October 17, 1941 ~ June 11, 2021
Barbara L. West 79, a life resident of Gloucester County, passed away Friday at the home of her son in West Deptford, NJ. Born in Philadelphia, PA, she resided in many towns in Gloucester County but most of her married life was spent in Verga, NJ. She was a homemaker and for over 20 years was a nanny for many families in the area. She was a member of the former St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Westville, the Altar Guild of the Church, and it was at the Church’s Youth Group that she met her future husband, Robert West Sr. they shared their life together for 54 yrs. until his passing. Barbara was a member of the Daughters of the King at the Church. They became members of Christ Episcopal Church in Woodbury and she became an honorary member of the Church’s Altar Guild. She had a kind heart, opening her home to family, friends that were in need and fostering many children. Barbara is survived by her children, Robert P West Jr., William H (Kristy) West and Cynthia West Giandomenico, her grandchildren, Rick, Sophia, Vincenzo, Julianne, Billy, Derick, Dylan. Her brother, Daniel F (Joyce) Kiner Jr. She was predeceased by her granddaughter, Adrianne West, her parents John Trainer and Ruth T and Daniel Kiner Sr., and her brother, Jack Trainer. A funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 AM on Saturday, June 19th at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 302 Kings Highway, Clarksboro, NJ. Where friends may visit with the family on Saturday from 10 to 11 AM at the Church. Inurnment will take place at Woodbury Memorial Park Cemetery, W. Deptford, NJ. Friends are also invited to visit with the family from 7-9 PM on Friday evening, June 18th at the Cheega Funeral Home, 1329 Kings Hwy. Swedesboro, NJ. Donations in her memory to either Samaritan Hospice Gift Processing Center, PO Box 71425, Philadelphia PA 19176 or on line at samaritannj.org or NJ Alzheimer Assoc., 23 Vreeland Rd. Suite 105, Florham Park, NJ 07932 or online at act.alz.org would be appreciated.
December 1, 1941 ~ June 1, 2021
Sarah Powell, (nee Patti) 79, a life resident of Gloucester County, passed away on June 1, 2021 at Cooper Medical Center, Camden, NJ. She was the daughter of the late John and Mary Patti. Sarah was a graduate of Woodstown High School, Class of ’59. She had attended St. Josephs Church in Swedesboro, was a coffee lover, enjoyed a good word puzzle and was an avid fan of the TV series Law and Order. She held several jobs including working as a store clerk at the original Bottos’ Grocery Store in Swedesboro. Sarah is survived by her children, Ernest (Kelly) Powell, Dawn Marie Booker, Terri Ann (Alex) Patti and Gina Sharp. Her grandchildren, Nicole, Dodson, Michael Powell, Cheyanna Thomas, Devyn Booker, Jerry Sharp and David Booker and her Great grandchildren, Jason Townsend, Lane Dodson and Gianna Lopez. Graveside services will be held 11AM Thurs. June 17 at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Woolwich Twp. NJ
August 22, 1937 ~ May 4, 2021
William Leshick,, 83, of Woolwich Township, New Jersey, passed away Tuesday, May 4th, at his residence. Born in Perth Amboy, NJ, he had resided in Woolwich Twp. for the past 2 ½ yrs. coming from Colts Neck NJ. Bill was a graduate of Red Bank Regional High School, Class of ’55 and before retiring was employed as a Draftsman at UTE in Asbury Park, NJ. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Colts Neck, NJ and had attended Mass at St. Joseph’s Campus of St. Claire of Assisi Parish, Swedesboro, NJ. He enjoyed golfing, bird watching and flowers. He also loved to vacation at Treasure Island, Florida. He was the husband of the late Joan Marie Leshick (2006). They were married in 1960. He is survived by his children, Kimberly Leshick, Leah Leshick and Keith Leshick and granddaughter Statiana Leshick. Committal Services will take place, 1 PM on Friday, May 14, 2021 at St. Gabriel’s Cemetery and Mausoleum, 549 Rt 520, Marlboro, NJ. Contributions in his memory to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated. Click on the link and please send an e-card to Keith.Leshick@gmail.com
July 26, 1943 ~ April 7, 2021
George H. Ritterson, Sr. 77 of Bridgeport, NJ passed away peacefully April 7th at home. He was a lifelong resident of the Bridgeport area and retired in 1997 from Chemical Leaman Trucking Co. in Bridgeport where he was employed as a Diesel Mechanic and tank cleaner. George loved riding his three wheel Harley and was married for 50 years to the late Maude (nee Spence) Ritterson. He is survived by his sons George Jr. (Karen) and Joseph (Jennifer) his grandchildren Shelby, Krystal and Jessica and great grandchildren Zaydan, Julietta and Rosabelle. His brothers, Charles, William, James Pratz and a sister Violet Valentin. Funeral Services will be noon, Monday, April 12th at the CHEEGA FUNERAL HOME, 1329 KINGS HIGHWAY, SWEDESBORO, NJ where friends may call from 10 to 12pm. Masks and Social Distancing will be required. Interment will take place at St. Pauls Church Cemetery, Bridgeport, NJ. Donations in his memory to the COPD Foundation, 3300 Ponce De Leon Blvd. Miami Fla. 33134 or online at email@example.com. would be appreciated.
