Lisa Chilson

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 (

AGE: 89

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.
Age 97

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
Age 83 Bridgewater

Teresa M. Kunzman, a devoted rmember of St. Bernard Church since moving here, died August 11 at home. Mrs. Kunzman was born in Bayonne and resided in Bridgewater for 45 years.

She is survived by her husband Alfred G. Kunzman whom she married in December 26, 1953. Also surviving are her five children, Jeanne Kunzman Rodriques of Huntington Beach, CA., Marlene Kunzman Torres of Dayton, TX., Mary Kunzman and Alfred Jr. Kunzman of Bridgewater and Lorraine Bonsignore of Hampton, her 10 grandchildren, Erin, Daniel, Sarah, Alexander, Nicholas, Gabriella, Amanda, Kieran, Nathaniel and Eva and her 3 great grandchildren Elizabeth, Elaine and Breanne.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10am on Thursday, August 14, at St. Bernard Church, 500 Highway Route 22 (Eastbound Lane), Bridgewater.

Interment to follow at St. Bernard Cemetery, Bridgewater. Visiting hours from 2-4pm and 7-9pm on Wednesday, August 13, at the Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Ave., Somerville.
Age 87
Somerville, NJ

Luther L. Taylor passed away August 2 at the VA Hospital of East Orange.

Born in Ruther Glen, (Caroline County) Virginia, he lived in Somerville for over 50 years.  He was a Navy Veteran of WW II and the Korean War. He was also a retired employee of 30 years for VA Supply Depot and of Mazda Motor Co, Piscataway for 12 years. He did an extensive amount of outstanding  volunteer services for Veteran Affairs, American Legion, VFW, FoodBank Network (20yrs) and for the  entire community.  

He was predeceased by his wife Indaenina "Anna" Taylor, daughter June Wallace and all 10 of his siblings.  Surviving are two daughters, Denise Johnson,  of Somerville, Marie Beverley, of Queens, NY, his son, Luther "Ray" Taylor of Brooklyn, MD, 12 grandchildren and  8 great grandchildren.

Visiting hours from 2-4pm & 7-9pm on Wednesday, August 6, at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville. Funeral Service 10am on Thursday, August 7, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 158 W. High St., Somerville.

Interment to follow at Somerset Hills Memorial Park, Basking Ridge.

Age 78

Erby G. "Bill" Segovia died July 28. A former 31 year resident of Manville before moving to Bridgewater.  He retired in 2000 from the U.S. Postal Service at Newark after 33 yrs and served in the US Marine Corps during the Korean War. 

He was predeceased by his son Michael and siblings Reynaldo Jr., Catalina and Victorio. Surviving are his wife of almost 53 yrs. Mary, a daughter Jaclyn Hartrum (husband Alan), a brother Rudolpho and many nieces and nephews. 

Funeral Services will be private.
Age 97

Evelyn (Harman) Stern died July 26 at Green Knoll Care Center, Bridgewater. Evelyn was the last of ten children of John and Anna (Oscar) Harman to pass away. 

Her predeceased siblings were Charles, John, Catherine, Margaret, Jeanette, Helen, Anna, Erma and Mary. Evelyn was born in Somerville and was a former resident of Dunellen for many years. She retired in 1980 from the quality control department of Whitestone Products, Piscataway. 

Surviving are many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews. Private funeral services will be held.
Age 71
Formerly of Somerville

Christopher R. Adams, 71, passed away on July 14 in St. Francis Hospital in Trenton.  He was a resident of Hamilton Grove Healthcare for many years.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a graveside service at 11am on Friday, July 25, at the New  Cemetery 192 South Bridge St., Somerville.  A repast will be held on Saturday, July 26, at 1:00 PM at his sister's home.

Chris was born in Somerville on July 16, 1942.  He attended four years at American University in Washington, D.C.  He enjoyed watching sports, listening to music and staying current on world events.  He had an incredible memory of the past and present.  His favorite thing was to give a person a nickname. It usually brought a smile to their faces when they would hear the name he chose for them.  Chris always had a big hello for visitors, residents and staff at Hamilton Grove Healthcare Center.

He was predeceased by his parents Wilbur I Adams, Mildred Ehni Adams and his sister Phyllis Adams Kolvites.  Surviving are his sister Alice Adams Bechok and her husband Robert and three nieces, one nephew, two great nieces and two great nephews. Chris had a special bond with his beloved niece Elizabeth.  He always enjoyed hearing about her travels.  When you hear a song from the 1950's think of Chris.
Age 88

Giovanni Donatich died on July 8 at home. He was born in Fianona, Italy and resided in Bridgewater for 19 years. Surviving are his wife, Flora and sons Richard (wife Michele) and James (wife Patricia) and grandchildren Denise (husband Kevin) and Kimberly. 

Visiting hours from 4pm to 8pm on Thursday, July 10, at the Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Ave., Somerville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Noon on Friday, July 11, at the St. Bernard Church, 500 Highway Route 22 (Eastbound Lane), Bridgewater. Entombment to follow at St. Bernard Mausoleum, Bridgewater (Next to Church). 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that a donation be made to the Somerset Health Care Foundation-Steeplechase Cancer Center ( or Somerset Health Care Foundation, 110 Rehill Ave., Somerville, NJ 08876. 

Please make checks payable to Somerset Health Care Foundation and enclose a note, "Memorial Gift" in memory of Giovanni Donatich to Steeplechase Cancer Center.
Age 86

Virginia Young, 86, of Brick, NJ, passed away with her family by her side, on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.
Ginny was a homemaker and an award winning Quilter who loved and cherished her family.
Ginny was the beloved wife of 66 years to the late Laurence F. Young, loving mother to Laurence (wife Louise) and Suzann (husband Robert) Giese and six grandchildren; Christopher (wife Molly), Eric (partner Joe), Brenton (fiancé Linsey), Joel, Jonathan, and Alexandra (fiancé Alexander).
A brief burial service will be at 11 am on Monday, July 7, 2014, at Brigadier General William C Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Provinceline Rd, Wrightstown (Arneytown), NJ.  Arrangements are by Cusick Funeral Home in Somerville, NJ, and may be contacted for assembly details. 

Friends and family are invited to celebrate Ginny’s life from 1-5 pm at a gathering in Brick, NJ, and are encouraged to contact family for specific location.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made online to the Wounded Warrior Project or to Meridian Hospice, 1340A Campus Parkway, Neptune, NJ 07753.

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