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– Obituaries –
Betty Schneider, 97
Betty Schneider, 97, a former Westfield resident of 45 years, died on Wednesday, September 8, in Sarasota, Fla.
Born in Winchester, Indiana, she had lived in Westfield from 1931 to 1976 before moving to Florida.
While living in Westfield, Mrs. Schneider and her late husband, Walter, were active in church and school activities and local social groups. Mr. Schneider, who died in 1976, had been an Elder of The Presbyterian Church in Westfield.
Surviving are a son, Walter Schneider of Venice, Calif.; a daughter, Julia Floreen of Schenectady, N. Y.; a granddaughter and a greatgranddaughter.
Interment was to take place at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.
Arrangements were handled by the Wiegand Brothers Funeral Homes in Sarasota.
September 16, 1999
George B. Myrtetus, 69, Was President Of Total Energy Leasing Corporation
George B. Myrtetus, 69, of Scotch Plains and North Beach (Long Beach Island) died on Wednesday, September 8, at home.
Born in Collingswood, he moved to Scotch Plains 30 years ago.
Mr. Myrtetus was the President of Total Energy Leasing Corporation in New York City for 32 years.
He was a 1952 graduate of Villanova University in Pennsylvania, where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering.
He was a member of the Plainfield Country Club.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Mary Boyle Myrtetus.
Surviving are his wife, Judith Slevin Myrtetus; a son, Michael
Myrtetus of Summit; four daughters, Mary Myrtetus of Summit, Susan Lorentzen and Nancy Webb, both of Westfield, and Tracy Myrtetus of Scotch Plains; a stepdaughter, Jennifer Castell of Brooklyn, N. Y.; a stepson, David Croke of Burlington, Vt., and seven grandchildren.
A Mass was offered on Saturday, September 11, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains, following the funeral from the Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home in Westfield.
Interment was at the Hillside Cemetery in Plainfield.
September 16, 1999
Dolores MacClymont, 66, Was Rosarian; Former Credit Clerk at BristolMyers
Dolores T. Kreig MacClymont, 66, of Westfield died on Friday, September 10, at home.
Born and raised in Elizabeth, she lived in Westfield for 40 years.
Mrs. MacClymont had been a credit clerk for BristolMyers in Hillside from 1956 until 1960.
She was a member of the Rosary Altar Society of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in Clark, the St. Agnes Chapter of the National Council of Catholic Women, and Helping Hands and Hearts of St. Helen’s Roman Catholic Church in Westfield.
Surviving are her husband, William T. MacClymont; two sons, David MacClymont and Paul MacClymont; a daughter, Mary O’Brien; a sister, Elaine Paul, and two grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, September 13, at St. Helen’s Church.
Interment took place at St. Gertrude’s Cemetery in Colonia.
Arrangements were handled by the Dooley Colonial Home, 556 Westfield Avenue in Westfield.
September 16, 1999
Louis A. Valenti, 68, Air Force Veteran; Former Salesman with D & M Meats
Louis A. Valenti, 68, of Belleville died on Thursday, September 9, in Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville.
Born in Roselle Park, he had lived in Scotch Plains before moving to
Belleville 28 years ago. Mr. Valenti had been a salesman for 25 years with D & M Meats in Newark, retiring three years ago. Prior to that, he had worked in the same capacity for National Gypsum Company in Garwood and Flintkote Company in Rutherford.
He was a United States Army Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict.
Surviving are his wife, Marie Valenti; two sons, Louis A. Valenti, Jr. and Richard Valenti; three daughters, Marilou Papasidero, Linda Brannigan and Susan Cannon; two sisters, Margaret Albert and Marion Finn; a brother, Kenneth Valenti, and 13 grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass was offered on Monday, September 13, in St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Belleville.
Arrangements were handled by the Megaro Memorial Home in Belleville.
September 16, 1999
Rhoda A. Rogers, 84, Was Employed As Cafeteria Worker in Westfield
Rhoda A. Rogers, 84, of Seattle, Wash., died on Tuesday, September 7, in the Aldercrest Health and Rehabilitation Center in Edmunds, Wash.
