Age:  82
William P. Brophy, 82, of Bridgewater, NJ passed away on August 30th.  Born in Philadelphia, he resided in Bridgewater for the past 46 years.  He attended Texas A&M University, where he played varsity basketball, graduating in 1956.  
He had a long and successful career in sales, attaining the level of national sales manager for Unique Zipper. Following his corporate career, he started his own business in the needle and craft industry and ran it successfully until his retirement.  His love of basketball continued for his entire life. He played in several Senior Olympic Games, as recently as 2005 , winning the Arizona State Gold Medal and competing in the national Senior Olympics Games.  He was a well-known figure in the gyms of Somerset County, known as "the Shot Doctor".  He taught countless athletes, from middle-schoolers to NBA players, how to improve their shot.
He is survived by his wife, Martha and seven children:  Bill Jr. of Bridgewater and his wife Karen, Michael of West Chester, PA, Kathy Ehrsam of Tucson, AZ and her husband Scott, Chris of Fayetteville, AR and his wife Jenann, Brian of West Chester, PA and his wife Kelly, Steve of Wilmington, DE and his partner Joanne Lombardi, and Alicia Schlosberg of Thornton, PA and her husband Rick as well as two brothers:  Richard and James of Broomall, PA and Betty McClory of Wynnewood, PA and ten grandchildren. 
Visitation from 7pm-9pm on Thursday, September 3 at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30am on Friday, September 4, at the Immaculate Conception Church, 35 Mountain Ave., Somerville. Entombment to follow at St. Bernard Mausoleum, Bridgewater.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Support Center of Central New Jersey ( or Rutgers Cancer Institute of NJ (  

Age 75

George R. Sheats, age 75, life long resident of Somerville  passed peacefully on August 30th, 2015. 

George was a graduate of Somerville High School Class of 1959. George proudly served his country through US Air Force from November 1959 – October 1963, He has been a member of West End Hose Co. No. 3 (Somerville Fire Department) for over 50 years, and served the First United Methodist Church of Somerville NJ in many capacities such as Board of Trustees, Head Usher, andmember of the Heavenly Handbell Choir. He was the proud owner of A&S Service Co.,a family electrical contracting business. 

In his spare time he enjoyed bowling, the shore, and was an avid NY Yankees fan. He was preceded in death by his loving parents George W. Sheats and Margaret E. Sheats and his sister Eleanor J. Wilbur. He is survived by his wife of 49 years Beverly; his son Glenn, wife Joanne, grandchildren Claire and Allison; his daughter Gayle Hedin, husband Christopher, grandchildren Melissa and Ian; and his son Gregg, wife Theresa, grandchildren Alexandria, Timothy,Francesca, Austin and  many nieces and nephews. 

Visitation will be held at the Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Ave , Somerville  on Wednesday, September 2nd from 2-4 PM, and 6-9 PM with a Firemen Service at 7pm. A Funeral Service will be held 10am on Thursday, September 3rd at First United Methodist Church, 48 West High St, Somerville  followed by interment at Newell Cemetery, Readington NJ (Stanton NJ). 

His family requests in lieu of flowers, donations to West End Hose Co. No. 3, First United Methodist Church or RWJ at Somerset Hospice. 

Age 93

Lena Prejean was born and raised in Newark NJ on Febuary 27th, 1922 to Italian immigrants Michael & Maria DeSanto.  She then later moved to Edison where she raised three of four of her children and met Joseph Prejean, her late husband. 

Lena and Joseph moved to Manville, NJ where they raised their daughter, Michele. She resided there for over 20 years where she worked as a wirer bonder for Seimens.  Retiring from Seimens in 1983, Lena and her husband moved to LaBelle Florida and lived there for over 25 years.  In 2010 Lena and Joseph moved back to New Jersey where they resided with their daughter Michele Ogletree and her family in Somerville for over 3 years. 

