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									Page      8            Thursday, February 12, 2009                                   The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains – Fanwood TIMES                                                         A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION

 Gloria Akerlund, 88, Skated In Films;                                                                                                                                              Vesta Putnam, 97, Was Camp Owner;
  Longtime Teacher at Coles School                                                           – Obituaries –                                                                        Enjoyed Gardening, Arts and Cribbage
   Gloria Akerlund, 88, died on Fri-
day, February 6, at the Care One of
                                               graduation, she accepted a position as
                                               an elementary school teacher at J.A.
                                                                                             Robert Duncan, Jr., 66, Had Law Career;                                                Vesta Alden Putnam, beloved wife, its. She was a member of the Historical
                                                                                                                                                                                 mother, grandmother and great- Society of Early American Decoration
Morris Assisted Living in Parsippany.
   Born in Spokane, Wash. in 1921,
                                               Coles School in Scotch Plains, where
                                               she taught for 25 years. After retiring
                                                                                              Former CSH Trustee Board Chairman                                                  grandmother, enthusiastic gardener and the Waterville Historical Society.
                                                                                                                                                                                 and accomplished art-                                         Vesta and her hus-
she was the daughter of William and            from teaching, she and Eric retired to          Robert Laird Duncan, Jr., 66, of        opening of the Outpatient Center in       ist, passed away on                                        band, George, were
Hazel Sherwood. Gloria was a state             Clinton. Eric passed away in 1996.           Westfield died peacefully at home on       Fanwood. Mr. Duncan was instru-           Thursday, February 5,                                      travel companions and
skating champ in high school and                  Surviving is a son, Bill, who lives       Saturday, February 7, 2009, sur-           mental in the hospital’s corporate re-    in Hallowell, Me.                                          sweethearts for over 70
was recruited for the skating extrava-         in New York City.                            rounded by his loving family.              structuring, including the establish-        Vesta was surrounded                                    years. They were al-
ganza at the 1939 World’s Fair, which             A memorial service will be held at           Mr. Duncan was a lifelong resi-         ment of the Children’s Specialized        by family and friends                                      ways up for a competi-
later became the Ice Capades.                  11 a.m. today, Thursday, February            dent of Westfield. A graduate of           Hospital Foundation.                      when she died peace-                                       tive game of cribbage,
   Gloria skated with the Ice Capades          12, in the Chapel at the Crescent            Westfield High School, he contin-             Surviving are his wife, Linda; two     fully at home. She was                                     an adventure across the
for a few years before moving to               Avenue Presbyterian Church, 716              ued his education at Princeton Uni-        daughters, Elizabeth Jones of Wall        97. Vesta was prede-                                       globe or splitting a de-
Hollywood, Calif. During World War             Watchung Avenue in Plainfield.               versity, Magdalen College, Oxford          Township and Margaret Duncan of           ceased by her husband,                                     licious dessert.
II, she skated in Sonja Heni films and            Arrangements are by the Memorial          and Harvard Law School.                    Frankfurt, Ky.; a son, Laird Duncan,      George, in 2008.                                              Vesta and George
swam in Esther Williams movies.                Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue in               He pursued a career in law, working     and his wife, Leonor, of Salem, Mass.,       The daughter of                                         spent more than 35 win-
   In 1948 she joined the Foreign Ser-         Fanwood.                                     for many years with the firm of Defor-     and two stepdaughters, Jennifer Davies    Blanche Smith Alden                                        ters in Hawaii visiting
vice and worked at the American                   In lieu of flowers, donations may         est and Duer in New York. Addition-        of Arlington, Va. and Jacqueline Davies   and Frank Wentworth                                        family, walking the
Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden,                  be made to the Hunterdon Medical             ally, he served as General Counsel for     of Ottawa, Canada. Mr. Duncan also        Alden, Vesta was born              Vesta A. Putnam         beach and enjoying life
where she met her husband, Swedish             Center Foundation, 2100 Wescott              the American Management Associa-           was the beloved grandfather of Sam,       on March 3, 1911 in                                        together.
