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William A. Gill
William A. Gill, formerly of Sea Girt, died Thursday, June 14 at Francis Asbury Manor in Ocean Grove. He was 91.
Born in Newark, he lived in Hillside, Madison and Sea Girt, before moving to Ocean Grove three years ago.
Mr. Gill was a CPA and was the Director of Appraisal and Evaluation for Arthur Anderson in New York City for many years before retiring in 1989. He was a WWII veteran of the United States Army and was a member of the PT Boaters, the CPA Organization and a former volunteer for the Madison Fire Department for many years. Bill was a longtime member of the Manasquan United Methodist Church. He was the Church Auditor, past President and longtime member of the United Methodist Men and was the Finance Chairperson for many years.
Mr. Gill was pre-deceased by his first wife, Ahdrah and his second wife, Iris.
He is survived by his son, Donald and his wife Melanie, of Boonton, two daughters, Carol Bicknell and her husband Eugene, of Stan Hope, and Marilyn Gill, of Madison; his step-daughter, Sally Outwin, of Freehold; two brothers, Reverend James L., of Maine, and Louis and his wife Priscilla, of Orlando, Fla.; four grandchildren, Joshua Bicknell and his wife Kimberly, Amanda Forest and her husband Jason, Brian and Douglas Gill; three great grandchildren, Adrian, Rowen and August; three step-grandchildren, Christin Outwin and her husband Daniel, Scott Outwin, and Todd Outwin and his wife Johanna; three step-great grandchildren, Cayla, Paul and Lola and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Neary-Quinn Funeral Home in Manasquan. Interment took place at Atlantic View Cemetery in Manasquan.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Manasquan United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice.
For more information or to post a tribute, please visit www.neary-quinnfuneralhome.com.
Stephen J. Lackett
Stephen J. Lackett, of the Allenwood section of Wall Township, passed away Thursday, June 14, at home. He was 60.
Born in Neptune, he was raised in Freehold and then moved to Allenwood 28 years ago. Stephen graduated from Freehold Boro High School and The University of Maryland. He had been a self-employed General Contractor who built the house he and his family lived in. He recently retired from Verizon as a Regional Project Manager.
He was a devoted husband and father. He cherished the years he spent traveling to watch his sons play high school and college sports. Stephen loved to golf and was a huge fan of Maryland Terrapin athletics.
He was predeceased by his father William A. Lackett, surviving is his devoted wife of 34 years Joanne Garvey Lackett; his two loving sons, Christopher G. and wife Amanda, of Westfield, and Michael S. Lackett, of Hoboken, and fiancée Denise Coughlin; his grandson Graeden Lackett; his dear mother Virginia Blades Lackett, of Freehold; his siblings Michael and his wife Marylou, of Melrose, Mass., Jeffrey, of Freehold, Judy Wade and her husband William, of Springfield, Va.; his brother in law Brian Garvey, of Conowingo, Md.,;six nieces and nephews and one grand-niece.
Arrangements were under the direction of the O’Brien Funeral Home in Wall followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mark’s RC Church in Sea Girt. Cremation was private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or The Arthritis Foundation, P.O. Box 96280 Washington, D.C. 20077-7491. For further information or to forward condolences to the family please visit www.obrienfuneralhome.com.
Gregory Michael Gaissert, with family in Manasquan, passed away at home on Thursday, June 7. He was 51.
Gregg was born in Perth Amboy and lived in Edison and Kendall Park for most of his life, moving to Lakewood five years ago. He was the owner of Kindness Dog Training.
He is survived by his beloved daughter, Gina Niccole Gaissert, his loving mother and father, Eileen Gaissert, of Lakewood, and Carl Gaissert, of Kendall Park. He is also survived by his aunt and uncle, Dorothy and Michael Budzek, of Manasquan, his uncle Alfred Gaissert, of North Carolina, a dear friend, Jerry Stampiglia, of Edison and many cousins and their families.
He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Grace and Walter Vereb and paternal grandparents, Louise and Herman Gaissert.
