Marilyn J. Pettersen, 97, of Kinnelon, passed away on March 28, 2022.
Born January 28, 1925 to Ella and George Card in Riverdale, Marilyn spent her early life in Bloomingdale. She attended Butler High School where she graduated with honors and won a full scholarship to a secretarial school. When she graduated from there she began work as a secretary at Curtiss Wright Corp. in Fairfield.
Marilyn was married to her high school sweetheart on June 6th, 1943. Martin (aka Bud), her husband, worked as an aircraft engineer for Curtiss Wright and was deferred due to war production until he was finally called to serve in the Army Air Corp. He had a musical background and was assigned to play tuba in the band and was assigned to go to Florida, Texas, and Utah, Marilyn traveling with him until Martin went overseas with the band. The U.S. Army finally wised up to his expertise with aircraft and assigned him to air transport command, maintaining the aircraft that he helped design in America. Marilyn returned to work at Curtiss Wright while Martin was gone, and was assigned to work in the patent office. When Martin returned home from war, he too returned to Curtiss Wright.
Marilyn and Bud had two children, Wayne and Lynne. They then decided to build a house in Kinnelon. At that point, Marilyn also worked doing secretarial jobs for local businessmen who preferred to stay local rather than go to New York City every day.
After settling in the new house, Marilyn went on a job interview on a lark and low and behold she was offered a job for the Kinnelon Board of Education. She would become a secretary for the newly appointed principal for KHS. The school was not yet completed and she found it very interesting to learn how a school was started. She held that position until she retired 34 years later. She was secretary to 8 succeeding principals in that time period. Her time in that position allowed her to pursue her great passion for traveling and travel she did!! Marilyn also made many good friends along the way. Up until a few months ago when it was very hard to write she continued to send birthday cards to all her friends from school years and others she had contact with. In return, on her birthday she often received between 75 and 100 birthday cards from all her friends.
She was involved her entire life with the Bloomingdale Methodist Church and was an active pianist until age 95. She was also an active member of the Butler Chapter of the Eastern Star. She was also a member of New Jersey Garden clubs and attended many schools to learn flower arranging and became a Master Judge of N.J. State Flower Shows. She and another good friend of hers were the first persons to reach the 50-year mark accomplishment.
Marilyn is survived by her daughter, Lynne Ormay and her husband Steven; her granddaughter, Kristine Pettersen; and her great grandson, Jasun Kanekoa. She was predeceased by her husband, Martin; and her son, Wayne.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Marilyn's memory to the Bloomingdale United Methodist Church, 65 Main Street, Bloomingdale, NJ 07403 would be greatly appreciated.