In Memoriam: Obituaries for the Week of March 30 – April 6, 2012

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Rose Cappadona, Atlantic Highlands; Edward Michael Chachko, Little Silver; Elinor Louise Chevalier, Rumson; John R. Emery, Red Bank; Katherine M. Force, Holmdel and Red Bank; John T. “Jack” Gamache, Middletown; Patience A. Nelson, Eatontown; Ina Carol McCall, Holmdel; Frances M. Patti, Middletown;Sadie J. Tarantino, Middletown; Wayne F. Nef, Belford; Larissa Nicole Nelsen-Steinmesser, Little Silver; Rita Fitzpatrick Trumble, Middletown; Barbara Elaine Tunny, Fair Haven

Rose Cappadona

Rose Cappadona, 87, of Atlantic Highlands, died at her home on March 21. She was born in Jersey City and moved to Keansburg with her husband Tony and their family. Rose and Tony owned and operated the Spotless Cleaners Laundromat, the Empress Hotel, and Beachview Rest Home. In later years, Rose was instrumental in the creation of Bayside Manor Assisted Living. She was a member of the Church of Saint Ann Parish in Keansburg and was a former PTA President of Saint Ann’s School. Her greatest joy was entertaining her family and friends at her homes in New Jersey and Florida.

Rose was predeceased by her husband, Anthony Cappadona; her brother, Amodio Di Toro and her sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Joseph Castagna. She is survived by her daughter, Elena Frye Cappadona; her daughter, Joanne Cappadona; her son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Nancy Cappadona; her son, Anthony Cappadona; and her 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Emily Di Toro and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.Donations in Rose’s memory can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN, 38148.

Edward Michael Chachko

Edward Michael Chachko, 86, of Little Silver, died, surrounded by family, after a long illness, on March 25 at Meridian Nursing and Rehabilitation in Shrewsbury. Edward was born in Struthers, Ohio to John and Mary (Mizak) Chachko. He and his wife have been residents of Little Silver for 28 years. He earned his BS degree in engineering from Purdue University. He proudly served our country during World War II in the Army Air Corps. In 1982, he retired from New Departure Hyatt Bearings in Clark as VP of sales after over 25 years of service.

He was predeceased by his parents, brothers; John, William, Joseph, and Sister Margaret.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Joanne (Dabrowski) Chachko, sons; David and wife Barbara of Oceanport, Carl of Red Bank, Paul and wife Kim of Little Silver and Jonathan and wife Donna of Cream Ridge, a sister, Elaine Geoghan of Port Washington, N.Y. and nine grandsons; Michael, Brett, Dennis, Michael, Cole, Austin, Blake, Harrison and John Henry.

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

Elinor Chevalier

Elinor Louise Chevalier (nee Towell), 76, of Rumson died at home on March 18. She was born on July 19, 1935 in Jersey City and was raised in Belmar where she attended Belmar Grammar School and Ashbury Park High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Beaver College (Arcadia University). She later developed a keen interest in library services leading her to pursue a Master’s degree from Rutgers University in library sciences. She was a teacher in Wall Township schools and later in Rumson elementary school system.

Elinor was a long time member of First Presbyterian Church of Red Bank (Tower Hill) and participated in a wide range of church and social activities. She was the leader of the Martha Circle, where she wrote a monthly letter praised for portraying her love of people and life. Additionally, she was a director of Presbyterian Woman’s Ministries. Beyond church activities she was active in philanthropic endeavors, particularly the Parker Family Health Center, Monmouth Day Care Center and Lunch Break.

Elinor is predeceased by her daughter Valerie Louise who died in 1998. She is survived by her husband Samuel whom she married on August 29, 1959; after they were engaged in London in December of 1958, where they purchased her engagement ring for $14. She is also survived by her sons David and his wife Kelly and Peter and his wife Darline; her brother Herbert Towell of Clover, South Carolina and his wife Barbara; her sister Barbara Murray of Groton, Massachusetts and her husband David Gordon; four grandchildren Mi-Asia, Samuel, Bolan and Buckley; and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Ave., Red Bank, on Thursday, March 29 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will take place at The First Presbyterian Church of Red Bank (Tower Hill) on Friday, March 30 at 11 a.m. Interment will remain private. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent in Elinor’s memory to The Lunch Break, 121 Dr. James Parker Blvd., Red Bank, NJ 07701, The Parker Family Heath Center 211 Shrewsbury Ave., Red Bank, NJ 07701 or Monmouth Day Care Center, 9 Dr. James Parker Blvd., Red Bank, NJ 07701.

