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Marie Wright (“Omi”)
A giving, joyful heart

Marie E. Wright, 93, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

Known to family and friends as “Omi,” Marie possessed a sincere, cheerful soul and brightened the lives of those she met. With an open heart, she took people as she found them and was quick to make friends.

A lifelong Elizabeth resident, Marie was born at 861 Flora St. on March 15, 1925. Her father and mother, Ludwig and Julia Morgl, worked on a family-owned dairy farm among what was once pastureland near where Newark Airport stands today. The fourth of the five Morgl sisters, Marie was predeceased by Angela, Emma, Elsie and Kathryn.

Marie attended Battin High School, where she was known as “Mitzi” to her friends, and served as the vice president of the German Club before graduating in 1943.

Shortly after graduation, Marie worked for the U.S. Army Ordnance Office as a legal secretary during WWII while her boyfriend and future husband, George N. Wright, served as quartermaster aboard the USS PC-1228, a U.S. Navy submarine chaser in the Pacific.

Marie married her beloved husband George in 1947. Together they had five children – Karen, George, Therese (“Terri”), Diane and Robert. Marie focused on raising the children while George worked as a firefighter for the Elizabeth Fire Department, Engines 2 and 9, and as a steamfitter for Local 475. While her Austrian roots were always close to her heart, she enthusiastically adopted her husband’s Irish-American heritage and visited Ireland several times after connecting with his relatives there.

After George’s untimely death at the age of 53, Marie entered the private workforce for the first time as a middle-aged woman in 1981. Armed with a high school education and sharp wit, she worked for 27 years among a team of lawyers in the patents and trademarks department at the Schering-Plough Corporation. There, she met lifelong friends, including Thea, Andrew and Melissa. Marie retired from Schering at the age of 81.

Cared for in her later years by her dear neighbor Estrella, Marie was never in a dark or sour mood. She faced life with positivity, grace and wit, serving as an inspiration to those around her.

Marie is survived by her five children and 11 grandchildren, along with two sons-in-law, two daughters-in-law, and 11 nieces and nephews.

Marie belonged to St. Catherine's Church, Hillside, for 60 years. A memorial mass will be held there on Friday, April 20 at 10 a.m. A prayer service will follow at St. Gertrude’s Cemetery in Colonia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Elizabeth Fire Department or St. Joseph’s School for the Blind in Jersey City.