In Memoriam: Obituaries for the Week of Dec. 9

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John E. Dressler Jr.

John E. Dressler, Jr., 66, of Middletown died on November 30 at his home in Middletown after a valiant battle against cancer. He was born in Jersey City and lived in Middletown since 1998. John worked for Maxwell House Coffee in Hoboken for 22 years before retiring in1985. He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather who loved his family, protected everyone and had a great sense of humor.
Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Linda (nee Marsella) Dressler of Middletown; daughter, Marcella Dressler-Gassert and her husband Robert of Port Monmouth; son, John E. Dressler III of Hasbrouck Heights; sister, Arlene McLellan of Jersey City; brother, Robert Dressler and his wife Rosemary of Jersey City; grandchildren: John E. Dressler IV, Joseph Dressler and their mother Mary Dressler of Hazlet, and Ian Gassert of Port Monmouth; dearest friends, Scotty and Marie Walker; Goddaughter, Sandra Walker-Broad and his Godson, Joseph Ristaino. He was also survived by two aunts, a niece and 6 nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents, John E. Sr. and Emma Dressler.
John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Catherine’s R.C. Church, 110 Bray Ave., Middletown, NJ 07748.

Robert A. Halsey

Robert A. Halsey, 73, of Shrewsbury, died on December 1 in Canton, Pa. Robert was born and raised in Middletown before moving to Shrewsbury in 1965. He retired as chief of the Shrewsbury Police Department in 2000 after 31 years of service. Bob was an avid turkey, deer and bear hunter and loved being in the Pennsylvania woods with his friends. He received his AA degree in criminal justice from Brookdale Community College. He was a communicant of St. Anthony of Padua RC Church in Red Bank. He was also a former member of the Shrewsbury First Aid Squad and Fire Department. He lived for his four grandchildren and was involved in every step of their lives.
Robert was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Barbara Peluso Halsey and a sister, Judy Lucas. He is survived by his children; Catherine Donnelly and her husband Dennis of Little Silver and Dana Aumack and her husband, Andrew of Eatontown, four grandchildren; Megan and Christopher Donnelly and Jessica and Jake Aumack. He is also survived by his parents; Frederick and Jane Halsey of Fort Myers, Fla., a sister, Nancy Maywald of Fort Myers, Fla., sisters-in-law, Debra Eidel and Mayann Hance, brother-in-law, Sam Peluso and many nieces and nephews, as well as, his neighbors who were as close as family and his police force family.
John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank. The family requests donations in Robert’s name to Shrewsbury PBA Local # 308, PO Box 7398, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 or American Cancer Society, 801 Broad St, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702.

Robert W. Johnston

Robert W. Johnston, 73, of Navesink, died November 30. He was born in Neptune and lived in Navesink for over 50 years. Robert was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He worked as a police officer for the Middletown Township police department for 25 years. He was a volunteer fireman and former president and captain of the Navesink Hook & Ladder Co. He was also a member of the Rumson Senior Citizen club.
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Mary Ann Johnston; two sons, Kenneth William Johnston and his wife Nancy, John Henry Johnston and his wife Camille; four grandchildren, Brenda Morgan and her husband Patrick, Marybeth Leathers and her husband Randy, John-Anthony Johnston, Cecillia Johnston; five great grandchildren, Jacqulynn, Leland, Andrew, Avery, Eli; three brothers, William Johnston, Joseph Johnston, Mike Barrett; and two sisters-in law Diane Cross, Joanne Devlin.
Robert was preceded in death by son, Robert Andrew Johnston.
John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.
Contributions may be made to the Rumson Senior Citizens Club, c/o of Mary Ann Johnston.

Robert E. Leo

Robert E. Leo, 69, of Rumson, died on December 5 at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank. Robert was a lifelong resident of Rumson. He was an educator with Middletown Board Of Education and retired after 25 years of service. Later he enjoyed being an employee of Monmouth Park in Oceanport. He was a member of NJEA, NEA and IAABO (Board 194). Robert was also a communicant of Holy Cross RC Church Rumson.
He is predeceased by his parents; James M. Leo Jr. and Nora L. Leo. He is survived by a brother, James M. Leo III and his wife Patricia of Rumson and a sister, Audrey M. Leo also of Rumson, an aunt, Nora Goldschlager of Rumson, nieces; Meredith K., Erin M. and Christine A. Leo, as well as, many loving relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held Thursday December 8th from 2-4 & 7-9pm at the John E. Day Family Center, 33 Allen Place, Red Bank, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, December 9th 10am at Holy Cross RC Church, Rumson. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Robert’s name to Rumson First Aid Squad, One Wilson Circle, Rumson, NJ 07760.

