Age 82

Raymond T. Talamini, 82, died peacefully on Friday, July 24, 2015. Prior to his death, he resided in Peapack.
Born and raised in Bridgewater, he attended Somerville High School. He played varsity football for four years, which sparked his lifelong passion for the sport. Directly out of high school he served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and was stationed in both Japan and Korea. After leaving the Air Force, he was employed by the Johns-Manville Corporation and was a member of their "Quarter Century Club". He also worked part-time as a self-employed mason.

During his formidable years, pursuing his love of the game, he played offensive guard for the "Plainfield Crusaders" of New Jersey, a semi-professional football club. Years later, he served as a line coach for the Bridgewater-Raritan Pop Warner Football League.
An avid Giants fan, he enjoyed following professional football. He also enjoyed fishing and cooking and is remembered for his generosity, tenacity and love of family.

He was married for 35 years and survived his wife, Theodora (Teddi), who passed away in 1993. They lived and raised their family in Bridgewater and later retired to New Hope, PA. He is survived by his two children, his daughter Lisa McCulla and her husband David, of New Hope, PA, and his son Raymond Talamini and his wife Lisa O'Connor-Talamini, of Gladstone.
He was the proud and loving grandfather of four: Kylie and Alyssa McCulla and Sam and Jill Talamini.

A private gathering of family and close friends will be held on Sunday, August 16 th . In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Purple Heart at www.ourpleheartfoundation.orq.

Age 71
Formerly of Bridgewater and Manville

Joseph P. Parent age 71 passed away July 19, 2015 at Beebe Hospital Lewes,De.
Prior to moving to Delaware in 2008 he resided in Bridgewater and Manville.

He was a retired truck driver for Columbia Lumber and Component Technology, Branchburg.
Joe was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved spending summers at his beach home in Ocean City, Md with his wife and family. He greatly enjoyed doing things with  his grandchildren and will be sadly missed by them.

Joe is survived by his wife Kathleen and four sons Joseph M. Parent and wife Michelle of Bridgewater, Bill Williams and wife Colleen of Belvidere, Mark Williams and wife Lynn of Katy Tx, and Patrick Williams of Manville. He was a loving grandfather to Michael, Sean, Kaitlin, James, Jordan, Liam, Brendan and Quinn Williams. Also surviving are his siblings Anna May Halligan and her husband Chris of Bridgewater, Paul Parent and his wife Betty of Romney, W.VA., Larry Parent and his wife Teresa of Salina, KS. and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be Thursday July 23, from 3 to 5pm and 7 to 9pm at Cusick Funeral Home Somerville.. Mass of Christian Burial on Friday July 24, at 9:30am at Immaculate Conception Church Somerville. Interment will be on Saturday, July 25, in St Catherine Cemetery Moscow, Pa.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Delaware Hospice 911 S. Dupont Highway, Dover, De. 19901

Age 44

Darlene Annemarie (Claes) Fritzinger died July 16 at Overlook Hospital in Summit. Darlene was born in Somerville and resided in Warren before moving to Bridgewater in 2002. She owned and operated Curl Up and Dye Salon in GreenBrook for over 19 years. She was a member of the Powerhouse Christian Church in Bridgewater and played in a Christian Band there and at Simply Grace United Methodist Church of Bloomsbury. Surviving are her husband Garth, her sons Matthew, Adam and Asheber and her daughters Nicole and Amanda and her mother Roseanne Claes.  Her father Willem Claes preceded her in death. 

Visiting hours from 2-4pm and 7-9pm on Wednesday, July 22, at the Cusick Funeral Home, Somerville. Funeral Service 10am on Thursday, July 23, at the funeral home followed by an interment at the New Cemetery, Somerville. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Darlene's memory to Powerhouse Christian Church, 63 Heritage Court, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 or Simply Grace United Methodist Church, PO Box 86, Bloomsbury, NJ 08804

Age 98
Formerly of Demarest

Valentine Paul Vicari, passed away on July 10th at the age of 98.  The last surviving of 15 children, born in Englewood, NJ, he was a Veteran of WWII, retired form A&P in Closter, NJ, and was a longtime resident of Demarest, NJ.  He lived his last three years at Chelsea Assisted Living in Bridgewater, NJ.  He was predeceased by his wife of 69 years, Margaret.  He is survived by his son, Alan and daughter-in-law Mary, of Bridgewater, NJ, sister-in-law, Jean Mignone, and many many nieces and nephews, including Bob & Mary Vicari of Englewood, NJ, as well as cherished friends and neighbors.  

This gentleman, with a sincere love for all God's creatures, will be sorely missed.  Family and friends are invited to visit on Sunday, July 19, from 2pm -5pm at the Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Avenue, Somerville, NJ.

A mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, July 20 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Somerville, NJ.  Interment will be at The Brigadier General WIlliam C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 350 Provine Line Road, Wrightstown, NJ, next to his wife, Margaret, for eternity.

In lieu of flowers, donations to your local animal shelter or charity is requested.

Born September 13, 1930 in Manville, NJ to immigrant parents, Salvatore and Lucille Perone,  Dominic died peacefully at his home in Whiting, NJ on July 12, 2015.  
Dominic graduated from Bound Brook High School, served in the US Army during the Korean War and married his life-long love, Nellie (Lakowitz) Perone. They resided in Hillsborough NJ, where he became a Master Plumber, served as a Plumbing Inspector for Branchburg Township and ran his own Plumbing and Heating business for 50 years.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nellie, and three children,  Vincent (Donna) Perone of Saratoga Springs, NY; Patty Plaskon (John) of Easton MD; and Michael (Catherine) Perone of Bernardsville, NJ, and eight grandchildren: Mike and Natalie Perone; Sonya, Sam and James Plaskon; and Thomas, Eddie and Olivia Perone.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation,1130 Hooper Ave., Toms River, NJ 08753

Visitation will be at Cusick Funeral Home in Somerville  on Saturday, July 18, 2015 beginning at 9:30am and conclude with a Funeral Service at 11am at the funeral home followed by burial at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Age 85

Lincoln Shimomura MD, 85, of Bridewater, NJ, died at his home on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. 
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Reformed Church, 100 Main Street, Somerville. 

Lincoln was born in Salinas, California, the fifth of eight children of Japanese parents.  After internment in Poston, AZ his family moved to New Jersey where he graduated from Princeton High School.  He attended Maryville College, TN and completed his medical studies at the University of Louisville, KY.  After completing his internship in Galveston, TX and his residency at the University of Indiana, IN, he settled in Somerville, NJ where he practiced Anesthesia at the Somerset Medical Center for 37 years.  He loved to travel, sail, ski, fish, golf and spend time with family and friends.  He was active at the United Reformed Church in Somerville and during his retirement he especially enjoyed working for Habitat for Humanity.  
Lincoln was predeceased by his daughter, Karen in 1995.  He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Marianne Shimomura MD;  his children, Audrey and Andrew;  their spouses, Johannes Ernst and Sarah Walters;  and his five grandchildren, Taro, Emma, Naomi, Lucie and Alice.  Also surviving are 4 sisters and 3 brothers and many nieces and nephews.  He will also be missed by his numerous friends and neighbors.
Donations may be made to the Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, 100 Main Street, Somerville, NJ or to SHIP, Samaritan Homeless Interim Program, 87 High Street, Somerville, NJ
Age 67

Charles "Rich" Shanahan, 67, passed away on July 11th at RWJ Somerset Medical Center.  He was predeceased by his mother, Gladys Darcy, and father, Charles "Dick" Shanahan.  Rich is survived by a brother, Kevin and his wife Ginny of Flemington, NJ, and a sister, Kathleen, of Lindenhurst, IL; his nephews, Kevin Shanahan, Timothy Shanahan, Zachary Slade, and Scott Slade;  his nieces, Laura Ricketts (husband, Chris), Katherine Metzler (husband, Leigh), Shanah Slade, and Molly Shanahan. He will also be missed by his grand nieces and nephews Ceili, Gabriel, Benjamin, and Noah Ricketts. 

While working as a salesmen in the family business, Rich spent time serving the community as Captain of the Green Knoll Rescue Squad for a number of years.  Rich was also president of the Central New Jersey Corvette Club, helping to raise funds for the Matheny School.  An avid car buff, Rich enjoyed spending time with friends at the various "Cruise Nights" and car shows throughout the area.  

Visiting hours will be at the Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Avenue, Somerville, NJ,from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Magdalen de Pazzi Roman Catholic Church, 105 Mine Street, Flemington NJon Thursday, July 16, at l0:00 a.m..  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Matheny School, 65 Highland Avenue, Peapack, NJ  07977.
Age 47   
Doreen Ayala Oakes, 47, of Belvidere, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family. 

She was predeceased by her maternal grandfather, Henry Rodriguez and paternal grandparents, Juan Ayala and Crucita Miranda. Doreen is survived by her adored children, Tyler, Kayla, Brandon, Mason and Lillee; loving parents, Nilda and Jose Ayala; loving grandmother, Mercedes Rodriguez; Doreen is also survived by her dear siblings John Ayala and Linda Marton, bother-in-law Glenn Marton; loving niece and nephew, Marissa and Derek Marton; her dear husband Jay Oakes; along with many other cherished family members, aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.  

