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Edward J. Aumack entered his eternal life on August 21, 2022, surrounded by his devoted, loving family. Edward was born in Long Branch, NJ, in 1936, and resided in Shrewsbury for the past 50 years. Edward was employed for 32 years with the US Postal Service, working various positions at the Red Bank Post Office and retired in 1992 as Postmaster of Matawan, NJ.

Edward loved and cared for his family, always “there” for everyone in need of his wisdom and guidance. Serious, fair, kind, helpful, competitive, faithful and loving was Edward. He was a lifetime fan of Notre Dame, the Yankees and the Chicago Bears.

Richard W. Jesmajian left a void in our hearts when he departed this earth on 8/20/22. He was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1947 and grew up in Valley Stream, NY, attending Valley Steam Central High School. He earned his BS degree from Union College, KY, an MS degree in Computer Science from Fairleigh Dickinson U. and an MBA in Accounting and Finance from Monmouth University. As an adult he lived in Bergen County, Middletown NJ and most recently in Tinton Falls.

He retired from AT&T Labs after 25 years, having also been a part of AT&T long Lines, Bell Labs, and AT&T International. His specialization was in designing distributed application architectures and negotiating domestic and international telecommunication standards. After that he did contract work for Bell South, Tektronics and AT&T Labs. He was currently an Adjunct Prof., teaching computer science courses at Brookdale Community College and Monmouth University.

Bridget “Breeda” Gillen was born on April 14, 1932 to Brigid and Daniel O’Connell, the fifth of six children in Glanmire, County Cork, Ireland. She grew up on Templesque farm with her siblings William, Helen, Mary, Patrick and Donal. Bridget immigrated to NYC from Cobh, Ireland on a transatlantic steamship in 1955. She was joined later by her brother Patrick and her best friend Patricia who married Patrick.

William Gillen from Red Hook Brooklyn proposed to Breeda in 1962. They were married at Church of the Holy Family in the Bronx and they honeymooned in a rose covered cottage in Nantucket. Their first home was a winterized bungalow in Breezy Point and later a house in Belle Harbor, New York where they raised their four children Maureen, Eileen, Kevin and Brian. Many Sunday dinners were shared with her brother Patrick's family. Although Breeda could not swim she loved the ocean and made sure all her children became strong swimmers. They all served as lifeguards in Rockaway Beach rescuing many lives over the years.

Robert Leonard Boyle, Sr. passed peacefully on Friday, August 12th amid the prayers of many.

Bob was born on September 22nd, 1935, to John and Katherine Boyle of Jersey City and Allenhurst, New Jersey. After attending The Peddie School and Seton Hall University, Bob took on leadership positions in The Hudson Dispatch Newspaper Corporation, Union City and the John F. Boyle Box Company, Jersey City and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Commercial Trust Company, UJB Financial and Summit Bancorp for over twenty years.

Always civic and community minded, he served on many Boards as a Trustee and officer including Monmouth Medical Center Foundation, St. Peter’s University, Visiting Nurses Association Health Group, The Catholic Advocate, Rumson Country Day School, New Jersey Press Association, Supreme Court of New Jersey Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct, Oceanic Free Library, Parents Support Group of New Jersey among them.

Joel Browndorf, 81, passed away peacefully at home on August 14, 2022, after a lengthy bout with Prostate Cancer. Born in Philadelphia, PA to Irving and Lorraine Browndorf, he lived portions of his life in Philadelphia, New York City, and Rumson, New Jersey. Joel attended Central High School in Philadelphia, Bordentown Military and Temple University.
    
If you asked people to describe Joel, you would hear a number of adjectives; Athletic, Perseverant, Charming, Poetic, a straight-shooting Crooner, and Loyal Friend.To our family, he was simply “Pop”, our Patriarch and Idol, the person who told us exactly how he saw it, and who loved us dearly with his whole heart. He has passed on life lessons for generations to follow, not just for our family, but also many of his close friends.

Laura C Hardy (nee Whary) 52, passed away peacefully August 7th at JSUMC, Neptune NJ surrounded by close family, culminating a wonderful and fulfilling life of service on behalf of New Jersey’s endangered shore and woodland birds and plants. Her love of the outdoors was infectious, and her remarkable dedication to our state’s endangered shore birds such as the Piping Plover, lead her to important positions as a Lifetime Member and Program Monitor for the NJ Audubon Society, the Monmouth County NJ and Atlanta Georgia Audubon Societies, as well as volunteer posts with the Monmouth County Parks System and the Atlanta Beltline Arboretum.

