Charles Elford Moffett III, age 89, of Beach Haven passed away on Saturday, January 18th, 2020 at Southern Ocean Center, Manahawkin. Born in Trenton, he had been a resident of Beach Haven since 1945. Charles was a 1949 graduate of Barnegat High School; and a US Navy Veteran who served in the Korean War from 1951-1954. Charles had received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of Miami, Florida and his Master of Education Degree from Miami University, Ohio. He was a former Social Studies Teacher and Department Supervisor at Southern Regional High School, Former Commissioner and Director of Public Works for the Borough of Beach Haven from 1978-1986, Chairman of Beach Haven Sewerage Authority, Exempt Fireman and Life Member of Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Company, Life Member and Past Treasurer of the Beach Haven First Aid Squad. He was also a Member, Chairman of Administrative Council, Lay Leader and Historian at Kynett United Methodist Church, Beach Haven; the Past President of the Southern Regional Education Association and Ocean County Education Association; Member, Past Rear Commodore and Past Secretary of the Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club, Past President of the Beach Haven Bicentennial Park Association and Member of the Naval Weather Service Association, Airship Chapter. Mr. Moffett had also received the Award for Excellence in Community Service from the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1996 and in 2016 received a Proclamation from the NJ Senate and General Assembly declaring him Veteran of the Year due to his outstanding Military Service in the US Navy during the Korean War.
Chelsea Paige Bennett, 18, of Beach Haven passed away on January 9, 2020. Chelsea was born in Warwick, New York and spent the majority of her life in Beach Haven. From a young age to her early teens, Chelsea cheered. It was one of her favorite hobbies that brought her great happiness. She also enjoyed playing basketball and swimming at St. Francis of Assisi Parish. She had an unmatched compassion for animals. To her mother’s dismay, numerous animals were brought home to be cared for by her. She enjoyed doing her hair and make-up. Something she was quite good at and proud of. Chelsea worked part-time in Manahawkin. The people that took the time to know Chelsea; her family, her cousins, her true friends and every little animal in need of care knew the depths of her soul. Her humor and wit could make the grumpiest of people happy. In fact when Chelsea was happy, everybody was happy. She was kind and generous and always found time in her day to make people feel loved. That was important to her. She loved her family and we will always love her.
Chelsea was predeceased by her step-father, Edward Kohlmeir Jr. She is survived by her mother, Donna Bennett, father, Leo Bennett, sister Brittany Foster and fiancé Brian Bowker. Her niece and special little companion, Madelynn Marie Bowker, to whom she was an incredible Aunt and now an angel. Her sister, Ashleigh Bennett, brother, Devon Bennett, paternal grandmother, Gladys Bennett, maternal grandmother, Jane Devereaux and her “mima,” Rita Foster.
A Memorial Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 10:30 am until the time of the Funeral Liturgy at 11:00 am at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, NJ 08008. Arrangements are under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom.
Thomas Francis Sullivan, Jr. of Beach Haven, New Jersey and Boston, Massachusetts passed away in the peace and comfort of his favorite place on earth, his beach house, on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. He is survived by his loving wife, Gail Eileen Triggs, who treasured the last 30+ years of their story-book life together, and recently joined by their new canine sidekick, Fenway. He is also survived by his six children and six grandchildren, Kathleen Sullivan (Dan Fronkowiak) of San Jose, California, Daniel Sullivan (Lynn) and their two children Kristen and Ryan of Ringoes, NJ, Father Brian Sullivan of New Vernon, NJ, Paul Sullivan and his son Matthew of Hillsborough, NJ, and Kevin Sullivan (Jamie) and their two daughters, Brooke and Hadley of Queen Anne, Maryland and Mark Sullivan (Julie) and daughter Evelyn of Independence, West Virginia, all of whom he loved unconditionally every day and were always a source of great pride of how they lived with love and honor. Their mother and Tom's first wife, Evelyn Reardon Sullivan, predeceased him. He is also survived by his kind and loving sister-in-law Sister Christine Triggs, RSM of Watchung, New Jersey, his dear nieces in Wilmette and Evanston, Illinois, Gail Hulse, Debbie Kristofek and Linda Larkin and their amazing families who always made him feel blessed that he was able to have a second family in the Midwest, and his cousins Dottie Kelliher of Massachusetts and Steve Bagnell of North Carolina who reminded him often of their fun-filled childhood they enjoyed, all growing up on the same block in Quincy, Massachusetts. He is predeceased by his dear parents, Thomas Francis Sr. and Marion Constance Cummings Sullivan and his big sisters, Frances Sullivan and Marion Smith and her husband Eddie, who he adored, as well as his parents in-law, John and Eileen Triggs, who loved him like a son. He is also being greeted in heaven by the wagging tails of his dear yellow Labradors, Emma and Angie, forever by his side.
A Viewing will be on Sunday, January 12 from 3:00-6:00 pm and again on Monday, January 13 from 9:30-10:30 am at the Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd., (corner of 12th St. & the Blvd.), Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. A Funeral Liturgy will follow at 11:00 am at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 4700 Long Beach Blvd, Brant Beach. Interment of ashes will take place in the spring in Mt. Wollaston Cemetery in Quincy. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Tom's name to the Beach Haven First Aid or Fire Department or what he'd really love is that you send those flowers to someone you love and tell them Tom thought they'd bring a little sunshine to their day. We will miss you, Mr. Sunshine.
Ingeborg (Inge) Virginia Batoff (née Baumgarten), born May 14, 1929, of Long Beach Island, NJ and Boca Raton, FL, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2019, in Spray Beach. A Holocaust survivor who fled Germany in 1939 for America, Inge traveled aboard a steamship full of immigrants, entering New York Harbor on her 10th birthday, seeing the Statue of Liberty for the first time. Inge cherished her days on Long Beach Island, devoting time to volunteering for the annual 18 mile run, speaking locally to students about her experiences during the Holocaust, playing bridge as a Life Master and meticulously tending to her home, family and friends in Beach Haven, then later in Spray Beach where her late beloved husband, Milton Arthur Batoff, M.D. passed away in November of 2013.
She was the loving and devoted mother of Steven (Carol) Batoff, Susan (Jeff) Carson, Elanna (Roger) Schwab, Michael Baytoff, Diane (John Malik) Batoff, cherished grandmother (Oma) of Josh (Fran), Jenn (Jesse), Rachael, Dylan, Justin, Jeremy, Jesse (Mallory), Juliette (Brett), Gabrielle, Connor, Jacob, Sarah, Michael, Cassidy and Leo, and adored great grandmother (Oma) of Lucy, Henry, Leo and Max. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to museumoftolerance.com, wiesenthal.com, jccoflbi.org.
A Life Celebration will be held at the Jewish Community Center, 25 E. 25th Street, Long Beach Township, NJ 08008. Date to be determined. Arrangements were under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, Ship Bottom.
Mary C. Mulroy, 83, of Barnegat, NJ and formerly of Bridgeport, PA, passed away peacefully at her home on December 27, 2019 after a year long brave battle with cancer. She never gave up living her life to the fullest, even when her illness made life very difficult. She was a graduate of Bridgeport High Scholl where she excelled and loved playing basketball. She had a long career at Glaxo Smith Kline.
After her retirement, she spent nearly 18 years as a Supervisor for the Borough of Ship Bottom New Jersey Beach Patrol where she was in charge of the badge checkers, riding an ATV on the beach at over 80 years old. She was a beloved figure to the teenagers she was in charge of. She was also especially fond of her coworkers on the Ship Bottom Beach Patrol and at Ship Bottom Borough Hall. Mary loved the ocean and felt blessed that she could work on its shore every summer.
Services are private and under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd, Ship Bottom. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mary’s memory can be made to the Ship Bottom Beach Patrol, mailed to Borough of Ship Bottom, ATTN Kathy Flanagan, 1621 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. The family would also like to thank Dr. Harry Larkin of Island Medical for his friendship and support.
Ronald Bliss Chaffee, 77, died on December 17, 2019 at Lankenau Heart Institute, Wynnewood, PA. Ron was an active resident of Long Beach Island, NJ for more than forty years. A graduate of both Towanda High School and West Chester State University, Ron taught middle school youth at the West Chester Area School District, then served as broker associate/realtor for Oceanside Realty, Harvey Cedars, NJ as well as graduate, instructor, owner and Dean Emeritus for Reppert School of Auctioneering, Auburn, IN. A protégé of bid calling and auction commerce who was licensed at the age of 9, Ron was considered the youngest auctioneer in the United States and Canada for many years.
Judith A. James Diamond, 78, of Holgate, passed away on December 4, 2019 at Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin.
Judith was born and raised in Johnstown, PA. She was formerly of Moorestown, NJ and summered for many years on Long Beach Island before permanently residing the last 30 years in Holgate. She graduated from Hollins College, Roanoke, VA. Judith worked for the Girl Scout Council of Burlington County along with a company that provided services for the blind. Her last employment was as a Technical Writer in the aerospace industry. Judith was a homemaker and enjoyed her family.
She was predeceased by her husband, Sylvan Diamond (2011) and sister, Janie A. James Pearson (2006). She is survived by her brother, Jonathan James, nephews Nathaniel and his wife Meredith Hall, Daniel and his wife Laura and Christopher and his wife Polly Kalavrouziotis, along with two great nieces, Larkin and Anastasia.
Donations in Jeep's name can be made to the Long Beach Island Historical Association. Arrangements and private cremation were under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, NJ 08008.
Dorothy Frances Wootten (nee Ernst), age 88, of Ship Bottom passed away on Monday November 25th, 2019 at The Terraces in Little Egg Harbor. Born in Philadelphia and growing up in Lansdowne, PA, Dorothy moved to Ship Bottom in 1980. She was a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Brant Beach, worked for CVS in Ship Bottom for many years and was a member of the Atlantic Hills Homeowners Association and the Red Hat Society.
Dorothy was predeceased by her two sons, William and Joseph, her granddaughter Sarah and her parents, Frances and Louis Ernst. Surviving are her children Cynthia McCloskey and her husband Tom of Manahawkin, Mary Conlon of Drexel Hill and Helen Donegan and her husband Bill of Drexel Hill. Also surviving are her six grandchildren, Shawn McCloskey and his wife Janel, Melissa Calder and her husband Jim, Lauren Nussbeck and her husband Joe, William Donegan, Aileen Donegan and Cody Lynch, and five great-grandchildren Tristyn, Everly, Maisie, James and Zoey.
A Memorial Gathering will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 11:30 am until the time of the Funeral Liturgy at 12:00 Noon. Cremation was private. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Greater NJ Chapter, 2 University Plaza, Suite 312, Hackensack, NJ 07601.
Scott Robinson, 67, of Ship Bottom passed away at home on November 15, 2019. Scott was born in Summit and formerly had resided in New Providence and Bridgewater before retiring to Ship Bottom. Scott was the owner and operator of a commercial trucking company known as S.P. Robinson, Inc. Scott enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding his motorcycle and watching NASCAR and NFL football. He was a huge Jets fan.
Scott was predeceased by his parents, James and Gloria Robinson. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Lynn Robinson, daughters, Kelly Ryan and her husband Sean and Heather Danberry and 4 grandchildren Emma, Lily, Tyler and Travis. Also surviving are his sister, Jane Gilley and brother James Robinson.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bubgee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd, Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. Cremation was private. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 100, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101.
Raymond J. Cetkowski, 93, of Beach Haven Park passed away on November 18, 2019. Ray was born and raised in Trenton. He served during World War II in the U.S. Army as a Corporal in the Airborne Paratroops, 528th Field Artillery Battalion. He graduated from Seton Hall University and had formerly owned and managed the Windsor Hotel in Windsor and the popular bar, May-Jon’s, in Trenton. He worked for many years for Mercer County as a Contracts Administrator. In his retirement, he enjoyed traveling to Atlantic City with Anita and going to Fort Meyers Beach, Fl for their annual vacation. Ray was a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Brant Beach. He served as Past President for many organizations including the North Trenton Lions and Trenton Polish American Democratic Club. He was a past Commissioner for the Clementon Housing Authority and proud member of the American Legion, Catholic War Veterans and the Polish American Congress.
