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Maria (nee-Wasilec) Gavrushenko

May 9, 1926 - April 13, 2018

Loving Mother and Grandmother


Service Date: April 17, 2018

In Lieu of Flowers: None

Obituaries » Maria (nee-Wasilec) Gavrushenko

Maria (nee-Wasilec) Gavrushenko, 91, of Lake Hiawatha, NJ, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 13th 2018. She was born in Poltava, Ukraine and came to the United States in 1952 settling in the town of Newark, before moving to Irvington and then subsequently to Parsippany in 1974. During her time in the United States, Maria worked for the Girl Scouts of America and PFAFF & Kendall for many years before retiring.

Her devotion to family and her firm belief in God supported her during her entire life and ultimately gave her peace. Maria was immersed in the Orthodox community as a practicing member of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Irvington, NJ; where she sang and traveled with the choir for many years. Maria believed strongly in doing the right thing and treating all with compassion and love. Her greatest passions included cooking and entertaining, but most all she enjoyed being a mother and a grandmother.

She was pre-deceased by her husband, Serge.

Survivors include her son: Peter and his wife, Jean; her daughter, Ann Terpstra; her grandchildren: Erik Terpstra and his fiancée, Amanda White, Kevin Gavrushenko and his fiancée, Monica Kazemi, Kristen Terpstra, Bryan Gavrushenko, Greg Terpstra and Devin Gavrushenko.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass at 10:00a.m. on Tuesday, April 17th 2018 at St. Andrew Memorial Church. 280 Main St, South Bound Brook, NJ 08880. Interment: St. Andrew Cemetery, Bound Brook. Arrangements are under the direction of the Par-Troy Funeral Home.Parsippany. (973)887-3235 or visit