Shirley June Malunis

Shirley June Malunis, 87, passed away Nov. 10, 2021, at Providence Place, Pottsville. Born and raised in Llewellyn, a daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Petrick) Sedusky, she was a graduate of Temple School of Nursing, Philadelphia. Shirley spent her adult life working as an RN in Philadelphia while living in Merchantville, N.J and had been a resident at Providence Place, Pottsville, since 2016. Her parents, her husband, Joseph Malunis, and eight siblings predeceased her. Shirley is survived by her sister, Anita Sausser, Schuylkill Haven, and her nieces and nephews. Funeral services and interment are private. Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home, Minersville, is entrusted with the arrangements. Full obituary.

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Yes, Virginia!

Did you know that you can send a pre-written letter from Santa in a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the USPS and Santa will return it to you postmarked from the North Pole? I recommend using a holiday stamp from the local Post Office for your returned envelope for extra cheer. Hurry! They want letters before December 10th so Santa can reply to your child’s letter - complete with the North Pole Postmark! The Greetings from the North Pole Post Office program adds to the excitement of Christmas and is ideal for getting kids interested in letter writing, stamps and penmanship. This is a great activity for Thanksgiving that the whole family can enjoy, including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other caregivers. Instructions here.

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Merchantville Wins 3rd

The 52nd Annual Ocean City Fishing Club Surf Fishing Tournament took place October 23rd, when 110 anglers from 19 fishing clubs, plus nine individual anglers, participated in the outing. During the tournament, 153 fish were caught - 133 sharks, 12 kingfish, seven kingfish and one, 10-inch spot. The prize for the largest fish went to a 17.5-inch needlefish caught by John Gustafson, from the Delaware Valley Surf Anglers team. The first-place team award went to American Angler Team “A,” with 72.75 points. RH Custom Rods Team Green was second, with 50 points, and third place went to the Merchantville Fishing Club Team “A,” with 44.25 points. Points were earned by the particular species and the number of fish caught. If interested, Merchantville's Fishing Club meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at the Merchantville Community Center at 8:00 p.m.

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Take A "Closer Look"

Opening reception of the new show ’Closer Look‘ is this Friday, November 12th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Eilandarts Center, 10 East Chestnut Avenue. This show runs through the month and will feature art by four women, exhibiting four completely different ways of artistic expressions. Fiona Bearclaw, a talented embroiderer and artist who also creates prints from linocuts. Kate Cipriani, a south Jersey artist who works in dry and soft pastels and sells original pastel paintings, select prints, and greeting cards. Beth Fisher, of Gypsy Fish Studios, a mixed media artist inspired by nature, history and the magic that surrounds it.  And, Kerry Mentzer, an artist with varied interests - painting, photography, piano and the mosaic technique picassiette. Join us next month at 5:00 p.m. on December 10th for the Merchantville Holiday Market.

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Christmas Cards

It's hard to believe that we're approaching the Christmas season and are thinking about purchasing gifts and cards for our loved ones. Students at Catholic Partnership Schools worked very hard to provide you with unique artwork to share with family and friends. We hope you will consider purchasing Christmas cards designed by students from all five CPS Schools; Dual-language Pre-K at Saint Anthony's, Holy Name School, Sacred Heart School, Saint Cecilia School and Saint Joseph Pro-Cathedral School. For additional information, please contact Beth Lenkowski at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Order form.

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Pfizer Approved Ages 5-11

The Board of Commissioners, in partnership with Cooper University Health Care and the Rutgers-Camden School of Nursing, began to administer the COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old on November 4th. The Camden County Health Hub, located on the Camden County College campus in Blackwood, will hold the first appointments to give the Pfizer vaccine. Residents who would like schedule their child for a Pfizer vaccine can go to or can call (856) 549-0530. Next week, the administration of the vaccine for children and regular Health Hub operational hours will be expanded to Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The expansion will provide the ability to add hundreds of new appointments throughout the day. Scheduling information here.

