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Obits: Whitaker, Pohlig, Laphan, McLaughlin

VICTOR C. WHITAKER Mass of Christian Burial was held for Victor C. Whitaker, 83, of Audubon, Cross5 who passed away on July 13, 2009.

Beloved husband of Anne C. (nee Cooper) and loving father of Victor Paul Whitaker (Lynn) of Marlton, Marijane Olson of Casselberry, FL and the late Gary Whitaker. Also survived by his brother John Whitaker and his five dear grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Mr. Whitaker was a Navy Veteran of WWII. He was a member of the Whitaker Brothers Vaudeville Act which travelled with the USO entertaining the troops. He also worked as a Customer Service Rep. for PSE&G and retired in 1986 after 31 years of service.

Christian Mass held at St. Aloysius Church, Oaklyn, NJ. Interment private at the request of the family. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Creran Funeral Home, Oaklyn, NJ.

PATRICIA HELENMAY EILEEN POHLIG Mass of Christian burial was held for Patricia Pohlig, (nee Ryan), 88, of Bellmawr, formerly of Colwyn, Pennsylvania; born February 18, 1921, who passed away on July 13, 2009.

Devoted daughter of the late Leo Michael Ryan and Helen Isabelle Ryan (nee Mercer); predeceased by her loving husband Frederick Walter Pohlig; beloved sister of Beatrice Warren (Albert), the late Leonia Greenleaf, and the late Mildred Frazier; loving mother of Suzanne M. Belmont (Albert) and Frederick L. Pohlig; loving grandmother to Jeannette M. Taulman (Joseph), Claudia I. Pohlig, Frederick L. Pohlig, Jr. and Albert M. Belmont, III (Marie); also survived by 12 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Patricia worked in the trust department for Fidelity Bank in Philadelphia for more than 25 years. She lived much of her life in Darby and Colwyn, PA, until she moved to Bellmawr, NJ. A loving mother and grandmother, she helped raise three generations of Pohligs. She will be remembered for her abiding love, caring and thoughtfulness for her family, her devotion to her husband Frederick, her junkets to neighborhood flea markets and her hospitality at her wonderfully and carefully furnished homes.

Interment at New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr, NJ.

 EDNA LAPHAN Funeral Services were held for Edna Laphan, 83, of Bellmawr, who died July 12, 2009.

Beloved wife of the late Fred R. (Dutch). Devoted mother of Janet Scolari (Joe) of Ocean City, Fred Laphan (Ethel) of Blackwood, and Charles Laphan (Eileen) of Sewell. Also survived by eight grandchildren Karen, Jackie, Brian, Shawn, Kim, Jennifer, Danielle, Charles, ten great grandchildren; Ryan, Dylan, Mackenzie, Jacob, Joshua, Riley, Katie, Molly, Casey and Sean. Her sister Laura Corgan of Pennsauken, niece and “Best Buddy” Joan Strojan of Barrington, and many loving nieces and nephews, and extended family members.

Interment was in Harleigh Cemetery, Camden.

 GRACE E. McLAUGHLIN A tribute was held for Grace E. McLaughlin (nee Benner), 88, of Audubon, who passed away on July 13, 2009.

Mrs. McLauglin was born in Philadelphia, PA and had been a resident of Audubon Park for the past 38 years. She had worked in the record department at Korvettes and was an active parishioner of Holy Maternity Church, both in Audubon.

Grace was an independent and meticulous wife, mother, and animal lover. She loved to tend to her rose garden at home and take care of the neighborhood’s cats. As a dedicated military wife, Grace and her husband Barney got an opportunity to travel the world and live in Hawaii. She loved relaxing on the beach and day trips to Lancaster, PA. While at home Grace enjoyed being the life of the party but cherished her quiet time in front of the T.V. watching Lawrence Welk, The Price is Right and ice skating. She never missed an episode of Dancing With The Stars.

Mrs. McLaughlin is the wife of the late Bernard F. “Barney” McLaughlin U.S.N. Ret. And is the doting mother of Kathleen Derbyshire of Mullica Hill and Jessie & her husband Ed Hufnell of Deptford. Grace is the proud grandmother of Colleen Griffin, Mikaela Hufnell and is the sister of George and Bobby Benner, June Teufel and Ginny Andrelczyk.

Tribute and remembrance held privately.