Obituaries

Steven Kent Tucker

Age 62 of Cherry Hill, NJ

On Sept. 23, 2020, age 62, of Cherry Hill, NJ; Beloved husband of Denise (nee Marshall); Loving father of Kirstin Tucker; Devoted grandfather of Hayden Bohem, Trystan Riebel & Cyrus; and Dear brother of Nancy Tucker (Frances Ciabattoni) & Roberta Cronk (Steve).

Steve had been a longtime active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield; where he sang in the Choir and taught Sunday School for 20 years.  He was a master scuba diver, avid Harley Davidson motorcycle rider and enthusiast as well as a devoted Eagles fan.

Steve’s family will have a private Service on Sunday, Oct. 4th at 1 pm.  Please email Kain-Murphy Funeral Services at KainMurphy@comcast.net if you would like the Zoom code to virtually attend his service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Steve may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 20 Kings Hwy. East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033.

 

Barbara Ferrilli

Age 76 of Haddonfield, NJ former longtime resident of Philadelphia, PA

(nee Mango) On Sept. 22, 2020; Age 76; of Haddonfield, NJ, former longtime resident of Philadelphia, PA. Devoted mother of Robert (Jennifer) of Haddonfield; Loving grandmother of Catherine Ferrilli. She leaves behind a loving extended family and lifelong friends, which she cherished.

My mother lived her life in the service of others. She dedicated her life to raising me, caring for her mother in her final years, and loving her granddaughter Catherine. Our journey together was a wild ride of many ups and downs. My mother was brilliant. She was excellent at mathematics, the only person I knew that solved the Rubik’s Cube pre-You Tube and was an incredible Blackjack player, which earned her the nickname “BackJackBarb.” She loved the casinos and had an excellent winning streak for several years, where she got free trips and would win enough money to bail her 20-year-old son out of debt.

My mother was always very generous. A friend of mine said he courted his wife on my mother’s Comps from the casino. When she was doing well, everyone did well. She would give you the shirt off her back so you could keep warm.

When Barbara’s granddaughter Catherine was born, she stole Barbara’s heart. She loved Catherine more than anything, maybe even me. In the past two years, she has suffered multiple medical challenges, but she fought through it because she wanted to see as much of Catherine’s life as possible.

My mother worked with what she had and made sacrifices to give me the opportunities she did not. My mother succeeded in giving me those opportunities for a better life, and her impact will be felt through the rest of my life, Catherine’s, and the generations beyond.

Services are private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Barbara may be made to Scholarship America https://donations.scholarshipamerica.org/index.php?

Barbara A. Beckson Mertsock

Age 79 of Haddonfield, formerly of Cherry Hill

Barbara A. Beckson Mertsock joined her beloved husband Joseph Martin Mertsock in the eternal dance on Sunday, September 6, 2020, at the age of 79, surrounded by her beloved family,  She is survived by her adoring children: Pamela Mertsock-Wolfe (Christopher), Michael Mertsock (Diane San Filippo), Timothy Mertsock (Shannon Mosley); her cherished grandchildren: Zoe Wolfe, Ashley Mertsock, and Tyler Mertsock; her siblings: Maureen Harman, JoAnna Beckson, and Joseph Beckson; and nieces, nephews, and grandnieces.

Barbara grew up in Philadelphia, PA; raised her children in Cherry Hill, NJ; and, enjoyed her retirement in Haddonfield, NJ.  Barbara’s smile lit up the room, and her embrace comforted anyone in need of support; her mission was her family, and love is her legacy.

Donations can be made to Bayada Hospice.  Family will greet visitors on Saturday, September 26th, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Avenue, Haddonfield, NJ 08033.

Robert P. Scudder

Age 69 ~ Longtime Resident of Haddonfield, NJ

On September 11, 2020, Age 69; Loving brother of Mary “Molly” Revell (Tom) and William Scudder.

Bob graduated from Haddonfield Memorial High School, Class of 1969 and Westminster College, Class of 1973 in New Wilmington, PA.  He was a teacher in Downsville, NY, before leaving to become a fulltime caretaker for his parents.  Bob was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield and one of the original members of the Haddonfield Pick Up Band.

Services were held privately by the family. In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Bob may be made to Samaritan Hospice of Voorhees, P.O. Box 71425 Philadelphia, PA 19176. (www.SmaritanNJ.org)

 

Monroe (Roe) Howell

Age 94 of The Evergreens in Moorestown; Formerly of Haddonfield

On September 2, 2020 at the age of 94, as a resident of The Evergreens in Moorestown, and previously a resident of Haddonfield for 45 years, and the beloved husband of Betty Howell (deceased) for 57 years passed comfortably in Moorestown NJ.  Mr. Howell is survived by his son Thomas M Howell (Carla) of Moorestown and 5 grandchildren Chelsea H Trcka of St. Paul MN, Iain R Harriman Burnsville MN, Megan C Fitch of Vancouver BC, and Brooklyn T Bowerman, of Haddon Township, and Christopher L Howell, of Collingswood. Roe is also predeceased by his daughter Suzanne Harriman (2006) and son Lawrence Howell (1991).

