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MONDAY, DEC. 20, 2010 ASBURY PARK PRESS NATION page ah (IperJy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS , WASHINGTON - The de- ; bate over gays in the military has been settled with ,. a historic decision to allow them to serve openly, but big questions lie ahead i about how and when the , change will take place, how troops will accept it and whether it will ham- . per the U.S. military effort in Afghanistan and Iraq. " President Barack Obama is expected to sign into law this week the legislation that passed the Senate on Saturday, an act some believe will carry social implications as profound as President Harry S. Truman's 1948 executive order on racial equality in the military. The new law probably won't go into practice for months. Obama and his top advisers must first certify that repealing the 1993 ban on gays serving openly will not damage U.S. troops' ability to fight. That ban, known as "don't ask, don't tell," has allowed gays to serve, but only if they kept quiet about their sexual orientation. In the meantime, the restrictions will remain on the books, although it's unclear how fully they will be enforced. Some believe gay discharge cases will be dropped as soon as Obama , signs the law. The issue of gays in the military has been a contentious one for decades. Until 1993, all recruits had to state on a questionnaire whether they were homosexual; if they said "yes," they could not join. More than 13,500 service mem LOUISE D'AGOSTINO AGE: 90 TOMS RIVER Louise D'Agostino, (nee Lepis), 90, of Toms River, NJ died on Saturday Decern ber 18, 2010 at the home of her daughter, Nina D'Agostino. Born Jersey City, NJ, she was the daughter of the late James and Fortune Lepis. Lousie and her hus band were the owners of the Deer Park in Lakewood, NJ during the 1950's and 1960's, A long standing member of St. Catharine's RC Church, Seaside Park, NJ. Louise was a generous and loving person with a wonderful sense of humor who will be ; missed by family and friends. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Louise met her husband Jerome B, D'Agostino in 1944; they were married on September 2, 1945. Jerome preceded her in death in 2005. Mrs. D'Agostino is survived by three daughters, Fortune Krisak, and her husband Ronald, of Virginia Beach, VA, Nina D'Agostino and her husband Gus Milak, of Toms River, NJ and JoBeth D'Agostino and her husband Harry ; Silverstein of Evanston, IL,; six grandchildren, Ronald Krisak Jr., and his wife Wendi, Jerome Krisak, Fortune Blain and her husband James, Jerome D'Agostino, Daniel Silverstein, and Elizabeth Silverstein,; and also five great grandchildren Owen Krisak, James Blain, Josephine Blain, Anna Blain, and Matthew Blain. Family will receive friends Tuesday 12-21-2010 2-4 & 7-9pm at The Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals 995 Fischer Blvd. Toms River, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Wednesday 12-22-2010 10am at St. Catharine's RC Church, Seaside Park, NJ. Burial will follow to New Jersey Veterans Cemetery, Arneytown, NJ. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 of online at Sign a guest bonk... APP.comobituaries gay ,(jipc may p bers were dismissed under the law. In the years since the ban went into effect, views in the wider society have evolved. Gay marriage is now legal in five states and the District of Columbia. Opinion surveys say a majority of Americans think it's OK for gays to serve in uniform. The repeal vote by Congress was a political victory for Obama, who campaigned on ending the ban. Even though opponents have made clear they will continue to argue against the change, Peter Mansoor, a retired Army colonel who commanded a brigade in Iraq, said Sunday he believes the military from top commanders to foot soldiers will accept their new orders. "Pretty much all the heated discussion is over and now it's a matter of the more mundane aspects of implementing the law," Mansoor, a professor of military history at the Ohio State University, said in a telephone interview. That begins, under terms of the legislation, with Obama's certification to Congress for which there's no stated deadline. There is room for argument, however, about what certification must entail and how long it should take. Even after that, there will be a mandatory 60-day waiting period. Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, a research institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, said he expects the Pentagon to announce shortly that it needs a long HELEN MCMANUS BRICK Helen (Polansky) McManus, of Brick, NJ, died peacefully at her home, Sun day, December 19, 2010. Born and raised in Newark, NJ, Helen lived in Harrison, NJ before moving to Brick in 1958. She was a Waitress at Peterson's Riviera Inn for several years. Helen en joyed many trips to Atlantic City. Helen was an active member of the Orthodox Christian Church of the Annunciation in Brick. She is survived by 2 sons and 2 daughters; Dennis J. and wife Bonita of Brick, Thomas and wife Christine of Point Pleasant; Kathleen and husband Kirk Gardner; Sharon and husband Christopher Rossi, all of Brick and 7 grandchildren; Cindy, Brian, Scott, Erin, Brad, Kara and Craig and was anxiously awaiting the arrival of her first great grandchild. She is predeceased by her husband John in 2009, brothers Steve and Peter Polanski and sister Mary Bieksha. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, December 21 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the O'Brien Funeral Home, 505 Burnt Tavern Rd., Brick, NJ. A Funeral Service will take place on Wednesday, December 22nd, 10AM at the Orthodox Christian Church of Annunciation in Brick, NJ, followed by burial at Ocean County Memorial Park, Toms River, NJ. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Ortho dox Christian Church of the Annunciation, 360 VanZile Road, Brick, NJ. For further information or to send condolences, please visit m. IT i mm? ti Cassandra Melnikow (foreground left) and her sister Victoria Melnikow (right) sit in New York's Times Square as news of the Senate approving the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is displayed outside ABC Television's Times Square studios Saturday. time for training and education to prepare troops for the change possibly lasting much of 2011. In a statement Saturday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he will begin the certification process immediately. But any change in policy won't come until after careful consultation with military service chiefs and combatant commanders, he said. Gates has supported Obama's push to repeal the 1993 ban, but stressed a go-slow approach. Obituaries Additional obituaries, AW ROBERT EMMET TIMONEY AGE: 95 -BRICK Robert Emmet Timoney, born June 28, 1915 Dec 18, 2010 and raised in Brooklyn NY, passed away peacefully at his home in Brick, New Jersey surrounded by his family. A lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, he served honorably in the U.S. Navy as a first class radioman stationed in the South Pacific during WWII from 1942-1945. He is survived by his beloved wife Joan Timoney (nee Sullivan) of 57 years and his seven children. His sons Robert and wife Anne, Patrick and wife Laura, and Sean. His daughters Joan Ford and husband Joseph, Theresa Russo and husband Robert, Mary Gonzalez and husband Cesar and Barbara Pitarresi and husband Peter. He also had 14 loving grandchildren. Visiting will be Wednes day 2-4 & 7-9pm at the Sil-verton Memorial Funeral Home 2482 Church Rd., Toms River. A Mass of a Christian Burial will be Thursday 9:30am at Church of the Visitation RC Church, Brick, arrive at the funeral home 8:30am. Burial will follow at the Brigadier Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veteran Cem etery, Wnghtstown, NJ. lieu of flowers, please send donations to Meridian Hospice 1340 Campus Parkway Ste A376, Neptune, NJ 07753. EILEEN J. PASCALE AGE: 71 BRICK Eileen J. Pascale, 71, of Brick, passed away Sunday, December 19, 2010 at the Acute Care Specialty Hospi tal at Kimball. Eileen was a devoted stay at home mom and loved to spend time with her children, grand children, and her dog. Mis . v "Successful implementation will depend upon strong leadership, a clear message and proactive education throughout the force," Gates said. Some questions that Gates faces before providing certification have been answered in the recommendations of a yearlong Pentagon study on the impact of repealing the 1993 ban. The study said, for example, that no new standards of conduct .are needed. It found that issues of sexual conduct and frat ty. Her home was always open to everyone and she cared for every child as if they were her own. She loved to knit and crochet, making blankets and coats for the local animal shelters and friends. She loved to travel, dolphins, and en joyed the water and spending time at her home in Florida. Born in Jersey City, she lived in North Bergen and Union City, moving to Brick in 1970. She was predeceased by her son Keith Paul Pascale in 1981. She is survived by her lov ing husband of 47 years, Charles R.; two daughters, Patricia I. Kissam and her husband James of Brick, Darlene I. Pascale, of Brick; and three grandchildren, Cassandra, Stephanie and James Kissam, Jr. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 Tuesday at Kedz Funeral Home, 1123 Hooper Ave., Toms River. A funeral service will be offered 10:00 am Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Jersey Shore Animal Center, 185 Brick Blvd., Brick, NJ 08723, in her memory would be appreciated. Letters of condolence may be sent by visiting THOMAS A. BAER AGE: 51 BEDFORD, PA Thomas A. Baer, 51, of Sei- fert St., Bedford, died Thursday, December 17, 2010 at his home. He was born February 14, 1959 in Point Pleasant, NJ, son of the late Frank J. and Rose Ann (Ehasz) Baer. He was formerly married to Theresa H. McConnell. He is survived by a daughter, Mary Beth Baer of Pittsburgh, a son Thomas A. Baer of Al-toona, a brother Frank J. Baer Jr. and wife Nancy of Toms River, NJ. and a sister Karen wife of John Sullivan of Brick, NJ. Mr. Baer was a carpenter mill wright for Local 2235 of Pittsburgh and a member of Carpenters Union Local 900 of Altoona. He was a member of the Woodbury Lodge 539 F. & A. M., Bedford Moose Lodge 480, and the Blue Knob Sportsmen's Club. He was a former dutaes 4 ernization can be dealt with by using existing Defense Department rules and regulations, including the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The study, released Nov. 30, found that two-thirds of service members surveyed didn't think changing the law would have much of an effect on military effectiveness. Of those who did pre-dict negative consequences, most were in combat elements such as the infantry. Their misgivings became ammunition member of the Hollidays burg Lions Club, and a for mer Boy Scout leader in Newry. He was an avid scuba diver, and in his younger years was active as a volun teer fireman for Blue Knob Fire Dept. and an EMT for Claysburg Ambulance. Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, De cember 22, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. from the Mt. Moriah Methodist Church in Blue Knob with Pastor Barb Servello officiating. Arrangements by Timothy A. Berkebile Fu neral Home in Bedford. Our online guest book is availa ble at www.berkebilefuneralhome .com DONNA SMITH-BEGIN AGE: 56 BLOOMFIEID Donna M. Smith-Begin died peacefully on December 19, 2010 in the Jersey Shore Medical Center. She was 56. Born in Newark she lived most of her life in Bloomfield before achieving her dream of living at the shore with her loving hus band Bob. Donna's proudest accomplishment was that of being a devoted mother to her son Michael, who she inspired to become a strong and successful leader. Her independent spirit and unique flare for life was deeply seeded in her strong italian family. Donna is survived by her parents Anthony "Ski" and Gloria Scocozza. Wife of Robert Begin and formally married to Walter Smith, she is also survived by her son Michael and his companion Laura Powell. Sister of Lynn Oelz (Robert), John Scocozza (Margaret) and Nancy Scocozza (Chris Lackey). She also leaves be hind her mother in law Mary Teti, sister in law Ka-thy LeMay and step son Bobby Begin. Visiting at the Wilfred Ar- mitage and Wiggins Funeral Home 596 Belgrove drive Kearny on Wednesday from 4 until 8 pm. There will be prayers held at 6pm. Private cremation will follow. Share your memories. APP.comobituaries 1 s y for opponents of repeal, including the influential chiefs of the Army and Marine Corps. Certifying to Congress also requires writing Pentagon policies and regulations to put in place the repeal law and stating that the new policies are consistent with standards that allow the military to remain ready for combat, to fight effectively and to ensure cohesion in fighting units. RAYMOND ROBERT MAGLEY AGE: 50 ATLANTIC BEACH, FL Raymond Robert Magley, 50, passed away peacefully with family by his side on December 10, 2010. He was born September 6, 1960 in Point Pleasant, NJ to Robert and Carol Magley. He graduated from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ and was a graduate of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Law School. He was a partner of Smith Hulsey & Busey in Jacksonville, Florida where he was employed for 25 years. He leaves behind his wife Kimberly Crain Magley and daughters Allison, Sophie, and Lilly, his father Robert Magley, his brother Brian Magley and nieces Colleen and Sara. He is predeceased by his mother Carol Magley. A reception will be held on Sunday, December 26th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 the Princeton Commons clubhouse, 71 Brushey Neck Drive, Brick, NJ with a prayer service scheduled at 3:30 p.m. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Magley Children's Educational Fund at Wachovia Bank: at tention mail deposit, 700 Sawgrass Village Drive, PVB FL 32082 or to the Northeast Florida Brain Tumor Support Group, attn Kay Verble at 816 A1A North, Suite 201, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. I Express your condolences... i APP.comobituaries Send flowers & thoughts... APP.comobituaries View Monmouth & Ocean's comprehensive list of death notices and obituaries. 1 Ik

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