Marie DiDonato Macaluso
December 24, 1916 - July 27, 2011
Marie (nee) DiDonato Macaluso, 94, of Lakewood passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune. Marie was born in Newark, NJ, and lived in that area until 1962 when she moved to Brick, NJ.
While raising her children she worked at the counter of Boothman's Diner on Springfield Avenue in Newark. She was working on the first production of the transistor at RCA in the 1950's. She retired from Acron Corp. 25 years ago, where she manufactured printed circuit boards. She was a parishioner of St. Mary's of the Lake Church and a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. Marie's powerful prayers were what made her so special to be around. She loved line dancing and would never miss Bingo, a good card game, or an offer for a day in Atlantic City.
She was predeceased by her husband, Charles, in 1986; her sisters Theresa Granese, Carmela Montecuollo, Filomena Ruccio, and Rosemary Colucci; and two brothers Cosmo and Michael DiDonato. Surviving is her sister Giovannina (Jennie) Rotondo of Florida; two daughters, Madeline Bellettiere and her husband Anthony of Brick; Mary Ann Gianni and her husband Giuseppe of Manchester; one son John Macaluso and his wife Linda of Lakewood; six grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews who all called her Aunt Mary.
Viewing will be at Weatherhead Young Funeral Home on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. A funeral mass will be offered at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, Lakewood, on Tuesday at 10:30 am, followed by burial at Ocean County Memorial Park in Toms River.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, 330 Route 66, Neptune, NJ 07753 to help those in need; as Marie was always willing to share what food she had with others. There will be many people who will miss spending time with her and all the wisdom she had to share.
Karen HohenseeMom Mac I will miss your smile and your wittyness you were always fun to be around. you were a wonderful mother and a great friend to all who had the honor of knowing you.I know that when I look into the heavens at night you will be among those shiny stars with others that have passed and you will be smiling at everyone that loved you.I'm happy and honored to have known you .I love you and will miss you,but you will always be in my thoughts.
Trudie WintersAlthough I didn't have the honor of knowing Mrs. Macaluso, I can tell how special she must have been through knowing her daughter, Mary Ann, and family. Her children are so thoughtful and caring, just as she Joe are and it's a blessing to have them all as dear friends. I am saddened by their grief but know that Mrs. Macaluso lives on through them. God bless you all, my prayers and sincere sympathy are with you!
The Entire Rome FamilyOur heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the Macaluso family for the lose of a great lady. She will be surely missed. Rest in Peace. Connie, Dennis & Donna & families
Stephen D.KuberAlthough I never had the pleasure of meeting this remarkable lady, I as a parent needed to say something still. They say that our worth can be determined by those we touch in our life. I knew only of her daughter Mair from school and adulthood. I can only imagine how proud she, as a mother was of this kind hearted and sincerely loving person.
I also wished to mention that she is not gone forever, as she remains within all of her family. With her DNA shared you will see her traits and ever presence love shining out. Her spirit still glowing as she walks with you still.We are only distant in time....Believe and she remains with you. Just as kind as always to guide, love and comfort. What a worthy existance her life has been to produce a child as I've grown to know, one that even had touched my life.A remarkable woman I bow to in respect.