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Rea Gross Reilly
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Rea Gross Reilly – March 23, 2017, Rea passed away peacefully today surrounded by family at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, New Jersey. She was the daughter of deceased parents David and Gertrude Gross. She was predeceased by her late husband, retired Essex County Sheriff’s Department Detective Sergeant Terrance Reilly in 1995. Rea is survived by her sisters Tina Reilley and Arlene Anfossi and Oswald Anfossi, nieces Hope Rataski and husband Kurt, Alicia Anfossi-Shapira, and Rebecca Anfossi, nephew Jason Walk and wife Jennifer, great niece Allison Walk and great nephews Grant Rataski, Zachary Rataski, David Walk, Ethan Walk and Joseph Vito.

Rea was born in Newark, New Jersey where she lived most of her life, moving to Caldwell with her husband Terry and later to Red Bank to be closer to her family. She was a graduate of South Side High School, Newark where she was a member of the Drum and Major squad as a twirler. She continued her education at Essex County College and studied Social Work. She was employed by the Essex County Department of Public Safety as a social worker in the Essex County jail system for over 20 years. Following her retirement, she enjoyed part time work as a perfume vendor for department stores including Lord and Taylor and Bloomingdales.

Rea was an avid and dedicated animal rights activist in love and memory of her beloved Shih Tzu, Taffy. Her role was instrumental in helping pass state bills which gave senior citizen rights to keep their pets when moving into a residence with animal restrictions and which allowed animal shelters to place their animals up for adoption rather than euthanizing them. With her husband, Rea volunteered her time to help with GOP fundraising efforts and events throughout the county and the state. Rea was a Gold member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a Bronze Leader for the Disabled Americans Veterans.

Rea loved good restaurants, good music and good dancing! She was especially fond of salsa music and dancing and always enjoyed evenings out into the late hours with her sister and friends. She also loved to travel and visit the hot spots along the east Coast. She was a voracious reader and made it a point to well-informed on all local, government and world news and events. Rea was a kind, generous, loyal and thoughtful sister, aunt and friend. She was greatly loved and touched so many lives. She will be missed but will leave beautiful memories to those who knew and loved her.

Services will be held at Woolley-Boglioli, 10 Morrell Street in Long Branch on Friday at 11:00am. Immediately following, she will be laid to rest next to her husband at the King Solomon Memorial Park, 550 Dwasline Road Clifton, New Jersey.

In Lieu of Flowers please make a donation in Rea’s name to the American Cancer Society at Please send memorial cards to:

The Family of Rea G. Reilly
10 Teabury Lane
Oakhurst, NJ 07755

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King Solomon Memorial Park

550 Dwasline Road
Clifton, New Jersey


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