OBITUARY

Marie M LONG

January 20, 1916May 31, 2019

Marie Muscella Long, of Coral Springs, FL, beloved matriarch, passed away May 31, 2019 at the age of 103 at Aston Gardens. Marie was born January 20, 1916 in Philadelphia, PA and lived her early years in the Camden, NJ area while working for the Franklin Sugar Refining Company of Philadelphia. Marie was the second oldest of five daughters of Italian immigrants Raymond Muscella and Teresa (Nardiello) Muscella.

On February 2, 1940 Marie married the love her life William O. “Bill” Long, Jr. They met when she picked him out from across the room at a country club dance in Ft. Monmouth, NJ. He had recently been discharged from the US Army Signal Corp and taken a job as a radio technician with Eastern Air Lines in Miami, Florida. Together they relocated to Miami to start their life as a married couple. While raising two sons, Bill and Raymond, Marie had a successful secretarial career with the Dade County School System (23 years) and Racal Milgo Corp. She was known for her fast typing skills and for being a perfectionist when it came to grammar and spelling. The family made homes in Miami Springs, Miami, Allapattah, Hialeah and Miami Lakes. Bill was a loyal employee for EAL staying with them until his retirement in July 1976 and passed away in 1986 at the age of 71. Marie, devoted to her soulmate, never remarried. Instead she sold their family home and moved to Coral Springs (living next door to her sister, Rita) where she found fulfillment as an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, a volunteer for the Coral Springs Medical Center (22 years) and the closeness of loyal friends and family.

Marie was not one to waste an ounce of life. She and her husband saw the world traveling, road tripping around the United States and jetting off to far away countries such as Turkey and Russia. On family trips, while her family napped off the jetlag, she was known to explore on her own not wanting to miss a single sight or event. While many in her generation shied away from computers, she embraced them and already a skill typist she was able to use the technology to volunteer, read articles, play games and email with friends and family. While a woman of independence she was known for her warmth and dedicated friendship. She was always busy with full tables for bridge games, never turned down a lunch date and never missed the chance to socialize attending all the events she could at Aston Gardens. She is proof that an active life leads to a long, mobile life - volunteering, riding her bike, swimming and driving well into her 90s. A child of the depression she taught her family the value of savings and wise-spending. Her legacy is being a role model for a solid character and a life well-lived.

Surviving are her two sons and daughters-in-law, William 0. Long III and Claire Long of Crofton Maryland and Raymond R. Long and Nancy Long, of Fairfield, Connecticut, four grandchildren - Laurie A. LeFaive (Long), Christine M. Long, William H. Long and Emily Long), four great grandchildren - Samantha J. Stern (LeFaive), Robert K. LeFaive, Benjamin Long and Warren Jude Long, two sisters (Rita McLaughlin and Jean Hogan)

She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years William O. “Bill” Long, Jr; a grandson, Warren Thomas Long; and two sisters Rose Weinkle and Betty Blomquist

The family is grateful for the support of her long time friends Jim and Dianne Mears and Linda and Dan Partain, her loving and caring aides Muriel Bennent and Dolita Wilson and the entire staff of Aston Gardens.

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Linda Swartz

June 6, 2019

Marie taught me to use the computer.... an important skill to have in an educator’ tool box..

We always looked forward to the times she volunteered at Coral. Springs Medical Center... her warm smile, easy ways and computer tips and tricks... she was a life time learner and amazing teacher... an extraordinary soul.

Jean Seaver

June 6, 2019

I will always cherish Marie. She taught me the computer back in 1991 at Coral Springs while she was our volunteer in the Education Department. Her work ethic, love of learning, bright quick mind always kept us stimulated and on our toes. I saw her last two months ago and she still had our memories with her. I am blessed to have know such an inspirational woman. She served as a role model for me. She inspired my young sons, who are now in college and ask about her. They thought she was amazing and she truly was!
She is now testing as she well deserves with Bill!
Love
Jean

Jodi Meyers

June 5, 2019

I had the honor of being Marie's hairdresser for the past 2 1/2 years! She will be missed in the salon! I will miss you ! Love and Hugs
Jodi Meyers

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