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Marie Maio


Marie G. Maio (nee Nasello), age 83 of Wayne, died on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. She had lived in Wayne since 1964.

Raised in Kearny, NJ, Marie graduated from Georgian Court College with a degree in Education. She continued at Seton Hall University and earned her Master’s in Business Administration. She joined the Kearny School District as a teacher in 1957 and worked her way up. She retired as head of the Business Department in 1996, after a career spanning more than thirty-nine years!

Marie was quite the socialite and always kept up with the latest fashions and styles. She passionately avoided activities that might be considered ‘age-appropriate’ for her generation, and instead chose to enjoy herself in a much more youthful way. You’d never find her at a Bingo hall, but instead she liked going out on the town, sipping her gin and tonic cocktails, and having a good time. She was fortunate to have traveled to Alaska, the Caribbean Islands, London, Scotland, all corners of Europe, and even the Panama Canal. She had also made countless road trips including a favorite stop at Graceland. When all was said and done though, she was most happy enjoying summer sunset from the deck of her family’s home in Manasquan, at the Jersey Shore.

Marie met her husband Milton while she was in college. Milton’s sister was also a student at Georgian Court University and she introduced the two. They married on April 4, 1959 at St. Cecilia’s Church in Kearny, followed by a wonderful reception at the Essex House in Newark. They honeymooned at Nassau, Bahamas and settled in Clifton for a few years before finally building their home in Wayne in 1964. Marie was very proud of her home and decorated it beautifully. After thirty-eight years of marriage, Milton passed away in 1997, just two years after Marie had retired. She found the strength to forge on in the years since, traveling extensively and making many more wonderful memories with her family.

Marie is survived by her son Douglas of Pompton Lakes, by her sister Evelyn Valdeon of Montville, NJ, her three nieces; Courtney Valdeon and her spouse Donna Anderson of Boonton, NJ, Lindsay Valdeon of West Orange, NJ, and Pamela Hurley and her husband Pete of St. Pawleys Island, South Carolina, one nephew; Justin Valdeon and his wife Stephanie of Little Silver, NJ, as well as five grand-nieces and grand-nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Milton in 1997.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 2-6 PM.

Funeral Services will be held at 9:30 AM Monday from the funeral home, then to Immaculate Heart of Mary RC Church, Wayne, where at 10:30 AM a Funeral Mass will be offered. Burial will follow at Christ the King Cemetery in Franklin Lakes.

Guest Book


Dear Mrs. Maio, It is with great sadness that I learned of your passing but I take comfort in the fact that your suffering has ended and that you go to a better place. You were like a 2nd mother to me and your son Douglas my best friend since childhood. You will always have a special place in my thoughts and memories. You will be missed dearly but never forgotten. Love and condolences to your family.

James Scartozzi


Our dear cousin will be missed. Sincerest condolences to the family.

Roxanne Farina & Steven Leibowitz

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