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Larry A. Muir
READINGTON TWP. - Larry A. Muir, Ph.D., of Readington Township died Friday, Nov. 15, 2002 at home. He was 60. Born in Johnston, Ohio, he was the son of Allen and Virginia Muir. He grew up on a dairy farm in Johnston, Ohio and later moved to Readington Township. Dr. Muir earned three degrees from Ohio State University in Animal Science. He received The Distinguished Alumni Award from Ohio State University in 1995. He was a retired vice-president of Alpharma where he was responsible for worldwide animal health research and development from 1985 to 2000. Dr. Muir had previously retired from Merck in 1985, after 15 years as director of animal health research. Recently, he owned and operated Muir Consultants. He was a member of the Johnston, Ohio United Methodist Church. He enjoyed traveling, and all kinds of sports. He coached local youth baseball, basketball and soccer teams. He was an avid genealogist, traveling to Scotland to research family history. He is survived by his wife Beatrice Muir; one daughter, Heather Muir Spanbauer of Cincinnati, Ohio; two sons, Bradford Muir of Flemington and Ryan Muir of Readington Township; two sisters, Carla Muir of Johnston, Ohio and Nancy Lechter of Kinsman, Ohio; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Tuesday in Kinsman, Ohio. All local arrangements were handled by the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington. Memorial contributions can be made to Cap Cure, the association for the cure of prostate cancer, 1250 4th St., Suite 360, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Charles I. Reed
TITUSVILLE - Charles I. Reed died Sunday at the Rolling Hills Care Center in Clinton Township. He was 82. He was born in Pittstown, the son of Irving and Alice Matthews Reed. He lived in Titusville for many years. He was a cost analyst at the General Motors Corp. plant in Ewing for 30 years. He was a graduate of Rider College in Lawrenceville. He served in the Army serving in France, Germany, Italy and Africa as a radio operator and attained the rank of sergeant. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Titusville where he was on the Board of Session, a trustee and had been a Sunday school teacher. He belonged to the General Motors Retirees Club and enjoyed traveling. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ruth Guldner Reed; four sons Dan Reed of Flemington, Charles Reed of Marlton, Craig Reed of Titusville and Jeffrey Reed of Ottsville, Pa. and seven grandchildren. Funeral services were be held yesterday at the First Presbyterian Church of Titusville. Burial was in Harbourton Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home in Pennington. Memorial contributions can be made to the Organ Fund of the church, 48 River Dr., Titusville 08560 or the American Cancer Society, 3076 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville 08648.

Michael W. Tarapchak
BLOOMSBURY - Michael W. Tarapchak died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002 at the Hunterdon Medical Center. He was 86. Born in Hazelton, Pa., he was the son of Michael and Maria Schultz Tarapchak. He lived in Roselle for many years prior to moving to Bound Brook 23 years ago. He moved to his daughter's home in Bloomsbury in September. He served in the Army from 1941 to 1946 and attained the rank of captain. He was a cryptographic and intelligence staff officer who supervised transmissions and receipt of classified messages, both encoding and decoding. He was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad as a car inspector for more than 30 years, retiring in 1976. He was a communicant of St. Mary's Church in Bound Brook. He was a member of the American Legion in Roselle. His wife, Clara, died in 1988. He is survived by two daughters, Loretta Doney of Bloomsbury and Elaine Hagan of Bound Brook, and four grandchildren. Funeral services are today at Taggart-Chamberlain Funeral Home in Bound Brook at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at the church. Interment is at Bound Brook Cemetery. Visitation was last night from 7 to 9 at the funeral home.

Anastasia Tress
LAMBERTVILLE - Anastasia D. Kwaikowski Tress died on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002 at the Buckingham Valley Care Center in Buckingham Township, Pa. She was 91. Born in South River, she moved to Lambertville in 1949. She was employed by the DelVue Cleaners in Lambertville for many years before retiring 30 years ago. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lambertville and its Rosary Altar Society. She was a member of the Lambertville chapter of the Deborah Heart and Lung Center. Her husband John C. Tress and a brother George Bosco died previously. She is survived by her daughter Gail M. Tress-Nardoni of Ewing and two grandsons. Services were held yesterday at St. John the Evangelist Church. Burial followed at the Holcombe-Riverview Cemetery in Delaware Township. Arrangements were by the Van Horn-McDonough Funeral Home in Lambertville. Memorial contributions can be sent to the Deborah Heart and Lung Center, Lambertville Chapter, c/o Dorothy Bolmer, 83 Lincoln Ave. Lambertville 08530.

