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Thursday, May 23, 2002

The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains ­ Fanwood


Evelyn F. Westberg, 75, Co-Owned Jewelry Business in Scotch Plains

Evelyn F. Boutilier Westberg, 75, of Fanwood died on Tuesday, May 14, at Overlook Hospital in Summit. Born in Lynn, Mass., she was a resident of Fanwood since 1959. She and her late husband, John "Bud" Westberg, had been the owners of the Westberg Jewelers in Scotch Plains for 31 years, prior to retiring in 1987. Mrs. Westberg was a member of the Calvary Tabernacle Church in Cranford and a volunteer for 15 years at Runnells Specialized Hospital of Union County in Berkeley Heights. She was predeceased by her husband in 1989, and also by a sister, Mildred Monbleau. Surviving are a son, Stephen Westberg; five daughters, Maureen Cheasty, Sharon Matson, Deborah Matson, Stephanie Hoffman and Karen Heller; her brother, William Gardner; three sisters, Priscilla Adams, Carol Welch and Alice Wildes; 10 grandchildren and a greatgrandchild. A service was held Thursday, May 16, at the Rossi Funeral Home in Scotch Plains. Memorial donations may be made either to the Alzheimer's Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter, 400 Morris Avenue, Suite 251, Denville 07834-1365 or to the American Cancer Society.

May 23, 2002

­ Obituaries ­

DEATH NOTICE Robert Scott Crum, 82

CRUM -- Robert Scott Crum, 82, a former Mountainside resident, died peacefully in the Hilton Head Island Hospital, S.C., on Friday, May 10, 2002, following a four-month illness. Bob Crum was born on December 4, 1919, in Tiffin, Ohio. He was the son of the late Ralph S. and Zella H. Crum. Following his graduation from Heidelberg College, he left Tiffin in the fall of 1941 to attended the Harvard Graduate School of Business. In March 1942, he received a commission in the United States Navy. He served aboard Liberty ships in the North Atlantic, Mediterranean and South Pacific as Communications Officer. At the end of the war, he served as a contracts officer in Washington, D.C. and Cleveland, Ohio. It was in Cleveland that he met his wife, Pat, the former Rachael Paterson. Soon after he was discharged from active duty, Bob and Pat started their own business, R.S. Crum & Company, the first distributorship for the Swagelok Company. Originally based in Pittsburgh, Pa., the company was relocated to Mountainside, New Jersey, in 1951. Bob served on the Board of the Central Jersey Bank and Trust Company for many years. He was a member of the Baltusrol Golf Club for 40 years. Bob and Pat built their first part-time home in Sea Pines in 1964. Following their retirement in 1986, they moved to Hilton Head full time. He belonged to the Sea Pines Country Club, Long Cove Club, Wexford, and Haig Point. He was a charter member of Palmetto Dunes. In addition to his wife, Bob leaves behind a brother, Howard, his wife, Jan, a daughter, Jinny, her husband, Ian, and many dear friends on Hilton Head and around the world. Prior to his final illness, Bob had successfully fought both heart disease and cancer. Thus, the family requests that any memorials be made either to the American Heart Association or to the American Cancer Society. The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

May 23, 2002

Adele Skobo, 77, Founded Seniors Club; Worked For Union County Government

Adele Lukos Skobo, 77, of Spring Lake Heights died on Tuesday, May 14, at her home. Born in Elizabeth, she had lived in Roselle and Scotch Plains before relocating to Spring Lake Heights 15 years ago. Mrs. Skobo had been an administrative supervisor for the Union County government in Elizabeth, where she worked for many years until 1970. She was a founding member and Publicity Director of Trendsetters, a senior citizens club in Spring Lake Heights, and a member of the Fairway Mews Community in Spring Lake Heights. She was predeceased by her husband, Matthew Skobo. Surviving are three sons, Thomas Skobo, James Skobo and Matthew D. Skobo, and a granddaughter. The funeral took place on Friday, May 17, from the O'Brien Funeral Home in Wall. A Mass of Christian Burial followed at St. Margaret's Roman Catholic Church in Spring Lake. Memorial contributions may be made to the Adele Skobo Memorial Fund, in care of Trendsetters Club, P.O. Box 306, Spring Lake 07762.

