Christopher J Blocksom, age 56, passed away suddenly at his home and entered the presence of the Lord on Monday, January 2nd, 2023. Chris was born on June 6, 1966; a life-long resident of Pennsville. He was a graduate of Park Bible Academy and attended Eastern University. Chris had been employed by the Salem County Probation Office for 23 years. Chris always enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and surfing were his passions. He was also a collector of odd artifacts and spent many a lunch break in thrift shops.
Chris was predeceased by his father, Richard Blocksom. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his daughter Alexis Blocksom of Milford, DE, his mother Angie Blocksom of Pennsville, his sister Alicia Pearce of Pompano, Fla, Aunt and Uncle Pete and Irma Worsham of Swedesboro, and niece and nephew Kyle and Cameron Quan.
Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Pennsville Animal Shelter 94 Industrial Park Rd, Pennsville NJ or charity of your choice.
Timothy M. Campbell, of Matawan, NJ, died on Sunday, September 4, 2022 surrounded by family. He was 44.
Tim was born on August 30, 1978 in Beckley, West Virginia to J. Michael & Wendy Campbell. He was joined by his two brothers (and best friends), Jon and Josh Campbell. Growing up in Carrollton, Kentucky, Tim and his brothers did their best to keep their parents’ lives exciting and full of love. Tim graduated Queens College (which he would remind you is now called Queens University) in 2000 with a degree in psychology, but more importantly with a collection of lifelong friends who described Tim as one of the kindest, most generous people they have ever met. Tim was a die-hard sports fan and never lost faith in his beloved Cincinnati Bearcats (WOOO!)
Shortly after relocating to New Jersey for a job with Ferguson, Tim met and married his former wife and the mother of his children, Sara Campbell. In 2008, they welcomed Tim’s favorite girl, Grace Ann Campbell who quickly wrapped her father around her tiny finger. Tim quickly became an expert in Disney princesses, Dora the Explorer, and dress up clothes. Their family was completed when Tim’s best buddy, Lonnie Campbell, was born in 2012. Tim was thrilled to add Hot Wheels, Ninja Turtles and Super Mario to his daily schedule. Tim did a lot of things extraordinarily well in his life, but he was best known for being a wonderful father.
In 2007, Tim took a job working at the Monmouth County Courthouse as a probation officer and was promoted to senior probation officer. He was in the 15th year of his career at the time of his death. Tim was very well liked and respected by everyone he came across. He never had a bad word to say about anyone. Tim found a second home at the courthouse and the friends there that became family will greatly miss him.
Tim is survived by his former wife and forever friend, Sara Kennedy Campbell and their beautiful children Grace Ann and Lonnie; his loving parents, Michael and Wendy Campbell; his younger brothers and sisters-in-law Jon & Alyssa Campbell and Josh & Mayra Campbell; his loving grandfather, Merle Brouse; his aunt and uncle Lorrie Brouse Piazza & Rich Piazza; his uncle, Dennis Brouse; his in-laws, Lonnie and Susan Kennedy; his grandfather-in-law, Frank Graziano; his brothers and sisters-in-law Joseph & Kristine Kennedy, Terry & Amanda Kennedy, Vincent & Elizabet Kennedy and James & Victoria Kennedy; his nieces and nephews, Lily and Jade Campbell, Luke and Emily Kennedy, and Serafina and Francis Kennedy; and many, many New Jersey aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Dick and Mary Ann Roberts; his grandmother, June Brouse; and his grandmother-in-law, Jane Graziano.
Nancy Wilson, of Woodbury, NJ, passed away on Friday, March 25, 2022. She was 60.
On July 2, 1961, Nancy was born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts. After graduating from High School, she enlisted in the United States Air Force and began her career serving the nation on July 4, 1979. She was an expert in air transportation, specializing in passengers and household goods, but her passion was the Honor Guard. As a Ceremonial Guardsman, Nancy epitomized the profession of arms, honoring past and present service members in numerous military commemorations all over the world. She served during the Gulf War and traveled and lived in many places, including Alaska, Hawaii, Korea, Japan, the Air Force Academy in Colorado, and the Azores, Portugal. Living in the Azores was her dream come true, as she had a deep-rooted connection to her Portuguese heritage cultivated since childhood.
