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Page 10 Thursday, March 11, 1999 The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains – Fanwood A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION

CYAN YELLOW MAGENTA BLACK

– Obituaries –

Susan Sevell Smith, 39, Businesswoman At Windsor Auto Glass-Sevell’s Auto Body

Susan Sevell Smith, 39, of Scotch Plains died on Thursday, March 4, in Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield.

Born in Clark, she lived in Scotch Plains for many years.

Mrs. Smith was in business with her father, Norman Sevell, at Windsor Auto Glass-Sevell’s Auto Body Company in Westfield for the past 21 years.

She also worked with animals on her father’s farm, the Ponderosa, in Scotch Plains.

Mrs. Smith attended public schools in Clark and graduated from Newark Academy.

Surviving are her husband, Andrew Smith; her parents, Norman “Dutch” Sevell and Marie Sevell of Scotch Plains; three sisters, Christine Soreth and Kathy Sevell, both of Scotch Plains, and Donna Sevell Leber of Cranford; two brothers, Gene Sevell of Cranford and Michael Sevell of Whitehouse Station.

Funeral services were held on Monday, March 8, at the Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home in Westfield, followed by a Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Scotch Plains-Fanwood YMCA, 1340 Martine Avenue, Scotch Plains, 07076.

March 11, 1999

Stephanie Schwartz, 95, Housekeeper; Was Assembler at Western Electric

Stephanie Schwartz, 95, of Scotch Plains died on Thursday, March 4, at the Ashbrook Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Scotch Plains.

Born in Austria, she had lived in Maspeth, New York before moving to Scotch Plains six years ago.

Mrs. Schwartz had been a housekeeper for 20 years before retiring. Previously, she had worked as an assembler for Western Electric for many years. She had worked before that as a meat packer for Bohack Company in

New York for 19 years. She was a member of the Meat Packers Union of New York.

Surviving are a daughter, Ruth Murphy; a sister, Veronica Sterbenz; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass was offered on Monday, March 8, in St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church in Colonia.

Arrangements were handled by the Thomas J. Costello Funeral Home in Iselin.

March 11, 1999

Tilden Jones, Jr., 53, Developed Video On Achievements of African-Americans

Tilden Jones, Jr. 53, of Union died on Saturday, February 27, in Union Memorial Hospital.

Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, Mr. Jones relocated to Linden with his family in 1947 and recently moved to Union.

He had worked in computer technology at AT&T and was employed by Dun & Bradstreet in Berkeley Heights from the mid-1980s to 1995.

Mr. Jones, who extensively researched the scientific and technological achievements of AfricanAmericans, created a 45-minute video presentation about these inventors which he presented at libraries, schools and businesses.

He was a member of the Union Baptist Church in Elizabeth, where

he was active in its male chorus, usher board, Sunday School and youth advisory board.

He graduated from Linden High School and attended Union County College.

Mr. Jones served for four years in the United States Air Force, and later with the Air Force Reserve.

Surviving are his wife, Jessie Ward Jones; two sons, Tilden Jones, 3rd of Scotch Plains and Shawn Jones of Union; a daughter, Tamaysha Jones of Scotch Plains; his mother, Geraldine Jones of Linden; a brother, Ernest Jones of New York City, and a sister, Cynthia Jones of Willingboro.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 4, in the Union Baptist Church. Interment followed in Rosehill Cemetery in Linden.

Arrangements were handled by the Nesbitt Funeral Home in Elizabeth.

March 11, 1999

Mattie M. Gottie

Mattie M. Gottie of Scotch Plains died Friday, March 5, at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.

Born in Omaka, Georgia, she had lived in East Orange before moving to Scotch Plains over 30 years ago.

Mrs. Gottie was a 50-year member of the Zion Hill Baptist Church in Newark and a member of the church’s Sunday School Class No. 5 and the Floral Club. She was also a member of the Scotch Plains Senior Citizens.

She was predeceased by her husband, Andrew Gottie, in 1959.

Surviving are a daughter, Elizabeth Jenkins of Scotch Plains, and a granddaughter, Linda Jenkins, also of Scotch Plains.

