Whiteway, Philip J., Jr.
Passed away quietly in his sleep early October 3, 2006, at the Tenacre Foundation in Princeton, N.J.
The eldest of four children, Philip J. (Jack) Whiteway, Jr. was born in Philadelphia, PA on July 30, 1915 to Philip J. Whiteway, Sr. and Dorothy Payne Whiteway. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Collingswood, and then Haddonfield, N.J. His father worked in Camden, N.J. as a chemist in the paint and varnish industry.
As a young boy, Jack spent his summers with his grandparents at their summer home in Druce Lake, IL, where Jack grew to love the outdoors and the nearby water.
Jack’s high school years from 1929-1933 were influenced by the crushing uncertainty and unemployment of the Depression. While Jack’s father kept his job, business was slow. Jack attended Lafayette College in Easton, PA.
The summers of his college years were spent at Long Beach Island where Jack worked as a lifeguard. During those years it was not unusual to have many rescues; but, unfortunately, many people drowned. Because of the deaths in the surf, Jack’s mother later chose to build their permanent summer residence in the woods in Medford, NJ rather than the shore. That house would forever be known lovingly as “Tree House.” Jack graduated from Lafayette with a degree in chemistry in 1937, and following in the footsteps of his father, joined Geo. D. Wetherill Paint & Varnish, where he worked as a research chemist.
While attending a paint convention in Washington, D.C. in 1940, Jack learned that his draft number was picked out of a hat; he was the 5th person in the United States drafted under the new selective service legislation. Reporting to Army basic training as a private, Jack spent many hours on KP (kitchen patrol) duty peeling potatoes. Because of Jack’s age and college degree, he was permitted to enter OCS (Officer Candidate School), which he completed in 1941. He was assigned to the Army Corps of Engineers with an initial assignment to the Pentagon, where he was a staff officer under then Lt General Eisenhower. He was later transferred to Fort Belvoir, just outside Washington, DC as an instructor in camouflage techniques. Wanting to build runways and set up airports in theater, Jack repeatedly attempted to transfer forward to Europe; however, Jack’s superiors considered him too valuable and kept him at Fort Belvoir, where he continued to receive the highest instructor ratings.
During the war Jack proposed to Nancy Jennings, from Grosse Pointe, Michigan. They married in1942 and moved into an apartment in Alexandria, Virginia. In 1944, their first of four children, John B. Whiteway, named after Jack’s grandfather, was born.
In 1944, the military leadership began detailed planning for the invasion of Japan. Jack Whiteway was one of the chief planners for the invasion – studying the Japanese language, geography, potential points of entry, and logistic depots. Everything he studied, learned and planned was all top-secret; he could not tell even his wife about his job. President Truman’s decision to use the atomic bomb precluded the need for an invasion.
The war ended and rapid demobilization followed. Jack left the service as an Army major, put his uniforms into a trunk, and reentered the paint business.
Jack and Nancy Whiteway’s family grew with the addition of Roger, Bruce and
Phillip J., III, while living in Haddonfield, New Jersey. Jack rose in management positions with Wetherill Paint, later known as Superior Varnish & Drier and was active in his trade association, The Production Club. As a chemist, Jack helped develop epoxy resins. As general manager, he was responsible for daily operations and sales.
Jack was active in Boy Scouts, earning his Eagle Scout award in 1936. He served as the leader for the Haddonfield Explorer Scouts program. Having witnessed the efficacy of Christian Science in Nancy’s life, Jack joined the Christian Science Church and served in various capacities. Jack was a lifelong fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles.
In 1967 the family built a home overlooking Braddock’s Mill Lake outside of Medford, New Jersey and lived there until all of the boys were out of school. In 1975 Jack served as a founding board member of Theatre IV, (a professional non-profit theatre based in Richmond, VA), which has grown to become one of the nation’s largest theatres dedicated to youth and families. The theatre performs annually to over 1 million children in 33 states.
