Marie Catherine Dorne’, 101, passed away peacefully at her home on January 31, 2021 of natural causes. Her family was by her side when she passed.
The eldest of 5 children, Marie was born on December 3, 1919 in Union, New Jersey; to John and Elizabeth McCormick. Marie spent her early years dancing around her grandparents’ farm, in South Jersey. She graduated from Union High School and remained a lifelong resident of New Jersey.
Shortly after high school she went to work at Bamberger’s, in Newark, NJ as the Head Gift Wrapper. She met and married Joseph A. Dorne’ in 1941. While Joseph went off to war, Marie left work and became a full-time homemaker while raising their young daughter, Pamela. Upon Joe’s return from service the family welcomed 3 more children, Karen, Mark, and Michael. The family settled in Westfield, NJ in 1953. Together they devoted their lives to family, friends, and community. Marie and Joseph were married for 69 years, until Joseph preceded her in 2010.
As a longtime resident of Westfield, Marie was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and held positions at the Westfield Women’s Club. Marie was an original cast member of The Grant School annual musical. Marie was an avid bridge player, bird watcher, fan of the tennis channel, and loved to travel. Marie enjoyed completing the daily cross word puzzle, loved gardening, and took great pride in her home. She was a collector of antiques and enjoyed displaying her Knick knacks.
Known lovingly as Grum, Marie is survived by her four children, Pamela, Karen, Mark, Michael, and their wives Teresa and Coreene respectively, as well as her 10 grandchildren: Dana Adams, Todd Venckus, Ryan Venckus, Scott Ghedine, Michael Barrett Dorne’, Jarred Dorne’, Lily Dorne, Myriah Wolosik, Lily Dorne’, Jeffrey Dorne’ , Tricia Sias and her 16 great grandchildren.
Services will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 9:30 AM at Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home, 582 Springfield Ave., Westfield
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