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Edward “Skip” C. Varian, age 51 of Tinton Falls, passed away at his home on Tuesday, September 20th.  Ed had formerly been employed as a service technician for Sears Roebuck in Middletown.  He was a parishioner of St. Anselm’s Church. Tinton Falls.  Ed will always be remembered as a very friendly man.  He will be missed by everyone he touched.  All the kids called him Dad!

Edward is survived by his son Edward Scott Varian and daughter Jessica Lynn Varian and their mother Lisa Varian; his mother Geri Ulm and step-father Robert Ulm of Tinton Falls; sister Karen Marie Blanchard of Tinton Falls; niece Kathryn Nicole Blanchard; step-brothers Robert Ulm of White House Station and James Ulm of Great Meadows; step-sister Lori Sadler of Flemington; aunts Sister Grace Hogan and Rosemary Lundberg along with many other nieces, nephews and cousins.

Harry C. Mahler died peacefully at his home in Farmingdale on Saturday, September 17th, 2016. Harry was born in Long Branch, and was educated at Mater Dei High School, Belmont Abbey College, and Monmouth College. He enjoyed employment for several years at Club Comanche on Saint Croix, one of his beloved Caribbean islands, and then spent his working life with H.R. Mahler and Sons, Painters and Decorators, a firm founded by his grandfather in 1923. Since retiring he enjoyed being a part of the VNA Health Group’s Stately Homes by the Sea Designer Show House.

He is survived by his loving family, his life partner of 30 years, Keith Koenig, his mother Helen Mahler of Highlands, sister Linda Mahler and her husband Edward Champlin of Stockton, sister Dawn Stout of Rumson, brother Peter Mahler of Highlands, niece Katie Loughran Ujj and her husband Joseph Ujj of New Hope PA, nephew Michael Loughran of Philadelphia, niece Sarah Stout of New York City, and great-niece and nephew Mimi and Eero Ujj.

Donald V. Manning passed away on September 20th after a long illness. He was born in Jersey City, but spent most of his life in between Sea Bright and Rumson. Donald joined the Navy at an early age. After he completed his tour, he went to work for the Dock Builders and Carpenters Union Local 1456 out of NY. During that time he joined the Eatontown Police Department, where he spent five good years, leaving there to go on to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, Freehold, NJ. Donald retired as a Lt. after 26 years. Donald loved his job and won many awards and accommodations as well as the respect of his Brother in Blue. He would stand by anyone who wore the badge. Two very proud moments in his life were to see his son Thomas and his daughter Teresa also wear the Sea Bright Police uniform side by side. He would come home beaming with pride. He was an avid ?tness buff into his 80's. He will be missed by his faithful companion "Jensen" his Jack Russell. A special appreciation to the hospice nurses

Donald was pre-deceased by his two sons Terrance Manning and Thomas Manning; his mother Cecil Manning and a brother Andrew Manning. He is survived by his wife Kathleen Patchell Manning; his son Donald V. Manning, Jr. and wife Kim of Long Branch; two daughters Patricia Caplan and husband Randy of MA and Teresa Herschenfeld and husband Greg of Monmouth Beach; daughter-in-law Heidi Manning of Fair Haven; thirteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He is also survived by his three step-children Joan Stringfellow of TX, Christian Slocum and Lori of Atlantic Highlands, Allison DeFrancesco of Atlantic Highlands and their children.

On Sept. 11, 2016, Barrett Brokaw, Age 43, passed away due to complications from a previous brain injury.  Barry suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2014 but upon recovery, was able to return to work at Search Day School where he helped autistic students.

Barry was born in Red Bank.  He received a degree in creative writing from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island and received a second degree in music education from Rhode Island College.

Barry is survived by his mother Chloe Brokaw, his father Peter Brokaw, his stepmother Laura Brokaw, his brother Bradford Brokaw and his wife Kitty, his brother David Brokaw and his beloved niece and nephew ShaiAnne and Brayden Brokaw.  

