Elizabeth Putera

Elizabeth Putera

Monday, September 14th, 2020
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Elizabeth Putera
Elizabeth “Betty” Putera passed away peacefully on Monday September 14, 2020 at the Chelsea Assisted Living Facility in Monroe Township, NJ. At 97, Elizabeth was just one month shy of her 98th birthday.
Elizabeth was born on October 20th, 1922 in New Brunswick, NJ, and lived for over 60 years in the home she built with her husband Joe in East Brunswick. She was the youngest of nine children born to Joseph and Elizabeth Huether. She grew up in North Brunswick and was an alumni of Saint Peter’s High School. Throughout her life, Elizabeth was a steadfast Roman Catholic with a very special devotion to the Rosary. She was a member of The Church of St. Bartholomew in East Brunswick and a lay member of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri.
Elizabeth was a smart, skillful, tenacious woman who accepted every challenge and took on every task with a “can do” mindset. She was an excellent cook and a superior baker who delighted friends and family with her amazing, always home made confections. She imparted her culinary skills to her daughters, teaching them to never stop appreciating the joy of gathering. Her handwritten recipes and life lessons will forever be family treasures.
Elizabeth was an avid and skillful gardener who creatively turned her yard into a sanctuary for birds and flowers. Many a wildflower, seedling and stone found its way into her beautiful garden. Nature was a great joy for her, as were books, words, art and music. She was also a quilter, and made beautiful blankets, pillows and other hand-sewn treasures for her family. Autumn was her favorite time of year. She always looked forward to a leaf-peeping trip to Vermont or anywhere where the colors were bursting in the height of the season.
Elizabeth had a song for every occasion and sang in harmony right up until her final days. And oh, how she could sing! She passed on her love of singing to all of her daughters who are all known to spontaneously break into song when prompted by a word or thought. Always the lady, she taught us the joy of beauty, the magic of sound, the art of selflessness, and the grace to look first after others’ needs.
Elizabeth was a true matriarch who deeply cherished her family. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph Putera in 2013 and daughter Jane Putera in 2018. Betty was also predeceased by all of her siblings, Vincent, Joseph and Robert Huether, Rita Erath, Hildegard Spataro, Regina Brown, Bernadette Rooney, and Loretta Huether.
Elizabeth is survived by her daughters Barbara Gibbons and her husband Tom of Jamesburg, Lisa Putera of Tinton Falls, and Stephanie Lanzalotto and her husband Joe of Kendall Park. She is also survived by her six grandchildren Megan and Matthew Gibbons, Julie deKlerk, Therese Birdsey, and Gregory and Jonathan Lanzalotto as well as her four great grandchildren Emily and James deKlerk, Lucas Gibbons and Thomas Gibbons.
Visiting will take place on Thursday September 17, 2020 from 3-6 PM at the Gleason Funeral Home 1360 Hamilton Street in Somerset and from 9-9:30 AM on Friday the 18th. A funeral mass will follow at 10 AM on Friday the 18th at St. Matthias Church in Somerset. Committal services will follow at Holy Cross Mausoleum in South Brunswick. Masks are required as is adherence to social distancing protocols at both the funeral home and the church. Contributions in Elizabeth’s name may be made to The Clear Thoughts Foundation at , or $eed Money at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 17th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Thursday, September 17th, 2020 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Gleason Funeral Home
    1360 Hamilton Street
    SOMERSET, NJ 08873
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  • Service

    Friday, September 18th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Friday, September 18th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Matthias Church
    168 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
    SOMERSET, NJ 08873
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  • Interment

    Holy Cross Mausoleum and Cemetery
    840 Cranbury South River Road
    JAMESBURG, NJ 08831
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Michael S Smaldone

Posted at 07:15pm
Stephanie - I have fond memories of you and your Mom - She is now in Glory with our Lord and Savior - I think of you often and will continue to keep you in my prayers, and will now include Mom - May our Lord Jesus bless you this day!

Rose Huether

Posted at 09:50am
I always knew her as Aunt Betty. The youngest of nine Huether children. Dad called her "Bett". God Bless Grandma Elizabeth for having patience and energy for nine babies. Everyone who met Aunt Betty received her beautiful smile, warm demeanor, and welcoming presence. She lived a full and wonderful life then passed away peacefully by Gods' abundant Grace. We should all be so fortunate. God rest your soul Aunt Betty. My love and prayers are with your daughters and family. The world is a better place because of the love and nurturing you left behind.

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