Dr. Stephen F. Wurst
1951 - 2014
Dr. Stephen F Wurst

AGE: 63 • Manahawkin

Dr. Stephen F. Wurst, 63, of Manahawkin, died Sunday, November 16, 2014 with his family by his side. He was husband of Cynthia Zook Wurst for 39 years. He was born to the late William and Dorothy Wurst on March 6, 1951 in Philadelphia, PA. Steve received his undergraduate degree at The Pennsylvania State University in 1972. He was a lifetime alumnus who bled "blue and white." Steve went on to receive his V.M.D. in 1977 from UPenn Veterinary School. In 1984, he established the Barnegat Animal Clinic, presently celebrating its 30th year anniversary. He was a highly respected advocate for the health and well-being of all animals, wild or domestic. He loved being on the water, truly passionate about saltwater fishing and sailing in New Jersey, Penobscot Bay, Maine and the Florida Keys. In his spare time, he was an avid craftsman of wood folkart. In addition to his wife Cindy, Steve is survived by his 3 children; Ben Wurst and wife Jen of New Gretna; son Dr. Andy Wurst of Waretown and girlfriend Jen Meehan; daughter Lauren Wurst Dombchewsky and husband Orest of Galloway; sister, Carole W. Fiorentino and husband Rich of Carlisle, MA and grandchildren, Kaitlin and Reed Wurst. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 pm, Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Manahawkin United Methodist Church, 116 Stafford Ave., Manahawkin. A celebration of his life to follow at 1pm at the Elks Lodge, 520 Hilliard Blvd., Manahawkin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, www.conservewildlifenj.org, would be very much appreciated.

Published by Asbury Park Press on Nov. 20, 2014.
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So sorely missed. You were the best.
Linda Townsend
November 14, 2020
Dr. Steve, you were the best, most caring vet we have ever known. We miss you and hope our fur babies that you took care of and are now gone stop by to see you in heaven.
Ruth and Jack Gaffney
November 18, 2019
Dr Wurst
I miss you very much you were my rock when my babies were sick always ready to do the right thing I trusted you and your care now your son is doing the same thing he is just like you I know you are looking down on him you are always in my conversations when taking about my dogs that are gone but I know they are running with you
Carolyn Iannuzzelli
November 14, 2019
You are sorely missed Dr. Steve, but it's wonderful that your sons are carrying on your legacy.
Linda Purcell
November 14, 2019
My husband and I just found out about the passing of one of the dearest human beings we have had the privilege to know. Steve Wurst was our veterinarian since 1987. But he was a dear friend. The world will not be the same without that smile. I'm watching the animals, Steve, I won't forget! Namaste. ❤
Richard and Arlyne Conley
July 31, 2015
We are so sad, and Honored that we had the chance to know Dr. Stephen, our Heart's go out to his family and staff, and friend's. Love You Dr. Stephen. Karen-n-Warren Unkert
Karen-n-Warren Unkert
April 4, 2015
We just found out of his passing, a wonderful, caring compassionate man, he took care of our Kristy when we moved down here in 1996 so sorry for your loss and to the staff of BAC too. RIP Dr Ben
Tony and Dee Nielson
February 3, 2015
My Husband and I are deeply sorry to hear of Dr Wurst passing.He was a great Man with so much love and compassion.
Mike and Lisa Mohr
January 16, 2015
Dear Cindy, Ben, Andy, Lauren, and family,
Your Dad was truly a remarkable man. I will always remember his visit to my classroom as a guest speaker (Ben, Andy). It was an inspirational highlight for the children and myself, which I have never forgotten. It greatly saddened me (just today) to learn of his passing. My heartfelt condolences to this beautiful family. It must be comforting to know, so many people loved him, too. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you all.
Love, Kathleen G. Naughton
Kathleen Naughton
January 16, 2015
very sad to hear of Dr. wurst's passing . I can remember Dr. Wurst walking his dogs along the old railroad beds in Barnegat , behind Boone's Carriage House Restaurant. I grew up on Bayview Blvd. down the street from Barnegat Veterinarians . He treated many of our family pets. A great person and a great Dr. !!
tom white
January 15, 2015
Dear Dr. Andy and the staff,
We didn't know Dr. Stephen, but we can only imagine how kind and compassionate he was based on how we feel about Dr. Andy. We just found out about your Dad's passing and we are so sorry for your loss. Please know you're in our thoughts and prayers.
