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Margaret “Marge” Vaccarelli, 92, of Shrewsbury, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, January 19th.  Marge was born on August 23th, 1928 in Pittsfield, Illinois to the late Hugh and Victoria Ducey.  She was a loving wife, mother of four children and grandmother to seven grandchildren.

Marge was an amazing cook and enjoyed making her family and friends Italian delights. The smell of Mom’s sauce on the stove always filled our house and our hearts with comfort, especially during the holidays. She was a midwestern girl who moved with her siblings to Monmouth County, NJ at the age of 23.  It was here that she met the love of her life and husband of 65 years, James “Chick” Vaccarelli.  Together they shared a tremendous faith in the Catholic Church, a love of the seashore, eternal hope for a NY Giants victory and of course Frank Sinatra.  Marge and Chick were most happy spending time with their grandchildren, delivering for Meals on Wheels and saying the rosary with their family.

Theodore J. Stieve, 92, of Tinton Falls passed away on January 14, 2021. Theodore was born on September 19, 1928 to Theodore and Marie Stieve of Milburn, NJ.  He attended Millburn Public Schools, followed by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.  Theodore served his country as a member of the United States Navy.  

Ted married Lois Ann Markey on October 9, 1954 and moved to Hazlet, NJ.  There he served 6 years on the Hazlet Board of Education - 3 of those years as President.  He moved to Fair Haven, NJ in 1967 where he lived for nearly 50 years.  Ted served on the Board of Directors of the Red Bank YMCA.  He was President and held a seat on the Board of Directors for both The ARC of Monmouth and The ARC of New Jersey.  He held a seat on the Board of Directors of Camp Jaycee.  Ted was a member of the Knights of Columbus and enjoyed spending time and sharing in activities with the Briody Brunch of Rumson.

John ("Jack") Godfrey Middleton (89), of the Monmouth County area of New Jersey, passed away on January 13 from complications related to COVID-19. The son of Lillie Jenkins and Edward Willoughby Middleton, Jack was born and raised in Rochester, NY. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and Princeton University. While serving as Aide to the 4th Division Artillery Commander he met Nancy, daughter of General and Mrs. Willis Matthews. They were married August 13, 1955 at the American Cathedral in Paris. After five years with IBM he started Middleton Card Company, manufacturing punch cards that were an early version of computer software. In 1971 he joined Discount Corporation of New York, a primary dealer in U.S. Government obligations, retiring in 1991 as Vice President.

Michael Covert, 47, of Red Bank, passed away on December 28, 2020. Michael grew up in Oceanport and graduated from Shore Regional High School in 1992. He was employed by the Fair Haven Board of Education at the Knollwood School for many years

He was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, Nascar, wrestling, motor cycles, music, crabbing and fishing.

Michael is survived by his mother Joanne Harrington of Virginia; his aunt Marlene Byram; uncle Rick Robbins; cousins Sherry Byram, Diana Salerno and Lianne Pragosa; the love his life Marcella Cancassi; his beloved cats and many other cousins and friends.

Dorothy Owens passed away peacefully on January 12, 2021, at Arbor Terrace, Shrewsbury. She was 89. Dorothy was born in Brooklyn, New York. 

Dorothy was the oldest of seven children. She was always by their side watching over them and tenderly caring for and protecting them. After raising her own three children she went back to school at age 45. She was determined to become a Social Worker. Her passion in life was always to advocate for the wellbeing of children and families. She received her MSW, LCSW and ACSW degrees from Rutgers University.

Dorothy last worked as a Family Advocacy Specialist at the Naval Weapons Station Earle as a Clinical Counselor. Prior to that she worked as a Psychotherapist for the Board of Education, Union City Schools.  She also worked for six years at the Superior Court of N.J., County of Passaic Chancery Division, Family Crisis Intervention Unit as the Senior Family Counselor. She advocated for her clients in Court and in the community so that they received the essential services they needed. So many families’ lives were improved due to her true grit and compassion for others.

Marie Conti nee Cusano passed away peacefully at her home in Ocean, New Jersey on Monday, January 11 at the age of 97. Born in Atlantic City, NJ during the “hay day” she met her husband George Louis Conti of fifty years, she grew to love the beach and spent her life enjoying the sea with her family and friends.

Marie was a devout Roman Catholic and said the rosary every morning. She loved God, her family and life long friends, and life itself. She emitted a rare beauty and grace inside and out to everyone who was lucky to know her. Along with her husband George Sr. they raised six children on Cherry Tree Farm Rd. in Middletown. Together they instilled strong values such as the importance of God and family. The example she leaves behind for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren is to “love one another”. Marie was a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother who gave much of her time and support to many organizations and charities. She will continue to live in our hearts, minds and souls forever.

