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Helen J. Clayton Lonsdale

Helen J. Clayton Lonsdale, 96, a lifelong resident of Spring Lake, passed away peacefully at home on Oct. 2. She was born Oct. 9, 1915 in Spring Lake.

She was a graduate of H.W. Mountz and St. Rose High School. She was an active member of the Mountz Parent Teacher Association and an officer of the Spring Lake Woman’s Club. Her favorite past-times were sewing, baking and spending time at the beach with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Helen also enjoyed spending winters in Hillsboro Beach, Fla.

She was a member of St. Catharine’s/St. Margaret’s Parish.

Helen was predeceased by her husband, C. Gilbert Lonsdale in 1993; her son-in-law, Lt. Commander Robert Mendenhall in 1972; and her parents, Jessie and Josie Clayton, founders of Clayton Auto Company. Clayton’s is now operated by her dear nephews Richard and Thomas Clayton.

She was also predeceased by her sister, Ethel, and her brother, Walter Clayton.

Surviving are her daughter, Roberta Lonsdale Mendenhall Augustine Kubas and her husband Steve of Gaithersburg, Md.; her son C. James Lonsdale and his wife Mary of Spring Lake; eight grandchildren, Michael Mendenhall and his wife Kim, Laurie Mendenhall DeWyer, Melody Mendenhall Smythe and her husband John, Ted Augustine and his wife Angela, Timothy Augustine, Dayton Lonsdale, Mary Claire Lonsdale Ellena and her husband Eric, and Thomas Lonsdale; 14 great-grandchildren, Katie, Andrew, Olivia, Kelly, Alyssa, Colleen, Caroline, Cathryn, Sarah, Rachel, Parker, Faith, Gavin, and Audrey; and one great-great granddaughter, Taylor.

Jim and Mary would like to thank Inga, her caretaker, the VNA nurses, the hospice nurses, and Nancy her nurse practitioner. God bless all of you.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. at St. Catharine’s Roman Catholic Church, 215 Essex Avenue, Spring Lake. All are welcome. Interment will be private.

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

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Sister Joseph Eleanor Motzenbecker SSJ

Joseph Eleanor Motzenbecker, SSJ, Eleanor, 91, died Sept. 30 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune.

Sister Eleanor, of the St. Rose Convent, Belmar, is the sister of William, Joseph Motzenbecker and the late Regina Foss, Angela Damiani, Elizabeth Tripodi, Robert, John and Edward Motzenbecker.

Religious, relatives and friends are invited to the viewing on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 1:30 p.m. followed by Funeral Mass at 3 p.m. at St. Joseph Villa, 110 W. Wissahickon Ave., Flourtown, Pa. 19031.

Donations to St. Joseph Villa in Sister’s name would be appreciated.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Koller Funeral Home, Philadelphia, Pa.

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James Joseph Connolly

James Joseph Connolly, 89, of the Four Seasons community of Wall, died Friday, Sept. 28, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune.

Born in Manhattan, N.Y., Mr. Connolly resided in Astoria and Flushing, N.Y. and Spring Lake before moving to Four Seasons in 2003.

Mr. Connolly was employed by the Sperry Gyroscope Co. before entering the U.S. Navy Air Services, serving during WW II.

He retired from the New York City Fire Department as a Battalion Chief in 1986 after 36 years of service. He was a member of the New York Fire Chiefs Association and the Uniformed Fire Officers Association.

Mr. Connolly was a communicant of St. Denis Catholic Church, Manasquan. He also belonged to American Post 529 and was a past member of the Jersey Air Club.

He was predeceased by his wife, Annette Massaro Connolly, who died on Sept. 22. He is survived by several cousins, including Joan Lala and Joan Griffin, and good friends.

Arrangements were under the direction of O’Brien Funeral Home, Wall.

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Judith Fay Ruger

Judith Fay Ruger, 83, of Dublin, Ohio, and formerly of Sea Girt, passed away Sept. 12 at her home while comforted by the love and presence of family.

Judith was born Aug. 19, 1929 in Jersey City to Mary [nee Donnelly] and George T. Fay. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Joan Sullivan, her brother Paul Fay, and her loving husband of nearly 48 years, Joseph V. Ruger.

