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Mary Zlotek

May 12, 1925 - Nov 19, 2023

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Forked River, NJ

Mary C. Zlotek, 98 died peacefully on Sunday, November 19, 2023. Mary was born in Bayonne, NJ and lived in Hillside, NJ for many years. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph E. Zlotek in 1999. Mary moved to Forked River in 2005 to live with her son Joseph M. Zlotek and his family. In 2019 Mary moved to Spring Oak Assisted Living Facility of Forked River. Mary loved her extended family and spent many summers on Long Island surrounded by her loved ones. Mary and her husband Joe enjoyed many bu...Read More

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Theodore J. Blaszak

Sep 09, 1929 - Feb 29, 2024

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Forked River, NJ

Theodore “Ted” J. Blaszak, 94, of Forked River, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 29, 2024. Ted was born in North Bergen, NJ to Wilma and Joseph and lived his entire life in NJ. He was a member of the US Army and a proud member of the US Constabulary. Ted was employed by the NJ Turnpike Authority retiring in 1987. In his younger years he also drove tractor-trailers for the Mason Dixon Line. In 1958 Ted married the love of his life, Penny. They moved to Forked River in 1969 while their “dream” home was being built in Lanoka Harbor, where they raised their children. Ted and Penny loved and lived for each other until Penny’s passing in 2006, although Ted continued to ALWAYS love her. They enjoyed doing crosswords and jumbles and loved Atlantic City. They also loved vacationing in Las Vegas, always meeting up with their forever friends Harry and Clara. Ted was a kind, gentle, caring and devoted family man. He was a man of few words but always a presence at the many family events. Ted will forever be missed by those who were lucky enough to have known him. Surviving are his devoted children, daughter and son-in-law Geralynn “Sissy” and Bud Walsh, son Tim Blaszak. “Papa” is also survived by his grandchildren, whom he loved beyond words, Joe and Nicole Walsh, Farmingdale, Jenna and Andrew Cipriano, Manahawkin, and Tyler and Sierra Walsh, Lanoka Harbor. Papa was also blessed with 5 great grandchildren, Zac and Jake Walsh, Luca and Briella Cipriano, Cameron Walsh and soon to be baby girl Walsh. Papa also loved like - grandchildren, Caitlin Licknack and her daughter Madelyn. Ted was also “Uncle Ted” to many. “Theodore,” you will be missed more than you could ever know. We ALL loved you xo! Visitation will be at Layton’s Home For Funerals, Forked River on Wednesday March 6 from 2-6 pm. Funeral services will also be at Layton’s on Thursday, March 7 at 10 am. Entombment will be at Ocean County Memorial Park immediately following the funeral. To to the family or in memory of Theodore J. Blaszak, please

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Pauline Hamrysky Werner Johnstone

Apr 12, 1923 - Feb 27, 2024

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Forked River, NJ

Pauline Hamrysky Werner Johnstone,100, born in Coalport, Pennsylvania, April 12, 1923. Died February 27, 2024 at home surrounded by her loving family. Pauline loved to spend time between their homes in Forked River and Surfside Beach,SC. She loved cooking for her family and friends and was delighted in spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Pauline was also fond of animals and babies. Her hobbies included shopping, fishing, crabbing, swimming and boating. She was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, aunt, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her daughter Elayne (Werner) Powers, married to Robert Powers, her 4 grandchildren; Katelyn Powers Magee (Shane) of Bethlehem, PA, Ryan Powers (Shanna) of Murrells Inlet, SC, Rory Powers (Nikki) of Brick, and Brittany Smith (Joey) of Cherry Hill, NJ, and 6 great-grandchildren. Pauline was predeceased by her loving husband of 41 years, William “Scotty” Johnstone, her parents, Joseph and Amelia Hamrysky, brothers, Adam Hamrysky and Charles Hamrysky, sisters, Helen Hamrysky, Sally Neal, Mary Stukowski, and Sophie Chuita. She is survived by his children Barry (Pattie), Robert (Maureen) and 2 grandchildren; Christine & Matthew and 2 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Visiting Nurses Hospice Association of Toms River, who made it possible for her to remain at home, or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. To to the family or in memory of Pauline Johnstone, please

