2007-01-18 / Obituaries

Obituaries

Paula Hornchak

Mrs. Hornchak, 59, of the Toms River section of Dover, formerly of Old Bridge, died Dec. 28, 2006, at home. Surviving are her husband, George; two daughters, Kim Barrera of Freehold and Dana Marciante of Old Bridge; her mother, Catherine Catena of Howell; and eight grandchildren. Services were held at Michael Hegarty Funeral Home, Old Bridge. Entombment was in Cloverleaf Memorial Park, Woodbridge.

Rose F. Gajewski Basile

Mrs. Basile, 81, of Jackson, died Dec. 31, 2006, at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank. Born in Jersey City, she had resided in Cliffwood Beach for 30 years before moving to Jackson five years ago. Mrs. Basile was a homemaker. She was a past parishioner of St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church, Laurence Harbor. She was predeceased by seven brothers and sisters. Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Elizabeth and Hector Vega of Jackson, and Valerie and John Morenz of Cliffwood; and three grandchildren. A Mass was offered at St. Lawrence Church, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Day Funeral Home, Keyport, was in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth Johnson

Mr. Johnson, 78, of Delran, died Dec. 29, 2006, at home. Born in Allentown, he had lived in the East Windsor area and in Bordentown before moving to Delran 20 years ago. He retired after 24 years as a sanitation worker with East Windsor Township. A U.S. Army veteran, he was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5700 of Hightstown. Mr. Johnson was predeceased by his wife, June (Danko) Johnson; two brothers, Richard and Edward Johnson; and two sisters, Martha Sexton and Joan Johnson. Surviving are a brother and sister-in-law, Randall and Marion Johnson of Trenton; five sisters and two brothers-in-law, Pluma and Herbert Polhemus of Woodstock, Va., Connie and Charles Stout and Betty Stout, all of Hightstown, Barbara Donavon of the New Egypt section of Plumsted, and Shirley Bowers of the Cream Ridge section of Upper Freehold; a sister-in-law, Katherine Johnson of New Market, Va.; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at Peppler Funeral Home, Allentown, with the Rev. Horace Franz officiating. Interment followed at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hightstown.

Louis Anthony Fonseca

Mr. Fonseca, 18, of Freehold Township, died Dec. 29, 2006, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. He was born in Perth Amboy and had lived in Howell before moving to Freehold Township two years ago. A 2006 graduate of Colts Neck High School, he was a first-year student at West Virginia University, Morgantown. He is survived by his parents, Louis and Patricia, as well as three sisters, Melissa, Marcela and Madison, all at home. A funeral liturgy was celebrated at St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church, Farmingdale, followed by interment at Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Freeman Manalapan-Marlboro Funeral Home, Manalapan, was in charge of arrangements.

Ella Rutledge

Ella Valentine Rutledge, 92, of Freehold, died Dec. 27, 2006, at Monmouth Care Center, John L. Montgomery Division, Freehold Township. She was raised in Freehold and had lived in Harlem, N.Y., before moving back to Freehold. Mrs. Rutledge worked for Macy's department store in New York until her retirement. She was predeceased by her husband, Earl Rutledge; her sisters, Hester Richardson, Lillian Dobson and Marguerite Warrington; and two brothers, Edward Valentine and Nathaniel Valentine. She is survived by her nephew, Robert (Babe) Warrington and his wife, Sheryl, of Howell; a niece, Judith Valentine of Neptune; and many great-nieces and -nephews. Services were held at the Freeman Funeral Home, Freehold, followed by interment at Maplewood Cemetery, Freehold Township.

Walter Gorbich

Mr. Gorbich, 89, of Howell, died Dec. 24, 2006, at the Geraldine L. Thompson Care Center, Wall Township. Born in Springfield, Mass., he was raised in Freehold Township, settling in Farmingdale in 1943 before finally moving to Howell in 2000. He worked as a salesman for the Philco Co., and prior to retiring in 1985, he worked as a corporate alliance salesman for the Fedders Corp., Edison. Mr. Gorbich was a member of First United Methodist Church, Farmingdale, and the Howell Township Senior Citizens. He was a delegate to the Monmouth County Senior Citizens Council. He was predeceased by his daughter, Carolyn Gorbich. Surviving are his wife, Mary Gorbich of Howell; four sons, Robert and Ronnie Gorbich of Howell, Richard and his wife, Connie Gorbich, of Quarryville, Pa., and Roger and his wife, Cheryl Gorbich, of Twin Mountain, N.H.; one brother, John Sperry of Laurelton; two sisters, Olga D'Lia of Spring Lake and Mary Kasprzak of Pine Brook; and one grandson. Arrangements were under the direction of the Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, Freehold Township. The funeral service took place at First United Methodist Church, Farmingdale, followed by interment at Old Tennent Cemetery, Tennent section of Manalapan.

Katherine "Kathy" T. Patterson

Mrs. Patterson, 67, of Howell, died Dec. 23, 2006, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. Born in Elizabeth, she had lived in Point Pleasant and Brick before settling in Howell in 1970. She graduated from Kean University, Union, and was an elementary school teacher in the Brick and Howell school districts. Along with other family members, she also owned and operated Patterson Greenhouses in Howell. Surviving are her husband, Donald W. Patterson; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Alan Patterson and David and Meredith Patterson, all of Howell, and Rich and Mary Patterson of the Port Monmouth section of Middletown; two daughters and a son-in-law, Cindy and Bill Sculthrope of Freehold Township, and Sharon Patterson of Howell; a brother and sister, James Cook of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Joanne Crowley of Jekyll Island, Ga.; and three grandchildren. A funeral service was held at the Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, Freehold Township, with the Rev. Harvey Kelley officiating. Interment followed at Ardena Baptist Church Cemetery, Howell.

