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Elizabeth A. "Betty" (Rodino) Marroni

Born: Mon., Jul. 15, 1935
Died: Fri., Dec. 29, 2017


2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Jan. 03, 2018
Location: Hanley and Sons

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Thu., Jan. 04, 2018
Location: St. Jude's Catholic Church

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Elizabeth (Betty) Marroni passed away peacefully, on December 29, 2017, in Memorial Hospital, with a cardiac arrest and complications of diabetes. She was surrounded by her loving family. Betty was born on July 15, 1935, in South Bend, to Mary (Tirotta) and Louis Rodino. She was the ninth of ten children. Parents are both deceased. She was also preceded in death by sisters Julia Kambol, Catherine (Agostino) Palatin, Lena Perry, Rose Rodino, Theresa Manijak and brothers Frank Rodino and Rocco Rodino. Also, preceding her in death was a nephew Joe Kambol, and a niece Mary Kambol, and her son-in-law Donny Pierson. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, John, who took constant care of her during her illness; her children, Barb  Marroni-Pierson (South Bend), John Marroni, Jr. (South Bend) and Dan Marroni (Los Angeles, CA); her grandchildren, Alida (Alan) Goffinski, Celeste Marroni, Kyle Pierson, Nicholas Pierson, and Mario Marroni, and a new great-grandchild, Malcah Marroni. She cherished all the love that her grandchildren gave her. Also surviving is her sister, Josephine Brekrus (South Bend), a brother, Louis Rodino (Lakeville), and a sister-in-law Rose Ann (Ken) Edstrom (Granger), Helen Counts (FL), and a brother-in-law Bert Marroni (Lakeville), and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

 She lived in South Bend her entire life, graduating from Central High School and the Holy Cross School of Nursing, where she received a degree as a registered nurse.  She enjoyed going to both of the reunions to see her friends, and she was a member of the Holy Cross Nurses Alumni. In her early days, she was quite involved in her children’s school activities, being a room mother for all of them. She loved watching all of their sporting events. She was always involved in her church, St. Jude’s, where she was a member for 54 years, holding many volunteer positions. She headed the remodel of the convent to receive a new parish nun. Sister Rita became a special friend to her. She was a member of the Rosary Sodality and held the presidency at one time. She volunteered as a volleyball and softball coach at St. Jude School, along with her friend Wilma, and they later coached at St. Mary’s College. She was a housewife for many years, keeping us all in line. In 1980, she became a partner with her husband and daughter in the Music and Game business, Marroni, Inc. She loved being around people and made many, many friends. She worked hard visiting our accounts. Betty enjoyed bowling at the German Club with her neighborhood friends and later bowled with her church friends. Trying a less stenuous sport, she played darts in our leagues. Her most favorite thing in life was to have friends and family around. She and John enjoyed hosting weekly Sunday afternoon potluck pool parties at Mama Marroni’s Country Club, where family and friends gathered to swim and play volleyball. The holidays and family reunions were very special to Betty. She loved having her extended family gather and enjoy each others company.

Her grandchildren were so special to her and she loved them more than they will ever know. Her many health issues could have taken her years ago, but her will to live was fueled by her love for her family. She was such a fighter, never complaining about all the finger pricks and insulin shots. Accepting the need for full time oxygen was difficult for her to accept, but she pushed on. She was a go-getter, always on the move. Later, she had to accept the help of caregivers. Many thanks to Candi, Linda and Ariana for their help.

 Betty and John loved visiting her best friends Joan and Van, in Scottsdale, AZ. She loved the sun and hot weather and would have liked to move, but would never leave the area because South Bend is where her family is. Another thing she enjoyed was gardening and roses. She took pride in her veggie garden. At one time, she had around 100 rose bushes that she and the entire family (we were forced) had to care for and entered them in competition. One of her roses won Queen of the Show Award. Her latest passion was going to the casino. She and her friend Kathy put a lot of miles on, traveling to the casino weekly. She enjoyed casino bus trips and would go anytime someone would go with her.

 Betty will be missed by many. She was a wonderful wife, mother, Nana, sister, and aunt. A very special lady, always making you a friend as soon as you met. She touched many people in different ways. If she was around, it was always a good time. She was a loving, compassionate and giving person and would do whatever she could for someone in need. She was the backbone to our family and guided us to be the best we could be. We will all miss her touch, her laugh and her words of wisdom. Her life on earth has finished, but her memory will help guide us all in the right direction. We will all cherish the good memories, which will help us through. May she enjoy the beauty of Heaven and the love of God. Mom, you were the BEST, and will ALWAYS be in our hearts.

