In Memoriam: Obituaries for the Week of February 10 – 17

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Rosemarie Arczynski, Eatontown; Nancy L. Bettel, Middletown; John Joseph Casey, Lincroft; Mary E. Dunphy, Middletown; Jill Lehman Feist,  Palm Beach, Fla.; Father Robert H. Fix, Columbia, S.C.; Stanley J. Koski, Jersey City; Trudy W. Mulcahy, formerly of Middletown; Frances Werger, Ocean Grove; Dr. Gerald Francis Whalen, Shrewsbury

Rosemarie Arczynski

Rosemarie Arczynski, (née Segeth), 82, died on February 4at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch. She was born in Boguszowice, Poland (the Silesia Region) and lived in Eatontown for the past 41 years. Rosemarie attended Monmouth College. She was a long-term member of the Fort Monmouth Chapel where she sang in the choir and after Fort Monmouth closed, joined St. Dorothea’s Roman Catholic Church in Eatontown.

She was of German descent and during her early years she was confronted with many adversities associated with war-torn Europe. She overcame them and never lost her joyful, optimistic outlook on life.

Rose loved life, music and dancing. She loved the beach and walking on the boardwalk and truly loved meeting new people and spending time with friends and family. She also loved to travel and dance and passed these loves on to her children. Her greatest love of all was of her five children and eight grandchildren and she dedicated her life to them.

As the wife of an army officer, Rose lived in many exciting places such as Herzogenaurach, Heidelberg, Anchorage, San Diego, Fort Bragg, Seattle, and Fort Campbell. She settled in Eatontown for her remaining years after her husband passed away at Fort Monmouth. She loved Fort Monmouth, which was a central part of her life where she shopped, enjoyed the pool, used the hospital, sang in the chapel choir, and made many lasting friends there and in Eatontown.

She was predeceased by her husband Colonel Louis Edmund Arczynski; her parents, Albert Segeth and Emily Machoczek; her two sisters, Ursula Segeth and Margot Mroz; and her two brothers; Theodore Segeth and Gunther Segeth.

Surviving are her daughters and sons; Mary McGee of Atlanta, Ga., Joanne Arczynski of Eatontown, Daniel Arczynski and wife Elaine of Williamsburg Va., John Arczynski and wife Sandra of Falls Church Va, and Carolin Walch and husband Bruce of Long Branch. Also surviving Rose are her eight grandchildren; Shawn, Amy, Christine, John, Mary, David, Victoria, and Andrew.

Visitation will take place at Braun Funeral Home 106 Broad St., Eatontown on Friday, Feb. 10 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.. A funeral service will take place on Saturday Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. at St. Dorothea’s Roman Catholic Church in Eatontown. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Should friends desire, the family has designated the Eatontown Fire Department and First Aid Squad for memorial contributions.

Nancy L. Bettel

Nancy L. Bettel, 76, of Middletown, died on February 2 at Care One at King James in Middletown. She was born in Newark and lived in Newark before moving to Middletown in 1961. Nancy worked as a crossing guard for Middletown Township from 1987 to 1999.

Surviving are her daughter and companion, Kathy Woods and Robert Welsh of Middletown; daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Sam Rivello of Matawan; daughter and son-in-law Sherri and Gene Farwell of Middletown; grandchildren Jason Woods and his wife Lea Hornig-Woods, Eric Farwell, Santino Rivello and his fiancé Carina Contreras, Dana Rivello, Samantha McCloud and her husband Paul, Brittany Shepherd, Justin McCloud, Jamie Rivello and Bill McGrath, Billy McGrath Jr. and Nicholas McGrath; great-grandson, Jason David Woods; two longtime friends,  Dorothy McDonnell of Middletown and Dorothy Brooks of Little Egg Harbor. .

Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Val E. Bettel in 1986, parents, Walter and Lillian Eckert, and son-in-law, Walter A Woods in 2003.

Nancy’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Steven and Dr. Harry Swartz and the staff, nurses and aides at Care One at King James in Middletown for their neverending compassion and kindness.

Visitation will be held Feb. 3, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Rd., Middletown. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Shoreland Memorial Park, Hazlet.

