Ann Shirley Hanadel

Died: Mon., May 25, 2015


7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Fri., May 29, 2015
Location: Wood Funeral Home

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., May 30, 2015
Location: St. Theresa's R.C. Church

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Sat., May 30, 2015
Location: St. Theresa's R.C. Church

Interment following funeral service

12:30 PM Sat., May 30, 2015
Location: Greenwood Cemetery

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Shirley Hanadel was born Ann Shirley Ponticello, February 15th, 1931 the only child of an Italian father and Irish mother in Weehawken, NJ. The family soon moved to their new home in Nutley, and Shirley went to Nutley schools. Her father, Phillip was instrumental in helping form the Public Service Unions in the early 20's but soon tired of Union tactics. An avid inventor and painter, he spent his spare time doting on his daughter who would be known as Shirley. Her mother, Anne, who had sustained a back injury in childhood, was largely home-bound.

Shirley started working at a young age and discovered the joy of having her own money. She loved clothes and pretty things and soon landed a great job with Ma Bell in Newark. Attending a friends' wedding as Maid of Honor, Shirley met the love of her life, David G. Hanadel. After a brief engagement, the pair eloped. Eleven months later, a son Keith was born, followed quickly by Katherine, Kraig, and later the twins, Kim and Karen. Dave worked with his father, George in their company, Hanadel's' Dairy which had milk delivery routes throughout Nutley, Belleville, Bloomfield and Clifton. George, through his suppliers, was warned of an imminent threat to their business, and went looking as far-a-field as Colorado and Florida for another business to buy. They picked a family Hardware business named Margraf's Hardware in Tuckerton, changed the name to Hanadel's Hardware and soon moved the family, including Shirley's parents, down from Nutley.

Shirley, with her black hair, Elizabeth Taylor looks, ubiquitous high heels and yellow convertible, was an adjustment for Tuckerton, and Tuckerton was an adjustment for Shirley. But she grew to love the Town, and became part of organizations like the Tuckerton Library Association, serving as a board member and President for over 25 years. But the itch to earn her own money returned and she joined Dick Baer at Mystic Development selling new Waterfront homes. Another Mystic alumnae, Harry Disbrow eventually left and formed his own company, the BayShore Agency and Shirley soon joined him. She would work there for over 38 years selling real estate, and as manager and earning her Broker's license in the late 80's. She was constantly a member of the Million Dollar Sales Club and the Circle of Excellence, and was a member of the Ocean County Realtors' Grievance Committee.

She also found a great group of friends, some of whom would go on to create the Gorgeous Gourmets, an excuse to get together and show off their prized cooking skills: Elaine, Maryanne, Fran, Lucia, Idadell, Karen, and Joan--and let's not forget Doris, Marie, Kathy and Marie--the group has been a source of constant friendship and support for over 35 years.

As the kids grew up and out of the house, Shirley and Dave discovered a mutual love of antiques, and together learned all they could about them while buying the things they loved. They traveled often to Manhattan and wined and dined and cruised the West Village for bargains. After 52 years of marriage, Dave suddenly died of a heart attack, and Shirley, despite her strong nature, never fully recovered from this loss. She resumed her beloved gardening, earning her Master Gardener's designation and spending time with David and Ava, her grandchildren whenever she could.  After a brief and rapid illness, Shirley died peacefully Memorial Day, May 25th, surrounded by family and friends. She will be forever missed. She is survived by all her children, and her grandchildren, David, Ava, and Brittain and predeceased by another grandchild, Julian. She is also survived by two nieces, Fran, and Abigaile, and one nephew, Phillip 

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Mary Ann Wissel
   Posted Wed May 27, 2015

Lavender Peace, Prayers & Blessings was sent by OCBR .

Deepest sympathy and loving thoughts, Officers, Directors and Staff of the Ocean County Board of REALTORSĀ®

Mike & Laurie Didyk
   Posted Wed May 27, 2015
May it help to know that thoughts and sincere sympathy are with you all at your time of sorrow. Hoping cherished memories will help ease the sorrow within your hearts.

Paula Sullivan
   Posted Thu May 28, 2015
So sorry to hear about Shirley. We are praying for her family. Shirley was such a sweet person and for many years worked so hard for our little library. She will be greatly missed.
Paula Sullivan

Debi O'Mara
   Posted Thu May 28, 2015
Shirley was a very sweet woman that I met when I first went to work with Bayshore. I admired the love she had for real estate and her zest for whatever she did. She will be missed.

Kathy & Mike Zito
   Posted Thu May 28, 2015
Our condolences to Kim and her family. May she rest in peace.

Barbara Salerno Carr
   Posted Thu May 28, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you all ...I know this is hard to loose a Mom, your passed on the 25th of May and my Mom passed on the 27th of May and also neighbors..... May your Mom rip....

Barbara Coleman
   Posted Thu May 28, 2015
My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family.

Sharon Nugent
   Posted Fri May 29, 2015
I am sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. My belated condolences to Kim, Karen, Kathy, Keith, Kraig and your extended family members. She was a nice, strong and wonderful woman to have known.


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