Edith M. Zuber (nee Milligan) passed away at Ocean County Medical Center in Brick, NJ, on Saturday, September 1, 2018. She was 88 years old.
She is survived by her four children, Elisa A. Zuber-Sharkey of Waterloo, Ont., Amy R. Zuber of Manasquan, NJ, Joseph M. Zuber (Chris Howe) of Larchmont, NY and Krista K. Zuber of New York, NY. She was also proud of her four beautiful and talented granddaughters, Jessica R. Sharkey (Tyler Smith), Laura G. Sharkey (Nathaniel Marcell), Alexandra H. Zuber and Madeline H. Zuber, and is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph R. Zuber, Jr.; her sister, Myrita H. Parker; her brother, John “Jay” Milligan; and her parents, David and Marguerite (nee Grady) Milligan.
Edith was born September 26, 1929 in Jersey City, NJ; the youngest of three children. She graduated from Dickinson High School and earned a BA in Sociology from Cornell University, where she met her husband-to-be. Upon graduation they moved to New York City where she was employed by New York Telephone and he interned at the Plaza Hotel.
In 1952, Edith and Joe settled in Kitchener, Ontario, where her husband’s family hotel business was located. Joseph R. Zuber, who became a noted hotelier, ran the Walper Hotel and its renowned dining room and later developed and operated the Inn of the Black Walnut until his death in 1971. In addition to raising her family, Edith actively worked with the Cancer Society and Rotary International. She was also a Mme. du Chevalier de Tastevin, the international wine and food society of Burgundy.
Edith was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and was loved by all who knew her. She consistently attended her children’s and granddaughters’ events (sports or otherwise) and was a gracious and frequent hostess to all their friends and teammates! She loved sports, especially the Olympics, and was an avid and discerning fan of figure skating.
Edith grew up spending summers at the Jersey Shore in Manasquan, NJ, where she eventually returned to live full time. She was a marvelous swimmer who gifted her love of the seashore to her children. Edith was also an accomplished bridge player, an avid reader of British mysteries and lover of the NY Times crossword puzzles. While she enjoyed shopping (and had a keen eye for style), she was happiest when surrounded by her family. She was a rare and exquisite treasure!
Edith formerly was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kitchener and was at her death a member of St. Denis Parish in Manasquan.
Funeral services will be held at St. Mary’s Church, 56 Duke St. West, Kitchener, Ontario on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 1:00pm for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment to follow at Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Manasquan Food Pantry or your local food bank. Arrangements are under the care of Orender Family Home for Funerals, Manasquan. To send condolences to the family please visit www.orenderfamilyhome.com.