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Monmouth County, NJ (03.18.10)


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Vicki Cruser Biel

Vicki Cruser Biel, 60, of Wall, passed away on Saturday, March 13 at Imperial Healthcare Care, Neptune.

Vicki was born in Lakeland, Fla. She was formerly of Nashville, Tenn., and has lived in Point Pleasant and Wall for 48 years.

She was co-owner of Body Power and manager of Premier Health Aerobics, Point Pleasant Beach, and member of the Fellowship Chapel, Point Pleasant.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her son, Jason Biel and his wife Jeanna, of Point Pleasant; her daughter, Brittany Coyne and her husband Jim, of Wall; her mother, Frances Golf, of Destrehan, La.; two brothers, Duke Goff and Rory Cruser; and her grandchildren, Callan, DaisyMae, Sydnee, and one on the way.

A private cremation has been arranged by the Pable — Evertz Funeral Home, of Point Pleasant.

As an expression of sympathy, Vicki quoted “don’t waste your money on flowers.” Please give it to the animals, Monmouth County SPCA, 260 Wall Street, PO Box 93, Eatontown 07724 or visit

The family wishes to express their thanks to Grace Hospice for the care they gave.

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Lois Schenck Bowlby

Lois Schenck Bowlby, 82, of Toms River, formerly of Manasquan and Somerville, passed away on Monday, March 15, at Claremont Care Center in Point Pleasant.

Born in Somerville to the late Lewis and Sarah Schenck, she lived there and in Manasquan before moving to Toms River 15 years ago.

Mother of six, Lois raised her family with a sense of humor and a fun-loving spirit. She was the consummate homemaker. Lo enjoyed cooking, a great party, and harmonizing with her husband, Ed, to old Irish tunes. She will be fondly remembered by many who had the opportunity to stop in for a cookie or a beverage at the Bowlby Beach Bar during her 30-plus years on the Manasquan beachfront.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Edward D. Bowlby, in 1993. The couple was married in 1950. She was also predeceased by her son, Lewis S. Bowlby, in 1997.

She is survived by her children, Dineen Sing, of Hong Kong, Mari Bowlby Loeffler, of Manasquan, Megan Stives and her husband Glenn, of Flemington, Edward D. Bowlby Jr. and his wife Joy, of Point Pleasant, and Driscoll Bowlby and his wife Dee, of Sparta, and 16 grandchildren.

Visiting hours are today, Thursday, March 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Pable - Evertz Funeral Home, 901 Beaver Dam Road, Point Pleasant. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Martha’s Church, 3800 Herbertsville Road, Point Pleasant, tomorrow, March 19 at 11 a.m.

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Margaret McLaughlin Odell

Margaret McLaughlin Odell, 82, of Spring Lake passed away Thursday March 11 at her daughter’s home with her family by her side.

Margaret was born in Newark and raised in South Orange. Margaret was a graduate of St. Elizabeth’s College in Convent Station. She lived most of her life in Summit before moving to the Shore area in 1985. Margaret was a communicant of St. Mark’s Church, Sea Girt as well as a member of the St. Mark’s Altar Rosary Society. She was a member of the Sea Girt Beach Club and a volunteer at the Sea Girt Library.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband of 30 years, Albert W. Odell, Jr. in 1981.

She is survived by six children, Albert W. Odell, III, of Atlanta, Ga., Thomas C. Odell, of Madison, Margaret O. Beach, of Houston, Texas, Maureen O. Nally, of Somerville, Marieclaire Odell, of Washington, D.C. and and Timothy M. Odell, of River Forest, Ill.

Margaret is also survived by three sisters and one brother, Anne Helfrich, of Chatham, Mary Ev Friant, of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Josephine McGurk, of Devon, Pa. and George D. McLaughlin, of Emerald Isle, N.C.; and 10 loving grandchildren.

The Orender Family Home for Funerals, Manasquan, was in charge of arrangements.

Interment was in Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, East Orange.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Peter’s University Hospital, 254 Easton Ave., New Brunswick, 08901 or American Lung Association National Headquarters, 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20004. Condolences and memories may be sent to the family by visiting

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Donald A. Sullivan

Donald A. Sullivan, 80, of Asbury Park, formerly of Kearny, with family in Spring Lake Heights, was called home to be with the Lord on March 10.

He was a good man, a great father and a funny friend. He truly cared for the people and animals that crossed his path in this life.

