Selected Families and Individuals


Bruce William Coburger

Bruce graduated J.P. Stevens High School in Edison, NJ in 1972. He attended Boston University 1972-1975. Bruce has been employed in the family business, Allsafe Ladder & Scaffolding Co. Inc., Perth Amboy, NJ since 1976.

Lynn Elizabeth Coleman

Lynn is a graduate (1982) of Rutgers University with a B.S. in Biology. She worked in medical research at S.U.N.Y. Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Division of Renal Disease (1982 - 1987) and co-authored several papers on treatment of renal disease. After her children were born, Lynn was employed as office manager for Dr. Susan Primmer, Hillsborough, NJ (1991-1997) and later as a Senior Support Specialist at Physician Computer Network, Morris Plains, NJ (software support) (1997-2000) and a Network Operations Engineer for a telecom software company Call Sciences in Edison, NJ (2000-2004). She currently works as an Informatics Specialist assisting physicians in selecting and implementing electronic medical records in their practices.

Lynn's hobby (some would say obsession) is genealogy. She runs a website devoted to the ancestors and descendants of the German families that settled Fulda, Noble County, Ohio:

Joseph Cosgrove Martin Coleman

On his birth certificate, Joseph's middle name is Cosgrove (his mother's maiden name). Joe disliked this name and since adulthood, he has used the name Joseph Martin Coleman

Obituary from The (Newark NJ) Star Ledger :
Joseph Coleman, 75, a county's go-to guy
Wednesday, February 02, 2005
By Jeffrey C. Mays and Judith Lucas, Star-Ledger Staff

Whether it was Christmas or her birthday, Audrey Coleman
knew that the gift coming from her husband of 50 years,
Joseph Coleman, would contain a special note. "It was a
poem or some kind of writing," said Mrs. Coleman. "Roman-
tic writing. Sometimes funny." Mr. Coleman of Rahway died
Thursday in Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plain-
field from complications of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 75.

In addition to a lifelong love of writing, Mr. Coleman had a
knack for getting things done behind the scenes of local
and state politics. Mr. Coleman was able to glide from public
relations pitchman to political insider, working behind the
scenes to promote business in Union County.

For two decades, Mr. Coleman plied his trade, promoting
plans for the Resource Recovery Facility in Rahway that turns
garbage to energy and provides electricity to 30,000 homes.
Mr. Coleman huddled with politicians like state Sen. Raymond
Lesniak (D-Union) and former acting Gov. Donald DiFrancesco,
to develop an economic vision for Union County. "He knew
everybody," said Hank Ross, chief of staff at New Jersey Insti-
tute of Technology, who worked with Mr. Coleman on the Union
County Alliance that focused on economic development. "He
knew the players. He knew how to get things done."

"He had a very interesting style," said Rahway Mayor James
Kennedy. "He was very supportive of me politically, even though
he was Republican and I am a Democrat." Mr. Coleman had a
gift, his friends said. "He wasn't flashy. He was engaging and
very likable," Ross said. "Union County lost a caring man. A
man of integrity. A man who was very civic-minded. He was
totally committed. He was one of those guys nobody said a bad
thing about."

According to Lesniak, Union County had no message as a
government and no plan to attract business in the early 1990s.
Mr. Coleman linked businessmen with politicians and pushed
for the passage of then-controversial plans like the development
of Jersey Gardens Mall and the still troublesome proposal for
light rail in Union County. "What he did was really unprecedented,"
Lesniak said. "He was instrumental in bringing everyone together:
businessmen and union leaders, Republicans and Democrats.
He was a unifier."

Mr. Coleman was a founder of the Union County Economic Devel-
opment Corporation. Mr. Coleman started his career as a copywriter
in 1949 and went on to write and produce films of the New York
Mets and San Francisco Giants in the mid-1960s.

Mr. Coleman also helped write the jingles for Ballantine Beer, his
wife recalled. He co-founded Coleman & Pellet Inc. of Union, a
public affairs and communications firm in 1974. Mr. Coleman
served as managing director of the firm until 1996.

