Recent Obituaries:

In Memoriam

Lauren Cowell 

Blairstown - Lauren Cowell, (70) of Blairstown passed away in her sleep, Saturday, July 3rd, 2021, after being in hospice care since November 2020. 

Lauren was born in The Bronx in 1951 and later moved to New Jersey where she completed high school and became a nurse at Newton Memorial Hospital. She married her loving husband Charles Cowell in 1984. Lauren had the biggest heart and a great sense of humor. She loved her friends, family, music, and good food. She and her husband shared many interests, but perhaps the biggest was their love of dogs. Together, over the years, they rescued and took care of 7 four-legged children. 

Lauren is survived by her husband Charles Cowell, brother Robert Chianese, sister-in-law Claudia Chianese, niece Janine Chianese, grand niece and nephew Alexandria and Dominic Chianese, and many loving friends and extended family. She is preceded in death by her father, Anthony Chianese, mother, Lorraine Frey (Chianese), nephew Anthony Chianese, and her four-legged children, Max, Shelby, Toby, Jake, Lucy, Champagne and Wiggles. 

A celebration of Lauren's life will be held July 24, 2021 at 2pm at Lauren and Charlie's home. 873 State Route 94, Blairstown, NJ 07825.

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Published by The New Jersey Herald from Jul. 9 to Jul. 11, 2021.



JUL 24

Celebration of Life


at Lauren and Charlie's home

873 State Route 94, Blairstown, NJ


Sara L Budd '68

Sara L. Budd, 71, of Fredon, NJ passed away at Newton Medical Center on Friday, June 18, 2021. Sara was born on January 27, 1950 to Fred and Florence (Savacool) Gouger. She was raised in Blairstown, NJ and graduated Blairstown High School in 1968. She was married to the late Henry "Ed" Budd in 1969 and shared 38 years of marriage prior to Ed's passing in 2007. Sara was a property manager for a family-owned business. Prior to that she worked at the First National Bank of Hope for many years. Sara will be greatly missed by her daughters, Christina Liuzza of Fredon, NJ and Jennifer (Christopher) Breslin of Great Meadows, NJ. Her grandchildren Carmen J. Liuzza III, Sara Rose Liuzza, Christie Liuzza and Kayla Breslin were her pride and joy. She is survived by her brother Fred Gouger Jr, and sisters Nancy Davis and Clarinda Stoffels, and many nieces and nephews. Sara was predeceased by her son-in-law Carmen J. Liuzza Jr. Sara was a member and past Grand Chaplain of the Order of the Eastern Star, and past President of the Blairstown High School Alumni Association. She was a past member of the Ladies of the American Legion Post 258 and the Blair Women's Club. She was a current member and Trustee of Walnut Valley United Methodist Church in Blairstown. Sara loved going out with friends and enjoyed being with her family. She loved to travel and enjoyed the warmer weather in Florida in the winter months. She was blessed to have enjoyed a cruise with her family right before the pandemic started in March 2020. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, June 23rd from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Newbaker Funeral Home in Blairstown, NJ. The Order of the Eastern Star will hold a ceremony at 7 p.m. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, June 24th at 11 a.m. at Newbaker. Interment will be in Yellow Frame Cemetery, Route 94, Fredon. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society 7 Ridgedale Ave, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07932 or the Walnut Valley Methodist Church 4 Vail Road, Columbia, NJ 07832.

Robert Karl Andres NWR '72 unexpectedly passed away in his home in Burlington, Vermont on Sunday, June 13, 2021. The third of five sons, Bob was born to Joseph and Margaret Andres in Newton, New Jersey on June 17, 1954. He graduated from Goddard College in 1978 where he pursued degrees in History and Political Science. He then completed his law degree at California Western State School of Law graduating in 1981. Bob started his legal career as a Deputy State's Attorney in Chittenden County, Vermont. Additionally, he established a private practice in Burlington before retiring from law.  

