Theodore "Ted" J. Moss III

Theodore Joseph Moss III, known as Ted, 72, of Little Silver, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 30, 2023. He left this world surrounded by the love of his family and friends after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Ted was born in Red Bank, New Jersey, to Ted and Marguerite Moss. He retired from a long career with the United States Postal Service as the Post Master in Neptune. Ted is predeceased by his parents, Ted and Marguerite Moss. He is survived by his wife, Connee Moss, with whom he enjoyed 50 years of marriage; his children, Kelsey Moss, Ellie Moss and her husband, Sam Stamler, T.J. Moss and his wife, Kelly Moss, a granddaughter, Ivy Marie Stamler, and four siblings, Kevin (Patricia) Moss, Brian (Carla) Moss, Carolyn (Jeff) McDaniel, and Marianne (Tom) Dunn. 

Eleanor "Em" Jones Lawes

Eleanor Jones Lawes, 99, of Little Silver, passed away December 28th peacefully in her sleep at home after a day surrounded by family. She was fondly known as “Em” to friends and “MeMe” to her family. She grew up in Interlaken and Little Silver, NJ. In grammar school she met Donald E. Lawes Jr. who became the love of her life. They were happily and lovingly married for 59 years!

Peter Carl Culos, Jr.

Peter Carl Culos, Jr., age 95 of Red Bank, NJ passed away on December 27, 2023. Peter was born on February 8, 1928 and lived his early years in New York city until moving to, what was then, the suburb of Linden, NJ. At Linden High School, Peter excelled at football and helped lead the Linden Tigers to 2 state championships in 1945 and 1946. He went on to play college football at Chattanooga University. Peter had to leave college before he completed his degree when his father, Peter Culos Sr., became sick. Peter had to take over the running of his father’s business, Linden Tile Company, while his father recovered.

Gerda Lembcke Overgaard

Gerda Lembcke Overgaard 89, of Red Bank, NJ passed peacefully December 26th, 2023. She was born to Karen and Jens Lauridsen January 10, 1934 in Randers, Denmark. She spent her childhood living under German occupation in Jutland. An ardent student with a competitive streak, she graduated at the top of her class from the Randers Realskole and the Holstebro Handelsskole.

Gerda emigrated with her husband Ole Overgaard to the United States in 1968 and settled in Rumson for many wonderful years. She was always hospitable and kind and opened her home to many travelers and other souls in need. Their little ranch in Rumson was often referred to as “Hotel Denmark.” Gerda had a love of travel, art, fashion, and cooking. Eager to share her Danish cuisine and customs, friends and family would fill her home on Christmas Eve, eating aebleskiver, drinking juleglog, dancing around the tree, and generating maximum hygge. She was always dressed elegantly with matching jewelry and cheetah print was her favorite neutral. Her small stature belied an enormous strength of character. She met all her life’s challenges with grace and cheerfulness.

Joseph John Sergewich

Joseph John Sergewich, born February 28, 1922 in Union Beach, NJ to John and Stella Sergewich, passed on Christmas Day at the age of 101. He was one of the last surviving veterans of WWII. As a member of the 77th infantry, he crossed the Pacific, fighting in major battles on Guam, the Philippine islands and Okinawa. He received the Bronze Star Medal and many campaign ribbons for his bravery, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Returning to Shrewsbury, NJ after the war he married Etta nee Etta Thorne. He also got his first and only job at New Jersey Bell Telephone Company earning $25 a week. He retired in 1983 after 37 years of service advancing to Supervisor of the linemen.

Nancy E. Bruno

Nancy E. Bruno, formerly of Hazlet and Little Silver, NJ passed quietly in her sleep early Christmas morning, December 25th.

Nancy was born on 6/23/1934 and was a graduate of Hasbrouck Heights HS in North Jersey. Nancy eventually moved to Hazlet and then Little Silver to raise her four children. Nancy was employed at General Cable as a customer service representative and retired in 1992. Nancy is predeceased by her ex husband John VanVelthoven and husband Pat Bruno who passed in 2012.

John Francis “Jack” Horan Jr.

