Robert Charles Baumann
Robert Charles Baumann, 82, of Belford, died on November 4 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. He was born in Springfield. Robert worked as a Machinist for Biach Industries in Cranford. He was a member of Belford Engine Fire Company #1 since 1957, the Camping Club of Middletown and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Surviving are his Brother, Richard C. Baumann; nephew and his wife, Richard and Lois Baumann; niece and her husband, Lisa and Ronald Lapczynski; nephew, Eric Baumann; eight grand nieces and nephews and cousins.
Robert was preceded in death by wife, Shirley Baumann in 2001.
John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.
Adele (Lesniak) Bokelmann, 91, of Colts Neck, died on October 23 at Care One at King James Nursing Home in Middletown. She was born in Irvington and later the family moved to Wood-Ridge, where she attended Rutherford High School and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Adele retired from AT&T as an executive administrator with 44 years of service. Locally, she was a member of the Women’s Club of Matawan and Naomi Circle of the 1st Presbyterian Tower Hill Church in Red Bank.
She was predeceased by her husband, Henry F. Bokelmann; and sister, Cecelia Baros. She is survived by her sisters, Eugenia Locklin of Brick and Grace Nash and her husband William H., of Holmdel; brothers, Lewis A. Lesniak and his wife Grace of Parrish, Fla., Leonard J. Lesniak, MD and his wife Janet of Bay Head, and Lawrence Lesniak, and his wife Jacqueline, of Jacksonville, Fla.; her husband’s son, Paul Bokelmann of Costa Rica, and his daughter, Jennifer Isola of San Jose, Calif., as well as many loving nieces and nephews.
Holmdel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Patricia A. Crudele
Patricia A. Crudele died after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis on October 28 at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank. She was born in Brooklyn, New York and lived in Colonia and Tinton Falls before moving to Colts Neck 20 years ago. Patricia was employed by ATT Bell Labs in Holmdel. Despite being ill for many years, Tricia always had a smile and optimistic outlook. She enjoyed the company of her children, husband, lunch Ladies and caregivers. She was the epitome of grace during difficult times. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and sister. Tricia will be remembered and missed by many.
She was predeceased by her parents, Edward and Margaret Morrow. Surviving are her husband, John T. Crudele; her son Nicholas Paul Crudele of Colts Neck; her daughters, Megan Crudele Collegio and her husband Robert of Jersey City; Kim Crudele of Colts Neck; her sister, Pam Robbins and husband Tom of North Carolina formerly of Little Silver. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to The National MS Society 246 Monmouth Road Oakhurst NJ 07755.
Carmine Esposito, 67, of Middletown, died at his residence on November 5 with his family at his side. Carmine was born on June 17, 1944 in Naples, Italy. As a child, his family settled in Brooklyn, N.Y. and in 1972 he moved to Staten Island, N.Y. and began to raise a family of his own. In 2000, he settled in Middletown. Before retiring, he was the proprietor of Mid Island Auto Body in Staten Island, N.Y.
He was predeceased by his parents John and Vincenza Ivronni Esposito. Carmine is survived by his beloved and devoted wife of 42 years Jean Nattoli Esposito, his loving daughters Lisa Firsching and her husband Adam of Hazlet, Christine Aspromonte and her husband John of Manalapan, Jennifer Esposito of Middletown, along with his cherished grandchildren Emma Firsching, John Carmine Aspromonte and Jenna Aspromonte.
Shore Point Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Hazlet, was in charge of arrangements.
Joan Frances Friedrich
Joan Frances Friedrich, 88, of Middletown, died on November 5 at Brandywine Assisted Living, Colts Neck. Joan was born in College Point, Queens, N.Y. and grew up in Flushing, N.Y. She was a devoted communicant of St. James RC Church, Red Bank for many years prior to her illness. Joan helped build the bocce courts at Shadow Lake Village where she was a very active resident. She attended Kathryn Gibb Secretarial School and she was formerly employed at the British Embassy, Washington, D.C. The majority of her adult life was spent raising her children and maintaining her home.
Joan was predeceased by her parents, George A. and Florence Wilhelm Ward and her husband Charles H. Friedrich, Jr. in 1967. She is survived by a son Charles H. Friedrich III, of Red Bank, a daughter Catherine W. Gillespie of Yardley Pa., two grandchildren, Heather J. Gillespie of Swarthmore, Pa., Holly Jean Gillespie of Asheville, N.C. and one great-grandchild, Juniper Gillespie.
John Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements.
Donations may be made in Joan’s name to St. James RC Church, 94 Broad Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701.
