May 13, 1935 - March 31, 2017
Born in Morristown, NJ
Resided in Branchburg, NJ
MaryLou DesChamps, 81, of Branchburg, NJ, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 31, 2017. She was born in Morristown, NJ, to her late parents Lillian and Cecil Stichweh on May 13, 1935. MaryLou grew up in Boonton, NJ and graduated from Boonton High school in 1953. In 1954, she married Paul L. DesChamps and resided in Boonton Township for many years before moving to Branchburg in 1980.
MaryLou was the President and CEO of Storr Tractor Company in Branchburg and led operations of the company since 1990. Under her leadership, Storr Tractor Company was able to generate partnerships with Yankee Stadium, Citi Field, the Great Lawn at Central Park, The Botanical Gardens in Brooklyn, the Bronx Zoo, Liberty State Park, and MetLife Stadium, to name a few.
MaryLou wore many hats: She was a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, companion, friend and a successful businesswoman. She was active in community affairs back in Boonton Township, joining the women's Auxiliary Police while her husband served in the Boonton Township Police Department. She was President of the Parent Teachers Association for the elementary school in Boonton Township, had been a member of the New Jersey Irrigation Association of New Jersey for nearly 50 years and was an honorary Eastern Amputee Golf Association Life Member. Her determination and executive decision making at Storr Tractor Company had earned her many awards which included: being named one of the top 500 women-owned businesses in Working Woman Magazine in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001, recipient of the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Irrigation Association of New Jersey, and in her tenure, Storr Tractor was named the top distributor in the United States. Other accolades include being named to the New Jersey Turfgrass Hall of Fame, Otterbine Company's Hall of Fame, Outstanding Woman's Award in the field of Business/Management in 2002, a 2009 Inductee into the Eastern Amputee Golf Association (EAGA) "Hall of Fame, Spirit of Somerset Award for her donation of a fleet of Toro Utility Vehicles to the World Trade 9/11 Disaster to transport people and food to aid in the rescue and recovery efforts in 2001. MaryLou had donated the Toro equipment that the balloons were tethered to in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for over 15 years.
In her spare time, she loved to be outdoors, whether it was feeding her koi fish in her backyard pond, driving along the mountainside, or bird watching. She was a seasoned traveler, going to Hawaii, Costa Rica, Mexico, Europe, and Puerto Rico. She loved to play golf and in honor of her late husband, Paul, she held an annual Golf Classic in his name at Copper Hill Country Club to raise proceeds for the Paul DesChamps Scholarship Award with the Eastern Amputee Golf Association. It was set up in 1992 and had helped countless students with their college education. She also loved to spend time with her family, especially her beloved daughter Paulette, and dear granddaughter Danielle. As a family together, they enjoyed their yearly trips to NYC at Christmastime, going to games at Yankee Stadium, taking various summer vacations, and spending all holidays together.
She is preceded in death by her beloved grandparents and parents; her loving husband Paul of 36 years (1990); her loving daughter, Lise Ann DesChamps (2011); her brother Charles Markle; her sister Elizabeth Helstoski; and her nephew Henry Helstoski, Jr.
Surviving are her beloved daughter, Paulette and husband Peter Tartaglia of Butler, NJ; her cherished granddaughter, Danielle and husband Michael Centalonza of Randolph, NJ; her loving companion, Paul Strani of Bridgewater, NJ; her brother, Cecil and nephew Brian Stichweh, of Boonton, NJ; and many wonderful family and friends.
Viewing will be held Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at the Branchburg Funeral Home 910 US Highway 202 South, Branchburg, NJ 08876.
A prayer service will be held at the Bridgewater Methodist Church 651 Country Club Road, Bridgewater, NJ, 08807, at 11:00am on Friday, April 7, 2017 followed by interment at Somerset Hills Memorial Park in Basking Ridge, NJ.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Eastern Amputee Golf Association, 2015 Amherst Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015.
Condolences may be sent to www.branchburgfuneralhome.com
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Branchburg, NJ US 08876
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