Obituaries

Don Cooper Taylor

Age 85 of Cherry Hill, NJ

Went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 3, 2020. He is survived by daughter Cynthia L. Dickey (Michael D.) of Audubon, grandchildren Shaun M. Dickey of Tampa, FL, Lance P. Dickey (Sara) of Clementon and Amanda Taylor Young (Brett) of Barrington, great-grandchildren Dylan, Ethan, Adelyn, Shelby and Brock Taylor, sisters Ann Hagy (Newt) of Stratford and Sandra Crumley (Jack) of Myrtle Beach, SC. Welcoming him into Heaven were his bride Martha, and great-grandbaby Troy.

Don will be remembered as a self-made man, a good husband, father, neighbor, employer and a generous friend. Born to Harry and Elizabeth Taylor in Camden, NJ, he enlisted in the US Navy after high school and served as a 2nd Class Petty Officer during the Korean War. While stationed in Florida, he met the love of his life on July 4, 1955. They were married a year later and joined the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield where they taught Sunday School. For 20 years, Don worked at Retail Credit/Equifax in Haddonfield, NJ, eventually becoming the claims manager. He was also past president of the South Jersey Claims Association. In 1979, he and Marti started their own business, Don C. Taylor Associates LLC, still in operation today. He also volunteered as a Trustee of the Haddontowne Swim Club, supported his wife’s many Girl Scout activities, was a 32nd Degree Mason as member of the Haddonfield Blue Lodge and Scottish Rite, a Shriner, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Burial at Locustwood Cem. is private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Don’s memory to Shriners Hospitals for Children at www.lovetotherescue.org

Thurman Oliver McDaniel

Age 89 of Haddon Township, NJ

On June 29, 2020; Age 89 of Haddon Township, NJ.  Thurman was the only child of Thurman Osborne McDaniel (Cale, AR) and Gertie Westmoreland (Texarkana, TX-Cale AR area). Born in Texarkana, AR, Thurman had a normal childhood; he delivered newspapers, worked as a soda jerk, and at the local movie theater.  At age 12, after the death of his parents, Thurman went to live with and was raised by, his Aunt Bessie, her husband Raymond Coyle, and their son Robert, in Texarkana, TX. Thurman attended Texarkana High School and Arkansas High School, graduating from Arkansas High School in 1948.  He was a 1950 graduate from Texarkana Jr. College. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Management from Baylor University, in 1955 while proudly serving in the Air Force in Waco, Texas from 1952-1955 as a radar and flying instructor.

He began his working career with Bamberger’s in Newark, NJ and then became a sales representative for Dixon Corporation, selling nylon fittings used in agricultural, food and medical applications. He moved on to work for other agencies and manufacturers eventually forming his own company, The McDaniel Company, retiring in his early seventies.

Thurman married Jane Horakh in 1958 in East Orange, NJ and moved to Haddon Township in 1962 where they raised their two children.  The family became members of the First Baptist Church in Haddonfield in 1963.

Thurman married Carol F. Chew in 1977 and was very active in the Baptist Church.  He taught Sunday School, served on the Boards of many organizations including Christian Education, Finance, Deacons and Property.  Thurman also participated in the YMCA Indian Guides program with his son.

Thurman was Dad to Linda Klein and (the late) Jeffrey T.; Pop-Pop to Granddaughters Kristen Tryon and Mandy Beerhalter, and to Great-Grandsons Owen, Isaac and Eli Oliver Tryon.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Thurman may be made to either The First Baptist Church of Haddonfield, 124 E. Kings Hwy., Haddonfield, NJ 08033, or Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Dr., Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08053(www.SamaritanNJ.org).

A Celebration of Life for Thurman will be held at a later date. Interment private.  Please refer to www.kainmurphy.com for updates on Thurman’s Services.

Richard "Dick" J. Sexton, Jr.

