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Mae Giardino


Mae Giardino, age 84 of Pompton Lakes, died peacefully on Friday, March 17, 2017.

Born and raised in Paterson, Mae was introduced to her husband Alfred in 1955. They went on their first date to the Meadowbrook in Cedar Grove for a night of dancing. They were soon engaged and then married on June 23, 1957 at St. John’s Cathedral in Paterson. They enjoyed a honeymoon to Niagara Falls and then settled in South Paterson, where they raised their three children. In the early 1970’s, they made the move from Paterson to Pompton Lakes, where they have resided ever since. On June 23, 2016 they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Mae worked for many years at the Pompton Lakes and Klugetown Bakeries. She always loved to cook and taught her grandchildren how to navigate the kitchen. Her eggplant parmigiana, veal scaloppini, and rock cornish game hens were some of her tastiest creations, and her family simply loved her cooking. Mae also enjoyed being taken on Sunday drives, usually to the Jersey Shore or up into the country, which usually included a stop at the famous Old Barn Milk Bar in Wayne.

During her eighty-four years, she never learned to drive and never got behind the wheel of a car, but that didn’t stop her from traveling! She had been to Hawaii, Bermuda, California, Canada, Las Vegas, and multiple trips to Disney World in Florida.

Mae also loved to watch detective shows and game shows, solve crossword puzzles, and play card games.

Mae was a selfless person in many regards, and she always put her family first. She proudly attended every school play, soccer game and dance recital without fail. She spoiled her husband, children, and grandchildren at every opportunity, and they will each miss her dearly.

Mae is survived by her beloved husband Alfred of Pompton Lakes, her three children; Norma Giardino-Gray and her husband Ronald of Wayne, Susan Colaneri and her husband Robert of Bloomingdale, Steven Giardino and his wife Lori of Wayne, four grandchildren; David Colaneri and his wife Jessica of Bloomingdale, Daniel Colaneri of Bloomingdale, Nicole and Alyssa Giardino of Wayne, and one great-granddaughter, Charlotte Colaneri. Loving Aunt to many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her five siblings, Christopher Dean, George Dean, Lillian Dean, Marie Dean and Veronica Mizzone.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 4-8 PM.

Funeral Services will be held at 8:30 AM on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from the funeral home, then to St. Mary’s RC Church, Pompton Lakes, where at 9:30 AM a Funeral Mass will be offered. Burial will follow at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Totowa.

Donations in Mae’s memory would be greatly appreciated to the St. Mary’s Food Pantry, St. Mary’s Church, 17 Pompton Ave, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442.

Guest Book


To The Giardino and Colaneri Family, My prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time ! Maryanne Paccione

Maryanne Paccione


Steve and family: My most sincere condolences for the passing of your beloved mother. She was there to protect you even before you were born, and now she will be looking after you from above with just as much love.

Joe Goralski


Dear Steve and family, It’s terrible to hear about the loss of your Mom and I express my sincere sympathy to you and your family.

Lori (Wroblewski) Bennett


To The Giardino family, I'm so sorry for your loss. My thougths are with you and your family.

Cong Vu


I am sorry for your loss. Your mother will be looking after you from heaven. My prayers for you and your family.

Ana Rodriguez


Sorry for your loss may god be with you and guide you through these trouble times. God Bless.

Ronald & Joan Gray


So sorry for your loss Al and family. What a wonderful woman she was. Always had a smile on her face. Sorry we missed today but we just got word of Aunt Mae's passing.

Thomas & Cheryl Mizzone


I knew Mae for many years from her coming to the bank. She always had a smile and was very special to me. I am so very sorry to her family on her passing. She is dearly missed.

Helen Anderson


Norma,Ron and Family Our love and prayers are with your family today. We love you And wish we could be there. Love Betsy,Mike,Sawyer and Erin

Betsy,Mike, Sawyer and Erin


Sue and Norma, I am so sorry to hear about your mother's passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this time. May the Lord comfort and give you peace. I know that she will be missed. Love you guys.

Dona Trogdon


Al & Family, we were very saddened to hear about Mae's passing.Our prayers are with you during this time. God's many blessings.

The Lavina Family


Dear Steve and Family. Our Deepest Condolences and sincere prayers Memories are a legacy of love.

Chris McIntyre and Family


Norma & Sue, I am sorry to hear about your Mom passing. Although I never met her, I know you two, so I'm sure she was a sweet person who will be missed.

Rusty Brooks

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