Milestones

George Smith, 78

James Sullivan, Sr., 89

James W. Sullivan, Sr., of Cinnaminson, NJ passed away on June 17th, 2019. He was 89. James was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy.  He is survived by his children, Karen, James Jr. (Cindy), Mike, David, 2 granddaughters and 1 great-granddaughter. James was born in New York City. He was a longtime resident of the South Jersey area. James spent much of his early life in Merchantville and Cape May. He met his future wife Nancy in Cape May. James graduated from Merchantville High School,He was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church in Palmyra where he was a Warden and served on the Vestry.  He was also a past member of the Palmyra Ambulance Association. Full obituary.

Joseph C. Volkert, Jr., 80

On June 23, 2019. Beloved husband of Barbara Volkert (nee Mone). Dear father of Steven (Cindy) Volkert.  Loving PopPop of Kirsten Volkert, Melissa (Joe) Dalton and Allison Volkert.  Devoted brother of Veronica (Bill) Craig and the late Betsy Carney. Joe was a longtime owner/operator of Joseph C. Volkert Heating & Air Conditioning.  He was a proud member of the Quaker City String Band and was inducted into the Philadelphia Mummer's String Band Association Hall of Fame in 2013 after receiving their Presidential Achievement Award in 2012.  Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing Thursday evening 6 to 9 PM and Friday 9 to 10 AM at Foster-Warne Funeral Home, 820 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ.  Mass of Christian Burial Friday 10:30 AM at St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, St. John Church, 809 Park Ave., Collingswood, NJ.  Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Berlin, NJ. Full obituary.

 

Rose Bilodeau, 91

On June 18, 2019, age 91, (nee McGowan) formerly of Pennsauken, NJ. She was the beloved wife of the late Lieutenant Commander James H. Bilodeau and loving mother of Joseph (Judith), James (Lori), Richard (Christine), Julia (Daniel) Purdy, Mary (Robert) Melia, Jacqueline (Christopher) Simmers, and John (Carey). She is also survived by 24 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Mrs. Bilodeau was the guidance secretary at Camden Catholic High School for 20 years. She was a US Navy veteran and a longtime member of St. Peter Church Merchantville. She was also a volunteer at St. Peter's School Lunch Program. Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing Friday evening from 6:00-9:00 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 Merchantville, NJ. Interment will take place at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Bilodeau's memory to Camden Catholic High School.

MES Class of 2019

On Tuesday, June 18th, under a colorful, celebratory banner and accompanied by the band, Merchantville School graduated the their 8th Grade "Garnet and Grey" Class of 2019. They will continue their educational careers making Merchantville School proud. "Once a Knight - Always a Knight". Merchantville School thanked the parents and community for making the 2018-2019 an extremely successful school year.

William "Will" Cosans

William Lobb "Will" Cosans, age 75, of North East, MD, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2019. Born in Camden, NJ, on January 26, 1944, he was the son of the late Sara Smith Cosans and Thomas Cosans, Jr. Will graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy in 1963, attended Valley Forge Military Junior College, and Rutgers University-Camden. Before being drafted into the U.S. Army, he worked for RCA Communications at Cape Canaveral, FL, on the Gemini Space Program. He was a member of Merchantville, NJ, Lodge #119 F&AM for more than 50 years, and the Boumi Shrine, Collingswood, NJ, Consistery 32nd Degree. Full obituary.

Jack Weiss, 90

Jack Weiss, 90, of Mount Laurel passed away on June 8, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 28, 1928, in Pennsauken, NJ, to the late Oswald and Naomi Weiss. Jack was a corporal in the US Army and a veteran of the Korean War. He worked as a regional director for the aviation supply office in Philadelphia for the federal government. He was a member of Merchantville Masonic Lodge #119. He was a deputy chief of the East Pennsauken Volunteer Fire Association, No.1. Deputy Visitation will be on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and on Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, at Inglesby and Sons Funeral Home, 2426 Cove Rd, Pennsauken, NJ 08109. A funeral service will be on Thursday, at 11:00 am, at the funeral home. Burial with military honors to follow at Bethel Memorial Park, in Pennsauken. Full obituary.

HHHS Class of 2019

On Monday, June 10th, Merchantville School welcomed back the 2019 graduating class from Haddon Heights High School. The returning grads took a "walk down memory lane" by visiting their previous teachers, seeing the school and giving advice to the current Merchantville School students. This is the first full class representing Merchantville School to graduate since the phase in began. This continues to be a great relationship between Merchantville School and Haddon Heights.

William Finlayson III, 76

William S. Finlayson III of Merchantville passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2019. He was 76. Bill was a longtime Pennsauken resident before moving to Merchantville 14 years ago.  He was a member of the Mt. Holly Elks Lodge 848, and belonged to Timonium United Methodist Church, Timonium, MD. He is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, Sharon; three loving children, Kara-Lin Eller (Joseph), Stuart Finlayson, William Finlayson IV; three cherished grandchildren, Julian, Dane, Avalon; a caring sister, Janice Hands; and his dear niece and nephew, Kristen Engelke and Michael Hands. Full obituary.

Susan Pims Ott, 70

Susan J. Ott, longtime Pennsauken resident passed away Friday, May 31, 2019. She was 70. A graduate of Haddon Twp. High School and Glassboro State College, Susan had retired as a teacher for Camden City Schools after over 36 years of dedication. She was an active member and supporter of the Friends of the Pennsauken Library and Pennsauken High School’s many extracurricular activities. She thoroughly enjoyed her visits to Sea Isle City and the time spent with “The Posse” and her crochet club. Daughter of the late George and Lorayne Pims; wife of the late Andrew Ott; she is survived by her two beloved daughters, Lindsay Makrinos (Chris), Jamie Ott (Pete); a cherished grandson, Cameron; a loving sister, Lynn McHugh (Joseph); dear sister-in-law, Teresa Noell (Peter); and numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Her memorial service will be held 11 am, Friday, June 7th at the Gaskill-Brown Funeral Home, 33 West Maple Ave., Merchantville. Relatives and friends may visit with the family Thursday evening from 6 to 9 pm and again Friday morning from 10 am until time of service. Full obituary.

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 www.gaskillbrown.com
 
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