George L. Potts, 75
OCEAN CITY – George L. Potts, 75, of Ocean City, died Aug. 15, 2010 at Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point.
Born in Philadelphia, Pa., he was formerly of Somers Point, and was a resident of Ocean City for 50 years. He worked as a medical administrator for Prudential in Linwood for 33 years, retiring in 1990. He also worked for the City of Ocean City in counter ticket sales at the bus station for 10 years. He was a Junior Achievement advisor and held many positions including president with the Cape May County Rescue Squad.
Survivors include his wife, Joan L. Potts (nee Lippincott) of Ocean City; two daughters, Joanne Potts Senese of Abington, Pa., and Captain (Sel) Amy J. Potts, U.S.N. of Waterford, Conn.; three grandsons, John Paul Senese, Jr., Joseph Peter Senese, James Patrick Senese; many brothers and sisters and extended family.
His funeral service and interment are private at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 1001 Central Avenue, Ocean City, NJ 08226. The Godfrey Funeral Home of Ocean City and Palermo has charge of arrangements.
Harold Hedrick, 78
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Harold Hedrick, 78, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., died July 30, 2010.
Born in St. Louis, he moved to Ocean City, N.J. after serving in the U.S. Navy. He was a veteran of the Korean War. He served on the Ocean City Police Department for more than 30 years, where he helped organize the PBA’s annual toys from Santa holiday party. He was an officer in the Winnebago Law Enforcement Association and enjoyed traveling with his wife after retirement. He also worked for AAA as a safety coordinator for area schools. He moved to Port St. Lucie nine years ago.
He was predeceased by his wife, Valeria.
Survivors include two daughters, Connie Elwell of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., and Fern Hedrick of Ventnor, N.J.; two sons, Gary and Steven, of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; six grandchildren; a brother, Ray Lee; a sister, Jeanette; nieces, nephews and extended family.
Funeral services were private. Memorial contributions may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 5090 Dunn Road, Ft. Pierce, Fla.
Kenneth Holland, 87
OCEAN CITY – Kenneth F. Holland, 87, of Ocean City, died Aug. 12, 2010 at Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point.
He had been living for the past three and half years at Linwood Care Center. He was born and formerly of Pittsburgh, Pa. He moved to Ocean City in 1950, had lived in Naples, Fla. from 1976 to 1983, then returning to Ocean City. He was a World War II and Korean War Veteran, awarded a Bronze Star for heroism in France in 1945. He retired in 1977 as an Ocean City Fireman with 26 years of combined service as a police officer and fireman.
He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy.
Survivors include his children, Kenneth F. Jr. of Sandown, N.H., Kathleen B. Major of Berwyn, Pa.; four grandchildren, Kelly Chapman, George Major IV, Stephen K. Holland and Kathleen Vahey; six great-grandchildren; and extended family.
Funeral services were offered Aug. 17 from The Godfrey Funeral Home in Ocean City. Burial followed at Seaside Cemetery in Palermo. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3 Eves Drive, Suite 310, Marlton NJ. 08053.
Frank A. Szczepanski, 89
MARMORA – Frank A. Szczepanski, 89, of Marmora, died Aug. 14, 2010 at Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point.
He was formerly of Pennsauken. Born Oct. 17, 1921 in Camden, he was a veteran of World War II, honorably discharged from the U.S. Army.
He was predeceased by his wife, Helen.
Survivors include his brother, Andrew; sons, Frank Jr. and John; his daughter, Patricia Strauser; eight grandchildren; nieces, nephews and extended family.
A funeral Mass was offered Aug. 17 at the Church of the Resurrection in Marmora. Burial was at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Blackwood. Memorial contributions may be made to either Holy Redeemer Home Care and Hospice, 6550 Delilah Road Suite 501, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234 or American Cancer Society, 1851 Old Cuthbert Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034. Arrangements were by The Godfrey Funeral Homes, Ocean City/Palmero.
Joan G. Ponton, 80
OCEAN CITY – Joan G. Ponton, 80, of Ocean City, died Aug. 14, 2010 in Palermo.
