Marilyn Ward

Obituary of Marilyn Ward

Ward, Marilyn (nee Hesser) died Thursday, April 25, 2013 at age 91. The daughter of Paul Millman Hesser and Mary Price Alburger Hesser, she was born February 26, 1922 in Mt. Airy, PA. Marilyn attended Houston Elementary School, Roosevelt Junior High and graduated from Germantown High School, Class of 1940. After graduating from High School she was employed by the John Wanamaker Department Store as a sales person. On September 6, 1941 she married Ensign Edward M. Ward, U.S. Navy. Their first duty station was the Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas. Subsequently she and their five children made twenty-five permanent moves during a period of thirty years. Marilyn was an accomplished and talented pianist, from the time of her childhood. She studied under an array of classical instructors: Miss Evelyn Swartz, a pupil of Dame Myra Hess of England, Mr. Ronald O'Neil, a graduate of the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music, Mrs. Florence Vennet and Mrs. Bella Bookbinder, both of whom studied under Madam Isabel Vengerova at the Curtis Institute of Music. Marilyn also studied the organ and played for Sunday Services at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Chincoteague, VA, and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. In addition to raising five children and in spite of twenty-five permanent moves, she took an active role in the Navy Wives Club. Her most demanding role however, occurred during her husband's Squadron Deployments. As the Commanding Officers wife, it was her duty to act as confidante to the Squadron wives, empathizing with them and their families during times of personal crisis and consoling them in the death of their loved ones. Marilyn is a Life Member of the Mayflower Society and the John Howland Society, named after her pilgrim forefather. She is also a Life Member of the Butler Society of Kilkenny, Ireland. Surviving are her children, Edward M. Ward, Stephenson, VA, Joanne Schout, Ocean City, NJ, John d'I. Ward,Petersburg NJ, MaryLee Janto, Ocean City, NJ and Suzane Walder, Baltimore MD and seven grandchildren and several great grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Good Council Church, of St. Damien Parish, 40th and Asbury Avenue, Ocean City on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 10 o'clock where friends may call from half past nine until the time of mass. Burial will follow in Seaside Cemetery, Palermo, NJ. Donations may be sent to the St. Jude's Children's Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN, 38101. To leave a condolence for the family, visit


When Saturday, May 4th, 2013, 9:30am - 10:00am Location Our Lady Of Good Counsel Church Address 3948 Central Avenue Ocean City, NJ 08226- Share on Facebook

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Location Seaside Cemetery Company Address Route 9 And Church Road PO Box 754 Palermo, NJ 08223- Share on Facebook

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When Saturday, May 4th, 2013, 10:00am Location Our Lady Of Good Counsel Church Address 3948 Central Avenue Ocean City, NJ 08226- Share on Facebook