In Memoriam

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Published on January 12, 2012 with No Comments

Wanita E. Bredbenner

Wanita E. Bredbenner, 83, of Middletown, died on December 21 at her home. She was born in New York, NY.  She was an active member of the Monmouth County SPCA in Eatontown.

Surviving are her four children Bill, David, Lisa and Diana Bredbenner and her dog, Charlie. Wanita was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Bredbenner in 2009. Services are private under the direction of John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown.

Joan B. Brown

Joan B. Brown, 82, of Middletown, died on December 30 at her home. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and lived in Middletown for over 50 years. Joan enjoyed crafting and often did needle point, knitting, and sewing for her children. Along with her late husband, Milton C. Brown, she was a founding member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Her family is blessed to have had such a wonderful and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt. She was always there when you needed her and she will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her two daughters, Deborah and her husband Bill Bremer and Barbara and her husband Scott Westrich; four grandchildren, Lisa and her husband Richard Lieback, Danielle Bremer, Alexander Bremer, Amanda Westrich; two great-grandchildren, Jacob Lieback and Lucas Lieback; four nephews, Robert Bjornholm, Bruce Bjornholm, Edwin Carl, Seth Carl and niece Marylou Carl. Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Milton C. Brown and brother, Robert Bjornholm.

John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.

Pat V. Bruno

Pat V. Bruno, 79, of Little Silver, died at his home on January 2 after a long illness. Born in Newark, Pat graduated from Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio with a B.S. degree. He served with the US Marine Corp. during the Korean War from 1952-1955, receiving the Purple Heart. He was a school teacher for the Hazlet Township Board of Education, retiring in 1994 after over 30 years of service.

Hewas predeceased by his parents, Giacomo and Giovanna Bruno and a sister, Adeline Pinelli. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Nancy E.; a son John Van Velthoven and wife Laura, Shrewsbury; three daughters, Susan and husband Donald Miller, Middletown, Diane and husband Lawrence Buccheri, Little Silver and Debbie Van Velthoven, Tinton Falls; brother, Anthony Bruno, Hazlet; sister, Marie Bruno, Keyport; seven grandchildren, Kristen, Nicole, Brian, Brenna, Matthew, Brad and Alec and five nieces and one nephew.

Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements.

Richard “ Tiny” F. Colavechio

Richard F. Colavechio, “Tiny” of Red Bank, died on January 3. He was born in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1933. He graduated from Lincoln High School. Richard served in the US Navy for 32 years as a hospital corpsman and retired as HMCS. He served three tours in Vietnam, for which he was awarded two purple hearts and numerous awards and metals. While in the service Richard attended Jackson College, Hawaii, graduating magna cum laude with a B.S. in education.

After his military retirement, Richard worked as a Champus/Tri Care Coordinator at Fort Monmouth and served as Treasurer of COURAGE. Richards’s passion was theater, old time radio and movies and he loved nothing more than heading into New York City for the shows. During his life he met and became friends with many stage and screen actors. A member of the Interscholastic Athletic Association from 1963, he umpired at local football, softball and basketball games. Richard was also an active member of the Fleet Reserved Association, Branch 308 of Colts Neck.

He is survived by his brother, Robert “Cal” Colavechio, CSCM (SS) Ret.; his sister-in-law, Linda; his nephew Robert J. Colavechio, STS2 (SS) currently stationed in Groton, Conn.; his aunts Marge Kasyan and Laura Durovsik; numerous cousins and many dearly loved friends.

Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements.

Sean Patrick Connolly

Sean Patrick Connolly, 52, of Shrewsbury, died on January 7 at Monmouth Medical Center.  He was a senior registered client associate with RBC Wealth Management.

Born and raised in Red Bank, Sean graduated from Saint James Elementary School and Red Bank Catholic High School. He was proud of his Irish heritage and was a member of the Society of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick in New York City. Sean graduated from Seton Hall University in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He held various marketing positions first within wine and liquor distribution and then with food brand companies before proudly making a career shift to the financial services industry.