Julie Mafera

Mrs. Mafera, 89, of Howell, died Dec. 20, 2006, at CareOne at Wall, Wall Township. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. Mrs. Mafera was predeceased in 1986 by her husband, John Mafera. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Michael Merola of Freehold Township; and two grandchildren, Constance and Andrew. Funeral services were held at Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, followed by interment at Ocean County Memorial Park, Toms River.

Marie Inez Maziekien

Mrs. Maziekien, 78, of Marlboro, died Dec. 20, 2006, at home. She grew up in Marlboro and graduated from Freehold High School, Freehold Borough. Prior to retiring, she was employed by New Jersey Bell Telephone Co. and Verizon for 29 years. She was a communicant of St. Gabriel's Roman Catholic Church, Marlboro. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of America, Court St. Rose of Lima No. 737, Freehold, and the Telephone Pioneers of America. She also bowled in the Howell Lanes leagues. Mrs. Maziekien is survived by her husband of 54 years, John; three sons and two daughters-in-law, John Maziekien III of Manasquan, Lee and Ginger Maziekien of Howell, and Joseph T. Maziekien and Beth Collington of Cookstown; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Inez and Jim Dickson of Galloway, Mary-Ellen and Glenn Pollinger of Brick, and Louise Anne Maziekien, at home; two brothers and sisters-in-law, R. Kenneth and Elizabeth Conover of Freehold, and J. Ellard and Marion Conover of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; a sister and brother-in-law, Gladys and Roy Davis of Eatonton, Ga.; a sister-in-law, Iris M. Maziekien of Wall Township; six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. The funeral liturgy was celebrated at St. Gabriel's Church, followed by interment at the parish cemetery. Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163; or the Marlboro First Aid Squad, 126 Wyncrest Road, P.O. Box 128, Marlboro 07746.

Mae Reid

Mrs. Reid, 79, of Freehold Township, died Jan. 9, 2007, at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Born in Philadelphia, she was raised in Jackson. Prior to moving to Freehold Township in 1990, she had lived in Englishtown for many years. Mrs. Reid was a supervisor in the publication department at McGraw-Hill, Hightstown, for 22 years. She also was a bookkeeper for Especially For You Florist, Freehold, for 10 years, retiring in 1995. She was an active member of the Silvermead Community Club, Freehold Township, and attended Mass at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, Freehold. Mrs. Reid was predeceased by her husband, Darryl M. Reid, in 1988; a grandson, Michael Reid, in 1993; a brother, Daniel Zanchuk; and a sister, Josephine Benjamin. Surviving are three sons, Darryl J. Reid of Howell, William M. Reid of Jackson and Vernon E. Reid of Lynchburg, Va.; a brother-in-law and his wife, Joseph and Millie Reid of Jackson; a sister-in-law, Willetta Linke of Jackson; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews and their families. A funeral service was held at the Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, Freehold Township, followed by interment at Old Tennent Cemetery, Tennent section of Manalapan.

Clarence Brock

Mr. Brock, 78, of Freehold Township, died Jan. 5, 2007, at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Born in Louisa County, Va., he had resided in Millstone Township before moving to Freehold Township in 1976. Mr. Brock was a carpenter and craftsman, retiring in 2006. He was predeceased by his daughter, Diane Goodson. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elnora; three sons, Jerome Brock of New Brunswick, Carl Brock of Lakewood and Clarence Brock of Trenton; three daughters, Jessie Harris of Philadelphia, Robin Brock of Freehold and Sheila Lewis of Lakewood; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held at the First Baptist Church, followed by interment at Maplewood Cemetery, both Freehold Township. Arrangements were under the direction of Freeman Funeral Home, Freehold.

Gennaro Romeo Di Santillo

Mr. Di Santillo, 82, of Freehold Township, died Jan. 3, 2007, at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Born in Italy, he had lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., before moving to Freehold 30 years ago. He was a restaurateur who owned many eating establishments in both New Jersey and Italy. He was also a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, Freehold. Mr. Di Santillo was predeceased by his wife, Stella Pasqualina, in 2001. Surviving are a daughter, Alessandra Esposito of the Morganville section of Marlboro; four sons, Nicola Di Santillo of Howell, Antonio Di Santillo of Morganville, Biagio Di Santillo of Freehold and Giuseppe Di Santillo of Florida; two brothers and a sister, all of Italy; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Church, followed by entombment at Fair View Cemetery, Middletown. Freeman Manalapan-Marlboro Funeral Home, Manalapan, was in charge of arrangements.

Rosemarie "Mickey" Coffey McCahill

Mrs. McCahill, 75, of Red Bank, died Jan. 13, 2007. Born in Jersey City, she resided there before moving to Red Bank nine years ago. Before her retirement, Mrs. McCahill was a secretary at St. Aloysius High School and St. Peter's College, Jersey City. She was a daily communicant of St. James Roman Catholic Church, Red Bank. She was predeceased by a brother, Herbert Coffey. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, James McCahill; three daughters and sons-in-law, Nora and Michael Monaghan of Little Silver, Katie and Jack Redmond of Howell, and Sheila and Tombo Jurek of Little Silver; a sister, Grace Colino of Lyndhurst; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. James Church, followed by interment at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Middletown. Arrangements were by Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank. Memorial donations may be made to SEARCH Day Program, 73 Wickapecko Drive, Wanamassa 07712.

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