2004-06-30 / Obituaries
J. Barbara Tilton Lowden
Mrs. Lowden, 70, of Rumson died June 13 at home. Born in Jersey City, she resided in North Middletown before moving to Rumson in 1966. Mrs. Lowden was a registered nurse, retiring after 50 years. She was active in volunteering with the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey, the American Cancer Society and the Monmouth Charity Ball Committee. She was also active in the Soroptimist International of Red Bank and the Monmouth Players theater group. Mrs. Lowden was predeceased by a sister, Irene Kenney. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Charles; two daughters, Deborah Donahue of Princeton and Gay Wadbrook of Fair Haven; a brother and sister-in-law, George L. and Claire Tilton of Houston; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at the Church of the Nativity, Fair Haven. The John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Development Fund, Rockefeller University Hospital, 1230 York Ave., New York City, NY 10021.
Virginia A. Cooper
Mrs. Cooper, 86, of Red Bank died June 15 at her home at Navesink House. Born in Passaic, she resided in Delray Beach, Fla., and Middletown prior to moving to Red Bank. She was a budget analyst at Fort Monmouth, Eatontown, retiring to raise her sons after her first husband was killed during World War II. She was a communicant of St. James Roman Catholic Church, Red Bank. She enjoyed golf and ballet, which she taught several years ago. She was predeceased by her first husband, Frank B. Maloney, who died during the invasion of Normandy; her second husband, Thomas W. Cooper; a sister, Mary Messich; and a brother, Robert Malkmus. Mrs. Cooper is survived by two sons and one daughter-in-law, Frank J. and Sally Maloney of Lakewood, and John T. Maloney of Brielle; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. James Church, followed by interment at Fair View Cemetery, Middletown. Arrangements were by John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank. Memorial donations may be made to Sisters of Mercy, St. James Convent, 25 Drummond Place, Red Bank 07701; or Tom Lalli Athletic Scholarship, c/o Red Bank Catholic High School, 112 Broad St., Red Bank 07701.
Frederick Wilson Simpson
Mr. Simpson, 48, of Long Branch died June 22 at Monmouth Care Center, Long Branch. Born in Montclair, he resided in Middletown prior to moving to Long Branch three years ago. He was a machinist in the paper mill industry. He was predeceased by his parents Kenneth F. and Betty Jane Miller Simpson; and a brother, Kenneth Simpson. He is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and John D’Altilio of Middletown; and several nieces and nephews. Interment was at Rosedale Cemetery, Orange. Arrangements were by Damiano Funeral Home, Long Branch.Sylvia Fina LaConte
Mrs. LaConte, 90, of Keyport, died June 9 at home. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she resided in Keyport since 1950. She was a homemaker. Prior to that, she was a professional singer and dancer who performed occasionally with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. She was a member of the Italian American Social Club, Union Beach. She was predeceased by her husband, Anthony LaConte, in 1982; two sisters, Dora Romano and Gracie Diadoto; and two brothers, John Fina and Joseph Fina. She is survived by two sons and one daughter-in-law, David and Diann LaConte of Eatontown, and Anthony LaConte of Keyport; and one grandson. Interment was at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Keyport. Arrangements were by Day Funeral Home, Keyport.
Joseph Henry Heitmann Jr.
Mr. Heitmann, 69, of Middletown died June 9 at home. He had been a resident of Middletown for the past 35 years. He was an electrician at Exxon Corp., Linden. Mr. Heitmann served with the U.S. Air Force 1955-59. He was a member of Luther Memorial Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tinton Falls. He enjoyed time with his family, and photography. Mr. Heitmann is survived by his wife of 44 years, Yoko Hirakawa; three sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph H. and Tammy Heitmann III of Middletown, James and Kathleen Heitmann of Mount Olive, and John and Yvonne Heitmann of Hillsborough; a daughter, Julie DeMarco of Middletown; two sisters, Doris Minck of Reading, Pa., and Eleanor Schlereth of Keansburg; and five grandchildren. A funeral service was held at Luther Memorial Church, followed by interment at Crest Haven Memorial Park, Clifton. Arrangements were by John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 19 Schoolhouse Road, Somerset 08873; or the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, c/o Development Office, 335 George St., New Brunswick 08901.