Lena loved to shop and go out to eat. Some of her favorite foods were pizza and pasta.  She was a member of the Garretson Road Church of Christ in Bridgewater, NJ.  Lena was happiest when surrounded by her family who she loved dearly.   

Lena was predeceased  by her brother Tony,  sister Lucielle, husband Joseph Prejean,and daughter Florence Shephard. She  is survived by her Daughters Marie Sadowski (Ben), Michele Ogletree (George) and son Anthony Longo.  Lena has 16 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren,and 2 great, great grandchildren.

Visititation will begin 10am on Wednesday, August 26, concluding with a Funeral Service at 11am at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville. Interment to follow at Brigadier General Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown, NJ.

Age 58

John "Jack" Burke died Tuesday, August 18, at home. Jack was born in Somerville and had lived in California for more than 25 years while working as an Electronic Technician for Unisys Corporation before moving back to New Jersey. He has lived in Bridgewater since 2008. He was a 1974 graduate of  Immaculata High School and then Devry Institute. His hobbies included electronics, computers, NASCAR and music especially playing his bass guitar. Jack was predeceased by his father, William (Bill) Burke in 1978, and his sister, Marianne, who died in 2008. Surviving are his mother Alice, his brothers Bill (wife Trisha Mitzak Burke) and Vince (wife Judy Mathieu Burke), 3 nephews and 2 nieces and many friends who benefited from his kindness and generosity. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30am on Saturday, August 22, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville. Interment at follow at church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Jack's memory to Immaculata High School, 240 Mountain Ave., Somerville, NJ 08876

Age 94  

Theresa Reid, who many affectionately remember as dear, sweet “Aunt Tessie”, passed peacefully into God’s loving hands on Monday, August 17.

Born in Somerville in 1921, Aunt Tessie spent the majority of her adult life in Middlesex sharing Sunday lunches and games with her sisters.  Predecessed by her husband, Frank Reid, she is survived by her sister, Louise Thompson, of Raritan, and numerous loving nieces, nephews, great neices and great nephews.

Aunt Tessie’s visitation will be held on Thursday, August 20,  beginning at 11am and conclude with a Funeral Service at Noon at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville. interment to follow at MountainView Cemetery in Lebanon.

Aunt Tessie will be missed by all of her loving family and friends.

Aunt Tessie was an avid lover of animals, anyone wishing, may make a contribution to
St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center
3201 Rt. 22 East
Branchburg, NJ 08876

Age 81
Formerly of Martinsville

Dolores "Dee" Adele Petersen of Belvidere,NJ and Little River, SC died Monday, August 17. Dee was born July 4, 1934 to the late Anna and Leon Savage in Union, NJ. She attended Union schools graduating from Union High School. She married the love of her life, William H. Petersen Sr. and together they resided in Martinsville, NJ and raised their son, William Jr.. Dee and Bill Sr. were the owners of Rotary Metal Slitting Co. in Hillside,NJ until their retirement in 2000 upon which they permanently relocated to their second home in Little River, SC. Upon Bill Sr's death in 2009, Dee relocated back to New Jersey to be closer to Bill Jr. and his wife Laurie of Knowlton, NJ. She was known for her sharp wit and generosity and will be greatly missed by Bill Jr. and his wife Laurie, her brother Leon and his wife Rosemarie of Cape Coral, FL, nephew Leon III and nieces Rosie and Monica as well as many friends in New Jersey and South Carolina. Visiting hours will begin at 3pm on Thursday, August 20, and conclude with a Funeral Service at 5pm at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Dee's memory to Wounded Warriors, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675

Age 64

Lambert "Bert" Schneider died Sunday, August 9, 2015. Bert was born and raised in Somerville and resided in Raritan before moving to Bridgewater in 1982. He was employed for Importico Disposal, Middlesex, as their diesel shop supervisor for over 20 years. Bert also owned and operated Truck Doctor in Bridgewater for 25 years.  When he had free time in between two jobs and raising a family, Bert just loved to fish and fish and fish. 

