Allie Rose Zambito
June 22, 1995 – June 21, 2019
Obituary for Allie Rose Zambito
A for Amazing: “Our Amazing Allie”
Allie Rose Zambito led an extraordinary life, filled with love, laughter, family, and friends. She impacted all she met in her short time, and left a lasting legacy behind that will be carried on in her memory.
Family and friends were a fundamental part of Allie’s daily life, and during her 24 years she was often found on the beach surrounded by those she cared about most. She loved to watch the sunsets in Barnegat Light, NJ, and although she technically grew up in Bayville, NJ, Allie always claimed BL as her home. Her parents, Ed and Linda Zambito, sister, Jennie (Zambito) Ivey, brother-in-law, Bill Ivey, and nieces Zoie and Sophie Ivey, along with love of her life, Patrick Teevan will continue to soak up the sun, jump the waves, and watch the sunsets as Allie would have done.
M for Motivation: “Just one more rep”
Allie was a true competitor, both on and off the playing field. She could often be found in the gym, with a heavier, deeper squat than most. She pushed her ability to perform, and loved to compete in team sports and running, completing two half-marathons. Allie always motivated others to be physically active, and push for just “one more rep”. Whether it be helping create a workout plan, playing through the pain, or simply encouraging others to make time for themselves, Allie was dedicated to practicing what she preached.
A for Academics: “Sleep more than you study, study more than you party, and party as much as you can”
Allie was remarkably intelligent, and worked diligently to learn and prepare for her future to the best of her ability. She excelled as an Exercise Science student at High Point University where she finished her Bachelor of Science degree program in 2017 with a 3.99 GPA, which irritated Allie to no end. She strived for greatness, balancing two undergraduate research projects and presentations at national conferences, a heavy course load, and an understanding of balance between hard work and fun. Allie refused to remain on the sidelines, and led with passion and dedication in her leadership roles including President of the Exercise Science Club, Academic Chair of HPU’s ZTA Chapter, and coordinated two wellness 5K runs to benefit D-Up, an after school recreational program for children to teach healthy eating and activity habits.
With fervent excitement, Allie started school at the University of Delaware in pursuit of her doctorate of physical therapy degree. Despite the rigorous coursework and demands of a challenging program, Allie’s high standards for personal success and completion of her degree goals led her to inspiring mentors, supportive friends, and the end goal of improving patient’s lives through physical therapy. She served as the Graduate Student Senator for the College of Health Sciences and Department of Physical Therapy, aiding in opening lines of communication between students and faculty. Allie completed her Masters of Science in Anatomy and Clinical Health Science in 2018 and was only 6 months away from completing the degree requirements for a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. The outcome of her hard work was evidenced by her enthusiasm in discussing her patients and their progress.
Z for Zealous: “I’m always up for happy hour”
Starting at a young age, Allie’s love for food was evident. Her appetite was impressive, and unrivaled by her love for ice cream and rainbow sprinkles. Her Dad always said she could eat like a 300 lb man, but thankfully her physique did not reflect it. She loved her Momma’s cooking, with food so good it was “almost criminal”. Allie loved gathering with friends to eat, drink and be merry – no matter the time of day.
I for Illuminate: “She’s our shining star”
Allie loved to make people laugh and lighten the mood, with a well placed sarcastic comment, wise crack, or joke she could instantaneously brighten any room. She was gifted with the ability to know the right thing to say at the right time, and was exactly what everyone needed to hear. Her love for life was expressed through her consistent happiness and readiness for a dance party at a moments notice. She fought fiercely for those she loved, and always had a tactful comment to illuminate the reality of a situation. Her colorful language was appreciated by her friends, family and peers, but perhaps not so much by the professional sector.
N for Network: “Best friends talkin’ bout the memories we made”
The social butterfly, life of party, and highlight of any gathering, Allie loved to spend time with her large network of friends. She made lasting friendships from her childhood at Clara B. Worth Elementary School (Bayville, NJ), Central Regional Middle School (Bayville, NJ), and the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (Manahawkin, NJ). During her time as a student at High Point University (High Point, NC), Allie was active in Zeta Tau Alpha and loved throwing the crown when she was first initiated. While a student at the University of Delaware (Newark, DE), Allie made steadfast friendships with her classmates, faculty, and patients fortunate enough to learn, work, and practice alongside of her. Allie’s light shined brighter than the sun when she was with her friends in Barnegat Light and her adopted family, the Harrisons.
