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Monmouth County, NJ (09.25.08)


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Loretta Boyd Venezia

Spring Lake Heights resident Loretta Boyd Venezia died on Monday, Sept. 22 in her home.

She was 88 years old.

Loretta Boyd Venezia, “Nanny,” a wonderful, strong person, an exceptional sister, wife, mother, and friend left the Earth peacefully, surrounded by her loving family. She was a very intelligent woman, who retired from the stock transfer department of Dean Witter in her late 70s.

Loretta reluctantly moved from her beloved Jersey City, five years ago because her children meant so much to her and they wanted to move to the Jersey Shore.

The Shore was not unfamiliar to her as she spent her youth at the Uncle Bill’s Off Shore Inn in Point Pleasant Beach. She and her husband, Carmine, also brought their children to the beach for vacations every summer. Later on, she spent much of her summers in Manasquan, Spring Lake and Sea Girt with her family.

Loretta loved Irish music and belonged to Ireland’s 32 clubs of Bayonne. She was also a member of Saint Aloysius Senior Club.

Until a few years ago, she enjoyed getting on the bus in Spring Lake with one or another of her sisters and going to the casinos in Atlantic City for the day.

Loretta taught her children to love and take care of each other and to be generous with their time and possessions to all. She was a survivor and a dynamic person, who loved life and always lived it to the fullest. She was always ready to go.

Loretta was predeceased by her parents, John Boyd and Mary McCauley; her brother, James Boyd; and her sisters, Evelyn Romano, Margaret Dorsett and Muriel Iorio Burke. Her husband of 57 years, Carmine, passed away in 1993.

She is survived by all of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren; two sisters; a brother-in-law and many nieces and nephews. Her children and their spouses are Carmine and Sarah, James and Laura, Phillip and Karen, Lauren and Dr. Richard Gill, Margaret and Aaron Bier, and Dina and Jim Wojtkiewicz, with whom she lived and who cared for her, as no other could for the past four years. She is also survived by her sisters and brother-in-law Mary Burke, and Geraldine and Albert Salerno; and daughters-in-law Barbara and Arlene Venezia.

Relatives and friends are invited to call today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the O’Brien Funeral Home, Wall, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 26 at St. Catharine’s Roman Catholic Church, Spring Lake. Burial will be on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 11 a.m. at Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to VNA of Central Jersey, Red Bank, in Loretta’s memory.

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Gladys G. Birkenhauer

Spring Lake Heights resident Gladys G. Birkenhauer, also of Stuart, Fla., died Sept. 22 with family at her side at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, after a short illness.

Gladys was a graduate of Columbia High School, South Orange and graduated from a business school.

She was a treasurer for Carteret Savings and Loan before becoming a homemaker and mother.

Gladys, her husband, Edwin, her brother, Richard Caspar and her son, Edward, owned Matawan Lumber for many years.

She was a member of the Spring Lake Bath and Tennis Club and the Spring Lake Golf Club.

Gladys was born in Newark, and was raised in South Orange. She loved the beach and summered with her parents and nine brothers and sisters in Avon, spending much time with her family at the Belmar Fishing Club. Bud and Gladys have lived in Kansas City, Mo., Baltimore, Marysville, Ohio and York, Pa. and spent the last 25 years in the New Jersey shore area.

Gladys is survived by her husband of 63 years, Edwin G. Birkenhauer Jr.; and her son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Candace Birkenhauer, of Brielle; a daughter and son-in-law, Regine and Pat Dallosta, of Lothian, Md. and Richmond, Va.; four grandchildren, Kristen Birkenhauer and her fiancé, Matt Cooper, of Charlotte, N.C., Derek Birkenhauer of Hoboken, Amanda Birkenhauer, of Brielle, and Matt Dallosta of Lothian, Md.

The Orender Family Home for Funerals, 2643 Old Bridge Road, Wall, is in charge of arrangements. A funeral service will be held Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Brielle.

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Lynn Phillips Farrar

Avon-by-the-Sea resident Lynn Phillips Farrar died Wednesday, Sept. 17 in his home.

He was 57 years old.

Born in Waynesburg, Pa., he lived in Long Branch before coming to Avon 20 years ago.

Lynn attended Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, prior to studying at the Berkeley College of Music, Boston, as a piano and bass guitar major.

A well-known, and deeply loved presence on the Jersey Shore music entertainment scene, his unique voice, unmistakable sound on the the bass guitar will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure to experience it, either in the audience, or sharing the stage with him.

