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Elsie Ellanora Thomasma

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Elsie Ellanora Thomasma Obituary
Elsie Ellanora Thomasma

AGE: 94 • Whiting

Elsie Ellanora Cady Thomasma (nee deVine), 94, of Whiting, NJ, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at The Pines at Whiting. Elsie was born in Brooklyn, NY and lived in Westbury, NY then Hicksville, NY. She graduated high school in 1941 and went on to work at Press Wireless, Inc., a communications association. In 1943, Elsie married Rev. Marvin B. Cady, pastor of Hicksville Reformed Church. Their son, John, was born in Mineola, NY in 1944. In 1947, they moved to Jersey City, NJ where Rev. Cady became pastor of Greenville Reformed Church. Their son, Paul, was born there in 1949. In 1952, they moved to Secaucus where Rev. Cady became pastor of First Reformed Church and they served there for 31 years. Their daughter, Lenora, was born in 1954 and daughter, Lanita, followed in 1960.

Elsie served as a Teacher's Aide in the Secaucus school system for 3 years. She was Church Secretary, taught Sunday school, was in charge of the Youth Group and served as a member of the Women's Guild and choir. She also served as President of Palisades Classical Union. As a side line, Elsie typed specifications for the architect who designed The New Secaucus Church. She worked for a few years on a Drug Program and Senior Outreach Program for the town of Secaucus. She also served as Treasurer on a $2.4 million bond issue for senior housing in Secaucus.

Elsie and Rev. Cady retired to Village 7 in Whiting, NJ in 1983 where she served as President of the Women's Guild, deacon and elder of the Consistory of the Community Reformed Church. Elsie worked on the clerical staff of Village 7 and drove for Dial-A-Ride of C.A.R.E.S. In 1984, her and Rev. Cady began a clergy group for socials once a month. Rev. Marvin B. Cady passed away in 1985.

In 1996, Elsie remarried Rev. Thomas Thomasma, also a retired Reformed Church minister. He passed away in 2004. Elsie's daughter, Lenora, passed away in 2011 and her son-in-law, Michael Rinchiuso, passed away in 2015. Her step-son-in-law, Paul Anastasio is also predeceased.

Elsie is survived by her 2 sons, John William Cady and Paul Bernard Cady of Blakeslee, PA; her daughter, Lanita Rinchiuso of Stroudsburg, PA; her step-son, Tom Thomasma and his wife Rita; her step-daughter, Glenna Anastasio; 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren; and 2 step-great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January, 21, 2017 at 11:30am at Community Reformed Church, 30 Lacey Rd., Whiting, NJ. Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 115 Lacey Road, Whiting, NJ 08759 is in charge of the funeral arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Community Reformed Church. For more information or to post a tribute, please visit the website at

Arrangements under the direction of Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, Whiting, NJ.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 18, 2017
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