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Obituaries and Condolences for Our Current Funeral Services

Tricia Ann Ford

Tricia Ann Ford, 49, of Toms River, NJ, passed away peacefully and unexpectedly in her sleep on June 22, 2019. She was born in Trenton raised in Union Beach and Keyport. Graduating from Keyport High School in 1989.

Tricia worked as a dental assistant for over 30 years. She was an avid reader, she enjoyed music and attending concerts with her daughters. Tricia was an avid collector of carousel horses. She adored her cats. She enjoyed movies and TV. But her deepest love was spending quality time with her family and loved ones.

Surviving are her husband of 23 years, Allen Ford, Jr.; her two daughters, Jessica and Brianna; her father and step-mother, Bob and Sally Heide; her mother, Terri Kurimsky; Allen’s parents, Allen and Pat Ford, Sr.; her aunts, Jean Heide and Linda Washington; her sister and brother-in-law, Katie and Bill Rieger III; and many other family, friends and loved ones.

Tricia was preceded in death by her grandmother, Daisy Ellis, and her step-father, Steve Kurimsky.

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 5-8 pm at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown. Funeral services are scheduled for during the latter part of the visitation at the funeral home.

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Grace R. Kondrup

Grace Ruth Kondrup, 85, of Rumson, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2019 at Care one at King James in Atlantic Highlands. Born in Middletown, she resided in Fair Haven before moving to Rumson in 1962.

She was a graduate of Rumson High School. She was employed by AT&T for 34 years before retiring. She was a member of St. George’s by The River Church in Rumson, the Telephone Co. Pioneers, The Humane Society of The U.S. and the Thoroughbred Association. She loved Atlantic City and was a diamond card holder. An avid football fan, she especially enjoyed cheering the NY Giants. She led a full life and enjoyed every minute of it.

She was predeceased by her parents Loretta (Brister) and Adolph Kondrup Sr., her sisters Gertrude Bronson, and Vera Kennedy, and brothers George, Arthur, John, and Adolph Kondrup Jr. She will be greatly missed by many friends, cousins, nieces and nephews as well as many great- nieces and nephews and many great-great nieces and nephews; as well as her loving companion William Schweitzer of many years. Even though she never had children of her own, it was often said of her she was like a mother to all of them.

Visitation will be on Friday, June 28, 2019 from 3-7 pm at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home 115 Tindall Road in Middletown. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 29 at 10 am at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Fair View Cemetery in Middletown.

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Helene Downey

Helene Sachs Downey, 92, passed away on June 20,2019. She was born in Newark and raised her family in Nutley and Neptune NJ.

Helene was predeceased by her loving husband of 52 years, Martin Downey and her young daughter Anne. She is survived by her six children and their spouses: Martin and Helen Downey, Mary Frances and Howard Mandeville, Regina Downey and Anne Lamoriello, Kate Murray, Matthew and Stephanie Downey, and Maureen and Mark Cavallo. Also surviving are her 15 grandchildren: Christopher Phillips, Bryan Downey, Betsy Downey, Irene Foret, Joseph Mandeville, Caitlin Mandeville, Emma Murray, James Murray, Matthew Downey Jr., Kelsey Downey, Allison Downey, Anthony Cavallo, Maria Cavallo, Anna Cavallo and Vincent Cavallo, as well as her three great-grandchildren, Samantha, Olivia and Evelyn.

Helene will be remembered with love for her dedication to her family, her many years ofvolunteerism as regional and national president to St. Elizabeth’s College Alumnae Association,and her love and affection for her extended family of nieces and nephews and their families.

Visitation will be on Sunday, June 23, 2019, from 4:00pm-7:00pm at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Rd, Middletown. There will be a mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Chapel, Middletown, on Monday at 9:15 am. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the College of St. Elizabeth Alumnae Association Scholarship Fund, Convent Station, NJ.

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Edward J. Johnson

Edward J. Johnson, of Belford, NJ, passed in peace at the age of 94. Ed will be sadly missed by family and friends as a kind, generous father, beloved uncle, cherished grandfather, loyal union member of Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 27 for 70 years, accomplished golfer, fisherman and proud U.S. Navy veteran from World War II.

