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Ocean County, NJ (11.14.08)

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Shirley A. Lucchesi

Westfield resident Shirley A. Lucchesi, whose father lives in Point Pleasant, died Sunday, Nov. 9, in Denville, surrounded by her loving family, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

She was 71 years old.

A beloved mother and grandmother, Mrs. Lucchesi was born in Jersey City and was a resident of Westfield for the last 43 years.

Mrs. Lucchesi graduated from Jonathan Dayton Regional High School in 1955. She worked as a lab technician and chemist at Bristol Myers, Hillside, and Griffith Laboratories, Union and retired from Colgate Palmolive, Piscataway, in 2000. During her tenure at Colgate, Mrs. Lucchesi and her lab team were awarded United States and International Dental Care patents in 1995 and 1999, respectively.

She was predeceased by her husband, Carl Lucchesi; and her mother, Elizabeth Critelli.

She is survived by her father, Anthony Critelli, of Point Pleasant; a son, Vincent and daughter-in-law Susan, of Sea Girt; a daughter, Anna Gahm and son-in-law Douglas, of Denville; five grandchildren, Meghan, Allison and Emily Lucchesi and Ashley and Brandon Gahm; her brothers and sisters, Dominick, Anthony and John Critelli, Catherine Walker and Cynthia Critelli; a sister-in-law, Ann Lucchesi; and 11 nieces and nephews.

She was deeply loved as a mother, mother-in-law and grandmother, and her influence will live with us always. Her family was her joy in life and taught all of us the meaning of unconditional love.

Interment was at St. Gertrude’s Cemetery, 53 Inman Ave., Colonia, immediately following the Mass. The Dooley Colonial Home, Westfield, wa in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Overlook Hospital Foundation, Shirley Lucchesi Fund, 36 Upper Overlook Road, Summit, 07902.

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Emily Boris

Toms River resident Emily Boris, whose daughter lives in Point Pleasant Beach, died Sunday, Nov. 9, in her sleep at Green Acres Manor, Toms River.

She was 93 years old.

Born and raised in Elizabeth, Emily worked for the Elizabeth Carteret Hotel as the head of housekeeping before moving to Toms River in 1986. She was a member of St. Justin’s Rosary Society.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, John; her parents, Mary and Walter Haszko; her brothers, Andrew, Henry and Stanley; and her sister, Catherine Lesniak.

Surviving are her daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and John Mulkerin, of Edison, Jane and John Keane, of Edison, Nancy Boris of Roseville, Calif., and Susan Boris, of Point Pleasant Beach; her sister, Helen Yablonski, of Elizabeth; and her brother, Joseph, of Barnegat. Emily was a wonderful grandmother to eight and a great-grandmother to 16.

Visitation will be 9:45 a.m. Friday at Costello-Runyon Funeral Home, 568 Middlesex Ave. [Route 27], Metuchen. A Funeral Mass will be offered at 10:15 a.m. Friday at St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral, Metuchen. Interment will be at St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia.

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Eleanor Poss

Indian Rocks Beach, Fla. resident Eleanor Poss, whose son lives in Point Pleasant, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Florida.

She was 72 years old.

Born in Jersey City, she lived there until moving to Florida 10 years ago, and summered in Point Pleasant.

Eleanor was a senior clerk typist for the Hudson County Juvenile Detention Center for 25 years before retiring in 1998. She was a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, Indian Rocks Beach, Fla.

She was predeceased by her husband, William C., in 2002.

She is survived by her three sons and daughters-in-law, William and Denise, of Kearny, Robert and Camille, of Point Pleasant, and Kevin and Christina, of Manalapan; a brother, Theodore McLernon, of Barnegat; and five grandchildren, Bobby, Alison, Grace, Caitlyn and Ryan.

The Freeman Manalapan-Marlboro Funeral Home, Manalapan was in charge of arrangements. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, Indian Rocks Post 10094, 14268 Walsingham Road, Largo, FL 33774.

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Betty Golick Henry

Point Pleasant Beach resident Betty Golick Henry died Sunday, Nov. 9, in Ocean Medical Center, Brick.

She was 86 years old.

She was a homemaker.

Born in Argentina, she lived in Point Pleasant Beach since 1980.

Betty loved to spend the winter in Hollywood, Fla., walking on the boardwalk, going to the beach and taking trips to Atlantic City.

She was predeceased by her brother, Irwin; and her parents, Jenny and Leo Golick. She was the beloved wife of G. Kenneth Henry for 38 years.

