Sunday’s Obituary – Warren Repsher – Died 12-February-1984

Relationship to me: 1st cousin, 3x removed

Warren Repsher’s obituary was published in the New Jersey Herald, 14 February 1984.


Warren Repsher – Warren Repsher , 64, of New Hampshire Street, Newton, died suddenly on Sunday at Newton Memorial Hospital.

Born in Branchville, Mr. Repsher was a lifelong resident of Sussex County.

He had been an employee of Sussex Borough, but was in disability retirement at the time of his death.

Surviving are six daughters, Mary Van Orden, Betty Kent, Harriet Guest, Connie and Patty Repsher, all of Sussex, and Edna Gould of Hamburg: two sisters, Elsie Wright of Newton and Mabel Benson of Sussex, and 15 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Pinkel Funeral Home, 31 Bank St., Sussex. The Rev. Ray Friedley, former pastor of the Sussex Baptist Church, will officiate. Private burial services will be held.

Visting hours at the funeral home will be today from 7-9 p.m.

Donations would be appreciated by the family.

Sunday’s Obituary – Herbert David Freeman – Died 17-August-2005

Relationship to me: father-in-law of 1/2 2nd cousin (how’s that for convoluted?)

This obituary was published in Star-Ledger on August 19, 2005 and can be found online (for a fee, since it’s now archived, thus the truncated image) at

screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-4-34-39-pm“Herbert David Freeman” – FREEMAN – Entered into rest on Aug. 17, 2005, Herbert David, of Mays Landing, loving husband of Eleanor “Elly” (nee Gordon), devoted father of Herbert Freeman (Kristine) and Claire Karthaeuser (Paul), brother of Barbara Ferris, also survived by his adored granddaughters, Katie and Anna Freeman. Relatives and friends may call at The WILFRED ARMITAGE & WIGGINS FUNERAL HOME, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny, on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Masonic Service at 7 p.m. with a funeral service to follow. Private Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 1332 N. Halstead St., Suite 201, Chicago, Il. 60622 or Livada Orphan Care, P.O. Box 1771, Windsor, Ca. 95492.

I also have another item, but no image, about him published in Star-Ledger on August 19, 2005:

“Herbert David Freeman,” 66, Pru analyst, Guardsman for 22 years, a Masonic service for Herbert David Freeman, 66, of Mays Landing will be at 7 o’clock this evening in the Wilfred Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny.  Mr. Freeman, who died Wednesday in Atlantic Care Regional Medical Center, Pomona, was a systems analyst for Prudential in Newark, where he worked for 40 years before retiring in 1997.  He served in the National Guard from 1957 to 1979. He was a past master of the North Arlington F&AM Lodge 271. Born in Newark, he lived in Mays Landing for several years.  Surviving are his wife, Eleanor; a son, Herbert; a daughter, Claire Karthaeuser; a sister, Barbara Ferris, and two grandchildren.

Sunday’s Obituary – Catherine (Smith) Repsher – Died 30-August-2007

Relationship to me: wife of paternal grand-uncle

This obituary was published the New Jersey Herald, 31 August, 2007, page A-8.


Catherine Repsher” – HACKETTSTOWN – Catherine Repsher, 87, died peacefully Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007 at House of Good Shepherd, where she had been a resident since May.

Born July 15, 1920 in Netcong, she was the daughter of Arthur and Ellen Riedinger Smith. Her husband of 61 years, Adam, died in 2004. She was a lifelong resident of the Netcong-Stanhope area.

Mrs. Repsher was a parishioner of St. Michael’s Church in Netcong. She was a past president and life member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 278, past president of Sussex County American Legion Auxiliary, a member of Stanhope Hose Co. No. 1 Auxiliary, a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Firemen of the State of New Jersey and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary.

She is survived by three sons; Jeffrey of Mt. Bethel, Pa., Michael of Charlestown, N.H., and John of Bradford, Vt.; a daughter, Ann Moyer of Mt. Bethel; four grandchildren, Leah Repsher of San Francisco, Calif., Jason Repsher of Reno, Nev., and Adam Moyer and Carrie Moyer of Mt. Bethel.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 8:30 a.m. from the Morgan Funeral Home Inc., 31-33 Main Street, Netcong, to St. Michael’s Church for a 9:30 a.m. Liturgy of Christian Burial. Interment will follow at Stanhope Union Cemetery. Visiting hours are Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home, with American Legion services at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Repsher’s memory to the American Legion Auxiliary Education & Scholarship, c/o 67 Whitebirch Court, Lumberton, N.J. 08048.


Sunday’s Obituary – Calvin C. Degroat – Died 04-December-2011

Relationship to me: husband of 1st cousin, 2x removed

This obituary was published in The New Jersey Herald on December 5, 2011, page A-3, column 2. It can also be found online at


“Calvin C. Degroat” – Wantage – Calvin C. Degroat, 86, died peacefully at his residence surround by his family on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. Born in Wantage, he had been a resident of Wantage all of his life. He was the son of the late Ralph and Lizzy (Clark) Degroat.

