• November 15, 2019

Ocean City Sentinel: Obituaries


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Wednesday 11/06/2019
George Thomas Bauder, 80
Posted: November 06, 2019 - 11:40 am

George Thomas Bauder, 80, of Bonita Springs, Fl died October 29, 2019 at home. George was born July 25, 1939 in Philadelphia Pa, the only child of Wilson and Kathryn (Sladek) Bauder. He had been a resident of Bonita Springs since moving from Ocean City, NJ in 2012.

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The Hon. William J. Hughes, Sr.
Posted: November 06, 2019 - 11:41 am

Ambassador and former U.S. Congressman William (Bill) J. Hughes, Sr. of Ocean City, NJ, passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at his home.  He was 87 years old.  

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Wednesday 10/30/2019
Jean Miller, 95
Posted: October 30, 2019 - 10:18 am

Miller, Jean, 95, of Ocean City. Passed away on October 26, 2019. Born in Cedar Brook, NJ She was raised in Ocean City and graduated from Ocean City High School. She met the love of her life John Miller on the beach in Ocean City. They married in 1942 and raised their family in Northfield. After John’s retirement they moved to San Diego, CA where they lived for twenty years. During that time, they enjoyed traveling throughout the world together. Jean will be remembered for being a class act, a perfect lady and for her deep love of family. She leaves behind her daughters Lynn Miller and Jan (Ron) Roegiers, her son Douglas Miller, 6 grandchildren; Fred (Maria) Moran, John (Heather) Moran, Kimberly (David) Hayden, Monica Miller, Doug (Carly) Miller, and Jamison (Jessica) Miller and 7 great grandchildren. A memorial service for Jean will be held, Friday November 1, 2019 at 11am, at The Godfrey Funeral Home, 644 South Shore Road, Palermo, NJ, where friends may call from 10am till the time of the service. Burial to follow at Seaside Cemetery.

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Wednesday 10/16/2019
Mary Lou Beitzel, 90
Posted: October 16, 2019 - 10:33 am

Mary Lou Beitzel, 90, of Redding, CT., longtime resident of Chappaqua, NY, passed away peacefully on September 26, 2019.  She was the loving wife of the late George “Spike” Beitzel.

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Jean Marie Tucker
Posted: October 16, 2019 - 10:31 am

Jean Marie (nee Davis) Tucker, born August 24, 1928 in Ocean City, NJ passed away Saturday, October 12, 2019 in Mays Landing, NJ.

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Dr. John Lawrence Elias
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 10:33 am

Dr. John Lawrence Elias, of Madison and Ocean City, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 surrounded by the love of his family.

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Elizabeth W. Campbell
Posted: October 16, 2019 - 10:24 am

Campbell, Elizabeth W. “Bannie” (nee Wentz). (October 9, 2019). 

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Wednesday 10/09/2019
Edwin C. Eckerson, 76
Posted: October 09, 2019 - 9:33 am

Edwin C. Eckerson, of Ocean City, NJ, passed away on September 28, 2019 at Shore Medical Center, Somers Point, NJ.  He was 76.  

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Wednesday 09/11/2019
Alan Glass
Posted: September 11, 2019 - 10:01 am

Alan Glass passed away Sept. 6, 2019. 

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Joy Weiler Cougle
Posted: September 11, 2019 - 10:00 am

Joy Weiler Cougle went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, at the age of 91. 

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Jean M. Bell, 82
Posted: September 11, 2019 - 9:59 am

Jean M. Bell, 82, passed away peacefully Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in her hometown of Ocean City, N. 

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Kenneth R. Meyers, 88
Posted: September 11, 2019 - 10:02 am

Kenneth R. Meyers, age 88, of Deland, Florida, passed away peacefully in Shands Hospital, Gainesville, FL on August 31, 2019, following complications from surgery. He was born on June 15, 1931 in Philadelphia, PA.

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Wednesday 09/04/2019
Samuel Mark Rosenfeld, 69
Posted: September 04, 2019 - 9:29 am

Samuel Mark Rosenfeld, 69, of Seaville, NJ passed away peacefully at home on Monday, August 26, 2019.

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Harry Yoa, 101
Posted: September 04, 2019 - 9:30 am

Harry Yoa, age 101, of Ocean City peacefully slipped away at his home, surrounded by family, on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

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Kathryn M. Brooks
Posted: September 04, 2019 - 9:24 am

Kathryn M. (nee Ralph) Brooks died August 26, 2019.  