Born in Kenilworth, she had lived in Westfield, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Colorado before moving to Seattle seven years ago.
Mrs. Rogers had worked in the caf eteria at Westfield High School in
Westfield many years ago. Surviving are three sons, William Rogers, Jr., Richard Rogers and John Rogers; two brothers, Gilbert Collins and Richard Collins, and five grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Monday, September 13, in the Chapel at Restland Memorial Park in East Hanover.
Arrangements were handled by the Stephen J. Priola Parsippany Funeral Service in Madison.
September 16, 1999
Sister Christina Mauri, 50, Associate At Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
Sister Christina Ann Mauri, 50, died on Monday, September 13, at Union Hospital in Union.
Born in Philadelphia, she had lived in Elmwood Park and Hillside before moving to Roselle Park this year.
Sister Christina graduated from St. Maria Goretti High School in Philadelphia, received her degree in education from St. Joseph’s College and earned her master’s degree in religious education from Fordham University in The Bronx.
She entered into the Franciscan Sisters of Peace in 1976 and professed her first vows in 1979 and her final vows in 1985.
Her assignments included St. Teresa’s School in North Tarrytown, N. Y. from 1979 to 1982; Annunciation School in Philadelphia from 1982 to 1983, and St. Anthony’s School in Butler from 1983 to 1987.
Sister Christina also served as Director of Religious Education at St. Leo’s Roman Catholic Church in Elmwood Park from 1989 to 1994 and as Pastoral Associate of Catecheticals at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains from 1995 to the present.
She was also a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists from 1971 to 1991 at Mercy Catholic Medical Center.
Surviving is a sister, Teresa McErlan, and a brother, Leonard Mauri.
A concelebrated Funeral Mass will be offered at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church tomorrow, Friday, September 17, at 11 a. m. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Yon kers, N. Y.
Calling hours will be today, Thursday, September 16, from 2 to 4 p. m. and 7 to 9 p. m. at the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue in Fanwood.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Franciscan Sisters of Peace, 20 Ridge Street, Haverstraw, N. Y., 10927.
September 16, 1999
Mary Rentrop, 84
Mary Bellish Rentrop, 84, of Baton Rouge, La. died on Sunday, September 12, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge.
Born in Tunica, La., she had lived most of her life in Baton Rouge.
She was a member of the University United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge.
She was predeceased by her husband, Roy R. Rentrop, Sr.; her parents, Steve and Ida Davis Bellish; three sisters and two brothers.
Surviving are a son, Roy R. Rentrop, Jr., of Westfield; three sisters, Annie Robert of Gonzales, La., Margaret Sears of New Orleans, La. and Edith Lorio of Rougon, La., and a granddaughter.
Religious services were held yesterday, Wednesday, September 15, at the University United Methodist Church.
Entombment was at the Resthaven Gardens of Memory Mausoleum in Baton Rouge.
Memorial donations may be made to the University United Methodist Church, 3350 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge, La. 70802.
September 16, 1999
Elwood J. Schaffer, 86, Navy Veteran; Chief Patent Counsel for ASARCO
Elwood Joseph Schaffer, 86, of Westfield died on Monday, September 6, at Overlook Hospital in Summit.
Born in Bath, Pa., he lived in Westfield since 1952.
Mr. Schaffer had been employed by ASARCO Inc. of New York City for 30 years before retiring in 1976 as Chief Patent Counsel.
He received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees, both in Chemical Engineering, in 1934 and 1936, respectively, from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.
While at Lehigh University, he was a member of the school’s chapter of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Mr. Schaffer also earned a law degree from the University of Baltimore. Mr. Schaffer served in the United
States Navy during World War II, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
He was a member of the Westfield Old Guard and of Martin Wallberg Post No. 3 of the American Legion.
Surviving are his wife, Martha Ankeney Schaffer; a son, John Paul Schaffer of Camden, S. C.; a daughter, Martha Schaffer Holloman of Taipei, Taiwan; six grandchildren and a greatgrandchild.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, September 11, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Short Hills.
