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Irma Jennings Bartlett of Shamong, NJ passed away peacefully at the Burlington Woods in Burlington, NJ. She was 103 years of age. Born in York, PA, she was raised in Collingswood and attended Moorestown Friends School. She enjoyed field hockey and her summers at the Medford Lakes Colony Club where she received many sports awards.
She was the wife of the late Forrest H. Jennings Sr. of Shamong, NJ, where they established Orchard View Farms in the 1930’s. Irma was proud to be a farmer’s wife. She is the Beloved Mother of Albert (Bart) Jennings and his wife Susan and Joseph Jennings and his wife Edith (all of FL), Forrest (Bud) Jennings Jr. and his wife Kathleen, Bruce Jennings and his wife Jacci and Lynne Samalonis and her husband Richard (all of Shamong, NJ). She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren. She is the mother of the late Sandra Jennings and Susan Jennings.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made Life Choice Hospice, 200 Campbell Drive, Willingboro, NJ 08046. (www.BradleyStow.com)
Wilson Greenwood, 92, of Moorestown, died peacefully at home on May 12. He was the devoted husband of Rachel Ann Bitzer for 58 years. She died in 2007.
Living in Moorestown since his parents, Horace and Cora, and their five sons moved there in 1928, he was a 1941 graduate of Moorestown Friends School.
He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, a member for over 80 years and twice President of the Moorestown Field Club, a member of Pine Valley Golf Club and for 10 years, a volunteer with the Moorestown Emergency Squad. Certified as an EMT from 1985 to 1995, he responded to radio calls from his home on Sunday nights.
After three semesters at the University of Pennsylvania, he entered the Army Air Corps serving as a radioman on transport planes in the Pacific. Returning to Penn, he was president of his fraternity and captain of his Ivy League champion soccer team. After graduating from the Wharton School, he joined the family textile business, retiring in 1990 as President of Globe Dye Works Company.
He was a past President of the Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Northeast Advisory Board of Philadelphia National Bank.
A man of many parts, he appreciated the countless friends he made in his business life, the annual road trips to Florida, always returning in time to enjoy the spring, summers on LBI with the 52nd Street Gang, and being on the waterways of South Jersey, fishing or just exploring and soaking up the sun with his first mate.
He was dedicated to his family and is lovingly remembered by them all, including, his son Bill, wife Debby and their sons Daniel, and Philip; his son Peter, wife Beverly, their son Kyle, his wife Megan and their children Kayleigh and Kylie, and their son Ryan, his wife Jessica and their children Casey, Karyme and Tyler. Also, his son Craig, wife Anne, and their daughters Abigail and Samantha, and his son Paul. He is also survived by his brother Sydney Greenwood and several cousins, sisters-in law, nephews, nieces and their children.
Margaret V. Beal, 84, of Center Harbor, NH, passed away at her home on Monday, April 20, after a lengthy illness. Born on September 9, 1930, in Mount Holly, NJ, she was the daughter of Arthur and Margaret (Knight) Voorhees. Margaret was raised in Moorestown, NJ and she attended Moorestown Friends School. Margaret and her husband Richard (Dick) raised their family in Gladwyne, PA.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children as a devoted wife and mother who cherished time spent with her family. Margaret is predeceased by her beloved husband of 38 years, Richard B. “Dick” Beal, in 1989, and her brother, Art Voorhees. She is survived by her four children, sons, Doug, of Ctr. Harbor, NH, Todd and Barry, of Malvern, PA, and her daughter, Dayna, of Wolfeboro, NH.
Donations in Margaret’s memory may be made to Moorestown Friends School.
Edith “June” Rodman Swanell passed from this life on July 24. She was born January 23, 1927, in Philadelphia, PA, to Clarence Wiggins Rodman and Edith Stephens Rodman. She was named for her mother but called “June” (short for “Junior”) and known by that name by all who knew and loved her.
June was preceded in death by her beloved husband Edward (Bud) F. Swanell. She was a loving, caring person whose passions included gardening, music, poetry, bridge and getting to know people.
She volunteered with Northern Neck Hospice, The Free Health Clinic, Northern Neck Community Orchestra, The Lancaster Players and Historic Christ Church. In addition to her volunteer activities, she enjoyed playing music on her accordion and piano. She performed with “40 Fingers” (four pianists), sang in the Grace Episcopal Church choir and regularly attended concerts in the area. She also played bridge as often as possible and delighted in meeting and greeting new arrivals at Rappahannock Westminster- Canterbury in Irvington, VA. June was a member of “The Tuesday Group”, a Christian study/support circle of women. Also, she was a member of The Music Study Club, Choral Singers, The Women’s Club and Grace Episcopal Church.