Arrangements were under the direction of Orender Family Home for Funerals in Manasquan.
Kevin Joseph Holmes
Kevin Joseph Holmes, of Wall Township, died on Tuesday, June 12 at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. He was 60.
Mr. Holmes was a painter and owned Holmes Sweet Home in Wall for many years. He was a graduate of State University of New York at Buffalo. He was a communicant of St. Mark’s RC Church in Sea Girt and St. Denis RC Church in Manasquan. Mr. Holmes was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. before moving to the Jersey Shore 25 years ago.
He was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Patricia Holmes.
Surviving is his loving wife of 22 years Joan [Docker] Holmes; son Michael Holmes at home; four brothers Richard Holmes and his wife Arleen, of Manalapan, Paul Holmes and his wife Anna, of Arizona, Bryan Holmes and his wife Teri, of Ohio, and Christopher Holmes, of Massachusetts. He also leaves his aunt Margaret O’Toole of Brooklyn, N.Y., brothers in law and sisters in law Barry and Nancy Goldstein and Edward and Terri Docker as well as many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were under the direction of the O’Brien Funeral Home in Wall. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Denis RC Church in Manasquan. Burial was at St. Anne’s Cemetery in Wall.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name to the South Wall Little League, PO Box 13, Allenwood. For more information or to send condolences please visit www.obrienfuneralhome.com
John D. Wyckoff, formerly of Manasquan, passed away on Saturday, June 9. He was 86.
Jack was born in Irvington and lived in West Orange and Manasquan before moving to Brick.
Jack was employed for 47 years with Newark District Telegraph, now Wells Fargo, as an alarm specialist. A member of the Brick Presbyterian Church, he was also an avid outdoorsman.
He is predeceased by his grandson, Timmy Eland.
Surviving is his wife of 62 years, Norma B. Wagner; his son and daughters, John B. and his wife Linda, of Andover, Gayle P. and her husband Kevin, of Northport, Fla., and Cathy N. Eland and her husband Tim, of Heightstown; his grandchildren, Tara Wyckoff, Dana Reinhart, Kristen Sheppard, Wayne Melervey, and Melany Kerrigan; his great-grandchildren, Angela Wyckoff, Owen Reinhart, Russell Sheppard, Joseph Eland, Nolan Reinhart and Abigail Sheppard; and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Jersey Shore Cremation Service in Manasquan. Memorials in Jack’s name may be made to The Brick Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 111 Drum Point Rd., Brick.
Virginia “Joyce” Porter, of Sea Girt, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones on Sunday, June 17. She was 81.
Joyce was born in Jersey City and grew up in Rutherford before moving to Sea Girt over thirty years ago.
Joyce was a runway and print model for Shipman & Baker in New York City in the 1950s. After moving to Sea Girt she was an active member in the Sea Girt Woman’s Club. Joyce was an avid movie watcher and her favorite actor was the “Duke” John Wayne. She was well known even in her later years for being able to identify lesser known actors and actresses, and took pride in her ability to remember them. She was a lifelong fan of the New York Giants and loved seeing her GMen play football every autumn.
The family would like to thank the special people in her life, Herb Porter, of Manasquan, Phyllis Lohrum, of Middletown, R.I., Sheryl Haberstroh, of Brick, Mary Lyons, of Sea Girt, Life Choice Hospice, of Manasquan, and her caregiver and friend, Gala Neskubina for their love and support.
She is survived by her three children, Herbert “Buzz” Porter, of Sea Girt, Jill Milne, of Wall, Scott Porter, of Westfield; her son-in-law, Scott Milne, of Wall; and her five grandchildren, Tyler Savage, Connor Savage, Mackenzie Savage, Jessica Porter and Jackie Porter. Also, her beloved four-legged companion, Gaylord.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Jersey Shore Cremation Service in Manasquan. Joyce was a loving, giving mother and friend who leaves behind a beautiful legacy. A private Celebration of Life service with family and friends will be held at a later date.
Memorials can be made to the Monmouth County SPCA [http://monmouthcountyspca.org/].
