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Stephen James Fontanella

Stephen James Fontanella

AGE: 68 • Toms River

Stephen James Fontanella, MD, 68, of Toms River, passed away Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Born in Paterson, he moved to Toms River in 1975. Dr. Fontanella retired in 1997 after many years of serving patients at his Ear, Nose and Throat practice in Toms River. He was a graduate of Seton Hall Prep and received his Bachelor's Degree from Seton Hall University. He would later receive his Doctorate Degree from the University of Rome and served his residency at New York Eye and Ear Hospital. Dr. Fontanella was a parishioner of St. Justin the Martyr R.C. Church, Toms River.

Predeceased by his parents, Andrew and Lucy Fontanella and his siblings Josephine, Richard, Celeste, Loretta and Alfred. Surviving are his wife, Renee (nee Schuckman); his son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Lisa Fontanella of Far Hills; his daughters, Danielle Marler and her husband Billy of Toms River, Lucienne "Lucie" Morse and her husband Jonathan of Toms River, Jaclyn Fontanella of Washington, D.C. and Andrea Fontanella of Toms River; his brother, Fr. Andrew Fontanella of Crisfield, MD; 6 grandchildren, Nicholas Morse, Jessica and Adrienne Marler, Gianna Morse, Mario Fontanella and Annabelle Fontanella; and his 2 brothers-in-law, Joel and Bruce Schuckman.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23 at the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 145 St. Catherine Blvd., Toms River. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 at St. Justin R.C. Church, Toms River. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Stephen may be made to a . Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com.


Published in Asbury Park Press on Nov. 21, 2012
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