Daniel L. Hertz Jr. was born to Daniel L. Hertz Sr. and Elizabeth Beet Hertz in Montclair, NJ, on February 27, 1930. He went to his final reward on January 9, 2021. As a young man he served with the United States Army in Korea. He went on to be the president and CEO of Seals Eastern Inc., which he founded in 1953. He also served as the chairman of the American Chemical Society - Rubber Division.

It is difficult to summarize all of Daniel’s accomplishments. Among his many awards, those of which he was most proud include his honorary degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1982, his Melvin Mooney Distinguished Technology Award in 2006, his five patents, and more than 60 published articles on elastomers and sealing concepts. In 2015, NJBIZ awarded him the Raymond Hopp Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in New Jersey Manufacturing. In 1986, after the Challenger disaster, NASA brought Daniel in as an expert. He determined that the O-ring design was at fault and offered a design modification to solve future issues, and he was invited to speak about the Challenger by the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. For his nearly 65 years of invaluable contributions to his field, Daniel was celebrated by Marquis Who’s Who, both nationally and internationally.

John Jeffery Lloyd, 85, died on January 7th 2021 of Natural Causes.  Jeff was born in Philadelphia, PA to  Elleen (Grauer)and Dr. Paul Turner Lloyd, DO. He graduated from the Episcopal Academy and Bucknell University.

He is survived by his adoring wife Deborah Dickinson (Roach), his brother Peter T. Lloyd of Columbia , SC , His son John J Lloyd Jr. and wife Karen (Wilde) and his son Andrew Bankson Lloyd. He was the proud grandfather to 5 grandsons, John J Lloyd III, Matthew T. Lloyd, Ryan P Lloyd, Austin T. Lloyd and Andrew B Lloyd Jr.

Elinor Griffen Mink, 96, died peacefully at her home in Fair Haven, NJ, as was always her wish, on January 5, 2021.

Elinor was born in Elizabeth, NJ to Lillian (Peterson) and Edward H. Griffen on April 21, 1924. She graduated from Battin High School, Elizabeth and Monmouth University (Summa Cum Laude). After raising her children, she had a long career at both Rahway (NJ) Hospital as Director of Public Relations and Community Medical Center, Toms River where she was its first employee. After “retirement” she continued as a baker with her daughter’s business, Savoury Fare, in Rumson. Elinor was a long-time member of Christ Church United Methodist of Fair Haven.

Walter J. Case, age 57, of Manahawkin, NJ passed on Monday, January 4th at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch. Wally was raised in Middletown, NJ with his parents Linda and Walter and his three siblings Brad, Tyler, and Marcy. Growing up, Wally’s love for football started with the Middletown Chargers in Pop Warner. As his prowess and athleticism shined, he went on to play for Red Bank Catholic where he was a tri-sport athlete in football, wrestling, and track. In football at RBC, Wally was a star-athlete leading the team in tackles, was a multiple-time captain, received the Lombardi Award, and was an All-Monmouth team member. In wrestling, he competed at the Unlimited weight class and for his light weight he was outstanding on the mat. He was then recruited to play football for Springfield College in Springfield, MA, (he also wrestled Heavyweight). He was a 2x All-American, All-team Captain, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science. After college he traveled to Padua, Italy to play and coach for the Professional American Football League for the Podova Saints. He played offense & defense where he won league championships as a player and coach. After returning from Italy, in 1987 Wally played as a Linebacker for the New York Jets. He finished his coaching career at Red Bank Catholic.

David Stump, 60, passed away on December 27, 2020, following a brief illness. He died at home in Monmouth Beach, New Jersey, surrounded by family and friends.  

David was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio, with one brother and four sisters. Demonstrating a passion for music at an early age, David became an accomplished pianist and composer. In 2003, David moved to Monmouth Beach to help care for his mother, Barbara, and niece, Kay. “Uncle Davey” quickly settled into his new community, embracing his role as a caretaker. He rapidly forged an unbreakable bond with Kay, becoming her best friend and life coach.  

With a generous spirit, David readily answered the call for help in times of need. When his mother’s Parkinson’s Disease became advanced, David attended to her. After learning that a neighbor required help caring for a parent, he stood ready to lend a hand. Still grieving the loss of his precious poodle Ollie, David found room in his home for a kitty after her owner died.

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