Mary Pallay Garzsik, 98, died Dec. 18, 2012, at Andover Sub-acute & Rehab Center, N.J.
The second youngest of 10 children, she was born in Passaic, N.J., to Theresa (Bauenhuber) and Julius Pallay Oct. 11, 1914. At three months of age the family moved to New York City.
Her greatest love was singing. At age 13 she was chosen for the lead part of "Mabel" in the musical "The Pirates of Penzance" for a New York City women's society event. As a young adult, she sang as a coloratura soprano with the New York City Catholic Choral Society and the Peoples Chorus of New York City, and performed at Carnegie Hall. She won art scholarships as a child which led her to enjoy a career in millinery as a seamstress in New York City. As a young mother, she owned and managed her own shop in Jersey City, which produced coats and wedding gowns.
She married concert violinist Victor Andrew Garzsik of Jersey City in 1942. They had three children, Kathleen, Marjorie and Charles and moved to Kearny, N.J. She was a full-time working mother who enjoyed her position as a secretary in the engineering department and later as an Atomic Spectrograph Operator with Worthington Corporation in Harrison, N.J. She was an active member of the Sodality of Our Lady of Sorrows R. C. Church in Kearny.
Mary and Victor retired to Cape Coral in 1973 where they were members of St. Andrew Church and the Cape Coral Yacht Club. She became president of the New Jersey Club of Cape Coral, which had over 500 members.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Victor; her parents, Theresa and Julius Pallay; her brothers, Julius, Albert, Arthur and Alexander; and her sisters, Sr. Emily Suzanne Pallay, Valeria Wagner, Theresa Schalow, Florence Kopp and Anna Pallay.
She is survived by her three children, Kathleen (Fred) Fitzsimmons of Sparta, Marjorie Langlinais Strohsahl of Sparta, whose husband Donald passed Nov. 18, and Dr. Charles Garzik of Pembroke, Mass; a daughter-in-law, Lauren Garzik of Scituate, Mass.; seven grandchildren, Brett (Wendy) Langlinais of Keller, Texas, Gabrielle Langlinais of Englewood Colo., Christian (Heather) Sullivan Heather of Sparta, N.J., Jason (Jennifer) Sullivan of Maiden, N.C., Emily Loverin, Lesley (Brian) Beldotti, all of Scituate, Mass., and Jill Garzik of Somerville, Mass., plus 12 great-grandchildren, Heather, Zachary and Gavin Langlinais of Keller, Texas, Henry Austin Carle of Englewood, Colo., Addison, Charles and Jacob Loverin and Beatrix, Clare and Julia Beldotti of Scituate, Mass., Violet Sullivan of Maiden, N.C., and Seth John Sullivan of Sparta, N.J.
Friends and relatives may call at Goble Funeral Home, 22 Main Street, Sparta, N.J., Friday, Dec. 28, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Saturday, Dec. 29, at St. Kateri Roman Catholic Church, 427 Stanhope Road, Sparta, N.J., at 8 a.m. Burial will take place immediately following Mass at St. Mary's Cemetery in Lodi, N.J.
Memorials may be made to St. Kateri Roman Catholic Church, 427 Stanhope Road, Sparta, N.J., 07871.