MaryAnn Monaco, 81, went home to heaven on July 20, 2020.
Born on August 4,1938, MaryAnn was known for her kindness, bright smile, infectious laugh, and devotion to the Lord. She always had a Bible within reach, Christian music on her boom box, and a pastor on television. MaryAnn loved to share the Word with others and instilled a love for Jesus in her kids and grandkids. A strong woman of prayer, MaryAnn could often be found in the early morning hours on her knees to have her quiet time with the Lord. Money, status, and material possessions never mattered to MaryAnn. She made all guests feel welcome in her home, where you never had to worry about what you wore or how you looked - she never cared about appearances, just character.
MaryAnn enjoyed a close relationship with her sister Nancy and nieces Kristen and Candace. She did not go on to college after high school but devoted her life to raising her children and educated herself through her love of reading. Her favorite author was James Herriott due to her unparalleled passion for animals. Adopting and fostering countless animals over the years from dogs and horses to pigs and elephants, MaryAnn always chose Cat Fancy over Cosmopolitan and found her greatest joy through her pets. Her room was often cluttered with pet calendars, postcards, newsletters, and magazines all focused on pet rescue.
MaryAnn is survived by her children Michael, Jacqueline, Melissa, Shannon, and Dante; grandchildren Angela, Dante, Salvatore, Alicia, and Claire; great-grandchildren Bryen, Mason, and Arianna; ex-husband Richard; and of course her pets: dogs Callie and Ellie, and her cat Abby. She is predeceased by her mother Hildaguard Urban, and her sister Nancy Casulli. MaryAnn's favorite verse was Psalm 34:18: "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and those who are crushed in spirit." Her family members take comfort in knowing she is now with the Lord and look forward to when they can be reunited.
There will be an outdoor Memorial Service in MaryAnn's honor on Sunday, August 2 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at M. John Scanlan Funeral Home in Pompton Plains, N.J. Please dress casually, preferably in bright colors (MaryAnn's favorite was pink). In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Eleventh Hour Animal Rescue or a local animal charity.
Face coverings are required when social distancing is not possible. Face coverings are also required when entering inside the funeral home. Due to COVID-19 regulations, there will not be a repast after services.