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Richard T. Stratton, age 81 of Lanoka Harbor passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at his home. Richard was born in Weehawken and was formerly of North Bergen before moving to Lanoka Harbor in 1972. He worked for General Electric for 35 years, retiring in 1996, then he worked for the Lacey Township School District as a custodian in all the schools. Richard was an Army Veteran Serving in Alaska during Vietnam. He enjoyed being a youth coach for various sports and being Mr. Fix it around the house.

Richard is survived by his wife of 58 years Barbara “Bubbles”(nee Thorpe) their children; Richard F., Craig and Lynda, 9 grandchildren; Chelsea, Sid, Garrett, Calli, Amanda, Olivia, Emma, Samantha and Melanie. He is also survived by his brother, Peter and His wife Annarose and Sister-in-law, Linda and her husband Anthony Cusanelli.

A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 2:30 until 4:30 pm at Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Route 9, Forked River. In Lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Dementia Society of America, P.O. Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901 in Mr. Stratton’s Memory.


William Kubes, age 75 of Forked River passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Monday, February 19, 2018. Born in Jersey City and moved to ocean county in 1990. He worked as a carpenter until retiring in 2016, he worked for Medicine to go pharmacy until recenlty.

He is survived by his wife Larraine Kubes, son and daughter-in-law William & Judi Kubes, son Steven Kubes, daughter and son-in-law Liane &Timothy Coale, 10 grand children and 2 great grandchilden. His family at meds to go and Dr. Novaks office.

A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 11 until time of service at 12:45pm at Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Route 9, Forked River.


Philip Squeo, age 78 of Forked River, passed away on Saturday February 17, 2018 at Community Medical Center, Toms River.  Philip was born in Molfetta Italy and came to the United States in 1963 settling in Hoboken, and had lived in Carlstadt before moving to Forked River in 2003.  He was a machinist for Nabisco Co. of Fairlawn, retiring in 1989 as a supervisor after 29 years of service.  Mr. Squeo was a communicant of St. Pius X RC Church, and a member of the Knights of Columbus Fr. Capodanno Council 6522, and the Italian American Club of Manahawkin. 

Philip is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years Rose (nee Cantatore), his two sons Paul and his wife Joann, James, and one daughter Ann Marie Murry.  He is also survived by his sisters Giulia and Marisa, and his grandchildren Thomas, Gabrielle, Juliana, Lisa, Ava, and Gia, and his great grandson Peyton.

A Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Wednesday February 21, 2018 at 11:00 am at St. Pius the Tenth RC Church, Forked River.  Entombment will be at St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery, Manahawkin.  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in Philip’s memory.   


Carol A. Arduini, (nee Zimmerly) age 78, of Forked River, passed away on Tuesday February 13, 2018, at Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin.  Carol was born in Jersey City, and had lived in Ridgefield before moving to Forked River 18 years ago.  Mrs. Arduini was a Switchboard Receptionist for Tetley Inc. in Palisade’s Park NJ for many years before retiring.  She was predeceased by her parents Harry and Dorothy Zimmerly, and her brother Harry Zimmerly, Jr. 

Carol is survived by her husband Richard Arduini, to whom she was happily married to for 60 years, her children, Alan Arduini and his wife Virginia, Katherine Gallagher and her husband Ronald and Glenn Arduini.  She is also survived by her grandchildren Amie Torgersen and her husband Jarrod, Susan Gallagher, Richard Arduini, Brian Gallagher and Curtis Arduini. 

A viewing will be held on Saturday February 17, from 11:00 am until the time of service at 2:00 pm at the Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Main St. (aka Rt. 9), Forked River.  Cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Popcorn Park Zoo, PO Box 43 Forked River, NJ 08731 or Lacey Township EMS, PO Box 289 Forked River, NJ 08731. 


Lisa Lestarchick (nee Ganley), 52 of Brick, died suddenly at her home on Saturday, February 10th, 2018. Lisa was born February 3, 1966 in Jersey City, NJ to Patrick and Susan Ganley. Lisa was a 1984 Lacey Township High School graduate, who worked for ATT/Verizon for over twenty-five years. Lisa was a loving mother to her daughters Alexandra and Kate; she loved animals and spent most of her time with her devoted dog “Sky”.

Surviving are her parents; her children, Alexandra and Kate Lestarchick; her fiancé, Michael Crisanti and his daughter Delaney; and her two brothers, Patrick and his wife Tracey; Kristopher, his wife Morgan and their three children Audrianna, Aiden and Angelica Ganley.

A Memorial Visitation will be held on Thursday February 15th, 2018 from 2pm until the time of the Wake Service at 5:45pm at Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Main Street, Forked River, NJ. Cremation was private. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Popcorn Park Zoo, PO Box 43 Forked River, NJ 08731 in Lisa’s memory.


Mary A. Sansevere (nee Kirkella), age 92, of Forked River passed away Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin. Mary was born and raised in Hackensack moving to Forked River 45 years ago.

Mary was predeceased by her husband Bob in 1987. She is survived by her children Barbara, Bob and his wife Mary and Peter and his wife Lisa, 6 grandchildren Samantha, Sawyer, Kayla, Spencer, Shane and Sienna.

