Tara Ann Higgins


Tara Ann Higgins, 59, of Ocean Grove, died Friday August 16, 2019 at home. Tara attended Westfield High School and Kean University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Media Studies and her Master of Arts degree in Organizational Development/Communications. She also held various degrees and certifications in Social Media, Marketing and Analytics. She worked her entire life at Kean University at both the Union and Ocean County Campuses. For the last nine years she held the position of Managing Assistant Director of the Administrative Operations Department at Kean Ocean where she was also an adjunct Social Media Professor. She was born in New York City and grew up in Westfield. She moved full time from Rahway to Ocean Grove in 2010 and quickly developed a passion for her Ocean Grove Community and the art shown in the many organizations she was involved with. Tara was a member of the Ocean Grove Ladies Auxiliary, holding the positions of Book Sale Co-Chairperson, Social Media Coordinator, Vice President and President. She was active with the OG Citizens Patrol, The Delta Phi Epsilon- Area Chapter, serving as Advisor/Mentor, various LGBTQ organizations, The Wooden Walls Project and the Habitat for Humanity Restore. Surviving are her by brothers Jay and Drew, her nieces Kasey and Kiely, her nephews, Jake, Justin, and Zach, her stepmother Maryanne and step siblings: Dee, Donna, Kathy and George. A Celebration of Life will be Wednesday August 21, 2019 from 4 - 8 PM at Parlor Gallery, 717 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, NJ www.parlor-gallery.com. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 10:30 AM. at Bishop Jane’s Tabernacle, Ocean Grove www.oceangrove.org/worship. In lieu of flowers kindly make a donation to one of the below charitable organizations, The Raptor Trust- Millington, NJ, www.theraptortrust.org/ donate Catsbury Park, Asbury Park, NJ, www. gofundme.com/catsburyparkneedsyourhelp or the Ocean Grove Ladies Auxiliary www.oceangrove. org/ladies-auxiliary

Sunday, August 18, 2019

LeRoy H. Edwards, Sr.

LeRoy H. Edwards, Sr., of Neptune, died Thursday August 15 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune surround by his loving family.  Mr. Edwards was an Auto Technology Teacher at Raritan High School before retiring in 2006.  He was an avid fisherman, a member of the Bass Anglers Association, and an amateur radio operator with the call sign AB2RE.  He was a member of the NHRA, enjoyed drag racing and spent many years volunteering with the Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management.  Mr. Edwards served with the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.  Surviving are his devoted wife Felicia Shanley Edwards, his son, LeRoy H. Edwards, Jr. and his wife , Eleanor Glazewski,  his daughters, Christina Laing, Melissa Edwards and her husband Brad Palmerio and Caitlin Edwards, his brother, Terry Lee of SanDiego California, his sister Marilyn Lockhart and her husband Larry of Hillsborough, NJ, his six grandchildren, Jacob, Emily, Alexandra, Zoe, Czar and Joseph, many nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends. The family wishes to thank the nurses on Brennen 6 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center for their care and compassion.  A memorial mass will be offered at the Church of the Ascension of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, 501 Brinley Avenue, Bradley Beach on Saturday August 31 at 10:30 AM with a repast to follow.  In lieu of flowers contributions to Hackensack Meridian Hospice at www.meridianathome.com would be appreciated. The Ocean Grove Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements. 
Sunday, August 18, 2019

Joan W. Ogden

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Ralph Kremer


Ocean Grove - Ralph (Roelof) Kremer, age 93, passed away at home on July 10th. He was born on June 24, 1926 in Gelderland, Netherlands and was the 4th of 9 children. Mr. Kremer served in the Dutch Army during the struggle between the Netherlands and Indonesia. He later moved to the United States in 1954 and eventually settled in Clifton, NJ before later moving to Ocean Grove in 1965. He was an expert woodworker and home builder and built several homes in Ocean Grove. He also enjoyed classical music, cooking, and spending time with his family and grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, Janekje and Herman, and his siblings Sietske, Jan, Jaap, Houkje, Bauke, and Herman. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Alice, as well as his son Harry and his wife Patty Kremer, his two grandchildren Amanda and Emma Kremer, and his two sisters Gientje Wesselink-Kremer and Janny de Wit-Kremer. The family would like to thank the VNA hospice, as well as his caregivers Annette and Joy. The family will hold a celebration of life at a later date. He was a kind and gentle soul who was loved by all and will be truly missed

