In Memoriam

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Mary Beblo

Mary Beblo, 90, of Middletown, died on January 14 in Red Bank. She was born in Bayonne and moved to Shadow Lake Village in 1994 before settling at Brighton Gardens in 2010. Mary lovingly worked as a housewife and homemaker for much of her life. She later worked as a seamstress after her children had grown.  She was very active at the Croydon Hall Senior Center.

Surviving are her three daughters, Irene and her husband George Hromyak, Maryann Walsh and Lorraine Werth; her grandson, Herbert J. Werth and his wife Adriana, and her sister, Genevieve Huninski. Mary was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John S. Beblo, and her loving granddaughter, Debra Lynn Werth.

John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Rainbow Foundation, 15 Cherry Tree Farm Rd., Middletown, NJ 07748.

Mary G. Bostwick

Mary G. Bostwick, age 84 of Oceanport, died on January 4 at home. She was a clerk at Concurrent Computer Corp. in Oceanport for 20 years before retiring in 1989. Mrs. Bostwick was a parishioner of St. Dorothea’s Roman Catholic Church in Eatontown and member of the St. Dorothea’s Guild. She was also a member of the Red Bank Elk’s Ladies Auxiliary, Oceanport Seniors and the Irish Federation. Born in County Armagh, Ireland she had lived in Red Bank before moving to Oceanport in 1964.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Bostwick in 2007 and a grandchild, Susan Spahr.

Surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Daniel Bostwick, Thomas and Neucy Bostwick; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kathleen and Vincent Rusiecki, Patricia and Richard Spahr; two brothers, Gerry Pickering and Daniel Pickering; a sister, Catherine Cainey; ten grandchildren, Robert, Sarah, Melissa, Mary, Holly, Nicole, Melissa, Kristin, Diany and Thomas; and nine great-grandchildren, Lance, Austin, Lawrence, Caroline, Ryan, Jaden, Kaileigh, Keegan and Julianna.

Damiano Funeral Home, Long Branch, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations can be made to the Oceanport First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 76, Oceanport, NJ 07757.

Col. Edwin L. Brower

Col. Edwin L. Brower, age 88, of Monmouth Beach, died on January 4 surrounded by his family. Edwin was an electrical engineer at Fort Monmouth for 40 years before retiring in 1984. He served his country honorably in the US Army during World War II, having served in the Philippine Liberation campaign receiving numerous decorations and citations. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring in 1984 having achieved the rank of colonel.

He attended Newark College of Engineering and graduated from Monmouth College with a bachelor’s degree in 1959.

Edwin was a long time member of the Monmouth Beach Zoning Board, the Reserve Officers Association and St. George’s by the River Episcopal Church in Rumson since 1949. He grew up in Eatontown where he lived until marrying his wife Priscilla Ireland and resided in Monmouth Beach since that time.

Edwin was predeceased by his parents Clifford and Madeline Brower; his infant daughter Grace Madeline; his son Larry and his brother Robert. Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Priscilla Ireland Brower; a son James Brower and his fiancée Dr. Lynn Kowalski and her children, Jason Storbeck and Jessica and her husband Ryan Conrad; granddaughter Hope Brower and nephew Greg Brower.

Damiano Funeral Home, Long Branch, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations can be made to Monmouth Beach First Aid Squad, 26 Beach Rd., or the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center 128 Ocean Ave., Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750.

John A. Cole

John Cole of Little Silver died on January 17. He was born in central Pennsylvania to a family with a centuries old American heritage. As a young man, he married Yolanda Schenone of Keyport. They were married for 68 years. John and Yolanda settled in Rumson.  Surviving are his wife, Yolanda, and son John and his wife, Charlotte Cole; daughter Jane and her husband, Patrick Farmer; son Robert and his wife, Karen Cole; daughter Maria and her husband, Ronald Roth; and daughter Anne Cole. John was the grandfather to Laura and Graham Cole, Peter Farmer and his wife, Ashley; Katie Farmer; Daniel Cole and his wife, Jordana; Emily Cole; Robert McAllister and his wife, Andrea; and Brian McAllister. He was the great-grandfather to Alexis and Jillian Farmer, and Carmella McAllister.

