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Mary Goldsmith

Mary Goldsmith

Sunday, December 16th, 1956 Friday, March 8th, 2019

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Obituary

Obituary for Mary Donna Goldsmith (Syseskey)

Mary D. Goldsmith, 62, of Toms River, passed away on Friday, March 8, 2019, at Community Medical Center, Toms River, with her husband by her side.
Mary was born in Plainfield. She was raised in Cranford before moving to Colts Neck as a teenager. She was a graduate of Marlboro High School, and went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree at Rutgers University and her Master’s Degree at Monmouth University. Mary worked for many years for the Monmouth County Board of Social Services, and thereafter, as a software programmer for Prudential, in Holmdel. Mary was a world traveler who had visited 96 countries and 7 continents by wheelchair. She was also an accomplished winemaker, and led the St. Joseph’s Book Club, Toms River. Having battled Rheumatoid Arthritis since she was a young girl, Mary was a strong advocate for people with disabilities. She was instrumental in the passing of Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act legislation, which mandates workplace rights and designated parking spaces for people with disabilities. Mary is being remembered as an inspiration and an angel.
Mary was predeceased by her father, George Syseskey. She is survived by her mother, Angelica (Zanetti) Syseskey, of West Brandywine, Pa. Mary is also survived by her beloved husband, Steven Goldsmith, of Toms River, and her sisters, Ann, and her husband, Timothy Scheve, of Philadelphia, Grace, and her husband Robert Kiever, of Summerland, Fla., and Jane Syseskey, of Lawrenceville, as well as nine nephews and nieces.
Visitation will take place at O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy. 35, Wall, on Friday, March 15, 2019, from 4-8 PM. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Catharine’s Church, Spring Lake, on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 10:30 AM, followed by entombment in St. Anne Cemetery, Wall. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory may be made to Arthritis Foundation, at www.arthritis.org, the American Diabetes Association, at www.diabetes.org, or the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, at www.myasthenia.org.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, March 15th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    O'Brien Funeral Home - Wall
    2028 NJ-35
    WALL, NJ
    Friday, March 15th, 2019
    4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Service

    Saturday, March 16th, 2019 | 10:30am
    St. Catharine's Church
    215 Essex Avenue
    SPRING LAKE, NJ
    Saturday, March 16th, 2019
    10:30am
  • Interment

    St. Anne's Cemetery
    1610 Allenwood Road
    WALL, NJ

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Tricia Sibilia-Steiber

Although I will be unable to visit with Mary for the last time, know that I will be there in my thoughts and prayers. Mary was a compassionate and understanding friend, and there was fun to be had whenever I was with her. She will be greatly missed, and I will always hold her memory as dear to my heart.
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Tricia Sibilia-Steiber

Although I will be unable to visit with Mary for the last time, know that I will be there in my thoughts and prayers. Mary was a compassionate and understanding friend, and there was fun to be had whenever I was with her. She will be greatly missed, and I will always hold her memory as dear to my heart.
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Carol A. Killeya

Dear Steve and Syseskey Family, Chris and I were saddened to hear of Mary's passing. Our condolences and prayers go out to all of you. Mary will be greatly missed. She touched so many hearts just by being Mary. Love, Carol and Chris Killeya
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