Michael M. Bukarica
Michael M. Bukarica, 88, of Leonardo, died on November 13 with his family by his side. He was born in Perth Amboy and moved to Leonardo in 1956. Prior to that move he graduated from Rutgers College of Pharmacy and worked as a pharmacist at the Lincroft Pharmacy for 30 years before retiring in 1985. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving on the APA USS Shelby, which became his base of operations when he and other Navy men were formed into the 10th Beach Battalion. After the battle of Okinawa and participating in the occupation of Japan, he left the Navy and entered civilian life, admired by friends and family for being a proud American veteran.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Helen, and two sons, Michael K. and his wife Sandra of Tinton Falls, and Kenneth J. and his wife Joan of Roselle.
John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.
Judith Thaddeus Hilton
Judith Thaddeus Hilton, a native of Rumson and more recently a resident of Sea Bright and Little Silver, died at home on November 8. She was 49. Ms. Hilton was baptized at Holy Cross Church in Rumson and attended daily Mass there between 1984, when she returned to the sacraments, and 2002, when her parents’ illnesses derailed her worship schedule.
Before graduating from Rumson High School in 1981, Ms Hilton was educated in Rumson’s Forrestdale School, in the Eatontown School, and at the Monmouth ARC’s Hudson Street School. Under the direction of Audrey Luban, Leslie Christopher, Carol Lombardo, and Doris Beanum, Judith helped to redefine each school’s expectations of people with Down Syndrome and with other developmental disabilities.
Ms. Hilton’s career in the hospitality business began at Fort Monmouth’s Officer’s Club shortly after her high school graduation and reached its peak at McLoone’s Rum Runner Restaurant in Sea Bright where she advanced from entry level custodian in 1988 to special adviser to CEO Tim McLoone. The onset of Alzheimer’s disease forced her to retire from McLoone’s in 2006.
International swimming competitions required Ms. Hilton to travel extensively throughout the United States. She swam Butterfly for the for the New Jersey Women’s Special Olympics Relay Team at the International Special Olympics at the University of Notre Dame in 1987 and at the University of Minnesota in 1991, where she also medaled in the 100-meter individual medley. Her passion for swimming took root at the Monmouth Beach Bath and Tennis Club, where she was a member at the time of her birth, and intensified at the Sea Bright Beach Club, her home pool from 1973 to 1997.
Judith’s decision to retire from the international swimming circuit enabled her to devote more time to competitive sailing at the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club and at The Shrewsbury Sailing and Yacht Club, another club to which she belonged at the time of her birth. A disappointing pair of silver medals at the 1999 International Special Olympics Regatta in Maryland, along with her difficult decision to fire two skippers, convinced her to return to recreational bowling on Saturdays and dancing on Tuesdays.
Ms. Hilton was predeceased by her parents, John and Lucy Hilton of Rumson and later of Sea Bright, her maternal grandparents, Earl and Irene (Bostwick) Scott, and her paternal grandparents, Alexander and Lillian (Gilbertson) Hilton. She is survived by the four members of her core team: her housemate/god-mother/sister, Sarah Hilton of Little Silver; her two heaven-sent companions, Luba Pikanin of Eatontown and Sharon Stewart of Neptune, and; her brother/guardian, Father Hank Hilton of Baltimore and Colts Neck.
Also surviving are her first and last teacher, Rose Everett of Holmdel, her former chauffeur, Peter Hilton Jr., recently of Bulgaria, her poet laureate, Michael Hilton, of Cork Ireland, her favorite soldier, Andy Hilton, recently returned from Iraq, her traveling companion Dianne Dey, her brothers Jamie, Peter, Mark, and John, her sister Lucy Minder, and 18 nieces and nephews.
Judith’s core team and family will receive callers at The Thompson Memorial Home on Friday, Nov. 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. Judith’s funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Saint Mary’s Church, One Phalanx Road, Colts Neck. Lunch at the church hall will follow the funeral.
In addition to sending cut flowers that can be distributed to area nursing homes, Judith would be glad if you honored her by performing two or three hands-on acts of kindness in her name and sending Hank a report of said acts. She would be most delighted if you adopted a new habit that consistently benefited our communities’ least included members, especially people with developmental disabilities and people with dementia. Acts of kindness and kind habits performed before Judith’s date of death do not count. Baskets will be available at the wake and funeral for you to deposit your accounts of kindness. If circumstances prevent you from performing face-to-face service, please make a hefty donation to the charity of your choice. And remember, never tolerate caustic use of the R-word.
Daniel Raymond Kardane
Daniel Raymond Kardane, 49, died on November 9. He was born and raised in Colts Neck. Daniel was a hero to his family, who watched him overcome health obstacles, never complaining, always remaining happy, smiling and appreciating life. He loved vacations with his family, swimming, music, and most of all celebrating birthdays and holidays. Daniel will be dearly missed by all that knew him, but never forgotten. He will remain an inspiration to his family forever.
