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William E. Elcome, Jr., 83, Was Manager At Mobil Oil; Member of Musical Groups
William E. Elcome, Jr., 83, of Exeter, New Hampshire, died on Tuesday, June 8, at RiverWoods at Exeter.
Born in Philadelphia on December 17, 1915, he had lived in Westfield for 51 years before moving to Exeter.
Mr. Elcome had worked for Mobil Oil Company for 40 years before retiring as Employee Relations Manager in 1977.
He was a member of the Westfield Men’s Glee Club for 49 years, and of the choir at the First Congregational Church in Westfield. Mr. Elcome also sang with the Choral Arts Society of New Jersey, along with the RiverWoods Madrigal Singers, Barbershoppers and RiverWoods Chorus, all of Exeter.
A 1937 graduate of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, Mr. Elcome earned an Associate in Business Degree. He was also President of his fraternity and was named All-American for soccer during his
senior year. Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Ruth-Marie Van Leuven Elcome; three daughters, Barbara Harris of Basking Ridge, Meredith Elcome of South Portland, Maine, and Wendy Harris of Durham, North Carolina; a son, William E. Elcome, 3rd, of Washington, D.C.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, June 19, at 1:30 p.m. at RiverWoods at Exeter, 7 RiverWoods Drive, Exeter, New Hampshire, and on Saturday, June 26, at 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church.
Arrangements were handled by the Brewitt Funeral Services, Inc. of Exeter, New Hampshire.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to The Christian Children’s Fund, P.O. Box 26507, Richmond, Virginia, 232616507 (2821 Emerywood Parkway, Richmond, Virginia 23294).
June 17, 1999
Robert Finne, 73, Watchung Councilman; Owner of Local General Contracting Firm
Robert W. Finne, 73, of Watchung died on Thursday, June 10, at Overlook Hospital in Summit.
Born in Roselle, he had lived in Watchung since 1950.
Mr. Finne was a member of the Watchung Borough Council from 1959 to 1970, where he had served as president and both fire and police commissioner. He was a member of the Watchung Firemans Exempt Club.
He had served as President of the Watchung Lions Club from 1959 to 1961. He was also a member of the New Jersey Association of Realtors, the US Navy League and Sons of Norway. He was also a 32 nd Degree member of the Herman Lodge No. 81 Free and Accepted Masons in Elizabeth.
From 1945 to 1990, he was the owner-operator/general contractor of L.L. Finne & Son, Watchung, a land development company that also did home and commercial building.
He was president of Federal Mining and Manufacturing of Roselle from 1974 to 1995. He was the builder and owner of Finnagel’s Restaurants in Elizabeth and Clinton from 1981 to 1999.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War and was the recipient of the Asiatic Pacific Medal with three stars and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one star, among others.
He was predeceased by his wife of 42 years, Joyce E. Finne, in 1990.
Surviving are a son, R. Michael Finne of Westfield; a daughter, Elizabeth D. Tallman of Holland Township; four grandsons; two granddaughters and a great-grandson.
Funeral services were held on Monday, June 14, at the Higgins Home for Funerals in Watchung. Interment was held at Hillside Cemetery in Scotch Plains.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, New Jersey Division, Somerset Unit, 600 First Avenue, Raritan, 08869.
June 17, 1999
Dorothea Nievelt, 86, Sales Representative For Bell Atlantic, Scotch Plains Branch
Dorothea M. Nievelt, 86, of Scotch Plains died on Wednesday, June 9, in Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.
Born in Jersey City, she had lived in Garwood before moving to Scotch Plains three years ago.
Mrs. Nievelt was a sales representative for Bell Atlantic in Scotch Plains for 35 years before retiring in 1974.
She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers, the Lady Foresters of Jersey City, and the Precisionettes
and Ladies’ Club of Holiday City in Toms River.
Surviving are two daughters, Mary Adams of South Carolina and Eileen Kennedy of Westfield; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass was held on Monday, June 14, in St. Anne’s Church in Garwood.
Arrangements were handled by the Walter J. Johnson Funeral Home in Clark.
June 17, 1999
John G. Honymar, 82, Former Chemist With Millmaster Onyx Corp., Newark
John G. Honymar, 82, of Westfield died on Wednesday, June 9, in Overlook Hospital in Summit.
Born in Newark, he lived in Westfield for 48 years.
Mr. Honymar had been a chemist with the Millmaster Onyx Corporation, the former A. Gross and Company in Newark, for more than 40 years before retiring.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Pratt Insti
tute in New York City. He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II.
Surviving are a daughter, Janice Honymar of Westfield; a son, John R. Honymar of Randolph, Vermont; three sisters, Mary Koroluk of Union, Kate Todd of Rahway and Ann Bahler of Hatsboro, Pennsylvania; a brother, Michael Honymar of Kearny, and a grandchild.
A Funeral Mass was offered on Friday, June 11, in the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield.
Arrangements were handled by the Dooley Colonial Home, 556 Westfield Avenue in Westfield.
June 17, 1999
Susan Slahor, 52
Susan Slahor, 52, of Linden died on Monday, June 7, in Rahway Hospital.