An avid football and baseball fan, Lynn entertained, and informed many with his incredible knowledge of sports history. Never one to forget his roots, the Pittsburgh Steelers have another fan looking down from above, the Pirates will know he’s pulling for them, and the Mets will appreciate any assistance he can offer.

He was a member of the Memphis Rockabilly Band, with whom he toured the eastern U.S. and Europe, and was later a member of the Billy Lawlor Band for 23 years.

He was predeceased by his brother, Kim; and his parents, Charles E. and June Orndoff Farrar.

Lynn is survived by his aunt, Jean O. Myers, of Leechburg, Pa.; his brother and sister-in-law, Ted and Sally Farrar, of Hershey, Pa.; and his nephews, Derek and Bryan; his niece, Erin; and adopted family in New Jersey, Billy and Linda Lawlor, their sons, Patrick, Will and his wife, Katie. He also leaves behind his band mates and many dear friends.

A memorial service will be offered on Sunday Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. at the O’Brien Funeral Home in Wall.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, you may make a contribution to Catholic Charities Behavioral Health Care, Diocese of Trenton, in memory of Lynn Farrar or Kevin Lawlor.

O’Brien Funeral Home, Wall, is in charge of arrangements.

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Marie Josephine McHugh

Brielle resident Marie Josephine McHugh died Saturday, Sept. 20 in her home.

She was 75 years old.

Known to all as “Jo,” she was born in Newark to August and Mary Davino. Raised in Orange, she graduated Orange High School in 1950.

She married Thomas Peter McHugh, settling in Livingston to raise their family. Jo was a caring daughter and sister, a loving wife of 45 years, and a wonderful mom and nana.

She moved to Brielle following Tom’s passing in 2003 to be closer to her family.

Jo pursed her artistic flair and volunteered for the Visiting Nurse Association Thrift Shop in Manasquan.

Jo generously gave of herself to family, friends, and community throughout her life, with a natural concern and a special warmth. She will be missed by all who experience her gentle kindness, most especially her loving family that remains.

Surviving are her children Mary McHugh, Martin McHugh Sr. and his wife, Cheryl; her sisters, Laura Weisbecker, Louise Devine and Catherine Kerris; her grandchildren, Martin McHugh Jr. and William Thomas; and her sisters-in-law, Rita Davino, Susan Kaschak, and Richard and Audrey McHugh. She also left behind many cousins, nieces, nephews, and their children.

Friends may call today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Neary Quinn Funeral Home, Manasquan. A funeral Mass will be offered on Friday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Catharine’s Church, Spring Lake.

A Mass enrolling Jo into the St. Phil’s Memorial Society will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at St. Philomena’s Church in Livingston, where she was a dedicated member for 44 years. Those wishing to make memorial contributions may send them to VNACNJ Thrift Shop, Manasquan.

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Robert ‘Bob’ Mahoney

Wall resident Robert “Bob” Mahoney died on Saturday Sept. 20, in his home.

He was 69 years old.

Born in Orange, he lived in West Orange before coming to Wall 18 years ago.

Mr. Mahoney was employed as conductor with Amtrak in New York City, retiring in 2001.

He was a communicant of St. Denis Church in Manasquan, a longtime parish member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in West Orange, a member of the Knights of Columbus Rev. John F. Welsh Council No. 3231, the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh of the Jersey Shore and Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh of Essex County. He was also a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Manasquan Elks Lodge 2534, Jerry Lynch Social & Civic Club, American Legion Post No. 346, Greater Point Pleasant Chapter of the Old Guard, and the National Association of Retired & Veteran Railway Employees.

He was proud veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Eileen Mannix and Margaret Mahoney; and his brothers, Father Daniel Mahoney, James, Robert, Cornelius and William Mahoney. He was also predeceased by his nephews, Brian Mannix, Kevin Mahoney; his sisters-in-law, Barbara Mahoney and Mary Mahoney; and his brother-in-law Matty Mannix.

He is survived by his nieces and nephews and their spouses, Tim Mahoney and Allison, Dennis Mahoney and Mary Jo, Maureen Mahoney, Kim Mahoney, Susan Reilly, Kathy Lewinski and Russell, Billy Mahoney and Cindy, Ellen Salmons and Wayne, James Mahoney and Kim, James Mahoney and Kathleen, John Mahoney and Patricia, Michael Mahoney and Trisha, Sherry Mannix, James Mannix and Rose, Aileen Mannix, Kate Huttner and Kenneth, Matthew Mannix and Maureen, Maureen Burke and Jeffrey, Daniel Mannix and Mary, Dennis Mannix, Patrick Mannix, Robert Mannix and Tami, Danny Mahoney and Sissy, Patty Mahoney, Jean Walker and Dennis, Margaret Itugesen and Ken, James Mahoney and Geanine and Paul Mahoney.

