Catherine Cirullo

Obituary of Catherine Cirullo

Our Mother, Nana and the matriarch of our family, Catherine "Katie" Lamantia Cirullo, 97, a resident of Princeton for 92 years joined her husband, son, sisters, and parents in heaven on May 12, 2015. She passed away peacefully at Merwick Center. Born on December 24, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York, Mom was predeceased by her beloved husband of 58 years, Anthony "Tony" Cirullo, her father, James Lamantia, her mother and step-father, Teresa and Frank Burratti, her son, Michael Anthony, her sisters, Rose Williams and Anna Boccanfuso, and her grandson, Baby Michael Cirullo. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Frances and Henry Jones of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, and her son and daughter-in-law, Anthony and Donna Cirullo of Wellington, Florida. She was the very proud "Nana" of John Vincent Cirullo, Teresa (Thomas) O'Leary, Catherine (Benjamin) Fruscione, Wendy (Mike) Gunderman, Rick (Jen) Jones, Karen (Paul) Truban, Mark (Jennifer) Jones, Rebecca Jones and her husband Ray Pyontek, Stephen Cirullo, and Breanne Cirullo. Nana was proud to be the great grandmother of her fourteen great grandchildren Peyton, Alex, Kathryn, Charlotte, Caroline, Cate, Aidan, Thomas, Liz, Caitlin, Nate, Samantha, Michaela, and John Robert. Mom is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, neighbors, and her dear friend, Christine Casati. Totally independent until her recent illness, Mom was a resilient, energetic woman with a strong work ethic whose youthful appearance belied her age. She was employed in retail sales for many years before retiring from Carter Wallace in 1987. She was a devoted and compassionate caregiver to many family members. She was happiest when surrounded by her family and when she was preparing meals and baking "Nana" cookies, a family favorite. Mom loved tending her gardens and sitting on her porch visiting with neighbors and friends. She was a longtime member of St. Paul's Catholic Church and a former Catholic Daughter. Visitation will be held Monday, May 18, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton, NJ 08542 and Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 9:00 to 10:00 am at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, 214 Nassau St., Princeton. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 am Tuesday at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church. Burial will follow in St. Paul's Cemetery. Everyone who knew Mom knew how much she loved flowers. However, they also knew how strongly she felt about helping others. If you wish, memorial contributions may be made to Senior Care Ministry of Princeton, PO Box 1517, Princeton, NJ 08542-1517, whose friendship and service she valued, or St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542, where she was a faithful parishioner for 92 years.
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