Employee Killed In Fiery New Jersey Explosion Was Great-Grandmother, Avid Pool Player

The 73-year-old woman killed in an explosion at a New Jersey manufacturing plant is being remembered in her obituary as a longtime employee, avid pool player, and great-grandmother.

Eileen Marko

Eileen Marko

Photo Credit: GoFundMe

Eileen, of South River, was killed on Wednesday, May 1, at the site of the Superior Signal explosion in Old Bridge, as previously reported by Daily Voice.

Born in New Brunswick, Eileen lived in Old Bridge, East Brunswick, and Spotswood before moving to South River 24 years ago, according to her obituary on the Crabiel Home For Funerals website. Eileen was a member of the APA Pool League for 27 years and also enjoyed going to the Parx Casino in PA, her obituary continues.

A GoFundMe campaign has been organized by her daughter-in-law, Dawn Marko of Monmouth Junction.

"She went to work not knowing that she would never return home to all of us," Dawn wrote.

"To say we are in shock and disbelief is an understatement. She touched the lives of so many people and was loved by everyone who met her. She will forever be in all of our hearts and deeply missed," the GoFundMe page says.

She was predeceased by her husband, Dennis Marko; parents Frank and Dorothy (DeGroff) Boehm; and her siblings Cookie Conklin, Daniel Boehm, Cathy Kammerer, and Wayne Boehm.

Eileen is survived by her daughter, Tammy Orr (Michael); sons Dennis Marko (Dawn) and David Marko (Eboni Cunningham); grandchildren Bryan Goodman and Marissa Orr; great-grandchildren Antonio and Julianna Goodman; sister-in-law Helena Marko of Milltown; nieces and nephews; and her devoted dog Roxy, her obituary continues.

A gathering will be held for family and friends on Thursday, May 9, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Crabiel Home for Funerals, 170 N. Main St. at Riva Avenue in Milltown. A Memorial Service will be held during the visitation at 6:30 p.m. 

Burial will be held on Friday, May 10 at 10 a.m. at Van Liew Cemetery in North Brunswick. 

Multiple other people were injured in the explosion at Superior Signal, the cause of which had not been identified as of press time. 

OSHA is investigating the explosion, a deputy regional director said on Wednesday, May 8.

Superior Signal's website says it's been providing the industry with smoke generators and ultrasonic leak detectors for more than 60 years.

Click here to view or donate to the GoFundMe.

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