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Ocean Grove Memorial Home:: Funeral Home :: 2018

Alba Brunetto


Alba M. Brunetto, 96, of Ocean Grove, died Wednesday February 14, 2018 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune.  Mrs. Brunetto was a teacher last working for the Essex County Board of Education at the Essex County Vocational school.  Also she taught at Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament.  She received her teachers certificate from St. Elizabeth College in 1971. Music was her life.  She was a professional level singer, having sung at the 1964 World’s Fair and at Carnegie Hall.  She played the Harp, Organ and Piano and was a member of the Hall of Fame of the Bloomfield Federation of Music.  Alba belonged to many choir groups and she was the resident harpist for many years at the Van Tassel Funeral Home, Bloomfield.  Born in Belleville, she summered in Ocean Grove for over 50 years before retiring to her home on Stockton Avenue 12 years ago.  She was predeceased by her husband Anthony Brunetto in 1985.  She was a devoted mother to her son David A. Brunetto. Also surviving are her brother and his wife, Elmo and Ella Pascale, her sister in Law, Rose Brunetto, her nieces Martha Weston and her husband, Richard,  and Phyllis Crowell, her nephew, Nick Brunetto and his wife Donna, her cousin Lois Corbo, her friends, Mary Martin, Al and Joyce Dawson, Nancy Paugh, Rose and Sal Geraci and Fran McLaughlin and many other friends and family.  Relatives and friends may call on Friday February 23, from 3:00 – 8:00 PM at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 9:30 AM at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 80 Embury Avenue, Ocean Grove.  Interment will follow at Bloomfield Cemetery in Bloomfield.  In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church or the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, 54 Pitman Avenue, Ocean Grove, would be appreciated. 

Linda D. Keenan


 Linda Diana Keenan (nee Aponte), 72, of Lakewood, formerly of Ocean Grove, passed away Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. Born in Noumea, New Caledonia, Linda was the second of four children and emigrated to the United States in 1945. She was a nurse by profession, who cared for her patients like family. She taught Sunday School at Ascension Church and volunteered with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. She loved the beach and doting on her family. Linda is survived by her devoted husband, Charles D. Keenan, Jr.; her loving daughter, Danielle L. Daly (nee Cornelius); her legally adopted nephews, Dr. Christopher Aponte and Gregory (Lorena) Aponte; her grandchildren, Nicholas Bauter and Alexandria Gross, whom she adored; her great-granddaughter, Juliet Aponte; her dedicated siblings, Gerald (Jacqueline) Aponte and Joelle (Edward Kolling) Aponte. She is also survived by her husband’s children, grand-children, and great-grandson; three nieces and their families; and a large family of aunts, uncles and cousins in New Caledonia. Linda was predeceased by her parents, John and Louise Aponte, and her youngest sister, Carlyn Aponte. Relatives and friends may call on Monday, February 12, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday February 13, at Roman Catholic Church of the Ascension, 501 Brinley Avenue, Bradley Beach. In lieu of flowers, contributions to a memorial bench on the Ocean Grove boardwalk may be made at

George Eckhardt


Services will be private.

Ruth Meglio


Services will be private.

Michael N. Palermo


Michael N. Palermo, 93, of Seabrook Village, Tinton Falls, formerly of Ocean Grove, died Friday January 26, 2018 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. He was an educator working as a teacher and principal in Millville, NJ and Long Island before retiring in 1992. After retiring to Ocean Grove, he became active with the Ocean Grove Citizens Patrol and served on the Board of the Neptune Township Public Library. He was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Church of the Ascension, where he served as an usher. Mr. Palermo served with the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He leaves behind many friends in Ocean Grove. Surviving are his wife Betty Holtz Palermo, his daughters, Patricia Palermo and her spouse Victoria of San Francisco, CA, Lisa Palermo of Portland, OR, his son, James Palermo and his wife Barbara of Pittsboro, NC, his grandsons, Anthony and Alec and his wife Cheryl, his granddaughters, Sophia and Luciana and his great granddaughters, June and Bella. Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday January 30 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. A mass of Christian burial will be offered on Wednesday at 11:30 AM at the Church of the Ascension, 501 Brinley Avenue, Bradley Beach. Interment will be at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Church of the Ascension would be appreciated.

