Deborah “Alice” Marro Berlino, age 67, passed peacefully into eternal life on Wednesday March 23, 2022, surrounded by her loving family. Debbie courageously fought a 3-year battle with Glioblastoma Multiforme and beat the odds for quite awhile.
Born in Troy, she was the daughter of the late Sebastian (Sonny) Marro, and the recently deceased Theresa Cerqua Marro. Debbie attended St. Mary’s Troy elementary school and graduated from Catholic Central High School, Class of 1972. We think she was the only one who wasn’t afraid of the principal.
Debbie’s career included Prudential Insurance Co., City of Troy (Secretary to the City Manager), CSEA, Troy Police Dept (assistant to the chief and the Special Operations Section) and the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s office. Debbie enjoyed Saratoga racetrack. You never knew where she was going to sneak into. You could find her at Rachel Alexandra‘s stall, the Paddock, the Winners circle and stalking Tom Durkin. Debbie was an accomplished, self-taught, tap dancer and harmonica player. She would serenade family with a special birthday solo. Debbie was a composer of short jingles, many of which got her in trouble with her parents, but her siblings applauded her. She also enjoyed Grand Mariner, Colt 45, west coast rap, and calling out “3000!”
Debbie loved her family above all else. She is survived by her son Joseph. They had a mother-son bond like no other. She also is survived by Her daughter-in-law Heather and her three precious grandchildren Hudson, Berkeley and Juliet. Her “A” team was the reason that she met this disease head on.
Debbie is survived, and will be missed dearly, by her siblings; Patti (Greg) Owens, Francie Horton (Rich Green), Terri (Bob) Rinchik, Mary (Angelo) Miele, Tina (George) Zeh, Dominic “Dom the Bomb”, and David “Davey John”. She is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and numerous friends who stood by her through her journey. Debbie was overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support that she received. She was humbly appreciative.
Debbie would like her Short 5th Ave cohorts and siblings to remember the fun and laughs we had growing up…Kick ball, Streetlight, Spud, Dodgeball, Lemon Pledge, Mae Doney, Bobby Orr, Beat the Heat, The family would like to give a special word of thanks to her ex-husband, but good friend, Joseph Berlino, for his loving care and support that he provided to the very end. He holds a special part in our hearts.
Thank you to all of the doctors who helped her win this battle for so long, especially the staff at St. Peter’s hospital and Sunnyview Rehab. And always remember, “there’s no crying in baseball” and Never give up.
Family and friends are invited and may call from 9:00 am to 10:30 on Monday March 28, 2022 at St. Anthony Church 28 State Street, Troy, NY. Funeral Mass will follow at 10:30 am at church.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude’s in Debbie’s name. Funeral arrangements entrusted to John H. Clinton Funeral Home now located at Wynantskill Funeral Home.
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