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Introduction to Kearns Funeral Home

Kearns Funeral Home, located at 103 Old Highway 28, Whitehouse, NJ, 08889, has been a trusted and respected funeral home in the community for many years. Their commitment to providing exceptional service, compassion, and support to families during their time of need has earned them a reputation as one of the top funeral homes in the area.

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Kearns Funeral Home has a rich history that dates back to [insert year]. Founded by [insert founder's name], the funeral home was established with the goal of providing personalized and dignified funeral services to the people of Whitehouse and surrounding communities. Over the years, the funeral home has remained family-owned and operated, with a focus on building strong relationships with the families they serve.

Kearns Funeral Home

Address: 103 Old Highway 28, Whitehouse, NJ, 08889
Phone Number: (908) 534-2422
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Kearns Funeral Home

Address: 103 Old Highway, Whitehouse, NJ, 08888
Phone Number: (908) 534-2422
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Andrzej K Pitas - July 07, 1954 - May 04, 2024

Departed: 05/04/2024 (Whitehouse)
Obituary Preview: Andrzej K. Pitas (Andy), age 69 of Whitehouse Station, NJ, died unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, May 4, 2024.
Born in Zàbkowice Śl. Poland, he was the son of the late Jan and Helena Pitas.  Andy lived in Poland and then Austria for two years before moving to the United States in 1983. He lived in Manville before moving to Whitehouse Station 33 years ago. He was an industrial electrician first working for Hoechst Celanes before going to work for AGFA Corporation in Branchburg, NJ until his retirement.
Andy was a man of unwavering faith and boundless love. Throughout his life, he exemplified the virtues of faith, resilience, and devotion. As a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Whitehouse Station, his commitment to his Catholic faith was steadfast and he found solace and strength in prayer, regularly attending adoration every First Friday. He was a man of many talents and passions. He found immense joy in working in his garden, cultivating beauty with his green thumb. His home was a testament to his handiness, and he was able to fix or build anything with ease and precision. An avid reader, he had an open-minded intellectual curiosity which he satisfied by immersing himself in scientific, religious, and philosophical literature. Above all else, Andy cherished his role as a grandfather. His face would light up with joy at the sight of his beloved granddaughters, whom he showered with love, affection, and wisdom. They were the light of his life, and his legacy of love will live on through them.
Andy is survived by his beloved best friend and wife of 46 years, Danuta “Dana”, his daughter, Hanna Christie and her husband, Timothy of Martinsville, his son, Paul of Whitehouse Station, his two granddaughters, Penelope and Lucille Christie as well as his sister, Teresa Tomczyk and her son, Jaroslaw Tomczyk of Poland, and his two sisters-in-law and their families.
A funeral liturgy will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 9:30 AM at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Whitehouse Station.
Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Kearns Funeral Home, 103 Old Highway 28, Whitehouse, NJ 08888.
Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Annandale.
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Betty C Durling - August 13, 1929 - April 12, 2024

Departed: 04/12/2024 (Whitehouse)
Obituary Preview: Betty C. Durling August 13, 1929 ~ April 12, 2024
Betty C. Durling of Vero Beach, Florida, passed away at her home in Whitehouse on April 12, 2024 at the age of 94.
Formerly Betty Jane Correll of Bernardsville, she was a graduate of Kent Place School in Summit, New Jersey, and Penn Hall College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. She was married to Carlton Chapman Durling of Whitehouse on June 23, 1951.
An avid golfer, Betty was a member of the Baltusrol Golf Club, and formerly at Roxiticus Golf Club in Mendham, where she won the ladies championship many times. Her name appears on many of the trophies at both clubs. She was also a member of the Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association and the Women’s New Jersey Golf Associations.
Betty and her husband hunted with the Essex Fox Hounds in Far Hills for forty years. They spent many winters skiing at the family home in Deer Valley, Utah, and later in life at the Windsor Club in Vero Beach, Florida.
Betty was involved in several community services, including the Red Cross and Hunterdon Medical Center volunteers, and she was instrumental in starting the Hunterdon County Office of Aging.
Once her three children were in school, she organized a bridge club. She played bridge and had Master points. She played her last round of bridge on March 14th.
Betty was predeceased by her husband, Carlton, and a grandson, Chapman. She is survived by her two sons, C. Correll Durling of Hobe Sound, Florida, and Dean C. Durling of Whitehouse, her daughter, Denise T. Durling of Charlotte, Vermont, nine grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be given to the Lamington Presbyterian Church.
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John R Pezik - December 20, 1946 - April 10, 2024

Departed: 04/10/2024 (Whitehouse)
Obituary Preview: John R. Pezik, age 77 of Pittstown, NJ, died Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, NJ.
Born in Newark, NJ, he was the son of the late John and Olga Pezik.
John grew up in Newark, and moved to Pittstown over 50 years ago.
As a civil engineer for the state of New Jersey, John approached his work with integrity and a deep sense of responsibility.
He was a pillar of strength within the community of Immaculate Conception Church in Annandale, and he committed his life to serving others through various ministries. He used his gift of music to uplift the congregation as he played the piano for the choir and his unwavering commitment to the Prison Ministry touched the lives of many, offering hope and compassion to those in need. As a member of the Knights of Columbus, John exemplified the values of charity, unity and fraternity – involving and teaching his own children about fundraising with the Knights. For over two decades, he selflessly shared his knowledge and faith as a CCD teacher, nurturing the spiritual growth of countless children. His dedication to the Hunterdon Developmental Center and several area nursing homes as a Eucharistic Minister provided solace to the residents and brought to them a spirit of love and inclusivity. John leaves behind a legacy of love and service that will continue to inspire those who were fortunate enough to know him.
He is survived by his beloved wife Donna of 50 years, his son, John Paul and his wife, Jeanine of Franklin Township, his three daughters, Anna Pezik of Stillwater, Marie Tancin and her husband, Richard of Scotch Plains, and Frances Blum and her husband Jordan of Pittstown, as well as his 5 grandchildren, Marla and Grayson Tancin, Gianna Pezik and River and Xavier Blum.
A funeral liturgy will be held on Monday, April 15, 2024, at 10:00 AM at Immaculate Conception Church in Annandale.
Friends may visit with the family on Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at the Kearns Funeral Home, 103 Old Highway 28, Whitehouse, NJ 08888.
Cremation will be private.
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Immaculate Jezek - February 26, 1924 - April 10, 2024

