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Ocala - Marie Rafanello, 84, of Ocala, FL passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014 in Ocala, FL.
Born in Newark, New Jersey on February 8, 1930, daughter to the late Louis and Margaret (Pezza) Roma. Along with her late husband, Benedict, she moved to Ocala from Lakehurst, NJ in 1989. After graduating West Side High School, Newark, NJ, Marie worked as a secretary for the M&M Mars Candy Company. She left the company to start a family, after which she became a volunteer for the local school system. She was later employed by the Board of Education of Union Township, New Jersey where she worked at several of their schools in various positions. Marie went on to earn an Associates Degree in Child Development and became a teacher's aide. She spent 18 years working in the school system before retiring and moving to Ocala. After moving to Ocala, Marie was active in social activities at Oak Run Country Club, such as Bingo and the Red Hat Society. She was also a volunteer at the Munroe Regional Medical Center for several years.
She is survived by her sons, Benedict M. Rafanello (Jacqueline) of Round Rock, TX, and Mark V. Rafanello (Bonnie) of Nutley, NJ; grandchildren, Gage, Justyn, Joseph, and Amanda; brother, Patrick Roma (Ann Marie) of Lebanon, PA; sisters-in-law, Patricia Roma of Nazareth, PA, and Alberta Roma of Toms River, NJ; and many nieces and nephews.
Services and burial will be held on July 25, 2014 9:30 AM at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ. Whereas flowers cannot be accepted at the cemetery, memorial contributions may be made at Legacy Hospice House, 9505 SW 110th St., Ocala, FL 34481.
Arrangements entrusted to Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services-TimberRidge. Sentiments may be left online at:
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Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Timberridge Chapel
9695 Sw 110th St
Ocala, FL 34481
(352) 873-4114
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Published in Ocala Star-Banner from July 22 to July 23, 2014
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