Obituaries

Henry Chad Stoinski

Age 44, Lifelong Haddonfield Resident

On Oct. 9, 2018; Age 44; Lifelong Resident of Haddonfield; Beloved husband of Jill Alden; Devoted father of William; Cherished son of Henry and Suzanne of Haddonfield; Loving brother of Tara of Atlanta, GA; Dear uncle of Rylee Pachman and Payton Stoinski.

Chad attended HMHS, Class of 1992, The Hill School in Pottstown and was an Eagle Scout, Troop 65.  He earned his undergrad at Richmond Univ and his MBA at Rutgers.  Chad worked for Berkshire Hathaway as a realtor and was a longtime member of Haddonfield United Methodist Church.

Chad’s family will greet friends on Sat., Oct 13th 9:30-10:45 at Haddonfield United Methodist Church, 29 Warwick Rd, Haddonfield, NJ 08033 where his Funeral Service will follow at 11AM. Interment Private.  In lieu of flowers donations benefiting The Animal Welfare Association of Voorhees or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society may be made through:  In Memory Of (www.inmemof.org) or to P.O. Box 5472, Charlottesville, VA 22905.

Miriam F. Oklatner

Age 94 of Lansdale, PA; former longtime resident of Barrington, NJ

(nee Bloom) On Oct. 2, 2018, age 94, of Lansdale, PA, former longtime resident of Barrington, NJ.  Beloved wife of the late Harry W.; Loving mother of Margaret M. McCarty (John) of Carbondale, PA and Diane J. Posavec (Ed) of Hatfield, PA; Cherished grandmother of Zachary & Benjamin McCarty and Edward & John Posavec.

Mrs. Oklatner had been an insurance underwriter for the Frank B. Hall Ins. Co. of Philadelphia and was an actively involved member of the First Baptist Church of Haddonfield.

Mrs. Oklatner’s family will receive friends on Sat. Oct. 13th, 1-1:45 PM, at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ 08033; where her Memorial Service will follow at 2 PM.  Interment, Haddonfield Baptist Cem.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mrs. Oklatner’s honor may be sent to Abramson Center for Jewish Life Hospice, 1425 Horsham Road, North Wales, PA 19454.

Joseph Gabriel Burcher

AGE: 94 • Longtime Resident of Haddonfield, West Cape May, Berlin, and recently of Moorestown

On September 19, 2018, son of the late Edgar and Theresa Burcher; devoted husband of Vida M. (deceased); beloved father of Joanne Burcher of Longmeadow, MA, Mary Menaquale (Michael) of Moorestown, NJ, Bonnie Kenselaar (Bob) of Maplewood, NJ, Christopher Burcher of Haddon Township, NJ, Amy Otto (Steve) of Haddonfield, NJ and the late infant son, Joseph Burcher; cherished grandfather of Jake, Lydia, Matthew, Sarah, Ben, Rachel, Ian, Caroline, Rebecca, and Olivia; survived  by brothers Paul (Cherry Hill, NJ) and Vincent (North Cape May, NJ) and sister Rita Goggin (Bradenton, FL) and many devoted nieces and nephews.

Joseph was a longtime resident of Haddonfield and professor emeritus (Early Childhood Education) of Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey). His passion as an educator first began as a teacher in the Philadelphia public schools. An alumnus of Temple University (Bachelors and Masters degrees), he also attended Drexel University and was an alumnus of Haddon Heights High School and Berlin public schools. He enlisted and served honorably in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946, excelling in the Aircrewmen Gunners Course, and receiving several medals. He is the co-author of the book Remembering South Cape May. A true Renaissance man, Joe had an insatiable curiosity about the world, and loved sharing his knowledge of the sea, nature and science, literature, music, art, cooking and sports.  He was instrumental in bringing the soccer program to Haddonfield.  Most of all, Joe took tremendous pride in his family, praising and encouraging his children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, in all their endeavors.  He spent countless hours mentoring and creating memorable experiences with his grandchildren. He will be reunited for all eternity with Vida, the love of his life, his wife of 68 years.

