F. Mark D’Onofrio, of the Milmay section of Buena Vista Township, doesn’t play golf or have the usual hobbies of a 59-year-old businessman. He is on the board of so many educational and religious organizations, he just doesn’t have the time.

“Really, pretty much those organizations are my hobbies,” he said. He is chair of St. Mary’s School Board, chair of the Cumberland County College Foundation and executive board member of St. Augustine Preparatory School. He also is a member of the Diocese of Camden Society of Stewards.

He was recently honored for his work with the Papal Order of Saint Gregory the Great, the highest honor a layman can receive from the Catholic Church.

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“It takes some years as I understand,” he said of the process, which started with a recommendation from Bishop Joseph Anthony Galante of the Camden Diocese.

D’Onofrio, a longtime benefactor of area Catholic schools, went to Drexel University. He is the secretary-treasurer of his family’s construction firm Stanker & Galetto Inc. of Vineland. The company client roster includes General Mills and Fed Ex, as well as Rutgers University, Cumberland County College and St. Augustine’s Prep, a spokesperson said.

D’Onofrio has been married to his wife, Sandy, for 36 years. They have three adult children, all of whom attended Catholic schools through college, he said.

“My first daughter was in (St. Mary’s) and the principal, Sister Bernadine, came to me that first year and asked me if I would get involved in the school board and PTA,” he said. He saw the schools instill family values and dedication to community service in his children. “They were some of the best years of our lives,” he said.

Benefit wreath sale

Brigantine residents Rosemary Kelly, Shirley Morgan, Monica Coleman, Gail Squiccimarri, Val Shear and Gerri Cali, along with Bonnie Borden and Sharon Aloi, of Atlantic City, have created hand-made holiday wreaths to sell for the MAPS Foundation of South Jersey. They are $25 each at Resorts Casino Hotel lobby, and at 46 Seaside Court in Margate. Call 609-822-9093.

The effort benefits local people with multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. MAPS serves 139 clients per month, helping with medical equipment and supplies, said organizer Rose Silverman, of Margate.

Site remediation license

Paul DeBlasio, of Absecon, has earned his site remediation professional license. DeBlasio works for Northstar Environmental Services in Clermont, Dennis Township, and was one of only 219 in the state who passed the exam last May, and got his license in July, his employer said. He and wife, Maryanne, have two children, ages 6 and 5.

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