Helen M. Brett died December 11 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Mrs. Brett was born in Middlesex and resided in Somerville most of her life. She was employed in the Quality Control department of Glaxo Smith Kline Pharmecutical for many years retiring in 2000.
A member of St. Joseph Church, Raritan and a 1948 graduate of Bound Brook High School, Helen is survived by her sons James, wife Bonnie and Jeffry, wife Donna and two sisters Dorothy Vesely and Mary Olivieri. Her predeceased siblings included Evelyn Nagy, Virginia Thompson, Jessie Brown and Howard Thompson Jr.. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30am on Friday, December 13, at St. Joseph Church, 16 E. Somerset St., Raritan. Interment to follow at Hillside Cemetey, Scotch Plains. Visiting hours 6pm-8pm Thursday, (Today) December 12, at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville
Ann (DelRocco) Olivero, wife of the late Joseph Olivero (2000), died December 6 at home. Mrs. Olivero was born and raised in Raritan before moving to Bridgewater in 1957.
She is survived by her son Joseph, wife Jennifer and a daughter Patricia Kelly, a sister Florence Hudnett and her grandchildren Brian Jr., Shea, Shannon, Guy and Ty.
Funeral Service 10am Tuesday, December 10, at St. John Episcopal Church, 158 West High St., Somerville. Entombment to follow at St. Bernard Mausoleum, Bridgewater.
Visiting hours 6pm-8pm on Monday, December 9, at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville.
Cookie passed away peacefully on November 30, 2013. She was a loving, caring and giving woman and was loved by all who knew her.
Born in Jersey City, she lived all her adult life in Somerville. Surviving are her husband John of 49 yrs., four children Scott, Dave, Deanna and Matt and four loving grandkids.
Visiting hours will be held at the Cusick Funeral Home in Somerville on Thursday December 5 beginning at 4pm and concluding with a celebration of her life at 6:30pm.
In lieu of flowers , we would like poinsettias to keep in her memory through the holidays...
Patricia (Patti) Willis, 61, of Bridgewater NJ died on Sunday, November 24, 2013. She was born in Coral Gables, Florida on December 9, 1951 to the late Sylvia and Nathan Rothstein.
Patti is dearly remembered by two children; Jennifer Loughran and David Willis of Bridgewater, NJ and was the mother of the departed angel Michelle Willis and the grandmother of departed angel Sylvia Loughran. Patti is also survived by step children Larry and Janet Willis of Apex NC, grandchildren Heather and Connor Willis of Apex, NC and sisters: Adrienne Cohen of Great Barrington, MA, Sandie Wernick and Karen Rothstein of San Francisco, CA, and Shirley Lustig of Alameda, CA. Patti was a longtime resident of Bridgewater where she lived since leaving her native state of Florida 30 years ago.
She was dog lover who rescued and opened her home to needy pups. She is survived by three dogs; Lexi Lee, Kona, and Dutch. Patti graduated from Miami Senior High School and received a degree in education from University of Florida, Gainsville. She loved her career and coworkers at Everest Reinsurance in Basking Ridge.
Services will be held on December 7th at Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Ave, Somerville. Visiting will begin at 1:00 PM, followed by a Memorial Service at 2:00 PM.
In lieu of Flowers, please make a donation to Patti’s Toys and Treats for Needy Pups: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/pattiwillis
. All proceeds benefit the dogs of Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge.
Helen A. Szymanski died November 28 at Somerset Medical Center. Helen was born in Somerville and resided in Hillsborough all of her life. She was employed as an Administrative Assistant for Bedens Brook Club in Skillman.
A graduate of Hillsborough High School, Helen is survived by her brothers John Szymanski (wife Joan), Frank Szymanski (wife Bea) and Stanley Szymanski (wife Nancy) and many nieces and nephews.
A private Graveside Service will be held at Neshanic Cemetery.
Formerly of Somerville
Mildred F. Hall, 96, of Somerville, passed away on November 4, 2013, in Punta Gorda , FL. Mildred was a lifelong resident of Somerville until she moved to Punta Gorda , FL to live with her daughter.
She graduated from Somerville High School and went on to graduate from North Hudson Hospital School of Nursing in New Jersey and retired as a Registered Nurse from Somerset Medical Center, Somerville. Mildred went on to marry and have two daughters. Besides spending time with her family and friends, she was a past High Priestess of the Ladies Oriental Shrine, Past Matron of the Eastern Star and a member of the Daughters of the Nile .
She lived for her family. She was devoted to her daughters, her grandchildren and her great and great great grandchildren and had a unique ability to make each one feel special in their own way. Far beyond being an amazing woman, Mildred can be described as fiercely independent, strong, humorous, thoughtful and selfless – a true role model and a one-of-a-kind person. She touched many lives and will be missed and remembered in spirit. Mildred is survived by her two daughters, Mildred S. Stepp of Punta Gorda , FL and Ellen LiBrizzi of Bridgewater and a sister Eileen Bengivenga of Raritan. She is also the grandmother of Edward Sherkus, Adam Sherkus and Trista Zimmerman of Punta Gorda, FL and Brett Limone, Ryan LiBrizzi and Briyon LiBrizzi of Bridgewater, NJ. Mildred is also survived by 13 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.
Visiting hours from 2-4pm & 7-9pm on Friday, November 22, at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10am on Saturday, November 23, at Holy Trinity Church, Maple Ave., Bridgewater (Bradley Gardens). Interment to follow at St. Bernard Cemetery, Bridgewater
Regina L. Bourke, of Somerville, NJ, passed away on Friday, November 8 at Raritan Health and Extended Care Center. The cause of death was complications from chronic kidney disease.
