St. Bernard Cemetery is one of the oldest Roman Catholic cemeteries in Somerset County, New Jersey. It dates from 1876, serving the parish cemetery of St. Bernard Church and surrounding parishes. Below are the obituaries for James and Mary Mirota Doran.
Mrs. James F. Doran – Whitehouse – Mrs. Mary Mirota Doran, 56, of Mountain Road, RD Lebanon, wife of James F. Doran, died Wednesday December 3, at home after an illness of several months.
She was born in Cherry Valley, Pa., and came to the Whitehouse area 20 years ago.
She was a communicant at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Whitehouse Station, and a member of its Altar-Rosary Society.
Surviving, in addition to her husband . . .[omitted for privacy]; two brothers, Stephen Mirota, Manville, and Joseph E. Mirota, RD Lebanon; also a sister, Mrs. Theodore Lubas, Harlingen.
The funeral was held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. from the Robert B. Hauck Funeral Home, followed by a Requiem High Mass at 10 a.m. at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes. Interment was at St. Bernards Cemetery, Raritan Borough [Source:Hunterdon Review and High Bridge Gazette, (Whitehouse, NJ), 10 December 1969, page 2].
James F. Doran – A Mass for James F. Doran, 77, of Whitehouse Station will be offered at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday in the Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Whitehouse Station.
Arrangements are by the Kearns Funeral Home, Whitehouse.
Mr. Doran, who died Saturday in the Hunterdon Medical Center, Raritan Township, was a painter for the Veterans Administration supply department in Belle Mead for 15 years, retiring in 1981.
Earlier, he had been a steelworker with the Taylor Wharton Co, in High Bridge for 20 years.
During World War II, Mr. Doran served in the Army, fighting in the Battle of Normandy. He was awarded a Purple Heart for combat wounds.
Mr. Doran was a member of the American Legion Post 284, Whitehouse, the Disabled American Veterans of Somerville, and the Bradley Gardens Alcoholics Anonymous.
Born in Kearny, he resided in Harrison before moving to Whitehouse Station 49 years ago.
Surviving are . . . [omitted for privacy]; three brothers, William, Peter and Joseph; a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Peck, two grandchildren and two step-grandchildren [Source: The Newark Star Ledger, (Newark, NJ), February 3, 1997, page: 16].
I have noticed a trend in obituaries to also list the hobbies and interests of the deceased, and think that is a good thing. Some of Mary’s hobbies were gardening, reading, and swimming. Some of James’ were horse racing, coin collecting, and playing the piano. All of the facts are correct in their obituaries except that James had three step-grandchildren, and how long Mary had lived in Whitehouse Station, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. She had come with her family there, from Pennsylvania, around 1920. James and Mary Doran built a house on a piece of subdivided land from her parents’ farm. Below is a picture of them in their front yard, dated 1967.
This photo below is of James and Mary in their home, dated 1956. This was taken shortly after their fourth child was born. I love Mary’s dress, and how happy they look!
Tombstone Tuesday is a blogging prompt suggested by Geneabloggers, to post a photo of a tombstone, and also to write a brief description of the cemetery or ancestor or both.