Donald was predeceased by his mother and father James and Gertrude Sullivan; brothers, Jerry and Charles Sullivan; and daughter, Jeraldine Williams.

He leaves behind his wife and best friend, Grace Sullivan, daughter, Jean Sullivan-Ostrom and son-in-law, Bob Ostrom [Spring Lake Heights]; son, Donald Sullivan [Jackson]; son-in-law, Andy Williams and his beloved granddaughter, Ruby Williams [Florida]. He takes with him a piece of our hearts.

Arrangements are private and under the direction of Orender Family Home, Manasquan. Condolences and memories may be sent to the family by visiting

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Charles E. Anderson Jr.

Charles E. Anderson Jr., 85 of Sea Girt, passed away Monday March 15 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune with his devoted family by his side.

Charles was born in Rockaway Beach, Queens, N.Y., and attended Fordham University. Charles lived in New York City and Tarrytown, N.Y. before moving to Sea Girt in 1955 residing there until 2008. As a resident of Sea Girt, Charles was a faithful communicant of St. Mark’s Church, a member of the Holy Name Society, and he had started the “Dare to Care” program for the church.

After moving to Manasquan in 2008, Charles became a parishioner of St. Denis Church. He was very athletically inclined and formed the High School CYO Basketball program which lasted for 15 years at St. Mark’s. He took up running at the age of 50 and participated in several of the more prominent marathon’s including the NYC Marathon. He had served in the US Army Air Force in World War II as a Staff Sergeant receiving a Purple Heart for injuries received when the B-26 bomber he was in was shot down. Charles had been employed in the automobile and trucking industries all of his life primarily by Mack Trucks.

He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Patricia Anderson in 1988, and two of his three sisters, Virginia and Marguerite.

He is survived by his sister Dolores LaDotti. Surviving are his children and their spouses James E. and Joan Anderson, of Richmond, Va., Thomas V. Anderson and Lucia Cartes, of Sonoita, Ariz., Patricia M. “Mimi” and William Arnold, of North Yarmouth, Maine, and Peter C. Anderson. Also surviving are his five grandchildren, James E. Anderson Jr., Erin M. Anderson, Shane B. Arnold and Galen P. Arnold and Colin Anderson-Smits.

Relatives and friends are invited to call today, Thursday, March 18 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Highway 35 at New Bedford Road, Wall, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday March 19, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Denis Church, Manasquan. Interment will be in the family plot in St. Catharine’s Cemetery, Wall.

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James J. Lennox

James J. Lennox, 84, of Brick, formerly of Spring Lake, passed away on March 10 at his home in Greenbrier I.

He was born and lived in Kearny until 1994, and lived in Spring Lake before moving to Brick in 2002. James is a member of The Kearny Hall of Fame as an all around athlete excelling in baseball, basketball, and soccer. He played left field on a baseball team that won the Greater Newark Tournament in 1943, the equivalent of today’s state championship. He was a sales representative of industrial ball bearings for Bobker Bearing in Newark, and then for Longo Inc. in Carlstadt for 50 years before retiring in 1994.

James was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII and served as a Staff Sergeant with the 84th Infantry Division during the Battle of The Bulge in San Vith. He was honored for his heroic actions in combat for saving two soldiers that were in a tank that was severely damaged from the enemy forces. For his brave actions, he was awarded The Bronze Star and The Distinguished Military Medal.

James was a lifetime member of The 84th Infantry Division Railsplitters Society, and was a member and past president of The Old Guard in Pt. Pleasant. He was an avid New York Giants and Yankees fan, and enjoyed travelling and playing golf in his younger years.

He is predeceased by his wife Lois [Postel] Lennox, his son James Lennox, his granddaughter Alyson Lennox, his brother John Lennox, and his sister Margaret Bresnahan.

James is survived by his son Jack Lennox and his wife Linda of Florham Park, his daughter Joanne Papaianni and her husband Carl of Brielle, his daughter-in-law Jory Lennox of East Hanover, his brother-in law Lawrence Bresnahan of Wall, his sister-in law Catherine Lennox of Syracuse, his grandchildren Jennifer Drea and her husband Chris, Michael, John, Meghan, and James Lennox, and Lauren, Elyse and Carl Papaianni, and his great- grandchildren Patrick, Elizabeth, Catherine, and Thomas Drea.

