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Rosalie A. (Machuga) Stierch

May 14, 1941 ~ January 15, 2021 (age 79)

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Rosalie “Roe” Stierch (née Machuga), 79, of Wharton, died peacefully at home with her family on January 15, 2021, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Born in Glen Lyon, PA, Roe grew up in Mt. Hope, NJ (MHATW). She graduated from Morris Hills High School in 1959, where she was crowned Homecoming Queen. Roe retired from Picatinny Arsenal where she worked as a Personnel Management Specialist. An avid sports fan, Roe followed both the Yankees and Giants. However, the teams she loved the most were the ones that her children and grandchildren were playing on, lugging her chair to fields both near and far to cheer on her kids. Roe was also a devout parishioner at Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Wharton. When faced with challenges, she met them with courage and strength.  Those who knew her would describe Roe as quiet, modest, witty, creative, thoughtful, loyal, proud, resilient, and above all strong.

Roe is predeceased by her parents, Charles and Valeria Maczuga; her brother Thomas Machuga; her ex-husband James Stierch; and her beloved daughter Jean Marie Stierch.

Survivors include her four devoted children Denise Stierch and Barbara Chiappa both of Wharton, Daniel Stierch (Angeline) of Roxbury, and Christine Jenkins (Kevin) of Mt. Arlington; her grandchildren Jean Marie Chiappa Bresett (Garry), McKenna Rose Stierch, Olivia Rose Jenkins, and Brady James Stierch; her great-granddaughter Genevieve Ryan Bresett; brothers Charles Machuga of Mt. Hope and Bernard Maczuga of Mankato, MN; and many cherished nieces and nephews, with whom she shared special relationships.

A 10am funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 371 South Main Street(GPS) on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, followed by a graveside service at St. Mary’s Cemetery.  Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a Celebration of Life will be planned for a later date. (Mass will be live on the St. Mary's Website at

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Leukemia Society (, which was near and dear to her heart.  Offer condolences at

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Funeral Mass
January 20, 2021

10:00 AM
St. Mary's Church
371 South Main Street (GPS)
Wharton, NJ 07885

Video is available for this event

Interment following funeral service
January 20, 2021

St. Mary's Cemetery
Hurd Street
Mine Hill, NJ 07803


Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Tel: 1-888-557-7177

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