In Memoriam

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Published on November 04, 2011 with No Comments

 Maura A. Bala
Maura A. Bala, 65, of Lincroft, died at Riverview Medical Center on Friday, October 28. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Maura came to America in 1965 andhas lived in Lincroft for the past 24 years.  She was a parishioner of St. Leo the Great RC Church, Lincroft. Maura had just recently retired as the office manager at CNA Law Firm in Shrewsbury after 25 years of service.
Maura was predeceased by her husband Oldemeiro in 1983. She is survived by two sons, Marc of Burlingame, Calif. and Alex of Lincroft; daughter Claire Bala of Lincroft; three brothers, Con Kelly, Ireland, John Kelly, Farmingdale and Edmund Kelly, Holliston, Mass.; three sisters, Rosanna Radford, Lincroft, Joan McGhee and Maeve Serafin, both of Pa.; four grandchildren, Riley O’Connell, Thomas, Patrick and Margaret Bala.
Thompson Funeral Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements.

Theresa Ann Bernabeu
Theresa Ann Bernabeu, 79, formerly of Middletown and more recently of Fleming Island, Fla., died on October 31 in Florida. Theresa formerly worked as a secretary at Grumman Aerospace Corp. in Beth Page, N.Y.
She was predeceased by her husband, Henry J. in 2009. She is survived by three sons, Paul of Fair Haven, Richard of Jacksonville, Fla. and Steven of Aldie, Va.; sister Nancy Kubik of Whiting and seven grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank on Thursday, November 3, 2-4  and 7-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on November 4, 11 a.m. at Church of the Nativity, 180 Ridge Road, Fair Haven. Interment will follow at Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown.

Lena Falcetano
Lena Falcetano, 88, of Tinton Falls, died at the Jersey Shore Center in Eatontown on October 26. She was born Pasqualina Iannelli in 1923 in the tiny hilltop village of Sant’ Andrea di Conza, in the province of Avellino in Italy. Her family came to the United States and settled in New York City where she worked as a seamstress in the garment district.  She married Vincent Falcetano in 1944 and lived in South Orange where they raised their four children. Lena worked in Romoser’s Bakery in South Orange then at Bamberger’s, later Macy’s in Newark until her retirement. She was a parishioner at Our Lady of Sorrows Church and will be remembered fondly by the students at Our Lady of Sorrows School who still recall the lunches she prepared while working in the school cafeteria. She was very proud to have been a founding member of the Seton Hall Prep Mothers Auxiliary. After leaving South Orange, she lived in Piscataway and later in Tinton Falls.  She spent the last years of her life being cared for with dignity and compassion at the Jersey Shore Center in Eatontown.
Lena will now be reunited with her beloved husband Vincent. She is survived by four children: her daughter Marianne DeJianne of Piscataway, daughter and son-in-law Phyllis and Jack Henrikson of Tinton Falls, son and daughter-in-law Vincent and Maggie Falcetano of Rumson, and daughter Lucille Kopp of Woodbridge. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of donations.  The family requests that donations be made in her name to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation via the following e-mail address: or call (201) 457-1800.

Joan M. Foy
Joan M. Foy, 81, of the Red Bank and Middletown area, died on Sunday, October 30 at Riverview Medical Center. Joan was a volunteer nurse at St. Leo the Great R.C. Church of Lincroft and was previously active with the Ladies Club of Shady Oaks. She loved her garden, dogs and grandchildren and will be dearly missed by all.
She was predeceased by her first husband, David W. McKeown and her second husband, Walter L. Foy Sr. Surviving are her daughters, Lynn M. Murray and husband, James P. of Red Bank, Donna L. Clarke and her husband, George T. of Milton, Mass., Tracy E. McKeown of Lauderdale by the Sea, Fla., Carolyn Reidmiller and her husband, Al of Old Bridge, and Susan A. Foy of Old Bridge. She is also survived by a brother, William J. Robinson Sr. and his wife, Sandy of Mountain Lakes; 10 grandchildren, Caitlin, Kelly, Meghan, Hannah, Sarah, John, Meredith, Patrick, Elizabeth, Lenny; a great-granddaughter, Isla Jane Rumph; and a dear family friend, Ali O’Malley.
John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations can be made to the Monmouth Behavioral Health Care, 383 West State St., P.O. Box 1423, Trenton, NJ 08607-1423.

