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Russell A. Dilley, 55
Russell A. Dilley died on Sunday, Aug. 28 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.
Born in Jersey City, Russell resided in South Plainfield for the majority of his life, graduating from South Plainfield High School in 1979.
For over 20 years, he worked as a warehouse manager for Halls and was an avid sports fan of the Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Lions.
Russell was a member of the South Plainfield Elks BPOE #2298, American Legion Post #243 and South Plainfield Italian-American Club where he enjoyed darts, shuffle board and horseshoes.
Russ was a friend to many and will be sadly missed by all.
He was predeceased by his father, Russell F. Dilley.
Surviving are his mother, Frances (Vogle) Dilley of South Plainfield; and two brothers, John Dilley and wife Arlene of Howell and Robert Dilley and wife Mary of Piscataway.
Funeral services will be held at McCriskin-Gustafson Home For Funerals on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery, South Plainfield.
John C. Tapscott, 65
John C. Tapscott died on Friday, July 29 at JFK Medical Center in Edison.
Born in Terre Haute, Ind. to Glenn and Mary Emaline Tapscott, John grew up in Denver, Colo. where his family moved while he was still a baby. There, he lost his father when he was less than two years old and was raised by his widowed mother and his five older brothers and sisters.
He settled in South Plainfield in 1978. An honorabley discharged veteran of the United Stated Army, John served our county during the Vietnam War.
On May 29, 1971, he married Victoria (“Vicki”) Angela Maria Pytell in South Amboy. John and Vicki spent their married lives in New Jersey, where John received B.S. degrees in computer science and social cultural anthropology from Lawrence College and Rutgers University. He worked as a computer analyst.
John was involved with several local organizations. He was a member of the Edison Moose Lodge, South Plainfield Elks, Piscataway American Legion and former commander of the VFW in South Plainfield. He was also a Cootie. In his younger years, he enjoyed playing the guitar.
He was predeceased by his wife, Victoria, who died in September 2006; a brother, James; and his parents, Mary (Imle) and Glenn D. Tapscott.
He is survived by two brothers, Robert and wife Mary Francis (Albuquerque, N.M.) and William and wife Nyla (Corpus Christi, Texas); and two sisters, Mary Anne McKenzie and husband Russ (Lakewood, Colo.) and Margaret Jacot (Westminster, Colo.)
Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Tapscott; a brother- and sister-in-law, Bob and Kathy McGovern of Old Bridge; three nieces, Kirsten LeBlanc, Anderlynn Martin, Regan Holovacko; and a godchild, Amy Cimino; seven nephews, Michael, William, James and David Tapscott; Josh Holtzinger, Jeff Jacot and Shawn McGovern; and several great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at McCriskin-Gustafson Home For Funerals.
Obituaries July 29, 2016
Christa M. Levourne, 23
Christa M. Levourne died on Friday, July 22 in Lakewood.
Born in Plainfield, Christa resided in Hillsborough for the majority of her life.
She was a beautiful soul who will be greatly missed.
She was predeceased by her father, Frank Levourne III.
She is survived by her mother, Lynn Scatigna (Robert) of Jackson; a sister, Angela Errico (Christopher Noble) of Hillsborough; a brother, Lucas Scatigna of Jackson; three sisters, Ashley Fulop (Christopher) of Bound Brook, Nicole Flynn-Powell of Texas and Christina DeSapio of Pa.; and her grandmother, Dr. Elisabeth Ludwig of Hillsborough. Also surviving are several extended loving relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held on Friday, July 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. in McCriskin-Gustafson Home For Funerals.
Christa’s remains will be laid to rest on Monday, Aug. 1 at 1 p.m. in Rosedale Cemetery in Linden.
For additional information, please visit Christa’s interactive webpage at www.mccriskinfuneralhome.com.
Patricia Ann Yanick, 52
Patricia Ann Yanick passed away Tuesday, July 19 at home surrounded by her devoted family.
