Obituaries

John R. Ober

Age 78 of Pilesgrove, NJ; formerly of Voorhees, NJ

On June 14, 2021; Age 78 of Pilesgrove, formally of Voorhees.  Father of Colleen Kelley of CA, Marylou Marino of Mt. Royal, NJ and Vernon Marino of Woolwich Twp., NJ; Loving grandfather of Sara Chaffin, Rosalia & Francesco Cortese and Russell, Dominic and Giovanni Marino; Great-grandfather of Savannah Chaffin; Dear brother of Gerri Ober-Miller of Gloucester Twp., NJ and Marie Kolpakowski of OR; Uncle of many nieces and nephews; and loving friend to Lucy Cristaudo.

John was a true businessman and entrepreneur.  He was the owner of John R. Ober Co. which handled industrial insulation, ICW, a company that installed interior walls and ceilings, and Super Kwik, a waste management company.  Forty years ago, John along with his late brother Thomas, co-founded Camden Port Services, a transportation and warehousing company in Camden, which later moved to Woodstown, NJ.  John still owned and operated this business.

John was a member of the National Guard and was very involved in Camden and Voorhees politics.  He served as a Twp. Committeeman and was the youngest member of council in Voorhees.  John served on the Advisory Committee for Camden County Solid Waste, was a Board Member of the SJ Port Authority and Chairman of the Planning Board in Pilesgrove Twp.  He was also the Chairman of the Board for the Salem County Improvement Authority.  John will be fondly remembered by all who knew and worked with him.

John’s family will receive friends on Saturday, June 19th, 9–10:30 AM at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ.  His Funeral Mass will follow at 11 AM at Christ the King R.C. Church, 200 Windsor Ave., Haddonfield, NJ 08033.  Interment at Arlington Cemetery, Pennsauken, NJ.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of John may be made to Sarama Animal Rescue at www.sarama.org or to 301 Central Ave., Voorhees, NJ 08043 or the Cooper Foundation at www.Foundation.cooperhealth.org

Jane A. Harris

Age 97 ~ Longtime Cherry Hill Resident

Age 97, passed away on June 3, 2021. Jane was the beloved wife of the late Thomas M. Harris; devoted mother of Bill and mother-in-law to Annette of Cherry Hill; loving grandmother of Jennifer & Michelle Harris; dear sister of the late Catherine Chance and loving aunt to Catherine Italiano.

Jane proudly served in the US Navy during World War II.  She was a longtime Cherry Hill resident and member of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior.  Jane was also a member of the Eastern Star-Chapter #201 in Pennsauken, the Garden State Waves, and the American Legion.  Jane will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Services and Interment are private.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jane may be made to the American Legion Post 371, P. O. Box 125, Gibbsboro, NJ 08026.

Gladys Joyce Greenfield

Age 94 of Haddonfield, NJ

(nee Barbell) Age 94, loving mother, grandmother, and friend passed away peacefully on May 30, 2021, at the home of her children in Cherry Hill, NJ. She was born in Camden NJ to Myer and Ida Barbell. Gladys graduated from Camden High School in 1945. She married the late David “Danny” Greenfield in 1955 and started their family, which came to include daughter Michelle, and son, Barry.

Gladys went on to earn her licensed practical nursing degree and practiced nursing at Garden State Hospital (Virtua Marlton). She loved taking care of the babies in the Newborn Nursery. She was often called on by friends to support them in their time of need when caring for the dying on hospice. Gladys was a true comfort for all. Her greatest and most meaningful role was being a loving and dedicated mother and Bubbie. Gladys loved to dance, and she loved the Philadelphia ‘A’s and the Phillies.

To her children and grandchildren, she was a constant source of love and support, who celebrated their lives and their dreams. She provided unconditional love that will never be forgotten by her family, leaving a trail of positive memories to last a lifetime. Her legacy was teaching her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild to always be kind, giving, and to love with a full heart.

She is survived by her son Barry Greenfield, her daughter Michelle Romash and her favorite son-in-law Richard Romash. Grandchildren/Great Grandchild, David Romash, wife Tamara and daughter Eleanor Rose, Zachary Romash and Alex Romash.

A private service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the American Cancer Society https://donate3.cancer.org/   or Jimmy V Foundation (Victory Over Cancer) https://www.v.org/  to fight and cure cancer.

 

John J. Skay

Age 74 of Laurel Springs, NJ

On May 22, 2021, Age 74, of Laurel Springs, NJ; Beloved husband of Ruth (nee Webster); Loving father of Sherry Schlagle (Andrew) of Gloucester Twp., NJ and Kelly Gillies (Joseph) of Woolwich, NJ; Cherished grandfather of Brayden & Kylie Gillies and Dear brother of Thomas Skay and the late Margaret O’Brien & William Skay.