A Viewing will be held on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 6-9 pm and Thursday from 10 until time of service at 10:30am at Riggs Funeral Home 130 North Route 9, Forked River interment will follow at Good Luck Cemetery, Lanoka Harbor.  


Rocco Pasquale Pezzella III, age 65 of Forked River passed away on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at his home. Rocco was born in Neptune and was formerly of Asbury Park Before moving to Forked River In 1986. He worked for Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station for 35 years, and was enlisted in the Army reserves. Rocco was a member of the Lacey Moose lodge.

Rocco was predeceased by his wife Ann in 2013. He is survived by his children Jennifer and her husband Alex Cruz, and Rocco IV. Five grandchildren Mia, Tori, Gavino, Alex and Sofia. His sister Cheryl and her husband Paul Sparta. He is also survived by his niece Kelly and three nephews Paul Jr., Christopher and Marc.

A viewing will be held on Friday, February 16, 2018 from 6-9pm and Saturday from 8:30 – 9am at Riggs Funeral Home 130 North Route 9, Forked River, NJ 08731. A Funeral Liturgy will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 9:30am at St. Pius the Tenth RC Church, 300 Lacey Road. Interment will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery Toms River, NJ. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, 45 Wilson Ave., Manalapan, NJ 07726 in Mr. Pezzella’s Memory.


Kyler Joseph Gandy, born June 16, 2017, passed peacefully in the arms of his loving mom and dad on February 5th, 2018. During his short time here, he knew nothing but love from family and friends. Kyler will be remembered for his contagious smile and deep belly laugh. 

Survived by his mom and dad, Joseph Gandy and Paige Cavanaugh; grandparents, Joan & Richard Gandy, Sr., Kathy and Ray Vogel and Michael Cavanaugh; great-grandmother Sally Blood “Mom-Mom”; Aunts and Uncles: Richard Jr., Michael, John, Anthony, and Jimmy Gandy, Heather and Dave Cummins, Michael, Nicole and Connor Cavanaugh; cousins: Ashtin Groff, Starrlah Cain, Lena and Sophia Marinello, Austin, Jordyn and Preston Gandy, Cooper and Kaden Cavanaugh and Kyler’s buddy and pup, Abel. 

A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 1:00-4:00 pm at Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Rt. 9, Forked River, NJ 08731. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Kyler’s memory may be made to the Childhood Leukemia Foundation, 807 Mantoloking Road, Brick, NJ 08723 and/or the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital care of the RWJUH foundation, 1 RWJ Place, New Brunswick New Jersey 08901


Eleanor M. Peins (nee Godfrey), age 95, of Waretown passed away on January 30, 2018 at Southern Ocean Center in Manahawkin. Eleanor was born in Rahway and formerly of Union before moving to Waretown in 1977. Eleanor served as an Altar Server and Eucharistic Minister for St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Barnegat and participated in many of the church activities and functions. She also enjoyed crocheting.

Mrs. Peins was predeceased by her husband Walter L. Peins, Sr. in 1993, her son John Sr. (2015) and grandson, Walter L. III. (2015). Surviving are her 3 sons, Walter L. Jr. and his wife Terry, James and his wife Eileen, Edward C. Sr. and his wife Geri, daughter Mary Yeager and her husband Ralph and daughter-in-law Janice Peins, along with 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A Viewing will be held on Friday, February 2, 2018 from 4:00-8:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00-9:30 am at Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Rt. 9, Forked River, NJ 08731. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 at 10:00 am at St. Mary’s RC Church, 747 West Bay Ave, Barnegat, NJ 08005. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery in Manahawkin. In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society C/O St. Mary’s RC Church P.O. Box 609, Barnegat NJ 08005 in Eleanor’s  memory.


John E. Joel, age 78 of Forked River passed away on Sunday January 28, 2018 at Community Medical Center, Toms River, NJ.  John was born in London, England and came to the United States in 1957, and lived in the Bronx and Brick, before moving to Forked River 2005.  Mr. Joel was a vault manager for many years working for Paine Webber in New York, he later worked as an usher at Blue Claws Stadium, Lakewood.  He was a communicant at St. Pius the Tenth RC Church and served as an usher, was a member and officer at the Knights of Columbus, Fr. Capodanno Council #6522 serving as Inside Guard, and was active at the Bingo.

John was predeceased by his wife Maureen who passed away in 2004.  Surviving are four sons Robert, Kevin, Sean, and Brendan, two daughters Debra Epstein, and Kathleen Rahtjen and her husband Peter. Also surviving are his eight grandchildren Carina, Michael, Kayla, Madelyn, Hunter, Morgan, Hannah and PJ. 

A viewing will be held on Tuesday January 30, from 3-5 and 7-9 pm and on Wednesday from from 9:00 am until 9:30 am at the Riggs Funeral Home, 130 Rt. 9 North, (aka North Main Street), Forked River, NJ.  A Funeral Liturgy will be held Wednesday at 10 am at St. Pius the Tenth RC Church, 300 Lacey Road, Forked River, followed by interment at St. Mary’s of the Lake Cemetery, Lakewood.  In lieu of flowers contributions in John’s name may be made to the Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund, Fr. Capodanno Council, 15 East Lacey Road, Forked River, NJ 08731.       


