Dorothy Emma Ragen

Dorothy Emma Ragen, age 81 of West Deptford, died Saturday, December 16, 2017, in Underwood Hospital after a long and valiant battle with cancer.

Born in Woodstown, she was the daughter of the late Joseph F. & Emma (Gerlack) Ragen. Dorothy was a graduate of Woodstown High School, and she received her LPN Nursing degree from Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia. She was a scrub nurse in Underwood Hospital, retiring in 1996 after 35 years of service. She was loved by all the surgeons who she assisted in the operating room. When not working, she enjoyed visiting the casinos. Dorothy was a great friend and a wonderful person who is loved and missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her very close friends, who were her family in every way: Madaline Grasso and her children, Michele, Carl, Yolanda, and Michael, and their children, Amy, Richard, Christoper, and Jason; and the Garrity sisters, Peachy, Karen, and Debbie, and their families. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister & brother-in-law, Winifred & Charles Gill; and Michele Grasso’s son, Edmund Kwiatkowski.

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, December 21st in the H.T. Layton Funeral Home, 102 S. Main St., Woodstown, where friends are invited to visit from 10 AM until the time of service. Burial will be private. Please visit www.htlayton.com to leave a note of condolence to the family. Arrangements are by the H.T. Layton Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

Irwin J. “Frank” Denning

Irwin J. “Frank” Denning, age 71 of Pittsgrove, died Wednesday, December 13, 2017, in his home with his family by his side.

Born in Erie, PA, he was the son of Florence (Bouton) Denning and the late Irwin J. Denning. Frank was a US Air Force veteran serving during the Vietnam War, and he worked in maintenance for Inspira Hospital in Woodbury. He was a private man who enjoyed camping with his motorhome, and he loved his wife, daughter and grandchildren.

In addition to his mother, Frank is survived by his wife of 35 years, Mary L. (Nickerson); his daughter & son-in-law, Melinda & Andrew Haney; his grandchildren, Ranae and Junior; his brothers, Rodney and Paul, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his father, he was predeceased by his granddaughter, Morgan Shannon; his brothers, Bill and Terry; and his sister, Paula.

A memorial gathering will be held from 1 to 5 PM on Saturday, December 30th at the Franklinville VFW, 2179 Delsea Dr. (Rt. 47), Franklinville, NJ 08322. Burial will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by the H.T. Layton Funeral Home & Cremation Service. Please visit www.htlayton.com to leave a note of condolence to Frank’s family.

 

Walter Donald Pidgeon

Walter Donald Pidgeon, age 84 of Carneys Point, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 in Christiana Hospital.

Born in Swedesboro on May 28, 1933, he was the son of the late Isaac & Eleanor (Dawson) Pidgeon. Walter was a 1951 graduate of Penns Grove High School, and he was a self-employed farmer, working on his family farm in Carneys Point. Later, he worked at DuPont Chambers Works, retiring in 1985. He was a member of St. Paul’s and Emmanuel United Methodist Churches in Penns Grove, and he enjoyed hunting, gardening, watching professional wrestling, and spending time with his family in Ocean City. He loved his family dearly, including his little puppies, Wee One and Missy.

Walter is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joanne C. (Houser) Pidgeon; his children, Karen Campbell (Bruce), Susan Birchmire (David), Nancy Poplos (Ken), and Linda Gaudet; his grandchildren, Bruce Campbell, Jr., Rochelle Campbell, David Birchmire, Jr., Laura Drummond, Steven Gaudet, Whitney Gaudet, and Nick Poplos; his great-grandchildren, Cole and Leah Campbell, and Zoey and Abby Drummond. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Gladys Pastell; his brother, William Pidgeon; his grandson, Ken Poplos, II, US Marine Corps PFC; his great-granddaughter, Makena Birchmire; and his grandson-in-law, Rusty Drummond.

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, December 16th in the H.T. Layton Funeral Home, 102 S. Main St., Woodstown, where friends are invited to visit from 10 AM until the time of service. Burial will follow the service in Eglington Cemetery in Clarksboro. Please visit www.htlayton.com to leave a note of condolence to the family. Arrangements are by the H.T. Layton Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

 

 

Florence Mary Licciardello

Florence Mary Licciardello, age 79 of Pilesgrove, died Friday, December 8, 2017 in her daughter’s home, while surrounded by her family.

Born in Bridgeton, she was the daughter of the late Elmer E. & Thelma C. (Stephenson) Dalbow. Florence was a graduate of Paulsboro High School, and she owned and operated a successful residential maid service. Family was most important to her. She was always helping other people and looking after children in addition to her own. She was a very generous, strong, and independent woman who modeled courage and resilience.

