Viola Scott Thomsen(1924 - 2014)

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Viola Scott Thomsen (formerly Viola Mocarski) passed away at the age of 89 on June 20, 2014, at Lytton Gardens Senior Communities in Palo Alto, Calif. Her death was attributed to cardiovascular failure.

Visitation will be on Friday, July 11, at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service will take place at The Fewsmith Memorial Presbyterian Church in Belleville, 10 a.m., Saturday, July 12, with burial to follow at Crest Haven Memorial Park, Clifton.

Viola was born on Aug. 8, 1924, and was raised in Walker Valley, near Pine Bush, N.Y. During World War II she worked as a secretary at Stewart Field in upstate New York.

She married the late Edward Mocarski, and they raised their three children in Belleville. Viola worked for many years in physicians’ offices and then as executive assistant to the head of chemistry at Hoffman La Roche Pharmaceuticals in Nutley.

After her marriage to Carl Thomsen, she lived in Sparta and later retired to Port St. Lucie West, Fla. Viola recently joined her children and their families in California, residing at Lytton Gardens Assisted Living in Palo Alto.

Throughout her life, Viola maintained many close relationships with family and friends. Wherever she lived, Viola was active in the Presbyterian Church, serving as an Elder at churches in Belleville, Sparta and Vero Beach. She loved to travel and enjoyed entertaining as well as the latest in fashion and design. Viola participated in social clubs, card clubs and dinner groups, as well as all aspects of the performing arts, regularly attending local and regional theater with friends. She loved decorating the house for every holiday. Over the last three decades, Viola became a regular golfer.

Wife of the late Edward S. Mocarski and the late Carl Thomsen, she is survived by her son, Dr. Edward S. Mocarski Jr. and his wife, Dr. Christine L. Martens; and daughters, Nancy L. Zarra and Susan J. Mocarski and her husband, Darrell E. Elwell. Also surviving are grandchildren Anthony J. Zarra Jr., Emily C. Mocarski, Shannon S. Lee, Cassandra L. Belt and Ryan C. Elwell.

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Wilfred Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home
596 Belgrove Dr Kearny, NJ 07032
(201) 991-0657

Published in The New Jersey Herald on July 6, 2014