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Ellen Little Stratton passed away on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. She was a beloved Mother, Sister, Wife, Friend, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and Great-Great Grandmother. Her good looks are only outmatched by her intelligence and wit. A straight-A student turned exceptional business woman, she knew what she wanted out of life, so she went out and got it.

Ellen married the love of her life, Laird “Buck” Stratton in 1963 and raised their beautiful family here in New Jersey. After retiring from real estate, she spent her days doing the things she loved: traveling with friends, going to Monmouth Park, reading English mysteries and finding a great happy hour with her best friend of 60 years, Patty Murphy. Ellen was ferociously loyal and dedicated to her family and friends. She was a fantastic cook, knew how to throw a great party and the person you always wanted in your corner.

Born March 8, 1932, in Long Branch, N.J., the first son of Chester and Grace Wiseburn Apy. “Chet” died on May 30, 2021, surrounded by family and friends. He was a lifelong resident of Little Silver, New Jersey, until he moved to the Atrium in Red Bank in 2013, where his grandfather, his mother and his aunt had all spent their last years.

Chet attended elementary school in Little Silver, one year at Red Bank High School, then attended and graduated cum laude from The Peddie School, Hightstown, New Jersey, in 1949. He took a “gap” year studying in post-war England at the Sherborne School as an exchange student of the English-Speaking Union. Following that, he entered Princeton University, graduating cum laude in politics in 1954 and concluded his professional education in 1957 with his L.L.B from Columbia Law School. He was then called to the bar in New Jersey in 1957 and was admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States in 1963. After a distinguished legal career in private practice, he was appointed Judge of the Workers Compensation Court, where he served for a decade between 1994 and 2004.

John Rickman passed away on May 13, 2021 at the age of 92. John spent his childhood years in Garwood, NJ. The family moved to Monmouth County in the mid 1940s.

John was drafted into the army during the Korean conflict and served here in the states as a sergeant working in communications.

He was married in 1951 to Beverly Franklin. John built their home in Riverside Heights and raised a family that included three children and resided in the same home for 68 years.

John worked for New Jersey Bell Telephone until retirement in 1988.  He then enjoyed working with his son at Tech Electric Corps, Inc. as an electrician for over 22 years. John’s high school yearbook stated “I would like to be an electrician” and he did so in the later stages of his life.

John Peter McKenna, commonly known as Jack, Dad, and Grandpa, passed peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on April 29, 2021. He was 80 years old.

Jack was a first-generation Irish American, the son of the late Peter McKenna & Katherine (McGinty) McKenna of County Monaghan and County Donegal respectively. He was born on June 10, 1940 in New York City and was raised in Queens, N.Y. He attended Power Memorial Academy H.S. and served in the U.S. Coast Guard at the ripe old age of seventeen. A graduate of St. John’s University, Jack went on to become a career IBMer holding positions in sales and management, which enabled him to travel all corners of the globe. He lived by the motto play hard but work harder.

Together with his former wife Joan they raised three girls in Dix Hills, N.Y. and resided there for over twenty-five years. Jack wisely retired at the age of fifty-five and moved to sunny Florida. He spent his later years golfing, traveling, and dabbling in real estate. Jack was a proud member of AA for eighteen years where he formed strong friendships and devoted his time to hosting local AA meetings along with sponsoring members in need.

Augusta C. Torpey, 87, of Lakewood, NJ, formerly of Locust, NJ, passed away on April 29th, 2021 at Jersey Shore Medical Center after a long battle with lung disease. Augusta (known to all as Gussie) was born on June 16, 1933 in Red Bank, NJ and graduated from Middletown High School in 1951. Upon graduation, she became a Radio City Rockette in New York City for several years. She was a model and participated in many beauty pageants in her younger days where she always took first place. Gussie then had a successful career in banking and was owner of Mrs. Uhlhorns Restaurant and Hotel in Keansburg, NJ along with her mother and sister. Gussie and her husband Michael owned Hidden Hollow Farms and Hidden Hollow Hounds Fox Hunting Club, leaders in the sport of fox hunting and equestrianship in the Monmouth County area. Prior to her retirement, she was an X-ray technician and office administrator for Red Bank Radiology in Red Bank, NJ.

