In Memoriam – Obituaries for the Week of April 27-May 4, 2012

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Emma L. Barbato; Elaine C. Benson, Red Bank; Lois Anne Galbraith, formerly of Little Silver; Louise Josephine Giordano, Oceanport; Thomas W. Gorman, Middletown; Clementine C. Howard, Red Bank; Maureen T. Johnson, Middletown; Henry Thaddeus Mazurczyk; Emily M. Merker, formerly of Atlantic Highlands; Theodore Jackson  Murphy, formerly Fair Haven; Madeline G. “Taddy” Schooley, Monmouth Beach; Michael J. Stecher, formerly of Atlantic Highlands; Merwin Wallace, Middletown

Emma L. Barbato

Emma L. Barbato, 88, died on April 22 surrounded by her loving family. A survivor of colon, breast and liver cancers, she was born in Newark to Peter and Emma (Hartmann) Genere. Emma moved to Monmouth County and was a lifelong area resident having lived in Port Monmouth, Fort Hancock, Shadow Lake Village and was a Shrewsbury resident for 60 years. Emma was a graduate of Middletown Township High School and the Red Bank Business Institute. She was employed by Steven Deitch, DPM, for the past 23 years. Emma was a communicant of St. James RC Church, Red Bank, and a member and past president of St. James Rosary Altar Society. She was a member and past president of Deborah Hospital Foundation, Red Bank Chapter, and a member of the Shrewsbury Homesteaders. Emma loved to bowl, play bridge and enjoyed the beach.

Emma was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She loved to spend time with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who brought her so much joy and happiness. Emma was a true inspiration. She touched many lives with her love and compassion and will be truly missed.

Emma was predeceased by her loving husband, Nicholas in 1987. Surviving are her sons, Nicholas, and his wife, Gerarda, of Little Silver, and Gerald and his wife, Deborah, of Wall; her daughters, Diane and her husband, Dr. John Shuster, of Neptune, Nancy and her husband, Robert Allen, of Shrewsbury, Susan and her husband, George Patterson, of Shrewsbury, and Marianne and her husband, Robert Lanczycki, of Shrewsbury; her grandchildren, Gerald, Gillian and Tyler Barbato, Debbie and her husband Joseph Welch, Bill Dalton and his wife Trudy, Kathy Dalton and her fiancé Matt Wagner, James Shuster and his wife Jennifer, Alissa and her husband Tim Minafo, Bobby Allen, George, Nicholas, Gabrielle and Blake Patterson, and Emily Rose Lanczycki; five precious great-grandchildren, Nicky, Alexandra, Johnny, Chris and Evan; and two brothers, Walter Dill of Keansburg, and Vincent Dill of Bayville.

John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 26 at 10 a.m. at St. James RC Church, Red Bank. Interment to follow at Fair View Cemetery, Middletown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to Deborah Hospital Foundation, 200 Trenton Road, Browns Mills, NJ 08015, (609) 893-6611, or the American Cancer Society , 801 Broad St., Shrewsbury, NJ 07702.

Elaine C. Benson

Elaine C. Benson, 68, of Red Bank, died on April 16. She had been a resident of Red Bank for the past 38 years. Elaine was an administrative assistant at EAI, Eatontown, for 15 years. Until her retirement in 2007, she worked for 10 years as the manager of the furniture department at Babies ‘R’ Us in Eatontown.

Surviving are two sons, Thomas T. and his wife, Susan, of Monmouth Junction, and Michael of Red Bank; a daughter, Deborah and her husband, Donald DeFelice, of Lincroft; a brother, Walter Sakowicz of Colonia; six grandchildren, Thomas M., Sarah Benson and Alex, Nick, Madeline and Christopher DeFelice; and her beloved dog, Chaos.

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

Lois Anne Galbraith

Lois Anne (Gilbert) Galbraith, 84, formerly of Little Silver, died on April 12. Lois Anne grew up in Pelham Manor, N.Y. She graduated cum laude from Wheelock College, Boston, Mass., with a degree in early childhood education. Marrying Arnold Galbraith in 1949, they settled in Little Silver, and raised their five children. In 1963, Lois Anne founded Tower Hill Cooperative Nursery School, Red Bank, serving as director for 25 years. She also was a founding member and served as director of Monmouth Day Care Center in Red Bank. Her unique, personalized education philosophy positively impacted the lives of countless children and their families.

