Probation Association of New Jersey

Probation Association of Jersey.  

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Alexis Ruth Magala.

Ruben Aponte
Age 50, North Arlington

Ruben Aponte, 50, of North Arlington, formerly of Newark, passed away on Thursday February 17th, 2017.

Ruben graduated from Bloomfield College with a Masters in Criminal Justice, and worked as a probation officer for Essex County for almost 30 years.

He is survived by his his mother Ana Aponte, his siblings, Marilyn, Elsie, Lourdes, Marisol, Noel and numerous nieces and nephews, and was predeceased by his father William Aponte, and his siblings, William, Evelyn and Valerie.

Memorial donations in lieu of flowers to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes.org

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Alexis Ruth Magala.

Alexis Ruth Magala
Age 55, Toms River

Alexis Ruth Magala, 55, of Toms River, passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Community Medical Center in Toms River. Born in Irvington, she was a longtime resident of Toms River. Alexis received her undergraduate degree at Rutgers University and her Masters of Social Work at Fordham University, becoming a licensed social worker. Alexis began her public service career as a probation officer in Ocean County Judiciary in the spring of 1989. She started as the Coordinator of the Supervised Visitation Program along with other duties. While in the family division, she was promoted to the position of senior probation officer. Her duties included case conferencing, home inspections, working with juveniles in crisis, and mentoring interns at the judiciary who were working on their bachelors of social work. During her career, she received several prestigious awards at the judiciary. She was presented The Ocean Award for her individual excellence. Recently she was recognized with her colleagues for great team effort on court calendars, particularly the non-dissolution cases. Alexis loved her job and was compassionate with the litigants and coworkers with whom she worked. Alexis was also a member of the Community Emergency Response Team of Ocean County (CERT). She was cited for her volunteer efforts during hurricane Irene and more recently for Superstorm Sandy. She was also a licensed Real Estate agent with Bob Grimm Agency in Toms River since 1998. Alexis enjoyed biking, kayaking, travelling, and spending time with friends. She was very proud of achieving her black belt in Karate.

Alexis is survived by her brother Frank, sister Connie, cousins, and many loyal, caring friends. She will be dearly missed by all who loved her so much.

Jorge A. Nina
Age 46, Roselle Park, NJ

Jorge A. Nina, of Roselle Park, passed away on Saturday October 17th, 2015 at his residence. He was born in La Paz, Bolivia and lived in New Jersey for many years. Jorge worked for the Union County Probation Department as a Probation Officer for many years. He is the beloved son of Rene Nina and the late Ines Nina. Devoted father of Christopher, Chandler and Stephen. Loving Brother of Betty M. Nina of North Carolina, Lucy R. Mowle of Union and Brother In Law to Warren. Jorge is also survived by 2 Nephews Gregory and Alan, 1 niece Emily. Visitation will be Tuesday; October 20, 2015 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend the funeral on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 10:00am from the Krowicki McCracken Funeral Home, 2124 East St. Georges Ave Linden, N.J. Services in the funeral home 11:00 am. Interment Rosedale Cemetery, Linden.

Nancy Hughes.

Nancy Hughes
Senior Probation Officer

Nancy Hughes, 43, of Audubon passed away on April 16, 2014. On June 28, 2004 she began working for the judiciary in Cumberland County Family Court as a Probation Officer in the Domestic Violence Unit. She transferred to Gloucester County Family Court to work in the Domestic Violence Unit. She was best known for her unique sense of humor and witty comebacks that kept many of her co-workers laughing. She was a team player in the workplace and people she had worked with shared that she had taken them under their wing to make the start of their judiciary career a pleasant one. She enjoyed spending time with co-workers outside the courthouse by going out to dinner to try new foods at different restaurants. She used humor to turn frowns into smiles on any given day and that is how she would want to be remembered. She will certainly be missed. A plaque with her photo on it lives on in the Gloucester County Domestic Violence Unit in her memory with a poem entitled, ‘Her Journey’s Just Begun’ that reads, “Don’t think of her as gone away. Her journey’s just begun. Life holds so many facets this earth is only one. Just think of her as resting from the sorrow and the tears in a place of warmth and comfort where there are no days and years. Think how she must be wishing that we could know today how nothing but our sadness can really pass away. And think of her as living in the hearts of those she touched. For nothing loved is ever lost and she was loved so much.”

Patrick Flanagan.