John Joseph Casey

John Joseph Casey, 90, died on January 30 at Laurel Bay Nursing Home. He was born in Virginia, grew up in New York City and resided in Ridgefield for over 40 years before moving to Lincroft. He was a Merchant Marine serving in World War II. He was employed by the Continental Paper Company for 15 years and the Marshall Warehouse for 33 years. John also was a member of Teamster Local #560.

John was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Veronica “Ronnie” (Keating) Casey in 2007. Surviving are his daughters Maureen Dries and her husband David of Lincroft; Sharon Albanese and her husband Joseph of Brick; his seven grandchildren Courtney and Sean Dries, Jason, Jennifer, James, Jaclyn, and Jessica Albanese.

John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be sent in Ronnie’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater NJ Chapter, 400 Morris Avenue, Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07934.

Mary E. Dunphy

Mary E. Dunphy, 86, died February 3 at Brandywine Assisted Living in Brick. She was born in Jersey City and lived in Middletown and Point Pleasant, before moving to Brandywine five years ago. She graduated from Fordham University and later went on to work as a literary chemist for International Flavor and Fragrances in Hazlet. She was active in many churches throughout her life, most recently, Epiphany Church in Brick. She was an avid volunteer and truly was the symbol of volunteerism, dedicating her time to various groups and organizations; particularly the Literacy Volunteers of America. Mary’s kind spirit and generous heart will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She was predeceased by her husband James Dunphy, her brother Henry Flanagan, and her granddaughter Ali VanNest.

She is survived by her loving children: James Dunphy of Jersey City, Michael Dunphy and his wife Linda of Point Pleasant, Patricia Sobel and her husband Henry of Maryland, Eileen Goode and her husband Robert of Florida, Peter Dunphy  and his wife Elizabeth of Middletown, Barbara VanNest and her husband Clifford of Point Pleasant, and Kevin Dunphy and his wife Annmarie of Sewell; her brother Edwin Flanagan and his wife Marcella of North Carolina, and her sister Helen Popp of Florida. Mary also leaves behind 15 grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

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

Jill Lehman Feist

Jill Lehman Feist of Palm Beach, Fla. died at home on February 1. Born January 21, 1943 in New York City she was a longtime resident of the Rumson area.  She was daughter of the late Margaret (Peggy) Hornthal Lehman and Jack H. Lehman, Jr.

Jill is survived by her two doting sons, John Feist and Jeffrey Feist and his wife Lauren, by her adorable grandsons Wyatt and Trevor, by her affectionate grand dogs Stanley and Easton, by her grateful brother Jack H. Lehman III and his family, and by her loving friend William Sider.

The funeral is private. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice by the Sea, 1531 West Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486 or the charity of your choice.

Father Robert H. Fix

Father Robert H. Fix, a retired priest of the Diocese of Charleston, S.C., died on February 6. He was 85.
Father Fix was born June 7, 1926, in Red Bank to the late Joseph E. and Helen Grause Fix. He was a graduate of Red Bank High School; St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., with a Master of Theology; and St. Thomas College in St. Paul, Minn. He attended Crosier House of Studies in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Crosier Seminary in Onamia, Minn. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1944-1946.
He was ordained into the priesthood on June 7, 1953, by Bishop Louis B. Kucerce for the Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross, known as the Crosiers. He was incardinated in the Diocese of Charleston on April 7, 1977.
Father Fix held assignments as an associate priest beginning in 1973 at St. Thomas the Apostle in North Charleston, Church of the Nativity in Charleston, St. John in North Charleston and St. Joseph in Columbia. He was pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Mauldin, Immaculate Conception in Goose Creek, St. John Neumann in Columbia, Our Lady of Lourdes in Greenwood, and Our Lady of the Hills in Columbia, from which he retired in 2001.
Aside from pastor duties, he also served on the faculty at Bishop England High School, was a diocesan Catholic Youth Organization director, an instructor in the permanent diaconate program, and a faculty member at Wawasee Preparation School and Crosier House of Studies. He worked as editor of Today’s Family, a Crosier publication, and was on the editorial staff of Our Sunday Visitor.
Father Fix was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Jean Pereless; and brothers, Gen. Joseph Fix III, James W. Fix and John R. Fix. Surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Liturgy will be held on Tuesday February 14, 2012 at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Red Bank. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Middletown.
Memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of the Hills Church, 120 Marydale Lane, Columbia, SC 29210-5635 or Priests Retirement Fund, Diocese of Charleston, 1662 Ingram Road, Charleston, SC 29407-4242.
John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements.


