Maria "Cookie" Thompson
Maria 'Cookie' Thompson Model & retail manager, lived for her children & grandchildren Maria "Cookie" Thompson of Manchester, NJ passed away on June 23 at the age of 65. She was a beloved wife, daughter, sister, mother and grandmother. Born on Prince Street in Manhattan, she moved to Staten Island at a young age. She graduated from Curtis High School and was a two-time Miss Staten Island Teen pageant winner, competed in Miss New York State-World, and more. She went on to become a coat model for Montgomery Ward, and had a successful twenty-five year career in retail. Known for her infectious laugh, Cookie was the one who grabbed your hand to dance no matter the location and loved to entertain. Her door was always open for a cup of coffee and good conversation. There wasn't a Broadway show she wouldn't see, or a quaint town she refused to visit. If you asked her to go on an adventure, she was ready with a suitcase and a smile. Her ultimate joy and purpose was being a mother and grandmother. Cookie fought a long, courageous battle with Myelofibrosis, a rare form of blood cancer. Her ultimate wish was to have her body donated to the Rutgers University Robert Wood Johnson Medical School so countless future lives will be saved. Cookie will forever be remembered for her devotion to her family, extraordinary humor, her artistic gifts and creativity, and love of experiencing all that life had to offer. She will be cherished forever. She is survived by her loving husband of 15 years, Gregg Salzano, her parents Stephen and Marilyn Thompson, daughters Nicole Romano, and Jeannine Distefano with her husband Bryan, her grandchildren, Landon, Gavin, Jake, Everly and Aliette, her brothers John and Stephen (Dina,) her sister, Patricia, step-daughters, Lisa (Eric) and Kerry (Scott) with their children Eva, Ruth, Lily and Jack, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family and friends. A Celebration of Life is being planned for late summer. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to mpnresearchfoundation.org.
Published by Staten Island Advance from Jul. 3 to Jul. 4, 2021.
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I hadnt seen her for a long time. She was just as beautiful inside as outside. Always positive. May God Bless and keep you in his hands forever.
Melody Sorge
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July 25, 2021
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