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Joan Rita Gage Obituary

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Joan Rita Gage

Metuchen, New Jersey

September 3, 1943 - July 6, 2024

Joan Rita Gage Obituary

Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.” Isaiah 40:21


Joan Gage, 80, of Edison, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones, with her daughter, Rita, by her side, on Saturday morning, July 6, 2024. Like everything that she did throughout her extraordinary life, our “Saint Joan'' went through cancer with unfailing faith, positive determination, and abundant grace. 


Joan was a most loving daughter, sister, niece, wife, mother, aunt, Godmother, sister-in-law, cousin, friend, teacher, leader, parishioner, and volunteer. Her sweet, vivacious presence will be deeply missed by all.


Joan was predeceased by her adoring husband Richard Gage in 2020, her devoted brother, Donald Grickowski in 2015, and her beloved mother Helen Kazmierczak Grickowski in 1966. Although she felt their loss from her life too soon, the certainty of a heavenly reunion gave her great comfort.


Joan’s daughters and grandchildren were her pride and joy. She is survived by her two daughters, Jennifer Reybok and her husband, Richard, of Boca Raton, Florida, and Rita Brzozowski, of Hackettstown, New Jersey, and her four grandchildren, Samantha, Kaitlyn, Daniel, and Ava. Joan said yes to everything good that life had to offer. She enjoyed playing games, movies, traveling, dining out, amusement parks, sports, conversation, bike rides, naps, theater, church trips, special projects, and visiting new places, especially with her husband, daughters, and grandchildren.


Joan was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1943, and was raised by her mother and older brother in Newark and Fords, among a very close-knit family, which included her grandmother, Mary Neidzwiecka Kazmierczak, her mother’s three sisters, Therese Sullivan, Irene Krozier, and Rita Regina Nietupski, along with their husbands and children. All eleven first cousins grew up together as siblings. She is predeceased by her first cousins, Richard J. Sullivan and Raymond D. Nietupski. She is survived by her first cousins Rodney Rita Mohr (Sullivan), Lynn DiPlacido (Nietupski), Karen Gimson (Krozier), Russell Sullivan, Mark Nietupski, David Krozier, and Gery Nietupski. She is also survived by her dear sister-in-law, Maureen Grickowski, her many cousin-in-laws, her loving nieces and nephews, Donna Yanusz, Toni Kayatin, Paula Mehl, Daniel Grickowski and Matthew Grickowski, and her Goddaughter, Kristi Marie Steinmetz, with whom she shared a very special bond. Joan cherished her family members and friends as her “special angels.” Believing the way to put God’s love into action was “to always be there for each other,” she was faithfully attentive and loyal to every member of her family, which included her very dear and precious friends.


Due to her intelligence, and her good nature, Joan was a natural student who considered learning exciting and fun. Throughout her education and then during her long teaching career, she made the classroom a happy, social place. She graduated from Kean University with a B.A. and M.A. in Early Childhood Psychology. For 35 years, she was an elementary school teacher at Lindeneau School in Edison Township. When she retired, she remained involved in the community by volunteering in numerous organizations: Parker House, Legion of Mary, Rosary Society, Edison Elks, and Meals on Wheels. She served as a Eucharistic minister and a CCD teacher. Wherever there was a carnival or a tricky tray, she was there, a church fundraiser, she was there. Even her cozy home became an extension of hope and charity - her door was always open and her table always full of fellowship, prayer, and laughter. From her magnificent faith and joy, to her rich vocabulary and stylish penmanship, whenever Joan shared her talents, it was a blessing for the world. ‘Wonderful,’ ‘beautiful,’ ‘amazing,’ were some of her favorite words to use, and these are the same words that we will use to describe Joan, our memories of her life, and the “most special” legacy of love that she has gifted to each one of us. “I thank my God whenever I remember you.” Philippians 1:3


Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 14th, 2024 from 2-6 p.m. at Costello-Runyon Funeral Home, 568 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 27), Metuchen. The funeral will take place Monday, July 15, 2024, at 10:15 am at the funeral home followed by an 11:00am Funeral Mass at St. Matthew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, Edison.  A Private Burial will be held at St. Stephen's Cemetery, Keasby, at a future date.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Matthew the Apostle Church, 81 Seymour Ave., Edison, NJ 08817 or Guardian Angels Catholic Church c/o Transfiguration of the Lord, 23 South 5th Ave., Highland Park, NJ 08904.






