– Obituaries – Alva D. Higgins, Longtime Nurse; Volunteered With Support Groups
Alva Denton MacDonald Higgins of Pittstown died on Wednesday, December 16, at her home.
Born in Union, the daughter of Arthur and Myrtle MacDonald, she was descended from an original Charterer of Elizabethtown. She graduated in 1955 from the Presbyterian School of Nursing in Newark before embarking on a nursing career which lasted 43 years.
Mrs. Higgins had served on the staffs of several hospitals, and also worked
for several years as Director of Resident Care for the Society of Friends’ life care community near Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. She completed her career as an employee health nurse at Prudential in South Plainfield.
Mrs. Higgins attended graduate school at Rutgers University, as well as at Immaculata and Wilmington colleges.
Although disabled for the past two years, Mrs. Higgins volunteered with two support groups at Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Township, including “Partners in Healing” and “Chemocare.”
She was a member of the Alumni Association of Presbyterian Hospital, the American Nursing Association and American Brain Tumor Society.
Mrs. Higgins was additionally a member of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Pittstown and a supporting member of the Blue Army Shrine in Washington, Warren County.
She was predeceased by a sister, Patricia Kuran, the first woman Mayor of Fanwood.
Surviving are her husband of 42 years, Vincent P. Higgins, originally of South Amboy; two sons, Vincent Paul Higgins, 3rd of Marietta, Georgia and John Arthur Higgins of Washington; two daughters, Tracey Kathleen Higgins and Amy Margaret Higgins, both of Tewksbury; her parents, Myrtle and Arthur MacDonald of Westfield; a sister, Mrs. Thomas Horan of Tucson, Arizona, and six grandchildren.
Services were held on Saturday, December 19, at the Martin Funeral Home in Clinton. Interment was to be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Center at Hunterdon Medical Center, 2100 Westcott Drive, Flemington, 08822.
December 24, 1998
Paul Schaaf, Jr., 74, Mechanical Engineer; Army Veteran and Former Sales Executive
Paul H. Schaaf, Jr., 74, of Mountainside died on Tuesday, December 15, in Overlook Hospital in Summit.
Born in Newark, Mr. Schaaf had lived in Irvington before moving to Mountainside 45 years ago.
He had been a self-employed mechanical engineer in the Mountainside area for 20 years.
Mr. Schaaf had previously been Vice President of Sales for Pyro Plastics, Inc. in Union, where he had worked for 27 years.
He graduated in 1949 from the
Dr. Peter Carosella, 37, Gastroenterologist Had Served Several Local Hospitals
Dr. Peter J. Carosella, 37, of Scotch Plains died on Wednesday, December 16, in Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.
Born in The Bronx, he had lived in Bloomfield and in Dumont before moving to Scotch Plains four years ago.
Dr. Carosella was an attending physician at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Union Hospital, Rahway Hospital and Elizabeth General Medical Center from 1993 to 1997.
He graduated from Rutgers University in Newark with a degree in biology in 1983, and received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1988.
He became board certified in internal medicine in 1992, and in gastroenterology the following year. Dr. Carosella completed his gastroenterology fellowship in 1993.
He had been Chief Resident at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center from 1990 to 1991.
Dr. Carosella was a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the American College of Gastroenterology, the New Jersey Medical Society, the Union County Medical Association, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.
Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth
Madeleine Naething, 99, CSH Supporter; Figure on Golf Circuit During 1920s-’30s
Madeleine Louise Naething, 99, of Westfield died on Friday, December 18, in Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield.
Born in England on May 25, 1899, she had moved to Bayonne at age nine. She settled in Westfield in 1914.
Mrs. Naething played on the golf circuit during the 1920s and 1930s with Babe Didrikson Zaharias, the
first female golf professional. She had been a fundraiser for Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside for 35 years before retiring in 1975.
Mrs. Naething was a member of the altar guild of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield, the Woman’s Exchange, and the Ladies Professional Golf Association. She also was a volunteer at the Westfield Day Care Center for 15 years.
She was predeceased by her husband, Herman Emile Naething in 1969, and her daughter, Mary Louise Buehler, in 1990.
Surviving are two sons, Arthur Naething of Westfield and Robert Naething of Benbrook, Texas; eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Monday, December 21, at the Gray Funeral Home, 318 East Broad Street in Westfield. Internment took place at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Box E, 1275 York Avenue, New York, 10021.
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Newark College of Engineering. He was a United States Army veteran of World War II and served in the Pacific.
Surviving are his wife, Lauretta A. Schaaf; a son, Steven P. Schaaf; two daughters, Susan O’Brien and Mary Ellen Lerner, and seven grandchildren.
