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Mary Ellen Wilson, 91, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 29, 2021, while living at the Atrium Navesink Independent Living Community of Red Bank, NJ. She was born in Milton RD #2, PA to the late Homer S. Wagner and Ruth Fox Wagner on March 5, 1930. Mary Ellen was born and raised on the Wagner Farm which dated back to the Revolutionary War. She received her first eight grades of education in a one room schoolhouse being taught by her father, Homer Wagner, who was the teacher. Mary Ellen attended Milton High School in Milton, PA and upon graduation spent one year at Mansfield State Teachers College in Mansfield, PA and the following three years studying voice and piano at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA.

David W. Roche, 93, of Little Silver, NJ, passed away on November 23, 2021 at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, NJ. Son of the late David Roche and Helen Foley Roche, Dave was born in New York City on January 20, 1928 and raised in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx. He graduated from Power Memorial Academy and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Saint John’s University.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Dave served our country during the Korean War. He later worked as a sales agent for the Allstate Insurance Company in Bayonne, New Jersey, a position he held for over 40 years. Blessed with a keen wit and sharp sense of humor, whenever he was asked what he attributed his long career with Allstate to, he would usually smile and say, “no one has endurance like the man who sells insurance!”.

Gerald (Jerry) N. Hardie, age 74, of Shrewsbury, passed peacefully at NYU Langone Medical Center surrounded by family on Monday, November 22, 2021.

Born to Andrew and Alma Grace (Jennette) Hardie, Jerry grew up on Staten Island, NY. One of six children, his home was lively and he always valued a sense of family and loyalty to those around him. He was a graduate of Curtis High School and was drafted into the U.S. Army at the age of 19. A Vietnam War Veteran, he served in the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Upon returning home, he went on to receive a business degree from Bernard Baruch College, CUNY. He married his wife, Lydia, in 1976, and within a few years, they moved to Shrewsbury, NJ, where they settled their roots and grew their family.

Jerry had a career as a credit analyst, working for various factors/banks in the factoring industry in New York City. In everything he did, he worked hard and was proud to be able to always provide for his wife and two daughters.

Linda Smith Mallan, of Rumson, NJ, died peacefully on November 24, 2021 at King James Nursing Home in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, due to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease. She was 77 years old.

Linda was born in 1943 to Ann Betts and Stewart Pardee Smith, of Skaneateles, NY. As a young person, she was a cheerleader and spent summers sailing on Skaneateles Lake. For her senior year of high school, Linda moved with family friends to live on the island of Mallorca, Spain. Her time there ignited a life-long love of languages and travel. In 1965, she graduated from Syracuse University where she majored in French and joined Gamma Phi Beta sorority. After college, she taught French and Spanish in Stamford, CT, where she met and then married Thomas A. Mallan, Sr. They lived in Scarsdale, NY, Chestertown, MD, and have spent the last 40 years in Rumson, NJ.

In loving memory of Barbara L. Harwood of Red Bank who passed away at the age of 93 years in her home of 67 years.

Barbara, also fondly known as “Twinkle”, had a beautiful spirit that delighted in life, always ready to listen and offer words of comfort and encouragement. Her passion for others, positive attitude and wonderful sense of humor drew all to love her.

Nature was a part of her soul and her backyard was a continual feast and haven for the birds, deer, chipmunks, squirrels, woodchucks, raccoons, skunks and fox.

Surrounded by family, Linda Fay Brown joined her God above on Monday, 11/15/2021, at the age of 66. Born in Long Branch, NJ, she recently moved to Lakewood's Leisure Village after residing in Colts Neck.

Linda grew up in Shrewsbury and was a Red Bank High School graduate. She attended nursing school in Orange, NJ, and settled in her first nursing job at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch. After moving to Indiana in her 20's, her greatest dreams were fulfilled when she became a pediatric nurse in the burn unit at Riley Children's Hospital and at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent in the pediatric intensive care unit. She loved all children and saw pediatric nursing as her calling. Linda was a woman of deep faith in God and, to all who knew her, she was a caretaker whether she was in a hospital room or at home with family and friends.

Nalini Theresa D’Alotto, aged 54, passed away on November 15, 2021. She was born the youngest of 7 to Deonarain and Kunti Rhambarose on May 11, 1967, in Cumberland Village, Guyana.

