Miscellaneous Ocean County, New Jersey Obituaries - 2002

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ANTHONY LUCANTE SR., 90, of Manalapan died Nov. 1 at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Born in Newark, he resided there before moving to Manalapan 27 years ago. He was an auto mechanic at Caseyís Trucking Co., Newark, retiring in 1978. Prior to that, he was a welder for seven years at the Federal Shipyard, Jersey City. He was predeceased by his wife, Natalie Lucante, in 1969; and a son, Jerry Lucante, in 1993. He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Anthony and Arlene Lucante Jr. of Brick, Joseph and Sandralee Lucante of Courtland, Ohio, and Vincent and Susan Lucante of Howell; a daughter and son-in-law, Joanna and Jimmy Tedesco of Manalapan; three brothers, Jimmy Lucante of Arizona, Natale Lucante of Freehold Township, and Ralph Lucante of Bayville; two sisters, Anna Lucante and Helen Lucante; and five grandchildren. A funeral liturgy was celebrated at Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church, Englishtown. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

GEORGE GUNSHEFSKI, 60, of Brick, formerly of Bayonne, died Oct. 27. Born in Bayonne, he moved to Brick in 1975. He was employed at New York Bell (now Nynex) for 30 years as a telephone technician, retiring in 1992. He served in the Air Force. He was a member of the Brick Knights of Columbus. He was predeceased by his father, Edward; two sisters; and a brother. Surviving are three children, Linda, George and Jaimee Gunshefski; his mother, Eleanor; three sisters, Carol Ponik, Maryann Ruiz and Eleanor Cardone; four brothers, Edward, Robert, Joe and John Gunshefski; and two grandsons. A Mass was offered at Visitation Roman Catholic Church, Brick.

MARGOT J. ORTLEY, 77, of Brick died Oct. 27 in Church Lane Senior Care Center, Broomall, Pa. She was co-owner and operator with her late husband, Robert, of Mar Bob Inc., a tax and accounting firm in Brick, from 1950 until her retirement in 1987. Born in Luxembourg, she came to the United States in 1948 and settled in Bay Head. She moved to Point Pleasant in 1950, Wall in 1960, and Brick in 1979. Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Glenn R. and Susan Ortley of Springfield, Pa., and Robert W. Jr. and Colleen Ortley of Wall; and three grandchildren, Tarah, Christen and Steven Ortley. Services were held at the Silverton Memorial Funeral Home, Toms River. Interment was in Ocean County Memorial Park, Toms River.

LEONA "LOLA" SHUBERT, 86, of Greenbriar I in Brick, died Oct 27 at her daughterís home. She and her husband Charles owned and operated Ye Ole School Inn, Lavallette, for 50 years. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Lavallette; the Order of the Eastern Star Seaside-Galilee; and a former member of the Lavallette PTA, the Lavallette Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and the New Jersey Restaurant Association. She was born in Latvia and came to America when she was 4 years old. She lived most of her life in Lavallette. She and her husband retired in 1977 and moved to Marathon, Fla., returning to live in Brick in 2000. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles, in 1979; and a son, Charles Guy, in 1981. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Pamela V. and James J. Cox of Brick; a nephew; four granddaughters; a grandson; and five great-grandchildren. The Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, Lavallette, was in charge of arrangements. Services were held at Faith Lutheran Church, Lavallette. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery, Brielle. Memorial donations may be made to Care Alternative Hospice, Cranford.

HELEN E. SMITH, 79, of Brick died Oct. 27 in Laurelton Village Care Center, Brick. She worked as a secretary for the Colgate Palmolive Co., New York City, for 30 years, retiring in 1964. She was a member of the Lions Head South Womenís Association and the Womenís Golf Club, Brick. Born in New York City, she lived in Jersey City and Belford before moving to Brick 16 years ago. She was predeceased by her husband, Howard, in 1996. Surviving are a sister, Lorraine K. Parent of Cliffside Park; and many nieces and nephews. Services were private. Memorial donations may be made to the Medical Center of Ocean County, Brick Division, Jack Martin Boulevard.

