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 Legacy.com.

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“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 http://www.fjohnramseyfuneralhome.com.

Sunday’s Obituary – Carolyn Winifred (Strait) DeGroat – Died 27-January-2003

Relationship to me: 1st cousin, 2x removed

This picture shows both the death notice and the obituary for Carolyn S. Strait DeGroat both were found in the Strait vertical files at the Sussex County Historical Society, Newton, New Jersey.

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Death Notice reads:

“DEGROAT, CAROLYN, S. (STRAIT),” 76, of Wantage, died on Monday, Jan. 27, 2003.  Beloved wife of Calvin DeGroat. Devoted mother of Dennis DeGroat. Dear sister of Gwendolyn Wirdel.  Cherished by two grandchildren.  Graveside services will be at North Hardyston Cemetery, Hardyston, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003, at noon.  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to the Karen Ann Quinlan Center of Hope Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton. Arrangements are by the F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, One Main St., Franklin.

Obituary reads:

“Carolyn S. Strait DeGroat”  – WANTAGE – Carolyn S. Strait DeGroat, 76, died Monday at home after a short illness.  Born to Ward and Katherine Strait, in Hardyston, she was a life-long resident of Wantage.  Mrs. DeGroat owned and operated Kilp & Kurl hair salon in Wantage for more than 30 years.  She is survived by her husband, Calvin; her son, Dennis, of Stillwater; her sister, Gwendolyn Wirdel, of Bellair, Md. and two grandchildren.  Arrangements are by the F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, One Main St., Franklin.