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Harry J. Malony
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94th Infantry Division
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From: "Zaburunov, Kim" <Kim.Zaburunov@live.com>
Subject: 94th infantry division Historical Society - Lyle Buckley, Jr. has  passed away

Hi,
 
I wasn't sure who to contact, so please let me know if I should direct this information to another person.
 
NOTICE
Lyle "Buck" Buckley, Jr., age 94, passed away on Friday, December 18, 2015, at Genesys Regional Medical Center, in Grand Blanc, Michigan.
 
Excerpt from the obituary
With the outbreak of World War II, Lyle was drafted and entered service in the US Army on 3 Dec 1942, in Ft. Custer, MI.  He served with distinction under General George Patton and others, moving up through the ranks to Asst. Squad Leader. His service was in the 94th Infantry Division (Unit: L/301 INF), which fought in Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe.  His decorations and citations include:

  • Purple Heart Medal
  • Seriously wounded in 1945 during the siege of Bastogne (France), marching under Gen. George Patton, as part of the Battle of the Bulge
  • European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon w/3 Bronze Battle Stars
  • Overseas Service Bar
  • Victory Medal
  • American Theater Ribbon
  • Good Conduct Medal

Sgt. Lyle Buckley, Jr., was Honorably Discharged from US Army Company L, 301st Infantry on 16 November 1945 at Ft. Sheridan, IL, earning the testimonial of Honest and Faithful Service to this country.
 
 
Thank you all for your service to our country.
 
 
Thanks,
Kim

From: Buddy Bains <jebj68@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2015
Subject: The passing of Jack Bains

Jack Edmondson Bains, 90, of Deer Park was born May 14, 1925 in Brookshire, TX and passed away Saturday, November 28, 2015. He grew up in Baytown, TX and was a 1943 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School.

He was a U.S. Army WWII veteran where he served honorably in the 94th Infantry Division obtaining the rank of Sergeant and earning four Battle Stars, a Good Conduct Medal, and a Silver Star.

After the war, Jack attended Lee College, Baylor University, The University of Texas (BA), and University of Houston (M. Ed. and Bachelors of Law). He retired from Pasadena High School after teaching 42 years, worked at Gulf Coast Educators FCU, and was a long time member of South Main Baptist Church in Pasadena.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; parents, Reese (Buddy) and Ruby Bains; brother, Reese Bains, Jr. and sister-in-law, Marjorie; brother, Louis Bains; cousins, Whit Bains, Jr., Dr. Bob Stout, and Marilyn Stout. He is survived by his son, Buddy Bains of Houston; sister-in-law, Margaret Bains of Taylor; nieces, Linda Hathaway of Baytown, Carol Barron of Taylor, Melanie Cates of Dripping Springs, Sherri Hanson of Beaumont, and Nancy Broadway of Houston; nephew, Bob Bains of Spicewood; cousins, L.W. Bains of Temple and Annelle Lovering of Kerrville; Tommy Hathaway of Baytown; and several great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 beginning at 2:30 pm at South Main Baptist Church, 4300 East Sam Houston Pkwy S, Pasadena, TX 77505.

His family would like to say a special "thank you" to Dr. Kyler Knight and his staff, the staff and his friends at the Waterford in Deer Park, Paramount Senior Care in Pasadena, the members and staff at South Main Baptist Church, good friend Don Turner, and his fellow teachers, the administrative staff, and ex-students of his beloved Pasadena High School. Each of you contributed to make his final years full and happy.

In lieu of flowers and the usual remembrances, memorial contributions in Jack’s name may be made to a church or a charity of your choosing.

From: ahsperl@optonline.net
Subject: Major Allen B. Sperling, E/302

Please be advised that my father, Major Allen B. Sperling, E/302 Inf, 94th Inf Div, passed away on Monday Nov 23, 2015

Allen B. Sperling, 89, passed away on Monday, November 23rd, 2015. Mr. Sperling was a Major in the US Army and served in World War 2 and the Korean War.

He is survived by his two daughters, Susan Shavelson and Sandi Sperling, and also by his three grandchildren, Amy and Jared Shavelson and Laura Uffenheimer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Mr. Sperling's name to the charity of your choice.

Paul H. Counts, 93, of Lebanon, Virginia, passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2015.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lee and Margaret Counts of Coeburn, Va.; his brothers, Billy and Leon Counts; sister, Madeline Daniels; and his stepson, Harry "Poncho" Sword.