"I will miss our lunches and our long talks," said Mr. Coleman's
former partner Bob Pellet. "Joe was always good fun, although he
could be very serious about the things he believed in."

Mr. Coleman lived most of his life in Rahway. Mrs. Coleman remem-
bered seeing her future husband getting off the train from New York
and riding the bus home. "I leaned over to my friend one day and said:
'I'm going to marry that man,'" said Mrs. Coleman. The pair met at a
party given by Mr. Coleman's mother. They immediately clicked, said
Mrs. Coleman.

After being diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, Mr. Coleman began using
an oxygen tank, but continued to pursue his love of golf, travel and spend
time with friends and family, his wife said. "He wasn't a great golfer, but
he loved it," said Mrs. Coleman. "He liked the fresh air and the challenge."
He was on the board of directors of the Colonia Country Club and was
president in 2002 and 2003.

Recently, Mr. Coleman went to Massachusetts to meet with six grammar
school friends. And, for the last few years, Mr. Coleman, and his son Mark,
who lives in New Brunswick, would take trips together. They had been to
Africa and Mexico. In addition to his wife, Audrey, and son Mark, Mr.
Coleman is survived by daughters Lynn Coburger of Piscataway and
Mary Beth Livernoche of Pennington; son, Timothy of Northfield, Minn.,
and five grandchildren.

Services were Monday. Arrangements were by the Pettit-Davis Funeral
Home, 371 West Milton Street, Rahway, N.J. 07065. Contributions may
be sent to the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis in care of the funeral home

Obituary from the NJ Home News Tribune (29 Jan 2005):
Joseph M. Coleman, 75, active in Union County public affairs

Joseph M. Coleman, 75, of Rahway, died Thursday January
27, 2004 at Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield. He was born
Dec. 22, 1929 in Trenton, NJ, the only child of the late George
and Beatrice (Cosgrove) Coleman. He was a graduate of
Seton Hall University who lived in Rahway for most of his life.

Mr. Coleman was the co-founder and Managing Director of
Coleman & Pellet, Inc., one of New Jersey’s leading commu-
nications and public affairs firms, whose client list included
BMW, Johnson & Johnson, Bristol Myers-Squibb, Merck &
Co., The New Jersey Insurance News Service and Union
County Utilities Authority. The firm sponsored a breakfast
each year in Washington on the morning after the New
Jersey State Commerce’s Congressional Dinner, featuring
then Governor Christie Todd Whitman as a featured guest
at NJN’s “Reporter’s Roundtable” program.

Mr. Coleman was the Manager of Public Affairs for Merck
& Co. from 1969-1974, the co-founder and Managing
Director of Coleman/Myer, Marketing Manager with Syl-
vania Electric Products and a copywriter for J. Walter

Mr. Coleman volunteered his time with numerous organ-
izations. He was the co-founder and a board member
for both the Union County Economic Development Cor-
poration and the Union County Alliance, collaborating
with state and county government to build economic
prosperity in the region. He was also a board member
with the Union County Employers Legislative Committee,
designed to strengthen relationships between the busi-
ness community and New Jersey State Legislature. He
served on the board of directors of Colonia Country Club,
and was president from 2002-2003.

Mr. Coleman enjoyed traveling extensively with his wife,
family and friends, and visited over 30 countries.

Surviving are his wife, Audrey, with whom he celebrated
his 50th wedding anniversary last October; children and
spouses Lynn and Bruce Coburger, Piscataway; Dr. Mark
Coleman, New Brunswick; Mary Beth and Ed Livernoche,
Pennington; and Timothy and Melissa Coleman, Northfield,
MN; grandsons Matthew and Richard Coburger, Ian Liver-
noche, and Samuel and Landen Coleman; and father-in-
law Edward Schweinberg.

