The West Jersey Rose Society is deeply saddened to announce the passing of our valued Lifetime Member William “Bill” Southwick. Cherry Hill - October 2, 2020. Age 86. Beloved husband for 60 years of Dorothy Southwick. Cherished son of Mary Southwick. Loving father of Kenneth Southwick (Susan) and Linda Kelly (Steven). Devoted grandfather of Joshua, Ryan, Emmett, Corinne, and Sadie. Dear brother of Dorothy DiFronzo, Jean Bateman, Barbara Angelucci (Thomas) and Carol Suleski (Ted).
Bill was born and raised in Camden, NJ, attending Bonsall Elementary and Hatch Jr School. He graduated Camden H.S. with high honors and a college scholarship. He graduated on the Dean's List from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1956.
He then served in the US Armed Forces from 1957-59 where he was stationed in Oahu, Hawaii, Schofield Barracks. Upon his return he married Dorothy Nakonieczny and embarked on his career in accounting with Bowman and Co., LLP. He went on to spend most of his CPA career working in various capacities for Hordis Brothers Glass, Inc. He continued as a trustee to the Hordis family and their descendants until his death. Bill also served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for Jersey Tempered Glass, Inc. for many years.
Outside of work, Bill was a lifetime member of Cherry Hill Rotary from 1976 and served as President from 1983-84. His hobbies included gardening, coin and stamp collecting and spending time with family. He was an active member of the West Jersey Rose Society with his wife, Dorothy.
Bill's passion was in his unending care and devotion to his family, in particular to his surviving mother, Mary Southwick who is 106.
Bill was a longtime parishioner of Christ our Light Catholic Church in Cherry Hill. His steadfast faith was ever present and led him through good times and bad.
In recent years, Bill and Dorothy enjoyed spending their winters in Marco Island, FL. There he enjoyed warm weather, beautiful Gulf vistas, shell collecting, and weekly Bingo.
Bill will undoubtedly be remembered for his kindness and generous heart, but most importantly for his devotion to his family and for his unending love of his wife, Dorothy.
We are saddened to report the passing of long-time member Mary Ann Lange on December 26, 2019, after a courageous struggle with a long illness. Mary Ann was 71.
Mary Ann (nee Olian), passed peacefully with her family by her side. Beloved wife of Robert W. Lange, II. Survived by children Robert (Jaclynn Elkind) Lange, III of Philadelphia, PA and Erica (Jeffrey) Baldasare of Pittsburgh, PA; 6 grandchildren; and brother Anthony (Stacey) Olian of Hazleton, PA.
Mary Ann and her husband, Bob, joined the West Jersey Rose Society in 2003, quickly becoming valuable and very active members, attending every meeting, assisting with Rose Show set-up and tear-down and many other contributions.
Mary Ann lived in Italy during her teen years. She immigrated with her sister to Philadelphia as a young woman. Mary Ann learned to love gardening from her mother who planted vegetables and flowers in their huge garden on her days off from work.
After the Viet Nam War, Mary Ann moved to Pine Hill, NJ with her husband, Bob, who continues to be an active member of the West Jersey Rose Society.
Mary Ann worked as an Executive Secretary for INA (Cigna) in Philadelphia.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) at
We are saddened to report the passing of long-time member Marshall Schuler on October 23, 2015 at the age of 87.
Marshall was a very dedicated member of the West Jersey Rose Society and could always be counted on to assist in the set up and take-down of our annual rose show. He was always helpful in unloading the truck at our annual rose sale in April during the delivery of over 200 roses bushes.
He joined our society in 1995 and faithfully attended meetings until recently when he was no longer able to attend. Marshall was awarded the title of “Lifetime Member” a number of years ago and also earned the “Rosarian of the Year” award in 2003 for his contributions.
Marshall will be sorely missed by this society and the many members who knew him personally.
