Theresa Del Tufo
March 31, 1929 – September 12, 2020
Theresa J. Del Tufo (nee Melchionne), 91, passed away at home after a brief illness with family at her side on September 12, 2020 in Livingston, NJ.
Born in Elizabeth, NJ, Theresa was a graduate of Battin High School and attended Kean College. As a young woman she worked for the Simmons Company in Elizabeth. Moving to Livingston in 1959, she spent much of her life there raising her family. After her youngest son was in elementary school, she joined the staff at St. Philomena School (later Aquinas Academy) in Livingston and spent many years as the resource room teacher, helping students improve their reading skills.
Theresa was an active member of the St. Philomena Parish Community, participating in the Rosary Society and crocheting baby Baptism bibs, as well as the Livingston Women's Club, where she served as the corresponding secretary for more than a decade. No matter when volunteers were needed, she was always there to lend a helping hand.
She was predeceased by her loving husband, Dr. Anthony F. and her oldest son, Anthony J. Affectionately known as "Grandma", she is survived by her children, Lucille and her husband Jim, Frank and his wife Cathy, and Michael, along with her grandchildren, James, Andrew, Elizabeth, Anthony, and Kelly, who cherished and adored her, and great-grandchildren Joshua, Ryan, and Natalie. Theresa also leaves a sister, Frances, many nieces and nephews, and a beloved group of dear friends from St. Philomena's Church and the Livingston Women's Club. She loved spending time with family and friends and left them with wonderful memories. She will also be remembered for the many varieties of delicious Christmas cookies that she baked every year.
Private services were held on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, with burial at Gate of Heaven Mausoleum in East Hanover. A memorial mass in celebration of Theresa's life will be held at a later date when family and friends can travel safely and gather together. Arrangements were handled by Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home in Livingston. Memorials and memories can be left on the website at www.quinnhoppingfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make contributions to the Livingston Fire Department or the American Cancer Society in her memory.
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Theresa Del Tufo
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September 16, 2020
Our families have crossed paths over the years in Livingston in school and such, but in more recent years we would see Theresa at the 5 o'clock mass at St. Philomena's and we were always early so we could get our regular seats and get a few prayers in which never happened as we would chat until the service began. She was a sweet lady with a big heart and will be missed, may she rest in peace and God Bless her. The Scardena Family