Monday, September 20, 2021

John B. Kennedy of Cape May, passed away on September 17, 2021. He had just celebrated his 85th birthday with his family. He is survived by his wife, Katherine, and three children, Karen, John and Liam (Laura). He was predeceased by his daughter Kerri. He also had 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.The family will receive visitors on Thursday, 09/23/2021 from 6-8 pm at Spilker Funeral Home, 815 Washington St., Cape May. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, 09/24/2021 at 1 pm at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Cape May. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in John ‘s name to the International Essential Tremor Foundation at (Spilker Funeral Home, Cape May) info and

Raymond S. Brown, 80, of Cape May, NJ beloved husband of Betty Ann passed away on September 18, 2021, peacefully at home. Ray was born in Norristown, PA on April 9, 1941, son of the late Anna May Brown and Raymond A. Brown. He was predeceased by his sister Nancy (Reichner) brothers James and Lawrence (Brown).After high school, Ray enlisted in the U.S. Army and served until 1966. He was a proud veteran and honored to have served his country. Before retiring in 2018, Ray was self-employed and ran Ray Brown’s Pumps and Wells for many years. He then spent 25 years as Security for the Lower Cape May Regional High school.Ray loved his family with all his heart and enjoyed spending time with them especially his grandchildren and great grand children. Besides his wife Betty Ann of 57 years, he is survived by his sons Scott (Kathy) Kenneth Brown. Grandchildren Heather, Shelby (Nick) Rambo, Allie, Matthew, Jackson and his great grand children, Landon, Elizabeth and Maicie. He was extremely proud of his family. Ray is also survived by his brothers David, Gerald, John and sister Mary (Sokorai) and many nieces and nephews.Ray was a hard-working man who was always ready to lend a hand. He enjoyed spending time fishing, camping, setting up and playing with his model trains. He liked to watch TV, spend time with his dog, and root for the Eagles, Phillies and Nascar.Ray was a volunteer firefighter from the mid-1960s with Town bank Volunteer Fire Company. His favorite part was dressing up as Santa for the Christmas party for over 30 years. Ray worked up the ranks to become Chief (13 years as Chief) of which he served as an active member for 58 years and as commissioner for 40 years. He was the longest active member in the organization’s history. He was the President and one of the Founders of the Lower Township Bureau of Fire Safety. He was a lifetime member of the New Jersey State Fire Chiefs Association, Cape May County Association, International Association of Fire Chiefs, New Jersey Volunteer Fire Chiefs Association, Town bank Volunteer Fire Department, Cape May VFW post 386, member of Cape Island Masonic Lodge #30, member of the Villas Fishing Club, Honorary member of Lewes, Delaware Fire Company and a member of the American Legion.Funeral services will be held Saturday (September 25th) at 11 a.m. at Town bank Volunteer Fire Department. Burial will be private. Friends may visit with his family on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Town bank Volunteer Fire Department: 224 Town Bank Road, North Cape May, NJ 08204. To share memories or express condolences online please visit

Friday, September 17, 2021

Robert Joseph Levins, age, 77, passed away at home on August 20, 2021 surrounded by his loving wife Helen, and children. Robert was born in Philadelphia to Francis and Charlotte Levins at Pennsylvania Hospital, April 17, 1944 and his first home was 123 Elfreth's Alley. As the Levins family grew, they moved to the East Oak Lane section of the city. Bob graduated from Olney High School in 1962. During Bob's high school years he and his brother Frank were "regulars" on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. In November 1962, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and completed his training at Camp Lejuene, SC. Bob was a member of the Philadelphia Police Department from 1964 to 1995. The Levins family was well represented in the Philadelphia Police community. Bob's Father, Frank, served for over 30 years, brothers, Jerry, Tom and Michael, brother-in-law, Frank Manny and Uncle Thomas as well as his sister-in-law Theresa all served and held various ranks in the Philadelphia Police Department. Bob received numerous promotions during his career and retired at the rank of Police Inspector. During his time in the Police Department, he worked in many different assignments from Patrol, Investigations, Administration, Anti Crime Tactical (ACT), Civil Affairs and Internal Affairs. Bob also worked closely with former Police Commissioner Richard Neal. In 1995, Bob was appointed as the Director of Security and Safety at LaSalle University in Philadelphia. This was a rewarding position. Bob obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from LaSalle University (graduated Magna Cum Laude) and is also a Graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. During Bob's career in the Philadelphia Police Department, he received numerous awards, including a Heroism Commendation, Bravery Commendation, and numerous Community Service awards. Bob moved to Stone Harbor in 2003, and began a successful home security business. In addition, he served on the Board of the Stone Harbor Realty owner's Association; Trustee and docent, as well as Sgt. of Arms of the American Legion Post 331, as well as a Trustee and docent of the Stone Harbor Museum. Bob also served as a member of the Stone Harbor Borough Council as well as a Republican Committee Leader. Bob's many hobbies included tennis, entirely restoring his Stone Harbor home, which was built in 1911, motorcycling, ballroom dancing, taking long walks on the beach with his wife, Helen, and their dog, Gracie, then, Bonnie. He enjoyed watching basketball and watching the History channel. His most enjoyment was spending time with his grandchildren; wonderful memories for all! Bob is survived by his loving wife Helen (nee Brown), his children, Elizabeth Ligato (Anthony); Robert Levins (Sheri); Suzanne Gutin (Barry) and Francis Levins (Sheree). Bob is also survived by his grandchildren: Anthony Ligato (Kayla – fiancé), Nicholas Ligato, John Day, Erica and Robert (Nolan) Levins, Shayna and Harrison Gutin and Francis and Sarah Levins. Bob's siblings include Mary Hemphill (deceased) (Ken), Frank Levins (deceased) (Elisabeth), Charlotte Wolfe (Carl), Thomas Levins (deceased) (Theresa), Gerard Levins (Barbara Paul), Michael Levins (Cheryle), Richard Levins (Katherine). Bob is also survived by his first wife Eleanor and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to his memorial followed by a luncheon on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at The Stone Harbor Yacht Club located at 9001 Sunset Drive, Stone Harbor, NJ 08247. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cape May County Animal Welfare Society at 40 Route 47 S. Cape May Court House, NJ 08210.

