Barbara Lawes Mercer

Barbara Lawes Mercer, 91, passed away peacefully at home in Rumson, New Jersey on May 4, 2022. She was the beloved wife of Henry D. Mercer, Jr. for 67 years and a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. The adored daughter of Donald E. and Bessie B. Lawes, Barbara was born on February 18, 1931 in Long Branch, New Jersey and raised in Little Silver, New Jersey. She was a graduate of Markham Place School, Vail-Deane School, and Marjorie Webster Junior College. Upon college graduation, Barbara was an elementary school teacher.

A life-long resident of Monmouth County, Barbara married Dick, the love of her life, in 1955, and they moved to Rumson. She was a dedicated member of the Public Health Nursing Association in the 1950s and 1960s, an involved parishioner at St. George’s By-the River Church, and a devoted parent volunteer at the Rumson Country Day School. Barbara was an active member of the Rumson Country Club where she enjoyed golf and platform tennis. She crewed for her husband, Dick, in the Arrow Class at the Rumson Yacht Club. Her husband named his sailboat “Bobsie” after her. She was a strong supporter of junior sailing and all her children’s and grandchildren’s pursuits. Barbara loved to swim; the pool and ocean at Sea Bright Beach Club were favorite spots.

Robert Hrasna

Robert Hrasna, age 63, of Rumson, NJ passed away on April 20, 2022 following a heroic battle with skin cancer. 

He grew up in Point Pleasant and had a lifelong love of the ocean. After graduating from High School he joined the Coast Guard and was always proud of his service.
After discharge he started his career as a builder / carpenter first by joining the family business and later on his own.

Herman Prilipp

Herman Prilipp, of Red Bank, passed away on April 20, 2022. He was born in Seymour, CT, to Adeline and Albert Prilipp, along with his brothers Richard, Albert and Frederick, all of whom predeceased him.

Herman served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in the MP’s. He was very proud of his service and was a Purple Heart Veteran.

After returning from the service and while living in Connecticut, Herman was employed as a Loan Officer and V.P. for Citizen’s National Bank. Sometime thereafter, he moved to the Berkshires in Massachusetts and opened a restaurant and motel which were very successful. Thereafter his business ventures took him to Roanoke, VA where he opened a delicatessen.  He worked at many different jobs, the last finding jobs for hundreds of people through the Goodwill in Roanoke, VA. He worked until he was 87 years old.

Robert W. Meyer

Robert W. Meyer, age 70, of Red Bank, passed away at home on Saturday, April 16, 2022, following a long courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was an avid drummer throughout his high school years and played in numerous local popular bands. He went on to serve in the Vietnam war as a Navy photographer.

Robert started out as an Account Executive in the advertising industry in the early 70’s in New York City. His successful track record inspired him to independently start his own business in interior design and graphic production services, which then led him into launching a thriving architectural and institutional signage business with major developers throughout New Jersey. He was well sought out and respected by his business associates leaving behind a legacy.

Dolores V. DeFelice

Dolores V. DeFelice of Highland Beach, Florida, formally of Seaside Park, NJ met her awaited eternal reward on April 16, 2022, one month after celebrating her 90th birthday surrounded by her loving family. 

She was born on March 14, 1932, in Highland Park, NJ, the third of four children of Angelo and Catherine Morelli. Dolores married Thomas J. DeFelice, Sr. on March 24, 1951 and together they had nine children. She was devoted to her Catholic faith, her country, and her family, and inspired her children accordingly. Tom and Dolores raised their children in Lincroft, NJ where they were founding members of St. Leo the Great Parish.

JoAnne White Blair

JoAnne White Blair, age 89, of New York City, Winter Haven, FL, and Shreveport, LA passed away peacefully at home on April 9, 2022. Born in Mingo Junction, OH on Feb 14, 1933, she was the daughter of Irene and James White.

She had a passion for acting and was a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NY. After a brief stint on the stage, due to practical matters, she became an administrative assistant at several television stations in NY, for the Herald Tribune in Paris, and later for John Ciardi (poet) at the Saturday Review in NY.

