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Margaret C. Cole
READINGTON TWP. - Margaret C. Cole died July 18, 2002, at her home. She was 89. Born in Neshanic, she was daughter of Jason S. and Abbie Boehm Crum. She lived in Readington Township for 48 years and was a member of the Readington Reformed Church. She was formerly a secretary and bookkeeper for Crum-Genova Insurance Agency in Somerville. Her husband Frederick Cole died in 1999. She is survived by two sisters, Joan Crum of Hillsborough and Mary Bittle of Neshanic Station; and two step-sons, Roger Cole of Flemington and Arthur Cole of Craig, Mont. Funeral services were held on Monday at the Readington Reformed Church in Readington under the direction of Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home of Flemington, followed by internment at Readington Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Readington Reformed Church Student Loan Fund, P.O. Box 1, Readington 08870.

Luigi Costa
HAMPTON - Luigi Costa died on July 18, 2002 at his home. He was 74. Born in Bettola, Italy to Cesare and Teresa Costa, he had resided in Brooklyn, N.Y. before moving to Hampton eight years ago. Mr. Costa was a construction foreman and a member of the Laborer's International Union Cement and Concrete Workers Local 20 for many years before retiring. He had served in the Italian military. He was a member of Societa Val Trebbia & Val Nure Club in New York City for more than 25 years. Mr. Costa was a parishioner of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Hampton. Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Mary Morisi Costa; two sons, Joseph of Hampton and Anthony of Oceanside, Long Island, N.Y.; a daughter, Angela Calvanico of La Verne, Calif. and six grandchildren. A funeral liturgy was held at St. Ann's Catholic Church on Monday. Interment followed at the St. Ann's Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of the Martin Funeral Home in Clinton.

Stanley Czahor
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Stanley Stephen Czahor died on July 12, 2002 at home. He was 83. He was a former resident of Three Bridges. He is survived by his wife, Kay; two daughters Susan and Stacy, and a son Richard, all of Greensboro; another son, David, of East Stroudsburg, Pa.; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Robin L. Floyd
READINGTON TWP. - Robin L. Floyd died Sunday, July 21, 2002 at the Medical Center at Princeton of a heart attack. She was 48. She was born in Somerville, the daughter of John J. and Valeria Balogh Whelan, and resided in Flemington before moving to Readington Township 10 years ago. She was employed by Grand Union supermarkets, first in Raritan Township and most recently in South Brunswick. In addition to her parents, of Delaware Township, she is survived by a son, Keith Floyd of Readington Township; a daughter, Nicholle okFloyd of Zebulon, N.C.; and a grandson. Funeral services will be held today at 10 a.m. at the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington. Calling hours were yesterday from 7 to 9 p.m., in the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Magdalen Cemetery in Flemington.

Lucy Frederick
WOODBRIDGE - Lucy Frederick died July 18, 2002 at JFK Medical Center in Edison. She was 86. She was the mother of Frances Hester of Flemington. She was born in Perth Amboy, a daughter of Dominick and Katherine Mandico, and lived in Woodbridge since 1937. Mrs. Frederick was a housewife. Her husband, Stanley Frederick, died in 1980. A sister, Angelina Spitz, a brother, John Mandico, and a grandson, Daniel Frederick, also died earlier. In addition to her daughter, she is survived by another daughter, Florence Krowl of Iselin; a son, Stanley Frederick of Woodbridge; a brother, Anthony Mandico of Hopelawn, eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Services were held Saturday in Flynn's Funeral Home in Perth Amboy. Burial was in Alpine Cemetery in Perth Amboy. Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 299 Cherry Hill Rd., Parsippany 07054.

Joseph Gail
FLEMINGTON - Joseph I. Gail died July 16, 2002, at Raritan Health and Extended Care Center in Raritan borough. He was 97. Born in Newark, he was the son of Joseph and Anna Gail. He lived in Elizabeth, Union, Linden, Atlantic Highlands and Red Bank before moving to Flemington several years ago. He retired in 1963 as a life underwriter for the John Hancock Insurance Co. in Elizabeth. After his retirement he was a licensed Realtor in the Atlantic Highlands area for 10 years. He was avid fisherman and boater. His wife Clara Robinsky Gail died earlier. Surviving are two daughters, Claryse Doerr of Watchung and Dolores Sheppard of Flemington; three sisters, Marguerite Gail and Josephine Adrian, both of Union, and Helen Gray of Verona; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday at the August F. Schmidt Memorial Funeral Home in Elizabeth. Interment was at St. Gertrude Cemetery in Colonia.

