Margaret Bittle

(Oct 6, 1917 to Mar 24, 2012)

For Margaret family always came first. Even though she had 68 family members regularly getting her attention, she had the ability to make each one feel that they were her favorite. She credited her long life and independent lifestyle to the fact that she never “cursed, smoked or drank.” She had two addictions in life: ICE CREAM and the Jersey Shore, the results of her childhood growing up in Pleasantville. As a teen she made many a 15¢ trip to the beach, working in the window with her sister at Fralingers Salt Water Taffy. She was always proud of the fact that she once swam around the Million Dollar Pier. In her later years she enjoyed playing the slots. She had to have a window seat whenever she dined on the water. She was a terrific cook (especially her vegetable beef soup and potato salad) and she knew how to stretch a meal. Some family members were shocked to find out that chili wasn’t always served with spaghetti. She rooted for the Phils, Eagles and Flyers and sometimes needed a T.V. and a radio to keep track of all the games.rnAs a young woman she fell in love with the late Andrew. Their union was blessed with eight children: Pat McGraw, Andy (Connie), Peg Caltabiano (Cal), Kitty Reilly (Bill), Judy Holl, Colleen Sarica (Tony) and Bruce (Sue); 19 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Betty Bennett of Mauricetown, sister-in-law, Harriet Steer of Sarasota and a large extended family. She was pre-deceased by her infant son, Eugene, a grandson, Andy Bittle, Jr., sons-in-law, Bob Holl and Andy McGraw, two brothers and one sister. Come celebrate 94 family centered years, Wed. 6-8 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. at Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro. At 8 p.m. Wednesday please join us in sharing stories about her life. Service at noon Thursday. Interment Lake Park Cemetery.rn

3 thoughts on “Margaret Bittle

  1. Andrea Reed

    Wow Grammy – after reading all that you’ve done in your short 94 years, no wonder you needed to rest. You were the best Grandmom anyone could ever have and we will all miss you so much. It’s going to be strange not having you around to call and talk to. Just this morning I was trying to make a decision and I thought “I know, I’ll ask Grammy”. Then reality struck – the phone lines don’t reach Heaven. (not yet anyway) I love you Gram and will always have you in my thoughts. Love, Your 1st born Grand Child – Andrea XOXO

  2. laurie hain

    Grammy, Ill always treasure the times we spent together. I know me and ray used to come over all the time on bikes and skates and raid your “grammy’s candy jar” and we knew we better take our skates off! I remember always sleeping over and playing with those stuffed animal vegetables and ur magnetic bingo chips. The best was when u and grandmom took me and sherri to the casinos and gambled for us and won! I think we were like 10! I remember calling u all the time when wheel of fortune was on and we would always get the answer before the players. So many wonderful memories, u will be missed, but u can be sure your story will be passed on for generations. <3 laurie

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