Obituaries

Albert (Al) Otto Laurer

Age 89 of Woodbury

On September 2, 2021, age 89, of Woodbury, NJ, formerly of West Deptford, NJ,  Portland, OR, and Almonesson, NJ; Beloved husband of the late Ellen Laurer (née Kennedy) for 63 years; Devoted father of Ted (Laurie) Laurer of Portland, OR, Albert D. Laurer of Portland, OR, Scott (Kim) Laurer of Vienna, VA, Heidi (Ron) Giordano of Moorestown, NJ, Heather (Jesse) Casares of West Deptford, NJ, Matthew (Alysia) Laurer of West Linn, OR, and Maria (Terry) Herr of Berwyn, PA; Cherished grandfather of Emma, Stephen, Julia, Ada, Tyson, Ethan, Elle, Ava, Matilda, Amelia, and Olivia.

Born in Kansas City, MO, Al was the adored only child of Otto Laurer and Emma Laurer (née Volz), who both emigrated from Sindelfingen, Germany in 1923. He moved to New Jersey as a young boy and graduated from Merchantville High School. He proudly served for four years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War Era. Al spent most of his career with the General Electric Company, working in its Aerospace Division. He enjoyed fishing, football, and yardwork, but was happiest while spending time with his family.

Services for Al will be held privately. Memorial donations may be made to the Fisher House Foundation  (https://fisherhouse.org/).

Janice R. Trucksess

Age 90 of Medford, formerly of Moorestown

(nee Rundle) on August 27, 2021, Age 90 of Medford, former longtime resident of Moorestown; wife of the late A. William Trucksess; Beloved mother of Tanice (Dudley) Fitzpatrick, Elizabeth (John) Trucksess, & Kristen Trucksess; Loving Grandmother of Aubrey, Drew, Tess, Ryan, Tyler, Weston, & Wyatt.

Janice attended Moorestown High School and received her Bachelor’s degree from Colby Sawyer College in New Hampshire. During college, a photographer from Life Magazine chose her to photograph for a story about college women. The experience launched her career as a Fashion Model which she pursued in Philadelphia represented by The Model’s Guild. Janice quickly rose to be a top model doing runway, advertising campaigns and fashion editorials. When she married her husband A. William Trucksess who owned Philadelphia Sign Company, the Philadelphia Inquirer featured a four-page photo story entitled “When a Model Marries”.

After having three girls, Janice chose to give up her modeling career and put her expansive energy into raising her daughters as a stay-at-home Mom. She made brownies for Girl Scouts, costumes for Halloween and attended every PTA meeting with joy. Janice and her husband Bill enjoyed playing golf at one of the three clubs they belonged to Tavistock Country Club, The Moorestown Field Club and Laurel Creek, sailing at the Corinthian Yacht Club of Cape May, playing bridge and going to their beach house in Cape May, New Jersey as well as taking their three daughters on traveling adventures around the world. However, the most joy Janice had was with helping out and being with her expansive network of friends whether she was knitting hats for babies at Cooper Hospital or playing bridge with her friends at the Cape May Beach Club or later at Medford Leas Retirement Community. She was gracious, kind, giving and an excellent listener who impressed upon her daughters to be good and kind people because she believed beauty was only skin deep.

Services for Janice will be held privately.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Janice may be made to Trenton Children’s Chorus, Inc. P.O. Box 7220, Ewing, NJ 08628 or at www.trentonchildrenschorus.org

Janice I. Stewart

Age 85 of Mt. Laurel

(nee Cox) On Aug. 28, 2021, age 85 of Mt. Laurel, former longtime resident of Haddonfield; wife of the late Franklin J. Jr.; Beloved mother of Sherri Van Sciver of Mt. Laurel and the late Franklin J. III; Loving grandmother of Richard Jr.& Christopher Van Sciver; Cherished great grandmother of Richard III & Kaitlyn and Dear sister of George R. Cox of Haddonfield.

Janice graduated from Haddonfield Memorial HS.  She was a Bank Teller for over 25 years, retiring from Wachovia Bank in Haddonfield.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Haddonfield and Haddon Fire Co. No.1 Ladies Auxiliary.

