Obituaries

Colin Marsh Fleming

Age 80 of Haddonfield, NJ

On August 31, 2022, Colin Marsh Fleming, age 80, of Haddonfield NJ, passed away peacefully in his sleep with family all around, and joined his beloved wife of 55 years Susan S. Fleming. A compassionate and charismatic father of Colleen Fleming of Collingwood and Matthew (Elizabeth) Fleming of Haddon Heights grandfather of Olivia Marie and Stone Xavier. He will always be remembered for his wit and everlasting empathy toward his loved ones.

Colin’s family will hold funeral services on Saturday, September 17th, 2022 at Grace Church of Haddonfield, 19 Kings Hwy E, Haddonfield, NJ 08033. The viewing will be held from 1-1:45 pm followed by his funeral service at 2:00 PM.  Interment is at Haddonfield Baptist Cemetery. Flowers may be sent to the church by 12n or donations may be made in memory of Colin to the https://warriorcanineconnection.org/get-involved/donate.

Lourdes “Lula” Almenara (Donnelly)

Age 61 of Cherry Hill, NJ

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On Sept. 10, 2022, age 61 of Cherry Hill, NJ; formerly of FL & Sicklerville, NJ; Beloved mother of Christopher Donnelly (Joshua Evans) of Haddon Twp., NJ & Kevin Donnelly (Heather) of Boston, MA, Dear sister of Jaime Almenara, predeceased by her father Jorge Almenara and mother Margarita Bartra. She will also be missed by her many family members around the world.

Lourdes was a caring mother, sister, and friend. She left this world after battling ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

After graduating from high school in Lima, Peru, she moved to the United States. With stops in Virginia and New York, she later settled in South Jersey where she began her family.

Lula worked in the financial industry for about 40 years. She loved gardening, music, dancing, traveling, skiing, and the beach. She adored her animals, especially her cat companion Ally, which she rescued two years ago. She was dedicated to helping others as much as she could, including volunteering with many organizations. As strong as her work ethic was, her love and devotion to her children was unparalleled.

Lourdes’ family will receive friends on Monday, September 19th,  10-10:45 AM at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ; where her Service will follow at 11 AM.  Interment, private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Lourdes may be made to the Voorhees Animal Orphanage, 419 Cooper Rd., Voorhees, NJ 08043 (www.vaonj.org) or to the I Am ALS organization (iamals.org).
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El 10 de septiembre de 2022, 61 años de edad de Cherry Hill, NJ; anteriormente de FL y Sicklerville, NJ; Amada madre de Christopher Donnelly (Joshua Evans) de Haddon Twp., NJ y Kevin Donnelly (Heather) de Boston, MA, querida hermana de Jaime Almenara, fallecida antes que su padre Jorge Almenara y su madre Margarita Bartra. También será extrañada por muchos miembros de su familia en todo el mundo.

Lourdes fue una madre cariñosa, hermana y amiga. Dejó este mundo después de luchar contra la ELA (enfermedad de Lou Gehrig).

Después de graduarse de la escuela secundaria en Lima, Perú, se mudó a los Estados Unidos. Con paradas en Virginia y Nueva York, más tarde se instaló en el sur de Jersey, donde comenzó su familia.

Lula trabajó en la industria financiera durante unos 40 años. Le encantaba la jardinería, la música, bailar, viajar, esquiar y la playa. Adoraba a sus animales, especialmente a su compañero gato Ally, al que rescató hace dos años. Se dedicó a ayudar a los demás tanto como pudo, incluso como voluntaria en muchas organizaciones. A pesar de lo fuerte que era su ética de trabajo, su amor y devoción por sus hijos no tenían paralelo.

La familia de Lourdes recibirá a sus amigos el lunes 19 de septiembre de 10:00 a 10:45 a. m. en Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ; donde seguirá su Servicio a las 11 AM. Entierro, privado. En lugar de flores, se pueden hacer donaciones conmemorativas en honor a Lourdes al orfanato de animales Voorhees, 419 Cooper Rd., Voorhees, NJ 08043 (www.vaonj.org) o a la organización I Am ALS (iamals.org).