Paul was a retired electrician from Pittston Coal Company. He was a proud veteran of World War II, serving from 1942 to 1945. A lifetime member of the 94th Infantry Division Association, Inc. L/302.

He was also a member of the Mason Royal Arch since 1957, Abingdon Lodge #48, The Kentucky Colonel, and was a Charter Member of the Abingdon Eastern Star No. 182, joining on October 18, 1965. He was a member of the Lebanon VFW Post #9864, the American Legion Post 0208 and a member of the United Mine Workers of American District 17, Local 1959.

Paul is survived by his wife of 26 years, Lynn K. Counts; sons, Lee Counts of Greensboro, N.C., and Mike Counts and wife, Jodi, of Abingdon, Va.; stepdaughter, Misty Sword and husband, Brandon Stallard; six grandchildren, Paula Thomas, Lori Leal, Lauren Sword, Logan Sword, Maly Stallard and Elli Stallard; three great-grandchildren, Ella Thomas, Kathleen and Karissa Leal; sisters, Eloise Couch of Abingdon and Peggy Vincer, Delaware; brother, Gerald Counts and wife, Mae, Burlington, N.C.; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Paul is also survived by his special friends, Bobby Joe and Maxie Kiser of Carbo, who shared many visits with Paul. Thank you to Carroll and Ruth Ann Clark for their many visits on Sunday nights. A very special thank you to Caris Healthcare and his caregivers, Miranda, Barbara, Mark and Latisha.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Bethel Baptist Church with Masonic rites and an Eastern Star service. The family will receive friends from 12 to 2 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will follow at Russell Memorial Cemetery with graveside rites conducted by the United Mine Workers of America and military rites performed by the Lebanon VFW Post #9864. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Abingdon Eastern Star 182. Share memories with the family at www.owensfuneralservice.com. Owens Funeral Service and Cremation Services, 7 Tate Street, Lebanon, Va., is in charge of arrangements.

Arthur B. Mohor, Jr.
Arthur B. Mohor, Jr. of Hartwell, Georgia, passed away at age 91 on October 2nd 2015.

Mr. Arthur B. Mohor  Jr.Mr. Mohor was a native of East Orange, New Jersey. He was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-eight years, Louise O. Mohor, and brother, John A. Mohor. Survivors include his five children, Alice Mohor, Bette Ann Harris, Carol Mohor, Paul Mohor and John Mohor. Mr. Mohor retired from both the State of New Jersey and the Institute of Government, The University of Georgia. A former Staff Sergeant, he was a proud WW II Veteran and member of AT Company, 302nd Infantry Regiment, 94th Infantry Division. He received the Combat Infantryman Badge and Expert Infantryman Badge. His medals include the Bronze Star, Good Conduct, American Theater, European African-Middle Eastern Theater (with four Bronze Campaign Stars), WWII Victory, and Army of Occupation. In 2015 the French Legion of Honor. Mr. Mohor was a member of American Legion Post 109 and Golden K in Hartwell. He was also a member of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge (SC Chapter) and the 94th Infantry Division Association. He served over 30 years with the Boy Scouts of America. A lifelong Episcopalian, he was an active member of St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church in Athens until retiring to Hartwell in 1997 where he was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Mr. Mohor loved spending time with his family and friends, taking boat rides and traveling.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 7th 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 579 Fairview Avenue, Hartwell, GA. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in Mr. Mohor’s memory to St. Andrews, the scholarship fund of American Legion Post 109, PO Box 513, Hartwell, GA 30643, or The National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. 

The Strickland Funeral Home of Hartwell is in charge of all arrangements. On-line condolences can be sent to the family at www.stricklandfh.com.

Anthony (Tony) James Leo Sr.

leoAnthony J. Leo Sr. died Thursday April 9, 2015 at his home. He was born in Wellsburg, WV. A son of the late Tony Leo and Nina (Mirasola) Leo. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church Wolfhurst. Tony was a retired owner of Convenient Food Mart in Shadyside, Ohio. His greatest enjoyment was greeting customers, and meeting people, helping wherever and whomever he could. He was instrumental in the Formation of and was former president of Anthony Mining Company.

