Category Archives: Obituaries

In Memoriam: Longtime Monmouth Beach Resident, Teacher, Ellen Sheehan, 82

“She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. She is clothed with strength and dignity. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. Her children call her blessed.”

Longtime Monmouth Beach resident Ellen Sheehan passed away on Oct. 10. She was 82. 

Ellen Sheehan
Photo/family via John E. Day Funeral Home
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Remembering RFH Teacher Geoff Blake

Sporting a sweater vest, a head full of curls and an impish grin, plopped atop a desk and holding court is how many Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) grads remember longtime Social Studies teacher and advisor Geoff Blake.

It’s that image and plenty of lessons learned at his hands that RFHers hold tight in a cache of high school memories as they mourn the popular teacher who passed away at 74 on Oct. 10. He was being laid to rest today.

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In Memoriam: Longtime Rumsonite Phyliss Amses, 89

Longtime Rumsonite Phyliss Amses died on Sept. 25 at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank from an undetermined cause. She was 89.

Phyliss Amses
Photo/family via Thompson Memorial Home

“Phyliss married musician Richard Amses on September 8, 1954 and they had a truly long and loving marriage until his death in 2018. She was no less a truly loving and deeply devoted mother to her
two children Denise and Matthew.
Always happy to entertain her beloved family and friends, Phyliss was a gracious and charming hostess, and an accomplished cook and baker. She brought joy to all who knew her … She will be remembered and missed by the legions of family, friends and neighbors whose lives she touched.”

Loved ones of Phyliss Amses in her obituary

Born on Nov. 6, 1931 in Bayonne, to Irvin and Sophie Gershman, Phyliss graduated from Bayonne High School in1948. After that she worked as a supply clerk for the U.S. Army, a switchboard operator, and then as a seamstress at Flora’s Dress Shop after she moved to Rumson to raise her family.

Phyliss is survived by: her daughter, Denise Amses (husband Christopher Cosma) of Brooklyn; her son, Matthew Amses (wife Kathryn Cordes), of Manhattan; and her two grandsons, Julian and Gabriel Cosma.

Visitation was held at Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, on Oct. 1, followed by a graveside service at Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Iselin.

For information as to how to make a donation in Phyliss’ memory, please check back at Thompson Memorial Home here.