AnneMarie O'Grady (Jackowsky) was born on July 7, 1945, in her grandmother's house on Broadway in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by those that loved her, on January 21, 2022. AnneMarie was a lifelong resident of Elizabeth, New Jersey.
AnneMarie was a dedicated wife to George P. O'Grady, Jr. (2012) for 41 years. AnneMarie was a loving, devoted mother to Kathleen O'Grady of Newark, Scott O'Grady of Elizabeth, Lisa M. O'Grady of Cranford, Sean O'Grady of Elizabeth, and the late Thomas O'Grady. AnneMarie was a loving sister to the late Victor Jackowsky, Dorothy Germain (Jackowsky), Rose Soper (Jackowsky), Mary Anne Jackowsky, and Margaret Jackowsky; and loving sister in law to Connie (O'Grady) and the late Frank Cuzzola, and John and Benedetta (Orazi) O'Grady. AnneMarie was a loving aunt to 10 nieces and nephews and 10 great nieces and nephews.
AnneMarie started her working career at Amerace Esna, where she worked for 8 years before getting married and starting her family. In the 1980s, she could be found working the register at The Strawberry Patch, the local neighborhood farmer's market, while her children were in school. In 1994,AnneMarie began her career with the Elizabeth Board of Education as an Administrative Assistant; where she spent more than 20 years working in the Mitchell Building, Special Services, and Elizabeth High School.
AnneMarie was happiest when she was at home with her family and pets. She enjoyed reading and most nights could be found at the kitchen table with her cross-stitching; then later in her life playing games on her tablet at the very same kitchen table. AnneMarie loved to cook and bake for her family; at times staying up most of the night to make her famous pierogis and stuffed cabbage, with everything made from scratch and with lots of love. AnneMarie was quiet yet had a very dry sense of humor and would come out with some classics. She will be very missed.
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