Note: Mary's early childhood is described under her mother's notes. After finishing the seventh grade, Mary went to work in a candy factory. In 1932, at the age of 20, she married Frank Stamm. Mary worked most of her life for the New Jersey Bell Telephone Company. She was a telephone operator and later a supervisor at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. At the camp there was a telephone building with booths lining both sides where the soldiers went to make calls. There were a number of telephone operators at the back of the building who placed the calls for the soldiers. In 1946 Mary went to the Jersey shore with some of her friends from work, and she and another lady bought lots in Lavallette, New Jersey. Mary & Frank then had a house built at 14 Jersey City Avenue. It was a half a block from the beach. Frank, Mary, and her parents, and Mary Ann spent every August at the beach house. During the rest of the summer they rented the house out. Many weekends during the fall and spring were spent going to the house to work on it. Frank & his father-in-law, Nickolaus built a back porch and fence. There was a fireplace in the middle of the house; it was the only source of heat. The house had many windows and lots of ventilation. There was no air-conditioning in those days. Mary, Frank & Nickolaus could be found playing pinochle on the porch. Anna cooked and Mary Ann lived on the beach. After dinner, all the children on the block played baseball in the street. They also flew kites on the dunes, walked the beach, or roasted marshmallows. The family would play Michigan Rummy at night or listen to the Radio. There was no television. That house was sold in 1956. MARY K. STAMM APOLLO BEACH - A funeral mass for Mary K. Stamm, 85, of Apollo Beach, FL will be held on Monday, February 2, 1998 1:00 p.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church, Ruskin, with Father Tim Uniac officiating. A native of New Brunswick, N.J., she moved to the local area in 1982 from Edison, N.J. She was a retired switchboard supervisor for N. J. Bell Telephone Company. Survivors include a daughter, Mary Ann Fischer of Apollo Beach; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Arrangements were under the direction of Lewers Funeral Home, Ruskin. Final interment will be at the Skyway Memorial Park, Palmetto, Florida.
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