A Mass was offered on Saturday, December 19, in Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Mountainside. The funeral was from Smith and Smith (Suburban) in Springfield.
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Carosella; his parents, Peter and Marie Carosella, and a sister, Lynn Carosella.
A Funeral Mass was offered on Monday, December 21, in St. Raphael’s Church in Livingston.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home in Livingston.
December 24, 1998
Jessie Smallwood, 56, Was Specialist In Infection Control and Detection
Jessie R. Smallwood, 56, of West Orange died on Thursday, December 17, at home.
Born in Newport News, Virginia, she had lived in Newark and in Scotch Plains before moving to West Orange nine years ago.
Mrs. Smallwood was employed by University Hospital in Newark for 27 years, first as a medical technologist and, for the past 17 years, as a practitioner in infection control and prevention.
Her responsibilities in the latter capacity included conducting programs for detection, recording, analysis and reporting of hospital-acquired and other infectious diseases at the hospital’s 530-bed acute care facility, New Jersey Trauma Center, National Tuberculosis Center, the New Jersey Dental School and The Stone Center. She prepared monthly reports on infection for the entire hospital.
Mrs. Smallwood served as Acting Director for infection control in 1988 and 1989, and also helped develop infection control procedures which she taught to staff members.
Prior to joining the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, she had been a medical technologist in the immunology and hematology departments at Seton Hall University Medical School and at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.
Mrs. Smallwood was awarded a bachelor’s degree in community and
health education from Jersey City State College, a medical technology diploma from Lyons Institute for Medical Technologies in Newark, and several state and national professional certifications, including state board certification in infection control in 1992.
Mrs. Smallwood was a member of the Association for Practitioners in Infection Control, North New Jersey Chapter; the New Jersey Public Health Association, the Union County Coalition for Healthcare and Prevention, and the Minority Health Council at University Hospital.
She was also a member of the Women of Trinity St. Phillips Cathedral and President of the St. Ann’s Guild, a cathedral affiliate.
Surviving are two sons, Kevin Smallwood and Gregory Smallwood; her parents, Emmett and Sarah Reynolds; a sister, Joan F. Henderson, and three brothers, Emmett Reynolds, Jr., Marion Reynolds and Alonzo Reynolds, and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Monday, December 21, in the Trinity St. Phillips Cathedral.
Arrangements were handled by the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark.
December 24, 1998
David Roy Staack, 53
David Roy Staack, 53, of Westfield died Friday, December 18, at home.
Born in New Jersey, he had lived in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma before moving to Westfield 10 years ago.
He served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.
Mr. Staack was a sales representative for Elm Radio and Television in Westfield for 10 years where he was still active.
He was a member of the Vietnam War Post of Westfield and The Presbyterian Church in Westfield. He was also a member of the “Y” Squares and the Square Dance Club of Clark.
Surviving are his aunts, Marion Jones Cory of Toms River and Carolyn Wallace of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, December 27, at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of The Presbyterian Church in Westfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Westfield Rescue Squad, 335 Watterson Street, Westfield, 07090.
December 24, 1998
Herbert J. Haslam, 75
Herbert John Haslam, 75, of Charlotte, North Carolina, formerly of Westfield, died on Wednesday, December 16, at his home.
Born on July 17, 1923, in Weehawken, he was the son of the late Herbert and Harriet Kendrick Haslam.
Mr. Haslam was educated at Blair Academy and at Lehigh University.
He served in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
A member of the Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte, Mr. Haslam also was a founding partner and President of Comp-Air & Equipment, Inc.
Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Ann Maxwell Haslam; two daughters, Cynthia H. Graham of Baltimore and Nancy Gooch of Cincinnati, Ohio; a son, John K. Haslam of Charlotte; a sister, Jean H. Connell of Spain, and four granddaughters.
He was predeceased by his brother, George H. Haslam.
A memorial service was held on Friday, December 18, at the Christ Episcopal Church, with the Reverend Martha Hedgpeth officiating. Interment was to take place in Westfield.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Harry and Bryant Company.
December 24, 1998
Shirley Telgarecz, 80
Shirley B. Telgarecz, 80, of the Rossmoor section of Monroe Township, died on Friday, December 18, in Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.
Born in Newark, she had lived in Union and Westfield before moving to Monroe Township 12 years ago.
Mrs. Telgarecz was a former member of The Presbyterian Church in Westfield and a greeter at the Rossmoor Community Church.
She was a member of the Garden Club and the Guild of Rossmoor.
She was predeceased by her husband, John Telgarecz, and a brother, Larry Boehm.
Surviving are a daughter, Shirleyanne Varn of Durham, North Carolina; a sister, Florence Bell of Leonardo; two grandsons and a great-grandson.