Ed was the loving father of Eric, Mark, Teresa, Diane (James) Engemann, Edward Jr., and Christopher (Eileen); the respected grandfather of Catherine, Stephanie, Rob, Jenni, Mike, Ed, Eric, Aileen, Kim and Aly; and proud great- grandfather of Mary, John and Brooke Engemann. He was the devoted brother of Agnes Bushing and the late Marie Schetlick. Ed is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Ed was preceded in death by his wife, Johanna Johnson, and sons, Eric and Edward Jr.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 23, 2019, from 2 to 6 pm at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, June 24th at 9:30 am at the funeral home. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered Monday at 10:30 am at St. Mary’s Chapel, 26 Leonardville Rd., Middletown. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Edward’s name to either Center for Hope Hospice at or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at

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Denise M. Tate

Denise M. Tate, 67, of Little Egg Harbor, NJ, unexpectedly passed away on June 16, 2019 with her loved ones by her side. She was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ, raised her family in Atlantic Highlands and eventually settled in Ocean County. Denise was an accomplished Nurse Practitioner with a passion for educating future nurses. She earned her doctorate in Education from The University of Sarasota. Denise started her career of educating nurses at St. Peter’s College then worked as Assistant Dean at Rutgers University School of Nursing. Most recently she worked as Associate Dean of Thomas Edison University Nursing Program. Denise believed in living every day as if it were her last. Whether she was enjoying her time in the mountains at her Lake George cabin, relaxing on the beach, or exploring her family history in Italy, she made it a priority to live life to the fullest. She was known as the life of the party and her smile could light up any room. She enjoyed nothing more than spending quality time with her family and friends and leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories.

She was the devoted wife and soul mate to Craig Tate; loving mother to her two sons, Steven and Bryan Natusch and daughter, Jean Marie Pistone; proud grandmother to Ashley Brusca, Gianna Natusch, Luke Natusch, Aidan Patrick, Camryn, Casey, and Peyton Pistone; adoring aunt to Rhoda Basile and great-nephew Raymond Almodovar.

Denise is now reunited with her parents, Patrick and Eva Basile; brother, Michael Basile.

Please join us in celebrating her life on Friday, June 21, 2019, from 2-4 & 7-9 pm at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday June 22, 2019 at 10:00 am at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Perth Amboy. Cremation will be private.

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Alys Terhune

Alys Terhune, 56, of Freehold, NJ, passed away after a long illness on June 17, 2019 at Care One in Holmdel. She was born in Red Bank, and lived in Freehold for many years until her illness. Alys graduated from Ann May Nursing School and worked as a dedicated Registered Nurse at Riverview Medical Center for over 30 years. She spent much of her career in the Orthopedic Department and finished up on the Acute Rehab unit until her  retirement due to illness. Alys was the recipient of the Kellogg award for excellence in nursing. On her free time she enjoyed trips to Atlantic City. Her pride and joy were her nephew William and niece Rylee.

Surviving are her parents, Connie Niedzialkowski and Jack Rentschler; brother and sister-in-law,  John and Monica Rentschler; nephew, William Rentschler, and niece, Rylee Rentschler.

Alys was preceded in death by her husband, David Terhune and her sister, Barbara Rentschler.

All service are private and under the direction of the John F. Pfleger Funeral Home.

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Eugene Kevin O’Brien

Eugene Kevin O’Brien, 55, a life-long resident of Keansburg has passed away.

Eugene was educated in the local school system and graduated from Keansburg High School.  Prior to his retirement Kevin was employed by the Monmouth County Highway Division and Final Touch Glass. Since the age of 3, Kevin never met a dog that did not fall in love with him or found a firetruck he couldn’t tell you EVERY SINGLE DETAIL about, right down to the manufacturer of the nuts and bolts.

A special bond instilled by a family tradition of volunteering, led Kevin to join his Father and Uncles, as a member of the New Point Comfort Fire Company #1, at the age of 18. Kevin served the Department honorably as a Past President and Chief Engineer at N.P.C., a founding member of the Keansburg EMS, as well as a Trustee and former Chairman Keansburg Board of Fire Commissioners. He took great pride in “bragging” about the award winning EMS Cadets, but his greatest joy were his niece and nephew.

Kevin was predeceased by his loving parents Eugene and Maureen O’Brien, as well as his dear sister, Maureen.

He is survived by his sister, Jo-Ann O’Brien of Keansburg, his brother, Sean O’Brien of Carrollton, TX, his niece Veronica Haegele and her groom, Matthew Danser of North Plainfield, his nephew Brian Haegele of Carrollton, TX, his aunts JoAnn Sorrentino and Joan O’Brien, his cousins and his dearest “Partner in Crime” Steve Rogan, as well as the honorable volunteers of the Keansburg Fire Department and EMS.