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Hope Caines, 90

Hope DeSales Caines (DeSales) of Maple Shade, New Jersey, passed away peacefully surrounded by family, at Cooper Hospital on October 23, 2021. She was 90 years old. DeSales was born in Camden, NJ on April 4,1931 and grew up in Pennsauken, NJ and graduated from Merchantville High School, in Merchantville, NJ. In 1949 she met Robert B. Caines and they married on July 8, 1950 and went on to have two children. She work for the Pennsauken School District as an Administrative Secretary and continued there until she retired. She is survived by her son Robert B. Caines Jr. (Patricia) and her daughter DeSales A. Bryson (nee Caines) (Edward). Also survived by five grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Full obituary.

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Dorothy Tinney, 83

Dorothy Gabriella Tinney (nee Gerety) Of Delran, NJ, was called home to God at the age of 83 on October 17, 2021, with her family by her side. She was born the oldest of two children on March 24, 1938, to the late Edward J. and Dorothy I. (O'Connor) Gerety Sr. Dorothy was predeceased by her brother, Edward J. Gerety Jr. Dorothy was a graduate of Pierce Junior College in Philadelphia. She was the loving wife of Edward J. Tinney, Jr. for 59 years. She was the beloved mother of Constance A. Lees (David E.) and Colleen M. Tobin (the late Patrick). Dorothy was the cherished "Grandmom" and "Mom-Mom" to her six grandchildren. Her creative talents were showcased through her successful local art consignment shops "Crafter's Crossing" in Merchantville and Moorestown, NJ which she opened with two close friends. As a retiring business owner, she then followed her passion and love of flowers and joined Moorestown Flower Shop. Services on Friday, October 22, 2021. Full obituary.

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Robert Gerold, 58

Robert J. Gerold "Robbie" passed away peacefully on October 17, 2021 with his loving family by his side. He is the beloved husband of Doreen Gerold (nee Kozak). Devoted father of Jamie Deeley (Brad), Ryan Gerold (Lauren), Gavin Gerold, Nolan Gerold, Owen Gerold, and Pop of Bradley, Reese, Ryen, Brennan, and Colin. Cherished son of Robert and Marie (nee Gaul) Gerold. Loving brother of Teresa Ruisch, Brian Gerold, Christina Lucia, and Marie McCrea (Ed). Dear son in law of Jean and the late Martin Kozak and brother in law of Marty Kozak, David Kozak (Richelle), Michael Kozak (Donna) and Cheryl Kozak. Raised in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia, he attended St. Anne School and North Catholic High School then, moved to Merchantville and quickly became the "self proclaimed" Mayor. He enjoyed listening to music and drinking beers with family and friends in his backyard "paradise", was the life of the party and always made you feel like you were family. Diagnosed with metastatic melanoma in 2011, he fought courageously through many clinical trials that gave him more ten years and will save countless others. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing and funeral Saturday October 23, 2021 from 8:00-10:45 am in St. Anne Church (upper) 2328 East Lehigh Ave. Philadelphia. Funeral Mass 11 a.m. Full obituary.

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County Update 10/9-15

The Camden County Department of Health announced 694 new positive cases of COVID-19 and 5 deaths between Saturday, October 11th and Friday, October 15th. One hundred ninety-eight (198) new cases were among patients under 18 years old and the average age of the newly infected is 34 years of age. New cases this week include nine (9) in the Borough of Merchantville. Use the NJ Vaccine Appointment Finder to make an appointment for a COVID-19…
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Joan Behlau, 84

Joan Doris Behlau, 84, of Cherry Hill, passed away October 12, 2021. She was predeceased by her parents and late husband, James Behlau, of 63 years. Joan was the cherished and caring mom of Terri (Anthony) Fratterelli and Brenda (Mark) Del Rossi and grandmom to Jenna and Kevin. James and Joan were high school sweethearts and graduates from Merchantville High School in the 1950's and later married at St. Peter Roman Catholic Church in Merchantville in 1956. A lifelong resident in Cherry Hill and retail clerk for Pathmark. An avid supporter of Humane Society and Animal Welfare Association, donations may be made in her name to the Animal Welfare Association or Animal Adoption Center. Full obituary.

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