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2643 Old Bridge Rd
Manasquan, NJ 08736
Phone: (732) 528-5500
Estelle Spillane

Estelle A. Spillane

Monday, May 8th, 1922 - Thursday, February 18th, 2021
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Estelle A. Spillane, 98 of Brick formerly of Spring Lake Heights, passed away peacefully on February 18, 2021 at the Chelsea in Brick, unable to recover from the effects of battling through Covid-19.
Born May 8, 1922, in Jersey City, and named Stella Josephine (the Star of Joseph) for her deceased brother who was stricken with tuberculosis. She attended St John the Baptist grammar school on Kennedy Blvd and high school at St. Dominic Academy, both in Jersey City. After high school, she became a secretary in the financial district in Manhattan. It was here she became known as Estelle.

Estelle was a member of the “Greatest Generation” of Americans, living through Prohibition, The Great Depression, and World War II. In 1947, she married Francis X. Spillane, who served in the Pacific on a Destroyer Escort, during the War. At the age of 39, she overcame the tragedy and grief of becoming a young widow with 4 children, ages 5 – 12. She supported and raised them in tough times. In 1963, Estelle went back to work at Sears and Roebuck’s in Union City as a tele typist for the Sears Catalog, communicating daily with headquarters in Chicago. She left Sears and became the executive secretary for Buildings and Grounds at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, where she worked until 1997. She, then joined her family “down the shore” in Wall, and later lived in Spring Lake Heights.

Not one to sit in retirement, Estelle volunteered at her two favorite parishes, St. Denis in Manasquan and St. Mark’s in Sea Girt. A member of the Rosary Society and Social Concerns Committee, she assisted people with needs, both economical and spiritual. We’d laugh when she would visit nursing homes and tell us, she had read to “the old” people, many of whom she was older than by 10 years. She was a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Lay Order of the Carmalites.

Estelle leaves behind her three children, Francis Spillane (wife Cheryl), Eileen Spillane-Grieco (husband Robert), Robert Spillane (wife Edna), and daughter in-law Kathleen (K.C.) Spillane (husband James),11 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. Estelle was predeceased by her husband Francis X Spillane in 1961, her youngest child James Spillane in 2015, and her siblings George McKnight and Eleanor Grace.

Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 4-8 pm at Orender Family Home for Funerals 2643 Old Bridge Road Manasquan, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 am Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at Church of St. Denis, Manasquan, NJ. The family requests no flowers. Instead, donations may be made by sending a check to St Mark’s Social Concerns Committee 215 Crescent Pkwy Sea Girt NJ 08750. To send condolences to the family please visit .

The Spillane family would like to express its sincere gratitude to the Healthcare Workers: Doctors, Nurses, and staff at Ocean Medical Center who worked diligently and compassionately to help our mother fight this dreadful disease. The loyal nurse and aides from Grace Hospice. And to the administration and staff at the Chelsea, led by Nate Taylor, thank you for the empathy, sympathy, and care you extended to Estelle. The extreme measures you offered, helping Estelle to comfortably cope these last few weeks, will be forever appreciated.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Orender Family Home for Funerals
    2643 Old Bridge Road
    Manasquan, New Jersey 08736
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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 10:00am
    Church of St. Denis
    Address Not Available
  • Interment

    Greenwood Cemetery
    PO Box 538, Route 34 and Old Bridge Road
    Brielle, NJ 08730
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Barbara Lynn DeGroote

Posted at 10:15pm
I am so very sorry to learn of the passing of beloved Estelle Spillane. I just received notice tonight from the Social Concerns Committee of St. Mark's Church. I knew Estelle from the 11:00 Daily Mass and the Rosary that we recited after the conclusion of that Mass. Estelle was an elegant, compassionate and joyful lady. She brought such grace to any of those who were so privileged to encounter and know her. I will never forget her. She is always in my prayers. Blessings to her loved ones.

Barbara Lynn DeGroote

Michael and Susan

Posted at 02:56pm
To all the members of the Spillane Family, we offer our heartfelt sympathy. As neighbors of Jim and KC in Spring Lake, we have watched as four of Estelle's grandchildren grew to be caring and responsible adults. That happens when children grow up part of a loving and caring family, such as yours. Please accept our thoughts and prayers as you deal with the loss of your mother, grandmother, and great grandmother Estelle. Mike and Sue Ingino

Posted at 10:16am
Dear members of the Spillane family.
I never had the honor of meeting your wonderful , strong, loving mother. I feel that I knew her from a wonderful conversation I had with Frank about Estelle.

You will continue to be blessed by all the values she ingrained in you all of your lives, by her love and strength.

I cannot be there to help you celebrate her life as we are in Florida. I will attend mass for her here in Naples.
My love and prayers.
Mary Grace Killmer

Gale Farwell

Posted at 12:24pm
Frank, I know that the love and support from your family and friends will get you through this difficult time. As I read your mother's obituary, not only did she and I have the same birthday, but she and my mother had the same name, Estelle. Hope you and your family are doing well.
Gale Farwell

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