Beatrice Shields Villa
1935 - 2020
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Beatrice Shields Villa

Monmouth Beach - Beatrice Shields Villa, a long-time resident of Monmouth Beach, died peacefully at her home the morning of Monday April 6, 2020. Born in 1935 to the late James and Beatrice Shields, Bea was raised in Jersey City and graduated St Vincent's Hospital School of Nursing in 1956. Shortly after graduation, she married her high school sweetheart, Bernard Villa, and together they moved to Monmouth County to start a family.

Her nursing career was spent in operating rooms and medical-surgical units and finally, while her children were attending St. Leo the Great Grammar School, as a volunteer school nurse. In addition to providing care and support to the ill, Bea was a generous community servant. For many years, she was an active volunteer for Golden Retriever Rescue rescuing, fostering and placing hundreds of goldens in their forever homes. She also volunteered at the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center sharing the joy of local art with her community until shortly before taking ill.

Bea is survived by her family. She was the devoted wife of Bernard for 62 years; loving and dedicated mother of Pegi Villa and her husband Tom Cottingham, Jim Villa and his wife Luisa Wage-Villa, Kathy Kulkoski and her husband Dan, Mary Beth Villa and her partner Stephen Spudic, and Eileen Villa-Fontana her husband Mike; and doting Nana to grandchildren Gabriella and Roberto Fontana

A memorial service will be held in the summer. The family asks that in lieu of flowers memorial donations be made to the charity of your choice. Letters of condolence may be sent through the web at www.damianofuneralhome.

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Published in Asbury Park Press from Apr. 7 to Apr. 12, 2020.
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6 entries
April 16, 2020
I was so sorry to hear of Bea's passing. She was such a lovely lady and greeted anyone she saw with a big Hello and a smile.
Denise Gebrian
April 12, 2020
Bea was one of the kindest women I have ever met While I am very sad that she has passed, I am very grateful to have known her. My condolences to Bernie, Eileen , and all of her family, particularly Gabby and Robbie whom she adored. Kathy Holahan Gatti
April 10, 2020
We are deeply sorry to learn of the passing of
Aunt Bea. She was always so kind and sweet to all.
We hope that your fond memories will bring you all
happiness at this difficult time.
Sue and Joe Villa
Susan Villa
April 8, 2020
We are deeply saddened by your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of need.
Debbi and Tom Cracovia
April 8, 2020
Debbi & Tom Cracovia
April 8, 2020
Eileen, So sorry for your loss. I have such warm memories of your Mom. She was always sweet and welcoming and staying at Bea and Bernie's was always a treat! You and your family are all in our prayers.

Tracey Longo
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