Obituaries

Lisa Avenick Bakshas

Age 57 of Cherry Hill

On Jan. 1, 2019; Age 57; of Cherry Hill.  Devoted mother of Jacob (Cherry Hill, NJ) and the late Kristin Henrich; Loving grandmother of Brian Giacobbe and Shane and Braydon Wickman; Dear sister of Kenneth Halpen (Venice, FL).

Lisa’s family will greet friends on Tuesday, Jan 8th, 10-10:45 AM, at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield; where her Funeral Service  will follow at 11 AM.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lisa may be made to Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, MA  01923-1389 (www.scleroderma.org)

 

Charles E. Benson, Ph.D.

Age 81 ~ Longtime Haddonfield Resident

On Dec. 26, 2018, age 81, husband of the late Gail Elizabeth (nee Smith); Loving Father of Deborah Elizabeth Quigley (Thomas) of Marlton and Charles N. Benson (Karen Lee) of Chicago, IL; Treasured grandfather of Sean Quigley & Everett Benson; Dear brother of Jon Benson (Teddi) of NC and the late Dennis K Benson (of Worthington Ohio) and Beloved Uncle of numerous nieces and nephews.

Chuck was a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, as well as a former Chairman of New Bolton Center large animal hospital.  He was a member of the Haddonfield Lions Club, the Haddonfield Rising Sun Masonic Lodge #15, a former Chairman of Haddonfield Friends of the Library, a longtime member of HUMC and later HFBC.  Chuck was also very actively involved with Boy Scout Troop # 3064.

Chuck’s family will receive friends on Saturday, Dec. 29th, 10-10:45 AM, in the Sanctuary of the First Baptist Church, 124 E. Kings. Hwy., Haddonfield, NJ 08033; where his Service will follow at 11 AM.  Interment, New Carlisle, OH.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Chuck may be made to the Church at the above address where he was a longtime active member or to Boy Scout Troop #3064, in care of the Church at the above address.

Robert L. Flexon

Age 90 ~ Longtime Haddonfield Resident

On Dec. 22, 2018, age 90, husband of the late Mary A. (nee Feltman); Beloved father of  Joyce (Robert) Longo of Waterford Twp., NJ, Janet (Robert) Butler of Stratford, NJ, Robert (Elise) Flexon of Houston, TX, William (Paige) Flexon of Ashland, VA and Carol Herman (Vince Collotti) of Somerdale, NJ; Beloved grandfather of 18, treasured great-grandfather of 13 and dear brother of C. Richard “Dick” Flexon of Stratford, NJ.

Bob proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a U.S. Mail Carrier in Haddonfield for 42 years.  He was also active in his community as a volunteer member of the Haddonfield Fire Co. No. 1 for 50 years, coaching Little League for Haddonfield youth sports teams, and longtime member of the Haddonfield United Methodist Church.

Bob’s family will receive friends on Saturday, Dec. 29th, 9:30-10:45 AM, in the sanctuary of the Haddonfield United Methodist Church, 29 Warwick Rd., Haddonfield, NJ 08033, where his service will follow at 11 AM.  At the conclusion of the service, there will be military honors and as we procession to the cemetery, we will briefly stop in front of Haddon Fire Co. No. 1 for Honors.  Interment, Haddonfield United Methodist Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Bob may be made to the church’s Music Fund at the above address or to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 100 N. 20th St., Suite 405, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

John (Jack) Rutherford

Age 95 of Moorestown, NJ

On Dec. 22, 2018, age 95; Beloved husband of Jean (deceased), father of Susan (deceased) and Kevin (Doreen). Cherished grandfather of Kevin, Bill, Jennifer, Ryan, and 9 great-grandchildren.

Jack enjoyed spending his summers in Strathmere, NJ. He was a known animal lover, with a particular affection for horses, where he was involved in raising horses and equestrian competitions.

Jack served with the US Coast Guard as a radio operator in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and in the Pacific during World War II.

Following his service in the Coast Guard, Jack attended Drexel University Evening College, graduating with a degree in architecture. While attending school, Jack worked for architectural firms in Philadelphia. This work experience and his degree in architecture later led to joining the Diener Brick Company in 1953, where he became president and owner before retiring in 1983.

