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Condolences 5/28/2020  
Parent of Beejay Nigro Moriarty, D.D.S., '71
In Memoriam 5/28/2020  
Obituary for Roxanne V. Zygmund
Roxanne V. Zygmund, 67, has passed away peacefully at her home in Brick.
Born in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, Roxanne worked as an Administrative Assistant at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey. Surviving are her daughter Tara Jacques, step-daughter Stacey, step-sons David and Scott, brother, Walter Piasecki, and her six grandchildren. A celebration of Roxanne's life will be held at the Silverton Memorial Funeral Home at a later date.
In Memoriam 5/13/2020  
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In Memoriam 5/11/2020  
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In Memoriam 5/8/2020  
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In Memoriam 5/6/2020  
I think you should know that Marie Butler class of 1964 passed away March 31, 2020. Mimi was a loyal and faithful Courtier. She was our Alumna contact and loved being at the Court so much that she spent a summer while still matriculating. Mimi fought Alzheimer disease for a long time and I would speak with her often until recently. She kept in contact with many classmates and she loved her little church in North Fort Myers . Mimi will be missed.Keep her in your prayers.
Justine Carrigan

In Memoriam 5/6/2020  
Maureen Murnane

Lakewood - Maureen Murnane died April 23, 2020, in Brick. She was born in Bayonne, the only child of Margaret Farley and Edward Murnane, the former Hudson County Freeholder and Hoboken Commissioner of Revenue and Finance.

Maureen attended St. Andrew School and Holy Family Academy in Bayonne, received a BA from Notre Dame College, an MA from Seton Hall University, and a Master of Divinity from Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington (Seton Hall). Her life was dedicated to service. In 1954 she entered the community of Dominican Sisters at Caldwell and served 30 years as a teacher and administrator in Livingston, Rutherford, Scott Plains, Newark, Kenilworth, Jersey City, New Providence, Clifton, and Caldwell. She was also a member of the Board of Trustees at Caldwell College. More recently, Maureen was a professor of English at Georgian Court University, until her retirement in 2000. After retiring, she was elected President of the Board of Trustees at Leisure Village East and served in that capacity for 10 years.

She is survived by her cousin-in-law, Anthony DiLeo of Hollywood, FL, and Newburgh, NY. Cousins Maureen McCarthy of New Haven, CT, and Maureen Farley McMahon, of Chicago, IL, and a host of other relatives. She is also survived by many dear and devoted friends, among them Ruth Boyle, Ann Marie Rimmer, OP, and Patricia Mahoney, OP.