Kyle Kenneth Freyer
Kyle Kenneth Freyer, 17, of Middletown, beloved son of Kenneth Freyer and Kimberly Bodtmann-Leahey, died on October 30. Kyle was born on August 24, 1994. His caring and generous heart touched many lives. He enjoyed the company of his friends, skate boarding, video games, fishing, music, trips to Key West and was an avid Mets and Giants fan. Most of all, Kyle loved his Mom and Dad. He was a senior at Middletown High School South.
Surviving are his: mother, Kimberly and her husband Richard Leahey of Port Monmouth; father, Kenneth Freyer of Middletown; maternal grandmother, Eleanor “Nunnie” Bodtmann of Port Monmouth; two sisters, Nicole Bodtmann of Brick and Carly Leahey of Port Monmouth; aunt, Denise Freyer of Bayonne; and uncle, Michael Bodtmann of Staten Island, NY.
Kyle was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Carol Freyer in 2006.
Arrangements and services are under the direction of John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown.

George Edward Hall
George Edward Hall, 73, of Hobe Sound, Florida, died on October 28, of lung cancer, at his summer residence in Locust, surrounded by family. He formerly resided in Freeport, Long Island N.Y.
He was born on May 5, 1938, in Whitestone, N.Y, the son of Kathryn V. and John C. Hall, brother to Helen Fernandez of Brentwood, N.Y, and two deceased sisters, Margaret and Gertrude.
Mr. Hall was an NYPD detective lieutenant, and commanding officer of the Manhattan robbery squad.
He is survived by his wife, Carol, to whom he would have been married 53 years on November 8. Also surviving are his two sons, and three daughters: George and wife, Lori; John and wife, Jeannette; Deborah and husband, Henry Sullivan; Victoria and husband, Justin Gmelich; Jessica and husband, Brian Hickey; and 18 grandchildren, aged two to 15, all of Rumson and Little Silver and New York City, N.Y.
John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements.

Norman Joseph Hilton
Norman Joseph Hilton, 92, died at his residence on St. Simons Island, Georgia on October 31. Formerly a resident of Rumson, Mr. Hilton resided at Sea Island and St. Simons Island since 1995.
Born April 13, 1919 in Newark, to Alexander and Lillian G. Hilton, Mr. Hilton attended Newark Academy and Princeton University. Upon graduation from Princeton in June, 1941, he enrolled in graduate school at Harvard Business School, in Cambridge.  He entered the U.S. Navy, achieving rank of lieutenant, during World War II. He met Constance Carens of Wellesley, Massachusetts, in that period and the couple were wed in July 1947.
Mr. Hilton entered his family’s 80-year-old clothing manufacturing and retail business and quickly became a pioneer of the emerging “Ivy League” look in menswear. His Norman Hilton brand of fine, traditional suits and sport jackets achieved nation-wide renown for quality and style, and his collection thrived for nearly five decades in men’s clothing stores from coast to coast.
In 1967, he made the first significant investment in a business venture begun by a then-young employee by the name of Ralph Lauren, effectively making Hilton the man who helped to found Polo Ralph Lauren, now a multi-billion-dollar, worldwide enterprise.
He was selected by Burberry of London to lead their efforts in the US, overseeing the growth of sales of the Burberry brand in America thirty-fold between 1975 and 1987. His ability to see the marketing potential of a brand and an idea were responsible for the continuing series of successful ventures to which he dedicated himself.
Mr. Hilton participated in the Board of Directors of Riverview Hospital in Red Bank. He was an avid golfer and member of elite clubs, including Sea Island, Ocean Forest, Pine Valley, and the Royal Company of Edinburgh Golfers, at Muirfield, Scotland. He also was an avid New York Giants football supporter, and enjoyed walking for relaxation. He was also a member of St. William Catholic Church on St. Simons Island.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Constance Hilton of St. Simons Island, three sons, Norman Junior (Nick) of Skillman, Alexander, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Dr. Thomas Hilton of Jacksonville, Fla., as well as one daughter, Laura Hilton of Brunswick, Georgia, and thirteen grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Amity House or The Parkinson Alliance, Post Office Box 308 Kingston, NJ 08528-0308. Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home, Brunswick, Georgia, is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret McKenna
Margaret McKenna, of Shrewsbury, died on October 27 at Meridian Nursing and Rehabilitation, Shrewsbury. She was born in Johnstown, Pa. and lived in Brooklyn and Staten Island, N.Y. before moving to New Jersey. During World War II she worked at Sperry Corporation in Brooklyn where parts were produced for the war effort. Margaret lived a devout, faithful and active Catholic life. She was a Communicant of St. Teresa’s Church, Castleton Corners, S.I. and served as an extraordinary minister. Both she and her husband Patrick served as members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, where they purchased and delivered food to the needy. Margaret also volunteered her time along with Patrick at Seaview Hospital and Home; where they adorned the altar for various occasions and also helped by taking patients to Mass in the Chapel. Margaret took pride in taking care of the altar linens. After Patrick’s passing Margaret continued to volunteer her services for the next eight years in the chapel at the Seaview Hospital and Home.
Surviving are her daughter, Diane and her husband Joseph Gemmell; her two sons, John McKenna, James and his wife Loretta McKenna: her grandchildren, Joseph and his wife Bridget Gemmell, Donald Gemmell, Dennis Gemmell, Barbara and her husband Robert DePalo, James and his wife Kathleen McKenna, Thomas and his wife Amy McKenna, Matthew and his wife Courteney McKenna, Margaret is also survived by her 17 great grandchildren.
Margaret was preceded in death by her husband Patrick McKenna, and by her parents John and Mary Szasz.
John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.

