Makenzie Florence Hooke
Pinkel Funeral Home
31 Bank Street
Sussex, NJ
VERNON - Makenzie Florence Hooke, 9, passed away Monday, June 2, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born at Chilton Memorial Hospital in Pompton Plains, Makenzie lived in Oak Ridge before moving to Highland Lakes three years ago. She was a "straight A" third grade student at Cedar Mountain School in Vernon and she loved her teachers. She had attended Saint Thomas the Apostle Church in Oak Ridge, where she went to CCD and received her First Holy Communion. She also was a member of the Girl Scouts in Oak Ridge and a cheerleader for the Vernon Vikings.

Makenzie had a heart of gold and she took her entire savings account and donated all the monies to the Woman's Shelter in Sussex County. She loved spending time with her family and taking care of her little brother. Makenzie especially enjoyed her time yard sale shopping with her father, always trying to get the best bargain.

In her spare time, Makenzie listened to music and her favorite band was One Direction. Her favorite character was Hello Kitty and she enjoyed her time hiking outdoors. Makenzie also was a big Giants fan.

She is survived by her mother, Angelina Hooke Whitby and her husband, Brian, of Highland Lakes; her father, Tadeusz Gusciora Jr. of Warwick, N.Y.; her brother, Philip Whitby, at home; her maternal grandparents, Carol and Andrew Hooke, of Haskell; her paternal grandparents, Tadeusz and Maria Gusciora, of Warwick, N.Y.; and her maternal great-grandparents, Mary and Angelo Cutillo of Spring Hill, Fla.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 6, at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, 5635 Berkshire Valley Road, Oak Ridge. Friends may pay their respects to the family on Friday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the church. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Pinkel Funeral Home, 31 Bank St. (Route 23), Sussex.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations may be made to the Heroes for Makenzie Fund. The website is

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Published by The New Jersey Herald on Jun. 4, 2014.
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She will never be forgotten... Piece of our heart is just for her...always and forever.
Melissa Bradbury
May 30, 2015
I'm so sorry for your loss she was such an energetic child trista loved her so much my prayers and thoughts are with you for ever and always. Love always the spear family
Autumn Spear
June 24, 2014
I want to give my deepest condollances to her family. She touched a lot of lives. If there is anything I can do let me know.
Simon Drohen
June 14, 2014
Brian & Angelina We are very sorry for your lost. Please if there is anything we can do for you please let us know. Another beautiful angel in heaven with her wings.
Karen& Ernie Conklin
June 5, 2014
Our deepest condolences on your loss. May God give you strength to get through this difficult. Please know that the love, thoughts and prayers of others are with you and you are not alone.

The Tysons
June 5, 2014
Bless this little thoughts and prayers are with your family.... I'm so sorry.
Michelle McCarthy
June 5, 2014
Dennis I are very sorry for your loss if we may be of any help please let us know.
Sharon & Dennis Smith
June 4, 2014
No parent should have to bury their child. My heart aches for all that loved her. May your greatest memories of her help you through this troubled time that you are going through.
June 4, 2014
The first time Teddy introduced her to me, she smiled and ran to me and jumped in my arms and wrapped her little arms around my neck and hugged me like I've never been hugged before. She embodied pure love. I will never forget her. I miss her.
Tim Bassett
June 4, 2014
My family and I were so heartbroken to hear of Mackenzie passing. May God be with your family as you go through this very difficult time.
Michele Speight
June 4, 2014
My deepest condolences to the family.
June 4, 2014
Our prayers are with you always. Mackenzie is at peace looking over her loving family and friends. I have things to share with you Angelina when you are ready. I'm always here for you. Madison has videos of them being very crazy. 12019195893 please reach out to me.
melissa Bradbury
June 4, 2014
I loved your beautiful smile and the great laugh you had. I will miss you forever.
Emily O'Brien
June 4, 2014
When Brian first told me he had met Angelina he said she also had a daughter, Mackenzie. Little did I know what light she would bring into our lives. What a bundle of energy & joy! Many adults could learn a valuable lesson from her enjoyment of every day life. my heart breaks for all of us at her loss.
Lucille Whitby
June 4, 2014
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