Nancy had an intense and lifelong love for education, both as a student and teacher, and after fourteen years in the Air Force, she decided to go back to school. In 1999, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Rowan College and continued her commitment to service as a transcendent youth and family counselor. Nancy combined her diverse and unique life experiences, military background, and education to enrich the lives of a myriad of families all over New Jersey. She personified what it means to be a mentor as a transcendent family counselor during her time at the YES Children's Shelter, Youth Consultation Services, and various other family support programs. In 2008, she took her talents and passion with her when she transitioned into a role as a probation officer for Camden County, New Jersey, where she worked until the present day. As was her way, she excelled in her career and continued touching the lives of those she knew with her mentorship and kindness. To Nancy, helping others wasn't a job; it was her calling.
Nancy will be remembered for being loving, genuine, principled, fierce, compassionate, creative, tenacious, and dedicated to improving the lives of anyone with whom she came in contact. Her enthusiasm, spirit, and strength knew no bounds and were contagious to anyone privileged enough to know her personally or professionally. She lived by a guiding belief to always "pay it forward," leveraging her life experience and pouring her heart, mind, body, and soul into her tireless pursuit of helping others. Like the beautifully ornate crochets she hand-made and gifted throughout her life, Nancy's love and benevolence are forever imprinted on those fortunate enough to have spent even the smallest amount of time with her.
Loving daughter of the late Sarah Santos, loving wife of Louis Wilson, Sr.; beloved mother of Maurice Wilson (Brooke), Jalisa Wilson, and was just like a mother to Alicia Rojas; cherished grandmother (Vovo) to Jocelyn, Luciana, Dominic, and Malcolm; dear sister of the late Robert Santos, Robert Guillemette, Juanita Ashley, and Andre Lopes; esteemed aunt to Richard, Michael, Melissa, and the late Robert (Boe) Santos, Jr.
Charles Onyegbule, 65, Senior Probation Officer Charles Ngozi Onyegbule age 65 of the Essex Vicinage passed away suddenly on May 14, 2021 while on a visit to his native country, Nigeria. He was employed by the Judiciary since 1992.
Charles was an active member of Local 101. He was respectfully and affectionately called: “Chief.” He was a mainstay of cultural festivities among his co-workers and in the community and authored a book of poetry.
He is survived by his wife, five children, one grandson, and many loving family members.
Leonard Reidmiller IV, 39, of Sayerville, NJ, It is with a heavy heart that the family of Leonard Reidmiller IV, or Lenny as he was known to all, shares that he lost his battle with cancer. It will be hard to imagine holidays and events without his humor, wit and trivia knowledge but his memory will live on. With Lenny's love of Disney we seek solace in the lyrics from Coco
Remember me, And let the love we have live on, And know that I'm with you the only way that I can be, So, until you're in my arms again. Remember me
We will remember Lenny each time we see an ugly sweater, scream during a scary movie, drink a local kraft beer, win a fantasy football league, or even drive past an old Hollywood Video location. Most importantly his memory will be carried on through his beloved wife Kelly, and his son Ethan who was his true pride and joy.
All are welcome to the memorial service on Tuesday the 24th at Gundrum Service from 2-4pm or 7-9pm. 237 Bordentown Ave, South Amboy, NJ 08879. A funeral service will take place at 7:30pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks you to consider donating to the college fund of Ethan. Any contributions from you will go a long way to care for his future. https://gofund.me/93831a6d
Tinisha N. Champion, 39, of Irvington, NJ, passed away on April 10, 2021. She started her career with the Judiciary on December 30, 2002. She served as a Judiciary Clerk 4 in the Union Vicinage Family Division before receiving a promotion to Supervisor 1 in the Probation Division (Child Support Enforcement) in 2017. Tinisha was a very valuable member of the vicinage family and will be missed. Please keep Tinisha’s family in your thoughts as they go through this difficult time.
