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Pearl Keller Bell, 91, passed away peacefully of natural causes on May 17th. 

Pearl was a graduate of Beaver College (Arcadia University) and moved from her native Pennsylvania to New Jersey to teach elementary school.  There she met and married Calvin Bell. Together they settled in Matawan, NJ, later in Holmdel, NJ, and then Little Silver, NJ. She enjoyed traveling to her vacation homes in Bay Head, NJ, and Scottsdale, AZ where she spent time with many wonderful friends. 

Pearl was the charter member and volunteer at Bayshore Community Hospital Auxiliary where she volunteered at the information desk for more than 30 years. She also was a Girl Scout Leader. Pearl was also a lifetime member of the Presbyterian Church and was active in both Matawan Presbyterian Church and Tower Hill Presbyterian Church congregations.

Richard “Dick” Doughty passed away peacefully on May 14, 2020 at Bayhealth Medical Center in Dover, DE from Covid-19. He was 93. He was born on July 9, 1926 and raised in Fair Haven, New Jersey. His family (Doughty and Parker) were among the original settlers of Fair Haven and Little Silver dating back to the 1760’s. He lived in the Applebrook section of Middletown, NJ for most of his life. He graduated from Rumson-Fair Haven High School and from Rider College in 1951. During WWII he served as a gunners Mate 3rd class on Merchant Ships with convoys to Europe and the Mediterranean. He completed his Navy service in the Philippines. He had a 40-year career in retail management in national chain stores retiring in 1991.

He was a hard-working man who always had time for a smile. He will be remembered as a friendly, kind, loving, and easy-going man. He was a member of Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Sea Bright, NJ for over 60 years. He spent every summer swimming and enjoying the ocean with his wife, family, and many friends. May he find peace after a long and happy life and find the perfect spot on the shores of heaven. He will be greatly missed.

It is with heartfelt sadness the world lost a beloved Father, Son, Brother, Uncle, friend, peer and teammate, David Cura. David passed away Sunday, May 10th beginning his journey to a more peaceful place. David fought a valiant battle against a rare fungal disease which led to multiple years of complications. He is a true example of strength, perseverance and dedication. David’s courage will forever be an inspiration to those who knew him. “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. “

David was a dedicated family person who treasured his family and friends. David is survived by his Mother, Son, Sister and Brother. David treasured time with his son; they spent countless hours working on a vast number of “DYI projects”, skiing and being outdoors. David’s dedication to his family was best exemplified in his dedication to his charity work supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. After losing his father to Leukemia, he spent endless hours coaching a “Team in Training” raising donations and inspiring his team members to complete gurgling memorial bike rides to help find a cure.

Robert Bruce Halloran of Little Silver, NJ, entered into eternal life peacefully on May 9, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.  Born in Boston, MA on 1/13/35, Bob grew up in Newton and graduated from Boston College in 1956. After college, Bob enlisted in the Army, where he was stationed in Paris; thus began a lifelong love of everything French. He was a true Francophile.

After the Army, Bob spent many summers in Martha’s Vineyard and was active in Summer Stock Theater at the Charles Street Playhouse. He was a talented actor who seemed to be at home on stage. But, although a true Thespian at heart, he left MA to pursue a career in NYC.

He began working at Mass Mutual Life Insurance, where he remained for over 50 years. During the holiday season in NYC, Bob worked as a Greeter at Bloomingdales. While there, he met and fell in love with a fellow employee—a beautiful, young woman named Marie. A year later, they were engaged.

Bob’s success as an Insurance Agent earned him exotic vacations. He and Marie vacationed in the Caribbean Islands and Hawaii. They skied in Chamonix. They even rode a camel in The Canary Islands.

John C. Clark, age 62, of Shrewsbury died at home on May 10, 2020.  Born in Red Bank, John lived most of his life in Shrewsbury.  He graduated from Red Bank Regional High School in 1975 where he played baseball and football.  He was so proud to be part of the 1975 football team that was recently inducted into the RBR Athletic Hall of Fame. 

John retired from his job as Superintendent of Public Works for the Borough of Little Silver and went on to enjoy his second career with “his guys” at Ryser’s Landscape Supply, retiring again in 2019. John loved cars and was an avid NASCAR fan. He loved music, especially the Allman Brothers Band, and frequently held concerts for his neighbors to enjoy.

John was predeceased by his parents, Tom and Betty Clark; his brothers Tommy and Sprat; and daughter, Stefanie, who was his special angel. John is survived by his wife, Mary and their daughter, Jessica. He is also survived by his brother, Frank Clark and his wife Doreen and their sons, Scott and Bob and Bob’s husband, Kris, his sister, Ella Clark and her children, Thomas and Elizabeth Sullivan, and sister-in-law, Ann Clark and her children, Kenny, Tara and Russell.

Anne Theresa Clark, 89, of Atlantic Highlands, NJ passed away suddenly on May 7, 2020. A memorial celebration in her honor will be held at a later date.

