Obituary of Evelyn H. Zuchniewicz
Evelyn H. Zuchniewicz, 96, of Pompton Plains, died at home Sunday, August 9, 2020 in the care of her loving family.
Born in Jersey City, Evelyn was the eldest of 11 children born to Joseph and Helen Healey. Raised in Jersey City, she came of age during the Great Depression, and had to leave school as a teenager to work and help support her parents in raising her younger siblings. Her skills as a seamstress gave her work, alongside her aunts, in a pocketbook factory, where she stitched leather and accessories.
Later, she earned a position at Western Electric, where she met Theodore Zuchniewicz. The couple married on June 27, 1943, and lived first in Bayonne before settling in Jersey City. They welcomed a daughter, Evelyn, on their second anniversary, and in due time, three more children: Patricia, Jeanette, and Theodore.
In the mid 1960s, Evelyn and Theodore moved their family to Rutherford. Once her children were all in school, Evelyn returned to the workforce, and proudly earned a position in Investigations of Foreign Accounts with Citibank in New York City. Evelyn commuted into the city for more than 20 years, often walking from Penn Station down to Wall Street, and loved every minute of it.
Following Theodore's passing in 1983, Evelyn sold her home in Rutherford and moved to Pompton Plains. She became an active member of the community, and greatly enjoyed volunteering her time with the local women's group, meeting at Friendship Hall to knit caps for the babies being born at Chilton Memorial Hospital. She also lent her skills to make bed rolls for the homeless, and was always engrossed in a sewing project or some kind of craft in her home.
Surrounding herself with family was always important to Evelyn. She loved hosting her large family every Thanksgiving and Christmas, and memories of the piles of gifts surrounding her Christmas tree will always remain special to her children and grandchildren. Even as she grew older, her children assisted her in the special holidays, and she adored being able to be with her family on those days.
Evelyn was a strong, righteous woman. She never feared speaking her mind, but was easy-going, and would never stir a pot that didn't need to be stirred. She was greatly loved, and will be dearly missed by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and extended family.
Evelyn is survived by her children, Evelyn Miller and her husband Richard, Patricia Wolf and her husband Vernon, Jeanette Sendik and her husband John, and Ted Zuchniewicz and his girlfriend Naomi McCloskey; her sister, Susan Stefanic; her grandchildren, Ruth Miller, Catherine Sisco, Bethany Wolf, Adam Wolf, Sara Huntington, John Sendik Jr., Matthew Sendik, Tam McCloskey, Frank Isakson, and Eric Hunt; and her great-grandchildren, Emma Miller, Leaf Huntington, Liam Kelleher, Grace Kelleher, and Mackenzie Kelleher.
Visiting hours will be Thursday from 7-9 pm at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held 9 am Friday at the funeral home, with burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer's Association would be greatly appreciated by Evelyn's family.
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