52 Documents in 52 Weeks #37 – William Struss’s Family Group Sheet

Helen (Repsher) Struss

Person of Interest: William and Helen Struss
Relationship: Great grandaunt and husband (Helen and my grandmother Beatrice were sisters)


Source Citation: Anna (Karthaeuser) Repsher, compiler, “Family Record of J. J. Repsher Jr. and Caroline Repsher nee Bonser,” handwritten family group sheets, Netcong, New Jersey, 1911-1970, p. 87; privately held by Jodi Lynn Strait, Tucson, Arizona, who inherited the copies of the originals from grandmother Beatrice Strait who inherited them from mother Anna Repsher who compiled them. This handwritten sheet does not offer a list of materials used and contain no specific documentation for any piece of data.


Document Description: This is a copy of a family group sheet found in Anna Repsher’s compilation of the John Joseph and wife Caroline (Bonser) Repsher’s family and descendants. It is 8 1/2 by 11″ and is regular (not college ruled) notebook paper. Copy of the compilation was passed from compiler Anna (Karthaeuser) Repsher to daughter Beatrice (Repsher) Strait to Beatrice’s granddaughter Jodi Lynn Strait. The original compilation was with Elaine Struss-Feret but upon Elaine’s death in 2016 passed to Georgana (Smith) Repsher. The original is still be updated with information obtained each year at the John J. and Caroline Repsher family reunion held each year at Weona Park in Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, on the third Sunday of July.


Document Scan/Transcription:
William Struss
William Struss born Sept 17-1906
died Aug 25-1955
son of John Struss from Germany

Helen H. Repsher (wife) born Sept 10-1911
died [blank]
daughter of George Repsher and Anna Karthaeuser

married July 2-1942

Children of marriage
1-Boy born dead Feb 15-1943
2- Elaine Marie born Sept 11-1949
weight 5 lbs 10 oz

Married in St. Michael’s church Netcong N.J. attendants William Strait Sr
and Beatrice Strait at 8 P.M. Father Lange officiating
Helen graduated from St. Michael’s Grammar School June 21-1925
Helen baptised [sic] in St. Michael’s church Sept 24-1922
Helen confirmed in St. Michael’s church June-1923

Elaine Marie Baptised [sic] Oct 9-1949 in St. Michael’s church Netcong N.J.
Sponsors Adam Repsher and Beatrice Strait at 1:30 P.M.
Father Lange Officiating

William Struss was electrocuted in Branchville working on his
job at time of big flood disaster year of 1955
Elaine Struss graduated June 15-1967 Netcong High School


Analysis: The decision on what family group sheet to share was a process. I wanted one of the 196 pages in the compilation to provide a good example of the types of things my great-grandmother included on her handwritten family group sheets. But a good genealogist doesn’t post things on the living so that knocked a lot of sheets out of contention since, without some extra research, I couldn’t guarantee that all the children listed with the family were deceased. Also, there were some considerations with the notations that talked about children born out of wedlock or adopted either into or out of the family. Some of that information might not be common knowledge within the family.

Even though there’s no death date filled in for Helen Repsher, she did pass away on 23 December 1990.[1] And the same holds true with Helen’s daughter Elaine who recently passed away on 07 December 2016.[2] As such, this sheet was a safe pick for the blog.

An examination of the handwriting on this page shows that the same person recorded all the information on the sheet. An examination of the ink also shows that all the information on the sheet was recorded at the same time. There is no variation in script or ink. Since William Struss died in 1955 and Elaine was recorded as graduating in 1967, I suspect that my great grandmother, Anna (Karthaeuser) Repsher sat down to record all of this information between 1967 and her death in September of 1970. There is also a very real possibility that some of the information was copied at that time into this compilation since a notation on the first page indicates that it was “started Jan 20th, 1911.” It makes me suspect that someone has another Repsher family compilation even older than this one.

