Martie Mollenhauer

Obituary of Martie W Mollenhauer

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It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of Martie Mollenhauer (nee Barbara Wogan) of Pitman, New Jersey. Martie passed away quietly at her home on February 10, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. Born and raised in Wildwood, New Jersey, Martie, who later adopted her middle name as her first, was raised in the Jewish community. Her family was active in the Beth Judah synagogue, shaping her early life with a strong sense of community. In 1971, Martie married her beloved husband, William (Bill) Mollenhauer, and together they settled in Bill's hometown of Pitman. Martie was a woman of remarkable intellect and dedication. She was deeply committed to education for herself and others, earning three degrees in Early Childhood Education from Temple University. Her academic journey culminated in a doctorate in 1980. Her distinguished career as an early childhood program administrator spanned various private, state, and national organizations. She was not only a professional but also a mentor and friend, forming deep relationships that endured until her passing. Art and people were Martie's abiding passions. Throughout her life, she experimented with diverse art forms, including quilting, weaving, photography, and painting. Her extraordinary creativity and organic artistic process were sources of joy and inspiration to her peers. Martie's open and compassionate approach to making and sharing art also won her a vast circle of friends, many of whom cherish her work in their homes today. A lifelong spiritual seeker, Martie had an uncanny ability to connect immediately with people across a spectrum of beliefs. She was never shy to compliment a stranger, often sparking meaningful conversations and lasting relationships. Her friends frequently remarked on the inspiration they drew from her wisdom and spirit. Martie is survived by her devoted husband of 52 years, William (Bill), her loving son, Jon, her sisters Debbie and Lisa, and her grandchildren Sean and Emma. While there will be no formal services, Martie's family and friends will hold a gathering to celebrate her remarkable life in the weeks to come. Anyone wishing to make a memorial donation may donate to the Gloucester County Animal Shelter in Clayton, NJ. While Martie's light has left our world, her legacy of kindness, creativity, and unwavering spirit will continue to shine brightly in the hearts of the many who knew and loved her.
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