Laura M. Ahern (1931 - 2013)

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Laura M. Ahern

AGE: 82 • Lakewood

Laura Marie Ahern (Novello), age 82, of Lakewood, NJ, passed away on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at the Ocean Medical Center in Brick, NJ. She was born in Brooklyn, NY on May 17, 1931, and Laura was the daughter of the late Frank and Margaret Novello. Laura was a former resident of Flushing, NY, Hicksville, NY, and Vernon, NJ, before retiring to Lakewood, NJ in 1994. She served as a secretary for the Robert F. Wagner, Jr. mayoral administration in New York, NY, before becoming a devoted homemaker, mother and wife. She later served as a teacher's aide for the Vernon Twp. School System before retiring in 1994. Golf, gardening, going to the theatre, line dancing and cheering for the NY Mets and Jets were all favorite pastimes for Laura, and she is also known for her project "Laura's Great Idea," which involved knitting lap quilts for returning military servicemen from war abroad.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 59 years, James R. Ahern; her loving children, Debbie Behagg, Jim W. Ahern and his wife Jeannine, Steve Ahern, LaurieAnn Baldassare and her husband Joe; and Diane Hudack and her husband Rich; her cherished grandchildren, Jennifer, Donald, Heather, Rachel, Stephen, Michelle, Jackson, Kelly, Nicole and Madison; a dear brother, John Novello and his wife Dolores; and special sister-in-law, Ginny Ahern; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Thursday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the D'Elia Funeral Home, 1300 Vermont Ave., Lakewood, NJ 08701. Her funeral mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday at St. Justin's Church, 975 Fischer Blvd., Toms River, NJ 08753. Interment will follow in the BG William C. Doyle NJ Veterans Cemetery, 350 Provinceline Road, Wrightstown, NJ 08562. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 1806, Toms River, NJ 08754. For further information or to post a tribute online, please visit

Published in Asbury Park Press on Oct. 24, 2013
Laura M. Ahern
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D'Elia Funeral Home
Route 70 & Vermont Avenue | Lakewood, NJ 08701 | (732) 363-1987
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