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Sal Fernandes
LAMBERTVILLE - Sal G. Fernandes died March 20, 2003 in Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Township. He was 73. Born in New York City, he was a resident of Basking Ridge of 30 years before moving to Lambertville eight years ago. He was a 1948 graduate of St. John's University with a degree in business administration. Mr. Fernandes was an Army veteran of the Korean Wart. He was vice president of Broadcast Music Inc. of New York and retired in 1992 after 39 years of service. He enjoyed music, entertainment, Broadway musicals and shows and was an avid computer hobbyist. He and his wife, Diane Struzzieri Fernandes, would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this October. He is also survived by a son, Rob Fernandes of Tewksbury Township; a brother, Carl Fernandes of Morganville, and three grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Saturday at Gallaway & Crane Funeral Home in Basking Ridge. Memorial contributions can be made to the National Kidney Foundation of New York and New Jersey, 1250 Broadway, Suite 2001, New York, NY 10001 or the American Heart Association, 208 West End Ave., Bridgewater, NJ 08807.

Mary Simonetta
BLOOMSBURY - Mary E. Simonetta died April 2, 2003, at home. She was 79. Born in Easton, she was the daughter of Michael and Anna Sorochak and was raised by Anna Michael Potuchko. She was a 1943 graduate of Phillipsburg Catholic High School. She was a re-inspector with Dixie Cup in Wilson, Pa., for 35 years before retiring. She is survived by a son, Frank of Bloomsbury; a daughter, Michelle Thatcher of Phillipsburg, and four grandchildren. Services were held April 4 at Doyle-Devlin Funeral Home in Phillipsburg. Burial was at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Alpha.

Mary Nichols
CLINTON - Mary Tuzinkiewicz Nichols died Monday, April 7, 2003, at home. She was 79. She was born in Jersey City and lived in New York City before moving to Clinton 37 years ago. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening. Her brothers, John, Anthony and Ignatius Tuzinkiewicz, died previously. She is survived by her husband of more than 50 years, Steven Nichols; two sons, Anthony Nichols of Easton, and Steven Nichols Jr. of New York City; a brother, Steve Tuzinkiewicz of Ridgefield; a sister, Tessie Sobolewski of Palisades Park, and two grandchildren. Services will be held April 11 at 11 a.m. at Branchburg Funeral Home. Burial will be in St. Bernard's Cemetery in Bridgewater.

Kathryn Vosburg
FRENCHTOWN - Kathryn R. Vann Vosburg died Monday, April 7, 2003, at Hunterdon Medical Center. She was 69. She was born in Wyoming, Pa., the daughter of Joseph Osceola Vann and Alice Juanita Boyd Vann and Grace Phillips Vann, and moved to Frenchtown in 1975. She attended Carvertown (Pa.) High School. She was an assistant sales manager at Majors Department Store in Raritan Township for 14 years before retiring. She was also a homemaker. She was a Girl Scout leader. She was a member of Frenchtown American Legion Post. She loved spending time with her family, friends and grandchildren and enjoyed singing, butterflies and hummingbirds. She was a member of Frenchtown Presbyterian Church and had been a Sunday School teacher at Neshanic United Methodist Church and Clover Hill Reformed Church. Her daughter, Mona Vosburg Klipphahn, and two brothers, Russell and Charles Vann, died earlier. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Curtis S. Vosburg; a son, Curtis Steven Vosburg II of Hellertown, Pa.; three daughters, Cindy Sue Alt of Milford, Laurie Fiebig of Milford and Brenda Lee Noel of Hellertown, Pa.; two brothers, Robert Vann of Connecticut and David Vann of Florida; four sisters, Milfred Vosburg of Wapwallopen, Pa., Dolores Piatt of Hunlock Creek, Pa., Gladys Vosburg of Ringoes and Mary Lou Goyne of Exeter, Pa.; 13 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held April 12 at 2 p.m. at the Frenchtown Presbyterian Church. Arrangements are by W.E. Johnson Funeral Home in Holland Township. Memorial contributions can be sent to Frenchtown Presbyterian Church, Box 114, Frenchtown, NJ 08825.