Whether you called him Kevin, Tiny or Gino, know that our “little” brother cherished those who called him friend.

The family will greet friends at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown on Thursday, June 20th from 5 to 8 pm. There will be a private cremation. A memorial and burial mass will take place at Holy Family Church, Union Beach on June 28th at 11 am.

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Ellen Dignan

Ellen Dignan, 92, of Lincroft, NJ, died on June 16, 2019 at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, NJ. She was born in County Roscommon, Ireland to the late Roger and Ellen Farrell. When she was 17, Ellen moved to England before emigrating to Brooklyn when she turned 21 and living there for the next 50 years. Ellen worked in the accounting division at Crum and Foster until she and her husband started their family together. Ellen was deeply religious and a parishioner at St. Leo the Great Church for 21 years. She enjoyed walking and being in nature. She was a farm girl from Ireland and she enjoyed the simple things in life. She was the last of the original tenants at Luftman Towers when it opened and she kept such a spotless apartment that, still after 21 years, hers was the apartment prospective tenants would be shown. Ellen’s greatest love of all was her family and she would spend every chance she had with her grandchildren.

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Marie and Robert Schillberg of Middletown; her son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Ida Dignan of Marlboro; her four grandchildren, Allison and Amanda Schillberg, Thomas and James Dignan; and her three sisters, Agnes, Kathleen, and Winnie.

Ellen was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Thomas Dignan in 1998 and her brother and several sisters.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 2-4 & 7-9 pm at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown. Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday June 20, 2019 at 9:00 am at the funeral home. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered at 10:15 am at St. Leo the Great RC Church, 550 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft. Burial will follow at Green-wood Cemetery, Brooklyn.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Ellen’s name to the Marianites of Holy Cross, 21388 Smith Rd., Covington, LA 70435.

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Joanne Connolly

Joanne Connolly, 81, of Lincroft, NJ, died on June 16, 2019 in Tinton Falls, NJ. She was born in Philadelphia, PA to the late Louis and Marie Baumann. Joanne was a teacher in Philadelphia for years before moving to the area and becoming a teacher at St. Leo the Great School. She loved animals. She enjoyed trips to Atlantic City and reading. She was very adventurous, taking helicopter trips over Alaska and also the Grand Canyon. She liked to see the ocean when a storm was brewing. Joanne was especially fond of playing Bridge with her dear friends, Ann and Jack Magosin. But above all else, she loved to spend time with her grandchildren.

Surviving are her loving family, John and Caroline, David and Margot, Vicki and her six grandchildren, Nick, Dillon, Jake, Joe, Maggie, and Louie; and her many nieces and nephews.

Joanne was preceded in death by her beloved husband John in 1996, and all of her brothers and sisters.

A Memorial Visitation will be held Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 4-6 pm at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown. A service will be offered at 5:30 pm during the visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to a bench in her honor that will be placed near the ocean. All contributions can be sent to Furey and Co. at 391 Spotswood Englishtown Road, Monroe, NJ 08831.

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Alice Schoeneberg

Alice Schoeneberg, 86, of Hazlet, NJ, died on June 15, 2019 at her home. She was born in Astoria, Queens to the late Francis and Johanna McGovern and has lived in her home Hazlet since 1960. Alice began working in Astoria as a sales associate and when she moved to Hazlet she worked at Perkins for many years and then finally as a receiving clerk at A&S in Woodbridge. She enjoyed planting and gardening, reading on occasion, playing card games, and doing puzzles. She was most known for her knitting and crocheting.

Surviving are her three daughters, JoAnne Badame, Lynn Schoeneberg, Allison Bailey; her son, Kenneth Schoeneberg; her granddaughter and her husband , Aileen and Muniru Iddriss; her grandson and his wife, Scott and Kayla Bailey; her grandson, Aaron Bailey; her 10 great-grandchildren; her sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Tom Mosel; and her brother and sister-in-law, Don and Genevieve Schoeneberg.

Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Robert G. Schoeneberg; her sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Daniel Fitzgerald; her son-in-law, Frank Badame; and her son-in-law, Scott Bailey.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 18, 2019 from 3-7 pm at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 8:15 am at the funeral home. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 9:30 am at St. Catherine Laboure, 110 Bray Ave., N. Middletown. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Alice’s name to the VNA Hospice Program, VNA Health Group Foundation, 23 Main Street, Suite D1, Holmdel, NJ 07733.

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