WILBUR W BROWN – MARCH 02, 1947 – NOV. 24, 2018
Wilbur W. Brown, Sr., 71, of Clayton, NJ passed away on November 24. Born in Glassboro, he was a lifelong Glassboro resident until moving to Clayton two years ago. He was employed by the Borough of Glassboro in both the Highway Department and Water & Sewer for over 45 years, retiring in 2011. He was a graduate of Glassboro High School Class of 1966 and an active member of First United Methodist Church, Glassboro, where he enjoyed taking care of the grounds.

Wil is survived by his wife of 21 years, Georgette (nee Spry); 4 sons, Wilbur W. Brown, Jr., Bruce J. Brown (Julie), Michael Young and Lawrence Young; 4 grandchildren, Shelby, Travis, Karlea, and Taylor; and 2 great grandchildren, Kayden and Julian. He was laid to rest on November 30 at Bethel Cemetery, Hurffville.

JOHN WAYNE CONOVER – JAN. 19, 1951 – NOV. 21, 2018
John Wayne Conover passed away on November 21, 2018 at the age of 67. He was the husband of 20 years to Mary Ann (nee Glaspey) Conover, brother of Cathy Conover Jillard, David Allen (Melissa) Conover, and Michael Gregory Conover, uncle to many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews, and son of the late John Burroughs and Doris June (nee Deschler) Conover. John is also survived by Dallas, Scotchie, Pepper, and Cinnamon.

Born in Camden and a lifelong resident of Clayton, John was a 1969 graduate of Clayton High School and attended Glassboro State College to study Physical Education. He worked as a boilermaker for Mobil Oil and Monsanto and later was a truck driver for 13 years with Ramstone Logistics until his retirement in 2015. John was an avid deer hunter who enjoyed listening to country music, bowling, and camping with his wife and their dogs. He was a simple man with a good sense of humor who enjoyed life. Mary Ann considered John a wonderful husband and a happy soul. Services were private at the convenience of the family.

SARAH A. WATERS MACCHIA – OCT. 12, 1922 – NOV. 07, 2018
Sarah A. Waters Macchia of Franklinville passed away November 7 at the age of 96. She was wife of the late M. R. Waters, Sr., mother of Sarah A. Spotts, Georgeanna E. Harrison, Milton R. Waters, Jr., and C. Joyce Hopkins, grandmother of 18; great-grandmother of 28; and great-great-grandmother of 15. Sarah was sister of the late Anna Mae Wagner and George W. Welzel, and daughter of the late George William and Anna May (nee Cheesman) Welzel.

Born October 12, 1922, in Williamsport, PA, Sarah was a longtime resident of Stratford and later of Clayton and Franklinville while living with her daughter. She was a member of the Franklin Township Senior Citizens Club and the Wilson Lake Senior Group. Sarah’s services were private at the convenience of the family.

LAWRENCE EDWARD SCHOLZ – JAN. 27, 1926 – NOV. 11, 2018
Lawrence Edward “Larry” Scholz of Clayton passed away November 11, 2018 at the age of 92. He was predeceased by his wife of 42 years Mary Lois Scholz (nee Sullivan) and more recently Elayne B. Scholz-Shearer (nee Borer) as well as 3 grandchildren. Survived by his children Patricia E. (Bob) Lany of Texas, Nancy A. (Charles) Bastow of Clayton, James E. (Randee) Scholz of Michigan, Jeffery C. (Laura) Scholz of Clayton, and step-daughter Pamela Favretto. Also survived by 9 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. Son of the late John Adolph and Mary Anna (nee Pheifer) Scholz.

Born in Clayton where he lived all of his life, Larry proudly served in the Naval Air Corps during World War II and later as a reservist was called to serve his country again during the Korean War. He worked as a millwright for E.I. DuPont in Deepwater for 32 years until his retirement in 1983. Larry also worked as a Special Police Officer for Clayton for 15 years and, after his retirement from DuPont, worked at Doughty’s Furniture Store in Clayton from 1984 until 2005.

Larry was recently recognized as the oldest living member of the Clayton Volunteer Fire Company, serving his community for over 60 years and holding various offices. He was an exempt life member of the NJ State Firemen’s Relief Association and a member of the NJ State Fire Police. Larry was a charter member of the Clayton Vol. Ambulance Corps, life member of the Clayton Lions Club, and member of the Free & Accepted Masons, Glassboro Lodge #85 now Pitman Lodge #197. He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, trustee for the Cedar Green Cemetery, and longtime volunteer at Elmer Hospital. Larry was laid to rest at Cedar Green Cemetery in Clayton.

