Page 10 Thursday, June 11, 1998 The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains – Fanwood A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION
Rose Bronikowski, 59
Rose Montesano Bronikowski, 59, of Scotch Plains died on Thursday, June 4, at home.
Born in Mamaroneck, New York, she had lived in Bayonne before moving to Scotch Plains 34 years ago.
She attended Union County College in Cranford. Mrs. Bronikowski was a supervisor at Lucent Technologies in Murray Hill for 10 years.
She was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains.
Surviving are a son, Jeffery Bronikowski of New York City; three daughters, Karen Bronikowski of Plainfield, Lori Knight of Somerset and Linda Billotti of Bridgewater; two sisters, Frances Bartolomeo and Lee Gonzales, both of Bayonne, and a grandson.
A Funeral Mass was offered on Saturday, June 6, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.
Arrangements were handled by the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue, in Fanwood.
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Lena Adase, 79
Lena Adase, 79, of Roselle Park died on Thursday, June 4, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Elizabeth.
Born in Westfield, she had lived in Roselle Park for 42 years.
Surviving are two sons, Carmine P. Adase, Jr. and James Adase; a brother, Peter Sisto; four sisters, Catherine Smith, Julia Piscopo, Esther Furino and Marie Merkler, and a grandchild.
A Funeral Mass was offered on Saturday, June 6, at the Roman Catholic Church of the Assumption in Roselle Park.
Arrangements were handled by the Mastapeter Suburban in Roselle Park.
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– – – – – Obituaries – – – – –
James O. Powers, 34, Assistant Coach; Substitute Teacher at High School
James O. Power
One of the most important qualities which James O'Hara Powers brought to high school athletics, according to those who knew him, was his ability to relate to students on their level in a positive and supportive way.
Mr. Powers, a 34- year- old assistant coach and substitute teacher at Scotch Plains- Fanwood High School, died suddenly on Saturday, June 6, at his home.
Born in Plainfield, he had lived in Scotch Plains for most of his life. Mr. Powers graduated in 1982 from Scotch Plains- Fanwood High School, where he played varsity baseball.
He was an assistant swimming and diving coach, as well as an assistant girls' volleyball coach, at the high school for several years. In addition, he served as assistant manager at the Highland Swim Club in Scotch Plains.
Eugene Schiller, Athletic Director at the high school, said that as an assistant coach, Mr. Powers was able to relate to young athletes in a more informal, relaxed way than a head coach, who has the primary responsibility for developing a successful team.
"He was like a brother (to the students)," Mr. Schiller remarked on Monday about the easy rapport Mr. Powers had with young athletes at the high school. "He was the type who could sit down and explain to them why the head coach was doing what he was doing."
Besides his regular coaching duties, Mr. Powers also volunteered "a great deal" of time supervising students on athletic trips, according to Mr. Schiller.
"Jimmy has always done an excellent job for us," the Athletic Director commented. "There was really nothing you could ask him that he wouldn't do. He always came through for us."
Millie Wagner, whose son, Jeff, was coached on the high school swim team by Mr. Powers, called him "a tremendous asset" to the high school community.
"The kids just loved him," Mrs. Wagner said. "He got just as excited as they did (about their athletic meets) all the time. He touched a lot of people.
"They kind of looked at him as one of the guys, but very mature," she added. "He was always there for those kids. He will be missed."
Mr. Powers, who graduated in 1986 from Villanova University in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature, had been a permanent substitute teacher in the school district since 1989.
Surviving are his parents, John J. and E. Beverly Powers of Scotch Plains; four brothers, Lawrence Powers of Bridgewater, Christopher Powers of Union, John A. Powers of Holtwood, Pennsylvania, and Patrick Powers of Roselle Park, along with four nieces and three nephews.
Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, June 11, at 9 a. m. from the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue in Fanwood, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a. m. at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains.
Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery in Scotch Plains. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Scotch PlainsFanwood High School, for the James O'Hara Powers Memorial Scholarship Fund, 641 Westfield Road, Scotch Plains, 07076.
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Alfred H. Rack, 93
Alfred H. "Al" Rack, 93, of Boca Raton, Florida, died on Wednesday, June 3.
Mr. Rack had lived in Westfield prior to moving to Florida more than 30 years ago.
He was active in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 36 based in Boca Raton, and was a member of the Golden Harbour Yacht Club and The Camino Gardens Association.
Surviving are his wife, Erma Rack; a daughter, Carol Herndon of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts; seven grandchildren, and seven greatgrandchildren.
A memorial service was held on Monday, June 8, at the Kraeer Funeral Home in Boca Raton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice By The Sea of Boca Raton.
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John J. Schottinger, 75, Engineer; Honored for Merchant Marine Service
John A. Marsh, 92, Former Executive; Helped Navy Develop Nickel Alloys
Lowell Ballinger, Sr., 86
Lowell Ballinger, Sr., 86, of Bonita Springs, Florida, died on Tuesday, May 12, in the Northern Lights Manor Nursing Home in Washburn, Wisconsin.
Born in Madison, he had lived in California, Illinois and Scotch Plains before moving to Florida.
Mr. Ballinger had been an electrical engineer with the Exxon Corporation in Florham Park for many years prior to retiring in 1974. He had also worked on the Alaskan pipeline.
He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in electrical engineering.
Mr. Ballinger was a full Colonel in the United States Army during World War II.
Surviving are his wife, Jane Ballinger; two sons, Lowell Ballinger, Jr. and Jon Ballinger; a daughter, Gail Ballinger; a sister, Clarice Gediest, and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 27, at 9: 30 a. m. in the First Memorial Presbyterian Church in Dover.
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Harry F. Leary, 89
Harry F. Leary, 89, formerly of Westfield, died on Saturday, June 6, at Riverview Extended Care in Red Bank.
Born in Plainfield, he had lived there and in Westfield before moving to Red Bank 10 years ago.
Mr. Leary was a self- employed freelance writer.
He was a former member of the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield.
He was predeceased by his wife, Clarisse Andrews Leary, in 1978.
Surviving are two nephews, Jerome C. Leary of Vermont and Stephen Leary of Madison.
The funeral service was held on Monday, June 8, at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Red Bank. Interment took place at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.
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John J. Schottinger, 75, of Lavallette died on Saturday, June 6, at home.
Born in Dunellen, he had lived in Fanwood before moving to Lavallette in 1986.
Mr. Schottinger was an engineer for Foster- Wheeler Corporation and Lumnus Company. He had also worked worldwide for several oil refiners, and spent time on an oil production platform in the North Sea of Scotland.
He was a Merchant Marine during World War II and received ribbons for sailing in the Atlantic, Pacific and Caribbean. Mr. Schottinger was also awarded a "Freedom of Philippines" ribbon from the Philippines.
After the war, he continued serving in the Merchant Marines, achieving the rank of Chief Electrician.
Mr. Schottinger graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He played
football for Rutgers and the semiprofessional team the Plainfield Saracens.
He was a member of the American Legion in Seaside Heights, the Elks of Toms River and Union Church in Lavallette.
He was predeceased by a son, Matthew Schottinger.
Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Irene Schottinger; two sons, Mark Schottinger of Wall Township and Michael Schottinger of Lavallette; a daughter, Jennifer MacIntosh of Toms River; a brother, Owen Schottinger of Plainfield; two sisters, Catherine Sheriden of Bridgewater and Patricia Berhiko of Middlesex, and eight grandchildren.
Arrangements were handled by the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals in Lavallette.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society of New Jersey, 1035 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, 08753.
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Carl L. Stiles, 78
Carl L. Stiles, 78, of Dover Township died on Saturday, June 6, at the Country Nursing Home in Toms River.
