Marisa Aversa


Marisa Aversa (Cucciniello) 43,  of Fair Lawn, NJ passed away peacefully on Thursday September 20, 2018 after her three year battle with breast cancer.  She was born in Westwood, NJ, and was raised in Montvale.  She resided in Massachusetts, Montana, Georgia and Florida prior to settling in Fair Lawn 12 years ago.  Marisa was a volunteer with the Girls Scouts in Fair Lawn, a religious education teacher at St. Anne's Church and helped with the Book Fair at Westmoreland Elementary School.

Marisa was employed as an office manager for Yankee Linen in Paterson for many years.  She was a trained pastry chef and restaurant manager, with a degree from the Culinary Institute of America.

Beloved mother of Abigail Aversa.  Loving and devoted daughter of Martha Gelnaw.  Cherished sister of Sasha Sullivan.  Adored granddaughter of Margaret Gelnaw and Edna Cucciniello.  Caring aunt of Henson Sullivan.  She is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; as well as her former spouse August Aversa.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday, 10 – 11AM with a Mass to follow at Church of the Presentation, 271 W. Saddle River Rd, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458.  Cremation will be private.  Arrangements by Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home Inc., Fair Lawn (201)-797-3500.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Marisa’s memory to her daughter Abigail Aversa's education fund. Please make checks payable to  Abigail Aversa 529 Plan and mail to Janney Montgomery Scott,LLC, A financial institution  600 East Crescent Ave. Suite 101 Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458.

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