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Richard W. Yard
William Craighead
Joseph Watts
Merwyn Claar
Joseph M. Carr
Edward J. Burns, Jr.
Lt. Cmdr. Margaret J. Janney
Charles Morell Brown
Albert Joseph Novotney
Albert M. DiGregorio

William Craighead

William M. Craighead of Newtown died Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, at St. Mary Medical Center. He was 90.

He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, a biologist, and author.

William was the husband of Betty Bakley Craighead; and father of the late John Bakley Craighead and William Clay Craighead. He also is survived by daughters-in-law, Melissa and Beth; grandchildren, Katie, Sarah, and Eric; and great-grandson, Kaiden.

Memorial services will be held at Washington Crossing Memorial Cemetery at 1:30 PM on Monday, Jan.11, 2016.

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Joseph J. Watts, Jr.

Joseph J. Watts Jr. of Newtown, passed away peacefully with his family by
his side Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at his residence in Newtown. Joe was a life
long Newtown resident.

Joe grew up in Newtown where he spent most of his life. After graduating
from Newtown School, later known as Chancellor Street School, he worked as a
mechanic at Olsen's Oldsmobile on Washington Avenue. He served in the Navy
from 1948 to 1952 as an air traffic controller at Naval Air Station Atlantic

Joe married Maureen O'Connell of Philadelphia in 1954, and took over the
family grocery store, Watts' Grocery, which he operated until 1980. Joe
served for the Newtown Fire Association for over 25 years, achieving the
rank of first assistant chief. He served on the Newtown Planning Commission
and was a member of the Newtown American Legion and an active communicant of
St. Andrew's Church.

He retired to Cambridge, Md. where he lived for 10 years before returning to
Newtown to be closer to his family. While in Maryland, he continued his
service with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Joe is survived by his wife, Maureen; his daughter, Keyna Crawford (Casey);
his sons, Don (Lorraine) and Randy (Linda); and five grandchildren, Kevin
and Kyle Crawford, Sarah and Emme Watts and Kelsey Watts.

Relatives and friends are invited to Joe's Life Celebration from 9 to 11
a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, and to his Mass of Christian Burial at Olde St.
Andrew Church, 125 S. Sycamore Street, Newtown. Interment will be held

Memorial contributions may be made to the Newtown Fire Association, P.O. Box
215, Newtown, PA 18940.

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Merwyn Claar

Mer Claar's memorial life celebration will be held at the Swartz/Givinish Funeral Home from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday Sept. 22 with his memorial service at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Washington Crossing Methodist Church Cemetery.

Funeral home address is 323 Washington Ave. Newtown, Pa. 18940

Uniform form for Washington Crossing Honor Guard members is. Long sleeve shirt, black pants, tie,
garrison cap, low quarter shoes and white gloves.

Mer's family does not want military honors at this time.


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Joseph M. Carr passed away at his home in Warminster on Monday, April 27, 2015. He was 68.

He will live forever in the heart of Elizabeth A. 'Bethanne' Carr, his best friend and cherished wife of 43 years.

Bethanne, his loving nephew, Michael R. Mulcahy, and devoted niece, Kitty Ratner, were at his side as he was called from this world and entered eternal rest.

Born April 23, 1947, Joe was the son of the late John E. and Anna May (Kullman) Carr, and brother of the late Francis Carr, Dorothy Cataldo, and Joan Miller.

He is survived by his brother, John E. Carr Jr., and his sister, Kathleen (Carr) Toner. Also left to cherish and carry on his memory are many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews, including Katie 'KT', Connor, Maddy, Joseph, Allison and Kevin, all of whom brought special joy to his life. He also will be lovingly remembered by his many close friends.

Joe was an avid golfer and was also known for his love and knowledge of Chevy Corvettes.

He was a proud U.S. Army veteran and an active member of Newtown American Legion Post 440 serving as our Treasurer.

His kind and gentle ways will be forever remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Relatives and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday evening, May 4, at The Decker Funeral Home, 216 York Road, Warminster, Pa., and after 9:30 a.m. until his funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday morning, May 5, in The Nativity of Our Lord Church, 625 W. Street Rd., Warminster. Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Washington Crossing National Cemetery.

For those desiring, memorial contributions in Joe's name to Nativity of Our Lord Church at the above address would be appreciated.


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Lt. Cmdr. Margaret J. Janney, U.S. Navy (retired), of Newtown died suddenly on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 at her residence. She was 93.

Born and raised in Newtown, she was the daughter of the late Russell and Helen Miller Janney and sister of the late John H. Janney.

She graduated from Newtown High School, Class of 1939, and St. Francis School of Nursing in Trenton, N.J., Class of 1942.

Margaret served in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps from 1944 until 1966. She was a lifetime member of the retired Officers Association, a charter member and first president of the Questers Bucks Homesteaders Chapter #815, a member of the American Legion, Morell Smith Post #440 of Newtown, and a charter member of Women in Military Service for American Memorial Foundation in Washington, D.C.

