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On Sept. 11, 2016, Barrett Brokaw, Age 43, passed away due to complications from a previous brain injury.  Barry suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2014 but upon recovery, was able to return to work at Search Day School where he helped autistic students.

Barry was born in Red Bank.  He received a degree in creative writing from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island and received a second degree in music education from Rhode Island College.

Barry is survived by his mother Chloe Brokaw, his father Peter Brokaw, his stepmother Laura Brokaw, his brother Bradford Brokaw and his wife Kitty, his brother David Brokaw and his beloved niece and nephew ShaiAnne and Brayden Brokaw.  

Brian Patrick Meehan, 54, of Colts Neck NJ, unexpectedly passed away on September 9th, 2016 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center surrounded by his loving family and friends.
He was born in Brooklyn, NY and graduated from Bishop Ford High School and St. Francis College there. He met his wife through a college friend and they have enjoyed a full and happy, though too short, life together since then. He worked as a trader in Manhattan for 35 years in the Government Bond Repo Market where he was a respected colleague as well as a trusted friend.   

Brian lived in Colts Neck for 21 years, where he cherished the open spaces and quiet. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church. He was a member of the Colts Neck Sports Foundation for many years coaching different sports for all three of his children. When they were students at Red Bank Catholic High School, he became their staunchest supporter in the stands, attending every game and meet, always with an encouraging smile. He was an amazing role model to his family and a thoughtful, loving friend to all who knew him. He loved Sinatra and Springsteen, was a master griller, and was a welcoming host who enjoyed nothing more than having his children’s friends over to swim in the pool.

Brian loved to travel the world with his family and friends, especially relishing all kinds of various cuisines. Food was a great passion of his and over the years he had become a good cook. He was a bundle of energy who didn’t stop moving until he retired for the night. He took immense pride in his home and spent countless hours mowing, pruning, and cultivating his yard. Brian loved the shore and to be at our home on Long Beach Island where he could relax surrounded by those he loved and eat great seafood.

Brian was predeceased by his mother Barbara McManus. He is survived by his wife Domenica, his adoring children James, Alicia, and Patrick, his sister Carolyn and his brother-in-law Kevin McCartney, in-laws Louisa and Giuseppe Mazzocchi and brother-in-law Tom Mazzocchi, nieces and nephews Ryan, Kevin, Kelsey, Christian, and Cara McCartney and Matthew Mazzocchi. He was beloved by many cousins and friends.

Friends and family are invited to attend a visitation in celebration of his life on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 at Thompson Memorial Home- 310 Broad St., Red Bank NJ from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday September 14th at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on Phalanx Rd. in Colts Neck at 10:30am. A private cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in Brian’s memory to the Barn for the Poorest of the Poor- P.O Box 4270, Middletown, NJ 07748 or to Red Bank Catholic High School- 112 Broad St., Red Bank NJ 07701 would be sincerely appreciated.
Barbara Parks, of Palm City, FL (a former resident of Monmouth County, NJ and Canton, GA), went home to be with the Lord on her 82nd birthday, September 7, 2016. She was surrounded by her adoring family. She was born on September 7, 1934, in Jersey City, NJ, where she attended St. Patrick’s Elementary School, St. Michael’s High School, and St. Francis School of Nursing. She married her beloved husband, Richard “Dick” Parks, in 1954. She was a woman of devout Catholic faith. As the matriarch of her family, Barbara served as a loving, supportive, confidant to her husband, children, and many, many friends. Her selfless attitude and witty personality brightened every room she entered. Barbara handled all obstacles in life with dignity and grace, even during her final days.  

Throughout their early marriage, Barbara and Dick raised their 6 children in many locations in the US, before transferring to London, England in 1970. As her husband’s job required much travel, Barbara served as the pillar of the family through her strength and guidance. One year later, she expertly spearheaded the family’s next move to the Netherlands. During her time in Europe, she was an active member of the American Women’s Club in London & The Hague.

Theresa J. Soldati, age 52, fought the good fight and finished her race at her home in Rumson on September 6, 2016, surrounded by those whom she loved. She had courageously battled Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma since 2013.

Terry was born in Summit and had lived in Bridgewater and Brooklyn, NY prior to moving to Rumson in 1994, summering most of her life in Manasquan, where she served as the town’s first female lifeguard in 1980.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Foreign Language (Spanish) and Speech Communication from East Stroudsburg University, PA having studied abroad in Spain for one year.

Oscar E. Hille, 96, of Fair Haven, died peacefully at home on September 2, 2016, surrounded by his loving family and friends. Oscar was an amazing man who led an amazing life, who kept his sense of humor, kindness and generosity shining to the end. Born in New York City to Elsa and Oscar Hille, the family moved to New jersey when he was a young child and remained living here his entire life, eventually raising his own family in Hillsdale and Montvale.

A member of the “Greatest Generation”, he helped his family through the struggles of being immigrant parents and the Depression. After graduating from High School, he attended Newark School of Engineering and Paterson Teacher’s College while working to help support his parents and siblings. In December 1941, a day after the attacks on Pearl Harbor, Oscar enlisted in the Army Air Force. He soon started training as a pilot in various flight schools on many different types of planes and eventually graduated as a Co-Pilot on the great Flying Fortress B-17 Bombers. He and a crew flew a new B-17 from the west coast of the U.S. with fueling stops, the last in Nova Scotia. They then flew across the northern Atlantic, at night, to England where all their flying missions would begin.

Dorothy (Dot) Kay, 88 years old, of Red Bank and Palm City, Florida, past away peacefully at home on September 5th 2016.

Born in East Orange, Dot spent her summers at the Jersey Shore where she met the love of her life Jack Kay. They married shortly after she graduated from Keyport High School. They were married almost 65 years and together they raised their two daughters in Lincroft and Rumson.

