Beverly a. Bakunas died October 9 at home. She was born in Elizabeth and resided in Branchburg since 1970. Beverly was the President of the Parkway Pilots and was a lifelong car enthusiast and motorhead, known throughout the classic car world. Classic car shows and cruise nights were a family affair with Beverly, who extended her feelings of these encounters to her grandson Ryan.
Surviving are her husband Glenn, his sons Bryan and Kevin and Kevin's wife Katy, her brothers Pat and John Nalberczinski and John's wife Virginia and her grandson Ryan.
Visiting hours from 5pm to 8pm on Wednesday, October 14, at the Cusick Funeral Home, somerville
William "Billy" Jones passed away on September 29. He was born in Somerville and a life long resident. Surviving are his sisters Mildred Henry and Lillian Dalambert and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. A Funeral Service will be held 11am on Monday, October 12, at Paul Baptist Church, 85 Hamilton St., Somerville. Interment to follow at the New Cemetery, Somerville
Edward G. Zwickle died October 6 at Hunterdon Medical Center. He was born in Somerville and lived there most of his life before moving to Flemington 9 years ago. Ed was employed for Thuls Auto Parts for over 30 years at various locations in Somerset County and was an Army Veteran serving from 1959 until honorably discharged in 1962.
Surviving are his siblings Thomas Zwickle and Lillian Ibach, a niece Kelli and a nephew Thomas and 2 great nieces and 1 great nephew. Funeral Services are private.
Charles “Charlie” Ludlow died peacefully at his home in Bridgewater NJ on October 2nd at the age of eighty.
Charlie is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marie and their four sons: Robert Ludlow of South Hadley MA; Thomas Ludlow and wife Patricia Kemper of Garnet Valley PA; William Ludlow and wife Leslie Ludlow of Basking Ridge NJ; and David Ludlow and wife Janet Ludlow of Ellicott City MD; their thirteen grandchildren; his sister Eileen Collins and husband Donald Collins of Lady Lake FL; and their many nieces, nephews and other family members.
Charlie was born to Arthur and Anna Ludlow and grew up in Brooklyn NY. He served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956 and attended college on the GI Bill. He graduated from St. Francis College in Brooklyn NY in 1958 with a degree in Accounting and received his MBA from St. Johns University in 1966. Charlie began his career as an accountant for the Coca-Cola Company and then relocated to Allentown PA in 1966 where he worked for Mack Trucks. He moved to Bridgewater NJ in 1976 when he was promoted to Controller of the Parts Division for Mack.
Charlie was an accomplished financial executive and a generous man who also worked as an adjunct professor of accounting at both Rutgers University and Raritan Valley Community College. He belonged to St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a faithful husband, loving father and grandfather who enjoyed traveling and being with his family.
Visiting hours from 2 to 4PM and 7 to 9PM on Tuesday October 6th at the Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Avenue, Somerville NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated10AM on Wednesday October 7th at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Bridgewater NJ. Interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Wescoesville, PA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American diabetes association, 1701 No. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311
Neshanic Station NJ & Bristol PA
Mark A. Cifelli, 43, passed away on Monday, September 21, 2015, at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia PA.
Mark was born on June 30, 1972, in Somerville NJ, grew up in Neshanic Station NJ, and graduated from Hillsborough High School in 1990. Mark recently relocated to Bristol PA where he worked as a landscaper and crew leader for D.K.C. Companies in Langhorne PA.
As an adolescent Mark actively participated in the Somerset County 4-H program alongside his sister and brother. Mark was an avid Chicago Bears, New York Yankees and NASCAR fan and enjoyed playing basketball, football, wiffle ball, camping, fishing, swimming, spending time with his family, especially with his niece & nephew, and his friends.
He was exceedingly dedicated and proud of his 10+ years of service as a volunteer firefighter with the Neshanic Station Fire Company and most recently of his service for the Bristol Fire Company Station 51 in Bristol PA.
Mark is preceded in death by his mother, Elaine M. Cifelli. Surviving are his father Joseph A. Cifelli; his sister Sue Ann Midura and brother Matthew J. Cifelli; his brother-n-law Donald Midura, his nephew Robert Midura and niece & God-child Katelin Midura and numerous cousins.
Mark was taken too soon from this earth and will be sadly missed, but never forgotten; he was an honorable, gentle, kindhearted son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend to so many.
