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Marjorie J. Lee
September 6, 1935 ~ June 26, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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Marjorie (Margie) Joan Lee was born on September 6, 1935 in Santa Monica, California, but she’s been a Jersey girl ever since. She grew up on Jacobus Avenue in Great Notch with her mother, Ruth Lee, and the Albigese family. She regaled us all with stories of farmland, chickens and selling eggs as a girl and made sure we all knew what life was like for a kid during World War II.
At 16, Margie moved to Orange, NJ with family. She attended Caldwell College, where she pursued her passion for playing basketball, and graduated in 1959 with her teaching degree. She received her Masters in Education from Seton Hall University and was a Union Township Public School elementary teacher for 36 years.
Margie’s dreams were to teach, to live life to the fullest and to retire to Great Notch – she achieved all three. The adventurer in Margie took her summer breaks from teaching to travel the world with friends. New Zealand, an African safari, Italy, Jerusalem and rafting through the Grand Canyon, were favorite trips. Her antics about her travels are epic family stories; jumping onto ferries that have left the dock, talking her way out of trouble in England by saying she knew Winston Churchill, and getting picked on by a police officer in Pennsylvania for speeding and then resisting arrest.
Margie retired in 1995 so she could travel the world unencumbered by a work life. She went on more trips than any of us can count. But her true loves, God, her family and her friends, were the foundation of her life. She spent every Christmas and most holidays with the Salerno family, lunched regularly with the alumnae of Caldwell College, and was a loyal and cheerful neighbor to everyone at home.
Margie passed away peacefully at home on Monday, June 26, 2023 at 87 years old.
Visitation will be at Bizub-Parker Funeral Home in Little Falls on Friday, June 30, from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. Catholic mass will be at Our Lady of the Holy Angels in Little Falls on Saturday, July 1 at 9:30 am with interment to follow at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Orange. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Marjorie’s name to Franciscan Friars of the Renewal or Operation Smile, two of her most beloved charities.