In Memoriam: Obituaries for the Week of March 9 – 16

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Ann Borneo, Red Bank; Doris L. Crisson, Red Bank; Barbara Ann Fischer, Middletown; Virginia J. Hadley, Red Bank; William Phillips Kirkpatrick, Rumson; Keith H. McLaughlin, Middletown; Sharon Beth O’Keefe, Eatontown; Joseph Patti, Middletown; Jeanne Murtha Rehor, Middletown; J. Kenneth Sieben, Sea Bright; Andrew Zakanych, Jr., Ocean

Ann Borneo

Ann Borneo, 92, of Red Bank died on February 29. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and settled in Red Bank in 1942. She was a communicant of St. Anthony of Padua RC Church, Red Bank.

Ann was predeceased by her parents Nicola and Carmela Guarino; beloved husband of 64 years, John R. in April, 2005 and a sister Millie Santangello in 2007. She is survived by two sons, Rudy and wife Charlene of Woodside, Calif., John and wife Dana of Tinton Falls; two brothers, Vincent Guarino of Tampa, Fla., Robert Guarino and wife Patti of Shrewsbury; two sisters Theresa Competiello of Eatontown and Anna Henle of Staten Island, N.Y.; six grandchildren Michael Borneo and wife Marcy, Cara O’Connell and husband Christopher, Dana Swanson and husband Mark, Corrine Burke and husband Michael, Randi Borneo and Marlena Luciano; six great-grandsons and six great-granddaughters.

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

Doris L. Crisson

Doris Letitia Crisson, age 90, a 24-year resident of Navesink Harbor in Red Bank, died on February 15.

Born May 15, 1921, she graduated from NJ State Teacher’s College in 1943 and taught in the Maplewood School District. Doris was a very active resident of Navesink Harbor and chaired many committees through the years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Red Bank and had served as a representative to The American Baptist Churches of NJ.  She regularly supported hundreds of charities. Doris was a dear friend to many and will be greatly missed.

A Memorial Service in her honor will take place Saturday, March 10 at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor, 40 Riverside Ave., Red Bank, at 2 p.m. John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Barbara Ann Fischer

Barbara Ann Fischer, 78, died on March 2 at Brandywine Reflections Assisted Living in Colts Neck. Barbara Ann was born in 1933 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to James Harold Fee and Helen Callahan Fee. She was a resident of Middletown since 1963.

Barbara Ann was predeceased by her parents, her sister Helene I. Mulder, brothers, H. James Fee and Robert E. Fee, and in 1986 her husband of 29 years, Charles L. Fischer. “Queen Bee” leaves many dear family and friends who she loved including dozens of nephews, nieces, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nephews and nieces.

She was educated at St. Joseph’s High School Brooklyn, Brookdale Community College Lincroft and earned her bachelor’s degree from Monmouth College.  She went on to become a marketing representative for GTE Government Services where she retired in 1993 after 30 years of service. She was the first woman president of the Fort Monmouth Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA),a non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry, and academia as an ethical forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, information technology, intelligence, and global security.  She was a deacon and communicant of St. Leo the Great RC Church in Lincroft. Aunt Barbara was an avid golfer and a member of the Beacon Hill C.C. in Atlantic Highlands. She loved and pampered her many dogs and cherished her travels to Ireland, the Holy Land, Singapore and Australia.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 8 from 6-9 p.m. at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 9 at 10AM at St. Leo the Great RC Church in Lincroft, interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Middletown.

In lieu of flowers, donations to celebrate Barbara Ann’s life may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and/or St. Leo the Great R.C. Church.

Virginia J. Hadley

Virginia J. Hadley, 91, of Red Bank, died on February 28. Virginia was born in Detroit, Michigan to Walter Edwin and Mildred (Ryrie) Jominy. She earned her BA in English from the University of Michigan. Virginia then spent the majority of her life with her husband Rev. Wayne Nelson Hadley in Somerville, where he was the pastor of the First Baptist Church and she was a pre-school teacher.

She was predeceased by her parents, her brother, Jack Jerome Jominy and in 2007 her beloved son, Lawrence Hamilton Hadley.

Virginia is survived by her devoted husband of 69 years, Rev. Wayne Nelson Hadley, son, Ronald Alan and wife Darla of Randolph; daughters Christine and husband Fr. David Laquintano of Ocean City, and Karen Virginia and husband, Jerome HadleyDike of Grand Lake, Colo., her daughter-in-law, Linda B. Hadley of Dayton, Ohio, 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, was entrusted with arrangements.

William Phillips Kirkpatrick

William Phillips Kirkpatrick, 80, of Rumson, died on March 3, with his wife Iris and his three sons at his side.

Bill served as the Rumson Municipal Court Judge for 35 years and stepped down from the bench in 2001. He was a prominent local attorney for more than 50 years with a law practice specializing in real estate and civil litigation.

He was born in Montclair, attended school in Spring Lake Heights and Manasquan and graduated from Montclair High School. He served two years of active duty in the U.S. Navy as an operations officer on the USS Caddo Parish and as communications officer on the USS Scanner.