Phyllis, Ilene and Casey
January 5, 2015
December 15, 2014
Our deepest sympathy to family and friends of Dr. Wurst, a truly caring and exceptional human friend. Dr. Wurst helped my horse when no other vet would and I am truly grateful for his kindness and compassion. Thank you Dr. Wurst and may God bless you and keep you always. Sincerely, Linda Hosford and Family :)
Linda Hosford
December 15, 2014
I am deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Wurst's passing. I came to know him over a period of about 20 years while I worked for the pet memorial service that served his practice. He was recognized as a terrific vet, husband, father and man who always made people (and animals) feel welcome and cared for. He always exhibited generous and compassionate qualities above and beyond what could ever be expected. I wish Andy and family to find comfort going forward. Rest in peace Dr. Wurst.
Doug Worrell
December 12, 2014
Dr. Wurst was our vet during the life of our lab Lacey....2000-2013....when he would walk into the exam room he would would say "how is our girl", making you feel your pet was part of his family too...He will be greatly missed!May God bless and comfort you in your loss.
Ric and Michelle McCann
November 29, 2014
A great loss. Took care of my pets since he opened his practiced. he will be greatly missed.My prayers go with you.
Janet pray
November 29, 2014
Dr. Wurst was one of the most admired, compassionate, respected,and trusted men I have known. My prayers are with his family. Take care of all your little friends in heaven, I know my Jake boy will be greeting you.
susanne dorris
November 28, 2014
We are so sorry for the loss of this wonderful, compassionate man. He took such good care of our pets and always did his best in caring for all his patients. He will be greatly missed. Our condolences to the family who loved him and all who called Dr. Steve, friend. May God comfort you in your loss.
Ruth & Jack Gaffney
November 27, 2014
Very sorry for your loss. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Pawlowki Family
November 24, 2014
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
November 24, 2014
I have been a dog groomer for 35 years (Rover) and in all these years, I have never heard ONE unkind word about Dr,Wurst...only praise....this is a devastating loss for anyone who knew him and his family is in my prayers.
He was a hero to me . My heart is broken but I feel blessed to have known him and to consider him a friend.
Janet Morgan
November 23, 2014
We were so sad when we heard about Dr.Wurst's passing. He was our first Vet over 20 yrs. ago. He was such a Wonderful man. Our "kids" just loved him! He will never be forgotten. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Dr.Andy & your entire family.
Kandie & John Frobose
November 23, 2014
Our sympathy goes out to Andy and his family
Ginny and Eddie Lee
November 23, 2014
From our hearts, our deepest sympathy goes to the Wurst family. There are no words to express our sadness for the loss of this wonderful man. All of his greatness and kindness is mirrored in his son Dr Andy and we thank God everyday that we have been blessed to have our "kids" under their care
Joe and Patty Williams
November 23, 2014
sorry for you loss Ben
Howie Williams
November 23, 2014
People ask how I found out I had Diabetes I tell them I went to my Vet LoL Steve was a Great Frend Our Hearts go out to his Family. Tony & Sue Scali
November 22, 2014
My heartfelt condolences to the family. Doc was a great man, heaven has gained an angel.
Debbie Ferris
November 22, 2014
Ben, our deepest thoughts are with you and your entire family. Janice & Bill
Janice King
November 22, 2014
Dr. Wurst was the greatest vet ever. He not only took care of our babies, but he took care of us as well. When we welcomed in our first Yorkie, he taught me what he referred to as "Doggie 101". I sure needed it. He always greeted the dogs on their level, on the floor, so as to calm them. Aside from being the greatest vet, he was a truly wonderful person, who will be greatly missed and graced the earth with total compassion and love.

We are greatly saddened at his loss, and shall never ever forget him.

Our heartfelt sympathy to Mrs. Wurst and family.
