Peder John Gisleson III, formerly of Little Silver; Doris Goetchius, Middletown: Joseph Hayduk, formerly of Middletown; Naldo Joseph Iorio, Hazlet; Theodore Koleski, West Long Branch; Suzanne Rutland Leach, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Elizabeth Slade Martin, Fair Haven; Bruce “Stats” Statham, Little Silver; Eleanor L. Tomaino; Catherine Wallace, Middletown; John G. Zerrer, formerly of Middletown
Peder John Gisleson III
Peder John Gisleson III, of Archdale, N.C., born May 30, 1953, died on March 1. He grew up in Little Silver, attended Red Bank Regional High School and was baptized in the Tinton Falls Reformed Church where he participated in the youth group.
Peder graduated with a B.A. from High Point College in North Carolina and fell in love with the state and chose to stay and live there. He was a lovable man who with his beard would charm children into believing in Santa. He had an amazing faith and many talents; he loved to cook, draw, fish and bowl. He also had a boundless love of anything with an eagle on it.
He leaves behind his mother, Audrey W. Gisleson; and four siblings, Kathleen Meenan, Margaret Gisleson, William Gisleson and Nancy Pechinski; his nieces, Lorraine Douglas, Colleen Sweet, Sara, Samantha, Elizabeth, Rachel Gisleson; his nephews, Michael, Jeremy, Zachariah, Elijah Gisleson; three great-nieces, Lauren, Erin, and Kathleen Sweet; and one great-nephew, Connor Kusch. Preceded in death by his father, Peder John Gisleson Jr.
Triad Cremation Society Inc., Greensboro N.C., was in charge of arrangements. Cards may be addressed to 7900 Hardwood Landing Rd., St. Augustine, FL 32092.
Doris Goetchius, 86, of Middletown, died on March 31 in Keansburg. She was born in Irvington, and lived in Union and Palm City, Fla. before moving to Middletown seven years ago. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America.
Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Arthur and Pamela Goetchius; son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Karen Goetchius; daughter, Susan Fell; six grandsons, Derek Goetchius, Glenn Goetchius and his wife Yamaris Barril; Jack Lynch and his wife Nicole; Tim Lynch, Kyle Fell, Eric Fell; granddaughters, Jane Goetchius and Megan Goetchius; great-granddaughter, Isabel Barril Goetchius. Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Goetchius in 2004.
John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.
Joseph Hayduk, 89, formerly of Middletown, died on March 25 in Reston, Virginia. He was born on June 13, 1922 in Marion Heights, Pa., and lived in Middletown from 1968 until 2009, when he moved to Great Falls, Va.
After graduating from Kulpmont High School, Joseph joined the Army Air Corps and graduated Officer Candidate School in 1943. Joseph proudly served his country, flying 47 combat missions in World War II between 1943 and 1945, in both the B-24 and B-29 Bombers, as a bombardier and navigator. Joseph also served in the Korean War flying as the navigator in a B-29 Bomber. After the Korean War, Joseph was part of the Strategic Air Command until he retired in 1968 as a Lieutenant Colonel. After retiring from the military, Joseph worked until his retirement as a title searcher in Freehold.
Surviving are his sons, Ronald J. Hayduk, and his wife, Suzanna Jones, and Kenneth R. Hayduk, and his wife, Victoria Hayduk. Joseph is also survived by his grandchildren, Riley C. Hayduk, Rita K. Hayduk-Jones, Jamie S. Hayduk-Jones, Sarah A. Karpe, Kendal A. Karpe, and Elizabeth N. Karpe; as well as his sister, Verna Augustine; and his brother, Steve Hayduk.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Theresa R. Hayduk; and his parents, Andrew and Anna Hayduk.
John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Founders Affiliate, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.
Naldo Joseph Iorio
Naldo Joseph Iorio, 85, of Hazlet died on March 27 at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank. He was born in Jersey City and lived there before moving to Middletown in 1960. Naldo worked as a terminal manager for several transportation companies, last working for mosaic trucking in Matawan before retiring in 2002. In his earlier years heenjoyed working nights and weekends at Iorio and Sons Tavern, his family’s business, in Jersey City. he served in the US Army during World War II. He was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Church, New Monmouth. He was a member of the Middletown Elks, where he was actively involved with fundraising and activities for special needs children. He also volunteered with St. Joseph’s PTA and was selected as their “Man of the Year” in 2007. He was an active contributor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Naldo was a devoted father and grandfather who lived for his family. Throughout his lifetime he prided himself on being a very hard worker. His legacy will be his selflessness, kindness and generosity of spirit.
