Buying flowers from us ensures that your order will be fulfilled through working with a network florists that are trusted by local funeral homes and recognized partners of the funeral industry. A customized message, along with a photo of your selected arrangement will remain in perpetuity within this memorial website. This service also includes “Smart Select” whereby the store notifies you if your floral selection has already been selected by another sender. This allows you the opportunity to choose a different product to ensure the family has a beautiful and unique selection of unique floral arrangements.
The price of these selections also includes the funeral home’s care of the flowers after the funeral and the delivery to the family or facility of choice where they can be rearranged and enjoyed by others for a longer period.
The solitude and quiet peace of a flickering candle has long been a symbol of remembrance. Each candle lit will remain lit within this memorial website for the period you select. Your thoughtful gesture will be captured both in the candle as well as listed in perpetuity within the tributes section.
In today’s changing world with climate change and environment concerns, “Honoring a Life” allows for family and friends to plant a memorial tree in honor of their loved one and friend. The purchase of a tree creates a beautiful permanent record on the Honoring a Life website, www.honoringalife.org. Each tree is planted through the efforts of Forestry Services throughout North America who determine where the greatest needs for reforestation are. Once planted, the geographical location where the tree is planted will be added to the record. A beautiful card is also sent to the family signifying your thoughtful gesture.
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We are proud to provide this service allowing friends and family to donate to any registered charity throughout North America. You will receive an official tax receipt immediately via email and your thoughtful gesture will remain on this memorial website in perpetuity.
The time surrounding a death can often bring unexpected final expenses for the family far beyond the funeral itself. We are pleased to offer the ability for friends and relatives to financially support the family during their time of loss as an alternative to flowers and other sympathy gestures.
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Vincent Gabriel Ronca, age 95 of Long Branch died Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at home. He was born in the First Ward, Newark, N.J. After graduating from Barringer High School in Newark, he attended the University of Vermont becoming a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He went on to receive a B.S. degree from Roanoke College, Salem, VA, completing graduate work at The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, and received a Secondary Teaching Certificate in Science from the State of New Jersey.
Vincent was a Civilian Federal Civil Service employee from 1942 to 1976. He was an engineer with the Signal Corps Laboratories at Fort Monmouth and an instructor with the Civilian Training School. In his capacity as Production and Procurement Safety Coordinator, he received several commendations from the Army Materiel Command, Washington D.C. He was also awarded an outstanding Service Award from the Commanding General, Fort Monmouth, for his work with the Civilian Welfare Fund. Mr. Ronca served as President of the National Federation of Federal Employees, Fort Monmouth Chapter No. 476. Retiring in 1976, he was appointed by the Commanding General to the Fort Monmouth Officers' Club Council. In 2005, the Commanding General honored Vincent with the Commander’s Medallion for Outstanding Work, noting his exceptional record of sixty-three years of continuous affiliation with Fort Monmouth.
Residing in North Long Branch for over sixty-five years, Vincent actively participated in community affairs. He was a lifetime member and past President of the North Long Branch Community Club, an honorary member of the Long Branch Fire Department, Lieutenant of the Long Branch Civil Defense, and past President of the Green and White Athletic High School Association. He was on the Board of Trustees for the Long Branch Community Adult School, an officer at the Long Branch Elks' Lodge 742, lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus Council 335, and a member of the Long Branch Exchange Club.
Dedicated to public service, in 1960 Vincent was the first Federal Civilian Civil Service employee to be elected to public office in the State of New Jersey under the U.S. Hatch and NJ Faulkner Act. He served as a Councilman in Long Branch’s Sixth Ward, was a Ward Republican Committee Member, a Chairman of the Long Branch Republican Party, and a member of the Monmouth County Republican Party. He received a NJ State appointment to the Long Branch Housing Authority. Additionally, as a member of the Monmouth County Probation Department, he was responsible for coordinating adoption cases with the Division of Youth and Family Services.
Upon Vincent’s retirement, he discovered a passion for golf. Making 3 holes-in-one, he played through the last year of his life.
Foremost, Vincent G. Ronca was a family man. He was predeceased by his childhood sweetheart Dorothy Elaine Souter and his daughter Mary Elaine. Surviving are his daughters and sons-in-law Joanne and Nicholas Spadavecchia, West Long Branch, NJ, Dorothy (Dee Dee) and Anthony Migliaccio, Long Branch, NJ, Patricia Waltcher and William Okin, Ojai CA, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 31, 2010 from 4 �" 7 pm at the Damiano Funeral Home, 191 Franklin Ave., (corner of Third Ave.), Long Branch. A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, February 1 at 10:00 am at the Roman Catholic Church of the Precious Blood in Monmouth Beach. Interment will follow at Woodbine Cemetery. Flowers will be accepted, or memorial donations can be made to HABcore, P.O. Box 2361, Red Bank, NJ, 07701. The family invites you to leave an online condolence, light a memorial candle or make a memorial donation by selecting the appropriate tab on the left.
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