GEORGE B. BAUMANN, 71, of HOWELL, died Thursday, Jan. 11, at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Mr. Baumann was born in Elizabeth and lived in Freehold Township before moving to Howell 13 years ago. He was employed as an operations manager by Shering-Plough Pharmaceuticals, Kenilworth, for 37 years retiring in 1995. He was a graduate of Rutgers University and a U.S. Army veteran. Mr. Baumann was also a member of the Fulton Boys and a former member of the Knights of Columbus, Elizabeth.
He was predeceased by his wife, Letty-An, in 1996. Surviving are two sons, George Baumann of Freehold Township and John Baumann of Pensacola, Fla.; two daughters, Karen Baumann of Myrtle Beach, N.C., and Mary Baumann of East Windsor; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, 100 Elton-Adelphia Road, Route 524, Freehold Township. Family and friends are invited to attend his funeral service at 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Catherine of Siena Chapel, North Main Street, Farmingdale. Entombment will follow at Ocean County Memorial Park, Toms River.
January 14, 2007
GARY GORDON BELL, 62, of FREEHOLD, died Sunday, April 29, at home. Mr. Bell was born in New Brunswick and had lived most of his life in East Brunswick. He lived in Manalapan and Belmar before moving to Freehold Township two years ago. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Vietnam. He was a member of the 25-year club at DuPont. Mr. Bell was an avid photographer. He was a film supervisor at DuPont's F & F Division, Parlin, for 35 years, retiring 12 years ago.
Surviving are his wife, Christine Bell; a son, Thomas G. Bell of Marlboro; a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Jay Kilpatrick of West Windsor; a brother, Glenn Bell of East Brunswick; a sister, Eileen Bauer of Allentown; and three grandchildren, Jasmine, Jed and Jagger.
Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, 100 Elton-Adelphia Road (Route 524), Freehold Township. Family and friends are invited to attend his funeral service at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Gary may be made to the American Lung Association of N.J., 1600 Route 22 East, Union, NJ 07083, and would be appreciated.
May 1, 2007
JUDITH A. BENDIK, 69, of JACKSON, died Thursday, Aug. 30, at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Ms. Bendik was born in Brooklyn and had lived in the Dongan Hill section of Staten Island, N.Y. and Marlboro before moving to Jackson in 2002. She was an avid golfer and was a member of the Women's Golf Club at Westlake. Ms. Bendik was an executive secretary/purchaser/trader for Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, New York City, until her retirement in 1983.
Surviving are a daughter, Rona Reinhard and her fiance, Rick Sharp of Manalapan; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Maryjo Torosian of Jackson; a daughter and son-in-law, Stacy and Michael Harrington of Jackson; seven grandchildren, Melissa, Michael, David, Nicole, Jennifer, Emily, and Sarah; her companion, Raymond LaMorte of Jackson; and a sister, Virginia Blitzman of California.
Visiting hours will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, 100 Elton-Adelphia Road (Route 524), Freehold Township. Friends and relatives are invited to attend her funeral service at 11 a.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Entombment to follow in Woodbridge Memorial Park, Woodbridge. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her memory may be made to Lance Armstrong Foundation, Livestrong, National Mail Processing Center, P.O. Box 6003, Albert Lea, MN 56007-6603.
August 31, 2007
ROGER K. BENTLEY II, 69, of FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, died Wednesday, May 16, at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township, of congestive heart failure. He was born April 2, 1938, in Trenton to the late Roger K. Bentley and Beatrice Ivins Bentley. He graduated from The Peddie School. He went to Dartmouth College, where he was captain of the Golf Team. He graduated from Cornell University School of Law in 1963 and was admitted to the New Jersey State Bar the same year. In 1967, he joined Isadore I. Zlotkin in a law practice lasting until Mr. Zlotkin's death in 1990, at which time he continued practicing as a solo practitioner with law offices in Hightstown. He served as attorney to several town's Zoning and Planning Boards and was Municipal Attorney for Washington Township during the 1980s. Roger was an active member of the Hightstown Lions Club serving as president for two terms 1982-84 and as Parliamentarian for District 16B. An avid golfer, Roger was the club champion at Battleground Country Club in 1976 and played at The Peddie Golf Course for the past 25 years.
