Obituaries

Friday, December 03, 2021

James Allen Downs, Jr., age 69, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, November 28, 2021, following a long battle with lung cancer. He was surrounded by his 3 girls. He was born in Kensington, PA and graduated from Mastbaum VoTech High School (class of 1976) where he learned about the automotive business. He married his high school sweetheart at the age of 18 and they moved to New Jersey in 1972. They bought a house and started a family. He had a love of cars and a lifelong career in the automotive industry. He was employed as a parts manager for the Burke family automotive group for over 20 years, alongside his wife. He loved classic Mopar cars, Nascar (Richard Petty), the Denver Broncos, dogs and country music. He is predeceased by his mother Evelyn (nee Kuert) Downs and his father Midshipman James Allen Downs, Sr. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Helen (nee Massott) Downs and 2 daughters, Jennifer Downs and Susan Downs (John Qualli). There are no services scheduled at this time and condolences can be shared at www.EvoyFuneralHome.com

Thursday, December 02, 2021

Ralph Catanese, 82, of Wildwood Crest (formerly of Warrington, PA and Estero, FL) passed away peacefully at home on December 1, 2021. He will be dearly missed.Ralph was born to Mario and Elizabeth Catanese in South Philadelphia in 1939. His early years were spent at Southern High School, working at the family bakery on Sixth Street, and summering in Wildwood, NJ. A blind date with a girl named Marie at the sophomore hop led to Ralph and Marie’s marriage in 1961. He was a hard worker, but waking up daily at 4:00 a.m. to bake bread was not in Ralph’s future, so he studied diligently and excelled academically. Ralph graduated from Villanova University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in statistics. He subsequently completed a long and fulfilling career for the Department of Defense (U.S. Navy) specializing in aerostructures, where he enjoyed international travel, aircraft carrier deployments, and taking on primary responsibility for structural upgrades to the Blue Angels’ A-4 Skyhawks.Forever a Wildcat, Ralph served as an adjunct professor of graduate statistics at Villanova for thirty years and remained a die-hard VU basketball fan from the time he attended games at the Palestra during his college years to the final VU game before he passed.Ralph and Marie purchased their Wildwood Crest home in 1968. Flounder trembled at the news. When it came to hooking them, he had “the touch” well into his eighth decade. In the Wildwoods, he placed his children in the perfect environment to teach them the value of hard work. Having worked from a young age in his own family business, he started each of his children on their newspaper routes and was always there to help with the morning deliveries.Ralph was proud to be ordained as a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1986, serving at St. Robert Bellarmine in Warrington, PA, the Church of the Assumption in Wildwood Crest, NJ, St. John the Evangelist in Naples, FL, Our Lady of Light in Estero, FL and Our Lady of the Angels in Cape May Court House, NJ. He reveled in the opportunity to serve others, and especially enjoyed guiding parishioners through the sacraments and greeting children with his special handshake as they entered weekly mass. Following his retirement, he was an active volunteer with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 82 in Cape May, where he served in many roles including coxswain and chaplain.Ralph’s commendations and awards are innumerable, but his greatest legacy is his family. Ralph and Marie created generations that love, respect, and genuinely enjoy one another. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marie, his five children, Gina (Gerard) Gormley, Mario (Anne) Catanese, Ralph (Amy) Catanese, Elizabeth Terenik, and Andrew (Tara) Catanese, and his 14 grandchildren. He is predeceased by his brother Michael and is survived by his sister Betty Elkins and brother George Catanese. Ralph’s love for his family was unconditional. It was that love and his desire to be with his family drove him during his final fighting year.Our family offers its eternal thanks to the many friends and caretakers that committed themselves to Ralph and his family during his illness. No words can express our gratitude. He is now at peace.A mass of Christian burial celebrating Ralph’s life is planned for Monday, December 6, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Brendan the Navigator Parish, 252 50th Street, Avalon, NJ 08202. Friends may come to call from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, Ralph’s family asks that donations be made to The Coast Guard Foundation (coastguardfoundation.org).

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Fred S. Tokarski- Nov. 29, 2021. Fred’s Dead. Beloved husband of the late Anna (nee Kuropatwa) for 50 years. Devoted father of Michelle (John) Maucher, Frederick (Diane), Susanne McHale, and Michael. Sadly missed by 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Survived by his sister Doris. Retired Capt. of the Phila. Fire Dept. and member of the N. Wildwood Knights of Columbus, Greater Wildwood Elks and Madison A.A. Club.TOMASZEWSKIFUNERAL HOME

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

McPHERSON, FRANK D., 79, of Cape May Court House, November 22, 2021. He worked as Campground Manager at Old Stagecoach Campground.

CHERRY, MARY E., 91, of Ocean View, November 20, 2021. She worked at Sea Isle City Post Office and Townsend's Inlet Post Office.

