2005-02-15 / Obituaries


Arline Clare McMorrow

Mrs. McMorrow, 95, of Freehold, died Feb. 4 at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Born in Meriden, Conn., she was a longtime Monmouth County resident and a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, Freehold. She trained at Jersey City Medical Center to become a registered nurse. She received a bachelor of science in nursing education from New York University and also took graduate courses at Jersey City State College and other institutions. She later worked in Minnesota as director of nurses at two hospitals. When she returned to Freehold in 1964, she worked at Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital as a nurse supervisor and was subsequently employed by the state Department of Institutions and Agencies. After retiring in 1979, she worked weekends as the school nurse at Monmouth College, West Long Branch, while volunteering at CentraState. In addition, Mrs. McMorrow was a member of both the Freehold Seniors and the St. Rose Seniors, and a lifetime member of the Western Monmouth YMCA. An avid reader, she was also a sports enthusiast who enjoyed attending professional golf and tennis tournaments. She was predeceased by a brother and sister-in-law, Dr. George J. and Kathryn McDonnell. Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, J. Patrick and Barbara McMorrow of Freehold Township, David G. and Kathy McMorrow of California, and George and Cindy McMorrow of Ocean Township; a daughter, Arline Fulton, at home; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Church at 11 a.m. Feb. 21. Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Freehold Public Library, 28 E. Main St., Freehold 07728; or the YMCA of Western Monmouth County, East Freehold Road, Freehold 07728.

Anthony J. O’Connor

Mr. O’Connor, 75, of Wilmington, N.C., died Jan. 30 at Cape Fear Hospital, Wilmington. Born in Freehold, he had lived there most of his life and was a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Freehold. Prior to retiring, he was a painting supervisor for the county of Monmouth. A Korean War veteran, he was a life member of Disabled American Veterans and American Legion Post No. 54, both of Freehold; the Knights of Columbus, St. Katherine Drexel Council No. 11177 and St. Andrew-Father Christopher Gaynor Assembly, both of Cape Coral, Fla. He was also a former member of Knights of Columbus Freehold Council No. 1672. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Michael Barringer of Wilmington; two grandchildren, Aaron and Samantha; and a nephew and a niece, Peter and Mary Jane McDermott. The funeral liturgy was celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Church, followed by interment at Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery, Arnytown. American Legion services were held as well. Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 2550 Route 1, North Brunswick 08902; or the Knights of Columbus Freehold Council No. 1672, 70 E. Main St., Freehold 07728.

Helen Goetke

Mrs. Goetke, 75, of Jackson, died Jan. 31 at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Born in Connecticut, she had lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., and in Freehold since 1964 before moving to Jackson 10 years ago. She was employed by Monmouth County, where she had worked in the treasurer’s office for Ted Narozanick and later in the surrogate’s office. Prior to retiring in 1991, she was a bookkeeper for the federal government in the personnel department at Fort Monmouth. Mrs. Goetke was predeceased in 1963 by her husband, Peter. Surviving are four sons and a daughter-in-law, Peter Goetke of Howell, Jack and Alice Goetke of Indianapolis, Paul Goetke of Sarasota, Fla., and Tom Goetke of Jackson, and his fiancée, Johanna; two daughters and sons-in-law, Laura and Dave Tatninov of Mount Holly, and Susan and Chuck Medlin of Jackson; 20 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Freeman Funeral Home, Freehold, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Central Jersey Hospice Program, 141 Bodman Place, Red Bank 07701-9978.

Esther Fay Kurman

Mrs. Kurman, 77, of Silver Spring, Md., and Delray Beach, Fla., died Jan. 30 at Sibley Hospital, Washington, D.C. Born in Perth Amboy, she had lived in Freehold and Ocean Township before moving to Silver Spring five years ago. Mrs. Kurman was a past president of the Sisterhood of Congregation Agudath Achim, Freehold. Surviving are her husband, Jerome T. Kurman; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Patricia Hoff Kurman of Rockville, Md.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Kenneth Rubin of Bethesda, Md., and Judith and Kevin Henry of Fort Myers, Fla.; two brothers, Morton Lindner of Martinez, Ga., and Howard Lindner of Langhorne, Pa.; a sister-in-law, Renee Lavitz of Winchester, Va.; and six grandchildren. Graveside services were held at Workmen’s Circle Cemetery, Freehold. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Research, 11331 Amherst Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20902. The Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, was in charge of arrangements.

Frank Sisto

Mr. Sisto, 83, of Marlboro, died Feb. 1 at Sunrise Assisted Living, Marlboro. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and resided there before moving to Marlboro 12 years ago. Mr. Sisto was a pharmacist and owned and operated Sisto Pharmacy, Brooklyn, before his retirement. He was a graduate of Long Island College of Pharmacy. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in the Army’s 12th Field Hospital Division. Mr. Sisto is survived by his wife, Carmela Siliato Sisto; a daughter and son-in-law, Marylynn and John Hawkins of Manalapan; two grandchildren; and one nephew. Funeral services were held at Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, followed by interment at Green Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn. Memorial donations may be made to Deborah Hospital Foundation, Cymrot Center, 212 Trenton Road, Browns Mills 08015.

