History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

As a young girl of eight, Geri wanted to be a funeral director. Her grandmother’s sudden death and her parent’s decision not to let her go to the funeral stirred her curiosity into the funeral business. In 1969, shortly after her grandmother’s funeral, her parents moved from Newark, NJ to a farm in Jackson, NJ. There were many changes it seemed that were happening at once to a little girl. Her parents thought it was a phase she would eventually grow out of and were quite surprised when she entered high school and planned her science courses accordingly. They even went so far as to visit a local funeral home where her aunt did hair to see if she could handle being in the preparation room where everything is done.

Growing up on the farm and watching the circle of life with the animals she cared for reminded her again why she wanted to be a funeral director. “The funeral is for the living, and it gives family and friends a place to gather and grieve”, says Geri. “I love the social aspect of the funeral, the noisier the better. We celebrate the life the deceased lived and how they may have been an influence to each and every one of us. Unlike weddings, no invitation is required, and the price of the funeral you select is the same no matter how many attend.”

In 1988 Geri married Michael J. Hennicke. He was working for a local funeral home in Bricktown, NJ. Mike was also working many hours and decided it was time to go out on his own. In 1994 Mike started Tri-County Trade which serviced the funeral home industry. Now on his own he was able to help at the funeral home more and use it as his office. Now the father of a newborn and a three year old, Mike was able to take over more of the responsibility and the day to day operations of the funeral home.

In 1997 Mike and Geri felt the funeral home had reached its full potential, and could not grow in its current location. Landlocked and unable to provide more parking were key concerns. That year they decided to look around in the next community to see what was available. They were able to find an available piece of property and were extremely lucky that seller was willing to work with them. They were in for a long drawn out process that took four and a half years.

Mike did all the layout and design with the architects and Geri did all the color schemes and decorating. Everything seemed to come together. Their current location in Manchester opened its door for business in January of 2001. Their first year was a struggle and again they worked the long hours. They did everything themselves right down to the landscaping to help with the expenses.

Our Valued Staff

Geraldine Oliverie

Geraldine Oliverie, Manager / Owner / NJ Lic # 3833

Geraldine Oliverie Hennicke is a 1981 Jackson Graduate. After receiving her college degree, she then pursued her childhood dream of becoming a funeral director and enrolled in American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Services and graduated with honors and as class vice-president in 1984. She was licensed by both the State of NJ and the National Licensing Board in 1986.

While attending college and funeral service school she worked in Lakewood for a funeral firm from 1984 to 1987. She then pursued a bigger dream of owning her own funeral home and opened her first funeral home, Oliverie Funeral Home of Lakehurst in 1987. In 1988 she also managed Shore Memorial Funeral Home in Pt. Pleasant Beach until it sold in 2003. In 2000 she opened her second funeral home in Manchester Township.

Geraldine married Michael J Hennicke in 1988, who is also a licensed funeral director and co-owner of their businesses. They have three children, Marissa, Bridget and Michael.

Geri is a charter member of the Funeral Ethics Association and also a charter member of the Lakehurst Historical Society. She is a member of the NJ State Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. She is also a Certified Celebrant, certified by Oklahoma University in 2006 and the Order of the Golden Rule in 2007.

Geraldine started her community services at a very young age. She was a Jackson First Aid Explorer, through the Boy Scouts from 1975-79 and then became a Junior Cadet. She has been a career speaker for both the Boy Scouts and Monsignor Donovan High School for many years as well as the Vocational Schools Career Day on the Lakehurst Naval Base.

In 1988 she was elected to the Lakehurst Borough Planning Board and in 1991 she was elected as council woman for the Borough, in 1994 she was appointed to the Borough of Lakehurst Board of Education and in 1995 she was elected to the Board of Education. She is a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, member of St John’s Church, Rosary Altar Society and Parish Council, since 1987. She was a member of the St Joseph’s Advancement Advisory Council in Toms River from 2005-2007.

Geri was active in the Jackson Lioness Club in 1985 -1990 and served as their president from 1989-90. She is a member of the Chamber of Commerce since 1992. She is very active with the Lakehurst-Manchester Rotary Club: a member since 1988 she has held many positions, Sergeant of Arms 1991-93, Secretary 1993-95, President 1997-98 and 2005-07, Assistant District Governor 1998-2000 and 2006-09. She is a Presidential Citation recipient from District 7500 in 1996 and 2005. She is a District 7500 Service Award honoree in 1995 and a Rotary International Paul Harris Honoree in 1993, 1998, 2005 & 200, 2007 & 2008 and an International Benefactor. Geri was honored with the prestigious Jackson Alumni Hall of Fame Civic Award in October 2006.

Geraldine is an active supporter of her community. She is a sponsor of the Manchester Little League since 1999. She is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Manchester Volunteer Fire Co since 2005. She is Platinum sponsor for the Lakehurst Fleet Reserve #124 Summer Olympics since 2000 and also a Platinum sponsor for Manchester Day since 2000. She has helped the United Way with their Children’s Easter Basket Drive since 2003 and the Ocean County Catholic Charity’s Christmas Toy Drive since 1999 and the Boy Scouts Food Drive since 1999. She also is a major sponsor of the Children’s Memorial Garden in the Winding River Park that the Compassionate Friends of Toms River maintain.

Geri helped organize and raise funds for the playground equipment donated to the Lakehurst Elementary School by the local Lakehurst Manchester businesses. She applied for and received grant monies from the Rotary District 7500 for the “Light up Manchester”, to help get the stadium lights for the Manchester High School Football Fields and also donated as a professional/personal sponsor.

Recently, in October 2011, Geri was honored by the Jersey Shore Girls Scouts for her community involvement and is actively serving on the Monsignor Donovan PTA since 2007 serving as President from 2009-2011 and chairing the annual Harvest Auction. In December of 2012, she was recently honored by Monsignor Donovan and was the recipient of their Giving Tree Award. In 2015 the American Cancer Society honored her with the Humanatarian Award. She currently is serving as a board member for the St Joseph's Century Club.

Michael J. Hennicke

Michael J. Hennicke, Owner and Operator / NJ Lic # 3966

Mike is a 1980 graduate of St. Rose High School, Belmar. He later graduated from the University of South Carolina earning his B.S. in Political Science. After working as a Sales Representative for a large distributor of office machines, and as a driver for Clayton Limousine Service, Spring Lake, he decided to pursue his dream of entering funeral service. He enrolled at the American Academy-McCallister Institute of Funeral Service in New York City graduating in 1988. He served his internship at Colonial Funeral Home, Brick Township, and remained on staff after receiving his license for eight years.

In 1995 Mike joined his wife, Geri at the original branch of the Oliverie Funeral Home in Lakehurst on a full time basis. They remained there until 2001, when they relocated to their new, larger facility in Manchester. In addition to being a member of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, Lakehurst, Mike also served as Past President to the parish Holy Name Society and was a Charter Member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #12940, St. John the Apostle. Mike is also a member of the Ocean County Chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Mike is a Paul Harris Fellow, an award he received in 1997 from Rotary International. In addition to making funeral arrangements with families, and conducting various funeral services, Mike enjoys the Restorative Art aspects of his profession which he believes adds yet another level of comfort that families appreciate during a difficult time.