In Memoriam: Obituaries for the week of March 2 – 9, 2012

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Donald Bennett, Tinton Falls; Carol A Dietrich, Tinton Falls; Peter M. Di Sciullo, Middletown; Mary A. Falotico, Fair Haven; Maria D. Fernandes, Sea Bright; Grace Bauer Kerr, Tinton Falls; Helen A. Marion, Tinton Falls; Herbert Riley Oversen, Tinton Falls; Lawrence Paul Napier, Tinton Falls; Patricia Joan Turner, Tinton Falls

Donald Bennett

Donald Bennett, 81, of Tinton Falls, died on January 27 at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune.  Born in Irvington, he resided in Hazlet for many years before moving to Tinton Falls just one year ago. Donald served proudly in the U.S. Marines and later worked as a carpenter at Fort Monmouth. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching the NY Yankees and Giants.

He was predeceased by his parents, Clarence and Viola (Francis) Bennett. He is survived by his brother Albert F. Bennett of Red Bank and his sister Joan Disbrow of Hazlet. Also surviving are many loving nieces and nephews.

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

Carol A Dietrich

Carol A Dietrich, 75, of Tinton Falls, died February 25 at Meridian Health Center, Shrewsbury. Born in St Louis, Mo., she lived in Staten Island prior to moving to Tinton Falls. She retired from ISO Insurance Co. in New York City where she worked for many years. Carol enjoyed playing Bingo, playing the piano and doing crossword puzzles.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harvey III, who died in 1991, and her son, Harvey IV, who died in 2000, She is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah Territo and her husband, Robert, of Tinton Falls, and Lori McGowan and her husband, Kenneth, of Middletown, five grandchildren:  Lauren, Christopher, Amanda, Melanie, & Mikaela.

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

Peter M. Di Sciullo

Peter M. Di Sciullo, 87, died on February 25. He was born in Cliffwood on December 4, 1924. He was predeceased by his loving wife of over 60 years, Marion Kaney Di Sciullo, his parents, Joseph and Lucy, brothers George, Dominick and Anthony, and a grandson, James Zachary Daly.

In 1942, he moved to Keyport and, in 1950, moved to River Plaza, (Red Bank).

He is survived by his six children and their spouses: Alan and Mary Jo Di Sciullo; Jean and Greg Smiles; Mary Beth and George Carlino; Katie and Andy Clarke; Mark and Meghan Di Sciullo; Christine and James Daly; 17 grandchildren (Courtney, Megan, Patrick, Corinne, Kristin, Michael, Victoria, Austin, Samantha, Carissa, Zachary, Kelly, Christopher, Kelsey, Hayley, Casey, Mia) and one great grandchild, Cate, all of whom he loved and adored very much. He is also survived by sisters, Faye; Rosemary Artelli; Ann Hegedus; Yola Flynn and Elsie Smith.

Pete was an active member of St Mary’s Catholic Church, Colts Neck. He volunteered many years as a Eucharistic minister, a building and grounds member and as a member of the morning office. He also enjoyed his time as a member of the ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out.)

He was employed by the Department of Defense at Fort Monmouth for over 37 years as a logistics engineer. After retirement from Fort Monmouth, he was a department manager for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). He was a member of two professional organizations, the Society of Logistics Engineers (SOLE) and the Armed Forces Society of Engineers Association (AFSEA).

Pete enjoyed playing golf and was a member of the Suneagles Golf Club at Fort Monmouth. He was also an avid Yankee baseball fan. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army’s Ordinance Depot Company from early 1943 to the end of November 1945. He spent 18 months in the European Theater and was awarded several European Campaign medals. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to St Mary’s Social Concerns at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Phalanx Road and Highway 34, Colts Neck.  NJ 07722. The John E. Day Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mary A. Falotico

Mary A. Falotico, 91 (nee Filak) died on February 21 after a long courageous battle with cancer.  She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and grew up in Washington Heights, N.Y.  She attended George Washington High School.  At the request of her two best friends, she joined them in attending St. Mary’s School of Nursing, which was affiliated with St. John’s University.  The day after her 21st birthday, the Pearl Harbor Invasion occurred. Again with her two friends, she joined the U.S. Army Nurse’s Corps, where she reached the rank of 1st Lieutenant. They proudly served in Swannanoa, N.C., where they were instrumental in activating Moore General Army Hospital during World War II. At the end of the war, Mary joined the U.S. Coast Guard.

