Patricia Ann (nee Sokerka) Hassert, 66, of Wayne passed away on January 1, 2021 following a brief illness.
Born in Passaic, Mrs. Hassert was raised in Clifton and had lived in Wayne since 1988. She was a member of Clifton High School class of 1972 and then went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University, graduating in 1976. She had been employed for over twenty years as an Administrative Assistant with the Wayne Board of Education where she cared deeply about the students, parents, and staff as if they were a second family. She was an active parishioner of St. Philip the Apostle RC Church in Clifton. Mrs. Hassert had been involved and was active with the Ryerson School P.T.O. in Wayne when her children attended the school. When her children were growing up, she always managed to get all four of them to all of their sports and activities be it baseball, soccer, hockey or cheer. Mrs. Hassert somehow never failed to attend every one of their games and events and always made sure they were there on-time. She had a never-ending passion for hockey, especially her beloved New York Rangers and also for University of Notre Dame, particularly the football team. When she finally took the time and removed herself from the everyday hustle and bustle, she loved nothing more than to heading to Aruba for a week with her beloved husband. She looked forward every year to the annual pierogi-making party with her family for their Christmas Eve gathering which she loved to host. Above all, Mrs. Hassert always put others before herself. The love for her husband, children, grandchildren, were beyond measure.
Mrs. Hassert was predeceased by her dearly missed parents: Andrew R. and Emily (nee Adamkovic) Sokerka.
She is survived by her beloved husband of forty-four years, David Hassert, of Wayne; by her four loving and devoted children: Jeffrey Hassert of Wayne, Timothy Hassert and his wife, Rebecca, of Clifton, Matthew Hassert and his wife, Kimberly, of Belleville and Lindsay Hassert and her boyfriend, Marc Leech, of Riverdale; by her four dear siblings: Richard Sokerka and his wife, Linda, of Mine Hill, Barbara DiDonna and her husband, Nicola, of Clifton, Albert Sokerka and his wife, Veronica, of Woodland Park and Andrea Fenelon and her husband, Thomas, of Clifton; and by her two adored and cherished grandsons, Andrew Francis and Colin Timothy Hassert, both of Clifton. Mrs. Hassert is also survived by her many loving nieces and nephews. Finally, she had a love like no other for her two granddogs, Yogi and Tucker.
Funeral 11:00 am Saturday January 9th at St. Philip the Apostle RC Church, 797 Valley Road, Clifton. Please meet at church. A live stream of the funeral mass may be viewed by clicking here at that time. Private cremation to follow. Masks are required to be worn for the mass and social distancing practices must be adhered to. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-New Jersey Chapter (www.cff.org), 111 Littleton Road, Suite 221, Parsippany, NJ 07054.
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