In Memoriam: Obituaries for the Week of December 23 – 29

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William A. Bibby

William “Bill” A. Bibby, 83, of Readington Township, died at his home on December 18. Bill received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Miami University in Florida. He was a self-employed as a structural steel detailer, working from his home. Bill was a member of the Blue Sky Flying Club. He did his solo flight out of Hadley Airport, South Plainfield. He also flew out of the Linden Airport. He served with the National Guard for six years.

Bill was predeceased by his parents, Alexander and Marie Bibby and his brother, Alexander. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Norma; a daughter, Christine Stout and husband, William Paul of Rumson and three grandchildren, Anthony and Julia Constantine and Sarah Stout.

Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad Street, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. The family requests that memorial donations be made in his memory to Hunterdon Hospice, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ  08822 or to the VNA of Central Jersey, 176 Riverside Ave., Red Bank, NJ  07701.

Ralph J. Gatta

Ralph J. Gatta, 74, a lifelong resident of Red Bank, died on December 17 at St. Barnabas Hospice at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch. Ralph was a 1955 graduate of Red Bank High School and then proudly served our country for two years in the US Army. He has been the proprietor of Johnny’s Jazz Market on Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank since 1963 when he took the market over from his father. Ralph was well known for his love of jazz music and was even recognized in the New York Times. He was also the 2008 recipient of the Red Bank Businessman’s Award. He was a lifelong communicant of St. Anthony of Padua RC Church in Red Bank.

Ralph was predeceased by his parents, John and Helen (Mazzucca) Gatta and in 2007 his sister-in-law, Maria A. Gatta, the former mayor of Oceanport.

He is survived by his brothers, John A. Gatta and his fiancée, Jan Goldsmith, of Oceanport and Alfred A. Gatta and his wife, Jane, of White Plains, N.Y.; nieces, Mary and Alyssa Gatta; nephews, Mark, Michael and Benjamin Gatta and great-nieces, Alexa and Sophia.

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

Gretchen A. Green

Gretchen A. Green, 72, of Tinton Falls, died at her home on December 15. Gretchen attended Atlantic Highlands Grammar School and High School. She went on to graduate from Trenton State in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree in education. She also received her ESL certification at Kean College. Gretchen was employed by the Red Bank Board of Education. She was a member of the NJ Education Association. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church of Red Bank and the United Methodist Women.

Gretchen is survived by her son, Warren H. Green of Long Branch; a daughter Gretchen “Gigi” Morgan and her husband, Mark Morgan of Douglasville, Georgia; brother Karl B. Van Brunt, Sr. of Shepherdstown, W.V. and two granddaughters, Ashley and Kira Morgan.

Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. The family requests that memorial donations be made in her memory to the United Methodist Church of Red Bank, Youth Mission Fund.

Francis “Frank” V. Introcaso, Jr.

Francis “Frank” V. Introcaso, Jr., 84, of Boone, N.C., formerly of Monmouth Beach, died on December 13 at Riverview Medical Center.

Frank attended Kearney High School before serving in the Navy and earned his diploma after his discharge. He also attended Rutgers University for two years. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Navy’s Construction Battalion on Okinawa. He retired in 1987 after 32 years as a safety engineer at Continental Insurance Company and moved to a 12-acre horse farm in Boone, N.C. with his loving wife of 57 years, Lois. In addition to his years at Continental, he worked as a truck driver, owned two service stations in North Arlington and sold life insurance. He was quite a handyman who always enjoyed fixing things, especially motors and also enjoyed building things. In his “retirement,” he raised horses, cows, goats, tobacco, chickens, grapes and a small vegetable garden. He helped to birth colts and calves, even giving CPR to no avail to two stillborn colts.

Frank was predeceased by his wife, Lois in 2007. He is survived by his son, Stephen and daughter-in-law, Lynn; granddaughters Brianna, Krista and Cara of Lincroft and son, Gregg and grandson, John of Boone, N.C.

Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. The family requests memorial donations be made to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Foundation or the Watauga Medical Center, Cancer Center Fund, PO Box 2600, Boone, NC  28607.

Irene Maryanski

Irene Maryanski, 91, of Wall, died on December 17 after a long illness. Born in Bayonne, she was a graduate of Bayonne High School and Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School. She was secretary/treasurer of Bayonne Packing Company, which she co-owned with her husband, Sigmund Maryanski for 34 years. Mr. and Mrs. Maryanski lived with their family in the Chapel Hill area of Middletown for 21 years, and resided in several Monmouth County towns thereafter.

In Bayonne, Mrs. Maryanski was a leader of Troop #3 of the Boy Scouts, and active in the Marist High School Mothers Club, She was a former member of Monmouth Beach Bath and Tennis Club.