The Orender Family Home for Funerals, Manasquan, was in charge of arrangements. Private interment was at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Cemetery in Wrightstown.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Meridian Hospice,1345 campus Parkway Suite A2, Neptune NJ 07753, or to The Muscular Dystrophy Association, 3300 East Sunrise Drive, Tucson, Ariz 85718, or The American Diabetes Association, 1160 Rt. 22 East, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.

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Robert W. Armitage

Robert W. Armitage, of Wall Township, 70, died peacefully at his daughter’s home on Thursday, March 4.

Born in Kearny, he moved to Wall in 1976 when he and his late wife, Margaret [nee White] built and opened the Armitage Funeral Home on Route 34 in Wall.

The Wilfred Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny, and the O’Brien Funeral Home, Wall, were in charge of arrangements. Cremation was private.

He was past Master of Compestone Ophir F. and A.M. Lodge 147 and past president of the Scots American Square Club and was the founder of and first chairman of the Scottish American Monument Committee, all in Kearny. A former member of The Cameron Bagpipe Band in Kearny, the 84th Royal Highlanders in Holmdel, former member and Pipe Major of The Shamrock and Thistle Pipe Band in Toms River, and former sergeant major of the Atlantic Watch Pipe Band in Red Bank.

Husband of the late Margaret [nee White], he is survived by his loving companion, Mona Clarke; his children and their spouses, R. Steven and Lisa; Scott J. and Lori and Allison G. and Michael Penkethman. Also surviving are his brothers John W. and James W. Armitage; and his grandchildren, Ian, Cory, Lauren, Andrew, Emily, Matthew, Grace, Daniel, and Jack.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to The A.L.S. Association, 27001 Agoura Rd., Suite 150, Calabasas Hills, CA, 91301.

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Robert M. Ping

Robert M. Ping, of St. Augustine, Fla., formerly of Spring Lake, passed away early on March 10 at the age of 75 at Flagler Hospital in Florida.

Born in Jersey City, Mr. Ping first met Ann, his beloved wife of 55 years, after throwing a snowball at her when she was 10 and he was 12 years old. The Pings raised their family in Spring Lake.

In addition to Ann, Mr. Ping is survived by nine children, daughters, Marianne Rosa [Steven], Margaret Ping, Mimi Topping [Brian], Michelle Ping [Jen]; and sons, Michael [Catherine], Martin [Janene], Matthew [Abby], Mark [Barbara], and Mitchell [Aileen] Ping; 14 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren; sisters, Rose Martin, OP, Ronnie Ping, Carol Ping [Dorothy]; and brothers, John Ping [Charlotte] and Thomas Ping [JoAnn] and his devoted dog, Pal.

Mr. Ping worked for over 40 years in management for AT&T. After retiring from the company, he was a professor and chair of the business department at Caldwell College, and retired to St. Augustine in 1996. Mr. Ping served in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 14-7 for many years. There will be no services at the request of the deceased.

Craig Funeral Home Crematory Memorial Park, St. Augustine, assisted the family.

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Thomas J. Flaherty

Thomas J. Flaherty, Jr., 85, of both Spring Lake and Vero Beach, Fla., died on Monday, March 15, in Vero Beach, Fla.

Born and raised in Bayonne, he lived in Phoenix, Ariz., and Manhattan, N.Y. before residing permanently in Spring Lake, and Vero Beach.

Mr. Flaherty is predeceased by his parents, T. Joseph Flaherty Sr. and Teresa Carroll Flaherty and his sister, Audrey Schachinger.

He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Patricia Ix Flaherty, his son, Thomas J. Flaherty III, of Vero Beach, his son, Sean C. Flaherty and daughter-in-law, Katie Flahert,y and two grandsons, Liam and Shayne Flaherty, of Spring Lake.

Mr. Flaherty was known for his world travels and amazing scope of knowledge. He was the consummate story teller who captivated his friends and family throughout his life. One of Tom’s passions was his philanthropic work with multiple charities, especially Holy Family Academy in Bayonne. He was a wonderful provider to his family and friends. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be sorely missed.

