Myrtle Button
Age 86
Formerly of Bridgewater

Myrtle Button, wife and mother of the late William Button,(sons) Glen, Frank and Philip, died September 26. 

Mrs. Button was born in Deposit, NY and was a resident of the Bradley Gardens section of Bridgewater for over 25 years. She retired from the Warren Hills School District as a secretary in their Guidance Department. A faithful member of St. Ann Church in Hampton and a former member of Holy Trinity Church in Bridgewater, Mrs. Button is survived by her children William, Richard, Fred, Mary Spiller, Robert, Larry and Pauline Levine, 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30am on Wednesday, October 1, at the Immaculate Conception Church, Somerville. Interment to follow at St. Bernard Cemetery, Bridgewater. 

Visiting hours from 5pm-8pm on Tuesday, September 30, at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville
Age 59
Formerly of Raritan

Thomas Pinarchick (1955-2014) of Montague, NJ passed away on September 15. Tom lived in Raritan and attended Bridgewater-Raritan HS.

He was pre-deceased by his parents, Helen (Zabawa) Pinarchick & Joseph Pinarchick. Surviving is a brother,
Joe Pinarchick, of Centennial, CO. Visitation will be at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville on Tuesday, September 30, from 10am till Noon, followed by burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Manville.

Age 89

William George Rudy died peaceably on Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Bridgeway Care Center in Bridgewater, NJ.
Born in February, 1925, in the Heights section of Wilkes Barre, Pa, to Caroline (Shaffer) and George Emmanuel Rudy, he attended local schools and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. Bill enlisted in the USAF in WWII and served in North Africa, China, India, Rome and Arno in the CBI Companies. Stateside, he married the love of his life, Martha (Pat) (Mihalick) in 1947. She predeceased him in 2012 after 65 years together.  

Bill worked for American Cyanamid Corp. for 39 years before an active retirement with Pat. Together, they visited most of the continental US and Alaska, while residing in Manville, NJ.

Bill Rudy was a dedicated hunter, an avid fisherman, who, in his later years pursued and caught 
many muskellunge, some trophy size. Bill was also a lifelong master gardener and a student of every living thing.

Bill was preceded in death by his only brother, Carl J.. Surviving are his son, Philip, and his lifemate, Deborah Owens, Mountaintop, PA. and his daughter, Carolyn Rogus and her husband, Thomas, Manville, NJ, three grandchildren Eric, Jeanette and Christine as well as five beloved great grandchildren, William, Sydney, Jillian, Riley and Reagan.

A private ceremony will be observed by the family. His request for cremation will be honored.

Bill's favorite poem, by Patrick O'Leary: "Nobody Knows It But Me: There's a place I travel when I want to roam/ And nobody knows it but me./ The roads don't go there and the signs say stay home/ And nobody knows it but me./ It's far, far away and way, way afar./ It's over the moon and the sea./ And wherever you're going that's wherever you are/ And nobody knows it but me." 

God bless you, Dad.
Age 81

Kathleen Hudak, wife of the late John P. Hudak, died September 20 at home. Mrs. Hudak was born in Pottsville, PA and resided in Somerville since 1960. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville and a faithful participant in their Prayer Group. 
A former Cub and Boy Scout den mother in Somerville, PTA President and years ago was a coordinator for the Courier News paperboy deliveries. 

Surviving are her children John Hudak, wife Marie, Theresa Carman, Diana Nicaretta, husband John, Peter Hudak, Rosemary Raffo, husband Robert, Sandra Wyckoff, husband Michael, Maureen, Barbara and Andrew Hudak, Joseph Hudak, wife Michele and Michael Hudak, wife Debra, a sister Nora Fogarty and 14 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11am on Wednesday, September 24. at the Immaculate Conception Church, Somerville. Interment to follow at church cemetery. 

Visiting hours from 3-5pm and 7-9pm on Tuesday, September 23, at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Kathleen's memory to the Immaculate Conception Church, 35 Mountain Ave., Somerville, NJ 08876.
Age 65

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.)
Age 81

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.
Age 87

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
Age 84

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.
Age 83
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.
Age 48

Maria 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  


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