Anne was born in Philadelphia on November 7, 1930 to Anna Marie Dawson Alter and William John Alter. She is the oldest of three siblings. She graduated from Nazareth Academy High School in Torresdale, PA. and then from the Columbia Institute in Philadelphia with a Business Administration and Accounting certificate. She married John (Jack) Miller Clark on October 16, 1954 at Saint Patrick’s Church in Philadelphia. She was very proud of her work as a Secretary prior to and after raising her four children. She is remembered for the many stories she shared about her career. Anne was also a gifted seamstress. She was a devoted mother, wife, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt.

Marianne E. Rhodes died peacefully Saturday, May 9th in Merritt Island Fl., with her loving son James and daughter in law Leigh by her side. She recently had celebrated her 79th birthday in Florida with her entire family, after a move there from her native New Jersey.

Besides her son James “Dusty” Rhodes, his wife Leigh and children Morgan and Mac, Marianne is survived by her loving brother Jim LoBiondo, loving sister Ginny and Rich Marasco, caring fiancé Richard Mower, nephews Rick and Nina Kiernan, James and Erica LoBiondo, Jamie Kiernan, Nicole and Matt Baxter, “PJ” and Rebecca Kiernan, Christopher and Paul LoBiondo, four great nephew and nieces, as well as close childhood friends. She was predeceased by her parents, James and Vera LoBiondo Sr. and sister in law Denise LoBiondo. Particularly helpful in Marianne’s final days was family member Rhonda Bell, whose help and support was immeasurable. Also very important in her life was Marianne’s longtime friendship with Rev. George F. Riley, Special Assistant to the President of Villanova University, whose council and support to her family was so helpful over the years.

Marianne was a “Shrewsbury Girl” through and through, having maintained close relationships throughout her life with schoolmates from her hometown, including Patty Kurdyla (Ted), Joanie Hanmer, Linda Poling (Jerry), and Ann Iselin.

On Thursday, May 7, 2020, Patricia (Pat) Goff Coene passed away peacefully at the Brandywine Assisted Living Facility in Shrewsbury NJ at the age of 87 due to complications from dementia.

Patricia was born on May 30, 1932 in Montclair, NJ to Edwin and Irene Olsen Goff. She was the youngest of two children. Her sister, Barbara Hofford, is currently living at an assisted living facility in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Patricia obtained her associate degree from Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT. She spent her summers at the Jersey Shore, meeting up with friends at the iconic Victorian hotel, The Bluffs, in Bay Head, where she would meet the man she would marry in 1958, Edgar (Ed) Coene. They moved to Little Silver in the sixties where Patricia was an original member of the Monmouth County Newcomer’s Club.

Patricia loved her friends. She spent her weekends and summers between Deal Golf and Country Club and Monmouth Beach Bath & Tennis Club soaking up the sun, playing golf and bridge, and sharing laughs. Later in life, she and Ed split their time between Vero Beach, Florida and Rumson, New Jersey, travelling to beautiful places each year, and raising their three children. Pat was a member of the parish at Nativity Roman Catholic Church in Fair Haven and for many years she was part of a bowling team at Monmouth Lanes. She was a voracious reader, and did the NY Times crossword puzzle almost every day before her long walks through the neighborhood. She also loved dining out and going to the theatre.

Helen Mahler, 91, passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 6, 2020.

Born in Jersey City in 1929, Helen traded city life for the beach in 1948, when she met her husband, Harry Charles Mahler, and they began their life together in Highlands, NJ, where she raised a family and remained happily married for 64 years until Harry's passing in 2014.

Helen is predeceased by her husband Harry Mahler, her sons Harry and Peter Mahler, her parents, John and Elizabeth Koshuta, and her four siblings: Irene Thiel, Bette Maypother, Dorothy Kruse, and John Koshuta.

It is with great sadness that the family of Mary Raia, age 84, of Monmouth Beach, announces her passing at her residence on April 30. Mary was born Mary Saieva on February 4, 1936 on Staten Island, NY, where she grew up.

On June 17, 1956, Mary and Benedict Raia were married and began their life together. Mary supported her husband’s construction business, J. Raia & Sons, while raising their three children, Joseph, Linda and Mary Jo, on Staten Island. In the summer of 1968, Mary and her family began to spend summers at the Channel Club Marina in Monmouth Beach. Boating and being near the water were Mary’s biggest joys and filled her life with many close friends and happy memories.

Edward E. Jankowski, 80, passed away peacefully at his home in Fair Haven, New Jersey on April 30th, 2020, after a long and fulfilling life spending time with family and friends, making art, collecting cultural artifacts, educating students, and avidly growing and hybridizing daylilies. He is regarded by loved ones as having the biggest heart, a generous soul, a stubborn character, and the best wit around.

Ed is a graduate of the Layton School of Art, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He earned an MA and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Ed also studied in Mexico at the Instituto in San Miguel de Allende. He joined the Monmouth University (then Monmouth College) faculty in 1969 and taught at the University for forty years, teaching studio art and art history to countless students. Ed had an inexplicable way of getting through to his students and was referred to by many as the “Jon Stewart of art history,” injecting humor and storytelling into the study of art.

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