~~Laconia, NH – Loraine M. Radice, 91, of Laconia, NH, a former resident of Whippany for 50 years, died on July 29, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Anthony “Tony” Radice, with whom she shared 60 years of marriage until his passing in 2007.
Loraine was born in Orange, NJ, on May 5, 1924, the only child of Herman Manus and Jessie Grant Manus (Gepfert). She graduated from Bloomfield High School and Berkeley Secretarial School then began her career at the Curtiss-Wright Company before enlisting in the US Navy in 1944. As a WAVE (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), she applied her secretarial and organizational skills, serving as a yeoman 2nd class. Loraine and Tony met while both were stationed at Cecil Field near Jacksonville, FL, and following their discharge from the Navy, married in 1947.
She worked as the secretary to the president of Wagner Baking Company then raised her family before returning to a full-time career in 1975, serving as both the Adult School and Special Education secretary for the Hanover Park Regional High School District until her retirement in 1986.
Loraine was an active volunteer beginning as a member of the East Orange Junior Woman’s Club and continuing with the Woman’s Club of Morristown then Hanover Township; US Air Force Ground Observer Corps; Newcomers Club of Morristown; Boy and Girl Scouts; and after retiring, The Morris Museum and the Hanover Township Dial-A-Ride and Meals-on-Wheels programs. She also worked as a school crossing guard and election official in Hanover Township during her retirement.
As a veteran, Loraine was honored to be a past president, chaplain, and life-time member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Whippanong Unit #155. For 50 years, she was a devoted parishioner of Our Lady of Mercy Church in Whippany, where she served as Rosary Society president, catechist, and lector. She also was passionately involved with the Cursillo Movement in the Diocese of Paterson for over 25 years.
Loraine also enjoyed bowling, bridge, scrapbooking, and watching sports, especially baseball, basketball, and tennis.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her step-father, William Gepfert; infant daughter, Clare; son, William, in 1995; 3 brothers-in-law, Joseph, Michael, and Santo Radice; and sister-in-law, Lucy Dolce.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Regina and David Lalumiere, of Laconia, NH; sister-in-law, Teresa Doyle, of St. Lucie West, FL; 11 nieces and nephews; and many long-time friends.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, August 7, 2015, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Bradley-Braviak Funeral Home, 49 Whippany Road, Whippany. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at Our Lady of Mercy Chapel, Whippany Road, Whippany. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Legion Place, Whippany.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of Mercy Church, 9 Parsippany Road, Whippany, NJ 07981; or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, PO Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.