Departed: 04/10/2024 (Whitehouse)
Obituary Preview: Immaculate ‘Mollie’ Jezek, age 100, passed away at home on April 10, 2024.
Mollie is predeceased by her husband Albert, son Robert and son-in-law Joseph Podchaski.
She is survived by her daughters Carolyn Podchaski and Virginia Jones, her grandchildren Robert Jezek, Peter Jezek, Katherine Leonhart, Alex Podchaski, Eric Podchaski, Harold Jones and great grandchildren Jared Leonhart, Andrew Jezek, Regina, Ashlyn and Ava Podchaski and Nataly and Shelmi Jezek.
Mollie was born In Newark NJ and attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel school in Ironbound and Eastside and Barringer High Schools. Mollie was married to Albert on March 7, 1943 and lived in Newark and Nutley where they raised their family. They moved to Edison before moving to Pine Beach where she and Albert were active volunteers in the community’s Civic Association.
In 1969, Mollie joined the Amvets Auxiliary and quickly became an active volunteer serving our veterans in the East Orange and Lyons Veterans Administration hospitals. Her work with Amvets led to leadership roles at the local, state and national levels rising to serve two terms as National Chaplain of the Amvets Auxiliary. In 1975, after moving to Edison, she served as a volunteer for 10 years at JFK Medical Center.
After moving to Pine Beach in 1985, she helped to establish the volunteer service at the new J.J. Howard Veterans Administration outpatient clinic in Brick. She and Al worked as volunteers at Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood and logged over 3500 hours of service.
Mollie was named Volunteer of the Year by the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs in recognition of her years of service as a volunteer and leader in service to our veterans and their families.
Mollie was an avid gardener and flower arranger. She was an active member of Garden Clubs in each community where she lived. She was a founding member of the Toms River Garden Club also serving as President of the Lacey Garden Club in Ocean County. She received a Certificate of Appreciation for 25 years of active membership by the Garden Clubs of NJ. Her arrangements were a welcome addition to the hospital wards she visited weekly for many years. Mollie’s favorite admonition is “Old age is not for the faint of heart” and her secret to longevity is water aerobics!
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Robert G Carow - May 16, 1949 - April 05, 2024

Departed: 04/05/2024 (Whitehouse)
Obituary Preview: Robert G. Carow, 74, of Readington Township, passed away on Friday, April 5th, 2024.
Bob was born in New York City to Gustav and Angela Carow, raised in Linden, NJ, and lived for many happy years in Readington Township with his wife Jo-Ann.
A naturalist at heart, Bob took a quiet pride in the flora and fauna of western New Jersey. He found his greatest joy in nature as a fly fisherman – an art he learned from his father and shared with his son – and could often be found in a stream at dusk with rod and reel in hand, a hand-tied fly on his line, and a smile on his face.
He worked diligently over many years to transform the family home and property into a beautiful retreat to enjoy with those close to him. Bob also savored other facets of life’s little pleasures – he loved a crossword puzzle in the morning, and a glass of fine wine or single-malt scotch in the evening while dining out with family and friends.
Bob was pre-deceased by his parents Gus and Angie, and is survived by his beloved wife Jo-Ann, his cherished son Ian and daughter-in-law Janelle, his fun grandsons Fitz and Nash, nieces, nephews, cousins, and enjoyable and wonderfully supportive friends.
A visitation will be held at Kearns Funeral Home in Whitehouse  on Thursday, April 11th from 4-8PM.
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William “Bruce” McBride - May 27, 1951 - April 04, 2024

Departed: 04/04/2024 (Whitehouse)
Obituary Preview: William ‘Bruce’ McBride, 72, a long-time resident of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey passed away on April 4, 2024 after a three year battle with cancer. He leaves behind his one and only beloved son Daniel G. McBride and daughter-in-law Whitney Ellis-McBride, along with his sister Bonnie McBride and former wife Gaye Tosi of Clinton, NJ.
Bruce McBride dutifully served as a Sergeant (E-5) in the United States Marine Corps and then went on to a twenty-five year law enforcement career with the Watchung Police Department. After retirement, McBride worked for the United States Golf Association Museum for thirteen years as both Library Assistant and Security Supervisor.
As a Father, Friend, and Motorcycle Enthusiast, Bruce McBride was very active in his community. He was a proud member of several local organizations including the Marine Corps League - Hunterdon County Bulldogs - Detachment 927, Blue Knights NJ Chapter XIV, and the Hunterdon County H.O.G, Lebanon, NJ Chapter #2853. He was also affectionately considered the “Godfather” of The Whitehouse Village Condominiums by his close-knit neighbors.
Bruce enjoyed giving back by volunteering with Toys for Tots every Christmas. His favorite pastimes included fly fishing, catching up with friends in his favorite folding chair with a cigar, as well as spending time with his family and his son’s little rescue dog named Sedona.
He experienced immense joy and fulfillment from the open road, riding over 30,000 miles on his classic Harley Davidson visiting his favorite places including Sandy Hook, Gettysburg, the Pocono Mountains and Shenandoah National Park.
William ‘Bruce’ McBride will be deeply missed by many people. He will be laid to rest next to his mother Catherine Tingley McBride, father William H. McBride and his brother Stuart W. McBride at Somerset Hills Memorial Park in Basking Ridge. A Celebration of Life Gathering was held in honor of Bruce McBride on Saturday, April 13, 2024 Rest in Peace 05.27.1951 to 04.04.2024
The family of William ‘Bruce’ McBride acknowledges with sincere appreciation the comforting messages, floral tributes, and other expressions of kindness during this time of bereavement.
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Jeffrey Scott Darling - January 20, 1955 - April 03, 2024