Mr. Cetkowski was predeceased by his former wife, Lillian A. Cetkowski, brothers Edmund H. and Rev. Mitchell J., niece Sr. Marcia Cetkowksi and a nephew, Thomas. Mr. Cetkowski is survived by his wife of 27 years, Anita Muerdler Cetkowski, daughter Christine Gilton and her husband Curt, step-sons, Jack , Gary and Rob (Joanne) Muerdler, 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and one nephew, Robert Cetkowski.
A Viewing will be held on Thursday, November 21st, 2019 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd., (corner of 12th St.) Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered on Thursday at 12:30 pm at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, NJ 08008. Burial will be on Friday, November 22nd at 11:00 am at St. Hedwig’s Cemetery, Ewing, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations to Meridian Hospice, 80 Nautilus Drive, Manahawkin, NJ 08050 in Raymond’s memory.
Florence Eves, 95, of Beach Haven Park passed away on November 13, 2019. A Memorial Gathering will be held on Sunday, November 17, 2019 from 10:00-12:00 pm with a Funeral Service at 11:00 am at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd, Ship Bottom. Cremation was private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Eves' memoray may be made to Crossing Paths Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 497, Yardley, PA 19067.
Carol R. Miller (nee Roache), 77, of Ship Bottom passed away at her home on November 8, 2019. Carol was born in Mount Holly, NJ and formerly of Florence Township. She had resided in Ship Bottom since 1961. Carol initially worked as a Ship Bottom meter maid later becoming their court clerk. For the next 30 years, Carol worked as a Court Administrator for Ship Bottom and later Beach Haven boroughs.
She enjoyed spending time with her family, shopping, crocheting and knitting. She absolutely loved the Christmas holidays which was always clear by the amount of Christmas trees and decorations she had on display. Carol was a doll and doll house collector something that was very fond to her.
Mrs. Miller was predeceased by her brother, Jerome Roache. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Herbert Miller, sons Stephen and his wife Dorothy, Eric and his wife Judy, Herb and his wife Kim, grandchildren Mike (Brittany), Jamie, Jordan, Luke, Nikki Bevacqua (Anthony), Katie Reed (Chris), Abbie (fiancé Jesse Vassallo) and great-grandsons Grady Miller and Hunter Reed. Also surviving are a brother Carl J. Roache, Jr and sister, Karen Suessegger (Warren.)
A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 11:00 am until the time of service at 12:00 pm at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd., (corner of 12th St.), Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. Cremation was private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Carol’s memory may be made to Friends of Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 1162, Manahawkin, NJ 08050.
John T. Geddes, 83, of Barnegat Light, died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. Mr. Geddes was born in Glen Ridge and formerly of Maplewood before moving to Barnegat Light.
A graduate of Colgate University, Mr. Geddes was an executive with Chubb for 30 years. He was active in many civic endeavors throughout his life and in retirement, where he served as a Fire Police for the Barnegat Light Volunteer Fire Company.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen Steer; and his children Kevin and his wife, Launi, of Monument, Colo.; Darryl and his wife, Ellen, of Fayetteville, N.Y., and Jill of West Nyack, N.Y.; six grandchildren, Olivia, Anna Grace, Jack, Natalie, Daniel and Bryce, several nieces and nephews, as well as his beloved dog, Cassie. He is predeceased by his first wife, Margery P. Geddes, of 53 years, and a brother, Lascelles Alexander Geddes Jr.
He is also survived by his extended family, including three step children and nine step-grandchildren.
Funeral services are private and under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 12th St. & Blvd., Ship Bottom. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Barnegat Light Volunteer Fire Company, 10 West 10th St., Barnegat Light, N.J., 08006.
MaryAnn Kosiba, 80, of Ship Bottom passed away on November 4, 2019 at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune. MaryAnn was formerly of Bayonne and Chatham Township before retiring to Ship Bottom. She received her Doctorate in Education and taught for many years as a college professor at Wagner College.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas L. Kosiba and her two children, Tom and his wife Jennifer and Suzanne Matuszewski and her husband Henry along with 4 grandchildren.
A private Celebration of Life will be held in the future. In lieu of flowers, donations in MaryAnn’s memory may be made to the Friends of Southern Ocean Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 1162, Manahawkin, NJ 08050.
Henry (Bill) Beyerle, 89, of Surf City NJ & Vero Beach FL passed away on October 24, 2019 at his home. Bill was born August 1st, 1930 in Philadelphia to Henry & Emma Beyerle (Burger). He grew up in Philadelphia, raised his family in Delran, NJ and lived for 44 years in Surf City NJ, while spending winters in Vero Beach, FL. He served in the Navy Seabees from 1951 to 1953, followed by a career in the automotive parts business. In 1964, he opened Bill’s Auto Supply in Browns Mills, NJ where he ran the day to day operations until his retirement in 1990, eventually selling the business in 1999. Bill was a life-long volunteer in numerous business related and civic activities including 50+ years Pemberton Township Lions Club and more recently Vero Beach Lions, a 60+ year member of the American Legion, along with the Navy Seabees Island X-10 and Vero Beach Victory Center Military Store.
Joan Marie Hoover (nee Fleischer), age 90 of Surf City passed away on October 17, 2019 at her home. Joan was born in Baltimore MD and was formerly of Morrisville and Levittown PA before moving to Surf City. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church and choir for 27 years. Joan enjoyed boating with her family along with gardening, baking, sewing and enjoying the beach.
Joan was predeceased by her husband of 47 years Frank. She is survived by her children Larry Hoover, Vicki (Barry) Robinson, Beth (Gene) Alligood, Dorothy (Steve) Miller, 7 grandchildren Ryan (Amanda), Blair (Kate), Matt, Jillian, Mike (Brittany), Jeff and Jamie, 5 great grandchildren Carter, Beck, Grady, Brody and Harley. She is also survived by her siblings Paul Fleischer, Claire Walsh, Roz Hodge and many loving family and friends.
A Viewing will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 11am until time of service at 12 noon at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home 1119 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, NJ. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to St. Francis of Assis Church c/o the Choir 4700 Long Beach Blvd, Brant Beach, NJ 08008, or the Charity of your choice.
Robert Corliss Hires was 88 when he passed on August 9th, 2019 from congestive heart failure at his home in Beach Haven Gardens, New Jersey. Born on December 6th, 1930 “Bob” was the third son of Paul Rodger Hires and Henrietta Bossert Hires. His oldest brother, Walter Hires, died from complications of injuries he received in World War II. The second Hires brother, Paul Hires died at three years old from an infection. Bob grew up in Haddonfield New Jersey, where for a time, his father owned a candy store. In 1948 he graduated from Haddonfield High School where he was a member of the Haddonfield Highschool football and swim teams and the manager of the track team. After graduating high school Bob went to college in Philadelphia at Drexel University. There he studied business and was in their very first computer science program. He graduated from Drexel in 1952 with a degree in business and computer science. An avid swimmer, Bob was a lifeguard in both Haddonfield and Beach Haven, New Jersey. It was while working as a lifeguard he met the woman who would later become his wife, Joanne Hetherington. They were married in 1954 and were married for 47 years until Joanne’s passing in 2001. Also, in 1954 Bob was first employed at RCA in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He worked there as a systems analyst and was later promoted to Director of Computer Services. It was in 1968 when Bob first became a volunteer member of Deer Park Fire Company in Cherry Hill. He was an active member for 51 years and fought many fires including the horrific Garden State Racetrack fire of 1977. Some years, as a member of Deer Park, Bob donned the familiar red and white costume and distributed candy canes as Santa Claus through the township at Christmas from a fire truck. Additionally, became a certified CPR instructor teaching many people how to save lives. Bob’s involvement with the fire company continued after he retired from RCA. He became a paid fireman and then a Fire Commissioner for Cherry Hill. He served as commissioner for 25 years. A man of many interests and activities Bob was self-taught wood worker, plumber, and electrician whose projects included renovations and additions to two houses, and the restoration of several wooden boats. He was an avid skier and became a member of the National Ski Patrol. Additionally, he rode motorcycles and did most of his own auto repairs including the restoration of a classic 1950 Willies Jeep. Bob became a certified scuba diver and often worked on dive boats in both New Jersey and in Florida. His interest in sailboats found him spending his summers racing Hobie Cats as the crew with Sandy Wilkie winning numerous awards. After his retirement Bob split his time between Long Beach Island, New Jersey and Marathon, Florida. While remaining a member of Deer Park he became a member of the Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Company and later became part of their Fire Police. He often worked the gate at the annual Clam Chowder festival. While living on Long Beach island Bob became a member of the Spray Beach Yacht Club and could be found most mornings having coffee, discussing events of the day, and regaling fellow members with his seemingly endless knowledge of New Jersey history. When the weather turned cold and the bay froze Bob would drive down to Marathon Key in Florida where he had bought condo with his wife Joanne. There he was an enthusiastic volunteer at many community events. Additionally, he joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary and a became a member of the Marathon Volunteer Fire Company Fire Police.
Bob is survived by his two sons, Robert Paul and Bryan Dean, and his friend Joanne Ditmar and her daughter Allison.
A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at the Spray Beach Yacht Club at 23rd Street in Spray Beach, New Jersey on October 19th, 2019 starting at noon. All interested parties are invited to join us in celebrating Bob’s life. In leu of flowers the family asks for donations to: The Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Company 100 South Bay Avenue Beach Haven, NJ 08008
Stanley Chadwick, Jr., 73, of Beach Haven Park, passed away on June 18, 2019 at Bayshore Medical Center, Holmdel. A Memorial Service will be offered on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 1:00-3:00 pm with at time of sharing at 2:30 pm at the Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. Cremation was private. Inurnment will be at a later date at Barnegat Memorial Cemetery, West Bay Ave., Barnegat.
Anne Marie Shemanski, age 94, of Ship Bottom passed away peacefully on August 31, 2019. Predeceased by her husband, John Shemanski, she is survived by her long-time friend and caregiver Lynn Haberek.
A Memorial Mass will be offered on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 11:00 am at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, NJ 08008. Cremation was private and under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom.
Richard A. “Rich” Becraft, 70, of Manahawkin, NJ, passed peacefully in his sleep on Monday, August 26th after a heroic yearlong battle with stomach cancer.
A celebration of life mass will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, September 5th at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4700 Long Beach Boulevard, Brant Beach, NJ 08008.
Rich was a guy’s guy. Meat and potatoes, the occasional beer (Black and Tan in the Winter and Corona no lime in the Summer), loved working on cars and in the yard. He grew up on Long Island and unfortunately for him was a dyed in the wool Mets, Jets, Knicks and Islanders fan. After high school Rich went to work for the US Post Office until, at the age 21, was drafted into the Army to serve in Vietnam. He served with distinction earning the National Defense Service Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Vietnam Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Commendation Medal, two Army Overseas Service Bars and a Purple Heart.
Rich met his wife of almost 49 years, Connie, at a Dairy Queen in Hinesville, GA and after three dates they were married. Their daughter Shannon was born three years later while they were stationed overseas in Frankfurt Germany. After being honorably discharged from the Army they settled on Long Beach Island where Rich continued his career with the US Postal Service. He became heavily involved in the local community through volunteer work at the St. Francis Community Center and coaching his daughters’ various sports teams. Rich was gracious and kind and will be missed deeply but held in our hearts always.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Brant Beach, NJ.
Clement A. Restine, 92, of Ship Bottom passed away peacefully at his home on August 10, 2019. Clement was born and raised in Newark, NJ and formerly of Union. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and then spent the next 50 years working for Anselmi & DeCicco Co., Maplewood, as an Operating Engineer. He came from a large family of farmers. One of his favorite joys in life was tending to his vegetable garden and sharing his bounty with his family, friends and neighbors. He enjoyed going to the beach on LBI and relaxing in the pool when he would snowbird to Bonita Springs, Fl. If it was not outside, he was not content.
