Hurricane Sandy Claims 4 Lives in Ocean County

Two died of hypothermia, one of asphyxia and one drowning

There were four people from Ocean County who lost their lives due to conditions connected to Hurricane Sandy, the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office announced Thursday.

“Our thoughts are with these families,” Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford said.

Below are the individuals who died:

Celestine Kreitzer, 94, of Forked River
Pronouncement Date: Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 2:35 p.m.
Cause of Death: Hypothermia 

George Tatay, 61, of Brick
Pronouncement Date: Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 5:01 p.m.
Cause of Death: Asphyxia due to drowning 

Erwin Bockhorn, 72, of Little Egg Harbor
Pronouncement Date: Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 11:30 a.m.
Cause of Death: Drowning 

Leonard Thompson, 71, of Stafford
Pronouncement Date: Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 9:46 p.m.
Cause of Death: Hypothermia due to exposure to cold conditions

toni depaola November 08, 2012 at 09:32 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with the families. May God bless them and bring them comfort during this very difficult time.
suz November 08, 2012 at 11:19 PM
This just breaks my heart....what an awful why to end a long life! I too wonder where were friends or neighbors if family was not available? Shame on you who left these people to die and only thought of yourselves, if that is the case.
J.JONES November 08, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Very sad to read...
Amanda Leigh Kinsley November 08, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Suz -- Although I agree with you, I know one of them and I know that they refused to leave their home as much as anyone tried to get them to go, which a lot of people did.
suz November 09, 2012 at 12:11 AM
I am so sorry Amanda...I just shot from the hip when I saw they were elderly and alone. It is just so sad. God bless...
Freetobeyouandme November 09, 2012 at 01:11 AM
God bless the souls of those who have been lost. Please , please, please, as the days go on, please be vigilant in protecting the health of you and those around you. The below link has guidance to keep your surroundings from becoming dangerous. http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/
Opinionated November 09, 2012 at 01:22 AM
My condolences to their families and friends.
Lance Corona November 09, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Unbelievable, I blame the authorities. Why didn't anyone order them to evacuate and provide them with a safe shelter.
Jacob November 09, 2012 at 02:41 AM
This is terribly sad. Part of me feels that they died in the arms of the homes they loved and that somehow gives me a little peace.
Weesia November 09, 2012 at 02:49 AM
I agree, This is too sad, when a person reaches 94 yrs old we already can say she is a survivor. To die from hypothermia is tragic,and not a natural death. My sympathies to her famIly.
Lorraine Zippilli November 09, 2012 at 03:21 AM
So sorry to hear may they rest in peace
ASimon November 09, 2012 at 10:33 AM
And now the deaths from power company incompetence begin. We are going on nearly 2 weeks without power in winter temperatures with Governor Christie giving out a "Good Job Brownie" style shoutout to the power companies.
Dianne November 09, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I feel horrible hearing this. Everyone I know was concentrating on families that lost their homes. We were also asking around though to make sure people that lost power had some way to keep warm if they were staying in their homes. Heartbreaking that nobody checked on these people.
Kim November 09, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Some people are stubborn, and even with a mandatory evacuation, refuse to leave. My father is 2 blocks from the bay and will NEVER leave. Nothing we can do.
Dawn November 09, 2012 at 01:34 PM
So sad my heart goes out to those families
Amanda November 09, 2012 at 01:54 PM
May God protect them as they are now angels watching over us.
april November 09, 2012 at 02:06 PM
I knew one of them too. They weren't forgotten, they refused to leave. Very sad how people jump to conclusions saying us neighbours and friends didnt do anything.
Mrs. G. November 09, 2012 at 02:29 PM
First of all, my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and family. Secondly, in all due respect, everyones' houses are not back to normal after the storm. How can we call this "incompetence" on the parts of the power companies? I am sure they are trying their best.
Amanda Leigh Kinsley November 09, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I agree with you. God Bless the person that you knew.
NJarhead November 09, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Rest in Peace.
Eddie November 10, 2012 at 05:26 AM
You know, I am getting tired of you people who know little but comment about the things you know nothing about. ALL of the lineman and employees of the power companies I see, JCP&L and all the out of state companies who came here to help them are busting their humps to get us all up and online. Many of you don't understand, there is more to getting the power on in your house or neighborhood than the power lines you see in your street or around the corner. Major damage has occurred from this storm, 48,000 volt lines are down that supply the transformers that give you your power to your home. Sub stations have blown transformers, these things take time to fix, and thousands of dollars to purchase. You just have to use your heads and find ways of coping or finding alternate sources of shelter or power. We have been out for 10 days and our neighborhood has banded together to solve our problems, maybe you should stop complaining and do the same. Thank You JCP&L and all the other companies who have come to our rescue, We know, your doing your best, with what you have to work with.
Dorene November 10, 2012 at 03:42 PM
We also had no power for 1 week we are just greatfull that we have a house to put power back on to. we also went out to help thoes not as lucky as we were. meybe a little less whining & a little more help yourself just as we & many others did just saying I think JCP&L & all that came to help did an awsome job.Thanks to all the workers from NJ & all states that left there famlies to come & help ours .
k November 10, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I have to say I agree with your common sense approach and compassion. Less whining and to be "Thankful" that you are not someone who loss a loved one do to this storm, that you sill have parents, a home and your important items that mean something to you that many have loss. Be thankful to Officials and JCP&L that are trying the best that they can. Who left their families to help ours who have been working around the clock. Stop thinking of yourself and think of the many who are worse off then you.
SMR November 12, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Thank you. My husband is just one Verizon lineman who has been working 7 days a week, 12 - 16 hour days, since the storm. It is more than uprighting the poles and reattaching the cables. We are so sad to hear about the loss of life. One of those who died was a former customer of mine. My heart sank when I read her name. She was always a pleasant, sweet, proper lady. RIP Celest. <3
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