Age 91 of Brandywine in Moorestown ~ Formerly of Haddonfield

On June 19, 2020, age 91, of Brandywine in Moorestown, formerly a long-time Haddonfield resident; Son of Richard Sexton and Mary Amy Sorensen Sexton; Husband of the late Helen (nee Miller) – they met in Key West and were married for 58 years; Beloved father of Nancy Sexton Lauer (Jonathan) of Woodinville WA & Richard J. Sexton (Kathleen) of Moorestown NJ; Loving grandfather of Sarah Sexton Miers (James), Andrew & Matthew; Caroline, Christine and Evan Lauer; Dear brother of Edmond “Bud” Sexton, Marie Cardile & Elizabeth “Betty” Walker (Fred); uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Dick grew up in Collingswood NJ, graduated from Camden Catholic H.S., served in the Army, and then went to LaSalle College on the GI Bill, graduating in 1957. He then went into education, teaching math at Pyne Point Middle School in Camden, and then as a guidance counselor at Hatch Middle School in Camden for almost 30 years. He was a strong believer in public schools, and he loved working with the students at Hatch.

Dick also loved all sports, most of all the Phillies, LaSalle basketball and Notre Dame football. It was love-hate with the Phils, he survived the 1964 collapse and “Black Friday” in 1977, and then 1980 made it all worthwhile. Even now, he is likely amused that the 2020 Phils are still undefeated and tied for first. But most of all, Dick loved his kids’ sports, he rarely missed a game or swim meet.

Dick also loved family vacations, driving his family to Florida in his ’62 Ford Falcon. He also loved the beach in Atlantic City, and later on with the Lauers in Fire Island. He loved getting his family up at 6 a.m. to ride bikes on the boardwalk in A.C.

Dick was actively involved in Haddonfield, volunteering with Town watch, Interfaith Caregivers and Little League as a coach and umpire. He also enjoyed his days with the 65 Club.

Dick also loved his Wawa ham hoagies (extra oil, extra onions), along with Schmidt’s beer back in the day, then Genesee Cream Ale, and later in life, a glass or two of Merlot.

Dick was an avid follower of politics. He would not want his passing to count toward anyone’s “badge of honor”.

Dick was a great and loyal son, brother, father, and grandfather. He will be missed.

There will be a Memorial Mass for Dick at Christ the King RC Church at a future date. Meanwhile, memorial donations may be made to Haddonfield Interfaith Caregivers.

Please check www.KainMurphy.com for information updates.

 

June A. Wells

Age 93, Longtime Cherry Hill resident

(nee Eckland) On June 22, 2020; longtime Cherry Hill resident; beloved wife for 66 years of the late Robert J.; loving mother of Blake (Marion) Wells of Yardley, PA and cherished grandmother of Emma. She was predeceased by her infant daughter, Carol.

June served on the Altar and Rosary Society at Holy Eucharist Church and was a member of the Super Seniors in Cherry Hill.

June’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, June 26th at 10:00 AM at Holy Eucharist Parish, 344 Kresson Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.  Interment, private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of June may be made to Holy Eucharist Church at the above address.

JANET MAE CONRAD ROUSH

MARCH 12, 1932 — JUNE 15, 2020

Janet Mae Conrad Roush brought joy to those around her for 88 plus years. This elegant woman touched many lives in a truly graceful, caring manner. Even in her last few weeks of life she told strangers and family alike how beautiful they were or that she loved them. During her final days, her daughter Terri and her family were granted visitation in person. Janet’s three grandchildren made incredible treks during COVID-19 to be with her. She then passed peacefully in the presence of her daughter Kimberly via Skype on June 15, 2020.

Janet Mae Conrad, was born in Rochester, PA on March 12, 1932. She was the youngest of Loretta Fern McKinnon Conrad and Clarence John Conrad’s three children. Janet was Rochester High School’s May Queen, graduating in 1950. She attended Edinboro State Teachers College, graduating in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. As a freshman at Edinboro

Janet Conrad was chosen Queen of the Sweetheart Ball. Upon graduation, she taught at Five Points School in Hopewell Township.

