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Ocean Grove Memorial Home:: Funeral Home :: 2012

Lewis P. Palmer


Lewis. P. Palmer, 79, of Neptune, NJ, died of respiratory and heart failure on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. He was a resident of Neptune Township for over 25 years before moving to Middlebrook Apts. in Ocean in 1994. Staff Sergeant Palmer served for 20 years, including his meritorious service in Vietnam. After his retirement from the military, he had a second career in civil service at C.E.C.O.M in Eatontown. In his later years, he worked as a Greeter at the Super Foodtown in Ocean Township, welcoming generations of shoppers with his trademark friendly smile and a hello.  His wife Lucinda Ray predeceased him in1980. Surviving is his only child Janet Palmer and her husband Peter Vetrano also of Neptune.  Relatives and friends may call on Monday from four o’clock to seven o’clock until the funeral service beginning at 7:30 PM at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. In lieu of flowers the family requests that a donation be made in his name to the American Lung Association .

Alvin E. Bills, Jr.,


Alvin E. Bills, Jr., 86, of Ocean Grove, died Thursday November 29, 2012 at Francis Asbury Manor, Ocean Grove. Born In Neptune City, he moved to Ocean Grove in 1930, then to Shark River Hills in 1956 before returning to Ocean Grove in 2007.  Mr. Bills was Superintendent of the Property Tax Division, for the State of New Jersey, retiring in 1991 and a veteran of the United States Navy serving during World War II. He was also a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, an exempt member of EH Stokes Fire Company 3 of Ocean Grove, a member of the Neptune Township Board of Adjustment, a 60 year participant in the Ocean Grove Auditorium Ushers Association as well as a member of the Hamilton United Methodist Church, Neptune.  He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth N. Bills in 2007.  Surviving are two sons, Douglas N. Bills of Rutherford and Rev. Jeffrey D. Bills of Voorhees, two daughters, Sharon L. Speiser of Yardley, PA and Lisa L. Cuzzolina of Chester Springs, PA, a sister, Marilyn Hart of Brick Township, ten grandchildren Mary Elizabeth Sharp, Gregory Bills, Jason Bills, Alex Speiser, Daniel Speiser, Joshua Bills, Matthew Bills, Victoria Cuzzolina, Mitchell Cuzzolina and Sophia Cuzzolina and four great grandchildren Random Water, Louisa Sharp, Francis Sharp and Owyn Bradley Bills.  A memorial service will be held at on Monday December  3 at 2:00 PM at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 80 Embury Avenue, Ocean Grove.  In lieu of flowers, contributions to Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association would be appreciated. 


Rosella M. Picone


Rosella M. Picone, 83, of Asbury Park, died Tuesday November 27 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune.  Mrs. Picone was a garment worker for many years until retiring.  She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Roman Catholic Church, Asbury Park.  Rosie enjoyed trips to Atlantic City and being with her grandchildren and family.  She was predeceased by her husband Alfred A. Picone, Sr., in 1997.  Surviving are her three sons, Gerald A. Picone of Ocean Grove and his former wife Maria, Felix S. Picone and his wife Rosalie of Shark River Hills and Alfred A. Picone, Jr., of Asbury Park and her three grandchildren, Tara Jeanine Picone,  Brett Michael Picone and Giancarlo Picone.  Relatives and friends may call on Thursday from 10:00 AM with funeral services beginning at 12:00 Noon at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove.  Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Neptune.



Thelma Noonan



Shirley V. Connolly


Shirley V. Connolly, 86, of Ocean Grove, passed away on Friday November16th after a short battle with cancer.  She was born in Maplewood, NJ on April 26, 1926, the daughter of Bessie and Martin Bennett.  On September 14, 1946, she married Robert H. Connolly who predeceased her in 1988.  She was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. She was employed in various positions over the years.  Her joys in life were singing and her great love of the beach.  Mrs. Connolly was a PTA president, active in the Power Squadron, an active member of PEO and enjoyed boating.  She had been a member of the South Orange Methodist Church , Toms River United Methodist Church and currently a member of St. Paul’s UnitedMethodist Church, Ocean Grove.  Volunteering and serving at St. Paul’s, the Great Auditorium and the Arts Center were a major part of her life.  Her love for the community of Ocean Grove was unending.  She was a woman of faith and action, always serving with grace and humor.  She is survived by her four daughters, Nancy and her husband Greg Edgehouse, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Gail Hutton of Land O’ Lakes, Florida, Alison Connolly of Ocean Grove and Laurie and her husband John Perry of Dillsburg, PA and Ocean Grove. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Rachel (Matt) Mitchell, Lisa (Bob) Eastin, Jesse Lichtenstein and Matthew Leschinski, four great grand children and many beloved family members and friends.  Relatives and friends may call on Monday from 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 PM at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 80 Embury Avenue, Ocean Grove.  A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 AM at the church with private burial following.  In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, 54 Pitman Avenue, Ocean Grove, NJ 07756 or to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church would be appreciated.


