Carol (Burke) Rears

December 15, 1941 ~ November 10, 2021 (age 79)


Carol Rears, 79, of Manahawkin, NJ, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 10th, 2021 with her beloved family at her side.

Carol was born in Bloomfield, NJ to the late Joseph and Margaret Burke, and predeceased by her brother Joe Burke. She was a caring person always concerned about the welfare of others. This passion led her to a career in nursing as an RN, where she specialized in mental health care. Carol was not only there for her patients, but also readily available for her family and friends. She was quick to offer a shoulder to cry on or a drink and a toast to celebrate.

She was involved in her local church and community where she served as a Eucharistic minister and enjoyed bowling with the Thunderbirds senior bowling league.

Carol is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, James Rears, and his sons William and his wife Beth, Andrew and his wife Tracy, Patrick and his wife Lori, and Christopher and his wife Rebecca. She is also survived by her two sisters, Margaret Grob and Eileen Bedatsky as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was a proud grandmother of nine grandchildren: Hannah (Alex) George, Tess, William, Brendan, Blake, Julie, Katie, Evan, and Makayla.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her life's celebration gathering memorial on Wednesday, November 17th from 10am through 12 noon at Maxwell-Tobie Funeral Home at 573 Mill Creek Road, Manahawkin, NJ. The Mass celebration will follow at Saint Mary of the Pines, Manahawkin, NJ at 12:30PM.

The family kindly requests in lieu of flowers to please send donations in memory of Carol to Saint Jude's Children's Hospital at

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Mass for Carol Rears 11-17-2021
Time: Nov 17, 2021 12:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Memorial Gathering
November 17, 2021

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Maxwell-Tobie Funeral Home & Cremation Service, LLC - Manahawkin
573 Mill Creek Road
Manahawkin, NJ 08050

Memorial Mass
November 17, 2021

12:30 PM
St. Mary's of the Pines Church
100 Bishop Way
Manahawkin, NJ 08050

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