Amanda Hoff
HACKETTSTOWN - Amanda A. Hoff died March 28, 2003, in the House of the Good Shepard in Hackettstown where she was a resident. She was 99. She was the sister of Shirley Temperly of Flemington. Born in Port Murray, she was the daughter of Casper and Lillian Hoppock Sutton. She lived in Flemington and Lambertville before moving to Washington, where she lived most of her life. A homemaker for most her life, she also worked for Springer Mills in Washington. She belonged to the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Washington and was formerly a member of the Trinity Methodist Church. She also volunteered at the Nearly New Shop in Washington. In addition to her sister, she is survived by two sons, Harold of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Gene of West Henrietta, N.Y.; seven grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services are private, under the direction of DeVoe Funeral Service in Washington.

Fritz Wrede
RARITAN TWP. - Fritz A. Wrede died March 29, 2003, at Hunterdon Medical Center. He was 98. Born in Germany, he came to the United States in 1929, and lived in Livingston and Clinton before moving to Raritan Township two years ago. He was a senior vice president and treasurer for A. W. Faber-Castell Pencil Co. in Newark before retiring in 1970. He continued to serve as a director of the company unitl 1976. He was a former trustee of the Stationers & Office Equipment Board of Trade in New York. He is survived by his wife, Erika Wrede; two sons Henry Wrede of Hampton and Harold Wrede of Oldwick; six grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Services were held April 1 in the Gethsemane Gardens Mausoleum at Hollywood Memorial Park in Union. Arrangements were under the directions of the Haberele & Barth Funeral Home in Union.

Christina Culver
EAST AMWELL TWP. - Christina B. Culver died April 2, 2003 at Somerset Medical Center. She was 53. Born in New York City, she was the daughter of Wayne and Mildred Davis Culver. She lived most of her life in East Amwell Township. She graduated from Hunterdon Central High School in 1977. She had been a nurse's aide at the Princeton Developmental Center in Skillman. Her parents died earlier and a brother, Jon Culver, died in 1999. She is survived by a sister, Barbara Archuleta of Skillman; and two brothers, Paul Culver of San Francisco and Anthony Culver of Hopewell. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Robert L. Ford Funeral Home in Flemington. Burial took place in Long Valley Union Cemetery in Califon. To send online condolences, visit

Joan Jones
ANNANDALE - Joan W. Jones died April 3, 2003 at the Fellowship Village Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Basking Ridge. She was 72. Born in Hoboken, she had lived in South Orange for 28 years before moving to Annandale in 1991. Mrs. Jones received her master's degree in letters from Drew University in Madison and was working toward her doctorate in letters at Drew. She was a publication director at Merck & Co. for 20 years, most recently at its headquarters in Readington Township, and retired five years ago. She previously worked at Warner Lambert Co. in Morris Plains as editor of its quarterly magazine. Mrs. Jones was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Clinton Township. She is survived by her husband, Paul Jones; a son, Christopher Jones of Maplewood; a daughter, Jennifer Bassler of Waxhaw, N.C., a sister, Jacqueline Ricciardi of Verona; and five grandchildren. A Funeral Liturgy was held on Saturday at Immaculate Conception Church. Interment was private, under the direction of Kearns Funeral Home of Whitehouse. Memorial contributions can be sent to the American Cancer Society, 600 First Ave., Raritan 08869.

Charlotte Haines
EFFORT, Pa. - Charlotte Kathleen 'Kathy' Haines died Tuesday, April 8, 2003 at home. She was 51. Born in Trenton, she was the daughter of Milton and Charlotte Attwood Young. She resided in Flemington and East Amwell Township before moving to Effort in 2001. She was formerly a waitress at Flemington Family Restaurant and at the Amwell Diner and then was a clerk at the Quick Chek in West Amwell Township until moving to Effort. Mrs. Haines is survived by her husband, Gerald Haines; two sons, Michael Malherbe of Flemington and John Malherbe of Phillipsburg; three daughters, Bobby Jo Pickering of Flemington and Patricia Jean Haines and Corrina Haines, both of Effort; three sisters, Dorothy Leary and Melody Eagleston, both of Flemington and Sandra Schuster of South Bound Brook; a brother, Milton Young of Flemington and three grandchildren. Services will be held tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington. Interment will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in East Amwell Township. Calling hours will be tomorrow 1 to 3 p.m. in the funeral home. Contributions can be made to Memorial Fund for Kathy Haines, c/o Dorothy Leary, 22 Bonetown Rd., Flemington 08822.

