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Herman Weiss
FLEMINGTON - Herman 'Jeff' Weiss died Sunday, July 20, 2003, at Hunterdon Medical Center. He was 83. Born in Waterbury, Conn., to Emil and Wilma Krause Weiss, he resided in Flemington for 82 years. He was a mechanic for Rich-Hil Transportation in Raritan Township, retiring in 1990. He resumed employment there part-time for several years after retiring. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in Normandy, Central Europe, Ardennes, the Rhineland and northern France campaigns. He was one of five veterans who built their homes on West Road here on small lots the borough sold to them for $300 each during the post-war housing shortage. He and the other men constructed their houses on a part-time basis while holding regular jobs. While they hired some outside craftsmen, such as electricians, plasterers and tile setters, they did most of the work themselves and helped each other extensively. He and next-door neighbor Clarence Baker were the last of the group still living on West Road. Mr. Weiss was a member of the Flemington Presbyterian Church and its building and grounds commission. He was a 56-year member and former chief of the Flemington Fire Company. He was a member of the Flemington Exempt Fireman's Association, a trustee of the Flemington Fire Relief Association and was named Fireman of the Year in 2001. He was a life member of the New Jersey State Fireman's Association. Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Gladys Housman Weiss; a son, Wayne Weiss of Pittstown; a daughter, Shirley Burd of Califon; a sister, Elsa Mazzucco of Flemington; four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Services were held July 23 at Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington. Interment followed in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Flemington. Memorial contributions can be made to the Flemington Presbyterian Church, 10 E. Main St., Flemington, NJ 08822.

Beatrice Orr
RARITAN TWP. - Beatrice Orr died Monday, July 21, 2003, at Hunterdon Care Center in Raritan Township. She was 80. Born in Boston, she was the daughter of Edison and Vera Blakeney Daurie. She resided in Southport, Conn. for 23 years and Middletown, Conn. for eight years before moving here three years ago. She worked as a registered nurse at Middletown Hospital. Then she was a bookkeeper for Carriage House Restaurant in Westport, Conn. and also for MacPherson's Office Supplies in Westport. Mrs. Orr is survived by two sons, Philip Orr of Hopewell and David Orr of Pittsburgh, Pa.; a daughter, Martha Orr Sherburne of North Chelmsford, Mass.; two step-sisters, Greta Makohoniuk of Iowa and Donna Kechnie of Waterloo, Ontario, and two grandchildren. Graveside services will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, at 11 a.m. in Oak Lawn Cemetery in Fairfield, Conn. Arrangements are under the direction of Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington.

Ruth Kenyon
MENLO PARK, Calif. - Ruth Elizabeth Kenyon died Friday, July 25, 2003, at home, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 77.She was born in New York City and graduated from Bayside High School in New York in 1943. An aspiring model and clothes designer, she spent her earlier life in the Flemington area. She worked with her husband, H. Robert Kenyon Jr. They moved to the San Francisco peninsula in 1968. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Lance and Brian. Private services will be held at her home. Memorial donations can be made to Defenders of Wildlife or a local hospice.

Ira Dworkin
RARITAN TWP. - Ira Bernard Dworkin died July 17, 2003, at Hunterdon Medical Center. He was 80. Born in Newark, he was the son of Isadore and Debby Sachs Dworkin and lived in Raritan Township since 1951. He served in the Army during World War II in the 303rd Battalion, 97th Infantry Division Mr. Dworkin received his law degree from the College of William and Mary Law School. He practiced law in Flemington from 1951 to 1963. During that time, he served as the county law librarian and was acting magistrate of the municipal court of East and West Amwell and Delaware townships. From 1963 to 1981, he was an attorney for the state, including a stint at the Bureau of Children's Services. He was appointed a state judge of compensation in 1981 and he sat in 18 of the 21 counties. Mr. Dworkin retired from that position in 1986. Mr. Dworkin was a Mason, and a member of the Flemington Elks, the Scottish Rite of the Valley of Trenton, the Flemington American Legion Post, the Jewish War Veterans and the William and Mary Law School Association. A life-long Sherlock Holmes enthusiast, Mr. Dworkin taught an adult educational course on the fictional detective and helped organize a scion-society of the Baker Street Irregulars. He also wrote fictional updates of Sir Author Conan Doyle's famed character in Sherlock Holmes in Modern Times, Sherlock Takes a Wife and Other Modern Tales, as well as his memoir, A Search for Justice. Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Shirley Berkowitz Dworkin; a son Jonathan Dworkin of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; a daughter, Barbara Dworkin of Edgartown, Mass. a brother, Albert Dworkin of Longboat Key, Fla. and two grandchildren Private funeral services were held under the direction of the Robert L. Ford Funeral Home in Flemington. To send an online condolence, visit

