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A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains - Fanwood Thursday, August 24, 2000 Page 7

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– Obituaries – Robert E. Ancipink, 70, Architect; Local Soccer and Baseball Coach

Robert Edward Ancipink, 70, of Scotch Plains died on Saturday, August 19, at Rahway Hospital in Rahway.

Born in Jersey City, he had moved to Fanwood in 1966 and recently relocated to Scotch Plains.

Mr. Ancipink had formerly been employed as an architect By Karel Philipp, AIA in Union and by M. Alfieri Company in Iselin. He worked independently most recently.

He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1955 and his Master of Science Degree in 1957, both in architecture, from Pratt Institute in New York City.

He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

A soccer and baseball coach, Mr. Ancipink had served as President of the Scotch PlainsFanwood Soccer Association. He was also a member of the Watchung Amateur Ski Club for more than 30 years.

Mr. Ancipink was a former board member of the American Youth Hostel and volunteered his services as an architect to renovate hostels in the United States and Europe.

He sang with the Choral Arts Society of New Jersey in Westfield and was a former member of the church choir at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains.

Surviving are his wife, Patricia Coyle Ancipink of Bedminster; three sons, Mark Ancipink of San Francisco, Rob Ancipink of Remsenburg, N. Y., and Patrick Ancipink of Austin, Tex., and a grandson.

Funeral services were held yesterday, Wednesday, August 23, from

the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue in Fanwood, followed by a Mass at St. Helen’s Roman Catholic Church in Westfield. Interment took place at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.

Memorial donations may be made to the Scotch PlainsFanwood Soccer Association, care of Gordon Moser, 177 Farley Avenue, Fanwood, 07023.

August 24, 2000

Raymond F. Obrock, 88, Was Attorney For ExxonMobile Corp. for 30 Years

Raymond F. Obrock, 88, of Westfield died on Sunday, August 20, at the Masonic Home of New Jersey in Burlington.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he had lived in Bayonne for 25 years and then in Cranford before moving to Westfield.

Mr. Obrock had been an attorney for the ExxonMobile Corporation in New York City for 30 years before retiring in 1968.

He was a Master Mason of the Free and Accepted Masons Azure Lodge No. 129 in Cranford. He was also a member of the Exxon Annuitant Club and the New York University Annuitant Club, both in New York City.

He did his undergraduate studies at New York University in New York City and received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School.

He was predeceased by his wife, Emma Rose Lasko Obrock, in 1998, and by a son, Raymond Obrock, in 1950.

Surviving are a son, Frederick Obrock of Scotch Plains; a sister, Cleorah Dick of Bridgewater, and a granddaughter.

A funeral service was held at the Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Avenue in Cranford, yesterday, Wednesday, August 23. Interment took place at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Hearing Society, Inc., P. O. Box 2534, Westfield, 07091.

August 24, 2000

Lillian Pushman, 82, Sales Representative; Had Been Member of Presbyterian Church

Lillian McNeil Pushman, 82, of Bradenton, Fla., died on Friday, August 18, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

Born in Newark and raised in Caldwell, she had been a longtime resident of Westfield before moving to Florida.

Mrs. Pushman had last been employed with Burdine’s department store in Bradenton, where she worked as a sales representative for three years before retiring at the age of 80 in 1998.

She was a member of The Presbyterian Church in Westfield and the Braden River Presbyterian Church in Bradenton. Mrs. Pushman was also active with the Christian Women’s Club in Bradenton.

She was predeceased by her husband, Henry Pushman, in 1990. Surviving are a daughter, Lois Pinkin of Westfield; a son, David Pushman of Macon, Ga.; a sister, Edna Lawshe of Caldwell; five grandchildren and two greatgranddaugh ters.

A graveside service was held on Tuesday, August 22, at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Gray Funeral Home, 318 East Broad Street in Westfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Braden River Presbyterian Church, Bradenton, Fla., 34209.

August 24, 2000

Geraldine Pumo, 56

Geraldine Pumo, 56, of Scotch Plains died on Friday, August 18, at home.

Born in Owasa, Ala., she had lived in Clark for 15 years before relocating to Scotch Plains two months ago.

Mrs. Pumo was a member of Gran Centurions in Clark, the Ladies Auxiliary to the Union County Osteopathic Medical Society and St. John the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Linden.

Surviving are her husband, Jerome Pumo, Jr.; a son, Jerome F. Pumo of Hummelstown, Pa.; a daughter, Angela M. Pumo of Scotch Plains, and a grandson.

The funeral took place yesterday, Wednesday, August 23, from the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue in Fanwood. A funeral Mass followed at St. John the Apostle Church.

Entombment took place at St. Gertrude’s Cemetery in Colonia.

