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A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains - Fanwood Thursday, July 29, 1999 Page 9


– Obituaries –

Bernice Davis, 68, Former School Chief; Lauded for Saving Orange Schools

Bernice J. Davis, 68, of Scotch Plains died on Monday, July 19, at Elizabeth General Medical Center in Elizabeth.

Born in Cranford in 1930, she was raised in Elizabeth and moved to Linden in 1962. She relocated to Scotch Plains in 1989.

Mrs. Davis was a consultant for the state Department of Education, following a decades-long career as a teacher and administrator within the Elizabeth, Orange and Linden school districts. During the 1970s, she served on the Linden Board of Education.

A 1948 alumna of the former Battin High School in Elizabeth, she graduated in 1952 from the former Newark State Teacher’s College. Mrs. Davis, who began her education career as a teacher at Lafayette Elementary School No. 6 in Elizabeth, became Principal of the city’s Winfield Scott School No. 2 in 1965. She earned a graduate degree in education from Seton Hall University in South Orange.

Mrs. Davis’s tenure with the Elizabeth school system included having been Director of Elementary Instruction and Curriculum, administrative assistant to the superintendent, and assistant superintendent.

In 1991, school district officials appointed Mrs. Davis as Deputy Superintendent, a position they created for her to honor her contributions to education.

A year later, she took over as Superintendent of the Orange school system. She was credited with rehabilitating the district, then on the verge of being taken over by the state, through a successful campaign which involved upgrading facilities and curriculum.

The system regained full certification from the state Board of Education just three years later. Mrs. Davis retired from the Orange school district in 1995.

Surviving are a son, James Davis, 2nd of Atlanta; a daughter, Deidre Davis of Washington, D.C.; five

grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 22, at St. Elizabeth Church in Elizabeth. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery in Linden.

Arrangements were handled by the Nesbitt Funeral Home in Elizabeth.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bernice J. Davis Scholarship Fund, care of Deidre A. Davis, 30 Hardwick Court, Scotch Plains, 07076.

July 29, 1999

William B. Barnes, 86, Shipping Manager At Rheem Manufacturing; Army Veteran

William B. Barnes, 86, of Westfield died on Thursday, July 22, at home.

Born in Washington, D.C., he had lived in Westfield for many years.

Mr. Barnes was a shipping manager for Rheem Manufacturing in Linden for many years before retiring. Previously, he had owned his own trucking company in Virginia.

He was a member of the senior handyman service of Union County. He was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. He helped organize the AARP Chapter of Westfield in the 1980s. He was also a member of the Union County R.S.V.P. and the Westfield Veteran of Foreign Wars

and received an award for being post chairman involved in the Voice of Democracy.

He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Elsie Barnes, in 1996.

Surviving are two sons, Robert Barnes and William Barnes and a sister, Muriel Norris.

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 26, at Dooley Colonial Home, 556 Westfield Avenue, Westfield. Interment was private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Foundation or the Alzheimers Association.

July 29, 1999

Dorothy Gonzales, 90

Dorothy Darton Gonzales, 90, a former New Jersey resident, died on Tuesday, July 20, at the Family Life Enrichment Center Community in High Shoals, GA.

Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Heazle.

She graduated from Braintree, MA High School in 1925, and attended the New England Conservatory of Music.

Prior to moving to Georgia in 1982, Mrs. Gonzales had lived in Westfield, Pennsylvania and Florida, where she was an active member of several Episcopal churches.

From 1992 through 1997, she resided in Lanier Gardens in Athens, Georgia. She later moved to the Family Life Enrichment Center Community.

She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Rodolfo S. Gonzales, in 1992.

Surviving is a son, Serge Gonzales of Athens.

A memorial gathering was held on Tuesday, July 27, at the Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, East, in Athens. Burial took place in the Harmony Grove Cemetery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Memorial donations may be made to Lanier Gardens, 801 Riverhill Drive, Athens, GA 30606.

July 29, 1999

Elva Bunting, 86

Elva Bunting, 86, of Green Brook died on Monday, July 19, at Greenbrook Manor Nursing Home in Green Brook.

Born in New York City, she had lived in Manhattan for the majority of her life. She had lived in Westfield for four years and in Dumont for the last three years.