Bob was an avid boxing fan and participated in the sport as a young man winning the Golden Gloves WelterWeight Championship in Vermont. A staple of the old Mill's Point community in Colchester, Vermont he loved boating and fishing on Lake Champlain. Bob was famous for his whole hog barbeques and clambakes at the camp with his many friends. In later years, he was best known in downtown Burlington as the bartender at Esox where he regularly cooked meals on holidays for clientele and others needing support.  

He is survived by his son, James Robert Andres and grandson Rowan James Andres as well as his daughter Julia Catherine Murnane. He is also survived by his brothers, Ronald Andres of Pennsylvania, and Randall Andres of New Jersey. 

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2021, at Oakledge Park. For more details, please refer to the Esox Facebook page.  

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to support the youth foundation, the Turrell Fund. Please raise your glass and make a toast to our father and help feed your neighbors as he would have wanted.


Barry W. Rusweiler '64

Barry Wayne Rusweiler - 76, went to be with the lord on June 10, 2021. He was born on November 9, 1944 to Arlington and Aletha (Marsh) Rusweiler in Blairstown, NJ. He married Nancy (Reiche) Rusweiler on March 17, 1968. Barry owned and operated a Gas Station & Towing/Repair Shop in Blairstown and Buttsville, NJ for several years. He then moved his family to DeRuyter, NY to follow his dream of farming. In 1987 he moved his family to Bainbridge, NY where he continued to farm for over 30 years. Barry was happiest when he was working outdoors and farming. He always had a good story to tell of his many adventures and was sure to make you laugh. Barry is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nancy Rusweiler, his children, Adam (Sonja) Rusweiler of Sherburne, NY and Robin (Jason) Cannistra of Bainbridge, NY, and his grandchildren that he loved and was very proud of: Aletha Taylor Cannistra, Savannah Paige Rusweiler, Jillian Mary Cannistra, Cassidy Jayne Rusweiler, Sara Grace Cannistra, Adam Gage Rusweiler, and Joseph Ryan Cannistra. He also leaves behind his sisters Sharon Valentine, Donna (John P.) Hosterman and Pam (Mitch) Rusweiler, sister in-law Suzanne Seiler, several nieces and nephews and his pet buddy Louis. He was predeceased by his son George William Rusweiler, parents Arlington and Aletha Rusweiler, mother in-law Mildred Mills, brother in-law Claude Valentine and niece Megan Valentine. A private celebration of Barry's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the DeRuyter FFA, 711 Railroad Street, DeRuyter, NY 13052.

Elmer T. Stoffels, '42

95, of McAlisterville, passed away at 12:39 AM, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at the Locust Grove Retirement Village in Mifflin.

Born on July 20, 1925 in Newton, NJ, he is a son of the late Tunis and Elsie (Leonhardt) Stoffels. 

On February 15, 1947, he was married to his first wife, Helen May (Cowell) Stoffels with whom he was blessed to share over 51 years of marriage before her passing on April 20, 1998. On September 16, 2000, he married his surviving wife, Minnie Arlene (Varner) Stoffels with whom he was blessed to share almost 20 years of marriage. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by: his children, James A. Stoffels and his wife Kimberly of Port Royal, Ellen M. Dency of Henderson, NV, and Brenda L. Simmons and her husband John of Little Rock, AR; one daughter in law, Ellie Mae Stoffels of Alexandria, VA; one step son, Gary L. Sheaffer and his wife Joyce of McAlisterville; one step-daughter, Shenia J. Boyer and her husband John of Liverpool; fourteen grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. 

In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by: one son, Edward T. Stoffels; one son in law, Michael Dency; one sister, Marion F. Tinsman; and one brother, Victor Stoffels, making him the last of his generation.  

Mr. Stoffels was a 1942 graduate of Blairstown High School in Blairstown, NJ and a 1949 graduate of Churchmans Business School in Northampton County, PA.  

Elmer honorably served our country in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. 

He began his employment working for Wright Aeronautical Corporation in Paterson, NJ. Next, he worked for one year as an agent selling real estate. After which, he was employed for the American Stores Co. (Acme) and then switched to Ingersoll Rand Manufacturing. Finally, he went to work for the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. in April of 1957 and retired after more than 30 years of service in August of 1987. 