Services and interment are private at the request of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to: PennVet – Barbaro Fund for Excellence, Office of Advancement, Alumni Relations & Communications, University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, 3800 Spruce Street, Suite 172E, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6047 (https://giving.apps.upenn.edu/fund?fastStart=simpleForm&program=VT2&fund=630129) or to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation, P.O. Box 781352, Philadelphia, PA 19178-1352 (https://give.chop.edu/page/content/give)

Albert K. Amrhein, Sr.

Age 72 of Oaklyn

On Dec. 17, 2018; Age 72; longtime Oaklyn Resident.  Beloved husband of Denise (nee Calabrese) of Oaklyn; Devoted father of Al, Jr. (Sandy) of Audubon; Cherished grandfather of Laura Bayne and Sophia Meany; Dear step-father of Jennifer K. Walker-Bayne (Christopher Bayne) and Alan Walker (Megan Meany); Loving twin of Gretchen Alexander (Dr. Allen); Uncle of Krys Jens (Kevin), Marty Alexander (Tiffany) and Bubba Alexander; Great-Uncle of several nieces and nephews.

Albert served his country proudly during the Vietnam War and was a member of the Oaklyn VFW Post 4463.

Albert’s family will greet friends on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, 10 AM at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ 08033, where his Memorial Service will follow at 11 AM.  Interment Private.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Albert may be made to Vietnam Veterans of America, 8719 Colesville Rd, Suite 100, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Pls include Albert’s name on the memo line of the check. (https://vva.org/donate/).

William Sharpe Stavely

Stage name Willie Tapps

William Sharpe Stavely

Stage name Willie Tapps

On December 12, 2018, age 66, Longtime Collingswood resident; Beloved husband of Patrice (nee Rumley); Loving father of Leah Naomi Wall (Drew), April Patricia Grafals (Ken) & Elyse Fithian Stavely (Guillermo Griem); Devoted Poppy to Brian & Elena Grafals and Dear brother of Thomas B. Stavely, III (Patricia).

Bill was a true renaissance man.  He was a gifted cabinet maker, artist, musician, crafted guitars, participated in town musicals and under the stage name Willie Tapps loved participating in local “open mics.”  He was a faithful and involved member of the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield, where he served as an Elder.  But most importantly, Bill was a wonderful husband and father and greatly treasured his grandchildren.  He will be missed.

Bill’s family & friends are invited to his Memorial Service, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, 12 Noon, in the Sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church, 20 Kings Hwy. East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033; where his family will greet friends following the service.  Interment, private.  In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations in honor of Bill may be sent to his Church at the above address or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4550 Montgomery Ave., Suite 1100 N, Bethesda, MD 20814, a cause dear to Bill’s heart because of his nephew Will.

Karen Weaver

Age 77 former longtime Haddonfield resident

 On Dec. 7, 2018, Age 77, former longtime resident of Haddonfield.  Loving sister of Lynne (John) Hammette of Collingswood; Dear Aunt of Laurie Hammette of New York City.

After retiring from Exxon/Mobile Oil Corp. in 1995, Karen devoted many hours to volunteering for Interfaith Caregivers, The Haddonfield Home and The Mable Kay House.  She was named Haddonfield Citizen of the Year in 2005.  Karen was very active in the Haddon Fortnightly and the First Presbyterian Church, where she served as a deacon for 12 years.

Karen loved to travel the world and enjoyed spending time with her family every summer in Ocean City, NJ. She was a great aunt, always ready for a game or any spur of the moment outing. She was willing to help out whenever asked and will be remembered for her kind and giving nature.

A Memorial Service for Karen will be held on Sat., Jan. 5th at 11 AM at First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield, 20 Kings Hwy E., Haddonfield, NJ.  Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Karen may be made to either Interfaith Caregivers, P.O. Box 186, Haddonfield, NJ 08033 (http://ifchaddons.org/donate/) or The Philadelphia Zoo, Development Office, 3400 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Grace Gallagher

Age 71 of Haddonfield, NJ

(nee Weigang) of Haddonfield, New Jersey passed away on December 10, 2018 at the age of 71. She was the loving mother of Donald (Kelly) of Chicago, IL; Cherished grandmother of Haileigh and Landon; Beloved sister of Timothy (Mary) Weigang, Richard (Joan) Weigang and Michele (Lawrence) Pangburn; Loved Aunt to all of her nieces and nephews; Dear cousin of Louie, Julie, Robert, Paul and John; and loyal friend to so many.