Carol and Richard Fudalej
November 22, 2014
My deepest sympathies to the Wurst family. We all lost a great, kind and compassionate person who will never be forgotten. His time on this earth was too short but heaven will be a better place with him watching over all of us & our pets.
Shirley Spagnola-Falcone
November 21, 2014
You were the only vet my husband trusted with his dogs. Someone told me how special a vet is because your patients cannot tell you what is wrong.Rest in Peace to a wonderful man.
donna lahm
November 21, 2014
He was a man of great compassion and love for all animals and their guardians.All the times he held my hand and comforted me on the passing of a beloved pet. I know that he and the animals are together in heaven
ginny pizza
November 21, 2014
My deepest condolences to the Wurst Family. Steve and I bred Maine Coon Cats. He always shared great fishing stories with my late husband Bob. The light of life is dimmed with the loss of such a beautiful soul. I remember him fondly.
Jackie Terpay
November 21, 2014
What a wonderful man. The world is a better and more beautiful place because he was here to share it with us. Yes, he truly loved all creatures both great and small. He is dearly missed and most fondly remembered. Heaven will be a nicer place too with him there.
Wesley Szypszak
November 21, 2014
Farewell fearless leader, I hope wherever you are there are calm seas and big tuna
Carol Henderson
November 20, 2014
Tony and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Steve. He was such a kind, thoughtful, and generous man who will be truely missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Cindy and the family during this difficult time.
Lisa & Anthony DeGennaro
November 20, 2014
R.I.P. Dr. Wurst a angel on earth now you have your wings in heaven, thank you for all you have done.prayers to the wurst family Stephen was the worlds best vet.
laura phillips
November 20, 2014
We have been with the practice for 25 years. He is one of the first people we met when we moved to Forked River. He took care of our 2 cats. Always had time for fishing talk. We are sorry that he did not have a longer retirement. Our sympathies to his family. His smile and laugh will be missed. Thank you Dr. Wurst.
Buck & Sandy Gray
November 20, 2014
"Heaven's the place
where all the animals
we ever Loved
Come to Greet us."

Our Heartfelt sympathy to Dr. Andy
and Family.

"The light from those we Loved can never be dimmed."
Janet Swearingen
November 20, 2014
Dear Cindy, Ben, Andy, Lauren and all of the Wurst Family. My heart broke when I heard the news about Steve. He made my life with my animals so special because he was the most special person I ever met and he was always there for me when I needed him. I know he will be watching over all the animals at Barnegat Animal Clinic because that is the way he is. Cindy my heart goes out to you loosing your soul mate.
Nancy Engler
November 20, 2014
One of the nicest man I ever met.Helped us so much.You will be missed.
Barb Furman
November 20, 2014
I have been going to Dr. Wurst since he started 30 years ago. I feel very bad to hear of his passing as he was a very good doctor and a nice person and loved caring for animals.
Shirley Ballance
November 20, 2014
Dr Steve Wurst was my animals vet, my neighbor and I always considered him my friend. I can remember several times when one of my furry kids got ill or hurt at night, running through back yards to his home to get help for my pups. He was truly a man full of compassion and kindness. I never heard anyone say anything unkind about this man. He was truly loved by all who met him. He had the ability to make you feel that you (and your pets) were the only ones that he knew. He helped me with my dogs, cat, bird and a multitude of wildlife that I have rehabilitated and released through the years. Our sincere sympathy and prayers go out to his wife and children and his entire staff at the Barnegat Animal Clinic. We were so lucky to have Dr. Steve on this earth...his passing was years too soon and he will be missed by all who knew him. Rest in peace Dr. Steve
Donna & John Michel
November 20, 2014
He was truly a gifted man. He knew how to talk to all animals. Guess you could say he was like Dr. Dolittle .... I have been with him since he started and have brought him an a-ray of both wild and domestic animals to care for... What a great loss for ALL the animals... Rest in peace and may you find your place next to God in the care of all his creatures .... You will be GREATLY missed. Thank you for ALL you have done...
