In Memoriam: Obituaries for the Week of March 23 – 29, 2012

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Karen Ann Anderson, Atlantic Highlands; Thomas H. Beattie, Sr., Keansburg; Natalie Pickering Béguelin, Locust; Walter W. Edgar, Red Bank; Marilyn M. Somers, Rumson; Rev. Harry R. Sorensen, Wilmington, Del.; Conor Patrick Talbot, Oceanport; Mark Van Winkle, formerly of Oceanport; Olga P. Zalewski, Lincroft

Karen Ann Anderson

Karen Ann Anderson, 60, of Atlantic Highlands, died on March 15 at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch. She was a Registered Nurse at Riverview Hospital for 20 years retiring in 1992. Born in Joliet, Ill., she moved to Atlantic Highlands in 1974.

Surviving is a son, Jason Anderson of Long Branch; three daughters, Chelsea Anderson of Ventnor City, Katie Sansone of Old Bridge and Jocelyn Francis of Guyton, Georgia; three brothers, one sister and a grandson, Charlie Jack Smith.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 22 at 1 p.m. at the Damiano Funeral Home, 191 Franklin Ave., Long Branch. The family invites you to leave an online condolence, light a memorial candle or make a memorial donation by selecting a tab on the left.

Thomas H. Beattie, Sr.

Thomas H. Beattie, Sr., 63, of Keansburg, died on March 11 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. Originally of Manhattan’s West Side, he resided in Keansburg for 35 years. He was a Local 817 Theatrical Teamster for 30 years and proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was a member of the Goodfellows Social Club and the Middletown Elks Post 2179. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

Thomas is survived by his wife, Sharon Mahoney Beattie; son, Tommy and Nora Beattie of Hazlet; daughters, Suzzane and Manny Holmes of Keyport, Patricia Davis of Keansburg, and Colleen Beattie of Keansburg. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Devin Ryan, Collin and Dylan Beattie of Florida, Michael McDermott, Kyra and Devarie Holmes of Keyport, Josilyn and Dwan Davis of Keansburg, and Jonathon and Javon Beattie of Keansburg. John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.

Natalie Pickering Béguelin

Natalie Pickering Béguelin died on March 15. Mrs. Béguelin was born on December 10, 1924 in New Haven, Conn. to the late Amy Hyacinth Drury Pickering and Captain Nelson Winslow Pickering. She attended Miss Day’s School in New Haven and Connecticut College for Women. After completing Katherine Gibbs School she worked in New York City until marrying the late Dayton Béguelin and moving to Locust in 1958.

She was very active in her community. At various times she served on the boards of the Riverside Drive Association, Visiting Homemakers Association, Monmouth County Organization of Social Services (MCOSS the forerunner of the current VNA), and the Monmouth County Historical Association, where she served as secretary of the board. She was also very involved in the Monmouth Conservation Foundation, most recently serving on their Advisory Committee.

Additionally, she was one of the original organizers of the Monmouth County Historical Association Garden Party. She also helped organize the Riverside Drive Picnic.

An avid gardener and flower arranger Mrs. Béguelin joined the Rumson Garden Club in 1961. She received three awards from the garden club: a special citation for flower arranging in 1992, a flower arranging achievement certificate in 1996 and a certificate of appreciation in 2003. Upon her 80th birthday her friends created the annually presented Natalie Pickering Béguelin bowl.

Mrs. Béguelin is survived by two sons, Robert Dayton Béguelin of Bethesda, Md., and Winslow Drury Béguelin, of Concord, Mass., their wives Susanna Jones and Sarah Pierce Béguelin, and six grandchildren.

There will be a memorial service at St. George’s by-the-River, Rumson, this Friday March 23 at 11:30 a.m.. A reception follows at the Rumson Country Club. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Monmouth County Historical Association. Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank was entrusted with her care.

Walter W. Edgar

Walter W. Edgar, 93, of Red Bank, died at his home on March 13. Born in Carney’s Point, Walter’s mother passed away of the flu epidemic right after giving birth. He was adopted by Walter and Sarah V. Edgar that same year. He attended elementary schools in Camden and Philadelphia, Pa., and graduated from Simon Gratz High School in 1936. For six years he went to Drexel Institute of Technology at night, majoring in electrical engineering. During World War II he served with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Signal Corps. He attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Monmouth where he met his wife, Dorothy. They were married in Chicago, Ill. in 1948.

Walter served as apprentice electrician at Miovale Street, Philadelphia in 1936 and became a journeyman. In 1942 he entered service. From 1946-1950 he worked as a service tech for Standard Electric Motor in Linden. From 1950-1955 he worked at Fort Monmouth. He then became part owner and vice president of Foremost Electro Supply Co. from 1955 until his retirement in 1989.

Walter loved surf fishing and being at the beach with his family and friends. He was a member of the Red Bank Elks Lodge 233 where he was a trustee for 10 years. He had his “fifteen minutes of fame” winning the National NRA Sr. Small Bore Championship at Camp Ritchie, Md. in 1936. He was also a member of “the group” for over 50 years.

Walter was predeceased by his wife Dorothy. He is survived by his son David and wife Diane; daughter Cathy Barfield; grandsons, David, Jr. and Joseph; great-granddaughter Caprice; niece Betty Eastwood and many offspring.

Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements.  The family requests that memorial donations be made in his memory to Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks #233, Handicapped Children’s Fund, 40 W. Front St., Red Bank, NJ  07701.

