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Ruth Platzer, 89, Little Silver, passed away January 12th at home, after a long illness.  A native of Sonderborg, Denmark, she emigrated to Canada at age 19 with a culinary arts degree from the Culinary Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.  She waited six years to legally enter the USA in 1954, settling in Summit, NJ where she resided many years before moving to Monmouth County.  She lived in Little Silver for the past nine years.  Ruth was a renowned chef and restaurateur who served distinguished cuisine to discerning clientele including royalty and many celebrities.  By request, she prepared meals for Princess Grace of Monaco, Elizabeth Taylor and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.  Her legendary culinary skills seemed magical and she proudly passed those down to her sons and grandsons. 

John Chester Wolcott passed away on January 6th 2019 at the age of 80.   He will be buried at Fair View Cemetery.  He was born and raised in Red Bank NJ.  He raised his four children in Shrewsbury, where they attended Shrewsbury Boro School.  He workded at Prowns, McFadden Motors and owned his own roofing and siding company.  He moved to Boca Raton, Florida in 1978.  He continued working in the car business and retired in Delray Beach, Florida.  

He is survivied by his four children Cheryl Wolcott of Oceanport, NJ, Elizabeth Posey of Deerfield Bch, FL, John Wolcott Jr. of Boynton Beach, FL and Joseph Wolcott of Boynton Beach, FL; Eight grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. 


Thomas Everett Giamanco, 70, of New Jersey, passed away, Thursday, December 27th, 2018 at Northport VA Medical Center.  Thomas was born in Brooklyn, NY to Marie Everett and Alfred Giamanco.  

An avid Standardbred Race Horse Trainer and enthusiast, Tom was the happiest when tending to race horses and took so much pride in his work.  

Thomas is survived by his children Tammy, Bucky, Melissa, Tina, Connie, Ali and Thomas; grandchildren Kodey, Marshall, Daniel, Paige, Luca, Gioia, Peyton, Talon, James, Charles, Easton and Rose; sister Joanne Castellano; brothers Salvatore Giamanco and Charles Giamanco; several Cousins, Nieces and Nephews as well as countless friends.

Fred Haedrich, age 92, of Oceanport, NJ, passed away peacefully in his home on 9 January, 2019.  Born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1926, he was the son of the late Frederick & Leora (Richtmyer) Haedrich of Malvern, NY.

Fred graduated from James Madison High School in June of 1944.  After high school, he attended the New York State Merchant Marine Academy at Fort Schuyler (since renamed the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College).  He graduated in 1946.  He went on to serve for 20 years in the Naval Reserve and retired with the rank of Lieutenant.

He enrolled in Brooklyn College in 1946, graduating in 1949 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  He eventually joined the family business, New York Label and Box Corp, a printing and cardboard box business started in 1878 and acquired by his father in 1930.  There he worked for years, earning the respect and admiration of both employees and customers along the way.  He served as President of the Drug Label Manufacturer’s Association during part of his career.

Erik C. Bertelsen, Sr., passed away on January 9, 2019.  Born in the Bronx on January 8, 1916 to Danish immigrants, Erik was the third of 4 boys. A member of the "Greatest Generation", he lived through the Great Depression and served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II. Following the War, he pursued a successful banking career serving as Director and Senior Vice President of First Merchants National Bank and President of the Monmouth County Banker's Association. Later in his career and upon retirement, Erik consulted with SCORE and taught courses at Monmouth University and the American Institute of Banking.

As a devout Christian, he served the Lord as an Under Deacon, Lay Reader, Vestry member and Sunday School teacher. In addition, Erik served numerous boards and volunteer organizations. These included the Board of Directors at Shore Area YMCA in Asbury Park, the Camp Speers Committee (President), the Jersey Shore Medical Center Board (Treasurer) and the Atrium Residents Association (Treasurer). He was particularly proud of the fact that he earned the rank of Eagle Scout while in the Boy Scouts. An avid sailor, Erik spent many summers with his family in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

Stephen Andrew Scott – dearly loved son, brother, friend, talented photographer, and lover of the outdoors – died on November 30, 2018.  He was 55 years old and a resident of Tempe, AZ.

