Marisa Bradshaw

Marisa Bradshaw, 45, of River Vale, NJ, passed away on Tuesday, October 17, 2023. She was the proud mother of Cassidy Zelt and Logan Zelt. Cherished daughter of Anne and the late Andrew Bradshaw. Loving sister of Jenna Gagliano and Andrew Bradshaw and beloved aunt of Aidan and Amaya. Also survived by many other loving relatives and dear friends.

Marisa was a bright light and a source of joy and kindness to everyone she encountered. She had a smile that lit up the world because she loved so deeply. Her empathy and compassion is what people were drawn to when they were in pain and needed a shoulder to cry on. She could make you laugh by a sigh, or a look, or one of her one-liners. She had this gift, even when she was a little girl. Somehow, even then she was able to know what you needed from her and she gave it to you. She will be terribly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Visiting hours are Sunday, October 22, 2023 from 3-6 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Avenue, Northvale, NJ. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, October 23, 2023 at 10 AM at St. Therese RC Church, Cresskill, NJ  with interment to follow at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Marisa’s memory may be made to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice,


  1. i can’t even describe what this loss feels like, but the first few sentences of this obituary describe it pretty well. love you forever, beautiful girl – my life is fuller having had you in it. god speed, my friend.

  2. Heaven is so lucky to have you. You’ll be missed dearly.

  3. My beautiful niece! Now you are with all the angels and people that love you! You were a beautiful person and will go in your girls! Love you always!

  4. Her smile will still light up every room and everyone she touched❤️

  5. There are so many memories racing through my head, I don’t know where to start. From hanging in the living room at holiday farms hosting our “not so secret, secret club meetings”, to sitting on the stoop watching the girls play on the lawn, pool parties in the holiday farms pool, weekly dance pickups, dinners with the fam, endlessly picking on Andrew, random phone calls, girl chat, you always introducing me to people as your adopted baby sister, and ending every single conversation with “Love you, Lady”. I have never known anyone quite like you. I am devastated that you had to leave us all so soon, but will cherish all of these memories in my heart forever. Love you Lady

  6. Thank you for allowing me to be such a big part of her journey. You shared your most precious beautiful gift with all of us.
    I am prayers continue for you all…xoxo

  7. Sweet Marisa, I wish we had had more time together, but God must have needed another angel. Your loss leaves a hole in so many lives and you will be loved and missed forever.

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