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Annabel and Duncan Cahill
LEBANON TWP. - A Memorial Mass for stillborn twins Annabel Louise and Duncan Louis Cahill will be held on Saturday, May 31 at 11 a.m. at St. Magdalen Catholic Church in Flemington. The twins were the children of Gregory and Stephanie Petron Cahill of Lebanon Township. They died at Hunterdon Medical Center on April 14, 2003. They are also survived by their maternal grandmother, Mary Theresa Petron of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. and paternal grandmother Elizabeth Cahill of Harrison. Burial was private under the direction of the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington.

Kathryn Tomer
HOLLAND TWP. - Kathryn Tomer, formerly of Holland Township and Alpha, died Saturday, May 17, 2003, at Manor Care in Palmer Township, Pa. She was 92. Born in Alpha, she was a daughter of John and Julie Nagy Penzar. Mrs. Tomer and her husband John owned and operated a dairy farm in Holland Township for many years. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alpha, and was a member of its Golden Age Club. She enjoyed gardening and traveling. Her husband died in 1987. She was also predeceased by two sisters, Julia Barliari and Theresa Arcadi, and three brothers, John Burke, Alexa Barkes and Steve Penzar, as well as one grandchild and one great-grandchild. Surviving are a daughter, Kathryn Silverthorn of Holland Township; two sons, Eugene Tomer of Holland Township and Ernest Tomer of Harmony Township; a brother, Emil Klozer of Augusta, Ga., seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held yesterday from the Finegan Funeral Home in Alpha, followed by a Funeral Liturgy at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Interment was at St. Mary's Cemetery, Alpha. Donations can be made to Alzheimer's Disease Research, 15825 Shady Grove Road, Suite 140, Rockville, MD 20850.

Wilda Jordan
NESHANIC - Wilda H. Jordan died May 15, 2003 at the Foothill Acres Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center here. She was 92. She was born in Coredale, Ga., the daughter of William and Eva Burge Cox, and lived in New Middletown, Ohio for 30 years then in Bridgewater Township for four years before moving to Foothill Acres five years ago. She was a homemaker. Her first husband, Walter Cook, died in 1968, and her second husband, Donald Jordan, died in 1978. She is survived by two daughters, Karen Rogers of Neshanic Station and Phyllis Rae of New Middletown; a sister, Stella Bowden of Barstow, Pa.; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held Sunday in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Flemington. Arrangements were made by the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington.

Ernest Pichler
PHILLIPSBURG - Ernest Pichler died May 13, 2003 at the Warren Hospital in Phillipsburg after a long illness. He was 86. He was the father of Gabrielle Pichler of Lambertville. Born in Hungary, he was a son of Frank and Anna Vinkler Pichler. He lived in Great Meadows and Oxford previously. Mr. Pickler was employed by Rogers Transfer of Great Meadows as a truck mechanic before retiring 11 years ago. He participated in the Warren County Nutrition Program. He attended St. Ann's Catholic Church in Hampton. His wife, Anna Makai, died in 1984; two brothers and a sister died previously as well. Also surviving are another daughter, Margaret Pichler of Bangor, Pa.; and three grandchildren. Services were held at St. Ann's Church. Interment was in St. Ann's Cemetery under the direction of Coughlin Funeral Home of Califon. Memorial donations can be sent to the Hunterdon SPCA, 576 Stamets Road, Milford 08848.

Stephen Papics
MILFORD - Stephen F. Papics died Monday, May 19, 2003, at Brakely Park Center, Lopatcong Township. He was 89. Born in Barracksville, W. Va., a son of Michael and Theresa Roth Papics, he lived in Milford for most of his life. Mr. Papics was a cutting-machine operator at the Riegel Paper Co. mill in Milford for 48 years before retiring in 1978. He was a member of the Riegel Quarter Century Club. An Army veteran of World War II, he served in New Guinea, the Philippines and Japan. He was a member of the Frenchtown American Legion Fidelity Post and a life member of Frenchtown-Milford VFW Post. He was a member of the Alexandria First Presbyterian Church. His wife, the former Sarah E. Manning, died in 1995. Two brothers, Michael and John, also died previously. Surviving are a brother, Frank of Colbert, Ga.; five sisters, Anna Gruver of Holland Township, Irene Biscar of West Melbourne, Fla., Matilda Hotchkin of Three Bridges, Margaret Oram of Oxford and Elizabeth Berner of Washington. Services were held yesterday at the W.E. Johnson Funeral Home in Holland Township. Burial was at Frenchtown Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Alexandria First Presbyterian Church, 141 Little York-Mount Pleasant Road, Milford 08848.

