Obituary of Marcia J. Szochet
Marcia J. Szochet passed away on January 3, 2023 at age 66, at home, surrounded by her loving family and nurse colleagues.
Marcia was born in Saratoga Springs, NY and graduated from Saratoga Springs High School. After high school she went on to graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology and soon began a career in advertising, where she met and fell in love with her soulmate and husband of 41 years, Mel Szochet.
Her desire for learning, nurturing, and helping others led her to pursue the career she was destined for - nursing. She graduated from Mercer Community College as an RN and began a career of service dedicated to her profession. She had worked in many aspects of nursing, including the emergency room and as a visiting nurse. Ultimately, she found her niche at Penn Medicine Princeton’s ICU department.
Over the span of a 30 plus year career, Marcia was nominated and received the Daisy Award (2015), a prestigious award that exists to enable families to express their gratitude for the exceptional nursing care they personally experienced. She also achieved the specialty certification of CCRN. She exemplified compassion, dignity, and kindheartedness to her ICU patients and their families.
Marcia was passionate about health and wellness. She loved to shop and cook - always preparing fresh and organic meals. Her humor and laughter made her someone to love and want to be close to. She was a positive and encouraging person to all who knew her. She had a gentle spirit, an infectious smile, and always treated others with kindness.
Marcia was a true superhero as she worked with Covid patients in the ICU and then fought her own battle with a diagnosis of leukemia in late 2020. She successfully received a bone marrow transplant in 2021 and was on the road to wellness when (unrelated to leukemia) she was diagnosed most recently with a devastating and incurable brain virus. Even though she had the knowledge of what was ahead for her, her spiritual life and faith in Jesus Christ was evident, along with her love for family, friends, and her sister nurses who turned out to help her in her final time of need.
Marcia is the daughter of the late Michael J. and Jo-Ann Margaret (Smith) Maloney. She is survived by her husband Mel Szochet; her two stepsons Mannie (Madeleine) Szochet and Michael Szochet; her step grandchildren Mia, Mason and Mikayla; her two sisters Nancy Maloney and Kelly (Garrett) Brown; her three nieces Abigail, Nora and Mageean; her nephew Sandy; and her sister-in-law Mellie (Richard) Bango.
Calling Hours will begin at 2:00 pm followed by a Memorial Service at 3:00 pm on Sunday, January 22, 2023 at the M.J. Murphy Funeral Home 616 Ridge Road at New Road, Monmouth Junction, NJ
Please, consider a donation to The Daisy Foundation in honor of Marcia’s memory.
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