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Marion Rita (Myles) Dunrovich
May 15, 1934 ~ September 6, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Marion Rita Dunrovich, (nee Myles), departed her loving family on September 6, 2023.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit at the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, NJ on Tuesday, September 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. The funeral will begin in the funeral home on Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. then to St. Stephen's R.C. Church where a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ.
Marion was born in NYC on May 15,1934 to Marion Connors of New York City and Owen Myles of Belfast, Ireland. Marion was one of six children, including Margaret, Owen, Kathleen, Patricia and Francis. Her family moved from NYC to Garrison, NY, and then at the age of 10, relocated to Harrison, New Jersey, to be near relatives from Ireland who had settled there. Once in Harrison, her father opened Owen’s Fish & Chip Shop.
Marion was left-handed. As a young girl Marion’s father lovingly nicknamed her “Babe”, after the famous lefty, Babe Ruth. A name that she carried throughout her lifetime.
After Babe completed her education, she worked for Driver Harris and O’Connor’s Trucking. Looking for a change in career, Babe registered with the Grace Downs Modeling School in NYC. Upon completion of her modeling program, Marion was placed as a stewardess with Capitol Airlines (which later merged with United Airlines). She was stationed in Washington D.C. and then Ypsilanti, Michigan. While home on leave, she met the love of her life, John Patrick Dunrovich (Pat). They were married in 1958 and made a home and life for themselves and their 4 children in Kearny, NJ, for the next 60 years.
After the Airlines, Marion worked for Hartz Mountain and Roadway Express, and then spent the last 25+ years of her career at the Rosa Agency Real Estate office in Kearny, as the Office Manager and Sales Agent. She retired at the age of 82 and moved to Brick, NJ in 2018.
As for her favorite pastimes, Marion spent many weekends out on the ocean saltwater fishing with Pat and friends and taking cruise ship vacations. She was an avid reader, enjoying countless novels and solving jumbles and crossword puzzles. She was also a HUGE fan of the New York Yankees and her nightly TV game shows, namely Jeopardy and the Wheel.
Marion was member of the VFW Post 1302 Women’s Auxiliary and was involved in many VFW committees and events throughout the years. It was her and Pat’s second home. There wasn’t a member who didn’t know and love Babe and Pat at the “V”.
Marion also greatly enjoyed cooking, baking and entertaining, and loved a good party. She and Pat were surrounded by their children, family members, and hosts of friends, at many memorable holiday and fun birthday gatherings, around the Dunrovich table. She was an amazing hostess and made some of the most incredible dishes including her famous coleslaw, stuffing, mushrooms, and delicious apple pie. After a great day at sea, she often made fish fries for the whole gang with their “catch of the day”. She was a lover of desserts and sweets, especially chocolate. But her greatest love and joy of all was being a mother.
Marion was sadly predeceased by three of her children, Susan, Jackie, and Jimmy, her sister Margaret (Peggy), and her brothers Owen and Frank. She is survived by her husband John (Pat) of 65 years, daughter Marion and husband Greg, grandson Sean, sisters Kathleen Payne and Patricia McCourt, and many loving nieces and nephews and their children.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Marion's memory. http://stjude.org