HARVEY C. VARIAN, 86, of Brick died Oct. 28 at the Medical Center of Ocean County, Brick division. He worked at Kollsman Instrument Corp., Long Island, N.Y.; was a self-employed jeweler and watchmaker; and managed the jewelry department at Sears-Roebuck, Neptune, retiring in 1973. He served in the US Air Force from 1945 to 1947. He was a member of NAWCC Central Jersey Chapter No. 142 for 20 years; the Music Makers Band for six years; and attended St. Paulís United Methodist Church, Brick. He was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., and lived in Asbury Park, and Woodside, N.Y., before moving to Brick in 1959. He was predeceased by a brother, Willard Covey Varian. Surviving are his wife, Yolanda; and many nieces and nephews. Services were held at Colonial Funeral Home, Brick. Interment was in Holmdel Cemetery.

MANUEL JOSEPH RAHTJEN, 83, of Brick died Oct. 29 in Meridian Nursing Home, Brick. He was a mechanical engineer for General Dynamics, Groton, Conn., for five years, retiring in 1989. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the American Legion and a past commander of the Metuchen post. He was a communicant of St. Dominicís Church, Brick. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he lived in Edison and Tampa, Fla., before moving to Brick in 1993. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Rosalie Antonuccio Rahtjen; a son, Peter Manuel Rahtjen of Toms River; a daughter, Barbara Breese of Brick; two sisters, Lola Connell and Gertrude McKenna, both of Connecticut; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Services were held at Herbertsville Colonial Funeral Home, Brick. Interment was in Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arnytown.

ELIZABETH A. WILSON SCHEIDEGG, 69, of Brick died Oct. 30 in Community Medical Center, Toms River. She was a homemaker. She loved fishing and making ceramics. She attended college at Tulane University, New Orleans, for three years. Born in New Orleans, she lived in Edison before moving to Brick eight years ago. She was predeceased by a daughter, Annette Ivan in 1997. Surviving are her husband of 47 years, Richard Scheidegg; a daughter, Susanne Homeny of Plumsted; a sister, Jane Burchett of Tucson, Ariz.; and two grandchildren.

PETER L. AIELLO, 87, of Brick died Oct. 31 in Montclair Hospital, Birmingham, Ala. He was a dredger with Local 25, Operating Engineers, for many years before retiring 25 years ago. He was a painter for the Erie Lackawanna Railroad in Weehawkin for 15 years before joining the Operating Engineers Union. He was a member of the Italian American Club, Lakewood, and a member of St. Dominicís Church, Brick. Born in Bayonne, he lived in Jersey City before moving to Brick in 1959. He was predeceased by his wife, Rose Pellegrino, in 1998. Surviving are two sons, Richard of Pinson, Ala., and Peter of Brick; a daughter, Genevieve Hand of Brick; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

LOUIS DeKANY, 59, of Hudson, Fla., formerly of Brick died Nov. 1 at home. He was a plumber with the Plumbers Union Local 24 of Springfield before retiring four years ago. Born in Kearny, he lived there and in West Milford and Brick, before moving to Hudson four years ago. Surviving are his wife, Bernadette LaFrance DeKany; a son, Louis of New Port Richie, Fla.; a daughter, Rene Walsh of Brick; two brothers, Richard of Hilton Head, S.C., and Donald of Wayne; and five grandchildren. Services were held at Armitage Funeral Home, Wall. Interment was in Atlantic View Cemetery, Manasquan.

EDWARD KRANK, 84, of Brick died Nov. 2 in the Medical Center of Ocean County, Brick. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II. He was active in basketball, baseball and golf throughout his life, and signed contracts with farm clubs of the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers. He later managed rookie teams to league championships. Surviving are his wife, Anne Krank; and a daughter, Marianne Krank, both of Brick. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Visitation Church, Brick. Interment was in Ocean County Memorial Park, Toms River.

RAYMOND B. ROHLFS, 87, of Brick died Nov. 2 in Shorrock Gardens Care Center, Brick. He was a machine operator for General Motors in Harrison for 30 years before retiring in 1967. He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1941. Born in Jersey City, he lived in Wood-Ridge before moving to Brick. He was predeceased by his companion, Elsie McLaughlin. Surviving are a niece, Helen Randall of Hasbrouck Heights, and her three children. Interment was private.

