Irma Roarty Pushie
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AGE: 94 • formerly of Edison
Irma Roarty Pushie, beloved Mother, Wife, Grandmother, Daughter, Sister and Aunt passed away Friday, March 8, 2013 in Clearwater, FL at the age of 94 after a brief illness. Irma was born on October 3, 1918 in Brooklyn, NY to John D. and Mary Roarty. Irma moved to Edison, NJ in 1955 with her husband Jack where they raised four children. Irma moved to Clearwater, FL in 1986 with her daughter, Mary, where she resided until her death.
Irma was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; her son, John Jr. and her brother, Cullum. Survivors include son, Thomas and his wife Sharon (Mahwah, NJ); son, Raymond and his wife Brenda (Grand Prairie, TX); daughter, Carol and her husband Dick Sommer (Pt. Saint Lucie, FL); daughter, Mary and her husband George Daher (Clearwater, FL); beloved grandchildren, Brian, Kelly and Kevin Pushie (Mahwah, NJ) and George, Jr and Michael Daher (CA) and her long time "sister" Kathy Belina of Edison, NJ.
Irma's indomitable Irish Catholic "spirit" was infectious and served her well as the family "Matriarch." She raised four children as a "single parent" before it was the norm. Her career path included stints at Johnson & Johnson, Revlon, Mandy's and T.J. Max's. A communicant of St. Mathew's RC Church in Edison, NJ for 31 years, Irma was a staunch advocate of "spare the rod - spoil the child" (and they all seem to be none the worse for wear and turned out pretty good). Irma's interest included traveling, reading, her pets (precious "Susie", "Curtis" and adopted "Bailey"…"how is my girl?"), bingo, casinos and the occasional "whiskey sour"….also her driving skills were legendary! BUT of special note was her extraordinary relationship with her beloved daughter and superb LONG TIME caretaker, Mary. Neither "Lucy or Ethel" nor "Thelma and Louise" had anything on these two virtually inseparable best friends that lived together for 38 years.
For our Mom from Carol, Mary, Ray and Tom an Irish blessing:
"May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of his hand." We will love and miss you always.
Published in Home News Tribune on Apr. 7, 2013