Lois Anne and her family were active members of the First Presbyterian Church, Red Bank, where she served as director of children’s education. She also served as an elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls, N.Y., and trustee of the Mountain Grove Memorial Church, Huletts Landing, N.Y. Retiring with her husband, she spent 23 active years on Lake George, N.Y., quilting, playing tennis, and golfing right up to the time of her death.

Surviving are her husband of 62 years, Arnold Galbraith; her children, Terry, Wendy, and Donna and her husband Harry Short, Peter and his wife, Rita, and Timothy and his wife, Paula; and nine grandchildren.
Memorial doantions may be made in her name to Tower Hill School , 255 Harding Rd., Red Bank, NJ 07701. Services will be held at a future date in Glens Falls, N.Y., Huletts Landing, N.Y., and Red Bank.

Louise Josephine Giordano

Louise Josephine Giordano, 95, of Oceanport, died at home on April 21. She was born in Vizzini, Sicily, to the late Concetta Ventura Giarrusso and Vito Giarrusso. She worked for many years for Avalon Dress Factory, Long Branch, and later at Meadowbrook School, Eatontown.

Louise was predeceased by her husband, Michael Giordano; her brothers, Gregory, John and Joseph Giarrusso; and her sister, Angela Giarrusso. Surviving are her daughters, Giovanna Kleckner, and Rosaria Furino and her husband, Thomas Furino; her sister, Sandy Savona; her grandchildren, Michael J. Kleckner and his wife, Melissa, Lani Lisanti and her husband, Jason, and David Furino and his wife, Deana; and her great-grandchildren, Avalina, Nick , Zack, Jake, Joey and Julianna.

Braun Funeral Home, Eatontown, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

Thomas W. Gorman

Thomas W. Gorman, 79, of Middletown, died on April 16 in Neptune, with his family by side. He was born in Newark, and lived in Kenilworth and Middletown for the past 30 years. Thomas worked as a chemist for Schering-Plough, Kenilworth, for more than 35 years, retiring in 1996. He was a communicant of St Mary’s RC Church. Tom loved sports, making wine,working in the yard and he adored his family and grandchildren.

Thomas was predeceased by parents, Thomas M. and Sophie Gorman; and a brother, James Gorman in 1985. Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Rosemarie Deliman Gorman of Middletown; a son, Thomas I. Gorman of Middletown; a son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Theresa Gorman of Hillsdale; a daughter and son-in-law, Stacy and Kevin McDaid of Wall; and his grandchildren, Paige, Jake, Hugh and Brynn.

John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

Clementine C. Howard

Clementine C. Howard, a resident of Red Bank for 52 years, died on April 18, at the Middlebury Convalescent Home, Middlebury, Conn., where she had lived since 2008. She was 101. A founder of the Artist Guild in Shrewsbury, and member of the Art Alliance of Monmouth County, Clementine was an accomplished watercolorist. She exhibited her paintings throughout the area; her last show was held at the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center when she was 90 years old.

Clementine was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on December 3, 1910, the only child of Therese and David Davit, who had emigrated from France. Clementine spoke French before English and lived in suburban Ardmore. After graduating from high school, she worked for 10 years as a secretary in a Philadelphia bank.

In 1938, she married John D. Howard, a sales agent for the Southern Pacific Railroad. They lived in St. Louis, Mo.; Chicago, Ill.; and Tucson, Ariz., before settling in Red Bank in 1952 with their two children.
Clementine loved travelling and toured both the U.S. and Europe. A highlight was a visit to her mother’s hometown. She also played bridge, collected antiques, and refinished furniture.

Clementine was predeceased by her husband, John D., in 1978. Surviving are a daughter, Susan Biederman of Old Chatham, N.Y., and Palm Beach, Fla.; a son, John D. Howard Jr. of Wakefield, R.I.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A private memorial will be held later in the year. Memorial donations may be made to Middlebury Convalescent Home, 778 Middlebury Road, Middlebury, CT 06762; or to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, NY 10001.

