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Ocean County, NJ (04.25.08)


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Jeffrey D. Brown

Wesley Chapel, Fla., resident Jeffrey D. Brown, formerly of Lavallette, died peacefully on Monday, April 14, at East Pasco Hospice Care Center, Dade City, Fla.

He was 47 years old.

Jeffrey was also a life member and past captain of the Ortley Beach First Aid Squad.

He was predeceased by his mother, Jonell Brown.

He is survived by his life partner, Thomas, and their dog Sasha; his father, David Brown; his stepmother, Barbara Brown; his aunts, Sandra Burk Jones, Olive Peterson and Florence Pontillo; and his uncle, Walter Brown.

Jeffrey will be missed by all who knew him and all the patients he cared for as a nurse with Fresenius Medical Care and as a former paramedic for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

A private family service will be held. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Jeffrey’s name to the East Pasco Hospice Care Center, 12107 Majestic Blvd. Hudson, FL 34667, 800-486-8784.

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Irene M. [nee Raczynski] Plowucha

Dallas resident Irene M. [nee Raczynski] Plowucha, formerly of Point Pleasant Beach, died peacefully April 21 in Dallas, surrounded by her family.

She was 91 years old.

She was born and lived in Elizabeth until she moved to Point Pleasant Beach in 1988 following the death of her husband, Joseph Plowucha.

A member of St. Peter’s Church, her wonderful sense of humor was truly a gift she enjoyed sharing with others. Her large family looked forward to annual family reunions at “Grandma’s Beach House” each August.

She is survived by three daughters, Carole and her husband, Ed Casteel, of Dallas, Judy and her husband, Jerry Hegarty, of North Oaks, Minn., Anne Marie and her husband Ron Hammond, of Charlotte, N.C.; and a son, Peter and his wife, Brenda Plowshay, of Lone Tree, Colo. She was the proud grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of 11.

A private service will be held in Dallas. A memorial service to celebrate Irene’s wonderful life will be held this summer in Point Pleasant Beach for family and friends.

Donations in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, [].

Condolences may be sent to daughter, Judy Hegarty at

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Frank Joseph Fischer

Manchester resident Frank Joseph Fischer, whose daughter resides in Lavallette, died Wednesday, April 16, in The Haven, Manchester.

He was 87 years old.

Born and raised in Perth Amboy, he lived in Edison before moving to Cedar Glen Homes, Manchester in 1983.

Mr. Fischer was an auto mechanic and owned Frank’s Service Center in Perth Amboy. He later worked for Amoco Oil Co. as a truck mechanic for 12 years, then for the Middlesex County Vo-Tech Maintenance Dept., retiring in 1982.

Frank was a World War II Army veteran, achieving the rank of sergeant.

He was predeceased by his grandsons, James and Richard Tarvin; two brothers, George and Joseph Fischer; two sisters, Teresa Amos and Anne Pirigyi; and two sons-in-law, Frank McCann and Sol Fox.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Elaine Gloff Fischer; three daughters and a son-in-law, Joyce Fox, of Toms River, Donna and Robert Light, of Lavallette, and Cathy McCann, of Toms River; five grandchildren; a stepgrandson; 19 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

The Timothy E. Ryan Home for Toms River, was in charge of arrangements. Burial took place at Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Care Alternative Hospice, 70 Jackson Drive, Suite 200, Cranford, 07016. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

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Shawn Patrick McCarthy

Lakewood resident Shawn Patrick McCarthy, formerly of Point Pleasant Beach, died Wednesday, April 16, in his home.

He was 43 years old.

Born in Point Pleasant, he lived in Point Pleasant Beach before moving to Lakewood two years ago.

Shawn graduated from St. Peter’s Grammar School, Point Pleasant Beach, and St. Rose High School, Belmar. He graduated from Temple University, Philadelphia, School of Pharmacy.

He was working at Rite Aid Pharmacy for the past 20 years and was a communicant of St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Catholic Church.

He was a very loving father, son and brother and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his daughters, Kayla, Brooke and Abigail; his parents, Mary and Donald McCarthy, of Lakewood; his brother, Donald and sister-in-law, LeeAnn McCarthy, of Newton; a sister, Laura and brother-in-law, Michael Keane, of Spring Lake Heights; his brother, Brian and sister-in-law, Joi McCarthy, of Westport, Ireland; and his nieces and nephews, Devin, Katie and Morgan McCarthy, and Shannon and Michael Keane.

The D’Elia Funeral Home, Lakewood, was in charge of arrangements. Burial took place at St. Mary of the Lake Cemetery, Lakewood.

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Cora B. Burdge Hankins

Point Pleasant Beach resident Cora B. Burdge Hankins died Monday, April 21, in Ocean Medical Center, Brick.

She was 83 years old.

She was vice president at Ocean County National Bank, Point Pleasant Beach.

Born in Point Pleasant Beach, she lived there all her life.

She was predeceased by her husband, Donald Hankins.

