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In memoriam: Michael J. Mushrock


Michael J. Mushrock, 75, died Wednesday, December 11 at his home.

Born and raised in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia, Michael lived in Hunterdon County since the early 1980’s. A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, Michael served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War. He attended St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia and St. Louis University, MO.

Michael was an editor for Chilton Publications in Philadelphia, Fairchild Publications in New York City, as well as the New York Mets magazine Inside Pitch. He was an unwavering Philadelphia sports and soft pretzels fan. An accomplished pianist and lover of music, he enjoyed many concerts at Hunterdon County Library. As a season ticket holder, he looked forward to attending events at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA. with his daughter, Gina. Appreciative of beautiful plants and flowers, he worked for Stony Brook Gardens in Pennington, NJ and later as a freelance gardener. Michael had a great interest in trains, especially his Lionel train set and taking railway vacations. He was very proud of being a cookie elf at the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad. Michael was devoted to his Catholic faith and was a member of St. John and St. Agnes R.C. church. He will be remembered for his enormous smile, sense of humor, kindness and the joy he brought to others.

Son of the late Michael N. and Angelina Di Marco Mushrock, he is survived by his wife of 34 years Regina C. O’Leary Mushrock, and daughter Regina M. Mushrock, both of Sergeantsville, NJ. He had many in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and innumerable friends who enriched his life.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, December 20 at 11 am at St. Agnes R.C. Church in Stockton, NJ. Calling hours will be Thursday, December 19 from 7-9 pm at the Garefino Funeral Home, 12 N. Franklin St. Lambertville, NJ 08530. Dress is casual for these celebrations. His favorite colors were blue and green.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope, PA 18938 or the Hunterdon County Library, 314 State Route 12, Bldg #3, Flemington, NJ 08822.

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