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Mary was born on April 18, 1935 Maria Beri Amorello, to Paolo and Matilda Amorello of Herbert Street, Red Bank and passed away on February 15, 2014. Mary was known to nieces and nephews as Aunt Betty and most affectionately to her grandchildren as Ba-Ba.
Mary graduated Red Bank High School in 1953. After marrying Thomas Gerard Kirman, Sr. in 1957 they moved to Fair Haven and began raising her family. After her children were grown, she moved to Long Branch to live by the beach she loved so much. She most recently moved to The Brandywine Senior Living in Shrewsbury. She was a parishioner of St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, Elberon.
Born to Sicilian parents who immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island, Mary not only raised a family, but worked very hard her entire life. After spending over fifty years working with her fingertips - as a professional typist, keypunch data entry, proofreader, technical writer, technical editor and medical stenographer, Mary retired six years ago from Coded Systems in Avon. She loved to write poetry, she loved the beach and taking long strolls along the boardwalks in Long Branch and Ocean Grove. She loved all dogs (especially Hilo, Hunter, Seger, Scooter and Chesney Girl). She also enjoyed traveling on bus trips, reading and watching movies, but most of all she loved John, Jimmy-Jet, Tommy, Jim, Mary, Alana, Amie, Becca, Ryan, Thomas, Brady and Carson.
Mary is predeceased by her husband Thomas Gerard Kirman, Sr.; her parents, Paolo and Matilda Amerello; and her sister, Phyllis Amorello Montano.
She is the loving mother of, John Kirman and partner Jim Farmer of San Francisco CA; James Kirman and Alana Reilly Kirman of Little Silver; and Thomas Kirman, Jr. and Mary Emerson Kirman of Fair Haven; her brother, Frank Amorello and his wife, Flo of Boyton Beach, FL; and her six grandchildren, Amie, Rebecca, Thomas III, and Carson Kirman of Fair Haven and Ryan and Brady Kirman of Little Silver.
Mary's family would like to thank their newest family members at The Brandywine Senior Living. Even though our time together was short, we are so appreciative that you all opened up your arms and hearts to our mom. We will always remember "Life is Beautiful".
Thank you also to the Shrewsbury First Aid Squad and to the caring team at Riverview Medical Center Emergency Room Department and the wonderful nurses on the 3 East Floor and to Pat and Karen at Hospice. Your caring touch to Mary and to her family is much appreciated.
Visitation will take place on Tuesday February 18, 2013 from 2 - 4pm and 7 - 9pm at the John E Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank. A Mass to celebrate her life will take place on Wednesday February 19, 2013 at 10:30 AM at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church in West End in Long Branch. Please visit Mary's memorial website at www.johnedayfuneralhome.com
The family request donations be made to www.enablenj.org in Mary's mem
John E Day Funeral Home
85 Riverside Ave Red Bank, NJ 07701
Published in Asbury Park Press on Feb. 17, 2014