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Carmelo Tiangco Gulfin went home to be with the Lord on Friday, December 11, 2020, in Red Bank, New Jersey. Born in the Philippines, Mel lived his 72 years on this earth showing love to everyone he met—always ready with a smile, friendly greeting, encouraging words, or a song. Mel was a talented singer, guitar player, and composer who conveyed passion and emotion every time he performed. He had a wonderful positive spirit and lit up a room with his radiant smile, melodic laugh, and booming voice. He used his passion for repairing cars to provide a means of transportation to many, especially those starting a new life in the United States. He passed away without much to his name, but because of his utmost generosity with his money, talent, and time on this earth, he stored his treasures in heaven. Mel is now with his beloved Jesus, whom Mel praised, loved, served, and pointed others to throughout his life.

Dianna Rizzo-Wright, the heart of our family, friends' and teaching community peacefully passed away in her sleep on Sunday, December 6th. While she has been called Home to the Lord at such a young age, her ability to bring joy, hope and compassion touched so many lives and leaves a beacon of light that will grace this earth well beyond her 40 years. 

Dianna was born in 1980 in Brooklyn, New York to John and Patricia Rizzo. She  attended Bishop Kearney High School and graduated with a BA from Stony Brook University, which led to a career on Wall Street for six years. In 2012, she received her masters degree from Wilmington University and  began teaching English at Moore Catholic High School in Staten Island. Dianna quickly flourished as she found her true passion and became known for her engaging, animated lectures and pioneering use of pop culture to relate to students in the classroom. She continued on to Freehold Township High School and most recently taught English at Mater Dei Prep in Middletown, NJ setting forth the same dedication for developing a supportive relationship with those who needed her most. 

Elenore Marie Harbison, 96, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 2, with her nieces at her side. Prior to her passing, Father Vic from St. James Catholic Church administered the Anointing of the Sick at her bedside. He will celebrate her funeral Mass on Saturday, December 12.
 
Welcoming Elenore into her well-deserved eternal rest are her loving parents, Delia Moroney Harbison and Samuel Harbison; her brother, Edward J. Harbison; and her sister, Margaret Harbison Holahan. Elenore is survived by her nephew, three nieces and their spouses: Philip F. Holahan and wife, JoAnne; Dee Bulvanoski and husband, Steve; Kathy Holahan Gatti and husband, Joe; and Maureen Holahan-Saling and husband, Tim; as well as nine great-nieces and -nephews and eight great-grand-nieces and -nephews.

Mary Eileen Weithas, 87, formerly of Little Silver and Jupiter FL, passed away peacefully on November 24, 2020. Mary was born in Keene, NH to Albert and Susan Davidson Livingston. Mary was pre-deceased by her husband of 64 years, William V. Weithas Jr who passed in September, and her son, William V. Weithas III. Mary was a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother who always put her family first. 

Mary is survived by her children Suzann (John) Cahill, John (Lisa) Weithas, Jeremy (Matthew) Minnetian and Claudia (Conor) Mullett. She was very proud of her ten grandchildren John (Lauren Kelly),William and James Cahill; Emma and Lila Weithas; Julia and Charles Minnetian; and Liam, Griffin and Mary Elizabeth Mullett. Mary is also survived by her siblings Dr. Albert E. Livingston and Ann Trudeau and her family.

Jeanette A. Choma of Middletown, NJ, peacefully passed away at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank on November 20, 2020. She was born at Fordham Hospital in The Bronx, NY, on February 19, 1932. She resided in her youth on Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank, NJ. She was a graduate of Red Bank High School Class of 1950. She married her husband John Choma Jr. of Swoyersille, PA on November 29, 1952, in Red Bank, NJ. She worked briefly for the phone company in Red Bank as a switchboard operator. After her marriage she resided in Fair Haven until 2015. She was a 58-year member of the Fair Haven Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

Jeanette loved roller skating and was a roller skater at The Singing Wheels Roller Rink in Red Bank. She also enjoyed, and was proficient at, the art of sewing. She also loved to paint and draw.

Following a mighty battle with cancer, Carolyn E. Brown, 64, went to be with The Lord on Nov. 9th, while at home, with family by her side as she wished.

