Chester Halka Sr.

Mr. Halka, 80, of Millstone, died Sept. 11 at Monroe Village Healthcare Center, Monroe. Born in South River, he had resided in Old Bridge before moving to Millstone 38 years ago. A World War II Army veteran, he served in the South Pacific. He was the founder of Halka Nurseries, Millstone, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary on Mr. Halka’s 80th birthday. Mr. Halka — whose trees are planted all over the country at national historical monuments, including the White House and the Statue of Liberty — also received a lifetime achievement award from the New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association, as well as the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. He was predeceased by three brothers and two sisters. Surviving are his wife, Elsie Halka; a son and daughter-in-law, Chet Jr. and Bonnie Halka, also of Millstone; a daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Thomas Waters of Middletown; two sisters, Irene Livak of Millstone and Sally Masley of Fords; and nine grandchildren. A funeral liturgy was offered at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Perrineville section of Millstone, followed by interment at the parish cemetery, Perrineville. Freeman Funeral Home, Freehold, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Fox Chase Cancer Center, 7701 Burholme Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111.

Edward L. Whiteman

Mr. Whiteman, 53, of the Perrineville section of Millstone, died Sept. 5 at M&M Rest Home, Perrineville. Born in Elizabeth, he had lived in Roselle Park before entering military service. An Army veteran during the Vietnam era, he is survived by three brothers and a sister-in-law, Jonathan Whiteman of Roselle Park, Carl Whiteman of Spring Hall, Fla., and Robert and Joy Whiteman of Meriden, Conn.; and two nieces and three nephews. Interment was private at Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery, Arnytown. Freeman Manalapan-Marlboro Funeral Home, Manalapan, was in charge of arrangements.

Ruth Noll

Mrs. Noll, 79, of Jackson, died Sept. 7 at home. Born in Marlboro, she had lived in Lakewood before moving to Jackson seven years ago. She was a direct descendant of Pocahontas and a member of the Pamunkey Indian tribe, King William County, Va. Prior to retiring, she was employed by Garden State Bank, Jackson. She was a member of the Old Brick Reformed Church, Marlboro, and a vice president of the Oak Tree Mobile Homeowners Association, Jackson. Mrs. Noll was predeceased in 1993 by her husband, Joseph T. Noll. Surviving are three sons and a daughter-in-law, James R. and Kathleen Noll of Lakewood, John T. Noll, also of Lakewood, and William H. Noll of Jackson; a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Walter Burke of Freehold Township; a sister and brother-in-law, Marie and Dewey Holmes of Marlboro; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, followed by interment at the Old Brick Reformed Church Cemetery, Marlboro. Memorial donations may be made to the Deborah Heart and Lung Center, P.O. Box 820, Browns Mills 08015; or the Old Brick Reformed Church, 490 Route 520 east, Marlboro 07746.