Phyllis Keutgen


Phyllis Parry Keutgen - June 16, 1918. - January 20, 2018


Phyllis was born in Brooklyn NY the daughter of Laura Grant and Benjamin Parry. She spent much of her childhood with her younger brother Fred in various cities around the US as their meteorologist father was transferred to different sites. By high school they had arrived back in the east coast and she graduated from Lyndhurst (NJ) High School. She went on to Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT and the University of Connecticut.  WW II intervened while she was at UConn and she left school to work with the Red Cross reporting to the US Army Nurse Corps on hospital trains carrying wounded soldiers around the US. While serving she met David Keutgen standing in line at the airport, both returning to base. They were married May 18, 1946. They had two daughters, Elizabeth (Betti) and Margaret (Peggi.) Phyllis and Dave moved to Packanack Lake, Wayne, NJ and raised their daughters there. Phyllis was active as a 4-H leader and made all the dresses her daughters wore. She also taught Sunday School at Packanack Community Church. Being of Welsh descent was a very important part of her identity. Phyllis was an active member of the Women’s Welsh Clubs of America eventually becoming the national president of the organization. In that role she served on the Board of The Welsh Home, Rocky River, OH.  After Dave died in 1987, she moved to their Shore home in Ocean Grove, NJ. There she became active in The Historical Society, Meals on Wheels, Citizen’s Patrol, The Fishing Club, The Sally Girls, The Jersey Shore Women’s Club and Women’s Circle at St Paul’s Methodist Church. She also enjoyed many meals at The Starving Artist and ice cream cones at Day’s Ice Cream. In 2012 with her eyesight failing, she moved into Francis Asbury Manor. There she left her mark as president of the Residents Council. She was also active with the Spiritual Life Committee and Chat with the Chaplin.  She shared her thoughts about how things should be done with the management as her time on Board of The Welsh Home had given her very strong feelings of how “homes for the elderly” should be run. When FAM became Allegria at Ocean Grove she took the opportunity to become friends with the new managers and share her advice.  She loved the staff and shared her Bingo winnings with everyone.  She loved it when the whole family would come to The Grove in the summer. And right up to the end of her life she enjoyed hearing and sharing stories of her grands and great-grands. “Be friends. Be kind. This is the most important thing.” In keeping with her very clear wishes, there will be no memorial service. In the spring there will be a graveside service with family as her remains are buried with her dear husband in Pompton Reformed Church, Pompton Lakes, NJ.  She was predeceased by her brother, Fred. Phyllis is survived by: Daughters - Elizabeth (Dan) Abbas and Margaret (Mark) Warburton Grandchildren - Erika (Matt) Hanna, Geoff (Kristen) Abbas, Melissa (Chris) Leishman and Meredith Warburton  Great-grandchildren - Ben Abbas, Gideon Abbas, Zachary Hanna, Alexander Hanna and Avery Leishman Several nieces, nephews and cousins And her very best friend at FAM and Allegria - Marilyn Smith.  In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions in her name to

The Welsh Home Attention: Sarah Koch 22199 Center Ridge Rd. Rocky River, OH 44116 or a charity of your choice. 