After the war, Mary worked at Poly Clinic Hospital in New York. She was the head nurse in the labor and delivery department. In 1948, she married the love of her life, Rocky Falotico. They moved to Fair Haven in 1950, where they raised their three children. From 1962 to 1973, Mary worked at Knollwood School as the school nurse. From 1973 to 1983, she worked at Rumson Country Day School, where she was lovingly called “Nurse Mary.” The children honored her by dedicating the 1983 yearbook to her.

Mary was a charter member of the Women In Military Service for America Memorial outside Arlington National Cemetery, and the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.  She was a dedicated volunteer at Riverview Medical Center in the labor and delivery department. She also was the “Hostess with the Mostess” for the annual Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair for over 25 years.

Mary was predeceased by her husband, Rocky, in 1989; her father, Anthony Filak, and her two sisters, Mildred Simmons and Irene Cook.  She is survived by her three children: Thomas and his wife, Lynda, Sterling Heights, Mich., James and his wife Pam, Indian Head Park, Ill. and Raquel Falotico, Fair Haven. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Joseph Thomas Falotico, William Falotico, Janice Falotico and Stephanie Falotico and by many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.

The Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements.  In lieu of flowers, a donation to Holiday Express, 968 Shrewsbury Ave., Tinton Falls, NJ  07724 or online at would be greatly appreciated.

Maria D. Fernandes

Maria D. Fernandes, 59, of Sea Bright, died on February 26 at Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Long Branch. Maria was born in Elizabeth and had lived in Sea Bright since 1989. She was a graduate of St. Patrick Grammar School and Battin High School, both in Elizabeth and Brookdale Community College, Lincroft. She was a supervisor for Delta Import and Export in New York City and for SS White-Pennwalt Dental Company in Holmdel. She was unselfishly dedicated to both the people and the town of Sea Bright as a member of the Planning Board, member of the Borough Council and council president, and as Mayor of Sea Bright. She was proud to be the first Portuguese-American female mayor in the state of New Jersey and the third in the United States. She is credited with helping to obtain $1.5 million in state grants to upgrade the Sea Bright sewer system and $1 million in grants to improve downtown Sea Bright’s infrastructure. She loved being able to help others and make even the smallest of differences. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Sea Bright Fire Department; the Sea Bright Senior Citizens and a communicant of Holy Cross R.C. Church in Rumson.

Maria was predeceased by her father Ernest Fernandes and her maternal grandmother, Jesuina Diaz. Surviving is her mother Adelina Fernandes of Sea Bright.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 3 at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross R.C. Church, 30 Ward Ave, Rumson. Damiano Funeral Home, Long Branch, is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 740 Broad Street, Suite 4, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702.

Grace Bauer Kerr

Grace Bauer Kerr, 87, died on February 22 at Renaissance Gardens, Seabrook Village, in Tinton Falls. She was born in Rumson and resided in the area most of her life. Upon retirement, Grace and her husband, Art, spent many years in Arizona before moving back to the area in 2001. Grace graduated from Rumson High School in 1942. She worked as a secretary at Camp Coles, before staying at home to raise her family. She then worked as a secretary for a private company. Later in life, she worked with her husband at the Kerr-Anderson Insurance Company and the Kerr Agency for Real Estate. Grace was a member of the Rumson Country Club and Rio Verde Country Club in Arizona. Art and Grace enjoyed their retirement together, traveling, playing golf, and visiting with their children and grandchildren. Grace had a smile for everyone and lived her life “full of grace.”

She was predeceased by her husband, Albert Kerr Jr. in 2010, her parents, Henry and Margaret Bauer, and her three brothers, Frank, Roy and Walter Bauer.  Surviving are her four daughters, Karen Ellis of Long Branch, Joan Ellis of San Anselmo, Calif., Ginny Mazza and her husband Frank of Shrewsbury, and Betsy Lunney and her husband John of Little Silver; her three step-sons; Donald Kerr and his wife Jan of Fairhope, Alabama, Gary Kerr of Danbury, N.H., and Douglas Kerr of Seattle, Washington; her brother in law Stanley Kerr and his wife Janet of Dewey, Arizona; her sister in law Dotty Ann Bauer of Red Bank; four grandchildren, Sarah and Maggie Mazza of Shrewsbury, Corey Lunney of Little Silver, and Erin Lunney and her husband, Cliff Stevens, of Alexandria, Va.

The John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001 would be appreciated.

