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Bencivenga, Anna R.*  
NEWTON - Anna R. (D'Annibale) Bencivenga, age 96, of Newton, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Newton Medical Center. Born and raised in Newton, she had been a lifelong resident. Daughter of the late Giovanni and Ersilia (Celano) D'Annibale, she attended the Newton public school system and was a graduate of Newton High School, Class of 1937. A longtime parishioner of the St. Joseph R.C. Church, Anna began working as a young girl for the former J.J. Newberry store in Newton. She had worked many years as a weaver for the former Darlington Mills until her retirement. A dedicated member of the VFW Post 5360 Newton Ladies Auxiliary. Anna was always young at heart with a good sense of humor. Beloved by many, she was a strong presence in her family and she leaves behind many cherished memories. Anna was predeceased by her beloved husband, Peter C., in 1999, as well as her sister, Mary Pizzicaroli, her five brothers, Joseph, Vincent, Frank, John D'Annibale and Louis Scalzo. She is survived by her loving son, Michael J., of Newton, as well as several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., in the Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home, 156 Main St. (Route 206), Newton. Interment will follow in the St. Joseph R.C. Church Cemetery, Newton. Visitation will be held in the funeral home Tuesday, May 3 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Newton Fire Department www.newtonfiredepartment.org. Online condolences to www.iliff-ruggierofuneralhome.com.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on May 2, 2016
Burd, Mary A.*  
NEWTON - Mary A. Burd, age 92, of Newton, died peacefully Wednesday, April 27, 2016 following a long illness. Born in the family home in Andover Township, she grew up there, and lived many years in Sparta before moving to Newton in 2005. Daughter of the late Harvey and Josephine (Goble) Burd, she worked many years at Picatinny Arsenal, Dover, until her retirement in 1996. Miss Burd was a founding and very active member of the St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Sparta. She was a loving sister and aunt, who loved gardening. Mary was predeceased by her brothers, Donald Burd, during World War II, Earl Burd, as well as her sisters, Edith, Elsie and Vera Burd. She is survived by her several nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held Sunday, May 22, at 12:30 p.m., in the St. Mary's Episcopal Church Memorial Garden, Sparta. Arrangements are under the direction of the Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home, 156 Main St. (Route 206), Newton. Online condolences: www.iliff-ruggierofuneralhome.com.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on May 1, 2016
Cohen, Stephanie Theresa*  
HARDYSTON - Stephanie Theresa Cohen (Zarpaylic), 50, passed away at Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, on Friday, April 29, 2016. She was born in Paterson on July 31, 1965, to Lawrence and Carmela (Iozzia) Zarpaylic III. Stephanie was a resident of Paterson for 36 years before moving to Hardyston many years ago. Stephanie was a truck driver for the L.Z. Trucking Co., Paterson, for 20 years, retiring 12 years ago. She enjoyed football and was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys. She was predeceased by her Mother, Carmela Zarpaylic. She is survived by her loving husband of 22 years, Stuart Cohen; a devoted daughter, Kristina Cohen; her father, Lawrence Zarpaylic III; her brothers, Lawrence Zarpaylic IV and his wife, Patty, and Robert Zarpaylic, and she was the aunt of Caprese Zarpaylic, Lawrence Zarpaylic V, Tyler Zarpaylic, and Robert Anthony. Relatives and friends will be received on Saturday, May 7 from 1 p.m. to time of service at 1:30 p.m., at the F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, 1 Main St., Franklin. In lieu of flowers, donations to any animal shelter of your choice would be appreciated. For directions and condolences please go to www.fergusonfuneralhomesnj.com.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on May 2, 2016
Cusack Sr., Robert*  
FREDON - Robert Cusack, 74, of Fredon, died unexpectedly on Thursday, March 17, 2016, while vacationing in Bradenton, Fla. He was born in Paterson and raised in West Paterson. He resided in Fredon for the past 47 years. He was a graduate of St. Bonaventure High School, Paterson, in 1959, and received a bachelor's degree in 1963, from Seton Hall University, South Orange, where he received an athletic scholarship for basketball. In 1968, he received a Master of Arts degree and doctorate equivalency from Montclair State College, Upper Montclair, and retired as a social studies/English teacher from JFK High School, Paterson. He is the son of the late Anastasia and Bertrand Cusack Sr., and is predeceased by his brother, Bertrand Cusack Jr. (April 28, 2014). He is survived by his son, Robert Cusack Jr. and daughter-in-law, Stacy Cusack, of League City, Texas, and his wife, Mary, of Fredon. He is also survived by his sister, Sharon Beaulieu, of Toms River, his sister, Shirley McDonald, of Singac, and his sister-in-law, Janice Cusack, of North Haledon, as well as many nieces and nephews. There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at Yellow Frame Presbyterian Church, Route 94 and 1 Yellow Frame Road, Fredon, preceded by the family receiving friends at the church from 10:30–11 a.m. Following the memorial service, the family will host a repast in the church dining hall. Memorial donations may be made to Yellow Frame Presbyterian Church, One Yellow Frame Road, Newton, N.J. 07860 or to the American Heart & Stroke Association, 8415 Wurzbach Road., San Antonio, TX 78229.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on May 1, 2016
