Elaine L. Ciatto, 89 of Princeton, NJ passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family in her home on April 3, 2020. Married 65 years to her lifelong partner and loving husband Robert J. Ciatto, she is survived by her husband Bob and their 7 children Regina (Bob) Bryson, Dena (Craig) Darmofal, Marie Zeck, Angela (Gene) O’Reilly, Robert (Melissa) Ciatto Jr, Cynthia (Bruce) Bower, Chris Ciatto (fiancée Laurie) and 18 grandchildren. Elaine was the daughter of Antimo and Rose Lombardi immigrants of Italy, born in Bronx, NY and raised in Jamaica Queens. She is also survived by her two sisters Marie (Bill) Kennedy and Regina (George) Garis. After graduating from Parsons School of Design and a successful career in fashion design at Korby Sportswear, she began her ‘real’ career as a mother and homemaker. She was a founding member of St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church, a parishioner at Princeton’s St. Paul RC Church and a community leader as a volunteer for 4-H, RWJ University Hospital, the East Brunswick Women’s Club and where she shared her service and wisdom with so many. She maintained homes in Princeton, Long Beach Island and Sarasota, FL where she hosted wonderful gatherings and made forever memories for her family. Like her father and mother, Elaine was a designer, seamstress and a fabulous cook! She exemplified the most important values in life, bringing joy to others, loving her family dearly, living her Catholicism and was a selfless and important role model to all who knew her.
At a future date, a memorial service will be held for Elaine.
In lieu of flowers, the Ciatto family would be honored with a gift to The Robert J. and Elaine Ciatto Scholarship Fund at Fordham University (attn. Robert A. Milici, Jr., Joseph A. Martino Hall, 45 Columbus Ave 8th Floor NY, NY 10023 (212) 636-7263)