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Martha T. Bradley passed away peacefully on December 31, 2023 in Summit, New Jersey at the age of 79. She was the beloved wife of Patrick M. Bradley, Sr. and the loving mother to six children, Carl Gladish, III, Joseph Gladish, Mary Gladish, Theresa Crane, Kim DeVito and Patrick Bradley, Jr. She was also a devoted grandmother to seven grandchildren, Maxwell Gladish, Sharon Gladish, Melanie Gladish, Colgan Crane, Christian Gladish, Carson Crane and Trinity DeVito. Martha, also known by some family members as “Kim,” was born on March 10, 1944 in Da Nang Vietnam under the given name Nguyen Thi Phuong. Upon receiving her confirmation through the Catholic church, Martha adopted use of her confirmation name, Theresa and soon after assumed the legal name, Martha Theresa Gladish during her first marriage.
Martha emigrated from Vietnam in 1964 and lived in Virginia for a short period of time with her children and former husband, Carl F. Gladish, Jr., before they relocated to New Jersey. She was a lifelong resident of Morris and Warren counties. She came to the United States without speaking any English but over the years, she educated herself, while raising a family and working for many years in various retail stores locally. Once she became a grandmother, she spent those years caring for her many grandchildren at home.
Martha was highly devoted to her large family and was known for her kind and giving nature to everyone she encountered. She was a devout Catholic and loved visiting the National Blue Army Shrine of our Lady of Fatima in Asbury, NJ as well as her local churches, where she volunteered on a regular basis. She was a master seamstress, sewing everything by hand, including her wedding dress and countless other dresses. She loved to cook and was a master at cooking Vietnamese dishes, especially pho, lemongrass soup and her famous fried spring rolls. Martha was a social butterfly with a natural ability to connect with and make conversation with anyone she came across. “I love your mom!” was a phrase often heard by her children over the years. Martha also loved knitting and for the past several years, had created hundreds of scarves for the homeless, donating all that she made to local churches and shelters. She was a selfless woman and would give away everything she had to others, regularly purchasing gifts for everyone she knew. She would only say "God will provide". Martha had a genuine flair for life, loving fiercely and laughing often. She was happiest surrounded by family and was blessed to share many milestones, countless family birthday and holiday parties with her immediate and extended families often. She will be missed by so many.
Preceding Martha in death are her parents, Nguyen Hoe and Nguyen Thi Long; her older sister, Nguyen Thi Thuy, younger brother, Nguyen Coi; and her firstborn son, Carl F. Gladish, III. Martha is survived by her younger sister, Nguyen Thi Ha; her loving husband Pat, her remaining children, Joseph, Mary, Theresa, Kim and Patrick; son in laws, James R. Crane, Derek J. DeVito and David B. Friend; as well as her seven grandchildren.
Family and friends are invited to a mass honoring Martha, beginning at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 6th at Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virginia Mary, 302 High Street in Hackettstown.
A Celebration of Life will follow, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm at the Knights of Columbus, 142 Liberty Street, Hackettstown (adjacent to the church).
PLEASE NO FLOWERS OR TREES
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes are memorial contributions to assist Martha’s husband with medical expenses and funeral services will be accepted at the celebration of life service. Checks may be made payable to Kim DeVito. You may email email@example.com if you have any questions about the donations.