John A. Volk
LANCASTER, Pa. - John A. Volk, formerly of Clinton Township, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002 in Lancashire Hall and Rehabilitation Facility in Lancaster. He was 98. Born in Newark, he was the son of Albert and Margaret Roggenkamp Volk. He lived in Maplewood before moving to Clinton Township in 1947 and then to Lancaster 12 years ago. Mr. Volk owned and operated Clinton Block & Supply Co. from 1950 to 1970. Before that he operated a chicken farm on Payne Road in Clinton Township. Mr. Volk was predeceased by his wife Elsie Brewster Volk, three brothers and two sisters. He is survived by two daughters, Joanne Zolomij of Evanston, Ill. and Norma Miller of Lancaster; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services were held yesterday at the Martin Funeral Home in Clinton Township, followed by burial at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Clinton. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, 2550 Highway 1, North Brunswick 08902.

Bess Ann Owens
WILDWOOD, Fla. - Bess Ann Owens died Nov. 6, 2002. She was 69. Born in Canton, Ohio, the daughter of Dorothy E. and William C. Earenfight, she lived in Flemington and in Ringoes before moving to Wildwood in 1980. Mrs. Owens was the longtime owner of The Pine Cone, Ltd. in Flemington and Frenchtown. She is survived by her mother in Bath, N.C.; her husband, Ronald Owens of Wildwood; three daughters, Lorri Moench of Blacksburg, Va., Kristi Boyle of Bloomsbury, and Victoria Owens of Hellertown, Pa.; and 13 grandchildren. Her body was cremated. Memorial contributions can be made to WeCare Nursing Center, 490 W. Old Wire Road, Wildwood, FL 34785, or Sumterville United Methodist Church, Sumterville, FL 33585.

Virginia Papenfuhs
BETHLEHEM TWP. - Virginia E. Papenfuhs died Nov. 14, 2002 at her home. She was 72. Born in Lebanon, she was the daughter of Howard and Esther M. Sliker Rinehart and lived in Quakertown before moving to Bethlehem Township 31 years ago. She received a bachelors in science in medical technology in 1956 from Fairleigh Dickinson College in Rutherford. She worked in the medical field for the rest of her professional career, and from 1981 to 1995 worked at Hunterdon Medical Center's laboratory. When she retired, she was awarded a certificate of appreciation from the hospital. She was a member of the Stewart Chapter, order of the Eastern Star in High Bridge since 1963 and served as its chaplain recently and volunteered at the Eastern Star Home in Bridgewater. She received a number of honors with the Eastern Star including Worthy Matron in 1972 and 1995 and Grand Representative for North Carolina from 1996 to 1998. She was the organist for a number of Eastern Star chapters in the 13th district and was a district deputy. She was a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. She is survived by three sons, Roy H. of Belvidere, Neil A. of Bethlehem Township and Glenn F. Lebanon, a brother, William Rinehart of Glendale, Ariz., and three grandsons. Services were held on Monday at the Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon. Interment was at the Union Cemetery in Lebanon. Memorial contributions can be made to the Hunterdon Hospice, 2100 Wescott Dr., Flemington 08822.

Doris Mae Randolph
Doris Mae Randolph, 75, of Phillipsburg died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, after a long illness. Born in Scranton, Pa., she was the daughter of William and Mildred Strause Ensminger. Before retiring, she was employed in the production department of the Atlantic Spring Co. in Raritan Township. She also loved being a waitress and did so for many years in several New Jersey and Pennsylvania restaurants. She loved cooking, gardening, crocheting, going to yard sales, working a crossword puzzle and fishing. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Broadway. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Ernest F. Randolph; two daughters, Gayla Gerhardt of Holland Township and Shirley of Frenchtown; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. There will be no calling hours. Private cremation will be held and a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. The Noto-Wynkoop Funeral Home, 289 South Main St., Phillipsburg, is handling the arrangements. On-line condolences may be submitted at www.noto-wynkoop.com. Memorial contributions can be made to the United Methodist Church of Broadway, 193 Broad St., Washington, NJ 07882.