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Carolyn Louise Hunter

Dec 11, 1957 - Feb 24, 2024

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Forked River, NJ

Carolyn Louise Hunter of Forked River, NJ passed away surrounded by her beloved family on February 24, 2024, far too soon at the age of 66. Born on December 11, 1957, in Jersey City, NJ, she was known for her unwavering dedication to her work and her family, her generous and caring spirit, the love she had for her children and dogs, her obsession with the color purple, and being the queen of QVC, always glamorous and coordinated. Carolyn was a graduate of the Academy of St. Aloysius (1975) and graduated nursing school at Holy Name Hospital School of Nursing (1978) and New Jersey City University (1981) with her RN-BSN. She loved her girls from the academy and her time in nursing school and has kept many of them close to her heart all these years. Carolyn’s career began as an emergency room nurse at Jersey City Medical Center where she touched and healed the lives of people every day and made lasting friendships with her peers. Her colleagues often spoke of her as a mentor and role model. Throughout her distinguished career as a nurse, Carolyn served as Recording Secretary (1995-1999), Vice President (1999-2003), and President (2003-2005) of the New Jersey College Health Association, of which she took great pride in. She was an active member of the executive board after her nomination for emeritus status years past her well-deserved retirement. Carolyn served as the Supervisor of the Health & Wellness Center at New Jersey City University from 1984-2017, an incredible 33 years, and retired after devoting nearly four decades of her life to the noble profession of nursing. To her children, Carolyn will always be known for her ability to solve any problem, her unending support, and a legacy of compassion and selflessness that will continue to inspire all who knew her. Carolyn is survived by her cherished son Michael Evan Hunter (30, Forked River, NJ), who has been a loving, devoted caregiver; dearest daughter, Lauren Rachel Dawson (32, Ocean Township, NJ) who follows in her footsteps at Jersey City Medical Center as an ultrasound technologist and her beloved son-in-law Nicholas Daniel Dawson (Ocean Township, NJ); aunt Sr. Anita Richard Heilenday (Convent Station, NJ); ex-husband Michael Francis Hunter; cousins Mary Lou Schabel (Charleston, SC), Mark Heilenday (Virginia Beach, VA), and Alicia Heilenday (Virginia Beach, VA); and dogs who brought her endless companionship and joy, Dori, Dexter, and Milo. She is gone too soon and will be deeply missed by the countless lives she touched throughout her remarkable journey and can never be forgotten. Carolyn is joined peacefully in heaven by her parents Dominick and Myra Amato, her brother Fr. Benet Amato, her uncle Richard Heilenday, and grandparents Richard and Lillian Heilenday. Services for Carolyn Louise Hunter will be held on Sunday, March 3rd 2024 at O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Rt. 35, Wall Township, NJ 07719 from 1PM-5PM and on Monday, March 4th at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 979 Ave. C, Bayonne, NJ 07002 at 11AM with burial immediately to follow at Holy Name Cemetery, 823 West Side Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07306. 

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Robert "Bob" MacFarlane

Feb 11, 1937 - Feb 15, 2024

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Forked River, NJ

"Robert \u0026quot;Bob\u0026quot; MacFarlane, 87, passed away peacefully on February 15, 2024. He was born and raised in South River, New Jersey. Bob served in the Air Force Reserves and the New Jersey Air National Guard as an Aircraft Mechanic. After serving, Bob worked for Schweitzer Division of Kimberly Clark in Spotswood, New Jersey and later worked at Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in Forked River, New Jersey. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 58 years, Bessie, in 2015. He is survived by his two sons and daughters in law. John (Laurie) Robert (Marybeth) and his one grandson Ian. As per Bob\u0027s wishes there will not be a service and cremation will be private."

