2005-02-08 / Obituaries

Obituaries

Robert Leslie Dalton Jr.

Mr. Dalton, 81, of Middletown, died Feb. 5 at home. He resided in Boston prior to moving to Middletown. He was a co-founder of and salesman at the brokerage firm of Dalton Associates. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was instrumental in helping establish St. Catharine’s Roman Catholic Church, Holmdel. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Carol Ann O’Connell Dalton in 2003. He is survived by three sons, Jeffrey Dalton of Little Silver, Peter Dalton of Philadelphia, and Gregory Dalton of Middletown; three daughters, Leslie Duffy of Acton, Mass., Sara Dalton of Somerville, Mass., and Julia Dalton of New York City; and seven grandchildren. A memorial gathering will be Feb. 11 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. at St. Catharine’s Church. Memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent dePaul Society, c/o St. Catherine’s Roman Catholic Church, 108 Middletown Road, Holmdel 07733.

Anthony J. Di Chiara

Mr. Di Chiara, 71, of the Belford section of Middletown, died Jan. 31 at home. Born in Newark, he resided there prior to moving to Belford 26 years ago. He was a salesman at Hobart, Manasquan, retiring four years ago. He enjoyed spending time with his family. He was predeceased by a sister, Rose Forte. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Theresa Fertall Di Chiara; a son and daughter-in-law, Lawrence J. and Denise Di Chiara of Toms River; a daughter and son-in-law, Jenna and Chris Keale of Shrewsbury; a sister, Marie Vastano of South Plainfield; and four grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, Eastern Division, 801 Broad St., Shrewsbury 07702; or Meridian Hospice, 1340 A Campus Parkway, Neptune 07753.

Louis J. Tumia

Mr. Tumia, 86, of Red Bank, died Feb. 6 at King James Care Center, Middletown. He resided in the Lincroft section of Middletown for 15 years, prior to moving to Red Bank 26 years ago. He was the retired vice president of Rodenstock Optical Company, Puerto Rico. Prior to that, he was employed at Shuron Optical, Rochester, N.Y., and Victor Optical, Newark. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II, and a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a member of Elks Lodge No. 2113, Florida. He was predeceased by his wife, Alice M. Feola Tumia in 2004. He is survived by a son, Kenneth Tumia of Red Bank; two daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley Ann and Leonard Bzdewka of Hazlet, and Mary Lou and Howard Gittleson of Rumson; two brothers, Samuel and James Tumia, both Rochester, N.Y.; four sisters, Angelina Coleman Mickey DePasqale, and Rose Tkac, all of Rochester, and Mary Cermola of Webster, N.Y.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A memorial gathering will be Feb. 10 from 7-9 p.m. at John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank.

Ann Gorman

Mrs. Gorman, 81, of Old Bridge, died Jan. 21 in Raritan Bay Medical Center, Old Bridge division. Her husband, Michael, died in 1993. Surviving are two daughters Laura Eberle of Old Bridge and Ann Riccardi of the Belford section of Middletown; two brothers Daniel and Rocco Solomita, both of Florida; a sister, Millie Delio of Jamaica, N.Y.; and two grandsons. Services were held at Michael Hegarty Funeral Home, Old Bridge. Interment was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Keyport.

Wesley Monroe Smith

Mr. Smith, 53, of Hazlet, died Jan. 31 at Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel. Born in Queens, N.Y., he resided there prior to moving to Hazlet in 1990. He was a computer consultant until 1997, when he retired to be a homemaker. Prior to that, he was associate director of hospitals and director of information services for New York Health and Hospitals Corporation, Metropolitan Hospital, the Bronx and Queens, N.Y., and Elmhurst Hospital, Queens. He served on the Hazlet Township Board of Education from 1996-98, as well as the ad hoc technology committee. He was predeceased by his parents, George Monroe and Edith Spengler Smith. He is survived by his wife, Lisa Merizio Smith; and children, Carson and Channing Smith, both of Hazlet. A memorial service will be March 3 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Hazlet. Memorial donations may be made to St. John’s United Methodist Church, 2000 Florence Ave., Hazlet 07730.

James P. Larkin

Mr. Larkin of Keansburg, died Feb. 3 at his sister’s home in Middletown. Born in Jersey City, he resided there prior to moving to Keansburg in 1990. He was a warehouseman at Block Drug, Jersey City, retiring 12 years ago. He served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was a communicant of St. Catherine’s Roman Catholic Church, North Middletown. He is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Joan Larkin Wentway and Richard of Middletown; and several nieces and nephews. A funeral liturgy was offered at St. Catherine’s Church. Burial was at Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery, Jersey City.

Anna Mae O’Grady

Mrs. O’Grady, 88, of Middletown, died Jan. 20 at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she resided there prior to moving to Middletown in 1984. She was an auto loan officer at Manufacturers Hanover Trust, New York City, for 20 years, retiring in 1978. She was a communicant of and member of the senior citizens group at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, New Monmouth section of Middletown. She was predeceased by her husband, Vincent O’Grady in 1957; a sister, Catherine Loschen; and three brothers, John Mullady, Francis Mullady and Daniel Mullady. She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Gorman of Topeka, Kan., and Arlene Fetter of Middletown; a son, Richard O’Grady of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a sister, Margaret Gordon of Bohemia, N.Y.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A funeral liturgy was celebrated at St. Mary’s Church. Burial was at Long Island National Cemetery, Pinelawn, N.Y. Arrangements were by John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown.

