Obituaries

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.

Richard P. Langford

Age 80 of Haddon Heights, NJ

On Aug. 10, 2020; Age 80; of Haddon Heights, NJ.  Beloved husband of Sandra (nee Edwards); Devoted father of Ethan (Carolyn) of Ft. Myers, FL and Josh (Lu) of Cranford, NJ; Loving grandfather of Kaya, Jet, Mason and Zöe and brother of Lynne Higgins.

Richard was a devoted teacher for over 33 years, teaching Social Studies &Geography at the Barrington and Brigantine school districts.  He was a member of the “Merry Muckers” Katrina Relief Group and an avid golfer.  Richard’s passion was Dairy Queen.  He took great pleasure in visiting different Dairy Queens and ranking them.

The family plans to have a memorial service for Richard at a later date. Interment is private.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Richard may be made to either The American Battlefield Trust, 1156 15th St. N.W., Suite 900, Washington,

DC  20005 or The First Presbyterian Church of Haddon Heights, 28 Seventh Ave., Haddon Heights, NJ 08035.  Please check the Kain-Murphy website for updated information regarding the memorial service (www.KainMurphy.com).

Sandra Patricia Macnamara

Age 78 ~ Longtime Haddonfield resident

Sandra Patricia Macnamara received “Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket” to life. She lived life out loud with her trademark, “woo-woo,” along with her cackling laugh and always the quickest of smiles. Fondly known around her family as “The Ox” for her indomitable spirit who rudely refused to submit to the realities of science. She beat the pants off a liver transplant, a bowel resection, a heart attack, lung cancer, skin cancer, and a heart valve replacement.

There are few who receive a second chance; there are none who did more with it.

The world finally ran out of 1942 replacement parts for Sandy’s most recent tune-up and she passed away peacefully at the age of 78 on August 8, 2020. She was a fifty-six year resident of Haddonfield, NJ.

Her “just try” positive attitude she imbued in her children carried her far in life and is the lasting legacy of her life.

Professional life

For forty-plus years, Sandy helped build a successful law office in Center City Philadelphia with Harry Aaron Rubin where she faithfully rode the high-speed line daily. She retired as a paralegal in 2002 and took great delight in the work she did serving the community.  What Sandy lacked in formal education, she made up for in a drive to learn and a fierce work ethic. A graduate of business school Sandy demonstrated fancy fingerwork and regularly won speed typing competitions in the city.

 Family life

Sandy grew up as one of twelve (or maybe thirteen) children – it depends on the day and the story she was telling – in and around South Jersey.

She married Jerry Macnamara in 1965. Even though Sandy and Jerry’s relationship took a TV time out for fifteen years, they reunited in 2004 and lived together as loyal companions. During their heyday, they teamed up as formidable bridge players and regular dance contest winners. They regularly ran around town as any good “Frick and Frack” would and playfully bantered (and fought) like they had been together for fifty-five years.

If the sun was shining, Sandy could be found sunbathing in her bikini or with a fishing pole in her hand singing her famous, “Fishy-fish” song.

Together they gave the world four children: Walter (Theresa) children Lauren, Walter and Wesley; Kimberly (Michael) children Michael, Taylor, and Matthew; Jennifer (Lewis) children Courtney, Jessica, Sydney and Luke, and Jerry Jr. (Rachel) children Brooklyn and Briggs.

Her influence over so many more as “Mom Mac” echoed far and wide.

She is also survived by her sisters, Joyce (Allen) and Jill (John) and brother Robert (Linda) and a gaggle of nieces and nephews scattered around the world.

Sandy regularly kept lottery tickets in her magical, “one of everything, but can’t find anything” purse.

She handed them out like candy on Halloween: from the doctors who cared for her to the cashiers at her favorite stores. Giving gifts created immeasurable joy for her.

In lieu of flowers, please buy a scratch-off lottery ticket and give it to someone for no other reason than to simply make their day. Smile and tell them you did it to celebrate Sandy Mac.

There will be a private service for immediate family only. We will hold a Celebration of Life at a future time open to everyone.

Jeanne Marie O’Neil

Age 95 of Haddonfield, NJ

Age 95, recently of Cadbury, Cherry Hill, died of natural causes on July 24 surrounded by family.

Jeanne was the beloved wife of the late Raymond O’Neil (67 years).  She is survived by seven children: Kathleen Chesbro, Patricia Bonetti (Clark), Margaret O’Neil, Tim O’Neil (Dawn), Michael O’Neil (Kim), William O’Neil (Terry), and Mary Brittingham, sixteen grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Also, she is survived by her brothers, Richard and Robert Tarrant and sisters Carol Kennedy and Mary Garrity.