She was also of Juno Beach, Fla. Born in Philadelphia, Pa. to Herman H. and Virginia Garson, she was raised in Wyncote, Pa. and lived in Media, Pa. for 40 years. She also summered more than 50 years in Ocean City before moving there in 2003 and spending half the year in Juno Beach, Fla. She was a graduate of Cheltenham High School, Class of 1947. She received her bachelor’s degree in early elementary education from Shippensburg University in 1952. She was a teacher before becoming the director for the Lansdowne Presbyterian Church Pre-School in Lansdowne, Pa and worked there for over 20 years, retiring in 2001. She was an active member of Union Chapel By-The-Sea in Ocean City and Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Juno Beach, Fla.
Survivors include her husband: John “Jack” Ponton Jr.; two daughters, Virginia “Ginger” Sack of Senoia, Ga., and Victoria P. Bracey of Riviera Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren; a sister, Marjory Merscher of Arroyo Hondo, N.M.; a brother, Kent Garson of York, Pa.; and extended family.
A service of memory and love will be offered Friday, Aug. 20, at 11 a.m. from Union Chapel By-The-Sea, 5501 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, where friends may call from 9:30 until 10:45 a.m. Burial will be private in Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro. Memorial contributions may be made to either Union Chapel By-The-Sea at the above address, or Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 13301 Ellison Wilson Road, Juno Beach, FL 33408. The Godfrey Funeral Home of Ocean City and Palermo has charge of arrangements.
John F. Corcoran, 74
SICKLERVILLE – John Francis Corcoran, 74, of Sicklerville, died Aug. 3, 2010 at the Shores at Wesley Manor in Ocean City.
He was born in McKeesport, Pa., and had worked as a salesman for Bristol Myers in New York City, N.Y. and in security for Sony Music Place in Pitman.
Survivors include two children, Lorrie Kiefer of Sicklerville, and John “Tom” Corcoran of Virginia Beach, Va.; four grandchildren, Jason, Bryan, Christopher and Tyler; and extended family.
A memorial service was offered Aug. 5 from The Godfrey Funeral Home in Ocean City. Burial was private. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Chapel Church, 762 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City, NJ 08226.
Marion Dietrich, 93
MARMORA – Marion T. Dietrich (nee Thoerner), 93, of Marmora, died Aug. 11, 2010 at her home.
She was born in Mahanoy, Pa., the daughter of Henry Thoerner and Martha Thoerner (nee Bibleheimer). She was a graduate of Pottsville High School. She was a homemaker her entire life, and focused herself on her children and grandchildren. She loved poetry and was a talented seamstress who enjoyed creating beautiful quilts. She was a life member of the Methodist Church and most recently of Trinity United Methodist Church in Marmora. She was a lifelong member of United Methodist Women and an active member of the senior citizen social group “Best of Life.”
She was predeceased by her husband, Karl G. Dietrich; and a brother, Blair Thoerner.
Survivors include four children, Lynn DeVoe of Hopewell Township, Blair Dietrich of Marmora, Glenn Dietrich of Wall Township, and Mark Dietrich of Point Pleasant; nine grandchildren, two great-granddaughters; and extended family.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Aug. 22, at 3 p.m. from Trinity United Methodist Church, 20 N. Shore Road in Marmora. Interment will take place privately on a later date at Bethany Methodist Cemetery in Barnesville, Pa. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church; or to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 65039, Dallas, TX 75265-0309. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Freitag Funeral Home of Bridgeton.
Taylor A. Popeson, 21
LINWOOD – Taylor Ablonczy Popeson, 21, of Linwood, died Aug. 12, 2010 suddenly at home.
Born on April 2, 1989 at Shore Memorial Hospital, she attended the Linwood public school system and excelled in basketball and soccer. After graduating in 2007 as a National Honor Society student from Mainland Regional High School, she attended New York University and Brooklyn College, instantly at home in the artistic, urban, and cultural life of the city. Her fondest experiences include backpacking through Europe, visiting Hungarian cousins, being on the Belhaven undefeated basketball team, writing award-winning poetry, beating her father at chess, and making chicken paprikas for the people she loved.
