Thomas C. Opalack died September 19 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset. Tom was raised in Clark, before moving to Bridgewater in the 1970's. He graduated from Rutgers University with a BS in Geology and later attained a MA in Education from Seton Hall University.
A twenty five year police veteran, Tom retired from the Bridgewater Township Police Department as a Sergeant in 1999. There he headed the Traffic Safety Unit and was a member of the Heavy Rescue Team, the Dive Team, the Somerset County Swat and HAZMAT Teams, was a Motorcycle Officer and was the Department's Chemical Munitions Officer. He also served as the Township's Office of Emergency Management Coordinator. Tom was an instructor at the Somerset County Police Academy and the County Emergency Services Training Academy, where he taught Chemical Munitions and Search & Rescue. A private pilot, Tom attained the rank of Major in the Civil Air Patrol. Mr. Opalack was predeceased by his father, Frank P. Opalack.
Surviving are his mother, Helen B. Opalack, his daughters Margaret (Meg) Opalack and Kelsey Opalack and his brother, Paul Opalack.
Tom was a rugged outdoorsman and will be remembered by his family and friends as a brilliant and loving man, though he would insist he was "Just a Regular Guy".
Visiting hours are from 6-9pm on Monday, September 22, and 10am on Tuesday, September 23, concluding with a Funeral Service on Tuesday at 11am at the Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Ave., Somerville. with final prayers said at the Somerset Hills Memorial Park Chapel. Mt. Airy Rd., Basking Ridge.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Tom's memory to Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)www.nationalcops.org.
David J. Chopay died September 15 in Hillsborough. He was born in Brooklyn, NY and has been a resident of Hillsborough since 1986.
Mr. Chopay retired in 1988 from RCA Global/ GE/ MCI, Piscataway where he was employed in their payroll departments for 16 years. An Army Veteran of the Korean War and a member of St. Joseph Church, Raritan, Mr. Chopay is survived by his wife, Joan, his sons David and Patrick and two granddaughters Julia and Kaitlyn.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30am on Friday, September 19, at St. Joseph Church, Raritan. Visiting hours from 2-4 and 7-9pm on Thursday, September 18, at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville.
In lieu of fllowers, memorial donations may be made in David's memory to St. Joseph Church, 16 E. Somerset St., Raritan, NJ 08869.
Julia M. Scanzo, wife and mother of the late James Scanzo Sr. and Joanne Wright, died August 29. Mrs. Scanzo was born in Philadelphia and resided in Somerville since 1945. She was an office employee at Somerville Lumber, Bridgewater, for over 30 years and a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, Somerville.
Surviving are her children Carol Piltz, James Scanzo Jr., Christine Henry and Frances Gieda and 8 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and a brother Robert Mawhinney.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30am on Saturday, September 6, at the Immaculate Conception Church, Somerville. Interment to follow at St. Bernard Cemetery, Bridgewater. Visiting hours from 2-4 and 7-9pm on Friday, September 5, at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville
Gloria Jane Roth passed away peacefully at home on August 28 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Sewaren, NJ to the late Willard and Daisy Parker, Gloria grew up in Middlesex. She later moved to Bridgewater where she has resided for the past 52 years.
Gloria graduated from Bound Brook High School. She pursued a career in Nursing at Orange Memorial Hospital where she graduated in 1951 as a Registered Nurse. She furthered her career by going back to school to obtain her BSN at Rutgers University. Mrs. Roth was employed at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville for 40 years as a Clinical Director of Orthopedics and Admission Nurse for pre-admission testing. She retired in 1996.
A communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church, Somerville, Gloria enjoyed spending her leisure time with her family, time at their summer beach house, fishing on their boat named "Gloria J" and taking frequent trips to Atlantic City. Gloria was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and mother-in-law and will be greatly missed by all. She left a mark on this earth of pure kindness and is a true angel of the first degree. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, George Roth, 6 children; Dianne Hartpence and husband Bob of Ellicott City, MD, Barbara Silver and husband Steve of Philadelphia, PA, Linda Javerbaum and husband Bob of Cockeysville, MD, Carol Allan of Toms River, George Roth and wife Lynn of Bridgewater, Sue Esposito and husband Rich of Lake Ariel, PA, 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30am on Wednesday, September 3, at the Immaculate Conception Church, Somerville. Interment to follow at Bound Brook Cemetery. Visiting hours from 2-4 & 7-9pm on Tuesday, September 2, at the Cusick Funeral; Home, Somerville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 242 Old New Brunswick Rd., Suite 140, Piscataway, NJ 08854 or the American Cancer Society.
