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Gilbert Louis Fanciullo died peacefully and with unwavering dignity on June 26, 2018, surrounded by his adoring children. He was born on August 30, 1928, and has gone to join his loving wife of 70 years Betty who died exactly one month ago and his brother Saverio and sister Lillian.

He was a loving, devoted, and strong man who always put his four children’s and six grandchildren’s welfare above his own. He maintained control of his own life and destiny until the end. How one dies is a strong personal legacy and Dad's death will serve as a model for all who follow him. We miss him and will admire his life and love forever. In addition to his children and grandchildren he is survived by his brother Bill and countless cousins, nieces and nephews, and friends.

On Wednesday evening, June 20th, Pat Freeman completed her life journey. Born to Eugene and Loretta Lally in Orange NJ on New Year’s Eve 1927, Pat was a very independent woman who was always a friend to all. After raising three children, Pat enrolled in college and earned a Business Associates degree at Brookdale Community College in 1978 at the age of 51. She became a Purchasing Agent eventually finishing her career working at the Monmouth County Courthouse in Freehold.

Wanderlust. Nurse. Life lover. These are the words that Shannon Leigh Watts used to describe herself. Anyone who knew her would add Beautiful, Caring, Feisty. She had a smile that could light up a room and a kind heart that touched the life of every person she met, including her many patients. Shannon left us on June 14. Her family will remember her for the funny, smart beacon of light that she was. She was born and lived in Red Bank her entire life. She graduated from Red Bank Regional in 2006 with her certification as a hairdresser and cosmetologist.

Catherine R. Sharkey passed away Wednesday June 13, 2018 at her home in Red Bank, New Jersey.

Born and raised in Harrison, New Jersey, Catherine was a resident of Red Bank for 35 years.

Catherine graduated from Queen of Peace High School and began her career as a civilian secretary with the United States Navy.

Dr. Eugene "Gene" Stephen Simko passed away Tuesday, June 12th. Simko was an Associate Professor and published author at the Leon Hess Business School and the Faculty Council Chair of Monmouth University, where he recently celebrated 40 years of teaching. 

He attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, received a BBA in Economics from Temple University, an MBA in Management Science from Temple University, and a PhD in Strategic Management from Baruch College of the City University of New York. Simko held a commission in the United States Army Reserve, Adjutant General’s Corps, 1/309 78DIV(TNG). His retirement dreams included returning to his beloved West Point to teach for a semester (and don’t you forget: GO ARMY, BEAT NAVY!). 

Marlene Hotaling (82 years old) of Shrewsbury passed away on June 12, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was born in Mineral Wells, Texas, before moving to Long Branch, New Jersey, as a teenager. She graduated from Long Branch High School and later married Robert “Sonny” Hotaling. Together they had three beautiful daughters: Dawn, Lori, and Christie. After raising her children from home, she went on to work for Shrewsbury as a Borough Clerk. After retirement, she was elected as a council woman.

Steven Raimondi, age 30, passed away on June 7, 2018.  Steven grew up in Middletown and resided there for 30 years.  He was a graduate of Middletown High School North and worked at various locales around Middletown.  Steven lived his life bringing laughter and comfort to every person he met.  His greatest enjoyment was being inventive in the kitchen or in the studio creating music.  The person he lived his life for was his daughter, Skylar Ann.

Geoffrey Stevens passed away on May 25, 2018, at Hackensack University Medical Center.  Jeff was born in Akron, Ohio, and spent his childhood in Florida, where he learned to love everything about the natural world.  He moved to Red Bank in 1992 and was employed by Best of Nature natural products company as product development engineer. His interests and talents were diverse and included developing soil mixtures for vegetables, kayaking, hiking, meteorology, and the practices of shamans he met in the Amazon rain forest. 

Betty Fanciullo died peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, May 26, 2018.  Survived by her loving and devoted husband, Gilbert Fanciullo, married for 70 years.  Also survived by her cherished and beloved children, Gilbert (Peggy), William, Lisa Gorman (Michael), and Susan, grandchildren, sister Ethel, nieces and nephews.  
Throughout her life, Betty was a tireless and generous volunteer for charitable organizations including, American Cancer Society and St. Vincent’s Hospital in Staten Island.  

Carol Ann Moran nee Cunningham, 82, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, peacefully at home in Ocean Township. She was a three-time breast cancer survivor and fought her final battle courageously to the end. Carol was born in Bronxville, New York, and lived in Oceanport for 30 years before moving to Ocean Township. Carol was a devout parishioner of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in West End.

Carol was a 1956 graduate of Mount Saint Vincent College. She worked briefly for Rockefeller & Co. in NYC before marrying her college sweetheart and starting her family. She was an indomitable matriarch and considered her three children and one grandchild to be her greatest accomplishments; they in turn attribute much of their own success to her healthy and consistent doses of good old-fashioned Irish guilt (and wisdom).  Carol’s life was made complete when she became a grandmother in 1998. Granddaughter Kate was the apple of both Carol and her husband’s eye and will forever be “loved to the moon and back.”

Barbara Woolson Dillon, 87, of Fair Haven, NJ, passed away on Tuesday May 16, 2018. Barbara was born in 1931 in Newark NJ. She was predeceased by two husbands, her college sweetheart, Roland Woolson, Jr. and her treasured 2nd husband Zale Dillon. Barbara was the beloved and well respected head librarian at the Oceanic Free Library in Rumson, NJ for 24 years.

In addition to her love of books, Barbara loved tennis and was a member of the Sea Bright Lawn Tennis and Cricket club playing skillfully right into her 80’s. She sang in a church choir for more than 70 years and was known to break into song at a moment’s notice by friends and family. In her life, Barb was a peace activist, an avid bridge player and a talented knitter. She was an ocean lover, a great friend to many and a wonderful mom and grandmother.   Well loved in her town of Fair Haven; she could chat with anyone and made everyone she met smile.

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