Mr. Restine was predeceased by his wife, Eleanor Restine, and also 12 siblings. He is survived by his children, Clement Restine and his wife Marge, Diane Tuttle and her husband Bruce, Marilyn Rauch and her husband Jim Stio, Paul Restine and his wife Susan; grandchildren Stephanie Derohannessian (Vram), Megan Shirbach (Brice), Donna Sellmann (Dan), Sandy Tuttle (Kip McManus), Tom Rauch (Cindy), Michael Rauch, Lisa Restine, Matt Restine (Christina), Peter Restine; one brother Carmen Restine and one sister, Mary Salerno along with 8 great-grandchildren.
A Viewing will be held on Tuesday, August 13th from 4-7 pm at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered on Wednesday at 10:30 am at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4700 Long Beach Blvd, Brant Beach, NJ 08008. Entombment will follow at St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Clement’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Edmund James Florimont, age 85, of the Holgate section of Long Beach Island passed away on Sunday August 4th, 2019 at Cooper University Medical Center in Camden. Born in the Manhattan Beach section of Brooklyn, he lived in Lavalette, N.J., Marathon , FL , and in the Pavilion in Manhattan’s Upper East Side before moving to Holgate 34 years ago. As a youth, he attended the Leonard Hall Military Academy in Maryland. He used the intensive military training he received there to his advantage in the United States Navy. Edmund served in the Navy in the early 1950's aboard the aircraft carrier, the U.S.S Tarawa. He was a master electrical engineer who at the age of 19 was in charge of all the electronic maintenance related to his ship's large fleet of attack aircraft. After his time in the service, Edmund used his electronic skills to create, invent and patent new types of games and market them to amusement arcades around the United States. Edmund went on to be a highly successful entrepreneur in his own right, owning amusement parks from New Jersey all the way up to the New England coast. He was also a highly sought after as a consultant for casinos and other entertainment venues from as far away as Puerto Rico and he designed the world famous Circus-Circus in Las Vegas. He also owned the Fallen Angel Nightclub in New York City, and built the Fantasy Island amusement park in Beach Haven. Edmund was considered by everyone to be kind and generous; he was truly beloved by his family, his business partners, his devoted employees and the thousands of people who knew him from Fantasy Island .
Frederick Charles Keller, 77, of Long Beach Township passed away suddenly on July 21st, 2019. Fred is survived by his sisters, Elyse Coless and Adele Keller, both of New Jersey. Brother Robert Keller of New Jersey predeceased. Peggy Keller of Manahawkin, ex-wife and lifelong companion. May the many that embraced Fred’s spirit find peace. Including those who loved him, Adam Schlusser, Jason Schlusser (Priscilla), Hannah Schlusser-Downey (Mike) would like Fred to know that he was the best father figure to be asked for. Many memories of childhood, young adulthood and introducing the next generation, “the Grandkids,” created new chapters in our lives that we were fortunate to have had with Fred. Grandchildren include Nicholas and RJ Downey, Josie and Emmie Schlusser.
Friends from the church shared special meaning in Fred’s life. Of course, Fred has friends at the gym that he would extend a wave goodbye, followed by a final dip in the hot tub! Fred was an avid skier, and in fact taught his family how to ski. He loved the sunshine, the mountains, an “outrageous” meal, and life in general. It is with great sorrow and ultimate void to accept each celebration not having Fred coming through the door. He was a positive presence that will forever be remembered by his family, friends and anyone having the pleasure to have been around him. Fred will also be remembered for his service to our country as a Submarine Electrician in the United States Navy from 1960-1964.
A Celebration of Fred’s Life will be held on Saturday, August 17th, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Main Street Alliance Church, 1000 North Main St., Manahawkin, NJ 08050. Cremation was private and under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, NJ 08008.
Frederick (Fred) Sebastian Arrigo, age 101, of Surf City died on Sunday July 14th, 2019 at Southern Ocean Center, Manahawkin. Fred was born in Jersey City on April11, 1918. He and his late wife, Margaret, moved to Surf City in the early 1960’s, after his retirement from the Bendix Corporation in North Jersey. After moving to Surf City, Fred worked for a brief time for the Surf City Water and Sewer Department. Fred enjoyed living at the shore and, in his earlier days, enjoyed walks on the beach, around the neighborhood and chatting with his neighbors. One of his favorite pastimes was sharing stories of his years in the US Army where he was assigned to the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Fred was an avid baseball fan, especially the New York Yankees.
Fred was predeceased by his wife Margaret and his brother Albert.
Cremation was private and under the direction Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, Ship Bottom. A Memorial Gathering will be held on Thursday July 25th, 2019 from 10am until the time of the Funeral Service at 11am at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, Marine Street and Atlantic Ave., Beach Haven.
George H. Thomas, Jr., of Beach Haven and Medford Leas, New Jersey died suddenly on June 29th, 2019. He was 90 years old.Known to his friends as Tommy, he leaves his devoted wife of 57 years, Marilyn Lowden Thomas, two sons, George H. Thomas, III of Redmond, Washington and Edward B. Thomas and his wife, Hilary Stoldt of Petaluma, California, four grandchildren, Henry, Ian, Anna and Whitney, and his sister, Mary Ann Pratt. He was predeceased by his sister, Louise McGowan.Tommy was born in Philadelphia and raised in Cornwell Heights, PA. He graduated from Philadelphia Textile Institute where he majored in Business Administration. He served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953 in Korea.After a long career in the textile industry, he retired in 1989 from Mt. Vernon Mills, Inc. in New York City, where he was Vice President of the Marketing of Fabric Division. Tom and Marilyn moved to Beach Haven, NJ where they had spent every summer of their lives. As a member of Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club, Tom enjoyed racing Lightings and E-Scows and served as the Commodore in 1987.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 3rd at 11:00 am at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, 410 S. Atlantic Ave. (corner of Marine Street), Beach Haven, NJ 08008. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Beach Have First Aid Squad and the Beach Haven Fire Company in George’s memory. Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom.
Dorothy Mae Lorenz (nee Schmidt), age 88, of Beach Haven Terrace, Long Beach Island passed away on Sunday June 30, 2019 at Southern Ocean Center, Manahawkin. Dorothy was born in Syracuse, NY and formerly of Lincroft before moving to Beach Haven Terrace in 1975 where she had been a summer resident since 1956. Dorothy was a very active member of the Terrace First United Methodist Church and a 70-year member of the Eastern Star- Beverly Maqueda #276 Chapter. She was also a member of the International Chili Society and a chili cookoff champion. She enjoyed entering her chili in various events and had won numerous times.
Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Julius in 1997 and her sister, Marion Celic. Surviving are her 2 sons, Stephen and his wife Linda of Medford, David and his wife Cindy of Marlton and Linda Ewan and her husband Bill of Edgewater Park. Also surviving are her grandchildren Scott, Julia, John and her caregiver for the past 4 years, Jackie Arthur.
A memorial celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Terrace United Methodist Church, 101 East New Jersey Avenue (corner of Beach Avenue), Beach Haven Terrace, NJ. 08008. In lieu of flowers contributions should be made to the church in Dorothy’s memory. Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom (609-494-2565) was in care of arrangements.
Helen Weston Felberg, age 90 of Melbourne Beach, FL passed away on Wednesday, June 10, 2019 in Manahawkin. Helen was born in Trenton and formerly of Beach Haven before moving to Melbourne Beach, FL. She was a member of Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Beach Haven. Helen worked summers at the front desk of the Sea Shell in Beach Haven and volunteered for 25 years in same day surgery at Southern Ocean County Hospital.
Helen was predeceased by her first husband, Jack Snyder and her second, husband Albert Felberg and her daughter, Carol Jane Crosta. She is survived by her daughter, Maggie Snyder Aftanis and her husband Rob; son-in-law Leonard Crosta; grandchildren Natalie Aftanis, Emily Crosta, Rob Aftanis and his wife Heidi, Renet Kondras and her husband Michael, Everett Aftanis; great-grandchildren Ethan Hadaway, Tino Crosta, Danny and Sophia Kondras and Greyson and Joseph Aftanis. She was a beloved aunt to Ruth Ann Macklin, Phil Ludeke and his wife Becky and George Ludeke and his wife Linda.
A dual Funeral Service for Helen and her daughter Carol Jane Crosta will be held on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 12:30 pm at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, 410 S. Atlantic Ave, Beach Haven, NJ 08008. Interment will follow in the Holy Innocents Memorial Garden.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Helen’s memory. Arrangements were under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. Cremation was private.
Marcella J. Gallo (nee Davis), 88, of Beach Haven passed away on June 25, 2019. Marcella was born in Minersville, PA and raised in Ashland, PA. After graduating high school, she owned and operated dance studios in the Ashland area while working full time in Pottsville, PA. She met her husband, Frank after being crowned Miss Lakewood and they spent 64 wonderful years together. Marcella (“Cell”) and Frank moved to Mine Hill, NJ where she raised her family and volunteered in various organizations to include the local PTA and the Girl Scouts. Marcella worked for 20+ years as the Tax Collector for Mine Hill Township. After her retirement, she enjoyed keeping busy as a real estate agent while spending time between their Beach Haven home and Orlando, FL. She continued to volunteer at the Long Beach Island Museum during her summers on the island, a place that was special to her. She ran the gift shop and assisted with giving tours. Marcella was a member of the Order of the Daughters of the King and an active member of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Innocents in Beach Haven.
Mrs. Gallo was predeceased by her husband, Frank B. Gallo in 2017. She is survived by her son, Scott Gallo and his wife Karin (three grandchildren Meredith, Katherine, Pierce), two daughters Deborah Iosso and her husband Pete (grandchildren Anthony and Vincent) and Lisa Gallo (grandchild, Carsen Lowe).
A Funeral Liturgy will be offered on August 9th, 2019 at 10:30am at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Innocents, 410 South Atlantic Ave, Beach Haven, NJ 08008. Interment will follow in the Holy Innocents Memorial Garden. Arrangements and cremation were under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd (corner of 12th St.), Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. In lieu of flowers, donations in Marcella’s memory would be appreciated to either Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, 410 South Atlantic Avenue, Beach Haven, NJ 08008 OR the Frank and Marcella Gallo Scholarship Fund c/o Dover High School, 100 Grace Street, Dover, NJ 07801.
Dianne C. Major (nee Kruleski), age 70, of Barnegat Light passed away on June 30th, 2019 at Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin. Born in Manhattan, she grew up in Waldwick and Upper Saddle River, and was formerly of Loveladies and High Bar Harbor, most recently of Barnegat Light. Dianne graduated Waldwick High School in 1967 and had worked at Lenox China of Pomona until her retirement in 2007.
Dianne was predeceased by her husband Thomas in 2008 and her father Leonard Joseph Kruleski. Surviving are her two sons Robert Christopher Schenck and David Anthony Schenck, both of Tuckerton, her mother Evelyn Kruleski, siblings Lorraine Joan Carr and her husband Kevin of Rehoboth Beach, DE, Leonard Albert Kruleski and his partner Jennifer Bose of Waldwick, and Kristen Scholl and her family in Ringwood, NJ. Also surviving is her granddaughter Keara Lyn Schenck, and nieces, Rachel Carr, LCSW and her husband Ezequiel Martin and their family in Iowa City, IA, and Meredith Carr, PhD and her husband Joseph Bush and their family in Gaithersburg, MD, and Dianne’s ex-husband Robert W. Schenck.
A Viewing will be held on Tuesday July 9th, 2019 from 6-8pm at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom. Interment will be at Noon on Wednesday at Wyckoff Reformed Church Cemetery, Wyckoff. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Barnegat Light Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 633, Barnegat Light, NJ 08006
William J. Wootten, 58, passed away at his home on June 3, 2019. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered on Friday, June 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. Cremation was private.
DeWitt C. Reynolds, III, 87, long-time resident Barnegat Light passed away peacefully on June 5, 2019 at his home. DeWitt was born in Bloomfield and raised his family in Fairfield, NJ. He served in the U.S. Army as a Medic during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Reynolds was a Senior Vice President and Trust Officer with the Howard Savings Bank in Livingston, NJ. He retired in 1986 and the family moved to their summer home in Barnegat Light where he joined the Barnegat Light Volunteer Fire Company and spent the next 30 years as Treasurer, a position he truly enjoyed. He was also a member of St. Peter’s at the Light Episcopal Church. He was an avid lifelong fan of the NY Giants and NY Rangers. DeWitt was very proud of his three grandchildren and their accomplishments. He will be missed dearly.