Also surviving are his favorite great grandchildren: Olivia and Trent (Haddon Township), Raphaela and Matteo (Vancouver), and Kaelan (Burnsville MN).

With the assistance of the GI Bill, after serving in the USN during WWII, Roe attended and graduated from Rutgers College of Engineering. He enjoyed an active and full life supporting and caring for his family, working for RCA for over 30 years, spending summers in Greensboro VT and especially playing tennis and golf.

Roe maintained a wide circle of friends. He will be sorely missed by all of his family and friends.

Roe, had many distinct communities of friends throughout his life in addition to his family, at Rutgers, RCA, the Edward Howell Association, East Jersey Proprietors; in Haddonfield (including The ROMEOs), Greensboro VT, Englewood FL and finally at the Evergreens; where he made many close and lasting friendships.

Roe’s family will receive friends on Thursday, Sept. 24th, 11 to Noon at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Roe’s name may be made to the Salvation Army (https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/).

 

Guido G. Zappasodi

Age 94; longtime Haddon Twp. Resident

On August 24, 2020; Age 94; longtime Haddon Twp. Resident; Beloved husband of the late Jean (nee Ciammetti); Devoted father of Linda (Kevin) Maull of Haddon Twp., Judy (Stephen) Low of Haddon Twp., Mary (Joseph) Ready of Charlotte, NC; Loving grandfather of Melissa (Joshua) Giamporcaro, Kevin Lee (Kate) Maull, Jr., Mikey Maull, Jessica (Jeffrey) Sciamanna, Jonathan Low, Stevie Low, Joey Ready, Jena Ready and Jaclyn Ready; Cherished great-grandfather of Luca Giamporcaro, Charlotte Low and Gia Sciamanna.

Guido was a Penn State grad and had a successful 40+ year career at RCA in Camden, NJ as a packaging engineer. He proudly served his country in WWII as a Naval Ensign.  Guido was married to Jean for 63 years and raised their 3 daughters in Haddon Twp., NJ where he was an active member of Holy Savior Church as well as the Senior Citizen’s Group.

Services for Guido will be private.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Guido may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959, www.stjude.org/memorialgifts.

H. William “Bill” Steiger

Age 91 of Medford, formerly of Haddonfield, NJ

On Aug. 19, 2020 of Medford, formerly of Haddonfield, NJ, age 91, Beloved husband of Barbara (nee Mick); Loving father of Brenda (Joe) Betley, Donna (Scott) Granacher & Glen Steiger; Cherished grandfather of 8 & Treasured great-grandfather of 9.

Bill graduated from Haddonfield Memorial HS (Class of ’46) & Colgate Univ. (Class of ‘50).  He proudly served in the US Army during the Korean War.  He owned and operated Steiger Services of Somerdale for many years.  After retirement, Bill and Barbara traveled extensively, including to see relatives in Switzerland, summering in Maine and to fish…everywhere.  Bill was involved in the YMCA and Haddonfield Little League.  A quintessential family man, Bill was an avid supporter of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren’s endeavors and sporting events.

Bill’s memorial service will be held privately.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bill’s honor may be made to the National MS Society, P.O. Box 91891, Washington DC 20090-1891 (www.NationalMSSociety.org/donate)

Eileen P. McCardle

Age 90 of Haddonfield, NJ

Eileen P. McCardle passed away on August 16, 2020 at the age of 90 after a brief bout of ovarian cancer.  Born in Goshen, NY, she moved to Haddonfield in 1959.  She was the wife of the late Robert J. McCardle and mother of Robert McCardle of Collingswood, Eileen M. Maloney (P.J.) of Haddonfield, and the late Thomas J. McCardle.

Mrs. McCardle held a B.A. from Marymount Manhattan University and an M. Ed. from Rowan University.  She taught elementary school in Rye, NY, New York City, and Haddon Township.  For many years she was the manager of Consignment Galleries in Haddonfield.

She was a member of Christ the King Parish and Tavistock Country Club.

She is survived by two brothers, Joseph Pillmeier and Michael Pillmeier, a sister, Nancy Strong, her special cousins of the Croke family, and many nieces and nephews.

