Grace Mele, 70, of Toms River for 23 years, formerly of North Bergen, passed away Thursday, January 25, 2018 with her family by her side. Beloved wife of the late Vincent J. Mele. Loving mother of Christine Morris and husband Shawn, Kim Ruppert and husband James, and Steven Mele and wife Tanya. Cherished grandmother of Nicholas, Matthew, Joshua and Colin. Caring sister of Diane Abbatemarco and the late Thomas Minervini. Born to Alfred and Phyllis Minervini, Grace grew up in Hoboken and later lived in Jersey City. Grace and Vincent raised their family in North Bergen and in their later years, they settled in Toms River. She enjoyed working at TJ Maxx in Toms River and Lacey Township, retiring after 15 years of service. Grace was also a communicant of St. Dorothea’s RC Church in Eatontown. Family and friends may visit Sunday, 2-4 and 7-9pm at the Braun Funeral Home, 106 Broad Street, Eatontown. A Funeral Mass will commence Monday at 10:00am at St. Dorothea’s RC Church in Eatontown, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Grace’s memory to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.