Marie Fargano
(1931 - 2009)

Marie Fargano

New Jersey, United States of America
July 14, 1931

Colorado, United States of America
April 4, 2009

Marie Fargano was born on July 14, 1931 in Bayonne New Jersey along her with twin brother Michael. She lived most of her life there until she move to Louisville Colorado in September 2008 to be with her son Michael who supported her with her struggle with lung cancer. She was raised as a child during the Great Depression; had her formative teenage years during World War II and the post war 40’s; was married in the early-mid 50’s; had two children (Thomas and Michael) in the mid-late 50’s; became a single working mom in the early 60’s working in the business office of Greenville Hospital in Jersey City at first and then in the Bayonne Hospital; continued as a single working mom to raise two children through the 60’s and 70’s; became a grandmother in the 80’s (Lea, Matthew, and Daniel); retired in the early 90’s from the Bayonne Hospital with over 25 years of service; enjoyed her retirement in the 90’s and the early part of 2000’s; was diagnosed with stage 3B lung cancer in February 2006; withstood chemotherapy and radiation treatments until she entered Hospice Care in January 2009; she peacefully died on April 4, 2009. She was a real fighter in her battle with cancer. She did not think too hard about the battle. She just took it day-by-day and fought it like a champ for over three years. She lived, worked, loved, and was loved. She died in peace and was well cared for. She will be sorely missed.

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Dear Mom,
I wish it could of ended differently between us,
I am sorry that we couldn't communicate better.
Your 82nd birthday in heaven will now be followed by a joyfull gathering in Colorodo where we will all be in spirt, if not in person.
I must admit that I had a difficult time with your passing and the circumstances surrounding it. But it is never to late to say Thanks, I am sorry, and I love you, I always tried to help when you would let me. Please hold a seat for me at the card table up there, and give my regards to Eddie, Jenny, and Al. I'll be along eventually, but hopefully not just yet!
Again Thanks for everything...Love Tommy
tommy fargano (son)
July 25th, 2013
I didn't know Marie well but always enjoyed speaking to her when we saw each other around Bayonne. She was always very cheerful. We had many conversations about what life was like in earlier times. I do miss seeing and chatting with her. She was a very nice woman and I will always remember her fondly.
Miss Evelyn Roe (Acquaintance)
May 13th, 2009
Dear Grandma,

It has taken me quite some time to actually express my thoughts and feelings for you. As I think of the times we have spent together over the past years I am overwhelmed with emotions, both sorrow and happiness. It has been rough to see you leave us, but through your morning I have come to celebrate your life. You have always been a symbol of love and caring towards Matt, Dad, and myself. Through these past couple of months you have shown great determination and strength. I hope that I, as the man you helped raise me to be, can show such love, strength, and devotion towards my family. I just wanted you to know that I love you, have loved you, and will always love you. Through this experience I have gained more appreciation for my family and the time we all have left together. You have lived a hard but good life, and I know you are finally amongst the Saints looking down upon us in peace. I will always remember you and hold a special place for you in my heart. I love you.

Daniel Fargano (Grandson)
April 6th, 2009
Special Thanks to Doctors, Care Givers, and Support that helped to keep Marie alive and well cared for during the last 37 months:

In New Jersey (Bayonne):
-- Dr. Condo (Geriatrics) and his Staff;
-- Dr. Iyengar (Oncologist) and his Staff;
-- Byada Nurses.

In Colorado (Louisville, Boulder):
-- Dr. Kaplan (Geriatrics);
-- Staff at the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center (RMCC);
-- Dr. Sitarik (Oncologist) at the RMCC;
-- Dr. Antell (Radiation Oncology) at the RMCC;
-- Fine Medical and General Staff of Balfour Retirement Community;
-- Fine Medical and General Staff of Hospice Care of Boulder and Broomfield Counties.