Ms. Bunting was employed by McKesson Corporation in Manhattan for 10 years, before retiring several years ago.

She was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in North Plainfield.

She was predeceased by her twin sister, Edna Johnson, in 1981.

Surviving are four brothers, George Gustavson of Hancock, New Hampshire, Paul Gustavson of Creskill, Bruno Gustavson of Orangeburg, NY and Eric Gustavson of New York City.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 22, at Higgins Home for Funerals in North Plainfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 9 Mercer Avenue, North Plainfield, 07060.

July 29, 1999

Mildred H. MacMillan, 87, Was Teller At National Newark and Essex Bank

Mildred H. MacMillan, 87, of Westfield died on Saturday, July 24, at Conway Hospital in Conway, South Carolina.

Born in New York City, she lived in Caldwell for 43 years and lived in Westfield for the last six years.

Ms. MacMillan was a teller at National Newark and Essex Bank in Newark for many years, before retiring in 1978.

Surviving are two sons, Gary Gadek of Westfield and Fred Gadek of West Caldwell; a daughter, Janet Waterman of Myrtle Beach, SC; a sister, Ruth Jelinek of Pendelton, SC; a brother, Ellsworth Martin of

Succasunna; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Liturgy will be offered today, Thursday, July 29, at 11 a.m. at St. Helen’s Roman Catholic Church in Westfield. Interment will be held in Restland Memorial Park in East Hanover.

Arrangements were handled by the Dooley Colonial Home, 556 Westfield Avenue, Westfield.

Memorial donations may be made to Sister Pat’s Camp for Children with Cancer, St. Helen’s Church, c/o Marilyn Ryan, 1600 Rahway Avenue, Westfield, 07090.

July 29, 1999

William J. Hassett, 74, Navy Veteran; Boilermaker With Union Local No. 5

William J. Hassett, 74, of Fanwood died on Friday, July 23, at home.

Born in Bayonne, he was a longtime resident of Fanwood.

Mr. Hassett was a boilermaker with the Boilermakers Union Local No. 5 in New York City before retiring.

He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 209 and the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post No. 10122 in Scotch Plains.

He had served in the US Navy during World War II.

He was predeceased by his wife, Ellen Hassett.

Surviving are three sons, Thomas Hassett, Daryl Hassett and Buddy Hassett; five sisters, Sissy Cox, Kathy Haley, Marilyn Love, Peggy Sinoppoli and Gerry Wendell; one brother, Robert Hassett and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, July 25, at Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue, Fanwood.

Memorial donations may be made to Deborah Hospital.

July 29, 1999

John F. Waters, 75, Navy Veteran; Second District Organizer of Unions

John F. Waters, 75, of Nutley died on Friday, July 23, in the Hackensack University Medical Center.

Born in Newark, he lived in Scotch Plains before moving to Nutley 35 years ago.

Mr. Waters was the second district organizer for the International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades for the East Coast and worked for more than 20 years before retiring 15 years ago.

He was a member and named Knight of the Year in 1997 for St. Mary’s Council of the Knights of

Columbus in Nutley. He was also a former member of the church’s parish council and a volunteer at the Hackensack University Medical Center.

He had served in the Navy during World War II.

Surviving is a daughter, Karen Waters.

A Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, July 27, in St. Mary’s Church in Nutley.

Arrangements were handled by the S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home in Nutley.

July 29, 1999

Martha Aber, 94, Was Assistant Manager At Howard Savings Bank for 35 Years

Martha R. Aber, 94, of Toms River died on Tuesday, July 20, at the Community Medical Center in Toms River.

Born in Long Island, she had resided in Scotch Plains before moving to Toms River in 1967.

Mrs. Aber had been an assistant manager for 35 years at the Howard Savings Bank in South Orange before retiring in 1965.

She was a member of the Scotchwood Women’s Auxiliary and

was Past President and a member of the Women’s Club of Holiday City in Silverton.

Mrs. Aber was also a past matron of Atlas Chapter No. 99 Order of the Eastern Star in Westfield.

She was predeceased by her husband, Wilbur Aber.

Private services were handled by the Silverton Memorial Funeral Home in Toms River.

July 29, 1999

David M. Mumford, 75, Army Veteran; Owner of Mumford Dental Ceramics

David M. Mumford, 75, of Scotch Plains died on Monday, July 26, at Rahway Hospital in Rahway.