Departed: 04/03/2024 (Whitehouse)
Obituary Preview: Jeffrey Scott Darling, age 69 of Bath, PA, died Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at St. Luke’s Hospice in Bethlehem, PA.
Born in Somerville, New Jersey, he was the son of the late Robert Darling and Mary Koch of Oxford, NJ. Jeffrey spent his early years in Whitehouse Station, NJ, before settling in Bath, Pennsylvania, where he resided for 25 years..
He was a skilled pool installer who owned his own company JC Pools, yet his true passions lay in the great outdoors and the connections he made along the way.
An outdoorsman at heart, Jeffrey loved fishing, skydiving, and deep-sea diving to name a few of his interests. He relished in the adrenaline rush each activity brought. He was also a dedicated dog owner, often taking his furry companion on his Harley.
Besides his father, Jeff was predeceased by his sister, Heathre Darling and by his stepfather, John G. Koch.
Along with his mother, Jeff is survived by his daughter, Sarah, his brother, Bob and wife, Kathi, his sister, Wendi and her husband Jorge Esteves, and his four grandchildren, Samantha Schick, Anthony Agar-Rentz, Jakob Brown and Dezrae Brown as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, April 7, 2024 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at the Kearns Funeral Home, 103 Old Highway 28, Whitehouse. A service will be held at 4:00.
The family asks that any donations be sent to the ASPCA. To view the livestream of the funeral service, which will begin prior to 4pm, please visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/kearnsfuneralhome/
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Matthew M Shendock - July 10, 1984 - April 03, 2024

Departed: 04/03/2024 (Whitehouse)
Obituary Preview: Our beloved son, brother, grandson, brother-in-law, nephew, cousin, friend, honorary “Uncle”; Matty, Mateo, Matematicas, Doc, Shendo, Shen, “World Famous” Matt Shendock has departed.
He was a gentle giant, give you the shirt off his back, young at heart, old soul, life of the party, ‘gentleman and a scholar’, to know him was to love him, kind of guy.
He was smart, creative, curious, humble, pensive, funny, hardworking, thoughtful, talented, full of adventure, sentimental, brave, and sensitive in all the best ways. He was a history-buff, movie-buff, music-buff, and gourmet chef. Along with a love of the outdoors, being a self-professed “woodsman”, he valued nature, integrity, being a good citizen, authenticity and friendship. He was his grandmother’s “favorite”, a hero to his little sister, and a cherished son.
Matt worked in HVAC and was happy to bring people warmth, and keep people cool.
Some fondest times with Matt include when he almost started a house fire trying to incubate a Robin’s egg on a pillow, watching his favorite movies in childhood with him multiple multiple times (Davy Crockett, Sword in the Stone, Milo and Otis to name a few), times spent in nature, reading together and when he’d make us all laugh. He loved nature so much, that he once got a pebble stuck in his nose, explaining, “I wanted to know what rocks smell like”.
He sought out, and experienced the full beauty of life. He brought out the best in people. If he were with us now, he would quote the movie Forest Gump and say, “It’s just my time”. His family will lay him to rest in Tennessee, one of his favorite places.
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Mark Altom - May 22, 1951 - March 25, 2024

Departed: 03/25/2024 (Whitehouse)
Obituary Preview: Mark William Altom (“Pops”), 72, peacefully passed away surrounded by family in his son’s home in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey on March 25, 2024. Born in Denver, Colorado to William Harvey and Elsie Jane (née Brett) Altom, he lived in several cities before finishing high school at Indian Hill High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he met his wife Mary Jo (née Wagner) of nearly 54 years.
After attending Miami University for his undergraduate degree, Mark earned his Ph.D. in Mathematical Psychology at The Rockefeller University. Following graduate school, Mark taught cognitive psychology and human memory, as well as statistics at Rutgers University, where he proudly made learning statistics fun and attainable by all. He transitioned from academia to the business world when he joined AT&T Bell Labs, continuing through company changes to Lucent and Avaya, from where he retired. During his career, Mark accrued multiple patents from his work on various projects and earned Distinguished Member of Technical Staff.
A lifelong runner, Mark enjoyed travel, especially for regional history, baseball and barbecue, and sports. He shared in his best friend Jack’s passion for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, traveling together to see them play basketball and football, exploring the cities wherever it took them. He loved spending time at the beach with his grandchildren and in Texas at the Altom family ranch. Mark was an avid collector of many things including baseball caps, t-shirts, books, and music.
Two of Mark’s passions were good beer and fine wines. He never liked to pick a favorite. Mark’s love of beer was exemplified through his travels where he would seek out local breweries and brew pubs, always preferring to try something new. He loved sharing not only his vast collection of wine with others but also his extensive knowledge, hosting wine dinners at local restaurants as well as dinner parties and holiday gatherings at his home.
Pops relished the time he spent with his grandchildren and was beyond proud of their accomplishments. He loved watching them grow to young adulthood and seeing them off to college.
Mark’s clever wit and ever-present sense of humor will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of joking with him.
He is survived by his devoted wife Mary Jo, their son John, John’s wife Deanne, and three cherished grandchildren, Jordan, Will, and Jake, as well as his sisters Kathleen Treadway and Teresa Parsekian (Richard).
Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, March 30, 2024, from 2:00-4:00 pm at Kearns Funeral Home,103 Old Highway 28, Whitehouse, New Jersey. A memorial service in celebration of Mark’s life will be held at Church of the Holy Spirit, Lebanon, New Jersey on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 11:00 am. We look forward to hearing good memories of Mark during the service or after the service at lunch when we can share in selections from Mark’s wine collection and toast a wonderful man.
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Frederick John Simko - October 04, 1952 - March 23, 2024

Departed: 03/23/2024 (Whitehouse)
Obituary Preview: Frederick “Fred” J. Simko, age 71, passed away unexpectedly on March 23, 2024.
Born in Rahway, NJ to Francis Simko and Jane Meseroll who preceded him in death. Fred was raised in Basking Ridge, NJ where he met his wife, Deborah “Duff”. The two married in February of 1972 and moved to Raritan, NJ where they resided until Fred’s passing.
Fred was active in the Raritan community, volunteering for many years with Raritan Recreation as a youth baseball coach. Fred was also certified as an Emergency Medical Technician for many years, volunteering with the Raritan First Aid Squad and serving as Captain of the squad for 4 years.
Fred enjoyed fishing, watching sports, gardening, and landscaping. He even operated his own landscaping business for several years. The most important thing to Fred above all else was his family. He thoroughly enjoyed gathering with family for holidays, birthdays, and parties. He loved spending time telling stories, jokes and just being together with his loved ones.
Fred’s family, who will be missing his big smile and bigger laugh, include his wife of 52 years, Deborah of Raritan, NJ, sons, Michael and wife Brandee of Easton, PA, Frederick and significant other Nancy of Yardley, PA, and Joseph and wife, Amy of Manville, NJ. Fred also leaves behind 7 grandchildren, Ashlie, Amanda, Megan, Andrew, Michael, Abigail and Alice. He also had 3 bonus grandchildren, Emily, Aryanna and Melanie. Additional he leaves behind his sister, Marie Schaible and husband, Peter of Milford, NJ and brother, Frank of Wyalusing, PA. along with several nieces and nephews.
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Helen E Van Doren - December 29, 1922 - March 21, 2024

