In Memoriam: Obituaries for the Week of February 17 -24

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Published on February 16, 2012 with No Comments

Wanda M. Burke, Hazlet; Katherine Ann Canavan, Middletown; Ann Theresa (Terry) Cannon, Middletown; Doris Carrick, Middletown; Margaret C. French, Hazlet; Martha Halpin, Middletown; Joseph Iorio, Middletown; Conor P. Jennings MD, MBA, MA, Highlands; Thomas Francis Kruzinski, Long Branch; Charles J. Oliver, Red Bank; Lorraine A. Ryan, Toms River; Florence “Honey” E. Sickler, Oceanport

Wanda M. Burke

Wanda M. Burke died on February 11at Arnold Walter Nursing Home in Hazlet. She was 93 years old.  Wanda was the school secretary at Croydon Hall Academy in Leonardo for many years and later was secretary to the Superintendent of Schools in Middletown Township.  After retirement, she was an active volunteer at Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel and a communicant of the First Baptist Church of Matawan.

She was predeceased by her parents, William Ross and Edna Dow, and her husband Joseph M. Burke Sr.  She is survived by her daughter Wanda Carlson and her husband Robert of Little Egg Harbor; a son William R. Burke and his wife Juanita of Leonardo; son, Joseph M. Burke, Jr. of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and grandchildren Raymond V. Carlson, Aaron J. Burke and his wife Danielle and Thomas A. Burke.

A Committal Prayer Service at the Holmdel Mausoleum will take place Thursday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. Bedle Funeral Home, 212 Main Street, Matawan, NJ is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Wanda’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 331 Newman Springs Rd., Bldg. 143, 4th Floor, Red Bank, NJ  07701.

Katherine Ann Canavan

Katherine Ann Canavan, 45, of Middletown/Red Bank died on February 10.  She was the owner of Canavan’s Deli on Route 35 in Middletown.

Katherine is survived by her loving husband, Christopher and is the devoted mother of Joseph, Ryan and Taylor. Also surviving are her parents Charles and Nancy Rodman formerly of Atlantic Highlands, her brother Charles Rodman and many nieces and nephews.

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

Ann Theresa Cannon

Ann Theresa (Terry) Cannon, 69, of Middletown, died on February 9 with her family by her side after a courageous battle with cancer. Born and raised in Jersey City, Terry graduated from Sacred Heart Academy. She loved her summer vacations with her mother and brother on the Keansburg beaches. Upon marrying, she and her husband, Philip Cannon, moved to the then small town of Middletown where they raised their four children “in the country.” Devoted to her children beyond measure, Terry was their biggest fan. She took great pride in their graduations from Mater Dei High School, college, and further educations. Even more she enjoyed sharing the personal moments of life with loved ones: be they intimate like cheering her kids on at sports events, playing Scrabble by her beloved pool, competing at Jeopardy, playing with her grandchildren, or be they at the hub of her extended family like throwing her annual Christmas and New Year’s parties that were a “must” for four generations. A lifelong Catholic, Terry devoted herself to the care and well-being of loved ones. She always found time and energy for a rosary, a hot meal, an open door for those in need of comfort. The thing for which she will best be remembered is her kindness. She also had a fulfilling career and formed lasting friendships at Brookdale Community College.

Terry is predeceased by her father and mother. She is survived by her brother, Ray, her husband of 49 years, Philip Cannon; her four children: son Philip Cannon, Jr., Ph.D. and his wife Joanna; daughters Kerry Parsons, R.N., Kelly Cannon, J.D., and Kolleen Dougherty, M.D. and her husband Christopher. Terry also is survived by her seven grandchildren: Evan and Owen Cannon; Zakary Parsons; and Ellis, Frazier, Harrison, and Tessa Dougherty. John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.

Doris Carrick

Doris Carrick, 78, of Middletown, died on February 9. She was born in New York City, N.Y. Doris loved her work as a box office ticket seller on Broadway with the Local 751. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Parish in Middletown.

Surviving are her daughter, Doreen and her husband Lee Cobb; her son, Bill Carrick; her grandchildren, Kristine and her husband Dave Brink, Bryan Cobb, Devin Carrick, and Michael Carrick and her only great-grandchild, Riley Brink. Doris is also survived by her two sisters, Kathleen Dillulio and Joan Doyle; her brother, Bob Claffey, four step-sisters and two step-brothers.

