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Mary Ritzer

Oct 19, 1939 - Nov 05, 2023

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Wharton, NJ

Mary E. Ritzer (Morgan), 84, of Budd Lake, cherished mother of three sons, passed away peacefully after a long illness at Morristown Medical Center on Sunday, November 5th surrounded by her family. Mary was born at Old Souls Hospital, now Morristown Medical Center, in Morristown on October 19, 1939. She was a 1957 graduate of Dover High School. She then went to work for the National Park Service as the sole Library researcher at the Ford Mansion in Morristown, N. J. Mary worked with a number for...Read More

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Michael

Jun 18, 1930 - Feb 16, 2024

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Wharton, NJ

– born on June 18, 1930, in Kambia, Chios, Greece, passed away peacefully at the age of 93 on February 16th, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. In 1972 Michael embarked on a new journey to the United States, settling in Wharton, NJ and establishing a successful career in the restaurant industry driven by his resilience and dedication. His life was a testament to his deep commitment to his family whom he always put first. Michael leaves behind a legacy filled with love and devotion, survived by his wife Kitsa, his sons Steve (Kathy) and James (Dawn), his grandchildren Michael S., Kitsa, Michael J., and AJ, and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, Stamatis and Kaliopi, and his son, John, Michael will be remembered for his kind spirit, loving heart, and the open doors of his home. Michael found joy in returning to his hometown in Greece, reveling in time spent at the kafenio with family and friends. His life was enriched by dancing, singing, and a profound passion for his faith with Sundays devoted to church and family gatherings. Though Michael's passing leaves a void in the hearts of those who knew him, his memory will continue to inspire love, kindness, and generosity. Rest in peace Michael. Your remarkable legacy will be cherished forever. 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.[a] 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness[b] for his name's sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[c] I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely[d] goodness and mercy[e] shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell[f] in the house of the Lord forever.

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Barbara Madeline Lockman

May 29, 1940 - Jan 16, 2024

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Wharton, NJ

: Barbara Madeline Lockman (nee Mercuri), age 83, peacefully passed away on January 16, 2024. She was born on May 29, 1940, in Brooklyn, NY, and was a longtime resident of Rockaway, NJ. Barbara was the beloved mother of Steven, Christopher, Lynn, and Michael Jr., and a cherished grandmother to Frederick, Jessica, Brenda, Clayton, Patrick, Connor, Meghan, and Bethany. Barbara was one of seven children to Rapheal (Frederick) and Anna Mercuri. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her sisters, Andrienne Davis and Bernadette Patterson and her nephew Nicholas Patterson. She is survived by her siblings Patricia Lusardi, Eugene Mercuri, Richard Mercuri, and Raymond Mercuri as well as her grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was a loving presence in the lives of her family, leaving behind a legacy of warmth, and kindness. After raising her family, Barbara worked as a security guard for many years for Bellcorp and Bell Labs. Barbara loved music. Her hobbies included singing and songwriting. Barbara was an active member of the local chapter of Red Hatters and the Dover Area Senior Citizens Association, where she served as president. Her dedication to these organizations showcased her commitment to the community and her passion for making a positive impact. In addition to being a dedicated mother, grandmother and aunt, Barbara touched the lives of many with her caring spirit and involvement in community activities. She will be remembered fondly by all who knew her. to celebrate Barbara's life will be held 12 Noon to 2pm with a service to start at 1:45pm on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at the Bermingham Funeral Home, 216 S. Main St., Wharton , the family requests donations be made to Rett Syndrome Research Trust ( ). May Barbara Madeline rest in peace, and may her memory live on in the hearts of those who loved her. To to the family or in memory of Barbara Madeline (Mercuri) Lockman, please