Formerly of Somerville
Albert C. Douglas Sr "Al", a former resident of Somerville for many years, passed away on Tuesday, August 27, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton. He was presently a resident in Hamilton along with his wife Elizabeth Douglas for the past 14 years.
Visitation will begin at 4pm on Sunday, August 31, at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville, and conclude with a Service at 5pm at the funeral home. The final Funeral Service will be held in Columbus, GA. with arrangements handled by Charles E. Huff International Funeral Home in Columbus, GA.
SomervilleMaria DeBenedetto, 48, of Sommerville, passed away surrounded by her loving family and friends, Friday, August 22, 2014, at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital.
On July 24, 1966, in Orange, NJ,
Maria was born an angel of God. Some of Maria’s passions included bowling, working, playing jokes, wearing anything pink, painting her nails and most of all dancing. Her ability to light up a room with a smile, her character, charm and great wit willlive with us all forever. She will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by her family, friendsand community.
Maria is survived by her Father, Michael DeBenedetto and Step-Mother Pat, Mother, Maryanne DeBenedetto, Sisters, Lisa, Danielle, Dana, Kimberly and Kelly, Brothers, Christopher, Michael David, extended family, Nonta, Margarita, Jay, Mickie, Terri, Julie, and many other Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and friends.
Visitation will be held from 1 – 4 pm on Monday, August 25, 2014 at Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Ave., Somerville, NJ 08876. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at the Immaculate Conception Church, 35 Mountain Ave., Somerville. The burial to immediately follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, NJ.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Delta T Group, One Woodbridge Center, Suite 512, Woodbridge, NJ 07095 or The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) 666 Broadway 8thfloor, New York, NY 10012 or directly by visiting www.ndss.org
Carmela "Nellie" Cammarata, 105, currently residing in Somerville for the past 15 years, passed away peacefully Friday, August 22, at her home. She was born December 18, 1908 in Throop, PA to the late Nicholas and Rose (Occhipinti) Mazzuca. She married Cologero (Charles) Cammarata on November 24, 1923 and together they began their family in Bound Brook.
Surviving is a son, Salvatore Cammarata and his wife Carmela Lina Cammarata, a daughter, Gertrude Bonaduce, a daughter-in-law Joanne Cammarata and seven grandchildren and spouses: Lee Loukatos, Grace & Craig Cyphers, Carmela & John Warne, Al & Donna Bonaduce, Charles & Tracey Cammarata, Elisa & Charles Esposito, Joseph Bonaduce; 15 great-grandchildren & five great-great-grandchildren.
Predeceased by her loving husband, Cologero Cammarata, her sons Nicholas and Rosario Cammarata, her son-in-law Joseph T. Bonaduce, her grand-daughter Juliann Bonaduce and her 10 siblings.
Visitation is Sunday, August 24, from 2-5 p.m. at the Cusick Funeral Home 80 Mountain Avenue, Somerville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m., Monday, August 25, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 35 Mountain Avenue, Somerville.
Interment to follow at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Somerville.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Gentiva Hospice, 242 Old New Brunswick Road, Suite 140, Piscataway, NJ 08854
Lisa Chilson passed away peacefully in a residential hospice home in Virginia Beach, VA on the morning of August 12, 2014 following a courageous seven year battle with cancer. Lisa was surrounded by family and loved ones on her final journey.
Lisa was born in Somerville, NJ on May 15, 1956. She was the third child, and second daughter, of Betty and Ralph Condo, who were with Lisa in her final days.
Lisa embarked on her life’s defining purpose – caring for others – when she obtained her BS RN degree from Wilkes College, and began her career in nursing. Lisa fulfilled that purpose for more than 30 years; first as a floor nurse in cardiac care,later as a Nurse/Teacher assisting new nurses, before concluding with the position of Senior Clinical Analyst with the Clinical Documentation Team of Sentara Healthcare, where she was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Epic software application which provided all Sentara nursing staff with paperless documentation to elevate patient care.