A Funeral Service will be held today, Thursday, March 11, at 11 a.m. at the Zion Hill Baptist Church, 153 Osborne Terrace, Newark, Entombment will be held at Somerset Hills Memorial Park in Basking Ridge.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 101 Eisenhower Parkway, Roseland, 07068.

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

March 11, 1999

James Price, Jr., 57, Managing Director At Chubb & Son, Inc. for 30 Years

James E. Price, Jr., 57, of Mountainside died on Sunday, March 7, at home.

Born in Staten Island, he moved to Mountainside in 1979.

Mr. Price had been Managing Director of Chubb & Son, Inc. in Warren for 30 years before retiring in 1996.

He was active in the Little League and with Boy Scout and Girl Scout softball teams, all in Mountainside.

Mr. Price received a bachelor’s degree in economics with minors in philosophy and English from St. Peter’s College in Jersey City.

Surviving are two sons, James Price and Michael Price; two daughters, Kathleen Colline and Jennifer Lynch, and two grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be offered today, Thursday, March 11, at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Mountainside.

Arrangements were handled by the Dooley Funeral Home in Cranford, 218 North Avenue, West in Cranford.

March 11, 1999

Fay Panster

Fay Panster of Scotch Plains died on Saturday, March 6, in Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield.

Born in Russia, she had lived in Canada, New York City, Westfield, and Coconut Creek, Florida before moving to Scotch Plains last year.

Mrs. Panster had been a bookkeeper for Merrill Lynch in New York City for 27 years before retiring in 1983.

Surviving are a son, Howard A. Panster; a brother, Louie Napach; four grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Monday, March 8, in the Menorah Chapels at Millburn in Union.

March 11, 1999

Joseph Grausam, 82, Decorated Veteran; Pro-Baseball Player Owned Tire Shop

Joseph C. Grausam, 82, of Westfield died on Thursday, March 4, in Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield.

Born in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, he moved to Westfield in 1955.

Mr. Grausam had been employed as a tool and die maker at Lu-Max in Springfield for many years before retiring in 1980.

He had previously been an inspector at Breeze Aircraft Corporation in Union for seven years, and also owned and operated a tire shop in Newark.

Mr. Grausam was signed by the New York Giants baseball team in 1942, and during spring training with the team was coached by Babe Ruth. He left baseball to serve in the military during World War II.

A Technical Sergeant in the United States Army Air Corps during the war, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marie Lane Grausam.

Surviving are two daughters, Kathleen Grausam and Susan Bullock; two sons, Michael Grausam and Robert Grausam; a sister, Mary Specht, and seven grandchildren.

A Mass was offered on Monday, March 8, in the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield. Interment took place in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover.

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

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Union Catholic High School Girls Soccer Team, 1600 Martine Avenue, Scotch Plains, 07076.

March 11, 1999

Angeline Caspanello, 74

Angeline M. Caspanello, 74, of Hollywood, Florida died on Wednesday, March 3, at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood.

She had lived in Scotch Plains before moving to Hollywood 40 years ago.

Mrs. Caspanello was a homemaker. She was a member of the Nativity Catholic Church and an officer of the Nativity Ladies Guild. Mrs. Caspanello also was a volunteer for Knights of Columbus No. 4851 of Hollywood.

Surviving are her husband, John V. Caspanello; a son, John Caspanello, Jr. of Lauderhill, Florida; two daughters, Donna Claussen of Hollywood and Renee Hearn of Pembroke Pines, Florida; three sisters, Rose Greco, Helen Pellinger and Clara Manna, all of New Jersey, and six grandchildren.

Arrangements were handled by the Panciera Memorial Home in Hollywood.

March 11, 1999

Morris Kornblatt, 74, Naval SeaBee; Former Executive At Maidenform, Inc.

Morris Kornblatt, 74, of Somerset died at the Central New Jersey Jewish Home for the Aged in Somerset.

Born in the Bronx, he had lived in Westfield from 1956 to 1995.

Mr. Kornblatt was the Vice President of Marketing Management with Maidenform, Inc. for 37 years before retiring in 1988.