ORLOWSKI, MARGIE G., 77, of Sea Isle City, November 26, 2021. She was District Manager of Food Services for the Northeast US Coast Guard stations.

Monday, November 29, 2021

John Becker (“Beck”), age 80, of Del Haven and formerly the Port Richmond area of Philadelphia, PA, passed away on Thursday, November 25, 2021. He was born in Philadelphia to the late Thomas and Dorothy (nee Quinn) Becker. John summered here for many years prior to moving to Del Haven in 2007. He made a living as a truck driver and had owned and operated his own trucking company and had also worked for Commerce Construction Company of New Jersey. He enjoyed going to the casinos in Atlantic City. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, of almost 61 years, Mary Ann (nee Lucano) Becker, his three daughters, Mary Ann (Joseph) Ciak, Bridget (Richard) Schweikert and Diane (the late Joseph) Benson, 9 Grandchildren, (one of which is John H., whom he raised as a son), 11 Great Grandchildren and siblings, Bridget, Patricia, Mark and James and preceded in death by siblings, Dot “Sissy”, Thomas, Bernadette, Billy and Joseph. Funeral services will be private. Condolences can be shared at www.EvoyFuneralHome.com

Walter R. Statkiewicz, Jr., age 71 of Lewes, DE., passed away Tuesday, November 23, 2021. Walter was a master chef volunteering with many organizations, and loved singing and gardening, but more-so he loved his mother Florence and his dog Brutus. Walter had an extensive education and successful career in Project Management for national defense, and received many high-ranking acknowledgements and awards for his work. Walter is survived by his mother Florence, sister Sharon (Joseph) Sciuto, cousins, nieces and nephews.A mass of Christian burial will be held 11am on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at St. John Neumann Parish, St. John of God Church, 680 Townbank Rd., N Cape May. A visitation will be held from 6pm – 8pm on Friday, December 3, 2021 at Evoy Funeral Home, 3218 Bayshore Rd., N Cape May. Interment will be privately held. Condolences can be shared at www.EvoyFuneralHome.com.

Leo M. Barnes, 73, of North Wildwood passed away Thursday November 25,2021. Leo was a Christmas Eve baby born to Leo and Mary Barnes on Dec. 24th 1947, in Philadelphia. Leo relocated to the shore as an adult to help care for his parents. Leo proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. Leo was employed by North Wildwood Public Works for 12 years. Leo was an animal and nature lover. He loved golfing and fishing( always looking for a bigger striper). He was an avid sports fan, a life long Villanova fan. In addition to his parents he is predeceased by his brothers David and Robert. He leaves to cherish wonderful memories his three life long friends, Ricky Gallagher, Richie Giardinelli, and Tom(Rueben) Allen. They’ve been a constant in his life. He is also survived by his brother in law and friend of 30 years Rick Czyzewski. Rick was also his caregiver in this health journey. Let us not forget his four legged love Ruddie. A special thanks to Angelic Health, Frank Martino we couldn’t have done it without you. Arrangements by Ingersoll-Greenwood ingersollgreenwoodfh.com

Elizabeth Anna (Heggan) Whittington, 81, of South Seaville passed away at the Crest Haven Nursing Center on Friday, November 26th. Her husband and son being at her bedside when she passed. She battled a lengthy struggle with Parkinson’s disease.Elizabeth was pre-deceased by her parents Margaret Elvins and Jack Heggan, as well as her son Christopher. She is survived by her devoted and loving husband Tim, her son Shaun (wife Debbie), her brother Jon (wife Carol), her sister Colleen. Grandchildren Garryn, Braden, Landon and Leiah. Her extended family of nieces and nephews. Dear lifelong friends including members of Northern Lights and Red Hats.Elizabeth (Betty) was born and raised in Washington Township NJ and graduated from Glassboro High School. She earned a BA degree from Dickinson College in three years followed by a Master’s degree from the Teacher’s College, Columbia University.Elizabeth began a teaching career in Ridgewood, NJ. This is where she met her husband of 56 years, Thomas (Tim) Whittington. They were married August 21, 1965, and both continued to teach in Bergen County after their marriage. Elizabeth pursued classes in Library Science and later gained her State Certification at Glassboro State College.In 1969, the family celebrated the birth of their son, Timothy Shaun. At this time, they moved to South Jersey and built their current home in South Seaville. In 1976, was the birth of her second son- Christopher Thomas Elvins. Christopher was challenged with cerebral palsy.Elizabeth became the first librarian at the Cape May County School for Special Services. She was instrumental in designing and creating the library when Special Services was opened. She spent the next part of her life caring for her own children and the children at Special Services School. She was creative, caring and kept the students engaged in the library. Her primary goal in life was to make sure everyone enjoyed their daily life. Elizabeth will always be remembered as a Master Puppeteer and for creating a puppet, ‘The Wizard’. The Wizard ‘flew in’ and created a comforting and learning atmosphere for the children. She entertained youth and adults alike with homemade puppet theaters, creative scripts, and imaginative voices.Elizabeth retired in 2000 and joined her husband in taking care of their son Christopher. She was a talented writer, avid reader, loved gardening and watching birds from the large kitchen window. She learned from her mother by example at an early age about the joy of giving to others and continued with compassion and a generous spirit throughout her lifetime. She continued to make sure that all kids she came in contact with were happy and taken care of. Even though her priority was her family she still took the time to help those who needed it.Elizabeth will be remembered for being the most loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, teacher, librarian, and puppeteer. She will be forever in our hearts and minds. Elizabeth was known for her love of angels, now she is amongst them, dancing with Christopher. Dance away!! We love you!!Services at the wish of Elizabeth will be private to immediate family.Donations in her memory can be given to: Margaret E. Heggan Free Public Library, 606 Delsea Drive, Sewell, NJ 08080 or Michaeljfox.org giving to Parkinson’s Research.www.radzieta.com

