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THE COURIER-NEWS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1997 B-3 LOCAL NEWS OBITUARIES Jewish Community Center promotes new site at gala Charlotte M. Palumbo George Ball Gowdy The Bridgewater group plans a center. By FREDDY SEBASTIAN Courier-News Staff Writer BRIDGEWATER More than 300 people who attended the Jewish Community Center's second annual Fall Festival on Sunday got a glimpse of what the coming full-service community center will offer. Soccer, basketball, swimming in the center's Olympic-sized pool and an arts-and-crafts workshop for youth were among the activities participants enjoyed. "The weather is great and the kids are having fun," said Diana Henges-baugh, coordinator and art director of Camp Talamini.

"We would just like to extend the rium, fitness-aerobics center, child-care center, senior citizen center, kosher kitchen, library, a lecture hall and meeting rooms. "It's what we need," said Fred En-gel, pool manager. "The kids would have a place to go after school, besides the mall." The project has already been approved by the township Planning Board, but the center is still waiting for the architectural final plans, Nadelmann said. The center is expected to serve about 8,000 Jewish households in the area, Nadelmann said. "Bridgewater is a central location because of its access to the highways," he said.

There are currently about 20,000 Jews in Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren counties, he said. "Our community in this area is the third fastest growing Jewish population in the country," Nadelmann said. 'The weather is great and the kids are having Diana Hengesbaugh, coordinator summer for just one more day for the people," said Doron Steger, vice president of the Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren counties. The festival also promoted the new community center, which will be built on the Talamini Road site. The community support for this project has been overwhelming, said Steger.

Daniel A. Nadelmann, executive director of the federation, said that about $1.6 million has been raised already by grants and gifts. "The total cost, however, is $3 million," he said. The community center would include a full-size gymnasium, audito v' vri' 1 1. I I i 3 William Frieson PLAINFIELD William Frieson, 77, died Friday (Sept.

5, 1997) at home. Born in Florence, S.C., he lived in New York City before moving to Plainfield 44 years ago. Mr. Frieson was a chef at the Lyons Veterans Administration Medical Center in Bernards for 33 years, retiring in 1984. A World War II veteran, he served in the Army.

He later served in the Coast Guard. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church and First United Methodist Church, both of Plainfield. His wife, Hattie Brown Frieson, died in 1989. Surviving are a stepson, Donald Twine of Piscataway; a stepdaughter, Donna Twine of Plainfield; three brothers, Shellie Frieson, Bona Frieson and Ulysses Frieson, all of Florence, S.C.; and three sisters, Lily Belle Lyde and Mary Alice Frieson, both of Florence, S.C., and Elouise Miller of Columbia, S.C. Services will be 10 a.m.

Tuesday at Shiloh Baptist Church in Plain-field. Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. at Higgins Home for Funerals in Plain-field. Ethel Tannenbaum EDISON Ethel Sirkin Tannenbaum, 87, of Edison died Sunday (Sept. 7, 1997) at John F.

Kennedy Medical Center in Edison. Born in Russia, Mrs. Tannenbaum lived in Hillside for more than 60 years before she moved to Edison 1 5 years ago. She was a homemaker and a longtime member of the Hillside chapter of B'nai B'rith. Surviving are her husband of more than 60 years, Charles Tannenbaum; a daughter, Elaine Davidson of Warren; Wayne and Jack Sirkin of Los Angeles; one grandchild; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Higgins Home for Funerals, 752 Mountain in Watchung. Memorial contributions can be made to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Robert Thomas Garrett ATLANTIC CITY Robert Thomas Garrett, 63, died Thursday (Sept. 4, 1997) at home.

Born in Mabscot, W.Va., Mr. Garrett lived in Piscataway for 27 years before moving to Atlantic City five years ago. He was a graduate of Bluefield State College in Bluefield, W.Va. He received a master's degree in education from West Virginia University in Charleston, W.Va., and a doctorate degree in education from Rutgers University. He was a lifetime member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and its Eta Epsilon chapter in New Brunswick.