Below is a partial listing of his obituary as printed in the Courier Post:
On October 23, 2015, of Barrington, NJ age 87 yrs. Beloved husband of the late Esther M. (nee Kellner). Devoted father of Alfred Schuler, Jr., and Linda Williams (Bob). Loving grandfather of Chris, Jessica, and Robert. Great-grandfather of Kayla and Kenzie. Mr. Schuler was a gifted carpenter and retired from the Carpenters Union, Local 255 (formerly 393), Camden, NJ with over 50 years of service. He was an active 32nd Degree member and Past Master of the Richmond-Solomon’s Lodge 3, Free & Accepted Masons as well as a member of the West Jersey Rose Society.
The West Jersey Rose Society is sad to report the passing of Francis J Engel. Sr., on September 18, 2014. Frank Engel was a Lifetime Member as well as a founding member of the West Jersey Rose Society, which was chartered by the American Rose Society in 1953. Frank also served as a Horticulture Judge in our Society for a number of years. We appreciate the contributions that Frank made to this Society which helped to make it the successful rose society it is today. As a society, we extend our condolences to his wife and family. Below are the details of his obituary:
Francis J. Engel, Sr., passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at his home in Medford, NJ. He was 94 yrs. of age. Born in Camden, NJ, he has resided in Medford for the past 30 years moving here from Pennsauken, NJ.
He is the former owner of F. A. Engel & Son in Pennsauken, NJ and was a veteran of WWII serving with the Merchant Marines. An avid rose grower, stamp and coin collector, he was a founding member of the West Jersey Rose Society and a rose judge at shows around the area. He and his wife of 71 years, enjoyed traveling extensively in their younger years. He is the Beloved Husband of Myrene S. Engel (nee Bradshaw) of Medford, NJ and the Loving Father of Dorothy Engel of Medford, NJ, Francis J. Engel Jr. and his wife Joanne (nee Dougherty) of Williamstown, NJ and Mary Ann Greene and her husband Stanley of Dallas, TX. He is also the grandfather of Stephanie Kardos and her husband Keith and Francis J. Engel III and his wife Elizabeth and the great grandfather of 5. Francis was the last surviving child of 8.
The West Jersey Rose Society is deeply saddened to report the loss of our valued member LYNNE TERESA IACOVINO
Lynne Teresa (Rosati) Iacovino, 59, of Moorestown, NJ., passed away Monday, December 30th, at Virtua West Jersey Hospital, Marlton, NJ . Lynne was born in Philadelphia, PA, daughter of the late Teresa Elise (Votta) and Frank Angelo Rosati. Lynne is survived by her brother Jeffrey Rosati, and her nephew and niece, Carlo and Sofia.
Lynne joined the West Jersey Rose Society officially in 2006. However, she had been attending rose show and society activities since her parents joined West Jersey in 1989. She assisted her Dad, Frank Rosati, for years with the task of getting the monthly newsletter mailed to members. Eventually, she took on the task by herself when her Dad passed away.
At the annual rose show, Lynne was the member who knew exactly where the tables should be set up, how the materials should be positioned for easy access by members. She was always there for the setup, helped out during the show itself, and during the take down too. Lynne also served as a valued member of the Board of Trustees for a number of years. Finally, Lynne was a dedicated member of the committee that helps in maintaining the rose garden for the Medal of Honor Rose Garden at the Beverly National Cemetery.
The WJRS is saddened to report the passing of our Lifetime Member
TERESA E. ROSATI.
Terry Rosati, age 90, of Moorestown, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2013 at Arden Courts, Cherry Hill, NJ. Teresa was a member of West Jersey Rose Society for many years along with her husband, Frank, an award winning grower of beautiful roses. Terry and Frank contributed their talents to the WJRS for many, many years to the setup and takedown of the Rose Show, tending to the maintenance of the Medal of Honor Rose Garden at the Beverly National Cemetery, and managing the newsletter circulation committee. Terry was also a member of the Deborah Hospital Auxiliary, Virtua Hospital Auxiliary and the Evergreens Seniors.
