Obituary of Sally J. Glaser
Sally Jane Glaser, age 75, of Kinnelon, was called home to heaven on November 20, 2021.
Sally Glaser was born on December 2, 1945. She was married to her husband Jack Glaser Sr. for 55 years. Sally graduated from the Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth NJ; she was a counselor of the 4H club, a Cub Scout Den Mother, a volunteer in Youth Club, a member of the Smoke Rise tennis club, and the Kinnelon “Happy Bones” exercise club. Sally was also a medical office manager for 13 years in Wayne NJ, and an active coach and chaperone for the NJ Special Olympics.
Sally Glaser is survived by her husband, Jack Glaser Sr., of Kinnelon; her three children, John D. Glaser Jr. and his wife Michelle; Michael (Mickey) Glaser; Kirstin Glaser-Noll and her husband John; and two granddaughters, Karleigh and Ashley Noll. She was preceded in death by her parents, Aurelia and Walter Gilligan; brother, Richard Gilligan; and sister-in-law Virginia Gilligan.
Sally and Jack met at a college dance in the fall of 1963. From then on they dated regularly until the summer of 1964 when Sally took a waitress job at the prestigious Monmouth Hotel in Spring Lake, New Jersey. Jack had graduated college and began his Air Force commitment out in Oregon. In the spring of 1965 Jack attended an Air Force engineering training class in Ohio, and once it ended, he took a two week vacation to New Jersey where he immediately contacted Sally and they quickly rekindled their relationship. Before returning to Oregon, Jack proposed to Sally, and she said yes. They set a wedding date for August 27, 1967. After their wedding and a honeymoon in Bermuda, they flew out to Oregon to start their new life together. One of the first things they did in Oregon was to adopt a German shepherd puppy that they named Kelly. In December 1968 Jack was deployed to Thailand. This was considered a remote wartime assignment, and family was not permitted to follow. So the pair drove cross country from Oregon to NJ, stopping off in several National Parks along the way, knowing that they would soon be separated for at least a year to come. When Jack was discharged in December 1969, he returned to New Jersey and to Sally. Jack took a job with PSE&G where he spent his entire 37 year career. He was assigned to central NJ, so Sally and Jack bought a brand new house in Branchburg, a town that was largely made up of open farmland. After six years in Branchburg Jack and Sally were ‘re-assigned’ to Pompton Lakes in northwest NJ. Since the commute was far, PSE&G agreed to help finance a home in the Pompton Lakes area. Sally and Jack had always wanted to raise their family of three children in a lake community. They relocated to Smoke Rise in Kinnelon because of its picturesque lake, complete with an island with a Chapel on it. Tennis and numerous other activities which they both enjoyed were available to them, and most importantly, were available for their kids. There could be no better place than this for a child to grow up. For 45 years Sally and Jack have enjoyed their happily ever after in the very same home they picked out together all those years ago.
Sally was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. She enjoyed being a cheerleader for her granddaughter’s many sports, games, and academic achievements. Sally was the guardian of tradition in the family, at Holiday time everything had to be, ‘just so’. She passed her fierce love of family, holidays, and hospitality on to her children and grandchildren. Her legacy of ‘family first’ will live on, long after she is gone. Sally was a devoted Catholic and an avid participant in Our Lady of the Magnificat church activities. She was very much involved in her children’s C.C.D. classes. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her.
A Memorial Mass is scheduled for 12 noon on November 26, 2021 with a visitation period from 10 am to 12 pm at Our Lady of the Magnificat. Monsignor Carroll will officiate. A repast will follow immediately after at the Smoke Rise Inn.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the NJ Special Olympics or the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
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