Sunday’s Obituary – Audrey (Hunt) Strait – Died 07-February-1970

Relationship to me: Great grandmother

This clipping for Audrey (Hunt) Strait was found in the vertical files of the Sussex County Historical Society in Newton, New Jersey.


“Mrs. Ora Strait” – Funeral services for Mrs. Audrey R. Strait of 44 Pine St., Newton, were conducted yesterday (Saturday) afternoon at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton, with the Rev. Allan Davis, pastor of the Newton First Baptist Church, officiating.  Interment followed in North Church Cemetery.  Mrs. Strait, 81, died Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bernice Wood of Newton, after a brief illness.  Born in Branchville, she lived in Newton all of her life.  Mrs. Strait was a member of the Newton First Baptist Church and had been the former organist of the church.  She was the widow of Ora S. Strait who died in 1918.  In addition to her daughter, she leaves a son, Carl of Andover; eight grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-5-57-21-pmAnother clipping was in the possession of my grandmother Beatrice Strait (Audrey’s daughter-in-law) from an unnamed newspaper.

“Mrs. Ora Strait” – Newton – Mrs. Audrey Hunt Strait of 44 Pine St., widow of Ora Strait, died yesterday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bernice Wood at 43 Sussex St.  She was 81.   Mrs. Strait was born in Branchville and lived here most of her life.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Newton and a former organist at the church.  She leaves also a son, Carl of Andover;  eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.  Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Smith McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St.


Sunday’s Obituary – Orville D. Strait – Died 03-April-1908

Relationship to me: Great grand uncle

Orville D. Strait has a published obituary and a published death notice.

The obituary was published in the Sussex (New Jersey) Independent, 10 April 1908.

STRAIT Orville D 2Orville D. Strait” – Orville D. Strait, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira W. Strait, of Hamburg, died at his home near Beaver Run Friday last, aged twenty-five years, one month and nine days.  Besides his parents he is survived by a wife and one child; four brothers, Ora S., of Beaver Run; Asa, of Hamburg; Adam and Ward, at home, and two sisters, Mrs. Isaac Jennings, of Hamburg, and Mary, at home.  Funeral services were held at the Hamburg Baptist Church Monday afternoon at 1 o’clock, Rev. D. M. Lennox officiating, assisted by Rev. J. K. Baillie.

The death notice was much shorter, published in the New Jersey Herald, 16 April 1908

strait-orville-d“STRAIT” – April 3, at Beaver Run.  Orville D. Strait, aged 25 years.



Sunday’s Obituary – Donald Strait Wood – Died 11-Februay-1984

Relationship to me: 1st cousin, 1x removed

Donald Strait Wood’s obituary was printed in an unnamed newspaper on February 13, 1984. This is a clipping my grandmother Beatrice Strait had in her collection.

wood-donald-strait“Donald Wood” – Donald Strait Wood, 52, of Jacksonville, Florida, died Saturday after a long illness at the Methodist Hospital Hospice in Jacksonville.  He was born in Newton and moved to Florida 30 years ago, where he owned and operated his own sheet metal business.  He is survived by his wife, Beverly; four sons, Donald of Reno, Nev., James, Mark and Scott, all of Daytona, Fla.; four daughters, Susan Ferguson of Daytona, Linda Bowles, Kathleen and Patricia Wood, all of Jacksonville; two brothers, Richard of Newton, and Robert of Guilford, Me.; and eight grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday in Jacksonvil-”  [clipping ends here]

Sunday’s Obituary – Stella T. (Lencewicz) Repsher – Died 21-January-2012

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

Stella T. Repsher’s obituary appeared online January 23, 2012 in the Daily Record.

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-5-43-31-pmStella T. Repsher

AGE: 92 • Netcong

Stella T. Repsher died Saturday, January 21, 2012 at St. Clare’s Hospital/Denville. She was 92. Born in Great Meadows, she lived in Stanhope for 40 years before moving to Netcong in 1989. Mrs. Repsher was a clerk at A&P in Netcong for 15 years before retiring in 1980. She was a parishioner of St. Michael’s Church in Netcong.

She was predeceased by her husband Bernard, and her daughter Gail. She is survived by two children: Rich of Stewartsville and Margaret Stromberg of Stanhope; & her granddaughter Dawn Marie Repsher.

Funeral services will be held from Morgan Funeral Home, 31Main St, Netcong ( on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. to a funeral Mass at St. Michael’s Church, Netcong at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Stanhope Union Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4:00 – 8:00 pm only.