She is survived by her daughters Suzanne Swanell Haynes (husband, Tucker) and Sally Swanell Kyger (husband, Kyle), grandson, Shannon Lee Kyger; her nieces Edie Clark and Janet Moller; her nephew Peter Rodman and their children and grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Grace Episcopal Church Trust, P. O. Box 1059, Kilmarnock, VA 22482, Hospice of the Northern Neck. P.O. Box 262, Warsaw, VA 22572, Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts, P. O. Box 459, Kilmarnock, VA 22482 or Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury Foundation, 132 Lancaster Drive, Irvington, VA 22480.
Robert E. Cleaver, 85, passed away at the Wiley Home on April 19.
Robert grew up in Moorestown and was a longtime resident of Mt. Laurel, NJ. He was a graduate of Moorestown Friends School and longtime active member of the Moorestown Friends Meeting. Husband of 63 years of Jane (nee Ackerson), Father of David L. Cleaver, Carol A. Stoneback, Richard A. Cleaver, Steven C. Cleaver and Catherine M. Cleaver. Grandfather of Kristen, Erica, Ashley, Thomas, Emily and Elizabeth. Great Grandfather of Ava.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 1851 Old Cuthbert Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.
Kenneth H. Harbaugh was born in 1928 in PA. He died on April 19, 2011.
The family expresses its gratitude to the members of the Montreux medical center (CMS) and to the hospice team in la Riviera.
His wife: Monika Harbaugh
His children: Alexander Harbaugh and Danielle Harbaugh
His grandchildren: Eleonora Mae and James-Oliver
His daughter in-law: Laura Harbaugh-Di Petto
His family and friends (in Pfaeffikon, Zurich, Montreux, Geneva, Lucerne and the USA) are deeply saddened to inform you of the death of Mr. Kenneth H. Harbaugh
If you would like to make a gift, send it to Medair, CCP 10-648-6. The family’s address: Sentier Cour-de-Chaulin 11, 1832 Chamby.
William G. Haynes, known as Bill, died peacefully at his Lynchburg, VA, home after a brief skirmish with lung cancer. Bill, 82, was a lifelong atheist and as he approached his death with his trademark intelligence and good humor he saw no reason to change his mind. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Bill spent 35 years living and working in England where he met the love of his life, Jenny. Together they enjoyed 19 years of loving friendship, emigrating to Lynchburg from London in 2005. Bill was an enthusiastic jazz buff, a long-time supporter of Chelsea Football Club – yes that is soccer – and a connoisseur of good food, good wine and congenial company. He died with Jenny by his side with wonderful compassionate support from Centra Hospice and Jenny’s friend Cathy Thompson. In addition to Jenny, Bill is survived by two ex-wives and three children from his first marriage, Ben, Siobhan and Will.
Sallie Knorr Stewart of West Suffield, CT, passed away suddenly on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at her home. She was born on May 4, 1934 in Camden, New Jersey to Edward A. Knorr and Norma Hunt Knorr. Sallie grew up in Haddon Heights, NJ and graduated from Moorestown Friends School.
As a student volunteer, Sallie lived among the people of Appalachia teaching and herding goats on an Ozark farm. She received a B.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute and was a talented artist. One of her paintings was acquired by the institute’s museum. After college she worked for the U.S. Army Special Services Branch at Fort Monmouth, NJ and managed a recreational arts program for G.I.’s that included woodworking, painting, ceramics, and photography. She had a retrospective exhibit of her paintings, sketches and watercolors at the Kent Library in Suffield several years ago.
Sallie married Robert C. Stewart in 1960 and raised their daughters, Aralee and Jamia. Sallie was a homemaker and the local driver-mom, taking the neighborhood kids to Scouts, Little League, dancing lessons, gymnastics and a variety of after school activities. She loved to travel with her husband and explored the towns of western Mexico. Sallie was an experienced sailor who cruised the lower New England coast, the Bahamas, and the Virgin Islands. She and her husband travelled to Ecuador and the headwaters of the Amazon River to explore its backwaters in native dugout canoes. Later, as members of the Society for Industrial Archeology, they toured steel mills, sawmills, canals, textile factories and mines. One tour took them to Dawson City and the Klondike in Yukon Territory to study gold mining. Her most recent adventure was helping to run a barge up the Erie Canal. At college she developed a lifelong friendship with Pauline Allred, an Osage Indian. She participated in some of the Osage ceremonies and they gave her an Indian name which translates as “little sister.”
