Ursula M. Blodgett had died 2/6/2019 at Jersey Shore Center in Eatontown, NJ, at the age of 81 1/2, impressive given her poor upbringing.
She was born August 26th, 1937 and raised in Keansburg as one of 11 siblings and half siblings (from the same mother). She later lived in Eatontown, Neptune, and finally Oceanport.
Her Catholic upbringing, an in-between period with charismatic Christianity, personal study and life experiences shaped her respectable moral character and integrity. Her faith, primarily identifiable as Catholic, remained with her and remained inspiring and meaningful to her until the end.
She exhibited an admirable work ethic in her employment starting in her mid teens in the food service industry (waitressing at Monmouth Queen Diner in Eatontown). She later learned nursing at Union Technical Institute and became an MA and then an LPN and worked at Medi Center in Red Bank and then Monmouth Convalescent Center (Monmouth Care Center) in Long Branch, primarily with geriatric patients, exhibiting extraordinary and heroic compassion and caring, above and beyond the basic requirements including purchasing and bringing in favored music to play for the patients, to the gratitude of many patients. Finally she worked at Shop Rite as a meat packer until retirement, for a break from the demands of nursing yet still tenacity-requiring work.
She was a devoted and supportive wife (3 times and then she decided 3 was enough) for 38 years. Harold Lehmann, Frank Terry, and Rolfe Blodgett, Jr. all predecease Ursula.
She was predeceased by her parents Grace Jones and Lewis LeComte along with several of her siblings.
She was a caring mother of 5, all surviving her : Charlotte Pierce and Harold Lehmann Jr. from Harold Sr., Cynthia Terry and Lois Rose from Frank, and finally Rolfe III.
She enjoyed gardening and chatting with her neighbors. She had an interest in history, politics and patriotism and kept up with the news. Excellent cook. Exceptionally handy and creative (home renovation and repairs, decorating, gardening, crocheting, etc.). Spirited for the Holiday seasons in her decorating, cooking, and baking faithfully and industriously each year. Her solutions were sometimes unusual but always succeeding in getting the job done, always saving money often during lean times and often artistically beautiful, including the home-made artificial Christmas tree from tomato planter cages, wreath and centerpiece decorations and all the ornaments and lights. And an angel on top. Looking as if an angel had created it. She also made a larger outdoor one with a snow-covered motif, which was just as impressive. Blur your vision slightly to overlook that it is aluminum ducting tape attaching the angel to the top; consider it ornate silver.
Always with a smile to give. Lovingly affectionate. Grumpy at times but to put it more positively, a tough lady who never let herself be messed around, crediting her Irish blood and Le Comte ancestry. Some lifestyle and healthcare improvements later helped her become more tempered (and stop yelling at the often bad news on TV as she’d began doing).
Her expressions were amusingly memorable and endearing including one of a certain fast running baseball player and a president with many pills. Her invented words were often amusing and apt and many should possibly be added to the dictionary. She'll be missed but always remembered.
Her location of burial is Fair View Cemetery in Middletown, NJ. A memorial service will be held at Damiano Funeral Home in Long Branch, NJ on Wednesday November 11th from 6 to 8 p.m. The family invites you to leave a letter of condolence by selecting the Tribute/Guestbook link above.
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