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Anita Gawenus

Anita R. Gawenus

Wednesday, May 1st, 1946 - Saturday, October 24th, 2020
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Anita R. Gawenus, age 74 of Wantage, passed away on Saturday, October 24th, 2020 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Newark to the late William and Margaret (McNulty) Barker, Anita lived in Spring Lake and South Orange before settling in Wantage in 1981. A graduate of Seton Hall, Anita went on to receive her Masters in Business Administration from Jersey City State College. Anita began teaching at South Mountain Grammar School, then at Franklin Elementary School from 1981 until her retirement in 2003. She and her husband Frank had also previously owned the West Orange Bake Shop. Anita enjoyed family vacations down the shore and to their other home in Clear Lake, Canada. She was a dedicated parishioner of St. Monica’s RC Church in Sussex, where she was also a member of the Rosary Society. She loved traveling and gardening, but above all loved time spent with her family.
Predeceased by her parents; a son, Frank Gawenus; and brother, Jeffery Barker, Anita is survived by her husband, Frank Gawenus of Wantage; daughters Kate Dailey and husband Bill of Wall Twp., Jeanne Crissey and husband John of Wantage, and Suzanne Miller and husband David of Vernon; loving grandchildren Billy, Ryan, Matt, Chris, and Maggie Dailey, Elizabeth and Olivia Crissey, and Andrew, Erin, and Brian Miller; sister, Ruthann and husband Dr. John Durst; and brother William Barker and wife Kathleen. She is also survived by her many nieces and nephews.
Visitation for Anita will be on Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 from 2-4 and 7-9PM at the Ferguson Funeral Home, 27 Third Street, Sussex, NJ 07461. A Funeral Mass for Anita will be held on Thursday, October 29th, 10:30AM at the St. Monica’s RC Church in Sussex. Burial in the Northern New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either St. Monica’s RC Church or the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Ferguson Funeral Home
    27 Third Street
    SUSSEX, NJ 07461
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  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Ferguson Funeral Home
    27 Third Street
    SUSSEX, NJ 07461
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  • Service

    Thursday, October 29th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Thursday, October 29th, 2020 10:30am
    St. Monica's RC Church
    33 Unionville Avenue
    SUSSEX, NJ 07461
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  • Interment

    Northern NJ Veterans Memorial Cemetery
    Route 94
    SPARTA, NJ 07871
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Donations are being accepted for: St. Jude Children's Research Hosptial.


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Ellen, Pat, Marty, Vicky, Rob, Tammie, Chris, & Maria

Posted at 09:02pm
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Jeanne Crissey Posted at 11:32pm

How Beautiful- Thank you so very much for your beautiful remembrance of my Mom. Much love to you all- Jeanne

Barb and Jim Rowat

Posted at 07:10pm
We are very saddened to learn about Anita. She has been a wonderful neighbor and friend for many years at their summer home on Clear Lake on the Rideau in Canada. Our thoughts and prayers are with Frank and the entire family. We will miss her. Love Barb and Jim Rowat

Jeanne Crissey Posted at 11:34pm

Dear Barb and Jim- Oh how she loved you both and your friendship- Thank you for your love and friendship always- Jeanne

Gael Lawlor

Posted at 10:41am
Sometimes it is the littlest of kindnesses that are best remembered. One summer when I still had some young children and while swimming with them at a then local pool, I asked Anita if she would keep and eye on them so that I could take a short swim. She said "yes", and I was able to get some much needed and enjoyable exercise.
There are smiles that light the receiver of them up with a glow; and Anita was a giver of that glow.
Peace and God's grace to all of the Gawenus family.

Jeanne Crissey Posted at 09:31am

Thank you for that beautiful memory. In friendship- Jeanne

Barbara Shuhnicki

Posted at 08:28pm
Mr. G and Family
I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. G's passing . My Twins Chris & Nick had her for a teacher in Franklin school and I had You in Bake shop in Tech.
As with Many of the fine teachers we will never forget your wife was one of them as well as you .My you find comfort knowing so many remember her .Ever memory was a good one of those school days I am sure many feel the same .
We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family God Bless .
Barbara (Haring ) Shuhnicki
Christopher & Nicholas Shuhnicki

Melissa MacKinnon

Posted at 01:02pm
Frank and family,
So very sorry to hear of Anita’s passing. She was a warm and vibrant human being. My best to you at this difficult time.
Melissa MacKinnon

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