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Zarro Funeral Home

145 Harrison Street, Bloomfield, NJ

OBITUARY

Elba Galarza

April 20, 1943August 30, 2020

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Elba Iris Galarza lived a life full of love, humility and family. Elba is survived by her two children Daisy and Dionisio, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She reminded everyone that her name Elba spelled backwards is Able. She certainly was and so much more. Rarely being idle, Elba worked all of her adult life, having recently retired. Trained as a nurse, she eventually ventured into owning businesses such as a pizzeria, a pharmacy and a video rental shop, leading to a 30-year tenure with Shop Rite, where she greeted customers with her smile that lit up a room. Elba frequently doted on and bragged about her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who were the pride of her life. Elba was the super-glue that held her family together with love. She planned surprise birthday and graduation parties, family gatherings and outings, holiday dinners, trips to the movies and the mall. Elba will be remembered by her family for her loving nature, her storytelling and especially when something was so funny that she would laugh for minutes at a time. Her grandchildren will remember their grandma as someone who always spoke from the heart, gave the best advice, was the best cook and baker they knew, was always everyone’s best cheerleader and when you needed her she was just a phone call or a visit away. Elba was a longtime resident of Glen Ridge. She was a proud Puerto Rican and a huge fan of Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Julio Iglesias and Celine Dion. She will be missed by her family and friends. Elba will be watching over us as an angel from above. Kindly omit flowers. Visitation will be on Monday, September 14th from 9-11am. followed by the mass at 12 noon at St. Anthony's of Padua Church, Franklin St., Belleville. The burial will be private.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, September 14, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, September 14, 2020

Memories

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Yolanda Silverio

September 12, 2020

This is a terrible shock to me. Elba was a dear friend whom I met 17 years ago at Shoprite. She shared her story about her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. A real and terrible great loss to her family and to those who she touched. I shall miss her dearly.

Patti Yezzi

September 12, 2020

My love goes with you 53years we where the best of friends I’ll miss you very much till we meet again this is a dream I can’t understand why this happen this way I’ll think of you every day my heart is broke I can’t stop crying your with Ginny now . RIP my friend
Love you Patti

Jeanette Oliver

September 12, 2020

I was saddened by the news of Elba's passing. I had recently spoken to her. I knew her for years at Shop-Rite. I would always go to her register so we could chat about recipes and trips we had taken. She always had that beautiful smile, she was m;y friend.

Bennie Lugo

September 10, 2020

First I gotta say ELBA was an amazing Woman ,great mom and grandma and I LOVED her even though we had our ups and downs she was a tough mother in law even till today she would reprimand me lol she will be MISSED love you mom ❤️,rest in peace 🌹

Jamie Hodge

September 10, 2020

I have such mixed feelings , like why did God take you, why ?! On the other hand I’m like God needed someone perfect and to me that was you.. You will be so missed.. I love you TiTi , I will never forget the memories growing up... Here is a picture I found of you and Mommy ... she loves you so much !!!! We are all broken that we lost you!!!! 💔 Until We Meet Again , watch and protect us ALL

Rosita Cotto

September 10, 2020

RIP Elba...I will remember you as the classy lady. The compassionate nurse who loved people. Thank you for being there for my niece, your granddaughter! You were a loving soul! Your wings were waiting so fly high! To Bita and family, I send you my condolences. Keep her alive with the memories you have shared! To Bita, I love you! Love TiTi

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

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