She is survived by two sons, Vernon Hankins, of Brick, and Mark Hankins, of Point Pleasant Beach; two daughters, Donna Hankins, of West Chester, Pa., and Deborah Hankins, of Malvern, Pa.; a brother, Richard Burdge, of South Hampton, N.Y.; a sister, Esther Capestro, of Point Pleasant Beach; and three grandchildren, Donald, Alyssa and David.

At the request of the family, no services will take place at this time. A donation can be made in her name to St. Gregory’s Pantry, 804 Bay Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, 08742.

Cremation Service of Ocean, Brick, is in charge of arrangements.

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Edith “Edie” Brienza

Whiting, Manchester resident Edith “Edie” Brienza, formerly of Lavallette, died Tuesday, April 15, in her home, after a long battle with cancer.

She was 80 years old.

Edie was born and raised in Somerville, was a graduate of Somerville High School and worked for the Bridgewater School system and Fluid Packaging.

She lived in Bound Brook with her loving husband, Joseph, for many years.

After Joe passed away, Edie moved to Lavallette, where she resided until she moved to Onancock, Va. After several years in Virginia, Edie moved back to Whiting, to be near her children and grandchildren.

In addition to Joe, Edie was predeceased by her parents, Albert and Ada Dougherty; and her loving sister, Shirley Gara.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her brother, Herbert “Gussie” Dougherty, of Yonkers, N.Y.; two sons, Richard and his wife, Sharon, of Bound Brook, and John and his wife, Stephanie, of Jupiter, Fla.; a daughter, Barbara Waskiewicz and her husband, Larry, of Marathon, Fla.; three grandchildren, John and his wife, Tara, of Santa Monica, Calif., Kenneth and his wife, Tin,a of Toronto, Canada, and Matthew of Philadelphia.

Also cherishing her memory are several nieces and nephews and many friends who loved and cared about her.

The DeGraff Lakehurst Funeral Home, Lakehurst, was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Van Dyke Hospice, 99 Route 37 West, Toms River, 08755, or Deborah Hospital Foundation, 20 Pine Mill Road, Browns Mills, 08015.

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Ann Marie DiPadova Verga

Toms River resident Ann Marie DiPadova Verga, formerly of Lavallette, died Friday, April 18, in her home.

She was 81 years old.

Born in Jersey City, Mrs. Verga was a Lavallette resident for the past 45 years.

She and her late husband, Edward, owned and operated Verga’s Pastry Shop in Jersey City for 39 years. An avid baker, Mrs. Verga enjoyed making gingerbread houses for her grandchildren at Christmas.

She was also a shopping enthusiast and also enjoyed cruising and going to Atlantic City. She enjoyed watching her grandson, Tyler, play football at Toms River High School South. Mrs. Verga was an active member of Deborah Heart Hospital.

She is survived by two sons, Edward S. and his wife, Cathy, and Gary J. and his wife, Sandra; a daughter, Janice Shuebrook and her husband, Kent; three brothers, Anthony, Joseph, and Frank DiPadova; two sisters, Dorothy Marcella and Gloria Gyurik; six grandchildren, John, Kevin, Leslie, Amanda, Brittany and Tyler; and two great-grandchildren, Ian Michael and Abigail.

The Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, Lavallette, handled the arrangements. Entombment took place in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Toms River.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

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Dorothy Mary Kehoe

Bay Head resident Dorothy Mary Kehoe died Sunday, April 20, in Ocean Medical Center, Brick.

She was 85 years old.

Born in Newark to the late John and Anna Adams Kehoe, she had lived in Irvington, summering in Bay Head since 1958 and moving there permanently in 1982.

Dottie was an assistant manager and underwriter, retiring from the Prudential Life Insurance Company in Newark, where she worked for 40 years.

She enjoyed traveling and was a communicant of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Bay Head, where she was a member of the Rosary Society.

Surviving are her sisters, Marie Machavern, of Point Pleasant, and Betty Kehoe, of Bay Head; her nephews, David Machavern and his wife, Patrice, and Paul Machavern and his wife, Lynn; her great-nieces and nephews, Ryan, Dillon, Christopher, Jesse and Kate; and many dear friends.

The Pable-Evertz Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, was in charge of arrangements. Interment was held privately at St. Catharine’s Cemetery, Wall.

As an expression of sympathy, contributions made to St. Gregory’s Pantry, 804 Bay Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, 08742, are suggested.

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Edna Mary Shillabeer

Brick resident Edna Mary Shillabeer, whose daughter lives in Point Pleasant, died Sunday, April 20, at her home, with her family at her side.

He was 84 years old.

She was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., where she met and married her husband of 38 years, William. They have four devoted children, Holly, Heidi, William and Heather.

Edna was a dedicated teacher at The Children’s Palace and was loved by all the children there. She will be greatly missed.

She was predeceased by her parents, Arthur and Edna Clymo; and her husband, William.

She is survived by her children, Holly and her husband, Richard Pastor, of Point Pleasant Beach, Heidi and her husband, Maurice Forte, of Brick, William Shillabeer, of Brick, and Heather Tutone, of Ocean Township; her grandson, Tristan Forte, of Brick; a brother, Arthur, of Pennsylvania; and her best friends, Eloise and John DeMarco, of Spotswood.