He is also survived by 65 great-nieces and nephews; by 15 great-great-nieces and nephews; and a host of dear friends that meant the world to him.

Visitation will be Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the O’Brien Funeral Home 2028 Route 35 at New Bedford Road, Wall. A Mass in his honor will take place at Our Lady of Lourdes Church West Orange, followed by burial at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Montclair.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

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Viola Francone Rocco

Tinton Falls resident Viola Francone Rocco, formerly of Bradley Beach, died Saturday Sept. 20, Sept. 21 in Atria Assisted Living in Tinton Falls.

She was 83 years old.

Born and raised in Hoboken, she came to Bradley Beach in the 1970s.

Mrs. Rocco was employed with her family’s business, Francone’s Bakery, in Hoboken. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoyed spending time at the beach and walking the boardwalk with her beloved husband, Michael.

Viola was a longtime communicant of the Church of Ascension in Bradley Beach.

She was predeceased by her husband, Michael Rocco; her son, Nicholas Rocco; her parents, Alfonso and Nunziatta Francone; and eight brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Hodle; her grandchildren Frederick, Michael and Cheryl Hodle, Nancy Garlick and Thomas Hodle; and two great-grandchildren.

She also leaves her sisters, Mary Siano, Margaret Andreano, and Maria Castle.

O’Brien Funeral Home, Wall, was in charge of arrangements. Entombment took place at Monmouth Memorial Park, Tinton Falls.

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Michael L. Gorra

Spring Lake Heights resident Michael L. Gorra died in his home on Thursday, Sept. 23, after a long illness.

He was 74 years old.

Mr. Gorra retired in 1996 as a guidance counselor at Asbury Park High School, where he taught for 36 years.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1954 to 1956.

He was a graduate of the former Monmouth College in Long Branch and received his master’s degree from the former Kean College in Union. He was an active member of the Disabled American Veterans and a former member of the Asbury Park Elks.

One of his favorite pastimes was swimming in the indoor pool at The Atlantic Club in Wall.

Mr. Gorra was a devoted husband and father of two daughters.

Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Mary [nee Vartevarian] Gorra; daughters Lisa Hinz and her husband, Marcus, of Princeton, Michele Kunkel and her husband, Christopher, of Hopewell; and grandchildren Karl Hinz and Mary Grace Krunkel, born four days ago. He also leaves his brother, Louis Gorra, of Tinton Falls; sisters Gloria Simonm of Asbury Park, Rita Campbellm of Ocean Township; and nieces and nephews Liz Gorra, Lauren Simon, Chuck Simon and Louis Gorra Jr.

The O’Brien Funeral Home, Wall was in charge of arrangements. Burial took place at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Neptune.

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Mary M. Dobson

Spring Lake Heights resident Mary M. Dobson died Sunday, Sept. 21 in Care One in Wall.

She was 88 years old.

Born and raised in New York City, she earned her master of science degree in accounting from Hunter College in New York and worked as an accountant for various firms during her career.

Ms. Dobson lived in New York City and Glen Rock before coming to Spring Lake Heights, 15 years ago.

She is survived by her sister, Eleanor Dobson; her nephews, James, Christopher and Kevin Dobson; and her niece Valerie McDonald. She also leaves her great nieces and nephews.

O’Brien Funeral Home, Wall, was in charge of arrangements.

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Jeanette Ann Saco

Spring Lake resident Jeanette Ann Saco died Friday, Sept. 19 in her home.

Born in Patterson, she lived in Franklin Lakes, before moving to Spring Lake six years ago.

She was a devoted, loving mother.

Mrs. Saco was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Louis Saco, in 2006.

She is survived by her children Jeanne Mickel, Dr. Louis Saco, Christopher Saco, Bernadette Saco, Jacqueline Kossl and Beverly Guido; and her loving grandchildren, Kenzie and Clayton Kossl, Christopher and Elizabeth Saco, Christine and Nicole Guido and Michael and Tara Saco.

Neary Quinn Funeral Home, Manasquan, was in charge of arrangements.

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John Marshall Brown III

Tinton Falls resident John Marshall Brown III, formerly of Manasquan, died Monday Sept. 15, in Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune.

He was 84 years old.

After graduating from Manasquan High School, Marshall attended Montclair State College for a year and a half before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942. By age 19 he was a trained bomber pilot, but was discharged in San Francisco when World War II ended.

