George Z. Burks, 67, of Long Branch, NJ passed away peacefully on Monday, September 5th, 2022. George was born in Summit, New Jersey. He lived in Boca Raton with his family before going into the army in 1972. He became part of the 1976 mechanized infantry. He lived in Avon and Bradley Beach and called Asbury Park his stomping ground. He settled in Long Branch where he lived for 32 years and raised his family. George worked for Avon Door fixing garage doors for 25 years before retiring in 2009. George was also a member of Monmouth Shore Points motorcycle club for 30 years. George is predeceased by his parents Robert and Jane Burks. George is survived by his beloved wife of 32 years, Angela Rella-Burks, his daughters Stephanie and Amanda Burks, his grandson Benjamin Soriano, his sister Patricia Trossman, and his brother Michael Burks. George is also survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and biker brothers and sisters.
A memorial gathering will be held at Damiano Funeral Home, 191 Franklin Avenue in Long Branch on September 17th, 2022 from 12 pm until the time of the service at 1:30 pm followed by a motorcycle celebration of life at the IAMA, 195 West End Avenue in Long Branch from 2-6pm. The family invites you to leave a letter of condolence by selecting the Tribute/Guestbook link above.
In lieu of flowers please send donations in his honor to Traumatic Brain Injury Warrior Foundation. TBIwarriorfoundation.org
John R. McAulay, 85, of Long Branch passed away peacefully on Monday, August 29, 2022. A memorial mass will be held for him on Saturday, September 17 at 10:30am at Our Lady Star of the Sea of Christ the King Parish in Long Branch, New Jersey, where he was a devoted Eucharistic minister.
The family invites you to leave a letter of condolence by selecting the Tribute/Guestbook link https://www.damianofuneralhome.com/obituary/John-McAulay
Angela Anthony, 88, of West Long Branch passed away peacefully Tuesday, August 30th at home.
Born in Paterson, Angela lived in Red Bank, Long Branch and Florida before moving to West Long Branch in 2012. Angela was a loving and giving person. She enjoyed sitting on the beach in Long Branch and playing card games and completing puzzles with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Angela could also be found reading mysteries by James Patterson and John Grisham or watching detective shows and Judge Judy. Angela loved spending time with her family, especially at their lake house on Lake Wallenpaupack.
Angela is predeceased by her husband, Zacharias in 2016. Surviving are her children Arlene & Joseph Nuzzo, Linda & Joseph Freda, Michael & Cathy Anthony, James & Claudia Anthony, Jeanne Reichardt & Chris Marsh and Ken Anthony & Beth Castelluzzio; nine grandchildren Laurie Nuzzo, Joseph Nuzzo, Matthew & Ashley Nuzzo, Joseph and Viktoria Freda, Alison & Richard Volpe, Jessica & Rob Barrese, Jillian & Ricky Miller, Danielle & Nick Bauter, Stephanie Reichardt & Dan Haviland and 16 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers please send donations in Angela’s name to State Police Family Assistance and Support for Troopers- SPFAST, PO Box 43, Sea Girt New Jersey 08750 or Mary’s Place by the Sea (Marysplacebythesea.org)
For messages of condolence, please visit Angela’s page of tributes at www.woolleyboglioli.com.
Jaclyn Rose Paskin, Jackie’s life story will be posted once finalized. In lieu of customary remembrances, Jackie’s family is requesting donations be made in her memory to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, www.jdrf.org. Services will be at Woolley-Boglioli Funeral Home, 10 Morrell Street, Long Branch, NJ 07740 on Friday 9/16, 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm. On Saturday 9/17, Woodbine Mausoleum, Eatontown Boulevard, Oceanport, NJ 07757.
More information will be posted in the near future at at Woolley-Boglioli Funeral Home.
Ann R. Hayes, 97, of Long Branch passed away on Thursday September 8, 2022.
Ann worked for Monmouth Park Racetrack for many years, and she enjoyed doing crossword puzzles.
She was predeceased by her parents, John and Mary McGeehan; her husband Charles in 2005; 3 brothers, Jack, Eugene and James and her sister, Maries.
She is survived by her children, Robert, Richard and Mary, grandchildren, Christine, Melissa and Jon; 2 great grandchildren and 10 nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 15 from 6 – 8 pm at the Damiano Funeral Home, 191 Franklin Avenue in Long Branch. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 16 at 10 am at Star of the Sea Church in Long Branch. Interment will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 12:30 pm at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery in Arneytown. The family invites you to leave a letter of condolence by selecting the Tribute/Guestbook link above.