MILDRED E. SZYMANSKI – FEB. 12, 1925 – OCT. 30, 2018
Mildred E. Szymanski (nee Billington) of Clayton, NJ formerly of Ewan, NJ passed away on October 30, 2018, at the age of 93. Beloved wife of the late Raymond B. Szymanski, Sr. Loving mother of John J. Szymanski (Diane) of Mullica Hill, Jean Mastella (Harry) of Clayton, Raymond B. Szymanski, Jr. (Elaine) of Clayton, and Joseph Szymanski (the late Lori) of Clayton. Dear sister of Ruth Maschke, Florence Szymanski (the late Stanley), Doris Scharnagle (Joseph), Harold Billington, and the late John Billington, James Billington (the late Dorothy), Ethel Wagner (the late Frank), and Edward Billington. Loving grandmother of Debbie, Jennifer, Cindy, Jason, Johnny, and Michael and great-grandmother of 10. Aunt to several nieces and nephews.

Mildred was laid to rest at the Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Williamstown.

SARA JANE “SALLY” WILLIAMS – SEPT. 10, 1937 – NOV. 1, 2018
Sara Jane “Sally” Williams (nee Hurley) passed away November 1, 2018 at the age of 81. She was preceded in death by her husband Don and Sons-in-law Ross Patton and Gene Bearer. She leaves behind her daughters, Ann Patton, Carol Williams, Jane Schurr (Tom), Cheryl McGonigal (Howdy), and Eileen Maguire (Ben), thirteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, sisters Berenice Anderson and Kathleen Hurley, brothers John Hurley (Irene), Thomas Hurley (Sandy), and Frank Hurley (Regina). Many nieces, nephews, and cousins are also saddened by such a great loss of their beloved Aunt Sally. Awaiting Sally in heaven are her parents Charles and Sara Jane Hurley, sisters Mary, Florence and Dorothy, and brothers Chuck and Bill. Sally resided at the Clayton Mews for nearly 13 years. Previous addresses included Collingswood and Medford where she raised her family.

At the tender age of 37, Sally’s husband passed leaving her to tend to their five daughters. She did this successfully while working full time as a receptionist in Philadelphia. Sally attended the Nativity Church in Franklinville where she was a greeter. She loved the people there and had a great fondness for Father Jaromir. Sally’s service was held on November 17th.

WILLIAM EUGENE YACOB – DEC. 05, 1936 – NOV. 27, 2018
William “Bill” Eugene Yacob passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at the age of 81. Husband of 58 years to Rose Elizabeth Yacob (nee Catalano). Father of Joanne F. Yacob. Grandfather of Bruce William Patterson. Great-grandfather of Sydney and Olivia Patterson. Uncle to many nieces and nephews. Son of the late George & Alice Yacob.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Bill was a resident of Clayton since 1968. He was a graduate of Jules E. Mastbaum High School in Philadelphia and proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked as a typesetter for many years with various business until his retirement in 2008. Bill was a devout and active member of Saint Catherine of Siena RC Church in Clayton as well as the Knights of Columbus Council 6890. Bill was also devoted to his wife Rose and drove her to church every day, even when he was sick.

Bill was laid to rest on December 1st at Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Williamstown.


Gift Ideas for Hospice Patients

By Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice

When someone dear is terminally ill, you want to give them love and support. But you may also wish to give them something to show you care and enhance their comfort.

So, what are the best gifts for terminally ill people?

At Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice, we’ve seen many types of gifts for hospice patients. Here are some of the best ideas we’ve seen and heard about over the years.

Help your loved one by making them more comfortable and their environment cozier. Consider a soft blanket that is machine washable- perhaps with a special photo printed on it. A soothing candle can be relaxing, and if your loved one is permitted, provide them with the gift of a gentle massage with a therapist who is specially trained.

Share the gift of memories with your loved one through photos, home movies and music. A digital photo frame or a small photo album are good choices. You can arrange for you loved one to hear their favorite songs that will bring back a lifetime of memories. Or, get home movies converted to DVD or another format that you can watch together. (The Clayton Free Press can provide information about where video/DVD conversions can be done).

There is nothing more special than getting personal messages. Close relatives and friends might write letters or cards with favorite memories that can be put into an album. Or, they can record greetings on an audio card or with a service called

For a birthday or now, around the holidays, get a cake or small “Christmas tree” made of flowers, or launch a card campaign where you get family, friends, neighbors, and even acquaintances to send cards to show love and appreciation.

