Howard E. Case

SUSSEX - Howard E. Case, 83, passed away Sunday, May 11, 2014, at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.

Mr. Case was a well-known local historian and genealogist, and was a descendant of Henry Case, who came to America in 1633. He had traced his ancestry to the Saxon Kings of England and the early Kings of Ireland and Scotland.

Born June 7, 1930, at the former Alexander Linn Hospital (Saint Clare's Hospital) in Sussex, the son of Edgar D. and Rosalie (Jensen) Case, Mr. Case had attended Sussex schools, graduating from Jacksonville Junior College in Florida and Columbia University. He served in the United States Navy from 1949 to 1953.

Mr. Case was a former court clerk in Sussex Borough and retired as the court clerk in Wantage Township in December 1994. He was a librarian, genealogist and life member of the Sussex County Historical Society, a past president of Col. John Rosenkrans Chapter, S.A.R. in Sussex County, a past president of the Orange County Genealogical Society in Goshen, N.Y., a former trustee of the Old Clove Church in Wantage, and a member of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society in New York City, N.Y., the National Historical Society in Gettysburg, Pa., and the Classic Jaguar Association in Newport Beach, Calif.

Mr. Case published several booklets on Sussex County history and the Case Family, including the Samaritan Lodge directories (1964 and 1969), S.A.R., Col. Rosenkrans Chapter directory (1969), Sussex Borough history (1964), Case genealogy (1969), History of Samaritan Lodge (1969), History of Sussex Fire Department (1974), and Sussex County, New Jersey Marriages (1992). In 1971, he republished Snell's Sussex County history, Midland Guide (1972), Tom Quick (1975), Sparta History (1975), and had a radio program about Sussex County history for several years on WNNJ.

Active Masonically, Mr. Case was secretary of Samaritan Lodge No. 98 from 1963 to 1970, a past High Priest and treasurer of Baldwin Chapter 17 and a member of Order of the Knight Masons. He also was a member of Lodge Celtic 291 of Edinburgh, Scotland, Edinburgh Chapter 1 of Edinburgh, and Princess Chapter 189 of Glasgow, Scotland. Mr. Case was a member and historian of Christ Episcopal Church in Newton.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Rome Cherkas and her husband, Douglas, of Wantage; his nephew, Stephen L. Rome and his wife, Susan M., and their children, Sarah and Rachel Rome, all of Wantage; and one cousin, Julia Devine, of Sussex.

Memorial services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at Old Clove Church, 887 Route 23, Wantage. Friends may pay their respects to the family one hour prior to the service from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Old Clove Church. Private cremation services have been entrusted to Pinkel Funeral Home, 31 Bank St. (Route 23), Sussex.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations may be made in Howard Case's memory to the Friends of the Sussex-Wantage Library/History Projects Fund, 69 Route 639, Wantage, NJ 07461.

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Published in The New Jersey Herald on May 14, 2014