Del Sardo, Christopher J.*  
WANTAGE - Christopher J. Del Sardo, age 40, passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at Newton Medical Center. Born in Pequannock, Christopher had lived in Sussex County for most of his life. He had been previously employed as an invoicing clerk for Walmart in Franklin. Christopher was predeceased by his maternal grandmother, Nellie Conway, and his paternal grandparents, Anthony and Florence Del Sardo. He is survived by his son, Brandon Del Sardo, of Wantage; his parents, Frank J. Del Sardo Sr. and Susan (Conway) Del Sardo, of Wantage; his two brothers, Frank J. Del Sardo Jr., of Wantage, and David Del Sardo, of the Beemerville section of Wantage; his sister, Nicole Del Sardo, of New Rochelle Park; and his maternal grandfather, Norman Conway, of Cresskill. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 9, at the First Presbyterian Church of Sussex, 21 Unionville Ave., Sussex. Private cremation services have been entrusted to the Pinkel Funeral Home, 31 Bank St. (Route 23), Sussex. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.pinkelfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on May 1, 2016
Dunay, Joan C.*  
VERNON - Joan C. Dunay, age 80, passed away on Friday, April 29, 2016, at Newton Medical Center. Born in Passaic, Joan had lived Sussex County, in the McAfee section of Vernon, since 1973. She had been previously employed as a head buyer for Winer Industries in Paterson for almost 40 years before finally retiring in 2007 after 13 years from the PNC Bank in Parsippany. Joan was predeceased by her parents, Walter Lee and Emily Laster, and her sister, June Alsdorf. She is survived by her daughter, Christine Borino, of Montague; her two nieces, Cheryl Staples, of Hardyston, and Kathryn Holston, of McAfee; her two nephews, Raymond Holston, of Rutherford, and Douglas Holston, of Florida; her great-niece, Amanda Staples, of Hardyston; and her three beloved cats, CG, Munch and Noisey, who will miss her a great deal. There will be no memorial service, at Joan's request, as she did not want anyone mourning her death. Joan was an avid animal lover so in her memory, her daughter is requesting memorial contributions be made to a favorite animal shelter or humane society. A private cremation is being handled by Direct Cremations, Passaic.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on May 2, 2016
Fletcher, Sylvester J.*  
NEWTON - Sylvester J. Fletcher, 81, of Newton, died Sunday, April 24, 2016, at Morristown Medical Center. Born in Ebony, Va., Mr. Fletcher moved to New Brunswick in 1956 then to Sussex County in 1957. He received his B.S. from Virginia State College. A soil scientist, Mr. Fletcher had over 50 years of experience in the analysis of natural resources, conservation and environmental planning and community development. He worked for USDA and Natural Resource Dynamics, retiring with over 20 years of service. His business and professional activities and affiliations included manager/owner of Natural Resource Dynamics; president of Mother Fletcher's Inc. Family Owned Foods Corporation; certified professional soil scientist, charter member of the N.J. Association of Professional Soil Scientists and past president of the N.J. Chapter of Soil Conservation Society of America; and was the author of soil survey reports for Sussex and Warren counties. Mr. Fletcher was also a former member of the board of directors of the Greater Newark Conservancy; a former member of N.J. Governor's Advisory Council on Minority Business Development; and a former member of the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Fletcher's community service activities included his involvement in the N.J. and U.S. Jaycees where he served as past national director, past state chaplain, past state committee chairman, president of the Greater Newton Chapter of N.J. Jaycees and secretary of the Greater Newton Jaycees. Having joined the Newton Rotary Club in 1975, Mr. Fletcher had served as chair of numerous fundraising and community service projects, chair of the Recycling Awareness & Education committee, chair of the Club handbook, chair of the Club Director, and chair of the "junk" car clean-up project for five municipalities, was a member of the Rotary District #7470 World Community Service Committee, and was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2004 by Rotary International. He also formerly served on the Sussex County Community College study committee and was a charter member of the feasibility committee. A member of the Yellow Frame Presbyterian Church for 20 years, Mr. Fletcher was currently a member of the Panther Valley Ecumenical Church. The son of the late St. Luke Fletcher and Maude Christeal Bishop Fletcher, Mr. Fletcher was also predeceased by two siblings, John Robinson and Anna McKinnon. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Catherine M. Fletcher, of Newton; two children, Karen Fletcher and husband, Bruce, of Newton, and Keith Fletcher and wife, Pam, of Newton; six siblings, Bertha Nunn, of Suitland, Md., Dorothy Olivia Jefferson, of Richmond, Va., Thomas Earl Fletcher, of Richmond, Va., Bernette Johnson, of Richmond, Va., Carolyn Alston, of Springdale, Md., and St. Luke Fletcher Jr., of Brodnax, Va. He is also survived by a host of great-nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the Panther Valley Ecumenical Church, 1490 County Route 517, Allamuchy. Memorial donations may be made to Panther Valley Ecumenical Church, 1490 County Route 517, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840. Arrangements were under the direction of the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton. Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.
