U.S. Marine Cpl. Christopher M. Monahan Jr., age 25 of Island Heights, died Monday, November 26, 2012 defending his country in Helmand province of Afghanistan.
Born in Toms River, Chris spent most of his life in Ocean Gate, and most recently lived in Island Heights before his deployment. He was a 2006 graduate of Central Regional High School, Berkeley Twp. where he played football.
After graduation, Chris joined the U.S. Marine Corps. This was his third deployment overseas, having been deployed twice to Iraq before his deployment to Afghanistan. Chris was a motor vehicle operator assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 2, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Chris was an amazing and loving father, son, brother, grandson and friend.
Left behind are his wife Sarah, and his children Nathan, Kierlyn and Caleb; his parents Christopher M. Monahan, Sr. and Sandra Monahan; maternal grandparents Lenny and Linda Adams of Toms River and paternal grandmother Leah Monahan of Bayville; his great grandfather Alfred Larsen of Pelican Island; his brother Matt, sister Kaitlyn and his best friend and second brother Rob Zilavetz. Chris is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 5, from 2:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main St. Toms River, NJ. A mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Chris' life will be held, 11:00 a.m. Thursday, at St. Barnabas R.C. Church, 33 Woodland Ave. Bayville, NJ. Burial will follow at Brig. General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to the Rotary Club of Toms River, P.O. Box 751, Toms River, NJ 08754, www.hometownhero.org or Toys for Tots. To view Chris' obituary or to share in his life story and leave thoughts and memories for his family, you may visit www.andersonandcampbell.com.