Sunday’s Obituary – Gary H. Westra – Died 02-November-2013

Relationship to me: Maternal 1st cousin

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-2-36-21-pmGARY H. WESTRA – FREDON – Gary H. Westra, 63, of Fredon Township, died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at home.

Born in Newton, Gary lived in Miami, Fla., and Washington, D.C., before moving to Fredon Township in 1996. He was a 1968 graduate of Newton High School, where he played varsity football. Gary was a United States Navy veteran, serving in Vietnam. While in the Navy, his training included UDT (underwater demolition training) and Navy Seal training. Gary was a self-employed contractor. He enjoyed sailing and was a crew member of the Pride of Baltimore. A member of ABATE and Rolling Thunder, Gary was a former Elder and member of the First Presbyterian Church in Newton.

Gary was predeceased by his father, John Westra, on Jan. 11, 1992. He is survived by his wife, Susan (Pitek), whom he married in 1996; his mother, Marjorie (Rude) Westra, of Penrose, N.C.; and his siblings, Sharon Sutton, of Stillwater, Kevin Westra, of Canton, Ga., and Susan Clouser, of Talbott, Tenn.; as well as his aunts, nieces and nephews.

A memorial viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital , 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Online condolences may be offered at

Published in the New Jersey Herald on Nov. 5, 2013; digital copy found on (

Sunday’s Obituary – Robert F. Kindrew – Died 02-June-2006

Relationship to me: 1st cousin, 2 times removed

Robert F. Kindrew’s obituary was posted online June, 4, 2006 in the Pocono Record.


Robert F. Kindrew 

Robert F. Kindrew, 85, of Stroudsburg died on Friday, June 2, at Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg. He was the husband of Evelyn E. Ace Kindrew; they were married on July 13, 1946, and would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary next month.

Robert was born May 16, 1921, in East Stroudsburg, the son of the late Edward and Lillian Repsher Kindrew. He was a lifetime resident of Monroe County.

He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during World War II and receiving the Bronze Star.

Robert is a member of the East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars in East Stroudsburg, the Loyal Order of the Moose in Stroud Township, and the Timberwolf Association #356 Field Artillery.

He was a lifetime mechanic and owned and operated Kindrew’s Mobil Gas Station on the corners of Prospect and Ridgeway streets in East Stroudsburg for many years. After that he worked for D.G. Nicholas Auto Parts for several years. He also worked part-time at the Moose Lodge in Stroud Township for 20 years.

In addition to is wife, he is survived by his son, Randy R. and his wife, Rose, of Stroudsburg; his granddaughter, Mary Kindrew of Stroudsburg; his grandson, Robert Kindrew of Stroudsburg; two brothers, Ralph Kindrew of Lancaster and James Kindrew and his wife, Ruth, of Palmerton; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Charles and his sisters Elizabeth and Dorothy.

He loved his grandchildren and never missed their sporting events. He supported them in everything they did.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 7, at the Joseph J. Pula Funeral Home, 23 North Ninth St., Stroudsburg, with Rev Edward C. Kimes officiating.

Military interment will follow in the Prospect Cemetery, East Stroudsburg. There will be a viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 212 East Broad St., Bethlehem, PA 18018.

Sunday’s Obituary – Helen (Repsher) Struss – Died 23-December-1990

Relationship to me: Paternal grand aunt

Helen (Repsher) Struss‘ obituary appeared December 1990, most likely the New Jersey Herald. This is a clipping her sister Beatrice owned.


“Helen Struss” – Stanhope – Helen R. Struss, 79, died Saturday at Dover General Hospital Medical Center.  Mrs. Struss was born in Annalomick, Pa., and had lived in Stanhope for the past 77 years.  She was a homemaker and a member of St. Michael’s R.C. Church in Netcong.

Mrs. Struss was also a member of the American Association of Retired Persons Chapter 44 of Newton.  She was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Firemen of the State of New Jersey; a life member of Musconetcong Unit No. 278  of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary; and of the Ladies Auxiliary of Stanhope Hose Company No. 1.

Mrs. Struss is survived by her daughter Elaine of Stanhope; three brothers, George Repsher of Budd Lake, Adam Repsher of Stanhope and Henry Repsher of Phoenix, Ariz.; one sister, Beatrice Guerreri of Newton and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband, William, who died in 1955.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 8:30 a.m. from the Pichi Funeral Home, 105 Main St., Stanhope, to St. Michael’s R.C. Church in Netcong, where a Liturgy of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m.

Interment will be in Stanhope Union Cemetery in Mt. Olive Township.

Friends may visit Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Stanhope-Netcong American Legion Ambulance Squad, P.O. Box 167, Stanhope, 07874.