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MARAZITI– Claudette Awn, 83, on November 20, 2021. Of Summit NJ, formerly of Chatham NJ and originally of Brooklyn NY. Claudette was a first- and second- generation Lebanese-American, whose first language was Arabic. Raised in a traditional household, Claudette was the first in her family to graduate college (Marymount College of Manhattan), then worked for a number of years in New York City as a social worker. She married “the boy next door” whom she knew from childhood when their families vacationed together at the Jersey Shore.
In the first years of their marriage, Claudette focused on raising their daughters, but then returned to school to get her Masters of Social work from Fordham University. Not only did Claudette work locally, but she opened her own private practice based out of Chatham, then Morristown, then Summit, NJ. She was also an adjunct professor at Fordham University, helping many others learn the profession. Over her lifetime, Claudette was an avid tennis player, a shrewd card player, a strong fisherwoman, and a determined fighter; she even beat breast cancer twice.
She was the beloved wife of Joseph J. Maraziti, Jr., and the loving mother of Jacqueline M. Monteleone (Vincent) of Jersey City, NJ and Michele L. Ryan (Michael) of Chatham, NJ. Claudette was the cherished “Taata” to her grandchildren Jake Ryan and Bryn Ryan, in whom her legacy lives on. Claudette is survived by her sister Louise Crowley, and is predeceased by her parents Elias and Isabel Awn, and her brothers Peter J. Awn and Richard P. Awn.
A celebration of Claudette’s life will be on Saturday, December 11, from 1-5 pm at Embassy Suites by Hilton Berkeley Heights, 250 Connell Drive, Berkeley Heights, NJ, 07922. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Epilepsy Services of NJ with “In memory of Claudette Maraziti” in the comment section, or to SLC6A1 Connect, an Epilepsy Research Foundation. Here are the links for donations: https://epilepsyservicesnj.org/donate/ and https://slc6a1connect.org/in-memory-of-claudette-maraziti/.