John Gizzi, age 70 of Oceanport, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 3, 2022 at Imperial Healthcare in Neptune. John was born to John and Catherine Gizzi on April 2, 1952 in West Long Branch.
John was a graduate of Shore Regional High School and Monmouth College both in West Long Branch. He was a long-time communicant of St. Michael’s Church in in West End, Long Branch. John was passionate about many things which included the beach and walking the “boards” and chatting with friends, fishing, his Harley, cigars, and sports, especially the NY Yankees. John’s morning wouldn’t be complete without his copy of the NY Post and his favorite biscotti. All of John’s friends were treated as family members and he always enjoyed good times with them all.
Although John worked in several jobs and industries, he spent most of his career as a mortgage broker, most recently working at Advisors Mortgage Group, assisting people with attaining their dream of home ownership.
John was predeceased by his parents, John and Catherine Gizzi and his sister Suzanne McConaghy. He is survived by his sister Stephanie Mace and her husband Peter along with their daughter Kim, his brother-in-law H.Gerard McConaghy, his niece Margaret McConaghy-Clark and his nephew Patrick McConaghy. He is also survived by his loyal friends, Angelo Massaro and Michael Conte, who were with him to the end.
A memorial gathering was held on Tuesday, September 13, at the Damiano Funeral Home, 191 Franklin Avenue in Long Branch. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 14 at 12 noon at St. Michael’s Church, 800 Ocean Avenue in Long Branch. Interment of cremains will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, West Long Branch. The family requests that donations be made to Oceanport First Aid Squad. Letters of condolence may be sent through the web at www.damianofuneralhome.com.
Giovanna “Bonnie” Tarantolo O’Rourke, 84, of Ocean died peacefully on September 3, 2022 at Imperial Healthcare Center in Neptune. Bonnie was born in Long Branch and graduated Long Branch High School in 1955 and Berkeley College of Business. She had many, many friends in every activity she participated in. She was a secretary for Bendix Corp in Red Bank and the Law Office of Joseph Meehan, ESQ in West Long Branch before retiring. She was a parishioner of Holy Innocents Church in Neptune; an avid reader; loved the NY Yankees and NY Giants; loved to swim and participated in water aerobics classes for many years; played cards; loved Broadway shows and seeing plays; Sudoku; trips to the beach; visiting Siesta Key, FL with her family; spending time with her grandchildren who were the joy of her life.
Bonnie lead a life of public service volunteering with many organizations over her lifetime including St. Vincent De Paul at Holy Innocents where she served as president for a time; volunteered at Jersey Shore Medical Center in the Chaplain’s office; Organizer of Blepharospasm Eye Disease Support Group; volunteered at Ronald McDonald House; and crocheted hats with the ladies of Hamilton Methodist Church in Neptune for cancer patients. She was kind and generous and gave freely of her time and resources.
Surviving are husband, Thomas F. O’Rourke; her son Thomas J. O’Rourke and his partner Jamie White; her daughter Mary O’Rourke and her husband William Reich; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Eleanor Tarantolo; Gerald and Patricia Tarantolo; Joseph and Elissa Tarantolo; her sister Marie Sorrentino, 3 grandchildren, Lyndsie Yamrus, Carly Yamus and Nina Marie O’Rourke and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was be held on Wednesday, September 7 from 4-7 pm at the Damiano Funeral Home, 191 Franklin Avenue in Long Branch. Funeral. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul at Holy Innocents Church, 3455 West Bangs Ave. Neptune, NJ 07753 or Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, c/o The Rutgers University Foundation, PO Box 193, New Brunswick, NJ 089036-0193. The family invites you to leave a letter of condolence through the Tribute/Guestbook link above.
Samuel Joseph Pingitore, aka “Coach Ping” aka “Papa Ping”, entered eternal life on September 1, 2022 at the age of 88, peacefully and comfortably at his son’s home in Tinton Falls where he enjoyed his final months with his family.
A native of Long Branch, Samuel was born on July 15, 1934 to Joseph “Tuffy” Pingitore and Rose Cerone – Pingitore. Sam spent much of his childhood playing in the streets of Long Branch with longtime friend of nearly 75 years, Edward “Eddie” Bruno, currently of Oceanport.
He attended Star of the Sea in Long Branch and graduated Red Bank Catholic. He was an avid basketball and football player holding a few records for a number of years. He enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served 6 years from 1956-1962. He spent much of his adult life in Red Bank, where he and his ex-wife, Elizabeth Ann Gill (surviving, of Tinton Falls) opened the hair salon, Comb and Scissors and raised their only child, Thomas Joseph “TJ” Pingitore. Sam retired and spent his remaining years in Eatontown before spending his final months with his family in Tinton Falls
Samuel Pingitore was well known and well-loved as a 20+ year coach for Long Branch Pop Warner football. With records that still stand today, including 2 years undefeated and unscored upon, Coach Ping thrived by helping the kids he coached on and off the field.
