Age 70
Diane Virginia Keaveney Bason Carter of Warren entered into eternal peace on February 12, 2015. She passed away at the home of her son surrounded by her family. Diane was preceded in death by her parents William P. and Isabelle H. Keaveney along with her husband Fred Carter. She is survived by her loving son Frank J. Bason and daughter-in-law Jeaninne M. Bason and her cherished grandsons Frank Anthony, Tyler Julian and James Patrick. Also surviving are her brother W.P. Keaveney III and two sisters Michaelle Bauter and Mary Uber, along with many nieces and nephews and devoted friends. 

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 11am on Saturday, March 7, at the Mary, Mother of God Church,157 So. Triangle Rd., Hillsborough.
Age 59

Mara (Cartoccio) Michinski entered into eternal life on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. 

Born April 24, 1955 in Compobasso, Italy, Mara (Cartoccio) Michinski immigrated to the United States with her parents at the age of one.  

Growing up for most of her life in Somerville, NJ with her parents and three siblings, Mara was a lover of life, her family and of Opera music. She shared her gift of voice with anyone that would listen, and would sing Happy Birthday to everyone on their special day. 

More then her love of life and family or music was that of the Lord. Mara was rooted in a faith so deep that even during the most difficult of times she could find the strength to stay positive and never lose her faith. 

Mara will be dearly missed by her family and many friends for her loving, compassionate way. 
May she rest in eternal peace with the Lord. 

Mara is preceded in death by her loving mother, who she now joins in eternal rest, Vincenza Cartoccio. She is survived by her father, Ennio Cartoccio; her longtime boyfriend, Vincent Burns; her sister Anna Maria (Cartoccio) Hanna and brother-in-law Jamal and children Alexandra (Goddaughter), Jamal and David; brother Ennio Cartoccio and sister-in-law Susan and children Jessica and fiancé Mike, Ennio and Elaine; and brother Michael Cartoccio and girlfriend Denise Cioffi and their children Michael, Christina, Daniel and Dina. 

Donations may be made in Maras name to the American Diabetes Association. 

Visitation will be Sunday, March 1, 2015 from 2-5pm at Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville, NJ.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, March 2, 2015 at 9:30  am at Immaculate Conception Church, Somerville, followed by burial at St. Bernards Cemetery, Bridgewater, NJ
New Jersey

Betty Pack Esposito, daughter and wife of the late Peter and Louetta (Easterly) Pack and Robert I. Esposito,Esq., died February 25. 

Mrs. Esposito was born in Spartanburg, SC, resided in Belle Mead before moving to Lawrenceville in 1988. Surviving are her daughter Nicole Esposito Vassia of North Wales, PA and her son Robert J. Esposito of Lawrenceville, her grandchildren Audrey and Michael Vassia and siblings Martha Gilbert, Dorothy Billings and George Pack all of Spartanburg, SC.  Mrs. Esposito's siblings who predeceased her were Faye Clinton, Margaret Beck, Jean Davis, Chester and Robert Pack, Virginia Ross and Ruth Edwards. 

A Funeral Service will be held at 11am on Saturday, February 28, at the Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Ave., Somerville, preceded by Visitation beginning at 10am on Saturday before the Service. Interment will be at the New Cemetery, Somerville. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Betty's memory to Alzheimer's Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter, 400 Morris Ave., Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834-1365 
Age 83
Richard "Dick" L. Bowlby died February 24 at RWJ at Somerset in Somerville. Mr. Bowlby was born in Bound Brook, grew up in Somerville, where he was a 1949 graduate of Somerville High School and then resided in Basking Ridge for 35 years before moving back to his favorite Somerville in 1995. After graduating from Rutgers College in 1953 and serving as an Army Veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Bowlby began his career as a personnel consultant for RCA and Warner Lambert, specializing in positions of Research & Development. In 1982, he began his own company, Bowlby Associates in Somerville placing applicants in numerous pharmaceutical careers. 

Mr. Bowlby was a faithful communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville and a member of the Raritan Valley Country Club, Bridgewater. Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Bettyann, his children Dick and his wife Kathleen and children Anne and Maggie; Marianne Orlando and her husband Bill and children Jeff and Ashley; Jim and his wife Kim and children Jacob and Gabrielle. 