Walter Williamson Reid III

Walter Williamson Reid III, formerly of Allenhurst, Deal and Monmouth Beach, died on November 29 at his home in Southern Pines, N.C. He was born on June 30, 1914 in East Orange, son of Walter Williamson Reid, Jr. and Louise Burgermaster.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Walters Reid; nephews, Reid B. Cameron (wife Ruth), and Ross B. Cameron of North East, Md.; stepchildren, William N. Smith (wife Ginger) of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Steven D. Smith (wife Anna) of Raleigh, N.C., Elizabeth A. Smith of Charlotte, N.C., and other family members, Catherine H. Cameron, North East, Md., and William and Nancy Reid of Pinehurst, N.C., six step-grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Lorraine Hyde Reid, and a sister Phyllis Reid Cameron.
He attended Montclair Academy for two years, graduated Asbury Park High School in 1934, and Lehigh University where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
Mr. Reid spent his entire working career with Charms Candy Co., from 1946 after 5 years in the army, and was chairman of the board from 1960 to 1988 where he developed the famous Blow Pops. He was a vice president of Ponce Candy Industries, in Puerto Rico, and vice president of General Magnetics. While in New Jersey, he was active on many boards serving the longest on Monmouth Medical Center from 1960-1988. Other boards included Atlantic Health Group, Central Jersey Bank and Trust Co. He was a trustee of Elberon Memorial Church.
An avid golfer, Mr. Reid enjoyed memberships at Rumson Country Club, Deal Golf Club, mid-Ocean in Bermuda, Pinehurst Country Club, and Country Club of NC where he had a home.
Most recently he had been on the board of the foundation of First Health of the Carolinas and the Reid Heart Center was named in his honor.
A memorial service will be held at the Village Chapel, Pinehurst, N.C. on December 3 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at Belle Meade in Southern Pines, following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Elberon Memorial Church, c/o Bob Broge, treasurer, 160 White Street, Suite 204, Little Silver, NJ 07739. Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines is assisting the family.

Lewis H. Robertson

On November 30, Lewis H. Robertson, 65, of Rumson died of complications from injuries sustained in an accident while at his home in Tortola, BVI. When not practicing law in New Jersey, Lewis loved to sail aboard his boat No Horizon in the waters of the Virgin Islands. Lewis, a true gentleman, was known for his quiet good humor, and any conversation with him was likely to run deep, especially when touching on one of his many interests such as western art, history or constitutional law.
Lewis graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1968. After his military service, he attended law school at Seton Hall and practiced law for over thirty years. He kept his connection to West Point throughout his life, tailgating at football games, organizing his Company A3 reunions, and hosting Army Navy football brunches. He was a member of the Seabright Lawn Tennis and Cricket Club and the Seabright Beach Club. He found a true companion when he married his wife Justine in 1985. They worked, played and traveled together.
Lewis was a loving husband and stepfather. He is survived by his wife Justine, his stepchildren Stephanie of West Hartford, Conn. and Boyd of Monmouth Beach; his sister Meg of Nashville, Tenn., and his father Harold and wife Kay of Overland Park, Kansas.
Because of Lewis’ life-long love of dogs, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made in his name to the Monmouth County SPCA, PO Box 93, Eatontown, NJ 07724 or online at The Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank was entrusted with his arrangements.

Richard R. Shergalis

Richard R. Shergalis, 78, of Little Silver, died on December 1 at his home. He was born in Middle Village, N.Y. Richard worked as a civil engineer for Exxon Mobil in Linden for 17 years before retiring in 1997. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church at Red Bank – Tower Hill.
Surviving are his three sons, Howard, Peter and Stephen Shergalis; 2 daughters, Catherine Clark and Jennifer Sillito; 2 sisters, Dolores Ferrara and Jane Giaramita and 7 grandchildren.
Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanore Shergalis on February 3, 2011.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church at Red Bank – Tower Hill, 225 Harding Rd., Red Bank NJ. 07701.
John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.

Alice D. Tyndall M.D

Dr. Alice D. Tyndall, 88, died peacefully at the home of her niece Meghan E. Clemente in Little Silver. She was born in Weehawken and lived in Red Bank before moving to Middletown in 1997. Sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great aunt, grand aunt, friend to many and pediatrician to thousands!
She studied a year at Chestnut Hill College in Chestnut Hill, Pa. and in 1944 completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Vermont. She was one of only two females to complete her medical degree at the University of Vermont in 1947 and completed her residency at St. Mary’s Hospital. She practiced general medicine until 1960, at which time became board certified in pediatric medicine. In 1993 she received the American Academy of Pediatrics Educator Award and 1998 – 2001 the AAP Physicians Recognition Award.
Dr. Tyndall retired after 52 years in her private practice as a pediatrician in Shrewsbury. She was on the Medical Executive Committee and was chief of pediatrics at Riverview Medical Center. Her patients remember her best for the kind, gentle, and caring manner in which she treated them; as if they were her own children.
She was a communicant of St. James RC Church, Red Bank and a member and past–president of the Catholic Daughters of America. She was a world traveler, avid golfer, bocce ball player and a huge New York Giants fan. She was an active member of the Socializers Club at Shadow Lake Village, and a member of Bamn Hollow Country Club, and Skytop Lodge, Skytop, Pa.
She was pre-deceased by her parents Dr. Hugh and Florence Tyndall; a brother, Hugh, and his wife, Gloria; her sisters, Sister Marie Victorine S.S.J., Janice, Sister Hugh Marie, S.S.J., Bernadette McGann (nee Tyndall); her nephew Gavin Tyndall, and nieces Karen and Kelly Tyndall.
She is survived by her brother-in-law, the Honorable Patrick J. McGann, Jr., four nephews, six nieces, 15 great-nieces and nephews and many grand nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 2-4 and 7 – 9 p.m. at the John E Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank. A Mass of Christian burial will take place Friday December 9, 2011 at 10 a.m. at the St James RC Church, Red Bank. The interment will follow at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown,
Donations may be made in her memory to St. Joseph Villa, 110 West Wissahickon Ave., Flourtown, PA 19031.