Doris T. Schnoor
Miss Schnoor, 84, of Middletown died June 22 at Care One at Holmdel. She was a principal secretary for the Middletown Township Board of Education for 51 years, retiring in 1992. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, New Monmouth section of Middletown. She was a member of the Middletown Township Education Association, New Jersey Education Association, and National Education Association. She enjoyed reading and bridge. She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Jacob and Joyce M. Schnoor of Middletown; and several nieces and nephews. A funeral liturgy was offered at St. Mary’s Church. Burial was at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Middletown. Arrangements were by John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown.Karl Fleischmann
Mr. Fleischmann, 73, of Manalapan died June 9 at Raritan Bay Medical Center, Old Bridge division. Born in Germany, he had lived in Staten Island, N.Y., before moving to Manalapan three years ago. Prior to retiring at age 65, he was the owner of a luncheonette in Pleasant Plains, N.Y. He was predeceased by his parents, Antonia (née Barth) and Fredrich Fleischmann, and two sisters, Ester Morio and Heide Hazzart. Surviving are a daughter, Roberta Johnsen of Manalapan; a son, Stephen Fleischmann of Keyport; a sister, Trudy Lambert of Hazlet; a brother, Rolf Fleischmann of Hobart, N.Y.; and four grandchildren. A funeral service was held at Day Funeral Home, Keyport, followed by interment at Shoreland Memorial Gardens, Hazlet.
Mary Mazza DePietro
Mrs. DePietro, 89, of Red Bank died June 17 at Gateway Care Center, Eatontown. She was a retired employee of The Amalgamated Clothes Union, where she as employed more than 25 years. She enjoyed time with her family, cooking, travel and the Yankees. She was predeceased by her husband, Carmine DePietro, in 1975; and four brothers, Phil, Tony, Frank and Joe Mazza. She is survived by two sisters, Sue DeFalco of Linden and Jenny Bruno of Middletown; two daughters, Marguerite Welsh of Eatontown and Arlene DePietro of the Wayside section of Ocean Township; a son, Anthony DePietro of Shrewsbury Township; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, Red Bank. Interment was at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Middletown. Arrangements were by John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank.
Dr. Mary Antoinette Brown Sherman
Dr. Sherman, 78, of Holmdel died June 3 at Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel. She was a visiting professor at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., from 1988-90 before retiring. She was the first woman to serve as president of the University of Liberia, Africa, from 1978-84, and the first woman to head a university in Africa. She also held several positions at universities both in Liberia and the United States. She was the author of several books, with her latest book about her mother to be published in late 2004. Dr. Sherman was predeceased by her husband and a daughter. She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Kedrick and Connie Brown of Middletown, and Marbue and Lena Brown of Hillsborough; a brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. J. Rudolph Grimes of Guttenberg; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and five stepchildren. A funeral service was held at Christ Church, Middletown. Interment was at Bayview Cemetery, Middletown. The John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.
Elizabeth "Betty" G. Strong
Mrs. Strong, 75, of Middletown died June 7 at home. Born in Red Bank, she resided in the Leonardo section of Middletown prior to moving to Shadow Lake Village, Middletown, 14 years ago. She was a retired medical receptionist at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank. She volunteered at the Food Pantry, Atlantic Highlands, and was a member of the Nifty Fifty Club at Church of the Nativity, Fair Haven. She was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, William H. Strong Sr. in 1997. She is survived by two sons, Robert Strong and William H. Strong Jr., both of Long Branch; a daughter and son-in-law, Laurie and David Carhart of Leonardo; a sister, Margaret Lang of Fair Haven; a brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Vivian Scoles of Tinton Falls; a nephew; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. Interment was at Fair View Cemetery, Middletown. Arrangements were by John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 801 Broad St., Shrewsbury 07702.
Angela M. Halpin
Mrs. Halpin, 60, of Manalapan died June 17 at home. Born in Jersey City, she moved to Manalapan 30 years ago. Mrs. Halpin was a school teacher in Jersey City, and most recently taught kindergarten at Corpus Christi School in South River, retiring three years ago. She was a communicant of St. Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Church, Marlboro. Mrs. Halpin is survived by her husband, Brian; a son, John Halpin of Manalapan; a daughter, JoAnna Halpin of Atlanta; and a brother, Joseph Palamara of Hazlet. A Memorial Mass was offered at St. Gabriel’s Church. The Freeman Manalapan-Marlboro Funeral Home, Manalapan, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Breast Cancer Awareness, American Cancer Society, 801 Broad St., Shrewsbury 07702.
Mrs. Blackmon, 58, of Middletown died June 22 at St. Barnabas Hospice at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch. Born and raised in Bayonne, she resided in Middletown most of her life. She was a school bus aide in the Aberdeen area for several years. She is survived by a daughter, Laura Siminsky of Hazlet; four sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Laurie Siminsky Jr. of Middletown; John and Beth Siminsky of Whiting; George and Allison Siminsky of Edison; Robert and Tracey Blackmon Jr. of Keyport; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Frank and Nancy Centimole of Bayonne, and Edward and Cheryl Latko of Chesapeake, Va.; two sisters, Marie Burns of Howell, and Sandy Latko of Bayonne; and 10 grandchildren. Arrangements were by John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown. Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 801 Broad St., Shrewsbury 07702.