Elvira Rosa (Perna) Tamasi died in the arms of her loving daughter, Antonietta, at the University Medical Center in Princeton on September 10, 2011. Elvira was born in Pantaniello, Italy on May 21, 1920. Elvira loved life in all its parts but most importantly, she loved her family. She was a passionate student and was being groomed by her teacher to become a teacher herself. She was a treasure trove of prose, poetry, limericks , ancient sayings and narratives, many of which were handed down from her beloved grandmother, Filomena Nini. She delighted and amused her family with them over the years. Elvira loved to make home repairs and frequently consulted with and shared tools with her son-in-law, Ralph. Through her endless capacity to love, Elvira was a tireless nurturer. She loved and cared for her children, grandchildren, and her mother Lucia until Lucia died at the age of 103. Elvira was fearless, full of life, humor, curiosity and passion. Elvira continued to live her life to the fullest until the very last moment. She lived beyond medical expectations and died when she was expected to live. Elvira immigrated to the United States with her family on the Andrea Doria in 1955. She was predeceased by her husband, Angelo Michele Tamasi, her father, Antonio Perna, her mother, Lucia (Altieri) Perna, her siblings, Ginetta, Claudino, Umberto, Armando, Pierina (Perna) Stefanelli, and Michael Perna. She is survived by her daughters, Antonietta Branham and her husband Lonnie Branham, Pierina Thayer and her husband Ralph Thayer, both of Princeton, Rita deRose and her husband Romeo deRose of Bayville, Long Island. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Michelle Barshay, Aaron Thayer, Adriano deRose, Mirella deRose, and Genevieve Thayer, as well as her great-grandchildren, Connor, Esme Lucia, and Marissa, and many nieces and nephews. The Funeral will be held 10:00 am on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 from the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 am, St. Paul's Church 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery. Friends may call on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.