Marjorie S. Cunningham. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved friend and Aunt, Marjorie S. Cunningham. She was 86. Born in Rio Grande, New Jersey to the late Charles and Mable Robbins Cunningham. She was the youngest of five, all of whom remained extremely close throughout their lifetimes.Marjorie was predeceased by her siblings June (Honorable George) Francis, Gordon “Sonny” (Liz) Cunningham, Ricksom “Babe” (Alice) Cunningham, Betty (Robert) Overington, her nephews Don (Patty) Jones, Robert Cunningham, great nephew Randy Cunningham, and her beloved Yorkie, Toto.Aunt Marge was employed at Bell Telephone of Pennsylvania for many years before retiring to Wildwood Crest, New Jersey. She enjoyed going to the beach, having breakfast at Snuffy’s, going to the casinos, and feeding the neighborhood squirrels. Aunt Marge was an avid reader, oil painter, a good listener, and gave great advice (whether you liked it or not). She loved our Lord, children, and Donald Trump. She also loved to Twitter with the handle @KillerHornet1.Aunt Marge is survived by her nieces Lynne (Matthew) Wassum, Barbara (John) Cassidy, Debbie Thorn, Patti Cunningham, nephews Russell (Kathy) Cunningham, David (Melonie) Overington, her many great and great-great nieces, nephews and cherished friends. Marge will also be deeply missed by her best friend and partner in crime, Patricia Brown.Aunt Marge was a bright light in this world who befriended everyone she met, touching the lives of all she met. She supported numerous charities and local organizations. There was no one more stubborn and opinionated than her, but she told it like it is and we loved her for it. She was everybody’s aunt.“Thank you for being a friend, you’re a pal and a confidant”Visitation on Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at Ingersoll-Greenwood Funeral Home 1201 Central Avenue North Wildwood, NJ 08260 with service at 2:00pm.In lieu of flowers, donations in Aunt Marge’s name may be made to Saint Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105, or your local animal

ROBERSON, DOROTHY MAY WOOTEN, 90, of Cape May Court House, September 13, 2021. She had served as Municipal Court Clerk for Cape May County and was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Douglas Providence Burton Jr. was born on Youngs Ave. in Wildwood, NJ March 21, 1934. He was the third child of the late Douglas Sr. and Eva Burton, following two sisters, Joyce and Sonia. On Friday, August 13, 2021, the Lord called Douglas P. Burton Jr home to be with Him.Doug was christened on the altar of Asbury A.M.E. Church at five months old and was very active in the church. He graduated Wildwood High School 1952 and joined the United States Air Force. Douglas was an officer on the Wildwood Police Force. After three years of law enforcement, he passed the test for the United States Mint (Treasury Department) which became his vocation in Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Eight years later, Douglas qualified for the job of his dreams, air traffic controller for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).Doug is preceded in death by his Wife: Gwendolyn Burton, Father: Douglas Burton Sr, Mother: Eva Burton, Brother: Andrew Leon Powers, Sister: Joyce Trulear, and Brother-in-law: Stanley Porter. Douglas P. Burton Jr. leaves to cherish precious memories to his children: Chan Lee Burton, and Faith-Nikole Burton, Step-children: Juanita Meyers, and Catresa Meyers, his sister: Sonia Porter, brother-in-law: Charles Trulear, Three Step-Grandchildren: Quincy, Jordan, and Marcus Southerland, a host of nieces and nephews, Asbury A.M.E. Church Family, and the Wildwood community, especially Spencer Avenue.Memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Asbury A.M.E. Church, 4101 New Jersey Avenue, Wildwood, NJ 08260. Interment will be in the Cape May County Veterans Cemetery. Condolences at

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

MARINO, NEVE THERESE (nee Faia), 64, of Wildwood Crest, September 10, 2021. She was a member of Assumption Church within Notre Dame De La Mer Parish.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Susan A. Sowers (nee Von Colln) of Cape May, NJ, passed away on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at the age of 82 at her winter residence in Jensen Beach, Florida. Susan loved spending her winters in Florida with her husband and numerous friends. She also loved to travel the world and was able to visit many countries. Susan is survived by her husband of 62 years, Ronald Sowers and her son, Randall (Colleen) Sowers and daughter Lisa Shuman; her brother Frederick “Fritz” (Constance) Von Colln; grandchildren, Ralph, Jason, Michelle (Josh), and Krystal; great grandchildren, Ralph, Ayla, Grayson, Piper, Mark and Maveric. Family and friends are invited to Susan’s Life Celebration on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at 4PM at the Cape May Marlin and Tuna Club located at 1390 Lafayette Street, Cape May, NJ.

