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Friday, May 15, 2009

Farewell, Friend

Our condolences to the family and friends of 50-year old Maria Starn, who co-owned A-1 Towing of Vineland, NJ. She died on May 7.
Here's her obituary from The Daily Journal:
Maria (Cirelli) Starn, 50, of Vineland passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2009, two weeks before her 51st birthday, following a long and courageous battle with cancer.She was a 1976 graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Vineland, and, in 1978, earned an associates degree in liberal arts from Cumberland County College. Maria began working for Thrift Drug immediately following high school and remained with the company for 23 years. In 1991 she became the first non-pharmacist female store manager in the chain. Maria was honored as manager of the company's most profitable store in 1994, and was named Manager of the Year in 1995. She was also instrumental in starting an in-company donation program for the poor and needy. Maria worked for Special Care home health care from 1999 until 2002, where she became manager of the Vineland office. In 2002 she joined her husband, Brian, as co-owner of A-1 Towing, where they enjoyed a wonderful partnership. Maria was a loving, caring woman with a fierce devotion
to her family.
Maria is survived by her loving husband, Brian Starn; son Christopher Starn; daughter Jennifer Starn; and grandson Bobby Kleinow. Surviving family members include her mother, Gloria Cirelli Ronis and stepfather Marvin Ronis; devoted sister and brother-in-law, Johanna and Ronnie Biagi; niece and goddaughter Laura DeCinque; and nieces Jennifer Batchellor, Stephanie Biagi, Amanda Biagi, Olivia Biagi and Trish Birmingham; as well as grandnephew Nicolas DeCinque. Maria was predeceased by her father, John A. Cirelli, in 1966.
Funeral home visitations will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Rone Funeral Service. A funeral liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Church, 1010 E. Landis Ave., Vineland.
Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Vineland.
Arrangements are under the supervision of Rone Funeral Service, 1110 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland, NJ 08360.
The family requests that donations may be made in Marie's memory to South Jersey Healthcare HospiceCare, P.O. Box 160, Bridgeton, NJ 08302.
To send online condolences, visit the funeral home's Web site at

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