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Obituary of Blanche M. Millar
Blanche Marie (Stemplinger) Millar entered eternal life on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
Born in Scranton, PA, a month before the start of the Great Depression, Blanche and her family moved to Kearny, NJ in 1937. She spent the rest of her childhood and young adulthood there during the War Years. One of her early childhood friends was another "kid from the neighborhood", Maxwell Millar, whom she married in 1953. They originally settled in Kearny, raising three young children while scrimping and saving so Max could build their dream home in Wayne in 1961-62.
During her early working life, Blanche was a bookkeeping machine operator and demonstrator for Hardware Mutual, Beneficial Finance, and Underwood Business Machines. During her children's formative years, she was a homemaker and served as volunteer librarian and lunchroom monitor at their elementary school, and field trip chaperone. She was a founding member of Our Lady of Consolation RC Church in Wayne, and as a member of its Rosary Society, helped to establish a library at a sister school in Paterson and prayed the Rosary weekly at several area nursing homes. She returned to work full time in the early 1970s, and was employed by Russ Berrie & Co., the Salvation Army, Reeves International, Olsted Temporary Services, and other local companies. Blanche and Max retired in 1993, and enjoyed traveling to the Caribbean, Florida, California, Washington DC, Virginia, Las Vegas, Wildwood Crest, Lake Wallenpaupak, PA, and bus trips to Atlantic City.
Blanche made strangers into friends and friends into family. She always went above and beyond without being asked, and seemed to know instinctively what to say or do to help someone else feel better. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend.
Predeceased by her beloved husband and lifelong friend Maxwell, her parents Mathias and Blanche Stemplinger, her brothers Leroy and Robert Stemplinger, her sisters Dorothy Stemplinger and Anne Stemplinger Gross Cassidy, and her niece Joan Ellen Gassert (Bob). Blanche leaves her daughter Kathy (Ben) of Pompton Plains, son John (Maureen) of Landing, and son Jeff (Annie) of Clifton; her granddaughters Christine of Hawthorne and Jackie (Mike) of Lake Hiawatha, her grandsons Matt (Jen) of Morris Plains, David (Meggie) of Clarendon Hills Illinois, and Edward (Kiyomi) of Lewiston, NY, and three great-grandchildren: Maggie, Eoin, and Ellie. She also leaves her nephews, Rev. Joseph Gross of Baltimore, and Dr. Robert Stemplinger of Ft. Myers, FL, and a host of dear friends whose lives she touched.
Visiting hours are Friday, November 8 from 4-8 pm at the M. John Scanlan Funeral Home, Pompton Plains. Mass of the Resurrection will be held 10 am Saturday, November 9 at Our Lady of Consolation RC Church, Wayne. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.
In Blanche's memory, please make a donation to her favorite charity: Eva's Village, 393 Main Street, Paterson, NJ 07501.
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