On December 22, 2023, John Francis Horan, having lived an extraordinary life of 100 years was called home to God. Born on November 1, 1923, in Jersey City, NJ John was raised by his parents John and Mae (nee Daly) Horan along with his siblings Bette, Don and Pat. He attended Snyder High School, Jersey City graduating in January 1942. He had a long career as an information technology systems analyst working for Western Electric, Pathmark, Time Inc. and Church Pension Group from which he retired.

In order to support his mother and siblings, following the death of his father, John took a job at Western Electric in Kearny NJ. John was drafted and inducted into the Army in June 1943. Following basic training at Camp Croft, South Carolina, John applied and was accepted into the elite Aviation Cadet Training program. He learned to fly at Winthrop College, Rock Hill, SC and later was moved to the West Coast Army Air Corps Training Center in Santa Ana, California. However, John’s dream of being an Air Cadet was cut short, as ground troops were needed. In late April 1944, John received orders to report for reassignment to the infantry.

Walter D. Wilson, Sr.

Walter D. Wilson, Sr, 90, of Lincroft, NJ, passed away on Friday, December 22, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. Walt was born the youngest of seven to Lillian and Austin Wilson in Applegarth, NJ. He was a long-time resident of Fair Haven before moving to his farm in Freehold Township.

Walt proudly served in the United States Army, 10th Mountain Division during the Korean War. He was a Free Mason.

Walt was an accomplished wood worker and built many custom-built homes in Monmouth County.

Joseph F. Cabrera

Joseph F. Cabrera of Atlantic Highlands, NJ passed away on December 20, 2023 at home with his beloved wife Katie by his side.

Joe was born June 10, 1947 in Manhattan, NY to Felicita and Angel Luis Cabrera, the fourth of six children. In addition to many youthful adventures throughout New York City, he also fondly remembered time with his family on his uncle’s dairy farm in Puerto Rico. He attended and graduated from Immaculata High School and later obtained a bachelor’s degree from Baruch College of the City University of New York. In the spring of 1980, he met the love of his life, Katie Mulheren, when they were both working at Tavern on the Green in Central Park. This past June, they were thrilled to celebrate 40 years of marriage.

John Francis “Jack” McNeil

John Francis “Jack” McNeil was born on June 26, 1932, in Red Bank, NJ and passed away December 10, 2023. He was raised by his parents John and Bertha, and his beloved older sister Eileen.  Jack lived his entire life in the Red Bank area. He attended St. James Elementary School and Red Bank Catholic High School. He then attended St. Peters College in Jersey City, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing in 1954. He had a long career in the life insurance industry working for Marsh and McLennan, John Hancock, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Donald Smith Associates and Union Labor Life Insurance Company.  After his retirement, Jack worked for Arrow Limousine, John Zollner class rings and Realty Appraisal Company. 

Jack enjoyed sports all of his life. He became a passionate fan of the Knicks, Mets and New York Giants.  Jack played football, basketball and baseball and lettered in all 3 sports for the RBC Caseys. He continued his love of sports by playing softball with Sal’s Tavern, The Knights of Columbus and The Tribe of Little Silver. Jack also developed a fondness for golf and enjoyed playing with his friends at local county courses.  He traveled with members of the Little Silver Fire Department for yearly golf trips to Florida. 

Harriet Ellen Best Sweeton

Harriet Ellen Best Sweeton, aged 90 years, of Ocean Grove, NJ passed away at home on Dec 10, 2023. Born June 11, 1933 in Philadelphia, PA to Harry and Tina Best. Raised in Devon, PA.

Harriet graduated in 1951 from Friends Central Quaker School in Overbrook, PA before going on to study Music Education at Temple University. She loved music and had the “voice of an angel”. During her time at Temple University, she sang under the direction of Elaine Brown including performances at Carnegie Hall. She attended concerts at the Philadelphia Academy of Music, including the Philadelphia Orchestra with Eugene Ormandy, and Arthur Rubinstein. Harriet studied piano from an early age and played classical piano beautifully on her Baldwin Baby Grand Piano. She loved Brahms, Chopin and Rachmaninoff and other Romantic composers. She sang with a number of local choirs for many years including the Monmouth Civic Chorus and the Shrewsbury Chorale. She also sang with church choirs including Tower Hill Presbyterian Church and Trinity Episcopal Church in Red Bank, NJ for many years.

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