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Mary Gawrys


Mary Gawrys, age 96, formerly of Wayne, passed away peacefully at her home in Toms River, on Monday, October 9, 2017. She was in the loving and supportive company of family at the time of her passing.

Mary was the eighth of Andrew and Anna Elchin’s nine children and she was born in Portage, PA. She grew up in Portage where, having skipped the third grade, she graduated from high school a year earlier than most kids her age. When she was eighteen, she moved to Clifton, NJ where she lived in with a family serving as their fulltime nanny. In 1946, when she turned twenty-five, she married A. Edward Gawrys a handsome young man who came to the United States from Poland in 1914. Their first home together was in a two-family in Clifton, and in 1959, Mary and Eddie moved to their brand new home in the Lions Head Lake section of Wayne.

During their years in Wayne, Mary and Ed were faithful parishioners of Our Lady of Consolation Church. In fact, they were attending the church when it began by meeting in the auditorium of the Schuyler-Colfax Junior High School. Wayne was a great place to raise their family during the 1960’s and 1970’s and Mary especially enjoyed entertaining her family and friends through many pool parties and holiday parties at her house. Being the great cook and baker that she was, Mary also supplied all the goodies for these occasions.

As a young wife, Mary wore multiple hats including serving as a mother to three children and working as an electronics assembler for Dumont Oscilloscope in West Caldwell. She worked there for many years until retiring in 1977. A year later, she and Eddie sold their home in Wayne and moved to Toms River where they enjoyed carefree days in the sun and surf and vacations to California, Mexico and cruises in the Caribbean. At this time, Mary also got involved in taking dance lessons and she danced well into her seventies. She especially enjoyed visits from her grandchildren and getting to entertain them for the day at the beach in Seaside Heights or the community pool. In 1995 her beloved Ed passed away but Mary remained in Toms River for the rest of her life.

Mary always especially enjoyed caring for her beautiful flower gardens and indoor plants and those who were guests at her house were always especially impressed with her magnificent African violets. Mary also enjoyed her collection of Hummel’s and the company of her feline friends – Yachie, Smokey and Fred.

Mary was the beloved wife of the late A. Edward Gawrys (1995); dear mother of Pamela Zalusky of Wayne, Brian Gawrys of Toms River, and Gary Gawrys and wife Lucy of Fort Lauderdale, FL; cherished grandmother of Jennifer Bubenik, Brian Gawrys, Thomas Zalusky, Amy Agelis, Erica Guay, and Michael Gawrys; adored great-grandmother of Robert Bubenik, Dylan Bubenik, Dino Agelis, Parker Guay, and Elodie Agelis. Mary was also predeceased by her dear sister Helen Timura, her seven dear brothers: Andrew, Michael, John, Steven, Pete, George, and William Elchin; and her dear son-in-law Thomas Zalusky.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 4-8 PM.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, October 13, 2017 beginning 10:30 AM, at the funeral home. Entombment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Paterson.

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So sorry for your loss with greatest sympathy Matt and Nicole

Nicole & Matt


Pam & Family,So very sorry for your loss. You have our greatest sympathy, April & Frank

April Tropona


So sorry for your loss Pam. Mom is now at rest. God speed.

Paul Blitzstein


My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this very sad time.

Patty Miller Levine


So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

JoAnne Agelis


Pam: So sorry for your loss. She is in good company in heaven and will be at peace. My prayers to you and your family!

susan angiono

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