His memberships included the St. John’s United Methodist Church in McAlisterville where he previously served as lay leader and the Fayette Lions Den in McAlisterville.  

Public Graveside Services will be held at 10:30 AM, Monday, August 10, 2020 at the Locust Run Cemetery, Thompsontown, with Pastor Michael Boone officiating. Full Military Burial Honors will be accorded by the Juniata County Veteran's Council. 

There will be no public viewing or visitation. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Stoffels’ memory can be made to the Juniata County Meals on Wheels, 287 Deerville Road, Mifflintown, PA 17059. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 111 Westfall St., McAlisterville. 

Online condolences and tributes can be shared with the family at

Blairstown High School


Florence Savacool Gouger ’38 

Jennie Uhorchak Black ‘38 

Frank Squeri ‘39

Pauline Thomas Cebulka ’39 

Ernest Billow ‘40

Freda M. Cook '40

George D. Hall

Howard Mott ‘41 

Earle Jones ‘42 

Verna VanSyckle Shuster ‘42 

Elizabeth Hezel Johnson ‘42

Vida Trapani Burdge ’42

Elizabeth Crisman Zenock ’42

Elmer T. Stoffels '42

Frederick Belet ’43  

Sophia Szalobryt Silva ’43 

Robert Beegle ‘43

Jean Chamberlain Zanetti ‘43 

Jane Szalobryt ’44 
Victoria Kozimor Perini ‘44

Grace Rich Range ‘44

Doris Chamberlain Bair ‘45 

Dorothy J. Winters '45

Mildred Cowell Kise ‘46 

Gertrude Walker Polhemus ‘46 

Shirley Newbaker McCracken ‘46

Gordon Beegle ’46 

Olga Bailey Guiler ’46

Norma Pennell Hill ’46

Lawrence Vass ‘47

Anne Duimstra Beegle ’47

Anna Mae Robertson Raesly ’47 

Mildred Sipley Shaftic '47
Greta Hezel Crisman ‘48

Henry Kozimor ‘48 

Nancy Malon Hickey '48

Blanche Titman Kelly

Leon Kot ‘50

Joan Pilewski Cook ‘50

Melita Stickle Hurd ‘51 

Louise Sprague Lambert ‘52

Donald Meshach ‘52

Shirley Huff Moore ‘52

Michael Joseph Bufis '52

George Fee ‘53 

Margaret Henderson Kernan ‘54 

Bennett Van Der Wal ‘54 

Charles Rowe ‘54

Carolyn Litts Elston '54

Marcus Drake ’54

Walter Jones ’55 

Robert Walters ’56

Howard Cowell ‘56 

Charles Catalano ‘57

Cedric Rhinesmith ’57

Nancy J. (Brown), (Torok), Psyhojos,

Duane A. Nolder, Jr. '58

Diana Shipps Demund '59

Barbara Semken Rydell ’59

Lena Meshach Keyser ‘60

Harry K. Rush '60

Carl Darst ‘61 

Bruce Woodruff ‘61 

Frank "Hank" Cook '62

Ronald Cook ‘63

Edmund Hagopian ’63

Richard Skow ’63

Wieka DeBoer Dykstra ‘64 

John Klaver ‘65

Raymond Edgar Schwind '65

Marilyn Heitmann Grandin ‘66 

Howard Schwarz ‘67
G. Richard Cook ‘67

Linda Eckrode Tigner ’67

Glenn Barry ’68,

Robert Volpe ’68 
Jon Thomas Cramer ‘68
Gary Barker ‘69
Nancy Burdge Drake ‘69

Lauren Chianese Cowell ’70 

Thomas Gross, Former Teacher

Becky Jennings Erd ’73

Linda Schwarz Bisbing’73

Robert Stout (NWR) ‘74 

Deborah Louise Wittschiebe '74

Rebecca L. Bender

Delmar A. Paul

Gary Neil Sandberg



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