Lorraine Nolan Cook

Mrs. Cook, 71, of Yardley, Pa., died Sept. 1, 2007, at St. Mary Medical Center, Langhorne, Pa. She was a longtime resident of Freehold Township, where she had lived until 2000. She received a bachelor’s degree from Georgian Court College, Lakewood, and a master’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. An educator, she retired from the Marlboro Township School District after teaching for 31 years. She served in various elected positions within the Marlboro Township Education Association and was also an active member of both the National Education Association (NEA) and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA). After retiring, she traveled extensively and enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, Freehold, for more than 40 years, as well as a member of St. Andrew’s Parish in Newtown, Pa. She was also a member of Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Rose of Lima No. 737, Freehold. Surviving are her husband of 51 years. Donald N. Cook; a son and daughter-in-law, U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. (Select) Kevin and Kristen Cook of Seattle; a daughter and son-in-law, Bridget and Gerard O’Malley of Newtown; and six grandchildren, Erin, Peter, Megan, Jayne, Holly and Kelly. The funeral liturgy was celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Church, followed by interment at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, Freehold Township. Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Mary Medical Center Foundation, 1201 Langhorne-Newton Road, Langhorne, PA 19047.

Ruth M. Dravneek

Mrs. Dravneek, 93, of Wall Township, died Sept. 8, 2007, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. Born in Gasport, N.Y., she had resided in Monmouth County for many years. Prior to retiring in 1976, she was a nurse at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, for 15 years. She was a member of Ardena Baptist Church, Howell, and the Howell Senior Citizens Club. Mrs. Dravneek was predeceased in 1978 by her husband, William R. Dravneek, and in 1943 by a daughter, Barbara C. Conrad. Surviving are two sons, John C. Conrad of Wayside and James P. Conrad of Lakewood; a daughter, Julia M. Smith of Freehold; a stepson, the Rev. Bruce Dravneek of North Carolina; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held at the Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, Freehold Township. Interment was private. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 801 Broad St., Shrewsbury, NJ 07702.

Velma Borchers

Mrs. Borchers, 71, of Freehold Township, died Sept. 6, 2007, at home. Born in Flat Lick, Ky., she had lived in New York, as well as in Holmdel and Colts Neck, before moving to Freehold Township in 2002. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Borchers was predeceased by her husband, Walter, in 1997. Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald and Susan Borchers of Freehold Township, and Glenn and Emily Borchers of Topsham, Maine; a brother, Raymond Hammons of Sterling Heights, Mich.; two sisters, Ardith Holzmacher of Dataw Island, S.C., and Hazel Hammons of West Babylon, N.Y.; and four grandchildren, Ryan, Mallory, Lars and Fiona. Funeral services and interment were private, with the Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, Freehold Township, in charge of arrangements.

Casilda Gonzalez

Mrs. Gonzalez, 93, of Freehold, died Sept. 7, 2007, at home. Born in Forcadela, Spain, she moved to the United States in 1934. She and her husband operated the Country Inn, Freehold Township, from 1948-49, as well as the Freehold Deli on East Main Street. They were both employed at the Horsemen’s Kitchen at Freehold Raceway and at Granada Inn, Asbury Park. Casilda Drive in Freehold Township was named for Mrs. Gonzalez, with the township’s Ramon Boulevard named for her husband. She was predeceased by her husband, Ramon Gonzalez, in 1995. Surviving are a son and daughter in-law, Ramon Jr. and Mary Gonzalez of Freehold; four grandchildren, Ramon Gonzalez III of Texas, Ronald Gonzalez and Stephen Gonzalez, of Freehold, and Marysue Vang and her husband, Robert, of Jackson. The funeral liturgy was celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Church, Freehold, followed by entombment at St. Rose of Lima Mausoleum, also Freehold.