Miscellaneous Monmouth County, New Jersey Obituaries

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November 8, 2001 

Wladyslaw Szablowski 
Real Estate Developer 
Belmar resident Wladyslaw Szablowski died Friday, Nov. 3 in Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune. 
He was 87 years old. 
Born in Krakow, Poland, Mr. Szablowski lived there and in England before coming to the United States in 1951. He lived in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, N.Y., before moving to Bradley Beach in 1975, and then to Belmar. He became a United States citizen in July, 1957. 
He attended high school in Debica, Poland, and studied commerce in Tarow, Poland, in 1936-1937. 
He was the owner of a number of businesses in the early 1970s, including a food market in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, N.Y. He was involved in real estate development in the Shore area since 1975. 
He was involved in many veteran¹s organizations. 
He served in the Polish Armed Forces taking part in the German and Norwegian campaigns and was taken prisoner twice by the Nazis. He escaped both times, once via Hungary and Yugoslavia, and a second time via Spain and Portugal. In 1941 he joined the British No. 10 Commandos where he served as a sergeant major for the rest of World War II. He was wounded in action in 1944 and received many decorations including the Cross of Valor. 
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Maria; one son and daughter-in-law, Walter and Evelyn, Newtown, Pa.; one daughter, Anna Szablowski, Belmar; and three grandsons, George, Erik, and Christian. 
Funeral arrangements were from the Reilly Funeral Home, Belmar.

Gloria Faison Murray
Library Volunteer 
Brielle resident Gloria Faison Murray died Sunday, Oct. 28 in her home. 
She was 73 years old. 
Born in Paisley, Scotland, Miss Murray came to the United States when she was seven years old and lived most of her live in Brielle. 
She earned a degree from Thomas Edison College, New Jersey. 
She was an active member of the Church in Brielle. 
An avid reader, Miss Murray was a volunteer with the Manasquan Public Library, and she belonged to the Brielle Senior Citizens group. 
She was predeceased by her parents, Alexander M. and Elizabeth Faison Murray. 
Surviving are one brother, John Langdon Norris, Nashville, Tenn.; one uncle, William Faison, Staten Island, N.Y.; one niece; three nephews; and several cousins. 
Funeral arrangements were from the Neary-Quinn Funeral Home, Manasquan.

Joseph S. Buccellato 
Real Estate Broker 
Manasquan resident Joseph S. Buccellato died Tuesday, Nov. 6 in Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune. 
He was 72 years old. 
Mr. Bucellato lived in Watchung before moving to Manasquan. 
He was an owner/operator for 15 years of B. Brothers Building Co., So. Plainfield, retiring six years ago. Previously, he was employed as a real estate broker for 25 years in the family business, Tower Realty Co., So. Plainfield. 
He was a communicant of St. Denis Church, Manasquan, and a former member of St. Mary¹s Stoney Hill Church, Watchung. 
He was a member of the Italian American Club, North Plainfield, the Manasquan Elks Lodge No. 2534, and the St. Denis Knights of Columbus Council 3231, Manasquan. 
Surviving are his wife, Irene Hook Buccellato; two sons, Joseph, Tucker, Ga., and Jeffrey, Middlesex; two daughters, Beth McAurther, South Plainfield, and Jo Ann Ertle, Holland Township; one brother, Sal, Lakewood; one sister, Angela Ehid, Middlesex; and three grandchildren, Alexis, Dante, and Gabriella. 
Funeral arrangements are from the O¹Brien Funeral Home, Wall Township. Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow in the funeral home. A funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home.

Grace E. Hill 
Former Local Resident 
Basking Ridge resident Grace E. Kerr Hill, formerly of Brielle, died Friday, Nov. 2 in Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown. 
She was 86 years old. 
Born in Highland Park, Mrs. Hill lived in Scotch Plains before moving to Brielle in 1972. She resided in Fellowship Village, Basking Ridge. 
She attended The Church in Brielle. 
She was a member of the Manasquan Golf Club, and enjoyed playing the piano. 
She was predeceased in 1999 by her husband Warren, in 1951 by her daughter, Nancy Jane Hill, and by her parents, Frank and Anna Mae Wolverton Kerr. 
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Valerie, Warren; one granddaughter, Cynthia Anne Mangan, and her husband, Kevin, Long Beach, N.Y.; and two great-grandchildren, Colin P. Mangan, Long Beach, N.Y., and Dawn E. Hill, Norwalk, Conn. 
Funeral arrangements were from the Higgins Home for Funerals, Watchung. 
Contributions in Mrs. Hill¹s memory may be made to the Leukemia Society of America, North Jersey Chapter, 45 Springfield Avenue, Springfield, 07091.