Sallie is survived by her husband, Robert, her brother Edward B. Knorr and his wife Janet of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Aralee (Stewart) Sullivan and Jamia (Stewart) Liu and their husbands James Sullivan and Dennis Liu. Her grandchildren, Jimmy Sullivan, Charlize and Francesca Liu will miss her warm heart, artistic skills and down to earth wisdom. Her husband and many friends in Suffield and East Granby will remember her gentle wit and loving heart.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations to the Copper Hill United Methodist Church at the above address or to Alley Cat Allies, 7920 Norfolk Avenue-Suite 600, Bethesda, MD 20814.
Carol Ann Davis, 66, passed away July 24 with her family by her side, after a courageous battle with cancer. Carol was born June 16, 1949 in Mt. Holly, NJ to Almalee H. Davis (Greenwald) and Thomas R. Davis.
Carol graduated from Moorestown Friends School (67), Ursinus College (71), and with a B.B.A. from Georgia State in 1984. She was a member of Golden Key National Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi.
Carol was a member of the US Army from 1973-1976, stationed in Augsburg, Germany where she met her partner through life of 41 years and spouse of 18 days, Shirley Tyldesley. Together they built a life in Lawrenceville, GA. Carol served 4 years in the Georgia Army National Guard. She was Controller at Ferry Hayes & Allen Designers, Inc. Her hobbies included softball, gardening and landscaping, travelling and spoiling her many beloved pets. She was a member of American Legion Post 251 in Duluth, GA.
Carol is survived by her spouse, Shirley C Tyldesley, mother Almalee H. Davis, sister April L. Bird (Davis) and brother-in-law Wayne E. Bird and their two children Briana J. Bird (Jason Kelley) and Denver D. Bird. She was preceded in death by her father Thomas R. Davis.
Donations can be made to Gentiva Hospice Foundation, 3350 Riverwood Parkway, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30329 (www.gentivahospicefoundation.org) or to the Wesley United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 25, Columbus, NJ 08022.
Dan McGowan, 66, passed away Tuesday, September 8 after a year long fight with cancer. He was born March 17, 1949 in New Jersey, and adopted into the loving arms of Dorothy Painter McGowan and Wesley Maxwell McGowan. He graduated from Moorestown Friends School in New Jersey and Ottawa University, Kansas. He worked for Litton Industries, NCR, and retired from Verizon five years ago. Dan served 26 years in the South Carolina National Guard and four years in the US Air Force Reserves. He was activated and deployed to Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War. He was a combat veteran with the 18th ABN Dragon Bde. He retired in 2003 with honorary rank of Sgt. Major. After his retirement, his penchant for serving his country and community was filled by joining the South Carolina State Guard, where he attained the rank of Command Sgt. Major. He was also an active member of Lexington County CERT.
Dan and his wife enjoyed camping in their RV with family and the SC RoadRunners Good San’s Club. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Susan Stoterau Rust McGowan, four step children; Lisa Rust, Steve Rust (Staci Taylor) Rust, Ryan (Amanda) Rust, Kristy Eckhardt of West Columbia, SC, seven grandchildren; Nicholas Prosser, Lydia Lambert, Garrett Rust, Dean Rust, Sawyer Rust, Eve Rust, Ragan Rust, and great-grandchildren; Gage Boyer and Marley Claire Sandridge. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Memorials may be made to Lutheran Hospice or American Cancer Society.
Elise A. Mannella passed away on June 11. Daughter of Adele and the late Raymond Mannella, Elise was the beloved sister of Richard Mannella (Crissie) and Nina Crooks (Richard). She is also survived by her nieces and nephew, Sophia and Zoe Crooks, Erica and Steven Mannella, and Tati Kresefsky. If desired, memorial donations may be made in Elise’s name to Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Foundation, Attn: Paul Gunther, 125 South 9th Street, Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
Claire Louise Miller Zimmerman, 59, was born on August 17, 1955 and died on May 24. Claire grew up in Moorestown, NJ, the fifth of six children. She graduated from Moorestown Friends School, went on to graduate from Colorado College and then earned her master’s degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. After graduate school, she worked in Dallas, TX, for the Southland Corporation. She met Gene Zimmerman in 1990 in Dallas and they married in 1991 and moved to Portland, where they raised two children, Chloe and Eric. Besides her family, Claire’s passion was dogs and she worked for four years at the Oregon Humane Society, followed by 14 years for Guide Dogs for the Blind as its placement director. With the love and support of her family, friends and the community, Claire courageously fought for nearly five years the debilitating effects of a tumor in her spinal cord. She was preceded in death by her parents, Erica and Vernon Miller. She is survived by her husband, Gene; children, Chloe and Eric; siblings, Carolyn, Jeff, Leslie, Eric and Buck; six nieces; and one nephew. Her love of dogs, music, dancing, traveling and reading were only surpassed by her love for her family. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Claire’s name to Guide Dogs for the Blind or to your own favorite charity.