Friday, November 26, 2021

John Becker (“Beck”), age 80, of Del Haven and formerly the Port Richmond area of Philadelphia, PA, passed away on Thursday, November 25, 2021. He was born in Philadelphia to the late Thomas and Dorothy (nee Quinn) Becker. John summered here for many years prior to moving to Del Haven in 2007. He made a living as a truck driver and had owned and operated his own trucking company and had also worked for Commerce Construction Company of New Jersey. He enjoyed going to the casinos in Atlantic City. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, of almost 61 years, Mary Ann (nee Lucano) Becker, his three daughters, Mary Ann (Joseph) Ciak, Bridget (Richard) Schweikert and Diane (the late Joseph) Benson, 9 Grandchildren, (one of which is John H., whom he raised as a son), 11 Great Grandchildren and siblings, Bridget, Patricia, Mark and James and preceded in death by siblings, Dot “Sissy”, Thomas, Bernadette, Billy and Joseph. Funeral services will be private. Condolences can be shared at www.EvoyFuneralHome.com

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

GRAHAM, THOMAS S., 84, of Cape May Point, November 21, 2021. He served in the US Navy Construction Battalion (Sea Bees) and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Anglesea.

Walter R. Statkiewicz, Jr., age 71 of Lewes, DE., passed away Tuesday, November 23, 2021. Walter was a master chef volunteering with many organizations, and loved singing and gardening, but more-so he loved his mother Florence and his dog Brutus. Walter had an extensive education and successful career in Project Management for national defense, and received many high-ranking acknowledgements and awards for his work. Walter is survived by his mother Florence, sister Sharon (Joseph) Sciuto, cousins, nieces and nephews.A mass of Christian burial will be held 11am on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at St. John Neumann Parish, St. John of God Church, 680 Townbank Rd., N Cape May. A visitation will be held from 6pm – 8pm on Friday, December 3, 2021 at Evoy Funeral Home, 3218 Bayshore Rd., N Cape May. Interment will be privately held. Condolences can be shared at www.EvoyFuneralHome.com.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Geraldine “Gerry” Irene Wisniewski, age 76 of Villas, passed away Sunday, November 21, 2021. Born in, and formerly of, Philadelphia, Geraldine has been an area resident for 36 years. She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and babcia who enjoyed traveling to Florida every winter. Gerry enjoyed meeting many people while running Cherry’s Cake Box in the Villas for 15 years, and working at Kmart. She is predeceased by her parents John and Irene Szymanski. Gerry is survived by her husband of 56 years, Henry Wisniewski, children Michele Wisniewski-Majeski, Michael (Connie) Wisniewski, and Denise (Hector) Wisniewski-Acevedo, grandson Timothy Majeski Jr., great-grandson Timothy Majeski III, and sister Lorraine Grabias. Services will be privately held. Condolences can be shared at www.EvoyFuneralHome.com.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Dawn E. Turkaly, age 63, a life-long resident of Villas, passed away on Thursday, November 18, 2021. Dawn was born in Middle Township to the late John and Roberta Ann (nee Smith) Mathis. She graduated from Lower Cape May Regional High School, Class of 1976 and worked in food services for the Lower Cape May Regional High School for 16 years. She enjoyed doing crafts and was an excellent cook. Dawn is predeceased by her parents, her brother Carl and sister Terri. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 45 years, Mark A Turkaly, Sr., her children Mark A. Turkaly, Jr and Christopher (Jamie) Turkaly, her 7 Grandchildren Kaylee, Brandon, Ryan, Christopher, Katherine, Evan and Nicholasm, Great Granddaughter Cora, her siblings Jack (Jackie) Mathis, Karen Mathis, Brenda Duley and Robert Mathis and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held in the Spring; contributions can be made in Dawns memory to the Hope Autism Foundation, 5 Lyons Mall, Box 122, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. Condolences can be shared at www.EvoyFuneralHome.com.