 

Elinor S. Scull

Age: 98 of Medford, NJ

ELINOR STILES SCULL, 1924-2022

On September 7, 2022, Elinor Scull (nee Stiles) of Medford Leas passed away peacefully at the age of 98 after a wonderful life of family, friends and adventure. She was predeceased by her husband, William E. Scull, Jr. and is survived by her two married children Bill Scull (Katie) and Sandy Plunkett (Larry) and her dear sister-in-law Barbara Stiles. She was blessed with 3 grandchildren: Melissa Plunkett Flynn (Ryan), Kevin Plunkett (Meredith) and Tyler Scull, as well as 5 great grandchildren (Caroline, Anna, Vivienne, Elise and William.) Her family was the light of her life and they spent many happy times together.

Elinor grew up in the Haddonfield, NJ, area where she graduated from Haddonfield High School, attended Peirce Business School and worked as a legal secretary for many years.  She met her dear husband, Bill Scull, an RCA engineer, through their involvement in the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield where they remained active throughout their lives. They were married in Haddonfield in 1948 and celebrated 60 happy years in 2008 with a large gathering of family and friends. Sadly, Bill’s health deteriorated after that and he passed away in 2014 from Parkinson’s.

Besides her warm family circle, the hallmarks of Elinor’s life were the deep friendships she made through her activities and involvements, which included avidly playing bridge, leading community service projects, and nurturing lifelong ties with her bridesmaids and sorority sisters (the Sigma Dittos”).

Two great adventures came to define much of Elinor’s life with her beloved husband Bill. The first adventure was spending several years during the sixties on Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands for Bill’s RCA work that focused on radar design, testing and deployment. Life in the tropical Pacific was a joy, enabling them to form deep, life-long friendships as well facilitating major travel opportunities to Hawaii, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Europe and a daring, whirlwind around-the-world trip.

The second great adventure was spending 18 years post-retirement as motorhome travelers. They drove an ever-larger series of motorhomes (all named “Scullduggery”) criss-crossing all 48 US states, putting countless miles behind them (200,000? 500,000? 1,000,000? who knows?) Again, this life enabled the development of friendships far and wide as they attended motorhome rallies as well as letting them visit family and the dear friends they had made along the way.

Elinor and Bill lived in Haddonfield and later in Cherry Hill when they weren’t on their great adventures. Around 2000, they moved to Lumberton Leas along with Elinor’s sister, Helen Peterson (Robert), as well as her brother, Albert Stiles (Barbara). These close family ties formed an ever-expanding extended family of children, in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many “grands.”  Later, when Elinor and Bill’s needs changed, they moved to Medford Leas. Amazingly, Elinor was able to live in an independent-living apartment at Medford Leas until the last 18 months of her life. She and her family were always grateful for the devoted service and compassionate care provided by the staff of Medford Leas.

There will be a private interment for Mrs. Scull in the Garden at the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield, 20 Kings Hwy. E., Haddonfield, NJ 08033.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Elinor’s church at the above address.

 

Franklin S. Wezner

Age: 95 of Haddonfield, NJ

Passed away on September 6, 2022. Franklin was the devoted husband of Dolores (nee Johns) for 71 years; cherished father of Maureen (Phil Quay) Barber, the late Dianne Wezner, Franklin Wezner, Jr., Denise (Pete) Giorgianni, Bryant Wezner, Richard (Felicia) Wezner and Marc (Wendy) Wezner; adoring grandfather of 12 and great- grandfather of 7.

Frank was an engineer for over 40 years for RCA designing and holding the patent for the parabolic antenna that NASA used on all its Apollo Moon Missions. In fact,  one of Frank’s antennas is still on the moon.

Frank was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield. The Church owned house on 20 Chestnut Street was unanimously voted to be named the “Wezner House” in honor of Frank’s devoted volunteer work as long-term chairman of the church’s Buildings and Grounds Committee.

Frank proudly served in the Army during World War II and was a Mason at Haddonfield Lodge #15.

Relatives and friends are invited to greet the Wezner family on Monday, September 12th at 10am at the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield, 20 Kings Hwy E, Haddonfield, NJ; where Frank’s funeral service will immediately follow at 11am. Interment will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Cherry Hill, NJ. In lieu of flowers charitable donations in Frank’s name may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society  or to a charity of your choice.

