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Wickel, Marilyn F. May 11, 1935 - April 21, 2021

Wickel, Marilyn F.

May 11, 1935 – April 21, 2021

Marilyn Frances (McCormack) Wickel was born May 11, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, and passed away at home in Oxford, New Jersey on April 21, 2021 due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Marilyn was a lifelong scholar, earning a Bachelor’s degree, three Master’s degrees, and a PhD; she also knew braille and American Sign Language.  She held a variety of positions in church ministry throughout her life, taught at several schools in grades ranging from kindergarten through college, and was most recently a Professor of Religious Studies at Felician College in Lodi, New Jersey.

Marilyn was predeceased by her parents, John G. and Frances Riethus McCormack. She is survived by her beloved husband of 63 years, Richard, and their daughters:  Susan (Todd) Degerdon, Rosemary (Carlos) Santos, Margaret (Attila) Janaszik, Carol (Randy) Johnson, Marie (Joseph) DeSalvo, and Jean Ortiz. She is also survived by her grandchildren Christopher, Julia, Megan, Kelly, Jena, Katherine, Ryan, Lianna, Toni, Sarah, Ian, Jodi, Carly, Justin, Keith, Selena, Immanuel, Mimi and Bryan. She was devoted to her large family and her many friends, and her kindness and generosity will be deeply missed by all.

Visitation will be at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 on Friday, May 21, 2021 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm and 7:00 – 9:00 pm.  A memorial mass to celebrate Marilyn’s life will be held Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 11:00 am at Saint John Neumann Roman Catholic Church, 398 County Road 513, Califon, NJ 07860.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christian Appalachian Project ( or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (



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    Deborah Carter Conrardy says

    So very sorry for your loss – years ago I lived across the street from you and your mother was always a sweetheart – she sewed my h frank Carey pirettes uniform for me- Both my parents are deceased now and I miss them so much but they will always be with us as will your dear mom xoxo 🙏💞

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      Sue says

      Thank you for sharing your memories of my mom, Debbie. She could sew anything! I have such wonderful memories of you and your family and our Brixton Rd. neigbohood. ❤️

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    Becky Lawson says

    Dear Dick and the rest of the Wickel family,
    I was so shocked when I saw the news of Marilyn’s passing. She was the Religious Ed. Director at St. Joseph’s Church in Millstone while my Aunt Lil (Kulcsar), Mom (Monica) and I attented there. I did my First Pennace and First Communion under her direction in 1986-1987.
    She was such a sweet and loving woman, and I know she and my Aunt and Mom are all having a blast upstairs.
    Please give Dick all my love. I will keep your family in my prayers.

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    Debbie Dee CurrranURRAN says

    Marilyn was my freshman roommate at the college pf new Rochelle.
    She was a dear person and put up with my many odd ways. I visited with her parents several times and even with her aunt om Cape Cod.
    Such wonderful memories!!
    Prayers to Dick and all her family.

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