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Adair D. Gorham

Adair D. Gorham, 74, of Spring Lake Heights, died July 5 surrounded by her family, after a long, courageous battle with ovarian cancer.

She lived in Tenafly until her junior year of high school when her family moved to “the shore,” where she graduated from Rumson H.S. and Monmouth College. She married Cort Gorham in 1958 and lived in Ridgewood for 10 years before moving to Spring Lake and buying Young’s Office Supply. She and Cort ran the business while raising four children, playing golf at Manasquan River Golf Club, skiing, and enjoying life at the beach. She was a great cook, loved gardening, and her N.Y. Giants! She and Cort moved to Killington, Vt., after retiring where they entertained friends and family for many years, before moving to Sneads Ferry, N.C. Adair moved back to this area to be close to her family and friends after losing her husband. She kept in close touch with eight friends from Tenafly H.S., known as the PF’s [Pals Forever] for over 60 years, some of whom were at her bedside in the last few weeks. She was a wonderful wife, friend, mother and grandmother and was fortunate to see her first granddaughter graduate from college [with honors] several weeks ago. She’ll be remembered for her great sense of humor, even through her failing health.

Adair was predeceased by her parents, Adeline and William Dettmar, and her loving husband, Cort Gorham.

She is survived by her daughters, Krislee Hall and husband Hal of Sea Girt, Katy DiBernardo and husband David of Sea Girt, Andrea Gorham and husband Richard Cherkis of Orono, Maine; and her son, Cort Gorham and wife Rebecca of Brielle. She is also survived by her beautiful and funny sister, Karen Cecil and her sons, Michael and Matthew. Adair was also blessed with eight grandchildren, Alexx and Charlie Hall; Kelsey and Hannah DiBernardo; Baylee, Brewster, and Maddison Cherkis; and Hudson Gorham.

A memorial visitation will be held today, Thursday, at O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Highway 35, Wall from 4-7 p.m. with a service at 7 p.m. Inurnment will be private.

Donations can be made to VNA of NJ, 176 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank, 07701 or Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church, 776 Highway 210, Sneads Ferry, NC 28460.

Visit www.obrienfuneralhome.com for more information.

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John Patrick Burke

John Patrick Burke, 74, of Spring Lake passed away peacefully at home on Monday, July 5.

Mr. Burke was a Pharmacist at Ciba-Geigy in Summit for many years before retiring in 1992. He was a 1953 graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School in New York City, N.Y., Fordham University Pharmacy School in the Bronx, N.Y. and received his master’s degree from Farleigh Dickinson University in Madison. Mr. Burke proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1959-1961. He was a former member of St. Patrick’s RC Church, in Chatham and a communicant of St. Catharine’s RC Church, in Spring Lake. Mr. Burke was a member of the Chatham Council of the Knights of Columbus and was chairman/coordinator of Irish Night in Chatham. Born and raised in the Bronx he lived in Chatham for many years before moving to Spring Lake 18 years ago.

He was predeceased by his parents, Michael and Mary Burke and brothers, Donald Thomas and Edmund Burke. Surviving is his wife of 45 years Doreen Burke, son USMC Master Sgt. Kevin J. Burke and his wife Wendy of Vista, Calif., daughters and sons-in-law Colleen P. and Jim Gould of Scituate, Mass. and Kerry K. and Ronnie Farrell, of South Burlington, Vt. He also leaves ten grandchildren, Elizabeth, Kathleen, Cori, Jonathan, Kailin, Molly, Hannah, Nathan, Timmy, and Ronnie Thom, as well as many beloved cousins and dear friends.

Visiting will be on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Highway 35, Wall.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Catharine’s RC Church, in Spring Lake. Entombment will be at St. Catharine’s Cemetery, in Sea Girt.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Covenant House at www.covenanthouse.org.

For more information or to send condolences visit www.obrienfuneralhome.com.

