TROFA, MARGARET ANN (NEE JAMES), of Ocean City, NJ, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2018 with her loving family at her side. She was born on July 30, 1934 to the late Bert and Nellie James. Margaret grew up in Audubon, NJ and then relocated to Marmora, NJ when she was 10 years old.   She spent the rest of her life in Marmora and Ocean City.

Margaret graduated from Ocean City High School in 1951 and went on to become a Registered Nurse, graduating from Atlantic City Hospital in 1954. After graduation, she worked at Atlantic City Hospital in the Emergency Room. Margaret married her high school sweetheart, Pete, on September 18, 1955. They immediately started their family and raised three daughters.

Margaret worked side by side with Pete building their business, N. Trofa & Son, Rubbish Removal Services. For many years she was also the substitute school nurse in the Ocean City School System. From 1980 until 1984 she was one of the two school nurses at Ocean City High School. Lastly, from 1984 to 2000 Margaret worked with her family at Coggins Waste Management, Inc.

Since 2000 Margaret spent the majority of her time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed every occasion from football and soccer games, to birthdays, graduations, weddings and christenings. Margaret was known to all as a sweet little lady, with an beautiful smile.

Margaret will be sadly missed by her husband of 62 years, Pete Trofa; her three loving daughters, Arleen (Tripp) Coggins, Adele (John) Coggins and Margaret (Joseph) Booth; her ten grandchildren, Christopher and Brian (Kerri) Coggins, Sean (Sarah), Kate and Daniel Coggins, Jake (Sara), Margie, Beth (Justin Illian), Jill (George Bland), and Butch Booth; and her six great-grandchildren, Brynn and Tripp Coggins, Elsie Booth, Scarlett and Vivian Illian, and Andy Bland. The family would also like to thank Margaret’s caretakers Melissa Kleva and Debbie Fasy for all the kindness they have shown her.

A service honoring Margaret will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at The Godfrey Funeral Home in Palermo, NJ. Visitation will be from 9 am to 11 am with a service following. Burial will be immediately following the service at Seaside Cemetery, Palermo, NJ.

Memorial donations in Margaret’s memory can be made to Margaret Ann Trofa Nursing Scholarship, c/o Sturdy Bank, 101 34th Street, Ocean City, NJ 08226.

Arrangements entrusted to The Godfrey Funeral Homes. For more information see