Grace Matts Pickering, 97, of Spotswood, passed away on Friday, February 11, 2022.
Born and raised in South River, Grace lived in New Brunswick for many years until retiring to Florida in 1977. She returned to New Jersey in 2019 to live with her daughter in Spotswood.During her high school years, Grace was an all-star 3rd base player for the South River Rockettes. She retired in 1977 from E.I. DuPont of Parlin, where she worked for 27 years. After her retirement, she went back to school to become a certified nursing assistant and continued on in that position for 10 more years. She enjoyed camping and fishing, visiting casinos and playing lottery scratch-offs. She was an avid crafter and enjoyed crocheting afghan blankets for all of her grandchildren as well as others. Grace was the life of every party with her singing and dancing.
Predeceased by her husband of 67 years, James V. Pickering, Sr. in 2011, her son James V. Pickering, Jr. in 2020 and, her siblings, Florence, Blanche, William, Charles and George, she is survived by her children Mary Jane Bielen and husband Robert of East Brunswick, Joanne Laposa and partner Ron Putek of Fairfax, VA, Grace Fryzowicz and husband Travis of Spotswood and Dennis M. Pickering, Sr. and wife Ellen of Trenton, FL; her grandchildren Michael J. and Robert Bielen, Tracie Smith, Travis Fryzowicz, Amy Miller, Tara Laposa, Marcy Fisher, James B., Dennis M, Jr., Joseph J. and Patrick N. Pickering, and; sixteen great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will begin at 9:30 AM, Wednesday, February 16th, from Spotswood Funeral Home 475 Main Street, Spotswood, followed by a 10:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial from Immaculate Conception Church, Spotswood. Interment will be in Holy Cross Burial Park in South Brunswick following our Mass. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 5:00 to 9:00 PM at the Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations honoring Grace's memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation at www.kidney.org.
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