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In loving memory of
Marion Wisdo
  • May 03, 1929
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  • December 03, 2020

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Marion Catherine Ann Simonowicz Wisdo, 91, passed away on Thursday, December 3, 2020 in Mt. Dora, Florida of natural causes. She was preceded in death by her husband of more than 60 years, Vincent Jerome Wisdo.

She was born May 3, 1929 in Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Vincent and Florence Simonowicz. A graduate of Mt. Carmel High School in 1947, where she met her future husband, Vincent Wisdo. They were married on November 26, 1949. They began their professional careers in Baltimore, Maryland, later moving to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Marion started as secretary working her way up to Executive Secretary to the Vice President of ARCO Chemical. Marion and Vincent raised their children in the Philadelphia area, with weekends spent in Ventnor, New Jersey at the shore. They built their summer home in Ventnor in 1979, with the intensions of retiring there.

Marion enjoyed oil painting, flower arranging and had a love for the beach. She was a talent cook and enjoyed entertaining. While raising her children, she became very involved as a Den Mother for Cub Scouts. Marion and Vincent were both involved with their local church as volunteers.

She had a love for travel. After retiring, she and Vincent took numerous trips to Europe, Alaska, Hawaii and cruises around the Caribbean. In 1986 after the death of their daughter in law, Eileen Wisdo they took a break from retirement to help raise their two granddaughters in Florida. They soon purchased a home in Florida and became snowbirds, traveling back and forth to their home in New Jersey. Marion was a breast cancer survivor and a caregiver for her late husband until his passing.

Marion is survived by her two children, Mark Wisdo and his wife Karen of Mt. Dora, Florida and Valarie Coking of Absecon Highlands, New Jersey; five grandchildren, Jennifer Penn and her husband Tyler of Apopka, Florida, Natalie McComb and her husband John of Ocala, Florida, Greg Klote and his wife Megan of St. Louis, Missouri, Andrew Wisdo of St. Petersburg, Florida and Matthew Coking of Absecon Highlights, New Jersey; and six great grandchildren.

She also leaves behind one sister, Theresa Fruet of Annandale, Virginia. In addition to her parents and husband, Marion was preceded in death by her brother Vincent Simonowicz.

(The Service for immediate family members will be held on December 9 2020 at 10 AM in Mount Dora Fl.)

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice in her memory.

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  1. Beatrice says:
    06 Feb 2021
    I was Vince and Marion’s neighbor in Ventnor. I spent several hours in their jolly company. I will never forget their friendship and humor. They taught me how to make the perfect Manhattan. I loved Manhattan ever since and every time I order or make one I think about them. They were a couple I looked up to. May you Rest In Peace Marion and Vince! Beatrice

  2. Gary Clauss says:
    08 Dec 2020
    Dear Mark and Family,

    I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom, Sister, Grandmom, and Great Grandmom Marion.

    Marion and my Mom Dolores both enjoyed their time together as Den Mothers in St Cecilia's Pack 290. We are both fortunate, Mark, to have great Moms who always enjoyed sharing their lives with us as we grew up!

    I am hoping your happy memories of Marion bring you comfort at this difficult time. I can just imagine Marion, Vince, Dolores, and Jerry looking down on us all, proud of the wonderful families we have become.

    Our best regards,

    Gary and Nancy Clauss
    Temecula, CA

  3. Theresa Myers says:
    08 Dec 2020
    I’ll always remember Marion as a strong woman with a strong sense of propriety. She could have easily replaced Emily Post with what to do in any social situation. Vince was her perfect balance and I grew over my lifetime to see and respect the way she flexed in areas that must have been difficult for a woman who was the consummate planner. I can see Vince welcoming her to heaven with open arms and his booming voice and teasing manner saying, ‘I’ve been waiting for you Marion! What too you so long?’ Rest In Peace Marion and enjoy the celebration of eternal happiness. Love, Theresa and Ed

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