Anna “Ungie” Meli

(Oct 1, 1931 to Jan 19, 2011)

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference”-Churchill. With a sense of spirit that was unrivaled, Ungie always saw the silver lining. If her sense of humor and positivity motivated her during trying times, they were indeed an inspiration to the rest of the family. And there was nothing more important than family. Even years ago, she couldn’t wait for daylight savings, so the kids would come home earlier from playing so they could all spend more time together. Second only to family were her pets. You had to be careful about having her cat or dog sit. She might keep them permanently. She loved books, and read three or four every week. Only fitting then that she worked at McMillan’s in Riverside. Of all life’s pleasures, hers were the simplest. A sunny day, a cup of tea and a book on her front porch was all it took to make her happy. rnWhen Ungie met her late husband, John, she fell hard for him, literally. A first date at the roller skating rink ended with an ambulance trip to the hospital. Regardless, they remained together till his passing in 2007. Anna is survived by her daughters; Jennifer Bennett (James) of TN, Lori Mourey (Larry) of Riverside and Marsi Meli of Riverside, her grandchildren: Katie Eubank, Brooke Mourey and Sabrina Mourey, her siblings: Caroline Mosteller (Herman) of Edgewater Park, Marguerite Michael of Burlington and George McCloskey (Michelle) of TX, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter Sandra Meli-Eubank and her brother James McCloskey.rnCome celebrate Ungie’s 79 wonderful years (Oct. 1, 1931-Jan. 19, 2011) Monday 6-8 PM and Tuesday 9-10 AM at the Sweeney Funeral Home, Riverside. Mass of Christian Burial to follow at St. Joseph’s Church, Beverly. Interment St. Peter’s, Riverside. In lieu of flowers donations to help the family c/o Marsi Meli, P.O. Box 144, Riverside N.J. 08075 will be appreciated.rn

16 thoughts on “Anna “Ungie” Meli

  1. Judy Kjellen

    Though I never met Marsi’s mom, I heard her talk of her mom a lot.nThe whole family shared love and laughter like no other I have known. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

  2. Margaret Keane Hillman

    Marsi,rnAlthough I never met your mother I feel like I knew her. Your emails about your family are so filled with love and details sometimes I felt like I was there. rnrnI am sure your mother was amazing because she did a wonderful job with you.rnrnMarsi, my heart breaks for you and please know that I am here if you need anything.rnrnYou and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.rnrnMargaret

  3. Marianne Frazier

    Marsi, You have got to be one of the strongest women I know. You have been thru a tremendous amount of pain this last year. You are amazing.You and your family are in my prayers.I’m so sorry for your loss. Love, Marianne

  4. George Pruitt

    Jen, know that you, Lori, Marsi, and the rest of the family are in our thoughts and prayers. Please do not hesitate to let me know if there is anything I can do.

  5. Deborah Frank

    Ungie will be missed by many, near and far. The way she lived her life is an inspiration to all. May God bless her family during this difficult time.Love, Deborah

  6. Eleise Queensbury

    Marsi and Family,rnI am so sorry to hear of “Mom’s” passing :( . I hope the happy, wonderful memories and good times sustain you at this most difficult time. She was sweet, kind, gentle and had the most beautiful smile. I am so fortunate I had the opportunity to meet her. With my arms around you holding you tight … Eleise

  7. Evelyn Metz

    Marsi, Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time. Just by looking at the above picture you can tell your mom was a very kind and caring person. Take care of yourself. Love, Evelyn

  8. Jennifer Vaglica

    Ungie was my godmother. Although I didn’t see her as often as I would have liked I have great memories of her. Her love and compassion was unmatched she was strong and honest not something you see too often. I love her and will always remember her. God truely sent one of his angels to us. And though it hurts to know she’s gone she’s with my grandmother, Sandy and Uncle Johnny. They welcomed her with open arms and as my grandmother would say, now the party can begin.

  9. Denise Harker

    Dear Marsi and Family,rnI am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as you try and get through these difficult times. I hope it can give you comfort to know you had such a wonderful bond with her.

  10. Wendy Epps

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Anna “Ungie” but I do know her daughter Marsi, from The Reporter in California. I would hear wonderful stories about Marsi’s family and felt that I knew them all. I know that Marsi & her family will miss her mom very much and hope that knowing she is with the Lord, her husband, daughter Sandy & brother will put them at ease & remember the great times & memories they made together.

  11. Bill Posch

    Marsi, Lori, and Jen, I was so sorry to hear that your mother had passed. Having been a neighbor to both your mother, and father, for several years on Paine Street. I really enjoyed the many years of friendship taht had developed as a result. Both your father, and mother, were very special people.rnrnBe assured of my prayers and special thoughts of your mother during this difficult time.rnrnBill, Maureen, and Broozer too.

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