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Beloved mother and grandmother Marianna Durante, 87, of Ocean View, was called home February 23rd after a short illness. Born in Garda, Italy, to Giovanni and Maddalena Piccinelli, she lived the first half of her life in the Italian Alps.

When just a girl and young teen, she supported the Resistance in Nazi-occupied Italy during World War II. Braving Nazi patrols and gunfights, she brought food and supplies to her older brother and other Partisans in hiding in the remote mountains, and protected their whereabouts even under interrogation.

Her long life was one of selfless service to others—lovingly raising nieces, nephews and grandchildren; nursing her mother and husband through their final illness; caring for her sick father; and caring for elderly neighbors, among many others. In her adopted country, she won friends everywhere she went with her friendliness, warmth, kind words, and gentle humor.

An avid knitter and gardener, she worked for many years in the Middle Township HS cafeteria, but perhaps her favorite role was as doting grandmother. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Peter, in 1988. She is survived by her children: Nicky Hickman, Jon (Trish) Durante, and Magda Durante; sisters Clara and Constantina; and grandchildren Michael Hickman and Xavier Kamba.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Radzieta Funeral Home, 9 Hand Ave., Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Viewing will be from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Service will follow at 3:00 p.m. Interment is private.