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Donna Csolak lost her battle with ALS on Friday, September 14, 2018. Born & raised in New Jersey, Donna and her husband Greg Hudzik moved to Smith Mountain Lake (“paradise”) in 2014.

Although only 62 years young, Donna packed a lot of life into those years. She worked and put herself through college, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She worked for free for a year to get a job in TV news and then worked her way up to News & Public Affairs producer in New Jersey, then New York City. She ran her marketing business, Communique, for 17 very successful years, loving every minute of working with wineries and putting on wine & food festivals and events. She was told “You will never make good friends if you move later in life.” She made amazing friends at Smith Mountain Lake, many who became family.

Donna worked to travel. Through childhood vacations (camping) and later work, she visited 45 of the 50 United States, the Eastern half of Canada, several Carribean islands and 14 European countries, some as many as five times. She and Greg loved to fly to a European city, get a car & drive where the mood suited them. Armed with only a few foreign verses (how much? Please and thank you. Where is the bathroom? And, I’d like a glass of red wine, please) they managed just fine.

Her favorite title in the whole world was “aunt.” She loved spending time with, and spoiling, her nieces: Jamie, Christina, Kristen, Katie and Michelle. Her biggest regret was that she would not be around to continue spoiling the “loves of her life” Tony, AJ, DD, Lucianna and Alessandra.

Donna would say she was completely blessed” by her family and friends. She had a far-flung, close knit extended family that was always ready to get together for plenty of laughter, food and drinks. She counts herself lucky to have so many good friends who stayed close throughout the years.

She is predeceased by her parents, Charles Jr and Doris Csolak, her grandparents George and Grace Lewis, and Charles Sr and Peggy Csolak, her parents in-law Joseph and Margeret Hudzik, as well as many special great aunts and great uncles.

Donna leaves behind her husband of 29 years, Gregory Hudzik; her devoted identical twin sister, Diane French, husband Marty, Kristen French and Matt Belegiovini, and Katie and Jeff Johnson; her brother Jim Csolak and daughter Jamie Heinemann, niece Michelle Weckesser and Matt Carney, and beloved great aunt Gretta Kovarie, and uncle Tom and Justyna Csolak; special relatives Lisa and Tony Gellner and her grand nephews and niece Tony, AJ and DD; her wonderful in-laws Tom Hudzik, Dorothy Hudzik, Kathy and Lee Millard, and Pat Ciancaretti and husband Frank and Christina and Anthony DiMeglio and Lucianna & Alessandra.

Visitation for family and friends will be on Saturday, September, 22, 2018 from 9am until 12noon at the Kingston and Kemp Funeral Home, 260 White Horse Avenue, Hamilton. (www.kingstonandkemp.com)

In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the Duke ALS Clinic sponsored by The ALS Association North Carolina, Chapter 4, North Blount Street, Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27601 or donate online to www.alsnc.org.

 

                                                     


 

 

Kevin Jourdain, 30 of Hamilton New Jersey, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.  Kevin was predeceased by his maternal grandparents Ann and Philip McGovern and his paternal grandmother, Margaret Jourdain.  Kevin is survived by his Parents Noreen and William Jourdain, and his brother Patrick Jourdain, all of Raleigh and Leland, North Carolina, his paternal grandfather Edmund Jourdain of Neenah, Wisconsin, his favorite uncle Daniel McGovern of New Port Richey, Florida, many aunts, uncles and cousins, and his extended Irish family from County Clare.

Kevin was a graduate of Hamilton High School West (2006) and received his Bachelor’s degree in communications from The College of New Jersey in 2012.  In High School, he was an active member of the Marching Band and Jazz Ensemble and was awarded the John Philip Sousa medal in 2006.  Kevin was also on the Varsity Baseball team and Freshman and JV Basketball teams.

Kevin was employed by Northstar, New Jersey as a sales coordinator.  He was previously employed by Barnes and Noble Booksellers at the College of New Jersey as assistant textbook manager, Rider University as textbook manager and Westminster Choir College as bookstore manager.