Arrangements are being handled by the Pettit-Davis Funeral
Home, Rahway. Visitation will be Sunday, January 30 from
2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Mon-
day January 31 in St. Mary’s Church, Rahway, with burial in
St. Mary’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may
be made to the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Mark Edward Coleman

Mark graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Biology and completed Graduate School and Dental School at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Hackensack, NJ. Mark graduated dental school in May of 1984 with a M.S. in Physiology and a D.M.D. He published a research article relating to the effects of Lidocaine, a well-known dental anesthetic.

During high school and college Mark volunteered in Rahway Hospital and was a member of the Rahway First Aid Squad for ten years. While in dental school Mark furthered his training in emergency medicine and became a N.J. State Paramedic.

After graduating dental school, Mark was a dental resident at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx and at New Rochelle Medical Center in Westchester, NY. Following these residencies he was a Pedodontic Fellow at the Rose F. Kennedy Center for disabled children, which was affiliated with Albert Einstein Medical Center, Bronx, NY.

After practicing in Rockland County for several years, Mark returned to New Jersey and lived in New Brunswick, not far from his hometown of Rahway. He works in private practice and also for the Department of Corrections at the Ocean County Criminal Justice Complex in Toms River, NJ.

Mark enjoys hobbies such as playing the guitar, painting and gardening as well as many activities related to the outdoors including backpacking and skiing. He enjoys traveling, and he is currently a member of a missionary group that travels to La Entrada, Honduras each year bringing education, technology and medical assistance to the children there.

At the time of this writing, Mark is 45 years old, single (never married) and living in New Brunswick, NJ. Since moving to New Brunswick in 1990, Mark has shared his home with two students each year from the surrounding area, mostly from Rutgers University. In doing so, he has lived with and made friends with many people from all over the world.

George Aloysius Coleman

In 1920, George A. Coleman (22) lived with his mother and younger brother in the family's home at 2431 Oakdale St. in Philadelphia. George worked as a "compositor" of books.

Edward Louis Schweinberg

One of two obituaries from the Newark NJ Star Ledger 20 Aug 2005:
SCHWEINBERG - Edward, 96, of Rahway, on Aug.
17, 2005, beloved husband of the late Alice Kearney
Schweinberg, devoted father of Audrey Coleman, he
was also loved by his grandchildren, Lynn (Bruce)
Coburger of Piscataway, Mark Coleman, D.M.D., of
New Brunswick, Mary Beth (Ed) Livernoche of Pen-
nington and Tim (Milissa Hilligoss) Coleman of Min-
nesota, and five great-grandsons, Matthew and
Richard Coburger, Ian Livernoche and Samuel and
Landen Coleman. He will be greatly missed by all
who knew him.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his
funeral from The Pettit-Davis Funeral Home, 371
W. Milton Ave., Rahway, on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2005,
at 9 a.m. Thence to St. Mark's R.C. Church, where
his Funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m.
Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Clark.
Visiting will be Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Contributions
may be made to the Rahway Retired Men's Club,
1306 Esterbrook Ave., Rahway, N.J. 07065.

Second obituary from the Newark NJ Star Ledger 20 Aug 2005:
A Mass for Edward Louis Schweinberg, 96, of
Rahway will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Marks
Church, Rahway, after the funeral from the Pettit-
Davis Funeral Home, 371 W. Milton Ave., Rahway.
Mr. Schweinberg died Thursday while vacationing
in Delaware.
He worked for the Pennsylvania and Long Island
railroads as a signal layout designer from 1938 until
he retired in 1970.
After that, he worked at Quinn & Boden in Rahway,
as a school crossing guard in Clark and as superinten-
dent of the Esterbrook Avenue Apartments in Rahway
from 1984 until 1999.
A life member of the North Braddock (Pa.) Volunteer
Fire Department, Mr. Schweinberg was a member,
chaplain and past president of the Rahway Retired
Mens Club as well as a member and past vice president
of the Rahway Retired Railroaders Group. He also
served as chaplain of the National Association of
Retired Railroad Employees.
Named Rahways Senior Citizen of the Year in 2001,
Mr. Schweinberg was a trustee and former treasurer of
the Rahway Senior Citizens Center and a member of
the Merck Community Advisory Panel in Rahway.
Born in North Braddock, Mr. Schweinberg lived in
Rahway since 1939.
Surviving are a daughter, Audrey Coleman; four
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Alice Elizabeth Kearney

As a girl, Alice appeared in a chorus line singing "Let's Pretend" at Carnegie Hall in Braddock, PA. Alice was not chosen for her ability to sing (she "couldn't carry a tune in a bucket"), but for her great legs and short stature, which complemented the chorus line when the girls were arranged by height.

