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Allen, Nickolas "Donnie" - 67, Somerville  
Nickolas "Donnie" Allen AGE: 67 • Somerville Nickolas "Donnie" Allen, 67, died May 1, 2015. Donnie was born in Somerville and was a lifelong resident. He was employed as a building code inspector for the Borough of Somerville for over 30 years, retiring in 2010. He was a veteran of the US Army during the Vietnam war. Donnie was a member of American Legion Post 12 and the VFW in Manville, NJ, AB Cooper Sr. Lodge #69 Free & Accepted Masons and the St. Thomas AME Zion Church in Somerville. In his spare time, he enjoyed reading and dancing. Donnie will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Surviving are his son, Donald Allen; daughters, Wendy Allen and Nicole Garland; 3 sisters, Joan Walker, Pat Milligan and Lorayn Allen Castillo; 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral Service will be 11:00 AM Thursday at First United Methodist Church Somerville beginning with a visitation at 9:30 at the church. Interment will follow at New Cemetery in Somerville. Visitation will be 7-9 Wednesday at the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home, 111 N. Gaston Ave, Somerville. Donations can be made to American Legion Post 12, 232 Union Ave. Somerville, NJ 08876 or the Somerville Rescue Squad, 21 Park Ave. Somerville, NJ 08876. To send condolences to the family, visit www.brucecvanarsdalefuneralhome.com .
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Published in Courier News from May 4 to May 5, 2015
Arnold, Grace S. - 99, Plainfield  
Grace S. Arnold AGE: 99 • Plainfield Grace S. Arnold of Cedar Brook Apartments, Plainfield, NJ, formerly of Cedar Grove NJ, and Stoney Brook Long Island, NY, passed away on May 1, 2015. Grace was born in Plainfield, NJ, raised in Fanwood, NJ, and moved to Cedar Grove, NJ when she married her husband Donald W. Arnold. They had a summer home in Stoney Brook, Long Island. Grace worked at Woolworths in Plainfield, NJ, helped with her husband's sales business, and worked in the school cafeteria in Cedar Grove. After her retirement she dedicated much of her time to crafting, crocheting, embroidering many items, donating them to her Church, Montclair Heights Reformed Church, Montclair NJ, and also Deborah Heart and Lung in Browns Mills, NJ for their craft fairs and fund raisers. She also was a volunteer for many years at Muhlenberg Adult Day Care Center in Plainfield, NJ. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, playing yhatzee, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, and watching Wheel of Fortune. Grace will always be remembered for her kind, caring, generous nature. A strong woman with a gentleness, and a heart of gold. Grace was pre-deceased by her husband, Donald W. Arnold; her parents, Walter and Agnes Stewart; her sister, Helen Gendall and her husband John; her brother, Walter S. Stewart Jr; her sister Dorothy L. Meyer and her husband Arthur A. Meyer Sr.; and her much loved cat Chum. Grace is survived by her nephew, Arthur A. Meyer Jr.; nieces, Ruth A. Bender, Elaine C. Barney, Debbie L. Boyton, and Mary Lou Choynake; great nephews, Charles Bender, Eric Bender and wife Sheri, Stevie Boyton, Keith Barattucci, Kevin Boyton, Thomas Barney, Randy Boyton; great nieces, Sherry Boyton, Valerie Barattucci, and fiancé Nick Bagan, and Kimberly Boyton; great great nephews, Gavin and Logan Bender; and great great niece Jordyn Fisher. Services will be held at Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Ave., Fanwood, on Wednesday at 1 P.M. with visitation from 11 A.M. until the time of service. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Scotch Plains. For additional information or to express condolences, please visit www.fanwood memorial.com .
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Published in Courier News on May 5, 2015
Avallone, Margret E. - 71, Brick  
Margret E. Avallone AGE: 71 • Brick Margret E. Avallone (nee Paerschke), 71, passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Ocean Medical Center in Brick with her loved ones at her side. She was born on June 24, 1943 in Danzig, Germany and came to the United States in 1962 to Berkeley Heights. She resided in Gillette before moving to Brick 42 years ago. Margret was predeceased by her parents, Franz Friedrich Paul Paerschke & Helene Martha (nee Dobrick); Margret is survived by her spouse, Peter; 2 sons, Erick Hay and wife Diane; Robert Hay; 2 sisters, Helga O'Brien and husband John; Magda Besserer and husband Gerhard; step-daughter, Laura Spina and husband Anthony; grandchildren, Shannon, Stephanie, Allison and William Hay; Angelina Sicoli and step-grandsons, Shawn and Michael Spina. There will be a private interment. A memorial service will be announced in the future. Arrangements by DeGraff Cremation Service, Lakehurst.
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Published in Asbury Park Press on May 5, 2015
Aveta, Umberto J. - 75, Middletown  
Umberto J. Aveta AGE: 75 • Middletown Umberto J. Aveta, 75 of Middletown, NJ, died Sunday, May 3, 2015 in Care One at Holmdel. He was born February 15, 1940 in Jersey City, NJ, Son of the late Edward Aveta and the late Carmela D'Ambrosio. He worked as a Long Shoreman for Preston Trucking in Kearny. Surviving are a Son Albie Aveta of Middletown, NJ, Son & Daughter-in-Law Christopher & Catherine Aveta of Middletown, NJ, Daughter & Son-in-Law Lauren & Matthew Cherney of Middletown, NJ, 5 Grandchildren Brandon, Rose, Christopher, Timothy & Isabella, a Sister Maria (Rose) Aveta of Lakewood, NJ and many Nieces & Nephews. Friends will be received 4-8pm., Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at the Laurel Funeral Home, 201 Laurel Avenue West Keansburg, NJ 07734. A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 10:30am at St. Catherine's Church Middletown. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the St. Jude's Hospital. For condolences and further information visit www.laurelfuneralhome.net
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Published in Asbury Park Press on May 5, 2015

