Rodger J. Johnson


Rodger J Johnson 71, passed away January 10, 2021. Rodger was born in Newark and was a resident of Ocean Grove. He attended NCE, Newark College of Engineering, and also played in a little rock group where he loved playing his guitar. Rodger was a veteran of the United States, Army, serving in the Vietnam from1969 to 1971. He was the best brother,friend and uncle. Rodger was the nicest, funniest person anyone could ever know, and he will be so missed. He was predeceased by his Mother Eileen and his father, Stanley. Surviving are his sister Janice Marshall, his nieces, Selena, Crystal, Tanya, Deserri, Marissa and Alyssa, and his nephews, Denny, Wiilliam, Anthony, CarmIne and Clinton. Rodger will be forever in our hearts and will never be forgotten.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Steven R. Liuzza


Steve Liuzza, born January 12, 1969, died unexpectedly on February 12th at the age of 52 in his home in Neptune City.

Steve is survived by his mother, Francoise Liuzza, three sisters, Susan King, Janine Coriell, Michele Isreal, four brothers, Alan, Peter, Joseph and Dennis Liuzza, his long time friend Curtis Lilieholm and his faithful companion “Benny”. Steve enjoyed the beach, meeting new people, making friends and spending time with his best friend Curt.  He possessed a thoughtful heart and for those who knew him best a “confidant” always there to listen and lend his support when needed. The Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February 19th at Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove, NJ  07756.  Visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. with a service scheduled at 5:30 p.m.  euligies and kind words are encouraged. Steve’s passing has left a huge hole in our hearts and he will be missed by many.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Rev. Robert Lee Frost


The Reverend Robert Lee Frost, 84,  of Neptune, NJ, passed away on February 2, 2021. Rev. Frost received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, February 1960, and in May 1963 received his Bachelor of Divinity Degree from Crozer Theological Seminary, Chester, PA. In May 1972 he received his Master of Divinity Degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School-Crozer Theological Seminary, Rochester, NY.  He was ordained an elder in the Southern NJ Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, September 1963 in Ocean City, NJ.  He was a retired member of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Neptune, NJ and Pastor Emeritus of the Wayside United Methodist Church, Ocean, NJ.  Between 1959 and 1973 he served as pastor of several United Methodist churches in NJ: Friendship, Monroeville and Porchtown; Bargaintown and Bethel, Somers Point; Pedricktown and Auburn; West Side, Millville; Associate Pastor of St. Andrew’s, Cherry Hill; Wayside, Ocean and was interim pastor at Squankum from 2001-2002. He served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Retired Ministers and Spouses of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He was employed as financial analyst by the United Methodist Homes of NJ, Neptune, NJ from 1973 until 1998 when he retired. He is survived by his loving wife Dorothy of 62 years, his daughters, Kathleen Dougherty and her husband, Paul, Deborah Frost, grandchildren Michael Dougherty and Lauren Acosta and her husband Alex, and great granddaughter Dahlia Acosta. A Celebration of His Life Service will be private.  In lieu of flowers, love gifts given to the United Methodist Communities Foundation, Gift of Care Circle, (formally the United Methodist Homes of NJ Fellowship Fund) 3311 Route 33, Neptune, NJ 07753 or the Wayside United Methodist Church, 1229 West Park Avenue, Ocean, NJ 07712 in his memory, would be appreciated.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Philomena Ford


Philomena Ford, 82, formerly of Bradley Beach, died Thursday January 28, 2021. Phil was a long time communicant of the Church of the Ascension of the Parish of St. Theresa of Calcutta in Bradley Beach. Born in Warrenpoint, County Down, Northern Ireland, she came to the United States in 1966 to Boston as a nurse following her medical training in Liverpool, England. She relocated to Bradley Beach where she lived for 50 years. Phil worked as a nurse at the Medi Center in Neptune City before retiring. She was predeceased by her husband Harold J. Ford in 2017. Surviving are her sons, James and his wife Adrienne of Abingdon, PA, and Richard and his wife Marishyl of Decatur, GA, and her four grandchildren Seamus, Elizabeth, Evelyn and Beckett. Relatives and friends may call on Sunday February 7 from 2:00 - 5:00 PM at the Church of the Ascension 501 Brinley Avenue, Bradley Beach. A mass of Christian burial will be offered on Monday at 11:00 AM at the Church. Interment will follow at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown. 

