It's hard to believe that its already been one year since you left us for a better place. You should be proud of the legacy and happy memories that we continue to enjoy. Thank you mom for continuing to watch over and guide us on our journeys through life.
Marie, I remember you as a very caring and loving person. We spoke often when you called my parents (Peter & Caroline Buttitta), which they enjoyed immensely. May you find eternal happiness with your loved ones.
So many parts of what made you unique will be missed Aunt Marie...like your feisty spirit, the way you never let Gma Shirley get away with anything, how you always spoke your mind and how you showed us all that age is just a number - personality and heart last a lifetime. I love you.
I feel blessed to have a lifetime of memories with you. From the time I was a kid, sitting at your parents table with the family gathered around, sharing a meal, laughing out loud as you somehow once again made a tragic story from your life turn into a hilarious one about the foibles of life-these times will forever be etched in my mind. I think I learned how to view life with a smile no matter what the circumstances. I always felt we had a special warm bond, even when I moved 3,000 miles away to NYC. I loved singing at your wedding to Barney and spending time with you each time I came home. Our last conversation I told you how special you were to me and you said "why don't you stay here and come live with me"? It truly broke my heart to get on that plane that day, but I now know I have another angel to pray to, in you. You will be missed and loved always.
Your niece, Pamela Dougherty Dayton
Dear Aunt Marie,
You were my mother's sister, a part of our family and it has been many years since I last saw you. Living on the opposite side of the country in New Jersey, I lost track of many of
your immediate family happenings through the years, but I do remember you as a warm, kind and loving woman.
Rest in peace and enjoy the heavenly reunion with our other family members who have passed on before you.
Marie--we only knew you from a distance but we felt we knew you well thru Shirley's eyes. She always kept us updated on your family, working "forever" & of course those little discussions the both of you had. I sense Shirley didn't win too many. You never gave up in spite of the trials & tribulations you had. You were such an inspiration to so many. Rest in peace & let God win a few!! Love, Dee & Mike Scalabrino
Barbara and I can't thank you enough, Marie.
The past few dscades have been a wonderful and memorable part of our lives, and you get a great deal of credit for that. You managed to transfer your love of family, friends, kindness towards all, and a constantly positive attitude to all who knew you.
Most importantly, in your role as the Matriarch of the Mapes/Buttita family you passed those traits along to the family members.
That is a legacy that you can be exceptionally proud of.
We are blessed that we were a part of your family and got to spend so much time with you.
Say "hi" to OG for us.
Go with God......... be happy.
As a frequent customer of Marie's at her post as cashier in the PWR cafeteria, I came to regard her, as many other patrons did, as a good friend. She was always ready with a cheery quip. Whe she retired in her late 80's she was missed by all. I'm sure she will admonish St. Peter to "keep the line moving".
You will be so very missed Aunt Marie! You were a one of a kind woman who was adored by all!!! Thank you for being such a wonderful aunt to me and to my two sons Jeremy & Nicholas!!! We know you're "home" now and look forward to seeing you again one day! I wont ever eat See's Candy without thinking of you! Love you Aunt Marie!!! I know you're collecting all the treasures you've stored up in heaven!!!
I first met you through Shirley in the early 70's, when we were all alot younger. Marie remained young and feisty longer than anyone in memory. thankyou for being an awesome role model and i know you are entertaining the troops in heaven. a fan, candy
February 23 2013-Thoughwe have been miles apart through the years I cherish the memories of Marie. She took me and barbara in after Bud Died. I dont know what I would have done without her, sorry for never telling her Thank You for what she did for us. She is a special caring, loving forgiving person.
When I am tired or feeling overwhelmed, I think of you. Your amazing energy, love for your fellow man, perseverance in hard times, and joy of family were truly inspiring. We visited rarely but you made a positive difference in my life. Grateful to be your niece.
Aunt Marie, I miss you dearly. You were truly one of a kind. You made my life and the lives of everyone who met you, better. Thank you for all your love. I still wish we had produced that "Marie & Shirley" show. I think it would've been a big hit. Who's my mom going to fight with now?
February 13, 2013 – life changed for me forever. Marie, someone so dear to me, left this world to be with the Lord. I know it is selfish of me, but I never wanted her to go. I was so blessed to have her in my life for the past 35 years, but I just couldn't imagine my life without her. She had been a second mother to me ever since I was 13 years old. That is when I met her son, Mark. From that point on, Marie was a part of my every day. If she hadn't seen us during the day, she would call us in the evening. She wanted to make sure we had eaten and that we were warm enough. I will admit, we were still children in her eyes. Only a few months ago she was upset because I was taking a class at CSUN that ended at 10PM. She said she couldn't go to sleep until she knew I was safely home. She told me that she thought it was wrong that CSUN kept “kids” in school so late. Mark and I were living with Marie for the last few years, since her husband had passed away, and I had to keep reminding her that we were not children anymore. She would ignore me and when Mark would go out to run a quick errand in the evening, Marie would tell him to make sure he wasn't gone long. She didn't want him out after dark. Some may find it difficult to have someone care so much about you that they treated you like a child. I didn't. That was Marie. I loved her just as much. She meant the world to me. I admired her. To me, she was as perfect as a person could be. She was genuine. She was compassionate. I never saw her get angry at anyone or speak an unkind word. She laughed and she enjoyed her life. She was definitely unique – a one-of-a-kind. I am sure I will never meet anyone else like her.
Marie was a true angel…. and now she has gone home.
There are times when I can't help but cry because I miss her but I take comfort in knowing that she lived a long, happy life and that she touched the lives of so many. I feel fortunate to have had her so close to me and although she will be missed - I will think of her every day.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.