A Memorial Service will be held when circumstances permit. Following the ceremony, friends and relatives will be invited to gather for a "celebration of life." In lieu of flowers, please offer a donation to St. Catherine of Siena Healthcare Center, made out to "Sisters of Saint Dominic of Caldwell," and sent to Sisters of Saint Dominic of Caldwell, Development Office, One Ryerson Avenue, Caldwell, NJ 07006, or online at
In Memoriam 5/6/2020  
Obituary of Sr. Margaret Russell Sister Margaret Russell, formerly Sister Mary del Ray, age 80 died on April 10, 2020 at McAuley Hall Health Care Center in Watchung, NJ. Known to many as Peggy, she was born in Riverside, NJ to Walter and Josephine Russell and educated at St. Paul School in Burlington and Cathedral High School in Trenton. Inspired by the Sisters of Mercy, Peggy entered the community after graduation. She earned a degree in elementary education and a master's degree in supervision and curriculum at Georgian Court University. Margaret's first assignments were teaching in elementary schools in the dioceses of Trenton and Metuchen: St. Elizabeth in Bernardsville; St. Francis Cathedral, Metuchen; St. Catherine, East Keansburg; St. Joseph, Bound Brook and St. Charles Borromeo where she was principal. She served as communications director for the Sisters of Mercy before becoming principal at St. Francis Cabrini School in Piscataway and then at St. Mary School in South Amboy. During those years she was honored several times by the dioceses of Trenton and Metuchen for Excellence in Education. In 2001, she moved to pastoral services becoming director of religious education at St. Luke Parish in Toms River. Her love of children and desire to foster in them a love of Jesus and the Church inspired all her efforts. She shared her gifts generously with those who worked with her and made their efforts enjoyable. After several years in Forked River, she moved to McAuley Health Care Center in 2019. Margaret is survived by her brother Joseph and his wife, Penny, many nieces, nephews and Sisters of Mercy. Funeral Services are Private and a Memorial Mass will take place at a later date. Donations in memory of Sister Peggy can be made to the Sisters of Mercy 1645 Highway 22 Watchung, NJ
In Memoriam 5/6/2020  
On Saturday, April 4, 2020, Michael Edward Stover, 63, of Toms River passed away suddenly in his home. Michael was born on August 14, 1956 in Long Branch, NJ to Robert and Catherine Stover. Mike was a beloved husband of 44 years to his highschool sweetheart, a loving father to his daughters and son-in-law and a devoted Pop-pop to his granddaughters. Mike was a proud veteran of the United States Army, and served from 1973-1980. Mike graduated from Georgian Court University with degrees in business and computer science. He had a long-standing career as a database administrator and loved working for Verizon Wireless. Mike was a lover of music and concerts, especially Bob Dylan, the New York Jets, the New York Yankees, playing golf, basketball, pool and darts. He was known for his quick-wit, his infectious smile and his kind and compassionate spirit. Michael grew up in Hazlet, NJ before relocating to Toms River. Michael is survived by his wife Heidi Stover, daughter Melissa Schneider and her husband Craig, daughter Dana Stover, granddaughters Kaylee and Alexandra, and his dogs Lulu and Dylan; mother Catherine Stover and father-in-law Jack Kreuter; brothers Robert Stover and wife Ruth, Kenneth Stover and wife Patricia and John Stover and wife Kathleen; sisters Patricia Alger and life partner Imthiaz and Nancy Perrone and husband Frank; many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. Michael is predeceased by his father Robert W. Stover Sr., his mother-in-law Gilda Kreuter and his brother-in-law Marc Kreuter. Due to the current healthcare crisis, memorial services are private. At a later date, there will be a gathering to celebrate Michael's life.
In Memoriam 5/5/2020  

My mom is Merald Greta Goldman. She is an alumnus of Georgian Court College and graduated in the early 80s. If it would help to find her year of graduation, her date of birth was February 4, 1935. At the time she attended Georgian Court College she was living at 54 Sunset Drive, Howell, NJ 07731. She later moved to 6670 Maybrook Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33437. I know she obtained a Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree in Art and Elementary Education from Georgian Court College. I regret to inform you that my mom passed away on July 9, 2019 and give you permission to list her in your Memoriam of the next "Georgian Court University Magazine".

