Marie Rizzo

Marie L. Rizzo, 83, passed away on January 26, 2022, surrounded by her family. 

Born and raised in Newark, Marie was a graduate of Newark Arts High School.

Marie was predeceased by her parents, Anthony and Mary Rizzo and her nephew Donald Kressaty, whom she raised.

She is survived by her son, John Cavallaro, Jr.  and his partner Traci Renaldo; her daughters, Joanne Cavallaro and Lynda Lausch and their respective husbands, John Santapietro and Scott Lausch;  her niece, whom she also raised, Donna Klein and her husband Norman;  her grandchildren, Brittany Adams and her husband John, Ryan Lausch and his wife Jacqueline, Michael Watt and his wife Jennifer; her great grandchildren, Francesco, Giovanni, William, Harrison and Jaclyn.

Marie taught countless people to knit and crochet. She made and donated hundreds of baby hats and blankets to hospitals for newborns in need. She loved solving the Sunday crossword and always had coffee ready when you came to visit.  She loved to eat and cook and will be remembered for her Christmas Seven fishes dinner. 

Marie's family would like to thank her friends along with the nurses and staff of Care One- Wayne for the outstanding  care and support Marie and her family received the six years she lived there. 

Visiting hours will be 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, 2/2 at M. John Scanlan Funeral Home, Pompton Plains. Funeral service and burial on Thursday, will be private. Face masks will be required. Inasmuch as some members of the family are compromised, we request that if you are not vaccinated please pay your respects in another way. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Marie's memory can be made to Passaic County CASA, at