He was an Army Veteran in WWII, 94th Infantry Division, B Company 302 Infantry Regiment, the recipient of a Bronze Star, plus four battle stars, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and central Europe. He was a member of the American Legion, the 200 dance club-he was a true lover of Dance and good dance music.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife Ruth (Camilletti) Leo, sisters Pauline and Rose Lucia, a brother Patsy Veltri, and a grandson Patrick Mahan. Tony is survived by his second wife Theresa Bryniarski Leo, children Nina Mahan, Anthony Leo Jr., Deborah Reilly, Jan West, Cynthia Adkins, and Michael Leo, eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and one great great grandson.

Interment in Mt. Calvary Cemetery Wheeling. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Full military graveside will be conducted by the Ohio Valley Veterans Memorial Squad. To leave the family a condolence please visit www.wilsonfuneralhomes.com

James Arthur Hebel
September 12, 1925 - April 2, 2015
James Hebel Obituary
HEBEL, James A., 89, left his earthy home in Summerhill Retirement Community on Thursday, April 2, 2015. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jacquelyn Rose Hebel; and his brother, William Hebel.

Survivors include his daughter, Holly Anderson (Jay); son, David Hebel (Susan); four grandchildren, Melissa Becker (Miles), Morgan Anderson, Katelyn Hebel and James "Chip" Anderson; one great-granddaughter, Maddy Becker; sister, Elizabeth Martyn; his second wife of 20 years, Gloria Hebel; and two stepsons, Elliott Bromley and Thomas Bromley (Janet).

Jim was a World War II veteran and a college graduate of DePaul University. He volunteered many hours at St. Mary's Hospital and Meals On Wheels. He retired from Reynolds Metal Company and American Tobacco Company. Jim was a member of Grove Avenue Baptist Church. The family would like to thank Dr. Karl Koenig, and the other doctors and nurses at Henrico Doctors' Hospital for their compassionate care of Jim before his homegoing.
His remains rest at the Parham Chapel of Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Road, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Grove Avenue Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grove Avenue Baptist Church or to your favorite charity.

Richard Ranier Randall

richard randallRICHARD RAINIER RANDALL, PhD "Dick" (Age 89)
On Saturday, March 14, 2015 of Washington, DC, beloved husband of 52 years to Patricia Spencer Randall; loving father of Allison Randall Beuker, Washington, DC, Susan Randall Birusingh, Sacramento, CA and Richard Rainier Randall, Jr., Pittsburgh, PA; and devoted grandfather to Lily Beuker, Felix Beuker, Hazel Beuker, Kumari Birusingh and Truman Birusingh.

Dr. Randall was born in Toledo, Ohio July 21, 1925 and moved to Washington, DC in 1936 when his father was appointed advisor to the US National Resources Board by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Randall served with the 94th Infantry Division during World War II in European Theatre of Operations and was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, and four Battle Stars.

He received an AB (1948) and MA (1949) in Geography from the George Washington University and a PhD (1955) in Geography from Clark University. Randall studied geography at the University of Graz in Austria in 1953-54 as a Fulbright scholar. Randall worked for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1955 to 1961 first specializing in editorial work in its Geography Division and later as an eastern-European specialist.

In 1961 he became the Washington representative for Rand McNally and Company. In 1969 he designed the first series of maps showing the world's oceans and water bodies for inclusion in its major world atlas, the Cosmopolitan Atlas.

From 1973 until his retirement in 1993, he worked as Geographer for the Defense Mapping Agency (now the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency) and served as the Executive Secretary of the US Board on Geographic Names. He remained an active member of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, the American Geographical Society, the Association of American Geographers, the Cosmos Club, and the Explorers Club. In 2001 Dr. Randall published "Place Names: How They Define the World and More."

Growing up in a family that loved music, he developed a passion of his own. Singing was an important part of his everyday life and a constant accompaniment to his characteristically buoyant demeanor. He cherished all things humorous and clever and freely shared poems, puns, amusing anecdotes, songs, and puzzles.

A lifelong learner, he was fascinated by the world and the people in it. He relished meeting new people, learning about their lives, sharing his experience, and exchanging ideas. In addition to cherishing his family, friends and associates, he was actively engaged in his community. Whether Washington, DC and the Cleveland Park neighborhood where he and his wife lived since 1966, or the West Virginia farmlands where they own a family retreat, he absorbed all he could about history, points of interest, and local issues.

He was a dedicated member of the Cleveland Park Congregational Church for more than 40 years. Memorial Service will be held 11 a.m., April 11, 2015 at the Cleveland Park Congregational Church, 3400 Lowell Street Northwest, Washington, DC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friendship Place, 202-364-1419 (http://friendshipplace.org) and the Cleveland Park Congregational Church Music Fund, 202-363-8211.

