George R. Farley
August 5th, 1930-March 28th 2018
87 years old

Marlene Solga Farley
March 21st 1931-September 9th, 2019
88 years old

Together again.
Marlene Solga Farley March 21st, 1931-September 9th, 2019
Marlene and George Farley met as young children in grade school and fell in love at the age of nine.  Both graduated in 1948 from Somerville High School.  After years of courtship, George and Marlene married December 23th, 1951. Soon after, George was stationed in the United States Air Force in Ohio.  Marlene packed her bags and joined her husband there.  While in Ohio, in 1954 their first child, Sherry, was born. 

In 1956, after the tragic death of George's mother Margaret Farley, the couple returned to live in Flagtown with their daughter and to raise George's baby brother, Jimmy.  Jimmy was 4 years old at the time of his mother's death.

Together as a family, George, Marlene, Sherry and Jimmy settle in New Jersey. One year later, their youngest child, Robbie, was born.  George took over ownership of Farley’s Tavern where he worked with his father, Ike Farley and remained working at the tavern for the next 45 years.   George and Marlene bought property and build their home in Flagtown in 1964 where they remained throughout their lives.

Once the children were of school age, Marlene began working and took a position as a school secretary in Woodfern Elementary School in Hillsborough.  Marlene continued to work in the school until her retirement after 25 years.

All remember the beauty of the Farley home.  Marlene took great pride in designing every room to perfection.  She had a distinct talent and vision for beauty and decorating.   Marlene knew just what to buy and designed her home to be polished and welcoming.  George worked tirelessly on the yard keeping the landscape perfectly manicured.  

Known for her quiet demeanor and grace, Marlene was always supportive and loyal to her husband and family.  She was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and true friend to so many.  

The days before Marlene left this earth, she was surrounded by her family.  The last day of her life, on a  beautiful September day, the sun was shining. Sherry spent time with her mom that afternoon and at the end of the day, the priest came for his final visit to the Farley home to give Marlene her last rights. As the sun went down ending the day, with her trusted aide, Jackie by her side and her grand daughter, Gwyn holding her hand, Marlene took her last breath.  Gwyn recalled feeling a strong presence in the room.  She was sure her grandfather was there to meet his wife again.  For a short time a gentle mist of rain fell and moments later the clouds opened to reveal a beautiful, vibrant sunset.  It was as if heaven had welcomed Marlene to join George and come home.  

George R. Farley lived to age 87.  Known to his family as “Sonny” and to his friends, as “Cheese” , he resided in Flagtown, New Jersey for most of his life.

Cheese was the longest living member and Ex-Chief of the Flagtown Fire Department, Company # 36 founded by his grandfather, George Marshall Farley in 1937.

After a period of time studying at Rutgers University, George joined the United States Air Force in 1951 where he became a flight mechanic for the Strategic Air Command (SAC). George was a proud veteran of the Korean War.

George was a proud member of the Brotherhood of Freemasons and the Benevolent and Protective order of the Elks (BPOE). He also served on the Hillsborough School Board and Zoning Board.  George was a lifelong, proud democrat and a patriot with a strong allegiance and love for country.

“Cheese” Farley was a historian of the small town where he lived.  He would tell story after story of the days gone by remembering details long forgotten by others.  He had a keen memory, mind of his own, a strong character of moral values, a sharp wit, and loyalty to his those he held dear.  

George R. Farley, (AKA Sonny / Cheese) was a man who would tell it like he saw it.  Some might not agree with him but all would respect him.  He was a man who dedicated his life to serving others and was the rock of the Farley Family.

Marlene Solga Farley and George Ralph Farley are survived by their daughter,  Sherry Marchie and her husband Robert, their son George Robert Farley, his sister Margaret Elizabeth Farley, his brother James Marshall Farley and his wife, Cindy, Marlene's sisters Elaine Solga Curtis and Isabella Solga Stryker and Marlene and George's grandchildren: Graham Carley and wife, Cara, Gwyn Farley, Kandyce Farley, and five beloved great-grandchildren: Hope, Mia, Layne, Adrian, Jonah and many nieces and nephews.

Two lives so beautiful and meaningful will be honored and celebrated privately by the Farley family. 

