Obituaries

Michael J. Harkins, M.D.

Age 78 ~ Longtime Haddonfield resident

Age 78, passed on from this life following a courageous fight with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) on February 25, 2021. Beloved husband of Carol (nee Reeves). Loving father of Christine, Michael Jr. (Jennifer), Kevin, Brian, and Alison Murphy (Terry). Devoted grandfather of 7. Dear brother of Marita (Bob) Hill. Also survived by his Reeves in-laws and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers Jack (Maryann) and Larry (Ronnie). Dr. Harkins graduated from St. Joseph’s Prep, St. Joseph’s College, and Temple University School of Medicine. He practiced Cardiology at Our Lady of Lourdes (now Virtua) in Camden, NJ from 1976 until he retired in 2019, where he was a former Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and a President of the Hospital Staff. Dr. Harkins performed the first catheter enzyme drip procedure in South Jersey in 1981 that opened a blockage in the heart of a patient amid a heart attack. Mike was a team player, a leader, and was the first to volunteer to step in. He valued his experiences with his patients, his colleagues, office staff, nursing staff and techs, transport staff, kitchen and janitorial staff – it was important to him to make a connection with all.

Mike had a strong love of life, learning, and helping others. He had many memorable trips and voyages with his wife and family, yet there were many places he was looking forward to experiencing. He followed his advice to his patients by avidly watching his diet and exercising. He was seen regularly running and walking with his Golden Retrievers through Haddonfield and surrounding streets, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Mike loved doing projects involving his hands. He once removed all the bricks and mortar on a 2.5 car garage so the wood frame would be light enough to be moved, then became a bricklayer and put all the bricks back.

His family will fondly remember his work ethic, sense of humor, and generosity. He had an incredible hunger for knowledge that enabled him to have a conversation with virtually anyone about any topic, and a keen interest in political debate. He found and developed a passion for cooking for Carol later in life. He imbued in all his family a passion for shared experiences, rather than material possessions. Most of all, his family will cherish his love for his family, friends, colleagues, and patients.

A socially distanced viewing for friends and extended family will be held at Kain Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Avenue, Haddonfield, on Monday March 1st from 6pm-8pm. A private family service will be held another day. A Celebration of Life will be planned later this year. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, 1733 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130; or The Leukemia Lymphoma Foundation, MD Anderson Cooper.

Jean Nuneville

Age 91; of Juniper, FL formerly of Haddonfield, NJ

(nee Crane) Passed away on Feb. 22, 2021, at age 91.

She was a Special Education Teacher at Bancroft NeuroHeath for 19 years. Mrs. Nuneville’s community activities included: the Haddonfield Assembly, the Haddonfield Garden Club, past President of the Haddonfield Junior Women’s Club and a supporter of many civic activities.  She was a former resident of Haddonfield for over 50 years.

Mrs. Nuneville was a charter member of the Southern NJ Mayflower Society, a descendent of William Brewster of the MA Colony; a visionary for the Bancroft Butterfly Garden; and a member of the Haddonfield United Methodist Church.

She is survived by: son, Dean E., daughter-in-law, IChing; grandsons, William Edward, Daniel Edward and granddaughter, Emily C.

Mrs. Nuneville’s family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 10- 10:45 AM, Haddonfield United Methodist Church, 29 Warwick Rd., Haddonfield, NJ 08033; where her Memorial Service will follow at 11 AM.  Interment, Haddonfield Baptist Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Church at the above address.

Joanna M. Thomas

Age 76 of Cherry Hill, formerly of Haddonfield

(nee Tortorella) On Feb. 16, 2021, age 76, of Cherry Hill, formerly of Haddonfield; Beloved mother of Adam Thomas of Long Beach, Ny and Oren R. Thomas, IV of Atlantic City, NJ; Loving grandmother of Oren V.  Also survived by former daughter-in-law Erin Egan.