His children would like to thank the many family members and friends who visited Joe, brought him his favorite things, and played music with him. A special thank you goes out to the caring and compassionate staff and friends of CareOne in Moorestown, where he was a resident for the past two years.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday, October 14 from 2 – 4 pm at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ. The Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, October 15 at 9 am at Christ the King RC Church, 200 Windsor Ave., Haddonfield, NJ, followed by interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 300 W. White Horse Pike, Berlin, NJ.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Joseph’s name may be made to “The Nature Conservancy for the South Cape May Meadows Preserve” and mailed to The Nature Conservancy, 200 Pottersville Road, Chester, NJ 07930.

Alan L. Gant

Age 93 of Collingswood Manor in Collingswood, NJ

Passed away on Friday, September 28.   For sixty years, he was the beloved husband of the late Mary Ann (nee Quinn).  He was a dear and devoted father to his children Richard, Debra and Barbara Kinner (Gregory).  He had four step-grandchildren and eight step-great grandchildren.  He proudly served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed in Japan.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Trenton State Teacher’s College, where he also met his wife. He was an offensive tackle and co-caption of Trenton’s championship football team in 1950 and co-captain of their basketball team.  He began his teaching career at Salem High School and spent the next thirty-four years at Haddonfield Memorial High School.  During his tenure at HMHS, he taught both physical education and driver’s education. He went on to receive his Masters of Education from Rutgers University and became a guidance counselor.  He is remembered fondly for his days as a varsity basketball coach, varsity cross-country coach and a track official in Camden County.

He was a longtime resident of both Westmont, NJ and Shamong, NJ. He spent his remaining years at Collingswood Manor.  He loved to golf, travel with his wife, and closely followed the activities of his children.  He was a big fan of Philadelphia pro-sports teams, Big-5 basketball, and PGA golf.

He will be remembered as a sweet, kind and humble man with a witty sense of humor.

Mr. Gant’s family will receive visitors on Wednesday, October 3 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Kain-Murphy Funeral Home in Haddonfield where a service will follow.    Interment at Colestown Cemetery in Cherry Hill, NJ.   In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to UMC-Collingswood, memo Employee Holiday Fund (460 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ 08108).

Dorothy Sayre Cook

Age 91 ~ Formerly of Haddonfield & Cherry Hill

On September 21, 2018, Age 91, of The Evergreens in Moorestown, formerly a longtime resident of Haddonfield & Cherry Hill, NJ; Beloved aunt of Harry S. “Lee” (Elizabeth “Betty”) Cook, III of CT and cherished great aunt of Christopher W. (Jennifer Reigle) Cook.

Dorothy had been employed by Provident Mutual & Life insurance in Philadelphia for many years.  She was a 1948 graduate of Wilson College and was a 50 year honorary member of the American Assoc. of University Women (AAUW) and a longtime active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield; where she served in many capacities including Deacon and one of the first women to serve as Trustee.

Dorothy’s family will receive friends on Saturday, Sept. 29th, 10-10:45 AM in the Sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church, 29 Kings Hwy. East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033; where her Service will follow at 11 AM.  Entombment, Harleigh Cem., Camden, NJ.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Dorothy’s honor may be made to the Church at the above address.

Mary D. Cordier

Age 67 of Haddonfield

(nee Haile) On Sept. 13, 2018; Age 67; of Haddonfield, NJ.  Beloved wife of David; Dear sister of Elizabeth Haile of NC.

Services for Mrs. Cordier were held privately.  Donations in memory of Mary Cordier may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1851 Old Cuthbert Road, Cherry Hill, NJ   08034.

Joseph H. Laphan

Age 89, Life-long Haddonfield Resident

On Sept. 13, 2018, Age 89; Beloved husband of Mary (nee Chillemi); Loving father of Mary Ellen Buck and Cherished grandfather of Roger, Keith, Kyle & Joseph Buck.

Joe was a life-long Haddonfield resident who graduated from Haddonfield Memorial HS.  He proudly served in the US Marine Corps during the Korean War.  Upon his return home, Joe became a Haddonfield Police Officer and dedicatedly served his town for 30 years.

Joe’s family will receive friends on Tuesday, Sept. 18th, 10-10:45 AM, at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ; where his Service will follow at 11 AM.  Interment, private.

Robert M. Spinosi

Age 62 of Haddonfield, NJ

Age 62, affectionately known as Spin or Spuds, died suddenly on Sept. 1, 2018, surrounded by family and friends.  Beloved husband of Donna (nee Sears): Loving father of William of Whitehall, PA and Andrew (Katie Muñiz) of Haddonfield; Cherished brother of Jeanne Wagner (Craig) of Haddonfield.   Dear uncle of Julie & Amy Wagner of Haddonfield and Krystal & Danielle Roberts of Harlingen Texas.  Predeceased by his parents, Beni and Mary Ann (nee Tweedy) Spinosi.

