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Zellars, Mary C. September 17, 1924 - April 8, 2021

Mary Gardner Zellars, 96 of Hackettstown, NJ, passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at the home of her Grandson, Thomas and his wife, Dawn Zmijewski. Born in Astoria, Queens, New York on September 17, 1924, Mary was the daughter of the late William H. & Jennie Larkin Gardner.

Mary, a longtime resident of Hackettstown, was a member of the Panther Valley Ecumenical Church, Hackettstown, NJ. She also ran a boarding house in Hackettstown for years. Earlier, Mary also worked as a hair stylist in Hackettstown. Mary could always be seen attending to her yard or walking her beloved dog, “Teddy”.

Mary was predeceased by her husband, Charles Zellars in 1981, daughter, Maryann Crawn in 2018 and her son John W. Zellars in 2016. Mary is survived by one son, Charles Zellars Sr. (Lori) of Florida. Grandchildren,  Thomas (Dawn) Zmijewski, Charles Zmijewski, Pamela Westbrook (Brian), John Zmijewski (Tonya), Charles Zellars, Jr. (Emma), Elizabeth Bottiglierie (Arthur), Todd Zellars, Timothy Zellars, Thomas Zellars, Scott Zellars (Christine), Shawn Zellars, Richard Lounsbury. She is also survived by 16 Great Grandchildren and 5 Great Great Grandchildren.

A visitation will take place on Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840.

Graveside services will be on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 10:00am in the Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ.

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    Kevin & Debora Wyker says

    So sorry to hear of your loss, She was a very sweet lady, Our thoughts and prayers to all of the family

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    Janet Lake says

    More Beautiful with every passing year! Never would have guessed her age. Go with God.

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    Chris Knaus (Black) says

    I am saddened to hear of Mary’s passing. She was my neighbor for 17 years and rented her private apartment on the 1st floor of the house on the corner of High Street to us when we were between houses. She loved talking about the history of the town and our neighborhood with me. I always knew it was Mary when I would see her car driving around town. Peace be with you Mary and my condolences to the entire family. Chris

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    Sharon & Pat Housel says

    We are so very sorry to read about your loved one. Sincerely, Sharon & Pat Housel (Florida)

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    Ray & Angie Lemasters says

    We are saddened to hear of Mary’s passing. Our condolences to the Zellars family. Ray & Angie Lemasters

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    Joy and Les Snyder says

    So very sorry to learn of Mary’s passing. Our Sincere Sympathy to the entire Zellars family. Joy and Lester Snyder

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    Thomas and Gina Knudsen says

    Our deepest sympathies at this most difficult time.

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    Henry & Terrie Newbold says

    Sincere condolences to Mary’s extended family.. What fantastic legacy.. We are members of Mary’s congregation and when we first attended, we will always remember the enthusiasm of her greeting – a truly warm and loving bright star in Hackettstown’s firmament. May she rest in peace.
    Henry & Terrie Newbold

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    Paul & Robin Wallace says

    Dear Zellars Family
    My Wife Robin and I are so saddened to hear of Mrs. Zellars passing.
    One of my fondest memories was Saturday Afternoon walking from the Lumber Yard with John to Mrs. Zellars house where I was invited to stay for lunch of Tuna Salad Sandwiches and Potato Chips.
    This became Weekly until John started working for Home Depot, but what was nice is I would stop by just for a chat.
    Mrs. Zellars always made us feel welcome.
    We pray of FATHER in Heaven will comfort you through Christ Jesus our LORD as only HE can.
    May GOD Bless you all
    Paul & Robin Wallace

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    Tom & Fran says

    Dear Tom, Dawn and The Zellars family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. She was such a sweet lady, Our thoughts and prayers to all of your family. RIP Mrs. Zellars and God Bless all of you.
    Tom & Fran

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      Marie Szlachtianshyn says

      Charlie, I so enjoyed stopping by or calling your mom to see how she was doing and to ask about Mary Ann. No mother should lose both her daughter and son in such a short period of time. Your mom had such resilience despite the sorrow she experienced, yet she still made you laugh and always had a smile. She will be missed by all those who knew her and loved her.

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    Jeffrey L Tynan says

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Always enjoyed talking to her .

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    Belinda J Hamilton says

    What a loss. She was the epitome of grace and family. I am Belinda Joann Hamilton, niece of Mary’s thru sister Isobel. I happened to find her home some years ago and had a very interesting conversation. I tried to call her recently, but she must have been at grandson, Toms. Of course, I do not know if you know of me. I was born June, 1949 in Newark, NJ. My half siblings are a brother, Bill Gardner,, half sister Holly and two more. sisters Bill and spoke often and .usually abit about how Aunt Mary was doing. we loved her and I send to her family the most sincerest condolences

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