Luke A. Sankowich, age 25, of Waretown passed away on Friday January 19th, 2018 at Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin. Born in Pt. Pleasant, he grew up in Barnegat, and had lived in Oxford and was most recently of Waretown. Luke graduated from Hackettstown High School in 2010. He was a passionate Mets, Eagles and Rangers fan, who will be remembered as a loving family person, who had the biggest of hearts and purest of souls.
 
Luke was predeceased by his Maternal Grandparents William A. and Rosina S. LaRusso. Surviving are his parents Lisa LaRusso and Bruce Sankowich, his two older brothers Peter, Gregory and older sister Stephanie; and older brother to Douglas, who looked up to him. Also surviving are his paternal grandparents Al and Anne Sankowich, his nephew Declan, his nieces Callie, Gabriella and Giavanna, along with many aunts, uncles and cousins; Luke will guide us all now.
 
A Viewing will be held on Wednesday January 24th, 2018 from 6pm until 8pm at Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Main Street, Forked River, NJ. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered on Thursday from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church; 747 West Bay Ave. Barnegat, on Thursday at 9:30am, cremation will follow and be private. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 North Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 in Luke’s memory.


Arthur S. Bentley, 85, of Forked River passed away peacefully on January 14, 2018 at his home. Art was born in Yardville Heights and formerly of Hamilton Township moving to Forked River in 1963. Mr. Bentley was a self-employed carpenter and had also worked for the Lacey Township Board of Education in the grounds and security departments.  He served in the US Marines during the Korean War, belonged to the VFW of Bamber Lakes, and the American Legion, John Wesley Taylor Post #232. Art was a member of the Lacey United Methodist Church, and avid fisherman and hunter who also enjoyed working in his shop. He was fluent at playing darts and horseshoes and was a fan of the Redskins.

Mr. Bentley is predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Patricia M. Bentley, in 2016 and sister Joan, 1988.  Surviving are 3 sons, Thomas and his wife, Carolyn of Bamber Lake, Richard and his wife Niki of Bayville, and Matthew and his wife Jennifer of Forked River, one daughter Jeanette Pulcine and her husband Dwayne of Forked River, 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his 2 sisters in law, Virginia Lewellyn and Jeanette Lockwood.  

A viewing will be held at the Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Rt. 9 (aka 130 North Main Street), Forked River, NJ 08731 on Thursday January 18, 2017 from 2-4 & 7-9 pm, and on Friday January 19, from 10:00 am until the time of service at 11:00 am with the Reverend Linda Applegate officiating.  Cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Alcoholics Anonymous, PO Box 459 Grand Central Station New York, NY 10163 in Art’s memory.


Darlene Marie Buckholz.  I want everyone to know that I earned my wings on January 15, 2018. I was given the gift of life 54 years ago and now it’s time to give it back. I was a lucky girl who led a wonderful existence and for this I am grateful. I had a terrific mom, Elizabeth Buckholz from Forked River, who’s still around and a dad, Gerard, who I was really mad at when he beat me to heaven in 2016.  They spoiled me with a loving home, my own room with premium cable, and tons of family vacations throughout my lifetime. I was truly treated like a diva! I’m also leaving behind my older brother Tom Buckholz of Jackson, who was my protector and the best big brother. He also has a wife, Thomie Buckholz, and four girls, Lyndi, Lacee, Haylee, and Kolbi who I totally adored. You know, I never missed one of their dance recitals, now that’s love! I also leave behind my younger sister, Geri-Lynn Van Sant, and her husband, Buddy Van Sant of Forked River. I was always the perfect and willing playmate for her when we were kids and we always had so much fun! Her husband was my favorite brother-in-law (and my only! I won’t tell him that). I also leave behind tons of friends and relatives, but I must give a special shout out to my Aunt Marilyn, who was my best “girlfriend” from the day I was born. Aside from my contagious charm, I exceled as an athlete and received many gold medals in Special Olympics in swimming, bowling, basketball and track. I was a legend. I bragged about myself to all my friends when I attended the ARC of Ocean County. I’m really hoping heaven has happy hours, restaurants, and stores because I really enjoyed going to them. Everyone at Caffrey’s, Captain’s Inn, Lacey Diner, and Lacey Shop-Rite always made a huge fuss over me every time I graced them with my presence! My Dad and I look forward to food shopping together again in heaven. It was one of our favorite things to do together. Although, I can now come clean that every time Dad and I would go food shopping we’d buy a Hershey’s bar, eat it in the car, and dad would hide the wrappers in his pocket from my mom. Whew! Glad that’s finally off my chest! I’m thankful to all the people in my life and I was happy to have given so much unconditional love to all of you. I know you will all miss me, but if you want to say goodbye and tell me how great I was one final time, visitation hours will be Wednesday, January 17th from 3-7pm and again on Thursday from 9:30am until time of Celebration at 10am at Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Main Street in Forked River. Interment will be at St. Mary of the Lake Cemetery in Lakewood.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the organization who dedicate themselves to helping people like me throughout the years: The Lacey Elks Lodge on 900 Beach Boulevard, Forked River, NJ.


