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Mary Van Zandt

AGE: 86 • Shrewsbury

Mary Van Zandt, 86, of Shrewsbury, and formerly of Middletown, died Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank. Mary lived in Middletown for over 50 years before moving to Shrewsbury four years ago. Mrs. Van Zandt was the mother of E Street Band guitarist, radio host, and Sopranos actor, Steven Van Zandt; playwright and actor/producer, Billy Van Zandt; and writer, Kathi Van Zandt.

She was predeceased by her husband of 41 years, William Brewster Van Zandt, in 1998.

Mary was born in East Boston, MA, on February 15, 1926, the daughter of the late Samuel and Adelaide Lento. After working as a floral arranger, secretary for the Fulton fish market, salesperson for Jordan Marsh, and interior designer, she moved to Middletown with her husband, where she was office manager for doctors Elliott Englander, Neil Rosen, and David Dornfield until her retirement in 1986. A former member of the New Monmouth Baptist Church, Mary was an award-winning quilter, and loved bocce, bingo, painting, baking, beading, crafts, traveling, Bette Davis movies, Frank Sinatra, attending Bruce Springsteen concerts, and bragging about her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Steven, Billy, and Kathi; their spouses, Maureen Van Zandt, Adrienne Barbeau, and Anthony Baldo; grandchildren, Eva Baldo, James Baldo, Cody Carpenter, Walker Van Zandt, and William Van Zandt; siblings, Ann Sterling, St. Augustine, FL, Pat Lento, Shrewsbury, MA, Adelaide Loew, Matawan, and Salvatore Lento, Meriden, CT; brother-in-law, Richard Loew; and sister-in-law, Ella Lento; as well as her many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service for family and close friends will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23 at Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home, 1735 Rt. 35, Middletown.

Donations in Mary Van Zandt's honor can be made to either the , 1 Union St., Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ, the , 210 East High St., Red Bank, NJ, or The , 3076 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ.

Published in Asbury Park Press on May 20, 2012
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