Departed: 03/21/2024 (Whitehouse)
Obituary Preview: Helen E. Van Doren, age 101 of North Branch, NJ, died peacefully on Thursday, March 21, 2024 at her home.
Born in Bunnvale, New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late William and Mary Sekela. She had lived in the North Branch section of Branchburg for over 70 years. Her husband of 54 years, Ben Van Doren, passed away in 2010.
Over the years, Helen enjoyed volunteering at the Somerset Medical Center and working at Reynolds at the Somerville Circle shopping center. She played tennis with a group of friends weekly for numerous years and is a longtime member of the North Branch Reformed Church. Above all else, Helen was an amazing mother.
She is survived by her loving children, Elaine Schappell (Gerald), Bill Gulick (Betty), and Vanessa Van Doren. Her adored grandchildren, Kelly Gulick, Brent Gulick, Casey Cameron, Rebecca Burns, and Stephanie Santos and her precious great grandchildren, Kyle Apgar, Brendan Gulick, Avery Burns, Weston Burns, Penelope Santos, and Stella Santos. She is also survived by her two stepsons, Bud and Richard Van Doren along with 12 step grandchildren and 26 step great grandchildren.
Friends may visit with the family on Monday, March 25, 2024, from 9:00AM to 12:00PM at the Kearns Funeral Home, 103 Old Highway 28, Whitehouse. A service will immediately follow the visitation at noon.
Entombment will be in St. Bernard Cemetery, Bridgewater.
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Ronald Lynn Rupp - August 13, 1950 - March 20, 2024

Departed: 03/20/2024 (Whitehouse)
Obituary Preview: Ronald Lynn Rupp, DMD (1950-2024)
Ronald Lynn Rupp, 73, of Tewksbury, NJ, died on March 20, 2024. Ron was born on August 13, 1950, in Syracuse, NY, to Marilyn June and Frank A Rupp. He grew up in East Brunswick, NJ, where he became an Eagle Scout of the Boy Scouts of America, and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Order of the Arrow. Ron graduated from Rutgers College and the University of Pennsylvania Dental School.
In 1974, Ron married Joanne Zenker in Morristown, NJ. They purchased their first home in Califon, NJ where they started their family. In 1980, they moved to their home in Tewksbury, NJ where they raised their three children without air conditioning and cable TV but with a big pool and an awesome sledding hill.
After graduating from dental school in 1976, Ron established a successful dental practice at Walnut Pond in Clinton, NJ. After 18 years in practice, he broke his thumb in a skiing accident in Lake Placid, NY which resulted in him having to sell his dental practice in 1994.
Ron then transitioned to working for Block Drug and Glaxo Smith Kline, and later for the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) in Washington, D.C. His dedication and contributions to the field were recognized with the prestigious ADEA Distinguished Service Award in 2016.
An active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Oldwick, NJ, Ron devoted his time and talents to various roles within the church, including serving on the church council and as treasurer, singing in the choir, and leading fundraising efforts for the new Christian Education Building.
Ron and Joanne's home in Tewksbury became a gathering place for friends and family for over 40 years. Their legendary "Club Rupp" parties at the pool were a testament to Ron's culinary skills on the grill, where the famous "Dr. Rupp's Salmon" delighted grown-ups and kids alike. He enjoyed planning renovations of the house and property – and he especially enjoyed hiring other people to execute his vision.
Ron loved to travel, and he relished the opportunity to meticulously plan vacations, maximizing airline and hotel points. Summer vacations were spent in Ocean City, NJ, and Nantucket, MA, where he loved letting the kids have ice cream every day.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Joanne, his daughter Allison Wolka, her husband Dan and their children Nora and Kevin, his daughter Karen Strupp, her husband Peter and their children Owen and Bennett, his son John Rupp, his wife Leanne and their children Finn and Ava, and his siblings Frank Rupp, Lynn Rupp, David Rupp, and Kathleen Skirka.
A memorial service in celebration of Ron's life will be held at Zion Lutheran Church on Saturday, May 18th at 11:00am. Arrangements are with Kearns Funeral Home in Whitehouse, NJ. To send condolences, please visit www.kearnsfuneralhome.com.
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Vincent Emanuel Bonaventura - February 17, 1928 - March 19, 2024

Departed: 03/19/2024 (Whitehouse)
Obituary Preview: Vince Bonaventura became an electrical and civil engineer in the 1950s. He worked as a general contractor, a member of the Federal Aviation Administration, and an employee of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. During his last ten years at The Port Authority, Vince was offered the position of General Manager of Newark Airport. This was a wonderful opportunity and he jumped at the chance to use all his experience to help build Newark Airport into what it is today; those were years of extraordinary growth.
Vince and his wife Frances lived in Garden City on Long Island for 36 years, where they attended St. Joseph’s church. During that time, he sang in the choir each week and also was the leader of song on the alter for almost 30 years. After moving to Whitehouse Station in 2002, Vince sang in the Our Lady of Lourdes choir. Both on Long Island and in New Jersey, Vince also sang monthly with groups who entertained the sick, the mentally ill and the elderly. In addition to his passion for music, Vince had a love of gardening and, most of all, he loved his wife and family dearly.
Vince Bonaventura will always be remembered as a kind, decent, honest, talented, very good man. He is survived by his wife Frances as well as his children Vincent, Richard and Lisa, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He will be greatly missed.
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James O. Merritt - January 01, 1950 - March 13, 2024

