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Donald Lynn Daily, 64 of Red Bank, passed away on May 8, 2017.  Donald was born to James and Johnnie Lou Ball Daily in Long Branch, NJ.  He lived in Old Bridge before moving to Red Bank.  He was a member of the Matawan Lodge 192 Free & Accepted Masons.  Don was a self-employed Builder for 40 years in Old Bridge and Red Bank, as well as a talented musician.  Music was his passion as he played in Skin Davis, MTD, among many other bands.

Kenneth Hayden Curchin, 100 of Fair Haven, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2017 at Riverview Hospital, Red Bank.  He was a life-long resident of Monmouth County, born on April 19, 1917 in Fair Haven.  His family moved to Red Bank and then Little Silver.  He graduated from Red Bank High School in 1935, working many jobs before and after to help support his mother and father during the Great Depression.  At 17, he learned to fly beginning his lifelong love of aviation.  He was drafted in 1941 before World War II and spent fourteen months in Northern British Columbia and the Yukon building the ALCAN Highway, where temperatures plunged to -70 degrees during winter nights.  Fulfilling a dream, he then qualified for the Aviation Cadets and became a B-17 pilot.  As part of the 487th Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force, he flew missions into Germany to bomb the railroads that were moving supplies to the German armies.  After the war, he returned to his boyhood home and joined his father at Curchin’s Barber Shop on Linden Place in Red Bank, where he cut hair until he retired at age 74.

Emilia M. Siciliano, Borough of Shrewsbury Mayor (1999 to 2008) and Borough Councilwoman for 11 years died peacefully at the age of 90 on April 27, 2017.   She was a woman of many talents: a wife accompanying her sportswriter husband on assignments; a parent participating in all elementary, high school, college activities of her daughters while commuting to New York City to fulfill her 30-year career as a designer of lingerie, loungewear and casual dresses; and a public servant actively involved in government and politics in the Borough of Shrewsbury and Monmouth County.

Mrs. Siciliano began her 34 years of service to Shrewsbury as a member and president of the Shrewsbury Republican Club.  In 1968, she was appointed to the Borough Council to fill a vacancy.  In 1973, she was asked by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders to establish and direct the Monmouth County Department of Consumer Affairs.  She served two terms as Director, 1974-1976 and 1979-1982.  As a result of her activities and her newspaper columns on consumer affairs, Mrs. Siciliano later became Vice President of Administration for an international manufacturing company.

John P. Kennedy, 81, Oceanport, NJ, formerly of Rumson, passed away, peacefully, on April 27, 2017, after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.  Born in Brooklyn, John moved to Rumson at the age of 5 years old, and graduated from Holy Cross Grammar School, and Red Bank Catholic.  John was a Basketball player at RBC, and had many fond memories of his experiences on the hard court, which ultimately led to his volunteer coaching roles at Holy Cross and various other youth basketball leagues.  John was in the Army Reserve and was a proud 25-year Volunteer Member (and past President) of the Oceanic Hook and Ladder Fire Department.  Career-wise, John worked for JCP&L for many years, and thereafter, he worked for Henderson Brothers, on the New York Stock Exchange.  He retired from the Stock Exchange in 2000.  John enjoyed his post-retirement years by playing golf, walking the boardwalk, and watching his grandchildren’s sporting events.

Magnolia “Midge” Edwards Jetter passed away on April 24, 2017 at the age of 102 at the Atrium in Red Bank, NJ.   She was born on October 23, 1914 in Smithfield, VA where she graduated from local schools.  At 18 she came to live with an older sister in Sea Bright, NJ where she met her husband, Jesse S. Jetter, an electronics engineer who later retired from Fort Monmouth.  They lived in Woodbury, NJ and Long Branch, NJ before building a home in Fair Haven where she lived for over 62 years.  In 2011, at the age of 97, she moved to the Atrium in Red Bank.

A few of Midge’s many lifetime joys included spending time with family and friends, serving on numerous boards and committees at Fisk Chapel A.M.E. Church in Fair Haven, gardening, sewing (especially her designer African-American, child-size dolls), knitting and crocheting, feeding the numerous birds that frequented her yard (especially in winter), and being a kind caretaker to family, friends and perfect strangers.   She loved people and all were welcomed to her home and were often greeted with a slice of warm pound cake and a cup of coffee or tea.  She was especially proud of attending the March on Washington in 1963 and hearing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have A Dream” speech in person, having lived through 18 U.S. Presidents, and having campaigned and voted for President Barack Obama as well as receiving a birthday card from him when she turned 97.

