Margaret  Cordes
Margaret Cordes

April 5, 1929 - August 27, 2018
Born in Elizabeth, NJ
Resided in Tallahassee, FL
Walter J. Johnson Funeral Home


Margaret (Waters) Cordes, 89, of Tallahassee, Florida, formerly of New Jersey, entered into eternal rest on Monday, August 27, 2018.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend the Funeral Mass at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 332 Madison Hill Road, Clark, New Jersey on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 11:00 am. Visiting hours will be on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am at Walter Johnson Funeral Home, 803 Raritan Road, Clark. Interment will follow the Funeral Mass at St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia.

Margaret was born to the late John Waters and Catherine (Conway) Waters in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She was predeceased by her husband of 37 years, Charles P. Cordes. She was also predeceased by her brothers Patrick Waters and John N. Waters and sisters Mary Harkiewicz, Helen Walano, and Theresa Waters.

Margaret was a devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend. She is survived by her daughters Donna Richard, Lorraine Cordes, Joanne (Scott) Boylan, Diane (Al) Bowden, and Regina Weldon; and her grandchildren Andrew (Karina) Boylan, Charles Boylan, Brian Bowden, Allison Bowden, Morgan Weldon, William Boylan, Matthew Cole Boylan, and Jason Bowden. She will also be missed by her nieces and nephews.

Margaret lived in Elizabeth, Clark, and Lakewood, New Jersey prior to moving to Florida. She resided at Westminster Oaks Retirement Community in Tallahassee, Florida from 2012 to the time of her death. She made close friends there and enjoyed participating in many of the social and religious activities.

She graduated from St. Mary’s High School, Elizabeth, New Jersey with the Class of 1947. After graduation, she started her career as an administrative assistant with the Elizabethtown Water Company and later worked at the Lehigh Warehouse in Newark, New Jersey. From 1959 to 1973, she left the work force to raise her daughters. Then, in 1973, Margaret was employed at the Union County Personnel Department. She was promoted to Assistant Director of Personnel and retired from that position in 1992.

She was dedicated to her Catholic faith and was an active member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, Clark, New Jersey for 47 years. She was a member of the St. Agnes Rosary Society where she served as Treasurer for many years.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her memory to Smile Train. Donations can be made online at, by phone at 1-800-932-9541, or by mail to Smile Train, PO Box 96231, Washington, D.C. 20090-6231. Checks by mail should be made payable to Smile Train.




Walter J. Johnson Funeral Home
803 Raritan Road
Clark, NJ US 07066
Saturday, September 15, 2018
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Funeral Mass
St. Agnes RC Church
332 Madison Hill Road
Clark, NJ US 07066
Saturday, September 15, 2018
11:00 AM
St. Gertrude Cemetery
53 Inman Ave
Colonia, NJ US 07067
Saturday, September 15, 2018
12:15 PM


Smile Train
P.O. Box 96231
Washington, D.C 20090-6231


Walter J. Johnson Funeral Home • 803 Raritan Road • Clark, New Jersey 07066 • 732-382-6262 •
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Steven N. Perlmutter
Matthew S. Perlmutter
Funeral Director, Manager, NJ Lic. No. 3539  
Funeral Director, NJ Lic. No. 4785 
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