Born in Red Bank, NJ, Steve grew up in Little Silver, NJ.  In 1981, after completing high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served as an Aircraft Radar Systems Technician, part of which time he was stationed in Japan.  He was honorably discharged in 1985 with the rank of Corporal.  Following discharge, he attended college in New Jersey and enjoyed working at Bell Laboratories in Middletown, NJ.

Robert Marshall Hook, age 88, of River Plaza, died on January 4, 2019.

Born in Cambridge, MA, he attended schools in Watertown, MA, Dover, NH, Bradord, MA and Waltham, MA, where he graduated from high school.  He received his BA degree from Tufts University, Medford, MA, and his MBA from Monmouth University, W. Long Branch, NJ.

Growing up he attended Boy Scout camps and spent many years as a staff member and boat pilot for the Merrimack Valley YMCA Camp Lawrence on Bear Island on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH.

On January 4, 2019, Dennice Rioux Carey, wonderful friend, wife of 67 years to Ray, mother of 3, and grandmother of 6, passed away at the age of 90.  Dennice was born in Attleboro, MA in 1928 and majored in Zoology at Mt. Holyoke where she won the Science Award and graduated in 1950 cum laude. She was an instructor in Biology at Connecticut College when she married Ray in 1951, and demonstrated her rebellious streak when, expecting Sheila in 1953, she successfully fought the policy removing pregnant women from active teaching roles.  She later left teaching for an old-fashioned partnership with Ray in which she was the “roll up your sleeves” volunteer, mother par excellence, home manager, and the person who made sure everything related to the house and family was running smoothly.  That also meant moves for Ray’s jobs - from Connecticut to New Jersey to Montreal then back to New Jersey, moves she handled with aplomb and grace.  While warm, funny, and kind, she was also fierce in her beliefs. This included socially progressive political views to practical activism, such as when she took on The Man at Rumson Country Day School on behalf of holding one’s utensils European style as Lisa and Mike had learned in Montreal. That interaction did not end well for The Man.  While generally easygoing she was never afraid to speak up and had a quick and effective wit.  A tireless volunteer, she invested time, effort, and her intelligence into bettering the things she believed in, from Junior League when she was young, through a lifelong involvement in MSPCA, to helping manage Special People United to Ride (SPUR) later in life.

Shrewsbury – Ann R. Lettieri, 90, passed away on January 3, 2019.  Ann was born in Red Bank to Nicholas and Tina Pizzo. 

Ann was a communicant of St. Anthony of Padua and a member of the Elks Lodge #233 in Red Bank. Before her marriage to Frank Lettieri, she worked at PSE&G in Newark.  She was a survivor of the Woodbridge Train Wreck on February 6, 1951.

She is predeceased by her husband Frank and her brothers Thomas and Peter Pizzo.  She is survived by her son Stephen N. Lettieri of Red Bank, her daughter Anne Marie Egan and her husband Mitchell of Shrewsbury and her grandsons Braden Egan and Nicholas and his wife Meghan  Lettieri.

Visitation will be Tuesday, January 8th from 6 to 9 p.m. at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St, Red Bank, NJ.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 9th at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua, 121 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank.  Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown.


All Services are private.


Christopher Worden Popper, 54, of Wilmington, NC passed away December 24th at his home.  He was born in Fayetteville, NC, to Stephen and Carole Popper, Red Bank NJ.

Christopher was a proud Veteran of Desert Storm. A graduate of Red Bank Regional HS, his swim team won the State Championship for the ‘82-‘83 season. During his lifetime he worked in the newspaper industry for the Asbury Park Press, Wilmington StarNews and the Myrtle Beach Sun News. He loved to cook and was most proud of his clam chowder. Those who knew him know of his generosity and his kind and caring soul; from his childhood friends whom he still was close with, to someone he just met in passing.

Bruce S. Thompson, Owner & Manager, NJ LIC #3740