Alberta Cheeseman

She was a hard worker from her youth. Alberta started out working on a farm and did everything from working in a glass factory to wrapping meat to running her own luncheonette and retiring as hostess from the Delrando Diner. She was active at the Epworth United Methodist Church: Bible study, Ester Circle, Young at Heart, volunteering with Moms’ Morning out and playing Mahjongg on Wednesdays. She really enjoyed lunch with her Sunday Lunch Bunch. You’d know her potato salad right away: all the cubes were cut perfectly square. Of course her cooking started at a very young age. One of ten children, Alberta cooked most of the meals for her family. In later years she put her talents to work at her luncheonette in Delran. Turned out she even had a talent for numbers: the accounting system she created was even admired by CPAs. Everyone knew her at the Castle where she had her own stool, eating her lunch and arranging all the toothpicks just right for the cook. One of her greatest loves came to be camping; not so much for the outdoors but for the opportunity to mingle with all the other campers.
A young serviceman named Merton Cheeseman just returning from overseas saw Alberta at the Glassview roller rink. She made his heart flutter. Within two months they’d marry and be blessed with a daughter, Deborah Ada Cheeseman. She is survived by her sister, Dorothy (Larry); and was pre-deceased by her son in law, Jack Reilly; her parents, William and Ada Hunter; her siblings, Leah, Betty, Mabel, Alan, Sonny, Eleanor, Edwin and Gordon; and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Come celebrate 87 great years (though few would ever guess she was 87) Wednesday 9-10:30 a.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, where there will be an 11 a.m. service. Internment Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro. Donations in lieu of flowers to Build Jake’s Place, 5311 Magnolia Ave, Pennsauken NJ 08109 will be appreciated.

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