Patrick E. Flanagan
Age 48, Keansburg, NJ

Patrick E. Flanagan, 48, of Keansburg, passed away suddenly on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at his home. Patrick was born on Sept. 7, 1966 in New York, NY. After graduating high school, Patrick enrolled in Kean University, where he received his bachelors degree. After moving to Keansburg, he worked as a Monmouth County Park Ranger. He then went to work as a Senior Probation Officer where he spent most of his career. Patrick is predeceased by his father, Thomas. He is the beloved son of Aileen. Patrick is survived by his daughter, Isabella. He is also the loving brother of Mary Kate Edward, and John. Patrick was a third degree Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, an avid sports fan that loved his Notre Dame and Giants. He loved fishing and bagpipes. He truly will be missed by all who knew him.

Christiana Ezekwe.

Christiana Ezekwe
Age 57, Mgbidi, Nigeria

Christiana Ezekwe was born in Mgbidi, Nigeria on December 12, 1956. She is the second eldest of six children. She emigrated to the United States to join her husband in April of 1980. She would give birth to their first daughter Ijeoma on October 16, 1981 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Christiana attended Southern University, Tennesse. She gave birth to her son Kelechi on March 9, 1985 and her daughter Nkechinyere on August 7, 1986. Despite, working part-time and being a primary caregiver to her children, Christiana successfully earned a Bachelor"s degree in Business Education in 1988.

After moving to New Jersey in 1989, Christiana began a career as a teacher. She taught Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten at Faith Temple New Hope Christian Church in East Orange, NJ. She had a passion for teaching children and did so for four successful years. However, she would later begin working for the State of New Jersey in 1994. First in the Child Support Division of Newark and later for the Juvenile Probation Division, as a Senior Probation Officer. She prided herself on being able to counsel many youths on the error of their ways and steer them in the right direction. Christiana was also a very outgoing and well known person in the Igbo community of New Jersey. She was an active member of a number of community groups.

Christiana passed away on February 14, 2014. She is survived by her two daughters and four grandchildren.

Robin Saunders.

Robin Saunders
Age 54, Newark NJ

PANJ Local 101 Essex Probation officers lost a dedicated and forceful representative on January 21, 2014. Robin Saunders was the Child Support Representative for the past four years. She was constantly advocating for the members of her unit, engaging with management to make needed changes, participating in union activities, and supporting her co-workers. She was 54 year old, and her passing was sudden.

She was a graduate of University High School in Newark. She went on to obtain a Master"s Degree in Criminal Justice, and a minor in computer science.

She was employed by the Judiciary for six year as a Probation officer working in Child Support. She enjoyed studying the Bible, watching and collecting movies, and shopping. She is survived by one son, age 21, two sisters, an aunt, a special niece, and many members of her extended family. She was pre-deceased by her husband, her parents, and her three brothers. Her sisters and brothers in PANJ 101 extend their deepest sympathies to her family.

Janine Pearson.

Janine Pearson
Age: 37 Oldbridge, NJ

PANJ has lost a loyal sister, Essex Senior Probation Officer Janine Pearson, who passed away on Thursday, October 4th in Clara Maas Hospital, Belleville, NJ.PANJ shares in the sadness of her co-workers, friends and family, and extends its deepest sympathy and solidarity. Janine was 37 years old, and a 12-year veteran of the Probation Division. She was born in Orange, NJ, was raised in Old Bridge, and attended Rutgers University, in New Brunswick. She graduated from Rutgers with honors in 1997, double-majoring in Criminal Justice and English. She was a thorough and dedicated officer, working in the collections unit. She was always willing to help her co-workers on various tasks and projects, and brought a lively spirit to her daily encounters. She was a good friend, who was known for her impeccable dress and fine jewelry, much of which she designed herself.

According to her obituary: "Her mission in life was to help as many people as she could, in whatever way they needed. She often put the needs of others first, without any complaints. Generosity and kindness were among her most notable attributes."

She will always be remembered by her PANJ sisters and brothers in Essex.

Donna M. DiLullo
Age: 55 Gladstone, NJ

Donna M. DiLullo died suddenly at home in Gladstone on July 8, 2013. She was 55. Born in Morristown, she was a lifelong Gladstone resident. Donna received a Bachelor's degree from The College of NJ. She worked as a Probation Officer for the State of NJ Probation Department in Somerville for the past 29 years. She was an avid supporter of the Peapack-Gladstone Fire Department and First Aid Squad and also a regular contributor to St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center. She was predeceased by her parents Vincent and Lillie DiLullo. Survivors include her caregiver and friend Christina LaCorte; her dear friends; Karen Micheal, Grace and Bill Philbrook, Rich and Noreen Lusardi, Dennis Lordi, Henry Zamora and many other dear friends. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday at 2pm at Holy Cross Cemetery, Mt Airy Rd., Basking Ridge. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Peapack Gladstone Fire Department or First Aid Squad, in her memory, would be appreciated. Arrangements by the Bailey Funeral Home of Peapack. www.baileyfuneralhomes.com Published in Courier News on July 11, 2013
Kim Ann Battagliotti-Myers.