To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Joan Rita Gage hosted by Costello-Runyon Funeral Home.

Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.” Isaiah 40:21


Joan Gage, 80, of Edison, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones, with her daughter, Rita, by her side, on Saturday morning, July 6, 2024. Like everything that she did throughout her extraordinary life, our “Saint Joan'' went through cancer with unfailing faith, positive determination, and abundant grace. 


Joan was a most loving daughter, sister, niece, wife, mother, aunt, Godmother, sister-in-law, cousin, friend, teacher, leader, parishioner, and volunteer. Her sweet, vivacious presence will be deeply missed by all.


Joan was predeceased by her adoring husband Richard Gage in 2020, her devoted brother, Donald Grickowski in 2015, and her beloved mother Helen Kazmierczak Grickowski in 1966. Although she felt their loss from her life too soon, the certainty of a heavenly reunion gave her great comfort.


Joan’s daughters and grandchildren were her pride and joy. She is survived by her two daughters, Jennifer Reybok and her husband, Richard, of Boca Raton, Florida, and Rita Brzozowski, of Hackettstown, New Jersey, and her four grandchildren, Samantha, Kaitlyn, Daniel, and Ava. Joan said yes to everything good that life had to offer. She enjoyed playing games, movies, traveling, dining out, amusement parks, sports, conversation, bike rides, naps, theater, church trips, special projects, and visiting new places, especially with her husband, daughters, and grandchildren.


Joan was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1943, and was raised by her mother and older brother in Newark and Fords, among a very close-knit family, which included her grandmother, Mary Neidzwiecka Kazmierczak, her mother’s three sisters, Therese Sullivan, Irene Krozier, and Rita Regina Nietupski, along with their husbands and children. All eleven first cousins grew up together as siblings. She is predeceased by her first cousins, Richard J. Sullivan and Raymond D. Nietupski. She is survived by her first cousins Rodney Rita Mohr (Sullivan), Lynn DiPlacido (Nietupski), Karen Gimson (Krozier), Russell Sullivan, Mark Nietupski, David Krozier, and Gery Nietupski. She is also survived by her dear sister-in-law, Maureen Grickowski, her many cousin-in-laws, her loving nieces and nephews, Donna Yanusz, Toni Kayatin, Paula Mehl, Daniel Grickowski and Matthew Grickowski, and her Goddaughter, Kristi Marie Steinmetz, with whom she shared a very special bond. Joan cherished her family members and friends as her “special angels.” Believing the way to put God’s love into action was “to always be there for each other,” she was faithfully attentive and loyal to every member of her family, which included her very dear and precious friends.


Due to her intelligence, and her good nature, Joan was a natural student who considered learning exciting and fun. Throughout her education and then during her long teaching career, she made the classroom a happy, social place. She graduated from Kean University with a B.A. and M.A. in Early Childhood Psychology. For 35 years, she was an elementary school teacher at Lindeneau School in Edison Township. When she retired, she remained involved in the community by volunteering in numerous organizations: Parker House, Legion of Mary, Rosary Society, Edison Elks, and Meals on Wheels. She served as a Eucharistic minister and a CCD teacher. Wherever there was a carnival or a tricky tray, she was there, a church fundraiser, she was there. Even her cozy home became an extension of hope and charity - her door was always open and her table always full of fellowship, prayer, and laughter. From her magnificent faith and joy, to her rich vocabulary and stylish penmanship, whenever Joan shared her talents, it was a blessing for the world. ‘Wonderful,’ ‘beautiful,’ ‘amazing,’ were some of her favorite words to use, and these are the same words that we will use to describe Joan, our memories of her life, and the “most special” legacy of love that she has gifted to each one of us. “I thank my God whenever I remember you.” Philippians 1:3


Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 14th, 2024 from 2-6 p.m. at Costello-Runyon Funeral Home, 568 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 27), Metuchen. The funeral will take place Monday, July 15, 2024, at 10:15 am at the funeral home followed by an 11:00am Funeral Mass at St. Matthew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, Edison.  A Private Burial will be held at St. Stephen's Cemetery, Keasby, at a future date.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Matthew the Apostle Church, 81 Seymour Ave., Edison, NJ 08817 or Guardian Angels Catholic Church c/o Transfiguration of the Lord, 23 South 5th Ave., Highland Park, NJ 08904.






To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Joan Rita Gage hosted by Costello-Runyon Funeral Home.

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