G for Grace: “I want the world to know…I want to pass it on”
Allie was incredibly elegant, humble, and poised. She carried herself with confidence and a great outfit. Her beauty and grace shone from the inside out and she would encourage others to highlight the best qualities about themselves. Allie would want for others to live as she lived, and pass on their love to fullest extent. Thus, in lieu of flowers please help the Zambito Family create a scholarship in Allie’s honor to be used to help others complete their pursuit of a physical therapy doctorate. If you would like to contribute, please make checks payable to Wells Fargo Advisors and mail to Kathleen A. Browning Sheridan, Esq. PC, 382 West 9th Street, Suite 6, Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. Please note on the check “Allie Zambito Scholarship”.
A celebration of life for Allie will be held from 4:30-6pm on Saturday, June 29, 2019 on 25th Street beach in Barnegat Light, NJ, 08006. In the case of rain, we will gather on June 30th.
To leave online remembrances and kind words of encouragement for the family, please visit www.shinnfuneralhome.com
The Thos L. Shinn Funeral Home, 10 Hilliard Dr., Manahawkin, NJ was entrusted with the arrangements
Celebration of Life
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Allie Rose Zambito
June 26, 2020
My husband Frank asked me to share this wonderful memory he has of Allie. Whenever we visited with Allie's family, she always made him feel welcome. Even though he was only the husband of her Aunt Annette, she would go to him and talk, ask questions and tell him what was going on in her life. It still brings tears to his eyes when he remembers her kindness, and how she never treated him like a stranger. We both love her and miss her.
June 23, 2020
You will always be near and never ever forgotten, Another Angel to look down on us all.
June 22, 2020
Allie remembering you today as we drive down Rt95 heading to SC. The trip I made with you and Eugene will always be one of my fond ones. Listening to comedians and laughing till we cried! It made that long drive to Myrtle Beach so much easier.
Allie we think of you so often , we will always remember you with a smile and feel the loss of your beautiful spirit. ❤️
Jon and Mary Hess
July 15, 2019
Ed, Linda, Jennie & family,
We are so very sorry for your loss. There is no pain greater than the loss of a child. Allie was a beautiful young lady and will always be remembered and loved by all who knew her.
Jon & Mary Ellen Hess
Mike/Julie and family Cotnoir
July 10, 2019
We are deeply saddened on Allie’s passing. She was a wonderful person, great leader, athlete, role model, and good friend to our family....especially Haley. She was a true inspiration to all she touch and so brilliant. What an amazing HPU Field hockey player and teammate !! She was always smiling and laughing. Our sincerest condolences to her family and friends, and she will always be in our prayers.
July 2, 2019
I am heartbroken and ever so sad to hear of Allie’s passing. My deepest condolences to her loved ones. We worked together at Pyour Core and she was a pleasure to be with, always smiling and laughing. We had good times at work and always enjoyed seeing her return workout visits when she was home for vacation. Prayers and peace from Beach Haven.
Ruth and Dave Fallon
June 30, 2019
Our hearts are broken for your loss, Linda, Ed and Jennie. We didn't get the opportunity to meet your Allie and, sadly, that is our loss. The words of family and friends show her to be an amazing young woman. Dance with joy in the clouds, beautiful girl, while those who knew you remember you with love and laughter!
Linda & Frank Petronzio
June 29, 2019
No words can express the deep pain of the last week. My heart has been so heavy for you. Despite the great loss, you, Ed and Jennie have done all you could to make it through your grief. Allie would be so proud of all of you as you plan a great memorial for her extraordinary life. Some people just make this world a better place!
We love you and will be here for you for whatever you need. Please know that we have been praying for your comfort and peace.
We have been honored to be called Aunt and Uncle to your girls. We love you. We will always remember with you, your magnificent daughter. We don't have to ask, "Where's Allie", because we know she is with Jesus, waiting for you.