Florence is survived by her son, Benny (Sandy); daughter, Josie (Mark) Hudson; son, Dominic (Mary); son, Elmer; son, Mark (Lois); daughter, Thelma (Pat) Dwyer; son, Andrew (Tara); 29 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, and her sister, Barbara Paz. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Benito J. Licciardello in 1972; her sisters, Jean Sullivan, Shirley Stiles, and Patricia Dalbow; and her brother, Robert Dalbow.

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, December 13th in the H.T. Layton Funeral Home, 102 S. Main St., Woodstown, where friends are invited to visit from 10 AM to 11 AM. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, 248 East Chestnut Hill Rd., Suite 4, Newark, DE, 19713, in memory of Florence Licciardello. Please visit www.htlayton.com to leave a note of condolence to her family. Arrangements are by the H.T. Layton Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

 

 

LeRoy Griffith, Jr.

LeRoy Griffith, Jr., age 88 of Woodstown, died Thursday, December 7, 2017 in Salem Hospital.

Born in Michigan, he was the son of the late Roy & Alice (Haines) Griffith. LeRoy was a 1949 graduate of Woodstown High School, where he lettered in four sports. He married Ann Crawford and is survived by his son & daughter-in-law, LeRoy Michael & Terra Griffith. He owned and operated Star Market in Woodstown and later worked as a real estate agent. An avid horseracing person, he raised, trained, and raced standard bred horses. It was his lifelong passion. He will be sadly missed by friends and family.

A graveside service will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, December 11th in Lawnside Cemetery, Rt. 45 & Rt. 40, Pilesgrove. Please visit www.htlayton.com to leave a note of condolence to his family. Arrangements are by the H.T. Layton Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

 

 

Emily Elizabeth Guth

Emily Elizabeth (Rathbone) Guth, age 97, of Carney’s Point, NJ died on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Memorial Hospital of Salem County. She was the wife of Allen B. Guth who died in 2002 and with whom she shared 63 years of marriage.

Born in North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Rufus Wayne Rathbone and Mary Lou Ada (Green) Rathbone. Emily moved to NJ with her family at age 2 and resided there for the remainder of her life. She was a graduate of Woodstown High School and spent many years as manager of food services at Mannington Township School. In her younger years she was very active in 4-H leadership and taught many classes on food preparation and preservation for the Salem County Extension Service. Emily was also a long time member of the Mannington Township Fire Company Auxiliary, and she had been very active in the Senior Circle at Salem Hospital.

Emily enjoyed sharing her cooking skills and, with Allen, was known for her exceptional vegetable and flower gardens. She was also an excellent seamstress, amateur artist and crafts person.

In addition to her parents and loving husband, Emily was predeceased by her brother Mick Rathbone, sisters Barbara Wright and Reva Guth and devoted companion of 8 years, William Peterson.

She is survived by her daughters, Carolyn Baner (John) of Pennsville, NJ, and Dorothy Hadley (Joseph) of Elkton MD, four grandchildren, Hal Baner (Colleen), Susan Hadley, Michael Hadley (Cheri), and Joanna Hadley-Evans (Brian) and five great grandchildren. Sister, Grace Cassaday of Carney’s Point, brother Lloyd (Don) Rathbone of Elmer, sister-in-law, Helen Rathbone of Woodstown, and brother-in-law Edwin Wright of Bridgeton also survive Emily.

You are invited to visit with Emily’s family and friends from 10 to 11 AM on Monday, December 11th at the H. T. Layton Funeral Home, 102 South Main St, Woodstown, NJ. A service will follow at 11 AM Interment will be in the Salem County Veteran’s Cemetery in Pilesgrove, NJ. Contributions in Emily’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, 1 Union St., Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691, or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Please visit www.htlayton.com to leave a note of condolence to the family. Arrangements are by the H.T. Layton Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

 

 

Jane G. Tansey

Jane G. Tansey, age 80 of Newark, died Tuesday, December 5, 2017 in Heartland Hospice.

Born in Woodstown, NJ, daughter of the late Milton & Lillian Gaunt. She was a 1955 graduate of Woodstown High School, and she worked as an office coordinator for ADT Security for 25 years. Jane’s beautiful smile will be missed by all who loved her.

Survived by her son, Michael Tansey; her daughter, Debbie (Danny) Petrucci; grandchildren, Aubrie, Allison, and Liam; and sisters, Midge (Charlie) Diorio and Edie (Buddy) Carney.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Saturday, December 9th in the Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit Church, 51 Broad St., Woodstown, NJ, 08098. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity. Jane’s family gives a special thank you to the staff of Heartland Hospice.

 

Raymond G. Sajtlava

Raymond G. Sajtlava, age 85 of Pole Tavern, died Tuesday, December 5, 2017 in Elmer Hospital.

