Obituaries: Jean Garthwaite


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Mrs. Jean (nee Zingg) Garthwaite, 92, died on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 in Hackettstown. Services will be held in the Chapel of the House of the Good Shepherd, 798 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, N.J. on Saturday, May 8 at 2 p.m. Born in Asbury Park, Mrs Garthwaite lived in Verona from 1919-1945 and Montclair from 1945-1971, returning to Verona in 1971. She retired to Hackettstown in 1994. She attended the Pratt Institute and worked at Fabricville in Upper Montclair until 1983 and ran the the summer concession at the Deer Lake Club from 1985-1989.

She was a life member of the Montclair Operetta Club, was a volunteer at the Hospice Thrift Store in Caldwell and a member of the altar guilds at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Montclair and the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Verona. She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church, Hackettstown. At the House of the Good Shepherd she organized the weekly knitting group and ran the general store. She was a tireless worker in all activities in which she participated.

She was the wife of the late Robert F. Garthwaite, the mother of France G. Patton and her husband, David, and the late Robert (Rusty) Garthwaite, Jr., and the sister of the late James D. Zingg. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Betsy Patton, Ginger Olivieri and her husband Anthony, David Patton, Jr. and his wife Sarah, Christina Garthwaite, Amanda Garthwaite and Jacob Garthwaite and 2 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Shepherd Fund at the House of the Good Shepherd would be appreciated.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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