He was an alumnus of Rutgers University and Rutgers Law School where he graduated sixth in his class and was editor of the Law Review in 1957 and 1958. He was named graduate of the year by the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity for 1958.

Bill was admitted to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court and all the federal courts in his jurisdiction. He began his legal career with a clerkship for Superior Court Judge James R. Giuliano of Essex County and then he joined the firm of Mead, Gleeson, Hansen & Pantages of Newark before opening his own law practice in Rumson.

He served on the Monmouth County Municipal Judges Association executive board and held several positions in the Monmouth County Bar Association.

A longtime resident of Rumson, Bill was president of the Rumson PTA, a Little League coach and was an exempt member of the Rumson Fire Company of East Oceanic with 49 years of firefighter service.

He sang in the choir at the Rumson Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years and served as an elder. More recently he sang with the Chorus of Atlantic, International Barbershop Harmony Society, Red Bank Area Chapter. He was a regular participant in the Root Beer and Checker Club.

Bill had a lifelong love of sailing that included racing his Sanderling Eagle’s Nest. He spent many hours with his family as an active member of Shrewsbury Sailing and Yacht Club where he served as Commodore in 1978. He was also a member of Seabright Beach Club where he enjoyed many celebrations with his family and friends.

Bill touched the lives of many people with his sense of humor, wit and compassion. He lived his life with honor and distinction and was an honest, hard-working, loving husband, father and son.

He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 56 years, Iris Olsson Kirkpatrick; his three sons and their wives, David and Barbara of Shrewsbury, John and Laura of Rumson, Andrew and Sheri of Shrewsbury and six grandchildren William Phillips II, Mary Katherine, Colin, Erin, Alexa and Julia.

A celebration of his life will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 17 at the First Presbyterian Church of Rumson, 4 East River Rd., Rumson. Thompson Funeral Home, Red Bank, is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Rumson Presbyterian Church, Rumson Fire Department 140 East River Rd., Rumson, NJ or a charity of your choice.

Keith H. McLaughlin

Keith H. McLaughlin, 76 of Middletown, died on February 27 at St. Barnabas Medical Center surrounded by his loving family and dear friends Drs. John and JoAnn Middleton.

He was the son of the late John and Dorothy McLaughlin, Pittsburgh Pa. He was married to his adoring wife of 51 years Mary Pat (nee Lynch). For 20 years, he was the president and CEO of Raritan Bay Medical Center. He also served as president of the Raritan Bay Health Services, Corp., the Raritan Bay Healthcare Foundation and the Raritan Management Corp.

Mr. McLaughlin, a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., began his career at St. John’s Hospital and St. Francis Hospital in Pittsburgh. He moved with his family to New Jersey in 1972 to begin his work at what is now known as Raritan Bay Medical Center. The hospital expanded and built the Old Bridge campus under his direction. He also oversaw the medical center’s “Renewal 2000″ project, a multi-million dollar, three-year-long construction and remodeling project involving the Old Bridge, Perth Amboy campuses. He served on many boards, committees and health care boards. He was chairman of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Hospital Association, 1991-1992. He was a delegate to the American Hospital Association’s Region II Policy Board and a member of the American Hospital Association’s House of Delegates. He served on the board of the Princeton Insurance Company, First Savings Bank, Advisory Board for Provident Bank and QualCare, Inc. He dearly loved serving the employees and community of Perth Amboy and Old Bridge. He is probably the only CEO to be made honorary nember of the Raritan Bay Medical Center medical staff.

Surviving are his daughter Debbie and husband John Wisniewski and their three daughters Emily, Sarah and Rachel, of Sayreville; daughter Pattie and husband Greg Gierek and son Ryan of Sea Girt; and son Keith H. McLaughlin Jr. and wife Tricia and three daughters Madelyn, Tiernan and KatieAnn of West Long Branch; a brother J. Sherman McLaughlin of Pittsburgh. He was predeceased by his brother Richard A. McLaughlin, of the Villages, Fla.

He was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, member of Beacon Hill Country Club and loved the game of golf. He spent many wonderful times at their vacation home in Hilton Head, S.C., with family and friends. He was the happiest surrounded by his children and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, Red Bank. In Memory of Keith please register as an organ and tissue donor; please visit or your local motor vehicle agency. John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.

Sharon Beth O’Keefe

Sharon Beth O’Keefe, 49, of Eatontown died on March 5at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. Sharon was born in Binghamton, N.Y. She graduated from Monmouth Regional High School and attended classes at Brookdale Community College. She was employed by TECOM-Vinnell Service at Fort Monmouth. Sharon was a member of the Eatontown Elks and delivered meals to the elderly.

She was predeceased by her father Richard P. O’Keefe and her maternal grandparents Leon and Verna Stout, Red Bank. Surviving are her mother and step-father Fred and Joyce O’Keefe Armstrong, Shark River Hills; her sisters Pamela O’Keefe of Louisiana, Lisa and Randy Walker, Pennsylvania, Kathy Mulcahy, Pennsylvania; her maternal aunt and uncle, Lee and Dee Stout, Pennsylvania; 10 nieces and nephews; 10 great nieces and nephews and many cousins and friends.