Richard Charles Herbert, age 74 of Forked River passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at his home. Richie was born in East Brunswick moving to Ocean County in the 50’s. He started his carrier working for the family farm (Herbert’s Market) then he was a self-employed cross country truck driver before working for Sambol for 25 years driving Heavy Equipment. Richard was a life member of the Waretown Fire Company and the Lanoka Harbor Fire Company. He loved watching NASCAR, camping and either driving or playing with Heavy Equipment (R.C. or full size).

Richard is survived by his second wife Marlene, his children: Judith, Pamela and Christine Herbert Guy and Dawn Blessing and Debroah Herrick, 7 Grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and his sister Pamela Edwards. He is also survived by many loving family and friends.

A viewing will be held on Monday, January 15, 2018 from 2-4 and 7-9pm and also on Tuesday from 10 until time of service at 11am at Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Route 9, Forked River, Interment will follow at Ocean County Memorial Park, Waretown. In lieu of flowers contributions can either be made to the Waretown Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 517, Waretown, NJ 08758 or Lanoka Harbor Vol. Fire Company, P.O. Box 8, Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734 in Richie’s Memory.


William Roscoe McLeod, Jr., age 60, of Bayville passed away at his home on January 9th, 2018. Bill was born in Philadelphia and formerly of Pennsauken. He had resided the last 28 years in Bayville. Bill absolutely loved helping the children he dealt with during his 12 years that he worked as a Special Education Teacher at Lacey High School. He had also worked at Caesars Casino. Bill started his own band called the Bill McLeod Band in which he played guitar. His band would play around the Ocean County area. Bill always enjoyed the company of his dogs and was an avid Philadelphia Eagles and Flyers fan. He was a member of the Lacey United Methodist Church in Forked River.

Mr. McLeod is survived by his wife of 32 years, Dawn McLeod (nee Exel), his son, William R. McLeod, III (Emily), grandson William R. McLeod, IV, brother, David (Agi) and nieces Olivia and Lena McLeod. Also surviving are his sisters-in-law, Cynthia Pedemonti, Donna Engelhardt, Carole Exel, Sherry Exel, brother-in-law Steven Exel (Deborah), nieces and nephews Lindsey O’Connor, Lauren Prosser, Angelica Exel, Thomas Prosser and Joseph Exel and great-nephews, Dakota and Ryan O’Connor and Peyton Prosser.

A Viewing will be offered on Friday, January 12th, 2018 from 3:00 pm until the time of the Funeral Service at 7:00 pm at Lacey United Methodist Church, 203 Lacey Rd., Forked River, NJ 08731. Cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s memory to the Lacey United Methodist Church at the above address. Arrangements are under the direction of Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Rt. 9, Forked River.   


Raymond A. Monkevicius, age 82, of Forked River passed away on January 7th, 2018 at his home. Born in Lithuania, he lived in Elizabeth and Edison, before moving to Forked River in 2006. Raymond was a firefighter with the Menlo Park Volunteer Fire Department. He was a self-employed contractor working in Middlesex County for many years, and was an avid fisherman who loved boating and traveling.

Raymond was predeceased by his parents, Al and Marija Mankus, and his brother Henry Mankus. Surviving are his wife, Caroline (nee Huber), son Raymond Monkevicius, daughter Karen Ulisse and her husband Anthony, grandchildren Zakary, Logan, Fred, Nick, Alec and Cleolinda. Also surviving are his brothers, John and his wife Marion, Tony and his wife Margarita, along with his sister, Maria Paulson and her husband Martin.

A Viewing will be held on Thursday, January 11th, 2018 from 2-4 and 7-9pm and again on Friday from 9:30am until the time of the Funeral Service at 10am at Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Route 9, Forked River. Interment will follow at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, North Hanover. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Monkevicius’ memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 100, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101. 


Martha Rebecca Plantamura (nee McClean) age 83 of Waretown passed away on Friday, January 5, 2018 at Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin. Martha was born in Brooklyn and was formerly of Midland Park and Ramsey before moving to Waretown in 1996. She was a member of Bayside Chapel in Barnegat. Martha volunteered for Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Samaritans Purse as well as the SOCH Holy Auxiliary Thrift Shop in Waretown, where she was Treasurer. 

Martha was predeceased by her husband, Frank in 1995, her parents Oliver and Sarah, her sister Margaret Juhl and her brother, Oliver. She is survived by her children, Linda and her husband Robert Kraft, Donald G Wells and his wife Kathleen and Roger Wells, four grandchildren Ashley, Vanessa, Robert II and Rebecca, 2 great grandchildren Olivia ad Jason. She is also survived by many loving family and friends.

A Viewing will be held on Monday, January 8, 2018 from 3:00 pm until time of service at 5:30 pm at Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Route 9, Forked River.  Interment will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 am at George Washington Memorial Park, 234 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ 07653. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Southern Ocean Medical Center, 1140 Route 72 West, Manahawkin, NJ 080505 in Martha’s Memory.