Mavie Harvey
GLEN GARDNER - Mavie Harvey died July 17, 2002 at Hunterdon Medical Center. She was 75. Born in Cumberland, Ky., she was the daughter of Grant and Della Cornett. She lived in Glen Gardner for the past 38 years and had resided in the Hunterdon County area before that. She was a nurses aide at the state facility now called the Hagedorn Center for Geriatrics in Lebanon Township for many years. Before that, she worked at Hunterdon Medical Center. Her husband, Ernest Harvey, died in 1977, and a sister, Orpha Yates, died earlier. She is survived by two sons, Ernest Grant Harvey of Glen Gardner and Fred Harvey of Flemington; four daughters, Freda Seiple of East Stroudsburg, Pa., Alice Reed of Lambertville, Evelyn Jennings of Lawrenceburg, Ind., and Florence Brown of Phillipsburg; three sisters, Melba Kovitis of Augusta, W. Va., Mary Hall of Ringoes and Martha Pierozak of Abbotstown, Pa., 20 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Services were held at the Martin Funeral Home in Clinton on Saturday, followed by burial in Fairmont Cemetery in Tewksbury Township. Memorial contributions can be made to Make A Wish Foundation, Box 4028, 1034 Salem Rd., Union 07083.

Sadie 'Syd' Hedrick
SOMERSET - Sadie "Syd" Hedrick died July 13, 2002, at the Central New Jersey Home for the Aged here. She was 95. She was born in New York City, a daughter of Morris and Anna Schecter Mandell, and graduated from high school in New York City. She lived in Flemington 1941-1973, then Hollywood, Fla. until 1995, when she moved to Somerset. She and her husband, Abraham Hedrick, operated the Hunterdon Trading Post and the House of Wood, an unfinished-furniture store, in Flemington from the mid-1940s until retiring in 1973. The businesses started on Bloomfield Avenue, moved to the corner of Route 31 and Church Street where American Tire is now, and then returned to Bloomfield Avenue. Mr. Hedrick died in 1986. Mrs. Hedrick was survived by two daughters, Marsha Hedrick of Flemington and Evelyn Slovitt of Boynton Beach, Fla.; a sister, Etta Mandell of West Palm Beach, Fla.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The funeral was on July 15. Burial was in Beth David Cemetery, Hollywood, Fla. Memorial contributions can be made to the Central Jersey Home for the Aged, 380 DeMott Lane, Somerset 08873.

Walter Hoffman
WHITEHOUSE STATION - Walter Hoffman died on Tuesday, July 23, 2002 at home. He was 83. Born in Newark to Walter and Elizabeth Hoffman, he was a resident of Whitehouse station most of his life. He was a salesman for Automotive Safety Inc. in Elizabeth before retiring in 1984. Mr. Hoffman was an Army veteran of World War II and belonged to the American Legion Post of Whitehouse. He was a life member of the East Whitehouse Fire Company where he had been chief and president. He also served on the Readington Township Board of Adjustment and on the Rural Hill Cemetery Association Board. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Anna; a son, Walter B. Hoffman of Whitehouse; a daughter, Suzanne Petrovich of Clearmont, Fla.; a sister, Elizabeth Ryman of Basking Ridge and six grandchildren. A funeral liturgy will be held on tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Whitehouse Station. Interment will be in the state Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Arnytown. Visitation will be today 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Kearns Funeral Home in Whitehouse. Memorial contributions can be made to the East Whitehouse Fire Company, Box 151, Whitehouse 08888.

Dolores Hooper
SEAFORD, Del. - Dolores Evelyn Hooper died June 29, 2002, in her home. She was 70. Born in Irvington, she was the daughter of Cecil and Hazel Dombrowsky Hooper. She grew up in Flemington, but later lived in Chicago before moving to Seaford. Ms. Hooper graduated from Flemington High School in 1949 and later from Delaware Technical & Community College in Georgetown, Del. with two degrees. She owned and operated the Lord and Lady Sussex Shop, a children's clothing store in Millsboro, Del. from 1970 to 1985. She had been employed as a secretary from then on, retiring in 1999. Ms. Hooper was a former member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Millsboro where she served on the vestry, sang in the choir, and belonged to the Altar Guild. She was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Bridgeville, Del. at the time of her death. Ms. Hooper was secretary for the Millsboro Chamber of Commerce in 1975, president of the Dagsboro New Century Club from 1980 to 1982, and treasurer of the Sussex County Republic Women in 1985. She belonged to the Nanticoke Senior Center where she enjoyed the lunches and pool immensely. She was also a member of the Laurel Garden Club. She is survived by three sons, Paul Bodenweiser of Kingsport, Tenn., Eric Bodenweiser of Georgetown, Del., and Kenny Hooper Ditzel of Arlington, Va.; three brothers, Glenn Hooper of Delaware Township, Ned Hooper of Randolph and Neil Hooper of Greensboro, N.C. and one granddaughter. Memorial services were held on July 13 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church. Her body was cremated. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 114 Delaware Ave., Bridgeville, Del. 19933.