A memorial service is planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her memory to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Att: Donor Services, PO Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309 or online at Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank was entrusted with her care.

Joseph Patti

Joseph Patti, 95, of River Plaza, died on February 24. He had lived in River Plaza for the past 10 years, Hazlet being his prior residence. During World War II, Joseph served with the US Army Air Corp. He was an accountant for the import-export company known as Cargil in New York City. He was a communicant of St. Anthony of Padua RC Church, Red Bank. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and swimming.

Joseph is survived by his wife of 65 years, Frances; a daughter, Elaine Soviero and husband Vincent of Red Bank; sister, Lillian Restuccia of Florida; three grandchildren, James and Thomas Soviero and Gina Fontanetta and three great-grandchildren.

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

Jeanne Murtha Rehor

Jeanne Murtha Rehor, age 52, died among family members, after a brief illness, at Riverview Medical Center on March 2.

Jeanne was born in Oakland, and raised in Middletown, where she attended St. Mary’s grade school and Middletown South High School. She graduated with an Associate’s degree in business administration from Brookdale Community College and began a lifelong career in the hospitality industry. She was banquet sales manager for the Molly Pitcher Inn and Oyster Point in Red Bank for over 20 years and prior to that with Smith and Wollensky in New York City.

Jeanne is survived by her parents, Joan and Paul Murtha of Brick; her son, Michael Rehor (daughter-in-law, Erin and granddaughter, Darlene) of Indianapolis, Ind.; her daughter, Grace Rehor of Middletown; her brothers and sisters-in-law, William and Janney Murtha of Linwood, Paul and Tracey Murtha of Staten Island, N.Y., and Christopher and Mary Ellen Murtha of Cummings, Ga.; her loving sister and brother-in-law, Marianne and Brian Petty of Middletown; loving Aunt, Patricia Murtha of Fair Haven; and former husband, George Rehor of Red Bank. Also surviving are nieces Shannon Iaffaldano (husband Anthony), Catherine Wilson, Meghan, Theresa, Lauren, and Erin Murtha; and nephews, Richard, Breandon, Connor, and Eamon Murtha, and Joel Petty.

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

J. Kenneth Sieben

J. Kenneth Sieben PhD, Sea Bright, died on February 26 after a long illness. He received his doctorate from New York University and taught in the humanities division of Essex County College for over 30 years.

He was the author of eighty stories that have appeared in a variety of literary magazines, a published novel and two textbooks.

He served as scoutmaster of Explorer Post 915 in Little Silver where he shared his love of hiking, camping and maintaining the environment.  He served on the Sea Bright Smart Growth and Beautification committees. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran with a commission of Lt JG in the Navy Reserve.

He was predeceased by his father, Oscar August Sieben, his mother, Dorothy Burke Sieben and grandson, Zachary Sieben.

Surviving is his wife, Regina Monks Sieben, son Joseph and his wife Ann, son Mark and wife Panipa, daughter Ann, son Gregory and wife Susan Haas and daughter Laura and husband Jeffrey Jerry, grandchildren, Andrew, Kevin, Brian, Erica, Alec, Christina, Alexandra and Taylor Sieben and Tara and Lisa Jerry. He also leaves his brother Ronald, nieces and nephews, several cousins and many friends.

Cremation was held privately. A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, March 17 at 10 a.m. at Holy Cross Church, 30 Ward Avenue, Rumson.  Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Essex County College Faculty Scholarship Fund, 303 University Avenue, Newark, NJ 07102.

Funeral arrangements were held under the direction of the Barlow & Zimmer Funeral Home, 202 Stockton Street, Hightstown.

Andrew Zakanych, Jr.

Andrew Zakanych Jr. died on February 29 at Brandywine Assisted Living in Colts Neck. He was born in Linden, lived in Fair Haven and Atlantic Highlands before moving to Ocean in 2003. Andrew taught for 39 ½ years in the fields of math and science. Mr. “Z” was the reason that many of his students, including people he just met had tremendously successful lives, or changed their lives around due to his support and encouragement.

Andrew was a Varsity high school football coach and also taught basketball in the middle school level as well. He proudly served our country in the United States Army during the Korean War. Andrew enjoyed playing tennis, birding, cooking, traveling, and reading. Those who knew him could always count on him to help and fix anything. He built two homes and wrote a manual on solar engineering and was able to completely incorporate this particular interest into one of his homes. He will be remembered by his brilliance, kindness and sense of humor to all those who knew him. He was always there for his loving daughter for anything and everything, including the most difficult times during her childhood illness. He loved the family pets as well as all other animals. Andrew was thoroughly loved to the utmost and highest degree and will be remembered, loved and cherished by his loving wife and daughter forever.

Surviving is his loving wife Joan Zakanych, his daughter, Laura Zakanych of Eatontown; and his two brothers Edward Zakanych of Atascadero, Calif., and Robert Rahway Zakanitch of Brooklyn, N.Y.

John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be sent to All Things Bird Initiative, NJ Audubon, Hard Scrabble Rd, Bernardsville, NJ 07924.

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