2004-01-07 / Obituaries
John W. MacKay
Mr. MacKay, 90, of the Morganville section of Marlboro, died Oct. 20 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Vineland. Born in International Falls, Minn., he lived in Watchung before moving to Morganville in 1992. During World War II, in the Pacific Theater, he served as a staff sergeant and sharpshooter in the Marine Corps. He served in the Korean War and earned the Korean War Medal and United Nations Ribbon. Mr. MacKay was predeceased by a brother, Andrew Flint MacKay; and a brother-in-law, Milton Rose. Surviving are his wife of 11 years, Arlene Rose Becker MacKay of Morganville; two sisters, Charlotte Webb-Ludwig and Mary Morrell; a brother-in-law, William H. Rose; and a sister-in-law, Jean Rose. A funeral service was held at the Waitt-Nelms Funeral Home, Morganville, followed by interment at the Old Tennent Cemetery, Manalapan.
Elizabeth "Betty" Kurtz
Mrs. Kurtz, 82, of Brentwood, Mo., died Nov. 3 at St. Mary’s Health Center, St. Louis. Born in Pennsylvania, she lived in Freehold before moving to Brentwood last year. She was predeceased by her husband, John T. Kurtz, in 1990. Surviving are two sons, Jack Kurtz of Millstone and Steven Kurtz of Freehold; two daughters, Lorraine Kurtz of Georgia and Karen Noyes of Brentwood. Funeral services were held at Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, followed by entombment at St. Rose of Lima Mausoleum, Freehold.
Jeanne M. Cerminaro
Mrs. Cerminaro, 84, of Manalapan, died Dec. 8 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in Manalapan on Dec. 3. Born in Norwich, Conn., she had lived in Highland Park before moving to Manalapan 17 years ago. She had served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the Englishtown Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Manalapan. She was predeceased by her husband, Pasquale Cerminaro, in 1973, two sisters and two brothers. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Pasquale and Annamarie Cerminaro of Millstone; Jeanne M. and Randy C. Sutton of Manalapan; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Freehold. Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Englishtown Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 86 Gordons Corner Road, Manalapan 07726.
Barnett V. Levine
Mr. Levine, 54, of Freehold, died Dec. 9 at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Born in Newark, he had lived in Edison before residing in Freehold for 20 years. He owned and operated several Laundromats in Monmouth County and was a former member of the New Jersey Coin Laundry Association. He was a graduate of Edison High School, Jersey City State College and Seton Hall University, South Orange, where he had earned a master’s degree. A former public school teacher with the Perth Amboy Board of Education, he had also been active in union affairs. For the past three years, he had been a substitute teacher at the Samuel B. Shull School in Perth Amboy. He was predeceased by his parents, Leah and Harry Levine, and a brother, Stuart Levine. Surviving are his wife of 20 years, Barbara Chernetz Levine; a niece; and a nephew. Funeral services were held at Flynn and Son Funeral Home, Perth Amboy, followed by interment at Mount Lebanon Cemetery, Iselin. Memorial donations may be made to the Institute for the Development of Educational Achievement (IDEA) in honor of Dr. Jeffrey Fisher, c/o Flynn’s Charities Program, 23 Ford Ave., Fords 08863.
Alfred W. Adams
Mr. Adams, 60, of Jackson died Dec. 9 at home. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he had lived in Sayreville and Freehold for 20 years before moving to Jackson in 1999. He was a 1961 graduate of Sayreville High School and a 1965 graduate of Monmouth College (now Monmouth University), West Long Branch, where he earned a degree in mathematics and where he was also a member of Sigma Phi Omega. He received a master’s degree in education from Kean College, Union, and was a math and computer teacher at Cedar Ridge High School in Old Bridge. Surviving are his wife of 36 years, Phyllis Adams; a daughter, Toby Adams of Freehold; his mother, Anna Ankudowicz of West Melbourne, Fla.; and a sister, Eleanor DeLucia of Manahawkin. A funeral service was held at the C.H.T. Clayton & Son Funeral Home, Adelphia section of Howell, followed by interment, which was private. Memorial donations may be made to Project Eat, Freehold Open Door, 39 Throckmorton St., Freehold 07728.