publisher Eric R. Akerlund. In 1950            Drive, Flemington, N.J. 08823.               tion, as well as Deputy Publisher for      Luke, Ryan and Sophia.                    Waterville, Me. She graduated from             Vesta is survived by her daughter
she moved back to the United States               For additional information, direc-        the Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.           A memorial service will be held at     Colby College in 1933. At Colby Elizabeth and her husband, Jon
with her husband and settled in                tions to the church or to express con-          Mr. Duncan contributed greatly to       2 p.m. on Saturday, February 14, in       College, Vesta was editor of the Colby Hinebauch, of Colorado, her daughter
Plainfield. Her husband worked in              dolences,          please         visit      the growth of local organizations, serv-   the sanctuary at The Presbyterian         Echo and a member of Alpha chapter Priscilla and her husband, L. Steven
publishing/printing and started his own                     ing on the boards of The Presbyterian      Church in Westfield.                      of Sigma Kappa Sorority.                     Minkel, of Virginia, her daughter Dr.
corporate publishing/printing business.                      February 12, 2009              Church in Westfield, the United Fund,         Arrangements are by the Gray Fu-          Vesta met the love of her life, George Deborah Putnam and her husband,
   Gloria returned to school at Rutgers                                                     the Westfield Recreation Commission        neral Home, 318 East Broad Street in      Charles Putnam, while they were both Robert Laguens, of Hawaii, daughter
University and earned her Bachelor of            Gaetano A. Dente, 71                       and the Westfield Adult School.            Westfield.                                students at Colby College. They were Carol Putnam and her husband, Peter
Arts degree in Education. Following               Gaetano Alfonse Dente, 71, of                He was a trustee of Children’s Spe-        Memorial contributions may be          married at Vesta’s home on October 9, Akraboff, of California, her son, Dr.
                                               Westfield died on Wednesday, Janu-           cialized Hospital from 1983 to 1992        made to the Children’s Specialized        1937 in Westfield, N.J. and raised five James Putnam and his wife, Michele,
   Stephen Jarema, 91                          ary 28, at Overlook Hospital in Sum-         and served as chairman from 1987 to        Hospital Foundation, 150 New Provi-       children. The couple operated theAlden of Maine, and her special friend and
   Stephen Jarema, 91, of Scotch               mit.                                         1989. As board chairman, he met            dence Road, Mountainside, N.J.            family summer resort, Alden Camps, in caregiver, Judy Nichols. Adored by her
Plains died on Monday, February 2,                Mr. Dente was born October 20,            with legislators as an advocate for        07092.                                    Oakland, Me. for almost 40 years.            12 grandchildren and 10 great-grand-
at JFK Medical Center in Edison.               1937 to the late Antonio and Luigia          children’s causes, and oversaw the                     February 12, 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                    Vesta was the owner, voice and children, Vesta was known for her witty
   Born in Plainfield, he was a life-          Dente in the province of Avellino,                                                                                                charming hostess of camp, adored by humor, sense of fun and spunk.
long resident of Scotch Plains.                Italy, where he attended school and                                                                                               guests and staff alike. She was infa-          Vesta loved her family, the state of
   Mr. Jarema was a veteran of World           served in the Italian Army. He came                              In Loving Memory of                                              mous for smiling sweetly as she skunked Maine, a garden bursting with peo-
War II, having served in the United            to the United States in 1961 and lived                                                                                            her opponents in cribbage tournaments. nies and a good laugh.
States Navy. He was the owner of Twin          in Westfield since 1968, becoming a                            Michele Marron-Meyerhoff                                              Vesta was honored with an award             A celebration of life will be held in
Oaks Garage (also known as Steve’s             United States citizen in 1988.                                        11/2/1940 – 1/31/2009                                       from the Maine Tourism Association Colby College’s Lorimer Chapel at a
Garage) in Westfield for many years.              A master diesel truck mechanic, he            May you find the peace, quiet and calm you have always deserved.                 for Excellence in Accommodations in future date.
