Milestones

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.

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.

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