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Marianne Steiner


Marianne Steiner, age 58, of Wanaque, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at home. Her family was there to surround her with their love at the time of her passing.

Marianne is survived by her two dear daughters: Cindy and husband Jeff Cain of Flemington, and Jassmine Steiner of Wanaque; one adored granddaughter: Sophie Cain; her loving mother: Carolyn Steiner of Wanaque; her much-loved siblings: Anton J., Jr. and wife Nancy Steiner of Jefferson, Diane and husband Richard Demarest of Boise, ID, Nancy Kay of Wanaque, and Robert and wife Stacey Steiner of Haskell; and thirteen nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her loving father Anton, Sr. in 1989.

The third of Anton and Carolyn Steiner’s five children, Marianne was born in 1958 in the City of Paterson. She spent the first six years of her life growing up in Fair Lawn, then her family moved to Haskell where she received her education from St. Francis Elementary School and Lakeland Regional High School in Wanaque, graduating with the Class of 1976.

As a little girl of just six years old, her parents could already tell that Marianne was an independent little one who knew very well what she did and didn’t want. The story is told of her love for chocolate ice cream and how her mother would not let her eat it one time because she was wearing a pure white dress. Instead Mom offered Marianne vanilla ice cream as an alternative. Now most people would have found vanilla ice cream to be a delicious substitute, but not Marianne! She chose instead to have no ice cream at all as everyone else sat around enjoying theirs.

Following her post-high school education at Berkley Secretarial School, Marianne worked several jobs including with AT&T in Morristown, selling airtime for a local radio station, and pursuing independent sales. True to her strong-willed, independent nature, she ultimately found her niche, starting her own company in Wanaque, NJ on March 17, 1998. Marianne fittingly named the company Steiner Industrial, Inc. and for the next nineteen years she led the company to enjoy great success as a leading distributor of coated abrasives (think sandpaper) and related products. She was proud that her company was a Certified Female-Owned Small Business and of her service as Past-President of the Association of Women in the Metal Industries (AWMI).

Marianne’s philosophy was to work hard, make money, and then give it away. She found great joy in contributing much of her spare time, energy and resources to Soroptimist International - an organization special to her heart for their mission of seeking to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. If you went into Marianne’s house, you’d be sure to regularly see a small mountain of gifts that she purchased here and there so that she could quickly bless someone she thought could use a little encouragement and joy.

The only thing more important to Marianne than her career and charity work was family. She was a devoted and loving mother to Cindy and Jassmine and her face lit up whenever she spent time with her granddaughter, Sophie. You could always count on her to be the first person on the floor to play with her nieces and nephews when they were little. When the family stopped the practice of exchanging gifts at Christmas because it was getting too big, Marianne couldn’t resist continuing to spoil the little ones.

Marianne was a genuine lover of people and was a wonderful friend. Almost everything she endeavored, she did primarily to make the lives of those around her a little bit better. So, as a bowler on the Thursday early bird bowling league at the former Butler Bowl, to Marianne, it wasn’t about the best average or winning the championship. Instead it was about the fun of being together and enjoying the camaraderie. She also liked letting her hair down with friends by going out for a night of dancing and she enjoyed crocheting. She would make beautiful baby blankets to give to friends or to donate and she even made her daughter Jassmine a crocheted purse.

Marianne had a strong faith and she preferred walking through life close with God. Her faith helped sustain her through her courageous battle with cancer over the last ten months.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 2-4PM and 6-7:30 PM.

A Funeral Service will be held immediately following the time of visitation and will begin in the funeral home at 7:30 PM.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy in Marianne’s name are asked to consider one of the following charities: Roots & Wings (Supporting young adults who age out of foster care) 75 Bloomfield Ave., Suite 303, Denville, NJ 07834 (, Strengthen Our Sisters, Inc. (Breaking the cycle of domestic violence, poverty and abuse) P.O. Box 359 Wanaque, NJ 07456 (, Lupus Research Alliance, 275 Madison Ave., 10th Floor, New York, NY 10016 (, or Wayne Interfaith Network Food Pantry, P.O. Box 3341, Wayne, NJ 07474-3341.

