Obituaries

Martha S. Berger

Of Hainesport NJ, formerly of Haddon Heights

On July 20, 2017; Devoted wife of Dr. Henry G. Berger; Beloved mother of Roy (Christine) & John (Patti); Cherished grandmother of Lauren, Erin & Roy Jr.; Loving sister of Marylou Kimball.

The Berger family will receive friends on Friday, July 28th, 10-10:45 AM at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ 08033. Funeral service immediately following at 11 AM. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Martha’s memory to the American Lung Association, 3001 Gettysburg Rd., Camp Hill, PA 17011.

Peter W. Vanace, M.D.

Age 94 Formerly of Haddonfield

Dr. Vanace was born in Atlantic City, NJ, but spent most of his life in Albany, NY. Immediately following graduation from high school, he enlisted for active duty in WWII, Army Air Corp, Eighth Air Force with 33 combat missions over Europe as a B-17 Lead Navigator. He was awarded the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters.

Following discharge from the service, he received a B.A. in chemistry from Syracuse Univ. and medical degree from Albany Medical College, with a two-year internship at Albany Hospital. He completed his Pediatric Residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He then accepted a fellowship and received N.I.H. Grants in Pediatric Cardiology and Pathology at CHOP while also serving as Medical Director of Camden Municipal Hospital and later, The Children’s Seashore House of Atlantic City, NJ.

A fellowship in Pediatric Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine at Temple Univ./Moss Rehab Hospital, Phila, PA followed. He then went in to clinical practice and teaching Pediatric Development and Rehabilitation at Hahnemann Hospital, Phila., PA, including consultation for Special Needs Children with the Philadelphia, Camden and Trenton School Districts and a number of public and private school Child Study Teams in central and southern NJ.

Upon retirement from academic and private practice, Dr. Vanace pursued a continuing career as an artist, along with the restoration of a 300 year old historic stone house in Glen Mills, PA, where he resided before moving to Linwood, NJ, where he was a resident for 12 years. He continued to develop his painting skills with a particular interest in still life, landscapes and portraits. In addition, the teaching of medical students and resident physicians the basics of understanding and creating art, in particular, negative and positive spaces, composition and color values was a rewarding experience in helping these students to develop their basic skills of truly ‘seeing’ a patient.

Through his artwork, Dr. Vanace hoped to influence the importance of art in the development of children and understanding of parents, classroom teachers and physicians, of the power of art in human development and healing. He truly lived his life with passion.

A devoted father to Scott D. Vanace (predeceased) of Hallandale Beach, FL, Leslie Akers (Ray) of Sewell, NJ, Jeff Vanace (Patrice) of Linwood, NJ, and Nancy Vanace of Linwood, NJ. Proud grandfather of Raymond and Alexander Akers of Sewell, NJ, Rachel and Adriane Vanace of Linwood, NJ. He is also survived by many loving and cherished friends.

Dr. Vanace will receive an officer’s honors at Arlington National Cemetery, Wednesday, August 16th , 2017 at 3:00 PM. All are welcome.

Ian Malcolm Goonewardene, MD

Age 91*Formerly of Mt. Laurel, NJ

Dr. Goonewardene was born in Panadura, Sri Lanka (Ceylon) in 1926. He completed college and medical training at the University of Ceylon and came to the US in 1955.  Like most foreign medical graduates, completed residency training for a second time. He served as an intern at St. Vincent’s hospital in Staten Island, NY.  This was followed by a residency in Internal Medicine Residency at Frankford Hospital Philadelphia, PA where he would meet his wife, Joan (nee Blood), to whom he would be married for 53 years.

Dr. Goonewardene treated patients in both the office and emergency departments throughout the PA and NJ. He first joined an office practice in Paulsboro, NJ and subsequently opened an office practice out of his home in Gibbstown, NJ, where his wife Joan served as a nurse. Additionally, he was an emergency room physician at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden, NJ. Loved by his patients, he was widely known as an excellent diagnostician, and caring provider. His busy schedule was followed by house calls for homebound patients, or those too sick to travel. He retired from active practice at age 75, but volunteered with the Community Health Practice in Camden, NJ where he provided care to the uninsured, until well into his 80’s.

Noted for his compassion, Dr. Goonewardene maintained an active philanthropic spirit his entire life. He supported domestic and international charities, and taught English to immigrants to the US. He was an active member of Amnesty International, and participated in church programs to feed those in need as a longtime member of Grace Bible Church in Mt. Laurel, NJ.  He was comfortable with people from all walks of life, and was known for treating all with respect and dignity. He welcomed people into his home, and there was always room for one more at any meal. This generosity of spirit was widely shared by his wife Joan and was passed on to his children, all of whom are involved in lives of service.

He was predeceased by wife Joan Goonewardene (nee Blood), and daughters Darshini and Kelly. He is survived by children Michael, Kumar, Amy and Shanth; daughters-in-law Joanne and Heather; grandchildren Daniel, Avani, Ethan, Jada, Alexander, Laura and Colin. He will be missed by his cousins, nieces and nephews; both in the United States, and throughout the world: Sri Lanka, India, UK, Australia, and Canada.

