OLD BRIDGE - JOSEPH T. MAYER (Joe), 87, born October 21, 1934, to his late parents, Louis and Elizabeth Mayer, died Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at the Reformed Church Home, Old Bridge, NJ.
Joe, the youngest of 12 boys, was born and raised in North Bergen, NJ. He married the girl of his dreams, Dorothy (Dot), in 1957 and shared 64 loving years together.
He worked for over 40 years for General Electric Motor Company as a motor winder before his retirement in 1999. He had a smile that would brighten any room and a joking wit with those lucky enough to know him. His light will continue to shine long after he is gone. He will forever be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend and neighbor who enjoyed helping others, spending time with his family, travelling, playing cards, shooting pool, fishing and watching TV.
Joe is predeceased by his ten older brothers, Louis, William (Billy), Raymond, Harold, Walter (Buddy), Robert, Herbert, Edwin, Richard, Charles.
Surviving are his loving wife Dot; their three children, Donald Mayer and his wife, Barbara, Karen Krenzel and her husband, Richard, and his youngest and most beloved daughter, Kim Mayer; his brother, George and his wife, Anne; two grandchildren, Barbara and Ronald, and many sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, November 27, 2021, from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm, at The BRUNSWICK MEMORIAL HOME, 454 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, where a service will be held at 2:30 pm. Cremation will be private. For directions, please visit our "Services" page.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org, the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org or to the Reformed Church Home at www.reformedchurchhome.com
My "kid brother" Joe left a legacy of tenacity in dealing with events and circumstances that might have stymied people of lesser fortitude. His long fought battle with the various illnesses and medical setbacks that marginalized his final years lends testimony to that part o him that refused to give up or give in before he decided to do so.
He seldom spoke about his service in the US Army or the honorable discharge he earned. Few of his peers knew that he joined 9 of his 11 brothers as a member of the US armed forces . Although he was part of a proud tradition, there was no place for boasting in his personality. Simply put, he chose to do his duty without fanfare, preferring instead to freely accept the roles of loving husband , attentive father and engaged family member. He simply did the best he could and met the challenges and responsibilities as they arose.
George H. Mayer, Park Ridge, NJ
My Uncle Joey was one of a kind. He had a quick wit and, if he liked you, you would be teased, but in a loving way. He enjoyed telling stories and laughing at ones we told him. Even though we lived across the country from him for the last 45 years, when we would come east and stop in to see him, he was always happy to see us and would especially tease my husband, Lester, who knew that meant he was one of the family too. Uncle Joey never let me forget the story about me throwing a roadmap out of the window of our moving car when I was frustrated with Lester when we were on a road trip. Every time we'd visit Uncle Joey, it never failed as we were leaving he would ask "going to throw any maps out the window today?" We sure will miss the man. He's always been in my life, no matter the distance, and now he'll always be in my heart. Sending Love and comforting hugs to Aunt Dotty and the family. Continue to stay strong.
Love you all, Liz and Lester
East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816
East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816
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