Visitation at Funeral Home
Obituary of Mary Drenswick
Mary T. Drenswick, 92, of Wayne, formerly of Newfoundland, died Saturday, July 7, 2018.
Born in Wilks Barre, PA, Mary was one of eight children. Raised in Wilkes-Barre, she graduated from high school there in 1944, after proudly serving as class treasurer.
Moving to New Jersey after high school, Mary worked for the government during World War II in Jersey City, helping to record the graves of the fallen soldiers returning to the states. It was a noble job, but very grim, and she did not like talking about it in her later years.
While living in New Jersey, she met Donald Drenswick at a roller skating rink. Both accomplished skaters, they fell for each other quickly, and on July 10, 1948, they married in Paterson.
Settling first in Ridgewood, they moved to New Foundland in 1964, and together raised two sons. She devoted her life to her family, and returned to work when the boys entered middle school. She first worked as a bookkeeper and office manager for Strauss Construction in Rockaway, and later held a longtime position with Baptist Electric in Rockaway, working into her 80s.
Mary was a longtime member of the Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge, and worked for years on the church directory. She was a very independant and hard-working woman. Those traits carried her through difficult times after her husband's early and unexpected death in 1988. Her loving relationship with her sons, as well as with her siblings, helped her through that trying time.
Mary is lovingly survived by her children, Lawrence Drenswick, and Dennis Drenswick and his wife Lori. She was predeceased by her husband, Donald, and her daughter-in-law, Michele Drenswick.
Visiting hours will be held Tuesday from 4-7 pm at the M. John Scanlan Funeral Home, Pompton Plains. A funeral service will be held at 7 pm at the funeral home Tuesday at the conclusion of the visitation. Burial will be held privately on Wednesday at the Cold Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Cold Spring, NJ.
In lieu of flowers donations to the Alzheimer's Association in Mary's memory would be greatly appreciated by the Drenswick family.
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