Marie I. Abarno (nee DiSepio) 83, of Ocean City

first_imgMarie I. Abarno (nee DiSepio) 83, of Ocean City passed away unexpectedly on Sunday November 27, 2016 at Shore Medical Center of Somers Point, NJ with her family by her side.Marie was born August 24, 1933 in Philadelphia to the late Dominick and Mildred (Magnanimo) DiSepio.  She lived in the Olney section of Philadelphia and attended Olney High School before moving to Sea Isle City with her family and graduating from Ocean City High School, Class of 1951.She worked for the Cape May County Surrogate Office and after taking many years off to be a full-time mom, she worked as a Congressional Staff Assistant for Congressmen William J. Hughes throughout his career in Congress.For the past 15 year, she worked as a liason for the Morgan Hand and Nelson Hand Scholarship Funds where she took great joy in being part of the scholarship award process for deserving high school students from Ocean City High School and throughout Cape May County.Marie was the backbone of the family and was happiest when cooking delicious food and welcoming all that she cared about into her home.  She truly loved making everyone else happy by feeding them with her awesome cooking!  She also loved playing tennis and made many great friends at the tennis courts over the past 40 years.She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years: Gerald Abarno, a daughter: Gina (Darren) Abarno-Johnson of Palermo, NJ and a son: John (Patty) Abarno of Ocean City, NJ, her sister and best friend: Dolores Pantaleo of Swainton, a grandson, her pride and joy, Giovanni Dominick Johnson and granddogs: Maximus, Junior and Nellie. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, as well as many lifelong friends that were part of a loving extended family.She was predeceased by her sister, Angeline R. Paone and her nephew Leonard Pantaleo.A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 11 O’clock from St. Augustine’s R. C. Church of St. Damien Parish, 13th Street at Wesley Avenue, Ocean City, NJ where friends may call from 9 o’clock until 10:45.Burial will follow in Seaside Cemetery, Palermo, NJ.The family suggests those who desire send memorial contributions to either the Dementia Foundation, PO Box 600, Doylestown, Pa 18901 or Alzheimers Association at

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