Marie Breslin, longtime diocesan employee, dies

Marie Breslin, longtime diocesan employee, dies

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Marie Breslin, 81, known throughout the Diocese of Camden for her many years of dedication and hard work with the Propagation of the Faith Office, died April 30.

Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Breslin began working in the Propagation of the Faith Office, under Father (later Msgr.) Thomas A. Guenther, in November 1974, and retired in 2010.

Mrs. Breslin was remembered by diocesan co-workers as a dedicated friend who loved her faith, family and Irish heritage.

“She was a beautiful, sweet soul,” remembered Pat Williams, who was friends with Mrs. Breslin’s daughter, Patricia, when the two were in fifth grade.

In 2001, when Williams began working for the Diocese of Camden in the Department of Buildings, her friendship with Marie Breslin deepened.

“She touched so many lives. She loved who she worked with, who she considered a second family, and they loved her,” Williams said.

Carmela Malerba, editorial assistant for the Catholic Star Herald, was friends with Mrs. Breslin for 23 years.

“She was a wonderful friend. I was fortunate to know her and love her,” Malerba said.

Mrs. Breslin is predeceased by her parents, Marie and Vincent Sands; husband, James; and grandson, Ryan.

She is survived by her sister, Bonnie Esposito; children Maureen (Paul) Finnegan, Patricia (Daniel) Fitzpatrick, Michael (Carol), and Brian (Linda); and grandchildren Erin, Colleen, Daniel, Molly, Jimmy, Bridget, Brian, Kelly and Colin.

A viewing will be held on Saturday, May 4 at St. John Church, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish, in Collingswood, from 9:30-11 a.m. It will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Cherry Hill.

 

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