Elwood “Larry” Rossell

Watch Journey of Remembrance Video TributeElwood “Larry” Rossell, Pilesgrove NJ passed away peacefully at Friends Village, Woodstown on June 17, 2017 at age 83.

Born in Mt. Holly, NJ to Percy and Marcia (Amison) Rossell and raised on a farm in Moorestown, NJ. Larry was always a farmer at heart and was known for bringing baskets of fruits and vegetables to friends and family.

After graduation from Moorestown High School he served 2 years in the U.S. Army before attending Delaware Valley College (now University) in Doylestown, PA where he graduated in 1961 with a degree in Horticulture. Larry pursued a long career in agricultural research, primarily with Campbell Soup Co. and Rutgers Agricultural Research.

He was a member of the Train Collectors’ Association (TCA) for more than 50 years. Larry had a toy train layout everywhere he lived and enjoyed working on the layout and running trains with his buddies.

A blind date arranged by friends, a boat ride on the Rancocas Creek, led to a 54-year marriage to Anne (Harney) Rossell, who survives him. He is also survived by daughter, Vicki E. Rossell, sister-in-law Cathy (Jerry) Serwalt, brother-in-law, Richard (Terri) Harney, nephews and cousins.

Friends may greet the family at H.T. Layton Funeral Home, 102 S. Main St. Woodstown 08098, Thursday June 22 from 6-8 pm. A memorial service will be held at First Moravian Church, 228 E. Washington St. Riverside, NJ 08075, Sunday June 25 at 4 pm. The burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Moravian Church or Delaware Valley University, 700 E Butler Ave. Doylestown PA 18901. 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.

 

 

 

 

Dorothy Peele Kramme

kramme 2Dorothy Peele Kramme died peacefully at age 93 on June 6, 2017, surrounded by family, after a second stroke. Her deep caring for her family and her community made her a beloved figure to many. She leaves behind a legacy built on integrity, loyalty, generosity and grace.

As a longtime board member of Friends School at Mullica Hill and Friends Village at Woodstown, she helped guide major expansions and innovations. A fellow board member described Dorothy as follows, “(She) was the best example of a strong Quaker I know. She ran the board with strength, in a Quakerly way.” A lifelong member of Woodstown Friends Monthly Meeting, Dorothy served as a teacher, head of the First Day School, Clerk of the Meeting. She is said by some to be the guiding light of the Meeting.

While raising a young family she honed her leadership skills as an officer of the Monroeville Home and School Assn. Once the family was grown, she established the first physical education program for the Friends School at Mullica Hill and taught PE for three years on a part time basis, even though the school had no gym. The current gymnasium bears her name.

Dorothy was born on S. Main St. in Woodstown to Henry W. and Elsie Conrow Peele.

She graduated from Woodstown High School then attended Guilford College in North Carolina for two years before graduating from the University of Pennsylvania. She taught General Science and Biology at WHS before her marriage to Paul E Kramme, Jr. in 1945. Paul and Dorothy raised four children and shared a fun-loving and devoted life together until Paul’s death in 2007.

Paul and Dorothy enjoyed travel, sports, and big band music, usually in the company of old and new friends. Both were athletes, with Dorothy excelling at field hockey (all-North Carolina center forward), golf, and tennis. After Paul’s death, she moved from the family home in Monroeville into a cottage at Friends Village and enjoyed numerous travels with friends. Dorothy and her road trip buddy Alice Waddington drove thousands of miles throughout the U.S. and Canada, following their noses for unanticipated adventures.

Dorothy was predeceased by her husband Paul Jr., her brother Hank Peele, sons Steve (Diane), and Alan (Cindy). She is survived by her daughter Susan K. Seyl (Maryann McCormick), and her son Paul III (Karen), grandchildren Tabitha Boccelli (Tony), George (Eileen), Emily McPheron (Shawn), Christopher (Ivy), Peter, Ashley Davis (Russell), and Josh (Kerry).

Great-grandchildren are Danielle Norcross (Aaron), Joey Schmidt (Briana), Andrew Schmidt, Sarah Schmidt, James Boccelli, Taylor Boccelli, Hunter McPheron, Hadley McPheron, Charlotte and Madeline Davis, Russell Davis Jr., Alanah Kramme, and great-great grandchild Liliana Schmidt.

