Barbara Ann Bryan (nee Clavin) of Manahawkin, NJ died January 7, 2021 after short hospitalization and battle against COVID-19. She was 80 years old. She was born in Weehawken, NJ to the late Evelyn and Joseph Clavin of Guttenburg, NJ. She met and married Louis Bryan and eventually settled in Jersey City to raise their family.
Barbara was a free spirit, who loved Irish music and festivals, and in her younger days would often be found at a pub listening to live Irish bands. She enjoyed crocheting and crafting and shared her gifts with family and friends. After her divorce, she lived in several towns in NJ (Jersey City, Clifton, Pt. Pleasant, Verona) before moving to Copperas Cove, TX to be near her oldest son, Louis and his family. Barbara had recently moved back to NJ, settling in by Stephen and Maureen in Manahawkin. She was looking forward to making new friends and taking bus trips.
Barbara is survived by a family who loved and adored her: 2 children, 7 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 1 brother, 2 nephews and 1 great-niece:
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider a donation to front-line workers and/or first responders taking care of our critically ill family and friends in our communities. The Bryan family cannot say enough about the wonderful people at Southern Ocean Medical Center who took care of Mom and kept us informed throughout her care. We appreciate them and all frontline workers.
Graveside Service will be held at Crest Haven Memorial Park (Palm Section, Block 3), 750 Passaic Ave, Clifton, NJ, at 11:00 am on Monday, January 11, 2021.
Arrangements are being handled by Bugbee-Riggs, 335 S. Main St., Barnegat, NJ (609)693-8222.
Jose Ramon Siso, “Pepito” age 76 of Barnegat, passed away on Monday, January 4, 2021 at his home. Jose was born in Noia, Spain and came to the United States in 1969. He became a US citizen in 1996 and had lived in Barnegat for the last 44 years. Jose enjoyed a good laugh when spending time with his family and friends and watching futbol or boxing. He made sure he had the greenest grass and best tomatoes on the block. Jose was a communicant of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Barnegat. His family loved him dearly.
Riyan Matthew Mormak, age 8 of Barnegat passed away on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at his home. Riyan was born and raised in Ocean County moving to Barnegat in 2016. He was baptized by Island Heights United Methodist Church. Riyan loved Cars, Trucks, Music, Dancing, going to the Firehouse , seeing his police officer friends, and anything to do with the beach. He loved his family, and friends, and all animals, he had a love for life and was always smiling, and his laugh was contagious and will always be remembered for his high fives, fist bumps. And elbows bumps.
Riyan is survived by his parents Sarah and Rich Mormak, his brother Zachary Thomas McGinnis-Mormak, his grandparents Patrick and Debra Andriola, Michele and Frank Liso, Mary Wisenfelder, Paul Mormak and John Popp, his great grandmothers, Nancy Andriola and Mary Wisenfelder and his God parents Ellen, Emily and Patrick Andriola and Paul and Connie Mormak. Riyan is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
A Memorial Gathering will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 4pm till time of service at 6:45 at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 S. Main Street, Barnegat, NJ. Cremation was private. In lieu of flowers contributions can be either made to.
Gordon B. DeWorth, 90, Barnegat, passed away peacefully on September 24, 2020. Gordon was born in Yardville and resided his whole life in Barnegat. He was a Korean War U.S. Air Force veteran who served overseas for 4 years and a life member of the Barnegat Volunteer Fire Company. He enjoyed his friends and family. Most knew him around town as a social guy who enjoyed his cup of coffee in the morning at the bay and was always looking out for his community. He owned and operated DeWorth Trucking and his other family business DeWorth Disposal.
Mr. DeWorth was predeceased by his son, Robert and granddaughters, Jennifer and April. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Audrey DeWorth, his daughter Dana DeWorth, granddaughter Jessica DeWorth and her husband Ron Riccitelli, Jr., great-grandson Ronald Riccitelli, III, great-granddaughter Jennifer Renee Bott, son-in-law Robert Gaskill and great great-granddaughter, April Jean Copeland.
A Memorial Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 27th from 1:00 pm until the time of the service at 2:30 pm at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main St., Barnegat, NJ 08005. Cremation was private.
"Florence Hughes Devoted to Her Family"
Florence Hughes, 95, of Waretown, NJ formerly of Newark, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Born and raised in Nanticoke, PA she was the daughter of John and Nellie Brosh. During World War II, she was employed by the War Deparment Office of Dependency Benefits, Newark. Florence was an avid Yankees fan. She was the heart and soul of her family and will be dearly missed.
Predeceased by her husband Thomas; son Richard; brothers John, Leonard, Anthony and Edward and sisters Helen, Irene, Alma, Germaine and Geraldine, she is survived by her loving children Michael (Eileen), Thomas (Carol), Nancy (Joseph), Robert (Jody) and David (Maryanna); her cherished grandchildren Nicole, Joesph, Michael, Heather, Tiffany, Christopher and Kyle; great-grandson Declan, and several nieces and nephews.
The family sincerely thanks her longtime caregiver and friend, Margaret for her dedication and compassion. To honor Florence's wishes, there will be no services. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
William R. Faille, Sr., 76, of Waretown passed away on August 15, 2020 at Hackensack Meridian in Stafford, NJ. Born in Trenton, NJ, the son of Edward and Josephine (Helen) Faille. He graduated from Allentown High School and Trenton State College (College of New Jersey). Bill served in the Army from 1966-1968 in the Military Police. He continued his police career at Monroe Twp. Police Dept. (Middlesex) until his retirement in 1993.
He was predeceased by his father, Edward A. Faille, a brother Edward J. Faille and his son, William R. Faille, Jr. Surviving is his wife of 56 years, Karen D. Faille, son Adam M. Faille, 3 grandchildren, Victoria, Kyle and Jack Faille of Jackson, his mother, Josephine (Helen) Faille of Windsor, 2 brothers, Robert (Pricilla) and Gary (Melissa), 4 sisters Lynette Fleming (James), Donna Kszepka (Ted), Lorrie Sheppard and Jonnean Leach (Will). He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.
He was very active in the Jamesburg Elks Lodge #2180, where he was Exalted Ruler for two terms, then served twice as District Deputy of the South Central District, and held a chairman position for the state for many years. He was also a member of the Hightstown-Apollo Lodge #41 F&AM, the VFW and a past Deacon of the Jamesburg Presbyterian Church. He loved to play golf, fish, cook and grocery shop. If you knew him, you know he always knew where the best deals were.
Arrangements and private cremation were under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, Barnegat. The family will hold a memorial service at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Jamesburg Presbyterian Church, 175 Gatzmer Ave, Jamesburg, NJ 08831 or Jamesburg Elks Lodge #2180, 74 W Railroad Ave, Jamesburg, NJ 08831.
Francis Joseph Beck, 92, of Churchville, PA and Surf City, NJ, passed away on July 14, 2020. Frank was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. He was a U.S. Army veteran and graduate from LaSalle University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He worked for over 35 years as an Engineer for Honeywell, developing technology that led to four patents in his name. In addition to his family, his two biggest passions were listening to classical music and being a ham radio operator. Frank was a parishioner of St. Vincent de Paul Church, Ivyland, PA and St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Brant Beach, NJ.
