Kathleen Mary (Finch) Marano of Raleigh, North Carolina, a former longtime resident of Montclair, died after a brief illness on Aug. 10, 2022. She was 101.

Mrs. Marano was born in 1921 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England, the third daughter of Ruth (Miller) and Charles Finch.  

After her formal education, she went to secretarial school and became a secretary.   

In 1944 she met Frank Marano, who was stationed at a U.S. Air Force base on the east coast of England, while she was volunteering at a local Red Cross club.  A year later they were married, and in April 1946 she and the couple’s first child, Susan, arrived in New York harbor on the Queen Mary, along with hundreds of other GI war brides.  

They made their first home in the multifamily house of Frank’s parents, Etta (Principe) and Joseph Marano, in the Vailsburg section of Newark. 

In 1954 the couple and their four children moved to their newly built home on Club Road in Montclair, where they lived for 40 years.  In 1994 they moved to West Orange, and in 2012 Mrs. Marano, widowed since 2003, moved to Raleigh. 

She and her husband were members of the Montclair Golf Club and the Bay Head Yacht Club.  Summers were often spent at the Shore, particularly after they purchased a second home in Mantoloking in 1978. She was a parishioner of St. Luke’s Church in Montclair and was active in the Montclair Garden Club, serving as its president at one point.  

Mrs. Marano was also an avid tennis player most of her life, as well as a good paddle tennis player and swimmer. She was a skilled cook, gardener, knitter and bridge player.  Always eager to improve her skills and knowledge, she took French classes for a number of years and participated in a women’s investors club to better understand the stock market. 

However, she viewed her roles as a wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother and trusted friend as her most important, and for that she was truly appreciated and loved.

Her journey through life was the story of a remarkably resilient, inspiring woman who was blessed to live her years vibrantly, actively and surrounded by loved ones. She will be remembered by all who knew her as a truly gracious, caring lady.

Mrs. Marano is survived by her daughters, Susan Marano of Bloomfield, Mary Jane Mortimer (Chandler) of Boulder, Colorado, and Lizbeth Marano (Mel Bochner) of New York City; her son, Frank C. Marano (Sarah), of Raleigh; nine grandchildren and their spouses, 11 great-grandchildren and multiple nieces, nephews and close friends.

She was predeceased by her parents; her sisters, Peggy Finch and Joan Webb; her husband and dance partner of 56 years, Frank Peter Marano, and her grandson, Todd Murray.  

A memorial is being planned for early November in New Jersey.

Arrangements were by City of Oaks Funeral Home and Cremations, Raleigh.