In Memoriam

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Published on October 28, 2011 with No Comments

Marie Billett

Marie Billett, 93, and the widow of J. Fred Billett, the former Boy Scout executive of Monmouth County and national director of operations for the Boy Scouts of America, died at her son’s Connecticut home on October 19. She was a member, a Deacon and an Elder of The Presbyterian Church at Shrewsbury. In 1954, she co-founded The Mission Bells which continues the work of the women of the Church to this day. She also was active with the Shrewsbury Historical Society, having been a resident since 1951.
She is survived by her son, James and his wife Jeanne; her grandchildren, Matthew James, Theodore Michael, Katherine Jean and Emily Marie; and her great-grandson, Peter James. She is also survived by relatives; cousin, Shirley Cox and family; four nephews, Donald, Laurence and William Wilson and Marvin Blunk and their families, as well as a niece, Mary Wilson; and Marie’s many friends.
The John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, NJ was in charge of arrangements.

Thomas A. Chesek, Sr.

Thomas A. Chesek, Sr. died at home on Tuesday October 24 , surrounded by his loving family, following a courageous two year battle with cancer. Born in Scranton, Pa., he grew up in Newark before moving to Port Monmouth over 50 years ago. Tom was a devoted and loving husband, father and friend. Tom enjoyed working with his hands whether creating woodcrafts or cooking. He also was a history buff. Tom was employed for 45 years, starting at RCA and retiring from the Harris Corporation as a marketing manager in 1997. Tom was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Middletown.
Tom is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Lorraine (Gruskos) Chesek, and their 5 sons-Thomas Jr. and wife Diana of Asbury Park, Carl and wife Donna of Wall, William of Port Monmouth, James and wife Laura of Belford, and John of Winchester, Va..
Tom is also survived by five grandchildren, James Jr., Maggie, John Jr., Shawn and Danielle; two brothers, Anthony and Christy; two sisters, Ann Marie Johnson and Helen Momtaz; and many nieces and nephews.
He was pre-deceased by his parents, Anthony and Lena Chesek; brothers, George, John, Frank, Richard, Charles; and daughter-in-law Debbie.
Visitation will be held Thursday, October 27, 2011 from 2 to 4 and 7 pm to 9 p.m. at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Rd., Middletown. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, October 28 at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Monmouth Memorial Park, Tinton Falls.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory of Thomas A. Chesek to the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 94 Tindall Rd., Middletown, NJ 07748.

Thomas A. Chesek, Sr.

Christopher H. Clancy, 76, of Monmouth Beach, died on October 23 at home. Born in Miami Beach, Fla., he grew up in Portland, Maine and lived in various places before moving to Monmouth Beach in 1982. He was a professor of law at Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark for over 30 years before retiring last year. His courses included labor law, employment discrimination and torts II. He was admitted to the Maine Bar in 1963 and to the New Jersey Bar in 1980. He was a graduate of the University of Maine with an AB in 1960 and a LBB in 1963. Professor Clancy was well loved and respected by his former students and enjoyed writing poetry in his spare time. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956.
He was predeceased by his parents, Bernadette and Christopher Clancy. Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Michele Clancy; grandson, Christopher Clancy; brother, Richard Clancy; and two nephews, Christopher and Timothy Clancy.
Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral mass at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at the Roman Catholic Church of the Precious Blood, Monmouth Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to PALS, c/o Jan Dancy at Riverview Medical Center, Box 815, Red Bank, NJ 07701.

Patricia Louise Meyer Drewes

Patricia Louise Meyer Drewes, 87, died on October 21 at Treasure Coast Hospice in Stuart, Fla.
She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania April 4, 1924.
She graduated from Sacred Heart School, Mount Mercy High School, and Denison University.
For many years Patricia and her family resided in Fair Haven, and she spent the last 22 years as a well-respected and loving member of her community in Stuart, Florida.
Patricia earned her certification in teaching and as a librarian at Monmouth College in New Jersey. She was formerly married to Russell Drewes (deceased).
Patricia was a communicant at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Stuart, Fla., where she was a leader in the Crafts group and the Rosary Makers. She was predeceased by her loving brother, Gregor Meyer of Pittsburgh, Pa.
She is also much loved and will be greatly missed by two sisters; Marilynn Milmoe of Golden, Colorado and Paula Lowry of Prospect, Kentucky and her five children: Debi Drewes of Denver, Colo.; Greg Drewes & wife, Luciana of Boca Raton, Florida; Rick Drewes of Jensen Beach, Fla.; Tom Drewes & wife, Julie of St. Thomas, USVI; and Nancy Drewes Nobbs of Stuart, Fla. Patricia also enjoyed the love of six grandchildren: Lonna Drewes, Cole Drewes, Dylan Drewes, Mark Drewes, Alexander Nobbs, Amanda Nobbs and Ashleigh Nobbs; and four great-grandchildren, Zoe Ryan, Jade Young, Connor Drewes and Noah Drewes.
Arrangements under the direction of Aycock Funeral Home, Stuart, Fla..

