Mary Irene Kaziewicz

October 3, 1938July 13, 2018

Mary Irene (Bohdan) Kaziewicz was born on October 3, 1938 in the village of Dalidowice, in what was then considered the eastern border of Poland. She died in hospice on July 13, 2018 after a long and brave fight against a neurological illness.

In July of 1943, during the height of WWII, at the innocent age of 4, her village, family farm and quiet rural life were destroyed by the German Nazis. Her family was forcibly taken from its homeland and sent to a Nazi slave labor camp in Westphalia, Germany. She, her parents, and her sisters endured many hardships during the war yet survived its’ horrors by the grace of God. Her most impressionable years were lived surrounded by war.

Mary came to the United States in 1949 as an 11-year old war refugee and settled in Elizabeth, NJ. She attended St. Adalbert’s Grade School in Elizabeth and graduated from Battin High School in Elizabeth in 1957.

She married U.S. Army Korean War hero Sergeant Stanley Kaziewicz in 1959 and raised her two daughters in Linden, NJ. Mary worked as a secretary and homemaker and has lived in Manahawkin, NJ since 1994.

She is predeceased by her husband Stanley of 58 years and by her parents Alexandra and Boleslaw Bohdan. She is survived by her oldest daughter US Army Captain Suzanne Taussig and her husband Andrew Taussig, youngest daughter and ever-loving caregiver Alicia Kaziewicz, her grandsons US Army Captain Stephen Casares and his wife Sarah, and US Army Captain Michael Casares and his wife Grit. Both grandsons are graduates of West Point and she was immensely proud of them. She is also survived by her sisters: Mrs. Danuta Bak, Mrs. Josephine Rudnicki, Mrs. Agnes Plotkin, Mrs. Theresa Schiffman, Mrs. Lily Reiman and her brothers John and George Bohdan. She also leaves behind her brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, and grandnieces and nephews.

Mary cared for everyone in her life and now it is time for her to be at peace.

Visitation and prayers will be held on Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 5:00pm-8:30pm with a Blessing at 5:30pm at the Thos L. Shinn Funeral Home, 10 Hilliard Dr., Manahawkin, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30am on Friday, July 20, 2018 at St. Mary of The Pines Catholic Church, Bishop Lane, Manahawkin,NJ. A Eulogy Ceremony will be held Friday, July 20, 2018 at 12:30pm at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 350 Provinceline Road, Wrightstown, NJ.

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  • Visitation Thursday, July 19, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, July 20, 2018
  • Committal Service Friday, July 20, 2018

Mary Irene Kaziewicz

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Terri Schiffman

July 18, 2018

Dearest Mary,
I am sorry that you had to endure physical pain in your health issues these last few years. You were there helping to take care of Mom and Dad through the years and we are eternally grateful for that. I was hoping you'd have more time to enjoy yourself too.
You were a good sister. One of my first memories of your generosity was a plaid pleated skirt you bought for me for Christmas. I felt so stylish. And your home-made soups were so good they should have been patented!
But the reality is that you are gone, it seems too soon, but your suffering is over. You can now go dancing in heaven and join Stanley, Mom and Dad, and all your friends and relatives who are waiting for you with open arms. Your love, spirit and good nature will be cherished forever.
Your loving sister, Terri

Irwin Dembitzer

July 18, 2018

Dear Terry , Steve and the entire Kaziewicz Family ,

My deepest condolences . Even though I never had the honor of meeting your sister. I have no doubt that she was an incredible , and giving person .
I know how difficult this is for you and your family , and I share that sorrow with you. Remember and always celebrate the wonderful memories you all shared , and the joyous times together .
May your sister Mary rest in peace !

My Deepest Condolences
Irwin Dembitzer