Lois Monie LeBlanc

Age 84 ~ Longtime resident of Haddonfield, NJ

(nee Oswald)  On April 29, 2022, age 84, longtime Haddonfield resident, wife of the late Eugene G.; Beloved sister of Marilyn Scharfenberg of Tinton Falls, NJ & the late William H. Oswald, Jr.; sister-in-law of the late Georgie LeBlanc-Meredith; Cherished aunt of Helen Jane Dominy of Moorestown, NJ, William Peter Scharfenberg of Colts Neck, NJ, William Oswald of Orlando, FL, Anne Wingrad & Spencer Meredith and Treasured great-aunt of  Robert Dominy III, Sophia Mina Scharfenberg, Sarah Jane Scharfenberg and Maximillian W. Scharfenberg.

Lois graduated from Syracuse Univ. with a BA in Elementary Education and received her Master’s degree in Speech from Glassboro State Teachers College.  She was a Second Grade Teacher for 23 years.  Additionally, she was active in her community as a member of the Haddonfield Garden Club, The Haddon Fortnightly, the Questers and the Haddonfield United Methodist Church (HUMC).

Her family will hold a Private Remembrance Service for Lois at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Lois may be made to HUMC, 29 Warwick rd., Haddonfield, NJ 08033 (www.haddonfieldumc.org/give) or to Ranch Hope, PO Box 325, Alloway, NJ 08001 (www.RanchHope.org)

Major Joseph L. Welsh

Age: 91 of Cherry Hill

On August 21, 2022, Age 91; of Cherry Hill, NJ; former 30 yr. Resident of Haddonfield, NJ Beloved husband of Joan C. (nee McCrosson); Devoted father of Donna Welsh Johnson (Kevin) of Media, PA and Christine Welsh Buchanan (Gilbert) of Berlin, NJ; Cherished grandfather of Kevin & Stephen Johnson and Matthew & Tyler Buchanan.

Joseph is a former longtime Haddonfield resident.  He was a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, and retired as an US Air Force Major, after serving 20 years.   After his military career, Joseph began a new career as an American Airlines Pilot, earning the rank of Captain.  He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Joseph’s family will receive friends on Wednesday, Aug. 24th, at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ from 9-10:30am.  All are invited to his Mass of Christian Burial at Christ the King R.C. Church, 200 Windsor Ave., Haddonfield, NJ 08033 at 11 AM; Interment will be held at 1:30 PM at B.G. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 350 Province line Road Wrightstown, NJ 08562.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joseph may be made to Christ the King R.C. Church at the above address.

Donald C. Keir, Jr.

Age: 79 of Haddonfield

On Aug.20, 2022, age 79 of Haddonfield, NJ; Beloved husband of Blanche (nee Gariffo); Loving father of Christine (James) Rowlands and Darren (Terry)Keir and Cherished grandfather of Emma Rowlands, Sofia & Cameron Keir.

Don was a System Programmer for Campbell Soup Company, Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company and Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia.  Outside of the office, he loved hiking, fishing, tennis, traveling and the beach. Don enjoyed sharing good food, wine and fine scotch with his friends and family and always tried to find humor in the world and the good in people. He enjoyed living life to the fullest and loved to make his family laugh. He could also wrap a gift like no other.  Don was an accomplished jazz musician, playing Saxophone & Clarinet in area clubs.

Don’s family will receive friends on Thursday, Aug. 25th, 11 am to 12:30 pm at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ 08033.  Interment, private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Don may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Cheryl H. Weiler

Age 67 of Milton, DE & formerly a longtime Haddon Heights Resident

Cheryl H. Weiler (Elliott) passed peacefully surrounded by family on August 8th, at the age of 67. Cheryl was residing in Milton DE and was formerly a 40-year member of the Haddon Heights, NJ community; Devoted wife of David G. Weiler; cherished mother of Kimberly and Amy Weiler; adoring grandmother of Aidan Murray; dear sister of Beverly Murray and Patricia Humphrey.

As a brain cancer survivor of 35 years, she was able to focus her remarkable journey on her life’s work involving family, friends and continuous volunteer efforts.  She worked with her church, local community social clubs and statewide organizations.  She was dedicated to the craft of crochet and stayed active in the worldwide community through the Crochet Guild of America.  Many times, she used her crochet skill to drive or enhance her volunteer work with the Haddonfield United Methodist Church, Women’s Club of Haddon Heights, Haddon Fortnightly and Volunteer Delaware 50+.  During a long stay at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, she continued to create crochet goodies for fellow patients.  She not only focused on creating works of art, but advocated for adoption of the skill through instruction.

