OBITUARY

Michael R. Metzger

December 11, 1990February 13, 2021
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Michael Richard Metzger, 30, of Toms River, NJ, passed away on Saturday February 13, 2021. Born in Staten Island, NY, Mike lived in Holmdel for many years before moving to Toms River 2 years ago. He was a plumber and worked for Jim Hughes Plumbing in Jackson, NJ. Michael loved basketball and was NY Knicks fan.

Michael is survived by his loving mother and father, Christine and Roger Metzger, his devoted brothers; Tom and his fiancée Danielle and Daniel and his wife Savana, his adored niece Kira; his maternal grandmother Carol Welch and grandfather Dominic LaForgia and his wife Rita; paternal grandmother and grandfather, Joan Yellen and the late Roger Metzger, and his uncles Dominic LaForgia and his wife Caroline, Richard LaForgia, Richard Metzger and Keith Metzger.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 19, 2021, at the Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 3010 Ridgeway Road, Manchester, NJ 08759, from 8 to 10:30. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 am, at Saint Joseph RC Church, 685 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, NJ 08753, with interment to follow at Saint Mary of the Lake Cemetery, Lakewood, NJ.

The Metzger family deeply appreciates the outpouring of love and support, but out of safety for you and them, they will only be grieving with you from a distance. Out of an abundance of caution and to further prevent the spread of Covid, masks are required at the funeral home, church and cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.irs&ein=521736502

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 19, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, February 19, 2021

  • Interment

    Friday, February 19, 2021

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Kenny Laplante

February 27, 2021

Mike was one of my closest childhood friends. Many memories center around basketball. For years we would carpool to practice in Belmar or go to tournaments that would last the whole weekend. We had just as much fun arguing and messing around in the car as we did on the court.

It was Mike and Mr. Metzger who convinced me to play AAU, and I will be forever grateful for the memories. Basketball was synonymous with the Metzger house. If it was basketball, it was at the Metzgers.

One of my all-time favorite memories was Freshman year when I passed full-court to Mike with just enough time for him to hit a 3-pointer before the buzzer. I remember it like yesterday.

My heart goes out to the whole family. You will be sorely missed Mike.

Mary Lou and Michael Figurelli

February 19, 2021

We are so saddened by Michael’s passing. We will always remember him walking through the door with a smile, a big hug and a good story to tell. Michael was always welcome in our home and he knew it. We are comforted by that. He was loved and will be greatly missed.

Linda Mueller

February 19, 2021

Christine, Roger, Daniel and Thomas
I know there are no words that can make sense of the loss of Michael . Try and remember all the happy times. Your memories will hopefully get you through this difficult time.
“What we once treasured and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply become a part of us.” Love and prayers to the Metzger family .
Love,
Linda Mueller
(Betsy’s sister )

Mike & Karen Simineri

February 19, 2021

Roger and Christine, We are so so sorry to hear about Michael. We Believe that losing a child At such a young age is the worst thing Parents need to deal with. This is a horrifying loss and our hearts are bursting
with sadness and grief, just imagining what you guys are going through at this time. We are stuck for words just like anyone who knows and loves you. We are praying for you hoping God gives you strength to carry-on, Knowing one day , after a long life With the rest of your family, you will be rejoined with him in the kingdom of heaven. I will be calling you after the winter storm passes here in Pennsylvania. Love Karen Mike Matt Nate and Carmela .

Pricoli Family

February 18, 2021

So sorry for your loss. I remember Mike playing basketball in grammar school. He was the fastest player on the court always. That kid could run. Condolences from Paul, Connor, Bryan and Erin Pricoli.

Joseph Lopez

February 18, 2021

Roger and Christine,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers 🙏are with you and your family.
Love
Doreen and Joe Lopez

Brianna Metzger

February 18, 2021

Cousins forever 💕

I have so many fun memories of our cousins Mike, Dan, and Tom living right next door to us for a big part of my childhood.

Rest easy, Michael.

Michelle Livengood

February 18, 2021

I’m so sorry for your loss. I cherish so many memories with Mike and he’ll always hold a special place in my heart. I’m really proud of all he accomplished. Sending prayers, love, and strength.

Denis and Cathy Laplante

February 18, 2021

Roger and Christine: we are so saddened to hear this tragic news: we will remember Mike on the basketball court where he was always happy: we pray that he is at peace. We are so sorry for this terrible loss.

patrick spinosa

February 17, 2021

Roger,
Fat frank called me.
I’m so sad to hear the news.
My prayers are with you and your family.

Your friend.
Pat. Spinosa

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