Elizabeth F. Rayball Loving grandmother, devout Catholic, music and theater enthusiast Elizabeth F. Rayball (nee Bogucki), of Cranford, N.J., passed away on Feb. 9, 2017, after a brief illness. She was 82 years old, but did her best to be young at heart for as many of those years as possible. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation on Monday, Feb. 13, from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at Paul Ippolito Summit Memorial, 7 Summit Ave., Summit, N.J. A Funeral Mass will follow at 10:45 a.m. at St. Teresa of Avila Church, Morris Ave., Summit. Interment will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Meriden, Conn. For additional information and to send condolences, please visit ippolitofuneralhomes.com . Elizabeth was born and raised in Meriden, Conn., as part of a large Polish family that defined the American dream. With four brothers, one sister and parents who ran a butcher shop/grocery store, life was vibrant. Sadness struck early when Elizabeth's father died of injuries suffered bravely fighting for America in World War I, but her strong family overcame this loss. Just like her older brothers, Elizabeth graduated college (Albertus Magnus in Meriden) and began her professional working life. She met her husband, James P. Rayball, in the workplace, and kids and moves to different cities followed, with Elizabeth settling down in Berkeley Heights, N.J. Some difficult years happened in her marriage, but Elizabeth found an inner strength and struck out on her own with three teenage kids. During these lean years, this single working Mom never failed to provide a dry roof, warm beds, hot meals and college tuition for her kids. Her intelligence and hard work in various jobs during these years culminated in her becoming stock options administrator for C.R. Bard in New Providence, N.J. Elizabeth was never a big fan of computers, so she was justifiably proud of using computers, math and her natural smarts to execute these stock options. But tough times were no reason not to have fun for this woman. Parties, a cold beer, and zany stories (one involved cowboys) were bound to happen when Elizabeth was around, often shared with dear family friend, Frank Kelly. Rounding out her full personality was a kindness for people she met, especially those with a uniqueness that others in society might ridicule. Elizabeth had many passions during her life. Listening to music was one, with a special fondness for Brahms and Broadway show tunes. Elizabeth was a proud member of a local choir group and greatly enjoyed their live performances. Theater was also a part of her retired life in Summit, with Elizabeth volunteering with the Summit Playhouse. Last but not least, her Catholic faith sustained and fulfilled her during her entire life. She lived a full life: one filled with ups and downs, but always lived with relish. Elizabeth is survived by her loving children: Katherine Fearon (Thomas), James F. Rayball (Holly) and Michael Rayball (Lindsay); her siblings: Marguerite, Vincent, Raymond, John Philip and Justin Bogucki; her cherished grandchildren: Matthew, Jonathan, Gabriel, Allison, William, Claire and Isabella. She was predeceased by her parents. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Operation Smile by visiting www.operationsmile.org .
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