May 23, 2002

William S. Stevens, 59

William Speer Stevens, 59, of Cooper City, Fla., died on Friday, April 26, at Pines Memorial Hospital, Hospice unit, in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Born in Chicago, he had lived in Westfield and moved to the Fort Lauderdale, Fla. area many years ago. Mr. Stevens had been the owner of Stevens Insurance Service of Davie, Fla., prior to retiring. He was a graduate of Westfield High School, with the Class of 1960. He was predeceased by his wife, Lois Stevens, on July 29, 2001. Surviving are two daughters, Carolyn Linares of Fayetteville, Ga., and Bonnie Slader of Davie, Fla.; his mother, Carolyn Wilday of Sun City, Calif.; two brothers, Dr. Robert Stevens of Charleston, S.C. and John L. Stevens of Fayetteville, Ga.; a sister, Dianne Maher, and five grandchildren, Julian and Chelsea Linares, Sarah Jane Waldorf and Dane and Rebekah Slader. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, April 30, at the Faith Presbyterian Church in Pembroke Pines. Memorial contributions may be made to the James Jr. Fund, Inc., 6191 Orange Drive, No. 6157D, Davie, Fla. 33314.

May 23, 2002

David E. Gilliam, 53, Was Mechanic; Truck Driver and Pepsi Employee

David E. Gilliam, 53, of Plainfield died on Monday, May 13, at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield. Born in Westfield, he had lived there before moving to Plainfield 32 years ago. Mr. Gilliam was a self-employed mechanic for 40 years. He had also been a truck driver for five years and worked at the Pepsi Cola Company in New Brunswick for 15 years. He was predeceased by his parents, Irene and Eddie Gilliam; a sister, Noreen Bloedoorn; a brother, James Brodie, and a granddaughter, Rahjanae Benton. Surviving are a son, David Harris of Elizabeth; a daughter, LaConda Coleman of Lakewood; a stepson, Shawn Coleman, also of Lakewood; his stepmother, Mary Gilliam; four sisters, Paulette Gilliam of Plainfield, Mary Ann Gilliam of Georgia, Diane Taylor of South Carolina and Florine Russell of Ohio; three brothers, George Gilliam of Georgia and Lenwood Brodie and Anthony Rudolph, both of Plainfield, and five grandchildren. Services were held on Saturday, May 18, at the House of Prayer Church Of God In Christ in Plainfield. Arrangements were under the direction of the Judkins Colonial Home in Plainfield.

May 23, 2002

Kevin Bowdish, 49

Kevin J. Bowdish, 49, of Brick died on Monday, May 13, at his home. Born in Newark, he had been a resident of Scotch Plains and Cranford prior to moving to Brick 19 years ago. Mr. Bowdish was Director of maintenance at Coach USA of Pleasantville and New Brunswick for several months. Earlier, he had worked for NJ Transit in Newark for 19 years and for Academy Bus Lines in Leonardo for nine years. He was a fourth degree member of the Monsignor Baldwin Chapter of the Knights of Columbus in Brick. Mr. Bowdish also was a third degree member of Knights of Columbus Council No. 8160 at Epiphany Church in Brick. Surviving are a son, Jason Bowdish, and a daughter, Shannon Bowdish. Arrangements were under the direction of the Colonial Funeral Home in Brick.

May 23, 2002

Fay M. Matino, 84

Fay M. DiPiano Matino, 84, of Westfield died on Thursday, May 16, at Overlook Hospital in Summit. Born and raised in Summit, she lived in Westfield for the past 55 years. Mrs. Matino was a communicant of the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield. She was predeceased by her husband, Peter Matino, in 1999. Surviving are three daughters, Frances Homicki of Clayton, N.C., Joan Pischedda of Forked River and Phyllis Freeman of Effort, Pa.; a son, Peter Matino, Jr. of Clayton, N.C.; two sisters, Mildred Vitale of Kenilworth and Betty Piccininni of Union; seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Saturday, May 18, at the Holy Trinity Church. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. Arrangements were under the direction of the Dooley Colonial Home, 556 Westfield Avenue in Westfield. Memorial contributions may be made to the Westfield Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 356, Westfield 07091.

May 23, 2002

DEATH NOTICE John Howard Frye, Jr.

