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2643 Old Bridge Rd
Phone: (732) 528-5500
Eva Applegate

Eva Applegate

Sunday, January 2nd, 1938 - Sunday, December 23rd, 2018
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Eva Applegate, 80, passed away on December 23, 2018, at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune surrounded by her family. Eva loved music. She played trumpet in Manasquan High School, but she also played piano which benefited her when she became the Choir Director at Laurelton Baptist Church, a position she held for many years. When Pastor Fisher retired, she joined Grace Bible Church in Wall, where she was still a very active member. She loved participating in church functions such as the food bank and Project Christmas.
Her service to Wall students started as a Wall High School Band Booster parent in 1977 when her daughter was in band. She is fondly remembered for making huge “vats” of Kool-Aid or hot chocolate, lugging containers that seemed larger than her to each and every game. She went on to chair multiple committees, culminating in being elected to the Wall Township Board of Education. Eva eventually completed the longest tenure as an elected official in Wall Township History. She presided as Board of Education President four times, and stood as Board President at the passing of the 1998 Building Referendum, which provided the district with state-of-the-art science labs and other expanded facilities and served on every Wall Township Board of Education Committee.
Once she retired from the Board, she continued to serve the community by staying active on township committees and volunteering in the school system. Being a musician in high school herself, she became very involved in the music departments. She organized the band uniforms and ran the new school year fitting sessions. She fought to ensure the arts department throughout the system was maintained to the highest degree possible. She helped start the 4th grade violin program. She also helped inventory instruments and was a familiar sight on the busses as a band chaperone.
Eva also worked on Project Graduation for many years ensuring Senior students had a safe, fun culmination of their high school years. She attended every single in-school event possible, ranging from concerts, art shows, field days, Dr. Seuss Day, and Red across America, just to name a few. She was beloved by teachers and students alike for her dedication to education. She also had great pride in the Wall Football team, missing very few games over the years.
Eva was the proud recipient of many awards as a result of her tireless volunteerism. That list included the Wall Township Community Relations Alliance Committee Volunteer Award in 2004; the New Jersey School Board Associate Milestone Award for 20 years of service in 2006; the Wall Foundation for Educational Excellence Hall of Fame in 2008; an Honorary Life Membership to the Tri-M Music Honor Society; the JFK Valor Award for her service to her community; and an Official Proclamation honoring Eva for 27 years, eight months of consecutive service as an elected member of the Wall Township Board of Education. The renaming of the Wall High School auditorium to the “Eva Applegate Theater” in 2014 was an especially high honor that she was both extremely grateful for and proud of receiving.
Eva loved to attend many of her grandchildren’s games and concerts as well. She loved seeing Eric and Cadi play ice hockey for the Brick Stars, Matthew and Ryan’s little league games and school concerts, and Aimee’s chorus concerts and performances at PAA high school. She enjoyed watching Elizabeth and Victoria progress through the school system she loved and grow up to be beautiful women. Eva was a frequent fixture at their choral events, dance squad performances and ROTC activities.
Eva will always be loved and remembered by her family; Mother to Howard and his wife Janet of Manasquan, Sharon of Brick, and Scott and his wife Lisa of Hamilton. She was Grandma to seven grandchildren, Elizabeth, Victoria, Eric, Aimee, Cadi, Matthew and Ryan. She is also survived by her sister Barbara (Deufel) and many nieces and nephews. Eva was predeceased by her parents, Edward and Angela Naden of Manasquan, her husband George W. Applegate of Wall; siblings Lorraine and Theodore.
One of Eva’s last school projects was to replace the lighting in the Eva Applegate Theater in Wall High School. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to complete her mission, via the Crimson Knights Foundation, PO Box 1502, Wall Township, NJ 07719.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, December 28th, 2018 | 1:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, December 28th, 2018 1:00pm - 7:00pm
    Orender Family Home for Funerals
    2643 Old Bridge Road
    Manasquan, NJ 08736
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  • Service

    Sunday, December 30th, 2018 | 2:30pm
    Sunday, December 30th, 2018 2:30pm
    Grace Tabernacle Church
    Address Not Available
  • Interment

    Brig. Gen William C. Doyle Veteran's Memorial Cemetery
    350 Provinceline Road
    Wrightstown, New Jersey 08562
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Adalberto Sanchez

Posted at 08:50am
Eva’s family: I'm so sorry for your loss. I went through a similar situation and I was very helped by the hope that I found in the Bible in John 5: 28, which says, "Do not amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I am sending you a link with more information on this hope.

April Wilson

Posted at 11:34am
I’m so sorry I will not be able to attend the visitation to give my condolences in person. I am so very sorry for the loss of Eva. She was an inspiration to all who knew her. Her dedication and energy to all she did was infectious and unmatched. She will be missed by so many. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you during this difficult time. April Wilson (Wall Alliance member)

Wall HS Band Boosters and Music Students of Wall S

Posted at 09:41am
Eva will remain forever in our hearts as the Music Plays On.
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Lynn Castle

Posted at 09:13am
I am honored to have had Eva as a neighbor and a friend. We had some interesting experiences and many laughs together. She was and will continue to be an inspiration. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. Lynn Castle and Cynthia Capotosto

Hal Weeden, Maryville, TN

Posted at 01:15pm
Eva was a tremendous supporter of the children of Wall Township, and through that, plus living nearby in West Belmar, she became a very close friend to my parents. They were together for so many of the board of education meetings, the meetings after the meetings, and Wall High Band Booster activities. I could never begin to thank her enough for the kindness she showed my mother during Mom's later years, especially at times when my father was in the hospital. She made sure Mom got to and from the hospital, grocery shopping, and everything else that was needed. To Howie and the rest of the Applegate family I extend my very deepest sympathies.

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