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Mrs. Margarete E. Gwozdz, less than a month shy of her 100th. birthday, entered the arms of the Lord surrounded by his heavenly angels, on Sunday, December 17, 2023.
On Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 9:45AM, family and friends are invited to gather directly at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, Linden where a funeral memorial mass will be held, followed by the prayers of the committal and the inurnment of her cremated remains in the family niche in Rosedale Cemetery, Linden. The cremation in Rosehill Crematory in Linden was private. Please omit flowers, the family asks that donations in Margarete’s memory be made to the New Jersey Humane Society, 6412 Dewey Avenue, West New York, New Jersey 07093 or online at http://www.newjerseyhumanesociety.org/donate
Margarete was born in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany on January 10, 1924. She came to the United States, along with her husband, Jan, in 1952. Margarete resided in Linden for a time, but spent sixty years living in Roselle, before relocating to Cranford in August of 2023.
Margarete worked for several years as an assembly line worker for Park Plastics in Linden,
She and her husband Jan were long time active members of the Deutscher Club of Clark, New Jersey. They both were volunteers at the club and together they were responsible for addressing and sending out the monthly bulletins to members. Margarette was an active member of the club’s Ladies Auxiliary. The Deutscher Club was definitely their hub for activities and spending time with their friends. Margarete loved reminiscing of the many events they attended at the club; the Hawaiian nights, the German Fastnacht celebrations, and the many picnics that were held in the grove. In her free time, Margarete loved to shop with her friends. She often told the infamous story of how she and her friend, Ramona got locked in the Bamberger’s department store one evening after they closed! It truly was an unforgettable experience! Margarete and Jan loved to travel and were fortunate to take many trips with their AARP friends, touring the eastern coast of the United States. They were the proud “mom and pop” to two black miniature poodles, Susie and Mitzi. Being huge animal lovers, you could often find this loving couple taking walks in Warinaco Park to feed the squirrels and the ducks.
Predeceased by her husband, Jan Z. Gwozdz on October 13, 2002, Margarete is survived her many close family friends and neighbors.
Margarete led a truly exception life filled with love and joy and she was always enamored of all the world had to offer. The smile on Margarete’s face and the light in her eyes made everyone happy just to spend time with her. Our hearts break with the loss of Margarete and we know that she will be deeply missed, but Margarete will never be forgotten.