Irwin Strober
STOCKTON - Irwin H. Strober died on July 16, 2003 at Hunterdon Medical Center. He was 70. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Julius and Sadie Strober, he lived in Hunterdon County since 1938. Until his retirement, he was a roofing contractor and owner of J. Strober and Sons Roofing in Ringoes. A son, Toby, died in 1981. Surviving are his wife, June; three sons, Gerry of Ringoes, Benje and Steve, both of Stockton; a daughter, Jodi Strober of Perkasie, Pa.; two brothers, Sheldon of Philadelphia and Alan of Westfield; three sisters, Rosalyn Stang of Apopka, Fla., Estelle Weiner of Westfield and Phyllis Cohen of N.C., and 12 grandchildren. Services were on July 18 at the Robert L. Ford Funeral Home in Flemington. Interment followed in Flemington Jewish Community Cemetery.

Elizabeth Wilson
NORTH PLAINFIELD - Elizabeth 'Betty' Schumacher Wilson died on Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at McCutchen Friends Home in North Plainfield. She was 89. She was the mother of Elizabeth C. Wilson, Ph. D of Whitehouse Station. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Charles and Elizabeth Stahle Schumacher, Mrs. Wilson lived in North Plainfield since the age of 9. She worked as a bookkeeper for the North Plainfield Board of Education for 20 years, retiring in 1984. She was a parishioner of the St. Luke's Catholic Church in North Plainfield. Mrs. Wilson belonged to the North Plainfield Senior Citizens and was a member of the St. Joseph's PTA in North Plainfield. She enjoyed playing bridge, crocheting and knitting for her family as well as for disabled veterans. Her husband, Robert Wilson, died in 1963 and her son, Robert Wilson Jr., died on June 3. Along with her daughter, she is also survived by another daughter, Mary Castro. Services will be held today at 10 a.m. from the Higgins Home for Funerals in North Plainfield followed by a Funeral Liturgy at St. Luke's Church. Calling hours were yesterday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the funeral home. Memorial donations can be made to McCutchen Friends Home, 112 Linden Ave., North Plainfield, NJ 07060. Condolences can be sent online to

Catherine Bregenzer
HOPEWELL - Catherine M. Bregenzer died July 16, 2003, at Hamilton Continuing Care Center. She was 90. She was the mother of Valerie Slack of Flemington. Born in Kulpmont, Pa., Mrs. Bregenzer had been a resident of Hopewell since 1957. She was a homemaker and enjoyed bingo, gardening and crocheting. Her first husband, Theodore Delbo Sr. died in 1953, and her second husband, Joseph Bregenzer died in 1991. Along with her daughter in Flemington she is survived by her son, Theodore Delbo of Skillman; three daughters, Catherine Kalokitis of Hamilton, Rose Machusak of Hopewell and Ellie Stout of Hamilton; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Services were held on Saturday at the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Hopewell. Interment followed in Highlands Cemetery in Hopewell. Arrangements were by the Cromwell-Immordino Memorial Home in Hopewell.

Robert Ricci
READINGTON TWP. - Robert J. Ricci of Whitehouse Station died Saturday, July 26, 2003, in a car accident. He was 38. Mr. Ricci was born in Staten Island and lived in Branchburg and Hillsborough before moving to Whitehouse Station eight years ago. He served in the Marine Corps., earning the rank of lance corporal. He worked as an electrician for Local No. 68 Operating Engineers at AT&T in Piscataway. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Millstone. Mr. Ricci is survived by his wife of 12 years, Charlotte Gronikowski Ricci; a son, Robert M. Ricci and a daughter, Miranda Ricci, both at home; his parents, Robert and Lillian Lee Ricci of Branchburg; a sister, Suzanne Scharffenberger of Holland Township, and a brother, Kevin Ricci of Branchburg. Services were held yesterday at the Branchburg Funeral Home, followed by a funeral liturgy at the church. Burial was in Moravian Cemetery in Staten Island. Memorial contributions can be sent to the Robert M. and Miranda N. Ricci trust fund, in care of Commerce Bank, 779 Route 202, Bridgewater, NJ 08807, attention Kevin Drucker.

