Maryann L. Genova
Maryann L. Genova, Beloved Mom, Grammy, and Great-Grammy
Maryann L. Genova, 83, of Kenilworth, passed away on May 28 after a long illness, at The Center for Hope Hospice, surrounded by her loved ones and caregivers.
She is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 65 years, Salvatore, as well as her children: her daughter Rosemary DiBattista and her husband Anthony, her daughter Terri Harms and her husband Kenneth, and her son Joseph Genova and his wife Teresa. She also leaves behind nine adored grandchildren, Anthony Paul DiBattista, Samantha Harms, Stephanie Harms, Eva Genova, Adam DiBattista, John DiBattista, Anna Genova, Joseph Genova, and Nina Genova. She was recently blessed with a great-grandchild, Aubrielle Rose Hutschneider. She is also survived by her fond “kid” brother, William Chango, and his wife Joanne, as well as a niece and eight nephews, her uncle Charles Montagna, and numerous cousins.
Born Maryann Louise Chango in Newark, NJ to Dominick and Mary, she was raised in Union. She graduated from Union High school, where she was cheerleading captain and where she met her lifelong sweetheart, Salvatore Genova, known as “Sam.”
Before her marriage, she was employed by Elastic Stop Nut in Union. She was a homemaker for many years before she worked as a claims manager at America’s Insurance Company in Kenilworth and at The Russell Freeman Agency in Westfield. Maryann also served as the cheerleading director of the Kenilworth Pop Warner program for many years.
Maryann lived a vibrant, contented life as the matriarch of her family. Her children were her center, and she considered their spouses as her own. But her favorite role was that of “Grammy,” babysitter, confidante, mentor, and friend to nine young men and women who were her pride and joy. In February, Baby Bree arrived to become the tenth light of her life.
Maryann was renowned for her Christmas Eve celebrations, her Sunday Sauce, her extensive knowledge of classic films, and her often blunt, but on-point life advice. We will miss her sass, humor, and heart.
Viewing will be at Dooley Funeral Home in Westfield on Thursday, May 31 from 4 p.m. through 8 p.m. The funeral will be held on Friday, June 1 at St. Theresa’s Church in Kenilworth at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Center for Hope Hospice, Scotch Plains, NJ.