Kerry Roland Higgs Senior, 69, of Middle Township, NJ passed away Sunday, September 12, 2021. He has been a life long resident of Cape May County. He and his wife Toni spent 10 wonderful years in Ellicottville, NY, in their home overlooking the hills and ski slopes where she was raised. Kerry was a prideful 25-year veteran of the Wildwood Police Department, a Security Guard for the Cape May County Zoo, a former Army National Guardsman, a volunteer firefighter for Ellicottville Fire Department, a perfect Pop-Pop to 11 grandchildren, amazing husband to Toni and the best father anyone could have!He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Toni Higgs (nee Kerns). His children Teresa Garwood (Mike), Elizabeth Fickes (Jimmy), his son Kerry Higgs Jr. (Christi), Michele Rhodes (Don), Peter Welch and Melissa Carmela. He was blessed with an entourage of grandkids: Riley, Caleb, Angel, Conner, Katie, Abby, Corbin, Tommy, Kolin, Rhandi and Knox. His sister, Lisa Higgs.In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to the Cape May County Zoo or a charity of your choice.A gathering of family and friends will be held at the Cape May County Park and Zoo at 11am at Pavilion D on Thursday September 16th. At noon the family will ask their guests to share a memory of their time with Kerry followed by a toast to his life. Condolences at

Monday, September 13, 2021

Mary C. Tietz, passed in peace Friday September 10, 2021 at the age of 83. Loving mother of Doreen Gantz, son Gerald and daughter Tara. Grandmother of Melissa and Lindsay and sons-in-law David Gantz and Frederick. In lieu of flowers, donations to Service will be held Saturday, September 18, 2021 at St. John of God, 680 Townbank Rd., North Cape May, NJ 08204; calling time from 10-11AM, Mass - 11-11:45AM. Condolences can be shared at

Beth Audeen Brooks Huber passed away on September 4, 2021 in Covington, LA. She was born on December 6, 1939 in Meadville, PA to the late Preston and Marion Huson Brooks. She was a graduate of Meadville High School.Beth was the loving mother of Cindy Huber Nichols and her husband Brian, and the proud grandmother of Zachary Nichols, of Mandeville, LA. She is also survived by her sister Diane Singer of Saegertown, PA, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death, by her brother William (Sonny) Brooks, her sister Phyllis Feltenberger and her former husband William (Bill) Huber.She previously resided in Cape May Court House, NJ, where she worked at the Cape May County Herald for over 30 years. She began her career as an Advertising/Sales Executive and eventually became Advertising Director before retiring in December 2014. After retiring, she enjoyed spending time with friends and family before moving to Covington, LA in June 2020, to be closer to her family. She loved football, especially the Philadelphia Eagles, Penn State, University of Florida and LSU and basketball, reading and playing Bridge.Relatives and friends are invited to the Memorial Service at Avalon Links Restaurant on Friday, November 26, at 12pm. Please Share a Memory on the Tribute Wall at

Robert Barto (“Bruce”), age 63 of Villas, passed away Saturday, September 11, 2021. Formerly of Upper Darby, PA, Bruce was a graduate of Upper Darby Senior High School (1977) and has been an area resident since 1988. He was a life member and vice president of Black Sheep Motorcycle Club with whom he enjoyed riding his Harley Trike. He was a dedicated 33-year employee at Sea Gear Marine Supply in Cape May, where he was well respected and loved. Bruce enjoyed riding motorcycles, fishing, watching sports, and was a die-hard Philadelphia sports fan. He also enjoyed sport cars, especially his 1996 SS Camaro. He was also well known for his Christmas displays at his home.Bruce is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Carol, daughter Valerie Leidy and son Bruce Jr., his grandsons Justin and Luke who he adored, siblings Linda (Albert) Haske, Charles (Renee), and Barbara (Thomas) Colgan, many nieces and nephews, and dog Zoey.A funeral service for Bruce will be held at 12noon on Friday, September 17, 2021 at Evoy Funeral Home, 3218 Bayshore Rd., N Cape May; friends may call prior to service from 10am – 12noon. Burial will be privately held. Contributions in Bruce’s memory can be made to Love of Linda Cancer Fund, PO Box 1053, Wildwood, NJ 08260. Condolences can be shared at

Craig L. Leisey, 59, of Parkside Dr. Lebanon, passed away on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at home. Craig was born on April 25, 1962 in Wichita, KS, he was a son of Claire Aungst Leisey of FL and the late James L. Leisey.He was a 1980 graduate of Cedar Crest High School, Lebanon. Craig was the Business Owner and Chef of Key West Tacos in Cape May, NJ.Surviving, in addition to his mother, are a daughter, Ashley and husband Chad Santer of Purcellville, VA; a son, Jesse and wife Julia Leisey of Lebanon; three grandchildren, Keriann Leisey, Madilyn Santer, and Catalena Leisey; a brother, Gregory and wife Bambi Leisey.Craig will always be remembered by those who loved him for his sense of humor, love for his family, joy of cooking for family and friends and endless adventures. He enjoyed life to the fullest, traveling, golfing and spending time with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed and will always be very much loved. A great father and friend to many.A Memorial Gathering will be held on Monday, October 11, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Hebron Banquet Hall 701 East Walnut Street Lebanon PA 17042.The H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove is in charge of arrangements and you may send condolences online at

