MAROTTA, ANNE LAUGHLIN (January 1, 1932 - December 22, 2016) co-founded the Cleveland Foodbank and, with her husband, VINCENT G. MAROTTA, developer of Mr. Coffee automatic drip coffee machines, started three Montessori Schools in inner-city Cleveland. Anne Marotta was born to James and Geraldine M. (Milligan) Laughlin. When her mother died shortly after Anne’s birth, she was raised by her father and step-mother Margaret M. (Henry) Laughlin.
During the late 1960s and early 1970s Anne Marotta worked alongside SISTER HENRIETTA CSA and Dr. Robert Wolf under the auspices of the Famicos Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provided food, clothing, and shelter to Cleveland’s HOUGH neighborhood. In 1979 she, her husband Vincent G. Marotta, and Dr. Wolf, a director and president of Famicos, started the first of three Marotta Montessori schools in inner-city Cleveland. Also, in 1979, Anne Marotta co-founded the Cleveland Foodbank with Ben Hauserman, chairman of HAUSERMAN, INC., an office furniture manufacturing company.
Anne Marotta chaired many successful benefits and raised funds for nonprofits including CATHOLIC CHARITIES CORP., SAINT VINCENT CHARITY HOSPITAL AND HEALTH CENTER, Our Lady of Gethsemane Monastery, and WOMANKIND MATERNAL AND PRENATAL CENTER. Serving on the boards of THE CLEVELAND FOUNDATION, the Chicago-based Second Harvest, a national network of foodbanks, and United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland, she was a 1998 recipient of the WALKS OF LIFE AWARD from the Irish American Archives Society.
Anne Laughlin Marotta was married to her husband Vincent G. Marotta for 61 years at the time of her death in 2016. They had six children: Charles, Mary, Timothy Sr., Jane Marotta, Vincent Jr., and Susan Marotta Parente. She is buried in All Souls Cemetery in Chardon, OH.
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