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Frances (“Fran”) Marion Ruane, of Fair Haven, NJ peacefully passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2021.

Born in Leonardo NJ and raised in Rome NY with loving parents Veronica and Frank Gallagher. Fran was predeceased by her parents and brother James Gallagher. She is survived by her sister, Barbara Deigert of New Monmouth and sister Patricia Curro and her husband Samuel Curro of Oneida, New York.

William Patrick Lang Jr, was born on May 12, 1935 in Long Branch, New Jersey, to William and Elizabeth Lang.

Bill grew up in Fair Haven and graduated from St. James Catholic High School in 1954. Bill married Barbara Gettis in 1959, where they raised their family in Fair Haven and retired to Vero Beach, Florida. Bill was a dedicated volunteer throughout his life and gave back to his community. He was a life member of the Fair Haven Fire Company, where he served for over 59 years. Bill was a two-time Fire Department Chief in 1968 and 1974. During his time with the fire company, Bill was the First Aid Captain in 1972 and President of the First Aid Department and one of the founding members of the scuba diving team receiving their New Jersey Council of Divers Certification early in 1963. During which time he helped start the Monmouth County First Aid 16th district. He also managed the Fair Haven Pirates baseball team and the Church of the Nativity’s girl basketball team. Bill was the past President of the Rumson Fair Haven High School Booster and Fair Haven Democratic Club. Bill prepared meals for 10 years for the Knollwood School stokes trip. That was not the only place where his culinary skills were used; he also cooked at the Firehouse Meals, Pancake breakfasts, prepping food for the Fireman's Fair and the annual January Open House with his famous Chili!   Bill also served on the Fair Haven election board.

Yes, Bill had Family time too. The Lang’s went camping With the Van Develde’s and other families, and Sunday's dinner at the beach with the Butler’s. Bill also enjoyed Ice Boating and Drag Racing at Maple Grove. Bill retired from Esso Gas Company in Linden, New Jersey, and retired fire inspector of Fair Haven Borough.

Isabel Verna (Lower) Westlake Giblon, age 100, of Red Bank, NJ passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at her residence in Winchester, VA.

Mrs. Giblon was born in 1920 in Swissvale, PA, daughter of the late Raymond and Viola Lower.  She was a devoted wife and mother whose passion was nurturing a comfortable home for her husband and children.  Mrs. Giblon was a longtime member of Tower Hill Presbyterian Church in Red Bank, NJ, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Shrewsbury Garden Club and the Shrewsbury Historical Society.  She was an avid bridge player and world traveler.

Surviving is a daughter, Marjorie Jeanne Westlake (Jeff Winston) and a son, Harry E. Westlake, III; stepdaughter, Mary Lee Sheahan (Jack); and grandchildren, Alexa Stanton, Dakota Westlake, Cheyenne Wepking (Nathan); great grandchildren, Joshua and Parker Wepking; and many loving nieces and their families.

Mrs. Giblon was preceded in death by her first husband, Harry E. Westlake, Jr., in 1984; her second husband, Robert P. Giblon, in 2007; sister, Jeanne Hershey and a brother, William Lower.

Charlie Hopkins left us on 12/27/2020. He was born in Brooklyn, NY and enjoyed many summers in Monmouth Beach. He attended high school at Brooklyn Prep then went on to graduate from Polytechnic Institute of New York with a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering. He started his engineering career with The City of New York then went on to work for Gibbs & Cox NYC for many years. Charlie ultimately settled in Middletown in 1987 where he and his wife Margaret raised their daughter Samantha. In Middletown, Charlie continued his career at T&M Associates and retired in 2019. He loved engineering and was a great mentor to many. Charlie loved to fly kites and attend kite festivals all over the Eastern Seaboard. He enjoyed The New York Times crossword puzzles, visiting museums, music, and spending time having meaningful discussions with his friends and family.

Joan Caroline Dangler Shea of Eatontown NJ formally of Rumson NJ passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family. Born in Oakhurst, Ocean Twp, NJ on May 23, 1930 she lived in the Rumson Fair Haven area most of her life before moving to Monmouth Beach NJ and most recently with her son in Eatontown NJ.

She was the daughter of the late Roderic and Dorothy Dangler. She was predeceased by her husband of nearly 60 years James K Shea Jr in 2008. She is survived by her six children, Joan Clark and husband John of Shark River Hills, NJ, Dorothy Shea Cope and husband Bruce of Allen, Texas James K Shea III and wife Dossie of Virginia Beach, Va., Roderic Shea and wife Sue of Copper Hill, Tn., Frederick Shea and wife Joy of Eatontown, NJ., and Timothy Shea and wife Robin of Oceanport, NJ, 19 Grandchildren and 23 Great Grandchildren.

