Theresa Gonnella of The Gables of Princeton Junction died Thursday, April 20 at age 89 surrounded by her loving family. After thirteen happy years of marriage, Theresa lost her beloved husband, Joseph Anthony Gonnella, in 1962. She is survived by her son, Joseph Gonnella, and his wife, Allegra D'Adamo, of Princeton Junction; her daughter, Janice Weichman, and her husband, Peter Weichman, of Bedford, Massachusetts; and four cherished grandchildren, Christopher Gonnella, Joseph Gonnella, Benjamin Weichman, and Marissa Weichman.
Theresa was born, raised, and educated in Brooklyn, New York. Working at the New York Telephone Company, Theresa supported her husband as he completed his studies at the University of Pennsylvania Dental School on the GI Bill. They eventually settled in central New Jersey to open a dental practice and raise a family.
Theresa held many diverse positions in the non-profit world over her long life. She was most proud of creating a children's library at St. Paul's Elementary School in Highland Park, New Jersey during the 1960's. Her strength, intellect, and independent nature helped her overcome the adversity of life as a young widow. Theresa's care and love of her family were an inspiration to all who knew her.
A service to remember Theresa's life is planned for late June with the date and time to be announced. The family respectfully requests no flowers. Donations may be made to St. Francis Breadline—a social outreach ministry of the Franciscan Friars serving the homeless and hungry (https://www.stfrancisbreadline.org/memorials/). The Franciscan Order always held a special place in Theresa's heart.
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