Viola Dixon
HOLLAND TWP. - Viola S. Dixon, who bought her first house at the age of 91, died July 23, 2003, in her home. She was 92. Born in Catawiss, Pa. to William and Elma Clayton, she lived in Whitehouse for 50 years before moving to Holland Township a year and a half ago. In an interview when she moved into her condo in February 2002, she said that she made the move to be nearer to family in Milford. 'We are a small family, but we are very close,' she said. Like many others, Mrs. Dixon didn't think she would be able to get a mortgage at her age, but decided to look at the condo she was considering anyway. 'I looked at it and fell in love with it,' she had said and found a place to loan her the money. The move placed her six minutes away from family and gave her features she had lived without for many years, like central air and a big fireplace. After making the move, Mrs. Dixon summed up her feelings with a simple statement. 'I'm very proud of myself.' She worked as a telephone operator in Whitehouse for 10 years before working for the Hunterdon County National Bank as a bookkeeper for over 25 years, retiring in 1980. Then she worked in the Whitehouse Bakery for 15 years. She was a member of the Readington Township Senior Citizens Club and loved to garden, having a tremendous appreciation for flowers. Her first husband, Fred Gasman, died in 1974 and her second husband, Christian Dixon, died in 1995. Surviving are her daughter, Carol Ann McCatharn of Milford; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services were held on Saturday at the Kearns Funeral Home in Whitehouse. Interment was in the Alpine Cemetery in Perth Amboy.

Suzanne Keary
JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. - Suzanne LeBoef Keary died July 26, 2003, at a hospital here. She was 75. Born in Binghamton, N.Y. she was the daughter of Randall and Harriet Ross LeBoef Jr. She was raised in Long Island, N.Y. She lived in Lebanon Township until she moved to Oregon with her daughter in May. She was a graduate of Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School. She was a former Union Township employee show worked as an animal control officer and office of emergency management coordinator. She was also worked for Clinton Township as its animal control officer. She was an emergency medical technician for 40 years, serving with the Clinton Rescue Squad and then the Pattenburg Rescue Squad. She was an avid gardener and opera and ballet buff. She adopted many stray animals and for a time took in donkeys from the Donkey Relief Association. Her husband, Frank Keary, and sister, Jodi Downer, died earlier. She is survived by five daughters, Sandi of Arkansas, Barbara of Oregon, Judith of California and Wendy and Nancy, both of New Jersey; a sister, Elizabeth Jennings of New York; 11 grandchildren, and many great grandchildren. Interment in Oregon was private.

John 'Tom' Ganley
HOLLAND TWP. - John 'Tom' Ganley died July 23, 2003, at home. He was 61. He was born in Hartford, Conn., a son of John F. and Barbara Divine Ganley. An Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he attained the rank of captain. Mr. Ganley graduated from Worchester Polytechnical Institute with degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics. He also earned an M.S. degree in bio-engineering from the University of Connecticut. He was a project engineer and manager at AT&T in Bedminster and Holmdel for 29 years, retiring in 1999. He was a recipient of the Most Valuable Partner Award and was a patent holder, working on telephone signal speech enhancement. Mr. Ganley was a former member of the Holland Township Board of Education, serving for nine years. He was a member of the Riegel Ridge Community Center Board of Governors. He was once named Citizen of the Year by the Hunterdon County YMCA and received the Community Service Award from the Spring Mills Grange. He was a member of St. Edward the Confessor R.C. Church, Milford. Mr. Ganley helped develop the initial Holland Township Youth Soccer program and was a Biddy Basketball and DVAA Little League coach in Holland Township. He was a Holland Township Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader for 18 years, earning the Order of the Arrow-Brotherhood and the Wood Badge, and was named Scoutmaster of the Year. Surviving are his wife of 29 years, the former Beverly Thompson; a son, John T. Jr. of Holland Township; a daughter, Ailene Nash of Newark, Ohio; and a granddaughter. Services were held Monday from W.E. Johnson Funeral Home, Holland Township, followed by a Funeral Liturgy at St. Edward's Church. Interment was at Milford Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Holland Township Boy Scout Troop 187, c/o Robert Collaro, 3 Thomas St., or to the church , Box 522, both Milford, NJ 08848.

