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Anthony M. “Boopie” Mortellite, age 81 of Hammonton, died Tuesday April 8, 2014 at Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point.
Born and raised in Hammonton, he was a 1950 graduate of Hammonton High School. After graduation he served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Boopie owned and operated Buffalo Farms in Hammonton and was a member of the SJ Farm Bureau.
He is predeceased by his parents, Carmello “Buffalo Bill” and Anna Mortellite; his brother, George Mortellite and his sister, Rita Santora. Surviving are his children, Bill and his wife Kathy, Anthony and his wife Colleen and Donna all of Hammonton, Rhonda Lukas and her husband Bob of Collegeville Pa. and mother of his children, Anna R. Mortellite. Devoted grandfather of Joey, Matthew, Christian, Casey, Paige, Peyton, Kelsey, Jordan, Anthony and Carmello. Surviving also are sister, Angie DiMeglio of Elm; aunt, Mary Kostic of Williamstown and many nieces, nephews and cousins
Family and friends attended a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, April 11 at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Parish-St. Joseph Church. Burial in Greenmount Cemetery. In Boopie’s memory donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements made by the Marinella Funeral Home.
 

Anthony Gerald Furgione, 93, of Chesilhurst, died peacefully on April 5, 2014 at home. Anthony was a member of the “greatest generation.”
Born in Rosedale, he excelled in baseball, basketball, and football at Hammonton High School and was president of the class of ‘39. He honorably served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII as an aircraft radio technician. Prior to his deployment to Europe, Anthony married his high school sweetheart, Esther Hunter of Chesilhurst, a marriage that would last 68 years until the passing of Esther in 2011. Upon his return from the war, he worked for the New York Shipyard, Camden and the Budd Company, Philadelphia where he retired as a shop steward and proud member of the UAW.
Anthony dutifully served as mayor of the Borough of Chesilhurst for 17 years. He was a member and past president of the Camden County Mayors Association and a member of the Atco Methodist Church where he served in several leadership positions. A sportsman and outdoorsman, Anthony was a member of the Alpha Gun Club, the Chesilhurst Volunteer Fire Company and the N.J. Forest Fire Service. He also enjoyed the area senior citizen organizations to which he belonged and the trips and card games that ensued.
Anthony is predeceased by his devoted wife, Esther (Hunter); his dear parents, Charles and Mary Furgione; his siblings, John, Joseph, Charles “Fudgie”, Robert, Mary Lou (Wigginton) and precious granddaughter, Nicole Mary. He is survived by his children, Gerald (Barbara) of Cedar Brook, Robert (Betty) of Chesilhurst who lovingly cared for him until his death, and June Batz (Ray) of Cape May Court House; his sisters, Alice Bastien (Warren) and Helen Capri; his grandchildren, Leigh, Matt, Kristin, Gerald Jr, Lori, Ryan, and William and great-grandchildren Jack Hunter, Nola Mae, Maria, Lexi, Meagan, Bronx, Reagan, Rory, Vincent, and Riley. He was looking forward to the arrival of his first great-great-grandchild.
Relatives and friends attended Funeral Services on Friday, April 11 at the Atco United Methodist Church. Interment Williamstown United Methodist Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a gift be made to the Atco Methodist Church, Atco NJ or to St. John of God School for Special Children, Westville Grove, NJ.
Arrangements made by the Bell-Hennessy Funeral Home.

 

Anne Dolores (LaVacchia) Vaccarella, 83, of Hammonton died peacefully at home on April 8, 2014 surrounded by her family. 
Anne was born and raised in Cedar Brook, attended Lower Regional High School graduating in 1948.  She married John “Cookie” Vaccarella in 1951, and then moved to Hammonton where she was a lifelong resident.  In her youth, Anne was a stay-at-home mom working part-time as a school crossing guard at Central and Vine Streets until 1965 when she began working at Whitehall Laboratories until her retirement in 1995.  Anne’s family was the center of her life and she was always at her happiest being a Brownie and Cub Scout leader, participating in family events and attending all her grandchildren’s activities.  Most of all, Anne loved cooking and caring for her beloved husband, John and traveling on far away vacations with him.  
Predeceased by her parents, Anthony and Mary LaVacchia; sisters, Marie Pagano and Florence LaVacchia.  She is survived by her husband, John “Cookie”; children, Debra Woodruff  (Tom), John Vaccarella, Jr. (Louann) and Gayle Edwards (Gerald “Spike”); grandchildren, Kelly DeFelice (Sam), Alyson Pandolfini (Darren), Coralee Dixon (Brian Williams), Carrie and Tommy Woodruff;  great-grandchildren, Mia and Lorenzo Pandolfini and Daisy Williams. Dear sister of Dorothy Raeder, Elizabeth Albertson and Lucy Howe.
Relatives and friends attended a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, April 14 at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Parish - St. Joseph Church. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery 124 S. First Rd. Hammonton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Anne’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis TN 38105-1942 or Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ, 40 Brace Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034, Attention: Donna Evans.
Arrangements made by the Marinella Funeral Home.