Carol Evans Herrman, 48, died on Aug. 22. Of Moorestown, NJ. Wife of Richard Herrman. Daughter of Walter and Larue Evans. Sister of Bill Evans. Contributions can be made to Autism NJ, 500 Horizon Dr. Suite 539, Robbinsville, NJ 08091 (www.autismnj.org) or Orchard Friends School, 405 Linden St., Riverton, NJ 08077 (www.orchardfriends.org ).
Jeffrey Gerber, 43, of Falls Church, VA died March 28. He was born December 7, 1971 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He was a graduate of Moorestown Friends School and Carnegie Mellon University.
Jeff was very creative and was passionate about technology. He moved to Virginia in 1993 to begin his career in information technology with American Management Systems where he was able to pursue his passion professionally. His career spanned over 20 years working with AMS, TetraTech, ICF, and finally as a Web Services Manager for the Library of Congress (LOC) where he was particularly proud to bring the LOC’s film and video collections online for public enjoyment.
Jeff was a longtime member and board member of Beth Chai Jewish Humanist Congregation in Bethesda, MD.
A loving husband and father, Jeff is survived by his wife of 16 years, Shannon LaVerne Rudisill; and his two sons, Alexander Charles and Wesley Lanier. He frequently volunteered with Boy Scouts and other activities with his sons, and was an accomplished amateur chef. Jeff is also survived by his mother and father, James Wellington and Wendy (Hack) Gerber; his sister, Stacy Abramson and husband, Andrew; nephews, Natan and Doren Abramson; and many other cherished family and friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Anita and Sidney Hack and paternal grandparents Milton and Jeanette Gerber.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Colon Cancer Alliance at: http://support.ccalliance.org/goto/Jeffrey_Gerber
Gabriel F. Belser, husband of Carol Ann Matthews Belser ’48, passed on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, Pa. He was 85. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lynne Belser Oddo, and his son, Craig David Belser. He will be missed by wife of 63 years, Carol Ann; his daughter, Susan Burger; grandsons, Kyle and Tyler Burger; son-in-law, Phillip Oddo; and other family and friends. As a long time volunteer with the Northampton Fire Company, he was instrumental in the establishment of a substation in Holland to help better serve the growing community. Gabe was a proud member of the Tacony Masonic Lodge 600 and served a term as Master of the lodge. He and Carol Ann had many fun years as boaters in the Chesapeake Bay area. Then headed to Sarasota, Fla. where they lived for 17 years until moving back to Pa. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given to the Tree of Life Fund, Masonic Villages Gift Planning, One Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022. Please memo checks in memory of Gabriel Belser.
George H. Blood, husband of Margaret Wood Blood ’47, died peacefully surrounded by his family on April 21 at the age of 90 following a period of declining health. He was born in Winchester on December 28, 1924 the son of the late Wayland Potter Blood and Katharine Day (Freeman) Blood.
George is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years Margaret Peg Blood (Wood) Blood of Wayland. Beloved father of Robert W. Blood of Weston and the late Deborah C. Blood who died on March 1, 2010. Brother of Jane Sencer of Stone Mountain, GA and Wayland F. Blood of Naples, FL. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.
George had been a resident of Wayland for over 58 years and spent his earlier years in Belmont where he graduated from Belmont High School. He graduated from Mass Maritime Academy and entered the Merchant Marines and the United States Navy and served as a LTJG during World War II. After his tour of duty, he received his B.S. in Business Administration from Boston University. From 1951 until his retirement in 1986, he was a sales representative for International Silver Company now known as the Wallace Silver Co. of Meriden. CT.
In lieu of flowers memorial gifts in his memory may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, 10 Speen St, Second Floor, Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements entrusted to the care of the John C. Bryant Funeral Home of Wayland.