She was predeceased by her husband; a sister, Adele Zaleski, and her sons, Peter and Richard Maryanski. She is survived by her beloved daughter Barbara Peterson, Shark River Hills; her son-in-law Duncan Peterson; her sister Edna Zaleski, Bayonne; her daughters –in-law-Christine  (Mrs. Richard) and Laurel (Mrs. Peter) Maryanski; grandsons Michel Maryanski and his wife Kelly, David Maryanski and his wife Susan, William Maryanski and wife Rachel, and Matthew Peterson; great-granddaughters Olivia, Elizabeth, Alexandra and Makaela Maryanski and great-grandson Zachery Maryanski.

Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank was entrusted with her care.

Sarah Reilly

Sarah Reilly, 84, of Red Bank, died on December 18 at Chapin Hill Care Center, Red Bank, surrounded by her family. Sarah immigrated to this country at an early age from The Rosses, Donegal County, Ireland. She retired as a secretary for the Board of Education in Elizabeth in 1992. Sarah was a communicant of St James Church, Red Bank, and a former member of the Bayonne Donegal Association.

She was predeceased by her first husband, William Cowling, her brother Hugh Gallagher and her sister Peggy Dunleavy. She is survived by her second husband James Reilly; son, John Reilly; daughters, Alice Cunningham and her husband P.J., Mary Peltz, Patricia Reilly, & Eileen Sastre; two sisters Bridget Boyle and Kitty Gillespie of Ireland, 10 grandchildren, her great aunt, Annie Boyle and many dear cousins, nieces and nephews in both New Jersey and Ireland.

The Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. Donations to the convent of St James are preferred.

William J. Rigney

William J. Rigney, 88, died on December 18 at Riverview Hospice. Born and raised in New York City, he lived in Middletown for the past 57 years. He went to St. Michael’s Boys School in the Bronx then graduated Lehigh University as a civil engineer. Bill proudly served his country during World War II in the Army.

He started his career working for the NY Central RR and the Jersey Central Railroad as a track supervisor for 10 years then for 24 years at Citi Bank retiring as a vice president in the construction department. He enjoyed 25 years of retirement. During that time he was very active at Shadow Lake Village serving as a trustee for serving years. He was a communicant of St. James RC Church for 55 years and sang in the men’s choir. He enjoyed golf and bridge and will be remembered for his caring heart and sense of humor.

Surviving are his loving wife of 64 years, Margaret and his two devoted children Barbara Dreher and William Rigney and his wife Judy. Bill was the fond grandfather of Douglas and Michael Dreher and Kristen and Brian Rigney and great-grandfather of Jayden Dreher. Also surviving are his brother, James, of Prince Edward Island, Canada, and two sisters, Mary Ann Thomson of Somers, N.Y. and Janet Petrie of Louisville, Kentucky.

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

George A. Roe

George A. Roe, 90, died on December 15 at home. He was born in Revere, Mass. and resided in Lincroft for the past 44 years. George was retired from Bell Labs in Holmdel and proudly served his country in the United States Army as a staff sergeant. He was involved with the ARC Association.

George is predeceased by his parents and his wife of 49 years, Bertha M. Roe. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family. Surviving are his five children, Denny Roe and his wife Maria of Howell, Gary Roe and his wife Sue of Shrewsbury, Brian Roe of Lincroft, Glenn Roe of Farmingdale, and Cheryl and her husband Ray Rust of Tinton Falls; six grandchildren, Jennifer, D.J, David, and Stephen Roe, Sam and Ashley Rust.

All arrangements are private and under the care of the John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank. Memorial donations may be sent to The Arc of Monmouth, 1158 Wayside Road, Tinton Falls NJ 07712.

Emilia Smuga

Emilia Smuga, 87, died at home in Red Bank. She was born Emilia Kaminska in Tarnopol, Poland. In 1939, at age fifteen she was taken with some members of her family to Soviet Russian prison camps. Freed in 1941, she traveled with other members of her group for eight months through the Soviet Union. On that journey, she picked cotton in Buchara, Kazakhstan, prayed for freedom and watched members of her group suffer.

Finally out of the Soviet Union in 1942, she joined the Polish Second Corps in Iraq as a volunteer and contributed to the army’s success in Italy. The story of her journey is told more completely at

At the end of the war, she married Joseph Smuga, also a soldier, in the Basilica of Loretto in Italy. He and Emilia began to raise daughter Theresa and son George in Italy and England.  They arrived in the United States in 1951 and attained United States citizenship in 1963.

She worked for various enterprises, most recently Bristol Myers, from which she retired in 1990. She was a communicant at Saint Stanislaus Church in Newark, NJ, and Saint Anthony of Padua in Red Bank. She was a member of the Polish Veterans Organization, Post 25.

She and Joseph moved to Shadow Lake Village in 2002. Joseph died in 2003.

She is survived by Theresa and John Kwiatkowski, George and Janet Smuga, grandchildren Claire Smuga, Evelyn and Steve Genzano and their children, Carolyn and Owen. Also, numerous relatives living in Great Britain and Poland survive her.

John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.  Memorial donations can be made to St. Stanislaus Church in Newark or St. Anthony of Padua in Red Bank.

