Milestones

Randolph R. Resor

On November 1, 2013, age 61, of Merchantville, NJ. He was the beloved husband of Carol (nee Wahl) and father of Robert and Joy Resor. He is also survived by three sisters: Hope Bruens, Holly Johnson, and Roberta Dillon. Randy was a policy advisor for the Office of the Undersecretary for Transportation Policy, US Department of Transportation in Washington, DC. Prior to that he was Vice President and a consultant for Zeta Tech Associates in Cherry Hill. He was a published author and well known speaker. He loved railroading.

Melinda Kurkian Gaffney, MS society director

Melinda Kurkian Gaffney, 71, of Pennsauken, who retired in the late 1990s as director of patient services for the Greater Delaware Valley chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, died of heart failure Sunday, Oct. 13, at Virtua Voorhees hospital. Mrs. Gaffney had a 25-year career with the chapter, her son, Christopher, said. Born in Merchantville, she earned a bachelor's degree in English literature at Lycoming College in 1964

Same-sex couples eager for N.J. high-court marriage ruling

Nina Scarpa, 63, a retired teacher from Merchantville, said she went to her municipal office last week to get a marriage-license application for herself and her longtime partner, Denise Menzel, 60, a nurse. She said she was told, however, that she could not yet get one, by directive of the state. Scarpa said she and Menzel want to wed "as soon as possible. Hey, we've been waiting 35 years." http://bit.ly/15Uge1D

Sister Mary De Angelis, former principal in Merchantville, dies

Sister Mary De Angelis, 92, former teacher and principal at St. Peter School in Merchantville, died Sept. 22 at St. Joseph Hall, Villa Walsh, Morristown, N J. From 1975-78, Sister Mary taught eighth grade at St. Peter School. In 1980, she became principal at the school, serving in that position until 1988. Born in Baltimore, Sister Mary entered the Religious Teachers Filippini on July 3, 1932.

Edward Jungblut

Edward Jungblut of Merchantville passed away into God's loving and eternal care Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at Virtua Hospital in Voorhees. He was 83. Born in Beverly, he lived there and in Riverside, before moving to Merchantville. Mr. Jungblut was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War, and was a retiree from the Pennsylvania Railroad, where he worked for many years. He was a ham radio operator and enjoyed watching military action movies on the history channel. An outdoorsman, he also liked crossword puzzles and watching the Philadelphia Phillies games.

Jamie Karen Bodoff (1979 - 2013)

Daughter of Phyllis and the late William Bodoff. Sister of Tracy (Yoni) Greenbaum and Lauren Bodoff (Mike Miller). Fiance of Stephen Lewis. Aunt of Omari Greenbaum. Relatives and friends are invited to Funeral Services Thursday 10 a.m. precisely at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park. Interment Private. Shiva will be observed Thursday and Friday only at the residence of Lauren Bodoff. Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association , 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. www.goldsteinsfuneral.com

Raymond Ellis, 78

One of Raymond V. Ellis' favorite images across classic literature was the lamplighter, a figure often noted only by the glow brought to the darkness. Aspiring to become a lamplighter for his faith, he began taking classes in 1973 for the diaconate in the Catholic Diocese of Camden.

Marion Stanley Smith, 94

Marion Stanley Smith died Thursday, February 28, 2013, at Genesis HealthCare Center in Lebanon, N.H. She was born November 19, 1918, in Merchantville, N.J., to Loren Watts & Jessie (Young) Stanley. She was the youngest of eight children. When she was six months old, Marion’s family moved to the Sargent homestead on New Boston Road in Norwich, Vt., where she lived until the age of eight. She often shared her family history and many fond memories of her childhood at this homestead.

Wallace B. Hussong

Dr. Hussong, 93, of Merchantville, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, at his home. Born in Camden, Dr. Hussong early on was a step or 10 ahead of the crowd, academically and athletically. At Camden High School, he was president of the Class of 1937 and lettered in football, basketball, tennis, and track.

James M. Hunter, 88, orthopedic surgeon

James M. Hunter, 88, an orthopedic surgeon at Thomas Jefferson University and a pioneer and innovator in the field of hand surgery, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, of heart failure at the Southeastern Veterans Center in Spring City, Chester County. Dr. Hunter was born on April 5, 1924, in Camden, the son of Robert and Helen Hunter. He was raised in Merchantville.

James Purdy, 99

The Rev. Canon James Elliott Purdy, 99, an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of New Jersey for 74 years, died Sunday, Jan. 6, at the Evergreens, a continuing care community in Moorestown. Canon Purdy formally retired in 1984 after serving as rector of Grace Church in Merchantville for 18 years. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Eloise Hughes Purdy, in 2009; his brother, Edward; his sister, Frances Irene Harris Purdy; and his parents, the Reverend Charles Edwin Purdy, M.D., and Mary Frances Ann Ginn. Canon Purdy is survived by his son, the Reverend James Hughes Purdy (Emma Sarosdy Purdy); granddaughters Emma Purdy Coyle (John) and Katherine Purdy Spung (Michael); a great-granddaughter; and his brother, Samuel Edwin Purdy.

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