Charles J. Tomney

Charles J. Tomney, 81, of Red Bank died at home on November 29. Charles lived in Red Bank for the past nine years. Prior to his move to Red Bank, he was a resident in Rumson from 1975. During the Korean War, Charles served with the US Navy where he served on the USS Achernar from 1951-1953. He was a chemical engineer for Reichold Chemical Co., Elizabeth, retiring in 1992 after 32 years of service. He was a member of the USS Achernar Association, the Red Bank American Legion and the Rumson Fire Police and First Aid Squad. Most importantly, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
Charles was predeceased by his wife Barbara in 2002 and a son Chuck in 1991. He is survived by a son, Edward; two daughters, Jane Sullivan, Barbara and husband Kevin Coffey; brother, James and sister, Mary Mackintosh; five grandchildren, Erin, Amanda, Brittany, Maggie and Liam and three great-grandchildren.
Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. The family requests that donations be made in his memory to the Riverview Medical Center Foundation, 1 Riverview Plaza, Red Bank, NJ 07701 (Critical Care Unit).

Robert N. Wyckoff

Robert N. Wyckoff, 86, of Red Bank, died at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank on November 26. Born in Elizabeth, his family summered in Port Monmouth. He attended the Elizabeth Public Schools until his senior year. Then the family moved to Red Bank, following his father’s second marriage to the late Maud Roop. Her influence kept Robert from being a juvenile delinquent. He graduated from Red Bank High in 1943.
Soon after graduation, he was inducted into the Army, serving in the European Theater—France, Belgium and Germany, Rhineland and Ardennes Campaigns. He was discharged from Camp Butner, N.C. after eight months in the hospital.
After the service, Robert was employed by the Bendix Corporation as night shift time keeper. Upon his retirement, he was the administrator of payrolls and time keeping. It was at Bendix that he met his wife Etta and together they made the world go around for 45 years. To fellow employees they were nicknamed Aunt Etta and Uncle Bob. On his 25th anniversary with Bendix, the newly appointed general manager had each supervisor come and celebrate to his office and requested in “one word how best to describe their worker.” Mr. Wyckoff got dubbed “integrity,” the best of compliments he always said.
He was a Methodist and served as lay leader and board of trustees chairman of the Rumson-Fair Haven congregation that was to serve both boroughs. Some years later and after his wife’s passing, he attended the Red Bank Methodist Church. He was also a life member of the Disabled American Veterans and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He loved people, conversation, flowers, birds, collecting souvenir spoons. He also loved to needlepoint, read and drive.
Robert was predeceased by his wife Etta Almira Coddington Wyckoff in 1998; his father Norman L, mother Nettie G. Stillman; twin siblings, Hudson & Helen L. Wyckoff Clark Stevens and a sister Anna M. Wyckoff Humes and Susan Yoshino. He is survived by his nieces, Dr. Grace Clark, Linda Humes, Geraldine MacLenman and Nancy Duffy; great nieces and nephews, Margaret Stephenson, Jack & James Stevenson, George Ward, Christina Forsting and Sarah Fox.
Visitation will be held 12 – 1 p.m.on Monday, Dec. 12 with the service beginning at 1 p.m. at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank. Interment will follow at Fair View Cemetery, Middletown.

Cesar Amilcar Zul

Cesar Amilcar Zul, 44, of Red Bank, died on December 2 at his home in Red Bank. He was surrounded by his loving family. Cesar was born in Orange Walk Town, Belize and has resided in New Jersey for 19 years, the last 15 in Red Bank.
While in Belize he worked at a lumber yard, at the Belize Electricity Board and as a bookkeeper for a business firm. He was a communicant of St Anthony of Padua RC Church in Red Bank. Cesar will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is predeceased by his wife, Rossana, who died at the age of 29. He is survived by his son, Roamir and by his extended family and friends.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 9 from 5-9 p.m. at the John E. Day Family Center, 33 Allen Place, Red Bank. A Funeral Liturgy will take place Saturday, Dec. 10 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua RC Church in Red Bank. Interment will remain private.

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