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Ocean Grove Memorial Home:: Funeral Home :: 2018

Brian C. Kosciow


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David Bates


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Elizabeth McMenamin


 After a wonderful life filled with writing, teaching, travel, and friends, Elizabeth McMenamin passed away surrounded by family on October 26, 2018 in Ocean Grove, New Jersey.Elizabeth was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1917 and baptized at the Cathedral of St. Peter. She was a lifelong communicant of the Roman Catholic Church. She studied piano at the Scranton Conservatory, painting at Marywood College, graduated from Scranton Central High School in 1934 and from Barnard College in 1938, with a B.A. in English literature.Elizabeth returned to Central High as an English teacher, but her true gift was writing. She wrote music reviews for the Scranton Tribune, commentary for The Catholic Light, the screenplay for Solitude, a feature film produced by the Diocese of Scranton, and radio plays for WGBI. After taking time off to start a family, Elizabeth wrote occasionally for the Asbury Park Press, the East Coast Angler and the Jackson News, which published her accounts of travels in France, Italy and Spain, and her 1984 tour of China as a guest of the Chinese government. Elizabeth cherished the memories of her days at Barnard College. She attended her seventy fifth class reunion in 2013, contributed her short story Dust to Barnard’s literary magazine, Echoes, in 2016, represented her class at convocation in 2016 and 2017 and attended the inauguration of Barnard’s president in 2018.  She was a member of MENSA, who liked to recite the prologue to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in Middle English—just for fun.  She enjoyed reading, writing, and praying, but she loved her family—especially her grandchildren—most of all. Elizabeth was predeceased by her husband, Hugh A. McMenamin. She is survived by her six children, Stephen, Brigid, Margaret, Catherine, Peter, and Anna Regina; her four grandchildren, Leith, Hugo, Robert, and Amy Jean; and her two great-grandchildren, Summer Moon and Ember Star; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Elizabeth’s friends are invited to celebrate her life at two viewings. The first will be on Thursday, November 1, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove, New Jersey. The second viewing will take place from 5:00 PM to 7:00M PM on Friday, November 2, at Eugene A. Cusick Funeral Home, 217 Jefferson Avenue, Scranton, Pennsylvania. On Saturday, November 3, there will be a 9:00 AM funeral mass at the Cathedral of St. Peter, 315 Wyoming Avenue, followed by burial at Cathedral Cemetery, 1708 Oram Street.

Josiah Eli Robert Brown


Josiah Eli Robert Brown, 6 months, was received by the Lord Jesus on Friday October 26, 2018. He was born April 20, 2018. Surviving are his parents, Marcel and Amy Trouwborst Brown, three sisters, Rayne and Autumn Trouwborst and Adeline Brown, his grandparents, Ted and Barbara Trouwborst and Robert and Denise Brown and his beloved aunts, uncles and cousins. Josiah was pre-deceased by his brother and sister Joab and Cadence in 2010. Relatives and Friends may call on Thursday November 1 from 3:00 PM - 5:00pm with funeral services beginning at 5:00 PM at the Grace Bible Church, 4041 Squankum - Allenwood Road Wall Township. Interment will be Friday at 11:00 AM at Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson

Lucille A. Tallman


Lucille Ann Tallman passed away on Friday, October 19, 2018 at JSUMC surrounded by family. Lucille was born in Neptune on May 19. 1938, the daughter of Nicholas and Virginia Marciano. She grew up in Neptune and graduated from Neptune High School in 1956 and from Kean University with a degree in education in 1972. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Tallman, her three sons: Joseph, Nicholas, and Christopher; and her three grandchildren: Alexander, Madeline, and Nicholas. She is predeceased by her love, Donald Melton. Lucille worked for the Brotherhood of Railroad and Airline Clerks (BRAC) from 1972 to 1975 in order to assist both her husband and her father with union related activities; with the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce from 1979-1982; and with MetLife from 1982-1994. Lucille was proud of her Italian heritage and was devoted to family and faith. She was a member of the Catholic Daughter’s Association, Court Ascension Church. She was also an assistant secretary/treasurer and member with Our Lady of Mount Carmel Lodge and very active with the Special Olympics. Her greatest pride was her grandchildren: Alexander and Madeline (with whom she lived the last fifteen years of her life) and Nicholas. A mass of Christian burial will be offered at Ascension Roman Catholic Church in Bradley Beach at 10 a.m. Friday, October 26, 2018. Repass to follow at Neptune City Firehouse. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the National Kidney Foundation. She will be deeply missed. 