Born in Westfield, he lived there before moving to Scotch Plains 45 years ago. He also maintained a residence in Loveladies, Long Beach Island.

Mr. Mumford owned Mumford Dental Ceramics in Scotch Plains, before retiring.

He was a member of the First United Church in Westfield, Atlas Pythagoras Lodge No. 10 Free and Accepted Masons in Westfield, Atlas Chapter No. 99 Order of the Eastern Star in Westfield, the Crescent Temple Ancient Order of the Noble and Mystic Shrine in Trenton and the New Jersey Lapidary’s Society.

He was an Army veteran of World War II when he received four Bronze Stars for his service in Europe including the Battle of Normandy.

He was a graduate of the Dental Ceramics School in New York.

Surviving are his wife, Leola Thomas Mumford; a son, Mitch Mumford of Scotch Plains; a daughter, Judy M. Leslie of Lansdale, PA; two brothers, James Mumford, Jr. of Springhouse, PA and William Mumford of Woodcliff Lake and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, July 29, at 11 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church in Westfield.

Arrangements were handled by Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue, Fanwood.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 3551 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140.

July 29, 1999

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A WOMAN OF HONOR…Alice Agran, a resident of Scotch Plains, was recently one of the women honored by the New Jersey General Assembly for her contributions to the community. Ms. Agran was the first Republican woman Mayor of Scotch Plains. Presenting the resolution to Ms. Agran are Governor Christine Todd Whitman and Assemblyman Alan Augustine of Scotch Plains (R-22).

Westfield Woman to Join Walk for Breast Cancer

WESTFIELD — Nancy Humphrey, a longtime resident of Westfield, will join thousands of other walkers in the Avon Breast Cancer 3 Day in late August on a 60 mile walk from West Point to Manhattan to raise money for breast cancer treatment and research.

Sponsored by Avon, this walk will include 500 volunteer support personnel who will feed the walkers and set-up a tent city each night to accommodate the participants.

Ms. Humphrey, whose family has lived in Westfield for five generations, works in the Westfield office of Coldwell Banker. She is dedicating this walk to a close friend, the late MaryAnn Schafer.

Ms. Schafer was a former Westfield resident and died of can

cer, which originated from the breast.

“MaryAnn was a wonderful soul who thought of others always and could make your day shine with a laugh and some flowers form her garden, even when you were depressed. The least I can do is stroll these sixty miles and try to help eradicate this menace in her memory,” said Ms. Humphrey.

To make a contribution, please make checks payable to Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day and drop it off at the Coldwell Banker office, 209 Central Avenue in Westfield, or mail to Nancy Humphrey, 880 North Avenue, West in Westfield. Contributions are due prior to Friday, July 30.



Invitations are extended to qualified Bidders to bid for the following Project:


This project consists of the replacement of the road surface, repairs to bridge deck and steel superstructure, granite block curbing, painting of steel superstructure, and miscellaneous other repairs.

This project will be partially funded by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, Bureau of Local Aid.

Bids will be accepted only by mail or in person to the Office of the Township Clerk, Scotch Plains Municipal Building, 430 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains, New Jersey 07076 (ATTN: Barbara Riepe, Township Clerk) until 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 16, 1999. The Township of Scotch Plains (hereinafter “Township”) shall not be responsible for any bid mailed which is lost in transit or delivered late by the Postal Service. At the above time, the bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. All bids must be presented in sealed envelopes which are clearly marked “Bid for ROAD SURFACE REPLACEMENT AND GENERAL REPAIRS FOR HETFIELD AVENUE BRIDGE OVER RARITAN VALLEY LINE, M.P. 19.85 NJDOT STRUCTURE NO. 206-3164”, Contract E98-2, 430 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains, New Jersey 07076". No bid will be received after the time and date specified.

After receipt of bids, no bid may be withdrawn within sixty (60) days after the date of the bid opening except if provided for herein. The bid of any Bidder who consents to an extension may be held for consideration for a longer period of time as may be agreed upon between Bidder and the Township.