Kevin was an avid golfer and a member of Magnolia Greens Golf Club in Leland North Carolina. Kevin participated in many sports activities including, CYO Basketball, Babe Ruth Baseball, Lou Gehrig Baseball and Hamilton Little Lads Baseball and Basketball. 

Kevin was an avid supporter of his beloved New York Sports teams, Yankees, Football Giants, and Rangers, and a fan of Duke Basketball and Notre Dame Football.  Kevin’s love for sports statistics made him an active participant in fantasy sports leagues along with his many friends from his collegiate days at TCNJ.

Kevin enjoyed his regular visits to North Carolina to visit his family and play many rounds of golf with his Dad.  Kevin always spoke of his family trip to Ireland where he played golf at Royal Portrush golf club, his tour of Guinness where he learned to pour a perfect pint, visiting the Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland and attending the All Ireland Hurling finals in Ennis followed by a night of celebration with his “Irish” cousins.

Visitation will be on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 11:00 am and funeral mass, celebrated by Monsignor Michael Walsh (his Irish Uncle), at 12:00 noon at St. James Catholic Church, 115 East Delaware Avenue, Pennington New Jersey. Wear “Yankee” blue to honor Kevin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Kevin’s name to the V Foundation for Cancer Research, www.jimmyv.org/ways-to-give/                               
 

 


 


Elizabeth “Betty” K. Trovitch, 93, formerly of Hamilton Square, NJ, passed away on September 12, 2018, at Heritage Hill Senior Community, Weatherly, PA.

Born in Hazleton, PA, she resided in Hamilton Square for 62 years before moving to Heritage Hill. Betty was retired from McGraw Hill Publishing and was a member of St. Gregory the Great Parish and the Robbinsville Senior Center. She was an exceptional woman, who always put her family first.

She loved crafts, gardening and being outdoors traveling with her family.
Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, John G. Trovitch, her daughter Barbara Fleming, her parents John and Catherine Koslop and her brother Jack Koslop. Betty is survived by her son and daughter-in-law John and Gail Trovitch of Weatherly, PA, her grandchildren Joseph Fleming and his wife Reena of Myrtle Beach, SC, Tammy Hischar and her husband Daniel of Mountaintop, PA, and Jennifer Ice and her husband Jim of Hamilton, NJ, her geat-grandchildren Brianna Fleming, Alexander and Justin Hischar and Calleigh Ice. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and her very special friend “Homer”, her dog.

In accordance with Betty’s wishes, her funeral will be private.
There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made in Betty’s memory to St. Gregory the Great Building Fund, 4680 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690.

Arrangements are under the direction of Kingston & Kemp Funeral Home, Hamilton.

 


 

 

Bernard “Ben” Velivis, 93, of Hamilton passed away on Friday, September 14, 2018, peacefully, at home.

Born and raised in Trenton, Ben was a 1943 Graduate of Trenton High School.

After graduation, Ben enlisted in the U.S. Marines, where he served until being honorably discharged in 1946. Ben returned to Trenton and opened his own service station. He ran his business and drove a taxi in Trenton for several years.

Ben retired in the early 80’s from the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, Princeton, after 30 years of faithful employment as an electronic engineer. While at PPL, he volunteered with the companies’ fire and rescue response unit and also volunteered at the St. Francis Hospital emergency room. Ben was a licensed private pilot and a former member of the Hamilton Elks and the Hamilton and Ewing Senior Centers.

Son of the late Carl and Mary Velivis and husband of the late Betty J. Velivis, he is survived by his daughter Donna J. Miller of Lawrenceville, his son and daughter-in-law Bernard K. Velivis and wife Elsa Galvez of New Hampshire, his granddaughters Jami Rios and fiancé Harry Ares of Hamilton and Jessica Velivis of California, his great-grandchildren Selena and Samuel Rios and his sister Anna McNally of Hamilton.

Funeral service will be on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at 11 AM at Kingston & Kemp Funeral Home, 260 White Horse Ave., Hamilton (www.KingstonandKemp.com).

Entombment with military honors will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Hamilton.

Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday from 6 to 8 PM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Bernard’s honor to Alzheimer’s Association Greater NJ Chapter at www.alz.org/nj/donate.