In Memoriam: Obituaries for the Week of February 24 – March 2

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George G. Bailey, Sr., Middletown; Pamela Callahan, Rumson; Bridget Theresa Cueto, Holmdel; Stella Rigas Farrell, West End; Gilbert Samuel Fell, Ph.D., Atlantic Highlands; Michael Giordano, Oceanport; William R. Heckelmann, Port Monmouth; Loretta Mac Collum, formerly of Little Silver; Joseph M. Missry, Atlantic Highlands; Ruth A. Oxley, Middletown; Charles George Rooney, Sr., Port Monmouth; Anthony M. Strollo, Tinton Falls

George G. Bailey, Sr.,

George G. Bailey, Sr., 88, died on February 14 at his home in Middletown. He was born in Yonkers, N.Y. and lived in Freehold prior to moving to Middletown 28 years ago. George worked as an engineer for Bell Communications/Telcordia in Holmdel for 47 years before his retirement in 1988. He was a lifetime member of the Bell Labs Pioneers, the Freehold Elks Club, the Freehold American Legion Post, the Freehold VFW Post and the Middletown VFW Post.

Surviving are his wife of 28 years, Carol Bailey; children, George Bailey, Jr. and his wife Elaine of Martinsville; Stephanie Faccia Rillo and her husband Edward of Warren; Deborah Sullivan and her husband Daniel of Elberon; step-children, Joseph Cahill of Highlands; Jeff Cahill and his wife Susan of Hopkinton, MA; John Cahill of Middletown; Barbara Fisler and her husband Barry of Hazlet; Michael Cahill and his wife Heather of Richmond, Va.; Robert Cahill of Charlotte, N.C.; 20 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; as well as his sister, Audrey Kerr of Fairfield, Calif.

George was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Harriet Bailey; his first wife, Elizabeth; his daughter Madeline and his step-son Brad Cahill.

John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements. Donations can be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Ste. 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

Pamela Callahan

Pamela Callahan, 51, of Rumson, died at home on February 19 after a long and valiant battle against ALS. Pam spent her early years in the Philadelphia area and received her Bachelor’s degree from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1989. Shortly after moving to Rumson in 1993, she and her husband had four boys who became the joy and purpose in her life. She was universally recognized as a tireless mother who would do almost anything to broaden her sons’ experiences in this world. Second only to her beloved boys were her many friends and the causes she found time to support, whether it be working for many years on the Cancer Ball Committee or more recently being a beacon of hope and courageous fighter in the battle to find a cure for ALS.

Pam was predeceased by her father, David Welch. She is survived by her husband, Don, and her four sons, Matthew, Sean, Craig, and Mike; her mother and stepfather, Beverly and Steven Armitage; and her brother, Alexander Welch.

A memorial service to celebrate Pam’s life will be held on Friday, February 24 at 2 p.m. at The United Methodist Church of Red Bank, 247 Broad Street, Red Bank. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Pam’s name can be made to the UMass ALS Champions Fund at to support research to defeat ALS or, alternatively, to the Joan Dancy and PALS Foundation at to benefit local ALS patient services. Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank was entrusted with her arrangements.

Bridget Theresa Cueto

Bridget Theresa Cueto, 91, of Holmdel, died on February 21 in Holmdel. She was born in Italy, and immigrated to the United States, becoming a citizen at the age of 24 on December 5, 1944. Bridget devoted her time to lovingly raising her family.

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Adela and Raymond Feinstein of Holmdel; her son and daughter-in-law, Ramon and Alma Cueto of Hellertown, Pa.; her granddaughter, Gabrielle Buck of Hamilton; her grandson, Jason Feinstein of Holmdel; her granddaughter, Bridget Irons; her grandson, Herman Cueto; and her two great-grandsons, Max Gromann and Samuel Buck of Hamilton.

Bridget was preceded in death by her loving husband, Herman Cueto; and her parents, Salvatore and Anna Mammola.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2012 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, February 24, 2012 at 9:15 a.m. at the funeral home. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s RC Church, Keyport. Entombment will follow at Hollywood Memorial Park Mausoleum, Union.

Stella Rigas Farrell

Stella (Rigas) Farrell, 93, of West End, formerly of Cresskill, Deal, Wall and Holmdel, died at her home on February 19. She spent most of her early years in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she was born, and in Red Hook, N.Y. After graduating from Poughkeepsie High School, she attended Vassar College, and, later, became a buyer for Federated Merchandiser Group (now Macy’s). After successfully raising four children and holding positions with Prudential Life Insurance Company, the U.S. Census Bureau, the N.J. Department of Transportation, she established Sager Marketing where she served for many years as president and CEO.

