Life Story: Catherine Jean Rebbel, 84, Formerly Of Somerset

Mrs. Catherine Jean Rebbel passed away Jan. 7 at her home in Flemington. She was 84 years old.

Born in Baltimore, Md. to Edward and Evelyn Rossiter, Jean graduated from Patterson Park High School. She’d lived in and around Somerset since 1967 before settling in Flemington in 2002. Over the years, her garrulous, personable nature aided her in her work as a telephone switchboard operator and later as receptionist at the Center for Professional Advancement in New Brunswick. She enjoyed tennis and bowling, as well as shopping and lunch trips with friends. An avid reader and lover of books, she cherished nothing more though than time spent with family.

Mrs. Rebbel is survived by her husband of 65 years, Roy Rebbel; by their children, Janis Coords and her husband Don of Hillsborough, Brian Rebbel and his wife Jackie of Bridgewater, and Linda Rebbel of Asbury Park; by grandchildren Karen Costa and her husband John of Flagtown, NJ, Jonathan Coords and his wife Cari of Hillsborough, Robert Coords and wife Sonya of Bound Brook, Melissa Waszaj and husband Jason of Hillsborough, Daniel Rebbel of Piscataway, and Kelli D’Amato of Bridgewater; and by great-grandchildren Joshua, Emily, Samantha, Sadie, Laine, Malachi, Arianna, Ayanna, Anslee, Dakota, Connor, Summer, Mackenzie, Aubrie, and Austin.

Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Gleason Funeral Home, 1360 Hamilton St. The funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 11 at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Middlebush.

Always a charitable and compassionate person, Jean gave generously to so many worthy causes. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in her name to Handfuls of Hope at www.handfulsofhope.org.


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