Anna was pretty consistent in the format of all her family group sheets. She started with the name of the family (father) as the first line of the sheet. At the top, she then recorded the applicable information about the father (birth, death, parents) and the mother (birth, death, parents) and right after that their marriage date. Following the marriage date were the children from the marriage or a notation that there were no children. Sometimes, if the children were married, spouses were noted. If the children were multiples (twins) that is noted. The bottom half of the sheet was reserved for additional information like baptisms, schooling, marriage details, etc.

I like this page because it has a lot of little notations that help to fill out family of William Struss. We learn that William and Helen were married in Netcong, New Jersey, in the evening at 8 pm by Father Lange at St. Michael’s Church. They were attended by Helen’s sister Beatrice and her husband William Strait. We learn the Helen graduated in 1925 from grammar school, baptized in 1922 (eleven years after her birth), and confirmed in 1923. We learn that their daughter Elaine was born in 1949 and baptized that same year. We learn that the family suffered losses when William and Helen had to bury a stillborn son in 1943 and when William was tragically killed while on the job in 1955. We learn their daughter Elaine graduated from high school in Netcong in June of 1967. We learn that there was a big flood in 1955. We even learn the tiniest detail that Elaine weighed 5 pounds and 10 ounces when she was born.

The thing I don’t like about the sheet (and the compilation in general) is that it’s completely unsourced. Anna may have been present her granddaughter Elaine’s birth but I’m pretty sure that she didn’t participate in William Struss’s birth in 1906 in Germany. Each sheet in this compilation must be examined carefully and each piece of information analyzed. She also does not normally record the birth or death places. Occasionally, a marriage place is recorded.

This is an authored work even though it is unpublished. Anna presents all the information in a unique format that no one else has done. She chose how to present it and what to include. It is a hybrid of both primary, secondary and undetermined information. Anna would know the birth dates of her children and her marriage date but items around her parents, in-laws, and extended family would come from other sources. The evidence is varied in that, depending on the research question, it could be direct (explicit), indirect (not explicit) or even negative.

CONCLUSION

This family group sheet provides a wonderful jumping off point for research into William Struss’s family. Since it is unsourced, I consider the information found within it “clues” about where to go look for original documents and primary information. Next steps would involve locating a marriage record for William and Helen, searching for a death record for William Struss, digging up church records for everyone listed, ferreting out information about a great flood in 1955, and finding newspaper articles about William’s accident. When looking at family group sheets, whether handwritten like this one or a pre-printed form that’s been filled in or typed up, the good genealogist will evaluate both the reliability of the recorder and the information found within. This is a case of trust my great grandmother but verify!


[1] “Helen Struss,” obituary, newspaper clipping, 25 December 1990 (penned), unidentified newspaper [most likely the New Jersey Herald]; Strait family newspaper clipping, privately held by Jodi Lynn Strait, Tucson, Arizona, 2017.  Inherited in 2010 by Ms. Strait from her grandmother Beatrice (Repsher) Strait Guirreri of Newton, New Jersey.
[2] Elaine M. Struss-Feret Memory Card, 2016; privately held by Jodi Lynn Strait, Tucson, AZ 85757, 2017.  Elaine M. Struss-Feret paper memory card created by Morgan Funeral Home in Netcong, New Jersey, for funeral services. Lists full birth and death dates.

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Sunday’s Obituary – Adam Otto Repsher – Died 29-April-2004

Relationship to me: paternal great uncle

Since this was my grandmother’s brother, she clipped a couple of obituaries from newspapers for Adam Repsher. One comes from the Star-Ledger and the other, a death notice, is from an unnamed newspaper.

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“Adam O. Repsher, 87, WWII veteran, Hercules retiree, Legion commander” – Adam O. Repsher, 87, of Stanhope died yesterday in Saint Clare’s Hospital, Denville.

A Mass will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Michael’s Church, Netcong, after the funeral from the Morgan Funeral Home, 31-33 Main St., Netcong.

Mr. Repsher was a dynamite packer with Hercules Inc. in Kenvil, where he worked for 40 years before retiring in 1978. He was a member of the Hercules Retirees Breakfast Club.

An Army veteran of World War II, he served in the Pacific Theatre.