Stanley J. Koski

Stanley J. Koski, 96, died on January 31 at Bayshore Health Care Center in Holmdel. Stan was born in Jersey City and lived there most of his life. He served as a corporal with the Army in the Pacific during World War II. He worked for the Boyle Midway division of American Home Products his entire career and retired with over 40 years of service. In his younger days Stan played semi-pro baseball with the company team.

Stan was a faithful communicant of St. Aloysius RC Church in Jersey City for most of his life. He was a loving and faithful husband to his beloved wife Gertrude. He was a doting father and grandfather.

He was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Stella (Orzechowska) Niedzialkowski and his brother and five sisters. He was also predeceased by his beloved wife Gertrude in 2004. He is survived by his son, Richard Koski and wife Antoinette of Middletown and daughter Judy Koski of Holmdel, and grandchildren, Patricia and Matthew.

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

Trudy W. Mulcahy

Trudy W. Mulcahy, 77, of Milford, Del., formerly of Middletown, died on February 2 at her home. She was born in Mendham and lived in Middletown before moving to Milford seven years ago. Trudy worked as a software engineer for Bell Labs in Holmdel for 35 years, retiring in 2000. She was a former parishioner of St. Clements Episcopal Church, Belford.

Surviving are her husband of 45 years, Frank D. Mulcahy; son, retired Cmdr. Frank S Mulcahy; two daughters, Katherine Mulcahy and Susan DeMatteo; sister, Elizabeth Lorenz; two brothers, Robert Watling and Edward Watling; and seven grandchildren.

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

Richard Russo

Richard Russo, 72, of Middletown, died on February 6 at Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel with his wife and family at his side. He was a supervisor employed by Monmouth County Buildings and Grounds retiring in 2009. He served his country honorably in the Navy from 1956-1960.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years Carmella Russo, his two daughters and their husbands, Paula and Jeff Rezendes, and Babette and Michael Reo. He is also survived by his grandchildren whom her adored, Alanna Rezendes, Abigal and Zachary Reo. His two brothers Paul and Robert Russo are also surviving. His mother-in-law Martha Farese survives as well.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at St. Catherine’s Church, 5 Shore Acres Ave, Middletown. The family will receive their friends 5-8 p.m. Friday at John P. Condon Funeral Home LLC, 804 St. Hwy. #36, Leonardo.

In lieu flowers donations to 180 Turning Lives Around, 1 Bethany Rd., building 3 Suite 42, Hazlet NJ 07730.

Frances Werger

Frances Werger, 88, of Ocean Grove, died on January 19. Frances was raised in Clifton. During her years in Clifton, she attended St. John’s Russian Orthodox Church. She also resided in Oakhurst, where she raised her family before retiring with her husband to Pine Hurst, N.C.

She was predeceased in 2005 by her husband of 60 years, Alfred. She is survived by her son, Lawrence “Larry” M. Werger, Lincroft; daughter Bonita Werger, Ponte-Vedra Beach, Fla.

A visitation was held at the Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank and a graveside service was held at the E. Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clifton.

Dr. Gerald Francis Whalen

On February 4, Dr. Gerald Francis Whalen died at his home in Shrewsbury, surrounded by his loved ones. He was 91 years old. Elizabeth, his beloved wife of 58 years, had predeceased him by two months. He was a gifted man who had led a remarkably full and fulfilling life; living and working as a physician in Monmouth and Ocean County for more than 63 years.