Helen A. Marion

Helen A Marion, 100, of Middletown Township, died on February 27 at Care One at King James in Middletown. She was born in New York, N.Y. and lived in Queens before moving to Keansburg in 1960 and Middletown in 1988. Helen worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for The House of Marion in Queens, N.Y. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas for 35 years and a parishioner of St. Ann’s Church in Keansburg.

Surviving are her daughter, Joan Carroll; son, Robert Marion; grandson, Edward Marion; granddaughter, Michele Brocchini and great-grandson, Griffin Brocchini. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Marion, in 1988 and son, James Marion in 2009.

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

Lawrence Paul Napier

Lawrence (Larry) Paul Napier, 61, of Tinton Falls, died on February 22 at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, surrounded by family, after enduring an eight month battle with cancer.  Larry was born in Bayonne on August 31, 1950 to the Honorable Alfred J. Napier and Kathryn Mara, who have both predeceased him. He graduated from Monmouth Regional High School in 1968, and earned his B.S and M.B.A from Monmouth University.  Heworked for McGraw Hill in Hightstown and New York City before concluding his career as the vice president of finance and operations for the United Way of Central New Jersey.

Larry’s warm, humorous and spiritual character will be missed by many, most importantly, his wife of 37 years, Kathryn Napier (nee Ploetz), his son and daughter-in-law, Philip and Lynn Napier, his son, Stephen Napier, and his daughter, Valerie Napier, and his four grandchildren, Olivia Wallen, Kaitlyn Napier, and Erik and Elizabeth Napier. Larry also leaves behind his sister, Carol and her husband, Edward Murray, his brother, Jack and his wife, Robin Napier, and his youngest brother, Michael Napier;  brother-in-law, Frederick Ploetz, seven nieces and nephews, his dear Aunt Flory Lavelle, and many cousins, and loved ones.

During his time with us, Larry enjoyed the tranquility offered by nature while fishing and camping. He liked reading, cooking, and listening to his favorite musicians, including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Johnny Cash. Best of all, he enjoyed sharing his life experiences and his utterly strong faith. With his beautiful and powerful presence, he undoubtedly touched the hearts of all those fortunate enough to have known him. Larry left this earth the way he hoped all would, as he often said, “Vaya con Dios!” Thank you for your light, Daddy.

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

Herbert R. Oversen

Herbert Riley Oversen died January 26 at his home in Tinton Falls. He was born in Pasadena, California, joined the Navy at an early age and served our country for 27 years. He did four tours of Vietnam as a Navy Corpsman with the Marines. He held many brave men in his arms as they died. He never forgot their names and made them as comfortable as possible. After his Navy career, he worked at the Monmouth County Corrections Department for 20 years. He treated all with kindness and respect. He always stated that we are all human and make mistakes.

Herb was a wonderful husband, father, and “Pop Pop.” He is survived by his beloved wife, Kum Hwa, of 47 years; his son, Jim; his daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Wayne; his four grandchildren, Jackie, Katie, Matthew and Kevin; and dear friends, Marge and Stan Dierlam.

Herb was a 10 year survivor of esophageal cancer. He loved life and had incredible energy. He loved getting up at the crack of dawn, crossword puzzles, reading, junk food, diet Dr. Pepper, Atlantic City, Wheel of Fortune, sitting in the sun at the Ocean Township Pool Club with his grandchildren, and watching his grandchildren at every swim meet at the Community YMCA in Red Bank. He is loved, will be greatly missed, and never forgotten.

The Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations made to the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, 1140 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL  60607 or online at  or The Food  Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties (FBMOC), 3300 Route 66, Neptune, NJ  07753 or online at

Patricia Joan Turner

Patricia Joan Turner, 80, of Tinton Falls, formerly of Eatontown, died at home on February 20. Born in Hackensack, to Thomas and Lillian Lyons, Joan attended Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School following her high school graduation. After  her marriage and motherhood, she devoted herself to raising her family.

Patricia was predeceased by her parents, her husband, George Preston Turner Jr. in 1988 and her son, Bruce Turner, in January of this year. She is survived by her sons, John, and his wife, Joan, of Long Branch; Robert and his wife, Grace, of Leonardo; George III and his partner, Alex Gonzalez of Lincroft, and Paul and his wife, Kristin of Midland Park, daughters; Tracy Risucci and husband Damon of Shrewsbury and Kathleen Turner of Ocean Township, a sister, Eileen Thomas-Axt of Florida and six grandchildren.

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

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