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Elizabeth T. Maresca “Bettie”

July 1, 1933 - February 9, 2014
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Elizabeth T. Maresca, 80, of Elkton, MD, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 9, 2014 in Owings, MD surrounded by her loving family. Born July 1, 1933 in Union City, NJ, Bettie was the daughter of the late Francessco and Maddalena (Paturzo) Pollio. Bettie dedicated 37 wonderful years to working for the Cecil County Public SchoolContinue Reading

Angel Miller left a message on July 22, 2017:
I know that the years have passed- but my condolensces to Mrs Maresca's loved ones and family. I had a memory the other day of Mrs Maresca and tried to find out if she was still working at the elementary school, but just found out about her passing. Mrs Maresca was my fifth grade teacher in 2003. Which also was the year I lost my older sister to cancer. Mrs Maresca was truly an angel. She attended my sister's funeral and made every effort to make sure I didn't fall behind in class and was an amazing support system when I returned back to school. I moved to North Carolina a few years after elementary school and wasn't able to keep in touch, but I know she kept my sister's picture up in her classroom for a few years. Truly an amazing woman.
Barbara & Jay Nagel left a message on February 23, 2014:
We're so sorry to hear of Mrs. Maresca's passing. Her life was blessed with a wonderful family. Our sincere condolences to all of you.
Donna Di Paola Webster left a message on February 22, 2014:
I was so saddened to hear of Mrs. Maresca’s passing. I remember her as a beautiful, kind, compassionate, and gracious lady; from my early years as a student with her children at Immaculate Conception School to more recent years. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, especially her children.
Gina McClanahan left a message on February 21, 2014:
My daughter Adie had the privilege of having Mrs. Maresca not only as her third grader teacher but as her fifth grade teacher as well. I couldn't have chosen a better teacher for Adie if I had searched a lifetime. In my opinion, Mrs. Maresca was everything you would look for in a mother or a grandmother. We talked often of her own grandchildren and her love for them. Please know that your mother, and grandmother was one of a kind! You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Cindy Maroney left a message on February 21, 2014:
We were deeply saddened by the news of Mrs. Maresca's passing. Our heart felt condolences to you and your family. Cindy, Kayla, & Kristen Maroney
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Janet Riblett left a message on February 20, 2014:
I light this candle to honor the memory of my dear friend, Bettie Maresca. May she glow in heaven as one of the brightest stars. The Maresca Family now have another Guardian Angel to watch over them. God Bless.
Sanjeev Gupta and Mukta Gupta left a message on February 20, 2014:
Dear Mike, Please accept our heartfelt condolences on passing away of your mother. May God give you and your family the courage to bear the loss. May her soul rest in peace
Janet Riblett left a message on February 20, 2014:
Dear Maresca Family, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Mother. My heart is heavy and truly saddened by the loss of my dear friend. Bettie took me "under her wing" when I was a very young teacher and gave me great advice, listened to me when I didn't know what to do or felt lost or down or I just needed a friend that understood the teaching profession. As the years went by, she became a treasured friend, she was a confidant, and a gentle, sweet soul, whom I admired and looked up to for guidance. We taught together for thirty some years and I will cherish those years always. She has truly left hand prints on my heart and in my mind. I will miss her so much. She loved her family beyond measure. She was so proud of her children and for a while, when I first knew her, I thought all of her children's name started with, "My". She has touched the hearts and lives of so many people, through her generosity, kindness and just being the sweet, caring person she was. Not only will she be greatly missed but she will be remembered by many, many people. I loved her so much. I'm glad that I was blessed to have known such a wonderful, beautiful person and have become a better person for having know her. May She Rest in Peace. God Bless your family.
