Marie R. Marra may you rest in eternal peace.
My mom who is also affectionately known to those who loved her most as NANNIE. Why, because she was just that to everyone in her life. For the ones she loved, those she cared for, looked out for, shared her love to those who were fortunate to be a part of her life.
Everyone who knew my Mom would know how much she loved animals, especially dogs. We all thought she was a dog whisperer. There was never a dog she met that she did not instantly fall in love with or have a cookie in her pocket to give them. But the true loves of her life were her children and grandchildren. My mom is survived by myself and my brother, her daughter-in-law Nikki, our 5 children and a recent addition to the family, my boyfriend Joe Ercole, her sports buddy.
My mom adored her children just as much as we loved and adored her. She was an amazing Mom and felt not only her LOVE every day but we felt lucky to be able to call her our Mom.
She was a remarkable woman who deserved remarkable things. That is exactly what happened 18 years ago, when she added Nannie to her title and had her first 3 grandchildren in one week! Yes! In the same week she welcomed twins, Gianna Nicole - beautiful and just as organized as Nannie. Her musician men - Thomas Joseph and Thomas Attilio, who Nannie was always front
and center at every performance, band concert and game. Michael Robert, 15 her baseball guy and you would find her sitting in the stands at every game he was playing, and Victoria Marie, 14 beautiful, kindhearted and enjoyed cooking and doing crafty things with Nannie.
Life for my Mom was all about making her grandchildren, her family and her friends happy, giving them all she could to make their lives full. You know how they say the best way to a mans heart is through his stomach, well, she wooed everyone in her life with her famous homemade Manicotti, the best mashed potatoes you will ever eat and fried meatballs, that you would smell her making before you walked in her door and see her frying them in the same pan she used for the last 40 years.
My mom was not only talented in the kitchen; she could figure out HOW TO and then FIX anything! Most people read novels; my Mom read user manuals and would google and watch Youtube videos to figure out anything to fix! She proudly wore a t-shirt that said, “I AM HERE BECAUSE YOU BROKE SOMETHING!” Recently she would help me with odd jobs around the house and if you ever watched a home improvement show you would know what I mean when I say that I referred to my mom as my Dean and I was her Jojo. She was my forman and I was her assistant!
She was an independent and strong woman and taught me, Nikki, Gianna and Victoria to be the same. She raised my brother Thomas to be a kind and compassionate man who then showed her grandsons to be kind and compassionate men.
When you became her friend, you were instantly welcomed into her FAMILY CIRCLE, which includes her sister Connie Lamantia, niece Gina Arancio, Nephew’s Robert Arancio and Robert Lamantia, great-niece Gabriella Arancio and great-nephew Robbie Arancio.
Marie was also a devoted daughter. She gave great care to both her parents, Robbie and Caroline De Bella in their final years.
Her best times were spent with her family around her. Holidays were the most precious, from cooking the family’s favorite meals, to wrapping gifts like NO ONE else. Every bow was personalized with an extra treat of Lotto scratch off tickets attached to it. Nannie would search online and in catalogs for the perfect set of festive poppers for the table, to find the ones that the kids would love. To her it meant the most to see all of us laughing, smiling and being happy!
Marie R. Marra, daughter, sister, mom, aunt, mother-in-law, friend, lunch buddy, and FOREVER OUR NANNIE.