Memorial Service will be held 11 a.m., April 11, 2015 at the Cleveland Park Congregational Church, 3400 Lowell Street Northwest, Washington, DC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friendship Place, 202-364-1419 (http://friendshipplace.org) and the Cleveland Park Congregational Church Music Fund, 202-363-8211.

Richard Otto Bertz of Trevose died Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. He was 92

bertzBorn in Spring City, Pa. in 1922, he was the son of Ida and Otto R. Bertz.
Richard was preceded in death by his loving wife, Helen, and his daughter, Lynne Ann Blouse.
He is survived by his daughter, Renae Newhouse and her husband, Mark, of Hatboro, Pa.; his sister, Lee Hunsberger and her husband, David, of Royersford, Pa.; his brother, Kenneth Bertz and his wife, Lillian, of Ft. Wayne, Ind. and their families.

He was a proud and honored veteran of World War II and fought with the 94th Infantry Division in the Battle of the Bulge.

Richard attended Millersville State Teacher College and was an Industrial Arts Teacher in Centennial School District for 35 years. He was also director of the district's Adult Education Program.
A private ceremony will be held at Washington Crossing National Cemetery.

Contributions in Richard's name may be made to VFW Post 6493, 645 Louis Dr., Warminster, PA 18974.
In memory of Richard, please have a wonderful glass of wine with someone you care about, look at the sky, and hope for sunny, peaceful tomorrows. Cremation Society of Pa. Inc.


World War II veteran Richard Bertz just celebrated his 88th birthday, and his memory is as sharp as that of a 22-year-old. Easy to talk to, the Trevose resident remembers growing up in Spring City, Pa. along the Schuylkill River. He remembers his Eagle Scout training and details of his time at Royersford High School. He remembers desperately wanting to fly.

At 19, he went to Philadelphia to try out for the Air Force, only to receive a crushing blow.

“I passed everything, all the tests,” Bertz says, “until they put that [vision test] book in front of me and told me I was colorblind. I pleaded with them, but it was no use.”

With what little money he earned working at a glass factory near the home he shared with parents Otto and Ida and siblings Kenneth and Alicia, Bertz hopped a bus to California. Alone, he found a place in Ocean Park where he received free room and board and free meals for serving as the driver for a group of Army soldiers.

All the while, he was taking aeronautical drafting courses at a nearby military airport.

Returning to the Philadelphia area in 1942, Bertz got a job working on airplane prototypes and small drafting assignments.

“I just loved airplanes,” he says. “I wanted to be close to them.”

From there, Bertz was drafted into the Infantry, and sent to join the 94th Infantry Division at Camp Phillips in Kansas. Arriving on Christmas Eve, Bertz spent five months at the camp before undertaking 14 months of maneuvers across the United States. He was an Armor officer, responsible for weapons and ammunition.

In August of 1944, he and his company left the U.S. on the Queen Elizabeth II. They landed in Scotland, passed through England, then wound up in Lorient, France, a submarine base on the Normandy peninsula. There, he and his fellow soldiers were responsible for containing 25,000 Germans, before moving into Germany in the midst of the Battle of the Bulge.

Soon Bertz reached Orsholz, a village located near Germany’s Sarr Valley. Instructed to join troops who were set to invade the village, Bertz donned bedsheets so as to blend in with the snow; however, it wasn’t enough to hide from the minefield that lay before the group, or the sea of bullets the enemy would disperse from across the valley.

“I got about halfway down and all hell broke loose,” Bertz says. “Our lieutenant colonel was killed, many others were killed.”

As instructed, Bertz withdrew into the woods, but without any companions. The snow was over a foot deep and the temperature was well below zero.

Noticing an Army tank nearby, Bertz approached the hatch and asked the occupants if he could come inside, but to no avail. He was freezing and subjected to the elements.

Bertz soon noticed a superior curled up against a tree. Scouting taught Bertz never to fall asleep in freezing weather. He stayed awake; the other man didn’t. He survived; the other man didn’t.
“That was my worst night,” Bertz says.

Bertz’s division eventually took Orsholz, and from there, under the command of Gen. Patton, moved on to Trier and all the way up to the Rhine River.