Donna Mercer Horgan left a message on February 19, 2014:
Mrs. Maresca was truly the nicest person I've ever met. She always encouraged me and I always felt good whenever I was around her. I have known Mrs. Maresca ever since I was a young girl. My Uncle Billy was best friends with Roger Brown so our family became good friends with the Maresca's. We would go up to her house on Sunday afternoon and swim in her pool and we would all sit around and talk and laugh and have so much fun. My daughter Kimberly had Mrs. Maresca for her 3rd grade teacher. Kimberly told me she is a teacher today because of Mrs. Maresca. This is such a great loss for the whole town of Elkton and all who knew Mrs. Maresca. She made such a difference in this world. Our family loved Mrs. Maresca and will miss her so much.
Lisa (Nowland) Lucas left a message on February 18, 2014:
My heart is breaking right now, I loved Mrs.Maresca. She was my teacher and I just absolutely lived her, beautiful woman with a huge heart. I have never forgotten her and I never will she made a difference in so many lives. She has always been an angel in my eyes now she will sit beside Jesus as the true Angel she always was. I love you Mrs Maresca I will carry you in my heart as I always have, you will be missed but NEVER forgotten!!!!
Carol and Michael Ritz left a message on February 18, 2014:
Michael and I are filled with sadness at the loss of our good friend Betty. We both knew her through teaching, and felt at our very first meeting that she was an angel on earth. She was always generous, caring, and encouraging. Her devotion to children was unsurpassed. There will never be another Betty. She was profoundly influential in our lives and we both feel blest that we were able to know her. May she rest in peace. All Our Love, Mike and Carol Ritz
Barbara Baker Shockley left a message on February 18, 2014:
One of my best friends in the mid 60's (and also my boss in Dr. Lanzi's office). Helping her and her Mom with Mario, Frankie, Michael and Felecia still remain as a fond memory unshaken with time. Though we drifted apart over the years, she stood with me when I got married in 1972. We would always reconnect over the holidays or if I or she need advise or councel or help in and manner. She was a very generous person and I will miss her dearly.
Julia W left a message on February 18, 2014:
Mama Maresca, as my mother would always call her, was such an important person in my life. She was like a grandmother to me and very much loved in our family- she was family. Her and my mother were colleagues together at TEES and as early as I could remember she was in my life. She is the most kind and selfless person I know and she always helped me out when I needed it. She got to hold my son right after he was born, a very special moment and I wish he could of gotten to know her. I will never be able to forget this incredible women. My heart aches at the thought that I will never get to see her again but I know she is in heaven looking down and smiling down on us. I love you, and I miss you very much.
Sabrina Ochs left a message on February 18, 2014:
You were an amazing woman and I am grateful to have had you as a teacher when I did. You made the world a better place for a little girl going through a tough time. Your kindness and grace I will never forget. I was ever so lucky to have my life touched by someone like you.
Lisa Nowland Lucas left a message on February 18, 2014:
My prayers n thoughts are with her family
Emily Keulmann left a message on February 18, 2014:
When I ask a child what grade they're in and they reply with "3rd grade" I always light up and say "That's so fun; third grade was my favorite." It's a true statement and undoubtedly the reason for that was Mrs. Maresca. She was my favorite teacher and I proudly wore the title of teacher's pet the schoolyear that I was lucky enough to have her. Years later as an adult I ran into her a few times and she was just as sweet and encouraging then as she was when I was in her class 23 years ago. She was truly one of a kind and I'll forever remember her fondly.
Bill Mullins left a message on February 17, 2014:
Mrs. Maresca was my 3rd grade teacher at TEES in 1988-1989. I still remember how kind she was, how she challenged me, and how I missed her when I changed schools. The world is a better place because of her generosity, love, and kindness. Thank you Mrs. Maresca!
Gretchen Ginder left a message on February 17, 2014:
I am so sad to have lost a very special friend. Bettie and I gave each other support in both our professional and personal lives. We shared laughter and tears over the 37 years we knew each other. I'm thankful for the memories of this special woman.