Scott M. Prochnow
Mr. Prochnow, 45, of Freehold died Dec. 9 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. Born in Niskayuna, N.Y., he had lived in Freehold most of his life and was a 1976 graduate of Freehold Township High School, as well as a 1978 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, N.Y. He began his career at the American Hotel, Freehold, and worked at The Plaza Hotel in New York City before moving to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands and traveling the world as a yacht chef, working on private, chartered yachts with the charter yacht company Herb Chambers. A member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Freehold, he was an active member of the Outreach Committee and also supported numerous charities, serving St. Peter’s Church Community Outreach dinners and participating in the Northeast AIDS Bike Ride. Surviving are his life partner, Carl Hunt Schwarzler; his parents, Dorothy and Gordon R. Prochnow Sr.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Gordon R. Jr. and Patricia Prochnow, and Wayne H. and Janine Prochnow; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Susan Jane and Lawrence Story, and Diane Lynn Prochnow and her friend, Edythe Weston; and a niece and three nephews. The funeral liturgy was celebrated at St. Peter’s Church, followed by interment at Maplewood Cemetery, Freehold Township. Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, was in charge of arrangements.
Richard R. Wojcio
Mr. Wojcio, 66, of Howell, died Dec. 9 at home. Born in Elizabeth, he had lived in Linden before moving to Howell 35 years ago. A U.S. military veteran, he was the manager of the Amoco in Lakewood, until becoming disabled 4 years ago. Prior to that, he had worked as a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Wojcio; three sons, Richard Wojcio of Sacramento, Calif., Joseph Wojcio of Ocean Grove and Steven Wojcio of Deerfield, Fla.; two daughters, Denise Clark and Linda Wojcio, both of Media, Pa.; a sister, Kathy Neuman of Union; five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. A memorial Mass was offered at St. Veronica’s Roman Catholic Church, Howell. The C.H.T. Clayton & Son Funeral Home, Adelphia section of Howell, was in charge of arrangements.
John T. Allen
Mr. Allen, 78, of Freehold Township died Dec. 15 at home. Born in Trenton, he lived in Freehold all his life. Mr. Allen served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Prior to his retirement 16 years ago, he was the Freehold Township building inspector, construction official, code administrator, housing officer, zoning official, chief of the fire bureau, and Planning Board member. He was also the building inspector for the borough of Englishtown and a custom home builder. Mr. Allen was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Freehold, where he served as an acolyte and first minister of the chalice; a co-founder, charter member, ex-chief and past president of the East Freehold Fire Company; a former member of the Good Will Hook and Ladder Company of the Freehold Fire Department; and member of Olive Branch Lodge No. 16, F&AM; and a past commander of American Legion Post No. 54, all of Freehold. Mr. Allen was a member of the Freehold Township Planning Board; past president of the Eastern States Building Officials Association; past president of the New Jersey Building Officials Association; member of the Monmouth County Construction Board of Appeals; and an Eagle Scout and Boy Scout Master of Troop 14. A street in Freehold Township was named in Mr. Allen’s honor. He was predeceased by his wife, Betty Gunn Allen, who died in 1998. Surviving are two sons, John T. Allen Jr., Monmouth Beach, and Jeffrey M. Allen and his wife, Eileen, Freehold Township; five daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie A., and Larry Petrula; Debra J. and Dennis Bell; Cynthia L. and Michael DiBenedetto; Lori A. and Hugh O’Neill; all of Freehold, and Betty Lynn and Arthur Sullivan, Newark, Del.; a sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Jack Queeney, Howell; 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Services were held at the Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, and at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, followed by interment at Maplewood Cemetery, Freehold Township. Memorial donations can be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 33 Throckmorton St., Freehold 07728.