He had a keen interest in the search and recovery of sunken wrecks, was an avid follower of horse racing, and enjoyed fishing and gardening. He and his wife also enjoyed travel, but he always held a love of Monmouth County with all it had to offer and where he maintained many lifelong friendships.

Surviving are his wife of 26 years, Kathleen Connolly and parents Edward and Catherine Connolly of Eatontown. He is also survived by his sister, Marie Connolly, of Eatontown,  his brother and sister-in-law, Kevin and Sandy Connolly, of Tampa, Fla. and his cherished niece and three nephews.

Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a memorial contribution to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Diana C. Dunn-Graves

Diana Dunn-Graves, 49, of Middletown, died due to complications from breast cancer at Riverview Medical Center on January 1.

Born in New York, Diana grew up in Marlboro, later living in New York City and Amherst, N.Y. and moving back to Monmouth County in 2011. Diana graduated from Marlboro High School and was a 1984 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Diana was predeceased by her father, Frank Dunn in 2009. She is survived by her husband of thirteen years, Andre Graves and their two beloved children, Carson and Victoria. She is also survived by her mother, Virginia Dunn of Red Bank; her three sisters, Kathleen and husband Neal Carney of Los Gatos, Calif., Patricia Dunn of Atlantic Highlands, Judy and husband John Horan of Fair Haven; her brother, David Dunn of Aberdeen; her mother and father-in-law, Katie and William Graves of Inman, S.C.; sister-in-law Ingrid and husband Renato Vasconez of Brooklyn, N.Y. and her adoring nieces and nephews Rachel, Colin, Alexis, Jack, Sean, Julia, Liam and Michael. A life cut too short, Diana was also blessed with many other cherished family members and dear friends.

Diana had a storied professional career in the toy industry, beginning in licensing for plush toy manufacturer, Eden Toys. While there, she expanded the reach of such well-known characters as Paddington Bear, Madeline and Thomas the Tank Engine. While at Eden, her responsibilities grew to include marketing, product development and sales in the US and the Asia/Pacific Rim.  Following her time at Eden Toys, she joined Gund, Inc. swiftly moving to the position of vice president of marketing. Diana oversaw all aspects of marketing for such well-known licensees as Classic Pooh, Rugrats and Harry Potter. In addition to managing these licenses, she launched the Baby Gund line. In 2001, she moved to Fisher Price in East Aurora, N.Y. where she began as the director of marketing for the girls division, later moving to manage their newborn line. Early in 2011, Diana moved back to New York City as the vice president of marketing for Fischer Price Brands. Throughout her career she was known for her exceptional leadership, management skills and creativity.

Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. Diana and her family request that donations be made in her honor to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundations, PO Box 204, Norwood, NJ 07648 (

Dorothy Frascatore

Dorothy Frascatore, 88, of St. Pete Beach, Fla., died on January 6 at home. She was born in Carteret. Dorothy worked as a teacher in Hazlet Township for 26 years, retiring in 1982. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of St. John Vianney, St. Pete Beach, Fla.

Surviving are her sons and daughters-in-law, John Jr. and Laura Frascatore, Paul and Kay Frascatore; son, Thomas Frascatore; grandchildren, Janine, Leigh, Paul, James, Allison, John, and great-grandson, John.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Frascatore in 2004.

John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.

Hazel Sims Freeman

Hazel Sims Freeman, 62, died on January 10. She was born in New York City before moving to Rumson. Hazel was a devoted Catholic and student of religion. She pursued many of her academic interests and graduated Phi Bi Kappa from Cornell University with a degree in philosophy. She was a wonderful athlete, an avid tennis player, and especially loved mountain climbing.

Hazel was predeceased by her parents, David Freeman and Hazel Sims Farr. Surviving are her three brothers; David and his wife Goldie Freeman of Massachusetts, John Freeman of Red Bank and Francis Freeman and his wife Melissa Copley of Chicago, Illinois; her sister Marion Freeman and her husband Corson Ellis of Maine; and many loving nieces and nephews.

