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AGE: 90 • Toms River
Joseph Muriglan, devoted husband and father, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Community Medical Center, with his wife, Anna, by his side. Joseph was born in Biel, Czechoslovakia on Feb. 24, 1924. He attended the Agricultural School in Sarospatak, Hungary until the outbreak of the Second World War. He came to the United States through Ellis Island on the MS Gripsholm in 1947 as a Hungarian refugee of World War II. He settled in Edgewater, NJ with his parents, Mary and Joseph Muriglan, and as a new immigrant worked several different jobs, including as a fine welder, before securing a job as a metalworker with Kreisler Industrial Corp. where he worked for 18 years. He was a member of the Watch and Jewelry Workers Union Metal Workers Division, Local #147 AFL-CIO. In 1971, Joe met his wife, née Anna Orlovsky, while on a visit to Czechoslovakia, where they married that year. They moved to Toms River in 1972, and he worked as a custodian for the Toms River Regional School District for 23 1/2 years. Joe was known among family and friends as a living treasury of Hungarian folk songs and ballads with countless songs and poetry committed to memory and interpreted in his signature melodic voice.
Joseph is survived by his beloved wife of 42 1/2 years, Anna Muriglan, and loving family: daughter, Anna M. Cieniewicz & son-in-law, Waldemar Cieniewicz of Toms River; daughter, Monica H. Muriglan of New York, NY; daughter, Dr. Stephanie J. Muriglan & son-in-law, Rauf Guimaraes of Worcester, MA; goddaughter, Denisa Vargova Stric, and cousin, Daniela Stric of Palm Coast, FL; godson, Adalbert Gabriel Gaspar, Benedectine Priest, Order of Pannonhalma, Hungary; and a large extended family that still resides in his homeland of Hungary and Slovakia.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Anderson and Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main St., Toms River. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 4 at St. Joseph's Church, 685 Hooper Ave., Toms River. Burial will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Toms River. Condolences may be made by visiting www.andersonandcampbell.com.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Apr. 1, 2014