When Alice was a teenager, it was important that she earn money to help her widowed mother support the family. Elizabeth went to the parish priest and got a copy of Alice's baptism certificate in which he lied about the year of the baptism, making Alice appear to be a year older than she was, so that she could get a full time job.

After her marriage to Ed Schweinberg, a side-dish that often appeared at Alice's table was mashed turnips. The hard, root-like vegetable required a great deal of preparation: First the waxy coating had to be scraped or peeled off. Then the turnip was cut into cubes and cooked in water in a pan on the stovetop for what seemed like an interminable time. Then Alice mashed the turnips with a potato masher. The result was something that looked somewhat like yellow mashed potatoes, but had a very distincive flavor. It was definitely an acquired taste -- one that wasn't acquired by any of her grandchildren.

Franklyn Edward Livernoche III

Ed was born in Binghamton, NY and lived there until his family moved to Greencastle, Indiana when he was 7 years old. He moved to Princeton, NJ at the age of 14. He graduated from Mercer County Community College in 1973 with a degree in Communications Media. Ed is currently a freelance photographer, utilizing his home studio for product/still photography and portraiture. He also enjoys taking landscape photographs of the New Jersey shore, Philadelphia and Lambertville/New Hope areas. Prior to pursuing photography as a career, he worked for International Business Machines in Materials Management and Production Control for 16 years, and spent 10 years working for VF Computer Consulting as a consultant to IBM. Ed is also an avid guitarist and has been playing guitar since the age of 10. He had several successful bands, and currently enjoys playing blues and acoustic guitar. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, Ian and Shawn.

Mary Beth Coleman

Mary Beth is a graduate of Rutgers University, with a degree in Industrial Engineering (1982). After graduation, she began working for International Business Machines (IBM), as a systems analyst. She has since held numerous positions with IBM including Procurement Manager, Product Manager, Marketing Communications Program Manager. Her current position with IBM is in Services Development. Mary Beth traveled extensively, camping with her family across the US as a child, and later traveling to Europe several times with friends. She owned and managed rental properties in New Brunswick for 10 years. She currently enjoys spending time with her family in Pennington, NJ and participating in school activities with her son, Ian. She also enjoys biking, the beach and home renovation/decorating.

Timothy Joseph Coleman

Tim graduated from Florida Institute of Technology and is a pilot for United Airlines.

Melissa Susan Hilligoss

Melissa was a flight attendant for United Airlines. She from United retired in 1997 to raise her sons. Melissa, Tim, Sam and Landen live in a lakefront home in Northfield, MN with a large menagerie of pets.

Maryanna Wroblewska

Maryanna used the first name Marie. She came to America around 1909 on the Lusitania.

Records conflict on date of birth. A Declaration of Intention (for citizenship); filled out by Marie Wroblewska Coburger cir 1930 (never filed) gives 1905 as the year of birth. The Social Security Death Index lists 1904.

Walter Chester Colie

Walter was a steamfitter for Public Service Electric & Gas in Newark, NJ.

Irene Gertrude Uglay

Irene Uglay Colie died suddenly of a heart attack while visiting her daughter Vera Colie Carey in Ohio.

James Langley

Jim worked in sales for Mid Ohio State Waterproofing. While on a business trip near Indianapolis, he suffered a heart attack and died.

Linda Jean Coburger

Linda Coburger Langley lives in Florida. She had been employed in the hair care industry for her entire adult life. She currently runs Clairol's trade shows.