In Czechoslovakia, Bertz encountered cold weather again, which left him with throat problems and frostbite. (To this day, he wears socks to bed and struggles with a lack of feeling in his feet.)

After suffering through a train disaster while en route to the French port city of Le Havre (a car derailed and was dragged for miles, dumping equipment along the way), Bertz boarded the SS George Washington, a WWI ship that would cart him back home across the Atlantic. Caught in a violent storm, the ship lost a rudder, nearly capsized, and six men were lost.

The ship finally arrived in New York Harbor, and Bertz was home by Christmas Eve – the same day he arrived at Camp Phillips in 1942. He was discharged as a Staff Sergeant. He met his wife, Helen, in 1945 at a dance hall near Pottstown. The couple had two daughters, Renae and Lynn Anne.

In 1949, Bertz graduated from Millersville University, where he studied industrial arts. He went on to become an industrial arts teacher at William Tenant High School, where he taught for 35 years and founded an adult education program.

In 2005, Bertz lost Helen to cardiac problems. He now lives alone in a home filled with his handmade furniture and woodworking creations. In two weeks, he’ll be heading to Charleston, S.C. for the reunion of the 94th Infantry Division. He’s active with the VFW, and says he wants to be buried in the new Washington Crossing Cemetery, where other soldiers like him have been laid to rest.

“I don’t think people appreciate what service men do,” Bertz says. “I got an awful lot of experience, and I wouldn’t want to go through it again, but I wouldn’t want to give it back, either. I wish people would look back and appreciate what the WWII soldiers did. People need to remember.”

DOOLEY, Volley Ray "Doc"
Volley Dooley
Volley Ray VRichard Otto Bertz of Trevose died Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. He was 92.

Born in Spring City, Pa. in 1922, he was the son of Ida and Otto R. Bertz.

Richard was preceded in death by his loving wife, Helen, and his daughter, Lynne Ann Blouse.

He is survived by his daughter, Renae Newhouse and her husband, Mark, of Hatboro, Pa.; his sister, Lee Hunsberger and her husband, David, of Royersford, Pa.; his brother, Kenneth Bertz and his wife, Lillian, of Ft. Wayne, Ind. and their families.

He was a proud and honored veteran of World War II and fought with the 94th Infantry Division in the Battle of the Bulge.

Richard attended Millersville State Teacher College and was an Industrial Arts Teacher in Centennial School District for 35 years. He was also director of the district's Adult Education Program.

A private ceremony will be held at Washington Crossing National Cemetery.

Contributions in Richard's name may be made to VFW Post 6493, 645 Louis Dr., Warminster, PA 18974.

In memory of Richard, please have a wonderful glass of wine with someone you care about, look at the sky, and hope for sunny, peaceful tomorrows. Cremation Society of Pa. Inc.

.R. "Doc" Dooley was born Oct. 10, 1920 in Lone Oak, Texas and died in his Grand Prairie home Feb. 28, 2015.

V.R. Doc Dooley, Songwriter, Lifelong Christian, War Hero, Father and Humble man shared a life of ministry and honor with his many friends and family.

Growing up on a farm in Lone Oak, Gospel music was part of Doc's life from an early age. Spending his teen years in the Fairlie community north of Commerce, Texas his musical family began playing in small country churches. By his late teens he began playing piano for professional gospel quartets, including the famous Stamps-Baxter Quartet. Christmas Day 1943, Doc married Anna Mae Walker and they were married 59 years before she preceded him in death in 2003.

Immediately after they married, Doc was drafted in the United States Army and sent to Europe. Corporal Dooley served as an infantryman in the 94th Infantry Division. Trained as a rifleman, after the death of a fellow soldier, Dooley carried the Company's BAR, Browning automatic rifle. Dooley surprised German tanks, protected his company on patrols, and outsmarted a German minefield while in Europe; his actions earned him the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and a Presidential Unit Citation.

After returning from the war he concentrated on starting a family, teaching piano and directing music at several churches in the Dallas area. He had a long career and retired from the U.S. Postal Service. In 1988, Doc and Anna moved to Greenville, where he continued to write and play music. His long music career included over 410 gospel songs published by numerous Christian Music Companies. In 1992 he was awarded Gospel Song Writer of the Year. In 2007 he was awarded the Piano Roll of Honor of the Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame. His songs have been recorded by several gospel groups including the Hays Family, the Speer Family and Jo San Singers. His song "Heavenly Highways" is included in the Benson church music book. Doc served as a deacon at Highland Terrace Baptist Church.

