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CAPT. WILLIAM L. RICH JR., 79, of the West End section of Long Branch died Oct. 26 at home. Born in Jersey City, he resided in the Wanamassa section of Ocean Township before moving to West End 15 years ago. He was a retired ship captain, serving during 14 separate invasions including Korea and Vietnam. A ship’s captain since age 23, he was a member of the International Organization of Master Mates and Pilots. During peacetime, he was appointed director of research and international affairs, serving the United States as a delegate to the United Nations Maritime Committee. He was awarded the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal. His other awards include the Merchant Marine Combat Bar, the Pacific War Zone Bar, and the Victory Medal. He played professional baseball for the N.Y. Giants in 1941. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert Rich, in 1983. He is survived by his wife, Beverly Hess Rich of West End; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. William and Martha Rich of Annandak, Va., and John and Kathleen Rich of Boston; two daughters and sons-in-law, Anne and Charles Von Nordeck of Baltimore, and Patricia and William Turner of New York; his sister, Lynn Rich; three grandchildren; and his wife’s five children. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at the Church of the Precious Blood, Monmouth Beach. Interment was at Glenwood Cemetery, West Long Branch. Memorial donations may be made to the San Alfonso Retreat House, 755 Ocean Ave., Long Branch 07740.
AUGUSTINE FALVO, 92, of Long Branch died Sept. 11 at home. Born in Italy, she moved to the United States at 1-month-old and was a lifelong resident of Long Branch. She was a homemaker and worked part time at her family’s shop, the Corner Stork Stop and Children’s Shop, West End section of Long Branch. She was a parishioner of and member of the Altar Rosary Society at St. Jerome’s Roman Catholic Church, West Long Branch. She was predeceased by her husband, Peter Falvo, in 1987. She is survived by two daughters, Jeanette Falvo Marks of West Long Branch, and Virginia "Ginny" Falvo of West End; her brother, Amerigo De Fazio of Fair Haven; three sisters, Antoinette DeFazio, Wilma DeFazio and Rose Johnson, all of Red Bank; and two grandsons. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Long Branch. Interment was at Woodbine Cemetery, Oceanport.