Surviving Mr. Reynolds is his wife of 60 years, Dorothy (Dottie) Reynolds (nee Fuetterer), son Scott C. Reynolds and his wife Kelly and grandchildren Jacob, Luke and Sarah Reynolds, all of Landenburg, PA, sister Lee Backfisch of Chincoteague, VA, brother Anthony Panico and his wife Betsy of Old Tappan, NJ, brother-in-law William Fuetterer and his wife Dianna of Westville, NJ along with his nieces Wendy Halsey and husband Craig, Carol Everhart and significant other Ben Keesey, and Andrea Panico, and nephews William Fuetterer and wife Coleen, and David Fuetterer and Dee Dee Chavis, and Michael Panico.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd, Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. A private service for the family will be held in the church garden. In lieu of flowers, donations in DeWitt’s memory would be appreciated to St. Peter’s by the Light Episcopal Church, 7th St. & Central Ave, Barnegat Light, NJ 08006 or Friends of Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 1162, Manahawkin, NJ 08050.
Howard Sheridan, 93, of Spray Beach passed away on June 6th, 2019. Howard was born and raised in Bergenfield and formerly of Ridgefield Park. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II from 1943-1946 where he proudly learned morse code. He received his business degree from the University of Miami and was a long-time employee of Reynolds Metals. While he raised his family in Ridgefield Park with his wife Marie, he served as President of the Board of Health and was a 30-year member and Past Captain of the Ridgefield Park Volunteer Fire Department.
His love for Long Beach Island brought him and his wife to permanently retire to Spray Beach in the late 1980s. Howard was a member of the Spray Beach Yacht Club and was appointed positions on their Membership and Property and Grounds Committees. He volunteered for 25 years at the popular LBI Chowderfest. Howard was a devoted fisherman and wood worker who also enjoyed working with stained glass. He traveled extensively across the United States but his life was Long Beach Island. He will be missed by many.
Mr. Sheridan was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Marie Sheridan. He is survived by his daughter, Patti Herrmann and her husband, Bill, son Dave Sheridan and his wife, Kathy, grandchildren, Gregor, Erica, Christopher, Carolyn and Caitlin along with 4 great-grandchildren.
Cremation was private and under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd (corner of 12th St.), Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Sheridan’s memory may be made to the Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 132, Beach Haven, NJ 08008.
Patricia A. Marshall (nee Rorabaugh), 83, long-time resident of Beach Haven, passed away on May 23, 2019 at her home. Pat was born in New Kingston, PA and moved to Beach Haven in 1961. She enjoyed volunteering her time at the Southern Ocean County Hospital. She knitted hundreds of blankets for the patients and numerous hand puppets for the children. Pat liked to attend to her garden regularly and spend time at the Beach Haven Library. She was a member of the Kynett United Methodist Church of Beach Haven and a huge Phillies fan!
Mrs. Marshall was predeceased by her husband, Ralph Marshall in 2007. She is survived by her two daughters, Tracy Marshall-Rojo and her husband, Fernando of Atlanta, GA and Kelly Marshall-Johnston and her husband James of Wallingford, PA, granddaughters Madison Rojo and Jamie Johnston along with her sister, Elaine Good and her husband Ronald of Tallahassee, FL.
Private cremation and arrangements are under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. Inurnment at a later date will be at B/G William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown. In lieu of flowers, donations in Pat’s memory may be made to Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Company and/or Auxiliary, 100 S. Bay Ave, Beach Haven, NJ 08008, www.beachhavenfire.com.
Elmer Alexander Loisch, Jr., age 88 of Surf City passed away on Friday May 17, 2019 at his home. He was born in Philadelphia and had lived in Huntingdon Valley, PA, moving to Surf City many years ago. Elmer was a self-employed Certified Public Accountant for 30 years before his retirement in 1997. Mr. Loisch proudly served in the US Army during the Korean War, he was a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of CPA’s (PICPA) and the American Legion
He was predeceased by his brother William.
Surviving Elmer are his wife Nancy Elizabeth Loisch, two sons Thomas and Kenneth and his wife Suzanne.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 am on Thursday May 23, 2019 at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 18th Street and Central Avenue, Barnegat Light, NJ 08006. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Glaucoma Research Foundation www.glaucoma.org or 251 Post St. Suite 600, San Francisco, CA. 94108.
Bianca Urbina, 17, of Ship Bottom suddenly passed away on Sunday, May12, 2019 at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune. She is survived by her family and friends. A Viewing will be held on Friday, May 17th from 3:00-7:00 pm and Saturday from 9:15-10:00 am at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd., (corner of 12th St.), Ship Bottom. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered on Saturday at 10:30 am at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 4700 Long Beach Blvd, Brant Beach, NJ 08008. Cremation will be private.
Blanche Petrea Auger (nee Bittay) age 85 of Long Beach Township passed away on Monday, February 25, 2019 at Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin. She was born and raised in New Brunswick and was formerly of Waldwick and Ponte Vedra Beach Florida before moving to the Dunes Section of Long Beach Township. Blanche was a former member of Advent Lutheran Church of Wycoff. She is a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Brant Beach. She was the secretary for Boy Scouts of America of North Brunswick and Johnson & Johnson of New Brunswick.
Blanch is survived by her husband of 62 years Leon, her son Jeffrey and his wife Trish her daughter Leanne and her husband Kenneth DiFranco, her six grandchildren; Keith, Kyle, Kevin, Angel, Dylan and Michael. She is also survived by her sister Louise Brandt.
A Viewing will be held on Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 3 – 6:30pm at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home 1119 Long Beach Blvd. Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. Funeral Service will follow at 7pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 5800 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, NJ 08008. In lieu of flowers the family has asked for donations to the Church in Blanche’s Memory. Cremation will be private.
Harry A. Widmeier, age 86, of Brant Beach passed away on February 23, 2019 at his home. Harry was born and raised in Money Island (Toms River, NJ) where his love for sailing began. He raised his own family in Mount Laurel, NJ before retiring to Long Beach Island in 1992. 45 years ago, Harry and his wife, Joan, started vacationing on LBI then became members of Brant Beach YC and parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi Church. For more than 25 years, he was an accountant for Campbell Soup Company and also built homes on LBI. BBYC quickly became an important part of life in Harry’s family where he spent many fulfilling years as a BBYC Board Member and as Commodore in 1994.
Harry received a B.S. in Economics from Villanova University in 1956. Through his whole life, he was a true fan of the Villanova Wildcats Basketball team and watched every game, replaying the National Championship often. He loved sailing and vacationed with his friends in the Caribbean and wintered in Marco Island, FL. Harry’s most precious memories come from his time spent with his children and grandchildren, especially their shared love for sailing.
Harry was preceded in death by his wife of 26 years, Joan Widmeier in 1987 and his brothers, John and Jim. He is survived by his children, Donna Amspacher (Brett), Tom Widmeier (Debbie) and Susan Hurley (Greg), 10 grandchildren: Amspacher (Ryan, Tyler, Emily), Widmeier (Katie, Maddie, Andy, Hannah) and Sadowski (Lauren, Matthew, Jenna), brother William Widmeier and his nephew, Brett Widmeier.
A Viewing will be held on Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 9:30-11:30 am at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd. (corner of 12th St.), Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. A Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at 12 Noon at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, NJ 08008. Entombment will be on Friday, March 1st at 11:00 am at Calvary Cemetery, Cherry Hill.
In lieu of flowers, the family has designated The South Harbor Renovation Project at BBYC for a memorial contribution. Donations can be sent to the Brant Beach Yacht Club, PO Box 208, Ship Bottom, NJ 08008 or to the St Francis of Assist Parish at the above address.
Susan M. Whitcraft, 65, of Manahawkin, NJ passed away on February 24, 2019 after a short, but courageous battle with cancer, with her loving husband by her side.
She was employed to work at her husband’s side at Okie’s Butcher Shop in Surf City, NJ. She was formerly employed at the Claridge Casino as a Security Guard, and was owner and operator of Stafford Electrolysis, Manahawkin, NJ.
Susan selflessly served as a mother, caretaker, and dear friend to everyone that she encountered.
Susan enjoyed slot machines, cards, fishing (from New Jersey to Florida), and everyone in her life. She had a passion for birds and gardening.
She is predeceased by her parents, Alfred and Grace Prestileo. She is survived by her husband, Robert V. (Okie) Whitcraft; son, Clayton T. Whitcraft, stepson, Robert V. Whitcraft, Jr.; stepdaughter, Nicole M. Whitcraft and brother, Alfred Prestileo, wife Linda, nieces Diana, Cristie and nephew Michael along with many more loving family members, friends and her beloved pets, Champagne and Ricky.
A Celebration of the Life of Susan M. Whitcraft will be held on Thursday, March 7th from 2 pm to 5 pm at the New Jersey Maritime Museum at 528 Dock Road, Beach Haven, NJ 08008 for which she was a staunch supporter, donor of historic memorabilia and volunteer at its annual fundraiser. Casual dress requested of all attendees.
In lieu of flowers, tax deductible donations in her memory may be made to the NJ Maritime Museum at www.NJMM.org or to the NJMM, 528 Dock Road, Beach Haven, NJ 08008.
Linda J. Nelson Middleton, of North Beach Haven, was granted her angel wings on February 13, 2019. Her final days were spent surrounded by her loving family and friends.
Linda was born May 1, 1962 in Ramapo, New York. She is leaving behind her mother Mary Springstead and her precious children, Hailey, Jillian and Trevor. Her siblings Karen and husband Anthony D’Ambrosio, Laura Fagan, Susan and partner Andy Taylor, Sheila and her husband Matthew Baisley, Jeffrey and wife Joanie Nelson, Scott Nelson and many nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Liturgy in celebration of Linda’s life will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 10:30 am at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, NJ 08008. The family would like to thank the community of Long Beach Island for all their help, generosity and love. In lieu of flowers please see the website www.lindanelsonmiddleton.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, NJ 08008 (609-494-2565).
Ruth M. Strong, 95, of Beach Haven, New Jersey died peacefully and entered into eternal life on February 1, 2019.
Ruth was born in Richmond Hill, Queens, New York City on January 7, 1924, to the late Harry and Mae Lockwood. She was raised in Richmond Hill, Queens and graduated from Richmond Hill High School in 1942. Ruth was a devoted mother, grandmother, wife, and good friend. She was an exquisite cook and hostess. Ruth’s parties were frequent and legendary. Her sharp wit and banter kept everyone entertained. She had many interests and was a wonderful, and occasionally argumentative, conversationalist. Ruth Strong was a trailblazing woman in business. After being a housewife for 15 years, she started a sales career in the early 1960s for the Ferry-Morse Seed Company calling on supermarkets and other retailers maintaining the seed displays. She was one of the first female sales representatives for both Mattel, Inc. and Fisher-Price, two of the leading toy companies in the world. Ruth was well known and had many friends in the toy industry. She loved New York and trips to the city for Toy Fair, the annual industry show. She often hosted family and friends during these two-week shows to the delight of all. She was a sales woman par excellence and her customers were devoted to her.
Ruth was a beach lover all her life. She bought a house in Beach Haven in 1973, retired in 1990, and became a permanent resident of Beach Haven at that time. Ruth was a grande dame in Beach Haven, with many friends of all ages and types and a very active social life. She kept up with local politics and was deeply engaged in life in Beach Haven. She was an avid reader, loved history and literature. She served on the Library Board of Trustees for the Beach Haven Free Public Library and was a great friend to the library for decades. Ruth had a love for show business, her aunt was a famous vaudevillian star, and she thoroughly enjoyed her role hosting the summer CAP concerts in the Beach Haven Park on Wednesday nights. Ruth was an opera aficionado and frequent listener of radio broadcasts of Metropolitan Opera House Saturday afternoon concerts and occasional attendee. She also was a great fan of musicals and all types of music from classical to rhythm and blues. She was a great patron of museums and took her children and grandchildren to all the great museums in New York City. Ruth had a great sense of style in her both appearance and home decor. Her distinctive red hair accentuated her attractive appearance and symbolized her dynamic and passionate personality. She was a force of nature. She will be greatly missed and warmly remembered.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Strong and her sister Virginia O’Connor. She is survived by her sons Jeff Strong, Beach Haven, New Jersey, Jimmy Strong, Turlock Calif; four grandchildren, Alicia Dorman (Michael), Lakewood, Calif.; Nick Strong and Maggie Strong, Turlock, Calif.; and Chris Strong, San Diego, Calif.