DORIS B. PERRINE, 89, of the Tennent section of Manalapan, died Nov. 5 at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Born in Freehold, she had been a resident of Tennent for the past 66 years. Mrs. Perrine was a 50-year member of Old Tennent Presbyterian Church, Tennent. She was predeceased by her husband, Duncan, in 1992. Surviving are a son, David D. of Shamong; two daughters and sons-in-law, Dawn E. and Ed Farrell of Brick, and Diane and Bob Cain of Millstone Township; and four grandchildren. The funeral service was held at Old Tennent Church, followed by interment in Old Tennent Cemetery, Tennent.

ANN THERESA McNAMARA, 79, of Manalapan, died Nov. 7 at Jersey Shore Center, Eatontown. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she moved to Manalapan in 1967. She was a communicant of St. Gabrielís Roman Catholic Church, Marlboro, and a member of the churchís Altar Rosary Society. Mrs. McNamara is survived by her husband, Martin; a son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Karen of Hopatcong; two daughters and sons-in-law, Cathy and Jimmy Lewis of Howell, and Eileen and Dennis DíAndrea of Brick; five grandchildren and three nieces. The funeral liturgy was celebrated at St. Gabrielís Church, followed by entombment at St. Gabrielís Mausoleum, Marlboro. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimerís Association, 400 Morris Ave., Suite 251, Denville 07834-1365.

DOROTHY PAWLYK HURLEY, 71, of the Parlin section of Sayreville died Nov. 1 in Haven Hospice at JFK Medical Center, Edison. Prior to her retirement several years ago, she was employed for 15 years as a fine jewelry salesperson at J.C. Penney Co. Inc., East Brunswick. Her husband, Donald Hurley, died in 1997. Surviving are four daughters, Colleen Hurley of Jersey City, Linda Flynn of Edison, Donna Hurley of Westminster, Colo., and Dorothea Bongiovi of Red Bank; three sisters, Lillian Sullivan of Vero Beach, Fla., Helen Wyckoff of Brick and Olga Farozic of Berlin, Md.; and eight grandchildren. Services were held at Kurzawa Funeral Home, Sayreville. Memorial contributions may be made to Haven Hospice at JFK Medical Center, 65 James St., Edison, NJ 08818.

IRENE E. SERZAN, 85, of Brick, died Oct. 23 in Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune. She was a homemaker and a member of Visitation Roman Catholic Church, Toms River. She was very active in several clubs in the Lions Head community in Brick. She was predeceased by her husbands, Joseph Skarbek in 1965, and Stanley Serzan in 2000. Surviving are two sons, James and Joseph Skarbek, and a daughter, Bonnie Kaplowitz, all of Toms River; four grandchildren, Candice Slevin, Joseph Colucci, Barry and Bryan Skarbek; and three great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Visitation Church, Brick. Interment was in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Linden.

SAMUEL E. "SAM" ARIOSTO, 86, of Brick, died Oct. 24 in the Medical Center of Ocean County, Brick division. He was a parts control analyst for Ford Motor Co., Mahwah, for 43 years, retiring in 1979. He was a WWII Army veteran and received a Purple Heart for service in the Battle of the Bulge. Born in New York City, he was raised on Staten Island and lived in Bergenfield for 29 years before moving to Brick 19 years ago. Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Mary Megna Ariosto; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Deborah Ariosto of Medford; a sister, Grace Sano of Brooklyn; and two grandchildren, David and Elizabeth. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at the Church of the Epiphany, Brick. Interment was in Moravian Cemetery, Staten Island, N.Y.

FRANK J. EVERS, 82, of Brick, died Oct. 24 in Medical Center of Ocean County, Brick division. He was a freelance cartoonist for the New York Daily News for many years, retiring in 1985. He was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. He also did freelance work for the Jersey Journal, Hudson City Dispatch, and the New York Post. He was a past president of the National Cartoonists Society. He was an Editorial Cartoonist of the Year in 1979. He worked for the Transport Workers Union, a freelance trade group. He coached Little League Baseball in Brick and in West New York. He was an avid sailor and also taught sailing. He was involved in USO tours. Born in New York City, he lived in west New York state before moving to Brick 45 years ago. Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Lorraine Winkler Evers; two daughters and a son-in-law, Heather Evers of Caldwell, and Deborah and Henry Khost of Caldwell; and two grandchildren. Services were held at Weatherhead Young Funeral Home, Brick. Interment was in Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arnytown.