Giacomo Mannino
FLEMINGTON - Giacomo B. Mannino died Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at home. He was 65. He was born in Carini, Sicily in Italy and immigrated to the U.S. in 1967. A former resident of Long Island and New York, he lived in Flemington for the past 31 years. He was the owner and operator of the Italian Bakery in Raritan Borough and in Flemington for 17 years until retiring in 2000. He was a communicant of St. Magdalen's Catholic Church in Flemington. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Enza Covello Mannino; two daughters, Rose Mannino Ingrassia of Flemington and Grace Mannino LoGrasso of Pennington; a son, Giuseppe Mannino of Doylestown, Pa.; an adopted daughter, Maria Battimelli of Frenchtown; three brothers, Giuseppe, Salvatore, and Antonio; three sisters, Vita Vassallo of Sicily, Carmela Badalamenti of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Giovanna Candela of Flemington; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will begin tomorrow at 9:15 a.m. at the Branchburg Funeral Home, followed by a 10 a.m. funeral liturgy at St. Magdalen's Church. Entombment will be in the St. Magdalen's Church Cemetery Mausoleum. Calling hours are today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Fox Chase Cancer Center, 7701 Burholme Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111.

James Grimes
KINGWOOD TWP. - James J. 'Buddy' Grimes died on Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Township. He was 77. Born in Rexburg, Va. to Joseph and Martha Davis Grimes, he lived in Piscataway for 30 years before moving to Kingwood in 1999. Until his retirement, he was a systems analyst employed by the City of Newark. During World War II, he served with the Navy. He was a member of the VFW in Sergeantsville, the Disabled American Veterans North Jersey Chapter, the George W. Taylor Civil War Roundtable in Clinton, the Flint N' Steel Association of the Boy Scouts of America in Plainfield and the Merry Mixers in Kingwood. A son, Jeffrey, died in 1974. Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Rosemarie Scialli Grimes; two sons, James Jr. of Stockton and Timothy of Ringoes; a brother, Wilbert of North Bergen and two grandchildren. Services will be held on Friday at 9:15 a.m. from the Robert L. Ford Funeral Home in Flemington. A liturgy will follow at 10:30 a.m. in the Our Lady of Victories Church in Baptistown. Interment will follow in the Resurrection Cemetery in Piscataway. Calling hours will be at the funeral home on Wednesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Contributions can be made to the Flemington Food Pantry, 110 Broad St., 08822. To send an online condolence, visit

Alfred Frim
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Alfred (Al) G. Frim, a 31-year Raritan Township resident, died April 23, 2003 at his home here. He was 74. He was born in Elizabeth, a son of Jakob and Katharina Kroener Frim. He and his wife, Eleanor, moved to Florida in 1995. Mrs. Frim was active in Republican politics and served as county adjuster from 1976 to 1993. Mr. Frim was a retired microchip engineer, working for RCA in Bridgewater and then for Intel, based in Princeton. He worked in California and Arizona on assignment for Intel. He coached a team in the Flemington-Raritan Little League and served as treasurer of the Flemington Pioneers football team. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Erick of Yardley, Pa. and Jeffrey of Villa Rica, Ga.; a daughter, Tracy Moon of Bloomsbury; and six grandchildren. The funeral service was at St. Paul's by the Sea Catholic Church in Jacksonville Beach. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery in Jacksonville. Memorial contributions can be made to the Parkinson's Association or the American Heart Association.

Isabel Velez
RARITAN TWP. - Isabel Velez died May 22, 2003 at home. She was 89. Born in Lajas, Puerto Rico to Alejandro and Maria Velez Toro, she lived in Queens, N.Y. before moving to Raritan Township two years ago. Mrs. Velez was a homemaker. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Society of Transfiguration Church and the Lucia Nieves Fraternity, both in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her husband Bernardino Velez died in 1943 and her son Robinson Aponte died in 1963. She is survived by three daughters, Lucy Hiken of Marlton, Carmen Calderon of Raritan Township and Norma Garcia of Brooklyn; two sons, Mariano Velez of Queens and Bernardino Velez of Pennsylvania; 18 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday at St. Magdalen Catholic Church in Flemington. Interment followed in St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, N.Y. under the direction of the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington. Memorial donations can be made to Hunterdon Hospice, 2100 Wescott Dr., Flemington 08822.

