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Mary Alice Pegg DeTroia, age 81 of Barnegat passed away peacefully on Tuesday May 8, 2018 at Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin.  Mary was a Registered Nurse for more than 40 years working at ACMC, Mainland Division before retiring.  Mary is survived by her devoted husband of 60 years, Anthony J. DeTroia.  She is also survived by her sons Michael and his wife Lois, Peter and his wife Ellen and five cherished grandchildren.  Private services are under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, Barnegat.  In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Southern Ocean County Animal Facility, 360 Haywood Road, Manahawkin, NJ 08050. 

Betty M Minelli, age 95 of Waretown passed away holding her daughter’s hand on Thursday, May 3, 2018. She was born and raised in Trenton moving to Waretown in 1970. Betty worked for General Motors for 35 years before retiring in 1986. She was a member of St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish in Hamilton, NJ. Betty’s greatest passion was taking care of her family.

 Betty was predeceased by her husband Alfred and her grandson Michael. She is survived by her daughter Claire Hilton and her companion Jose Siso, and her sister Lucy Johnston.

A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 11am at St. Mary of the Pines RC Church, 1 Bishop Way, Manahawkin; Interment shall follow at Princeton Memorial Park, 403 Gordon Road, Robbinsville, NJ 08691. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in Betty’s Memory. Arrangements are under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, Barnegat.

Jean May Matthews (nee Schendorf), 91, of Waretown passed away at her home on April 4, 2018. Jean was born and raised in Woodbridge, NJ, formerly of St. Augustine, Fl, where she enjoyed living for 10 years. Since 1996, she had resided in Ocean County. For over 27 years, Jean worked for White Castle as a District Supervisor. Jean loved to watch the swans on the lagoon, and the birds on her window feeder. She also exercised regularly at the local gym. Jean took up oil painting when she lived in Florida and ultimately began selling her work. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jean was a communicant of St. Mary’s RC Church, Barnegat.

Mrs. Matthews was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Edward in 2005, son Col. Dennis Matthews in 2011, a brother John and sister, Dorothy. She is survived by her daughters Diane Holzmiller and her husband Ralph and Pat Paolini and her husband Orfeo, also her daughter-in-law, Pat, 9 grandchildren Arlene, Kim (Matt), Mike (Jackie), Kelly, Sean, Darryl (Joanne), Greg (Renee), Chris (Ali), Adrian, 8 great-grandchildren and a brother, Robert Schendorf (Beverly).

A Viewing will be held on Sunday, April 8th, 2018 from 2-4 pm and Monday from 10:00-10:30 am at the Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main St., Barnegat, NJ 08005. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:00 am at St. Mary’s RC Church, 747 West Bay Ave., Barnegat. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery, Manahawkin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jean’s memory to the Waretown First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 428, Waretown, NJ 08758. 

Joseph Patrick Weaver, "Doc", Pharmacist, 92, formerly of Barnegat & Waretown, NJ & Lake Worth FL, passed away at Genesis in Manahawkin, on March 7, 2018. Joseph was born in Philadelphia on May 10, 1925 and grew up in and around Atlantic City. He graduated from Holy Spirit High School Class of 1943, and Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1949. Joseph served in the US Navy during World War II. He met his wife Gertrude “Babe” Meeks, on New Year’s Eve while bartending at his father’s business, “The 19th Hole” in Absecon. They were married for 71 years.

“Doc Weaver” owned and operated Weaver’s Pharmacy in Atlantic City in the 1950’s and then Barnegat Pharmacy from 1959-1968. He worked in many Pharmacies in NJ & FL over the years. Mr. Weaver served on the Barnegat School Board & Township Committee in the 1960’s. He was a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council #3826 and a 75-year member of John Wesley Taylor Post #232 of the American Legion.  He was also a Lifetime Charter member of the Barnegat Historical Society. Joseph was a devout Catholic and was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Barnegat since 1959 where he served as a Lectern for many years and he belonged to The Holy Name Society. Joseph was a very charitable man, always donating to the less fortunate. He loved to travel, and will always be remembered for wearing red socks!

Mr. Weaver was predeceased by his parents Frank & Thelma, his brother Francis, his beloved daughter Margaret Ann Latvala in 2011, and beloved son Patrick Weaver in 2015. He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Gertrude “Babe” (nee Meeks) , in addition to 5 daughters, Jo-Ann (Drew) Dringus, Barnegat, Doris (John) Shannon, Manahawkin, Lois (Fred) Sauchelli, Manahawkin, Patty (Steve) McGrew, Lake Worth, FL & Susan (Paul) Nugent of Orlando, FL, son Bill (Lainie) Weaver, Anacortes, WA, daughter-in-law Nadine Weaver, Manahawkin and a son-in-law Gary Latvala, Waretown. Joe is also survived by 21 grandchildren & their spouses, & 34 great-grandchildren.

