Obituaries

Barry D. Brown

Age 83 ~ of Marlton and Spray Beach, NJ; Formerly Longtime Haddonfield resident

Barry D. Brown, of Marlton and Spray Beach, NJ, was President and CEO of the West Jersey Health System from 1973 until his retirement in 1995, overseeing its expansion from a single facility in Camden to include hospitals in Berlin, Voorhees, and Marlton. The system has evolved until today it has become the Virtua Health System.

Mr. Brown, born in 1933, the son of Dr. Stanley Brown and Alice Drew Brown, spent his early years in Laurel Springs, NJ, and graduated from high school in Haddonfield. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, in 1956 where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and served as its president in his senior year. In 1961 he received a master’s of public administration degree from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

He served in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps from 1956 until 1958 as a 1st lieutenant and was employed by RCA in the Defense Electronic Products Division in 1958 and 1959.

Mr. Brown had over thirty years of hospital management experience, serving from 1961 to 1966 as assistant administrator at Memorial Hospital of Burlington County, Mount Holly; from 1966 to 1968 as administrator of the West Jersey Health System’s Berlin division; and from 1968 to 1973 as administrator of both the Camden and Berlin hospitals of the system. In 1973 he became president and CEO of the system.

Mr. Brown was a board member of the Virtua Health and Hospital Foundation, was on the board of Summit Bank, Princeton, NJ, and chairman of the Health Care Insurance Company and Princeton Insurance Company, Princeton, NJ, for almost 25 years. He was a past chairman and vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Hospital Association and served as Delegate-at-Large and a member of the House of Delegates for the American Hospital Association. Additionally, Mr. Brown was a member of the American College of Health Care Executives and the American Hospital Association.

In 1992 the American Cancer Society presented him with the Race for Life Community Service Award for his and West Jersey Health System’s contributions. He received the Excellence Award in the recognition of outstanding contributions to Camden County College by the New Jersey Council of County Colleges in 1993 and that same year the New Jersey Hospital Association Certificate of Recognition for West Jersey Health System’s commitment to both quality health care and community service.  Mr. Brown served as the professional department chairman of 1993 United Way campaign.

In 1995, to recognize Mr. Brown’s years of excellence in health care, the Barry D. Brown Health Education Center in Voorhees, NJ, was dedicated and opened to the public.

Mr. Brown enjoyed boating and golf and especially spending time with his family at Long Beach Island. He had been a member of several country clubs including Tavistock Country Club in New Jersey.

Mr. Brown’s first wife, Nancy Rombach, died in 1976. He was predeceased by his daughter Katherine Drew Brown of Catawissa, PA. He is survived by their three sons; Stanley D. of Kailua, HI and his wife the former Nancy Stoelker; Stephen W., of Virginia Beach, and his wife the former Cathy Williams; and James B. of Evergreen, CO, and his wife the former Kelly Huesman; five grandchildren, and one great grandson and his present wife, Barbara Boffemmyer Newcomer Brown.

Mr. Brown’s family will receive friends on Saturday, March 25th, 10-11:45 AM, at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ; where his Memorial Service will follow at 12 Noon.  Interment, private.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Mr. Brown’s name may be made to Virtua Foundation, P.O. Box 70260, Philadelphia, PA 19176-9703 or via https://foundation.virtua.org/donate

Dorothy Elizabeth Bartie

age 89, Haddonfield, NJ

Dorothy Elizabeth Bartie (nee Hunter), AGE: 89, formally of Haddonfield, NJ, passed from this world on February 22, 2017. Born in Riverside, NJ to Warren Budd Hunter and Verna May Hunter (nee Johnson), Dorothy and her sister Joan were raised in the house built by their father in Delanco, NJ. 

Dorothy was pre-deceased by her loving husbandMatthew Bartie in February 2003, and by her dear sister, Joan H. Gilbert (formally of Rochester, NY) just eight days prior to her own death, on February 14, 2017.  

