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Death in our diocesan family: Gertrude Ratigan Kress


With sadness we share the news of the death of Gertrude Ratigan Kress, 99, on December 4, 2017 after a brief illness. She was the mother of the Rev. Elizabeth Golub.

Friends and family may visit 10:30 AM - 12 PM on Friday, December 8 at the M. John Scanlan Funeral Home, Pompton Plains. A funeral Mass will be celebrated 12:30 PM on Friday, December 8 at Cedar Crest Chapel, Pompton Plains. Burial will be at Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah.

Before retiring Gertrude was a Catholic school teacher and a sales associate for Stern's and Macy's. She was a lay minister in the Cedar Crest Catholic Community. She enjoyed the Cedar Crest social life as well as spending time with her family and her dear companion and friend, John Duncan.

Gertrude is survived by her daughters Elizabeth Golub and Bernadette Kress-Majors and her sons-in-law David Golub and Dick Majors; five grandchildren, Tim, Dan, Michael, Sarah and Alex; three great grandchildren, Judah, Layla and Max; and her sister Peggy Seegers. She was predeceased by her husband George and brothers John and Frank.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Gertrude's memory can be made to the Holy Trinity Food Pantry, 315 Main St. West Orange, NJ 07052 or Cedar Crest Pastoral Ministries.

Condolences may be sent to the Rev. Elizabeth Golub at 18 Wittig Terrace, Wayne, NJ 07470.

Lord, for your faithful people life is changed, not ended. When the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death we gain an everlasting dwelling place in heaven. Lord, grant eternal rest, forever in the radiance of your light. Amen.