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.