Pearl Trela

April 27, 1927December 22, 2018
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Pearl A. Trela, 91, of Union, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 22, 2018. Pearl was born to the late George and Victoria Schultz in Taylor, PA. She spent her career working as a seamstress until her retirement in 1990.

Pearl was predeceased by her loving husband Leo Trela; parents George and Victoria Schultz; brothers Chester, Stanley, and Edward Schultz; and sister Genevieve Brozoski. She is survived by her devoted son Leon Trela, as well as many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. She will truly be missed by all who knew and loved her.

A visitation will be held on Friday, December 28, 2018 at 9:00 AM at the McCracken Funeral Home, 1500 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ, followed by a funeral mass at 10:30 AM at Holy Spirit Church, Union, NJ. Interment will follow at St. Gertrude’s Cemetery, 53 Inman Ave, Colonia, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Pearl’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Please visit

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  • Funeral Mass Friday, December 28, 2018
  • Committal Service Friday, December 28, 2018

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Kelly Heinkel

December 28, 2018

I started working for Pearl as an aid back in June. I was nervous, as starting off on any job can be quite difficult. I walked into Leon's house and was definitely taken back by it's beauty, not only on its exterior but interior as well. I remember telling myself that I better make a good impression and not screw anything up! But it did not take me long to feel right at home with Leon and Pearl. We often laughed over the news and drooled over the cooking shows. However, my most fond memories are those moments I shared with Pearl. At first, Pearl would pretend to sleep as usual. But one day, I was particularly gloomy and Pearl immediately called me to her bedside and says, "SIT. Now, tell me what's wrong" and we talked. It made me realize that she was listening to me. She always was offering me her food. She even would ask me how my mother or my animals are doing. Pearl is special to me because she taught me how to listen with my heart. I will always remember her little grin when I would make her laugh when she was "sleeping"..

Alexandra Elliott

December 28, 2018

Beverly Zaccherio

December 27, 2018

I met Pearl and her son, Leon about 3 years ago. We became friends as I helped Leon to take care of
his Mom. I'd come and bath her and get her up in the morning, change her and then get her back into
the livingroom on her favorite chair. Pearl never liked the bath and as soon as she heard my voice come
into the front door, she'd pretend to be asleep, thinking she would not get a bath today or dressed, she
was funny about it every time and made me smile, laugh as she pretended to either not hear me or act like she was asleep. She was a gracious lady, very interesting to talk too and I will miss her very much
especially her smile she would give me. Leon is a terrific son, took extra care of his Mom and in my line of business you don't see this too often in a Son caring for his Mom. God Bless our Pearl and give
Leon the strength he needs during this time and always. Take Care, Beverly Zaccherio, President
Senior Solutions for the Jersey Shore, LLC and staff Kelly Heinkel who adored Pearl as well.

Chris Schultz

December 24, 2018

Aunt Pearl was a fabulous lady. I loved visiting her, Uncle Leo, and Leon “down the shore” in the summers growing up. No one could tag sale like Aunt Pearl!
Leon my thoughts are with you.