Brian Patrick Meehan, 54, of Colts Neck NJ, unexpectedly passed away on September 9th, 2016 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center surrounded by his loving family and friends.
He was born in Brooklyn, NY and graduated from Bishop Ford High School and St. Francis College there. He met his wife through a college friend and they have enjoyed a full and happy, though too short, life together since then. He worked as a trader in Manhattan for 35 years in the Government Bond Repo Market where he was a respected colleague as well as a trusted friend.   

Brian lived in Colts Neck for 21 years, where he cherished the open spaces and quiet. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church. He was a member of the Colts Neck Sports Foundation for many years coaching different sports for all three of his children. When they were students at Red Bank Catholic High School, he became their staunchest supporter in the stands, attending every game and meet, always with an encouraging smile. He was an amazing role model to his family and a thoughtful, loving friend to all who knew him. He loved Sinatra and Springsteen, was a master griller, and was a welcoming host who enjoyed nothing more than having his children’s friends over to swim in the pool.

Brian loved to travel the world with his family and friends, especially relishing all kinds of various cuisines. Food was a great passion of his and over the years he had become a good cook. He was a bundle of energy who didn’t stop moving until he retired for the night. He took immense pride in his home and spent countless hours mowing, pruning, and cultivating his yard. Brian loved the shore and to be at our home on Long Beach Island where he could relax surrounded by those he loved and eat great seafood.

Brian was predeceased by his mother Barbara McManus. He is survived by his wife Domenica, his adoring children James, Alicia, and Patrick, his sister Carolyn and his brother-in-law Kevin McCartney, in-laws Louisa and Giuseppe Mazzocchi and brother-in-law Tom Mazzocchi, nieces and nephews Ryan, Kevin, Kelsey, Christian, and Cara McCartney and Matthew Mazzocchi. He was beloved by many cousins and friends.

Friends and family are invited to attend a visitation in celebration of his life on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 at Thompson Memorial Home- 310 Broad St., Red Bank NJ from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday September 14th at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on Phalanx Rd. in Colts Neck at 10:30am. A private cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in Brian’s memory to the Barn for the Poorest of the Poor- P.O Box 4270, Middletown, NJ 07748 or to Red Bank Catholic High School- 112 Broad St., Red Bank NJ 07701 would be sincerely appreciated.
Barbara Parks, of Palm City, FL (a former resident of Monmouth County, NJ and Canton, GA), went home to be with the Lord on her 82nd birthday, September 7, 2016. She was surrounded by her adoring family. She was born on September 7, 1934, in Jersey City, NJ, where she attended St. Patrick’s Elementary School, St. Michael’s High School, and St. Francis School of Nursing. She married her beloved husband, Richard “Dick” Parks, in 1954. She was a woman of devout Catholic faith. As the matriarch of her family, Barbara served as a loving, supportive, confidant to her husband, children, and many, many friends. Her selfless attitude and witty personality brightened every room she entered. Barbara handled all obstacles in life with dignity and grace, even during her final days.  

Throughout their early marriage, Barbara and Dick raised their 6 children in many locations in the US, before transferring to London, England in 1970. As her husband’s job required much travel, Barbara served as the pillar of the family through her strength and guidance. One year later, she expertly spearheaded the family’s next move to the Netherlands. During her time in Europe, she was an active member of the American Women’s Club in London & The Hague.

Theresa J. Soldati, age 52, fought the good fight and finished her race at her home in Rumson on September 6, 2016, surrounded by those whom she loved. She had courageously battled Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma since 2013.

Terry was born in Summit and had lived in Bridgewater and Brooklyn, NY prior to moving to Rumson in 1994, summering most of her life in Manasquan, where she served as the town’s first female lifeguard in 1980.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Foreign Language (Spanish) and Speech Communication from East Stroudsburg University, PA having studied abroad in Spain for one year.

Oscar E. Hille, 96, of Fair Haven, died peacefully at home on September 2, 2016, surrounded by his loving family and friends. Oscar was an amazing man who led an amazing life, who kept his sense of humor, kindness and generosity shining to the end. Born in New York City to Elsa and Oscar Hille, the family moved to New jersey when he was a young child and remained living here his entire life, eventually raising his own family in Hillsdale and Montvale.

