Marie Moriarty


Marie Moriarty, age 93, of Laguna Woods, CA, died of natural causes, peacefully at home on August 14, 2020, with family by her side.

A private viewing for the family will take place at McCormick and Sons located at 25002 Moulton Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92637, Wednesday August 26, 2020 at 3 pm.   A private family visitation will be held on Wednesday September 2, 2020 at 10:30 am at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, located at 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410, Phone: 201-797-3500.  Marie will be buried with her husband, Eddie Moriarty, in Mount Carmel Cemetery located at 10 Serpentine Road, Tenafly, NJ on September 2, 2020 at 12:00. Visitors may gather at the burial site.

Marie was born in New York City and grew up on 163rd Street. She went to PS 163, where she enjoyed typing and math and graduated with secretarial trade skills. She was the youngest of nine children; both parents Frederick and Andela Becker and siblings, Anna, Charles, Freddy, Johnny, Elizabeth, Wilamena, Richie, and Charlie are deceased. She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Adelaide Becker and Sally Becker. She also is survived by 20 nieces and nephews. Until the day she died, she had fond memories of her family and always spoke highly of her mother. She was very close to her family, and they all leaned on one another during difficult times. She loved her family every day of her life and she often longed for the “good ole days.”

Her loving husband, Edward Moriarty, also grew up on 163rd Street. They were married at St. Rose of Lima in NYC on May 15, 1948. On August 16, 1965, Eddie passed away at the age of 38. After his death, she raised their three children, Eddie, Debbie, and Nora. At the time of their father’s death, they were just 11, 5 and 4 months old. Not a day in her life passed by without her having loving thoughts of her husband whom she missed dearly.

Marie and Eddie lived in NYC and in Fair Lawn, NJ. Her spoken memories painted a romantic picture of NYC. When she was young, Marie worked for the phone company and later worked as a homemaker, and did various jobs, including taking care of the elderly and young children.

In 2001, Marie moved out to Southern California to be closer to her grandchildren. She lived in three states during her life but she was always a New Yorker at heart. Her family enjoyed having her close by to share experiences with their wonderful grandmother and celebrate the holidays together.

Marie loved to play games and was a true storyteller, passing down family stories and keeping people alive through her stories. Marie’s hobbies consisted of swimming leisurely at High Bridge, Memorial Pool and Laguna Woods. She loved dancing, enjoyed talking to people, making friends, and always getting people to laugh. She was great cook, having learned from recipes passed down by her mother. Delicious food was a top priority, and her family bonded over a shared love of good food.  Marie made friends easily and was a fun character to have at any event. Marie had a strong faith in God and was a Lutheran. She prayed for everyone who needed help. Many of her prayers were answered.

Marie leaves behind her three children, Eddie and his wife Christine, Debbie, Nora and her husband Ray and her two granddaughters, Samantha and Nicole. She will be deeply missed for many years to come. We look forward to keeping her spirit alive through more storytelling of her and we are happy to know that she is at peace.

Marie would advise you to enjoy life and to grab the good times while you can. The bad times will come but the happy memories will get you through the rough patches. She would stress the importance of having good health, and most importantly, surrounding yourself with good people. Please celebrate her beautiful life.

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Heaven is a better place with the arrival of the one and only Mamoo. In my mind, she represents life the way it should be lived. It's not always easy and there are lots of bumps in the road, but when you find ways to keeps smiling, laughing and loving your family and friends, you are taking full advantage of the one chance you have on earth. Mamoo exemplified this way of living. I can't even begin to count the number of laughs we shared. For as long as I've known her, I smile just thinking of her. Nora, Sammy, NIcky and Ray, there's not anything I can say that would ease your pain at this moment, but I can say, thank God we had Mamoo for as long as we did. She is a one of a kind that could never be replaced, but she lives on in each of you and in everyone that had the great fortune of knowing her. Love you all and rest in peace Mamoo.
Kevin Mead
Dear Nora & Family, Over the course of many years we have had the honor and pleasure of establishing a warm and affectionate relationship with your beautiful mother, Marie. As fellow New Jersyans we always had the inside edge when bonding with Marie (to say nothing of Jersey pizza). A second key to her heart was the fact that we shared Samantha and Nicole with her as our common grandchildren. The girls were the light of her life as they had a way of igniting a smile on her face and a story to be told from her "Treasure Book of Life". Like you, we shall miss her greatly; but, the void will be replaced by numerous fond memories. Thank you for sharing Marie with us! Love, Dad / Pop Pop and Sue / Suzie
Ray and Sue
Mom, thank you for all that you provided to our family. Never was it not apparent that family and friends were what meant the most to you. You were a character. You knew it and you used your sense of humor to create joy. I wonder over the course of 93 years how much laughter you created. If smiles were currency, you would have made us all millionaires. Anyone who got to know you was richer for the experience. While I am going to miss you dearly, I am truly happy for you knowing that you loved the life that you lived and that you departed content and ready. The memories that you have left our family with will continue to make us smile throughout our lifetimes. We love you.
Ray Mead
I love you mom! You were the best mother and you did a great job. I will miss you very much.
Nora Mead
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