Much regards,

Richard Goldman
In Memoriam 5/5/2020  
Prayers have been requested for the eternal rest of Father Gerard S. Sloyan, who was the Diocese of Trenton's oldest priest and had been ordained the longest.
Father Sloyan, who celebrated dual milestones in 2019 - his 75th anniversary of priestly ordination on June 3 and his 100th birthday on Dec. 9 - died in the early morning hours of Feb. 23.
Upon announcing Father Sloyan's death, Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., said, "Please join me in prayer that he will rest in the Lord's peace."
Bishop O'Connell noted that funeral arrangements are pending but will be made in Potomac, Md., where Father Sloyan resided in an assisted living facility located on the grounds of Our Lady of Mercy Parish.
Born in 1919 in Bronx, N.Y., and raised in Red Bank, Father Sloyan spent the majority of his 75-year priestly ministry serving in academia.
He prepared for the priesthood in Seton Hall University, South Orange; Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington, and Theological College of The Catholic University of America, Washington. He was ordained a priest by Bishop William A. Griffin June 3, 1944, in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, and his first assignment was to St. Anthony Parish, Hamilton (now part of Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony Parish). After a summer in Hamilton, he began full-time work in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at The Catholic University of America.
Among the parishes in the Trenton Diocese where Father Sloyan assisted during the summers included Sacred Heart, Bay Head; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Maple Shade, and St. Francis of Assisium, Trenton. Father Sloyan also spent a very brief time as novitiate of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, Metuchen, in 1947.
In 1955, Father Sloyan served briefly as assistant dean of the College of Arts and Science at The Catholic University of America, and in 1957 as head of the graduate department of religious education, a position he held for a decade before he resigned and joined the Department of Religion at Temple University, Philadelphia, where he remained until his retirement. Once he retired, he returned to Washington as an adjunct professor of theology in CUA and in Georgetown University, also in Washington.
Throughout his years in academics, Father Sloyan published numerous books on the Catholic faith, focusing primarily on the life of Jesus and the Gospels. Among his popular works are "What Are They Saying About John?", 1991; "Jesus on Trial: A Study of the Gospels," 2006; and "Jesus: Word Made Flesh," 2008.
Father Sloyan also served on the continuing education committee of the diocesan Council of Priests.
Father Sloyan had an opportunity to reflect on his special milestones when he was interviewed by The Monitor for a story on his 75th anniversary of his priestly ordination. He recalled knowing from the time he was six years old and serving as an altar boy in his parish that he would one day want to become a priest. He credited his parents, Marie Virginia Kelley and Jerome James Sloyan, for raising him and his three sisters in a strong Catholic household and instilling them the belief in God.
"To me, faith is all important," Father Sloyan said in the interview.
"Faith is at the roots of my human being from infancy up," he said, and noted that his Catholic upbringing was influential in his wanting to become a priest and that two of his sisters also entered religious life.
When Father Sloyan turned 100, a gathering, complete with a birthday cake, was held at CUA with friends and faculty members in attendance. At that time, it was learned that the CUA faculty had planned to commemorate Father Sloyan's two milestones with a one-day symposium in the spring. The panel discussions would have focused on major issues Father Sloyan worked on throughout his life, with speakers addressing both his contribution to them and the current state of the disciplines. Proposed topics include homiletics, liturgical catechesis, the Gospel of John and Jewish-Christian dialogue.
Among those offering condolence messages on Facebook on Feb. 23 included Father Jean Felicien, a priest of the Diocese who is currently pursuing canon law studies in CUA. He told of meeting Father Sloyan on two occasions, one of which was at the 100th birthday celebration at which time, Father Sloyan presented Father Felicien with a copy of one of his books.
In her Facebook post, Natalee Franzyshen commented on the blessing it was to have met Father Sloyan, then stated, "The world lost a special man and heaven gained a new angel."
Father Sloyan's funeral arrangements will be posted to as they become available.