John R. Emery

John R. Emery, 81, of Red Bank, died on March 19. John was a resident of Rumson for 45 years before he and his wife, Barbara Jean, moved to Red Bank three years ago. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Red Bank at Tower Hill. John will be remembered as a great husband, father and grandfather who was deeply committed to his family, friends and community. He spent his career in the publishing business, and was actively involved in numerous professional and civic organizations throughout his years. He was a devoted lifelong supporter of his alma mater, Princeton University.

John was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Barbara Jean Emery, who died last summer. He is survived by three sons, John R. Jr. and wife, Deborah of New Hope, Pa., Robert and wife, Dana of San Francisco, Calif., and Richard and wife, Suzanne of Castle Rock, Colo., one daughter, Karen and husband, Steve Lynch of Norwell, Mass; and eight grandchildren, Mac, Bryce, Rob, Matt, Will, Jack, Libby and Allie.

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 29. at the First Presbyterian Church of Red Bank at Tower Hill, 255 Harding Road, Red Bank. Interment of the cremated remains will follow at Restland Memorial Park, East Hanover. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to a charity of your choice. The Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was entrusted with his arrangements.

Katherine M. Force

Katherine M. Force, 93, a lifelong resident of Holmdel and Red Bank, died on March 23 in Shrewsbury. She was born in Old Bridge. Mrs. Force worked as an assembler of computer components at the Concurrent Computer Company, Long Branch, until her retirement in 1990.

Surviving are her daughter, Kathy Marks; son, Brody Force; grandchildren, Melissa and Eugene Jr. Marks, Jeffrey Force and Victoria Daly and her great-grandchildren, Eugene III, Michael and Sophia Marks, Mark Anthony Valente Jr. and Alexandra Daly. Katherine was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Allocco and brother, Theodore Soberanski.

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

John T. Gamache

John T. “Jack” Gamache, 76, of Middletown, died on March 25 in Long Branch. He was born in Newark and lived in Middletown for 52 years. Jack worked as a lineman for JCP&L for over 40 years before retiring in 1995. He was communicant of St Catherine’s R.C. Church in Middletown, where he was a Eucharistic Minister. He was an avid gardener and a veteran of the National Guard..

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Nanatte “D’Amico” Gamache, of Middletown; daughter and son-in-law Renee and Robert Ryan of Barnegat; daughter Donna Costa of Manalapan; brother Richard and Arlene Gamache of Seattle, Wash.; sister Patricia and Chris Goodrich of Raritan; sister-in-law Patricia Gamache of Keansburg; brother-in-law Carl Schloeder of Middletown and his three grandchildren – Robert, Stephen, and Emily.

John was preceded in death by his son-in-law John Costa in 2008; a brother, Robert Gamache; and a sister Catherine Schloeder in 2011.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, March 30 at 9:15 a.m. at the funeral home. A funeral liturgy will be offered at 10 a.m. at St. Catherine’s RC Church, 110 Bray Ave., Middletown.

Ina Carol McCall

Ina Carol McCall, 76, died on March 21 at the Atrium at Navesink Harbor. She was born in Newark and lived in Holmdel most of her life. She was a member of the Half Century Club in Holmdel and she was the social chairman at Village Grand of Holmdel. She loved traveling, sewing, and reading.

She was predeceased by her parents; Otis William Cunningham and Ina Bell Poe, and her husband, Sherwood McCall in 2009.

Surviving is her son Sherwood McCall Jr. of California and her daughter Lynda Cooper and her husband Richard of Rumson; her brother Jack Cunningham of Cleveland, Ohio; her sister Lucile Meyer of Cleveland, Ohio; her five grandchildren; Chelsea, Shaye, Lauren, and Gary Cooper, and Tracey Fay; and her great grandchild Duncan Cooper.

John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 801 Broad Street, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702.

Wayne F. Nef

Wayne F. Nef, 73, of Belford, died on March 22 at his home. He was born in New York City and lived in Belford for the past 38 years. Wayne worked as a comptroller for Adams Group Inc. in New York City. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s RC Church in New Monmouth. He was the former commissioner and coach for B.Y.A.A. Biddy Basketball for over 30 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from 1956 to 1962.

Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Marie Nef; daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Richard Armistead of Marlboro; son, Wayne C. Nef of Rindge, N.H.; mother, Olga Nef of Spring Lake; sister, Judy Linton of Spring Lake Heights; sister, Janet Escobedo of N. Bergen; and two granddaughters, Madison and Ashleigh. Wayne was preceded in death by his father William Nef.

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

Patience A. Nelson

Patience A. Nelson, 50, of Eatontown, died on March 20 surrounded by her loving family and friends. Patience was a state licensed cosmetologist. She was a student at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft where she was on the dean’s list. She was the former vice president of marketing at The Notte Agency, Red Bank.