John proudly served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War.  He was a Machinist at the Phila. Naval Shipyard for 33 years.  John was a longtime member of the Haddonfield United Methodist Church, an avid golfer and most importantly a dedicated family man.

John’s family will receive friends on Thursday Evening, May 27th, 6-8 PM & on Friday morning 10-10:45 AM in the Sanctuary of the Haddonfield United Methodist Church, 29 Warwick Rd., Haddonfield, NJ; his Service will follow at 11 AM.  Interment private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of John may be made to Melanoma Research Alliance, 730 15th Street, NW, Fourth Floor, Washington, DC 20005 (Please indicate that the gift is in memory of your loved one) or via www.curemelanoma.org/tribute.

 

Joyce Walker Odendahl

Age 94, Longtime Haddonfield Resident

(nee Warner) On May 13, 2021; Age 94; Longtime Haddonfield Resident; Devoted mother of Judith A. Walker of Clementon, NJ and Sandra J. (Glenn) King of Barrington, NJ; Cherished grandmother of  Andrew (Janine) King, Alexandria (Kevin) Steward, Ellyn King and Aimee (Jon) Pressman; Dear sister of Charles J. Warner, Jr. of Cape May, NJ.

Joyce was a longtime member of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Haddonfield.  She played the organ at St. Mary’s Home for many years.  Joyce had many hobbies and enjoyed sewing, crocheting, handcrafts and gardening.  She will be missed by all who knew her.

Joyce’s family will greet friends on Monday, May 17th, 9:30-10:45 AM at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 204 Wayne Avenue, Haddonfield, NJ 08033; where her Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 AM.  Interment private.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joyce may be made to the Memorial Fund of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior at the address above.

James Arthur Ruby

Age 102, a Collingswood resident, formerly of Haddonfield

On April 30, 2021, Art Ruby, a Collingswood resident, passed away peacefully at age 102.  Art was the devoted husband of the late Beverly Elizabeth (nee Johnson) and the late Evelyn Mills (nee Kuenzel); beloved father of Barbara Oliver, dear step-father of Charles P. Mills (Kitty), Stuart D. Mills (Joan), and the late Nancy M. Thompson (Robert); beloved grandfather of Charles E. Oliver III (Jackie) and Christopher E. Oliver (Jessica), loving step-grandfather of 7; devoted great grandfather of Riley and Jordan Oliver, and caring step-great grandfather of 11.

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Haddonfield, Art graduated from Haddonfield Memorial High School in 1936.  A World War II veteran, he served in the Third Army under General Patton in the service division (1941-1946).  He also served in the Reserves reaching the rank of Captain.  After the war Art enjoyed a 46-year career with J. B. Van Sciver Furniture in Camden, NJ, working in the factory, sales, and management.

Art’s family will greet friends on Saturday, May 8, at 10 AM at Haddonfield United Methodist Church, 29 Warwick Rd., Haddonfield, NJ 08033, where his Memorial Service will follow at 10:30 AM.  Interment private.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Art may be made to the Church at the above address, where Art was a longtime member.

William (Bill) Leonard Hill

Age 85 of Florida and Cape May, NJ

On April 18, 2021; Age 85; Of Englewood, FL and Cape May, NJ.  Beloved husband of 61 years and high school sweetheart of the recently departed Jean Louise (nee Pennick); Devoted father of Deborah (Joseph) Miller of Wilmington, DE, Cynthia (Michael Schlitt) Hill of Haddonfield, NJ and William II (Linda) Hill of Media, PA:  Loving grandfather of 8 and great-grandfather of 2; Dear brother of recently departed Selina McArdle (nee Hill).

Bill was born in Hazelton, PA on November 3, 1935 and moved to Delaware County where he attended Upper Darby High School, meeting his future wife, Jean, and graduating in 1954.  After serving in the US Army, Bill married Jean and began a 35-year career at General Electric, rising from the mailroom to president of the Management Association and overseeing the installation of electrical infrastructure in China.  After retirement, Bill spent his winters in Englewood, FL and summers in Cape May, NJ playing golf and spending time with family and friends.

Bill was a loyal fan of Penn State football and Phila. sports teams his entire life.  Bill was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, Englewood Methodist Church, and the Springfield-Hanby PA Lodge 767 of the Freemasons.  Bill will be dearly missed by his family and many friends across the country.

Services for Bill will be private.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Bill may be made online at: www.PennMedicine.org/Hospice-donate.  Checks may be made payable to “Penn Medicine” and mailed to:  Kelly McBride, Penn Hospice Development, 3535 Market Street, Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104.  Kindly include William Hill on the memo line.

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 greet friends on Monday, June 7, 2021, from 10-10:30 AM at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ.  His Memorial Service and Interment are private.  Memorial contributions in Larry’s name may be made to Oaks Integrated Care, Development Office 770 Woodlane Rd., Mt. Holly, NJ  08060 https://oaksintcare.org