He loved his family, his son TJ, his two grandchildren TJ (3 years) and Mira (2 months), his daughter in law Samantha, his friends, sports, dancing, helping people, having an opinion, and was very generous throughout his life. He also enjoyed playing golf, watching TV, Dunkin’ Donuts with his buddies, and “splatter art” as he called it. He had his black SUV painted bright green so he wouldn’t get lost at the movies with all the other cars. He painted his mother’s tombstone blue for the same reason, so he could find it.
His son said “Dad was funny, direct, opinionated, caring, a ball of energy, and tenacious as an athlete, coach, father, and grandfather but most of all he had a great heart and loving until his final breath with us at our home. When you hugged him, he melted. Family was everything to my Dad and so were the kids he coached.”
Sam is survived by his son Thomas “TJ” Pingitore, daughter-in-Law Samantha Pingitore, 2 grandkids Thomas “TJ” Pingitore II, and Miranda “Mira” Pingitore, of Tinton Falls, his son Bryan Birmingham of Florida, his amazing sister Angela Fragale of Monmouth Beach and her children; his niece Joanne Fragale, nephew Pat Fragale, niece Dina Fragale and 6 Grand nephews and nieces Brielle, Pat Jr, Maggie, Miya, Madison, and Jade. Also the many Cerone and Pingitore cousins he loved dearly. And finally his dog Daisy, who he loved. A special thank you to Eddie Bruno for his decades of friendship and to Martha “Marty” Miller of Eatontown for her great care and friendship to Samuel.
Visitation washeld on Tuesday, September 6 from 4-7 pm at the Damiano Funeral Home, 191 Franklin Avenue in Long Branch. Funeral services will begin on Wednesday, September. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to VNA Health Group, 23 Main Street, Suite D1, Holmdel NJ 07733 or the Long Branch Youth Football & Cheer, 642 Morford Avenue, Long Branch NJ 07740. The family invites you to leave a letter of condolence by selecting the Tribute/Guestbook link above.
Bernard J. Villa, a long-time resident of Monmouth Beach, beloved father and grandfather, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, September 1, 2022. He was an active member of The Church of the Precious Blood. Born in 1936 to the late Rosary and CJ Villa, Bernie was raised in Jersey City and graduated from Regis High School and Seton Hall University. Dad married his high school sweetheart, the late Beatrice Villa, together they spent most of the married life raising their family waterskiing, enjoying the beaches, and sailing at the beautiful Jersey shore. Bernie was passionate about being on the water. He began powerboating as a teenager and was one of the first to water ski on Shark River. He was recognized as a nationally ranked catamaran sailor and a founding member of Hobie Fleet 250/Sandy Hook Bay Catamaran Club. He loved to share his sailing knowledge and expertise and mentored many racers who went on to become national champions.
Bernie was an actuary at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company for his entire career and was instrumental in opening their Canadian offices. During his time in Canada he made sure the entire family learned to snow ski – a hobby still practiced by some members of the family. He was an avid collector of model trains since childhood and spent countless hours during his retirement building an extensive display which he proudly shared with everyone who came to the home.
Bernie is survived by his children, Pegi Villa and her husband Tom Cottingham, Jim Villa and his wife Luisa Wage-Villa, Kathy Kulkoski and her husband Dan, Mary Beth Villa and her partner Stephen Spudic, and Eileen Villa Fontana, her husband Mike and grandchildren Gabby and Robbie Villa Fontana.
Visitation was held on Monday, September 5 from 6-8 pm at the Damiano Funeral Home, 191 Franklin Avenue in Long Branch. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Monmouth Beach EMS (Emergency Management Services) at 26 Beach Road, Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750 or Venmo @MonmouthBeach-EMS. Monmouth Beach’s First Aid Squad has graciously served our family for almost 50 years. The family invites you to leave a letter of condolence by selecting the Tribute/Guestbook link above.
Joann C. Grossi, 68, of Long Branch passed away peacefully on Friday August 26, 2022.
Predeceased by her parents Joseph and Anna Grossi and brother Joseph Grossi. She is survived by her brother Richard and his wife Donna and her nephews James, John, Joseph and Daniel.
Joann was born and lived most of her life in Hoboken where she touched many lives of family and friends with her kindness and giving personality. She lived her last four years in Long Branch at Universal Institute which became another family to Joann. She will be sorely missed by many.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, 825 Georges Road, Second Floor, North Brunswick, NJ 08902 or www.bianj.org/donate/. The family invites you to leave a letter of condolence by selecting the Tribute/Guestbook link above. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Joann C. Grossi, please visit our floral store.
