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A Catholic Mass and celebration of the Life of Margaret Wilk (nee Tverdak) will be held at a future date to be determined and funeral services will be private. She passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her family on Friday, July 3, 2020 at her home in Manahawkin. In her 96 years on this earth, she was devoted to her family and friends and a dedicated community activist and leader in Bayonne. Born in Bayonne, she was a communicant of St. Joseph’s church. She graduated Horace Mann school and Bayonne High school when she was only 16. She also spent a great deal of her life in East Lyme Conn., which was her mother’s family home. The land there eventually became The Island Campground and Cottages, which she managed during her summers. After graduating BHS she began working at The Bayonne Times for almost 20 years where she eventually became a sales and display creator in the advertising department. She left to marry and raise her 4 children. When her children were older she went back to work as a Federal Archivist at the MOTBY for 3 years before taking a job at the newly formed Bayonne Community News alongside many of the former employees of The Bayonne Times. She continued to work there for the next 20 years. During her tenure there, she held the position as advertising accounts representative and also initiated both the Bridal columns and the Holiday Greetings promotions. She enjoyed meeting with her accounts and developed lifelong friendships with many of the business owners. She was active in the city of Bayonne, serving as president of Horace Mann PTA, Marist PTA, Holy Family PTA, and the Holy Family Alumni Mothers club of which she held the position for 8 years. For her dedication she was awarded the Holy Family Woman of Vision Award by the Board of directors of the School. Marge also served as the Secretary for the Colgate Retirees Association and was invited to Corporate Headquarters to lunch with the President and Board of Directors of the company in recognition of her work. She served as President of the Bayonne Historical Society for many years and was a founding Trustee and Secretary on the Board of the Bayonne Museum. She worked to preserve the history of Bayonne and honor the City’s rich past. Marge was also on the Board of the Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation (BEOF) as a Trustee and representative for Councilman John Halecky. She was a member of the Concerned Citizens of Bayonne and the Bayonne Animal League. In 1999 she was awarded Volunteer of the Year Award by the Bayonne Historical Society and was recognized and noted in a joint resolution in the Senate and General Assembly by Senator Edward O’Connor and Assemblymen Joseph Doria and Joseph Charles for her volunteer efforts. In addition, her accomplishments were recorded in the Congressional Record by then Honorable Robert Menendez in the State House of Representatives. She was also recognized by the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders by Proclamation. Marge was also honored by 3 mayors of the City of Bayonne (Mayor Doria, Mayor Smith and Mayor Davis) through her career with officially proclaimed “Bayonne Margaret Wilk Days”, for her service to the community. She was also recognized with a Citation by the Town of Guttenberg for her service to Hudson County. She was appointed to the Bayonne 21st Century Project to serve on the Communication Committee which was ultimately responsible for acquiring the 9-11 Teardrop Memorial and having it erected in Bayonne. Marge was also certified by the American Red Cross as a Shelter Operations worker and helped to prepare and organize care packages for the rescue and cleanup workers after the World Trade Center disaster. In 2014 she was honored as a Bayonne Woman of Achievement by the Bayonne Historical Society in recognition for her lifetime contribution to the benefit of the people of Bayonne. She was also a lifelong member of the Association for Hunterdon Developmental Center where her son Jason resides. Marge was predeceased by her father, Michael Tverdak, a Bayonne contractor who built the first housing development in Bayonne after WWII, in the Hobart and Zabriskie Avenue areas of town, her mother, Helen Havrilla Tverdak, her sister Eleanor T. Yuhas, her brother Edward Tverdak, and sister Marie Blyskal. She is also predeceased by her devoted husband and cruise partner, Henry Wilk, and their beloved daughter, Jody Wilk. Surviving are her loving children, daughter, Milissa Wilk Larstanna and husband Frank of Manahawkin, her son Matthew Wilk and his wife Annette of Bridgewater Township, and her dear son Jason Wilk who resides at Hunterdon Developmental Center in Clinton, NJ. She is also survived by her loving grandchildren, Nicolas and Evan Larstanna of Manahawkin. She leaves behind a legacy of love, friendship and laughter to all of those who knew and loved her. She was truly one of a kind and would do her best to help anyone in need. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be sent in her name to either the Bayonne Historical Society, Inc., PO Box 3034, Bayonne, NJ 07002 or to The Association for the Hunterdon Developmental Center (AHDC) c/o Susan Thompson, Treasurer, 275 Shepherd Avenue, Bound Brook, NJ 08805 Funeral Arrangements by Sweeney Funeral Home

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