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Obituaries and Condolences for Our Current Funeral Services

John Charles Lippert, Sr.


John Charles Lippert, Sr., 79, of Howell, passed away Wednesday, December 11, 2019. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was also a resident of Jackson before moving to Howell. John lived in Howell for over 45 yrs in a house he designed and built.

John served in the US Navy from 1958 to 1961 when he was honorably discharged. During which time he was married and started his family. He was employed as an as an Electronics Engineer supporting Army platforms at Fort Monmouth, NJ for over 50 yrs. He worked for several Department of Defense support contractors in the Ft Monmouth area including Vitronics, Windermere, and others during the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s as he developed a highly diverse skill set in the areas of circuit design, systems integration, test software, and cable fabrication.

In 2001, John became employee number 2 at a new Ft Monmouth company, Aspen Consulting and he remained with the company fulltime for the next 15 yrs. After semi-retirement in 2016, he continued working part-time with Aspen through present-day supporting critical fabrication efforts for Army helicopter projects. Colleagues at Aspen remark that John’s “faithful dedication to his work was the cornerstone of his professional life” and that “his absence will be sorely missed as his particular work-style will be impossible to replace.” Throughout John’s 50+ working years, he was an active outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also played on company baseball and bowling teams.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife Susan Lippert in 2016, his parents John G. and Dorothy Lippert, and his grandmother Matilda Zeltman. Surviving are his children: Lori Matthews of Jackson, Lois Benton of Florida, and John C. Lippert, Jr. of California; 7 grandchildren including Victoria Matthews of Jackson; as well as his sister Diane Rademacher.

Visitation will be Tuesday, December 17, 2019 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home 115 Tindall Road in Middletown. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 18 at 10 am at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Shoreland Memorial Gardens in Hazlet.

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Andy Y. Liu

Andy Y. Liu, of Lincroft, died on December 6, 2019. He was born in Shanghai, China and attended Shanghai Jiao Tong University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree. After college, he taught math and English in Yichun, Jiangixi, China. He found that songs were one of the best ways to teach English. To this day, many of his students remember those songs, showing the lasting and positive impact of his teaching.

Andy then emigrated to the United States and attended the Polytechnic Institute of New York (now part of New York University) where he earned his master’s degree. Over his long career as an engineer, he worked for Telcordia, AT&T and IBM in Monmouth County.

In his youth, Andy enjoyed basketball and tennis. As an adult, he became very fond of ballroom dancing and karaoke. Upon retirement, he began writing about his life in China. In an article published in Sino Monthly New Jersey, he shared that he completed his bachelor’s degree in China, but never received his diploma due to the Cultural Revolution. Upon arriving in the US without proof of his education, he repeated requirements for high school and college. Decades later, he retroactively received his college diploma from China, a very proud moment for him.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 39 years, Hai-Fen Liu; his daughter and son-in-law, Theresa Liu Cowing and Keith; and his two grandchildren, Kyle and Alicia.

Funeral services are private.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a contribution in Andy’s name to support Thompson Park, Andy’s favorite place to go for a peaceful stroll. Friends of the Parks, PO Box 686, Lincroft, NJ 07738 or http://co.monmouth.nj.us/documents/158/Honorary_Memorial_Donation_Form_18.pdf. 

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Filomena Bagnano

Filomena Bagnano, 95, of Hazlet, passed away Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at Laurel Bay Health and Rehabilitation Center in Keansburg. Born in Brooklyn, NY she also resided in Middletown before moving to Hazlet in 1979.

Mrs. Bagnano was employed by Woolworth’s Store for many years. She was a parishioner of St. Anthony’s R.C. Church in Red Bank and was a member of the Widows or Widowers group. Cooking and caring for her family were among her greatest joys. She will be deeply missed by those that knew and loved her.

She was predeceased by her husband Ralph Bagnano in 1969 and by her three brothers. Surviving are her daughter Caroline Newell and her husband Robert of Belford and her son Ralph Bagnano of Eatontown; her grandson Patrick Bagnano and his wife Jennifer; her 3 great-grandchildren: Emily, Charlie, and Nora; as well as her sister Emmanuela Nunzio.

Visitation will be Sunday, December 15 from 2-6 pm at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home 115 Tindall Road in Middletown. Funeral services will be Monday, December 16 at 9 am at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown.