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John Wheeler

Nov 03, 1930 - Jan 02, 2024

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Wharton, NJ

: John “Johnny” Wheeler of Wharton, NJ passed away on January 2, 2024 at the age of 93 years young. John, or Dad, Pop and Poppy, as he was more informally and lovingly known as, was taken into the arms of our Lord as he laid peacefully in his home, surrounded by those who loved him most. John was born November 3, 1930 as the youngest of three boys, brothers Michael & Andrew (both predeceased), to loving parents Mickey and Elizabeth in apartment located at 10th Avenue and West 55th Street in Manhattan. He followed in his father’s footsteps and worked as a New York City Longshoreman, servicing the docks and being around some of the biggest, most prestigious and well known ships of his era. John was a tirelessly hard worker, always making sure he provided for the family he loved so dearly. He was predeceased by most people in his family due to his long, rich life. We know that he’s happy and at peace now, especially after reuniting with his wife and love of his life for 50+ years, Catherine “Kay” Wheeler, née Entwistle, who he lost over 26 years ago. His aforementioned brothers, Mickey and Andy, their wives, his parents, his best friend and fellow longshoreman Timmy Donohue and his family as well as the rest of the Wheeler clan waiting for him with open arms. John is survived by his four children, Michael Wheeler, Donna Guerrero (both in Wharton), Lizzie Wheeler (Mt. Pocono, Pa.) & Gina McCarthy of Sparta, NJ, as well as his six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren: Melissa Vanderpolder and her husband Andy and their two daughters Alyssa & Samantha; Michelle Mata her husband Carlos and son Joshua; Robert Herrera and his wife Jessica and their son Gianluca; Kara Natale née Mack, her husband Nicholas along with their daughter Kinley and son Nathan, Nicholas Guerrero, and Keeghan McCarthy. John was truly a gentleman in every facet of life. As previously stated, his work ethic was unmatched, his love for family and tradition was his passion and his children and grandchildren were his purpose in life. He didn’t have many vices, except for the occasional Entenmann’s cake here or some cookies there. When his union work was slow, he’d pick up side jobs with his comrade Timmy, all for one reason — to provide the best he could for not only his family but his family’s families. He was generous to a fault, always wanting to help out people, many of whom he didn’t know at all. He made it a point to donate to the Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital on a regular basis. At one point, he gave his older car to a shopping center worker who he knew needed a way to get to and from work. That’s the type of person John Wheeler was. And Heaven gained an angel on January 2, 2024. Dad, Pop, Poppy, wherever you are now, we all hope you’re at peace and around the loved ones and all the faithfully departed who went before you. We will miss you everyday but know your loving legacy will live on for generations. You were truly one of a kind. We love you Pop! will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 10:30am at Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Church located at 371 S Main Street, Wharton NJ 07885. , the family asks anyone who would like to donate, to please make a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in memory of John, who was a longtime donor. To to the family or in memory of John Wheeler, please

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Peter A. Helmer

Feb 01, 1938 - Dec 30, 2023

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Wharton, NJ

Peter A. Helmer : Peter A. Helmer passed away peacefully on December 30, 2023 with his son and youngest daughter at his side. He was 85 years old. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Joan. Peter worked at L.E. Carpenter in Wharton; Quest International in Mt. Olive and most recently was working at St. Bernard’s Church in Rockaway Township. He was predeceased by his parents, Alfons & Louise (Baumann), his brother Paul and his sisters Barbara Ginda and Louise Helmer-Morgan. He leaves behind four devoted children, Linda Stalter of Harvest, AL, Sue Robinson and her husband, Jim of Chester, MD, Peter Helmer and his wife Karen of Succasunna, NJ and Cindy Petsch and her husband, Joe of Hellertown, PA; his adoring grandchildren, Jennifer Corbo and her husband, Lenny, Kerri Lisboa and her husband Joe, Corri Bates, Kacie Lochmueller and her husband Jared, Ashtin Castor and her husband Joe, Emily Helmer, Shannon Petsch and Kyle Petsch; and eleven precious great-grandchildren. He is survived by his brothers Steven, Gerald and Thomas, his sister Ruth and many nieces and nephews. His greatest joys were with his family. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the loves of his life, especially after losing his beloved Joan in 2011. He will be remembered for a lifetime of love that he expressed in his own, unique way. He will be truly missed and will forever carry on in the hearts of his loved ones. Peter was a spiritual man and he was an avid football fan of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. One of his most treasured lifetime experiences was traveling to Notre Dame with his son and getting to see them play in their home stadium. Peter’s final request was that a private service be held with his children and grandchildren. He will be laid to rest with his beloved wife Joan at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Whippany, NJ. Peter had a special place in his heart for all his “little angels”, as he called them, at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made in Pete’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. To to the family or in memory of Peter A. Helmer, please

