Marylyn Ann Meiers Locandro, 74, quietly and peacefully passed away on October 13, 2012, following a long and complex illness. She was surrounded by her husband and children, and supported by the love and prayers of family and friends around the world.
All are invited to join in celebrating a Memorial Mass of the Resurrection at St. John the Evangelist Church in Lambertville NJ, on October 26th at 3:00 pm and a reception immediately following at the Stockton Firehouse.
Born April 3, 1938 in Jersey City, NJ, Marylyn was the beloved child of Robert Dudley and Marie Meiers. She was raised above her grandfather’s candy shop on Bergen Avenue, and attended St. Dominick’s Academy in Jersey City.
At Douglass College, Rutgers University, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree, a certification in primary education and met the love of her life, Roger Rosario Locandro. They married on July 2, 1960 and moved to Delaware Township and began a life devoted to children, education, the church and their community.
Adored wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, Marylyn was an award-winning teacher who touched the lives of countless people at Delaware Township School and St. John the Evangelist Church. Her great success as a teacher sprang from the joy she found engaging children in the learning process. Leading children to make intelligent decisions and discoveries was her life’s work for more than thirty years. Her expertise in bringing creativity and innovation to the classroom was unparalleled. After teaching nearly all elementary education levels and designing a gifted and talented program to enhance learning, Mrs. Locandro found her niche in the fifth grade classroom, where she taught until she retired in 1999. A consummate teacher, her vocation extended beyond school to all areas of her life. Rutgers University students—who would flock to her home at Frog Hollow Hog Farm from Cook College, where Roger was a professor and dean— were enchanted by her kindness, wisdom, and good cooking.
Marylyn was a devout catholic, active in all dimensions of parish life at St. John the Evangelist and St. Agnes Church. During her tenure as Director of Religious Education, Marylyn did graduate work at Princeton Theological Seminary. She lived by the example of St. Francis of Assisi and aspired to preach The Gospel at all times. The light of Christ and the love of the Blessed Mother Mary were evident in all of her good work, whether serving as a lector and eucharistic minister at masses or as a catechist, teaching everything from baptism preparation to RCIA. The First Communion celebrations and May Crownings that she organized annually made the world a more beautiful place.
An avid reader, gifted conversationalist, world traveler and New York Times crossword puzzle genius, Marylyn had an encyclopedic knowledge of world history, art, literature, science, and theology. Yet her greatest contribution to life was the extraordinary love she brought to everyone she knew, and everything that she did. To know her was to love her. To have been loved by her was life-changing.
Known as “Marnie” to her family and friends, she is survived by Roger, her loving husband of 52 years, her daughter Christine Davenport and husband Jim, her daughter Teresa Venturo and husband Perry, her son Roger Locandro Jr. and wife Holly, her daughter Julia Grecco and husband Tony, and her grandchildren Kaitlin, Shannon, Laura, Mason, Brooke, Forest, Samantha, Tyler, Emily, and Elizabeth.
Her family would like to express their deep gratitude to everyone whose love and prayers have always been with them. They request that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stockton Fire Company, PO Box 47 Stockton NJ 08559 or the Hunterdon Medical Center 2100 Wescott Dr. Flemington, NJ 08822 , or the charity of your choice.