Lucy B. Richardson
DAYTON, Va. - Lucy Baker Richardson died Nov. 12, 2002 at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, Va. She was 83. She is a former resident of Glen Gardner. She was born in Wilson, N.C., the daughter of Walton C. and Frances Lenox Jenkins Baker. She lived in North Carolina, New Jersey, and Florida before moving to Dayton in 1994. She was a member of the Dayton United Methodist Church. Her husband, John McLaren Richardson, died in 1991. She is survived by two sons, John Richardson Jr. of Bridgewater, Va. and George Richardson of Palo Alto, Calif.; a daughter, Lois Strauss of Norway, Maine; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held Nov. 15 at the church under the direction of the Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater, Va. Memorial contributions can be made to the Bridgewater Fire Department, 304 North Main St., Bridgewater, Va. or the Bridgewater Rescue Squad, Box 285, Bridgewater, Va. 22812.

Dorothy A. Sebeth
FLEMINGTON - Dorothy A. Sebeth died Nov. 14, 2002 at the Hunterdon Medical Center. She was 72. Born in Flemington, she was the daughter of Clarence Sr. and Keturah Bromworth Bodine. She resided in Flemington most of her life and was a 1948 graduate of Flemington High School. In 1951, she graduated from Mercer Hospital School of Nursing in Trenton. She later received a bachelor of science degree from Trenton State College. She was a school nurse for Flemington-Raritan Elementary School District for 27 years, retiring in 1991. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Clifford Sebeth Sr., who died in 1991 and a brother, William Bodine, who died in 1990. She is survived by three sons, Charles C. Sebeth of Killington, Vt., Jeffrey R. Sebeth of Flemington and Keith J. Sebeth of Vail, Colo.; a daughter, Deborah A. Rumpf of Washington; a brother, Charles Bodine of New Hope, Pa.; and seven grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington. Interment was in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Flemington. Memorial contributions can be made to Hunterdon Medical Center Foundation, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, 08822.

John J. Wieczerak
RANDOLPH - John J. Wieczerak died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002 at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pa. He was 83. Born in Brooklyn, the son of Frank and Salomea Malcynski Wieczerak, he lived in Flemington before moving to Ringoes in 1958, and then to Randolph last year. Until his retirement, he was a principal construction engineer for the state of New Jersey, Division of Building in Trenton. Mr. Wieczerak was a member and past master of Flemington's Grandview Grange. He was a parishioner of St. Magdalen's Catholic Church in Flemington. His first wife, Susan Wieczerak, died in 1993. Mr. Wieczerak is survived by his wife, Carolyn Veres-Wieczerak; his brother, Stanley Sasor of Flemington; three sisters, Florence Athey of Eatontown, Sophie Biel of High Point, N.C. and Adell Stewart of Tucson, Ariz.; and two stepchildren, Michael Veres of Hackettstown and Patricia Veres of Dover. A funeral liturgy was held on Monday at St. Magdalen's Catholic Church in Flemington. Interment followed in St. Magdalen's Cemetery in Flemington. Arrangements were by the Robert L. Ford Funeral Home of Flemington.

Mildred M. Wilber
MILFORD - Mildred M. Wilber died Saturday, Nov. 16. 2002, at home. She was 90. Born in Chicago, a daughter of Karel and Marie Smira Kopcak, she lived in Markham, Ill., for 40 years, then in Myrtle Beach, S.C., before moving to Milford four years ago. She was a homemaker and also worked for many years as a medical secretary. Her husband, Ray, died in 1998. A son, Donald, and five brothers and three sisters also died previously. Surviving are two sons, Richard of Milford and Dennis of Dunwoody, Ga.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Services were held Tuesday at W.E. Johnson Funeral Home in Holland Township. Her body was cremated. Memorial contributions can be made to Hunterdon Hospice, 2100 Wescott Dr., Flemington 08822.

Robert Radcliff Jr.
DUNDEE, N.Y. - Robert F. Radcliff Jr. died May 12, 2003 at his home. He was 69. Born in Philadelphia to Robert and Ruth Civitts Radcliff, he moved to Lebanon Township when he married Maxine Norman in 1968. They moved to Dundee in 1980. He was a truck driver and was a mechanic employed by Ervay's Marina in Watkins Glen until his retirement in 1997. He was a past chief and former member of the Lebanon Township Fire Department and a former member of the Teamsters Union of Car Carriers. Surviving are his wife of 34 years, Maxine; three sons, Bernie Philhower of Lebanon Township, Robert Stevenson of Roanoke, Va. and Jon Radcliff of Himrod, N.Y.; four daughters, Linda Pfeil of Carrolton, Texas, Darlane Schadel of Hegins, Pa., Bonnie Popinko of Lebanon Township and Jada Jensen of Dundee; a brother, Harold of Washington; two sisters, Anne Ahart and Betty Riker, both of New Jersey; nine grandchildren and one great-grandson. Services were private, under the direction of the Baird Funeral Home in Dundee. Memorial contributions can be made to the Lebanon Township Fire Department, Glen Gardner, 08826 or Ontario-Yates County Hospice Association, 756 Pre-Emption Road, Geneva, N.Y. 14456.Albert M. Gessler