August 24, 2000

Stanfield S. McClure, 87, Had Served In Pacific Theater During World War II

Stanfield S. McClure, 87, of Fredericksburg, Va. died on Friday, August 18, in Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D. C.

Born, raised and educated in New York City, he had also lived in Washington, D. C. and in Arlington, Va. and Alexandria, Va. before becoming a resident of Stafford County, Va., in 1981.

Mr. McClure was an alumnus of the Dwight Preparatory School. He also graduated from New York University’s School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance in 1936.

He received his basic military training in the elite Company “K,” 107th Infantry in New York. Appointed to the Officers’ Candidate School of the regiment, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, Infantry, in the National Guard of the United States on April 1, 1937.

Mr. McClure was the first employee in the Advertising Department of the SoconyVacuum Oil (Mobil) to volunteer for military service, on October 15, 1940. During World War II, he served three years in the Central Pacific Theater, with the 165th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, New York National Guard.

He was in charge of publicity for the division during the battle of

Saipan in the Western Pacific. Following the war, Mr. McClure settled in Washington, D. C. and was selfemployed in fundraising and public relations for nonprofit organizations in the District of Columbia, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New Yor k .

He retired as a Reserve Army Lieutenant Colonel in March of 1973. Until his death, he served on the Retiree Council at Fort Meyer in Arlington, Va. and chaired the Steering Committee for the Preservation of the Seventh Regiment Armory in New York City.

Surviving are a daughter, Pamela McClure of Westfield, and his fianceé, Mary Rose Hall of Arlington.

Services will be held at the Old Chapel at Fort Meyer in Arlington on Thursday, August 31, at 9 a. m. Interment will follow at Arlington National Cemetery.

Arrangements were handled by the Demaine Funeral Home in Alexandria.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Center For Hope Hospice, 176 Hussa Street, Linden, 07036 or to the American Cancer Society.

August 24, 2000

Rudolf Geislinger, 59, Tennis Player; Placed First in Local Tournament

Rudolf Josef Geislinger, 59, of Mountainside died on Sunday, August 20, at Overlook Hospital in Summit.

Born in Mossberg, Germany, he came to the United States in 1954, settling in New Brunswick. He had also lived in Clinton for 12 years before moving to Mountainside 10 years ago.

Mr. Geislinger was employed as a controller for Mueller Electric, Inc. in Lincoln Park for the six years.

He played for 20 years in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League in Union and was a regular tennis player at the Tiger Racquet Club in West Caldwell. Mr. Geislinger took first place in men’s tennis singles at the Mountainside Centennial Tournament.

He was a United States Army veteran, serving in Germany during the 1960s.

He was a longtime member of the Farchers Grove GermanAmerican Club in Union.

Surviving are his wife, Anne Duddy Geislinger; a daughter, Meaghan Geislinger of Mountainside; a sister, Adielia St. Mermaint of Munich, Germany, and two brothers, George Geislinger of Rhode Island and Fred Geislinger of Munich.

The funeral will be held at 9 a. m. on Thursday, August 24, from the Dooley Funeral Home, 218 North Avenue in Cranford, followed by a 10 a. m. Funeral Liturgy at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Mountainside.

In lieu of flowers, memorial dona tions may be made to the Center For

Hope Hospice, 176 Hussa Street in Linden.

August 24, 2000

Linda R. Kutner, 58, Was Fundraiser For Center at University of Miami

James W. Tuttle, 62, Taught Languages; Was Interpreter During Korean Conflict

James W. Tuttle, 62, of Plainfield died on Wednesday, August 16, at home.

Born in Edison, he had lived in Fanwood for 15 years before relocating to Plainfield.

Mr. Tuttle had been an English and Russian language teacher and media services manager at Scotch PlainsFanwood High School for 30 years.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Kean College in Union.

He served as an interpreter for the Security Agency Battalion in

the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

Mr. Tuttle was a member of the New Jersey Education Association.

Surviving are a son, Kris Tuttle, and a brother, Jerry Tuttle.

Services were held on Tuesday, August 22, in the Cross of Life Lutheran Church in Plainfield.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Judkins Colonial Home in Plainfield.

August 24, 2000

Linda R. Kutner, 58, of Scotch Plains died on Friday, August 18, at home.

Born in Elizabeth, she had lived in Scotch Plains for 34 years while also maintaining a residence in Boca Raton, Fla. for 20 years.

Mrs. Kutner was a fundraiser with the Sylvester Comprehensive Center of the University of Miami for many years.

She was a member of the Sisterhood of Temple EmanuEl in Westfield.

Mrs. Kutner was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Syracuse University in New York.