Janice’s family will receive friends on Friday Evening, Sept. 3rd, 5-7 PM, at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ.  Interment & Services will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Janice may be made to the Animal Welfare Association, 509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ 08043 (www.awanj.org) or Samaritan Hospice, Samaritan Gift Processing Center, P. O. Box 71425, Philadelphia, PA 191761425 (www.SamaritanNJ.org)

 

Catherine “Cathy” Margaret Rutter

Age 71 of Carmel, IN; Former longtime Haddonfield resident

(nee McGee)  Loving wife,  Mother, granny, sister, aunt, and dear friend to many passed away peacefully on August 19, 2021.  She is survived by her beloved husband Edward T. Rutter; loving children: Eric (Becky) of Cherry Hill, NJ and  Crista Hassett (Josh) of  Carmel, IN, her adored grandchildren: Tommy, Matty & Kayla Rutter and Emily Hassett and her brother Bill McGee (Joan) of Northfield, NJ.

Cathy attended Philadelphia Catholic School until 4th Grade and then moved to Atlantic City, NJ and eventually graduated from Holy Spirit High School Class of 1967.  She attended Rutgers Univ. in Camden, NJ later in life and studied Art History.  She met her husband and love of her life, Ed, while working at the South Jersey Gas Company. Their first date was to the Atlantic City Boardwalk for Lunch at Taylor’s Pork Roll and a walk on the “Boards”.  Cathy had an amazing gift for hosting and entertaining that made all holidays, Sunday dinners, and family gatherings a special experience. Her artistic and creative talents not only came through when she hosted but also in her love of fine art, music, decorating, and jewelry making, among many other things. She had the amazing opportunity to travel extensively during her life with friends and family, and frequently enjoyed reminiscing about her trips and the fun times spent together. Cathy was an avid Skier and enjoyed skiing with her family and seeing them enjoy the slopes and their vacation home in the Pocono Mountains in PA. Her boisterous laugh brought a smile to many and was representative of how she lived life- with great joy and laughter and surrounded by the family and friends she treasured so dearly. She will be missed dearly but her creative spirit and infectious laughter will live on in those she loved and shared her great heart with during her short time on earth.

Cathy’s family will receive friends on Thursday Evening, Aug. 26th, 6-8 PM, at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ.  All are invited to her Memorial Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, Aug. 27th, 11 AM at Christ the King RC Church, 200 Windsor Ave., Haddonfield, NJ.  Interment, private.

Janice D. Twitchell

Age 95 of Cherry Hill, Formerly of Haddonfield

Mary Janice Divers Twitchell, 95, born in Havre de Grace, MD, and longtime resident of Haddonfield, NJ, died on August 7, 2021.

“Love and good fortune have smiled upon me, and I am grateful to have had such a fulfilling and fortunate life”. November 2017.

Jan Twitchell grew up on her family farm in Maryland and within calling distance of her cousins. Life on a dairy farm during the Depression and WWII helped her to develop a strong core, a resilient nature, and love of family.

Jan was never one to sit still (as evidenced in her rewriting the rules of croquet several times). After graduating from Western Maryland College, Jan taught middle school science and was a camp counselor at Lochearn Camp (Vt.) where she met Bob Twitchell. They were married for 65 years and resided in Haddonfield, NJ. While their 4 children were growing up, Jan actively served on a number of committees such as Questers, the Haddonfield Garden Club, Friends of the Library, Interfaith Caregivers, the Haddonfield Board of Education and Haddonfield Civic Association. When all the children were out of the house, Jan attended the Paralegal Institute of Philadelphia and then worked as a legal assistant to William Farr at Farr, Reifsteck, & Wolf. In recognition of her civic involvement, Jan received numerous awards including the Haddonfield Citizen of the Year Award in 2002, Interfaith Caregiver’s Joan H. Gault Service Award in 2003, and the 2004 Alfred E. Driscoll Award for Community Service. She and her husband Bob loved exploring and traveling with their all-time favorite destination being Squam Lake in New Hampshire where they loved to watch the sunset, pick blueberries, and sing to the loons.              ·

Jan is preceded in death by her husband Bob Twitchell and grandson Andy Twitchell. Jan is survived by her four children Becky Roller, Suzanne Hutter, Jamey Herdelin (Jeff), and Jim Twitchell (Patty).  She holds a special spot in the hearts of her grandchildren Elizabeth and Peter Roller, Louise Hutter, Nils, Kendall and Christian Herdelin, David and Tom Twitchell, and a great-granddaughter, Sophia Twitchell.