WELLS, ME. -- John Howard "Junie" Frye, Jr., 86, a resident of Atlantic Avenue, a no-nonsense man of quiet intelligence and dignity, a friend to many, dedicated father, husband, grandfather and stepfather, died Tuesday May 14, 2002, at the York Hospital in York. Mr. Frye was born March 6, 1916 in Auburn, Me., a son of John Howard and Anne Tweeddale Frye, Sr., and is a graduate of Westfield High School, Westfield N.J., Class of 1934, and Bowdoin College, Class of 1938. He was well-known at both schools for his ability to play football, and was coached at Bowdoin by legendary coach Adam Walsh, whose teams won state championships three years in a row in 1935, '36 and '37. A veteran of the United States Army, Mr. Frye served during World War II in the European Theatre. A longtime employee with Provident Mutual Life, he began his career in 1939 in New York, and was soon moved to Portland, then moved to the Boston office, where he retired from in 1981 as General Manager. Mr. Frye was a past member and President of the Portland Jaycees, a life member of Sportsman's Alliance of Maine, honorary director and member of the St. Mary's River Association in Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia, founding member of the Lockie John Howard Frye, Jr. Weir Trust in Sherbrooke Village, the Union Boat Club in Boston, Bowdoin College Alumni Association, the Cumberland Club in Portland, and in June of 1999 was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame for his football career at Bowdoin College. He enjoyed deer hunting and fly fishing at his camp in Sherbrooke, football, coin collecting and his time spent at the ocean. Survivors include his wife, Claire A. Frye of Wells; a daughter, June F. Johnston and her husband, J. Lawrence, of Jersey City, N.J., a sister, Rosamond F. Smith of North Andover, Mass.; two grandchildren, Mark Johnston and his wife, Stella Hetelekidis, MD, Marly LeBeau and her husband, Michael, four great-grandchildren, Alex, Adam and Laura Johnston and Madeline LeBeau; a stepson, Stephen Varano of Surfside Beach S.C., and two stepdaughters, Andrea Varano of Newburyport, Mass. and Jennifer Baraldi of Chelmsford, Mass. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Chapel of Harmony Grove Cemetery, 30 Grove Street, Salem, Mass. The Bibber Memorial Chapel, 111 Chapel Road in Wells, was in charge of the arrangements. Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to St Mary's River Association Lockie Weir Memorial Fund, in care of Florence Duffy Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia, BOJ 3CO or to the St. Mary's River Association, P.O. Box 179 Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia, BOJ 3CO.

May 23, 2002

Stanley Pisowacki, 83, Decorated Veteran; Had Tailoring Business in Woodbridge

Stanley G. Pisowacki, 83, of Scotch Plains died on Wednesday, May 15, at Overlook Hospital in Summit. Born in Plainfield, he had formerly lived in Poland, Clifton and Plainfield, coming to Scotch Plains in 1966. He was the founder of Stanley's Tailoring in Woodbridge, retiring in 1984. Mr. Pisowacki, who served in the United States Army during World War II, received the Bronze Service Star, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Dunellen Post. He was predeceased by a daughter, Patricia Elsner, and by a sister, Stephanie Karwoski. Surviving are his wife, Irene Pisowacki; two daughters, Mary Anne Birdsall and Christine Renz; a sister, Tess Krempa, and four grandchildren. A Mass was offered on Monday, May 20, at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains, following the funeral from the Rossi Funeral Home in Scotch Plains. Entombment took place at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery in South Plainfield. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 1 Bleeker Street, Millburn 07041.

May 23, 2002

Ann Clare Taylor

Ann Clare Taylor of Scotch Plains died on Tuesday, May 14, at the Cornell Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Union. Born in Elizabeth, she was a resident of Scotch Plains for more than 50 years. Mrs. Taylor was the founder and Co-Chairwoman of the Nurses Scholarship Foundation in Scotch Plains. She was active with the Federation of Women's Clubs and the Republican Women's Club. Surviving are her husband, Bruce C. Taylor; a daughter, Robin TaylorChiarello; three grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 16, at theVanderhoven Chapel at Hazelwood Cemetery in Clark. Arrangements were handled by the Lehrer-Gibilisco Funeral Home in Rahway. Memorial donations may be made to the Hazelwood Cemetery Beautification Fund, West Lake Avenue, Rahway 07065.

