Theresa Saporito, wife, mother, grandmother, great -grandmother, and Brownie leader, died on March 4 at her home in Florham Park, N.J. She was 89. Terry was born in Roslyn, Long Island, the daughter of Frances (Pfister) and William Confroy, and raised in Newark, where she graduated from West Side High School. She met an Army Air Corps veteran named Lou Saporito in 1949 and a romance took off. They married in June of 1950 and landed in Harrison N.J. , where they lived for many years and raised four children. They semi-retired to Tinton Falls in 1984, where Terry worked for Uncle Sam at Fort Monmouth. Following the death of her beloved husband of 64 years, she moved to Brighton Gardens in Florham Park, where her quiet charisma—she always drew people to her— made her a favorite among the staff.
Mrs. Saporito is survived by three daughters: Jacque Piatkowski (Stan), Francene Kanter (Todd), and Jane Green (Tim), and a son, Bill (Laurie). She is also survived by two sisters, Kathleen Confroy and Patricia Mango, and brother-in-law Joe Mango; 10 grandchildren: Mitch, Terri, and Timmy Green; Marc Piatkowski, Doug Piatkowski, and Elise Piatkowski Kearney; Garrett, Justin, Eric, and Danielle Kanter; five great- grandchildren: Sienna and Barrett Piatkowski, Mia and Maximo Piatkowski, and Hayes Kanter, and by four nieces: Christy Mosely (Douglas), Claire Renga (Joe), Patricia Weinstein (Michael), and MaryAnn Saporito Boothroyd (Andy).
Terry lived and loved the small town American life of the postwar boom years: marriage and children, church and school, girl scout meetings and little league, Ortley Beach and Belmar, big backyard cookouts and family holiday gatherings. She had friends named Bunny and Betty. She drank chardonnay with ice and didn’t care what you thought about it. She was soft-spoken, nonjudgmental and tough as nails. And she mastered the million tasks that a working mother of four children had to accomplish to operate a fully functioning boomer family. She did everything she could possibly do so that her children would prosper. She’s with her husband, now together forever. Well done, Mom. Your job is over, rest in peace.
A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, March 7th at Holy Family Church in Florham Park at 9:15am followed by the interment at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington.
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