Visiting hours on Thursday, February 26, from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30am on Friday, February 27, at the Immaculate Conception Church, Somerville. Entombment to follow at St. Bernard Mausoleum, Bridgewater. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Dick's memory to The Bonafides of Somerset Hills, PO Box 91, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. 
Age 64
JoAnn D’Alessio, 64, passed away peacefully at home February 17th, 2015. Born and raised in Manhattan (Hell’s Kitchen), NY, she moved with her family to Jackson, NJ in 1964. She is a Class of ’68 graduate of Jackson Memorial High School. She and Claude joined hands in marriage in September, 1976. They settled in Bradenton, FL, the following year where they started a family, relocating to NJ in 1981. 

Most recently employed by Gillen & Johnson, CPA’s for the past 17 years, she previously worked for the Counties of Ocean, Manatee (FL), and Somerset. She was on the original staff at Hillsborough K-Mart and had worked part-time at the Wal-Mart in Manville.

JoAnn was a devout Roman Catholic and prayed regularly to St. Anthony and to the Blessed Mother.  She was a member of Altar Rosary at Christ the King in Manville and graced the choir with her singing talent. She enjoyed brisk walks, bowling, baking, reading, playing games, word puzzles, oldies music, movies, and Broadway shows. She liked traveling and taking trips to AC and to her Florida condo. But the best of times was that spent with family and in the company of friends.  She had a kind, compassionate, and generous way about her and will be missed by all that knew and loved her.

JoAnn was predeceased by her father, Hugh J. Brickley in 1965 and by brothers James in 2013 and Joseph in 2014. Her step father, Matthew Blair, died in 2000. She is survived by her beloved husband Claude and their loving sons Philip (Kristina) and Stephen. Also surviving are her mother Helen Blair, brothers Hugh (Kathleen) and Peter Brickley, a sister Helen Erickson and sister-in-law Linda; step siblings Michael, Edward, and Eileen Blair, and Patricia Mathos. She also had several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Visitation will be at the Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Ave, Somerville on Friday Feb. 20th from 2pm–4pm and 7pm-9pm.  The funeral parlor will be open only to family members the morning of the funeral Feb. 21st.  All are welcome at a Mass of Christian Burial to be held at Christ the King in Manville beginning at 9am on Saturday Feb. 21st. Burial is private.  

In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to a charity of the donor’s choosing.  REST IN PEACE.
Age 87    
Formerly of South River and Bridgewater

Helene Arianas Pappas, 87, wife of the late William Gus Pappas, Esq. and daughter of the late Catherine Achaves and Apostolos Arianas, died peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones, on Friday, February 13, 2015. 

Born in New Brunswick, NJ, Helene Pappas was raised in South River, New Jersey, and, following her marriage, resided in Niagara Falls, New York, and then Bridgewater, New Jersey where she lived for the past 47 years. She received her B.S. from Rider University and her Ed. M. from Rutgers University.  She taught at South River High School, Niagara-Wheatfield Consolidated Schools (New York), Mount St. John Academy, Somerset County Technical Institute, and the Somerset County Vocational  and Technical  High School.  At the last-mentioned, she was selected Teacher of the Year.  

As a communicant of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Piscataway, New Jersey, Mrs. Pappas taught and served as Director of the Sunday School for 40 years.   She and her husband were also members of the St. George Expansion Committee, which in 1988, enlarged the church facilities to accommodate the more than 350 students of the Sunday School.  

Helene Pappas was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, William Gus Pappas; her sisters, Bertha and Eugenia Arianas, and her brothers, Kenneth and Constantine Arianas.  She is survived by her children, Margaret Pappas and husband Lawrence Dultz, Dean Pappas and wife Alexandra Petas Pappas, Catherine Pappas and husband William Carman; her grandchildren Caroline, Elizabeth and Sarah Dultz, William and Eleni Pappas, and Arianna and Alyssa Carman; her brother Stephen Arianas and wife, Constance Arianas, and sister-in-law Mary Arianas; nieces Kathleen Notte and Stephanie Arianas and nephews Paul Constantine Arianas and Paul Stephen Arianas. She is also survived by the family of her late husband, sisters-in-law Angeline Pappas and Judy Pappas, and many nieces and nephews in the Midwest, as well as numerous grand-dogs and grand-cats. 

