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Arthur V. Murphy, Jr., 87, of Shrewsbury, passed away on January 19, 2019.  Arthur was born to Arthur V. Murphy, Sr. and Dorothy Evans Murphy in Jersey City, NJ.   He was raised in Jersey where he attended Lincoln High School before being drafted into the US Army and serving in the Korean War.  He is a member of the American Legion.  He was a life-long resident of Red Bank prior to moving to Shrewsbury.

Arthur was an Elevator Mechanic for Otis Elevator in New York City for over 40 years and was also a member of Elevator Union Local #1 in NYC.   After retirement he was an elevator consultant.

Melvin Gail Linnell, 67, of Lincroft, NJ, formerly of Rumson, died January 16, 2019, at  Hackensack University Medical Center, of complications from a stem cell transplant. He died peacefully, with his family by his side.

Gail, as he was a known, was born on June 15, 1951, in Conrad, Montana, to Melvin Howard and Lillian Marguerite (Chase). He graduated from Sunburst High School, and received a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D in Mathematics and Statistics from Montana State University - Bozeman. He taught at Florida State University (where he met his wife) while doing his doctoral work.

Gail married the love of his life, Virginia “Ginny” (Velasco), on September 15, 1976, and they spent 43 happy years together, raising their three children in Monmouth County, NJ. He was a valued member of the Middletown and Rumson, NJ, communities.

Rosemary “Midge” Gaynor 62 of Atlantic Highlands passed away on Tuesday January 15th, 2019. Midge was a long time resident of Rumson before moving to Atlantic Highlands. She was a graduate of Rumson-Fair Haven high school. Midge started her working career at the Daily Register newspaper company, before leaving to raise her two boys. After the birth of her daughter Midge worked at the A&P in Little Silver for many years. She was also a crossing guard in Rumson for the past 15 years.

Midge was predeceased by her parents James and Rosemary Gallagher, her sister and brother-in law Eugene and Beverly O’Rourke, her husband William H Gaynor III, and her son Michael Gaynor(pictured). She is survived by her sister Barbara Bogart Red Bank, her son and daughter in law William H and Amanda Gaynor IV of Highlands. Her daughter and son in law Erin and Martin Hawley of Atlantic Highlands, her grandson Michael Gaynor Jr of Eatontown, and many nieces and nephews.

There will be no services per Midge’s request, in lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations to St. Jude’s.  Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank was entrusted with her care.

On January 15, 2019, Luz "Lucy" Ramos, mother of 4 and grandmother of 11, who had a passion for sewing, passed away at the age of 70.  Lucy was born and raised in Camuy, Puerto Rico before moving to Red Bank, NJ where she met her late husband, Freddy.

Lucy is predeceased by her parents Francisco Rivera and Primitiva Rivera Perez, husband Wilfredo Ramos Rosado and daughter Abigail Ramos.  She is survived by her brothers, Rafael and his wife Elizabeth of Toms River, Nelson and his wife Julia of Union Beach, Francisco and his wife Neomi of Florida, her sisters, Maria Soler of Keansburg, Carmen Rivera of Red Bank and Emma Rodriquez and her husband Ervin of California and Nidia and husband Carlos Rivera of Puerto Rico.  Her four boys, Freddy of Union Beach, Nelson and his wife Alicha of Keansburg; Josh and his wife Ryan of Keyport; Caleb of Brick and 11 grandchildren and also a host of nieces and nephews.

Frank Keith Harwood died peacefully at his home in Middletown, NJ on Sunday evening January 13th.  He lived a full and joyous life with family, wife Barbara of 69 years, and homestead of 63 years.  He was born in Long Branch on July 18th, 1924 and grew up in Keyport.  He worked for Western Electric in telecommunications installation for 40 years.  He enjoyed music, the outdoors, swimming, and spending time with family and friends.  As a real motor enthusiast (aka the Blue Buick, supply your own emoticon), he visited and traveled extensively throughout the US.  He is survived by his wife, three children, eight grandchildren, and twenty-three great-grandchildren.

Gladys Margaret Melluish Bowden, 88, of Red Bank, NJ passed away peacefully January 12, 2019 in Shrewsbury, NJ.  She was born in Barranquilla, Colombia to Teresa Galvis and James Melluish.