All arrangements have been under the care of the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 13. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent to Shore Clubhouse, a community resource for people living with mental illness, “where obstacles become opportunities.” P.O Box 8446, Red Bank, NJ 07701; for more information please visit

Grace A. Gentilucci

Grace A. Gentilucci, 75, of Hazlet, died on December 28. She was born in Patterson and lived in Hazlet for over 53 years. Grace worked as owner and operator of Johnny Gent’s Deli in Red Bank from 1976 until 1994. She was a communicant of Holy Family RC Church in Union Beach and was a member of the Hazlet Garden Club.

Surviving are her two daughters, Gisella Summerer of Middletown, and Grace LaMontagne of Sebastian, Fla.; her three grandchildren, Christopher, BriAnne, and Dustin and her two great-grandchildren, A.J. and Gisella.

Grace was preceded in death by her husband, John Gentilucci in 1982; a son, John Gentilucci in 1996; and a brother, James Taylor in 2009.

John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society, 801 Broad St., Shrewsbury, NJ 07702.

Elizabeth A. Jacobsen

Elizabeth A. Jacobsen, 86, of Middletown, died on January 8 in Holmdel. She was born in Scranton, Pa. Elizabeth worked as a salesperson for Sears Roebuck & Co. in Middletown. She also worked for Bradlees and for Two Guys, both in Middletown. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and was a member of the Catholic Daughters.

Surviving are her daughter, Janet Finkbohner of Middletown; son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Michelle Jacobsen of Newburgh, N.Y.; son, Brian Jacobsen of Logan Township; her granddaughters, Rachele, Jennifer, Dawn, Erin, Rebecca, and Amy; and nine great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her beloved husband Erleng Jacobsen; her parents, John and Lillian Dunn; and all of her siblings.

John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Lockman

Joseph Lockman, 73, of Middletown, died on December 23. He was born in Newark and lived in Irvington moving to Middletown 37 years ago. Joseph was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves. Surviving are his daughter, Donna McGovern  of Middletown; a brother Ronald Lockman; sister Shirley Morris; and brother in law Jerry Iorio; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Joseph was preceded in death by his wife Josephine Anecki Lockman and a daughter Debbie Reed.

John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements

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John Patrick Lynch

John Patrick Lynch, 89, of Lincroft, died on January 7 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Ballyheigue, Co. Kerry, Ireland the second oldest in a family of 13 children. At the age of 14 John took the Pioneer Pledge to abstain from alcohol, a pledge he kept for 75 years. He immigrated to the United States in 1961 with his family and became a stationary engineer in Local 68 for many years.

John was predeceased by his parents, Patrick and Margaret, his loving wife Kathleen, his brothers Michael, Thomas and Donal and sisters, Christina, Sister Patricia Lynch and Sister Marie de Pazzi.

He is survived by his devoted children, Michael J. and his wife Maria of Rockaway, Lilian Finlay of Brick, Bernadette Costello and her husband Martin of Holmdel, Denise Guidera and her husband Dennis of Middletown and Patricia Craig and her husband Peter of Palm Coast, Florida. He is the proud grandfather of Michael and Paul Miller, Mairead Clifford, Christine Schmitt, Katie Berarducci, Colleen and Kelly Guidera, Michael and Stephanie Craig, Brianne Hamill, Kieran and Molly Lynch and great grandchildren Cameron, Julia, Emily, Michael, Brigid, Molly, Ciara, Ryan, Gavin, Liam, Owen, Declan, Colin and Sierra. John is also survived by his dear brothers, Patrick of W. Orange, Brendan of Dublin Ireland, and his sisters Deborah Lynch, Peggy Godley, Joan Carroll and Noreen Regan all of Co. Kerry, Ireland. John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers donations in John’s name to “Alison Kromenhoek for the benefit of Tess” Regions Bank, 15 Bull St. Savannah Ga 31401 appreciated.

Joseph Guimaraes

Joseph Guimaraes, 90, of Middletown, died on December 28 in Lincroft. He was born in Tacoma, Wash. and lived in Elizabeth before moving to the New Monmouth section of Middletown 54 years ago. Joseph worked as a tinsmith for Singer Sewing Machine Co. in Elizabeth from 1947 to 1983. He served his country as a member of the US Navy Seabees during World War II. He was a member of the VFW, Post 2179, in Port Monmouth.

Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Robin and Renee Guimaraes of Atlantic Highlands; daughter and son-in-law, Rita and George Essig of Alton, N.H.; daughter, Lynn Bagarozy of Toms River; sister, Rose Shaffer; grandchildren, Michelle, William, Adrienne, Wendy, Pamela, Christopher, Cassie and Kenneth; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Joseph was preceded in death by his wife, Sophie (nee Kozub) Guimaraes in 1991.

John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements. Contributions may be made in his name to the Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0301 or at

Margaret Hyatt

Margaret Hyatt, 83, of Red Bank, died on December 24 in Trenton. She was born in Camden and lived in Tennessee and Massachusetts, but lived most of her life in Middletown. Margaret worked as a demonstrator for Price Club and Costco in Hazlet for nine years before retiring in 1999.

Surviving are her two sons, Wayne G. Hyatt of Red Bank and Scott W. Hyatt of Melbourne Beach, Fla.; her two daughters, Linda and her husband Larry Kranert of Tallahassee, Fla. and Sherry and her husband Chuck Reeder of Boca Raton, Fla.; her two sisters, Lorraine Thompson and Doris Bodine both of New Jersey; as well as her 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne G. Hyatt in 1988.

John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements. Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241 or to a charity of your choice.

Russell Felix Lambert

Russell Felix Lambert, 86, of Port Monmouth, died on December 26 at Care One at King James in Middletown. He was born in Putnam, Conn. Russell worked as an oil burner service man for Eastern Fuel Oil in Jersey City. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the US Army, member of American Legion, Post 338, Leonardo and a Teamster.

Surviving are his daughter, Denise Stone; two sons, Howard Smith and Dennis Smith; six granddaughters, Melissa Mueller, Jennifer Boyle, Natalie Turner, Danielle Parker, Marianne Smith and Karyn Liloia; four grandsons, Joseph Klimaszewski, Dennis Smith Jr., Damien Smith and Steven Smith and nine great-grandchildren.

Russell was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Lambert in 1997.

John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 801 Broad St., Shrewsbury, NJ 07702.

Bette Maltese

Bette (Leunes) Maltese, age 91, of Ocean Township, formerly of Brooklyn, N.Y., died on December 28 at home.  Born in Carbondale, Pa., she lived in Honesdale, Pa. and then moved to Brooklyn, N.Y. where she lived for over 60 years. She was predeceased by her husband, Vincent Maltese; her parents, Peter and Pauline Leunes; brother, George Leunes; sisters, Stella Miszler, Helen Ryan and Mary Hopkins.

Bette worked in the restaurant industry for over 50 years. After retiring, she moved to New Jersey to be closer to her family. She spent summers at her home in Mattituck, N.Y. where she had many friends.

She is survived by her sons, James Maltese and his wife, Carmela; George Maltese; brother, Gus Leunes; grandchildren, James Maltese and his wife, Nadine; Robyn Bizzigotti and her husband, Ross; Christopher Maltese and his wife, Caryl; Amanda Kane and her husband, Kevin; daughter-in-law, Lynne Maltese; great grandchildren; Anthony and Alexa Bizzigotti; Madison and Skylar Maltese; Abigail, Sophia and Avery Maltese and Donovan and Bette Kane.

John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.

William L. Sengebush

William L. Sengebush, 67, of Middletown, died on January 4. He was born in Bloomfield and lived there until moving to Middletown 29 years ago.

Surviving are his sister-in-law, Helen Sengebush of Middletown; his three nieces, Nadine Pirie, Kim Finnigan and Teresa Porphy and his nephew, Scott Sengebush. William was preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Teresa Sengebush; his sister, Arlene Sengebush; and his brothers, Thomas and Robert Sengebush.

All services for William will be private and under the direction of John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown.

Thomas W. Thatcher, Jr.