Departed: 03/13/2024 (Whitehouse)
Obituary Preview: James O. Merritt, age 74 of Frenchtown, NJ, died Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at his home with his family by his side.
Born in Long Island City, New York, on January 1, 1950, he was the son of the late William and Ann Merritt. He was raised in Edison, NJ and graduated from JP Stevens High School. He had formerly resided in Dunellen, NJ before moving to Frenchtown in 1976.
James, known by family and friends as “Big Jim” or “Big J” was a wonderful man who valued his family more than anything. He was liked by everyone that met him and he would help anyone who asked. James enjoyed classic cars, target shooting, and playing golf.
Prior to retiring in 2020, James had a long career as a skilled carpenter-contractor. He was sole owner/operator of Merritt Construction for over 50 years. He was a master craftsman both at work and with woodworking that he enjoyed doing in his spare time. James was a perfectionist at work and was known as the Velvet Hammer, referring to how meticulous he was at all of his job sites.
James is survived by his daughter, Christine Meny and her husband, Christopher, and his son, James Merritt and his wife, Lea. James adored all four of his grandchildren, Marc and Alex Meny, and Mason and Shea Merritt. He loved following all of their sports and attended many tournaments and competitions over the years. He is also survived by his ex-wife Linda Merritt, his brother William Merritt (wife Julie), brother Thomas Merritt (partner Rich), and sister Carol Gernay (husband Luc), as well as many beloved nieces, nephews and extended family.
A life celebration service will be held at a later date.
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Jane T. Bishop - December 27, 1933 - March 11, 2024

Departed: 03/11/2024 (Whitehouse)
Obituary Preview: Jane T. Bishop, age 90 of Whitehouse Station, NJ, died Monday, March 11, 2024 at her home surrounded by her family.
Born in Somerville, New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late Eliken and Theresa Oliver. Jane lived all of her life in Whitehouse Station.
Jane was co-owner of Bishops Thriftway. In 1954 her late husband, Bill and his brother, Floyd opened Bishop’s Market in Whitehouse Station and in 1973 they expanded and opened Bishop and Bishop Wine and Spirits Liquor Store. In 1989 they expanded again, and Bishops Market became Bishops Thriftway.
Jane enjoyed crocheting and made many blankets for her grandchildren and great grandchildren whom she enjoyed immeasurably. She also enjoyed spending the month of March in Florida with her husband and going out to dinner with her girlfriends.
She was predeceased by her husband, Robert William Bishop (Bill) in 2015.
She is survived by her loving children, Bruce Bishop and his wife, Corrine, Robin Campbell and her husband, Barry, Bob Bishop and his wife, Karen, and Sue White and her husband, Brian.
She is also survived by her ten adored grandchildren and her twenty precious great grandchildren.
Friends may visit with the family on Friday, March 15, 2024, from 10:00 to Noon at the Kearns Funeral Home, 103 Od Highway 28, Whitehouse. A service will immediately follow at Noon.
Burial will be in the Whitehouse United Methodist Church Cemetery.
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Michael R Turri - October 24, 1976 - March 09, 2024

Departed: 03/09/2024 (Whitehouse)
Obituary Preview: Michael Robert Turri, of Whitehouse Station, passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack on March 9, 2024 at his home. He was 47 years old. His family and friends are shocked and deeply saddened by his passing.
Born in Livingston, NJ, he was the son of Robert and Marie Turri of Whitehouse Station. Michael lived in Somerset before moving to Readington Township 37 years ago.
A graduate of Hunterdon Central Regional High School, Michael was employed by the Hunterdon County Road Department for the last 20 years.
Mike had a huge personality and enormous heart. People were his thing. He was filled with passion and his ability to sacrifice, forgive, support, and love all he knew will be forever missed. His contagious laugh and smile could be seen and heard through any room instantly changing the mood. He could enter a room and have you on the floor laughing whether you were 8 years old or 80. He loved to tell stories over and over again making sure everyone heard him with a huge smile on his face.
While he loved to try many different things, Mike loved spending time at the beach under the warm sun, toes in the sand with close friends. He especially loved his sports and could be found cheering with family & friends for the NY Giants/Penn State Nittany Lions/NY Rangers on any given game day.
Mike was a devoted son, brother, uncle, friend, and human being. He was generous to all and embodied the best of qualities: unconditional love, contagious humor, and an unending generosity that could be seen in his care for his parents, family members, many friends and countless others.
His is survived by his beloved parents Robert and Marie, sister Stephanie Lockman and her husband Jason Lockman of Whitehouse Station, adoring niece Anastasia Grace Lockman, aunts June Lopen, Lorraine Danilack, goddaughter Alexa Ostrowski, cousins Jennifer Goetz (George), Nicole Ostrowksi, Jonathan and Mark Danilack, and someone dear to his heart, Veronica Coury.
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Theresa C Porcaro - December 25, 1923 - March 04, 2024

Departed: 03/04/2024 (Whitehouse)
Obituary Preview: Theresa C. Porcaro, age 100 of Whitehouse Station, died peacefully at her home on Monday, March 4, 2024.
Born in Raritan, New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret Porcaro.
Theresa lived most of her life in Raritan before moving to Whitehouse Station 32 years ago.
She was a faithful parishioner of St. Ann’s Church in Raritan and then Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Whitehouse Station.
Theresa was predeceased by her three brothers, Carmine, Dominic and Joseph Porcaro and her sister, Mafalda Rugen.
She is survived by her brother, Raymond Porcaro; her sisters-in-law, Marie and Marge Porcaro and many loving nieces and nephews.
A funeral liturgy will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Whitehouse Station. Friends are welcome to visit with the family beginning at 9:30.
Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery in Bridgewater.
There will be no services at the funeral home.
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Bruce E Brannan, Jr. - February 19, 1959 - March 04, 2024

Departed: 03/04/2024 (Whitehouse)
Obituary Preview: Bruce E. Brannan Jr., age 65 of Whitehouse Station, died Monday, March 4, 2024 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, NJ.
Born in Flemington, he was the son of Bruce Sr. and the late Jacqueline (Roche) Brannan.
Bruce lived most of his life in Whitehouse Station.
He was a graduate of Hunterdon Central High School, Class of 1977. Following his talent for craftsmanship, he furthered his skills at Somerset County Vocational Technical School, where he completed four years of study as a machinist. Bruce found joy in the simple pleasures of life. A lover of the great outdoors, he found peace by the water’s edge, pursuing his passion for fishing. He was a member of the Round Valley Trout Association, sharing in the camaraderie of fellow anglers. An avid sportsman, he excelled on the lanes of Oakwood Lanes, where his skill as a bowler shone brightly and he found both challenge and relaxation on the green fairways of the golf course. In addition to his love for fishing, bowling, and golf, Bruce had an appreciation for nature and its beauty and  found tranquility in the woods, where he enjoyed the thrill of bow hunting. He leaves behind a legacy of warmth, laughter and cherished memories that will remain in the hearts of those who knew him
Bruce was predeceased by his mother, Jackie in 2012, his brother, Eddie in 2002 and his sister, Cheryl Howell in 2023.
He is survived by his father, Bruce Sr., and many loving extended family and friends.
Relatives and friends may visit with the family on Monday, March 11, 2024 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Kearns Funeral Home, 103 Old Highway 28, Whitehouse, NJ 08888.
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Kathy P Howell - November 28, 1952 - February 29, 2024