Stella, who will be forever remembered for her infectious laugh, her sharp wit, her warm and loving smile, her generosity of heart and spirit, and her love of a good bargain, was a member of the Deal Golf and Country Club since 1972 and 60+ year member of the NJ Federation of Women’s Clubs. In addition, she was a former President of the Monmouth University Library Association, a former President of the Henry Pollack Auxiliary of Monmouth Medical Center, and an active member and enthusiastic fundraiser for the Metro Lyric Opera Guild, the SEARCH Auxiliary for Autistic Children, and the U.S. Navy League.

Stella was predeceased by her husband, James Francis Farrell, in 2002; and her sisters Belle Sidereas Hopkinson, Florence Vames, and Georgia Geraci. She is survived by her son James F. Farrell (Eileen) of Old Brookville, N.Y., three daughters, Patricia Farrell Bueb (Joel) of Holmdel, Mary Farrell Cherif of Ossining, N.Y. and Michele Farrell Schwager (Michael) of Colts Neck,, twelve loving grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and dozens of loving nieces and nephews.

Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements.

Gilbert Samuel Fell, Ph.D.

Gilbert Samuel Fell, Ph.D., 80, of Atlantic Highlands, beloved husband of Janet Fell died at home on February 18 after a long illness.

Dr. Fell taught philosophy and religious studies at Monmouth University for 35 years before retiring in 2001.

He earned an A.B. degree in sociology from Drew University; an S.T.B. from the Drew University School of Theology; an M.A. in philosophy from Temple University and a Ph.D. in philosophy/religion from Temple University.

He was an elder of The Methodist Church and served as pastor of the Crosswicks/Ellis Church; the Central Methodist Church in Atlantic City and the Harvey Memorial Methodist Church. After leaving the ministry his years at Monmouth University were spent in the joy of teaching, researching, writing and lecturing.

In addition to his wife Janet, he is survived by his beloved daughters, Karen Powers, Linda Mertz, Nancy Hill; stepchildren, Gregory Hakim and Laura Nieves; sons- in- law, Gordon Powers, Douglas Hill, Luis Nieves and daughter- in- law, Lynne Hakim; grandchildren, Gordon Powers III, Melissa Mertz, Tavish and Kaitlin Hill, Jeremy, Joseph, Jonathan Nieves, Natalie and Vivienna Hakim; his sister, Eleanor Dennis and nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 24, 2012 at the Red Bank United Methodist Church, Red Bank, from 5 to 6 p.m. with a service to celebrate his life at 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Fell Philosophy Endowed Scholarship at Monmouth University or The St. Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center at Monmouth Medical Center. John Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements.

Michael Giordano

Michael Giordano, 85, of Oceanport, died on February 17 at St. Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care, Long Branch. He was born in Vizzini, Sicily, Italy to the late Rosario Giordano and Giovanna Cannizzo Giordano. He worked for many years for the Borough of Oceanport.

Michael was predeceased by his sister, Josephine Messina and brother, Nannino Giordano. Surviving is his wife of 64 years Louise Giarrusso Giordano; his daughters, Giovanna Kleckner and Rosaria Furino and her husband Thomas Furino and his brothers,Vito, Peppe, Felice and Giacomo Giordano.

Also surviving are his grandchildren, J. Michael Kleckner and his wife, Melissa; Lani Lisanti and her husband, Jason; David Furino and his wife, Deana and his great-grandchildren: Avalina, Nick, Zack, Jake, Joey and Julianna.

Braun Funeral Home, Eatontown, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial donations can be made in Michael’s honor to St. Barnabas Hospice & Palliative Care Center at Monmouth Medical Center 300 Second Avenue Long Branch, NJ  07740.

William R. Heckelmann

William R. Heckelmann, 91, of Port Monmouth, died on February 17. He was born in Newark in 1920 and grew up in Union Beach. Bill served in the 558th bombardment squadron in Europe during World War II. After returning from the war, he settled in Port Monmouth, where he spent the rest of his long life. He retired from his job as a chemical operator with National Lead Incorporated in Perth Amboy, where he worked for 34 years without ever missing a day. For the next 23 years, he became the beloved Middletown Crossing Guard on the corner of Murphy Road and Main Street, Port Monmouth.

He was predeceased by his parents August and Matilda Heckelmann and four brothers, Fredrick, Joseph, George, and Robert. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Edna (Flood) Heckelmann, as well as his three children, William Heckelmann Jr. and his wife Bruna of Ellenwood, Georgia, Linda Hurley of Port Monmouth, and Barbara Haug and her husband Richard of Stuarts Draft, Virginia; grandchildren, Michelle Goldfarb and her husband Michael, Lisa McClendon and her husband Thomas, Cathy Hurley, William Heckelmann III, Daniel Hurley, Timothy Heckelmann and his wife Aimee, Erik Haug and his wife Caroline, and Ian Haug.  He also leaves behind five great-grandchildre,n Marisa, Alex, Jake, Skylar, and Rocco.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Ste. 300, Jacksonville, Fl., online at or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142, online at

Loretta Mac Collum

Loretta Mac Collum, 92, formerly of Little Silver, died on February 17. Loretta worked in the factory of the former Bendix Corporation, Eatontown, retiring in 1981. She was a communicant of St. James Catholic Church, Red Bank.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Thomas J. Mertz in 1973 and her second husband, George O. Mac Collum in 2001; three brothers, William, Gerald and James Kearney and four sisters, Marie Van Pelt, Rita Cook, Kathleen Barnes and Helen Nebus. She is survived by three step-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements.

