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Life Story: Margaret Oreka, 92; Past President Of East Franklin VFC Women’s Auxiliary

Life Story: Margaret Oreka, 92; Past President Of East Franklin VFC Women’s Auxiliary

Margaret (Mazza) Oreka passed away on February 15, at her residence in Monroe. She was 92 years old. Marge was born in Anita, PA and lived there before moving to the New Brunswick area with her parents and family when she was fourteen. She later lived in Franklin Township where she and her husband, Anthony, […]

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Life Story: Michael E. Wilder, 63; Longtime Somerset Resident

Life Story: Michael E. Wilder, 63; Longtime Somerset Resident

Michael E. Wilder of Lakewood, formerly of Somerset, 63, died February 14 at Ocean Medical Center, Brick Township. Born in East Orange, Mr. Milder resided in Somerset for most of his life. He was predeceased by his parents, Philip and Elaine Milder and his brother John. Surviving are a brother, Philip C. Milder and a […]

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Life Story: Bruce Williams, 86, Former Councilman, Hall Of Fame Radio Host

Life Story: Bruce Williams, 86, Former Councilman, Hall Of Fame Radio Host

Bruce H. Williams, 86, of New Port Richey, Florida, a former Township Councilman and Mayor, died February 9 at his home after a brief illness. Born February 18, 1932, Williams grew up in East Orange and went on to become one of the country’s top radio talk show hosts. For more than 29 years the […]

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Life Story: Catherine ‘Martha’ Madama, 71; Longtime Administrative Secretary

Life Story: Catherine ‘Martha’ Madama, 71; Longtime Administrative Secretary

Catherine “Martha” Madama, 71, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 9th, 2019 at St. Peters University Hospital in New Brunswick. Ms. Madama was born in Manhattan, NY on September 26th, 1947 to the late William and Crise (Apostolakis) Gahagan. Martha has resided in Somerset for the past 14 years. Martha was an administrative secretary for […]

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Life Story: Julius Krall, 84; Owned Bakeries In Edison, Dayton

Life Story: Julius Krall, 84; Owned Bakeries In Edison, Dayton

Julius Krall, 84, passed away with his family by his side on February 9 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. Mr. Krall was born in Herend, Hungary on August 10th, 1934 to the late Michael and Elizabeth (Arki) Krall. Julius immigrated to the United States as a displaced person of war in […]

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Life Story: Dr. Larry Gross, 68; Had Township Practice More Than 30 Years

Life Story: Dr. Larry Gross, 68; Had Township Practice More Than 30 Years

Dr. Lawrence B. “Larry” Gross, 68, died January 27. Larry was born and raised in Watertown, New York and resided in Bridgewater for the past 41 years. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Pennsylvania and then continued his education at Upstate Medical Center where he received his Medical Degree. He […]

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Life Story: John Clyde, 63; Former Mayor, Committed Environmentalist

Life Story: John Clyde, 63; Former Mayor, Committed Environmentalist

John Clyde, 63, passed away on Jan. 24 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. John was born on Nov. 28, 1955, in Newnan, Ga., to the late John and Mary (Smith) Clyde. He was a lifelong resident of Somerset. John was a hearing officer for New Jersey State Parole Board in Trenton. He […]

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Life Story: Maureen Trucke, 71; School District Office Manager

Life Story: Maureen Trucke, 71; School District Office Manager

Maureen Trucke, 71, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on January 20 at St. Peter’s University Medical Center in New Brunswick. Maureen was born in Brooklyn and lived for a time in The Bronx. She also resided in Scotch Plains and graduated from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in Scotch Plains. She has resided in […]

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Life Story: Uzahne Colglazier Westneat, 96; Active With Township Schools

Life Story: Uzahne Colglazier Westneat, 96; Active With Township Schools

Uzahne Colglazier Westneat, 96, passed away January 10 at her home in Vienna, Virginia. Uzahne was born on March 17, 1922, in Bedford, Indiana, to George and Eva (Hall) Colglazier. She was the eldest of six children and was raised on the Stumphole Road family farm. Upon graduation from Mitchell High School, she received a […]

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Life Story: Salvatore F. Lopes, 74; Doo-Wop, Oldies Music Fan

Life Story: Salvatore F. Lopes, 74; Doo-Wop, Oldies Music Fan

Mr. Salvatore F. Lopes passed away peacefully on January 15. He was 74 years old. Mr. Lopes was born and raised by his mother Eleanor in Manhattan. He began his career at the NYSE where he met his wife Elizabeth. They married in 1969 and upon starting a family, moved to Fords. In the mid […]

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