Lisa was blessed with an indomitable spirit. That spirit was most evident during her valiant battle with cancer. After being diagnosed and while still undergoing treatment, Lisa continued with her work at Sentara and even completed the requirements for and received her Masters Degree.
Caring for others became an even greater passion for Lisa as she gave birth to her three children; the oldest, her daughter, Michele, followed by her sons Clifford and then Nathan. Lisa’s circle of love expanded further to include her four grandchildren, Brandon, Lauren, Karly and Kendall.
Lisa’s family; her parents, brother, Jim, sister, Carol, but most importantly her three children, mattered most to Lisa. For her children, Lisa was a tenacious protector and devoted cheerleader. Lisa celebrated the joy in each success of her children and she soothed their hurts from each setback. The moments that she spent with her children and grandchildren were priceless. She could often be found on a weekend camping with family in the Blue Ridge Mountains or on the beaches of North Carolina. Lisa always relished the next challenge and the next great adventure, and she lived to share those with her children.
Throughout her life, Lisa enjoyed nothing more than her visits to the Jersey Shore where she would sit for hours talking, eating and napping on the front porch of her parents’ beachfront home. And, it was to the beach house and her parents that Lisa returned to for a brief respite before her final hospitalization.
For sheer joy, a close second to her time at the Jersey Shore were her frequent visits to her sister Carol and her husband, Tom Cairns’, home in the beautiful countryside of western North Carolina. The sisters were very close. From the very first design of the house, Carol and Tom had planned for “Lisa’s Room” – a bedroom which Lisa decorated and where she would always stay when visiting. As the house was being built, Lisa, often joined by her youngest son, Nathan, would spend long weekends with Carol and Tom meticulously painting the interior house trim.
The family has planned a small grave-side celebration for Lisa at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the Neshanic Cemetery, Amwell Road, Hillsborough, NJ. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville, NJ. The family requests that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to either the Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation (www.accrf/org
) or The V Foundation for Cancer Research (www.jimmyv.org
Salvatino “Sal” Barbati died Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at his home in Bridgewater, where he and his wife, Lillian, have lived for over 60 years.
Sal was born in Bound Brook and graduated from Bound Brook High School before enlisting in the U.S. Coast Guard. He served aboard several ships in the South Pacific during World War II, including the SS Sheliak at the Battle of Okinawa.
An animal lover and a loyal fan of the New York Mets, Sal worked at Union Carbide Company, in Piscataway, for over 40 years. He subscribed to the Courier News for decades, and began every day by reading the newspaper.
For over 60 years, Sal attended Immaculate Conception Church, in Somerville, where he served as an usher for many years. He also served for many years as president of the senior citizens Leisure Club at St. Mary of Czestochowa Church, in Bound Brook.
He was predeceased by his sister, Josephine. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lillian (Bracha), by his son, Carl, daughter-in-law, Sally, brothers Felix and Anthony, and sister Theresa.
Visitation is Friday, Aug. 22, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Cusick Funeral Home, in Somerville. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Piscataway.
Virgil V. Chiavetta died August 18 at Arbor Glen in Bridgewater. Mr. Chiavetta was born in So. Jamaica, Queens, New York and resided in Brooklyn for 30 years before moving to Bridgewater in 1952. He began his professional Engineering career with Bakelite, So. Bound Brook and American Cyanamid, Bound Brook, before retiring from Carter-Wallace, Cranbury in 1990.
He served as a Lieutenant in the US Navy Veteran during WW II. A graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology, a member of the American Legion Post 12, Somerville, a former Vice President of the YMCA Bridgewater Swim Club and a communicant and faithful usher for many years at the Immaculate Conception Church, Somerville. His wife, Roseclare Chiavetta died in 1995.
Surviving is his niece, Jeanette Marino of Brooklyn, NY.
Visiting hours from 2-4 & 7-9pm on Wednesday (Today) August 20 at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30am on Thursday, August 21, at the Immaculate Conception Church, 35 Mountain Ave., Somerville.
Interment to follow at the New Cemetery, So. Bridge St., Somerville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to SWIM, Inc., 36 Morristown Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924