John P. Montgomery, 62, of Wildwood, NJ, was born in Philadelphia, PA on March 22, 1959 at Nazareth Hospital. John passed away peacefully Thursday, September 9, 2021.Upon graduating Archbishop Ryan High School in 1977, John joined his father working in the family business. His travels led him to finding a new life in California, where John spent most of his adult years. John moved back to the East Coast about 12 years ago to be closer to his family.John enjoyed all water sports including boating, water skiing, and fishing. He was an accomplished snow skier, which took him to different parts of this country. John was graced with tremendous mechanical ability, allowing him to spend many hours on his favorite car or boat.John was predeceased by his parents, John and Arlene, and his brother William and his sister MaryEllen. He is survived by his sister Kathi and brothers Marty, Scott, and Kenny, as well as his extended family and friends.Outdoor service will be held at the Avalon Manor Pier on September 25, 2021 at 11:00 am, lunch to immediately follow at the Avalon Manor Hall. The family requests that donations be made in lieu of flowers to Cape Hope Homeless Outreach in John’s name. Please visit to donate.Condolences

Friday, September 10, 2021

John Kozak, age 93 of North Cape May passed away Wednesday, September 8, 2021. Born in, and formerly of, Philadelphia, John has been an area resident since 1995. He was a graduate of Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia, and went on to serve in the US Army during the Korean War, and then worked as a salesman for Pruyn Bearings and Bearings Incorporated in Philadelphia. John also was a Past Master at Perkin’s #402 Masonic Lodge in Philadelphia, and was a member of Villas Fishing Club.John is survived by his wife of 68 years, Jean Kozak, daughters Janice (Joe) Miller and Joyce (Corey) Young, grandchildren Joey, Jordan, Jack and Jarrett Miller, and Ryan Young. He is predeceased by his parents, Andrew and Anna Kozak, and brother Edward Kozak.John’s family would like to acknowledge the many physicians, nurses, technicians, and support staff who worked alongside him, Your dedication and kind care gifted him with several additional years of life and you are very much appreciated. Anyone who would like to honor John with a memorial donation can do so with the National Kidney Foundation, Condolences can be shared at

Thursday, September 09, 2021

CARL JAMES CLEMENT, a life well lived, passed unexpectedly on July 31, 2021 in Washington State at age 54. Born June 7, 1967 in Cape May County, NJ, he is survived by mother Marie, brother Clint (Linda), sister Chrissy, son Christopher (Isabella) of Alaska, son Keegan of Oregon, nephew Jeremy and many other extended family and friends (Kerri).He was preceded in death by father Clint Clement, Sr., cousin Robert Adams, and many others. He was raised Roman Catholic and, in his youth, enjoyed farming, hunting, and dirt bikes. He graduated from Middle Township High School in 1985. His life at the Jersey Shore was filled with guitar playing, boating, water/jet skiing, fast cars, and boardwalk amusements. His free spirit took him many places. He loved life wherever he went!Later his careers as an EMT and journeyman/lineman flourished. Carl could “fix” anything, he was so mechanically inclined and intelligent.His selfless nature to help anyone in need will never be forgotten. Sensitively, not a pushover is resounding. If he didn’t agree, it wasn’t happening! The free spirit, rebel, wild child!Services on the East Coast will mirror those on the West Coast on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Baptist Cemetery in Cape May Court House, NJ. Share with us the remembrance of our “one of a kind”! Condolences at

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Louis Michael Porto, 88, of Rio Grande, NJ departed this life August 28, 2021. He was born May 8, 1933 in Philadelphia, PA.Lou was a chef, a coach and teacher of Culinary Arts. He loved teaching the children of the Special Services School District. However his best loves were his family about whom he is most proud.He was predeceased by his parents and his son, Louis Jr. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Gloria (Alfano), and his children: The Honorable John C. Porto and his wife Lisa; Michael A. Porto; and Rochelle A. Porto, also special needs teacher; his grandchildren: Alycia Solecki and her husband John, and Christopher Porto, and Laura Porto; and great grandchild: Ryann Rose Solecki.Special thanks to the Staff at Crest Haven Nursing Home for their compassionate care for Lou in his final days. The leader of the band is gone. He will be greatly missed.Mass Of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on September 27, 2021 at Saint John Neumann Parish, Saint John Of God Church, 680 Town Bank Road, North Cape May, NJ 08204, where visitation will be 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cape May County Special Services School District, 148 Crest Haven Road, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210, or Cape May County Technical High School, 188 Crest Haven Road, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210, or a charity of one’s