The viewing and funeral will be held on Friday, April 23, 2021, at the church below. The viewing is from 10AM-11AM with the funeral following immediately.
MCGARR, JOHN J. III, 53, of Cape May Court House, NJ, passed suddenly on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. He was born in Huntingdon Valley, PA and was a longtime resident of Sea Isle City and Cape May Court House. He was a senior probation officer with the State of New Jersey.
He graduated from Central High School in Philadelphia and Penn State University. He was a member of the Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity where he served as social chairman and sergeant at arms. His love for his alma mater made him a lifelong Penn State fan.
For twenty-one years, John worked as a probation officer. He was dedicated not just to his job but to his clients, and the importance of helping them all. Countless testimonials from clients shared how John helped them to change their lives.
Kimberly Diane Boone, 49, of Atlantic City, NJ passed away on Monday January 16, 2021.
Born on October 13, 1971 to George and Hannah (Rice) Boone in Atlantic City, NJ. Raised in Atlantic City, she attended the Atlantic City School System graduating from Atlantic City High School. Kim continued her education at Stockton University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
After attending Stockton, Kim worked at Ceaser’s Casino where she met and married her future husband Kenneth Doughty. Their union was blessed with two beautiful daughters Kiana and Kennedy whom she loved dearly. Kim was a beautiful person inside and out. She was a generous, witty, and kind person who would do all she could for family and friends. She enjoyed spending time and traveling with her Mom, sister Lori and her daughters. Kim also extended that love and care to the many foster children whose lives she touched.
Her life changed when she gave her life to the Lord. Kim became a faithful member of her childhood church the Christ Gospel Love Center in her twenties. She served in various ministries especially Hospitality and Kitchen ministry.
Kim made her career with the State of New Jersey where she worked for over 20 years as a Juvenile Probation Officer.
Kim was pre-deceased by her father George Boone and nephew Brandon Burgess. She leaves to cherish her memory her daughters Kiana Doughty of Absecon, NJ, Kennedy Doughty of Galloway, NJ; her mother Pastor Hannah Boone, sisters Lori Boone of Absecon, NJ, Latoya Elliot of Las Vegas, NV, and Tititia Plummer of Atlantic City, NJ. She is also survived by her uncle Allen Rice of Brooklyn, NY, aunts Mildred Boone Dillard of Portsmouth, VA, Nell Boone Smith of CO, and Catherine Hamilton of VA. She also leaves behind a host of family, friends and co-workers who loved her dearly.
Karen R. Squires passed away peacefully on January 10,2019 surrounded by her loved ones. She is predeceased by her parents Ruth and Theodore Squires. She is survived by her sister, Lynne McBride, and cousin, Jay Squires. She is also survived by a very special “niece” Serena with whom she shared a very special bond.
Karen was employed by the Ocean County Probation Department for 30 years and has made numerous friends over the years, many who were like family to Karen.
There will be a memorial gathering on Friday, January 25, 2019 at Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 995 Fischer Blvd., Toms River from 4 - 6 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Native American Rights Fund or Buskaid on behalf of Karen. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com.
Tracy Lynn Patterson left this world peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, on Dec. 25, 2018 after a brief illness. She obtained a Master's in Counseling from Georgian Court University; Tracy was probation officer in Atlantic County, partnering with Kimberly Maddox.
Tracy loved being outdoors, kayaking with Eileen or gardening with Piper. Her gentle and giving nature was a gift that she shared with family and friends, for which she will be remembered with love.
Tracy was predeceased by her father William and her brother Neil. She is survived by her loving wife, Eileen Bosco; niece, Piper Willow Patterson; mother, Linda Patterson; mother-in-law, Eileen Bosco; sister-in-law and her husband Toni & Brian Kolman; sister-in-law, Michele Carlson; nieces, Tiffany Simons (Jordan Palmieri); Danielle Corrigan, Brianna Corrigan (Vittorio Planeta); Christina Kolman; cousins, Tina Bucca Symanski (Albert DeRosa); Michael Yaniello, Mark Yaniello; aunt Angela Bucca; uncle John and aunt Janet Patterson; along with many friends and relatives as well as Dusty and Tiger.
