Mary Cate

Mary T. Cate

Thursday, December 3rd, 1931 - Sunday, August 30th, 2020
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Mary Tomko Cate, 88, formerly of Somerset passed away on Sunday, Aug 30, 2020.

As one of six children, Mary was born in William Penn, PA to Andrew and Helen (Havrilko) Tomko on December 3, 1931. In 1955, after marrying Robert F Cate; the couple moved to Somerset, NJ, where they resided for 45 years. Mary retired from NJ Bell in 1999 after thirty years of perfect attendance. After retirement, she moved to Hopewell, NJ with her daughter & family.

Mary is predeceased by her husband, Robert F. Cate, son Thomas Cate, and great grandson Chase Harlan Monson, as well as her parents and siblings; Leonard Tomko, Bernard Tomko and Veronica Tomko James. Surviving are her two brothers; Raymond and Thomas Tomko.

Blessed by a large and loving family, surviving children are; Robert Cate (Denise Slifer), Marianne Murphy (Robert D), Steven Cate, Sharon Edwards (Lee); Grandchildren Megan Cate Monson (Justin), Ashley Cate, Kaitlynn, Jillian & Robert J Murphy, Steven Cate Jr, and Paige & Colby Edwards.

Beloved mother, grandmother and Aunt will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Mary was interested and engaged in life and conversations. She enjoyed a simple life, spending time with family, baking her famous fudge and shopping on QVC, as her closet is a treasure trove. She loved her blue hair, had a flair for fashion and always had a warm, gentle smile for everyone.

Services will take place at St. Matthias Church, JFK Blvd on Friday, September 4th at 10:00am followed by interment at Resurrection Cemetery in Piscataway. NJ.
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  • Service

    Friday, September 4th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Friday, September 4th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Matthias Church
    168 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
    SOMERSET, NJ 08873
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  • Interment

    Resurrection Cemetery
    899 Lincoln Avenue
    PISCATAWAY, NJ 08854
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Private Condolence

Helen Shanosky

Posted at 04:14pm
Sorry for your loss. Mary was a wonderful person. Helen Shanosky

Pam Gunter

Posted at 05:51pm
To the entire Cate family,
May "Aunt Mary" Rest in Peace and be back in "Uncle Bob's" arms. Loved them both and the news of her passing is heartbreaking. Sending you love, hugs and strength during such difficult times. I sure pray there is a shopping heaven for Vern and Mary are back together. Xxoo Pam Boulle Gunter

Sharon Edwards

Posted at 08:21am
We had a wonderful mother,
One who never really grew old;
Her smile was made of sunshine,
And her heart was solid gold;
Her eyes were as bright as shining stars,
And in her cheeks fair roses you see.
We had a wonderful mother,
And that’ s the way it will always be.
But take heed, because
She’s still keeping an eye on all of us,
So let’s make sure
She will like what she sees.

A fitting poem for our loving mother who will forever stay in our hearts..
Rob, Marianne, Steven, Thomas and Sharon

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