Florence Elizabeth "Bette" Reilly
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AGE: 88 • Neptune
Florence Elizabeth "Bette" Reilly, 88, of Neptune, died on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at home, surrounded by her loving family. Born in North Chicago, IL on June 21, 1924, Bette graduated from Saint Anne's Nursing School and Loyola University, Chicago, IL. She served as an Army Nurse Cadet during WWII at Percy Jones Hospital where she met her husband, Edward A. Reilly Jr. They moved to Neptune in 1957 and were married for 59 years. Bette was involved in many activities including District Leader for the Neptune Township Democratic Club. She also served as Commissioner for the Neptune Township Housing Authority and was a legal secretary in her husband's Law Firm for 42 years. Bette was a wonderful cook and seamstress who loved to travel, be with her family, and she was a member and communicant of Holy Innocents Church.
Bette was predeceased by her parents, Homer and Florence Redding, her husband, Edward A. Reilly Jr. Esq., son, Edward A. Reilly III Esq., daughter, Maureen Reilly-Turano, and her son-in-law Donald B. Daughton. Surviving are a son, Patrick and his wife, Dana, of Virginia; seven daughters: Susan Bertram of Florida, Margaret and her husband John Vagnetti of Virginia, Barbara Daughton of Wall, Michele and her husband Harvey Jones of Voorhees, Elizabeth Reilly of Morganville, Laura and her husband Dale Bramhall of Wall, and Mary Jo and her husband Guy Rogers of Neptune. Bette is also survived by her 16 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, as well as two sisters, Marge Kremski of Michigan and Jean Stockton of Illinois.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 4-8pm at Ely Funeral Home, Neptune, NJ. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 11:00am at Holy Innocents RC Church, Neptune, NJ. Interment will be at St. Anne's Cemetery, Wall Township, NJ. Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Reilly-Bonner Funeral Home, Belmar, NJ.
Published in Asbury Park Press from Mar. 3 to Mar. 4, 2013