S. Mary T. Gruber
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AGE: 92 • Beach Haven
S. Mary T. Gruber, of Beach Haven, passed away on Thursday, August 7th, 2014 at the age of 92. Mary was born in Philadelphia on February 5, 1922, daughter of the late Sabina M. and Frank J. Gruber, who built their home on Berkeley Avenue in 1963.
She received her B.S. in Nursing Education from Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. and her Master's in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. She started as a general duty nurse, later serving as Director of Nursing Education at Temple University Hospital, School of Nursing, and retiring as Associate Professor from City College of NY. She held numerous committee and member advisory positions for NJ, NY and PA Nursing Associations.
Mary was very active in her community, having served on Beach Haven's Board of Health until 1971, the Planning Board from 1982 to 1988 and the Land Use Board from 1994 to 2006. She also served as a volunteer of the LBI Historical Association, an Advisory Board member for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Ocean County, Ocean County Department of Human Services Committee on Health and Human Services, and Volunteer for the Intergenerational Program at Southern Regional High School and Beach Haven
Elementary School. Since its construction beginning in 2004, Mary worked diligently as a volunteer and trustee of the Museum of New Jersey Maritime History, spending the past 10 years digitizing the museum's collection of rare documents, books and maritime artifacts.
A Memorial Mass will be offered on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 at 11:00 am at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 4700 Long Beach Blvd, Brant Beach, NJ 08008. Interment was held at Our Lady of Grace Cemetery, Langhorne, PA. Arrangements were under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 1119 Long Beach Blvd, Ship Bottom. In lieu of flowers, tax-deductible donations may be made in Mary's memory to the NJ Maritime Museum, 528 Dock Road, Beach Haven, NJ, 08008 or online at www.NJMaritimeMuseum.org
Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Homes
12Th St & Long Bch Blvd Ship Bottom, NJ 08008
Published in Beach Haven Times on Aug. 21, 2014