Franklin Gustav Eisele

Franklin Gustav Eisele, 94, of Middletown, died at home on October 23.  He was born in Newark on July 21, 1917, son of Gustav A. and Pauline Kindelberger Eisele. He was a graduate of West Side High School in Newark.
He served in the Army during World War II with the 12th Port Headquarters Company and afterwards worked for Prudential Insurance Company, retiring in 1979.  He was a member of The United Methodist Church of Red Bank.  Frank remained proud of his military service throughout his life displaying the American flag daily at his home.
Frank was predeceased by his wife Gertrude Rogers Eisele in 2004; his brothers Donald R. Eisele and Walter F. Eisele; brother-in-law Raymond Pierson, and nephew Donald P. Eisele.
He is survived by daughter Joan Eisele; granddaughter Jennifer and husband Todd Sims, and great-granddaughter Hannah; daughter Barbara E. and husband Dennis Maloney; granddaughters Cristine Maloney and husband David DeBoy, and Lisa M. and husband Douglass Baker; his sister Charlotte Pierson; sister-in-law Doris Eisele; and several nieces and nephews and their families.
Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.
John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.

David Finlayson

David Finlayson, 83, of Lakewood, died on October 22 at Ocean Medical Center in Brick.
David was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. living in Gerritsen Beach and Bay Ridge before moving to Belford. He then lived in Red Bank before settling at Leisure Village East in Lakewood where he was a member of the First Aid Squad. David attended Ocean County Baptist Church, Toms River. He was a former member of New Monmouth Baptist Church, New Monmouth.
David was a graduate of Pratt Institute with a degree in electrical engineering. He was an application engineer at Westinghouse Electric Company for 35 years and a sales engineer for several years at Continental Electric Company. Heserved in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he served with the 45th Thunderbird Division and the 47th Infantry Division (the Viking Division). He was a member of Aurora Grata-Day Star Lodge Number 6647 of the Free and Accepted Masons in N.Y. He was also a member of the American Legion and was a former member of the BPOE Number 233 in Red Bank. David enjoyed attending his weekly Bible study, watching the Giants and Mets and celebrating his Scottish heritage by listening to bag pipe music.
Son of the late Daniel and Mary Finlayson, he was predeceased by his brother, James Finlayson and infant daughter, Carol Frances Finlayson.
David is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Doris Larsen; daughter, Jean Timmes and her husband Kenneth of Texas; son, Alan Finlayson of Minnesota; son, Eric Finlayson and his wife Carol of New Jerse; son Gary Finlayson and his wife Mary of New Jersey; and daughter, Lisa Daidone and her husband Jay of New Jersey. David is also survived by his ten adored grandchildren, Cherie, David, Alec, Cullen, Blake, Julia, Gregory, Lauren, Erica, and Nicholas.
David will be remembered as a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather.
John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.

Joanne Fisher

Joanne Fisher, 78, of Middletown, died on October 19 at home after a brief illness. Joanne was born and raised in Staten Island, N.Y. and then spent many years in Atlantic Highlands before moving to Shadow Lake Village three years ago. She was a RN with South Amboy Memorial Hospital for seven years prior to retirement in 1995. Joanne was a devoted communicant of The Church of St. Catherine Laboure in Middletown.
Joanne was predeceased by her parents; Alfred and Elizabeth Lazare Deppe, a sister, Mary Elizabeth Ann Morano and a brother, Alfred. She is survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Braun Funeral Home, Eatontown, was in charge of arrangements.

Diane D. Genovese

Diane D. Genovese, 56, died at Roger Williams Hospital in Providence, R.I. on October 18.
She grew up in Westfield and lived in Red Bank before moving to Port Monmouth. She was a communicant at St. Mary’s RC Parish in New Monmouth. Her fortitude and passion for life was an inspiration to all. She enjoyed sailing on the Navesink River, swimming in the ocean, long walks with her dogs, and being with her family. She was known for her kind spirit, sincerity, and love of nature. She was a loving mother, a devoted wife, and a best friend to anyone who knew her. She demonstrated tremendous strength and courage, which touched the lives and hearts of everyone around her.
Surviving is her mother, Irene (Boyle) Downey of Monmouth Beach; her father and his wife, William and Yolanta Downey of Red Bank; her husband, Michael Genovese of Port Monmouth; Three daughters: Erika, Mia and Tara Genovese all of Port Monmouth; her brother, William “Buddy” Downey of Monmouth Beach and her sisters and brothers in law: Dale and Dennis Brown of Texas and Susan and Lawrence Smith of R.I.
John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank was in charge of arrangements.