He was an employee of the Newark public school system for 10 jrcaia, an cmyiujcc ui nuigeis uui- versity for three years, director of 1 the Middlesex County Equal Oppor-! tunity Commission for six years, a teacher in the East Windsor public school system for five years, a licensed real estate agent with Weichert Realtors in Metuchen for three years and an employee of the IK Atlantic City Casino Commission for five years. Surviving are a son, Ian Garrett of Piscataway; a daughter, Iana vwk Garrett of Fayetteville, N.C.; and two brothers, Howard Garrett of Cleveland and Varnell Garrett of Brooklyn, N.Y. visitation is to a p.m. Tuesday at Brown's Funeral Home in Plain- "em. A ritualistic service by Kappa Al- pha Psi will be at 8 p.m.

Tuesday at the funeral home. FUNERAL NOTICES GOWDY George Ball, age 78, of Brick died Saturday at Brick Hospital. Husband of the former Ailleen Chandler. Father of Nancy Finch and Sue Saunders. Grandfather of Richard and Kristen Finch, and four step-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday at 11 AM in the Toms River Presbyterian Church of Toms River. There are no viewing hours. COLONIAL FUNERAL HOME, 2170 Highway 88. Brick is in charge of the arrangements. Courier-News photo by Kenny Pang Volunteer Emily Schilke, 9, gets some more balloons Sunday at Bridgewater Commons from one of the playhouses that will be auctioned off to benefit the Resource Center for Women.

Playhouse Festival to benefit victims of domestic violence FLEMINGTON Charlotte M. Palumbo, 66, of Flemington died Sunday (Sept. 7, 1997) at home. Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Palumbo lived in Mahwah before moving to Flemington in 1996.

She was a customer service representative for General Motors Corp. in Purchase, N.Y., where she retired in 1995. Surviving are her husband, Nun-zio Palumbo; two sons, David Kemper of Warwick, and Robert Kemper of Chicago; two daughters, Cheryl Starner of Chalfont, and Susan Tolins of State College, a brother, William Eastburn of Flemington; and two grandchildren. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Sunset Memorial Park Chapel on County Line Road in Somerton, Pa.

Sue Baca BRIDGEWATER Sue Baca, 78, died Sunday (Sept. 7, 1997) at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville. Born in Pennsylvania, Mrs. Baca lived in Newark for 35 years before moving to Bridgewater in 1972. She was a member of the Bridge-water Senior Citizens and a longtime volunteer at the Senior Citizen Nutrition site in Raritan.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Baca. Surviving are a son, Alfred. Baca of Bridgewater; two daughters, Adelina Reinhardt of Hillsborough and Diane Miller of Forked River; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Hillsborough Funeral Home.

Services will be private. Peter P. Sapala MANVILLE Peter P. Sapala, 81, died Saturday (Sept. 6, 1997) at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville.

Previously of Raritan, he had lived in Manville for the past 6 years. Mr. Sapala was an electrician for Johns-Manville Corp. in Manville for over 35 years. He was a life member and past president of the Raritan First Aid Squad and a member of the Somerville Elks, the Manville Senior Citizens and the Johns-Manville Quarter Century Club.

Surviving are two sons, Peter Sapala Jr. of Mesa, and Richard Sapala of Neshanic Station; a daughter, Shirley Sapala of Glenview, a brother, Stanley S. Sapala of Manville; a sister, Sophie Menze of Dur-yea, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services will be Wednesday at the Ketusky Funeral Home in Manville, followed by a Mass at St. Joseph's Church in Raritan.

Visitation is 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Raritan First Aid Squad in Raritan. Christina Church NORTH PLAINFIELD Christina Church, 81, died Saturday (Sept. 6, 1997) at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield.

She was born and raised in Yonkers, N.Y., and had lived in North Plain-field since 1938. She was a member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in North Plainfield. Surviving are her husband, August "Sunny" Church; two sons, Dr. Joseph A.

Church of Los Angeles, Calif, and Michael A. Church of Plainfield; a daughter, Eleanor L. Church of North Plainfield; a brother, Michael Orlando of Fresno, and a sister, Gloria Bacca of Huntington Beach, Calif. Services will be held 8 a Wednes day at Scarpa Funeral Home in North Plainfield, followed by a 9 a.m. Mass at St.