Helene M. Schroeder


Helene M. Schroeder (Marge), age 89, died peacefully on Sunday, October 14, 2018 in Ocean Grove, NJ. She was born on March 15, 1929 in Jersey City, NJ to Henry and Helen Knueppel. She graduated from A.I. Demarest High school in Hoboken where she met her husband to be, Albert Schroeder. Helene worked for the Perth Amboy and Parlin YMCAs and then the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office for 25 years. Helene was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 50 years, Albert Schroeder; her son in law Albert McNamara and her beloved dog Wain. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Schroeder, son and daughter in law Brian and Eva Marie Schroeder, beloved granddaughter Emily Schroeder and adopted nieces Doreen and Joyce Bouille. Helene’s sense of humor and easy laughter was a gift to all who knew her. She was a life-long art student, loved painting and was a member of the Art Society of Monmouth County. As a Master Gardener with the Rutgers Monmouth County Master Gardeners Program, she delighted in volunteering her time at their various events. Visitors are welcome Thursday, October 18th from 4 to 7 pm at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. A mass of Christian burial will be offered on Friday at 10 am at Saint Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, 186 Gordons Corner Road, Manalapan, with burial following at Old Tennent Cemetery, Tennent. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Rutgers Monmouth County Master Gardner’s Program would be appreciated.

John Francis “Skeet” Abel


John Francis “Skeet” Abel III, 73 of Neptune City, died at home on Monday September 24, 2018 surrounded by family.  He was born in Long Branch on June 3, 1945, the son of John F. Abel II and Grace Geschke Abel. He worked with his father at Abel’s Tree Experts, a family business and went on to become a skilled blacksmith and farrier. He was also a home renovator and longtime landlord.  John had a love of adventure and travel and once rode his motorcycle 18,000 miles through Europe.  He was a long time resident of Neptune City.  Surviving are his wife,  Carol VanFossen-Abel, his daughter Tara de Wet, his stepson Bob DeFiglio, his stepdaughter Christin Smith,  6 grandchildren, his sister Bonnie Walker and two brothers Douglas and Aaron Abel.  Relatives and friends may call on Sunday from 2:00 – 5:00 PM at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. 

Irmgard Weichselbaum


Irmgard Weichselbaum, 89, of Ocean Grove, died August 13, 2018. Mrs. Weichselbaum was a secretary for the Deutschewerft Ship Building Yard, Hamburg Germany. Later she was a lab technician for Centra State Medical Center, Freehold. She received her Bachelors of Science Degree from Rutgers University. She was a member of the Jackson Garden Club, the Master Garden Club of New Jersey and the local chapter of the Deborah Heart and Lung Center. Born in Hamburg, Germany, she lived there, then in Jackson Township before moving to Ocean Grove in 2016. She was predeceased by her husband Joel Weichselbaum in 2009 and by her daughter Angelika Heitmann. She is survived by Angelika’s children Anna and Felix, her daughter Cindy Knapp and husband Kenny Knapp, as well as their children Kyle and Jessy, her son John Rerup and his wife Jane Rerup and her daughter’s Shannon, Jennifer and Brittney, and their children Michael, Christopher, Charlotte and Penelope. A memorial service will be held on Sunday September 9, 2018 at 12 Noon at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. In lieu of flowers, donation to The Deborah Heart and Lung Center would be appreciated.

JoAnn Santaniello


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Dixie Masteller


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Sigrid Schneuwly


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Albert Francis McNamara


Albert Francis McNamara of Ocean Grove, aged 73, died Thursday at home, surrounded by family. Al was born in Brooklyn in 1944 and raised in St. Gregory’s parish in the shadow of Ebbets Field. He attended Boys’ High School before entering the U.S. Army, where he served in the infantry from 1963 to 1965. He later was employed by Morgan Guarantee Trust Company before working three decades in the field of addiction treatment, through which he will be remembered by many colleagues and patients. After retirement, he worked summers at the Ocean Grove beach. Al will be remembered for his wit, knowledge of trivia, and his love for the ocean, soccer, movies and poetry. He is survived by his wife, Karen Schroeder, his son Ken McNamara of Newark, daughter Michelle Zurawski of Brick, grandchildren Tiana and Johnny Zurawski, former wife Patricia McNamara (nee Darcy), his brother Thomas and wife Janet, and his beloved dog, Rosie. He is predeceased by his father Albert, mother Agnes (nee Grimes), and Aunt Alice Grimes, all originally of Glasgow, Scotland. A part of the Ocean Grove community for more than 30 years, Al will be remembered by many as a good friend and for his deep commitment to social and economic justice. Visitors are welcome Tuesday, May 29th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. Memorial service will be private.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Clean Ocean Action ( and The Center, Inc. in Asbury Park (