All bids must be on the bid forms provided by the Township of Scotch Plains in the Bid Package. Plans and specifications for this work may be examined at the Office of the Township Engineer, Municipal Building, 430 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains, New Jersey, during business hours, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., beginning Monday, August 2, 1999,

and purchased for a $25.00 non-refundable fee.

Bid proposals and all required documents must be completed and submitted by the date as set forth above. All documents in the enclosed Bid Package must accompany the bid proposal.

In addition to the above documents, a certified check, cashier’s check or bid bond issued by a responsible bank, trust company or insurance company, payable to the

Township of Scotch Plains shall be submitted with each bid as a guaranty that if a contract is awarded the Bidder shall execute said Contract. The Bid Security shall be in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the total amount of the bid or Twenty-Thousand Dollars ($20,000.00), whichever is lower.

All bid Security, except the Bid Security of the three (3) apparent lowest responsible Bidders shall, if requested in writing, be returned after ten (10) days from the opening of the bids (Sundays and holiday excepted) and the bids of such Bidders shall be considered withdrawn.

The Township reserves the right to reject any or all bids, and to waive immaterial informalities, or to accept any bid which, in the opinion of the Township of Scotch Plains, will be in the best interest of the Township all in accordance with the New Jersey Local Public Contracts Law N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1 et seq. In the event of an equal or tie bid, the Township shall award the bid to the Bidder which, in the Township’s sole discretion, best serves the interest of the Township.

The Township also reserves the right to reject any and all bids if sufficient funds are not available and/or appropriated.

The selected Bidder, will, within seven (7) days of award of the bid, enter into an appropriate contact with the Township.

All Bidders must comply with P.L. 1975, Chapter 127, entitled “An Act Relating to Affirmative Action in Relation to Discrimination in Connection with Certain Public Contracts and Supplementing the ‘Law Against Discrimination’ approved April 16, 1945 (P.L. 1945, Chapter 169)”, N. J.A.C. 17:27, as amended from time to time, and the Americans With Disability Act.

Where applicable, prevailing wage rate shall be paid to all workers on the job as per N.J.A.C. 34:11-56, 25 et seq.



BARBARA RIEPE TOWNSHIP CLERK 1 T – 7/29/99, The Times Fee: $95.37



Notice is hereby given that the Westfield Planning Board at its meeting on June 7, 1999 adopted a resolution approving the Re-examination Report on the Master Plan.

Kenneth B. Marsh Secretary 1 T – 7/29/99, The Leader Fee: $9.18

Wayne Hallard Recognized For Donation of Platelets

SCOTCH PLAINS — Wayne Hallard of Scotch Plains was honored recently at a recognition dinner sponsored by The Blood Center of New Jersey (BCNJ) for a lifetime achievement of 100 apheresis donations.

Platelet apheresis is a special procedure where a donor gives six to 10 times as many platelets as he can from a whole blood donation. Blood is drawn from one arm and passed through a collection kit in a machine, which separates and retains some of the platelets. The rest of the blood is returned through the other arm.

The procedure takes approximately two hours from start to finish. These single donor platelets are used frequently for patients with various forms of leukemia and cancers, and those needing open heart surgery and organ transplants.

Mr. Hallard joined the prestigious “100 Club,” and is one of only 12 BCNJ donors reaching that milestone to date. The award was presented at the dinner, which also recognized all of the BCNJ donors who achieved at least nine platelet

apheresis donations in 1998. Individuals donating platelets may make up to 17 donations (once every three weeks) a year.

The dinner was supported by corporate sponsors J.H. Cohn Accountants and Consultants of Roseland, PSE&G, Fenwall Labs, Abbott Laboratories, Information Data Management, and Warner Lambert Company.

The donors attending the dinner hail from 11 counties, with the highest percentage from Union and Essex Counties. The Blood Center of New Jersey has three apheresis donation sites, including donor centers in West Orange and Parsippany, and Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield.

The non-profit organization annually distributes more than 100,000 blood components to over 20 hospitals in northern and central New Jersey.

Individuals who may be interested in making an apheresis donation or who would like more information may call Archie Palmer at (800) 6525663, Extension No. 159.

FOR HELPING OTHERS…Wayne Hallard of Scotch Plains accepts an award for achieving a lifetime milestone of 100 platelet donations from Tina Ilao, Administrative Director of Operations for The Blood Center of New Jersey.
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