Dorothy and Matthew were united in marriage in 1957.She was a devoted wife and a loving mother to their sonand an avid supporter of all his interests. The family settled in Haddonfield, NJ in 1966 and she resided in the family home until 2015. Having attended Methodist Churches all her life, she joined the Haddonfield United Methodist Church in 1963, and by 1974, was serving as avery dedicated church secretary until her retirement in 1992.  She generously gave back to the church she loved with donations and volunteer work.

Most of all she adored her beautiful granddaughters, keeping a keen interest in all their accomplishments.  She enjoyed buying them Easter and Christmas dresses, supporting them in all their endeavors, and watching them grow into wonderful and successful young women.

Dorothy (“Dot” to her friends) worked hard and well at whatever she did with a calm, considerate, kind presence along with a practical sensitivity and a warm sense of humor.

She took an interest in family history and genealogy research, tracing her earliest Hunter roots to Hunterston, Scotland, and later to an area south of Dublin, Ireland. By the mid-to-late 1700s, the Hunters had settled in America. The Bartie (and Barty) family originated from the Dundee, Scotland region.

In 1760, Wm. Hunter established his family farm in Cinnaminson, NJ – which still exists today and is known for its infamous ‘Hunter Sweet Corn’. 

Her great-grandfather, George H. Pfau, was a veteran of the Union Army during the Civil War serving with the 4thNew Jersey Volunteer Infantry and participated in the Battle of Antietam, the Battle of Fredericksburg and the Battle of Gettysburg, amongst others. This family history led Dorothy to become a member in 1993 of the William B. Hatch Chapter of the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic which was an organization that extended membership to any descendant of the Civil War, not just the male veterans of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Her grandfather, a Methodist Minister, was a founding member of the Christian Youth Camp, Delanco Camp Meeting (originally located in Delanco Township, NJ, later relocated to Tabernacle, NJ). Dot and her sister attended the Camp as children, as did both of her granddaughters, with Katey also serving as a camp counselor for many summers as well.

She is survived by her son, Kenneth (Ken) Bartie, of Mickleton, NJ and his beloved longtime companionMargaret (Meg) Johnson (formerly of Medford, NJ), and Dorothy’s much-loved granddaughters – daughters of herson Ken (mother, Denise); Katherine (Katey) Bartie of San Diego, CA, and Jennifer (Jenn) Bartie of Mullica Hill, NJ. 

She is also survived by three nephews and a niece: Stephen Gilbert of Seneca Falls, NY, Karen (Richard) Frazine of Thomaston, CT, David Gilbert (partner Kathy) of Lake Helen, FL, Bryan (Annie) Gilbert of Chandler, AZ, as well as seven grand-nephews and two great-nieces. 

All are invited to Dot’s Memorial Service, Saturday, March 11, 2 PM in the Chapel at the United Methodist Church, 29 Warwick Rd, Haddonfield, NJ 08033. Burial, private. Memorial gifts may be made to Haddonfield UMC Youth Program, or to any Youth Program/Charity in her memory.

Harlan M. Kelly

Age 86 * of Washington, D.C., formerly of Gloucester City, NJ

Harlan M. Kelly, 86, of Washington, D.C., died February 21. Formerly of Gloucester City, Mr. Kelly lived in Washington for more than 50 years.

He was a 1948 graduate of Gloucester High School and a 1953 graduate of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.  He served in the U.S. Army’s 11th Security Agency Field Station 8611 in Baumholder, Germany from 1953 to 1956.

Mr. Kelly was an avid music lover, especially classical and opera. He played piano, guitar, wrote music, and was a long-time member of the Washington Saengerbund, a German choral society. He was a computer programmer and also recorded audiobooks for the Blind.

He was predeceased by his sister, Ruth Kelly Snyder. He is survived by four nephews, Kenneth R. Snyder (Susan Rettig) of Wynnewood, Pa, Thomas M. Snyder (Lisa Flowers) of Haddonfield, David A. Snyder (Patty) of Haddon Heights, and Peter B. Snyder (Dawn) of York, Pa. He is also survived by eight grand-nieces and nephews.

 Interment private.