November 12, 1930 ~ March 21, 2021
Frances R. Gargiulo, (nee Ricca), 90, formerly of Mickleton, passed away Sunday morning at Mullica Gardens, Mullica Hill, NJ. Born in Swedesboro, she had resided in Mickleton for 67 yrs. Frances was a graduate of Glassboro High School, Class of ’47 and received her x-ray technician’s license from Hahnemann Hospital, Phila Pa. She retired as Chief X-Ray Technologist from the former Underwood Memorial Hospital in Woodbury, NJ. Frances was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish and a member of St. Francis Council Columbiettes. She was the wife of the late Andrew Gargiulo for 60 yrs. and is survived by her children, Andy and Nancy, and Russell and Phyllis, her grandchildren, Toni and Joe Schaffer, Dr. Andrew and Dr. Katie Gargiulo, Aaron Gargiulo and Christopher Gargiulo, and her great-grandchildren, Matthew, Emma, Charlotte, Dixie and Leland. Graveside services will be 10:30am Thurs. March 25 at St. Joseph Cemetery, Woolwich Twp. Masks and distancing will be required. Contributions in her memory to St. Judes Childrens Hospital, Memorial giving, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tn, 38105 or online at www.stjude.org. would be appreciat
June 3, 1949 ~ March 5, 2021
My loving, kind and affectionate husband of 49 yrs., Tom, died at home on Friday, March 5, after suffering complications from Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Tom lived a full, rich life; some of his achievements were: achieved rank of Eagle Scout; graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kean College, NJ; graduated FBI National Academy, Quantico, VA (and proud to have successfully completed the “Yellow Brick Road Challenge”); worked 5 years for Morristown PD; transferred to Chatham Twp. PD where he rose through the ranks, and served 7 years as Police Chief; served also as President of the Morris County Police Chiefs Association, and President of the Morris County Juvenile Officer’s Association.
He managed to have time for lots of hobbies as well: Civil War Buff and Re-enactor who joined the NJ Calvary Division (his horse was “Rebel”). He participated in many battles to include Gettysburg, and battles in VA. Although he was a Union soldier, he particularly loved the Confederates (Robert E. Lee); thought they fought a better battle in war and so occasionally fought as a Confederate, when needed. Affectionately called “Cookie” by the Company, because he would cook them breakfast and dinner over an open fire using cast iron pans. He dragged all that heavy cookware to battles, even in the pouring rain. He was an avid white-water canoeist and taught all of us (me, Tommy, Donald, and Katie) how-to white-water canoe; at one point we had 5 canoes in the back yard; he did volunteer white water river patrol for the Federal Park Service. He also loved metal detecting, and once found a two-cent piece in the ground of what was called in olden days the Feed & Grain Yard of the current True-Value store in Swedesboro. He was an avid collector of coins, toy soldiers, and Wade figures; and an avid reader of war, history, and horror books; he absolutely loved playing “World of Tanks” on Xbox One gaming platform. The gaming community knew him as “Irish Rebel 300”; he proudly wore “Irish Rebel 300” on shirts and hats he had custom made for himself. His tank had a shamrock!