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Jaiber Javier Rondon Garcia

Apr 20, 1990 - Dec 22, 2023

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Wharton, NJ

Jaiber Javier Rondon Garcia, age 33, of Wharton, New Jersey, died unexpectedly on Friday, December 22, 2023, as a result of a tragic motor vehicle accident in Wharton, New Jersey.Born in Ciudad Ojeda, Venezuela, to the late Jaime Rondon Marquina and Carmen Ramona Garcia, Jaiber brought his vibrant spirit to life in various places, including Colombia, before making the New York and New Jersey area his home in 2021. Jaiber's journey was marked by passion, resilience, and a profound love for life.A dedicated dance professor, Jaiber shared his love for movement and expression, leaving an indelible mark on his students in Venezuela for three years and in Colombia for four years. Beyond the dance floor, Jaiber was a talented chef, infusing creativity and flavor into every dish he prepared. His culinary expertise reflected his zest for life and appreciation for his family and friends.Jaiber's infectious smile and warm, friendly nature endeared him to all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He found joy in the simple pleasures-whether dancing to the rhythm of life, cooking up delectable recipes, or basking in the beauty of the beach. Music was his constant companion, a reflection of his vibrant spirit.A son who cherished the company of his late parents, Jaiber was a devoted brother to Desiree Rondon (Leandro Rodrigues) and Jaime Miguel Rondon Garcia. In addition to his siblings, he leaves behind his beloved boyfriend, Emerson Alejandro Maradiaga, who shared in the richness of Jaiber's life.Visitation will be held on Friday, December 29, 2023, from 4:00 - 8:00 PM at Whitham-Kanapaux Funeral Home, 20 Keller Ave, Rockaway, NJ 07866.Condolences and memories may be shared at RockawayFuneral.com

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Jaiber Javier Rondon Garcia

Apr 20, 1990 - Dec 22, 2023

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Wharton, NJ

Jaiber Javier Rondon Garcia, age 33, of Wharton, New Jersey, died unexpectedly on Friday, December 22, 2023, as a result of a tragic motor vehicle accident in Wharton, New Jersey.Born in Ciudad Ojeda, Venezuela, to the late Jaime Rondon Marquina and Carmen Ramona Garcia, Jaiber brought his vibrant spirit to life in various places, including Colombia, before making the New York and New Jersey area his home in 2021. Jaiber's journey was marked by passion, resilience, and a profound love for life.A dedicated dance professor, Jaiber shared his love for movement and expression, leaving an indelible mark on his students in Venezuela for three years and in Colombia for four years. Beyond the dance floor, Jaiber was a talented chef, infusing creativity and flavor into every dish he prepared. His culinary expertise reflected his zest for life and appreciation for his family and friends.Jaiber's infectious smile and warm, friendly nature endeared him to all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He found joy in the simple pleasures-whether dancing to the rhythm of life, cooking up delectable recipes, or basking in the beauty of the beach. Music was his constant companion, a reflection of his vibrant spirit.A son who cherished the company of his late parents, Jaiber was a devoted brother to Desiree Rondon (Leandro Rodrigues) and Jaime Miguel Rondon Garcia. In addition to his siblings, he leaves behind his beloved boyfriend, Emerson Alejandro Maradiaga, who shared in the richness of Jaiber's life.Visitation will be held on Friday, December 29, 2023, from 4:00 - 8:00 PM at Whitham-Kanapaux Funeral Home, 20 Keller Ave, Rockaway, NJ 07866.Condolences and memories may be shared at RockawayFuneral.com

