Faustina "Tina" Stefanelli (Mascia), 91, of Florham Park, formerly of South Orange, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on May 17, 2019. Faustina earned her BS in teaching from Newark State and her PHD from Seton Hall University. She worked as an educator with the Newark Board of Education for 42 years before retiring.
Beloved wife of 50 years to the late Oreste Stefanelli. Devoted mother of Cesare Stefanelli, his wife Valerie, Leonard Stefanelli, his wife Lisa, Angela Longo and her husband Arthur. Cherished grandmother of Nicholas and Nina Stefanelli, Leonardo, Dante and Luca Stefanelli, Arthur IV and Joseph Longo. Dear sister of Leonard Mascia, his wife Waneta, and the late Alphonse Mascia.
Tina loved to travel, read and do word puzzles. She was the Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Center of Italian Culture, South Orange, and a member of the Casa Italiana, South Orange. Along with her community service to the Italian Culture, she was committed to assisting her friends and neighbors in times of need.
Most importantly Tina was a loving and caring mother and grandmother who supported her children and grandchildren in every aspect of their lives.
She lived her last years in Florham Park and was fondly known throughout the community as “Nonna”.
Visitation at the Leonardis Memorial Home 210 Ridgedale Ave. Florham Park on Tuesday from 4-8pm. Funeral on Wednesday assembling at 9amfollowed by the funeral mass at Holy Family Church in Florham Park at 10am. Entombment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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