Judith is survived by her brother George [Marselle] Fay of Fairfax, Va.; daughters, Catherine [Richard] Levins of Dublin, Ohio, Mary-Elizabeth [Kenneth] Foulks of Middletown, and Janet [Jeffrey] Rittershofer of Bel Air, Md.; grandchildren, Kathleen, Christopher, John and Margaret Levins of Dublin, Ohio, Matthew, Kenneth and Michael Foulks of Middletown, and Erin, Annie and Colin Rittershofer of Bel Air, Md.

Having grown up in Brooklyn and graduated from Catherine McAuley High School, Judith worked for 17 years as an executive assistant on Wall Street. After marrying Joseph, they moved from Bay Ridge in 1970 and lived in Sea Girt until 2007.

She was a communicant of St. Brigid of Kildare Catholic Church in Dublin, Ohio since 2007, St. Mark Catholic Church, Sea Girt for 38 years prior, and was raised and schooled in Our Lady Help of Christians, Brooklyn, N.Y. Always a volunteer in parish and school activities, Judy also worked for local printing, insurance and accounting firms in the Sea Girt/Spring Lake area for many years.

Known as a diehard, tried and true sports fan [especially of the NY Mets], she will be remembered by her family, friends and caregivers for her unfailing faith in God, devotion to Our Lady, her deep love of family, and her inspiring strength and unwavering sense of humor in the face of illness and suffering. She will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved her so much.

Arrangements were under the direction of St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Sea Girt, which was immediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment took place at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Judy's honor to The St. Anthony Guild, and Priests for Life, Staten Island, N.Y. Condolences may be sent to the Clavin Funeral Home, Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Jane H. Jackson

Jane H. Jackson, formerly of Wall Township, passed away Aug. 25 of heart failure while residing in Reston, Virginia.

Formerly of Red Bank and a graduate of Red Bank High School and Berkley Secretarial school, she lived in Wall Township from 1948-2004. She was voted most talented in her high school senior class.

She was predeceased by her parents, J. William Heim and Edna Heim, her brother J. William Heim, Jr and her husband Arthur E. [Bud] Jackson, Jr. Her parents were educators in the Red Bank school system and her husband a conductor for the Pennsylvania Railroad, later Conrail.

She is survived by her son, Kenneth Jackson, a physician in Virginia, daughter Nancy Shumard, of Savannah, Tenn., daughter Andrea Dail, of Shallotte, N.C. and four grandchildren Dana, Will, Daniel, and Abigail. She is also survived by a niece and nephew, Sue Morrissey, of Gainesville, Fla., and Rick Heim, of Paso Robles, Calif.

She worked at Camp Evans in Belmar during WW II, and as an office manager for WADB in Belmar. She also volunteered at Jersey Shore University Medical Center after she and Bud retired. She helped during the foundation of Wall Community First Aid Squad as a dispatcher from her home, and also by sewing pillows for the ambulance beds. Over the years her true love was animals. She took in many strays and enjoyed their company. Her legacy continues with her children and grandchildren who also carry on her love of animals. She was also fond of camping and garage sales.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ASPCA, or Wall Community First Aid Squad, 1417 Lakewood Road, Wall, NJ 08736 []. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Highway 35, Wall. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until the time of the service. For more information or to send condolences, visit

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Arthur Shea

Arthur “Brian” Shea, 69, of Sea Girt died Monday, Oct. 1 at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch.

Born in Summit, Brian lived in Lincoln Park for many years before moving to Sea Girt six years ago.

He served with the U.S. Army and Brian retired as an electrician with Local 102, Parsippany after 45 years He was an avid fisherman and boater. His other hobbies included gardening, cooking and travel.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Pasko Shea, Sea Girt, and his son Brian Shea, Los Angeles, Calif. He is also survived by his brother, Alan Shea, Bernardsville, a nephew, Ryan Shea and a niece, Erin Shea, and cousins Barbara, Frank and Daniel Giancaspro.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Highway 35, Wall. Interment will be private. Friends are invited to call on Thursday 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to a charity of your choice. For further information or to send condolences to the family please visit

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