Surviving are his daughter, Patricia Thein; daughter and son-in-law, Judi and Phill DeSimone; eight grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Concetta Iorio in 2000 and his son, Joseph Iorio on January 31, 2012.
John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Naldo’s memory be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Mem. Program PO Box 3704 Memphis, TN 38173.
Theodore Koleski, 92, died at Jersey Shore Center in Eatontown on March 30. Ted was born in Newark and lived in West Long Branch for the past 18 years. He worked as a foreman for Sweeney Boiler in Newark and was held in highest regard by all. Prior to that, he worked for many years beside his father in the family business, K and H Rigging. He served in the Navy during World War II and was a proud member of the East Hanover VFW.
He was most known for his beautifully cabinet making, carvings and carpentry. There was nothing he couldn’t build.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Jackie Gualtieri. Surviving are his children: Patricia and Michael Koleski both of Eatontown, Billy Koleski of Colorado and Lorie Quinn of Rumson. Also surviving are his three sisters: Jean Rudzinski of Shrewsbury; Wanda Simko of Hamburg and Florence Scavone of West Long Branch; seven grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
All arrangements will be private at Braun Funeral Home, Eatontown.
Suzanne Rutland Leach
Suzanne Rutland Leach, 79, of West Palm Beach, Florida, died at her home on April 1. Suzanne met life’s challenges and enjoyed its pleasures by the grace of God, the marvels of medicine, the nourishment of friendships and the loving support of her family. Born in Willoughby, Ohio, she was educated at Palm Beach High School, Stephens College and Duke University.
She was predeceased by her husband Frank, her parents Frances and Gordon Rutland and her sister Frances Swift. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Jeffrey and Dale Leach of Little Silver and grandsons, Gregory Leach and Frank Leach II of Washington, D.C. Her family brought her untold joy and un raison d’etre.
Quattlebaum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Elizabeth Slade Martin
Elizabeth Slade (Betsy) Martin died on March 17 at Collington Episcopal Life Care Community, Mitchellville, Md., after a long illness. Alzheimer’s took her so many years ago; her passing ended an ordeal. Betsy lived with her family in Fair Haven, and St. Louis, Missouri for most of her adult life. Friends, gardeners, and other loved ones remember her kind nature, infectious laugh, and passion for tending the landscape, gardens, children and animals at the end of the last dirt road in town, Browns Lane, and at her calling as a landscape designer in Fair Haven. She could also be found on the Navesink River pulling soft shell crabs from the river or crewing for Bill, her husband of 48 years who survives her. She is also survived by a sister Cecily Slade Redpath; her children W. Read Scott Martin of Washington, D.C., and Anne Martin Russell, of Charlottesville, Va.; and four grandchildren.An informal memorial is planned, place and time undetermined. Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Bruce “Stats” Statham, 65, of Little Silver, died on March 28 at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank, after a courageous year-long battle with lung cancer. He was a remarkable man who had led a full and fun loving life. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Ethel and “ Buddy” Statham. He was raised with his younger brothers, Gary and Randy. Bruce graduated from Virginia Tech in 1967, and was an avid “Hokie Fan” throughout his entire life. His TEK fraternity brothers remained a constant source of laughter and memories from year to year. Bruce married his college sweetheart, Cindy Christopher with whom he had two daughters, Elizabeth and Holly. Elizabeth resides in California with her husband, Paul and daughter Lillie. Holly resides in Utah with her husband, Dave and two daughters, Delaney and Callahan.
His early working years were spent at Fisher Scientific and Merrill Lynch. Most of his career years were spent in sales where he worked at Pacific Connections for 20 years before his retirement in 2008.
In 1984, Bruce moved to New York City. It was there that he met and luckily married his second wife of 24 years, Karen Cutler. They moved to Little Silver and had a son together, Taylor, now 16.
His greatest pride was his family. His three children and three grandchildren were his inspiration and delight. He loved making them laugh and creating memories with trips to Catalina Island, fossil digs and Mexico adventures.
