Probation Association of New Jersey

Probation Association of Jersey.  

In Memoriam

Retired Members

Stephen J. Hennessey.

Stephen J. Hennessey
Age 60, Toms River, NJ

Stephen J. Hennessey, 60, of Toms River, NJ passed away on Saturday September 3, 2016 at home.
Stephen was born in Lakewood, NJ he lived his whole life in Toms River.
Stephen was a Probation Officer with Monmouth County for 30 + years.
He was a parishioner of St. Luke's RC Church, Toms River, NJ.
Predeceased by his father Radcliffe Hennessey and his brother in-law Robert Catron.
Stephen is survived by his mother Eleanor (Gehringer) Hennessey of Toms River NJ, his brother Radcliffe Hennessey and his wife Gail of Harpursville, NY, his four sisters Kathleen Catron of Manchester, NJ, Nancy Klock and her husband Gary of Cuba, NY, Melanie Simpson and her husband Joseph of Venice, FL, and Maureen Tillander and her husband Steven of Beachwood, NJ and also his nephews Marc Simpson and his fiance Grecia, Jacob Klock and Joshua TIllander.
A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday September 7, 2016 9:15am St. Luke's RC Church, Toms River, NJ. Entombment will follow to Ocean County Memorial Park, Toms River, NJ. The Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals 145 St. Catherine Blvd. Toms RIver, NJ is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences may be sent by visiting: www.ryanfuneralhome.com

Stephen J. Hennessey's Obituary

Cary Clayton.

Cary P. Clayton
Age 71, Neptune, NJ

Cary P. Clayton, 71, of Neptune, died Friday August 8, 2014 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. He was a Probation Officer for Monmouth County before retiring. Mr. Clayton was a veteran of the US Army, a member of the American Legion and he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from James Madison University. Surviving are his sons, David and his wife Julie of Robbinsville and Cary P. and his wife Kimberly of Hamilton, his life partner, Pamela Murphy of Lake Como, his sister Judy Dusche of Tennessee and his 5 grandchildren, Max, Emily, Winston, Konrad and Lennox.

Harold E. LaSalle.

Harold E. LaSalle
Age 76, Berkeley Twp. NJ

Semper Fidelis – Always Faithful - Harold E. LaSalle, 76, of Holiday City South section of Berkeley Twp., NJ passed away on Thursday July 24, 2014. Born in Jersey City, NJ, where he was a lifelong resident then lived in Lakewood, NJ for 3 years before moving to Berkeley Twp., NJ in 1996. Harold was a retired NJ State Investigator, Probation Officer, Kraft Foods and former Port of NY & NJ Authority Police Officer. He was a parishioner of St. Maximilian Kolbe RC Church Berkeley Twp., NJ where he served as Eucharistic Minister and Lector. As a veteran, he proudly served his country in the US Marine Corps and was a Fourth Degree Knight of the Archbishop Damiano Assembly. He was predeceased by his lovely and devoted wife of 39 years Frances LaSalle (Enright).

Patricia R. Spruill.

Patricia R. Spruill
Age 61, Willingboro NJ

Patricia R. Spruill, 61, passed away on Nov. 17, 2013, after a brief illness. The celebration of her life will be held today (Friday), Nov. 22, 2013, at St. Luke A.M.E. Church, 146-151 Clinton Ave., Newark, N.J., commencing at 6 p.m. Visitation will be held at the church from 4 to 6 p.m. Interment will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Lake View Memorial Park, Cinnaminson, N.J. Arrangements are by Whigham Funeral Home. Patricia was a native of Newark and had resided in Willingboro, N.J., for many years. She had recently retired as a court services supervisor for the State of New Jersey after 32 years of service. She leaves to cherish her memory a daughter, Robyn T. Spruill; her mother, Marian Hankerson; her father, Frank Robinson; one sister, Karen R. Morgan; two brothers, Dr. Frank E. Robinson and Gilbert A. Robinson; and also a special aunt, Margaret Wright.

Published in Star-Ledger from Nov. 21 to Nov. 22, 2013

 

Stephanie Irene Murrel.

Stephanie Irene Murrel
Age: 59 Egg Harbor Township, NJ

MURREL, STEPHANIE IRENE - of Egg Harbor Township, was born on April 5th, 1954 in Somers Point. Stephanie departed this life on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013. She was the beloved daughter of the late Barbara I. Murrel and Richard W. Murrel. Stephanie was educated in the South Jersey Public School System and graduated from Ocean City High School in 1974. She attended Atlantic Community College and Trenton State College where she received a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice. Stephanie soon joined the Judiciary Court System in 1987 gaining 25 years of service. She started out as a clerical worker and later advanced to the level of Senior Probation Officer. Stephanie loved her work and helping people. Stephanie enjoyed shopping, dining out and just talking with friends. There was nothing that was more important if you needed her time. She may not have had the answer but she had an ear. Those that were close to her understood and respected her opinion. She had a very loving heart. Stephanie w as a sister and friend, and she will be sorely missed. She leaves to cherish her memory: Richard R. Murrel of Egg Harbor Township; Harry S. Murrel of Pleasantville; Keith A. Murrel of Hanover, MD; Tracy K. Murrel of Cranford, and Doris E. Murrel of Cheltenham, MD, as well as a host of other relatives and friends. Her Funeral Service will be offered Thursday morning at 11 o'clock from Heavens Way Baptist Church, 5082 Treemont Ave., Egg Harbor Township, NJ where friends may call from half past ten o'clock until the time of service. Burial will follow in Lincoln Memorial Park, Mays Landing, NJ.

