Mrs. Sloan, 77, of the Parlin section of Sayreville, formerly of South Amboy, died Dec. 10 at her daughter’s home in Howell. She was a registered nurse. Prior to her retirement in 1992, she worked for 44 years for Dr. Severino J. Ambrosio, Parlin, and at the Memorial Medical Center at South Amboy. She was predeceased by her husband, Reginald Sloan. Surviving are six daughters, DiAnne Sloan-Dowdy of Tuckerton, Eileen Applegate of Laurel, Del., Gail Sloan of Parlin, Virginia Paffard of Madison Heights, Va., Lillian Muroski of Brick and Nancy Ordner of Howell; a son, John Sloan of Parlin; a sister, Audrenne Buff of South Amboy; 15 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A Mass was offered at St. Bernadette’s Church, Parlin section of Old Bridge. Entombment was in Forest Green Park Mausoleum, Old Bridge.
John T. Allen
Mr. Allen, 78, of Freehold Township died Dec. 15 at home. Born in Trenton, he lived in Freehold all his life. Mr. Allen served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Prior to his retirement 16 years ago, he was the Freehold Township building inspector, construction official, code administrator, housing officer, zoning official, chief of the fire bureau, and Planning Board member. He was also the building inspector for the borough of Englishtown and a custom home builder. Mr. Allen was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Freehold, where he served as an acolyte and first minister of the chalice; a co-founder, charter member, ex-chief and past president of the East Freehold Fire Company; a former member of the Good Will Hook and Ladder Company of the Freehold Fire Department; and member of Olive Branch Lodge No. 16, F&AM; and a past commander of American Legion Post No. 54, all of Freehold. Mr. Allen was a member of the Freehold Township Planning Board; past president of the Eastern States Building Officials Association; past president of the New Jersey Building Officials Association; member of the Monmouth County Construction Board of Appeals; and an Eagle Scout and Boy Scout Master of Troop 14. A street in Freehold Township was named in Mr. Allen’s honor. He was predeceased by his wife, Betty Gunn Allen, who died in 1998. Surviving are two sons, John T. Allen Jr., Monmouth Beach, and Jeffrey M. Allen and his wife, Eileen, Freehold Township; five daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie A., and Larry Petrula; Debra J. and Dennis Bell; Cynthia L. and Michael DiBenedetto; Lori A. and Hugh O’Neill; all of Freehold, and Betty Lynn and Arthur Sullivan, Newark, Del.; a sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Jack Queeney, Howell; 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Services were held at the Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, and at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, followed by interment at Maplewood Cemetery, Freehold Township. Memorial donations can be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 33 Throckmorton St., Freehold 07728.
Debra Marie Portee
Ms. Portee, 47, of Monroe died Dec. 16 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick. She was an insurance broker and vice president at Marsh Inc., New York City, for the past 17 years. She was predeceased by her father, Paul Portee in 1996. She is survived by her mother, Dolores Loguidice Portee of Monroe; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul and Jackie Portee Jr. of Howell, Joseph M. and Staci Portee of East Brunswick, and Michael and Laura Portee of North Plainfield; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Kathleen F. and Howard Senior of Somers, N.Y., and Patricia Portee-Wells and her husband, Joseph, of South Amboy; one cousin; and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements were by Brunswick Memorial Funeral Home, East Brunswick. Entombment was at Holy Cross Burial Park, South Brunswick. Memorial donations may be made to the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Development Office, 335 George St., Suite 3450, New Brunswick 08901.
Philip A. Armour Jr.
Mr. Armour, 50, of New Egypt died Dec. 20 in Plumsted Township. Born in Jersey City, he had resided in Old Bridge and Clarksburg before moving to New Egypt three years ago. He was a dispatcher for Network Ambulance in Philadelphia for the past 6 years; an emergency medical technician (EMT) for Raceway Park, Old Bridge, for more than 20 years; and a life member of the Old Bridge Red & White First Aid Squad. He was predeceased by his parents, Philip and Marion Armour. Surviving are two daughters, Amanda and Ashley Armour, both of Clarksburg; a brother, Gary Armour of Barnegat; and two sisters, Sharyn Meyer of Jackson and Denise Feret of Parlin. Funeral services were held at the Brunswick Memorial Funeral Home, East Brunswick. Cremation was private. Memorial donations may be made to the Scholarship Fund for Amanda and Ashley, c/o 510 Stagecoach Road, Clarksburg 08510.
Malita L. Palmer
Mrs. Palmer, 93, of Howell died Dec. 23 at Bartley Manor, Jackson. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she had lived in Bloomfield, North Caldwell, Bayonne and Manalapan before moving to Howell. She was employed at Steinbach department store, Manalapan, for several years. She was a communicant of St. Veronica’s Roman Catholic Church, Howell; a former communicant of St. Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Church, Marlboro, where she was also a member of the Rosary Society; and a member of the Molly Pitcher Women’s Club, Freehold Township. She was predeceased by her husband, Alfred Palmer, in 1972. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, William A. and Carol Palmer of Wayside; a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia A. and Thomas A. Gillis of Howell; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. The funeral liturgy was celebrated at St. Veronica’s Church, followed by interment at St. Catharine’s Cemetery, Wall Township. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter, 400 Morris Ave., Suite 251, Denville 07834.