Milestones

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. https://www.philly.com/love/weddings/philadelphia-weddings-mara-jefferies-gus-hackett-20190130.html?fbclid=IwAR1QdYUsADKE6okrbTYKWG68cx0pe_mLNfFqI3CcfyAf1Kry-X7V6JfFYGI

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.

 

MHS 1992 Reunion

Elaine Valenti

Elaine M. Valenti, age 74 years of Merchantville, passed away on December 30, 2018. Beloved spouse of Sharon Novella; Devoted daughter of the late Anthony and Rose (nee Abiuso) and daughter in law of Miriam Novella; Dear sister of the late Lawrence (Patricia); Loving aunt of Dana (Daniel) Selbach and Anthony Valenti and great aunt of Derek Selbach; Caring godmother of Carmen, Frank and Nicholas Hapstak; Also survived by many loving in-laws, cousins and friends. Prior to her retirement, Elaine was owner and operator of Ms. and His Unisex Hair Salon in Pennsauken for 40 years. She was also very active with both St. Peter's Parish in Merchantville and Notre Dame de la Mer Parish in Wildwood Crest for many years. Service details through Falco-Caruso Funeral Home.

Elaine Hartman Panico, 94

Panico, Elaine Hartman, 94, of Margate formerly of Ventnor, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday December 20, 2018 beside her ever-loving daughter and caretaker Lorne Panico. She was raised in Merchantville, NJ by her parents Edward and Eleanor Hartman. She is predeceased by her husband of over 50 years Dr. Frederick G. Panico and brother Earl Hartman. Elaine earned a Bachelor's degree in nursing at Jersey State Teachers College (now called The College of NJ). She was studying for her masters degree in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania when she got swept off her feet by a young medical student named Fred. Memories may be shared here.

William F. Waldron, Sr., 78

William Francis Waldron, Sr. of Merchantville passed away Monday, December 17, 2018. He was 78. Born September 21, 1940 in Camden and grew up in Collingswood, William was a graduate of Saint Joseph High School, University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University.  He started working at Campbell Soup Company in 1958 in the mail room and continued for 42 more years rising to Senior Financial Analyst.  His faith and church were very important to him and he passed his love of faith to his six children.   He was a soccer coach, a basketball coach, a religious education teacher and a volunteer for St. Vincent DePaul. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Carole, four sons and two daughters.  William (Liz) of Metuchen, David (Holly) of Tampa, Shawn (Angela) of Merchantville, Stephen (Stacy) of West Chester, Elizabeth (Dan) of Jersey City and Colleen (Andrew) of West Chester.  Full Gaskill-Brown obituary.

Luis Daniel Hernandez

On December 23, 2018 Luis Daniel Hernandez, age 35, of Merchantville, NJ. Relatives and friends are invited to gather with his family on Saturday from 1:00-2:00 PM in Immanuel Baptist Church Main Street and Poplar Avenue Maple Shade, NJ. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM in Immanuel Baptist Church, Main Street and Poplar Avenue in Maple Shade, New Jersey. Memories may be shared here.

John Smiley, 89

John W. Smiley, 89, a longtime resident of Merchantville, NJ died November 16, 2018. Born in Stroudsburg, PA, he was a graduate of Lafayette College. He was a retired computer programmer with RCA in Camden and a US Army WWII veteran. Mr. Smiley was also a longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church Merchantville and a former member of the Merchantville Zoning Board and Merchantville Historical Society. He was the husband of the late May McDowell and Elizabeth (nee Kies). He was the father of Patricia Hopkins of Pennsauken, Barbara (Dennis) Wilson of Pennsauken, and the late Susan (Darnell) Greene of Hewitt, NJ. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing on Saturday November 24, 2018 from 9:00-11:00 AM in Trinity United Methodist Church Maple and Chapel Avenues Merchantville, NJ. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM in church. Interment will follow in Arlington Cemetery Pennsauken, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church.

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