January 23, 1935 ~ May 1, 2020
Edward David Ernest, Jr. 85 of Pilesgrove Township, New Jersey, passed away on May 1, 2020. Born in Salem, New Jersey, Ed was a graduate of Swedesboro High School, Class of 1954, He was a 20 year Navy Veteran serving during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and specializing in Naval Photography, playing an important role with recon missions. Ed also retired from Mobile Oil where he worked in the Research and Development Department. He continued his love of photography saying that the part he enjoyed most was the developing of the picture! Ed was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, a Eucharistic Minister for the parish, a Charter member of St. Francis Council, KOC, Chapter 7526 and a 4th Degree member of A.B. Strenski Assembly, Woodbury. He was an outdoor game enthusiast, an expert at Ping Pong and badminton. An avid Phillies fan he loved listening to the games on the radio and tried not to miss any. He is survived by his wife of 61 yrs. Agnes (nee: DiBartolo), his children, Philip David (Maria) Ernest and Diane Michele (Mark) Bandy, 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, a brother and 2 sisters. In attempting to give Ed the honor that he deserves, we will be offering a virtual viewing on Thursday evening, May 7th, from 6 PM to 8 PM with a service offered, virtually, by St. Clare of Assisi Parish at 8 PM. Connection request for the virtual viewing will be accepted until 5 PM Wednesday. To send condolences to the family or, if you would like connection information to attend the visitation and service, please use the “Contact Us” button on this site or send email request to firstname.lastname@example.org NOTE: There will be NO IN-PERSON visitation at the funeral home. Contibutions to the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, 620 Sea Island Rd. Ste 288, St. Simons Island, Ga 31522 would be appreciated.
Evelyn M. Stout, 79 of PennsGrove, NJ passed away March 11 at Salem Medical Center in Mannington Twp. NJ. Born in Pedricktown, she has lived in PennsGrove since 1978. She was a graduate of PennsGrove High School, Class 0f ’60 and was a former clerk at K-Mart in PennsGrove. Evelyn was also the Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer at Hercules Chemical Plant in Wilmington, De. also employed by ARC in Salem and a member of the YMCA Swim Club in PennsGrove. She loved to sew, crochet, play cards and crossword puzzles. She is survived by her sisters, Norma Horty, Mildred Rick, Frances Bonaventura, Diane Scioli and many nieces and nephews. Evelyn was predeceased by her parents, John and Lena Stout and her siblings, Helen, Doris, Blanche, John and Eleanor. At Evelyns request, cremation was private and her ashes were placed in the family plot.
Bridget M. Myers, 53 (nee Falcone) of W. Deptford Twp. NJ passed away Jan. 27 at home. She was born in Phila. Pa. and graduated from Kingsway High School, Woolwich Twp. NJ, Class of ’84. She is survived by her husband, Darryl Myers, her siblings, Maria Powell, Rita Rizzi, Paul, Ralph Jr., Kevin and Anthony Falcone. Also her fur-baby, Maggie May. She was predeceased by her parents, Ralph and Caroline Falcone. A Memorial Service will be held 11am Sat., Feb 1 at the CHEEGA FUNERAL HOME, 1329 Kings Hwy, Swedesboro, NJ. Visiting at the funeral home on Sat. will begin at 10am.
Donnell Wheatley at the age of 82, received her crown and well-deserved rest on December 31, 2019, at home with her devoted daughter at her bedside.
Donnell Wheatley also known as “Polly” and or “Bonnie” was born on April 3, 1937 to the late George “Buddy” Anthony and the late Eudell Anthony in Metter, Georgia.
Donnell was not only an African American woman serving as a solider in the U.S. Army but also a nurse in the infirmary ward serving soldiers injured in battle.
Her love for southern down home cooking, Perry Mason, a large cup of coco, beloved cowboys and westerns, John Coltrane and gospel music playing on her record player, her infectious laugh, caring spirit, a penny for your thoughts wittiness and a heart to help anyone in need, her compassion, patience and more will all be missed by those who had the opportunity to meet her both family and friends.
