Mary Anne Szymanski

January 30, 1941December 25, 2018

Mary Anne Szymanski, 77, of Toms River, NJ, passed away peacefully at her home, on December 25th, 2018, with her children by her side holding her hand. She was born in Paterson, NJ, on January 30th, 1941, to Leo R. Whittaker and Grace Morgan. Mary Anne was a very strong and caring mother who always put her family first. She was a very talented elementary school art teacher (with a B.A. from Douglass College, NJ) who also ran the Gifted & Talented program for many years at Beach Haven and Ocean Gate elementary schools. She loved teaching and all the kids called her “Mrs. S.”. She retired from teaching in 1998. Animal lover, beach lover, and art lover, she touched many lives. Mary Anne battled a rare and incurable degenerative brain disease related to Parkinson’s for over six years. Her family is forever grateful for the compassionate care she received in her home from Shore Home Care and Grace Healthcare Services. Mary Anne is predeceased by her father, Leo R. Whittaker; her mother Grace Morgan; and her younger brother Morgan Whittaker. She is survived by her daughter Lisa Szymanski of Philadelphia, PA; her son Patrick Szymanski and his wife Amy Brinser of Toms River, NJ; two beautiful grandchildren, Lindsey and Sarah Szymanski; and her loyal dog Terry. Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 10th, 2019, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM, at the Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main Street, Toms River, NJ 08753. A Prayer Service, followed by remembrances from family members will be held at 8 PM. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider donating to Parkinson’s research at the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.


  • Visitation Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 10, 2019

Mary Anne Szymanski

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Joan Dietz

January 8, 2019

I moved from Syracuse NY to Toms River when I was 8. I lived in front of Mary Anne. My parents used to play cards with the Szymanski s weekly. I remember they enjoyed it so. We moved to a different houses but I was always glad to see her when I would go back to the neighborhood.

Terri Craven

January 3, 2019

My parents and I have lived next door to MaryAnn since i was about 7 or 8 yrs old. MaryAnn was a good friend with my parents she was funny she loved to do Art and was a great art teacher when I lost my parents she was always there for me and my husband and we were there for her too. My favorite memory of MaryAnn was when my son was about 5yrs old she tried to teach him about art and how to draw my son loved going to her house and play with her dog toto she was really a great person she will ve missed but never forgotten

Lisa Szymanski

January 3, 2019

My Mom loved kids so much and used to tell me later in her life before she became very ill that she only related best with children. She also loved her grandkids so much, Lindsey and Sarah Szymanski, and was so very proud of them even when she could not attend some of their sporting or other special events. Her dogs were very important companions for many years of her life. Terry, her beloved Shih Tzu, was by her side through all of these tough years. And he was right there by her side when she passed away on Christmas day, 2018.