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Richard L. Vanselous

Richard L. Vanselous

Richard “Dick” L. Vanselous, 85, of Frenchtown, NJ passed away on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at his home.

Born August 19, 1935 in Tinicum Township, PA, Dick was a lifelong resident of the area. He attended Frenchtown High School. Dick served in the US Marine Corps. He worked as a lineman for United Telephone Company for forty-one years, retiring in 1997. Dick was an avid outdoorsman. He was a hunter, fisherman, and trapshooter. Dick was a member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Most of all, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

Son of the late Robert and Mary (Weaver) Vanselous, Dick is survived by his companion Jean Harris of Frenchtown, NJ, his daughter Donna L. Erdman and her husband James of Avoca, NY, his two granddaughters Jamie Sornberger and her husband Christopher of Phillipsburg, NJ and Lisa Anderson of Frenchtown, NJ, his grandson Thomas Anderson of Phillipsburg, NJ, and his two great-grandchildren Amber and Ryan Sornberger. He is also survived by many second cousins. Dick was predeceased by his beloved wife AnnaMay (Plennert) Vanselous in 2016.

Graveside services with military honors will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 11 AM at the Prospect Hill Cemetery in Flemington, NJ, with Reverend William “Tex” Culton officiating. Arrangements are under the care of the Johnson-Walton Funeral Home, 24 Church Road, Milford, NJ. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, face masks and social distancing will be enforced.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Musconetcong Watershed Association, PO Box 113, Asbury, NJ 08802 with Richard’s name in the memo.


From: David and Melody Gano
With great sorrow did we learn of Dicks passing. A Long long time friend and fellow employee at New Jersey Telephone. Our thought and prayers go out to the Vanselous family.

From: Fran Petiet
Our condolences to the family of Dick Vanselous, we met him at Ma Dees in Milford and would always enjoy talking to him when we were there, Hugs to all of you. Richard and Fran Petiet

From: Christine Kania
Dick was a wonderful neighbor and friend, and I will miss his smile, laugh, and general good nature. He was always happy to see whomever came his way and was never too busy to stop and talk. Condolences to his family. I hope memories of him bring you peace and comfort. Rest in peace, Dick. Your many good deeds here have made the world a better place.

From: Shirla Burtis
God speed to heaven Dick. We love you and your memories will always be in our hearts. Prayers for the family.

From: Shirley Taylor Trout
May Richard rest in peace now, I have known him from growing up in Frenchtown. He was a very kind hearted man and he will be missed my many. May the family know your in my prayers....

From: Scott Eames
Dick always had a smile, a wave and nice little chat as I walked the block with my son and our dog through the years. You will be missed my good neighbor. Peace to you Dick. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

From: George
RIP I remember you and your family enjoying a day of fishing with my parents and myself. You are now at peace.

From: Bob Bittenmaster
My condolences to the Vanselous family. I knew Dick for a long time, being from Frenchtown. He worked with my brother at the telephone company in their earlier years. Always a pleasant guy. Dick, my brother and I, all of us from Frenchtown, served in the US Marine Corps. Rest in Peace Marine. Semper Fi.

From: Ann Leone Yanick
Donna and Jamie, our deepest sympathies. I knew your dad for such a long time. He always stopped when he would see me to say hello and when I would go to my brother Lou’s house and he was outside he would always come over to talk. You are all in my prayers. Even though I don’t live in Frenchtown anymore I know he will be missed. Ann Leone Yanick ,

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