Mr. Repsher was a life member and past commander of the American Legion Musconetcong Post 278, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Lakeland Post 2347 and the Disabled American Veterans Mino Brice Chapter 63, Dover.  He was past commander of the Sussex County American Legion, past vice commander of the New Jersey American Legion and served on the American Legion Children and Youth Committee Department of New Jersey.  He also served as a finance officer with the Netcong-Stanhope American Legion Ambulance Squad.

He was an exempt fireman with the Stanhope Fire Company, a life member of the New Jersey State Fireman’s Association and a member of the Sussex County Shade Tree Commission.Mr. Repsher served as a Democratic committeeman and was a past grand knight of the St. Michael’s Knights of Columbus Council, Netcong.Born in Stanhope, he lived in Netcong for many years before moving back to Stanhope.

Surviving are Catherine, his wife of 61 years; sons, Jeffery, Michael and John; a daughter, Ann Moyer, a sister Beatrice Guierrie [sic, should be Guirreri], and four grandchildren. screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-5-21-30-pm

“Repsher” – Adam O., of Stanhope, N.J., age 87, on Thursday, April 29, 2004, husband of Catherine, father of Jeffrey of Sparks, Nev., Michael of Charlestown, N.H., John of Bradford, Vt., and Ann Moyer of Mount Bethel, Pa., brother of Beatrice Guierrie [sic, should be Guirreri] of Newton, N.J., grandfather to Leah Wilson of Sausalito, Calif., Jason Repsher of Reno, Nev., Adam Moyer of Mount Bethel, Pa., and Carrie Moyer of Phillipsburg, N.J. Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 3, at 8:30 a.m. from the MORGAN FUNERAL HOME, 31-33 Main St., Netcong, to a Liturgy of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. at St. Michael’s Church in Netcong.  Interment to follow at Stanhope Union Cemetery.  Visiting hours are Sunday, May 2, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

Sunday’s Obituary – Stanley J. Feret – Died 28-November-2001

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

I have two clippings for Stanley J. Feret, both of which came from Beatrice Strait’s collection. They are undated and unnamed newspapers.

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“Stanley Feret” – Services for Stanley J. Feret, 54, of Whippany will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Bradley-Braviak Funeral Home, 49 Whippany Rd., Whippany.  Mr. Feret, who died Wednesday in Morristown Memorial Hospital, was a technician with Lucent Technologies in Morris Plains for 33 years before retiring last year.  He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron No. 155 of Whippany and the National Rifle Association and assistant secretary of the Morris County Women’s Bowling Association.  Born in Newark, he lived in Irvington before moving to Whippany 27 years ago.  Surviving are his wife, Elaine; a son, Greg, and a brother, Thomas.

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“Feret” – Stanley J., of Whippany, on Nov. 28, beloved husband of Elaine (nee Struss), father of Greg and his wife, Tracie, of Whippany, brother of Thomas of Verona, also survived by his former wife Patricia Lombardi of Hackettstown, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.  A funeral service will be held at The BRADLEY-BRAVIAK FUNERAL HOME, 49 Whippany Rd., Whippany, on Monday Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.  Friends may visit on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute in his memory to the Cedar Knolls Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 511, Cedar Knolls, N.J. 07927.

52 Documents in 52 Weeks #35 – Jodi Lynn Strait’s Scrapbook

Person of Interest: Jodi Lynn Strait
Relationship: Me!


Source Citation: Newton Steamer Co. No. 1 page, in Jodi Lynn Strait Scrapbook, 2003-2012; privately held by Miss Strait, Tucson, Arizona, 2017. This scrapbook was created by Jodi Lynn Strait in the early 2000s. It contains hand-crafted (not digital) and embellished pages related to Miss Strait, parents, paternal and maternal grandparents, and paternal great-grandparents.


Document Description: This is one page out of a multi-page album that has no page numbers. This particular page highlights my Dad’s service in the Newton Fire Department Steamer No. 1 company. It has two photos, a fire truck embellishment, descriptions, photo caption, and some cropped photos. The page is 12 x12 inch in dimension and on heavy grey cardstock.