A. Lewis Hultz
READINGTON TWP. - A. Lewis Hultz died Saturday, July 20, 2002, at Hunterdon Medical Center. He was 79. Born in Three Bridges, he was the son of William and Velma Dilts Hultz. He lived in Neshanic before moving to Readington Township in 1950. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II. He owned and operated his own trucking business, retiring in 1987. He was a member of Flemington Moose Lodge and was a former member of the Neshanic Fire Company. He is survived by his wife, Katherine Emery Hultz and a brother, Walter Hultz of Millersville, Pa. Funeral services were held yesterday at the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington. Interment was at Clover Hill Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to Clover Hill Reformed Church, 890 Amwell Rd., Hillsborough 08844 or Clover Hill Cemetery Association at the same address.

Nick Kosow
HILLSBOROUGH TWP. - Nick Kosow died July 17, 2002, at home. He was 76. Born in Russia, he was the son of Dimetri and Anastasia Kosow. He lived in Hillsborough Township for 19 years, having formerly lived in Woodbridge. He was a retired tool and die maker with Alloy Tool Co. in Bridgewater. He was a member of the Central Hunterdon Baptist Church in Raritan Township. He is survived by his wife Teresa Avender Kosow. Funeral services were held Saturday at his church, under the direction of the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington. Interment was at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Flemington.

Joan E. Leach
CLINTON TWP. - Joan E. Leach died Saturday, July 20, 2002 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. She was 67. The daughter of Peter and Nora McManus, she was born in Bronx, N.Y. She was a resident of northeast Bronx before moving to Clinton Township 30 years ago. She retired five years ago from the Yale Corp. in Raritan Township, where she was a buyer. A son, Thomas G. Leach, died in 1987. She is survived by her husband, Gilbert Leach; a son, Peter Leach of Flemington, and a sister, Noreen Moreau of Congers, N.Y. Funeral services will be held today at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady Lourdes Church in Whitehouse Station. Burial will be at St. Bernards Cemetery in Bridgewater, under the direction of the Kearns Funeral Home in Whitehouse. Calling hours were yesterday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Dale Marsh
STROUDSBURG, Pa. - Dale Marsh died July 10, 2002, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center after fighting a long illness. He was 50. He was a lifelong resident of Stroudsburg. He was the son of Lloyd and Phyllis Marsh. He taught physical education at Spruce Run School and Round Valley Middle School, both in Clinton Township, for the past 29 years. He coached boys and girls basketball teams and despite his illness led his team to winning the Boys Hunterdon County Basketball Tournament. He was highly regarded and respected varsity soccer coach from many years at North Hunterdon High School. He was instrumental in the origination of the Stroudsburg United Soccer Club. His efforts of coaching the first boys team spread towards the growth of more than 20 boy and girl teams. He touched the lives of many soccer players, both men and women on a variety of teams. He was an active member of Christ Hamilton United Lutheran Church in Stroudsburg. He is survived by his wife, Susan Young Marsh; a son, Luke Marsh and a daughter, Laura Marsh, both at home and a sister, Kathy Burnett of Stroudsburg. A memorial service was held Saturday at the church. Arrangements were by William H. Clark Funeral Home in Stroudsburg. Memorial donations can be made to Dale Marsh Memorial Scholarship at North Hunterdon High School, c/o Bob Hopek, Athletic Director, 1445 Rt. 31, Annandale 08801 or Christ Hamilton United Lutheran Church, R.D. 4, Box 4293, Stroudsburg, Pa. 18360.