Joseph's Roman Catholic Church. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. TWELFTH ANNIVERSARY In Loving Memory MABLE SHANKS Who Passed Away September8, 1985 I miss you now, my heart is sore, As time goes on, I miss you more. Your loving smile, your gentle face No one can till your vacant place.

Sadly Missed, Son Raymond BRICK George Ball Gowdy, 78, died Saturday (Sept. 6, 1997) at Brick Hospital in Brick. Born in North Plainfield, he lived in Plainfield before moving to Brick in 1990. Mr. Gowdy was a lumberman for Houston Lumber Co.

in Green Brook for 20 years before retiring in 1980. Before that, he was the owner and operator of the Gowdy Hardware Store in Plainfield for about 20 years. He was a member of the Shuffle-board Club of Greenbriar in Brick and the United Presbyterian Church of Plainfield, where he was a former trustee and session member. He was also the past president and a member of the Fellowship Club of Toms River Presbyterian Church. Surviving are his wife, Aileen Chandler Gowdy; two daughters, Nancy Finch of Philadelphia and Sue Saunders of Santa Cruz, and four step-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Toms River Presbyterian Church in Toms River. Arrangements are by Colonial Funeral Home in Brick. Fannie Christie FRANKLIN (Somerset) Fannie Christie, 76, of the Somerset section of Franklin, died Sunday (Sept. 7, 1997) at McCarrick Care Center in Somerset.

Born in Italy, Mrs. Christie lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., for 30 years and in Piscataway for three years before moving to Somerset in 1995. She was an organizer for 30 years at the International Ladies Garment Workers Union in New York City, where she retired in 1971. She was preceded in death by her husband, Steve Christie, and one sister, Marie Davida. Surviving are two brothers, Joseph and Vincent Iannelli of Florida; a sister, Lena Falcetano of Piscataway; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Piscataway Funeral Home, 18 Stel-ton Road in Piscataway. Visitation is 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Elinore G.

Getz Elinore G. Getz, 58, died Sunday (Sept. 7, 1997) at Easton Hospital in Easton, Pa. Born in White Plains, N.Y., she previously lived in North Plainfield before moving to Easton, Pa. Surviving are three sons, Robert Getz Jr.

of Green Brook, and Richard Getz and Keith Getz, both of North Plainfield; a daughter, Kelly LaValva of Easton, three brothers, Steve Ackerman of North Plainfield, Edward Ackerman of Roswell, and John Ackerman of St. Petersburg, a sister, Edwina Ackerman of Newark, and 11 grandchildren. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sheenan Funeral Home in Dunellen. Visitation is from 7 to 9 p.m.

Tuesday at the funeral home. Robert Leon Hurtt Robert "Bobby" Leon Hurtt, 71, died Wednesday (Sept. 3, 1997), at Milford Memorial Hospital in Milford, Del. He was born in Elizabeth and lived in Piscataway for 26 years. He had lived in Milford for the past four years.

He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by a son, Ronal "Tinker" Leon Hurtt and by four brothers, Raymond, Walter, David and Gustav and a sister, Gladys Gillette-Warren. Surviving are his wife of more than 50 years, Helen A. Hurtt; two sons, Roger of Plainfield and Fredrick of Piscataway; four daughters, Gwendolyn B. Seymoure of Plainfield, Diane C.

Howell of Piscataway, Robin C. Bright of Plainfield and Mary Ellen Hurtt of Milford, three brothers, Wyoming, George Vernon and Carl Peter; a sister, Barbara Briddle; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services will be at 11 am Tuesday at Mount Olive Baptist Church, Plainfield. Visitation will be 9 to 1 1 amatthechurch. Arrangements are by Plinton Funeral Home in Westfield.

For the record Visitation for Kim Joyce Smith, who died Sept. 6, will be from 7 to 9 tonight at Judkins Colonial Home. MONUMENTS LL MANNING SON 34 Brook Plaza Rt. 22 West Green Brook, NJ Between Rock Washington Ave. 752-0330 756-0706 Electric Manual Rentals Sales Medicare Medicaid Accepted when qualified SURGICAL 623 Park Ave.