Martin Napholz
KINGWOOD TWP. - Martin Napholz died on Tuesday, April 8, 2003 at home. He was 88. He was born in Austria-Hungary to Simon and Theresa Karuz Napholz and came to the United States in 1952, living in New York City, before moving to Kingwood in 1963. Before his retirement, he was employed in the maintenance department of Princeton University. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church in Baptistown. He was a member of the Kingwood Township Merry Mixers. His son, Joseph died in 1999. Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Katherine; two sons, Adolf of Blairstown and Martin of Fairfield; a daughter, Anneliese Gimpel of Collegeville, Pa.; a sister, Anna Vincze of Canada; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services will be on Saturday at 9 a.m. from the Robert L. Ford Funeral Home in Flemington. A Funeral Liturgy will be at 10:30 a.m. in the church. Interment will be private. Calling hours will be tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Contributions can be made to the Hunterdon Hospice, 2100 Wescott Dr., Flemington 08822. To send an online condolence, visit

Brenda Scheetz
LAMBERTVILLE - Brenda A. Scheetz died on April 1, 2003 at the Morristown Memorial Hospital. She was 54. Born in Doylestown, Pa. to Frederick and Virginia Van Fleet Nanni, she was a lifelong Lambertville resident. She was a business office representative with the Hunterdon Medical Center for 30 years. She was also an Avon representative in the Lambertville area. Mrs. Scheetz was an avid camper. Surviving are her husband, Lawrence Scheetz.; two sons, Lawrence Jr. of Flemington and Chad of Lambertville; three daughters, Donna O'Neill of Flemington, Jacqueline Ortman of Hillsborough and Melissa Scheetz of Lambertville; a brother, Frederick Nanni of Kingwood Township and six grandchildren. Services were held on Friday at the Van Horn-McDonough Funeral Home in Lambertville. Interment followed at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Lambertville.

Hazel Berger
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Hazel H. Berger died March 31, 2003 at the HQM of Port Charlotte. She was 95. She was born in Lebanon, the daughter of J.R. Hoffman and Ida Haver Hoffman, and lived in Lebanon and Annandale before moving to Port Charlotte 37 years ago. She was a homemaker. She was a 75-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star Hobart Chapter in New Jersey and in Florida she was a member of Amaranth Peace Court in Port Charlotte. She was also a member of Rebekah in Punta Gorda, Fla. and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a member of the Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Port Charlotte. Her husband, LaMonte Berger, died in 1981. She is survived by a daughter, Joyce Broecker, of West Lafayette, Ind.; two sisters, Arlene Cox of Lebanon and Doris Arnesen of Jutland; a grandson; and two great-grandsons. Services will be held today at 10 a.m. at the Martin Funeral Home in Clinton. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Clinton. Calling hours were set for last night from 7 to 8 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 24515 Rampart Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33983.

Scott Ahlstrom
GLEN GARDNER - Scott P. Ahlstrom died Saturday, April 5, 2003 at home. He was 40. Born in Hackensack, he was the son of Carl and Ruth Ahlstrom. He resided in Branchburg most of his life before moving to Glen Gardner in 2000. He was a graduate of Somerville High School and Diesel Mechanic School in Colorado. Mr. Ahlstrom worked as an operating engineer with Local 825 in Springfield. He was a member of the Somerville Elks Lodge. A race car enthusiast, he worked as a mechanic on the 'Dirt Car Circuit' His sister, Ingrid Ahlstrom, died earlier. In addition to his mother of Zellwood, Fla., he is survived by his wife Danielle; two daughters, Cassandra and Samantha Ahlstrom. Funeral services will be today at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Raritan Borough. Calling hours were yesterday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cusick Funeral Home in Somerville.