He was born on March 13, 1920 to Dr. Joseph Aloysius and Sarah Launder Whalen, and was raised with his younger brothers, Robert, Joseph and Jay Anthony and his sister, Jacqueline Ann in White Plains N.Y. He excelled in many areas of his life and academics were no exception. He graduated with honors from White Plains High School where he developed a fluency in Latin and Greek and his love for the Classics. He then matriculated at Holy Cross College, an institution he revered, and graduated summa cum laude in 1941. He went on to Cornell University Medical School where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Medical Honor Society and, in the war- accelerated curriculum of that time, graduated at the top of his class in 1944. He completed a surgical internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York and then spent two years as a captain in the US Army Medical Corp traveling around the country in a hospital train taking wounded soldiers home. He returned to The New York Hospital to do a pathology residency, but after a year decided to pursue training in neurosurgery instead. He did his neurosurgical residency in New York at St. Vincent’s Hospital followed by further graduate training in neurosurgery and neurologic diseases at the Radcliff Infirmary in Oxford, England and at the Institute of Neurology at Queen Square in London. It was there that he met and luckily married Elizabeth Law Watson. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, to the Society of British Neurological Surgeons and to the New York Academy of Sciences.

He returned to the U.S. with his new bride to take up a staff position as a neurosurgeon at St. Vincent’s Hospital. They settled in Red Bank where his parents and sister had since moved. A short time later and with a growing family, he and Elizabeth bought a house in Shrewsbury, which they made their home for the next 56 years. He quickly established a busy neurological and neurosurgical practice at Riverview Hospital, Bayshore Community Hospital and also Monmouth Medical Center at which he subsequently developed the principal neurosurgical service in the area. At the time he started his practice, he was one of only two neurological specialists in the state of New Jersey. Although he was incredibly busy with clinical work and touched the lives of many families who live in the area, he was also an active, engaged member of the Monmouth Medical Center staff; serving as chairman of innumerable committees, president of the medical staff from 1981-84, and on the executive committee of the board of trustees. He also served as chairman of the Monmouth-Ocean County Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and also as a member of the executive committee of the Monmouth County Medical Society and the Medical Society of New Jersey and was an AMA delegate for many years.

He also found time outside of medicine to engage in a variety of sports and interests over the years – at which he invariably excelled. He was for a time a keen and excellent painter. He also developed a fascination with model trains – much to the delight of his young children. A little later he took up horseback riding and ultimately became a whip for the Monmouth County Hunt. His brother, Bob introduced him to skeet and subsequently it and trap became his primary hobby for many years. He was a member of the Wayside and Englishtown gun clubs and he won the New Jersey State Championship for 20 gauge Skeet shooting.

His greatest pride, however, was his family and he especially reveled in his role as patriarch for the greater clan and as pater familias at the head of the family dinner table; playing it to the hilt and enjoying nothing so much as a good argument – with himself as the chief arguer. He was an excellent storyteller, very knowledgeable and possessed a prodigious memory. He believed in hard work, individual free will and rigorous rational analysis – and was completely unafraid to reach and publicly voice conclusions that sometimes ran starkly against conventional wisdom. He was known personally and professionally for his honesty and tenacity. He had regular habits, a formal style and was fastidious in his dress. He also had a great sense of humor and could laugh at himself. He had a sure instinct for recognizing character in others. For the most part the world met him on his own terms because he was so fearless and utterly comfortable in his own preparation, but also because he was certainly blessed to have married Elizabeth. His commanding presence and acute sense of occasion left a lasting impression on everyone around him. He was a brilliant man. 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.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Bob and Jay but is survived by his sister, Jackie Homan of Wilmington, Del., and also by his four children and their spouses, Giles and Lynn Whalen of Sutton, Mass., Dan and Susan Whalen of Rumson, Sarah and Powell Robinson of South Salem, N.Y. and Philippa and Jim Burke of New York, N.Y. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Christina and Sydney Whalen, Nick, Anne, Sarah and John Whalen, Lily, Powell and Charlotte Robinson.

Visitation hours are Friday, Feb. 10, 3 -7 p.m. at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 at St. James Catholic Church, 94 Broad St., Red Bank followed by a private family burial at the Gate of Heaven in Hawthorne, N.Y.

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