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Grasing, Johanna J. - Blairstown  
Johanna J. Grasing AGE: 67 • Blairstown, NJ, formerly of Branchburg Township, NJ Johanna J. Grasing, 67 of Blairstown, NJ, formerly of Branchburg Township, NJ, died peacefully April 30, 2016, at her home with her loving family by her side. She was born on July 16, 1948 in Somerville, NJ, to the late Louis G. and Jean M. Toth. Johanna was predeceased by her loving husband, William p. Grasing in 2012. She attended and graduated from Somerville High School, class of 1967. She was a devout Catholic and parishioner at the St. Jude Catholic Church of Blairstown, NJ. Johanna was a devoted and hardworking mother, grandmother and dear friend to all who knew her. She worked for over twenty years in the banking industry and was bank manager for many of those years, (in Somerset and Hunterdon counties). For the past ten plus years, she worked at Farmers Insurance of Flemington, where she thoroughly cherished the relationships with her co-workers, who she lovingly referred to as her Farmers family. Johanna was also a dog lover who enjoyed many great years with her K-9 friends. Johanna derived the most joy in life from spending time with her family, specifically time spent with her grandchildren, who she adored with all her heart and soul. Johanna leaves behind to cherish her memories her three sons, Lawrence L. Pascale of Grayslake, Il, Robert T. Pascale and his wife Elizabeth of Blairstown, NJ and Daniel R. Pascale and his wife Angela of Lisbon, WI; five grandchildren, Robert, Hailey, Alexis, Jackson and Eden; one step-granddaughter Allison Andrist; two brothers, Louis Toth, and his wife Judy of egg Harbor, Nj and Richard Toth, and his wife Karen of Hampton, NJ; three sisters-in-law, Carole Grasing of South Burlington, VT, Teresa Grsing of Shelburne, VT, and Anne Marie Resnik and her husband, Martin of Shelburne, VT. A memorial visitation will be held on Wednesday May 4, 2016 between 7:00-9:00 pm at Newbaker Funeral Home, 200 Rte 94, Blairstown, NJ, with a prayer service being performed at 8:30. For directions to Newbaker Funeral Home please visit Newbaker.com . In lieu of flowers, the family requests your consideration in making a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 502 St. St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in her name.
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Published in Courier News on May 3, 2016
Haas, Mark - 38, Englishtown  
Mark Haas AGE: 38 • Englishtown Mark Haas, 38, of Englishtown, died April 28, 2016. He was born in Summit and lived in Cranford, before moving to Manalapan. He was a graduate of Manalapan High School and longtime owner of Chicken Holiday in Manalapan. He was an avid writer and enjoyed reading, cooking, and gardening. He was predeceased by his mother, Denise Haas, in 1994. He is survived by his father, Bob Haas of Forked River; two brothers and their spouses, Jason and Karen Haas and John and Dolores Haas; nephew Niklas Haas; Aunt Carol and Uncle Timothy Senff and family; Aunt Patty and Uncle Patrick Traynor and family and cat Chloe. Private services will be held.
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Published in Asbury Park Press on May 3, 2016
Heptig, Chelsea Marie (Memoriam)  
In Living Memory Chelsea Marie Heptig 06/09/1984 - 05/03/2002 Crashing into our lives like an ocean wave, knocking us off our feet, you filled our hearts with such love. We miss you every day..every moment...every breath Love never ends www.chelseaheptig.com
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Published in Asbury Park Press on May 3, 2016
Heptig, Chelsea Marie (Memoriam)  
In Living Memory Chelsea Marie Heptig 06/09/1984 - 05/03/2002 14 years. 5110 days. "Teach not that I died in vain. Teach rather that I did not die by demonstrating that I live in you." from A Course In Miracles We love you madly. Always. www.chelseaheptig.com
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Higgins, Gary R. - 57, Bound Brook  
Gary R. Higgins AGE: 57 • Bound Brook Gary R. Higgins, 57, died Friday, April 29, 2016 at RWJ Univ. Hospital at Somerset, Somerville. He was born in Plainfield and raised in Piscataway where he had resided for many years, before residing in Bound Brook for the last 12 years. Gary worked as a maintenance mechanic at the Edison Job Corps in Edison for the last 6 years. He had previously held the same position at Foley Machinery Co. in Piscataway. In his earlier years he had been active in the Watchung Ave. Presbyterian Church in North Plainfield. Gary was an avid fisherman, enjoyed bicycling and was an exercise enthusiast, as well as a NASCAR fan. He was a loving husband and father and a great animal lover. He was a graduate of Piscataway High School. He was the son of Robert H. Higgins who died in 2004. His family includes his wife Lesa Mellman, his mother Nancy Higgins of Piscataway, a daughter Sheena Higgins and a son Hunter G. Higgins, both of East Brunswick. A service will be held at The Mundy Funeral Home, 142 Dunellen Avenue, Dunellen on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 7:30P.M. Friends may visit the family on Wednesday from 4:00 P.M. until the time of the service. Cremation will be held privately. The family has requested that donations, in his memory, may be made to ECAD Service Dogs, P.O. Box 251, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. 10522 or to the Watchung Ave. Presbyterian Church, North Plainfield.