McKinley Taliaferro


An obituary will be published here when completed

Elizabeth Weese


Elizabeth Ann Boland Weese, 84, of Wanamassa, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Manor-By-The Sea, surrounded by her loving family. Born on June 4, 1928 in Newark to Anna Mulcohy Boland and Joseph Leo Boland. Betty was the beloved wife of the late Donald E. Weese. She is survived by her son, Daniel E. Weese and his wife Marianthe; daughter, Doreen Weese; and her three loving grandchildren Melissa, Tina and Kelly Mazza. Betty was a graduate of Weequake High School and attended Seton Hall University. After retiring as manager of Peter Cooper Village in West Long Branch, she worked part-time for Customer Service at Monmouth Mall and later for J.C. Penney. She was a volunteer at Jersey Shore Medical Center for many years and also volunteered at Ocean Grove Arts Center. She was a member of the Allenhurst Beach Club where she enjoyed spending the summer months with her friends.  Betty was an active member of The Presbyterian Church on the Hill where a memorial service will be held and announced at a later date.

Elizabeth Mary Reid Lisle


Elizabeth May Reid Lisle, 82 of Lincroft, went home to be with the Lord on October 30, 2012.  Bette was a lifelong resident of the Jersey Shore and

graduated in 1948 from Neptune High School where she was a varsity cheerleader. She was a member of Hope Presbyterian Church, Tinton Falls and a member of the women’s group.  She retired in 1992 from Hazlet K-Mart where she was an assistant manager.  Bette was predeceased by her parents C.D. and Jackie Reid, by her son Timothy Lisle, by her daughter Barbara Sparks and by her brother Edward Reid.  She is survived by her sons, John Lisle and Edward Lisle, her son in law, Danny Sparks, her sister Barbara Hurley and her brother George Reid.  She was a beloved grandmother to seven and “gee - gee” to three. A memorial service is planned for January 12 at 1:00 PM at Hope Presbyterian Church, 1189 Hope Road, Tinton Falls. 


Kenneth Muller


An obituary will be published here when completed

James A. Noddings



James A. Noddings, 83, of Ocean Grove, died Friday September 21, 2012 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune.  Mr. Noddings was a Facilities Engineer before retiring from Karl N. Swenson Company, Inc. building contractors in California. He was a member of the Alpha Phi Omega scouting fraternity, Matawan Volunteer Fire Department, Middletown NJ Rotary Club, President of the Santa Clara California Chapter of the American Institute of Plant Engineers (1990-91), served on the board of the Neptune Senior Center and belonged to the Neptune Township Senior Center Bridge Club and the Ocean Grove Historical Society. He was a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award for his service to the Monmouth Council of Boy Scouts of America.  He attended the Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia.  Mr. Noddings served in the United States Army during World War II. He was predeceased by a son, Howard Noddings (Kyung). Surviving are his wife, Nel Rieth Noddings, sister Sarah Ellen Noddings and his family, Lynda Stone (Jim Marshall), Christine Wallace (John), Laurie Brooks (Don), Steve Thornton (James Agarpao), James (Carol), Nancy Lake (Fred), Sharon Miller, William (Carla), Kathy Lowe, Edward, (Cathy), Victoria (Susan Sanchez), Cindy Egner (Debi Conway) , George Egner, and Timothy (Reggie), his grandchildren, Melissa, Chelsea, Matthew, Serena, Ellie, Esther, James Eric, Karen, Naomi, Diann, Rafael, Mollie, Liz, Emily, Leslie, James Alexander, Eleanor, Nicole, Maggie, Rebecca, Holly, Emily, Sandee, Dodson, Shanna, Michael, Erica, Kayla, Anthony, Xavier, David, Megan and Amanda, his great grandchildren, Keely, Dash, Sarah, Gabriel, Sebastian, Ezra, Nolan, Mireille, Josie, Abby, Sienna, Nico, Willem, Haley, Bethany, Meghan, Michael, Aliyah and Addeline and many nephews and nieces.  Relatives and friends may call on Monday from 4:00 - 800 PM at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove.  A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers contributions to the Nel and James Noddings Scholarship fund at Montclair State University through the Office of Development, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043 would be appreciated. 