A memorial gathering will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, with a memorial service at 8:30 p.m., at Colonial Funeral Home, 2170 Route 88, Brick.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Children’s Palace, 1747 Hooper Ave., Toms River, 08753, for the children there.

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Laura Dunlop Evans

Asbury Park resident Laura Dunlop Evans, formerly of Point Pleasant, died Tuesday, April 15, at Jersey Shore Care Center, Eatontown.

She was 87 years old.

She was a homemaker. Born in Lynchburg, S.C., she lived in Point Pleasant before moving to Asbury Park 21 years ago.

She was predeceased by her husband, Louis Evans, in 1968.

She is survived y a son, Louis Evans Jr., of Red Bank; a daughter, Yvonne Wingo and her husband, Barry, of Asbury Park; two sisters, Lugenia Cole and Margaret Johnson, both of Baltimore; three grandchildren, Felicia, Chevonne and Jermaine; and six great-grandchildren, Ashley, Zelan, Javon, Jayden, Perceona and Shamir.

The Van Hise and Callagan Funeral Home, Point Pleasant Beach, was in charge of arrangements. Burial took place at Whitelawn Cemetery, Point Pleasant.

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Hazel Reich-Teeple

Lakewood resident Hazel Reich-Teeple, whose family members live in Point Pleasant, died Saturday, April 19, after a long battle with cancer, in Laurelton Village, Brick.

She was 73 years old.

Born in Jersey City, she was formerly of Brick before moving to Lakewood 15 years ago.

She was a school bus driver for the Brick Board of Education for 27 years before her retirement 20 years ago. She was a member of the travel club, camera club and the Italian American Club in Original Leisure Village.

Hazel’s biggest joy was spending time with her grandchildren. Hazel battled cancer for years with dignity and grace.

She was predeceased by her husbands, William Reich, in 1972, and Milton Teeple, three years ago; and her brother, Bill, 10 years ago.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, William and Mary O’Rourke Reich, of Point Pleasant; her daughters, Lizbeth Reich, of Point Pleasant, and Laura and Jerry Arndt, of North Carolina; her grandchildren, Emma and Hannah; and her brothers and sister, Robert Sullivan, of Lakewood, Raymond Sullivan, of Point Pleasant, Edward Sullivan, and Norbury Sullivan of Fort Myers, Fla., and Gladys Lee Turner,, of Lakewood.

The D’Elia Funeral Home, Lakewood, was in charge of arrangements. Burial took place at Ocean County Memorial Park, Toms River.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Just Us Girls, Women with Cancer in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, P .O. Box 663, Manasquan, 08736.

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George L. Rosace

Point Pleasant resident George L. Rosace, formerly of Bayonne, died Saturday, April 19.

He was 78 years old.

He was founder of George’s Auto body for 50 years in Bayonne, retiring in 2000.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Palma Femia Rosace; his daughter, Ann Marie Nicola A. Vernese, M.D.; two sons, Patrick and his wife, Lucille Rosace, George Jr. and his wife, Barbara Rosace; his grandchildren, Jessica and George Rosace, Nicole Vernese III, Patrick, Matthew and Tyler Rosace; one sister, Madeline Tennis; one brother, Lawrence and his wife Rose Rosace; and many nieces and nephews.

The Migliaccio Funeral Home, Bayonne, was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital would be appreciated.

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Donald L. Weiland Jr.

Brick resident Donald L. Weiland Jr., who has family in Point Pleasant, died early Wednesday morning, April 16, in Ocean Medical Center, Brick.

He was 84 years old.

He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many. Everyone who had the chance to know him, loved him.

He was a Vietnam veteran, who honored his country and truly loved it.

Donald retired from Roadway Express after 28 years of service. He was a family man who completely enjoyed time spent with the ones he loved.

He was predeceased by his father, Donald L. Weiland; and his mother, Eleanor Weiland.

He is survived by his loving wife, Margaret L. Weiland; his daughter, Michelle L. Weiland, of Manchester; his son, Donald L. Weiland III and his wife, Janeen Weiland, of Point Pleasant; his four grandchildren, whom he put his whole being into, Trinity and Todd Jenkins Jr., of Manchester, and Ava and Garret Weiland, of Point Pleasant; his brother, Frank Weiland, of Lakewood; his four sisters, Nancy Truppa, of Stuart, Fla., Margaret Carlson, of California, and Helen Loguidice and Carol Manto, both of Brick; along with many nieces and nephews, who he loved very dearly; and of course his sister-in-law and brothers-in-law, who were just like real brothers to him always.

The Colonial Funeral Home, Brick, was in charge of arrangements. Interment took place in Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the following in his honor, American Cancer Society, 1035 Hooper Ave., Toms River, 08753; Ocean of Love, 1709 Highway 37, Toms River, 08753; American Heart Association, 1 Union St., Suite 301, Robbinsville, 08691; and the American Diabetes Association, N.J. Office, 19 Schoolhouse Road, Somerset, 08873.

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