 

Bruce A. Berenato, 65, of Towamencin Township, Pa., formerly of Hammonton, died on April 3, 2014 at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia after a courageous battle with sarcoma. Bruce was born and raised in Hammonton. He graduated from Hammonton High School in 1966. Following graduation, Bruce enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, rising to the rank of sergeant. He proudly served during the Vietnam War. Bruce was employed as a store manager for Sears, and continued to work in the retail industry until his retirement in 2009.
Bruce loved to play golf and ride his Harley. Over the years, he participated in many motorcycle runs to benefit local charities, particularly Mission Kids. Bruce had a “larger than life” personality, and he made friends wherever he went. You always knew that Bruce was going to tell a great story or a joke, and he always had a big smile on his face.
Bruce was predeceased by his parents, Angelo and Elsie Berenato. In addition to his wife, Karen Parker, Bruce is survived by his daughters, Stephanie and Andrea Berenato, and their mother, Nancy Haentze, all of Perkionmenville, Pa.; his sister, Denise Santagata; nephew, Dominic Santagata, and niece, Donna Santagata, of Vineland.
A memorial service was held on April 8, 2014 at the R.L. Williams, Jr. Funeral Home in Skippack, Pa. Burial was private. Contributions in Bruce’s memory may be made to Mission Kids, Child Advocacy Center of Montgomery County, P.O. Box 413, Blue Bell, PA.
 

Charles W. Dewees, 79, of Hammonton died on Tuesday, April 8 in Virtua Hospital in Voorhees. Born in Bronx, N.Y., he lived in Hammonton for 57 years. He was a quality control manager for RCA in Moorestown, now known as Lockheed Martin Corp. He was a United States Navy Veteran of the Korean War.
Mr. Dewees is predeceased by his brothers, Frank Dewees; Theodore Dewees and his sisters, Ethel Gaunt and Dorothy LoSasso. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Dewees (nee Barresi); his three daughters, whom he referred to as “Charlies Angels,” Charlene Vail of Roanoke, Va., Lynn Melino and her husband Greg of Mt. Laurel, Joanne Pagano and her husband Ben of Berlin; one brother, Robert Dewees; two sisters, Amelia Klingenberg and Betty Tomasello and his seven grandchildren, Nicole, Ben, Rebecca, Alexandra, Andrew, Stephen and Lauren.
Family and friends attended a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, April 12 at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Parish, Church of St. Anthony of Padua. Entombment followed in Greenmount Cemetery. Memorial Donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 2550 US Highway 1, North Brunswick, NJ 08902-4301.
Arrangements made by the Carnesale Funeral Home.

 

Elizabeth (Betty) Kauffman, nee Lockwood, 78, died peacefully on Friday, April 11, 2014 at home with her family around her. She was born in Chatsworth, where she met and married her late husband Clifford Kauffman on October 26, 1950. During her married life, she and her family lived in several towns in New Jersey as well as in North Carolina for several years before moving to Mays Landing in 1989.
Betty worked for several years for Stylex, Inc. in Delanco as a welder before becoming a stay-at-home mom raising her 12 children. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her entire life was dedicated to her children. She was happiest when her home was filled with her family.
She is predeceased by her husband, Clifford; her oldest son, Clifford, Jr.; her brothers, Sonny, Joe, and Frank Lockwood and sisters, Vivian Inzerma and Claudia Lenski. Betty is survived by her children, Irene Simpson (Herman) of Roseboro, N.C., Norman Kauffman (Renate) of Chester Va., Suzanne Kauffman of Mays Landing, Dorothy Hinton of Autryville, NC; Wayne Kauffman of Trenton, NJ, Laura Cariota (Larry) of Brighton, Tenn., Rebecca Olguin (Hilario) of Autryville, N.C., Hazel Toler (J.R.) of Roseboro, N.C., Beverly Goldman (Vincent) of Buena,Claudia Bates (Eric) of Mays Landing, G. David Kauffman of Mays Landing. She is also survived by her brothers, Robert Lockwood (Marge) of Roseboro, N.C. and Gordon Lockwood (Jane) of Mays Landing; her sister, Laura Burnham of Autryville, N.C; 32 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.
Family and friends attended her services on April 15 at the Marinella Funeral Home. Burial will be in Chatsworth, NJ beside her husband.
Arrangements made by the Marinella Funeral Home.




 


 
 

 



 
 
 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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