William (Bill) Lyle Schaeffer age 90, passed away peacefully in his home in Waretown, NJ surrounded by his devoted wife Mary of 65 years and his loving family.
At the family’s request, services honoring his life will be suspended and held at a later date due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
William Schaeffer was born in 1930 in Newark, NJ, the third of four siblings born to Mary and Henry Schaeffer. He grew up predominately in Newark and was an avid athlete and sports enthusiast throughout his life.
Bill graduated from Seton Hall Prep in 1948 and continued his studies in education at Newark State College, graduating in 1952. Following his graduation, he completed his military service in the US Army and was deployed to Puerto Rico as an English teacher to help prepare the Island troops for deployment to Korea. This was a time he remembered with great fondness and the start of lifelong desire to live and vacation by the beach.
Following his military service, he married and continued his education career as a math and science teacher, and later as a guidance counselor, in the Milburn Public School District, a position he served and enjoyed for 39 years. During this time, he continued his studies in education earning a Masters degree from Seton Hall University, a Certification of Guidance from Montclair State University, and the pursuit of his Doctorate at Rutgers University. During his career as a teacher and guidance counselor, he spent 27 summers at the Crestview Swim Club as a manager. During this time, he developed his skill as a competitive tennis player, a passion he would continue until the age of 82.
Bill and Mary, his loving and devoted wife of 65 years and accomplished educator of the disabled, were residents of Morris Township for over 30 years. They lived briefly in Bucks County PA and spent 20 years wintering in Hutchinson Island, Florida and summering at their shore house on Long Beach Island, a time in which they garnered many close friends and social ties. They eventually made Greenbriar of Waretown and their beach home on Long Beach Island their final retirement destinations. They are fondly remembered as the couple at table one at the Beach House Restaurant on Long Beach Island and the frequent visitors of multiple local haunts on the Island and in Waretown. They especially loved meeting and chatting with the young wait staff, encouraging and guiding their educational goals. He will be missed by his pinochle group in Greenbriar who he enjoyed playing with every Thursday and his doting grand-daughters who were regular callers and visitors to the beach house.
Bill and Mary had five daughters, nine grand-daughters and seven great grandchildren. He had often reflected on his good luck of having so many daughters and grand-daughters and together, with his wife Mary, was an education advocate for their disabled daughter Barbara, successfully winning a landmark case for her education in the 1970’s.
He is survived by his wife Mary of 65 years of Waretown, NJ; his daughter, Susan Schaeffer-Hollenbach of Sarasota Florida and her daughters Brianne Herman and Amber Viera and their spouses, and Elizabeth Hollenbach; his daughter Carol and Alan Mateo (spouse) of Upper Saddle River, NJ and their daughters Austin and Geneva Mateo; his daughter Judith Schaeffer-Benoit and Edward Benoit (spouse) of Morristown, NJ; his daughter Barbara Schaeffer, a resident of the Eastern Christian Children’s Retreat in Wycoff, NJ; and his grand-daughters Melanie Amodio of Hillsborough, NJ and Amy Amodio of San Diego, California, the daughters of his predeceased daughter Mary Louise Schaeffer of Philadelphia; and his seven great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Eastern Christian Children’s Retreat, 700 Mountain Ave., Wycoff, NJ 07481, (https://eccretreat.org/). Arrangements are under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main St., Barnegat, NJ 08005.
Phillip R. Griffin “Pete” age 87 of Barnegat passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at Deborah Heart and Lung Center, Browns Mills. Pete was born in Plainfield and raised his family in South Plainfield before moving to Barnegat in 2000. After proudly serving in the US Navy during the Korean war, Pete married the love of his life, “Patsy,” and went on to enjoy a long career in Building Management working for both Wolff & Munier and Macklowe Properties in New York City. Pete enjoyed boating and fishing, but more than anything he loved being “Poppy” to his five grandchildren, who were his pride and joy. He was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi R.C. Church in LBI and St. Mary’s in Barnegat.
Holly A. Myer Tyger, age 58, of Barnegat passed away peacefully on April 21, 2020 at Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, NJ. She was born in Point Pleasant, NJ, to Bruce and Florence Myer. Holly met the love of her life, Francis J. Tyger, at the young age of 16 whom she married August 31, 1979. Holly’s life was her children and family. She spent many years caring for others as a CNA. She later went on to running her own business until 2004, then she enjoyed spending her days with her grandchildren and family. Holly’s love for her family was unconditional. Her passion for ancestry led her to founding the Christen Myer Annual family reunion with family members across the country. Holly had a strong love for the Lord. She also was a lover of animals and nature and enjoyed spending her summers camping with her husband, children, and grandchildren. Holly is survived by her loving husband, Francis J. Tyger; her four children, Lacie Longo, Leia Tyger, Marguerite Tyger, and James Tyger; beloved son in law, Christopher A. Longo and her “adopted” son Orett Tai-sen choy; nine grandchildren, Livannah Longo, Christopher D. Longo, Kasandra Miller, Laila Longo, Aubree Miller, Jacob Kronberger, Ariel Tyger, James J. Tyger, and Jamarr C. Dickerson Jr. Holly is also survived by her father, Bruce Myer, stepmother Debbie Myer, sister Shelley Donaldson, Adrianna Myer, and Renee Vanalstyne and her brother Matthew Myer; her father-in-law George Tyger and mother-in-law Linda Tyger. Holly is predeceased by her mother Florence E. Myer and her son Francis J. Tyger Jr. Holly leaves behind a large extended family of her beloved brother-in-laws, sister-in-law, nieces and nephews, cousins, as well as the many she has loved as her own family over the years. Holly also leaves behind her beloved “Boogie” family. She will be dearly missed. Private arrangements are under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home. Interment at Blue Mountain Cemetery, Saugerties, NY. A celebration of life will be held in Holly’s honor in June.
Leona Theresa (Clare) Davies, age 90, of Barnegat NJ passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2020, peacefully surrounded by her loving family. Leona was born to Frank and Clara Clare in Englewood NJ. She was formerly of Fort Lee NJ, Norwood NJ and Loveladies before retiring to Barnegat NJ. Leona graduated from St. Cecilia HS and continued her education at St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as an RN at New York Presbyterian Hospital and continued her career as the Public Health Nurse in Norwood and school nurse at Immaculate Conception School.
Leona was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Church, LBI NJ, sang in the choir and volunteered at Human Concerns. She was an avid golfer at Knickerbocker Country Club, loved reading, gardening, music, Green Bay Packers and NY Yankees. Leona loved the sound of her home filled with laughter from her children, grandchildren and many friends. She had a strong faith in Catholicism.
She was predeceased by her loving husband, William A. Davies, married 45 years; her siblings, Rita, Marie, Col. George, Fred and Kenneth Clare. She is survived by her children, Jude Gerard Davies, Clare Stelling, Patrice and her husband David Antczak, Anita and her husband Perry Bagnall; her grandchildren, Michael Antczak and fiancé Lindsey McDowell, Allison Antczak and fiancé Brett Johnson, Natalie Davies and Annie Davies.