Doreen was a graduate of Temple University dance program and a devoted member of United Presbyterian Church in Belvidere, NJ.  She was a beautiful person inside and out who loved dancing, capturing life’s beautiful memories through photographs and spending time with her deeply cherished family and friends.  Doreen will be sadly missed, but never forgotten. Her children were the light of her life and her memory will live on through them. 

Family and friends are invited to visit from 5pm-8pm on Friday, July 10, concluding with a prayer service being offered at 8pm at the Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Avenue, Somerville, NJ. 

Memorial donations for the children can be made to The Oakes Family c/o Linda Marton, 73 West Somerset Street, Raritan, NJ 08869.  
Age 82
Pastor Emeritus of Immaculate Conception Church, Somerville

Reverend Monsignor John Nevin Kennedy, former Pastor and currently Pastor Emeritus of Immaculate Conception Church, Somerville, entered into eternal rest on Saturday June 27,2015.

He was the son of the late John and Marie Kennedy. He was preceded in death by his sister, Marie Adele Kennedy and sister in law, Elizabeth "Pete" Kennedy.
He is survived by his sister, Carol Dawe of Savannah,GA, brother Paul B. Kennedy of Camp Hill, PA, eight nieces and nephews: Kim Kennedy-Navarro, Peter N. Dawe, John N. Kennedy, Terri Dawe, Paul Kennedy, Laura Dawe-Wiley, Joseph Dawe and Michele Kennedy Bartolucci. Along with 14 Great nieces and nephews. His family fondly remembers many times when he served mass in their homes allowing all to be active participants in the celebration of Jesus.

He was ordained as a priest in 1958 at St. Anthony Church, Trenton, NJ. His first assignment as a priest was as an Associate Pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville, NJ. He went on to serve the Dioceses of Metuchen and Trenton, as Associate Pastor at the parishes of Holy Spirit, Perth Amboy; St. Raphael, Trenton; Star of the Sea, Long Branch and then Pastor at the parishes of St. Mathias, Somerset; Blessed Sacrament, Martinsville; and then In 1985 to Immaculate Conception Church as Pastor until his retirement in 2002.

In 1996, he was named a Prelate of Honor, with the title of Reverend Monsignor, by Pope John Paul II.
He had a keen focus on children whom he saw as the future of the church and was a strong supporter of the Catholic Youth Organization.

He was very involved in the Right to Life Movement so much so that he established Great Expectations, a home for unwed mothers.

Msgr Kennedy was very instrumental in having people of all religious faiths unite on various community causes.After celebrating mass on Sundays, he could be found watching golf and his favorite football team, The Philadelphia Eagles. 

He had a great devotion to the Blessed Mother and credited her intercession as being responsible for his vocation to the priesthood.

Reflecting on the sacramental life of a priest, Msgr. Kennedy explained the nature of his vocation, "There is one reason I am a priest, and that is to change bread and wine into Jesus Christ". Throughout his 50 years of service to the Lord and the Church Community, he touched many lives.

Visiting hours from 3:30pm to 7pm on Wednesday, July 1, at the Immaculate Conception Church, 35 Mountain Ave., Somerville and conclude with a Mass of Commemoration on Wednesday evening at 7:30pm. 

Visitation will also occur from 9:30am to 10:30am on Thursday, July 2, and conclude with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11am at the church. Interment to follow at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Union Ave., (Route 28), Somerville.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Center for Great Expectations, 19B Dellwood Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873.
Age 84Formerly of Bridgewwater

Dr. John H. O'Connor, Jr., of Bridgewater, NJ, passed away on June 21st, 2015 at Long Island State Veteran's Home in Stony Brook, NY. 
He was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts on January 16, 1931. He was 84 years old.

John served in the Army and was honorably discharged before going on to receive his doctorate degree in General Dentistry, from the University of Indiana. He later moved to Bridgewater, NJ with his beloved wife June, who predeceased him in 1998, where he established his dental practice. He remained there for 46 years, practicing dentistry for 38 of those years, before moving to Stony Brook, NY in 2013.
John is survived by his children Holly (O'Connor) Hricko and her husband John, of Nicholson, Pa., his son Dr. John H. O'Connor, III and his wife Debra, of Clinton Twsp.,NJ
his wife of 13 years Margaret (Hayes) O'Connor, and his loving grandchildren, Michael, Patrick, Jack, Ryan, Kayla and Cole.
Visting hours will be held at Cusick Funeral Home in Somerville, NJ on Friday, June 26, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00pm and again on Saturday, June 27 from 9:30 to 10:30am.

A Funeral Service will begin at 10:30am at the funeral home followed by burial at Bound Brook Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Matheny Medical and Educational Center, 65 Highland Ave. Peapack, NJ, where John's grandson Ryan is a student.

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