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Taylor, Jean Crompton*  
WHIPPANY - Jean Crompton Taylor, age 91, passed away on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. She was born Dec. 11, 1923, in South Orange, and attended Columbia High School. She was the daughter of Charles B. and Edith Sarah Crompton. Jean was a resident of Whippany for 62 years. She was the loving mother of Patti O'Keefe, of Canadensis, Pa., Jack Taylor, of Huntington Beach, Calif., Robert Taylor, of Stillwater, Laurie (Roger) Gates, of Crandon Lakes, Michal (Mary) Taylor, of Roseville, Calif.; grandmother to Mike and Brian O'Keefe, Kevin and Chris Gates, Jason and Aaron Taylor, and James Taylor; and enjoyed her many great-grandchildren. Her life was enhanced by the friendship and help of her many friends, especially the "Bagel Ladies." Jean was retired from Mennen Co. She enjoyed visiting and photographing new places, crafting, and quilting. She was also a long-time New York Rangers' hockey fan. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Hanover Township Seniors, 100 Route 10, P.O. Box 250, Whippany, 07981.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on Feb. 24, 2015
Thompson, Laura Marie*  
DINGMANS FERRY, Pa. - Laura Marie Thompson, 87, of Dingmans Ferry, Pa., died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2015, at Milford Senior Care Center. Born in Wildwood, Mrs. Thompson was raised in eastern Philadelphia, then moved to Byram in 1950 and had been a resident of Dingmans Ferry for eight years. She was a member of the Lakeland Emergency Squad and was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, as well as a dispatcher for the squad. The daughter of the late Gilbert and Laura (Hoffendecker) Hoffman, Mrs. Thompson was predeceased by her husband, Howard Thompson, on April 5, 2013; two sons, Danial and Bobby; and one sister, Ruth. She is survived by six sons, Peter Thompson, Brian Thompson, Tim Thompson, Mathew Mendelson, Howard Thompson Jr., and Dennis Mendelson; two daughters, Joyce Hoover and husband, Ron, and Wendy Piekarski; one brother, Buddy Hoffman; one sister, Barbara DeWalt; 45 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 1-3 p.m., followed by a 3 p.m. memorial service at the Andover Township Firehouse, Limecrest Road, Andover Township. Arrangements are under the direction of the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105. Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on Mar. 1, 2015
Tillman, Gilda*  
WAYNE - Gilda Tillman, 86, of Delray Beach, Fla., and Wayne, passed away peacefully at her home with family present, on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Mrs. Tillman was predeceased by her husband, Morris Tillman. Surviving are her two nephews, Howard and Richard Reinhardt, her great niece, Shana, and her husband, Alec Senko, and her great nephew, Hunter Senko. Mrs. Tillman was employed as a business manager for Time-Life Corporation, New York, for 35 years. Funeral services will be conducted today at 1 p.m. at Jewish Memorial Chapel, 841 Allwood Road, Clifton. Interment at the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Iselin.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on Feb. 22, 2015
Tobin, Denise (Pakutka)*  
HOPATCONG -- Denise (Pakuta) Tobin, 53, of Hopatcong, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Morristown Medical Center. Born in Kingston, Pa., on Jan. 20, 1962, Denise grew up in Hopatcong and had resided there for many years. She earned her bachelor's degree in business from St. Elizabeth's College in Morristown and attended graduate classes at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison. Denise was an active volunteer in the Hopatcong community. She served on the Hopatcong PTO and was a member and past president of the Hopatcong Board of Education. She was a volunteer coach for the Hopatcong Youth Girls Basketball Team. Survivors include her husband, Dennis; their three children, Michael, Meghan and Matthew; her parents, Willard and Carole Pakutka; and seven brothers and sisters, Marty Pakutka (Sally), Christopher Pakutka (Christina), Lisa Fogg (Greg), Eric Pakutka, Jennifer Bongiovanni (John), Curt Pakutka (Kirsten), and Doug Pakutka (Mary). Additional survivors include her father-in-law, Robert Tobin; three brothers-in-law, Jim, Bob and Bill Tobin; and many nieces and nephews. Denise's Life Celebration will include visitation on Sunday, March 1, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Leber-Lakeside Funeral Home, 150 Landing Road, Landing. A funeral Mass will be offered on Monday, March 2, beginning at 11 a.m. at St. Jude R.C. Church in Hopatcong. Cremation will be private. For memorial donations, please consider the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, 100 Madison Ave., Morristown, N.J. 07960. For further information and to share a fond memory of Denise, please visit www.leberlakeside.com .
