Pastor Emeritus of Immaculate Conception Church, Somerville
Reverend Monsignor John Nevin Kennedy, former Pastor and currently Pastor Emeritus of Immaculate Conception Church, Somerville, entered into eternal rest on Saturday June 27,2015.
He was the son of the late John and Marie Kennedy. He was preceded in death by his sister, Marie Adele Kennedy and sister in law, Elizabeth "Pete" Kennedy.
He is survived by his sister, Carol Dawe of Savannah,GA, brother Paul B. Kennedy of Camp Hill, PA, eight nieces and nephews: Kim Kennedy-Navarro, Peter N. Dawe, John N. Kennedy, Terri Dawe, Paul Kennedy, Laura Dawe-Wiley, Joseph Dawe and Michele Kennedy Bartolucci. Along with 14 Great nieces and nephews. His family fondly remembers many times when he served mass in their homes allowing all to be active participants in the celebration of Jesus.
He was ordained as a priest in 1958 at St. Anthony Church, Trenton, NJ. His first assignment as a priest was as an Associate Pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville, NJ. He went on to serve the Dioceses of Metuchen and Trenton, as Associate Pastor at the parishes of Holy Spirit, Perth Amboy; St. Raphael, Trenton; Star of the Sea, Long Branch and then Pastor at the parishes of St. Mathias, Somerset; Blessed Sacrament, Martinsville; and then In 1985 to Immaculate Conception Church as Pastor until his retirement in 2002.
In 1996, he was named a Prelate of Honor, with the title of Reverend Monsignor, by Pope John Paul II.
He had a keen focus on children whom he saw as the future of the church and was a strong supporter of the Catholic Youth Organization.
He was very involved in the Right to Life Movement so much so that he established Great Expectations, a home for unwed mothers.
Msgr Kennedy was very instrumental in having people of all religious faiths unite on various community causes.After celebrating mass on Sundays, he could be found watching golf and his favorite football team, The Philadelphia Eagles.
He had a great devotion to the Blessed Mother and credited her intercession as being responsible for his vocation to the priesthood.
Reflecting on the sacramental life of a priest, Msgr. Kennedy explained the nature of his vocation, "There is one reason I am a priest, and that is to change bread and wine into Jesus Christ". Throughout his 50 years of service to the Lord and the Church Community, he touched many lives.
Visiting hours from 3:30pm to 7pm on Wednesday, July 1, at the Immaculate Conception Church, 35 Mountain Ave., Somerville and conclude with a Mass of Commemoration on Wednesday evening at 7:30pm.
Visitation will also occur from 9:30am to 10:30am on Thursday, July 2, and conclude with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11am at the church. Interment to follow at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Union Ave., (Route 28), Somerville.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Center for Great Expectations, 19B Dellwood Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873.
Age 84Formerly of Bridgewwater
Dr. John H. O'Connor, Jr., of Bridgewater, NJ, passed away on June 21st, 2015 at Long Island State Veteran's Home in Stony Brook, NY.
He was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts on January 16, 1931. He was 84 years old.
John served in the Army and was honorably discharged before going on to receive his doctorate degree in General Dentistry, from the University of Indiana. He later moved to Bridgewater, NJ with his beloved wife June, who predeceased him in 1998, where he established his dental practice. He remained there for 46 years, practicing dentistry for 38 of those years, before moving to Stony Brook, NY in 2013.
John is survived by his children Holly (O'Connor) Hricko and her husband John, of Nicholson, Pa., his son Dr. John H. O'Connor, III and his wife Debra, of Clinton Twsp.,NJ
his wife of 13 years Margaret (Hayes) O'Connor, and his loving grandchildren, Michael, Patrick, Jack, Ryan, Kayla and Cole.
Visting hours will be held at Cusick Funeral Home in Somerville, NJ on Friday, June 26, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00pm and again on Saturday, June 27 from 9:30 to 10:30am.
A Funeral Service will begin at 10:30am at the funeral home followed by burial at Bound Brook Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Matheny Medical and Educational Center, 65 Highland Ave. Peapack, NJ, where John's grandson Ryan is a student.