She put herself through college, graduating with a BSN in 1953 from Russell Sage University and Columbia Presbyterian School of Nursing. Gladys was head nurse at Columbia Presbyterian’s Harkness Pavilion for a number of years. Later, she owned and operated Boatman’s Exchange before a successful real estate career with Joseph G. McCue Agency in Rumson. She was a member of the All Saints Memorial Episcopal Church in Navesink, The League of Women Voters, The Navesink Garden Club, Preservation Red Bank, and Ship Ahoy Beach Club.

Ruth Platzer, 89, Little Silver, passed away January 12th at home, after a long illness.  A native of Sonderborg, Denmark, she emigrated to Canada at age 19 with a culinary arts degree from the Culinary Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.  She waited six years to legally enter the USA in 1954, settling in Summit, NJ where she resided many years before moving to Monmouth County.  She lived in Little Silver for the past nine years.  Ruth was a renowned chef and restaurateur who served distinguished cuisine to discerning clientele including royalty and many celebrities.  By request, she prepared meals for Princess Grace of Monaco, Elizabeth Taylor and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.  Her legendary culinary skills seemed magical and she proudly passed those down to her sons and grandsons. 

John Chester Wolcott passed away on January 6th 2019 at the age of 80.   He will be buried at Fair View Cemetery.  He was born and raised in Red Bank NJ.  He raised his four children in Shrewsbury, where they attended Shrewsbury Boro School.  He workded at Prowns, McFadden Motors and owned his own roofing and siding company.  He moved to Boca Raton, Florida in 1978.  He continued working in the car business and retired in Delray Beach, Florida.  

He is survivied by his four children Cheryl Wolcott of Oceanport, NJ, Elizabeth Posey of Deerfield Bch, FL, John Wolcott Jr. of Boynton Beach, FL and Joseph Wolcott of Boynton Beach, FL; Eight grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. 


Thomas Everett Giamanco, 70, of New Jersey, passed away, Thursday, December 27th, 2018 at Northport VA Medical Center.  Thomas was born in Brooklyn, NY to Marie Everett and Alfred Giamanco.  

An avid Standardbred Race Horse Trainer and enthusiast, Tom was the happiest when tending to race horses and took so much pride in his work.  

Thomas is survived by his children Tammy, Bucky, Melissa, Tina, Connie, Ali and Thomas; grandchildren Kodey, Marshall, Daniel, Paige, Luca, Gioia, Peyton, Talon, James, Charles, Easton and Rose; sister Joanne Castellano; brothers Salvatore Giamanco and Charles Giamanco; several Cousins, Nieces and Nephews as well as countless friends.

Fred Haedrich, age 92, of Oceanport, NJ, passed away peacefully in his home on 9 January, 2019.  Born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1926, he was the son of the late Frederick & Leora (Richtmyer) Haedrich of Malvern, NY.

Fred graduated from James Madison High School in June of 1944.  After high school, he attended the New York State Merchant Marine Academy at Fort Schuyler (since renamed the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College).  He graduated in 1946.  He went on to serve for 20 years in the Naval Reserve and retired with the rank of Lieutenant.

He enrolled in Brooklyn College in 1946, graduating in 1949 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  He eventually joined the family business, New York Label and Box Corp, a printing and cardboard box business started in 1878 and acquired by his father in 1930.  There he worked for years, earning the respect and admiration of both employees and customers along the way.  He served as President of the Drug Label Manufacturer’s Association during part of his career.

Erik C. Bertelsen, Sr., passed away on January 9, 2019.  Born in the Bronx on January 8, 1916 to Danish immigrants, Erik was the third of 4 boys. A member of the "Greatest Generation", he lived through the Great Depression and served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II. Following the War, he pursued a successful banking career serving as Director and Senior Vice President of First Merchants National Bank and President of the Monmouth County Banker's Association. Later in his career and upon retirement, Erik consulted with SCORE and taught courses at Monmouth University and the American Institute of Banking.

As a devout Christian, he served the Lord as an Under Deacon, Lay Reader, Vestry member and Sunday School teacher. In addition, Erik served numerous boards and volunteer organizations. These included the Board of Directors at Shore Area YMCA in Asbury Park, the Camp Speers Committee (President), the Jersey Shore Medical Center Board (Treasurer) and the Atrium Residents Association (Treasurer). He was particularly proud of the fact that he earned the rank of Eagle Scout while in the Boy Scouts. An avid sailor, Erik spent many summers with his family in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

Bruce S. Thompson, Owner & Manager, NJ LIC #3740