A lifelong resident of South Plainfield, Patricia was a faithful and active communicant of Sacred Heart R.C. Church. She thoroughly enjoyed reading, walking, taking trips to the beach and vacationing in Cape May.
Patty will always be remembered as a loving and amazing mother, wife, sister, aunt and friend. She will be dearly missed.
She was predeceased by her parents, Gerard and Harriet Costante and a brother, Thomas.
Surviving are her husband, Gregory Yanick of South Plainfield; two daughters, Meagan and Lauren Yanick, also of South Plainfield; and four siblings, Gerard Costante, Mary Knapp, James Costante and Michael Costante.
Funeral services were held at McCriskin Gustafson Home For Funerals followed by a Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart R.C. Church.
In the lieu of flowers, donations may be made to United War Veterans Council Inc., One Centre Street, 22nd Floor, Room 2208, New York, N.Y. 10007 or at www.uwvc.org.
Obituaries July 22, 2016
Lauren N. Krizan, 33
Lauren Nicole Krizan, 33, passed away on June 27, 2016 in Phoenix, Ariz.
Born in Plainfield, she was raised in South Plainfield and relocated to Arizona 17 years ago. Lauren was a graduate of Pinnacle Charter High School in Mesa, Ariz. She enjoyed music, singing and recording songs with her dad. Lauren always looked forward to visits home, especially to the Jersey shore.
Surviving are her parents, Michael Krizan and wife Annette, and Janice Lacy; a brother, Michael J. Krizan Jr.; her devoted boyfriend, Atheer Nabati; and extended family members and dear friends.
A memorial gathering will be held on Sunday, July 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. at McCriskin-Gustafson Home For Funerals, 2425 Plainfield Ave.. A prayer service will be held at 6 p.m.
Please visit Lauren’s interactive web page at www.mccriskinfuneralhome.com.
Obituaries July 8, 2016
Dieter N. Hollain, 81
Dieter N. Hollain died on Thursday, June 30 at CareOne at the Highlands in Edison.
Born in Gorlitz, Germany, Dieter came to the United States in 1952, had resided in New York and Pennsylvania prior to settling in South Plainfield during the 1960s.
He served in the United States Army and had operated D. Hollain Electric for many years.
A 50-year member of South Plainfield Lions Club, he served in numerous capacities through his service to the organization.
Dieter enjoyed sailing, walking, getting his morning coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts and in his younger years, enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping.
He was predeceased by a son, Steven; and two brothers, Joachim and Reinhardt.
Surviving are his longtime, devoted companion, Joan Bechtle and her large family; a daughter, Denise Tappe and husband Jerome and their sons, Cory and Grant; a son, Mark Hollain, his wife and their children; two brothers, Lutz and Jurgen; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
All are invited to join together on Friday, July 8 at McCriskin-Gustafson Home For Funerals, 2425 Plainfield Ave., South Plainfield, N.J. 07080 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. for a memorial gathering. Memorial service will begin at 1 p.m.
Interment of his cremated remains will take place privately at the family plot in Hillside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the South Plainfield Lions Club, P.O. Box 721, South Plainfield, N.J. 07080.
Obituaries July 1, 2016
Edward Kubala, 80
Edward Kubala entered into eternal life on Saturday, June 25 at AristaCare at Cedar Oaks nursing home in South Plainfield.
Born in Carteret to his late parents, Peter and Mary (Sahulcik) Nepshinsky Kubala, he had lived in Carteret most of his life, settling in South Plainfield about 35 years ago.
He was formerly employed as a bureau chief in the water division on the Board of Public Utilities in Newark. Active with politics in South Plainfield, Edward was a former councilman, serving from 1994 to 2006. While serving as councilman, he was instrumental in bringing the senior housing to town and also worked on the veteran’s monument.
During the holidays, many would know Edward as Santa Claus, where he volunteered his time with the borough and with special needs children.
He was an avid N.Y. Giants fan, holding season tickets for many years, and he enjoyed reading and helping others in whatever way he could.
A member of Our Lady of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church in South Plainfield, he was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He was predeceased by his parents, a brother, Robert; and a nephew, Matthew.
