Obituaries

Carolyn Myers Berger

Age 98 of Medford, NJ formerly of Haddonfield, NJ

Age 98, passed away on July 16, 2019.  She was born in Bangor, PA to the late Bennett and Jennie Smith.  She was predeceased by loving husbands John B, Myers, Jr. and Gilbert A. Berger.  She lived in Haddonfield, NJ for over sixty years before moving to Medford Leas Retirement Community.    Left to cherish her memory are her children, Joan Myers Collins and Susan A. Hargrave and their husbands, John M. Collins and Robert T. Hargrave, as well as five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  She will be dearly missed by those who knew her.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at 11 AM in the chapel at the First Presbyterian Church, 20 E. Kings Highway, Haddonfield, NJ 08033.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield, at the address above.

Harry J. McCormick

Age 84 of Voorhees, NJ

Harry McCormick passed away peacefully on July 12, 2019, his 84th birthday. Born in Philadelphia, he was a resident of the city for more than 80 years before recently moving to Voorhees, NJ. Harry graduated from St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in 1953 and attended Villanova University for two years. He then studied at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary as he considered a priestly vocation. Harry completed his undergraduate education at LaSalle College with a degree in English.

Harry taught at Cardinal Dougherty High School for several years before taking on a management role with the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation. His later career included several years in the insurance business, and operating his commercial/residential painting business.

Harry loved baseball, music (particularly opera), and reading. Most of all, he enjoyed conversation with family and friends.

Harry is survived by his children Joseph, John, James, Nicholas and Geriann; and 22 grandchildren.

Harry’s family will greet friends on Wed., July 17th from 9:00-10:45 AM at Christ the King RC Church, 200 Windsor Ave., Haddonfield, NJ 08003 where his Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Harry may be made to St. Joseph’s Prep School, Development Office, 1733 W. Girard Ave., Phila., PA 19130.

Andrew I. Keay

Age 98, of Medford Leas, formerly of Haddonfield, NJ

On July 11, 2019, age 98, of Medford Leas, formerly of Haddonfield, NJ & Chatham, MA, Beloved husband for 64 years of Sylvia (née Art); Loving father of Lisa Keay Hurd (Peter) of Haddonfield & Todd Keay (Kate Duke) of Flagstaff, AZ; Cherished grandfather of Emily & Paul Hurd. He was one of six siblings and was recently predeceased by his 99-year-old brother, John Keay.

Andy began his career in NYC at the Blue network which became ABC Radio. He then moved to WFIL Television.  He went on to serve as a marketing executive at N.W. Ayer and retired as VP of Marketing at Ewing Cole, an architectural firm in Phila.

Andy was a member and loved golfing at Tavistock Country Club & Pine Valley Golf Club. He also loved Chatham, MA, an area he began enjoying in the 30’s as a camper and later at his “home on the Cape.”

Andy’s family and friends are invited to his memorial service on Friday, August 2, 2019, 11:00 am, in the Theater at Medford Leas, 1 Medford Leas, Medford, NJ; where his family will receive friends following the service.  Interment, private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Andy may be made to the Barton Arboretum and Nature Preserve of Medford Leas or the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield, 124 E. King’s Hwy., Haddonfield, NJ 08033.

Robert M. Schaeffer

Age 81 of Haddonfield, NJ

On July 2, 2019, of Haddonfield, NJ;  Husband of the late Dorothy (nee Dragonette); Loving father of Jennifer; Survived by brother, Allan; 12 nieces, nephews & cousins.

The Schaeffer family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 16th, 10-10:45 AM at Christ The King RC Church, 200 Windsor Ave., Haddonfield, NJ 08033; where Bob’s Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 AM.  Interment immediately follows at Calvary Cem., Cherry Hill, NJ.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be sent to Christ The King “Catholic Strong Fund,” at the address above.

Thomas G. Patton, Jr.

Age 88 ~ Longtime Haddonfield Resident

On June 23, 2019, age 88, longtime Haddonfield resident, Beloved husband of Lenore (nee Allen); Loving father of Cheryl Everill (Richard) of Collingswood, Gayle Hobbs (Tim) of Bakersfield, CA, Thomas G., III (Catherine) of Dillsboro, IN & Amy Weckesser (Tommy) of Haddon Twp.; Grandfather of 14; Great Grandfather of 24; Great Great Grandfather of 1 and Dear brother of George Terry Patton of Bethlehem, PA and the late Patricia Watkins (Al).

