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 www.giveforward.com
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Published by The New Jersey Herald on Jun. 4, 2014.