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PAGE B8 ASBURY PARK PRESS TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2002 OBITUARIES Additional obituaries on B6, B7 CARL G. VERDOLINA, 70, of Forked River, LACEY, died Sunday at Southern Ocean County hospital, Stafford. He was the owner of American Sportsman Bait and Tackle on Mill Creek Road in Manahawkin for the past 11 years. He manufactured and supplied crab traps to the Marine Division of the Smithsonian Institution. Prior to owning his own business, he was employed by Sheet Metal Workers Local 25, Carlstadt. He was a communicant of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Forked River, the Forked River Old Guard, and the Knights of Columbus, Forked River. He served in the Army from 1952 to 1954. Born in Plainfleld, he lived there, South Plainfleld and Middlesex before moving to Forked River 12 years ago. He was a summer and weekend resident for 20 years prior to moving permanently to Forked River. Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Frances; a son and daughter-in-law, Russ and Kammie of Waretown; a daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Carey Trevi-san of Toms River; a brother, Norman G. of Scotch Plains; and four grandchildren, Heather and Jennifer Yorkanis, and Russell and Jake Verdolina. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Layton's Home for Funerals, 250 Lacey Road, Forked River. A funeral Mass will be offered 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Pius X Church, Forked River. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Toms River. DURWARD R. WACKER, 75, of LITTLE EGG HARBOR, died Saturday at home. He retired from Westinghouse Corp., Hillside, after 27 years with the company as an electrical engineer. He graduated from Ro-chelle High School, Rochelle, 111., and from DeForest Training School, Chicago. He served in the U.S. Signal Corps from 1951 to 1953 and was honorably discharged. He was an avid HAM radio operator. He was born in Davenport, Iowa. Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Margaret Williams Wacker; a daughter, Susan Wacker of Hopkenton, Mass.; and two sons, Bruce of Long Branch, and Scott of King of Prussia, Pa. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Wood Funeral Home, Tuckerton, is in charge of arrangements. THOMAS F. BROCK, 58, of EDISON, died Friday at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, New Brunswick. He was a gas station attendant for the French Street Exxon, New Brunswick. He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. Born in Jersey City, he lived in Michigan before moving to Edison 12 years ago. A brother, Robert, died in 1992. Surviving are his mother, Lillian O'Brien of Iselin, Wood-bridge; and two brothers, Edward of Brick, and William of Iselin. Visitation will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Weather-head Young Funeral Home, 885 Mantoloking Road, Brick. A Mass will be 10 a.m. at Visitation Roman Catholic Church. Burial will be in Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown. STEPHEN J. GR0GAN, si, a lifelong resident of JERSEY CITY, died Sunday at Christ Hospital. He was the owner of Discount City Furniture Store in Jersey City and Hoboken for almost 50 years, retiring four years ago. He was a World War II Army veteran. He was a communicant of Our Lady of Mercy Church, Jersey City. He was predeceased by a son, Neil G. Grogan. Surviving are his wife, Dorothy Fitzpatrick Grogan; a daughter, Gail Anne Grogan; a son, Mark Stephen Grogan, M.D.; two grandchildren, Sean N. and Micaela C. Grogan; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at McLaughlin Funeral Home, 625 Pavonia Ave., Jersey City, and 10 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the DePaul Chapel of Our Lady of Mercy Church prior to a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. In lieu of flowers, donations to Boys Town or the American Cancer Society would be appreciated. ROSE NIX LEO, of wicmTAf KAN., a journalist who hand-wrote her weekly newspaper columns until the age of 104, died Thursday. She was 108. Calling her column "Rose's Last Scrap," Leo wrote for nearly 90 years, through the tenures of several owners of the Howard County weekly now called the Flint Hills Express. She had to quit the column when she fell about a month before her 105th birthday. While in her 90s, she was in terviewed by countless television stations and newspapers as one of the nation's oldest journalists. She wrote mostly philosophical columns based on her experiences. Leo was born April 30, 1894, in a four-room cabin her father built in Indian Territory near what is now Norman, Okla. She taught in a one-room county school before marrying in 1920. The Associated Press ROD BEATON, of sonoma, CALIF., a former United Press International president, died July 2 of complications from a heart attack. He was 79. Among his accomplishments were moving UPI's computers from New York to a new communications center in Dallas; upgrading UPI's receivers; and improving virtually every form of the company's communications for news, pictures and audio. Beaton son of the late Philip C. Beaton, an executive editor at The (Stockton) Record served as a Navy correspondent during World War II. After his discharge, he received a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Beaton joined United Press, now UPI, in San Francisco in 1948 as a reporter and editor. Shortly afterward, he became manager of the Fresno bureau and was promoted to regional business representative in Los Angeles. He managed UPI's Southeast and Midwest divisions before moving to New York as vice president and general business manager. He was later named president and chief executive officer. Beaton's wife, Evelyn, died in 2001. He is survived by his son, Rod, of Vallejo, and his daughter, Anne, of New York. The Associated Press JOHN "JACK" BURBY, former deputy editorial page editor of the Los Angeles Times, died Saturday of lung and brain cancer. He was 77. Burby joined the Times as an editorial writer, in 1978 and