A Viewing will be from 10-11 AM on Monday, March 12, at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 747 West Bay Ave. Barnegat, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11AM. Burial will immediately follow at St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery in Manahawkin. Arrangements are by Bugbee Riggs Funeral Home, 335 S. Main St. Barnegat. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ken’s Kitchen, PO Box 609, Barnegat, NJ 08005. The family would like to thank the staff of Genesis for their wonderful care they gave Joe over the past 4 years.

Brian L. Reeves, age 56, “Moose,” of Barnegat passed away on February 26th, 2018. Brian was born in Toms River and had resided in Barnegat all of his life. He worked for over 30 years as a Heavy Equipment Operator.

His true dedication and passion was in his 37 years of service to the Barnegat Volunteer Fire Department, Station #11 where he served as past Chief and volunteered as Deputy District Warden in the NJ State Forest Fire Service, Section B-5. The fire department was his life. He also enjoyed racing his skiffs on the Barnegat Bay.

Mr. Reeves was predeceased by his father, James Montalto and grandparents, Harry and Vera Reeves. Surviving are his mother, Nancy Reeves, son, Brian H. Reeves, daughter Destiny N. Reeves, grandson, Alexander Santiago, sister, Tara Hatfield and her husband Clyde, brother, James Montalto and his wife Suzy and former spouse, Cindy Reeves, along with many nieces and nephews.

A Graveside Service will be offered on Sunday, March 4th, 2018 at 11:30 am at Barnegat Memorial Cemetery, West Bay Ave., Barnegat, NJ 08005. Arrangements are under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main St., Barnegat. In lieu of flowers, donations in Brian’s memory may be made to the Barnegat Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 539, Barnegat, NJ 08005. 

Thomas Vincent Kennedy Jr., age 56, of Barnegat passed away on Thursday February 22, 2018. Born in Edison, he was most recently of Barnegat. Thomas had worked for many years with Muscle for Hire Moving, Waretown, was a member of the Holiday Harbor Beach Club and was a devoted Philadelphia Eagles fan.

 Thomas was predeceased by his father Thomas Vincent Kennedy Sr., his mother Grace Kennedy (nee Garris), his step-father John Murray and his brother Frank Kennedy. Surviving are his sister Graceann Rhodenizer and her husband Paul of Barnegat, his brother Bernard Kennedy and his wife Diane of Lanoka Harbor, his son Michael Suite of Irvine, CA, eight nieces; April, Jackie, Rachel, Jillian, Heather, Olivia, Danielle and Jennifer, three nephews; Frank, Dustin and Dylan, along with several great nieces and nephews.

 A Memorial Visitation will be held on Saturday March 3rd, 2018 from 3-5pm at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main Street, Barnegat. Cremation was private. In lieu of flowers Thomas’ family has asked donations to be made in his name to the Riggs Funeral Home, PO Box 363 Forked River, NJ 08731 in order to defray the funeral cost.

Kimberly A. Moehring, age 51, of Barnegat passed away peacefully on February 4th, 2018. A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, February 10th from 12:00 pm until the time of the service at 2:00 pm at the Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main Street, Barnegat, NJ 08005. Private Cremation.

Orlando H. Dato Jr. , age 96 of Barnegat WW II Veteran: Orlando H. Dato, Jr. died February 2, 2018, at home. He is survived by his beloved wife Mary (nee Ledbetter), his daughter Gloria of CA and son Orlando ( Landy) of NV, sister Barbara Taylor of Egg Harbor, special sisters-in-law Beatrice Dato of Atlantic City, and Jean Byrd of Newark. Also surviving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. Viewing will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, from 10am until time of service at 11am at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home 335 South Main Street (Route 9), Barnegat interment will follow at Barnegat Memorial Cemetery.

Peter A. Prachthauser, age 74 of Manahawkin, passed away on Wednesday January 10, 2018 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune.  Peter was born in Newark and had lived in Elizabeth and Roselle Park before moving to Manahawkin in 1999.  He was a supervisor for Elizabethtown Gas of Union for 39 years retiring in 1999.  Mr. Prachthauser was a communicant of St. Mary’s RC Church where he served as an usher and he also delivered food for Ken’s Kitchen.  He was a member of the NJ Renegades, Rods and Customs, he enjoyed his poker club, playing 50’s music and was an avid boater.  Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Otilia, one daughter Deborah Murphy and her husband Michael and one son Peter F. and his wife Michelle.  He is also survived by six grandchildren Kailey, Patrick, Danielle, Nicholas, Michael and Bob.

