Mary Ann Bower

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Mary Ann Bower

AGE: 97 • Toms River

Mary Ann Bower, 97, of Toms River, passed away peacefully Friday, January 25th, 2013 at Community Medical Center in Toms River. Mary was born and raised in Rahway, working at Merck and Co. where she met her husband, "Mike". She moved with her family to Colonia for about 18 years, then retired to Silver Ridge Park, Toms River for over 25 years. She was a communicant of the Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Rahway where she taught in the Church School for a time. She was a Brownie and Junior Girl Scout Leader in Colonia for years in the Oak Ridge Section. Mary enjoyed gardening and cooking.

Mary, Mrs. Bower, was a beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grams and Aunt Ann. She will be missed by her family. She was predeceased by her husband, Michael A. Bower in 1990, and her dear son, Frank H. Pritula in 2009. Surviving are her daughter Diane Bongard and her husband, Jeffery, one grandson, Michael J. Bongard; four grand-daughters, Christine and Kimberlee Bongard, Dana Saldino and Debra Telesco, three great grand-daughters, Isabelle, Gina and Tara. Also surviving are her sister, Ruth Donovan of Elizabeth and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday 11am at The Lehrer Gibilisco Funeral Home, 275 West Milton Avenue, Rahway. Interment at Rosedale Cemetery, Linden. Visitation Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 at the Funeral Home. In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude Childrens' Research Hospital, 1-800-276-8340 orwww.st.jude.org.

Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 27, 2013
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