Meda I. Anthony

April 20, 1922May 23, 2011

Meda I. Anthony, age 89, of Toms River, NJ, passed away Monday, May 23, 2011 at Meridian Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Shrewsbury, NJ. Born and raised in Weston, PA, she was a resident of Lakewood from 1950 until she moved to Toms River in 1964. Mrs. Anthony was a professional educator whose tenure included two years of teaching at Rock Glen Elementary School and 38 ½ years of service in the Lakewood Township School System where she taught every subject from grades kindergarten through 8th grade. She was a graduate of Bloomsburg College and later received her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education after attending both Columbia University and Rutgers University. In addition to holding every office in the NJ Education Association, Mrs. Anthony was a former chairperson of the Executive Board of Retired Educators of Ocean County. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a life member of the Council of Parents and Teachers, and past president of the Lakewood Education Association. She was a former trustee for St. Mary’s Church, a Eucharistic Minister at St. Joseph’s Church and a past president of the American Legion Post 166 Ladies Auxiliary. Wife of the late Eugene H. Anthony who passed away in 2005, she is survived by her son Gene J. Anthony and his wife Judith of Red Bank; a brother, Rocco Calvello of Niagara Falls, NY; and two step grandchildren, Andrew and Jonathon Roth. Visitation will be Thursday from 2 to 4 & 7 to 9 p.m. at the D’Elia Funeral Home, Rte. 70 & Vermont Ave., Lakewood, NJ 08701. Her funeral mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph’s Church, 685 Hooper Ave., Toms River, NJ 08754. Entombment will follow in St. Mary of the Lake Cemetery, Lakewood, NJ. To email condolences or to post a tribute online, please visit


  • Visitation Thursday, May 26, 2011
  • Visitation Thursday, May 26, 2011
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 27, 2011

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Mike & Sharon Trotta

June 2, 2011

Our deepest sympathy to Gene(the APPLE of Meda's eyes;her loving son & expert dance partner)Judy, Andrew & Jonathan, may you be surrounded by the loving legacy she has left your family. It was an honor & joy to have shared many a New Year with her!

May 26, 2011

Some additional information about Meda. She was a daily communicant at St. Joseph's.
She served for many years as presidentof the Legion of Mary at St. Joseph's. She also was in charge of the lectors and the Eucaristic Ministers. Plus she belonged to many ministries at St. Joseph's. She will be missed.

May 26, 2011

The Executive Board of Ocean County Retired Educators Association sends its most sincere condolences to Meda's family. She will always be remembered for her activism and the inspiration she provided to her fellow retirees.

May 25, 2011

Meda's sisters of Delta Kappa Gamma, Zeta Chapter wish to extend our most sincere condolences to Meda's loved ones at this difficult time.
Her complete dedication to the field of education is the wonderful legacy Meda has left for us to emulate.

Patricia Lennon

May 25, 2011

I have known Meda for many years from St. Joseph Church. She was a dedicated and wonderful woman whom I admired. She was a member of TR Fitness in TR for many years and always came to my pool classes called "Forever Young" whenever she could. She will be missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing her. God bless you Meda, you are in Heaven for sure.
Love always
Mrs. Pat Lennon

Bob Bedell

May 25, 2011

Sorry to hear of Mrs.Anthony's passing. She was one of my grade school teachers back in the 50's at the Ella G.Clark School. She was loved and respected by all.

Patricia Cooper

May 24, 2011

My sincere sympathy to the family.
Meda was very active for many years in St. Joseph's parish.

Laurie Gavin

May 24, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with Meda's family, especially Gene and Judy Anthony, as they say goodbye to their loved one. Much peace to you all during this difficult time.

Carol Hughes

May 24, 2011

I was so saddened by the passing of my dear cousin Meda. She was such a warm and very wise lady with a great sense of humor. And always such a lady. I always loved hearing her stories of her life's journeys. My fondest memories will always be our family gatherings especially around the holidays. My deepest sympathy to Gene who she was always so very proud of.
Sympathy to Judy, his wonderful wife and her sons Andrew and Jonathon.
Love, Carol, and family, Rae Anne & Steve, Andrea & Rich