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Ann Marie Muyskens, Age 92, of Pompton Plains, NJ, died on Tuesday, April 13 at Morristown Hospital. She was predeceased by her husband, the Rev. David P. Muyskens. She is survived by her children Noel (Armanda), Kirsten Schanck (Bill), and Kevin (Cynthia), grandchildren Andrew Schanck (Lisa), Meredith Lindner (Peter), Evan and Ethan, great grandchildren Alexandra Lindner, George Lindner, and Anna Schanck, sisters Jean Melby, Constance Seraphine (John), Darleen Armstrong (Randy) and brother Joseph Leean (Virginia.)

Ann was raised in Iola, Wisconsin but came to New Jersey in her early 20s to attend Princeton Seminary, where she received a Master’s in Christian Education. While her husband served the First Presbyterian Church of Hightstown, Ann began a life of community service and activism by helping form a local Human Relations Council to bridge the divide between white and black communities in central New Jersey. In the 1970s Ann earned a second master’s degree in social work from Syracuse University that forwarded her career as a family counselor. While David served as pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Shrewsbury, New Jersey, Ann took a full-time position with Catholic Charities.

Ann generously volunteered her time before, during, and after her career. She even shared pulpit responsibilities with David at the Berkshire Valley Church in northern New Jersey. At various times she supported efforts to feed the hungry and house the homeless. She felt she could do anything she set her mind to, and during a two year stretch in retirement, without any experience in construction, she worked tirelessly to restore a block of abandoned inner city houses that had been gifted to a local church.

After the death of her husband followed by a car accident, Ann went to live in an apartment at Cedar Crest in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. There she sang in the church choir, wrote poetry for the community paper, and took up a hobby of painting birds. A memorial service is being planned at Cedar Crest for late May. More details will be released at a later date. Donations may be made to Church World Services, P.O.B. 968, Elkhart IN 46515, or to the Foundation for Morristown Hospital Center, 475 South St., First Floor, Morristown, NJ 07960.

 

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