Thomas W. Thatcher, Jr., age 91 of Shawano, Wisc., died on December 21at a local nursing home. Thomas was born on November 5, 1920 in Mississippi City, Miss. to the late Thomas William and Madge Alice (Mendenhall) Thatcher. He spent much of his childhood in Independence, Missouri. He later attended Graceland College, now known as Graceland University, and received his electrical engineering degree from Iowa State University. Thomas spent his entire professional career working as an electrical engineer for Bell Telephone Laboratories, achieving 44 years of service. While working for the U.S. Army on loan from Bell Labs, he met Lt. j.g. Lois Maxine Constance in Washington D.C. The couple married on September 12, 1946 and remained together until her death in February of 1994. Thomas was very active throughout his life in the Community of Christ, achieving the office of high priest, which he held until his Superannuation in 2010. He also served on the board of Outreach International of Independence, Missouri and was active with the Telephone Pioneers of America, the Shawano County Historical Society, the Friends of the Library, in amateur radio and as a hospice volunteer.

Thomas is survived by three sons, John (Sandra) Thatcher of Kenosha, Dr. Gregory (Patricia) Thatcher of Shawano, David (Vickie) Thatcher of Riverside, Missouri; a daughter, Constance Thatcher of Brooklyn, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary (Lee) Beckwith of Rapid City, S.D.; and a brother, David Thatcher of Blue Springs, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by:  his wife, Lois; his parents; his brother, Ellis; and his sister, Doris Lee (Gene) Beckwith.

Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano, Wisc. was in charge of arrangements.

Henry Martin Traynor

Henry Martin Traynor, 74, of Dunnellon, Fla., died on January 5 at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch. A true family man, Henry was born in Queens, N.Y. in 1937 to Henry and Mary Sullivan Traynor and was the oldest of ten children. After his father’s death at an early age, Henry stepped in to help raise and financially support his brothers and sisters before marrying and establishing a family of his own. He married Margaret Hoffman in 1967 and settled in Kearny, where he lived for more than 30 years and raised his sons, Brian and Scott. Henry also enjoyed a second home in Lords Valley, Pa. where the family spent most summers. In 1986, his first grandchild, Michael was born and Henry spent many happy days in his new role of “Beeba.”

After retirement from Best Foods in Bronx N.Y., in 1999, he and Margaret retired to Ocala, Florida where Henry worked hard at perfecting his golf game and relaxing in the Florida sun. Four additional grandchildren followed, and Henry enjoyed frequent visits with his extended family in New Jersey, the Poconos and Florida. He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus, North Arlington. He was predeceased by his parents; his wife Margaret, and his brothers Brian, Michael, Kevin, and Robert. He is survived by his sons: Brian and his wife Julie and their children Kieran and Reilly of Little Silver, and Scott and his wife Rosemarie and their children Michael, Liam, and Catherine of Roseland and his brothers, James, Daniel, Jack, and sisters Anne and Eileen.

Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements.

Caleb J. Weller

Caleb J. Weller, 69, died at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank. Born and raised in Newark he moved to Middletown 39 years ago.

He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War in the US Army. Caleb was the past Grand Knight of the Red Bank Knights of Columbus and a Deacon at St. Mary’s RC Church in Colts Neck.

He was predeceased by his son Stephen, his parents Caleb Sr. and Phoebe and his stepmother Frances. He is survived by his loving wife Irene and devoted children, Suzanne of So. Carolina, Catherine Riley and her husband Jeffery of Middletown and Margaret of Middletown. He is the proud grandfather of Nathan. Also surviving are his brothers Charles and his wife Alaine Poranski, Peter and his wife Deanna Poranski, and sisters Carol Kieper and her husband Kip and Linda Bonny.

John Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers donations to the St. Mary’s social concerns committee, 1 Phalanx Rd. Colts Neck, NJ 07722 appreciated.

Caroline L. Warner

Caroline “Carol” L. Warner, 81, of Oceanport, died on January 5 at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Red Bank. She loved the Jersey Shore and the beach.

Carol was predeceased by her husband, F. Richard Warner in 1959. She is survived by her son, Paul; two daughters, Patty and husband Henri Aymonier and Pammy and husband Butch Adams; four grandchildren, Heather, Ashley, Alison and Whitney and four great-grandchildren, Tyler, Justin, Jason and Carter.

The Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank was entrusted with her arrangements.


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