Born in Westfield, he had lived in South Plainfield before moving to the Toms River section of Dover Township in 1992.
Mr. Stiles had been a bartender at the Raritan Valley Country Club in Somerville for 10 years, retiring in 1991.
He previously had been a bartender at Herm's Restaurant in South Plainfield for 20 years.
He was a United States Army veteran of World War II. Mr. Stiles was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 2298 in South Plainfield, and of the South Plainfield Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6763.
He was predeceased by his wife, Anne Stiles, in 1989.
Surviving are two sons, Gary W. Stiles of Toms River and Frederick Robert Stiles of Howell; two brothers, Archie Stiles of the Meyersville section of Long Hill Township and Donald Stiles of Westfield, and a grandson.
Funeral services were held yesterday, Wednesday, June 10, at the Higgins Home for Funerals in Plainfield.
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Urban J. Beas, 78
Urban J. Beas, 78, of Scotch Plains died on Friday, June 5, at home.
Born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, he had resided in Scotch Plains since 1962.
Mr. Beas graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1943 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering.
He had been employed as a marine engineer for MacGregor- Navire (USA) in New York City and then in Cranford for 35 years before retiring in 1989.
He was predeceased by his wife, Marguerite Beas, in 1989.
Surviving are two daughters, Patricia Washington of Norristown, Pennsylvania and Michele Ocheltree of Exton, Pennsylvania; nine grandchildren, and several great- grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass was offered on Monday, June 8, at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains. Interment took place at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 325, Scotch Plains, 07076, or to Hospice at Muhlenberg, Park Avenue and Randolph Road, Plainfield, 07076.
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John A. Marsh, 92, of Naples, Florida, formerly of Westfield, died on Friday, June 5, in the Naples
Community Hospital. Born in Council Bluff, Illinois, Mr. Walsh had moved to Naples from Westfield 23 years ago.
He was a graduate of the University of Michigan. During World War II, he was instrumental in developing nickel alloys with the United States Navy and the late Admiral Hyman George Rickover for use in nuclear submarines.
Mr. Marsh formerly served as Executive Vice President and Director of The International Nickel Company, Inc. and as President of The International Nickel Company of Canada, Limited. He had also been President of the Huntington Alloy Products Division before retiring in 1971.
Mr. Marsh was a member and served on the Board of Directors of the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, and was a member of the Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield.
Surviving are his wife, Christine Marsh of Naples; a daughter, Anna Marsh of Doylestown, Pennsylvania; a sister, Ruth Stock of Millersville, Ohio; a brother, Charles Marsh of Sarasota, Florida; three grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.
Private services had been arranged. Memorial contributions may be made to the Naples Community Hospital, Intensive Care Unit, P. O. Box 413029, Naples, Florida, 34101- 3029.
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Robert W. Walsh, Air Force Major; Artist Had Studio in Mountainside
Hildred E. Pierce
Hildred E. "Peggy" Jarvis Pierce of Ocean City died on Saturday, June 6.
Born in Norfolk, Virginia, she had lived in Haddonfield before relocating to Ocean City 30 years ago.
Mr. Pierce was a member of St. Peter's United Methodist Church in Ocean City, where she served on the administrative board and was a Circle Leader.
She also was a member of the Colony Club, the Ocean City Women's Research Club, the Children's Seashore House Auxiliary, and the Shore Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
She was the Chaplain of American Association of Retired Persons Chapter No. 1062, a life member and volunteer of the Ocean City Historical Museum, a member of the Ocean City Gardens Civic Association, Past President of the Haddonfield Council of Churches, and a 50- year member of the Haddonfield Chapter No. 140 of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Surviving are a son, Clayton Shelton Pierce of Fanwood; a daughter, Patricia Pierce Patelski of Blackwood, and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 13, at 11 a. m. at St. Peter's United Methodist Church in Ocean City.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter's United Methodist Church, Music Ministry, Eighth Street and Central Avenue, Ocean City, 08226.