She was born Regina Teresa Lyons, the eldest of three and the only daughter of James C. and Anna Bain Lyons of Wappingers Falls, NY, on September, 29, 1924. She attended public schools in Wappingers Falls and graduated from Wappingers Central High School in 1942. She then attended business school and was employed in a secretarial capacity at Central Hudson Gas and Electric Company in Poughkeepsie, NY.
In 1951 she met Andrew C. Bourke, a teacher at Wappingers Central High School, and they were married at St. Mary’s Church in Wappingers Falls in January of 1952. They had three children: Andrew Jr., Ann Marie, and James. Ann Marie was born with Down Syndrome, and from the time of her birth, Regina was active in supporting the mission of organizations that advocated for children and adults with developmental disabilities. In addition to Wappingers Falls, the family lived in the upstate NY communities of Scotia, Liverpool, and Oneida, before moving to Somerville, NJ.
A devoted mother, Regina participated in a variety of parental support roles connected with the school and extracurricular activities of her children. She was also involved in community and church activities that included Oneida Women of Rotary, Catholic Daughters of America, volunteer work for the Oneida City Hospital and Somerset Medical Center, and service as a poll worker with the Somerset County Board of Elections. She enjoyed the outdoors and the family’s summer vacations in the mountains of upstate New York and the seashore in New Jersey. She was fond of cross country skiing and was a member of the Oneida Ladies Golf League. An avid bridge player, she was active in various bridge clubs throughout her adulthood.
Regina was happiest when surrounded by family and friends. She thrived in her role as a wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed people, was outgoing, generous, and adventurous.
She is predeceased by her daughter, Ann Marie, and her brother, Vincent J. Lyons. She is survived by her husband, Andrew C. Bourke of Somerville; her son Andrew C. Bourke Jr. of New London, NH and his wife Diane; her son James J. Bourke of New York, NY, his wife Claudia and their children, Matthew and Catherine; her brother, John R. Lyons and his wife, Olive, of Wappingers Falls, NY; her sister-in-law Jean Lyons of Poughkeepsie, NY; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral Services will be under the direction of Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Avenue in Somerville, NJ. Calling hours will be from 2 to 4pm and 7 to 9pm on Friday, November 15. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Immaculate Conception Church, also on Mountain Avenue at 9:30am on Saturday, November 16. Interment will follow at St. Bernard’s Cemetery on Route 28 in Bridgewater.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Regina’s memory to Building Futures Foundation, Inc., c/o Madison Cortland ARC, 701 Lenox Ave., Oneida, NY 13421, (315) 363-3389, http://www.madisoncortlandarc.org/
Evelyn M. Tripka died November 8th at Somerset Medical Center. Miss Tripka was born in Newark and resided in Garwood for most of her life before moving to Bridgewater in 2001.
She began her career as an International Traffic Co-ordinator for RCA , first in Clark, then Edison and retiring from Bridgewater after 35 years with the company. Evelyn was a active member of the Bridgewater Senior Citizens, where she belonged to the Knitting Club. She was also a member of the Single Senior Women of Somerset County and enjoyed their many bus trips to various fun and exciting places. She also volunteered tirelessly for Meals on Wheels in Manville and was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville.
Surviving are her siblings Steven J. Tripka, Madeline Etzold, Sandra McDanolds and many nieces and nephews. Evelyn was predeceased by her loving father, mother, older brother and three sisters. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30am. on Wednesday, November 20th, at the Immaculate Conception Church, 35 Mountain Ave., Somerville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Midland School Foundation, PO Box 5026, North Branch, NJ 08876 or the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, FOSRAS, PO Box 8073, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.
Elizabeth “Lou” Keenan passed away November 9, 2013 at the Regency Jewish Nursing home in Somerset, New Jersey. She was born in Jersey City and lived in Kearny, New Jersey most of her life. She graduated from Kearny High School in 1948.After graduation, her first job was in Linen Thread Co. in Kearny, later she worked at Weston Instruments in Newark, N.J. for 25years. In Kearny she was a Girl Scout leader for several years. After she retired and moved to Hillsborough in the late 1980’s she got a job at Lord and Taylor and worked there until 1990.
Before she took ill she belonged to Mary Mother of God Church and was active in the Rosary Society, Lou was predeceased by her mother Marion and father Edward also sisters Edwina and Evangeline and a brother Edward. She never married but was loving sister-in-law to Robert Easton Sr. and loving aunt to Debra Rzemieniewski and husband Henry, Donna Martin, and husband Charlie, John Easton, and wife Emily, Denise Johnson, and Robert Easton Jr. She also was a great aunt to 11 nieces and nephews and great great aunt to 6 children.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10am on Wednesday, November 13, at Mary, Mother of God Church, So. Triangle Rd., Hillsborough. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.
Thomas Cullen Czekaj, brother of the late Padraic (Paddy), died November 3 at Morristown Medical Center. Tom was born in Somerville and resided in Bridgewater (Bradley Gardens) most of his life. He had been employed in the production department of The Star Ledger, Montville and a line chef at Espo's Restaurant, Raritan, before his illness. He was a 2004 graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School where he played Varsity football, a former member of Boy Scouts Troop 99 and a lover and student of nature.
Surviving are his parents Thomas and Kathryn Czekaj, his sisters Meghan Byrne and Rebecca Czekaj and his maternal grandfathers John (late wife Alice) Czekaj and George (late wife Nancy) Zervopoulos and aunts,uncles,cousins and dear friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:30am on Friday, November 8, at the Immaculate Conception Church, Somerville. Interment to follow at St. Bernard Cemetery, Bridgewater. Visiting hours from 2-4 & 7-9pm on Thursday, November 7, at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Benefits Project Independence C/O Morristown Medical Center, 475 South st., Morristown, NJ 07967