Thank you,
From Marie’s Family and Friends
Michael Fargano (Son)
April 5th, 2009
Dear Grandma,

I spent the night alone with my thoughts of you last night reflecting on what you meant to me during our short time together. It’s still hard to believe that someone I’ve known all my life is no longer there. I suppose we take for granted the time we have here on this earth and the people we spend our time with. I looked over the gallery of photos through your life, watching you age and grow just as you watched me, my brother, and my father grow. I had never really gotten a chance to see pictures of you in your youth, to see you at my age with a life full of potential, good times, and hard times. I felt a deep connection with you at that moment realizing you were just like me once.
I also felt some regret that we didn’t know each other better; you were a large influence in our lives when we were young, but we became distant as we grew older. I guess I wish I was able to really talk to you and let you know about the men me and my brother have grown up to be. I wish I could tell you to be proud that you raised a good son who was able to raise two fine sons of his own. I wish I had known you better in my life time; at times I wanted to talk with you but didn’t know what to say or how to say it.
It was hard watching your decline in the past year, but I admired your resilience to the events in your life. That you lived much longer than the doctors had originally diagnosed, and found the strength to live day by day through the chemo. I know that my father meant the world to you, that moving out here meant a lot to him, and that you found strength in each other. I’m happy that your last few months here in Colorado brought you and my father closer together, and I hope you found happiness here with us even till the end.
I’ll always remember your little quirks that made us laugh, and I know where I got my sarcasm from. I’ll remember your sharp tongue even at Balfour when you moved in. I don’t know if you were trying to make us laugh, but it brought a smile to my face. In that respect I hope you know that you’ve touched many lives, that you will be remembered, and that you were always loved.
I hope you find peace wherever you are and you watch over us. Know that the day you passed was quite a beautiful day. While driving home I remember seeing clouds moving in over the mountains, on a day that reminds you of how beautiful the world is. I remember seeing the sun breaking through in patches, it seemed as though the heavens were coming down to meet you. Then shortly after you passed on it snowed to say good bye. I hope that your life was filled with joy and that we were a great part of that joy and that you are proud of us. You will be missed and I love you.

Love always,

Matthew Fargano (Grandson)
April 5th, 2009
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"This is an outstanding and beautiful tribute. Although I did not know Marie I am the niece of JoJo and knew her son Tom. Marie had a beautiful life as shown in the photos. My deepest condolences. Christina"
Christina LaGatta
April 21st, 2009
April 21st, 2009
"Dear Mike, Tom & Family, This is a beautiful tribute to your mom's life. I enjoyed many lovely conversations with your mom thru the years in the old neighborhood. My sincerest condolences to all of you. May she rest in peace."
Donna Ward Downey
April 18th, 2009
"I am truly sorry for your loss. Our thoughts prayers are with you and your family. Felipe"
Felipe Castro
April 17th, 2009
"As the chaplain at Balfour, where Marie lived the last months of her life, I witnessed Marie's enormous courage as she battled her illness. To those who knew her well, I'm sure this is no surprise. My condolences to her friends and family."
Dana Solomon
April 14th, 2009
"Dear Mike and family, This is a beautiful memorial and I hope its cherished photos and comments help replace your sadness with the obviously wonderful memories of Marie. I'm sure she is smiling proudly upon you all."
Rich Boyan
April 14th, 2009
"Dear Marie, We have been friends for most of our lives, through good times and bad. Now that you had to leave, you will be greatly missed. Until we meet again, Love Tina"
Tina Doria
April 13th, 2009
"Dear Marie, We certainly had a lot of fun & laughs in our days. I sure miss all that. Till we meet again. Your loving friend, Jo Jo"
Josephine Serpe
April 13th, 2009
April 12th, 2009
"Dearest Family, I loved Marie dearly and will miss her sorely. I have countless happy memories that will always keep her alive in my thoughts. Even if we know a passing is inevitable, it's still so difficult, so sad. Much affection, Cousin Ruby"
Cousin Ruby
April 10th, 2009


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