Obituaries

Joseph H. Hartmann

Age: 62 of Stratford

On January 18, 2023, age 62, formerly of Gibbsboro, NJ; Beloved son of Margaret “Peggy” & the late Joseph B. Hartmann; Loving brother of Edward (Teresa) Hartmann & Kimberly (Eric) Lindemuth and Dear Uncle to several nieces and nephew.

Joey graduated from Eastern Regional High School in 1978 and Lafayette College in 1982. He enjoyed athletics and played Baseball in College. He worked in the insurance industry as a claim adjuster. For many years and had his own insurance adjustment company. He retired from the insurance industry to help take care of his parents.

Joe’s family invites everyone to his Celebration of Life on Sunday January 29, 2023 from 1 -5 PM, at Square Circle Sportsmen Club, 97 Clementon Rd W, Gibbsboro, NJ 08026. Interment, private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Joe may be made to the LOCAL PBA 30 or Stratford Ambulance 315 Union Avenue Stratford, NJ 08084.

Carl E. Nieukirk

Age: 88 of Marlton, NJ

Carl E. Nieukirk of Marlton, NJ passed away on January 16, 2023, at the age of 88.  Carl is survived by his wife of 66 years, Elaine, and daughters Sharon (Ted DeWitt) Nieukirk, Barbara (John) Watkin, Carol Nieukirk, and grandchildren John Watkin, Benjamin Watkin, and Natalie DeWitt.

Carl grew up on a farm in Greenwich, NJ then began his career with Sun Oil Company training new managers.  In 1957 he moved to Haddonfield and opened Carl’s Sunoco, the longest continually operating service station in town.  He was a resident of Haddonfield for more than 40 years where he raised his family, was an active member of the First Baptist Church, and president two different times of the Haddonfield Lions Club. In his retirement, Carl enjoyed golf, travel, and spending winters on the gulf coast of Florida. He loved his family, Haddonfield, and sports, especially all the Philadelphia teams.

Carl’s family will receive friends on Saturday, January 28th from 10-11:30 am at the First Baptist Church of Haddonfield, 124 Kings Highway East Haddonfield, NJ 08033; where a Lions Club service will occur at 11:45 am, and the religious services will follow. Interment, Baptist Cemetery, Haddonfield, NJ. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations in Carl’s name may be made to the First Baptist Church of Haddonfield at the above address. In the memo line, write “Cemetery” or “Church” depending on where you would like your contribution directed.

Francis X. Kernan

Age 91 ~ Longtime resident of Westmont, NJ

Died peacefully at his home on Saturday, January 7, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. Fran was born in Camden, NJ in 1932, the fifth of ten children to Margaret and Eugene Kernan. He moved to Westmont, NJ at the age of ten, a town he called home for the remainder of his life.

Fran attended Holy Savior Elementary School, Camden Catholic High School, Rutgers University, and Colby College. He joined the United States Merchant Marines in 1949 and served during the Korean War. He was an avid traveler and what started as a trip to the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics turned into 20 years spent abroad. All the while, Fran journaled and sent letters home detailing his adventures. During his travels, he worked many jobs, including as an English teacher in Japan and Mexico, a ski lift operator in Europe, and a hotel manager in Rhodesia, to name a few. Fran spoke five languages. His travels took him across the entire United States and six continents.

After meeting at Compton’s Log Cabin and years spent traveling together, Fran and Catherine were married in Greenwich, England on October 20, 1977. They were blessed with five children and 12 grandchildren.

Fran was self-employed, founding Norwood Industries in 1989, and eventually transitioned the business to his son, Francis X. Kernan, Jr. when he retired at age 88.

Fran was a lifelong athlete. He was an avid golfer, skier, surfer, and tennis player. He loved his walks around town which often ended or included a stop at PJ’s or the Pour House.

Blessed with an abundance of family, friends, and Irish luck, Fran lived 91 great years. We are comforted to know Fran is reunited in heaven with his parents and eight siblings.

Beloved husband of 45 years to Catherine Kernan (Daniels). Dear father of Megan (Philipp) Hunold, Siobhan (Jonathan) Carrera, Francis X. (Krista) Kernan, Jr., Eugene (Jill) Kernan, and Nora (Gabriel) Poulides. Loving grandfather of Zoey Poulides, Lukas Hunold, Elle Hunold, Brayden Kernan, Jack Kernan, Benjamin Kernan, Genevieve Carrera, Constantine Poulides, Cora Carrera, Daniel Kernan, Alexandria Poulides, and Theodore Poulides. Fran is also survived by and will be sadly missed, by his sister, Brigid Kernan, as well as his sister-in-law, Brenda Kernan, and brother-in-law, William Fynes. He was predeceased by his siblings: Msgr. Eugene, Jack (Josephine), Agnes (Robert), Larry, Joan, Patrick (Jeanette), Terrance, and Bernadette.