Background on scrapbooking: Over the centuries, scrapbooking has been a popular hobby. Scrapbooks can contain all sorts of things: photos, newspaper clippings, locks of hair, drawings, post cards, personal letters, genealogy tidbits, handwritten notations, greeting cards, ephemera, clues to things like religious affiliations, occupations, and memberships, and much more.

This century, the popularity of scrapbooking hit its peak in 2004 right before the economic downturn[1] caused people to spend less of their disposable income on hobbies. Paper scrapbooking, incorporating expensive papers and embellishments, became less popular as digital scrapbooking became more available.

I have photos in my files of an early 19th century scrapbook prepared on my ex-husband’s Normandin family. The page below was created by a Normandin family member and commemorates the marriage and children of Eugenie St. Hilaire and Zepherin Normandin.[2] Their pictures are at the center of the page. The hand-colored, drawn pink ribbon around the couple’s photos tells the names of their children and provides their birth dates and sometimes death dates. There is gold embellishment/ink and little nails are drawn to “hold” the ribbon onto the page.

A page from the Normandin scrapbook

Another scrapbook in the family was my Aunt Sadie’s Shirley Temple Scrapbook that her mother (my grandmother) Beatrice Irene (Repsher) Strait used to collect all the cards and gift tags that Mercedes was sent. I used this scrapbook as last year’s Sepia Saturday project.[3] Unfortunately, the paper within the scrapbook was not archival quality; it was literally flaking apart every time it was touched, moved, or opened. As such, I chose to take the items off of the pages, scan them, and store them in archival files. But first, I made sure to photograph  the whole album in it’s entirety to preserve the layout of the original and to preserve all the handwritten notations on the pages that were lost with the removal of the items.

A page from Mercedes Strait’s Shirley Temple Scrapbook

You can see the difference between the two pages with regards to content. The Normandin scrapbook is more of a genealogical record and my aunt’s is more of a memorial of things sent to Aunt Sadie. Even with the differences in content that can happen between various scrapbooks, searching them out can be worth the time and effort.


Document Scan/Transcription:
Newton Steamer Company #1
My father, William Charles Strait, Jr. served in the Newton Fire Department from around 1968 to 1980. He trained for service at the County Homestead where there was a school. The fire he remembers most was the fire that completely burned the Williams and Hibler Lumberyard and 2 neighboring houses in August 1970. Twenty companies responded to that fire. When he first joined, there were a lot of out of town fires since Newton FD covered a large area. This gradually decreased as the outlying areas got their own engines and equipment. Barn fires were common and tricky to put out.

Right: Bill drives the team pulling the antique engine used in town parades.

[Caption for group photo] Bottom Row, Left to Right: Jim Mills, Frank Sisco, Chester Zucowski, Don Lance, Chief John Garrigan, George Bird, Jr., Earl Decker, George Danley, Clarence Danley
Middle Row, Left to Right: Charly Gorkey, William Strait, “Chip” Odgen, Craig Bough, Ronnie Van Hise, Jack Blauvelt, Edmund Zucowski, Jr., Everett “Buddy” Sisco
Top Row, Left to Right: Bob Elchin, Billy Wagner, Parker “Parky” Pearson, Jack Coates, Jimmy Scabet, Ed Kragowski, Kurt DeGroat, Mr. Pelt, Dave “Roach” DeGroat


Analysis: Scrapbooking really goes hand-in-hand with genealogy. Both are a way for someone to get the story of their family into a form for others to understand or view. Scrapbooking is a visually pleasing way to do that. I used this scrapbook to gather the stories, interests, photos, and artifacts of my family into one place.

While putting the pages in the scrapbook together, I tried to pull in a lot of little details relating to the person or topic. For example, on the Steamer Company #1 page the cut outs of the badges and wool patches are actual scans (not to size) of my father’s artifacts. The group photo includes him in the uniform he wore while serving with the Steamer Company #1. I asked him about the fires he fought and incorporated that into the short narrative. The other photo shows him driving the team used to pull the antique fire engine that was used in the town parades.

