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Robert E. Applegate

Spring Lake Heights resident Robert E. Applegate died Wednesday, May 20 in Ocean Medical Center, Brick.

He was 79 years old.

Robert was born and raised in Wall Township and lived his entire adult life in Spring Lake Heights with his wife of 56 years, Bertha.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving aboard the USS Essex as a fireman and engineer. He retired as a supervisor from the NJ Natural Gas Company after 39 years in 1991. Robert was a member of the New Jersey Lamplighters Club. He enjoyed fishing crabbing and boating and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan.

Robert was predeceased by his parents, Edith Bloodgood Applegate and George Applegate, his brother, George, and half-brother, Thomas.

He is survived by his wife, Bertha Applegate of Spring Lake Heights; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Kimberly Applegate of Lake Como; two daughters and a son-in-law, Karen and Ronald Parks of Etowah, N.C. and Carol Ann Applegate of Spring Lake Heights; two granddaughters, Sherri Johnston and her husband, William, and Kristen Shin and her husband Il; and four great-grandchildren, Derien, Kylie, Annaliese and Jin-Tak. Robert will also be missed by his two cats Kelly and Brandy.

Relatives and friends are invited to call today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Orender Family Home for Funerals, 2643 Old Bridge Road, Manasquan. A funeral service will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Popcorn Park Zoo, 124 Evergreen Avenue, Newark, 07714. Condolences and memories can be e-mailed to

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Josiah Brian Lloyd

Ocean Grove resident Josiah Brian Lloyd, formerly of Wall Township, died Friday, May 22 at his home.

He was 27 years old.

Josiah was born in Neptune and raised in Wall Township. He graduated from Wall High School in 2000. Josiah lived in Ocean Grove for the past eight years. He worked at Shop Rite in Neptune before becoming a line-chef at Crust & Crumbles, Asbury Park. Josiah enjoyed to fish and was an avid surfer. He loved animals, music and to travel.

Josiah was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Robert Ricca and his paternal grandfather, George Lloyd.

He is survived by his parents, Brian and Mary Nash Lloyd of Wall; his two brothers, David Lloyd of Wall and Nathan Lloyd of Beverly, Mass.; his maternal grandmother, Louise Nash Ricca of Marco Island, Fla.; and his paternal grandmother, Betty Lloyd of Wall. Josiah will be sorely missed by his many aunts and uncles and several cousins.

The Orender Family Home for Funerals, Manasquan was in charge of arrangements. A funeral service will be held today at 10 a.m. at the Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2263 Allenwood Road, Wall. Please go directly to the church this morning. Interment will be private.

Condolences and memories can be e-mailed to

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Earl S. Lansing Jr.

Port St. Lucie, Fla. resident Earl S. Lansing, Jr., formerly of Manasquan, died Saturday, April 11 at St. Lucie Medical Center in Port St. Lucie.

He was 88 years old.

He was born in Philadelphia and was a long time resident of Palm City and Port St. Lucie, Florida after moving from Northfield.

He was an Army Veteran of World War II, serving overseas with Company A, 717th M.P. Battalion. After the war he joined the Air Force, achieving the rank of Chief Master Sergeant with the 177th Tactical Fighter Group, stationed at the National Aviation Facility Experimental Center, J.J. He retired after 36 years of service to his country.

He was a graduate of Manasquan High School and Atlantic Community College.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Arden Lansing; daughter, Rene Rosetty; son-in-law Daniel Rosetty; sister, Marjorie Clark; brother, James Lansing; and grandsons, Adam Lansing and Lucas McGinn.

Survivors include his sons, Ronnie Lansing of Port St. Lucie, and Michael Lansing and Steven Lansing, both of New Jersey: a brother John Lansing of New Jersey; his sister Sylvia Strayer-Creighton of Pennsylvania; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 6 at 11 a.m., Laurel Memorial Park, 2301 English Creek Ave., Egg Harbor Township, 08234. [Off of Tilton Road, across from NAFEC].

Memorial contributions may be made to the Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL, 43997.

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Rev. Robert Z. Wuchter

Wall Township resident Rev. Robert Z. Wuchter died Monday, May 25 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune.

He was 88 years old.

Born in Lebanon, Pa., Pastor attended Wyomissing High School in Wyomissing, Pa. He then went on to earn his bachelors degree from Muhlenberg College and then studied at the Theological Seminary of Philadelphia where he earned his Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology Degrees. He was ordained to the ministry in January of 1945. Rev. Wuchter began his ministry at Grace Lutheran Church in Somers Point, where he served for five years. He then came to Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Manasquan in 1950 and served as pastor until his retirement in 1985. During his ministry, Pastor was active in various church and civic organizations. He was named president of the Manasquan Chamber of Commerce in 1971. While in Manasquan, he sat as a member of the Manasquan Anniversary Committee and was a member of the Allaire State Park Board of Directors.