Mr. Flaherty was a graduate of Manhattan College in the Bronx with a B.S. in theology and a grade point average of 4.0. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII from 1943-1946. After the war, Tom was based in Fort Ord, Monterey, Calif. where he forged a lifelong love and passion for Carmel, Calif. Mr. Flaherty retired in 1985 as President of Universal Programs, a division of Fahnestock, in NYC, N.Y., in which he was also a partner. He was a communicant of St. Catharine’s RC Church, in Spring Lake and Holy Cross RC Church, in Vero Beach.

Visitation will be tomorrow, Friday, March 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the O’Brien Funeral Home 2028 Hwy 35, Wall. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 20, at St. Catharine’s RC Church, Spring Lake. Entombment and military honors will be at St. Catharine’s Cemetery, Sea Girt. In addition to flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the “Thomas J. Flaherty Jr. Cardiovascular Educational Fund.” Donations can be mailed to his son Sean Flaherty, Merrill Lynch, 2504 Highway 35, Manasquan 08736.

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Lillian F. Loper

Lillian F. Loper, 97 of Rockwell, N.C. formerly of Wall Township, passed away Thursday, March 11 at The Meadows Retirement Center, Rockwell, N.C.

Lillian was born in Florida and raised in Lakewood. She attended grammar and high school in Lakewood. She moved to Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1934 after her marriage to Robert Loper. Lillian and her family resided in Brooklyn until 1951 when they moved to West Belmar. Lillian was a member of the Eastern Star, Wall Chapter 143 and Ocean Chapter 214, a former member of the Allenwood Grange. She was very active member at Calvary Baptist Church, Belmar. There she was a member of the choir and the Women’s Mission Society. Lillian was an accomplished pianist and organist. She taught the piano lessons for many years and was a telephone operator for the New Jersey State Police Academy. Lillian moved to North Carolina in 2002 to be with her daughter.

Lillian was predeceased by her husband of 40 years, Robert Loper, in 1975.

She is survived by two daughters, Janet Sherman, of Brick and Marilyn Miller and her husband, Joseph, of Rockwell, N.C.; a son, Robert Loper, Jr., of Canyon Lake, Texas.

Lillian is also survived by six grandchildren, David Sherman and his wife, Dawn, Brian Sherman and his wife, Melissa, Andrea Bauter and her husband, Daryl, and Lisa Marie Loper; and many great-grandchildren.

The Orender Family Home for Funerals, Manasquan, is in charge of arrangements. A funeral service will be 10 a.m. today, Thursday, March 18, at the funeral home.

Interment will follow at Atlantic View Cemetery, Manasquan.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 13th Street, Belmar, 07719 or Rowan Regional Home Health & Hospice, 130 Mocksville Avenue, Salisbury, NC 28144-3324. Condolences and memories may be sent to the family by visiting

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Martin James Callaghan

Martin James Callaghan, 91, of Manasquan, died on Sunday, March 7, at Care One of Livingston.

Born and raised in Hoboken, he lived in Jersey City before moving his family to Manasquan in 1957.

Mr. Callaghan, a graduate of Seton Hall University in South Orange, enlisted in the U.S. Navy and retired a Major in the U.S. Army, serving in World War II and the Korean War. He also retired from the State of New Jersey as a parole officer.

He was the beloved husband of the late Doris Callaghan and the loving father of the late Martin James Callaghan Jr.

He is survived by his daughter-in-law Donna of Chatham, and granddaughters Susan of Tinton Falls and Sharyn of Chatham.

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

Committal was held privately at St. Catharine’s Cemetery in Sea Girt.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Soldiers Angels, 1792 East Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 0110.

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Harold “Hap” F. Auch Jr.

Harold “Hap” F. Auch, Jr., 66, of Brielle passed away on Wednesday, March 10 at Ocean County Medical Center in Brick after fighting a difficult illness.

He was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa. where he met and married his wife of 40 years, Gloria Mary [Peszka] Auch. He was the only child of his parents, Harold F. Auch, Sr. and Anna [Raimondo] Auch.

In his youth, he loved to ride horses, spend summers in Ocean City and was an amateur boxer.

He graduated from Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia in 1960 and attended Temple University. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After his military service, he became a member of the American Legion Post in Roxborough.

He began his career in the mailroom at General Electric in Philadelphia, and worked his way up to become a sales and marketing manager in the Semi-Conductor Division. His 20-year career with General Electric moved the family from Philadelphia to various communities, including Brooklyn Park, Minn., Skaneateles, N.Y. and finally to Manasquan, in 1986, where they resided for 23 years. He and Gloria moved to Brielle one year ago.

