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Obituaries and Condolences for Our Current Funeral Services

Kathleen Toomey

Kathleen Toomey, 65, of Middletown, NJ, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family and friends on January 16, 2020 at Jersey Shore Medical Center. She was born in Brooklyn, and lived in Middletown since 1980. Kathy worked as a secretary for St Catherine’s Church for over 25 years. Kathy will fondly be remembered for having a great sense of humor. She was kind and patient to everyone she met. She loved to cook and spend time with family and friends.

Surviving are her husband of 39 years, David Toomey, son, Kevin Toomey (Jen Mitchell); daughter, Erin Rinaldi (Tony Martin); two sisters, Carolyn Polakas, Florence (Frank) Cassay; brother, Jimmy (Helen) Stout; brother-in-law, Barrett Toomey; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 19, 2020 from 3-7 pm at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, January 20, 2020 at 8:15 am at the funeral home. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered at 9:30 am at St Catherine’s Church, 110 Bray Ave., Middletown.

 

 

 

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BethAnne Clayton

BethAnne Clayton, 54, of Belford, NJ, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on January 14, 2020. She was born in Staten Island, NY and lived in the Middletown area since 1974. BethAnne attended Berkeley Business School. Although she worked as a bookkeeper for several companies, she was best known as a talented singer/songwriter, musician and entertainer. She had her own band, The BethAnne Clayton Band and she was also a member of The Queen of Hearts of Nashville and sang with McCloone’s Holiday Express and many others. She was also a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir.

Surviving are her beloved son, Paul Reinhold; three sisters, Lorie (Bill) Agnew, Katherine (John) Meo, and Christine Adamo; uncle, Jack (Elaine) Adamo; several nieces and nephews; and her faithful Beagle, Twixie.

BethAnne was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Patricia Praydick.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 17, 2020 from 2-4 & 6-9 pm at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 11:00 am at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Tindall Rd., Middletown.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making donation to Go Fund Me that has been established for Paulie’s future needs @ gofundme.com/please-help-bethanne-and-paulie.

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Richard “Dick” Carunchio, Sr.

Richard “Dick” Carunchio, Sr., devoted husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on January 13, 2020. He was born in Jersey City on May 4, 1943 and raised in Newark, NJ. He moved with his family to the Jersey Shore where he loved boating, fishing, and the beach. Dick loved playing and coaching basketball for 15 years. BYAA biddy ball. He also served his country in the U.S. Army and was a Vietnam Veteran. Dick was a proud member of the VFW Post 2179 in Port Monmouth. He worked for UPS and ran for office as a trustee in Teamsters Local 177 for 17 years.

He leaves his wife Kathy (née Vetrini) of 54 years, his two children, daughter, Christine Higgins and her husband Jimmy; Rich Jr., and his wife Christine. His four grandchildren who he adored, Kyle, Erin, Richie, III., and Clare. He will be greatly missed, go in peace we love you.

Dick also leaves his sister-in-law, Rita and John Kaiser, and brother-in-law, Joe and Nancy Vetrini. He has three sisters, Joy, June, and Nora, and 3 brothers, Frances, Robert and Thomas, as well as many loving nieces and nephews and their families.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from 9-11 am with a Funeral Ceremony at 10:30 am at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown. Burial will follow at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery, Wrightstown.

In lieu of flowers please support the Alzheimer’s Association of NJ at www.alz.org. Thank you to all who took amazing care of Richard at Jersey Shore Center, Eatontown, NJ.

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Diane Wallace

Diane Wallace, 82, of Voorhees, NJ, died on January 11, 2020 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. She was born in Manhattan, NY and lived in Washington Heights before moving to Keansburg. Before starting her family, Diane had a long career with NJ Bell Telephone as a telephone operator, earning accolades as Miss Voice with a Smile. She ended her telephone career as a supervisor. Diane was a Counselor and Supervisor for CPC Behavioral Health Care Services working with mentally ill drug abusers. She always looked out for everyone else, developing her deep sense of social justice in the 1950’s and 60’s during the fight for Civil Rights. While raising her four children, she made a point of saving money in order to take them on vacation every year. She and her husband loved to travel and tour all over the Untied States and Canada with their motor home. While on her travels she enjoyed photographing everything she could.

