Marie Ginette Baptiste

Marie Ginette Baptiste

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Marie Ginette Baptiste
November 9, 1951 - August 3, 2019

Marie Ginette Baptiste known as Ginette or Jou Jou to her friends and family passed away on August 3, 2019 after protracted battle with Frontotemporal Dementia.

Ginette was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti to Francine and Dieudonne Baptiste. She moved to Brooklyn, New York when she was 14 years old. She lived in Brooklyn until 1982 when she moved to Newark, NJ where she raised her 2 children. She was an active member of her community where she proudly served as the Treasurer of the Ivy Hill Neighborhood Association, a member the Neighborhood Watch, and helped to the establish the Ivy Hill International Food and Music Festival. Ginette worked as a Margin Analyst and Assistant Controller for many years, but what she loved most was to entertain and cook for her loved ones which led her to start a catering business late in her career. Ginette always enjoyed a good joke and a good debate. Most of all she was a loyal friend, counselor, and confidant to many.

She is survived by her daughter, Angela Harris; son Bryant Baptiste; brother Kelly Baptiste; granddaughters Emerie Ginette Brooks and Janelle Baptiste; nieces Natasha Ulysse, Tamara Ulysse, and Karen White; and nephews Marvin Ulysse, Trevor Baptiste, and Terrance Baptiste. She is predeceased by her parents, her brother Ernst Baptiste and sister Marie Esther Ulysse.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Association for Frontotemporal Disorders:

Visiting hours Saturday August 17th from 8am-9:30am at Caggiano Memorial, 62 Grove St, Montclair, with a funeral mass to follow at 10am at Immaculate Conception Church , 30 North Fullerton Ave, Montclair. Cremation will be private.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 17th, 2019 | 8:00am - 9:30am
    Saturday, August 17th, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
    Caggiano Memorial
    62 Grove St
    MONTCLAIR, NJ 07042
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  • Service

    Saturday, August 17th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, August 17th, 2019 10:00am
    Immaculate Conception Church
    30 North Fullerton Ave
    MONTCLAIR, NJ 07042
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Angela Harris

Posted at 06:06pm
Mom, you have truly been everything to me: mother, father, teacher, coach, critic, cheerleader, comedian, task master, friend. It's been difficult to find the words to thank you for the many gifts you have given me. I found a card that I once gave you for Mother's Day that comes close to expressing how I feel:
'A strong woman and mother gives her children the best start.
Puts them first in her life so that it always feels like their natural place.
Sacrifices so often they may not even notice at the time.
Makes the world so right for them that they don't recognize until later...
what a phenomenal woman she is and has always been.'

Thank you for being an incredible mother and amazing woman.
I love you so much. I hope to make you proud everyday.

Rick Foard

Posted at 05:41pm
Rick Foard and Michelle Munsat:
Marie Ginette Baptiste, known as Ginette or Jou Jou to her friends and family, passed away on August 3, 2019 after a protracted battle with Frontotemporal Dementia. Ginette was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. She moved to Brooklyn in 1965, when she was 14 years old. It was at a tenant’s meeting at an apartment building where she lived in Brooklyn that she first met fellow tenants who were also comrades in PLP. There began a friendship and comradeship that lasted for decades. She joined the International Committee Against Racism (InCAR), a group led by PLP, and later joined the Party. Ginette then moved to Newark, New Jersey where she raised her two children, continuing her activity in InCAR and PLP.

We in PLP will never forget Ginette’s warmth, sincerity, joyous laughter and graciousness in welcoming us into her home in Newark. She became friends right away with Newark comrades, and we maintained that strong friendship throughout the time she lived in Newark. Ginette also introduced us to several of her neighbors and relatives, who we also befriended.

Over the years, Ginette’s family bonded with the children of other comrades in the neighborhood. When the weather was warm, Ginette threw wonderful parties in her back yard with, of course, delicious Haitian and other foods. Although we could not match her cooking, we looked to hers as an example to emulate!

Ginette became very active in the Ivy Hill Neighborhood Association, as did several other comrades. She was very community-minded, and spent countless hours giving of herself to serve her community. She hosted many neighborhood meetings and parties at her house. She, along with several other committed members, was instrumental in helping to create a spirit of “serving the people” in the Association.

Ginette believed strongly in anti-racism and anti-sexism. Although she herself did not come from a working-class background, she took the side of the working class in the battle against oppression. Ginette realized that there was something fundamentally wrong with a political and economic system where racism and sexism were and are endemic. Along with other comrades in Newark and around the world, she fought hard to bring about a worker-centered egalitarian communist world where those “isms” would become a distant memory.

As it is for so many others, Ginette’s debilitating illness was a tragic way to end her otherwise rich and engaged life. Although she is no longer with us, we believe that her spirit of “community” will be remembered fondly and deeply by those of us who knew and loved her.

Ruthy, Corbin and Chelsea Mclean

Posted at 11:03pm
To Ginette, may the light of your love continue to shine to give this tree lasting life.
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Ruthy Thompson McLean

Posted at 10:31pm
To our loving, giving, gentle, supportive, kind, caring Ginette you will be missed.
We Love you- always.
Ruthy, Joel, Ahmad, Sharon, Kris, Debbie.

Janelle & Bryant Baptiste

Posted at 05:55pm
Celebrate life so beautifully lived by holding onto every captured moments, every warm memory, and every special time shared together. Love you Mom/ Grandma Jou Jou
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