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Jean Szermer

Jean Szermer

Friday, May 19th, 1916 Friday, May 1st, 2020

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Obituary for Jean Szermer

Jean Szermer, age 104, passed away peacefully of age on May 1. 2020. Jean was born on May 19, 1916
in Carteret, New Jersey to John Plewak and Katherine Pukas Plewak. She was raised in Bronx, New York.
While attending Roosevelt High School she met her future husband, George A. Szermer. The high school
sweethearts married on May 30, 1936. George passed away in 1986.
George and Jean started their life together on City Island, Bronx, NY. They moved to Rockland County in
1952 and built the family home in Monsey, New York where they raised their 3 children.
They joined Sacred Heart Parish in Suffern, New York in 1952 and she remained a member until her
passing. Jean served the parish as a secretary for almost 50 years, starting under Monsignor James Kelly.
Jean was also instrumental in establishing the Ladies Guild at the parish. While at Sacred Heart she
developed a close friendship with Father Patrick Bologon from Nigeria. They would often talk about life
in his village in Nigeria. When Jean discovered that they needed computer's for the children at the local
school she set her mind to raising funds to buy the computers. She was able to personally deliver the
computers when she visited Father's village in Nigeria.
Jean was a world traveler who saw the US, Europe, Asia and Africa. She shared her love of travel with
her grandchildren when they saw parts of the world together!
Jean was active in the Montebello Club where she enjoyed local trips and chair yoga classes. She also
loved her "dinner groups". She and her many friends would either cook a delicious meal or meet at one
ofthe local restaurants.
Jean will be sorely missed and Is survived by her son, George Szermer and her daughter, Maggie
Szermer Harris; her grandchildren Kathy, Robert, Judy, Tom, Steve, Bill, Meaghan, Mike and Bubba; and
her great-grandchildren Ryan (Seungjae)Tim, Margot, Honey June, Sam, Maggie Jean, Nicholas and
Scarlett; her nephew Jerry Plewak and finally Jean's personal angel, Bozena Gusciora.
Jean was preceded in death by her loving husband George and her loving daughter Pat.
All who knew her will not forget her tenacity, wit, grace and her "nuggets" of advice. She loved and
cared for each one of the people who she shared her journey with.
Her family is sad that we cannot celebrate her life with all her many family and friends but as soon as it
is safe we will all celebrate together,
Mom always taught us to take care of those who were not as blessed as we have been. we think she
would be pleased if you wish to make a donation to the Sacred Heart St. Vincent DePaul Society. This
group provides support to local families in need.

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Madeleine Morley

So sorry George. I remember your Mother fondly when I was at Sacred Heart School with your sister Pat.
Madeleine Morley
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Our warmest condolences,
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Maureen Murphy

To a wonderful friend and role model
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Maureen Murphy

Thoughts and prayers for the family. How lucky we all were to have known this remarkable women . It was such a pleasure to get together with her every month with the dinner group. I would listen to her in Awe. I always told her when I grow up , I wanted to be just like her . What a Blessing I certainly will miss her
Comment | Posted at 09:25am via Condolence
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Mary jo sabo

My deepest condolences on the loss of your mother.
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