Maureen T. Johnson

Maureen T. Johnson, 78, of Middletown, died on April 14 at her home of 47 years. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and lived in Middletown for much of her life. Maureen graduated from Blessed Sacrament High School in New York City and went on to attend St. John’s University in Brooklyn. Maureen began working at Bell Labs in New York City before taking time to marry her soul mate and go on to raise their four children. Later in life, Maureen worked as a pension specialist for Fidelity Bank, from where she retired. She was an avid reader, loved crossword puzzles, and enjoyed cake decorating, bowling and gardening. Maureen also enjoyed music, dancing, and Irish folklore. Maureen was a deeply devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and she lived for her family.

Maureen was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth C. Johnson; her father, Thomas Flynn Sr. of Brooklyn; her mother, Teresa McNamara of Limerick, Ireland, and Brooklyn; her brothers, Thomas Flynn Jr., John and James Flynn; her son-in-law, Douglas Williamson, the husband of her daughter Kristina Ann. Surviving are her two sons, Kenneth Jude Johnson and his wife, Patricia, of Middletown, and Keith T. Johnson Sr. and his wife, Lisa, of Middletown; her two daughters, Teresa Ann Johnson Lowe and her husband, Randolph S. Lowe, of Cranford, and Kristina Ann Williamson and her fiance, Jack Simons, of Lincroft; her grandchildren, Kenneth Johnson, Keith Thomas Johnson Jr., Elyse Nicole “Ellie” Johnson, Luke Allan Johnson, Maureen Teresa “Tess” Lowe, Katherine Elizabeth Lowe, Kristina Ellen Lowe, James Patrick Williamson, and Devon Kristina Williamson; and her sister, Joan Ann Flynn of West Palm Beach, Fla.

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

Henry Thaddeus Mazurczyk

Henry Thaddeus Mazurczyk died on April 23. Henry was born in Harrison, the son of Stanislaw and Leokadja Mazurczyk. He grew up in Kearny, graduated from Kearny High School, and received his BSEE degree in electrical engineering from Newark College of Engineering in 1954.

He served in the U.S. Army at the Arctic outpost of Greenland during World War II. During the war, he received two decorations: American Theater Ribbon and World War II Victory Ribbon. After the war, he continued to work as a civilian for the United States Army REMBASS group in Eatontown and Evans area for over 20 years before retiring from 1383rd Army Airfield in 1994.

Henry was a member of the Shrewsbury River Yacht Club. Through the years he also taught various courses as an instructor for the United States Power Squadron. He was a member in good standing of Grand Order of Demolay. He enjoyed sailing, teaching, observing nature and playing with his grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his sister, Helen Warren; and brothers, Joseph Mazurczyk and John Merten. Surviving are his former wife of 43 years, Victoria Aleniewski; his daughter, Monika Mazurczyk and her husband Joseph Garipoli and their daughter, Anya of West Long Branch; a son, Thaddeus Mazurczyk and his wife, Stacy Hart, and their children, Kaitlyn and Michael of Littleton, Colo.; a daughter, Victoria Carlin and her husband, Ben Carlin, and their children, Gregory, Elizabeth and Alexander of Bedford, N.Y.; a daughter, Suzanne Mazurczyk of Manasquan; and nephew, Henry Warren of Shelbourne, Vt.

Viewing will be Thursday, April 26 at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad Street, Red Bank, New Jersey from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 27, 10 a.m. at Holy Cross Church, 30 Ward Avenue, Rumson, New Jersey. Internment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Alzheimer’s Association ( or Alzheimer’s Foundation (

Emily M. Merker

Emily M. Merker, 85, died on April 11 in Torrance, Calif. She was born in 1927 in New York, but spent most of her life in New Jersey, where she worked and raised her family. Atlantic Highlands was Emily’s favorite place to live, but in later years moved to Las Vegas with her loving husband, Leslie “Sparkie” Merker. Upon his death, Emily joined her daughter, Cyndi in California.

Emily was preceased by her husband, Leslie Merker; and brother, James Oertel. Surviving are her beloved children, James Kegley and Cyndi Kegley Notaro; her grandson, John Notaro; brothers, Frank Oertel, William Oertel, and Thomas Oertel; her sisters, Margaret May, Ann Kiss, Mary Jacintho and Alice Thompson; five nieces and seven nephews.

Emily loved her family, friends, bingo, soap operas, ice cream and feeding her squirrels. She will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew her.

A memorial service will be held in Atlantic Highlands at a date to be announced.

