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Marie Y Bolliger

May 22, 1938 ~ February 18, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old

Marie Bolliger Obituary

Marie Yvonne Bolliger, devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, died peacefully on Sunday, February 18, 2024. She was 85.  

Born May 22, 1938, in Feuerthalen, Switzerland, she was the daughter of Peter Berthel and Martha Steullet. Growing up in the shadows of World War II, it profoundly impacted her way of life. She came to the United States in 1962, following her brother. She settled in New York City working as an au pair and developed a deep appreciation for the city that lasted all her life. She went on to work for TWA as a stewardess during the glory days of flying, waiting on the likes of Elvis, Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor. She left behind an exciting lifestyle and a job she loved to answer her highest calling, raising a family. 

Marie was the core of her family. Her children were her greatest pride and joy and she relished being a grandmother. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Hans Rudolf Bolliger, and her three children: Katharina (John) Sweet, Anton (Sara) Bolliger and Christian (Amy) Bolliger and her nine grandchildren: Justin, Hayden and Lillian Sweet, Owen, Max, Theodore and Benjamin Bolliger and Morgan and Jaime Bolliger. 

She was an active member of the Swiss Benevolent Society, The Swiss Hudson Riding Club and the Mahwah Senior Activity Center. She was also a long standing member of St. Paul’s Church of Ramsey. Marie loved to travel and recently completed an around the world cruise. She was an avid gardener, maintaining a large fruit and vegetable garden that nourished her family and had more houseplants than one could count. As a lover of animals, there was always a pet or two in the house, none more special than her beloved Appenzeller, Dipsli. She developed a special relationship with the neighborhood crows, who called for her treats every day as well as the local feral cat colony, who she fed daily.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Brandywine Living in Mahwah and the nurses at Hackensack Medical Center, Valley Hospital and Valley Hospice for the care they showed Marie over the last 15 months. 

Anyone who met Marie was charmed by her instantly. She was always the happiest person in the room. We were so lucky to call her ours and will miss her dearly. 

Visitation is Thursday, February 29, 2024 from 6-8pm at Vander Plaat Funeral Home in Wyckoff, New Jersey. A funeral mass will be held in her honor on Friday, March 1, 2024 at 10am at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Ramsey, New Jersey. A repast will be held for family and friends at The Ho Ho Kus Inn at 11:30 am following the funeral mass. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Marie’s name can be made to J.A. McFaul Environmental Center of Wyckoff, New Jersey or The Phoenix Center of Nutley, New Jersey.

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February 29, 2024

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Vander Plaat Funeral Home
257 Godwin Avenue
Wyckoff, NJ 07481

Memorial Mass
March 1, 2024

10:00 AM
St. Paul RC Church
200 Wyckoff Avenue
Ramsey, NJ 07446


James A. McFaul Environmental Center
150 Crescent Avenue, Wyckoff NJ 07481

** make checks payable to the Bergen County Parks Dept. ** memo section – Environmental Center Trust Fund.

The Phoenix Center
16 Monsignor Owens Place, Nutley NJ 07110


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