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(Woodbury, NJ) - Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Bill Krebs, liaison to Veterans Affairs, announced today that they will adopt a measure at the Freeholder meeting tonight to appoint Bob Jonas of Verga as the new Supervisor of Interment for the Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Jonas will replace Joseph Heitman of Mantua. Heitman has served as the Supervisor of Internment since the opening of the County Cemetery last year, but is leaving on May 6th to become the Electrical Inspector for Woolwich Township. Jonas will begin on May 16th and in the interim and during Bobs training, Greg Cipolla of Veterans Affairs will assume the duties.

We were saddened that Joe Heitman has chosen another position, but we are very fortunate that Bob Jonas decided to take the position with us as Supervisor of Internment, said Freeholder Director Sweeney. Bob has served with distinction as the Commander of the Gloucester County Veterans Advisory Board, and he is an extremely well respected member of the Gloucester County Veterans Community and the New Jersey Veterans Community. We have confidence in him that he will do an outstanding job, said Director Sweeney.

Jonas has been the Manager of Flower World, Inc. in Pennsauken since 1970. He has been responsible for supervising and scheduling the design workroom, drivers, hiring staff, ordering merchandise, maintaining the store and fleet, training personnel and setting up new stores during the 1970's and 80's when the company was a franchise organization.

Jonas served in the US Army in 1967 to 1969 and was stationed in Korea. Prior to his serving in the Army, he graduated Camden County Vocational and Technical School for landscaping and horticulture. He has been Chairman of the POW/MIA Awareness Committee of Gloucester and Camden Counties since 1990, and coordinator for New Jersey to the National League of Families of POW's and MIA's since 1995.

Our cemetery is so dear to us that when I learned that we needed a new Supervisor of Internment I was anxious, but when I also learned that Bob Jonas was willing and available to take the position I was relieved, said Freeholder Krebs. "There is much pride from the veterans community and residents about the cemetery and we will continue to provide a final resting home for people who have proudly served in our military and they want to keep Gloucester County their home for eternity,said Krebs.

To date 147 interments/inurnments have taken place at the cemetery. The Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery (Phase I) includes 480 columbarium niches (a wall unit with spaces for urns) 380 in-ground cremains plots and 1,800 plots designed to hold two caskets each.

The Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery is located at 240 South Tuckahoe Road, Monroe Township. The Gloucester County Office of Veterans Affairs provides assistance to veterans on a variety of topics including burial benefits, cemeteries, claims, dependency and indemnity compensation, flags, and headstones. Additional information and applications may be obtained by calling 856-401-7660.