Age 66

Brenda G. Strother died November 20 at RWJ University Hospital, New Brunswick. Mrs. Strother was born in New York City, spent her early childhood in Miami, and has been a resident of Branchburg since 1997. She was a project supervisor for Johnson & Johnson, Raritan, since 2007 and was a former supervisor for almost 30 years for AT&T in both Florida and New Jersey. Surviving are her son Ed, his wife, Jennifer, a granddaughter Olivia and siblings Phillip Green and Patricia Wesley. 

Visiting hours will be Monday, November 24, beginning at 4pm and conclude with a Funeral Service at 7:30pm at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville. Memorial donations may be made in Brenda's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept.142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.
Betty Joan Hurley (nee Fjerstad)
Age 91
Formerly of North Plainfield

Betty Hurley died on November 13, at 2:45pm in the year of our Lord 2014.  She passed away quietly in her sleep at the Country Villa in Claremont, California.  She was 91.

Betty was born in Kasson, Minnesota to Sam B. Fjerstad and Clara Fjerstad.  She grew up on a farm with her sisters Louise, Shirley and brother Sam.  She moved to Washington, D.C. at the age of 18 to work and it was there that she met Arthur B. (Pat) Hurley.  They were later married and relocated to Arkansas where Pat was a physical therapist during the war.  During that time their first son Pat was born.  After the war, they relocated to New Jersey where they raised 6 kids; Patrick, Eric, Kevin, Joanne, Timothy and Shawn.  Betty and Pat were always there for their children, always attending sporting events that the kids participated in.  She was predeceased by her loving husband Pat, her daughter Mary, and Grandson Justin.  Betty is survived by her sons Patrick, Eric, Kevin, Timothy and Shawn and her daughter Joanne and 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.  

Visiting will begin at 9am on Monday, November 24, at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11am at St. Joseph Church, Jackson Ave., No. Plainfield. Interment St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia.
Age 83

 Joan M. Fischer died Saturday, November 15, 2014.  
She was born on July 10, 1931 in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada. After graduating from nursing school in Canada, she moved to Sacramento, CA where she was employed as a surgical nurse.  She lived most of her life in Somerville, NJ where she raised three children. 

 Mrs Fischer was an avid reader, a skilled bird watcher and took joy in  mastering the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle.  She was also a snow bird enjoying winters in Marco Island, Florida.  She was a volunteer with the American Cancer Society for many years.  

She is survived by two sons, Jeffrey and his wife, Carol of Clinton, NJ, Brian Fischer of Hillsborough, NJ and a daughter Cindy Fischer of Phoenix, AZ; proud grandmother of four cherished grandsons, Colin, Michael, Corey and Steven; a very dear sister-in-law, Terry Sheppard of Canada; sisters-in-law, Polly Reilly, Dolores Fischer and brother-in-law Ralph and his wife Evelyn Fischer and many nieces and nephews in both the United States and Canada.  

Friends may call from 2 to 5pm at Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville, NJ, on Wednesday, November 19.   A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated, Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 9:30am at the Immaculate Conception Church, Somerville.  Entombment of her ashes will take place 11:30am on Saturday, November 22, 2014, in St. Bernard's Mausoleum, Bridgewater, NJ.  

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The American Cancer Society.
Age 76

Sandra Ann Conkling died October 31 at Hunterdon Care Center. She was born in Hackensack and resided in Bridgewater for 45 years. 

Sandra worked at Somerset Medical Center, Somerville, for 15 years in their Central Services Division. Her sister Valerie Calkins predeceased her.  A member of St. Bernard Church, Bridgewater, she is survived by her siblings Nancy Conkling and Richard Conkling, 8 nieces and nephews, 23 grand nieces and nephews and 15 great nieces and nephews. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10am of Wednesday, November 5, at St. Bernard Church, Bridgewater. Visiting hours from 2-4pm & 7-9pm on Tuesday, November 4, at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville.
Age 85

Walter E. Hulsen, Sr, 85 of Bridgewater, NJ passed away peacefully after a long illness on October 28 at Foothill Acres Nursing Home, Hillsborough, NJ.

Visitation will be from 2PM to 5PM on Sunday, November 2nd, at Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Avenue, Somerville, NJ.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30AM on Monday, November 3 at Immaculate Conception Church, 35 Mountain Avenue, Somerville, NJ.  Interment to follow at St. Bernard Cemetery, Route 28, Bridgewater, NJ.

Walter, “Sonny”, was born March 16, 1929 in Newark, NJ and lived in Hillside and Union, NJ before moving to Bridgewater forty-two years ago to raise his family.  Walter was an avid railfan.  He shared his fondness and encyclopedic knowledge of railroading with friends and family and was proud of the fact that he had traveled the entire continental US by train.  Walter was a talented craftsman, creating a remarkable model railroad in his basement and possessed the ability to repair nearly anything.

Walter, a first generation American, celebrated his German heritage and loved listening to polka music.  He was proud to serve his country during the Korean War, earning the rank of corporal while receiving the Meritorious Service Award.  Walter was an electrician for the Lehigh Valley Railroad for twenty years -- a job he would often reminisce about.  He then worked for the former Ciba-Geigy Corporation of Summit, NJ for over twenty-seven years, eventually becoming Supervisor of Maintenance, before retiring in 1993.