Tom was a faithful member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Swedesboro, NJ; he had served as the Chairman of the Golf Committee and had helped with Donut Sundays.
Tom was a loving, devoted father to Tommy, Donald, and Katie; loving father-in-law to Megan (Zanesky) and Brett (Giardina); loving and affectionate PopPop to Collin and JT (Jonathan); Brother to Bud (Roni) and predeceased by brother Jim (Luschanya); Brother-in-law to Tom & Kathy Connolly (Morris Plains, NJ), Ed & Joanne Connolly (Long Valley, NJ), and Madeline Connolly (Morristown, NJ); Uncle to Billy Jr., Mindy, Sue, Meghan, Marylynn; a favorite cousin to “the Cousins” who, when gathered, a good time was had by all.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 15, at 11:00 am at St.Josephs Church, 140 Broad St., Swedesboro, NJ (all denominations are welcome; mask and social distancing will be observed). Mass will be live streamed at www.stclarenj.org, Swedesboro Campus at 11am. To watch the live stream, CLICK HERE, then click on “Swedesboro Campus.”
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Tom’s memory to Hispanic Community, c/o St. Clare of Assisi Parish, 140 Broad St., Swedesboro, NJ 08085. Please make checks payable to St. Clare of Assisi Parish and note in the memo: “For Hispanic Community in memory of Thomas E. Ramsey” This would be greatly appreciated.
July 29, 1942 ~ March 2, 2021
Rita M. Mount, (nee McMullen) 78, of Swedesboro, New Jersey passed away March 2, at Inspira Medical Center, Mullica Hill, NJ. Born in Philadelphia PA she lived in Swedesboro for the past 13 years coming from Philadelphia. She was a graduate of the Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls, Philadelphia, Class of 1960 and retired from the Philadelphia School District where she was employed as a Crossing Guard. Rita was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, a member of the Church Choir, a Eucharistic Minister and a Lector, usually at the 11 AM Sunday Mass. She was also a member of the St. Francis Columbiettes. She was devoted to her Church, her family, was an avid Eagles Fan and loved to crochet. Rita was predeceased by her husband, William who passed away in 1996 and is survived by her children, Theresa (Christopher) Southard, Carolyn (Dirk) Shuster, Elizabeth and Robert Ragsdale and William C. Mount Jr. Also 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 AM on Monday, March 8that St. Joseph’s Church, 140 Broad St. Swedesboro, NJ. The Mass will be livestreamed at stclarenj.org starting at 11 AM. CLICK HERE to watch the livestream, then click on “Swedesboro Campus.”
A viewing will be held on Sunday from 5 PM – 7 PM and Monday from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM at the Cheega Funeral Home, 1329 Kings Highway, Swedesboro, NJ. Interment will take place at Green Mount Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA. Masking and distancing will be required at the funeral home and the church.
Contributions in Rita’s memory to the American Cancer Society/NJ c/o 410 White Horse Pike, Haddon Heights, NJ 08035 or www.cancer .org would be appreciated.
January 26, 1938 ~ February 23, 2021
Robert (Bob) Cicero, born January 26, 1938, died at home on February 23, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. Bob was born in Brooklyn, NY and lived there before moving to Keansburg, NJ as a teenager. After attending Red Bank Catholic HS, Bob studied electrical engineering at NJ College of Engineering. He later earned a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson. He was honorably discharged from the United States Coast Guard Reserve and he spent his entire career working as a civilian for the US Army at Fort Monmouth, retiring in 1995. Bob loved nothing more than spending time with his family. He married the love of his life Martha Anne (Kitson) Cicero in 1962. They lived in Freehold for 44 years, moving to Jackson NJ in 2010 and eventually to Swedesboro, NJ in 2017.
Bob enjoyed tinkering in his workshop and doing woodworking. There wasn't a glue product he didn't have in his collection. Bob also volunteered at his parish of St. Mary's in Colts Neck NJ for years in various roles including Eucharistic Minister, Religious Ed teacher, counting the collection and helping with Thanksgiving food drive. Jeopardy has always been "must see TV" in his home. The annual summer stay in Cape May became a tradition that lasted over 40 years. Bob also loved his cruises, sailing to many ports worldwide, often with extended groups of family and friends.