Roger is survived by his wife, Jane; his daughters, Pamela Pezzullo, Patricia Hoke, and Meredith Bentley-Barlow; and six grandchildren, Lydia Pezzullo, Anthony Pezzullo, James Pezzullo, Simon Hoke, Joseph "Jay" Hoke, and William "Wiley" Barlow.
A memorial service will be held at 4: 30 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, 100 Elton-Adelphia Road, Freehold Township. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in Roger's name to Camp Quality New Jersey, P.O. Box 264, Adelphia, NJ 07710 or at www.campqualitynj.orgdonate.asp.
May 19, 2007
HOWARD C. BERESFORD, 66, of MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, at home. Mr. Beresford was born in Newark and had lived in Belleville, Clifton, Morganville, Old Bridge, and Middletown before moving into his dream home in Millstone Township in 1996. Mr. Beresford was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, serving during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Mr. Beresford was the founder and operator of Clearwater Technologies, Newark. Prior to that, he was the founder of Viking Representatives and Satellite Sales, both of Newark.
Surviving are his wife of 18 years, Diane Beresford; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Patti Beresford of Mullica Hill; two daughters, Marie Beresford-Schuldt and her husband Michael of Narberth, Pa., and Celia Beresford of Tempe, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Matthew, Carmen, Ella, Henry, and Eve; a brother and sister-in-law, Jon and Beverly Beresford of Red Bank; and a nephew and his wife, Jon and Amy Beresford and their daughter, Ashley of Lincroft, Middletown.
Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, 100 Elton-Adelphia Road (Route 524), Freehold Township. Relatives and friends may gather at 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home for the Rite of Committal followed by his Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 91 Stillhouse Road, Millstone Township. Interment to follow in St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, Freehold. For those who desire, memorial contributions in Howard's memory may be made to Compassionate Care, 516 High St., Suite 11, Mount Holly, NJ 08060, and would be appreciated.
September 27, 2007
ANNE LUHRS BERNOCCO, 84, of OCEANPORT, died Saturday June 2 at home. Anne was born in Germany and, upon coming to the United States, settled in Farmingdale before moving to Oceanport. She retired from the New Jersey Natural Gas Co. as a supervisor, working in Long Branch and Wall.
She was predeceased by a niece, Tammy Luhrs. Surviving are a brother, John Luhrs of Farmingdale; a niece, Dawn Reinhardt of Neptune City; two grand-nephews, Dave and Kyle; and a life-long friend, Claramae Burke of Ocean Township.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Clayton & McGirr Funeral home, 100 Elton-Adelphia Road, Freehold. Family and friends are invited to attend the funeral service at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Monmouth Memorial Park, Tinton Falls.
June 4, 2007
MARGUERITE I. BERZOLLA, 67, of JACKSON, died Sunday, Nov. 5, in Jackson. Mrs. Berzolla was born in Brooklyn and had lived in Staten Island and Freehold Township before moving to Jackson in 1999. She was a parishioner and CCD teacher for over 30 years at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Freehold. Mrs. Berzolla was the best "shugamomma." She was a sales associate at Macy's, Freehold Township, for eight years.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Alfred "Fred" and Melissa Berzolla of Howell, and Ernest J. and Jessica Berzolla of Jackson; three daughters and a son-in-law, Cecelia Villante of Lake Worth, Fla., Lucy Ann Crystal of Lake Worth, and Marguerite and John Villante of Jackson; two brothers, Salvator Minichini of Asbury, and Vito Minichini of Freehold; a sister, Dominica Dalton of Point Pleasant; 13 grandchildren; a great-grandson; and her former husband of 35 years, Ernest Berzolla of Manchester.
