Obituaries

James Richard Nelson

Age 74 of Haddonfield, NJ

On April 10, 2021, age 74, a 7-year resident of Haddonfield, formerly of Scotch Plains, NJ for 31 years; Beloved husband for 52 years of Linda (nee Cox); Loving father of Christopher J. Nelson (Jessica) of Mt. Royal, NJ and Daniel S. Nelson (Margaret) of Haddon Twp., NJ; Doting granddad to Lydia, Anna & Jack; Caring Uncle Jim to his many nieces, nephews and their children; son of the late William T. Nelson, Sr. and Elma Aalto Nelson and brother of the late Joan Mattia & Tom Nelson.

Jim was raised in Bellmawr and a 1965 graduate of Triton Regional HS.  He held a B.S. degree from Rutgers Univ. (Camden), an M.S. degree from Rutgers (New Brunswick) and a J.D. from Rutgers (Camden).

Jim used his love of science, his fascination with medical and drug research, and his knowledge of the law in his long patent law career.  After working at a New York City patent law firm and being partner at a Westfield, NJ patent firm, he joined the Schering-Plough Corporation, now part of Merck & Co., as group patent counsel in 1985.  He retired from Schering 20 years later as staff vice president and chief patent counsel.

Jim’s family will receive friends on Saturday, April 17th, 9:30-10:15 am at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Wood Lane & Wayne Ave., Haddonfield, NJ; where his Service will follow at 10:30 AM.  Folks are also welcome to attend virtually via the Lutheran Church of Our Savior’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/oursaviorhaddonfield)   Interment, private.  In lieu of flowers, friends and family are invited to honor Jim’s memory with gifts to further lung transplant research.  Checks can be made out to Columbia University – Lung Transplant Program, with a note that the gift is made in memory of Jim Nelson.  Please send checks to the attention of Jamie Montgomery, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Office of Development, 516 W. 168th Street, Floor 3, New York, NY 10032.

 

Arrangements by Kain-Murphy Funeral Services of Haddonfield, NJ.

Ralph G. Berglund

Age 88 of Medford, formerly a longtime Cherry Hill Resident

Ralph G. Berglund of Medford, NJ (formerly of Cherry Hill, New Jersey for 53 years), died April 7, 2021, aged 88, at Medford Leas.  His beloved wife of 45 years, Marty Lou Mundt Berglund predeceased him in 2002.  Dearest father of Kirsten Sessinger of Collingswood, NJ, and Sigrid Kiep (Robert P. III) of Haddonfield, NJ and loving grandfather of Madeline and Gretchen Kiep.  He is also survived by his dear companion, Barbara Zimmerman of Medford, NJ.

Mr. Berglund was born in Atlantic City, NJ and grew up in nearby Margate City, graduating from Atlantic City High School.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from the Drexel Institute of Technology, and a Masters in Computers and Communications from the University of Pennsylvania.

After graduation from Drexel, he served as a commissioned officer with the Atlantic Fleet Naval Construction Battalions (the Seabees).  Upon his release he began his professional career at RCA in Camden, NJ where he worked on designs for early computers and related equipment.

He began a career of entrepreneurship, joining colleagues from RCA in starting one of the first companies to manufacture computer communications equipment.  In the mid-60s he launched a consulting firm which specialized in computer communication systems and business telecommunications.  He operated this company and its successors until the early 80s, serving such clients as American Express, duPont and other Fortune 500 companies. Among the firm’s projects were design support for the early VISA authorization networks, and for the first MasterCharge (now MasterCard) sales authorization center.  In recognition of his professional achievements, he was selected as the keynote speaker for the 1977 Data Communications Interface Conference and Exposition in Chicago, attended by some 15,000.

In 1968 he and James Palmer of Moorestown, NJ launched the Spectron Corporation which introduced and manufactured unique test equipment for computer communication systems.  The company was sold to Canada’s Northern Telecomm.  He then launched Systems Technology Forum with Richard Deal of Fairfax, VA, which provided industrial training seminars to thousands of people all over the country.  Mr. Berglund believed that this work was the most rewarding of his career as it helped people perform their jobs better and achieve advancement, and was beneficial to their employers as well.  He was awarded a Silver Plaque by the American Management Association for his seminars on telecommunications management.