Albert Gessler
RARITAN TWP. - Albert M. Gessler died Sunday, May 18, 2003 at home. He was 84. The son of Albert E. and Mildred Murphy Gessler, he resided in Cranford for 58 years before moving to Raritan Township almost two years ago. A graduate of Cornell University, he worked as a senior research chemist associate for Exxon Research in Linden for 38 years. Mr. Gessler, who published over 25 papers and obtained over 36 patents, founded Cranford's recycling program in 1971, was integral in establishing Cranford's Conservation Center, and served and chaired the Environmental Commission for several years. He was a Scoutmaster and advisor with the Boy Scouts in Cranford for over 20 years, receiving the 'Silver Beaver' award in 1962. Mr. Gessler received several other awards, including a 1999 'resolution of Grateful Appreciation' from the mayor of Cranford for his outstanding efforts and achievement in making it a better community. He is predeceased by his first wife, Margaret Dunn, and a sister, Isolde Murphy. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Kearns Gessler; two daughters, Mildred Gessler of Appleton, N.Y. and Helen Kerekes of Raritan Township; five step-children, Rosemary Hrinko of Raritan Township, Patricia Rueda of Oakland, Marjorie Caouette of Lyndeborough, N.H., Richard Walter of Pompton Plains and Mary Ellen Hepworth of Cape Coral, Fla.; a sister, Sally Clements of Norwalk, Conn.; two grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were private under the direction of the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington. Memorial contributions can be made to Hunterdon Hospice, 2100 Wescott Dr., Flemington 08822.

Gertrude Vogt
MIDDLESEX - Gertrude Vogt died May 9, 2003 at Somerset Medical Center. She was 97. Mrs. Vogt was part owner and employed at Flemington Electric Supply for many years. Born in Carbondale, Pa., she was the daughter of Peter and Louise Pfoor Maul. She lived in Middlesex for 95 years. She was also employed at Chelsea Fan in Plainfield, Helen Elliot Candies in North Plainfield, and L. Gidding Co., Thomas Young Orchids, Bound Brook Oilless Bearing, Klear Vu Plastics and Knickerbocker Toys, all in Middlesex. She was a member of the Middlesex Senior Citizens Club. Her husband, Emil Vogt died in 1967, and her children, Emil Vogt, William Vogt, James Vogt, Joseph ''Mickey'' Vogt and Dorothy ''Sissy'' Vogt Danko, also died earlier. She is survived by a daughter, Gertrude Corsini and a sister, Dorothy Eganey, both of Middlesex; 16 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Services were held May 14 at Taggart-Chamberlain Funeral Home in Bound Brook followed by burial in Bound Brook Cemetery.

Elizabeth King
STOCKTON - Elizabeth 'Betty' King died May 15, 2003 at Independence Manor assisted living in Raritan Township. She was 81. She was born in Philadelphia and lived in Scotch Plains, then Edison before moving to Stockton a year ago. She was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Scotch Plains and a member of its Rosary Altar Society. She enjoyed traveling. A son, Harry King, Jr. and a grandson, Marc von Trapp both died previously. Mrs. King is survived by her husband of 57 years, Harry King; two daughters, Patricia von Trapp of Stowe, Vt. and Jeannie Colalillo of Stockton; a son, Kevin King of Chandler, Ariz.; a brother, John Hyland of Havertown, Pa;. and eight grandchildren. Services were held on Tuesday from the Memorial Funeral Home in Fanwood. A funeral liturgy was held at the church. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. Memorial contributions can be made to the church, 1571 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains 07076.