 

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Pauline C. Zaborney

Pauline C. Zaborney, 82, of Hazlet, NJ, died on December 9, 2019 in Red Bank, NJ. She was born in Jersey City to the late Peter and Irene (nee Mercantante) Rotolo. Paula attended Beautician’s School after High School and worked for many years at local salons. Later in life, she was a waitress at Red Oak Diner. When Paula was younger she enjoyed roller skating and was even part of the roller derby. She also enjoyed bowling and music, especially Barbara Streisand and the Phantom of the Opera. Paula and her husband loved to go to Pt Pleasant to walk the Boardwalk. While her children were growing up, Paula made sure that theirs was the house where everyone wanted to be.

Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Tina Zaborney; her daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Thomas Jans; her granddaughter, Whitney Jans and her fiance, Ryan Murphy; her siblings and their spouses, Nicholas and Carol Rotolo, Antoinette and Jack Pantaleo, Irene and Jerome Bailey, Rosemarie and Joseph Leroy, Jennifer Rotolo, and Kenneth and Anne Rotolo; as well as her nieces nephews and friends that will miss her dearly.

Pauline was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 55 years, Edward Martin Zaborney in 2012, and her sister, Maryann Murphy.

Visitation will be held on Friday, December 13, 2019 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, December 14 at 8:30 am at the funeral home. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 9:30 am at St. Catherine’s Church, 110 Bray Ave., N. Middletown. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Pauline’s name to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to the Monmouth County SPCA.

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Irene Alfreda Wojewodzki

Visitation will be held Sunday, December 15, 2019 from 2-6 pm at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, December 16 at 9:30 am at the funeral home. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered Monday, December 16, 2019 at 10:30 am at St Mary’s Chapel, 26 Leonardville Rd., Middletown. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, N. Arlington.

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Deacon Charles J. Smith, Jr.

Deacon Charles J. Smith, Jr., 85, of Red Bank, passed away Saturday, December 7, 2019 at home surrounded by his family. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he resided there most of his life before moving to Red Bank in 2000.

He honorably served in the Marine Corps for eight years, including during the Korean War. He was a Police Officer with the NYPD before retiring in 1982. Following his retirement, he joined JPC Brokers on Wall St. where he worked for many years.

Deacon Charlie was ordained a Deacon in 1986. He was assigned first to Mary Queen of Heaven Parish in Brooklyn, and was later Parish Administrator at St. Margaret Mary’s Church in Brooklyn. Since moving to Red Bank, he has been a Deacon with St. Mary, Mother of God Parish in Middletown.

He enjoyed the game of golf, both playing and watching, and was a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers and later the NY Mets. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, The Third Order of St. Francis, and the VFW. He was a great supporter of the St. Teresa of Avila Alumni Association. Deacon Charlie will be remembered for his sense of humor and most of all for his compassionate and charitable heart. His was a life devoted to faith, family and his country; he will be deeply missed by those whose lives he touched.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marie Smith (née Conaty) in 2005; his parents, Charles J. Smith, Sr. and Helen (née Lavin); his beloved grandparents, Nana (Borrie) and Pop (George Socrates); and his brother George Smith. Surviving are his son, Stephen Smith of Bangor, ME and daughter-in-law, Alana of Lakewood, NJ; his daughter, Maura Thorp and her husband, Edward of Fair Haven; his 5 grandchildren: Kathleen and Colleen Smith and Brendan, Gillian, and Aidan Thorp; his loving companion, Kathleen Feury; his cousin, Celia Marrs and family of Houston, TX; as well as his loving extended family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 10:30 am at St. Mary, Mother of God Church 19 Cherry Tree Farm Road in Middletown. Interment will follow at Fair View Cemetery in Middletown. Visitation will be on Friday, December 13, from 4 – 8 pm at St. Mary, Mother of God Church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Missionaries of Charity, 335 East 145th St., Bronx, NY 10451 or Council of Deacons-St. Stephen’s Fund Office of the Diaconate, PO Box 5147, Trenton, NJ 08638-0147.

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Joseph J. DiCapua

Joseph J. DiCapua, 86, of Keansburg passed away December 1, 2019 at Riverview Medical Center surrounded by his family. He was born in Newark on January 19, 1933 to Gennaro and Angelina (Cagnole) DiCapua.

Joseph served in the US Army until 1954. He worked as a baker part-time for Dixie Lee Bakery, was a member of the Keansburg First Aid Squad for many years and a member of the NJ Carpenters Union and owned his own business where he made his living. He was a master carpenter and sought out for his skills by many. He helped build portions of Earl Naval Base, Riverview Medical Center and PNC Art Center to name a few. He built the house that his children grew up in and still gather at to this day. Growing up on the Jersey Shore he had a love of the water and was an avid boater and fisherman.