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Published in Courier News on May 3, 2016
Hunt, Bill - 94, Owasso, Ok (Formerly Readington, Nj)  
Bill Hunt, AGE: 94 • Owasso, OK (formerly Readington, NJ) Bill Hunt, age 94 of Owasso, OK (formerly Readington, NJ) died April 26, 2016 at Clarehouse Hospice Care in Tulsa, OK. Born and raised in Raritan, NJ, he was the son of the late William F. and Josephine Hunt. Bill was a graduate of St. Joseph's School in Raritan, NJ and Somerville High School in Somerville, NJ. He attended East Stroudsburg University earning a teaching certification. He led an adventurous life as a mechanic, truck driver, flight instructor, WWII pilot, commercial airline pilot, one room school house teacher, realtor and rancher. He built his own home in Readington, NJ which he shared with his wife of 54 years, Sylvia Hunt (Talamini), who passed away in 2008. As an instructor at Solberg Airport in Readington, he taught many fledgling pilots including his sons. His flying skills were featured in a 1947 National Geographic article and could be seen in the movies: Dog Day Afternoon, San Francisco International Airport, and again in Earthquake. Though Bill met many celebrities throughout his long flying career, he remained his humorous, humble self. Bill is survived by his three sons, William F. Hunt III and wife Susan of Paupack, PA; Bradford Hunt of Readington, NJ; Thomas Hunt and wife Joan DiMatteo Hunt of Owasso, OK and his grandchildren: Jessica Hunt, William F. Hunt IV & wife Colleen, Teresa Hunt, and Christina Hunt. He is also survived by a brother, Donald Hunt of Melbourne, FL, and several nieces and nephews. His parents, sisters, Agnes and Theresa, and a brother, Francis, predeceased him. A funeral liturgy will be celebrated on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Anns Church, 45 Anderson St. Raritan. Friends may visit the family on Thursday, May 5, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Kearns Funeral Home, 103 Old Highway 28, Whitehouse. Entombment will be at St. Bernard's Cemetery, Bridgewater. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org/tribute . For more information or to send condolences please visit www.kearnsfuneralhome.com
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Published in Courier News on May 3, 2016
Jeffers, Ralph - 96, Oakhurstpearl Harbor Survivor  
Ralph Jeffers AGE: 96 • Oakhurst Pearl Harbor Survivor Ralph Jeffers, 96 of Oakhurst, a "Pearl Harbor Survivor", entered peacefully into eternal rest on May 1, 2016 at home. Ralph was born in Jersey City, N.J.; he lived there until graduating from Dickinson Evening High School and shortly after enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He honorably served his beloved Country for over twenty years as an Aviation Chief Machinist Mate. After retirement from the Navy, he was employed by the Defense Contract Administration Services as a Quality Assurance Supervisor. Ralph was a Pearl Harbor Survivor serving on the U.S.S. Curtiss. His ship participated in many of the campaigns during the war in the Pacific Theatre. Upon returning to the States in 1943, he was assigned to a seaplane patrol squadron. Shortly thereafter he was again assigned for another combat tour. Ralph was part of the invasion and capture of Guam in 1944. The war in the Pacific was over in 1945 and Ralph finally returned home. His years in the Navy were most memorable after the war and his travels during those years were fond ones. His most memorable one was his assignment to Valparaiso, Chile, to serve in the Naval Mission. Upon returning to the states, he served as a Navy Recruiter during the Korean War. During the years in the States when stationed at the Naval Air Station in Lakehurst, Ralph served as a Scout Master in Troop 4 in Lakewood and also served on the Eagle Scout review board. In addition he served many terms in the N.J. Pearl Harbor Survivors Association as State Chairman. He was very active in the Barbershop Harmony Society over many years, a hobby he truly loved. Ralph was a life member of the VFW Post 2226 in Oakhurst, the Old Guard of Long Branch and a parishioner of St. Anselm's Church in Wayside. He is survived by his loving wife and friend, Claire; his children, James and Linda Jeffers of Las Vegas, NV; Jeanne and John Dush of Pearisburg, VA; Michael and Maureen Jeffers of Baxter, TN; Maureen Jeffers of Asheville, NC; and Gail and Kenneth Kuhns of Silt, CO; his sister, Rosalind Nathan of Milford, PA, 16 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 4 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Damiano Funeral Home, 191 Franklin Ave., (corner of Third Ave.,) in Long Branch, followed by a 1:00 pm Mass at St. Anselm's Church, Wayside. Interment of cremains will be at Arlington National Cemetery with the date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Boys Scouts of America, Jersey Shore Council, 1518 Ridgeway Rd., Toms River, NJ 08755 (with checks payable to "Jersey Shore Council"). Letters of condolence may be sent through the web at www.damianofuneralhome.com .
