With immense sorrow the family announces the passing of Mary Lou Henriquez née deLumeau beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend on Wednesday, February 16 at St. Peter's University Hospital. Known as “Lulu” by loved ones, Mary Lou was born and raised in Milltown, NJ and later settled with her husband in Monroe Township to raise her family.
In her younger years, Mary Lou was very active and with a passion for softball, she established Milltown’s first girls’ recreational softball team called “Crabiel’s Angels.” Lulu’s career path began at “Ann’s Luncheonette,” a family-run business and as a young mother, served as a lunch aid at Grace M. Breckwedel School. In her later years, Mary Lou was an entrepreneur, founding her own business “Top Job Cleaning Service.” Lulu also served as the primary caregiver and “security blanket” for her mother Anna deLumeau until her passing.
Mary Lou was incredibly dedicated to her family and a superbly devoted mother to her children. Lulu volunteered as a twirling instructor for the Monroe Township Dazzlers and found employment at Middlesex Gymnastics Academy and Center Stage Dance Studio ensuring she never missed a practice. Mary Lou’s voice was a staple whether it be cheering from the sidelines at family sporting events, Rutgers football games, or even acting as the “unofficial greeter”, regularly meeting with friends at the local 7-Eleven.
Mary Lou always sacrificed her needs for the good of her family. She spent the majority of her days supporting her three daughters, four grandchildren, mother and close friends no matter the cost. From crafting award-winning Halloween costumes to helping design school projects, fulfilling last-minute baking requests, Mary Lou never failed to deliver despite the size of the task. When she wasn’t spending time with her daughters, grandchildren and friends, you could find her back in her hometown with her mother on South Street.
Lulu was always the life of the party and would be the first to the dance floor when she heard a good beat. Her smile, laughter, and positive energy were contagious, and her sense of humor was unmatched. Like her mother, the simplest pleasures in life brought Mary Lou the greatest joy. Lulu often found happiness alongside her lifelong friends in search of the best deals, routinely gifting loved ones with her best “finds.” Mary Lou also enjoyed caring for her animals including cats, dogs, horses, ducks, deer, turkeys, squirrels and even a raccoon, on her two-acre “farm” in Monroe.
Mary Lou is predeceased by her loving mother Anna deLumeau, father Henry R. deLumeau and sister Marion Primiani. Mary Lou is survived by her husband, Santiago Henriquez, three daughters, Danielle Henriquez, Sonya Umanzor, and Ashley Henriquez as well as four grandchildren Mikayla, Julien, Leah and Mattea and brothers Henry R. deLumeau Jr. and Robert deLumeau. Mary Lou was profoundly loved by all who knew her. She will be sorely missed, but our shared memories and comedic stories will forever serve as a blessing.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Milltown Rescue Squad https://milltownrescuesquad.webs.com. A memorial service will be held over the summer, please visit rememberinglulu.com for additional details.
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