John was a gifted athlete in baseball and football, among other sports. He enjoyed his life on the Monmouth County shoreline.

A self-made man, John was a proud graduate of Penn State University, received his Masters in Business Administration from Seton Hall University, and a Doctor of Letters degree from the China Academy of Hwa Kang in Taipei, Republic of China while he was assistant to the president of Seton Hall University. A veteran of the academic and business world, John Cole’s career began with Armstrong Cork Co. in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He then shifted to developing and managing the Rumson Supermarket in Rumson. In 1958 he joined Seton Hall University as an assistant professor of marketing. He established the Office of Grants and Research Projects at Seton Hall and was its director. He then was appointed to assistant vice president for instruction followed by a promotion to assistant to the president for financial and administrative policies. He rose to become Seton Hall University’s first layperson appointed to the titles of treasurer and then, acting president.  After retiring from Seton Hall, he served on the Board of Directors at Georgian Court University.

At the core of John Cole’s life was his religion. A devout Catholic since his youth, he eventually became a deacon serving the congregation of his church, Nativity, in Fair Haven, until his retirement. His service was recognized by the Vatican.

There will be a wake on Monday, Jan. 23, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 10 a.m., at the Church of the Nativity, 180 Ridge Rd., Fair Haven. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association.

Anthony W. Fitzgerald

Anthony W. Fitzgerald, 74, of Shrewsbury, died on January 16 at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank. Anthony was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and was a member of Saint Saviour’s Parish. He graduated from Brooklyn Prep, Fordham University and Fordham Law School. He was a member of the New York and New Jersey Bar and a former member of the N.Y. State Real Estate Board. He was a partner at Curtis, Mallett-Prevost, Colt & Mosle in New York until his retirement in 2010 after 40 years of service. He was a resident in Monmouth County from 1965, living 40 years in Little Silver, prior to his move to Shrewsbury seven years ago. He was a parishioner of the Church of the Nativity in Fair Haven and the Church of Our Savior, New York, N.Y.

Anthony is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marion Mylod Fitzgerald; his children, in laws and grandchildren, Anthony W., Jr., (Susan) and Anthony, III and Katie Fitzgerald of Millburn; John (Mary) and Shannon, Lindsay and Bridget Fitzgerald of Rumson; Brian, (Megan) and Grace, Clare and Emma Fitzgerald of Rumson; Michael, (Kara) and Simon, Fiona and Bridie Fitzgerald of Shrewsbury; Mark (Susanne) and Garrett and Owen of Middletown; Marion Margaret Fitzgerald Richardson (Peter Richardson) of Highlands; his sister, Anne Fitzgerald Kearney; brother, Michael and his sister Evelyn along with his dearest friend Edward McLoughlin. Fitzie will be remembered most for his devotion to Marion, his children and grandchildren, his love of languages, the New York Giants, but mostly for his unwavering faith in the Blessed Mother.

Visitation will be held at Church of the Nativity, 180 Ridge Road, Fair Haven on Thursday, Jan. 19, 5 – 8 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, January 20, 10 a.m at the church. Interment to follow at Fair View Cemetery, Middletown. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in his memory to the York Street Project, 81 York Street, Jersey City, NJ  07302, which is devoted to helping women break the cycle of poverty by providing housing, education and counseling support. Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank was entrusted with his arrangements.

Mary Heath

Mary Heath, 91, died on January 15 at home. She was born in New York City, N.Y., lived in St. Petersburg, Fla. and Middletown before moving to Long Branch. She worked as a secretary for the Middletown school system for 17 years.

Mary was predeceased by one brother and three sisters. Surviving is her husband of 69 years, Thomas Heath; son, Thomas Heath and his wife Cathy of Spring Lake and her daughter, Eileen Rise of Rumson; her sister, Madeline Chapman and her husband, Basil of New Jersey; her five grandchildren: Kelly Anne Flinn of Rumson, Thomas Heath and his wife Janine of New York City, Heather Bilanin and her husband Jason of Fair Haven, John Hanson and his wife Meredith of Robbinsville, and Keith Hanson of California; and her nine great grandchildren.

