Annette “Nettie” Long

(Mar 24, 1929 to Aug 17, 2011)

In Nettie’s life her greatest happiness was family happiness. She was always anxious to share a story about the kids or grandkids and her home was adorned with countless photos of them. In her eyes her grandchildren could do no wrong; even when they would wind her up with wildly exaggerated stories she was happy to believe every word. She was always up to taking her chances in the casinos and often battled the one-armed bandits in Atlantic City and even a few times in Las Vegas. But if you sat across a card table from her you would soon see how much she liked canasta. But when she was in the kitchen it was never a gamble, you always knew her food would be delicious. When her son owned Derby’s Tavern in Riverside, she was the cook. When she made veal scaloppini there was never any leftovers.rnShortly after WWII, Annette was working on a military base in Georgia. When a co-worker asked her to track down a soldier named Milo she happily obliged. Turns out, the gentleman she found was Joseph Long; he just claimed to be Milo for chance to charm this young lady. His ruse worked, and before long they were married. Before his passing in 2001, their lives were blessed by their children: Thomas of Riverside and David (Denise) of Delanco, and again by their grandchildren: Jennifer, Frankie, Dina and Michael, by their great-grandson Sammy and adopted great-grandchildren: Emily, Brandon and Matthew. She is also survived by her sister June Pate of TX, her dear friend Jean Bowers and many nieces and nephews.rnCome celebrate Nettie’s 82 wonderful years (March 24, 1929-August 17, 2011) Tuesday from 9 AM at the Sweeney Funeral Home, Riverside, where the service will be at 11. Interment New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Attn: Tribute Gifts, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0780 www.michaeljfox.org.rn

6 thoughts on “Annette “Nettie” Long

  1. Edward Donahue

    I grew up next door to Annette and her family on Ringgold Street in Philadelphia. In those days the card table would be setup on the sidewalk with Annette, Nannie Donahue, Margaret Griffin, and Fifi DiMaio. The game was 500 rummy. in my teen years, Annette was a second mother to me and my friends, always quick to correct us but never tell our parents. She comforted me when I lost my parents. She has been and always will be positive influence in my life. She was referred to as the “Georgia Peach” back on Ringgold Street, a fitting name for a beautiful and sweet woman. Although I haven’t seen her much over the years, I have always and still do love her. In my mind she is not gone because she will live fondly in my memory for as long as I live.

  2. Jennifer Long

    My grandmother lived an honest life with dignity and integrity. She was respected, admired and loved by all who knew her. I was blessed to have been able to spend so much time with her. We had a very special bond. She is without a doubt the sweetest and most caring person I have ever known. I will miss her terribly. I’ll love you forever MomMom…

  3. John and Karen Wolf

    Dave,Necee and family, rnJohn and I are so sad to hear of Nettie’s passing. She was an awesome woman. We always enjoyed talking to her over the years. Sorry we won’t be able to make her services, but she will be in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathies to you all. She’s with the Lord now. God rest her soul.rnLove, John and Karen

  4. Barbara and Rick Hyer

    Dear Tom and FamilyrnWe are all so sorry about your Mom passing. I know how much you loved and cared for her. She will always be in your heart and all you have to do is look to the sky and talk to her. I know she will hear you and be watching over all.Love and hugs Barb,Rick, Jenny, Jim ,Colin and Brian from Missouri.

  5. Nancy Sklencar

    I only had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Long a few times in person but was always hearing wonderful stories about her from her granddaughter, Jennifer. It is VERY clear she was loved intensely and honestly by everyone she’s ever met. For someone to garner that level of respect from so many people is indeed a rarity. Mrs. Long’s beautiful legacy is evident in the people she’s left behind and as such, will continue to live throughout the ages. Thank you Mrs. Long, for the priceless things you’ve done for so many.rnrn”The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live.”~~~~ Joan Borysenko

  6. Arlene (Widmann) Rossi

    I am so sorry for her passing,I have known Nettie for yrs through her son, and my sister, she was an amazing woman, the bond she has with her family will live on, memories are something that never goes away, will bring a smile to your face when you think of them.Memories are something no one can take away, hold them close to your heart, they will be there forever…..

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