A celebration of Leona’s life will be held at a future date, with a Requiem Mass at St. Francis Church LBI. Contributions in her memory may be made to Deborah Hospital Foundation and St. Francis Human Concerns.
James Charles Thompson, age 79, of Waretown passed away on April 4th, 2020 at Barnegat Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Born in Barnegat, he was most recently of Waretown. James had served in the US Army from 1961-1962. He was employed in the NJ Casino Industry and worked as a Heavy Equipment Operator. James was also Amateur (Ham) Radio Enthusiast with contacts across the globe.
Mr. Thompson was predeceased by his wife of 35 years Sandra in 2007, and his parents Marion Morris and Leonard Thompson.
Burial was private at Ocean County Memorial Park, Waretown under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, Barnegat.
Sylvia A. Judick, (nee DiUbaldi) age 72 of Lewes, DE, formerly of Beach Haven Park, passed away on Thursday March 5, 2020. Sylvia was born in Newark, NJ and moved to LBI in 1960. She worked as an office manager in Cherry Hill before her career as a pit manager at the Sands Casino in Atlantic City in 1980. She retired to Lewes, in 2013. Sylvia was the beloved wife of the late Charles “Chick” Judick who passed in 1987.
They enjoyed spending time in their cabin in the Pocono’s and creating beautiful “miniatures”. Sylvia loved animals and volunteered at several shelters including Best Friend’s in Utah. She was a member of the Italian-American Club in Lewes and attended Mary Mother of Peace Church in Millsboro, DE. She enjoyed traveling, dining out, reading and the occasional visit to a casino. She loved spending time with her family and many close friends who meant the world to her. Sylvia is survived by her brother Ron DiUbaldi, and his wife Terry, her sister Marianne Kirchner and her husband Bruce as well as many nieces and nephews. A memorial gathering and Funeral Liturgy will be held at a later date which will be posted on the Funeral Home website in the near future. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, 5001 Angel Rd., Kanab, UT 84741. A memorial Funeral Liturgy will be held on Monday July 27, 2020, at 11:00 am from St. Mary's R C Church, 747 West Bay Avenue, Barnegat, NJ (609-698-5531). Interment of cremated remains will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Manahawkin. It is required that you must wear a facial covering while in Church. Funeral arrangements are under the care of the Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main St., Barnegat, NJ.
Frank Kanko, age 92, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 21, 2020, at Spring Oak Assisted Living. Frank was born in Bayonne, NJ, residing in Beachwood, NJ and Lanoka Harbor, NJ. He was an Army Veteran serving during World War II. Frank worked for the Naval Lakehurst Department of Defense, retiring in 1988. He volunteered at the Beachwood Volunteer Fire Department as a Fire/Police, as well as at the Community Medical Center.
Frank was predeceased by his wife Judy in 1993; his sisters Doris (Babe), Mary, Evelyn, and Helen; his brothers Nicky, Georgie and Cowboy. He is survived by his son, David F. and his wife Nicole; his daughter, Lisa L. Durantino; and his granddaughter, Gabriella (Gabby). He is also survived by his brother, Johnny.
A Visitation will be held on Friday, February 28, 2020, from 4pm until time of service at 6:45pm at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main Street, Barnegat, NJ. Cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Beachwood Volunteer Fire Co., 745 Beachwood Blvd., Beachwood, NJ 08722, in Frank’s Memory.
Thomas Paul Vitale, 80, of Manahawkin passed away on January 20, 2020 with his wife and daughter at his side at Southern Ocean Center, Manahawkin. Tom was born to Raphael and Mary Vitale on May 20, 1939 in Jersey City. He retired to Manahawkin in 2011. Tom served in the Marine Corp and the Reserves for 5 years. During the 40 years he resided in Secaucus, NJ, Tom worked for Grobet USA and Irvington Tobacco. He was a very active member at the Immaculate Conception Church where he served as a Eucharistic Minister, Head Usher and Past President of the Holy Name Society. He enjoyed partaking in the CCD Christmas parties, parish picnics and pasta nights.
Tom enjoyed playing cards and bowling. He was also found listening and for that matter singing too Frank Sinatra. He was a huge fan who and over the years collected memorabilia that he displayed in his home.
Mr. Vitale is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Ellen T. Vitale, daughter Mary Elliott and her husband, James Sr., grandson James Jr., brother Vincent and his wife Carla along with two nephews, Jay and Vincent.
A Viewing will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 6:00-9:00 pm and Friday from 10:15-10:45 am at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main St., Barnegat, NJ 08005. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered on Friday at 11:30 am at St. Mary of the Pines, 100 Bishop Way, Manahawkin, NJ 08050. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Vitale’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children Research Hospital, P.O. Box 100, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101.
Judith “Judy” Penland, age 65 of Barnegat passed away on Friday January 3, 2020, after a courageous battle with lung cancer at Southern Ocean Medical Center. Judy was born in Philadelphia on June 28, 1954. She worked many years in Washington DC, before moving to Barnegat, NJ. Judy was an active communicant of St. Mary’s Parish, Barnegat and Manahawkin where she worked as music director for many years. Judy was a Red Skins fan and enjoyed her many trips to the Borgata in Atlantic City.
She was predeceased by her parents Charles H. and Antoinette Schultz, her brothers Charles “Skip”, Daniel, and Timothy.
Surviving are her son Robert, granddaughter Morgan, brother Lawrence, beloved sisters in law, Mary and Cindy. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She will be dearly missed by her dear friends Drew and Jo-Ann Dringus with whom she lived with for the past 25 years and the entire Dringus family as well as the St. Mary’s Parish Community.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday January 7, 2020 from 10:00 am until the time of the Funeral Liturgy at 11:00 am at St. Mary’s of the Pine’s RC Church, 100 Bishop Lane, Manahawkin. Interment shall be in St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105 or to a charity of your choice. Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, Barnegat is in care of arrangements.
Mary Ann Christiansen of Waretown NJ formerly of Edison died suddenly on December 24 at the age of 81 with her four children by her side.
She leaves her daughter Christine O’Neill, son Richard Christiansen and wife Aileen, daughters Ann Marie & Susan Christiansen, grandchildren Samantha & Ryan Christiansen and Tara O’Neill. ?Also surviving are her sister-in-law Gloria Christiansen, nephews Christian and wife Cheryl, Eugene and wife Phyllis Christiansen, great-nephews Brian and Eric Christiansen and great-nieces Leanna and Jessica Christiansen.? She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Richard H. Christiansen in 2013 and son in law Robert O’Neill in 2017
Mary Ann was born on September 5, 1938 in Newark NJ to Grace and Raymond MacFee. Her father passed away when she was just 4yrs old. Her mother Grace then married John Farley a Newark police officer who loved Mary Ann like one of his own, often driving her to school in the sidecar on his motorcycle with her braids flying in the wind. She graduated from St Charles Borromeo High School and started a career at The Newark Evening News. She was then introduced to Richard Christiansen by a mutual friend and the two were married August 22, 1964.