In more recent years, the highlights of his days were spending time with his wife watching the grandchildren, and later his great grandchildren. He would spend hours reading stories, doing craft & science projects, and going out to lunch where, after perusing the menu, would undoubtedly decide on a cheeseburger with fries. His sweet tooth is known to all - even the youngest knew that an afternoon chocolate kiss would put a smile on his face.
In addition to his wife of 58 years Martha Anne, Bob is survived by his daughter Elizabeth (Kenneth) Riley of Swedesboro, NJ, son Robert (Jennifer) of Jackson, NJ, his grandchildren Rebecca (Brendan) Coughlan (Swedesboro), Kaitlyn (Kurt) Pflugfelder (Swedesboro), Robert Cicero & Victoria Cicero (Jackson, NJ) and the three "greats" - Ellie, Jack & Maddie. He is also survived by many others family members who will miss him greatly.
Cheega Funeral Home is in charge of services - all COVID protocols, including masks, required. A Mass of Christian Burial will be live streamed on February 26, 2021 at 11 :OO AM at StClareNJ.org. To watch the Live Stream Mass Click Here then Click “Gibbstown Campus.” In lieu of flowers, donations to CHOP (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) would be greatly appreciated.
December 20, 1929 ~ February 7, 2021
Anna B. Hannah, 91, (nee Callahan) called “Nancy” by her friends, passed away February 7th at Premier Cadbury at Cherry Hill. Born in Wilkes-Barre Pa. she resided in Woolwich Township for 20 years, coming from Mullica Hill. Nancy was an Industrial relations manager for Holgar in Clifton Heights PA for 15 years and the former registrar of Kings School of Social Change in Upland PA. She was an avid reader, especially of historical novels. She enjoyed bird watching, winemaking, homeopathic medicine, apple cider vinegar and was a Red Hat Lady. She was predeceased by her husbands, Bernard J Beail and Norman A. Hannah. Nancy is survived by her children, Bernard Beail, Maureen Beail-Farkas (Late Abe), Barbara (Russell) Wible, Patty (Cliff) Messick and Mary Hannah. Grandchildren, Josh, Rusty, Rheena, Jessie, Nate and Lori and 9 great grandchildren. Her sisters, Jean Tully, Helen Bartley and her brother the late Joseph Callahan. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 AM on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at St. Joseph Church Campus of St. Clare of Assisi Parrish, 140 Broad St. Swedesboro, NJ and will be live streamed at stclarenj.org beginning at 11 AM. There will be no viewing and, at Nancy’s request, cremation will follow.
To watch the live stream service CLICK HERE then choose “Swedesboro Campus.”
November 2, 1945 ~ January 27, 2021
Carmen Loggia, 75 of Woolwich Township, NJ passed away January 27th at Methodist Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. Born in Campobello-Di Licata, Sicily he served in the Italian Army, being stationed in Germany. He owned and operated several Deli type stores in South Philadelphia and New Jersey, residing in South Jersey for the past 16 years, coming from Philadelphia PA. He was a strong family man, enjoyed playing cards, traveling, reading and he loved to cook. His adventures in farming consisted of renting a plot of land from the Township, planting his seedlings, weeding and pride in harvesting his produce. Carmen is survived by his wife of 46 years, Carmela (nee Guagliano) his children, Rosa Mary (John) Southard, Marygrace (Vincent) Cacia, Angelo (Lisa) and Salvatore Loggia. His grand-children, Angelo, Carli-Anne, Selena, John, Olivia, Lilly, Giavanna and Gabriella. His Brothers, Jack (Jeannie) and Nicholas (Valerie) Loggia and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his siblings, Charles, John, Carmela and Paola. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:30 AM on Thursday Feb. 4that St. Joseph Church, 140 Broad St. Swedesboro, NJ. The funeral mass will be live streamed on th church website: stclarenj.org/livestream. To watch online CLICK HERE beginning at 11:30 AM. Interment will take place at Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Twp. Pa. A viewing will be held at the CHEEGA FUNERAL HOME, 1329 Kings Hwy. Swedesboro, NJ from 9 AM to 11 AM on Thursday, February 4, 2021. Masks and distancing will be required at the Funeral Home, Church and Cemetery. Donations in his memory to the American Heart Assoc., 1 Union St. Ste 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691 would be greatly appreciated.