Catley Mitchell
WHITING - Catley 'Mitch' E. Mitchell died Friday, May 23, 2003 at Community Medical Center in Toms River. He was 79. He was born in Indianapolis, Ind. and lived in North Plainfield and then Flemington for five years before moving to the Pine Ridge section of Whiting in 1994. He served in the Army during World War II. He was a member of the Audubon Lodge and the Safety Patrol of Pine Ridge in Whiting. He is survived by his wife, Frances Haberle Mitchell; a son, Terry Mitchell of Stanton; two brothers, James and Bedford Mitchell, both of Cloverdale, Ind. and two grandchildren. Services were held on Tuesday at the Carmona-Bolen Home for Funerals in Whiting.

Ruth Shanholtzer
FRANKLIN TWP. - Ruth A. Shanholtzer died May 20, 2003 at her home. She was 73. Born in Perth Amboy to George and Chloe Morris Griffin, she had lived in Chester, Edison and Menlo Park before moving to Franklin Township 31 years ago. She was an executive administrative assistant for the ARC of Hunterdon County for 15 years, retiring in 1997. Mrs. Shanholtzer served in the Army from 1948 to 1949. She was an active bowler, competing in various leagues and tournaments. Her husband, James, died in 1991. Surviving are her two sons, Bruce of South Bound Brook and Brian of Stewartsville; two daughters, Patricia Hanson of Pittstown and Ella Butts of Flemington; a brother, Daniel Griffin of Orlando, Fla. and two grandchildren. Services were held on Saturday in the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington.

Herbert Scheuing
UNION TWP. - Herbert A. Scheuing died May 20, 2003 at home. He was 74. Born in Astoria, N.Y., he was the son of Alfred and Magdalena Fries Scheuing. He resided in Washington Township, Bergen County, before moving to Union Township in 1968. Mr. Scheuing was in the Navy from 1947 to 1955 and served as a Petty Officer Third Class on the submarine U.S.S. Piper during the Korean War. He worked for 38 years with the Elevator Union Local #1 Whitestone, N.Y. retiring in 1990. He was a member since 1968 and current fire police chief for the Pattenburg Fire Company. He was the Pattenburg fire chief during the 1970s. Previously, he was a member of the Washington Township Fire Company. He was also the fire sub-code Fire official for East Amwell and Union townships. His companion, Elizabeth Exley, died in 2002. He is survived by three sons, Paul Scheuing of Asbury, Bruce Scheuing of Chaska, Minn., and Karl Scheuing of Bloomsbury; one daughter, Carolyn Tinnesz of Pennsboro, W. Va.; four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Services were held on Saturday at the Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon. Interment was private. Memorial contributions can be made to Pattenburg Fire Company, Box 5363, Clinton 08809.

Carol Marie Manos
CALIFON - Carol Marie Manos died Monday, May 26, 2003 at Hunterdon Medical Center following a long illness. She was 49. She was born in Canada and had lived in Newark before moving to the Califon area in 1980. She was a clerk at RJ Mars in the Chester Springs Mall in Chester for many years. She is survived by her husband, Charles Manos and a son, Paul Manos of Long Island City, N.Y. Calling hours are tonight from 7 to 9 at the Coughlin Funeral Home in Califon. A memorial service will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be private.

Mary Vanderberg
MOUNT JOY, Pa. - Mary Vanderberg died May 22, 2003 at Washington (D.C) Hospital Center. She was 82. She was born in Arum, Netherlands, the daughter of Klaas and Elisabeth Tolsma Huizenja. She came to the United States in 1959 and lived in Flemington for 34 years, then York, Pa. before moving to Mount Joy nine months ago. She retired in 1991 as an officer of the Flemington National Bank. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Henry Vanderberg; a son, Richard Vanderberg of Mount Joy and two grandchildren. Services were held on Tuesday at Flemington Presbyterian Church. Burial was in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Flemington. Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington made arrangements.

