“A Beautiful Love Story”
Ann Janice Trela, 76, formerly of North Edison and Manahawkin, was surrounded by loving arms and went to heaven to be with her one and only love, Tom, on April 19, 2021 at Independence Manor in Flemington, N.J. The day she passed is so special because it was the same day Tom, her husband received his one-way ticket to heaven exactly 13 years ago. On the day she passed, we asked God for a sign that their hearts were reunited. That very afternoon, God was gracious and granted our wish. A magnificent double rainbow appeared in the sky that confirmed their beautiful reunification. (the picture of the double rainbow to the right is the actual picture taken the afternoon after Ann’s passing in Tara’s backyard). We thank God for sending us that sign.
She was born Ann Janice Keiser and grew up in Hillside, N.J. She loved everyone. She was kind, generous, thoughtful, smart, funny, hard-working, but most of all a loving mother. She was president of Alert Equipment Company, in Edison for 17 years. For many years she volunteered at the Edison First Aid Squad #2. Afterwards, she worked as an Executive Secretary, for Solaris Health System for over 25 years. She always wore a smile on her face, which was her most beautiful asset. She always wanted to help others and would go out of her way to even help a stranger. She earned the nick name “Gadget Woman” because she loved gadgets of all kinds. If it was a “chopper’, a “set and forget it” or anything “as seen on TV,” she had to have it and you were getting one too!
She loved getting together with her family and enjoyed the simple things in life like family dinners and jumping on a trampoline with her grandkids, even if she didn’t know how she was going to get up or out afterwards. She could conjure up an awesome Chicken Noodle soup that would taste delicious and warm your soul because you knew it was made with so much love. Oh, and did I mention the Potato Salad! Man, she was the Potato Salad Queen, made the best potato salad on the East Coast!
She loved nature, critters of all kinds and camping. She was the best kind of beautiful, the one that’s inside and out. We are so lucky to have been raised by a mother that gave us so much love. She is survived by her 4 children, Thomas Trela Jr. her son (wife Gail) of Columbia, Sandra Johnston her daughter (husband Michael “Peach”) of Knowlton, Chris Trela her son (wife Kathy) of Colonia, Tara Cody aka “Doot” her daughter (husband Mark) of Milford. She is also survived by her sister Sheryl Catena (husband Frank) and nephew Sean Prawdzik. In addition, she has 12 Beautiful grandchildren: Amanda, Jack, Samantha, Stephanie, Thomas Joseph III, Marissa, Tabitha, Nicholas, Dylan, Kylie, Hailey and Lexi. Also, she has two great grandchildren Harker and Santino, and two new grandchildren on the way in May, Colter Thomas and Ada Mae. In her free time when not riding motorcycles with Tom in heaven, she will be working hard as a guardian angel to watch over and protect her loving family.
The family would like to thank Ivy her personal nurse, and the entire staff at Independence Manor for their exceptional care. Because of the wonderful care she received, we were able to spend so many more precious moments with her, that we will always cherish in our hearts. Lastly, in her honor, you may make a donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in her name and if not, we ask that you simply do something kind for someone today in honor of her everlasting kindness and love towards everyone. You only get one mother in life and we are eternally grateful God chose her for us. Enjoy heaven mom, tell dad we love him so much too and we’ll keep a look out for two cardinals now, instead of one. XOXO. Services will be held by her loving family privately.
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