It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Margaret Jane Mende, our loving and devoted mother, who died of congestive heart failure at the age of 99 years. She passed away on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2020 at Stonebridge Continuing Care Facility, Montgomery, NJ.
A joyfully radiant and spirited person all her life, Margaret excelled in theater and athletics in school, was captain of the girl’s track team, and named Class Athlete. Her passion for acting led her to the Garwood
Drama Club and into the arms of the love of her life during a production of “Pure as the Driven Snow”. She was proud of shooting a hole in one in golf, but prouder still of her family. A nurturing mother and homemaker, Margaret also worked with her husband at the family business, Mende Florist, Springfield, NJ and was a competitive bridge player. She will be remembered for her mischievous sense of humor, her unconditional kindness and warmth, her open-mindedness, and her sense of wonder and delight.
Margaret was predeceased by her parents Julia and Michael Misko, her husband of 63 years, Herman Albert Mende III, and her sister Elizabeth Wirsig. She will be forever remembered by her four children Joyce Mende Wong (William) of Piedmont, CA, Christine Nicosia (Matthew) of Venice, FL, Karl Mende (Wilma) of Martinsville, NJ, and Karen Fridkis (Lawrence) of Hopewell, NJ. She will be lovingly remembered by her eight grandchildren, her four great-grandchildren and her brother G. Michael Misko.
A memorial service will be held at a time when it is socially safe for everyone to attend.