Doris was preceded in death by her ex-husband, William Carrick, and her long-time companion, Louis Nekola, as well as her brother Jack Claffey. John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Doris’ name to her favorite charity: St. Jude’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

Margaret C. French

Margaret C. French, 86, formerly a longtime resident of Hazlet, died on February 12 at Bayside Manor in Keansburg. Margaret was born in Jersey City in 1925 to Thomas F. and Mary (Broedel) Hayes.

She was a founding member of St. Benedicts RC Church in Holmdel.

She was predeceased by her parents; brothers, Thomas, Joseph and John; sisters, Marie and Veronica and in 1997 her husband of 48 years, Harold J. French.

She is survived by her sons, Harold and wife Cora of Lihue, Hawaii, Michael and partner Larry Chandler of Cedar City, Utah, Richard of Portland, Oregon and Mark of Hazlet; her daughters, Mary Morin and husband Tim of Ocala, Fla., Margaret Roque and husband Fran of Chesapeake, Va. and Suzanne M. French of Hazlet; brothers, Bill of Pompton Plains, and Frank of Edison; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Feb. 16 from 2-4 and  7-9 p.m. at John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Ave., Red Bank. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered on Friday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. at St. Benedict’s RC Church, Holmdel. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Margaret’s memory to NAMI (Nat’l Alliance On Mental Illness) Greater Monmouth, P.O. Box 6212, Freehold, NJ 07728. The family wishes to thank the management and staff of Bayside Manor for the care and compassion provided to Margie.

Martha Halpin

Martha Halpin, 80, of Middletown, died on February 11 at her residence with her loving family. She was born in Jersey City. Martha worked as in accounts receivable for Midland Glass for 21 years.

Surviving are her sister, Pat; her sister-in-law, Joan; her nieces and nephews and two great-nephews. Martha was preceded in death by husband, Bernard “Bernie” Halpin in 1988, and her siblings: brother, Joe; sister, Mary; brother, Daniel; and sister, Ann.

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

Martha’s family would like to express their sincere respect and gratitude to Care Alternatives for being exceptionally caring and courteous. The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Care Alternatives, 70 Jackson Drive, Suite 200, Cranford, NJ 07016.

Joseph Iorio

Joseph Iorio, 57, of Middletown, died on January 31 in New York. He was born in Jersey City and lived in Middletown all of his life. Joseph worked as a director of information technology for Hapag Lloyd Co., Piscataway. He was a communicant of St. Agnes RC Church Atlantic Highlands. Joseph was an avid golfer, he was known for his sense of humor, he made a friend of everyone he met and was the kindest person ready to help where needed. He especially loved his children and family.

Surviving are his two sons, Joseph Ryan Iorio and Matthew Stephen Iorio and one daughter, Emma Grace Iorio all of Middletown; father Naldo Iorio of Hazlet and two sisters, Patricia Thein of Middletown and Judith DiSimone, of Brandon, Fla. He was preceded in death by his mother, Concetta Gloria Iorio (2000).

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

Funeral services are scheduled for Monday at 8:15 the funeral home. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered at 9:30 am at St. Agnes’ RC Church, 103 Center Ave., Atlantic Highlands. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown.

Conor P. Jennings MD, MBA, MA

Conor P. Jennings MD, MBA, MA, 66, of Highlands, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, died on February 11. Born in St. Bride’s Salt Hill, Co. Galway in Ireland, he grew up in Dublin, attended Belvedere secondary school, and completed medical training at University College Dublin. After specialty training in anesthesia in Dublin, the Hammersmith Hospital in London and in Montreal, he practiced in Schenectady, N.Y. for 19 years. When his career was interrupted by a nerve injury, her pursued first a Masters of Business Administration at Union College, N.Y. and then a Masters of Bioethics at the University of Virginia. He retired with his wife to Highlands in 2005.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Pauline, a son Eoghan (Maren) Jennings of Dublin, Ireland and daughters Sive (Christopher) Balussou of Amiens, Fance, cliona (Arthur) Levy of Pleasantville, N.Y. and Nuala (Carl) Meyer of Philadelphia, Pa., as well as 10 grandchildren, Liam, Aidan, Fionnuala, Estelle, Jessica, Luke, Quinn, Devin, Maeve and Lucy. He is also survived by two brothers and two sisters in Ireland. He will be fondly remembered for his many passionate interests, among them sailing, gardening, music, the preservation of natural resources and the pursuit of learning.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the family residence on Thursday, Feb. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. A funeral mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Agnes RC Church, Atlantic Highlands. Interment services are private. Memorial donations may be made to the Parker Family Health Center, Red Bank, NJ at Posten’s Funeral Home, Atlantic Highlands, is in charge of arrangements.