Marilyn M. Somers

Marilyn M. Somers, 70, of Rumson died Friday March 16 after a brave battle with ovarian cancer. Born in New York, N.Y., she lived in Cresskill and Mequon, Wis. before moving to Rumson in 1975.

She was predeceased by her parents, William and Virginia Miller.

Marilyn is survived by her husband, Willard C Somers; her sons, Tom Somers of Arlington, Va. and Will Somers, Jr. and his wife Karen of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.; grandchildren Will III and Derek Somers and her brother Richard Miller and his wife Lynne of Hilton Head, S.C. Her love for family and grandchildren was deep and enduring.

Marilyn was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church at Red Bank (Tower Hill) and served two terms as an elder of the congregation. She was a leader in the Vision for the Hill building program and active at the Sea Bright Beach Club.

By profession, Marilyn was an English teacher. She enjoyed bridge, was good at all puzzles, and so enjoyed solving them that she entered and won competitions.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at First Presbyterian Church at Red Bank (Tower Hill). Memorial donations may be made in Marilyn’s memory to the church.

Rev. Harry Roy Sorensen

The Rev. Harry R. Sorensen of Pike Creek (Wilmington), Delaware died on March 18 at Heartland Hospice House in Wilmington, Del.

Father Sorensen was a priest of the Episcopal Church and served parishes in California and New Jersey. He lived in Delaware since his retirement in 1993 and served in Delaware as a priest associate of St. James Church, Mill Creek Hundred, and at the Church of the Nativity in New Castle.

He is survived by his two children: Lael Sorensen of Silver Spring, Maryland; Paul Sorensen and his wife, Margaret, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

A service will be held on March 22 at St. James Church Mill Creek, Wilmington, Del. Requiem and burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 23 at All Saints’ Memorial Church, Navesink, where he served thirty-two years and where he has been Rector Emeritus since his retirement.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the memorial funds of either St. James Church, Mill Creek, Wilmington, Delaware 19808 or All Saints’ Memorial Church, Navesink, New Jersey 07752. Arrangements by Chandler Funeral Home, Wilmington, Del.

Conor Patrick Talbot

Conor Patrick Talbot, 21, of Oceanport, died at his home on March 18. Conor was a parishioner of St. James RC Church, Red Bank. He graduated in 2009 from Red Bank Catholic High School.  He was attending Brookdale Community College. He worked for Boynton and Boynton Insurance in Fair Haven.

Conor was predeceased by his sister, Courtney Talbot in May, 2011. He is survived by his father, Howard of Jackson; mother, Jacqueline of Oceanport; three brothers, Brendan of Sussex, Paul and Ryan both of Ocean; three sisters, Christine of Oceanport, Jennifer Kruger of Austin, Texas and Katherine Talbot, Oceanport.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 23, 9 a.m. at St. James RC Church, 94 Broad St., Red Bank. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown. The family requests that memorial donations be made in his memory to Red Bank Catholic High School, 112 Broad St., Red Bank, NJ  07701

Mark Van Winkle

Mark Van Winkle, 53, died on March 17 in Tavares, Florida. He was born in Long Branch, raised in Oceanport and graduated from Shore Regional High School in West Long Branch. He worked for Douglas Whichello from the age of 17 at Doug’s gas station in New Jersey, then Doug’s Mobil station in Redondo Beach, California. He was most recently employed in Historic Downtown Stuart for Doug’s Repair & Service. He was an excellent auto, truck and marine mechanic.

Survivors include his mother Sheila Van Winkle of Monmouth Beach, his father Marshall Van Winkle and his wife Brenda of North Carolina. He had two sisters, Wendy Flint of Texas & Marsha Warner of Pa., and a brother, Peter Van Winkle of Port Salerno, Fla. His daughter, Melissa McClanahan lives in California and a son William Van Winkle also in California. He was preceded in death by another brother, John Van Winkle.

He had only one passion in life – racing Jersey Skiffs, and all agree that Mark left this world in the only way he would have wanted. He will be sorely missed by many.

There will be a funeral Mass for family and friends at Precious Blood Church in Monmouth Beach, at a date to be announced shortly, and a memorial get-together, with all the many people involved with the Jersey Speed Skiffs and vintage race boats, his many friends and the patrons of his business will take place at Doug’s Repair & Service, Stuart, Fla. on April 1 at 1 p.m. Call (772) 485-1171 for information.

Olga P. Zalewski

Olga P. Zalewski, 90, of Luftman Towers in Lincroft, died on March 19at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank. Olga was born at home in East Newark, to Michael and Anna Fusiak Palmer. She spent the majority of her life in East Newark where she raised her family. Later she relocated to Red Bank, before settling in Lincroft five years ago.

Olga was a graduate of Harrison High School. She then went on to spend over 25 years as a file clerk with NJ Bell Telephone in Newark. She was a lifelong communicant of the RC Church of Our Lady Czestochowa in Harrison. She also attended St James RC Church in Red Bank and most recently St. Leo the Great RC Church in Lincroft. She was extremely devoted to her faith. While she raised her four children Olga always made time to introduce them to the arts. In addition, she enjoyed cooking and spending time with family and friends. Olga will be remembered as being a bright, cheerful woman who always found the good in others.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Henry Zalewski in 1978, as well as her son Stanley and daughter Carol.

She is survived by her son, John Zalewski of Barnegat, and her daughter Marie Brown and husband Dean of Middletown, a sister, Mary Liotti of Neptune, ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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

Donations can be made in Olga’s memory to Christian Service Ministries of St. Leo the Great RC Church, 550 Newman Springs Rd. Lincroft, NJ 07738.


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