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Life Story: Luigi Mendola, 94; Professional Tailor

Life Story: Luigi Mendola, 94; Professional Tailor

Luigi Mendola passed away June 12 at his home in Somerset at the age of 94. Mr. Mendola was born in Naro, Sicily, Italy and came to the United States with his wife, Antoinette in 1965. He lived in New Brunswick before moving to Somerset 46 years ago. He was a parishioner of St. Mary […]



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Life Story: Helen S. Verhage, 88; Housing Authority Commissioner

Life Story: Helen S. Verhage, 88; Housing Authority Commissioner

Helen S. Verhage died peacefully in her home on June 11. She was 88. Born in New York City on Dec. 14, 1928, she devoted her life to her family, her work and her community, including 20 years working for N.J. Bell and over 40 years of service with the N.J. Department of Labor. As […]



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Life Story: Martha Belnavis, 83; Active In Community, Ethicon Shop Steward

Life Story: Martha Belnavis, 83; Active In Community, Ethicon Shop Steward

Martha Belnavis, a loving mother, sister, aunt and friend, died May 27 at the Parker At McCarrick Nursing Care Residence in Somerset. She was born June 10, 1933 in New Brunswick. She was the fourth child of the late Essie and Tanner M. Wright, Sr. Martha completed her formal education at New Brunswick High School, […]



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Life Story: Dennis Harris, 73; Former FHS Football Coach, Pop Warner Board Member

Life Story: Dennis Harris, 73; Former FHS Football Coach, Pop Warner Board Member

Mr. Dennis T. Harris departed this life on May 27 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick following a short illness. He was 73 years old. Mr. Harris was born and raised in Danville, Virginia where he attended Danville public schools, subsequently graduating from John M. Langston High School. He relocated to New […]



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Life Story: Susan Lakat, 92; Former Township Resident

Life Story: Susan Lakat, 92; Former Township Resident

Susan Lakat passed away May 29 at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington. She was 92 years old. Mrs. Lakat was born in Pitrova, Saris County, Slovakia and came to the United States through Ellis Island when she was two years old. She lived in Binghamton NY, Jersey City, Somerset, New Brunswick and North Brunswick. She […]



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Life Story: Frank Gerace, 95; Founding Parishioner Of St. Matthias Church

Life Story: Frank Gerace, 95; Founding Parishioner Of St. Matthias Church

Mr. Frank Gerace passed May 24 at his home in Somerset, from the complications of a stroke. He was 95 years old. Mr. Gerace was born in Buffalo, N.Y. and lived there until he moved to Somerset in 1965. As a young man in the Italian section of Buffalo, he whiled away many days reading […]



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Life Story: Charles Thomas, 84; Carpenter, F&A Mason

Life Story: Charles Thomas, 84; Carpenter, F&A Mason

Charles Thomas passed away May 23 at Somerset Woods in Somerset. He was 84 years old. Mr. Thomas was born in Suffolk, Virginia and had resided in Somerset for over 60 years. He retired from Local 156 in New Brunswick as a Carpenter. He was a member of the First Baptist church of Lincoln Gardens […]



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Life Story: Corrine ‘Chiara’ Sosnowski, 73; Taught At Pine Grove Manor Elementary School

Life Story: Corrine ‘Chiara’ Sosnowski, 73; Taught At Pine Grove Manor Elementary School

Corrine “Chiara” Sosnowski, 73, died May 23 at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in Rahway. Born June 8, 1943 in Long Branch, Mrs. Sosnowski was the daughter of the late Anthony and Josephine (Canella) D’Apolito. Corrine lived in Monroe Township, and prior to that was a longtime resident of Somerset. Corrine earned a BA in Education […]



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Life Story: Nancy Jane Harsell, 83; Former Executive Secretary For Schools Superintendent

Life Story: Nancy Jane Harsell, 83; Former Executive Secretary For Schools Superintendent

Nancy Jane Harsell, 83, went home to God on May 19 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. She was a devoted mother, sister, grandmother, and friend. Mrs. Harsell was born January 4, 1934 in Elizabeth, the daughter of Richard and Martha (Cavanaugh) Schmeling. She was a resident of Somerset for 53 years. […]



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Life Story: John K. Duffy, 79; Helped Create Colonial Park Dog Park

Life Story: John K. Duffy, 79; Helped Create Colonial Park Dog Park

Mr. John K. Duffy passed away suddenly May 18 at the age of 79. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he graduated from St. John’s University prior to serving in the United States Army. Mr. Duffy resided in Somerset for many years before moving to Somerville and then New Brunswick in 2003. […]



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