William J. Fitzgerald
William J. Fitzgerald, age 92, passed away on Wednesday, January 21, at his home in Leisure Park in Lakewood, NJ.
He was born in Johnsonburg, PA was raised in Elizabeth, NJ, and resided over the years in Union and Mountainside before moving to Bridgewater, NJ.
Bill served proudly in the US Navy during WWII as a Machinist's Mate Third Class aboard the destroyer USS Forrest.
He was an active parishioner in St. Michael's Catholic Church in Union, NJ and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Mountainside, NJ. He was also a lifelong member of the Holy Name Society, and served as Chapter Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Mountainside.
Before his retirement in 1985, Bill worked as a union carpenter and millwright for 42 years. He shared his considerable expertise in carpentry with friends and family members alike.
He is predeceased by his first wife, Ellen Marie Fitzgerald (née Higgins), and his son William J. Fitzgerald, Jr.
Bill leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife Shirleyan Fitzgerald, and her children: Alan Rhodes, Patricia Della Salla, Nancy Palladino, Ken Rhodes, Linda Burkhardt, Larry Rhodes and Jackie Vannozzi, 20 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Bill also leaves his beloved daughter, Peg Pendergast, her husband, John, his two grandchildren, Kate and John Jr., wife Laura and his great grandson, Shawn.
Visitation will begin on Saturday, January 24 at 9AM at the Cusick Funeral Home 80 Mountain Avenue, Somerville, NJ concluding with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10AM, at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church, 500 US Route 22 East, Bridgewater, NJ. Interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, E. Hanover
Charles "Chuck" Studdiford III died January 19 at RWJ University Hospital, New Brunswick. He was born in Somerville and resided in Branchburg for 22 years. Mr. Studdiford retired as a Vice President of the Bernardsville branch of Peapack Gladstone Bank.
Surviving are his wife Sandy, his son Michael (wife KC) and grandson Macon, his siblings Mary E., James and John Studdiford and his dear Aunt Doris Loughlin.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30am on Friday, January 23, at the Immaculate Conception Church, Somerville. Visiting hours from 2-4pm and 7-9pm on Thursday, January 22, at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville.
Formerly of Somerville
Marion Kathryn Ballentine Norton could trace her roots in Somerville, NJ, back to 1702. With these roots came her membership in the Somerville History Club which was established in 1902. Marion’s membership ended in 2002 with her move out of the county. In the SHC membership book you could find her favorite and often used saying “the first hundred years are the hardest.”
A 1938 graduate of Somerville High School Marion went on to get her R.N. from St. Barnabas School of Nursing in Newark, NJ, in 1942. When she retired in 1987 as the director of the Somerset County Tuberculosis Control Center there were “zero” active cases in the county. We can all remember the “tine” tests we took in the 1960’s and the prevalence of TB in our society at the time. Zero active cases was quite an accomplishment. In 2002 Marion moved to Seabrook Village in Tinton Falls and loved it until the day she died.
Marion was predeceased by her parents, Arthur and Kathryn Ballentine and her husband, James Joseph Norton. She is survived by her son, James, and his wife, Chrystal, daughter, Kathleen Curtis, and her husband, Ken, two grandchildren, Amy Husken and her husband, Paul, and Tim Curtis and his wife, Diane, four granddaughters, Emily, Julia and Hayley Husken and Christina Curtis. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30am on Tuesday, January 20, at the Immaculate Conception Church, Somerville. Interment to follow at church cemetery. Visitation will begin 8am before Mass on Tuesday at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville. In lieu of flowers please send a contribution to the charity of your choice.
Paul R. Wildgen entered eternal life on Friday, January 9, 2015, at the age of 99. Paul was born in Somerville, NJ, on December 25, 1915 to Paul C. and Theresa V. Wildgen. He was a lifelong resident of Somerville and Bridgewater. Paul graduated from Somerville High School in 1933 and Newark College of Engineering in 1938. He began his career with Union Carbide Corporation in 1940 as an electrical engineer and rose through the ranks, retiring in 1978.
He was an avid golfer at Raritan Valley Country Club and a master woodworker in his spare time. He enjoyed traveling the country in his motor home and his favorite spot was close to home in Kutztown, PA. But he will be most remembered for his vivid story telling about growing up on Davenport Street in Somerville.
