53fef3256abaa.preview-300Samuel J. “Sam” Valeri of Lower Makefield Township died peacefully on Monday at Compassionate Care Hospice at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton with his devoted daughter and grandson by his side. He was 91.

Born in Trenton, N.J., Sam was a resident of Lower Makefield for the past 46 years. He was employed with the Naval Air Warfare Jet Propulsion Center in Ewing Township where he served for 35 years and retired as a Senior Rigger in 1983.

He served his country during World War II and was a proud U.S. Navy Veteran and was the last surviving World War II veteran of the Iowa Class Battleship, USS Missouri.

Sam was a long time member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lower Makefield and was a 4th Degree Knight with Council No. 7515. He was also a proud member of the N.R.A.

Son of the late Clemente and Philomena Silvestri Valeri, husband of the late Jean Landolfi Valeri, brother of the late Josephine Valeri Scarano, August J. Valeri and Benedetto Valeri and father-in-law of the late Fred V. Bruschini, he is survived by his daughter, Phyllis Valeri-Bruschini; his grandson, Brandon A. Valeri-Bruschini; his two brothers-in-law, Ralph Landolfi and his wife, Loretta and Pat Landolfi and his wife, Barbara; a sister-in-law, Loretta Oddo; and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Sam, today, August 28 at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Ann, 1253 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, N.J. Entombment will follow in Our Lady of Lourdes Madonna Mausoleum, Hamilton, N.J. Friends may call today from 10 a.m. until time of Mass in the daily chapel at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made in Sam’s name to the American Heart Association, 1 Union Street, Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691 or at www.heart.org

20140822_161158147_20Rose H. Kupiec, age 86, of Morrisville, PA, passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at her home. Born in Trenton, she lived in Trenton before moving to Morrisville 63 years ago.

Mrs. Kupiec was a graduate of Trenton Central High School, Class of 1946. She enjoyed cooking and traveling throughout the world. She loved to collect porcelain figurines.

Daughter of the late Walter and Rose (Szymkowiak) Strycharz, and wife of the late Alphonso S. Kupiec, she is survived by a son and daughter in law, Robert J. and Susan M. Kupiec of Doylestown, PA, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass at 9:30 AM on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 752 Big Oak Rd., Morrisville, PA 19067. Interment will follow in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown, PA. 

Friends may call Tuesday morning from 7:30-9AM at the J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel, 41 W. Trenton Ave., Morrisville, PA (www.hooperfuneralchapel.com). 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, www.donate.cancer.org or to the Macular Degeneration Foundation, www.eyesight.org.

20140811_144036619_0Edward L. Mc Kenna, 85, of Morrisville, PA died Saturday August 9, 2014 at his home in Morrisville.

Born in Orange, NJ Mr. McKenna has been a resident of Morrisville for over 55 years moving here from Parsippany, NJ. Mr. McKenna retired as a machinist for Public Service Electric and Gas Company where he had worked for over 40 years.

Mr. McKenna was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

He was a graduate of Verona High School class of 1947. Mr. McKenna was a Scout Master for Troop # 46, he was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow. Mr. McKenna was a little league coach for the Pennsbury Athletic Association. He was an avid fan of the NY Yankee’s and the NY Giants he enjoyed all types of sports. Mr. McKenna also was an avid stamp and coin collector.

Husband of the late Viola F. (Smith) McKenna and brother of the late John and Walter McKenna, he is survived by one daughter, Kathleen A. Lincoln, of Westminster, MD; four sons, Kevin J. McKenna, of Levittown, PA; Timothy K, McKenna and his wife, Joanne, of Levittown, PA; Brian J. McKenna and his wife Betsy, of Levittown, PA; Terrance J. Mc Kenna and his wife Irene, of Levittown, PA; eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 12:00 noon in St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church, Big Oak and Makefield Roads, Morrisville, PA under the direction of the J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel, 41 W. Trenton Ave., Morrisville.., PA.
Relatives and friends may call at the funeral chapel on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 from 7 to 9:00 P.M. and on Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 10:30 A.M. until time for departing for the Mass.

In Lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions be made out in his name to a charity of the donor’s choice.

53db84cc12ce3.preview-300Antoinette M. (Distler) Hess passed away surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Aria Health Torresdale Campus. She was 67.

Born in Philadelphia, Antoinette had been a longtime resident of Lower Bucks County. She was a 1964 graduate of the former Woodrow Wilson High School.

Antoinette worked for many years as an insurance compliance consultant.

She was a wonderful and devoted grandmother. Spending time with her grandchildren brought her great joy.

Antoinette was the beloved mother of Vincent L. Bodnar (Amy) and Michelle L. Miller (Mike). She is also survived by her husband, Kenneth, and his children, Scott Ludwig (Chanel), Jennifer Sanceciz (Ron), and Michael Hess (Jackie). Antoinette was the devoted grandmother of Christopher, Kenneth and Colby Moser, Brittany, Cassandra and Shane Bodnar, Kai Ludwig, Emily Sanceciz, and Brianna and Tyler Hess; and proud great grandmother of six. She will also be sadly missed by her six siblings and numerous nieces and nephews.

Antoinette was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Harriet Distler, and two brothers.

Family and friends are invited to call from 5 to 7 p.m. this evening, Friday, Aug. 1, at the James J. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 2200 Trenton Road, Levittown. Friends may also call from 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 2 at Saint John the Evangelist Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville, where her funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. The Rite of Committal will follow in Resurrection Cemetery.