Herbert George Herbst was born in Jersey City, NJ July 19, 1926 of Marie and August Herbst, and passed away on June 5th, 2017 age 90. Herbert left 6 months before his high school graduation to join the Army Air Corp during WWII along with his brothers Edward (a Sea Bee with the Navy) and Frederic (serving with the merchant marines). His mother picked up his high school diploma from Dickinson High School in Jersey City that summer while he was away serving the country. After his enlistment he started working as a draftsman and eventually became district manager at New York Telephone, and retired from Verizon after nearly 40 years in 1985. Herbert married Norma Elizabeth Koehne on June 6, 1953 in Jersey City, NJ. He then earned his bachelor’s in Business from Seaton Hall in 1954. The family moved from Jersey City, NJ to Floral Park, NY in 1957. In Floral Park Herbert was a member and faithfully attended Christ Lutheran Evangelical Church. He was a loyal member of the Masonic Lodge. He was also a board member and president of both the Floral Park-Belrose Elementary and Sewanhaka Central High School Districts for 25 years. As a school board member Herbert introduced curriculum to teach the Latin language as well as promoted literacy in the Floral Park elementary schools. While Herbert was president, Floral Park-Belrose School District was rated best in New York State. In 1991 Herbert and Norma moved to Ocean Grove, NJ permanently, after previously spending summers with his family since 1963. Herbert’s community service continued after moving to Ocean Grove. As a member of the Ocean Grove Fishing Club, Herb was instrumental in rebuilding the fishing pier after the Atlantic Ocean claimed the pier during a terrible Nor’ Easter. For the past two decades Herbert served as an officer, President and then Secretary Treasurer for the Fishing Club. Herbert was the President of the Ocean Grove Home Owner’s Association for eight years, and collaborated with Senator Bill Bradley and State Senator Joseph A. Palaia to work with the state of New Jersey to improve the quality of life in Ocean Grove. He also served proudly as a member of the Ocean Grove Citizen’s Patrol. In 1995 Herbert continued his work with Senator Palaia when the two started an effort to save the “old” Neptune High School in Ocean Grove, which had been abandoned and was dilapidated. Herbert created the Ocean Grove Historic Preservation Society, Inc. and took title to the building in 1997. Along with a team of inspired community members and his closest friends which he got to know from his community service in Ocean Grove, he worked to restore the historic Victorian building. They labored together room by room and floor by floor to transform the “old” Neptune High School into the Jersey Shore Arts Center, a visual and performing arts center dedicated to promoting the arts and arts education in the Jersey Shore community. Over the past 20 years with Herbert, the commander and chief at the helm, the JSAC has grown a loving and exceptional family of local artists and performers who create inspired works in the classrooms-turned-studios and theaters of the old school. Herbert served his final years fully dedicated to fanning the spirit and success of the JSAC. Herbert was predeceased by his parents, Marie and August Herbst; his siblings Martha and August Zybas, and Edward and Frederic Herbst. Herbert is survived by his wife of 64 years, Norma; his daughters Melinda Kelley, and Janet Rothstein and her husband Stephen; his grandchildren Brendan Kelley and his wife Paige, Caitlin Kelley, Ian Kelley, and David Rothstein. He is also survived by the residents of the Jersey Shore Arts Center who served as important, loving, and supportive family members for Herbert and his family. A celebration of Herbie’s life will take place on June 18th at 1:00pm in the Joseph A. Palaia Theater at the Jersey Shore Arts Center, 66 South Main Street, Ocean Grove, NJ. In lieu of flowers the family requests that large donations are made to the Jersey Shore Arts Center, as per Herbie.
Leeann Bergen, nee Karnai, 56, of Asbury Park passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Cooper University Hospital with family by her side. Born July 14, 1961 in Elizabeth, to John and Margaret Karnai. Leeann attended St. Marys Grammar School and Rahway High School along with siblings Michael, Debbie and Cheryl. Leeann spent her summers at the beach and her winters hoping for warmer weather. She was an avid gardener, animal lover, sewer and reader. Leeann is survived by her daughter’s Ashley and Danielle. She is predeceased by John, Margaret, Michael, Debbie and Cheryl. She will happily be joining Cassidy, Yukon, Hannah, Murphy and Princess Fluffy. A Memorial Gathering will be held on Monday evening, February 20, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Society for Womens Health Research 1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 601 Washington, DC 2003
Jean A. Dabler, 95, of Ocean Grove, died Friday February 10, 2017 at home. She had worked as a secretary for Standard Keil Hardware in Allenwood. Then she worked for the Ocean Grove Tourism Bureau for 20 years. Mrs. Dabler served with the WAVEs in the United States Navy during World War II. She was a member of St. Pauls United Methodist Church, Ocean Grove, was a volunteer at the church food pantry and served as president of the Neptune Township Womans Club. Born in East Orange, she lived in Belleville attending elementary and high school there before moving to Ocean Grove in 1965. She was predeceased by her husband Robert E. Dabler in 1981. Surviving is her daughter Robin E. Dabler, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Relatives and friends may call on Sunday from 2:00 - 5:00 PM at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. A funeral service will be held on Monday at 12 Noon at the funeral home with interment following at Hamilton Methodist Cemetery, Neptune. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Marys Place by the Sea, 22 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove, NJ 07756 would be appreciated.
Raymond Olson, 82, of Ocean Grove, passed away on Wednesday, January 25th, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. He was born in Briarcliff Manor, NY, and grew up in the suburbs of Albany, NY before going on his honeymoon to Ocean Grove where he lived with his family for the rest of his life. He worked as a school bus driver for more than 30 years until his retirement. He was an active member of St. Pauls United Methodist Church in Ocean Grove. He drove the church van bringing church members to and from the Sunday worship service. He had a deep appreciation for Ocean Grove and a passion for taking daily walks on the boardwalk throughout the year. He was a devoted fan of the NY Mets and the NY Giants. He will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Surviving are his beloved wife of 52 years, Jeanette, his son, Raymond, Jr. and his wife, Ruth, and his daughter, Connie Robinson, and her husband, Joe, and two grandchildren, Logan Robinson, and Joey Robinson, his wife, Maria, and his great grandson, Oliver Robinson. Relatives and friends may call on Thursday, February 2nd, from noon to 2pm for visitation and a funeral service beginning at 2pm at Ocean Grove Memorial Home 118 Avenue St in Ocean Grove. Internment will follow at Monmouth Memorial Park in Tinton Falls. Donations can be made in his memory to St. Pauls United Methodist Church in Ocean Grove.
David Donald Douglas, 60, of Ocean Grove died January 5, 2017. David had been the owner of Daves Hobby Shop and a member of St. Pauls United Methodist Church, both in Ocean Grove. He also volunteered for the Ocean Grove Citizen Patrol. David was predeceased by his parents, Benjamin and Florence Douglas. Surviving are his brother Wayne, his cousins, Carol and Jay Stigelman and Larry and Ann Bostick, his devoted caretakers and loving friends, Derek and Elaine Parish and many friends and fellow members of St. Pauls who helped him along his way. A memorial service will be held at St. Pauls United Methodist Church, 80 Embury Avenue, Ocean Grove on Tuesday January 17 at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the St. Pauls Angel fund or the Ocean Grove Citizens Patrol would be appreciated.