2007-01-05 / Obituaries

Obituaries

William Graves

Mr. Graves, 83, of South Amboy, died Dec. 31, 2006, in Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel. His wife, Dorothy Berlau Graves, died in 1999. Surviving are a sister, Jean Marie Dellavalle of Lakewood; and several nieces and nephews. Services were held at Carmen F. Spezzi Funeral Home, Parlin section of Sayreville. Interment was in Franklin Memorial Park Cemetery, Franklin.

JoAnn Schmelzle

Mrs. Schmelzle, 47, of Old Bridge, died Dec. 22, 2006, at home. She was predeceased by her mother, MaryJo Dill. Surviving are her husband, Thomas E. Schmelzle; three sons, Thomas E. Schmelzle Jr., and his wife, Yury, of Chatanooga, Tenn., and Dennis J. Schmelzle and Christopher M. Schmelzle, both of Old Bridge; a sister, Oreen Figaro of Franklin; and a granddaughter. Services were held at Michael Hegarty Funeral Home, Old Bridge. Cremation was private. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 19 Schoolhouse Road, Somerset, NJ 08873.

Mary Szeliga Paprota

Mrs. Paprota, 89, of Sayreville, died Dec. 30, 2006, in Old Bridge Manor. She was predeceased by her husband, Jacob J. Paprota, in 2002, and by a brother, Benjamin Szeliga, in 2004. Surviving are several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. A Mass was offered at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Sayreville. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Dorothy Nebus Locha

Mrs. Locha, 73, of Sayreville, died Dec. 26, 2006, at home. Prior to her retirement in 1996, she was employed as an administrative assistant at Roosevelt Hospital, Edison, where she worked for 27 years. Before that, she worked at Raritan Arsenal, Edison, for six years. Her husband, Francis Locha, died Dec. 1. Surviving are two sons, Francis W. Locha of Sayreville and Thomas C. Locha of the Parlin section of Sayreville; two daughters, Martha Locha-Savoy of Keyport and Mary Locha of North Brunswick; and two grandsons. A Mass was offered at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Sayreville. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Edward Frank Kennedy

Mr. Kennedy, 87, of South Amboy, died Dec. 24, 2006, at home. Prior to his retirement in 1984, he was employed as a welder with Jersey Central Power and Light Co., South Amboy, where he worked for 39 years. His wife, Jennie Paladino Kennedy, died in 2004. Surviving are two daughters, Maureen Kappes of Yonkers, N.Y., and Lorraine Kennedy of Little Silver; and two granddaughters. Services were held at Gundrum Service Home for Funerals, South Amboy. Interment was in Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arnytown section of North Hanover.

Paula Hornchak

Mrs. Hornchak, 59, of the Toms River section of Dover, formerly of Old Bridge, died Dec. 28, 2006, at home. Surviving are her husband, George; two daughters, Kim Barrera of Freehold and Dana Marciante of Old Bridge; her mother, Catherine Catena of Howell; and eight grandchildren. Services were held at Michael Hegarty Funeral Home, Old Bridge. Entombment was in Cloverleaf Memorial Park, Woodbridge.

Kevin S. Ducsak

Mr. Ducsak, 49, of the Morgan section of Sayreville, died Dec. 20, 2006, in Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy division. He was predeceased by his parents, Stephen and Shirley Gregor Ducsak. Surviving is a brother, Bruce Ducsak of South Amboy. Services were held at Gundrum Service Home for Funerals, South Amboy. Cremation was private.

James P. Gill

Mr. Gill, 86, of the Parlin section of Old Bridge, died Jan. 1, 2007, in Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel. Surviving are his wife, Rita Sheils Gills; four sons, Jim of Freehold, and Kevin, Brian and Gerard, all of Old Bridge; two daughters, Nancy Lynch of Old Bridge and Kathryn Kitt of Cos Cob, Conn.; three brothers, Thomas of Belmar, Frank of Freehold and Joseph of Nevada; a sister, Joan Carey of Pompano Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. Services are set for 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 5 at Michael Hegarty Funeral Home, Old Bridge. A Mass will follow at 9:30 a.m. at St. Bernadette's Church, Parlin.

Thomas M. Hunt

Mr. Hunt, 77, of Old Bridge, died Dec. 31, 2006, at home. He was predeceased by a son, Thomas, and by a grandson, Derick. Surviving are his wife, Catherine Heidel Hunt; five sons, Edward of Hightstown, James of East Brunswick, John of Doylestown, Pa., William of Old Bridge and Peter of the Toms River section of Dover; a daughter, Catherine Anne Hunt of Old Bridge; a sister, Mary Vaughan of Florida; and eight grandchildren. A Mass is planned for 11 a.m. on Jan. 5, 2007, at St. Ambrose Church, Old Bridge. Interment will follow in St. Gabriel's Cemetery, Marlboro.

Joseph Kosmo

Mr. Kosmo, 83, of Old Bridge, died Dec. 22, 2006, in Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick. His wife, Madeline Kosmo, died in 2003. Surviving are a daughter, Madeline Lynn McCaskill of Piscataway; two sons, Joseph Kosmo of North Brunswick and Carl Kosmo of Lincolnville, Maine; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A Mass was offered at St. Mary of Ostrabrama Church, South River. Entombment was in Holy Cross Burial Park, South Brunswick. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary of Ostrabrama Church, South River.

John R. Latham

Mr. Latham, 58, of the Parlin section of Sayreville, died Dec. 27, 2006, at home. Prior to his retirement in 2002, he was employed as a truck driver with Ferrell Gas, Woodbridge. He was predeceased by his parents, Angelina and John Latham. Surviving are his wife, Linda Eichert Latham; three sisters, Mary Ann Kruger of South Bound Brook, Patricia Wordel of Mount Olive, N.C., and Elaine Gerwer of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; many nieces and nephews; and 12 great-nieces and great-nephews. Services were held at Carmen F. Spezzi Funeral Home, Parlin. Entombment was in Cloverleaf Memorial Park, Woodbridge.

Florence Jasionowski Luteran

Mrs. Luteran, 80, of the Parlin section of Sayreville, formerly of South River, died Dec. 24, 2006, in Kimball Medical Center, Lakewood. Prior to her retirement in 1957, she was employed as a manager and hairdresser at Gay's Beauty Shop, New Brunswick, where she worked for 12 years. Her husband, Joseph A. Luteran, died in 1999. Surviving are a daughter, Maryann "Sandy" Owsik of Sayreville; a son, Joseph W. Luteran, also of Sayreville; a brother, Dr. Edward Jasionowski of Parlin; three sisters, Clair Pilecki and Lorraine Alexander, both of South River, and Helen Roginski of Palm Harbor, Fla.; and three grandchildren. A Mass was offered at Our Lady of Victories Church, Sayreville. Interment was in St. Mary's Cemetery, East Brunswick.

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