He was featured by the East Texas War and Memory Lecture Series. Before his death, unaware to him, he was accepted into the Honor Flight where veterans can be taken to Washington D.C. and honored for service.

Doc is survived by sons Michael Dooley and wife Tammy of Granbury, John Dooley and wife Glenda of Midlothian; grandchildren Amy Morgan and husband Peter, Bart Dooley and wife Lisa, Landon Dooley, Luke Dooley and Mary Dooley; great-grandchildren Anna Morgan, Katharine Morgan and Georgia Morgan; and sister, Oneta Barnes. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and eight siblings.

Joseph J. Milich, 89, formerly of Glastonbury, died March 19, 2015 in Bridgewater, NJ.

Joe MilichHe was born in Manhattan, NY in 1926. He settled in Glastonbury in 1963, moving into Arbor Glen Retirement Community in Bridgewater in 2014. Joe graduated from the Univ. of Missouri with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1950, and worked as a Mechanical Engineer at Pratt & Whitney for 32 years, retiring in 1987.

He received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star while serving with the Army’s 94th division during WWII. Joe was a Charter Member of the Glastonbury Hills Country Club and an avid golfer. He was a member of the Exchange Club of Glastonbury, Republican National Committee, the NRA, Rockville Fish & Game Club, Glastonbury Historical Society, and American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was a member of St. Augustine’s Church and enjoyed reading, woodworking, bowling, hunting and fishing.

He is predeceased by his wife, Deanie, who passed in 2010. He leaves his daughter Helen and husband Roger Pearly of Bridgewater, NJ, son John of West Haven, CT, son Robert of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and daughter Sandra of Alexandria, VA. Also grandchildren, Gregory and wife Tamara, Brian, Lisa and her fiancé Greg Farrington and one great grandson, Sammy.

Services will be held at Mulryan Funeral Home, 725 Hebron Avenue, Glastonbury on April 4 at 11:00 am.

Donations may be made to the Exchange Club’s Prevention of Child Abuse program. Glastonbury Exchange Club, Attention: Treasurer, PO Box 641, Glastonbury, CT 06033

George Wesley Mosher

George Wesley Mosher, 92, of Fort Gratiot Township, died Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in McLaren Port Huron hospital after a brief illness.

George MosherHe was born January 7, 1923 to the late Seeley Eli and Edith Harvey Mosher in Port Huron, Michigan. George married Florence Camilla Carlsen on May 1, 1948 in All Saints Episcopal Church, Pontiac, Michigan officiated by the Reverend Austin DuPlan.  Camilla preceded him in death on August 18, 2006.  They were married for 58 years.

George graduated from St. John’s Military Academy in Delafield, WI as the Cadet Captain of Company C in 1941.  During WW II, he enlisted in the US Army serving in the 94th Infantry Division in Europe. George saw action at the Battle of the Bulge and earned the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

Following WWII, George attended Central Michigan University, where he met the love of his life.  He and Camilla returned to Port Huron and he joined his father in business becoming the third generation of Mosher’s Jewelers. After 40 years as a Registered Jeweler and member of the American Gem Society, George retired from business to enjoy his many interests.

Yachtsman, hunter, fisherman, skier, world traveler … all of these embodied his passions.  George began sailing in the Port Huron to Mackinac Race in 1948, and earned the title of “Old Goat” after successfully completing 25 races.  He finished First in Class twice.  George continued to sail competitively for many more years. He was inducted into the Port Huron Sports Hall of Fame for his sailing exploits.

George was a lifetime member and vestryman of Grace Episcopal Church, Port Huron.  In 1968, he was a founding member of the original Downtown Port Huron business owners association. 

George was a Past Commodore and regular feature at the Port Huron Yacht Club and took great pleasure in sharing sailing adventures on “Florence,” his much loved tugboat.  He was active in introducing and promoting sailing in the community through programs such as Sea Scouts and Junior Sailing.   George served as the Port Captain for the Great Lakes Cruising Club for Port Huron.   In this position he promoted Port Huron and the Blue Water Area for visiting boaters.  He enjoyed many years of cruising the North Channel and Great Lakes, completing the 3000 nautical mile Grand Circle Tour twice.

George was a member of Port Huron Lodge #58 F. & A. M. for more than 60 years, bringing his son, son-in-law, and grandson into the craft.  He was also a member of Port Huron Commandery No. 7 Knights Templar.