Final words of advice from Jan, circ 2017, “May today be the first day of a future you will enjoy and remember. The world needs the love and consideration you must have, to make it a safer and better place in which to live”.

A celebration of Jan Twitchell’s life may be announced at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in Jan Twitchell’s name to Interfaith Caregivers, P.O. Box 186, Haddonfield, NJ 08033, to the Squam Lakes Association, P.O. Box 204, Holderness, NH 03245, or to the Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice; the address is Samaritan Gift Processing Center, PO Box 71425, Philadelphia, PA 19176-1425.

Joan T. Clark

Age 91, of Cherry Hill, Former Longtime Haddonfield Resident

(nee Truscott) On July 20, 2021; Age 91; Former longtime Haddonfield Resident; Wife of the late Cameron Clark; Sister of the late Barry Truscott, Jr; Devoted Mother of Scott Cameron Clark (Celia Loneragan) of Sydney, Australia, Jeremy Lynn Truscott Clark (Peggy) of Cherry Hill, NJ and Barry Ewen Clark (Mary) of Tewksbury, MA and Loving Grandmother of Jesse, Kevin, Rebecca, Kelly Recca, David, Emma, Elinor, Olivia and Oliver.

Mrs. Clark attended the Katherine Gibbs School in Boston and graduated from Connecticut College, majoring in Spanish.  She lived for a time in Mexico and Columbia. She was an avid golfer and a longtime member of the Merchantville and Tavistock Country Clubs.  She adored animals and volunteered with local animal shelters.  She loved doing puzzles, reading novels, and watching old movies.

She was devoted to her family, who with many others will always remember her constant smile, good humor, and the kindness she had for everyone she came in contact with. She will be deeply missed.

Mrs. Clark’s family will have a greeting to receive friends at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave, Haddonfield, NJ 08033 on Friday, August 20th, 2021 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. Interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mrs. Clark may be made to Voorhees Animal Orphanage, 419 Cooper Road, Voorhees, NJ 08043. www.vaonj.org

John E. Hempstead

Age 83, Of Haddonfield, NJ

On August 3, 2021, age 83, of Haddonfield. Beloved husband of Irene (nee Christman), devoted father of Katherine Hempstead (Andrew Haughwout) of Princeton, Michael Hempstead (Maria Succi-Hempstead) of Northampton MA, and the late Thomas J. Hempstead (Ilizabeth Hempstead) of Maplewood. Loving grandfather of Madeline (Jared), John, Joseph, Emma, Philip, Augustus and Isaac. Great-grandfather of Maxwell. Brother of Katharina Bentson of Nokesville, VA.

John was a partner at Butcher & Singer in Philadelphia before establishing Hempstead & Co.  He earned his electrical engineering degree from R.P.I. and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.  John was a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Army (1962-1964).  He was a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA).

John and Irene were married for 60 years and lived in Cherry Hill and Haddonfield. John enjoyed jazz and was an avid reader of history and newspapers especially the WSJ.  John was a member of the Union League, Tavistock Country Club and the Lions Club and Sixty-Five Club of Haddonfield.

John’s family will greet friends on Saturday, August 7th, 2021 from 10:30-11:15 AM at Grace Episcopal Church of Haddonfield, 19 Kings Hwy E., Haddonfield, NJ. Funeral services will follow at 11:30 AM. (Grace Church requires that masks must be worn inside the Church) In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of John may be made to Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley, 401 N. Third St., Suite 305, Phila., PA 19123.

E. Glanda Roesberg

Longtime Cherry Hill resident

(nee Graham)  Glenda passed on July 30, 2021.  She was predeceased by her loving husband of 32 years, Clarence (Rencie) Roesberg.  She is survived by her 2 devoted sons, James (Cristina) of Brigantine, NJ and William (Chris) of Cherry Hill, NJ; 4 wonderful grandchildren, Austin, Brittany, William and John; 3 step-grandchildren, Anthony, Gia and Rick and 1 cherished great-grandchild, Cooper. She was predeceased by her loving companion of 19 years Thomas Marts and a sister Betty Pedlow.

Glenda was born and raised in Fairview section of Camden.  Graduated from Camden HS, Class of 1951.  She stayed home to raise her sons and later worked as a hostess at the former Greenbriar Restaurant in Cherry Hill for 13 years.  She has been a member for over 50 years and Past Worthy Matron ‘1967’ of Fairview Chapter #219 Order of the Eastern Star.  She loved to travel and was able to tour several countries in Europe plus Ireland and visited many islands including Bermuda & Maui.  She was happiest on a NJ beach – close to the water or on the ocean fishing with her family close by.  She was a huge fan of both the Phillies and the Eagles.