Walter was preceded in death by his dear brother, Joseph.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 43 years, Ellen, his daughter Ingrid Knowlton and her husband Troy, his son Walter Jr, and his wife Kate, grandchildren, Max & Sam Knowlton and Sarah Hulsen, Sister-in-law, Carol Hulsen, nephew, Eric Hulsen and wife Patti, niece, Kris and husband Michael, many beloved cousins and great nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Adult Day Care Center of Somerset County, 872 East Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.
Age 62

Daniel "Danny" L. O'Connor Jr. died October 26 at RWJ at Somerset in Somerville. Danny was born in Plainfield and has been a resident of Branchburg since 1991. He was President of Dan O'Connor Associates, a company he founded in 1976. A graduate of Union County College although he affectionately called his Alma Mater UCLA (Union College Late Afternoon). 

Danny may have been in sales his whole life but what he sold to anyone who knew him for years or just in passing was a true sense of caring and friendship. This Irishman left us too early but his memory will last our lifetime. 

His daughter Caitlyn predeceased him in 2012. Surviving are his wife Alycia and his siblings Fred and Jacqueline Mowat, several nieces, nephews and dear friends. 

A Memorial Service will be held at Noon on Saturday, November 1, at the Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Ave., Somerville preceded by visiting at 11am at the funeral home. After the Service, family, friends and neighbors will have an opportunity to share stories and memories of Danny.  

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Danny's memory to Wounded Warriors, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or SHIP, 87 E. High St., Somerville, NJ 08876.
Age 85

Joseph A. Cucchiaro, husband of the late Wilma Cucchiaro, died October 26 at home with his sons and daughter at his side. Mr. Cucchiaro was born in New York City and has been a resident of Flemington since 1996. He retired as the manager of the General Services Administration Depot (GSA), South Somerville, now Hillsborough. He served as a Staff Sergeant in the US Air Force, stationed in Japan, during the Korean War, a member of the Somerset County 200 Club and a former Volunteer Fireman for Engine Co. #1 in Somerville. 

"Joe Cucch" as he was known at the Somerville Elks was a Life Member having served as a Trustee and a much deserving Elk of the Year for his tireless work and dedication to the Lodge and especially the Somerset Handicapped Children's Treatment Center. 

Surviving are his sons Joseph P. and wife Barbara of Flemington, Douglas P. of Flemington and his daughter Cynthia L. Manoni and her husband Thomas of Springboro,OH., his grandchildren Robert, Joey, Lisa, Megan (husband Matt), Morgan and Mallory and great-grandson Parker and his siblings Jean Pieros, Lorraine Brown and Philip Cuchiaro. 

After a Family Service on Thursday, October 30, at Somerset Hills Memorial Park, Basking Ridge, an invitation is extended by his family to all of his friends, colleagues and brother Elks to a Celebration of His Life and Shared Memories  at Noon, on Thursday, October 30, at the Somerville Elks Lodge #1068, 375 Union Ave., Bridgewater. 

Memorial donations may be made in Joe's memory to the Somerset Handicapped Children's Treatment Center, 377 Union Ave., PO Box 6824, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.
Age 98

Muriel Janette Arnault died October 25. She was born on November 3, 1915 in Pyrites, NY to William and Emma (McDonald) Arnault. Muriel retired from RCA, Harrison, NJ in 1960. 

At the age of 16, she moved to Newark to live with her brother, Joseph and his wife, until a heart attack and stroke, precipitated her move to Bridgewater to live with her niece Mary Arnault. Muriel was predeceased by her siblings Joseph, Ronald, John, William and Violet. Surviving are a sister Rhea of Rochester, NY and many nieces and nephews throughout the United States. She was a sweet loving woman who will be missed by her family and everyone who knew her.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10am on Wednesday, October 29, at the Blessed Sacrament Church, Washington Valley Rd., Martinsville.
Age 85

Joseph H. Kinter, husband and father of the late Gina and Carl Kinter, died October 20 at RWJ at Somerset. Mr. Kinter was born in Enola. PA. and resided in Manville since 1998. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War. His brother Richard Nieneck predeceased him. Surviving are his son, Marc J. Kinter and his daughter, Janice Martino and 3 grandchildren. 

A Memorial Service will be held at 3pm on Saturday, October 25, at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville, preceded by visitation at 2pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Children's Specialized Hospital, 150 New Providence Rd., Mountainside, NJ 07092 or the American Diabetes Assoc., PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312
Age 90

Anthony J.Gugliotta, Sr., 90, died peacefully in his home on Sunday (Oct. 19, 2014). Born in New York, NY, he lived in Bridgewater since 1963. He was a devoted husband and father, loved photography, radios and electronics, 1940's Big Bands and Sunday family dinners. Mr. Gugliotta was a WW II Veteran, who served in the Army Signal Corp in Okinawa.

He is survived by his children, Teresa A. Morelli, Joseph L. Gugliotta MD, Louis A. Gugliotta, Laura M. Gugliotta and Anthony J. Gugliotta, Jr. He was predeceased by his wife and sweetheart of 59 years, Laura.

Funeral services will be 10 AM on Friday, October 24, at the Cusick Funeral Home in Somerville. Entombment  St. Bernard Mausoleum, Highway 28, Bridgewater. Visiting hours are from 6 to 9 PM on Thursday, October 23, at the funeral home.

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