In Memoriam: Obituaries for the week of Nov. 19-25

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Kimberly M. Allen

Kimberly M. Allen, 44, of Lincroft, died November 18 at her home in Lincroft. She was the wife of 20 years to Patrick F. Allen. Born in Plainfield, she was the daughter of Frank and Eileen (Weighorst) Torchy of Easton-Palmer Township, Pa. Kimberly was a sales representative for Country Curtains, Shrewsbury for the past six months. She was a member of St. Leo the Great R.C. Church, Lincroft. She was very active in her community serving as the past president of the Lincroft Elementary School P.T.A. 2008-2009 and 2009-2010. An active supporter of various school functions, including both educational and athletic fundraisers and special events. She was 1989 graduate of Douglass College, New Brunswick, earning a BA in English. She was a very loving mother of two, also a generous, and caring person to all who knew her.
Surviving along with her parents and husband are two sons, Matthew J. Allen and Ryan P. Allen of Lincroft; a sister, Barbara J., wife of Brian F. Stauff of Easton, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25 at the Bartholomew-Schisler Funeral Home, Inc., 211 East Center St., Nazareth, Pa. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church, 4049 Hartley Ave., Easton, Pa. Fr. Keith Laskowski will celebrate the Mass. Interment will follow at Northampton Memorial Shrine, Inc., Easton, Pa. Contributions may be made to the Allen Children Benefit Fund c/o the funeral home.

Janet Johnson Fox

Janet Johnson Fox, aged 68, died on November 15. Originally from Locust and Fair Haven, she moved to Madison, Alabama in 1994. She worked as a registered nurse at Riverview Hospital, Monmouth Medical Center and Huntsville Hospital.
She is survived by her husband Stephen; her children John Fox, Carol Strickland, Judy Sellers, Harry Frazer and Jennifer Kroner; her five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local hospice.

Simon Suelen Gongora, Sr.

Simon Suelen Gongora, Sr., 88, formerly of Red Bank and more recently of Rumson, died at Meridian Nursing & Rehab at Shrewsbury on November 18. Born in the Philippines, Simon received a degree in agriculture from the University of Philippines. In 1940 he settled in Hawaii as a farmer. After moving to the U.S., he joined the US Army in 1949 and retired from the US Army at Fort Monmouth as a Sgt. First Class and having received a bronze star during his service years of World II, Korea and Viet Nam. He was a communicant of St. Anthony of Padua RC Church, Red Bank.
Simon was predeceased by his parents, a brother and his wife Lolita Mijares Gongora in 2006. He is survived by three sons, Simon, Jr. and fiancé Lucy Ortiz, Manchester, Dave and wife Diane, Shallotte, N.C., and Patrick, Rumson; four daughters, Theresa Holland, Naples, Fla., Esther Anstine-Smith and husband James Van Cleave, Stafford, Va.,Ruth Sallie and husband Stan Tillman, Rumson and Magdalene and husband James Hutton, Barnegat; a sister Cornelia Gongora Santos, Toronto, Canada; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. The family requests that memorial donations be made in Simon’s memory to either St. Anthony of Padua RC Church, 181 Bridge Ave., Red Bank, NJ 07701 or to the USO, PO Box 96322, Washington, DC 20090-6322 or online at

Patrick Howard Manning

Patrick Howard Manning, 92, died on November 17 at home in Aiken, S.C.
Mr. Manning was born August 31, 1919, in Newark, son of the late William J. and Lillian Ryan Manning, and raised with two brothers, William J. Manning, Jr. (Ruth), of LaCosta, Fla., and the late Edward J. Manning (Betty), of Hendersonville, N.C. He served seven years in the US Marine Corp, from 1940 to 1947, serving in the South Pacific during World War II. In 1947, after completing apprenticeship training, he became a journeyman Ironworker and member of the International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers, Local Union No. 480, Elizabeth. During his ironworking career, he acted as superintendent of American Steel Erectors of South Plainfield. Among his proudest achievements as an ironworker were supervision of the construction of the AT&T Headquarters building in Basking Ridge and the AT&T building on Madison Avenue in New York City.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 53 years, Katherine (Kay) McCarthy Manning, former owner of the Middletown Travel Agency, who died in 2001. As 30-year residents of Middletown, together they raised four children, James P, Robert L. (Jan), Richard A. (Wendy), and Nancy (Joseph) Clifton, before retiring to Palm Coast, Fla., in 1984.
Mr. Manning was past post commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars 2179 in Middletown, and was a member of VFW 8696 in Palm Coast Fla. He actively supported youth activities, acting as baseball coach and Boy Scout assistant scoutmaster. In retirement, he enjoyed golfing, dancing and gardening.
He is survived by his four children, as well as six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. His remains will be interred with his beloved wife in Ormond Beach, Fla.
South Carolina Cremation and Burial Society, Graniteville, S.C. handled the arrangements.

