Mary Eleanor Sartorius

Mary Eleanor Sartorius
08/23/1935 - 12/24/2013

Mary Sartorius, 78, longtime resident of New Providence died at Runnells Hospital in Berkeley Heights, NJ on December 24, 2013.

Born Mary Eleanor Beckmeyer in Salina, Kansas on August 23, 1935, she grew up in nearby Chapman where she was a graduating member of the Dickinson County Community High School Class of 1953. Mary attended Kansas State University where she received a degree in Journalism in 1957. That same year, she married William “Jerry” Sartorius of Summit, NJ.

Early in their marriage, the couple lived in Ohio where Mary worked for Goodyear Tire in Akron. Moving to New Providence in 1964, she became an active member of the New Providence Library Association and Summit College Club.

Returning to work full-time after raising her family, Mary held positions at Martindale-Hubbell in New Providence, BurrellesLuce in Livingston and Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company in Madison where she worked as a copy editor until her retirement in 1994.

During retirement, Mary enjoyed traveling with her husband, performing volunteer work with the United Way and League of Women Voters and spending time with her grandchildren.

Jerry Sartorius, her husband of 50 years, died in 2008. She is survived by her daughter Linda and husband Frank Truilo of Chatham, sons Robert and wife, Cynthia of New Providence and David and girlfriend Emily of Brooklyn, NY, and three grandchildren, Emily, Michaela and Anne. Also surviving are a brother Fred W. Beckmeyer of Salina, KS and a sister Ann DuBois of Overland Park, KS.

Family and friends may call on Friday, December 27, 2013 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Bradley, Brough & Dangler Funeral Home, 309 Springfield Ave., Summit, NJ 07901. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, 306 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ. An interment will follow in St. Teresa’s Cemetery; Summit, NJ Donations can be made to Berkeley Heights Rescue Squad, 29 Park Ave., Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922 or St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, P. O. Box 159, Madison, NJ 07940. For further information, or to send the family a condolence, please visit,

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