Richard Lisiewski, 89, of Brighton Beach passed away at his home on January 31, 2019. Rich was born and raised in Riverside, NJ and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. His parents vacationed on Long Beach Island since the 1930s, a place where he found a love for the ocean and the beach. His entrepreneurial spirit drove him to open up his first surf shop in the 1960s on LBI and establish his surfboard company, Matador Surfboards in Riverside. For the next 50 years, Rich and the love of his life, Pauline, operated their businesses lastly being Brighton Beach Surf Shop making numerous memories and friendships along the way. He was a member of the Polish American Citizens Club. He was very proud of his heritage.
Mr. Lisiewski was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Pauline Goralski. He is survived by his daughter Caroline Unger and her husband Dan, son Michael Lisiewski and his wife Stacy and 4 grandchildren, Jacqueline and Daniel Unger and Ava and Lucas Lisiewski.
Private Services & Arrangements was under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rich’s memory may be made to Southern Regional High School Board of Education, c/o Richard Lisiewski Vocational Memorial Scholarship, 105 Cedar Bridge Rd., Manahawkin, NJ 08050.
On Tuesday December 18, 2018, George R. Allen Jr., loving husband to Pamela and Father of Naiomi and Daniel, passed away at the age of 81.
George had requested that no funeral service be held in his honor as he held a dislike of funerals. Instead the family plans on having a celebration of the life of George at a time and place to be determined.
The family ask that in lieu of flowers donations can be made to either Popcorn Park Zoo, Humane Way - PO Box 43, Forked River, NJ 08731, or the Beach Haven First Aid Squad at 321 Engleside Ave - PO Box 1291, Beach Haven, NJ 08008.
Concetta Dick-Viventi (nee Cirillo), 88, of Surf City, NJ and Naples, FL, passed away on December 19, 2018 at Juniper Village in Naples. Connie was born and raised in Brooklyn. She was a long-time resident of Long Beach Island and spent the last 10 years between LBI and Naples, FL.
Connie spent her 35-year career as an Office Manager at Irving-Weiss in Manhattan. She was a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Parish and a member of the LBI Garden Club, Ladies Investment Club and Brant Beach Yacht Club. She enjoyed golfing, playing Bridge and Mahjong with her girlfriends and traveled regularly to Europe.
Connie was preceded in death by her husband of 23 years, Richard Viventi, former husband John Dick and her brothers, Angelo and Michael Cirillo. She is survived by her nieces Donna Fahey, Janet Arrigo, Frances Cirillo, Christina Toth and nephew William Cirillo along with many great-nieces, great nephews and extended Viventi family.
A Viewing will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2018 from 4-7 pm and Friday from 9-9:30 am at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd., (corner of 12th St.), Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10:00 am at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4700 Long Beach Blvd, Brant Beach, NJ 08008. Entombment will follow at Ocean County Memorial Park, Well Mills Rd., Waretown.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Connie’s memory may be made to ReClam the Bay, C/O Treasurer, 1623 Whitesville Rd., Toms River, NJ 08755.
Harriet Golas Burns of North Beach Haven, NJ, formerly of Juniata Park section of Philadelphia, PA, passed away peacefully on December 8th, 2018. Born June 23,1920. Harriet worked in a factory for ITE for 40 years and enjoyed spending her summer vacations and weekends on Long Beach Island. She moved to the shore permanently in 1992.
Devoted wife of the late Michael F. Burns, mother of Lucille Traynor, grandmother of Gerard W. Traynor, Esquire (Lisa) and Joann Pasterkiewicz (John). Great grandmother of Katie, Sarah, Patrick, Cassie, Gerard III, Eric and Emily. Sister of the late Laura Meigio, Jean Weirback, Charles Golas, Vincent Golas, and Edward Golas and survived by many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Gathering will be held on Monday, December 17, 2018 from 10:00 AM until the time of the Funeral Liturgy at 11:00 AM at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, NJ 08008. Arrangements under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, NJ 08008.
Denise Ayers (nee Francis), 62, of Beach Haven, NJ, originally from North Wales, PA entered eternal peace on December 3rd, 2018. Denise was preceded in death by her loving husband, Joseph Ayers, Sr. and her devoted parents, Joseph and Gertrude Francis (Kehan).
Denise was born on October 2, 1956, graduated from Lansdale Catholic High School and attended Richard Stockton College. Denise loved to swim, sing and planned on graduating from culinary school. On weekends, she would teach Sunday school at St. Francis of Assisi Parish. Denise adored playing with her two young boys, Joey and Jimmy, and loved reminiscing and
Although debilitated by a brain aneurysm in 1999, she always enjoyed visits from her family and friends and enjoyed listening to music.
Denise is survived by her loving sons, Joseph and James Ayers, her siblings Joseph Francis, Robert Francis (Clair Jo), Patrick Francis (Kate) and Katie McDonald (Chris) along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Funeral Liturgy will be offered on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 12:30 PM at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, NJ 08008. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Denise’s memory may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Church at the above address. Cremation was private and under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd. (corner of 12th Street), Ship Bottom, NJ 08008.
Pamela T. Smith (nee Pelham), 74, of Beach Haven passed away peacefully on December 3, 2018 at her residence. Pamela was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Brooklyn. She was formerly of Forked River, where she raised her family and spent the last 20 years between Mississippi and Long Beach Island. Pamela worked for her family since 1985 as a Manager of Fantasy Island Amusement Park in Beach Haven. She was an avid reader and huge sports fan. She traveled regularly with her family making lots of memories along the way.
Pamela is survived by her husband of 48 years, Brain Smith, her daughter Susann Smith, son Gregory and sister, Janet Shepherd and her husband, Robert.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. Cremation was private.
John A. Mooney, Sr. “Jack” of Surf City, 96, died at Southern Ocean Medical Center on November 22, 2018. He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Frances Ann, who died in 2000. Born to Raymonde Duviol Mooney and Thomas F. Mooney, Jack lived in East Orange, where he attended grammar school. He graduated in 1940 from St. Benedicts Prep School in Newark. Jack completed two years of study at Seton Hall College, South Orange. After classes, Jack worked as a clerk at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Newark office. Jack then entered the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the District Intelligence Office in NYC. When he was transferred to the Southwest Pacific Force, Jack was attached to the Japanese Code Intercept Unit in Brisbane, Australia. He continued with that unit to Port Morsbey and Hollandia, New Guinea aboard the Seventh Fleet Command Ship, U.S.S. Wasatch for the Liberation of the Philippines operation and on Leyte Island in the Philippine Islands. At the time of VJ Day, Jack was in Chicago. After his discharge, he competed his studies at Seton Hall and graduated in 1947. Jack worked as a cash register salesman for NCR Company, a car salesman and manger for Gibbs Chevrolet Company, East Orange and for 29 years as an insurance agent for Allstate Insurance Company. In 1952, he married Frances Ann King and they had four children. The lived in Roseland, NJ and were active parishioners of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church. In 1989, upon his retirement, they moved to Surf City on Long Beach Island. They joined the Pine Shores Art Association in Manahawkin. Jack enjoyed watercolor, painting and taking part in art shows. He also enjoyed salt water fishing. Jack was a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Brant Beach, where he served as a lector and Eucharistic Minister.
He is survived by his four loving children, John and his wife Manuela Tavares, Terence and his wife Denise, Timothy and his wife Marie, Mary Ann Morales and her husband Jose and his special delights, his grandchildren, Daniel, Robert, Jacqueline, Patrick, Grace Ann, Elizabeth, Matthew and Gianni. He is also survived by his sister, Cecile Simmons and her husband, Bud.
A Viewing will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 1-3 and 6-8 pm and on Friday from 9:30-10:00 am at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd., (corner of 12th St.), Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered on Friday at 10:30 am at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4700 Long Beach Blvd, Brant Beach, NJ 08008. Burial will follow at Harleigh Cemetery, Camden. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack’s memory may be made in St. Benedict’s Prep, 520 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Newark, NJ 07102.
George A. Ventz, 79, of Surf City passed away on November 8, 2018 at Southern Ocean Center in Manahawkin. George was born on November 27, 1938 to George and Catherine Ventz in Baltimore, Maryland. He was formerly of Clifton and summered in Long Beach Island since 1986. When he retired in 2003, he moved permanently to Surf City. George served overseas in the U.S. Army at Camp Century, Greenland’s “City under the Ice.” He met his wife, Donna, during his service when they both worked at Fort Belvoire, Virginia.
For 41 years, he worked as a Mechanical Design Engineer. In his retirement, George began creating his Clean Wave Energy concept using ocean movement to create power. Although his most frustrating creation, it was his most passion. He invented the Pedal Board, a surfboard that uses bicycle pedals, along with many other inventions for the purposes of making life easier. His passion for invention was unmatched.
George also built their winter cabin in East Meredith, NY, where many memories were made skiing and snowmobiling. He was an amazing, strong, stubborn, funny, smart and loving gentleman whose infectious laugh filled the room with smiles.
George is survived by his wife of 56 years, Donna Ventz (nee Rhoades), 3 daughters Deborah J. Ventz-Migneco and her husband John, Carole L. Groh and her husband John, Linda D. Farney and her husband Tommy, 6 grandchildren, Victoria and Erin Migneco, Alyssa, Nicole and Johnny Groh and Jason (J.T.) Farney. Also surviving are his siblings,
Claude J. Ventz, Hilde Spitz and her husband Jim, and Anita Rudzki and her husband John and their extended family. He will be missed by his cherished and loving yellow lab, Megan.
A Viewing will be held on Monday, November 12th from 10:00 am until the time of service at 11:30 am at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd. (corner of 12th St.), Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. Cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in George’s memory to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.
Charles M. Gutowski, 71, of Ship Bottom passed away on November 7, 2018 at his home. Charles was born and raised in New York, NY. He proudly served his country as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and graduated from the New Jersey Institute of Technology with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Charles worked for over 30 years for Schindler Elevator Company retiring as a District Manager. He ended his career consulting for several prominent property owners and developers in NYC.
Charles was a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Parish and a member of the Beach Haven Park Yacht Club. He enjoyed boating, fishing, golfing and spending time with his 3 grandchildren.
Mr. Gutowski was predeceased by his siblings, Gloria, Marilyn, Frances and John. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Barbara, daughter Jennifer and her husband Patrick, son Graig and his wife Laura, and grandchildren, Charles, Patrick and Alexander, along with many nieces and nephews.
A Viewing will be held on Tuesday, November 13th from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd (corner of 12th St.), Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. Another viewing will be offered on Wednesday at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach from 10:30-11:30 am with a Funeral Liturgy to follow. Interment will be at B/G William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.
Ann Frances McGowan (Mullane) age 84 of Felton Pennsylvania and Beach Haven Park section of Long Beach Township passed away on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 in Manahawkin, NJ. She was born in 1934 and was formerly of Irvington and Basking Ridge, NJ. She was a former parishioner of Saint James Parish of Basking Ridge and attended Summer masses at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Brant Beach.
Ann is predeceased by her parents Edward and Fanny (Francischetti) Mullane, her brother and sister-in-law Edward and Eileen Mullane, her sister Catherine Klass, and her niece Susan Mullane. She is survived by her husband Stuart of 59 years, her brother-in-law Hank Klaas, her sister-in-law Kathy Fede and Gordon Bear, her brother-in-law Malcom and his wife Joanie McGowan. Loving mother of Robert and his wife Mary Jane, James and his wife Noreen of LBI. She is also survived by her adored grandchildren Stuart and his wife Domenique, Brian, Kimberly and Julia. For over 70 summers Ann enjoyed spending time with her nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews on the beach in LBI.
