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Marlene Baez


Marlene G. Baez (nee Di Maio), age 66, of Wayne, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 16, 2017.

Born in Newark, she was a resident of Verona where she graduated from Verona High School with the Class of 1969.

After high school, Marlene began a long career in retail. Working in various shopping malls, she met a wonderful gentleman named Nery Baez while they were both working at the Woodbridge Mall. Nery worked at Lorry’s Restaurant in the mall and Marlene worked at the Franklin and Simon Department Store in the mall. They enjoyed each other’s company, fell in love, and eloped on November 19, 1976.

After marriage, Marlene continued working in retail and she and Nery moved to Wayne in 1976. In December, 1983, they received the greatest Christmas gift anyone could ask for – a beautiful son which they named Jason. From that time forward, Marlene dedicated her life to the care of her newborn son. As he grew, Marlene and Nery learned that Jason was developmentally disabled. They became their son’s greatest advocates and Marlene was present for all of Jason’s endeavors including his participation in the bowling competition at the Special Olympics which took place in Wayne’s T-Bowl. When Jason became an adult, she found a great place for Jason to work called the Foundation for the Handicapped in Wayne. This organization was founded to provide long-term employment for developmentally disabled adults. Over the ensuing months Marlene got to know the wonderful workers and volunteers at the foundation and this prompted her to start volunteering some time there herself. Before she knew it, she was working at the Foundation full-time, most recently as the Plant Manager. It became her job to book jobs for the workers, supervise them, and handle all the payroll. She became the true “Jack of all trades” and she loved every moment of it. In all, she had been with Foundation for the Handicapped for the last ten years.

In 2011, Marlene and Jason experienced the loss of a wonderful husband of 35 years and a father when Nery passed away. Marlene was a warm person with a bubbly personality, a great sense of humor, and a real heart for the work she felt called to. She was a sincere advocate for the developmentally disabled and she will be dearly missed by her family and friends whose lives she truly touched.

Marlene was the beloved wife of the late Nery Baez who passed away in 2011. She was the loving mother of Jason Baez of Wayne, dear sister of: Angelina Farand and husband Maurice of Old Bridge, Ralph Di Maio of Oxford, CT, Rocco Di Maio of Provincetown, MA, Samuel Di Maio of North Branford, CT, and Madeline Rowan and husband Thomas of Verona; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, October 28, 2017 beginning at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of the Valley RC Church, 630 Valley Road, Wayne. Please meet directly at the church.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy in Marlene’s name are asked to consider the Foundation for the Handicapped Inc., 30 Woodridge Terrace, Wayne, NJ 07470.


Guest Book


On behalf of everyone on the Wayne Special Olympics team, our deepest sympathy to Jason and family. Marlene will be greatly missed at our practices and in our lives.

Cynthia A. Holmes


Dear Jason & Family~ We are so very sorry to hear about your Mom. It was such a special time being with your Mom at the Special Olympic bowling meets. We will be thinking of you & we will be praying for you! John sends a hug!

Shirley & Craig Morgan


Marlene was a great women. She could always make me laugh and smile. She will be greatly missed by my family and all the members of our SO Bowling Team. Prayers to all of her family. Especially Jason.

Lisa Giger


Jason, my condolences at the loss of your mother. I so enjoyed delivering your mail to the door. Both of your smiles brightened my day. God bless you during this difficult time.

Marleen McMurdy


Dear Jason and family. Marlene was one of the warmest and dearest people that I have ever met. She made me laugh, she made me cry. She was always there if I needed a lending hand. I just adored her. May she rest in peace. Love Gene.

Gene Edwards


I will always miss and love Marlene she will forever be in my heart

Bobby McCue


No words can ever express how deeply saddened we are by hearing the the loss of our dear friend Marlene. She was once my smoking buddy until I quit but throughout the years we had a lot of laughs and we did a lot reminiscing about family and all the things we have in common one of which our beautiful children who we love and want to take care of for the rest of our lives sadly Marlene left too early along with her wonderful husband who Marlene now you will join in Heaven. Knowing the personality that Marlene has she will be with all of us especially watching over her son attached to him with every waking breath that Jason has. God how Marlene loves Jason and Jason never forget how much Mommy loves you and is watching over you and with you everyday of every hour of every minute. it's so hard to understand but they say God has a plan and I pray for all of us we can be strong and understand it . May God bless all of us God bless your family God bless your mom and she will rest in peace in heaven as a beautiful angel with your dad. I wish you and your family peace and strength Marlene will greatly be missed and always loved and never be forgotten Xoxoxo

Brenda Gibilisco and family


Jason, the only thing we can do for Mommy now is to ensure that your path forward is filled with fun, activities and love. Your Mommy's passing will leave a void in many lives that will be impossible to fill. May she rest in peace with your Daddy.

Kim, Linda and Steve DeVito


On behalf of all of us at American Comb Corp., our deepest sympathy to all her love ones, and to her extended family at Foundation for the Handicapped. Marlene always had a smile on her face, regardless of how difficult or stressful her day was, and it was always a pleasure to speak to her on the phone. I'll remember her smile, God just recruited a new angel to watch over us.

David Tejada


Dear Jason. You are in our hearts and prayers. Your Mom was the best mom anyone could ever have!!! We did not get together enough but I will never forget the night we all went bowling and out for dinner with your Mom and Dad. We all had such a good time!! I know that Aunt Madeline will make sure that you are ok and loved!!!!! Many prayers, hugs and love, Mary, Arlene and Brian

Arlene May


Jason you are in our hearts and Prayers just know that your mother is looking over you protecting you and watching everything you do because she loves you so much. Love Michael Truscello and Family

Michael Truscello


Jason, so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was one of the kindest and warmest people we knew. Her laugh was genuine and contagious and will be missed. We will keep you in our hearts and know that you have many others to love you also.

Cynthia & Dennis Barrett

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