Dr. Marie Varley passed away on Labor Day. Her life was a labor of love and life of service to those in need. Marie recently retired as the Regional Director for Church World Service for the NJ/NY Metro Area after 33 years of organizing and teaching around local and world hunger. She was fondly known as "The CROP LADY" and raised funds for the poor through CROP Hunger Walks, special events and visiting major donors. She organized trips overseas to educate people about the needs of the poor. She traveled for her work to West and South Africa, Indonesia, Central America and Pakistan observing the results of funding in all aspects of relief and development. Fifteen years ago, Janie Schildge our Red Bank CROP coordinator traveled with Marie on a CWS trip to West Africa where the Moringa tree was a source of food and health for people in that region.
There will be a memorial service Saturday morning September 7th at Saint Joseph's Church, 110 Telford Street at Tremont Avenue in East Orange, NJ The family will greet parishioners and friends as they enter the church.
Marie and her sisters Eileen Betz and Sheila Alfano and their families have overseen our food collection at the Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk for years.
We walk this year, our 33rd Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk and we will remember Marie and her 33 years of service and efforts through CROP Hunger Walks to give Help and Hope to the Hungry.