Lois H Dittenhofer (nee Anker) age 92, formerly of Bamber Lake, passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Wiley Christian Retirement Community in Marlton, NJ. She was born in Philadelphia, PA and was formerly of Vincentown, S. Toms River and Bamber Lake. Lois worked for Woolworth’s Department store for many years. She was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church, Toms River where she also served on the Alter Guild for over 50 years. Lois loved to spend her time boating with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed sewing, crafts, and family get togethers.

Lois was predeceased by her husband Ben in 2001, her children: Jaqueline, Christopher, and Janis, her sister Doris McFeely and her grandson Ryan Frizell. She is survived by her three sons: Bernie and his wife Vanessa, Alan and Brian, 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She is also survived by many loving family and friends.

A Church service will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 2pm at Christ Episcopal Church. Cremation was private and under the direction of the Riggs Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Christ Episcopal Church, 415 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ 08753 in Mrs. Dittenhofer’s Memory.


Richard P. Meyer, age 70, of Forked River, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, December 25, 2017, at home. Born in Hillsdale, NJ, Richard also resided in Westwood, NJ and Green Township, NJ, before retiring in Forked River, NJ.  Following his 20 years as a journeyman electrician for Local #3 IBEW in NYC, he formed his own company as an electrical consultant.

Richard was predeceased by his parents John C. and Claire (Hallfeld) Meyer, his sister Claire, his brother Jack, and his father-in-law Philip Schaffroth.  Surviving are his wife of 47 years Marie (Schaffroth) Meyer and his daughter, Allison Meyer.

A Viewing will be held on Friday, December 29, 2017 from 2-5 pm with a funeral service at 3:30 pm at Riggs Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to the American Diabetes Association. //donations.diabetes.org.


Edward Leo Krusieski, age 66, of Lanoka Harbor passed away on Friday December 22nd, 2017 at Hospital University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Born and raised in Irvington, he moved to Lanoka Harbor in 1981. Edward had worked for General Motors for 46 years, retiring in 2016 as a Quality Control Specialist, he was also a Special Law Enforcement Officer with the Irvington Police Department and had worked with the Bergen County’s Sheriffs Department. Edward was a member of the Forked River Presbyterian Church, where he served on the session, was the Past-Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge #2518 and was a member of Mariner’s Masonic Lodge #150.

Edward was predeceased by his parents Edwin and Evelyn, his sister Marion Benner and his brother John. Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Valerie (nee Desch), five children, Tracy Maloney and her husband Michael, James and his wife Beth, Larry and his wife Andrea, Michael and his wife Kristen, and Breanna. Seven Grandchildren, Ryan, Matthew, Christopher, Jaylyn, Blake, Damian and Teagan, along with many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

A Viewing will be held on Thursday December 28th, 2017 from 2-4 and from 6-9pm, and again on Friday from 10am until the time of the Funeral Service at 11am at Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Main Street, Forked River, NJ 08731, interment will follow in Good Luck Cemetery, Lanoka Harbor.


John Libowicz, age 95, of Bayville passed away of December 20, 2017. Cremation was private.


Fannie Eva Hunter (nee Young), of Crestwood 5 in Whiting, passed away on December 19, 2017. Mrs. Hunter was born in Camden and went to Merchantville High School where she met her husband who she was married to for 47 years prior to his passing in 1997. She lived in Waretown for many years volunteering at the elementary school there and later working as a teachers aide. Mrs. Hunter was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and in years passed had enjoyed teaching Primary. Mrs. Hunter will be remembered as a loving and supportive mother, grandmother and great-grand mother. Above all else she loved being with the children in her family. 
Mrs. Hunter was predeceased by her husband Frederick Hunter and her daughter Coleen Kimberly MacAvoy. 
She is survived by her stepmother Pat Young, her sister Dottie Mae, son Frederick J. Hunter and his wife, Leslie and her daughter Lisa Randall and her husband Miles, along with 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. 

A viewing will be offered on Thursday, December 28,2017 from 9:30am until the time of service at 11:30 at Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Rt.9, Forked River, NJ 08731. Burial will follow at Ocean County Memorial Park in Waretown.


Loyal William Applegate, age 81, of Selbyville, DE passed away on December 16th, 2017 at Atlantic Shores Nursing and Rehab, Millsboro, DE. Born in Toms River and formerly of Forked River, he moved to Selbyville in 2003. Loyal was a Clammer, Fisher and one-time Captain of his own charter fishing boat. He had worked for the Ocean County Road Department, before retiring as a Bus Driver from the Berkeley Township School district in 1995. Loyal also enjoyed target shooting with the Manchester Township F.O.P., landscaping and carpentry.

Mr. Applegate was predeceased by his wife of 37 years, Anna May in 1999 and his father Loyal B. in 1970. Surviving are his mother Florence Schultz, six children, Suzanne Christensen and her husband Dennis, Joan Montana and her husband Joe, Anna May Diamond, Florence E. Walls and her husband Mike, Franklin and his wife Barbara, and Dianne DiBona. Also surviving are many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

A Viewing will be held on Wednesday December 27th, 2017 from 11am until the time of the service at 1pm at Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Main Street, Forked River, NJ 08731, and interment will follow in Good Luck Cemetery, Lanoka Harbor. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1160 US 22, Suite #103, Bridgewater Township, NJ 08807-2931 in Loyal’s memory.