Madge Pearce
READINGTON TWP. - Madge H. Pearce died Sunday, May 18, 2203 in the Hunterdon Care Center, Raritan Township. She was 89. Born in Shelby, N.C., she was the daughter of Abernathy and Lela Withrow Harrelson. She lived in Altoona, Pa. then in Whiting for 20 years before moving to Readington Township in 1997. A registered nurse, she was supervisor of nursing at Grace New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Conn., and later was a nurse at Altoona (Pa.) General Hospital. She retired in 1975. She was a member of Crestwood Evangelical Church in Whiting. Her husband, Harry T. Pearce, died in 1998. Mrs. Pearce is survived by a daughter, Linda Batz of Readington Township. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 31 at 10:30 a.m. in the Stanton Reformed Church. Interment will be private under the direction of the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington. Memorial contributions can be made to Hunterdon Hospice, 2100 Wescott Dr., Flemington 08822.

Kenneth Clawson
RENTON, WASH. - Kenneth B. Clawson died May 8, 2003, in Thailand. He was 50. He was the father of Christine Clawson of Clinton. Born in Midland, Texas, he was the son of George and Virginia French Clawson. He had been living in Renton for the past six months. In his career as a golf irrigation specialist, he lived and traveled extensively overseas, building golf courses in India, China, the Philippines, Mexico and Thailand. He loved golf and photography. His son, Craig Clawson, died in 2002 and his father died in 1996. In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his mother, of New Castle, Wash.; and two brothers, Terry Clawson of Austin, Texas and Dan Clawson of Renton. A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Martin Funeral Home in Clinton. Calling hours are noon to 2 p.m. in the funeral home. Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Cokesbury. Memorial contributions can be made to World Vision International, Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063-9716.

Arthur Lanning
LEBANON TWP. - Arthur C. Lanning died May 14, 2003 at home. He was 69. Born in Lebanon Township to Judson and Bessie Hanson Lanning, he was a lifelong resident of the township. He served in the Army, obtaining the rank of private first class serving at Fort Devons, Mass. He was discharged in 1961. He was a truck driver for the Lebanon Township Road Department, retiring six years ago. He was a 55-year member of the Spruce Run Lutheran Church in Lebanon Township. He was a life member of the American Legion post in Hackettstown. Three brothers and two sisters died earlier. He is survived by two sisters, Olga Lanning and Hazel Apgar, both of Lebanon Township. Services were held at Spruce Run Lutheran Church in Lebanon Township on Monday. Interment was at Spruce Run Cemetery under the direction of Coughlin Funeral Home in Califon. Memorial donations can be made to the church.

Robert Reper
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. - Robert T. Reper died May 11, 2003. He was 72. Born in Flemington, he was the son of Isaac and Hannah Leaver Reper. He lived most of his life in the Flemington area until he moved to Winter Garden 30 years ago. He was a graduate of Flemington High School. While in Flemington, he was employed as a building contractor and in Florida as a window installer. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Reper; four sons, Robert T. Reper Jr. of Clinton, Robert W. Reper of Gainesville, Fla., Louis Reper of Groveland, Fla. and Richard Reper of Clemont, Fla.; two sisters, Eleanor Reper of Quakertown and Alice Reper of Cocoa, Fla.; and 10 grandchildren. Services were held May 14 at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Winter Garden. Memorial contributions can be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, 12 Roszel Rd., Princeton 08540.

Mary Potts
BEDFORD, Va. - Mary Emily Cooke Potts died Friday, May 16, 2003, at her home following a long illness. She was 95. She was the mother of Patricia Duckworth of Lebanon Township. Born in Ashton Under-Lyne, England, she was the daughter of John and Virginia Flood Cooke Digby. She immigrated to the United States from England in 1909. She resided in Long Valley before moving to Virginia in 1972. She was affectionately known to her family and friends as Mimi and in her younger days she was an accomplished horsewoman and operated a riding school in New Jersey. Her husband, Frederick Potts died in 1970. Two daughters, Catherine Potts and Rose Potts Horton; 10 brothers and sisters, and one granddaughter died earlier. She raised several foster children. In addition to her daughter Patricia, she is survived by two other e daughters, Virginia Guerin of Bedford, Va., and Mary Fleming of Long Valley; 20 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. A graveside Service was held on Tuesday at Our Lady of the mountain Cemetery in Schooley's Mountain. Arrangements were under the direction of Coughlin Funeral Home in Califon. Memorial contributions can be made to Bedford Hospice, c/o Bedford Hospital, Oakwood St., Bedford, VA. 24523

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