and Dalsey. Susan continued her studies in Nursing at Glassboro State College, earning her bachelor’s degree. She then started her career as a school nurse with Westville Board of Education from 1989 until her retirement in 2014.

Susan was an active member of Central Baptist Church. She led Janette’s Closet and was always willing to volunteer with any necessary jobs in the church. She was also a member of the Gloucester County School Nurses Association.

Susan was an avid reader and member of many book clubs. She enjoyed going to lunch with her friends. Her greatest joy was traveling around the United States following her son’s baseball career and later going to her grandchildren’s sporting events.

She was predeceased by her father Wade H. Ridgway Sr. Survived by her husband of 50 years, Edwin L. Meyer Jr., children Lauren M. Patton, Daniel L. (Bryant) Meyer, mother Doris (Michel) Ridgway, grandchildren Jack Patten, Greyson Meyer, Charlee Meyer, Bennett Meyer, siblings Wade H. (Denise) Ridgway Jr., Julia (Dennis) Collins and many nieces and nephews.

Contributions may be made in Susan’s memory to Central Baptist Church.

BEANE — Philip R. Beane, age 95, passed away peacefully at his home on May 2, with his family by his side.

Born in Lewiston, ME, Philip spent his young life in Maine graduating from Brunswick High School in 1946. After high school, Philip did a short stint with the Merchant Marines sailing on the Liberty Ship S.S. Theodoric Bland before being released from active duty.

He then started his proud career as an Operating Engineer working for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825 for his entire career still carrying his card after 74 years. He was a proud founding member of the Manchester Twp. Volunteer Fire Company #1 and a founding member and scout master of Troop 44. Philip was a 4th degree Knight for the Knights of Columbus and a member of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Mullica Hill.

Philip was known as one of the kindest men around, willing to help anyone at any time. He was a builder, building two of his own homes. He was a mechanic, working on cars from changing the oil to replacing an engine. He was man of every craft.

He loved Boston sports, hunting, fishing, trapping and later in life golf but what he loved most was his family, making sure they were well fed and comfortable.

Philip was predeceased by his parents Omar and Madeline and his brothers Harold and Gordon.

Survived by his dear wife Fern and his children Michael (Jane) MacBean, Richard Beane and Kathleen (Thomas) Schulte, grandchildren Allison (Kenneth), Karolyn (Josh), Jessica (Mike) and Daniel (Jamie), great grandchildren Jacob, Emma, Charlie, Lara, Ryan and Samantha.

Those desiring may make a contribution to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html?sc_icid=header-btn-donate-now.

BAILEY — Joan A. Bailey (nee Leonard), age 92 years, of Mullica Hill, formerly of Mickleton, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday May 5, 2024, surrounded by her family.

She was born and raised in Elmira, New York, moved to the South Jersey area in 1965 and lived in Mullica Hill for the last two years. Mrs. Bailey worked as a nurse’s aide at Underwood-Memorial Hospital and put herself through nursing school, working later as a Licensed Practical Nurse for the Visiting Nurses Association.

She was a member of the Woodbury Seventh Day Adventist Church and also a member of the Mickleton Garden Club. Mrs. Bailey enjoyed caring for the grounds of the church and school as well as performing any painting that needed to be done. In her free time, she enjoyed crocheting and gardening.

She is survived by her children, Dorolyn and Dennis Sadowski of Dayton, OH, Marla Maybrook of Mullica Hill; her grandchildren, Ryan (Corrie), Rachelle (Jovan), Dawn, and Devon (April); her great grandchildren, Vito, Olivia, Mira, Denver, Chanel, Megan and Molly; and her sister, Onalee Hartman. Mrs. Bailey was predeceased by her husband, Harold H. Bailey and her son in law, John Maybrook.

Arrangements by McBride-Foley Funeral Home, Paulsboro. Contributions can be made in her memory to the church. Memories can be shared at www.mcbridefoleyfh.com.

GAROZZO — Shirley S. Garozzo, (nee Stecher), 74 of Woolwich Twp. passed away peacefully on May 6 at her residence with her family at her side.

Born in Swedesboro, she was a lifelong resident of Woolwich Twp. and a graduate of Kingsway High School, Class of ’67. Shirley had worked at Foampak in Woolwich Township as purchasing agent and retired after 25 years of service.