A member of the “Greatest Generation”, he helped his family through the struggles of being immigrant parents and the Depression. After graduating from High School, he attended Newark School of Engineering and Paterson Teacher’s College while working to help support his parents and siblings. In December 1941, a day after the attacks on Pearl Harbor, Oscar enlisted in the Army Air Force. He soon started training as a pilot in various flight schools on many different types of planes and eventually graduated as a Co-Pilot on the great Flying Fortress B-17 Bombers. He and a crew flew a new B-17 from the west coast of the U.S. with fueling stops, the last in Nova Scotia. They then flew across the northern Atlantic, at night, to England where all their flying missions would begin.

Dorothy (Dot) Kay, 88 years old, of Red Bank and Palm City, Florida, past away peacefully at home on September 5th 2016.

Born in East Orange, Dot spent her summers at the Jersey Shore where she met the love of her life Jack Kay. They married shortly after she graduated from Keyport High School. They were married almost 65 years and together they raised their two daughters in Lincroft and Rumson.

Dot was a former member of Deal Golf & Country Club, she was a 9 holer, a member of the (Deal Dolls) bowling group and an avid mahjong player which she loved playing with her wonderful group of Deal friends.

Dot loved games and puzzles and started her beloved grandchildren playing at an early age. She was devoted to her loving husband, daughters and grandchildren and was happiest in their company as well as with her pet and companion Pumpkin.

Joan Audrey Gootman Smith was born in 1932, in Richmond Hill Queens.  Her mother Mabel single handedly raised Joan and her sister Nancy instilling in them the importance of family, working hard, living simply, and trusting in God. These values informed Joan’s decision to dedicate her life as a Registered Nurse. She graduated from Norwegian Lutheran Hospital Nursing School in 1954. Throughout her career she nursed patients at Lutheran Medical Center, was a substitute school nurse in Middletown and Highlands school districts, and worked the night shift at the Navesink House. Joan was introduced to Todd A. Smith in early 1955. Todd was quickly enamored by Joan and sold his boat in order to purchase a diamond ring. The two wed on June 11, 1955. They lived in Richmond Hill NY, then Brooklyn, finally moving in 1966 to Red Bank, NJ where together they raised their three children, Alan, Carol and Linda. Joan became well known at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where she was involved in the quilting ministry, was head of the Dorcas Circle, taught Sunday school and vacation bible school and sang in the choir for 30 years. She spent time at the Shrewsbury River Yacht Club or aboard one of Todd’s boats. Throughout the couple’s 61 years together the pair enjoyed taking boat trips up the Hudson from Red Bank to Kingston, NY, retreating to the family farmhouse in Fayetteville, NY, and simply being at home together.  It was at home where Joan peacefully succumbed to her nine year tumult with Alzheimer’s on August 30, 2016.

On August 25, 2016, John D. Koenig died at Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, New Jersey after suffering a stroke.  He was most recently a resident of Bayside Manor (BM) in Keansburg, NJ.  He loved the staff and his fellow residents at BM and they became a second family to him.  He loved debating and teasing his friends and family about books, politics, sports, religion and anything that was politically incorrect.  He was hoping to make it to the election so he could do his patriotic duty and vote.  A lifelong Catholic, he attended mass and received the eucharist just before falling ill.  He was ready to meet his Maker.  He knew God existed because only a good and merciful God would have created beer.          

A long-time resident of Rumson and Red Bank, he was born at Doctors Hospital, New York City (NYC) -- the only child of George A. Koenig, M.D. and Helen Callaghan Koenig. He attended various NYC schools, graduating from Grammar School on Governors Island, during World War II, where his father served as a Colonel in the United States Army and also as Chief of the Governors Island Hospital.   His time on Governors Island was some of the happiest of his life.  It was on Governors Island that he became a life-long golfing enthusiast.  He then began, what was to be an 11 year educational odyssey with the Jesuits beginning at Xavier High School in NYC and continuing with St. Peter’s College, Jersey City and then Fordham University Law School. Before entering Law School he served a combat tour as an Artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps.  He fought in the Nevada Triangle (Korea) in March 1953.  

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