Ruth E. Boardman
Mrs. Boardman, 81, of Freehold Township, died Dec. 16 at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Born in Clifton, she had lived in Pompton Plains before moving to Freehold Township in 1965. She was a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, Freehold, and a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Rose of Lima No. 737. She had volunteered more than 1,000 hours of service to CentraState Medical Center. She was predeceased by a daughter, Gail Dericks, in 1976. Surviving are her husband, William M. Boardman; three sons and two daughters-in-law, William M. Boardman of Salt Lake City, John and Patricia Boardman of Pompton Plains, and Michael and Eileen Boardman of Wells, N.Y.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Ruth Ann and Gregory Baumbach of Baldwinsville, N.Y., Joan and William Meade of Manahawkin, and Cynthia and Robert Adamczyk of Jackson; two brothers, Harold Coyle of Whiting and James Coyle of East Greenwich, R.I.; 21 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. The funeral liturgy was celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Church, Freehold, followed by entombment at St. Rose of Lima Mausoleum, Freehold Township. Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to St. Rose’s Home, 71 Jackson St., New York, NY 10002.
Alfred M. Mirro
Mr. Mirro, 81, of Hazlet died Dec. 16 at Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel. Born in Kearny, he resided in Union Beach prior to moving to Hazlet 57 years ago. He was a self-employed contractor with Local Union No. 2250, Red Bank, for several years, retiring in 1987. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a communicant of Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Union Beach. He was a member of Local Carpenters Union No. 2250. Mr. Mirro was predeceased by his first wife, Margarite V. Mirro, in 1971; and two brothers, Frank Mirro in 2003 and Jack Mirro in 2000. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Mary Borelli-Benenati Mirro; two sons and daughters-in-law, Frank and Lee Mirro of Freehold, and Thomas and Susan Mirro of Millstone; a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Dennis Morgan of Ocean; a sister, Alice Brown of Tucson; a brother, Robert Mirro of Colts Neck; a stepson and his wife, Anthony and Michelle Schiatone of Long Branch; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Interment took place at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Middletown. The John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.
David James Gier
Mr. Gier, 35, of New York City died Dec. 18 at home. Born in Jersey City, he resided in Long Island, N.Y., and Middletown prior to moving to New York City 10 years ago. He is survived by his mother, Laura Gier of Freehold Township; his father, Raymond Gier of Manalapan; his maternal grandmother, Margaret Salerno of Freehold Township; his brother, Jeffrey Gier of Manalapan; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Jennifer and Kevin Thomas and of Manalapan, Maria Gier of Morganville; one niece and nephew; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. A funeral liturgy was offered at St. Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Church, Marlboro. Interment was at Old Tennent Cemetery, Manalapan. Arrangements were by Freeman Manalapan-Marlboro Funeral Home, Manalapan.
Debra Marie Portee
Ms. Portee, 47, of Monroe died Dec. 16 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick. She was an insurance broker and vice president at Marsh Inc., New York City, for the past 17 years. She was predeceased by her father, Paul Portee in 1996. She is survived by her mother, Dolores Loguidice Portee of Monroe; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul and Jackie Portee Jr. of Howell, Joseph M. and Staci Portee of East Brunswick, and Michael and Laura Portee of North Plainfield; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Kathleen F. and Howard Senior of Somers, N.Y., and Patricia Portee-Wells and her husband, Joseph, of South Amboy; one cousin; and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements were by Brunswick Memorial Funeral Home, East Brunswick. Entombment was at Holy Cross Burial Park, South Brunswick. Memorial donations may be made to the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Development Office, 335 George St., Suite 3450, New Brunswick 08901.
