Loretta T. Montgomery (née Lavery) of Palermo, NJ, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Autumn Lake Healthcare Center, with her husband and love of her life, William J. Montgomery, by her side.Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, to Thomas and MaryEllen Lavery, she is predeceased by her parents; sisters Dorothy, Agnes, Mary, and Joan; and her brother Gerard. She is survived by her loving sister Rita Lederer. She was a graduate of the John W. Hallahan Catholic High School for Girls, where she was a Blue Ribbon Girl and the treasurer of her class. She was trained as a registered nurse at the Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing, and also attended Villanova University. Before becoming a registered nurse, she worked as an administrative assistant for the Philadelphia School Board. After nursing school, she worked as a registered nurse for Misericordia Hospital, the Philadelphia School District, St. Joseph’s Manor in Huntingdon Valley, and Holy Redeemer VNA in Swainton, NJ, before her retirement.Mrs. Montgomery and her husband Bill raised eight children in Northeast Philadelphia and spent many wonderful summers in Sea Isle City, NJ with their family. Her simple pleasures in life were the seashore, crossword puzzles, and marshmallows. Loretta and Bill had just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary together on April 11, 2018. She was devoted to her Catholic faith and she valued and loved her family above all else.Surviving are her loving husband, William J. Montgomery; eight children: William (Francine), Thomas (Kathleen), Marybeth (Dr. James) Walsh, Loretta Anne (Joseph) Corcoran, Joseph (Amy), Gerard (Elizabeth), Richard (Jacki), Robert (Jacqui); twenty grandchildren; one great grandchild; and many loving nieces and nephews. Our “Deedee” will be sadly missed and remembered by all who knew her.A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Friday, April 27, 2018 at 12 o’clock noon from Church of the Resurrection of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 200 West Tuckahoe Road, Marmora, NJ where friends may call from 10 o’clock until time of Mass.Burial will be in Cape May County Veterans Cemetery, Cape May Court House, NJ. Memorial contributions are suggested to either St. John Neumann Shrine, 1019 North 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123 or St. John’s Hospice, 1221 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.Condolences may be left at www.godfreyfuneralhome.com
Source: Birds BakeryBirds Bakery sold 182,000 Easter-themed bakery items in the run up to the holiday. As many as 122,000 hot cross buns were sold during March and April, with 40,000 selling over the weekend, the East Midlands-based business said.Altogether 36,000 Easter cupcakes,14,000 gingerbread rabbits and 10,000 chocolate lollies were distributed from the bakery’s 62 shops.Demand for its home delivery service also spiked with Thursday and Friday slots selling out and Saturday orders doubling, it said.Mike Holling, sales and marketing director at Birds Bakery, said the resurrection of the rule of six meant people were in search of treats and snacks for their first outdoor family buffet of the year.“Despite the challenges of lockdown and restrictions still in place for people looking to meet up, our home delivery service performed above our expectations,” he added.“We extended our product lines this year and with the lovely bank holiday weather, more people were able to celebrate and share a hot cross bun in the garden.”On the back of the success of the bakery’s home delivery packs, Birds has now introduced a “make your own” sausage cob, which comes complete with sausages, stuffing, apple sauce and traditional bread rolls.“We expect to see high a demand for our new packs as we approach the warmer months,” Holling added.Last month the bakery revealed it had raised £53,000 for a selection of charities in 2020 including £17,900 for WellChild, a national charity for sick children, £14,900 for SSAFA, an armed forces charity and £10,000 for The Children’s Trust.