   A licensed pilot, he owned his own          was the owner of Al Dente Truck                                       You have been missed.                                       1998. She also was active in the Belgrade      Memorial donations in honor of
plane for many years at Central Jer-           Repairs in South Plainfield for the                                            Love,                                              Lakes Region Information Bureau.             Vesta Putnam may be made to the
sey Airport.                                   last 36 years.                                      Your son, Glenn B. Graham, daughter-in-law, Suzanne F.                           A lifelong lover of gardening, Vesta Colby College Museum of Art, in care
   Surviving are his sister, Olga Jarema          Surviving are his wife of 41 years,         Graham, and your two loving grandchildren, Judson B. Graham (7)                    especially enjoyed participating in of Colby College, 4345 Mayflower
Kolcyski; his niece, Judith Kolcyski           Roseanne Gonnella Dente; two sons,                                 and Peter T. Graham (4).                                       the Central Maine Garden Club for Hill, Waterville, Me. 04901 and to the
Fasciana; his great-niece, Christina           Alan Dente and Tony Dente; three                                                                                                  over 40 years. Vesta won many blue Waterville Historical Society, 62 Sil-
Judith Fasciana; his great-nephew,             sisters, Ester Abbondanzio, Orianna                                                                                               ribbons in horticulture and design ver Street, Waterville, Me. 04901.
Stephen Salvatore Fasciana, and his            Sementa and Gina Dente; a brother,                                                                                                and created special arrangements for           Arrangements are under the direc-
                                                                                                                                                                                 the “Art in Bloom” events at the Colby tion of Redington Funeral Home, 5
great-great-nephew, Joseph Stephen
   Services were held on Monday,
                                               Roland Dente, and three grandchil-
                                                  A Mass of Christian Burial was
                                                                                             Trailside to Offer Program                                                          College Museum of Art.                       Park Street, Waterville, Me. 04901,
                                                                                                                                                                                    Passionate about the visual and cre- (207) 873-3611.
February 9, at the Memorial Funeral
Home, 155 South Avenue in Fanwood.
                                               offered on Saturday, January 31, at
                                               the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic
                                               Church in Westfield. Burial took place
                                                                                             On Lincoln Tomorrow Night                                                           ative arts, Vesta delighted in painting,

                                                                                                                                                                                 ciling furniture and attending art exhib-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Remembrances and notes of sym-
                                                                                                                                                                                 collecting antiques, refinishing and sten- pathy may be made at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          February 12, 2009
Interment followed at Hillside Cem-
etery in Scotch Plains.                        at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.              MOUNTAINSIDE – The Union                rebel armies threatened to capture
   For additional information or to               Arrangements were under the di-           County Board of Chosen Freehold-           the capital, he had to entertain
express      condolences,           visit      rection of the Dooley Colonial Home,         ers will present a lecture on Presi-       dignitaries and meet with cabinet
              February 12, 2009
                                               556 Westfield Avenue in Westfield.
                                                             February 12, 2009
                                                                                            dent Abraham Lincoln for adults
                                                                                            age 18 and older tomorrow, Friday,
                                                                                                                                       members and generals, while
                                                                                                                                       finding time to be father and
                                                                                                                                                                                         SP-F District Preschool
                                                                                            February 13, from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m.        husband to a homesick family.

  Scotch Plains Lions Launch
                                                                                            at the Trailside Nature and Science
                                                                                                                                         Glenn LeBoeuf, a lecturer and
                                                                                                                                       history teacher as well as a
                                                                                                                                                                                         Registration Underway
                                                                                               “This special lecture provides an       coordinator of the largest Civil War         SCOTCH PLAINS – The Scotch               cost to families that qualify for free/
                                                                                            opportunity to learn about our 16th        re-enactment ever held, will share        Plains-Fanwood school district is           reduced lunch. Proof of status is
    2009 Membership Drive                                                                   President and his extraordinary
                                                                                            leadership during years of crisis in
                                                                                                                                       dozens of poignant and memorable
                                                                                                                                       stories about President Lincoln.