Surviving are a son, Robert Waxer and his wife, Kristie, of Boston; a daughter, Lauren Rudd and her husband, Steve, of Wisconsin; a stepson, Kenneth Henry, of Lakewood; and a stepdaughter, Gail Yeager and her fiance, Roy Fareri, of Somerset. She was the loving grandmother of Katie O’Horo, Kathy Bonilla and Kenneth Henry Jr.; and loving great-grandmother of three great-grandchildren, Tony, Ashley, and Ryan Bonilla. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

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

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Frederick R. James Jr.

Edison resident Frederick R. James Jr., whose daughter lives in Point Pleasant, died on Sunday, Nov. 9.

He was 83 years old.

Mr. James was born in Philadelphia on July 23, 1925. He was raised in Elizabeth and lived in Iselin before moving to Edison, where he resided for 45 years.

He was a graduate of St. Benedict’s Prep, Newark, and the School of Engineering at Catholic University, Washington, D.C.

He was a World War II Navy veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater on the U.S.S. Rankin.

He was an active member of St. Helena’s Roman Catholic Church, Edison, since its inception and was a member of its Holy Name Society. He was a Charter Member and Past Grand Knight of St. Cecelia’s Knights of Columbus, Chapter 3639. He was a loyal member of the Friends of Bill Wilson and Matt Talbot Retreat League.

Mr. James began his career as a systems engineer with Western Electric Co. in 1950 and worked for Bellcore in Piscataway, retiring in 1987. He was a life member of Telcordia Chapter, Telephone Pioneers of America.

He had a variety of interests throughout his lifetime, including golf, boating, ham radio, electronics, reading, history and videography. He enjoyed summer vacations with his family in Stone Harbor and annual golf trips to Myrtle Beach. He was a loving husband and devoted father and grandfather.

He was predeceased by his parents, Frederick R. James Sr. and Sarah Campbell James; and his sister, Mary James Campbell.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Jane Mulherin James; four children, Kathleen James, of San Francisco, MaryAnn Kerwin and her husband, Kenneth, of Point Pleasant, Colleen O’Rourke and her husband, Jonathan, of Amherst, N.Y., and Frederick R. James III and his wife, Lisa, of Somerset; and nine grandchildren: Brian, Michael, Molly, Caitlin, Frederick IV, Katie, Erin, Mary Catherine and Jonathan.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, Nov. 14 at 10:15 a.m. from the Costello-Runyon Funeral Home 568 Middlesex Ave. [Route 27] Metuchen [www.costello-runyon.com] followed by a 11 a.m. Funeral Liturgy at St. Helena’s Roman Catholic Church, Grove Avenue, Edison. Interment will be in St. Gertrude’s Cemetery, Colonia.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Helena’s Roman Catholic Church, 950 Grove Avenue, Edison.

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Mary Beth Roskos

Walnutport, Pa. resident Mary Beth Roskos, formerly of Point Pleasant, died Wednesday, Nov. 5 in Blue Mountain Health Care System, Palmerton Campus, Pa.

She was 40 years old.

Born in Point Pleasant, she was the daughter of Mary Jane Frazee, with whom she resided and the late, Ronald N. Roskos.

Mary Beth worked for Burger King in Walnutport for 18 years.

She participated in the Special Olympics in New Jersey, receiving numerous awards. She also attended monthly dances at the Bethany Wesleyan Church in Berlinsville, Pa.

Surviving are her mother and companion, Durell DeLong II; her stepfather, Skip Hoernig, of Toms River; brothers, David Roskos, of Brick, Scott Roskos, of Lakewood, and George Hoernig, of Toms River; a sister, Crystal Cassella, of Forked River; and nephews, Jimmy Gnutowsky and Ayler Roskos.

The Harding Funeral Home, Slatington, Pa. was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions can be made to Darlene Pioli Care Of The ARC Friendship Dances, c/o the funeral home.

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L. Jeffery “Jeff” Trotman

Marysville, Pa. resident L. Jeffery “Jeff” Troutman, formerly of Point Pleasant Beach, died Saturday, Nov. 8 in Holy Spirit Hospital.

He was 54 years old.

Jeff was a former resident of Point Pleasant Beach and a graduate of Point Pleasant Beach High School class of 1972.

He was a retired employee of Norfolk Southern Rail Road, and was a member of the Marysville Sportsman Association.

He was preceded in death by his son, Tate; and his father Clarence [Corky] Troutman.