Senior Probation Officer, Bridgett Patillo of the Essex County Family Division in Newark, NJ passed away on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at her home in East Orange, NJ.
Bridgett was a hard, dedicated and faithful worker for the New Jersey Judiciary, but especially to the Probation Association of New Jersey throughout the years. She was the President of PANJ Local 101 for several terms. More recently, Bridgett was the Northern Regional Vice President for line staff. She was a graduate of Morgan State University with a degree in psychology. Bridgett made a tremendous impact on many lives. Those who came in contact with her was greeted with care and compassion. Bridgett spent her career working in Probation Supervision, Children in Court Services and the Juvenile Services Unit. She mentored so many probationers, specifically juveniles.
Most individuals remember Bridgett for her calm demeanor, concern for others and soft spoken words. She was very inspirational. Bridgett enjoyed Karate as she was a black belt. She was truly loved and will be missed especially by her friends and colleagues in Essex County as well as PANJ.
She is survived by her children: Arnecia, Tinaya and Malcolm Henson.
Ruben Aponte, 50, of North Arlington, formerly of Newark, passed away on Thursday February 17th, 2017.
Ruben graduated from Bloomfield College with a Masters in Criminal Justice, and worked as a probation officer for Essex County for almost 30 years.
He is survived by his his mother Ana Aponte, his siblings, Marilyn, Elsie, Lourdes, Marisol, Noel and numerous nieces and nephews, and was predeceased by his father William Aponte, and his siblings, William, Evelyn and Valerie.
Memorial donations in lieu of flowers to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes.org
Alexis Ruth Magala, 55, of Toms River, passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Community Medical Center in Toms River. Born in Irvington, she was a longtime resident of Toms River. Alexis received her undergraduate degree at Rutgers University and her Masters of Social Work at Fordham University, becoming a licensed social worker. Alexis began her public service career as a probation officer in Ocean County Judiciary in the spring of 1989. She started as the Coordinator of the Supervised Visitation Program along with other duties. While in the family division, she was promoted to the position of senior probation officer. Her duties included case conferencing, home inspections, working with juveniles in crisis, and mentoring interns at the judiciary who were working on their bachelors of social work. During her career, she received several prestigious awards at the judiciary. She was presented The Ocean Award for her individual excellence. Recently she was recognized with her colleagues for great team effort on court calendars, particularly the non-dissolution cases. Alexis loved her job and was compassionate with the litigants and coworkers with whom she worked. Alexis was also a member of the Community Emergency Response Team of Ocean County (CERT). She was cited for her volunteer efforts during hurricane Irene and more recently for Superstorm Sandy. She was also a licensed Real Estate agent with Bob Grimm Agency in Toms River since 1998. Alexis enjoyed biking, kayaking, travelling, and spending time with friends. She was very proud of achieving her black belt in Karate.
Alexis is survived by her brother Frank, sister Connie, cousins, and many loyal, caring friends. She will be dearly missed by all who loved her so much.
Jorge A. Nina, of Roselle Park, passed away on Saturday October 17th, 2015 at his residence. He was born in La Paz, Bolivia and lived in New Jersey for many years. Jorge worked for the Union County Probation Department as a Probation Officer for many years. He is the beloved son of Rene Nina and the late Ines Nina. Devoted father of Christopher, Chandler and Stephen. Loving Brother of Betty M. Nina of North Carolina, Lucy R. Mowle of Union and Brother In Law to Warren. Jorge is also survived by 2 Nephews Gregory and Alan, 1 niece Emily. Visitation will be Tuesday; October 20, 2015 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend the funeral on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 10:00am from the Krowicki McCracken Funeral Home, 2124 East St. Georges Ave Linden, N.J. Services in the funeral home 11:00 am. Interment Rosedale Cemetery, Linden.
