2003-12-18 / Obituaries
Michael A. Ventola
Mr. Ventola, 80, of Palm City, Fla., and formerly North Brunswick, died Dec. 14 at Martin Memorial Hospital, Stuart, Fla. He was the owner/operator of Ventola’s Circle Citgo, North Brunswick, for 20 years, retiring in 1988. He was a founding member of the Sons of Italy, Sgt. John Basilone Lodge No. 25881, South River, and the North Brunswick Booster Club. He was predeceased by seven brothers, Micale, Samuel, Anthony, Peter, Gerardo, Carmine and Armando; and three sisters, Helen Rizzo, Anna Lupiano and Maggie Lupiano. He is survived by his wife, Jeanette T. Guarino Ventola; his son, Mark Ventola of Robbinsville; two daughters and one son-in-law, Denise L. Ventola of the Dayton section of South Brunswick, and Janice and Peter Braconi of Monroe Township; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Vincent and Barbara Guarino of Ortley Beach, and Lawrence and Dorothy Guarino of Union; and four grandchildren. Visitation will be Dec. 19 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Selover Funeral Home, North Brunswick. A funeral service will be Dec. 20 at 9:15 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Church, North Brunswick. Burial will be at Van Liew Cemetery, North Brunswick.
Frank S. Patrick
Mr. Patrick, 79, of East Brunswick died Dec. 3 in St. Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick. Prior to his retirement in 1987, he and his brothers owned John Patrick and Sons Contracting, South River, for 42 years. Surviving are his wife, Margaret Timko Patrick; a son, Frank Patrick of Hillsborough; two daughters, JoAnn Patrick-Ezzell of Sarasota, Fla., and Kathy Zondlo of Knoxville, Tenn.; a brother, Joseph Patrick of East Brunswick; three sisters, Elizabeth "Pat" Righetti of East Brunswick, Irene Goldstein of Monroe and Mary Nenninger of Kill Devil Hills, N.C.; a grandson; and many nieces and nephews. A Mass was offered at St. Stephen Protomartyr Church, South River. Interment was in Holy Cross Burial Park, South Brunswick. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 1600 Route 22 East, Union, NJ 07083.
August Robert Hagen
Mr. Hagen, 81, of Monroe, formerly of East Brunswick, died Dec. 12 in Raritan Bay Medical Center, Old Bridge division. His wife, Sonja, died in 1982. Surviving are a daughter, Sonja; two sons, Charles Hagen and Michael Flynn; a sister, Dorothy Bongart; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Arrangements were under the direction of Eckman Funeral Home, Spotswood.
Edward A. Davis
Mr. Davis, 64, of East Brunswick died Dec. 14 in St. Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick. A grandson, Matthew Morosoff, died in 1999. Surviving are his wife, Diane Capone Davis; two daughters, Cindy Morosoff of Tinton Falls and Terri Addona of Holliston, Mass.; three brothers, James of Fort Meyers, Fla., the Rev. Joseph Davis, pastor of St. Therese Roman Catholic Church, Succasunna, and Peter Davis of Long Branch; six sisters, Ellen Matzuk, Patricia Davis and Loretta Goger, all of Fort Meyers, Caroline McKenna of Cranford, Mary Davis of Rahway and Trudy Donnelly of Lady Lake, Fla.; and five grandchildren. A Mass is planned for 10 a.m. on Dec. 18 at St. Bartholomew’s Church, East Brunswick. Entombment will follow in Holy Cross Burial Park, South Brunswick. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent dePaul Society, c/o St. Bartholomew’s Church, 460 Ryders Lane, East Brunswick, NJ 08816.
Margaret Delores Laskowsky
Mrs. Laskowsky, 63, of Spotswood died Dec. 8 in Raritan Bay Medical Cemetery, Old Bridge division. Her husband, Joseph Laskowsky Sr., died in 1975, and a daughter, Deborah Laskowsky, died in 1981. Surviving are her mother, Elizabeth Crowell of Patton, Pa.; two daughters, Barbara Schino of Glendale, Ariz., and Patricia Laskowsky of Spotswood; two sons, William and Joseph Laskowsky Jr., both of Spotswood; a brother, James Crowell of Harrisburg, Pa.; five sisters, Betty Lou Edwards of Bowie, Md., Ruth Schevock of Patton, Mary Katherine Gergely of Wilmington, Del., Shirley Middlesworth of Severn, Md., and Joanne Schneider of Evensburg, Pa.; and two grandchildren. A Mass was offered at Immaculate Conception Church, Spotswood. Interment was in Washington Monumental Cemetery, South River.