July 13, 1955 ~ January 12, 2021
Fred Cavallaro, Jr. 65 of Logan Township New Jersey passed away January 12that Inspira Medical Center, Mullica Hill. Born in Woodbury, he was raised and worked on the family farm, attended Paulsboro High School and chose carpentry as his profession. He was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, devoted family man, was an avid hunter and enjoyed Farm Life. He was the husband of the late Janine and is survived by his daughters, Gina and Maria Cavallaro, his siblings, Nancy Ann Cavallaro, Mary and Tina Leonardi and John Cavallaro. Also many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by siblings, Tom Cavallaro and Lucy Pennell. Funeral Services will be 11 AM Saturday at the CHEEGA FUNERAL HOME, 1329 Kings Highway, Swedesboro, NJ where a viewing will be held from 9am to 11 AM. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery, Woolwich Twp. NJ. Masks and distancing are mandatory at Funeral Home and Cemetery. Attendance for the Service will be limited.
William (92) and Peggy (88) (nee Morgan), Fish, long time residents of Swedesboro and married for 70 yrs. passed away within two days of each other, Bill on Dec 26 and Peggy on Dec. 28, 2020.
Peggy grew up in Mickleton and graduated from Swedesboro High School, Class of ’49. She worked in the former Jim-El’s News Agency in Swedesboro before entering the banking industry at the former Swedesboro Trust Co, retiring in 1985 as Vice-President of the Bank.
Bill was born and raised in Swedesboro, graduated from Swedesboro High School, Class of ’45. He was a Navy Veteran and retired in 1989 from Mobil Oil, Paulsboro Plant after 39 yrs of service. He volunteered at Kings Things and for Meals on Wheels and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Swedesboro.
They were both Long time members of Bethesda UMC, Swedesboro and Socastee UMC in Socastee, SC. They loved living in Swedesboro, overlooking the lake and hosting many Fish Family reunions there. When both retired, they moved to Myrtle Beach, SC and lived there for 16 yrs. enjoying many rounds of golf. They returned to Swedesboro in 2005 and in 2014 they became residents of the NJ Veterans Memorial Home in Vineland.
They are survived by their children, Robert and Carol Fish and David and Patricia Fish, Grandchildren Amy and Gary Clarke, Suzanne and Jeff Morris, Dr. Morgan and Katie Fish, Travis and Lexi Fish, Great-Grandchildren, Joshua Conover, Hope Karlesses, Jeffrey Morris, Jr. and soon expected great-grandaughter, Eleanor Fish. Peggy is also survived by a niece Rhonda (Chris) Rector and was predeceased by siblings Edwin (Rena) Morgan, Jimmy (Debbie) Morgan and Bill ( late Diane) Henderson. Bill is survived by siblings, Betty Little (Late Earl), Mary Lou Stetser (Late John) and Jane (Jim) Harre. He was predeceased by siblings Mae (Martin) Marcus and John (Sheila) Fish. And Many nieces and nephews in both the Fish and Morgan Families.
It was the wishes of both Bill and Peggy to be cremated and have a memorial service which is being planned for the near future. Donations in their memory to NJVMH – Vineland Welfare Fund, 524 N West Blvd. Vineland NJ 08360 and place in memo ‘Life Enrichment Program’ would be appreciated.
November 4, 1939 ~ December 20, 2020
Carmela Bonaccorsi of Woolwich Twp., NJ passed away Dec. 20, 2020 at Jefferson Hospital Washington Township. New Jersey. Born and raised in Swedesboro, she was the daughter of the late John and Catherine Bonaccorsi. A graduate of Swedesboro High School, Class of 1958, Carmela worked for Del Monte Corp., Swedesboro for 32 years. In retirement, she enjoyed working in her garden, growing awesome gladiolas , among other flowers and running a small roadside stand.