Her greatest joy was being at home with her children, grandchildren and family. Shirley is survived by her husband of 50 years, Vernon Garozzo, her children, Buddy (Mary) Garozzo and David (Olivia) Garozzo and Jessica (Adrian) Ratiu. Her grandchildren, Mia, Brie, Nina, Luciano, Patrick and Eloise.

A memorial gathering is being planned for the near future. Contributions in her memory to Alzheimer’s New Jersey at www.alznj.org would be appreciated. The Cheega Funeral Home, Swedesboro, NJ was in charge of arrangements.

BALLINGER –Leona Ballinger of Mullica Hill. With great sadness Leona D. Ballinger (nee Magee), passed away on May 18 at the age of 83. She is predeceased by her loving husband Herbert E. Ballinger.

She is survived by her loving children David Ballinger and his wife Lisa, and Douglas Ballinger and beloved grandchildren David Jr., Lauren and Katie. Leona was born in Philadelphia, raised in Glassboro, graduating from Glassboro High in 1958 but she considered herself a lifelong resident of Mullica Hill.

She married Herb in 1959 and was the Municipal Clerk and Administrator for Harrison Twp. before retiring for 22 years. During retirement she enjoyed travelling, working in her beautiful gardens and spending time with her grandchildren. The Ballinger’s have always been part of the agricultural community in Mullica Hill. She was also a member of the Historical Society in Harrison Twp. She will be missed dearly by her family.

MINNITI — Dr. Carl J. Minniti Sr., age 90 years, of Gibbstown passed away suddenly on May 24, 2024 in Inspira Medical Center, Mullica Hill, surrounded by his family.

He was born and raised in Paulsboro where he was a 1951 graduate of Paulsboro High School, competing with the wrestling team in the state wrestling finals. He then graduated from Rutgers College of Southern New Jersey with a B.S. in Natural Sciences.

Dr. Minniti then graduated with his Medical Doctorate in 1960 with the Charter Class of Seton Hall College of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed a Medical Internship at Cooper Hospital in Camden.

He subsequently opened his medical practice in Gibbstown. Shortly thereafter, he was drafted by the United States Air Force to serve as a physician. He achieved the rank of Captain while serving during the Vietnam Conflict from 1966 to 1968.

After returning home, he eventually completed a Fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in the mid 1970’s, all while still running his private practice.

In 1992, he welcomed his son, Dr. Carl Minniti Jr., to the practice, and the following year they completed construction on the new office located in Mickleton “The Minniti Center for Medical Oncology and Hematology.” They were later joined by Dr. Tami Bach in 2007.

He appreciated his staff immensely, some of whom have worked for him for over 30 years. He was loved by his patients, respected by his peers and he had a very strong Catholic faith which was evident on a daily basis. Dr. Minniti retired from practice in 2020, at the ripe age of 85.

He was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, St. Michael’s Church, Gibbstown; St. Anthony’s Mutual Club; Knights of Columbus; Sons of Italy, Carmel S. Morina Lodge #2580, Paulsboro; a 39 year member of The Union League of Philadelphia; member of The Medical Club of Philadelphia, member of The American College of Physicians; former member of the Medical Staff of Underwood /Memorial Hospital, Woodbury, Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill and Elmer, and Cooper Hospital, Camden and a Past President of the Gloucester County Medical Society.

In his free time, he enjoyed being a gentleman farmer, fishing, and spending time with his family in the Poconos and Jersey shore. He also enjoyed watching old classic movies with his loving bride “Lori”. He was happiest when he was surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 66 years, Lorraine Minniti (nee Pantalone) of Gibbstown; his children, Dr. Carl Jr. and Irene Minniti of Barnsboro, George Minniti of Philadelphia, Cynthia Pellegrino of Gibbsboro; his grandchildren, Cristina (Carlos) Sandoval, Carl Minniti III, Matthew Pellegrino III, Andrea Minniti, Marlena Pellegrino, Angelena (Michael) Stampone and James Gruccio III; his sister, Nicolina Marucci of Turnersville; his brothers, Vincent (Lorraine) Minniti of Paulsboro and Reverend David Minniti of Mullica Hill. Dr. Minniti was predeceased by his son, Mark Minniti; his parents, Carmelo and Stefania Minniti and his siblings, Dr. Joseph Minniti, John “Dazz” Minniti, Laura DiDonato, Dr. Alex Minniti, Angelina Minniti, Reverend Anthony Minniti and his dear son in law, Matthew Pellegrino II.

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

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