Edward is survived by a sister, Judith Saraka and her children, John, Michael and Michelle Mongiello and their families. He is also survived by eight grand-nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at McCriskin-Gustafson Home For Funerals with a Mass of Christian burial at Our Lady of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Ed’s name to any food pantry or charity of your choice.
Kenneth Bulla, 63
Kenneth Bulla died on Thursday, May 19 at JFK Medical Center in Edison, surrounded by his family.
Born in Trenton, Ken was a lifelong resident of South Plainfield and the owner and operator of K. Bulla Plumbing and Heating for over 20 years. He was also a member of Local 24, Plumbers Union and Local 9.
Ken loved taking vacations and spending time at the beach crabbing with his family.
Ken started his honorable service as a Junior Firefighter with the South Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department in 1974. He assisted his community in various capacities for over 43 years and was bestowed one of the high honors of South Plainfield Fire Department–Life Member status. Ken was a member of the South Plainfield Exempt Firemen’s Association since 1981, as well as a member of the South Plainfield Relief Association.
Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Beverley (Endres); two daughters, Kimberly Bulla and Karen Grab and husband Mike; a son, Kevin Bulla and wife Kelly; his mother, Helen Bulla; and three grandchildren, Kaitlin and Michael Grab and Logan Bulla, and a granddaughter expected in August.
Funeral services were held at McCriskin-Gustafson Home For Funerals followed by a Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart R.C. Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to South Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department, 123 Maple Ave., South Plainfield N.J. 07080.
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September 23, 2016
Kevin McCann Named New Athletic Director
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Students Born After 2001 Honor 9/11 Victims
Borough Remembers Lives Lost on 9/11
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September 2, 2016
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The 59th Annual Labor Day Parade Kicks Off Monday! Read all about it in the September 2 issue of the Observer.
Georgeann Cochrane and Dominic Demico Sr., Co-Grand Marshals of the 59th Annual Labor Day Parade
Update on the new ShopRite in the September 2 issue!
Alumni from South Plainfield High School Class of 1974 Turn 60!
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August 26, 2016
South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club 8U State Championships
Jim Pornovets Memorial Gold League:
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August 19, 2016
Life Changing Accident Brings
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Georgeann Cochrane, Dominic Demico Sr.
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Sea of Blue Ribbons Keeps Growing
SPHS Cheerleaders pick up blue ribbons from Georgeann Cochrane at Mohn's Florist to hang along the parade route and other main avenues through the borough.
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August 12, 2016
More Than 1,000 Attend National Night Out
A huge crowd attended this year’s National Night Out, held behind South Plainfield Library. The three-hour event was hosted by the National Night Out Committee of Police Chief James Parker, Councilman Ray Rusnak, Stephanie Bartfalvi and Debbie Boyle.
The South Plainfield Library, South Plainfield Municipal Alliance and PBA Local #100 sponsored some of the events.
Christmas In July Draws Record Crowd
Religious Ed Students Help Stock Food Pantry at Sacred Heart
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August 5, 2016
SP Summer Drama Workship Presents Once Upon a Mattress Through August 7. For showtimes and more information, pick up this week's Observer on newsstands now!
Due to a production error, Hailey Medina was not pictured in the South Plainfield Summer Drama Workshop coverage in today's Observer. Hailey (Minstrel) is making her fourth appearance with SDW. She has also performed in other shows, including Guys and Dolls, All Shook Up, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, Cybermare, Little Shop of Horrors and The Addams Family. We sincerely regret the error!
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July 29, 2016
SPARC Reports on Field Day
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Local Boy Visits Police Department on His Birthday
Dallas Yon of South Plainfield celebrated his fifth birthday on July 25. His one wish was to bring donuts to the South Plainfield Police Department. He visited the police department with Munchkins and bags of candy with a note on each one. He wanted to say thank you to our awesome officers for keeping our community safe. He was able to tour the department and a police car. Sgt. John McConville showed him around and taught him all about the department. Thank you so much for making Dallas’ birthday wish come true!