Emily Miller
Emily Miller, 89, of Atlantic Highlands died on October 22 surrounded by her family.
Born in Garfield, she lived in Passaic most of her life moving to Atlantic Highlands 10 years ago. She was a member of the Seniors clubs both of St. Agnes and Atlantic Highlands. She was a communicant of St. Agnes Church in Atlantic Highlands.
She will always be remembered as a loving sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who loved to spend time with her family.
She was predeceased by her husband Teddy Miller who died in 2000. She was also predeceased by two brothers, Adam and Henry, and a sister Nell.
She is survived by her children, Melody King and her husband Marty of Atlantic Highlands, Glen Miller of Pella, Iowa, Beverly Miller of Atlantic Highlands, and Michele Conway of Atlantic Highlands; her grandchildren, Jackson, Kevin, Jesse, and Elizabeth; great-granddaughter, Kaelin and brother, Robert of Galloway.
John P. Condon Funeral Home in Leonardo was in charge of arrangements.

Charles G. Morrison

Charles G. Morrison, 90, died on October 20 at Care One in Holmdel. He was born in Schenectady on August 6, 1921 to Glenn and Elizabeth Morrison. Raised in California and New Jersey, he graduated from Verona High School. He was an active alumnus of Cornell University, where he earned his BSEE, and he earned an MSEE from Stevens Institute of Technology.
He served during World War II in the Pacific Theater with the US Army Signal Corps. He later joined the Bell System and worked as an electrical engineer for 43 years in NYC, Murray Hill, and chiefly Holmdel. He was instrumental in developing touchtone technology and held four patents.
He was also committed to community service, winning awards for his inspirational Boy Scout leadership and for his pivotal contributions to the Holmdel Environmental Commission. During his 44 years as a member of the Lincroft Presbyterian Church, he served as both an elder and a deacon. He and his wife built a camp in the Adirondacks, where they enjoyed many years of hiking, canoeing, and skiing. Their greatest joy was to climb a high peak and look down at the lands below.
Predeceased by his parents and his brother, Robert. He is survived by Anne, his devoted wife of almost 64 years; sons Charles Jr.; Douglas and John; respective daughters-in-law Carol, Stephanie, and Catherine; 9 grandchildren; his sister; Jean Merriman; and eight nieces and nephews.
Arrangements have been made with the John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank. A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 29 at the Lincroft Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to that church.

Everett H. Poling

Everett H. Poling, 77, of Holmdel, died on October 24 at the NJ Firemen’s Home, Boonton. He was born in Keyport and was a 1952 graduate of Keyport High School. He worked for Phelps Dodge Comm. Co. (which later became Celwave R.F., Marlboro). He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958. Everett was a member of the Keyport Fire Patrol, until he moved in 1977 to Holmdel, where he became a member of the Holmdel First Aid Squad. He enjoyed sailing, bicycling and woodworking.
Everett was predeceased by his parents, Everett S. and Mabell G. Poling; his mother-in-law, Helen M. Dean; and a brother-in-law, Harold R. Dean. He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Helen M. Poling; a son, Kevin S. Poling of Keyport; a daughter, Jill A. Poling and her husband, Mark Miller of Westminster, Md.; a daughter, Amy E. Ross of Holmdel; two cherished grandsons, Adam S. Poling of Keyport, and Nicholas E. Polliard of Blacksburg, Va.; a brother, Richard B. Poling and his wife, Geraldine of Hazlet; a sister, Drucilla A. Faulkner and her husband, Chester of Enterprise, Ala.; three sisters-in-law, Doris M. Williams of Marlboro, Liz Dean of Holmdel, and Dorothy McAloon of Interlaken; and many nieces and nephews.
Day Funeral Home, Keyport, was in charge of arrangements.

Margaret I. Mahler

Margaret I. (Rola) Mahler, 83, of Hillsborough, died on October 19 in Hillsborough. She was born in Puerto Rico and lived in Middletown for many years before moving to Hillsborough four years ago. Margaret worked as a Student Loan Officer for Colonial Bank in Red Bank for 15 years, retiring in 1985.
Surviving are her son, Raymond Rola of Philadelphia, Pa.; daughter, Marguerite Prunyi and Richard Border of Middletown; daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Steven Schwebel of Bridgewater; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Tina Rola of Keansburg; grandchildren – Timothy, Stephanie, Leah and Kylie; great-grandson, Tyler; and her first husband, Fernando Rola of NYC, N.Y.
Margaret was preceded in death by her secdnd husband, Raymond Mahler in 2007; a brother, Hector Acevedo in 2007 and a sister, Anna White in 2010.
John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.

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