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Carolyn A. (Thomas) Van Brunt

October 22, 1936 ~ April 27, 2017 (age 80)

The Piano Brothers
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Carolyn A. (Thomas) Van Brunt, 80, of Union Beach, passed away, Thursday, April 27, 2017, at home, surrounded by her loving family.  She was born at home in Union Beach and remained a lifelong resident.  She was a homemaker and loved pets and caring for them.


Carolyn was predeceased by her beloved husband, David F. Van Brunt in 2005; her parents, Arthur and Anna (Halligan) Thomas; a son-in-law, Vincent Portera; her nine siblings; and a grandson, Luke Nesbihal.  She is survived by her loving daughters, Sherrie Portera of Howell, Sharon Nesbihal and her husband Brian of Middletown and Stephanie Laberdee and her husband Patrick of Union Beach; her cherished grandchildren, Christopher Portera and his wife Marisa, Jennifer Parelli and her husband Pat, Tara Nesbihal, Amanda Vollmuth and her husband Tim, Justin Laberdee and his wife Melissa and Tony Laberdee and his wife Amanda; and three precious great grandchildren, Justin Gabriel, Caden and McKenna.  She will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by her family and friends.


Visitation will be Sunday, April 30, 2017, from 2-4 & 7-9PM, at Day Funeral Home, 361 Maple Place, Keyport, NJ  07735, with prayers in the evening; and Monday, May, 1, 2017, 8:30AM at the funeral home, with burial to follow 11AM Chapel at the Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Carolyn to the Luke F. Nesbihal Memorial Scholarship Fund, 7 Kevan Place, Middletown, NJ  07748 or to the Go Red for Women at   To post a condolence to the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit

NOTE:  If you make a donation to the Go Red for Women, please inform the charity that the donation is "in memory of Carolyn A. Van Brunt" and to send the acknowledgement to her daughter, Sherrie L. Portera, 25 Sunset Drive,  Howell, NJ  07731.


Charitable donations may be made to:

Luke F. Nesbihal Memorial Scholarship Fund
7 Kevan Place, Middletown NJ 07748

Go Red for Women
P.O. Box 40020212, Des Moines IA 50340-9012
Tel: 1-877-733-3297

 Service Information

April 30, 2017

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Day Funeral Home
361 Maple Place
Keyport, NJ 07735

April 30, 2017

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Day Funeral Home
361 Maple Place
Keyport, NJ 07735

May 1, 2017

11:00 AM
Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Province Line Road
Arneytown, New Jersey 08562

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