In Memoriam 4/30/2020  
Obituary of Sr. Patricia Deckert Sister Patricia Deckert, formerly Sister Mary Brenda, age 87, died peacefully on April 6, 2020 at McAuley Hall Health Care Center. Born in Jamaica, Queens, New York to John and Josephine Deckert, she grew up in Sea Bright, New Jersey in "the first house from the ocean." From the day she made her first Holy Communion, she wanted to be a sister. She attended public and Catholic schools graduating from Red Bank Catholic High School and entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1951. Following first profession she earned her first degree from Georgian Court University in elementary education and a second in nursing at Brookdale Community CollegeShe began her teaching career in St. Mary School, South Amboy and over the next 18 years taught in both St. Joseph and St Mary Schools in Trenton, St. John in Paulsboro and St. James in Red Bank. She began her second career in nursing at Riverview Hospital in Red Bank. In 1986 she was named Director of Nursing at Cliffside Healthcare Center and later worked at MCOSS Nursing Services in Red Bank. In1992 she began a decade as a family caregiver at her mother's home in Sea BrightIn 2002, Pat returned to Mount Saint Mary in Watchung. Reflecting on her life at the time of her 60th jubilee, Pat said, "It has been a wonderful life with its ups and downs like any other, but I love God and God loves me."Sister Pat is survived by her siblings, Carol Marie Weber, Ann Pennington and John Deckert, many nieces and nephews and Sisters of MercyFuneral services will be private. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in her name to Sisters of Mercy Mid-Atlantic Community, 1645 US Highway 22 West, Watchung, NJ 07069.
In Memoriam 4/30/2020  
Edward Roger Marks, Jr.Jackson The family of Edward R. Marks Jr., age 80, of Jackson, NJ sadly announces his sudden passing on April 9, 2020 at the Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, NJ. Edward was born in Lakewood on March 10, 1940. He was a resident of Lakewood for most of his life, until moving to Jackson 4 years ago. He was a member of the Lakewood Volunteer Fire Department, Rescue Company #2 and during his tenure served in several roles including captain. As a professional land surveyor and licensed planner for over 30 years, Edward was the founder and president of Edward R. Marks, Jr. & Associates PA until his retirement from surveying in 1996. With a passion for gardening, he went on to receive his certification as a Master Gardener from Rutgers University and served as the Head Groundskeeper for Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ until his retirement. He had a lifelong interest in hunting and fishing and enjoyed spending time at his farm in Virginia. Son of the late Alice M. and Edward R. Marks, Sr. and brother of the late Stanley Marks, Edward is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 56 years, Carol Ann Marks (White); their 3 children, Edward J. Marks, Mary K. Pettrow and her husband Pete, and Alice A. Robinson and her husband Darren; his brother, James Marks and his wife Kathleen; a sister-in-law, Judy Marks; two grandchildren, Ted Pettrow and his wife Jess and Chase Marks; and several nieces, nephews and extended family, friends and loved ones. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, all arrangements must be private, and are under the direction of the D'Elia Funeral Home of Lakewood, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities Children & Family Services, 383 W. State Street, Trenton, NJ 08618 or by visiting the website . Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Marks, Pettrow and Robinson families.
In Memoriam 4/30/2020  
Mary McGurl McGinley, whose generous spirit and sense of humor brightened the lives of everyone who knew her, died April 19 at Luther Crest in Allentown. She was 100 years old. In September, after blowing out the candles on her birthday cake, she quipped, "Does this mean I get another 100?"Mary, or "Mimi" as she was often called, leaves behind a devoted fan club of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who relished her kindness, patience and playfulness. Born Sept. 8, 1919, in Minersville, Pa., Mary was the youngest child of Laura Ellin (Quinn) McGurl and John Breslin McGurl. Along with her sister, Blanche, and brother, John, she spent summers at her beloved Deer Lake. Mary graduated from high school at 16 and from Georgian Court College four years later. In 1942, she married Paul A. McGinley, of Allentown. A successful attorney, he served as District Attorney of Lehigh County from 1955 to 1959. The couple had four children. She often said her years as a 1950s homemaker were among the happiest of her life, filled with backyard parties with friends and family dinners at local restaurants. Mary liked nothing better than to order a whiskey sour and "surf and turf." Summers often included vacations at the Jersey Shore, Florida -and once, Bermuda -where everyone enjoyed swimming, deep-sea fishing and watching alligator wrestling. To an extraordinary degree, Mary's life was defined by service to others, even amid adversity. After her husband died in 1964 at the age of 48, Mary spent her life raising her children and caring for those who needed her, including her siblings and sister-in-law, Jane McGurl. