Louise M. Traphagen, 83, of Middletown, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at home on Sunday, May 8. She was born Louise Merkel on December 31, 1932 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where she began her childhood. In 1940, Louise moved with her family to Bloomfield, where she grew up. On September 1, 1952, Louise and her husband, Robert, were married and began their life together. In 1958, they relocated to Hazlet to raise their family. In 1995, they retired to Lincoln, Delaware, and in 2005, relocated to Toms River. They recently settled in Middletown.
While living in the Hazlet area, Louise worked as a unit secretary for Bayshore Community Hospital; she was retired.
She was predeceased by her parents, Herman and Louise (Grant) Merkel; her son, Michael J. Traphagen; and her sister, Jean Wixwat. Louise is survived by her beloved and devoted husband of 64 years, Robert L. Traphagen; her loving children, Robert Traphagen Jr. and his wife, Deborah, of Hazlet, Donna J. Hadel and her husband, Joseph, of Middletown, Nancy Schork and her husband, Dale, of Hazlet, and Barbara Taylor and her husband, Richard, of Hazlet. Louise is also survived by her cherished grandchildren, Melissa Lentz, Christine Apple, William Traphagen, Scott Hadel, Lyndsey Schork, Connor Hadel, Kevin Schork, Jonathan Traphagen, Richard Taylor Jr., Joshua Traphagen, Anna Traphagen, Madison Taylor and Morgan Taylor; her adored great-grand- children, Sophia, Emily, Rachel, Elizabeth and Dean; her special nieces, Susan, Lynn and Karen; and her dear friends, the women of the LAFF Club and the Golden Girls.
Interment will follow at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown. Shore Point Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Hazlet, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made in loving memory of Louise to The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House at www.philarmh.org. For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.shore pointfh.com.
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