Formerly of Somerville
Judy F. Vogt, 78, of Whiting, passed away peacefully on June 21, 2015 at her son’s home surrounded by her family.
She was predeceased by her parents Leo and Anna Masterson, and by her sisters Ann, Lorraine, Jean, and Sally. She is survived by her sons John (Julie Doran) Vogt and Kurt (Lisa) Vogt, and her daughter Kirsten (Brian) Rose. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren: Jake, Brendan and Allison Vogt, and Matt and Meredith Rose. Many nieces and nephews, and grand-nieces and nephews, also brought joy to her life and travels.
Judy earned a B.A. in English Literature from University of Missouri at Columbia in 1959. She made New Jersey her home in 1972, enjoying raising her family in Somerville and then loving retirement in Whiting. From 1972-1984 she rose through the ranks at the Somerset Trust Company in Somerville to be the Director of Human Resources. Later she worked for Carter-Wallace in New Brunswick from where she retired, leaving the working life behind but going forward with lifelong friends (including her “Auntie Em”). Judy loved to travel and cherished memories of trips to Europe and cruises with her sisters. Not a gardener, she joined the Crestwood Village Garden Club so she could attend the trips with her delightful friends; she also loved spending time with friends at the Village Sun newspaper and Crestwood Village association. Judy brought her great humor to their meetings and outings and every luncheon table wanted her at theirs. Her quick one-liners and hearty laughter are her legacy; she was well-read and a great conversationalist, always had a compassionate heart and a prayer for others. She will be greatly missed at every gathering.
Though a communicant of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Whiting, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville on Friday June 26 at 9:30am, followed by internment at Immaculate Conception Cemetery and a memorial luncheon directly after where friends and family are invited to share their stories and celebrate her life and spirit.
Arrangements made by Cusick Funeral Home; in lieu of flowers please send donations to a charity of your choice, or to Barnabas Health – Home Care and Hospice (Barnabas Health - Home Care and Hospice: Giving
) whose devotion and assistance was immeasurably valuable and appreciated by our family.
William "Bill" Anderson died peacefully on June 20 with his family by his side. He was born in Cleveland, OH., on August 26, 1928 and had lived in Bridgewater for 58 years. Mr. Anderson graduated from Charles F. Brush High School in Ohio and Wesleyan University in Conneticut and served as a Lieutenant in the US Army Signal Corps from 1951 to 1953.
Bill is survived by his wife of 58 years, Josephine, two daughters Kathleen Anderson and Susan DeCastro, son-in-law Rafael DeCastro, grandchildren Kimberly Amaral, husband Zak, Matthew Gordon and Isabella DeCastro and a great grandson Maxwell Amaral.
Since 1954, Mr. Anderson was employed for the Somerset Press in Somerville, beginning as the Sports Editor for the Somerset Messenger Gazette then manager of the Princeton Shopping Center News and later as Executive Vice President of the Somerset Press printing operation. He continued as President after the company was sold to Forbes Inc. retiring in 1989. In 1990, Bill was appointed Court Administrator for Bridgewater Township, then to Purchasing Agent and later Administrator for the Division of Golf Management for the Somerset County Park Commission.
Mr. Anderson was always interested in his community and was one of the original partners in radio station WBRW in Bridgewater. He was a Commissioner with with the Somerset County Park Commission for 25 years, Past President of the Raritan Valley Country Club, the Somerville-Raritan Exchange Club and the Somerville Jaycees as well as serving on the Board of the Somerset Valley YMCA, Past Chairman of the Somerville Advisory Board of Security Savings and Loans, Director of the Somerset Savings Bank, member of the NJ Seniors Golf Association and the United Reformed Church, Somerville.
Golf was Bill's passion. In 1963 he was the NJ State Golf Association Amateur Champion, in 1960 a Runnerup,and in 1961 a Medalist along with numerous Club Championships at Raritan Valley Country Club and Fort Monmouth Golf Club.
Private family services will be held. Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Anderson's memory to the Parkinson Foundation or Alzheimer's Association.
Anna M. "Greta" Denesevich, wife of the late Fred Denesevich who died in 1997, died June 19
at home. She was born in Kasko, Finland, came to the United States in 1940 and resided Long Island, NY and then Somerville before moving to Bridgewater in 1965.
