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Beulah Evelyn Selsor


Beulah Evelyn Selsor (nee Van Ness), age 90, of Pompton Lakes, passed peacefully at home on Friday, April 21, 2017.

She was born to Edward and Elsie (nee Snyder) Van Ness and raised in Pompton Lakes, having lived on one side of the street or the other, on the same block most of her life. She graduated from Pompton Lakes High School with the Class of 1944.

Beulah’s first job, just out of high school, was as a secretary for Philgas on Colfax Avenue in Oakland. She worked by her husband’s side as a bookkeeper for Selsor's Servicenter at the intersection of Lakeside and Colfax Avenue. The station, a landmark in Pompton Lakes, was founded and stayed in the family for forty-one years.

Beulah met a cute boy named James Russell (“Russ”) Selsor during a snowball fight and they soon fell in love. Their first date was to the Old Barn Milk Bar in Wayne. They married on May 8, 1948 at the Pompton Reformed Church in Pompton Lakes. They drove a 1934 Ford five window coupe to Florida for their honeymoon. The honeymoon was short lived as both Russ and Beulah got sunburned so badly they had to return home. They enjoyed fifty-eight years of a loving, devoted, stereotypical marriage of a bygone era. They always made time for each other and took special interest in the other’s pursuits.

The children have fond memories of traveling across the country to Alaska and Canada in a 1962 Buick Electra pulling a Starcraft pop-up trailer. The six week journey was really a trip to see their son Russ, who was in the army and stationed in Alaska.

Beulah will be remembered as a kind, loving, good hearted person who never swore or had a bad word to say about anyone. She was gracious, selfless and nurturing. Beulah was the best cook ever! The love she baked and cooked into the things she made will never be forgotten. Her cherry pie from cherries picked in the backyard, tomato soup cake, apple pie, and strawberry rhubarb pies were just a few of her specialties. She found great pleasure in cooking and baking and expressed her love for all through food. Whether it was her shrimp scampi, stew, fried chicken, Cornish game hen with cherries jubilee, or potato salad, the joy she got from seeing her family together was something she cherished deeply. She will also be remembered for her sewing skills. She has made dresses for her children, prom dresses, flower girl dresses, and even upholstered furniture. Beulah truly loved being a wife, mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother and did it well.

Beulah was the loving wife of fifty-eight years to James Russell Selsor (2006); beloved mother of James Russell Selsor III and his wife Leslie of Oak Ridge, Judy Gasperini and her husband Thomas of Clemmons NC, Douglas Selsor and his wife Linda of Vernon, and Sue Calvani and her husband Jeffrey of Hampton; she was the cherished grandmother of Wayne, Michele, Shane, Julie, Katie, Maggie, and Korey; dearly loved great-grandmother of Rylee, Skyler, Casey, Ellye, Keller, Torii, Maddock, and Marley. She was predeceased by her brother Edward VanNess.

Friends may visit with the family from 3-7 PM on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, with a Funeral Service beginning at 6:00 PM during the visitation hours, at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations to the Pompton Lakes/Riverdale First Aid Squad, 700 Ramapo Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442 would be appreciated.

Guest Book


My deepest condolences to the family. Beulah was a class individual who I will always have fond memories of. May she rest in paradise

Don Salmanowitz


So sorry for your loss, she was a special woman and neighbor, she will be missed!

Jane Maurer Eakins


Doug and family: Sorry to hear of your loss. It sounds like she was quite a special person. My condolences.

Doug Cummings

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