He received an undergraduate degree from the City College of New York and a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University in 1948. He also completed course work for a Doctor of Philosophy at New York University’s Graduate School of Business Administration.

He served as a SeaBee in the South Pacific during World War II.

He was predeceased by his wife of 35 years, Irene Kornblatt, in 1985.

Surviving are his daughter, Miriam Kornblatt and his son, Joshua Kornblatt of Portland, Oregon.

Graveside services were held on March 1 at B’nai Abraham Memorial Park in Union.

Arrangements were handled by Kreitzman’s Memorial Home in Elizabeth with Rabbi Shawn Zell.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 1250 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, New York, 10305.

March 11, 1999

Vincent J. Fabricatore, 73, Employed For Many Years as Chemical Engineer

Vincent J. Fabricatore, 73, of Westfield died on Saturday, March 6, at home.

Born in Elizabeth, he moved to the Middle East in 1948, where he worked until coming to Westfield in 1958.

Mr. Fabricatore had been a Petro Chemical Engineer for Charles Martin Company in New York City for 40 years. He was later employed by SGS Control Services in Carteret for 17 years before retiring in 1992.

He also lectured for companies on the petroleum industry.

He was a member of the American Society of Tests and Measures.

Mr. Fabricatore graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Elizabeth.

Surviving are his wife, Rosetta Fabricatore; a son, Frank Haigh of Florida; three daughters, Simone Barrett of Pennsylvania, Vera Morrison and Geri Fabricatore, both of Florida; a brother, Joseph Fabricatore of Bass River; two sisters, Della Zuzuro of Toms River and Ann Slifer of Florida, and 13 grandchildren.

A Funeral Liturgy will be held today, Thursday, March 11, at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains. Interment will be private.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Gray Funeral Home, 318 East Broad Street in Westfield.

Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

March 11, 1999

Gemma DiGiovanni

Gemma Polizio DiGiovanni of Westfield died on Thursday, March 4, at the Ashbrook Nursing Home in Scotch Plains.

Born in Brooklyn, she had lived in Westfield for many years.

Mrs. DiGiovanni was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband, Frank DiGiovanni; a daughter, Barbara DeGennaro; a son, Frank DiGiovanni, Jr.; two sisters, Ida Pitre and Gilda DeLena, and five grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Saturday, March 6, in St. Helen’s Roman Catholic Church in Westfield. Interment took place at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.

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

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Westfield Rescue Squad, 335 Watterson Street, P.O. Box 356, Westfield, 07091.

March 11, 1999

Gloria F. Alayeto, Former Volunteer; For Red Cross; Honorary Life Member

Gloria F. Alayeto of Westfield died on Thursday, March 4, at Overlook Hospital in Summit.

Born in Panama, she emigrated to the United States and settled in Westfield in 1961.

Mrs. Alayeto was an active volunteer for the Westfield-Mountainside Chapter of the American Red Cross. She was also a board member of the chapter for 33 years. In 1992, she was awarded the title of Honorary Life Member of the American Red Cross.

She was honored as the first woman executive of the Missouri Pacific Railroad in Panama.

Surviving are her husband, George Alayeto; a son, Dr. Nelson Trujillo of Chevy Chase, Maryland; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Liturgy was held on Monday, March 8, at the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield. Interment took place at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.

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

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Westfield Chapter of the American Red Cross, 321 Elm Street, Westfield, 07090.

March 11, 1999

Marion E. Lawery, 81

Marion E. Lawery, 81, a lifelong resident of Westfield, died on Friday, March 5, at Overlook Hospital in Summit.

A 1942 graduate of the Franklin School of Nursing in Newark, Mrs. Lawery had been employed in the medical profession for 10 years before retiring.

She was a member of The Presbyterian Church in Westfield for many years.

She was predeceased by her husband, William Lawery, in 1996.

Surviving are a daughter, Nancy L. Lawery of Hillsborough; a brother, Alfred G. Edge of Hawaii, and a sister, Katherine Woodbury of Scotch Plains.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow, Friday, March 12, at 11 a.m. at the Gray Funeral Home, 318 East Broad Street in Westfield. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.