Whatever you choose to give – whether a listening ear or an engaging item – gifts for terminally ill people should focus on bringing love, comfort, and understanding into the celebration of their life.

For more information about Samaritan’s programs and services, go to, or call (856) 596-1600 – We’re available 24 hours a day to help .


For more information, contact Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice by visiting or by call 1-800-596-8550.



As you drive past the McGuinness Funeral Home on Egg Harbor Road in Sewell, the first thing you notice is the special family garden known as “Marie’s Memory Garden”, named in honor of the Founder’s Wife – Marie McGuinness – and dedicated to the surviving family members of all those who have had a need for McGuinness’ services. They also have a pet memorial garden, where family pets are remembered and honored – all as part of the holistic healing philosophy stressed by the McGuinness Funeral Home. While not necessary for the operation of a modern day funeral home in Southern New Jersey, these are a few of the special features that help make McGuinness stand apart from ordinary funeral homes.

Founded by James McGuinness and his wife Marie Schultes McGuinness in 1951, the McGuinness Funeral Home started with a single vision – to create a “caring atmosphere of unique and compassionate memorial services that would be welcoming and warm for all community members, no matter their background”. McGuinness’ children Kathy and Bill continued to run the funeral home after their parent’s passing, and today, the McGuinness team has grown – but continues to remain focused on the founder’s unique principal that prioritizes the comforts of surviving family members over the profits of unnecessary services.

According to Richard Bonczak, General Manager of the funeral home, McGuinness has been providing personalized and customizable memorial services for families throughout the greater Clayton, Washington Township and Woodbury areas for over 60 years. Bonczak, who is also a licensed funeral director and cremation specialist, joined McGuinness in August, 1998 as a member of the funeral director staff. After 20 years of serving the needs of area families through McGuinness, he takes his role as a family advisor, counselor and chief comforter as seriously and personally as he does his role of raising his two children. Bonczak and his wife Judi live in Mt. Ephraim, and he considers his role at McGuinness to be much more than a job – it is a calling – to “help families in their greatest time of need”.

Working closely along side Bonczak is Elisha Elliott, Community Outreach and Aftercare Coordinator. Her job is a unique one. While not a licensed funeral director, Elliott’s role is sometimes more critical than that of a director. She tends to the personal and emotional needs of the bereaved. “I do not sell funeral services, coordinate church services, burial details or transportation – I help care for the needs of families”, she said, “and we do so for as long as the families need grief support from our professionals”. We met with Elisha as she was putting the final touches on that week’s “Tea at Ten on Tuesday” program, which offers recently bereaved family members an opportunity to gather for tea, to share experiences and support, and learn from professionals how to deal with the complexities that sometimes follow the loss of a loved one. McGuinness also offers a “Butter Fly Release” – a memorial service dedicated to celebrating the lives of those who have been lost, culminating in the release of butterflies, provided to families by Elliott and the McGuinness staff.

“McGuinness offers something else that is unique to any funeral homes in the area”, Elliott said. It’s called “ShareLife”. ShareLife is a highly personalized memorial service that allows the bereaved an opportunity to recreate the amazing story of their loved one in a room of remembrance, devoted specifically to their unique needs. The ShareLife experience starts with a projection of special scenes and photos which showcase moments of your loved one’s life, allowing family and friends to appreciate and reflect on their best memories together. These memories, partnered with a favorite song, soothing scents, and sound effects to enhance the memorial experience, help family members and friends to celebrate and remember the good times shared. “It’s not one thing, it’s everything that we do to make your loved one’s celebration of life personal and memorable”, Elliott said. “We believe that your loved one was a unique person – so it’s a way to make sure that their memorial service just as special.”

For more information about the personalized services available through McGuinness Funeral Home, visit McGuinness at, or contact Elisha Elliott at (856) 582-3800. McGuinness is located at 573 Egg Harbor Road, Washington Township, Sewell.

Updated December, 2018 

This section is dedicated to remembering Clayton residents and their beloved family members who have passed during the preceding month, as well as to all those who departed and are missed and remembered by their surviving loved ones.

We will run last month’s obituary information when provided by local families and funeral homes at no cost to the survivors.

We also offer Memorial ads at a nominal cost, so family members and organizations wishing to remember the life and passing of someone special can do so. Contact us for more information at 856 243 2499.

Information about the passing of Clayton’s active and veteran military persons will be reported as a service to them, their families and our nation – always, at no cost. Photos can also be included if provided by family members. Photos should be in jpg format and no  less than 200 dpi. Photos will be presented in black and white format only.