Adrienne Gilman
November 20, 2014
To the Wurst family, my thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Melissa Pederson
November 20, 2014
ihad the pleasure meeting steve at the Stafford office and several times at the Barnegat office he was one of the nicest compassionate person ever. may he rip my thougts and prayers go out to Cindy and her family at this difficult time.
The rupprecht family
November 20, 2014
Dr. Wurst was one of the the most compassionate people I have ever known! He will be greatly missed!
November 20, 2014
We are sorry for your loss of your Husband, Best Friend, Father, Father-in-law. Surely Dr. Wurst was greeted at Heaven's Gates by Jesus, with His Arms outstretched for a 'welcome home' hug. Dr. Wurst has the angelic ability to watch over all of you and be at your side in a nano-second. His veterinary practice was top-notch, giving our pets the best care & empathy as needed. God Bless you all.
Chester & Ginger Mankowski
November 20, 2014
So sad to hear about this...Sympathy and love to his family ...
Patti Grimste
November 20, 2014
Dr. Wurst was truly one of the kindest, gentlest people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. He was a brilliant vet,gentle and caring with all God's creatures (even the humans!). Our thoughts and prayers are with all his loved ones- your loss is very great but hope you can find some solace in knowing how very many lives he touched.
Joanmarie Sarnelli
November 20, 2014
You will be missed, our sincere thoughts and prayers are with the Wurst family.
James Walberg, Ken Mero, and all the staff at VetPath Services.
November 20, 2014
Heart breaking...I recently had a nice long conversation with him and Lucy. It was always nice to see them walking with his wife. I will miss seeing you Dr Wurst.
Thank you for caring for all animals and being a friendly neighbor.

My deepest sympathies and prayers are with you all.

Jeanne Giordano, Kenny and Lilly
Jeanne Giordano
November 20, 2014
We are so shocked to hear of the passing of Dr. Stephen Wurst. He was our first vet when we moved to Barnegat over 30 years ago and helped my collie walk again when he was hit by a car. He grew the clinic and we always went there as it was the only one we trusted and knew our pets would get the best care. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Wurst family as they go through this difficult time.
Anthony & Angelika Yannuzzi
November 20, 2014
Jean, Scott, Erica, Adam "The Lightcap Family"
November 20, 2014
My heart just broke when I heard the new of Dr Steven Wurst's passing. He was honestly one of the sweetest man I have ever come across. The pet world has lost a genuine loving care taker. Loved his compassion to each n everything he spoke about. His family, his love for fishing n especially his love of wildlife. His smile just lit the room up. The world has lost a truly loving man. Dr Wurst thank you for taking care of our four legged family members you were the best. Prayers to his family
Gerrilynn Meyers
November 20, 2014
This broke my heart to read. Dr. Wurst was the nicest man and vet I've known. I met him in 1985 and he's cared for my dogs since. He had a heart of gold and always a smile. To his family I am sorry and will keep you all in my prayers. He will be missed by all.
God Bless Kathy & Tommy Enna
November 20, 2014
We met Steve at Stafford Animal Hospital. & followed him to Barnegat. Over the years, not only was he our vet but a friend. He was such a caring man & so gentle with animals. Our prayers go to the Wurst Family. He will be truly missed. RIP Steve.
Bob & Mary Ann Beron
November 20, 2014
Steve's passing is news that nobody was ready to hear. He was special in so many ways, a list would take up the whole page. An inspiration to many, he will be remembered forever for his many wonderful ways. Couldn't run into him around town without people crowding around him; he was loved by all. Clearly one of the good guys is gone. Our thoughts are with his heartbroken families at home and at BAC.
Beverly & Bill Courtney
November 20, 2014
RIP Dr. Wurst - You are the reason I put my trust in your wonderful Clinic and continue to do so.
November 20, 2014
I was so very lucky to have known and worked for Dr. Wurst around 20 years ago. Truly a great guy! My condolences to Dr. Wurst's family and friends.
Ken Cranmer
November 20, 2014
Dr Wurst was such a nice man and a wonderful doctor. Rest in peace.
November 20, 2014
Our family lucked into Barnegat Animal Clinic almost 25 years ago, and over the years grew to know and respect this wonderful man. He was always kind to the animals, and we loved his wit and sharp intelligence. We lost him much too soon. Our deepest sympathies to his wife, children, family, colleagues and friends.
