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Violet Rycroft

Violet Rycroft, age 83 of Great Meadows, NJ, died peacefully in her bed on Monday, July 9, 2018. Violet was born in New York City to her loving parents Lillian and Michael, both from Ireland.

She was raised in the Bronx and later in Queens, NY. When she married her husband Alan from Yonkers, NY, they decided to settle down in New Jersey, where they raised their two children and lived for most of the next 55 years, calling Rutherford, then Edison, and then Rutherford again their home.

Along with her beloved Alan, who passed away in 2012 she enjoyed traveling the globe throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America, fixing up old houses and boats, taking care of stray animals, and hosting or visiting friends and family both in the US and abroad. Working most of her adult life, she was a capable administrator, supporting business executives, NJ state elected officials, and the borough of Rutherford until forced to retire. Violet was always the voice of reason in any situation, as well as the life of the party. Her rare combination of elegance, spunk, and kindness touched all who knew her everywhere she went.

Violet is survived by her sisters Audrey and Anne, brother Robert, son Stephen and his wife Gail, daughter Suzanne and her partner Brian, granddaughter Jessica and her husband Tom, grandson Brent, and great-grandson Desmond. Services will be held at the Cochran Funeral Home in Hackettstown, NJ on July 21 at 4pm with visitation beginning at 3pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice or the Heath Village Friendship Fund.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cochran Funeral Home. For those wishing to leave online condolences, please visit,
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