He then hitchhiked back across the country ending up in State College, Pa., where he later earned his B.S. and Ph.D. in psychology at Penn State University. During this time, he worked as research associate for Psychological Corporation in New York City.

On Jan. 29, 1949, he married his wife of 58 years, Harriet C. Cox, in South Orange. From 1950 to 1954 they lived in Lewisburg, Pa. where Marshall was an assistant/associate professor at Bucknell University. In 1954, they moved to Easton, Pa. where he was an associate professor at Lafayette College from 1954 to 1989, and was the head of the psychology department from 1959 to 1981.

From 1951 to 1980, Marshall was a private psychological consultant for many companies including Ingersoll-Rand, Dixie Cup, M&M Mars, as well as an arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association Panel from 1970 to 1989.

In addition, he was the senior author of “Applied Psychology,” a college textbook, as well as many research papers and speeches in the area of psychology. He was a member of the American Psychological Association, and the Lehigh Valley Psychological Association. At some time, he served as president for each of them. He was also a member of the Pennsylvania State Board of Examiners and was instrumental in the establishment of licensing psychologists in Pennsylvania, being the first licensed psychologist in the state.

In addition, he was actively involved in community service, including membership on the Northampton County Prison Board [1960 to 1978], the Northampton County Mental Health Board [1967 to 1971], Easton Area School Board [1958 to 1970], deacon of College Hill Presbyterian Church [1959 to 1969] and the Valley Federal Savings Board [1984 to 1993].

His entrepreneurial activities included the establishment of a corporation that developed sections of Forks Township in Easton.

Following his retirement in 1989, Marshall and Harriet returned to his hometown of Manasquan, where he was a member of the Squan Village Historical Society from 1990 to 2003, and served as president from 1997 to 1999. They moved to Seabrook Village in 2001 where he continued to be active in the community as a member of the Seabrook Resident Council and the Family Council at Renaissance Gardens.

Throughout their life together, Marshall and Harriet enjoyed traveling extensively throughout the world with many friends and family, with the highlight being several extended stays in Hawaii, where he taught as a visiting professor at University of Hawaii. He enjoyed tennis and golf, playing bridge and was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Marshall was predeceased by his loving wife, Harriet; and son, Wayne Marshall Brown.

Surviving are his children and their families, Jeff Brown, wife Donna Fletcher Brown, and their children, Tyler, Megan, and Matthew, of Chelmsford, Mass.; Lynn Grieb, husband Gustav Grieb, and their children, Heather, Steven, James and Taylor of Manasquan.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wayne Marshall Brown Scholarship at Bucknell University. Neary Quinn Funeral Home, Manasquan, was in charge of arrangements.

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Patrice Ann Holl-Bryan

Neptune resident Patrice Ann Holl-Bryan, formerly of Belmar, died Sunday, Sept. 21 in Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune.

She was 42 years old.

Born in orange, she lived in Belmar before moving to Shark River Hills in 1991.

She was a graduate of St. Rose Grammar School, Manasquan High School in 1985, and attended Brookdale Community College. She was an executive receptionist for Cantone Research in Shrewsbury.

Patty had a devotion to helping the elderly, she was good nature, kind, and generous.

She was predeceased by her father, Edward Holl in 2007.

Surviving are her son, Edward Pierce Bryan; her daughter, Kerry Flynn Bryan; her mother, Bernadette Flynn-Holl R.N.; her former husband, Jared Bryan; four brothers, Edward C. Holl, and his wife Juliann, Michael John Hall, Christopher Holl and his wife, Laura and James Holl and his wife, Kris.

Family and friends will gather at the Reilly Funeral Home, Belmar, today at 10 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church of St. Elizabeth, Avon, at 11 a.m. Entombment will be at St. Catharine’s Mausoleum, Wall.

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Steve Kulcsar

Lake Como resident Steve Kulcsar died Saturday, Sept. 20 in Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune.

He was 74 years old.

Steve operated his own dry wall business in Lake Como for many years before recently retiring.

He was an avid bowler and bowled in the Sea Girt Lanes Seniors league as well as for various leagues throughout the shore over the years.

He was born in Budapest, Hungary and came to the U.S. in 1956 where he brought his love for the game of soccer founding a soccer league in New Brunswick. He was a member of the Belmar Elks. Steve lived in Asbury Park for many years before moving to Lake Como 20 years ago.

He is survived by his son, Steven Kulcsar and his wife, Kim; his daughters, Veronica Gaddis and Irene Gorski, and Anita LaPoint and her husband, Robert; 13 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Reilly Funeral Home, Belmar, was in charge of arrangements.

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