Hap embraced technology and loved computers. His later career included freelance web-design and marketing consulting.

Running was his most favorite hobby. He loved to run the Spring Lake boardwalk nearly every day. Post-run he liked a nice cup of 7-11 coffee and to visit his children who live locally. He also enjoyed golfing, boating and sailing, and was a member of the Belmar Fishing Club.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Gloria Auch, and two children, his son Harold F. Auch III and wife Natalie [Shinn] Auch, and his daughter, Stacy Auch and husband Philip Radel, and five grandchildren, Chase Harold Auch, Emmett Francis Auch, Cameron Taylor Auch, Amelia Louise Auch and Dana Marie Radel.

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

Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to Ronald McDonald House at Monmouth Medical Center, 131 Bath Ave., Long Branch, 07740

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J. Leo Madden Jr.

J. Leo Madden Jr., 82, of Mantoloking, with family in Wall, passed away on Monday, March 8, after a brief illness. Leo, as he was known, was born in Newark and lived in Maplewood and then Livingston before moving to Mantoloking in 1991. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII and served in the North Atlantic, and then served for a number of years in The Naval Reserve. Leo played the accordion in a band called The Red Coats, and enjoyed providing music at weddings and other events in the West Orange area. Leo was a partner and general manager of Reliable Screw Products in Newark for 35 years before retiring in 1992.

Leo was a parishioner of St Philomena R.C. Church, and was a 4th Degree member of Our Lady of The Mountain Council No. 3533 Knights of Columbus, both in Livingston. He was also a member of American Legion Post No. 348 in Brick, Moose Lodge No. 399 in Seaside Heights, Manasquan Elks Lodge No. 2534, and a lifetime member of the N.R.A.

Leo is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Isabella M. [Saltzer] Madden of Mantoloking; his two sons, John L. Madden III; Captain U,S. Navy [Ret.] of Jacksonville, Fla., James M. Madden, M.D., and his wife Donna of Wall, and his daughter Lori Madden, Ph.D., and her husband Charles Fox of Lakeland, Fla.; a brother William Madden and his wife Mary of Washington, N.C.; and five grandchildren; Sean, Emily, Rebecca, Kara, and Brian.

The Orender Family Home for Funerals, Manasquan, was in charge of arrangements. Interment was held in Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to Holy Innocents Church, 3455 West Bangs Ave. Neptune, NJ 07753. Condolences and memories can be e-mailed by visiting

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Merrill D. Dollar

Merrill D. Dollar, 84 of Wall, a former long time resident of Bradley Beach, died peacefully at Tower Lodge Nursing Home, Saturday, March 13.

He was born in Saint Francis, Maine. Merrill graduated in 1949 from Hussin College, Maine. He was employed by the Westbury Board of Education, Long Island, N.Y. as a teacher until his retirement.

He was predeceased by his mother, Lillian Deschaine Dellaire and his father, Peter Dellaire, and a sister Saline Giarritta. Merrill is survived by his sisters, Dolores Starbird, of Freeport, Maine, Barbara Morse, of Abbot, Maine, Lillian Sawyer, of Corinna, Maine, Donna Wilson, of Lynchburg, Va. and longtime friend, William A. Newberry and his family, here in Wall.

Arrangements are under the direction of Orender Family Home for Funerals, Manasquan. After a private service he will be interred at Pine Grove Cemetery in Bangor, Maine. Condolence and memories may be sent to the family by visiting

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Eleanor Finnegan

Eleanor Finnegan, 97 of Manasquan, passed away on Wednesday, March 10 in Indianapolis, Ind. after a brief illness.

Born in Jersey City, Eleanor taught in the Belleville School system and was a pioneer in the field of special education. When she moved to Manasquan, she was active in the community and was even president of the Spring Lake Women’s Club. She loved playing bridge and never missed a game of her beloved N.Y. Yankees.

She was predeceased by her husband, William T. Finnegan, son William “Billy” Finnegan, and daughters Mary Finnegan and Eileen Finnegan.

She is survived by her son Robert Finnegan, of Indianapolis, and daughter Ann Finnegan, of Toms River. Eleanor leaves eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren who will miss her wonderful storytelling.

The O’Brien Funeral Home, Wall, was in charge of arrangements. Interment was in St. Catharine’s Cemetery, Sea Girt. For more information, visit

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