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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.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, William moved to Ship Bottom, NJ 27 years ago where he enjoyed many years with his family and friends. He was a Veteran of the Korean War. He graduated from St. Joseph’s University and went on to work for the Federal Government within the Internal Revenue Service as a manager. After retiring, he served as a Councilman for the Borough of Ship Bottom and was the unofficial Mayor of the How You Brewin’ Coffee Shop.

A Viewing will be held on Saturday, January 13th from 11am until the time of mass at 12pm at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township, NJ 08008. Private cremation under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 12th St. & Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom.


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.