Geraldine Nazzaro

Geraldine Nazzaro, of Princeton, NJ, peacefully passed away on June 30, 2019, surrounded by her devoted family and friends. Geraldine was born on November 21, 1930 in Brooklyn, NY and was raised in the town of Chiusano di San Domenico, province of Avellino, Campania, Italy.  She was predeceased by her mother, Antoinetta Cataldo Caccaviello, her father, Franco Caccaviello, and her brother, Pasquale Caccaviello. Geraldine is survived by her husband of 66 years, Dr. Genuino Nazzaro; her children, Emma Nazzaro Syka, Sandra Nazzaro Sturla, Carl Nazzaro, Lillian Nazzaro, Silvana Nazzaro Clark, her sister, Luisa Fiore of Bethlehem, PA., and their families.


Although her childhood to adolescent years were marked by the harrowing experience of living in war torn Italy during WWII; it was then when she met the love of her life, a charming young medical student in town, Genuino.  After her return to the States and long courtship across the Atlantic, Geraldine and Genuino were reunited and married on March 19th, 1953 in Chuisano, Italy.  Together they voyaged to the U.S. on the Andrea Dorea, arriving on Ellis Island and eventually moved to Princeton in 1964.  A long time resident of Princeton, “Dina” acted upon her strong spiritual life and family values in the Catholic faith.  She was a loving mother and wife, a talented artist and opera singer, always opening her home with her bright smile, loving heart, and unforgettable meal.  She had a passion for the arts, Italian cuisine and being in the lively company of her family and friends. She especially loved singing Italian lullabies to her grandchildren in their early years and teaching them her cooking techniques and recipes in their later years.  Her unconditional love, creativity and passion inspired her children and grandchildren to develop and pursue their own passion and steadfast commitment to family.  In addition, Geraldine was one of the founding members of the Italian Club of Princeton, a group of Italian and American women and Italophiles who have continued their fellowship, sharing an appreciation of Italy, its people, its ideals and cultural traditions.  Known as “Nonna” to her 12 grandchildren, Blaze, Luke, Matteo, Dylan, Alex, Andrew, Francesca, Madeleine, Gianluca, Nicholas, Russell, and Anabella, she has left a rich legacy to the Nazzaro family and local community. 


For those who wish to say their farewell, the Viewing is Wednesday, July 3, from 8 - 10 am at Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave.,  Princeton, N.J.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 am at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church 216 Nassau Street,  Princeton, followed by interment at the Princeton Abbey and Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the “Geraldine Nazzaro Scholarship Fund”  at Princeton Junior School.