Ursula L Gorham
August 2, 1945 – March 12, 2019
Ursula L. Gorham (nee Ammaturo), 73, of Sparta, NJ passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family on March 12, 2019 after a six month struggle with cancer. Ursula was born on August 2, 1945 in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Sparta in 1986 from Bloomfield, NJ. Prior to retirement, she worked as a program assistant at the Gruenert Center for adults with developmental disabilities in Lake Hopatcong, NJ. She then volunteered for many years at Father John’s Animal House in Lafayette, NJ – caring for her beloved cats 4 mornings a week. Ursula was an avid traveler, having visited over a dozen countries abroad including Italy on three separate occasions. By nature, she was a private person that chose her friends carefully, yet suffered others gladly. Whoever was fortunate to really know her soon valued her friendship and generosity. Ursula is survived by her husband of 49 years, Peter, who knew from the start that she was “the one.” They were married 364 days after they met. Ursula was predeceased by her daughter Elizabeth Ann Gorham, her father Salvatore Ammaturo and mother Christine Imbriano, and step-father Albert Imbriano. She was the devoted mother of Brien Gorham and his wife Heather Hersey of Seattle, WA, and Ursula Gorham and her husband Anthony Oscilowski of Olney, MD, and the loving grandmother of Joseph and Dillon Oscilowski. She is also survived by her beloved siblings Antoinette Auditore, Anna Hopper and husband John, and Mary Lu Casazza and husband Dominick. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Goble Funeral Home at 22 Main Street in Sparta, NJ. Visitation with Ursula’s family will be held from 4 pm to 8 pm on Friday, March 15, 2019. Friends are also invited to attend Ursula’s funeral Mass on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 11:30 am at Our Lady of the Lake R.C. Church, 294 Sparta Avenue in Sparta, NJ. Internment will take place at a later date at the family plot in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY. Ursula’s family expresses deep appreciation for the care and compassion provided during her illness by Waina Cheng, MD, Frank Kane MD, Reverend David McDonnell, and the staff of the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, especially Sue Peters RN. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Ursula’s name to Father John’s Animal House, 50 Father John’s Lane, Lafayette, NJ 07848.
Father John's Animal House
50 Father Johns Lane, Lafayette, NJ 07848
- Visitation Friday, March 15, 2019
- Funeral Liturgy Saturday, March 16, 2019