Jeanne was born in Jersey City, NJ and attended St. Vincent Academy in Newark. She and Ray met on a blind date and were married in 1947. In 1956 they settled in Haddonfield where they raised their children in a large, busy, loving home. They were active members of Christ the King Church–one of the families that faithfully filled a whole pew every Sunday.

Jeanne was a devoted mother who always made sure the lunches were packed and the uniforms were ironed. She and Ray created loving memories and traditions for their children and grandchildren. In her free time, she became an avid tennis player and member of the Haddon Field Club.   Later in life she found a new passion when she began taking art lessons.

The family is grateful for the loving care Jeanne received from Cadbury staff and hospice caregivers.

The funeral and interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift in memory of Jeanne O’Neil may be sent to The New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center:

NJSL/TBBC, 2300 Stuyvesant Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618.  njstatelib.org/talking-book-braille-center

 

William R. Padgett

Age 83 ~ Lifelong Haddonfield resident

On July 23, 2020, age 83, lifelong Haddonfield resident, Beloved husband of Dolores (nee Bonatti); Loving father of Cathy Jost of Haddonfield, William “Bill”, Jr. (Kerri) of Barrington, Debra Cohen (Andrew) of Mt. Laurel and Patricia Rizzi of Franklinville; Cherished grandfather of Megan, RJ, Jessica, Nicole, Bobbie, Ashlyn, Mark, Tessa, Calli and Korey; Treasured great grandfather of Abby, Harley, Damon, Landon, Kaci, Luna, Caleb & Cooper and Dear brother of Susan Morgan of NC.

Born and raised in Haddonfield, Bill graduated Haddonfield Memorial HS, Class of ’55.  He proudly served in the US Army.  He had a long career at RCA/Lockheed Martin as a Draftsman.  Bill enjoyed painting & playing cards.

Bill’s family will receive friends on Saturday, July 25th, 10-10:45 AM, at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ; where his Service will follow at 11 AM.  All are invited to his internment, Monday, July 27th, 9:30 AM, at Locustwood Cem., Rt. 70, Cherry Hill, NJ.  Social distancing precautions will be followed and masks are required at all services.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Bill may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Processing Center, PO Box 863765, Orlando, FL 32886 (https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/philadelphia)

Dorothy E. “Dot” Herbert

Age 88 of Haddonfield, NJ

 (nee Mayer) On July 19, 2020, Age 88; longtime Haddonfield resident; Beloved wife of the late Robert A.; Devoted mother of Robert (Cathy) of New Hope, PA and Ronald (Robin) of Richmond, VA; Loving grandmother of Ashton, Kelsey, Patrick, Ann Carter, Caitlin, Christopher & Matthew.

Dot was a 1949 graduate of HMHS.  She married Robert in 1955, together raised their two sons in Haddonfield, and was a long-time member of The First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield.  Dot worked as a nursery school teacher at Haddonfield United Methodist Nursery School and was very involved in the community.  She spent much of her time volunteering at Haddonfield First Pres. Church, was on the board of HMHS Alumni Assoc, and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.  The family would like to thank the staff at Brandywine Living of Haddonfield for the excellent care she received over the past few years.

Due to the COVID situation, Dot’s funeral service and interment will be held privately.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dot may be made to The First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield, 20 Kings Highway E., Haddonfield, NJ 08033.

Isabelle Williams

Age 96 of Haddonfield, NJ

“I just tell the truth.” Yes, Isabelle Williams (née Zafforoni), 96, always did through her eyes. On July 19, 2020, we lost the one person who told it like it was whether we wanted to hear it or not, just 9 days shy of her 97th birthday.

A resident of Haddonfield since 1964, Isabelle’s story began on the other side of the United States in Cle Elum, Washington. Born to Italian immigrants in 1923, Charles and Annamarie Zafforoni, she was the only girl sandwiched between Joseph and Charles Jr.  Coming of age during The Great Depression toughed Isabelle’s exterior and made humor her ultimate tool to combat the hardships around her.

Following her graduation from Cle Elum High School in 1941, Isabelle made her way to the big city, Seattle to attend secretarial school. She met and married her first husband, John V. Porter USMC.  At age 22 she was widowed when John was killed-in-combat March 1945 during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Following his death, she attended what is now Washington State University, while putting the pieces of her life back together.

The tides turned in 1951 when Isabelle met Naval Officer John Paxton Williams (deceased January 8, 2018). As John would always state, it was love at first sight.  Shortly after, they married and began their world adventure as a tight-knit Naval family while welcoming their son, Philip and daughter, Ann. Their journey spanned nine relocations from Spain, to California, and finally Haddonfield, NJ where they settled in 1964.

