It is with deep sorrow that we inform you of the peaceful passing of Maryann Savastano Caldwell on April 24, 2021 after a courageous eleven year battle with cancer and its side effects. She was born in Ridley Township, PA to the late Anthony and Mary (Salvatore) Savastano on December 5, 1941. She is also predeceased by her brothers Anthony Savastano and George Savastano. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Frank, and two children and their spouses, Frank Robert Caldwell Jr. and his wife Regina (Woodruff) of Newberry, MI and Stephanie Caldwell Walker and her husband Jeff of Toms River, NJ. Maryann is also survived by her two grandchildren whom she adored, Jenna Catherine Walker and Jordan Caldwell Walker. She is also survived by her brother Francis Savastano and her sister and brother in law, Pauline and Jack Saunders, as well as her extended family and friends all of whom she loved very much.
Maryann and her husband Frank grew up together and have known each other nearly their entire lives. They built a beautiful life together. She fondly remembered and shared many stories of her childhood days in Ridley, PA with Frank. She also kept in touch with her high school friends that were dubbed the “‘59ers”. Maryann attended most of her high school reunions and cherished this part of her life.
Maryann was a beautiful spirit with a kindness and selflessness that made everyone around her smile and feel how special they were to her. While raising their children, Maryann was a proud homemaker. In addition to that, her outgoing personality made her well suited for retail business. She owned and operated the Red Barn Garden and Mower Shop in Toms River, NJ with her husband and their partner Art Fadde for many years. More recently, she owned and operated Kaboodles Ice Cream Store in Normandy Beach, NJ for over 20 years, along with her husband and daughter.
Undoubtedly, Maryann’s greatest joy was her family. She was so proud of her children and grandchildren and all of their accomplishments. She was fiercely loyal and supportive of all of them in addition to her many friends and family. Maryann also loved her sweet dog “Rusty” and could be found walking him around the block every morning stopping along the way to greet neighbors and their dogs until illness prevented her from continuing. She loved living in Toms River and supported many local businesses with her “Breakfast Club” that met daily for too many years to count. Maryann also treasured her time spent in Seaside Park, NJ where she and her husband have a home that has been enjoyed by extended family since her husband was a child. She loved this tradition. She would always say there is nothing better than the beach in Seaside Park or a sunset on the bay at the end of our street.
A celebration of Maryann’s life will be held for family and friends at a future time when it is safer to gather. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in memory of Maryann to the Penn Medicine Abramson Cancer Center 3400 Civic Center Blvd. West Pavilion, Phila PA 19104. Or choose to support your local ASPCA.
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