Richard and Jane Tighe

Richard and Jane Tighe

In 8th grade, the Pedricktown boy would meet the Carney’s Point girl at the Riverview Beach Roller Rink. After High School, nuptials soon followed, and they’d share a 63-year marriage blessed by 4 children: Sheri Olbrich (Al), Rick Tighe (Debbie), Jeanette Vollmer (Paul) and Susan Tighe, and later by 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
As a couple their lives were about helping others. They found their greatest joy in the blessing of being able to care for their parents and several aunts as they entered into their twilight years. They spent a lot of time together as a couple: they bowled in a couple’s league, built their first home, and even shared a meandering limo ride for their 25th anniversary. As parents they weren’t the strictest, but it only took a look from Mom or Dad to get their kids to behave.
Richard and Jane found their real calling later in life…being Grandparents. Of course, they were built in babysitters, but they were the grandparents the grandkids loved to be around: camping trips all over and sleepovers that involved very little sleep. Most importantly, they loved so unconditionally that every child, grandchild and great-grandchild sincerely believed that they were the favorite. They also were devoted to serving others and to their church, first Hudson UMC in Pedricktown and later Zion Community Church in Clarksboro.
Richard and Jane also did a lot of travelling. Between cruises and trips in their motor home they saw all 50 states. They shared their love of camping with many others as members of South Jersey Gems, KFBO and trips with their extended family. For a time they were even in business with their friends establishing a new campground in Alabama.

Richard could turn a wrench with the best of them: he was a true craftsman. He kept everything humming at Monsanto as a maintenance mechanic and his home in Clarksboro featured a bevy of his creations including the gorgeous oak bar in the home’s previously unfinished basement. People relied on his leadership: Boy Scouts, his church, and his community. He was a committeeman in Oldman’s Township, following in his father’s footsteps. Later he became Mayor. Richard was always in motion. He sometimes worked a 2nd and even 3rd job, because he liked his family to have the extra little things in life. In the late 50’s, he served our nation in the National Guard. He saw many a Nascar event with his family and friends. He was one of those guys who showed up for the race a week in advance to save camping spots for the group.
Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom…. Earlier years found Jane working for the Pedricktown Post Office as a part time rural carrier, filling in when the regular carrier was away. She’d later become a clerk in Penns Grove and Postmaster in Mt Royal and Mickleton. Like her husband, she was always on the move: Jane was the Secretary for the board of education, a volunteer with the Brownies and the 4H and loved entertaining family and friends. But she enjoyed nothing more than popping out to a store to pick up a few things. While there, she figured she might as well do a little browsing; or shop till she dropped. Her yard rivaled Longwood Gardens: a sea of color. She spent weeks driving back and forth to a quarry in an old pickup truck to get just the right landscaping rocks for her yard. She cooked the best mac and cheese and spaghetti and meatballs and baked everything from scratch. And if the dishes were tasty she wouldn’t keep it a secret: everyone was welcome to her recipes. She took Christmas decorating to a whole new level: a place for every decoration and every decoration in its place.
Richard is survived by his siblings, Patti Gibbons, Gene and Terry Tighe; Jane is survived by her siblings, Barbara Schilling, John, Donald and Bruce Piel; Richard was pre-deceased by his sister, Joan Nothdurft.
Saturday Nov. 7 will be a day about LOVE. Come celebrate 82 great years 9 a.m. to noon at Sharptown UM Church, 3 Chapel Street, Pilesgrove.  Please wear masks and observe social distancing. The Memorial Service will be livestreamed at 12:30PM on the Sharptown Church Facebook page. Donations in lieu of flowers to Zion Community Church, 242 Kings Highway, Clarksboro NJ 08020 will be appreciated.

14 Comments

  1. Vanita Marshall says:

    Sheri, Rick, Jeanette and Sue. My deepest condolences are with you during this difficult time. Your parents were like second family to me and I will miss them deeply. May love give you guidance and strength during this difficult time and may your memories keep you strong and safe and in a place where you know they are together in love and peace.

  2. Joe Warner says:

    You will be missed by many. You smiles and helpfulness made all Gems rally an experience.

  3. Joe Warner says:

    You will be missed by many. You smiles and helpfulness made all Gems rallies an experience.

  4. Betsy Smith says:

    My prayer is that God comforts you during this time of loss. We will miss Jane and Rich at Zion not only for what they did but for the people that they were. They were the sweeteat; Jane was so helpful to me in working with the finances of the church and Rich was helpful to my husband, Larry, in the maintenance of the church. We are heartbroken but happy that they are together with the Lord.

  5. mary & bill murphy says:

    Rickie, Debbie, Katelyn, Rickie: Bill and I are can’t put into words how extremely sadden we are at the passing of your beloved parents. The love they shared with each other was immeasurable, and the love they had for each of you shown in their eyes and voices whenever they would “brag” about each one of you. We will miss hearing “Pops” tell his jokes, stores and any words of advice, and will miss “Mom” cooking especially the knack she had for making pot-pie (dumplings) in the crock pot which somehow was an endless pot of it. God only chooses the best to become part of his heavily angel family, and He has outdone himself by chosen two of the most deserving and fitting people. While your broken hearts will never fully healed, the stories and memories shared will help to slow heal it. On Eagle’s Wing they fly to the warm embrace of God loving arms. In our thoughts and prayers, Always Mary & Bill Murphy

  6. Vicki Kent says:

    Such a wonderful couple. They Will Be greatly missed.

  7. Lorraine Berks says:

    Such a beautiful and moving tribute. Prayers to the entire family.

  8. Debbie Fredo and family says:

    Janey and Richard were always ready with a warm hug when we were all together. My mom and dad , Allen and Sissy were members of the camping group as well as being cousins. Still remember all the guys talking on their cb radios on their ride to a camping destination. My oldest daughter, Dawn still remembers them giving her a big coloring book with a set of markers at Aunt Nancy’s and Uncle Rays house during a camping trip there. They will remembered lovingly in our hearts forever. Sending warm hugs to their family and friends. RIP Janey and Richard, together forever. ❤️

  9. DAVID R GREEN says:

    It was a pleasure and honor to know them through Jersey Gems. They will be missed.

  10. Rick Neuroth says:

    My most sincere thoughts and prayers to the Tighe family especiall love to Sheri and Al. God be with you all.

  11. Linda Beatty says:

    Jane and Rich.you were the best neighbors and friends.We will miss you dearly.You both were so giving and kind..We know you are both together in Heaven.Rest in Peace.

  12. Phillip McAllister says:

    This is really hard for us. Mr and Mrs Tighe have been a part of our family since grammar school. My mom and the two of them were classmates and shared so many memories at PGHS and my parents over their adult years. Kathryn, Patrick and me will always remember the love and friendship they showed to us and my parents over the years. Our condolences are with our friends Sheryl, Ricky, Jeanette, and Susan and the rest of the family. We are deploy saddened.

  13. Kathleen McCann says:

    Patti and family, Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal. My deepest sympathy is extended.

  14. Hank and Judie Blatt says:

    Rich and Jane were two of the loveliest people we have ever met. Nothing was ever a bother for them, no matter what. They were always ready to help and/or advise. Our lives are much richer for having met them. They always brought joy into any situation. Condolences to the family. We know they will live forever in your hearts.

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