Friday, July 12, 2019

Darren M. Durkee


A memorial service was held on July 9, 2019.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Heather D. Bray


Heather D. Bray, loving mother, daughter and sister, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 21, 2019 at the age of 43. Heather was born on April 2, 1976 in Cleveland, OH to Dudley and Susan Bray. She graduated Neptune High School in 1994 and attended Brookdale Community College. She worked for many years as a preschool teacher at Tender Care Nursery, Ocean Grove, NJ. She was passionate about children, cooking and most importantly, her family and friends. Heather was predeceased by her mother, Susan Bray. She is survived by her father, Dudley Bray, her sister and brother-in-law, Alicia (Bray) and Alan Brown, her brother and sister-in-law, Scott and Katie Bray and the light of her life, daughter, Arely. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, June 26th from 2PM – 4PM and also from 6PM – 8PM at St. Paul’s UMC, 80 Embury Ave., Ocean Grove, NJ. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 27th at 11AM, also at St. Paul’s UMC. Burial will follow at the Old Tennent Cemetery in Tennent, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Angel Fund c/o St. Paul’s UMC, 80 Embury Ave., Ocean Grove, NJ 07756.


Monday, June 24, 2019

Kennedy E. Buckley


Mr. Kennedy E. Buckley (PopPop) passed away at age 88 on June 15, 2019 in Neptune, New Jersey. Born on July 5, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York, he lived in the Bronx, New York and Maywood, New Jersey before moving to Ocean Grove in 1995. Kennedy graduated from Iona College with a Degree in Business Administration. He served in the United States Army for two years as a radar technician during the Korean War. Kennedy was a Retailer for Bamberger’s and later Macy’s for 28 years, before retiring in 1995.  Kennedy was the loving husband of the late Joan Mary Buckley. He is survived by his son, Kennedy M. Buckley and his wife Amy; his daughter, Karen J Devcich and her husband Steve; and grandchildren, Steven Ryan Devcich, Christin Mary Devcich, and Alexa Katherine Buckley. Kennedy had several special volunteer commitments to his town including the Ocean Grove Citizens Patrol, the Ocean Grove Homeowners Association and the Historical Preservation Committee. Friends and family are welcome to attend the visitation on Sunday, June 23 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Ave, Ocean Grove.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Ascension of the Parish of St. Teresa of Calcutta, 501 Brinley Avenue, Bradley Beach. The family invites donations in Kennedy’s name to the American Stroke Association at www.strokeassociation.org.


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Diann Collins


Services were private. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Rosemarie Clemenz


Services were private. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Patricia Langa


Services were private. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Robert Olivi


Services were private. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Dolores Daly Hagerman

Dolores Daly Hagerman passed away on April 30, 2019 at Coral Harbor Rehabilitation & Healthcare Ctr, Neptune City, NJ. She is predeceased by her husband of 64 yrs, Robert Hagerman, parents Joseph A. and Agnes, and brothers William and Alan Daly. Dolores is survived by her daughter, Sharon Purpuro, sons Eric and Robert T, granddaughter, Jennifer Wurst, grandsons, Robert C., Jason, Justin & Ryan Hagerman, Stephen Gubitosa, Christopher Zepada, her brother, Joseph Daly,17 greatgrandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Dolores graduated from Neptune H.S. Before retiring in 1998, Dolores worked for New Jersey Natural Gas for 38 yrs. Dolores loved to tell you a joke and always had a beautiful smile for everyone she knew and didn’t know. A celebration of life service will be held on 5/16/19,10:30AM at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 80 Embury Ave, Ocean Grove, NJ. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations to Alzheimer’s NJ, 400 Morris Ave, Ste 251, Denville, NJ 07834 or www.alznj.org.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Donald E. Hooper