Dr. Ludwig A. Brall, DDS


Dr. Ludwig A. Brall, DDS, 91, of Ocean Grove died Tuesday, May 15. Dr. Brall was born in Patchogue, NY on September 8, 1926 and graduated Patchogue High School in 1944. After graduation, he enlisted in the US Army and served as an Infantryman with the 40th Infantry Division in the Phillippine Islands during World War II, earning the rank of Sergeant. Then he served in the Army of Occupation in Korea for one year. He enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from the School of Dentistry in 1952. Dr. Brall served as a First Lieutenant in the 71st Army Hospital in Berlin, Germany for two years. In 1955, he opened his dental office in Patchogue and practiced there until his retirement in 1984. Surviving is his son Martin Brall and his wife Kathy of Calverton, NY. Relatives and friends may call on Saturday, May 19 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove.

Andrew J. Wilson, Esq.


Andrew J. “Andy” Wilson, of Interlaken died Tuesday May 15. Andy was born in Newark, to the late Caroline and Andrew Wilson. The family summered in Ocean Grove and became year round residents in 1939. In his boyhood days he enjoyed the beach, surf fishing, Boy Scout, camping, working at Howard Smith Hardware and being a Junior Fireman of the Washington Fire Company. Upon graduating from Neptune High School in 1945, he joined the US Navy and served aboard the USS Arkansa. Following his discharge, thanks to the GI Bill of Rights, he graduated from Seton Hall University. He then went on to Forham Law School while working summers as a mailman in Ocean Grove, doing deliveries for Olin Street Market, putting time in at the hardware store, selling postcards and working at a title company in New York City after classes two nights a week. In addition her served on the Washington Fire Company and First Aid Squad. In 1951, he married his sweetheart and best friend, Muriel Smith. After graduation from law school and passing the Bar Exam in 1952, he was employed by James R. Laird, Esquire in Asbury Park. Soon after, the partnership of Laird and Wilson was formed and the opened and office in Ocean Grove. During his career, he served as an attorney for the Neptune Township Board of Education and the United Methodist Homes of New Jersey and was the municipal attorney in Interlaken and Neptune City for 17 years and several years in Neptune and Wall Township. Andy enjoyed fishing, boating, golf, traveled extensively and when he was forty he discovered the love of his life – skiing. He was a devoted grandfather and enjoyed taking his grandchildren to the beach, amusement parks and road trips and tried to get them to enjoy fishing and skiing as much as he did. Each grandchild was taken to Washington, DC for their twelfth birthday to help the appreciate their country. He was past president of the Asbury Park Rotary Club and a Paul Harris recipient. He loved the Jersey Shore, his profession and most of all, his family. He was a good and honorable man. Andy will be greatly missed by his devoted wife of 66 years, Muriel, by his beloved daughters, Kathy Silvester of Vermont, Linda Fitzpatrick and her husband Tom and Peggy Wilson all of New Jersey. Also surviving are his cherished grandchildren, Tom and Ryan Fitzpatrick, Emily Sprogis, Lindsey Estep and Patrick and Jacqueline Briody. Last but not least, are his five cherished great grandchildren, McKayla, Madison and Mila Fitzpatrick, and Juris Sprogis and Colin Estep. Relatives and friends may call on Friday from 3:00 – 7:00 PM at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. A private graveside service will be held at Monmouth Memorial Park, Tinton Falls. In lieu of flowers, leave with fond memories of a good man.

Vivian A. Carr


Vivian A. Carr, 92, died peacefully at her Long Branch home on Sunday April 29. Vivian had a 40-year career in the electronic and telecommunications industry. President-Emeritus and Fellow of the Radio Club of America (RCA), Vivian was known for her work at Bell Telephone Labs, and most notably for her pioneering spirit and successfully breaking the glass ceilings at Bell labs, the IEEE, and RCA, as the first woman member and officer in those organizations. The annual RCA “Vivian Carr Award”, established in 2004, is given for “substantial contributions” made by women to the world of communications. She worked for, held officer positions in and received numerous recognitions from the aforementioned firms as well as AT&T. She was the first female Member and served on Board of Director of the NY Engineers Club. She was a graduate of Iowa State University in Ames, IA, graduating with a degree in Engineering Economics in1973 and she graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1981. Vivian was a steadfast advocate of animal rights. She was a member of the Long Branch Women’s Club, Breakwater Beach Club, and Deal Golf & County Club. She enjoyed gardening and bridge. Born in Orange, NJ on November 22, 1925, she lived in Maplewood and Ocean Grove before moving to Long Branch. She was predeceased by her husband John William Carr in 2002, and by her parents Pierre Laclare Alling and Katherine Vivian Haskard Alling. Surviving are her numerous friends, caregivers and grateful animals. Friends may call on Friday from 10:00 AM with a funeral service beginning at 12:00 noon at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. Interment will follow at Hollywood Memorial Park, Union. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Monmouth County

