William (Bill) D’Amato, 94 of Newton, NJ, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 30, surrounded by loved ones. He was born and raised in Long Branc, and also lived in Forest Hills, Queens; Peekskill, NY; Newburgh, NY; Elberon and Oceanport. Bill was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, cousin, uncle, and friend.
Bill graduated from Long Branch High School in 1945 and served in the United States Army Air Corps from 1945 to 1947. A gifted musician, he began playing the organ professionally at the age of 15 and studied music in Boston and New York City. Bill continued to play the organ professionally for 75 years, serving as the organist and choirmaster for St. James’ Episcopal Church in Long Branch, NJ; St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Peekskill, NY; St. George’s Episcopal Church in Newburgh, NY; St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Deal, NJ; and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Roman Catholic Church in Asbury Park, NJ. In addition to his church work, Bill was also employed for 10 years at Prudential in Newark and Iselin, NJ.
Bill met his wife, Dorothy May, at St. James Episcopal Church and wooed her by playing “Tea for Two” on the piano while she was working in the kitchen. They married in 1951 and were each other’s best friends throughout their 71 years of marriage. He and Dorothy enjoyed traveling across the United States and Canada via train and took many wonderful trips together to England.
Bill was immensely proud of his grandchildren, who all have cherished memories of time spent beside Pop Pop at his piano or making homemade ravioli together in his kitchen. And he adored his great-granddaughters, who always brought a smile to his face.
Bill is survived by his wife, Dorothy May (Wilson) D’Amato; his daughter, Margaret Tanko (son-in-law Robert) of Woolwich, ME; his son, Christopher D’Amato (daughter-in-law Susan) of Blairstown, NJ; his grandchildren, Jennifer Eburg, Stephanie Wertz, Nicholas D’Amato, and Anthony D’Amato; his great-granddaughters, Harper Eburg, Ella Wertz, Morgan D’Amato, and Dylan D’Amato; his cousin, Fred Buonnano; his nephews, John Quinn and Richard Fasano; and his niece, Carole Meeker. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rosildo (Charlie) and Elvira D’Amato; and his sisters, Josephine Fasano and Olga Warren.
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Placido Gomez Torres age 78 of Long Branch passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 16.
Barbara J. Cuje, age 83 of Long Branch, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 1, 2022 at Jersey Shore Center in Eatontown. Barbara was born in Long Branch and was a lifetime resident.
She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Cuje, Sr. and two sons, Robert Cuje, Jr. and Craig Cuje. Surviving are her daughter and son in law, Kathy and Mark Godsil, her son Joseph Cuje, 3 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and her Pomeranian, Duchess.
All services are private. The family invites you to leave a letter of condolence by selecting the Tribute/Guestbook link above.
Katherine Davis, 87 of Long Branch, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, July 27, 2022. She was born and raised in Long Branch and was a beloved mother, grandmother (Mom-Mom), great grandmother (GiGi), sister and aunt.
Katherine was predeceased by her husband of 40 years, James O. Davis, and parents, Joseph and Theresa Precopio, also of Long Branch. Surviving are her three sons James, Joseph, and John Davis and daughter, Mary Craig; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters and one brother; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was greatly loved and will be deeply missed.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the St. Jude Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the National Children’s Cancer Society, 500 N Broadway #1850, St. Louis, MO 63102. The family invites you to leave a letter of condolence by selecting the Tribute/Guestbook link above.
Mary Lynne Rubin, aged 71 of Long Branch, N. J. died peacefully on Friday, July 15, at Monmouth Medical Center. Mary was born in Jersey City. She lived in Toms River prior to moving to Long Branch and partaking in independent living at Operation Life.
She was predeceased by her parents, Victor and Josephine Lundberg. She is survived by her loving husband, David, of 38 years. Mary was surrounded by family and friends who loved her dearly. Her passion for the Knicks and trips to Atlantic City were always one of the highlights of her life. Mary was one of the kindest people you could ever meet. She opened her heart to all those who came in contact with her. She will be sorely missed.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ladacin Network, 1703 Kneeley Boulevard, Wanamassa, NJ 07712 or through https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/ladacindonation. The family invites you to leave a letter of condolence by selecting the Tribute/Guestbook link above.
Antonio “Tony” Vieira Guiomar, 57 years of age, passed away peacefully in his home on July 15. Tony was born to Manuel and Maria Guiomar on August 4, 1964 in Sao Mamede, Portugal before moving to Long Branch at 9 years old. Shortly after, he and his family moved to Oakhurst where he resided for the remainder of his life.