Helen Popis Travis
Mrs. Travis, 72, of Old Bridge died Dec. 16 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick. She was employed at Bristol-Myers Squibb for 25 yeas, retiring in 1989. She was a member of Crossroads Assembly of God Church, Englishtown. Mrs. Travis is survived by her husband, John Travis; a son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Ginny Travis of Marlboro; three daughters and sons-in-law, Beverly and Alan Porzio of Manchester, Donna and Bill Jacobs of Beachwood, and Kathy and Kevin Respass of Old Bridge; a brother, John Popis of Scranton, Pa.; a sister, Anthonette Porter of Duluth, Minn.; and seven grandchildren. Entombment was at Forest Green Memorial Park, Morganville. The Rezem Funeral Home, East Brunswick, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Crossroads Assembly of God Church, 19 Main St., Englishtown 07726.
Josephine Woolley Cummings
Mrs. Cummings, 95, of Salinas, Calif., died Dec. 19 in Salinas. She was a lifelong resident of Freehold before moving to Salinas and had owned and operated Cummings Rest Home in Freehold for many years. She was the last surviving member of the Joseph Yapps family. She was predeceased in 1960 by her husband, Harold Cummings. Surviving are a son, former Freehold Borough Councilman Frank K. Woolley of Carmel, Calif.; a daughter, Diane Cummings Holcomb of Monterey, Calif.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, was in charge of arrangements. Cremation took place in Salinas.
Heide E. Hazzard
Mrs. Hazzard, 64, of the Belford section of Middletown, died Dec. 19 at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank. Born in Kaislauten, Germany, she resided in Massachusetts before moving to Belford 24 yeas ago. Mrs. Hazzard was a bakery manager at ShopRite, Hazlet, for several years, retiring in 2002. She was predeceased by a sister, Esther Morio, in 1993. She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Jeanne Smith of Sheffield, Mass., and Robert and Cheryl Smith of Great Barrington, Mass.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Christine and David Douglass of Lee, Mass., and Susan and Vernon Butler of Middletown; a sister, Trudy Lambert of Hazlet; two brothers, Karl Fleischmann of Manalapan and Rolf Fleischmann of Hobart, N.Y.; and eight grandchildren. Entombment was at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Middletown. The John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Schwartz, 76, of Jupiter, Fla., formerly of Freehold Township, died Dec. 19 at Jupiter Medical Center. Born in Trenton, he had lived in Freehold Township for most of his life before moving to Florida in 2001. A World War II Coast Guard veteran, for 50 years he was president of Mid-Eastern Molasses Co. of Freehold, a family-owned business started by his father, Ben. He was a former mayor of Freehold Township and a charter member of the East Freehold Fire Co., Freehold Township. He was predeceased by a son, Alan, earlier this month. Surviving are two sons and two daughters-in-law, Steven Schwartz of Boynton Beach, Fla., Bruce and Bryna Schwartz of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Sharon Schwartz of Jupiter; a daughter, Joann Schwartz of Atlanta; and four grandchildren. A funeral service was held at Freeman Funeral Home, Freehold, followed by interment at Congregation Sons of Israel Cemetery, Englishtown.
Ashton B. Buffett
Mr. Buffett, 85, of Freehold Township died Dec. 22 at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. A lifelong resident of Freehold Township, he was a farmer with his father until 1964 and then worked for RCA, Hightstown, for 19 years before retiring in 1983. He was a life member and deacon of the First Presbyterian Church of Freehold, where he was actively involved in the church property commission and the chancel choir. He was a member for more than 50 years of the Antlers Hunting Club, Cedar Run, Pa.; a former member of the Freehold Township rifle club for more than 20 years; a member of the Monmouth Grange #92, Freehold Township; and a member of the Freehold Lions Club. Surviving are his wife, Ruth Applegate Buffett; two sons and daughters-in-law, Richard H. and Catherine S. Buffett of Hudson, Ohio, and Stephen A. and Caroline G. Buffett of Freehold Township; a daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Donald Rooney of Hamilton Square; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the First Presbyterian Church, followed by burial at Maplewood Cemetery, Freehold Township. Freeman Funeral Home, Freehold, was in charge of arrangements.