May 23, 2002

Gus Perdikos, 52, Computer Analyst; Was Seton Hall and Chubb Graduate

Gus Perdikos, 52, of Mountainside died on Saturday, May 18, at Staten Island University Hospital in Staten Island, N.Y. Born in New York City, he had been a resident of Hillside before relocating to Mountainside 11 years ago. Mr. Perdikos was employed as a computer analyst with United Parcel Service in Morristown. He graduated from City University of New York in 1972 and from the Chubb Institute in New York in 1995. Surviving are his wife of 32 years, Maria Perdikos; a daughter, Belinda P. Losada of Union; his mother, Solome Perdikos of the Bronx; a brother, Nick Perdikos, also of the Bronx; a sister, Helen Papadopoulos of New York State, and a granddaughter. The funeral was held yesterday, Wednesday, May 22, from the Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home in Westfield. Funeral services followed at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Westfield. Entombment took place at the Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum in North Arlington. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 815, Elizabeth 07208.

May 23, 2002

John Hart Iler, 80

John Hart Iler, 80, of Milwaukee, Wis., died on Tuesday, April 30, at his home. Born in Illinois, he had lived in Fanwood prior to moving to Milwaukee many years ago. Mr. Iler had been employed with Cleever Brooks/Aqua-Chem in Milwaukee for several years before retiring. He was a member of the Wisconsin Scottish Rite Bodies, 32nd degree, Tripoli Shrine and the George Washington 1776 Lodge No. 337 of the Free and Accepted Masons, both of Milwaukee. He additionally was a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians; the Society of American Magicians and the Houdini Club of Wisconsin. He was predeceased by a brother, James W. Iler. Surviving are a niece, Marion Pucciarello, and two nephews, James Iler and John Iler. Services were arranged by the Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home in Whitefish Bay, Wis. Interment was private.

May 23, 2002

Robert F. Knudsen, 64, Rutgers Graduate; Elizabethtown Gas Engineering Technician

Robert F. Knudsen, 64, of Cranford died on Friday, May 17, at the JFK Medical Center in Edison. Born in Elizabeth, he had lived in Roselle and Westfield, prior to moving to Cranford three years ago. Mr. Knudsen was employed as an engineering technician for the Elizabethtown Gas Company in Plainfield. He had previously worked for Public Service, Electric & Gas in Newark. He served in the United States Army during peacetime. He was awarded a bachelor's degree in wildlife conservation and management from Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Mr. Knudsen was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and a member of the New Jersey Arms Collectors Club, Inc., the Warren County Rod and Gun Club, the Jersey Shore Antique Arms Collectors and the Fort Lee Arms Collectors Inc., of New Jersey. He was predeceased by his father, Frank Knudsen, in 1993. Surviving are three sons, Gregg Knudsen, Matthew Knudsen and Andrew Knudsen; his mother, Janet E. Knudsen, and a sister, Dorothy Morrell. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, May 21, from the Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Avenue in Cranford. Interment took place at Rosedale Cemetery in Linden. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, NCICFUL, P.O. Box 102454, Atlanta, Ga. 30368-2454.

May 23, 2002




Theresa Demboski, 92, Was Active In Rosary Society and Seniors Club

Theresa Luksis Demboski, 92, of Scotch Plains died on Tuesday, May 14, at the Ashbrook Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Scotch Plains. Born in Elizabeth, she was a resident of Scotch Plains for several years. Mrs. Demboski was a member of the Senior Citizens Club at Sts. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Elizabeth, where she had also been active with the former St. Anne's Society and the Rosary Society. She additionally was a member of the American Association of Retired Persons. She was predeceased by her husband, William "Duke" Demboski. Surviving are two daughters, Dorothy Gribas and Mary Ellen Kulbis; two grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. A Mass was offered on Friday, May 17, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, following the funeral from the August F. Schmidt Memorial Funeral Home in Elizabeth. Interment was at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Newark.

May 23, 2002

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Butterfly Gardening Class To Be Held at Arboretum

SUMMIT ­ Jonne McCarron, Children's Education Coordinator for the Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit, will teach a class on butterfly gardening to the general public on Sunday, June 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. Each participant will take home a variety of seedlings and a caterpillar or chrysalis to help create a butterfly habitat. The fee for the class is $30. To register, please call (908) 273-8787, extension no. 16. The Arboretum will expand its butterfly-raising facilities this year, courtesy of a grant from the Junior League of Summit. Last year, more than 800 Monarch butterflies were raised and released at the Arboretum, using space in its education center and an outdoor tent. With the grant money, the Arboretum has purchased a mesh screen field cage to contain work tables and cages to raise caterpillars. Volunteers will also designate a portion of the facility's wildlife habitat as a "butterfly zone," planting it with butterfly-friendly plants. Volunteers are needed to help with the butterfly program. Interested adults and high school students are asked to call Ms. McCarron at (908) 273-8787, extension no. 23.


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