Mary B. Maeder

SUSSEX - Mary B. Maeder, a longtime resident of Sussex-Wantage, passed on to eternal peace on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. She was 88. In recent years, she resided at Bristol Glen Retirement Community in Newton.

Mary was born Mary Sawyer Baldwin on Nov. 22, 1924, the younger daughter of Hugh and Gladys Baldwin. Mary graduated as valedictorian of the Sussex High School Class of 1942. She received a degree in nursing from Jersey City State College in 1946 and became a registered nurse. In 1947, she married Laurens Hardin. Their marriage lasted 20 years and was blessed with four sons.

Mary worked as a nurse for the Sussex Borough schools from the mid-1950s until 1966. At that time, she became the school nurse for the newly-opened High Point Regional High School, a position she held for 20 years, until her retirement. She handled her responsibilities as a school nurse with sensitivity and an admiration for children. She also taught health and driver's education.

In 1970, Mary married John A. Maeder, a mathematics teacher at High Point. Their happy years together were unfortunately cut short by John's death in 1988. After retirement, Mary traveled extensively, even taking an around-the-world cruise on a freighter. She enjoyed a cozy home at Lake Pochung, and spent many winters in Scottsdale, Ariz. With the onset of Alzheimer's disease, Mary moved to Bristol Glen on June 1, 2006, and received exemplary care.

Mary was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Sussex for more than 60 years. Mary served in many capacities at church, including a deacon and elder. She believed in lifelong education, and earned her bachelor's and master's degrees while raising her four sons. Mary was a member of the Sussex County Retired Education Association and the New Jersey Retired Educator's Association.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Anna (Jones); her brother, Hugh (in childhood); and husband, John Maeder. Mary is survived by her four sons: Peter and his wife, Rachel Brickner, of Brooklyn, Wis., Philip and his wife, Patricia, of Sussex, Laurens "Jim" and his wife, Karen, of Sussex, and Jonathan and his companion, Patricia Wales, of Tabernash, Colo. She leaves behind six beloved Hardin grandchildren: Adam, James, Lindsay, Jarrod, Louis and EmmaLeah. Mary is further survived by a special niece, Mary Anne Sellers, of Corvallis, Ore.; and two stepdaughters, Bonnie Maeder and Lynn McMahon, both of New York state.

Mary was a truly gracious woman who had a gift for putting people at ease. She was a generous and loving person who cared deeply about her family, church and community.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at the First Presbyterian Church, 21 Unionville Ave., Sussex. Interment to follow at Newton Cemetery. Friends may pay their respects to the family on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., at Pinkel Funeral Home, 31 Bank St. (Route 23), Sussex.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Sussex, 21 Unionville Ave., Sussex, NJ 07461. Online condolences may be made to the family at

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Pinkel Funeral Home
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on Feb. 18, 2013