Milestones

Virginia 'Bunny' Oakford

Virginia "Bunny" Oakford (nee Hudson), age 93 years of Cinnaminson, passed away on December 10, 2019.  Beloved wife of the late C. Brooks Oakford.  Devoted mother of Candy "Virginia" Curry (Neal), Gail Humes (Dave), Randy Oakford and Penny Trost (Rick).  Loving grandmother of Dana Cornog (John), Clay Curry (Sarah), Dave Humes, Ryan Trost (Sarah) and Cara Trost and great grandmother of Kayleigh, Tyler, Casey, Caitlin, Loa, and Charlotte.  Dear sister of the late Peggy Morrow.
Prior to retirement, Bunny was owner and operator of Aunt Charlotte's Candies in Merchantville since 1947. A Memorial Service will be held in the near future. Falco-Caruso Funeral Home. Courier-Post article.

Admiral Fallon to Speak

Admiral William J. Fallon, a retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral who was the first Navy officer to be appointed Commander of the U.S. Central Command, will speak at a Veterans Day ceremony aboard the Battleship New Jersey. Fallon, who was raised in Merchantville, and graduated from Villanova University, was the Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and U.S. Atlantic Fleet from October 2003 to February 2005. He served as Commander, U.S. Pacific Command from February 2005 until March 2007. His awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and various unit and campaign decorations. Congressman Donald Norcross (D-1st District) will join him as a speaker during the ship's Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. on the ship's forward deck. Battleship volunteer Nan LaCorte will perform the National Anthem and "Taps" on the bugle. A memorial wreath will be cast onto the Delaware River to remember all veterans who have passed.

Dr. "Jack" Rudolf, 107

Dr. John P. “Jack” Rudolph, formerly a longtime Merchantville resident, passed away Saturday, October 26, 2019 at the age of 107. Jack was born in Camden on August 26, 1912, and had very fond memories of how beautiful a city it was to live in at that time. As a young boy, Jack, along with his brothers Richard and Robert moved to Merchantville with their parents Oscar and Ruby. Jack was a graduate of George School, Lafayette College and Jefferson Medical College where he earned his Medical Degree.  Dr. Rudolph was a WWII Veteran serving with a core team of local doctors and nurses in the 61st Station Hospital from Cooper Hospital. He spent over three years in North Africa and Italy, earning the rank of Major. He would later serve his community for many years through his own medical practice located in his home on Springfield Avenue in Merchantville. Relatives and friends may visit with the family on Friday, November 1st from 5 to 7 pm at the Gaskill-Brown Funeral Home, 33 West Maple Avenue, Merchantville. Graveside service in Harleigh Cemetery will be on Monday, November 4th at 11 am.  Full obituary.

Joseph W. Corney Jr., 86

Joseph W. Corney Jr., age 86 formerly of Pennsauken, passed away at Cooper Medical Center in Camden on October, 23, 2019. Beloved husband of the late Mary (nee Ammazzaorsi); Devoted father of Joseph W. III (Antoinette) and Michael D. (Tracey); Loving grandfather of J.R., Vanessa, Jacob, Talia, Michael Jr., great grandfather of Alayna and Joselyn, and dear brother of Millie Rhoda, Midgie Massara, Linda Graham, and the late Doris Penn, Leon Corney and William Corney. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Corney was a lieutenant with the Pennsauken Police Department, retiring after 28 years of service. Relatives and friends are invited to the visitation from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and funeral service at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, 10/27, at the Falco/Caruso & Leonard Funeral Home. Full obituary.

Roberta Lewin, 82

Roberta Elaine Lewin of Chestertown, Maryland, died on October 6, 2019. She was 82. She was born September 18, 1937 in Philadelphia, PA, the daughter of the late William S. and Claire Blake Clark. She was a 1955 graduate of Lansdowne High School, a 1959 graduate of Temple University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre, and later earned a master’s in Education from Salisbury University. Roberta loved studying. She married Earl Purnell Lewin on June 27, 1959, they resided in East Lansdowne, PA, Collingswood, NJ, Merchantville, NJ - where she was a Youth Group Director with Merchantville Presbyterian Church, and for the last 30 years in Chestertown, MD. Full obituary.

Leon DeLoach, 81

Oran Leon DeLoach died and entered into the joy of heaven on Monday, September 30, 2019.  Leon, as he was affectionately called, was 81 at the time of his death.  He was a Christian, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Teacher and Caregiver for all he came in contact with.  He was born on March 7, 1938 in Carrollton, Mississippi.  Leon was preceded in death by his first wife of 27 years, Donna Whitten DeLoach.  Leon is survived by his wife of 23 years, Jolynn Urbanelli DeLoach, children, Kim DeLoach Tomlin (Paul), Lee Whitten DeLoach (Sandi) and Gerald Wilson DeLoach (Doreen), step children Erica Levin (Daniel), Rachel Levin, Aaron Levin, Daniel Levin (Kim), and grandchildren Paul Tomlin, Donna Tomlin, Elizabeth DeLoach, Lukas DeLoach, Lily DeLoach, Tyler DeLoach, and Zoey Levin, along with many nieces and nephews. You are invited to join us for his service on Saturday October 5th at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Merchantville located at 10 W Maple Ave.  Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. with the service starting promptly at 11:00am. Full obituary.

