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Albina “Kay” Kozonasky,93, of Middletown passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 25 at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Alta Loma/Galveston, Texas and grew up in the Houston Heights neighborhood. She graduated from St. Agnes Academy and St. Joseph’s Nursing School (now part of St. Thomas University) in Houston. She served as a lieutenant in the US Army Nursing Corps in the 1940’s and spent time on assignment in Korea. Following her marriage to her former husband the late Michael J. Kozonasky she lived in New York City, Passaic, Philadelphia and Langhorne, PA. She has resided in the Fairview section of Middletown since 1958.

In the early 1960’s she began her career of more than 30 years as a nurse at Riverview Medical Center. For many years she worked nights in the Intensive Care Unit and the Cardiac Care Unit. During the 1980’s she also attended Jersey City State University and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree. When she retired in 1992 she was serving as a nurse (finally working days) in Riverview’s Outpatient Clinic. She enjoyed her work at Riverview and spending time with her many Riverview friends and colleagues.

She was an accomplished gardener, an avid reader and a follower of the stock market. She was a graduate of the Ocean County Master Gardener program and a member of a NJ Utilities Investment Group. She was not fond of computers and prided herself on hand writing letters and mailing cards to her many friends and relatives. At age 93 she and her Houston childhood friend Hilda Drohan continued to exchange letters on a regular basis to keep in touch about the activities of their friends, children and grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents Peter and Caroline Chajkowski; three brothers: Dimitri, Frank and Paul Chajkowski; her foster parents Joseph and Marie Drohan, foster brothers Joseph and William Drohan and her daughter-in-law Linda Kozonasky. She is survived by her devoted children Michele Evans of Alexandria, VA, Christopher Kozonasky of Brick and Paul (Martha) Kozonasky of Concord, CA, her cherished grandchildren Caroline (Scott) Bickford and Kate (Andrew)Barnes of Glen Allen, VA, Paul Kozonasky, Jr and Mathew Kozonasky of Concord, CA. and her very special great grandson Ambrose Barnes. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. She was especially close to her sister-in-law and best friend Dorothy Eberhard and her niece Ellen Eberhard Andreas of Middletown. She always appreciated the many years of love and support she received from the Eberhard, Kozonasky, Chajkowski and Dolinsky families.

Dorothy “Dottie” Laura Nicosia (nee Durando), 95, of Middletown, NJ, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 18. Born and raised in Petaluma, California, Dottie attended Highland School of Nursing in Oakland, California. She met her future husband, Sergeant Benedict Nicosia, at the Two Rock Ranch Army Signal Post in Petaluma while working as an infirmary nurse. In 1946 she married Ben and moved to Red Bank. Dottie continued her nursing career as the Supervisor of the Operating Room at Riverview Hospital. She resigned as the Director of Nursing to raise her two daughters but returned to nursing as a volunteer at Riverview and Planned Parenthood, where she was the Volunteer of the Year in 1977.

Dorothy served as a trustee at the The Shadowlake Village, where she was an avid golfer with the Ladies Group.

Dottie was a good friend to all and always helped out whether by doing blood pressures at the Village or just being a good friend. Dorothy had a beautiful smile and a loving heart that she shared with everyone. Most of all Dottie was a devoted wife and a loving mother.

Florence O’Donnell, age 85 of West Long Branch, NJ passed away peacefully on March 16, 2017. She was born in Bayonne, NJ to the late Thomas and Louise DiDomenico. Florence graduated from DP Sweeney High School and Bayonne Junior College taking a job at the O’Donnell Agency in Bayonne where she met her husband Francis J. O’Donnell. She married on April 18, 1953 and spent 63 happy years with her husband “Buddy” until his passing last July. The couple resided in Allenhurst, NJ.

Florence “Sis” O’Donnell was a past president of the Bayonne Women’s Club and St. Peters Prep Mother’s Club as well as being active in a number of charitable organizations over the years.

A beloved wife, mother and grandmother, she was known for her lively personality and generous heart. Sis is survived by her sons, Dr. Francis J. O’Donnell of Columbus, OH, Guy T. O’Donnell, Esq., and daughter-in-law, Colleen R. O’Donnell of West Long Branch, NJ. Florence had five grandchildren, Francis Joseph, Jacqueline, Guy Thomas Jr, Sean and Christopher.

Marty passed away peacefully on Saturday March 18, 2017, at her Sunrise of Lincroft residence.  She was 80 years old.

Marty was born and raised in a coal mine town of Glen Lyon, Pa. After graduating from Newport High School she moved to NY City where she worked for a couple of years before marrying and moving to River Plaza to have a family and then 14 years later to Rumson. She, later in retirement, would spend her winters in Stuart, FL and summers in Long Branch, NJ.

