JOHN NICHOLAS BELUCH

John Nicholas Beluch of Haddonfield, NJ died peacefully on January 17, 2021. Beloved husband of Denette Myers Beluch for 45 years, survived by his daughter, Natasha Simone Lupus, and granddaughters, Zoe Katherine and Isla Danielle of Mt Laurel, NJ; sisters: Elaine Church of Arlington, VA; Cathy Galante of Hoboken, NJ; Marji Beluch of Cherry Hill, NJ; brother, Michael Beluch of Voorhees, NJ and predeceased by brother, Russell Beluch and sister, Dolores Beluch. Dow Chemical hired John when he was a physics major at St. Joseph University to serve during the Vietnam War. Due to his interests in foreign timberland and ability to speak multiple languages, he founded his own U.S. Woodworking Machinery business. While running his factory in Northern Thailand, he taught English in Chao Phraya, where a school is named after him. John was also an ordained Buddhist monk. He had a passion for traveling; his anniversary celebrations in the South Polynesian and Hawaiian Isles were out of this world. John was always up for telling jokes and hosting dinner parties. Admired by family and friends for his building expertise, travel adventures, green thumb skills, and gourmet cooking; he created memorable itineraries, gardens and meals. Being the proud grandfather of Zoe and Isla and Uncle to 4 nieces and 7 nephews were great joys to him.

Due to Covid restrictions, a private interment will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan Hospice or Grace Episcopal Church in Haddonfield, NJ. A memorial service will be held at a later date, in March of 2022.

R. CHARLES “CHAP” PATTI

Audubon, NJ – R. Charles (Chap) Patti DPM, age 99 peacefully passed away at Brandywine Living,Voorhees, NJ on December 25, 2020.  Preceded in death by his beloved wife of 58 years Angeline A. (Magazu), sister Mary Notaro and brother Leonardo Patti.  Survived by his stepson Michael E. DiGennaro and wife Ellen T. (Panepinto) nieces Diane Gaskill (Glenn) and their son, Dr. Neil Gaskill and family, Kathleen Haines  (John) and Karen Notaro.

He enlisted in the US Army in 1942 and was honorary discharged in 1946.  He received a BS from LaSalle University, doctoral and residency at Temple University School of Chiropody. Dr Patti commenced his private podiatry practice in 1962 in Audubon, NJ where he served his beloved community for over 50+ years. He was beloved and respected by his family, friends, and colleagues for a life defined by compassion, caring and integrity. He was passionate for the game of golf and was a champion of the sport. He applied his surgical skills to become a master craftman in model railroad where he built  his award wining layout entitled “Winged Foot and Western RR.” He is regarded highly by many and will be missed by all. 

Relatives and friends are invited to the Funeral Mass Thursday Dec. 31, 11 AM at St. Clare of Assisi Church 130 Broad St Swedesboro, NJ. Interment with Military Honors private at St. Joseph’s Cemetery St, NJ. Those in attendance will kindly follow the sfety practice of social distancing and wearing masks. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Samaritan Hospice 5 Eves Dr. Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08053.

GILDA ELISE COOPER

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in

my heart)i am never without it – e.e. cummings

Gilda Elise Cooper, of Cherry Hill, NJ, beloved Mother, Sister, Aunt, and Cherished Friend, passed away on Dec. 11, 2020, with her daughter by her side. Gilda was born in Fort Dix, NJ on September 16, 1960 to Edmond and Prestine Hawkins. She is survived by her loving daughter Ashley, dear sisters Carlotta, Pat, Twila, and Andria, as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. Gilda’s beautiful smile, soulful spirit, palpable warmth, and energetic presence blessed all who were lucky enough to know her. She appreciated every moment of her life, acting with unwavering grace and resilience every day. In doing so, she demonstrated the importance of leading a life rooted in gratitude to all those she interacted with. To know her was to love her.

A life-long educator, Gilda served as both an esteemed Assistant Principal and Reading Specialist for over 30 years. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Education, and went on to earn two master’s degrees in Literacy and School Administration. Gilda committed herself to uplifting her students, impacting not only their education but every aspect of their lives. She is fondly remembered by hundreds of these students, as well as their families, whose lives she changed permanently through her thoughtful work and care. Gilda went above and beyond every day to ensure equity for students. She often worked overtime, spending countless hours to cultivate a supportive school environment. If something wasn’t right, Gilda shouldered the burden of making it right herself. She devoted her life to serving and caring for those around her.

Gilda was also a pillar of the Cherry Hill community, investing time and energy to brighten the lives of everyone around her. Her radiant smile and thunderous applause could always be seen and heard from the front row at every event, enthusiastically supporting Ashley and her peers. Gilda was Vice President of Fundraising of the Cherry Hill East Theater Boosters, a staunch advocate for equality in the Cherry Hill School system, and a devoted volunteer at the Animal Welfare Association. Gilda was also a parent to over 20 pets throughout her life, loved gardening, and was a creative thinker, always ready to tackle a new problem. Above all, Gilda’s immense love for her daughter Ashley was undeniable. She embodied a love of learning, a remarkable kindness, and a passion for music—qualities she instilled in her daughter. 

Gilda began everyday in song. She was an accomplished jazz singer, who performed her album Loved in Return at hundreds of venues. Her favorite song was By Your Side by Sade, which so perfectly illustrates her commitment to leading a life rooted in giving unconditional love. Gilda will remain forever in our hearts as her love is eternal. Her spirit is too ethereal to ever fully capture in words.

Relatives and friends are invited to the visitation Monday evening December 28th after 7 PM at the HINSKI-TOMLINSON FUNERAL HOME, 81 Haddon Ave. Haddonfield, NJ. A Funeral Service in memory of Gilda will be held December 29th, 11 AM at Ashland Presbyterian Church, 33 E. Evesham Road, Voorhees, NJ. Masks must be worn inside the Church and social distancing will be enforced. Friends may pay respects to the family after 10 AM. Interment will follow at Haddonfield Baptist Cemetery 402 Kings Highway Haddonfield, NJ. 

Gilda loved sharing her name with her favorite comedian, Gilda Radner. In memory of this, memorial donations may be made to Gilda Radner’s Club South Jersey, a foundation established with the mission to uplift all those impacted by cancer.