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

Bruce T. Jetter

Bruce T. Jetter, 62, of Hazlet, died on January 14 in Holmdel.  He was born in Manhattan, N.Y. and lived in all of his life in Hazlet. He was a graduate of Raritan High School class of 1969.  He then went into the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1969 to 1975 during the Vietnam War. Bruce worked as a logistics management specialist at Fort Monmouth since 1982, retiring last year. He was a communicant of St. Benedict R. C. Church, Holmdel. He was a member of the NRA and numerous gun clubs .

Surviving are his brother and sister in law, Timothy and Maureen Jetter of Matawan; two nephews, Matthew and Christopher Jetter, and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Alice Jetter. John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.

Vickey Kulaga

Vickey A. Kulaga (Gumas), died on January 16, her 58th birthday, after a long and valiant battle with cancer at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass.

Vickey was proud to be born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Susan (Kleamis) and Peter Gumas. She was a graduate of Sayreville War Memorial High School and attended Middlesex County College.

She leaves her devoted and loving husband of 35 years, Walter, with whom she shared a storybook romance. She is also survived by her two sisters Denise Gatto and her husband Leonard of Little Egg Harbor; Stephanie Venancio and her husband Charles of Franklin, Mass; her sister in law and brother in law, Helene Kulaga and Warren Nahulak of Millstone Township. One of the greatest joys in her life was being aunt and godmother to her nieces and nephews, Leniese Gatto and her husband, Scott Melissa of Quincy, Mass.; and Niko, Demetra and Andreas Venancio of Franklin, Mass. She also leaves behind many other friends and family who she cared for deeply.

Vickey was a talented and creative interior designer and was last employed at Fran Tessler Design where she won numerous industry awards for her commercial model homes. She loved her family, her dog, Zoe, traveling the world and sitting on her favorite beach in the Mediterranean, catching some rays. Family and friends will always remember Vickey for her great sense of humor, classic style and the inspiration she provided to endure and conquer life’s many challenges.

Visiting will be held at the John E. Day Funeral Home Family Center, 33 Allen Place, Red Bank NJ on Thursday, Jan. 19 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friends and relatives are invited to also attend a funeral Mass at Kimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, 20 Hillcrest Avenue, Holmdel on Friday Jan. 20 beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will be at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Dolyestown Pa.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Women’s Cancer Program CWN 7, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston , MA  02115, where she received incredible care in her final days by a compassionate and dedicated staff, or the Breast Oncology Research Fund, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Att: Dr. Beth Overmoyer, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 or a charity of one’s choice.

Nghia Thi Le

Nghia Thi Le, 86, of Red Bank, died at Riverview Medical Center on January 15. Born in Vietnam, Nghia has lived in Red Bank since 1975.

She was predeceased by her husband Peter Quy Dinh Vuong in May, 2011. She is survived by four sons, Dao M., San Jose, Calif., Duc M., Iselin, Dr. Chinh M., Long Island, N.Y., Dung M., Red Bank; two daughters, Thu M. Ngo, Shrewsbury and Ngoc M. Yum, Little Silver; a brother, Viet Le and his family, Canada; a sister Bach Van Vu and her family, Atlanta, Georgia; eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

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

Bertha “Marty” Oliva

Bertha “Marty” Oliva, 90, of Monmouth Beach, died at home on January 14. Bertha was born in San Francisco, California. She served as a corporal in the Women’s Army Corps in World War II where she met her beloved husband of 66 years, George. They resided in Fort Lee until moving to Monmouth Beach in 1976.

Devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she will be greatly missed by her loving husband, George of Monmouth Beach; her sons, George and his wife Valerie of Eatontown, Mark and his wife Judy of Monmouth Beach; and grandchildren, Gregory of Eatontown, Gary and his wife Rachel of Shrewsbury Twp., and Matthew of Monmouth Beach. She is also survived by her brother, William Martinovich of Santa Rosa, Calif. Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements.

Ruth Craig Schuch

Ruth Craig Schuch died on January 15 at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune surrounded by her family. Mrs. Schuch was a homemaker but also was very civically involved. She was the first female captain of the Colts Neck First Aid and Rescue Squad of which she was a member for over 25 years.  She was a volunteer EMT, Meals On Wheels, and at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. She was a charter member of the Monmouth County Blue Belles and was a generous contributor to AmeriCares in Stanford, Conn., the Children’s Psychiatric Center in Eatontown and  educational support for underprivileged girls in Asbury Park.