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels and the Mercy School and babysat for her grandchildren -a source of great joy. "All she knows is love," a relative once said. At the same time, Mary became a first-rate bowler and was a whiz at crossword puzzles. She loved chocolate of any kind especially hot fudge poured over vanilla ice cream. As her family grew over the years, Mary's longtime home on Chew Street became a happy gathering spot for reunions and holiday dinners. She often greeted guests with a giant pot of homemade beef stew or vegetable soup. An avid sports fan, she followed professional tennis in the summer, Notre Dame football in the fall and Duke basketball in the winter. Her enthusiasm was contagious. In 2006, Mary moved to Luther Crest, where she became part of a close-knit community that included wonderful friends such as Bob Benedict and the late Charlotte Staton. She learned how to line dance, volunteered in the gift shop and went to concerts, plays and lectures. She was happiest when surrounded by her family, which includes nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Survived by her four children: Ellin McGinley Daum; Paul A. McGinley (Shirley Coffey); Ann McGinley (Jeffrey Stempel) and Laurie McGinley (Eric Pianin). Her nine grandchildren are Caitlin Daum; Paige McGinley (Pannill Camp); Laura McGinley (William Lamson); Paul McGinley III (Julia West); Ryan, Reed and Shanen McGinley-Stempel and Alix and Stephen Pianin. Her five great-grandchildren are June and Willa Camp; Sole Lamson and Jack and Maxwell McGinley.Donations may be made to the Mercy School for Special Learning, 800 Woodward St., Allentown, PA 18103. A private celebration of Mary's life will take place at a later date.
In Memoriam 4/29/2020  
Cecily Swabb Zerbe formerly of Ridgewood, NJ and most recently of Wesley Chapel, FL passed away on March 30, 2020. She was born December 31, 1927 in Erie PA., the daughter of Frank Swabb and Ethel Duffy Swabb. Due to the Great Depression, her parents relocated to Hazelton, PA. where she grew up. She met Edward B. Zerbe on a blind date and they married December 30, 1950. They were married for 69 years. Ed still resides in Wesley Chapel, Fl.Cecily is predeceased by her brother James in 2000 and her daughter, Allison who died in 1972 at age seven. She is survived by 4 Sons who all graduated from Ridgewood High School. Brennan Zerbe and wife Marilyn of Mill Valley, CA, Robert Zerbe and wife Kathryn of Crisfield, MD, John Zerbe and spouse Ryan of Omaha, NE, Douglas Zerbe and wife Valinda of Wesley Chapel, FL. There are three Grandchildren: Gavin and Devon Zerbe, Erica Murphy-Zerbe and husband Patrick.Cecily was a devoted lifelong Catholic and the Sisters of Mercy provided her education at both Mount St. Mary Academy in Watchung, NJ and at Georgian Court College, where she was President of the Debate Society. Cecily graduated in 1949 with a B.S. degree in both English and Merchandising. Cecily then attended New York University School of Commerce at the Graduate School of Retailing earning an M.S. in Retailing in 1950. Always a thirst for knowledge, Cecily took courses throughout her life including Art History, Calligraphy, Total Immersion French Classes, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Bible studies, Jazz and Upholstery. On the due date of her fourth child, she hauled out her completed upholstered wing chair.Cecily was a bridge player, tennis buff and golfer, and hit a hole-in-one in 2000. Ed & Cecily were active members in the Upper Ridgewood Tennis Club and the Ridgewood Country Club. The Zerbe Family were members of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Ridgewood, NJ.Cecily was a self-described Genealogy "buff" tracing her forebearers back to the 1600s, without the aid of internet services. A book was published reflecting her research.Cecily often acknowledged how blessed her life was, and that her greatest joy was her four "boys." Her husband Ed was a corporate executive, which required several family moves. Cecily made friends from all over, which she enjoyed for decades. She was a successful Sales Representative for Lederle Laboratories, a pharmaceutical division of America Cyanamide for some years while three sons attended college. Her real career was her family.Resided: Ridgewood, NJ 1965 1995, Hilton Head Island, SC 1995 2002, Wesley Chapel, FL 2002 2020Most recently, Cecily was a member of St. Mark the Evangelist Church in Tampa, FL where she served as a Eucharistic Minister. There will be a Memorial Service at St Mark's on Cross Creek Blvd in Tampa planned for July and then in Ridgewood at Mount Carmel Church sometime thereafter. Cecily's cremains will be interred in the family plot at Christ the King Cemetery in Franklin Lakes, NJ.In lieu of flowers, contributions to Trinity Cafe, a non-denominational cafe that feeds the homeless would be appreciated. P.O. Box 320146 Tampa, FL 33679. Cecily and Ed served there as volunteers for several years.
Condolences 1/9/2020  
Obituary for Raymond L. Mastoloni
Raymond Louis (Ray) Mastoloni passed away peacefully at 89 years old in the comfort of his home on January 9th, 2020, embraced by family and surrounded with love. Deeply respected within his community and revered professionally, Ray was a generous man, a successful provider, and a compassionate husband, father, and grandfather.

