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James R. Neral, Lt. Col., USAF, Ret., 89, of Damascus, Pa., formerly of Point Pleasant, died Thursday, June 6.
Born in Johnstown, Pa., to the late Charles and Emma Neral, he was raised there and for many years lived in Point Pleasant before moving to Damascus 20 years ago.
He graduated from Johnstown Catholic High School in 1941 and attended Pennsylvania State College.
In 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force and served as a B-26 bomber pilot during World War II and flew 49 combat missions in the European Theatre of Operations. He was awarded the Air Medal, with eight gold leaf clusters, and the Legion d’Honneur Medal from France for his heroic contributions toward the liberation of their country.
He transferred to the U.S. Air Force Reserves and in 1967 was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before retiring from a career of dedicated service to the United States of America.
In civilian life, Jim worked at the Naval Weapons Station Earle and retired as Supervisory Personnel Director.
He had served as choir director at both Saint Martha, Point Pleasant, and Saint Dominic, Brick, parishes. He was a life member of the VFW, Point Pleasant Beach Post No. 4715; the American Legion, Point Pleasant Post No. 23; B.P.O. Elks, Point Pleasant Lodge No. 1698; the Air Force Association; the Marauder Historical Society; and the Reserve Officer’s Association.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Lenore Bermes Neral, who he married in 1950. Surviving relatives include his brother, Noel Neral of Brick; and 20 nieces, nephews, and their families scattered from New Jersey to California and also in Michigan and Mississippi.
Pable Evertz Funeral Home of Point Pleasant was in charge of arrangements. Interment was at Saint Catharine Cemetery, Sea Girt.
As an expression of sympathy, donations made in his memory to Holy Cross Parish, Calliccon, N.Y. would be appreciated.
For online condolences to the family visit www.pableevertzfuneralhome.com.
Doris E. LoSasso
Doris E LoSasso, 90, died on Thursday, June 6 at Ocean Medical Center in Brick. Born in Jersey City, Doris lived in Hudson County before relocating to Point Pleasant Borough in 1975.
Doris worked in sales at Martell’s Sweet Shoppe in Point Pleasant Beach and truly enjoyed commuting to work on her bicycle with a smile in tow. She was a parishioner of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Point Pleasant Beach and worked as a volunteer at the church as well.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Donato “Dewey” LoSasso in 1994.
Doris is survived by her son Thomas “Dewey” LoSasso and her daughters Diane Leonardi and Kathleen “Kathy” Romano as well as seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Entombment was at St. Catherine Cemetery in Sea Girt.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Jude Tribute Program, PO BOX 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, Tenn. 38101-9908 or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Central Jersey Chapter, 740 Broad Street, Shrewsbury 07702.
For more information, visit www.silvertonmemorial.com
Dorothy Ann Sobush Sonzogni, 84, of Brick with family in Point Pleasant, died suddenly on Friday, June 7.
Born in Chicago to the late Jack and Mary Sobush, she had lived in Union City and in Point Pleasant before moving to Brick.
Mrs. Sonzogni served in the US Navy Nurse Corps during the Korean War and for many years worked as a registered nurse at Christ Hospital, Jersey City.
She enjoyed to read, sew, and crochet.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Joseph J. Sonzogni in 1998.
Surviving are two daughters, Michele Burlington and her husband Frank of Ridgefield Park and Mary Jo Cleary of Brick; one son, Matthew Sonzogni and his wife Joan of Point Pleasant; her brother, James Czysen and his wife Dorothy; her sister, Philomena Fletcher and her husband Pete; and four grandchildren, Alexis Seiferling, Nicholas Maximillian Frega, and Matthew & Michael Sonzogni.
Pable Evertz Funeral Home of Point Pleasant was in charge of arrangements. Interment was at the NJ Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown. For online condolences to the family visit www.pableevertzfuneralhome.com
Charlotte G. Bergmann
Charlotte G. Bergmann, 81, of Point Pleasant, died Wednesday, June 5.
Born in Hackensack to the late John Leo and Charlotte Mann, she lived in Old Tappan and then in Point Pleasant for 44 years. She was a graduate of Dumont High School, Ocean County College School of Nursing, Stockton State College and Farleigh-Dickinson University.
Charlotte worked as a dedicated registered nurse and was employed by Meridian Health at Point Pleasant Hospital and Ocean Medical Center in Brick, retiring as associate director of nursing in 1994. After her retirement, she enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, Kenneth A. Bergmann, Sr.; three daughters, Elizabeth and her husband Thomas Mahon of Point Pleasant, Jennifer and her husband Frank Ruzicka of Easton, Pa., and Kathleen and her husband William Luell III of Friendswood, Texas; her son, Kenneth A. Bergmann, Jr. of Toms River; and three grandchildren, Sara, Melissa and William Luell IV.
In accordance with her wishes, services and cremation will be held privately under the direction of the Pable Evertz Funeral Home of Point Pleasant.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the charity of your choice.
For online condolences to the family, visit www.pableevertzfuneralhome.com.