George is survived by his children, William Mosher (Robyn),  Julia Sobell (M. Henry III), Mary Stathes (Kirk), and Emily Wallace (Matthew); his grandchildren, Bryan Mosher (Arwen), Benjamin Weston (Michelle), Jacob Sobell (Susan McClain), Stephen Sobell (Lisa), George Sobell (Nikki), Florence Ann Sobell, Corbu Stathes, Annie Stathes (John  Baranski), Katherine Stathes (Nicholas Coffman), Luke Wallace (Breezy Mullins) and Elizabeth Wallace; and 15 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Marjorie Carlsen; brother-in-law Kent Crawford; and many nieces and nephews.

George was preceded in death by his daughter, Kristine E. Mosher; and brother, William Harvey Mosher.

Visitation will be 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. March 15, 2015 at Smith Family Funeral Home - North Chapel, 1525 Hancock St., Port Huron, MI 48060, with a Masonic Service at 7 p.m.  

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. March 16, 2015 at Grace Episcopal Church, 6th and Court Streets, Port Huron with visitation starting at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers and in recognition of George’s varied community interests, expressions of sympathy may be made to Grace Episcopal Church Endowment Fund, Port Huron Yacht Club Building Fund, or Rosie’s Ranch (a non-profit therapeutic riding program for children with hearing loss established by George’s daughter Mary). www.smithfamilyfuneralhome.com

Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015
Subject: Lois Jean  McCrea
From: joegallen <joegallen@frontier.com>

This is Kathy Allen, daughter of Thomas P. and Lois Jean  McCrea. Dad was in C Company 376. Just wanted you to know that  our Mother went to be with the Lord February 4th peacefully at home surrounded by Dad and  my sister, Margy, and I  as were her wishes. They started attending the 94th Reunions in 1973 in Indianapolis and have attended 30 more since then. They met their dear friends, Betty and Millard  Schwartz in 1974 on the plane going to Europe on a 94th trip. They have been best friends ever since traveling together many times. Millard was in the Field Artillery in the 94th. I just wanted to let you know about Mom and will continue to keep Dad informed. They have lots of happy memories.

McCreaLois Jean McCrea

July 28, 1926 - February 04, 2015

What a dear sweet soul...Our loss is Heaven's gain...

Lois Jean McCrea, 88, of Logansport, passed away at 9:24 p.m. Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at her residence.

Born July 28, 1926, in Cass County, She was the daughter of the late Albert and Rosa (Gustafson)Johnson.

On June 13, 1948, in the Bethlehem Methodist Church, she married Thomas P. McCrea, who survives. The couple had first met at Purdue during 4-H Round-up as young teens in 1943.

A graduate of Metea High School, Lois Jean graduated from the Indianapolis General Hospital School of Nursing in 1948. During WWII, she served as a cadet nurse.

From 1958 to 1963, she was an evening supervisor at Logansport Memorial Hospital. She then worked as the school nurse for Pioneer Regional School Corporation from 1963 to 1974. Lois Jean was a lifetime member of the Florence Nightingale Study Club. She was an honorary board member of the American Red Cross having volunteered for the Red Cross since 1948.

Lois Jean was a full-time mother and farmer's wife. In earlier years, she taught Sunday School at Post Memorial Presbyterian Church. Since 1990, she was a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church in Logansport.

Lois Jean enjoyed wintering in Naples, Florida with her husband. They had taken numerous cruises over the years as well. Some of their fondest trips were with dear friends, Millard and Betty Schwartz, traveling all over the U.S. to attend the 94th Infantry Division reunions.

Surviving with her husband are two daughters and sons-in-law, Kathleen and Joe Allen, of Logansport, and Margaret and Jim Nicholson, of Zionsville; eight grandchildren, Edye (husband Pat) Barber, of Walton, Jeff (wife Rhonda) Allen, of Logansport, Emily Perry, of Logansport, Lisa (husband Aaron) Reed, of Logansport, Lt. Tom (wife Capt. Tory) Nicholson currently stationed at Corpus Christi, Tim Nicholson of Chicago, John (wife Megan)Nicholson, of Lafayette and Ben Nicholson, currently in the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado; and six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother, Wayne Johnson, of Greeley Colorado; one sister Maxine (husband Bill) Hatchel, of Kokomo; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by four sisters Dorothy, Ruth, Violet and Erma; and brothers Kenneth, Everett and Carl Johnson.

