ORANGE - Marie A. (Malmstone) Drescher, 84, of 383 East River St., King James Court, died unexpectedly on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at the Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y.
Born in Newark, N.J., on Jan. 3, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Anna (Kull) Malmstone and grew up in New Jersey and helped raise her siblings.
Marie was married to Raymond Drescher Sr. in October of 1951 and they had enjoyed 49 years together before he died on Dec. 19, 2000.
While living in New Jersey, she had worked as a sales clerk for a number of years at a department store before retiring and was also a dedicated Navy wife.
In 2002, Marie moved to King James Court in Orange where she's enjoyed the past 12 years.
A doting grandmother and great-grandmother, Marie enjoyed knitting, doing jigsaw puzzles, bowling, cats and sewing.
Survivors include a son, Raymond Drescher Jr. and his wife, Fran, of New Jersey; a daughter, Marion Patriquin and her fiancé, Mike Guimond, of Athol; grandchildren, Raymond, Christopher, Bryan, Sandy, Melissa, and Anna; many great-grandchildren; many nephews and nieces; brothers, Harold Malmstone and his wife, Beverly, of Succasunna, N.J., and Fred Malmstone and his wife, Joan, of North Carolina; and a sister, Florence Smith and her husband, Glen, of Florida.
Besides her parents and husband, Marie was predeceased by brothers Charles Malmstone, Leroy Malmstone, and Raymond Malmstone.
There are no calling hours. Services and burial in New Egypt, N.J., will be private.
Donations are suggested to the Athol Animal Shelter, c/o Athol Police, 280 Exchange St., Athol, Mass. 01331, the American Lithuanian Club Scholarship Fund, 365 South St., Athol, Mass. 01331 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675.
Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements.
You may offer your sympathy online at www.wittyfuneralhome.com.