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 www.fanwoodmemorial.com. 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 Cawthon. Services were held on Monday, Roland Dente, and three grandchil- dren. 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 www.mem.com. 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 www.fanwoodmemorial.com. 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 Center. 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, spfk12.org, or by ing funds raised from its pancake break- needy people throughout the world. At Temple Sholom visit ucnj.org/trailside. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com www.goleader.com the National Yoga Alliance, will be babies are always welcome. A library Gray Funeral Homes or visit sholomnj.org. 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. Westfield 556 Westfield Avenue 233-0255 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 cremation. 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 Cranford (908)-233-0143 (908)-276-0092 218 North Avenue 276-0255 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 www.grayfuneralhomes.com 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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