In the mid-80’s Jack and Nancy downsized and moved to Medford Commons.
In 1999 Nancy Whiteway passed away. Jack continued as an active member of First Church of Christ, Scientist in Haddonfield, serving as a substitute reader, committee member, and volunteer gardener. As recently as last spring, Jack conducted a Sunday service at church as the substitute First Reader.
Survivors include two sisters, Jill Danenhower of Pendleton, SC and Alice Brick of Marlton, NJ; one brother, Arthur Payne Whiteway of DeLand, FL; four sons and their wives: John and Diane; Roger and Barbara; Bruce and Anna; Philip and Donna; eleven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. All love and admire him.
Above everything, Jack Whiteway loved his family and his church. No one can remember his ever complaining; all recall his constant support and character. Jack Whiteway will always be his family’s model of husband, father, and friend.
Mr. Whiteway’s family will receive friends, Saturday, November 4, 2006 at 1 p.m. at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Avenue, Haddonfield, NJ; his memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Whiteway’s name to the Tenacre Foundation, PO Box 632, Princeton, NJ 08542-0632 or to the Longyear Museum, 1125 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.
Richards, Stephen C.
Suddenly, on October 3, 2006, age 63, of Collingswood, NJ. Mr. Richards is survived by his son, Anselm, of Philadelphia, PA, his beloved wife, Jessica Lynne (nee Powers), his mother, Virginia, of Downingtown, PA, 2 sisters, Jackee Krauss (Bob), of Kennett Square, PA and Phyllis Richards, of Wayne, PA, numerous nieces and nephews and Bela, Calla, Freddie, and Sammy. Mr. Richards’ family will receive friends, Sunday afternoon from 12:30- 1:15PM at Grace Episcopal Church, 19 E. Kings Hwy., Haddonfield, NJ 08033. His Memorial Communion Service will follow at 1:30PM. Interment in the Church’s Memorial Garden. Memorial donations in Mr. Richards’ name may be made to the Church at the above address for the Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church.
Schuld, Frank J.
On September 21, 2006, age 92, of Cherry Hill, formerly of Berlin, NJ beloved husband of Mary T. (nee Fetters) and father of Michael and his wife, Mary, of Cherry Hill, Mary Ann Hall and her husband, Jim, of Herndon, VA, and David, and his fiancé, Geneieve Bertuola, of Berlin, NJ. Also survived by 4 grandchildren, Molly McHugh (Matt), Trevor and Sallie Hall, and Samantha Schuld, and 1 great grandchild, Mary Delaney McHugh. Mr. Schuld is retired from the US Marine Corps. He retired as a Gunnery Sgt. and served over 30 years starting in 1933. Mr. Schuld served our country in WWII, Korea and Viet Nam. He was an avid bowler. He also was an avid wood worker at Modern Lumber in Somerdale. Additionally, he loved to spend time on Wailua Bay in Kauai, Hawaii. Mr. Schuld’s family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6-8 PM at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield. His Funeral Mass will follow Monday morning, 11:30 AM, at St. Stephens Catholic Church, 6306 Browning Rd., Pennsauken, NJ 08109. Interment Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. Memorial donations in Mr. Schuld’s name may be made to the Church at the above address.
VALECCE, VITO A., M.D.
