Kathleen Caroline CLEARY
March 6, 1927 – September 28, 2019
Kathleen Caroline Cleary (nee Smith) was born in Trenton, N.J. on March 6, 1927 to Daniel H. and Catherine D. Smith (Nee O’Hara). Kay was witness to many events in her 92 years of life. Being a child of both the Great Depression and the Greatest Generation, she earned a strong work ethic and a willingness to help others as well as animals at a very young age. Kathleen was raised by parents who had close knit families and appreciated both participating and being a part of their many family functions. She was a witness to her parents losing their construction business due to the hard times of that era and their struggle to regain financial stability through both parents working many long hours… Kay met the love of her life, Bernie when they attended a high school dance together. It was love at first sight. She waited for Bernie to serve his time in World War II and then they were married June 14th, 1947. And so their life together began… Through their union of love, three children were born. Timothy, who predeceased them in 1955, Colleen, and Terence. Kathleen enjoyed being a Mom, Grandma, Nana, and Super Nan… She was thrilled when her grandsons Mathew and Timothy Iaria were born and even happier when they married Matt (Jen) and Tim (Bonnie). Kathleen had the great honor of being Super Nan to Cameron and Corbin Iaria. Kathleen saw many things in her life as it spanned from the time of the Model T to the Tesla. She remembered people waiting on line for food in the Great Depression, Pearl Harbor, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Kennedy Assassination, and the Twin Towers. She always possessed great insight and learned much from these events. Kathleen was predeceased by her parents Daniel H. Smith (1957), Catherine D. Smith (1962) son Timothy (1955) and her husband Bernie (1993) as well as her neighbor and friend Florence Price (2008). Kathleen had a lifelong love of animals and helping them. A volunteer with the ASPCA she rescued and cared for many animals in her long life… In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Popcorn Park Zoo where her last four furry friends were adopted from Papi, Junior, Tupelo Honey and her newest addition Lady Dog… Mom we will miss and love you till eternity. There will always be an emptiness in our lives but we were all blessed to have you for so long and honored to call you MOM…. Visiting will be held Sunday, October 6th from 4:00 – 6:00 PM at Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main St. Toms River, NJ. Funeral Services will be held Monday, 11:00 AM at the funeral home.
- Visitation Sunday, October 6, 2019
- Prayer Service Monday, October 7, 2019
Kathleen Caroline CLEARY
Vic and Ceil Grablachoff
October 6, 2019
Dear Colleen ,Terry and Family
We will miss our dear friend and neighbor of 40 years. We have shared many birthdays and holidays together, and those great baked beans Mom would bring anytime we would gather together! Kathy had a passion and love for gardening. I remember the many trips her and Bernard would take to the New England Countryside and bring back the many flowers and herbs she loved so much..and shared them with me for my garden. She was always so kind and thoughtful in remembering our birthdays and special occasions with her cards and gifts. She was a wonderful neighbor and friend for the past 40 years and she will surely be missed. All the wonderful memories will remain with us always.
Vic, Ceil, Brent and Brandon Grablachoff
October 4, 2019
Sorry at your loss-- It trickles down to all of us.
Okay Colleen I have a confession. Remember years ago when Mom made all those lasagna dishes and they kept disappearing --- well she sent them to me in the library. They were the best, I love her recipe! Terry said you finally ask why she kept making them and they were never around. In return Mom loved the coffee rings hot out of my local bakery oven in the early morning. I sent them home to her every few days.
What was impressive about Mom was when she called the library she never missed a beat. She always knew which one of us answered the phone and addressed the circulation crew by name.
Love to you, Terry, and family. Ellen/Library