A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, December 22, at the Rossmoor Community Church in Jamesburg, with the Reverend Edward Schulte officiating. Interment took place at the Hollywood Memorial Park in Union.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the A. S. Cole Funeral Home in Cranbury.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rossmoor Community Church, Village Mall, Jamesburg, 08831.
December 24, 1998
Arthur G. Poppele, 85
Arthur G. Poppele, 85, of Bradenton, Florida died on Wednesday, December 16, at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton.
Born in Newark, he had lived in Westfield before moving to Bradenton.
Mr. Poppele was a technical director for the National Broadcasting Company (NBC).
He was a member of NBC’s Peacock North and the River Isles Golf Club and Homeowners Association.
Surviving are his wife, Billie Poppele; two sons, Kenneth Poppele and Donald Poppele; a sister, Dorothy McCain; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held on Saturday, December 19, in the Manatee United Methodist Church in Bradenton.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Griffith-Cline Funeral Home in Bradenton.
December 24, 1998
Vincenza Romeo, 63
Vincenza (Nancy) Romeo, 63, of Westfield died on Sunday, December 20, at Union Hospital in Union.
Born in Formicola, Italy, she came to the United States in 1958, settling in Westfield.
Mrs. Romeo was a homemaker. She was a parishioner at the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield.
Surviving are her husband, John Romeo; a son, Rocco Romeo of Westfield; three daughters, Mimma Reilly of Bridgewater, Rosemarie Makris of Plainfield and Jane Romeo of Basking Ridge, and four grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, December 23, at 10 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Church. Interment will take place at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Dooley Colonial Home, 556 Westfield Avenue in Westfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 200A Cottontail Lane, Somerset, 08873, or to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Boulevard, Rockville, Maryland, 20852.
December 23, 1998
Henry Cody, 61, Was Army Veteran; Truck Driver for Jersey Millwork
Henry Cody, 61, of Plainfield died on Sunday, December 20, at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield.
Born and raised in Jersey City, he moved to Plainfield in 1971.
Mr. Cody had been a truck driver for Jersey Millwork in Newark for more than 25 years. He was a warehouseman at Middlesex Lumber and Supply Company in Middlesex for the past 10 years.
He was a United States Army veteran.
He was predeceased by his brother, William L. Cody, in 1995.
Surviving are his wife, Magnolia Arrington; two sons, William H. Cody of Edison and Steven Cody of Westfield; a daughter, Bunnie Cody of New Brunswick; a brother, Leroy Cody of Jersey City; three sisters, Lucille Johnson and Bessie Cody, both of Jersey City, and Ola Johnson of Newtonville, and two grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 28, at 11 a.m. at the Higgins Home for Funerals in Plainfield.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
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Edison School Announces First Period Honor Roll
The names of 279 students who earned Honor Roll standing during the first marking period at the Edison Intermediate School in Westfield were recently announced.
In the sixth grade, 53 students, or 30.81 percent of the 172-member class, were named to the Distinguished Honor Roll, which requires an “A” in all major academic subjects and no grade below a “B” in any minor subject.
Sixty students, or 34.88 percent of the class, were named to the Honor Roll, which requires an “A” or “B” in all subjects, major or minor.
In the seventh grade, 28 students, or 15.38 percent of the 182-member class, were named to the Distinguished Honor Roll, and 62 students, or 34.07 percent of the class, were named to the Honor Roll.
In the eight grade, 29 students, or 19.33 percent of the 150-member class, were named to the Distinguished Honor Roll, and 45 students, or 30.00 percent of the class, were named to the Honor Roll.