Joan D. DeMartino Plodwick

Mrs. Plodwick, 69, of the Belford section of Middletown, died Jan. 20 at home, following a lengthy battle with cancer. Born in Jersey City, she resided there prior to moving to Belford 44 years ago. She was a retired nurses aide at the Middletown Board of Education. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, New Monmouth section of Middletown, and member of the Catholic Daughters Court Fulgens Corona. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, August Plodwick; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael A. and Linda Plodwick of Middletown; two daughter and sons-in-law, Maryann and Robert Schenk of Brick, and Michelle and David Baurkot of Flemington; a brother, Joseph DeMartino of Pittsburgh; and eight grandchildren. A funeral liturgy was celebrated at St. Mary’s Church. Entombment was at Fair View Cemetery, Middletown. Arrangements were by John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown.

Crisanta R. Ronquillo Chan

Mrs. Chan, 84, of Keyport, died Jan. 24 at St. Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick. Born in the Philippines, she resided there before moving to Keyport 21 years ago. Mrs. Chan was a homemaker. She was predeceased by her husband, Gerardo Chan, in 1996. She is survived by three sons, Ricardo Chan of Morgan, Jun Chan of Keyport and Rolando Chan of Aberdeen; three daughters, Fely Saaredra and Zenaida Chan, both of Keyport, and Victorina Soriano of the Philippines; a sister, Gliceria Ronquillo of Canada; 21 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Keyport, followed by interment at the church cemetery. Arrangements were by Day Funeral Home, Keyport.

Eileen M. Kelly Finnegan

Mrs. Finnegan, 73, of Hazlet, died Jan. 24 at home. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she resided there before moving to Hazlet 44 years ago. Mrs. Finnegan was a benefits coordinator at Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel, for 25 years. She was a communicant of St. Benedict’s Roman Catholic Church, Holmdel, and a member of the Monmouth County Chapter of the Red Hat Society. She was predeceased by her husband, Gerard Finnegan, in 2002. Mrs. Finnegan is survived by four sons and three daughters-in-law, Gerard C. Finnegan of Hazlet, Kevin P. and Patricia Finnegan of Springfield, Brian J. and Kimberly Finnegan of Middletown, and Timothy J. and Patricia Finnegan of Ramsey; two brothers, Thomas Kelly of Manchester and James Kelly of Staten Island, N.Y.; and seven grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Benedict’s Church, followed by interment at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Middletown. The Day Funeral Home, Keyport, was in charge of arrangements.

James A. Youncofski

Mr. Youncofski, 76, of Keyport, died Jan. 25 at Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel. Born in Keyport, he was a lifelong resident. Mr. Youncofski was a lead shipping clerk at Hercules Inc., Parlin, for 40 years, retiring in 1990. He served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Keyport. Mr. Youncofski was predeceased by a son, Stephen J. Youncofski, in 1989; a brother, Victor Youncofski Jr.; and a sister, Vivian Limbach. He is survived by his wife, Maureen Donovan Youncofski; two sons, James Youncofski Jr. of Tennessee and Anthony J. Youncofski of Union Beach; a daughter, Maureen T. Snyder of Keyport; three sisters, Irene Waitt and Mary Bartz, both of Florida, and Linda Bennett of Middletown; two brothers, William Youncofski of Matawan and John Youncofski of North Carolina; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Joseph’s Church, followed by burial at the church cemetery. Arrangements were by Day Funeral Home, Keyport.

Hilary M. Lunney Jr.

Mr. Lunney, 48, of Middletown, died Jan. 27 at home. Born in Jersey City, he was a longtime resident of Middletown. Mr. Lunney was vice president at Lunney’s Market, Middletown, for 18 years, and was a chef at various area restaurants. He was a communicant of St. Catherine’s Roman Catholic Church, North Middletown. He was a member of two area bowling leagues. Mr. Lunney was predeceased by his father, Hilary M. Lunney Sr. He is survived by his mother, Dolores Egan Lunney of Middletown; a brother and sister-in-law, William M. and Jeannie Lunney of Middletown; a niece; two nephews; a grandnephew; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. A funeral liturgy was celebrated at St. Catherine’s Church. The John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.

Thomas F. “T.V.” Varga

Mr. Varga, 54, of Costa Mesa, Calif., and formerly Edison, died Jan. 27 at Wells House Hospice, Long Beach, Calif. Born in Perth Amboy, he resided in Edison prior to moving to California 31 years ago. He was a freelance pattern maker/canvas fitter, most recently employed at Marine Services, Newport Beach, Calif. He was predeceased by his father, Frank Varga in 1984; and his step-father, John Kisty in 1989. He is survived by his mother, Ethel Kisty of Middletown; a sister and brother-in-law, Sheila and Roy Carey of Long Branch.; and one nephew and one niece. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements are by Damiano Funeral Home, Long Branch. Memorial donations may be made to Wells House Hospice Foundation Inc., 245 Cherry Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802.

Kathryn Mary Keelan

Mrs. Keelan, 87, of Ocean Grove, died Feb. 2 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. Born and raised in Keansburg, she resided in Middletown and Holmdel prior to moving to Ocean Grove five years ago. She was a homemaker. She was a communicant of St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church, Sea Girt. She enjoyed time with her family. She was predeceased by her husband, John A. Keelan in 1982. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, John Peter and Patricia Keelan of Toms River; a daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and Peter Clarke of Wall Township; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Mark’s Church. Entombment was at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Keyport. Arrangements were by O’Brien Funeral Home, Wall. Memorial donations may be made to Francis Asbury Manor, 70 Stockton Ave., Ocean Grove 07756.

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