On a page for my maternal grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary,[4] I have incorporated a copy of their original marriage license on a tag tied to their picture with gold thread, a photograph and corresponding newspaper article that ran in the local paper, and their marriage and 50th anniversary dates.

On a page for my paternal grandmother,[5] I tried to simulate the look of a 1920s greeting card since that’s about when the pictures displayed on the page were taken. The purple is reminiscent of her love of violets and the flowers resemble those. I included a short biography of her along with a picture of her with her parents, George and Anna Repsher. This largest photo is a school photo.

On a page for my paternal grandfather,[6] I wanted to give the viewer a feel for the sort of man my grandfather grew up to be. He was an oak tree of a man; very tall, massive hands, and stoic. A short biography is included at the bottom left. A bittersweet photo of him standing in the graveyard next to his father’s tombstone shows how young he was when he lost his father. The photo of him in winter clothes gives a feel for the types of buildings and country he experienced as a boy. The focal point of the page is a school photo.

The scrapbook from which the Steamer Company #1 page came from is an authored work. It is a unique creation based on how and what I chose to incorporate into each page. The information found on the page is a mixture of both primary (firsthand) and secondary information. My dad knew what fires he fought and shared his recollections with me. The caption on the group photo is secondary in that I’m taking my father’s word for who each person was in the fire department at the time. The evidence is indirect for the research question, “Did Bill Strait of Sussex County, Newton, New Jersey, serve in Steamer Company #1 in Newton during the 1970s and 1980s?” Yes, the page implies that he served but there is nothing directly connecting Bill to the Steamer Company, no roster or roll from the fire department is present.

Scrapbooks, like family bibles, can be anywhere. I’ve found them with family members, in historical societies, in libraries and archives, and sometimes on-line. Be creative in where you think to look for these!

CONCLUSION

Scrapbooks can run the gamut from being just of a collection of newspaper articles to being very artistic with fancy embellishments and artwork. Some are chockfull of genealogical information. Since they are usually kept with the family or the person who create them, scrapbooks can be hard to find but worth the effort to ferret out.


[1] http://scrapbooking.lovetoknow.com/Scrapbooking_Industry_Statistics
[2] Zephirin Normandin and Eugenie St. Hilaire, marriage page with portrait of the couple, in Marie Elmire Normandin Scrapbook, ca. 1850-1920; privately held by Mrs. Evelyn Worth, Penn Yan, Pennslyvania, 2011.
[3] Mercedes Strait’s Shirley Temple Scrapbook, pink bunny card page, 1936-1945; privately held by Jodi Lynn Strait, Tucson, Arizona, 2017. Original scrapbook exists only in digital format now. Individual items were removed and stored in archival folders.
[4] Westra’s 50th anniversary page, in Jodi Lynn Strait Scrapbook, 2003-2012; privately held by Miss Strait, Tucson, Arizona, 2017.
[5] Beatrice Repsher’s violet page, in Jodi Lynn Strait Scrapbook, 2003-2012; privately held by Miss Strait, Tucson, Arizona, 2017.
[6] William Strait’s acorn page, in Jodi Lynn Strait Scrapbook, 2003-2012; privately held by Miss Strait, Tucson, Arizona, 2017.

52 Documents in 52 Weeks #34 – Henry McMahon’s Burial Plot

Person of Interest: Henry McMahon
Relationship: Brother-in-law of my 1st great grand uncle


Source Citation: Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, “Catholic Cemeteries,” database, Catholic Cemeteries: Archdiocese of Newark (http://www.rcancem.org/find-a-loved-one-search/ : accessed 14 January 2012), Henry McMahon (1942).