Bob loved animals and as a young man volunteered at a veterinary clinic.  This led to his lifelong career of selling veterinary pharmaceuticals.  At the time of his death he was employed by The Boehringer Ingelheim company.

Bob also loved all sports but especially football.  Bob, aka Spin-Dempsey, was the kicker for Haddonfield Memorial High School where he graduated in 1974.  He went on to be the kicker for Widener University where he was part of the 1977 Division 3 Championship winning team.  He wore his championship ring proudly.

More than anything Bob was a family man.  He loved his family with all his heart.  He had a close relationship with his sister and her family.   Bob’s sons were his world and he played an active role in their lives from Daddy and Me swim classes to attending all of their events, whether it was sports or theater related.  Bob lived his entire life in Haddonfield and chose to remain there so his sons could attend the best schools.

Bob also loved spending summers in Ocean City, NJ with his wife of 32 years.   He realized a dream come true when he purchased a home in Ocean City.  He was on the 44th Street beach for 31 years and leaves behind many good friends too numerous to name.

Bob’s family will receive friends on Tuesday, Sept. 11th, 4-7:45 PM at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ; where his Memorial Service will follow at 8 PM.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Bob may be made to Voorhees Animal Orphanage, 419 Cooper Rd., Voorhees, NJ 08043 (www.vaonj.org)

Toni H. & Joseph E. (III) Kampf

Age 34 of West Chester, PA

(nee Koch)  Of West Chester, PA, sadly on August 25, 2018, Toni and her baby Joseph E. Kampf, III “Trey” passed away due to labor complications.  They are survived by loving husband, father Joseph E. Kampf Jr..  Toni was also survived by her devoted mother, Carol (& the late George) Koch; Dear mother-in-law Sandy (& the late Joseph, Sr.) Kampf; Cherished siblings Thomas DeVore & Christine DeVore and 4 nieces & 3 nephews.

Toni graduated from Haddonfield Memorial HS (Class of 2002), Drew Univ. where she played Rugby and Univ. of Missouri where she received her Master’s.  Toni was the Associate Director of the Student Union at West Chester Univ. and very active in the Association of College Unions International (ACUI).

The family and friends are invited to their Viewing on Aug. 30th, Thursday Evening, 6-8 PM and again on Aug. 31st, Friday Morning, 10-10:45 AM, in the Sanctuary of the Haddonfield United Methodist Church, 29 Warwick Rd., Haddonfield NJ.  Following Friday’s viewing All are invited to the Service at 11 AM.  Interment, private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in honor of Toni and Trey to Multiple Sclerosis Assoc. of America, 375 Kings Hwy N, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.  (https://mymsaa.org/)

William H. Hallahan III

Age 92, Longtime Haddonfield Resident. Advertising Executive; Edgar Allen Poe Award-Winning Novelist and Historian

William H. Hallahan III, a former advertising executive and an award-winning novelist and historian, died on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 after a short illness.  He was 92.

A long-time resident of Haddonfield NJ and Cherry Hill NJ, Hallahan was a man of extraordinary creative talent, intellectual curiosity and a published author, but will be remembered as a kind and generous man who shared his talents with others to help them be the best they could be.  His friendships were deep and lasting with people of many ages and backgrounds.  He was a determined and cheerful optimist and passionately believed in the power of positive thinking.

Hallahan had a writing career that spanned seven decades.  His first job was with Temple University, where was a college English instructor, but he soon left this position to start his business career as a writer and editor of the Boot and Shoe Recorder at Chilton Publications.  In 1957, he entered the ranks of the advertising world as a copywriter for M. Russell Berger, a small Philadelphia advertising agency.  After a brief stint at the agency, Hallahan joined the international ad agency N.W. Ayer, then headquartered in Philadelphia, as copy chief, where he worked on accounts such as United Airlines, the Plymouth Division of Chrysler and other similar clients.

In 1968, Hallahan was sent to the Detroit offices of N.W. Ayer as part of a team to try to save the Plymouth account from leaving N.W. Ayer.   The account nonetheless left, and Hallahan was then to serve as the creative director for the entire agency.  He declined, and joined an ad agency that became Garceau, Hallahan and McCollough.  At the same time, Hallahan also began to conduct a mail-order copyrighting course to help teach writers how to write copy.