A 1946 graduate of North Babylon HS, second in her class, Mrs. Denesevich went onto Paine Hall School, Manhattan, NY, and earned her certification as an X-Ray Technician. Her career in Radiology began at Muhlenberg Hospital, Plainfield and then private practice offices in Somerville before a 30 year employment with Stephen Schneider & Edward Krisloff, MD Private Practice in Bound Brook retiring there at the age of 85.
Surviving are her son Mark, his wife Barbara Mellon Denesevich and her daughter Karen M. Bryant, her husband Robert L., her grandson Justin Robert and a sister Karin.
Visiting hours from 5pm-8pm on Tuesday, June 23
, at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville. A Funeral Service will be held11:30am on Wednesday, June 24
, at Somerset Hills Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel, 95 Mt. Airy Rd., Basking Ridge,NJ.with an Entombment to follow there.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in "Greta's" name to American Cancer Society or the Somerset Hills Visiting Nurses Hospice Program.
Edward G. Sockler, 85, passed away June 17th, 2015. Ed was born on June 2nd, 1930 in Newark, New Jersey the son of of the late Anton and Estelle Sockler. After graduating Columbia High School in 1948 in Maplewood, NJ Ed then went on to attend Alfred University in New York for two years and then was drafted into the Korean War and served from 1951-1953. After his service in the US army he went to Cornell University where he graduated with Honors in a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics. He then worked in the Insurance industry and retired as a VP of Crum and Forster in 1991. He then started his consulting company in insurance, Sockler & Associates. Throughout Ed’s life he has volunteered at the Somerville Elks Lodge and been an active and devout member of the Immaculate Conception Church, Somerville, as an usher and a lector. Ed was also a 25 year member of the Loyola Retreat House in Morristown. Ed enjoyed hiking, gardening, swimming and spending time with his family and grandchildren. His brother, Anton Jr. predeceased him. Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Rose, his sister Estelle Sockler, his son, Peter (Gizelle) Sockler, daughter, Paula DeLaurentiis, and five grandchildren Peter Jr., Patrick, Christopher, Alexander and Victoria. And two great-grandchildren, Shaun and Uriah. The visitation will be held on Friday, June 19th, form 3-5 and 7-9 PM at Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday June 20 at 11:00 AM at Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville followed by final prayers at Somerset Hills Mausoleum Chapel, Mt. Airy Rd., Basking Ridge. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Ed's memory to the Immaculate Conception Church or Somerville Elks Handicapped Children's Center.
Josephine Hoch Furlong passed away peacefully at home in Bridgewater, NJ on June 13th, 2015 surrounded by her family and friends. She was predeceased by her sister Edith Hoch and her parents Andrew Robert Hoch
and Mary Dugan Hoch, and her husband Gerard Robert Furlong who died in 2003.
Josephine was born and home delivered on March 19th, 1921 in North Branch, NJ. She is survived by three children-Andrew Robert Furlong of Bridgewater, NJ,
Edith Mary Sylvester and husband John Donald Sylvesterof Manville, NJ, Kathleen Bovino and husband David Bovino of Greenville, Pa. six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
Mrs. Furlong was a Somerville High School graduate class of 1938 and St. Peters Nursing School Graduate class of 1941. She worked most all of her life
as a Registered Nurse in Labor and Delivery for both St. Peter’s Hospital, now Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, New Brunswick, NJ and for Somerset Hospital in Somerville, NJ, now Robert Wood Johnson at Somerset,retiring in 1984. She also worked for John L. Spaldo M.D in Somerville as his nurse.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30am
onTuesday, June 16
, at the Immaculate Conception Church, Somerville. Entombment to follow at St. Bernard Mausoleum, Bridgewater. Visiting hours from 5pm-8pm on Monday, June 15
, at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association Of Somerset Hills.
Jeffrey Loccisano, 54, passed away after a long illness at the Promise House at the VA Hospital in Lyons, New Jersey. He was born in New Brunswick, the son of Amiel and Helen (Kotwick) Loccisano, and grew up in Bridgewater, NJ. He was a graduate of Bridgewater Raritan High School West, and received a Bachelor Degree from Florida Institute of Technology. He served in the United States Navy from 1986-1997, and with the Navy Reserves until 2006.