Born in Hoboken, NJ, he was the son of the late Joseph & Theresa (Manetti) Sajtlava. He lived in Union City before relocating to Salem County in 1976 due to his work. Raymond was a supervisor for Crane Valve of Woodbury, overseeing the manufacture of safety valves used on nuclear naval ships. He loved to hunt and fish; he enjoyed life outdoors with his family. He enjoyed both saltwater and freshwater fishing, and he was a talented archer. He also raised and bred German short-haired pointer hunting dogs, and in his later years, he collected new and antique fishing rods and reels. He also was involved in the renovation of the historic, old mill water wheel at Daretown Lake. He was a good husband, father, and friend, strict but fair, and his family succeeded because of his sacrifices.

Raymond is survived by his wife, Mary Grace (nee Dondero); his daughter, Raeann Sajtlava and her former husband, Ted Hults; his sons, Mark & his wife, Angela Sajtlava; and Tom Sajtlava, and his companion, Tracy Funk and her son, Andy; and his grandchildren, Amanda, Cliff, Mark Jr., and Julia. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Joseph.

Services for Raymond will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1851 Old Cuthbert Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ, 08034. Please visit www.htlayton.com to leave a note of condolence to the family. Arrangements are by the H.T. Layton Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

 

Anna E. Seayrs

Anna E. Seayrs, age 97 of Woodstown, died Tuesday, November 28, 2017 in Friends Village.

Anna was born on September 5, 1920, in Harrisburg, PA, to Edward and Laura (Reed) Shearer. She was a 1939 graduate of Glassboro High School, and worked at Anchor Hocking in Salem, where she met her husband, John. She later worked for the Woodstown 5 & 10 store for several years, and finally retired from A.D. Snelbaker Home after several years of service there. She also worked at home on the family farm alongside her husband and son, and she attended both Pittsgrove Presbyterian Church and Asbury United Methodist Church. She was active with the Disciple Pantry at Asbury, and she loved her cats. She enjoyed her trips out west to Nevada to visit her daughter.

Anna is survived by her daughter & son-in-law, Deborah & Kevin Dietz of Henderson, NV; her son & daughter-in-law, Paul & Kim Seayrs of Pilesgrove; her grandchildren, Colin Johnson of NV, Ginger Peterson of NV, Amelia Seayrs of Pilesgrove, and Heather Johnson of Woodstown; her great-grandsons, Drew, Nicholi, and Raymond Paul; her sister, Jane McGill of Woodstown; her niece, Laura (and Dennis) Newton of Woodstown; her great-nephews, Larry, Edward, and Patrick and their families; and her step-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, John Seayrs, in 1988 and her stepdaughter, Shirley Seayrs Bush.

Graveside services will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, December 5th in Lawnside Cemetery, Rt. 40 & Rt. 45, Pilesgrove, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Disciple Pantry at Asbury United Methodist Church: make checks payable to Asbury U.M. Church, make note that the donation goes to the Disciple Pantry, and mail to 149 S. Main St., Woodstown, NJ 08098; or contribute to Maddie Friends, Inc., 330 Pecks Corner Rd., Salem, NJ, 08079, or to an animal shelter of the donor’s choice.

Please visit www.htlayton.com to leave a note of condolence to the family. Arrangements are by the H.T. Layton Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

 

Alice Mae Shivers

Watch Journey of Remembrance Video TributeAlice Mae (Goforth) Shivers, born on December 18, 1927, from Woodstown, NJ, passed away peacefully on Monday morning, November 27, 2017, at the age of 89.

She is predeceased by her husband John Charles in 1993, and sister-in-law Alice Myers in 2014. Surviving are her four sons: Jim (Cookie), Bob (Lori), John (Debbie), and Brian (fiancé Madeleine), and five grandchildren: Jimmy, Stephanie (Mike) Cicalese, CJ, Timothy, Jennifer (Zack) Funk, and her brother Albert Goforth (Jean). She was also loved by many nieces and nephews.

Alice graduated from Woodstown High School in 1945. She worked for Cowtown for over 60 years as secretary and bookkeeper. She also worked at Harold S. Hill and Son Auction. Her claim to fame was bringing the Skillet Throwing Contest to the Salem County Fair. She enjoyed watching the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles and playing cards and dominoes with her loved ones and friends.

She traveled the United States and made it to 49 states. It was her pleasure to make jelly for family and friends for many, many years.

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, December 2nd at H.T. Layton Funeral Home, 102 S. Main St. Woodstown, where friends are invited to visit from 9 AM until the time of service. Burial will follow the funeral service at Lawnside Cemetery in Pilesgrove. Please visit www.htlayton.com to leave a note of condolence to the family. Arrangements are by the H.T. Layton Funeral Home & Cremation Service.