Gussie started out as a teenager learning the value of charity and service through being a part of The Order of the Rainbow for Girls. Gussie was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Sirius Chapter 123 in Matawan, NJ for 63 years. She was a member of The Order of the Amaranth Charity Court in Red Bank, NJ for 70 years achieving the title of Grand Royal Matron for the State of New Jersey. Gussie took great pride in the charity work she did for these organizations as well as the life long friendships she held dearly that she had made along the way.

Edwina Lewicki Romano, of Middletown, NJ, passed away Tuesday, April 27. Born in Waterbury, CT she was the daughter of late Dr. Edward Lewicki and Hedwig (Posila) Lewicki.

Edwina was the owner and artisan of Edwina’s Upholstery Workroom in Red Bank, NJ. She loved her workroom and her customers. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and watching nature.

She is survived by her children John Romano and his wife Mary Beth, Steven Romano and his wife Tami, her daughter Jodi Romano and B.J. Sage, and her dog Phoebe Too.  She also leaves her grandchildren Spencer, Justin, Mark and Evan, and her sister Heidi (Lewicki) Shea of Middlebury, Ct. 

Ann Lucy Moren, 73, passed away at home on Friday, April 16, 2021. Ann was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on January 16, 1948 to Everett and Norma (Selen) Flodman. She Graduated from Worcester South High School in 1966. Ann was married to Jan W. Moren on March 6, 1965. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from California State University, Long Beach California in 1975. Ann was a well-respected PT in California and New Jersey. She worked in hospital settings, with private physicians, in physical therapy facilities and as a volunteer at the US Army Physical Therapy facility in Belgium at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), in Mons, Belgium. Her career spanned a period of nearly forty years.

Ann was predeceased by her mother and father, as well as her brothers Col (R) John A. (Jack) Stockhaus, Ronald E. Flodman, Robert G. Flodman, niece Kerry Flodman and nephew Eric Stockhaus. Ann is survived by her husband Jan W. Moren, her son Jon E. Moren (Debra) her beloved Grandsons, who she would call “my heart”, Justin and Christopher Moren, and her Brother Richard A. Flodman (Priscilla).

Charles Frederic Mason Jr., died at home surrounded by family on 4/20/21 at the age of 72. The son of Charles F. Mason Sr. and Frances (Schumacher) Mason, he lived in New Jersey all his life. Charlie loved old time radio shows, television, and was an avid record collector.

Charlie is survived by his loving wife of 48 years Janice, his two sons Jeffrey and Timothy, Jeff’s wife Coral, Tim’s wife Becky, four grandchildren, and his 2 pugs.

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our father and friend Lt. Col. Billie Thomas. Billie passed away peacefully on April,19 2021 from non-COVID related health issues at Riverview Hospital with his children by his side. He resided in Middletown New Jersey and Oak Hill NY.

Billie is predeceased by his wife Jacqueline Splain. Billie was 83 years of age. Billie graduated the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1962 and served over 20 years in the US Army including two tours in Vietnam. He held a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering which he later taught at West Point.

Patricia Ann Ahlemeyer (nee Sullivan) passed away peacefully on April 17th at the age of 83. She was born April 24,1937 to Joseph and Cecelia Sullivan in Jersey City, N.J. where she grew up with her younger siblings Margaret (Peggy) and Danny. Patricia graduated from St Al’s Academy in 1954. She was taken to her Senior Prom on Dec 27, 1953 by Joseph Ahlemeyer who was in the Army at the time and drove hundreds of miles from Oklahoma where he was stationed so nobody else could escort her. She went on to marry Joseph on Oct. 6, 1956 at St. Mary’s Church in Jersey City. After graduating high school, she worked for the telephone company for over 30 years, starting in New York then in Red Bank after moving with Joseph to Middletown in 1962. On January 29, 1973, she gave birth to her and Joseph’s only child, J.P.

Marion Mylod Fitzgerald, 83, Little Silver, passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2021, at home surrounded by her children. Marion was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was a member of Saint Saviour's Parish. She was a graduate of the College of New Rochelle.  Marion was active in service as a spiritual director at the Upper Room in Neptune, NJ and the Church of St. Anselm in Wayside, NJ.  She was a grief counselor at Stephy’s Place and a New Life Support Leader for September 11th families in Red Bank, NJ.  She was a resident of Monmouth County, living in Little Silver and Shrewsbury for over 50 years.  Marion was a parishioner of The Church of the Nativity in Fair Haven.

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