2007-01-10 / Obituaries

Obituaries

Anthony L. Howard

Mr. Howard, 54, of the Cliffwood Beach section of Old Bridge, formerly of the Morganville section of Marlboro, died Dec. 30, 2006, in Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel. Surviving are his wife, Darlene Burlew Howard; a son, Andre; two daughters, Rhonda and Lonnie; five brothers; four sisters; and nine grandchildren. Private services were under the direction of Day Funeral Home, Keyport.

Paula Hornchak

Mrs. Hornchak, 59, of the Toms River section of Dover, formerly of Old Bridge, died Dec. 28, 2006, at home. Surviving are her husband, George; two daughters, Kim Barrera of Freehold and Dana Marciante of Old Bridge; her mother, Catherine Catena of Howell; and eight grandchildren. Services were held at Michael Hegarty Funeral Home, Old Bridge. Entombment was in Cloverleaf Memorial Park, Woodbridge.

Edward Walsh

Mr. Walsh, 59, of Freehold, died Dec. 30, 2006, at Montgomery Care Center, Freehold Township. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he had resided in Freehold for the past nine years. He was a machine operator for the Cellas chocolate factory in Brooklyn. Mr. Walsh was predeceased by two sisters, Rosemarie Walsh and Eileen Gonzalez. Surviving are his mother, Agnes Moran Walsh; two brothers, Michael and Daniel Walsh; and three sisters, Patricia Flanagan, Maureen Benter and Deborah Ramos. The funeral liturgy was celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, Freehold, followed by interment at Cloverleaf Memorial Park, Woodbridge. Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, was in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth D. McHugh

Mrs. McHugh, 67, of Whiting, Manchester Township, died Dec. 29, 2006, at home. Born in Elizabeth, she had lived in Manalapan for 25 years before moving to Whiting a year ago. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church, Englishtown. Mrs. McHugh was predeceased four months ago by her husband, John. She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Lorraine and Frank Romano of Manalapan, and Darlene and James Szaloczy of Marlboro; and three grandchildren, James, Frank and Alyssa. A funeral liturgy was celebrated at Our Lady of Mercy Church, followed by interment at Old Tennent Cemetery, Tennent section of Manalapan. Freeman Manalapan-Marlboro Funeral Home, Manalapan, was in charge of arrangements.

Louis Anthony Fonseca

Mr. Fonseca, 18, of Freehold Township, died Dec. 29, 2006, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. He was born in Perth Amboy and had lived in Howell before moving to Freehold Township two years ago. A 2006 graduate of Colts Neck High School, he was a first-year student at West Virginia University, Morgantown. He is survived by his parents, Louis and Patricia, as well as three sisters, Melissa, Marcela and Madison, all at home. A funeral liturgy was celebrated at St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church, Farmingdale, followed by interment at Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Freeman Manalapan-Marlboro Funeral Home, Manalapan, was in charge of arrangements.

John Kaye

Mr. Kaye, 93, of Freehold, died Dec. 29, 2006, at Shore Rehabilitation Institute, Brick. Born in New York City, he moved to Monmouth County as a child when his parents took up farming in Englishtown. He became a permanent resident of Freehold in the 1930s. Mr. Kaye was employed by the A&M Karagheusian rug mill, Freehold, where he developed tailoring skills. Prior to World War II, he worked as a union representative for the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. During the war, he was employed by Mack Motors in Somerset, a company that produced tanks. He later operated "The Tidy Tailor" dry-cleaning business in Freehold. Surviving are his wife, Rose (Lamb) Kaye of Manalapan; five sons, John Kaye and David Kaye, both of Freehold, Stephen Kaye of Amelia Island, Fla., William Kaye of Brick and James Kaye of Hollywood, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, was in charge of arrangements, which were private. Memorial donations may be made to the 200 Club of Monmouth County Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 402, Spring Lake 07762.

John L. "Pops" Balka

Mr. Balka, 84, of Freehold Township, died Dec. 29, 2006, at his daughter's home in Freehold Township. Born in Carteret, he had resided there and in Woodbridge before moving to Freehold Township 10 years ago. Prior to retiring in 1985, he was a lead man for GATX Terminals Corp., Carteret, where he was employed for 46 years. Mr. Balka was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Freehold. He was also an avid supporter of the lacrosse and soccer teams of Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft section of Middletown. He was predeceased in 1997 by his wife, Ann Orosz Balka. Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Beverly and Dr. John Sensakovic of Lincroft, and Bette Jane and Henry Lubas of Freehold Township; a brother, Louis Balka of Forked River; a sister, Helen Bauer of Mays Landing; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The funeral liturgy was celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Chapel, Freehold, followed by interment at Cloverleaf Memorial Park, Woodbridge. Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the cancer center at St. Michael's Medical Center, 111 Central Ave., Newark 07102.

Katherine "Kathy" T. Patterson

Mrs. Patterson, 67, of Howell, died Dec. 23, 2006, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. Born in Elizabeth, she had lived in Point Pleasant and Brick before settling in Howell in 1970. She graduated from Kean University, Union, and was an elementary school teacher in the Brick and Howell school districts. Along with other family members, she also owned and operated Patterson Greenhouses in Howell. Surviving are her husband, Donald W. Patterson; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Alan Patterson and David and Meredith Patterson, all of Howell, and Rich and Mary Patterson of the Port Monmouth section of Middletown; two daughters and a son-in-law, Cindy and Bill Sculthrope of Freehold Township, and Sharon Patterson of Howell; a brother and sister, James Cook of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Joanne Crowley of Jekyll Island, Ga.; and three grandchildren. A funeral service was held at the Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, Freehold Township, with the Rev. Harvey Kelley officiating. Interment followed at Ardena Baptist Church Cemetery, Howell.