She was born in Basking Ridge and lived in East Orange, West Orange and Colts Neck before moving to the Essex and Sussex in Spring Lake 10 years ago.

She was predeceased by her husband Warren Frederick Schuch in 2003, her brother Les Craig and sister Barbara Ryan.  Surviving are her sons Warren B. Von Schuch and his wife Wendy of Midlothian, Virginia, Karl Schuch and his wife Cherie of New Market, Md.; daughter Beverly Schuch Dulany and her husband Robert Dulany of Westport Point, Mass. and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; grandchildren Matthew Von Schuch and his wife Sarah, Benjamin Von Schuch and his wife Kristin, Daniel Von Schuch and great grandchildren W. Guy Von Schuch and Reese Von Schuch.  She also leaves her sister-in-law Jane Craig of Jacksonville, Fla., niece and nephews Lori, Jeff and Doug and her beloved friends at the Essex and Sussex as well as her dear Blue Belles, and lifelong friends Onnik and Dorothy Tashjian of Richmond, Virginia.

A celebration of life will be planned for this spring.  Donations may made be made to any of her favorite charities. O’Brien Funeral Home, Wall, was in charge of arrangements

Charles F. Straub Jr.

Charles F. Straub Jr., 83, of Colts Neck, died on January 14 in Red Bank. He was born in South Amboy, where he graduated from Hoffman High School. After his service in the U.S Army he started in the auto business with his father in Keyport.

Charles was the owner and operator of the family business, Straub Motors, for 56 years retiring in 2003.He was also a past president of the Monmouth County Auto Dealers Association, past president of the Tri State Buick Dealers Advertising Association and past president of the Keyport Kiwanis Club. He was a communicant of St. Leo the Great RC Church, Lincroft..

He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Dorothy Straub, a daughter Carla Straub and sister Dorothy Fraser. Surviving are his wife Joan Straub of Colts Neck; sons, Alexander, Adrian, and Austin of Colts Neck. Charles F. III, of Fair Haven, Remsen and wife Renee of Lincroft, John of Spring Lake and Christian and wife Tatum, of Boston Mass.; daughters, Rosemary and husband Ken Loomis, of Lexington Mass., Diana, of San Anselmo, Calif., Christina of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Elizabeth of Middletown, and grandchildren, Caroline, Emily, John, Eric, Natalie, Payton, Madeline, and Carlisle.

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

George Aloysius Wood

George Aloysius Wood, 89, of Rumson, died on January 18 at Monmouth Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.

George was born in Hoboken on Sept. 16, 1922 to Marion and Charles Wood and resided there until he moved to Rumson permanently in 1963. Enlisting in the Army Air Force during World War II, he had flight training at the University of Vermont and in Jackson Tennessee with the 68th Army Air Force. Eventually he was shipped to Foggia Italy where he served with the 346th Bombardment Group until his discharge in 1945.

After the war he continued his education receiving a Bachelor of Science in physical education & hygiene from Panzer College (now Montclair University) and a Master’s degree in administration and supervision from Seton Hall University. Many years were spent teaching in the Hoboken School System. He was also vice principal of Keyport High School and Forestdale in Rumson.

George was a communicant of Holy Cross Church where he was a long time usher. He summered in Rumson from a very early age until he went into the service.

While in Rumson, he enjoyed boating, fishing, crabbing and above all the beach. People knew him as an honest, fair man with big heart and great sense of humor-a friendly neighbor and a major dog lover.

George is survived by his wife of 53 years Janet E. (Kennedy) Wood, his loving children, Christopher Wood of Fair Haven, Alison Kennedy and her husband Robert of Fair Haven, Janet Shaheen and her husband Philip of Locust and his adored grandchildren, Meghan and Kyle Kennedy.

Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 20, from 3 – 5 and 7 – 9 p.m. at the John E Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross RC Church, Ward Avenue, Rumson.

Donations maybe made in George’s memory to either Holy Cross RC Church, 30 Ward Avenue, Rumson, NJ 07760 or to Alzheimer’s Association, Greater NJ Chapter, 400 Morris Avenue, STE 251, Denville, NJ 07834-1365.


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