She was predeceased by a grandmother, grandfather and uncle George.
Survivors include her parents, Joanne and Dennis Popeson; brother, Spenser Popeson; grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, and her dog.
A memorial service was Aug. 17 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Linwood. Memorial contributions may be made to The Megan Nicole Kanka Foundation, P.O. Box 9956, Trenton, NJ 08650. Arrangements entrusted to the Adams-Perfect Funeral Home, Northfield.
Thomas King, 67
Thomas King, 67, formerly of Linwood, died Aug. 2, 2010.
He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.
He was predeceased by his parents, Betty and Roger Stewart; his brother, Roger Jr.; and nephew Billy Wilson.
Survivors include his wife, Carol; sons, Thomas and Jeremy; and stepson, John, all of North Carolina; sisters, Dolores, Helen and Jeanette; and six nephews and nieces.
James F. Malick, 70
LINWOOD – James Floyd Malick, 70, of Linwood, died Aug. 13, 2010 at his home after a long battle with cancer.
He was born in Brooklyn N.Y., and at the age of 5 moved to Linwood, where he spent most of his life. Prior to his illness he owned Malick Real Estate and was involved in the real estate, insurance and mortgage industry for more than 40 years.
He was predeceased by his parents, James Floyd Malick Sr. and Sara A.(Geller) Malick.
Survivors include his wife, Melody A. (Vallauri) Malick; son, Christopher J. Malick; and a sister, Sara Almond of Silverthorne, Colo.
Funeral services were held Aug. 18 at Adams-Perfect Funeral Home in Northfield. Burial followed at Zion Cemetery in Egg Harbor Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org or the American Heart Association at www.heart.org
Dorothy Santon, 89
NORTHFIELD – Dorothy Santon, 89, of Northfield, died Aug. 2, 2010.
She was born to Charles and Romayne King of Harrisburg, Pa. on March 6, 1921. She lived on the family farm until after graduation from Lower Paxton High School. After World War II ended she moved to her husband’s hometown of Philadelphia, Pa., where they raised three children. After her husband’s death, she moved to the Atlantic City area, and for the last 29 years resided in Northfield. She worked at Captain Starns, as a pastry chef assistant at Golden Nugget and lastly at Ocean Point Nursing Home in Somers Point. Her joys included family, her garden, cooking, reading and her animals.
She was predeceased by her husband, Urban; a son, Edward; her parents; and a brother, Joseph.
Survivors include daughters, Theresa and Romayne of Northfield; a brother, Edward of Harrisburg, Pa.; grandchildren Andrew and Carrie, and Carol Ann Venon; three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and extended family.
A memorial service was held Aug. 15 at Adams-Perfect Funeral Home in Northfield. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Irma V. Shaw, 79
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Irma Virginia Shaw, 79, of Egg Harbor Township, died Aug. 11, 2010 in AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Campus in Atlantic City.
Born in Somers Point, she was the daughter of Ranche and Helen Collins (Ware) Bakley. She was a waitress for more than 33 years at the former Log Restaurant and also at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. She was a member of the Suburban Garden Club of Linwood and of Central United Methodist Church of Linwood.
Survivors include her son, John Joseph Shaw of Clearville, Pa.; cousins, Howard and Beverly Ware and Diane Bevan; and companion, Mel Minnicucci of Egg Harbor Township.
Funeral services were held Aug. 16 from the Adams-Perfect Funeral Home in Northfield. Interment was in Atlantic City Cemetery in Pleasantville.
John Donovan Jr., 69
NORTHFIELD – John D. Donovan Jr., 69, of Northfield, died Aug. 1, 2010 at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Pomona.
He was born in Camden. He was a security guard for the Burlington Coat Factory in Cardiff, and prior to his retirement employed in the Public Works Department for Egg Harbor Township. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army and was a member of the American Legion.
Survivors include his companion, Joan McFarland; his son, Aaron Donovan of Linwood; his daughter, Tracy Peplowski of Mizpah; three grandchildren Andrew Donovan, Steve Peplowski Jr. and Faith Donovan.