Yesterday's Obituaries

Azzarello, Russell F. (Memoriam)  
In Loving Memory of Russell F. Azzarello Who departed this life 7 years ago this day May 4, 2008 Our tears flow, And our hearts ache. Our life is not The same, but we'll Always remember your Warm smile, good looks And great sense of humor. We love and miss you. You're always in our hearts, minds and prayers. Sadly Missed By, Mom, Dad, Brothers: Dominic, Frankie and Gabriel; Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Many Friends
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Published in Home News Tribune on May 4, 2015

Obituaries from Two Days Ago

Aiello, Brooke Nicole - 20, Brick  
Brooke Nicole Aiello AGE: 20 • Brick Brooke Nicole Aiello, 20, of Brick, passed away at home on Thursday, April 30, 2015. Brooke was born in Brick and was a lifelong resident. She was a graduate of Brick Memorial High School and was presently attending Ocean County College. She worked part-time at The Mill, Spring Lake Heights, and aspired to a career in health care as a sonographer. She enjoyed reading and dance, and had been a competitive cheerleader. She loved animals, especially her dogs Zeke and Sadie. Brooke was predeceased by her grandmother, Eleanor Montesano, and her grandfather, Peter W. Aiello, Sr. She is survived by her loving parents, Peter and Marlene (nee Montesano) Aiello, and by her siblings, Thomas and Jacquelyn Aiello. She is also survived by her grandparents, Ann Marie Aiello, and Augustine Montesano and his wife Eileen, as well as by her aunt and uncles, Theresa Clough, Paul Aiello, Glenn Aiello and Neil Montesano. Brooke is also survived by seven cousins, other relatives and many friends. Visitation will take place at O'Brien Funeral Home, 505 Burnt Tavern Road, Brick, on Monday, May 4, 2015, from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Dominic's Church, Brick on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at 10 A.M., followed by entombment at Ocean County Memorial Park, Toms River. No visitation at funeral home on Tuesday morning; please go directly to Church. For further information or to send condolences, please visit www.obrienfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Asbury Park Press on May 3, 2015
Antola, Cora - 93, Brick  
Cora Antola AGE: 93 • Brick Cora Antola, 93, of Brick, passed on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Community Medical Center, Toms River. Born in Jersey City, where she lived until moving to Brick in 1981. Cora was a member of the Seaview Village Bocce Club and Women's Club. She is predeceased by her husband James who passed in 1991. She is survived by her son Michael, daughters Janice Pedersen and Lorraine Woloszyn, she also leaves her 6 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Visiting will be Monday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm at the Silverton Memorial Funeral Home, 2482 Church Rd, Toms River. Funeral Services Tuesday 10:00 am at Christ Episcopal Church, 105 Cottage Place, Ridgewood, internment to follow Rosedale Cemetery, Linden. In lieu of flowers contribution to the Van Dyke Hospice, 99 Rt 37 West, Toms River, 08755 would be appreciated. www.silvertonmemorial.com .
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Published in Asbury Park Press on May 3, 2015
Augusto, Cleto Joseph - 60, West Los Angeles, Ca, Formerly Of Long Branch  