Donald Charles Anderson, age 86 of Forked River passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Community Medical Center, Toms River. Mr. Anderson was born in Perth Amboy and was formerly of Staten Island and Old Bridge before moving to Forked River 24 years ago. Donald was a Railroad Conductor for 42 years, retiring from Staten Island Rapid transit in 1993. Donald was an US Army veteran serving during the Korean War in the Signal Corp stationed in Germany and Austria. He was a member of the VFW post 133 East Brunswick, who enjoyed going Camping and Fishing along with doing crossword puzzles while drinking hot coffee out of his Railroad mug.

Donald is survived by his wife Sheila (nee Drumm) of 63 years, six children, Wayne and his wife Patricia of FL, Debbie and her husband Ed Cullen of Jackson, NJ, Donald Jr and his wife Denise of PA, Christopher and his wife Sharen of Califon, NJ, Dennis and his wife Tracey of Belvidere, and Michelle and her husband Scott Dobovich of Forked River, along with 17 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Barbara Saberg of GA.

A Viewing will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 11 – 1 pm with a religious service at 12:30pm at Riggs Funeral Home 130 North Route 9, Forked River. Interment will follow at Brigadier General William C Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery 350 Provence Line Road, Wrightstown. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Popcorn Park Zoo, P.O. Box 43, Forked River, NJ 08731 in Donald’s Memory.


Albertina Brooks (nee Policastro), age 89, of Lanoka Harbor passed away on Saturday December 2nd, 2017 at Tallwoods Care Center, Bayville. Born in Newark and formerly of Ortley Beach, she moved to Lacey Township in 1984. Mrs. Brooks had worked for Dodge Inc. of Newark for 30 years. Albertina loved dancing.

 She was predeceased by her husband of 20 years Milton Joseph Brooks in 1977, and her brother Joseph Policastro.  Surviving are her daughter Sandra Vassallo of Whiting, three grandchildren, Gina Vassallo, Jennifer Cahill and Jonathan Vassallo, great-grandson Alexander Cahill, along with her brother John Policastro and his wife Linda of North Carolina.

Cremation was private and under the direction Riggs Funeral Home, Forked River.


Frances J. Dean (nee Brower), age 69, of Whiting passed away on Friday November 24th, 2017 at Crestwood Manor. Born February 17th, 1948 in Staten Island, she was lifelong resident of Ocean County. Mrs. Dean was a 1966 graduate of Southern Regional High School and had attended and graduated from Ocean County Vocational School. Frances was an LPN for 46 years, working in Community Memorial Hospital, Southern Ocean Hospital, Lacey Nursing Home and Whiting Healthcare Center.

Frances was predeceased by her mother Lilian Brower in 1973, her father Clinton Brower in 1983, her children’s father John Gawronik in 2005 and her husband Ralph Dean in 2009. Surviving are her sons, Dave Gawronik and his wife Sharon, Dale Gawronik and his wife Kristin, step-daughters Regina McCullouch and her husband Jim, Jennifer DeStefano and her husband Nick, her eight grandchildren, Christopher Gawronik, Lauren Gawronik, James McCullouch, Kevin McCullouch, Allison DeStefano, Sydney DeStefano, Samantha Horcasitas and Nicole Horcasitas, along with her brother Richard Brower and his wife Debbie and many beloved nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.

A Viewing will be held on Wednesday November 29th, 2017 from 2-4, and 7-9pm at Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Route 9 Forked River, and again on Thursday from 10am until the time of service at 11am at the funeral home, interment will follow in Ocean County Memorial Park, Waretown. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made at donate.nationalbreastcancer.org in Frances’ memory.


Michael William Jerden, age 67, of Forked River passed away on Friday November 24th, 2017 at his home. Born in England and formerly of Hillside and Union Beach, moving to Forked River in 1989. Mike served in the US Air Force during Vietnam, later working as an Engineer for PSE&G and Truck Driver. He was a member of the Forked River Presbyterian Church, who enjoyed fishing, cooking, Harleys and playing guitar.

Mike was predeceased by his father William in 2005 and ex-wife Carol in 2015. Surviving are his wife of 28 years Nancy, five children, Jonathan and his fiancé Melissa, Michael, Brian, Temperance and Maegan, two grandchildren Zachary and Elijah, his mother Phyllis Jerden of Mahoning Valley, PA and his brother Steven Jerden of Elizabeth.

A viewing will be held on Thursday November 30th, 2017 from 2-4 and 7pm until the time of service at 8:30 pm at Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Route 9, (aka 130 North Main Street) Forked River. Interment will be on Friday December 1, at 10:00 am at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, North Hanover, NJ. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Popcorn Park Zoo, PO Box 43, Forked River, NJ 08731 in Mike’s memory.


Daniel Joseph Abate, age 92, of Waretown died on Sunday November 26th, 2017 at his home. Born in Jersey City and formerly of Emerson, he moved to Waretown 14 year ago. Daniel was a WWII Veteran serving in the Army as a sharpshooter, he was a machinist with Hornig Lace of Rockland County, NY and a registered parishioner of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church.

