Muriel M. Morales (Mundy), 82, of Bayville, passed away on Monday, August 15, 2022.
Born in Keansburg, NJ, she lived in Manchester, NJ, before settling in Bayville in 1972.
Many years ago, she worked for Vic’s Greenhouses in Bayville, NJ. She was very proud to be a special officer, EMT, on the HAZMAT team, and security at Ciba Geigy, Toms River and Pinkerton Security, she later worked at Wal-Mart in Toms River.
Muriel is preceded in death by her daughters Yvonne Zdanowicz and Muriel “Pebbles” Bossert, her siblings; Ralph, “Buddy”, Dolores, Margie, and Dorothy, her parents Ralph E. and Marie “May” (Burns) Mundy, her son-in-law Carl DiSalvo, and Robbie Burke, who was her daughter’s life-long best friend that Muriel considered to be just as her own child. She lovingly referred to him as a “little bastard”, as they always played jokes on one another and Robbie somehow always had the pranks to beat. She also had a great love of animals. She is meeting so many of her fur babies and horses at the Rainbow Bridge.
Muriel will be forever held in the hearts of her family and friends who affectionately knew her as “Mama”; daughter Bernadette DiSalvo, daughter Maria “Bubbles” Hirniesen, son Peter Pedraza, Jr., daughter Lissa and her husband Michael Gardner, son-in-law John Zdanowicz, nineteen grandchildren, six great grandchildren, including one on the way that she looked forward to meeting, as well as a wealth of loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.
In her family’s younger years, Muriel’s was always up for an adventure; if an idea popped into her mind, it was going to happen. There was no stopping her or telling her no. She was able to do almost anything and loved to learn new things. She was a kind hearted soul. More than anything, she was a beloved mother, aunt, great aunt, grandmother, and great grandmother. She enjoyed seeing her grandchildren and great grandchildren play, and teaching them new things. She was a strong woman who somehow got things done, leaving others to wonder how she did it. She taught her family that holidays are for family, what hard work looks like, compassion, that friends are family, and to always have a spot for someone in need. She had taken in many friends and family members through the years. She truly always had a place for someone. Muriel will be missed desperately and has left a void that can never be filled.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday, August 25, 2022 from 3 to 7pm at the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals-O’Connell Chapel, 706 US Hwy. 9, Bayville, NJ. A Funeral Service will be celebrated at 10am on Friday, August 26, 2022 at 10am at the funeral home. Entombment will follow to Fairview Cemetery, Middletown, NJ. Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com.