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Michael “Mikee Whiteshoes” Francis Williamson, 66, of Wildwood, NJ, was welcomed into Heaven on Saturday, September 5, 2021. Born on February 25, 1955 in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late John Joseph and Elaine Mae (Ward) Williamson. Michael attended St. Gabriel's High School in Philadelphia and enlisted in the US Navy.Evangelist, Street Preacher, Lover of Jesus, “Mikee Whiteshoes” was a fighter. As hard as he fought against men at the beginning of his life, as a boxer, he fought for the souls of men at the end of his life, as a minister of the Gospel - especially to the forgotten men and women in the nursing homes and shelters of Philadelphia and South Jersey. Mikee was a student and devoted teacher of the Bible who not only hid scripture in his heart, but proclaimed it and put it into action. Mikee was a powerful voice for the Kingdom of God, ministering salvation through Christ Jesus. His own life was a witness to the saving grace of God and he urged others to receive Jesus and allow Him to change their lives from the inside out. He was a founder of Lost Sheep fellowship, forerunner of The Jesus House ministry, which first began meeting at Clary’s Restaurant of Cape May Court House.Mikee was a Christian leader who attracted and motivated teams of Believers to participate in ministry to others, leading by example. He was a powerful engine for the Gospel, organizing coat drives and Christian outreaches to recovering addicts through The Jesus House ministry at The Last Stop in the Kensington section of Philadelphia and at The Carpenter’s Shop of Wildwood, the Revolve Church of North Cape May and the Atlantic City Salvation Army, in conjunction with If Not For Grace Ministries. Mikee frequently preached at Teen Challenge and the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. Some of his messages are posted on YouTube and Though Mikee had friends and ministry supporters among many South Jersey Churches, his final affiliation was with the Revolve Church of North Cape May and Iglesia Cristiana Oasis de Bendicion of Rio Grande.Michael is survived by his loving wife, Justine Namuyanja Williamson; his children and their spouses: son Michael Williamson and children, Michael, Selena and E.J.; son Tommy Williamson and his son, Tommy; daughter Lisa (Anthony “Peanut”)Hickman and their children, Kristopher, Eric and Rylee; son Joey (Kim)Williamson and their daughter, Karlee.Michael is also survived by his siblings and their spouses: Alice (David) Guld, John “Buddy” (Judy)Williamson, Andrew (Donna) Williamson, Kathleen (McAvoy) Callaghan, Francis (Dawn) McAvoy and Elaine “Lainey” McAvoy.He was preceded in death by first wife, Susan (DiMedio)Williamson.Funeral service will be at the First Assembly of God, Cape May, on Friday, September 10 with visitation 10-11AM, memorial service 11AM and interment following at Seaside Cemetery, Marmora. Arrangements are by the Spilker Funeral Home, Cape May. All attendees are invited to wear white shoes to the service in honor of Mikee’s life and ministry.

Caroline M. Williams, 96, of Cape May Court House, NJ passed away September 2, 2021. She was born in Philadelphia to the late William and Caroline Allen and worked in the Cape May County Court System. Caroline was a member of Our Lady of the Angels Church and enjoyed playing cards and going on cruises. She is predeceased by her husband James, daughter Caroline Schaefer, and grandson Joseph Williams.Caroline is survived by her children: James (Ruth) Williams, Gary (Joanne) Williams, Robert (Sandy) Williams, and Christine Cramer; brother Michael Allen and his wife Linda who took great care of Caroline; as well as 9 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild; and caretaker Bonnie.Memorial Mass will be Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of The Angels Church, 35 East Mechanic Street, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady of the Angels Church. Condolences at

Christian J. Peterson III (“Chip”) of Wildwood, NJ passed away suddenly Tuesday evening August 31, 2021 in Cooper Medical Center, Camden. He was 64 years old.Born in Bridgeton to the late Christian J. Jr. and Dorothy (Eddy) Peterson, he was the husband of Karen (Haaf) Peterson.Christian or “Chip” as he was known was an area resident for many years before moving to Wildwood. He attended the Woodruff School system, prior to attending and graduating first in his class from the Valley Forge Military Academy. He then attended and graduated from Mercer County Colllege with a degree in Funeral Service. Chip worked at the former Carll Padgett Funeral Home in Bridgeton, the Radzieta Funeral Home in Cape May Court House, and the Carll Peterson Ilacqua Funeral Home in Bridgeton, which he owned and managed for several years. In Cape May County he owned and operated with his wife Karen, a Bread Service company, 4 Shore Distribution which he was extremely proud of and very much appreciative of his employees and customers. Chip was a former member of the Jaycees in Bridgeton, the Kiwanis Club, Ionic Lodge 40 Free and Accepted Masons, and the Wildwood Chamber of Commerce.He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Karen, his children Christian J. Peterson IV of California, Joshua C. Peterson of Nevada, and Jeffrey Miletta and his wife Amber of Ocean City, NJ, his grandchildren Tessa, Ronan, and Nico, three brothers Greg Peterson and his wife Kathy of Upper Deerfield, Bruce Peterson and his wife Zina also of Upper Deerfield, Robert Peterson and his wife Shelly of Beaumont, Texas, and his sister Dianne Hill and her husband Keith of Fredricksburg, Virginia. Besides his mother and father, Chip was predeceased by a granddaughter Macee Miletta in 2019.Funeral services will take place privately and at the convenience of the family. A public celebration of Chip’s life will be announce in the future. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the SRAY-WEBSTER FUNERAL HOME, Upper Deerfield Twp.. Written condolences and expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting the funeral home website at