Francis 'Skip' Slauson

Age 62 * Longtime Haddonfield Resident

On Feb. 23, 2017, Age 62, resident of Haddonfield, NJ for over 30 years, Beloved husband of 37 years of Melissa “Missy” W. (nee White); Loving father of Matthew W. Slauson of Boston, MA; Cherished brother of Henry M., III (Jeannie McGinn-Slauson) and Timothy P. (Alex Nuzzo); Treasured son-in-law of William J. & Joyce W. White and Dear brother-in-law of David W. White (Michele). 

 Skip was employed by FM Global for 39 years, retiring as Assistant Vice President and Senior Account Engineer.  He was very active in Grace Episcopal Church, singing in the Choir, serving on Committees including property & finance, heading the Vestry and at one time chairing the annual Oktoberfest fund drive.  Skip loved listening to his son sing, puttering and fixing things in his home, gardening, traveling, and fishing – especially at Shadycroft on Lake Champlain.   Skip showed his tremendously generous spirit and love of family and friends by always “being with and doing things for people.”

 Skip’s family will receive friends on Friday Evening, March 3rd, 7-9 PM, at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ.  All are invited to his Memorial Service, Saturday, March 4th, 11 AM, Grace Episcopal Church, 19 Kings Hwy. E., Haddonfield, NJ 08033.  Interment will be in the Memorial Garden of Grace Church.  In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Skip may be made to the Church at the above address for the Music or Building Fund. 

Thomas J. Lynch

Age 87 of Haddon Township

Passed away on February 21st at Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Cherry Hill, N.J. after a long battle with chronic lung disease. Beloved son of the late Hugh and Nellie Lynch; loving husband of the departed Ruth Lynch.   Thomas resided at AristaCare in Cherry Hill, N.J. since 2014, he enjoyed the friendship of so many wonderful people.

Thomas is survived by his daughter, Suzan Savarese; sister, Patricia Toerner of Aransas Pass, TX; 5 nieces; 7 nephews; 5 great-nieces and 4 great-nephews.

Lynch worked at W.B. Saunders in Philadelphia as a mail room manager for over 20 years. Meeting his wife at W.B. Saunders, they both retired and enjoyed the New Jersey shore. Thomas will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Services will be held Monday, February 27th, 12:00-1:00 P.M. at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave, Haddonfield, NJ.  Interment immediately following.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Thomas’ memory to the American Lung Association using  www.inmemoryof-memorial.org/thomas-j-lynch

 

Lucile B. Sayre

of Haddonfield, NJ

 On February 21, 2017, longtime resident of Haddonfield; beloved wife of Dr. Charles Sayre passed away. Loving mother of Jill Sayre Lawlor and Judith Sayre Grim; Cherished grandmother of Melissa Lawlor, Sarah Lawlor Batoff (David), Will Lawlor, Jamie Grim and Alex Grim. 

Lucile graduated from The College of New Jersey and was a 5th grade teacher in Cranbury, NJ. She was the first woman on the Asbury Park School Board of Education.   She and Charles were married 74 years and were active members of the Haddonfield United Methodist Church.   Together, they were deeply involved in mission and service organizations, particularly in Camden. 

The family will receive friends on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 9:30 – 10:45 A.M. in the Sayre Center at the Haddonfield United Methodist Church.  All are invited to the memorial service at 11:00 A.M. in the sanctuary.    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made ‘In memory of Lucile Sayre’ to Haddonfield UMC, 29 Warwick Road, Haddonfield, NJ  08033.

Christine Michele Brasteter

Age 34 of National Park, NJ

Suddenly on Feb. 20, 2017 due to medical issues, Christine and her unborn daughter, Gianna, passed away; Beloved daughter of Kathleen and the late Richard Brasteter; Loving fiancé of Joe Wicker; Dear Friend of Ambyr and Shannon who will truly miss her, along with her cat, “Gus”.

All are invited to her Viewing, Friday, Feb. 24th, 6-8 PM, at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Christine’s memory through “In Memory Of” for the American Diabetes Association at www.inmemoryof-memorial.org

 

Carleen Straus Hamilton

Age 81 of Cherry Hill, NJ

On Feb. 19, 2017, longtime resident of Cherry Hill; beloved wife of the late H. George Hamilton; loving mother of Tia (Jonathan) MacCornack, Brock (Bridget) Hamilton, Brandon (Sue) Hamilton, Elyse Hamilton, dear step-mother of Roger (Karen) Hamilton, Alexander (Cathy) Hamilton and the late Marianne Hamilton; cherished grandmother of 7 and sister of the late William Straus; and devoted cousin of Benjamin Straus and Donald Straus.