In celebration of a life well lived, the family of Donald Edward Hooper July 27, 1926 - April 17, 2019  of Ocean Grove, are sad to announce his passing. Donald grew up in Hamden, Connecticut. From an early age he expressed an interest in electrical engineering, later choosing to pursue the field at the Yale University School of Engineering and Applied Science. Graduating in 1947, he began a two year rotational program with Public Service Electrical and Gas in New Jersey. After completing the program he decided to work within the distribution and transmission department improving and expanding the electrical power grid. In 1969, Donald became involved with the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) updating and revising the code every three to five years. He retired from PSEG in 1988 and started a consultancy and continued to serve as chair of NESC  Interpretation Committee into his late 80’s.  Donald was a full time resident of Ocean Grove since 1979. Donald and his wife had been active supporters of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association for most of their lives. He faithfully served as an Auditorium Usher for more than 50 years. Don was pre deceased by wife Jacqueline. Surviving are his daughter, Susan Bishop and her husband Michael of Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Canada, his granddaughter Kimberly Elmer and her husband Peter of Brick, N.J., and his grandson Keith Bishop and his wife Jennifer of Cochrane, Alberta, Canada. Don will also be sadly missed by great granddaughters, Katherine and Kayla Elmer and Adaline Bishop. A memorial service will be held to celebrate Donald’s life at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Ocean Grove on Saturday May 4th at 11:00 AM.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, St. Paul’s Methodist Church or any charity of the donors choice.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Helen K. McGee


Services will be held at a later date in Massachusetts. 

Monday, April 22, 2019

Carlos Malagon


A Mass of Chriatian Burial will be offered on Friday April 12 at 1:00 PM at the Church of the Ascension 501 Brinley Avenue Bradley Beach.

Relatives and friends may call on Friday from 10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Virginia H. Ferrante


Virginia H. Ferrante, 90, of Ocean Grove, died Thursday March 28, 2019.  She was an office clerk for Family and Children Services, retiring in 2002.  Born in Rahway, she has lived in Ocean Grove for over 30 years.  Virginia was pre deceased by her husband Ralph Ferrante in 1974 and by her daughter, Susan McCarthy in 1999.  Surviving are her children, Patricia G. Craig, John J. Schumitz, Cheryl Craig and Vittoria Ferrante, 14 grand children and 27 great grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held on Tuesday April 2 at 11:00 AM at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 80 Embury Avenue, Ocean Grove. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Manor by the Sea or Meridian Hospice would be appreciated. The Ocean Grove Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements.  

Friday, March 29, 2019

Tina Schollenberger


Tina Schollenberger, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on March 23, 2019.  She was born in Mt. Vernon, NY and moved to the Jersey Shore as a young girl, living in the area her entire life.  She had a smile that would light up the room and made friends wherever she went. She attended Lincroft Bible Church. Tina had many jobs, but being a taxi driver was her favorite.  Most of all, she loved being a mom and grandma. Surviving are her daughter Cathy Novicky and her husband, Dave, her sons, Joey Schollenberger, Larry Schollenberger and his wife, Robin, Pete Schollenberger and his wife Maxine, her grandchildren, Cathy, Mike, Sherry, Dave, Cindy, Brian, Tim, Olivia, Amy, Larry, Mandy and Joey and her great grandchildren, Keith, Holly, Michael, Angela, Amanda and Chelsea and her great great grandchildren, Kyah and Skye.  Relatives and friends may call on Thursday from 5:00 - 8:00 PM at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove.  A graveside service will be held on Friday at 11:30 AM at Glenwood Cemetery, West Long Branch.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Phyllis B. Kennette