As Glenda wished, there will be Graveside Services conducted on Saturday, August 7th at 11 AM by the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield at Lakeview Memorial Park, 1300 RT-130N, Cinnaminson, NJ 08077.  In lieu of flowers, Glenda requested donations in her name to the Animal Welfare Assoc., 509 Centennial Blvd, Voorhees, NJ 08043 (www.awanj.org)

EDWIN H. ROUH, JR

Age 72 of Cherry Hill, NJ

Edwin Hammell Rouh, Jr. departed this life on July 18th, 2021 at home in Cherry Hill with his family at his side after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Ed was born at Cooper Hospital and grew up in Haddonfield NJ.   He was a 2011 Inductee into the Haddonfield Memorial High School Athletic Hall of Fame for his outstanding performance in baseball and wrestling.  Ed also played baseball at Colgate University where he was offered a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds, but elected to pursue law school instead.   He was a 1977 graduate of University of Virginia School of Law.

Ed spent his entire professional career in Philadelphia, retiring from Glenmede Trust in 2013.   He was an avid golfer and member of Tavistock Country Club and Haddonfield 65 Club.   He was a great reader of history, and no road trip was complete without a visit to a local historical site or museum.   Ed enjoyed travel with his wife including several golf trips to Ireland and to their vacation home in Vermont.  He was a member of the Haddonfield Y’s Men service organization.

Ed leaves to cherish his memory his wife Christy, brother Kenny (Kate) of Jacksonville FL, mother-in-law Marilyn Paul of Whiting, NJ, sister-in-law Jennifer Schmidt (John) of Forked River, NJ, father-in-law David Hack (Linda) of Port St. Lucie, FL, five nieces and two nephews, and a host of cousins and friends around the country.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 21st, 2021, from 6 to 8 PM at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ; where Ed’s Reminiscence Service will be held Thursday, July 22nd at 11 AM.  The service will be streamed via Zoom; please email the funeral home at KainMurphy@comcast.net for the access code.

Ed’s wife would like to thank his healthcare team at Penn Medicine – Goldie Kurtz MD, Thomas Karacic MD, Carlos Madamba MD, Donald O’Rourke MD, David Wilson MD, Martin Igor, ANP, Elizabeth Heisler PA-C for developing a treatment plan that allowed Ed to have a quality of life over the last 14 months.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ed may be made to Samaritan Hospice, Samaritan Gift Processing Center, P. O. Box 71425, Philadelphia, PA 19176-1425, (www.SamaritanNJ.org), or South Jersey Food Bank, 1501 John Tipton Blvd, Pennsauken Township, NJ 08110 (https://foodbanksj.org/)

Joyce Pierce Kern

Age 86 of Haddonfield, NJ

On July 14, 2021; Age 86; of Haddonfield, formerly of Atlantic City, NJ (ACHS 1953) passed away peacefully in her sleep. She was the Loving wife of The Late James; Devoted mother of Karen A. Kern (Albert V. Pescatore) of Haddonfield, James P. Kern (Laurie) of El Cajon, CA and Lisa J. Lanciano (Nicholas) of Gibbsboro; Cherished grandmother of Allison Pescatore Tenny (Christopher); Great-grandmother of Eloise K. Tenny and dear cousin of Michele Crean Tedesco (Frank) of Haddonfield.

Joyce was a longtime Haddonfield resident and member of Christ the King Church.  She worked as Dir. Of Administration at John Maneely Co., Collingswood, NJ for 20 yrs.   For the past six years, Joyce was a resident of Brandywine Senior Living in Haddonfield where she enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and engaging with the other residents. Joyce was an avid reader and enjoyed the beach, gardening, cooking and working on crossword puzzles.  She loved Sanibel Island, FL and for over 15 years, spent two months out of the year there shelling and taking in the nature and fauna.  She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Joyce’s family will greet friends on Wednesday, July 21st, 2021, 10-10:45 AM at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ; where her Funeral Service will follow at 11 AM.  Interment at Colestown Cemetery will be private.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joyce may be made to the Haddonfield Foundation, PO Box 555, Haddonfield, NJ 08033 or via www.haddonfieldfoundation.org.