Kim Ann Battagliotti-Myers
Piscataway, NJ

Kim Ann Battagliotti-Myers, 47, passed away April 2, 2013 at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia, PA. Born in Newark, NJ, she was a lifelong resident of Piscataway. Kim was a State of NJ Juvenile Probation Officer for the last 22 years. She was a member of the St. Francis Episcopal Church, loved spending time with her family and being a mom. Kim was predeceased by her parents, Victor and Shirley Battagliotti. Surviving are her loving husband, Mr. Reggie Myers; her daughters Marisa and Gianna, all of Piscataway; her brother Victor Battagliotti and his wife Chris of South Brunswick; her sister Tammy Scolnick and her husband Howard of Piscataway; her aunts Karen Williams and Geraldine Peters; her niece and nephews, Joshua, Alicia, Victor III and Adam; her great niece Brooke and a host of friends. Visitation will be held at Piscataway Funeral Home, 18 Stelton Road, Piscataway NJ 08854 on Friday April 5th from 2-4 pm and 7-9pm. Kim"s funeral will be held on Saturday April 6th, at 10am at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 400 New Market Road, Dunellen NJ 08812
Maria A. Hernandez.

Maria A. "Mairi" Hernandez
Woodbridge, NJ

Maria A. "Mairi" Hernandez, 30, of Woodbridge, NJ, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 at the Overlook Medical Center, Summit with her husband by her side. Born in La Vega, Dominican Republic, she came to Perth Amboy in 1988 then to Woodbridge for the last 6 years. Mairi was employed by Somerset County Courthouse as a Probation Officer for 8 years. She received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from St. Elizabeth College, Morristown. She is survived by her devoted husband, Harold Watson of Woodbridge; adored daughter of Bartolo Hernandez of Long Island, New York and her mother, Felicia (nee Sime) of Edison; dear sister of Kelvin of South Plainfield and Eric Hernandez of Long Island, New York, Silvia Hernandez of Palmer, Pennsylvania and Glennys Hernandez of Edison; loving aunt of Kelsey Rodriguez and Jannesa Hernandez .Viewing on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 at: Gustav Novak Funeral Home 419 Barclay St Perth Amboy, NJ 08861.Formal services are on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 10:15 a m from the Gustav J. Novak Funeral Home, 419 Barclay Street, for a funeral mass at 11:00 am at the Our Lady of Fatima Church. Burial is Private.
John J. Lisi.

John J. Lisi
61 Millstone, NJ

John J. Lisi, a Senior Probation Officer in the Probation Division, Middlesex county, passed away suddenly on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Born in New York, he resided on Staten Island and graduated from Richmond College before moving to Millstone Township 18 years ago. He enjoyed gardening and especially watching the NY Yankees with his sons and took great pride in coaching their sports teams. He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Lisi. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Lucille; his two loving sons which were his pride and joy, Nicholas and Daniel, both of Millstone Twp.; his parents, Robert and Rose Lisi of Florida; five brothers and their wives, Robert (Mary Elizabeth), Richard (Hiro) Gregory (Kathy), Vincent (Kathy), and Timothy (Patti); four sisters and their husbands, Joanne (Tom), Peggy-Jo, Luciann, and Christine; brother-in-law, Stephen Tripoli; sisters-in-law, Angela Russo, Donna Vallese (Ralph), Sheila Tripoli and Linda Tripoli; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
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SYLVIA BURGOS.

Sylvia Burgos
Chatsworth, NJ

BURGOS, SYLVIA 44 - of Chatsworth, passed away suddenly on August 21, 2012, as the result of a Motor Vehicle Accident. Sylvia was born and raised in Egg Harbor City. She was a 1985 graduate with honors of Oakcrest High School and graduated with honors with a degree in Criminal Justice from Stockton College. She was a Probation officer in Camden County for 13 years and most recently in Burlington County. Sylvia will be sadly missed but never forgotten by her husband of 25 years Ivan, her two children, Cassandra (Neal Trivedi) and Ivan J., her mother Carmen Cruz, her Father Gabriel Delgado (Judy), her sister Jeanette Zayas (Jose), her two brothers, Gabriel and Michael Delgado, and her two nieces, Jennifer and Jillian Zayas, her aunt Migdalia Leon, her two cousins Tony and Nick Leon, her brother-in-law Harry Burgos (Abigail) and their daughter Gladymar. A viewing will be held on Monday, August 27th, from 11am-1pm, at the Boakes Funeral Home, 6050 Main St., Mays Landing, where reflections will be shared at 1pm. Burial will be in Egg Harbor Cemetery.

