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Mary Fineo Freer

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NEWTON - Mary Fineo Freer, of Newton, died Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Newton Medical Center after a brief hospitalization. She was 83.

Mary was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. She moved to New Jersey after she was married. Mary was the daughter of the late Peter and Josephine (Bonocouri) Fineo. She was predeceased by her husband, George Raymond; and her sister, Elizabeth Fineo Fabbie; and brother, Carlo Fineo. She is survived by her daughter, Wendy Fabian and husband, Ron, of Stillwater; her niece, Cathleen M. Schirick and her husband, Edward, of Rock Hill, N.Y.; a nephew, Richard Sorenson and his spouse, Monica, of Colorado; a granddaughter, Cierra Fabian, of Stillwater; a great-niece, Elizabeth Schirick, of Boston, Mass.; several great-nephews, E. Scott Schirick and his spouse, Elizabeth, of Fair Haven, Michael Schirick of Brooklyn, N.Y. Adam Sorenson of Massachusetts, and R. Eric Sorenson and his spouse, Christine, of Massachusetts; two great-great-nephews and two great-great-nieces also survive.

Mary was a strong independent woman with many interests and abilities. After high school she worked for NJ Bell Telephone as an operator and rose to the rank of supervisor. She and her husband, "Ray," owned and operated Mar-Rays Kennels in Fredon where they raised boxers. She raised several champion dogs and conducted business internationally. She was a member of the Newton Kennel Club, American Kennel Club and a dog show judge.

Mary worked for the Fredon School District for several years and managed the cafeteria at one of the schools. She also was the co-owner and broker of Farm & Home Real Estate in Andover Township and a foster parent for Sussex County.

At various times throughout her business career she was a member of the Newton Chamber of Commerce, Newton Country Club, and member of the Sussex County Professional Women's Association.

Visitation will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton, followed by a 1:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph R.C. Church in Newton. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum in Newton.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph R.C. Church Food Pantry, 17 Elm St., Newton, NJ 07860. Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.



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Published in The New Jersey Herald on May 18, 2014
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