Arrangements are being handled by the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Anatomical Association in Piscataway.
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Richard W. Walsh, 82, of Westfield died on Saturday, June 6, in the Somerset Medical Center in Somerville.
Born in Brooklyn, he had moved to Westfield many years ago.
Mr. Walsh attended New York University.
He was a United States Air Force veteran, holding the rank of Major, and was stationed in England and Germany with the Eighth Fighter Command during World War II.
He was a graduate of the United States Air Force School of Applied Tactics and the Royal Air Force Fighter Command School. As Chief Fighter Controller, he directed fighter missions in support of the Eighth Bomber Commands assault on Germany.
Mr. Walsh was active in magazine advertising and publishing for many years in an executive capacity. After serving as an advertising salesman with The Elizabeth Daily Jour nal, he held sales management posts
with Street and Smith Publications, Conde Nast Publications, Saturday Review, Harpers and Quest magazines.
More recently, he was a referral associate with Coldwell Bankers.
Mr. Walsh was an official artist with the Coast Guard, and maintained a studio in Mountainside for many years.
He was a member of the Air Force Reserve, the New York University Club and the Westfield Art Association, and was an associate member of the American Watercolor Society.
He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Westfield, the New Jersey Council and American Legion in Westfield, and a member of Toastmasters International and the Summit Art Center.
Mr. Walsh was a communicant of the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield.
He was predeceased by his wife, Mildred Randolph Walsh, in 1983.
Surviving is a sister, Margaret Walsh of Brooklyn.
A Funeral Mass will be offered tomorrow, Friday, June 12, at 11: 30 a. m. at the Holy Trinity Church. Interment will take place at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.
Arrangements are being handled by the Gray Funeral Home, 318 East Broad Street in Westfield.
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Victor G. Stevens, 67, Singer Retiree; Served in U. S. Army Medical Corps
Victor G. Stevens, 67, of Westfield died on Thursday, June 4, at home.
Born in Elizabeth, he had lived in Westfield since 1976.
He had attended the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark and graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a mechanical engineering degree.
Mr. Stevens had been a mechanical engineer for the Singer Company in Elizabeth for 40 years, retiring in 1991.
He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the Medical Corps from 1949 to 1951.
Mr. Stevens was a member of the Scotch Hills Golf and Country Club
in Scotch Plains. He was predeceased by a son, Scott Roger Stevens, in 1987.
Surviving is another son, Victor E. Stevens of Garwood; a daughter, Karolyn Wray of Red Bank, and three granddaughters.
A memorial service will be held tomorrow, Friday, June 12, at 4 p. m. at St. Stephen's Anglican Church in Plainfield. There will be no visitation.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue, in Fanwood.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Hope Hospice, 176 Hussa Street, Linden, 07036.
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Winifred Blyth, 79, CSH Volunteer; Retired School Cafeteria Employee
Winifred Briant Blyth, 79, a lifelong resident of Westfield, died on Wednesday, June 3, at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield.
Mrs. Blyth had been employed as a cafeteria worker at Roosevelt Junior High School, now Roosevelt Intermediate School, for 20 years before retiring in 1976.
She was an active volunteer with Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside for many years.
Mrs. Blyth was predeceased by her husband, Charles Blyth, in 1987.
Surviving are a son, Charles Blyth of Phoenix, Arizona; two daughters, Susan Labenski of Bridgewater and Barbara Maloney of Washington; three sisters, Alice Nelson, Kay Kunz and Bertha Pfeiffer; three brothers, Russell Briant, Donald Briant and Clarence Briant, and six grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Friday,
June 5, at the Gray Funeral Home, 318 East Broad Street, Westfield. Interment was private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Make- AWish Foundation, 1034 Salem Road, Union, 07083, or to Children's Specialized Hospital, 150 New Providence Road, Mountainside, 07092.
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