She leaves to cherish her precious memories to her devoted daughter Terri Wheatley; son Edward Eason; beautiful grandchildren Edward Jr. Clay; Shon Clay; Tashena Eason; Treaon Eason; Rashawn Pittman; affectionately known as “Nanny’s Baby” Tynea Smith (Damien Cooper); numerous great grandchildren; her precious niece “blondie” Nancy Stone-Nock; multiple nieces and nephews; her in home helper Sandra Smith; her beloved cousin Carl Holloway; her right hand and forever friend/cousin yet more like a brother Willie McBride; and a host of loved ones both near and far. Donnell was preceded in death by her husband Arthur Wheatley and parents George and Eudell Anthony.
A memorial Service will be held on January 10, 2020 at 12:30pm at the funeral home, 1329 Kings Highway, Swedesboro, NJ followed by inurnment at Salem County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Rt 45, Pilesgrove, NJ.
Joseph P. Micklasavage, 89 of Swedesboro, NJ passed away Nov 29, 2019. Born and raised in New Philadelphia, Pa. he graduated from Blythe Twp. High School, served in the Army Air Corps and Airforce during the Korean War, and was employed as an Instrument Mechanic at DuPont in Deepwater, NJ for 35 yrs. Joseph was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, a former usher at St. Josephs Church, a 3rd Degree K of C, St. Francis Council #7526. He was a member of the former St. Josephs Mens Club and Raccoon Club in Swedesboro. He served as an assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 13 for 10 yrs. He enjoyed the outdoors and was especially fond of gardening, hunting and fishing. He was not afraid to tackle any challenge and he could fix and construct anything. He enjoyed painting portraits and still-life. Joe enjoyed dancing the polka with his wife Lucy whom he met at the former Oasis Club in Mullica Hill, NJ. Joe is survived by his wife of 63 yrs. Lucy (nee Leotta), his children, Vic (Maria) and Joanna Micklasavage, his granddaughter Emily, his siblings, Marie Anastasia, Helen Blasko and Vincent Micklasavage and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceasaed by siblings, Annie Williams and Mike Micklasavage. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11am Wed. Dec 4that St. Joseph Church, 140 Broad St. Swedesboro, NJ where a viewing will be held from 9 to 11am. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery, Woolwich Twp. NJ Contributions in Joe’s memory to Alzheimer’s Assoc., Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market St., Ste 102, Phila. Pa. 19106 would be deeply appreciated. Arrangements are being handled by the CHEEGA FUNERAL HOME, 1329 Kings Highway, Swedesboro, NJ.
Henrietta F. Meyer, 83 affectionately called ‘ Hank’ of Pitman, NJ passed away Nov. 27 at Inspira Medical Center, Woodbury, NJ. Born in Old Tappan, NJ , she resided in Pitman for the past 12 yrs coming from Mantua. Hank worked several jobs, office worker for Ohio Casualty Ins. Co, the Hartford Insurance Co., a Sub-Aide for J.M.T. School in Mantua and a Hostess at the Telford Inn. She was a member of St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Woodbury. Hank was predeceased by her husband of 50 yrs. Howard who passed away in 2010 and is survived by her children, Patricia (the late Chet) Chrobochinski, Elayne (Carlos) Figueroa, Maria (Late Joseph) Adikinas, Grace (Paul) Bauer, Howard J. and Thomas (Stacey) Meyer. 6 Grandchildren and 5 Great-grandchildren and a nephew Wayne (Annette) Lowry. A memorial Service is being planned for a later date. Contributions in Hanks memory to St. Stephens Lutheran Church, 230 N. Evergreen Ave Woodbury NJ 08096 would be appreciated.