RALPH A. ALOI, 79, of Brick died Oct. 27 at home. He was a millwright at Colgate Palmolive, Jersey City, for 35 years, retiring 16 years ago. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus and a past grand knight in North Bergen. He was most recently a member of the Jackson council. He was a communicant of St. Dominicís Church, Brick. Born in Calabria, Italy, he lived in North Bergen before moving to Brick 15 years ago. Surviving are his wife, Maria Ruberto Aloi; three daughters, Angela of Succasunna, Mary Ann Pallarino of Jackson, and Lucy Byrnes of Bridgewater; five sisters, Mary Conca of Randolph, Dolly Miceli of Brick, Florence Callandriello of Port Reading, Adeline Mastria of Martinsville, and Margaret Conca of Rockaway; five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

HENRY SAGUE, 76, of Brick died Oct. 27 in the Medical Center of Ocean County, Brick division. He was a butcher at Ocean Bay Diner, Point Pleasant, for many years, retiring in the 1980s. He was previously employed at Howell Woodworking, Lakewood. He was a World War II Navy veteran. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2342; a past member of the American Legion Post 348 and a member of the USS John C. Butlerís Veterans Association. Born in Long Branch, he lived in Brick for 45 years. He was predeceased by his wife, Agnes J., who died in 1998. Surviving are a daughter, Irene Rafferty of Brick; two sons, Frank of Brick, and Gary of Beachwood; two brothers, David of Monmouth Beach, and John of Florida; and three grandchildren. Weatherhead Young Funeral Home, Brick, was in charge of arrangements. Services were held in the chapel at Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arnytown. Memorial donations may be made to the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004-2608.

RAYMOND CHRISTOFFERSEN, 73, of Brick, died Nov. 4 at home. Born in Jersey City, he lived in Belmar before moving to Brick 16 years ago. He was head carpenter at Cahnís Builders Inc., Bradley Beach, where he worked for 16 years. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War, and was a communicant of Epiphany Roman Catholic Church, Brick. He was a troop leader for Boy Scout Troop 17 in Brick, and was an avid fisherman. Surviving are his wife, Barbara Connor Christoffersen; two sons, Erik S. and Kurt R., both at home; and two sisters, Inga Christoffersen and Lucille Louffler, both of Arizona. Colonial Funeral Home of Brick was in charge of arrangements.

BONNIE LEE IVANY LaMANNA, 44, of Waretown, formerly of Brick died Nov. 9 at home. She was an instructional aide for Barnegat Township Board of Education, working at the Cecil Collins School for the past several years. She was a member of the Barnegat Bay Assembly of God Church, Waretown. Born in Point Pleasant, she lived in Brick before moving to Waretown in 1990. Surviving are her husband of 23 years, Rick; three sons, John Ballman of Cherry Hill, Rick LaManna of Lacey Township, and Andrew LaManna, at home; a daughter, Heather Ballman of Manahawkin; three brothers, Dennis Ivany of Waretown, Whitfield Ivany III of Brick, and Robert Ivany of Point Pleasant; two sisters, Priscilla Siegel of Brick, and Yvonne Cardoso of Barnegat; her father and mother, Whitfield and Barbara Ivany Jr. of Brick; and four grandchildren. Services were held at the Barnegat Bay Assembly of God Church, Waretown. Memorial donations may be made to the Barnegat Bay Assembly of God Church, Waretown or the A.L.S. Association, 330 So. Ninth St., Philadelphia 19107.

JOHN E. PHAIR, 72, of south Toms River died Nov. 7 in Community Medical Center, Toms River. Born in New York City, he lived in Palisades Park, before moving to south Toms River 11 years ago. He was employed as a sheriffís officer for 20 years with the Bergen County Sheriffís Department in Hackensack, retiring in 1991. He was a member of the B.P.O.E. Lodge No. 1875 of Toms River and an Exempt Fireman and a member of the Palisades Park Fire Department for more than 40 years. Surviving are a son, John T. of Brick; six daughters, Margaret A. Prideaux of Eden Prairie, Minn., Patricia M. Jamieson of Clinton, Maureen Phair of Bridgewater, Kathleen M. Maurer of Emerson, Barbara E. Tremonte of Wayne, and Sheila M. Nastasi of River Edge; a brother, William of Highland Mills, N.Y.; and 15 grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Dominicís Church, Brick. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers a donation to the charity of your choice can be made.

