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Mary  Lavitola

Mary K. Lavitola (Markey )

Sunday, July 3rd, 1927 - Sunday, September 29th, 2019
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Mary K. Lavitola, age 92, passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at Ocean Medical Center in Brick. Born and raised in Jersey City, Mary lived in East Orange from 1948-1991 and Springfield until 2010 before most recently moving to Point Pleasant with her daughter.
Mrs. Lavitola worked for 50 years as a secretary at St. Joseph School in East Orange where she was the heart of the school community. She was an active volunteer at St. Joseph Church as well. Mary was sweet, kind, and generous, always using her time and energy to help others. She graced everyone with her smile and gentleness. She was truly an angel on earth. Mary shared a wonderful life with her beloved husband, Gus. They are together again for eternity.
She is predeceased by her beloved husband, Gus Lavitola in 2005; brother, Anthony Markey; and by her son-in-law, O.A. “Al” Kopet, M.D.
Surviving are her loving children, Linda Kopet, Alan Lavitola and his wife, Marilyn her sister, Margaret Gallo and her beloved dog, Rocky and extended family members; as well as her many dear friends, especially, Jocelyn and John Farley.
Viewing will be held on Sunday, October 6, 2019 from 2-6 p.m. with a service being held at 5:00 p.m. at O’Brien Funeral Home, 505 Burnt Tavern Rd., Brick. A graveside service will be held on Monday, October 7th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Vincent Cemetery, Madison.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her memory to St. Joseph School, 115 Telford Street, East Orange, NJ 07018 or East Orange Catholic High School (EOCH) Alumnae Association PO Box 4366, Brick NJ 08723.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 6th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sunday, October 6th, 2019 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    O'Brien Funeral Home - Brick
    505 Burnt Tavern Road Extension
    BRICK, NJ 08724
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  • Service

    Sunday, October 6th, 2019 | 5:00pm
    Sunday, October 6th, 2019 5:00pm
    O'Brien Funeral Home - Brick
    505 Burnt Tavern Road Extension
    BRICK, NJ 08724
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    St. Vincent the Martyr Cemetery
    Corner of Shunpike Rd & Noe Avenue
    MADISON, NJ 07940
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    Family and Friends are invited to meet directly at the Cemetery on Monday, October 7th at 11:00 a.m.


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Love Chuck and Nancy sent flowers to the family of Mary K. Lavitola (Markey ).
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Catherine Edwards

Posted at 06:46pm
It never failed on our way home from work , two things were sure to happen. One we always stopped at A & P to get one or two things, we both would come out with a cart full of things we really didn’t need. The other thing was they were always doing road work , so naturally I would get lost. Mary never got upset or lost her cool. She would talk and laugh with me until we got to her apartment. That’s what I miss the most talking and laughing. I love Mary like a second mom.

Doris Ludwig

Posted at 10:42pm
Mary was a beloved friend and a wonderful person. I have many fond memories of the good times and many laughs we had together while we worked at St. Joseph's, East Orange. I will really miss her. Many God's love shine upon her.

Karen Cavaness

Posted at 07:26pm
On behalf of the St. Joseph School family , we send our sincere condolences to the family of our beloved Mrs. Lavitola. There are so many beautiful, loving memories of her. Her dedication, faithfulness to the entire SJS community will be treasured forever. May we all find comfort in knowing she is resting in the arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Charlotte Cikowski

Posted at 11:52am
Dear Linda,
Truly a beautiful woman! I met your Mom long before I knew you also went to East Orange Catholic H.S. She was truly the heart of the school where she worked. Over the years we met again and she radiated the peace and love she had always given so freely. May the angels sing to her and may she send blessings to you and your family.

Love Chuck and Nancy

Posted at 08:20am
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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