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A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains - Fanwood Thursday, June 24, 1999 Page 11

CYAN YELLOW MAGENTA BLACK

– Obituaries –

Frances M. Rau, 80, Girl Scout Leader; Co-Founder of St. Bart’s School Library

Frances M. Rau, 80, of Scotch Plains died on Thursday, June 17, at Rahway Hospital.

Born in Elizabeth, she had lived in Roselle before moving to Scotch Plains in 1951.

Mrs. Rau was a member of the Catholic Golden Age at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains, and was co-founder of the school library at St. Bartholomew Church.

She was a communicant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains, where she was also a member of the Rosary Society.

She was also a former Girl Scout Leader and a member of the Exxon Annuitants Club.

Surviving are her husband of 60 years, George J. Rau; three daughters, Judy Grindle, Barbara Sullivan and Dr. Mary Rau; two sons, Dr. Thomas Rau and James Rau; a brother, Robert R. Reilly; a sister, Gene Benson, and six grandchildren.

A Mass was offered on Monday, June 21, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, following the funeral from the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue in Fanwood. Interment took place at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.

June 24, 1999

Mildred Delaney, 91, Runnells Volunteer; President of Women’s Guild at Church

Mildred Delaney, 91, of Peoria, Arizona, died on Friday, June 11, at the Town and Country Care Center in Peoria.

Born in Bayonne, she had lived in Westfield before moving to Arizona in 1978.

Mrs. Delaney was a member of the Junior Women’s Club of Westfield and the Summit Fortnightly. She was also a volunteer at Runnells Specialized Hospital of Union County in Berkeley Heights.

She was also a President of the Women’s Guild of the First Christian Church in Arizona.

She attended Pace University in New York City.

Surviving are two daughters, Patricia Delaney of Summit and Marion Meola of Spokane, Washington; three sons, Robert Delaney of Tucson, Arizona, Richard Delaney of Berkeley Heights and Thomas Delaney of Phoenix, Arizona; a sister, Ruth Powers of Nashau, New Hampshire; three grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren.

A Memorial Mass was offered on Wednesday, June 16, at the Corpus Christi Church in Chatham.

Arrangements were handled by the Menke Funeral Home in Sun City, Arizona.

June 24, 1999

Ernestine Wesley, 69

Ernestine Wesley, 69, of Scotch Plains died on Wednesday, June 16, in Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield.

Born in Baltimore, she moved to Scotch Plains 25 years ago.

Mrs. Wesley was employed by Cyntax Laundry in South Plainfield.

Surviving are three sons, John Wesley of Tacoma Park, Maryland, and Warner Wesley and Stacey Wesley, both of Scotch Plains; a daughter, Fay Glover of Washington, D.C.; two brothers, Vardrey Pharr and William Pharr of Philadelphia, and eight grandchildren.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, June 19, at the Judkins Colonial Home in Plainfield.

June 24, 1999

Hilda E. Tebbs, 84, Was Employed At Department Store and Library

Hilda E. Orton Tebbs, 84, a former resident of Scotch Plains, died on Friday, June 11, at Northshore Living Center in Slidell, Louisiana.

Born in Coventry, England, she had lived in Scotch Plains from 1924 to 1935. She had also lived in Plainfield, Middlesex, Somerville, St. Petersburg, Florida, and Austin, Texas, before settling in Slidell.

Mrs. Tebbs had been employed in the infant department at Tepper’s Department Store in Plainfield, and also worked at the Middlesex Public Library.

She was a member of the Bound Brook Presbyterian Church.

She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Charles D. Tebbs, in 1985, and by a brother, Harry Orton.

Surviving are a brother, Wilford Orton of Toms River; two sons, C. David Tebbs of Wall and John R. Tebbs of Slidell; two daughters, Barbara Briden of Bound Brook and Linda Ryan of Chincoteague, Virginia; 14 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the Bound Brook Presbyterian Church

at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Middlesex Public Library, Mountain Avenue, Middlesex, 08846.

June 24, 1999

Pasquale Cuccaro, 66, Was Custodian; Member of Local Knights of Columbus

Pasquale Cuccaro, 66, of Westfield died on Wednesday, June 16, at the home of his son, John Cuccaro, in Ringoes.

