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Photos: Funeral held in NJ for veteran with no family

The Bayonne Elks Lodge 434 holds a funeral service at the Holy Name Cemetery & Mausoleum in Jersey City on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, for Pfc. Melvin Scharf, an Army veteran who passed away in August with no relatives to claim his remains. (The Jersey Journal/Reena Rose Sibayan/TNS)

The Bayonne Elks Lodge 434 held a special funeral service last week for an Army veteran who died in August with no relatives to organize a formal burial.

The funeral service for Pfc. Melvin Scharf was held Friday at Holy Name Cemetery & Mausoleum in Jersey City with the help of Kelly Mazzochi of the Stirling Elks Lodge, the Bayonne Office of Aging, the Hudson County Office of Health and Human Services, and Michalski Funeral Home.

Newark firefighter Jonathan Detres plays the bagpipes.
(The Jersey Journal/Reena Rose Sibayan/TNS)

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Mourners from several New Jersey Elk lodges, including the American Legion Post 19 Color Guard and other veterans organizations were in attendance.

“Having died without relatives doesn’t mean you have no family,” the Bayonne Elks posted on their Facebook page. “This gentleman now has an Elk family.”

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