Mary Ann and Richard traveled the world together they enjoyed skiing and spending time at the beach with family & friends. She was a member of Plainfield Ski Club,?The Danish Rebuild Society, Vasa-Lodge VÅGEN,?and Family Motor Coach Association ?20th Century Wagon Trainers Chapter. ?She was a very caring loving Mother and Grandmother. Our birthday parties where over the top with clowns, magicians and puppeteers. She was a Den Mother for Boy Scouts of America and Leader for Girl Scouts of the USA. She worked tirelessly to make every holiday extra special for her family from standing in line waiting for the elusive cabbage patch kid to making sure we had the makings of a proper Scandinavian breakfast Christmas morning.
Her kind nature led her to a career as a home health aide which she did up until her death. She was an animal lover always willing to take in and care for lost creatures.
Our Mom and Dad loved to dance. We take solace in knowing that they are together again dancing in heaven.
A Viewing will be held on Sunday, December 29, 2019 from 2-5pm and again on Monday from 11:30 till 12noon. A Funeral Liturgy will be held on Monday, December 30, 2019 at 12:30 pm at St. Mary’s RC Church, 747 West Bay Avenue, Barnegat, NJ. Interment will follow at St. Gertrude’s Cemetery, Colonia.
Gertrude Selina “Babe” (Meeks) Weaver, 91, of Barnegat, NJ, formerly of Waretown, NJ and Lake Worth FL, passed away at Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin on Monday, December 16, 2019. She was born in Atlantic City on Jan. 9, 1928 and grew up in Philadelphia and Absecon. Her father affectionately nicknamed her “Babe” when she was a child. Babe and her husband Joseph owned & operated Weaver’s Pharmacy in Atlantic City in the 1950’s and then Barnegat Pharmacy from 1959-1968. She was a proud Auxiliary member of the John Wesley Taylor Post 232 of the American Legion, Barnegat for over 72 years, and a Lifetime Charter member of the Barnegat Historical Society, in addition to the Barnegat Ladies Auxiliary Fire Co., and many other organizations while raising her eight children. Babe was a devout Catholic and was a faithful communicant of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Barnegat since 1960 when she converted to Catholicism. She was a former CCD teacher and Altar Rosary Society member. Babe loved to cook, entertain, travel, go to the casino, and she loved watching her Phillies. She always took pride in her appearance and loved to wear bright colors!
Babe was predeceased by her parents, Howard & Gertrude Meeks, her beloved husband of 71 years, Joseph P. Weaver in 2018, son Patrick Weaver in 2015, and daughter Margaret Ann Latvala in 2011, and Great-Grandson Eamon Weaver in 2018. She is survived by 5 daughters, Jo-Ann (Drew) Dringus, Barnegat, Doris (John) Shannon, Manahawkin, Lois (Fred) Sauchelli, Manahawkin, Patricia (Steve) McGrew, Lake Worth, FL & Susan (Paul) Nugent of Orlando, FL and son, Bill (Lainie) Weaver, Anacortes,WA and daughter-in-law Nadine Weaver, Manahawkin, and son-in-law Gary Latvala, Waretown. Babe is also survived by 22 grandchildren and their spouses, and 36 great-grandchildren.
Many thanks to the staff of Southern Ocean Medical Center and Southern Ocean Nursing Center (Genesis), for the outstanding, compassionate care that Babe received over the years. Her family would also like to especially thank Rev. Msgr. Ken Tuzeneu for his many visits and blessings that he bestowed on her.
Viewing will be from 9:30-10:30 AM on Saturday, December 21, at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 747 West Bay Ave. Barnegat, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM. Burial will immediately follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Manahawkin. Funeral services 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.
Anthony "Tony" Higham, age 72 of Waretown passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at his home.
A Viewing will be held on Thusday, December 19, 2019 from 4-6pm at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 S. Main Street, Barnegat. A Funeral Liturgy will held on Friday at 11am at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 747 West Bay Avenue, Barnegat. Cremation will be private.
Thaddeus “Ted” Niemiec , age 77 of Barnegat passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family. Ted was born in New Brunswick and was formerly of Carteret and East Brunswick before moving to Barnegat in 2006. He graduated from Carteret High School in 1960 and then went to NJIT where he graduated with his Mechanical Engineering Degree. Ted worked for Aetna Life & Casualty for 26 years and Peerless Insurance for 15 years prior to his retirement. He was a member of the Lacey Elks Lodge #2518 and a life member of Knights of Columbus Carteret Council #1280. Ted was an avid fisherman and boater.
Ted was predeceased by his parents Thaddeus and Helen “Gush” Niemiec, he is survived by his wife of 53 years Patricia (nee Mankos) their children: Thaddeus D and his wife Holly and Kristin and her husband Justin Rogers, Grandson Stephen Francis Rogers.
A Viewing will be held on Monday, December 16, 2019 from 4 – 7 pm at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home 335 S. Main Street, Barnegat. A Funeral Liturgy will be held on Tuesday at 11am at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 747 West Bay Avenue, Barnegat. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery, Beachview Avenue, Manahawkin. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to ALS Foundation, Joan Dancy and Pals, P.O. Box 8157, Red Bank, NJ 07701. https://ssl.charityweb.net/joandancyandpals/ in Ted’s Memory.
Florence Lillian Robinson, (nee Stewart), age 71 of Manahawkin. Florence drove that big yellow bus to the sky on Thursday Nov 28th surrounded by loved ones. Born in Philadelphia, she moved to Long Beach Island with her parent Edward and Lillian Stewart in the early 50’s. She was a lifelong resident of the Island and Manahawkin, where She raised 5 children with her husband William Sr. and drove a school bus for many years. If you rode a Stafford Township school bus between 1978 and 1998 chances are you got yelled at by Mrs. Robinson. “Flo” or “Flossy” was a fun loving women who loved her family very much and always tried to make decisions in the best interest of her children, working hard to provide a better life for them.
She was preceded by her husband William in 1996 and daughter Joann in 2018. She is survived by her children William Jr. and his wife Robin, Valarie and her husband Ron, December and her husband Ken Ferm, Neil and Nora Anne, along with her best friend Cleo and a bus load of grandchildren, great grandchildren, friends and many cousins and family.
A Memorial Gathering will be held on Friday December 6th, 2019 from 12 until 2pm with a Memorial Service at 1pm at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main Street, Barnegat, inurnment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Tuckerton. Cremation was private. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Parker’s Army 1018 Midship Ave. Manahawkin, NJ 08050 in Florence’s memory.
Regina M. Scarola, “Jean” (nee Schulz) age 73 of Whiting, passed away on Friday October 18, 2019 at her home. Jean was born in Newark formerly of Keyport and Forked River before moving to Whiting in 2002. She was a cafeteria worker for the Lacey Township Schools for 17 years before her retirement in 2002. Jean enjoyed shopping and most of all spending time with her family.
She was predeceased by her son Michael Scarola, in 1999and her brother Charles Schulz.