Departed: 02/29/2024 (Whitehouse)
Obituary Preview: Kathy P Howell, age 71 of Readington Twp., NJ, passed away on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, NJ, surrounded by her loving family
Born in Plainfield, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Joseph “Butch” and Mabel Lynch. Kathy lived in North Branch in her favorite home, which was unfortunately flooded out twice, from there she moved to Readington Township and remained there for 23 years.
She had a successful career, working for John Atcachunas State Farm Insurance in South Plainfield.
Kathy had a deep passion for gardening and keeping her lawn meticulous. She loved mowing her huge lawn on her ride on tractor. It had to be done just right. The tomatoes she grew were like something you never tasted before. She loved the Jersey Shore, working on her tan, classic rock, a great glass of red wine, going for rides on the back of her Harley Davidson with her husband and Sunday joy rides in her little red convertible Corvette for ice cream runs. She baked the most amazing cookies during the holidays, and everyone always fought over them.
Kathy was the life of the party, a true hippy at heart, always laughing and once she started it was hard for her to stop. Her laugh was contagious. She had a good time wherever she went making every gathering a joyous occasion. She was a cherished friend and confidante. Her warmth and kindness knew no boundaries and she touched the lives of countless people.
In addition to her vibrant and wild personality, Kathy had a deep love for life itself. She cherished every moment and lived each day to the fullest.
Kathy is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 42 years, Robert Howell, her loving daughter, Melissa Plum and her husband Jeff. Her beloved four legged fur baby, Buddy. Her beloved sister, Judie Molesky, her dear brother, Robert Lynch and his wife, Arely, her sister-in-law, Judy Brady.   Her nieces, Kimberly Lella and her husband, Vincent, Kasi Floyd and her husband, Walter, Laura Lella, Christina Lella, Brooklyn Lella, Izabella Lynch, Hunter Floyd and Kirsten Marquez. She will be truly be missed by her two beautiful grandchildren who were the light of her life, Jeffrey and Emma Plum; who lovingly called her Kit Kat. She is also survived by her best friend of her teenage years, Paige Bailey and her husband, Ed. She was also predeceased by her brother Joseph “Butch” Lynch, Jr. along with many extended family and friends.
Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, March 9, 2024 from 1:00 to 4:00 with services at 4:00 pm, cremation will be private.
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Emil E. Pohorely - August 13, 1927 - February 28, 2024

Departed: 02/28/2024 (Whitehouse)
Obituary Preview: Emil E. Pohorely, age 96 of Whitehouse Station, NJ, died Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at home surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Arbor, New Jersey, he was the son of the late Emil and Marguerite Pohorely. Emil grew up in Arbor and had lived in Plainfield before settling in Whitehouse Station in 1965.
He retired as a Supervisor of PSE&G after many years of exemplary service.
His passion for sports led him to actively participate in Little League, where he shared his love for the sport with countless young athletes, leaving an indelible mark on them.
Emil's dedication to his community knew no bounds. He played a pivotal role in the inception of the Readington Recreation program, recognizing the importance of providing recreational opportunities for people of all ages. His efforts fostered a sense of camaraderie and vitality that enriched the lives of many.
Emil's bravery and selflessness shone brightly during his time as a fireman in Arbor, NJ. His courage in the face of danger and his willingness to put the safety of others above his own exemplified his character and earned him the admiration of all who knew him.
Beyond his community service, Emil was an avid advocate for health and wellness. His love for walking led him to become a member of the Hunterdon Wellness Center, where he swam and found joy and solace in staying active and connected with others. He also enjoyed fishing and enjoyed doing that activity with his family.
Emil's legacy of service, kindness, and dedication will continue to inspire all who had the privilege of knowing him. He leaves behind a community profoundly touched by his presence and a multitude of cherished memories that will endure for generations to come.
He was predeceased by his loving wife, Jean Pohorely, who died in 2003.
He is survived by his three sons, Gary (Rosemarie), Glenn, and Gregg (Sylvia), his five grandchildren, Jessica, Janine, Kyle, Heather and Tyler and his great grandchildren, Alyssa, Brooklyn, Austynn and Stella. Emil is also survived by his loving companion, Lucille Benecchi and his step-children, Theresa McGowan(James), Joanne Sekella (Scott), Barbara Bennett (Guy), and Dawn Peppe (Mark) and their children, Thomas, Nicole, Sally, Melanie, Sarah, and Dean and his dear sister, Jean Cesare.
Friends may visit with the family on Monday, March 4, 2024, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Kearns Funeral Home, 103 Old Highway, Whitehouse.
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Joan DeDecker - December 06, 1932 - February 25, 2024

Departed: 02/25/2024 (Whitehouse)
Obituary Preview: Joan A DeDecker, age 91 of Branchburg, NJ, peacefully passed away, Sunday February 25, 2024 at Foothill Acres Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Hillsborough, NJ.
Born in Somerville, NJ, the daughter of the late Earl and Mabel Conover. Joan grew up in Somerville and graduated from Somerville High School. She lived in Branchburg for 61years.
Joan was employed at RCA and for many years at Sears in Bridgewater, NJ. She was  also very active along with her husband in supporting the ARC  of Somerset County. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert P. DeDecker and the devoted mother and caregiver to her children.
Joan will be long remembered and missed for the love she selflessly gave to her family and friends.  She is survived by her daughter, Cathy (Robert)  Cirincione her son, Thomas (Deborah) DeDecker and her daughter, Sandra DeDecker. She is also survived by her four grandsons, Michael (Erica), David (Jodi), Scott (Hannah) and Eric (Ivona).
Memorial gifts can be made to The ARC of Somerset County, 141 S. Main St., Manville, NJ 08835.
Friends may visit with the family on Friday, March 1, 2024 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Kearns Funeral Home, 103 Old Highway 28, Whitehouse.
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Diana Gail Ruggieri - February 16, 1982 - February 25, 2024

