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August 25, 1938 ~ January 22, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Mildred “Millie” Anne (Gansel) Demarest, 85, of Wyckoff, NJ, and formerly of Montvale, NJ, died
on January 22, 2024. Born in Glendale, Queens, NY, she lived in Tenafly, NJ before moving to
Pearl River, NY, and eventually settling in Montvale, NJ.
Millie lived in Montvale, NJ from 1972 to March 2020 where she was active in the community
and member of Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in Park Ridge, NJ.
She is survived by her husband David Demarest; her son David Jr. and his wife Kathleen of
Montvale, NJ; her daughter Alison Corcoran and her husband John of Allendale, NJ; her son
Michael and his wife Linda of Pequannock Twp., NJ; and, her daughter Beth Anne Clay and her
husband Whit of Ridgewood, NJ. She also has 10 grandchildren with 4 spouses / partners
including: Ryan and Kristen Corcoran; Kelly (Corcoran) and Pat Hilden; Tim and Leah Corcoran;
Daniel Demarest and Madeline Ludwig; Kyle Demarest; Sean Demarest and Amanda
Demarest; and, Victoria “Tori”, Sarah and Hannah Clay. She has five great grandchildren
including: Grayson and Theodore Corcoran; Easton and Marlow Hilden; and, Isla Corcoran.
Millie’s life was filled with her faith and her love for family and friends. She was devoted to her
husband Dave who she met in high school. She encouraged her children in life and in business.
And she adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She attended their sporting events,
concerts and other activities without fail and always kept her schedule crammed full of their
activities. She planned parties with the drop of a hat and organized family reunions to bring
people together. She loved sports – likely developed from her time as a cheerleader at St.
Cecilia’s in Englewood, NJ – and there was no team more important and loved than the New
York Yankees. She went to games and watched them on television at every possible
Beyond her family, she loved to travel to all parts of the world, but her favorite place was Long
Beach Island, NJ where she would spend time in the sun and with her beloved husband,
children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. It was her time to connect with her family, relax
and have fun.
While family was her great pride and joy, she also cherished her friends. She would organize
high school reunions, get togethers with her friends from the neighborhood and church. And, if
there was ever a person in need, she would do whatever she could to help them.
Millie never had a bad day, laughed often and even at her own expense. She was a special
person with a welcoming heart and great joy for life.
She was predeceased by her parents George and Anne Gansel of Tenafly, NJ and her in-laws
Victor and Agnes Demarest of Dumont, NJ.
The family will receive friends on Friday, January 26th from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Vander Plaat
Funeral Home 257 Godwin Avenue, Wyckoff, NJ.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 27th at 10:00 AM at the Church of the
Presentation Roman Catholic Church, 271 West Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River, NJ.