Obituaries

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Hold Funeral Friday For Kathleen M. Drew

Kathleen M. Drew, 95, of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, formerly of Livingston, died Friday, April 19.

Born August 20, 1923, in Newark, she was the wife of the late Harold (Don) Drew.

Mrs. Drew is survived by her three children and their spouses, Donald Drew and his wife, Mary Jane of Westbrook, Connecticut; Joseph Drew and his wife, Susan of Rockaway; Kathleen Drew of Livingston; five grandchildren; and her niece, Mary Macchi, who cared for her in her later years. She was predeceased by her brothers, Harry Towle, Donald Towle, Charlie Towle,TomTowle, JosephTowle, and her sister, Jo Macchi.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 26, at Huff & Lakjer Funeral Home, 701 Derstine Avenue, Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Interment will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Funeral Held April 19 For Arthur Tevanian

Arthur Tevanian of Livingston died Monday, April 15, following a period of declining health. He was 92.

Visitation and the funeral service were held Friday, April 19, at the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home of Livingston. The funeral service took place at the funeral home during the visitation at 5:30 p.m. There will be a private cremation with the interment of cremated remains in Portland, Maine, at a later date.

Mr. Tevanian was born on December 12, 1926, in Portland, Maine. He left high school to enlist in the Navy during World War II, later returning to earn his diploma from Portland High School. He earned a degree in business from the University of Maine, where he was in the Army ROTC. He then served in the Korean War, during which he was awarded a Bronze Star for valor.

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Hold Graveside Services For Joan M. Goldsmith

Joan Morrison Goldsmith of Livingston, died April 16 of pneumonia. She was 88 years old.

Mrs. Goldsmith was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1930 and was raised in both Buffalo and in Birmingham, Alabama.

She was a professional artist for most of her adult life. She trained at the Moore Institute of Art in Philadelphia, the Art Students’ League of New York, and the New School for Social Research. Early in her career, she worked as a shoe designer in New York City.

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Apr
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Services Were Held For Marvin Schwalb

Dr. Marvin Schwalb of Livingston died on April 10.

He was a professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey for over 45 years and also served as the associate director of the Institute of Genomic Medicine.

Predeceased by his brother, Bruce, Dr. Schwalb is survived by Karen, his wife of 56 years; his daughters, Robin, Heidi and Abby; and his sister, Karen.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Newark Arts (newarkarts.org) or MAC Angels Foundation (macangels.org), which supports people with ALS.

The funeral service was held in Guilderland, New York on April 12. Online condolences may be left at levinememorial.com.

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Services Were Held For Karl Brunell

Karl Brunell, 96, formerly of Livingston, died in his sleep on Friday, April 12, five days after his wife, Dr. Lillian Brunell. The funeral service was held on Sunday, April 14, at Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel.

Mr. Brunell was born in Cologne, Germany, in 1922, and came to the United States in 1939 to escape Nazi Germany. He worked as a machinist and earned a GED at night.

Drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943, Mr. Brunell became a Second Lieutenant and was awarded a Bronze Star for bravery.

Earning an engineering degree at City College, Mr. Brunell worked at Bell and Howell Labs, the American Company, and John Dusenbury Company, and held several engineering patents. He married in 1947 and raised two daughters.

Mr.Brunell issurvivedbyhissister, Adele Obodov; his daughters, Merrilea Brunell (Jeff) and Hilary (Larry) Monaco; his four grandchildren; and his four great-grandchildren.

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Services Were Held For Jules Blaustein

Jules B. Blaustein 98, of Livingston died on March 19.

Born in Newark, he also lived in Springfield, Short Hills and Boca Raton, Florida.

Mr. Blaustein graduated from the University of Newark, now Rutgers University. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and worked for the family business, M. Blaustein Furs.

Predeceased by his wife of 70 years, Irene Blaustein, he is survived by his three daughters, Lauren (Lloyd) Perkel, Barbara (Roy) Levine, and Carol (Paul) Barnhard; his sister, Miriam Friedman; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were made by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel.

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18
Apr
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Jake Kestler, 14, Succumbs to Cancer

Jake Ian Kestler of Livingston died peacefully on Thursday, April 11, after battling two different cancers during his short life. He was surrounded by his family.

Born on December 3, 2004, Jake survived a battle with leukemia in 2012 after receiving a bone marrow transplant from his then five-year-old sister, Lily. Jake’s courage inspired the formation of Team Jake which raised more than $300,000 for rare cancer research.

Jake loved his family and friends, adventures of all kinds, and food and eating at different restaurants. He loved life and lived it to the fullest.

Jake is survived by his mother and father, Joshua and Gallite Kestler; his sister, Lily; his brother, Luke; and his grandparents, Efraim and Lea Rajs, Judith and Marc Apirian, and Dr.

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Private Services For Monroe Bierman

Monroe Bierman of Boynton Beach, Florida, and Livingston, died April 15 at the age of 88.

Mr. Bierman graduated from Weequahic High School in Newark in 1948. He went on to attend Rutgers University Business School and graduated in 1952. He served as a sergeant in the Korean War.

He owned Fitrite Fashions in Newark, and served as president of the Springfield Avenue Merchants’ Association for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Bobbi Fechtner Bierman; his sister, Beverly Albert of New York City; his daughters, Amie, and her husband, Steven, and Heidi and her husband, Michael; his son, David, and his wife, Elyse; and eight grandchildren and two grandsons-in law.

Graveside services were private. Visitation will take place at the family home today, Thursday, April 18, between 3 and 9 p.m.

The family has suggested that donations be made to parkinsonfoundation.org.

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Apr
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Services Were Held For Dr. Lillian Brunell

Dr. Lillian Brunell, who raised her family in Livingston, died in her sleep on Sunday, April 7.

Born in New York on January 6, 1926, she earned a degree in psychology from City College and a Psy.D. at Rutgers University. She served as chief of psychology at the Essex County Hospital Center in Cedar Grove and later ran a private practice in West Orange. She co-authored a book on multi-modal treatment and received the Peterson prize for distinguished contributions in the field of psychology.

Dr. Brunell is survived by her husband, Karl, whom she married in 1947; her daughters, Merrilea Brunell (Jeff Brutman) and Hilary Monaco (Larry); her four grandchildren, and her three great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 9, at Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel in Livingston.

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Mass Was Celebrated For Margaret Reed

Margaret Louise (Burrows) Reed, who raised her children in Livingston, died on April 6 at her home in Dennis, Massachusetts. She was 93 years old.

Her husband, Leonard Tynan Reed, died in 2009.

Born in Orange and raised in Montclair, Mrs. Reed graduated from Montclair High School in 1943. She attended Orange Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, and graduated from the Seton Hall University School of Nursing Education in 1953.

Mrs. Reed was a member of the Rosary Society at St. Philomena’s Church. She and her husband retired to Cape Cod in 1983.

She is survived by her three sons, Richard Tynan Reed (Carol) of Bedford, Massachusetts; Robert Burrows Reed (Mary) of South Yarmouth, Massachusetts; and Douglas Edward Reed (Missy) of Stow, Massachusetts; her daughter, Virginia Anne Reed Brett (Neil) of North Grafton, Massachusetts, as well as six grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

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