In Memoriam: Obituaries for the Week of March 16 – 23, 2012

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Michael F. Cwik, Middletown; Frank W. Dollak, Oceanport; George Henry Hoffman, Port Monmouth; Rev. Joseph W. Hughes, Lakewood; Robert Kluxen, Lincroft; David Martz, Tinton Falls; William Edward O’Mara, Rumson; John R. Patrouch, Middletown; Marilyn Ann Redden, Red Bank; Robert J. Sanders, Jr., Rumson; Florence Julia Smith, Port Monmouth; Gary Stern, Oceanport; Mary Thompson, Belford.

Michael F. Cwik

Michael F. Cwik, 86, of Middletown, died on March 6 at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. Michael worked as a supervisory investigator for the US Customs Service in New York City for 25 years.

Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Daria Cwik; his daughter and son-in-law, Laurie and Joe Monforte; and his grandchildren, Gregory, Carolyn, and Gina.

Michael was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Cwik in 2006; his brother, Frank Cwik; and his sisters, Blanche Cwik, and Sophie Gerlach. John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.

Frank W. Dollak

Frank W. Dollak, 72, of Oceanport, died at home on March 9. Frank was born in 1939 in Milwaukee, Wis. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a master’s degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken. He worked as a mathematician for the Department of the Army at Fort Monmouth from 1967-2002.

Frank will be missed by his beloved wife of 48 years, Diane (Di Dio) Dollak, five children: Nicholas John of Jersey City, Stefan Mark of Mesa, Ariz., Joelle Christine Gray of North Brunswick, Haidee Rose Dollak of Burlington, N.C., and Jordan Joseph of Newton, Mass.; brothers David of West Allis, Wis. and Michael of Hartford, Wis.; grandchildren Tanith, Meghan, Lauren, Daniel and Epona, and countless friends who enjoyed his honesty and sense of humor. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Children International would be appreciated.

George Henry Hoffman

George Henry Hoffman, 89, of Port Monmouth, died at his home on March 8. He was born in West Orange. George worked as a custodian for the East Orange public school system. He was an avid baseball fan and baseball card collector. He was also was an ardent Ted Williams fan. George proudly served his country during World War II.

Surviving are his beloved wife, Dorothy Hoffman; his son and daughter-in-law, Clifford and Donna Hoffman of Port Monmouth; his grandson, CJ Hoffman; and his devoted aide, Michelle Medina.

George was preceded in death by his son Barry Hoffman in 2011; his parents, Henry and Emily Hoffman; his sister, Emily Pilone; his brother, Henry Hoffman; his sister, Doris Delorenzo; and his sister, Audrey Smith.

John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements. Contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of Central NJ, 176 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank, NJ 07701; St Joseph’s for the Blind – Jersey City, 511 Pavonia Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

Rev. Joseph W. Hughes

Rev. Joseph W. Hughes, 67, of Lakewood, died on March 7at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank. Rev. Hughes was born in 1944 in New York City to Albert and Helen (Long) Hughes. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from St. Mary’s University in Baltimore, Md. He was ordained a priest in May of 1970 at St. Ann’s RC Church in Keansburg, NJ. Most recently Rev. Hughes served as Pastor of Holy Cross RC Church in Rumson from 1988 – 2004. From 1974-1988 he was principal of Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville. Formerly, Rev. Hughes was also assigned to St Joseph’s RC Church in Toms River, from 1973-1974, Our Lady of Mt. Virgin in Middlesex from 1972-1973 and St. Phillip & James RC Church in Phillipsburg from 1970-1972.

He is predeceased by his loving parents, Albert and Helen Hughes, and his twin brother, Thomas. He is survived by a brother, John P. Hughes and wife Kathleen of Wallace, N.C., a sister, Mary Beth Souza of Middletown, nephews, Barrett Hughes and Michael Souza and a niece, Kimberly Souza.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 9 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at John E Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 10, at 10 a.m. at St Ann’s in Keansburg. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Middletown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

Robert Kluxen

Robert Peter Kluxen, 72, of Lincroft, died on March 6 at Jersey Shore Medical Center. He retired from Alpha Wire in Linden.

Robert was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Mary McLaughlin Kluxen his brother Emmett Kluxen; and his two brothers-in-law Frank Ryan and Walter Sciuk. Surviving are his three daughters, Susie Lavin and her husband Thomas of Ocean Township, Robin Bachelder and her husband George of Stewartsville, and Janice Dowlen and her husband Michael of Middletown; his two sisters; Mary Jane Ryan and Jean Sciuk; and his sister in-law Carol Kluxen. He leaves behind his eight grandchildren who he loved more than anything in the world; Bryan, David, Thomas, Kyle, Conor, Colin L., Colin D., and Gabriella.