Gertrude Curry
RARITAN TWP. - Gertrude Sophia Curry died May 21, 2003, at the Hunterdon Care Center. She was 88. Born in New York, N.Y., she was the daughter of Isadore and Sophie Meyer Smith. She lived in Flemington for many years before moving to Fredericksburg, Va. She returned to the Flemington area in 2001. She was a 1934 graduate of Flemington High School. She was an administrator for the Defense Department, working at the Pentagon until her retirement. Her husband Arthur Curry died in 2001. Funeral services were May 22 at the Robert L. Ford Funeral Home in Flemington. Interment was at Beth Abraham Cemetery in East Brunswick. To send an online condolence visit

Patricia E. Gerstner
EAST AMWELL TWP. - Patricia E. Gerstner died Friday, May 23, 2003 at home. She was 56. She was born in Hollis, N.Y. the daughter of Stanley and Eileen Weber and lived in East Amwell for the last 19 years. She was a registered nurse with the Trenton and Hunterdon Visiting Nurse Association. She was also a medical consultant. Mrs. Gerstner also owned an antique store in Hopewell for many years. Her husband, James Gerstner, died previously. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Gerstner is survived by two daughters, Cynthia Gerstner and Carolyn Salgado; two sons, James Gerstner Jr. and Gregory Gerstner; four brothers, Robert, James, Stanley and John Weber; two sisters, Virginia and Joan Weber and one grandson. Services were held yesterday morning at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Hopewell. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Cromwell Funeral Home in Hopewell made arrangements. Memorial contributions can be sent to the Lyme Disease Foundation, 1 Financial Plaza, Hartford, Conn. 06103.

Elizabeth Arnold
LEBANON TWP. - Elizabeth Arnold died Saturday, May 24, 2003, at the Hunterdon Medical Center. She was 77. Born in Hudsondale, Carbon County, Pa., she was the daughter of Michael and Elizabeth Meyerski Meyers. She lived in Florida for many years and in Lebanon Township for 20 years. She was the former owner of Rocky Run Tavern in Glen Gardner, retiring in 1973. She was also employed by the Brookside Pub in Califon as a bartender. She was of the Methodist faith. A son, Milton James died in 1979. Five brothers and four sisters also died earlier. She is survived by a daughter, Jacquelyn Burd of Lebanon Township; a son, Richard of Pennsylvania; two brothers, Michael Meyers of Yonkers, N.Y. and John Meyers of Hudsondale; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services were yesterday at the Coughlin Funeral Home in Califon Interment was at Spruce Run Cemetery in Lebanon Township.

Anita S. Petty
PALM COAST, Fla. - Anita S. Petty died May 21, 2003 at Hunterdon Care Center in Raritan Township. She was 66. She was the mother of Susan Doroba of High Bridge. Mrs. Petty was born in the Bronx, New York City, the daughter of August and Louise Stucky Loebbecke. She lived in North Brunswick before moving to Florida 11 years ago. She was an accounts manager for the International Division of Westinghouse/Frigidaire Co. in Edison. She worked for Palm Coast Resorts in Florida as an accounting analyst. She was active in St. Mark's By the Sea Lutheran Church in Palm Coast and was a volunteer deputy with Flagler County (Fla.) Sheriff's Department. She enjoyed needlepoint embroidery, knitting and gardening. In addition to Mrs. Doroba, she is survived by her husband, J. Ted Petty; a daughter Nancy Larsen of Edison; three stepsons, Ted Petty of Brick Township, Scott Petty of Needles, Calif. and Troy Petty of Las Vegas; a sister, Eleanor Herbold of San Antonio, Texas ; and 10 grandchildren. A memorial service was held Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen. Arrangements were under the direction of the Martin Funeral Home in Clinton. Memorial contributions can be sent to Hunterdon Hospice, 2100 Wescott Dr. or the American Cancer Society, 84 Park Ave., both Flemington 08822.

Allyson Strand
PHILADELPHIA - Allyson Gale Strand died on Monday, May 26, 2003 at her home. She was 23. Born in Bogata, Columbia, she was a 1997 graduate of Hunterdon Central High School and a 2002 graduate of Pennsylvania State University. Surviving are her parents, Robert and Patricia Youngs Myers of Ringoes and Michael Strand of New HopePa.; two brothers, Robert and Christian Myers, both of Hopewell; a sister, Jennifer Strand of New Hope, Pa.; and her grandparents, Gordon and Elide Youngs of Pennington, Bertha Youngs of Hamilton, Rita Strand of Honolulu, Hawaii and Betty Myers of Whiting. A service will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Pennington Saturday at 11 a.m. Arrangements are by the Blackwell Memorial Home in Pennington. Memorial donations can be made to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) or to a local community mental health resource center.

