A funeral mass was performed Nov. 29 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Jersey City, for Mary Lou Marchese, 92, a longtime resident of Jersey City, Marion Section and devout parishioner of our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. She passed away Nov. 12. Born in Ashtabula, Ohio, she moved to Corbin Avenue at age 16. After living in Jersey City for over 65 years, she moved to Pearland, Texas to live with her daughter Catherine. She was one of ten children born to Carmela and John Ferrante who predeceased her along with her beloved husband Dominic “Danny” Marchese, daughter Pamela Reilly, brothers Dominick, Fred, Sebastian (Joey Ferrando) and Samuel Ferrante and sister Rosemary Burgess. She is survived by her daughter Catherine Nochella, sisters Linda Costa, Amelia Byars, Margaret Searls and husband Joseph, brother Joseph Ferrante, 5 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, nieces and nephews. Mary Lou studied secretarial skills at Dickinson High School but her passion was waitressing and interacting with customers at the Holiday Inn near the Holland Tunnel for over 30 years.
Services arranged by the Riotto Funeral Home, Jersey City.