Florence Holl



Florence Platt Holl, of Ocean Grove, passed away on Wednesday September 19,2012 at home. She was born in New Market, NJ and graduated from DunellenHigh School.  She received her nursing degree from Columbia Presbyterian University.  She married Edward B. Holl in 1948.  Together they owned and operated Nagles Pharmacy from 1969 until his death in 1980.  She was also predeceased by her brother Thomas.  She is survived by three children, Stephen and his wife Nan Holl, of Arlington, VA, Penny and Mark Hancox of Bradley Beach and Cindy and Frank Rocca of Falls Church, VA,  four grand children, Abbey Baker, John Gross, Jr., Kathryn Holl and Sarah Holl and her sister, Frances Appolloni. Friends may call at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove on Friday September 21 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon. Funeral Services and interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers, please send balloons.



Kostantinos “Gus” Anagnostou, Sr.


Kostantinos “Gus” Anagnostou, Sr., 69, of Neptune, died Thursday August 30, 2012 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. Mr. Anagnostou was the owner of Gus’ Painting for over 40 years. Born in Samos, Greece, he came to the United States over 50 years ago. He was predeceased by his brother, George. Surviving are his sons, Michael and his wife Joanie of Bethlehem, PA and Kostantinos, Jr., and his wife Kim of Sayreville, his brothers, Athanasios and Phil, both of Samos, Greece, his grandchildren, Crystal, George and Jenette, his beloved friend, Toni-Lynn Tedeschi, her children, Meredith and her husband Manny, Gregg and Drew and her grand children, Kerri and Kacie. A memorial service will be held on Thursday September 6 at 7:00 PM at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 992 Broadway, West Long Branch.


Ronald S. Lasslett


An obituary will be published here when completed.

Catherine L. McCooey


Catherine “Kae” McCooey, 92, passed away peacefully Aug 26th at Manor by the Sea, Ocean Grove.  Kae is survived by her son, Michael, of Sea Bright, her daughter, Marianne, of Howell, and her granddaughter, Heather, of Eatontown.  Kae was a strong woman whose tenacity and independent style of living put her ahead of her time.  She overcame many tough challenges throughout her life including the tragic loss of her parents and a brother at a very young age, living through the depression era, and raising her children as a single parent after separating from her husband.  For many years, Kae relied on public transportation or her bike with its many baskets to get where she needed to go to take care of her family.  She worked as a professional secretary for nearly 50 years but happily retired to care for her granddaughter, Heather, who she cherished and loved dearly.  She was an avid reader and a fan of “The Classics”, particularly Charles Dickens.  In her heyday, Kae was crowned “Shell Oil Queen” and was known for her impeccable taste and always being “dressed to the nines.”   Of all his fans, Frank Sinatra had none more dedicated than Kae.  In recent years, although her memory faded, she still knew every word to every song that Frank ever sang and continued to sing along or tap to the beat on the arm of her wheelchair!  Kae, like Frank, “faced it all and stood tall.”  She was an amazing woman and a wonderful mother and grandmother.  The family would like to publicly acknowledge the Manor by the Sea staff for the outstanding care they provided to Kae over the years.  A special thanks to Oosha, head nurse and dedicated professional, and to Maria, Kae’s primary aide, who treated her like family and was always there to take care of anything she needed and coax a laugh out of her, even on the bad days.  Funeral arrangements are private and Kae’s remains will be scattered over the ocean at her request to acknowledge her favorite days relaxing on the Avon beach. 