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Joe DeTroia

Dec 25, 1958 - Feb 15, 2024

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Forked River, NJ

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Joe “Digger” DeTroia. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, son and brother. Joe was born December 25 1958 to Ann and Anthony DeTroia of Newark NJ. Moving to Forked River at the age of 15 Joe was a graduate of Central Regional High School class of 1976. Joe has been happily married to his wife Tricia for 38 years. He is survived by his wife, his loving children and their families; Kailee, Joseph and Kate and their daughter Natalie, Brenna and Dave and their children Hunter Paisley and Peyton, Devon, and his 3 dalmatians Max Marley and Murphy. He is also survived by his mother Ann DeTroia, his sisters Patti, Theresa, and Maryann, their spouses and many nieces and nephews. Joe was an avid sports fan, he played softball with the Forked River Buzzards for over 20 years creating lifelong friendships that he cherished. Joe had an unwavering love for the Colts and football Sundays. Joe loved having a good time with his family and friends. In the summer months he enjoyed camping, canoeing, and could always be found in his pool with a cold drink in hand and tequila on ice. While Joe may no longer be with us in person, all the memories made with him will last a life time. To to the family or in memory of Joseph A DeTroia, please

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Mary Louise Johns

Jan 30, 1945 - Feb 12, 2024

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Forked River, NJ

Mary Louise Johns (nee Luster), 79, of Forked River, NJ, passed away Monday, February 12, 2024. Born in Elizabeth, NJ, she lived in Barnegat, NJ before moving to Forked River 2 years ago. Mary Lou enjoyed traveling to Atlantic City with her sisters. She loved being with her grandchildren and watching them play sports. She was their biggest cheerleader. She also loved the water, especially going crabbing and sailing with her son. Mary Lou also loved her animals. She was predeceased by her husband, Harold W. Johns, Jr. in 2021. Mary Lou is survived by her children Harold W. Johns, III and his wife Jennifer of Milltown, NJ, Joan E. Johns of Forked River, NJ, her brother Robert Luster, four sisters Helen Hazen, Joan Sheedy, Barbara White and Dolores Nehrbauer, and four grandchildren Kyle Johns, Austin Johns, Kenneth Barclay and Kylie Barclay. A memorial gathering will be offered Saturday, February 24, 2024 3:00pm – 5:00pm at the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 145 St. Catherine Blvd., Toms River. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com. To to the family or in memory of Mary Louise (Luster) Johns, please

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Josephine (Josette) Baldelli

Mar 24, 1957 - Feb 06, 2024

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Forked River, NJ

osephine (Josette) Baldelli of Forked River passed away in her home on Tuesday February 6, 2024. Josette was born to Fred and Eleanor Fiumefreddo and resided in Brooklyn. She attended Lafayette High School, and went on to Kingsborough Community College and Brooklyn College earning her masters degree in education. She taught at Happy Land Pre-School for a few of years before beginning her journey as a second grade teacher at Our Lady of Miracles School in Canarsie. Josette met the love of her life, Phil, in 1982 on the B1 bus, and they got married in 1983. They shared 40 wonderful years together. In 1999, Phil, Josette, and their daughter Nicole, moved to Forked River and have enjoyed living here ever since. Josette loved to read and particularly enjoyed Lancaster, PA and all things Amish. Josette is survived by her husband Phil, her daughters: Nicole and her husband Jeff, Maria and her husband Tom, Patty and her husband Diego, her sister Monica and her husband John, her 3 grandchildren Nick, Sami Jo, and Gaby, and her extra special grand pup: Molly.