Elizabeth D. Murphy
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Elizabeth D. Murphy died Saturday, July 20, 2002, in Flager Hospital here. She was 74. Born in Newark, she had resided in Flemington from 1966 to 1992, when she moved to St. Augustine since 1992. She was employed in the Dietary Department at Hunterdon Medical Center until retiring in 1992. Her husband, John Murphy, died in 1977. She is survived by three sons, Thomas Murphy of St. Augustine, Paul Murphy of Redding, Calif. and Michael Murphy of Easton; two daughters, Kathy Massaro of Wall Township and Karen Murphy of Wilmington, N.C. and 10 grandchildren. Services were held yesterday in the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington. Burial was in St. Magdalen Cemetery in Flemington.

John D. Nelson
AMHERST, Va. - John D. Nelson died Saturday, July 20, 2002 in a work accident here. He was 53. Born in Bellows Falls, Vt., he was the son of Henry and Verlie May Nelson. They moved to Hunterdon County shortly after his birth and he resided in Amherst since 1989. He was a 1967 graduate of Hunterdon Central High School. He previously worked for Mercantile Inc. in Pittstown. Most recently he was a self-employed landscaper In Virginia. He was a former member of the Cherryville Baptist Church. Survivors include three brothers, Jim Nelson of Flemington, Dale Nelson of San Diego, Calif. and Henry Nelson of South Plainfield; two sisters, Dixie Kentopp and Linda Lentine, both of Englewood, Fla.; four daughters, Heather Nelson of Free Union, Va., Holly Nelson-Button of Flemington, Rebecca Nelson of Secaucus and Abigail Nelson of Bridgeport, Conn.; two sons, Wade Nelson and Luke Nelson, both of Amherst, and three grandchildren. Memorial services will be Saturday in Amherst. Burial will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Rosemont Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to his three grandchildren at 193 River Rd., Flemington 08822.

Evelyn O'Donnell
SKOWHEGAN, Maine - Evelyn O'Donnell died July 11, 2002, at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. She was 77. Her husband, the late James O'Donnell, was former Milford resident and had worked as a mechanic for Alexandria Field near Pittstown. He died in March of this year. Born in South Plainfield, Mrs. O'Donnell was a daughter of Anthony and Helen Swaski Judge. She was a graduate of South Plainfield High School. She enjoyed drawing, painting, boating, reading and flower gardening. Surviving are a son, Michael J.A. of Vasabro, Maine; a daughter, Marilyn J. O'Donnell-Miller of LaPaz, Ind.; and four grandchildren. Graveside services were held at Fairview Cemetery, Canaan, Maine, followed by a gathering for family and friends in Skowhegan. Arrangements were by Cremation Services of Maine, Belfast.

Mitchell Opresnick
RARITAN TWP. - Mitchell M. Opresnick died on Tuesday, July 23, 2002 at Independence Manor Assisted Living here Twp. He was 80. Born in West Orange, he lived in East Hanover for 30 years before moving to the Flemington area 10 years ago. He served in the merchant marines on the S.S. Nathaniel Alexander as a fireman and water tender from 1944 to 1946. He worked as a self-employed independent contractor for 45 years before retiring in 1989. His brother, George, died in 1989. He is survived two sons, Mitchell Opresnick of Greely, Pa., and Steven Opresnick of Oakland; four daughters, Diane Gilles and Susan Opresnick, both of Flemington, Nancy Opresnick of Haverhill, Mass., and Janine Solazzi of Hillsdale; two sisters, Virginia McDonough of Berkeley Heights and Julia Opresnick of West Orange; a brother, George O'Sullivan of Toms River; his former wife of 40 years, Grace Duva, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchildren. Services will be held tonight at 8 at the Branchburg Funeral Home. Calling hours are set for 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to Hunterdon Hospice, 2100 Wescott Dr., Flemington 08822.

Arthur Sabo
WHITEHOUSE STATION - Arthur A. Sabo of Whitehouse Station died July 19, 2002, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. He was 81. Born in Hazleton, Pa., he was the son of John and Elizabeth Sabo. He resided in Chatham before moving to Whitehouse Station 54 years ago. He owned and operated several businesses in Whitehouse Station, starting with a bottle gas Company, a Maytag sales and repair shop, a Toro dealership, Sabo's Laundromat and Sabo's Bait Shop from which he retired. He served with the 237th Army Air Force during World War II. He belonged to the Host Lodge F&AM in High Bridge and the Tall Cedars of Lebanon, the Round Valley Trout Association and was an appointed member of the Board of Elections for Readington Township, District 11. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels. He was also a longtime member of the Whitehouse United Methodist Church. His wife, Jeanne Sabo, died in 1997, and his son, Raymond Allen, died in 1977. Survivors include his daughter, Laura Winship of Whitehouse Station; two sisters, Martha Orach of Lansford, Pa. and Helen Perzel of Tunkhannock, Pa.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. The funeral was Tuesday at the Whitehouse United Methodist Church under the direction of Kearns Funeral Home of Whitehouse. Interment was in Mount Peace Cemetery in Allerton. Memorial contributions can be made to the Whitehouse United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 190, Whitehouse 08888