Ray is survived by his adoring wife of 61 years, Carol Mastronardi, and their four loving children Raymond (Kirsten), Jeanne, Joseph (Laura), and Thomas (Patricia). Ray was also a devoted ‘Poppy’ to 12 grandchildren, Dana (Brett), Alyssa (Colin), Raymond (Meghan), Joseph, Charles, Victoria, Kyle, Alexandra, Elizabeth, Christopher, Daniel, and Benjamin.

Ray was born in Brooklyn, NY on January 18, 1930, to Adele Paolotti and Frank Mastoloni. He attended Brooklyn Preparatory High School where he played football and went on to St. Bonaventure University. While Ray was an avid proponent of higher education, he took a leave of absence to serve his country proudly in the Korean War from 1950-1952. Upon his return home, Ray completed his Bachelor of Arts in History in 1954 before going on to St. John’s Law School.

On June 28th, 1958 Ray married the love of his life, Carol, a strong and beautiful woman who swept him off his feet and held his unwavering adoration for over six decades. This union proved to be the foundation of his future success as a businessman and patriarch of a loving extended family.

Ray began his professional career while serving in Japan, fostering lifelong relationships, learning the language and laying the foundation of what would become a lucrative and thriving business. He was a partner at Frank Mastoloni and Sons for over fifty years, and alongside his brothers, catapulted the company to be one of the largest and respected purveyors of cultured pearls in the country. Ray was a leader in the industry and widely considered to be one of the few true experts on cultured pearls. He served as President of the Cultured Pearl Association of America for a number of terms and continued to share his passion for the business throughout his life. His professional legacy lives on through his son Raymond, and nephews Fran and Edward Mastoloni, all of who work at the company.

A resident of White Plains for 48 years, Ray was a role model in the community, looked up to by all as a beacon of strength, kindness, and courage. He was a member of Westchester Hills Golf Club and a Centurion member of the New York Athletic Club. Ray’s life was based on his family, his company and his friends. We will be thankful for years to come for all he has given us and we will miss him dearly.

Friends and relatives are invited to call at McMahon, Lyon & Harnett Funeral Home, 491 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY on Sunday, January 12th from 3:00 pm-7:00 pm and attend the funeral at Our Lady of Sorrow Church, 920 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY on Monday, January 13th at 11:00 am. Interment at Gate of Heaven in Hawthorne, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s Hospital and Cardinal McCloskey Community at
In Memoriam 4/14/2020  
Phyllis Bocina
1929 - 2020
Phyllis Bocina Obituary
Phyllis Bocina
Devoted wife, mother and grandmother
Phyllis Bocina, 90, of Far Hills, N.J., passed away peacefully at Brightview Senior Living, Warren, N.J., on April 6, 2020. She was born on December 26, 1929, in Newark, N.J., to Pasquale and Constanza DeSpirito.
She graduated from St. Vincent Academy in Newark, a school she continued to support her whole life. She then attended Georgian Court College and was married to Casper Bocina for almost 70 years as of this April 22nd. They had an incredible life together and raised four children in Short Hills where Casper, a real estate developer, built many homes during the 1950s and '60s. After 35 years in Short Hills, they moved to the Far Hills Polo Club in 1995. First and foremost, Phyllis was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed competitive card games, tennis, golf and loved social gatherings and was an active member of Essex County Country Club, Roxciticus Golf Club and The Club at Pelican Bay, Naples, Fla.
She was a patron of many Catholic charities including being one of the founding philanthropists for the Shepherds of Youth Charitable Trust in 1984 which supports the efforts of the Vocationist Fathers and Sisters in Florham Park and St. Michael's School in Newark. She was also very involved with community organizations such as the Somerset YMCA for many years.
She was predeceased by her son, Glen, in 1982 and her beloved brother, Dr. Anthony DeSpirito earlier this year. She is survived by her husband, Casper (95); daughters, Brenda Bocina Curnin (Tom), Barbara Bocina Curtin (Tom); son, Bruce Bocina; her beloved grandchildren, Jonathan (Jen), Kristen (Michael), Katherine, Kylie, Bryce, Charlotte and Christopher.
Funeral services will be private for the family. For further information, or to leave an online condolence message for the family please visit In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Phyllis' memory to: Shepherds of Youth C/O Fidelity Land, 641 Shunpike Road, Chatham, NJ 07928 - Attn: Amy Sikkerbol or to Somerset Hills YMCA, 140 Mount Airy Road, Basking Ridge 07920.
Published in Star-Ledger on Apr. 8, 2020
In Memoriam 4/14/2020  
Dear Georgian Court Community, Please pray for the soul of Sister Virginia Hasson, RSM, age 82, a member of the Sisters of Mercy, Mid-Atlantic. Virginia died on Thursday, April 9, 2020, at Bryn Mawr Hospital, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She is the sister of Sister Mary Hasson, RSM, also a member of the Sisters of Mercy, Mid-Atlantic. Sister Virginia's influence transversed the globe from her birthplace in Philadelphia to Thailand and South Africa. Initially, an elementary school teacher, she taught students with special needs at St. Katharine School in Philadelphia where she also ministered as vice-principal for eight years. Next she became the chairperson of the education department at Gwynedd Mercy College for 12 years. As an education coordinator for Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS) for six years, she ministered at camps for Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Sudanese refugees and started an overseas tutorial program to further their education. She also served as a consultant to the JRS International Office in Rome and as a program officer for six countries in Southern Africa. At Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey, she taught and served as the interim dean of their graduate school. For seven years, she was the vice-president of the Merion Regional Community. Most recently, she volunteered as a grant writer for the Mid-Atlantic and as a math tutor at Mercy Neighborhood Ministries in Philadelphia. A lively storyteller, Sister Virginia had a generous spirit which delighted in the company of others. A gentle woman of faith, she was a compassionate listener who had a strong sense of adventure and an infectious laugh. An avid witness to the mission of Mercy, she worked diligently to educate people in need in our fragmented world. Her funeral arrangements will be private. All will be welcome at a communal Memorial Mass for Sister Virginia which will be scheduled at a later date.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

