August 19, 2015 |
When she was a child at the school of St. Adalbert Church in Port Richmond, Elaine Szumanski was singled out. "One of the nuns told her mother, 'This young girl has a beautiful voice,' " said her husband, Joseph Fydrych. "Her parents began giving her singing lessons, piano lessons. And then, her parents hooked up with a person putting children's acts together. " And that led, years later, to a local production of the musical comedy Nunsense, in which she portrayed a nun. On Thursday, Aug. 13, Elaine Szumanski Fydrych, 63, of Runnemede, a former actress at the Broadway Theatre in Pitman, died of lung cancer at home.
June 25, 2015 |
Carmen Garcia Morski, 89, who retired in 1989 as an Inquirer newsroom executive assistant, died of cancer Sunday, June 21, at Spring Arbor of Outer Banks, an assisted living community in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., where she had lived for the last three years. Gene Foreman, retired deputy editor of The Inquirer, recalled in an e-mail that Mrs. Morski "was an executive assistant who supported the work of several senior editors. " In that role, Foreman said, "Carmen was a capable professional and a congenial colleague.
June 3, 2015 |
Frances Celano DiMaria, 91, of Glendora, who retired in the mid-1990s as a clerk-typist for the former Defense Personnel Support Center in South Philadelphia, died Friday, May 29, at Kennedy University Hospital in Washington Township. Born in Palermo, Italy, she immigrated when she was a preschooler with her family to South Philadelphia, where the family lived near Seventh and Tasker Streets. Mrs. DiMaria graduated from South Philadelphia High School for Girls in 1942, and worked as a sewing machine operator for a manufacturer of baby clothing in Philadelphia.
May 7, 2015 |
During World War II, Doris Bourgeois wanted to serve in the military. But Navy recruiters rejected her because of weak eyesight. "She went to apply for the Army," a daughter, Lucille Ettore, said. "She was 5-foot-1 and 88 pounds. They would not accept her. " So she gained 12 pounds, went back, enlisted, and eventually became a trumpet player in the Women's Army Corps Band from 1943 to 1945. On Saturday, May 2, Doris Bourgeois DeAngelis, 93, who became a licensed practical nurse in Camden County in her 50s, died of Alzheimer's disease at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home in Vineland, where she had lived for the last six years.
March 23, 2015 |
Frank R. Filipek, mayor of Bellmawr borough since 2000, treated Regina Kaminski Piontkowski with the respect that he reserved for Catholic nuns. "I used to call her Sister Regina," Filipek said. Mrs. Piontkowski served on Bellmawr Council from 1994 to 2012, alongside Filipek beginning when he was on council. "She would try to help anyone" through her work on council committees, the mayor said. Beyond that, "her main interest was her church and helping the young in Bellmawr.
August 28, 2014 |
Donald M. Pennock, 80, mayor of Audubon Park for three terms, from January 1995 through December 2006, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Elmwood Hills Healthcare Center in Blackwood. His son Larry, the present mayor of the Camden County borough, said his father also was a member for 54 years of the Audubon Park Volunteer Fire Company. Donald Pennock was its president for 12 years and its chief for 25 years, though not in consecutive years.
March 22, 2014 |
John P. Arango IV disliked organized sports, including politics. In all his 91 years, daughter Cheryl Overbey said, "he went to one football game, and that was enough. " The names of the teams are lost to memory. Whether football or baseball or ping-pong, "he could wait to hear the score and that was good enough for him. " As for politics, she said, "he didn't trust any politician. " On Sunday, March 16, Mr. Arango, 91, of Blackwood, who retired in 1983 as a payroll clerk for Conrail, died at home.
March 14, 2014 |
BREAKFAST consisted of cocaine and heroin, to feed the habit and dull a day's worth of sex with strangers. Sometimes, the 32-year-old woman from West Deptford, Gloucester County, had sex with up to seven men in one day, each paying $140 for 30 minutes or $200 for an hour to have their way with her in a Cherry Hill hotel room. All told, the woman said, she was allowed to keep less than half of the $38,000 she thinks she made prostituting for her pimp, Brian A. Moore, in just three months, and every penny was painful.
December 20, 2013 |
FORMER FLYERS tough guy Mike Bullard made a dream come true, according to Adam F. Goldberg , creator of ABC's "The Goldbergs," the sitcom starring Jeff Garlin and George Segal . It was Jenkintown-raised Goldberg's dream to have a Flyers jersey when he was a kid, but his mom (portrayed on the show by Wendi McLendon-Covey of "Bridesmaids") said they were too expensive, then relented for her son's birthday. "My favorite player was Mike Bullard. I always liked the thuggy guy, and he had such a cool mustache.
October 9, 2013 |
Daniel Desmond, 55, of Runnemede, a former chief inspector for a Cherry Hill computer parts firm, died of liver cancer on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford. From 1988 to earlier this year, Mr. Desmond worked for inTest Corp., a designer and manufacturer of products that test devices such as semiconductor integrated circuits. Born in Escanaba, Mich., Mr. Desmond graduated from Escanaba High School in 1977, a sister, Darleen Lemke, said. Mr. Desmond was a computer assembly worker at Texas Instruments in Houston from 1980 to 1987, before moving to New Jersey.