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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. 

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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.

 
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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

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George Smith, 78

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Ann Englehart Storey

Eliza A. “Ann” Englehart Storey, 92, died Thursday, July 4, 2019. Ann was born June 24, 1927, at home, 1821 Market St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to William Homer Englehart and Margaret Row Englehart. She is survived by her husband of almost 70 years, Richard; three sons, Douglas (Claire), James (Robin) and Robert (Anne); seven grandchildren, Robert, Sarah, Brian, Nathan, Elena, Nicholas and Michael; three great-grandchildren, Madison, Jane and Mattax; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 10, at Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 500 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg. 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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