Born in Hillside, she had lived in Westfield and Rahway before moving to Linden six years ago.
Mrs. Slahor was a billing clerk for Associates In Plastic & Aesthetic Surgery, a cosmetic surgery practice in Westfield, for seven years.
She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Surviving are three daughters, Alisa D. Slahor, Jennifer L. Howard and Megan R. Slahor, and a sister, Maryl L. Bannatyne.
Funeral services were held on Friday, June 11, in the Werson Funeral Home in Linden.
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Florence Kleiman, Was Teacher; Volunteer in Area Organizations
Florence Kleiman of Seattle, Washington, formerly of Westfield, died on Monday, June 14, at the home of her daughter, Carol Mayes, in Seattle.
Born in Brooklyn, she had lived in Elizabeth and Westfield before moving to Seattle several months ago.
Mrs. Kleiman taught English and art for the New York City school system on Staten Island for 25 years before retiring in 1988.
She was a volunteer at Overlook Hospital in Summit and the Crisis Line in Scotch Plains.
She had earned a bachelor’s degree in art from Hunter College and a master’s degree from Columbia University, both in New York City.
She was predeceased by her husband, Gerald Kleiman.
Also surviving are her daughters, Amy Kleiman Tapley of Belvedere, California; and Greta Kleiman of Sunnyvale, California; a brother, Robert Gluck of Riverside, New York, and three grandchildren.
Graveside services were held on Wednesday, June 16, at B’nai Abraham Memorial Park in Union.
Arrangements were handled by Menorah Chapels at Millburn in
Union. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
June 17, 1999
Miriam Blonsky, 74, Former Secretary; Active in Westfield Chapter of Hadassah
Miriam Blonsky, 74, of Westfield died on Sunday, June 13, at home.
Born in Elizabeth, she had moved to Westfield 42 years ago.
Mrs. Blonsky was a legal secretary for 10 years at Lipstein & Lipstein in
Newark before retiring many years ago.
She had been president of the Westfield Parent-Teacher Association at the Jefferson Elementary School and Edison Junior High School. She had been a president, co-president and board member of the Westfield Chapter of Hadassah, where she was named 1989-1990 “Woman of the Year” and the 1992 “Hadassah Leadership Award” recipient.
She volunteered at the Workmen’s Circle in Elizabeth for more than 21 years, and was a member of the Organization of Rehabilitation Through Training, the Dysautonomia Association of New Jersey, and the Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-El.
Surviving are her husband, Milford Blonsky; a son, Dr. Stephen Blonsky of Watertown, New York; a daughter, Barbara S. Blonsky of Mt. Laurel; a brother, Jack Landerman of Monmouth Beach; a sister, Jean Chodosh of Monroe Township, and five grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 16, at Temple Emanu-El.
Arrangements were handled by the Menorah Chapels at Millburn in Union.
Memorial donations may be made to the Westfield Chapter of Hadassah.
June 17, 1999
Raymond Krebs, 66, Was Army Veteran; Service Technician at Sears Roebuck
Raymond Charles Krebs, 66, of Scotch Plains died on Monday, June 14, at the Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield.
Born in Elizabeth, he had lived in Scotch Plains for the last 39 years.
Mr. Krebs was a service technician with Sears Roebuck Company in Watchung before retiring in 1994. Previously, he had worked for American Airlines for 12 years.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Westfield and for many years was a volunteer working with the Senior Citizens of Westfield for the food cupboard at the First United Methodist Church. He also was an active member of the Fanwood/Scotch Plains YMCA.
He had served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict in Okinawa.
Surviving, is his wife, Jean Doris Krebs.
Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, June 17, at 10 a.m. at Gray Funeral Home, 318 East Broad Street, Westfield. Interment will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.
June 17, 1999
Pauline Mount, 93, Active in Girl Scouts; Board of Adjustment Member for 10 Years
Pauline Mount, 93, of Westfield died on Wednesday, June 9, at home.
Born in Ottumwa, Iowa, she had moved to Westfield in 1936.
Mrs. Mount also a longtime member of the Washington Rock Girl Scout Council and Girl Scouts of America. She was a member of the Westfield Republican Committee and served on the Westfield Board of Adjustment from 1975 to 1985.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Westfield.
She was a 1927 graduate of John Marshall Law School.
She was predeceased by her husband, Mark L. Mount, in 1994.
Surviving is a daughter, Ethel Anne Roeske of Michigan.
Burial was held on Monday, June 14, at the Crownland Cemetery in Nobelsville, Indiana. A memorial service will be held in Westfield at a later date.
Arrangements were handled by the Gray Funeral Home, 318 East Broad Street, Westfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or the Westfield Foundation.
June 17, 1999
Frank Saluk, 96
Frank Saluk, 96, of Mountainside died on Wednesday, June 9, at home.
Born in Ukraine, he had lived in Newark, Irvington, Whippany and Brick before moving to Mountainside two years ago.
Mr. Saluk had been a factory supervisor with Glengyle Manufacturing in Newark for 30 years before retiring 30 years ago.
He was an elder and trustee of the Men’s Organization at the First Ukrainian Presbyterian Church in Irvington.