In addition to his very active involvement in the community, Pastor was a President of the NJ Conference of the Ministerium, the Central Conference of NJ Synod, Dean of the Central District of NJ Synod. Reverend also served on the Executive Board of the NJ Synod, on the Examining, Vocations and Division of Professional Ministry Committees. During his long and noted ministry, Pastor Wuchter became known for his smile and personable demeanor, which parish and community members will deeply miss.

Rev. Wuchter was predeceased by his son, Rev. Dr. Michael D. Wuchter, and his parents, Rev. M. Leroy Wuchter and May Zimmerman Wuchter.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Eleanor Freed Wuchter; his sons, Timothy P. Wuchter and his wife, Victoria, Stephen M. Wuchter and his wife Joni; and his daughter-in-law, Shirley D. Wuchter. Pastor also leaves 14 loving grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends will be received at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Highway 35 at New Bedford Road, Wall Township today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Atonement Lutheran Church, 308 1st Avenue, Asbury Park. A funeral service will be conducted at the church tomorrow at 11 a.m. followed by burial at Atlantic View Cemetery in Manasquan.

Donations in memory of Rev. Wuchter may be made to the Rev. Dr. Michael D. Wuchter Memorial Endowment Fund, ELCA, 8765 West Higgins Ave. Chicago, IL 60631, or to the Atonement Lutheran Church 308 1st Ave. Asbury Park, 07712.

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Janet Gillespie Ilaria

Neptune City resident Janet Gillespie Ilaria died Monday, May 25 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune.

She was 72 years old.

Born in Orange and raised in Glen Ridge, she lived in Colts Neck before moving to Neptune City. She was a graduate of Seton Hall University Nursing School.

Mrs. Ilaria was predeceased by her parents and by her brothers, Bernard G. and Richard G. Gillespie.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Thomas Ilaria; her son, Gregory Ilaria and his wife, Barbara of Manasquan; her daughters, Michele Walker and her husband, Kip, of Brielle and Gina Kennedy and her husband, Rob, of Spring Lake; her grandchildren, Lindsay and Johanna Walker, Joseph and Nicholas Ilaria, and Robbie, Erin, Liam and Sean Kennedy; and by many nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be held privately at St. Gabriel’s Historic Church in Marlboro. The family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday, May 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the residence of Rob and Gina Kennedy, 112 Passaic Avenue, Spring Lake.

In lieu of flowers, prayers offered for Janet and her family would be appreciated.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Holmdel Funeral Home. To post an online condolence for the Ilaria family, please visit

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George A. Lukaszyk Jr.

Manasquan resident George A. Lukaszyk Jr. died after a long illness on Sunday, May 24 at his home.

He was 73 years old.

Born in Olyphant, Pa., George moved to Jersey City at the age of five and resided there until 1993 when he moved to Manasquan, or as he liked to call it, “God’s Country.”

George was employed with Western Electric/AT&T/Tyco for 45 years, retiring in 2001. He was a member of the New Jersey Air National Guard. George was an avid New York Giants fan, enjoyed trips to Atlantic City, fishing and gardening, and took great pride in knowing he had the “best lawn in all of Manasquan.” He was the very best husband and father a family could ever have.

He will be deeply mourned by his loving wife Eugenia [nee Pron]; two daughters, Laurie Lukaszyk of Manasquan and Kerri Ann Lopez of Jersey City; his sister, Paula Gutschmit of Spring Lake; his brother, William Lukaszyk and his wife, Jane, of Morris Township; his grandson, Brandon George Lopez; and several nieces and nephews.

No services will be held. To celebrate George’s life, contributions may be made in his name to the American Brain Tumor Association or the cancer research charity of your choice.

The Neary-Quinn Funeral Home, 39 South Street, Manasquan, was in charge of arrangements.

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Timothy Patrick Nolan

Lake Como resident Timothy Patrick Nolan died Thursday, May 21 in Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, surrounded in the love and support of family.

He was 51 years old.

Tim was born, raised and educated in North Arlington. He was a graduate of Our Lady Queen of Peace, Class of 1977, and served as a Petty Officer in the United States Navy. He and his family relocated from Manchester to Lake Como in 2001. He was the station manager of Northwest Airlines at JFK Airport. Prior to that, he was station manager of Fed Ex. He was a member of K. of C. Lodge 3428, an ardent member of the Spring Lake 5 Mile Race, and a communicant of St. Rose.

He was predeceased by his father, John L. Nolan.

He is survived by his mother, Gertrude and step-father, Emmet Stringer; his beloved wife, Vicki [nee Clayton] Nolan; his adored children, Shanna, Kathryn and Patrick; his grandson, Christopher Michael; his siblings, Michael, Peter, John and Eileen; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

McDonough Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements, and a memorial Mass was held at the Church of St. Rose in Belmar.

In lieu of flowers, donations to LIVESTRONG, P.O. Box 6003, Albert Lea, Mn. 56007-6603 would be appreciated.

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