Jean was a devoted Wife, Mom and Grandmother and is survived by her husband of 52 years William R., her daughter and son in law Judi and George Pulig, her six grandchildren Devin, Gregory, Savanna, Justine, Michael and Rachel and her great granddaughter Leila. She is also survived by her brother and his wife Will and Peggy Schulz, sister in law Gail Schulz and many nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday October 22, at the Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main Street, Barnegat, from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm followed by a Funeral Liturgy at 2:00 pm at St. Mary’s RC Church, 747 West Bay Avenue, Barnegat. Cremation will be private. In lieu flowers contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in her name.
Carole A. Henderson, 80, of (Waretown) Barnegat, NJ passed away peacefully at the Hospice at Southern Ocean Medical Center on Sunday, October 6, 2019. Born in Newark, NJ to the late Raymond and Augusta Suesser. She lived in Chatham Twp., NJ before moving to (Waretown) Barnegat 20 years ago. Mrs. Henderson was a Registered Nurse at West Hudson Hospital, Kearny and the Prudential Insurance Company for many years before her retirement. She was founding member with the Pebble Beach Homeowners Association in Barnegat/Waretown, NJ and a member of the Pine Shores Art Association. Mrs. Henderson was selected to attend Arts High School in Newark and that education gave her the love of art all of her life. She won awards at Cape Coral art shows in Florida were she spent the last 18 winters. She also enjoyed English History and went on over 14 trips with her husband to England and Scotland.
Surviving are her husband: John (Jack) Henderson, Son: Erik Trawin and his wife Kris of Philipsburg, NJ, Daughter: Terri Somers of Plainview, AR, Granddaughter, Brittany Sulpy. Also surviving are a Brother Raymond Suesser and his wife Joan and daughter Natalie, Step-Son: John (Jack) Rockaway Park, NY, son Albert and a granddaughter, Angela and two great grandchildren, Ariel and Hunter.
There will be a private cremation. The family suggests memorial contributions to the charity of your choice.
Robert “Jamie” Long, of Barnegat, passed away on September 23, 2019. A Memorial Gathering will be offered on Friday, September 27, 2019 from 4-6 pm at the Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main St., Barnegat, NJ 08005. A Funeral Service and Military Rites will start at 5:30 pm. Cremation was private.
Yvonne "YB" Roddie, age 55 of Manahawkin, passed away on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at her home. Yvonne was raised in Kearny and had moved to Manahawkin in 1996. She was a Sales Account Executive for Petro Home Services of Lakewood. Yvonne enjoyed movies, and was a lifelong fan of horror movies and rock music. She also had much fun going to Atlantic City where she played the slot machines. She made her own candles and soaps and loved discussing politics and history. Remember Yvonne as a generous, selfless and helpful person and for her great sense of humor and huge capacity to laugh, especially at herself and thought it was funny when people made jokes about her.
John W. Newman, age 49, passed away suddenly at home on July 27th 2019. John is survived by his mother Linda Szczytko and her husband Frank, father Winston C. Newman Jr. and his wife Elaine, sister Holly Tucker and her husband Tracy, and his faithful and loyal cat “KitKit”.
Audrey Janet Lewis, age 85, of Barnegat died on Friday July 12th, 2019 at Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin. Audrey was born in and lived her entire life in Barnegat. She worked at JCP&L as a Maintenance Supervisor until her retirement. Audrey is survived by her very close friends.
Ms. Lewis was predeceased by her brother John V. Lewis, and sisters Corinne Lewis, Venona (Nona) Lewis and Emily Carter.
A Viewing will be held on Thursday July 18th, 2019 from 10am until the time of the service at 11am at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main Street, Barnegat. Interment will follow in Barnegat Memorial Cemetery.
Janet D. Collins, 59, of Barnegat, formerly of Brick, passed away after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on June 27, 2019. Janet is survived by her daughter, Kelly and 4 siblings along with nieces, nephews, great nieces and great-nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main St. (Rt. 9), Barnegat, NJ 08005. A Time of Sharing will be offered at 7:00 pm along with prayers. Please consider sharing some of your fondest memories at that time.
A Funeral Liturgy will be offered on Wednesday, July 3 at 11:00 am at St. Mary’s RC Church, 747 West Bay Ave, Barnegat. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery. Cremation was private. In lieu of flowers, donations to David’s Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation, 364 North Main St., Suite 10D, Manahawkin, NJ 08050 would be appreciated in Janet’s memory.
Margaret D. Terracciano (nee O’Rourke), 76, of Manahawkin passed away on June 26, 2019 at Jersey Shore University, Neptune. She was born in the Bronx, NY and raised in Bayonne. In grammar school, Marge met her husband to be and they raised their family in Bayonne. Marge enjoyed traveling to Atlantic City, playing Bingo and was an avid reader. She regularly went to the local library to find new reading material. Marge and her family annually went to Disney World. It was one of her favorite places to visit. Family was everything to her.
Mrs. Terracciano is survived by her husband of 58 years, Gennaro Terracciano, son Michael and his wife Carol, son Robert and wife Sandie, daughter Denise Peddie and her husband Matthew, 11 grandchildren Michael and his wife Michelle, Andrew, Zachary, Katherine, Cassidy, Thomas, Alexis, Margaret, Carlee, Mackenzie and Morgan, one great-grandson Everett along with her two sisters, Helen Mary Miller and Gertrude Amato.
A Viewing will be offered on Monday, July 1st, 2019 from 7:00-9:00 pm and on Tuesday from 9:45-10:30 am at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main St., Barnegat, NJ 08005. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered on Tuesday, July 2nd at 11:00 am at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4700 Long Beach Blvd, Brant Beach, NJ 08008. Cremation will be private.
Alexander John Butrym, age 84, of Barnegat passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Trenton and was formerly of Hamilton Township and East Windsor before moving to Barnegat in 2000. Alexander graduated from Trenton Catholic Boys High School, LaSalle College and Duquesne University. He went on to receive his Ph.D. in English Literature from Rutgers University. In his professional life Alexander was a professor of English at Seton Hall University and chairman of the English department. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Barnegat and St. Anthony of Padua in Hightstown. He was a member of several professional organizations and after retiring from academia enjoyed working as a Park Ranger at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park. He also pursued a wide range of personal interests such as wood carving, chair caning, and other folk arts.
Alexander was predeceased by his wife Jeanne Anne in 2016. He is survived by his children: Anne and her husband Yafie Osman, Michael Butrym and his wife Abigail, and Alexis and her husband Alexander MacFarlane. He has four grandchildren: Emma, Spenser, Genevieve and Rhiannon. He is also survived by his brother Ed Butrym and many loving family and friends.
Viewing will be offered on Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 6-8pm and again on Friday morning from 9:15-9:45 am at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 S. Main Street (Route 9), Barnegat. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered on Friday at 10am at St. Mary’s Church, 747 West Bay Avenue, Barnegat. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery, Manahawkin.
