Bette DiGrazio (nee Stephens), 83, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at Southern Ocean County Hospital in Manahawkin. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. at the Higgins Home for Funerals, 752 Mountain Blvd., Watchung. A visitation will be held on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Cremation was private. To send condolences go to www.higgins funeralhome.com
. Born and raised in Rahway, Bette lived for 30 years in Green Brook, where she raised her seven children. She subsequently moved and resided in Hillsborough for 20 years before moving to Barnegat two years ago. Prior to retiring, Bette was a marketing assistant for Prudential Insurance in Warren. Prior to that, she worked as a regional manager for Bee-Line Fashions, where she won numerous sales awards. Bette's biggest joy in life was spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was predeceased by her first husband, Nicholas James DiGrazio, and her son, Randy DiGrazio. Surviving are her husband, Peter Morse; her children, Rocky J. DiGrazio and his wife, Lindy Sue, Robin DiGrazio and his wife, Debra, Keith and his wife, Christine, Sandra Gibbs and her husband, John, Cindy L. Weniger and Kim Auricchio; Bette's brother, Theodore Stephens; 31 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to American Heart Association, 1 Union St., Suite 301, Robbinsville, N.J. 08691.
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Published by The Star-Ledger on Feb. 24, 2010.