Donations Information

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lois Jean McCrea Nursing Scholarship in care of the Cass County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 441, Logansport, IN 46947.

Donations Link:

The Lois Jean McCrea Nursing Scholarship

Thanks Kathy 

Harry Loren Wegner 98

PEORIA—Harry L. Wegner, 98, of Peoria passed away at 6:35 p.m. Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Bickford Cottage.

Born December 27, 1915 in Decatur, a son of Fredrick and Martha Pfeiffer Wegner, Harry married June Taylor on wegnerDecember 21, 1943 in Peoria.

She preceded Harry in death on May 9, 1998 in Peoria. Also preceding him in death were one daughter, Margaret Tomaszewski; four brothers and four sisters.

Surviving are one son, Eugene (Cindy) Wegner of Peoria; three daughters, Pat (Mark) Wickersham of Chillicothe, Pam (Paul) Vinnedge of Peoria, Nancy (Carl) Story of Pooler, Georgia; eleven grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren.

Harry was a WW II Army veteran. Mr. Wegner fought in the Battle of the Bulge with the 94th I.D.

Harry worked for Caterpillar, Inc retiring after 34 years. He then worked for First of America Bank as a courier for 16 years.

Harry loved animals, traveling and backpacking in the mountains. He was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 19, 2014. Pastor Craig Stanford will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Wilton Mortuary. Burial, with military rites, will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Wilson A. Britten

Former Madison councilman and WWII veteran Wilson A. Britten, 91, formerly of Madison, N.J., and Mendham Township, N.J., died peacefully on Dec. 23, 2014.

A memorial service will be held on Jan. 7, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Medford Leas, 1 Medford Leas Way, Medford, N.J. 08055. The only child of Mildred Wilson and Clarence Britten, "Wil" was born on May 12, 1923, and raised in Maplewood, N.J. Following graduation from Peddie School, Wil entered Princeton University in 1941.

After an accelerated freshman year he joined the Army and served in Europe as a sergeant with the 94th Infantry Division.

He returned to Princeton after the war to graduate in 1947.

In 1950, Wil married Barbara Verdicchio and in 1953 they moved to Madison, where they raised their family. Wil's business career was spent in the mutual fund business with Calvin Bullock, Ltd., and later at Anchor Corporation, where he was executive vice president and national sales manager. He also served for many years on the board of the Washington Savings Bank.

After an early retirement, Wil bought a farm in Mendham Township, N.J., and operated it for 12 years growing Christmas trees. Wil's civic activities included serving on the Madison Borough Council, the Morris Museum board, the Mendham Township zoning board, the Mendham Golf and Tennis Club board, and as a volunteer fireman in Mendham. Wil's later years were spent at Medford Leas, Medford, N.J., where he resided at the time of his death. Surviving are his beloved wife, Barbara: their children, Cynthia B. Martin, Carol E. Britten, and Robert W. Britten; four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Medford Leas Resident Assistance Fund, 1 Medford Leas Way, Medford, N.J. 08055 or the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, N.J. 07960.
Published in Star-Ledger on Dec. 30, 2014

Thomas Warner Smith (Age 91) /E/301

Thomas SmithOf Falls Church, Virginia, died January 1, 2015.  Born on  July 12, 1923 in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Thomas Smith and Allene Thompson.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Janet Meyer, and children, Janene (Thomas) Mitchell  of Chevy Chase, Thomas (Marcia) of Vienna, Randolph (Elizabeth) of Gainsville, Jennifer of Falls Church, Jefferson of Arlington and nine grandchildren, Colin, Curtis, Eric, Eleanor, Grayson, Connor, Garrett, Callie and Madeline.  TW attended the Citadel and The George Washington University where he received Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees.

He served in the 94th Infantry Division in General Patton’s Third Army and was a combat veteran of the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded a number of medals including  the Bronze Star. He worked 27 years as a Special Agent in the Washington, D.C., Cleveland, and New York City offices of the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover.

 Viewing will be at Murphy  Funeral Home, 4510  Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA, Tuesday, January 6 from  5-8pm. Mass of Christian burial will be on Wednesday, January 7 at 10:30am St. Anthony Catholic Church, 3305 Glen Carlyn Rd, Falls Church, VA. 

If you would like to send a card, Janet's address is as follows:

    5918 Kimble Court

    Falls Church, VA  22041

        703-998-7345

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