Obituaries

Captain George J. Katilus, Jr., USN (Ret)

Age 86 ~ Resident of Haddonfield

George J. Katilus, Jr., a former insurance company executive, bank board director and U.S. Navy veteran of 30 years, retiring at the rank of Captain, died Saturday in his Haddonfield, New Jersey home after a long battle with cancer and lung disease. He was 86.

One of Capt. Katilus’ proudest achievements was his distinguished career with the Navy. He joined the service as a commissioned officer in 1953 and served as a Surface and Underwater Detection Officer. Following active duty, he was Commanding Officer of a number of Naval Reserve units, culminating as Assistant Chief of Staff for Coastal Defense, for the 4th Naval District in Philadelphia.

Capt. Katilus also commanded great respect in business. He was a longtime member of the Board of Directors of Schuyler Savings Bank in Kearny, NJ. In addition, he worked at the Prudential Insurance Company for many years, rising to the position of Director of Taxes.

Capt. Katilus held Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from New York University.

As someone who survived two previous battles with cancer, Capt. Katilus knew how difficult the fight could be. So in his free time, he volunteered for the American Cancer Society in Ocean County, driving patients to medical appointments. He then drove for Interfaith Caregivers of Haddonfield, picking up senior citizens who could not get around on their own. He was also a Sir Knight and 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

With all his success, Capt. Katilus felt his greatest honor was to be the patriarch of a large, loving family. Nothing made him happier than being the Captain at Longpoint, his bayfront home at the Jersey shore. He’d make buttery french toast for breakfast, and watch his grandchildren spend sunny days swimming in the backyard pool. At night, he’d hand out the ride tickets as everyone headed off to the Boardwalk. The kids were amazed that Poppy and Mimi always seemed to have “an endless supply” of tickets ready for them.

Capt. Katilus is survived by his 10 grandchildren, Harrison, Kyle, Grant, Allie, Elizabeth, Colin, Julie, Cameron, George J. IV, and Katrina, and by his loving children, Carol Edwards (Rich), Judy Schuster, George J. III (Christine), and Marianne Hess (Harry). He was the husband of the late Joan (nee Fretz) Katilus.

The family will receive friends on Sat., April 22nd, from 9 – 10:15 AM, at Christ the King RC Church, 200 Windsor Ave., Haddonfield; where his Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 AM, and conclude with military honors at the church.  Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Capt. Katilus may be made to Wounded Warrior Project or the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Betty Jean (Moyer) Keene

Age 90 * Of Haddonfield, formerly of Collegeville, PA

Betty Jean (Moyer) Keene

Age 90 * Of Haddonfield, formerly of Collegeville, PA

 

On April 7, 2017 Betty went with Jesus to heaven to be with her husband of 49 years, the late George L. Keene.  She was born and grew up in Collegeville PA to the late Robert K. and Ella (Hauseman) Moyer.

Betty was a graduate of Collegeville/Trappe HS (1945) and Ursinus College (1949), where she was a standout athlete in field hockey, basketball, and softball.  She was a Physical Education major and pursued a career in teaching at various schools including Holy Savior in Westmont NJ and Triton HS in Runnemede NJ.  Betty left her lasting mark at Audubon where she also met her husband.  It was at Audubon that she began the girls’ softball program in 1950 as well as coached the field hockey, basketball, and softball teams to outstanding records.  She left after only seven years taught a couple years at Triton then left all together to raise her family.  She returned to Audubon in the late seventies to begin a winning tradition once again, this time in field hockey and the start of the girls track program.  She was honored in so many ways including the South Jersey Fast Pitch Hall of Fame, Ursinus College Hall of Fame, the NJSCA Hall of Fame.  The track and field complex at Audubon High School was co-named after her.

Betty’s first love was George and her family.  A devoted mother, sister, aunt, and mom-mom she always put family first.  Always by her side was her husband George.  They enjoyed tennis, golf, swimming and traveling for years together.  She is preceded in death by her brothers Robert, Ken, George, Stanley and sisters Josephine, Catherine Clawson, and Dorothy Miller.  She is survived by her son Scott of Moorestown, daughter Bonnie (Paul) Horner of Tabernacle, 4 grandchildren Matthew, Jeffrey and Julie Horner and Tara Bolger, her brother James, and the many nieces, nephews, and friends she so loved.

Betty’s family will receive friends on Monday, April 17th, 10 -11:45 AM at The Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 204 Wayne Ave, Haddonfield NJ; where her service of remembrance will follow at Noon.  Interment immediately following at Colestown Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations in Betty’s memory to any youth sports program of the donor’s choice; or to the Salvation Army or the National Marine Corps Heritage Museum using www.inmemoryof-memorial.org.

John A. McMahon

Age 74 of New Castle, DE, formerly of Kearny, NJ

On March 26, 2017, age 74, of New Castle, DE, formerly of Kearny, NJ; US Marine Corps veteran and Beloved husband for 23 years of Carleen (nee Fagervik).  Also, survived by his brother James McMahon (Maureen) of Brick, NJ, step-son Michael Casale (Karen) of Haddonfield, NJ, 4 step-grandchildren: Jackson, Tara, Davis & Max, 3 nieces, 1 nephew and several great nieces & nephews.

Mr. McMahon’s family and friends are invited to his Memorial Mass on Wednesday, April 5th, 11 AM, at Christ the King RC Church, 200 Windsor Ave., Haddonfield, NJ.  Interment, private.

Timothy J. Shockley, Jr.