Document Description: The word “document” is used here very loosely. The search for Henry McMahon on this website (www.rcancem.org) yields two results, one of which is for the Gate of Heaven cemetery. Clicking on that particular entry brings up a nice screen that has his burial date, plot, and a google map showing were he is in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery located at 225 Ridgedale Ave, East Hanover, New Jersey. I screen clipped this and saved it as the document. This source is really a cemetery database. Surprise! Not every grave listing is on FindAGrave or BillionGraves. I happened to find this particular database when I read a blurb in the New Jersey Genealogy Society newsletter about the work that the Archdiocese of Newark was doing in getting these listings online.


mcmahon-henry-plot-locationDocument Scan and Transcription:
CATHOLIC CEMETERIES
A ministry of the Archdiocese of Newark
Henry McMahon
Henry McMahon was buried on 05/18/1942 at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Sec-38 Blk-B Tr-K Gr-51 1A.
[google.map here, with location pinned, in satellite view]


screen-shot-2016-12-16-at-3-58-01-pmAnalysis: I had a clue on where to look for Henry’s burial place. In my great-grandmother’s family group sheet binder, she made a note about Henry’s death. Henry is a brother to Margaret who married one of my great grand uncles, Lewis Allen Repsher.[1] I wasn’t actively researching his branch of the family but it was nice happenstance when I read the  blurb about the database. The Archdiocese of Newark is still adding to it. They have a note stating that it’s updated daily and that work is being done to add new cemeteries. screen-shot-2016-12-17-at-11-18-20-am

They also specifically state in this notice that “If you have questions or need additional information concerning individual records, we suggest you contact the cemetery directly to discuss your findings.”

This is a database and as such makes this record a derivative record source. This means the original record has been transformed in some way. In this case, the Archdiocese of Newark has taken the original records, transcribed them, combine them with other catholic cemetery records, indexed them and made them searchable. It looks nothing like the original (whatever form that is, we don’t know) and is subject to errors of transcription or omission. You are relying on the person updating the records to be accurate and diligent during in their entry.

It is primary information in that this comes from the cemetery that buried Henry. Someone was there to witness the hole digging, collect the fee for the burial, erect the gravestone (if there’s one), cover him up, and record where they planted him.

It is direct evidence in that it answers quite explicitly the research question, “When and where was Henry McMahon of New Jersey buried?” It’s indirect in that it somewhat answers the question, “When did Henry McMahon of New Jersey die?” We can answer it with “sometime before the 18th of May in 1942” but that’s all we can say. We need other evidence to combine with this in order to find out a more specific death date.

CONCLUSION

This “document” is more than sufficient for entering Henry McMahon into my family tree. He’s on a collateral branch and not a research focus for me at this time. However, this is definitely an interim research step. I would need to either contact the Gate of Heaven cemetery directly, as recommended by the Archdiocese of Newark who maintains the database, for their detail or make a trip to (or have someone else) go take a picture of the tombstone. Databases that don’t have original images attached are a stepping stone to finding the original records and digging deeper into your person of interest.


[1] Anna (Karthaeuser) Repsher, compiler, “Family Record of J. J. Repsher Jr. and Caroline Repsher nee Bonser”; (Handwritten family group sheets, Netcong, New Jersey, 1911-1970), p. 77; privately held by held by Jodi Lynn Strait, Tucson, AZ, 2017.

Sunday’s Obituary – John J. Repsher – Died 28-January-1913

Relationship to me: paternal 2nd great-grandfather

This obituary was found in Repsher vertical files at the Monroe County Historical Society, Stroudsburg, PA. The source of the newspaper was not indicated.

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Obituary – John J. Repsher – John J. Repsher died at his home at Analomink on Tuesday morning about 2 o’clock at the age of 56 years, 6 months and 25 days. He is survived by his widow and the following twelve children:  George, John, Robert, William, Lillian, and Jennie Repsher, of Analomink; Lewis Repsher, of Stanhope, N.J.; Mrs. William Hines, of Pocono Summit; Mrs. Lewis Staples, of East Stroudsburg; Mrs. Frank Berry and James Repsher of this town; Mrs. Harry Sharbaugh, of Factoryville.  He is also survived by six brothers and one sister, Manuel Repsher, of East Stroudsburg; Samuel Repsher, Bartonsville; Gearge [sic] Repsher, this town; Josiah Repsher, Mt. Pocono; Herman Repsher, Black Walnut; Armond Repsher and Mrs. Andrew LaBar, of New Jersey. The funeral services will be announced later.

 

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.

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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.