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Monday 09/02/2019
Harry Yoa, 101
Posted: September 02, 2019 - 1:00 pm

Harry Yoa, age 101, of Ocean City peacefully slipped away at his home, surrounded by family, on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

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Wednesday 08/28/2019
Andrew Terrence Grau, 76
Posted: August 28, 2019 - 10:13 am

Grau, Andrew Terrence “Terry”, 76, of Somers Point. Passed away on August 19, 2019. Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Frank J. Grau and Flora Strassner Grau, as well as a brother, Francis. He is survived by his only child, Tracey Dixon of Lynchburg, Virginia and her son, Daniel Weston Dixon Jr., as well as 7 loving siblings and their families: Frank (Mary), Al (Barbara), Tom (Honey), Harry (Michele), Florann (Joe) Sordillo, Mary Neukam, and Carol (Rick) Hillegas. Proudly born and raised in Maryland, Terry graduated the Little Flower Parish School in 1957, followed by Calvert Hall College in 1961, and the University of Baltimore, where he earned a BS in Finance in 1971. He became a Chartered Life Underwriter in 1975 and provided leadership at several prestigious Managing General Underwriting Firms in Philadelphia and NJ. In 1999, Terry formed his own MGU called Grau & Associates in OC, NJ with such noteworthy clients as McCormick Spice, Ocean City, NJ and the Las Vegas Police Dept. Terry served in the US Army Reserve from 1963-1969 and later in life, the Somers Point AMVETS Post 911 became family, where he served as Captain of the Elite Honor Guard and a member of Somers Point American Legion Post 352. Terry raised his family in Cherry Hill, NJ and then bought a shore home in OC, NJ. After his retirement in 2011, he moved to Somers Point. He enjoyed open water diving, golfing, and sport fishing. His civic activities included serving as Commodore of the Riverboat Club, Treasurer of Masonic Lodge #171, President of the Ocean City Exchange Club, OC Community Emergency Response Team, Crescent Shriner, and 1st Vice Commander AMVETS Post 911. A memorial service for Terry will take place on Thursday, Sept. 5th at 11:00am at The Godfrey Funeral Home, 4008 English Creek Ave., Egg Harbor Township, followed by a reception at the Somers Point American Legion. In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested to AMVETS Post 911, P.O. Box 413, Somers Point, NJ 08244. For condolences to the family please visit www.godfreyfuneralhome.com

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Marcia Jean Stevenson, 77
Posted: August 28, 2019 - 10:14 am

Marcia Jean Stevenson, 77, of Ocean City, New Jersey and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, passed away on Sunday,August 25, 2019, in Frederick, MD, where she was surrounded by her family. She was the loving wife of the late John A. Stevenson. She was born on October 18, 1941, in Glassport, PA, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Helen Dolfi Mihalko.

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Wednesday 08/21/2019
Robert Dean, 61
Posted: August 21, 2019 - 9:34 am

Robert (Deano/Bob/Bobby) Dean, age 61, passed away at Shore Medical Center on August 10, 2019. Born at Shore Memorial Hospital, Somers Point, on July 2, 1958, Deano grew up in Ocean City, attended St. Augustine School and Ocean City High School. He moved to Dana Point, CA with his parents, and graduated from Dana Point High School. Deano is survived by his daughter, Carly Dean, his partner, Ruth Beal, his siblings Sheila (Robert Schoelkopf) and Michael Dean (Hoang), his nieces and nephews Joshua Dean (Krystle), Tori Dean (Collin Dennis), and Bill Dean. He was preceded in death by his brother John P. Dean III and his parents John P. Dean, Jr. and Marie Baumgartner Dean, all formerly of Ocean City.