Joseph T. Stryjewski
Age: 64 Edison, NJ

Senior Probation Officer Joseph T. Stryjewski (1947 - 2012)
Joseph T. Stryjewski, 64, of Edison, passed away Wednesday at his home. Born in Newark, he resided in Edison most of his life. He was a Probation Officer for Middlesex County. Surviving are his wife, Lynn (Becker-George) Stryjewski; two sisters, Diane Skerbetz of Piscataway, Eleanor Vroom of Greensboro, NC; two stepsons, William D. George of Hamilton and Robert W. George of Mt. Pocono, PA; one stepdaughter, Deborah Annese of Lakeworth, FL; and 6 step-grandchildren.

Funeral services will take place on Saturday, April 28th at 9:15 am from Costello-Runyon Funeral Home, 568 Middlesex Ave. (Rt.27) Metuchen followed by a 10 am Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Czestochowa RC Church, South Plainfield. Cremation is private. Visitation will be on Friday from 7-9 pm. To send condolences visit www.costello-runyon.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to UNICEF, C.A.R.E., American Diabetes Association or American Cancer Society.

Published in Home News Tribune on April 27, 2012

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Shanon Thatcher.

Shannon Thatcher
AGE: 40 Bayonne, NJ

Shannon Thatcher, 40, a Master Probation Officer with the Hudson County Probation Dept.,for the last 17 years died Feb. 1, 2012 at Jersey City Medical Center. Born March 31, 1971, in Jersey City, she lived in Bayonne the last 12 years. She was also proprietor of Aruba Tans, Bayonne. Upon her death, she became an organ donor. Beloved daughter of Sandra Calabrese Gomez and her husband Anthony; Jesse Thatcher and his wife Donna. Loving sister of Jesse Thatche, his wife Jennifer and Leigh Ann Thatcher. Dear granddaughter of Edward Rutkoski and the late Virginia Rutkoski; the late Thomas Joseph Calabrese, and the late Ethel Thatcher and John Thatcher. Niece of Thomas Calabrese, ET Thatcher, Jack and his wife Maryann Thatcher, Ida and Ken Frank and Thomas Thatcher. Aunt of Nicholas and Alexa Dischler. Cousin of Melanie Gordon-Calabrese and many other cousins Godmother of Logan Jake.

Visitation is Sat. Feb. 4, 2012, 3-7pm at GREENVILLE MEMORIAL HOME 374 Danforth Ave. Jersey City. Roman Catholic Service during visitation. Cremation Private.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sharing Network on-line.

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374 DANFORTH AVE. JERSEY CITY

Frances M. Hensrud
AGE: 65 Jersey City, NJ

Frances M. Hensrud, Jersey City, passed away peacefully on Monday December 12 at Bayonne Hospital with her family at her side. Born in Jersey City, she was a graduate of Dickinson High School and Jersey City State with a Bachelor"s degree in Criminal Justice. She moved to Washington State while serving her country in both the US Navy and US Coast Guard, but returned to Jersey City where she worked tirelessly and selflessly to raise her 3 daughters, who were her greatest joy. She was a woman of tremendous generosity, who sacrificed without complaint to care for her children, grandchildren, family, friends and anyone she whom she could help. An accomplished bowler, she was a member of the Hudson Lanes Bowling League for many years. Frances was a Probation Officer with the Hudson County Probation Department for over 20 years. She is survived by her loving daughters, Vicky Nappo and her husband Michael, Tammy Hensrud Nally and her husband Eamon and Sherri Budinick and her husband Michael; grandchildren Krista, Melissa, Liam, and Ryan, her “boys” Frankie and Johnnie; and a host of friends too numerous to mention, but all very dear to her.
Lynn D. Anderson.

Lynn D. Anderson
AGE: 63 Brick, NJ

Lynn D. Anderson, loving mother, grandmother, sisster and friend, passed away peacefully on Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer. Lynn was born in Appleton and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin before moving to Brick in 1977. Lynn loved her time with her grandchildren, niece and nephew. She enjoyed gardening, music, and time spent along the coast. Lynn fulfilled a lifelong dream of earning a teaching degree through Georgian Court and Thomas Edison State Colleges. She loved her job as a long-term substitute teacher for an alternative school in Lakewood, where she touched the lives of many of her students. In 2005, she became an Ocean County Probation Officer working with a group of outstanding and generous coworkers, and once again sharing her skills with people in challenging situations. Lynn will be deeply missed by her family and dear friends.