Visiting hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, 100 Elton-Adelphia Road (Route 524), Freehold Township. Relatives and friends may gather at 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home for the Rite of Committal, followed by her 10 a.m. Funeral Mass at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Chapel, McLean Street, Freehold. Entombment will follow in St. Gabriel's Cemetery Mausoleum, Marlboro.
November 8, 2006
CHESTER F. BIELJESKI, 85, of HOWELL, passed away Friday, Nov. 10, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. Mr. Bieljeski was born in Jersey City and had lived in Rahway and Belmar before moving to Howell two years ago. Chester was a maintenance mechanic for Solvents Recovery, Linden, before retiring in 1986. Mr. Bieljeski was a former parishioner of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Rahway. He was a proud combat veteran serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, as a gunner's mate first class. Mr. Bieljeski served on the battleship USS North Carolina in the Asiatic Pacific Theater, and was the recipient of its campaign ribbon with Ten Stars. He was also a member of the American Legion, Rahway.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Mary Frances Bieljeski of Howell; two sons and daughters-in-law, John and Ellen Bieljeski of Ocean City, N.C. and William and Donna Bieljeski of Howell; one daughter and son-in-law, Constance and Michael Slack of Ewing; and five grandchildren, Bill, Kevin, Sarah, James and Jeffrey.
Visiting hours will be 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, 100 Elton-Adelphia Road (Route 524), Freehold Township. Relatives and friends may gather at 8: 30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home for the Rite of Committal followed by a 9: 30 a.m. Funeral Mass at the Church of St. Veronica, 4219 Route 9 North, Howell. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 332 N. Lauderdale, Memphis, TN 38105.
November 12, 2006
THOMAS W. BIRDSALL, 79, a lifelong resident of HOWELL, passed away Sunday, Aug. 5, at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Mr. Birdsall was a member of the first class to graduate from Ardena School in Howell and was a 1946 graduate of Freehold High School. He attained a postgraduate degree at Pennington School, Pennington, in 1947.
He graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, in 1951 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. Mr. Birdsall served in the Naval Reserves at Lakehurst, where his skill at operating farm equipment as a youth led to many assignments to move blimps on the ground, in and out of hangars. From 1951 until his death, Mr. Birdsall was employed as a civil engineer and land surveyor. First, he was employed by his father, Claude W. Birdsall. In 1955, he and his brothers, Howard C. and James E. Birdsall, founded the Birdsall Corp., Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, South Belmar. Mr. Birdsall served as secretary of the Birdsall Corp. until 1967. In 1967, Mr. Birdsall began his own firm in Wall, which later was known a Birdsall Gerken and Dolan. In 1988, he returned to employment at Birdsall Engineering Inc. in South Belmar and was still employed by the company in Eatontown until his death. During his career, Mr. Birdsall served as engineer for many Shore area municipalities, including Allentown, Brielle, Colts Neck, Farmingdale, Millstone, Neptune, Roosevelt, Upper Freehold and Wall. He was also engineer for the Township of Neptune Sewerage Authority. He was known for his professionalism and unassailable integrity.
Mr. Birdsall designed many public works projects in the Shore area, such as the first ground-level rubber-lined potable water reservoir with a floating cover in Monmouth County, for Wall Township, and the largest elliptical reinforced concrete pipe storm sewer system in New Jersey, for Neptune. He designed several sewage collection systems in Brielle, Shark River Hills and Wall. Two of his earliest projects were the elevated potable water storage tanks in Farmingdale and Allentown. Mr. Birdsall was a registered professional engineer, land surveyor, professional planner and certified municipal engineer in New Jersey. He was a past president of the New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers and of its Monmouth County Chapter. He was past president of the Consulting Engineers Council of New Jersey (CEC) and of the New Jersey State Board of Professional Planners. He was a fellow with the American Consulting Engineers Council. He chaired the committee that prepared the first Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Standards for the state of New Jersey. Mr. Birdsall lived his entire life on the family farm in Howell and raised Christmas trees there. He enjoyed boating all his life and spent many weekends sailing on Barnegat Bay with family and friends. He was an avid golfer and a longtime member of the Manasquan River Golf Club. Mr. Birdsall was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Farmingdale; past president of the Farmingdale Kiwanis Club and past master of the Farmingdale Grange.