In the early 80s, Mr. Berglund began to diversify into commercial real estate ventures.  As a part of this activity, he organized an investor group for the Dawn Beach Resort Hotel in St. Maarten and served on its board for many years and as Treasurer of the Corporation.  He successfully managed the conversion of the hotel to vacation ownership.  After the hotel’s destruction in a 1995 hurricane, he presided over the sale of the property for its shareholders.  He was also active in converting Chesapeake Bay marinas to condominium ownership, improving the marinas and making them family weekend destinations.  This period coincided with his family’s years of boating on the Chesapeake Bay.  He held a 100 ton Merchant Marine Master’s License.

In his retirement years, he served as a Trustee and Secretary of the Mordecai Island Land Trust, protecting a vital ecological habitat abreast of Beach Haven, NJ, where he and his family maintained a summer home.  He also returned to the hobby of photography which he had enjoyed since high school days.  His nature and landscape studies appeared frequently in juried shows and received many awards.  Beginning in his seventies he created and maintained two web sites to showcase his travel, scenic, art, and family photographs.  At age 86 he released an e-Book on Amazon entitled “Shooting for Better Images: Guidelines for Composition and Content”. His work can be seen at www.bergiesplace.com/

He was a member of the Tavistock Country Club in Tavistock, NJ for 33 years, and has been an active member of the Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club in Beach Haven NJ since 2000.  He was a member of the South Jersey Camera Club and served on its Board, and was also a member of the Burlington County Radio Club.  He had a yearly subscription to the Philadelphia Orchestra and loved to listen to WRTI.   He was a volunteer at the Long Beach Island Historical Association in Beach Haven and gave walking tours of historical Beach Haven homes.

He will be remembered and loved for his love of his family, friends, his cats Pearl I and Pearl II, and his appreciation for the beauty of nature and the sea.

The family wishes to thank everyone at Medford Leas for the friendships and compassionate care he received from the staff and requests that any donations be sent in his name to the Residents Assistance Fund, Medford Leas, One Medford Way, Medford NJ  08055.

Mr. Berglund’s memorial service will be held at a later date.

Lawrence M. Conroy

Age 64 of Deptford, formerly of Haddonfield, NJ

On April 4th, 2021, Beloved brother of John Conroy, Jr. (Gretchen), Eileen Conroy (John Eckert), Nancy Conroy Leib (Barclay), Kathleen Conroy Byers (Scott), and Peter Eastman (Jennifer) and Step-brother of Joseph Eastman and Kevin Eastman (Wendy). Cousin and close friend of Woody Mills. Uncle to numerous nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his father: John Conroy; mother: Molly Conroy Eastman; brother William Conroy; step-father: Joseph Eastman and step-brother Dennis Eastman.

Larry grew up in Haddonfield (HMHS ’74) and graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in History. He worked for several companies including Cendant Mortgage Corporation for many years. Larry was an avid reader of history. He loved tennis, trips to the Jersey shore, enjoyed gardening and was a huge fan of Illinois football and basketball. Special thanks to his caregiver Lori Voynow.

Larry’s family will have a memorial service tentatively set sometime in June. Please check www.KainMurphy.com for Service updates.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to Oaks Integrated Care, Development Office 770 Woodlane Rd., Mt. Holly, NJ  08060 https://oaksintcare.org

 

Louise M. Doughty

Age 95 of Cherry Hill, NJ

(nee Marlin) On April 5, 2021; Longtime Cherry Hill resident; formerly of Haddonfield.  Beloved wife of the late Norman R.; Dear mother of Diane D. Heppe (John) of Cherry Hill, Norma D. Kratt (Fred) of Georgia and Beverly D. Good (Chris) of Nevada.  Loving grandmother of Kimberly Heppe Jones (Kendall), Paula Heppe Miller (Jason) and Jeffrey Martin Green (Jennifer)and Eric Nevada Good (Hailey) and Lily Detroit Good (Paolo), and cherished great-grandmother “GG” of Madeline and Margaret Jones and Heidi and Logan Green.

Louise enjoyed her career as school secretary at Collingswood High School from 1970 to 1985, and after retiring there, enjoyed her part-time career at Macy’s for another 15 years.  Louise was a faithful member of Bethel Church on Springdale Rd. in Cherry Hill.  She also was an active volunteer at Wiley Christian Retirement Community in Marlton where she resided.  More than anything Louise loved her family, always hosting large family dinners and gatherings, she enjoyed summering in Ocean City, singing hymns and traveling.

