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Emily Collyer

Emily Collyer

Tuesday, November 25th, 1919 Friday, May 15th, 2020

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Obituary

Obituary for Emily Collyer (Tomasso)

Everyone who knew “GRAM” loved her. Emily Joan Collyer, 100, of Wall, passed away on May 15, 2020 peacefully at home surrounded by her family.

Emily was born November 25, 1919 in Elizabeth, but moved to Wall in 1986.
She enjoyed various jobs such as a school crossing guard, Arthur Murray dance instructor, Sales Manager for Britannica, and her favorite, a server at Dunkin Donuts where she worked until she was 80. During her younger years, Emily earned a measure of acclaim as a big band singer, and as a volunteer with the USO. An avid traveler, Emily set sail on more than 60 cruises and traveled throughout the US, Australia, and Europe. She visited her parents’ birth place in Montagano, Italy ten times. As an “FBI”, full blooded Italian, she was known for her delicious meatballs and always attributed her longevity to lots of garlic and olive oil. Helping to raise her granddaughters kept her young, and she loved late night dance parties in the kitchen with the girls and their friends and waking them up with pork roll egg and cheese sandwiches in the morning. When she wasn’t cooking, you could find Emily on the dance floor doing a jitterbug to “Mack the Knife” which she did at her birthday party and centennial Caribbean cruise in November.


Emily’s greatest joy was spending time with her family. She was predeceased by her loving husband, John Collyer, and her beloved mother, father and five siblings. Surviving are her daughter, Debbie Adamchak of Wall, and son and daughter-in-law Raymond and Ann Kripaitis of Woodbridge. She also leaves behind four grandchildren, Tanya Russell and her husband Stephen, Chelsea Adamchak, Raymond Kripaitis and his wife Jackie, Rick Kripaitis and his wife Samantha. She was also blessed with six great grandchildren, Darren, Jake, Joshua, Leah, Ava and Ryleigh, who all lovingly called her The Great One.

Emily will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her. She inspired so many with her zest for life. At 90 she danced on the stage at Senor Frogs in the Bahamas with her granddaughters. At 95 she took road trips to Tennessee, Chicago, and Maine with her daughter, and at 99 she rode on a speedboat to the Great Pitons in St. Lucia. At 100 she grabbed the microphone at her birthday party to share her words of wisdom and of course tell a few dirty jokes to the 125 people there to celebrate her. She always said age is just a number, and even at 100, she was living life to the fullest.

A celebration to honor Emily’s life will be held at a later date when it is safe for family and friends to gather.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the O’Brien Funeral Home, Wall Twp.
To offer condolences to the family please visit www.obrienfuneralhome.com.

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    O'Brien Funeral Home - Wall
    2028 NJ-35
    WALL, NJ
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  • Interment

    St. Gertrude's Cemetery
    53 Inman Ave.
    COLONIA, NJ
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Maria Tamburino

Debbie,
I always loved hearing the stories of the amazing times you and your family had with your mom. Not everyone is lucky enough to have not only a great mom but a mom who is also a good friend as well. The few times I met her I found her to be kind and also charismatic. Her obituary is lovely as was she. Keep the memories close to your heart. I am sure you have many fond ones. Stay strong. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.
Love, Mary T.
Comment | Posted at 08:22pm via Condolence
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Doreen Garruto

Deb, you always said that your mom was your hero and what a lovely thought that is. You and your family have so many wonderful memories. I wish you peace and strength.
Doreen
Comment | Posted at 05:44pm via Condolence
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Doreen Garruto

Deb, you always said that your mom was your hero and what a lovely thought that is. You and your family have so many wonderful memories. I wish you peace and strength.
Doreen
Comment | Posted at 05:44pm via Condolence
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Doreen Garruto

Deb, you always said that your mom was your hero and what a lovely thought that is. You and your family have so many wonderful memories. I wish you peace and strength.
Doreen
Comment | Posted at 05:44pm via Condolence
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andrew Milewski

Debbie and Family,
I am so sorry to learn of your dear Mom's recent passing. From the obituary that I read, it is evident that she had a full and exciting life even into her later years. You have been so fortunate to have had her in your life for so long. May your fond and cherished memories of her help to ease your grief and loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Sincerely,
Andy Milewski
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