Obituaries

Joan Ann Foulk

Age 79 formerly of Pennsauken & Mt. Laurel

(nee Callahan) On Nov 11, 2018; Age 79; Formerly of Pennsauken and Mt. Laurel; Devoted mother of Joseph (Jackie) of Franklinville, John (Wendy) of Tabernacle, Julie (Philip) Smart of Haddonfield; Loving grandmother of Justin Foulk, Cortney (Ryan) O’Farrell, Stephanie (Robert) Jennings, Kayla (Daniel) Salazar, Thomas Foulk, Matthew Smart, Sarah Foulk, Meghan Smart and Emily Smart; Cherished great-grandmother of Gavin O’Farrell; Dear sister of Joseph (Judy) Callahan of Ocean City, NJ.

Joan Ann was a Camden Catholic class of ’58 graduate and spent much of her career (20+ yrs.) at Stone & Webster as an administrative assistant.  She was once a member of the Merchantville Woman’s Club as well as a longtime parishioner of St. Peter’s. She loved watching her grandchildren’s academic, artistic and athletic accomplishments and will always be their #1 fan.

Family will greet friends on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 from 9:30-10:45 AM at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ 08033; where a Memorial Service will follow at 11:00 AM.  Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Cherry Hill, NJ.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Joan Ann can  be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper c/o The Cooper Foundation, Sheridan Pavilion, 3 Cooper Plaza, Suite 500, Camden, NJ 08103 or online at foundation.cooperhealth.org/give-now.

Helen Lorene Laird

Age 92 - Haddonfield resident for 40 years

Wednesday, October 24, aged 92 years.  A Haddonfield resident for forty years, she was best known throughout the Philadelphia region as Dean of Temple University’s Boyer College of Music.  Her glorious soprano voice, however, had been heard previously in solo performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra, which was among many of the leading ensembles throughout the United States  and in Europe with which she sang during her career as soloist and in opera. She became known throughout the musical academic world also for her administrative acumen, which resulted in her election as the first female officer of the National Association of Schools of Music, the primary accrediting body for college music degree programs in the United States.

Born in Harrisburg, Illinois, July 7, 1926, her exceptional musical talent became apparent from a young age.  Singing opportunities came to her very early, and she matriculated at the University of Nebraska as a music major.  Following a move by her family to Wyoming, she embarked upon and completed a graduate degree at Columbia University in New York City.  After further vocal study and concert appearances in the United States, she went to Europe in 1953 and by 1954 had been engaged for leading roles at the Basel City Theater in Switzerland.  Appointments followed at Mainz and Kassel in Germany, and for 14 years she was a leading soprano, with performances of major roles in over forty operas, averaging over a hundred performances per season.  She found time to return to the United States for specific engagements.  She garnered significant awards, including the first ever Blanche Thebom Award,  the Laureate of International Competition in Geneva, and the Martha Baird Rockefeller Award for Vocal Performance.  Included among her title roles were Verdi’s Aida, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Tosca, and Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos and others.  Important also were several Wagnerian roles, including Eva in Die Meistersinger and Senta in The Flying Dutchman.  Favorites included  Mozart’s Countess in Figaro, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and Chrysothemis in Richard Strauss’s Elektra.  A review of her Madama Butterfly in Kassel said, “She created the timeless destiny of Madama Butterfly with her acting ability, with conquering naturalness, and with full use of her dramatic and moving vocal resources. “  Of her Ariadne, it was said in Frankfurt, “She unfolded a greatness of interpretation and bewitched the audience with her beautiful voice.”  Her repertoire ranged from baroque to contemporary, with a particular attention to American works, which she enjoyed sharing with European audiences.

Seeking to expand her teaching, she returned to the United States and accepted the post of professor and division chair of the opera and musical theater departments of the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where for a decade she taught and administered one of the country’s notable university vocal and opera programs until accepting the post as dean at Temple University.  While at Cincinnati she devised the first university program in musical theater in the United States.

Her 15 years at Temple resulted in major growth by the school. During her tenure the College of Music merged with the New School of Music in Philadelphia, greatly enhancing Temple’s orchestral and other instrumental programs, resulting in the establishment of the New School Institute of Temple University. Additionally, she attracted substantial financial support to the university, resulting in the naming of the music college for benefactress Esther Boyer. New undergraduate and graduate programs were added under her guidance, including several doctoral programs. At her retirement, she was hailed as an exceptional professor and administrator and as one who encouraged and followed the professional success of her students, among whom are major American figures in opera and musical theater. She was a member of SAI, the women’s fraternity of music.

Interment will be private.  Plans for a memorial service will be announced at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Helen Laird Voice/Opera Scholarship Fund at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music, Philadelphia, PA  19122.

Caryl Adele MacDiarmid Haynes

Age 94 of Moorestown, NJ

Age 94, of Lutheran Crossings in Moorestown, NJ, formerly of Cherry Hill, Cranbury, and Haddonfield, NJ, passed away peacefully on October 22, 2018 surrounded by her loving family and exceptional hospice caregivers.

Caryl was the daughter of the late Edmund Wallace and Laura Cruse MacDiarmid, and beloved wife (67 years) of the late Harold (Hank) Everett Haynes. She is survived by her daughters, Janet Haynes Lehman (Robert), Patricia Haynes Sislen (Charles), and Wendy Haynes Eastman (Kevin); her grandchildren, Matthew Lehman (Jocelyn), Caryline Lehman Barberich (Chris), Wendy Lehman (Michael Givnish), Everett Sislen, Mark Sislen, Laura Sislen, and Jake Eastman; and her great-grandchildren, Troy and Violet Lehman and Lucy and Ruby Barberich.  She was predeceased by her brother Edmund Wallace (Wally) MacDiarmid, Jr.