Carleen was a beloved teacher in the Cherry Hill School District where she taught Elementary Ed for more than 23 years.  She was known especially for encouraging her students to write poetry to music. She was a published poet and did poetry readings in the area.  Carleen designed and sewed her own clothing line under the logo name Zopiah. For several years, she sold her dresses at Three Cranes Gallery in New Hope.

She studied modern dance and ran an interpretive modern dance studio in her home in Cambridge, New York. She was a voice major at Potsdam University before switching to Elementary Ed and was in many plays and musicals. She was also a featured soloist at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Cherry Hill, NJ and also did interpretive dance on the altar.

She and her husband, George, also wrote and preserved thousands of love poems they gave to each other daily and their love story was featured on the front page of The Philadelphia Inquirer on Easter Sunday in 2013.

Additionally, she was a lover of humanity and animals.

Carleen’s family will receive friends on Thursday, Feb 23rd, 6-8:00 PM at Kain-Murphy Funeral Home, 15 West End Ave, Haddonfield NJ.  All are invited to her Memorial Service on Friday, Feb. 24th at 11:00 AM at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 1989 Marlton Pike East, Cherry Hill, NJ.  Interment in the Church’s memorial garden.  In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Carleen’s memory through “In Memory Of” for the Alzheimer’s Association at www.inmemoryof-memorial.org/carleen-hamilton

Antoinette McDevitt

April 6th 1922 – February 18th, 2017

Antoinette McDevitt died February 18th, 2017. Antoinette is survived by her loving and loved daughter Christine “Tini” Carr MIchener:  her grandson Tyler Michener (Jaime, who Antoinette was so happy Tyler found and  lovingly welcomed to the family), Daughter in Law Patty Fay Waisner , and Great Granddaughter Paige Drew Michener, who Antoinette marveled at and felt so fortunate to be around long enough to meet.

Antoinette was predeceased, by a couple of hours, by her daughter Antoinette Gloria Mary Carr, though she did not know this and her family is pretty sure her daughter Toni came down and made sure she left this earth right before she had to bear the news of her daughters passing. Toni lovingly took care of Antoinette as they lived together for many years. Antoinette was also predeceased by husband James Carr who died in 1967.

Antoinette worked for years as an accountant.  She was a great cook who passed on a love of cooking to both of her daughters. She shared a special bond with her grandson Tyler whom she watched during the day when he was younger, a bond that only grew stronger as Antoinette proudly watched Tyler grow.

In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Human Rights Campaign (www.hrc.org). Services were held privately.

 

John L. "Jack" Stanton

Age 82 ~ Lifelong Haddonfield resident

On Feb. 18, 2017, longtime summer resident of Ocean City, NJ; Beloved husband of Laverna (nee Saul); Loving father of Michael P. (Karin), John F. “Nip”(Susan), David W. (Christina) and Karen Gottardi (Dave); Cherished grandfather of 12 and Dear great grandfather of 3.

Jack proudly served in the US Marine Corps during the Korean War.  He had been the Executive Vice Pres. For many years at Anderson, Jackson & Metts Ins. Agency.  Additionally, he was in the Mutual Dept. at the Garden State Racetrack.  Jack started the Garden State Midget Football League and coached for 25years.  He also started the Haddonfield Booster Club, was an avid fan of Haddonfield Athletics, inducted into the Haddonfield Athletic Hall of Fame and a member and former Pres. of the Jr. Chamber of Commerce (Jay Cee’s).

Jack’s family will receive friends on Wednesday, Feb. 22nd, 9-10:45 AM, at Christ the King RC Church, 200 Windsor Ave., Haddonfield, NJ; where his Memorial Mass will follow at 11 AM.  Interment, private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jack’s name to the HMHS Booster Club, c/o Haddonfield Memorial HS, 401 Kings Hwy. E., Haddonfield, NJ 08033.