Joanna was a teacher of British Literature at Camden Catholic HS (1985-2000) and of American Literature at Washington Twp. HS (2000-2013).  Joanna loved animals, the environment, traveling once a year as well as being an avid & excellent Bridge player.

Joanna’s Memorial Service will be held virtually on Friday, Feb, 26th, 11 AM at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services.  Those wishing to attend may email kainmurphy@comcast.net for a Zoom code.  Interment, private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Joanna may be made to: Greenpeace, 702 H Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20001 (www.greenpeace.org) or to the Voorhees Animal Orphanage, 419 Cooper Rd., Voorhees, NJ 08043 (www.vaonj.org)

 

Margaret J. “Peggie” Tomlinson

Age 94, of Woodstown, NJ former longtime resident of Haddonfield, NJ

(nee Taggart) On February 17, 2021; Age 94; of Woodstown, NJ former longtime resident of Haddonfield, NJ.  Wife of the late Addis Tomlinson; Beloved mother of Cathy (Kenneth) Tomlinson Denelsbeck and Cynthia (Barry) Tomlinson-Kling.  Loving grandmother of Gail Dilks and Kris (John) Wilson; Great-grandmother of James, Anna, Andrew, Nate and Luke.

Margaret was a 75+ year member of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield as well as a member of Tavistock Country Club and Wedgewood.  Margaret was a faithful volunteer for the Red Cross Blood Drive.

A Memorial Service for Margaret will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ 08033.  Interment Private. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Margaret may be made to the 1st Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield, 200 Kings Hwy. E., Haddonfield, NJ 08033.

John H. Washington

Age 99, Longtime Haddonfield Resident

On Feb. 7, 2021, Age 99, Longtime Haddonfield Resident. Beloved husband of the late June (née Gary); Devoted father of Nancy (John) Connell of Collingswood, Timothy (Jennifer) Washington of Collingswood and the Late Sandra Walles; Loving grandfather of Chris (Courtney) Mallon and Wendy Coskey, Kelly (Eric) Weaver, Katie Connell and Aileen (Dave) Gainer.   Great-grandfather of Lilly, Jack, Ian, Samantha, Finn, and Hudson.

“Harry”, as he was fondly known as, was a Haddonfield resident for 87 years. He served our country in WWII in the Army Air Corps and flew 51 missions out of Italy. Upon his return from war, Harry worked for GE for over 30 years. He was greatly loved by his family and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Services will be held privately.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of John H. Washington may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=10043

Brian Charles McDonnell

Age 54 of Haddonfield, NJ

Brian Charles McDonnell, loving husband, father, son, brother and friend passed away at the age of 54 on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 surrounded by his adoring family.

Brian will live on in the hearts of his wife Cynthia (nee Stiner); his children Regan, John and Molly; his parents John and Ann McDonnell; his siblings Maryann Zucker, Katie and Jim Grady, Erin Finnegan, Shaun McDonnell, and his sister-in-law Kim Stiner and Demian Kosofsky; his father-in-law Frank Stiner; and his 10 nieces and nephews: Jake, Megan, Bridget, Bradley, Jack, Mack, Henry, Abigail, Tucker and sweet Rose. Brian is predeceased by his mother-in-law Peg Stiner and his brother-in-law Mike Finnegan.

Brian, also known as “McD”, was born in 1966 in Orange, NJ to John and Ann McDonnell of Lakewood, NJ.  Brian grew up in Maplewood, NJ and attended Delbarton Preparatory High School.  He graduated with a Business degree from Boston College in 1988, where he was a proud member of the Boston College Lacrosse team.

On September 4, 1999, Brian married the love of his life, Cindy Stiner, in an unforgettable ceremony in Killarney, Ireland celebrated by dozens of dear friends and family. They lived in Jersey City and Philadelphia before settling in Haddonfield, NJ; in a neighborhood they lovingly refer to as “The Ridge.” Around the corner, they have enjoyed and created many fond memories with friends at Tavistock Country Club.

Brian, CFA, joined Macquarie Group (formerly Delaware Investments) in 2007, where he ultimately became an Executive Director and Head of US Core Fixed Income.