Willam P. Walton, III


William P. Walton, III, age 74, of Orient, Maine and formerly Ocean Township, NJ died April 28, 2018 in Bangor, ME. He had lived in Asbury Park and Ocean Township, NJ and in 2006, upon his retirement, he and his wife resided in the willy-wags of northern Maine, in the small town of Orient.  Born in Trenton, NJ, to William P. Walton Jr. and Mildred (née Stothart), Bill grew up in Asbury Park and graduated from Asbury Park High School, St. Lawrence University (B.S. 1965), Canton, NY, and the McAllister Institute of Funeral Service (1966), New York City. After his training Bill became a licensed funeral director. He owned and operated both the former Farry Memorial Home in Asbury Park and the Ocean Grove Memorial Home until he retired in 2005. He had been active as a member of several funeral directors’ associations.  Mr. Walton had been an active member of many social and community service organizations over the years. As a youth, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America and was an awardee of the Silver Beaver Award. He belonged to the Rotary Club of Asbury Park and later the Rotary Club of Houlton. He was a member of The Wheelman Club of Asbury Park. He was formerly a member of the Asbury—Jordan Lodge No. 142, Free and Accepted Masons, Neptune, NJ and when he moved to Maine, he became a member of Monument Lodge No. 96, A.F. & A.M., Houlton, ME. He was a charter member of the Chiputneticook Lakes International Conservancy, Inc., a lake association headquartered in Orient, Maine. He was a director for many years for the Woodie Wheaton Land Trust in Forest City, ME and was also a member of the Aroostook Riders ATV Club. Bill had many interests and hobbies. He was a hunter, a bass and salmon fisherman and a moving target shooter. He was a champion of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association, National Skeet Shooting Association, Wayside Skeet Club and the former Earle Shooter’s Club in New Jersey, and a member of the Presque Isle Fish and Game Association and of the Calais Rod & Gun Club in Maine. As a youth he practiced leathercrafts and later in life he became interested in designing, carving and painting cedar logs all with a wildlife motif. Bill was an avid Macintosh computer user. He built and maintained internet websites for his funeral home, the Woodie Wheaton Land Trust and his own website, He also wrote a weekly electronic newsletter, the ChipLakeNEWS, from 2001 until his death. Bill was an avid life-long ice hockey fan and was an organizing founder of the former Jersey Shore Hockey League, Bricktown. He was a fan of Le (Bleu, Blanc et Rouge) Habitants and in the summer switched his interest to the Bronx Bombers. He also loved playing hearts and backgammon. With his daughter and son-in-law, he and his wife owned and operated the Million Dollar View Restaurant in Weston Maine for several years in the late 1990s. He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, the former Heather (née Ferguson) a son, John David and his wife, Rachel (née Mizrahi) of Ocean, two daughters, Jill Plummer and her husband, Buck, of Brookton, Maine and Cynthia Lynne Vellinga and her husband, Chris, of Brick, NJ, two grandsons, Ben and Sam Plummer and two granddaughters, Victoria and Alexa Walton. An informal gathering to celebrate Bill’s life will be held 3:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Bowers Funeral Home, 10 Water Street, Houlton, ME. Friends may also call on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 1:00-4:00 pm at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove, NJ. All are welcome to attend, and friends are encouraged to share a remembrance. In lieu of flowers, a contribution in Bill’s name to the Monmouth Council Boy Scouts of America, 705 Ginesi Road, Morganville NJ 07751; the Woodie Wheaton Land Trust, 2 Grove Road, Forest City, ME 04413; CLIC, the lake association in Orient, ME; or to your favorite charity, would be appreciated.

