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"...lived a very good life," and passed away peacefully with her family by her side at Meridian Nursing and Rehabilitation in Shrewsbury, NJ on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2017, after suffering a series of strokes beginning in June. After each stroke, Betty was able to recover and resume an active social life with her new friends at Meridian. Two days before her passing she held court in the hallway and said "who would've thought that this late in my life I would make so many new and dear friends that I love. Aren't we lucky to all be able to live together in such a beautiful place."

Betty was born in Elmont, NY, December 4, 1926, the youngest and 13th child of Patrick "Harry" H. Clarke and Catherine "Katie" P. Waters Clarke. At 16 yrs. old, after all but 2 of her siblings had enlisted to serve in WWII, she accompanied a girlfriend downtown to an interview at AT&T who was in dire need of telephone operators to handle overseas calls. She was offered a job in San Francisco, CA to handle calls coming from the Pacific.

Maria (Andzelm) Kershenbaum, 88, entered eternal rest on Friday, February 10, 2017 surrounded by her loving family in Red Bank, New Jersey. She was born in Janowiec, Poland to the late Stefan and Waleria Andzelm.
After immigrating to the United States in the early 1950's, Maria and her husband, Moses, lived in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and in 1968, they relocated to the Red Bank area where they owned and operated the Monmouth Cigar and Stationery Store for fourteen years.

She was a natural homemaker, great cook, talented knitter and an avid sewer who also worked in the Garment District of New York City as a professional seamstress.

She was raised with a humanitarian spirit; believing and demonstrating a connection to others. Maria received the Yad Vashem Medal and Certificate of Honor and was designated as one of the "Righteous Among the Nations" by the Israeli government (the distinction is awarded to a non-Jewish person who risked his or her life, freedom, and safety to save Jews from the threat of deportation or death). The recognition Maria received was for the part she played, as a young teenager, helping two Jewish men escape from the Nazis. Her family built a box (put in the ground like a grave), and hid them in a barn and cared for them for two years. Sadly, her father was killed the day of Liberation. Her family's courage to uphold human values ultimately caused them to leave their home for fear of attacks by their neighbors.

Neil V. DeSena of Rumson, N.J. passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017. He was 52 years young.  Neil was Managing Partner of SenaHill Partners, the merchant bank he co-founded in 2013, after an impressive career spanning three decades. During these three decades, Neil helped drive the electronification of Wall Street and what is now called fintech. His vision, spirit and larger-than-life persona came with him to work every day where he influenced a whole generation of professionals around him. His kindness and care ignited the successful careers of many others on the path he blazed. Not only did he create a legacy in the businesses he built, but he also left a massive family that is now carrying forward his mantra. Not many people had the magic he did to get work done and build bonds that lasted well after he had left the room.

He started his career in the back-office at Quick & Reilly Clearing in 1985. He later became a partner at the venerable Spear, Leads and Kellogg (SLK) where he pioneered the REDI electronic trading division as its first employee in 1992. After it was acquired by Goldman Sachs, he became a managing director and global head of REDI Products from 2000 to 2006. This business was generating nearly a billion dollars of revenue a year for the firm. He took an archaic business and leveraged technology to bring it into the future. He pushed ideas and people in a way that was unique and built the best franchise on Wall Street that remains unparalleled.

Catherine Ross, beloved sister, aunt and wife, passed away on February 7, 2017 at her home.  “Casey”, as she was known by both family and friends, was born in New Brunswick in 1925, and graduated New Brunswick High School in 1943. She was employed by the U.S. Government at Ft. Monmouth, and retired after 30 years of faithful service.  She was married to Tom, the love of her life, for 36 years. Casey was predeceased by her parents, Vassilios and Kalliope Gitantzides, her brother John, her sister, Stella Dancey and her husband, Thomas Ross.

Her sense of humor and good-natured attitude was enjoyed by all, and her love for family was immeasurable. She doted on her niece and nephews, and her generosity towards them and others will never be forgotten.

She is survived by her nephews, John and Mike Dancey, niece Kathy Boyle, and numerous great nieces and nephews.

Kay Mullaney Girling, age 79 of Middletown, formally of West Long Branch, passed away on February 9, 2017.  Born in Newark, NJ, Kay resided in West Long Branch before moving to Middletown in 1967.  She worked for Kitson Chevrolet in Eatontown and Wall Lincoln Mercury in Shrewsbury.  

Kay was predeceased by her husband Robert S. Girling III in 1992; her father Frank B. Mullaney; her mother and stepfather Thelma and Clifford Brower; her brother Donald H. Mullaney; her sister Joan Lamberson and her beloved grandson Donald J. Cyrta.  She is survived by her loving, caring daughter Sharon Girling; her sisters Roberta Maletto of Eatontown and Burnice Jarosz of Jordan, NY; her grandchildren Nina Deangelo and her husband Brian, Robert Cano and Katherine Cyrta; her great-grandchildren Justin MacDonald, Patricia Cyrta, Sophie Deangelo, Kianna, Kimmy and Christian Rodriquez; and her nieces and nephew, including Morgan Frenk who played a special part in her “Kee’s” life and was loved dearly.