Robert Drummond
STOCKTON - Robert Drummond died on Friday, April 4, 2003 at the Buckingham Valley Nursing Home in Pennsylvania. He was 78. Born in New York City to George and Allison Stevenson Drummond, he lived in Princeton for many years before moving to Stockton in 1967. He owned Nassau Refrigeration and was store coordinator for Errico's Market in Stockton until 1993. He was past master of the Masonic Lodge in Princeton. Surviving are his wife, Virginia Errico Drummond; three daughters, Anne Renick of Oak Grove, Mo., Kathy Dennis of Tampa, Fla. and Nicole Drummond of Frenchtown; a son, Douglas of Tampa, Fla.; three brothers, George of Pennington, Andrew of North Carolina and Alex of Tennessee; and five grandchildren. Services will be held tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the Garefino Funeral Home in Lambertville. Calling hours are from noon until the time of the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Stockton Rescue Squad, Box 100, Stockton 08559.

Clara Gazzillo
LAMBERTVILLE - Clara Gazzillo died April, 1, 2003 at the Clover Rest Home in Columbia. She was 73. She was born and raised in Lambertville, a daughter of Domenico and Elvira Salvato Gazzillo, and had lived in Columbia since 1985. She was a former member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lambertville. A brother, John Gazzillo, and a sister, Mary D'Angelis, died earlier. She is survived by a brother, Joseph Gazzillo and a sister, Anna DeMarco of Trenton. A Funeral Liturgy was celebrated on Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Church. Burial was in the Holcombe-Riverview Cemetery in Delaware Township, under the direction of the Garefino Funeral Home in Lambertville.

James Zrake
HOLLAND TWP. - James N. Zrake died April 3, 2003, at home. He was 52. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he lived in Upper Saddle River and Suffern, N.Y., before moving to Holland Township in 1992. He was a member of First Alexandria Presbyterian Church of Mount Pleasant. Mr. Zrake graduated from Ramapo College in Mahwah, earning a B.A. degree in psychology and B.S. degrees in mathematics and physics. He also received an M.S. degree in mathematics and physics from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken. He worked for several insurance companies as an actuarial analyst and at AT&T in Holmdel as a research analyst. He worked most recently at Rudolph Technologies in Randolph as a computer programmer. Mr. Zrake was an avid cyclist, and enjoyed hiking and canoeing. He is survived by his parents, John J. and Gladys (Daher) Zrake of Holland Township; a son, Jonathan J. of Holland Township; and a brother, Steven of Katy, Texas. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Alexandria First Presbyterian Church. Interment was in Green Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, under the direction of the W.E. Johnson Funeral Home, Holland Township. Memorial donations can be made to the church, 141 Little York-Mount Pleasant Road, Milford 08848.

Stella Kozura
MANVILLE - Stella Kozura died April 2, 2003 at Somerset Medical Center. She was 84. She was the mother of Edward Kozura of Clinton. Mrs. Kozura was born in Jonestown, Pa., the daughter of Stephen and Amelia Mazur. She lived in Manville since 1940. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Church in Manville. She was an avid gardener. Her husband Peter Kozura died in 1989, a sister, Katherine Papada died in 2000 and a grandson Kenneth Kozura died in 2001 and In addition to her son, she is survived by her daughter, Rosalie Puza of Manville; two sisters, Anna Sukeena of Reading, Pa. and Mary Redro of Irvine, Calif.; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A Panikhida service was held on Sunday at Ketusky Funeral Home in Manville. Services were also held on Monday at the funeral home and the church. Burial was in Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Cemetery in Hillsborough. Memorial contributions can be sent to the church, 605 Washington Ave. or to the Manville First Aid and Rescue Squad, 2 South 3rd Avenue, both Manville 08835.

Anita Rey
RAUBSVILLE, Pa. - Anita J. Rey died April 1, 2003, at Easton (Pa.) Hospital. She was 55. Born in Phillipsburg, she was a daughter of George and Violet Castner White. She and her husband, Clifford, celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary in April 2002. Mrs. Rey worked for 25 years as a machine operator at the Caraustar Industries plant, formerly Jefferson Smurfit Co. and Quality Packaging, in Kingwood Township. A daughter, Judi Williams, died in 2000, and a brother, George White Jr., also died previously. Surviving in addition to her mother, of Glen Gardner, and her husband are two sons, Clifford Jr. and Christopher, both of Easton; three daughters, Cindy Molnar of Easton, Ruth Quinby of Asbury and Rhonda Gallis of Phillipsburg; a brother, Arthur White of Stewartsville; four sisters, Judy Crawn of Nashville, Ga., Gloria Revels of Tifton, Ga., Bonnie Michalek of Killeen, Texas and Jennie Skorets of Glen Gardner; 15 grandchildren and a great-grandson; . Services were held Friday at Robert W. Snyder Funeral Home, Riegelsville, Pa. Burial was in Raubsville Cemetery.

