2006-06-15 / Obituaries


Edward F. Lang

Mr. Lang, 89, of Farmingdale, died May 26 at Deborah Heart and Lung Center, Browns Mills section of Pemberton, after undergoing open-heart surgery. Born in Newark, he had lived there before moving to Farmingdale in 1932. Prior to retiring in 1979, he was an assistant supervisor for 32 years at the Motor Vehicle Inspection Station in Freehold Township. He also taught motor-vehicle regulations at the N.J. State Police Academy in Sea Girt. During World War II, he received two deferments due to his employment at a defense plant but eventually joined the 9th Infantry Division ground forces in Germany and Austria under Gen. George S. Patton's 3rd Army. He encountered many close calls with German snipers and mortar attacks and served just over 3 1/2 years. Mr. Lang was a communicant and usher at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Farmingdale; a third-degree member of the Knights of Columbus; and a member of the Holy Name Society for more than 35 years. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) No. 9691, Farmingdale, and American Legion Post No. 178 of Farmingdale/Howell. In addition, he was a charter and life member of the Squankum Fire Company, Howell District No. 1, for more than 55 years, during which he held every office in the company. He served as fire chief in 1970-71, and as chief engineer for 50 years. He was also on the Board of Fire Commissioners for more than three decades. As a child, Mr. Lang was active in the 4-H Club, through which he received many awards at the 1935 N.J. State Fair in Trenton. He enjoyed farming and had a vegetable stand at his home. He was predeceased in 1986 by his wife, Christina. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, James E. and Judy Lang of Howell; a daughter, Mary Ann Lang of Howell; two brothers, Walter Lang of Livingston and Joseph Lang of Farmingdale; two sisters, Elizabeth Zappulla of Howell and Eileen Tilley of Brick; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Catherine of Siena Church, followed by interment at St. Catharine's Cemetery, Wall Township. The Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, Freehold Township, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Deborah Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 820, 212 Trenton Road, Browns Mills 08015; or the Squankum Fire Company No. 1, P.O. Box 301, Farmingdale 07727.

Albert T. Rosato

Mr. Rosato, 96, of Matawan, died May 27 at Madison Center, Old Bridge. Born in Laurence Harbor, he was a lifelong resident of Matawan. He was a self-employed tradesman. Mr. Rosato was a communicant of St. Clement's Roman Catholic Church, Matawan. He was predeceased by his wife, Teresa M. Rosato, in 2000; a daughter, Antoinette Ciaglia, in 2005; and several brothers and sisters. Mr. Rosato is survived by a daughter, Barbara Rosato of Florida; two sons, Joseph Rosato of Lakewood and Richard Rosato of Parlin; a son-in-law, Michael Ciaglia of Matawan; and several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Clement's Church, followed by interment at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Keyport. Arrangements were by the Day Funeral Home, Keyport.

Thomas C. Dixon

Mr. Dixon, 71, of Freehold, died June 10 at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, Born in Jersey City, he had resided in Freehold for the past nine years. Mr. Dixon was a graduate of Snyder High School, Jersey City, and the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, N.Y., where he was a recipient of its gold medal. He was a chef for many years, most recently at Kimball Medical Center, Lakewood, before his retirement. He was a member of the Reformed Church of Freehold. Mr. Dixon is survived by his wife, Charlotte Small Dixon; a son, Charles of Howell; and a daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Edward Smith of Omaha, Neb. Arrangements were made by the Freeman Funeral Home, Freehold. The funeral service was held at the Reformed Church of Freehold, followed by interment at Old Tennent Cemetery, Tennent section of Manalapan.

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