A Viewing will be held on Monday, August 20, 2018 from 10 until time of Funeral Mass at 11am at St. Francis of Assisi Church 4700 Long Beach Blvd, Brant Beach. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to St. Francis Community Center 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, NJ 08008 in Mrs. McGowan's Memory.
Walter Mitchell Hance, 94, passed away August 5, 2018 at home. Born in Germantown, PA, he grew up in Point Pleasant, NJ. At 14 he went to work on the dock at Dale Yacht Basin, Bay Head. After graduating from Pt. Pleasant High School, he joined the Navy in 1943, serving at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as a signal man guiding the ships through the passage to the Pacific Theater of operations in WWII. After discharge he attended Rider College and received his B.A. in Accounting. He returned to work at the Dale Yacht Basin as the accountant and later as Sales Manager. When Slade Dale sold his Yacht Basin, Walt started his own business in 1959 – Hance & Smythe with a former co-worker, Harry Smythe. Hance & Smythe is in its 59th Year and is the longest continuing Boston Whaler dealer in the country, and now world-wide. Walt served as a member of the Surf City Zoning Board for many years. Walter Hance leaves behind his wife Avis and three children, Gary, Wendy, Todd (Francie Milano-Hance) his four grandchildren Jennifer Fowler (James), Christopher T. Connors (Erin), Eric Hance and Alex Hance; and six great-grandchildren, Sean, Ian, and Noah Fowler and Riley, Rhett, and Reagan Connors. A sister, Jean Scholl (Robert) and many nieces and nephews and Loyal employees of the business who were his second family. Cremation was private and under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, Ship Bottom. Contributions in memory of Walter may be made to Prader-Willi Syndrome Association or St. Jude’s Hospital.
John Clayton Martinelli, age 78, also known as Poppa John, of Harvey Cedars died on Wednesday August 1st, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loved ones. He grew up in Princeton and raised his children in Moorestown. A summer resident of Long Beach Island starting in the mid 1970’s, he moved there permanently in 1996. John always loved spending time with his family, doing things like boating and fishing during the summers, and attending his grand children’s sporting events and other activities during the rest of the year. He also was an avid tennis player and was very involved with the LBI Foundation. In addition to his talent in photography, Poppa John spent a lot of time working on cars, model planes, and wood working.
John is preceded by the love of his life, Linda, and is survived by his three children, Deb Troiani and her husband Chris, John Martinelli and his wife Barbara, Rob Martinelli and his wife Amie, seven grandchildren, Matthew Troiani, Mark Troiani, Lauren Martinelli, Clay Martinelli, Katrina Martinelli, Alex Martinelli and Jenna Martinelli, his four granddogs Alfred, Lucy, Blaze and Scarlet.
Cremation was private and under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, Ship Bottom. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of John C. Martinelli may be made in support of Dr. Zinner’s lung research at Thomas Jefferson University. Please donate online at www.jefferson.edu/giving<http://www.jefferson.edu/giving> or make checks payable to Jefferson Office of Institutional Advancement, 125 S. 9th Street, Suite 600, Philadelphia, PA 19107, please note “Memorial – John C. Martinelli in memo.
Marcia Gaye McPherson (nee Dreesen) age 82 of the High Bar Section of Barnegat Light passed away on Monday, July 30, 2018 at home. She was born in Elizabeth and formerly of Watchung before retiring to Barnegat Light. Marcia graduated from Elizabeth General school for nursing in 1956 where she received her RN Degree. She worked for Trenton State Hospital but her greatest passion was taking care of her family.
Marcia was pre-deceased by her husband of more than 50 years Paul, brother Ronald Dreesen and sister Terry Bebbino. Surviving are three children Mark and his wife Bonnie McPherson, Cheryl Ricken and Michelle McPherson. Also surviving are six grandchildren Ryan, Connor, Heather, Andrew, Lindsay and Emma and two great-grandchildren Lyla and Stella.
A Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 1 pm until time of services at 3 pm at the Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd. (corner of 12th Street and Blvd.) Ship Bottom, NJ. In lieu of flowers the family has asked for contributions be made to Stroke Research c/o National Stroke Assn. 9707 East Easter Lane, Suite B, Centennial CO 80112 in Marcia’s memory.
Johanna Griffin (nee Hedderman) passed away at Southern Ocean Medical Center on July, 27, 2018. She was born Johanna Philomena Hedderman on a farm in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, Ireland on September 22, 1926 to Nora (Fraher) and Maurice Hedderman. She attended primary school in Mitchelstown, completed her schooling in an Irish-speaking curriculum in Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, where she won national recognition for scholarship, and then trained to become a nurse. Unable to secure meaningful employment in Ireland, she sailed for the United States in 1949 on board the U.S.S. George Washington, a converted troopship. She was welcomed by two aunts, Hanna McCarthy and Delia Fraher, and a large extended family. Johanna first worked in the Jersey City Medical Center and earned degrees in Nursing from Seton Hall and St. John’s University. Afterwards, she taught in the Medical Center’s registered nursing program for years. Eventually, she helped inaugurate the Licensed Practical Nursing Program in Jersey City, in which she taught for two decades. As a successful immigrant, she was devoted to the idea of the United States of America as a land of opportunity. For her contributions in helping the underserved, Johanna would be recognized by the State of New Jersey and at Ellis Island. More significantly, in 1964 she met and married Michael Griffin, and together they had two children, Patrick and Johanna (Joan). Johanna was an active parishioner of St. John the Baptist in Jersey City. Since retiring, she has become what many describe as “a pillar” of St. Francis Church in Brant Beach. Here, she served as a Eucharistic minister, led rosary and adoration societies, and marked her fiftieth anniversary as a member of the Third Order of Saint Francis. A woman shaped by religious devotion, especially to the Blessed Mother, and to living out the Beatitudes, she has spent her retirement providing food for the homeless, knitting clothes for the newborn, ministering to the sick, and working to protect the dignity of the addicted, the aged, and the unborn. She followed (avidly if not joyfully) the New York Mets, the New York Giants, and Notre Dame football. She was 91 years of age. Johanna is predeceased by her husband Michael, who passed away in 2005, her parents Maurice and Nora, a son-in-law Todd Jacobs, brothers William and Edmund, and sister Nora. She is survived by a brother Patrick and sister Mary (both of Mitchelstown), her son Patrick (South Bend, IN) and daughter Johanna (Ridgewood, NJ), her daughter-in-law Mary Hope Griffin, and six loving grandchildren: Michael, William, Reagan, Mary Magdalene, Cailin, and Anne.
Walter F. Johnson III, 66, passed away Tuesday July 24, 2018. He was born in Philadelphia Pa March 13, 1952 and grew up in Moorestown and Beach Haven, NJ. He married Susan Barlow in December 30, 1989 and purchased a house in Beach Haven, NJ where he stayed every summer until he passed
His parents Walter and Kitty Johnson preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 28 years Susan and loving children Allison Johnson of Waitsfied, VT and Walter f. Johnson IV (TJ) and his wife Kristina of Pasadena, MD and his Grandson Walter F. Johnson V (Fin).
Walter wore many hats at Johnson & Towers through the years when his career started in 1975. Walter Retired from Johnson & Towers in 2012 but continued his career running Strataglass in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He fully retired in 2016 but remained active in the marine industry and the Marine Trades Association of NJ.
Walter had a vibrant personality to all that knew him and he had a zest for life. He loved his family. Walter was a passionate waterman who loved boating, skiing, surfing, hunting and fishing. He traveled throughout the world in search of new fishing locations but always went back to Beach Haven, NJ to fish the canyons in the summer. Walter realized his dream to move to Florida in his retirement and he spent the last couple of winters fishing the Loxahatchee river from his boat. Walter was happiest after a good day of fishing when he could sit down to dinner with his family around him.
The service will be at the Church of the Holy innocents in beach haven NJ on Wednesday August 1 at 10:00 a.m. under the direction of the Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family kindly asks donations be made to the recreational fishing alliance (RFA), P. O. Box 3080, New Gretna, NJ 08224 or to the Marine Trades Association of NJ 2516 Highway 35, Suite 201, Manasquan, NJ 08736 in Walters Honor.
Edward (Ed) Kohlmeir, Jr., 47, beloved son, brother, uncle, husband and step father passed away on Monday, July 9th, 2018. Born on July 21st 1970, Ed was the son of Margaret and Edward Kohlmeir, Sr. He grew up in King of Prussia, PA attending Upper Merion High School and later attending Drexel University graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management. He worked in the hotel management business for thirteen years before moving to Long Beach Island, NJ and becoming a real estate broker as well as being active in the community serving as a Councilman in Beach Haven. Ed loved the water, whether boating or fishing. He also loved to travel, in particular to St John, USVI.
In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested donations to Friends of Virgin Islands National Park. Donations can be sent to Friends of Virgin Islands National Park, c/o Tonia Lovejoy at P.O. Box 811 St John, VI 00831 340-779-4940, on the check please note “in memoriam of Edward Kohlmeir” or online at www.friendsVINP.org/donate
The family would like to welcome those that loved Ed to celebrate his life at the Pearl Street Beach Pavilion in Beach Haven, NJ on Friday, July 13, 2018 from 11-12 am with a service at 12:00 pm. Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, Ship Bottom, NJ, is in care of arrangements.
Milton Steyskal, age 73 of Bradenton, FL passed away on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at his NJ Home. Milton was born in Queens, NY and was formerly of Pear River NY and was a summer and weekend resident of Ship Bottom for many years. He was a former educator for New York City Schools.
Milton is survived by his wife of 50 years Patricia (nee Wagner) his three sons Gregory and his wife Jully, Christopher and his wife Anjali, and Daniel and his fiancé Wendy Eklund, three grandchildren Sabrina, Laura and Colin. Milton is also survived by one niece Dawn Carrion.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 11am at St. Francis of Assisi Church 4700 Long Beach Blvd. Brant Beach, NJ. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 in Mr. Steyskal’s memory.
John Howard Ferguson, age 94, of Beach Haven Park, passed away at his home on Tuesday May 29, 2018. Howard was born on in East Millstone, to the late John and Mable Ferguson. He served in the US Navy during World War II attaining the rank of Yoeman1st Class. Following his discharge, he was employed by American Cyanamid for 43 years retiring as Vice President. Upon his retirement in 1986, he moved to Beach Haven Park, Long Beach Island. Howard was a member and organist of the First United Methodist Church of Beach Haven Terrace.
Howard is survived by his dear wife of 73 years, Lillian (nee Robertson), two sons John H., Jr. and Gary Colin, one daughter Ellen Louise. He is also survived by his six grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
A visitation will be held on Friday June 1, 2018 from 10:00 am until the time of service at 10:30 am at the First United Methodist Church of Beach Haven Terrace, 101 East New Jersey Avenue, corner of 130th Street, Beach Haven Terrace. Interment will be at 1:30 pm at Cedar Hill Cemetery, East Millstone. In lieu of flowers contributions to the Terrace Methodist Church or to the Beach Haven First Aid, PO Box 1291, Beach Haven, NJ 08008. Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, Ship Bottom, NJ 609-494-2565, is in care of arrangements.
Kathleen Plauski (nee Tupik) passed away at home in the presence of her husband Steve on May 15, 2018 after a lengthy illness. Kathleen was 75 years old.
Kathleen was born in Elizabeth, NJ on August 17, 1942 to Catherine and Justin Tupik. Growing up in Linden and Winfield Park she graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Elizabeth before attending All Souls Nursing School in Morristown, NJ where she earned her Register Nursing Certificate. Following her graduation, she worked as an RN at a number of medical facilities throughout New Jersey, including Graystone and Lyons Veterans Hospital.
It was while working as a nurse at All Souls Hospital that Kathleen met Steve Plauski, her future husband. Married July 5, 1965 they established homes in Linden and Oldwick, NJ, before settling in Beach Haven, NJ. Together they had two children, Steven and Christine.
Kathleen was a devoted mother and homemaker. She loved flowers, gardening and anything related to nature, such as visits to wildlife sanctuaries and flower shows. She also loved aerobics, doing yoga on the beach, and traveling, whether going as a family with her son Steven to Europe where he participated in a soccer tournament, or accompanying her daughter Christine when Christine participated in a Star Power Vocal competition in Dallas, Texas. She especially liked traveling to places related to nature, such as a trip she and her husband Steve made to Alaska.
