Anne Iervolino Vesper

August 15, 1938March 25, 2021

Anne Iervolino Vesper was born August 15,1938 to her two Italian parents, Jean and Anthony. The eldest of four, she grew up on City Island in the Bronx with her two brothers, Ralph and John and her sister, Carmela. In 1960, Anne married her sweetheart, "her Ricky". Anne and Richard remained together for the next sixty years. They raised two daughters, Debbie and Karol. A loving and devoted mother, there was nothing she wouldn't do for "her girls". They had many happy years driving around in her 1966 convertible Mustang together. Eventually, she became a nursery school teacher which was a perfect fit because she had a lifelong love of children. Through it all, Anne and Richard remained loyal, faithful and loving.

Anne found great joy going on vacations with family and friends. Being beach lovers, she and Richard eventually settled on Long Beach Island. Anne was blessed to have her beloved parents nearby and plenty of friends and relatives to visit and entertain. Big Italian dinners after church on Sunday were a cherished family tradition. A highlight of her life was when she became a grandmother to Kyle, Dylan and Coryn. She spent many happy days thoroughly enjoying just being with them. She loved cooking them their favorite meals, sneaking them snacks and playing with them. Anne was a wonderful and loving grandmother.

Her Catholic faith steered her through life and she held a strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Anne was born on the Assumption and died on the Annunciation. She was an example to all of us that it is possible to live life with a full heart, sacrifice for others and find joy in the simplest of things. Even when Richard became ill, her faith got her through and she managed to be strong for him while still finding delight in those around her. She and Richard never lost their unspoken bond. Although Richard could not communicate with words, she always knew what he wanted or needed. When her Ricky passed away last month, Anne's heart simply broke. She had done such a wonderful job caring for him, being his eyes, ears and voice. Her job was done; and although it left us with a void that can never be filled, it was her time to be with him once again.

Her daughters want to send a special thank you to the wonderful people at Harrogate who helped Anne and Richard during their final years. The staff became part of our family and helped us all navigate these difficult times with kindness, love and support. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Harrogate Employee Holiday Fund at 400 Locust St., Lakewood, NJ 08701.

A funeral mass will be celebrated Tuesday, March 30th 11:AM, St. Mary's Catholic Church, 747 West Bay Avenue, Barnegat, NJ 08005.

Entombment will be at St.Mary's Cemetery immediately following the funeral mass.

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Kyle Gonis

March 29, 2021

Summers at Grandma's house were some of the best times of my childhood. We would go swimming at the beach, crabbing in the bay, and much more. Whether mini putting or stopping by the hobby shop, the days were filled with love and laughter.

I'll also never forget how she, helping raise her grandkids, was frequently over the house when us kids were infants. Not only did she work hard to help raise us, but she did so with tremendous love and warmth, for which I'll be forever grateful.

I will especially remember how loving and kind my grandma was, and how she always practiced her faith not only through ceremony, but also through her conduct. She was incredibly selfless, taking action solely for the benefit of others, and only rarely for the benefit of herself. Rest in peace Grandma.

Hazel-Wood Shepherd

March 28, 2021

I extend my sincere sympathy to the Vesper family. I cared for Anne when she was at another facility. We had some fun times together. She was kind and caring and had a great sense of humor. She loved family. May she Rest In Peace as she joins her beloved hubby.
Hazel-Wood Shepherd - Nurse

Dylan Gonis

March 28, 2021

Grandma lived for others her entire life. Everyone she knew loved her for her kind and giving ways, and the gentle presence she took everywhere she went. I learned many important lessons from her and she taught them without having to teach anything, it was just the way she carried herself and treated others which taught me the most important things about life. I remember many times the family gathered to your home in LBI to enjoy long weekends and the beautiful dinners you would make. Thank you for the beautiful memories you gave us. I love you grandma and I know you are at peace with Pop Pop.

Coryn Gonis

March 28, 2021

Words cannot describe how lucky I feel to have had such an amazing Grandma. A Grandma who was always there and made sure you were never hungry. Some of my favorite memories include big homemade italian dinners in LBI, staying there for the summer and all being together. Thank you for always supporting me, coming to every dance performance and loving me unconditionally. I am so grateful for every memory I have with you and feel honored to have Anne as my middle name. You will be forever missed.

Love you always Grandma,

James and Janice Douglass

March 27, 2021

My wife and I are proud to have been friends with Annie for over 50 years. She and Dick together were not only dear friends as individuals, but also together as a couple, as a team. Their devotion to each other and to their daughters was palpable. Had one just met them, they would have seen and felt this immediately.

We both enjoyed knowing Annie and Dick so very much, but also our lives were enriched by their friendships. Their devotion to each other and to their daughters was something to behold. And to admire.

We shared many laughs. Many fun times. And if memory serves, several tons of food. Italian food. They enjoyed life, and it was easy to enjoy it ourselves in their company. Always.

When Jan and I start to feel sad at their passing, we will also remember that they left the world a better place.

Yes, perhaps Annie did feel her job here was done and likely she was impatient to be with Dick again, for eternity. We wish them both well. God speed. Annie and Dick will be very much missed.

Our deepest sympathies to Debbie and Karol.

Debra Gonis

March 27, 2021

How do I do this? How do I say goodbye? How do I put a lifetime of memories and love into a few paragraphs? The fact is, I can't. You will always be with me in so many ways. In all the little things. When I see someone waving, I will always think of your little hand waving at me. When I make spaghetti sauce, I will always think of taking some out for you before adding the meat. When I am out food shopping, I will always think of getting extra pears to bring to you. I will always miss our visits, which I would look forward to as much as you did. You will always be with me in a million little ways, a million little memories that add up to a lifetime of love. When my time comes, I pray that you and dad are together, standing tall, hand in hand ready to greet me with a big hug and a "hello babe". Until that time, know that you will live in my heart, my thoughts and my soul. I guess all I can really say is thank you. Thank you for being such a wonderful person. I must have done something right to be blessed with you for a mother, and I will always be grateful for that. Since saying goodby is impossible, I am keeping you with with me until we meet again. "I love you more!"- haha- I got the last one in for now. Your grateful, loving and adoring daughter, Debbie XO

Florence Lefkin

March 27, 2021

I know Annie a long time I worked at the same nursery school she did. We became good friends their were 4 of us Annie, June and Eileen and myself traveled together on bus trips we never laughed so much. We even went to Annie’s mothers and fathers house and slept over. I can’t believe that Annie and dick are gone. They were good friends and they became our family. I will miss all the good times we had and the wonderful love we got from the whole family.
They are Together in haven and I send my love and I know that dick was waiting for Annie.

Karol Doucette

March 27, 2021

I’m a list maker,
but if I started listing all the things I need to thank you for, it would become a novel.

So I’ll reduce it to this. Thank you Mom for showing me how to love without limits, how to hope beyond reason and how to have a faith that brings peace. I have been blessed from day one because I was born to you and Dad.
I love you and I’ll find you in every day,