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Grande, Gerald A. "Jerry"*  
FRANKFORD - Gerald "Jerry" A. Grande, 92, of Frankford, died Friday, April 29, 2016, at Twin Cedars Senior Living in Shohola, Pa. Jerry was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., as a first generation child of the United States after his parents relocated here from Italy in the early 1920s. Jerry owned and operated his trucking company, Grande Trucking, out of Brooklyn, for many years. He was a resident of Hewitt, from 1968 to 2000, then lived in Butler before relocating to Frankford in 2012. A U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, Jerry served from 1943 to 1945. He landed in the second wave on Omaha Beach on D-Day and his unit was instrumental in liberating Paris. He fought in five major campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge and the liberation of Dachau. He shared his experiences with students at High Point Regional High School on multiple occasions. Jerry was a founding member of the Knights of Columbus 6138 Joseph S. Toomey Council, achieving the honor of fourth degree Knight and past grand Knight. He was also an active member of the American Legion, VFW, and Retired Teamsters. The son of the late Emilio and Caroline (Fabiano) Grande, Jerry was also predeceased by his beloved wife, Maria V. (Dattoli) Grande, in 1995. He is survived by his daughter, Carol LaStarza and long term partner, Bob Quinn, of Frankford; his grandson, David LaStarza Jr., and wife, Danielle, of Frankford; his dear friend and companion, Lucy Kryschuk, of Kinnelon; his sisters, Ann Cafarella and husband, Thomas, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Millie Cavaliere, of Staten Island, N.Y.; his brother, Frank Grande, of Staten Island, N.Y.; many nieces and nephews; and his daughter Geraldine Grande, of Cottonwood, Ariz. A graveside entombment service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover. Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 3, from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m., at Wood Funeral Home, 16 Main St., Branchville, with a Prayer Service at 8:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marie V. Grande Scholarship Fund, c/o Donna Lembo, director of guidance, High Point Regional High School, 299 Pigeon Hill Road, Sussex, N.J. 07461, or to Honor Flight, Inc., 300 E. Auburn Ave., Springfield, OH 45505. Online condolences may be offered at www.woodfuneralhome.net.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on May 1, 2016
Kimble Sr., Eugene S.*  
FRANKFORD - Eugene S. Kimble Sr., 75, of Frankford, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at his home. Born in Paterson, Eugene was a long time resident of Sussex County. He was a graduate of Newton High School and was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. Eugene worked for N.J. Bell Telephone Company, now Verizon, for 31 years before his retirement. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Son of the late William and Helen Kimble, Eugene was also predeceased by his sons, Eugene S. Kimble Jr., in 1970, and Ken Williams, in 2005, as well as his sister, Florence Kimble, in 2013. He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Kinney); his sons, Wade C. Kimble Sr. and wife, Gaby, of Lindale, Texas, Kurt D. Kimble and wife, Wendy, of Stillwater, and Neal Williams. of Philadelphia; his brother, William Kimble and wife, Susanne, of Newton; and his grandchildren, Ken, Emma, Maddy, Kurt Jr., and C.J. Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at St. Joseph's Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday, May 2, from 6-8 p.m. at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton. Memorial donations may be made to the Lone Survivor Foundation, 2636 S. Loop West, Suite 280, Houston, TX 77054. Online condolences may be made at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on May 1, 2016
Kish, Alex*  
HARDYSTON - Alex Kish, 82, passed away on Monday May 2, 2016. Alex was born in Franklin on July 23, 1933, to the late Alex and Esther (Nagy) Kish. Alex was a resident of Hardyston. Alex was a foreman for the Hardyston Township Road Department for 30 years retiring many years ago. After his retirement he trained Trotters and Pacers and traveled with the horses to their racetracks. Alex enjoyed playing card games. Alex is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Maria (Busacco) Kish, and his sister, Betty McDole, of Hardyston, and his brother Dean McGrady, of Hardyston, and his many nieces and nephews and his dog, Jake. Relatives and friends will be received on Thursday, May 5, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, One Main St., Franklin, and are invited to attend funeral services at the funeral home on Friday, May 6, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, would be appreciated. For directions and condolences please go to www.fergusonfuneralmesnj.com.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on May 3, 2016
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