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Merle Joy (Sell) Mariano
December 22, 1948 ~ January 21, 2024 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Merle Joy Mariano, 75 of Toms River, passed from this life peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family.
Merle was born December 22, 1948 in Plainfield, New Jersey to the late Earl and Myrtle Sell. She was a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother. She enjoyed gardening her tomato plants and cooking for her family. The holidays were her favorite time of the year, sharing moments with her family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She also enjoyed living on the water and enjoyed traveling to Chincoteague, VA for the annual pony swim.
Merle is predeceased by her parents, Earl Sell and Myrtle Sell(nee Smith) and husband, Michael Mariano.
Merle is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Bauer and her husband Charles of Toms River; her son, Steven Duffield and his wife Kristen of Toms River; Step children Tommy Mariano and his wife LuAnne, Lisa Elrick and her husband Bruce and Mark Mariano. Grandchildren, Leah Duffield, Jake Duffield, Ken Massa and Kate Massa.
The family will receive friends and relatives on Thursday, January 25, 2024 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 995 Fischer Blvd., Toms River. Funeral services will be held at 10:00am, Friday, January 26, 2024 at the funeral home with burial to follow at Musconetcong Valley Cemetery, Hampton, New Jersey.
Condolences may be expressed by visiting; www.ryanfuneralhome.com