Cleto Joseph Augusto AGE: 60 • West Los Angeles, CA, formerly of Long Branch Cleto Joseph Augusto, "Bubba", 60, passed away suddenly, at his home in West Los Angeles, California on Saturday, April 25, 2015, with his wife by his side. Cleto was the: devoted son of Carmella Augusto (nee Uliano) and the late Cleto David Augusto; beloved husband of Leslie Augusto (nee Tanaka); devoted and loving father of his daughter Sofia and his son Cleto, his greatest joys and blessings; loving brother of Julia Davidow and her husband Allen; dear uncle of Joseph Davidow and his wife Christina and Joshua Davidow and his wife Lauren; and the cherished great-uncle of Rebecca, Sarah and Susanna. Cleto was born in Newark, NJ on September 1, 1954. Cleto attended St. Francis Xavier Grammar School in Newark, and graduated in 1968. In 1968, Cleto and his family moved to Long Branch and he attended Christian Brothers Academy (CBA). Cleto was a proud "Colt" who graduated with the Class of 1972. Throughout his life, Cleto remained very close with his friends he established while attending Christian Brothers. Cleto went on to earn a degree in Business at Monmouth College ("Monmouth University") and he graduated from there in 1976. After college, Cleto moved to Chicago where he lived for 10 years. He worked for Dunn & Bradstreet (DB) and later was an Offshore Loan Officer with Chase Bank. Cleto worked as an actor for over thirty years. He got his start performing improv comedy in the early 80s, then he went on to theatre productions around town. He worked with The Pheasant Run Dinner Theatre, The Next Theatre Co., The Absolute Theatre Co. and The Commons Theatre Co., which eventually brought him to Off-Broadway's Hudson Guild Theatre in the production of "The Signal Season of Dummy Hoy". Cleto was a principal performer in over a hundred television commercials shot in the US, Canada and the UK. He appeared as a Guest Star or a Recurring Character in over 30 series since 1990 including, Shannon's Deal, Anything But Love, Dear John, Cheers, Home Improvement, Married…With Children, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Murphy Brown, Mad About You, Hang Time, Frasier and Seinfeld. He appeared in the Showtime series Shameless and the Nickelodeon series Big Time Rush. Cleto also had some major motion picture debuts. He appeared in Devil in a Blue Dress, The Dream Factory, I Know What You Did Last Winter, The Rug and The Artist. Most recently Cleto began drafting screen plays for movies and television shows. In addition, he worked as an Associate Producer with Charliewood Pictures in South Carolina. Cleto actively assisted, and produced, helping Charliewood launch their first major motion picture "Warrior Road". Cleto was a member of SAG (Screen Actors Guild) as well as a member of Actors Equity. In addition to his entertainment career, Cleto and his wife Leslie worked together selling their delicious multinational foods at their deli, Olive It, in the Westchester neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Cleto was also a devoted father, and he served on the School Site Counsel Board at Kentwood School. In addition, Cleto coached both football and softball for the various teams of which his daughter, Sofia, and his son, Cleto, were members. Relatives and friends are welcome to attend the Funeral Mass Wednesday, May 6, at 10:00 am at St. Michael's Church, West End, Long Branch, NJ. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 5, from 4-7 pm at the Bongarzone Funeral Home, 2400 Shafto Road, Tinton Falls, NJ 07712. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Sofia and Cleto's College Education Fund OR to St. Vincent De Paul, 6 West End Ct., West End, NJ 07740 would be graciously appreciated by the family. "Saint John Baptist De La Salle... pray for us - Live Jesus in our hearts... forever." It's too soon for us to imagine a world without you, Cleto, but to God must return his best. You are loved and you will forever be missed.
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Published in Asbury Park Press on May 3, 2015