There will be a private funeral. A memorial service will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, June 17th in the Woodstown Friends Meetinghouse, 104 North Main St., Woodstown.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Friends School Mullica Hill, 15 High St., Mullica Hill, NJ, 08062, or Woodstown Monthly Meeting of Friends P.O. Box 13, Woodstown, NJ 08098. Cards may be sent to Paul Kramme, 506 Waterway Road, Oxford, PA 19363. 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.

 

 

 

 

Kathleen E. “Kathy” Mortimer

Watch Journey of Remembrance Video TributeKathleen E. Mortimer, age 73 of Pilesgrove, died Wednesday, May 31, 2017 in Salem Hospital.

Born in Swedesboro, Kathy was the daughter of the late J. Thomas & Sarah E. (Quirk) Crawford. She along with her future husband, Jeff, both graduated from Woodstown High School in 1961. They were high school sweethearts who married on September 16, 1961. She loved RV traveling with her husband, seeing every state in the continental US, and enjoyed the beauty of Montana most of all. She spent her winters in Florida, and enjoyed going to the casinos. She was an avid bowler and was an excellent field hockey player, playing semi-pro after high school.

Kathy is survived by her husband of 55 years, Jeffrey W. Mortimer, Sr.; her daughter & son-in-law, Nancy J. & J. Patrick Faline; her daughter-in-law, Cheryl L. (Duffield) Mortimer; and her grandchildren, Zachary T. Mortimer & Hope K. Kloczko, Melissa L. Mortimer, Megan E. Faline, and Evan P. Faline. Kathy was predeceased by her son, Jeffrey W. Mortimer, Jr., in March of 2017.

She is also survived by her brothers and sisters, William T Crawford, Patricia A DuPuoy, Eileen M Schrier, F. Joan Loper, Michael J Crawford and their respective families.

A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, June 6th in the 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 be in Lawnside Cemetery following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jeffrey W. Mortimer, Jr. Scholarship Fund, which can be mailed to Woodstown High School, 140 East Ave., Woodstown, NJ 08098, c/o Nan Hathaway, or 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 Kathy’s family. Arrangements are by the H.T. Layton Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

Roy G. Flannigan, Jr.

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Light a CandleRoy G. Flannigan, Jr., age 72 of Cherry Hill, formerly of Alloway, died Saturday, May 20, 2017 in his home with his family by his side. Born in Salem, he was the son of the late Roy Sr. & Grace Ayars Flannigan. Roy was a 1963 graduate of Woodstown High School, where he ran track and beat ’em “every time”. He earned his B.A. at Rutgers University, where he played varsity soccer. A US Army veteran, Roy worked most of his career as a voice system engineer at Core States Bank.

 

Roy enjoyed spending time with friends and family. He traveled across the US, and made several trips abroad. He coached soccer, took his family on camping and biking vacations, and was always seen working on his cars, his house, or helping a friend. Roy loved listening to bluegrass and attending music festivals and concerts. He was a member of an antique cars club and he enjoyed driving his 1926 Chevy in parades and participating in car shows. Roy also spent time doing volunteer work for various charities.

 

Roy is survived by his daughter, Karin F. Pinkstone (Raymond); his son, Kevin P. Flannigan; his sisters, Jean Johnston (Jim) and Bonnie Powell (Bill); his grandchildren, Grace and Valerie; and his dear friend, Marilyn Sharp.

A memorial service will be held at 1 PM on Wednesday, May 31st in the H.T. Layton Funeral Home, 102 S. Main St., Woodstown, where friends are invited to visit from 11 AM until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266, or visit www.pancan.org

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.

 

Leslie E. Workman

Leslie “Les” E. Workman, 61, of Pilesgrove, NJ, passed away on Saturday, May 13, 2017, peacefully in his home.

Les was born September 21, 1955 to the late, Louis F. and Esther (Hiles) Workman. He is survived by daughter Madison Workman, son & best friend Chad Workman, daughter-in-law Chelsea (Beal) Workman and brother Edward Workman.

Les was a simple man that enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting with his son and buddies. He enjoyed cooking and being around his friends and loved ones. Self-employed in his welding business, he served many people in our community over the years and always truly enjoyed what he did.

