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Sara Wardamasky

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I regret to inform you that Sally Wilson’s daughter Sara, sister of David Wilson and Kit Valentino, was tragically killed in an auto accident Wednesday. Kit and David know that the lake community stands ready to help in any way possible, but for now the family will be dealing with this very privately. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Wilson family.

-Rick P.

Sara’s obituary has been published, details are below.

Sara J. Wardamasky

AGE: 53 • Blue Hill, ME

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017 a tragic automobile accident took the life of Sara J. Wilson Wardamasky.

The youngest of three children, Sara was born on July 2, 1963 to Ken and Sally Wilson. She grew up in Pearl River NY. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Plattsburg, SUNY College and fulfilled her dream by earning her Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Maine

Sara is survived by her husband, Dave, daughter Juliette, mother Sara (Sally) Wilson, of Blue Hill, Katherine (Kit) Valentino of Denville, NJ, brother David Wilson of Slate Hill, NY, 8 nieces, 6 nephews and many beloved friends.

A devoted mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend, Sara will be deeply missed by all who knew her. A celebration of Sara’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to

Dr. Raymond D. Mutter

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Dr. Raymond D. Mutter died on Tuesday November 29, 2016 at his home in Concordia, Monroe Twp. He was 85 years old. Dr. Mutter was born in Orange. He lived his early life in Chatham and spent summer months in Estling Lake, Denville. He resided most of his life in Ossining, NY before moving to Concordia, Monroe Twp. in July 2016. He served in the US Army. He graduated from Bates College in Maine and received his medical degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He was a medical doctor with a private practice in Ossining, NY. He later joined a professional group affiliated with Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, NY. It was there that he served on the Board of Directors as well as serving as President of the Medical Staff. He retired in 2001.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary E. (Magai) Mutter of Concordia, Monroe Twp., three children, Jeffrey W. Mutter and his wife Marilyn of Severna Park, MD, Kathryn A. Manning and her husband Joe of Colfax, CA, and Barbara L. Elsworth and her husband Wayne of Leverette, MA, one brother, William Mutter and his wife Dale of Parsippany, six grandchildren, Andrew Manning, Sara Meyers and her husband Drew, Brian Manning, Kendra Chenowith and her husband Bryan, Gregory Mutter, and Maddie Manning, one great granddaughter, Hadley Meyers, and many other extended family members.

Cremation is private. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the M. David DeMarco Funeral Home, Inc. – 205 Rhode Hall Rd., Monroe Twp., NJ 08831 – 732-521-0555 –

A memorial service will take place at a date, time, and place to be determined.

For those who desire, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Anneliese Schran

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Just wanted everyone to know that our mother, Anneliese Schran, passed away yesterday afternoon on beautiful Vashon Island in Puget Sound, just a short ferry ride from Seattle. We were both with her, and it was a peaceful passing.

We’d like to thank the entire Estling Lake community for all the years of friendship and kindness shown to her (and us) during our many years at the lake, first as renters in 1963 onward until the purchase of Camp 44 in 1973. We have nothing but happy memories from those years, and we know that our mother especially loved the lake.

Funeral services will be private, taking place this coming spring in beautiful Fairview Cemetery in our old “home town” of Westfield, NJ.

We hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Much love from Brigitte and Renate Schran /Johnson /Brown and the rest of the Schran family

Lake Lowering 2016

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The lowering of the lake began on Friday and here are a few pictures showing the progress.  The last two pictures show some algae that was left behind on the shoreline.

Thank You Estling Lake!

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On behalf of my entire family, I would like to thank you all for the outpouring of love and support we have received due to the passing of my grandmother, Nancy Saulter. Whether it was a text, email, card, visit, or you just thought of us during this difficult time, we really appreciate it more than words can say. Even during this difficult time, Nancy continues to teach us lessons on cherishing the people who are close to us and valuing the moments we share rather than the items we own. Again, from the bottom of our hearts thank you for the love and support!


Nancy Saulter

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I’m sorry to share this news, but on Sunday Sept 11th my grandmother, Nancy Saulter, passed away peacefully at home with our family by her side.  We invite you to celebrate Nancy Saulter’s life with us.

The viewing is on Wednesday Sept 14th from 4-8pm at Codey Jones, Roseland Ave, Caldwell.

The funeral service will be 11am Thursday at Caldwell Presbyterian Church (corner of Bloomfield Ave and Roseland Ave).  Be aware that parking at the church is limited, there are several nearby lots.

The funeral will be followed by burial at Restland in Roseland, and then we will enjoy lunch together at the Hanover Manor, open to everyone.

Thank you all for the support and kind words, it means a lot to me and my family.



Thank You Madame Secretary

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We had hoped to have you at an Estling gathering to give you a proper send-off as you leave the job as secretary. If it worked out, I would have said something like this:

“The job of secretary of the Estling Lake Corp. has had some very long-serving incumbents. The first, Gene C., and the second, Carl L., both served for a long time. I don’t know that anybody knows why but it’s true. Now we can add the name of Ruth M. to that list.

“Ruth retired this year after serving 10 years as our secretary. That’s a lot of years, and a lot of meetings. And it’s harder than you might think. Think about how people talk at meetings: it’s not all in sentences and paragraphs. People use parts of sentences, there are interruptions, the conversation can go wildly off track or repeat again and again. Some things people say make no sense whatever. The secretary must not only record what is happening, but also be trying to figure out a way to make sense of it. For 10 years Ruth did just that, making the board of directors seem much better in minutes than we may have been in person.

“The other part of the job, of course, is keeping track of sales and rentals with all the forms and documents and contact with the town. Ruth also excelled at this, becoming a familiar face in the Denville town offices.

“For all your work over these years, the board and the stockholders thank you very much. Thank you Ruth.”

This would have been followed by sustained applause.

After that Bob and I would have presented you with a couple of gifts (left inside your door this morning). The book is considered a classic in the field of advanced goat cheese making. If you have already passed that stage, we hope you can enjoy it as reminder of your journey. We imagine you eating the cheese on your deck at the lake, or your living room in Hoboken, or on the veranda in Jamaica. We thought you might enjoy a little something to go with it.

Thanks from all of us.

Updated 2016 Directory

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The Estling Directory for 2016 has been updated to include address information for camp 27.

-Kim N.

Committee Sign Up Reminder

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It is time to consider signing up for one of the many Estling Lake Committees.  As Dave R. said at Song Service last Sunday, we are a DIY community.  Or as our application for owner membership states “the obligation to serve is no less real than the obligation to meet [corporation] expenses”.  Sign-up sheets will be available both at the pancake breakfast Saturday and at Song Service Sunday at 8 pm — not 7:30 as per the calendar.

You can also sign-up on our website, just use the link below.

-Rick P.

2016 Corporation Meeting

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The Annual Meeting of the Estling Lake Corporation will be held on Friday, August 19th 2016 at 8:00 PM at the Estling Lake Community House, Estling Lake, Denville, New Jersey