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Margaret ‘Winnie’ DeSanta

Margaret "Winnie” DeSanta [Olsen], 79, of Lakewood, formerly of Manasquan, completed her life journey on June 28 in Houston, Texas.

She was born in Plainfield in 1930. She grew up and graduated from Manasquan High School in 1948. Prior to moving to Lakewood, she lived in Howell and Island Heights.

She was a devoted volunteer at Kimball Medical Center [KMC] in Lakewood for several years. Winnie loved volunteering and would cause quite a stir on occasions. She adored all those in the volunteer program including the staff at Cardiac Rehab. When Winnie realized that she could no longer volunteer, she wouldn’t leave the hospital without giving everyone a big hug.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent R. DeSanta, sisters Barbara and Carol Olsen, parents Mabel Cook, James G. and Margaret Olsen.

She is survived by her two beloved and devoted sisters, Mary Anne Lomison and Doris Salsman, son, James G. Farnes and wife Illona, and Caryn DeSanta and spouse, David Waldmann, and three grandchildren.

The DeSanta family would like to acknowledge and give special thanks to Winnie’s niece and nephew, Kathy and Jimmy DeCicco and to their family.

They always made Aunt Winnie feel special by including her in all of their family celebrations. Their unconditional love for Aunt Winnie is what a family is made of.

Winnie was forever grateful for the friends she was blessed with. Because of their on-going support, endless trips to the doctors and countless errands, she was able to live alone as long as she did.

A large part of Margaret’s life was her gift of giving to all. She had a kind and generous heart and will be remembered for the lives she touched.

Those who knew Margaret will miss her hearty laugh, amazing cooking, her never ending baking, her continued thoughtfulness and her unrelenting faith in God. Margaret, Winnie, Mom, Sister, Aunt Winnie, Dear Friend were all names she was known by —mostly, though, she was known by her love. Peace be with you, dear loved one.

Visitation is Friday, July 9, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Oliverie Funeral Home, 2925 Ridgeway Rd., Manchester. A funeral Mass will be Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 10:30 a.m., at St. Mary of the Lake R.C. Church, in Lakewood. Please visit the website at www.oliveriefuneralhome.com for a list of charities in lieu of flowers, directions for services, or, to send online condolences.

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Mary Ann [Kubo] Tinney

Mary Ann [Kubo] Tinney, of Spring Lake, passed away peacefully on July 4, at the Center for Hope, Scotch Plains.

Born in Newark, Mary was a member of St. Stephen’s Church where she sang in the choir. In 1961 she moved to South Orange where she resided with her husband, the late John A. Tinney and her daughter Patricia Tinney Ott, for 28 years. She was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Church where she was active in the parish community and involved with the Rosary Society and the OLS Bowling Team. She worked for Lord and Taylor for many years in the hand bag department. In 1988, she retired to Spring Lake. As a member of St. Catharine’s/St. Margaret’s Church, she was a daily communicant and active in the Rosary Society. Mary [Mimi] loved life, traveling, golf sports, the beach, family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, John A. Tinney, who passed in 1987.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Tinney Ott and son-in-law, Kyle R. Ott and her beloved grandchildren Kyle John Ott and Erin Elizabeth Ott. She also leaves her sister, Magdalene Torres, and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 10, at 11 a.m. at St. Catharine’s Catholic Church, 215 Essex Ave., Spring Lake. A private burial will be on Monday at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, in East Hanover. There will be no calling hours. Following the Mass, friends will be received at her home in Spring Lake.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Center for Hope, 1900 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, 07076.

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

For further information or to send condolences to the family, visit www.obrienfuneralhome.com.

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John ‘Jack’ R. Neary

John [Jack] R. Neary, 69, of Brick, formerly of Manasquan, passed away on June 21 at home.

Born in Neptune, he lived most of his life in Manasquan, before moving to Brick eight years ago. He attended Manasquan High School where he was chosen for the All Star Basketball team, graduating in 1959, and later when on to attend Monmouth University where he also played basketball.