Theodore Jackson Murphy

Theodore Jackson Murphy, 83, of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and formerly of Fair Haven, died on April 21 with his loving wife, Wilma, at his side. Born in Red Bank in 1928, Ted was a graduate of Red Bank High School and then went on to further his education at Central College in Iowa and finally Monmouth College. Ted was a dedicated and talented baseball player and successfully competed throughout his high school, college and military service years before laying his glove down to raise a family. Ted spent the majority of his years in Fair Haven, where he was active in the town’s Pop Warner football program and Little League baseball program. He also introduced the boys of the town to youth boxing. Ted was an avid traveler, having visited all 50 states and more than 20 countries. A dedicated and passionate family man, Ted worked for New Jersey Natural Gas before being employed at B. Altman’s in New York. After years there, he wanted to be closer to his family so he bought and operated The Cellar Liquor Store in Fair Haven. After retiring, Ted moved to Maryville, Tenn., where he continued to oversee his growing family.

Ted was predeceased by his parents, Jack and Lucy Murphy; and his first wife of 55 years, Barbara. Surviving are his wife, Wilma Baumgardner Murphy; two sons, Steve Murphy, and Tom and his wife, Connie; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Phil McCutcheon, and Anne and Gordy Gilbertson and Wilma’s son, Dan Mantooth; nine loving grandchildren; and four great grand-children.

Smith Funeral and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.

Madeleine G. “Taddy” Schooley

Madeleine G. “Taddy” Schooley, 93, of Monmouth Beach, died at home on April 20. Madeleine was born in Long Branch and was raised and lived her life in Monmouth Beach. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Monmouth Beach and a lifelong member of Monmouth Beach Bath and Tennis Club, where as a child she was a member of the swimming and diving team. For many years, Taddy donated her time volunteering at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch. She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church, Long Branch.

Madeleine was predeceased by her husband, William J. Schooley Sr. in 1987; her son, William J. Schooley Jr. in 1979; her parents, Carolyn and Maxwell Smith; and her siblings, Maxwell Smith Jr., Merrill S. Smith and Carolyn S. Clarke. Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Tom Friederich of Monmouth Beach; her brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Virginia Smith of Cibolo, Tex.; and seven grandchildren, Christopher Carty, Caroline Carty, Trina Burks, Nicole Dell, Sean Schooley, Taryn Dinsmore and Tina Schooley.

Woolley Funeral Home, Long Branch, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Monmouth Beach First Aid Squad, Borough Hall, 22 Beach Road, Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750.

Michael J. Stecher

Michael J. Stecher, 92, of Holiday City, Toms River, formerly of Atlantic Highlands, died on April 18. He was a World War II veteran and a member of the D.A.V., Chapter 76. He was a loyal life member of the Red Bank Elks, Lodge 233. He worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad and owned his own construction company.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marion; and son, Michael R. Surviving are his daughter, Dianne Guinn and a grandson, Phillip Guinn both of Hazlet; his sisters, Betty Bougas and Louise Young, both of Florida, and many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Merwin Wallace

Merwin “Bill” Wallace, 95, of Middletown, died on April 8 at Bayshore Health Care Center with his family at his side. Born in West Milford, Bill served as a bomber pilot in World War II with the 57th Bomb Wing of the 12th Army Air Force. He flew 44 bombing missions in the European Theater of Operations, earning numerous medals for his proud service. Bill was a lifelong Yankees fan, and an avid golfer, who loved to play, particularly with his sons and grandsons. His career as a commercial banker spanned many years with ABC Credit, James Talcott, Manufacturers Hanover Trust, and CIT. He was a founding member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Middletown, where he was active for many years as a church officer and member.

Bill was predeceased by his loving wife of 59 years, Roberta; and seven brothers and sisters. Surviving are his two sons, Patrick and his wife, Linda, of Little Silver, and Michael and his wife, Judy, of Rochester, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Thomas Wallace and his wife, Meghan, of Va., Jeffrey Wallace and his wife, Robyn, of Rhode Island, Jason Wallace and his wife, Heather, of Middletown, Katie Zink and her husband, Bill, of New York, and Marc Wallace of Edison; and nine great-grandchildren, Erin, Rylie, Avery, Witney, Cameron, Ashlyn, Zoe, Jeffrey and Will.

John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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