Born in Giano Vetusto, Italy, he moved to the United States in 1966 and settled in Westfield.

He had been a custodian for the Westfield Board of Education for 27 years before retiring 1997.

Mr. Cuccaro was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Monsignor

Watterson Council No. 1711 of Westfield.

A Mass was offered on Saturday, June 19, in the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield. Interment took place at St. Gertrude’s Mausoleum in Colonia.

Arrangements were handled by the Dooley Colonial Home, 556 Westfield Avenue in Westfield.

June 24, 1999

Myra Hornby, 95, Patent Attorney Secretary; Past President of Fanwood Woman’s Club

Elizabeth Smith, 34, Pingry Graduate; Worked With Exchange Student Groups

Estelle Rinn, 88

Estelle Rinn, 88, of Westfield died on Monday, June 21, in the Roosevelt Care Center in Edison.

Born in Hoboken, she had lived in Brooklyn before moving to Westfield in 1997.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Linda Flayton.

Surviving are a son, Howard Rinn of Westfield, and two brothers, Philip Freilich and Seymour Freilich, both of Florida; eight grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.

A graveside service was held yesterday, Wednesday, June 23, in Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Iselin.

Arrangements were handled by the Menorah Chapels at Millburn in Union.

June 24, 1999

Marshall Yokelson, Metals Engineer, Active in Westfield Community Players

Marshall V. Yokelson of Westfield died on Friday, June 18, in Overlook Hospital in Summit.

Born in Brooklyn, he had lived in Bayonne before moving to Westfield in 1956.

Mr. Yokelson worked for General Cable Co. in Edison for 38 years, serving as chief metallurgical engineer from 1967 until his retirement in 1986. Previously, he had worked as a metallurgist for Chance Vought Aircraft from 1947 to 1948.

He was named a 1985 recipient of the Award of Merit by the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM) for his efforts toward the adoption of voluntary national and international standards for refined copper shapes.

He was an active member of the ASTM for more than 32 years, serving as chairman to committees on electrical conductors and copper and copper alloys. He was also affiliated with the American Society for Metals, which named a scholarship for him, the American Institute of Min

Susie Lilye, 79, Was Retired Operator, Deaconess-Mother of Baptist Church

Susie Spann Lilye, 79, of Plainfield died on Wednesday, June 16, at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center.

Born in Lee County, South Carolina, she had resided in Florence, South Carolina before moving to Plainfield where she lived for 47 years.

Mrs. Lilye was a retired operator of the Injectron Corporation of Plainfield and was formerly employed by the Standard Plastics Corp. of South Plainfield.

She was a deaconess-mother of the Queen City Baptist Church in Plainfield. She was also a member of the Senior Citizens of Plainfield.

She was predeceased by her son, Marlbrough Lilye, and her daughter, Lucretia Best.

Surviving are her son, William Lilye of Camden; her daughter, Alma Reid of Plainfield; her sister, Martha Lee Spann of Plainfield; her brothers, The Reverend Fred Spann of Scotch Plains and Lawrence Spann of Plainfield; 17 grandchildren, and 24 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 23, at the Queen City Baptist Church in Plainfield.

Arrangements were handled by Judkins Colonial Home in Plainfield.

June 24, 1999

ing and Metallurgical Engineers and the Wire Association International.

He was a board member and official photographer at the Westfield Community Players. He appeared on stage in small parts. He and his wife, Beatrice Yokelson, were recently inducted into the Community Players as life members.

He received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from City College in New York in 1938 and a master’s degree in metallurgical engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute in 1951.

He had served stateside as an ordinance engineering officer in the Navy during World War II before retiring as a captain.

Also surviving are a daughter, Joan Mrocka; a son, Howard Yokelson; a brother, Bernard Yokelson and a granddaughter.

Funeral services were held on Monday, June 21, at Temple EmanuEl in Westfield.

June 24, 1999

David C. Payne, 82

David C. Payne, 82, of Mountainside died on Friday, June 18, at Overlook Hospital in Summit.

Born in Lawrence, Long Island, he grew up in Cedar Hurst, Long Island and also lived in Westfield before moving to Mountainside many years ago.

He attended Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York for two years before entering the United States Army Air Corps.