He was an excellent storyteller and loved an audience. And he had many stories to tell, because his life was a constant adventure. He had a great sense of humor and could laugh at himself. For the most part, the world met him on his own terms because he was so fearless and utterly comfortable in his own skin, but also because he was certainly blessed to have married Karen, who was his anchor. His commanding presence and his wild sense of fashion left a lasting impression on everyone around him. His love of gardening, fishing, friends, food and all things sun worthy, were his passions. Those of us who knew and loved him, feel fortunate to have had this striking individual with us as long as we did and his example will live on in our lives and memories. He will be greatly missed.
The Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. Donations in Bruce’s memory may be made to Embury United Methodist Church, 49 Church St., Little Silver, NJ 07739.
Eleanor L. Tomaino
Eleanor L. Tomaino, 89, died on March 29 at the Kensington Court Assisted Living, where she was a resident for the past two years. She was born in Brooklyn on January 17, 1923, to Louis and Mary Casagrande. She spent her early years working in the family business. Later she worked in food services at Ship Ahoy Beach Club, Holmdel Swim Club, and Tinton Falls Public Schools. Eleanor spent her adult life in Monmouth County. She was a member of St. Dorothea’s Roman Catholic Church, Eatontown. She was an avid reader and enjoyed sharing the books she read with family and friends. More than anything else, Eleanor treasured spending time with her children and grandchildren, who loved her dearly and will miss her.
Eleanor is predeceased by her parents, Louis and Mary Casagrande, and her husband, Patsy J. Tomaino. She is survived by her three children, Patricia Wilson and her companion, Anthony DePietro, Eatontown; Barbara Struble and her husband, Cliff, South Carolina; James J. Tomaino and his wife, Donna, Pennsylvania; and her brother, John Casagrande and his wife, Frances. She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Harry Wilson , Virginia; Robert Wilson, Pennsylvania; Darren Wilson, Eatontown; Aimee Hodges, Pennsylvania; Andrew Tomaino, Pennsylvania; her great- granddaughter, Nicole, Virginia; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Braun Funeral Home, Eatontown, was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Vincent dePaul Society, St. Dorothea’s Church, Broad Street, Eatontown, NJ. 07724.
Catherine Wallace, 92, of Middletown, died on April 2 in Red Bank. Catherine worked as a secretary for her husband at W.S. Wallace Men’s Clothier in Keyport. She was a member of the Reformed Church of Middletown.
Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, William and Diane Wallace, II of Charleston, S.C.; her three daughters and sons-in-law, Judith and Jack White of Charleston, S.C., Marsha and Robert Sproul of Gainsville, Ga., and Charlene and Glen O’Hara of Manchester, and her six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Catherine was preceded in death by her husband, Merrill H. Wallace in 1983 and her parents, Herbert and Wilhelmenia Cottrell.
John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Reformed Church of Middletown, 121 Kings Hwy, Middletown, NJ 07748.
John G. Zerrer
John G. Zerrer, 84, of Tinton Falls and formerly a 50 year resident of Middletown, died after a brief illness on April 2. During World War II, John served with the US Army from 1944-1945. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Haverford College. He worked in management for Provident Mutual Insurance, Philadelphia, Pa., retiring in 1975. In 1965, John became a member of Christ Episcopal Church of Middletown. He served with the Vestry, as Jr. Warden, Sr. Warden, chalice bearer, served on the Capital Gifts Campaign and was active in the restoration of Old Christ Church.
He was also involved with Manna House, an organization providing housing and training to homeless women, where he was presently serving as treasurer. John was also a member of Navesink Country Club having served on the governing board of directors. He loved boating on the Navesink, he was an avid golfer and he enjoyed playing bridge but more than anything he loved his family.
John is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jane Fox Zerrer; two sons John G., Jr. of Stockton and Jeffrey F. of Miami Beach, Fla.; brother Edwin W. Zerrer and wife Peggy of Naples, Fla. and four grandchildren, Jarrett, Jeffrey, Jack and Jackson.
There are no visitation hours. A memorial service will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 10, 11 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church of Middletown, 90 Kings Hwy., Middletown, NJ 07748. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in his memory either to Christ Episcopal Church or to Manna House, 640 Cliffwood Avenue, Cliffwood Beach, NJ 07735.