2004-11-10 / Obituaries

Obituaries

Mary “Doris” Zemla

Mrs. Zemla, 77, of Old Bridge, died Nov. 8 at home. Born in Newark, she resided in Irvington prior to moving to Old Bridge 23 years ago. She was a homemaker. She was a past member of the PTA at Irvington Elementary School. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Zemla; and a sister, Anastasia Gueci. She is survived by a son, Zachary Scott Zemla, of Little Silver; a daughter, Cynthia Steinbacher, of Hazlet; a sister, Amelia Traut, of Florida; and four grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. at St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Old Bridge. Interment will follow at Chestnut Hill Cemetery, East Brunswick.

Rose Czech

Mrs. Czech, of Middletown, died Oct. 18 at Brighton Gardens, Middletown. Born in Nanticoke, Pa., she resided in Jersey City and Shadow Lake Village before moving to Brighton Gardens four years ago. Mrs. Czech was a homemaker. Prior to that, she was employed in New York City for 25 years, retiring in 1981. She was a member of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of St. Peter and Paul, Jersey City, where she was a member of its Sisterhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter B. Czech, in 1974; and a brother, Mitchell Walkowitz, in 1976. She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Dominick Cerchio of Red Bank, and Nancy and Dennis O’Melia of Scottsdale, Ariz.; a sister, Eleanor Yaga of McKeesport, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A funeral liturgy was held at The Ukrainian Catholic Church, followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Arrangements were by John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown. Memorial donations may be made to Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, 1 Meridian Road, Eatontown 07724.

Tina J. DeFalco

Mrs. DeFalco, 86, of Little Silver, died Oct. 14 at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank. Born in Red Bank, she resided in Little Silver the past 48 years. She was a teacher at Red Bank Middle School, retiring in 1994. Upon retirement, she received a special award for 53 years of service from former President George H.W. Bush. Prior to that, she taught at Oakland Street and Mechanic Street schools, Red Bank, and was honored as Teacher of the Year in 1978. She also served on the New Jersey Education Association Board of Examiners for 15 years. She was inducted into the Red Bank Regional High School Hall of Fame in 2004. She was predeceased by her husband, Gene; a brother, Gerald Canella; and a sister, Marie DeFillippo. She is survived by a son and daughter-ion-law, Gene and Candy DeFalco, of Fair Haven; two sisters, Ann Mandia, of Rumson, and Christina Blenke, of White House Station; and three grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, Red Bank. Interment was at Fair View Cemetery, Middletown. Arrangements were by John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank. Memorial donations may be made to Tina J. DeFalco Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Stone Mandia LLC, 685 Neptune Blvd., Neptune 07753.

Samuel J. Steele

Mr. Steele, 61, of Highlands, died Oct. 24 at home. Born in Newark, he resided in Irvington prior to moving to Highlands nine years ago. Mr. Steele was a computer operator at Home Life Insurance Co., Piscataway, where he was employed six years before retiring. Prior to that, he was employed at AIRCO, Irvington. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Mr. Steele is survived by his wife of 36 years, Carolyn Svenson Steele; a son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Alexi Steele of Tinton Falls; a daughter, Michelle Steele of Neptune; and one grandson. A funeral liturgy was offered at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, Atlantic Highlands, followed by burial at Fair View Cemetery, Middletown. Arrangements were by John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown. Memorial donations may be made to Deborah Hospital Foundation, New Jersey Region, P.O. Box 820, Browns Mills 08015.

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