Quinn Hopping Funeral Home

26 Mule Road, Toms River, NJ


Mary L. Orecchio

June 8, 1928September 1, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Mary L. Orecchio announces her passing on September 1, 2020 at the age of 92. Born in Somerville and resided in Raritan to raise her family before retiring to Toms River in 1980. She will be sadly missed by her friends and family. She loved living at the shore, enjoying boat rides, gardening, cooking and spending time with her family and friends. She loved her pets. She was a member of St. Justin’s Church in Toms River.

Mary was predeceased in 2008 by her loving husband of 60 years, Dominick M. Orecchio. She is survived by her 4 children, Virginia Kirk of Branchburg, Michael Orecchio of Toms River, Jan Fagan of Toms River and Joy Hipple of Mesa, AZ. She is also survived by 7 adoring grandchildren who loved overnight visits and 10 great grandchildren who loved playing cards and coloring with G-mom.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday September 8, 2020 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am at Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home 26 Mule Road Toms River, NJ 08755. A funeral service will take place at 11:00 am. Burial will follow at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.quinn-hoppingfh.com.



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Michele Martin

September 22, 2020

To the Orecchio Family, my name is Michele Martin. I brought church, a bible study to where Mary was living. We met last September and I immediately was drawn to her. I don't know if it was that she was so much like my mom, who passed a few years ago or that she had a presence that just radiated love and kindness. I did not know anything about Mary and just read all the beautiful, loving memories all of you have expressed about her. I am fighting back the tears of joy and sadness. I was so happy to learn about her life, her kindness and what a loving family she had. I continue to pray for Mary every day and all of you. God bless you all.

Robert Hicks

September 20, 2020

My Grandmother
What can I say that hasn't already been said or known by many. The most openhearted, kind, caring, loving person to all that entered her life. I have enormous amount of memories spending my summers with her. Every morning or evening she could whip up a meal that would rival any restaurant in the area. She would always make sure my grandfather and I always had a meal to take out on the boat before sunrise. Grandma always welcomed visitors (company) to her shore home with open arms and plenty of food. Grandma had a love for her animal domesticated or wild. Ducks had bread, birds had water, squirrels had nuts. Grandma's home home was always full of love and great memories. Photo albums and great recipes filled the shelves. I'm very grateful to have a wonderful Grandmother in my lifetime. Grandma will always be in my memories.

With love,
Robert Hicks

Ryan Kirk

September 8, 2020

I remember Grandma as the kindest and sweetest person. She was truly someone special. She was always thinking of others first. Through her kindness, she had a special way of helping people be a better version of themselves, including me. I feel lucky that I was able to spend much of my summers and holidays with her.
I remember as a child, playing checkers and cards with Granma on the back porch. She would sometimes have a doughnut hidden away in the freezer for me and kept old bread on-the-ready so we could feed the ducks. I remember sitting in the back yard enjoying the afternoon breeze sharing stories. I enjoyed walks with her and her dogs. If I got hungry, she would make me her delicious “doctored-up mac and cheese”. I also remember the kindness and love she showed my eldest son at first meeting.
I have so many positive memories of such a special person I couldn’t list them all.
Grandma had shown me how to be a more loving and caring person. I am grateful for the time spent with her. She will always be remembered and missed.

With Love - Ryan

Monica & Billy Kirk

September 7, 2020

I remember Mrs. Orecchio very fondly. Her daughter Ginny and I were friends since about age 10. Subsequently, I would spend time with Ginny and her family for many years. I would frequently vacation with them at the Jersey shore. Mary was always welcoming and very sweet. She had a great sense of humor as well. My sincere condolences to her family.

Monica Kirk

Thomas Kirk

September 7, 2020

The thing I'll remember the most about Marry is her consistent, ever present friendliness. From the time I first met Mary, through the more than fifty years I have known her, I've seen her welcome many into the "family and friends" category.
Mary's love and our love for her is what we have in common. She was the heart of our family. Now with her gone, it's up to us to honor her by remaining friends and family.