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Theresa Hester

Apr 22, 1968 - Dec 11, 2023

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Wharton, NJ

: Margaret Theresa (Nunn) Hester, of Lawrenceville, N. J. , passed away on Monday, Dec. 11, 2023 at the age 55 after a short battle with cancer. Theresa, as she was commonly known, was born on April 22, 1968 in Morristown, N. J. to the late Donald Charles Nunn and Helen Margaret (Singley) Nunn, of Morristown. She graduated from Dover High School in 1986 and attended Centenary University. She was married to Thomas J. Hester Jr. for more than 23 years and is survived by their beloved two teenage daughters, Erin Elizabeth Hester and Madeline Rose Hester. Theresa has devoted her career to advocating for women and families, working for the state Division on Women since 1998, first with the Department of Community Affairs, then with the Department of Children and Families. Her work has focused on improving services and policies for domestic and sexual violence victims. She was recognized for her efforts by the Department of Children and Families leadership in June 2022, and received the Janice C. Lilien Humanitarian Award in October 2022 from the YWCA Union County for her work to eliminate racism and empower women. Theresa also worked to improve services and policies for crime victims, enhance women's health care, support women's leadership and help women get elected to office. Through her work, she assisted many advocacy and community providers, while also serving on the boards of the Women's Political Caucus; Greater Role and Opportunities for Women; the Friends of the Homeless Animals; the Eldridge Park School's PTO, where she served as Vice President; and the Lawrence Jr. Cardinals Football and Cheer organization, where she served as the cheer director. She also worked with the Megan Nicole Kanka Foundation. Theresa was also a frequent volunteer at her daughters' schools, often organizing cast parties for the theater program and chaperoning field trips. Theresa also served on the Frenchtown Borough Council in the 1990s for four years, including two as the Council President, during which she worked on and advocated for environmental protection, public health, library, and affordable housing initiatives. Theresa has also worked for political consulting firms and elected officials, including U. S. Rep. Richard Zimmer, assisting them on women's issues. She also served on the Lawrence Township Democratic Committee. Theresa had fond memories of her time marching drum corps with the Grenadettes, Grenadears. Lakelanders, Bayonne Kidets, and the Bayonne Bridgeman. With her vibrant personality, she loved 1980s music, the movie The Wedding Singer, the television show Gilmore Girls, and especially the Christmas season, when she enjoyed lavishly decorating her home. Besides her husband, daughters and mother, Theresa is survived by brother Donald Charles Nunn Jr. and his wife Karen, of Moneta, Va. ; Edward John Nunn and his wife Andrea, of Wharton, N. J. ; nieces and nephews Emily Nunn, of Moneta; Joseph Nunn, of Wharton; Jenna Nunn, of Moneta; Gabby Nunn, of Wharton; Catherine Detwiller, of Durham, N. C. ; Case Detwiller, of Fort Drum, N. Y. ; and Conor Detwiller, of Newport, N. C. ; numerous cousins, whom she considered akin to siblings; father-in-law Thomas J. Hester Sr. of Flemington, N. J. , sisters-in-law Mary Pat Detwiller, of Newport, N. C. and Kayt Hester of Jersey City, N. J. ; and brother-in-law Timothy Hester of Flemington. donations in Theresa's memory to Womanspace, 1530 Brunswick Avenue, Lawrence, N. J. 08648 would be appreciated. will be held 1-4pm on Sunday, December 17, 2023 at the Bermingham Funeral Home, 216 S. Main St. , Wharton, NJ 07885 followed by a 4pm funeral home service. To to the family or in memory of Theresa (Nunn) Hester, please

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Agnes Sapp

Jun 09, 1932 - Dec 06, 2023

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Wharton, NJ

Agnes Diane Sapp, 91, passed away peacefully December 6th with her loving daughter by her side. Agnes was born June 9th, 1932 to Joseph and Helen Matovcik in Mount Hope, New Jersey. She is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Helen Matovcik, husband, Edward Sapp, sister Helen DeMatteo, and daughter-in-law Cindy Sapp. She is survived by her children Edward Sapp (Daria Sapp) of Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, Stephanie Walkowski (Dr. Edward Walkowski) of North Abington Township, Pennsylvania, and Jason Sapp of Elberfield, Indiana, her grandchildren Dr. Brian Walkowski of Indiana, Pennsylvania, Heather Coombs (Brian Coombs) of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, and Justin Sapp of Hoboken, New Jersey, her great-grandchildren Hailey and Tyler Coombs of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, her sisters Elizabeth Matovcik of Whiting, New Jersey, Sophie DeHaas of Kenvil, New Jersey, Mary Hudson of Middleburg, Florida, and Emma Barry of Ocala, Florida, and many nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors. She married the love of her life, Edward Sapp, and the couple spent 52 of their 61 wonderful years together in Old Bridge, New Jersey. Agnes dedicated her life to her family, faith, and all those around her. She was the backbone of the emergency department at South Amboy Memorial Hospital where she worked as a technician for 23 years. She was also a dedicated parishioner of Saint Ambrose Church. Her family and friends brought her the greatest joy and she loved every moment of life, living it to the absolute fullest. Her greatest memories were spent with those she loved at her mountain house in the Poconos and beach house on Long Beach Island. She was an avid reader, devoted New York Yankees fan, and enjoyed puzzles, trips to the casino, raking leaves, taking walks, and striking up a conversation with everyone she met. She will be remembered as a spirited, energetic, dedicated, faithful, outgoing woman with the ability to light up any room. She was a shining example of how life is meant to be lived and she will leave a lasting impact on those who knew her. She will be forever missed and she would hope that those she touched would continue to carry on her compassion and love towards life, family, and faith. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 10-11am on Wednesday December 13th at the Bermingham Funeral Home, 216 S. Main St. , Wharton, followed by a funeral service at 11am. To to the family or in memory of Agnes D. (Matovcik) Sapp, please