“We are here today to lay to rest Rocco Joseph Ceravolo. Born to Rocco and Lillian Ceravolo of Long Branch, NJ on September 3, 1954, he was the youngest of 4 siblings: Angelina Ewing, Betty Carnes and Anthony Ceravolo. He was widowed by his wife Cathy in 2014. He has one son, Rocco Ceravolo Jr.. Rocky installed carpets for a living and also worked with computers and electronics. Rocco Ceravolo was a free-spirited, light-hearted, kind soul. He had a great smile and enjoyed family and friends. He loved to eat a good meal, have a run on the beach, and read a good book. He like to relax while fishing. He always had a story to share. He really enjoyed life. He is truly loved and will be deeply missed.”
Robert T. Day of West Long Branch died at home Sept. 8. He was 88. Born in Long Branch, Bob was raised in West Long Branch. After graduating from Long Branch High school, he served in the U.S. Navy for four years during the Korean War, spending most of his service on aircraft carriers in the Pacific Ocean. He was married to the former Joan Vincelli of Long Branch for 68 years. They had five children, nine grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. At the time of his passing, Joan and he lived in the West Long Branch home they had lived in together since 1962.
Bob was the only child of Elmira (Van Dyke) and George Day; three brothers before him didn’t survive infancy. Bob, known as Bobby to his friends, lived most of his early life in Long Branch and West Long Branch, with periods in Detroit and Western Pennsylvania with relatives. Bob attended Wall Street School in West Long Branch and graduated from Long Branch High School, playing baseball for three years. He enjoyed the friendship of numerous Van Dyke relatives nearby like Skippy, Stanley, Spanky and Marlene and his uncles Flavil, Morris and Woody.
At LBHS he met his future wife Joan, who was 2 years behind him. Bob and Joan were engaged while Joan was at the end of her senior year of high school and Bob was home on leave from the Navy.
Bob served in the Korean War. He did basic training in Bremner, Washington, and was assigned duty on aircraft carriers including the USS Point Cruz and the USS Hancock. Tours of duty took him to Japan, South Korea, Pearl Harbor and the West Coast of the U.S. While on leave he married Joan at Star of the Sea Church in Long Branch on January 10, 1954, having converted to Roman Catholicism to share Joan’s faith. After a brief honeymoon at Mt. Airy Lodge, he returned to service.
After leaving the Navy he worked for a time in his mother and step-father’s bar, Schroeder’s Bar and Grill on Oceanport Ave. in West Long Branch, which is now the site of Zachary’s. He later was hired at AT&T’s New Jersey Bell, serving as a lineman for the majority of his 35 years before spending his final years as a foreman and project manager.
In retirement Bob enjoyed golfing – especially with his former brother-in-law Phil Grandinetti – driving with Joan to visit his kids in Texas, Arizona, Florida, Ohio, as well as attending Navy ship’s reunions around the U.S. He loved breakfast and visits with now deceased pals like Donny and Pudgie Sullivan, Bob and Hope Durkin and his surviving first cousin Stanley Van Dyke and his wife Jean Van Dyke.
Years ago he enjoyed good times with his friends at the former Nick’s Bar on Broadway, the Splish Splash and the Dugout lounges in Oceanport. Tending his yard and garden, watching the Yankees and New York Giants (he held Giants’ season tickets for around 40 years, from when they played at the Polo Grounds until the early 1990s when the team at the Meadowlands forced season ticket holders to buy seat licenses), and chatting with his Golf Street neighbors were among the ways he liked to spend his time.
Bob was also engaged with the community as a West Long Branch Little League coach (Chiefs) and a coach for the West Long Branch-Oceanport Sharks Pop Warner football.
Relatives and friends were invited to visit from 4-7 pm Sunday at the Fiore Funeral Home, 882 Broadway, West Long Branch. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Visiting Nurse Association of Central New Jersey at https://vnahg.org/giving/ For condolences, please visit www.fiorefuneralhomes.com.
Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Flor; daughters, Patricia Spurlock and her husband Jonathan and Anna Oleinik; 2 grandsons, Coll and Elijah Spurlock and a nephew David Oleinik.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit from 2-4 pm Sunday, September 4, 2022 at the Fiore Funeral Home, 236 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst, Ocean Township. Funeral Mass will be offered at 10:30 am Tuesday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Asbury Park. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Neptune. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to American Heart Association or to the National MS Society. For condolences, please visit www.fiorefuneralhomes.com.
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