Dr. Goonewardene’s family will greet friends on Saturday, July 15th, 9:30–11:45 AM at Grace Bible Church, 822 S. Church St., Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054. Services immediately following at Noon. Donations to Roofs for The Roofless may be sent payable to Grace Bible Church at the address above.

Janice Gravenor Carpenter

Age 86 of Evesham Township

(nee Ayres) On July 11, 2017, former 25year resident of Salem, NJ, Beloved wife of Edwin Carpenter and of the late Ralph Gravenor; Loving mother of Glenn (Charlotte) Gravenor of Haddon Hts., and Linda Gravenor of Marlton, NJ. Devoted grandmother of Lucas Yelowitz of Marlton, NJ. Adored Sister of Carolyn Nachtrieb of FL. Also survived by her two sisters Barbara Albanito and Diane Kent and her nephew James Nachtrieb.

The Family will receive friends on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 10-10:45AM in the Chapel of the Haddonfield United Methodist Church, 29 Warwick Rd., Haddonfield, NJ; where Services will follow at 11AM In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in honor of Janice may be made to Friends of the Hancock House via www.inmemoryof-memorial.org/janice-carpenter ; where she was actively involved in the house’s renovations. Arrangements made by Kain-Murphy Funeral Services.

Dr. Ray L. James

Age 94*Formerly of Haddonfield, NJ

 

Loving husband of Margaret “Maggi” Adam; Proud and loving father of Ray L. James, Jr. of Williamsburg, VA and Kimberly James Sibley of Valparaiso, IN; Cherished Pop-Pop of 4 grandchildren.

The James family will greet friends on Friday, July 14, 2017, 10:15-10:45 AM, at the First Presbyterian Church, 20 E. Kings Hwy., Haddonfield, NJ 08033.   A military memorial service and celebration of his life will follow at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Church at the above address, the WWII Museum, 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 or a charity of your choice.

Beatrice "Bea" D. Kirk

Age 85 of Ocean City, NJ; Formerly of Haddonfield

(nee Duncan) On June 28, 2017; Age 85 of Ocean City, NJ, former longtime resident of Haddonfield, NJ, Beloved wife of Alan T. Kirk, Jr. of Ocean City, NJ; Loving mother of Robert D. (Lisa) of Gibbsboro, Wendy K. (John) Nichols of Maurice River Twp., Thomas W. (Susie) of Haddonfield and the late Jeffrey A.; Cherished grandmother of Jennifer, Christy, Ryan, Justin, Caroline, Colin, Lydia, Ali, Kylie and Rees and Devoted Great Grandmother of Paisley, Holden and T.J.

Bea was a lifetime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield.  She was also actively involved with Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) and the Haddonfield Garden Club.

Bea’s family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 5th, 9:30-10:45 AM in the Sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield, 20 Kings Hwy E, Haddonfield, NJ; where her Service will follow at 11 AM.  Interment at West Laurel Hill Cem., 321 Belmont Ave., Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 at 1 PM.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bea’s memory to PEO Foundation in care of  Chapter W, Karen Pietrangelo, 852 Stonehenge Rd, Cherry  Hill, NJ 08003.

George T. Hare, M.D.

Age 86 of Cherry Hill, Formerly of Haddonfield

On June 17, 2017, Beloved husband of JoAnn (nee Mathias); Loving father of Tom (Judianne) of Pennington, NJ, Patricia Hare of Cherry Hill, NJ and the late John M.; Cherished grandfather of Kyle (Brooke Green) Bragger, Erin (Chris) Fox, Kaelyn Bragger, and Cole & Charlotte Hare. Treasured great grandfather of Oliver Mathias, Nolan Fox and Willa Bragger.

He was born on October 17, 1930 in Barrington, New Jersey. George attended Haddon Heights High School where he was a 3-sport athlete excelling in baseball, basketball and football. He graduated in 1948 and was inducted into their Sports Hall of Fame in 1991. After graduation, he attended Gettysburg College where he was a biology major and continued his athletic career playing basketball and baseball. Not only was he an All-State honorable mention and All-Little Three basketball player but he was most proficient in baseball.  Despite his role as a top starting pitcher on the baseball team, he was the cleanup hitter in the batting order. He hit safely in 14 games as a sophomore and as the years progressed, he bombarded the fences with one homerun after the other. He jumped from a .295 hitter as a sophomore to over .400 as a senior, switching between the mound and left field. As a pitcher, he was most effective in beating such teams as Navy, Delaware and Pitt. He turned down a major league offer by the Cleveland Indians in order to reach his goal of becoming a doctor. George received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Gettysburg College in 1952 and was inducted into the Gettysburg Sports Hall of Fame in 1995. After graduating college he attended the New York Medical College and received his MD degree in 1956. He performed his residency at Thomas Jefferson Hospital Medical College in Philadelphia and internship at Cooper Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey.  Through a distinguished medical career of more than 50 years in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, George held numerous positions as a physician and professor, including Medical Director of the Camden County (N.J.) Health Services Center. He established and headed the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the Cooper Medical Center, as well as a homebound program in geriatric medicine in inner-city Camden. He also helped establish the first palliative care unit in a long-term care facility in the state of New Jersey. George was a long-time member of the Camden County Medical Society, served as its secretary and also became involved with the Society at the national level. He served as a member of the Gettysburg Board of Fellows and his nation as a Major in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army Reserves.

