Mary has since passed away due to heart failure and we remember her with the following message from her husband, Fernando Garip, who has so gratefully contributed to this website in her memory.
Fernando Garip, husband of Mary Catherine Garip (Maiden name, Anderson), informed us that Mary recently passed away and wanted her Village alumni community to be informed. He wrote, "Please pray for her she is in a better place now being held as she wanted to be as a child. She was fulfilled with her family three beautiful children and her husband. Her funeral was a testament to her life during which she attained what she wanted more than anything a home.
At the time of filming, Mary was expecting our first child, Fernando Nicholas Garip III - born 5/12/92. He was followed by twins in 1995, Alexandra Catherine (looks just like Mary), and Philip Michael.
Please keep her memory alive St. Joseph's Village was her Savior.
GARIP Mary Catherine, 47, on Sat. March 31, 2007 of Hackensack, NJ. Born in Hoboken to George and Catherine Millea Morris Anderson. After her baptism, Mary and her sister, Patricia, went to the St. Joseph's Village Catholic Orphanage, Rockleigh, NJ. At the age of nine, Mary met her foster parents, Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Quercia of Paramus, NJ, with whom she stayed until adulthood. A graduate of Paramus High (1977) and Berkeley College, White Plains, NY (1979). Beloved wife of 21 years to Fernando. Devoted mother of Fernando III, Philip and Alexandra. Loving daughter of Lillian Quercia. Daughter-In-Law of Dr. Fernando Garip.Sister-in-law of Virginia Comer, Christine Varelas and Patricia Bertuol. Funeral from the Trinka-Faustini Funeral Service, 439 Maywood Ave., Maywood, NJ (201-487-3050) at 9:15 AM on Wed. Apr. 4, 2007.Funeral Mass at 10 AM at Our Lady of the Visitation, Fairview Ave.Paramus. Burial to follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Saddle Brook. Visiting Tues. 3-5, 7-9 PM. Donations may be made in her name to the Holy Trinity Church, Hackensack or Our Lady of the Visitation, Paramus.
Published in The Record and Herald News on 4/2/2007.