Helen L. Eppehimer, age 100 ½ of Villas, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Philadelphia to Demitri and Elena Galetar, and formerly of Folsom, PA, Helen was an area resident for 50 years. She was a member of the Rio Grande Bible Baptist Church, and was an award-winning CPR instructor for Lower Township Rescue Squad for many many years.Helen is predeceased by her parents, husband William (1998), 2 sisters and 3 brothers. She is survived by her daughters Mary Warner, Carol Eppehimer and Naomi Nichols.A memorial service for Helen will be held at 11 am on Saturday December 4, 2021 at Rio Grande Bible Baptist Church, 110 Delsea Drive Rt 47, Rio Grande. An informal interment will be held at the Cape May County Veterans Cemetery following a luncheon. Memorial donations can be made to the Rio Grande Bible Baptist Church. Condolences can be shared at www.EvoyFuneralHome.com.

Barbara A. Buckley, of the Villas, NJ. Passed away on November 19, 2021. She was 83 years old. Beloved wife of the late Perry Francis Buckley, Sr. for over 58 years. Loving mother of Perry Francis Buckley (Jeanmarie), Cheryl Lynn Reca (Michael) and Kimberly Ann Fraioli (Christopher). Devoted grandmother of Perry Francis Buckley, III, Andrew Francis Reca, Jaclyn Christine Buckley, Casey Lynn Reca, Kaylee Ah-Hyun Fraioli and Trevor John Fraioli. Dear sister of Phillip Keeney (Mary). Barbara was a registered nurse who worked as a surgical nurse and later in management for a visiting nurse association. Relatives and friends are invited to the Funeral Mass at 10:30am on Saturday, November 27 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 42 W. Main St., Moorestown, NJ. The family will greet friends after the Mass. Burial will be private. The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, donations to Susan G. Komen.org(Bradley Funeral Home, Marlton, NJ)

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Ann Boyd Hoy, 91, of Cape May Courthouse, NJ was resting peacefully at home and passed of natural causes on July 24th, 2021. Ann was born October 17, 1929 in Wilmington, DE to Charles & Elizabeth Boyd. She attended the original Tatanal School in Wilmington and was married to Arthur M. Sells II of Madison, WI from 1950-56 and then to Bernard J. Hoy of Stone Harbor, NJ from 1964 to 1980. She served as Accounting Manager at B.J. Stores of Stone Harbor 1977-1991. Best known for her grace, poise, and sense of humor, she was a cheerleader in life, giving unconditional support and love to family and friends. A lover of animals, she rescued countless cats. Ann is survived by one sister, Jean Boyd Taylor, sons Arthur Sells III, David Hoy, and daughters Susan Hoy, Georgene Luttmann, Elizabeth Furcolo, and eleven grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. The memorial service will be held at 9:30 am on November 26th at Our Saviors Lutheran Church 289 92nd st. in Stone Harbor NJ. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Ocean City Humane Society.

Diane E. Turtzo, age 77, passed away November 10, 2021. Born in and formerly of Philadelphia PA, Diane has been an area resident for 28 years and worked in the office of the Business Department at Stockton University; she also worked with the Presbyterian Church of Cape May. Diane enjoyed time boating and fishing, traveling by motorhome around the USA, winters with friends and family in Florida, playing shuffleboard with Knights of Columbus, the VFW and Knights of Columbus Auxiliary.Diane is preceded in death by her husband Joe Turtzo (2017), daughter Lisa Cavalier, stepson David Turtzo and step-grandson Jeffrey Turtzo. She is survived by her stepsons Anthony Turtzo, Ronnie Turtzo (Faye) and Jeffrey Turtzo (Deborah), stepdaughter Denise McCracken (David), grandchildren Drew Ervin, Damien Ervin, Carolyn Spangley and Donald Spangler, step-grandchildren Anthony Turtzo, Marcel Turtzo, Joshua Wexler and Rachelle Banuelos, and great-step-grandchildren Ceiana Lanzoro, Kayla Lanzoro, Brandon Veale, Jack Banuelos and Brodie Banuelos, and brother James (Rose) Marquette.A memorial service for Diane will be held at 11am on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at Evoy Funeral Home, 3218 Bayshore Rd., N Cape May; a viewing will be held prior to service from 10am – 11am. Interment will be privately held. Condolences can be shared at www.EvoyFuneralHome.com.