Grace’s family will receive friends on Sat. Dec. 15, 2018 from 10-10:45 AM at Christ the King RC Church, 200 Windsor Ave., Haddonfield, NJ 08033, where her Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 AM.  Interment Private.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Grace’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1626 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19103.

 

Peter Donnelly

Age 85~ of Naples, FL & Cherry Hill, NJ

On Nov. 30, 2018, age 85, of Naples, FL & Cherry Hill, NJ; formerly of White Plains. NY.  Beloved husband of Grace “Gay” Donnelly (nee Gluck); Loving father of Eileen (Andrew) Connolly, Peter (Ellen) Donnelly and Katherine (Timothy) Neggie; Cherished grandfather of Kristen Connolly, Katelin McHugh, Matthew Connolly, James (Fatima) Connolly, Kerri (Brian) Sadak, Lacey (Anthony) Langiu, Peter John Donnelly, Timothy Neggie          and Brian Neggie; Treasured great-grandfather of 9: Aidan, Addison, Kali, Kane, Keira, Jameson, Rylie, Raelyn & Jaxson; Dear brother of Margaret Handy, Catherine Emerson and the late John & Owen Donnelly.

Peter proudly served in the US Navy and had been a Radio Broadcaster for UPI & Down Jones for many years

A Celebration of Peter’s Life will take place in Westchester County, NY once a date has been established.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Peter may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 (www.cancer.org)

Theodore W. “Ted” Raiczyk

Age 97 of Haddonfield

HADDONFIELD – On Nov. 29, 2018; Age 97; of Haddonfield, NJ passed away peacefully in the hospice at Jefferson Stratford Hospital.  He was the beloved husband of the late Edna A. Raiczyk (nee Andrews) for 67 years, and the devoted, caring father of Dr. Glenn B. Raiczyk, Ph.D., Esq. of Haddonfield, NJ and Dr. Gary A. Raiczyk, VMD (Patti) of Fairview, TX, as well as the loving grandfather of Paige A. Raiczyk of New York, NY and Hanna E. Raiczyk of Denton, TX.  Predeceased by brothers Joseph, Stanley, Richard and Raymond.  Survived by brother Edwin of Washington Twp., NJ, step-sister Diane Smugeresky (nee Stasiak) of Pleasanton, CA and sister-in-law Evelyn Andrews (nee Cloud) of Audubon, NJ.  Ted is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Ted attended Camden High School before transferring to Camden County Vocational School, graduating in 1941.  While in vocational school, he was captain of the varsity basketball and volleyball teams.  He was also on the swimming, football, track, soccer and softball teams.  After high school, he proudly served in the US Navy during WW II, staying stateside in Washington, DC and Norfolk VA as well as working on the Manhattan Project as a machinist’s mate.  He also attended George Washington University in Washington, DC while serving in the Navy.  For his service, Ted received the American Theater Ribbon and Victory Medal.

Ted became a lifelong resident of Haddonfield, NJ in 1952.  He was very involved in the Haddonfield Little and Senior League programs in the 1960’s and early 1970’s, coaching and managing multiple teams, as well as participating in Indian Guide with both sons for many years.

Ted was an employee of RCA Corporation for over 40 years, retiring in 1983.  He stayed active in the Gold Card Retirement Club with other RCA employees though the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Ted was a devoted member of the Episcopal Church in Haddonfield for over 35 years, where he served on the Property Committee and as an usher during Sunday services.  He also enjoyed participating in many church activities.

Relatives, friends and Ted’s many acquaintances through his long life are invited to attend a viewing of this caring, friendly and kind-hearted man on Wednesday, Dec. 5th, 10:30-11:30 AM at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ.  Funeral Services will follow at 12:00 Noon at Grace Episcopal Church, 19 Kings Hwy East, Haddonfield, NJ.  Interment at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Chews Landing, NJ. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Ted’s memory to Grace Episcopal Church at the address above.  Memories and condolences may be shared at www.KainMurphy.com.