Doris "Nanny" Smith [Hayes], of Spring Lake, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, June 14. She was 92.
Born in Washington D.C., Doris moved to Arlington, Va. as a teen. She graduated in 1941 from The College of William and Mary where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. After graduation, she worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Pentagon during World War II.
As one of the first female air traffic controllers in the country, Doris had the distinction of being the first at Washington National Airport. There, she met her husband of 30 years Charles “Snuffy” Smith Jr. a Captain with Eastern Airlines. She also had a private pilot’s license and was featured in the documentary “Pioneer Women of Aviation.”
She settled with her family in Spring Lake in 1964, where she was an avid reader and Yankee fan. She was predeceased by her husband Charles in 1977.
She is survived by four children, Charles J Smith III and wife Patricia of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Jeffery B Smith, of Spring Lake, Susan Hull [Smith] and her husband Harwood, of Hilton Head, S.C. and Sarah "Sally" Smith and her companion, Richard Forlenza, of Spring Lake; four grandchildren, Kimberly Loevy [Smith] and her husband Daniel, of Point Pleasant, Katherine Smith and fiancé Michael Stewart, of Spring Lake Heights, and Andrew and Lauren Smith, of Ponte Vedra Beach Fla.; and one great granddaughter, Emily Loevy, of Point Pleasant.
Words cannot express how amazing and wonderful Nanny was. Those whose lives she touched are better for having known her.
Arrangements were under the directions of the O’Brien Funeral Home in Wall. Funeral Mass and burial was private.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Spring Lake Library, 1501 3rd Ave. Spring Lake, or the charity of your choice.
For more information or condolences, please visit www.obrienfuneralhome.com.
Richard C. Mentrasti
Richard C. Mentrasti, of Avon-by-the-Sea, passed away on Friday, June 15, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. He was 65.
Born in Jersey City before moving to Avon in 1982, Richard was an athlete who played in Little League, founded by his father, and football from grammar school until he graduated William L. Dickinson High School. Upon graduation, Richard apprenticed as an electrician, a vocation he held for over 30 years in Local IBEW 164. His work as an electrician and foreman included various high-rise projects including the Goldman Sachs Building in Jersey City. He was also very active in the Boys Scouts, making it to rank of Eagle Scout. Even after, he remained active in the leadership of Boy Scouts and supported them long after he retired.
Richard served in the Army National Guard for over 35 years, spending much of his time at the National Guard training facility in Sea Girt, before retiring as a Master Sergeant.
He was an avid fisherman and longtime member of the Belmar Fishing Club where he served for a number of years on the Board of Governors. Richard was a parishioner of Saint Elizabeth’s Church in Avon. He was a past president and commissioner of the Avon Recreation Commission. He was a member of the Manasquan Elk’s Club and the Central Jersey Rifle and Pistol Club and avid marksman.
Richard is survived by his loving wife Margaret “Peggy” Mentrasti [nee Niland], his niece, Megan Timmins of Avon and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Reilly Funeral Home in Belmar. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Saint Elizabeth’s RC Church in Avon. Committal was private at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown. In lieu of flowers, donations to either Avon First Aid, PO Box 4, Avon or Boy Scout Troop 89, 31 Garfield Ave., Avon would be appreciated.
Patricia Rutledge Canfield, formerly of Belmar, passed away on Saturday, June 16, at her home. She was 78.
She was a mother of five, grandmother of six and great grandmother of one. Mrs. Canfield volunteered for Meals on Wheels for many years in Monmouth County. She also enjoyed her visits to Resorts Casino in Atlantic City.
Born in Newark, she lived in East Orange, Glen Ridge and was a resident of Belmar for 35 years before moving to Manchester 7 years ago.
She was predeceased by her first husband Paul Rutledge Sr. in 1977; second husband David Canfield in 1985; son Paul Rutledge Jr. in 1975; son in law Joseph Vogt, Sr. in 1999; brother Robert J. Reilly; and four sisters, Alice Mooney, Rosemary Prevlege, Honey Sandland and Helen Gilliam.