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Published in Asbury Park Press on May 3, 2016
Johnson, Elisha - 83, Somerset  
Elisha Johnson AGE: 83 • Somerset Elisha "Big E" "Eli" Johnson, 83, of Somerset, died April 29, 2016 at St Peters University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ. He was employed at Ford Motor Co. in Edison for over forty years. He was a Deacon at Sharon Baptist Church, New Brunswick. Survived by wife, four children, one sister, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Viewing is from 9-11 AM, Friday, May 6, 2016 at Sharon Baptist Church, 25 Howard St., New Brunswick. Funeral service will follow at 11 AM, at church. Arrangements are by Anderson Funeral Service.
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Published in Asbury Park Press & Home News Tribune on May 3, 2016
Lake, Mary Ellen - 98, Metuchen  
Mary Ellen Lake AGE: 98 • Metuchen Mary Ellen Stovall Lake, 98, of Metuchen died on Saturday April 30, 2016 at Venetian Care and Rehabilitation Center, South Amboy. Born in Brooklyn, she lived in Jersey City and Bayonne before moving to Metuchen in 1955. Before retiring in 1983 she was employed by Rutgers University and previously by AT&T, New York. A member of St. Cecelia's R.C. Church, Iselin, she was also a member of the Rosary Society and was an active parish volunteer. Daughter of the late Thomas and Catherine Jennings Mullaney she is also predeceased by her husbands Rufus Reaves Stovall, Jr. in 1977 and Vincent E. Lake in 1997; her brother Very Rev. Thomas G. Mullaney, O.P. and her sisters Cathleen Mullaney and Agnes Molloy. She is survived by her sons Donald Stovall of Metuchen and Robert Stovall and his wife Maureen of Danville, Kentucky; her grandchildren Dana Tortorello and her husband Russell, Nicole Stovall and her fiance Ruben Salgado, Brittany Zultanky and her husband Zach and Allison Stovall and her great grandchildren Jayden, Olivia and Brynn. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday May 4, 2016 at 9am from The Gundrum Service "Home For Funerals" 237 Bordentown Avenue, South Amboy followed by a 10am Mass of Christian Burial at St. Cecelia's Church. Interment will be in St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 6 to 9pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the United Way of Central Jersey, 32 Ford Avenue #1, Milltown, NJ 08850.
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Published in Home News Tribune on May 3, 2016
Madden, James J. - 81, Hazlet  
James J. Madden AGE: 81 • Hazlet James J. Madden, "Jim", 81, of Hazlet Twp, New Jersey, passed away Saturday, April 30. Jim was born in the Bronx, NY to Michael and Catherine Madden. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. He then married the love of his life, Catherine Johnston, and moved to New Jersey raise his family. He worked as a building manager in Manhattan. Jim enjoyed his retirement gardening, playing with his dog, but most of all spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jim is survived by his brother, John and his wife Roseann; his two daughters, Debbie Taddeo and her husband Peter, Cathy Madden and her Fiance Dane Douglas; two granddaughters, Meghan Hall and her husband Trevis, and Caitlin Plein and her husband Paul; three great-grandchildren, Madden, Annie, and Finn, and beloved nephews and nieces. A celebration of life service will be held at the Laurel Funeral Home, 201 Laurel Avenue, Hazlet Twp on May 3 at 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. Funeral services will be held at 10:15 on May 4th at St. Ann's Parish, 311 Carr Avenue, Keansburg, NJ. Memorials may be made to his favorite charities, the ASPCA or St. Jude's Childrens Hospital in lieu of flowers.
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Published in Asbury Park Press on May 3, 2016
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