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AGE: 57 • Port Monmouth
Jack Makely, 57, of Port Monmouth, died peacefully at home on Thursday, March 27, 2014 after a courageous battle with ALS. Jack was born in Red Bank to George M. and Virginia R. (Strandberg) Makely. He was a 1974 graduate of Middletown High School. He attended Brookdale Community College and had several certifications in computer programming and materials management.
Jack was an avid collector of model cars, Olympic paraphernalia, electronics and telephones. He enjoyed building computers and making models himself. Jack had many happy memories with his family at Allaire State Park. He also loved to play hockey. Prior to his illness, Jack was employed by Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in their engineering dept.
He was predeceased by parents and a sister-in-law, Joanne Walker. Jack is survived by his devoted wife of 16 years, Kathryn Schmidt Makely; sisters, Jill Pelland and husband Ronald of Orlando, FL, Cynthia Bresan and husband Vincent of Willingboro, and Beth Maul and husband Jeffrey of Atlantic Highlands; brother-in-law, Steven Schmidt of Hamden, Connecticut; mother-in-law, Stasia Schmidt; nieces and nephews, Courtney, Victoria, Daniel, Carlie, Adam, Rebecca, Bonnie, Bethany, Steven and Christopher; great-nieces, Layla, Harper and Avery; aunts, Gerry Hembling of FL and Dorothy Cavanaugh of MI; and his faithful dog, Mindy.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 30 at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Ave., Red Bank. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 31 at St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church, 121 Bridge Ave., Red Bank. Entombment will follow at Fair View Cemetery in Middletown. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations in Jack's memory be made to Joan Dancy and PALS. Please visit Jack's memorial website available at www.johnedayfuneralhome.com.
John E Day Funeral Home
85 Riverside Ave Red Bank, NJ 07701
Published in Asbury Park Press on Mar. 28, 2014