Sheila Carey Bryan

On March 29, 2022, Sheila Carey Bryan passed away at the age of 68. Born in Westerly, RI, she grew up in Rumson, New Jersey and Montreal, Canada before attending Northeastern University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. She loved living in beautiful places including Sun Valley and Boise, Idaho for many years as well as Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Meadows of Dan, Virginia, and Nantucket, Massachusetts before relocating back to New Jersey where she was living at the time of her death.

Her creativity was legendary. She worked primarily in interior design, where her hallmark was the ability to create interesting but highly functional interiors, always with whimsical elements. She hated pretense and would never allow a client to pursue a beautiful design that would not withstand the onslaught of kids, dogs, and normal life. A lifelong animal lover, she always had a menagerie of cats and dogs, and may be the only human being ever to teach a cat to fetch.

Robin Doris Mahns

Robin Doris Mahns (nee Heggie) of Shrewsbury, NJ passed away unexpectedly on 4.7.22.  She was born in Long Branch, NJ in 1966 and grew up in New Shrewsbury, now Tinton Falls, NJ.  Robin’s father passed away when she was very young.  Robin’s maternal grandmother (and extended family) helped to raise her, her four sisters and brother so her mother could work several jobs to support them.  This instilled an intense respect for the importance of familial support which permeated her life.  She maintained many friendships with classmates stretching back to kindergarten.  During her childhood, Robin was actively involved in Girl Scouts achieving the Gold Award.  A family friend asked Robin to consider participating in the Tinton Falls Country Fair Queen pageant in 1982, which she reluctantly agreed to do, and won the crown.

Tum J. Lee

Tum J. Lee passed away peacefully in the presence of family on April 4, 2022. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and great-uncle. He especially adored his grandchildren.

He was an avid photographer and videographer, creating numerous photo books and DVDs for family. He cherished his children's piano playing skills by proudly attending every recital and performance. He attended MIT, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics as well as a master's degree in Electrical Engineering. He was employed at Bell Labs in Holmdel and then worked at AT&T in Middletown until his retirement. While at AT&T, he was granted patents.

Jeanne Marie (Ferdon) Bergeron

Jeanne Marie (Ferdon) Bergeron, incredible wife, mother, grandmother and friend to so many, passed away on March 8, 2022, after a 17-month battle with ovarian cancer. Jeanne’s life exemplified a wonderful balance of family, travel, intellectual engagement, life-long friendships and a love for teaching in her later years. Jeanne’s family was by far her greatest achievement and always brought her so much pride and joy.

Jeanne was born in 1946, in New York City to Frances Adeline (Milosky) Ferdon and Elliott Archer Ferdon, the second of two children. A quintessential baby boomer, Jeanne’s parents had both served during World War II; Elliott as a career US Army Air Force officer who was stationed in the Pacific theatre and Frances as a ‘Rosie the Riveter’ employee of Sperry Gyroscope on Long Island.

Jeanne grew up mostly in New York where she graduated in 1964, second in her High School class, from Woodhull Preparatory School. From there, she attended George Washington University in Washington D.C., graduating with a B.A. in Economics in 1968. Following College, Jeanne returned to her native New York and accepted a Business Analytics position at Morgan Bank. She always maintained that she accepted the position because Morgan was one of the first companies that did not ask her ‘how many words per minute she typed.

James H. Atkins Jr.

James H. Atkins Jr., 81, (Ex-Chief KFD) beloved son of Hazel I. (Thomas) Atkins and James H. Atkins Sr. passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2022, at The NJ Firemen's Home in Boonton, NJ.

He is survived by his love, June (Miller) Atkins, sons and spouses, James H. & Melissa Atkins III, David R. & Deana Atkins, grandchildren and spouses Karolann & Michael (Atkins) Bourret, Terre & Amber Atkins, James H. & Elizabeth Atkins IV, and great-grandchildren Phoenix and Penelope Bourret.

Jim was a graduate of Keyport High School and Monmouth University, earning a BA in Psychology & a BA in Arts. Throughout his life, he had achieved many accomplishments/accolades and was a member of numerous organizations including, Master Mason of the Caesarea Lodge No 64 of Keyport, the Civil Air Patrol, Keyport Board of Health, Emergency Management Coordinator, Monmouth County Police & Fire Academy, and received the first issued Firefighter Level I certificate in the State of NJ.

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