Mary Glunk

July 20, 1933July 8, 2013

Mary Glunk, 79, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 8, 2013 in Bridgewater, NJ. Born in Newark, Mary grew up in the ironbound section of Newark and resided there until 1967. She was very active in St. Aloysius Church and school as a member of the Rosary Society; she was also a member of the Ironbound Boys Club where she ran calendar parties and various dances. She later moved to Union where she became an active communicant of St. Michael’s Parish. She volunteered at the school by running the school library and helping with the school plays. Mary was a member of many clubs and organizations including the Catholic Daughters, Eucharistic Minister, St. Michael Cursillo, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Michael A. Kelly VFW Post 2243 in Union, and she visited the homebound and nursing homes. Mary loved to dance and was an avid crafter, using her talents to make hundreds of lap rugs and scarves for Relay for Life and also made wreathes for St. Michael’s Church for Easter and helped decorate for Christmas. Her greatest love, however, was her family.

Mary was predeceased by her beloved husband, Al, her parents, William and Mary Vesey, her son Thomas, and brother William. She is survived by her loving daughters Patricia Halicki and husband Mark, Cecilia Petela and her husband John, and Mary Ann Hogerty and husband Daniel, as well as her 7 grandchildren, sister Rita Boan, and daughter-in-law Joan. Throughout Mary’s illness, her love and recognition of her family never faltered and for that her children and grandchildren are eternally grateful.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 12 from 5-9 PM at the McCracken Funeral Home 1500 Morris Ave Union, NJ. Funeral will be held from the funeral home on Saturday, July 13 at 9:15AM with funeral mass to follow at St. Michael’s Church, Union at 10:15AM. Interment will follow at Hollywood Memorial Park, Union. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey Chapter 400 Morris Ave-Suite 251 Denville, NJ 07834 under the team name “Mom’s Gang” or at


  • Visitation Friday, July 12, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 13, 2013
  • Committal Service Saturday, July 13, 2013

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Anna Wright

November 28, 2013

Deepest sympathy to your family. I was Mary's friend since childhood. Dora Wright, New Castle, De

July 12, 2013

Mom, you have been the best mom anyone could ask for. I am so sorry you had to suffer so much over the last several years. We were blessed to have been able to be with you through it all and that you always remembered us! You always gave so much more than you received. Give Tommy and dad a hug for me, and until I see you again I will pray for you and always keep you in my heart. Love, Patti

July 12, 2013

Mom, you have been the best mom anyone could ask for. I'm so sorry you suffered so much during your last several years, but we were blessed to be able to spend that time with you, and blessed that you always remembered each of us! You always gave so much more than you received. I will forever be thankful for you and will always pray for you. Give Tommy and dad a hug for me and until I see you again - You will forever be in my heart. Love, Patti

audrey boan-franks

July 12, 2013

My Aunt Mary was also my God Mother I have such great memories of our holidays together with my cousins and staying over in the summer when I was young. She was a great person so kind to me like I was one of her daughters. I loved her very much and I know she loved me too. I am happy she is not suffering now and will be with her husband her son and her parents. I Love You Aunt Mary With All My Heart And Soul!!


July 11, 2013

Our condolences go to the whole family at this time. We will always remember Mrs. Glunk as a caring person who was always willing to make us at ease when she was around. God Bless, the Southern

Debbie Masol-Tortorello

July 10, 2013

My deepest condolences to Marianne and her family. I had the honor of working with Mary at DeVry many years ago. She was a wonderful person and great Mom. May she rest in peace.

July 10, 2013

You became my second mother on the day I married Tom. I'll forever remember all the jitterbugging at the Valentine's dances and weddings and your sweet Irish smile. Thanks for all the laughs Mom and for always calling me your "4th daughter". I love you. Joan