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James “Rivers” Walling, age 62 of Red Bank passed away on Wednesday, October 4th, with his loving daughters and former wife by his side.  Jim was a dynamic individual with a witty sense of humor who always brought laughter and smiles to those around him. He was truly a jack of all trades and master of many. He was well known by family and friends for being able to fix anything. His interests were vast and included anything from photography to short wave radio, hiking to air brush painting and even building boat motors. Jim’s career also took him down many roads... auto mechanic, radio tower technician for Motorola, deep sea fisherman, carpenter, operations manager at Shadow Traffic and Metro Traffic in New York City and ultimately owner of Baysys Communications in Red Bank where he provided data and cabling solutions for clients.  He was also a life-time member of the Lincroft First Aid Squad.  

Nancy P. Cavaliere of Colts Neck, New Jersey passed away at home on October 3, 2017 surrounded by her family and lifelong friend and sister-in-law Anne Marie Cavaliere. Nancy was 55 years old. Her strong will to live and incredible support of family and friends, too many to name individually and her unwavering faith in God carried her through these last seven months. Nancy was blessed with the gift of celebrating mass at home with her family and friends just hours before passing away on Tuesday.

Kenneth M. Hopfensperger, age 62 of Leonardo, passed away on Sunday, October 1, 2017.  He was born in Wisconsin to Kenneth P. and Mary A. Hopfensperger.  Kenny graduated from Middletown High School where he became the first and only State Champion in wrestling.  His passion and unique style in wrestling is still remembered by many.   A true champion on and off the mat.  Kenny was a communicant of St. Agnes RC Church, Atlantic Highlands.

Kenny successfully owned and operated NJ Auto Accessories, Inc. before he moved onto his career in sales at Buhler Chrysler Jeep in Hazlet for 18 years.    He was a lifetime member of  Community Fire Co., Station 4 in Leonardo.  He was actively involved in the building of the current fire house.  He enjoyed riding in his Jeep, top down, listening to his favorite music.  Kenny will always be remembered for the way that he approached life with his famous saying of “It doesn’t matter.”  He was a kind and generous man. 

Kenny was a co-founder and coach of BYAA Wrestling.   He volunteered his time coaching and mentoring and left a legacy both for the family and the community.  

 

George H Steelman, 68, passed away Saturday September 30, 2017 at his home surrounded by family. He was born June 25th in Red Bank to Joseph and Marian (Spicer) Steelman. Dale McLaughlin became his bride June 19th 1971 and together they had 2 children Jill and Michael. George loved working with his hands and sharing jokes and stories with family and friends. Some of his favorite times were spent out with nature hunting, fishing and gardening. George was a lifetime member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825 with 40+years. He was a Past Master of the Abacus Lodge/Navesink Lodge #9 F&AM, a member of the Bayshore Saltwater Flyrodders, Central Jersey Rifle and Pistol Club, volunteer firefighter in Middletown, and active with Boy Scouts Troop #67.

John R. Choma Jr, 35 of Fair Haven, passed away on September 28, 2017.  He was born in Red Bank to John R. Choma Sr. and Lorraine K. Choma.  John was a lifelong resident of Fair Haven.  He was employed by the Middletown Township Board of Education in the maintenance department.   John was a member of the NRA in Washington, DC.

William (Bill) Morrow Weiant, 78, of Middletown, NJ, died after a short illness on September 24, 2017.

He was born to the late Monroe and Lois Weiant, in Perth Amboy, NJ. Bill attended Metuchen High School, and then received a BA from Amherst College in 1960 and an M.B.A. from NYU in 1964. His military service was with the United States Air Force.

Lawrence W. Roberts (Larry), age 78 of Little Silver, NJ, passed away early Sunday morning, Sept. 24, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center surrounded by loving family members.  

Larry was born and raised in Portage, Wisconsin.  He was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, with a Bachelors’ degree in Business Administration. He served in the U.S. Army, owned an insurance agency and worked for 3M as a sales/marketing representative. In 1967 he joined Merrill Lynch in the Fort Wayne, Indiana office where he became one of the top 50 financial consultants in the firm.  In 1973 he was approved for management and subsequently managed branch office complexes in Milwaukee, WI, Saginaw, MI, Rochester, NY and Red Bank, NJ.  He was honored on several occasions as one of Merrill Lynch’s top managers.  In New York City he held various executive positions to include National Institutional Sales Manager, Director of Field Operations/Branch Services and National Service Director. He retired from Merrill Lynch in 2001.

Joan Mary Sanders died September 24, 2017 after a 4-year battle with cancer.  Joan was born in Syracuse, NY.  She grew up in Rumson, NJ with her parents Robert and Joan Sanders (deceased) and later lived in Ocean Grove, NJ until 2013.  For the past 4 years she resided in Rumson, NJ and Woodbine and Ellicott City, MD. 

Joan is survived by her 5 brothers and sisters, Mary Sanders Jones, Michael Joseph Sanders, Catherine Hibbert, Maura Sanders, and Robert J. Sanders III, and his wife Joan Throckmorton Sanders, 2 brothers-in-law, David Jones and Daniel Hibbert, and 6 nieces and nephews, Colleen Hibbert-Kapler, Caitrin Jones Davis, Norah Jones, Mary Catherine Hibbert, Ryan Gossiaux, and Maggie Gossiaux.

Christopher Charles Rumph was born on August 1, 1952 and passed away peacefully on September 22, 2017. Chris was a humble, hilarious, and giving man.  He left the physical world in the comfort of his own home surrounded by his wife and children after a courageous fight against cancer over the last four years.

Chris grew up in Middletown, NJ amongst his four siblings, Robin, Carolyn, Benny, and Kim.  Chris married his high school sweetheart, Andrea (Dede) Fischette.  They were married for 44 blissful years. Dede has always been a saint for putting up with his wild side.  He captured her attention with his charming demeanor and devilish blue eyes.  They raised five unique children who are successful in their own right.  Amanda and son in law, Paul McGrade, Andrew, Christopher and daughter in law Caitlin, Jonathan, and Abigail continue to spread his light to the world.  Chris was blessed with five grandchildren, Peter, Aubrey, and Addison McGrade, Isla and Evie Rumph, whom he taught to appreciate nature, dessert, and the little things in life.

Carlotta (Carly) Niles Emmons passed away peacefully on September 19, 2017, at the age of 84.  She was born January 27, 1933, in Red Bank, NJ.  Carly was raised in Shrewsbury, attended RBR, RFH, and Baldwin Boarding School.  The daughter of Jonathan H. and Carlotta R. Niles, Carly was a lifelong resident of the Jersey Shore.  Her passion for the ocean growing up as a member of Monmouth Beach Bath and Tennis Club, for which she swam on the swim team, was reflective of her passion for life.  She often rode her bike from Shrewsbury to Monmouth Beach to see her grandfather before her swim in the ocean. 

Joseph R. Testa, Age 48, of Middletown, passed away on September 15, 2017.  Joseph was born in Brooklyn, NY to Joseph R. Testa, Sr. and Josephine Burrello Furiato.  He was a lifelong Middletown resident.  

Joseph was a Certified Medical Tech and worked for Dr. Rao Gouranti in Little Silver.  He was also a Martial Arts Instructor and a personal trainer. 

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