Elizabeth “Liz” Readie, 79, of Red Bank, passed away Dec. 26, 2018 surrounded by family at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Originally from Roselle Park, she graduated from Roselle Park High School, where she met and later married her high school sweetheart Jack Readie. Together they were the proud owners of Readie’s Fine Foods in Red Bank for 42 years, forging lifelong friendships with customers and fellow business owners.
After “retiring,” she worked part time at Red Bank Chocolate Shoppe for 16 years; she loved her second work family, as well as the almond butter crunch. She volunteered extensively throughout her life, most recently with Holiday Express.
A communicant of St. James Church, Liz lived her faith daily and it sustained her as she bravely battled a rare and aggressive blood cancer. Liz may have stood only 4-feet-10-inches tall, but she was a mighty force. She was an excellent cook and baker, could sew or craft anything, and created beautiful flower gardens. Her family was the center of her world and nothing gave her more pleasure than having everyone gathered around her table. Liz and Jack enjoyed annual trips to Bermuda and Cape May for years, but lately preferred the sands and camaraderie of Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Sea Bright.
Liz was predeceased by her parents, Jacob and Marion Quartararo. She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years Jack, and two daughters and their husbands, Lisa and David Mayer, Red Bank, and Jill and David D’Agostino, Wayne, Pennsylvania. She is also survived by four beloved grandchildren, Emily, Mark, Hannah and Julie, and a sister-in-law Judy Cook of Florida. She was “Aunt Lish” to her nieces and nephews, and will be deeply missed by many cousins, neighbors and friends.
Visitation was Jan. 2 at Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, Jan. 3 at 11 a.m. at St. James RC Church, 94 Broad St., Red Bank, followed by interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown.
In appreciation of the compassionate care provided by her nurses and physicians, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Elizabeth Readie to Abramson Cancer Center at pennmedicine.org/cancer/giving.