Anna Wreen

Anna May Wreen (Barry)

Sunday, May 13th, 1923 - Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
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Anna May Wreen (Barry), of Belmar, NJ passed away on May 1, surrounded by family, a few days short of her 96th birthday. Ann was born in Philadelphia on May 13, 1923, the daughter of Joseph and Catherine Barry, in the Gesu parish of Philadelphia. She graduated John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School in 1941; following graduation, she moved through positions at Curtis Publishing, Andale Company, Smith Kline & French, Gimbels and the Philadelphia Bulletin until starting a family with her husband, Ed Wreen, in 1949.
Ann was blessed with a quick wit and a sense of merriment that made the most ordinary of activities into an adventure. She didn’t take herself too seriously and had a healthy sense of the absurdity of it all. Ann was born to laugh and she met her match in her husband, Ed Wreen – a born jokester. Together they raised their five kids first in Philly, then Willingboro, NJ, moving to Belmar in 1980 to watch ocean storms and wild skies together.
Ann is predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Edward Wreen, her brothers Joseph, William and Francis Barry, her sister Mary Barry. She is survived by her two sons, Edward Wreen Jr. and Michael Wreen and his wife Hye-Kyung Kim; three daughters, Margaret Wreen and her husband David Stirk, Kathryn Wreen and her husband Thomas J. Cooke, and Annette Wreen; three grandchildren, Thomas E. Cooke, T. Shim, and Cara So-Hee Wreen; as well as several nieces and nephews. They all found her funny and a delight.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 7 to 9 PM at the O’BRIEN FUNERAL HOME, 2028 Highway 35 at New Bedford Rd, Wall, NJ, 07719. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 8 at 10:00 AM at St. Rose Church, 603 7th Ave., Belmar, NJ, 07719. Interment will follow at Brig. General William C Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown NJ. For directions or to offer online condolences to the Wreen family please visit
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    O'Brien Funeral Home - Wall
    2028 NJ-35
    WALL, NJ 07719
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  • Service

    Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Rose of Lima Church - Belmar
    7th Avenue
    BELMAR, NJ 07719
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  • Interment

    Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery
    350 Province Line Rd.
    Wrightstown/Arneytown, NJ 08562
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Deborah Windish and Ricardo Adams

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May this tree be planted in loving memory for Anna May Barry Wreen
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Geraldine Regan

Posted at 12:04pm
It was always such a pleasure to be in her company. Her smile, her grace and her quick, good-natured wit were the best and I'm glad she passed them down to her kids so we can continue to enjoy her through them. Pace e Bene. Gerri Toland Regan

Doug Wright

Posted at 10:41am
Peg o My heart..... sending you much love on a sad occasion; May you be comforted by memories of your mother in the years to come . Doug Wright
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