Miscellaneous Monmouth County, New Jersey
Obituaries - 1998

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ANDREW J. PANICO, 71, of West End, LONG BRANCH 
Published 1/14/98
ANDREW J. PANICO, 71, of West End, LONG BRANCH, died Monday at his son's home in Holliston, Mass. He was a manufacturers' representative for Panico Enterprises, Colts Neck Township, from 1967 to present. He was a member of the National Association of General Merchandise Representatives, and a World War II Army veteran. Mr. Panico was born in Brooklyn and lived in Colts Neck before moving to Long Branch five years ago.
Surviving are three sons, William A., Holliston, and Andrew Jr. and Nicholas A., both of Colts Neck; a daughter, Suzanne Bullock, Millstone Township; a brother, James, Tuckerton; three sisters, Rose Castellani and Antoniette Panico, both of Long Island, and Florence Bonvicino, Douglaston, N.Y.; and four grandchildren. Holmdel Funeral Home, Holmdel Township, is in charge of arrangements.

BURYL RALPH ABLES, 65, of Wheeling, W.Va. 
Published 1/14/98
BURYL RALPH ABLES, 65, of Wheeling, W.Va., whose daughter lives in Wayside, OCEAN TOWNSHIP, died Sunday at Akron City Hospital, Akron, Ohio. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Ables lived in Fairlawn, Ohio, before moving to Wheeling.
Surviving are three sons, David, James and Fred, all of New Jersey; two daughters, Charlotte Wrobleskwi, Germany, and Deborah Nissim, Wayside; two brothers, Harold, Ohio, and Dayton, W.Va.; two sisters, Mary Strader, West Virginia, and Bonnie Pravdick, Florida; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Dunn-Quigley Ciciello and Carr Funeral Home, Akron, is in charge of arrangements.

CHARLES MOSES SR., 55, of ASBURY PARK 
Published 1/14/98
CHARLES MOSES SR., 55, of ASBURY PARK, died Sunday at home. He was employed at Earl Navy Base for 10 years. Born in Mobile, Ala., he moved to the Shore area in 1965.
Surviving are a son, S. Charles Jr., Mobile; a daughter, Taquana Baskett, Neptune; his mother, Mary Ida Dees, Mobile; six brothers, L. C. Moses and James Dees, both of Asbury Park, Will Wright, Neptune, Ellis Dees, California, Fred Dees, Mobile, and Albert Dees, serving in the Marine Corps in Florida; and two sisters, Ada Goldfarb, Asbury Park, and Carrie Hicks, Neptune. Jackson Funeral Home, Neptune, is in charge of arrangements.

DONALD F. MUIRHEAD, 75, of Fanwood 
Published 1/14/98
DONALD F. MUIRHEAD, 75, of Fanwood, whose daughters live in MONMOUTH AND OCEAN COUNTIES, died Monday at Berkeley Heights Convalescent Center. He was a grinder for Plessey Aerodynamics, Hanover Township, for 10 years, retiring in 1988. Prior to that, he worked for Singer Co., Elizabeth, and for the Cranford Radio. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Mr. Muirhead was born in Elizabeth and lived there before moving to Fanwood 37 years ago.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Muirhead; a son, William P., Fanwood; two daughters, Carol Dugan, Hazlet Township, and Nancy Cruser, Lakehurst; two sisters, Doris Struble, Virginia, and Grace Maloney, Linden; and five grandchildren. Memorial Funeral Home, Fanwood, is in charge of arrangements.

EDWIN T. HILBERT, 85, of MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP 
Published 1/14/98
EDWIN T. HILBERT, 85, of MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP, died Monday at Riverview Extended Care, Red Bank. He retired in 1967 as foreman from Pabst Brewing Co., Newark, after more than 30 years of service. After his retirement, he worked for Driftwood Beach Club, Sea Bright, for over 20 years. Mr. Hilbert was born in Newark and lived in Middletown for many years.
Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Pearl Hilbert; a son, Eric, Huachuca City, Ariz.; three daughters, Carol Stovola, Red Bank, Janice Trevena, Kingston, Franklin Township, and Joan Hilbert, Middletown; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, is in charge of arrangements.

HARRY SAMUEL FRIEDMAN, 89, of FREEHOLD 
Published 1/14/98
HARRY SAMUEL FRIEDMAN, 89, of FREEHOLD, died yesterday at his daughter's home in Wayside, Ocean Township. He was the owner of Harry S. Friedman Plumbing and Heating Co., Freehold, for over 50 years, retiring seven years ago. He was a member of Temple Agudath Achim, Freehold, and the Jordan Masonic Lodge, Neptune. Mr. Friedman was born in Braddock, Pa., and lived in Freehold for over 50 years.
His wife, Mildred Ehlin Friedman, died in 1994. Surviving are a daughter, Leona R. Fundler, Wayside; and three grandchildren. Bloomfield-Cooper Jewish Chapels, Ocean, is in charge of arrangements.