Visiting hours on Saturday, October 3, beginning at 1pm, followed by a Firemens's Final Salute for a fellow firefighter at 3pm and concluding with a Memorial Service at 4pm. Visiting, Firemen's Salute and Memorial Service all to be held at the Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Ave, Somerville NJ.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Mark's memory to Neshanic Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 633, Neshanic Station NJ 08853 or Bristol Fire Company Station 51, PO Box 123 Bristol PA 19007.
Theodore "Teddy" Sadowski passed away peacefully on September 24. Mr. Sadowski was a life long resident of Somerville. He retired from John-Manville after many years and then worked for 10 years as a custodian at Van Derveer School in Somerville where he was known to students as "Mr.Ted". A Navy Veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Sadowski served aboard the USS THE SULLIVANS (DD-537). He was a member of American Legion Post 12, the Quarter Century Club of JM and the Bound Brook Homing Pigeon Club. Ted and his late brother John were known in Somerville as an experts in racing and homing pigeons, a pastime they both so much enjoyed. His siblings Michael, John, Joseph, Genevieve Sponaes, Helen Sadowski, Sophie Grigoletti and Ann Sadowski predeceased him. Survivng are two brothers Chester and Benjamin Sadowski and many nieces, nephews, grand and great nieces and nephews. Visiting hours from 2pm-5pm on Sunday, September 27, at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville. Funeral Service 10am on Monday, September 28, at the funeral home followed by an interment at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Manville.
Colleen Soriano Jijak, age 46, of Branchburg, New Jersey, passed away on Sunday, September 20, 2015, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the beloved wife of Paul Jijak and caring mother of Maximillian.
Colleen was born in Davao City, Philippines. She was the daughter of Rolando and Aida (Yasay) Soriano. Colleen worked at Bed Bath & Beyond where she met her husband. Besides her husband, Paul, her parents, Rolando and Aida, her son, Maximillian, Colleen leaves her sister and brother-in-law, Orel and Lu Bautista, and brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Lanlen Soriano. Colleen also leaves behind her beloved niece and nephew, Isabella and Noah, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.
Since Colleen and her husband had their son, she devoted her life as a full-time wife and mother and part-time gym enthusiast and runner. She also cherished spending summer vacations at beach towns with her husband and son. Always known for her smile and laughter, many were drawn to become friends with Colleen wherever she graced her presence, from college, to work, to her son's school and even to her local gym.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 9:30am in Immaculate Conception Church, Somerville, NJ.
Visitation will be on Thursday, September 24th and Friday, September 25th, from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at the Cusick Funeral Home in Somerville. Interment to follow at St. Bernard Cemetery, Bridgewater.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family to establish a fund for Maximillian's education which is very important to Colleen and may be sent to 106 Hill Top Lane, Neshanic Station, NJ 08853.
Lester Pittenger, husband of the late Irene (Miesowitz) Pittenger, died September 14. Mr. Pittenger was born in Pattenburg to Frank and Lizzie (Cochran) Pittenger in 1918 and has resided in Bridgewater since 1939. He retired in 1981 after 40 years with American Cyanamid as a maintenance mechanic. An Army Veteran of WW II, Mr. Pittenger served as a Sergeant during campaigns in Central Europe. Surviving are his daughter Janet Bondira, his son Lester Pittenger Jr., a granddaughter Catharine Jones and a great grandson Arley. Visitation will begin 10am on Friday, September 18, at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville and conclude with a Prayer at 11am followed by an interment at Union Cemetery at Grandin in Pittstown.
Beth Ann Kline, a life long resident of Somerville, died September 8. She is survived by her sons Thomas and Gary Kline and her nephews Mark McGill, Eugene Kline and Michael Johnson.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1pm on Saturday, September 19, at St. Thomas AME Zion Church, Davenport St., Somerville.
James A. Galasso died September 7 at RWJ at Somerset. He was born in Somerville and lived in Hillsborough before moving back to Somerville. Jim was a bus driver for Cassidy Transport in Chester. His hobbies included fishing and auto mechanics. His mother, Maryanne Galasso predeceased him.
Surviving are his father Robert Sr, his siblings Robert Jr. (Lisa), Brian (Lynn), Thomas (Rita) and Rosemarie McKay (Larry).
Visiting hours from 6pm-9pm on Thursday, September 10, at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:30am on Friday, September 11, at the Immaculate Conception Church, Somerville.