Following a private viewing, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, August 20 at St. Johns Church, 809 Park Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108.   Persons wishing to view the live video stream of the funeral should visit the Facebook page of “St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish – NJ” (Collingswood, NJ) prior to the funeral and “Like” them at any time prior to the funeral.  The streaming, accessible on that page, will begin 10 minutes prior to the funeral.  We will be following safety protocols requiring everyone to wear masks and practice social distancing while in Church.  In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Interfaith Caregivers, P.O. Box 186, Haddonfield, NJ 08033, https://www.ifchaddons.org/.

 

The Rev. Dr. Charles Anderson Sayre

Age 100 ~ Longtime Haddonfield resident

April 19, 1920- August 10, 2020

On Monday, August 10, Reverend Dr. Charles Anderson Sayre, 100 years old, passed away of natural causes at home surrounded by his family. Dr. Sayre was a long-time spiritual leader in southern New Jersey and touched the lives of many.

He was born in Belmar, New Jersey in 1920 as the only child of the Reverend Woodburn and Elizabeth Hiestand Sayre. He graduated from Moorestown High School in 1937 and went on to receive a baccalaureate degree from Michigan State University in 1941. He was awarded a divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1944 and subsequently earned his PhD. from Drew University in 1952.

Throughout his ministry, Dr. Sayre served churches in Mercerville, Cranbury, and Asbury Park. In 1965, he was appointed as Senior Minister to Haddonfield United Methodist Church (HUMC) and served there until his retirement in 1990. He often said, “I’m a minister – that’s my calling.”

While serving at HUMC, he expanded its mission and ministry into Camden with the founding of RESPOND, Inc. Dr. Sayre was actively involved with the organization and the Sayre Training Complex, which offers job training programs for at-risk teens and adults, is named in his honor. The NJ Senate and Legislature recognized Dr. Sayre’s “outstanding dedication and steadfast commitment for the benefit of the community at large” in 2011.

Dr. Sayre dedicated his life to helping his community. He was a member of the Haddonfield Rotary Club for over 67 years. He served on many boards, including the United Methodist Southern New Jersey Conference, vice chair of the Methodist Hospital Foundation, a trustee for the Princeton Theological Seminary, a senior trustee for Pennington School, Fellowship House, Drew University, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Camden County United Way board, Camden County Housing Commission, Camden County Alliance for the 21st Century, Seeds of Hope, Morristown College, and founded Hope Methodist Church in Voorhees. He served on the Board of Publications for Abington Press, alongside Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun.

He loved the Jersey shore, with a summer home at South Seaville Camp Meeting where he served on the Board for over 40 years. He and his wife made frequent winter trips to Sanibel Island, Florida.

One of the greatest joys of his life was the love of his close-knit family. He was preceded in death by his wife of 75 years, Lucile Bush Sayre in 2017 and he leaves behind two daughters, Judy Sayre Grim and Jill Sayre Lawlor, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

He led with care, kindness and respect and believed passionately about fighting against racism, addiction, poverty and injustice.

Gifts may be made to the “Sayre Fund for the Tabernacle at the South Seaville Camp Meeting,” at PO Box 588, South Seaville, NJ 08246 or the “Lucile B. Sayre Meditation Garden” at the Haddonfield United Methodist Church, 29 Warwick Road, Haddonfield, NJ, 08033.

Jean S. Dickinson

Age 91 of Cherry Hill, NJ

(nee Sharp) On August 9, 2020; Age 91; of Cherry Hill, NJ.  Beloved wife of the late Samuel; devoted mother of Lynn Dickinson of Jenkintown, PA, Mark (Emily) Dickinson of Cherry Hill, NJ and the late Drew Dickinson; Loving grandmother of Andrew & Matthew (Amanda) Dickinson, Alex (Jen) Dickinson, Christian, the late Lindsay, & Victoria Iannarone and Samantha (Adam) Tucker; Proud Aunt of Jean Beans (Ronald) and the late Jesse Maass (Kass), and family.

Jean was a kind, loving, and remarkable woman. She was an honored graduate of Temple University and a devoted member of the United Methodist Church of Haddonfield. She was a longtime Cherry Hill resident and enjoyed her summers at Reed’s Beach. She was a 60+ year member of O.E.S. and a daughter of the American Revolution.

All are invited to Jean’s Graveside Service on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 at 2 PM at Locustwood Memorial Park, 1500 Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill, NJ.   In keeping with COVID guidelines, all are required to wear masks and adhere to proper social distancing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to UMC of Haddonfield or to the Medical Residency Training Program at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania. To donate, please visit http://givingpages.upenn.edu/rememberingJeanDickinson or checks may be made payable to “Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania” and sent to Penn Medicine Development, 3535 Market Street, Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104, Memo: Jean Dickinson (Iannarone) Memorial Fund.