JENNIE GRAVATT BOYLE, 97, of Clarksburg, MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP 
Published 1/14/98
JENNIE GRAVATT BOYLE, 97, a lifelong resident of Clarksburg, MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, died yesterday at the Manor, Freehold Township. Mrs. Boyle was a member of United Presbyterian Church of Millstone, Perrineville, where she served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher.
Her husband, Edgar C., died in 1955. Surviving are two sons, Robert E., West Long Branch, and Leslie C., Clarksburg; a daughter, Ruth Ann Hallman, Lansing, Mich.; a brother, Robert D. Gravatt, Clarksburg; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, is in charge of arrangements.

MARY C. SIRARD GRAY, 69, of Oakhurst, OCEAN TOWNSHIP 
Published 1/14/98
MARY C. SIRARD GRAY, 69, of Oakhurst, OCEAN TOWNSHIP, died Monday at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch. She was a clerk for the Oakhurst Pharmacy for the past 23 years. Mrs. Gray was born in Worcester, Mass., and lived in Monroe, N.Y., before moving to Oakhurst in 1973.
Her husband, Donald E., died in 1988. Surviving are two sons, Steven, Oakhurst, and Robert, with whom she lived. Worden-Hoidal Funeral Home, Red Bank, is in charge of arrangements.

RUTH E. COLLINS, 85, of Baltimore 
Published 1/14/98
RUTH E. COLLINS, 85, of Baltimore, formerly of ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, died Sunday at Manor Care, Towson, Md. She was an executive secretary at New Jersey Natural Gas Co., Wall Township, for 40 years, retiring in 1977. She was a member of All Saints Memorial Episcopal Church, Navesink, Middletown Township, and a member and past president of the Monmouth County Association of Secretaries. Miss Collins was born in Orange and lived in Atlantic Highlands before moving to Baltimore three years ago.
Surviving are two nephews, Harvey F. Gerber, Beverly Hills, Fla., and Dr. Gregory Gerber, Houston; a niece, Linda P. Eichhorn, Baltimore; and six grandnieces and nephews. Posten's Funeral Home, Atlantic Highlands, is in charge of arrangements.

WILBUR 'BILL' R. WOSNITZER, 87, of BRADLEY BEACH 
Published 1/14/98
WILBUR "BILL" R. WOSNITZER, 87, of BRADLEY BEACH, died Monday at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch. He retired 32 years ago as director of sales for the Zenith Radio Co., Newark, where he worked for 20 years. He was a 1928 graduate of Newark Academy, and a 1933 graduate of Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, where he was captain of the baseball team, and a member of its football team. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Mr. Wosnitzer was born in Newark and lived in South Orange before moving to Bradley Beach in 1941. He was a winter resident of Coral Gables, Fla., for the past 20 years.
His son, Douglas Andrew, died in 1968. Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Irene H. Harris Wosnitzer; three sons, William, Point Pleasant, Robert, Middletown Township, and John, Cherry Hill Township; a sister, Gertrude Seifer, Rodondo Beach, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters. Reilly Funeral Home, Belmar, is in charge of arrangements.

WILLIAM G. LUFBURROW JR., 82, of EATONTOWN 
Published 1/14/98
WILLIAM G. LUFBURROW JR., 82, of EATONTOWN, died Sunday at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank. He was employed by the US Government Department of the Army, where he served in the adjutant general's office and also was assistant to the secretary of defense, retiring in 1968 after 26 years of service. During his last three years of service, he was located at Fort Monmouth where he served as a protocol officer to the commanding general, executive officer of personnel training directorate, and chief of military personnel. He was an Army veteran of World War II and the Vietnam War. Mr. Lufburrow was born in Eatontown and lived in Middletown Township most of his life before returning to Eatontown one year ago.
His wife, Helen Gurniak Lufburrow, died in 1965. Surviving is a brother, Richard Lufburrow, Fair Haven. John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, is in charge of arrangements.