There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to the Westfield Rescue Squad, 335 Watterson Street in Westfield.

March 11, 1999

Gabriel Suarez, 69, Tug Boat Operator; Army Veteran; Eagle Post Member

Gabriel J. Suarez, 69, of Fanwood died on Monday, March 8, at home.

Born in Bayonne, he had moved to Fanwood in 1955.

Mr. Suarez was a tugboat operator in Red Hook Harbor, Brooklyn, for 25 years before retiring in 1985.

He was a member of Eagles Post No. 866 in Plainfield.

He had served in the Army. Surviving are his mother, Maria Longeira Suarez; three brothers, Jo

seph Suarez, Anthony Suarez and Benito Suarez; and a sister, Gloria Agulira.

Private arrangements were handled by Rossi Funeral Home in Scotch Plains.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Center of Hope Hospice, 179 Hussa Avenue, Linden, 07036.

March 11, 1999

Charles Luciano, 61

Charles J. Luciano, 61, of Mountainside died on Wednesday, March 3, in Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

Born in Newark, he had lived in Hackensack before moving to Mountainside in 1990.

Mr. Luciano was a co-owner of J&B Paving in Hackensack for eight years.

He served in the United States Air Force during peacetime.

Surviving are his wife, JoAnn Luciano; two daughters, Larissa Luciano and Brielle Luciano, and a sister, Joan Napurano.

A Mass was offered on Monday, March 8, in Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Mountainside.

Arrangements were handled by Smith and Smith Suburban in Springfield.

March 11, 1999

June M. Kuczera, 56

June M. Kuczera, 56, of Mountainside died on Tuesday, March 2, in Mountainside Hospital in Glen Ridge.

Born in East Brunswick, she had lived in Hillside before moving to Mountainside 25 years ago.

Surviving are her husband, Albert Kuczera; a daughter, Lynn Roth; two sons, Roy Kuczera and Don Kuczera; her mother, Mildred Zeller; a sister, Joyce Kirsch, and a grandchild.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 6, in the McCracken Funeral Home in Union.

March 11, 1999

Rebecca Garhart, 44, Painting Contractor; Was Co-Owner of Garhart Painting

Rebecca Y. Garhart, 44, of Phillipsburg died on Saturday, March 6, at Warren Hospital in Phillipsburg.

Born in Scotch Plains, she had lived in Phillipsburg for nine years.

Mrs. Garhart was a painting contractor who, with her husband, owned and operated Garhart Painting.

Surviving are her husband of 20 years, David R. Garhart; her mother, Delores Loeffler of Scotch Plains; a brother, William Loeffler of Scotch Plains; and three sisters, BettyAnn Loeffler, Barbara Loeffler and Beverly Fiedler, all of Scotch Plains.

Funeral Services will be held today, March 11, at 7 p.m. at Phillipsburg Alliance Church.

Arrangements were handled by Rupell Funeral Home in Phillipsburg.

March 11, 1999

Eleanor Hahn, 81, Sunday School Teacher At Local Church; Girl Scout Leader

Eleanor M. Hahn, 81, of Westfield died on Tuesday, March 9, in Overlook Hospital in Summit.

Born in Jewett City, Connecticut, she lived in Westfield since 1942.

Mrs. Hahn was a former Sunday School teacher at the First Congregational Church, a member of the Amity Club and the Wilson Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association, a Treasurer for Mobil Meals and a Girl Scout leader, all in Westfield.

She graduated from the Katherine Gibbs School in New York City in

1936. Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Paul R.T. Hahn; two daughters, Eleanor Lowery and Elsa Gail Hahn; a son, Paul T. Hahn; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow, Friday, March 12, in the First Congregational Church.

Arrangements are being handled by the Gray Funeral Home, 318 East Broad Street in Westfield.

March 11, 1999

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Caring & Courteous Service to the Cranford/Westfield Area Since 1913

Westfield

556 Westfield Avenue 233-0255

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Cranford

218 North Avenue 276-0255

Charles V. Dooley Manager

– Since 1897 –

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

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