A “celebration of life” will be held at Creekside Restaurant located at Town & Country Golf Course on Thursday, May 18th from 11am to 2pm (short prayer service to be held at 12:30pm). We ask you join us in celebrating and remembering Les, with friends, family, food & drinks.

In lieu of flowers, we would appreciate donations to: Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ. www.conservewildlifenj.org to donate online or checks can be sent to PO Box 420 Mailcode 501-03E, Trenton, NJ 08625

 

Elmer “Doc” Wood

Elmer C. “Doc” Wood, age 55 of Pedricktown, died Thursday, May 11, 2017 in Elmer Hospital.

Born in Bridgeton, son of the late Eleazor S. & Mary Jane (Garrison) Wood, Doc lived in Pedricktown most of his life. He was a graduate of Penns Grove High School and Salem County Vo-Tech. He was an auto mechanic, in the past working for Bobbitt Boys of Sharptown for over 15 years and more recently for Foster’s in Pilesgrove for over 10 years. He enjoyed his work and being around cars and trucks. He was a well known figure in the community and enjoyed talking to the many people he would encounter throughout his day.

Doc is survived by his brother, James F. Wood and his brother’s companion, Bobette Rice. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Louis E. Wood.

A graveside service will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, May 17th in the Salem Baptist Cemetery, Yorke St., Salem. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Doc’s name to the Salem County Humane Society, PO Box 214, Carneys Point, NJ, 08069. 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.

 

 

William R. Piel

William “Pop” Piel, age 91 of Pilesgrove, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Born in Center Square, he was the son of the late Joseph & Katherine (Mortz) Piel. Mr. Piel was a 1944 graduate of Swedesboro High School, and he was a US Navy veteran of WWII, serving on a PT boat in the Asiatic Pacific Ocean. He worked as an instrument mechanic at DuPont in Carneys Point, NJ and the Experimental Station in Wilmington, DE for over 36 years, retiring in 1984.

Mr. Piel was the youngest of 9 siblings and grew up on their family farm in Center Square. He had many hobbies including collecting vintage radios and toys and loved his antique cars. He was quite a TV, radio, and bicycle repairman, and was well known as the “Bike Man” in our local counties. He also enjoyed searching yard sales and Cowtown for his favorite collectibles. He was well loved by all including his caregivers, who helped him to enjoy a quality of life over the past few years.

Mr. Piel is survived by his daughter Denise (Alfred) Nicolosi of West Deptford, NJ; his son Spencer (Susan) Piel of Marble Falls, TX; his son-in-law Myrle (Dolores) Patrick of Alloway Township, NJ; his 8 grandchildren; and his 15 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife Lois (nee Snyder), his daughter Michelle Patrick, and his siblings Mary, Harry, Betty, Joseph, John, Fred, George & Robert.

Family and friends are invited to visit on Monday, May 15th from 6:00-8:00pm and Tuesday, May 16th from 9:00-10:00am at H.T. Layton Funeral Home, 102 S. Main St., Woodstown, NJ 08098. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 16th at 10:30am at the Asbury United Methodist Church, 149 S. Main St, Woodstown, NJ 08098. Burial to follow at Olivet Cemetery in Pittsgrove, NJ 08318. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Asbury United Methodist Church, 149 S. Main St, Woodstown, NJ 08098.

Memories and condolences can be shared at www.htlayton.com

 

 

Ruth D. Cox

 

“Of all the gifts that life has to offer, a loving mother is the greatest of them all.”

 

Ruth D. Cox (nee DeVelbis), age 92 of Pennsville, passed away peacefully at Friends Village surrounded by her loving family after a four year battle with Alzheimer’s.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 73 years, W. Bradford Cox, Jr.; her son & daughter-in-law, William B. III & Nancy Cox; her daughter & son-in-law, Sharon C. & Alan Wright; her granddaughters, Cathy J. Smith (& Jesse), and Amy Wright (& Mike); and her great-grandson, Lucas Bradford Smith. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Sylvia White and Anne Cox; her brother-in-law, Benny McLaughlin; and many nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held at 11 AM on Monday, May 15th in the Salem County War Veterans Cemetery, Rt. 45, Pilesgrove.

Ruth enjoyed spending winters in Florida with Brad, time with family and friends, and vacationing with her daughter and son-in-law. She was an avid collector of many things, and she loved her Pekingese dogs.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels of Salem County, 90 Market St., Salem, NJ 08079, or to Compassionate Care Hospice, 248 East Chestnut Hill Rd., Suite 4, Newark, DE, 19713.