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Ann M. Thomas, 89
Posted: August 21, 2019 - 9:35 am

Thomas, Ann M., 89, of Ocean City, NJ, passed away at her home on August 17, 2019. Miss Thomas was born in Bridgeport, Pa to the late Joseph P. Sr & Pearl M. Thomas. Miss Thomas was a Bank Manager at the Ocean City Bank until her retirement. She is survived by her sister Eleanor (Edward) Dilks of Linwood, NJ, and many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and grand nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters Marie C. Sylvester, Catherine J. Thomas, Evelyn Williams, Doris J. Thomas, Elaine T. Thomas, her brothers Joseph Paul Thomas and James J. Thomas.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday August 26, 2019 at 10:30 AM at St Frances Cabrini R.C. Church, of the St Damien Parish, 2nd Street at Atlantic Avenue, Ocean City, NJ where friends may call from 9:30AM until the time of Mass. Burial will follow in St Patrick’s Cemetery, East Norriton, Pa. Memorial contributions are suggested to St Damien Parish, 1337 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City, NJ 08226. For condolences to the family please visit www.godfreyfuneralhome.com

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Wednesday 08/14/2019
Michael Longstreet Schumacher, 44
Posted: August 14, 2019 - 10:08 am

Michael Longstreet Schumacher, 44, of Aberdeen, MD, formerly of Clinton Township NJ, passed away on August 10, 2019.

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Joan M. Reilly, 86
Posted: August 14, 2019 - 10:06 am

Joan M. Reilly(nee Mattis), age 86, formerly of North Wales, PA and Ocean City, NJ, died on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 of complications from Alzheimer’s Disease at the Quadrangle in Haverford, PA, where she had lived since 2009.

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Wednesday 08/07/2019
John P. Dean III, 70
Posted: August 07, 2019 - 10:19 am

John Patrick Dean, III, age 70, passed away at Shore Medical Center on Monday, July 29, 2019.

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Wednesday 07/31/2019
Norma J. West, 86
Posted: July 31, 2019 - 9:46 am

Norma J. West, 86, a longtime resident of Ocean City, NJ passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 in Bel Air, MD.

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Richard Marley Boccelli, 95
Posted: July 31, 2019 - 9:45 am

Richard Marley Boccelli, aka Dick Richards of Bill Haley’s Comets, passed away on 7/12/2019 at the Shores at Wesley Manor in Ocean City, NJ. He celebrated his 95th birthday in February. Richard was born on 2/12/1924 in Delaware County, Pa. He was predeceased by his brother Philip (1922-1986). He attended Upper Darby High School, Fairleigh Dickinson College, and West Chester State Teacher’s College majoring in physical education and earning a teaching degree. In 1950 he married Elizabeth (Betty) Kurtz (1930-1986). They had three daughters: Beverly Walker (Steve), Denise Kubaska (Michael) and Betsy Young (deceased 2011). There are six grandchildren and one great-grandchild: Chris Kubaska, his wife Michelle Tacconelli and their daughter Pearl, Gordon Kubaska, Steve and Janvier Walker, and Becky and Rachael Young. After Betty’s untimely passing Dick was fortunate to again find love and companionship with Shirley Kubaska for the past 33 years. 

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Wednesday 07/24/2019
Katharine Rebecca McNally, 68
Posted: July 24, 2019 - 9:59 am

Katharine Rebecca McNally, 68, of Ocean City, NJ passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at her home.

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Stanley C. Smith
Posted: July 24, 2019 - 10:00 am

Stanley C. Smith, 83 years old of Galloway Twp., formerly of Ocean City NJ, passed away peacefully on July 4th, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. 

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Jean Craig, 101
Posted: July 24, 2019 - 9:57 am

Jean Craig, of Ocean City, NJ at the age of 101, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 17th in the arms of her loving children, in Boca Raton, Florida.

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Wednesday 07/17/2019
Albert William Zanner, Jr., 89
Posted: July 17, 2019 - 10:09 am

On Thursday, July 11, 2019, beloved husband of Barbara Harter Zanner. Survived by daughters, Nancy Z. Correll; Susan Zanner; adored dog Soren; granddaughter, Andrea Correll; son-in-law, Cory Correll. 

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Wednesday 07/10/2019
Donald D. Hollingshead, 87
Posted: July 10, 2019 - 9:28 am

Hollingshead, Donald D., 87 of Marmora, NJ passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at his home.

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Richard C. Ellis, 86
Posted: July 10, 2019 - 9:26 am

Ellis, Richard C. 86 of Vineland, formerly of Ocean City, NJ passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at the Vineland Veterans Memorial Home.

