CANDACE C. WISNIESKI
Candace "Candy" C. Wisnieski, 66, a longtime Montclair resident, died on Friday, April 26.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered this Saturday, May 3, at 10:30 a.m., in the Church of Immaculate Conception, 30 North Fullerton Ave. Viewing will be tomorrow, May 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home, 76 Park St. For directions or online condolences, visit moriartyfh.com.
Born in Boston to the late Dr. George and Jane Cushman, Mrs. Wisnieski attended Middlebury College and taught English and theater in Southbury, Conn. She lived in Canada and the United Kingdom after her marriage. She and her husband developed a lifelong passion for sailing, most recently out of Robbins Reef Yacht Club in Bayonne. In the early '80s, she settled in Montclair, where she taught English in Immaculate Conception High School, coached youth soccer, and served as co-president of the Montclair PTA.
A lifelong dog lover, especially collies, Mrs. Wisnieski was a member of the board of the Collie Club of Northern New Jersey, where she served as specialty chair, trophy chair, and newsletter editor. She was a recognized breeder and trainer of championship collies and therapy dogs. She was a breed education member/mentor for the Collie Club of America, Corporator and volunteer for the Gathering of the Collie Health Foundation, and a member of the Ramapo Kennel Club. She was a co-creator of Collie Club of America's Shining Star Program, awarded to outstanding dogs for therapy work and heroism.
Mrs. Wisnieski was the author of Collie of the Family Dog, Parent to Parent, and other articles, essays and children's stories.
Mrs. Wisnieski is survived by her husband, Anthony M. Wisnieski; her children, George and Peter; three sisters, Betsey Hughes, Anne Schwaikert, and Emily Belanger; and her granddaughter, Genevieve.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Collie Health Foundation, www.colliehealth.org, or to the Collie Rescue of Northern New Jersey, c/o Karen Hahn, 119 Edward Drive, Ringwood, NJ 07456.
Published in The Montclair Times on May 3, 2013