Cheryl’s family will receive relatives and friends on August 17th, 9-10:45 am at Haddonfield United Methodist Church 29 Warwick Rd. Haddonfield NJ. The Family invites all to participate in her celebration of life service at 11 am. For those who cannot attend in person, a live stream is available on the Church website www.haddonfieldumc.org

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in her honor to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.

Florence Eleanor Godonis

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F. Eleanor (Mawson) Godonis, 98, passed away on August 5, 2022, peacefully at Allegria at The Fountains, Atco, NJ. Born in 1924 to Florence & Earl Mawson, she was a graduate of Frankford High School in Philadelphia, PA.

She was the loving wife of Anthony S. Godonis who preceded her in death on July 31, 2007. Together, they resided most of their lives in Kirkwood (Voorhees), New Jersey. In later years they resided in Ocean City, New Jersey, Cape Coral and Fort Myers, Florida.

She was the mother of Anthony E (Helen), and Thomas G Godonis (Robin).

She is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Mary Washer (Bryan), Anthony W Godonis (Melinda), Sean T Godonis (Shanna), Holly Moxhay (Matthew), and Amy Godonis, as well as 11 great-grandchildren: Tony, Will, Mikey, JT, Ben, Soli, Sander, Shelby, Kelly, Charlie, and Dylan, and her sister, Marjorie Priest. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Alice Blair and Elizabeth Salvatori and her brother, Thomas Mawson.

She loved camping, boating, travel, and supporting local organizations She was a Cub Scout Den mother for her sons, and supported them in their athletic activities throughout their youth. She hosted many a birthday celebration for them as well. She loved spending time at the beach in Ocean City, New Jersey where she along with her husband entertained countless friends and family. Everyone enjoyed her wonderful hospitality. She was a good cook and prepared countless memorable meals for her family and friends. She was also an accomplished seamstress and fashioned many a garment for her daughters-in-law and grandchildren.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She especially enjoyed having her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren around her. She had a long and fruitful life and will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace, dear Eleanor.

Relatives and friends are invited to meet the Godonis family on Saturday, September 24th at 11am at 16th Street in Ocean City, NJ for a few words of remembrance. Interment will take place immediately following at 12pm at Seaside Cemetery in Cape May County. All are invited to join the family for a luncheon at 1pm following the graveside service. For information regarding the luncheon please contact Tony Godonis at: (610)- 955-2624.

Douglas Patrick Hambry

Age 69 of Haddonfield, NJ

Regardless of the situation, Douglas Patrick Hambry always had the perfect anecdote or quote. Even better, while doing it in one of his wildly funny imitations. On August 8, 2022, we lost him.

Born in Erie, PA in 1952, Doug was the son of Frank B. (Ward) Hambry and Virginia Hambry. He was raised in Albion and Edinboro, PA. After his mother’s passing at age 9, Doug learned that life isn’t fair, and it instilled within him a quiet strength. He was a graduate of the 1970 class of General McLane High School and a 1974 graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

One defined by many characteristics, Doug was known for his intelligence, courage, morality, humor, and work ethic. He was an inspiration to all who had the benefit of knowing him. His encyclopedic knowledge of sports was one for the books. He had a particular love for his alma mater, The Fighting Irish, especially as a devout Catholic.

His passion for sports was only rivaled by his dedication to his work. Considered his second family, Doug spent 23 years at VISA, Inc. as Senior Vice President. Doug is remembered by his colleagues as someone who helped them reach their best. He traveled extensively throughout North and South America, often taking red eyes to ensure spending time with his real family.

To help his In-laws who considered him a son, Doug retired at the age of 64 where he helped them live out their lives in their home. A resident of Haddonfield, NJ, Doug lived with his wife, Ann, who filled his life with love, determination, and a positive outlook everyday. Their triplets brought him immense joy as well.

He is survived by his wife, Ann, sons, Joe and John (Cristina), and his daughter, Virginia. Also, his sister, Betsy (Wayne Whitfield), step-sister, Dorothy Lawrence, and step-brother, Dennis Carr (Ellen).

Services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Adult Day Program his daughter attends at Bancroft www.bancroft.org/support-us/