Retired Col. Steven Kiraly

Mr. Kiraly, 85, of Freehold Township, died Dec. 28, 2006, at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Born in Hungary, he had lived in the Woodbridge area before moving to Freehold 45 years ago. He was a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and was the proprietor of King Heating and Cooling Co. until his retirement. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was in the Army Reserve for 32 years, from which he retired as a colonel. At age 82, he enrolled at Burlington County College, Pemberton, and Brookdale Community College, Lincroft section of Middletown, achieving dean's list twice. Mr. Kiraly was a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, Freehold. He was a member of the Marine Corps League's Cpl. Philip A. Reynolds Detachment No. 203, the Reserve Officers Association, American Legion Post 54, Knights of Columbus Council 1672 and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4374, all of Freehold. He was also a member of the Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS), a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense. He was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling as well. Mr. Kiraly was predeceased by two brothers, John and Frank Kiraly. Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Margaret Klimik Kiraly; a son, Steven A. of Freehold; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial gathering was held at Freeman Funeral Home, Freehold, followed by a memorial chapel service at Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery, Arnytown.

Charles Poskonka Jr.

Charles Patrick Poskonka Jr., 68, of Manalapan, died Dec. 20, 2006, at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Born in Newark, he had resided in Manalapan for the past 42 years. He was also a part-time resident of Kiawah Island, S.C. Prior to retiring in 1995, Mr. Poskonka was an engineer for the Ford Motor Co., Edison, where he was employed for 30 years. He was a communicant of St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, Manalapan. He attended Newark College of Engineering and Rutgers University. Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Olivia Tiberi Poskonka; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Jacqueline Poskonka of Colts Neck; two daughters and sons-in-law, Laura and Joseph Estenes of Toms River, and Nicole and Robert Arent of Jackson; a brother, Richard Poskonka of Newton; two sisters, Barbara Varga of Wall Township and Sophie Lodato of Nutley; and 10 grandchildren. The funeral liturgy was celebrated at St. Thomas More Church followed by interment at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, Freehold Township.

Catherine Dalessio

Mrs. Dalessio, 65, of Marlboro, died Dec. 22, 2006, at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Born in Newark, she had lived in Marlboro for four years and had previously resided in Hazlet for 15 years. Mrs. Dalessio was a homemaker. She was predeceased by her father, Anthony Nicolaro. Surviving are her husband of 32 years, Frank Dalessio; a daughter and son-in-law, Alecia and Michael Gersh of Maplewood; her mother, Santa A. Nicolaro of Port Monmouth; and one grandson. Memorial services were held at the John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown.

Willie Booker

Mr. Booker, 91, of Freehold, died Dec. 23, 2006, at Madison Center health-care facility, Old Bridge. Born in Lanett, Ala., he was a resident of the Smithburg section of Freehold Township for more than 50 years before moving to Freehold. He was employed by McGuire Air Force Base, Wrightstown, and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He attended Friendship Baptist Church, Bayonne, and Bethel A.M.E. Church, Freehold. Mr. Booker was active in his community as a volunteer for the Smithburg Fire Company and a van driver for the Share organization. He was also an avid baseball player and sports enthusiast. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Mary Funchess of Jersey City; a daughter, Jean Funchess of Trenton; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Huntley and Val Jean Westley, both of Lakeland, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a cousin, and many nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives. Funeral services were held at Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, followed by interment at Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery, Arnytown.

James J. Walling Sr.

Mr. Walling, 90, of Howell, died Dec. 22, 2006, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. Born in the East Freehold section of Freehold Township, he had resided in Howell for the past 40 years and was a 1937 graduate of Freehold High School, Freehold Borough. He worked as a bookkeeper for the A&M Karagheusian rug mill, Freehold, and then as an office manager for Rapp Farms in Howell before he retired. A World War II U.S. Army veteran, he was a member of American Legion Post No. 54 and a member and past commander of Catholic War Veterans Post No. 760, both of Freehold. He was also a communicant of St. Robert Bellarmine Roman Catholic Church, Freehold Township. Mr. Walling was predeceased by his wife, Lillian, in 1991, as well as three brothers, Jacob, William and Wesley, and a sister, Hannah Hanaway. Surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, James J. Walling Jr. and Timothy and Peggy Walling, all of Howell; a daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Bobby Tilton of Manasquan; and three grandchildren. The funeral liturgy was celebrated at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, followed by entombment at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, Freehold Township. Freeman Funeral Home, Freehold, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.

Adolph Daidone

Adolph Daidone, professionally known as Al Duffy, 100, of Freehold, died Dec. 22, 2006, at Bartley Healthcare Nursing and Rehabilitation, Jackson. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he had been a resident of Freehold since 1978. Mr. Daidone was a nationally renowned violin virtuoso whose career spanned several decades of entertainment in radio, recording and stage. He was awarded the Philco Radio Hall of Fame Citation for outstanding artistry, and played with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra and the Bell Telephone Orchestra with such luminaries as the Dorsey brothers, Dinah Shore, Jimmy Durante and many others. Mr. Daidone was predeceased by his wife, Rose Bruno Daidone. Surviving are four children, Vincent and his wife, Barbara; Theresa Kimmel and her husband, Monroe; John and his wife, Elna; and Louis and his wife, Teri; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, followed by interment at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, Freehold Township.

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