Paul was predeceased by his son, Robert C. Wildgen who died in 1950, his first wife, Loretta Partyka Wildgen who died in 1959, his daughter Andrea Stone in 2002, and his second wife, Barbara Stone Wildgen in 2005.
Surviving are his children Paul and his wife Pat, Thomas and his wife Pat, Dana Boenzi and her husband Vince, Mark and his wife Jan, Mary Butler and her husband Bill, Elaine Solloway and her husband Jim, and Clare Altonji and her husband Greg. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be on Sunday, January 11, 2015 from 2pm - 5pm at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, January 12, 2015, at 9:30 at Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville, NJ. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Somerville, NJ.
Shirley M. Knoble (nee Pfeiffer), 84, passed away on Monday, December 29, 2014. Beloved wife to her husband of more than 62 years, John (“Jack”) Knoble, she was a strong and loving mother to their four children, Gail (Strelko), Lynn (deceased), John (“Larry”), and Janet (Hutton). Her family, including sons and daughters in law, six grandchildren and great grandson will all deeply miss our warm and fun-loving “Nana”.
A resident of Bridgewater for 47 years, Shirley previously resided with Jack in Plainfield and Scotch Plains, NJ. She spent her earlier years primarily in Alpha and Philipsburg, NJ.
Through the years, Shirley participated in various women’s clubs and fundraisers, enjoyed playing bridge and tennis with her friends, and was an avid reader. She filled her home with warmth and music and sang solos in church choirs. Her zest for life and welcoming disposition not only made an unforgettable impression on friends and family, but invited strangers to approach her and share their life stories. Shirley went out of her way to care for others. She enjoyed life and enriched the lives of those she touched. She will be dearly missed.
Visiting hours will be from 3-5 pm
and 7-9 pm on Friday, January 2nd, 2015
at Cusick Funeral Home in Somerville, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am on Saturday, January 3rd
, at St. Philip & St. James Church in Phillipsburg, NJ. Interment to follow at church cemetery in Phillipsburg.
Formerly of Bridgewater
Leona K. Anderson, wife of the late Jack Anderson Sr., died December 24 in Raleigh, NC. Mrs.Anderson was born in Brooklyn, NY and resided in Bridgewater for over 40 years before moving to Raleigh recently. Surviving are her children Carole Wurfel (Bill), Alinda Lambert (Terry) and Jack Anderson Jr. (Donna), 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.She was predeceased by her granddaughter Stacy and her siblings Marjorie and Dorothy and her dear companion for many years, Joseph D'Angelo.
Visiting hoursfrom 5pm to 8pm on Thursday, January 1
(New Years Day) at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville. Funeral Service 11am on Friday, January 2
, at the funeral home. Interment to follow at Franklin Memorial Park, North Brunswick. Memorial donations may be made in Leona's memory to the ASPCA.
Edna Lucia Allena passed away at home Tuesday December 23 2014 following a short illness
wrapped in the love of her family, which will miss "Gram" terribly.
Edna was born in Somerville to Elma and John Rosania. She was the oldest of 11 children. She
was a 1941 graduate of Somerville High School, where she met and later married Andy. They
celebrated 55 years of marriage while raising 6 sons.
Along with devoting her time to her family, Edna also contributed to her community. She was a
Red Cross worker during World War II, a volunteer at Immaculate Conception School, and a
member of the Rosary Altar Society.
Edna served on the Somerville Borough Council from 1976 thru 1981 and was the first female
president of the council. As a member of the council, she helped initiate the revitalization project,
senior housing and served as police commissioner. She also served one term on the Board of
Edna enjoyed traveling with Andy, especially Super Bowls, and in later years their winter home
in Sarasota Florida. She was an extraordinary baker, her specialty nut and poppy seed cake at
Christmas time was always a hit. She was devoted to her family, church and town.
Edna was predeceased by her son Andy Jr. and husband Andy Sr. She is survived by her 5 sons
David of Somerville, Thomas of Santa Fe, NM, Peter (Kathleen) of Somerville, Chris of Somerville,
and Paul (Marilyn) of Easton, Pa. She is also survived by grandchildren Ian (Taryn), Eric (Tammy),
Rebecca (Victor II), Kristyn (Edy), Karen, Ashley, Isabella, and Evan; great-grandchildren: Tres, Tyler,
Casey, Adrianna, Elle, Andrew, and Cody; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great nephews.