Linda and Frank
June 28, 2019
I am so sorry to the whole Zambito family for their loss. You said it perfectly when you said Allie’s light shined brighter than the sun. She was an amazing teammate, classmate and friend and I am so thankful I had the time that I did with her. ❤️
June 28, 2019
Mr & Mrs Zambito my heart is so saddened for your loss. I can still remember Allie in first grade with her big smile and bright eyes. It was a pleasure to watch your beautiful daughter grow through the years at CBW and then get to know her more personally through the Harrison‘s. She was always so mature and engaged with everyone from the babies up to the adults. Covering you in many prayers. God Bless Allie 💕🙏🏻
June 27, 2019
I will always remember Allie for her bright smile, encouraging words, and humor during our time playing field hockey together at CRHS. Allie became a role model to me that I never even knew I needed. She was so motivational, genuinely happy, and such a warm person to be around. I am so blessed to have known her and have these memories forever.
June 27, 2019
Thinking of you and your family, Jennie. Louisa shared the news of your loss, and how very special your sister was. Our hearts ache for you. Praying that God's loving arms and many special memories carry you through the difficult days ahead.
Kathy McHenry (Brandon's mom)
June 27, 2019
Allie was a mentor and friend to me as I navigated my way HPU. Not only did we share a few classes together, but she passed the Exercise Science Club to me after having one the most successful years for the club under her leadership. She was always a genuinely kind, smart, funny, driven and caring friend. She touched my life in the short 3 years I knew her and I am so happy I was able to be in hers. I am praying for the entire family during this difficult time, she will be deeply missed.
June 27, 2019
I am heartbroken to hear of your loss. As I read about Allie, I was so touched by all of your wonderful memories. 25th Street beach is the magical place it is because of all of the families that return year after year. Your family is a big part of that magic. May you find comfort and healing there as you go through this difficult journey.
June 27, 2019
Linda, Ed, Jennie & Family,
We are so profoundly sorry for your loss of your beautiful sweet Allie. There are no other words of comfort I can think of other than to tell you all we are praying for you every day for strength and peace today and for the rest of your lives until you meet again. RIP sweet girl. The Wasielewski Family
June 27, 2019
Allie and I spent many hours sweating together on the field hockey field for our club team Impact. I will always remember her bright and shining smile no matter how tough the work out and her words of encouragement which were ever present even when we were losing. Although we lost touch as we both went on college we always kept supporting each other via social media. Celebrating each others gains and sharing a passion for Physical Therapy. I remember how happy I was for her when I heard of her acceptance to U Del. Despite the fact we spent a short time together I will always remember her presence in my life. Allie has an amazing soul and I will always cherish the memories I have with her.
June 27, 2019
Allie was definitely amazing. Linda, your baby was the sitter for my babies. I remember coming home the first night she sat for us and she had spot cleaned the girls dresses and hung them to dry because they dropped ice cream on them. So impresssive and as a mom of 4 little babies it was such a treat!!! I talk about the fact that she cleaned the girls dresses all the time-‘we had the best babysitter one summer and I wish I could have taken her home with us after the summer!’ She was so well spoken for a teenager and her smile lit up the room. My eldest daughter just went to her first babysitting job in the beginning of June, and as I was driving her there I was telling her about Allie, and how amazing she was as a sitter for her when she was little, and how she should be just like her. We didn’t know Allie for long, but she certainly made a lasting impression on our lives. She was an angel on earth. Allie, “May the winds of Heaven blow softly and whisper in your ear, how much we love and miss you and wish you were here”. Love and prayers,
The Cornell/Janosky families
June 27, 2019
I did not know Allie personally but I am Laura O'Connor's (close friend of Allie) grandfather and can associate with all those grieving. My wife went to be with her Lord three months ago and so I know what loved ones are going through. May the the Lord be your recourse in these days
Nancy & Dick Manookian
June 27, 2019
Sometimes during the course of our lives we get to meet and love an angel. Allie will always be with us. Her Light will forever shine. So, Allie Oop rest well until we meet again. GM Nancy & Dick
June 27, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss. Although we have not had the privilege of meeting Allie, as a parent of one of her classmates, we wanted you to know that we are deeply moved by your loss. Thanks for sharing about her life - it was beautifully written and an amazing tribute to your precious daughter. We are praying for you as you walk through this difficult time of grief.
June 26, 2019
I'll always remember going to all the field hockey games and realizing what a team player you were and how all the girls looked up to you. Right then I realized what a special young lady you were and how honored I was to meet you. You will truly be missed, God really got an angel this time. May you rest in peace, Bob and Dawn Oldehoff
Trish & Sonny Stumper
June 25, 2019
We remember your smiling face walking along the beach stopping to give the fisherman & his wife (Sonny & Trish) a hug & kiss.. we will miss you...RIP Sweet Allie.