Departed: 02/25/2024 (Whitehouse)
Obituary Preview: Diana Gail Ruggieri, age 42, of Branchburg, NJ, died peacefully at her parents’ home in Lebanon, NJ, on Sunday, February 25, 2024.
Born in Plainfield, NJ, she was the daughter of Donald and Donna (DePasquale) Ruggieri.
She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in political science from Drew University and furthered her academic pursuits at Fairleigh Dickinson University where she earned an MBA.
Professionally, Diana’s career path led her to various roles in development and fundraising, where she worked tirelessly to support causes close to her heart, including substance abuse, mental health, developmental and intellectual disabilities, and geriatric care. Her ability to connect with others, along with her strategic expertise, made her an invaluable asset to every organization she served.
Beyond her professional endeavors, Diana loved the beach and found serenity in the waves and the warmth of the sand. She enjoyed listening to music and had a particular fondness for The Beatles and The Beach Boys, in whose lyrics she found inspiration and comfort. Additionally, she enjoyed classical music as well as music from Frank Sinatra and the “Great American Songbook.” Diana also had a passion for history, especially the World War II era and the great sacrifices made by American soldiers.
Above all else, Diana’s legacy lies in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her. She will be remembered for her unwavering dedication to protect “the underdog” and her positive outlook on life. She leaves behind a cherished memory that will continue to inspire kindness, resilience, and the pursuit of excellence in all who were touched by her. Her presence will be deeply missed yet her impact will continue to inspire us all.
Diana was predeceased by her paternal grandparents, Nicholas and Rose Ruggieri, her uncle, Richard J. Ruggieri, her maternal grandparents, Joseph and Mary DePasquale, and her beloved pet beagle, Leo.
Diana is survived by her parents, Donald and Donna Ruggieri, her sister Debra Lynne Ruggieri, her aunt Arlene Anderson and her husband John, her uncle Carmen DePasquale, her cousins, Nicholas Anderson and John R. Anderson, and her favorite four-legged friend, Charlie.
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James Giblin - December 11, 1945 - February 23, 2024

Departed: 02/23/2024 (Whitehouse)
Obituary Preview: James M. Giblin, 78, of Hampton, NJ, died peacefully at his home on Friday, February 23, 2024.
Born in Elizabeth, NJ, in 1945, he was the son of the late Harry and Pauline (Deegan) Giblin.
Together with his wife, he lived in Trenton before moving to Hampton 39 years ago.
Jim graduated from Elizabeth’s Jefferson High School in 1963 and served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army Combat Infantry 1st Cavalry from 1971 to 1972, remaining in the reserves until 1976. He attended the Newark College of Engineering (now NJIT), graduating in 1975 with a degree in Civil Engineering.
His illustrious career as a Licensed Professional Engineer & Planner began with Schacht Steel Construction where he worked as a Structural Detailer from 1964 to 1971. This was followed by a position with NJDOT from 1972 to 1978. In 1978, he accepted a tenure position with Edwards & Kelcey Engineering where he rose from Sr. Engineer to Partner, retiring in 2006. Jim was passionate about road safety and quality construction. During his career he authored several books including Traffic Control System Operations Installation, Management and Maintenance, Traffic Signal Installation and Maintenance, and Manual of Traffic Signal Design – all of which are in the Library of Congress.
He is survived by his loving wife of almost 49 years, Ernestina (Cuscianna) Giblin, and his cousin, Ellen (Michael) De Paolis.
An animal lover, Jim adored English sheepdogs, especially his four rescues (Holly, Casey, Winston, and Murphy). He was a passionate craftsman known for his meticulous home improvement projects. Jim was often found under the hood of his Ferrari and was a huge Formula 1 fan, attending races in San Marino Italy in 2004. A foodie, he enjoyed ethnic cuisine, especially Indian, seafood, and anything spicy. Jim was also an avid traveler. His work with E&K allowed him to explore the globe, especially Saudi Arabia, Japan, Vancouver, and Amsterdam. Jim’s boisterous laugh and generous heart will be missed by all who called him a friend.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Kearns Funeral Home, 103 Old Highway 28, Whitehouse, NJ 08888.
Friends that wish to say their final farewells are invited to gather at the funeral home at 10:00 am on Wednesday. A committal service and entombment will follow at 10:45 am at St. Bernard Cemetery and Mausoleum in Bridgewater.
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Suzanne McCoy - February 16, 1928 - February 22, 2024

Departed: 02/22/2024 (Whitehouse)
Obituary Preview: Suzanne McCoy died peacefully surrounded by family on February 22, 2024, at her home in Whitehouse Station. She was 96 years old.
Born on February 16, 1928, in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Suzanne was the cherished daughter of James and Cecelia (Noonan) Craig.
Suzanne is survived by her loving daughter and son-in-law, Cecelia and John Hodgson of Warwick, NY. As well as her daughter in law Deb McCoy and her four precious grandchildren: Gregory, John, Caitlin, and Jason. Their lives were graced by her love, generosity, and unwavering presence.
Suzanne was also the devoted wife of a World War II Marine, the late Robert E. McCoy, whose memory she held close to her heart. Together, they shared a lifetime of love and cherished moments with their beautiful family. She was also predeceased by her loving son, Robert E. McCoy, Jr.
One of Suzanne’s greatest joys was crafting beautiful works of art for flea markets, where her creativity and talent shone brightly, bringing joy to all who encountered her creations.  Suzanne found solace and joy in the simple pleasures of life, including watching her favorite movie, "The Sound of Music," which never failed to lift her spirits. She also had a green thumb and found immense satisfaction in nurturing her garden.
Suzanne’s legacy of love, creativity, and kindness will continue to inspire those who knew her. Though her physical presence here on Earth has come to an end her spirit will forever live on in the hearts of those she touched.
Friends may join the family on Monday, February 26, 2024, at 10:00 AM at the Church of St. Ann, 6 Church Street, Hampton. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
There will be no calling hours at the funeral home.
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Frank DiBrango - May 17, 1947 - February 18, 2024