Arthur Costello Jr. 93, affectionately called Archie, of Woolwich Twp. NJ passed away Nov 21 at Cooper Medical Center, Camden NJ. Born in Chicago Ill. Arch had resided in Woolwich Twp. for the past 6 yrs. He was a Navy Veteran of WW II and owned and managed a Cash Register Co. in Chicago Ill for 44 yrs. He was a professional fighter, had a great sense of humor and spoke his mind. Arch is survived by his children, Kathleen Payton, Jane Patterson, Elizabeth Slowan, Dora L. Gordon, Patricia Demos, Margaret Battaglia, Susan Arriazola and Thomas M. Costello. 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by sons, Arthur 3rdand Timothy J. A Memorial Service will be held 6pm on Mon Dec 2 at the Cheega Funeral Home 1329 Kings Highway, Swedesboro, NJ where friends may visit with the family from 5pm on Mon. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to Childrens Hospital of Phila. 3401 Civic Ctr. Blvd. Phila Pa. 19104 or online at give2.chop.edu or St. Judes Childrens Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis Tn 38105 would be appreciated
Joseph R. Maccherone, 92 of Mullica Hill, NJ passed away on Nov 10, 2019. Born in Clarksboro, he was a life resident of Gloucester County, graduated with honors from Swedesboro High School, Class of ’44, and served in the Army Reserve during the Korean War. He worked as a farmer his entire life, was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, was active with the St. Joseph and St. Alfio Celebrations, donated watermelons for the churchs Spaghetti Dinners and Chicken BBQ’s. He served three terms as a Committeeman for S. Harrison Twp., was a member of the Circle M Farms Bowling Team and was an avid dancer and with his late wife Eva (Nee Sorbello) could be found gliding across the floor of the former Oasis Club in Mullica Hill. Joe is survived by his children, Sara (Anthony) Picciano, Santo (Lorry), Fred (Donna) and Joseph Jr. (Annabelle). 7 Grandchildren. He was predeceased by siblings, Mary Licciardello, Carmen, Alfred and John Maccherone. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11am Thurs. Nov 14 at St. Josephs Church, 140 Broad St. Swedesboro, NJ A viewing will be held at the church on Wed eve from 6-8:30 and Thurs from 9:30 to 10:45am. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery, Woolwich Twp. NJ. Contributions in his memory to St. Jude Childrens Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis Tn 38105 would be appreciated.
Helen DeFrank, (nee Capizzi) 84 of Woolwich Twp. NJ passed away Nov 1 at Cooper Medical Center in Camden NJ. Born in Phila Pa. Helen resided in Woolwich Twp for the past 5 yrs. coming from Penns Grove. Helen was the wife of the late Samuel DeFrank who passed away this past September, 2019 after a marriage lasting 64 yrs. She graduated from S. Philadelphia High School, Class of ’54, and was the lunchroom hostess at St. James High School in Carneys Point, NJ where the students affectionately called her ‘Mom’. She was the Past President and Officer of the Altar-Rosary Society at St. James and Queen of Apostles Church. Helen was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish. She was the Matriarch of the family, loved to sing and dance, an occasional trip to the casinos and was lucky with the scratch-off lotteries. She is survived by her sons, Samuel (Kimberly) and Thomas (Eileen) DeFrank and Patricia Handley and Michael, 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson. She was predeceased by siblings, Rita Hand, Madeline (Madge) DiTizio, Joseph and John Capizzi. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11am Wed. Nov. 6 at St. Josephs Church, 140 Broad St. Swedesboro, NJ A viewing will be held at the church on Wed. from 9 to 11am. A private cremation will follow..