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Wednesday 06/26/2019
Mary Ann Walsh, 88
Posted: June 26, 2019 - 9:36 am

Mary Ann Walsh, age 88, passed away peacefully at home on June 2, 2019, with her husband and daughter by her side, to be with God in Heaven. Mary was born December 7, 1930 in Melrose Park, PA, the daughter of the late William and Dorothy Halberstadt. She graduated from Cheltenham High School and soon thereafter married her high school sweetheart, Jim Walsh, and they moved to Columbus, Indiana, where they raised their 4 children. Mary worked first as a bookkeeper and then as the manager of the Garland Brook Cemetery in Columbus for 28 years. She was the first woman to be elected President of the Indiana Cemetery Board of Directors and was also appointed by then Governor Evan Bayh as the first woman on The Indiana State Board of Funeral and Cemetery Services. Mary was a member of St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church and did volunteer work at hospitals and many other organizations in Columbus. In 1995 she and her husband moved to Punta Gorda, FL, and spent their summers at their home in Ocean City, NJ, then 2 years ago they moved to The Windsor in Cape Coral, FL. Mary was a member of Zonta International, the Columbus Art’s Guild, the Ocean City Yacht Club, the Punta Gorda Twin Isles Country Club, several book clubs, travel clubs, bridge player clubs, and many other social organizations where she had many, many friends. She was preceded in death by her brother Bill Halberstadt and her son Michael Walsh. She is survived by her beloved husband of 68 years, Jim Walsh in Cape Coral, daughter Cindy Walsh in St. James City, FL, sons Jim Walsh Jr. in Englewood, FL and Tom Walsh in Scottsdale, AZ, grandsons Evan Walsh (Angie) in Tampa, FL and Nathan Walsh (Mimi) in Columbus, IN, plus 8 great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held at The Windsor of Cape Coral on June 30 at 2 pm and final interment will be at the Sarasota National Cemetery. Any memorial contributions to her memory may be given to Hope Healthcare Hospice Services (www.HopeHCS.org).

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Wednesday 06/19/2019
Muriel Margaret Mumford Dickinson
Posted: June 19, 2019 - 9:48 am

Dickinson, Muriel Margaret Mumford, 77, of Ocean City, NJ passed away peacefully at home with her long time companion Todd Bower and family by her side.

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Teresa S. Godfrey, 90
Posted: June 19, 2019 - 9:50 am

Teresa S. Godfrey (nee Sharp) 90, of Ocean City, NJ passed away peacefully at her home.

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Wednesday 06/12/2019
Robert Eugene Hart, 86
Posted: June 12, 2019 - 9:59 am

Robert Eugene Hart, 86, passed away peacefully on June 4, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his devoted wife, Audrey (nee Keene) Hart, his daughters Cynthia Hart and her partner Paul LeBrun, Doreen Hart, Elizabeth Hart and husband David Funk, beloved grandchildren Robert and Karen (nee Geihl) Baker, Jordan Baker, Erin Haney, Michael Haney, and Rose Madison, adored great-granddaughters Camila and Antonia Baker, former son-in-law Curtis Baker, nieces Susan Kaitz, Sharon Hart, and nephew Richard Hart. He was predeceased by his precious granddaughter, Leigha Balsamo, and former son-in-law Peter Haney. Others who will greatly miss him include Marcia Chew and her family: Jason and Suzanne Chew and daughters Kaia and Cove; Arthur and Rory Chew and sons AJ, Owen, and Garrett.

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Wednesday 06/05/2019
Charles C. Wright
Updated: June 05, 2019 - 9:54 am

Charles C. Wright, 81, of Fort Myers, FL, previously from Wright’s Mill and Ocean View, NJ, passed away on May 13, 2019.

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Wednesday 05/29/2019
Miriam E. Uhl, 86
Posted: May 29, 2019 - 2:26 pm

Miriam E. Uhl, 86, of Ocean City, NJ passed away peacefully on Monday, May 27, 2019 at her home with her family by her side.

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Virginia Andera
Posted: May 29, 2019 - 2:25 pm

Andera, Virginia Madalyn of Ocean View, NJ formerly of Marmora, NJ passed away on October 20, 2018.

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Catharine C. Adams, 90
Posted: May 29, 2019 - 12:36 pm

Catharine C. Adams, 90, of Ocean City, went to be with the Lord on May 25, 2019. She is now singing with the angels and saints in the Heavenly Choir.

