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Obituary: MaryEllen Marques, 51, of Naugatuck

Mrs. Marques was a longtime kindergarten teacher at Maple Hill School in Naugatuck.

MaryEllen T. (Stoponaitis) Marques, 51, passed away at her home on Saturday, July 21, 2012, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Julio P. Marques Jr.

MaryEllen was born on Nov. 10, 1960, in Waterbury and was the daughter of the late Francis and Mary (Gotlibowski) Steponaitis. MaryEllen was a graduate of Naugatuck High School. She went on to earn her Bachelor's Degree from Southern Connecticut State University, and a Master's Degree in education from Central Connecticut State University. She was a kindergarten teacher at Maple Hill School in Naugatuck, where she taught since the school opened its doors in 1990. MaryEllen was an avid golfer and a member of Watertown Golf Club. She enjoyed spending time with the people she loved most and was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Naugatuck.

Besides her husband of 29 years, she leaves a daughter, Lauren, and a son, Christopher, both of Naugatuck. She leaves a brother, Douglas, and his wife, Barbara Steponaitis of Kensington, a mother-in-law, Dolores, and her husband, Norman Bouffard, of Seminole, Fla. She also leaves a brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Mary Alice Sullivan, and leaves several nieces and nephews.

MaryEllen was predeceased by her sister, Joan Kaiser, and her father-in-law, Julio P. Marques Sr.

MaryEllen’s funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday July 26, 2012, at , 318 Church St., Naugatuck. All are asked to meet directly at the church. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the , 82 Fairview Ave., Naugatuck. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The MaryEllen Marques Education Fund, care of Naugatuck Savings Bank, 87 Church St, Naugatuck CT 06770.

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Dave and Barbara Lucas July 24, 2012 at 10:10 PM
MaryEllen was a wonderful person with many outstanding qualities. She was a friend and our daughter's spiritual advisor. She had a zest for life and a beautiful smile that brightened your day. She made the world a happier place. She leaves a legacy that few can match. Her wonderful family, friends and her many students. She touched us all. We send our heartfelt love and prayers. We pray that you find the strength during this difficult time. Sincerely, Dave and Barbara Lucas
Kayla Greer July 26, 2012 at 05:35 AM
I remember having Mrs. Marques as my Kindergarten teacher about eight years ago . She was the best teacher I ever had and could ever ask for. She was such a wonderful woman to me and to others and she was always there for me and the other classmates when we needed help with something and always made us grow smiles upon our faces. She was such a fun teacher and made Kindergarten one of the best year I have ever had at Maple Hill Elementary School. I will miss her dearly and she will never be forgotton. Prayers go out to her family and friends.
Wendy Curulla July 27, 2012 at 03:32 AM
My daughter Susi had the pleasure of having Mrs. Marques as her kindergarten teacher. We could not have asked for a better teacher or friend. Susi was my first child to go off to school, so naturally i had many concerns. When I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs.Marques, i was instantly put at ease by her kind smile and words. During our first parent/teacher conference I thanked her for everything she was doing for our little one. " Don't thank me," she said. "I will only have her for a year, but you were her first teacher." Those wonderful words will always remain with me...but although my daughter only had her for one year, she learned so much from her. She constantly spoke of her beloved Mrs. Marques, and couldn't wait to go back to school after school breaks. She was a wonderful person, very loving to her students, and so kind to everyone around her. To her husband, children, and loved ones...i hope you may find peace knowing that Mrs.Marques made a difference in this world. So many walk around today, with a little piece of her in them. She will be greatly missed by so many! The Curulla Family
Shana Santana July 28, 2012 at 06:28 PM
This woman touched and influenced so many people. It is amazing to me still how many people knew and loved her and who have a special history with her. My boyfriend, Chris, of 8 years is this extraordinary woman's son, who in every way is his mother... I say all the time that it was meant for us to meet because of her! Mrs. Marques' first kindergarten class at Cross Street was my older sister Cassie's class! Years later, Chris and I were in kindergarten together in 1995 at Maple Hill with one of her best friends, Nikki Yanarella, as our teacher! I then was fortunate to have her as my fourth grade science teacher. She made science so fun and interesting; it was my favorite part of the day! As the years went on, I was blessed with reuniting with my old friend Chris and at the young age of 13 &14, Chris and I started dating. By 16, we were inseparable and have been ever since. His mother took me in as family so fast and I will always be so grateful for that. While starting out in college, I would volunteer in her classroom, because I too wanted to one day become a teacher. There was no better way for me to start learning than through the best teacher I knew! I know many other former Maple Hill Alumni who did the same because they knew just as well as I did that she was one of the best.
Shana Santana July 28, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Mrs. Marques became a second mother to me and will forever hold that place in my heart. The love I felt and will always for this woman is indescribable. I will be eternally grateful to her for giving me the best thing in my life and for being the best second mother a girl could ever want and hope for. I am so glad though that her legacy will live on through her husband, Chris, Lauren and the foundation that was created in her name. This is exactly what she would have wanted because caring for and giving to others was what this woman was all about! She never asked for anything in return and did it all with a smile on her face! I hope to be half the woman she was and hope to make her proud. I love you Mama Marques! Forever!

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