Kathleen is pre-deceased by her: son Steven, brother Robert, her parents Catherine and Justin Tupik. She is survived by her: husband Steve, daughter Christine, sister Pat Catullo, Pat’s husband Bob, brother Justin Tupik, his wife Anne, as well as cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 PM on Thursday, May 17 at, Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Boulevard in Ship Bottom, NJ. A Funeral Mass will be held on 10 AM Friday at St. Thomas Aquinas, Roman Catholic Church, 2nd Street, and Atlantic Avenue, in Beach Haven, NJ.
Corinne E. Bennett (nee Dolt) age of 89 passed away on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Seacrest Village, Little Egg Harbor. Corinne was born in Teaneck and moved to Haven Beach 41 years ago. She was the owner and operator of Edgewater Reality in Ship Bottom where she worked as a real estate broker. Corinne graduated from Packard Business School in New York City. She was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Brant Beach.
Corinne was predeceased by her husband of 46 years John “Jack” Bennett in 1994. She is survived by her daughter JoAnne Tallon and her husband Tom of Ship Bottom, her sons Dr. Robert Bennett and his wife Carolyn of Shrewsbury, NJ and David Bennett, Esq. of Jupiter, FL. three granddaughters Kelly and Courtney Tallon of Sydney Australia and Katie Merkley of Broomfield, CO. She is also survived by her grand dogs and grand cats.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 10am until time of Funeral Liturgy at 11am at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 13th Street & Long Beach Blvd. Surf City, Interment shall follow at St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery Beach View Avenue, Manahawkin. Arrangements are under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, Ship Bottom. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Southern Ocean County Animal Facility, 360 Haywood Road, Manahawkin, NJ 08050 or Stafford Twp. First Aid Squad 365 E. Bay Avenue, Manahawkin, NJ 08050 in Corinne’s Memory.
Ernest W. Fix, 92, of Long Beach Township passed away on March 26, 2018 at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ. Ernest was born on September 3, 1925 in Orange, NJ and was raised in Roselle Park, NJ, where he met his beloved wife of 70 years, Audrey. He graduated from Roselle Park High School in 1943 and shortly thereafter he enlisted in the US Navy. He was assigned duty on a Destroyer Escort, where he saw action at Okinawa, along with other major Pacific battles and ultimately participated in the evacuation of Nagasaki after the war was over. Ernest returned to duty during the Korean War, stationed at Bainbridge, MD where he prepared troops for battle. Following the war, he and his parents established the American Surgical Company, a hospital supply business that operated in Newark for over 40 years. During his residence in Roselle Park, Ernest served as Commissioner and President of the Board of Health and was a committeeman for the 5th Ward Republican Party. He enjoyed most his leadership role in the Roselle Park Cub Pack 155.
Upon his retirement in the early 90’s, Ernest relocated to Long Beach Island, where he worked for 20 years at Between the Sheets in Ship Bottom. He was a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Church where he ushered for many years and enjoyed swimming at the parish center - one of his favorite activities. He loved relaxing on the beach and travelling to Key West annually with Audrey and the family.
He was a proud member of the Destroyer Escort Sailor Association- NJ Chapter and Historical Foundation along with the American Legion Post #60 Roselle Park and VFW Post #3729 of Long Beach Island.
Surviving Mr. Fix is his dear wife of 70 years Audrey Fix, daughter Virginia Franklin (Paul), son Michael Fix (Luz) and daughter Patricia Tikku (Arvind) along with 4 grandchildren, Douglas, Cherie, Dhruv, and Devon.
A Viewing will be held on Saturday, April 7th, 2018 from 10:00 am until the time of the Funeral Liturgy at 11:00 am at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, NJ 08008. A Chapel Service will be offered on Monday, April 9th at 2:30 pm at B/G William C. Doyle Veteran Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ernest’s memory may be made to the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum, USS Slater DE-766, P.O. Box 1926, Albany, NY 12201. Arrangements are under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, NJ 08008, (609) 494-2565.
Patricia L. Dengler, "PAT," (8-1948 to 3-4-2018). Pat succumbed to metastatic breast cancer on Sunday evening, March 4th, 2018 at home, with her best friend, loving partner, and beloved spouse of 39 years, Dr. Sharon Dailey, at her side. Pat was born in Harrisburg, PA, to Betty (Tobias) and Ralph J. Dengler in August of 1948. She lived in various small towns in central PA and graduated from Cedar Cliff HS. Pat graduated from Mary Washington College, VA, before moving to Philadelphia to attend Temple University. Pat received her master’s degree and stayed on at Temple as Director of Career Planning and Placement. She was then recruited by Coopers & Lybrand (PricewaterhouseCoopers) in the Human Resources Department, where she quickly rose through the ranks and was in consideration for partnership before deciding to leave and start her own business. Pat’s experiences with her elderly and ill mother led her to a “better idea of care,” and she established CareMore In-Home Services. Under her leadership and vision, CareMore was known in southern NJ as a quality, dependable, and principled organization for over 25 years. During her tenure as CEO she was often inspired by her nurses and caregivers and wanted to learn and contribute more to those who were at a vulnerable time in their lives. At the age of 54, Pat returned to school and earned her RN from Burlington County College while managing the business and working part-time at Southern Ocean County Hospital. Pat later sold her business but continued nursing, until cancer forced her retirement.
Pat was predeceased by her parents and a sister, Carol Neideigh. She leaves behind her spouse Dr. Sharon Dailey, brother Ralph Dengler, “special” nieces and nephew Ann Fones, Casey Fletcher, and T. J. Hale, plus several other nephews. Pat also leaves a multitude of valued, supportive, and caring friends that she has made over the years from all her life experiences and volunteer efforts.
Pat was known for her kindness, drive, commitment, generosity, empathy, humanitarianism, integrity, and love of politics, as well as for championing the underdog, doing the right thing, and endlessly cheering for the Eagles. She will be dearly missed by all those she has known and touched over the years.
Cremation was private and under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 12th St. & Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, (609) 494-2565. Family and close friends will be invited to a memorial/celebratory service in the near future.
Jeannine M. Arrigo, age 62, of Ship Bottom passed away surrounded by her loved ones on February 23, 2018 at Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin. Jeannine was born and raised in Union City before moving to Long Beach Island in 1997, where she and her parents vacationed regularly. She loved the sound of the ocean, relaxing on the beach and visits from all of “her kids". The loves of her life were her cats, Boots and Smokey.
Jeannine earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Pace University, New York, from where she retired after 35 years of service. In 2009, after a brief retirement, Jeannine served as an Executive Administrative Assistant and a Board Liaison at Stockton University. She is remembered for the impact that she made to both universities, which are better places due to her dedication and commitment to her work. Jeannine enjoyed traveling to Atlantic City with family and friends and frequently visited her "west coast cousins" in California.
Jeannine is predeceased by her parents, John and Marguerita Arrigo and her sister, Lorraine Arrigo. She is survived by her cousins; Debra Suarez (Julio), Patricia Rossi-Figaro, Cordia Rossi-Melofchik, Stephen Rossi (Mary), Stephen Meehan (April), Joan Meehan-Warner, Timothy Meehan, Barbara Gibson (Michael), Patricia Cobb-Meehan, and Salvatore Amendolia along with extended family and friends.
A Memorial Gathering will be offered on Saturday, March 10th from 2:00-5:00 pm at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd. (corner of 12th St.), Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Stockton University Foundation, 101 Vera King Farris Drive. Galloway, NJ 08205 in memory of Jeannine Arrigo.
Raymond Francis Pavia, age 87, of Beach Haven Park passed away on Saturday February 24, 2018 at Southern Ocean Center, Manahawkin. Born in Manhattan and formerly of Staten Island, he was a weekend and summer resident of Long Beach Island from 1978 until moving there permanently in 2012. Raymond served honorably in the US Navy during the Korean War, spending time in the Far East, Mediterranean and Caribbean. Mr. Pavia was a 1954 graduate from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science, he went on to become a Columbia University graduate, receiving his Bachelor of Architecture in 1962 and Master of Architecture in 1975. Raymond had worked for CUNY schools in the New York area from 1969 until his retirement as Dean of Administration in 1996. He was a parishioner of St. Francis Parish, Brant Beach and a member of Spray Beach Yacht Club, in his spare time he enjoyed spending time with his wife and family, traveling, home carpentry projects, and sailing.
Mr. Pavia is survived by his wife of 61 ½ years JoAnne (nee Adams), three children, Mark and his wife Barbara of Staten Island, Eugene and his wife Jane of Anchorage, AK, and Clare and her husband John of Juneau, AK, along with eight grandchildren.
A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday March 3rd, 2018 from 11:30am until the time of the Funeral Liturgy at Noon at St. Thomas Aquinas, Beach Haven. Cremation was private and under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, Ship Bottom. In lieu of flowers his family requests that you make a donation to your favorite charity in his memory.
Madeleine J. Walt (nee Melvin), age 85, of Beach Haven passed away on February 11, 2018 at Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin. Mrs. Walt was born to Joseph and Katherine Melvin in Philadelphia, PA. She was formerly of Bucks County, Fort Washington and Ambler before retiring to Long Beach Island in 1996. Mrs. Walt held various managerial positions, later in life, becoming a part-time Sunday School teacher at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Brant Beach. She was also a parishioner. Mrs. Walt enjoyed the shore life and liked to take regularly walks on the beach.
Mrs. Walt was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence J. Watt in 1997. She is survived by her daughter, Larrell R. Brown and her husband Christopher.
A Funeral Liturgy was celebrated on February 20, 2018 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish. Burial followed at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Philadelphia. Arrangements are under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. In lieu of flowers, donations in Madeleine’s memory to either the American Cancer Society, 2310 Rt. 34, Suite D, Manasquan, NJ 08736 or American Lung Association of NJ, 1660 Rt. 22 East, Union, NJ 07083.
Edward F. Reilly, Jr., 74, of Peahala Park, NJ passed away peacefully with his family at his side on February 3rd, 2018 at Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin. Ed was born in Passaic and formerly of Rutherford before moving to Long Beach Island in 2001. Ed worked for over 30 years for Sequa Inc. in East Rutherford. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war and continued to support his country with his involvement in his local VFW Post and American Legion #109, Rutherford.
Mr. Reilly is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Linda Reilly (nee Nelson) and his 3 children, Edward F. Reilly, III of Rutherford, Kathleen Shannon and her husband Matthew of Rutherford and Cynthia and her fiancé Brian Smith of Little Falls. He is also survived by his sister, Eleanor Oudshoorn and her husband Bert of Lewes, DE along with many nieces and nephews and friends.
A Viewing will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 1 pm until the time of the service at 3 pm at the Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd., (corner of 12th St.) Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. Private cremation. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ed’s memory may be made to a Military charity of your choice.
Scott R. Beriont of Long Beach Island passed away suddenly on Sunday morning, January 28, 2018 at the age of 55. Scott was born to Gregory J. Beriont and Doris McNair Beriont on March 23, 1962 in Linden, NJ. He graduated from Linden High School where he excelled on the school varsity football team, as did his father before him and all of his brothers. After graduation, he attended college in Florida, moving on to live for brief periods in California and Houston, Tx. On his return to New Jersey, Scott was employed as a Color Matcher for Selective Coatings and Inks, Inc., working his way up to Quality Control Manager.
Scott was predeceased by his father, Gregory and brother, Kyle Beriont.
He is survived by his mother, sisters Kathleen Wesson (Robert), of Bellingham, WA, Lynne Beriont Virginia (Joseph), of Tuckerton and Kelley Beriont (Paul), of Andover, NJ, brothers Walter Beriont of Maynard, MA., Gregory D. Beriont (Susan), of Colts Neck, Kevin Beriont, of Long Beach Island, Kerry Beriont (Nancy), of San Diego, CA, and Chris Beriont (Rosa), of Westfield. He was a proud and loving uncle to three talented nephews, Henry, Patrick, and Max, as well as three bright and accomplished nieces, Jane, Kate, and Lydia.