Edward T. Smith 
Former Brielle Councilman 
Southampton resident Edward Thomas Smith, formerly of Brielle and Spring Lake Heights, died Tuesday, Nov. 6 in Evesham. 
He was 75 years old. 
Born in Elizabeth, Mr. Smith lived in Brielle and Spring Lake Heights for most of his life before moving to Southampton three years ago. 
He was employed with the Deluxe Reading and Topper Toy Co., in Northern New Jersey, retiring in 1975 as a national sales manager. He was a former owner of Stewart¹s Drive-In restaurant, Brielle, from 1970 to 1982. 
He was a member for most of his life of St. Denis Church, Manasquan, and was active in the parish-sponsored Boy Scouts, and was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus. He was a communicant of Holy Eucharist Church, Tabernacle. 
He was a Brielle councilman for 12 years, and was active in the Monmouth County Republican organization for many years. He was a founding member of the South Monmouth Regional Sewer Authority. He was active in the Manasquan-Brielle Little League as a coach in the 1960s, and was instrumental in the building of its first dedicated Little League field. 
He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, serving from 1950-1952. 
Ed was an avid music fan, particularly of jazz, and played the accordion, piano and organ. He loved the ocean and spending time with his family at the beach, and traveling abroad. 
He was predeceased in 1982 by his first wife, Dolores. 
Surviving are his wife, Patricia; five sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Laura, Brielle, Michael and Linda, Point Pleasant Beach, Paul and Deborah, West Long Branch, Christopher and Kimberly, Spring Lake Heights, and Denis and Margaret-Mary, Spring Lake; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Kathleen and James Alden, Spring Lake Heights, Patricia and Christopher Fische, and Susanne and Thomas Plunkett, all of Brick Township, and Faith Smith, Point Pleasant; 28 grandchildren; five stepsons; and one stepdaughter. 
Funeral arrangements are from the Mathis Funeral Home, 58 North Main Street, Medford. Visitation will be 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday in Holy Eucharist Church, Tabernacle, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. A graveside service will take place in St. Catharine Cemetery, Sea Girt. 
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Edward Thomas Smith¹s memory may be made to Holy Eucharist Church, 520 Medford Lakes Road, Tabernacle, 08088.

November 15, 2001 

Roberta E. Sytko
Violations Clerk
Wall Township resident Roberta E. Kunkel Sytko died Thursday, Nov. 8 in the Medical Center of Ocean County Brick Hospital. 
Born in Livingston, Mrs. Sytko lived in Irvington before moving to Wall 17 years ago. 
She was employed for 15 years as a violations clerk with the Wall Township Municipal Court, before retiring in July 2001. 
She was an active member of WHIP, Wall. 
Surviving are her husband of 47 years, Anthony P. Sytko; two sons and daughters-in-law, Glenn and Maggie, Garwood, and Michael and Sally, Brick Township; one daughter and son-in-law, Katherine and Kevin Ogden, Point Pleasant; two sisters, Ruth Deck, Toms River, and Dorothea Maurus, Brick; and five grandchildren, Anthony, Angela, Christopher, Jonathan, and Chanse. 
Funeral arrangements were from the O¹Brien Funeral Home, Wall. 
Contributions in Mrs. Sytko¹s memory may be made to WHIP, Township of Wall, 2700 Allaire Road, Wall, 07719.

Angelo F. Taborelli 
Tool Company Owner 
Brielle resident Angelo F. Taborelli died Friday, Nov. 9 in his home. 
He was 91 years old. 
Born in Jersey City, Mr. Taborelli lived in Union City before moving to Brielle 45 years ago. 
He was the owner of the Summit Tool Company, Union City, for many years. 
He was a communicant of St. Denis Church, Manasquan. 
He was an avid boater and fisherman. 
He was predeceased in 1996 by his wife, Virginia Taborelli. 
Funeral arrangements were from the Neary-Quinn Funeral Home, Manasquan. 
Contributions in Mr. Taborelli¹s memory may be made to St. Denis Church, 90 Union Avenue, Manasquan, 08736.

Theodore H. Collora 
Company Co-owner 
Manasquan resident Theodore H. Collora died Saturday, Nov. 10 in his home. 
He was 78 years old. 
Born in Plainfield, Mr. Collora lived in Brielle for 45 years before moving to Manasquan three years ago. 
He was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. 
He was the co-owner for 40 years, of Jersey Concrete, Toms River, along with his brother-in-law, Christian Fischer. 
He attended the First Presbyterian Church, Manasquan. 
He was a member of the Manasquan River Golf Club for 48 years. 
He was a Marine Corp veteran of World War II, serving as a lieutenant. 
Surviving are his wife Gloria Fischer Collora; one son, T. William, Florida; one daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ann and Carl Nordell, Point Pleasant Beach; one brother and sister-in-law, Eugene H. and Peggy, Pensicola, Fla.; one sister and brother-in-law, Beverly H. and Patrick Flynn, Columbus, Ind.; and four grandchildren Peter J., Carrie E., and Carl Nordell III, and Kristen L. Collora. 
Funeral arrangements were from the O¹Brien Funeral Home, Wall Township. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mary V. Leonard 
Registered Nurse 
Sea Girt resident Mary Virginia Leonard died Friday, Oct. 19 in Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune. 
She was 54 years old. 
Born in Elizabeth, Ms. Leonard moved to Sea Girt in 1977. 
She was a graduate of St. Benedict¹s Academy, Elizabeth, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and Monmouth County Vocational School, Long Branch. 
She was employed as a registered nurse with the Medical Center of Ocean County Brick Hospital, before retiring this year. 
She was predeceased by her parents, Eleanor and Richard J. Leonard Sr., and two brothers, Richard J. and Thomas E. Leonard. 
Surviving are a friend and longtime companion, Timothy Hughes, Sea Girt; three sons and one-daughter-in-law, Jay and Kirsten Price, Manasquan, Bryan Price, Fort Hood, Texas, and Sean Price, Sea Girt; one brother, William Leonard, Union and Sea Girt; a cousin, Thomas F. Brennan, Sea Girt; and one grandson, Aidan Patrick. 
Funeral arrangements were from the Meehan Funeral Home, Spring Lake Heights. 
Contributions in Ms. Leonard¹s memory may be made to Mid-Atlantic Bloodhound Rescue, 512 Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037.