 The family will receive friends and family on Wednesday, January 3rd from 2 - 4 PM and 6 – 8 PM with the Rosary recited at 4 PM at Hanley and Sons Funeral Home “Southwest Chapel” located at State Road 23/West Ireland Road, South Bend. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM, Thursday, January 4th at St. Jude’s Catholic Church, at 19704 Johnson Road, South Bend, with FR. John Delaney, officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, South Bend.

 Donations in memory of Betty may be made to the St. Jude Catholic Church Building Fund.

 The HANLEY and Sons Funeral Home handled arrangements and extends its deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to the Marroni family.

 Condolences may be expressed online through our website:  www.hanleyandsosfuneralhomes.com


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Diane Miles
   Posted Tue January 02, 2018
Betty will be missed thoughts and prayers are with the Barb and John during this time of loss. Was a wonderful person and took time to talk to us during the dart leagues.

   Posted Tue January 02, 2018
Rest in peace Betty. You were a very nice and caring person.

Jim Kambol
   Posted Tue January 02, 2018
Aunt Betty was one of the kindest and generous persons I have known. I have many, many fond memories from my childhood into adulthood. From the "friendly" volleyball games on a Sunday afternoon to the wonderful Christmas party every Christmas. Aunt Betty also gave me the support and encouragement that helped me through college. I attribute much of my success to this support. I regret not keeping closer connections with Aunt Betty. Time is fast and life is busy. I will truly miss her warm smile and quick wit. We can all rest assured she is at peace in Heaven above.

M. Hively
   Posted Tue January 02, 2018
Be with God, Betty. You were a wonderful person. I didn't see you very often, but you always made me smile when I ran into you. You and Wilma were always fun to be around.

John and Catherine Staton
   Posted Tue January 02, 2018
We were so sorry to hear of Bettys' passing. We hope your many happy memories will help you get through this very difficult time. She was a beautiful lady who will be greatly missed!Sincerely, John and Catherine Staton

Dorine Tirotta
   Posted Tue January 02, 2018
I'm so sorry to hear about Betty. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

From my family to yours,
Dorine Tirotta

   Posted Wed January 03, 2018
There are in the end Three things that last:
faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love.
Though your heart must hold deep sadness right now, may it also hold the blessings of the love that will always be a part of you........
We are Praying that God will comfort your heart, uplift your spirit, and carry you through this time of sadness to a place of peace. We have lost a great friend and teacher that helped us in many ways for many years.
Love Thomas and Rose Ann Bucher

Daniel Mauro
   Posted Wed January 03, 2018
John Im sorry I cant walk Lil and I were just now read of your loss. I know there are no words that can really console you at this time. But maybe the pleasant memories you had with her in your life is the best consoling. May you find peace in the assurance that a more beautiful life has begun for her. We pray that she may rest in peace and god bless her soul. You and your family have our sincerest sympathy. Dan & Lil Mauro

Lynne Andert
   Posted Thu January 04, 2018
Betty was such a wonderful person, I have such great memories of her coaching volleyball to all those awesome pool parties and get togethers.
I'm so sorry for your loss John, Barb, Danny and John.
She will be greatly missed!

Tracie Ferenczi
   Posted Thu January 04, 2018
My mom Barbara Tirotta Johnson is Betty's cousin. She along with Debbie, Tony and I are so very sorry for this loss. My mom Barb is ill and very upset she will be unable to be with you in your time of sorrow. Her heart is with you all. All our thoughts and prayers to give your family strength in this time of such sorrow.

Marcia Anda DeBroka
   Posted Thu January 04, 2018
John so sorry for your loss. I know that u don,t remember me I lived on Swygart St. many years ago where I grew up. John u were friends with my Uncle Frank Nowak and the whole Nowak family. My memories of u and your wife is pure kindness u showned me all those years ago when my Mom died Esther Nowak Anda. You lived right next door to the Reiter family. So many memories, just wanted u to know that i never forgot her or u. God Bless You take care . May she rest in peace. Love Marcia Anda DeBroka

Andy & Linda Horvath
   Posted Fri January 05, 2018
Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Mrs. Marroni. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed by many. Take comfort in knowing she is out of pain and in Heaven with the Lord.

Andy and Linda Horvath

Patsy Lehron
   Posted Fri January 05, 2018
My prayers are with the family, she is now in paradise with the Lord. I am a friend of Dan.

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