Oswald M. Lipman Jr.
Mr. Lipman, 73, of South River died Dec. 11 at home. Prior to his retirement in 1991, he was employed for 29 years as a tinsmith at Sunshine Biscuit Co., Sayreville. Surviving are his wife, Martha Burak Lipman; three sons, Michael and Robert, both of South River, and John of Florida; two sisters, Helen Dzergoski of South River and Irene Lenhart of Jackson; two grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Services were held at Maliszewski Funeral Home, South River. Interment was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, East Brunswick.
Mrs. Reff, 83, of East Brunswick died Dec. 10 in Care One Nursing Home, East Brunswick. Surviving are her husband, Israel; two sons, David of Israel and Steven of Cranford; two daughters, Naomi of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Sandra of Fairfield, Ohio; a sister; and two grandchildren. Services were held at Mount Sinai Memorial Chapels, East Brunswick. Interment was in Floral Park Cemetery, South Brunswick. Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Anshe Emeth, 88 Main St., South River, NJ 08882.
Mr. Floyd, 85, of Spotswood, formerly of North Brunswick, died Dec. 15 at home. Surviving are his wife, Phyllis Hirschman Floyd; a stepson, Sandor Leopold Jr. of Spotswood; two stepdaughters, Debra Tauriello of Edison and Susan Moen of Bridgewater; and five grandchildren. Services were held at Brunswick Memorial Home, East Brunswick. Interment was in Spotswood Reformed Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to VNA of Central New Jersey, 141 Bodman Place, Red Bank, NJ 07701-9978, or to Barbara E. Cheung Memorial Hospice, 1 Roosevelt Drive, Edison, NJ 08837.
Marjorie S. Haggett
Mrs. Haggett, 85, of Milltown died Dec. 9 in Francis E. Parker Nursing Home, New Brunswick. Prior to her retirement in 1993, she was director of music for 10 years at Nativity Evangelical Lutheran Church, East Brunswick. Before that, she was a music teacher at Hammerskjold Middle School, East Brunswick, and with North Brunswick Public Schools. From 1996-97 she served as volunteer music director at Parkview School, Milltown. Her husband, Frank R. Haggett, died in 1983. Surviving are three cousins, Evelyn C. Morris and David B. Crabiel, both of Milltown, and C. Donald Crabiel of Merchantville. Services were held at United Methodist Church, Milltown. Interment was in Van Liew Cemetery, North Brunswick. Memorial contributions may be made to United Methodist Church, 47 N. Main St., Milltown, NJ 08850.
Florence Collender Price
Mrs. Price, 78, of Monroe, formerly of South River, died Dec. 10 in St. Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick. Surviving are her husband, Edward Price, and a cousin, Violet Oliver of Colorado. Services were held at Rezem Funeral Home, East Brunswick. Interment was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, East Brunswick.
Rose Frankenbush Scharff
Mrs. Scharff, 85, of Lakewood, formerly of Spotswood, died Dec. 15 in CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Her husband, Harold, died in 2000. Surviving are a son, William "Bill" Scharff of Warminster, Pa.; a daughter, Betty-Ann Marino of the Browns Mills section of Pemberton; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Services were held at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church, East Brunswick. Interment was in Washington Monumental Cemetery, South River.
Millicent "Penny" Takach Grosse
Mrs. Grosse, 62, of East Brunswick died Dec. 8 at home. Prior to her retirement in 1997, she was a teacher at St. Mary’s Elementary school, South River, for 10 years. She also was employed by the Old Bridge Township Board of Education as a teacher at Voorhees School. Surviving are a son, Adam Grosse of East Brunswick; her parents, Victor and Pearl Lanczki Takach of Franklin; and a sister, Ellen Sills of East Brunswick. Arrangements were under the direction of Brunswick Memorial Home, East Brunswick.