Mary Elizabeth Gratzel

January 9, 1922March 28, 2018

Mary E. Gratzel (Daurio), 96, of Toms River died Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Green Acres Manor in Toms River. Mary was born in Teaneck and lived there until moving with her family to Toms River in 1972

Mary’s family and friends were enriched by her unconditional love, compassion and unending support. From Anna Street to Mulberry Place to wave riding at the beach and beyond, Mary provided her children and grandchildren carefree and unforgettable childhoods. Her faith and strong moral compass set a lasting example for those who knew her. Truly ahead of her time and with nary a complaint she transitioned from the Depression, to WWII, the turbulent Sixty’s and on. Never skipping a beat, she taught enduring lessons to many and created a legacy along the way. We all had a great ride in the warmth of her love and caring.

Mary was pre-deceased by her husband Paul in December, 2017 and is survived by her children; Paul F (Arlene) of Toms River, Gregory of Garberville, CA., Nancy of Pine Beach, Joseph (Denise) of Manasquan and Toni of Pine Beach; fifteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main Street, Toms River, NJ. A Mass will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 9:15 am at St. Luke Church, 1674 Old Freehold Road in Toms River. Cremation will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Catholic Charities, 200 Monmouth Avenue, Lakewood NJ in Mary's memory would be appreciated.

All services will take place in Toms River, as arranged by The Neary Quinn Funeral Home in Manasquan.


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 4, 2018
  • Visitation Wednesday, April 4, 2018
  • Mass Thursday, April 5, 2018

Mary Elizabeth Gratzel

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Lisa Vecchione

April 4, 2018

Her warm soul, quick wit, welcoming smile, and the gentle way she touched your face when she greeted you...a truly special lady. Rest in peace kind spirit.