Doris T Gavaghan, age 92 of Sewell, passed away Sunday, September 5, 2021. Doris was a resident of Cape May and N. Cape May until 2018. She loved music and dancing, especially big band swing dance, and enjoyed the Mummers. Doris was a good joke teller with a great sense of humor. She is predeceased by her husband John Gavaghan (1990). Doris is survived by her nephew James (Lori) Gavaghan, nieces Theresa (Ronald) Conner and Maureen Gavaghan, sister-in-law Theresa Gavaghan, 3 great-nephews, 4 great-nieces, 1 great-great-nephew, and 1 great-great-niece. A funeral service for Doris will be held at 2pm on Monday September 20 th, 2021 at the Evoy Funeral Home, 3218 Bayshore Rd, N Cape May, NJ. Friends may call one hour prior to service from 1pm - 2pm. Burial will immediately follow service at the Cape May County Veterans Cemetery, 129 Crest Haven Rd., Cape May Court House. Condolences can be shared at

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Kathleen A. Rinier, 77, of Cape May Court House, NJ, formerly of North Wildwood, passed away on Sunday, August 15, 2021. She was born in Philadelphia to the late John J. and Margaret V. Gubicza Haas, Jr. She was a member of Our Lady of the Angels Church and a former member of St. Ann Church in Wildwood. She worked at Court House Convalescent Center and enjoyed spending time with her coffee club at Donut Connection and watching her grandchildren’s sports.Kathleen is survived by her daughters, Nadine (Donnie) Bullock and Melissa (Fred Boyle) Wells; her brothers, John Haas, III and Richard Haas; her 13 grandchildren, Brittany (Victor), Brandon (Lauren), Bryan, Gianna, Rayne, Madison, Ava, Loghan, Aubrey, Declan, Joshua, Justin, and Branden (Jolisa); her 12 great grandchildren, McCallister “Cali”, Asher, Liam, Eli, Amara, Khloe, Amelia, Branden, Kai, Isma, Justin, and Bentley; and her extended family and friends.Services will be private. Memorial donations may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Patricia A. Adams, 87, of Cape May Court House, NJ, passed away on Saturday, August 28, 2021. She was born in Philadelphia, PA to the late Thomas and Catherine McKeown Hinton. She was a teacher’s aide for Lower Township Schools and was a grandmother to the students.Mrs. Adams is survived by her daughters, Carol Bakley and Donna Alullo; nine grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Joseph Adams. Memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the Cape May County Veterans Cemetery Chapel, 127 Crest Haven Road, Cape May Court House. Condolences

FISCHER, BERTHA "BETSY" R., 95, of Ocean City, July 29, 2021. She was a volunteer at the Ocean City Free Public Library and Shore Memorial Hospital.

Justin Robert Stankiewicz, 29, of Villas, NJ, passed away on Friday, August 27, 2021. He was born in Cape May Court House and was a lifetime resident of this area. He worked as a supervisor with his father’s general contracting business.Justin served in the U.S. Army from 2011 to 2015 and was a member of the Honor Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. He loved soccer, playing video games, singing, camping, and hunting with his father. He also enjoyed hiking on nature trails and was a big Raiders and Wolves FC fan. Most of all, he was a loving father and son.Justin had a beautiful heart and would help anyone in need. His beautiful smile lit up the room wherever he was. He will be held dearly in our hearts and missed by so many. He was an amazing son who cherished his family and an amazing father to his son Brantley.Justin is survived by his son Brantley Robert Stankiewicz; his parents Maryann Stankiewicz and Steven (Cathy) Stankiewicz; his brothers Steven Joseph (Jessica) Stankiewicz and twin Brian Matthew Stankiewicz; his grandmother Maryann Layton; his stepsisters Rachel Holway and Courtney Holway; his nephew Trevor; and loved by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Barbara Stankiewicz and Merrel Robert Layton.Viewing will be held on Friday, September 3, 2021 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Radzieta Funeral Home, 9 Hand Avenue, Cape May Court House with his funeral service beginning at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be in the Cape May County Veterans Cemetery. A college fund has been made for Justin’s son Brantley. If you would like to make a donation, please make checks payable to Brantley Robert Stankiewicz. Checks may be given at the service or mailed to 105 Bentz Ave., Villas, NJ 08251. Condolences at

CarolAnn Mary (Schast) Read, 71, of Cape May Court House, NJ passed away peacefully at home on August 25, 2021. She was born at Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia on September 28, 1949 to John and Frances (Duda) Schast. CarolAnn went to West Catholic High School for Girls then went on to graduate in 1975 from Gwynedd-Mercy College where she studied nursing. She worked as an X-ray technician at Misericordia Hospital, as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department at Hahnemann University Hospital (1978-1981) and Burdette Tomlin Memorial Hospital where she retired in December 2000. CarolAnn was married to her beloved late husband Joseph Read for 34 years. She loved travelling, going to the beach, going to the casinos, attending concerts and spending time with friends and family. She will be profoundly missed.She is survived by her step-children, Lauren Read, Marcie (Anthony) Samartino and Bradley (Esther) Read, step-grandsons Christopher Samartino and Eli Read, niece Tracie (Raymond) Mowery, great-niece and goddaughter Kristen Mowery, and great-nephews Raymond and Matthew Mowery. She is predeceased by her husband Joseph Read, her brother John Schast and her sister Susan Kriss-Dougherty.There will be a dual memorial for CarolAnn and Joseph Read, who passed in April 2020 and couldn’t be memorialized due to the Covid outbreak. The memorial service will be held on Friday, September 17, 2021 at 11:00 am at Radzieta Funeral Home located at 9 Hand Avenue in Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. The family will gather with friends and relatives afterwards. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Beacon Animal Rescue, 701 Butter Road, Ocean View, NJ 08230

