JACOB GEORGE CHEW, JR.
A Farewell Service will be held for Jacob George Chew, Jr., 86, of Bellmawr, who died November 13, 2009.
A great day for Jake was spent at Gloucester Park meeting friends, old and new. Jake always brought extra chairs for his friends. Lunch would be at Ponzios, followed by a nap. Afternoons would include a visit to the Red Bank Battlefield to meet more friends. A return to Ponzios for dinner would finish Jake’s day.
Jake was born in Barnsboro and graduated from Woodbury High. He was a member of America’s greatest generation, serving in the US Army in World War II. He landed in Normandy shortly after D-day. He fought throughout Europe including the Battle of the Bulge though he rarely mentioned it. Jake was a member of the Laborer’s Union Local #172 of Bordentown.
Jake’s easy-going, friendly manner will be with us forever.
Husband of the late Pearl and father of Sandra Shisler (Walter) and sister-in-law of Mary Chew. Survived by many nieces and nephews, his friends at the park and his extended family at Manor Care.
Interment was in Woodbury Memorial Park.
THOMAS G. JEFFERS
Funeral Services were held for Thomas G. Jeffers, 60, of Bellmawr, who passed away on November 13, 2009.
“Why not me?”…this is how Tom began his greatest testimony. No anger, no fear, no hesitation. Toms’ faith proved strong as he remained confident in Gods’ word, never wavering from his trust in salvation. Psalm 15.
Tom was a former coach for M.E.P.R.I. and Bellmawr Purple Eagles football teams and worked diligently for Pathmark for more than 40 years.
Loving son of Theodore and Marie Jeffers. Beloved husband of Susan F., joyfully married for 41 years. Devoted father of Thomas, Jr. (Corry), Nicole Doucet (Mark) and Jason (Francie). Dear brother of Joanne Elenbark (George), Theodore (Dawn), and John (Lynn). Loving grandfather of Brendan McGlinchey, Thomas III, Kayla, Tanner, Karie, Andrew, Joey, Serina, Evan, Autumn and Liberty. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. He had a fatherly love for his nephew Alton C. Amato & cousin Gene Petruzzi. By his side for more than 55 years has been his, incredibly loyal, best friend Tom Dworacek.
JAMES T. KERRIGAN
A Funeral Mass was held at Most Holy Redeemer Church, Westville, for James T. Kerrigan, 86, of Deptford, who died November 13, 2009.
Jim grew up in the shadow of Shibe Park, graduated from Roman Catholic in 1942, Mr. Kerrigan served in the U.S. Navy in Trinidad, Hawaii and Iwo Jima during WWII. For 39 years Jim was a mechanic for SEPTA, retiring in 1981.
Jim and his late wife Rose, raised their family in Saint Anne’s Parish, Westville, retiring to Lakebridge 20 years ago where the attention of his children and grandchildren was unending and the friendship of his neighbors ever-faithful.
Beloved husband of the late Rose C. Kerrigan; devoted father of Patricia Rose McGuinness of Deptford, James T. Kerrigan, Jr. of Gloucester City, Kathryn “Kass” Murnock of Wilmington, NC, Janice Corrado of W. Deptford, Jeanette “Jean” Corrado of W. Deptford, Catherine “Cathy” Rankine of Ashville, NC, the late Hugh J. Boyle and the late Katherine Viator; grandfather fof 14; great grandfather of 12; brother of Margaret “Peggy” Wynn of Philadelphia.
JULIA GLADYS MEZZATESTA
Funeral Services were held for Julia Gladys Mezzatesta, 76, of Blackwood, formerly of Bellmawr, who passed away on November 13, 2009.
Mrs. Mezzatesta was a member of the Camden County Senior Citizens Club in Blackwood. She was a waitress at Ponzio’s Restaurant in Brooklawn for over 40 years.
Beloved wife of the late John. Devoted mother of Joan Otto (David), Donna Carullo (John) and Christine Gunning (Steve). Dear sister of James Fitzgerald (Jean). Loving grandmother of Jill, Juliane and Joshua Otto, Andrew Higareda, Steven, Thomas and Marsha Gunning.
Interment was in Saint Joseph’s Cemetery, Chews Landing.
Funeral Services were held for Joseph Stepanow, 83, of Mount Ephraim, who died November 16, 2009.
Mr. Stepanow was a 1944 graduate of Paulsboro High School. He proudly served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army. Mr. Stepanow worked for General Electric for over 40 years. He was a fabulous gardener who enjoyed sharing his herbs and vegetables with everyone. He was also an avid fisherman. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all.
Survived by his cousins Alexander and Eva Spolitback and their children and his dear friends of over 40 years Deborah and Bob Jones, Shirley and Paul Martin and many other friends and neighbors.
Interment was in Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro.