Mary Ellen Dowd-Olson

Mary Ellen Dowd-Olson

Wednesday August 24, 1966 - Wednesday December 25, 2019
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Mary Ellen Dowd-Olson, age 53 of Pedricktown, NJ passed away peacefully after a long and courageous battle with cancer on Wednesday, December 25, 2019. Born in Philadelphia, she graduated from St. James High School Class of 1984. Mary Ellen earned her Bachelor's Degree at Glassboro State College in 1988, graduated from Gloucester County Police Academy in 1993 and New Castle County Police Academy in 1994. She became a Police Officer for the Delaware River and Bay Authority. Most of all she loved taking care of her family and her feisty pet Kelly. Mary Ellen will be missed by many and never forgotten.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph T. Olson; son, Joseph E. Olson; parents, Michael J. Dowd Sr. and Mary Ellen (Mitchell) of Mantua; brother, Michael J. Dowd Jr. and his wife Hope Ann of Williamstown; in laws, Evor and Irene Olson of Wilmington, DE; brothers in law, Ted Olson and Jack Anderson of Millsboro, DE; sister in law, Patricia Sarver of Wilmington, DE; and many nieces and nephews.

Family and Friends may visit from 6 PM to 8 PM on Monday, December 30th at Smith Funeral Home, 47 Main Street, Mantua and from 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM on Tuesday, December 31st at Church of the Incarnation, 240 Main Street, Mantua, NJ where Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM. Burial will follow at New St. Mary's Cemetery in Bellmawr, NJ 08031.

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  • Visitation

    Monday December 30, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday December 30, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Smith Funeral Home
    47 Main Street
    Mantua, NJ 08051
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday December 31, 2019 | 9:30am - 10:45am
    Tuesday December 31, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
    Church of the Incarnation
    240 Main Street
    Mantua, New Jersey 08051
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday December 31, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday December 31, 2019 11:00am
    Church of the Incarnation
    240 Main Street
    Mantua, New Jersey 08051
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Father Anthony Infanti
  • Interment

    Tuesday December 31, 2019 | 12:30pm
    Tuesday December 31, 2019 12:30pm
    New St. Mary's Cemetery
    515 W. Browning Road
    Bellmawr, NJ 08031
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Posted at 05:22pm
Mary Ellen earned her angel wings on the day she loved the best, besides Joseph's birthday.
She made it to heaven in time to ring the Christmas bells. I love you and will miss you dearly at our family Sunday dinners.
Joseph, I know you will make your Mom proud. Joe, take care of her baby.
Pattie Sarver💖

Ted Olson

Posted at 09:20am
Our dear Maryellen, we miss you, the best daughter in law we’ll ever have. We’ll keep a chair for you at our table along with your favorite knife. We love you and will look forward to seeing you on the other side. Mom and Dad Olson ❤️❤️

Carolyn Krauss Feldman

Posted at 09:12am
Mary Ellen Love you my friend May God wrap his arms around you & comfort you. No more pain & suffering you are now at Peace.

Ted Olson

Posted at 08:00am
Not just a sister in law but also a sister in heart and now a sister in heaven. Each Christmas we will remember the wonderfully loving gift God have us in her. May she rest in the eternal embrace of our loving God. Teddy and Jack 💔💔

Tammy Ruggiano

Posted at 03:40pm
I didn’t know Mary Ellen very well but my son Victor Ruggiano did. I’ve met her a few times down the shore house, but what a strong unselfish person to have gone thru so much of a battle with a smile on her face. I know she’s in a much better place and she’s definitely in no pain! My heart and prayers go out to the family feeling the hurt of loosing Such a close loved one! My love is with you all, Sincerely, Tammy Ruggiano

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