Tom was a wonderful musician.  He had been the Haddonfield Middle School Music teacher for many years.  He was a founding member of the Haddonfield Symphony, played, composed & arranged for the SJ Youth Orchestra & Friends as well as founding & being the conductor of the Haddonfield Pick-up Band.  Additionally, Tom proudly served in the Korean War and was a longtime member of The American Legion Post # 38.  Tom loved corny jokes & music and enjoyed being a lifeguard for many years at Wildwood & later Crystal Lake.

Tom’s family will receive friends on Thursday Evening, June 27th, 6-6:45 PM, at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End  Ave., Haddonfield, NJ; where his Celebration of Life will follow at 7 PM.  Interment, private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Tom may be made to Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Dr., Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08053 (www.SamaritanNJ.org)

David Joseph Creato, Sr.

Age 53 of Haddon Twp., NJ

On June 21, 2019, Age 53 of Haddon Twp., Beloved husband of Lisa; Loving father of David Jr. & Sarah; Adoring Pop Pop of the late Brendan; Cherished son of Florence & the late William Creato and son- in-law of Arthur Becker & Arlene McCone; Dear brother of Jeffrey (Barbara) & Paul (Jennifer) and uncle of many nieces and nephews.

David was a great outdoorsman – he loved hiking, going for motorcycle rides, skydiving, music and playing with his dog, Cali. He loved his family especially being a Pop Pop.

David’s family will receive friends on Wed., June 26th, 9:30-10:45 am, at Holy Saviour RC Church, 50 Emerald Ave., Haddon Twp.; where his Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 AM.  Interment, private.  In lieu of flowers donations in memory of David may be made to the ASPCA, PO Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090-6929 (www.aspca.org)

Jeffrey M. Barry

Age 51 of Haddonfield, NJ

Unexpectedly on June 20, 2019, Age 51, of Haddonfield, NJ; Beloved husband of Kristen (nee Martin); Devoted father of Abigayle; Beloved son of Agnes & the late Frank R. Barry of Wenonah.; Dear brother of Kevin Barry (Kathleen), Maryellen Covely (John), Karen Boucher and the late Frank X. Barry; Treasured Uncle of Brian, Brigid, Patrick, Sean, MaryKate, Tyler, Brennen, James, Ainsley, Frank Jr., Avery, Timothy, Jack, Craig & Elizabeth and great uncle of Brigid Leone.

Jeff attended St. Margaret’s elementary school in Woodbury Hts., Gateway HS (Class of ’86) and received his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers Univ.- Camden.  He was actively involved in his community and enjoyed coaching Haddonfield girls’ soccer.  Jeff loved Stone Harbor, the beach, boating, all the Philly sports teams, but most of all his family.

Jeff’s family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 25th, 9-10:45 am, at Christ the King RC Church, 200 Windsor Ave., Haddonfield, NJ; where his Mass of Christian Burial will follow promptly at 11 AM.  Interment, private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Jeff may be made to support Abby’s future education: Please make check payable to Abigayle Barry and mail to Columbia Bank, 204 Grove Ave, West Deptford, NJ 08086 where a college fund is being created.

Patricia Lennon

Age 98 ~ Formerly of Haddonfield

Patricia Lennon, aka Pat, aka Patty Pie, aka Ma Lennon, aka Mrs L, aka the Tough Muffin, departed this life on June 12, in her 98th year.  She took flight peacefully, at home, and surrounded by the people she loved most.

Olga Patricia Heyn was born on Staten Island, New York, in 1922, the first of three children.  Their father abandoned the family when Patty was five.  The children and their mom moved in with Patty’s grandparents, and Patty and her sister Marie were boarding students at Notre Dame Academy on Staten Island.  Patty’s mother remarried in the early 1930s; as teenagers, the girls came home on weekends to a well-appointed co-op owned by their stepfather on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.  They and their brother Robert were adopted and took the last name of their stepfather, Ralph Willett.

Patty met Jim Lennon during World War II, introduced by Jim’s best Navy buddy.  Their first date was on the skating rink at Madison Square Garden.  Patty didn’t know how to skate, but she was damned if those skates were going to get the best of her, and damned if she was going to accept any help from Jim Lennon or anyone else.  That’s when Jim Lennon decided she was the girl for him, and she became his Tough Muffin.  On her part, Patty wasn’t looking for a boyfriend, but she was floored by the handsome guy in dress whites.  (She subsequently became a capable and graceful ice skater.  Of course.)

Patty and Jim married in 1946.  Jim was on an executive career track at RCA, Patty on an executive career track at Time Incorporated.  They moved frequently and enjoyed a free and comfortable lifestyle.  Prototypical yuppies.