Surviving are her husband, Marvin Kaplan; two sons, Jonathan Insley and Robert Kaplan; four daughters, Allison Carroll, Meredith Kutner, Deborah Kaplan and Sandra Seiden; her mother, Florence Kutner; a sister, Ann Lehr, and seven grandchildren.

Services were held on Sunday, August 20, at Temple EmanuEl.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Menorah Chapels at Millburn in Union.

Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Center, P. O. Box 016960, Miami, Fla., 331019844

August 24, 2000

Raymond E. Eckmeder, 63, Owned Florist Shop in Union for 40 Years

Raymond E. Eckmeder, 63, of Scotch Plains died on Sunday, August 20, in Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

Born in Irvington, he had lived in Union before moving to Scotch Plains 20 years ago.

Mr. Eckmeder was the proprietor of Walter the Florist, a flower shop in Union, for 40 years.

Surviving are his wife, Elaine Kaeser Eckmeder; two daughters,

Deborah Eckmeder and Katherine Posey; a son, Raymond Eckmeder; a stepdaughter, Elaine Kaeser Barbosa; a stepson, Todd C. Kaeser; two brothers, Edward Eckmeder and John Eckmeder, and three grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a. m. today, Thursday, August 24, in the Haeberle & Barth Colonial Home in Union.

August 24, 2000

Joseph Faso, 90

Joseph Faso, 90, of Belvidere died on Monday, August 21, at home.

Born in Providence Alta Villa, Sicily, he had lived in Chicago, Brooklyn, Hillsboro, Plainfield and Scotch Plains before moving to Belvidere three years ago.

Mr. Faso had been a tailor for Saks Fifth Avenue’s Fashions for Men in New York City for many years before retiring in 1975. He had previously been employed by Ladies Garment Workers Union 162 in New York City.

He served as an air raid warden during World War II and was a special police officer for the City of Plainfield in the 1950s and 1960s.

Mr. Faso was a member of the Plainfield Ski Club and the 70Plus International Ski Club.

Surviving are his wife, Alice Faso; two daughters, Catherine Pish and Rosemary McDonnell; three grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.

A Mass will be offered at 10 a. m. today, Thursday, August 24, in St. Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church in Plainfield, following the funeral from the McCriskin Home for Funerals in South Plainfield. Burial will take place in the Holy Redeemer Cemetery in South Plainfield.

August 24, 2000

Dorothy A. Phillips, 82

Dorothy A. Phillips, 82, of Scotch Plains died on Thursday, August 17, in St. Clare’s Hospital in Dover.

Born in Elizabeth, she lived in Scotch Plains for five years.

Mrs. Phillips had been a floral designer and sales consultant with the Artistic Way Floral Shop in Elizabeth for 20 years before retiring several years ago.

Surviving are three daughters, Dorothy Rubinetti, Barbara Bechtle and Joan Tuefel; three sisters, Marie Serpico, Florence Hanson and Eleanor Wolke; seven grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren.

A Mass will be offered at 9: 30 a. m. today, Thursday, August 24, in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains, following the funeral from the Walter J. Johnson Funeral Home in Clark.

August 24, 2000

Rosemary Bavosa, 75

Rosemary Cantwell Bavosa, 75, of Westfield died on Monday, August 21, at home.

Born and raised in Elizabeth, she had lived in Westfield since 1954.

Mrs. Bavosa was a homemaker. Surviving are her husband of 45 years, Angell A. Bavosa, and a son, Brian F. Bavosa of Westfield.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a. m. today, Thursday, August 24, at the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield.

Visitation will take place today at 9 a. m. at the Dooley Colonial Home, 556 Westfield Avenue in Westfield. Interment will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.

Memorial donations may be made to The Haven Hospice, care of JFK Medical Center, 56 James Street, Edison, 08818.

August 24, 2000

Janet Taylor, 89, Worked in Real Estate; Member of Westfield Art Association

Janet Stockton Taylor, 89, of Westfield died on Tuesday, July 18, at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair.

Born in Englewood on November 9, 1910, she was the daughter of John and Lynda Stockton and a descendant of Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

She had lived in Plainfield before relocating to Westfield in 1950.

Mrs. Taylor was employed in real estate in Westfield.

An artist who painted in oils, she was a member of the Westfield Art Association.

She was predeceased by her first husband, John Tennent Taylor; her

second husband, Charles DeBard Taylor, and her sister, Helen Stockton.

Surviving are three stepdaughters, Pamela Parris of Exeter, N. H., Valerie Rochat of Bernardsville and Lisa Schmid of Demarest.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a. m. on Monday, August 28, at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. The burial of both Mrs. Taylor’s and her sister Helen Stockton’s remains will take place at that time.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Gray Funeral Home, 318 East Broad Street in Westfield.