                                                                                                                                                                                 accepting applications for its pre-
                                                                                                                                                                                 school program. This new preschool
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             required after the application is re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ceived and determination of eligi-
  SCOTCH PLAINS – Scotch Plains                during the holidays it distributes toys to   the United States,” said Freeholder        Light refreshments will be served.        program will replace the district’s         bility will be made by the district.
Lions Club Membership Chairman                 the needy. The club also arranges for        Chairman Alexander Mirabella.                The fee for this lecture is $8 per      Jump Start and Pre-School Disabled             Scholarships will be available on
Dominic Lagano has announced the               free eye and ear screenings during the       “It’s a perfect way to start the Presi-    person for Union County residents         (PSD) programs.                             a limited basis, and district admin-
kickoff of the club’s 2009 membership          annual Scotch Plains Health Fair and         dents’ Day weekend.”                       and $10 per person for others. Pre-          In order to apply, children must         istrators will determine eligibility
drive. The club, he said, “grew consid-        arranges for free or low-cost eyeglasses        President Lincoln moved into the        registration is preferred as space is     be 3 years old on or before October            Special education students will
erably in 2008 and we will do even             for very needy local schoolchildren.         White House without any executive          limited. Doors will open 15 min-          1, 2009. Preference will be given to        be included in this preschool pro-
better in 2009.”                                  Additionally, the club collects used      experience as the nation was coming        utes prior to the event.                  4-year-old children. A non-refund-          gram as determined by the District
  Part of Lions International, a world-        eyeglasses at its collection box in the      apart. As casualties mounted and             For additional information about        able application fee of $50 is re-          Child Study Team.
wide service organization, the Scotch          Scotch Plains Towne Centre. In 2008,                                                    this event or other upcoming              quired (payable to the Scotch Plains-          Applications and additional in-
Plains Lions Club has served the com-          more than 1,000 pairs of glasses were         Play ’n Pray Event Set                    programs and special events at            Fanwood Board of Education) and             formation can be obtained at the
munity for more than 50 years, utiliz-         collected and recycled to benefit                                                       Trailside, call (908) 789-3670 or         must be returned along with the             district website,, or by
ing funds raised from its pancake break-       needy people throughout the world.              At Temple Sholom                        visit Trailside       completed application in order to           calling Karen Stone at (908) 889-
fasts, craft fairs and White Cane Days.           The Scotch Plains Lions Club mem-            FANWOOD – Temple Sholom of              Nature and Science Center is located      be considered for placement.                8600, extension no. 302. Applica-
These funds are used to support local          bership is relatively small, consisting      Fanwood/Scotch Plains invites mem-         at 452 New Providence Road in                Applicants must be residents of          tions also will be available at all
community needs and various groups             primarily of men and women from              bers of the community with children        Mountainside and is a service of the      Scotch Plains or Fanwood. Proof of          district elementary schools.