Louis C. Scoras

Mr. Scoras, 48, of Holmdel, died Jan. 30 at Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel. Born in Long Branch, he resided in Union Beach before moving to Holmdel. Mr. Scoras was the owner and operator of Holmdel Auto Body. He was president of the Central Jersey Auto Body Association, and coached Holmdel Pop Warner football. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Lois Jaeger Scoras. Mr. Scoras is survived by his wife, Bonnie Baird Scoras; three sons, Louis J. Scoras of Washington, D.C., and John W. Scoras and Randy C. Scoras, both of Holmdel; two brothers and sisters-in-law, John L. and Claudette Scoras of Manasquan, and Randy W. and Patricia Scoras of Freehold; one aunt; and several nieces and nephews. Interment took place at Fair View Cemetery, Middletown. The Day Funeral Home, Keyport, was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Jeanne Cerra

Mrs. Cerra, 49, of Howell, died Feb. 3 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. She was a secretary at accounting firm Kelson & Merves LLC, Howell. Prior to that, she was an office manager at Johnson and Johnson, Hightstown, for several years. Mrs. Cerra was a communicant of St. Veronica’s Roman Catholic Church, Howell. She was active in the PTA and the Boy Scouts of America, both Howell. She was predeceased by her father, Vincent J. Cerra Jr., in 1994. Mrs. Cerra is survived by a son, Robert Thomas Pullen, and two daughters, Amy Mae Pullen and Chelsea Pullen, all at home; her mother, Irene Toye Cerra of Wall; a brother and sister-in-law, Vincent J. and Kim Cerra of Keyport; and three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Lucy and Gerald Melillo of Manalapan, Patricia M. Cerra of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Irene and Joseph Kerber of Neptune City. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Veronica’s Church, followed by burial at Atlantic View Cemetery, Manasquan. Arrangements were by O’Brien Funeral Home, Wall. Memorial donations may be made to the Pullen Children, c/o Lucy Melillo, 214 Pease Road, Manalapan 07726.

Mabel Elinor McKay

Mrs. McKay, 94, a former longtime resident of Freehold, died Feb. 5 at Oakdale Heights in Pinehurst, N.C. She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and the Woman’s Club, as well as a volunteer for St. Joseph’s Guild, all of Southern Pines, N.C. She enjoyed sewing and baking. Mrs. McKay was predeceased by her husband, Frank, and a son, Frank Jr. Surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, Constance Ann McKay of Sykesville, Md., and Diane McKay Stephens and Lynn Stephens of Carthage, N.C.; a sister, Grace Engeldt; two brothers, Lawrence and Raymond Rasmussen; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A Mass was offered at St. Anthony of Padua Church, with the Very Rev. Jeffrey A. Ingham officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Evelyn Richmond — Oakdale Humanitarian Fund, 190 Fox Hollow, Pinehurst, NC 28374.

The Rev. Gerald E. McBride

Father McBride, 72, of Manalapan, died Feb. 4 at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the youngest of 11 children and had attended Brooklyn Prep High School. Upon graduating from Brooklyn’s St. Francis College, he entered the U.S. Army, where he served for two years in Germany. He was then employed for 30 years by New York Life Insurance Co. In 1986, he entered Pope John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Mass., and was ordained in 1990 to the Diaconate by Bishop John Reiss. A year later, he was ordained to priesthood, with his first assignment at St. Ann’s Church in Browns Mills. He later served at Our Lady of Good Counsel in West Trenton, St. Mary’s Church in Middletown, and St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church in Manalapan. He was also a member of the Holy Name Society and a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus. Father McBride was predeceased by his parents, Rose Harley McBride and Neil McBride, who were from Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland. Surviving are a brother, John McBride of Queens, N.Y.; and a sister and brother-in-law, Rosemary and John Balbi of Hawley, Pa. A Mass was offered at St. Thomas More Church, followed by interment at St. John’s Cemetery, Middle Village, Queens, N.Y. Freeman Manalapan-Marlboro Funeral Home, Manalapan, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Divine Word Missionaries, P.O. Box 6067, Techny, IL 60082-6067.

Irene Matulis DiLeo

Mrs. DiLeo, 71, of Freehold Township, died Feb. 5 at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Born in Manhattan, N.Y., she had lived in the area most of her life. She was a bank manager and loan officer for more than 40 years at Central Jersey Bank & Trust Co. in Freehold. Mrs. DiLeo was predeceased by her husband, Joseph, and a sister, Adele McNeill. Surviving are a sister, Wanda Wilder of Freehold Township; two brothers-in-law, Vincent DiLeo of Marlboro and William McNeill of Pemberton; four nieces, Wanda Lewey of Pemberton, Donna Treney of Little Egg Harbor, Cathy Cahill of Freehold Township and Connie Krischik of Manchester; three nephews, James McNeill of Pemberton, Fabjan Wilder of Howell and Ron Wilder of Freehold Township; and many great-nieces and great-nephews. A funeral liturgy was offered at St. Rose of Lima Church, Freehold, followed by interment at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, Freehold Township. Freeman Funeral Home, Freehold, was in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth Boon

Mrs. Boon, 90, of Freehold, died Feb. 7 at home. Born in Matawan, she later lived in Cape Cod, Mass., before moving to Freehold 19 years ago. For many years, she was a hotel manager at Howard Johnson’s, located near the Newark airport. Mrs. Boon was predeceased by her husband, Gerard C. Boon Jr. Surviving are a stepson, Gerard Boon of Lebanon; two stepdaughters, Joan Feller of Fanwood and Beverly E. Boon of Virginia; and a brother, Eugene Cartan of Tampa, Fla. A funeral service was held at Freeman Funeral Home, Freehold, followed by interment at Old Tennent Cemetery, Tennent section of Manalapan.

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