Dot was a former member of Deal Golf & Country Club, she was a 9 holer, a member of the (Deal Dolls) bowling group and an avid mahjong player which she loved playing with her wonderful group of Deal friends.

Dot loved games and puzzles and started her beloved grandchildren playing at an early age. She was devoted to her loving husband, daughters and grandchildren and was happiest in their company as well as with her pet and companion Pumpkin.

Joan Audrey Gootman Smith was born in 1932, in Richmond Hill Queens.  Her mother Mabel single handedly raised Joan and her sister Nancy instilling in them the importance of family, working hard, living simply, and trusting in God. These values informed Joan’s decision to dedicate her life as a Registered Nurse. She graduated from Norwegian Lutheran Hospital Nursing School in 1954. Throughout her career she nursed patients at Lutheran Medical Center, was a substitute school nurse in Middletown and Highlands school districts, and worked the night shift at the Navesink House. Joan was introduced to Todd A. Smith in early 1955. Todd was quickly enamored by Joan and sold his boat in order to purchase a diamond ring. The two wed on June 11, 1955. They lived in Richmond Hill NY, then Brooklyn, finally moving in 1966 to Red Bank, NJ where together they raised their three children, Alan, Carol and Linda. Joan became well known at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where she was involved in the quilting ministry, was head of the Dorcas Circle, taught Sunday school and vacation bible school and sang in the choir for 30 years. She spent time at the Shrewsbury River Yacht Club or aboard one of Todd’s boats. Throughout the couple’s 61 years together the pair enjoyed taking boat trips up the Hudson from Red Bank to Kingston, NY, retreating to the family farmhouse in Fayetteville, NY, and simply being at home together.  It was at home where Joan peacefully succumbed to her nine year tumult with Alzheimer’s on August 30, 2016.

On August 25, 2016, John D. Koenig died at Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, New Jersey after suffering a stroke.  He was most recently a resident of Bayside Manor (BM) in Keansburg, NJ.  He loved the staff and his fellow residents at BM and they became a second family to him.  He loved debating and teasing his friends and family about books, politics, sports, religion and anything that was politically incorrect.  He was hoping to make it to the election so he could do his patriotic duty and vote.  A lifelong Catholic, he attended mass and received the eucharist just before falling ill.  He was ready to meet his Maker.  He knew God existed because only a good and merciful God would have created beer.          

A long-time resident of Rumson and Red Bank, he was born at Doctors Hospital, New York City (NYC) -- the only child of George A. Koenig, M.D. and Helen Callaghan Koenig. He attended various NYC schools, graduating from Grammar School on Governors Island, during World War II, where his father served as a Colonel in the United States Army and also as Chief of the Governors Island Hospital.   His time on Governors Island was some of the happiest of his life.  It was on Governors Island that he became a life-long golfing enthusiast.  He then began, what was to be an 11 year educational odyssey with the Jesuits beginning at Xavier High School in NYC and continuing with St. Peter’s College, Jersey City and then Fordham University Law School. Before entering Law School he served a combat tour as an Artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps.  He fought in the Nevada Triangle (Korea) in March 1953.  

Benjamin A. Lappino, 86 of Eatontown, passed away on August 22, 2016, at home.  Benjamin was born in Jersey City to Mario and Margaret Lappino.  He graduated Thomas Jefferson High School in Elizabeth and attended Newark College of Engineering.  Benjamin worked for the former Union Osteopathic Hospital and then as a VP of Corp Facilities at JFK Hospital in Edison from 1968 until his retirement in 1995.  He served in the Air Force from 1950 to 1954.

Benjamin was a Member and Past Commander of the Shrewsbury Power Squadron and a Member of the National Rifle Society.  He was a communicant of St. Dorothea’s RC Church in Eatontown.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Elizabeth “Betty” Lappino; his son, Mario Lappino of Elizabeth; his daughter, Judith Lappino Lee and husband John of Edison; sister, Doris Bonavitacola and her husband Frank of Colonia; and granddaughter, Kayla Lappino.  He is also survived by a niece and three nephews.

Jim Clark, 86, of Jackson, NJ, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, August 19, at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Born in 1929, in Los Angeles, CA to Les and Irene Clark, he lived his life in California, Puerto Rico, and ultimately settled in New Jersey.

Jim is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jeanne, sons Mark (Cindy) and Dana (Bobbi), and 6 grandchildren Heidi (John), Casey, Alaina, Greg (Caymee), Killian, and Devin, nieces Tiffany (Ben) and Shannon (Juan), and 3 great grandchildren.

Craig L. Scanlan, 69, of Rumson, passed away on Wednesday, August 17. He was born in East Orange, New Jersey, to his parents, the late Edwin L. and Jacqueline Bush Scanlan. Craig grew up in Little Silver and was a resident of Rumson for the past 25 years.

He was a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts; Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania; and completed his doctoral studies at Rutgers University. Craig was a faculty member at Brookdale Community College and established the respiratory therapy program there. After obtaining his doctorate, he took a faculty position at NJ’s academic health sciences center, now part of Rutgers. During his 31-year tenure at Rutgers (UMDNJ), he participated in education research, grant writing, book authoring, and PhD advisement in addition to teaching. He was an accomplished author and well-respected in his field, having published numerous academic articles and several textbooks. He frequently spoke and presented at both medical and academic institutions. He was the inaugural inductee into the Master Educator’ Guild at UMDNJ and was voted outstanding faculty member several times. He was also the recipient of numerous professional and academic awards. Since retiring in 2011 as Professor Emeritus, he continued to author textbooks and participate in professional activities to advance the field of pulmonary medicine through computer simulations and online education.

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