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Janet Smith


Janet Smith, a lifelong resident of Ocean Grove, passed away January 27, 2021. Janet was born on July 4, 1932. She studied math at Bucknell University and went on to complete her master’s degree at Rutgers University. Janet married her grade-school sweetheart and the love of her life, Howard, with whom she raised two children and traveled the world. She was an educator for 27 years in Neptune Township, first as a high school math teacher, then serving as the district’s Mathematics Supervisor. Janet was a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother, a strong and resolute woman, and a talented educator. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 67 years, Howard L. Smith; her children, Howard L. Smith, Jr. (Judy) and Judy Smith Rector; grandchildren: Katie (Paul), Elizabeth (Mark), Jennifer (Pau), Howard (Renata); and great-grandchildren, Paul, Zoe, and Lucas. Funeral services will be held privately. Memorial donations may be made in Janet’s name to the Ocean Grove Church food pantry. 

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Caitlin Marie Kelley


Caitlin Marie Kelley of Ocean Grove, New Jersey, passed away before the dawn on Jan. 8, 2021, at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey. She was 32 years old. Caitlin was born on June 22, 1988, in Cooperstown, and raised in nearby Oneonta, where she graduated from Oneonta High School. She attended college first at Brookdale Community College, then at SUNY Oneonta where she studied for a career in hospitality. She worked in the restaurant industry for 14 years, which nurtured her love of meeting new people and making many friends. In the past year she had switched career paths and looked forward to growing into a company that would treat her well. A true extrovert, making lasting connections with others was her passion. She deeply loved her many friends and was always ready to make more. Caitlin was incredibly giving to those she knew. Being her friend meant having an ally and passionate advocate who would be at your side in a moment’s notice through thick and thin. Caitlin is survived by her parents, Melinda Herbst Kelley and Stephen Thomas Kelley; her older brother, Brendan Kelley, his wife, Paula (Paige), his son, Nolan, and his dog, Cooper; her younger brother, Ian; her grandmother, Norma; and her pup, Sammy. She was predeceased by her grandparents, Mary (Gammer) and Frank (Grandpa) Kelley and Herbert (Pop-pop) Herbst, and her pup, Ty. Celebrations of life will be planned in her hometowns of Oneonta and Ocean Grove, this summer, when this damn COVID stuff lets up. In honor of Caitlin’s life, these will be celebrations filled with family, friends and mischief. We will do everything we can to invite the massive number of friends she made, but we encourage those who haven’t already to reach out to the family so that we can get in touch as we make plans. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Jersey Shore Arts Center,, where she worked with her family to build a place for the arts in Ocean Grove, to the Sixth Ward Athletic Club Foundation,, in Oneonta to support the community she loved so much. You can also support restaurant workers in her name by leaving a massive tip in her honor the next time you go out to eat, because nothing would mean more to her than to continue to help her many friends in the service industry who are struggling during the pandemic.

Friday, January 22, 2021

George D. Cannon, Jr.


George D. Cannon, Jr., 84, of Ocean Grove, died January 7, 2021 at Ocean Medical Center, Brick Township. George was a Professor at New Jersey State University for 35 years. He earned a Bachelors degree from Miami University, a Masters from Montclair State College, and a PhD from IASHS. George served with the United States Army Medical Corps after hitchhiking across Europe. He was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and was an Ocean Grove Auditorium usher for 10 years. He was a lifeguard for 15 years in Ocean Grove and Bradley Beach. George was a former chief of the Eagle Hook and Ladder Company and was one of only two firemen in the history of the Ocean Grove Fire Department to receive the Monmouth County Medal of Valor. George enjoyed skiing, snowmobiling, and motorcycle riding in Vermont with his family and friends and was a great foliage enthusiast. He had an unending witty sense of humor and was a true pun aficionado and raconteur. He spent his summers with family and close friends swimming, sailing, and fishing in Lake Charlton, Ontario. Achieving his glider pilot’s license in the early 1980’s, he delighted in flying aerobatics and toured the country exploring new skies. He traveled the world and was a lifelong learner as well as a great educator committed to sharing his knowledge with everyone he met. He had a love of animals, tried regularly to prove he was a Jeopardy master, and managed to leave a permanent mark on the hearts of people he had only met once. He was truly unique and unforgettable and will be greatly missed by the people whose hearts he touched. George was predeceased by his sister Dr. Marilyn Cannon and his brother in law, Dr. Carl Guzzo. Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Leslie, as well as their children Kimble, Kristen, and George and his son-in-law Michael and daughter-in-law Xiaoyi. He leaves behind six grandchildren Elizabeth, Katherine, Alexandria, Charlotte, Oscar, and Olivia. Visitation will be held Thursday, January 28 from 3 to 7 at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. A funeral service will be held Friday, January 29th, 10 AM at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 80 Embury Avenue, Ocean Grove, with interment following at Fairmount Cemetery, Newark.






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