Memories of Mary Gifford

Memories of Mary Gifford

  • Cantique dAmour, Strang
  • Wedding March, Nessler-Barrett
  • Heavens Heard Him PDF, Hammann
  • Rimembranza, Yon
  • Paraphrase on a Christmas Hymn, Faulkes
  • Madrigal, d’Antalffy
    Sportive Fauns, d’Antalffy
    Drifting Clouds, d’Antalffy
    Christmas Chimes, d’Antalffy
  • Lullaby, Macfarlane

Above are just a few of the varied titles that Mary, and Joseph Fitzer, her husband, bought over the many years I knew them. It was just today that I thought to myself that I bet Mary would like one of this month’s titles (the Browne Meditation), and then I remembered her passing much earlier this year. She was a strong supporter of what I do bringing back worthy organ music so that the younger organists can have at least a small chance of buying, learning, and playing the way most of us did.

I do value the great organists who continue to support me now, but there’s just something about the ones who were there from the beginning. Here’s to you, Mary!

Below is her obituary from  M J Murphy Funeral Home.

Mary Gifford, 73, of Kendall Park passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

Born in New York City, NY, she resided for most of her life in Rockaway Park in Queens, NY, and was a resident of Kendall Park since 1978. Mary loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was very adventurous and loved to travel and was a fan of the New York Jets. She was a teacher, a member of Greater Brunswick Area Womans Club, and was active in Christian Family Movement (CFM) at St. Augustine of Canterbury Church.

She is the daughter of the late Anthony and Elizabeth (McGrath) O’Connell, sister of the late Elizabeth Bielosky, and mother-in-law of the late Robert Martinazzi II. She is survived by her husband, of 48 years, John C. Gifford, daughter Allison Martinazzi, grandchildren Emily and Robbie Martinazzi, sisters-in-law Maureen Balas, Sharon Forkey, and Eileen O’Neil, and brother-in-law Tom and wife Charlotte Gifford.

Visitation will be on Monday, February 19, 2018 from 3-7pm at M.J. Murphy Funeral Home, 616 Ridge Road at New Road Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 10am at St. Augustine of Canterbury Church, 45 Henderson Road Kendall Park, NJ 08824. Burial will follow in Holy Cross Burial Park, South Brunswick.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Outreach Ministry of St. Augustine of Canterbury Church, 45 Henderson Road Kendall Park, NJ 08824.

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