Milestones

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.

Susan Stine Weds

Susan Catherine Stine and Alexander Ulises Romero Baires were married Aug. 10 in Baltimore. Ms. Stine, 29, is a program specialist in Washington for the United States Forest Service’s international programs office. She graduated from American University and received a master’s degree in international educational development from the University of Pennsylvania. Susan is a daughter of Sharon Hartson Stine and Robert A. Stine of Merchantville, N.J. The couple met through the dating website OkCupid in 2015, and had their first date in Washington.

Frances E. Hill, 79

Frances Elizabeth (Burroughs) Hill, 79, of Ephrata, PA, passed away on Thursday, August 8, 2019. Fran was born on February 6, 1940, and graduated from Merchantville High School in 1957. She earned her R.N. from Presbyterian School of Nursing in Philadelphia in 1960. She married Phillip R. Hill on December 21, 1961. They were married for 43 years until Phil's death in 2005. Fran is survived by her daughters, Jennifer Hill (East Greenville, PA) and Kristen McQuillin (Kamogawa, Japan), her granddaughter, Helen Kaucher (Ephrata, PA), and her brother, George Burroughs (Magalia, CA). Friends will be received at Eicher Arts Center from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 18th. To offer condolences, visit gravenorhomeforfunerals.com. Full obituary.

Double the fun!

Ocean City held its annual Twins Contest on July 31st in front of the Music Pier on the Boardwalk. It's one of Ocean City's most popular and fun events and, yes you are seeing double! The event awarded prizes to identical and fraternal twins gathered to those who look the most and least alike in different age groups from 5 and under to adult.. The adults most alike were Nancy Logan and Jean Conover of Chambersburg Pa. The adults least alike were Mildred Henderson of Lancaster, Pa., and Lucille Roberts of Merchantville, N.J. Congratulations, Lucille!

Dorothy Young, 77

Dorothy C. Young, longtime Pennsauken resident passed away Friday, August 2, 2019. She was 77. Dorothy had retired after many years working at the Cinnaminson and Maple Shade Acme. A devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church of Merchantville, Dorothy was also very dedicated to serving in the church food pantry. She is survived by two loving children, Peter LaBrie, Jeannine LaBrie; three cherished grandchildren, Sean LaBrie, Patrick LaBrie, Carmen LaBrie; three caring siblings, William Young Jr. (Bette), Thomas Young (Sigrid), Linda Rice (Andy); and several nieces and nephews. Her memorial service will be held 11 am, Friday, August 9th at the Gaskill-Brown Funeral Home, 33 West Maple Avenue, Merchantville. Relatives and friends may visit with the family from 10 am until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the First Presbyterian Church of Merchantville, 10 West Maple Avenue, Merchantville, NJ 08109 or by means of non-perishable food to the church food pantry that will assist those in need. Full obituary.

Dorothy Amos, 97

Amos, Dorothy, - 97, of North Cape May, formerly of Harrisonburg, VA and Pennsauken, NJ, passed away peacefully in her sleep and ready to meet her creator God on July 30, 2019. She is predeceased by her husband Charles Amos (1997) and grandson Denis Collopy (Elizabeth). Survived by her daughters Patricia Williamson (Harry), Kathleen Collopy (Dennis), Dorothy Little (Richard), sister Mary Narleski of Merchantville, many loving nieces, nephews and friends, 8 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing Saturday, August 3, 10:00am at St. John Neumann, 680 Townbank Rd, N Cape May, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am. Burial will immediately follow Mass at the Veterans Cemetery, Crest Haven Rd, Cape May Court House, NJ. Condolences can be shared at www.EvoyFuneralHome.com.

Patrick "Pat" Smith, 35

Patrick Smith passed away suddenly on July 25, 2019. Patrick grew up in Merchantville. He was a member of Merchantville Elementary School's class of 1998 and Camden Catholic, class of 2002. He is survived by his loving parents, Stephen Smith and Cynthia Smith; his siblings, Rosemary (Kurt) Geisler, Christopher Smith, Matthew Smith and his wife Carol; his wife Alana (nee Davis) and his beloved children, Ella Marie and Liam Henry as well as a large extended family. A resident of Marlton, Patrick worked for Quad Graphics in Westampton, NJ. Relatives and friends are invited to his Visitation on Friday, August 2nd from 10:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m. at the Healey Funeral Home, 9 White Horse Pike, Haddon Heights, NJ where his Service will take place at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations to the Seabrook Foundation, In memory of Patrick Smith. Visit www.seabrook.org or send to Seabrook Foundation, 133 Polk Lane, Seabrook, NJ 08302. 

Elizabeth "Bette" Vasta

Elizabeth Anne (Lerch) Vasta, age 86, daughter of Ben and Virginia Lerch, passed quietly in her sleep after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease on July 1, 2019 at the Masonic Home in Burlington County, NJ. Bette was raised in Merchantville, NJ, where she spent most of her life. She attended Merchantville Elementary School and Merchantville High School, and graduated with a B.S in Chemistry from Bucknell University. Bette also trained and then volunteered as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in her hometown of Merchantville. She captained the volunteer squad for over two decades and served as their president for over 15 years. A visitation is scheduled for 10:00 am on September 6th at Trinity United Methodist Church, followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00 am. The Alloway Funeral Home, Merchantville, NJ is providing the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Alzheimer's or Cancer research. Full obituary.

 

Thomas Wallace Jr.

It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved Thomas Wallace Jr., Merchantville, New Jersey, who passed away on July 22, 2019. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 10th 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 10 W Maple Ave, Merchantville, NJ. You can send your sympathy in the guestbook provided and share it with the family. You may also light a candle in honor of Thomas Wallace Jr.. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital at www.stjude.org

George Smith, 78

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