On Sept. 20, 2006, age 75, a resident of Haddonfield for over 40 years, beloved husband of Elizabeth A. (nee Green) and father of the late Jayne Valecce. Also survived by 5 children, Judith Valecce Waters of Houston, TX, John Valecce and his wife Anita of Mamaroneck, NY, Jill Valecce of Haddonfield, Michael Valecce of New York City, and Paul Valecce of Scottsdale, AZ, 7 grandchildren, Alexander, Mark & Katarina Ostbye, Colin & Claudia Waters, and Matthew & Mia Valecce, 2 sisters, Rita Valecce & Elizabeth Mingen and 2 brothers, Fred & Michael Valecce. Dr. Valecce attended Northeast Catholic High School. He graduated from LaSalle College in 1953 and received his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical School in 1957. Dr. Valecce practiced Family Medicine in Runnemede for 36 years. In addition to his practice, he enjoyed golf, fine art, sports, and winters at his family home in Jupiter, Florida. His later years were focused on his seven beloved grandchildren, whom he enjoyed teaching and attending their various activities. Additionally, the family would like to thank the staff at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital for their outstanding care and compassion. Dr. Velecce’s family will receive friends on Saturday morning from 9-10:45 AM, at Christ the King R.C. Church, 200 Windsor Ave., Haddonfield; where his Memorial Mass will follow at 11 AM. Interment, private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in Dr. Valecce’s name be made to the Jayne Valecce Memorial Scholarship Fund, American University, Office of Development, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016 or to the charity of ones choice. Arrangements by Kain-Murphy Funeral Services of Haddonfield.
nee Walden) On Sept. 15, 2006, age 85, a resident of Haddonfield for over 50 years and beloved wife for 61 years of John. Also survive by 3 sons, Mark and his wife Gina, of Collingswood, David and his wife Lynne, of Woodbury and Peter and his wife Leah, of Golita, CA, 5 grandchildren and 1 sister, Pamela Maxwell of England. Mrs. Shamlian was a Signal Woman in the British Women’s Royal Navy (WRENS) during WWII. Over her life she pursued painting, when time allowed, and become an accomplished artist. Mrs. Shamlian’s family and friends are invited to her Memorial Service, Saturday, 10 AM, at Grace Episcopal Church, 19 E. Kings Hwy., Haddonfield, NJ 08033; where the family will receive friends following the service. Interment will be in the church’s Memorial Garden. Memorial donations in Mrs. Shamlian’s name may be made to the church at the above address; where she was a longtime member or the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial in Phila.
SIMPSON, FRANCIS X.
On Sept. 16, 2006, age 83, of Westmont, formerly a resident of Haddonfield for over 25 years and beloved husband of Helen (nee Cantwell). Also survived by 2 sons, Francis X., Jr. and his wife Elizabeth of Mt. Laurel and Richard M. and his wife Maureen of Pennsauken, 4 grandchildren, Francis X., III, Patrick, Meaghan and Christopher and 1 sister, Marguerite Vanderslice of Broomall, PA. Mr. Simpson served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Peter’s Chapter # 6735 and of the Haddonfield Rotary Club. Mr. Simpson was the owner/operator of Simpson Associates, an Employment Agency, in Haddonfield for over 20 years. His family will receive friends on Friday, 9:30-10:45 AM, at St. Vincent of Pallotti R.C. Church, 901 Hopkins Rd., Haddon Twp., NJ 08108; where his Funeral Mass will follow at 11 AM. Interment, private. Memorial donations in Mr. Simpson’s name may be made to the church at the above address.
MENZEL, HERBERT R.
On Sept. 14, 2006, age 81, of Cherry Hill, formerly of Westmont and beloved husband of the late Loretta (nee Cinkowski). Mr. Menzel served in the U.S. Navy during WWII as a Radar Technician on a Destroyer in the Pacific. Additionally, he was well known in his field as a master tool and die maker. He is survived by 2 loving daughters, Barbara L. Shilowich and her husband Walter, of Voorhees and Diane Yellin and her husband Mark, of Cherry Hill, 4 grandchildren, Craig & Bryan Shilowich and Lori & Christine Yellin, and 1 brother, Heinz Menzel of Voorhees. Mr. Menzel’s family will receive friends on Monday, 11:45 AM -12:45 PM, at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ; where his Service will follow at 1 PM. Interment, Locustwood Cem., Cherry Hill. Memorial donation may be made in Mr. Menzel’s name to National MS Society, Greater Delaware Valley Chapter, 1 Reed Street #200, Philadelphia, PA 19147.