Carmela is survived by her sister Mary, her nephews Mario Casella (Kathy), John Casella and Anthony Musumeci (Debbie), great-niece Gabriela Musumeci great-nephews Vincent (Katie) Casella, Daniel Casella and Anthony Musumeci, Jr. She is predeceased by her sisters and brother-in-laws Sadie and John Casella and Rose and Anthony Musumeci .
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:30 PM on Saturday, December 26, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Church 140 Broad St. Swedesboro, NJ, which will be live streamed at stclarenj.org and scrolling to live stream Swedesboro. Friends may call between 9:00 AM and noon at the funeral home. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery, Woolwich Twp. NJ. Masks and distancing will be required at the funeral home, at the church and at the cemetery. Contributions in her memory to St. Clare of Assisi Parish, 140 Broad Street, Swedesboro, NJ 08085 would be appreciated.
October 5, 1936 ~ November 30, 2020
On Monday, November 30th, Thomas A. Sorbello, passed away peacefully at his home at the age of 84, surrounded by his wife and children. “Tom” was born on October 5th, 1936, in Swedesboro, NJ, son of Alfio and Grace Sorbello. A lifelong resident of Swedesboro, NJ, Thomas graduated from Swedesboro High School, class of 1954.
Tom grew up on the family farm that his father, Alfio, founded a generation before. He knew from an early age that farming was his calling and built the farm into a thriving business. As much as Tom loved farming, he loved to spend his free time at the bowling alley, which is where he would meet the love of his life, Marie Parente. They would soon marry and settle on the family farm, raising three children, daughters Lisa and Lori, and son Alfio (“Fred”). Tom and Marie celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary together on November 16th, 2020.
Tom enjoyed many leisure activities, such as deer hunting and watching football as well as spending time at the Raccoon Club. However, Tom’s favorite “hobby” was farming. The family farm would eventually grow to be one of the largest and most successful vegetable farms in South Jersey. He would also serve on many organizations associated with farming, including serving as President of the Vineland Produce Auction, Vice President of the NJ Tomato Council, Director of the Gloucester County Board of Agriculture, Alternate Director of the Vegetable Growers Association.
Although farming was Tom’s livelihood, he loved spending time with his family at social outings with his wife, family gatherings for birthdays and holidays, or time with his children, even acting as assistant coach for many of their youth sports teams. Tom was a gentle and compassionate man with a light-hearted spirit and great sense of humor. Despite his reserved personality, Tom could spend hours talking to you about farming, family, hunting, or sports. More importantly, Tom was universally respected among family, friends, and the community of farmers as a good man, who was fair and always of the highest moral standard.
Thomas is survived by wife, Marie, three children, Lisa (Joe) Justice, Lori (Andy) Grenier, and Fred (Kim) Sorbello, his sister, Agnes (Fred) Musumeci, and brother, Frank (Jennie) Sorbello, seven granddaughters, and a great-granddaughter. In addition to his parents, Tom was predeceased by his sister, Alfina Sorbello.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:30 PM Friday December 4th at St. Joseph Church, 140 Broad St. Swedesboro. A viewing will be held at the Cheega Funeral Home on Fri from 9:30 AM to 1 PM. Masks and distancing will be required. Live streaming of the funeral mass can be seen at www.stclarenj.org. Interment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery,
Woolwich Twp. NJ. Donations in his memory to the Woodstown Future Farmers of America, 140 East Ave. Woodstown, NJ 08098 or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at www.pancan.org would be appreciated.
Maria L. Flores, 85, passed away at home on November 26, 2020. She lived in Swedesboro for the past 9 years. Maria was born in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. Married Hilario Flores in 1953. And had seven children that she raised in Camden and Cedarbrook, NJ. She worked for Mrs Paul's in Hammonton, NJ before she retired and moved back to Puerto Rico until 2001 when she returned to New Jersey.
She was a member of the Fatima/Mt. Carmel church in Camden, NJ until 1975. She loved spending time with her family and friends, gardening and playing dominoes. She was the best mom, grandmom "abuela", sister, sister-in-law, aunt, godmother and friend.