Mr. Payne served in the 8th Army in England and France during World War II, and was discharged as a Staff Sergeant.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Westfield, and of the Old Guard of Westfield.

He was predeceased by a son, Mark Alexander Payne, who died in 1949.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Shirley M. Payne; a daughter, Cynthia Payne Howell of Fanwood; a son, David Bradford Payne of Fort Myers, Florida, and two grandchildren.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, June 22, at the Gray Funeral Home, 318 East Broad Street in Westfield. Burial was private.

Donations may be made to the American Heart Association or to the Mountainside Rescue Squad.

June 24, 1999

Raymond J. Holt, 88

Raymond J. Holt, 88, of Westfield died on Friday, June 18, at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield.

Born in Bayonne, he most recently lived in Westfield.

Mr. Holt had been employed in sales for Hostess Bakery in Paterson for 30 years before his retirement in 1975.

He served in the United States Navy during World War II, assigned in the Pacific at Pearl Harbor and Midway.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Althedel Holt; a daughter, Janis Richards of Westfield, and two grandchildren.

A graveside service was held on Monday, June 21, at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.

Funeral arrangements were handled by the Gray Funeral Home, 318 East Broad Street in Westfield.

June 24, 1999

Kathleen D. Sutton, 53, Was Teacher In Woodbridge and Green Brook

Kathleen “Kathy” D. Hiross Sutton, 53, died on Saturday, June 19, at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield.

Born in Westfield, she had lived in Middlesex before moving to Green Brook in 1975.

Mrs. Sutton was an English teacher from 1968 to 1975 at Woodbridge Junior High School and was a substitute teacher in the mid-1980s in the Green Brook school system.

She graduated from Holy Trinity High School in Westfield and from Bloomfield College in Bloomfield.

Surviving are her husband, Ronald D. Sutton; two sons, Ronald D. Sutton,

Elizabeth “Lisa” Allan Smith, 34, of Annapolis, Maryland died on Friday, June 18, in the Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

Isabella B. Thiesing, 101, Oldest Member Of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Westfield

Isabella B. Thiesing, 101, of Fanwood died on Saturday, June 19, at the Arnold Walter Nursing Home in Holmdel.

Born in New York City, she had lived in Irvington before moving to Fanwood in 1952.

Mrs. Thiesing was the oldest living member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Westfield, where she was a volunteer until the age of 90. She was also President of the Ladies Aid Guild, assisting the Pastor with nursing home services and in other capacities.

She was predeceased by her husband, Henry R. Thiesing, in 1976.

Surviving are three sons, H. Richard Thiesing of Middletown, Robert E. Thiesing of Fanwood, and John E. Thiesing of Rockford, Illinois; six grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren.

Joseph Cummo, 81

Joseph S. Cummo, 81, of Scotch Plains died on Saturday, June 19, in Genesis ElderCare Center in Westfield.

Born in Staten Island, he had lived in Barefoot Bay, Florida before moving to Scotch Plains three years ago.

Mr. Cummo was a supervisor for 25 years at the New York City Sanitation Department before retiring 21 years ago.

He was a United States Army veteran of World War II.

Surviving are his wife, Teresa Cummo; two sons, Richard Cummo and Robert Cummo; a daughter, Joy Ann Garvin; a brother, Mario Cummo, and 10 grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, June 22, in St. John Vianney’s Church in Colonia.

Arrangements were handled by the Gosselin Funeral Home in Edison.

June 24, 1999

Born in Elizabeth, she had lived in Mountainside before moving to Annapolis in 1992.

Mrs. Smith had worked with the American Field Service, an international exchange student organization in New York, and in the Maryland State House. She also hosted a foreign exchange student from Brazil in 1994 and another from Norway in 1997 with her husband, Andrew Paul Smith.

She had graduated from the Pingry School in Martinsville, where she was named a scholar-athlete. She was a 1987 graduate of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina where she graduated with a double degree in political science and psychology.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a son, Henry Winfield Smith; a daughter, Hannah Katherine Smith; her parents, Connie and David Allan of Mountainside, and three brothers, David Allan of Pennsylvania, Robert Allan of Honeoye Falls, New York, and Christopher Allan of Boulder, Colorado.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 26, at 6 p.m. at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Glouscester Street, Anapolis, Maryland. Visitation will be held at 5 p.m.