JOHN STEPHEN DiMAIO, 35, of Brick died Nov. 7 in Community Medical Center, Toms River. He was an independent carpet installer. Born in Point Pleasant, he lived in the Shore area all his life. Surviving are two brothers, Alan DiMaio of Lakewood, and Anthony DiMaio of Brick; three sisters, Sharon Coryell and Andrea DiMaio, both of Brick, and Denise DiMaio of Toms River; his former wife, Maria DiMaio of Toms River; and several aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Toms River.

BENNIE LEE ELLIS, 90, of Burgess, Va., formerly of Brick, died Nov. 4. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, John B. and Carole Ellis of Burgess; two sisters, Lenora Fulcher of Reedville, Va., and Ann Harcum of Virginia Beach, Va.; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

JUDITH ANN MARCINKIEWICZ SMITH, 41, of Brick, died Nov. 3 at Medical Center of Ocean County, Brick Hospital, Brick. She was a parishioner of St. Dominicís Roman Catholic Church, Brick. Born in Clifton, she lived in Toms River before moving to Brick 14 years ago. Surviving are her husband of 14 years, Thomas Michael Sr.; a son, Thomas Michael Jr.; her parents, Frank and Margo Marcinkiewicz of Toms River; a brother, Frank James Marcinkiewicz of New Port Richey, Fla.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Arrangements were under the direction of OíBrien Funeral Home, Brick. A Mass was offered at St. Dominicís Roman Catholic Church, Brick. Interment was in St. Josephís Cemetery, Toms River. Memorial donations may be made to St. Dominicís Church, 250 Old Squad Road, Brick 08724.

MARGARET KOHRS SHANNON, 83, of Brick, died Nov. 3 at Medical Center of Ocean County, Brick Hospital, Brick. Mrs. Shannon was a homemaker. She was a communicant of Visitation Church, Brick. Born in New York City, she lived in Hoboken before moving to Brick in 1958. Mrs. Shannon was predeceased by her husband, Joseph, 29 years ago. Surviving are a son, Joseph J. Shannon of Brick; five daughters, Noreen Napolitano of Toms River, Madeline Gallo of Anaheim, Calif., Patricia Litts of Brevard, N.C., Margaret Venture of California, and Mary Hoffman of Atlanta; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Arrangements were under the direction of Laurelton Memorial Funeral Home, Brick. A Mass was offered at Visitation Church, Brick. Interment was in St. Maryís Cemetery, Lakewood.

NICOLA "NIKKI" DAWE, 51, of Brick, died Nov. 3 at home. She was born in South Africa, where she was raised until the age of 7. She then lived in South Orange and moved to Maplewood and Idaho before moving to Brick in 1999. Before her disability, she was a registered nurse. Surviving are her parents, Kenneth and Moyra of Brielle; her life partner since 1989, Jae Emery-Dawe of Brick; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Kerry and Maggie Dawe of Roselle Park, and Martin Dawe and his partner, Chris, of Atlanta; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Nina Dawe of Tyringham, Mass., and Colette and Robert Schoreder of Brick; two nieces and two nephews, Ken, Jessica and Britney Dawe, and Matthew Schoreder; and her partnerís family, Amberly and Hunter Eck, Thomas and Susan Emery, Cheryl and Danny Morrow, and Russell and Tammy Emery, all of Georgia, and Lewis and Leanne Emery of Maryland. A gathering of the celebration of life was held at OíBrien Funeral Home, Brick. Interment was private.

MILDRED BORNEMANN, 78, of Brick died Nov. 3 in the Medical Center of Ocean County, Brick division. She was born in Jersey City and lived in Woodbridge before moving to Brick in 1987. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward H. Bornemann, in 1966. Surviving are four sons, Edward H. Jr. of Williamsport, Pa., Richard of Woodbridge, Gerard of Brick and Brian of Union Beach; three daughters, Joanne Rinaldi of Lakewood, Janice Murphy of Laurence Harbor and Eileen Delatour of Hillsboro; 18 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services were held at Silverton Memorial Funeral Home, Toms River. Entombment was in Ocean County Memorial Park, Toms River.


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