Hallahan began to turn his focus on writing a novel.   In early 1971 his wife Marion sent his first novel The Dead of Winter to a literary agent, and on Christmas Eve of 1971, the agent called to say that the book would be published the following year.   Hallahan’s career as a novelist was launched.

He was nominated for two of the most coveted awards of mystery writers, and won the most sought after of all.  His first novel, The Dead of Winter was one of five books nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe award for Best First Mystery Novel in 1972.  Four books later in 1978, Hallahan was nominated again – and won – the Poe award for the Best Mystery Novel for his book Catch Me: Kill Me.

Hallahan’s writing covered the mystery, occult and non-fiction genres, and was translated into many languages and released throughout the world.  His occult novel The Search for Joseph Tully (1974) was a New York Times best seller and hailed as one of the best books of its genre.   For the book opening, mock gravestones that read “Here Lies Joseph Tully” were lined up and down Park Avenue in New York.   His other works of fiction include The Ross Forger y (1973), Keeper of the Children (1978), The Trade (1981), The Monk (1983), Foxcatcher (1986), and Tripletrap (1989).

For many years, Hallahan managed dual careers as advertising executive and author.  In the 1970s he started his own agency Hallahan & Hayden, Inc., which then transitioned into Hallahan Incorporated.  In 1982 his daughter Janet joined the agency, and in the late 80s the agency partnered with the art studio The Hal Lewis Group to serve clients such as Merck and other accounts.  Their combined work won several industry awards.

In the 1990s Hallahan shifted writing genres and began to write non-fiction books, including the very well received Misfire: The History of How America’s Small Arms Failed Our Military (1994), a book about the mishandling and corruption of government officials in the manufacturing of guns for the military throughout US history, and the critically acclaimed historical books about the American Revolutionary War: The Day The Revolution Began: 19 April 1775 (1999) and The Day the Revolution Ended: Yorktown 19 0ctober 1781 (2004).

Hallahan was born on December 12, 1925 in Brooklyn, New York, the third child to William H. Hallahan, Jr., and Berenice E. Lyons, in a family of six boys and one girl.  He served in the United States Navy in World War II as radioman second class in the somewhat unexpected location of Natal, Brazil, a key location for logistical and troop support for the Northern Africa arena.   When he returned home from the war he married Marion E. Wakefield, his childhood sweetheart.  Their long and loving relationship ended when Marion passed away in 1998.

Hallahan matriculated to Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, on the G.I. Bill, where he received his B.S. in Journalism (cum laude) and his M.A. in English (cum laude).  He was the first in his large family to receive a college education.

Hallahan’s interests remained deep and wide-ranging throughout his entire life.  He was passionate about learning and taught himself French and Italian, traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe, and played the banjo.  He wrote until the week he died, and the last item he wrote was a memoir about his mother.

He was also a lifelong athlete.  When he was 13 years old, he was diagnosed with rheumatic fever and was told he would never run again.  He instead began playing handball, and then during his advertising years took up running.  He ran almost every day until he was 85 years old, and continued weightlifting until the week before he died.  He credited his longevity to his fitness, holistic eating and his positive attitude.

In later years, one of his greatest joys was having a quiet happy hour with his partner Diane Pregartner on their back patio.

Hallahan is survived by his daughter Janet V. Hallahan (Richard A. Montegna), his granddaughter Katherine A. Montegna, his brother Michael Hallahan, and his partner Diane Pregartner.  He was predeceased by his wife of over 50 years, Marion E. Wakefield Hallahan; his brothers Harry W. Hallahan, Townsend R. Hallahan, Gregory D. Hallahan, Dion P. Hallahan, and his sister Elizabeth Hallahan Sellers.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday August 29, 2018 at 10:30 am at Grace Episcopal Church, 19 Kings Highway E, Haddonfield, NJ 08033.  The funeral service will immediately follow at 11 am in the church.  Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made either by check to The William H. Hallahan Fund, c/o The Authors Guild Foundation, 31 East 32nd Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10016 (please note on the check the name of the fund), or by credit card online at www.authorsguild.org/donate (please click on the button that indicates you are making a tribute gift and add William H. Hallahan’s name to the donation form).