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Annette Marie Stallone was born to Rose Marie Stallone and  Victor Albert Stallone in Brooklyn, New York. She was their little princess. She had one brother who preceded her, Martin Victor Stallone. Her brother was her hero. Annette loved the arts and fashion from a young child. She would orchestrate plays with the children in the neighborhood, design the costumes, illustrate set designs and have formal performances in the alleyways between the brownstones in Bay Ridge.

The family relocated to Staten Island, New York when she was 10 years old. She attended P.S. 4 grammar school and then went on to graduate from Tottenville High School. During High School she was a member of the Drama club and student council. She was chosen by Barbizon Modeling and Acting School for their scholarship program upon her graduation. The theater and modeling were not Annette’s only love. She was a renowned roller skater. She and her best friend made a new skating skirt every week before heading to the roller rink. That is where she met her true love and husband, Charles J. McNeal (Chick).

She married Chick right after graduation. Annette pursued modeling and was quite successful. She was a drape model for designers like Ann Klein, Diane Von Furstenberg and Yves Saint Laurent. Annette was a Judge for the Miss America Pageant held in Atlantic City. She also opened her own Charm school.

Annette then traded  her career to start a family. Annette and Chick had one daughter, Rosemarie Ann McNeal. Annette loved that child with all her heart and it showed in everything she did. Besides being a stellar mom, she was an amazing Aunt and God Mother. Annette had four nieces, two nephews and two god children.

She relocated to Middletown New Jersey where she and her husband bought their dream home. The Leonard House, a historic home built in the 1600’s which they restored and cherished.

Annette traveled throughout Europe with her husband and soulmate. They experienced the QE II, the Orient Express, stayed in various castles and visited the Thatched Cottage from the movie the Quiet Man before the love of her life passed at the young age of 52. Annette never remarried and always said you never settle when you have already had the best. After Chick’s death, the birth of her grandson, John Joseph Marinan gave her a reason to smile again. They were inseparable. She taught him how to enjoy the finer things in life and the importance of loyalty and respect. As time passed two more grandchildren came into Annette’s life, Amber and Tyler, they too stole a piece of her heart. She led by example to show Amber the importance of strength, confidence, style and class. She taught Tyler to believe in himself, always.

Annette was full of life, love and had her own distinct flair. Nothing was done without perfection as the only acceptable end goal. She was loved by many and touched more souls then can be imagined.

Family and friends have suffered a true loss by her passing. They each however have gained the knowledge of what it is like to be truly loved, unconditionally, and always having  their needs put

 before her own.

Annette always finished her phone call with “I love you dearly”. We love you dearly.


Bruce S. Thompson, Owner & Manager, NJ LIC #3740