SIXTH GRADE. DISTINGUISHED HONOR ROLL Jeffrey Bayne Elizabeth Mackay Evan Bilheimer Suzanne Merkelson Rebecca Cass Jared Messina Lisa Constantin Taylor Mulvee Lauren Cordes Kathryn Mulvey Lindsay DeGiralamo Sarah Myers Thomas Del Duca Tara O’Donohue Amanda Dickson Annie Onishi Carina Don Brian Oxman Mark Doss Giovanna Palatucci Shaun Elwell Jeffrey Pazdro Michael Fantini Rebecca Perch Allison Feldman Sarah Perch Megan Fowler Matthew Perrelli Lauren Gelmetti Bryan Power Michael Gorski Abigail Rosenstein James Hanas Jessica Schor Camille Hausheer Rebecca Schulman William Hearon Kristen Selert Peter Hrinewski Sasha Sharif Anthony Infantino Kayli Spialter Kate Judd Brian Stotter Bryan Kahn Monica Sull Edward Kerins Allison Tiedrich Colleen Kirk Alec Wasserman Rebecca Korn Lauren Winchester
Lisa Zhang SIXTH GRADE HONOR ROLL Casandra Badyna Valerie Kerr Shamsa Baksh Philip Kim Amy Bernstein Rebecca Klinger Robert Broadbent Matthew Kukis Joseph Buontempo Christina Marcus Darek Candelore John Marks Rachel Carr Erin McClosky David Cognetti Andrew McGovern Katie Cole-Kelly Alex Monaco Ashley Current Joshua Newberg Marc Dowling Lisa Novick Jeffrey Dresely Adrienne O’Rourke Meaghan Egan Emily Ortuso Jessie ElKoury Brett Paulan Jamie Elbaum Taylor Porter Evan Falk Dina Ragab Daniel Foltz-Morrison Nicholas Russell Alana Fraser Perry Sacks Keivan Ghorbanzadeh John Sawicki Deanna Goldner Andrew Skoller Paul Goldweitz Gregory Speir Ashton Golembo Gavin Thomas Jeffrey Greenlaw David Torees Marie-Claire Hausseguy John Velasco Christopher Hild Brittany Vella Jeffrey Hogan Jacqueline Weidman Rachel Isaman J o n a t h a n Wintringham Daniel Jekelis Michael Woods Daniel Kelman Michael Zahler Brian Kender Lorena Zamarelli
SEVENTH GRADE DISTINGUISHED HONOR ROLL John Boyd Kelli Layton Sean Callahan James Leong
Stefanie Courtney Meghana Limaye Mikaela Cruz Alison McCabe Reine Duffy Emily McDermott Rebecca Fallon Alexandra McMahon Suzanna Fowler Richard Moran Danielle Gelber Pamela Musat Amanda Genova Amanda Nehring Kevin Hobson Laura Pietruszki Carrie Jubbard Andrew Royston Anthony Johnson Laura Steller Paul Johnson Tovah Tripp Thomas Killian Jenna Zorn
SEVENTH GRADE HONOR ROLL Tara Amelia Justin Lewis Brittany Avena Sabrina Lewis Carl Baron Kaitlin Lipe Maximilien Blanton Cassandra Lo Benjamin Bogen Kristina Lucarelli Kathryn Brucia Dana Ann Marra Nicole Brunetto Jeffrey Mathews Ryan Burslem Jillianne May Matthew Calvaruso Matthew McManus Michael Checchio Jason Mesches Jason Chironna Christine Milazzo Daniel Clark Catherine Mouton Danielle Coleman Pooja Patel Joshua Dennerlein Carolyn Pecoraro Kathleen Ferio Sean Perlman Daniel Francis Andrew Pusar Carolyn Freundlich Melissa Rosen Jennifer Frost Zachary Rosenberg Ariel Garfinkel Alice Ryan Adam Gerckens Rebecca Sabreen Brendan Gorman Scott Saggio Robert Greifeld Neril Sandeep Jessica Guerriero Christina Santilli Joseph Hagmann Gillian Corcia Christina Hamway Rachel Shopiro Heather Idland Rachel Squillace Alesandra Indomenico Jaclyn Steinbach Daivd Israelow Rachel Tressitt Steven Jacobsen Shanna Vella Katherine Kielar Alison Weingarten Kimberly Lam Christopher Wolski
EIGHTH GRADE DISTINGUISHED HONOR ROLL Sara Ackerman Beth Mokrauer Sean Adams Jenna Noonan Raj Bhandari Tyler Patla Shannon Boyle Elizabeth Paynter Marc Castells Tashera Perry Angelina Chaplygina Lauren Pollack Emily Chen Meryl Reichbach David Eisenberg Layna Rolnick Jessica Fylnn Kenny Sanocki Zontee Hou Vincent Shen Katherine Lechner Cristine Velazco Christine Leiz Alison Weinstein Joshua Lerner Jill Woodbury William Masket Kelly Yang
Mun Yin Yeow EIGHTH GRADE
HONOR ROLL Robert Baldwin Adam Karnish Beniam Biftu Ariel Kaye Catherine Bonard Daniel Lange Katherine Cass Joshua Lawrence Douglas Chananie Kristen Lobrutto Jennie Chang Christpher Lynn Paul Cognetti Sarah Masterson Holly Coleman Christine McGrath Margaret Curran Adam Osborn John Daly Geoffrey Ostrega Tammi Dondiego Alexander Pinho David Falk Gina-Marie Pomann Michael Federici Daniel Rea Stephanie Finn Cari-Nicole Rock Jennifer Fleck Kelly Schmidt Shannon Gilmartin Emily Sharpe Kirt Giresi Rachel Skolnick Charles Hely Staci Spass Dean Jan William Subjack Christa Jensen Ashley Tate Matthew Kahn Matthew Toreillo Lawrence Kao David Ucciferri