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Wednesday 05/15/2019
Margaret Grace Corcoran, 88
Posted: May 15, 2019 - 9:17 am

It is with great sadness that the family of Margaret (Peggy) Grace Corcoran [nee Starn] share that she passed peacefully on May 6, 2019 at the age of 88, in her nursing home in Ellicott City, MD from complications due to Alzheimer’s.

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Thursday 05/09/2019
David T. Marr
Posted: May 09, 2019 - 3:36 pm

David T. Marr, of Ocean City, NJ and Naples, FL, died May 7, 2019. 

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Wednesday 05/08/2019
Merilee J. Adams, 75
Posted: May 08, 2019 - 10:04 am

Adams, Merilee J., (nee Rollins) 75 of Ocean City, NJ passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point, NJ.

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Frances Keenan, 105
Posted: May 08, 2019 - 10:05 am

Frances (Whittle) Keenan, age 105,  born on January 4, 1914, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and a long-time resident of Ocean City, New Jersey since 1977, passed away peacefully at her home on May 1, 2019, surrounded by loved ones.  

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Wednesday 05/01/2019
Dolores Ardito, 82
Posted: May 01, 2019 - 9:29 am

Dolores (Dee) Ardito, 82, of Sarasota, Florida passed peacefully on Wednesday, April 24th.  

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William Carl ‘Bill’ Geisdorf III
Posted: May 01, 2019 - 9:30 am

William Carl “Bill” Geisdorf III, 69, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Philadelphia, PA, Ocean City, NJ, and Boston, MA died April 22, 2019. He was born March 1, 1950.

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Wednesday 04/24/2019
Anne Azeez, 88
Posted: April 24, 2019 - 11:01 am

Anne (Lloyd) Azeez has peacefully passed away at her home on April 22, 2019 at the age of 88. 

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Angela Patrick Anes, 60
Posted: April 24, 2019 - 10:59 am

Anes, Angela Patrick  60, died peacefully at her home In Ocean City New Jersey surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday, April 17th.  

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Ruth MacIntire Hecht, 98
Posted: April 24, 2019 - 11:02 am

Hecht, Ruth MacIntire, - 98, of Ocean City, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday April 14, 2019 at Crest Haven Nursing Home in Cape May Court House, NJ. Born December 15, 1920 in Philadelphia Pa, Ruth was educated in Philadelphia public schools and graduated from Business College as a secretary. Ruth moved to Ocean City in 1965 which became her primary residence. She worked as Administrative Secretary at Atlantic City Medical Center and as an Office Manager for the surgical group Rosenblatts, Stetzer, and Aarons. “Monna” as she was affectionately called by family and friends was known for her infections smile, compassionate nature, and youthful sense of style. Ruth enjoyed spending time with her family; gardening, crossword puzzles, and caring for her dog Dexter. Ruth was preceded in death by her mother Grace MacIntire, her father Earl MacIntire, her beloved sister Virginia Kaelin, and her nephew Thomas Kaelin. Survived by her loving children Dr. Fredrick Hecht of Carlisle Pa, Susan (Chris) Benson of Marmora, NJ, and Nancy (Jerry) Raab of Ocean City; 8 grand children Fred Hecht, Kristen (Greg) Franzen, Lauren (Eddie) Murphy, Rylee Hecht, Zachary (Becky) Benson, Joshua Benson, Henry Raab, Jeffery Raab, and Maddie Raab; and 9 great grandchildren. The family wishes to acknowledge the loving care she received at Crest Haven and from Heartland Hospice. A mass in memory of Ruth will be held at St Frances Cabrini church in Ocean City at 10am on Saturday April 27th. A private memorial will be held for family at the 2nd Cape May Baptist in June. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in her memory to Crest Haven Nursing Home, 4 Moore Rd, Cape May Court House NJ 08210 or Heartland Hospice, 2111 New Rd, Northfield NJ 08225. For condolences to the family, visit www.godfreyfuneralhome.com.

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Wednesday 04/17/2019
Richard A. Wagner, 82
Posted: April 17, 2019 - 10:35 am

Richard A. Wagner, 82, of Cherry Hill, NJ, formerly of Mount Laurel, NJ and Palm Beach Gardens, FL, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2019. 

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Laurie L. Mackowiak, 60
Posted: April 17, 2019 - 10:32 am

Laurie L. Mackowiak, 60, of Absecon, NJ passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in Absecon Manor.

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