Following his service he worked in the Avionics Department for Continental Airlines and then United Airlines at Newark Airport as a senior Avionics Technician until 2014.
Jeffrey traveled the world extensively and was proud that he had been to six of the seven continents. He could fix anything and always enjoyed mechanical things. Jeffrey owned a Ferrarri sports car which he loved for its mechanics as much as its speed and power. He always had a dog and was dedicated to friends and family. He volunteered his time every year for the Visiting Nurses Association of Somerset Hills rummage sale.
Jeffrey is predeceased by his father, Amiel Loccisano, and survived by his loving mother Helen, sister Karen and her husband R. Michael Palan of Hartsdale, NY, and sister Tina Meyer and her family in California, as well as aunts and many, many cousins.
Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Service at 1pm on Saturday, June 13 at Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Avenue, Somerville. Visitation will precede the Service beginning at Noon.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center in Morristown, NJ, and a special thank you to the doctors, nurses, staff, volunteers and fellow veterans at Promise House in Lyons New Jersey.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the The Promise House at VA New Jersey Health Care System, Lyons Campus, Attn: Voluntary Service Program Manager (135LY) 151 Knollcroft Road, Lyons, NJ 07939. In the memo portion of the check write “The Promise House.”
Mary Wass Gecik, 98, passed away peacefully on June 6, 2015, surrounded by her family. Born and raised in Manville, NJ, she lived in Raritan for 20 years before moving to Bridgewater, NJ, in 1955. Mary was employed by Mack Motors in Bridgewater, was a waitress for many years and was also employed by Somerset County at Raritan Valley Community College and at the Manville nutrition center.
A parishioner of St. Joseph’s Church, Raritan, Mary was a member of its Senior Citizens Club and the Altar Rosary Society. She was an excellent baker, especially for birthdays and holidays, and also loved to crochet, gifting her many beautiful creations to her family members.
Mary was predeceased by her husband of 43 years, Francis Gecik, and by her brother Stephen Wass and sisters Margaret Strokus and Elizabeth Michalowski.
She is survived by her daughters Joan Wirzman and fiance Todd Suchla of Apopka FL, Patricia Ronca and her husband Robert of Raritan, her son Robert Gecik and his wife Emilia of Somerset, 9 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Joseph Wass and wife Margaret of Manville, and her sister Rose Blair of Somerset.
Visitation will be on Thursday, June 11 from 5pm-8pm and on Friday morning, June 12, before Mass from 8:30am to 9:30am at the Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Ave., Somerville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 12, at 10am at the St. Joseph’s Church, 16 E. Somerset St., Raritan. Interment will follow at St. Bernard’s Cemetery, Route 28, Bridgewater, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary’s memory to St. Joseph’s Church, 16 E. Somerset St., Raritan, NJ 08869.
Formerly of North Plainfield
Peder M. Ness died June 6 at RWJ at Somerset in Somerville. Mr. Ness was born in Brooklyn, NY and resided in North Polainfield for 45 years and then Valley Stream, Long Island for 20 years before moving to Bridgewater in 2012. He retired in 1982 from Bell Labs in Murray Hill, NJ after beginning his career of 45 years with Bell Labs in New York City.
A graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School, Mr. Ness was a Navy Veteran of WW II and a Mason belonging to the Jerusalem Lodge #26 in Plainfield. He was predeceased by his first wife, Florence in 1986 and his second wife, June, in 2012. Also his siblings, George Ness and Lillie Lundberg.
Surviving are his daughters Louise and Janet Ness and Nancy Fedowitz, 2 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter.
Visiting hours on Friday, June 12, from 3-5pm and 7-9pm at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville. Funeral Service will begin 10am on Saturday, June 13, at Somerset Hills Memorial Park Chapel, 95 Mt. Airy Rd., Basking Ridge.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Chelsea, 680 Route 202-206, Bridgewater, NJ 08807, Meadowbrook Care Center, 320 West Merrick Rd., Freeport, NY 11520 or RWJ at Somerset, 110 Rehill Ave., Somerville, NJ 08876