Maria is survived by her children, Theodore "Papo" Flores, Carmen Flores, Luz M. Ruiz "Lucy", Lidia Flores "Lily" and David Flores. Sister-In-Law, Paula Vazquez, Daughter and Son-In-Laws, Mildred Flores, Mike Ruiz, Margie Flores, Annie Flores, Jackie Flores, Dawn Flores, Mario Figueroa. 17 Grandchildren Ted Jr, Militza, Ricardo, Javier, Jordan, Victor "kiko", Alexis, Erika, Tony Jr., Daisy, Yadiel, Monique, Arielle, James, Adrianna, Papito and Kassy, 20 Great-Grandchildren, 4 Great-Great Grandchildren (Tata nietos). Maria was predeceased by her sons, Antonio and Victor Flores. She has many nephews and nieces that she loved dearly. She will be dearly missed by all who loved her.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:30am Thursday, Dec. 3 at St. Joseph’s Church, 140 Broad St. Swedesboro. Seating is limited, masks and distancing will be required. The service can be watched live by going to www.stclarenj.org, then scroll down to funeral mass, Swedesboro. Burial will take place at St. Joseph Cemetery, Woolwich Twp. A viewing will be held at the funeral home Thurs. from 9am to 11am. Again masks and distancing will be required. Due to the Covid virus restrictions, there will not be a luncheon afterwards.
Donations in her memory to help with funeral expenses may be hand delivered or mailed directly to the Cheega Funeral Home, 1329 Kings Highway, Swedesboro, NJ 08085, donations by credit cards can be made by phone (845-467-0030) and would be greatly appreciated.
February 20, 1939 ~ November 12, 2020
Alfio “Fred” Bonaventura, 81, of Swedesboro, NJ passed away Nov 12, 2020. Born and raised in Swedesboro, he loved hunting and won many trophies for trap shooting. He was a Saturday fixture at Airport Speedway where he supported his 3 cousins, Wayne, J., and Levar Scott and calling his buddies, (Late) Paul Thomas, Denny McCool, Bob Thieson, Wayne Scott Sr. and Wayne Jr. Fred retired from the Gloucester County Road Dept after 25 yrs. of service. He also worked with siding and roofing for many years. Fred was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, the Raccoon Club, the Quinton and Delaware Valley Sportsman Club. He was the ‘head’ chef for his yearly Wild Game Dinner, consisting of deer, rabbit, squirrel, quail, duck and tripe, to name a few. He started in the basement of his home and as the word got out, he had to move the dinner to the VFW Hall in Woodstown. Fred is survived by his wife of 54 yrs., Frances (nee Stout), daughter Christine (Joe) Stigliano, many nieces and nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews. Special love of his cousin Many Ann Alessi and Daddy’s fur babies, Tootsie and the late Daisey, Missy and Penny. He was also predeceased by his parents, Alfio and Josephine (Ragusa) and his brother Sabestino and his wife Josephine. Graveside services will be private. Arrangements are being handled by the CHEEGA FUNERAL HOME, Swedesboro, NJ. Contributions in Fred’s memory to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
Sandra Louise (Oppold) Ahner
August 14, 1948 ~ November 5, 2020
“Sandie,”as she was known to everyone aged 72 of Kunkletown, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by her family on Thursday, November 5, 2020. She was the loving wife of Neil B. Ahner Sr. She was born on August 14, 1948 at Northampton Hospital, Northampton, Pennsylvania to the daughter of the late Louise J. (Wert) Oppold and George J. Oppold and was a 1966 graduate of Lehighton Area High School.
Sandie is survived by her husband of 54 years and her 4 children, Lori Green of Kunkletown, Tammy, wife of Dean Shade of Schuykill Haven Pennsylvania, Kyle along with his wife, Erika and Neil B. Ahner II, all of Kunkletown, Pennsylvania; her 6 grandchildren: Brandon Green of Kunkletown, Justan Green and his wife Melissa of Effort Pennsylvania, Matthew Green and Shawn Green, both of Kunkletown, Katie L. wife of Jerry Nieroda of Albrightsville, Pennsylvania and Jonah Ahner of Kunkletown; 3 great grandsons: Bryce Green, Jerry Nieroda and Liam Green, her brother, Rev. David A. Oppold of Swedesboro, New Jersey as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents and her son-in-law Glenn S. Green.