Susan Diane Gibson
Susan Diane Gibson, 62, of Atlantic Highlands, died on November 7 at her home. She was born Susan Diane Zlydaszyk on Feb. 12, 1949 in Newark. She lived in Newark with her family until 1985 when she moved to the Keansburg/Middletown area.
In 2007 she settled in Atlantic Highlands.
She was predeceased by her parents, Casimir and Helen Susan Kiernicki Zlydaszyk. She is survived by her loving son, Anthony Joseph Gibson and his fiancée Anna Bentley of Middletown; her dear sisters, Ann Lecomte of Middletown and Paula Zlydaszyk of Florida, and her cherished grandson Anthony Joseph Gibson Jr.
Family and friends are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, Nov. 12, 6 – 9 p.m. at Shore Point Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3269 State Route 35 North, Hazlet. A prayer service will take place at the funeral home during visiting hours.
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 Tuesday 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.
Michael J. Kushwara
Michael J. Kushwara, 60, of Port Monmouth, died on November 3 in Red Bank. He was born in Irvington, and lived in Leonardo, Highlands, and Port Monmouth for the past 37 years. Michael worked as a maintenance mechanic for Middletown Board of Education for 20 years retiring in 1995. He loved fishing on the Sea Tiger II out of Atlantic Highlands. He was a numismatist and a carpenter.
Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Julie Kushwara; two sons, Brian and his wife Christina Kushwara of Port Monmouth and Jason and his wife Melanie Kushwara of Navesink; two sisters, Christine Layton and her husband Daniel of Lathan N.Y. and Carol Seifert of Old Bridge; one brother, Richard Kushwara of New Jersey and three grandchildren, Ella, Mason, and Liam.
Michael was preceded in death by his parents Michael and Patricia Kushwara. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.
Christopher A. Marsh
Christopher A. Marsh, age 28, of Sea Bright, died on October 25 at St. Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Long Branch. Christopher was born in Charleston, South Carolina and had lived in Oceanport before moving to Sea Bright eight years ago.
He was a senior loan officer at Franklin First Financial in New York.
He is survived by his father and step mother, Christopher Marsh and Donna O’Neill; his mother, Deneen Marsh; his paternal grandparents, Howard and Veronica Marsh and Marion Bakos; his grandparents, Walter and Judy O’Neill; his brothers, Josh and Matthew Marsh; and his sister, Brittany Marsh.
Damiano Funeral Home, Long Branch, was in charge of arrangements.
Robert Quin Montgomery
Robert Quin Montgomery died on October 12 in Leesburg, Virginia. Robert was born on December 29, 1955 in Norfolk, Virginia. He attended Rumson Country Day School, Lawrenceville, and Denison University. He began his insurance brokerage career at Marsh and McLennan. He also worked at Johnson and Higgins, then at Sedgwick, and later, at Armfield, Harrison and Thomas.
Robert is survived by his loving companion, Tammy Morrison Lucas and daughter, Zoe Alexander Lucas; his mother, Harriett Giordano Chaney; his sister, Chloe Smeed and her husband David, and predeceased by his father, S. Phelps Montgomery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an animal shelter of your choice. Robert will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
Colonial Funeral Home, Leesburg, Va. was in charge of arrangements.
Robert “Bob” W. Wherett
Robert “Bob” W. Wherett, 78, formally of Allenhurst, died on October 29 at Imperial Healthcare, Neptune.
Born in 1933 in Plainfield, Bob was raised at his parent’s rooming house, The Wherwood, on 3rd Ave. in Asbury Park, Bob attended Asbury Park High School. During high school he worked at Asbury Park Convention Hall and Monmouth Park Racetrack. After high school, Bob attended Rutgers University where he graduated with a degree in business. In 1957 he joined the Navy eventually rising to the ranks of lieutenant. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, Bob went on to a successful career at Bell Labs for thirty years in purchasing.
Bob met his future wife, Jean Marie Harrington on a bind date in 1950, married and moved to Allenhurst in 1964 and went on to spend 54 years together. Bob loved surf fishing, enjoyed stamp collecting; he was a coin enthusiast, an expert woodworker and truly enjoyed the beach and ocean.
He is predeceased by his parents John Wherett and Helen MacPeak Wherett; a brother Arthur Wherett and a sister Helen “Peggy” Bertholet. He is survived by his wife Jean Wherett, Lincroft; a daughter, Judith Lynn Wherett and husband Chet Braley, Cape Coral, Florida; another daughter Leslie Ann and husband Kevin Dyer, Little Silver, four grandchildren, Trevor and Kara Braley; Meredith and Marin Dyer; five nieces and three nephews.
A memorial gathering will be held at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank on Sunday, November 13, 2 – 5 p.m. with a Words of Remembrance service at 4:30 p.m.