In Memoriam: Obituaries For the Week of January 27 – February 3, 2012

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Kenneth James Burk, Rumson; Thomas R. Carroll Sr., Middletown; John A. Cole, Little Silver; James V. Hazlett, Jr., Little Silver; Jacqueline Kemprecos, Middletown; Gloria P. McCarthy, formerly of Rumson and Middletown; Thomas D. Merola, West Keansburg; George Aloysius Wood, Rumson

Kenneth James Burk                                                                       

Kenneth James Burk of Rumson died on January 23 at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, after many years of multiple illnesses.

Born on May 14, 1933 in Waltham, Mass., he was a graduate of Watertown High School and Boston University. He also attended the A.M.P. Program at Harvard Business School.

A certified property and casualty underwriter, he was previously employed by Employers Liability Assurance Corporation, IBM and Reliance Insurance Company.  He retired as corporate senior vice president of Continental Corporation where he served as their chief information officer. He was a founder of the Institute for Insurance Research and a member of other professional organizations as well.

Over the years he had been a volunteer for numerous charitable and civic organizations. He was a communicant of the Church of the Nativity in Fair Haven.  An accomplished yachtsman, he was a former Governor of the Salem Willows Yacht Club.

He was a loving husband to his wife of 55 years, Regina Iannazzi Burk, a loving father to his son, Christopher James Burk, his daughter, Victoria Regina Burk and his daughter-in-law, Jennifer Hauser Burk.  He was a loving and very proud grandfather to his two grandsons, Sean James Burk and Cody Lee Burk.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, Walter Lawrence Burk, his mother Winefride Collins Burk and his brother, Roger Lawrence Burk.

There will be no visitation hours. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at the Church of the Nativity, 180 Ridge Rd., Fair Haven, at 2 p.m. on February 3.                           .

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation, 300 Second Ave., Long Branch, NJ 07740. Arrangements were entrusted to the Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank.

Thomas R. Carroll Sr.

Thomas R. Carroll Sr., 77, of Middletown, died on January 18 in New York City, N.Y. with his loving family by his side. He was born in East Keansburg and lived in the Middletown area all of his life. Thomas was the superintendent for the cable department at JCP&L for 40 years before his retirement in 1994. He was a devoted Catholic and parishioner of St. Catherine’s RC Church in North Middletown, but most of all Thomas will be remembered as a family man.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Florence (nee Hayden) Carroll; daughter, Deborah and her husband Matt Edelman of Robbinsville; son, Thomas Carroll Jr. of Lacey Township; son, John Carroll Sr. of Lacey Township; daughter, Lisa and her husband Arthur Wilton of Belford; son, Joseph Carroll of Lacey Township; daughter, Mary Ellen and her husband Peter Rinaldi of Jackson; son Gregory and his wife Krista Carroll of Forked River; his 12 grandchildren and his many loving brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

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

John A. Cole

John Cole of Little Silver died on January 17. He was born in central Pennsylvania to a family with a centuries old American heritage. As a young man, he married Yolanda Schenone of Keyport. They were married for 68 years. John and Yolanda settled in Rumson.

Surviving are his wife, Yolanda, and son John and his wife, Charlotte Cole; daughter Jane and her husband, Patrick Farmer; son Robert and his wife, Karen Cole; daughter Maria and her husband, Ronald Roth; and daughter Anne Cole. John was the grandfather to Laura and Graham Cole, Peter Farmer and his wife, Ashley; Katie Farmer; Daniel Cole and his wife, Jordana; Emily Cole; Robert McAllister and his wife, Andrea; and Brian McAllister. He was the great-grandfather to Alexis and Jillian Farmer, and Carmella McAllister.

John was a proud graduate of Penn State University, received his Masters in Business Administration from Seton Hall University, and a Doctor of Letters degree from the China Academy of Hwa Kang in Taipei, Republic of China while he was assistant to the president of Seton Hall University. A veteran of the academic and business world, his career began with Armstrong Cork Co. in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He then shifted to developing and managing the Rumson Supermarket in Rumson. In 1958 he joined Seton Hall University as an assistant professor of marketing. He established the Office of Grants and Research Projects at Seton Hall and was its director. He then was appointed to assistant vice president for instruction followed by a promotion to assistant to the president for financial and administrative policies. He rose to become Seton Hall University’s first layperson appointed to the titles of treasurer and then, acting president.  After retiring from Seton Hall, he served on the Board of Directors at Georgian Court University.

At the core of John Cole’s life was his religion. A devout Catholic since his youth, he eventually became a deacon serving the congregation of his church, Nativity, in Fair Haven, until his retirement. His service was recognized by the Vatican.

Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association.

James “Jimmy” V. Hazlett, Jr.

James V. Hazlett, Jr. of Little Silver, died on January 20. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., he was raised in Chestnut Hill and graduated from the Chestnut Hill Academy. He was also a graduate of the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken.

Jimmy went on to serve in the V-12 Program of the Navy and graduated from Annapolis in 1946 as an ensign, spending time in Japan. He worked for 30 years with the DuPont Company in textile fibers, after which he joined Liberty Lace of New York where he was the merchandising director for seven more years. He was an active member of the Rumson Country Club and the Seabright Beach Club. He was an excellent squash player and enjoyed playing golf. He was also a past member of The Philadelphia Cricket Club. In 1951, Jimmy was called back to the Navy and was on Admiral Mayer’s staff at Norfolk Naval Base for 2 ½ years.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Helen G. “Stetsie” Hazlett; a son James V. Hazlett, III and his wife Kim of Yelm, Washington.

