Clayton Long, 63

Clayton J. Long of Merchantville, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He loved his dogs, the Phillies, the Eagles, warm weather, and reading in the sun. He was the son of Anne, and the late Nathan; devoted father of Jason (Carrie), Saralyn, and Samantha; lifelong friend to their loving mother Leanna; "Poppy" to his dear grandchildren Natalie and Jamie. Friends and family are invited to attend his viewing Wednesday, May 22nd from 8:15 to 9:45 am at the Gaskill-Brown Funeral Home, 33 West Maple Ave., Merchantville. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 am at St. Peter RC Church, 43 W. Maple Ave., Merchantville. Interment in Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson. For condolences please visit

James 'Jim" Delaney, 83

James “Jim” P. Delaney, age 83 years of Moorestown, passed away peacefully on April 30, 2019.  Beloved husband of Elizabeth “Betty” (nee Boyle) for 59 years.  Devoted father of Terence (Helene), Maureen (William) Handlan, Kathleen (Thomas) Gosse, Elizabeth Delaney-Runfola (James) and Mary Delaney-Beane (Christopher).  Cherished grandfather of Meaghan, Colleen, Patrick, Brendan, Michael, Margaret, Thomas, Anne, Timothy, Daniel, Kevin, Patrick, Sean, Matthew and Christopher.  Dear brother of Edward, Elizabeth and Kathleen.  Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visitation on Friday from 6-9 PM at the Falco/Caruso & Leonard Pennsauken Funeral Home. Full obituary.

Harriet Blaetz, 94

Harriet M. Blaetz, lifelong Pennsauken resident passed away Saturday, April 27, 2019. She was 94. Harriet had retired as a Registered Nurse after many years spent working for the Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia and several doctor's offices in PA and NJ. She was also a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Merchantville.Wife of the late Robert Blaetz; mother of the late John R. Blaetz; she is survived by her two loving children, Mary E. Blaetz of Pennsauken and Robert J. Blaetz of Collingswood. Funeral service and interment in Beverly National Cemetery will be private. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Voorhees Animal Orphanage ( For condolences please visit

Lynn Probst, 82

PROBST, Lynn C. on April 6, 2019, of Anna Maria Island FL, formerly of Berlin NJ. Age 82. Beloved husband of Joan Probst (Magill). Loving father of Carol Lynne Yavalar and Lynn S. Probst, II and his wife, Mary. Dearly loved grandfather of Burak, Alexia and Tyler Yavalar and Claire and Lauren Probst. Dear brother of Cynthia P. Bradley (Wilson) and Roy S. Probst (Pamela). Lynn was a graduate of Merchantville High School, Lock Haven University and Rutgers University. He was a longtime golf coach at Pennsauken High School, teacherand administrator in the Pennsauken School district from 1960-1994. Full obituary.

Peter Mroz, 85

Peter V. Mroz Jr., of Pennsauken passed away Friday, April 19, 2019. He was 85. A longtime area resident, Peter was an avid sports fan who loved playing cards and watching baseball and game shows on TV. He is survived by his loving wife of over 62 years, Phyllis (nee Messick); a beloved daughter, Denise Brouse (John); three cherished grandchildren, Jonathon Brouse, Benjamin Brouse (Lauren), Elizabeth Brouse; and a caring sister, Rose Gallante. His Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated 11 am, Tuesday, April 23rd at Grace Episcopal Church, 7 East Maple Avenue, Merchantville. Relatives and friends may visit with the family at the church from 9:00 am until time of service. Full obituary.

James P. Corbett, 67

James Patrick Corbett, age 67 years of Pennsauken, passed away on April 15, 2019 at Virtua Hospital in Marlton, New Jersey. Beloved son of the late Patrick and Dorothy (nee Loughlin). Loving brother of Patricia Marie Corbett, Mary Corbett Dymond and her husband John, Thomas Patrick Corbett and his wife Monica and Edward Patrick Corbett.  Dear uncle of Meghan, Patrick, Kathryn, Michelle, Elise, Jack, Maureen and Patrick and great uncle of Rose Dorothy, Ronan and Eilis. Full obituary.

Firefighter joins Guard

The officers and members of the Merchantville Fire Department want to congratulate FF Calderon on her enlistment into the New Jersey National Guard and wish her the best of luck as she leaves for Basic Training this weekend. We look forward to her safe return.

Robert "Bob" Dempsey

Robert D. “Bob” Dempsey, 81, of Quarryville, formerly of Peach Bottom, passed away on Monday, March 25, 2019, at Lancaster General Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Miriam W. (Wilson) Dempsey, with whom he shared 60 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Merchantville, NJ, he was the son of the late George W. and Ruth (Erickson) Dempsey. Bob was a graduate of Merchantville High School, Class of 1955. After high school, Bob attended the University of Delaware, earning a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture in 1959 and a Master’s degree in animal husbandry in 1961. Full obituary.

John Murray

John B. “Jack Murray, 92, of East Boothbay, Maine, passed away on March 21, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Camden, New Jersey and resided in Pennsauken, N.J. for many years, before moving to East Boothbay. Jack was a former parishioner of St. Peter's Church in Merchantville, N.J. View full obituary.

Mara Jefferies and Gus Hackett

One night in 2012 at a cheap college bar in Bath, England, Mara’s stepbrother Jack introduced her to his best friend, Gus. They had already sort of met on Facebook, where Mara, a nursing student at Rutgers University, had found him strikingly handsome and tried to get his attention with her witty posts. Fast forward to 2019 as the duo - with their shared sense of humor - chose green as their wedding color. The hue showed up in the dresses worn by the maids of honor, the groom’s and groomsmen’s ties, the floral arrangements, and the signature drink — all a cheeky nod to Gus’ wait for a green card. Until it arrives and he can work, he is teaching guitar as a volunteer at Montessori Seeds of Education in Merchantville.

Malcolm Steck, Jr.

Malcolm Melick Steck Jr., age 91, of Palmyra, Virginia, formerly of Laurel Springs, New Jersey, passed away on January 26, 2019, peacefully and surrounded by his loving family in his home. Born on October 2, 1927, in Camden, New Jersey, he was the son of the late Malcolm Melick Steck Sr., and the late Sarah Graham Steck. Malcolm spent his early life in Camden and Merchantville, N.J.; summers on the Susquehanna River; was a proud Boy Scout; received his degree in Journalism at Temple University and had a sports column in the Merchantville paper. Hill and Wood Funeral Service.


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