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.

 

Brian Wilson Gerber

Brian Wilson Gerber, age 42 of Pilesgrove, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 3, 2017 in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with his family by his side.

Born in Woodbury, he was the son of Terry L. and Barbara (Garrison) Gerber. Brian was a 1992 graduate of Woodstown High School. He earned a certificate in Graphic Art from Gloucester County College. Photography was his passion. Brian exhibited his photography at the Gallery 50 student show, a Christmas show, and Through Our Eyes A Photographic Vision Show in Bridgeton, NJ . He also exhibited at Beans Coffee Shop in Woodstown and was a featured artist there for the Salem County Art League. He also participated in the Creativity Expo at the Art Gallery for brain injured artist at Raritan Valley Community College in North Branch, NJ. He was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Woodstown and attended Brain Injury Support Groups in Cumberland and Salem Counties. Brian participated in several cancer research studies .

Brian adored his son and enjoyed spending quality time with him. He loved hot air balloon rides, playing pool, watching movies, trips to the Ocean City boardwalk, visiting Civil War battlefields, and making photo greeting cards.

He is survived by his son, Alan C. DesChamps, his parents, Terry and Barbara, his brother, Tim (wife Heather) Gerber, one nephew, Luke Gerber and one niece, Meadow Gerber, his uncles and aunts, John and Sally Garrison, Jimmy and Clare Hightower, and Larry Gerber; his cousins and their children, Glenn (wife Carolyn) Garrison, Matthew (wife, Qin) Garrison, Jennifer Gerber, Kelli (husband, Cliff) Pelter, and Jason (wife, Sonja) Gerber. He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, R. Wilson and Clara M. Garrison, paternal grandparents, Lawrence and June Gerber, cousin Beverly Hightower, and Aunt Betsi Gerber.

A memorial service will be held at 4 PM on Saturday, May 13th in the H.T. Layton Funeral Home, 102 S. Main St., Woodstown, where friends are invited to visit from 2 PM until the time of service. Burial will be in Chestnut Grove Cemetery in Elmer, following the service.

Memorial gifts may be made to The American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Ste 550, Chicago, IL 60631 or Autism New Jersey, 500 Horizon Drive, Bldg. 530, Robbinsville, NJ 08691.

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.

 

Norman T. Robinson, Jr.

Norman T. Robinson, Jr., age 102 and a lifetime resident of Pilesgrove, died Saturday, April 29, 2017 in his home with his family by his side.

Son of the late Norman T. Sr. & Sarah Abbott Robinson, Norman was a 1932 graduate of Woodstown High School. Following high school, he worked on the family dairy farm. In 1943, he started his insurance agency, and in 1967, he and his wife opened Four Seasons Campground. Starting with 15 campsites, it has grown to over 500 sites with four generations of family operation.

Norman was very active in the community. He was a lifetime member of Pittsgrove Baptist Church and a member of the Elmer Grange since 1930, where he served as a past master. He had served as deputy of the Salem County Grange for 7 years, treasurer of the NJ State Grange for 8 years, and secretary of the NJ State Grange for 30 years. He was also the founder and charter scout master of the Daretown Boy Scout Troop #60 in 1943, and later became the chairman of the South Jersey Boy Scout Camping committee. He was a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Woodstown. He spent many summers at Joe’s Pond in West Danville, VT, and he was active in the West Danville United Methodist Church and the Rotary Club of St. Johnsbury, VT.

Norman is survived by his wife of 25 years, Charlotte M. Black Robinson; his son & daughter-in-law, John A. “Jack” & Libby Robinson; his grandson, John A. Robinson, II; his granddaughter, Carol Evans; and his great-grandchildren, Johnny and Katie Robinson, and Benjamin and Abigail Evans. He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Rose McGowan Robinson, in July of 1990.

Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon on Tuesday, May 2nd in the Pittsgrove Baptist Church, 368 Daretown Rd., Daretown, where friends are invited to visit from 10 AM until the time of service. Burial will follow the church service in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Norman’s memory to Daretown Boy Scouts Troop #60, High Adventure Camping Scholarship fund, c/o George Sabol, 12 Lantern Rd., Woodstown, NJ 08098.

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.