A viewing for Louise will be held on Friday, April 9th, 9:45-10:45 AM at Bethel Church, 1704 Springdale Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ.  Her funeral service immediately follows at 11 AM at the Church.  Masks and social distancing are required.  Louise’s Service will also be available via live stream at https://youtu.be/OZJw0cX6GDk.   Interment at Locustwood Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Louise can be made to Wiley Mission, 99 E. Main St., Marlton, NJ 08053 (www.WileyMission.org/donate)

Grace Troutman Benson

Age 83 of Haddonfield, NJ

On March 31, 2021, Age 83 of Haddonfield, NJ, wife of the late Dabney Brooks Benson; Beloved mother of Grace Benson Robinson (David) of Haddonfield; Dear step-mother of Steven Benson, Brooks, Benson & the late Diana Benson; Cherished grandmother of Andrew Benson, Christian Benson & Jacob Robinson; Loving sister of Emeline Hunter of Haddon Twp., NJ and Treasured Aunt of William Hunter and Lori Hunter Curry.

Grace graduated from Vassar Univ. in 1959 and was active in the Alumni Assoc. She began a career in banking as the Trust Officer at Pennsylvania National Bank (PNB).  After starting her family, Grace became a substitute teacher for many years.  She was also incredibly active in the PTA.  She was a longtime Past Pres. Of the Pennsauken PTA, former Vice Pres. of the Second Region of NJ, as well as Past Pres. of the NJ State PTA.  Grace earned her Master’s in Divinity from Eastern College now Palmer Theological Univ. and became the Minister of the Riverside Methodist Church.  After passing the mandatory retirement age for Senior clergy, Grace joined Haddonfield United Methodist Church in a part-time capacity.  Additionally, Grace was an avid Master level Bridge player, member of the Lions Club of Camden, member of the Merchantville & Tavistock Country Clubs.

Grace’s family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 6th, 10-10:45 AM, at the Haddonfield United Methodist Church, 29 Warwick Rd., Haddonfield, NJ; where her Service will follow at 11 AM.  Entombment, Locustwood Cem., Cherry Hill, NJ.  In lieu of flowers, please honor Grace in her mission to end hunger by donating to the Food Bank of South Jersey, 1501 John Tipton Blvd., Pennsauken, NJ 08110  (www.foodbanksj.org)

 

Sally Ann Oliphant

Age 69 of Haddonfield, NJ

On March 29, 2021, Age 69, 24-year resident of Haddonfield, NJ, formerly a 22-year resident of Indianapolis, IN and of Chicago, IL for 2 years. Beloved sister of Susan (Donald) Noeller of Indianapolis, IN; Loving Aunt of Lynn (Steven) Roberts of Indianapolis, IN & Lee Anne (Kristopher) Whitaker of Largo, FL; Cherished great Aunt of Kasey (Justin) Burris of Fort Benning, GA, Lily (William) Whitely of Coatesville, IN, Lucas Roberts, Abigail Roberts, Lyndsey Roberts & Alexandra (Evan) Sharar, all of Indianapolis, IN and Treasured Great-Great Aunt of Ryan and Logan Burris of Fort Benning, GA, Branden Roberts & Averie Gentry both of Indianapolis, IN.

Sally studied at Butler University and graduated from Indiana University.  She was an Executive Consultant for The Hay Group in Philadelphia for many years.

Sally’s family will receive friends on Saturday, April 10th, 10 AM, at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ; where her Memorial Service will follow at 11 AM.  Masks are required and socially distancing guidelines will be followed.  For those who wish to attend virtually, please email KainMurphy@comcast.net for the Zoom Code.    Interment, private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Sally may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (www.stjude.org) or to Rubye’s Kids, 8326 High School Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027 (www.rubyeskids.org)

Susan Helen Swierczynski

Age 77 of Haddonfield, NJ

On March 29, 2021, age 77, of Haddonfield & formerly of Philadelphia died.

Susan was born at Chelsea naval hospital in Massachusetts to Helen Mary & Aloysius Anthony Swierczynski. She was the beloved sister of Mary and Eleanor Swierczynski & the late Robert Swierczynski. Susan was the fun-loving aunt of Augie Swierczynski, Jane Moore, Tracy Khalid, Bobby Swierczynski, Laura Hawley, spouses and their children.