Thomas Francis Kruzinski

Thomas Francis Kruzinski, (SFC RET.), 61, of Long Branch, died at home surrounded by family on February 10. Tom was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa. He traveled and retired from the Army in 1987 after 20 years of honorable service. He was a devoted family man. He was the foundation of his family and a great military role model for his son Edward.  He deeply loved his grandchildren who referred to him as “gpop” and “pop.”

He was predeceased by his parents, John and Rose O’Hara Kruzinski and his brother, John. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Sharon (Malishka) Kruzinski; sons, Thomas Jr. of York, Pa., MSG Edward and wife Lisa of Fort Dix and Patrick and wife Jessica of York, Pa. and a daughter, Elyssa Black and husband Jon of St. David’s, Pa.; brothers Benjamin of Stafford, Va., Joseph of Yardley, Pa. and Frank of Philadelphia, Pa.; sisters, Mary Carey of Maple Shade, and Cassie Rawls also of Philadelphia, Pa., and grandchildren, Melonie, Allison, Kelly, Brooke, Brianna, Joshua, Zoey, Kyra, Damien and Adam.

Braun Funeral Home, Eatontown, was in charge of arrangements.Should friends desire, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 801 Broad St. Shrewsbury, NJ 07702.

Charles J. Oliver

Charles J. Oliver, 90, of Red Bank, died at his home February 10. He was a resident of Piscataway for many years, and was employed during that time as a machine operator and safety inspector at Union Carbide Corp. in Bound Brook.

During World War II, Charles served with the US Army in France and Germany for Patton’s Army, 95th Division, 378th Regiment, 2nd Battalion. He was also a member of the VFW.

He will be remembered as a man of integrity and a compassion for others. His refreshing candor and charming sense of humor made him unforgettable to those he met.

His 63 year devotion to his loving wife Mary, and his unwavering commitment to her care during her lengthy illness, will never be forgotten by healthcare professionals and family.

Adored by his brother, sisters, nieces and nephews, he was also a beloved caring father and grandfather.

He was predeceased by his wife, Mary. He is survived by his son, Charles R., Middletown; brother, Herman “Babe” Oliver, Watchung; three grandchildren Jason Oliver, Richard and wife Nancy Parker and Joseph Parker and three great-grandchildren, Jordan, Logan and Aedan.

Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. The family requests that memorial donations be made in his memory to Meridian Hospice, 615 Hope Rd., Bldg. 4, 2nd Floor, Eatontown, NJ  07724.

Lorraine A. Ryan

Lorraine A. Ryan, 89, died on February 10. She had previously resided in Toms River and Chatham. She was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa.

Lorraine was predeceased by her husband, William E. Ryan in 1974. She is survived by her son William and wife Susan, Little Silver; daughter, Gail Powell, Toms River; sister Dorothy Rubbins, Fla.; four grandchildren Christopher Ryan, Abbie Loughran, Courtney Hubert and Ashley Powell and two great-grandchildren.

Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in her memory to the SPCA, 260 Wall St., Eatontown, NJ  07724.

Florence “Honey” E. Sickler

Florence “Honey” E. Sickler, 77, of Oceanport, died at her home on February 11. She was born in Philadelphia, Pa. and was a long time resident of Oceanport. She was a member of the Oceanport Senior Citizens. She was employed at Monmouth Park and retired after 25 years of service. She loved traveling the world with her late husband. Honey liked to bowl, go to Atlantic City and have lunch with her special friends, but most of all she enjoyed her family.

She was predeceased by two daughters, Patricia and Kathyleen and her husband of 49 years, Ronald. She is survived by four sons, Ronald of Oceanport, Reid of North Carolina, Robert of Long Branch and Frank of Toms River; one daughter Joanne of St, Thomas, USVI; nine grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, Feb.18 from 2-4 p.m., with words of remembrance 3:30 p.m. at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank. In lieu of flowers, family requests memorial donations be made in her memory to the SBHPC, 95 Old Short Hills Rd., 1st Floor, W. Orange, NJ  07052 or online at


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