She is survived by her godchildren, Kaye L. Mohline and Barbara L. Tanner and her cousins, Brenda Janney Gartner, Mary Miller Walton, Lucille Miller Taylor, and Shirley Miller and their families.

A private graveside service with military honors will take place in Newtown Cemetery, Newtown.

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Albert M. DiGregorio of Lower Makefield, and formerly of Philadelphia, died peacefully Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne. He was 90.

Albert was the beloved husband of the late Dolores 'Debbie' Bisceglia DiGregorio, whom he married on Nov. 23, 1957, in Philadelphia. Born in Philadelphia, he was the eldest of the three children of the late Isidoro and Giuseppina 'Josephine' Taglialatela DiGregorio. He was the brother of the late Aida DiGregorio and Clara 'Claire' Vassolotti.

Albert graduated in 1940 from South Philadelphia High School. He enlisted in the military and served as a Private First Class in the 34th Infantry Division, 5th Army, U.S. Army. He served in the North African and European theaters during World War II. He served in the U.S. Army Field Artillery, U.S. Army Signal Corps and U.S. Army Infantry.

He was awarded the Rifle Marksman Badge, and was awarded three times with the Combat Infantryman's Badge (Bronze Star Medal), the European-African-Middle Eastern Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. He was a member of the American Legion for more than 60 years,
and was currently a member of Post 440 in Newtown.

Albert was educated at the University of Florence and the University of Pennsylvania. He was one of the charter members and a past president who organized the Optimist Club of South Philadelphia in April of 1948. He had been a Pennsylvania real estate broker and partner in I. DiGregorio& Son Real Estate since May 2, 1949.

He was the developer of the community of Beltzville Lake Estates in Lehighton, Pa. His greatest joy was spending time with his family in his mountain retreat by the lake.

Albert is survived by his five loving and devoted children and their spouses, Albert M. DiGregorio Jr. Esq. and Andrea, Dr. Eileen DiGregorio and Jack Livezey, Carla D. Hendricks and Leonard, Dr. Robert A. DiGregorio and Paula, and Joan D. Young and Howard. He also is survived by 12 grandchildren; Danielle, Alexander, Joseph, Nicholas, Gianni, Mia, Victoria, Cara, Sophia, Matthew, Giovanna, and Christopher; and by sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing from 9 a.m. until his funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in St. John the Evangelist Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park in Feasterville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to the Healing Garden at St. Mary Medical Center.

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Edward J. Burns Jr. of Newtown, Pa., died Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 at Chandler Hall, Newtown. He was 83.

Ed was born Sept. 21, 1930 in Trenton, N.J., and graduated in the Class of 1949 of Newtown High School and he proudly served during the Korean War in the U.S. Army. Ed was a Newtown postal carrier and clerk for 35 years. He was a long time member of the American Legion Morrell Smith Post, #440 and a past member of the Newtown Fire Association, and he served several years on the Newtown Ambulance Squad.

He was a member of the Church of St. Andrew, when living in Newtown. Ed loved the outdoors, sports and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also loved retirement traveling between Florida and the Poconos for over 20 years.

Ed was the son of the late Edward and Catherine Watts Burns; and he is survived by his loving wife, Daryl; his devoted sister, Alice of Buckingham Spring; two caring brothers, Gerald of La Crescenta, Calif. and George (Eileen) of St. Petersburg, Fla. Ed also is survived by his stepson, Kyle (Ruthann) Cloman; stepdaughters, Stephanie (Thomas) Lupinacci and Casey Cloman. He also is survived by six nieces; one nephew, Christopher Burns; and several cherished cousins.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the wonderful staff of Chandler Hall for their excellent care and support during the past five years.

Relatives, classmates and friends are invited to Ed's life celebration from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Church of St. Andrew, 81 Swamp Road, Newtown and to his Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Interment with military honors will be held at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown at 1 p.m.

To share your fondest memory of Ed, please visit the Web site below. Swartz/Givnish Funeral Home Newtown

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Albert Joseph Novotney passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Saint Mary Medical Center. He was 87. He was preceded in death by his wife. He is survived by his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, siblings, long time lady friend, and many wonderful friends.

Born in Hazelton, Pa., he was a 61-year resident of Levittown. He was a World War II veteran, serving in both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force. He was an original member of Faith Reformed Church in Levittown.

Albert retired from U.S. Steel after 38 years of service, working as a welder. He was a former member of the American Legion, V.F.W., Moose Club, and longtime member of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 63, including serving as Vice Commander. He was young in heart and soul, and loved spending time with family and friends.

He kept himself busy after retirement, doing part-time jobs and helping others. He loved the ocean, fishing, boating, dancing and traveling. He will be greatly missed.

Family and friends are invited to Albert's life celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Beck/Givnish of Levittown, 7400 New Falls Road, where his funeral service will begin at 7 p.m. Interment in Washington Crossing National Cemetery will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the American Lung Assoc., 527 Plymouth Road, Suite 402, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462, would be appreciated.

To share your fondest memories of Albert, please visit the Web site listed below. Beck/Givnish Funeral Home, Levittown, PA.


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