Norma Ann Ponzini

July 2, 1941February 2, 2019

Norma A. Ponzini, née Martino of Newark, NJ passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 2, 2019, surrounded by family and loved ones in her Toms River home.

She was a woman of incredible strength and faith who had battled ovarian cancer for over 26 years with a fierce determination to live her life and spread her infectious smile to all those she met.

Norma was pre-deceased by her beloved husband and pharmacist Edward R. Ponzini, with whom she worked side-by-side in Newark’s Stadium Pharmacy and Liquors on Roseville Ave. for over 33 years.

Her love of life and creativity touched every facet of the business, which from its humble “drug store & soda fountain” origins grew into a flourishing custom candy and chocolate business with orders piling in country-wide. This endeavor eventually grew to include a summer café operation in Ortley Beach, NJ under the name Café Guido. She would very often work alongside her family overnight to fill the orders for her chocolate covered creations while Ed ran down to Ortley to tend the café following a full day of work behind the counter. A closer team never existed.

Time and again, Norma’s faith and love of family secured her the strength to continue her long battle, and her association with the Religious Teacher’s Filippini was a source of great comfort and camaraderie throughout her life.

Norma is survived by her sister, three children, and three grandchildren in addition to all those who loved her dearly.

Her presence, indefatigable faith, and a seemingly unending pool of love and creativity will be sorely missed by all.

Services will be held in the Mausoleum Chapel at Holy Cross Cemetery 340 Ridge Road, North Arlington, NJ. On Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 1 pm.

In lieu of flowers kindly make contributions in Norma’s memory to Pink & Bloom Foundation, Inc., PO Box 7352, East Brunswick, NJ 08816.


  • Mausoleum Chapel Service Thursday, February 7, 2019

Norma Ann Ponzini

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joe rodino

February 18, 2019

Dear Ed & family,
Very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Me and my wife Carol have wonderful memories of your mom & dad.From our college days to our Atlantic City trips we had l lot of fun. Our prayers are with you and your family.We loved Norma & Ed.
Our deepest sympathy...…. Carol & Joe Rodino

Jaimie Mercer

February 6, 2019

Norma was the embodiment of grace, peace, love and generosity. Despite her long illness and life’s share of struggles, she always thought of others first. An amazing example of selflessness, and a true fighter to the end. Rest in peace, dear lady. Love and sympathy to her beloved children, grandchildren and sister Marlene.


February 6, 2019

I have many memories growing up on 17th st with the Ponzini family and Norma was a very strong and caring person she left behind a legacy of a beautiful
family. May she rest in peace

Bob Orcinola

February 5, 2019

Norma was a Beautiful Person inside and out, if you ever needed help she was there for you, and I Thank her for that ! A kind and generous person that was Norma, May she Rest In Eternal Peace. 🙏😢

Maureen Pacelli

February 5, 2019

I will miss the laughter of our phone conversations. Life has not been easy for you. Now you are in heaven with Ed, I can see the smile on your face. Love you and will miss you!

Joachim Dankanich

February 5, 2019

I never knew Mrs Ponzini but if we can judge a person by the children they raise, she was an absolutely beautiful and precious mom.I worked with Allison at UMD EMS decades ago and if she is any reflection of her mother, then mission accomplished Mrs Ponzini.My deepest and heartfelt condolences to Allison and the rest of the Ponzini family.When someone close and dearest to us leaves this world, they leave a deep void that cannot be replaced.Time will help the grieving process but the hurt will live forever in our hearts.We must live thru the love and kindness of that person and truly treasure them for all they meant in our lives."Molte Grazie Mrs Ponzini ... riposare in pace."

Thomas Rafool

February 5, 2019

Dear cousin Norma you have touched so many in ways you will never know. It's been years since I have seen you and in my last conversation I stated I wanted to come out East and visit but things just did not work out. The memories of Sunday dinners stand out when our whole family got together, sitting on the stoop in front of the house talking to all my cousins ,watching the pedler with his cart coming down the street . I remember when I did visit
after going to New York and arraignments were made for Ed to pick me up on the side of the road and then brought me to Bloomfield and I surprised you at the pharmacy. Norma, you will be missed there will be a void but the legacy you have left , your family, your love of God and the love you wished on all. Rest In Peace sweet lady my thoughts and prayers to all , all my love your cousin Tommy God Bless

Linda Diubaldi

February 5, 2019

So many wonderful memories that I will always treasure of our time together working as President of the Parents organization for St Francis School, and the wonderful memories of working at Stadium Pharmacy. Norma was so dedicated to the Preists and Sisters of St Francis and St Benedict’s, she devoted countless hours of her time to help wherever she could. Soar with the angels Norma.
Our Deepest Sympathy
Linda and John DiUbaldi

Marta Musiakiewicz

February 4, 2019

The only way I can describe Norma is one of a kind. The sweetest, most positive, kindest, and adoring person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Giving and kind beyond words. Norma Ann, as we always knew her. putting a $20 bill in my Mom's clutched hand because she cared, Never a bad word about anyone. Amazing and precious, RIP Norma Ann.

Angel Martone

February 4, 2019

What memories I have of Norma a good hearted person always willing to help people . A fighter for over 25 years to overcome her cancer. That famous gigilly laugh . Always working with the church , priest and nuns cooking for them , she loved being with them they became her extended family.

We will all miss her she was loved by all