Dana Wiseman-Reese left a message on February 17, 2014:
Felicia & family, You are in my thoughts and prayers. The expressions of love written here, by so many, is a testament to how special your Mother was. I can recall both of our Mothers participating in school events at ICS when you and I were in 1st or 2nd grade. I hope the legacy of strength and love she leaves behind will ease the sorrow of her passing.
Debbi Norton left a message on February 17, 2014:
Bettie was a wonderful woman, so energetic and full of life. She will be missed dearly, but the children's lives that she touched will live on forever! RIP Bettie, the Lord has special bird garden waiting for you. May God comfort your family and friends at this sad time. Debbi
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Cindy Mullins left a message on February 17, 2014:
What a consummate and dedicated teacher! For those who worked with her, had the privilege to have her as a teacher, or even know her as a special friend, she has left behind an incredible legacy.
James Myers left a message on February 16, 2014:
I am so sad to hear of Bettie's passing. I worked with her at Thomson Estates Elementary School from 2003 - 2005. My first day of work as a teacher was at Thomson Estates, and I remember Bettie stayed after school for almost two hours to help and answer my huge list of questions. She was always there for me if I needed someone to talk to, and in only two years she touched my heart deeply. She was a lady of the highest integrity and devotion to her craft. Bettie touched thousands of children and adults in her time at Thomson Estates, and her legacy will live forever in the lives of the children she touched through her teaching. I am saddened to hear that she is gone, but strengthened to known beyond doubt that she will never be forgotten.
Tina Eklund Bolte left a message on February 16, 2014:
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Bettie. I have known her for many years. We first met through her children who I attended school with, and then as a teacher. She taught at Thomson when my daughter was in Pre K, and then I got to know her even better when I too became a teacher for Cecil County. I know she will be greatly missed. My thoughts go out to Mario and Frank who I have known for many, many years.
Stephanie Johnson Black left a message on February 16, 2014:
I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. She was my 3rd grade teacher in 1983. I had just moved to Elkton and was sad to be in a new place. Your mom made that school year my best ever. Thank you Mrs. Maresca!!
mike garcia left a message on February 16, 2014:
Was my teacher all though elementary school always told me I would be someone ... thank you Ms. M you will always be missed
Diane E. Wasko left a message on February 16, 2014:
Mother Maresca, My heart is heavy, but I am a better person because I knew and loved you. DEW
Judy Mangini left a message on February 16, 2014:
I am so saddened to read of the passing of Ms. Maresca. She was such a wonderful woman. Always smiling and friendly. So faithful. And one of my children's favorite teachers. Hugs and prayers to the family and the school community.
Carolyn Teigland left a message on February 16, 2014:
Bettie was an amazing educator, colleague and friend. She went above and beyond EVERY single day for her students. She was one of the most devoted and dedicated educators that I have ever encountered. She would stay after school and provide intervention support to students that struggled with reading. She did this voluntarily and without compensation. This is just ONE example of her tireless dedication to the students (not just the students in her class...all students in the school). She could be counted on to support all school activities and was an active member of our school family. All of her colleagues looked to her an inspiration and a leader. She has left a legacy in the lives of her students, their families, and her colleagues. She will be deeply missed.
ShawnTe Pierce left a message on February 16, 2014:
I am saddened to learn of the passing of a wonderful woman and great teacher. When I was a child Mrs. Maresca used to live down the street from me. I used to run into her outside of school down at Brown's store. She was a beautiful woman both inside and out. I am blessed to have had her touch my life as a child.
Beth Farmer left a message on February 16, 2014:
You are forever in my heart. I remember giving you a bottle of perfume in the shape of a Christmas tree. You was the best teacher I had in elementary school. You taught both of kids and they loved you so much. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. You will be missed deeply.
guns left a message on February 16, 2014:
My favorite techer of all time. RIP Miss Maresca
Deeanna Drain left a message on February 16, 2014:
So very sad to lose such a beautiful soul. A wonderful teacher!! My sons were fortunate enough to have her.
