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Theresa Slonieski


Theresa Slonieski, age 87, of Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.

Theresa was born and raised in Nanticoke, PA where she graduated from Nanticoke High School with the Class of 1946.

While living in Nanticoke, Theresa met a young gentleman named Raymond Slonieski at a corner tavern. She had to sneak in as she was only sixteen years old at the time. She and Ray fell in love and she gladly accepted Ray’s proposal of marriage on Christmas Eve at her parent’s home. They married on Saturday, October 23, 1948 at Holy Trinity Church in Nanticoke. They had no money for a honeymoon but they felt blessed anyway.

In 1952, Theresa and Ray moved to Wayne where she had continued to live – 65 years in all! Theresa settled into her role as homemaker and loving Mom to their daughter and son Patricia and Raymond. Her husband Ray got involved in the Wayne Elks Lodge 2181 where he was very influential in establishing Elk’s Camp Moore in Haskell and was also a dedicated volunteer on the Wayne Elks Crippled Children’s Committee. During those years, Theresa was always volunteering right beside her husband and attending all the events as a member of the Elks Ladies Auxiliary.

In 1967, when her kids were old enough to enjoy some independence, Theresa decide to re-enter the workforce. She took a job with the Kodak Corporation in Fair Lawn as a film processor and film cutter. It was her job to take those 24 or 36 exposure rolls of film that consumers brought in for processing, and cut each roll into individual negatives. Later in her twenty-year tenure with the company, she got involved in touching up customers photos for a more pleasing final product. In 1971, while he was attending college, Theresa’s son Ray joined her at work in a part-time capacity. Together, they worked the 4:00 to 12:00 midnight shift and would occasionally go out together to grab a beer after work. They both thought that was pretty cool!

When Theresa retired from Kodak in 1987, she filled her days spending much-enjoyed hours with her husband Ray. They took weekly trips to Atlantic City where their casino of choice was always Caesars. Closer to home, she was a regular at Bingo night at the Wayne Boys and Girls Club. Her love for bingo was sparked from a very young age when her own mom and dad would take her to play. If Theresa wasn’t out looking for fun, you could usually find her at home, curled up on the couch watching old time movies on television, and Sundays were always started by attending mass at Our Lady of the Valley Church in Wayne, followed by Sunday dinner at her daughter Pat and son-in-law Chris’ house.

Theresa and Ray were blessed with a loving and devoted marriage for sixty-three years until Ray’s passing in 2011. Her son and daughter will always enjoy reminiscing about growing up in Wayne and vacationing as a family down the Jersey shore, and up in Lake George, NY.

Theresa was predeceased by her beloved husband Raymond in 2011. She was the loving mother of Patricia and husband Chris Hoey of Wayne, and Raymond and wife Anne Marie Slonieski of Toms River; cherished grandmother of Christopher Slonieski of Toms River and Kelsey Slonieski of Boston, MA; loved sister of the late Geraldine Diaz.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 4-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held at 9 AM on Friday, October 20, 2017 from the funeral home, then to Our Lady of the Valley RC Church, 630 Valley Road, Wayne, where a 10 AM Mass will be offered. Interment will follow at Christ the King Cemetery, Franklin Lakes

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy in Theresa’s name are asked to consider the Elks Camp Moore c/o Wayne Elks Lodge or the Special Needs Children’s Fund at the Wayne Elks Lodge, 50 Hinchman Avenue, Wayne, NJ 07470. 

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I would like to express, on behalf of the Golden Age Circle of Wayne, our condolences on the loss of your mom. Many of us here knew her personally, and she was well-loved among our members. She will be missed. Again, we extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family during this time of mourning. Terry Coronato-Rossi Corresponding Secretary GACW

Terry Coronato-Rossi, Corresponding Secretary Golden

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