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Life Story: Arlene Smith; Tennis Player, Travel Agent

Life Story: Arlene Smith; Tennis Player, Travel Agent

Arlene Smith (nee Goldman) Somerset and Boyton Beach, Fl., passed away March 6 at Bethesda Hospital East in Boynton Beach with Bud, her husband of 60 years, by her side. Arlene was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 12, 1935 and attended Lincoln High School. She resided in Brooklyn until 1969 when she and […]

Life Story: Michael Marinaro, 69; Restaurateur, Animal Rescuer

Life Story: Michael Marinaro, 69; Restaurateur, Animal Rescuer

Michael Marinaro passed away suddenly on Feb. 11 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. He was 69 years old. Michael was born in Manhattan and lived in Hoboken and Bradley Gardens before moving to Somerset 35 years ago. He was a graduate of Bridgewater Raritan High school. Michael was co-owner of La […]

Life Story: Anna Piwtoratsky, 91; Native Of Ukraine

Life Story: Anna Piwtoratsky, 91; Native Of Ukraine

Anna Piwtoratsky, 91, passed away on Feb. 20 at her home in Somerset surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Piwtoratsky was born June 25, 1925 in Kiev, Ukraine to the late Octap and Vekla Kozlenko. In 1951, Anna immigrated to America and settled in New York City with her husband Wasil and five children; she […]

Life Story: Beatrice R. Spulick, 82; Longtime RWJUMC Switchboard Operator

Life Story: Beatrice R. Spulick, 82; Longtime RWJUMC Switchboard Operator

Mrs. Beatrice R. Spulick passed away Feb. 17 in Cranbury. She was 82 years old. Born in Cumberland Center, Maine to Ernest and Hazel Frye, Beatrice lived for a time in Piscataway before settling in Somerset in 1960. Mrs. Spulick worked as a switchboard operator at Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center in New Brunswick […]

Life Story: Aurelia Brandi Sterbenz, 93; Former Somerset Resident, Nursing Instructor

Life Story: Aurelia Brandi Sterbenz, 93; Former Somerset Resident, Nursing Instructor

Aurelia Sterbenz (nee Brandi) passed away Feb. 10 at St Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick. She was a resident of Parker at Stonegate in Highland Park. She was 93 years old. Mrs. Sterbenz was born in Middletown, N.Y. and moved to New York City after high school where she attended St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical […]

Life Story: Marvin Lee Blaustein, Former Franklin High School Principal

Life Story: Marvin Lee Blaustein, Former Franklin High School Principal

Marvin Lee Blaustein of South Plainfield, a former Franklin High School principal, quietly passed away on February 10, 2017 . Lee was raised in Brooklyn NY , the son of Michael and Jennie Blaustein. He attended the City College of NY an earned his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Science as well as attended NYU […]

Life Story: John Paul Bednar, 88; Army Vet, High School Teacher

Life Story: John Paul Bednar, 88; Army Vet, High School Teacher

John Paul Bednar, 88, passed away on January 31 at his home in Somerset with his wife at his side. John was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and moved to Somerset in 1966. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, […]

Life Story: Charlotte M. Wylie, 78; Was Snuffy’s Waitress

Life Story: Charlotte M. Wylie, 78; Was Snuffy’s Waitress

Mrs. Charlotte Wylie passed away on Jan. 26 at her home in Somerset. She was 78 years old. Mrs. Wylie was born in Perth Amboy and lived in North Brunswick before moving to Somerset in 2000. She was a graduate of Perth Amboy High School and attended Rutgers University. She worked as a waitress for many […]

Life Story: James Kahora, 74; MCC Golf, Basketball Coach

Life Story: James Kahora, 74; MCC Golf, Basketball Coach

Mr. James Kahora passed away on Jan. 25 at the Parker Home in Monroe. He was 74 years old. Mr. Kahora was born in Carteret, and lived in South Plainfield before moving to Somerset. He graduated from South Plainfield High School, where he excelled in athletics. He went on to Westchester University, where he played baseball […]

Life Story: William Shanahan, 83; Native Of Brooklyn

Life Story: William Shanahan, 83; Native Of Brooklyn

Mr. William G. Shanahan passed away Friday January 20th, 2017 surrounded by family at the Bridgeway Care Center in Hillsborough. He was 83 years old. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Edward P Shanahan Jr. and Sally (Burns) Shanahan, William graduated from Xavier High School in Manhattan, and from St. Peter’s University in Jersey City with […]