Obituaries from the Past Three Days

Adriaanse, Betty Ann - 89, Bound Brook  
Betty Ann Adriaanse AGE: 89 • Bound Brook Betty Ann Adriaanse, 89, died Thursday, April 30, 2015, at Brandywine Assisted Living, Bridgewater. Born January 1, 1926, in Bound Brook, she was a Bound Brook High School graduate and a lifelong borough resident. She had worked at the Bridgewater Commons Mall for 10 years as a customer service representative, retiring several years ago. She was a Communicant of St. Bernard of Clairvaux R. C. Church, Bridgewater Betty was predeceased by her husband, Cornelis "Corky" Adriaanse, who died in 2012. She is survived by her children, Debbie (Michael) Pikulin of Whitehouse Station, Larry Adriaanse of Changewater, and Robert (Beth) Adriaanse of Nottingham, PA; her devoted grandchildren, Michael (Tina) Pikulin, David (Linda) Pikulin, Robert (Laurel) Pikulin, Katherine Adriaanse, Laura Adriaanse; her beloved great-grandchildren, Stephen, Michael, Vivian, Harrison, and Rosalia, and her sister, Viola (Joe) Hoffman of Somerset. Funeral Services will be 9:00 A.M. Monday, May 4, from Hagan-Chamberlain Funeral Home, 225 Mountain Ave., Bound Brook, followed by a 10:00 A.M. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Bernard of Clairvaux R. C. Church, US Route 22 East, Bridgewater. Entombment will be at St. Bernard Cemetery, Bridgewater. Friends will be received at the funeral home 2:00 - 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. Sunday. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Bernard Church.
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Published in Courier News on May 2, 2015

Obituaries from the Past Week

Alexander, Richard - 80, Fords  
Richard Alexander AGE: 80 • Fords Richard Alexander, 80, died at home on Thursday, April 30, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. A life-long resident of Fords, he was retired from the Woodbridge Police Department after 27 years of service. He was a highly decorated officer and received numerous awards, including: Police Office of the Year, Middlesex County Blue Badge Award for Valor, two New Jersey Combat Cross awards, and two Life Saving awards in addition to 70 citations and commendations from agencies such as the New York City Police Depart, the FBI, Treasury Department, Secret Service, National Auto Theft Bureau, the U.S. Attorney, the Drug Enforcement Agency and numerous local citizens and organizations. The Judicial system considered him as an expert witness in the fields of drug investigations, wiretap investigations, stolen vehicles, and search warrants. During his police career, he was a National Rifle Association firearms instructor, the Chief Range Officer at the Woodbridge Pistol Range, Captain of the Woodbridge Police Pistol Team, President of the Central Jersey Police Pistol League, and New Jersey Police Pistol Champion in 1981. For many years he held the highest ranking in handgun competition, a Distinguished Expert. After graduating from Woodbridge High School in 1952, he enlisted in the Army and requested duty in Korea where he was assigned to the famous 2nd Infantry Division as a rifleman. On the night of June 18, 1953, during a major assault by Chinese forces, he was awarded the Bronze Star for heroism. His other awards include the Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service medal with 2 stars, United Nations Service medal, South Korea Presidential Unit Citation, and the New Jersey Distinguished Service medal. In 1955, at the age of 20, he became the youngest First Sergeant at the Special Troops Command in Fort Benning, Georgia, prior to his military discharge. He held membership in the Second Division Association and the VFW Post 2636. He was a founding member of the New Jersey Korean War Veterans and served many years as State and Chapter Commander. He also served on the National Board of Directors of the Korean War Veterans Association in Washington, DC, where he served on the committee to build the National Korean War Memorial. He served on the committee to build the New Jersey Korean War Memorial in Atlantic City and was voted to top fundraiser for this project. He also served on the committee to build the Middlesex County Veterans Memorial in Roosevelt Park and the Korean War Memorial on the grounds of the Menlo Park Veterans Home in Edison. He was a volunteer speaker on the subject of the Korean War and gave many talks to local school children. He was a volunteer worker at the New Jersey Home for Disabled Veterans. He was cited for his many accomplishments by the U.S. Congress, the New Jersey State Senate, the New Jersey Assembly, and by Governors Florio, Whitman, McGreevey, and Corzine. He was an active competitor in the N.J. Senior Olympics winning numerous gold medals in the shot put and discus. He also won numerous awards at the local car show with his classic El Camino. He loved his trips to Las Vegas and Sandy Hook. Richard is survived by his loving wife, Char; daughters: Charlene, Kristin, and Ashley, and grandchildren: Isabella, Noah, and Ariel. Visitation will be held at the Flynn and Son Funeral Home, 23 Ford Avenue, Fords, NJ, on Sunday, May 3, 2015, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Veterans Memorial Home - Menlo Park, 132 Evergreen Road, P.O. Box 3013, Edison, NJ 08818-3013. For directions or to send a message of condolence, visit our website at www.flynnfuneral.com
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Published in Home News Tribune on May 1, 2015
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