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Marie Aspell Carley, long time resident and believer in all-things Millville, passed away on August 24 in Cape May, NJ at the age of 95.Marie touched the hearts of everyone who knew her — as the life of every party, a generous supporter of Cumberland County charities, a dedicated member of the Millville Woman’s Club, a board member of Wheaton Arts, a news junkie, and above all —abeliever in laughter and in people.She taught her three daughters, Jacalyn Carley, Joni Marie Carley and Jan Carley Randle, to be self confident women and caring, giving human beings. Her grandchildren were her Seven Wonders of the World: Joseph, Lauren and Spencer Randle, Ian and Ari Yamaguchi, and Alexander and Katy Schaper.Her great grandchildren, Chad and Claire Marie Keller, were her Wonder’fuls’.Marie had a deep and special relationship with both son-in-laws, Chad A Randle and Ruediger Schaper, and with her grandson-in-law, Bill Keller.She was a special aunt to her nieces and nephews, and is survived by a sister, Peggy Raebiger.Marie Aspell was the oldest of seven and helped the family by working as a Locker Room Girl at Clementon Lake Park.She became a whizz typist who took on two full time jobs to support her siblings. While working at Varitype, she met Joesph Carley.They married in 1952 and moved from Haddonfield, NJ to Millville in 1969 with Duralith Corporation.As President of The Joseph L Carley Foundation, Marie oversaw help for homeless, food kitchen support and tomany organizations dedicated to helping those in need.She cared deeply for women’s causes and the general betterment of Millville.Marie made a lasting contribution to the Levoy Theater and the Millville Public Library.Marie had a quick and wicked sense of humor, few were spared!Only a few years ago she retired her tap shoes and the boombass instrument that entertained family and friends.There was never enough music, never enough dancing or laughter. She always wanted more.There was only this life and she’d still be here if she could.Marie moved into the house next to her best friend and daughter, Jan, who with her husband Chad, brought the party to her or her to the party. Marie passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. We are grateful for every minute we had with her, and grateful for the opportunities her generosity provided for her children and grandchildren. As much and often that we told her we loved her, she never failed to answer, “I love you more.” And she did.In lieu of flowers or gifts, we request you make a donation in her name to the Millville Public Library.Memories and expressions of sympathy for Marie Aspell Carley may be shared on the Obituary Tribute Wall at

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Robert (Bob) William Vander Decker Sr. passed away peacefully on August 23, 2021 at Cape Regional Medical Center, Cape May Court House, NJ. He was born on September 19, 1934 in Elizabeth, NJ. He is predeceased by his parents William and Anna (Heck) Vander Decker, his brother George Vander Decker and granddaughter Rachel Louise Church. He is survived by his loving wife, Louise, of almost 66 years and 3 children; Robert Jr (Janice) Hockessin, DE, Bethann Gallagher (Michael) Newark, DE, and Lisa Church Batzell (Daniel) Villas, NJ. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren: Robert Vander Decker, III (Kristy), Shelley Vander Decker, David Clizbe, Matthew Clizbe, Craig Clizbe and Steven Church. Also, step grandchildren Meghan Zeigler (Brian), Daniel Batzell Jr (Jasmine) and Dana Batzell. There are 6 great grandchildren: Jordan, Bryce, Delilah, Grayson, Mirabel and Colton as well as many nieces and nephews.Bob grew up in Iselin, NJ, and is a 1953 graduate of Woodbridge High School. He worked at Sandi’s Texaco in Iselin, NJ where he was a certified GM auto mechanic. He was a violinist in the New Jersey State Symphony. He joined the United States Navy upon graduating from high school. He served on 6 different ships from 1953-1963. In 1959, he began working for Public Service Electric and Gas at the Linden and Hudson Generating Stations. In 1972, Bob and his family moved to Delaware and he worked at the Salem Nuclear Power Station as an Instrumentation and Control Supervisor and from 1992-1995 as an Instrumentation and Control Planning Supervisor.Bob enjoyed many activities that his children and grandchildren were involved in. He was involved with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Bob was dedicated to his family which always included vacations including a 6-week cross country trip in 1972 towing an 18’ travel trailer, driving over 10,000 miles. He and Louise also traveled with travel clubs and family and friends to various places in the United States, as well as Europe and the Caribbean. They have made Cape May, NJ their seasonal home for 40 plus years.Bob has been a member at Limestone Presbyterian Church, Wilmington DE serving as a Deacon, an Elder and participating on the building and grounds committee. He was very skilled at fixing anything and many family and friends have benefitted from him helping with home repairs and projects. He always had a toolbox with him. Bob will be missed by family and friends.Funeral will take place on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Evoy Funeral Home 3218 Bayshore Road North Cape May, NJ at 11:00am. Friends and family may come one hour prior for viewing. Interment is at Cold Spring Cemetery. Donations in memory of Robert W. Vander Decker, Sr. may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, Tennessee 38105 or or Naval Air Station Wildwood (NASW) NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum 500 Forrestal Road Cape May, NJ 08204. Memorial Service to follow at a date to be determined at Limestone Presbyterian Church Wilmington, Delaware. Condolences can be shared at