Reba Fox


Reba Fox, age 93, of Ocean Grove, New Jersey, passed away peacefully early on Saturday, January 20, 2018.  She was born Reba Stahl in Bowling Green, Kentucky, moved to Indianapolis with her husband, Herman Owens, where they both worked at a government naval plant.  She later became a hairdresser, opening a hair salon in her home.  Reba’s religious faith was always at the center of her life, and she enjoyed singing and playing the piano in her church.  In 1997, she moved to New Jersey. Reba is survived by two daughters, Carole Bergen of Ft. Myers, Florida and Angela Butler of Ocean Grove, New Jersey, three grandchildren, Michelle Pudwell, Donna Peterman, and John Butler and two brothers, Harold Stahl and Norman Stahl.  Visitation and a short service will be held at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue on Tuesday, January 23, from 3:30-6:30 pm. The service will begin at 6:00 PM.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund ( ;The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff of Manor By the Sea for their loving care of Reba.  

Stephen Miele


Steven Miele, of Ocean Township, formerly of New York, died January 19, 2018. A chapel service and burial will be at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown.

Robert E. Hampson


Robert E. Hampson, 91, of Ocean Grove, formerly of Nutley, died Wednesday, January 17 at Meridian Jersey Shore Hospital, Neptune.    Mr. Hampson worked for over 40 years at Walter Kidde and then Sabrett before retiring in 2004.   He was a member of St. Paul’s, Ocean Grove, and Vincent United Methodist Church, Nutley.  He was a member of the Ocean Grove Tent Community for over 45 years.   He served our country in the US Navy during WWII.  His family would like to thank the Allegria Staff, Ocean Grove, (formerly Francis Asbury) for their friendly and caring support his last couple years as a resident. He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara, and brother, James.   Surviving are his loving family including sons and daughter in laws, Doug and Kathy of Holland, Pa., Greg and Anita of Sparta, and Cliff and Donna of Lake Mary, Fl., his daughter and son in law, Sue and Rob Beachley of Neptune, 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. A funeral service for family and friends will be held on Monday, January 22 at 10 am at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. The graveside service for family and friends will be at 2:30 pm at East Ridgelawn Cemetery, 255 Main Avenue, Clifton.   Family and friends may call on Sunday, January 21 from 1 pm to 5 pm at the funeral home.  Contributions in his name to St. Paul’s, the Ocean Grove Church, Vincent United Methodist Church, or the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association would be appreciated by the family.

Roland D. Howard


Roland D. Howard , 78, of Neptune City, died Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center with his beloved wife of 56 years, Nancy, by his side.  Mr. Howard (known as “Doug”) was a teacher with the Monmouth County Vocational School System for 26 years before retiring.  He excelled at fixing anything with a motor and loved fishing and cracking a good joke.  He was an exempt member of the Washington Company of the Ocean Grove Fire Department.  Born in Kinston, N.C., he moved to Millburn, N.J. at the age of 19, where he met his wife.  They lived in Irvington before moving to Ocean Grove in 1962.  He remained a resident of Neptune and Neptune City.  Surviving are his wife, Nancy E. Howard, son, Randy D. Howard and wife, Deborah, daughter Holly H. Heron, sisters: Merle Jean, Maxine, Dixie, Diana, Grace, Rose, Daisy, Carmen, and their families, his granddaughters Hadley Heron, Courtney Schiereck, grandson William Schiereck and great-grandchildren Emerald Bowers and Alina Schiereck. Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday January 16 from 4pm to 7pm with a Fireman’s service at 6:00 PM at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove.

James Dale


 James A. Dale, 83, of Neptune, formerly of Ocean Grove, died Friday January 5, 2018 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. He worked for Nestle in Freehold for 23 years until retiring. After that, he worked as a bus driver for Little peoples Bus Company. Mr. Dale was a veteran of the United States Army. He enjoyed bingo and playing cards. He was predeceased by his wife Eileen Dale in 2009. Surviving is his daughter, Janice Marshall of Neptune City, his step daughter Eileen Hanley of Wasington State, his step son, Roger Johnson of Ocean Grove, his cousins, Janet and Joyce of Scranton, PA, four grandchildren Selena, Denny, Crystal and Tonya, 7 great grandchildren, Anthony, William, Carmine, Desseri, Clinton, Alyssa and Marissa. Services will be private.


Services will be private.

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