Surviving are her husband of 39 years, John Wallace, Sr.; her children, Thomas Stephenson, predeceased by his husband Timothy Prescott, Edward Stephenson and Lori Springer, Susanne Cavage and her husband, Ken, and Bill Stephenson and his wife, Edie; her step-son and his wife, John and Silvia Wallace, Jr.; her step-daughter, Laura Wallace; her four grandchildren, Lily, Joey, Anna and Cora; her two nieces, Jeannine and Linda Ryan; and a host of cousins and other family and friends.

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 8:30-10:30 am at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered Thursday, January 16, 2020 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 tax-deductible contribution in Diane ‘s name to Pushups4Parkinsons, PO Box 1132, Waxhaw, NC 28173 or at https://www.pushups4parkinsons.org/give/.

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Theodore “Ted” F. Westrich


Theodore Franklin Westrich, 85, of Belford, NJ, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on January 8, 2020. He was born in Evansville, Indiana, moved to Westfield, NJ, then lived in Belford for over 60 years.

Ted proudly served his country in the U.S Army, 14th Armored Cavalry Regiment Third Battalion, was stationed in Germany 1957 – 1959, and was honorably discharged in 1963. Ted worked for Anheuser-Busch for 46 years before retiring, beginning in the warehouse and ending as an administrator in the credit union.

As an avid musician who played a variety of instruments to include his favorite ukulele and other stringed instruments, Ted was a member of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America and greatly enjoyed singing in public and with family and friends.

A lifelong St. Louis Cardinal fan, Ted was also active in sports, playing competitive softball for Anheuser-Busch for many years as a pitcher and shortstop, and participated in numerous Anheuser-Busch bowling leagues consistently leading the leagues in high score. Ted was also very active in organizing annual Anheuser-Busch bus trips to Busch Gardens in Virginia, and enjoyed the company of great friends and family.

Predeceased by his parents, Enos and Blanche Westrich, and his brother, Ronald, Ted is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 62 years, Nannette (formerly Dreyfuss). Nannette, as their wedding song stated, was his True Love and remained so like their favorite song, Through the Years.

His memory will be forever cherished by his son Greg Westrich, daughter-in-law Robyn, and family; daughter Tracy Foley, son-in-law Harold, and family; son Scott Westrich, daughter-in-law Barbara, and family; daughter Dawn McKeon, son-in-law David, and family; daughter Kim Herrick, son-in-law Troy, and family; 17 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and a vast extended family.

All who knew Ted will remember him as a kind and generous man who loved everyone and really loved family and friends getting together, as evidenced by his two famous sayings: “I just want to be with you guys”, and “Thanks For Coming”.

A Celebration of Life will be held on January 18. 2020 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown.
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Rose Cammareri

Rose Cammareri Obituary by John F Pfleger Funeral Home in Middletown
Rose Victoria Cammareri, October 30th 1947-January 5th 2020.

Rose “Cookie” Cammareri daughter of late Andrew and Gertrude Cammareri was born on October 30th 1947 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

She attended Catherine McAuley parochial school and was a graduate of Monmouth University and N.Y. City University. Cookie was an elementary school teacher at Holy Family, Hazlet N.J., and taught seventh and eighth grade Social Studies and English. She was enthusiastic and her teaching was one of a kind. She made learning fun and her students were very attentive when she stood present in the classroom. Cookie loved sitting on her stool and teaching from the podium wearing her slippers. She often brought her daughters into the class to help teach the older students. She was active in safety patrol, student council, the variety show, and the publication/advertising chairperson for the school carnival. She later taught at P.S. 94 in Brooklyn N.Y. grades fourth thru sixth. Cookie had a love for her students and was an exceptional role model. Her daughters loved accompanying her to school on their days off and enjoyed teaching and helping her with school work.

She shares three daughters with her former spouse, Bruce Gataroska: Andrea Smith, Kathryn Healy, and Christina Terhune in which they were raised in Middletown, N.J.

Cookie was dedicated in her Catholic faith and though it was hard for her to get to church every Sunday, she prayed the rosary every day and hosted weekly bible studies in her home with a small group of close friends. Cookie loved reading books, singing, dancing around her kitchen, day dreaming of places to one day visit, and spending time and helping her grandchildren with school projects. She had a big generous heart and always thought of everyone she just met. For those that knew Cookie knew that she always had a positive outlook on her life given her current situation. She would always leave you smiling and laughing. Her influence will forever remain in the lives she touched. She quietly departed this life on Sunday, January 5th at her home with her family present.

Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her daughters, Andrea Smith and husband Richard Smith, of Tinton Falls, Kathryn Healy and her fiancé Robert Brodbeck of Port Monmouth,Christina Terhune of Port Monmouth, her sister Adrienne Landri of Atlantic Highlands, nephews Vincent, David, and Paul, her twelve grandchildren Kyla, Shawn, Andrew, Peyton, Catelyn, Mackenzie, Anthony, Madison, Brandon, James, Matthew and Harper and her Pomeranian Molly.

Services will be Sunday, January 12th 2020 at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Rd., Middletown from 3pm-5pm and 7pm-9pm. Mass will be Monday, January 13th 2020 at St. Mary’s Chapel, 26 Leonardville Rd., Middletown at 1030 am. In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made to Middletown First Aide Cadet Program, ATTN: EMS Cadet Post 367, 1 Kings Highway, Middletown, N.J. 07748.

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Catherine A. Lynch

Catherine A. Lynch, 79, of Middletown, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Care One at King James in Atlantic Highlands. Born in Brooklyn, she has resided in Middletown since 1983.

Mrs. Lynch was a loving wife and devoted mother of six. She enjoyed hosting family gatherings and loved spending time with her 15 grandchildren.

She was predeceased by several of her siblings. Surviving are her husband of 55 years Donald Lynch of Middletown; her children and their spouses: Michael Lynch and Tonya of Florida, Colleen Siegert and Michael of Point Pleasant, Donald Lynch of Shrewsbury, Alicia Lynch of Pennsylvania, Patricia Hallam and Justin of Leonardo, and Sean Lynch and Dawn of Eatontown; her 13 grandchildren; and her sister Alice Clark and brother Joseph Emer.

Visitation will be Sunday, January 12 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home 115 Tindall Rd., Middletown. Funeral services will be held at 10 am Monday, January 13 at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Middletown.

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Joseph Tsou

Joseph Tsou Obituary by John F Pfleger Funeral Home in Middletown

Riverside, CA – Joseph Tsou, 84, passed away peacefully at Loma Linda University Medical Center on Saturday, December 28, 2019, with his son and niece, Mei, by his side.

He was born in Nanjing, China on March 16, 1935 to his parents, the late Chang Tseo and Catherine Kan. Afterward, in December of 1949, his entire family moved to Taiwan, Republic of China in order to escape Chinese Communist rule. He attended Tunghai University where he majored in Chemical Engineering. Joseph immigrated to America in 1964. He met his wife, Ingrid, at Ginza in NYC where they worked together. They were married 44 years until she passed away on April 13, 2011. He was a successful businessman and restauranteur and was the former owner of Mao Tai restaurant located at the World Trade Center, Manhattan, NY. A lover of cats and dogs, he also enjoyed spending time with his family. Joe will always be remembered for being an avid fan of the New York Mets, Jets and Knicks which he passed on to his son, Erik.

He is survived by his son, Erik, daugher-in-law, Traci, and grandson, Jacob who brought great joy into his life, of Riverside, CA; sister, Martha Leung and Kenneth of Flushing, NY; sister, Lourdes Cheo and Bing of Middletown, NJ; sister-in-law, Belinda Tseo of Berkeley Heights, NJ; along with many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife, Ingrid Larsen Tsou, brothers, Tsu-Zu Tseo, Tyrone Tseo, and Peter Tsu-Ding Tseo. He will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him.

Visitation will be on Saturday, Jan 11 from 8-11a at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Rd, Middletown, NJ. Committal is private.

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Louise Hyson

Louise Hyson, 77, of Middletown, NJ, died on January 7, 2020. She was born in Schenectady, NY to the late Harry and Emma (Wilkins) Knull. Louise worked at the Middletown Township Offices for many years in the Building Department, Licensing and finally as a Registrar in the Board of Health. She loved living near the beach where she could swim, tan, or be at the boardwalk. She enjoyed spending time with friends and family, in the yard, by the pool, or playing cards till the wee hours of the night. Louise was a wonderful and caring individual who would go out of her way help anyone. She and her husband are affectionately known as “Aunt Louise and Uncle Les” to the neighborhood. Louise’s greatest love was for her family, especially her grandsons, Gavin and Devin.

Surviving are her beloved husband of 60 years, Lester Hyson; her daughter and son-in-law, Robin Hyson and Craig Donofrio; her two grandchildren, Gavin and Devin Donofrio; and her half siblings: Nancy Engelhart, Michael Knull, Diane Perrino, Shree Notaro, and Melissa Reynolds and their families. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews held near and dear to her heart.

A Memorial Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 3-6 pm at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Louise’s name to the “Surfrider Foundation”.

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