NEWTON - Margaret Gessitz, 82, of Newton, passed away Jan. 3, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. Margaret was born in Austria and came to the U.S. in 1934 and settled in New York City, moving to Newton in 1958. She worked at the New Jersey Department of Labor in Newton for 28 years, retiring as a manager in 1993. Margaret was president of the Fredon Fire Department Auxiliary, president of the Sussex County Fire Auxiliary, a life member of AARP, and a member of the Newton VFW Auxiliary. Margaret's pleasures in life included camping, crocheting, and bird and wildlife watching from her back porch. She loved watching "Jeopardy!" nightly and during her short stay at Bentley Assisted Living, she made many friends and became an avid Bingo player. She is survived by her beloved husband, George; devoted daughters, Rosemarie Davenport and her husband, George, of Newton, and Carol Ann Cruts and her husband, Denis, of Hampton; loving grandchildren, George Davenport and his wife, Angela, of Alexandria, Va.; Gregory Davenport and his wife, Rachel, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Kaitlyn Cruts and Jason Cruts of Hampton; one loving great-grandson, Austin Davenport, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and several cousins, sisters and brothers-in-law. A memorial service will be held in April. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, 350 Sparta Ave., Bldg. B, Suite 2, Sparta, NJ 07871. Condolences may be sent to www.goblefuneral.com.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on Jan. 6, 2013