Arrangements were handled by the Gray Funeral Home, 318 East Broad Street in Westfield.
September 16, 1999
Jon D. Retzlaff, 50
Jon D. Retzlaff, 50, of Westfield died on Tuesday, September 14, in St. Peter’s Medical Center in New Brunswick.
Born in Grand Haven, Mich., he lived most of his life in Westfield.
Mr. Retzlaff had worked for the
Dover Daily Advance in Dover and for Pitney Bowes in New York City.
He graduated from the University of South Carolina at Columbia in 1971 with a degree in journalism.
He was predeceased by his mother, Betty Retzlaff, and a brother, Arthur “Skip” Retzlaff.
Surviving are his father, Thaddeus “Ted” Retzlaff of Westfield; a brother, Peter Retzlaff of Milltown, and a sister, Virginia Jakubowski of Mountainside.
A funeral service will be offered on Saturday, September 18, at the First United Methodist Church in Westfield.
Arrangements are being handled by the Crabiel Home for Funerals in Milltown.
September 16, 1999
Rita Marie Scully
Rita Marie Scully of Scotch Plains died on Sunday, September 12, at Overlook Hospital in Summit.
Born in Plainfield, she was a lifelong resident of Scotch Plains. Ms. Scully was a communicant of St. Bartholomew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains.
Surviving are her parents, William and Rita Scully; a sister, Loretta Turnage and a brother, William F. Scully.
A Funeral Mass was offered yesterday, Wednesday, September 15, at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church.
Arrangements were handled by the Rossi Funeral Home in Scotch Plains.
September 16, 1999
Westfield Public Schools Set BacktoSchool Night Dates
WESTFIELD – Westfield’s public schools have announced their schedule of backtoschool nights.
The schedule follows: · Roosevelt Intermediate School – Tuesday, September 28, 7 p. m.
· Westfield High School – Thursday, September 30, 7: 30 p. m. · Edison Intermediate School – Thursday, October 7, 7 p. m.
· Jefferson Elementary SchoolK5: Thursday, September 23, 7: 30 p. m. · McKinley Elementary School – Kindergarten A. M. and Grades 1 to 3: September 23, 7 p. m.; Kindergarten P. M. and Grades 4 to 5: September 23, 8: 30 p. m.
· Tamaques Elementary School – K2: September 23, 7: 30 to 8: 15 p. m.; Grades 35: September 23, 8: 15 to 9 p. m.
· Washington Elementary School – K1: Tuesday, September 14, 7: 30 p. m. Grades 25: September 23, 7: 30 p. m.
· Wilson Elementary School – Kindergarten: Wednesday, September 22, 7: 30 p. m.; Grades 12: September 23, 7: 15 p. m.; Grades 35: September 23, 8 p. m.
· Franklin Elementary School– Kindergarten: September 14, 7: 15
p. m.; Grade 2: Thursday, September 16, 7: 15 p. m.; Grades 35: September 23, 7: 15 p. m. (all at Franklin School.).
· First Grade BacktoSchool Nights for Franklin Elementary School will be located at: Washington School – Mrs. Walsh’s class, 7: 30 p. m. on September 14; Wilson School – Mrs. Sabre’s class, 7: 15 p. m. – September 16; Tamaques School – Ms. Gottko’s class, 7: 15 p. m. – September 16; Edison Intermediate School auditorium – Mrs. Molnar’s and Mrs. Hockswender’s classes, September 16, 7 p. m.
Archaeological Dig Planned At MillerCory House Museum
WESTFIELD – Daniel M. Sivilich, an Historical Archaeological Specialist and a member of the Deep Search Metal Detecting Club and Mott’s Artillery, will perform a surface survey of The MillerCory House Museum grounds in Westfield on Sunday, September 19, from 2 to 5 p. m.
Mr. Sivilich and his team are nationally recognized by the Society of Historical Archaeology and have been involved in conducting archaeological studies specializing in the Revolutionary War and, more recently, prehistoric New Jersey Native American sites.