Michael D. Dunlevy of South Dennis passed away Friday August 13th, 2021 at Cape Regional Medical Center with his loving family by his side. After years of struggling with his health and physical disability, he is no longer suffering and is at peace. Beloved son of Marian Mackin and David Dunlevy of Runnemede, NJ, Michael was a loving brother, hardworking father, and supportive husband who touched the lives of many. Born October 13th, 1959, Michael was 62 years old.Growing up, Michael enjoyed time in the Boy Scouts, countless times at the shore and elsewhere with his friends and family, and a successful career in football and basketball for Triton High class of 1978. After school Michael spent nearly 40 years in the bread industry, working his way up from delivery driver to regional manager. In that time, he made many lifelong friends working for Wonder Bread, Arnold, Thomas, Freihofer, and Bimbo Bakeries, networking and successfully “running an old school bread business like nobody does these days anymore.” Michael had a true talent for reminiscing and telling stories like nobody else. Anyone lucky enough to hear him spin a yarn was immediately made aware of his full grasp on the more colorful words and phrases in the English language whether they liked it or not and was certainly left doubled over in laughter at one point or another. Every smile he could raise brought him immeasurable joy.In his spare time Michael enjoyed the great outdoors, as well as giving back to the community. He spent time dressing as Santa Claus for orphanages and group homes with a Runnemede charity club, helped raise enough money to put in a playground at a local school, and volunteered as umpire for his son’s youth league baseball games. Michael also donated bread during the holidays for many of the local baskets and food drives, most notably helping the holiday efforts of the Sea Isle City VFW for years. In his younger days he enjoyed many softball and darts leagues, fishing and living on his boat Ripples, as well as spending many days at the Deauville Inn in Strathmere where he later met the love of his life.Survived by loving wife Joann Dunlevy, children Dean and Kelsey, brother and sister-in-law Patrick and Sue Dunlevy, brother-in-law Louis Grispino, nephews Paul Dunlevy, Louis Grispino, niece Christine McGeever, and son in law Kyle Krause, Michael’s greatest treasure in this world was the time spent with his family and friends. This especially includes the countless times at the shore with his many cousins, card games with his friends from school, breakfast at Steve’s and Clary’s with his children, camping trips to Stoke’s State Forest, “family day” barbecues at 38th street, and all the wonderful times spent with his friends from the Sea Isle City VFW. From late nights at the Coast Motel, to early mornings on the dock in Sea Isle City and Avalon, his colorful personality and one of a kind sense of humor touched every soul that crossed his path. Please join us to celebrate the wonderful life of Michael Dunlevy at Radzieta Funeral Home on Friday, August 27, 2021 with a viewing from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. with his funeral service beginning at 3:00 p.m. Interment will be private. Condolences at

MILLER, JOHN H. "Jack", 82, of Palermo, August 19, 2021. He served in the US Marines and had worked for the Woodbine MUA.

Monday, August 23, 2021

George A. Smith, of Warminster, passed away on August 20, 2021. George was a retired Philadelphia Police Officer, who served for 30 years in the Mounted Patrol.He was also a proud US Marine, who proudly served in both World War II and Korea.George was the husband of the late Doris and loving father of Mark (the late Angel) and Craig. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandson.Family and friends are invited to George’s Life Celebration, Friday, August 27th, from 10-11am, at Decker/Givnish of Warminster, 216 York Rd., and to participate in his Funeral Service at 11am. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Fraternal Order of Police Survivor’s Fund, 11630 Caroline Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19154 would be appreciated.To share your fondest memories of George, please visit

Christina Nerantzis Staikos, 64, of Cape May Court House, NJ, was born on January 3, 1957 in the “Garden State” Victoria, Australia. On December 4, 1972, she arrived in America having immigrated with her parents and the two brothers. They settled in Wildwood, New Jersey, also a Garden State. After graduating from Wildwood High School in the mid-70s, Christina worked in the family restaurant business until she met her future husband, Vasilis Staikos. They were married in November 1994, and soon there after moved to Granville, New York. There they operated the Granville House Of Pizza for many years. They made a move to Manchester Center, Vermont, famous as a shopping mecca. Christina worked in retail for many years, making many friends of her colleagues. In April 2021, after a year of Covid restrictions and economic turmoil, Christina was diagnosed with late-stage cancer. Knowing that she had terminal cancer, her desire was to relocate to her family home in Cape May Court House, New Jersey to live the remainder of her life and to be buried near her parents. She passed on August 20, 2021. August 20 is noteworthy as it was the day that her mother passed three years earlier in 2018.Christina is survived by her brothers Perry and Nick who were constantly by her side. She died peacefully knowing that she was loved and cared for in her last days. Funeral services will be held at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 321 Saint Demetrios Ave, North Wildwood, NJ 08260 on Thursday, August 26 with viewing from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. and service beginning at 11:00 a.m. She will be laid to rest in the Baptist Cemetery, Cape May Court House, New Jersey. Condolences