Surviving are her sons Peter Robert Rutledge and his wife Debra, of Spring Lake Heights, Terrence R. Rutledge and his fiancée Jennifer, of Brick, William M. Rutledge, of Manchester; daughter Marybeth Stockert and her husband Martin, of Jackson and a daughter in law, Denise Geronomos, of Stroudsburg, Pa.; six grandchildren, Joseph, Frank, Shelby, Linni, Paul III and Caleigh, as well as a great grandson, Paul IV. She also leaves many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were under the direction of O’Brien Funeral Home in Wall. Cremation will be private. Donations may be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 400 Morris Ave., Suite 251, Denville. For more information or to send condolences please visit www.obrienfuneralhome .com
Marjorie Jean Robinson
Marjorie Jean Robinson, of Wall Township, died Saturday, June 16, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. She was 85.
Born in Wall, she has lived in Wall all of her life.
Mrs. Robinson was a Director for the Selective Service in Asbury Park for 25 years before retiring. She was the organist for over 60 years and was a very active, lifelong member of the West Belmar United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Robinson is pre-deceased by her brother, Robert Mahlon Robinson in 1997, and is survived by her two brothers, Reverend James W. Robinson, of Sea Girt, and Charles Robinson, of Neptune; two sisters, Catherine Saxion, of Sea Girt, and Charlotte I. Robinson, of Wall. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Neary-Quinn Funeral Home. Graveside Services were private, at the request of the family, at Atlantic View Cemetery in Manasquan. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 23, at 11 a.m. at the West Belmar United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the West Belmar United Methodist Church in her memory.
Robert G. Turton
Robert G. "Bob" Turton, formerly of Spring Lake Heights, went home to be with his lord on Wednesday June 13. He was 78.
Formerly a resident of Spring Lake Heights for 33 years, he retired to the Outer Banks of North Carolina in 1996.
Born in Newark on February 2, 1934, he lived in Union and graduated from the Pingry School in Elizabeth and Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. He married his beloved wife Miriam "Mimi" Riessen, also of Union in 1955 after a whirlwind romance which began when they first kissed at the end of the rocks at the Manasquan Inlet during a full moon in June, 1952. They were inseperable best friends from that point forward.
Bob served in the US Air Force as a pilot in the Strategic Air Command druing the Cold War. He moved his family to Spring Lake Heights where he served many years on the Board of Adjustment and was vice-chairman. He served on the Central Jersey Christian School Board, Asbury Park, where he was treasurer. Self-employed as a private investigator he was president and chairman of the Private Detectives Association of New Jersey [subsequently the New Jersey Licensed Private Investigators Association]. Upon retirement he served as Claims Consultant, Office of the Trustee, NJAFIUA [JUA] until his move to Pin Knoll Shores, N.C.
Bob was a founding director of the Shoralan Club in Belmar and a founding member of Fellowship Chapel in Point Pleasant. He served as a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem, North Carolina District 3B where he was named Outstanding Advocate of the Year in 2001.
He leaves his best friend and dear wife Mimi of 57 years, Pine Knoll Shores; son Tom and wife Lore, Fayetteville, Ga.; daughter Kathy Furtner, Pine Knoll Shores; and daughter Nancy Parler, Durham, N.C. He also leaves nine grandchildren, Jeff, Josh and Jeremy Turton; Joey Furtner and wife Kristen; Missy Klor and husband Wes; and Kevin Furtner and wife Madeline; and Michael, Matthew and Katie Parler; and five great grandchildren; Karlee, Ben and Samuel Furtner; and John Lincoln and Sarah Elisabeth Klor; completing four generations of his family in the town of Pine Knoll Shores.
In addition he is survived by his sister Pat Biondi, of Mountainside, and three nieces and one nephew. He was predeceased by son-in-law Len Furtner.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Munden Funeral Home in Morehead City, N.C. In memoriam, donations may be made to Duke University, Pediatrics, Medical Genetics, Box 103856, Office 4007, 4th F1 GSRB1, Durham, N.C. 27710, or your favorite, would be welcomed with thanks.