Daniel was predeceased by his sister Fay and her husband Nicholas Amabile and his mother Carmella in 1989. Surviving are his wife of 66 years Isabel, three children, Raymond Abate and his wife Lois of West Milford, NJ, Susan Sereikis and her husband Robert of Ravena, NY, Linda Cofini and her husband Steven of Waretown. Also surviving are his eight grandchildren, Keri, Eric, Andy, Danny, Elizabeth, Gregory, Nicole and Travis, two great-grandchildren Emma and Preston and his brother Frank Abate and his wife Margie of Marlton, NJ.

A Viewing will be held on Sunday December 3rd, 2017 from 2-5pm at Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Route 9 Forked River, NJ. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered from St. Pius X R/C Church on Monday at 9:30am, interment will follow in Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, North Hanover, NJ. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc. 2 Shelter Lane, Oakland, NJ 07436 in Daniel’s Memory.  


Carol A. Valyo (nee Anderson), 70, of Forked River passed away on November 24, 2017 at Community Medical Center. Carol was born and raised in Jersey City and had lived in Forked River for the last 35 years. She retired in 2005 after working 26 years at Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant. She was an Executive Secretary. Carol was the first woman inducted into the Lacey Elks; a regular location where she attended Bingo. She was an avid Bingo player along with being a classic car enthusiast. She will be missed dearly by her furry companion, Scooby.

Mrs. Valyo was predeceased by her parents, John and Genevieve Anderson and her brother, John Anderson. She is survived by her husband, Mark of 32 years, daughter Tracy Ciccone (Vincent), son Vincent Becker (Debbie), daughter Carly Greco (Chris) and grandchildren David (Taylre), Tiffany, Kristi, Victoria, Amber, Tyler and Ryan.

A Viewing will be held on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 4 pm until the time of service at 7:15 pm at Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Rt. 9, Forked River, NJ 08731. Cremation will be private.   


Frances J. Dean (nee Brower), age 69, of Whiting passed away on Friday November 24th, 2017 at Crestwood Manor. Born February 17th, 1948 in Staten Island, she was lifelong resident of Ocean County. Mrs. Dean was a 1966 graduate of Southern Regional High School and had attended and graduated from Ocean County Vocational School. Frances was an LPN for 46 years, working in Community Memorial Hospital, Southern Ocean Hospital, Lacey Nursing Home and Whiting Healthcare Center. 

Frances was predeceased by her mother Lilian Brower in 1973, her father Clinton Brower in 1983, her children’s father John Gawronik in 2005 and her husband Ralph Dean in 2009. Surviving are her sons, Dave Gawronik and his wife Sharon, Dale Gawronik and his wife Kristin, step-daughters Regina McCullouch and her husband Jim, Jennifer DeStefano and her husband Nick, her eight grandchildren, Christopher Gawronik, Lauren Gawronik, James McCullouch, Kevin McCullouch, Allison DeStefano, Sydney DeStefano, Samantha Horcasitas and Nicole Horcasitas, along with her brother Richard Brower and his wife Debbie and many beloved nieces, nephews and lifelong friends. 

A Viewing will be held on Wednesday November 29th, 2017 from 2-4, and 7-9pm at Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Route 9 Forked River, and again on Thursday from 10am until the time of service at 11am at the funeral home, interment will follow in Ocean County Memorial Park, Waretown. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made at donate.nationalbreastcancer.org in Frances’ memory.


Richard Cascia Jr. age 58, of Lanoka Harbor, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 19th, 2017 at Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and remained there until moving to Lanoka Harbor 22 years ago.

Richard is survived by his wife Tina; daughters Melissa and husband Joseph; Alexis and husband Joe and granddaughter Gemma.

Richie loved making memories with his family and friends, cooking Italian food, and in his spare time boating on the Barnegat Bay with his beloved canine.

Viewing will be held on Sunday, November 26th, 2017 from 1pm until time of service at 4:30pm at Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Route 9, Forked River. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or St. Jude Children’s Research, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38015 in Mr. Cascia’s memory.


Rhoda A. Van Dyk (nee Smith), age 76, of Forked River passed away at her home on Sunday November 19th, 2017. Born in Newark and formerly of Hasbrouck Heights, she moved to Forked River in 2012.  Rhoda had worked for Falcon Jet of Teterboro as a File Clerk and in her off time loved to paint.

 Mrs. Van Dyk was predeceased by her husband of 46 years Martin in 2009. Surviving are their two sons, John Van Dyk of Whippany and Paul Van Dyk of Forked River, along with her brother Norman Smith and his wife Edith, her sister Mary Koch as well as her many nieces, nephews and friends.

 A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday November 25th, 2017 from 1 until the time of the service at 3pm at Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Route 9 Forked River. Cremation was private. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Popcorn Park Zoo, PO Box 43 Forked River, NJ 08731 in Rhoda’s memory.