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

David Martz

David “Butch” Gene Martz, 53, of Tinton Falls, died on March 7 at Ocean Medical Center. He attended Tinton Falls schools and worked for the Department of Public Works in Long Branch. David was predeceased by his parents, Donald and Edna Martz and his sister Jean Stockdale. Surviving are his two brothers, Kevin K. Martz and Josetta of Manhattan, N.Y. and Donald L. Martz and his wife Linda of South Plainfield; his two sisters Donna Younghanz and her husband Paul of Eatontown and Desiree Markman and her husband Sam of Tinton Falls; his longtime companion Patricia Edgerton of Brick; his step son Allen Edgerton and Tiffany Conti of Brick and his three grandchildren; Autumn Edgerton, Allen Edgerton, and Andre Edgerton, and a host of nieces nephews, family and friends. A visitation will be held at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank, on March 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. with a service to take place at 7 p.m.  Interment will remain private.

William Edward O’Mara

William Edward O’Mara, 81, of Rumson, died on March 11. Bill was born October 11, 1930 to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur O’Mara in Ridgefield. He graduated from St. Francis Xavier High School in Manhattan. After his enlistment in the Korean War interrupted his civil engineering studies at Villanova University, he received a degree in mathematics and physics from Wagner College while studying under the G.I. Bill. Years later, upon his retirement and for his considerable achievements and contributions to the field of civil engineering, Villanova University made him an honorary member of the Class of 1953. Bill served with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Korea and France. After first starting off as a Civil Engineer for the City of New York, Bill was a founding partner of Wohl and O’Mara, Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors. Bill was a licensed Professional Engineer in both New York and New Jersey, a licensed land surveyor in the City and State of New York, as well as a licensed Professional Planner in New Jersey. Bill was a member the Monmouth County Chapter, NJSPE, a past president of the Richmond County Chapter of New York State Society of Professional Engineers, a former chairman of the Metropolitan Chapter Presidents Council of the NYSSPE, a past vice president of the Richmond County Association of Professional Land Surveyors, a former director of the New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors, a member and past president of the Association of City Surveyors of Greater New York, a member of the New York City Builders Association, the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers as well as in the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, a member of the Board of Trustees Staten Island Savings Bank, member of the board of the Richmond County Savings Bank, a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International, and a member of Century Club of Christian Brothers Academy. He married Mary Ellen Mason in 1958 and they raised their three sons in Staten Island, Mantoloking and Colts Neck. Bill loved sailing, golf, bridge, family and friends. He was an active member of Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club, Jupiter, Fla., and enjoyed his past memberships in the Richmond County Yacht Club, Mantoloking Yacht Club, Bay Head Yacht Club, Bamm Hollow Golf Club and the Deal Golf Club. Bill was a communicant at Holy Cross Church, Rumson.

Bill was predeceased by his father, Arthur O’Mara. his mother, Agnes (Browne) O’Mara and his four siblings, Mary, Arthur Jr, Donald, and Kathleen. Surviving are his sons and their spouses, William and Marie O’Mara, North Andover, Mass., Thomas and Elizabeth O’Mara, Rumson, Peter and Ardis O’Mara, Shrewsbury, and his eleven grandchildren, Casey, William III, Abigail, Ross, Margaret, Thomas, Thomas Jr., Mason, Molly, Sean and Adeline.

Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations can be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey, 176 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank, NJ 07701.

John R. Patrouch

John R. Patrouch, 89, of Middletown, died on March 10 at Brighton Gardens in Middletown. He was born in Catasauqua, Pa. John was a World War II veteran. He graduated from NYU College of Engineering and worked as an electrical engineer for Western Electric, Bell Labs, and Army CECOM. He was a committee person for Middletown Democratic Party.

Surviving are his wife, Rosemary Patrouch; daughter and son-in-law, Maryann and Steven Shinsec; two sons, John and his wife Deborah Patrouch, Frank Patrouch and his wife Alissa Pecora; two brothers, Lawrence Patrouch and Stephen Patrouch and three grandchildren, Brian, Matthew, Michelle.

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

Marilyn Ann Redden

Marilyn Ann Redden, 80, of Red Bank, died on March 4. Born in Staten Island, she lived there until the age of nine when she and her family moved to Red Bank. Marilyn attended and graduated from Saint James Grammar School and Red Bank Catholic High School. She received a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Our Lady of Good Counsel College, a Master’s degree in education from Fordham University @ Seton Hall and also attended graduate classes at Pace University. Marilyn’s teaching career spanned 25 years and included teaching in grammar school, junior high school and also at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft. After retirement she worked in the world of retail.