Joan A. McKenna 
Guidance Counselor 
Point Pleasant resident Joan A. McKenna, whose children live in Belmar and Wall Township, died Saturday, Nov. 10 in Monmouth Center for Hospice Care, Long Branch. 
She was 61 years old. 
Born in New York City, Mrs. McKenna lived in the Shore area for many years before moving to Point Pleasant two years ago. 
She was a graduate of St. Elizabeth¹s High School and St. Elizabeth¹s College, both Convent Station, and earned a master¹s degree from Monmouth College, West Long Branch. 
She was employed for 32 years as an educator and guidance counselor with Thorn Junior High School, Middletown, retiring two years ago. She had been a model and actress. 
She was an active member of the NJEA. 
Mrs. McKenna was an avid traveler, enjoyed golf, swimming, the arts and reading. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and friend, and will be dearly missed. 
She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph D. and Catherine Allen, and a sister, Catherine Furey. 
Surviving are four sons and three daughters-in-law, Thomas J. III and Sue, Old Bridge, Daniel J. and Amy, Bay Village, Ohio, Matthew J., Belmar, and his fiance, Maura O¹Regan, Patrick T. and Stacy, Stamford, Conn.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Meaghan M. and Peter Onulak, Allenwood, Wall, and Midge and Todd Quackenboss, Brick Township; one sister, Martha Seavey, Virginia; her former husband, Thomas J. McKenna II, Jackson; and nine grandchildren. 
Funeral arrangements are from the O¹Brien Funeral Home, Wall. A Memorial Mass be be held at 9:30 a.m. today in St. Catharine Church, Spring Lake.

Martha Ostrander 
Clerical Worker 
Spring Lake Heights resident Martha Vido Ostrander died Saturday, Nov. 10 in the Medical Center of Ocean County Brick Hospital. 
Born in Newark, Mrs. Ostrander lived in Roselle before moving to Spring Lake Heights 25 years ago. 
She was employed for 40 years as a clerical worker with Prudential Insurance Company, Newark, before retiring. 
She was predeceased in 1985 by her husband, Warren L. Ostrander. 
Surviving are nieces and nephews. 
Funeral arrangements were from the O¹Brien Funeral Home, Wall Township. 
Contributions in Mrs. Ostrander¹s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 801 Broad St., Shrewsbury, 07702, or the American Heart Association, 2550 Route 1, No. Brunswick, 08902.

Eric Isbrandtsen 
Memorial Service 
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Eric Isbrandtsen. 
It will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18 in St. Andrew¹s Episcopal Church, Marblehead, Mass. 
Eric was killed in the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attack. 
Eric¹s grandparents, who are deceased, were Sea Girt residents.

Alfred B. Rooney 
Loving Husband & Father 
Avon-by-the-Sea resident Alfred B. Rooney died Sunday, Nov. 9 in Trinitas Hospital, Elizabeth. 
He was 67 years old. 
Born in Avon, Mr. Rooney was a lifelong resident. 
He was employed for 32 years as a window clerk with the U.S. Post Office, Howell, retiring in 1995. 
He was a communicant of St. Elizabeth Church, Avon. 
Mr. Rooney had just returned from a vacation to Paradise Island where he swam with the dolphins. He was an avid diver and fisherman, who imparted his love of nature and the beauty of the world to all who knew him. 
He was a Navy veteran, serving four years as a member of the Hospital Corps during the Korean War. 
Surviving are his loving wife of 42 years, Marie Mignoli Rooney; one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Linda; one daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Mark Bauer; his mother, Alma Rooney; one brother, Gary; one sister, Patricia Eberhardt; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild, Renee, Sean, Dana and Joseph; and several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral arrangements are from the Paul A. McDonough Funeral Home, Belmar. Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow in the funeral home. A Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday in St. Elizabeth Church, Avon. 
Contributions in Mr. Rooney¹s memory may be made to St. Elizabeth Church, 424 Lincoln Ave., Avon, 07717, or to a charity of one¹s choice.


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