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Stephen C. Woodard, 71, of Shrewsbury, NJ passed away suddenly on June 2, 2017.  Steve was the eldest child of the late Vernon O. and Bernice F. (McCaughey) Woodard. He was born in 1946 in Memphis, TN where his parents were briefly stationed following World War II, but he was raised in Closter, NJ. He graduated from Northern Valley Regional High School where he was a champion quarter miler. Maintaining his love of running for many years, Steve was a proud finisher of the NYC marathon in 1982.

Janice Marie Powers, 67 of West Allenhurst, passed away peacefully at home on May 28, 2017, after fighting the good fight for more than 11 years.  Janice was born in Perth Amboy, graduated Perth Amboy High School in 1967 and was looking forward to her 50th class reunion. She was a communicant of St. Stephen’s in Perth Amboy.

On May 29, 2017 Mary Elizabeth Keale nee Holsey (known to all as Mere Mere) from Little Silver and most recently for a second run in Shrewsbury, passed to her eternal rest while surrounded by family at Riverview Medical Center.  She achieved her dream of the past decade by being reunited with Jack, her husband of 54 years, with whom she will no doubt enjoy the summer as she has wanted since his passing in February 2007. Known for her never diminished desire to engage in a spirited debate on virtually any topic, MereMere was a committed friend to many, an enthusiastic story teller, social to the end and the Matron of her loving family of 5 children (whom she loved), 16 grandchildren (whom she adored) and 6 (plus one due shortly) great grandchildren (who were the pride of her life).

Kenneth Ray Green, 80 of Leonardo, passed away on May 29, 2017.  Kenneth was born in Middlesboro, KY to Oscar and Cleo Hall Green.  He was a Union Carpenter with Local #2250 in Red Bank.  He was also employed by the Eisner family and before retirement he worked for Stavola Contracting Co as a maintenance manager.

Kenneth Wieczerzak, known as “Cowboy”, 54, of Neptune, passed away on May 25, 2017 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center surrounded by his family. Kenneth was born on December 30, 1962 in Red Bank, NJ and he lived in Red Bank, Asbury Park and Neptune. He was an incredibly hard working man and believed that work was the curse of the drinking classes.

San Francisco born, Sea Bright raised, world traveler. Suzanne passed peacefully after a long battle with Parkinson's, surrounded by family and loved ones, on May 25, 2017.

She is survived by her husband William; children Leslie, Nicole, & Blake; son-in-law Dave; grandchildren KC, Thomas, Jack, Skylar, Avery, & McKenna; and her siblings Virginia and OJ. She is predeceased by her brother Campbell.

Alexander Amodio III passed away suddenly on Thursday, May 18th at his home in Red Bank. Alex was 22. He attended St. Leo the Great and Middletown South High School. He will always be remembered for his love of art, compassion, kindness, big hugs and shining smile. Alex's struggles have ended. He is finally at peace. Heaven has gained an angel and he will be waiting to greet us all one day.

Philip Binaco, age 86, passed away on May 21, 2017 at Meridian Nursing & Rehabilitation at Shrewsbury.

Raised in New Shrewsbury (now Tinton Falls), he was the ninth of ten children born to R. Fred and Rosina Binaco. He was predeceased by three sisters, Speranza Falbo, Adeline Bellovus, and Violet Alvino, and four brothers, Patsy, Felix, George and Charles Binaco, and his first grandson, David Daniel Binaco.

Charlie E. Burden, 75 of Red Bank, passed away peacefully on May 17, 2017, with his loving family by his side.  Charlie was born in Newark to Elmer and Dorothy Burden.  He served his Country in the US Navy and was a member of the Floor Covering Union, Local 2212, in Union until his retirement in 2003.

Charlie enjoyed freshwater fishing and softball, he was an avid newspaper reader, a weather enthusiast and a member of “The Brothers Lunch Club”.

On May 6, 2017, with family at her side, Rita Stackable Jardine passed away in Red Bank, NJ at age 93.  Rita was a 60 year resident of Rumson, NJ where she raised her family with her husband, Thomas V. Jardine.  The couple met and married in 1942 during World War Two, when Tom was serving as an aviator in the Navy. Their marriage and love affair lasted 67 years, spanning seven decades until his passing in 2009.

Rita was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution as well as the Junior League of Monmouth County where she was an active member for over 60 years, making her one of the longest participating members of the League. Rita joined the league in 1951 when the Junior League was known as the Junior Service League where she volunteered at their Thrift Shop, the Follies, and Marlboro Psychiatric Center to mention a few. She also served as Treasurer. Her husband Tom, also served as the League’s attorney. Rita earned her degree in 1986 at the age of 63 from Brookdale Community College where she studied communications and hosted a Radio program.

Sharon Pyle, 65 of Atlantic Highlands, passed away peacefully on May 16, 2017, with her loving family by her side.  She was born in Long Branch to Richard and Annette Smithson.  She earned her nursing degree from Brookdale Community College and was a Registered Nurse at Riverview Medical Center before her retirement.

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