In their retirement, Isabelle lived to the fullest playing golf with John, taking art lessons and painting, cheering on sports teams alongside her son-in-law, Doug, and caring for her home she occupied until the very end. Above all, she loved being surrounded by her family – especially her daughter’s triplets who grew up just three houses away. Never one without a book near, Isabelle also became part of the community fabric through her many years volunteering at the Haddonfield Public Library; a job she remembered fondly.

For her vivacious, whip-smart, and generous personality, Isabelle will be deeply missed. She is the true embodiment of her generation who became stronger because of the hardships they faced and ultimately thrived.

She is survived by her daughter, Ann Williams Hambry, (Douglas), son Phillip Williams (Karen), four grandchildren John and Michael (deceased) Williams, and Joseph, John, and Virginia Hambry.  They all now have another angel watching over them, alongside her husband. There is no Memorial planned. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Haddonfield Friends of the Library at www.hfol.org.

 

 

John C. Stokes

Age 70 ~ Longtime Haddonfield resident

On July 14, 2020; Age 70; Longtime Haddonfield, NJ; Beloved husband of Linda (nee Baud); Loving father of Daniel (wife Stephanie) Stokes of Wenonah, NJ and Wendy Donaway of Manahawkin, NJ; Devoted grandfather of Kiera Stokes, Logan & Shellby Donaway; Dear brother of Robert Stokes.

John was a Class of ’68 Grad from HMHS, earned his BS at NC State Univ, was a NJ Professional Planner and member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He was one of the chief authors of the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan, the rules that govern land-use, development and natural resource protection in the 938,000-acre Pinelands Area of southern New Jersey. He then spent his career with the NJ Pinelands Commission – the independent state agency charged with preserving, protecting and enhancing the natural and cultural resources of the Pinelands – before retiring as its Executive Director in 2011.

Among other activities, John was very active in his home community – he served as the Chairman of the Haddonfield Planning Board, as a member of the Haddonfield Environmental Commission, as treasurer of the Camden County Council of Girl Scouts, as assistant district administrator of the National Little League, as a member of the Haddon Avenue Transit Corridor Study Committee, and as a member of the Haddonfield Lions Club.

(more info available: https://www.state.nj.us/pinelands/home/news/PR_CommissionMournstheLossofJohnCStokes.pdf )

A viewing for John will be held on July 20th, 2020 from 9:30 – 11 AM at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ.  For everyone’s safety and well-being, masks are required inside the building and social distancing guidelines will be adhered to. Service and Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of John may be made to Haddonfield Lions Foundation, P.O. Box 401, Haddonfield, NJ 08033.

 

Rita Jacqueline “Jackie” Tucker

Age 90 - Of Oaklyn, Former Haddonfield Resident

(nee Muckey) On July 6, 2020; of Oaklyn, NJ former longtime Haddonfield resident; Age 90. Beloved wife of the late Arthur; Devoted mother of Nancy Tucker (Francis Ciabattoni) of Wilmington, DE, Steven Trucker (Denise Marshall) of Cherry Hill, NJ and Roberta (Steve) Cronk of Martinsburg, WV; Loving grandmother of  Nickolas, Samantha & Caitlin Cronk, Raymond & Daniel Ciabattoni, and Kristen Tucker; Great grandmother of Tristan & Cyrus; Dear sister of Donald (Caroline) Muckey of Marathon, NY.

Jackie was a graduate of Marathon HS and attended Syracuse Univ.  Early in her career, she worked for Deals Seafood and later as an Office Manager and Accountant for Martin, Gunn & Martin Law Firm.  Jackie was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Haddonfield for 68 years where she was very active in numerous volunteer activities as well as a member of the church choir.

Services for Jackie will be held privately on Saturday, July 11th at 2:00 PM.  For those who wish to participate via Zoom, please contact the funeral home (856-429-1945) for the code. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jackie may be made to The First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield, 20 Kings Hwy E, Haddonfield, NJ 08033.

Michael Francis Biemer

Age 78 of Haddonfield, NJ

On Monday, July 6th, loving husband, father and grandfather passed away at age 78 of natural causes.

Mike was born in 1941 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Francis and Rosemary (Higgs) Biemer.  He was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps, a graduate of Indiana University and a 35 year resident of Haddonfield, New Jersey.  Mike and Ruth (Johnson) Biemer together raised a blended family of 4 children: Andrew and Carrie Biemer and Eric and Alexander Johnson (deceased).

Mike had a passion for wine, playing golf and home improvement projects. He also enjoyed refurbishing vintage clocks, collecting kaleidoscopes and spending time with close friends and family.

Mike was preceded in death by his father, Francis and mother, Rosemary. He is survived by his wife Ruth, four children, five grandchildren and siblings Carol Crawford and Martin Biemer.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Michael’s memory to:

Southern Poverty Law Center Charity, 400 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104