Prior to his retirement, Mr. Degroat was employed for 30 years in the maintenance department of the Ames Rubber Corp., in Hamburg. A proud veteran of the United States Army, he served his country during World War II. He was awarded a Purple Heart for serving in the battle of the bulge. Most recently he enjoyed the sport of bowling with his friends and teammates at the Sparta Bowling Lanes. Last year he bowled a game with a score of 222, which helped his senior bowling league team win first place.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Carolyn (Strait) Degroat, and several brothers and sisters; Elizabeth Wilson, Arnold Degroat, Ruth Beemer, Warren Degroat, H. Clark Degroat, Vivian Lockburner, Florence Card, Oliver Degroat and Elsie Dunn. He is survived by his son, Dennis Degroat and his wife, Linda, of Stillwater; a sister, Louella Opellar of Hawthorne; grandchildren, Kyle and Brian Degroat, and his loving companion of the past few years of his life, Victoria Sapone.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his graveside funeral service with military honors Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m., at North Hardyston Cemetery (meeting directly at the cemetery in the old section).  In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory would be preferred and may be made to the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice Charitable Foundation, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ 07860. Arrangements by F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, Franklin. To offer online condolences please go to

Sunday’s Obituary – Jerry Westra – Died 20-January-2002

Relationship to me: maternal 1st cousin

I couldn’t find this obituary on the New Jersey Herald website but found it posted to a United Kingdom message board. It was physically published in The New Jersey Herald on Friday, February 1, 2002, Page A-2.


WESTRA, JERRY R., 45, Died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, in Green Township.  Born in Newton, Mr. Westra lived in Green before moving to Fredon. A 1974 graduate of Sussex County Vocational-Technical School, Mr. Westra was the owner/operator of Jerry Westra Trucking in Fredon for 21 years. He was predeceased by his father, Ewald, on Aug. 16, 1997. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Judy Petronaci Westra; one daughter Lindsay; one son, Jordan; his mother, Betty Van Auken Westra of Green: his brother, Albert of Newton, Two sisters, Patty Falotico of Stillwater and Kathi Iossa of Cherry Hill; and his grandmother, Etta Westra of Newton. A Memorial service will be held Sunday, 2 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church of Newton, 54 High St., Newton, NJ. Memorial donations may be made to the Lindsay Westra & Jordan Westra Fund, 7 Francisco Drive, Newton, NJ, 07860. Arrangements are under the direction of the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton.

Sunday’s Obituary – Ernest A. Staples – Died 31-August-2005

Relationship to me: 2nd cousin, 1x removed

This obituary was published in Morning Call on September 1, 2005 and was also found online at


Ernest A. Staples, 73, of Pen Argyl, died Wednesday, August 31, 2005, at his residence with his family at his side. Born in East Stroudsburg on December 13, 1931, he was the son of the late Clarence and Anna (Cobb) Staples. He worked for R&R Toy Manufacturing Co., Pen Argyl, for 28 years and then for the Dally Slate Co. from 1976 until retiring in 2002. He moved to Bangor in 1945 and then to Pen Argyl, where he resided since 1949. He and his wife, Carolyn Vosper, celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on July 31. He was a former member of the Pen Argyl Green & White Youth Association in its early years, helping make the fields. He played softball in leagues with R&R Toy Manufacturing Co. for more than 20 years. He bowled in a mens Monday night league for more than 30 years and also a Friday night mixed league for many years. He enjoyed camping and traveling for more than 30 years and model railroading for more than 50 years. He was a member of the NCHA Camping Club, the TCA National Train Collectors Association and AARP. He was of the Protestant faith. Survivors: Wife; daughter, Jane Tobias and her husband Robert, grandchildren, Scott Tobias and his wife Sarah, and Tara Wilson and her husband Jason, and great-grandchildren, Alexzander, Elayna and Zackory Tobias, all of Pen Argyl; brother, Lewis Staples of East Stroudsburg. Brothers, LaVern and Clarence Gene Staples, and a sister, Doris Beegle, all preceded him in death. His wife, daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the loves of his life. He was fortunate to spend so much time with all of them. He will be missed by all! Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, September 3, 2005, in Guerro & Ruggiero Funeral Home, 126 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Pen Argyl. There will be calling hours from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to services Saturday in the funeral home. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Pen Argyl.

Sunday’s Obituary – George William Seese – Died 30-November-2004

Relationship to me: husband of 1st cousin, 2x removed

This obituary was published in the Tampa Bay Online on December 02, 2004 and was also found online at


SEESE, George W., 74, of Holiday, died November 30, 2004, at Community Hospital in New Port Richey. He was born in Stroudsburg, Pa., and moved to New Port Richey one year ago from Bushkill, Pa. He was a retired meat manager from A&P Tea Company in Mt. Pocono, Pa., after 32 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and was a member of Reformed Church of Bushkill, Pa. He was a lifetime member of American Legion #0514 in Bushkill, Pa., and played a five-string banjo with Doc Rumsey and Mountain Dewers for many years. Survived by wife, Pauline R. Repsher  Seese of Holiday; son, Randall K. Seese of East Stroudsburg, Pa.; daughters, Melanie S. Brodhead of Gettysburg, Pa., and Wendy K. Hiney of East Greenville, Pa.; brother, James O. Seese in Gibson, Pa.; sister, Sonya E. Rake of East Stroudsburg, Pa.; and five grandchildren. National Cremation Society New Port Richey.