Mario Caruso
GREEN BROOK - Mario A. Caruso died Friday, April 4, 2003 at Overlook Hospital in Summit. He was 79. He was the father of Carl Caruso of Flemington. Born and raised in North Plainfield, Mr. Caruso moved to Green Brook in 1989. He graduated from New York University's School of Engineering with an aeronautical engineering degree. In 1945 he joined the family business, Caruso Electrical Contractors, started by his father in 1920. At the same time he worked for General Motors Aeronautical as an aeronautical engineer, helping design the Grumman Avenger torpedo bomber. In 1973, Mr. Caruso founded Atlas Properties, a commercial real estate holding company, with Patrick J. Fittipaldi and Elmer Spratford. Mr. Caruso operated Caruso Electrical Contractors in North Plainfield until retiring in 1990. Mr. Caruso was a communicant at St. Luke's Church in North Plainfield. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for 50 years and was also a life-long member and former president of the Plainfield Lions Club. He was an avid reader and an enthusiast of classical music. He is also survived by his wife, Mary R. Sargenti Caruso; a son, Patrick Caruso of Green Brook; a brother, Robert Caruso of Overland Park, Kan.; a sister, Lucille Rothemich of Beesleys Point; and two granddaughters. Services were held Tuesday at the Higgins Home for Funerals in Watchung. Memorial contributions can be made to the Green Brook Rescue Squad, 101 Green Brook Rd., Green Brook 08812 or to the Watchung Rescue Squad, Stirling Road, Watchung 07069.

Theodore Martinko
LEBANON TWP. - Theodore A. Martinko died Sunday, April 6, 2003 at Hunterdon Medical Center. He was 74. Born in Linden, he was the son of Mike and Bessie Buckawach Martinko. He resided in Linden and Edison before moving to Lebanon Township six years ago. He served in the Navy after World War II. Mr. Martinko owned and operated Village Liquors in Linden. He enjoyed gardening and spent much time with his grandchildren. His wife, Dolores Pilot Martinko, died in 1984. He is survived by three sons, Ted Martinko Jr. of Lebanon Township, and Richard and David Martinko, both of Lantana, Fla.; three daughters, Laura Martinko and Dianne Toten, both of Tampa, Fla. and Donna Wickham of Mississippi; a brother, Felix Martinko of Clark; a sister, Barbara Kalvaitis of Linden; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Visiting hours will be held today at the Martin Funeral Home in Clinton from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will take place there tomorrow at 10 a.m. followed by burial in St. Gertrude's Cemetery in Colonia. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 84 Park Ave., Flemington 08822.

Jane Hinrichs
RARITAN TWP. - Jane S. Hinrichs died Friday, April 4, 2003 at home. She was 82. Born in Montclair, she was a daughter of Newell and Pauline Simms Shepard. She lived in the Flemington area since 1963. She was a homemaker. Ms. Hinrichs was one of the original Gray Ladies at Hunterdon Medical Center. Her husband, E. Allen Hinrichs, died in 1987. She is survived by one son, William, of Readington Township, and one granddaughter. Services were held Monday at Rosedale Cemetery in Orange, under the direction of Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home of Flemington. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Hubert's Geralda Animal Shelter, 3201 Route 22, North Branch 08876.

Mary Carroll
NORTH BRUNSWICK - Mary A. Carroll died April 1, 2003 at Hunterdon Medical Center. She was 95. She was the mother of Ginny Paul of Ringoes. Mrs. Carroll was born in Orange and lived in North Brunswick of 17 years. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Eugene Carroll, died previously. In addition to her daughter she is survived by another daughter, Peggy Meechan of Plainfield; two sons, Gene and William Carroll, both of Cranford; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Services were private under the direction of the Robert L. Ford Funeral Home in Flemington. Online condolences can be sent through

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