Esther Torres.

Esther Torres
Age: 55 Sayreville, NJ

Esther Torres, 55, of Sayreville, went home to be with the Lord on June 3, 2013. Born in Brownsville, Texas, she resided in Jersey city with her husband and family most of her life before moving to Sayreville. Esther received her bachelors degree in criminal justice and worked as a Senior Probation Officer for the State of New Jersey for 28 years before recently retiring. She enjoyed reading, traveling and taking a run to exercise. She was most happy spending time with her family and her beloved grandchildren. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandma.

She was predeceased by her mother Maria Juarez. Surviving her is her husband of 35 years Anibal Torres; son Alex Torres; grandchildren Genesis and Kristian; daughter-in-law Alexandra Torres; father Isaias Juarez; brothers Benny and Ernie Juarez; sisters Rebecca Soto and Mary Savitsky; brother-in-law David Fresse, Nelson Fresse and Hector Lugo and sisters-in-law Rosalina Bautista, Darlene Fresse, Jeanette Fresse, Olga Fresse and Carol Juarez.

Margaret Faughnan.

Margaret Faughnan
Age: 69 Holmdel, NJ

Margaret Faughnan, 69, retired Senior Probation Officer- Monmouth County, of Holmdel,NJ, passed away at home Sunday May 27th, 2012. Margaret was born in Brooklyn, New York and resided in Long Island before moving to Holmdel. Margaret was predeceased by her husband Joseph Faughnan, a brother Leland Perry, and a brother-in-law Brian Cassidy. She is survived by her sister-in-law Mary Cassidy of Holmdel: a step-brother James Mauritzen and his wife Kathy of Lake Carmel, New York; a sister Jan Pridgen of Colorado; and a sister Norece Embody and her husband Bill of Tennessee. Margaret is also survived by her loving nieces and nephews Diane and her husband John Callari and their son Aidan; Mark and Lindsay Cassidy and their son Mason; and Kerry Mauritzen.

Margaret had become a recent member of the First Presbyterian Church of Matawan. Margaret recently retired as a Senior Probation Officer, NJ State Judiciary.

Nancy A. Pollinger
Age: 58 Middletown

Nancy A. Pollinger, 58, of Middletown passed away Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010 at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank. She was born in Staten Island, NY and lived in Towson, MD, Bay Village, OH, before moving to Middletown, NJ 32 years ago. She graduated Marietta College in 1974 with a BA degree in Psychology and was a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority. She retired in 2009 after a 28-year career in the Superior Court, Family Division in Freehold. She held various positions, including Director of the Juvenile Crisis Unit, Juvenile Team Leader and Senior Probation Officer. She was also an active member of the Youth Services Commission as well as a number of juvenile justice committees. After retiring, Nancy continued serving her community volunteering on the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Steering Committee. Nancy was a member of the New Jersey Probation Officer's Association and Middletown Policeman's Wives Association. Nancy loved animals, enjoyed reading, gardening, her annual vacation to Cancun, Mexico and her 1976 AMC Pacer.

She is survived by her mother, Audrey C. Moodie, Middletown, NJ; sister and brother-in-law, Sheila and Ronald Ohnmacht, Little Egg Harbor, NJ; brother and sister-in-law, Steven and Laurel Moodie of Albuquerque, NM; nieces and nephews, Ronald, Nancy, Steven, Audrey and Kelley; great nieces and nephews, Rebecca, Aiden and Landon. She is also survived by her friend and former spouse, John F. Pollinger of Palm Coast, FL. Nancy was preceded in death by her father, Captain Steven Moodie (2004) and her brother, Bruce Moodie (1961).

Friends and relatives will be received at King of Kings Lutheran Church Middletown, NJ from 4-7 PM on Wednesday, December 22 with a service at 7:00 PM. Arrangements are under the direction of the John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Rd. Middletown, NJ. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Monmouth County SPCA Eatontown, NJ. For more information, to send condolences or directions, please visit www.pflegerfh.com

Maribel Rodriguez-Delgado
Age: 53 Camden, NJ

Maribel Rodriguez-Delgado, passed away on November 26, 2010 at her residence in Camden, NJ following a long illness. Age 53. Beloved daughter of Gilberto Rodriguez and the late Moncerrate Rodriguez. Devoted mother of Lawrence Delgado, Jr. and Desiree Muniz (Julio). Dear sister of Thomas Rodriguez, Maria Rodriguez and Lourdes Vasquez. Also survived by many loving nieces & nephews. Prior to retirment earlier this year, Mrs. Rodriguez-Delgado was employed with the State of NJ-Judiciary Division as a Senior Probation Officer for over 25 years. She enjoyed cooking, baking and spending time with her great niece, Oshiana. Services are being held privately and at the convienence of the family.
DWIGHT WATSON.

