Marie D’Arcy Vanderveer passed away on Monday, April 13th, at the age of 69. She is predeceased by her father, Andrew D’Arcy. She is survived by her mother Bridget (nee O’Callaghan), sister Pauline (Bob) Nicosia and brothers Patrick (Pam) D’Arcy and Andrew (Cindy) D’Arcy. She is also survived by her former husband, Warren Vanderveer, and their four sons: Chris, Brett and his wife Dominique, Tim and his fiancé Peggy Lallis, and Mark. She also leaves behind one grandson, Brett Jr., many adoring nieces and nephews, and countless friends.
Marie was born on October 9, 1950, in Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland. She came to America with her mother, father, and sister in 1959 and settled in East Orange, NJ. After graduating from East Orange Catholic H.S., she worked at Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company where she met her future husband, Warren Vanderveer. The two married in 1974 and settled in Berkeley Heights, NJ, where they had and raised four sons together and were active members of the community. Marie was a fixture at her sons’ baseball games, football games, and wrestling matches over the decades.
Although petite in size, what Marie lacked in stature she made up for in heart and tenacity. She had an infectious smile and displayed a massive heart. She connected with others through a wonderful sense of humor and inspired all those around her with a courageous fight against pancreatic cancer – a battle she won seventeen years ago.
In her later years, Marie moved to Bradley Beach where she had numerous friends and spent many evenings reading on her front porch while taking in the ocean views. During this time, she also worked at her brothers’ law firm. Her greatest role, though, was undoubtedly that of “mother.” In addition to raising her four sons, Marie cared for many other children throughout her life, including her niece and nephews whom she adored greatly.
It has been said that grief is the price we pay for love. Marie’s devastating loss to this world is heaven’s tremendous gain.
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