WILLIAM T. 'BILL' FRYER, 85, of St. Petersburg, Fla. 
Published 1/14/98
WILLIAM T. "BILL" FRYER, 85, of St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of Neptune, died Dec. 23 in Florida. He was a plumber and steam fitter with Teamsters Union, Neptune. He was a member of Holy Family Roman Catholic Church. Mr. Fryer was born in Newark and lived in Neptune and in Hollywood, Fla., before moving to St. Petersburg in 1987.
Surviving are four brothers, George, Onancock, Va., Jim, Tacoam, Wash., Raymond, Seattle, and Robert, Queens; and two sisters, Ruth Egan, Caldwell, and Helen McGill, Verona. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, St. Petersburg, was in charge of arrangements.

ROBERT F. CUNNINGHAM, 65, of FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP 
Published 1/13/98
ROBERT F. CUNNINGHAM, 65, of FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, died Sunday at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick. He was employed by the Borough of Freehold Water Department for 18 years before his retirement five months ago. He was Navy veteran of the Korean War, a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Church, a member and past commander of the American Legion Post No. 54, and a member of the Freehold Council 1672, Knights of Corkeley Heights. Born in Elizabeth, he lived in Neptune prior to moving to Freehold 30 years ago.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Giordano Cunningham; children James and Linda Cunningham and Diane E. Lockhart; brother of Thomas and Florence Adams; and grandfather of three. Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, is in charge of arrangements.

BARBARA OCTAVIA BATTLE, 77, of FREEHOLD 
Published 1/13/98
BARBARA OCTAVIA BATTLE, 77, of FREEHOLD, died Saturday at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. She was a retired domestic worker. She was a member of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and was a volunteer for the Monmouth County Office on Aging, both of Freehold. Born in Columbus, Ga., she moved to Freehold in 1946.
Surviving is a brother, Frank H. Battle, Jasper, Fla. Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, is in charge of arrangements.

DOUGLAS D. CARLSON, 97, of NEPTUNE 
Published 1/13/98
DOUGLAS D. CARLSON, 97, of NEPTUNE, died Friday at Neptune Conva-Center. He was a real estate broker for the Allen B. Conor Agency, Ridgefield, for 40 years. Born in New York, he lived in Ridgefield and Ocean Grove before moving to Neptune.
Surviving are his wife, Alfhild Carlson; one brother, Sidney, Spring House, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews. Ocean Grove Memorial Home, Ocean Grove is in charge of the arrangements.

HELEN L. LIEBESMAN ASCH, 84, of BRADLEY BEACH 
Published 1/13/98
HELEN L. LIEBESMAN ASCH, 84, of BRADLEY BEACH, died yesterday at Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune. She was a third and fourth grade teacher for the Bradley Beach Board of Education for 40 years, retiring in 1976. She was past president of the Auxiliary Congregation Agudath Achim, Bradley Beach, past president of the Bradley Beach Hadassah, past president of the Bradley Beach PTA, a member of the Shore Area Chapter of Deborah, and the Senior Citizens Club of Bradley Beach. She was a graduate of Trenton State College, and New York University, where she received a bachelor's degree. Born in Philadelphia, she lived most of her life in Bradley Beach.
Her husband, Charles, died in 1994. Surviving are a son, Mark L., Mountainside; and four grandchildren. Worden-Hoidal Funeral Home, Oakhurst, Ocean Township, is in charge of arrangements.

HELEN REDDING OWENS, 87, Sarasota, Fla., formerly ASBURY PARK 
Published 1/13/98
HELEN REDDING OWENS, 87, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of ASBURY PARK, died Saturday at Doctor's Hospital, Sarasota. She worked in sales at Handicap House Consignment, Sarasota, retiring 25 years ago. Born in Montclair, she lived in Asbury Park before moving to Sarasota in 1961.
Her first husband, John G. Redding Sr., died in 1972, her second husband, Floyd R. Owens, died in 1995, her sons, Thomas R. Redding, in 1948, and John G. Redding Jr., in 1996, and a daughter, Helene M. Janocha, in 1982. Surviving are two daughters, Lois Bauer, Lakewood, and Punta Gorda, Fla., and Jean McHale, Tinton Falls; two brothers, John Gardner, Verona, and Robert Gardner, Montclair; a sister, Anna Pelech, Avon; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. O'Brien Funeral Home, Wall Township, is in charge of arrangements.

IDA WEINSTEIN, 79, of NEPTUNE 
Published 1/13/98
IDA WEINSTEIN, 79, of NEPTUNE, died Saturday at Grove Care Center. Born in New York, she lived in Deerfield Beach, Fla., before moving to the Shore area seven years ago.
Surviving are a daughter, Susan Weiner, Ocean Township; a brother, Louis Axelrod, Florida; and two grandchildren. Bloomfield-Cooper Jewish Chapel, Ocean Township, is in charge of arrangements.

