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Obituary for Mary C Knowles (Coakley)

Mary C. (Coakley) Knowles died Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at her home in Gillette. She was 85.
Mary was born in Elizabeth, NJ on March 21, 1936, a daughter to the late Anna (Lydon) and Michael Coakley living in Elizabeth, Roselle and Union, NJ before moving to Gillette in 1980.
She was a graduate of Holy Trinity High School in Westfield, NJ.
Mary worked as a Librarian for Bernards Township Library in Bernards, NJ for many years. She also worked at the Long Hill Township Library in Gillette, NJ.
She was a member of the Long Hill Township Senior Citizens, and was an avid reader.
Mary was pre-deceased by her husband Donald E. Knowles in 2009.
She is survived by her daughter Kathryn and her husband Dominic Vatalare, a son Donald M. Knowles, and brother Kevin Coakley, a sister Ann Towey and 6 grandchildren Caitlyn, Bridget and her husband Andrew Binkley, Sean, Colin, Alexandra and Hannah. She is also survived by her great-granddaughters Olivia and Abigail.
Visitation will be Monday, December 27, 2021 from 2-4 and 7-9 at the Valley Memorial Funeral Home 1012 Valley Rd., Gillette, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at 10:00 AM at St. Vincent de Paul RC Church, 250 Bebout Ave., Stirling, NJ. Entombment will follow at St. Mary's Stony Hill Cemetery, Plainfield Rd., Watchung, NJ. Memorial contributions may be made to the Long Hill Township First Aid Squad, PO Box 145, Gillette, NJ 07933. For more information and online condolences visit