Obituaries for the week of Dec. 15

William R. Sanders, Herbert F. Gower, Marion H. Stults, Anthony Ciaccio, John ‘Ed’ Drews

William R. Sanders
   HAMILTON — William R. "Bill" Sanders, 82, died Dec. 5 at Hamilton Continuing Care Center.
   Born in Lenzo, Ky., Mr. Sanders had been a Hamilton resident for the past 50 years and was retired from Exide Corp. (formerly Stokes Molded Products) in Trenton as a machine operator after many years of employment.
   He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army after serving his country, during World War II, from 1943-1946 and was awarded the Bronze Star and Good Conduct Medal.
   Mr. Sanders and his late wife, Anna, were among the co-founders of the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association and were life members. He also was a member of the United Mobile Sportsfisherman Association.
   In his leisure time, he enjoyed surf fishing, golf, traveling throughout the country and camping.
   Mr. Sanders was predeceased by his wife, Anna Hvisdak Sanders; six brothers and six sisters; his mother-in-law, Lydia Oravsky Hvisdak; and his granddaughter, Baby Angela Marie Beirn.
   He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Susanne and Martin J. Beirn of Hamilton and Shirley A. and Mark G. Fennimore of Cream Ridge; four grandchildren, Kathryn Ann Beirn Newbon of Portsmouth, Va., and Mark G. II, Steven Andrew and Abigail Marie Fennimore, all of Cream Ridge; a great-granddaughter, Alyssa Marie Beirn Newbon; and a sister and brother-in-law, Lula and John Thomas of Cleveland, Ohio.
   Funeral services were held Friday from the Saul Colonial Home, Hamilton Square.
   Interment followed in Greenwood Cemetery, Hamilton.
Herbert F. Gower
   UPPER FREEHOLD — Herbert F. Gower, 71, of Cream Ridge died Dec. 5 at his home.
   Born in Columbus, he was a lifetime area resident.
   A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Gower was a respected business owner, operating Imlaystown Auto Parts for 24 years.
   He was very active in Shore Christian Center Church in Allenwood, where he was a church elder and served as head usher. He enjoyed taking rides through the country on his motorcycle and liked to work in the garden, but most of all Mr. Gower has a big heart and lent a helping hand to anyone in need.
   Son of the late Fred and Edith Wurst Gower, he is survived by his wife of 41 years, Mary Ann Gower; his two daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Richard Branco of Columbus and Karen and Christopher Hofrichter of Bordentown; his two brothers and sisters-in-law, Walter and Mary Lou Gower of Allentown and Harvey and Mary Elizabeth Gower of Southampton; his father-in-law, William Black of Freehold; close family friend the Rev. Jacqueline Smith; and several nieces and nephews.
   Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Shore Christian Center Church, Allenwood.
   Interment followed in Emley’s Hill Cemetery, Cream Ridge.
   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shore Christian Center Church, PO Box 515, Allenwood, NJ 08720 or to Mission South Africa, PO Box 64431, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.
   Arrangements were by Peppler Funeral Home, Allentown.
Marion H. Stults
   MONROE — Marion H. Stults, 96, died Dec. 7 at Monroe Village Assisted Living.
   Born in Pemberton, she lived in Princeton Junction before moving to Monroe Village in Monroe Township.
   She graduated from the Franco American College of Cosmetology in Philadelphia, Pa.
   Mrs. Stults was a member of the Allentown Presbyterian Church for 66 years, as well as many organizations such as the Villagers of Allentown and the United Voluntary Services, Jersey Central Unit. She also had volunteered at the Fort Dix Hospital during World War II.
   Daughter of the late Watson and Ethel Harker and wife of the late Edward H. Steward and Kenneth G. Stults, she is survived by a daughter, Barabara A. Steward of Vineland; two step-daughters and their husbands, Muriel and Merton Dey of Columbus, and Gloria and Edward Kolpack of Silver City, N.C.; two step-granddaughters; one great-granddaughter; two step-great-great-grandsons; a devoted namesake, Marion Baldwin of Mount Holly; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
   Funeral services were held Monday at the Peppler Funeral Home, Allentown.
   Interment followed at the North Crosswicks Cemetery, Hamilton.
   Memorial Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Anthony Ciaccio
   UPPER FREEHOLD — Anthony Ciaccio, 83, died Dec. 10 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton.
   He was a longtime resident of Windsor and was the owner of Tony’s Farm Market in Windsor from 1947 until his retirement in 1985.
   Mr. Ciaccio was a U.S. Navy veteran SeaBee, serving in the South Pacific during World War II. He was a member of the Washington Township Democratic Club and the Tri-County Auction Market in Hightstown.
   He enjoyed spending time with his family, loved westerns and was an avid Yankees fan.
   Predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Claire S. Ciaccio, and his brother, Salvatore Ciaccio, he is survived by his fiancee, Joyce Capes of Cream Ridge; four sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Jerri Stahl Ciaccio of Arkansas, Stephen and Linda Ciaccio of New Egypt, Richard and Anne Ciaccio of Trenton, and Thomas and Christine Ciaccio of Windsor; a sister, Frances Domin of Connecticut; two brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Mildred Ciaccio of Florida and Joseph and Winifred Ciaccio of Windsor; a sister-in-law, Dolores Ciaccio of East Windsor; six grandchildren, Jennifer Ciaccio and her husband Ketel, Stephen Ciaccio and his wife Nicole, Brian, Scott, Anthony and Dawn Ciaccio; a great-granddaughter, Cayla; and several nieces and nephews.
   Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Saul Colonial Home, Hamilton Square.
   Interment followed in Princeton Memorial Park, Robbinsville.
   Memorial contributions may be made to St. Gregory the Great Building Fund, 4620 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690 or to the American Cancer Society, 3076 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.
John ‘Ed’ Drews
   WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — John Edward "Ed" Drews, 81, died Saturday at his home.
   Born in Woodside, Pa., he was a resident of Washington Township since 1962.
   Mr. Drews was a retired truck driver and a respected member of his community. In recent years he was very close with his neighbors, and was like a grandfather with the children in the community.
   Husband of the late Madeline Markley Drews and son of the late John and Florence Drews, he is survived by a sister, Hannah Chaltain of Alexandria Bay, N.Y.; a brother, J. Wilmer Drews and his wife, Kathleen, of Bordentown Township; several nieces and nephews; and a group of caring neighbors who were like family to him. He also is survived by a son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren.
   Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Yardville.
   Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.
   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3076 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.
   Arrangements were by Peppler Funeral Home, Allentown.