Obituary: Marianne D. (DiGeronimo) Karnas
Marianne D. (DiGeronimo) Karnas, a longtime Montclair resident, died peacefully at home on Monday, Feb. 20, 2023. She was 90.
Born in 1932 to Mary and Vincent DiGeronimo in Montclair, Mrs. Karnas always enjoyed the company of her large family, so much so that she and her husband, Chester A. Karnas, settled in Montclair permanently in 1957 with the purchase of their forever home on Oxford Street. There they raised their five children and many pets.
She graduated from Montclair High School and worked as a bank teller, a cook at Montclair High School and a secretary for the township.
Mrs. Karnas was a volunteer at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, counting the money at Monday night bingo, and a longtime election poll worker in Montclair, among many other activities.
She and her husband enjoyed many family trips to the family farm, the shore and the Poconos. They always attended church together and enjoyed reading the newspaper and watching the news together.
Christmas in their household meant hundreds of cookies, many gifts and tinseled trees. Sunday was always macaroni and meatballs with gravy. They loved each other deeply.
She took pride in loving her children, their spouses, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Karnas is survived by her children, Jeannie Marie Skinner (Richard), F. Chet Karnas (MaryEllen), Marialana Liloia (Peter), Julianna Stoeckel (Mike) and Chester Karnas; her grandchildren, Richard Skinner, Robert Skinner, Jessica Skinner, Mason Karnas (Ana), Peter Karnas, Harley Karnas, Skylar Karnas and Izaak Corcoran-Krasko, Alexandra Liloia Bishop (David), Dr. Alainna Liloia, Peter Liloia IV (Marlene), Steven Stoeckel, Michael Stoeckel (fiancee Katrina), and Austin Stoeckel; her great-grandchildren, Miquela Karnas, Brynley Karnas, Mase Cruz Karnas and Mila Rodriquez; her sisters, Virginia Cosgrove and Dolores Arminio, and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Chester; her sisters, Mildred Russo, Mary Miscia, Rachel Rubino, Sophie Sgroi, Eleanor Bilotta, Gloria Lehman and Mercedes Zicchelli; her brothers, Joseph DiGeronimo, Daniel DiGeronimo, Vincent DiGeronimo, Joseph A. DiGeronimo and Benito DiGeronimo, and her grandson, Chestin Karnas.
Visitation is at Caggiano Memorial Home for Funerals on Friday, Feb. 24, from 4 to 8 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m., with interment at Immaculate Conception Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Tunnels to Towers Foundation or a community charity of your choice.