Charlotte Elizabeth (McElroy) Mann
BURLINGTON — Charlotte Elizabeth (McElroy) Mann, 96, of Burlington (formerly of Old Tappan and
Paramus), died Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at Burnt Health Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, Care Center, Brick, NJ.
was born in a thatched cottage, "Kiltycreighton," Boyle, Co. Roscommon,
Ireland, the daughter of George and Anne McElroy. At age 91, she
visited and slept in the room in which she was born.
predeceased by three sisters, Kathleen, Georgina (killed in the London
bombing in World War II), and Ellen (Nellie); and five brothers,
William, Arthur, George (Bertie), Sam and Jack.
survived by a brother, Tom (wife, Ivy) of Nottingham, England. Also two
sisters-in-law, Mel and Mavis (in Ireland); and many cousins, nieces and
She came to the U.S.A. in 1925. She was very proud
of her Irish heritage but was most proud of "becoming a U.S. citizen by
choice instead of by accident."
She was an Episcopalian (Church of England).
She graduated from The Boyle School in Ireland and the Egan School of Business in Hackensack, N.J.
held various positions in her lifetime: a shopkeeper, waitress,
secretary to a lawyer and to the pathologist of Hackensack Hospital,
then a wife, homemaker and wonderful mother. After moving to New York,
she became employed by the state of New York as the activities director
at The Meadows nursing home in Cooperstown.
She was loved by
the patients and her co-workers. She and her husband also owned and
operated a campground "El-Jen-Kay Ranch" (named after their first three
grandchildren. The camp store was later named "Kenny’s Shack") on their
beloved 65-acre farm in Burlington, until retiring in 1980.
She was predeceased by her loving husband of 67 years, John Leo Mann, in June 1997.
are her daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte and Kenneth Bergmann, Point
Pleasant, N.J.; three granddaughters and their spouses, Elizabeth and
Thomas Mahon, Point Pleasant; Jennifer and Frank Ruzicka, Easton, Pa.,
and Kathleen and William Luell, Friendswood, Texas; one grandson,
Kenneth Bergmann Jr. and Judy Eskelson, Brick, N.J.; and three
great-grandchildren, Sara, Melissa and William IV, Texas.
was very energetic and loved children, storytelling (composed them as
she spoke), animals, gardening, knitting, cooking, entertaining,
climbing "her mountains," traveling and playing golf into her 90s with
Visiting hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston. Her funeral
service will follow at 7 p.m. with Fr. Charles Taylor, officiating.
Burial will be in the spring at the Butternut Valley Brick School House Cemetery, Burlington.
Condolences may also be sent to the family via the funeral home website at www.hjtfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.
Published in The Daily Star on Jan. 7, 2006.