A visitation will be held at Kain-Murphy funeral home (Haddonfield, NJ) Friday, January 13, 2023, from 6:30-9:00 pm. Saturday, January 14, 2023, a visitation will be held at Holy Saviour Church (Haddon Township, NJ) beginning at 9 am with a Mass to follow at 11:30 am. In lieu of flowers, charitable donation’s in Fran’s name may be made to the Salvation Army or the Maryknoll Missionaries.

Frances W. Friedrich

Age: 95 of Cherry Hill, Formerly of Haddonfield

(nee Wagner) On January 4, 2023. Frances was the devoted wife of the late William Friedrich; cherished mother of Allen, Bruce (Cheryl), and Carl (Marie); adoring grandmother of Owen, Bryan, Joshua, Todd, Matthew, Gregory, Christopher, Teresa, and Diane; great-grandmother of 19.

Frances was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield for close to 70 years.  As a member, she sang in the choir for over 40 years, was a bell ringer, Sunday school teacher, Elder, and was involved in many other church-related activities.  She also enjoyed gardening, bowling, square dancing with her husband Bill, and watching her children and their families grow.

Frances’ family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 10th at 9 am at the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield, 20 Kings Hwy E, Haddonfield, NJ 08033 where her funeral service will immediately follow at 10 am. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations in Frances’ name may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield at the above address.

Elwood B. Mills, III

Age: 70 of Cherry Hill

On December 27th, 2022, Elwood, known to all as Woody, passed away and went home to be with the Lord. He was pre-deceased by his father Elwood B. Mills Jr. and his mother Nancy Macdonald Mills.

Woody spent most of his life in Haddonfield and then later lived in Cherry Hill. A graduate of Haddonfield Memorial High School (1971), he later received his BA degree from Mount St. Mary’s University. Woody worked in several endeavors but found a true calling in his profession as a CNA at Silver Health Care where he was helpful to so many others. As a member of Living Faith Christian Center, Woody enjoyed serving in many capacities and was a member of the men’s group, nursing, and prison ministries. His kindness endeared him to his close friends and all those he encountered. Woody enjoyed reading, swimming, working out at the gym, and fishing at the Jersey shore. He eagerly followed the Philadelphia Eagles games and always loved a good Italian meal.

He leaves behind several beloved cousins and his Living Faith church family.

Woody’s family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 10th at 9:30 am at Living Faith Christian Center, 2323 Route 73, Pennsauken Township where his memorial service will immediately follow at 10 am. Interment private.

Martha Thomas

Age 90 of Lindenwold; Formerly of Runnemede

(nee Guenette) On Dec. 30, 2022, age 90, wife of the late Kenneth C.; Loving mother of Susan Dilks (the late Kenny); devoted aunt of numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews and great great nieces & nephews.

Martha was a lifetime member of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Runnemede; where she was a member of the Senior Handbell Choir for over 40 years.  She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Haddonfield Chapter 140, but most importantly, she was a devoted wife and mother.

Martha’s family and friends are invited to her Viewings on Wednesday, Jan. 4th, 6:30-8:30 PM, and Thursday, Jan. 5th, 9:30-10:30 AM, both at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ 08033.  Additionally, all are welcome at Martha’s Service, Thursday, Jan. 5th, 11 AM, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 200 E. Clements Bridge Rd., Runnemede, NJ 08078 at 11 AM.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in honor of Martha to her Church at the above address.

Irmalee H. Pierson

Age: 96 of Burlington, NJ

(nee Halliburton) passed peacefully on December 15, 2022. Irmalee was born in Unionville, MO, and was the only daughter of James and Hazel (Peek) Halliburton who owned a farm near Lemons, MO. Irmalee was affectionately known as ‘Nonnie’ by our family. She was loved by her daughter Marilyn Pierson (deceased 2014); grandson Christopher Pierson (Jennifer) and her cherished great-granddaughters Julia and Carolyn. Of course, we can’t forget about Charlie, our family dog.

Irmalee married Finis Pierson (deceased 1972) in 1946. They were stationed at various Navy ports of call, including Kwajalein, a tiny atoll in the Pacific. After settling in Norfolk, VA, Irmalee worked as a teacher for 30 years at the Town and Country Day School, sometimes instructing three grades simultaneously in the same classroom. Later in life, she was a docent at two historical museums, the Moses Myers House and Willoughby-Baylor House. In her free time, Irmalee was an excellent cook who knew that following the recipe was sometimes optional. She also enjoyed gardening, sewing and reading. Most of all, she absolutely loved being surrounded by her small family.