Also surviving is her beloved sister Marie Bernabe, and brothers John,Stanley, Bernie, and James Rosania, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister Ethel and brothers Richard, Ronald, Dale, and Michael Rosania.
Visiting hours are 2-4 and 7-9 Sunday December 28, at Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Ave.,
Somerville, NJ. Following a service at the funeral home Monday, a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 at
Immaculate Conception Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Kidney
Foundation or the American Diabetes Association.
Louise C. Capozzi (nee DeMuzio), 94, of Bridgewater, NJ, passed away on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Visiting is on Friday, December 26, 2014 at Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Avenue, Somerville,NJ from 5 to 7 PM (908-725-4100). Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial to be offered on Saturday, December 27, 2014, at 9:30 AM at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 35 Mountain Avenue, Somerville, NJ, followed by Entombment at Hollywood Memorial Park, Union NJ.
Louise was born in Castelluccio di Sauri, Italy, came to the US at age 3 and was raised and spent much of her married life in Newark NJ. She later moved to Shavertown PA, then to Bridgewater, NJ and then to Toms River. She retired from All-State Legal Supply, Springfield NJ, and previously worked for Lionel Corporation in Irvington/Hillside, NJ. Louise was predeceased by her parents, Luigi and Paolina (nee Ramella) DeMuzio, her sister, Rose (Di Martino), her brother, Luigi, her husband, Rudolph V. and herdaughter, Camille (McDermott). She is survived by her sisters, Anna (Greco) and Florence (Cotugno), of Bridgewater, NJ; by her grandsons, Patrick and Michael McDermott, of Wilkes-Barre, PA and Shavertown,PA, respectively; and by several great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was a longtime devoted member of the St. Gerard Ladies’ Guild of St. Lucy’s Church/National Shrine of St Gerard, Newark, NJ.
Louise will always be remembered for her love of dancing and music. In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to Louise’s remembrance to St. Lucy’s Church (19-26 Ruggiero Plaza, Newark NJ 07104) or to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105).
Mary C. (Gerhardt) Churchill, wife of the late Charles E. Churchill Sr., died December 21 at the Eastern Star Home in Bridgewater. Mrs. Churchill was born in Newark and resided there most of her life before moving to Somerville in 1992. She was a former hospital aide for Irvington General Hospital and a member of the United Reformed Church in Somerville.
Surviving are her son Charles E. Churchill Jr. and his wife Carolyn of Bridgewater, grandsons Charles E.III and Peter Churchill, great grandchildren Francis, Elizabeth and Matthew, niece Carol Behler and nephews Ted Huck and Fred Gerhardt. Funeral Service will held at 10:30am on Wednesday, December 24, at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville. preceded by visitation beginning at 9:30am at the funeral home. Interment to follow at St. Bernard Cemetery, Bridgewater.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Eastern Star Home, 111 Finderne Ave., Bridgewater,NJ 08807
Margaret Carmella (Bruno) Vicari, 93, died December 16, 2014 at the Chelsea Assisted Living facility in Bridgewater, NJ. She was a former resident of Demarest, New Jersey where she was a member of the Alter Rosary Society of Saint Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church. Margaret retired from Hoke Inc. of Cresskill, NJ. Margaret was a former professional dancer, who performed with Doris Day at the 1939 World’s Fair. She was born in S. Mauro Forte, Italy in 1920. She is survived by Valentine, her loving husband of 69 years, son Alan and his wife Mary. She is also survived by her Sister Jean Mignone, and brother Leonard Bruno and his wife Mary. Margaret is predeceased by her sister, Connie Ricuitti. Sheis also survived by her nephews, Edward Ricuitti Jr. and wife Mary, Anthony Bruno, Rocco Bruno and Thomas Bruno and nieces, Christine Metzger and her husband William, Lucille McLaud and her husband Mark as well as many great-nieces and great-nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am on Monday, December22, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville, NJ. Interment to follow at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00pm to 5:00pm on Sunday, December 21, at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville, NJ.