Nettie Hopler
DELAWARE TWP. - Nettie A. Hopler died July 24, 2003, at home. She was 92. Born in Pleasant Valley, a daughter of William and Catherine Hansen Fletcher, Mrs. Hopler had lived here the past 27 years. She was a member of the Sergeantsville United Methodist Church for over 50 years. She was an active member of the Senior Craftsman of Hunterdon and was know for her quilting. Her husband, Lloyd Hopler, died in 1972, and a son, Harold Blowars, also died earlier. She is survived by her daughter-in-law Dorothea Blowars with whom she resided, four brothers, Robert Fletcher of Pennsylvania, John Fletcher of Hopewell, Gene Fletcher of Holland Township and Raymond Fletcher of Delaware Township; a sister, Penny Bothers of Virginia; a granddaughter and two great-grandsons. Services were held Monday at the Garefino Funeral Home in Lambertville. Burial followed in Holcombe-Riverview Cemetery, Delaware Township. Memorial contributions can be made to Hunterdon Hospice, Hunterdon Medical Center, 2100Wescott Dr., Flemington, NJ 08822.

George Therrien
CALIFON - George Therrien died July 25, 2003, at home. He was 86. Born in Cleveland, Ohio to George C. and Mary Emma Gauthier Therrien, he lived in the Philadelphia area and then in Wilmington, N.C. ,before moving to Califon in 1999. He retired at age 66 as an instrument mechanic for DuPont in Wilmington, Del. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Eleanor L. Therrien; two sons, William of Califon and Paul of Houston; six grandchildren; and one great-grandson. A funeral service was held yesterday at the Martin Funeral Home in Clinton, followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery in West Conshohoken, Pa.

Jane Gorczyca
SOUTH PLAINFIELD - Jane Gorczyca died July 23, 2003, at Cedar Oaks Nursing Home in South Plainfield. She was 81. Born in Elizabeth, she was the daughter of Stanley and Tekla Gorczyca. She resided in Kingwood Township for many years before moving to South Plainfield 11 years ago. She worked for Volupta Corp. in Linden, a manufacturer of cosmetic compacts and jewelry. Ms. Gorczyca is survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Saturday in Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington. Interment was in St. Magdalen Cemetery in Flemington.

Richard Hixson
PHILADELPHIA - Richard F. 'Dick' Hixson, a former Hunterdon resident, died of a cerebral hemorrhage July 19, 2003, while vacationing in Lewes, England. He was 71. Born in Youngstown, Pa. to Frederick and Thelma (Young) Hixson, he resided in Stanton for eight years before moving to Clinton in 1980, where he lived with his wife Cynthia and their children until she died in 1986. He later lived in Flemington and Raritan Township. He returned to Clinton in 1993 when he married Theresa 'Terry' Ricker Platt Schlegel. The couple resided in Leigh Way, the bed-and-breakfast she operated on Leigh Street, until they moved to Philadelphia in 1994. He received a bachelor's degree from Youngstown (Ohio) State University and a master's from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Mr. Hixson was a faculty member of the Rutgers University Department of Journalism and Mass Media for 38 years until retiring. During that time, he served as the department chairman and wrote numerous articles and the books Pornography and the Justices: The Supreme Court and the Intractable Obscenity Problem, Mass Media and the Constitution, Privacy in a Public Society, Mass Media: A Casebook and Isaac Collins: A Quaker Printer in 18th Century America. He was director of Rutgers Study Abroad program in England and Ireland from 1996 to 1998. Prior to joining Rutgers in 1960, he worked as a reporter and editor for Boardman News, Poland Press, Struthers Journal, and the Youngstown Vindicator, and as a public relations officer for Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. While living in Hunterdon, he was active in numerous cultural and community activities. With his wife Cynthia, he was one of the founding members of the Clinton Music Hall Preservation Society. He was associated with the New Jersey Historical Commission and helped edit As Ye Sow, an agricultural history of the area written by Louis Koviand published by the Hunterdon County Board of Agriculture in 1981. He had been a member of Stanton Reformed Church and Clinton Methodist Church. He coordinated press relations for Danse Allegresse of the Eleanor Connell School of Dance in Clinton Township. At the time of his death, he was at work on a novel based on England's Bloomsbury group and a memoir about his father's family. Surviving are his wife, Terry; his children Todd and Sommer Hixson, both of New York City; his step-children Ronald Platt Jr. of Grapevine, Texas, Frank Platt of Fort Washington, Pa.; John Platt of Mountain Lake, Tracy Platt McPhillips of West Warwick, RI, Brian Platt of West Chester, Pa., Michele Platt of New York City and Christopher Platt of Hoboken; and 15 grandchildren. Private funeral services were held Friday at the Downs Crematorium in Brighton, England. A memorial service will be held in Philadelphia on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Trinity Memorial Church, 22nd and Spruce streets, Philadelphia. Memorial contributions can be made to the National Constitution Center, Development Office, Independence Mall, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19106.

