George V. Lytle of Verona, New Jersey passed away on Wednesday December 9, 2020 at the age of 89. After celebrating his 64th wedding anniversary with his beloved wife Mary, he departed this world peacefully from his home in Marlton, New Jersey.
George was born on November 11, 1931 in Montclair, New Jersey to William and Margaret Lytle. With his father’s dream of fielding his own baseball team, George was born the fourth of nine children; he is survived by his sisters Mary Nitschke and Margaret Crook.
After travelling the world with the US Navy, George received a bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University during their 100th commencement ceremony. During his time walking the halls in West Orange George met Mary Burke, his greatest love in life. George often bragged of the fact that he married an “older” woman, despite only a six month age difference.
George and Mary married on December 8, 1956 in Verona, New Jersey and together raised three children, George Jr. (Michele), Mary Rita Olcese (Joe), and Kathryn MacDonnell (Don). A very devout Catholic, George was called to the Holy Order of Deacon in 1980 in the Diocese of Camden where he acquired the great feat of baptizing all nine of his grandchildren: Megan, Patrick, Molly, Jackson, Rebecca, JT, Kyle, Sean and Ethan, all of whom survive him as well as his great grandson Ari. George spent his years serving the Lord at Saint Thomas Moore in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Our Lady of the Angels in Cape May Courthouse, New Jersey, Saint Ambrose Parish in Deerfield, Florida and Saint Isaac Jogues Parish in Marlton, New Jersey.
Too often we underestimate the power of a kind word, a smile, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which George extended to those around him. It was hard to come across George, a quintessential gentleman, father and Pop-Pop, without noticing his radiating demeanor and chronic upbeat attitude. Whether he was preaching on the altar or simply enjoying time with friends or family, he never failed to make those around him chuckle. George had the heart of a true Irishman, with his Gift of Gab and quick wit.
George will be remembered in many ways by those who loved him and those he loved. Family and friends may pay their respects at the Bradley Funeral Home, 601 Route 73 S, Marlton, NJ on Monday, December 14th, 2020 from 3 to 5p.m.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at the Church of Saint Issac Jogues, 349 Evesboro-Medford Rd Marlton, NJ 08053, on Tuesday, December 15th, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Entombment Locustwood Memorial Park, Cherry Hill, NJ.
In lieu of flowers George requested donations be sent to Cathedral Kitchen in Camden, New Jersey