Guest Book


We are deeply sorry for your loss; Marianne was too young to leave those who loved her most. We pray you will find peace in the Lord's promise, knowing she will be eternally home in heaven. You will all be in our prayers for a peaceful and memorable service.

Terry & Rick Meisner


My condolences to the Steiner Family. Marianne was a beautiful person in every way. She was a true and trusted friend. I will miss her. So sorry for your loss.You are in my Prayers

Dianne Kaltenbach


I am so very sorry for your loss. I went through 12 years of school with Marianne and lived in the same neighborhood. I have so many fond memories of her and her great spirit and courage. I pray for her soul and for God's comfort to her family and friends. My deepest sympathies to all.

Terri Evans Pirozzi


I remember Marianne when we were children. She was a good friend growing up. My deepest condolences to all her loved ones. I wish I can be there for her viewing but know I will be thinking of her during those times.

Carol Wade (Prall)


I am so sorry to hear of your loss may God comfort you at this very difficult time. I went to high school with Marianne and I remember she was always kind to me.

Peggy wilken burnett


I am so sorry to hear of Marianne's passing. I remember her always smiling and full of spirit. She was always someone you wanted to be around. I was a high school classmate. Sending prayers and condolences to her family during this very sad time. May happy memories bring you comfort.

Kim Anderson Dean


My deepest sympathies to your family. I will always remember Marianne's positive spirit, boundless energy and caring heart.

Jeff Katz


My condolences to you Nancy and all the Steiner family may God give you peace in this hard times. I will remember Marianne always she was a wonderful person.

Dora Del Angel


We are so sorry to hear that Marianne lost her battle. We know that her pain and suffering is now over and she is resting peacefully in our Lord's arms. We pray you find comfort in your faith during this difficult time. Love and Hugs to the Steiner family.

Sharon & Richard Morris


So sorry for your loss.

Mark Conover


My sincere condolences to Marianne's family and friends. I have fond memories of her in both high school and at Berkeley where we attended together. You are in my prayers.

Betsy Van Duyne Donka


to the Steiner family, know that my thoughts and my prayers are with you all, I had the pleasure of knowing Marianne and Nancy and some of their family, I will treasure the memories.

Shirley Robinson


Cindy and family-you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Find peace in knowing your mom is no longer in pain. Love Aunt Kathleen, Jenna, and Julia

Kathleen DeFilippis


Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Steve Gelvan


I am very sorry for your loss. I was on the board of AWMI with Marianne. I will always remember her kindness towards me. She was always helpful and could be counted on when assistance was needed. She was a great person and I will miss her. Renee DeGrote

Renee DeGrote


My heart goes out to Marianne's family and friends. You will ne missed. Marianne always liked the words at our auctions going once, going twice, sold! I always closed very quick for Marianne so no one would bid against her. Boy did we laugh after our auctions! Rest in peace Marianne. Oxox

Jeanne Malone


So very sorry to hear of Marianne's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all her family and friends. I had the pleasure of knowing Marianne from high school and I remember well her kindness and her spunk!Take comfort in knowing her faith has carried her to her final home where there is no pain or sorrow.

Jody (Gibb) Wilcox


Praying For The Steiner Family , Sorry for your lose, The Garrison Family

Mary Reese


We are so sorry about the loss of a very good woman. She was full of something intangible, a spark of life that refused to be snuffed out. She was a very nice woman, quick with a funny retort and had this indomitable spirit. Our condolences go out to the Steiner family and we am very sorry that Marianne left you so early in life. God bless.

Rick Schmidt and Dianne O'Neill


Nancy and family, so sorry to hear about Marianne. We had some great laughs at bowling, she will be missed



Sincerest condolences to your family on the loss of such an amazing woman. She will be remembered and thought of often.

Daniel Allen


My deepest condolences to the Steiner family. Marianne was a good friend, great leader and mentor. Her service to AWMI will leave lasting memories. She will be missed.

Loretta Wysocki

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