Robert S. Cathcart, 71, of Barnegat passed away on May 30, 2019 at Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin. Bob was born and raised in Granville, NY. He was formerly of Old Bridge before moving to Barnegat. He served overseas in the U.S. Army during Vietnam from 1967-1970. He worked at Fort Monmouth as a Contract Specialist for the Department of Army for over 25 years. Most recently, Bob enjoyed his leisurely activities in the Seacrest Pines community of Barnegat. He played pickle ball, table tennis, and was part of the chess club. He was part of the Writer’s Club of the Surf City and Barnegat libraries and currently was writing his own novel. Bob enjoyed his time playing bridge, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his brother, Mark Cathcart, Bob is survived by his wife of 41 years, Cindy Cathcart, son Robert L. and his wife Linda, son Jason and his wife Diana, his daughter Allison Weimann and her husband Jason, sister Donna Gorman and her husband Francis, brother Philip Cathcart and his wife Lesa, 6 grandchildren, Robert, Ian, Lennox, Jake, Gage, Owen, 2 great-grandchildren Peyton and Liam along with his nieces and nephews.
A Visitation will be offered on Wednesday, June 5th from 10:30 am until the time of service at 11:00 am at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main St., Barnegat, NJ 08005. Burial will follow at B/G William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s memory to Colon Cancer Foundation, 10 Midland Ave, Suite M06, Port Chester, NY 10573 or Susan G. Komen for the Cure, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265.
Helen De Mauro, 96, of Barnegat passed away on April 5th, 2019 at her home surrounded by those who loved, comforted and cared for her. She was predeceased by Warren De Mauro, her husband of 61 years, in January 2008.
Helen was born in Passaic, NJ of Hungarian parents, John and Elizabeth Pinter. She was raised in Garfield, along with her brother John and her sister Marge, both deceased. As a youth, she attended Garfield High School and the Hungarian Reformed Church of Garfield. She met Warren while working as a secretary at Curtiss Wright Aeronautical Company in 1943-44, and they married on May 18, 1946. Helen and Warren raised their family of 3 daughters in Paterson, New Jersey. As a mother, Helen was a fulltime “homemaker extraordinaire” as she provided a haven of comfort, wellbeing, and security to her family. While a homemaker, she worked tirelessly as President of the Paterson PTA -- where she successfully lobbied for assembly presentations on family life education at PS 25 where her daughters attended school.
When she rejoined the workforce in 1968, her superb organizational skills landed her work as the Executive Administrator for the American Cancer Society, for Lee T. Purcell Associates (engineer consultants) and for the President of the Passaic County Community College in Paterson. On off work hours, she very much enjoyed gardening, listening to her favorite Pavarotti album, taking ballroom dance classes with Warren -- and as well, participating in the monthly get-togethers with her social group, the Harmonettes Ladies Club.
Helen and Warren moved permanently to Barnegat in 1982. During the 1980’s, she made her mark in Barnegat by running for Councilwoman on the campaign theme, “Vote for De Mauro and a better tomorrow!” Although unsuccessful in her campaign, Helen continued to support her town, becoming an active member of the Barnegat Democratic Club and the Barnegat Historical Society (BHS.) She regularly volunteered her time for the preservation of Barnegat history -- as a docent for the BHS, Helen and Warren gave weekend tours of the historical merchants’ shops, usually dressed up in historical garb. Helen was also a member of the Friends of the Barnegat Library and the Primetimers Performers of Barnegat. She was as passionate about these efforts as she was about her Hungarian heritage, and throughout her life, maintained her ability to speak and write in her native tongue.
Helen was an avid reader, a music aficionado, a travel journal chronicler, an expert knitter, a stellar typist and a true lover of nature, especially of gardens and birds -- which in her last days, she watched from her sunroom, book on her lap, as they floated by down the lagoon.
Helen De Mauro was a kind and caring mother to Marsha Cudworth of Island Heights, Linda Di Quattro of Totowa, and Diane di Mauro of New York City. She was the grandmother to John Cudworth Jr. of St. Petersburg, FL; Jason Di Quattro of Rockaway; Bianca Di Quattro of Chattanooga, TN; Marley Burr di Mauro of NYC; Camilo Burr di Mauro of NYC; and Emiliano Burr di Mauro of NYC….and she was the very proud great-grandmother to Leonardo Di Quattro.
A Memorial Service will be offered on Saturday, April 27th, 2019 at 10:45 AM at the Forked River Presbyterian Church, 131 North Main St. (Route 9), Forked River, NJ 08731 followed by interment at St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery, Beachview Avenue, Manahawkin.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Helen’s memory would be appreciated to: Save Barnegat Bay of Toms River, 117 Haines Rd., Toms River, NJ 08753.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main St., Barnegat, NJ 08005.
Claire Hilton, age 76 of Barnegat passed away at Southern Ocean Medical Center on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. She was born and raised in Trenton before moving to Waretown in 1970. Claire worked as a hairdresser before retiring. She was a member of St. Mary’s Parish in Barnegat, NJ.
Claire was predeceased by her father Alfred, her mother Betty and her son Michael. She is survived by her companion Jose Siso, and his daughters Angela and Stephannie.
A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019 at 11 am at St. Mary’s RC Church, 747 W Bay Ave, Barnegat, NJ. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in Claire’s Memory. Arrangements are under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, Barnegat.
Donald J. Brown, age 83 of Manahawkin passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. Don was born in Jersey City and was formerly of Woodbridge before moving to Manahawkin in 2004. He was the owner and operator of Mor-Lyn Shell in Jersey City until 1994. Late he worked for the Teamsters Local 641 where he drove tractor trailers retiring in 2004. Don was a parishioner of St. James Roman Catholic Church in Woodbridge and St. Mary’s of the Pines in Manahawkin. Before retirement, Don was an avid softball player and bowler. He later enjoyed fishing and golfing.
Donald was predeceased by his mother Regina, father John, brother Dennis, sister Lorraine McHale and brother Thomas. He is survived by his wife of 62 years Elaine, their children Jim and his wife Bernadette, Patti and her husband John Kuzemchak, Don and his lifetime partner Suan Mark , and Beth Ann and her husband Frank Dispoto, Four grandchildren; Kerianne Brown, Nicole Brown, Kathleen Dispoto and Natalie Dispoto.
A Viewing will be held on Friday, March 22, 2019 from 4:30 till 8pm and again on Saturday from 8:30 – 9am at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 S. Main Street, Barnegat, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 9:30am at St. Mary’s of the Pines, 100 Bishop Way, Manahawkin. Cremation will be private. In Lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Frances Foundation for Kids Fighting Cancer, Inc. 8 Bryce Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733 in Mr. Brown’s Memory.
Ruth M. Rossell (nee Fink) age 91 of Barnegat passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin. Ruth was born and raised in Newark and was formerly of Beach Haven before moving to Barnegat in 2001. She worked for Hands Department Store for 33 years before retiring in 2010. Ruth was the first member of Island Baptist Church, Beach Haven.
Ruth was predeceased by her husband of 45 years Lewis H, her sons Larry Rossell and Lewis (Skip) Rossell. She is survived by her daughters Lois and her husband William Beuckman and Lori Letts, 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Phyllis Vogel, and sister-in-laws Emma Woods and Aetna Johnson and many nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 12 until till of service at 2:45pm at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 S. Main Street, Barnegat, NJ. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Island Baptist Church 215 3rd Street Beach Haven, NJ 08008 in Mrs. Rossell’s Memory.