Lucy Dowden, (nee Maher), 93, died on Saturday, December 19, 2020. Born in Jersey City, N.J., Lucy lived most of her life in Jersey City while summering in Allenhurst, N.J. and moving there after retirement.

The Valedictorian of her graduating class at St. Dominic’s Academy in Jersey City, she enjoyed traveling with her sister Marilyn and was an officer of the Jersey City Symphony Society. She was working in a law firm in Jersey City when she met the love of her life, James Dowden. Married in 1959, they were married 57 years until his death in 2016.

Catherine Cooney O'Brien (“Kay”), 88, of Shrewsbury, NJ, died December 21st of Covid-19 at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank. Born in Newark, raised in Glen Ridge and Spring Lake, she graduated from Lacordaire Academy in Montclair and Rosemont College, PA ‘54. Kay was the former owner of More To The Point custom needlepoint and knitting store in Fair Haven. She served on the board of The Women's Exchange in Little Silver for 25 years and was the Newcomers Alumnae Club treasurer for 20 years.

Virginia Woodruff MacConnell, age 93, died December 19th, 2020 in Red Bank, NJ.

Mrs MacConnell lived in Shadow Lake Village, Middletown, NJ after having been a resident of Fair Haven, NJ for over 50 years. Mrs. MacConnell had been a licensed insurance broker and worked with her husband Douglas F. MacConnell, who owned MacConnell Insurance Agency in Fair Haven for many years. Mrs. MacConnell was a member of St. Georges by-the-River Episcopal Church in Rumson, NJ, former member of the Sea Bright Beach Club, and the English-Speaking Union. She was a former member of the Vestry of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, Fair Haven, and the Junior League of Monmouth County.

Mrs. MacConnell was predeceased by her husband, Douglas F. MacConnell in 1986, her brother Franklin Woodruff in 2015, her sister Jane Kearns in 2017, her stepsister Angela Hill in 2018, and her grandson Nathaniel Chauncey MacConnell in 2002.

Lucy DePalma (nee Franzese) was born in Molfetta, Bari, Italy, in 1925. She attended Manzoni Elementary School in Molfetta, and lived in Italy until January 1935 when, accompanied by her younger brother Dominick and mother Porzia Franzese, she immigrated to the United States on the steamship SS Rex arriving to join her father Leonardo already then living in Hoboken NJ. After immigrating to the United States, her parents also had a third child Peter, born in New Jersey. She became a naturalized United States citizen, completed middle school and worked in a garment manufacturing factory in Hoboken NJ. In 1949, she married Joseph DePalma of Molfetta, Italy who immigrated to the United States following their marriage in Molfetta. After her marriage, she worked in the home as a devoted homemaker, raising three children and caring for her husband. She lived in New Jersey, first in Hoboken and later in Union City, Weehawken, Little Ferry and Manalapan in turn. Beginning in 1978, she moved to Jensen Beach, Fla., where she resided with her husband, Joseph, in loving devotion to each other, until his death in 2007.

Francis E. Cooke, known to family & friends as Ed, passed away peacefully at River View Medical Center on December 17, 2020.

Ed had a long career as a computer programming technician manager.

Ed is now reunited with his beloved wife Margie. He is survived by his son Stephen and his partner Susan; daughter Carolyn; granddaughter Madison Rose; sister Elaine Harper and many nieces and nephews

Services are private and entrusted to Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, NJ.

Harral Redden, 84, passed away on December 7, 2020 after a brief illness with leukemia. Long time resident of Little Silver-Rumson, graduate of Red Bank High School and Ursinus College where he wrestled. Hal was an Insurance Broker and owned the Redden Agency-Insurance in Fair Haven for 50+ years.

Never a summer day went by when Hal was not at Seabright Lawn Tennis & Cricket Club playing tennis or practicing on the ball machine. After maybe a bike ride to Sandy Hook and then to Seabright Beach Club for a swim and to read a book or newspaper. In the winter early birds at New Shrewsbury Racquet Club, 3 day a week gym workout and paddle tennis at Seabright Lawn Tennis & Cricket Club. Then Lunch with his friends at the Root Beer & Checker Club. An avid sportsman Hal completed the NYC and Boston Marathons. In addition to all his sports activities he loved classical music, and writing poems for his family and friend’s special occasions. 

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