Pasquale Tarantino

Pasquale Tarantino, 82, of Matawan, died on December 17 in Holmdel. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. where he lived before moving to Matawan 17 years ago. Pasquale worked as an iron worker for Grand Iron Works, Bronx, N.Y. for 30 years, retiring in 1983.

Surviving are his, son and daughter-in-law Ralph and Amy Tarantino of Middletown; daughter and son-in-law Lorraine and Kenneth Arango of Middletown; brother Angelo Tarantino; sister Rose Ullmann; grandchildren, Julianne, Michelle, Patricia, Nicole, Danielle, Douglas and John Paul.

Pasquale was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Tarantino on February 10, 2011.

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

Elizabeth Whalen

On November 27, after a long courageous struggle with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, Elizabeth Law Whalen, beloved wife of Gerald Whalen, died peacefully in Wilton, Connecticut near her daughter Sarah.

She was predeceased by her brother Dr. Robin Caird Watson, who died in 1990, but is survived by her husband Dr. Gerald Whalen of Shrewsbury, and by all her children and their families: Dr. Giles and Lynn Whalen of Sutton, Mass., Daniel and Susan Whalen of Rumson, Sarah and Powell Robinson of South Salem N.Y. and Philippa and James Burke of New York, N.Y.  She is also survived by her nine grandchildren: Christina and Sydney Whalen of Rumson, Nicholas, Ann, Sarah and John Whalen of Sutton, Mass., and Lily, Powell and Charlotte Robinson of South Salem N.Y.

She was born December 3, 1925, the first child of Eleanor Lloyd Watson and William Watson in London, England, and was raised there with her beloved younger brother, Robin, in a bustling home on Bigwood Road at the edge of Hampstead Heath. During the Blitz of London, she and Robin were moved with their many cousins and grandparents to their summer retreat in Banchory, Scotland. She stayed in Scotland where she had many happy memories and eventually matriculated at the University of Aberdeen. She graduated as a physician with an MBChB and at the age of 21 returned to London to take up a post as a pediatric specialist at the Great Ormand Street Children’s Hospital. While working there she met a visiting American neurosurgeon named Gerald Whalen who swept her off her feet. They were married in the chapel of Portuguese embassy in London on May 9, 1953 and sailed for New York later that year. The young couple settled first in Red Bank, and then bought a house on Garden Road in Shrewsbury where Elizabeth raised her four children and made her home for 56 years. When Robin, who had followed her into the medical profession, immigrated to New York to be near her and her family in 1960, her circle completed. Her genuine warmth drew people to her naturally and her life was devoted to family and friends. She delighted in the things that make life joyous but was a steadying, ethical influence for all around her and always someone to turn to for wisdom and perspective. She loved children, learning, travel, gardening, friends, china, holidays, cooking and family dinners. She had a generous spirit, saw the good in all people, and was a living example of human decency. She made her home a place of grace and light that was both refuge and beacon. Although her spirit still shines brightly for those who loved her, her illness had dimmed her presence for too long. She has been much missed, was much loved, and will long be remembered.

A memorial service will be held on January 7,, 2012 at Christ Church in Shrewsbury, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, Donations can be sent to the Alzheimers Association.

Evelyn C. Wilton

Evelyn C. Wilton, 96, of Port Monmouth, died on December 16 in Neptune. She was born in Manhattan, N.Y. and was raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. before moving to Port Monmouth 60 years ago. Her passion was her family and she was a homemaker for much of her life raising her amazing family, then going to work at age 65 for the Middletown Board of Education, where she worked in several school cafeterias. Evelyn was a long time parishioner at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in North Middletown. Evelyn’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff Neptune Rehabilitation and Care for giving Evelyn the best care and attention they could.

Surviving are her seven sons, Daniel Wilton, and his wife Margaret, of Spring Lake, Francis Wilton Jr., and his wife Geraldine, of Atlantic Highlands, James Wilton of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Thomas Wilton, and his wife Francina, of Belmar, Edward Wilton, and his wife Patricia, of Port Monmouth, John J. Wilton of Mount Holly and Arthur Wilton, and his wife Lisa, of Belford. She is also survived by her four daughters, Evelyn Maxwell, and her husband Robert, of Middletown, Ann Connors, and her husband Thomas, of Hazlet, Mary Austin, and her husband Joseph, of Hazlet and Marian Marshowsky, and her husband Michael, of Sanford, Fla. She will be lovingly remembered by her 33 grandchildren, her 47 great-grandchildren, and her three great-great-grandsons.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Francis E. Wilton Sr.; her parents, Daniel and Katherine O’Keefe; her six sisters, Marion, Mildred, Ruth, Elvine, Betty, and Rosemary, and three of her grandchildren, Francis, David John and Billy.

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

Donations may be made in Evelyn’s honor to the American Cancer Society, Jersey Shore Region, 801 Broad St., Shrewsbury, NJ 07702.












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