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Ocean County, NJ (02.01.08)

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Frank R. Erm

Point Pleasant resident Frank R. Erm died Monday, Jan. 28 in the Claremont Care Center, Point Pleasant.

He was 90 years old.

Born and raised, and formerly of Elizabeth, he was a “snowbird” between Point Pleasant and West Palm Beach, Fla. for many years.

A United States Army, World War II veteran, Mr. Erm was retired from the United States Post Office, Elizabeth. He also had worked at Merck, Inc. in Rahway.

He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Mary Erm; his brother, Edward; and by his sisters Emily, Gertrude, Marie, and Dorothy.

Surviving are his nephews, Edward Erm and his wife, Betty, and Frank Erm and his wife, Gail; many nieces and nephews; and several grandnieces and nephews.

The Pable-Evertz Funeral Home of Point Pleasant handled the arrangements. Interment took place at Saint Anne’s Cemetery, Wall.

As an expression of sympathy, contributions made to the Point Pleasant Borough First Aid Squad, P. O. Box 3, Point Pleasant, 08742, are suggested.

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Judy Van Schoick

San Francisco resident Judy Van Schoick, who grew up in Bay Head, died Monday, Jan. 21 in her home.

She was 69 years old.

She was predeceased by her parents, Elenore and Raymond “Babe” Van Schoick; and her sister, Dona Van Schoick, of Quechee, Vt., formerly of Bay Head.

Surviving are her loving brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Suzanne Van Schoick, of Bay Head and Peter and Susan Van Schoick, of Quechee, Vt.; two loving nephews, John H. Van Schoick Jr. and his wife, Jill, of Point Pleasant Beach and Ryan Van Schoick, Quechee, Vt.; and two much-loved nieces, Virginia Van Schoick and her husband, John Muirhead, of Takoma Park, Md. and Adele Van Schoick, Quechee, Vt.

She is also survived by her grandnephews, of whom she was very proud, John III and Matthew Van Schoick, Andrew Muirhead and Bentley and Aden Van Schoick.

Judy was one of a kind. She mad many friends throughout her life and he upbeat attitude and cheery calls will be missed by us all.

Cremation was by the Neptune Society, San Francisco.

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John A. Callander

Point Pleasant resident John A. Callander died Thursday, Jan. 24 surrounded by his family in Ocean Medical Center, Brick.

He was 84 years old.

He was a self-employed plumber in Point Pleasant for 40 years, retiring in 2002. Born in Linden, he lived in Point Pleasant since 1957.

He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War, attaining the rank of Private First Class.

He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia Gantley Callander, in 1972; and brother, Douglas Callander.

Surviving are a son, Scott Callander, of Point Pleasant; daughter and son-in-law, Diane Wetherbee and her husband, Phil; son and daughter-in-law, Bruce Callander and his wife, Patricia; son and daughter-in-law, Alexander Callander and his wife, Grace; daughter and son-in-law, Laura Callander Benitez and her husband, Justin; and eight grandchildren.

The Colonial Funeral Home, Brick was in charge of arrangements. Interment took place at Greenwood Cemetery, Brielle.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Callander’s name can be made to Point Pleasant Borough First Aid Squad, P. O. Box 3, Poing Pleasant, 08742 or Community Services Inc. [Meals on Wheels] 225 Fourth Street Lakewood, 08701.

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Paul Eberhart

Lavallette resident Paul Eberhart died Sunday, Jan. 27.

He was 72 years old.

Formerly of Westfield and Pittsburgh, Pa., Paul retired with his wife, Lois, to the Jersey shore in 1999.

Paul had an accomplished career in news media beginning as a newsman with United Press International [UPI] in Pittsburgh in 1961. He transferred as news editor to New York in 1966 and later served as the managing editor from 1975 to 1979. He left UPI to work in sales with King Features Syndicate, also in New York, where he stayed until he retired as the director of operations in 1999.

Paul grew up in Pittsburgh and attended the Falk School, Hampton High School, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Paul served as a trustee to St. Elisabeth’s Chapel-by-the-Sea in Ortley Beach. Throughout his life he enjoyed tennis, golf, boating, traveling, newspapers and the ocean.

He was married to Lois Schove Eberhart, also from Pittsburgh, for 53 years. In addition to Lois, he is survived by his three children, Linda Mahaffey of Bridgeport, W.V., Julie Eberhart, of Chelmsford, Mass., Katharine Christmas, of Godstone, Surrey, England, and his sons-in-law, Mark Mahaffey and Digby Christmas. He was the proud grandfather to Lisa, Amy, Scott, Katie, Michael, Tatiana, Anastasia and Miles; and a loving brother to Myke Jaros and James Eberhart.

The Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, Lavallette, handled the arrangements. The interment took place at the Greenwood Cemetery, Brielle.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Elisabeth’s Chapel-by-the-Sea, 5 Third Ave., Ortley Beach, 08751. Condolences may be sent at www.ryanfuneralhome.com.

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Fredrick C. Moench

Brick resident Fredrick C. Moench, formerly of Point Pleasant, died Friday, Jan. 25.

He was 89 years old.

Born in Jersey City, he lived in the Point Pleasant and Brick areas for the past 40 years.

Mr. Moench was a self-employed butcher and owned the Arctic Market in Point Pleasant Beach for 22 years.

He was a life member and past exalted ruler of the B.P.O. Elks, No. 1698, Point Pleasant Lodge.

A beloved husband and loving father, he was predeceased by his wife, Eleanor Dale Moench.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Frederick E. Moench and Susanne Kriss, of Monroe, and Edward C. and Gail Moench, of Old Bridge; his grandchildren, Fred E. Jr., Debbie, Lisa, Fred C., Pamela, Gregory and Justin; 15 great-grandchildren; and many dear friends.

