Mary Merritt

April 23, 1922November 14, 2020

Mary Merritt, age 98, passed away on November 14, 2020 at the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg, PA. She was dearly loved by all her nieces, nephews and numerous friends. She was a generous, kind and loving person who enjoyed cooking and baking for her many friends and family members.

Mary was born in Carlstadt, New Jersey to Erminia and Gernnaro Occhiuzzo on April 23, 1922. She went to school in Carlstadt and graduated from East Rutherford High School. She married Gerald K. Merritt on June 23, 1946 in in the Carlstadt Pentecostal Church. She worked as a manager for Fanny Farmer’s Candy and Colonial Park Candy Store. She retired from the Pennsylvania State Capital where she was a supervisor in the Notary Department for 23 years. She was the president of the Woman’s Democratic Club and was honored for her many years of service. She was also a member of the Birthday Club and Engelbert Humperdinck fan club. She was an active member the Faith Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, PA.

Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Merritt, parents, Genaro and Erminia Occhiuzzo, sisters: Virginia Zanochio, Julie Carrino, Erma Ginocchetti and brothers: Joseph Occhiuzzo, John Occhiuzzo, Thomas Occhiuzzo, Frank Occhiuzzo, Peter Occhiuzzo, Moses Occhiuzzo, Paul Occhiuzzo and Geremia Occhiuzzo. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received on Thursday November 19 at 1:00 PM until time of services at 2:00 PM. The Rev. Allison Smith of Faith Immanuel Presbyterian Church, will be officiating Mary’s Service. Burial will be at East Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clifton, New Jersey on Friday, November 20, 2020 at 1:00 PM. Arrangements entrusted to Zimmerman Auer Funeral Home.

In Mary’s memory memorial contributions may be made to Faith Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 1801 Colonial Road, Harrisburg, PA 17112 and Christian Apostolic Church, 7300 Woodchuck Hill Road, Fayetteville, NY 13066.

Mary’s family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Mary’s many friends who assisted her in later years: Pam Seibert, Leslie and Gary Grifin, Cindy Gnech, Sally Seasock, Linda Szeerba, Valerie Fisher and Margie Ziegenfuss.

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William Hershey

November 19, 2020

Here is a pic of us with Mother Mary at Gabriela's here favorite place to eat . We had no idea when we moved to Greenwood Court back in 2004 what a relationship was going to evolve.
We would come home from work and she would have dinner waiting on us almost every night . We told her not to but we all know Mary lol she didn't take no for a answer . After awhile we became very close and she started calling us her boys and with that she earned the name mother Mary . She made sure on everyone's birthday they had there very own celebration . You never left her house hungry or empty handed. Mother Mary your boys will miss you !! Love Ed and Bill

Dale Rose

November 19, 2020

I felt so privileged to be able to visit Aunt Mary a couple of Easter’s ago. She shared with us family photos, memories of her family, and the history of the Carlstadt church. She cooked us up a delicious lunch and gave us some chocolate covered Easter eggs that she had made. She was sharp as a tack and remembered that I wore a beautiful brimmed hat for my wedding. My most memorable events with Aunt Mary as a child was visiting her and going to Hershey Park! She also sent me a care package when I had surgery in 4 th grade. It was a nurse doll. I loved it! She will be missed . She lived a full life. She is now at peace and rest in the arms of the Heavenly Father .

Barbara Occhiuzzo-Bianchini

November 19, 2020

I feel so blessed to have had the great privilege of knowing Aunt Mary. Thank you, Aunt Mary for the love, kindness, and extreme generosity, you showed me throughout my entire life. Aunt Mary is truly the most thoughtful person I have ever known. She never missed a birthday, or holiday. She always, always acknowledged every gift with a thank you and a loving message. My childhood memories of her visits are some of my best memories as she always made everything so special. I will deeply miss her and her beautiful and kind heart. God bless you, Aunt Mary and may he keep you in his light and peaceful grace.

Nancy Fisher Gregory

November 19, 2020

From day one of my 66 years, Mary was there. Candy, stuffed animals, and black olives on our fingers gave way to Easter baskets, drives with Gerry, and 16th birthday parties. Shared days working summers in the Dept of State, meetings for Diet Workshop, and trying to learn to drive that Mustang resulted in many smiles. Countless Thanksgivings, Christmas days, Memorial Day and other holidays. Grape pie for Doc, angel food cake for Claire, and lasagna for Steve, always with candy for me. Such joy in wearing the wedding dress Mary so beautifully wore 30 years before I did. The loss is difficult, but the memories are precious. Rest in God’s hands, Mary.

Gary Andricks

November 18, 2020

Thank you Margie. Mary and I spent nearly every evening together for almost 10 years. I will miss her dearly. I’ve already seen the holiday cakes in the stores that she would buy for friends and families. Actually every time I go to the grocery I think of her when I come across special items she many good memories of Mary who was like a mother to me.

Janet Higgins. Broker Supervisor

November 17, 2020

My Dear Aunt! Thank you for all the trips on the bus to Passaic.. Thank you for all my Easter baskets up till my 79th birthday. I’ll always remember our trips to Hershey. The memories could go on forever.. my grandchildren loved you. I’m so happy I was able to send you the Italian pasty. Most of all I thank God you were my Aunt! May you Rest In Peace, love you so much. Niece Janet Ruth and family..

Margaret Ziegenfuss

November 17, 2020

I just wanted to add that there are others I know who were faithful friends and great helps to Mary over the years - Ann Lowell, Rosie Giandalia, Ed and Bill Miller and Gary Andricks. There are a few others whose names I can't remember - but Mary loved us all and did as much for us as we did for her - and then some.
With love and sympathy to Darlene, David and all the nieces and nephews.
Margee Z

Sally Seasock

November 17, 2020

Sending my condolences to Mary's family. Mary was a special lady to me. I have known her for over 40 years. She was like a mother to me. Her kindness cannot be expressed in words. I will miss her smile, voice, cooking and Company. This Earth has lost a wonderful person. She will always be in my heart. Sending prayers. I can now put it to rest that she is at rest and comfortably in peace. Xo

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