August 24, 2000

Elda Louise Eldridge, 77, Was Nurse; Army Veteran and Ambulance Driver

Elda Louise Weber Eldridge, 77, of Naples, Fla., died on Thursday, August 17, at Naples Community Hospital.

Born and raised in Irvington, she had lived in Philadelphia and in the Atlantic City area before moving to Westfield in 1951. She settled in Naples in 1983.

After studying nursing at the University of Colorado and Newark Presbyterian Hospital, Mrs. Eldridge enlisted in the United States Army, serving as a nurse in the South Pacific during World War II.

After the war, she attained a master’s degree in nursing education from the University of Pennsylvania on the GI Bill.

While living in Westfield, she participated in many volunteer activities. She was a founding teacher and Director of the St. Paul’s Church Nursery School and was an ambulance driver for the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad.

In Naples, she was an active member of the TrinitybytheCove Episcopal Church, and belonged to the Princeton Club of Southwest Florida and the Retired Officers Association.

Mrs. Eldridge actively supported the Naples Philharmonic and volunteered regularly in health care programs. She was also a volunteer at the Nature Conservancy in Naples.

She was predeceased by her husband, James Eldridge, in 1995. The couple had married in 1947.

Surviving are two sons, John Eldridge of Westfield and James Eldridge of Blue Bell, Pa.; a daughter, Mary Eldridge of Birdsboro, Pa.; a sister, Mary Steeper of Madison, Wis., and seven grandchildren.

Memorial services were held at Trinitybythe Cove Church on Tuesday, August 22. Her ashes will be interred at Trinity Oxford Church in

Walter C. Werth, 76

Walter C. Werth, 76, of Naples, Fla. died on Sunday, August 20, at home.

Born in Westmont, he had lived in Westfield, Warren and Long Beach Island before moving to Naples in 1981.

Mr. Werth had owned several businesses in New Jersey before his retirement, including Brunt and Werth, a floor covering business in Westfield.

He served in the United States Army’s 82nd Airborne Division during World War II and was a prisoner of war in Germany.

He was predeceased by his eldest son, Barry Werth.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Rita Werth, and two sons, Jeffrey Werth and Thomas Werth, both of Naples.

Arrangements were handled by The Beachwood Society, Inc. of Naples.

Interment at a cemetery for veterans will take place at a later date.

August 24, 2000

NOVENA TO ST. CLARE

Ask St. Clare for 3 favors: One Business, Two Impossible. Say 9 Hail Marys for 9 days with lighted candles. Pray, whether you believe it or not. Publish on the 9th day. May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised, adored and glorified today and every day. Request will be granted no matter how impossible it seems. Publication must be promised. – M. B.

Dr. N. Cunicella, 73

Dr. Nicholas Arthur Cunicella, 73, of Scotch Plains died on Monday, August 21, in Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield.

Born in Westfield, he had lived in Scotch Plains since 1967.

Dr. Cunicella, who maintained a Scotch Plains practice for many years, received his Doctor of Osteopathy from Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Kansas City, Mo., in 1957. He also was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree from Upsala College in East Orange in 1953.

He did an internship – rotating in Bashline Hospital in Grove City, Pa. from 1957 to 1958. Dr. Cunicella also conducted his residency in general surgery at West Side Osteopathic Hospital in York, Pa., from 1958 to 1961.

Dr. Cunicella was a surgical member at Union Hospital from 1961 to 1972. He also served as Chief of the hospital’s Surgical Department from 1964 to 1972, and was very instrumental in forming the Department of Surgery at the hospital. He was also a member of the Courtesy Staff at Union Hospital from 1973 until his death.

He was a member of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons since 1966; the American Osteopathic Association since 1958, and the American Medical Association since 1994.

Dr. Cunicella was also a physician member of the New Jersey State Law Enforcement Office.

Surviving are his wife, Ann Truppa Cunicella; a daughter, Kathleen Couch of Florida; two sons, Dr. Nicholas Arthur Cunicella, 3rd, of South Plainfield and John Cunicella of Edison, and seven grandchildren.

Visitation will take place today, Thursday, August 24, from 7 to 9 p. m. and tomorrow, Friday, August 25, from 2 to 4 p. m. and from 7 to 9 p. m. at the Dooley Colonial Home, 556 Westfield Avenue, Westfield.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9: 30 a. m. on Saturday, August 26, in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Scotch Plains Volunteer Rescue Squad, 1916 Bartle Avenue, Scotch Plains, 07076.

August 24, 2000

Philadelphia on Saturday, September 2. Memorial donations may be made to the James and Elda Eldridge Memorial, which will support various charitable causes.

Contributions may be sent to the care of Randy Long, Executive Director – The Glenview, 100 Glenview Place, Naples, Fla., 34108.

August 24, 2000

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