Brian loved the beach, cheering on his children in sports, traveling with his family, and listening to music. He enjoyed the simple pleasures, such as a good cup of coffee, sitting by a fire, or anything chocolate-peanut-butter flavored. Brian was infamous for his nicknames and expressions. His children “Blue, Bubba, and Bug,” and his “winning” attitude in any situation, were all a part of his motto “Live Well.” 

Nothing brought Brian more pride than watching his children any-time, anywhere. Whether it was blasting Dropkick Murphys through the house every Saint Patricks Day, or putting on a pair of goggles to give Regan, John, and Molly a chance to swim race their dad every summer; Brian lived for family time. He said one of his favorite sounds was hearing his children across the room saying “my dad…”

Services for Brian will be private. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a contribution to The McDonnell Children College fund https://go.fidelity.com/maafp .

Michael W. Fessler

Age 71, of Lumberton, NJ & formerly of Haddonfield, NJ

passed away peacefully on January 19, 2021.  Survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Jacqueline (nee Seibert); dedicated father of Mickelle Cabrera (Christopher), Jacqueline Sevening (Greg) and the late Michael Fessler; Cherished grandfather of Mickaelyn Meany (Mason); Saylor and Brielle Cook; Grant, Ireland and Scout Sevening; treasured great grandfather of Carson Meany; Dearest brother of Christine Gallagher (Jack), W. Steven Fessler (Sally), Colleen Corey (Christopher) and Charlene Fessler.  Predeceased in death by his parents William and Irene Fessler.

Born in 1949 in Reading, PA, Michael was a dedicated businessman, loyal friend, and lifelong mentor to all with whom he shared time.  He graduated from Haddonfield High School in 1966 (NJ), and Athens State College (AL) with a B.S. Degree in Business in 1970.  Michael had a long and storied career in the beverage industry.  In his early years he held various managerial positions at Frostie Enterprises before purchasing Stewart’s Rootbeer.  As President, Michael’s gargantuan personality and savvy business acumen built Stewart’s Rootbeer with his father sage council into a successful National Brand, established countless Stewart’s Restaurants across the East Coast, and gave us the Legendary Stewart’s Rootbeer enjoyed by all. He was always “In the game”. He loved his country and served as an Honorary Commander of the 6th Airlift Squadron “Bully Beef” (USAF) for 3 years.

In his free time, his warm and caring soul never missed an opportunity to have a conversation and develop sincere relationships with his family, his friends, a waiter, or stranger.  He was an avid hunter and sharpest of shooters; passionate about the game of golf and even more about the 18 holes of friendly banter and laughter; Master of dining out; and philanthropist to countless of those in need. With his arm lovingly around his son, they raise a glass of scotch with infinite bubbles, and watch over all of us until we meet again.

Services will be held privately on Monday, January 25th, at Christ the King Church, Haddonfield, NJ.  The Mass may be viewed at the following link:  www.ctkhaddonfield/live-stream.org  (12:30 pm Mass).  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Michael may be made to Children of Amigos de Jesus; 2200 Byberry Road, Hatboro, PA 19040 (www.amigosdejesus.org)

Dr. Anthony C. Ruggerio

Age 93 ~ Longtime Haddonfield Resident

Dr. Anthony C. Ruggerio, age 93, a longtime resident of Haddonfield, New Jersey, passed away peacefully in his home on January 17, 2021.  Anthony was the beloved husband of Concettina (“Connie”) DiRocco Ruggerio, who predeceased him in 2018, father of Dr. Mark A. Ruggerio (Dr. Vanessa A. Morenzi), Bonnie J. Guistwhite, Cynthia Ruggerio (John S. Anooshian), and grandfather of Constance A. Guistwhite and Lara M. Ruggerio.  He grew up in Hammonton and later Camden, NJ, with his parents, Nicholas and Mamie Ruggerio and brother, Russell B. Ruggerio.