Bobbie and John Zlotnik
November 20, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wurst family. The doc was a true professional and a great person and will always be remembered.Thank you for all the years of caring for our "babies" Hailey & Jasper
Fred & Lucinda Manfra
November 20, 2014
Dr. Wurst kindly brought animals to my classroom when his daughter Lauren was in my first grade class. He was a kind and gentle person who lovingly took care of our dog. Big hugs to the family. He will be missed.
tracy Osborne-Lomax
November 20, 2014
Thank you Dr Wurst for being my first mentor, my first boss and a wonderful human being. Thank you for taking such good care of all of our pets. I will never forget you. My thoughts and prayers are with Dr Wurst's family at this time. My deepest sympathies..
Jennifer Purcell
November 20, 2014
you were the best veterinary doc around. helped my "kids" many of times. Rest in peace.
Bob Blatchford
November 20, 2014
One of the most compassionate vets on the face of the earth. He will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace Dr. Steve.
Linda Townsend
November 20, 2014
sorry for your loss to his family ,barnegat animal clinic and the world in general has lost a great soul,he was my pierre's dr.when i first moved here 15 yrs ago,he loved him too,heaven has a new angel and a bright new star,may memories bring you some peace.
maurice A
November 20, 2014
In our lives we come across people that touch our hearts and remain with us always. Dr. Wurst is one of those people. Our pets were Blessed to have him as their vet. A true gentle man. He will be missed by so many. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and also his Barnegat Animal Clinic family.
Linda Fishman
November 20, 2014
I met Steve thirty years ago. He was a friend, a Father, a fellow Boy Scout Leader and a great VET. We will all miss him. His legacy is his children. Fair winds and following sea Captain.
The Schraders
November 20, 2014
I've known Steve for over 30 years Being my Vet both professionally and personally and was the best Vet I've ever known.He was always there for me and my animals. He was my vet for Donnas' Groomin' Room, and he was there for me when I was rescuing animals for many years. To his family..my deepest condolences. my thoughts and prayers are with you. To everyone who loved him, we all share a terrible loss. He will be missed.
Donna Tricka-Ohle
November 19, 2014
I worked for Dr Wurst part time for several years starting in 1989. As a 1988 graduate, I was a new veterinarian and he was a wonderful mentor. He was a great and intuitive veterinarian who loved people and animals. Above all, he was a good man. I'm lucky that I spent that time in his clinic; he helped form the veterinarian I am today.
My deep condolences go out to his family, work family, clients, patients, and friends.
With love and respect,
Dr Linda Erday,? Greensboro, North Carolina
Linda Erday
November 19, 2014
The world will miss him. He was so full of energy, love, intelligence and compassion. Please accept my deepest condolences.
Stephanie Sakosits
November 19, 2014
Dr. Wurst was the best Vet Dr. and most concerning man about animals that we ever new. We always wanted him because we have been with Barnegat Animal since he started the practice. He was the only one that could relate to our big black Lab called Zak. He shook like a baby but as soon as Dr. Wurst came him he was licking him. We will dearly miss him and are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.
Bob and Debbie Oettinger
November 19, 2014
Steve was not only our vet but our friend. Originally met him at Stafford Animal hospital & followed him to Barnegat. He will truly be missed. Prayers for the Wurst Family. RIP Steve.
November 19, 2014
He was the best vet our Shaddow had! My families prayers are with you and yours! The Rogers Family
November 19, 2014
Dr. Wurst...thank you for caring so much.
Pat Verdone
November 19, 2014
My sincerest of condolences go out to the Wurst family and the Barnegat Animal Clinic. He was a wonderful person who will be remembered fondly and missed by many.
Sharon Ragonese
November 19, 2014
Dr. Wurst will be terribly missed. We are praying for peace and comfort for his family in this difficult time.
The Davis family
November 19, 2014
So sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Such a wonderful and caring man.