Joseph was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Marilyn M. DiCapua, seven brothers and three sisters. Surviving are his children Sharon Baran and husband Robert, Theresa Bayers and husband Stephen, Laura Jo Colla and husband Ronald, Joseph DiCapua and wife Michele, Michael DiCapua, Marilyn Alu, 9 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, a brother John DiCapua and wife Diane, his beloved dog Chip and many nieces and nephews.

He will be dearly missed by all that knew him. All funeral services were private and under the direction of John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown.

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John M. Nadel

John M. Nadel, 51, of New York City, NY, passed away Monday, December 2, 2019 at home. Born at Fort Monmouth, he was raised in Belford, where he graduated from Middletown High School North.

Mr. Nadel graduated from Villanova University with High Honors, and was academically in the top 1% in the nation. He received his master’s degree from Monmouth University. He began his career at Prudential Insurance Company in Newark and was employed by other financial institutions as Managing Director, most recently for UBS. He was an avid fan of the NY Yankees and loved the game of baseball, both playing and watching. He also enjoyed reading and cherished his family, especially his sons. He will be deeply missed by those that knew and loved him.

Surviving are his sons Kevin and Matthew Nadel both of Fairfield; his parents Harvey and Linda Nadel of Belford; his brother Jason Nadel and his wife Julia of Fort Myers, FL; three nephews Christopher Salgado, and Kyle and Dylan Nadel; as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Visitation will be held on Friday, December 6, 2019 from 2-5 pm at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home 115 Tindall Rd., Middletown. Funeral services will be held at 4 pm. Entombment will be private.

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Dorothy J. Dotson

Dorothy J. Dotson, 75, of Red Bank, passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank. Born in Wellsburg, WV, she has been a resident of Monmouth County for many years.

Ms. Dotson was an investment banker on Wall Street for 30 years before retiring. She also served on the Board of Directors of the West Virginia University Foundation, becoming its first Chief Investment Officer. She was a founding member of Lincroft Bible Church, where she served as a women’s Bible study teacher, choir member, and on the Missions Committee.  In her free time, she enjoyed reading, Bible study, travel, and watching WVU Mountaineer sports.  She will be deeply missed by those whose lives she touched.

She was predeceased by her parents, George and Mary Dotson. Surviving are her cousins and dear close friends.

Visitation will be on Friday, December 6, 2019 from 4-8 pm at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Rd., Middletown. Funeral services will be held at 10 am Saturday, December 7 at Lincroft Bible Church, 790 Newman Springs Rd, Lincroft, NJ 07738. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Middletown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lincroft Bible Church or the WVU Eye Institute (Morgantown, WV.)

 

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Mary (Marie) Miltner

Mary (Marie) Miltner, 88, of Wayside, NJ, died on December 1, 2019 at Hackensack Meridian Health Nursing and Rehabilitation in Shrewsbury, NJ. Everyone who cared for her there in her final weeks was compassionate and loving. She was born in Hoboken, NJ to the late Joseph E. and Anna (nee Brandt) Cusano. Marie worked in Wasserman’s, Campbell’s Junction for many years, a clerk for United Counties Bank, and The Commissary at Fort Monmouth. Marie loved her family and all her friends she made along the way.

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Scott Eagelton; her daughter-in-law, Margaret Miltner; her brother, Michael Cusano; her six grandchildren, Michelle DelVecchio and her husband Andy, William Miltner and his wife Sarah, Ellie Miltner, Matthew Eagelton and his wife Molly, Lindsay McDermott and her husband Tommy, and Jonathan Eagelton; and her 5 great-grandchildren, Maddox Eagelton, Matteo DelVecchio, Greyson Eagelton, Ryan McDermott and Theodore Miltner. I want to thank her Aides who cared for her at home and made her life comfortable and filled with kindness, Gisela, Edna, and Nora. And her close friend, Lois, who was there every day holding her hand in rehab.

Mary was preceded in death by her beloved husband, George J. Miltner, Sr. in 2009, and her son, George J. Miltner, Jr. in 2011.

A Funeral Liturgy will be offered Friday, December 6, 2019 at 9:30 am at St. Catherine’s Church, 110 Bray Ave., N. Middletown. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Mary’s name to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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