There are no visitation hours.  The funeral service and burial will be private at the convenience of the family and under the direction of Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank.

Jacqueline Kemprecos

Jacqueline Kemprecos, 82, of Middletown, died on January 20 in Tinton Falls. She was born in Salins-les-Baines, France and lived in Nazi-occupied France until immigrating to America and becoming a citizen, of which she was very proud. Jacqueline worked as a home health aid, serving the elderly, for several years until she retired 12 years ago. She was a Girl Scout leader, and was very involved with the PTA. She was also involved with the Middletown Board of Education.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Joseph C. Kemprecos, Sr. and her parents, Arthur and Antoinette Monnet. Surviving are her four children: a son, Joseph Kemprecos; a daughter, Kristine and her husband Paul Probus, a daughter, Katrine McKelvey, and a daughter, Nicole and her husband James Cannone; her loving nephew, with whom she shared a birthday, Thierry and his wife Carole; her three grandsons, Timothy, JohnRobert, and John; her four granddaughters, Sarah, Maria, Jennifer, and Anna; her sister, Monique Mathieu; and her niece, Laurence, both of France.

John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangememts. Memorial donations may be made to the family care of the John F. Pfleger Funeral Home.

Gloria P. McCarthy

Gloria P. McCarthy, 83, of Columbia, Md., formerly of Rumson and Middletown, died on January 24 in Maryland. Gloria earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Jersey City State Teacher’s College in 1948. She retired in 1990 after 30 years as an elementary school teacher, including many years at Harmony Elementary School in Middletown. She was a member of the NJEA and a charter member of Alpha Delta Kappa honorary teaching sorority. She was also a member and former treasurer of the women’s auxiliary at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank. Prior to relocating to Maryland, she was an active and dedicated communicant of Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in Rumson for 40 years.

Gloria is predeceased by her parents, John and Catherine (DeFelice) Pasino and her husband, Leo H. McCarthy, who died in 1992.

She is survived by her sons, Michael and wife Dottie of Washington, D.C.; James and wife Laura of Lebanon Township and John and wife Mary Lou of Springfield, Va.; her daughters, Cathryn Donahue and husband Christopher of Helmetta; Valerie Schram and husband Andrew of Severn, Md. and Ann Alicea and husband Hector of Poolesville, Md.; a cousin, Josephine Sheehan and husband William of Westfield, and 12 grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at the John E. Day Funeral Home in Red Bank, on Friday, Jan. 27 from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. at Holy Cross Church, Rumson.

Interment will follow at Fair View Cemetery, Middletown. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Gloria’s memory be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 111 S. Independence Mall E., Suite 411, The Philadelphia Bourse Bldg., Philadelphia, PA 19106-2521. Please visit Gloria’s memorial website at

Thomas D. Merola

Thomas D. Merola, 74, of West Keansburg died on January 22 at Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel. He was born and raised in Bayonne and lived there until moving to West Keansburg in 1974. Thomas was owner and operator of a sheet metal fabrication company in Robbinsville until his retirement. He was a past commissioner of HYAL Football League, past president of the Hazlet Italian American Association, and a parishioner of St. Ann’s RC Church in Keansburg.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Marie Elena (nee Circo) Merola; his 4 sons, Joseph Merola of Highlands, Vincent Merola of West Keansburg, Thomas and his wife Catherine Merola of West Keansburg and Anthony and his wife Debra Merola of Keansburg; his grand-daughters, Jenna Marie, Erica and Jessica; his step-grandsons, Danny, Nick and Anthony; Barbara and Michael Nosti and sons Michael, Kevin and Steven whom Thomas considered to be his extended family. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Thomas was predeceased in death by his parents Giuseppe and Filomena Merola.

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

George Aloysius Wood

George Aloysius Wood, 89, of Rumson, died on January 18 at Monmouth Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.

George was born in Hoboken on Sept. 16, 1922 to Marion and Charles Wood and resided there until he moved to Rumson permanently in 1963. Enlisting in the Army Air Force during World War II, he had flight training at the University of Vermont and in Jackson Tennessee with the 68th Army Air Force. Eventually he was shipped to Foggia, Italy where he served with the 346th Bombardment Group until his discharge in 1945.

After the war he continued his education receiving a Bachelor of Science in physical education and hygiene from Panzer College (now Montclair University) and a Master’s degree in administration and supervision from Seton Hall University. Many years were spent teaching in the Hoboken School System. He was also vice-principal of Keyport High School and Forestdale in Rumson.

George was a communicant of Holy Cross Church where he was a long time usher.

He summered in Rumson from a very early age until he went into the service.

While in Rumson, he enjoyed boating, fishing, crabbing and above all the beach. People knew him as an honest, fair man with big heart and great sense of humor, a friendly neighbor and a major dog lover.

George is survived by his wife of 53 years Janet E. (Kennedy) Wood, his loving children, Christopher Wood of Fair Haven, Alison Kennedy and her husband Robert of Fair Haven, Janet Shaheen and her husband Philip of Locust and his adored grandchildren, Meghan and Kyle Kennedy.

John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. Donations maybe made in George’s memory to either Holy Cross RC Church,  30 Ward Avenue, Rumson, NJ 07760 or to Alzheimer’s Association, Greater NJ Chapter, 400 Morris Avenue, STE 251, Denville, NJ 07834-1365.

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