Obituary of Margaret A Sicard
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Margaret Ann Hinkle our beautiful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to all whose lives she touched, on January 1st, 2023. She was aged 77.
Born in Jersey City on December 23, 1945, to John M. Hinkle and Gertrude Penhale. She lived in Morris Township for most of her childhood with her parents, twin sister Elizabeth Oppel, and brother Thomas Hinkle. During her childhood, she and her sister enjoyed being a part of Girl Scout Troop 133 of Morris Township. Through Girl Scout’s they did many volunteer projects like making and sending dolls to children in Europe.
When she turned 18 years old she moved to New York to begin her higher education to become an LPN. While living in New York she became friends with Jimena who introduced her to Bienvenido “Stormy” Guzman Baez who would become her husband. On June 5th, 1965 the two married in New York City where they resided until she finished her education at the Eastern School for Physicians Aides.
Margaret and Stormy moved to Denville, New Jersey in 1971 where they moved on to raise their three daughters Diana, Jennifer, and Stephanie together. Margaret worked as an LPN and office manager for Lifeline Medical Associates for many years. While raising her children and working she picked up her beloved hobby of tap dancing. All throughout her 30s she danced with the Rockaway Rocketts at Miss Irma’s Dance Studio where she danced in countless recitals. During her time as a tap dancer the studio traveled to New York to be in the Guinness World Record Book for the most tap dancers dancing a single routine at the same time.
As Margaret and her family got older she and her husband fostered their love of travel. Margaret loved to travel, especially on cruises. In her lifetime she and her husband would cruise together exploring countless countries. Not only did the couple go on trips with just the two of them but as her daughters had families of their own Margaret would take them and her grandchildren on many trips. Most of the travels she did with her grandchildren and daughters were to the Dominican Republic, a country she grew to love because her husband being born there fostered within her a love of the culture and the country itself.
Margaret loved spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed participating in her grandchildren’s fundraising events for their schools and sports. She was always supportive of her grandchildren’s sports, theater, and other hobbies they had growing up. But she also just loved spending time with them whether that be taking them out to her favorite restaurants or just being there to drive them to the mall.
To her grandchildren, she was known as “Mema”, “Gege”, “ Dr. Gege”, “Grammy” or any of the many nicknames they gave her. She was always there for her daughters and grandchildren and made sure to make fun memories with all of them. Her nickname “Dr. Gege” was given to her because whenever someone was sick in the family she was right there taking care of them, giving them medication, and doing her best to care for them.
Margaret was the matriarch of this family, the person who made sure to make countless memories and traditions with all of us. She will live on through the lasting impact she made on all of her family's lives. She is survived by her husband Bienvenido “Stormy” Guzman Baez; twin sister Elizabeth Oppel; brother Thomas Hinkle; daughters: Diana Sandry, Jennifer Farrelly, and Stephanie James; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; and her 6 grand-puppies.
Vistiation 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Friday, January 6, 2023 at Tuttle Funeral Home 272, Route 10, Randolph (www.Tuttlefh.com).
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Lustgarten Foundation for their work on treating and curing Pancreatic Cancer.
In Loving Memory
1945 - 2023
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