Obituaries

Raymond Hatke
B: 1931-11-03
D: 2023-01-28
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Hatke, Raymond
Bertha Kelly
B: 1945-07-29
D: 2023-01-26
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Kelly, Bertha
Joan Beihl
B: 1935-10-15
D: 2023-01-26
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Beihl, Joan
Elizabeth Washer
B: 1930-06-24
D: 2023-01-25
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Washer, Elizabeth
Carmen Onder
B: 1938-02-17
D: 2023-01-25
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Onder, Carmen
Thomas Mannion
B: 1951-02-26
D: 2023-01-22
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Mannion, Thomas
Elmer Garrison
B: 1942-09-02
D: 2023-01-21
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Garrison, Elmer
Roy Poltersdorf
B: 1964-10-26
D: 2023-01-21
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Poltersdorf, Roy
Judith Sugar
B: 1949-02-03
D: 2023-01-20
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Sugar, Judith
Loretta Dunn
B: 1925-11-21
D: 2023-01-19
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Dunn, Loretta
Josephine Springer
B: 1935-01-14
D: 2023-01-19
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Springer, Josephine
Claire Coppolella
B: 1943-09-12
D: 2023-01-18
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Coppolella, Claire
Rose Hancock
B: 1927-07-14
D: 2023-01-17
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Hancock, Rose
Elizabeth Yanvary
B: 1929-12-06
D: 2023-01-12
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Yanvary, Elizabeth
Leo Belcher
B: 1931-12-11
D: 2023-01-09
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Belcher, Leo
George Ambrose
B: 1949-09-27
D: 2023-01-09
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Ambrose, George
Kathleen Muchka
B: 1935-06-06
D: 2023-01-07
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Muchka, Kathleen
Barry Freeman
B: 1952-07-08
D: 2023-01-04
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Freeman, Barry
Ronald Slate
B: 1938-12-10
D: 2023-01-04
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Slate, Ronald
Thaddeus Sapek
B: 1941-04-12
D: 2023-01-02
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Sapek, Thaddeus
Norma McCormick
B: 1953-05-05
D: 2023-01-01
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McCormick, Norma

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Paul B. Ferguson—Past President
1934—2016
Mr. Ferguson attended Villanova University and later graduated from American Academy of Funeral Service in New York City. He purchased Ferguson Funeral Home in Sussex in 1959, although the funeral home was established in 1931. In 1970, Mr. Ferguson purchased F. John Ramsey Funeral Home and Sussex County Monument Company in Franklin. Mr. Ferguson and his son, Paul, decided they should continue to grow with the county and built their third funeral home, Ferguson—Vernon Funeral Home, which opened in the Fall of 1988.
Mr. Ferguson was a former member of Tri-County, NJ State and the National Funeral Directors Associations.
Mr. Ferguson served with the US Army Medical Corps from 1957-1963. He was twice elected Sussex County Coroner from 1960-1966. Mr. Ferguson served on the Board of Directors of the former Wallkill Valley General Hospital (Saint Clare’s) in Sussex. He was an Associate Member of the Sussex Fire Dept. and an Honorary Member of the Hamburg Fire Dept.
Mr. Ferguson was a member of the Sussex Elks Lodge #2288 BPOE and the General Judson Kilpatrick Knights of Columbus Council #5563 for over 50 years.
Although Mr. Ferguson passed away on March 4th, 2016, his legacy of service to his community lives on through his son, Paul D. Ferguson and the rest of the staff at Ferguson Funeral Homes.



Paul D. Ferguson—Owner / Manager
NJ License Number 3746
Paul grew up in the funeral industry and has been serving the Sussex and Orange County communities since his childhood. After graduating from Pope John XXIII High School and the University of Minnesota, Paul earned his license in 1984. As the owner, Paul is proficient in every aspect of the funeral planning process and is especially knowledgeable about monuments and headstones. When he is not working, Paul enjoys spending time with his daughter, Ashleigh, and son, Patrick Ferguson. He can also be found snowmobiling in the winter and golfing in the warm weather. Additionally, Paul served on the Community Advisory Board for the Former Saint Clare’s Hospital in Sussex, has been a member of the Sussex Elks Lodge #2288 BPOE since 1984, is a member of the General Judson Kilpatrick Knights of Columbus, where he was honored as Knight of the Year in 2000-2001, and presently serves on the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice Memorial Board.



Patricia Ferguson—Administrative Assistant / Office Manager

Along with her brother, Patricia grew up in the funeral home. As the administrative assistant for many years, Patricia has not only helped countless families, but also assisted the funeral directors with the day-to-day operations of the office. Patricia’s is usually the first voice one hears when calling the funeral home. Outside of work, Patricia loves to spend time with her daughter, Melissa, and son, Paul Giordano. She also enjoys spending time outdoors, walking with her black lab, Tank.

*Unlicensed and not qualified to make funeral arrangements, embalm, or conduct funerals.



Donald E. Brossman, Jr.—Funeral Director
NJ License No. 3960
Before joining the Ferguson staff nearly thirty years ago, Don graduated from Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ then attended Albright College in Reading, PA and then Bergen County Community College in Paramus, NJ; graduating from the American Academy McAllister Institute in New York City. Upon graduation, Don received his funeral directors license in 1992. In addition to assisting our families, Don has always been community minded, serving with the Franklin Recreation Board, former President and Member of the Wallkill Valley Youth Football League, former Board Member of the North Jersey Youth Football League, former Board member of the Wallkill Valley Youth Wrestling and served as Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 48 in Hamburg, NJ using his skills as an Eagle Scout in assisting new Boy Scouts. Don is also a member of The Black Hole, a group of diehard Las Vegas Raiders fans. He loves to go deep sea fishing, cooking on the grill, and spending time with his wife, Kathleen and their family.



Aaron E. Tirpack—Funeral Director
NJ License No. 5042
Aaron grew up listening to his grandfather, Francis, a retired funeral director, talk passionately and proudly of his career in funeral service. After graduating from Kittatinny Regional High School, Aaron completed mortuary school at Mercer County Community College. He then graduated from Frostburg State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2013, after which he obtained his license. Aaron has discovered that same passion and pride his grandfather spoke about all of those years. When he is not at work, Aaron likes to spend time with his wife, Jacqueline, and their dog, Nola. He also loves the outdoors, especially cycling, traveling, golfing, and the shore. Aaron is a member of the NJ State Funeral Directors Association and the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce.



Jeanne E. Crissey—Funeral Director
NJ License No. 4330
Jeanne is a lifelong resident of Wantage. She attended Pope John XXIII High School and Mercer County Community College, where she completed the Mortuary Science program and earned her license as a Mortuary Practitioner in 1999. She and her husband, John, have two daughters: Elizabeth and Olivia. Jeanne is a parishioner of St. Monica’s RC Church in Sussex and is active in 4H. Jeanne enjoys spending time with her family, especially family trips to Canada and Vermont. She also loves gardening, cooking, fishing, and playing with her dog, Lilly.

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