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Catherine Chorey

Catherine Chorey, 75, of Bergenfield NJ passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, NJ. Catherine was born in Bronx, NY on November 18, 1940 to Christopher and Antoinette Joyce. She resided in the Bronx until she eventually met and married the love of her life, Robert J. Chorey on April 11, 1964. Catherine and Robert were married for 51 years and built a beautiful life together. Their love and devotion to each other exemplified what marriage is truly about. They began their married life in Yonkers, NY, where they joyfully welcomed a son and daughter. The family of four moved to Bergenfield in 1975. In her teens and twenties, Catherine had a passion for horses; often riding in Van Cortlandt Park where she would lead trail rides for others. After marrying and having children, she became a homemaker. Caring for her family was her focus until she followed another passion, floral design. She worked as a designer at the Heights Flower Shoppe in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, for many years. She enjoyed gardening and being outdoors. Working in the garden and getting her hands dirty always made her happy. It was not uncommon for her to be out watering her plants after the sun went down. When the children were young, the family made annual trips to North Wildwood, NJ where many happy memories were made. Later on, Catherine and Robert enjoyed relaxing annual trips to Cape Cod every September for many years.One of Catherine's greatest joys was being a grandmother to her beautiful grandchildren, Shawn, Brittany, Kevin and Kaitlyn. She enjoyed spending time with each of them and was always proud to show them off and share their accomplishments with others.Catherine was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 37. She courageously battled the degenerative effects of her condition throughout her years. She was also troubled by several other medical ailments that were all the more challenging due to her RA. She lost her final medical battle in the hospital surrounded by her loving family.Catherine is survived by her devoted husband Robert, son Thomas and wife Donna of Middletown, NY, daughter Kathleen and husband George of Emerson, NJ, cherished grandchildren, Shawn and Brittany Chorey and Kevin and Kaitlyn Carey as well as brother Christopher Joyce of North Carolina and several nieces and nephews. She will be sorely missed. Visiting Sunday 1-5 PM at Riewerts Memorial Home, 187 So. Washington Ave. Bergenfield. All will gather at the funeral home on Monday at 9 AM for the Funeral Mass at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church, Bergenfield at 10 AM. Interment George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Catherine's name to the Arthritis Foundation. Please visit arthritis.org.

Funeral Home: Riewerts Memorial Home 187 So. Washington Ave. Bergenfield, NJ US 07621

Previous Events

visitation
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Riewerts Memorial Home

187 South Washington Ave.
Bergenfield, NJ 07621

1-5 pm

cemetery
Monday, December 14, 2015
George Washington Memorial Park

234 Paramus Road
Paramus, NJ 07652

11:15 am

service
Monday, December 14, 2015
St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church

29 No. Washington Ave.
Bergenfield, NJ 07621

10 am


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A hug from Aunt Catherine was as good as an "I love you." ...Although she was never frugal with those words either. She was real and authentic. Aunt Catherine had an immense capacity to love. She saw beauty in so many things. I dearly loved her and am sorry that I will never get to say the words in person again. I have no doubt that she has been welcomed into God's Kingdom with open arms, and is already hard at work tending the flowers with pain free hands. She was the beloved sister to the late Michael Joyce. They shared a special connection. Aunt Catherine was by his side through his battle with cancer. After that, she was by my side and we grieved together. For a time, she was my best friend. She was like a poem or a beautiful painting, there are just no words good enough to describe her. She loved her family so much. She always spoke of them, especially her grandchildren. She would tell stories and would let out that great laugh. She was fun and had a great sense of humor. Mostly, I would say she was lucky. Although, she suffered physically more then most, she was lucky to be so loved by her husband and family. A true gift. With deepest sympathies to Uncle Bob, Thomas, Kathleen and families. May perpetual light shine upon her. Love and prayers, Antoinette

Antoinette Joyce Gillespie Dec 11 2015 12:00 AM

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