James I. Osborne


James I. Osborne, 79, of Lakewood, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday August 10, 2012 at home.  He was a clerk and letter carrier for the Ocean Grove Post Office from 1957 until 1988.  After retiring from the Post Office, he worked as a courier for Central Jersey Bank and then the Asbury Park Press for 13 years.  Mr. Osborne served in the United States Coast Guard from 1952 until 1955.  He was a member of the Washington Fire Company of the Ocean Grove Fire Department, having held the positions of Secretary, First Lieutenant, Second Lieutenant and Captain.  Born in Ocean Grove, he lived in the shore area all of his life.  He made friends wherever he went and he will be missed.  Surviving are his sister, Carolyn Carpenter of Ocean Grove and the Schollenberger family who had been a part of his life for over 30 years.  Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday from 6:00 - 9:00 PM at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove.  A graveside service and inurnment will be held on Friday at Atlantic View Cemetery, Manasquan.

Jacque L. Romme


An obituary will be printed here when completed.

Elizabeth Ormsbee

Charles Nicoll


Charles Nicoll of Ocean Grove, passed away at the age of 82 on Thursday, July 5, 2012. Mr. Nicoll was a founding father of the Cleveland Ballet and a beloved ballet master at the Academy of Dance Arts in Red Bank for the past 25 years. He was a brilliant teacher of both children and adults in classical ballet and a gifted choreographer of children’s ballets, most notably “Affinities” and “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” Charles was a longtime resident of Ocean Grove, a true friend to many neighbors, both two and four legged!  His life will be remembered and celebrated at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Ave., Ocean Grove on Sunday, July 15 at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Academy of Dance Arts Scholarship Fund, 59 Chestnut St., Red Bank, NJ 07701 or to the Monmouth County SPCA, 260 Wall St., Eatontown, NJ 07724.

Mary Liotti


Mary (Haines) Liotti of Neptune, NJ entered into eternal life on July 14, 2012 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, NJ.  Mary was born on October 23, 1924 in Newark, NJ. She was the owner of the LaPierre Hotel in Ocean Grove, NJ from 1969-1986. She lived in Neptune for over 25 years. She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur J. Liotti in 1957 and her son, a former Ocean Grove Police Officer, Arthur A. Liotti in 2009. She is survived by her loving and devoted son, Danny Liotti of Toms River, NJ., several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and one great grandchild. There will be a memorial service on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 from 11am to 12 noon at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Ave Ocean Grove. Her ashes will inurned with her husband at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington, NJ. In Lieu of flowers please make donations in her name to Minister Steve Brigham (Tent City) PO Box 326 Lakewood, NJ 08701.

Betty Ann Thompson


Betty Ann “Bet” Thompson, 69, of Ocean Grove, died Monday June 18 at Meridian Rehab, Wall Township, following a recent illness.  She was pre-deceased in 1996 by her high school sweetheart and husband of 35 years, Edmund L. “Skip” Thompson, III.  She was also pre-deceased by her father, Franklin P. Stewart, and brother, G. Robert Stewart. Betty Ann was raised in the Whitesville area of Neptune and graduated from Neptune High School in 1961.  She was a nationally-ranked champion speed skater in roller skating and was also very active with the Neptune HS GAA and cheerleading. She and Skip married in 1961 and moved to Ocean Grove where they raised their two daughters, Beth and Barbara.  Before retirement she worked as a bookkeeper and a waitress, most recently at Mom’s Kitchen in Neptune.  Bet and Skip enjoyed playing tennis and golf throughout their marriage, especially with best friends Jim and Camille Ward.  Betty Ann was an active member and former club champion of the Bella Vista Golf Club in Marlboro.  Betty Ann is survived by daughter Beth Thompson Drossman and husband David, grandsons Bryan Drossman & fiancé Leila Lachichi, and Zachary Drossman, all of North Carolina, and daughter Barbara Thompson Donahue (widow of Kevin), and granddaughters Ashley Donahue and Breanna Donahue, all of Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  She is also survived by life-long friends Jim and Camille Ward, and their daughters Wendy and Debbie, and the entire Ward family.  The family-ties of the Thompson-Ward family span four fun-filled generations and include many memorable family vacations and holidays spent together.  She is also survived by sister-in-law and brother-in-law Carolyn and Burton Beam, sister-in-law Marilyn Stewart, and several special nieces.  She also leaves behind many close family friends, golf buddies, and beloved neighbors.   Relatives and friends may call on Friday, June 22 from 4:00-8:00 PM at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove.  A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 23 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, contributions to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated.  

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