Mr. Birdsall was predeceased by his wife, Kathryn Ketcham Birdsall, in 2003; his father and mother, Claude W. and Helen C. Birdsall of Sea Girt; and three brothers, Howard C., C. Robert and James E. Birdsall. He is survived by his beloved companion, Margaret Johnston of Brielle; his sister, Verna B. Newman of Colorado Springs, Colo.; his daughter, Barbara L. Birdsall of Wall; his son and daughter-in-law, Douglas R. and Mary Birdsall of Sea Girt; two grandchildren, Martin Thomas Birdsall and Anna Mary Birdsall of Sea Girt; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, 100 Elton-Adelphia Road (Route 524), Freehold Township. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Hamilton Cemetery, Neptune. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Pennington School, 112 W. Delaware Ave., Pennington, NJ 08534, or Stevens Institute of Technology, Office of Development, 13th Floor, Castle Point on Hudson, Hoboken, NJ 07030, or a worthy charity, would be appreciated.
Published by the Asbury Park Press on August 7, 2007
SUSAN E. BIRZIN, 64, of OCEAN TOWNSHIP, died Friday, June 16, St. Barnabas Hospice at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch. Mrs. Birzin was born in Atlantic City and had lived in Absecon before settling in Ocean Township in 1967. She was an elementary school teacher at the Hillel School of the Shore Area, Ocean Township, for 23 years retiring in 2001. Most recently she was a naturalist for the Monmouth County Parks System. She was a 1959 graduate of Pleasantville High School and received her bachelor's degree from Trenton State College in 1963. Mrs. Birzin was a parishioner of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Asbury Park.
Surviving are her husband of 44 years, Alex Birzin of Ocean Township; two sons and daughters-in-law, Alex F. and Elizabeth Birzin of Tinton Falls, and Thomas and Rachel Birzin of Ocean Township; one daughter and son-in-law, Andrea and Gustave Trozzi of Brick; six grandchildren, David, Paul, Reif, Cord, Anthony, and Jaclyn; and her mother, Vivian DiPalma.
Family and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Asbury Avenue and Pine Street, Asbury Park. Interment will be private. Flowers will not be accepted, for those who desire memorial contributions in memory of Susan may be made to St. Barnabas Hospice at Monmouth Medical Center, 95 Old Short Hills Road, 1st Floor, West Orange, NJ 07052 and would be appreciated. Arrangements by Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, Freehold Township.
June 18, 2006
KATHLEEN E. BLANCHARD, 76, of HOWELL, died Friday, Feb. 9, at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold. Mrs. Blanchard was born in North Abington, Mass., and had lived there and Perth Amboy before moving to Howell in 1961. She was a graduate of Weymouth High School and Framingham State College, both in Massachusetts. Mrs. Blanchard was a homemaker.
She was predeceased by her husband, David, in 2000; and a brother, Wilbur C. Fuller Jr. Surviving are one son, Brian Blanchard of Vineland; one daughter, Susan Moore of Bellingham, Wash.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother, William Johnstone of Cleveland, Tenn.; two sisters, Beverly Payne of Old Bridge and Dora Monegahan of Lincoln, R.I.; several nieces and nephews; and also many dear friends whom she loved and cherished deeply.
Friends and relatives are invited to gather from 7 to 8: 30 p.m. Thursday at Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, 100 Elton-Adelphia Road (Route 524), Freehold Township, with a memorial service to immediately follow. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Kathleen may be made to the charity of your choice and would be appreciated.