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Rhody Ilene Gares

KINGWOOD TOWNSHIP, NJ - Rhody Ilene Gares, 64, of Kingwood Township, NJ, passed away peacefully at her home with her loving family by her side after a year long battle with cancer on Friday, February 22, 2019.

Born November 25, 1954 in Phillipsburg, NJ, Rhody was a lifelong resident of Kingwood Township, NJ. Rhody attended Delaware Valley Regional High School. She began working at Tirpok Cleaners in 1977 and worked there until she was no longer able. Rhody loved her dogs, Lily Rose and Shea, and she liked taking trips to the shore, as she and the dogs loved the water. An avid animal lover all of her life, Rhody had taken care of many who are sick or stray; her life revolved around her dogs.

Daughter of the Jean Gares, Rhody is survived her mother Thelma (Stains) Gares of Kingwood Township, NJ, her sisters Katherine Ott and her husband Stephen of Langhorne, PA, Pati Leap and her husband George of Flemington, NJ, and Cheryl Thurgarland and her husband Robert of Holland Township, NJ, as well as four nephews, three nieces, and several of their children. In addition to her father, Rhody was predeceased by her beloved dog, Tori.

Funeral services will be private. Arrangements are under the care of the Johnson-Walton Funeral Home, 24 Church Road, Milford, NJ.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Happy Paws Rescue, 64 Van Lieus Road, Ringoes, NJ 08551.

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