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on Feb. 27, 2015
Todd, Marjorie E. (DeGroat)*  
WANTAGE - Marjorie E. Todd (De Groat), 89 years old, died at her home on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. Born to Nelson De Groat and Elizabeth De Groat (Carr) in Newton, Majorie had lived most of her life in Wantage. Marjorie worked as a school bus driver for Havens Bus Service, in Wantage, for many years. She was a parishioner of St. Jude the Apostle R.C. Church in Hamburg. Marjorie was predeceased by her husband, Edward H. Todd (1994), and a son-in-law, Andrew D. Rome (Oct 2, 2014). She was the devoted mother of Genevieve Rome, of Wantage, Eileen Decker and her husband, David, of Tennessee, Patricia Woodul and her husband, David, of California, and Edward H. Todd, Jr. of Pennsylvania. She was cherished by 12 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. The family will receive their friends at Ferguson Funeral Home, 27 Third St., Sussex, on Thursday, Feb. 26, from 6-8 p.m. Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, to a favorite charity would be appreciated. Information and condolences can be found at www.fergusonsussexfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on Feb. 24, 2015
Tramontozzi, Marjorie W.*  
HAMPTON - Marjorie W. Tramontozzi, age 60, of Hampton, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at her home with her loving family at her side. Marjorie's courageous fight against cancer inspired her son's creation of www.pincancer.org. Born in Hackensack, Marjorie lived in Montvale and Boynton Beach, Fla., for many years before moving to Hampton in 1985. Daughter of the late Frank and Kathleen (Foote) Francis, Marjorie was a graduate of Pascack Hills High School, class of 1973. Since she missed her high school prom, she was pleasantly surprised by her family, who recently hosted a "Vintage Prom" reenactment for her. A truly loving, devoted, and selfless wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, Marjorie loved spending time with her family as well as cooking. She recently fulfilled her lifelong wish of visiting England and seeing the Queen. A very spiritual person, Marjorie touched many lives through her work as a home health aid. She transcended her job description by hosting families in her own home, as well as organizing fundraisers for anyone in need. Mrs. Tramontozzi was predeceased by her brother, Chuck Francis. Survivors include her beloved husband of 41 years, Danny J., her daughters Christine D. and her husband, DJ Lindo, of Hampton, and Tara L. and her husband, Dennis Jones, of Newton. Also survived by her son Danny C. of Hampton, her grandchildren Ellie, Gracie and Charlie Lindo, Shelby and Cody Jones, as well as her brother. William Francis, of Charlotte, N.C. Memorial visitation will be held Tuesday, March 3, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home 156 Main St. (Rt. 206) Newton. Memorial funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 4, at 10 a.m. in the Baleville Congregational Church, 6 Church Road in Hampton. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Marjorie's memory may be made to www.pincancer.org. Online condolences may be offered through www.iliff-ruggierofuneralhome.com.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on Mar. 1, 2015
Tucker, Gail Margaret (Horan)*  
SPARTA - Gail Margaret (Horan) Tucker died on Feb. 20, 2015. Born on Oct. 25, 1944, in New York City, she was the daughter of George P. Horan Sr. and Margaret C. Horan (Clarke). Gail graduated from St. Catherine's Catholic grammar school in Pelham, N.Y., the Academy of the Resurrection High School in Rye, N.Y., and Elizabeth Seton College, in Yonkers, N.Y. After briefly working in New York, Gail was married in May 1965 to Jeff Tucker, then serving as an Army officer, and spent six years as an Army wife. Their travels included Germany, Georgia, South Carolina, Massachusetts, and both upstate New York and Long Island. While on Long Island, Gail was employed as a teacher's aide at both the grade and high school levels for several years. She and her husband had three children: Joel, Christine and Jeffrey C. Tucker. During their 50 years of marriage, they also had eight grandchildren. In 1991, Gail and her family moved to Sparta, and until her illness, was an active member first of St Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, and then Our Lady of the Lake Parish. Gail's interests, in addition to her family, included travel, reading, service in her parish, maintaining a wide circle of friends and pursuing spiritual interests. Gail was preceded in death by her parents and her older brother, Brian J, Horan. In addition to her husband and three children, she is survived by her eight grandchildren: Ryan, Molly, Maddie and Allie Tucker of Charleston, S.C., Catherine and Michael Slinsky of Raleigh, N.C. and Collin and Caitlin Tucker of Mechanicville, N.Y. She is also survived by younger brothers George P. Horan of Auburn, Calif., and James Horan of Plymouth, Conn. Friends and family are invited to Goble Funeral Home, 22 Main St., Sparta, on Monday, Feb. 23, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A 10 a.m. Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Sparta.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on Feb. 22, 2015
Wechtler, Brianne C.*  
JEFFERSON - Brianne C. Wechtler, 35, of Jefferson, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at Morristown Medical Center. Born in Pompton Plains, Brianne was a lifelong resident of Jefferson. She was a graduate of Jefferson High School. Brianne is survived by her parents, David N. and Alison (Glass) Wechtler, of Jefferson; two brothers, Derek Wechtler and wife, Debbie, of Newton, and Craig Wechtler and wife, Janet, of Spring Hill, Tenn.; and one niece, Samantha Wechtler, of Newton. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton. Interment will follow at Sparta Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Feb 24, from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Newton Fire Museum, 56 Woodside Ave., Newton, 07860. Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on Feb. 22, 2015
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