She grew up in Peoria, IL, and graduated from Peoria Central High School, where she was editor of the school newspaper. She attended Bradley University and was then chosen to attend Purdue University as an RCA Engineering Cadette. She met Hank at RCA in Indianapolis in 1944 and they married in 1945 and moved to New Jersey shortly thereafter.

Caryl and Hank were active members of First Presbyterian Church, Haddonfield for over 50 years, and Caryl remained active there well into her 90’s. While living in Cranbury, they were members of First Presbyterian Church there. She was a member of the Haddon Fortnightly, the Cherry Hill Garden Club, and PEO Chapter W.

The Haynes family will greet friends Saturday, Oct. 27th 12:30-1:45 PM at First Presbyterian Church, 20 Kings Highway E., Haddonfield, where a celebration of life will follow at 2:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church at the address above or Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice, 5 Eves Dr., # 300, Marlton, NJ 08053.

Dr. Kenneth P. Heist

Of Haddon Heights

Dr. Heist, an Orthopedic Surgeon, died on October 20, 2018. He is survived by his beloved wife Kathy, his sons Kenneth (Catherine), Jon (Rosemarie), Brent and Kirk (Tiana), his daughters Karen Heist and Kristine Pizollo (Gary), his sister Ruth Bligh Willis as well as his eight grandchildren. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.

Funeral Services will be held privately.

In Lieu of flowers, donations benefitting Wounded Warriors Family Support may be made through:  In Memory Of (www.inmemof.org) or to P.O. Box 5472, Charlottesville, VA   22905.

Nicholas Settanni

Age 82 ~ Longtime Haddonfield resident

On Oct. 18, 2018, Age 82, Beloved husband of Joan (nee Moffa); Loving father of Robert Settanni of Haddonfield, Lisa Guillet (Matthew) of Sayville, NY, Andrea Kearney (Jeffrey) of Solebury Township, PA and Paula Settanni of Haddonfield; Cherished grandfather of Luke Settanni, Noah Guillet and Sarah, Ryan & Evan Kearney, and Dear brother of Delia Fugaro (Anthony) of Media, PA.

Mr. Settanni graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelors in Architecture and from the University of Pennsylvania with a Masters of City Planning.  He was an Engineering Planner and Architect at the Delaware River Port Authority for over 32 years.  After retiring, he worked with the architecture firm of Lammey & Giorgio in Haddon Twp., NJ.  He was a member of the American Institute of Architects and American Institute of Certified Planners.   He also served on the Board of Directors for Cordamore Inc. and was a former President of the Haddonfield Civic Assoc.

Mr. Settanni had a kind heart and was always ready to help others, whether family, friend or stranger.  With his artistic talent and creative and thoughtful mind, he brought a great attention to detail, stellar craftsmanship and a sense of humor to all that he did.  Even with his vast knowledge, he loved to continue learning about new things and had the ability to speak on any topic.  As a true Aggie, he enjoyed trips to Texas to visit friends, reading, gardening, the seashore and spending time with his grandchildren. He served as a mentor to many and touched countless lives.  He will be greatly missed.

Mr. Settanni’s family will receive friends on Tuesday evening, Oct. 23rd, 6-8 PM at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ and all are invited to his Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday morning, Oct. 24th, 11 AM, at Christ the King RC Church 200 Windsor Ave., Haddonfield, NJ. Entombment, Calvary Mausoleum, Cherry Hill, NJ.    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Mr. Settanni may be made to:  Crescent Hill Academy, 7512 N. Kresson Blvd., Pennsauken, NJ  08110.

Joseph Gabriel McCaffrey

Age 77 - Resident of Haddonfield, NJ for 50 years

On October 18, 2018, at the age of 77, beloved husband for 52 years of Connie (nee Connelly); loving father of Christine Courtney (Kenneth) of Haddonfield, Gabrielle Shamsey (John) of Pennington, Carolyn Stalnaker (Philip) of Bordentown, and Joe McCaffrey (Sara Vahabi) of Haddonfield; cherished Granddad of Bridget, Henry, Sam, JT, Anna, Josie, Gregory, Joey, and Leo.  He is survived by his siblings Ed, Claire, Marie, and Tom, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Joe was born and raised in West Philadelphia, and was a 50 year resident of Haddonfield, NJ.  He enjoyed spending much time in Avalon, NJ.  Joe graduated from Penn State University in 1965 with a degree in Architecture.  He continued to practice, as a licensed architect, through to his last days.  He was originally associated with Robert D. Lynn Associates, a Philadelphia architecture firm specializing in hospital design, and then later associated with the Ewing Cole firm in Philadelphia as a senior hospital design architect.

Joe pursued many hobbies and interests.  He loved to fish, and he was a voracious reader of history and historic fiction.  Throughout his life, he enjoyed sketching and drawing (most notably exhibited in his annual hand-drawn Christmas cards of cathedrals).  He was an avid fan of Penn State football, rarely missing a game.  Beginning in childhood, Joe developed a life-long love of trains.  This hobby evolved into his construction of and extensive train platform that depicted the landscape of Pennsylvania.  He was proud of the YouTube video he created of his passion for his trains.  It can be viewed at:  “Joe’s South Jersey Line”.  Feel free to have a look.  Joe really enjoyed seeing how many “hits” his video received.

Joe’s family will receive friends on Tues, Oct. 23, 2018, 9:30-10:45 AM at Christ The King RC Church, 200 Windsor Ave., Haddonfield, NJ 08033, where his Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 AM.  Interment at Baptist Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joe may be made to: The Colorectal Cancer Alliance (www.ccalliance.org) or The Haddonfield Ambulance Association (www.haddonfieldambulance.org)

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).