She has joined her parents, Bea and Andrew Fennema II, in heaven. Lynn is survived by her son, Mike Anderson of Kenosha, Wis.; her daughter and son-in-law, Carrie and Rich Tedeschi; and beloved grandchildren, Kristi D'Arpa, RJ and Kayla Tedeschi, all of Brick. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Jeanne and Mick Panarale of Pine Grove, Calif.; her sister, Nancy Fennema of DePere, Wis.; and her brother and sister-in-law, Drew and Linda Fennema; and adoring nephew and niece, Andrew and Natalie, all of Cinnaminson.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 at Silverton Memorial Funeral Home, 2482 Church Road, Toms River. www.silvertonmemorial.com.
KAREN A. (KELLY) MCGARR.

KAREN A. (KELLY) MCGARR
AGE: 37 EGG HARBOR

MCGARR, KAREN A. (NEE KELLY) 37 - of Egg Harbor Twp., passed away on Friday, December 31, 2010 in the presence of her loving family. Born in Manalapan, she attended St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel, and Mt. St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD. She was also a member of the Englishtown-Manalapan First Aid Squad. Karen was employed by the State of NJ, and served as a Senior Probation Officer with the Superior Court. She was predeceased by her father, William T. Kelly, Sr.; and her brother, William T. Kelly, Jr. She is survived by her husband, John J. McGarr III; her two children, Jack (three years old) and Kylie (one year old); her mother, Marita Kelly of Clearwater, FL; and her mother and father -in- law, Lennea and John J. McGarr, Jr. of Sea Isle City. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Adams-Perfect Funeral Home, 1650 New Road, Northfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 11:00am at St. Gianna Beretta Molla Parish/St. Bernadette Church, 1421 New Road, Northfield. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the John J. McGarr IV and Kylie Anne McGarr Trust fund at Bank of America, 1 N. Main Street Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Interment will be held Wednesday in St. Mary of the Lake Cemetery, Lakewood, NJ.
DANIEL DEBBIE.

Daniel Debbie

Daniel Debbie, PPO Union County passed away on Nov. 11, 2010. Services Monday evening 7-9 at the memorial Funeral Home, Fanwood.
Gary A. Hirsch.

Gary A. Hirsch
Age: 55 Freehold

Gary A. Hirsch 55, of Freehold passed away on Sunday, October 31st at home. Gary was born in Brooklyn, and moved to Freehold in 1980. He was a Senior Probation Officer in Monmouth County, and was employed by the NJ State Judiciary for 23 years. Gary faithfully attended the PANJ-EF Conference in Atlantic City every year, and would wear his JETS jersey for the Monday night football game. He loved to perform and act on stage, appearing in several plays at the First Avenue Playhouse, and Center Players. Gary was a great friend to all in Monmouth County and will be missed. He was predeceased by his parents, Marvin and Sylvia Hirsch. Gary is survived by his brother, Robert Hirsch Santa Fe, New Mexico. Friends and colleagues are invited to his viewing at Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, 100 Elton-Adelphia Road (Route 524), Freehold Township on Thursday November 11th from 10:00am until the 11:00am funeral service at the funeral home. Internment will follow at Beth Israel Cemetery, Woodbridge.

James F. Kratzer
AGE: 56 Franklinville

James F/ Kratzer of Franklinville died Jan. 19, 2010. Beloved son of Helen S. Kratzer of Slatington, PA and the late William F. Kratzer and brother of the late William J. Kratzer. He is survived by close friends Karen McDowell and children. James graduated from Slatington High School in PA and Weidner Univ. where he was a member of ROTC. He previously worked for the Baltimore County Police, the Capital Police @ the White House and at presently a Burlington County Probation Officer. He was a member of the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Assoc. and N.E. Calf Ropers Assoc. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing and service on Mon. 6-8PM at the NORTON FUNERAL HOME 1232 S. Black Horse Pk., Williamstown, NJ. Cremation Private. Donations to Justin Sports Medicine, Pro Rodeo Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80903. To sign guest book visit www.nfhnj.com
Miguel A. Torres.

Miguel A. Torres
Age: 30 Manchester

Miguel A. Torres, 30, of the Pine Lake Park section of Manchester, died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, New York City. Born in Newark, he resided most of his life in Manchester. He was employed as a probation officer with the New Jersey State Judiciary Dept. in Toms River and Lakewood. He is survived by his parents, Modesto and Milka Torres of Manchester; and his sisters, Sheila Torres Darnowski of Manchester, and Jessica Torres Faccone of Browns Mills. He is also survived by his paternal grandmother, Carmen Soto of Sayerville; and his nieces and nephews, Naya, Jenna, Ryan, and Alex.