It can be hard to stand out in a group of 7. Not for Zana, as she was known to her friends and family. Her vibrant spirit endeared her to everyone she met. Even those she met for only a brief time. Her childhood, like most of her life, was spent with family. Talking and laughing and gossiping, of course. But always together. As the family emigrated to the United States over the years they always found space to fit one more in their new home of Queens, NY. It started with her brother Dalchand and sister Surogni. And then came her parents Deonarain and Kunti and the remaining children Ramchand, Mohini, Harrichand, Premchand and the baby of the family, Nalini. She finished up her high school years in Queens and in 1988 she attended Baruch University. That was where she met Lou and their beautiful love story began. They started dating in July of 1989 and by October Lou had already proposed. In three months they had planned two weddings. One traditional Hindu wedding and one wedding in a church just like Zana always wanted.

Arthur J. Mura of Fair Haven, NJ, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 5, 2021 at the age of 92. Raised in Garfield, NJ, Arthur graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1947. He was a U.S. Army Veteran in which he proudly served his country during the Korean War. Shortly after his discharge, Arthur began his career as an Insurance Salesman. His exemplary work ethic and continued education rewarded him with many successes. He devoted 30+ years working at New York Life, followed by Mullaney Insurance, then eventually became self-employed under Mura Insurance Services. He was devoted to his clients and continued advising them just months before he passed.

Arthur was a loving, bright, and remarkable man who was greatly admired for possessing life’s greatest virtues. He was a lover of food, the Giants, and the Yankees. He was tech-savvy and remained physically and mentally fit, which made it hard for anyone to identify his age. Most of all, he was happiest at home, spending time with his family and dogs.
 

Marion Leigh Phillips, 80, of Red Bank, NJ passed away peacefully with her three children by her side on Thursday, November 4, 2021.

Born in Long Branch, NJ, Marion grew up in Little Silver, NJ with her parents George W. and Marjorie E. Ryser, identical twin Sister Marjorie, and two Brothers George and Philip.  Childhood was devoted to her twin Sister and their horses on the small family farm where she acquired a love of animals, nature, music, and gardening.  A 1960 Red Bank High School graduate, Marion began her career in the service industry employed by the United States Selective Service System, Red Bank, NJ.  While there, she was recognized by the United States Government for saving thousands of documents during a flood which inundated the Selective Service System’s offices on Broad Street.   Married to R. Bruce Phillips from 1961 to 1982, residing in Holmdel, NJ where they raised their family and together launched Holmdel Police Department from their home.  As their three children matured and Holmdel Police Department established a permanent headquarters elsewhere; Marion became employed as VP of Jafcee Security Agency in Mercerville, NJ and subsequently California Plant Protection, Van Nuys, CA.  Marion and Bruce parted ways in 1982.

Deborah S Connolly, 81, of Fair Haven New Jersey died peacefully at home on October 27, 2021 surrounded by her family.   We will remember Debby most for her sunny disposition, kind and gracious manner, and the positive influence she had on the lives of many people, young and old.  She will be missed by many. 

Nonnie, as she was known to her grandsons, was born to James A. Traver and Erma Homeyer Traver in Buffalo, New York. She and her brother Ron were raised in Tonawanda, New York.  She attended Tonawanda High School and earned a BS at Albany State Teachers College SUNY ALBANY, class of 1961, where she was a member of the Beta Zeta sorority.

Debby met Jack Connolly in Crystal Beach, Canada and they married in February of 1963.  They started their family in Kenmore, New York where they lived for 5 years.  In 1970 they moved to Fair Haven to raise their children Betsy and Susan. Debby served on many groups including Newcomers, Fair Haven PTA, volunteer teacher at Nativity Church, sang in the folk choir and was a substitute teacher.

Peg Scott lived a full life, with a strong determination to remain young and active until the end. On 10/27/2021, she finally yielded to the inevitability of growing old, and passed on at the age of 94.

Her desire to die peacefully in her own home surrounded by her family was granted. She is survived by her brother, Robert Bailey (Beth Schenck Bailey), and her daughters, Meredith Brown, Cindy Herndon (Fred Herndon), and Susan Reghi Kelsey (Ralph Kelsey); grandchildren, Jennifer Brown Chim (Khanh Chim), Meg Herndon (Marshall Gagne), Pam Herndon, and Nathaniel Herndon (Lauren Stephens Herndon), Danielle Reghi (Abe Hawkins) and Malia Reghi. She had seven great grandchildren (Isabella, Addison and Emma Chim, Thomas, Simon and Clare Gagne; and Liliana 'Awa Reghi).

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