Rita Drohan Foxwell Obituary

Rita Drohan  Foxwell
Rita Drohan Foxwell

July 29, 1925 - July 24, 2009
Born in Wethersfield, Connecticut
Resided in Martinsville, NJ



Rita Drohan Foxwell

83, died Friday July 24, 2009, from complications from Alzheimer's Disease at Brandywine Senior Living at Moorestown Estates in Moorestown.

Rita was born in Wethersfield, CT, and was formerly of Hillsborough and Martinsville. She graduated from Hartford High School and worked for Prudential in Hartford until she met her future husband, James A. Foxwell Sr., in 1949. After their marriage in 1951, she worked briefly as a civilian employee in the Air Force in Virginia when her husband, a World War II veteran, was recalled to active duty in the Air Force for the Korean War. She spent her early married life in Goose Bay, Labrador; Norwalk, CT; and Chicago, eventually moving to Mount Holly for her husband's work as a civil engineer on the New Jersey Turnpike. They moved to Martinsville in 1961 when her husband took a position with Johns-Manville. She worked first as a secretary for GAF, then was a longtime employee of the Somerset County Park Police, serving as secretary to Chief Louis Nickolopoulos (later Somerset County sheriff and NJ State Parole Board chairman) and Chief Kenneth Moose. She later worked as a secretary for the security and legal departments at AT&T in Basking Ridge. An avid bowler, she won many prizes over the years.

She is predeceased by her husband James A. Foxwell Sr. who died in 1972.

Survivors include six children, James Jr., Margaret, Michael, Rita Ellen, Elizabeth, and Martin and eight grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11am Tuesday July 28, 2009 beginning with a visitation at 9am at the Bruce C VanArsdale Funeral Home, 111 North Gaston Ave. Somerville. 908-725-3111. Interment will follow at Somerset Hills Memorial Park in Basking Ridge.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Assoc. 400 Morris Ave. Denville, NJ 07834.



Bruce C. Van Arsdale Funeral Home
111 North Gaston Avenue
Somerville,, NJ US 08876
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Bruce C. Van Arsdale Funeral Home
111 North Gaston Avenue
Somerville, NJ US 08876
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
11:00 AM
Somerset Hills Memorial Park
Mt. Airy Road
Basking Ridge, NJ US
Tuesday, July 28, 2009


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