Life Story: John G. Pallay, 81; Former US Marine, Lifelong Somerset Resident

John G. Pallay, 81, died Jan. 7 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

Mr. Pallay was born June 15, 1936 in East Brunswick to the late John and Margaret (Bucko) Pallay. He was a lifelong resident of Somerset.

John attended Mount Saint Mary’s College and earned a bachelor’s degree in Education. Shortly after graduating he was commissioned by President Eisenhower into the Marine Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant, stationed in Camp Pendleton, Ca. He honorably served in the Marines from 1958 to 1961. John also earned his Master’s in Education from Kings College. He was a member of the American Legion.

Mr. Pallay was a school teacher for JFK High School in Iselin for 32 years. John loved to fish, do crossword puzzles, read, and watch little league games; most of all, he treasured watching his grandchildren play sports.

John is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Helen (Mate) Pallay of Somerset; his sons, Tim Pallay of Beachwood and Chris Pallay of Somerset; his daughter, Kristen Wood and her husband Paul of Mount Pleasant, SC.; his brother, Joseph Pallay of Hillsborough; his grandchildren, Timothy, Brandon, Courtney, Patrick, and Brett; his great grandchildren, Gabriella and LJay, and many nieces and nephews

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Gleason Funeral Home, 1360 Hamilton St.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Jan. 13 at St. Matthias Church in Somerset. Entombment will follow at Franklin Memorial Park Mausoleum in North Brunswick.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Mr. John Pallay’s name to the St. Jude Foundation, www.stjude.org.


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