George Fleury Melick Jr., 92, of Middletown, passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.  George served his country in World War II and the Korean War earning a Bronze Star.  He was a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University.  He was a Mechanical Engineering Professor at Rutgers University.  George was a member of the First Presbyterian Church at Red Bank at Tower Hill.  

George is survived by his four children, Robert of Red Bank, Linda and husband William Reynolds of Flemington, Judith Melick of Long Branch, and Karen Melick and wife Clare Thomas of Santa Monica, CA; sister Carolyn Derr of Charlotte, NC; six grandchildren, Emily, Dean, Kelly, Keith, David and Gregory; and one great grandchild, Penny.  George was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Florence B. Melick.

Anne was born in Kingscourt, County of Cavan, Ireland, and arrived with her mother, Elizabeth, and sister, Marie, at Ellis Island on January 7, 1929, to join her father, Patrick Brady.  While growing up on the West Side of New York, Anne attended Holy Name Grade School and graduated from Assissium Institute.  She worked for many years in New York, including on the Manhattan Project, and began traveling the world.

Anne married John T. Hordych, Jr. in 1970, making their home in Centereach, Long Island.  Several years later, they moved to New Jersey where Anne was employed by Riverview Medical Center.  She continued to pursue her love of travel as well as skiing, tennis and all things Irish while completing an Associate of Arts degree from Brookdale Community College.  Upon her retirement from Riverview, Anne and John cruised to many ports, had regular outings to Atlantic City with long-time friends and made several trips to Anne’s beloved Ireland.  

In 2011, after 40 years of marriage, John passed away.  Anne subsequently moved from Red Bank to The Brandywine in Shrewsbury where she made many friends among the residents and staff.  She passed away peacefully on January 28, 2017.

Mary Elizabeth McDermott of Monmouth Beach, formerly of Old Bridge, passed away on January 29, 2017, at her home with her family at her side.

Mary is predeceased by her husband, James Michael McDermott; parents, Julia M. Connolly and Thomas F. Connolly; her brothers, John J. Connolly, Thomas F. Connolly Jr., and William E. Connolly; son-in-law, William C. Gentry; mother and father-in-law, Katherine (Rena) McDermott and Joseph McDermott.  She is survived by her children James B. McDermott and his wife Bonnie of Cary NC, Christine McDermott of St. Petersburg FL, Thomas J. McDermott of Toms River NJ, Michael McDermott and his wife Brenda of East Rochester NY, and Cathleen Callinan and her husband John of Rumson NJ; brothers, David Connolly and his wife Tanomjit of Springfield VA, Brendan Connolly and his wife Betty Ann of Medford MA, and sister-in-law Kathleen Connolly of Saugus MA.  Mary is also survived by her grandchildren, Erin and Sean McDermott, Lauren and Eli Gentry, Brendan and Kellan McDermott, John (Jack), Catherine and Maeve Callinan.

Harold E. Ryder, Jr., 94 of Toms River, passed away peacefully on January 27th.  Harold was a long-time resident of the River Plaza section of Middletown.  He was a 50 year member of the Tower Hill Presbyterian Church in Red Bank.  

Harold was born in Brooklyn, NY.  He served in the Army during World War II.  After the Army he earned a Bachelor’s Degree and began a career as a Mechanical Engineer for the Department of Defense at Ft. Monmouth.  He retired in 1994.

Virginia M. O’Neill, 80, Red Bank, NJ died January 15, 2017.

Ginny was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the youngest daughter of Herbert and Marie Arthur.  A proud graduate of The Institute of Notre Dame, a private all-girls Catholic high school in Baltimore, she married in 1956 and in 1968 she and her husband, Lawrence, moved to Middletown, NJ to raise their two girls.  Ginny gave countless hours of her time to her church, to the local Girl Scouts of America, to the Women’s Center at Brookdale Community College and to the Oak Hill Woman’s Club.  She returned to school, attending Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ, where she received her Associate’s Degree in Computer Science.  She went on to have a successful career at American Bell and Lucent Technologies.

She traveled the world with her husband and her retirement years were spent doting on her grandchildren.  Later, she enjoyed her life at the Atrium in Red Bank where she remained active, making new friends, serving on committees and enjoying the view of the beautiful Navesink River.  

Nicole Vezin-Clark, 73 of Tinton Falls, passed away on January 15, 2017, in Red Bank.  Nicole was born in La Rochelle, France to John and Odette (Geay) Vezin.  Nicole was a self-employed beautician before retiring and spending time in Isalmorda, Florida where she was a part time resident for 13 years.  Nicole and her husband Joseph have lived in Tinton Falls for 19 years.  Nicole visited France annually and loved spending with her family that still resides in France.

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