In Memoriam

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In Memoriam

Published on October 20, 2011 with No Comments

Eileen A. Gravish

Eileen A. Gravish, 56, of Port Monmouth died at her home surrounded by her family after a valiant battle with cancer.

Eileen and her family have lived in the Port Monmouth area for the past eight years.  She grew up in Edison and previously lived in Highlands. Eileen was a communicant of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Highlands.  Eileen grew up in a big Irish family of five sisters and her love of her family; especially her best friends, her parents, was so important to her.  After the birth of her daughter, Nicole, she flourished that love on Nicole and her husband, Joseph.  Family and her time with them was one of the most important things in her life.  She was an interior designer and decorator for M. Silberstein Interior Designs in Shrewsbury for 20+ years.  It was a job that she loved and excelled.  Eileen was also known for her love of animals and enjoying the music of The Beatles, Michael Jackson, etc.    This past August, Eileen was able to have her dream vacation…a cruise to Bermuda that she had such a wonderful time on. Eileen was predeceased by her father, Alfred Reid.  She is survived by her husband, Joseph C. and their daughter, Nicole; her mother, Mary Reid of Edison; 5 sisters, Noreen Skinner, Frenchtown, Colleen Reid, NC, Laureen Vitale, Tabernacle, Darleen Reid, North Brunswick and Stacey Ferro, Allentown.Visitation will be held on Friday, October 21st, from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, October 22nd, 10:00 AM at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 141 Navesink Avenue, Highlands.

Luigi Nannini

Luigi Nannini, 64, of the Red Bank area who lived in Eatontown, died on October 14 at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch.  He was a loving and caring father.  Luigi had a passion for softball, especially his involvement with the ASA Modified Softball League and his own team, Nannini Construction.  His team won several softball championships and he traveled all over for them.  Luigi had loved his horse racing.  He owned and operated Indian Head Construction out of New Jersey.  He was also the owner/operator working out of the Operating Engineer Local 825, Springfield.

Luigi is survived by his father, Jimmy,  of Eatontown; his sons Joseph and Nicholas;  his wife Donna; his sister, Caroline “Carol” Nannini, Long Branch; aunt, Ann “Dolly” Rizzi of MO; niece, Andrea D’anbrisi, Eatontown; nephew, Guy Smith and his wife Kimberly, Long Branch; and his many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank and are private.  In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in his memory to Autism for Awareness.

Julia Gulick Dodd

Julia Gulick Dodd, 99, of Red Bank died at Navesink Harbor on Monday, October 17.  She had been a resident in Red Bank for the past 10 years.  Prior residence was in Middletown. Julia was a graduate of Middletown High School and New Jersey College for Women. She was a teacher for the Middletown Township Board of Education, retiring after 20 years of service.Julia was preceded in death by her husband Edward and a son, Joseph.  She is survived by her son, James E. Dodd, Lakewood, 2 granddaughters, Laura Nero and Eileen Dodd and 5 great-grandchildren. Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements..


Ralph Trambarulo

Ralph F. Trambarulo, 86, of Monroe Twp. , formerly of Red Bank, died at home on October 15, 2011.  Born in East Longmeadow, Mass., he lived in Red Bank for over 40 years.  He attended Yale University and received a PhD in physical chemistry, served in the US Navy and taught physics at Penn State and the University of Delaware.  He was a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories, Holmdel for 40 years, was a pioneer in microwave technology and electronic engineering and received numerous patents.  He was active in St. James Church in Red Bank where he was a member of the choir for many years and served several terms on the Red Bank Board of Education.  He enjoyed gardening and was a member of the Bell Labs Garden Club.He was predeceased by Maydelle, his beloved wife of 53 years and is survived by daughters Anne Haines, Alice Wright and Margaret Goss, sons-in-law John Haines and Dave Goss, son Paul and his partner Brian Pincin, and seven grandchildren: John, Daniel, and Stephen Haines, Ali and Ryan Wright, Briyah and Twia Goss.. A memorial gathering will be held on Thursday, October 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Ave., Red Bank. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. James Roman Catholic Church, Red Bank, at 12 noon on Friday, October 21. Interment will follow at the United Presbyterian Church of Millstone. A gathering will be held in the family home after the interment service. Memorial donations may be made to Martin House of Trenton either by phone at (609) 989-8143 or online at

John J. Schafer

John J. Schafer, 89, died on October 15 at his home in Middletown., surrounded by his loving family. He was a parishioner of St. Catharine’s Church, Holmdel, for the past 23 years. John was born on Feb. 2, 1922, to John and Anna Schafer and grew up in Elizabeth N.J.  He married Eileen Dunn and settled in Clark for 26 years before relocating to Middletown. John was employed by Exxon Research and Engineering Company as a machinist and then supervisor for 36 years before retiring in 1985. John was active coaching baseball and boxing at the Clark Recreation Center and Middletown PAL. He instructed high school athletes and experienced boxers for Golden Glove competition. In volunteering his time, the Middletown Police Department made him a Special II Officer. He enjoyed spending time with his wife, family and grandchildren. John served in the United States Navy in World War II and for many years in the Naval Reserve. Surviving is his loving wife of almost 67 years, Eileen (Dunn) Schafer, his sons John Schafer and his wife Linda, Thomas J. Schafer and his wife Megan, his sisters Marie and Ann, his sisters-in-law Miriam Schleckser, and Marylou, Catherine, and Claire Dunn.  He is also survived by six grandsons and two great-grandchildren. The John F. Pfleger funeral home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.

Alice Hagan Trelease

Alice Hagan Trelease, 69, of Tinton Falls, died at home surrounded by her family on Monday, October 17. Alice was the daughter of John and Alice Hagan and grew up in Chicago, Ill. She received her bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago.  She was a very active communicant of Holy Cross RC Church in Rumson where she served as Altar Guild Chair, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and Our Lady’s Visitors. Alice was also very active with Holy Cross School where she previously served as PTA president, member of the school board and Antique Show chairman. Alice also served as a board member with the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County and the Women’s Board of Misericordia. Alice was predeceased by her parents and a brother and sister-in-law, Timothy and Lois Trelease.  She is survived by her husband, John R. Trelease; daughters Laura Trelease of New York City, and Jeanne Clements and husband James of Chicago, Ill.; sisters Marian Sullivan and husband Andrew of St. Charles, Ill., and Rosemary Hagan of Lake Forest, Ill.;brothers-in-law David Trelease and wife Marilyn of Ft. Myers Beach, Fla. and Paul Trelease of Ocean Grove; sister-in-law Mary Beth Trelease of Eatontown; nieces Stephanie and Rosemary Sullivan of Chicago, and Charity Foss-Pedersen and husband Nicholas of London; nephews Andrew Sullivan of St. Charles, Ill., and Justin Trelease and wife Heather of Denver, Colo.; and two great-nephews. Alice also leaves behind loving cousins and many friends.The John E. Day Funeral Home Red Bank,is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be held Friday, October 21 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the John E. Day Family Center, 33 Allen Place, Red Bank. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, Rumson. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Misericordia, 6300 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60660 or


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