Sunday’s Obituary – Robert William Wood – Died 09-June-1973

Relationship to me: husband of grand-aunt

This obituary is a newspaper clipping from my grandmother Beatrice Strait. The newspaper is unnamed and undated but it is probably from the New Jersey Herald.


“Robert Wood” – Robert W. Wood Sr., 67, of 43 Sussex St., Newton, died Saturday at home.  Mr. Wood was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and lived in Newton since 1926.  He was a member of the Newton Moose Lodge and Newton Baptist Church.  He retired three years ago, having worked in the office of Limecrest Corp. for 42 years.  He was a member of the 25-Year Club.  Surviving are his widow, Bernice; three sons, Robert Jr. and Richard, both of Newton, and Donald S. of Jacksonville, Fla.; a brother George of Edison; and 12 grandchildren.  Services will be 2 p.m. tomorrow at Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, Newton, with the Rev. Allen Davis, pastor of the Newton Baptist Church, officiating.  Burial will be in North Church Cemetery, Hamburg.  Friends may call at the funeral home today from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.


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.


“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.


“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.


“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.

Sunday’s Obituary – Clair Donald Swink – Died 10-September-2004

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

This obituary was posted September 21, 2004 and was also found online at the Pocono Record website.


Clair Swink, 70, formerly of Stroudsburg, died unexpectedly Friday, Sept. 10, at his home in Lebanon, Tenn. He was the husband of Elaine (Mery) Swink.  Born in Stroudsburg, he was the son of the late Horace Paul Swink and Mary Beatrice Heller Swink Dower. He had been employed in recent years as a truck dispatcher; and also worked for a sprinkler system firm as a purchasing agent.  A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was a member of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lebanon, Tenn. Surviving are three brothers, Lawrence Swink and his wife, Janet, of Neola, Elvin Swink and his wife, Lilah, of Stroudsburg, and Ronald Swink and his wife, Alice, of Henryville; and several nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, James Swink. Funeral services were held on Sept. 15, in Lebanon, Tenn. at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lebanon, Tenn. Friends of the congregation served as pallbearers.

Sunday’s Obituary – Bernice (Strait) Wood – Died 28-April-1979

Relationship to me: paternal great-aunt

This was undated, unsourced newspaper clipping that my grandmother saved, most likely from the New Jersey Herald.


Bernice Wood” – Bernice S. Wood, 70, of 43 Sussex St., Newton, died Saturday at Newton Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

Born in Lafayette, she lived in Newton all her life.  She was a member of the Newton Baptist Church, the Newton First Aid Squad Auxiliary and the American Association of Retired Persons. She was the widow of Robert W. Wood.

She is survived by three sons, Robert W. Jr. and Richard A. Sr., both of Newton, and Donald S. of Jacksonville, Fla.; a brother, Carl H. Strait of Andover Township; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, Newton, the Rev. Allan Davis officiating.  Interment will follow in the North Church Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m.

Sunday’s Obituary – Roberta (Ramage) Down – Died 03-February-2010

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

This obituary was published in The New Jersey Herald on February 7, 2010 and was also found online at


Roberta “Bobbie” Dowd

HAMBURG — Roberta “Bobbie” R. Dowd, 82, died after a long illness at Barn Hill Care Center in Newton on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010. Born to Samuel and Etta Ramage in Newton, she was raised in Warwick, N.Y., and lived most of her life in Hamburg.  Mrs. Dowd was a homemaker and devoted mother. In her later years, she owned and operated Bouquets By Bobbie in Sussex. She was a 50-year member of the Hamburg Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary; a member of the Lafayette Federated Church, the Hamburg Senior Citizens and the New Jersey State Floral Association; and past president and member of the Lafayette Senior Citizens. She was an active Cub Scout den mother and was also active with the Girl Scouts. Mrs. Dowd was predeceased by her husband of 30 years, Clyde B. Dowd Sr., in 1986; a son, Clyde B. Dowd Jr., in 1993; and a brother, Randy Specht, in 2002.  She was the devoted mother of Robert Dowd and his wife, Kim, of Duluth, Ga., Linda Dowd-Ward, of Hamburg, and Bonnie Lewis and her husband, Ron, of Round Hill, Va. Known by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as “Bubbie,’ Roberta was cherished by her grandchildren, Kevin, Christopher and Stephen Ward, Todd Lewis and Taylor Dowd, and her great-grandchildren, Ella, Ethan, Evan and Lia Ward and Bret Lewis.  The family will receive their friends at F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, 1 Main St., Franklin, today from 2 to 5 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Monday at the Lafayette Federated Church at 11 a.m., with interment to follow at North Hardyston Cemetery.  Memorial gifts to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Boulevard, Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852, or the Lafayette Federated Church Food Pantry, 180 Route 15, Lafayette, NJ 07848, would be appreciated.

Sunday’s Obituary – Jacob Henry Repsher – Died 14-January-1907

Relationship to me: paternal 3rd great-grandfather

Found in Repsher vertical files at the Monroe County Historical Society, Stroudsburg, PA. This obituary was among a bunch found in an old scrapbook.


Obituary – Jacob Henry – On Thursday last another veteran of the civil war, Jacob Repsher, was buried at Custard’s [St. John’s] church after having lived a long life. Every older citizen of this community knew him, for he was a frequent visitor to this town. By occupation he was a shoemaker and plied his trade until old age and failing eyesight made it impossible to continue at the bench.

Mr. Repsher had many friends. He was a genial, jovial, pleasant man and greatly enjoyed the lively chat with acquaintances. He also took for many years an active part in the political history of the county and was a staunch Democrat. He was aged about 76 years and for some time, possibly more than a year, was totally blind.

Mr. Repsher was the father of twelve sons and two daughters, most of whom, together with the aged wife and mother, survive him. They are: Emanuel J., of East Stroudsburg; John J., of Analomink; Aaron J., of Bradford county; Josiah K., of New Jersey; Samuel P., of Paradise; George A., of Stroud; William H., of Pocono; A. Stickley, of New Jersey; Furman B., of Bradford county; Charles, of Pocono, and Mary J., of Washington, N. J.