For the Jan 2 issue

Jerome "Red" L. Becker Jr., Doris Evelyn Szczepanik, Joseph A. Kennedy, Judith F. Dorfman, Anne Silvers, Lillian Claire Scott Reese, Mary M. Wincklhofer.

Jerome "Red" L. Becker Jr.

   HIGHTSTOWN — Jerome "Red" L. Becker Jr., 83, died Thursday, Dec. 25 at home.
   Born in Hightstown, Mr. Becker was a lifelong resident of Hightstown.
   Mr. Becker was a graduate of Hightstown High School at the age of 15. He graduated from Officers Training School in Fort Benning, Ga., in 1942. He was the former postmaster of Hightstown and was a retired general manager for McGraw Hill, Hightstown. Mr. Becker was the former mayor and the police commissioner of Hightstown.
   A retired major of the U.S. Army Reserve, he was a decorated World War II veteran and the recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal, the highest military award given by the state. He was past commander of the Hightstown American Legion and quatermaster of the Hightstown VFW.
   He was president emeritus of East Windsor-Hightstown Board of Education and the Hightstown Lions Club. He was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church and served as altar server, usher and past president of Holy Name Society and Parish Council of the church.
   Predeceased by his parents, Frances Jane Ralph and Jerome L. Becker Sr., husband of the late Rose V. O’Rourke Becker and father of the late Jerome L. Becker III, he is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Gerald Hullfish of Plainsboro, Barbara and Frank Ficarro of Hightstown, Jeri Rose and Jay Stanford of Bordentown, Teri Nachtman of Roosevelt and Veronica Becker of Hightstown; one son, Dennis Becker of Hightstown; three sisters, Mary Ruth Kelley of Hightstown, Claire Kutch of Pennington and Elizabeth Emens of Monroe; two brothers-in-law, Joseph Vetrano of Elmont, N.Y., and John O’Rourke of Silver Spring, Md.; grandchildren Matthew and Susan Hullfish, Patrick Hullfish of Plainsboro, Andrea Ficarro and Jerome Cupples of Hightstown, Lawrence Ficarro and Alita Ficarro of Hightstown, Joshua Inskeep and Tara Fielder of Hightstown, Devin and Nadia Inskeep of Landing, Rebecca and Jay Swanson of Roebling, Eric Nachtman of Hightstown and Tiernan Nachtman of Roosevelt; one great-grandchild, Bianca Ficarro of Hightstown; and several nieces and nephews.
   Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, 251 Franklin St., Hightstown.
   Interment followed in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hightstown.
   In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The ARC of Mercer, 180 Ewingville Road, Ewing, NJ 08638 or to St. Anthony of Padua Social Concerns Committee, 156 Maxwell Ave., Hightstown, NJ 08520.
   Arrangements are under the direction of Glackin/Saul Funeral Home, 136 Morrison Ave., Hightstown.
Doris Evelyn Szczepanik

   HIGHTSTOWN — Doris Evelyn Szczepanik, 81, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, in St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center at Morris Hall, Lawrenceville.
   Born in Jamesburg, she lived most of her life in Hightstown.
   Mrs. Szczepanik was a licensed practical nurse and also worked at both Cunningham’s Pharmacy and the Hightstown Diner.
   She was a member and former president of Hightstown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5700 Ladies Auxiliary and served on many Democratic committees in Hightstown.
   Mrs. Szczepanik was crowned Miss New Jersey in 1939.
   Daughter of the late Alvie and Margaret Soden Diblin, sister of the late Alvin "Bud" Diblin, Madeline Urstadt, Ruth Sherman and Elaine Stansfield and wife of the late Alfred Szczepanik, she is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Steven Zagoreos; a son and a daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Debra Szczepanik; two grandchildren, William Zagoreos and Kelley Szczepanik; one great-grandchild, Alyssa Zagoreos; a brother, Robert Diblin and his wife Ruth; and a sister, Virginia Diblin.
   The funeral was held Tuesday from Poulson & Van Hise Funeral Directors, 650 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, with the Rev. Kenneth Robinson, pastor of the Hopewell United Methodist Church, officiating.
   Burial was in the Fernwood Cemetery, Jamesburg.
   In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Morris Hall, 1 Bishop’s Drive, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.
Joseph A. Kennedy

   CRANBURY — Joseph A. Kennedy, 60, died Saturday at his residence.
   Born in Georgia, he was a lifelong area resident of Hightstown.
   A U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, he was a motor vehicle inspector for the Department of Motor Vehicles, South Brunswick.
   Son of the late Royce and Corrine Pittman Kennedy and brother of the late Robert Kennedy, he is survived by his wife, Margaret Miller Kennedy of Cranbury; a son, Joseph "Roy" Kennedy of Florida; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Doreen and Kyle Buckelew of South Brunswick, Lisa and David Cohan of Hightstown, Erin Kennedy of Florida and BobbieJoe and Keith Kochberg of Plainsboro; four brothers, Charles and Eugene Kennedy of Florida and Christopher and Ronnie Kennedy of Georgia; two sisters, Margie Kennedy of Florida and Tisha Kennedy of Georgia; four grandchildren, Samantha Lynne, Robert Justin, Candice Marie and Kyle Robert; many nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and nephews.
   Funeral services were held Tuesday from the M.J. Murphy Funeral Home, 616 Ridge Road at New Road, Monmouth Junction. The Rev. John Maltby from Miller Memorial Presbyterian Church of Monmouth Junction will officiate.
Judith F. Dorfman