Linda Maratea, 71

Linda Jean Maratea, age 71, (nee Morgan) of Ocean Pines, MD formerly of Merchantville, NJ moved from this life early Tuesday morning September 17, 2019. She is survived by her husband and love of her life for 53 years James M. Maratea, and children Jenny A. Karpinski (Jim), Jill M. Forte (Michael) and Patrick J. Maratea (Elizabeth). She was the adored grandmother of Elizabeth, Julia, Francesca and Lainey. She is survived by her brother Bruce Morgan and was predeceased by a brother Daniel Morgan. Relatives and friends are invited to gather will her family on Friday evening from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Alloway Funeral Home 315 E. Maple Avenue Merchantville, NJ. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:00 AM in St. Peter Church 43 W. Maple Avenue Merchantville, NJ. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to 262 Danny Thomas Pl. Memphis, TN 38105. Full obituary.

Dancer, Writer, Producer

"The Academy" is a mockumentary Web Mini Series comedy about an elite dance school in NYC written, directed and produced by David Guggino. Watch as a film crew attempts to document the eccentric and, sometimes difficult, faculty. As a film crew attempts to document them the real fun begins! David Guggino grew up in Merchantville and received a B.F.A. from Joffrey Ballet/New School University. He is a film, TV, and video director/writer/producer/choreographer and a former pro dancer. His company is DTG Productions LLC - providing full production needs for out sourcing video, web, interviews, in-house videos and live events. The mission of his company is to provide collaboration and creativity bringing their vision to life!

Robert J. Caruso, Sr.

Robert J. Caruso, Sr., age 90 years passed away peacefully on August 29, 2019. Beloved husband of the late Shirley (nee Falco), he is survived by his children: Robyn Crain (Richard) of Berlin, Robert Jr. (Barbara) of Atco, Anthony (Melissa) of Voorhees, Andrea Cortellessa (Martin) of Northfield & Loret McClain (Stephen) of Berlin. Devoted grandfather of Robert III (Jessica), Bryan, Emily, AJ, Marty, Stephen, Madalyn & Ava. Also survived by his sister-in-law Eleanor Caruso and brother-in-law Joseph Falco. Bob grew up in Merchantville, NJ, graduating high school in 1949. He was the youngest son of Dominick and Rose Caruso's seven children. Relatives and friends are invited to the Visitation and Funeral on Tuesday from 6-8 PM at the Falco/ Caruso & Leonard Pennsauken Funeral Home, 6600 N. Browning Road and Wednesday from 9:30-11:00 AM at the Church of St. Simon Stock (formerly Our Lady of Mount Carmel), 178 W. White Horse Pike in Berlin, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM. Full obituary.

Robert M. Evans, 89

Robert M. Evans, a retired computer executive, Air Force veteran and and avid photographer, died Thursday from complications of pneumonia at his home in the Cloisters in the Woodbrook neighborhood of Baltimore County. He was 89. He was the son of Donald Irving Evans Jr., a DuPont Co. draftsman, and his wife, Betty T. Middleton, was born and raised in Pennsauken Township, New Jersey. A scholar-athlete, Mr. Evans was a 1950 graduate of Merchantville High School, and because of his athletic prowess as an outstanding basketball player, he earned an athletic scholarship to the Johns Hopkins University, where he played forward on the university’s basketball team and was the top scorer. A visitation for Mr. Evans will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, York and Overbrook roads, Rodgers Forge. In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Evans is survived by a daughter, Sally Lee Yost of Pinehurst; a sister, Eunice Buzby of Detroit; and three grandchildren. Full obituary.

 

 

Joseph E. Gurecki, Sr., 81

Joseph E. Gurecki, Sr., age 81 of Pennsauken, passed away at his home on August 13, 2019. Beloved husband of Regina (nee Poplawski); Devoted father of Anastasia Gurecki, Casandra (Robert) Dinan, William Gurecki, Joseph Gurecki II (Tracy), and the late Babette Gurecki; Loving grandfather of William, Lyndsey, Gabrielle, Peter, Regina, Norah, Kristen, Scarlett, Maxwell and Robert; Dear brother of Joan Chudzinski and Robert Gurecki and brother in law of Thomas Seidel and Marilyn Poplaski. Mr. Gurecki was a 1957 graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School and a United States Air Force Veteran serving during the Vietnam War. He was also the treasurer of the Delran Jr. Marksmen. Relatives and friends are invited to the Visitation and Funeral on Monday, August 19th, from 6 to 8 p.m. Full obituary.

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