Marie T. Meitzner


Marie Meitzner was born on February 11, 1927 in Nuremberg, Germany. She led a very interesting life, with World War II occupying her adolescent years. Unlike so many of the negative war stories we hear about, her first-hand accounts were filled with suspense, excitement and humor.

She was the only child of Anna and Anton Schobert, and she spent much of her youth on her grandparent’s farm. As a young woman she would meet her husband, John,
an American Infantryman, while he was stationed in Germany. Although neither spoke the other’s language, they would find common ground in a train station over a bottle of Coca-Cola. Later, she would reminisce over stories at the Veterans Hall with John, many beers and/ or her favorite cocktail, a Whiskey Sour.

After coming over to America on the USNS General Maurice Rose, Marie and John settled in Jersey City, NJ and she quickly assimilated to her new surroundings, becoming an American. Marie and John were blue collar workers and worked hard to provide for their growing family. They had four children: Karin, John (Butchie), Debby and Robin. In Germany, Marie was a dental assistant and while she worked many part-time jobs here in New Jersey while she was raising her family, she returned to the dental trade full time as her children got older. Ask anyone: going to the dentist was always a pleasure for our family!

Marie and John lived and worked in Jersey City until 1992 when they moved to Whiting, NJ. Though the suburban life never really fit Marie's city tastes, she kept an active lifestyle. Through the years they took their five grandchildren: Stephanie, Amy, Jerry, Christopher and Sarah on weekend adventures. Trips to beach, the boardwalk and the mall were just several common places you could find the family having fun. And let's not forget dinners at Uno's Pizzeria. Marie always made sure there was a seafood pizza for the kids and an All-American sundae on the table for her husband.

John passed away in 1997 and Marie stayed in Whiting until 2017, when she moved in with her daughter Debby and her husband Rick in Maywood, NJ. Later in life, she would enjoy time with her four great-grandchildren: Nicolette, Melia, Kalani and the newest edition, Jaxon. She maintained an active relationship with her cousin Betty in Germany and would spend many phone calls laughing about their youthful days back home.

Our memories are many and regrets are few and we thank this wonderful woman who was a Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Oma to us all.

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Posted by Bishop CV and lady Mabel singletary on November 16, 2019 2:05 PM x

Blessings Beloved Rick, Debby, Chris and Sarah, It is with Heartfelt Prayers and Deepest Sympathy that we pray God's comfort and strength to you and your family with the passing of Marie "Oma". Know that God is with you and we Love You.

Posted by Rick De Heer on November 15, 2019 6:27 PM x

What can be said about Kommandant Frau Meitzner? Mom was a treasure and I always enjoyed her stories about growing up during WWII. Watching Debby taking care of Mom over the last 30+ months was a sermon on being a servant. She will be missed.

Posted by Christopher Scheil on November 15, 2019 6:19 PM x

I would like to take a few minutes to reflect on some of my favorite memories of my Grandmother, Marie. For all of my cousins from my generation, who could forget getting lost in the massive back seat of her sky-blue '79 T-Bird. All of us, regardless of age, have fond memories of being serenaded with 'Happy Birtsday' for many years with that wonderful Bavarian accent. No words can express my joy at hearing my own children calling this wonderful woman 'Oma' and seeing the smile on her face as she got to hold and enjoy her great-granddaughters. For me, though, my most precious memories of Grandma are simply being hugged by her as we gathered for holidays and special occasions in her kitchen in Jersey City. No matter how distant those memories become over time, they remain as strong with me today as if they occurred yesterday. I love you and miss you, Grandma. We'll see each other again.

Posted by Sue Bolella on November 12, 2019 6:49 PM x

My heartfelt condolences Debby & Rick. This glimpse into your mom’s life was so beautiful and makes the void of her passing more real. Praying for all ❤️🙏


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