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Former Cliffwood Elementary School Teacher Dies at 87

She taught at the elementary school for forty years before she moved to San Diego.

Mary A. Lovely Hayden, 87, of San Diego, California died Sunday January 20, 2013 at home. Born in South Amboy, she lived there until moving to San Diego 5 years ago.

Before retiring in 1988 she was employed as a school teacher at the Cliffwood Avenue School, Aberdeen for 40 years. She was a member of St. Mary's R.C. Church, South Amboy where she served as a Eucharist Minister and was a member of the Altar Rosary Society and the Senior Citizens. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Court Sancta Maria #382, serving as Regent, District Deputy and Grand Regent. She was also a member and past president of the South Amboy Senior Citizens and a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians in South Amboy. A 1946 graduate of Newark State Teachers College, she was a member of the Matawan-Aberdeen Education Assn., the NJEA and the NEA.

Daughter of the late Adam and Mary Leonard Lovely, she was also predeceased by her husband, John J. Hayden in 1999, her son, John E. Hayden in 1979, her brothers, Joseph and Adam Lovely and her sister, Theresa Dioguardi. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Theresa and Thomas Boychuk of Parlin and Judith and John Chamuler of San Diego; her brothers, Thomas Lovely of Neptune and James Lovely of Morgan; 5 grandchildren, Daniel, Valerie, Michael, Thomas and Mary Ellen and 4 great grandchildren, Vincent, Alexis, Landon and Carter.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday January 26, 2013 at 10 a.m. from The Gundrum Service "Home For Funerals" 237 Bordentown Avenue, South Amboy followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Church, South Amboy. Interment will follow at Christ Church Cemetery, South Amboy. Visitation will be on Saturday morning only from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to VITAS Hospice care, 9655 Granite Ridge Drive, Suite 300, San Diego, Ca., 92123 www.vitas.com.

Pat January 25, 2013 at 12:33 PM
Rest in Peace, Mrs. Hayden. You were a wonderful teacher.
Barzillai January 26, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Mary was 4 years old in the 1930 Federal Census and lived at 359 Henry Street with her parents, Adam (30) and Mary C (24) Lovely, and younger sister Theresa. Adam was a plumber doing odd jobs. She was 14 years old and living at the same address with her parents and younger siblings Theresa, Joseph, Adam and Thomas. Her father was a plumber with his own business. Thomas and Ellen (Kea) Lovely, Mary's grandparents, were living with Ellen's parents in South Amboy in the 1900 Federal Census. Both families have some Irish roots. Adam was born in Dec 1898.

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