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Julia Gajarsky
B: 1920-10-19
D: 2017-07-23
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Gajarsky, Julia
Margaret Rafferty
B: 1917-10-19
D: 2017-07-22
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Rafferty, Margaret
Walter Stayvas
B: 1950-01-26
D: 2017-07-21
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Stayvas, Walter
William Zimmerman
B: 1915-03-07
D: 2017-07-20
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Zimmerman, William
Robert Blomquist
D: 2017-07-20
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Blomquist, Robert
Muriel Brier
B: 1930-04-13
D: 2017-07-20
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Brier, Muriel
Julia Forte
B: 1956-02-12
D: 2017-07-20
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Forte, Julia
Paul Batsarika
B: 1947-12-15
D: 2017-07-19
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Batsarika, Paul
Agnes Sperduto
B: 1930-04-14
D: 2017-07-19
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Sperduto, Agnes
Pacifico Quilal-lan
B: 1937-06-23
D: 2017-07-17
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Quilal-lan, Pacifico
Anthony Truono
B: 1933-05-01
D: 2017-07-15
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Truono, Anthony
William Moyle
B: 1944-01-14
D: 2017-07-13
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Moyle, William
Michael Pancza
B: 1923-06-21
D: 2017-07-11
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Pancza, Michael
Maria Lomba
B: 1915-03-11
D: 2017-07-10
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Lomba, Maria
Esther Sivulich
B: 1932-07-10
D: 2017-07-10
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Sivulich , Esther
Atsuko Ginter
B: 1934-02-06
D: 2017-07-08
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Ginter, Atsuko
Jean Curcio
B: 1924-01-18
D: 2017-07-08
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Curcio, Jean
Betty Jane Tingley
B: 1927-07-10
D: 2017-07-05
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Tingley, Betty Jane
Hai Kan Chan
B: 1935-01-22
D: 2017-07-01
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Chan, Hai Kan
Shusila Khanal
B: 1932-06-21
D: 2017-06-30
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Khanal, Shusila
Deacon Richard Dow
B: 1943-08-19
D: 2017-06-27
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Dow, Deacon Richard

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James A. Gustafson, President/Manager

License:  N. J. Lic. No. 4205
Known to many as just “Jimmy from McCriskin Funeral Home”. Jimmy began his career in funeral service at the age of 12 after the sudden death of his father in 1986. At that time, Jimmy was an ambitious young man helping elderly neighbors with small yard work tasks. Rich McCriskin, who was of great support to his family, had heard of Jimmy’s endeavors and asked if he would like to help in the same capacity around the funeral home. From there, his tasked and responsibilities grew to where he is today.

Richard W. McCriskin II, Vice President/Director

License:  N. J. Lic. No. 4564
A Life long resident of South Plainfield, Ricky grew up in the family business. Throughout high school and college he was often around offering assistance while at the same time learning the family trade.

A 1996 graduate from S.P.H.S., Ricky graduated from St. Peter’s College in Jersey City in the spring 2001 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics. The following fall he enrolled in the Funeral Service Education program at Mercer County Community College and in the Spring of 2003 he graduated earning both his A.A.S. degree and his Certificate of Proficiency in Funeral Service.

Kerri-Anne Krapf, Director

Kerri-Anne Krapf, Director
License: N.J. Lic. No. 5045

Kerri started her career with McCriskin - Gustafson Home For Funerals in February 2012 as an apprentice.  

Under the guidance of Jimmy and Ricky, Kerri was enrolled in the Funeral Service Education Program at Mercer County Community College. In the Summer of 2013, she graduated from the program earning her A.A.S. degree and Certificate of Proficiency in Funeral Service.  After successfully completing her National Board Exam in Funeral Service, Mortuary Jurisprudence Examination and Practical Examination, she became a Licensed Practitioner of Mortuary Science in the Winter of 2014.

Kerri was offered a full time position with the funeral home which she was happy to accept.


Lauren J. Lapola, Director, N/J.. Lic. No. 4816

Lauren joined our staff in 2016 and has been making a positive impact with our families. Dedicated to her calling, Lauren volunteers herself to her community and has been asked to speak to local and statewide high schoolers on numerous topics relating to funeral service. But more impressive than her educational and philanthropic endeavors are the hundreds of families that she has so tenderly cared for since her licensure.

Richard W. McCriskin, Director

License:  N. J. Lic. No. 3147
Having been a licensed funeral director with the state of New Jersey for more than 30 years, Rich is the Founder and Co-owner of McCriskin Home For Funerals.

Born and raised in South Plainfield, Rich is a 1969 graduate of Holy Trinity High School in Westfield. He graduated from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service Inc. in New York City in 1973, and earned his Practitioner of Mortuary Science license in the fall of 1974. He purchased the building in 1975 and in 1976 the business began.

William C. McCriskin, Director

License:  N. J. Lic. No. 3382
Co-Owner of the Funeral Home, Bill has lived in South Plainfield his entire life. He was a 1973, graduated from S.P.H.S. and then went on to earn his A.A.S. Degree in Funeral Service from Mercer County Community College in 1977. In 1978, he joined his brother after earning his Practitioner of Mortuary Science License. Bill became a co-owner of the Funeral Home with his brother in 1982.

Pam Mocharski, Office Administrator

Has lived in South Plainfield her entire life and graduated from S.P.H.S. in 1977. She is married with two sons. She, along with her husband John and their children are extremely active with the South Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department and various other organizations including the Boy Scouts.