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Verscaj, Martha W. October 26, 1952 - November 6, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Martha W. Verscaj. Martha passed at the age of 69 while at home in Bronxville, NY where she lived for nearly 20 years.

Martha was born in Terre Haute, Indiana and spent her childhood in McLean, Virginia. Martha graduated from the Madeira School and cum laude from Harvard College, where she was a proud writer for the Harvard Crimson and resident of Philips Brooks House. She received her law degree from the University of Virginia.

Martha began her law career at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. She then rose to Assistant General Counsel at Philip Morris, prior to taking time to raise her children. She later returned to the law, and recently retired after 20 years at AXA-Equitable as Lead Director and Associate General Counsel. There, she was known as a respected colleague, loyal friend, and dedicated litigator.

Her legal accomplishments were innumerable, however her proudest accomplishment and greatest joy was raising her two children, Emma and Courtney. She was a steadfast champion of her children’s successes. She was proud to watch Emma graduate from college this past year and Courtney from medical school the year prior. She was looking forward to Courtney’s upcoming wedding and welcoming her fiancée Van Sandwick into the family. Animals were another joy, and she loved her two pets dearly, Winston and Charlotte.

She is survived by her daughters Courtney and Emma, mother Anne Wolfe, and brother Frank Wolfe.

A celebration of Martha’s life will be held at the Unitarian Church in White Plains, NY on Saturday November 13, 2021 at 2pm. Calling hours will follow from 4-7pm at the Fred H. McGrath & Son Funeral Home in Bronxville, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Martha’s name to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Memorial Funeral Service: 2:00 pm, Saturday, November 13, 2021, Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation, White Plains, NY

Followed by Calling Hours:  4 to 7 pm, Saturday, November 13, 2021 at the Funeral Home

In Lieu of Flowers: Donations may be made to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).


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    Andrea Harris Cohen says

    Oh my goodness…Courtney and Emma, I am so sorry about the loss of your mother–she left us far too soon. We were co-workers for a number of years. May her memory be for a blessing.

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    Sue Accordino says

    Oh lo these many years, Martha, it has been my honor & privilege to help you & your family with your car service needs. Though we never met face to face, i knew your voice well & always welcomed your calls & our conversations whenever they came. May you ride peacefully & smoothly into your next life, & may your family be blessed & find solace as they step forward on their paths. Godspeed, Sue Accordino

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    Jolanta Kowalski says

    Dear Emma and Courtney,
    I am so sorry for your loss. It was a privilege to know your mom. Martha was a very kind and good hearted person. I still can’t believe that she is no longer with us. She will be missed by many. Your mother will live in my memories forever. My heart and prayers are with you.

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    Emily Kowalski says

    The loss of your mom is truly heartbreaking. She was like my second mom and she made me feel a part of your family. She touched me with her kindness. I will miss her terribly and she will stay in my memories forever.

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    Karen Brandt says

    Dear Emma and Courtney,

    I was a colleague of your mother at Equitable. She always has a smile on her face and was always helpful with any questions I had on a matter. My condolences to you and your family. You all are in my prayers and thoughts at this difficult time. May your Mom Rest In Peace.

    With Sympathy,
    Karen Brandt

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    Betty M Stephen says

    My deepest sympathy to Martha’s family. What a beautiful person Martha was. She was really a mother figure to many of her administrative assistants. I was her admin for at least 5-6 years. It was always a pleasure to support her. She was a highly respected lawyer. I was in touch with her after she retired. I will truly miss her. With much love, Betty M. Stephen

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    Ridley Whitaker says

    I knew Martha in law school and liked her very much. Focused and high energy. I certainly can understand how she would be a great mother and I am happy to learn she raised two daughters. I have not had contact with Martha for almost 40 years but I have clear memories of her smile and kindness.

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