Thalia Krauth
FRENCHTOWN - Thalia Krauth died on Friday, July 25, 2003, at her home. She was 78. Born in Haskell to Adolpho and Maria Seirra Calpini, she lived in Chatham Township before moving to Frenchtown in 1994. She was the owner-operator of Recovery, an upholstery shop in Chatham Township, for 10 years. She was a Jehovah's Witness. Her husband, Ernest M. Krauth, died in 2000. Surviving are three daughters, Barbara Schaible of Upper Black Eddy, Pa., Nancy Brown of Little Torch key, Fla.; a brother, Atemio Calpini of North Carolina; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services were held on Monday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Erwinna, Pa. Interment followed in the Frenchtown Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington.

Rodger Frey
WEST AMWELL TWP. - Rodger D. Frey died Saturday, July 26, 2003, at Hunterdon Medical Center. He was 64. He was born in Pohatcong Township to John O. and Jenny Lowe Frey. He lived in West Amwell for the past 35 years. Mr. Frey served in the Marine Corps from 1959 to 1963. He attended Rutgers University. For many years Mr. Frey was an insurance adjuster and insurance salesman for numerous agencies. He was best known for his years working at Charles McCracken Insurance Agency in Lambertville. He was a member of Edgar H. Denson American Legion Post in New Hope and a social member of the Toscanni American Legion Post in Lambertville. Mr. Frey was an avid reader. He is survived by his wife, Sallie Hannemann Frey; a son, David Frey of East Windsor; two daughters, Sallie VanBuskirk of Vacaville, Calif. and Jennifer Kurtz of Mount Joy, Pa.; a brother and a sister, Edward Frey and Eleanor Bigelow, both of Phillipsburg, and seven grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Garefino Funeral Home in Lambertville. Visitation is from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service, at the funeral home. Memorial donations can be made to Lambertville-New Hope Rescue Squad, Box 237, Lambertville, NJ 08530.

Horst Aschmies
LEBANON TWP. - Horst H. Aschmies died on July 2, 2003, at Hunterdon Medical Center. He was 63. Born in Memel, Germany, he was the son of Hans and Anni Bendix Aschmies. He lived in North Plainfield before moving to Lebanon Township 32 years ago. He was employed as an electronic technician at Unisys in Piscataway and Raritan Township for 25 years, retiring in 1991. He was a member of Califon United Methodist Church. Two brothers, Hinz and Kurt, both died earlier. He is survived by his wife, Herta Heinl Aschmies; a son, Marc of Union; a daughter, Suzan H. Aschmies of Trenton; a brother, Gunter Aschmies of Cranford. Memorial services were held Monday at the Califon United Methodist Church. Arrangements were by Coughlin Funeral Home in Califon. Memorial donations can be sent to the church at Box 305, Califon, NJ 07830.

Sarah Dissler
HAMILTON TWP. - Sarah K. Dissler died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton. She was 91. Born in Hamden to Alfred and Ada Bloom Keepheart, she lived in Clinton Township for 30 years and Whiting for 15 before moving to Hamilton in May. She worked for many years as a waitress at the Clinton House and in retail at the Clinton Jewelry Store. Ms. Dissler was a member of the Community Reformed Church in Whiting. She was a member of the D.A.R. chapter of Trenton. Her husband, William E. Dissler, died in 1990. She is survived by two daughters, Joyce E. Nelson of Hamilton Square and Susan J. Ohlinger of Commack, N.Y. and two grandchildren. Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington, followed by burial at Locust Grove Cemetery in Quakertown. Calling hours will be from noon until the time of service.

