Sunday’s Obituary – Gwendolyn Charmion (Strait) Wirdel – Died 07-January-2013

Relationship to me: 1st cousin, 2x removed

Gwendolyn Charmion (Strait) Wirdel’s obituary was published online at and in the New Jersey Herald from Jan. 17 to Jan. 19, 2013.


Gwendolyn Charmion Wirdel 

BEL AIR, Md. – On Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, Gwendolyn Charmion Wirdel, 82, of Bel Air, Md., died peacefully in her sleep. Mrs. Wirdel was the daughter of Ward B. Strait and Katherine E. Strait (Current).

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Ernst O. Wirdel; son, Duane Robert Wirdel, and his wife, Lori Susanne White-Wirdel, of Newark, Del.; nephew, Dennis Degroat, and his wife, Linda Degroat, of Stillwater; and great-nephews, Kyle and Brian Degroat, also of Stillwater.

Mrs. Wirdel was a proud member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants and was able to trace her lineage back to the 102 passengers who arrived in 1620.

A graveside service will be held Friday, June 7 (her 83rd birthday), 11 a.m., at North Church Cemetery, in her hometown of Hardyston.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Wirdel’s name to the American Cancer Society , P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Sunday’s Obituary – William Joseph Hines III – Died 18-December-2007

Relationship to me: 2nd cousin, 1x removed

This obituary was published in the Morning Call on December 21, 2007 and can also be found online at


William Joseph Bill Hines III, died Tuesday, December 18, 2007. He was born, October 19, 1927, in Mt. Pocono, the eldest son of the late William J. Hines Jr. and late Helen E. (Roche) Hines. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Margaret Davis. As a youth, Bill was active in the Boy Scouts of America and was an altar boy at St. Mary of the Mount Church in Mt. Pocono. He worked with his father at the post office delivering and sorting mail during the early war years. Bill and some of his classmates graduated in early 1945 from Stroudsburg High School, so they could enlist in the service at the tail end of World War II. Bill entered the Navy at age 17 and completed his basic training in Sampson, N.Y. He completed training to be a radar operator and was then stationed aboard the U.S.S. Boxer CV-21 in the South Pacific Fleet. Following his honorable discharge from active duty in August of 1946, he remained with the U.S.N.R. until 1958.Bill also attended the Radio Television Institute in 1947-48 in N.Y.C. and then began 41 years of employment with Radio Corporation of America in Allentown (later purchased by General Electic). In 1947, Bill met the love of his life, Margaret Marge Davis, of Scranton, and the couple was married on February 19th, 1949 at St. Marys in Mt. Pocono. Initially living in Allentown, the couple purchased their home in Bethlehem in 1954 and have remained ever since where the family belonged to Notre Dame of Bethlehem Church. Survivors: Bill was the loving father to three children, William B. of Myerstown, Mary Beth, Sherri M. of Bethlehem. He was also the grandfather to Kaitlin E. of N.Y.C.; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Iris Hines of Johnston, R.I.; a nephew, Thomas Hines and his wife Melony, a grand-niece, Tia, of Greenville, R.I.; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Clara Gross of Cresco. He was predeceased by a brother, Thomas A. Hines of Esmond, Rhode Island in 1987.Bill was a baseball coach for Northwest Little League in the mid-1960s. Bill and his wife, Marge, were avid bowlers and were members of the Wednesday Night Boulevard Mixed League for over forty years. Additionally, Bill bowled on Thursday nights with the men’s Notre Dame Holy Name League. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 2124 in Allentown. He also enjoyed attending annual mini-reunions of the U.S.S. Boxer each summer for the last few years of his life. Bill was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a good friend to many who knew him and always a kind and gentle man. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Services: 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, December 27, in the Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church, 1861 Catasauqua Road, Bethlehem, PA 18018. Viewing will be held 10-11 a.m. Thursday, December 27, in the church. Burial will be at Holy Saviour Cemetery, Bethlehem. Send online condolences to Contributions: In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in Bills name to the U.S.S. Boxer Veterans Association Scholarship Fund, c/o Jerry Aukland, Treasurer, 1870 Mary Rose Lane, Lincoln, CA 95648, or to the charity of ones choice to support veterans and their families.


Sunday’s Obituary – Donald G. Repsher – Died 07-May-2010

Relationship to me: 2nd cousin, 1x removed

I found this obituary online at It was also published in the Orlando Sentinel on May 12, 2010. It’s a very short obituary but it does have a picture of him. I randomly picked the people for each week but this one happens to be on May 7th for a death on May 7th, 7 years ago.


REPSHER, DONALD G., 80, of Orlando passed away Friday, May 7, 2010. Born in Pennsylvania, he moved to Orlando from New Jersey in 1977. Don retired from Disney after 17 years. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Alice and daughter, Sandy (Joe) Lyons. A celebration of life will be held May 21, from 6-8 p.m. at Pine Castle Womens Club, 6901 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32809. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kindness for Cats, P.O. Box 533632, Orlando, FL 32853.