Doris Bias left a message on February 16, 2014:
My prayers goes out to the family for your loss and I pray that Father God will comfort you and give you the strength that you will need to keep on keeping on. My daughter is 36 years old and she only spent her first three years of school in Elkton, and her fondest memories are of Ms. Maresca., may she forever rest in peace.
Bob Truitt & family left a message on February 16, 2014:
Mrs. Maresca called me her best Home Room Dad that she ever had. It was a pleasure to help her to help our kids. Thank you for everything you did. You are missed. Bob Truitt & family
Robert & Marylou Kennard left a message on February 16, 2014:
Our condolence to a wonderful neighbor when Betty's children and our children were very young. We all grew up together.
Wilmot Family left a message on February 16, 2014:
We are so saddened to hear of the loss of this beautiful woman. Both of our kids had her in school for a couple of years. I was her homeroom mother for 4 years in a row. She was a great inspiration to all. Spending countless hours on her own time to help children. Praying that God will send you comfort at this sad time. Rest in Peace sweet lady.
Trysta Difut left a message on February 16, 2014:
I wasnt exactly a student of hers but I went to TEES her roomi had to go through to get to my class and no matter What I had to stop when i saw her and say Hi and get a daily hug. Alot of the time she was the reason i looked forward to school. And she taught me that the smallest things can make someones day. She had signed my 5th grade yr boom amd I cherish it cus she said she would Miss my daily hugs. She was the best teacher I ever had
Charlene Rubin left a message on February 16, 2014:
There are many good teachers in the world but there are only a few with the compassion, warmth , and ability to touch the heart of each and every student that way that this one did. She made a difference and will live in our hearts forever.
Brittany Kirk left a message on February 16, 2014:
One of my biggest and best loving memories of Mrs. Maresca with me was when I was a student of hers in second grade I believe it was and I had been in the hospital all night long and into the school day mornin the next day with all my family because my Mom was having my little sister and I was so tired and actually still had my pajamas on lol but I wanted to go to school cuz I had perfect attendance and didn't want to mess that up no matter what the circumstances were haha and when I came in she saw me and came over to see if I was okay and make sure nothing was wrong cuz she had never seen me look like that before haha and as I was telling her she immediately helped me get my desk and move it to the back corner of the classroom where the lights weren't so bright and she let me sit and go to sleep for a little bit while I was laying my head down on my arms and leaning on my desk for me to get rest! Lol it scared me at first and I thought I was in trouble some how cuz she was moving me to the back corner of the room but when I asked her what I had done wrong she said, "No sweetie your not in trouble at all I'm just going to let you get some much needed sleep now", I gave her a big hug after I smiled and laughed in relief that everything was going to be just fine. I loved and still love her so much that whenever I got the chance I would drive to visit her at Thompson Estates and pop my head in her classroom and I would smile and soon as she would see me she would excuse herself for a couple mins from her students and she would run over and give me the biggest hug and she always asked how everything was going with my health and always tell me that if myself and/or my family ever needed anything just let her know and she would be right there! This is really hard on me and my family and we will truly miss her dearly. Love you Mrs. Maresca and you will always be with me forever!!
Scott Aro left a message on February 16, 2014:
I did not know Mrs. Maresca as a teacher, nor was I a family friend. But I knew her as a customer for some of the home improvements she made years ago. I've had many customers in my 22 years in the business, and I can honestly say that I will never forget Mrs. Maresca. She was kind, intelligent, funny, and just a pleasure to assist with her various projects over the years. My prayers go out to her family and friends who knew her best. God Bless.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Alicia Menoken left a message on February 16, 2014:
I was simply stunned when I came across this obituary! Betty was a "class act" in so many ways. When I first started my teaching career in Cecil County, I worked with Betty at Thompson Estates Elementary School. I'd compliment her daily on her fashion sense and her great sense of humor! She'd always talk about her children and how proud she was of them. This county has truly lost a gem. My deepest condolences to the Thompson Estates family, and also to Betty's family and friends.
