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Obituary: Cecilia Farley, 105, Oldest Resident of Maplewood

From The Jacob A. Holle & Preston Funeral Homes:

Cecilia K. Farley, 105, the oldest resident of Maplewood, NJ, passed away peacefully, at her home of 97 years, on January 8, 2018.  Born in Newark, NJ in 1913, Miss Farley was graduated from Newark Normal School, a teacher-education college, now Kean University, and taught for over 40 years at St. Joseph Catholic School in Maplewood, before retiring in 1982. She was the longest-standing, still active and honored member of St. Joseph parish, serving on the church’s first parish council, a charter member and past Grand Regent of Court of Patricia, Catholic Daughters of America, a Eucharistic Minister and member of St. Joe’s Rainbow Seniors. Cecilia was also active in the township, as an activities organizer with the Maplewood Seniors, assisting with local elections and serving for many years as an alternate to the Maplewood Library Board.

She is predeceased by her sister, Patricia Morris, and her brother, Dr. Eugene Farley, and is survived by her sister, Jane F. Kelley. “Aunt Ceal” had 13 nieces and nephews, and many grand and great-grand nieces and nephews. She was widely traveled and an avid reader, an expert seamstress and an accomplished baker – famous for her cinnamon rolls.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 11th, from 4:00 PM-8:00 PM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 767 Prospect Street, Maplewood, NJ. The Funeral Mass will also be held at St. Joseph on Saturday, January 12th at 10:00 AM, followed by interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Orange, NJ.  In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Joseph Church (Maintenance Fund) or a charity of your choice  would be appreciated. For more information or to send condolences please visit

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