In Memoriam 4/13/2020  
Obituary of Sr. Mary Edwina Rudolph

Sister Mary Edwina, age 87, died peacefully at McAuley Hall Health Care Center in Watchung, New Jersey, on April 13, 2020. The daughter of Edwin and Mary Rudolph, she was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey and raised in Woodbridge. Her education began at St. James School and continued at St. Mary High School in Perth Amboy, both schools staffed by the Sisters of Mercy. The seeds of her religious vocation were sown early under the influence of the sisters whom she found outstanding teachers who were also kind, caring and cheerful. With reluctant support from her family and encouragement from her mentor, Sister Mary Raphael, she entered the community in 1952. Gifted with a playful spirit and blessed to be in a group of young women of similar inclination, her novitiate years were colorful.

Along with fun, there were also higher education and ministry experiences. She earned degrees in Latin from Georgian Court College (now University) and in religious education from LaSalle College (now University) in Philadelphia. Ministry assignments were frequent as she moved from St. John School in Collingswood, to Star of the Sea School in Atlantic City and St. John School in Paulsboro in the Camden Diocese. She served at Sacred Heart School in South Plainfield and St. Mary High School in Perth Amboy in the Metuchen Diocese. She was assigned to Cathedral High School in Trenton for three years before returning to St. Mary's.

Moving temporarily from education, Edwina served for three years in the Trenton Diocesan Office as the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program coordinator in Trenton Diocese. After four years as a teacher at Notre Dame High School, and a year in pastoral ministry in Freehold, Edwina was assigned to the staff at Georgian Court College. There she was the dean of student services for many years ending her service at the University in 2000 when she moved Gabriel Hall at Mount St. Mary in Watchung. As a faithful daughter of Catherine McAuley, she emulated so many of her virtues but none so faithfully as the foundress' love of playfulness and humor.

She is survived by her cousins Joseph and Timothy Egan and by many Sisters of Mercy.

Funeral arrangements will be private. A Memorial Mass will be said at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to Sisters of Mercy, Mid-Atlantic Community, 1645 US Highway 22 West, Watchung, NJ 07069.
In Memoriam 4/3/2020  
Obituary of Sister Martha Harcar
Sister Mary Martha Harcar, 97, died peacefully on March 20, 2020 at McAuley Hall Health Care Center, Watchung, NJSister Martha was one of 12 children born to George and Mary Harcar in Trenton, New Jersey. The Harcar children attended Immaculate Conception elementary school in Trenton. Sister Martha attended Cathedral High School where she met the Sisters of Mercy. She entered the Sisters of Mercy in September after graduating from Cathedral in JuneSister Martha taught at Our Lady Star of the Sea School in Atlantic City. In 1955, she was assigned to St. Mary School in South Amboy where she taught for 11 years. Over the next 29 years, Sister Martha taught in St. John School in Paulsboro, St. Mary School in Bordentown, Our Lady of Victories School in Sayreville, St. Elizabeth School in Bernardsville and St. Joseph School in North Plainfield. Sister Martha earned a BA degree in elementary education from Georgian Court College, Lakewood (now University) and MA from Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. Sister Martha transferred to St Paul and took the role of parish visitor in 1993. With her caring ways, gentle wisdom and faithful example of God's loving attention to those in need, she grew to know several generations of families. Blessed with health and remarkable stamina, she ministered in Princeton for 23 yearsIn 2016, Sister Martha moved to McAuley Hall in Watchung. In Princeton, her memory will live on for many more years. She is survived by her sister, Dr. Agnes Harcar, many nieces, nephews and Sisters of Mercy.

Donations may be made in memory of Sister Martha to Sisters of Mercy Mid-Atlantic Community, 1645 Highway 22, Watchung, NJ 07069 Funeral Services will be privateThere will be a Memorial Mass at a later date