Robert Quin Montgomery
Robert Quin Montgomery died on October 12 in Leesburg, Virginia. Robert was born on December 29, 1955 in Norfolk, Virginia. He attended Rumson Country Day School, Lawrenceville, and Denison University. He began his insurance brokerage career at Marsh and McLennan. He also worked at Johnson and Higgins, then at Sedgwick, and later, at Armfield, Harrison and Thomas.
Robert is survived by his loving companion, Tammy Morrison Lucas and daughter, Zoe Alexander Lucas, his mother, Harriett Giordano Chaney, his sister, Chloe Smeed and her husband David, and predeceased by his father, S. Phelps Montgomery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an animal shelter of your choice.  Robert will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
Colonial Funeral Home, Leesburg, Va., handled the arrangements.

Robert “Bob” W. Wherett
Robert “Bob” W. Wherett, 78, formerly of Allenhurst, died on October 29 at Imperial Healthcare, Neptune.
Born in 1933 in Plainfield, Bob was raised at his parent’s rooming house, The Wherwood, on Third Avenue in Asbury Park. Heattended Asbury Park High School. During high school he worked at Asbury Park Convention Hall and Monmouth Park Racetrack. After high school, Bob attended Rutgers University where he graduated with a degree in business. In 1957 he joined the Navy eventually rising to the ranks of lieutenant. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, he went on to a successful career at Bell Labs for thirty years in purchasing.
Bob met his future wife, Jean Marie Harrington on a blind date in 1950, married and moved to Allenhurst in 1964 and went on to spend 54 years together. He loved surf fishing, enjoyed stamp collecting; he was a coin enthusiast, an expert woodworker and truly enjoyed the beach and ocean.
He was predeceased by his parents John Wherett and Helen MacPeak Wherett; a brother Arthur Wherett and a sister Helen “Peggy” Bertholet. He is survived by his wife Jean Wherett, Lincroft; a daughter, Judith Lynn Wherett and husband Chet Braley, Cape Coral, Florida; another daughter Leslie Ann and husband Kevin Dyer, Little Silver; four grandchildren, Trevor and Kara Braley and Meredith and Marin Dyer; five nieces and three nephews.
A memorial gathering will be held at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank on Sunday, November 13, 2 -5 p.m.with a Words of Remembrance Service at 4:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to The Alzheimer’s Association,

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