Surviving are his devoted wife Pat, his sons Bert, his wife Anna and Nick, his wife Melissa, 2 grandsons Brayden and Logan and his brother Fred, his wife Trish. 

Visiting hours from 5pm-9pm on Wednesday, August 12, at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10am on Thursday, August 13, at St. Ann's Church, Raritan.

Age 88

Lester G. Shultz, age 88, died August 4, 2015.  Mr. Shultz was born in Catawissa, PA and resided in Bridgewater, NJ.  He was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville, a member of the Knights of Columbus and of American Legion Post 12.  

He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years Mildred Shultz.  Surviving are his children Thomas Shultz, wife Diane of Collegeville, PA; Leslie Shultz of Bridgewater; and David Shultz, wife Nancy Asher-Shultz of South Brunswick; 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 8 at the Immaculate Conception Church 35 Mountain Ave, Somerville.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Community Visiting Nurse Association, 110 West End Ave, Somerville, NJ  08876.

Age 82

Raymond T. Talamini, 82, died peacefully on Friday, July 24, 2015. Prior to his death, he resided in Peapack.
Born and raised in Bridgewater, he attended Somerville High School. He played varsity football for four years, which sparked his lifelong passion for the sport. Directly out of high school he served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and was stationed in both Japan and Korea. After leaving the Air Force, he was employed by the Johns-Manville Corporation and was a member of their "Quarter Century Club". He also worked part-time as a self-employed mason.

During his formidable years, pursuing his love of the game, he played offensive guard for the "Plainfield Crusaders" of New Jersey, a semi-professional football club. Years later, he served as a line coach for the Bridgewater-Raritan Pop Warner Football League.
An avid Giants fan, he enjoyed following professional football. He also enjoyed fishing and cooking and is remembered for his generosity, tenacity and love of family.

He was married for 35 years and survived his wife, Theodora (Teddi), who passed away in 1993. They lived and raised their family in Bridgewater and later retired to New Hope, PA. He is survived by his two children, his daughter Lisa McCulla and her husband David, of New Hope, PA, and his son Raymond Talamini and his wife Lisa O'Connor-Talamini, of Gladstone.
He was the proud and loving grandfather of four: Kylie and Alyssa McCulla and Sam and Jill Talamini.

A private gathering of family and close friends will be held on Sunday, August 16 th . In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Purple Heart at www.ourpleheartfoundation.orq.

Age 71
Formerly of Bridgewater and Manville

Joseph P. Parent age 71 passed away July 19, 2015 at Beebe Hospital Lewes,De.
Prior to moving to Delaware in 2008 he resided in Bridgewater and Manville.

He was a retired truck driver for Columbia Lumber and Component Technology, Branchburg.
Joe was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved spending summers at his beach home in Ocean City, Md with his wife and family. He greatly enjoyed doing things with  his grandchildren and will be sadly missed by them.

Joe is survived by his wife Kathleen and four sons Joseph M. Parent and wife Michelle of Bridgewater, Bill Williams and wife Colleen of Belvidere, Mark Williams and wife Lynn of Katy Tx, and Patrick Williams of Manville. He was a loving grandfather to Michael, Sean, Kaitlin, James, Jordan, Liam, Brendan and Quinn Williams. Also surviving are his siblings Anna May Halligan and her husband Chris of Bridgewater, Paul Parent and his wife Betty of Romney, W.VA., Larry Parent and his wife Teresa of Salina, KS. and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be Thursday July 23, from 3 to 5pm and 7 to 9pm at Cusick Funeral Home Somerville.. Mass of Christian Burial on Friday July 24, at 9:30am at Immaculate Conception Church Somerville. Interment will be on Saturday, July 25, in St Catherine Cemetery Moscow, Pa.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Delaware Hospice 911 S. Dupont Highway, Dover, De. 19901


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