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Margie M. (Grandma Margie) Howlett

Obituary for Margie M. (Grandma Margie) Howlett

July 28, 2017
Absecon, New Jersey


Margie M. Howlett (Grandma Margie), 88, of Absecon passed away on Friday July 28, 2017. She was two months shy of her 89th birthday.
Margie will be greeted in heaven by her loving husband of 52 years, Leo I Howlett

Jr., her parents Thomas & Anna Miklencic, her siblings Agnes Hendricks, Rose Schmoyer, Pearl Shelly, John Miklencic, Joseph Miklencic, and Anna Hopko. Her first priority was her family. Margie was a wonderful and supportive wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Margie always had a beautiful smile and a wonderful personality. Everyone who knew Margie loved her. She and her late husband were Absecon icons and known for their generosity. She knew everyone in town and made them feel special. People knew her best by her nickname of Mrs Absecon.

A resident of Atlantic County since 1951. Margie was born in Pennsylvania and graduated from East Stroudsburg State Teachers College. She attended American Red Cross Swimming Instructor's Course at Camp Powatanika, MD. She taught swimming lessons, junior and senior life saving classes at her parent's amusement park in Pennsylvania for 9 summers. She received a certificate of appreciation from the American Red Cross headquarters in Allentown, PA for her years of volunteer work. She was an avid swimmer and diver.

Mrs. Howlett taught physical education in Atlantic City Public schools for 9 years from 1951-1960. She was then a substitute teacher in the Absecon Public Schools for several years. In 1980, she joined her husband, Leo I Howlett Jr. in the operation of Howlett Hardware Company in Absecon until their retirement in 1996. She was a member of the American Association of University Women, the Absecon Republican Club, and the Absecon Business Commercial Development Inc.

Margie was a strong supporter (often behind the scenes) of the Absecon Historical Society and along with her husband Lee, they donated their building on New Jersey Avenue for the Historical Society's Museum, which was proudly renamed Howlett Hall in their honor. As a Society Director, she loved coordinating the dinner meetings for all of the Absecon residents. Margie and Lee received a lifetime service award from the Absecon Business and Commercial Development Corp, a Proclamation from Mayor Elco and a Proclamation from Dennis Levinson, Atlantic County Executive proclaiming Sept 29, 2007 Howlett Family Day. Also honoring the Howlett's that day was State Senator James (Sonny) McCullough.

Margie loved her daughters and especially her grandchildren. She was very proud of her daughters' accomplishments. Sherry Lee, her eldest, was Homecoming Queen and Salutatorian at Holy Spirit High School. Sherry Lee was also Miss Absecon, a graduate of Boston College and worked at Apple Computer in California. Her youngest, Jane Ann was also Homecoming Queen at Holy Spirit. Jane Ann was also elected to the West Virginia University Board of Governors, and President of the American Management Association. She also graduated Cum Laude at West Virginia University.

Margie & Lee traveled often, to Europe and many other destinations. She loved taking her entire family on vacation. Some of her favorite trips with her family included Atlantis in the Bahamas, Disney World, the Outer Banks, Las Vegas, Boston, New York City and Hawaii. She always looked forward to their annual family Cape May beach vacation. Her grandchildren will miss her weekly letters, regular phone calls and wonderful gifts. She also enjoyed traveling with Lee and spending every February in Hawaii since 1996.

Margie is survived by her two daughters Sherry Lee (Chris) Hogan of New York and Jane Ann (Josh) Turiel of Massachusetts. Also, four grandchildren: CJ, Connor,
and Caitlin Hogan, and David Turiel. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Kirk of Pennsylvania and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Margie's Life Celebration and viewing on
Wednesday, August 9th from 10 to 11:45am at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 591 New Jersey Avenue Absecon. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12 noon. A private burial will take place on Thursday, August 10th at Laurel Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests sending memorial donations in her name to the Absecon Historical Society, Howlett Hall, P.O. Box 1422, Absecon, NJ 08201.

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Family services by Jeffries and Keates Funeral Home, Northfield.

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  • Absecon Historical Society, Howlett Hall
    P.O. Box 1422
    Absecon, NJ 08201

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