Graveside services with military honors will be held today (Thursday), Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. at the Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery, Route 50 in Estell Manor. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Wimberg Funeral Home, 400 Liverpool Ave., Egg Harbor City. Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.
John Ferrie, 82
SOMERS POINT – John Ferrie, 82, of Somers Point, died Aug. 15, 2010.
He resided with his wife, Teresa, in Somers Point for the past 31 years and prior to that spent 19 years in Northfield. He was born in New Haven, Conn., and in the 1950s relocated to Atlantic City, where he met his wife. He was a bartender for many years at The Parrot Inn, Smithville Inn, Daniel’s, ChiChi’s Restaurant (Somers Point) and retired in 1999 working as a security guard at Ocean Point Nursing Home. He was known for his quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. He served in the Korean War in the 82nd Airborne, was a member of Knights of Columbus and attended St. Joseph’s Church in Somers Point.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Teresa; five children, Cindy Ludwig of Pa., Debbie Schurman of Northfield, John Ferrie and Teresa Masciulli, both of Egg Harbor Township, and Michael Ferrie of Linwood; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and extended family.
A life celebration will be held today (Thursday), Aug. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 606 Shore Road, Somers Point. Memorial mass will follow at 1 p.m. at the church. Inurnment will be at Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery, Estell Manor. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Church, at the above address. Family services by Jeffries & Keates Funeral Home, Northfield.
Muriel M. Booth, 94
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Muriel M. Booth, 94, of St. Louis, Mo., died Aug. 5, 2010.
Born to John and Bertie Mitchell, she graduated Atlantic City High School, Atlantic City, N.J., in 1933. She married Robert T. Booth in 1935. They lived in Northfield, N.J. for many years while raising their family. She was an active member of Chelsea Baptist Church in Atlantic City for more than 50 years.
She was predeceased by her husband.
Survivors include a daughter, Muriel Collison; a son, Bob Booth; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Aug. 14 at Adams-Perfect Funeral Home in Northfield, N.J. Interment followed in the Greenwood Cemetery, Pleasantville, N.J. Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea Baptist Church, 2908 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401.
Joan G. Conover, 71
LONGPORT – Joan Grace Conover, 71, of Longport, died Aug. 11, 2010.
Born in Atlantic City, she had lived in Longport for the past 15 years and was a life-long resident of Atlantic County. She was a real estate broker for Grace Knupp Reality for 40 years.
Survivors include her son, David Appleby of Atlantic County; daughter, Diane Hibbert of Longport; a brother, Leroy Knupp of Linwood; many grandchildren and extended family.
Funeral services were Aug. 14 at Lowenstein Funeral Home of Galloway. Burial followed in Laurel Memorial Park, Egg Harbor Township.
Ackley Elmer II, 72
SOMERS POINT – Ackley O. Elmer II, 72, of Somers Point, died Aug. 11, 2010 at Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point after a brief illness.
Born in Atlantic City, he lived in Pleasantville before moving to Somers Point 33 years ago. He was a self-employed real estate appraiser for more than 50 years, retiring in 2008. He also served as tax assessor for the cities of Pleasantville and Ventnor for many years. He was past president of the Atlantic Cape Independent Fee Appraisers, member of the Appraisal Institute and served as member and president of the Somers Point Planning Board for 16 years. He enjoyed working on computers and electronics, and spending time with his family and dog.
Survivors include his wife, Francine R. (Migone) Elmer; a daughter, Veronica R. Parrotte of Berlin; his step-brother, Ace Elmer of California; two nieces, a nephew, and extended family.
A memorial gathering was held Aug. 16 at Parsels Funeral Home in Absecon.
Edward E. Fisher
SOMERS POINT – Edward E. Fisher, of Somers Point, died Aug. 11, 2010 at his home.
He enjoyed camping throughout the United States with his wife. He was a fisherman, golfer, skier and billiards player.
Survivors include his wife, Mary J. Fisher; son, Jim Fisher; three daughters, Dianne Platt, Elaine Dix and Joan Glenn; and eight grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Aug. 14 at Grace Lutheran Church in Somers Point. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057. Funeral under the direction of the Middleton-Stroble & Zale Funeral Home.