JOHN L. FRANK SR., 77, of FAIR HAVEN 
Published 1/13/98
JOHN L. FRANK SR., 77, of FAIR HAVEN, died Saturday at Fort Monmouth. He was co-owner of the Red Bank Lumber Co. for 30 years, retiring in 1974. He was a World War II Army veteran. He was a graduate of New York University. Born in Bayonne, he lived in Rumson before moving to Fair Haven in 1959.
His wife, Carol Luzzi Frank, died in 1994. Surviving are a son, John L. Jr, Red Bank; two daughters, Judith D. Fossa, Edison Township, and Karen Jane Ganson, Little Silver; and six grandchildren. Worden-Hoidal Funeral Home, Red Bank, is in charge of arrangements.

MARY BARBARA SMOTHERS, 51, of TINTON FALLS 
Published 1/13/98
MARY BARBARA SMOTHERS, 51, of TINTON FALLS, died Sunday at home after a long illness. She worked in the activities department at the Red Bank Convalescent Center. Prior to that, she worked with the Count Bassie Learning Center, Red Bank, and the Monmouth Silversmith, Shrewsbury. She was involved in the SHARE Program and the AIDS Foundation. She was a member of the Shrewsbury Avenue AME Zion Church, Red Bank, and the Phyllis Wheatly Elks Temple 220, Red Bank. Born in Marlboro Township, she was a lifelong resident of the Shore area.
Her daughter, Mary Rosario, died in 1965. Surviving are three sons, Raymond Rosario and Richard Crus Rosario, both of Oakland, Calif., and John Brooks Smothers, Stone Mountain, Ga.; a daughters, Sonji Smothers Pittman, Stone Mountain, Ga.; and four grandchildren. Childs Funeral Home, Red Bank, is in charge of arrangements.

NELLIE M. YEO HELYER, 86, of MATAWAN 
Published 1/13/98
NELLIE M. YEO HELYER, 86, of MATAWAN, died Saturday at JFK Memorial Hospital, Edison Township. She was a self-employed pianist. Born in England, she moved to Matawan 10 years ago.
She was predeceased by her husband, Walter G. Surviving are two sons, Robert, England, and David, Matawan; a daughter, Marlene Ruth, Highlands; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Day Funeral Home, Keyport, is in charge of arrangements.

ROSA ANGELICA TAVAREZDISLA, 86, of FREEHOLD 
Published 1/13/98
ROSA ANGELICA TAVAREZ-DISLA, 86, of FREEHOLD, died Saturday at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. She was a member of the Perth Amboy Seventh Day Adventist Church. Born in Santiago, Dominican Republic, she lived in Manhattan before moving to Freehold in 1976.
She was predeceased by her husband, Genaro Tavarez, and a son, Jamie. Surviving are a daughter, Felicita Padron, with whom she lived; seven grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, is in charge of arrangements.

ALFONSO 'FUNZI'' DILAURO, 66, of KEYPORT 
Published 1/12/98
ALFONSO "FUNZI" DI LAURO, 66, of KEYPORT, died Saturday at Bay-shore Community Hospital, Holmdel Township. Mr. DiLauro was a dock worker employed by Carolina Truck-ing Co., Woodbridge Township, for 25 years retiring in 1992. He was a Kore-an War Army veteran. He was a communicant of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Keyport. He was a charter member of the Keyport Indians of the Pop Warner football league and a member of the Teamster Local 701, North Brunswick. Born in Matawan, he was a lifelong resident of Keyport.
His son, Anthony, died in 1986. Surviving are his wife, Delphine Pontecor-vo DiLauro; two daughters, Mary Anne De Varti, and Delphine Terry, both of Keyport; son, Alfonso Jr., Sayreville; brother, Umberto, Brick Township; sister, Mary DiLauro, Key-port, and six grandchildren. Day Funeral Home, Keyport, is in charge of arrangements.

BERNARD NASSBERG, 83, of ABERDEEN TOWNSHIP 
Published 1/12/98
BERNARD NASSBERG, 83, of ABERDEEN TOWNSHIP, died Saturday at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank. He was a salesman for Richard Coulston & Sons, New York, for 25 years retiring in 1969. Born in New York, he lived in the Bronx before moving to Aberdeen Township 36 years ago.
Surviving are his wife, Jeanine Chevalier Nassberg; two daughters, Chris Ellen Bouziotis, Long Island, N.Y. and Fran Nassberg, New York; four sisters, Rhonda Vacchs, Jamesburg, Marge Miller and Evelyn Schneider, both of Florida, and Ann Metzer, New York and five grandchildren. Monmouth Memorial Funeral Home, Aberdeen Township, is in charge of arrangements.


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