Published on Jan 19, 2016

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In Memory of


Paul J. Lanning


Paul J. Lanning


Paul J. Lanning




Paul J. Lanning, 78, of Phillipsburg, NJ, passed away on March 24, 2017, at his residence. Born March 4, 1939, he was the son of the late Earl A. Lanning and Mary McBrien Lanning. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, John Lanning, and sister, Marie Lanning. He served in the US Army, splitting his duty with one year in the United States and one year in Korea. Paul was retired after 38 years from the former Summit Bank, where he served as a branch manager. He was a graduate of St. Philip & James High School, class of 1957, and attended Churchman Business School as well as various banking classes through the years. Paul was a lifelong member of St. Philip & James Catholic Church, where he served as a lector and member of the church choir. Memberships included the Holy Name, the Knights of Columbus Council 474, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Warren County Serra Club, and the N.J. Titanic International Society, in addition to enjoying traveling, reading, family genealogy and the theater. Paul worked at the Finegan Funeral Home in his retirement. Paul is survived by nieces and nephew, Jacqueline Greenleaf and husband Nelson, Joan Mazar, and James Lanning and wife April, in addition to great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Finegan Funeral Home, 302 Heckman St., Phillipsburg. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, beginning at the funeral home at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Philip & St. James Catholic Church, 430 So. Main Street, also in Phillipsburg. The interment will be at St. Philip & St. James Cemetery in Greenwich Township, N.J. Visit Donations may be made to St. Philip & St. James Catholic Church. Finegan Funeral Home 302 Heckman St. Phillipsburg, PA 08865



Stephen Raymond Mason


Stephen Raymond Mason, 99, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 28, 2017, in Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange County, Florida. Born October 18, 1917, in Brooklyn, New York, to Salvatore and Louise Mason whose Italian ancestry traces back to the Messineo family. He was one of five children. He graduated from Phillipsburg High School and lived in Blairstown, New Jersey before serving in WWII in the 56th Signal Battalion under General Patton in 1945. Steve met his wife Marta while serving in the army after the liberation of Pilsen. They were married on June 26, 1948, in St. Bartholomew's Cathedral. He brought his new bride to the United States where they raised a family in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. He worked as a bricklayer, mason, plasterer, and built their home on Strykers Road, where they lived until the fall of 2014. He was active in the Knights of Columbus, and the Lions Club and enjoyed gardening and sharing the bounty of his garden with family and friends. Steve and Marta enjoyed traveling to California, Florida, and Colorado, to visit their children and grandchildren over the years. They also made many trips to the Czech Republic to visit Marta's sister, Jarmila, and nieces, Marienka and Eva and to take part in the Liberation Festivals in Pilsen. They renewed their vows and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at Bartholomew's Cathedral in 1998 and again for their 60th anniversary in 2008. Steve is survived by his loving wife Marta of 68 years, their four children; Stephanie, Michael, Christina, and Mark and seven grandchildren; Matthew, Andrew, Elissa, Colin, Caden, Sarah, and Joshua. He was preceded in death by his three sisters; Lillian, Mae, and Edith, and his brother Salvatore. He and his wife were residents at Majestic Oaks Continuing Care Complex in Orange City, Florida. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, beginning at 12:00 Noon, at the Finegan Funeral Home at 302 Heckman Street in Phillipsburg, followed by a Funeral Mass at 1:00pm at St. Philip & St. James Catholic Church, 430 South Main Street, also in Phillipsburg. There will be calling hours on Friday, at the funeral home, from 6-8pm. The interment will be at the Northampton Memorial Shrine in Palmer Township, PA.


Pasquale A. "Pat" Sharr


Born in The Bronx, NY, on November 18, 1927, he was the son of the late Anthony R. and Josephine M. Trigiani Sharr.

 Pat was the owner of Sharr’s Flower Shoppe, formerly in Phillipsburg, for 39 years. He served in the US Army during WW II, then graduated from Phillipsburg High School. Pat was a member of St. Philip & St. James Catholic Church in Phillipsburg and was a 4th Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus Council #474, where he had served as Grand Knight. 

He is survived by his beloved wife Mary G. Penna Sharr, with whom he celebrated 61 years of marriage in October of 2015; his brother Robert J. Sharr; sisters Linda Laros-Steckel and Lillian A. Brunetti. Pat is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers in law Kenneth W. Brunetti and Jack C. Laros, and sister in law Gertrude Sharr.

 Viewing hours will be held on Sunday September 25, 2016 at The Finegan Funeral Home, 302 Heckman St., Phillipsburg, NJ from 6 to 8 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday at 10 am at SPSJ Church, 430 S. Main St., Phillipsburg, NJ. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.




Santa & Mrs. Claus visited the Council 474 Knights of Columbus Breakfast with Candy and gifts


Pictured is George Babula, Program Coordinator for the substance abuse program of the Knights of Columbus, Council 474 presenting an award to Miss Autumn Weidlick from the Harmony Township School. She won a poster contest for the substance abuse program sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council.  Miss Weidlick won on the local level and her poster was submitted to the state convention for further judging.  She also won on the state level and is receiving the plaque for her outstanding work.


The purpose of this contest is twofold: to promote local awareness among young people of the major societal problems of alcohol and drug abuse and to generate ideas for the Knights of Columbus substance abuse awareness poster and literature program.



Father Tom throws the first pitch at the


 "Knight at Coca Cola Park"


Council 474 Knights of Columbus


Evan Wackermann, 

Grandson of Brother 
Thomas DeBosh
proudly show's the Foul Ball he caught 
at the "Knight at Coca Cola Park"

Congratulations Evan!