Shannon Kirk

September 7, 2020

My grandmother. What words do I use to describe her? Do I say she was kind, gentle, generous, and loving? Do I share a story? Or let my memories spill out, like hers did, drip by drip. Her freezer was full of treasures - bread and donuts and butter. She could make a meal materialize strictly from the bounty of that freezer. Once, she served my husband -I kid you not- eight tomato sandwiches in a row. Her tiny home was my summer vacation - pull-out sofas, sleeping bags on top of couch cushions on the floor, cousins, boats, beach, swims in the lagoon -we came out slick, the shine of boats’ motor oil clinging to our skin, dinners squished around the big picnic table on the screened-in porch out back, pizza frites and caramel apple pie, dishes done at the sink after each meal -she’d wash, we’d dry. A swing hung on the tree that I can remember growing taller each year, the stones in the yard that replaced the grass and the pavers that replaced the thick wound circles of nautical rope that felt mossy underfoot when we watered her flowers together in the quiet mornings. And little dogs, some nipping at my ankles -April, Jackie, Ginger. Close Up toothpaste and Dove soap- the clean smell of laundry - a fresh load run everyday. All us kids relegated to the outdoor shower - even when lightning flashed, or the neighbor kids teased us from their window above. Rummy at night as the sun set and the moon started to glisten on the water. Her honey balls at Christmas, sticky sweet, hidden under a million tiny sprinkles. Watching Love Connection late night together while eating salted cantaloupe. She taught me to sew by hand, I stitched while she darned my grandpa’s socks. Once, while sewing a cloth shaped heart , I pricked my finger and blood stained my work - she taught me then, as she wiped my tears, that mistakes can be beautiful and that mistakes make memories. I’ve missed her so much, for so long before she left us. She was kind, gentle, generous, and loving.

Lauren McInerney

September 5, 2020

I’ve been trying for days to put into words my feelings for my Grandma. It’s almost impossible to describe the amount of love I have for her. She wasn’t JUST my Grandma, she was my second Mom, my friend, and my constant comfort throughout my life. She taught me to be kind, patient and to love unconditionally. She was amazingly kind, loving, silly, sweet and so giving. She was never too busy for a game of old maid or to take a walk down to the water. I remember sitting with her watching Love Connection and the cute little way
she would say “we’ll be back in two and two”. I remember riding in the car with her while she sang “You are my Sunshine” and “A Bushel and A Peck” to me. She made THE BEST scrambled eggs, a feat that I have yet to accomplish, even though I’ve tried for years. I will forever see her when I look into my Mother’s face or look at my hands as they age. She was truly one of a kind. I’m so blessed and grateful to have had her in my life. I will miss her as deeply as I loved her. Love you Gram, your Laurie Lou.

Joy Hipple

September 5, 2020

Mom- you were a fantastic mother we were all so lucky to have you for as long as we did! I will always cherish the beautiful memories that we had together. I got my love of animals from you I can remember clearly how excited you always were when a new puppy arrived to be a part of your life. I will cherish the memory of our long summers together, and the trips to the boardwalk, and the long nights sitting out back by the water and having our beautiful talks when we were younger!

I going to close now with a song you use to sing to me: Don’t worry be Happy! I will miss you everyday! Love you, Joy

Virginia Kirk

September 5, 2020

On September 8th we will celebrate the life of my mother who left this earth on Sept 1st at the age of 92. My wonderful memories of Mom are a source of comfort and will keep her alive in my heart. These are words that describe my Mom: Charming, Gracious, Gentle, Kind, Loving, Funny, Selfless, Patient, Thoughtful. Mom was always a little kinder than necessary. She dealt with life by finding the positive in people and situations. It is definitely a nicer world because of her. Her family was the most important thing in her life. We could always count on mom's kindness and support. One of my favorite quotes "God could not be everywhere and therefore He made Mothers." Together my Mom and Dad taught us children to appreciate the joys of life. I thank them for that. Love you Mom. You will be missed.


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