Marilyn leaves behind no known surviving family. She was predeceased by her parents Ann and George Redden. She is survived by her good friends, Joan and Ted Maione and many caring neighbors.

There will be a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial celebrated on Saturday, March 17th, 9:30 a.m. at St. James RC Church, 94 Broad St., Red Bank. Interment of cremains will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown. Her arrangements were entrusted to Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank.

Robert J. Sanders, Jr.

Robert J. Sanders, Jr. of Rumson died with his family at his side on March 7. He was 87 years old.

He graduated from Red Bank Catholic in 1942. Robert went on to graduate from Fordham College with a degree in physics in 1948 and Fordham Law School in 1951.

During World War II, he served with the US Army Signal Corps and studied electrical engineering at Rose Polytechnic Institute. He was a patent attorney and General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Director of Legal Affairs with Research Corporation in New York City and Tucson, Ariz. until his retirement. Prior to that he worked in patent law for Texaco and for General Electric.

Robert was a member of the New York Bar and also a member of the New York Arbitration Association, the New York Patent Association and the New York Intellectual Property Law Association. He was an active member of the Tucson, Ariz. and the Red Bank Rotary Clubs. He served on the Red Bank Rotary Board of Directors, the Rotary Foundation and was director of the International Service Committee.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Joan K. Sanders; his children: Mary and David Jones, Omaha, Neb., Joanie Sanders, Ocean Grove, Robert  J. Sanders, III and wife Joan Throckmorton Sanders, Oceanport, Michael Sanders, Worthington, Mass., Catherine and Daniel Hibbert of Woodbine, Md. and Maura Sanders, Metuchen; his sister Agnes Allen, Holmdel; six grandchildren: Colleen and Mary Catherine Hibbert, Caitrin Jones Davis, Norah Jones, Ryan and Margaret Gossiaux and several nieces and nephews.

Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Red Bank Rotary Foundation, PO BOX 8444, Red Bank, NJ  07701.

Florence Julia Smith

Florence Julia Smith, 87, of Port Monmouth, died on March 7 at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank. She was born in Newark and lived in Port Monmouth since 1948. Florence was a loving wife and mother who worked as a bookkeeper for Grand Union in North Middletown until she retired in 1971. Prior to that she worked as a claims examiner for Prudential Insurance from 1942 until 1950. Florence was a member of St. Mary’s Parish, New Monmouth and was very actively involved in various parish volunteer activities including as a lector, a school volunteer, and at bingo nights.

Surviving are her daughter, Leslie Smith of Red Bank; her sister, Felice and her husband Elmer Hettich; her brother, Jack and his wife Florence Schlaflin; her brother, Ernest and his wife Barbara Schaflin; and several nieces and nephews. Florence was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Markham G. Smith, Jr.; and by her parents, Ernest and Olga Schlaflin.

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

Contributions may be made in Florence’s name to St. Mary’s Parish, 19 Cherry Tree Farm Rd., Middletown, NJ 07748 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey, 400 Morris Avenue, Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern, 77, of Oceanport, died on March 5. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he lived in Matawan before moving to Oceanport 25 years ago. He was an Army veteran. He was an insurance broker with Walter Kay Associates of New York City for 45 years before retiring in 1999. He started the First Avenue Playhouse of the Highlands. He was active in the Community Theatres, both with directing and acting. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias in New York.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Louise (nee Franklin); devoted sons, Gregg and Kenneth; his stepsons, Tim and Ted Trainor. Also survived by his dear brother, Martin Stern and his cherished grandchildren and step grandchildren. Arrangements are by Bloomfield-Cooper Jewish Chapels, Manalapan.

Mary Thompson

Mary Thompson, 88, of Belford, died on March 10 at Riverview Medical Center. Mary was born and raised in Middletown. She graduated Leonardo High School in 1941, later married her husband Pete in 1942, and settled in Belford. During World War II she assembled warplanes at Bendix in Eatontown. After the war she stayed at home with her husband who was combat wounded. She was a communicant Saint Mary’s Church, a member of the Independant Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary and volunteered at the Spy House. Being a lifelong resident of Middletown, Mary touched the lives of many, she will be greatly missed and always remembered.

Mary was predeceased by her husband Joseph “Pete” Thompson in 1978 and in January, her sister Rose Golden. She is survived by her sister Helen Perry of Aberdeen. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Dave and his wife Bertha Thompson, her nephews and their wives Walter “Zippy” and Karen Thompson, David “Bubby” and Phyllis Thompson, John and Charlotte Perry, and nieces Carolyn Whelan, Betty Potts and Loretta Pfau. She is also survived by many great- nieces and nephews.

Scott & Kedz Home for Funerals, Belford, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to either the Monmouth County SPCA or the Disabled American Veteran’s at

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