Nancy Hughes, 43, of Audubon passed away on April 16, 2014. On June 28, 2004 she began working for the judiciary in Cumberland County Family Court as a Probation Officer in the Domestic Violence Unit. She transferred to Gloucester County Family Court to work in the Domestic Violence Unit. She was best known for her unique sense of humor and witty comebacks that kept many of her co-workers laughing. She was a team player in the workplace and people she had worked with shared that she had taken them under their wing to make the start of their judiciary career a pleasant one. She enjoyed spending time with co-workers outside the courthouse by going out to dinner to try new foods at different restaurants. She used humor to turn frowns into smiles on any given day and that is how she would want to be remembered. She will certainly be missed. A plaque with her photo on it lives on in the Gloucester County Domestic Violence Unit in her memory with a poem entitled, ‘Her Journey’s Just Begun’ that reads, “Don’t think of her as gone away. Her journey’s just begun. Life holds so many facets this earth is only one. Just think of her as resting from the sorrow and the tears in a place of warmth and comfort where there are no days and years. Think how she must be wishing that we could know today how nothing but our sadness can really pass away. And think of her as living in the hearts of those she touched. For nothing loved is ever lost and she was loved so much.”
Patrick E. Flanagan, 48, of Keansburg, passed away suddenly on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at his home. Patrick was born on Sept. 7, 1966 in New York, NY. After graduating high school, Patrick enrolled in Kean University, where he received his bachelors degree. After moving to Keansburg, he worked as a Monmouth County Park Ranger. He then went to work as a Senior Probation Officer where he spent most of his career. Patrick is predeceased by his father, Thomas. He is the beloved son of Aileen. Patrick is survived by his daughter, Isabella. He is also the loving brother of Mary Kate Edward, and John. Patrick was a third degree Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, an avid sports fan that loved his Notre Dame and Giants. He loved fishing and bagpipes. He truly will be missed by all who knew him.
Christiana Ezekwe was born in Mgbidi, Nigeria on December 12, 1956. She is the second eldest of six children. She emigrated to the United States to join her husband in April of 1980. She would give birth to their first daughter Ijeoma on October 16, 1981 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Christiana attended Southern University, Tennesse. She gave birth to her son Kelechi on March 9, 1985 and her daughter Nkechinyere on August 7, 1986. Despite, working part-time and being a primary caregiver to her children, Christiana successfully earned a Bachelor"s degree in Business Education in 1988.
After moving to New Jersey in 1989, Christiana began a career as a teacher. She taught Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten at Faith Temple New Hope Christian Church in East Orange, NJ. She had a passion for teaching children and did so for four successful years. However, she would later begin working for the State of New Jersey in 1994. First in the Child Support Division of Newark and later for the Juvenile Probation Division, as a Senior Probation Officer. She prided herself on being able to counsel many youths on the error of their ways and steer them in the right direction. Christiana was also a very outgoing and well known person in the Igbo community of New Jersey. She was an active member of a number of community groups.
Christiana passed away on February 14, 2014. She is survived by her two daughters and four grandchildren.
PANJ Local 101 Essex Probation officers lost a dedicated and forceful representative on January 21, 2014. Robin Saunders was the Child Support Representative for the past four years. She was constantly advocating for the members of her unit, engaging with management to make needed changes, participating in union activities, and supporting her co-workers. She was 54 year old, and her passing was sudden.
She was a graduate of University High School in Newark. She went on to obtain a Master"s Degree in Criminal Justice, and a minor in computer science.
She was employed by the Judiciary for six year as a Probation officer working in Child Support. She enjoyed studying the Bible, watching and collecting movies, and shopping. She is survived by one son, age 21, two sisters, an aunt, a special niece, and many members of her extended family. She was pre-deceased by her husband, her parents, and her three brothers. Her sisters and brothers in PANJ 101 extend their deepest sympathies to her family.
PANJ has lost a loyal sister, Essex Senior Probation Officer Janine Pearson, who passed away on Thursday, October 4th in Clara Maas Hospital, Belleville, NJ.PANJ shares in the sadness of her co-workers, friends and family, and extends its deepest sympathy and solidarity. Janine was 37 years old, and a 12-year veteran of the Probation Division. She was born in Orange, NJ, was raised in Old Bridge, and attended Rutgers University, in New Brunswick. She graduated from Rutgers with honors in 1997, double-majoring in Criminal Justice and English. She was a thorough and dedicated officer, working in the collections unit. She was always willing to help her co-workers on various tasks and projects, and brought a lively spirit to her daily encounters. She was a good friend, who was known for her impeccable dress and fine jewelry, much of which she designed herself.
