Margaret “Maggie” Gilbert, née DeBenedictis, 31, of Bridgewater, NJ passed away at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on February 13, 2020, due to complications from childbirth. She was surrounded by her loving family and friends.
Maggie will be dearly missed by her adoring husband of three years, Ryan. Her legacy will live on through their beautiful son, Aiden Patrick, whom the couple welcomed into the world on February 10.
She leaves behind her loving parents, Andrew and Carol DeBenedictis of Point Pleasant, NJ; brother Andrew DeBenedictis; maternal grandparents, Joseph and Margaret Furmato; father and mother-in-law, Kevin and Stacey Gilbert of Bridgewater, NJ; and sisters, Kylie Gilbert and Erin Gilbert.
Maggie was cherished by her many aunts and uncles: Joseph and Mary Furmato, Mark and Judit Furmato, Jill and Jim Keough, Scott DeBenedictis, and Lisa and Fred DeFeo. She loved her close-knit relationship with her cousins, Jillian Keough, Andy DeFeo, Joseph and Erica Furmato, Christopher Furmato, Caroline Furmato, Alec Furmato, Erica Furmato, Nicholas Furmato, Paul Furmato, Stephanie and Matt Kernasovic, and Theresa Velardi Furmato. With her passing, she joins her uncles, Paul Furmato and Jayme DeBenedictis and her paternal grandparents, Andrew and Eleanor DeBenedictis in Heaven.
Maggie was born on October 17, 1988 in Long Branch, NJ. She graduated from Point Pleasant High School in 2007 and went on to earn her B.S. in accounting from Kean University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She also attended the MBA program at Georgian Court University. She went on to work in her field at Ferraro Foods in Piscataway, NJ.
She loved to watch and play tennis and was captain of the OCC State Championship team. As a water-lover and self-proclaimed ‘dolphin’, she loved to swim and be at the beach with her family. She loved traveling, going to the movies, and spending time with her husband in their new home.
All who encountered Maggie had the privilege of experiencing her infectious laugh and huge, kind heart. Maggie will always be remembered for how fiercely she loved her family and friends.
All are welcome to attend her wake on Wednesday, February 19 from 4-8 pm at O’Brien Funeral Home in Brick, NJ. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, February 20 at 11 am at St Martha's Roman Catholic Church, 3800 Herbertsville Road, Point Pleasant.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Maggie’s memory to the Aiden Patrick Gilbert Trust Fund c/o Vernoia, Enterline and Brewer, 91 West End Avenue, Somerville, NJ 08876.
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