Plainfield 756-7074 CVVill niiiuiifl By JANET A. HINES Courier-News Staff Writer Face painting, puppet shows and dancing mixed with Sunday shopping at the Bridgewater Commons. And all the festivities were to kick off the Resource Center for Women and Their Families' third annual Playhouse Festival Sunday. The organization provides various services for battered women fleeing from domestic violence. The festival is a weeklong event showcasing children's playhouses, said Joan Sulzmann, executive director for the resource center.

The houses are designed and built by area builders and landscapers. Housed at the "Playhouse Village" near Macy's department store, the festival is the center's major fund- A -ns. Sunday's event topped Gandolfe's list of things to do. But what impressed her was the playhouses. "Playhouses, that's a unique fundraiser," Gandolfe said.

For Flemington residents Tanya Love and her 5-year-old daughter Jasmin Love-Yarbrough, the festival was a good way to end their week. "It's nice to have something such as this," Love said. "First and foremost it's for a worthy cause. It raises money for services and it educates people about domestic violence. This is a very unique event." As for Jasmin, the highlight of the day seemed to be the puppet show and her vanilla ice cream cone.

Between licks and watching the show, Jasmin managed to say a few words. "It's good," she said. "I'm glad we came." ALLIANCE Continued from Page B-1 1 i The Alliance first appointed Schwartz in 1994 as the group's project coordinator and community liaison for RideWise of Raritan Valley, its transportation management association. Dragos also praised Bailey's work on the task force. "It is regret- jt repTet-table that "regrci Richard is leav- table that Richard is said.

He made a wonderful con- leaving. He tribution." ma(fe a won. The Alliance first recom- dertUl COn-mended Somer- set County 21 communities Stephen consider shar- Dragos, ing some Alliance municipal ser- president vices in 1994. But the study the group is currently working on would be the first time the group has detailed the costs involved. Read Pasquale DiFuIco what makes Central Jersey buzz.

Every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday in The Courier-News. raising event, Sulzmann said. Money raised will support various services for battered women and their children in Somerset County. "Fund-raisers such as this are crucial for us," Sulzmann said. "With cuts in state and federal funding, we have to do more fund-raising to support the services we offer." The playhouses will be on display at the village this week.

At a cocktail party this Saturday, one playhouse will be given away in a raffle. The remaining houses will be sold at a live auction, Sulzmann said. Raffle tick-' ets can be purchased outside the mall at the village. For Bridgewater resident Maureen Gandolfe and her daughter, Lindsay, raffle tickets have been bought and fingers are crossed in hopes of winning. "If we do win, where will we put it?" Gandolfe said.

items overlap, so Celebration Station is trying to attract more corporate clients. So far the store has decorated a party for Malcolm Forbes' granddaughter and decorated a kick-off party for Garfield's birthday. Prakopcyk said she won't know the impact of the competition until after Halloween the busiest season for her store. "They certainly haven't cut into anything," she said. "But we won't know that for sure until after the season's over." f' I 5 I SECOND ANNIVERSARY BQBERT JONES 1 Who Passed Vv, I Away On September8, fl 1995 Silently suffered, God took him home i to suffer no more.

Sadly Missed, mje, Children Grandchildren Courier-News photo by J.T. Greilick Frank Foye, owner of Gram's Natural Foods in the Wal-Mart Plaza in Franklin, Hunterdon, says the opening hasn't affected business. FIRST ANNIVERSARY WAL-MART: No affect In Loving Memory of ANTHONY "SONNY" FONTANAZZA Who Passed Away Sept. 8, 1996 HIS JOURNEY'S JUST BEGUN im I-. Continued from Page B-1 Jill Prakopcyk, co-owner of Celebration Station, said she and her partner, Debbie Reichert, recently renovated the shop to attract a different kind of customer than Wal-Mart does.

"It's better than an empty place," she sajd of Wal-Mart. "But it's no better at attracting customers than Laneco." Wal-Mart stocks party supplies, she said, but not as high quality as the ones at her store. Still, some of the Don't think of him as gone away his journey's just begun; life holds so many facets this earth is only one Just think of him as resting from the sorrows and the tears in a place of warmth and comfort where there are no days and years. Think how he must be wishing that we could know, today, how nothing but our sadness can really pass away. And think of him as living in the hearts of those he for nothing loved is ever lost and he was loved so much.

Sadly Missed, Wife Marie. Son Anthony Daughters Barbara Kathy. Family Friends.

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