George Charles Wagher, age 59, of Mays Landing passed away on February 2nd, 2019. George was born to the late George E. Wagher and Jean Wagher onMay 12, 1959. He graduated from Southern Regional High School in Manahawkin. He was a dedicated Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, watching the Garvey boat races, going for walks, and caring for his dog, Cruiser. He is a husband, father, uncle, brother, cousin and friend that will be missed deeply.
George was predeceased by his father George E. Wagher, his mother Jean Wagher, and his sisters Anna Mae Matthews and Veronica Wagher. Surviving are his wife, Eva Wagher, daughters Miranda Brown, Anna Wagher and step-daughter Rebecca Hand. His brothers Michael Wagher (Gail), and Joseph Wagher and sisters Rita Brown (Brett), and Carol Camburn. As well as 7 nieces, 4 nephews, 10 great nieces, 2 great nephews, and 1 great great niece in addition to the many cousins and friends who he drove nuts.
A Memorial Service to celebrate George’s life will be on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 12:00 pm at Waretown Volunteer Fire Company, 117 Wells Mills Road, Waretown, NJ 08758.
In lieu of flowers the family requests assistance towards funeral expenses. Please send to Rita and Brett Brown, 1170 Treasure Ave. Manahawkin, NJ 08050.
Graceann Rhodenizer (nee Kennedy) age 52 of Barnegat passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at her home. Graceann cherished her family and devoted most of her life to raising her daughters and grandchildren. She lived life to the fullest by enjoying simple pleasures such as reading, decorating, and socializing. She is known for her resourcefulness and her knack of bringing any house plant back to life with her green thumb. Her heart and her home were always open to anyone in need.
Graceann is predeceased by her father Thomas Vincent Kennedy Sr, her mother Grace Kennedy (nee Garris) her stepfather John Murray and her brothers Frank and Thomas Kennedy. She is survived by her loving husband of 27 years, Paul F. Rhodenizer, Jr., six daughters: April Daniel, Jackie and her husband Jimmy Thomas, Rachel and her husband William Harper, Jillian and her husband Matthew Homolovich, Heather Wyckoff and Olivia Rhodenizer, six grandchildren with one on the way, her brother Bernard and his wife Diane Kennedy. She is also survived by many loving family and friends, especially her former coworkers at Alternative Micrographics in Forked River.
After a private cremation, a Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019, from 2-4 pm at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 355 S. Main Street, Barnegat. Services will begin at 4 pm.
James K. Ciani, age 26, of Barnegat passed away on Monday, December 17, 2018 at his home. James was born in Secaucus and formerly of Jersey City. He moved to Barnegat in 2002. James graduated from Barnegat High School in 2010. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s RC Church, Barnegat. He was an avid sports fan, particularly of the Dolphins and Yankees.
James was predeceased by his grandfathers, James Ciani and Richard Wilson. Surviving are his father, David J. Ciani, mother Michelle Ciani, brother David R. Ciani, paternal grandmother Joan Ciani, maternal grandmother June Wilson, aunt Robyn Bello, uncle Kenneth Wilson and his wife, Anna and uncle Lee Wilson along with many cousins. He is also survived by his girlfriend, Kassidy Lutz.
A Viewing will be held on Friday, December 21, 2018 from 7-9 pm and Saturday from 9:15-9:45 am at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main St., Barnegat, NJ 08005. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:00 am at St. Mary’s RC Church, 747 West Bay Ave, Barnegat. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to fray funeral expenses would be appreciated.
Mary Teleky, a registered nurse long employed as a school nurse in the L.B.I. School District, died November 9th,2018 at 78 years old after a long illness. After graduating with honors from nursing school in 1960, she first worked as an operating room nurse. Mary joined the L.B.I. school system in 1975, where she quickly earned the respect of her students, parents, and school colleagues for the way she always provided the best compassionate care for her students, for 30 years.
She is survived by her sister Joanne, daughters Robin & Deborah, and grandchildren Chelsea Becca, Kaitlyn, and Kylie. A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, December 1st from 2-4 p.m. at her home. Arrangements are under the care of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main St., Barnegat, NJ 08005.
Richard M. Gallo, age 76 of Waretown, passed away Monday, November 12, 2018 peacefully at home. Richard was born in Somerville, NJ and lived in Bridgewater and Florence, before moving to Waretown in 2007. Richard was Chief Fiscal Officer and Chief of Management and Banking of the Judiciary for 20 years before his retirement in 2002. Richard served for three years overseas in the U.S. army. He loved golfing, the Philadelphia Eagles, gardening, and spending time with his family.
Richard is survived by Barbara (Domolki), his wife of 54 years, his daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Nathan Hart and two granddaughters, Jillian and Meredith. He is also survived by his siblings William Gallo, Michael Gallo and Dorothy Sharko, as well as numerous nephews and nieces.A viewing will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 9:30-11:30 am at the Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home,335 South Main Street, Barnegat, NJ 08005. A funeral liturgy will be celebrated on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at St. Mary’s RC Church, 747 West Bay Ave, Barnegat, NJ followed by interment at Ocean County Memorial Park, 280 Wells Mills Road, Waretown, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Disabled Veterans Association.
Joseph John Marra, 61, of Barnegat passed away peacefully on October 2, 2018 at Cooper University Hospital, Camden. Joe was born in Hackensack and raised in Waldwick before settling in 1990 in Barnegat. Joe worked for 33 years for Ryder Systems as a Service Manager. He was a member of the Hollow Rod and Gun Club in Bovian, NY and a parishioner of St. Mary’s RC Church, Barnegat. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. His father taught him how to hunt when he was young. When he moved to the area, Joe enjoyed fluke fishing on the local party boats with his son and crabbing with his family at the Barnegat bay docks. He was also a Denver Broncos fan.
Marion A Kinlin (nee Pescatore) age 96 of Waretown passed away on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at Barnegat Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Barnegat. Marion was born in Hoboken and was formerly of Park Ridge moving to Barnegat in 2018. She was a parishioner of St. Francis Parish in Hoboken.
She is predeceased by her husband Joseph L in 2004 and her Daughter Marianne in 2017. She is survived by her son Joseph Thomas and his wife Margaret, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Father Terence Pescatore.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 4 – 7 pm and again on Friday from 8:45 – 9:15am at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home 335 S. Main Street, Barnegat. A funeral Liturgy will be offered at 9:30am at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 747 West Bay Avenue, Barnegat interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to St. Joseph’s School for the Blind 761 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07307 in Marion’s Memory.
Andrew S. LaManna, 33, of Waretown passed away on September 17, 2018. Best known to most as “Guido,” Andrew was born in Brick on March 27, 1985 to Richard and Bonnie LaManna. He graduated from Southern Regional High School and was a former employee of The Earle Companies. Andrew loved being near the water, boating, the beach and anything to do with animals. He played many types of musical instruments including the guitar, piano and drums and was always walking around singing his heart out. He was proud of his Italian heritage and was passionate about the Miami Dolphins.