serving the blind and visually impaired.       Scotch Plains and neighboring com-           ages 4 and under to a special Shabbat      Union County Board of Chosen              residence is mandatory and is sub-
  Each year, the club awards a scholar-        munities. The club meets twice a             Play ’n Pray event featuring music,        Freeholders.                              ject to review prior to acceptance            La Leche League Sets
ship to a deserving student from Scotch        month – once at a local restaurant for       maracas, puppets and parachutes on                                                   into the program. Registration does            February Meetings
Plains-Fanwood High School, while              dinner and then at a local facility for      Saturday, February 28.                     Comedy Show Saturday                      not guarantee placement in the pre-
                                                                                                                                                                                 school program.                                WESTFIELD – The La Leche
WHS Students Selected
                                               a business meeting.                             The 30-minute service, led by Di-        To Aid F.O.P. Efforts                       Class will meet five days per week       League of Westfield, a non-profit,
                                                  For more information about the            rector of Education Michelle Shapiro          MOUNTAINSIDE – The eighth
                                               Scotch Plains Lions Club and/or if in-       Abraham and Student Cantor Vicky                                                     following the kindergarten sched-           non-sectarian group, will host two
For Youth Symphony                             terested in attending a meeting, call        Glikin, will begin at 11:15 a.m. and
                                                                                                                                       annual comedy show to benefit Find        ule from 8:35 to 11:20 a.m. for the         mother-to-mother support group
  WESTFIELD – Seven student                                                                                                            A Cure for Fibrodysplasia Ossificans      morning session and 12:20 to 3:10           meetings this month.
                                               Mr. Lagano at (908) 322-6558 or Bar-         will be followed by a free bagel           Progressiva (F.O.P.) will take place
musicians from Westfield High                  bara Anilo, club president, at (908)         brunch in the temple playroom.                                                       p.m. for the afternoon session.                A daytime meeting will be held on
School were chosen to perform in the                                                                                                   this Saturday, February 14, at 7 p.m.        Tuition for the half-day program         Thursday, February 19, at 10 a.m. at
                                               322-4472.                                       Temple Sholom is located at Martine     Proceeds will benefit children with
New Jersey Youth Symphony en-                                                               and LaGrande Avenues in Fanwood.                                                     will be $300 per month, and spaces          the Cranford United Methodist
sembles for the 2008-2009 season.              St. John’s Baptist Plans                                                                the rare and incurable disease.           will be reserved on a first-come,           Church, located at 201 Lincoln Av-
                                                                                            Attendees are asked to enter through          It will be held in the Our Lady of
  The executive director of the orga-                                                       the doors facing Martine Avenue.                                                     first-served basis. Parents of “mul-        enue. An evening meeting will take
nization informed Westfield High                Fur Sale on Saturday                           A Reform Jewish congregation
                                                                                                                                       Lourdes Roman Catholic Church             tiples” will receive a discount of 10       place on Thursday, February 26, at 7
School Principal Peter Renwick that,              SCOTCH PLAINS – St. John’s Bap-                                                      Parish Hall, located at 300 Central       percent for the additional sibling(s).      p.m. at St. Luke and All Saints Fel-
                                                                                            led by Rabbi Joel N. Abraham,              Avenue in Mountainside. The sug-
“Membership is highly selective                tist Church will hold a church centen-       Temple Sholom and its religious                                                         Tuition may be provided at no            lowship Hall, located at 398 Chestnut
through competitive auditions…and              nial benefit fundraiser on Saturday,                                                    gested ticket price is $50 per person.                                                Street in Union.
                                                                                            school serve more than 250 fami-
we congratulate you on the success of          February 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.          lies from the Greater Scotch Plains-
                                                                                                                                          Included will be pre-show enter-          Yoga Class to Begin                         Area women are invited to attend
your students and are pleased to have             Henry Cowit Fur Corporation will                                                     tainment, three comedians and disk                                                    one or both meetings to learn more
                                                                                            Fanwood area. Currently housed             jockey music by The Spinners. At-             At FUMC Feb. 19
them as part of the New Jersey Youth           display a variety of furs, among them        within the Fanwood Presbyterian                                                                                                  about breastfeeding as they meet other
Symphony family.”                              coats, jackets, hats, scarves, stoles,                                                  tendees are invited to bring their own       WESTFIELD – The First United             women who are nursing their babies.
                                                                                            Church, the temple has purchased           food and B.Y.O.B.
