2003-12-24 / Obituaries
Michael J. Kucher
Mr. Kucher, 39, of Bradley Beach died Dec. 6 at home. Born in Neptune, he had lived there before moving to Bradley Beach three years ago. He was a graduate of Manalapan High School and the DeVry Institute, North Brunswick, where in 1988 he earned a bachelor of science degree in electronics engineering. He was a Web site developer who operated New Jersey Cyber Service. Mr. Kucher had served in the U.S. Navy’s submarine service and was a member of the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Commission, as well as the Raritan Bay division of the U.S. Power Squadron. Surviving are his father, Leonard George Kucher of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; his mother, Rosemary Skord Kucher of Lakewood; a brother, Leonard Kucher of Spring Hill, Fla.; four sisters, Suzanne Muller of Flemington, Lillian Davis and Carolyn Trimmoli, both of Lee’s Summit, and Marianne Tammera of Belvidere; eleven nieces and nephews; and his fiancée, Joann Walsh, with whom he had lived. A funeral liturgy was celebrated at the Stella Maris Retreat Center in Elberon, followed by interment at Old Tennent Cemetery, Tennent section of Manalapan. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 801 Broad St., Shrewsbury 07702.
Paul F. Callaghan
Mr. Callaghan, 64, of Richboro, Pa., died Dec. 7 at his brother’s home in Manalapan. Born in Philadelphia, he had lived in Richboro for the past 30 years and was a retired mechanical engineer. He was a graduate of La Salle High School and had attended Drexel University, Philadelphia. A veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division, he was an avid pilot who went on to earn his private pilot’s license in Florida. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Russell J. and Jennifer A. Callaghan of Southampton, Pa.; a daughter, Anna Veronica Callaghan of Philadelphia; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Joseph and Frances Callaghan, and Wendel and Dolores Callaghan of Manalapan; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Ann Marie Pearce, Catherine and George Oakley, and Agnes and George Kozub; and two grandchildren. A funeral liturgy was celebrated at St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, Manalapan, followed by interment, which was private. Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Caring Hospice Services, 525 Route 70 W., Lakewood 08701.
Kathryn Lehner Johnson Huyck
Mrs. Huyck, 84, of Wall died Dec. 8 at home. Born in Lakewood, she had lived in Freehold before moving to Wall 22 years ago. She was a probation clerk at the Monmouth County Court House, Freehold, where she was employed for 37 years prior to retiring four years ago. She was a member of the Reformed Church of Freehold; a former chairwoman for the Charity Ball committee of CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township, as well as a volunteer at the hospital’s gift shop; a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Neptune; and a volunteer for the former Monmouth County Organization for Social Service (MCOSS) shop in Manasquan. She was predeceased by her first husband, Frank Johnson, in 1995. Surviving are her husband, Edward Huyck; a daughter, Donna Johnson Owens Tave of Wall; three grandsons; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at The Church in Brielle, with Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Meridian Hospice, 615 Hope Road, Eatontown 07724.
Valerie S. Miller
Mrs. Miller, 87, of Freehold, died Dec. 8 at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Born in Stafford Springs, Conn., she had lived in Freehold since she was 11 years old and was a graduate of Freehold High School. Known for her flower gardening and care for abandoned animals, she developed a love for nature on a family farm in Freehold known as the Old Farm Manor. After World War II, part of the farmland was donated to the Borough of Freehold for veterans’ housing. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Dudley Miller IV, in 1998. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Charles Dudley Miller V and Lea Miller; two sisters-in-law, Baroness Elizabeth von Bissing and Marion Mayer, both of Freehold; two grandchildren; two nieces; and several grandnieces and grandnephews. Funeral services were held at Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, with the Rev. Barbara Hicks, pastor of Hope Presbyterian Church in Lakewood, officiating. Interment followed at Maplewood Cemetery, Freehold Township.
Michael "Jerry" Tuite
Mr. Tuite, 35, of Manalapan, died Dec. 6 in Narita, Tokyo, Japan. Born in Newark, he had lived in Manalapan most of his life. A professional wrestler known as "The Wall," he divided his time between the United States and Japan and was a communicant of St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church in Manalapan. He was predeceased by his mother, Nancy. Surviving are his father, Jerome Tuite of Manalapan; a sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Steven Hacht of Pataskala, Ohio; an uncle, the Rev. Michael Feketie of Rahway; and his fiancée, Julie Scheel of Hoboken. A memorial Mass was offered at St. Thomas More Church, followed by interment, which was private. Freeman Manalapan-Marlboro Funeral Home, Manalapan, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Special Olympics, 1325 G Street N.W., Suite 770, Washington, D.C. 20005-3104.