Timothy J . Gushue 62, of Rio Grande, NJ passed away Monday Nov. 8, 2021. Born in Camden NJ. He has been a local resident for the past 32 years. He retired from Woodbine Developmental Center, also worked for Burdette Tomlin Hospital, Middle Township Rescue, Rio Rescue part time Wildwood FD. Also was a member of Anglesea FD #1, Rio Grande FD , and Green Creek FD . He is survived by his wife of 39 years Elaine Gushue (DiNardo) 3 sons : Jason (Samantha), Shawn (Sarah), Kevin (Kayla) Gushue 1 Daughter: Kimberly (John) Kendrick 18 Grandchildren Viewing is at 10 am - 11 am, Services were held at 11 am at Ingersoll-Greenwood Funeral Home in North Wildwood NJ on Sat., Nov. 13, 2021. Condolences may be sent to ingersollgreenwoodfh.com

Monday, November 15, 2021

William Robert Blattner, age 89, passed away November 2, 2021 in Chattanooga, TN. Formerly of Cape May, NJ and West Palm Beach, FL. Career included Navy, Police Officer and Mail truck driver. Survived by daughter Penny Weaver (Skip), son Michael Blattner (Lisa), 3 grandchildren and 6 great- grandchildren. Preceded by father Robert Hughes Blattner, mother Frances Birtton Vanaman and sisters Shirley Bailey, Sally Nettle. Service private. Condolences include a donation to the American Cancer Society of your local food bank

Marie C. Cummiskey, age 87 of Erma, passed away October 15, 2021 while on vacation in Florida. Born in and formerly of Philadelphia, Marie has been an area resident for 58 years. She enjoyed traveling with family, going to the AC casinos and working at ShopRite, where she worked for 41 years, in various positions. Marie was very passionate about her work and expected the same from her peers. She was always upbeat and her smile was contagious. Those who got to know her would tell you she was a very generous and caring person. She is also known for her whimsical phrases and life lessons; as well as her love of angel pins, which many of her ShopRite customers provided. It is rare that one person can impact so many, just by doing what she loved.Marie is predeceased by her husband Joseph, Sr. (2006), father Nicandro DiMascio, mother Angelina DiMascio and brothers Lee, Anthony and Nicholas. She is survived by her children Eleanor (Fred) Hack, Gina Myers (Bryant Frye, Jr.), Michael (Michele), Joseph Jr., 9 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, brother John DiMascio and sister Anna Srogota.A memorial service for Marie will be held at 8 PM on Monday November 22, 2021 at Evoy Funeral Home 3218 Bayshore Rd., No Cape May, NJ 08204; friends may call prior to service from 6 PM – 8 PM. Interment at Cold Spring Cemetery will be privately held. Condolences can be shared at www.EvoyFuneralHome.com. Donations, on behalf of Marie can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Love of Linda.