Phyllis Adelle Brundige Kennette passed away Sunday, March 17, 2019. She was born June 30, 1934 in Potsdam, NY to Kenneth and Esther (Burnham) Brundige. Phyllis was predeceased by her parents, her husband of 59 years and her sister Barbara.  Phyllis graduated from Plainfield High School in 1952 and married John W. Kennette (Jack) her high school sweetheart. Living in Philadelphia while Jack attended college they began their family with 3 sons, Thomas, David and John Christopher. The family moved to Hillsborough NJ in 1959 and made a beautiful home. In 1966 Phyllis and Jack gave birth to a daughter, Carol (the princess) to round out the family, Phyllis was passionate about life and all that it involved. She definitely looked on the bright side of life and loved everything about it. She enjoyed getting together with friends and family for good food, drink and a game. She loved her cars, especially convertibles and always had a flower garden to be proud of. Phyllis’s love of the beach and sun began early with her school gals and a summer tent in Ocean Grove with her parents. When Ken and Esther retired to Florida, Ocean Grove became home every summer.  In 2000, retirement allowed Phyllis and Jack to become snowbirds and enjoy the beach year round with a place on the white sand gulf beach of Longboat Key, Florida. Phyllis is survived by her children, Thomas (and Gail) of Robbinsville, David of Ocean Grove, Christopher (and Kathy) of Phillipsburg, NJ; and Carol (and Griff) of Maineville, OH.  Phyllis’s grandchildren Casey, Tara, Shan, Alison, Paige, Kiera, John Anthony, Ryan, Patrick, Samantha, Zoe, Piper and great grandchildren Kaya and Tyler and Logan will miss her for sure. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday March 30, 2019 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church 80 Embury Ave. Ocean Grove NJ 07756. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association / Beautification. Additionally please consider a donation of platelets or whole blood to the American Red Cross, more information is available at: https://www.redcrossblood.org.

Monday, March 18, 2019

James W. Swiger


James W. Swiger, Master Sergeant US Army, Retired of Neptune, died Sunday March 17.  Mr. Swiger was born on October 28, 1942 in Cleveland, OH.  He was the only son of the former SFC Harry Ray Swiger who died in Vietnam in 1965 and Almeda K. Watkins Swiger both from Lumberport, WV.  As a child, he lived in Hawaii, Asmara Eritrea in Africa and many other military bases in the US.  Mr. Swiger served over 20 years on active duty in the US Army and and received the meritorious service medal upon his retirement in 1983.  After his retirement, he worked at Ft. Monmouth as a Logistics Management Specialist and Supervisor for another 20 years, retiring in 2004, receiving a meritorious service award for civilian service.  He was predeceased by his parents, and his son, Retired Air Force Technical Sergeant, James W. Swiger, II.  Surviving are his wife Irene E Meinhardt Swiger who he met while on active duty in Germany, his sons and daughters in law, George and Kathleen Swiger of West Allenhurst and Ralph and Joyce Swiger of of Middletown,  his daughters and sons in law, Katharina and Randy Bakewitz of Rochester, NY,  and Christine and John Gilliam of Mountain Home, AR, his daughter in law Heather Swiger of Jacob, IL, his step daughter and son in law, Marlies and Joachim Seif of Neustadt, Germany, his grandchildren, Melanie, Christopher, Brandon, Matthew, Hannes, Martin, Austin, Emily, Madison, Corey and Kyle and his great grandchildren, Travis, James, Emma and Zoey.  Relatives and friends may call on Thursday March 21 from 6:00 PM, with funeral services beginning at 8:00 at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove.  In lieu of flowers, contributions to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated. 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Carol L. Mandeville


Carol L. Mandeville, 70, of Toms River, died Tuesday March 5, 2019 at home.  She was a 1966 graduate of Matawan Regional High School, where she was the captain of the majorettes and was voted Most Talented in the yearbook.  Carol loved singing and performing and dazzled audiences all across the local area. She loved all animals, and her love for horses in particular led her to become an equine therapist. She also had worked for Siemens and Bell Labs. She was a member of Christ Church United Methodist in Fair Haven.  Surviving are her son, Scott Caldwell  of Perkasie, PA, her daughter Tracy Caldwell and her partner Charles Kouri, of Chicago, her brothers,  Charles K. Mandeville and Stephen Mandeville and his spouse Victor Aluise of Ocean Grove.  Relatives and friends may call on Sunday from 11:00 AM with a funeral service beginning at 1:00 PM at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove.  Those who wish may send flowers, or a contribution to The Mercer County Equestrian Center 431 Federal City Road Pennington, NJ 08534 would be appreciated.  

Monday, March 11, 2019

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