The Pable-Evertz Funeral Home of Point Pleasant, handled the arrangements. Entombment took place at Ocean County Memorial Park.

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Milton D. Bennis

Point Pleasant resident Milton D. Bennis died Thursday, Jan. 24 in Meridian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Brick.

He was 94 years old.

Born in Brooklyn, he was formerly of West Orange, residing in Point Pleasant since 1951.

Mr. Bennis was an insurance agent for Prudential in Toms River and had also been a self-employed food broker.

A Mason for 70 years, he began his journey with DeMolay and most recently was a member of Durand Lodge 179, F.&A.M., Point Pleasant Beach.

A beloved husband and loving father, he is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Ruth McClellan Bennis; his son, David Bennis and his wife, Judith, of Medford; his daughter, Diane Kupisioski and her husband, Robert, of Wall; four grandchildren, Jill Bennis, Donna Bennis, Robyn Zaidel and her husband, Edward, and Bryan Biel and his wife, Jennifer; and five great-grandchildren, Alexander Green, Hannah Green, Claire Zaidel, Emily Biel and Samantha Biel.

Graveside services and interment will be held privately at Restland Memorial Park, East Hanover. Arrangements were by Pable-Evertz Funeral Home of Point Pleasant.

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Beatrice M. Fazio

Marco Island, Fla. resident Beatrice M. Fazio, formerly of Lavallette, died Saturday, Jan. 12.

She was 83 years old.

Known for her generous heart, caring soul, and nurturing spirit, Beatrice was the “World’s Finest Mother,” seeing the best in everyone and everything.

We will miss her deeply, finding comfort in remembering her love, her immeasurable kindness and the joy she brought us all.

She was predeceased by her son, Joseph in 2001.

She was the beloved wife and best friend of 61 years to Angelo; devoted mother to Kathleen, Daniel and Andrew; devoted mother-in-law to Susan; loving grandmother to Joseph, Michael, Lisa, Jeffrey, David, Matthew and great-granddaughter, Madison; and cherished sister to Florence and her husband Carl, and Phyllis.

A Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at San Marco Catholic Church, Marco Island, Fla. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Frech Funeral Home of Dumont is in charge of arrangements.

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Theresa A. O’Connor

Lavallette resident Theresa A. O’Connor died Sunday, Jan. 27 in Community Medical Center, Toms River.

She was 68 years old.

Born in Far Rockaway, N.Y., she lived in Yonkers, N.Y., before moving to Lavallette 14 years ago.

Mrs. O’Connor was a parishioner of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Seaside Heights.

Surviving are her husband of 17 years, James O’Connor; four daughters and three sons-in-law Jean Turco, of Chester, N.Y.; Patricia and Don Weber, of Westwood; Maureen and Mike Reilly, of Yonkers, N.Y., and Joanne and Stephen Higgins, of Flower Mound, Texas; a brother, John Walsh, of Roswell, Ga.; two sisters, Geraldine Murphy, of Yonkers, N.Y., and Maureen O’Connor, of Central Valley, N.Y.; and 10 grandchildren Jimmy, Kelly, Tara, Michael, Colleen, Kerry, Jackie, Katie, Teri and Stephen.

The Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, Lavallette, handled the arrangements. Committal was private. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.ryanfunerathome.com.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Research Hospital

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Mary Woolwine Thorburn

Plainfied and Bay Head resident Mary Woolwine Thorburn died Sunday, Dec. 23 under hospice care in Care One in Morristown.

She was 87 years old.

Born in Los Angeles, she was a lifelong resident of Plainfield. She had also maintained a residence in Bay Head for many years.

Mary, nicknamed Cessie, went to the Old Trail School in Akron, Ohio before college. From there she went to Ward Belmont, a junior college in Nashville, Tenn., and transferred to Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where she met her husband, Robert Thorburn. Robert, nicknamed Jake, was attending Colgate University in nearby Hamilton, N.Y. After college, she attended the Katy Gibbs School, where she learned secretarial skills, and lived at the Barbizon.

She worked as an administrator in New York City for Edward Ward, the founder of Polaroid, on a top secret project during World War II, and for various advertising agencies afterward.

While married and living in Plainfield, she was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary at Muhlenberg Hospital, The Butternut Twig at Muhlenberg Hospital, and The Kings Daughters. She was also a member of the Plainfield Country Club, and was very active at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church as a Sunday school teacher.

In her later years, she and Robert helped the homeless at St Peter’s and volunteered at the local ASPCA, where they cared for homeless animals.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert “Jake” Thorburn, who died in 1998; and her daughter, Susan Thorburn, who died in 1959.

She is survived by her daughters, Portia Richardson of Millburn, and Emily T. “Sissy” Bolcar of Madison; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Grove Street and Mercer Avenue, North Plainfield. Arrangements are by Memorial Funeral Home in Fanwood.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the memorial fund of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. For additional information or to express condolences, please visit www.fanwoodmemorial.com.

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James V. Dunnigan

Point Pleasant resident James V. Dunnigan died Saturday, Jan. 19 in the Claremont Care Center, Point Pleasant.

He was 88 years old.

Born and raised in Jersey City, he has lived in Point Pleasant since 1969.

A United Sates Army, World War II veteran, he was awarded the Philippines Liberation Medal for his service.

Mr. Dunnigan was a retired deputy for the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, Toms River and also was a member of the American Legion in Toms River.

He was predeceased by his parents, Kearn and Salome Tarr Dunnigan, and by his brother, Tarr Dunnigan.

A beloved husband and loving father, surviving are his wife, of 62 years, Lillian E. Leavitt Dunnigan; and his daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and John Lemanowicz, of Point Pleasant.

Graveside services and interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Brielle, were held privarely and were arranged by The Pable-Evertz Funeral Home of Point Pleasant .

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