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Eileen Sagurton Borden, 71, of Red Bank, N.J., passed away on Thursday, September 20th, 2018 surrounded by her family at Jersey Shore Medical Center.   Eileen was born in Long Branch, NJ and raised in Fair Haven.  Eileen was a graduate of St. James Grammar School, Red Bank Catholic High School (’65) and Monmouth College (’69).  Eileen was a teacher in the Rumson School District for 38 years.  From a young age, she had a passion to teach and fulfilled this by instilling a drive in her students to read and write with confidence.  She always had a special “storybook” with unique life stories for her students to relate to and remember.

Emily Reedy Schopp, 98, of Red Bank died on Sunday, September 9, 2018, at the Atrium at Navesink Harbor after a long and active life.  Emily was born on February 12, 1920, to Samuel and Emma Reedy of Cheltenham, PA.  During her early years she attended school in Cheltenham.  She graduated from Temple University prior to becoming first a school teacher and then a school psychologist.  After marriage to Arthur V. Schopp Jr., the couple settled in Shrewsbury.  Emily was an active member of the United Methodist Church of Red Bank where she sang in the choir, and was, as a faithful member of the United Methodist Women, Chair of the Library Committee.  In her later years she enjoyed traveling extensively in the United States and world-wide.

Eatontown - Lillian M. Poling nee Pittius “Honey”, 97, formerly of Red Bank, passed away peacefully with her family by her bedside on September 13, 2018, at Jersey Shore Center. The first of ten children, Lillian was born in Cliffwood to Joseph and Lillian Pittius, she graduated from Matawan High School and worked in a hosiery mill where she met the love of her life Jerry. They eloped in 1942 and had two daughters. Lillian was a long time parishioner of The United Methodist Church in Red Bank since 1948. There she was active in the choir and the United Methodist Woman’s group. Lillian was an avid painter and enjoyed making crafts in her past-time. She and Jerry enjoyed traveling around the world and lived in New Hampshire, New Jersey and Florida throughout their 57 years of marriage.

Mildred L. Younger, 94, passed away on Saturday, September 1st.  Mildred was born and raised in Rumson by her parents Ruth Embley Lease and Joseph G. Lease, later moved to Freehold, Adelphia, Fair Haven and Seabrook Village, Tinton Falls.

Mildred graduated from Rumson-Fair Haven Reg. H.S. in 1941, received an A.A. from Monmouth College, B.S. from Simmons College, and M.S. from Columbia University.  She was Principal Children’s Librarian with Monmouth County Library in Freehold from 1946-1958 and Education Media Specialist/Librarian in the Freehold Reg. H.S. District from 1958 until her retirement in 1986.  She served as a member/historian and held various executive positions for MCREA, NJREA, NJEA, NJ Library Association, NJ Retired Ed. Assoc. among others.

Maureen Elizabeth Bertodatti, 74, of Colts Neck. Our Mother, Nana, Sister, Wife, Aunt, Niece, and Friend – Maureen Elizabeth Bertodatti - slipped into eternity just after sunrise on Saturday morning, September 1st 2018. She wanted to let you all know that she had an absolutely Wonderful Life!  

Maureen Shaw was born and grew up in Kearny, NJ as the 2nd of 5 beloved siblings (Dianne, Maureen, Bob, Ken, and Peggy) to Sumner and Margaret Shaw.  Maureen graduated from St. Aloysius High School before studying and becoming a nurse at St. Francis School of Nursing.  She started working at Flower 5th Ave Hospital in New York City as an operating room nurse and later began working at Creedmoor Hospital where she met, dated, and eventually married her co-worker, Richard Charles Bertodatti, Sr.  

Little Silver - Marion Elizabeth Pitts Becker passed away peacefully at her home in Little Silver, New Jersey on September 1, 2018.  Daughter of Florence Gertrude Pitts and Harold Arthur Pitts, of England, she was born in the British West Indies.  She is survived by her sister Jennifer Griffin; her three daughters, Sarah Becker, Anne Becker Upton, and Elizabeth Parker and three grandchildren, Schuyler, Matilda May and Ryan.

