Cheryl Disch, 57

Cheryl A. Disch, age 57, of Merchantville NJ passed away suddenly at home on January 19, 2020. She was a Senior Manager-Marketing Information Systems with Duane Morris, LLP in Philadelphia, PA. Cheryl was also a graduate of the University of Delaware with a degree in Communications. She was past co-chair of ILTA, an avid Buffalo Bills fan, Disney devotee and dog lover. She is survived by her parents Robert and Marge (nee Zuk) Disch, one sister Karen Disch and many loving cousins, aunts and uncles. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her viewing on Thursday from 2:00 PM-4:00 p.m. and 7:00 PM-9:00 p.m. in the Alloway Funeral Home, 315 E. Maple Avenue Merchantville, NJ. A Funeral Service will be held at 8:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Animal Welfare Association 509 Centennial Blvd. Voorhees, NJ 08043. 

Stephanie Beth Heller

On Monday; January 20, 2020, at age 61, Stephanie Beth Heller (Cooper) of Merchantville, NJ, previously of Delray Beach, FL passed peacefully after a long battle with lung cancer. She was the beloved mother of Ross Heller (Erica) and Abby Segal (Lee), wife of Mitchell Heller, sister of Linda Kerner (Steven) and Steven Shear, and daughter of Debbie Cooper. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She is pre-deceased by her father Jerald Cooper, her mother Rochelle Cooper and her sister Terri Cooper. Stephanie was a dedicated mother to her two children as well as the many students she nurtured as a teacher in the Philadelphia City School District. She spent 10 years teaching full time in a city that she loved. Full obituary.

Theresa North, 96

Theresa Pino North, of Burlington, passed away on Tuesday, January 14th at Virtua Rehabilitation, Lumberton, N.J. She was 96. Theresa was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Herbert North, Jr. She leaves behind her three children, Frank M. North (Lynn) of Merchantville, N.J., Edna North Boyer of Burlington, N.J. and Terri North Lenhart of Asheville, N.C., also long time loving companion, Fran (Elmer) Verner. Theresa also leaves behind two sisters, Frances Smith of Levittown, Pa. and Catherine Miller of Exeter, N.H., her sister-in-law, Yvonne North Astor (Richard) of Burlington, N.J., plus 11 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be made to the Children's Home Society, 635 S. Clinton Ave., Trenton, NJ 08611. Messages of sympathy may be sent to the family through

Former Mayor Passes

Ricardo "Rick" Taylor, Pennsauken's former mayor, longtime public servant, educator and tireless advocate for charitable works in the Diocese of Camden, died after a long illness on Friday, January 10th, at age 73. Ricardo Vincent Taylor Jr. affectionately known as "Rick" was born May 1, 1946, in Wilmington, Delaware to the late Ricardo Vincent Taylor Sr. and Nettie E. Taylor. He was educated at Holy Spirit School in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania and graduated from Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania and The University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Rick earned his Masters of Arts in education administration from Glassboro State College (Rowan University). Rick leaves to mourn and cherish his memory, his wife of 50 years Bernice, son Scott (Donyelle), daughter Holly, three grandchildren Alexandra, Jeremy, and Amelia. Relatives and friends are invited to the Visitation and Funeral on Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 4-8 PM and Friday, January 17, 2020 from 9-10 AM at the Falco/Caruso & Leonard Pennsauken Funeral Home, 6600 N. Browning Rd. Full obituary.

Tom Duffy, 90


On January 8, 2020, age 90, of Merchantville, NJ. Tom was the beloved husband of Bernadette (nee Storey) and the late Clare (nee Kraus). He was the loving father of Thomas P. Jr. (Susan), Christine (Ray) Lodge, James (Eileen) and Daniel (Linda). He is also survived by 8 grandchildren Kevin and Rachel Duffy, Ryan (Jenna) and Kyle Lodge, Jennifer (Bo) Smith and Kathleen, Daniel and Faith Duffy; one brother Joseph Duffy and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing on Monday evening from 6:00-9:00 PM and Tuesday morning from 8:30-9:30 AM in the Alloway Funeral Home 315 E. Maple Avenue Merchantville, NJ. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday at 10:00 AM in St. Peter Church Merchantville, NJ. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery Cherry Hill, NJ. Full obituary.

Robert Grant, 92

Merchantville - Robert McAllister Grant, 92, of Merchantville, NJ, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2019 with his family by his side. Beloved husband of Rosemarie for 65 years. Dear father to the late Jeffrey (Lorna), Jacqueline and Robert J. (Sandy). Devoted Poppy of Amanda, Sean, Robert and Jenna Grant. Loving uncle to many nieces and nephews. Bob graduated from Merchantville High School in 1944. A gathering of friends and family will be held on Friday, January 3rd at Givnish of Maple Shade, 600 E. Main Street, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. with his memorial service following. Full obituary at

Joseph S. Holman, 93

Joseph S. Holman, of Moorestown, NJ died peacefully the morning of December 12th after a stroke suffered earlier in the week; he was 93. The executive had overseen the growth of a business that his father had founded in 1924 as a single Ford automobile-and-tractor dealership, to what would become Holman Enterprises, a diversified international company of nearly 7,000 employees. Joe was born in Philadelphia in 1926 to Katherine K. and Steward C. Holman, and grew up in Pennsauken and Merchantville, New Jersey, where he attended public schools. Husband of the late Jean (nee Polk). Survived by their children Jeffrey Holman, Steven Holman and his wife Georgine, Mindy Holman and her husband Frank Beideman. Also survived by 5 grandchildren. Visitations will be held Wednesday, December18th from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm and Thursday, December 19th from 9:00 to 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 101 Bridgeboro Rd. Moorestown, NJ. Followed by a service at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Urban Promise, PO Box 1479, Camden, NJ. 08105. Full obituary.

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.

Nunzio 'Buzzy' Bianco

Nunzio J. “Buzzy” Bianco Jr., longtime Merchantville resident passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2019. He was 88. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Buzzy had retired after many years working as a skilled Millwright for the Millwright and Erectors Local 1906. He was a longtime and dedicated member of St. Peter RC Church in Merchantville and the Square Circle Sportsmen in Gibbsboro. He is survived by his beloved wife of over 64 years, Loretta; a loving son, Michael Bianco (Karen); three caring grandchildren, Tiffany (Paul), Christopher Harry (Britney), Tammie (Jack); two cherished great-grandchildren, Thomas and Dominic; a dear sister, Anna Cappelletti; numerous nieces and nephews; and predeceased by ten siblings. For more information and condolences please visit


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.

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