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Marianne Wilkes Drake

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Marianne Wilkes Drake

AGE: 66 • Holmdel

Marianne Wilkes Drake, 66, of Holmdel died at Bayshore Community Hospital on Nov. 21, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. Marianne was born in Brooklyn, NY Aug. 19, 1949 to Matthew and Catherine (Kraft) Wilkes. She moved with her family to central N.J. in 1954. Marianne graduated from Matawan H.S. in 1967 and Douglass College in 1971. She was in the process of completing her Master's degree At Rutgers University. She married her high school sweetheart Dennis Drake in Oct., 1971. They spent 5 years in Los Angeles, Calif. in the 1970's, before moving back to N.J.

Marianne was a happy, optimistic, and vivacious person who had many friends. She worked as an editorial assistant for Vogue magazine after graduating from college. She worked in the retail business at Macy's, as a manager, then a buyer. Marianne was a dedicated employee at Brookdale Community College for the past 15 years, working in the media department. Marianne enjoyed cooking and baking, gardening and quilting. She was a member of Molly Pitcher Stiches and the RFD Garden Club. Marianne was predeceased by her parents Matthew and Catherine Wilkes and her father-in-law Michael and mother-in-law Mary Druzbik.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 44 years Dennis and her son Michael, her pride and joy. She is also survived by her sister Cathy Wilkes McKee and husband Jack McKee and her brother Matt Wilkes and wife Jackie Goodrich. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law Dorothy Lopapa, Deanna DiDomenico and Deborah Drake, who were like sisters to her, and brother-in-law Darrin Druzbik, as well as many nieces and nephews and her cat Misty.

Marianne will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Visitation will be held at Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold from 2 to 5pm on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. A funeral mass will be held on Monday at 10 am at the St. Gabriel's Historic Church in Marlboro.

Published in Asbury Park Press on Nov. 22, 2015
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