Vassos Spyros Marangos

Vassos Spyros Marangos, 52, of Red Bank, died on November 8 in Paphos, Cyprus where he grew up. He was born on January 1, 1959. He came to New York to study at City College and Columbia University. Vassos later moved to Monmouth County to work as a technical engineer. He was a distinguished member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories and then furthered his career at IBM, Mobicom Corporation, and Spirent Networks. He raised his four children in Freehold, Fair Haven, Little Silver, and Red Bank.
He was predeceased by his parents, Antigone Demitriou and Spryos Charalambos Marangos, and his foster parents Thesalea and Bibis all of Paphos, Cyprus. Surviving are his eight loving siblings, Dimitiri, Andreas, Savas, Kostas, Evie, Koula, Eleptheria and Constandia and his four children Steven, Cecily, Alaina and Peter.
A memorial service will be held at 3.p.m. Saturday, November 26 at Kimisis Tis Theotokou church, Holmdel.

Samuel “Sam” G. Nowell, Jr.

Samuel “Sam” G. Nowell, Jr., 81, of Fair Haven, died at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank, on November 19. Sam has been a resident in Fair Haven for 50 years. He was a graduate of Penn State where he received a degree in civil engineering prior to serving in the US Army from 1953-1954. He worked in real estate development for Summit Associates, Edison. Sam was chairman of the Middlesex County American Cancer Society and served in many other capacities for ACS. He was also a 50 year member of Ship Ahoy Beach Club, Sea Bright, and was a past vestryman and active member of St. George’s by-the-River Episcopal Church, Rumson. The family will receive guests immediately after the service.
Sam is survived by his wife, Libby (whom he met in the first grade); sons, Sam and wife Theresa and Gregg and wife Jane Marie and his beloved granddaughters, Molly and Anna. Last but not least his best friend, Bailey, his yellow Labrador.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers please make a memorial donation in his memory to either the American Cancer Society, Atten: Memorial Processing, 6725 Lyons Street, Syracuse, NY 13057, online at or to St. George’s by-the-River Episcopal Church, 7 Lincoln Ave., Rumson, NJ 07760. Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank was entrusted with his arrangements.

Barbara Philpot

Barbara Philpot, 54, of Red Bank, died on November 19 in Red Bank. She was born in Summit and lived in Middletown for the past 25 years. Barbara worked as a home economics teacher for Westfield High School. She was a long time and very active member of Middletown United Methodist Church. She will be dearly missed.
Surviving are her husband Allen Philpot; son, Christopher and his wife Sarah Philpot; daughter, Lauren Philpot; grandson, James Philpot; brother John Podimsky; and two sisters, Joan Podimsky, and Carolyn Bowker.
John F. Pleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.

Joan Best Wyer

Joan Wyer died surrounded by flowers in her home in Locust, in the early morning of November 19, after a long illness. She was in her 90th year. For her beauty, her engaging personality, her numerous stories and sharp wit, she was admired by all. Joan was an accomplished horsewoman and an avid tennis, croquet and bridge player. She enjoyed membership in the Seabright Lawn Tennis & Cricket Club, Rumson Country Club, Rumson Garden Club, Seabright Beach Club and The Jupiter Island and Jupiter Island Garden Clubs in Florida. She is survived by her husband, James I. Wyer; her daughter, Joan (Bitsy) C. Tatnall; two stepchildren; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
A service in her memory will be held at a time and place to be announced. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey and Planned Parenthood.

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