Joseph M. Missry

Joseph M. Missry, 55, of Atlantic Highlands, died on February 19 at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and lived in Staten Island before moving to Atlantic Highlands 16 years ago.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 25 years, Jayne Missry; daughter, Nicole Missry; brother, Joseph Frankel and many nieces and nephews. Joseph was preceded in death by his sister, Maria Eklund.

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

Ruth A. Oxley

Ruth A. Oxley, 81, of Middletown, died on February 20 in Red Bank. She was born in the Bronx, N.Y. and lived in Middletown for over 50 years and was the owner of Monmouth Day Camp for 57 years. She received her degree in education from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in reading from Georgian Court College. She taught for many years before taking time to raise her family.

Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Joseph T. Oxley; her daughter and son-in-law, Anne Marie and Frank Montefusco of Houston, Texas; her son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Jackie Oxley of Middletown; her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Laura Oxley of Middletown; her son and daughter-in-law, Barrett and Stacey Oxley of Marlboro; and her son and daughter-in-law John and Dina Oxley of Middletown. Ruth is also survived by her 11 grandchildren and her sister, Ann Angus of Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mack and Anna Harper.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, Feb. 24 at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Chapel, 26 Leonardville Rd., Middletown. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown.

Charles George Rooney Sr.

Charles George Rooney, Sr., 73, of Port Monmouth, died on February 17 in Holmdel. He was born in North Arlington and lived in Matawan before moving to Port Monmouth 52 years ago. Charles worked as a licensed plumber for over 50 years. He was a lifetime member of the Middletown Elks, a member of the Raccoons and a member of Goodfellows.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Lorraine Rooney, son and daughter-in-law Charles and Donna Rooney, Jr. of Cliffwood Beach; son Michael Rooney of Port Monmouth; son, Daniel Rooney; daughter and son-in-law, Sharyl and Bruce Allen of Port Monmouth; brother and sister-in-law, Peter and Elsie Rooney of Matawan; brother and sister-in-law; Robert and Louise Rooney of Brick; sister and brother-in-law, Midge and Thomas Thorton of Tuckerton,; sister and brother-in-law; Phyllis and Sonny Conover of Absecon; grandchildren; Charles Rooney III, Christopher Rooney, Amanda Rooney, Andrew Allen, Kaitlyn Allen, Michael Allen, Mary Allen, and Tristan Rooney and great-grandchild, Ethan McKenna.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, James, Sr. and Louise Rooney, his brother James Rooney, and his sisters Mary Kroll and Patricia Gladney.

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

Anthony M. Strollo

Anthony M. Strollo, 40, of Tinton Falls, died on February 7. Tony was born and raised in West Long Branch and lived in Tinton Falls for the past 10 years. He graduated from Shore Regional High School where he was a varsity football player. He earned his Associate Degree in Psychology from Brookdale Community College, Phi Theta Kappa, and was a member of the National Dean’s List.

Tony was the owner of Professional Fitness where he was a personal trainer for 16 years. He enjoyed motorcycle rides, reading, music, surfing, paddle boarding, traveling the world and loved spending time with his family in Maine. He will be truly missed by all who knew him.

Surviving is his loving wife Jana Strollo of Tinton Falls, and his beloved daughters Chloe and Gracie Strollo. His parents Stephen and Funzie Strollo; brothers and sister Stephen Strollo and Julie and daughter Caitlin, Gia Amato and her husband Ralph and daughter Toni Ann, and Michael Strollo and his wife Jeanette. Also surviving is his paternal grandmother Ann Strollo and his maternal grandmother Ada Del Vecchio. He is also survived by his in-laws Mark and Gaye Ouellette; brother and sister-in-law Jason and Kristy Ouellette and nephew Eben, brother-in-law Joel Ouellette and Kim, and brother-in-law Jared Ouellette. Also surviving is his wife’s maternal grandmother, Glenda Richards. Tony also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins, countless close friends, and a special cat named Siboney.

John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made in Tony’s memory to: Waddell and Reed C/O Jana Strollo 64 Cloverdale Circle Tinton Falls, NJ 07724 to benefit his beloved daughters Chloe and Gracie.


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