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Kenneth McGowan, age 56, loving husband and father to three daughters passed away suddenly on Thursday, March 28th. He was a graduate of MSGR. Farrell H.S. and completed his undergraduate degree at the College of Staten Island, while working full time. Ken received his blackbelt in Vadha Kempo, he was an Eagle Scout and later a Scout Master at Troop 21 in Staten Island.  Ken was an avid Rangers, Giant & Yankee fan. Ken had a great love for the outdoors (fishing, boating, crabbing). He designed and created several large fish ponds on his business and personal property. Everyone who knew Ken recognized that he had a Zest for life and was always the life of the party. He especially enjoyed spending time with his favorite cousin, Audra. (FFC).   On October 10, 1991 he married Lori Dietrich. They raised three daughters, Amanda, Melanie, and Mikaela.

Mary (Maria) Ruela Batista, age 97 of Toms River, NJ died peacefully on March 27, 2019.

Mary was born on January 10, 1922 in Murtosa, Portugal to Felicidade  (Pereira) and Antonio Jose Ruela.  The family migrated to America in 1937.

Mary and her family resided in Carteret, NJ then moved to Newark, NJ in 1942   She continued to live in Newark until she moved to Toms River, NJ in 2012.

She enjoyed traveling, cooking and sewing for her friends and family, babysitting for her grandchildren, and watching sports.

Mary was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Louis Batista of 48 years, her brother Jose Ruela, and her twin sister Virginia Soares.

Fair Haven - Joan (Hill) Machette, 92 passed away on Friday, March 8, 2019 as a resident of CareOne at King James, Atlantic Highlands, N.J. Born in Pelham Manor, New York, Joan was a long time resident of Monmouth County

Joan was a graduate of Penn Hall with an Associates Degree in Physical Education and she later attended a nursing program where she achieved certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Joan was employed by Monmouth Medical Center for some 28 years; her primary work was in the Intensive Care Unit.

Maintaining an active civil and social life Joan participated in performances of the Monmouth Players, was a member of the Monmouth County Junior League, a den mother for the Cub Scouts of America and one of the original members of the Peninsula House Beach Club.

Teresa Ann “Terri” Fernandez, 91, passed away peacefully on March 18 surrounded by her family in Tinton Falls. 

Terri was born in Kearny with an indomitable spirit and an all-encompassing love for those around her. A first-generation Italian American, her parents spoke little English, and it was a young Terri who translated parent-teacher conferences and made trips to the Salvation Army to help provide for her three younger sisters. (The latter was a kindness she never forgot; she spent much of her retirement volunteering at the SA and the Visiting Nurse Association of New Jersey.)

Timothy G. Beaty, 64, of Colts Neck, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday March 15, at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center after a battle with heart disease. 

He was born in Long Branch, NJ, raised in Oceanport, and graduated from Shore Regional High School in 1972. In high school, he was known as an avid runner earning First Team All-Shore and First Team All-State in Track in 1972. 

Tim was the creator and owner of T. Beaty Trucking for over 40 years. He devoted himself to hardwork and great service, priding himself on his punctuality and friendly demeanor. Tim is remembered for his loving heart, witty sense of humor, honesty, and incredible passion.

Nancy Hagerman, 93, passed away peacefully at home on March 9, 2019, after a long illness.  She was born in Brooklyn, NY, and married the love of her life, William R. Hagerman, in 1943.  Over fifty-eight years of marriage, they lived in Red Bank, Shrewsbury, Rumson, Little Silver, and Middletown.

Nancy served on the Monmouth County SPCA Board of Trustees, was President of the SPCA Auxillary and the Shadow Lake Village Garden Club.   She planted and maintained spectacular gardens, created museum quality miniature rooms and doll houses, and continued to work on petit-point and needlepoint canvases until a few months before her death.  Throughout her adult life she was a voracious reader, an avid bridge player, theater lover, and a beachgoer.  In the past, she enjoyed golfing at Beacon Hill and playing tennis at the Sea Bright Lawn Tennis and Cricket Club. 

Mildred Palmer Stout, 93 of Farmingdale, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 10th at Atlantic Coast in Lakewood with end stage dementia.

Mildred was born in Newark New Jersey.  She grew up in Arlington New Jersey.  She graduated from Kearny High School then UNC Greensboro.  As a young adult, her family relocated to Locust, New Jersey.  She taught first grade in the Little Silver and Fair Haven school systems for thirty plus years.  Mildred became an active member of the United Methodist Church of Red Bank.  She sang in the choir at the United Methodist Church and also in the Shrewsbury Chorale.  She sang duets throughout the county.

She married her husband Robert W. Stout and they were married for more than fifty years.

Alice Patricia Hsiu-Yun Liu Szema, 85, died March 2, 2019 surrounded by family at Millennium Memory Care in Holmdel, NJ after complications from strokes.

Born Liu Hsiu-Yun, May 10, 1933 in Shanghai, China, Alice was the daughter of the late Liu Tzu-Liang and Liu Lei Pei-Chen.  Her childhood, enriched with trips to Chinese opera, parks, and bookstores with her father, watching her mother play mahjong, and having doting grandparents, was interrupted due to the atrocities of the Sino-Japanese and Chinese Civil Wars. Alice left China with her parents, younger brother and elder cousin after her father, a cargo ship owner, prepared their new home in Taiwan.  Originally scheduled to sail on the Taiping ship January 26, 1949 from Shanghai, the Liu family swapped tickets with another family who needed to delay their travel. Her family departed December 6, 1948 on the Zhong Shin Ren ship. Unfortunately, the Taiping collided with another ship, Chien Yuan and over 1500 passengers perished.

Virginia Mae Schroeder Zebe, age 96, of Red Bank, died peacefully Feb. 21 surrounded by family at Monmouth Medical Center. Born in Beaver Falls, PA, Feb. 4, 1923, she graduated from Beaver Falls High School and attended Geneva College, marrying James Wilmer Martin in 1946. While raising her growing family of four in the 1950s and 1960s she worked outside the home as a bookkeeper.  Her children, and later her grandchildren, benefitted from the cooking, knitting, and sewing skills she perfected at home. The family moved several times around the country because of job relocations, finally settling in New Jersey where boating, oysters, lobsters and the quiet peace of the ocean became a major part of Ginny’s life.

William (Bill) A. Naddeo - The world lost an all-around great guy when William (Bill) A. Naddeo of Colts Neck, NJ passed away on 3/5/19, at the much too young age of 57 following a courageous battle with esophageal cancer.  His wife Jane was by his side. 

Bill was born in the Bronx and raised in Bergen County, NJ.  He attended River Dell High School where he played football and was on the wrestling team.  Bill graduated from William Paterson College with a degree in computer science and spent most of his career at Lever Brothers in NYC before starting a systems consulting business.  He retired in 2001.

LONG BRANCH - March 1, 2019, Gregory S. Weber – husband, father, son, brother, uncle, friend, surfer, rocker, warrior – passed away at home in Long Branch, NJ.

Greg was born in Newark, NJ. A graduate of RFH and the University of Colorado, Greg traveled the world, but was always happiest at the Jersey Shore. He and his wife raised their daughters in Rumson, where they lived for 22 years before moving to Long Branch. Greg was a talented guitar player, who enjoyed playing solo, with his friends and with his bands - “The Deadly Snakes” and “The Jettyrats.” He spent summers at the Sea Bright Beach Club, and surfed/paddled year-round, even after his cancer diagnosis.

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