Janet Conrad married US Navy Ensign Harold “Bud” Elmer Roush on November 26, 1954. They had two daughters, Kimberly Dawn, b. 1956, and Terri Lynn, b. 1959.

They moved from Lancaster, PA to Santa Clara, CA in the early 1960’s. In Santa Clara Janet C. Roush was selected from over 300 applicants for a very coveted teaching position. She turned down this position to devote her time to raising their two daughters. The Roush family moved to Cherry Hill, NJ in 1966.

Janet loved to spend her time with family, friends and our collies. She enjoyed painting, visiting art museums, golfing and bible study.  Janet was a devout Christian. She also played a wicked game     of cards.

She was a great sport about camping and boating with Bud and the girls. No matter where she lived, she developed lifelong friendships. Janet always dressed beautifully and created a lovely home in Cherry Hill which she maintained, even after Bud’s devastating early death in 1992, until 2016.

As the severity of Janet’s vascular dementia due to congestive heart failure increased, Terri and Steve Waller graciously cared for her in their home in Broomes Island, MD until 2019. Since the summer of 2019 she lived in assisted living then nursing care where she continued to delight people with her lovely and gentle spirit.

Her grandchildren called her “Blue Grandma” because she frequently wore blue.

She is survived by Kimberly Dawn Roush & spouse Scott D. Lewis, Terri Lynn Roush Waller & spouse Stephen Waller, Grandson Lieutenant Commander Brian Waller (USCG) & spouse Angela Waller, Grandson Richard Waller & spouse Sabina Waller, Granddaughter Kristin Waller & fiancé

Thomas Staskowski. She is also survived by sister-in-law Carolyn V. Conrad, niece Loretta Rooney & spouse Tim Rooney, niece Cindy Brigham & spouse Ronn Brigham, grand-niece Jaymie  Brigham  & fiancé Jared Linscombe, niece Judy Nail & spouse Bill Nail. She was preceded in death by her brother Clarence Conrad Jr, a WW II bomber pilot, and sister Dawna C. Radtke.

Janet was preceded in death by her husband Harold Elmer Roush (b. Oct 10, 1931/d. Jan 7,1992). Janet’s body will be buried next to Bud’s in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Due to COVID-19 we are not conducting a memorial and will not be gathering at the grave site.

In lieu of a gathering to celebrate the life and beautiful spirit of Janet Roush, we ask instead that every day you carry forward Janet’s gift of telling someone they are beautiful or you love them.

Donations in memory of Janet C. Roush can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, Medford, NJ.

Barbara J. DeStephano

Age 67 of Runnemede, NJ

(nee Ostasiewski) On June 1, 2020; Age 67; of Runnemede, NJ;  Loving mother of Sherry (Jeff) Perkins of Magnolia, NJ, Nicole DeStephano (Adam Flores) of Wall, NJ and the late Thomas B. Hooper IV;  Cherished grandmother of Christopher, Kaylie, Sara, Dylan, Aiden, Rylie, Amanda, Ryan,  Megan; great-grandmother to Joey; Dear sister in Christ to Dawn Taylor.

Barbara was active in her church, Calvary Chapel of South Jersey, for many years. She volunteered for various Christian ministries. She was a Civil War reenactor and loved to knit and crochet. What meant most to her was spending time with her family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Barbara may be made to Seeds of Hope Ministries/SHAN 1700 S. Broadway, Camden, NJ  08104.  https://www.seedsofhopeministries.org/she-has-a-name/

Due to current restrictions, a Memorial Service for Barbara will be held at a later date.  Please refer to www.kainmurphy.com for updated information.

Judith J. Scott

Age 84 ~ 60 year resident of Haddonfield

(nee Parsell)  On May 29, 2020, age 84, wife of the late Phillips B. Scott; Beloved mother of Michael R. Scott, David A. (Daneen) Scott both of Haddonfield, Linda S. (H. Clifford, M.D.) Lane of Cabin John, MD and Amy S. (Paul) Billman of Berwyn, PA; Proud grandma of 7 loving, smart & talented grandchildren: Natalie, Benjamin & Jennifer Scott, Elizabeth & Katie Billman and Emily & Claire Lane & 4 granddogs; Also survived by her dear sister Barbara J. Parsell of Orangeville, PA & her dear brother George (Laura Jane) Parsell of Galeton, PA.