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Carl Gladish

Jun 06, 1963 - Dec 06, 2023

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Wharton, NJ

Roxbury Twp. : Carl Francis Gladish, III passed away suddenly on December 6, 2023 in Ledgewood, NJ at the age of 60. Born June 6, 1963, Carl was the firstborn of parents, Carl F. Gladish, Jr. and Martha "Theresa" Bradley (nee Nguyen). Carl had four siblings: Joseph Gladish, Mary Gladish, Theresa Crane and Kim DeVito; and four additional siblings through later marriages: Patrick Bradley, Jr. , Amanda Gladish, Ashley Boyle and Jason Gladish. Carl was a devoted father to three children, Maxwell Gladish, Sharon Gladish and Melanie Gladish. Known for several years of his life by his family nickname "Butch," Carl's hometown was Dover, NJ where he graduated from Dover High School before pursuing Diesel Mechanics at Ohio Diesel Tech in Cleveland, OH. In the early '90's, Carl started a private business, opening an auto repair shop -- Arrow Auto Repair in Ledgewood, NJ. Carl ran a highly successful business and was regarded locally for his kindliness, honest work and fair pricing. Carl loved music and movies and was an endless well of knowledge and trivia for both. He enjoyed Kevin Smith movies, hard rock and grunge music. Fixing computers became a hobby of his later in life and Carl was also an excellent cook and had a "famous chicken" recipe that only some know. He will be missed by so many. Preceding Carl in death are his paternal and maternal grandparents, Carl Gladish, Sr. & Isabelle Gladish (nee Sebelle) of Mine Hill, NJ; and Hoe Nguyen & Long Nguyen of Danang, Vietnam. Carl is survived by his father, Carl F. Gladish, Jr. and partner Michelle McCroy and his mother, Martha "Theresa" Bradley and her husband Patrick Bradley, Sr. , siblings and children, Maxwell ("Max") Gladish of White Haven, PA; Sharon Gladish of Louisville, KY; and Melanie Gladish of E. Windsor, NJ. Family and friends are invited to a public Celebration of Life from 2 to 6 pm on Wednesday, December 13 at the Lake Hopatcong Elks at 201 Howard Boulevard in Mt. Arlington, NJ. An informal remembrance will take place at 5:30 pm. To to the family or in memory of Carl F. Gladish III, please

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Savarina Fournier

Jul 03, 1950 - Dec 02, 2023

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Wharton, NJ

Wharton: Savarina "Rena" Fournier passed away unexpectedly on December 2, 2023 at St. Clare's Hospital in Dover at the age of 73. Rena was born in New York City to the late John and Rose DiStefano. She grew up in Lincoln Park, graduating from Boonton High School in 1968. She attended Capri Beauty School and worked as a beautician for 15 years where she met her husband Paul, marrying in 1973. Rena left her job to take care of her three children, where she excelled as a homemaker for over 30 years. She eventually returned to the workforce, getting a job at Duffy School in Wharton working in the cafeteria. She made many friends while there and enjoyed being around the children. She has lived in Wharton for the past 50 years. Rena enjoyed gardening, shopping, and cooking. She mostly enjoyed taking care of her family and being with her friends. She adored her two grandchildren Ava (12) and Jake (9) and loved spending as much time with them as she could. Rena was selfless, always making sure everyone was happy and well cared for. She loved everyone, and everything she did, with all her heart. Many were fortunate to be loved by her and are left with beautiful memories of her. Her precious soul will be dearly missed. She was predeceased by her husband Paul Fournier and daughter Melissa Desmond. She is survived by 2 children; Michelle and Michael Fournier and his wife Lori; 2 brothers, Salvatore and wife Arlene, and Joseph and wife Lisa, DiStefano. Many nieces and nephews are also left behind. Visitation will be held from 1-4pm on Saturday December 9th at Bermingham Funeral Home, 216 S. Main St. , Wharton. A Funeral Service will follow at 4pm at the Funeral Home. Interment will be private. To to the family or in memory of Savarina "Rena" (DiStefano) Fournier, please

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