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Norma Muina


Norma Muina, age 89, of Passaic, passed on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

She was born in Havana, Cuba and at the onset of the Cuban Revolution her husband thought it best to head to the United States. The family initially went to Jamaica and stayed at a boarding house and lived with some Jamaican locals who took them in while they waited for their United States immigration paperwork to clear. Once they had secured the correct paperwork the family moved to Miami, Florida. From here Norma’s husband got a job transfer to New York City. The family lived in Manhattan and Queens, New York before settling into life in Paterson, New Jersey. They raised their family in Paterson, and Norma worked at the Broadway Bank in Paterson up until its closing. After the bank closed she worked as a travel agent for Liberty Travel in Jersey City before finding a career as a realtor. She has worked for the Leopizzi Realty Company in Woodland Park for the past twenty-five years. She was still working up until about six weeks ago when her failing health made her stop. Some will remember her as a translator for the Clifton Board of Education, as well.

Many will remember Norma for her larger than life personality. She had to be the center of attention wherever she went. She enjoyed just about anything to do with life, and when telling stories about her life she took the liberty of embellishing, a lot, to help the story along. Many would say she had a Forest Gump-like effect on the world around her. She also enjoyed telling everyone how everybody loved her and wanted to hire her. She also loved trips to Atlantic City where she would play the nickel slot machines all night and sleep all day. Some will recall her stack of submissions to Publisher’s Clearinghouse. She sent in hundreds of applications and was always looking for the “Prize Patrol” to come with her balloons and millions.

While at a country club in Cuba, Norma met a cute man named Manuel. Soon Manuel was trying to impress Norma and dove into the water from a catwalk. He hit his head on a rock in the water and when Norma saw the blood in the water she jumped in to save him. This unusual start to a love affair was the beginning of a thirty-six year loving and devoted marriage. Manuel would show you the scar on his head that lead to him marrying the love of his life.

Norma was the loving wife of the late Manuel Muina (1990); the devoted mother of Manuel Muina and his wife Janet of Toms River, and Toni Macchiarelli and her husband Richard of Pompton Plains; she was the cherished grandmother of Matthew Muina, Brian Macchiarelli and his wife Lauren, Anthony Muina and his fiancé Natalie, Alyson Macchiarelli, Meghan Pereria and her husband Richard, and Taylor Macchiarelli; she was also the much loved great-grandmother of Genevieve and Margaux Macchiarelli.

Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 PM on Monday, November 20, 2017 at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.

A funeral service will be held 10:30 AM on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memorial Processing,  501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 would be appreciated.


Guest Book


Dear Toni and family, I am so sorry to hear about the lost of your Mom. My prayers go up for you all at this most difficult time. I know you will hold your treasured memories close to your hearts forever. Thinking of and praying for each of you. Much love, Linda

Linda D. Thompson


So sorry for your family's loss. Thinking of all of you , Janet and Ken Haring

Janet Haring


To the family of Norma Muina, my deepest condolences to I live in the same building as Norma ,she was a lovely lady and will be missed. Erna Deintinis

Erna Deintinis


To Norma's family, we are so incredibly sorry for your loss. She was a great friend to my mom and an absolute pleasure to be around. She will be missed.

Sue Dooley and family


Words can't express how we are all going to miss Norma and all the happiness & laughter she brought to the family. She will forever be dancing in our hearts!

Statuto Family


I will miss our phone conversations and our trips out; Norma coming to Bunko at the Masonic Temple; our weekly dinner engagements; our trips to Aruba.

Carol B. Ziesing


I was shocked and saddened to find out about her passing. SHe was a good neighbor and always had a kind word. It won't be the same without her.

Steve Holzmann

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