Helene was a dedicated and beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and teacher.  She will be sorely missed, but her legacy will remain.  

Visitation will be held Sunday, February 22 from 5-9 p.m. at Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Avenue, Somerville, NJ. The Funeral Service will be held Monday, February 23 at 10 a.m. at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1101 River Road, Piscataway, NJ, followed by interment at Alpine Cemetery, Perth Amboy, NJ. In lieu of flowers,  contributions in Mrs. Pappas’ memory  may be made to:

St. George Memorial Committee
1101 River Road
Piscataway, NJ  08854

Archbishop Iakovos Library
50 Goddard Avenue
Brookline, Massachusetts 02431

Adult Day Care Center of Somerset County
120 Finderne Avenue
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Thomas John Phillips (Bridgewater and Long Beach Township, NJ) passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Thursday February 12, 2015.  

Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on June 18, 1936 Tom became a standout football player for Hanover Township High School.  He served his country in the US Army and then went on to graduate from Temple University with a degree in Business Administration.  Upon graduation he was employed by Ethicon Inc.  Tom served as Director of Sales for the mechanical wound closure division.  He spent his golden years splitting time between his home in Bridgewater and his second home in Barnegat Light where he loved to spend time on the water and with a cocktail watching the sunset on his deck.  

Tom is survived by, Janice, his wife of 56 years –  daughter Holly (Meriden, CT) and her husband Keith – son Douglas (Howell, NJ) and his wife Debra – granddaughter Teagan – and sister Lillian (Hope, NJ) and her husband Stanley. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30am on Friday, February 20, at the Immaculate Conception Church, 35 Mountain Ave., Somerville.

Age 85
Somerset (Franklin Township)

Patricia (Swanson) Nivison, 85 of Somerset, NJ and Vero Beach, FL passed away peacefully in Florida on February 11 with family at her side.

Pat was a loving wife to her late husband Tom with whom she traveled widely.  She served as a selfless caregiver to him during his struggles with Parkinson’s disease until his passing in 2004.  Pat was a passionate reader who shared her love of books through a career managing public libraries at Hillsborough and Franklin Townships in NJ, spending 23 years as director of the Franklin library.  She graduated from New Jersey College for Women (a.k.a. Douglass College) and was always a proponent of the importance of education.  As a lover (and critic) of Rutgers football she proudly displayed the scarlet “R” on her car.  Pat was graciously engaging and was happy to strike-up a conversation with almost anyone.  She remained vital and independent, which enabled her to spend time with her cherished family.

Pat was predeceased by her husband Thomas and granddaughter Sarah Contreras. She is survived by her sister Clair Mazurak of Bedminster, NJ, her sons Thomas of Tacoma, WA, Theodore of Acton, MA and William of Hillsborough NJ, as well as six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30am on Tuesday, February 17, at the Immaculate Conception Church, 35 Mountain Ave., Somerville, NJ. Entombment to follow at Somerset Hills Memorial Park, Mt. Airy Road, Basking Ridge. Visiting hours 2-4 & 7-9pm on Monday, February 16, at the Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Ave., Somerville, NJ  In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Patricia’s memory to the Franklin Township Public Library, 485 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ.08873

Age 85
Raritan Borough
Margaret E.  Granzetto passed away peacefully February 8, 2015 at the Arbor Glen Extended Living facility in Bridgewater. Margaret was a life long resident of Raritan and has been very active in many community activities supporting the borough of Raritan. She retired after a long career at  American Cyanamid in Bridgewater.  She is survived by three nieces and one nephew. 

Visitation will befrom 5pm-8pm on Wednesday, February 11, at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville. Funeral Service10am on Thursday, February 12 at the funeral home. Interment to follow at St. Bernard Cemetery, Bridgewater.

Willie Mae Bellamy of Bridgewater, died January 30. Visitation will begin11am on Saturday, February 7 and conclude with a Service at 1pm  at the Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Avenue, Somerville.
Willie Mae leaves to celebrate her memory, daughters Betty Akin,  Mary Tenbroeck and Bertha  Bellamy; a son James Bellamy (Shelia); daughters Barbara Thomason, Joyce Jones (James) and Phyllis Bellamy; 18 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren and 9 great, great grandchildren; a brother Rev. Robert Richardson; a sister Ethel Adams; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


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