Malcolm Cavanagh Fraser, 91, passed away on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at his home in Cape May Point, NJ. He was born in Englewood, NJ on November 26, 1929 to Stanley and Helen Fraser (nee Cavanagh). He lived in Englewood, NJ and Brooklyn, NY until the age of 7 when he moved to Nutley, NJ where he spent his growing up years. He graduated from Nutley High in 1947. In 1951 he received a ME degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. He continued his education by taking several graduate courses at Stevens Institute and at Alexander Hamilton Institution studying Industrial Management and Business Administration. After graduating from college in 1951, Malcolm worked for Ingersoll-Rand for 40 years with 2 years out serving in the Army in El Paso, TX during the Korean Conflict from 1954 to 1956. Throughout his career with Ingersoll-Rand, he worked for the company in New York City, Corning, NY, The Netherlands, and Houston, TX. Forty percent of his business career was in International Business. From 1975 to 1983 he was a cognizant member of the Board of IR Compression Services SA, registered with the Dutch government. In his final decade with Ingersoll-Rand, he worked on special assignments, domestically and internationally, negotiating acceptable settlements when companies had significant difficulties. Malcolm loved Cape May Point and was honored when he was elected mayor in 1992 – a position he proudly served for 16 years. He always felt it was important to give back to a community and spent his life doing this wherever he lived. From 1962 to 1967 in Westfield, NJ he was co-chairman of the United Fund Residential Drive and was president of the YMCA Service Club. From 1967 to 1974 in Corning, NY, he was on the Board of Directors of the YMCA and president for 3 terms; Treasurer for the Boy Scout Troop Committee; and on the vestry of Christ Episcopal Church. From 1978 to 1980 while living in the Netherlands, he was on the School Board of the American School of the Hague. From 1988 to 1992 he was on the Board of Directors of the Cape May Point Taxpayers Association and president for 2 terms. He was also a Trustee of the Historic St. Peters-by-the-Sea in Cape May Point. While in the position of Mayor representing the Borough of Cape May Point, Malcolm served as an active member on several State and Municipal Boards. He was on the Board of Directors of New Jersey Rural Water serving as president for 3 terms, was on the Executive Board of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, was on the Cape May County League of Municipalities serving as president and vice president, was on the State Government CAFRA Committee and was in the Cape May Point Fire Company. Malcolm’s strong commitment to service was recognized. In 1967 he was selected as one of New Jersey’s 100 Most Active Citizens. In 1997 The DARs gave him an award for Excellence in Community Service. In 1998 the New Jersey’s Mayor’s Association gave him a reward for “Outstanding Leadership.” In 1999 NJ Rural Water Association gave him an award for “Dedication to the Rural Water Industry” along with a scholarship in his name. Starting at a young age Malcolm had a love for baseball, collecting metal soldiers and history. When a young boy, he started keeping baseball statistics. Later in adulthood, he put together everything he compiled, updated it and made it into a book titled “The Charmed Circle” which is displayed at The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Excerpts from the book were also printed in a local baseball publication. As a young boy Malcolm would buy metal soldiers whenever he could earning money doing odd jobs in the neighborhood. Those metal soldiers along with his more recent purchased are historically placed in front of his impressive library stocked with history books. Malcolm strongly supported the Boy Scouts of America. He recognized the positive influence it had on youth and in leadership development. In 1945 he earned his Eagle Scout and was very proud that 3 of his sons achieved that rank as well. In more recent years Malcolm can be remembered walking around Cape May Point which he loved. He would walk miles with a purpose checking out many of the past and current projects going on at Cape May Point. Malcolm carried his strong values throughout his life. He was a man with great integrity. He was well-liked, respected and a true Gentleman. He had a remarkable ability to get people to work together and getting the job done. He had a great sense of humor and a warm engaging smile. His greatest achievement and most treasured is his family. Malcolm will be clearly missed and dearly loved by his family which includes his wife of 67 years, Joan (nee Iversen); six children and their spouses, Gordon (Susan), David, Stephen, Janice Seer (Kurt), Bruce, Andrew (Dawn); and eight grandchildren, Landon (Neil), Anna, Kurt Seer Jr, Trevor Seer, Erin Seer, Spencer Seer, John and Morgan. Relatives and friends are invited to visit at the viewing on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30pm at the Spilker Funeral Home, 815 Washington St., Cape May followed by a service at Church of the Advent, 612 Franklin St., Cape May at 2:00pm with interment immediately following at Cold Spring Cemetery, Cape May. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association are suggested online through “In Memory Of” for acknowledgment, convenience and privacy purposes by visiting www.inmemof.org/malcolm-fraser Info and condolences: spilkerfuneralhome.com

Robert Grubb, Jr., a.k.a. "Jetty Bob," chief fisherman of the Lehigh Ave rock pile in Cape May Point, tipped his cap to the world on Nov. 12, 2021, as he took his last breath surrounded by family, listening to his Spotify playlist. They broke the mold with this true Renaissance man. A First Lieutenant officer in the United States Army, Robert swept his wife of 53 years, Martie, off her feet while stationed in Wurzburg, Germany. He would often recount when he first laid eyes on her as if a beam of light struck him. "Your mother looked like an angel," Bob would say. The moment she walked through the door, he said, "Take a good look, fellas; that's the girl I'm going to marry." Their serendipitous encounter, and subsequent whirlwind romance, brought them home to settle their family home in South Jersey. Life was never dull in Bob's house, especially in his garage of organized chaos. A natural creative, Bob's unique style raised his four girls to be lifelong learners, remember their manners, change a flat tire, bait a fishing hook, be in tune with humanity and nature, and know a happy chance when they see one. He is survived in life by three daughters Laura Anna Baldwin of Glenside, PA; Martha Colleen Ferraioli of Brooklyn, NY; Sarah Grubb of NC, and is now sipping a vanilla whisky and catching up with his beloved daughter, Tess Emily Grubb, who preceded him in death. He was never so proud as the day his girls brought men into the family. He finally had partners in crime for his antics, rounds of poker, and gag jokes. He shared special bonds with his sons-in-law Tim, John-Peter, and Kenny, casting a net for minnows, picking up gems at yard sales, and luring them to visit when the 'blues or stripers' were running. He was affectionately known as 'Bob-Bob' by his seven grandchildren, his greatest fans. He loved them as brilliant and independent characters in their own right, including Tyler, Josie, Helaina, Max, John, Robert, and Lindsay. They all believed Bob-Bob was the notorious pirate Captain Kool, whose secret map once led them to buried treasure. He is also known for his haircuts, tasty cakes, lottery tickets, picture wall, BB guns, funky Vans, and hoarding just about everything. His annual 'Bob-Bob Games' were the joy of Thanksgiving Day, testing agility, balance, aim, and ability to guess the number of M&Ms in a jar. With family roots running deep in Cape May Point, Bob Grubb Jr. lived his final days proud to be the oldest surviving lifeguard, serving in the '60s with his dearly departed friend Jack Leming. He was so proud of the men and women who protect us in the Cape May Point Beach Patrol every summer, winning guard races in the boat named for his late parents 'Bob and Nancy Grubb'. As a dedicated son, Bob Jr. is survived by his two younger brothers, Paul and David Grubb, and their spouses, Charles and Marti, respectively. Bob Jr.'s passing further marks the 50th anniversary of the CMP Beach program, with the 2021 seasonal tag named as a tribute to his late father, Bob Grubb Sr., the founding director of the beach program in 1972 and CMP lifeguard in the 1930s. Known as "Bob" or "Bobby" to his cast of local characters, he was also the Dr. Dolittle of Cape May's wildlife. He never met a dog he didn't love or that didn't know Bob had doggie biscuits in each pocket of his cargo shorts. Sitting on his front porch, his melodious whistle and click of his cheek would attract critter attention far and wide. He would line up the treats for the animals that appeared or stopped by—peanuts, raisins, corn, and seed brought his regulars out of the trees, including "Tapper," the blue jay, who came rapping at his front door. His spirit is now free on the wings of every catbird calling for their raisins on the deck. The Grubb family is deeply grateful to the men and women of Cape May Point Beach Patrol and the Borough of Cape May Point, who gave their time and energy to accessibility efforts. Having a sand wheelchair and entrance ramps to the beach to access his favorite fishing spots provided Bob with the best last summer of his life. A warm thank you to Bill Oat, Chris Garrison, and their teams for going above and beyond in service to a fellow lifeguard. His courageous battle with prostate cancer is the ultimate demonstration of his intense love for life and his fight to have one more day with his family in the Cape May Point home he loved so dearly. Spilker Funeral Home of Cape May will preside over a small, close family graveside ceremony. In lieu of flowers, honor Bob's memory by contributing to the Cape May Point Beach Patrol to support the access, care, and safety of our beautiful beaches through “In Memory Of” online at www.inmemof.org/bob-grubb info and condolences:spilkerfuneralhome.com