They are currently working on such sites as the Monmouth Battlefield State Park, having identified major lines of battle and British lines of fire; Holmdel Community Church in Holmdel with numerous 17th and 18th century artifacts recovered; Neuberger Farm, Middletown, which possibly was the site of a British campsite.
Doing the surface survey at MillerCory, Mr. Sivilich and his team hope to recover artifacts that will be cleaned, catalogued, identified and returned to the Museum for display purposes.
During the day, members of the Museum’s cooking committee will prepare foods, using earlyAmerican recipes over the openhearth in the Frazee building.
Visitors may take tours of the charming farmhouse given by volunteer docents in period dress. The last tour will begin at 4 p. m.
Admission to the Museum is $2 for adults, 50 cents for students and children under 6 years old are free.
On Saturday, September 25, Ellen Hess of Cranford, a fiber artist, textile designer, acting president and weaving program coordinator for Peter Valley Craft Center will present a program on quilting.
For information about the Museum and its schedule of events, please call the Museum at (908) 2321776.
NEW FACES… The new principal of Washington Elementary School, Joseph Malanga, greets Victoria Wang and Kurt Kowalski who began kindergarten in the Westfield elementary school last week. Mr. Malanga was recently hired to replace retired principal Connie Odell.
SPF ROTC Sponsors Free Jazz Concert
The Scotch PlainsFanwood High School NJ821 Junior ROTC will sponsor a free jazz concert on Wednesday, September 22, at 7: 30 p. m. in the High School Auditorium. Complimentary tickets can be picked up at the main office.
A ticket is required for admission! For further information about the concert, please contact the main office at (908) 8898600.
Wilson Elementary School Prepares Year’s Activities GEARING UP FOR THE YEAR… Carrie Meyer, fourthgrade teacher at
Wilson Elementary School, puts the finishing touches on her “Weather Wise” bulletin board. Ms. Meyer is devoting the month of September to an intensive study of weather and its affects on daily life.
WESTFIELD — Wilson Elementary School in Westfield is ready for the 504 students enrolled for the 19992000 school year.
The staff has been busy since spring developing a yearlong plan of action designed to help students build selfesteem.
The plan includes a series of themes to be incorporated within each classroom, with activities and discussions revolving around monthly themes.
The monthly themes will include “Great Expectations,” “Listening/ Communicating,” “Uniqueness,” “Caring,” “Goal Setting,” “Work Ethic,” “Family Pride,” “Problem Solving and Decision Making,” “Teamwork,” and “Responsibility.”
The schoolwide focus is to improve self confidence, improve work
habits and social attitudes and foster success in and out of school.
Wilson School also is one of six schools in the Westfield School District that obtained a grant from Union County to fund new technology. The grant was awarded under the Union County Freeholders Access 2000 Teacher Technology Grant Program.
The grant will supplement the changes that are already happening, including new computers in all fourth grades and cabling in each classroom for Internet access.
School staff and students are also looking forward to the start of construction of a new library. The ribbon cutting for the new library, funded by the bond referendum passed by voters last December, is scheduled for January, 2000.
Free Program Helps Families Address Substance Abuse
WESTFIELD — The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), headquartered in Westfield, is currently offering a free program to residents of Union County.
Entitled “Back to Basics,” the pro gram will run through December. It
includes sessions for children under 10 years old, as well as for teenagers and parents.
The programs run simultaneously and onsite at community centers, schools or other locations and are available during both day and evening hours to accommodate clients’ schedules.
The sessions promote positive parenting through communication skills, utilizing “teachable moments,” setting family rules and consistent consequences and sending a clear “no use message,” according to NCADD spokeswoman Julia Bekkelman.
Parents and teenagers are given an opportunity to begin a positive dialogue on substance abuse issues.
The program also provides information to families about the dangers of drug and alcohol use among young people, and will help parents and teens develop an intergenerational understanding, Ms. Bekkelman said.
Young children learn about decision making, trust, honesty, communication and feelings through an interactive puppet program.
Interested individuals are urged to contact the NCADD as soon as possible so that programs may be scheduled before the end of the year.
For more information or to schedule a program, please call (908) 2338810.
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