John served in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1965 to 1966. He worked for 25 years for the post office in Manasquan, retiring in 2001 and was an avid member of the Manasquan Elks No. 2534 for 34 years.

He is predeceased by his companion, Claudette Allen, and is survived by his wife, Ann Denno Neary, his two sisters, Lynn Neary and Sue Grace, his brother, Lee Neary, two step-daughters, Nicole Burbage and Lori Spagnolo and their families, and nieces and nephews, Megan Grace, Jennifer Grace, Andrea Grace, David Grace, Seth Neary, and Kate Weir.

Neary-Quinn Funeral Home, 39 South Street, Manasquan, is in charge of the arrangements.

A memorial service will be held this Saturday at noon at the Manasquan Elks No. 2534, 17 Stockton Lake Boulevard, Manasquan.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Special Children’s Fund Manasquan Elks No. 2534, 17 Stockton Lake Boulevard, Manasquan, 08736 are appreciated.

For more information or to post a tribute, visit www.neary-quinnfuneralhome.com.

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Leonard ‘Len’ Furtner

Leonard ‘Len’ Furtner, of Pine Knoll Shores, N.C., formerly of Spring Lake Heights and Point Pleasant went to be with the Lord on June 26.

He passed away unexpectedly while returning from a trip to the Bahamas for his 31st anniversary.

He was a devoted family man, husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many. He was retired from his self employed construction business.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Turton Furtner; one daughter, Melissa Klor and husband, Wes of Pine Knoll Shores; two sons, Joey Furtner and wife, Kristen and Kevin Furtner and wife Madeline, all of Pine Knoll Shores; one sister, Judy Brown and husband George Brown of Pine Knoll Shores; three grandchildren, Karlee and Ben Furtner and John Klor; in-laws Bob and Mimi Turton of Pine Knoll Shores; and soon-to-be granddaughter Sarah Klor.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Leanore Furtner of Atlantic Beach.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Duke Children’s Hospital, Office of Development, 512 S. Mangum St., Suite 400, Durham, N.C. 27701 or on-line giving at www.gifts.duke.edu/dch.

Arrangements were by Munden Funeral Home of Morehead City, NC.

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Mary Ann Siskoski Yakes

Mary Ann Siskoski Yakes, 87, of Manasquan, passed away on Tuesday, July 6, at the Laurelton Village Care Center.

Born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and formerly of Irvington and Hillside, she has lived in Manasquan since 1976.

A homemaker, Mrs. Yakes had been an avid bowler and communicant of the Church of Saint Martha, Point Pleasant. Her greatest achievement was her family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Jack Yakes and by her daughter, Michele Hoffman.

Surviving are her son, James Yakes and his wife Marlene of Point Pleasant; three daughters, Jean Marie Yakes of Manasquan, Evelyn Hendershot and her husband Paul of Barnegat, and Jackie Fair and her husband Ray of Point Pleasant; eight grandchildren, Jamie, Tracy, Christopher, Tammy, Julie, Nichole, Jon, and Megan; and six great-grandchildren, Donovin, Victoria, Ashley, Rileigh, Taylor, and Cody.

Relatives and friends may visit from 6 — 9 p.m., Friday, July 9 at the Pable — Evertz Funeral Home of Point Pleasant, 901 Beaver Dam Road. At 9 a.m., Saturday, July 10, Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Martha Church, followed by entombment at Saint Catharine Cemetery Mausoleum, Sea Girt.

For directions and online condolences visit www.pableevertzfuneralhome.com.

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David Benton

David Benton, WWII veteran and long-time resident of Sea Girt, died on May 19 at the age of 89. Mr. Benton, a ham radio operator [W2WSE] broadcast his last call sign from Madison, Wis., where he lived close to his family.

Dave was with ATT and Northwestern Bell in Omaha, Neb., prior to his retirement to Sea Girt. Dave served as a bombardier in WWII with the 401st Heavy Bombardment Group with the 8th Air Force. He flew 35 missions receiving the Air medal with silver cluster, two Bronze battle stars, and a Presidential Unit Citation.