Judy graduated as a Registered Nurse from the Harrisburg Polyclinic Hospital Nursing School.  For 25 years she was on staff at the Bancroft School in Haddonfield, including serving as the School’s nurse. Judy also was an active parent volunteer for the Haddonfield Public Schools system when her 4 children were students.  She was a dedicated Penn State football fan and an honorary member of the Penn State Alumni Association.  She enjoyed summer vacations with the family in Avalon and holiday gatherings filled with song and laughter.  Her smile was uplifting, her wisdom comforting and her kind and gentle spirit inspired us all.

Family and friends are invited to a graveside service for Judy on Saturday, August 8th, 11 AM at the Haddonfield Baptist Cemetery, 402 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ.  In case of rain, the Service will be moved to Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ.  Masks & Social distancing are required at either location and the number of attendees will be restricted to 50 if moved indoors.  Attendees are encouraged to park on Kings Highway, rather than on the cemetery grounds.

Memorial donations may be made in honor of Judy to The Penn State THON (to benefit pediatric cancer treatment & research) at www.THON.org or THON-227D Hetzel Union Blding., University Park, PA 16802 or to the American Heart Assoc., Box 417005 Boston, MA 02241-7005 (www.Heart.org)

Joan H. Russell

Age 85 of Marlton; Formerly of Haddonfield

(nee Hodgkins)  On May 16, 2020, age 85 of Marlton, formerly of Haddonfield; Retired longtime Cherry Hill teacher (Hinchman & Johnson Schools).  Beloved mother of Deborah (Richard) Marr of Sewell & Elizabeth (Scott) Hartkopf of Cherry Hill; Loving grandmother of Scott, Lauren, Kevin & Sarah Shannon and Kyle, Danielle & Keith Marr and dear great grandmother of Olivia & Everly.

Due to Covid restrictions, Ms. Russell’s Memorial Service was held privately.  Memorial contributions in honor of Ms. Russell may be made to Animal Welfare Assoc., Development office, 509 Centennial Blvd, Voorhees Township, NJ 08043 (www.awanj.org) because she was an animal lover and adored her cats.

Robert J. Morgan

Age 81 of Marlton, NJ

On May 12, 2020; Age 81; of Marlton, NJ (formerly of Haddonfield); Beloved husband of Sheila (nee Brady); Devoted father of Deborah Fricke (Todd) of Scranton, PA, Robert J. Morgan, Jr. (Jayne) of Haddonfield and Michael (Christina) Morgan of West Lake Village, CA; Loving grandfather of Colin, Richard, Sean, Patrick, Thomas & Kathleen Fricke, Ava & Oliva Morgan, and Tanya O’Donohue.

Born in Scranton, PA, Robert attended Scranton Preparatory High School and then University of Scranton, where he graduated in 1961 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He started his career at RCA in Camden, NJ ultimately joining their operations in Moorestown, NJ where he continued his career as they became GE, Martin Marietta, and ultimately Lockheed Martin. He retired in 2000, but returned as a contractor for another 15 years.

In his early career with RCA, Robert was instrumental in forming a Data Management organization supporting a major U.S. Navy defense program.  He managed the Data Management organization as the Data Manager until his retirement. To many, he was simply known as R. J. Morgan because this is how he signed the letters that accompanied documentation.

Outside of work, Robert was an avid bowler participating in multiple company bowling leagues for over 30 years. Upon his retirement, he also took up golf and enjoyed playing whenever he was able. When younger, he always had time to participate in his children’s sport activities, including coaching their teams. Later in life, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Robert may be made to either The Special Olympics (https://www.specialolympics.org/get-involved/donate) or to The Ronald McDonald House Charities (https://www.philarmh.org/donate/).