   MONROE TOWNSHIP — Judith F. Dorfman, 64, died Sunday in the University Medical Center at Princeton.
   Born in the Bronx, N.Y., she was a former resident of East Windsor before moving to Monroe three years ago.
   Mrs. Dorfman was an accountant at Philips Lighting Company, Somerset, for 25 years before retiring.
   She was a member of ORT, Hadassah and the former president of the Torah Emes Sisterhood.
   Aunt of the late Debra Greenberg, she is survived by her husband Daniel Dorfman; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Gary and Janice Dorfman, Joel Dorfman, and Evan and Debbie Dorfman; daughter and son-in-law Sheryl and Patrick Deeney; brother, Marvin Lazarowitz; a sister, Eileen Greenberg; and three grandsons, Adam, Bradley and Andrew Dorfman.
   Funeral services were held Monday at Congregation Beth Chaim, 329 Village Road, Princeton Junction.
   Burial followed at Mount Lebanon Cemetery, Iselin.
   The period of mourning was to be observed at the Dorfman residence, Monroe Township.
   Memorial contributions may be offered to the Debra Greenberg Memorial Fund, c/o Congregation Beth Chaim or Congregation Torah Emes, East Windsor.
   Funeral arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing Township.
Anne Silvers

   Anne Silvers of the Bronx, N.Y., died Wednesday, Dec. 24 at Weiler Hospital, Bronx, N.Y.
   She is survived by her beloved husband Harry; daughters, Sharon Charlup of East Windsor and Gail Gerson; brother Herbie Pollack; grandchildren Randi Callahan, Brian Gerson and Jessica Smiles; and great grandson Brandon Callahan.
   Graveside services will be held at Floral Park Cemetery, Monmouth Junction. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Louis Hirch and Sons Funeral Home, Bronx, N.Y.
Lillian Claire

Scott Reese

   WHITING — Lillian Claire Scott Reese, 79, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, in Crestwood Manor Healthcare.
   Born in Trenton, Mrs. Reese resided in Hightstown for most of her life and more recently lived in Whiting.
   Mrs. Reese graduated from Holy Angels School in Trenton in June 1938. She graduated from Hamilton High School in Trenton in June 1942 and obtained a registered nursing degree from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Trenton in September 1946.
   She worked as a registered nurse for the State of New Jersey as a nursing home inspector and later in the office of Dr. Castor in Hightstown. Mrs. Reese retired in 1988.
   Daughter of the late John H. and Hannah Campbell Scott and wife of the late James Albert Reese of Hightstown, she is survived by her three children, James A. Reese Jr. of Pennington, Jane Reese-Coulbourne of Arlington, Va. and John H. Reese of Huntersville, N.C.; her sister, Mrs. Elsie Scott McKee of Whiting; and five grandchildren, Jennifer Reese of Lawrenceville, Brett Reese of Pennington, Tara Reese, John Reese and Dan Reese of Huntersville, N.C.
   A Funeral Mass was celebrated Monday at All Saints Chapel of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 30 Schoolhouse Road, Whiting.
   Interment followed in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hightstown.
   Arrangements are under the Glackin/Saul Funeral Home, 136 Morrison Ave., Hightstown.
   In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Mary M. Wincklhofer

   CRANBURY — Mary M. Wincklhofer, 94, died Dec. 22 at home in Cranbury.
   Born in Elizabeth, she lived in Cranbury for more than 75 years.
   An avid bowler, Mrs. Wincklhofer was self-employed in her own bookkeeping service for Herr’s Plumbing and Warren Ely Electric Services until her retirement in the late 1980s.
   Mary "Winkie" Wincklhofer spent many years bowling in central New Jersey, state and national competitions, after learning to bowl at the Polish Falcons in Elizabeth at the age of 12. In 1994, she was honored as one of the organizers and a charter member of the New Jersey State Women’s Bowling Association, which was celebrating its 50th year. She served as treasurer for 18 years. When she was honored earlier by the Central Jersey Women’s Bowling Association for her years of dedication to the sport. She also bowled in the Trenton Suburban WBA and was a member of the national 600 Club. Her highest game was 260, series 607, and average 170. She traveled throughout the country to attend the WIBC tournaments.
   In 1932, Mrs. Wincklhofer became a charter member of the Cranbury Volunteer Fire Company, Ladies Auxiliary and served as its president. She was a member of the Anthonians, the Senior Club of St. Anthony of Padua Church, the Cranbury Golden Agers and the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 5700 of Hightstown.
   She was the daughter of the late Catherine and Albert Matlosz, sister of Genevieve Walter of Palm Bay, Fla., Thadeus Matlosz of Elizabeth, Adele Horbacz of Rahway, and the late John, Joseph, Augustine and Anthony Matlosz and Stella Crowley.
   Mrs. Wincklhofer is survived by her children, William and Gladys Wincklhofer of Hightstown, Betty Conover of Cranbury and Barbara and Walter Wright of Plainsboro. She had nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Her daughter Barbara was the former Assemblywoman in District 14, serving parts of Mercer and Middlesex counties.
   Funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, 251 Franklin St., Hightstown.
   Interment will follow in Holy Cross Burial Park, South Brunswick.
   In lieu of flowers, her family requests that contributions be made to Hospice, Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey, 141 Bodman Place, Red Bank, NJ 07701.