Edward A. Holland
CLINTON TWP. - Edward A. Holland died Friday, May 23, 2002 at his home. He was 86. Born in Bloomfield, the son of Frederick and Helen Edith Parry Holland, he lived in Glen Ridge before moving to Clinton Township 24 years ago. After retiring as general sales manager of Exide Corp. in Philadelphia in 1981, Mr. Holland formed his own consulting business specializing in industrial marketing. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. Mr. Holland was a former member of the New York Sales Executive Club, the New York Railroad Club and the Mohawk Club of Schenectady, N.Y. He is survived by his wife, Doris Marie Browning Holland; two daughters, June Rosato of Clinton Township and Denise Bennett of Doylestown, Pa.; and three grandsons. A funeral liturgy was held Tuesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Clinton Township. Interment was in St. Magdalen Cemetery in Flemington. Arrangements were under the direction of the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home of Flemington. Memorial contributions can be made to Hunterdon Hospice, 2100 Westcott Dr., Flemington 08822 or St. Joseph's Convent, Attn: Sister Lucy, 184 Amboy Rd., Woodbridge 07095.

John Butler Jr.
FRENCHTOWN - John Butler Jr. died May 20, 2003, at Warren Hospital in Phillipsburg. He was 72. He was a son of John and Florence Compton Butler. A brother, Oliver, died previously. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, the former Phyllis F. McHenry; three sons, Glenn P. of Hellertown, Pa., John III of Pohatcong Township and Scott B. of Frenchtown; a daughter, Colleen Geissler of Frenchtown; two brothers, William of Holland Township and George of Milford; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Private funeral services were under the direction of W.E. Johnson Funeral Home in Holland Township. Memorial contributions can be made to Frenchtown Emergency Services or Frenchtown Fire Dept., both 33 Second St., Frenchtown 08825.

Sonia Zeidler
CLINTON TWP. - Sonia Y. Zeidler died May 21, 2003 at the Rolling Hills Care Center here. She was 76. She was born in Newark, the daughter of Alex and Minnie Smolesky, and had formerly resided in Springfield, then in Homosassa, Fla., then in Phillipsburg, before moving to the nursing home four years ago. She was an executive secretary to the vice president of Ciba-Geigy Corp. in Summit before retiring. She was an avid golfer. Her husband, Frank Zeidler, died in 2000. She is survived by a son, Clifford York of Alpha; and a daughter, Trudy Afnan of Adelaide, Australia. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington.

Carolyn M. Sullivan
RARITAN TWP. - Carolyn M. Sullivan died Sunday, May 25, 2003, at home. She was 81. Born in New Brunswick, she was the daughter of John J. and Caroline Moore Hennessy. She lived in Plainfield and Parlin before moving to Raritan Township in 1991. She was a claims administrator for Allstate Insurance in Murray Hill, retiring in 1982. Mrs. Sullivan was a former Girl Scout Leader in Plainfield, past president of the Jefferson elementary School PTA in Plainfield, and the 2001 volunteer of the year for the Hunterdon Meals on Wheels organization. Her husband, Joseph Sullivan, died in 1989. Mrs. Sullivan is survived by two daughters, Patricia Kochbarski of Flemington and Lynne Beldycka of Old Bridge; one brother, John Hennessy of Highland Park; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be held today at noon in the Robert L. Ford Funeral Home in Flemington. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery in Scotch Plains. Calling hours were yesterday at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. and today from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. To send online condolences, visit

Elizabeth Hepburn
HILLSBOROUGH - Elizabeth 'Betty' Hepburn died May 23, 2003 at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville. She was 70. She was the mother of Donald Hepburn of East Amwell Township. Born in Clydebank, Scotland, she was the daughter of John and Mary Morton Ferguson. She came to America in 1953, settling in Hillsborough. She was a seamstress at Stanhope's in Raritan Borough for 17 years and also worked in various other sewing facilities. Mrs. Hepburn was a member of the East Millstone United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Hillsborough Senior Citizens Club. She was fond of traveling, and spent many hours with her grandsons. A sister, Myra Soutar of Australia, died earlier. In addition to her son, she is survived by two sisters, Jean Breen of Flemington and Rena Davidson of Australia; a brother, Donald Ferguson of Australia; and two grandsons. A memorial service is set for Sunday at 2 p.m. at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cusick Funeral Home in Somerville. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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