A viewing will be held at the Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main Street, Barnegat on Friday, January 12, 2018 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm, and Saturday from 11:30 – 12:00.  A Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Saturday, January 13, at 12:30 pm at St. Mary’s RC Church, 747 West Bay Avenue, Barnegat, NJ 08005.  Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery, Manahawkin.  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Peter’s name to the St. Vincent dePaul Society c/o St. Mary’s Church.

Jeffrey Allen Poissant, age 56 of Barnegat passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at Jefferson Hospital in Washington Township, NJ. Jeff was born and raised in Manchester New Hampshire he graduated from Central High school in New Hampshire before moving to Barnegat in 1992. He is the founder of YoBuck Landscaping of Barnegat. In 1985 Jeff enlisted in the US Army where he became a helicopter Crew Chief while being stationed in Germany. He was a member of the Barnegat Light First Aid Squad and the Barnegat First Aid Squad. Jeff enjoyed Fishing along with painting and wood working.

Jeffrey is survived by his companion of 31 years Marty Weber, his stepdaughter Jennifer Tyus, four brothers: Christopher, Gregory, John and Anthony, his two cats Jacob and B. He is also survived by many loving family and friends.

A viewing will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 11:30 until time of Funeral Liturgy at 1pm at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, NJ. Cremation will be private and under the direction of the Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, Barnegat. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Jefferson Hospital, 445 Hurfville-Crosskeys Road, Sewell, NJ 08080 in Jeffrey’s Memory.

Keith E. Carson of Barnegat, NJ died on October 21, 2017.  Mr. Carson was born at St. Francis Hospital, Trenton, NJ, was reared in Hamilton Square, NJ, and summered on Long Beach Island, NJ.

Predeceased by his grandparents, Joseph and Elizabeth Hamann, and Clarence “Kit” and Charlotte Carson, all of Hamilton Square, NJ, and his beloved soulmate, Dean J. Dahl of Churchville, PA, he is survived by his parents, Joyce and Elmer Carson of Beach Haven Gardens, NJ, a brother Christopher and his wife Karen of Spray Beach, NJ, a niece Heather N. Carson and Matt Maffei of Burlington, NJ, and two great nieces, Tegan Maffei and Adrina Maffei. He is also survived by his aunts, Elizabeth Gaiser-Rogers of Arizona, Elma C. Scott of Hamilton, NJ, and Susan Fanella of Chesterfield, NJ in addition to many cousins.

Mr. Carson attended Hamilton Square Elementary School and Reynolds Middle School prior to enrolling at the Peddie School, Hightstown, NJ, from which he graduated cum laude in 1983. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Gettysburg College, a Certificate in Legal Assistant Technology from Ocean County College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies with a certificate in African American studies from the Richard Stockton College, and a Master of Arts degree in liberal studies from Rutgers University – Camden. 

Mr. Carson was an initiate of the Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at Gettysburg College where he served as Worthy Master (president).

He worked in numerous fields during his career including market research, restaurant and hospitality services, HIV/AIDS services, education, and human services. He taught history at Atlantic Cape Community College from 1997 to 2014, eventually serving as Senior Adjunct Faculty member in the History Department. Mr. Carson was an accomplished author whose credits include numerous articles for the Great Events in History, Great Lives in History, and The Decades Series for Salem Press, publisher of high school, college, and university reference books.

Mr. Carson was a member of the Trenton Donauschwaben Association, a parishioner at the First United Methodist Church of Beach Haven Terrace, and a lifetime member of the World History Association.

Mr. Carson was also a passionate advocate of HIV/AIDS services. He established the first state-funded HIV education and prevention program for gay men, the Safe Space Program, in southeastern New Jersey while working at the South Jersey AIDS Alliance. He was also instrumental in establishing the HIV/AIDS Ministry at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Brant Beach, Long Beach Island along with Fr. Bill Bried, OFM. Mr. Carson was committed to comprehensive history education and the humanities at the college and university level. A lover of history, ideas, culture, art, and society, Mr. Carson believed in active citizenship, civic education, and was a patron of public history parks and programs.

Cremation and burial is private. Mr. Carson’s family and friends are invited to a Christian Memorial Service on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11:00 am at The First United Methodist Church of Beach Haven Terrace, NJ, 101 E New Jersey Ave, Long Beach Township, NJ 08008. A repast shall follow the service. Donations may be made in Mr. Carson’s memory to The First United Methodist Church of Beach Haven Terrace at the above address. Arrangements are under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main Street, Barnegat.