She was educated in England, and while working at Schiller College in Germany, she met and married Sherburn "Peter" Becker III, who passed away in 1986. They moved to Little Silver, New Jersey in 1967. Marion’s passions included historical conservation, history, archeology, travel, making and studying art, botany, opera, ballet, classical music, wildlife and wildlife conservation, animal welfare, skiing, fishing, cooking, spending time with her cats, children and grandchildren, among other interests. Her curiosity knew no limits: she was a voracious reader with a photographic memory and a vast knowledge of art, history, architecture, religion, anthropology, and languages. She travelled extensively in Asia, Egypt, South America, and all of Europe, as well as spending time in Alaska, fishing at the Mission Lodge, and skiing in Vail, Colorado.

Lincroft – Christopher Garrett Noris, age 28, passed away Friday, August 31, 2018, at home.  Christopher was a lifelong resident of Lincroft and was a graduate of Middletown High School South and Brookdale Community College.  He was currently finishing his Bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Kean University, Union, NJ.

Christopher will forever be remembered by his loving family and friends for his unconditional devotion to them, and especially for his limitless compassion for all living things great and small.  He was as well an accomplished chef and gardener.  He was an endearing master to his pets at home as is his beloved sister Noelle.

Mitchell Jay Richards, 55, of Bradley Beach, passed away on August 25, 2018.  Mitchell was born in Philadelphia, PA, to Edward J. Richards and Arlene Pearlman. He graduated from Shore Regional High School and then graduated from New College of the University of South Florida.  He was a paralegal with Schachter Portnoy LLC in Princeton.

Mitchell was predeceased by his parents, and a nephew George Davish III.  He is survived by his sister Sheryle Davish and her husband George; his step-mother Carol Richards, formerly of Oceanport; two nieces and a nephew, Jennifer, Rachel and Christopher, and four great-nieces and two great-nephews all from PA.

There will be a memorial gathering on Wednesday, September 5th from 10:30 to 11 a.m., followed by at funeral service at 11 a.m. at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St, Red Bank. Please, in lieu of flowers, a donation to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

 

 

John "Jay" Hynson Challenger, 55,  passed away in Oceanport, NJ on August 25th.  Jay was born in Bloomfield, NJ and resided in Monmouth County, NJ, until his death.  He was a graduate of RFH class of '81 and attended Rutgers Univ.  Jay worked at Rumson Country Club and for Traffic Lines, Inc.  He was a talented athlete in his youth and had a lifelong love of sports.  Whether chilling at the beach, attending sports events and rock concerts, or hanging out with friends, Jay enjoyed life to the fullest.  He was, as he often exclaimed, "Awesome" and will be missed by all who knew him.

Henry John Stravic, Jr., of Red Bank, NJ, died peacefully on August 25 of esophageal cancer. Throughout his illness, he was surrounded by loving family—his wife of 62 years, Theresa Damasco Stravic; his daughters Gina Stravic (husband Daniel Swass), Rita Jurakovich (William McKenna), and Karen Lake; and grandsons Thomas Swass, John Swass (Brooke), James Swass, and Marco P. Jurakovich. He was predeceased by his parents, Henry John Stravic, Sr. and Stephanie Stampfel. He grew up in Jamesburg, NJ.

A courageous man, Henry served with distinction in the U.S. Navy, earning two Purple Hearts and a Silver Star during the Korean War Battle of Inchon. As modest as he was brave, he rarely spoke of the injuries he suffered or his experiences during his service to our country. He was a member of American Legion Post 127 in Jamesburg. He was also a former member of the YMCA of Red Bank.

Pauline Trexler Tyler, 99, of Tinton Falls, N.J. formerly of Island Heights, N.J., and Haddonfield, N.J., died peacefully August 19th, following surgery for a broken leg.  

She was born on January 28th 1919 in Kempton, Pa., a rural Pennsylvania Dutch farming community.  She was the youngest of nine children that lived on the farm and helped with the work of the farm.  After graduating from high school, she attended Hahnemann Nursing School in Philadelphia, where she met the love of her life, Charles O Tyler, a young medical doctor who had just graduated from medical school.  Pauline continued her nursing career while her husband served in the Navy as a Medical Doctor on a Destroyer in the Pacific in World War II. 

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