He was deeply devoted to his family and anyone who really knew him could not help but respect, admire and love him dearly. He was a dedicated physician and while there were times when he may have wondered how his life might have been different had he chosen to play professional sports there is no doubt that medicine was his calling. The countless lives he touched, healed and enriched through his long career give testimony to that fact. He was an avid golfer, loved playing the slot machines in Atlantic City and hanging out with his dog and cats at home. He leaves behind many great memories and a legacy of caring, respect and commitment to excellence in everything he did.

Dr. Hare’s family will receive friends on Friday, June 23rd, 10-10:45 AM, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 501 Green St, Haddon Heights, NJ; where his Memorial Service will follow at 11 AM.  Interment, Locustwood Cem., Cherry Hill, NJ.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Dr. Hare may be made to the Voorhees Animal Orphanage, 419 Cooper Rd, Voorhees Township, NJ 08043 (http://www.vaonj.org/)

Walter J. Lane

Age 90 of Cherry Hill, formerly of Haddonfield

Passed away June 17, 2017.  He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 66 years, Barbara J. Lane.  He is survived by his children John W., Esq. (Mary Ellen), Dr. William M. (Janet), Mark T. (Betsy), Dr. Barbara A. Rich (Leslie), Nancy J. (Linda Stipa), and Robert P. (Jessica); 16 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; and his beloved brother and sister, Robert and Alice Lane of Bristol, PA.

Walter served in the U.S. Army after graduating from Bristol High School in 1944. He was a salesman in the electrical supply business, then later a manufacturers’ representative, founding the Walter J. Lane Company in the mid-1960’s, which he operated until his retirement.  For a number of years he also sold real estate part time.  He has been an active member of Christ the King Parish in Haddonfield since 1954.  He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Haddonfield since 1964 and was a past president of that organization.  Prior to moving to Cherry Hill in 2010, he was also active in Haddonfield’s 65 Club.

A viewing and visitation with the family will be held at Christ the King Church, 200 Windsor Avenue, Haddonfield, from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. on June 20, 2017.  Relatives and friends are also invited to attend the funeral mass at the church, beginning at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will follow at the Calvary Cemetery Chapel Mausoleum, 2398 Marlton Pike W., Cherry Hill.  In lieu of flowers, it was Walter’s wish that donations be made in his memory to the charity of one’s choice.

Jeffrey T. McDaniels

Age 53, Audubon NJ

Passed away peacefully on June 13, 2017 at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Camden, NJ.

Jeff graduated Haddon Township High School in 1982, and attended the University of Oklahoma where he majored in law enforcement and served on the OU Police Department before returning to New Jersey to begin his career with the Audubon Police Department. Jeff served the town of Audubon as a police officer for 25 years prior to retiring in early 2014. He also worked for many years as a member of the security team at the Acme supermarket in Audubon where he made many friends.

Jeff is survived by his father and stepmother, Thurman and Carol McDaniel of Haddon Township, mother and stepfather, Jane and Dr. Tom Linstrum of McKinney Texas, sister Linda Klein of Hillsborough, NJ, nieces Kristen Tryon of Orem, UT and Mandy Klein of Mystic Island, NJ and aunt and uncle Lois and Bob Gawlowski of Green Lane, PA.

Jeff loved dogs and cars. He was the proud owner of several collectible cars.

A memorial service will be held at The First Baptist Church of Haddonfield, 124 Kings Highway East on Saturday, July 22, 2017. The family will receive visitors beginning at 10:00 AM followed by the service at 11:00. All are invited to a light luncheon immediately following.

In Lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the City of Angels NJ, Inc. http://www.cityofangelsnj.org or Animal Welfare Association https://www.awanj.org/donate-now in Jeff’s name.

Vivian Logan Stauder

Age 96 Formerly of Haddonfield

On June 15, 2017, of Collingswood Manor; Beloved mother of Dorothy Marshall of Fort Myers, FL; Dear sister of the late Patricia Logan Macqueene;  Devoted aunt of James Macqueene. Also survived by her close friend Kathi Bell & the Repenning Family.

Vivian was a recipient of the Haddonfield Citizen of the year Award, a deacon at the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield, and an active member of the Celebration Committee from its inception.  She also served the community as a secretary of the Adult School and Bookkeeper of Haddonfield Public Library.

Vivian’s family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 21st from 10:00-10:45AM in the Parlor of the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield, 20 Kings Hwy E, Haddonfield, NJ 08033. Her memorial service will follow at 11:00 AM in the chapel. Interment, private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in Vivian’s name to the Church at the above address or to Haddonfield Public Library at 60 Haddon Ave N. Haddonfield, NJ 08033-2469.