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Raymond John Gudzak

Oct 07, 1941 - Jan 25, 2024

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Forked River, NJ

Raymond John Gudzak of Forked River, Lacey Township, passed away at home peacefully on Thursday, January 25, 2024. Formerly of Kearny, New Jersey, Ray was one of three children born to Jane and John Gudzak. After graduating from Kearny High School, he attended Newark School of Engineering, then went on to work for General Motors. Ray married the beautiful love of his life, Camille. Ray and Camille not only had their marriage blessed by the Pope, they danced and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last April with family and friends. The couple relocated to Forked River where he began a career in construction. Not only did Ray build several homes and strip malls in Lacey, he took a path to teach his trade and craftsmanship at the Ocean County Vocational Technical School. He taught there for many years until he retired. In addition to Ray’s fulltime occupations, he found time to participate very actively within the Roman Catholic Church. Ray served as a Eucharistic Minister, spearheaded the Youth Group, taught CCD, participated in many retreats, and much more. However, Ray always had his partner and the love of his life, Camille, by his side! Coaching youth soccer, especially the Lacey Cobra Travel team, was dear to his heart! In addition to his love of soccer, Ray was a sports fan that enjoyed his N.Y Giants and golfing. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jane and John Gudzak. Raymond is survived by his wife Camille, four children; Donna Spaventa (Joseph), Gary Gudzak, Duane Gudzak (Robyn), Debra Swinney (David), brother John Gudzak (Anne); sister Janice Villafana (Andrew), fifteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, Raymond’s family will appreciate contributions to CURE Epilepsy, see link below

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Joyce M Cavalier

Sep 23, 1937 - Jan 20, 2024

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Forked River, NJ

Joyce Cavalier 85, passed away peacefully January 20,2024 surrounded by her loving children. Joyce was born September 23,1937 in Newark,NJ to Josephine and Anthony Cervasio. She lived in Newark and Bloomfield for most of her life before moving to Forked River with her husband Joseph Cavalier. She loved the simple pleasures of life. She enjoyed music, movies, and reading, but, most of all Joyce loved being with her family. She had a quick wit and would always try to make you laugh. Everyone who came to know her would comment on her beautiful smile and gentle, soft- spoken personality. Joyce is survived by her five children, Michael Mongiovi, Donna Lipinski( Robert), Stephen Mongiovi (Geraldine), Angela Appolonia(Angelo), Phyllis Mongiovi, her eight grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and her brother George Cervasio To to the family or in memory of Joyce M Cavalier, please

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Frank N. Valentino

Nov 30, 1946 - Jan 16, 2024

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Forked River, NJ

In Loving Memory of Frank N. Valentino It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Frank N. Valentino, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, and esteemed Army Veteran. Frank was born on November 30th, 1946, and peacefully left this world surrounded by his family at 11:30 PM on Tuesday, January 16th, 2024, at the age of 77. Frank's enduring legacy is beautifully intertwined with the love and companionship he shared with his wife, Barbara Valentino, for an incredible 56 years. Together, they raised three wonderful daughters, Jackie, Valerie, and Jill, and built a family filled with love, laughter, and cherished memories. His presence will forever be felt through the lives of his three granddaughters, Ashley, Ava, and Gianna, who were the joy of his later years. Frank's devotion to family extended beyond blood ties, as he cherished lifelong friendships with companions such as Sam, Frank, Lou and Mike Ferraro, Frank Pupa, and Michael Carbonaro, some of whom he knew for over 71 years. A man of resilience and hard work, Frank was not only a dedicated business owner but also an Army Veteran who served in the Vietnam War. He ran his own auto body shop, "Frankies Auto Body," alongside his friends and beloved wife. Their shared commitment and passion for their work created a thriving business that stood as a testament to their enduring partnerships. Frank's love for animals was evident in the kinship he shared with his canine companions over the years. He leaves behind cherished memories with his dogs Toby, Roxy, and Bailey. Raised in Fords, New Jersey, Frank's roots were firmly planted in the state he called home throughout his life. Eventually settling in Forked River, New Jersey, Frank found his forever home by the water, where he continued to pursue his lifelong passion for boating. His love for the open sea brought joy and countless shared moments of laughter and camaraderie with those closest to him. Frank is now at rest, reunited with his mother Clara, father Nicholas, and sister Enes. While he may no longer be with us in person, the memories of his laughter, his dedication, his love for life, and his honorable service to his country will forever remain in our hearts. May he rest in eternal peace. To to the family or in memory of Frank N. Valentino, please

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