Dwight Watson
Age: 48

DWIGHT WATSON-PANJ FIRST VICE PRESIDENT 1947-1995
By his friend PANJ President George Christie
We rarely speak about Dwight Watson but he is a man who I will never forget and no one in PANJ should ever forget him either. Dwight was a minister who visited the state prison each week to speak with the inmates and give them some spiritual hope. I joined him at the prison to listen to his sermon and was moved by his passion and love for these men. At his funeral I heard from some of the former inmates who were blessed by Dwight's talks and who paid their last respects with an outpouring of love and respect.
Dwight Watson was a probation officer who loved his work. He was dedicated to the judiciary and always strove to be the best that he could be.
Dwight Watson was a dedicated father. He and his son Dwight Jr. joined my son Sean and I on a fishing trip out of Belmar some years ago. It was a big deal for me to go on such a trip because I get sea sick easily, but Dwight talked me into it. I not only did not get sick, but we all especially our boys had a great time. I promised to have this each year just between us guys, but Dwight left us long before his time. I never got to see young Dwight again.
Dwight Watson was a great union leader. As my First VP he was fearless but respectful. He was extremely intelligent and manAgement knew it. When the AOC was trying to ram the state takeover through the Senate it was Dwight who single handedly stopped the proceedings and caused the Senate to call for a unification committee to formulate a letter of agreement. Dwight Watson's actions with the Senate Judiciary Committee was criticized by a high ranking AOC Director and the end result was that Director was taken off the unification committee. The Unification Committee met for several Months and came up with the Letter of Agreement which we refer to today. Every judiciary unionized worker owes a great deal to Dwight Watson.
To sum up the life of Dwight Watson I would have to say he left his mark in many places and many people benefited for knowing him. I am proud to have called him my friend.
Stanley E. Grabowski.

Stanley E. Grabowski
Age: 91

Stanley E. "Willie Prop" Grabowski left this life on Dec. 18, 2009, after a brief illness. Visiting will be Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Wilfred ArmitAge and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Mass will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of Sorrows Church. Interment will be in Arlington Cemetery. Mr. Grabowski was born on Dec. 4, 1918, in Harrison, N.J.., the son of Feliks and Helen. He was given the name Willie Prop due to his being a very young entrepreneur. At Age 13, he established a confectionary store as a growing business. He was very successful with his store and kept it until the country's entry into World War II, when he sold it. He attended Harrison schools and then graduated from Newark Rutgers College with a bachelor of arts degree in social services and psychology. While attending Rutgers, he played soccer for a sports club and was president of the Glove and Stick Fraternity. He then entered an M.A. program in psychology at Columbia University, but left for a year for business purposes. Upon the United States' entry into World War II, Mr. Grabowski entered into military service in the Army. Upon completion of basic training, he was sent to a prestigious Army school at Washington Jefferson College in Washington, Pa., for training in classification and assignment. He then served in the Southwest Pacific in New Guinea and the Philippines. At the end of the war, he was discharged as a staff sergeant. Under the GI Bill of Rights, he pursued graduate studies at Teachers College at Columbia University and earned 85 credits. In 1946, he became the director of veterans' services for the Town of Harrison, a title he retained until his death. Mr. Grabowski was an activist in politics, yet had no desire for public office for himself. He instead chose to promote candidates for office such as Mayor Frank Rodgers and Congressman Peter Rodino. In 1947, he became the registrar of vital statistics for the Town of Harrison, remaining in that position until 2007. On January 1 of 1954, he became a Hudson County Probation Officer, and retired in August 2007 as a principal probation officer. He was a member of the NJ Probation Association, the State Registrars Association, PNA Lodge 2676, and the VFW Sawellson Post in Harrison. Throughout his life, he played the violin and entertained at social functions. He was an avid cat lover and always gave a helping hand to people in need. Stanley was the beloved father of Deborah Ellis, Stanley Grabowski, Jr., (Butch) and his wife, Columbia (Cookie); cherished grandfather of Adam E. Ellis, surogate grandfather to Corporal Richard Figueroa, USMC; and former husband of the late Eleanora Grabowski (Horvath). He is also survived by many loving cousins and friends. He will be greatly missed by all.
Vincent Walker.

Vincent Walker
Age: 52 Pleasantville

Senior Probation Officer Vincent Walker passed away untimely on July 22, 2009. He was a Officer in the Atlantic VicinAge and was also past PANJ President of the Atlantic City Local for many years prior to his recent medical retirement. He was a member of the PANJ labor contract negotiations Executive team in past. He was a friend to his co-workers and colleagues and to many of us who knew him as a member of the State-wide PANJ Executive Board. At his formal retirement ceremonial on Nov 18,2008 many of his colleagues and fellow PANJ members paid tribute to him as well. He will be remembered by many of us a good friend and who was very proud to be called a Probation Officer. PANJ expresses it deep regrets and sympathies to his mother Joan and Family.