  Mr. Renwick, upon hearing the                wraps and purses.                            five acres of land in Scotch Plains                                                  Methodist Church will offer a yoga             Discussions will include the latest
news, said, “We are extremely proud               The public is invited to this one-                                                      Pre-registration and reservations      class on February 19 and 26 and             medical research, as well as mothers’
                                                                                            for its future home.                       are required (no walk-ins). For fur-
of our students and their achieve-             time sale. St. John’s Baptist Church is         Temple Sholom is a member of                                                      March 5, 12 and 19. This class will         personal experiences. Mothers not
ments in and out of the classroom,             located at 2387 Morse Avenue in                                                         ther information, contact Gary Whyte      begin at 9:15 a.m. and last approxi-        only share their questions and con-
                                                                                            the Union for Reform Judaism. For          at (718) 442-7525 or via e-mail at
and look forward to their musical              Scotch Plains. For more information,         more information on the Play ’n                                                      mately one hour. It will take place in      cerns but also the joys and benefits of
performances throughout the year.”             call the church at (908) 232-6972.                                                                    the Fellowship Hall at the church.          breastfeeding.
                                                                                            Pray event, the temple or joining
                                                                                            the congregation, call (908) 889-                                                       Mary Roth, a Registered Dietitian           Experienced, new or expectant
                                                                                                                                                                                 and Registered Yoga Teacher through         mothers are all invited. Children and
                                                                                            4900, e-mail                           the National Yoga Alliance, will be         babies are always welcome. A library

              Gray Funeral Homes
                                                                                            or visit
                                                                                                                                                                                 the instructor. She has been teaching       and informational reprints also are
                                                                                                                                                                                 in the Westfield area for more than         available. Refreshments will be
                                                                                                                                                                                 two years.                                  served.

                                                                                               Dooley Funeral Service, Inc.
                                       Since 1897                                                                                                                                   The First United Methodist Church           For more information about the
                                                                                                                                                                                 is located at One East Broad Street in      meetings or to have individual ques-
                                                                                                                                                                                 Westfield. Participants are asked to        tions about breastfeeding answered,
                                                                                                                                                                                 bring a mat or a blanket. Beginners are     call any of the group leaders, includ-
                                                                                                        Caring & Courteous Service to the                                        welcome. Childcare will be provided         ing Michelle at (908) 687-2518,
                                                                                                                                                                                 at no additional cost. To register, call    Ronnie at (908) 964-1360 or Mari at
                                                                                                       Cranford / Westfield Area Since 1913                                      the church office at (908) 233-4211.        (908) 233-6513.

                                                                                                                                                556 Westfield Avenue
        Begun in 1876 by William Gray, in Cranford and later Incorporated in
                   1897 as the Gray Burial & Cremation Company.                                                                                 John L. Dooley
        Today, known by many simply as Gray’s. We continue to provide the                                                                       Manager
        personal service that began with Mr. Gray, whether it be for burial or                                                                  NJ License # 4100

    Gray Funeral Home                                Gray Memorial Funeral Home
    318 East Broad St.                               12 Springfield Ave.
    Westfield, NJ 07090                              Cranford, NJ 07016
    William A. Doyle Mgr.
    NJ Lic. Number 2325
                                                     Dale R. Schoustra Mgr.
                                                     NJ Lic. Number 3707
    (908)-233-0143                                   (908)-276-0092                                 218 North Avenue
                                     Charles J. Tombs                                              Charles V. Dooley
                                    NJ Lic. Number 4006                                                     Manager
                                          Director                                                 NJ License # 3703                                                             CHRISTMAS PRESENT…Holy Trinity Interparochial School Drama Club pre-
                                                                                                                                                                                 sents the play The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, directed by Paul O’Connor and
                                                                                                                                               based on the classic 1972 book by Barbara Robinson. Pictured are the poorly
                                                                                                                                                                                 behaved children of the Herdman family, also known as, left to right, Mitchell Kelly,
                                                                                                                                                                                 Meghan Hrinkevich, Nicholas Papadimas, Alessandra Leong and Patricia Salazar.

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