Susan grew up & lived in South & then Northeast Philadelphia.  In her senior year at St. Hubert’s high school, she received the algebra prize.  She excelled in math.  Susan was a devout Catholic, & at age 18, entered the convent & became a nun in the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.  After 5 years, she left the religious life.  She began working at Bell telephone & learned computer programming, which was a new field at that time.  She worked there for over 20 years & held many diverse positions in different depts.  She married Ronald Magee, later divorced and remained friends all her life.

After early retirement, Susan continued to serve her faith, donating her time & resources to Christ the King Church social & faith-based programs. Susan was known to family, neighbors & friends for her good humor, light-heartedness & great generosity. Additionally, during her retirement, Susan completed a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Holy Family College.

Susan had great fun with her niece’s & nephew’s children & took great pleasure treating them to shopping trips, eating experiences & family get togethers.

In lieu of flowers, Susan would like you to remember her through your favorite charity

Susan’s family and friends are invited to her Mass of Christian Burial, Wednesday, April 7th, 11 AM, at Christ the King RC Church, 200 Windsor Ave., Haddonfield, NJ.  If you are unable to attend in person, you may view Susan’s Funeral Mass live via Christ The King Church’s live stream at www.ctkhaddonfield.org

Interment, private.

Carolyn Lichter

Age 89 of Cherry Hill, NJ

(nee Garrett) on March 30, 2021, Age 89 of Cherry Hill, NJ

Passed away at Virtua Memorial Hospital Voorhees, due to heart failure.

Mrs. Lichter is survived by her daughter, Laura Austin (Joseph) of Frederica, Delaware and her son John (Taffey) of St. Petersburg, Florida and two beloved grandchildren, Stephanie and Scott Austin.

Mrs. Lichter grew up in Long Island, New York and graduated from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts.  She held management positions with Bloomingdales in New York City from 1952-1959. After her marriage and relocation to South Jersey, she worked for the Camden County Board of Social Services, retiring in 1996. At that time, she discovered golf, learned to play and enjoyed the game for the remainder of her life.

She also traveled extensively both in the USA and abroad, enjoyed playing bridge and reading (especially mysteries).

A Memorial Service will be held at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 204 Wayne Ave., Haddonfield, NJ on April 8, 2021, at 10:30 AM.  The family will greet friends immediately following the service.

Memorial donations may be made in Mrs. Lichter’s name to the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, at the address above, where she was an active member since 1960 or, to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959, www.stjude.org/memorialgifts.

Interment will be private at Pinelawn Cemetery on Long Island.

Charles J. Murphy

of Medford, NJ

On March 17, 2021, of Medford, NJ; Beloved husband of Margie (nee Phillips); Loving father of Susanne Delaney and Nancy Murphy; Treasured grandfather of Carson & Aiden Dumas and William & Eamonn Delaney and Dear brother of Mildred Wallace and the late Thomas & John Murphy.

Services will be held Private.

Edward Nicholas “Nick” Miller

Age 79, Longtime Haddonfield Resident

On March 10, 2021, Age 79, longtime Haddonfield resident, Beloved husband for 53 years of Sally Ann (nee Landgraf); Loving father of Debra (Stephen) Potucek of Burlington Twp., NJ, David of Barrington, Barbara Jean Kelly of Haddonfield, NJ and John Andrew of Haddon Twp., NJ; Treasured grandfather of Kaitlyn & Tyler Potucek, William Nicholas Kelly, and Dean & Madeline Miller; Cherished son of Blanche & the late Edward S. Miller and Dear brother of William.

Nick proudly served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War.  He was a Systems Analyst for RCA and a few other local companies before creating his own company Business Computing Professionals.  After retiring, he worked at Wegmans to keep busy.  Nick was a devoted family man who loved his wife, children and absolutely adored his grandchildren.  He passed his deep love of the sand and waters of Ocean City, NJ onto his children and grandchildren.

Nick’s family will receive friends on Monday, March 15th, 10-10:45 AM, at Christ the King RC Church, 200 Windsor Ave., Haddonfield, NJ; where his Funeral Mass will follow at 11 AM.  For those who wish to live-stream the Service remotely, you may join the service at https://ctkhaddonfield.org/live-stream.   Interment, private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Nick may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 (www.cancer.org)