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Mary Ruth Szalejko (nee Brown)

Mary Ruth Szalejko (nee Brown), 98, passed away peacefully Wednesday December 28, 2022. She was born in Philadelphia, Pa. and lived most of her life in Collings Lakes and in Hammonton from 2007 to 2020. Mary loved going to the Casinos, watching QVC, visiting her neighbors, dinners with family and taking trips to see her sister and brother-in-law in Chicago.

Mary is predeceased by her husband, Louis Szalejko; her son, Joseph Vodopija; and her sister, Jean Reice. Surviving are her children, Denise Rizzotte and her husband Anthony of Hammonton, N.J., Steven Vodopija and his wife Janet of Pa., and Louis D. Szalejko and his wife Doris of Deptford, N.J. Loving grandmother of Louis Vodopija, Cece Alicea, Steven Vodopija (Michelle), James Vodopija (Jen), Maryann Cavanaugh, Joanne Taylor, David Vodopija, Scott Szalejko, Kieth Szalejko, Kimberly Rizzotte-Boggs (JC), Tony Rizzotte and Michael Rizzotte. Also, 19 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends were invited to attend her viewing Wednesday January 4, 2023 from 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at the Marinella Funeral Home 102 N. Third St. Hammonton, N.J. 08037. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Parish St. Joseph Church Third & French Streets Hammonton, N.J. Entombment followed at Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum Harding Hwy Mays Landing, N.J. To share a condolence, please visit

Arrangements made by Marinella Funeral Home


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