Samuel DeFrank, 87 of Woolwich Twp. NJ passed away peacefully at Friends Village, Woodstown NJ. Born in Penns Grove, NJ. He graduated from Penns Grove High School, Class of 1949 and received a Bach of Science Degree at Rutgers Univ. Sam worked as a Human Resource Mgr for Dupont, Chambersburg for 41 ½ yr. He was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, was Chairman of Salem County Utility Authority for 8 yrs and a Penns Grove Councilman, serving 2 terms, 1972 – 1978. He is survived by his wife of 64 yrs. Helen (nee Capizzi), Daughter, Patricia Handley and Michael, Sons, Samuel (Kimberly) and Thomas (Eileen) DeFrank, 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson, his siblings, Julie Hogan, Carmela Sickler, Lucy Connor, Dominic DeFrank. He was predeceased by his siblings, Nancy Shaw, Stephen, Joseph and Gene DeFrank. Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Michaels Church, Gibbstown, NJ
Cremation will be privateContributions in his memory to the Lankenau Med Ctr Foundation, in Honor of Dr Gerald and John H Marks and in memory of Samuel DeFrank, 100 E. Lancaster Ave., Wynnwood, Pa. 19096 would be appreciated.
May 26, 1947 ~ August 5, 2019
Gregory D. Ratiu, 72 of Carneys Point, NJ, affectionately called BuPu, passed away Aug. 5, 2019. Born in Brasov, Romania, he has resided in Carneys Point for the last 4 yrs. coming from Florence NJ. He was an Engineer for Inductotherm Corp. in Rancocas, NJ. Gregory was associated with St. Clare of Assisi Parish, a huge Beatles fan, loved to cook and was an outdoorsman who enjoyed an occasional Scotch. Gregory is survived by his wife of 49 years, Rodica, his children, Adrian “Dan” (Jessica Garozzo) Ratiu and Raluca Ratiu (Julian Hinson), his grandchildren, Patrick, Luciano and Rio. His nephew Gabriel (Florentina) Popescu . He was predeceased by 2 sisters. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 AM Saturday, August 10th at St. Joseph’s Church, 140 Broad St. Swedesboro where a viewing will be held in the church beginning 9:30 AM. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery, Woolwich Twp. NJ. Arrangements by the CHEEGA FUNERAL HOME, Swedesboro, NJ Contributions in his memory to St. Judes Childrens Hospital, 501 St. Judes Place, Memphis Tn 38105 or at www.stjude.org would be appreciated.
Sept. 12, 1977 - July 31, 2019
Christopher N. Miskofsky, 41 yrs. of Woolwich Twp. NJ passed away July 31, 2019. Born in Woodbury, he was a life resident of Woolwich Twp., NJ. He was a graduate of Kingsway High School. Class of ’95, a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish and was employed as a graphic designer for Staging Dimensions in New Castle, DE. Chris was a guitar collector, buying and selling, a masterful chef, an avid Flyers fan and heavy into political views. Chris is survived by his parents, Nick and Concetta (Tina Garozzo) Miskofsky, his sister Kathryn, many loving Aunts, Uncles and Cousins and his closest friends, Joel Vasta and John Leech. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Angelo and Catherine Garozzo and Nick and Anna Miskofsky. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11am Tues Aug. 6 at St. Josephs Church, 140 Broad St. Swedesboro, NJ. A viewing will be held at the church on Mon eve Aug. 5th from 6-9pm and again on Tues Aug 6th from 10 to 11am. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to St. Judes Childrens Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis Tenn. 38105 or stjude.org/donate would be appreciated.
Oct 5, 1945 ~ Aug. 1, 2019
Sally A. Crane, (Nee Bushey ) age 73 of Woolwich Twp. NJ and formerly of Upstate New York, passed away Aug 1, 2019 at the University of Penna. Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. Born in Elinburg, New York she has lived in the area since 1976. Sally was a homemaker, devoted to her family, especially the grand kids, loved shopping and buying presents for other people. She was frequently seen in St. Clare of Assisi Parish, St. Joseph’s Church, Swedesboro. Sally is survived by her husband of 55 yrs. Paul Sr., Her children, Kimberly Herrman, Jennifer (Brian) Penot, Paul Jr (Joanna) and Stephen (Anna) Crane. 12 grandchildren and her siblings, Regina Miller, Deborah Fowler, Elaine Crandall, Ron, Leonard and Roland Bushey. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11am Monday, August 5th at St. Joseph’s Church, 140 Broad St. Swedesboro, NJ where a viewing will be held in the church from 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM Monday. Interment will take place at Gloucester County Veterans Cemetery, Tuckahoe Road, Monroe Twp. NJ. Contributions in her memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105 or stjude.org/donate would be appreciated.
