Eunice Littley, of Galloway Township, became an Army nurse during World War II, right after graduating as a registered nurse.
She remembers training in Texas and meeting her husband, John "Jack" Littley, at an Oklahoma base. And she knows she served in France, patching up soldiers wounded in battle. She recalls her husband visiting her from Italy for a single day and night, with the help of an Air Corps pilot.
But the 95-year-old resident at Our Ladies MultiCare Center in Pleasantville can't remember many other details now.
"You should ask when things are fresh, then you wouldn't be able to shut us up," she joked in a recent interview.
But she and her husband are not forgotten by others who value their service. VFW Post 10620 in Galloway is named after her husband, who was its founder and who died in 1996.
For Memorial Day, Littley received a handmade lap quilt in red, white and blue from the volunteer group Hugs and Stitches, of Galloway Township. Holy Redeemer gave her a certificate honoring her as a veteran.
After World War II, Littley continued as a nurse in South Jersey. For years she was a nursing supervisor at Our Ladies. Her former daughter-in-law and co-worker, Marylou Kaufman, now works for Holy Redeemer Hospice and is Littley's hospice nurse.
"Back in the 1970s I was a nurse's aide here, and she used to help me," Kaufman said.
Littley is proud of the photos sent to her by family members, which cover a large section of wall next to her bed.
"I always remembered my grandchildren on birthdays and holidays," she said. "When I got sick, they remembered me."
Sacred Heart cheers
Sacred Heart High School cheerleaders placed first at a competition May 11 at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, Ocean County. On the team are Bianca Smith, Emily Bencie, Morgan Smith, Alyssa Fabrizio, Ivy Vinnick, Loren Maines, Grace Carlson, Taylor Santangelo, Angela Frederick and Julia Martini.
Although Sacred Heart in Vineland is closing, the girls want to stay together to compete. Coaching staff have accepted positions at Airborne Gymnastics in Vineland, and will form competition teams. Contact Marina Barsuglia at email@example.com.
Galetto to be honored
The Rev. Paul Galetto will be honored at a dinner June 21 at the Tropicana Casino and Resort for his accomplishments in Catholic secondary education while at St. Augustine Prep, and for his dedication to the Tom Fabietti Scholarship Foundation. Call 609-383-8299 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.