Dave and his wife Jeanne were married for almost 53 years when Jeanne preceded him in death in 1997.

He will be missed by his three children Tracy Benton [Barry Schneider] of St. Paul, Minn.; David Benton [Pat Kelly] of Madison, Wis.; and Leslie Benton Bjorncrantz [Ed Bjorncrantz] of Evanston, Ill.; two grandchildren, Molly Benton Schneider [New York City] and William Benton Bjorncrantz [Illinois]; and his sibling Peter Benton, of Vermont. Other siblings, John Benton, who was of Massachusetts; Mary Benton Jameson, who was also of Massachusetts, and Nicholas Benton, who was of New York City, preceded him in death. David Benton was the son of Jay R. Benton and Frances Hill Benton of Belmont, Mass.

The Cress Funeral and Cremation Service, Madison, Wis., was in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to Montserrat Red Cross, PO Box 61, Brades, Montserrat, British West Indies or to Hospicecare, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, Wis. 53711.

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Walter A. Brown

Walter A. Brown, 70, of Boiling Springs, Pa., with family in Wall, died Thursday, July 1 at the Hershey Medical Center.

He was born Oct. 16, 1939, in Kearny, the son of the late Alexander and Flora [Thomson] Brown.

Walter retired from the Public Service and Gas Co. in New Jersey, where he worked as a training coordinator. He served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen [Parker] Brown; two sons, Kevin A. Brown and his wife Kate of Rustburg, Va. and Steven J. Brown and his wife Deena of Dilsburg, Pa.; one brother, John Brown of Wall; two sisters, Elizabeth McCallum of Florida and Lois Brown of Point Pleasant. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Andrew, Ryan, Lauren, and Adam.

Walter was preceded in death by his sister, Virginia Adams.

The Cocklin Funeral Home, Dilsburg, Pa., was in charge of arrangements. Burial was held at the convenience of the family in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Boiling Springs, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the CMML, Inc., Christian Missions in Many Lands, Inc., P.O. Box 13, Spring Lake, 07762-0013.

An online guestbook can be signed at www.cocklinfuneralhome.com.

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Margaret M. Pawlyk

Margaret M. Pawlyk, 83, of Brielle, died Thursday, July 1 at her home.

Born in Elizabeth, she lived in Middlesex most of her life and Garwood, before moving to Brielle in 2009.

Mrs. Pawlyk was a quality control supervisor for Mattell Toys in Plainfield for 20 years before retiring in 1990.

Mrs. Pawlyk was predeceased by her husband, Thomas in 1993 and is survived by one son,Perry W. of Glen Rock, one brother, John Stanko and one sister, Marie Kalwicz, as well as one grandson, J.T. Pawlyk.

The Neary-Quinn Funeral Home, Manasquan, was in charge of arrangements. Cremation will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Meridian Hospice, 1345 Campus Parkway, Neptune, 07753 are appreciated.

For more information or to post a tribute, visit www.neary-quinnfuneralhome.com.

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John G. Cassidy

John G. Cassidy, 63, of Spring Lake, passed away peacefully on June 30. John was born in Jersey City and grew up in Nutley, before moving to Spring Lake over 30 years ago. He was a graduate of St. Benedict’s Preparatory School, Monmouth University, and Baruch College. Mr. Cassidy held a bachelor of science in accounting, was a certified public accountant, a certified management accountant, and a certified financial planner.

John was blessed with a keen intellect and is remembered for his clever wit and broad knowledge on many subjects. He was a member of the Mensa Society of America and appeared on the television show “Jeopardy.”

He is survived by his sister Mary Jo Cassidy Greco and her husband Donald of Bedford, N.H. and Carmel, Ind.

A memorial Mass will be held at St. Catharine’s Church, Spring Lake, on Friday July 9, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Benedict’s Preparatory School, Newark.

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