Christine Applegate

December 9, 1933January 8, 2012

Christine Applegate, 78, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at Health South Rehabilitation Center in Toms River. Christine was born Dec. 9, 1933 in Shorterville, Ala. to the late Thelma and Lucious Starling. She resided in Toms River for over 50 years and was a longtime member of the Cedar Grove United Methodist Church.

Christine is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Franklin; her children and their spouses, Peggy and Gordon Lynn, Janet Fox and Pat Colangelo, Dorothy and Angel Santos, Frank and Nancy Applegate and Gloria and Jim Kudrick; 13 grandchildren, Hope, Jason, Wayne, Joshua, Kyle, John, Frank, Brian, Robbie, Matthew, Christian, Joey and Heather; five great-grandchildren, Jenna, Mack, Jordan, Ashley and Landon; and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her siblings, Rayford Starling, Perry Starling, Frank and Maryann Starling, James and Abby Starling and Gracie and Bobby Dutton. She was predeceased by her sisters, Dorothy and Virginia Starling; and her brother, Lowell Starling.

Christine was a cook for many years at Casa Joey's, Geno's and Olsen's Bar and Grill and a longtime caregiver for her niece, Beth Graham. She enjoyed church, country music, bingo and more than anything, her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Christine was the heart and soul of her family and was "Mom" to many.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, with a funeral service at 8 p.m. Thursday evening at Anderson and Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main St. Toms River. Cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, 797 Bay Ave., Toms River, NJ in her memory. Condolences may be made by visiting


  • Visitation Thursday, January 12, 2012
  • Visitation Thursday, January 12, 2012
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 12, 2012

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January 15, 2012

mom I will be forever grateful for your love and the life you gave me .You will always be in my heart and i will carry you with me till im with you in heaven. The greatest joy of my life was haveing you for my mother love Peggy

Francine Tilton and family

January 13, 2012

Dottie, Gloria and family, so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful and caring person and such a major part of your lives. Know that she is in heaven and is free from pain. I will always remember her wonderful cole slaw. There is none as great as hers. Remember all the wonderful memories and carry on her traditions.

Ricky Moore

January 12, 2012

Frank and the entire family. Please accept my condolences in the passing of Christine. She was such a special person and every moment I was lucky enough to spend in her presence will be a cherished memory of a magnificent, loving woman. God bless her and your entire family.


Pat Morton

January 12, 2012

Frank,and all of the Applegate family, you are in my thoughts and prayers daily. Christine created such a welcoming feeling with her laugh, I will remember it always. May the closeness of your family create comfort for all of you.

January 11, 2012

Dear Applegate Family, Sorry to hear about mom. She was a angel to all of us. She touch all of our hearts and will be missed every day. Love, Georgia and Mark McCormick

Kathy Gilley

January 11, 2012

Uncle Frank and Family,
We will always treasure the memories of Aunt Christine and you coming to Alabama. She had such a sweet spirit. --And oh that laughter, we will miss that. Please know you are in our prayers constantly. Although the miles keep us apart, we are only a thought away. Love you all Kathy Starling Gilley

The Downs Family

January 11, 2012

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.


January 10, 2012

I love you so much, I will miss everything about you,your love made me a better person. I will close my eyes and hold you in my arms forever. My angel my teacher my Mom. Love you, Your daughter

Colleen Hodges

January 10, 2012

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. She was a joy to know and her Christian "light" truly did shine. You and your family are in our prayers.
Love, Gene and Colleen

Lesa Glen

January 10, 2012

Janet and Dotty,
Sooo sorry to hear of your loss. Your mother was a very good lady and helped anyone she could.I know cuz I was one she helped years ago. We pray that you will feel the love and comfort of our Heavenly Father at this time....and know that your mother is in a much better place now.
Love, Doug and Lesa Glen