Obituary, Teresa M Hartley Dies at 91
Teresa “Teri” M. Hartley (Hanlon), 91, of Red Bank, NJ, passed away on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at her home in the Atrium. Born in New York, NY to the late Anthony J. and Mary Ann Hanlon (Alleman), she grew up in Staten Island and spent many happy summers with her parents and younger brother, Anthony “Buddy” Hanlon at their beach house in Spring Lake, NJ. At 22, Teri moved to Washington, DC where she worked as a secretary for the Teamsters, in the office of Jimmy Hoffa. She met her future husband, Dave Hartley, in 1958 while he was stationed at Marine Corps Headquarters at Quantico, VA.
When Dave saw Teri’s televised testimony during the Hoffa Senate hearings, he had to find a way to meet her.
Dave and Teri married in June 1959 and settled in Binghamton, NY while Dave worked for IBM. They moved to Poughkeepsie and welcomed a baby boy, David Jr. Three years later they bought their first home in Middletown, NJ. Daughter Laura joined the family soon after. Charming and a natural executive, Teri developed her talent for sales and running a small business. She began by selling a diaper service and ads for Walt Peabody bowling center, then launched her own companies.
Teri’s “Just A Little Directory” quickly became a sought-after resource at the Jersey Shore. After selling the directory business, Teri opened a recruiting firm where she helped companies locate top talent, especially in information technology. She also served on the Red Bank Chamber of Commerce and volunteered for the Red Bank Regatta. Teri had a real zest for life. She loved attending movies and plays, was a season ticket holder to the Two River Theater, and even acted in local theater productions. Dave and Teri spent many summer afternoons cruising the Navesink River on their pontoon boat with family and friends.
They also loved to travel. Teri never forgot their trips to Hawaii and Rome, Italy. Well-read and up on current events, Teri relished spirited political debates. She was intensely proud of her Irish heritage and loved dining out with her companion, George Hill, whom she met at the Atrium. Predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Dave, Sr., Teri is survived by her loving companion, George Hill, her son, David Hartley, Jr. (Catherine), and daughter Laura Fagan.
She is also survived by her younger brother, Anthony “Buddy” Hanlon, niece Grace Hanlon (Robert McCaig), nephew Joe Hanlon (Hope), and nephew Tim Hanlon. Other survivors include sister-in-law Kathleen Hartley, nephew John “Rusty” Hartley (Christine), and Bruce Hartley (Maria). She cherished her two grandchildren, Colleen and Kyle Fagan.