Friday, November 12, 2021

William Robert Blattner, age 89, passed away November 2, 2021 in Chattanooga, TN. Formerly of Cape May, NJ and West Palm Beach, FL. Career included Navy, Police Officer and Mail truck driver. Survived by daughter Penny Weaver (Skip), son Michael Blattner (Lisa), 3 grandchildren and 6 great- grandchildren. Preceded by father Robert Hughes Blattner, mother Frances Birtton Vanaman and sisters Shirley Bailey, Sally Nettle. Service private. Condolences include a donation to the American Cancer Society of your local food bank

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Ronald Holmes Kemly of Naples, FL and Stone Harbor, NJ passed away peacefully at the age of 74 on November 7, 2021. He was surrounded by family after a long and courageous battle with lung cancer illness related to his work at The World Trade Center on September 11 and the cleanup there after. He is survived by his wife Theresa (nee Hickey), and his two children, Shannon (Angelo) Riccio, and Ronald Jr (Alyson) Kemly; and grandchildren, Danny and Lucy Riccio and Ronny III and Abby Kemly; Brother Raymond E. (Gail) Kemly Jr. He is also survived by Rebecca Murray and family and many other family members and friends he thought of as family. Visitation was held Friday, November 12, 2021, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at THE WESTCHESTER FUNERAL HOME, INC., EASTCHESTER. Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 13, 2021, 10:30 am at the Immaculate Conception Church, Tuckahoe.In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either of the following charities:http://www.firefamilytransport.org/donate.html or https://theraypfeiferfoundation.org/donation/