Mary J. Stryker
FRANKLIN TWP. - Mary J. Stryker died on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003 at the Hunterdon Care Center in Raritan Township. She was 93. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Martin and Katherine Jodish Jankisz, she lived in Clinton before moving to Franklin Township. She was an accountant for the New York City Comptroller's Office before retiring. She was a parishioner of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Annandale. She enjoyed art and painting. Her husband, Rudolph, died in 1999 and her sisters, Eleanor Colban and Janina Mitchell, also died earlier. Surviving are her son, James of Franklin Township; her sister, Sophie Prout of Clifton Park, N.Y.; and two granddaughters. Services will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Martin Funeral Home in Clinton. Interment will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Clinton. Calling hours will be tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Lottie Foley
RARITAN TWP. - Lottie Foley died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003, at The Independence Manor in Raritan Township. She was 89. Born in West New York, she was the daughter of Johan and Jenny Bang Jorgensen. A lifelong resident of New Jersey, Mrs. Foley previously lived in Hoboken, Rutherford and Newton. In addition to being a homemaker, she worked in retail sales and later for Norcross Greeting Cards in New York City. After retirement, she was a volunteer for the Newton Memorial Hospital and the Visiting Homemakers of Hunterdon Medical Center. She was a member of the Sons of Norway. She enjoyed baking, knitting and gardening. Mrs. Foley was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Raritan Township. Her husband, Richard Foley, died in 1981. She is survived by two sons, Richard Foley of Ringoes and Robert Foley of Branchburg; two sisters, Solveig Jorgensen of LaJolla, Calif. and Martha Perkins of Elmont, N.Y.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Calling hours will be today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington. Interment will be in Stillwater Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Hunterdon Hospice, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington 08822.

Jessica Price-Owings
BLOOMSBURY - Jessica Leah Price-Owings drowned in the Musconetcong River in Bloomsbury on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003. She was 29. She was the daughter of Clifford and Lesley Weddermann Owings. Former Pittstown residents, they now live in the Lehigh Valley. She was a waitress at Canterbury Corners in Flemington. Prior to that, she worked in the circulation department of the Hunterdon County Democrat. She enjoyed cooking and sewing and was a 4-H award-winner. In addition to her parents, is survived by a son, Justin Louth, and a daughter Madison Owings, both at home; a sister Rachael Owings of Raubsville, Pa.; a brother, Jonathan Owings of Bethlehem, Pa.; and a maternal grandmother, June Weddermann of Bethlehem, Pa.. Funeral services were Monday at Falk Funeral Home in Hellertown, Pa. Memorial donations can be made to Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley, 444 E. Susquehanna St., Allentown, Pa. 18102.

Margaret Heath
LAMBERTVILLE - Margaret J. Heath died on Friday, Aug. 15, 2003 at her son's home in New Hope. She was 94. Known as 'Peg,' Mrs. Heath was born in Ringoes, the daughter of William and Rose Pitman Higgins. She lived in Lambertville for most of her life. A graduate of Flemington High School, Mrs. Heath received her teaching certificate from Rutgers University and her bachelor's degree from Trenton State College. She taught grades 4, 5 and 6 at Stockton Elementary School for 17 years. Earlier, she taught for 17 years at High Valley School in West Amwell Township, and at Kingwood School for one year. Mrs. Heath was a former member and past president of the Lambertville School Board. She was a member of the Kalmia Club in Lambertville, Delta Kappa Gamma, Retired Teachers of Hunterdon County and the Lambertville Historical Society. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels in Lambertville and for the Golden Talents Craft Shop. She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Lambertville and was active with its Women's Guild. Her husband, J. Russell Heath, and her sons, Paul R. and William T. Heath died earlier. Her husband was a founder of Heath and Allen, now Heath's Service Station, in Lambertville. She is survived by a daughter, Sylvia H. Niederer Lawton of Buckingham, Pa.; a son, Robert D. Heath of New Hope; eight grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held on Saturdayat 2 p.m. in Centenary United Methodist Church. Interment will be private under the direction of the Van Horn McDonough Funeral Home of Lambertville. Memorial contributions can be sent to the church, 108 N. Union Street or Lambertville-New Hope Rescue Squad, Box 237, both Lambertville 08530.

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