Sunday’s Obituary – Ann May (Ranney) Abbott – Died 01-September-2009

Relationship to me: 4th cousin, 2x removed

This obituary was published din the Columbus Dispatch in September of 2009. It is available online at


ABBOTT –  Ann M. Abbott, age 87, of Columbus, died Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at her residence after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born January 23, 1922 in New Albany, Oh. to the late Clark, Sr. and Martha Ranney. She was a graduate of New Albany High School and was retired from Travelers Insurance. Ann will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 60 years, Harry Abbott; daughters, Susan Abbott of Dallas, Tex. and Diane Abbott of Columbus; sister, Carrie (George) McMillin of Columbus; brothers, B. Clark, Jr. (Donna) Ranney, Donald Ranney, Halden (Betty) Ranney, and Robert (Marlena) Ranney, all of Columbus, and brother, Ralph Ranney of Melbourne, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, September 5, 2009 at SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Rd., Columbus. Family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ann’s memory to the American Cancer Society , Franklin Co. Unit, 870 Michigan Ave., Columbus, Oh. 43215. To offer condolences to Ann’s family visit


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.


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.

Sunday’s Obituary – Howard Strait – Died 17-December-1972

Relationship to me: 1st cousin, 2x removed

This newspaper clipping for Howard Strait was found in the Strait vertical file at the Sussex County Historical Society. Penned date of 07 December 1972.


“Howard Strait” – Howard Strait of 25 Hamburg Ave., Sussex, formerly of Wantage township, died last night at Alexander Linn Hospital, Sussex, following a long illness.  He was 67 years old.  A native of Philadelphia, he lived in the area for the past 35 years.  He was a retired building contractor, past district governor of Rotary District 747 and a member of the Wallkill Valley Rotary Club.  Survivors include his widow, Margaret; two daughters, Mrs. Phyllis LaPorta of Fort Myers, Fla., and Mrs. Sandra DeVuyst of Sussex, and five grandchildren. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. tomorrow at the North Hardyston Cemetery, with the Rev. Donald Fowler of the Hamburg Episcopal Church officiating. Memorials may be made to the Sussex Ambulance Squad.  Funeral arrangements were made by the Pinkel Funeral Home, Sussex.

Sunday’s Obituary – Anna Marie (Karthaeuser) Repsher – Died 23-September-1970

Relationship to me: paternal great-grandmother

I have a couple of undated, unsourced obituaries for Anna K. Repsher, one is most likely from the Newark Star-Ledger and the other from the New Jersey Herald. Both were clippings in Beatrice’s collection which I inherited.


“Mrs. G.A. Repsher Of Stanhope, 81” – Stanhope – Mrs. Anna M. Repsher of 19 Hill Road, widow of George A. Repsher, died Wednesday in Dover General Hospital. She was 81.

Mrs. Repsher was born in Port Richmond, N.Y., and had lived her 58 years.

She had retired as an employee [sic] of Dover General Handbag Co., Netcong. Mrs. Repsher was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Musconetcong Post American Legion of Stanhope, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Stanhope Fire Department and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lakeland Post of Netcong. She was also a member of the Legion of Mary of St. Michael’s Church, Netcong.  She leaves four sons, G. Arthur of Morristown, and Adam O., Robert W. and Henry A., of Stanhope; two daughters, Mrs. Beatrice Strait of Newton and Mrs. Helen Struss of Stanhope; a brother, Charles Karthaeuser of Stirling, and 21 grandchildren and 11 great great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be tomorrow from the Pichi Funeral Home, Main Street, with a Mass at the church.


“Mrs. George A. Repsher” – Mrs. Anna M. Repsher of 19 Hill Road, Stanhope, died yesterday at Dover General Hospital.  Born in Port Richmond, Staten Island, N.Y., she was 81.

The widow of George A. Repsher, she was a retired operator for the Dover Handbag Co., Stanhope. She had lived in Stanhope for the past 58 years.

She was a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion, Musconetcong Post 278, a member of the ladies auxiliary of the Stanhope Fire Department, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lakeland Post 2347, Netcong, and the Legion of Mary, St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, Netcong.

Mrs. Repsher is survived by four sons, G. Arthur of Morristown, Adam O., Robert W. and Harry A., all of Stanhope; two daughters, Mrs. Beatrice Strait of Newton and Mrs. Helen Struss of Stanhope; one brother, Charles Karthaeuser of Sterling, 21 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services will be 9:15 a.m. Saturday from the Pichi Funeral Home, Stanhope, to the St. Michael Roman Catholic Church fo [sic] a 10 a.m. requiem mass.

For an interesting story on the “brother” Charles Karthaeuser please see me post here.