Melissa Star Maiorino

September 18, 1977 ~ December 31, 2023 (age 46) 46 Years Old
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Melissa Maiorino Obituary

In Loving Memory of Melissa Star Maiorino


Melissa Star Maiorino, a radiant and compassionate soul, peacefully passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2023, at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. She was 46. Born in New Brunswick, Melissa dedicated her life to spreading warmth, kindness, and joy to all who were fortunate enough to know her.

Melissa found purpose and fulfillment in her career at Kean University, Union, where she made a positive impact on the lives of those around her. Her nurturing spirit extended far beyond the workplace, as she was deeply involved in various activities that reflected her vibrant personality.

An avid runner, Melissa cherished the sense of freedom and accomplishment that came with each stride. Her love for running led her to embrace an extraordinary extracurricular activity, "Girls on the Run," a group of resilient and dedicated young girls in South Amboy. Melissa wholeheartedly believed in these girls as the brightest future of an amazing generation, fostering their strength and determination through the power of running.

Melissa's gentle, kind, and caring nature endeared her to everyone she encountered. She had an infectious high spirit that lit up any room, leaving a lasting impression on those who were fortunate enough to experience her warmth. Her generosity knew no bounds, and her legacy of compassion will continue to inspire.

In addition to her passion for running, Melissa had a diverse range of interests, including knitting, bee-keeping, pickleball, gardening, baking, crafting, art, charitable work, biking, hiking, and swimming. Her enthusiasm for life was boundless, and she approached each endeavor with unwavering dedication.

Melissa is predeceased by her parents, Michael C., Sr. and Diane Burgess Paul, as well as her beloved husband, Chris Maiorino. She is survived by her devoted partner, Oliver Haran; her loving brother, Michael Paul; her caring uncle, Gil Burgess, and her faithful canine companion, Gracie.

A memorial visitation to celebrate Melissa’s beautiful life will be held on Thursday January 4, 2024 from 4 to 6pm, including a service at 5:30pm, at The Gundrum Service “Home For Funerals” 237 Bordentown Avenue, South Amboy. Cremation was private, in accordance with Melissa’s wishes. 

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering, a cause dear to Melissa's heart.

Melissa Star Maiorino's legacy of love, compassion, and zest for life will forever live on in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing her. May she rest in eternal peace, surrounded by the warmth and brightness she brought to the world.

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Memorial Visitation
January 4, 2024

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
The Gundrum Service
237 Bordentown Ave.
South Amboy, NJ 08879

Memorial Service
January 4, 2024

5:30 PM
The Gundrum Service
237 Bordentown Ave.
South Amboy, NJ 08879



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