Patricia J Spahr, age 63 of Lanoka Harbor passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Community Medical Center, Toms River. Pat was born in Dumont and was formerly of Bergenfield before moving to Lanoka Harbor in 2000. She worked for Community Medical Center as the Emergency Room Secretary for the past 15 years. Pat was an Air Force Veteran and attended St. Mary’s of the Pines R.C Church, Manahawkin.

Patricia was predeceased by her husband Paul A. Flinchbaugh in 2003, father Edwin R. Spahr in 2007. She is survived by her son Andrew and his wife Caitlin Flinchbaugh, her mother Margaret, brothers James, Thomas, Edward and Michael.

A Funeral Liturgy will be held on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 11:30am at St. Mary’s of the Pines, #1 Bishop Way, Manahawkin NJ. Interment will follow at Good luck Cemetery, Haines Road, Lanoka Harbor, NJ. Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Riggs Funeral Home 130 North Route 9, Forked River. In Lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas, 66675-8517 in Pat’s Memory.


Marie Emma Mundrick (nee Palmatier), age 89, of Forked River passed away on Sunday, November 18, 2017 at Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin. Born and raised in Paterson, she woved to Forked River in the early 1990's. Mrs. Mundrick was a member of the Women's Club of Lacey, The Garden Club of Lacey and was a member of the Municipal Alliance.

Marie was predeceased by her husband of 55 years Frank, in 2003. Surviving are their two children, Gale and her husband Anthony of Springfield Twp., NJ and Doug and his wife Sandy of Madison, GA. Also surviving are their Four grandchildren, John Bergacs IV, Kimberly Turpin, Christopher Bergacs and Kelley Mundrick, along with three great-grandchildren, Alyssa Bergacs, Madison Turpin and Everett Turpin.

 A Memorial Gathering will be held on Friday November 24th, 2017 from 2-4pm at Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Route 9 Forked River, inurnment will be Saturday at 1pm at Good Luck Cemetery, Lanoka Harbor. Cremation was private. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research 415 Crossways Park Drive, Suite D, Woodbury, NY 11797 in memory of Marie Mundrick.


Frank John Oleri, III, age 73, passed away on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, NJ. He was born on March 4, 1944, in Fort Worth, TX, to Frank John and Mary Adele(Eriksen) Oleri, Jr. He was the oldest of their five children. At a young age, he moved with his family to closter, NJ and lived there for the majority of his life. He graduated from Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest in 1962. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1966, served as a weatherman in vietnam, and was honorably discharged in 1970. He earned his bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1979. It was there that he met Vilma Elaine Genova, who he married in 1980. He was a self-e4mployed professional engineer and land survayor Licensed in the State of New Jersey. He and his wife worked together for many years until he retired in 2011. They moved to Forked River, NJ, earlier this year to enjoy more time near the water. One of his favorite leisure activities was to spend quiet time fishing out by a lake or on Barnegat Bay. Frank was generally a reserved man who enjoyed time with his family and close friends. He had a Soft spot for all the animals in his life. Aside from various dogs and cats, he and his wife took care of a raccoon kits on two occasiona and he even once comforted a skunk that was hit by a car. He could replace any part on a car, rewire a furance, build a deck from the ground up or completely reroof a house. In all honesty, Frank has probably forgotten how to do more useful things than most of us will ever learn.

Frank is survived by his wife, Vilma; daughters, Karen (Christo) and Amanda; grandchildren, Andries and Evelynn; sisters, Victoria and Mary; brother, John; nephews, Alex, Todd and John; and nieces, Mary Katheryn, Katey and Christine. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Kathryn. Special thanks to all of Frank’s doctors and nurses over the last few years, but especially to Theresa Impeduglia, MD, who saved his life in 2011.

Visitation will be from 2-5pm Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Riggs Funeral Home 130 North Route 9, Forked River, NJ. There will be a short, informal service at the funeral home at 5pm. We will miss him dearly, but Frank would not want us to mourn for him. As with all things in life, he was very practical about death and understood that it comes for us all in the end. “To all of those that think of me, Be happy as I go out to sea. If others wonder why I’m missin’, Just tell ‘em I’ve gone fishin’” -Dalmar Pepper


Alexander A. Urban, Jr., 83, of Forked River passed away at his home on November 2, 2017. Alex was born in North Plainfield and raised in Woodbridge, where he lived until 1997. For the last 20 years, he resided in Forked River. Alex loved being a social studies teacher. For 35 years, he taught at Colonia Junior High School, Iselin Junior High School and Colonia High School, retiring in 1990. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Villanova University, Class of ’57 and was an active member of the Father Capodanno Council #6522 Knights of Columbus and Robert E. Lee Round Table. He was a life member of the Warren County Rod and Gun Club. Alex was a parishioner of St. Pius X RC Church in Forked River.

Mr. Urban is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Christine M. Urban (nee Zipay), one son, Alexander A. Urban, III. and one daughter, Jennifer Ann Taylor, along with a sister, Terri Miyares.

Family and friends are invited to attend the viewing on Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 3:00-6:00 pm at Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Rt. 9, Forked River, NJ 08731. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, November 6th at 10:00 am at St. Pius X RC Church, 300 Lacey Rd., Forked River. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Urban’s memory may be made to the Lacey Food Bank, 818 West Lacey Rd., Forked River, NJ 08731.