Marylou Renzo Fitzpatrick (1934-2022)
When Marylou Renzo Fitzpatrick walked into a room, she always led with a smile and easy conversation. Her warmth toward everyone she met was her hallmark. Born in the Bronx, New York, Marylou was the only child of Pasquale E. Mele and Ruth Huhn Mele. She and her family summered each year in Long Branch, where she met and married the handsome Vincent J. Renzo (1930-1985) and raised six children together in West Long Branch, NJ.
Marylou is pre-deceased by three of her children, John Renzo, Denise Renzo Wayne (husband, Robert), and Christopher Renzo. She leaves behind three of her children, Stephanie Renzo Bennett (husband, Earl), Ruth Roetken (husband Rick), Peter J. Renzo (wife, Mary, (1961-2019), 10 grandchildren (Bethany Olmeda (husband, Marc), Matthew Bennett (1984-2019), Sondra Knight (Husband, Aaron), Nicole Leonhardt (husband Chris) , Vinnie Renzo, Alec Renzo, Joseph Wayne (Wife, Allyson), Christopher Wayne (Wife, Jessica), Jessica Baptista (Husband, Chris), and Michael McGeehan, along with 22 great-grandchildren.
Marylou was best known for her effervescent personality, strong community involvement, keen intelligence, and friendly ways. Fluent in 4 languages, she taught French and Spanish at Rumson Fair Haven high school directly after graduating from the College of New Rochelle in New York. Later, after garnering her master’s in education at Monmouth University, Marylou spent the rest of her career as a Guidance Counselor at Monmouth Regional High School until she retired in the late 1990s. She loved the beach, was a voracious reader and thoroughly enjoyed dancing. After the death of Vincent, Marylou met and married her second husband, the late Michael Fitzpatrick where they lived for nearly 20 years together in Ft. Myers, Florida.
A devout Roman Catholic, Marylou loved God and loved people.
A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 10 am - 11:30 am at the Damiano Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Michael's RC Church, Long Branch at 12 noon. A Committal service will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, West Long Branch. The family invites you to leave a letter of condolences by selecting the Tribute/Guestbook link above.
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