Sandie was a member of St. John Towamensing Lutheran Church, Palmerton, Pennsylvania where she served as Secretary for many years. She loved spending time with her family, baking, crocheting, playing cards, reading and her 2 fur babies: Jeannie & Snickers. She will be dearly missed by all who loved her.
A Service for the Celebration of Sandie’s Life will take place 11 AM on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at St. John Towamensing Lutheran Church 2915 Fireline Road, Palmerton, PA 18071, where friends may call beginning at 10 AM. Masks are required. Interment will be private.
Donations to St. John Towamensing Lutheran Church at the address above, in lieu of flowers would be greatly appreciate
Cheryl L. West, 60 of Woodbury, NJ passed away September18, 2020. She was a life resident of the Gloucester County area, graduated from Paulsboro High School, Class of ’78 and one of her many jobs was being the floor mgr. for the UPS Distribution Center in Logan Twp. Cheryl was a devoted mother, enjoyed gardening and baking. She took care of others and had a great sense of humor. Totally a beautiful soul! She is survived by her daughter Julianne Marie West, her mother Virginia (Jini) Givin and siblings, Vicki Fey, Donna Middleton, Sharon Chestnut, Ronald and John Givin. She was predeceased by her father Ronald Givin and daughter Adrianne West. Due to Covid regulations a private memorial service has been planned for the family and invited friends. Seating is limited, masks and distancing will be required. Donations to help with expenses can be sent directly to the funeral home at 1329 Kings Highway, Swedesboro, NJ and would be deeply appreciated.
Sue Racite Catalano, 90 of Mannington Twp. NJ passed away Sept. 15th while vacationing at the Jersey shore. Born and raised in Swedesboro, she was a graduate of Swedesboro High School, Class of ’47, a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish and the Red Hat Ladies Society. She was a hard working farmers wife. Sue was an artist, specializing in Papier Tole which she exhibited in art shows throughout the region for 40 yrs. She was truly a talented gifted woman.
Sue is survived by her children, Michael J. and Janie Catalano and Mary Jane and Frank Heide. Her grandchildren, Nicole, Maria, Fred, Alyssa, Derek, Christin and Marc. Also 6 great-grand-daughters. She was predeceased by her husband of 66 yrs. Fred S., her son Joseph, her parents, Joseph and Mary Racite and her siblings, Angela Day, Domenic and Joseph Racite. Graveside services will be 11am Tues Sept 22 at St. Joseph Cemetery, Woolwich Twp. NJ Masks and distancing will be required. Viewing will be private. Arrangements are being handed by the CHEEGA FUNERAL HOME, Swedesboro, NJ. Donations in her memory to St. Judes Childrens Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis Tn. 38105 would be appreciate
December 24, 1928 ~ August 4, 2020
Louis S. Balestrucci, 91, passed away Tues at Jefferson Health Center, Washington Twp. NJ. Born and raised in Swedesboro, he had graduated from Swedesboro High School, was an army veteran of the Korean War and owned and operated Ballie Ironworks in Swedesboro for 58 yrs. Lou was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, an usher at the church, a member of St. Francis Council, K O C. and a member of the former Raccoon Club. Lou was a man strong in his faith and devoted to his family. His grandchildren made his heart swell with pride and he tried to participate in their adventures whenever he could. He also enjoyed a good game of poker. He is survived by his children, Frank, Luanne and Mary (John) White, Son in Law Joseph Kasuska. Also his grandchildren Joseph and Stephanie Kasuska. He was predeceased by his wife Dolores and daughter Donna. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11am Sat. Aug. 8 at. St. Josephs Church, 140 Broad St. Swedesboro, NJ Interment St. Joseph Cemetery, Woolwich Twp., NJ. Viewing Sat. 9:30am to 10:30am at the CHEEGA FUNERAL HOME, 1329 Kings Highway, Swedesboro NJ. Face masks and distancing will be required at the funeral home and the church. Donations in his memory to the American Cancer Society, Phila. Chapter, 1818 Market St., Ste 2820, Phila Pa 19130 would be appreciated.