Maria Wannemacher, 98


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MariaWannemacherMaria Bernyk Wannemacher 98, of West Caldwell, died on January 7, 2016. Relatives and friends are invited for visitation on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Farmer Funeral Home, 45 Roseland Ave., Roseland, 07068.

A funeral mass will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Roseland with interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover.

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Born and raised in West Orange, she was a resident of Verona for 48 years and moved to Crane’s Mill in West Caldwell 17 years ago. Up until her early 90s, she spent much of her time volunteering for various organizations. She was a volunteer for over 30 years at the former Overbrook Hospital in Cedar Grove and visited with the elderly at Green Hill Senior Living in West Orange, and St. Vincent’s in Montclair. She was a former Girl Scout leader, an accomplished seamstress, a voracious reader and a lover of books and art.

She is pre-deceased by her husband, Joseph Wannemacher and her brother, Stephen Bernyk.

Surviving are her beloved children, Joseph and his wife Erika, Stephen and his wife Mary, Marcia Benner and her husband Karl, Peter and his wife Arlene and Christopher and his wife Kimmer; 18 loving grandchildren and 12 cherished great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Sisters of Christian Charity, or the Franciscan Friars of Atonement.

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