Surviving are his wife Cindy M. [nee Dziabo] Troutman; a son, Shawn Toutman, of Linglestown; and two daughters; Kari Watchinsky, of Maryland, and Beth Armour, of Harrisburg Pa. Also surviving are his mother and stepfather, Blanche and Dale Stambaugh; and his brother, Michael Troutman all, of Machanicsburg, Pa. He also leaves behind six grandchildren.

The Sullivan Funeral Home, Enola, Pa. was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1019 Mumma Road, Wormleysburg, Pa. 17043.

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H. Earl Blackman

Point Pleasant resident H. Earl Blackman died Thursday, Nov. 6, in Ocean Medical Center, Brick.

He was 94 years old.

Born in Lakewood, to the late Robert L. and Mina Horner Blackman, he was raised there and lived in Point Pleasant for 30 years.

A World War II veteran, Mr. Blackman served in the United States Air Corps and was in the Normandy Invasion.

He worked for the United States Postal Service for 36 years, retiring as assistant postmaster of the Lakewood office.

He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy Robinson Blackman.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his daughter, Susan Blackman, of Point Pleasant; two sons, Jan Blackman, of Bedminster and Robert Blackman, of California; his niece, Mina Latham; and four grandchildren and their families, Dawn, Dana, Sean and Jaimie.

The Pable-Evertz Funeral Home of Point Pleasant, was in charge of arrangements. Interment took place at Greenwood Cemetery, Brielle.

For online condolences please visit: www.pableevertzfuneralhome.com

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Lucille Vaccarella Zabriskie

Brick resident Lucille Vaccarella Zabriskie, whose brother lives in Bay Head, died on her 47th wedding anniversary, Wednesday, Nov. 5.

She was 71 years old.

Born in Hackensack, to the late Joseph and Mary Pulzello Vaccarella, she lived there and later in Lodi. For many years she lived in Bay Head Shores and moved to Brick in 2001.

Mrs. Zabriskie had worked as a customer service representative for Bart Proud Insurance, Wall.

An active communicant of Sacred Heart Church, Bay Head, she served as a Eucharistic Minister and was a former member of the parish bereavement team.

She loved Atlantic City, walking, and her family.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, G. Albert Zabriskie; and her brother-in-law, John Minella.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her son, Glen Zabriskie, of Brick; her brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Lisa Paolella, of Bay Head, Carl and Heidi Vaccarella, of West Milford, and Ben and Marion Vaccarella, of Waretown; her sisters, Fran Minella, of Brick and Joyce Vaccarella, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; several nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

The Pable-Evertz Funeral Home of Point Pleasant, was in charge of arrangements.

Interment at the Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown, will be held privately.

As an expression of sympathy, contributions made in her memory to the American Cancer Society, 1035 Hooper Ave., Toms River, 08753, would be appreciated.

For online condolences, please visit www.pableevertzfuneralhome.com

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Alfred “Al” Nowicki

Brick resident Alfred “Al” Nowicki, whose daughter live in Point Pleasant, died Saturday, Nov. 8 in Meridian Nursing and Rehabilitation.

He was 86 years old.

Born in Weehawken in 1922, he lived most of his life in Bayonne before moving to Brick in 2007.

He worked in his family’s butcher shop in Bayonne before going on to become an insurance salesman and eventually an inspector of petroleum cargo ships.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served during World War II.

Al loved spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. Al was loved by all who met him.

Al is survived by his wife, Andree Dupas Nowicki; two sons, Patrice Parra and his wife, Susan, of Manchester, and Gary Smith, of Bayonne; a daughter, Noelle Grcic and her husband, John, of Point Pleasant and his beloved grandchildren, Jill Parra-Vescey, Alexandra Grcic and Joshua Grcic.

Arrangements are private and under the direction of Colonial Funeral Home, 2170 Hwy 88, Brick.

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Bernadette Anen

Brick resident Bernadette Anen, whose family lives in Point Pleasant, died Saturday, Nov. 8, in her home.

She was 60 years old.

Born in Passaic, she lived in Hamilton Square prior to moving to Brick 37 years ago.

She was employed as a teacher with the Lakewood Board of Education, Lakewood for 35 years. She was a member of both the New Jersey Education Association and the Lakewood Education Association.

Bernadette is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Christopher and Denise Anen, of Barnegat, and Sean Anen, of Point Pleasant Beach; her father, Col. Paul Ando and his wife, Caroline, of Point Pleasant; two brothers, Paul J. Ando III, of Brick, and Thomas Ando, of Point Pleasant; two sisters, Karen Breuel, of Howell, and Ann Clayton, of Point Pleasant; and a grandson, Tyler.

The Colonial Funeral Home, Brick was in charge of arrangements. Cremation was private.

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