Regina C. Tarleton, loving mom and grandmother, died at her home in Chatham, NJ, on Wednesday, August 1st, as her family held her hands. She had experienced declining health for several months. She was 88 years of age.
Regina raised her three children, tended a tranquil garden, entertained her friends, and enjoyed spending time with her neighbors in her home in Chatham, where she lived for more than 55 years. She was a kindergarten teacher at St. Patrick School and then a substitute in Chatham Borough and Township elementary schools. Regina was a long-time parishioner at St. Patrick Church.
When Regina retired, she began traveling. She visited her children and grandchildren in northern Virginia and Seattle, and accompanied her father on trips to Ireland. She also met Walter. Regina and Walter loved the seas and skies of the Caribbean, and adored each other’s children and grandchildren.
Regina was born in New York City on April 12, 1930. She is survived by her son Robert Tarleton and his wife Gael of Seattle, WA; her daughter Patricia Oliver, her husband Brian, and their four children, Caitlin, Meghan, Colleen, and Brian; and her son James Tarleton, his wife Madeleine, and their two children, Courtney and Brett. She leaves behind four great grandchildren; her long-time companion and devoted friend Walter Kaufmann; and a close circle of friends and neighbors. Regina was preceded in death by her parents, James and Irene Conlin, and her sister, Irene Och. She was married formerly to Robert E. Tarleton, Sr.
The family extends their deepest thanks and gratitude to the nursing aides, nurses, and doctors of Lantern Hill, Overlook Medical Center, and Atlantic Home Care & Hospice.
A Mass for Regina will be offered at St. Patrick Church in Chatham on Wednesday, August 8th, at 10:30 AM. An inurnment will follow at Fair Mount Cemetery, Chatham, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to the Chatham Emergency Squad, 45 Spring St., Chatham, NJ 07928.