In memory of
Beatrice Kathleen Papera
In memory of
Beatrice Kathleen Papera
Beatrice Kathleen Papera Longtime activist, speaker and mentor for National MS Society Beatrice Kathleen Papera (nee Guidera), mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died at home on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Beatrice was born in Jersey City, N.J., and raised in the Forest Hill Section of Newark, N.J. She graduated from Arts High School in 1963, and shortly after eloped with the love of her life, John Papera. Together they raised their family in Rockaway Township, N.J., before moving to the Towaco section of Montville in 1975. They also maintained a residence in Highland Beach, Fla., for many years. Beatrice worked many years as an activist, motivational speaker and support group mentor with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She was a 50-plus year survivor of the disease and an inspiration to many. Beatrice was a lifetime member of Sweet Adelines International barbershop singing group and participated in many competitions throughout the years. She was known to have kept closets filled with glittery costumes, wigs, and stage makeup from those years. Throughout her life Beatrice shared her love of Pavarotti, music, theater and art with her children and grandchildren. Beatrice was also known for her love of entertaining and cooking; where many of her family's traditions began. When she wasn't singing, cooking or entertaining, Beatrice could be found traveling, scuba diving, swimming with the dolphins and antiquing. Beatrice was a parishioner at St. Pius X Church, Montville and St. Lucy's Church, Highland Beach. She was a longtime member of the Deer Lake Club, Boonton, N.J. Beatrice was predeceased by her beloved husband, John L. Papera Sr. ('07); her son, Frederick ('04) and her daughter, Dorothy ('66). She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen M. Iola (Robert); her son, John L. Papera Jr. (Christine); her daughter-in-law, Rosemarie Marucci Papera, and her much loved grandchildren, Ashton, Tyler (Kendall), Maria, Juliana and Grace and her great- grandson, Gunner. Graveside services will be held at Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in East Hanover, N.J., on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. Due to Covid restrictions, the family will hold a Memorial Mass and celebration in memory of Beatrice in the spring of 2021. In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Beatrice's memory with a donation to Island Dolphin Care: 150 Lorelane Pl., Key Largo, Fla. 33037, islanddolphincare.org .
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Beatrice Kathleen Papera
Beatrice Kathleen Papera Longtime activist, speaker and mentor for National MS Society Beatrice Kathleen Papera (nee Guidera), mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died at home on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Beatrice was born in Jersey City, N.J., and raised in the Forest Hill Section of Newark, N.J. She graduated from Arts High School in 1963, and shortly after eloped with the love of her life, John Papera. Together they raised their family in Rockaway Township, N.J., before moving to the Towaco section of Montville in 1975. They also maintained a residence in Highland Beach, Fla., for many years. Beatrice worked many years as an activist, motivational speaker and support group mentor with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She was a 50-plus year survivor of the disease and an inspiration to many. Beatrice was a lifetime member of Sweet Adelines International barbershop singing group and participated in many competitions throughout the years. She was known to have kept closets filled with glittery costumes, wigs, and stage makeup from those years. Throughout her life Beatrice shared her love of Pavarotti, music, theater and art with her children and grandchildren. Beatrice was also known for her love of entertaining and cooking; where many of her family's traditions began. When she wasn't singing, cooking or entertaining, Beatrice could be found traveling, scuba diving, swimming with the dolphins and antiquing. Beatrice was a parishioner at St. Pius X Church, Montville and St. Lucy's Church, Highland Beach. She was a longtime member of the Deer Lake Club, Boonton, N.J. Beatrice was predeceased by her beloved husband, John L. Papera Sr. ('07); her son, Frederick ('04) and her daughter, Dorothy ('66). She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen M. Iola (Robert); her son, John L. Papera Jr. (Christine); her daughter-in-law, Rosemarie Marucci Papera, and her much loved grandchildren, Ashton, Tyler (Kendall), Maria, Juliana and Grace and her great- grandson, Gunner. Graveside services will be held at Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in East Hanover, N.J., on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. Due to Covid restrictions, the family will hold a Memorial Mass and celebration in memory of Beatrice in the spring of 2021. In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Beatrice's memory with a donation to Island Dolphin Care: 150 Lorelane Pl., Key Largo, Fla. 33037, islanddolphincare.org .
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