~ Janice and Dave Patti
November 19, 2014
To the Wurst family so sorry to hear of your loss...Dr Wurst was a very compassionate man and has definitely passed that compassion down to Dr Andy...may he RIP
The McGrails and our furbabies
November 19, 2014
What a wonderful man and a fantastic doctor .. Prayers for all ..Don and Flo Hall
November 19, 2014
Dr. Wurst was easily the kindest man I ever knew. Such a heartbreaking loss for his family. All of my pets were fortunate to have him for their doctor. I'm grateful to have seen that gentle smile one last time at Batsto.
With love,
Kathie Hedden
Kathleen Hedden
November 19, 2014
It is simply amazing to know what an impact one individual can make to such a large area. Compassionate and filled with a great sense of humor, and he leaves such a legacy behind. I am so glad I worked for him for ten years, and can call him friend.
Anne Darragh Elkins
November 19, 2014
A wonderful man, A wonderful Doctor. Our thoughts and prayers to you all. God Bless you Dr. Wurst...The Dipaola Family
Chickie and Sal Dipaola
November 19, 2014
We loved Dr Wurst. We started with him at the Stafford Vets. He was such a kind person. We are thankful that he left a wonderfull group to carry on but, we truly miss him. RIP Dr.Wurst.
Ed Roskey, Ruth Gray Roskey & Boomer
November 19, 2014
We were deeply saddened to learn of Steve's passing. His kindness, compassion and delightful sense of humor made each encounter a pleasure and we will forever remember him with affection and gratitude for the gentle and loving way in which he cared for our pets. It was a joy to know him and he will remain forever in our hearts. Please accept our sincere condolences.
Victor and Deb Budesa
November 19, 2014
Dr wurst was an amazing man with an infectious smile and so so smart. He will be so missed. My condolences to his family and the animal clinic. He's petting so many at the rainbow bridge.
cindy williams
November 19, 2014
To the Family I'm so very sorry for your loss. What an angel he was for so many families and animals/ pets. I am so honored to have him as a vet. I am so honored to have worked with him with the wild life. He is such a great teacher!!!!
Christine Roach ( Corlis)
November 19, 2014
Cindy and Family, Sincere condolences on Dr. Steve's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. RIP Dr.
Gayle (Johnson) Mousley
November 19, 2014
Cindy and Family.. so sorry to hear of your loss.... Dr. was kind and generous man and will be missed by many people and 4 legged friends...... Prayers....... carol an Terry williams
November 19, 2014
Our deepest sympthay to his family.. His kindness will not be forgotten!
Bill and Melissa Hill
Melissa Weidman
November 19, 2014
Our thoughts are prayers are with you all. I will always remember a happy go lucky guy, who we spend many of nights around the campfire with our sons in scouts.
Mc Nally Family
November 19, 2014
Dr.Wurst will be missed by both man and the animals .Heaven now has the Best Vet. Rest In Peace.
Denise Bruschi
November 19, 2014
To the Wurst Family,
So sorry to hear about your loss, Dr. Wurst was the sweetest and most caring Vet around. Our prayers go out to his family, God Bless..
The Fix's
Agnes Fix
November 19, 2014
My condolences to Andy and the entire Wurst family. I had the pleasure of fishing with Stephen once. Only once, yet he made a lasting impression as a caring, kind and thoughtful man. I got to see him in action as a Veterinarian on that trip with a dog that was brought onboard, I'll never forget Stephen.
Basil Pappas
November 19, 2014
We will miss seeing you and I know how much John will miss fishing with you . You were a true gentleman and with a heart of gold. Rest easy
Alisia & John Lane
November 19, 2014
Steve lived each moment of his life, fishing pole always close at hand. I am glad to have shared moments in his life, he will be missed . God speed and may he find endless tuna, BIG tuna. We send our support and loving memories to his family.
Annette and Craig
Annette and Craig Underhill
November 19, 2014
So sorry for your loss. He will be remembered fondly in my families hearts. He was a very kind and compassionate man, something you don't find often enough in vets. He will be missed very muchy.
Terry Krause
November 19, 2014
I am so sorry to hear of this huge loss to so many people and pets. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Linda Roberts
Linda BecotteRoberts
November 19, 2014
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