Beloved Wife of the late Frank A. Rosati. Devoted Mother of Lynne Iacovino and Jeffrey (Nadia) Rosati. Loving Grandmother of Carlo & Sofia. Also survived by many Nieces and Nephews. Loving Sister-in-Law of Mary Votta, Marie Bonfiglio and Mildred (Joseph) DiLemmo.
We are sorry to announce the passing of Lifetime WJRS Member WAYNE BLACKMAN. J. Wayne Blackman of Pitman, NJ, age 87, died February 27, 2012.
Born in Woodbury, NJ, he was a lifelong resident of Pitman. Wayne graduated from Pitman High School in 1943, and served his country in the Army during World War II. He was part of the 301st S.I.A.M. Operation Battalion in General Patton's Third Army.
After the war, he attended and graduated from Gettysburg College.
He was hired by Kimble Glass Co.,Vineland, NJ, now Owens Illinois, to work as a Chemical Engineer, retiring in 1985.
He married his childhood sweetheart, June Ellis on September 10, 1949. Wayne served on the Pitman Board of Education from 1968-71, and was president during the planning of the present Pitman High School.
His backyard was Wildlife Habitat #3695, certified by the National Wildlife Federation.
He was a member of the South Jersey Orchid Society, West Jersey Rose Society, Gloucester County Nature Club, National Wildlife Federation, Pitman Garden Club, and the Pitman United Methodist Church
We are deeply saddened to report the death of Lifetime WJRS Member DEAN S. MOORE
Dean S. Moore, of Marlton, NJ, passed away on June 20, 2012 at the age of 87.
Dean served as Treasurer of the West Jersey Rose Society for many years and was an honored member, and lover of roses, along with his wife, Jeanne. Dean was the beloved husband of Elizabeth "Jeanne" for 29 years and loving father of David Moore (Lisa) and Dean Gregson Moore (Sharon). Also survived by his stepchildren, Eduardo Barragan (Annette) and Rebeca Barragan; grandchildren, Melissa (Greg), Julie and Stephen; and many nieces and nephews.
2010 - 2011
We are sad to report the passing of our distinguished members, Henry Weisl, John Hoffman, Peggy Conrad and Myrtle Krause.
In their time with us, they represented the best qualities of Rosarians by sharing their friendship, knowledge and dedicated service to the West Jersey Rose Society and to their communities over the years. For more about these special people, please see their obituaries (click links below).
On July 3, 2011 of Westmont, NJ (nee Gill) age 93 yrs.
Beloved wife of the late Raymond. Loving mother to Jean Hellings and her husband Fred of Lindenwold, NJ. R. David and his wife Linda of Villas, NJ. Loving grandmother to Susanne Krause, Kathleen Pascone and Gregory Krause. Denise Welser, Wendy Mitchell, and Jillann Lopez. Special Great Grandmother to Bradley, Ryan, and Nicole Krause. Billy, David, and Renee Pascone. Mark and Christen Welser, Miranda Walinski, Brynna Mitchell and Dario and Jaden Lopez.
Raymond and Myrtle Krause were Charter Members of the West Jersey Rose Society since 1953.
The West Jersey Rose Society is sad to announce the loss of one of our leading members. Theodora (Doreen) Saidman passed away on Monday, September 6th, 2009.
Doreen Saidman was a Master Rosarian, and a Horticulture and Design Judge who was designated the Penn-Jersey District Outstanding Judge for 2009. An outstanding exhibitor, she won many awards in both design and horticulture. Her true talent blossomed after, in her own words, she “became addicted to arranging.” She won over 30 awards including the National “Doctor and Mrs. Harry B. Overesch Rose Arrangement Trophy”, Penn-Jersey District’s “Florence Mac Neil Perpetual Trophy” and the “Mrs. John Signaigo Challenge Trophy” for arranging, the ARS Artists, Royalty, Oriental and ARS Court of Etiquette Awards for both large and miniature roses.
Not only was she a truly outstanding Rosarian and Designer, she was also a treasured friend and mentor to many. Her efforts greatly enhanced both the exhibiting and design knowledge of our members. Doreen will be greatly missed as a truly outstanding Rosarian, Designer, and friend.