Claude V. Allen


Claude V. Allen, 93, of Seabrook Village, Tinton Falls, died Tuesday April 17, 2018 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. Mr. Allen was a Mechanical Engineer for the John Dusenbery Company in Randolph before retiring in 1992. He was an usher at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, an usher and member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, and the Ocean Grove Fishing Club. He enjoyed wood working, building and repairing clocks and doll houses and was the stained glass teacher at the Neptune Senior Center. Mr. Allen was a Staff Sargent serving in the US Army Air Corps during World War II receiving the purple heart medal. Born in Richmond, VA, he lived in Tranquility, NJ for many years then moved Ocean Grove and eventually Seabrook Village where he resided for 18 years. He was predeceased by his first wife Marian H. Allen in 2000 and by his second wife Jane Reynolds Allen in 2001. Surviving are his fiancé Mary Ann Franke, his sons, Ronald K. Allen and his wife JoAnn of Cranford, and Bruce W. Allen and his wife Joy of Newton. Relatives and friends may call on Sunday April 22 from 4:00- 6:00 PM at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday April 24 at 12:00 noon at the funeral home with burial following at Monmouth Memorial Park, Tinton Falls. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Seabrook Village Resident Care Fund, 3000 Essex Road, Tinton Falls, NJ 07753 would be appreciated.

Joan Bender


Joan Bender, 81, wife of Rev. Robert Bender, went home to be with her Lord on Easter Sunday April 1, 2018. Born on Easter Sunday, April 12, 1936 in Paterson, she was a graduate of Eastside High School. Joan worked as a medial secretary for Dr. Don Choi in Neptune for the last 20 years. She was a faithful member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Ocean Grove and formerly the Ramapo Reformed Church of Mahwah. Jean leaves behind her beloved husband of 59 years Robert, her son, Bruce Bender, her daughters and sons in law, Kimberly (Bender) and Charles O’Gorman and Laura (Bender) and Scott Gentiluomo. She is also survived by her sister, Margret Egedy and her five grandchildren, Joseph, Juliann and Darin Gentiluomo and Robert and Avery O’Gorman. Relatives and friends may visit on Friday, April 6 between 5:00 and 8:00 PM, with a funeral beginning at 8:00 PM at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. The interment and a brief service will be Saturday April 7 at 11:30 AM at the Ramapo Reformed Church Cemetery, Mahwah. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association.





William Carey “Bill” Zimmerman

William Carey “Bill” Zimmerman, 85, of Ocean Grove, died peacefully at Jersey Shore Medical Center on March 15th, 2018. Bill is survived by his wife of 57 years, Karla, Daughter Laura Graham (Michael), Son Tom Zimmerman (Ines), Granddaughter Tara Steadman (Ken), Grandson Sean Graham and step Granddaughters Valerie and Virginia Grimm. Bill graduated from Neptune High School in 1950. Mr. Zimmerman proudly served in the United States Army 511th Airborne Infantry Regiment. He worked at the Pathway Market in Ocean Grove. He was a Display Advertising Executive for 34 years for the Asbury Park Press and was a longtime member of the Washington Fire Company of the Ocean Grove Fire Department, serving as Chief twice and Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners. He was also a member of the Ocean Grove First Aid Squad where he served as Captain and President. Bill was an Ocean Grove Auditorium Usher for 64 years. Bill was a Mason, Past Master of Ocean Lodge #89 in 1988. He was a communicant of St James Episcopal Church in Bradley Beach for over 50 years and was a life member of The American Legion in Neptune Bill loved the beach and was a diehard Giants football fan. Mr. Zimmerman was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Rena Zimmerman and by his infant Daughter Christine in 1969. A Viewing will be held Thursday March 22nd, 2018 from 2-4pm with a masonic service beginning at 3;00pm and 7-9pm at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home,118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. The funeral will be held at 10;30 at the funeral home with the burial to follow at Monmouth Memorial Park on Route 33 in Tinton Falls.In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Bill’s memory to either St James Episcopal Church in Bradley Beach or the Ocean Grove Washington Fire Company.

Dan Edward Noxon


Dan Edward Noxon, of Schroon Lake, NY, born on June 1,1947 in Ticonderoga, NY, to the late Edward and Norma Noxon, passed away at age 70 on February 24,2018 in Freehold NJ. A graduate of Rensselaer with a B.S. in Engineering. An avid skier Dan met his wife of 45 years, Patricia Werner, while a member of a ski club. He retired from the Garden State Parkway where he was Head of Maintenance. He is survived by his sons, Edward and wife Stacie Noxon;Richard and wife Angela Noxon; sister, Kristine and husband Bill Tribou; and grandchildren, Trevor and Travis Noxon. Friends and family are welcome to attend the memorial service on Saturday, March 3 at 2 PM at the Ocean Grove Memorial, 118 Main Ave, Ocean Grove, NJ.

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