Daniel is survived by his parents Irving and Rodett Kardane of Colts Neck; brother Robert and wife Robin of Ocean; sister Wendy Holsey of Jackson; three nephews Michael, Kevin and Ryan; niece Stephanie and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He will also be greatly missed by his closest friend Denise O’Larte.
Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the ARC of Monmouth, Recreation Department, 1158 Wayside Road, Tinton Falls, NJ 07712 or online at www.arcofmonmouth.org.
Irene M. Kennedy
Irene M. Kennedy of Little Silver, formerly of Wilmington, Del. and Brooklyn, N.Y., died on November 14 at Riverview Medical Center. Irene grew up in East Orange with seven brothers and sisters. She has lived in Little Silver for the past seven years after moving here from Wilmington, Del. in order to be closer to her family. She was a vibrant, fun-loving woman who had a great sense of humor and was happy to share it with all. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She was fortunate to have many caring doctors and nurses who helped her over the years.
Irene was predeceased by her brothers, Nicholas and Louis Scaff. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Thomas A. Kennedy; daughter Megan and husband Brian Fitzgerald, Rumson; two brothers, George Scaff and wife Helen of W. Palm Beach, Fla., Alex Scaff and Judy of Cedar Grove; three sisters, Lorrice Selesky, Shrewsbury, Lorraine George, Long Branch and Eleanor and husband Jerry Frino, Mendham; sister-in-law Eleanor Scaff three grandchildren Grace, Clare and Emma; and many nieces and nephews.
Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. A memorial mass will be celebrated on Thursday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m. at Holy Cross RC Church, 30 Ward Ave., Rumson.
She is now in “That house not made with hands. Eternal in the Heavens.” Gone but not forgotten, a girl who touched the lives of many and left her mark upon us all.
Thomas J. Martin Jr.
Thomas J. Martin Jr., 56, died on November 10 at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank. He was born in Fair Haven and graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in 1972. In 1976, he earned an S.B in computer science and electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned an MS in industrial administration (MBA) from Carnegie Mellon University in 1978. He was a vice president of Arthur D. Little, the management consulting firm in Cambridge, Mass., where he ran the Artificial Intelligence practice in operations research from 1978 to 1990. From 1990 to the present, he was the vice president of C.P Test Services- Valvco, Inc. of Kearny, a manufacturer of engineering products which sells to utilities and municipalities worldwide.
Tom was a member of Navesink Country Club, Sands Beach Club, the Church of the Nativity in Fair Haven and a class officer in the MIT Alumni Association. His interest in his daughter’s activities and life led him to become a member of the skating committee at Navesink Country Club, a board member of the Garden State Skating Club, and an executive board member of the Ranney School Parents’ Association. He was also an avid wine enthusiast, running the wine auction at the Ranney School Panther Ball for many years.
Thomas was predeceased by his father Thomas J. Martin. He is survived by his mother, Joleen, and his loving wife of 30 years, Carol. He was the devoted and loving father of one daughter, Elizabeth. He has three younger brothers, Glenn of Englewood Cliffs, Laurance “Chip” of Rumson, and Marc of Vienna, Va.
John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to the Ranney School, 235 Hope Road, Tinton Falls, NJ 07724, where a memorial fund will be established in his honor
Frank W. Tvaroha
Frank W. Tvaroha, 65, of Fair Haven, died on November 13. Frank was born and raised in Freehold. He graduated from Monmouth University with a Bachelor’s degree in business. After a successful career as comptroller and plant manager at Johns Manville, he opened his own business, Sign Depot in Brick. He retired in May after 22 years of running his shop. Frank considered the communities of Brick and Fair Haven as his dual homes, having spent half of his married life in each. He was a past Master of Durand Lodge No. 179 in Point Pleasant Beach. Frank lived life to the fullest and above all else, valued his wonderful friendships and family connections.
Frank is survived by his wife Ann and beloved son Tony.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2-4 and 6:30-9 p.m. with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank. There will also be a one hour viewing on Friday, Nov. 18 beginning at 10 a.m. until the service begins at 11 a.m.
Richard O. Young
Richard O. Young, 83, of Stuart, Florida, formerly of Atlantic Highlands, died on November 14 while under the care of Hospice at Palm City Nursing Home.
He leaves on Earth his devoted wife for 60 years, Louise of Stuart, his three loving children: Lynda Young of Elberon; Bonnie Mulvaney of Hobe Sound, Fla.; and Richard Young of Highlands; and his seven beloved grandchildren and one darling great-granddaughter.
He was wounded while serving as an M.P. in the Infantry under General MacArthur at Pearl Harbor. He was past Commander for two years with D.A.V. Chapter 76. He was a member of The American Legion – Post 0062. He was a lifetime member of the Elks – Lodge 232.
He served for 20 years as a special Police Officer in Atlantic Highlands.
He owned and operated the Bayshore Waxing Company in Atlantic Highlands.
He will be returned to New Jersey for a service with family and friends and burial at a future date.