Patty and Jim settled in Haddonfield in the late 1950s, with their son Beau.  Two other baby boys were lost during childbirth.  When Beau started school, Patty started on her true career, as a mainstay of her community.  The list of organizations to which Patty contributed is hard to believe, and almost too long to count:  Friends of the Library, Home-School Association, PTA, American Field Service, Interfaith Caregivers, Haddonfield Symphony, Haddonfield Planning Board, Haddonfield Democratic Club, Christ the King Bereavement Committee, Crow’s Woods Association, Sunny Day School.  And the two most important in her life:  the Durand Academy, whose board she chaired for nearly 20 years; and the Haddonfield Historical Society, where she was president three times, and was instrumental in the Society’s growth into a vibrant, active center of Haddonfield’s community life.  For a dozen years, she and Jim were surrogate grandparents every school day to a young man from a single-parent home (and became surrogate parents to his dad).  She was Haddonfield’s Citizen of the Year in 1978, and received local, State, and Congressional citations for her contributions to her community.  The new archives center at the Historical Society is being named in her honor.

When Beau finished high school, Patty re-entered the professional work force as a writer and editor for the Curtis Circulation Company in Philadelphia.  Where common sense dictated she cut back on her volunteer activities, Patty cut back instead on her sleep, waking at 4:30 every morning to get her volunteer work done before her paid workday started.  She supported Jim through severe illnesses in the 80s and 90s, until his death in 2002.  She was the best grandmother in the world to Beau’s two sons, Emerson and Edgar, and the best mother-in-law in the world to Beau’s wife, Mary.  In her own 90s Patty gave herself a break from volunteer work and traveled with Beau and her grandchildren to California and the Pacific Northwest, Ireland, and the Grand Canyon.  When living alone became difficult she moved in with Beau in New Hampshire, where for the past several years she has been a source of wit, intelligence, good humor, insight, wisdom, and support for Beau, her grandchildren, now ex-daughter-in-law Mary, grand-niece Morgan, and the many others whose lives she touched.  She was a special woman and a special spirit.  She will be much missed.

In addition to Jim, she was predeceased by her brother Robert.  She is survived by her son Beau (aka Mark) and grandsons Emerson and Edgar, by her sister Marie and her husband Ernest Yelton, and by the many hundreds of people whose lives she touched for the better.

A memorial Mass will be held in Patty’s honor and memory in the early Autumn.  She asked that any remembrances in her name be in contributions to the Haddonfield Historical Society.

Frances E. Rushton Reinert

Age 89 of Haddonfield, NJ

(nee Dildine)  On June 9, 2019, age 89, Survived by Charles F. Reinert & the late Dr. Harold W. Rushton; Mother of David (Debra) of Front Royal, VA, Mark (Alla) of Boulder, CO, Christopher (Andreza) of Irvington, NY, Leslie (Barry) Cerf of Philadelphia, PA, Nan of Audubon, NJ, Daniel (Sharon) of Poughkeepsie, NY  and the late Jayne  Rushton; Grandmother of eleven; Great-grandmother of one and mother-in-law of George Surowicz.

Mrs. Rushton Reinert’s Celebration of Life service on Friday, June 21st, 4-5:15 PM, at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ will include greetings of family and friends from 4 PM to 5:15 PM followed by spoken remembrances and stories from 5:30 to 6 PM.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Mrs. Rushton Reinert may be made to either Holy Redeemer Hospice, 150 Ninth  Ave., Runnemede, NJ 08078 or to the ASPCA at  https://www.aspca.org/ways-to-give/mail-check .

 

Marcia B. Roberts

Age 67 ~ Longtime Barrington Resident

(nee Rainville); On June 12, 2019; Age 67; Beloved wife of Stephen; Devoted mother of Erin of Albany, NY and Kathleen (Kyle) Brown of Oakland, CA; Loving grandmother of George and Maureen Brown; also survived by 2 sisters and 3 brothers.

Marcia was a longtime Barrington resident and an active parishioner at St. Rose of Lima Church.  She began teaching in Queensbury, NY and then taught English at Pitman HS for 32 years.  Marcia loved the outdoors, was an active volunteer at Interfaith Caregivers for over 10 years and was a member of Tavistock County Club.

All are welcome to attend Marcia’s Memorial Mass on Monday, June 17th at 10:00 AM at St. Rose of Lima Church, 300 E. Kings Hwy, Haddon Hts., NJ.  Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Marcia may be made to Interfaith Caregivers, P.O. Box 186, Haddonfield, NJ 08033.