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On March 19, 2017, Beloved son of Timothy J. Sr. and the late Melanie M. Gordon; Father of Zachariah Shockley; Brother of Sarah Leclercq (Chris), Richard & Stephen Shockley, Rebecca Skare (Niklas), Zachariah & James M. Coker and the late Micah Shockley and Uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Tim’s family will receive friends on Friday, April 7th, 7-7:45 PM at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ; where his Memorial Service will follow at 8 PM.  Interment, private.

In lieu of flowers, a trust fund has been set up for Tim’s son, Zachariah Shockley.  Donations may be made locally to any TD Bank (account # 4339279534).

Grant L. Brinser

Age 86, formerly of Haddonfield

On March 26, 2017, of Somerdale, NJ; Beloved husband of Lynn (nee Ulkloss); Devoted father of Chris of Somerville, MA, Brittany (Marc) Crosby of Media, PA, and Lacey Brinser of Haddon Hts, NJ; Loving grandfather of Maggie and Jackson; Dear brother of Lorraine Martino of Laurel Springs and treasured uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Grant proudly served as a PFC in the US Army, Fox Company 23rd Infantry Regiment 2nd Division during the Korean War. He had a distinguished career in Sales for CBS/ Sony for 45 years.

Grant’s family will receive friends on Thursday day, March 30th, 10-10:45 AM at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield NJ; where Services will follow at 11 AM. Interment, Wenonah Cem., Mantua, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Grant may be made through In Memory Of for the Alzheimer’s Assoc. at www.inmemoryof-memorial.org/grant-brinser

Gayle Darlene Donley

Age 77 - Former longtime Cherry Hill Resident

Peacefully left us on March 16, 2017. A Cherry Hill, NJ resident for most of her adult life, she was a homemaker, loving mother and grandmother (Mom Mom). Gayle had a special affection and love for her grandchildren. She had a love for decorating and was extremely creative. She will be sadly missed but, we will keep her close in our hearts always and forever. Survived by Diane Gayle Williams (Stephen), Edward Mark Donley (Lisa), Grandchildren, Kelly, Sean, Brandon, Samantha and her sister, Joy Tilton.

Gayle’s family will receive friends on Friday, March 24th, 10-10:30 AM, at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ.  Her Service will immediately follow.  Interment, Lakeview Mem. Park, Cinnaminson, NJ.

 

Sandra H. Malesinski

Age 73 of Mantua; formerly of Barrington, NJ

On March 16, 2017; Loving wife of the late Henry “Hank” Malesinski; Devoted mother of Kenneth of Mesa, AZ and Stephanie (Tony Delano and his son, Austin Delano) of Barrington, NJ; Cherished grandmother of Zachary “Z” Morales; Dear sister of Steve (Evelyn) Koruba of Haddonfield; and will be deeply missed by all of her friends in Maplewood Village…especially Jane, Mary Ellen and Tom.

Sandra was a longtime resident of Barrington and a huge Dallas Cowboys fan.  Her favorite thing in life was to watch her grandson, Zach play baseball.

Services were held privately.  The family requests that any donations in Sandra’s memory be sent to St. Jude’s Hospital using www.inmemoryof-memorial.org

Sheila E. Trainor

Age 81 of Voorhees, NJ

On March 15, 2017; Beloved sister of Brenda Battersby (Robert) of Haddon Hts., NJ and Loving aunt of Robert Battersby (Veronica).  Also, survived by 2 great nephews, numerous cousins and many long-time friends.  Services were held privately.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her honor may be made through In Memory Of to the American Cancer Soc. (www.InMemoryOf-memorial.org)

Spencer Kohler Reed

Age 27 of Philadelphia, PA ~ Formerly of Haddonfield, NJ

On March 14, 2017; Beloved son of John D. & Susan (nee Kohler) of Haddonfield, NJ; Loving brother of Tyler & Gavin; Cherished grandson of Lurana Reed; Adored nephew of Ted (Connie) Reed, Dianne (Eric) Severance and Amy (Jerre) Feagin and their families, the Overbeck family (John, Jennifer, Jon, Katie, Johnny O); and Gerd (Annette) Schwandner, and beloved godson of Patricia O’Neal.

Spencer, a Haddonfield Memorial HS graduate (Class of ’07), loved being a teammate on State Championship teams for both soccer & basketball and then continued his basketball career at Catholic University in Washington D.C. He used his mathematics degree to begin a successful career in the finance industry.

Spencer will forever be remembered as a kind and gentle soul who would stop at nothing to make people happy or to help a friend.

Spencer’s family will receive friends on Sunday, March 19th, 3-5:45 PM, at Christ the King RC Church, 200 Windsor Ave., Haddonfield, NJ; where his Funeral Mass will follow at 6 PM.  Interment, private.

Charitable donations in honor of Spencer may be made through In Memory Of (www.inmemoryof-memorial.org/spencer-kohler-reed) for the FONZ (Friends of the National Zoo).

Brian S. DiMarco

Age 47 * Egg Harbor Twp., NJ (formerly of Haddon Twp.)

On March 3, 2017, Beloved father of Samantha DiMarco; Cherished son of Joan I. and the late William P. DiMarco; Adored Grandson of Helen E Wright; Treasured brother of Todd A. DiMarco (Jennifer); Loving Uncle of Cayman, Declan, Hadley DiMarco; Dear nephew Robert & Amy DiMarco and William & Robin Wright and also survived by numerous cousins.

Brian loved his family, the outdoors, animals and fishing. He will be “Fishing in Heaven” with those who preceded him in death and he will be holding the rod for the rest of us until we meet again.

Brian’s family will receive friends on Saturday, March 18th, 9:30-10:45, at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ; where his Memorial Service will follow at 11 AM. Interment, private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Brian may be made to: The Billfish Foundation http://memorial.billfish.org/