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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. 

Frank J. Karalewich, 71, of Shrewsbury, peacefully passed away on Friday, August 17.  Frank was born in Elizabeth, N.J. and resided in Shrewsbury for many years. Prior to his retirement Frank worked as a driver for Allied Van Lines.

Frank was predeceased by his parents Frank Karalewich, Sr. and Bertha Milos Simon, and his brother Thomas. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Carol; his son, Tyler, and his daughter, Morgan, all of Shrewsbury. His brother, Joseph of Goodland, FL., his in-laws, Robert and Cathy Schulz, Thomas and Teresa Fraley, Mark and Lisa Garboski and many nieces and nephews. 

Visitation will be held Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank, N.J.  Private cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the St Jude’s Children Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept 142 Memphis, TN 38148-0142 www.stjude.org, are preferred.

 

 

Ruth Elizabeth Freeland Rechten, 89, of Middletown, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 3, 2018, at Riverview Medical Hospice Center from complications of Merkel Cell Cancer.

Born to Mary and William Freeland on February 27, 1929 and raised in Jersey City, Ruth graduated from Montclair State Teachers College in December of 1950.  She married Arthur William Rechten and began her teaching career in Jersey City at Lincoln High School in January of 1951. Moving to Middletown with her young family in November of 1956 she took a short period off from teaching to begin raising her family.  She started her 30 year teaching career in the Middletown Public Schools teaching English in Middletown High School. In 1966 she transferred to Bayshore Junior High where she and her best friend and colleague, Barbara Guenther, created and implemented an award-winning team-teaching program in Civics and English which challenged many gifted students throughout the years and which many students have stated contributed so much to their educations.  

Jean Maher Maffeo, passed away peacefully on August 6, 2018, at her home in Long Branch.  She was born in Long Branch, the daughter of Mary Elizabeth (Mae) Quaas and M. Francis Maher.  She was a graduate of Red Bank Catholic High School and worked as an ER nurse at Monmouth Medical Center until her marriage to her deceased, former husband A. Fred Maffeo.  Jean lived in Little Silver, where she brought up her family. 

She is survived by her loving daughters Mary Beth Kelly and her husband Richard of Brielle and Lisa Gilmour and her husband David of Little Silver.  She is also survived by her cherished grandchildren Elise K. Lewis and her husband Jarrett of Alexandria, VA, Andrew Kelly and his fiancé Samantha Freyer of Long Island City, NY, D. Tyler Gilmour and his devoted girlfriend Sara Abramow of Tinton Falls, and Elizabeth M. Gilmour of Little Silver as well as her great-grandson W. Wyatt Lewis, nieces Diane Dangler, Anita Rowe and nephew Stephen Garcia.

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