Funeral services for Irmalee will be held privately by the family. Please keep her memory in your thoughts and prayers.

Diana Douglass Ergood

Age: 80 of Cherry Hill, NJ

(nee Douglass) passed peacefully surrounded by her family, on December 19, 2022. Diana married her high school sweetheart Foster C. Ergood and became his devoted wife of 58 years; cherished mother of Laura (Charlie) Ergood Brown, Esq., Douglass F. (Danielle) Ergood & Tara (Jack) Butz; adoring grandmother of Devyn, Blair, Shane, Joseph, Douglass, Jr., Julia, Tyler and Brooke; dear sister of Judy (Keith) Everett, and sister-in-law of R. Laurence (Barbara) Ergood. Diana will also be missed dearly by numerous nieces and nephews who loved their Aunt D.

Early on in her life she was an executive secretary at Campbell Soup Company and later in life she worked as a medical assistant. Diana was an avid traveler, music lover, Jitterbugger, KESC & Cherry Hill West Swim Mom, Jazz Unlimited Dance Mom, and overall devoted sports mom and grandmom, beautiful party planner, and fabulous cook and hostess as she loved entertaining.

Diana was a one-of-a-kind, loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Her Christian faith was the foundation for the love that she showered upon her family and all those with whom she came in contact. She had the unique ability to make people feel truly special and left a lasting impression on their hearts. She genuinely was the light of the world and God’s perfect child.

Diana’s family will receive friends for a viewing on Monday, December 26, 20221 11:30 AM to 12:45 PM in the Sanctuary of the Haddonfield United Methodist Church, 29 Warwick Rd, Haddonfield, NJ 08033; where her Service will follow at 1 PM. Interment, Methodist Cem., Haddonfield, NJ.  In lieu of flowers, charitable donations in Diana’s name may be made to Alzheimer’s Association.

Jane H. Connor

Age: 95 of Cherry Hill Formerly of Haddonfield

(nee Hall) on December 13, 2022. Devoted wife of the late Richard “Dick” E. Connor, cherished mother of Richard “Rick” E. Connor, Jr (Janice) and John “Jack” M. Connor; adoring grandmother of Richard, Mark, Paul, Timothy, and Darren Connor; great grandmother of Alyssa, Shelby, Shane, Lochlan, and Lillian Jane Connor; dear aunt of Janet Sage (nee Hall), Cindy Cordova (nee Hall), Bonnie Hall, and the late Laurie Hall; sister of the late John “Jack” and the late James “Jim” Hall.

Jane and Dick met at HMHS, married following his service in the US Navy during WWII, and they were inseparable throughout their 60 years of marriage. Jane graduated from Haddonfield Memorial High School (’44) and from Trenton State College (’48) with a teaching degree. She taught full time at Merchantville High School while husband Dick completed his post war education at Pennsylvania Military College. When their two boys were older, she returned to teaching as a frequent substitute in the Collingswood and Haddon Township school systems. Jane was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield for 83 years where she served on various committees and participated in weekly Bible studies. She loved our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ, and lived her life as a testimony to Him. Jane enjoyed spending time with her friends from church, Haddonfield, and the Cadbury retirement community and was devoted to serving on the communion committee at her church for many years. Her favorite pastime was getting together with family on holidays, especially with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Jane will be held privately by the family. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations in Jane’s name may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield.

Joseph C. Giordano

Age: 89 of Cherry Hill, Formerly of Haddonfield

Passed away on December 10, 2022. Joseph was the cherished father of Stacy and Joseph Giordano; adoring brother of Dolores Prokapus, Roberta Costigan, Cecelia Burger, Theresa (Dave) Lawrence, Elizabeth (Roger) McKinnon.

Joseph graduated from Mt. Saint Mary’s High School and Rutgers University. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He worked his way up in the family business and eventually became the president before starting his own construction company. After retirement, he was one of the “Romeo Boys” that met at PJ’s in Haddonfield every Saturday. His family was his greatest joy and he loved spending time with family and friends.

Joseph’s family will receive friends on Friday, Dec. 16th, 10-10:45 AM at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave. Haddonfield, NJ; where his service will immediately follow at 11 AM. Interment, Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pitman, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, charitable donations in Joseph’s name may be made to the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, Center for Development & Civic Engagement, 3900 Woodland Ave., Sixth floor-Room A637, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (please make checks payable to “VA Philadelphia Healthcare System”) or online via www.pay.gov/public/form/entry/103/48119268/  (click “Continue to the Form” and on the form select Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center from the dropdown menu)