Obituaries

 

Mario C. Imperatore, 95, of Hammonton died on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at the NJ Veterans Memorial Home in Vineland.  
He was born in Philadelphia on January 23, 1924. He was raised in Egg Harbor City. Mario served in World War II with the Marines in the South Pacific, as well as many battles in the Philippines and the Battle of Bismarck off of Australia. Mario married the love of his life, the late Helen Imperatore. They were happily married for 60 years and raised three sons.  Mario worked at Top-O-Mart in Vineland for more than 30 years. He was an avid bowler and golfer.  Mario played baseball until he was 40 years old.  He loved to sing songs in Italian. Mario enjoyed most of all attending his sons’, grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s events. 
Surviving are his sons, Mario Imperatore (Anne Marie) of Hammonton, Joe Imperatore (Debbie) of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Gary Imperatore (Sharon) of Mays Landing; his 12 grandchildren; his 14 great-grandchildren and his dog, Frankie.
A visitation and service were held on Thursday, January 9 at Wimberg Funeral Home, Egg Harbor City.  Interment followed at Atlantic County Veterans’ Cemetery in Estell Manor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the NJ Veterans Memorial Home, Activity Fund, 524 N. West Blvd, Vineland, NJ 08360.
Arrangements made by Wimberg Funeral Home. 

Angela Cristina Hernandez (nee Saavedra), 97, of Hammonton died peacefully on Sunday, January 12, 2020 in the Fountains at Cedar Parke. 
Born in Havana, Cuba, she lived in Hammonton for 57 years.  She was a retired school teacher working 37 years in the Hammonton School District, specializing in ESL, reading and Spanish.  She was a member of the NJEA, the Hammonton Woman’s Civic Club, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Altar Rosary Society at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Parish where she once served as treasurer and she was a member of the Associates of St. Lucy Filippini since 1990.  
She is predeceased by her husband, Daniel Hernandez and her brother, Francisco Saavedra.  Surviving are her three children, Otto Hernandez of Hammonton, Maria Cristina Saavedra and her husband, William Mann of Harrisburg, Pa., Daniel Hernandez and his wife Michele of Wenonah, N.J., and her grandson, Julian. 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Parish, Church of St. Joseph’s, 226 French St., Hammonton, where a viewing will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.  Burial will follow in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hammonton. 
Arrangements made by Carnesale Funeral Home.
 

Crescenzo “Chris” Galli Sr., 77, of Hammonton died peacefully at home on Friday, January 10, 2020 with his loving family by his side. 
Chris was born in Tocco da Casauria, Abruzzo, Italy. He was the son of the late Cesare and Rosaria Galli. A lifelong resident of Hammonton, he graduated from Hammonton High School in 1962. Chris then met and married his beloved wife Natalia in Alanno, Abruzzo, Italy. He spent his working career as a railroad agent for Conrail, founder of Abbiamo Copiers, and was later a bus driver for Kessler Hospital and the Hammonton School System. He was passionate about working with the Knights of Columbus as a 4th Degree Knight, was an active member of the Kiwanis club for many years and also served on the Hammonton Chamber of Commerce. The organizations raised funds for many worthy causes such as children with disabilities and for families of our military during the Gulf Wars. Chris loved spending time with his family, traveling to his home in Italy and building things with his hands. He also enjoyed sharing stories of his life experiences. Chris and his wife Natalia have been members of St. Anthony Catholic Church for many years.
He is predeceased by his late sister, Francesca. Chris is survived by his wife of more than 55 years, Natalia (nee Diserio) and his children, Chris, Jr. and Michelle Galli-Wilson; two grandchildren, Gabriella Wilson and Maximilian Wilson (Samantha).  He is also survived by his four brothers, Rafaelle, Vincenzo, Antonio, Paolo; three sisters, Gemina, Agnes and Maria; his brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, many nieces and nephews and beloved caregiver, Nino. 
A viewing will be held today, Wednesday, January 15 at 9 a.m. at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Parish - St. Anthony of Padua Church, 285 Rt. 206, Hammonton, with a Mass of Christian Burial held at 10 a.m. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 5061 Harding Hwy, Mays Landing. Another viewing was held Tuesday, January 14 at the Marinella Funeral Home, Hammonton. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Kiwanis Club of Hammonton or Knights of Columbus Pallotti Council. 
Arrangements made by Marinella Funeral Home. 
 

Rachel Lounsberry, 31, of Hammonton died suddenly on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at her home. 
She was born in Stratford, N.J., and was a lifelong resident of Hammonton. Rachel worked for Shop Rite in Hammonton and at the Rain Forest Café in Atlantic City. She loved to read and do crafts with her mother.
Rachel is predeceased by her mother, Karen A. Lounsberry and grandfathers, Louis Lounsberry and Louis Petit. She is survived by her father, Robert Lounsberry; paternal grandmother, Ruth Lounsberry and maternal grandmother, Dorothy Petit. She will be missed by her loving uncles, John Lounsberry and David Lounsberry and her aunt, Julie Lounsberry, along with her friends, Michelle and Stephanie.
A viewing and services were held Monday, January 13 at the Marinella Funeral Home, Hammonton. Burial followed at Oak Grove Cemetery, 500 N. White Horse Pike, Hammonton. Donations may be made in Rachel’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN. 
Arrangements made by Marinella Funeral Home. 
 

Dolores Elizabeth Hunter, or “Dee” as most knew her, 79, of Manassas, Va., died on Tuesday, January 7 2020, in Capital Caring Adler Center, Aldie, Va.  
Born in Clementon, N.J., on November 8, 1940 to James and Irene Diamid Hunter, she lived most of her life in the South Jersey area.  The last five years, Dee lived in Manassas, Va., near her daughter Debbie.  Dee graduated from the school of hard knocks and worked her way to become Depot Master for NJ Transit in the Turnersville area.  She was a member of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 880. Dee started in the Maintenance Department in Camden.
Dee is survived by her three daughters, Debbie (Jeffries) Cruz Saldarriaga (Juan) of Manassas Park, Va., Donna (Jeffries) Angerman (Joe) of Cedar Brook, N.J., and Diana Jeffries of Ft Riley, Kan.; two sisters, Irene Shaffer of W. Berlin and Sara Hunter King of Florida; three grandchildren, Nina (Jeffries) Smith (Ben, US Army), Kirsten (Angerman) Wright (Mat) and Samantha Jeffries (Brian);  four great-grandchildren, David CJ Jeffries-Smith, US Army, Ft Riley, Kansas,  Allie Smith, Emmalee Smith of Ft Riley, Kansas, and the newest member, Anthony C. Wright of Fairbanks, Alaska.
Family, friends and others whose lives Dee touched are invited to celebrate her life Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Carnesale Funeral Home, 202 S. Third St., Hammonton. The viewing will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. followed by a celebration service at 11 a.m.  Burial will immediately follow at Winslow United Methodist Church Cemetery.  A reception will be held but the location is TBD at this time. In lieu of flowers, although Dee loved colorful flowers, donations can be made to the following in her name: Caton Merchant House  Attn:  Mandy Dickinson – 9201 Portner Avenue  Manassas, VA 20110; American Cancer Society – by phone 1.800.227.2345 Opt 2 / by mail:  PO Box 42040 Oklahoma City, OK  73123; St Jude - https://www.stjude.org/  Memorial name:  Dolores Hunter. If you would like an acknowledgment card to be sent to the family (donation amount is confidential), please include the address of 264 Manassas Drive / Manassas Park, VA  20111.
Arrangements made by Carnesale Funeral Home.
 

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