According to her obituary: "Her mission in life was to help as many people as she could, in whatever way they needed. She often put the needs of others first, without any complaints. Generosity and kindness were among her most notable attributes."
She will always be remembered by her PANJ sisters and brothers in Essex.
BURGOS, SYLVIA 44 - of Chatsworth, passed away suddenly on August 21, 2012, as the result of a Motor Vehicle Accident. Sylvia was born and raised in Egg Harbor City. She was a 1985 graduate with honors of Oakcrest High School and graduated with honors with a degree in Criminal Justice from Stockton College. She was a Probation officer in Camden County for 13 years and most recently in Burlington County. Sylvia will be sadly missed but never forgotten by her husband of 25 years Ivan, her two children, Cassandra (Neal Trivedi) and Ivan J., her mother Carmen Cruz, her Father Gabriel Delgado (Judy), her sister Jeanette Zayas (Jose), her two brothers, Gabriel and Michael Delgado, and her two nieces, Jennifer and Jillian Zayas, her aunt Migdalia Leon, her two cousins Tony and Nick Leon, her brother-in-law Harry Burgos (Abigail) and their daughter Gladymar. A viewing will be held on Monday, August 27th, from 11am-1pm, at the Boakes Funeral Home, 6050 Main St., Mays Landing, where reflections will be shared at 1pm. Burial will be in Egg Harbor Cemetery.
Senior Probation Officer Joseph T. Stryjewski (1947 - 2012)
Joseph T. Stryjewski, 64, of Edison, passed away Wednesday at his home. Born in Newark, he resided in Edison most of his life. He was a Probation Officer for Middlesex County. Surviving are his wife, Lynn (Becker-George) Stryjewski; two sisters, Diane Skerbetz of Piscataway, Eleanor Vroom of Greensboro, NC; two stepsons, William D. George of Hamilton and Robert W. George of Mt. Pocono, PA; one stepdaughter, Deborah Annese of Lakeworth, FL; and 6 step-grandchildren.
Funeral services will take place on Saturday, April 28th at 9:15 am from Costello-Runyon Funeral Home, 568 Middlesex Ave. (Rt.27) Metuchen followed by a 10 am Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Czestochowa RC Church, South Plainfield. Cremation is private. Visitation will be on Friday from 7-9 pm. To send condolences visit www.costello-runyon.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to UNICEF, C.A.R.E., American Diabetes Association or American Cancer Society.
Published in Home News Tribune on April 27, 2012
Shannon Thatcher, 40, a Master Probation Officer with the Hudson County Probation Dept.,for the last 17 years died Feb. 1, 2012 at Jersey City Medical Center. Born March 31, 1971, in Jersey City, she lived in Bayonne the last 12 years. She was also proprietor of Aruba Tans, Bayonne. Upon her death, she became an organ donor. Beloved daughter of Sandra Calabrese Gomez and her husband Anthony; Jesse Thatcher and his wife Donna. Loving sister of Jesse Thatche, his wife Jennifer and Leigh Ann Thatcher. Dear granddaughter of Edward Rutkoski and the late Virginia Rutkoski; the late Thomas Joseph Calabrese, and the late Ethel Thatcher and John Thatcher. Niece of Thomas Calabrese, ET Thatcher, Jack and his wife Maryann Thatcher, Ida and Ken Frank and Thomas Thatcher. Aunt of Nicholas and Alexa Dischler. Cousin of Melanie Gordon-Calabrese and many other cousins Godmother of Logan Jake.
Visitation is Sat. Feb. 4, 2012, 3-7pm at GREENVILLE MEMORIAL HOME 374 Danforth Ave. Jersey City. Roman Catholic Service during visitation. Cremation Private.Memorial donations may be made to the Sharing Network on-line.
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