Constance “Connie” Holcombe Evaul, mother of Anne Evaul ’78 and Phil Evaul ’81, passed away on April 20. She was 85 and lived in Merchantville, NJ. She is survived by her loving husband, Tom, daughter Anne and husband Michael Wisnosky, son Philip and wife Heather Jones, daughter-in law Lise, wife of son Chip (deceased), grandson Matthew Wisnosky, sister Lynn Morris and brother Jack Holcombe. Connie graduated with a nursing degree from Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia and worked in a number of hospitals including Cooper and Our Lady of Lourdes, where she retired as an assistant head nurse. She was an avid birder, photographer, sailor, student of French and a volunteer for numerous organizations. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Cancer Society or Guilford College, Greensboro, NC 27410.
Joyce Franich, former faculty, 80, of Chattanooga, TN passed away peacefully on Sept. 21, surrounded by her loving family. Joyce was born in Bay Shore, NY, on March 5, 1935 to parents, Matthew and Anna O’Donnell Davison Jr. She was an extremely talented musician and a lover of wildlife and she passed her love for nature and music down to her children and grandchildren. She was lovingly supported by her church community at White Oak Baptist Church and St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. She will be greatly missed by those who survive her, including her daughter, Tamara Franich; son, Matthew Franich; brother, Matthew Davison and his wife, Anne; grandchildren, Ryan Cooper, Eryn Maurey, Kyle Branning and Matthew Branning; nephew, Matthew Davison and his wife, Jennifer; and great-nephews, Connor and Cameron Davison as well as extended family and friends. Special thanks to Robert Highers and Bailey Gordon for their unconditional support for Joyce and her family.
Nancy Linden Good, wife of David Good ’69, died at age 59. A lifelong resident of Naperville, IL, she passed away peacefully on November 19, 2014 at Seasons Hospice in Naperville. She was born on May 24, 1955 in Naperville to Richard and Marilyn Linden. Nancy is survived by her devoted husband of 38 years, David Eckert Good; her loving children, Andrew Robert Good and Eleanor Allison Good; her cherished parents, Richard A. Linden and Marilyn R. Linden of Batavia, IL; her dear siblings, David (Kathy) Linden of Hunstville, AL and Betsy (Donald) Spink of Villa Park, IL; as well as her mother-in-law, Shirley Good of Mount Laurel, NJ and sister-in-law, Alice Good of Riverton, NJ. She was preceded in death by her father-in-law, William Eckert Good.
Nancy attended Granger Elementary and Naperville High School, did undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, finishing with a PhD in Analytical Chemistry in 1981. She worked as a research chemist at Corn Products Corporation in Argo, Illinois until 1987.
For those who would like to leave a lasting tribute to Nancy’s life, memorials to the Morton Arboretum or American Recorder Society would be greatly appreciated.
Bruce Clement Hasbrouck, father of Ethan Hasbrouck ’98, Seth Hasbrouck ’00, and Heidi Hasbrouck ’01, was welcomed into Heaven on September 8. He was 67 years old and of Washington Township, NJ.
Bruce was a longtime Gloucester County attorney and former longtime board member of the Friends School of Mullica Hill, The College of New Jersey, and a member of the Deptford Rotary Club. Bruce was an avid sailor and loved spending his time with his family, especially the grandchildren. He will be missed by all who loved him.
Beloved husband of 37 years to Leeanne; Devoted father of Ethan (Allison), Seth, and Heidi (Matthew), Cherished grandfather of Tyler, Dylan and Francis. Beloved son to Elizabeth; brother to Hollie, Mary, Ann, Margaret, and Katherine. Bruce also leaves behind several nieces and nephews.
Ann Hedges (nee Succop), wife of the late Dr. Thomas Hedges Jr., and mother of Dr. Thomas Hedges III ’67, the late George Hedges ’70, and William Hedges ’74. She died on June 10, aged 90 years, of Moorestown, NJ. Grandmother of T. Reed, Shonnard, Daniel and Duncan. Great Grandmother of Zephan. Memorial contributions to The Evergreens Employee Appreciation Fund 309 Bridgeboro Rd. Moorestown, NJ 08057.
Walter Macy Lewis, former faculty and husband of Ann Mood Lewis ’50, passed away at the age of 89 on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at home. He is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Ann Elliott Lewis, formerly of Collingswood, NJ; sons, John Macy (Wanda) Lewis, DDS, Walter Elliott Lewis; grandchildren, Paul Benjamin Lewis, Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, and Luke Samuel Lewis, all of Wichita, KS. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Jennie Lewis; sister, Lois Lewis; brothers, Wayne and Gordon of Gate, OK.
