Sylvia Skidmore

Obituaries Sylvia Skidmore

Mrs. Skidmore, 72, of Jackson died June 29 at Bartley Healthcare Nursing and Rehabilitation, Jackson. Born in Long Branch, she had resided in Freehold for most of her life before moving to Jackson. A graduate of Freehold Borough High School and Beaver College, Glenside, Pa., she worked as an art teacher for 34 years, retiring from the Freehold Borough Intermediate School. Prior to that, she had taught at Freehold Borough High School and River Street Elementary School, Red Bank. She was predeceased in 1997 by her husband, Norman E. Skidmore. Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Glenn and Susan Skidmore of Jackson, and Keith and Darlene Skidmore of Howell; five grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. Freeman Funeral Home, Freehold, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Monmouth County SPCA, 260 Wall St., Eatontown 07724.

Lawrence Gutentag

Mr. Gutentag, 75, of Ocean Township died July 2 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick. Born and raised in Newark, he had lived in Manalapan for 30 years before moving to Ocean Township 10 years ago. He was the owner of The Pantry (now Mom’s Golden Griddle), Manalapan, for 30 years, and later worked in sales for Siperstein’s paint store, Long Branch. He was a member of Jewish War Veterans, Newark. An avid bridge player and fisherman, he also loved to dance. Mr. Gutentag was predeceased 10 years ago by a brother, Robert. Surviving are his wife, Sonia; a son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Joan Gutentag of Topanga, Calif.; two daughters and a son-in-law, Amy Grassley of Ocean, and Marnie and Norman Levy of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a brother and sister-in-law, Sanford and Shirley Gutentag of Verona; a sister-in-law, Frada Gutentag of Clifton; three grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at Bloomfield-Cooper Jewish Chapels, Ocean. Memorial donations may be made to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Route 1 and College Road east, P.O. Box 2316, Princeton 08543, in honor of the medical and nursing staff.

Edna A. Franz

Mrs. Franz, 63, of Beachwood died July 3 at home. Born in Princeton, she had lived most of her life in Freehold before moving to Beachwood two years ago. She was a packer for Brockway Glass Co., Freehold Township, for 30 years. Mrs. Franz was predeceased by her husband, John J. "Jake" Franz, in 1999, as well as her parents, Florence and Andrew Weisneck, a brother, Raymond Weisneck, and a sister, Diane Boucher. Surviving are a son, John J. Franz of Beachwood; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Helen Lishman of Beachwood, and Barbara and Rodger Alexander of Bellingham, Wash.; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Janette Weisneck of Beachwood, Edward and Linda Weisneck of Port Arthur, Texas, and Andrew and Barbara Weisneck of South Toms River; a granddaughter; many nieces and nephews; and close friends Todd E. Fein, Romayne M. Pitta and Madison R. Fein, all of Beachwood. A graveside service was held at Old Tennent Cemetery, Tennent section of Manalapan, with Higgins Memorial Home in charge of arrangements.

Josephine M. Smith

Mrs. Smith, 72, of Howell died July 5 at home. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she had lived there and in Tinton Falls before moving to Howell in 1997. She was a communicant of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Farmingdale. For 25 years, she and her husband had owned and operated Park Avenue Printers, Ocean Township, until they retired in 2000. A homemaker as well, Mrs. Smith was also an aerobics swimming instructor at American Woman, Freehold Township. She was predeceased in 2002 by her husband, James R. Smith. Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, David L. and Ramona Smith, Paul S. and Chantal Smith, and James J. and Allison Smith, all of Jackson; a brother, Nicholas Adamo of Toms River; a sister, Mary Ann Buccellato of Hillside; and four grandchildren. A funeral Mass was offered at St. Catherine of Siena Chapel, Farmingdale, followed by interment at Old Tennent Cemetery, Tennent section of Manalapan. C.H.T. Clayton & Son Funeral Home, Adelphia section of Howell, was in charge of arrangements.