Andrew was predeceased by his mother, Bonnie Lee LaManna (2002) and grandfathers, Carl LaManna Sr., and Whitfield Ivany, Jr. He is survived by his father Rick LaManna, Sr. and his wife, Nancy; sister Heather Gordon; two brothers John Ballman and his wife Cheryl and Ricky LaManna, Jr. and his wife Misty; grandmothers Sylvia LaManna and Esther Ivany, along with 8 nephews, 4 nieces and 1 great nephew; all whom he loved dearly. Also surviving is his girlfriend, Chrissy Wulffen.
A Memorial Gathering will be offered on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 3:00 pm until the time of service at 5:00 pm at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main St., Barnegat, NJ 08005. Private cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations in Andrew’s name would be appreciated to Hope Sheds Light, 253 Chestnut St., Toms River, NJ 08753.
William R Studer AKA Pops, age 78 of Barnegat passed away on Monday, September 10, 2018 at Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin. William was born and raised on Staten Island moving to Barnegat in 1974. He served in the US Air Force and retired from the US Coast Guard. William worked for the New York City Transit Authority and Spirit Air Lines where he was a Flight Attendant. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church. His passions included anything to do with aviation and flying as well as playing Base Guitar.
John Grant Gray, who everyone knew as Buzzy, age 76 of Barnegat, passed away on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at his home. Buzzy was born in Lakewood and was formerly of Ship Bottom before moving to Barnegat in 1946. Buzzy worked for the New Jersey Department of Transportation as an engineer for 35 years before retiring in 1999. Buzzy was predeceased by his brother Gary Gray in 1997. He is survived by his two sons John and Michael, and his sister Peggy Gray Carson. He is also survived by many loving friends and family.
He enjoyed racing his car “Ol’Rivers” at Atco Dragway, racing his World Championship Speed Garvey “Donna” with his beloved brother Gary. Later, he enjoyed sailing his sailboat on the Barnegat Bay, always finding a race at a little slower speed. He also enjoyed racing his sailboat in the 5 B’s club with close friends George, Alex, John and Dave among others and riding his bike on the Barnegat Branch Trail.
A Memorial Gathering will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018 from 10 until time of service at 11am at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 S. Main Street, Barnegat. Interment of Cremated Remains will take place after the service at Barnegat Memorial Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at Lefty’s Tavern. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Buzzy’s honor to the Barnegat Historical Society.
Thomas Arthur Miller Jr. age 46 of Barnegat passed away on Friday August 10, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family. Tommy was a life long resident of Barnegat. He was a Heavy Equipment Truck Driver working for Midnight Towing and Jersey Rents. He was one of the First responders to drive over the bridges to Long Beach island to help with hurricane sandy. Tommy was a mechanic and a blacksmith but his passion was riding his motorcycle taking in the beautiful sights. He also made an amazing cheese cake.
Tommy is predeceased by his mother Margaret in 1998, he is survived by his wife Tracy and their daughter Margaret, his sister Christine Miller, his father Thomas A. Miller Sr. along with many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 10am until time of service at 1pm at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home 335 S. Main Street, Barnegat. A repass will follow at Holiday Beach Club, Waretown(end of lighthouse Drive on the Bay). In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Funeral home to offset the funeral expenses.
Myrtle Mae Holloway, age 95, of Warren Grove passed away on August 7, 2018. Myrtle was born to Kathryn and Ward Holloway on October 29, 1922. She was born in the home where she lived her entire life. Myrtle worked as an Assembler for General Motors in Trenton for 31 years. During World War II, Myrtle assembled the torpedo bomber known as “The Avenger” for General Motors. She retired in 1978. Myrtle attended the Manahawkin Baptist Church for many years and more recently attended the Warren Grove United Methodist Church. In 1986 she was awarded a Certificate of Participation for the Warren Grove Fire Company’s Ladies Auxiliary.
Miss Holloway was predeceased by her mother Kathryn Holloway, father Ward Holloway, brother and sister-in-law Clarence and Leona Holloway, sister and brother-in-law Mary and William Letts, nephew William Letts, nephew Thomas Letts and great-nephew Christopher Letts.
She leaves behind her sister Helen Ash and husband Donald of Bordentown, NJ along with many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews and great-great-great nieces.
A Viewing will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 10 a.m. until the time of service at noon at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main St., Barnegat, NJ. Interment will follow at Warren Grove Cemetery.
Michael John Scienski, age 54 of Manahawkin passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2018. Michael was born in Paterson and was formerly of Bloomingdale and Pequannock before moving to Manahawkin in 2007. He was a graduate of Pequannock Township High School and William Paterson University. Mike worked as an accountant for Truex Enterprises in West Creek, NJ, for 12 years. He was active in his church, Bayside Chapel, with a strong faith and love for Jesus.
He loved baseball and softball. In addition to recently playing on the Bayside Chapel softball team, he also played on multiple teams throughout his life in both South and North Jersey. In addition to playing, Mike was an avid and dedicated life long New York Mets fan.
Mike was a committed 27 year friend of Bill.
Michael is predeceased by his father George in 2016. He is survived by his mother Karen, his little princess Alivia and his big big boy Brandon, two brothers George, and his wife Gerri, and Larry, and his wife Christina; nieces and nephews: Alexander, Anastasia, Lauren, Patrick and Matthew and his great nephew Caleb. As well as many loving family members and friends. Mike is also survived by his true love Kelly.
Viewing will be held on Sunday, July 8, 2018 from 1-3 and 6-8pm and again on Monday from 9:30 – 10:30 am at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home 335 S. Main Street, Barnegat, NJ. Funeral Liturgy will be held on Monday at 11am at St. Mary’s Church 747 West Bay Avenue, Barnegat Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery, Beachview Avenue, Manahawkin. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that contributions be made to the Alivia and Brandon Scienski College Fund. Please mail c/o Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main Street (Route 9) Barnegat, NJ 08005
Joseph Vander Veer, age 78 of Wareown, passed away on June 11, 2018. Services will be held on Thursday June 14, 2018 at 1 pm at Ocean County Memorial Park, Waretown.
Clyde D. Farless, age 96 of Barnegat, passed away on Sunday June 3, 2018 at the Barnegat Nursing Center. Clyde was born in Bradyville, TN and had lived in Edison and Lanoka Harbor before moving to Barnegat in 1999. Mr. Farless was a research worker for Bristol Meyers Squibb in North Brunswick working there for 33 years before his retirement in 1981. Clyde was a communicant of St. Mary’s RC Church, Barnegat and was an Army Veteran of WW II. He was a former member of the Knights of Columbus Fr. Capodanno Post #6522, he was also an avid bowler, fisherman and he also enjoyed fiddling with electronics.
Clyde was predeceased by his wife of 51 years Lydia (Haluska) in 2000. He is survived by his daughter and son in law Lydia and Robert Domolki, one granddaughter Donna Hetherington and her husband Bill, and one grandson Robert Domolki. He is also survived by three great grandchildren, Reilly, Sarah, and Jackson.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday June 6, 2018, from 4-8 pm, and on Thursday from 9- 9:30 am at the Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main Street, Barnegat, NJ 08005. A Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Thursday June 7, at 10:00 am at St. Mary’s RC Church, 747 West Bay Avenue, Barnegat, followed by interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Manahawkin.
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.