served as deputy editor of the editorial pages through much of the 1980s. In 1989 he returned to editorial writing full time. He left the paper in the early 1990s and worked briefly for The New York Times, also writing editorials, before retiring. Born in Benton Harbor, Mich., Burby was an Army Air Corps pilot during World War II. After his discharge in 1947, Burby took a reporting job with United Press in Hawaii and attended the University of Hawaii. In 1951 he joined the staff of The Honolulu Advertiser, then took a job in 1956 at the San Francisco Chronicle. He worked as press secretary to California Gov. Edmund G. "Pat" Brown in the 1960s. He also worked briefly as special assistant to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Alan Boyd. He later worked as an editor at the National Journal and served as president of Potomac Policy Inc., a consulting firm that focused on energy and environmental issues. Burby's wife, Lois Luke, died in 1994. The Associated Press CLARENCE LIGHTNER, of RALEIGH, N.C., the city's first popularly elected mayor and its only black mayor, died Monday after a long illness. He was 80. Lightner served on the City Council from 1967 to 1973, when he defeated white businessman G. Wesley Williams to become mayor. He failed to win re-election in 1975. Lightner also served as chairman, president and general manager of Lightner Funeral Home. Lightner, born Aug. 15, 1921, graduated from North Carolina Central University in Durham and the Eckles College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia. I The Associated Press Hearing on tigers will go on By JOSEPH SAPIA TOMS RIVER BUREAU TOMS RIVER A state Superior Court judge yesterday declined to postpone yet again the hearing on the relocation of Joan Byron-Marasek's tigers out of state, despite her request for another adjournment. But the Jackson resident did not appear in Judge Eugene D. Serpentelli's courtroom yesterday, so there was nobody to present her alternative to the state's relocation plan, which is to move the 24 tigers to an animal sanctuary in Texas. So no testimony the last of which was heard in May was taken and the hearing is now scheduled to resume Thursday. Also yesterday, the state Division of Fish & Wildlife inspected Byron-Marasek's compound, on Route 537 near Allyson Road. The inspection, lasting about 35 minutes, was the state's first since January, and confirmed there are 24 tigers on the property, said Larry Herrighty, a state wildlife biologist. Serpentelli had set aside all this week and next Monday to finish the hearing, which began in January. Meanwhile, lawyer Cristina Stummer of the Reed Smith law firm, with an office in Plain-sboro, told Serpentelli yesterday that her firm has been contacted by Byron-Marasek, seeking legal representation. Stummer also sought an adjournment, which Serpentelli denied, to give the firm time to determine whether to take the case or help her find a lawyer. If Byron-Marasek does get a new lawyer, it would be at least her seventh in her 3!2-year fight to keep her big cats. She and her most recent lawyer, Andrew John Calcagno of Cran-ford, parted ways last month after only a few weeks because both sides said they could not work with the other. Serpentelli began yesterday's hearing by saying Byron-Marasek had faxed him legal papers in which she sought an adjournment. Byron-Marasek's papers, according to Serpentelli,. sought time to find a new attorney and said she was ill, apparently from the undisclosed medical dental problem that has delayed the case for the last six weeks. Byron-Marasek's papers said she was "home sick, in excruciating pain," Serpentelli said. He said she reported she was "vomiting blood and has chest pains," along with dizziness, the judge said. Serpentelli said the Reed Smith law firm had contacted him on Friday, seeking an adjournment. Both adjournments were denied. On June 21, Serpentelli said, barring extraordinary circumstances, the case would move forward yesterday whether Byron-Marasek had a new lawyer, represented herself or did not show up in court. Stummer told the judge that Byron-Marasek had contacted her law firm Wednesday. The lawyer said no one from the firm had had a formal meeting with Byron-Marask yet. Stummer declined to comment further on the case. After attending the morning hearing in Toms River, seven representatives of the Division of Fish & Wildlife Herrighty and fellow wildlife biologists Carole A. Kandoth and Linda Buono, Game Warden Chief Robert Winkel and three other game wardens visited Byron-Marasek's property. The division is part of the state Department of Environmental Protection, the state agency that regulates conditions of exotic animals kept in the state. While the DEP has the right to inspect Byron-Marasek's property, it last did so in January, Herrighty said. PUBLIC NOTICE Take notice that an application has been submitted to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Land Use Regulation Program for a CAFRA, Waterfront Development and Coastal Wetlands permit for the proposed development described below: Applicant: Monmouth County RO. Box 1255. Freehold, NJ 07728 Attn: Monmouth County Engineer Project Description & Location: Reconstruction of Monmouth County Bridge O-40, Patten Avenue Bridge over Manhassett Creek City of Long Branch and Borough of Monmouth Beach, Monmouth County, NJ The combined coastal permit application can be reviewed at either the municipal clerk's office or by appointment at the Department's Trenton office. A 30 day public comment period will be held on this application in the future. A public hearing will be held only if the Department determines that, based on public comment or a review of the project, its scope and environmental impact, additional information is necessary to assist in its review or evaluate potential impacts and that this information can only be obtained by providing an opportunity for a public hearing. Individuals may request that the Department hold a public hearing on this application. 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