Funeral Director NJ Lic. # 3854
Having experienced the loss and pain with the death of a loved one, as Mary I. (Osborne) Holloway did with the sudden death of her father when she was 12 years old, combined with an English Class homework-assignment while in the 8th grade, her journey to become a licensed funeral director began. Having been raised in the Town of Boonton, along with her five siblings, she attended local public schools and graduated in 1979 from County College of Morris with an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. She continued her education to pursue her funeral directors license by attending the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, New York, NY, graduating in 1981. Mary joined the staff of the Vander Plaat Funeral Home in 1988, along with her husband, Gary W. Holloway, where she has been privileged to assist and guide families with her knowledge in honoring the life of their loved ones.
While attending high school and college, Mary volunteered as a member of the Boonton Kiwanis Ambulance, while her four brothers volunteered with the Boonton Fire Department, which they continue to do and her sister served in the United States Army.
She is a member of the Passaic County Funeral Directors Association, where she has served as President and Secretary, a member of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association and the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. Mary serves on the Board of Trustees for the Alfred H. Baumann Free Public Library in Woodland Park, currently serving as Treasurer. She is a parishioner of St. ·Elizabeth RC Church, Wyckoff, serving as a Eucharistic Minister, active with the Hospitality Committee and former member of the Liturgy Committee. A member of the Lupus Foundation, NJ Chapter and a former Board of Directors member for Passaic Valley Hospice and former coordinator and facilitator for "Rainbows for All Children'" a free program offered to children who are grieving from a· death or divorce.
Mary and her husband, Gary have been residents of the Borough of Woodland park since, 2000.