Departed: 02/18/2024 (Whitehouse)
Obituary Preview: Frank DiBrango, age 76, passed away on February 18, 2024 at his home in
Branchburg. He was born in Jersey City and lived most of his life in Bergen County
before moving to Branchburg. Frank attended Marquette University and graduated with a degree in journalism. He enlisted in the Air Force after graduation during the Vietnam war. He proudly served his country for four years in Southeast
Asia. While he liked writing for a local newspaper, his real passion was photography. Combined with his love of sports, the next few decades
were devoted to photographing football, baseball and hockey games. Frank is predeceased by his parents, Sadie and Dominick, and his brother Richard. He will be missed by his sister, Janet, brother-in-law, Kevin,
nieces, Meghan and Lauren, and nephew, Ryan. A gift in memory of Frank would by greatly appreciated to Tunnel-To-Towers, https://t2t.org/
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Services Offered by Kearns Funeral Home

Kearns Funeral Home offers a wide range of services to meet the unique needs of each family they serve. From traditional funeral services to cremation options, memorial services, and pre-planning, their experienced staff is dedicated to helping families create a meaningful and memorable tribute to their loved one. Some of the specific services offered include:

  • Funeral Services: Traditional funerals, graveside services, and memorial services
  • Cremation Options: Direct cremation, cremation with memorial service, and private family viewing
  • Pre-Planning: Advance planning and preparation for funeral services
  • Grief Support: Bereavement counseling and support groups

The Kearns Funeral Home Facility

The Kearns Funeral Home facility is designed to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere for families and friends to gather and pay their respects. The funeral home features a spacious chapel, comfortable visitation rooms, and ample parking. The facility is also equipped with modern audio-visual equipment, allowing families to personalize their services with music, videos, and other multimedia elements.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an obituary?

An obituary is a written notice that announces the death of a person, typically including their name, age, date of birth and death, and a brief biography. It is usually published in a newspaper, online obituary platform, or funeral home website to inform friends, family, and community members of the person's passing.

Why are obituaries important?

Obituaries serve as a way to honor and celebrate the life of the deceased, while also providing important information to those who need to know about the funeral or memorial service. They can also help to notify people who may not have been aware of the person's passing.

Who writes an obituary?

Typically, the family of the deceased or a close friend writes the obituary. In some cases, a funeral home or obituary writer may assist with writing the obituary.

What information should be included in an obituary?

A typical obituary includes the person's name, age, date of birth and death, place of residence, occupation, education, hobbies, achievements, and surviving family members. It may also include information about the funeral or memorial service.

How long should an obituary be?

The length of an obituary can vary depending on the publication or platform. Generally, it should be concise and to the point, ranging from 100 to 500 words.

Can I include photos in an obituary?

Yes, many publications and online platforms allow you to include one or more photos with the obituary. This can be a nice way to personalize the tribute and make it more engaging.

How do I submit an obituary to a newspaper?

Contact the newspaper's obituary department directly to ask about their submission process and deadlines. Some newspapers may have online submission forms or email addresses where you can send the obituary.

Can I write my own obituary?

Yes, some people choose to write their own obituary in advance as a way to ensure that their life story is told accurately and in their own words. This can be a unique and meaningful way to leave a legacy.

What is the difference between an obituary and a death notice?

A death notice is a brief announcement of someone's passing, usually including only basic information such as name, age, and date of death. An obituary is a longer, more detailed tribute that includes biographical information and often personal anecdotes.

How much does it cost to publish an obituary?

The cost of publishing an obituary varies widely depending on the publication or platform. Some newspapers charge by the word or line, while others offer package deals that include online listings and other services.

Can I edit an obituary after it has been published?

In most cases, it is difficult or impossible to make changes to an obituary once it has been published. Be sure to proofread carefully before submitting the final version.

How long does it take for an obituary to be published?

The timeframe for publishing an obituary can vary depending on the publication's schedule and deadlines. Online platforms may publish immediately, while print newspapers may take several days or weeks.

Can I include quotes or lyrics in an obituary?

Yes, many people choose to include meaningful quotes, lyrics, or poems in an obituary as a way to add personality and depth to the tribute.

What if I want to keep the funeral private?

If you prefer not to share details about the funeral or memorial service with the public, you can simply omit that information from the obituary or indicate that services will be private.

Can I include charitable donations in an obituary?

Yes, many people choose to include information about charitable donations in lieu of flowers as a way to honor their loved one's memory and support a good cause.

How do I find old obituaries?

You can search online archives of newspapers or visit local libraries or genealogical societies that maintain collections of historical records. Some websites also specialize in archiving and indexing old obituaries.

Can I write an obituary for someone who died years ago?

Yes, even if someone passed away years ago, you can still write and publish an obituary as a way to honor their memory and provide closure for family and friends.

What if I'm not comfortable writing an obituary myself?

Dont worry! Many funeral homes offer assistance with writing obituaries, or you can hire a professional writer who specializes in crafting tributes.

Can I include humor in an obituary?

Absolutely! Humor can be a wonderful way to celebrate someone's personality and spirit. Just be sure to consider the tone and audience when deciding what type of humor to include.

How do I handle errors or inaccuracies in an obituary?

If you notice errors or inaccuracies in an already-published obituary, contact the publication or platform immediately to request corrections. They may be able to issue a correction or reprint.

Can I republish an obituary on social media or my personal website?

YES! You can share an obituary on social media platforms or your personal website as a way to reach a wider audience and keep friends and family informed.

Are there any specific guidelines for writing an obituary for someone who was young or died suddenly?

Yes! When writing an obituary for someone who died young or suddenly, it's especially important to be sensitive and compassionate in your language. Consider focusing on their accomplishments, passions, and impact on others._

Can I include information about pets in an obituary?

Of course! Many people consider their pets part of the family. Including information about beloved pets can add warmth and personality to the tribute._

What if I'm unsure about what details to include in an obituary?

Don't hesitate to reach out to family members, friends, or professionals for guidance. They can help you determine what information is most important to share._

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Jeffery Isleworth is an experienced eulogy and funeral speech writer who has dedicated his career to helping people honor their loved ones in a meaningful way. With a background in writing and public speaking, Jeffery has a keen eye for detail and a talent for crafting heartfelt and authentic tributes that capture the essence of a person's life. Jeffery's passion for writing eulogies and funeral speeches stems from his belief that everyone deserves to be remembered with dignity and respect. He understands that this can be a challenging time for families and friends, and he strives to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Over the years, Jeffery has helped countless families create beautiful and memorable eulogies and funeral speeches. His clients appreciate his warm and empathetic approach, as well as his ability to capture the essence of their loved one's personality and life story. When he's not writing eulogies and funeral speeches, Jeffery enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and traveling. He believes that life is precious and should be celebrated, and he feels honored to help families do just that through his writing.