Laura was fond of gardening, taking great pride in caring for her African Violets and her black Labrador Retriever Blackberry. She received her Master Gardener certification from Rutgers University Cooperative Extension in 1999. She was also a talented nature photographer and authored the highly regarded blog “Somewhere in New Jersey.”

Back on dry land, Laura worked most recently as a Technical Account Manager for Yardi Systems Inc., and National Housing Compliance, Tucker GA, reporting on housing compliance. She also worked as a social worker for the Monmouth County Public Housing Authority and served as a Human Services Specialist, Bilingual, for Monmouth County Division of Social Services.

John P. “Smokey” Felsmann passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on August 5, 2022. John was a life-long resident of Fair Haven, a community he was proud to serve for 59 years.

He graduated from Red Bank Catholic in 1960 and served in the Coast Guard from 1963-1968. He retired from his position with the Red Bank Post Office in 1997. In 1965, John was married to Trudy Boehme of Little Silver and the couple raised their three children in Fair Haven.

John had a deep love for the Navesink River and spent his life boating, fishing and crabbing. After his retirement, John and Trudy became avid travelers having taken 41 cruises together to ports all around the world.

Robert “Poppy” Roberto passed away peacefully on August 6th with his family by his side. Poppy grew up in Newark NJ and moved to the jersey shore with his family in his early teens. He attended Long Branch High School and excelled in football being All State and received a scholarship to Gettysburg College. In college he was nominated as an All American Football player and his love for football would remain with him for the rest of his life. He met and married the love of his life Patricia Goodwin and lived, worked and raised his family in Rumson before moving to Monmouth Beach in 2000.

Poppy had a successful real estate business that allowed him to have the freedom to never miss a Pop Warner, high school or college football game for his sons. In his later years you could find poppy at the practice field 5 days a week watching his beloved grandchildren practicing every day for their football, basketball or baseball games. The true loves of his life were is 10 grandchildren who adored him as much as he adored them.

Irene E. Piskovics, a long-time resident of Red Bank, passed away peacefully on August 5, 2022.

Irene was a Managing Executive Director at Bell Labs/ATT in Holmdel until her retirement in 1994.

She was a true lover of animals.

Irene is survived by her long-time companion Carl T. Peterson.

Rachael Twigg, 42 of Highlands, NJ born June 3, 1980 passed away Thursday July 28, 2022 of Breast Cancer. She is survived by her husband, Christopher Moran, and their children Scottie and Clancy. She was the daughter of Barbara Johnson Twigg of Red Bank, and the late Robert Scott Twigg of Little Silver. Rachael is also survived by siblings, a sister, Jennifer Spagnuolo of Monmouth Beach; brothers, Lee Hoagland of Long Branch; Shawn Hoagland of Fair Haven, along with 5 nieces, 1 nephew, a bunch of aunts, uncles and first cousins.

Rachael was born in Miami Beach, FL although lived most of her childhood in Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ. Rachael attended Red Bank Regional H.S. and was a starter on the Girls Basketball 1998 D3 State Champion Team that was later inducted into the RBR Hall of Fame in 2018. In 2003 she graduated UNC, Charlotte with a BA degree in Literature. Rachael went on to Patterson Teaching Academy 2004-2006, then taught at Lakewood High School 2006-2012, then at Neptune City Middle School from 2012-2022. During her tenure Rachael coached girls basketball. Rachael had a strong passion for reading and writing. She is described as a teacher who gained respect from her students through being an active listener to their specific needs for them to be able to learn.

Anthony Thomas Bruno, age 85, died peacefully Friday, July 22, 2022 at Opis Bridgeview Center in Ormond Beach, Florida. He was born at Riverview Hospital in Red Bank, NJ to Thomas and Lucia Bruno and resided in Little Silver for most of his life. After graduating Red Bank High School (RBHS) in 1951, Anthony attended the University of Notre Dame where he graduated with magna cum laude honors in 1960 and completed law school in 1961. While at Notre Dame, Anthony met his beloved wife, Claudia, and they were married on September 28, 1963.

Over the next 35 years, Anthony built his law practice at the firm of Reussille, Mausner, Carotenuto, Bruno, Barger Esq. During that time, Anthony volunteered in multiple capacities for Little Silver including councilman, mayor, and as a life member of the Little Silver Volunteer Fire Co. He served on various boards including the Monmouth County Mental Health Association, the NJ Association for Mental Health and the Center for Vocational Rehabilitation. After serving Little Silver’s local government for decades, Anthony was appointed in May 1996 to be a New Jersey Administrative Law Judge until his retirement in 2005.

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