Tony was educated in both Long Branch and Ocean Township school systems graduating from Ocean Township High School class of 1982. His one and only priority was his family, always worrying about everyone else but himself. Whether it was someone’s worst day or best day, he was there to take the weight and stress from everyone else to make sure everything was perfect. No favor was ever too big or too small in his eyes.
He is survived by his father Manuel, his mother Maria, his sister Ilda, and his nephew Ryan that were lucky enough to be in his presence every single day. His selflessness and everlasting love for his family was unparalleled leaving behind a legacy of beautiful memories.
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Annie Pauline Chase, 78 of Long Branch, NJ departed this life on August 2, 2022.
Pauline was predeceased by her parents Raymond H. and Mary Alexzine Chase. She is survived by her brother James A. (Elaine) Chase, a nephew Eric A. (Carla) Chase and a niece, Rayna M. (Maurice) Foy along with a host of other relatives and friends. All services were private at Lawson Funeral Home, Long Branch.
Jesus Mauricio Elias was born March 24, 1967 to Leticia Colocho and Jose C. Elias in San Salvador, El Savador. Jesus came to the United States August 1990 and resided in Union City, NJ until he met and married his wife of 29 years Elizabeth. They moved to Long Branch in 1993.
Jesus worked for LTA Group as a forklift operator for 19 years then at Parkridge Management as maintenance until present. He was an active member at church for more than 20 years Camino de Salvacion.
Jesus was predeceased by his mother Leticia A. Colocho, his father Jose C. Elias, two grandmothers Blanca and Marta, and uncles from El Salvador.
He is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth; stepsons Domingo, Luis and Antonio; stepdaughter Irma; 12 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sister Yanira Elias from Yonkers; sisters Sara, Guadalupe and Marisol all from El Salvador; brothers Nelson, William, Walter, Alex and Marcos; aunts Gilma from NY and Marta Lisa from Maryland; as well as many nephews, nieces and cousins.
Jesus also was known as Maurico will surely be missed by many. Interment was private at Lawson Funeral Home
Claire Elizabeth McCue, a lifelong resident of Long Branch, passed away surrounded by loving family and friends on Friday, July 29, 2022.
Claire was born July 2, 1957 at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch. She attended Star of the Sea Academy, Long Branch and graduated from Star of the Sea Parochial Grammar School, Long Branch, in 1971. She graduated from Red Bank Catholic High School, Red Bank in 1975. She graduated from Rosemont College, Rosemont, Pa. in 1979.
Claire was a Technical Editor at various Publishing Houses such as AT&T, Bellcorp, Lucent Technologies, Telos and Lockheed Martin, along with the Telecommunications and Aerospace Industries. She taught Catechism and was a substitute teacher after retiring.
She is pre-deceased by her parents John and Mary Ellen McCue, her sister, Mary Ellen McCue Schulz, brother-in-law Robert Schulz; brother-in-law John Haxby; brothers John Edward McCue and Paul McCue, and nephew Kevin Daniel Savage.
Claire is survived by her loving daughter, Ellen Christine and her granddaughter Gabriela. She is survived by her sisters Elizabeth McCue Savage, Eileen McCue Haxby, brothers: Martin, Charles, and Mark McCue; nieces: Meghan McCue and Aleyna Haxby; nephews: Robbie Schulz, Danny Schulz, Michael John McCue, Jimmy Savage, Brian Savage, Matthew McCue, Connor McCue.
Visitation will be Wednesday, August 3, at Fiore Funeral Home, 236 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst, Ocean Township from 5-7 pm. Funeral Mass will be Thursday, August 4, 10 am at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 101 Chelsea Avenue, Long Branch. Inurnment at Mount Carmel Cemetery, 113 Wall Street, West Long Branch immediately following Mass.
Claire loved children and had so much joy with her granddaughter, Gabby. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital- 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105, 1(800)213-6584. For condolences, please visit www.fiorefuneralhomes.com. To send flowers to the family of Claire E. McCue, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.
Andrea Melendez, 82, of Long Branch, passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.
She was born in Tao Baja, Puerto Rico before coming to Long Branch.
She was predeceased by her parents, Demencio Lopez Negron and Marciana Garcia Hernandez; son, Santiago Rivera and a daughter, Jeannette Bravo.
Surviving are her husband, Miguel; daughters, Sonia Soto and Marilyn Diaz; brother, George “Papo” Lopez; sister, Virginia Ortiz; 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
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