Marty worked at Biddle Sawyer Corp. in Keyport, NJ as an office manager for more than 20 years. She was a member of the Newcomers Club in Rumson. She enjoyed gardening and long walks. She also loved to travel and go on the boat with her beloved late husband Don. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and is already missed dearly.

Marty was predeceased by her husband Daniel Kaufmann "Don" just a few months ago. They shared 35 happy years together. She was also predeceased by her parents, Theodore and Martha Honabach and her sister Marie Castelli of Nanicoke, Pa.

Martha LoBiondo, a longtime resident of North Massapequa, NY and retired Plainedge Public Schools secretary, passed away on March 8 at age 92 in Fair Haven, NJ. She is survived by her two daughters, Joan Vennochi and her husband Thomas and Susan Levantino and her husband, Joseph and her five grandchildren Gregory, Christine and Angela Levantino and Nicholas and Anna Vennochi.

Barbara Schnuriger
Date of Death: March 4,2017

Visitation will be on Thursday, March 9th from 2 to 4 & 7 to 9 at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St, Red Bank, NJ.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 10th at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of the Nativity, 180 Ridge Rd, Fair Haven, NJ.

Elijah Warner White, 91, of Red Bank died March 14 at Riverview Hospital.

Warner was born in1925 in Cleveland Ohio to the former Florence Gage and Percy Warner White.

He earned degrees from Oberlin College and the University of Michigan, moving to New Jersey to work as an electronics engineer at Bell Labs.

Warner was predeceased by his son Christopher in 1997.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, the former Janet Brown, his son Philip,

daughter Margaret (Peggy) Milliken, grandchildren Kathryn LeTrent and Robin Milliken, and great-granddaughter Margaret LeTrent.

Warner was a skilled photographer and a member of the Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury.

He served with the US Army 94th Infantry in combat 1944-45.

William Bonocore passed away on March 14, 2017.

Visitation will be on Sunday, March, 19th from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St, Red Bank, NJ

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 20th at 10 at the Church of the Nativity, 180 Ridge Rd, Fair Haven, NJ

Thomas R. Rose of Little Silver passed away on March 14, 2017. Born in Red Bank Tom, was a life-long resident of Little Silver and a communicant of St. James Catholic Church. He was a lover of all animals and many were adopted from the Monmouth County SPCA. His passion was working on cars – especially Corvettes. Tom was employed by the Foodtown in Red Bank until his retirement.

Tom was especially close to his friends, Marty Covert and Ronnie Stubbington.

Tom is predeceased by his father and mother, Melvin and Margaret Rose, and his brother, Melvin S. Rose, Jr. He is survived by his life partner, Rosemary Kertis, and her daughters Ann, Teresa, Jeanne and Patty & her husband Dave, as well as his brothers, Robert W. Rose and Noel J. Rose, and his sister, Mary Rose.

Tracy Merola tragically died on March 7, 2017. Visitation will be on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the Thompson Memorial, 310 Broad Street, Red Bank, NJ, between the hours of 3 and 6 PM. Tracy was a well loved employee at Milagro Spa in Red Bank, NJ.

Tracy Merola is survived by her mother Phyllis Evanchik, her father Gerardo Merola, her sister Tina Merola, her step-father Dennis Evanchik, and a large family of many loving Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and her beloved rescue dog Nala.

Doris G. Sergeant passed away peacefully at her home on February 21, 2017 in Oceanport, NJ.   She was born in 1930 to Raymond and Edith Gero in Norwich, CT and grew up in Taftville, CT.  She moved to Red Bank, NJ and attended Red Bank High School where she enjoyed acting and was a majorette.  She graduated from Red Bank High School in 1947 and Katie Gibbs Secretarial School in 1948.  She first worked as a secretary at Camp Coles in Middletown, NJ.     

In 1949, Doris married Raymond E. Sergeant, Jr..  They were happily married for 57 years and had three sons.  She was a wonderful homemaker and took great pride in her family.  Doris was a gourmet cook and known to host numerous and memorable dinner parties for friends and family.  She was an avid skier, tennis player and enjoyed the beach club at Ship Ahoy with her friends dubbed the "Sand Fleas".  Doris was also an accomplished knitter, seamstress, creative flower arranger and a talented gardener.  She was a member and served a term as President of the Women’s Club of Red Bank/Little Silver and was President of the Red Bank Buccaneer Boosters Athletic Club and was co-founder of the Tinker Dorn Trophy. Doris was also a longtime member of Beacon Hill Country Club and enjoyed playing golf with the Woman’s Nine Holers.  A devoted member of St. James Parrish, Doris’s dedication to her faith and love of family and friends will forever leave an indelible mark upon our hearts. 

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