Born in Long Branch, NJ, to Lindal & Joyce Brown, she was the 2nd oldest of 5 children. Carolyn was predeceased by her baby brother, Joseph, in 1967 and her parents in 2002.  As Owner and President, Carolyn made Brown’s a woman-owned and led HVAC and Contracting company, a rarity in NJ.  Carolyn’s big heart and spirit of generosity were the core to having close relationships with employees and customers alike. Having an open-door policy, Carolyn was never too busy to listen to anyone, and it brought her great joy to help others. Carolyn’s integrity in business made for long-standing relationships with her vendors and customers, where a hand shake still stood for something. 
 

Sebastian “Benny” Sciscilo entered eternal rest on November 14, 2020. He was born, and lived most of his life in Jersey City, NJ until he moved to Little Silver, NJ seven years ago. Benny was a dedicated worker for Maxwell House in Hoboken, NJ for 25 years. After retiring from Maxwell House, he worked as a custodial engineer at New Jersey City University. Benny enjoyed listening to music, going to Atlantic City, playing the lottery, crabbing, growing his sunflowers, talking on the phone with friends and family, and spending time with his children and grandson. He was always ready to tell a good joke.

Benny was predeceased by his parents Frank and Anna (Murro), his wife Florence (Kohn) of 43 years, and their newborn son, Robert in 1969.

Benny was a kind and caring man especially devoted to his family. He is survived by his two daughters, Susan Sciscilo-Macola and her husband, Phil, Florence De Costa and her husband, Gene, and his adored grandson, Brian De Costa. Benny also leaves behind 5 siblings, Frank and his wife Elizabeth, Teresa Heil and her late husband Ronald, Frances Sciscilo, Rose Baker and her husband Harold, and Carol Sciscilo.

On November 7, William P. Horan (aka Bill) passed away at 92, in Red Bank, NJ. Loving husband of 62 years to surviving wife, Hilda, father of 5, grandfather to 9 and great to 1. He lived a life filled with family, friends, culture, education on many levels, and plants. Educated in the US, South America and Europe, he held several degrees. In the Army, he did research for intelligence agencies and later worked for Remington Rand in the early days of computers. His job with Farrell Shipping took him to Liberia, West Africa, where he married Hilda. His main career was teaching Spanish, French and Latin at Clarkstown North H.S. (NY), where he was beloved. His passion for gardening took him to the NY Botanical Gardens for master gardening classes. An avid reader, he read to his children, instilling a love for reading. Later in life we would swap books amongst us. He was a generous, outgoing man who charmed everyone he met with his intelligence, warmth, quick smile and witty humor. Bill was involved civically, serving as Town Supervisor of Hamptonburgh, NY, and through the Catholic Church, Kiwanis and Knights of Columbus. May his Celtic soul be dancing and enjoy reuniting with family and friends in Heaven. One of the last true gentlemen.

Leon Lonczak passed away on 10/30/20. He was born in Plainfield, NJ and was a lifelong Central New Jersey native. Leon and his wife Lori raised their two children in North Brunswick and moved to Fair Haven after Leon retired, in 2019, from a successful career in the biopharmaceutical industry at Bristol Myers Squibb.

Leon then enjoyed his time as a sales agent with Resources Realty in Rumson. Leon was a Rutgers University ’81 graduate and was proud to be a member of the Scarlet R Athletics Club. Leon enjoyed cars, bike riding, tennis, watching college sports, real estate and spending time with his two daughters.

Doris V. Scheuing, born September 28, 1921, in Philadelphia, PA, passed away peacefully at home on October 29, 2020. Doris was very proud of her years at Westchester College, the Class of 1943, and the many friends she made whilst there.

Doris was married to Richard Scheuing who was one the founders of Fleet Week in New York City and a member of the Navy League.

Doris was a lifelong animal lover and very generous to all animal sanctuaries.

Verna Augusta Matthews, of Red Bank, New Jersey, passed peacefully away on October 25, 2020. Verna was born in Neptune, New Jersey, on December 19, 1944.

Verna was raised in South Belmar, New Jersey, where she attended grammar and high school at the Church of Saint Rose, Belmar. Growing up, you could find Verna on any spring, summer, or fall day at her beloved 19th Avenue beach with her friends listening to Elvis, the Everly Bros., and so on, and talking about school and boys. 

Verna married Clifford Tolmie and moved to Toms River, New Jersey. While raising their children, Verna worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for a private family business.

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