Claire Spada- Scalzo, 102, passed away peacefully on March 24, 2023.
Claire was born on May 3rd, 1920 in Anthony, NJ (Schooleys Mountain). She was the third of seven children born into the family of Anselmo and Maria Spada. At age 3 she arrived with her older siblings Roger and Ann, and younger brother Marius at the 1796 historical home, the Tuttle house in Whippany. Soon after her three younger siblings arrive-James, Gloria and Jules.
During her high school education at Morristown High the subject that piqued her greatest interest was bookkeeping and one she excelled in. This came at a most opportune time. From high school graduation to her family’s business, Whippany Soap Products, she became its secretary. She also performed secretarial skills at Mendham Jewelers, her jeweler husband Russ Scalzo’s business. After her family’s business was sold in 1984 and her husband passed away, she continued as a parishioner at Our Lady of Mercy in Whippany and attended mass regularly there. Claire was faithful to the Blessed Mother Mary and you could always find her holding a rosary or one close by to her. One of Claire‘s greatest joys was visiting relatives in all parts of the world. She had family in France, Italy, South America, Mexico and the states in the United States. She always acknowledged what a wonderful experience it was. In the spring of 2021, along with her brother Jules, she donated the Tuttle house and its surrounding property to the Township of Hanover. The house and property is projected to become a museum in 2025 and to be named the Tuttle-Spada House. She is survived by her brother Jules and sister-in-law Marge and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held privately
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