Macy was a birthright Quaker but later in life joined Eastminster Presbyterian Church. He grew up as a cowboy in the panhandle of Oklahoma but felt that his true calling was being an educator, serving as a science teacher for 35 years and an adjunct instructor at Friends University. He earned degrees from four Universities and continued to be a student all of his life. He loved people and never met a stranger. Macy was known to say “I would like to thank you for your smile. Every time you smile you share Gods’ love.” After retiring from teaching in 1990, he continued his interest in genealogy, tracing the family tree for over 40 generations. He was also a world traveler.
Memorials have been established with Friends University, 2100 W. University Ave., Wichita, KS 67213; and The Outreach Foundation, 381 Riverside Dr., Ste. 110, Franklin, TN 37064.
John Joseph Meade, husband of Amy Marshall Meade ’78, died at the age of 67 on March 7. Of Philadelphia PA. Husband of Amy (nee Marshall) and father of Christopher. John is also survived by many wonderful relatives and friends. As per John’s beliefs, please perform random acts of kindness in his honor.
Yuriko “Yuri” Uyehara Moriuchi, wife of late School Committee Clerk Takashi, mother of former School Committee Clerk Fred Moriuchi ’65, Agnes Miyo Moriuchi ’67, Carol Kiyo Moriuchi ’71, and Nancy Chiyo Moriuchi ’73, grandmother of Takashi Moriuchi ’92, former School Committee Clerk Naoji Moriuchi ’94, the late Seiji Moriuchi ’98, Emiko Guthe ’02, Akemi Moriuchi ’04, Greg Guthe ’05, and Geoffrey “Yas” Guthe ’10, and great-grandmother of Mina ’26 and Naomi Moriuchi ’28, mother-in-law of Caroline Brunt Moriuchi ’66 and former School Committee Clerk Bill Guthe.
Yuri, 97, of Medford, President in the mid-1980s of the Philadelphia chapter of Ikebana International, the flower-arranging society, died August 3, at Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice in Mount Holly following a stroke. She was a former president of the Moorestown Garden Club.
Since 1986, Mrs. Moriuchi had lived at Medford Leas, the retirement community she and her husband, Takashi, had helped found. The couple met through the American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia after they had been released from separate internment camps. In an account she gave to the Medford Leas magazine, when she met Takashi Moriuchi, “she was not very impressed.”
“He was a farmer, and that was the last type of person she would like to be serious with. She was a city girl with no family background in farming. As she grew to know him better, she liked his honesty and mischievous streak, and his drive.”
After they married in 1946, he bought his first 100-acre vegetable farm in Mount Laurel with a bank loan that year. By 1975 his farming had expanded to 1,000 acres with annual sales of $2 million – the equivalent of $8.8 million in 2015 dollars.
Born in Oakland, CA, Mrs. Moriuchi graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Los Angeles in 1936 and was a bookkeeper for a fishing and canning firm in Long Beach, Calif., before the war. After marrying, she was the office manager for the family farm, Tak Moriuchi Inc. of Moorestown.
Besides her daughter, Mrs. Moriuchi is survived by son Fred; daughters Carol Kiyo Moriuchi and Nancy Chiyo Moriuchi; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 2010.
Donations may be sent to Moorestown Friends Meeting, 118 E. Main St., Moorestown, N.J. 08057 or www.moorestownfriendsmeeting.org. Condolences may be offered to the family at the meeting’s address.
David D. Wasson, Jr., husband of Sandra Bray Wasson ’58, of Medford Lakes, NJ died March 20, at his residence. He was 75. Dave is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years, Sandy; his children, J.T. (Brandi) Thurber, Deidre (Chris) Kempf, Lori (Patrick) Midgett, Cheryl (David) McCann, Patti McDonald, and David (Beth) Wasson, III; his grandchildren, Lindsay, Steven, Jillian, David, Brittany, Alyssa, Kristen, Rachael, Carly, Gavyn, Brayson, Sadie James, Brock and Holt.
Born in Philadelphia, Dave was a graduate of Central H.S., Class of 1958. Dave retired from Eckenhoff Buick after 42 years. Dave was a longtime council member and former mayor of Medford Lakes. He served on the Colony Board of Directors, the Planning Board, and brought the Municipal Alliance Program to the Borough. He was a member and Past President of the Moorestown Rotary Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or charity of donor’s choice.