Surviving are a daughter, Joan Modrowsky; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 12, in the Union Funeral Home-Lytwyn and Lytwyn in Union.
June 17, 1999
Olga Lubischer, 77
Olga Lubischer, 77, of Brick died on Saturday, June 12, in Brick Hospital in Brick.
Born in Salerno, Italy, she had lived in Fanwood before moving to Brick 17 years ago.
She was predeceased by a son, Anthony, in 1998.
Surviving are her husband, John Lubischer; a son, Ricky Lubischer of New Providence; a daughter, Donna Papariello of Lakehurst, and four grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, June 15, in St. Martha’s Roman Catholic Church in Point Pleasant.
Arrangements were handled by the Colonial Funeral Home in Brick.
June 17, 1999
Walter L. Stember, 76
Walter L. Stember, 76, of Delray Beach, Florida, died Friday, June 11, in the Boca Raton Community Hospital in Boca Raton, Florida.
Born in Brooklyn, he had lived in Roselle, Westfield and North Plainfield before moving to Delray Beach three years ago.
Mr. Stember was a lumber consultant and independent sales representative in the New Jersey metropolitan area for many years.
An Army veteran of World War II, he was a heavy machine gunner and cannon operator, serving in northern France and Germany. Mr. Stember received a medal for participation in the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign.
Surviving are his wife Natalie Stember; two sons, Scott Stember and Jeff Stember; two brothers, Joel Stember and Cyrus Stember, and a grandchild.
Arrangements were handled by A. Cremation Service of The Palm Beaches in Boynton Beach, Florida.
Local Residents Given Awards For Achievement from UCVTS
SCOTCH PLAINS — One hundred and forty-one students, mostly members of the graduating class, were honored for excellence in their programs at the recent 25th Annual Awards Night held at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools’ (UCVTS) Scotch Plains campus.
This year’s graduation exercises will take place on Tuesday, June 22.
According to Heinz Ricken, Coordinator of Special Projects, students are recognized each year with scholarships or financial awards for their outstanding achievements in vocational-technical education.
He also noted the support of corporate partnerships which have recognized UCVTS for its education programs, including its technological training.
Several local students were recognized with Business and Industry awards during the program.
Marita Eriksson of Westfield received the Master Gardeners of Union County Award. She additionally received the Outstanding Program Performance Award, the Mathematics Award, the Science Award and the President’s Education Award for Outstanding Achievement, as well as being named to the National Vocational-Technical Honor Society.
Andrew David Ponzio of Scotch Plains was given the Parker Greenhouses Horticultural Achievement Award.
He also received the Outstanding Program Performance Award, the Mathematics Award and the President’s Education Award for Outstanding Achievement, and gained membership to the National Vocational-Technical Honor Society.
Krista Nicole Hicks, also of Scotch Plains, was presented with the Marion Schreadley-New Beginnings Scholarship.
Joseph Lubrano of Scotch Plains received the Cooperative Industrial Education Award. He additionally earned the Outstanding Program Performance Award, the Science Award, and the President’s Education Award for Outstanding Achievement in the baking category.
Vito J. Milano of Berkeley Heights was given the Domenic Gagliardi Me
morial Welding and the Mobil Education Alliance Awards. He also received the Outstanding Program Performance Award and the President’s Education Award for Outstanding Achievement in the area of welding technology, and was named to the National Vocational-Technical Honor Society.
In the area of air conditioning, heating and refrigeration technology, Joshua Ross of Scotch Plains and Richard C. Kohler of Berkeley Heights each received the Outstanding Program Performance Award and the President’s Education Award for Outstanding Achievement, and gained membership into the National Vocational-Technical Honor Society.
In the baking category, Brian Gatesy and Mark Rotondo, both of Westfield, each received the Outstanding Program Performance Award and the President’s Education Award for Outstanding Achievement.
In the area of electrical technology, Mustafa R. Denny and David Meyers, both of Scotch Plains, each received the Outstanding Program Performance Award and the President’s Education Award for Outstanding Achievement. Mustafa also received the Science Award in this category.
For electro-mechanical technology, Marcus Hillman of Scotch Plains received the Outstanding Program Performance Award and the President’s Education Award for Outstanding Achievement.
In the study area of horticulture, Marita Eriksson of Westfield and Andrew David Ponzio of Scotch Plains received the Outstanding Program Performance and Mathematics Awards, the President’s Education Award for Outstanding Achievement and were named to the National Vocational-Technical Honor Society. Marita Eriksson also received the Science Award.
In the area of machine technology, Lorenzo Mennella of Scotch Plains received the Outstanding Program Performance and Mathematics Awards, the President’s Education Award for Outstanding Achievement and was named to the National Vocational-Technical Honor Society.
SPECIAL VOLUNTEERISM…Parents and children of Holy Trinity Interparochial School in Westfield volunteered their time to help at the New Jersey Special Olympics held in South Plainfield in May. The volunteer program was organized by Mary and John Ryan of Westfield on behalf of the Union County Division of Special Olympics. Pictured are members of the participating Ryan, Whitehead, Smith, DiOrio, Colon, Neimeth, Fromtling and Quinn families.