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Maria Stephan

Maria Stephan

Maria Stephan, 95, of Frenchtown, NJ, passed away peacefully, at home, surrounded by her loving family on Monday, March 13, 2023.

Maria was born in Romania and spent most of her adult life in New Jersey. Maria was dedicated to the loving care of her husband, her five children, her ten grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren (plus one on the way). She loved to spend time with family (especially on the holidays), garden, and crochet her infamous “Hausschuhe.” She was a wife, mom, sister, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was known to all as Oma. Maria will be missed, but all who knew her have special memories in their hearts.

The family will receive relatives and friends for a visitation on Thursday, March 16, 2023 from 10-11 AM the Johnson-Walton Funeral Home, 24 Church Road, Milford, NJ, followed by a Catholic Prayer Service at 11 AM, with Father Kris Kaczynski officiating. Interment will follow at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Alexandria Township, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hunterdon Hospice, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822.


From: Susan Cox
Mrs. Stephan, such a sweet, kind, thoughtful woman with a beautiful and humble soul. I never had the pleasure of meeting you, yet I knew you from afar, through your Son Frank and Wife Diane, my best friends. You will always be remembered, and I grateful, for your beautiful sprays you made on your own for my Great Grandmother every Christmas. Your kindness touched me, as well as others, in so many ways. Heaven gained another Angel today.

From: John & Laurie Lang
Saddened to hear the passing of Aunt Maria, we have so many wonderful memories of her visits here on the farm, especially when mom was sick and she came for an extended visit. Maria was always such an inspiration to us by her fun loving nature and how she truly cared about us and our family, always wanting to know what was taking place with the two of us, our kids and grandkids. We will truly miss the phone calls at Christmas. It was wonderful that she was able to come and visit us that last time a few years ago. Mom and Dad were always very close with the Stephen family as we were growing up and always loved their visits to Ontario and our visits to New Jersey. We have been praying for Maria and the family over the last few months and will continue to pray for all of you at this difficult time. May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ give you comfort and strength at this time, knowing that we will be reunited with our loved ones once again some day in Heaven. Love and blessing to all of you. John, Laurie and family!

From: Brendan, Alysia, Oliver. Lederach
We are sorry for your loss. Even though we didn’t know Maria very well, out of all the neighbors we feel we knew her the best from the daily contact. Since moving in, it was always nice to see her outside, by the garage, waving to us during the day. Along with welcoming the many visitors she would have. It seamed she really enjoyed the time outside. As we can remember days where she would be outside for a short time all bundled up because it was cold out. Along with the nice weather days when she was outside all day from when the sun came up until evening. She will be missed by us along with her daily waves of hello. From the neighbors across the street. Brendan, Alysia, Oliver.

From: Mary Kearns
I am sorry to hear of Mary's passing. I spoke to her niece Anne, at a friend's funeral in January and we talked about my connection to Mary. She came from the same town where my mother, Elizabeth(Pfefferkorn) Dorner was born. When Mary came to Canada she lived with us at my parents' farm for a while. Perhaps her family has heard of her coming to Canada. I was a teenager and I well remember that she taught my twin sister Elizabeth, and me to knit , socks in particular. I have fond memories of Mary. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

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