Scott was an avid sports fan and outdoorsman. He was passionate about football, especially the Dallas Cowboys, and loved skiing, golfing, fishing, and travelling - both here and abroad.
The family will receive relatives and friends for a Celebration of Scott's Life from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name can be made to the St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, P.O. Box 100, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101. Scott, you will be missed.
Billy Andrew Reed, 93, of Holgate passed away at home on January 26, 2018. Billy was born and raised in Kenvil, NJ and formerly of the Berkshire Valley section of Jefferson Township. He summered in Long Beach Island with his family since the 1960’s. In 1988, Billy and his wife Lorraine purchased that summer home and permanently retired to Holgate. He worked as a painter foreman for both Hercules and Morris County Park Systems. Billy was a member and past Trustee of the First Presbyterian Church of Berkshire Valley where he pitched for the Berkshire Valley Softball Team for many years. Billy was also a member of the Musconetcong Lodge #42 F&AM of Budd Lake, NJ and Shriners International. Billy enjoyed traveling to Florida, hunting and fishing.
What he was most proud of was his service during World War II in the U.S. Army, he served in the Solomon Islands and the Philippines, after 18 months of active duty he was shot in the head and spent a year in the Hospital recovering. He was the recipient of 3 purple hearts, the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge.
Mr. Reed was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Lorraine Reed in 2009 and his grandson, Reed Goldsmith in 2006. He was the youngest and last surviving member of his siblings, Elmira, Harry, Rodman, Jack and Clifford.
Surviving Mr. Reed is his daughter, Debra Goldsmith and her husband Tom and son, Terry Reed, grandchildren Mallory Goldsmith, Wesley Goldsmith and his wife Melissa, Ali King and her husband Rob and Misty Reed along with two great-grandchildren, Eva and Reed Goldsmith.
A Viewing will be offered on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 from 3-6 pm at the Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd (corner of 12th St.), Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, February 1st at 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church of Berkshire Valley, 635 Berkshire Valley Road, Wharton, NJ 07885. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Billy’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.
Alice Marie Feather (nee Endriss), age 90, of Manahawkin, passed away on January 15, 2018. Alice was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and formerly of Abington, where she raised her family. She spent many summers in Beach Haven Park, NJ permanently retiring to Long Beach Island in 1996. She worked for 25 years as a Court Manager for Montgomery County Court System. When she was younger, Alice spent many years leading the Girl Scout Troop and participated in the local bowling league.
She was a member of the Beach Haven Park Yacht Club and a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Brant Beach. She volunteered at the parish and enjoyed her responsibilities as a Eucharistic Minister. Some of her other activities included relaxing on the beach and gardening.
Mrs. Feather was predeceased by her husband, Albert Feather (1973), son John (2004) and sister, Elaine Dietz. She is survived by her children, Eileen Knight and her husband Kip, Mariann Slickers and her husband Al III., James Feather and his wife, Kathleen, grandchildren Christine Sanchez (Jeremy), Albert Slickers IV (Kim Pellom), Jamie Payne (Charles), Rachel Cusick, John Feather (Angela) and 11 great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 10:30 am until the time of the funeral liturgy at 11:00 am at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, NJ 08008. Inurnment later at Our Lady of Grace Cemetery, Langhorne, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations in Alice’s memory may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Parish at the above address. Cremation was private and under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, Ship Bottom.
Anita C. Young, age 86, passed away on January 11, 2018. A Viewing will be held on Monday, January 15th, 2018 from 10:30-12:30 pm at Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 12th St & Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered at 1:00 pm at St. Mary’s of the Pines, Bishop Lane, Manahawkin. Cremation is private.
William H. Rickards died on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 at his home surrounded by his caring family at the age of 87. William was a loving son of his parents, Benjamin and Marie (Cratin) Rickards and always enjoyed laughing with his siblings (all deceased) Mary Ester, Benjamin, Margaret, James, Elizabeth, and Dolores. William is survived by his sons (daughter-in-laws), Matthew (Sharon), Christopher, Timothy (Kimberly), Gregory (Jennifer), Jerome (Nadine); and nine wonderful grandchildren; Michael, Grace, Ryan, Ava, Jillian, Jane, Allison, Summer, and Jake.
Robert Cramer, 92, of North Beach Haven, NJ, passed away peacefully on January 5, 2018 while being cared for at Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, NJ. A WWII Veteran, Robert enlisted in the Navy and was selected to join the Submarine service and served aboard the USS Charr from 1943 to 1946. His service included wolf-pack patrols in the North Atlantic as well as operations in the South Pacific. A natural born salesman, he served as a territorial sales manager for The Otis Elevator Company as well as Atlas Screw & Specialty Co., retiring in 1988. A man of the community, and resident of Montgomery Township, NJ for over 30 years, Robert supported such organizations as The Boy Scouts of America. As a coach, umpire, and manager, he enjoyed his time with the local youth basketball program. He was a charter member of The Dunellen Blue Streak Sports Athletic Club, as well as The Little Lads and Lassie Basketball Organization, which was later adopted by The Montgomery Township Recreation Committee. Serving as an Assistant Director, he helped with the Annual Montgomery Day in May Program. He served as director of Central Jersey Civil Defense. Robert volunteered his time at the Old & New Shop for Southern Ocean County Hospital. A proud veteran, he was a lifelong member of The Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 35, Manahawkin, NJ, was a Life Member of Submarine Veterans, WWII, Gudgeon Chapter, and a lifelong member of US Submarine Veterans, Inc. A man of faith, Robert served on the Board of Governors for the Spray Beach Chapel, and a past deacon of the First Presbyterian Church of Tuckerton, NJ. A member of the Spray Beach Yacht Club, He proudly serving as Commodore in 1998.
He was married to the love of his life Nancy Schmeyer in 1949 and had four children (three sons and a daughter). He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Florence and Austin L. Cramer of Dunellen, NJ, brother Austin B. Cramer of VA., son Jeffrey T. Cramer (Amy) of Bedminster, NJ, and granddaughter Kaitlyn E. Cramer of Hanover, VA. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, daughter Nancy K. Miller (Robert) of Hopewell, NJ, son Col. Robert A. Cramer (Beverly) of Ringoes, NJ, and son Daniel W. Cramer (Susan) of Hanover, VA, 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, January 13th, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Tuckerton, 210 East Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ 08087. A Memorial Service at The Spray Beach Yacht Club will be arranged in the spring. Time and date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Cramer’s memory may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Tuckerton, 210 East Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ 08087 or the Special Olympics, check payable to Area 31, P.O. Box 28554, Henrico, VA, 23228.
Bernard Daniel Sheplin of Budd Lake, New Jersey passed away peacefully on January 1st, 2018 at age 93 surrounded by his loving family. He was born and lived in Jersey City before moving to Budd Lake over 70 years ago.
Mr. Sheplin enlisted in the Army Air Corp in 1942 at the age of 18. He was a radio operator and gunner on the B-17 bomber in northern Italy and was shot down on his last mission and captured in January 1944. He was a POW at Camp Chumen, Bulgaria. He escaped in September of 1944 and, at the time of his discharge, he had earned the rank of Technical Sergeant and was awarded the Purple Heart for his service.
He went on to become an educator and principal for over 35 years for Boonton Public Schools. Known as “Shep or Sheppy,” he enjoyed spending time with his family. He was an avid fisherman and spent summers on Long Beach Island and wintered in the Florida Keys.
He was predeceased by his loving wife of 70 years, Gloria. He is survived by his son, Daniel and his wife, Kathy; grandsons, Justin and his wife Paige, and Matthew and his wife Chloe; great grandchildren, Rhea and Brayden; sisters-in-law, Edna (Patricia) Anderson, and Mildred Smith and husband, Richard; nieces and nephews, Anne Dutton and daughter Maureen, Maureen Mertz (MacDougall), Edna Boone Temaner, Tricia Trinite’, David, Joe, and Mark Anderson, along with many loving great-nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Bernard’s Caregiver, Patricia. A Celebration of his Life will be held at St. James Episcopal Church on January 13, 2018, at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to St. James Episcopal Church, 214 Washington Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840, or to the VFW, 406 West 34th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111. Arrangements are under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 12th St. & Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom.
Amy Sharp, of Manahawkin, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2017. Amy is predeceased by her grandparents, Frank and Hilda Dwyer, Robert and Nancy Sharp, and father, Robert J. Sharp. She is survived by her mother Diane Sharp, sister Jennifer Sharp, and niece Lauren Neach (Bryan), Her loving partner Mark Harrigan and his family, mother Mary Harrigan-Hines, and sisters Kelly Harrigan, Erin Garrabrant, and Shannan Harrigan. Amy was also survived by her Wonderful aunts and uncles, Richard Dwyer, Nancy Moyer (Jack), Mary-Beth Alchin (Richard), Joseph Sharp, and many other loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. Amy was a registered nurse and known for her kindness and generosity to all. The services will be a mass of Christian Burial held at St. Mary’s of the Pines Church, 1 Bishop Way in Manahawkin, NJ 08050, at 11:00am on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Followed by a burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery, 283 Beachview Ave, Manahawkin, NJ 08050.
In lieu of flowers please send donations in Amy’s name to the American Liver Foundation at www.liverfoundation.org.
Shirley Margaret Ryan, 84, of Ship Bottom, NJ, Deerfield Beach, FL, and formerly of Rahway, NJ, died unexpectedly on December 28, 2017. She was born May 5, 1933 in Albany, New York. She is survived by her husband of 50 years James Ryan, Jr.; daughter Peggy Devitt (Alan), Westfield, NJ; daughter Amy Rideout (Scott), Triangle, VA; son James Ryan, III, Littleton, CO; three grandchildren Nicole, Shannon and Tyler Devitt; brothers Thomas and Donald Groat; and sister Barbara Lutey.
Mrs. Ryan graduated from Albany High School and worked at New York Telephone Company for 18 years. She was active in mahjongg groups on Long Beach Island, NJ and in Deerfield Beach, FL, and most dearly loved spending time with her family.
The family will receive friends at Bugbee–Riggs Funeral Home, 12th Street & Long Beach Boulevard, Ship Bottom, NJ on January 2, 2018 from 2:00-4:00 PM and 7:00-9:00 PM, and January 3 from 10:00-10:30 AM with a service to follow. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Cedar Run, NJ. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Ryan’s memory can be made to: The American Heart Association (www.heart.org).
John “Jack” Raymond Gavigan of Beach Haven passed away peacefully on November 28, 2017. He was 73. Jack was born on July 24, 1944 in the Washington Heights section of New York City to Peter and Ann (O’Brien). He graduated from Fordham Prep and Holy Cross College. He married Lenore (Mazzucca) in 1969, and they had 4 children. Jack was a lover of all things Irish and enjoyed sitting on his porch in the sun.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Peter and James, and by his son Christopher. He is survived by his children Tara Smith and her husband Sinclair, Sean, and Mary Beth Rispoli and her husband Paul, grandchildren Meghan and Justin Smith and Isabelle and Sydney Rispoli. He is also survived by many cousins and friends.
A Viewing will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 3-5 & 7-9 pm at the Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd, Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 11:00 am at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4700 Long Beach Blvd, Brant Beach, NJ 08008. Cremation will be private.
Dorothy M. Bonelli (nee Hall), 95, of Beach Haven Crest passed away on November 1, 2017 at Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin. Dorothy was born in Atlantic Highlands on November 1, 1922 to Frank and Thelma Hall. She was formerly of Atlantic Highlands and Cherry Hill where she resided with her husband, William Magee. They also enjoyed traveling to Florida. Dorothy was a member of the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society and a huge cat lover. She had resided since 1993 in Long Beach Island with her second husband, James Bonelli. Dorothy was a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Brant Beach.
Mrs. Bonelli was predeceased by her first husband, William Magee in 1990 and second husband, James Bonelli in 2011. She is survived by her dear friends.
A Funeral Liturgy will be offered on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 10:30 am at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, NJ 08008. Burial will follow at All Saints Memorial Cemetery, 202 Navesink Ave., Atlantic Highlands. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dorothy’s memory to your local Humane Society would be appreciated. Arrangements are under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom.