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 (christianapp.org) or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org).