Miriam Tilton Anteau
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AGE: 91 • Lavallette
Miriam Tilton Anteau died June 12, 2013. Miriam was born at Paul Kimball Hospital on October 9, 1921. She was a lifelong native of Lavallette where she grew up on Kerr Avenue amid the sand dunes. Grover Tilton, her father, was a pound fisherman and Christina, her mother, was a homemaker who raised Miriam and her beloved brother, Warren. As a child, she attended Lavallette Elementary School and she was a proud graduate of Point Pleasant Beach High School Class of 1939. She graduated from Stuart School of Business. The war was coming and she went to work at Camp Evans in Wall Twp.
One day in 1942, she walked up to the boardwalk on Kerr Avenue and met a handsome young Coast Guardsman, who was stationed at the US Coast Guard Station in Chadwick Beach. Ralph Anteau was patrolling the beach in Lavallette, and Miriam always maintained that "He was the best catch ever made on the Lavallette beach."
Miriam and Ralph married in 1944 before he shipped overseas. When the war was over, they settled in Lavallette rather than return to Ralph's home in Michigan. She cried thinking that she might have to leave her beloved seashore in Lavallette. Miriam never started a day without asking, "Is it a beach day?" and "How is the ocean today?"
Miriam worked for the Ocean County Library for 23 years retiring in 1983. She was in charge of the Circulation Dept. at the library headquarters in Toms River. It was there that she could share her love of books with her love of people.
Upon her retirement, she devoted her time to volunteering in the town she loved so very much. She was especially proud of Faith Lutheran Church in Lavallette of which she and Ralph were charter members in 1955. She was awarded the "Living Stone Award" by the Church in 2004. Miriam and Ralph were Friends of the Lavallette Library and very proud that Ocean County chose Lavallette for a branch library. She was an active member of the Lavallette Heritage Committee. If you had a question about Lavallette history, all you had to do was see Miriam.
Miriam will be forever missed by the family she loved so much and loved her.
She was predeceased by her parents Grover and Christina Tilton, her sister in law Garnet Tilton, and her beloved husband Ralph in 2000.
She is survived by her son Stephen Anteau of Fort Lee, NJ and her daughter Sheila Sharkey of Lavallette and her husband Gregory Sharkey. Her brother Warren Tilton and nephew Kirk Tilton of Lavallette also survive her.
The family will receive friends Friday 4-7pm at the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 809 Central Ave., Seaside Park, NJ. A funeral service will be offered Saturday 11:00am at Faith Lutheran Church, Lavallette, NJ. Please meet at church. Committal will be private.
Donations in Miriam's name may be made to Faith Lutheran Church in Lavallette which was damaged by Sandy. A simple kind gesture to a victim of Sandy would also be greatly appreciated and in the true spirit of Miriam's kindness.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com.
Published in Asbury Park Press on June 13, 2013