June 24, 1999

Jr. and Thomas W. Sutton, both of Green Brook; a daughter, Heather Ann Blood of Wildwood, Illinois; a brother, Thomas Hiross of Omaha, Nebraska, and two sisters, Patty Abdy of Franklin Lakes and Marylyn De Cuello of Readington.

A Funeral Mass was held yesterday, Wednesday, June 23, at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Dunellen. Arrangements were handled by the Higgins Home For Funerals in Watchung.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Somerset Unit, 600 First Avenue, Raritan, 08869.

June 24, 1999

Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, June 24, at 11 a.m. at the Redeemer Lutheran Church. Interment will take place at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.

Arrangements were handled by the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue in Fanwood.

Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Memorial Fund of Redeemer Lutheran Church, 229 Cowperthwaite Place, Westfield, 07090, or a chosen charity.

June 24, 1999

James C. Farrell, 65, Golf Instructor; Taught Game to Three Presidents

James C. “Jimmy” Farrell, 65, of Boynton Beach, Florida, a golf professional and instructor who gave lessons to President Dwight D. Eisenhower and two of the President’s successors, died on Wednesday, June 9, in Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach.

Born in Hollywood Florida, he was the second of five children of golf champion Johnny Farrell and his wife, Kay, herself an amateur golfer. Mr. Farrell’s father won the United States Open in 1928 and was inducted into the Professional Golf Association Golf Hall of Fame.

As a youth, Mr. Farrell divided his time between Florida and New Jersey, attending schools in both states. While in New Jersey, he attended St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark and Holy Trinity High School in Westfield. Mr. Farrell lived in Westfield between 1934 and 1959.

While in the United States Army, he served as a golf professional at Fort Dix. He later accompanied his mother to Iceland, where he helped establish the first military practice and driving range facility.

Mr. Farrell had worked as a golf professional at the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, where he gave lessons to then-Vice President Richard M. Nixon.

He gave golf lessons to President Eisenhower at the Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island, where he and his father also played foursomes with the President. He also taught the game to then-Senator John F. Kennedy at the club.

Mr. Farrell additionally served as Head Golf Professional at the Warrenbrook Country Club in Warren Township before he relocated to Florida in 1970. He subsequently worked as a golf professional at the Delray Beach Country Club there.

Surviving are three sons, James Farrell of Charlotte, North Carolina, Michael Farrell of Delray Beach, Florida and David Farrell of Charleston, South Carolina; two brothers, Billy Farrell of Greenwich, Connecticut and Johnny Farrell of New York; two sisters, Catherine Rock of Westfield and Peggy McGuire of Florida, and three grandchildren.

A memorial service was held yesterday, Wednesday, June 23, at St. Helen’s Roman Catholic Church in Westfield.

Arrangements were handled by the Boynton Memorial Chapel in Boynton Beach.

Memorial contributions may be made to The PGA of America Foundation, P.O. Box 30017, Tampa, Florida, 33630-3017.

June 24, 1999

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Myra L. Hornby, 95, of Scotch Plains died on Wednesday, June 16, at the home of her son, Robert Hornby, in the Sergeantsville section of Delaware Township, where she lived part of the time.

Born in New Brunswick on October 21, 1903, the daughter of the late George A. and Mary Meagher Hogan, she had lived in Fanwood from 1936 to 1965, when she moved to Scotch Plains.

Mrs. Hornby had been a patent attorney secretary at Bell Labs in Murray Hill.

She was a former member and Past President of the Fanwood Woman’s Club, and a member of the Scotch Plains Woman’s Club from 1970 to 1980.

She was a communicant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman

Catholic Church in Scotch Plains. She was predeceased by her husband, Cecil R. Hornby, in 1952.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Hornby is survived by three grandchildren, all of Delaware Township.

A Funeral Liturgy will be held today, Thursday, June 24, at 9:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. Interment will take place at St. Peter’s Cemetery in New Brunswick.

Arrangements were handled by the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Scotch Plains Woman’s Club Nursing Scholarship, P.O. Box 243, Scotch Plains, 07076, or to Mobile Meals of Westfield, 170 Elm Street, Westfield, 07090.

June 24, 1999

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