Posted by Mickey Field on September 15, 2019
So many fond memories of my childhood took place in the Farley home. On each holiday or visit, my uncle would slip some money into the palm of my hand secretly. I'm sure he did so for all the children but then, I always thought I was the only one. My aunt selected gifts for each of us as children. Each gift was perfectly wrapped and inside there would be an exceptional gift, a keepsake, selected with each individual child in mind. Many of Aunt Marlene's gifts, 50 years later, I still possess, as well as those she later purchased for my own children; just as perfect and unique.
Holiday dinners, all the children would sit together, never with the adults, and we would laugh and misbehave...My cousin and I would dance on the hearth of the fireplace pretending to be professional dancers. After dinner, all would gather in the living room and Uncle Cheese would play the piano and tell us stories of our family's history. And though Aunt Marlene had heard those stories so many times before, she was attentive as if it was her first time. Never complaining or bored...instead respectful and gracious.
With Uncle Cheese, we pretended to be angels and made sure to behave, but with Aunt Marlene we were mischievous and vexatious.
Rob's pony, Sher's goat... the Farley home was a place that inspired wonderful family traditions, memories and childhood experiences... Rest in peace Uncle Cheese and Aunt Marlene... You are loved and missed. Thank you for making so many days throughout the years of my childhood memorable. 
Posted by Shannon Mack on June 21, 2018
Rest easy
Posted by Mickey Field on April 8, 2018
Words seem inadequate to express the sadness I feel for the loss of your brother, "Sonny". 
Cheese was our Flagtown Mayor & historian. I loved listening to him tell stories of what went on in this little town. He will be missed. 
Do your best to stay healthy and think of all the good times you had with your brother. 
Love, Carmela
Posted by Mickey Field on April 8, 2018
On behalf of the Farley family, we thank everyone who has left kind words of condolences on this memorial site hosted by Forever Missed & Fertig Funeral Home, our facebook pages and the Courier News obituary page. Your words and memories mean so much. Knowing people are remembering my brother and sharing stories, brings a feeling of peace during this sad time. We look forward to reading more of your memories and comments. Every post is deeply appreciated. Margaret (Peg) Farley""
Posted by Mickey Field on April 7, 2018
So very sorry to hear George passed. What a special man. I always enjoyed his stories and sense of humor. Prayers for Marlene and the family-Tom and Peg Sullivan and family.

Tom Sullivan
April 02, 2018 | Whitehouse, NJ
Posted by Mickey Field on April 7, 2018
To the Farley Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of George, one of my fellow classmate and dear friend. George was one of kind, we shared many good times together as students at Somerville High School. May the soul of George rest in Peace.

Jim DeCicco
April 02, 2018 | Long Beach Island, NJ
Posted by Mickey Field on April 7, 2018
Dear Farley Family , we are so sorry to hear of the passing oc Cheese . 43 years ago he I'll never forget that he stopped by to welcome us to Flagtown. I will always remember him as a warm and wonderful person . We are so sorry for your loss. Randy and Diane Sinclair

April 02, 2018
Posted by Mickey Field on April 7, 2018
Dear Marlene, Sherrie, Robbie, Jim and Family,

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Cheese. Our sincerest condolences to you and your families. My son Jason and I stopped in to see Cheese and Marlene in late September. Cheese could talk for hours without repeating the same story!

Cheese and my Dad, Charlie Korth are probably already fishing together. Dad passed away November 18th at age 91. Cheese and Dad would talk regularly for hours even though Dad was in Ohio near us.

God Bless the Farley Family,

Jeff & Liz Korth
April 01, 2018 | West Chester, OH
Posted by Mickey Field on April 7, 2018
Dear Farley family,

Please accept our deepest sympathy at this time of loss.

Sincerely,
The Sullivan Family

Cynthia Sullivan
March 30, 2018
Posted by Mickey Field on April 7, 2018
Dear Farley Family,

I hope my dad, Ed Samuel, and Cheese are having fun up there!

Rest In Peace

Susan Samuel

March 31, 2018
Posted by Mickey Field on April 4, 2018
On behalf of the Farley family, we thank everyone who has left kind words of condolences on this memorial site hosted by Forever Missed & Fertig Funeral Home, our facebook pages and the Courier News obituary page. Your words and memories mean so much. Knowing people are remembering my brother and sharing stories, brings a feeling of peace during this sad time. We look forward to reading more of your memories and comments. Every post is deeply appreciated.
Posted by Judy Singer on April 1, 2018
I am deeply saddened to hear about Cheese's passing, I was lucky enough to meet him when he came for physical therapy years ago. He was a kind and funny man, always smiling. My deepest sympathies to his wife and family.
Posted by Barbara Orzechowski on April 1, 2018
I Have so many wonderful memories growing up in Flagtown, my dad loved taking us to Farley’s when we were younger. Cheese would let us shoot pool and have soda.
I’m so sorry for your loss please know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Leave a Tribute