June 30, 1945 ~ July 1, 2019
William H. Merritt, 74 of Logan Township. NJ passed away peacefully on July 1 at Carney’s Point Care Center with his family at his side. Born in Chester, Pennsylvania. he resided here for the past 33 years. Bill was a mortgage banker, an avid Phillies and Eagles Fan, always an athlete at heart. He is survived by his wife of 47 yrs., Joanne (Nee Tracey), his children, Alexander and Cara and her fiancée, David. Granddaughters, Madison and Harper, Sisters-in-law, Judy Merritt and Christine Merritt and several Nieces and Nephews. Funeral Services will be 11 AM, Saturday, July 6th at the CHEEGA FUNERAL HOME, 1329 Kings Highway, Swedesboro, NJ where friends may call from 9:30am to 11am. At Bills request, cremation will be private. In Lieu of Flowers, contributions in his memory to the Salem County Humane Society, N. Game Creek Rd. PO Box 214, Carney’s Point, NJ 08069 would be appreciated.
July 23, 1964 ~ June 8, 2019
Edward J. Murdock, 54 of Logan Township., NJ passed away suddenly at home on June 8th. Born at Lankenau Hospital, in Wynnewood PA. he has resided in Logan Twp for the past 28 yrs. A graduate of Kingsway Regional High School, Class of ’82, Ed served in the Air Force and was a Production Manager for Liberty Electric Power Plant, Eddystone PA. He was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, a man who loved life, was an avid concert fan and enjoyed outdoor sports. The Washington Redskins were tops in his book. and of course his lovable companions, Maximus and Bella. Disney with his family was a place where he could be a kid again. Ed is survived by his loving wife of 34 yrs. , Gina (nee Capri), his beloved children, Jarrod and Paige. His mother Alma (Nee Duke), Siblings, Larry Jr. (Lisa) and Janet (Keith) Robbins, mother-in-law, Lucy Capri, Sister in law, LuAnne Capri, Brother in law – Russell (Kim) Capri, Nieces, Ali and Rachel and Nephews, Matthew and Kevin. Ed was predeceased by his father, Larry Sr. in 2008. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:30 AM Thursday. June 13th at St. Joseph’s Church, 140 Broad St. Swedesboro, NJ where friends may call at the church on Thursday morning from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. At Ed’s request, following cremation, his ashes will be interred in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of the CHEEGA FUNERAL HOME Swedesboro, NJ. In Lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to St. Judes Childrens Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept 142, Memphis Tn, 38148-0142 or online at www.stjude.org would be appreciated.
8-26-32 ~ 5-24-19
Alicia C. Olivera , 86 of Logan Township. NJ passed away peacefully at her home . Born in Villalba, Puerto Rico, she resided in Logan Twp. since 1977. She was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, St. Joseph’s Church, Swedesboro, NJ. In earlier years. Alicia worked as a Nurses Aide, a Social Worker and at VWR Warehouse. She enjoyed an occasional trip to the casinos and her talents included knitting sweaters and creating, lap cover size to full bedcover, quilts. She was the wife of the late Angel Olivera, Sr. for 64 years and is survived by her children, Myrta A. Guerra, Angel Jr. and his wife Mary and Ruben and his fiancée Theresa DiMitri. Her siblings, Pilar and Porfirio Cintron, 5 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be noon on Thursday, May 30th at the CHEEGA FUNERAL HOME, 1329 Kings Hwy. Swedesboro, NJ where a viewing will be held on Thursday from 10 AM to noon. Interment will take place at the Gloucester County Veterans Cemetery, Monroe Township. NJ.