Captain Frank Roger Speigel, age 62 of Milton, DE, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 8, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on December 12, 1958, in Cape May Courthouse, NJ, son of Sandra R. Sharp and the late Frank C. Speigel.Frank attended elementary school in Wildwood, NJ and moved to Governors Island, NY for a short time. While living on Governors Island, he and his brother Rick would fish at every opportunity, providing many dinners for family and neighbors from a day’s catch.Frank descended from a long line of fisherman, and it was no surprise that he was an avid and successful mariner and celestial navigator. He worked commercial fishing all along the east coast, including on his grandfather’s boat, the “Thunderbird” and his father’s “Miss Chris” fleet. He moved to Alaska and was a king crab fisherman for a time, then traveled to Louisiana, where he began his career as a Merchant Marine. Frank traveled the world, calling home from Djibouti, Norway, Russia, Egypt, and countless other countries. During his travels, he met and married the love of his life, Hien, and they settled in Vung Tau, South Vietnam, where they raised their son, Erik.Frank’s time at sea was difficult for his family, but he always said the sea was his home. His children loved to hear stories of his adventures, particularly when he was kidnapped in Africa and talked his captors into taking him back to his hotel, or of one Christmas Eve in Russia, when he became the guest of honor at a mob gathering, for giving the boss’ son a chocolate bar.Frank retired in 2018 and the family moved stateside to Milton, DE. Even after retirement, his love of the sea remained, and he knew the best fishing spots from Cape May to Lewes.A legend until the end, Frank selflessly saved the lives of two people through the gift of organ donation.Frank is survived by his wife, Hien Truong Speigel of Milton, DE; his children: Jennifer Speigel (Thai Duong) of Abington, PA, Kristy Speigel Berringer (Michael) of Annapolis, MD, Meghann Speigel Kellaway (Chris) of Cape May, NJ, and Erik Speigel of Milton, DE; his grandchildren: Ella, Weston, Gavin, Damian, and Clark; his mother and stepfather, Sandra (Hitchner) and Richard “Sharpie” Sharp; his sister, Sherri Penuel (Mark) of Milton, DE; his brother, Rick Speigel of Vietnam; his former wife, Suzanne (Dietz) Speigel of Cape May, NJ; many nieces and nephews; and his extended family in Vietnam.The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Beebe Hospital, for their compassion, knowledge, and guidance.Services are private. Arrangements have been entrusted to Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes, DE.In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Healthcare, 902 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE, or www.beebehealthcare.org/donate.Please visit Frank’s Life Memorial Webpage and sign his virtual guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Jean Van Buren Felton Pillers, Born October 27, 1920-died November 7, 2021.Jean loved life and was a friend to all. She was especially fond of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, where she owned and operated the Port’O’Call stationers.She is survived by her loving family: daughters Jean MacDonald & Nancy Pillers, granddaughter Lisa and husband Tim Walsh, great granddaughter Lindsey Walsh and fiancé Jon Lentini, great grandson Tyler Walsh, great great granddaughter Payton Poitras and great great grandson Grayson Poitras. Also survived by faithful pets, Shadow, Lusty, Bojangles and Momma Cat. She is predeceased by her husband, Dale G. Pillers.Services and burial will be private at the family’s request.Donations may be made to the Rio Grande Fire Company, 1120 NJ-47, Rio Grande, NJ 08242, Rio Grande Rescue Squad, 603 Maryland Ave., Rio Grande, NJ 08242, or The Salvation Army. Condolences at www.radzieta.com

Marie- Louise Fabrizio (née Huet) passed away on Friday, November 5, 2021, at the Reformed Church Home, Old Bridge. She was 95.Born in Paris, France, she resided there before immigrating to the United States in 1946, living in Jersey City and Monroe Township before settling down in Old Bridge four years ago.Prior to retiring in 1991, she was a chef with Ferris High School in Jersey City. Before that she was a bookkeeper with Colgate-Palmolive Company, New York City.She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur, in 2002, and five brothers, Roger Huet, Emelien Huet, Andre Huet, Maurice Huet, and Rene Huet.Surviving are her two sons, Jean-Marc Fabrizio and his wife, Patrice, of Pennsauken, and Daniel Andre Fabrizio and his wife, Michele, of Princeton; her two daughters, Dyan Cutro and her husband, Robert, of New York, NY, and Michele Cioffi and her husband, Michael, of East Brunswick; six grandchildren, Amber Fabrizio, Joseph Fabrizio and his wife, Angeles, Michael Cioffi and his wife, Catherine, Taylor Cioffi, Dylan Cioffi and Reese Cioffi, and one great-grandchild, Austin Fabrizio.Funeral services were entrusted to The BRUNSWICK MEMORIAL HOME, East Brunswick. For more information or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.BrunswickMemorialHome.com.Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society 1851 Old Cuthbert Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 (www.cancer.org).

Russell E. "Russ" Norcross, Jr., 67 of North Cape May (February 1, 1954 - November 9, 2021), a lifelong resident of Cape May County.An electrician by trade, Russell was former Electric Maintenance Supervisor at Lenox China Pomona for 18 years. There was nothing electrical or mechanical that Russell couldn't "fix". Over the years, Russell enjoyed camping with his family, boating (Utsch's Marina), beekeeping, and photography (Snapshotcapemay.com). He could be seen taking photos from the cab of his truck around Cape May County. He enjoyed meeting new people and sharing life experiences. He was a past member of the Lower Township Rescue Squad and Townbank Volunteer Fire Company.Russell is preceded in death by his parents, Russell Sr. and Joyce Norcross. He will be forever missed by his wife Laurel and children Jennifer Jennings (Paul), Russell Norcross, Ill (Harriet), Robert (Maureen). He was affectionately called "Grumps" by his grandchildren Courtney (Prince), Liam, Hannah, Catherine, Riley, Tyler, and Tanner, as well as two great-grandchildren. Russ is also survived by his caring sister Joy Greenway (Robert) and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.Arrangements will be made by Evoy Funeral Home. At the request of the family, services will be private. Donations in Russell's memory can be made to American Diabetes Association, PO Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116. Condolences can be shared at www.EvoyFuneralHome.com