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a Memorial Mass for Robert will be scheduled at a later date.  Please check this website for updated information.

Carolyn Key Hazen

Age 92, long-time resident of Haddonfield, NJ

On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, 2020 at age 92, Carolyn passed peacefully at her home in Haddonfield, NJ surrounded by her family.

She was the beloved wife for 69 years of the late Herbert Wallace Hazen; loving mother of Amy Vasko (Jack) of Richmond, VA and Andrea Hazen of London, England; much-loved only child of the late Llewellyn Dale Key and Grace Key (nee Barstow); and much-cherished granddaughter of the late Clark Middleswarth Barstow, MD and Ella Louisa Barstow (nee Folwell).

Born and raised in Bryan, OH, in her early years, Carolyn enjoyed spending time with her father at his garage and dealership, where she developed a passion for cars and Paris, where her father had been stationed during World War I. Carolyn and her parents travelled to Florida every winter for several months to support her father’s failing health, and car rides both long and short became a source of joy for Carolyn. In later years, riding around Haddonfield in springtime to see the flowering trees and shrubs and in December to see the Christmas lights were special delights.

At a young age, Carolyn lost her beloved father to ill health. Her mother Grace was a pivotal figure to Carolyn throughout her lifetime, as were her maternal grandparents, aunt, and uncles. In later years, Carolyn greatly enjoyed researching her Key family ancestors and in 1997 authored and published the book: The Key Family, Philip Key of Colonial Maryland and His Descendants.

Carolyn received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Bowling Green State University in 1950. She was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority and in later years served as a Trustee of the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation.

As a teenager, Carolyn met her future husband Herb at Hamilton Lake, IN, where they discovered a shared love of boating and spending time on the water. They married in 1950, settled in Haddonfield in 1962, and later built a home at Green Lake, ME. Carolyn adored her late mother-in-law, Laura Lavah Hazen (nee Hedrick) of Marceline, MO with whom she enjoyed countless hours of playing cards over the years.

Carolyn and Herb were married for more than a dozen years before their first daughter was born. During that time, they travelled extensively for Herb’s work, including a 14-month assignment in Spain. They enjoyed many other wonderful experiences over the course of his career, including entertaining clients at Churchill Downs the day Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby.

Carolyn delighted in homemaking, caring for her husband and daughters, planning for and entertaining family and friends. Carolyn and Herb were gracious hosts and friends often commented that ‘the Hazens know how to throw a party’. For more than 60 years, they sent family and friends to their favourite restaurant on the Left Bank of the Seine in Paris.

Carolyn was actively involved in her daughters’ early education and activities, and volunteered her time to serve in various capacities at her daughters’ primary and secondary schools: Haddonfield United Methodist Nursery School, Haddonfield Friends School, Moorestown Friends School, Haddonfield Middle School, Haddonfield Memorial High School. She was a more than 50-year member of the Haddonfield United Methodist Church.

Carolyn was an accomplished pianist and used her gift of playing by ear to entertain her family and friends. After settling in Haddonfield, Carolyn and Herb became long-time supporters of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She was a dedicated fundraiser and long-standing member of the New Jersey Committee for the Philadelphia Orchestra and served as its Chair as well as President of the Volunteer Committees for The Philadelphia Orchestra, in the latter role representing the Volunteer Committees to the Boards of both the Orchestra and the Academy of Music. She also served on the Executive Board of the Association of Major Symphony Orchestra Volunteers.

Carolyn is greatly missed and will long be remembered as a devoted wife, a loving mother, a gracious hostess, and a dedicated volunteer.

Services will be held privately at Fountain Grove Cemetery in Bryan, OH. Memorial contributions in honour of Carolyn may be made to Alpha Delta Pi Foundation, Bowling Green State University School of Education, Haddonfield United Methodist Church, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Wesley United Methodist Church in Bryan, OH, or a charity of your choice.