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Red Bank Resident, Helen 'Nanny' Gill, Dies at 83

Services begin on Wednesday.


Red Bank resident Helen "Nanny" M. Gill died on Nov. 29 at her Red Bank home after a three-year battle with cancer. She was 83.

Born in Fort Totten, NY to the late Henry Sr. and Marie Sansom, she lived her younger years at Fort Hancock on Sandy Hook, according to legacy.com.

Helen, according to her obituary, was a 1949 graduate of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. She lived in Middletown for many years before moving to Red Bank three years ago.

Helen worked as a secretary for Mater-Dei High School, and was a hostess at Howard Johnson's and a secretary for CECOM, Fort Monmouth, for many years, it added.

She was a member of the Middletown Lions Club and the Middletown Elks Ladies Auxiliary, and was Woman of the Year twice.

Helen had a passion for gardening, the beach, her pool and parties with loved ones at her home, according to legacy.com. She was also an avid Yankees and Giants fan.

"The house is too quiet now and we will all miss her so much, her laughter, her love and her gettin' on Jim," her obituary said. "We know she is at a beach somewhere in heaven with her son Jimmy enjoying her most favorite cocktail — a screwdriver!"

She is survived by: her husband of 63 years, James R. Sr.; her son and daughter-in-law, David and Beverly Gill, of Red Bank; her two grandsons, David and Bryan; her two dogs Rudy and Georgia; her sister, Doris Veenker, and husband Don; and her nieces and nephews.

Helen was preceded in death by her son James R. Jr. in 1974 and her two brothers, Henry Jr. and Richard.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown.

There will be a funeral on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Chapel, 26 Leonardville Rd., New Monmouth. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown.

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