Herbert T. Lawrence, 79 of Middletown, passed away peacefully on April 26, 2017.  He is predeceased by his wife Dorothy and is survived by his daughter Karen Bemis and her husband Mark of Bridgewater and his granddaughter Kaitlyn Bemis.

Ghislaine Steven of Lansdale, Pennsylvania passed away on April 20, 2017, after complications from a stroke.  Ghislaine is survived by her loving husband Alain Steven, her two loving children, Murielle Steven Walsh of Rumson, New Jersey and husband Sean Walsh, and son Didier Steven of Great Barrington, Massachusetts.  She was the “Bobonne” to her adoring grandchildren, Peyton Grace Walsh, Jackson Steven and Clay Steven, golden retriever Jennabee Walsh, and her sweet cat, Duchess.

Ruth Spencer died peacefully Sunday night, April 16, 2017, with her loving husband Don at her side.  Ruth was a true Jersey girl.  Born and raised in South Amboy. She lived in Edison after marrying Don.  They then moved to Holmdel where they raised their son Douglas.  Ruth and Don have lived in Atlantic Highlands for the last twenty years.

Ruth was a beautiful person.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.  She was an active member of the Little Silver Garden Club, serving as Treasurer for many years.  Ruth was known to her grandchildren and family as “Jersey”.  She was a wonderful grandmother who never missed a game and was always ready to play, read, cook with the kids, and just be with her grandchildren.

Carmen M. Kuntz, 81 of Lincroft, NJ, passed away on April 17, 2017.  She was born in Elizabeth, NJ, to Rogelio and Fidela Martinez.  Carmen graduated from Port Richmond High School and Wagner College in Staten Island.  She worked as an Executive and Head of Municipal Bond Trading at Banco Popular in NYC before her retirement.  She and her husband William moved to Lincroft, NJ in 2006.  She was a communicant of St. Leo the Great in Lincroft.   She and her husband Bill loved to travel and entertain and spend time with their family especially their children and grandchildren.

Thomas A. “Tom” Flaherty, Jr., passed away peacefully at home in Tinton Falls, NJ on April 10, 2017 at the age of 98.   He is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Mary.  Born in Jersey City on March 30, 1919, he is survived by his son, Tom Flaherty (and Joy Wodziak) of Morristown, NJ, his daughters Maureen (and Richard) Fox of Columbia, SC, Joanne Dean of Red Bank, NJ, Barbara (and Stephen) O’Rourke of New Fairfield, CT and Susan (and Leo) Kinslow of Red Bank, NJ, as well as nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Tom was one of six siblings.  He is survived by his sister, Sheila McPherson of Rutherford, NJ and was predeceased by his sisters, Eileen Sheridan, Helen Kelly, Regina O’Brien, and Rosemary McAndrew.

Tom graduated from St.  Aloysius High School in Jersey City in 1937 and from St. Peters College in 1941 with a BS in chemistry.

Margaret Deforest Wenzel, 87, passed away peacefully at home, after a long illness on April 15, 2017. She was an extraordinary mother, wife, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.  Margaret truly lived a full life and will be missed by all. Her unending spirit, smile, kindness and love were with her until the end.   She was born on Staten Island, New York on October 25, 1929 to Elsie (Blaine) and Warren Deforest and was the oldest of 3 children. Her sister Patricia Demyan and brother Warren DeForest predeceased her. She attended Curtis High School and went to work for New York Telephone Co. where she retired after 40 years of service. Margaret met and married the love of her life Ronald L. Wenzel and together raised 2 children. She could always be seen at football games, swim meets and dance recitals proudly cheering them on. Holiday and Sunday dinners were always a special time and created many incredible memories for our family. Her family was her life. After her husband’s death in 1989, she moved to Long Beach Island, New Jersey where she was an active parishioner and volunteer at St. Francis Church in Brant Beach. She enjoyed dancing, spending time on the boat,  walking on the beach, spoiling her grandsons and going out with friends and family. Margaret loved to travel and did whenever she could.  She always gave of her time volunteering at the church, scouts and schools. She was very generous giving to many charities and was a trustee of The Walter Blaine Foundation. The world is a better place because of her.

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