Dr. Ruggerio, a periodontist, practiced in Haddonfield for over 40 years and was extraordinarily dedicated to the care of his patients. He was an Assistant Professor of Periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine for many years and is published in the field. Dr. Ruggerio served in the U.S. Navy at the close of WWII and attended college through the GI Bill prior to dental and post-doctoral school. Anthony, also known as “Tony” to many of his friends, was an avid music lover of everything from opera to Sinatra to the Beatles and a gifted saxophone and clarinet player. After playing in big bands in his youth, he enjoyed being part of the Haddonfield Pick Up band and marching down Kings Highway on the 4th of July. He was also a fearless skier, dog lover, and lifelong Eagles fan.

Above all, Dr. Ruggerio cherished his wife of over 60 years, Connie, and was a loving father and grandfather.

The family is having a private graveside service on the morning of Thursday, January 21st.

 

John P. Hammette

Age 80 of Collingswood, NJ, formerly of University Park, MD

On Jan. 10, 2021, age 80 of Collingswood, NJ, formerly of University Park, MD; Beloved husband of Lynne (nee Weaver); Loving father of Laurie Hammette; Dear brother of Robert (sister-in-law Virginia) and Cherished Uncle of Lynne Dann & Bob Hammette.

John was a devoted family man, a loving husband for 48 years and a wonderful father to the daughter that he was so proud of. He was a former small business owner and real estate agent, and was actively involved in his community during his years in University Park. John was a true friend to animals. He worried about the neighborhood stray cats, and two he used to feed, his adored Miss. Pip and Mr. Henry, are now living a life of luxury in our home. A former high school athlete in both Madison (a town he loved) and Ocean City NJ, John was an avid golfer who sorely missed the game when he was no longer able to play. His face would light up as he recounted numerous tales about golfing with his dear friends. He was a devoted follower of the rock group The Band and of all things Peyton Manning. He had a great sense of humor and would often say when he returned home from an outing “They thought I was funny.” John loved our family vacations, especially the trips to England and Ireland. He was a defender of the underdog and hated injustice of any kind, often saying “A man who is right is a majority of one”. He was a kind and tender hearted man who will be greatly missed.

Due to pandemic restrictions, John’s family will have a Memorial Service at a later date.  Please check www.KainMurphy.com for Service updates.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of John may be made to the Animal Welfare Association, 509 Centennial Blvd, Voorhees, NJ 08043 or The Grey Muzzle Organization, 14460 Falls of Neuse Road, Suite 149-269, Raleigh, NC 27614.

 

Paul J. Kinzel

Age 53 of Cherry Hill, NJ

On January 9, 2021, Paul passed away unexpectedly and peacefully at his home in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.  He was 53 years old.

He was a devoted and loving father of Samuel Grayson Kinzel age 8.  Sam was his life.  He spent all his free time building rockets, racing cars, playing outdoors, play games, reading with him and homeschooling.

Paul loved the ocean and outdoors. He loved going to the beach, swimming, waterskiing, snow skiing, mountain biking and tinkering with cars. He enjoyed watching sports and he cheered for his local teams.

Paul was an outreach advocate for AA and a source of support for many recovering members. He was very generous providing help for family and friends in need and assisted in anyway possible.  He was instrumental in helping his younger sister in getting her degree by caring for his nephew while she went to night school. He also, was a great support for our family by helping with our Grandmother with Dementia. He supported his older sister while she was going through a divorce.  And he often helped his mother in Connecticut.  He called her every day.

Paul was a member of Steam fitter’s Local 420 since 1995.  He loved his work and those he worked with.

He was survived by his son Samuel G. Kinzel, mother Marilyn B. Kinzel, his sisters Valerie Ashton and Susan Bonertz, several nieces and nephews, including grandniece and nephews.

Services for Paul will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Paul may be made to the Marine Mammal Stranding Station, 3625 Atlantic Brigantine Blvd, Brigantine, NJ 08203 (https://www.mmsc.org/ways-to-donate/simple-donation)