Patience’s life was much too short for such a lively woman. She loved to dress up and socialize with her family and friends. She had a great sense of humor and will be missed by those she leaves behind.

She is survived by her life partner, Sandra Kuzma; Sandra’s daughter, Sandra A. Rogers; and her children, D’Anna and Kevin C. who looked up to Patience as a grandmother; her mother Miona Wallace, Manchester; brother, Kermit Wallace and wife Emely, Stroudsburg, Pa.; a sister Amy and husband Sherman Coleman, Gainsesville, Va.; nieces and nephews, Whitney, Shanice, Vanessa, Alyse, Kieran, Ian and Lucas and a host of extended family and friends.

There will be no visitation hours and all funeral arrangements are private.  Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank was entrusted with her arrangements.

Frances M. Patti

Frances M. Patti, 90, of Middletown, died on March 20. Frances was a parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua RC Church, Red Bank. She was a cafeteria worker at Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel.

She was recently predeceased by her husband, Joseph. She is survived by her daughter Elaine and husband, Vincent Soviero, Red Bank; three grandchildren, James and Thomas Soviero and Gina Fontanetta; three great-grandchildren and a sister, Ann Peluso, Red Bank.

Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. The family requests that donations be made in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial & Honors Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105 or online at

Larissa Nicole Nelsen-Steinmesser

Larissa Nicole Nelsen-Steinmesser, of Little Silver, beloved wife, daughter, sister, aunt, great-aunt and friend, died on March 23 at Riverview Medical Center. Larissa was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to George and Diane (Colandone) Nelsen. Before moving to Little Silver she made her home in Middletown and Woodbridge. She attended Westchester and Rutgers Universities. Larissa will be remembered as a beautiful woman inside and out and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was predeceased by her father George Conrad Nelsen in 1981.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 17 years, Richard; her mother, Diane Nelsen of Brick; brothers, Glenn and wife Barbara of Brick and Gregg and wife Jodi of Waxhaw, N.C.; sisters-in-law, Eileen Mintz and husband Rodney of Boynton Beach, Fla. and Sharon Blumert and husband Bert of Rockaway; aunts, Virginia D’Ambra and Patricia Malchow and husband Bill all of Long Island, N.Y.; an uncle, Andre Colandone and wife Susie of Nevada; nephews, Michael, Robert, Steven and Conrad Nelsen, Joseph Blumert and Heath Mintz, nieces; Sarah Nelsen, Stephanie and Annie Blumert, Alyssa and Marissa Mintz, great nieces, Gabriella and Samantha, her dog Sophie, several cousins and many close and supportive friends.

John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Larissa’s memory to the Colon Cancer Alliance, 1025 Vermont Ave. N.W., Suite 1066, Washington, DC 20005.

Sadie J. Tarantino

Sadie J. Tarantino, 96, of Middletown, died on March 22 at home surrounded by loved ones. She was born Oct. 23, 1915 in Hoboken. One of four children of Samuel and Josephine Romano, she had two sisters and a brother. Sadie married Felix C. Tarantino in December 1941 and was married for 25 years. She moved to Middletown in 1958. Sadie worked as a circuit assembler and for a local photography company, retiring when she was 75.

Surviving are her daughter, Serene Hemberger of Middletown; three grandchildren, Frank Hemberger and Renee and Carl Wehnke; four great grandchildren, Amanda and Krischan Wehnke, and Morgan and Maxwell Hemberger.

Sadie was preceded in death by her husband Felix C.Tarantino in 1964, her parents Samuel and Josephine Romano, sister Christine Pape, brother Frank Romano, and her son, Ricky Tarantino in 2001.

Sadie was an avid bowler, golfer, and active member of New Monmouth Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to New Monmouth Baptist Church. John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.

Rita Fitzpatrick Trumble

Rita Fitzpatrick Trumble, 91, of Middletown died on March 23 at her home. She was born in Jersey City and lived there before moving to Middletown 24 years ago.

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Rita and Stephen Polacik; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Annmarie Trumble; daughter, Ethel Trumble; daughter and son-in-law, Gail and James Ruggiero; granddaughter, Tara Ann Schroeder; grandson, RJ Trumble and a sister, Gloria D’Anna. Rita was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Trumble in 1992.

John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Deborah Hospital Foundation, PO Box 820 Browns Mills, NJ 08015.

Barbara Elaine Tunny

Barbara Elaine Tunny, 72, of Fair Haven, died at her home, surrounded by her loving family on March 22. She was a decorating consultant for House of Paints, Ocean, a devoted mother and grandmother, avid gardener, lover of the ocean and all creatures great and small.

Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her memory to the ASPCA or the Humane Society.


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