Emmy Duobinis left a message on February 16, 2014:
Felicia, My heart goes out to you and your family. Your mom was such a special person. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you, Emmy
Christina Culley-Byrd left a message on February 16, 2014:
I am so sad to hear this news. She was one of my favorite teachers in school. Thoughts and prayers to her friends and family.
Brian Waite left a message on February 15, 2014:
I am saddened to hear of the passing of Bettie Maresca. I was blessed to work with her as a beginning educator. Her dedication, devotion, and compassion for students was clearly evident. She was a role model for not only her students, but also anyone that was fortunate to meet her. I will always have wonderful memories of her. She will be truly missed. Brian
Siggy mika left a message on February 15, 2014:
I am so saddened by the loss of my friend Bettie. For close to forty years we worked together and shared a wonderful friendship. She was always so loving to my entire family. She will be missed.
Signe Mika left a message on February 15, 2014:
I am so saddened by the passing of my dear friend. She was a part of my life for many years, and she will be greatly missed. She was in a class by herself.
Rosalind Smart (Roz) left a message on February 15, 2014:
Oh where do I begin to express my memories of Bettie. She was a dear friend to me and we shared many wonderful moments during her time at Thomson Ests. Elem. Each August Bettie would contact me and she would say, "Rozie it's time to get my classroom ready for my students." I enjoyed helping Bettie get her classroom ready every year and in helping her in any way I could. She was a remarkable teacher to the students she taught and a wonderful friend whom I will miss very much.
Lisa Collurafici left a message on February 14, 2014:
Their aren't enough words to express how Bettie was a part of my life - but I will try. She was my 2nd mom since I was 15, a safe haven when I needed one, a loving ear when I needed one to listen, open and loving arms after I lost my own mother, a wealth of advice on a Saturday night over slices of Elios pizza, the place I learned what a real "Italian" Sunday dinner was supposed to be, a wonderful grandmother to my first born...She was one of the strongest women I have ever known and encouraged everyone around her to strive to do their best in all aspects of life. She never judged and always saw the good in everyone. She had style(in every sense of the word) and grace. When I visited her a few days before she passed I just looked at her and thought "what an amazing woman" and how lucky I was to have her in my life. She touched so many people and all are better for having known her. I love you and will miss you Bettie.
Edward McKeown left a message on February 14, 2014:
Mario And the entire Maresca Family. So sorry about your mother. She was a very special lady. She did so much to help the children who she taught in school, she was a very devoted mother to her children and enjoyed the sports they were involved in. She was very involved in so many things in the community. She will certainly be missed but her memories will live on forever. God Bless You Ed. McKeown
Neil F. Pollio and Family left a message on February 14, 2014:
You will be so missed Aunt Bettie, we love you. Prayers to the family. Little Neil
Lynne Gdula left a message on February 13, 2014:
Bettie was always so good to our family, even after we weren't officially family anymore. She would stop by to visit whenever Margie was in town, and at our house. And she always stopped by at Christmas time to drop off her donation to Immaculate Conception, for us to put in the basket on Christmas Eve! :) We'd have Pizza and catch up with each other. She always reminded me of my grandmother - never a hair out of place, and always dressed like she was going out on the town. You will be missed by many.
Mary Jo Jablonski left a message on February 13, 2014:
Mrs. Maresca was one of the most incredible women I ever met. She was my daughters favorite teacher, my dear friend, and a very unselfish person. She will continue to make a difference in children's life at the Elkton Boys and Girls Club. Thank you for all you've done for so many people!
Larry & Sandy Harrell left a message on February 13, 2014:
Sandy and I send our condolences and prayers to the entire family. We knew Betty from her visits to Lake Gaston. She always had a smile on her face and we enjoyed her company very much. Rest in Peace.
RT Foard left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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