Mary Eleanor Serridge
PORT St. JOHN, Fla. - Mary Eleanor Serridge died June 19, 2002 at Wuesthoff Hospital in Rockledge, Fla. She was 77. Mrs. Serridge was born in Boston. She was a resident of Flemington from the early 1940s through 1960. She resided with her husband, James, and their three sons on William Street. She retired in Florida in 1990 after working for 30 years with the Packard Electric division of General Motors. She is survived by her sons, James Serridge of Orlando, Fla., Robert Serridge of Carlisle, Pa. and Dennis Serridge of Port St. John and a grandson. A joint memorial service for Mrs. Serridge and her cousin Vera Serridge, who died earlier this year, will be held at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Flemington on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 11 a.m. A celebration of both their lives will be held at the American Legion on Route 31 in Flemington immediately following the memorial service. Anyone with questions can call Dennis Serridge at (321) 433-1753.

Elizabeth B. Stoffers
UNION TWP. - Elizabeth B. Stoffers died on Friday, July 19, 2002 at the Country Arch Health Center. She was 81. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to John and Marguerite Haen Hoey, she lived in Newark before moving to Union Township 15 years ago. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Gustave C. Stoffers, died in 1977. A granddaughter also died earlier. Surviving are two daughters, Elizabeth J. O'Connor of South Orange and Rose M. Cascio of Union Township; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services were held Tuesday at the Martin Funeral Home in Clinton. Interment followed at the Fairmont Cemetery in Newark.

Arthur N. Ward Jr.
DELAWARE TWP. - Arthur N. Ward Jr. died Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at home. He was 60. He was born in Phillipsburg, a son of Arthur and Laura Laskowitz Ward. He lived in Flemington until moving to Delaware Township in 1974. He served in the Marine Corps 1959-1963 and was a charter member of the Hunterdon chapter of the Marine Corps League. He was a member of the Frenchtown American Legion post. He was a carpenter, with Carpenters Union Local 455 in Somerville for the past 34 years. He is survived by his wife, Grace Yarzab Ward; three daughters, Kimberly Fritts of Phillipsburg, Kelly Godown of Ringoes and Kathleen Thompson of Flemington; two sisters and three grandchildren. Services are set for Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington. Burial will be in Rosemont Cemetery. Calling hours are tomorrow 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. in the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center, 2100 Wescott Dr., Flemington 08822.

Richard Wolf
CHERRYVILLE - The Rev. Richard A. Wolf died Friday, July 19, 2002, at the Center for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington, Vt. He was 89. He was born in the Bronx, N.Y., to William and Christine Poser Wolf, and had lived most of his life in Elizabeth, then in Deer Isle, Maine, then in Cherryville for 16 years until 2002 when he moved to Shaftsbury, Vt. He was a bus driver for Public Service Coordinated Transport in Elizabeth for many years, then was pastor of Oceanville (Maine) Baptist Church for 22 years. An Army veteran of World War II, he was active in the Hunterdon Camp of Gideon International where he was active in its prison ministry. He was a former member of the Baptistown Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Helen Paashaus Wolf; a daughter, Helen Hain of Shaftsbury, Vt.; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington. Burial was in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Flemington. Memorial contributions can be made to Gideon International, Hunterdon County Camp, 336 Route 579, Asbury 08802.

Edward Bilinski
FLEMINGTON - Edward Bilinski died Monday, Jan. 20, 2003, at Rolling Hills of Hunterdon Care Center in Clinton Township. He was 90. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of Vincent and Mary Popowicz Bilinski. He resided in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn before moving to Flemington. He was a retired tool and dye maker with Harsco Inc. in Long Island City, N.Y. He was a communicant of St. Magdalen Catholic Church in Flemington. His wife, Alfreda Muraczewski Bilinski, died in 1993. He is survived by two daughters, Edwina Wiecek of New Hope and Karen Kenna of Flemington; five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Jan. 22 at St. Magdalen Church. Interment followed at St. Magdalen Cemetery, under the direction of Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington. Memorial contributions can be made to the church, 105 Mine St., Flemington, NJ 08822.

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