November 18, 1932 – February 5, 2020
Ernestine Natalicchio, 87, of Toms River, passed away on February 5, 2020. Inseparable in life, inseparable in death, Ernie died 18 days after her husband Rocco, just minutes after the date of their 64th wedding anniversary.
Beautiful inside and out, Ernie followed what was clearly God’s plan, becoming a devoted wife, a perfect mother, a proud grandmother, and an adoring great grandmother. With Rocco working two jobs, Ernie was undisputedly the unsung hero of her family, skillfully, lovingly, and selflessly raising six kids born within seven years of each other, never with two in diapers at the same time. When asked to name her favorite child, Ernie always responded, “My favorite child is the one who needs my love the most.”
Ernie grew up in a Trenton neighborhood filled with her extended Italian family. She graduated from Incarnation High School where she developed a special devotion to the Blessed Mother and was subsequently granted good weather for events each time she placed her Blessed Mother statue on the windowsill. Ernie met Rocco at a dance and nearly 64 years later, Rocco still saw “the lovely Ernestine” as that same beautiful girl who initially attracted his attention. Together, they raised their children in East Brunswick and spent their golden years living in Toms River and traveling the world. Ernie was happiest by Rocco’s side and when surrounded by her family. Ernie and Rocco maintained a model, loving marriage, with the exception of favorite football teams; to Rocco’s dismay, Ernie was a Jets fan.
Positive, caring, patient, and sweet with a radiant smile, Ernie was loved by all. She was a doting and indulgent grandma, the loudest cheerleader at her kid’s games, the perfect dance partner to Rocco, an eternal optimist when playing slot machines, a phenomenal cook with always enough to include her children’s friends at the table, a lavish party and holiday planner, a savvy shopper who seemed instinctively drawn to a good sale, and an accomplished bowler and gardener in her prime.
Ernie was predeceased by her best-friend and husband Rocco, father Nazareno, mother Theresa, and sister Santa. Ernie’s memory will be cherished by her children Theresa and husband William, Geriann and husband Rick, Angela and husband Mike, Rocco and wife Carri, Stefanie and husband Michael, and Paul and wife Patti, grandchildren Alexander, Steven, Ricky and fiance Jules, Cassidy, Mike, Jessica and husband Albert, Rocco and wife Erica, Cortney, Alexa, Jennie, and Nathan, and great-grandchildren Maddie and Lily. Forever in our hearts.
Visiting hours will be held on Monday February 10, 2020 from 4 pm to 8 pm at Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home 26 Mule Road Toms River, NJ 08755. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 am on Tuesday February 11, 2020 at St. Maximilian Kolbe RC Church 130 St. Maximilian Lane Toms River, NJ 08757. Burial will be at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery 350 Provinceline Road Wrightstown, NJ 08562.
- VISITATION Monday, February 10, 2020
- MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Tuesday, February 11, 2020
- BURIAL Tuesday, February 11, 2020
February 10, 2020
Nothing seems adequate enough to cradle all of you during this overwhelming time of loss and sadness. On behalf of the Chenkin family, I send love, hugs, and our deepest sympathy. Although we cannot be with you during these two days, we are with you in thought, heart, and spirit.
The Lovely Ernestine was the original Wonder Woman, the fierce warrior who made the greatest challenges look simple and of no consequence. She was that special blend of pragmatism, optimism, kindness, Grace, thoughtfulness, generosity, love, and compassion with a healthy dose of spice and sass sprinkled in for good measure. Like Mr. N., her smile lit up the room and melted your heart. And her laugh did the same. She and Mr. N. immediately made our family feel like part of theirs, and I cherish the time we spent together. I was always especially happy when family gatherings meant being with them and any of the other members of the Natalicchio clan.
I am grateful for the sweet time I spent with Mrs. N. 2 1/2 weeks ago. That visit will linger as a happy memory. I am a much richer person for having been part of the circle of The Lovely Ernestine and the glorious Mr. N.
February 9, 2020
To The extraordinary Natalicchio Family - I can't imagine your grief and loss at this time. Anthony and I send our deepest condolences to all of you. There is just something so profoundly painful about losing ones Mother. I don't know why that is -I just know it is. The remember the deep loss when I lost my Mom at 27 yrs old and now losing Anthony's Mother Fran. Your Mom is your world from the moment you are born and for so so many years after. And especially when your own children are born and when your children have their children, The bond is strong and always present - even upon death. Ernie was a delight. Always a joy to be around and talk with - especially when the talk was about cooking and food. We shared recipes and tips. She told me about stuffing garlic cloves in a roast beef before putting it in the oven. YumYum! And we talked about our children and grandchildren. Many good memories. After reading her obituary and truly realizing what an amazing woman, mother and homemaker she was- 6 Children!! How did she do it all? And she did it with such love and happiness. I really admire her so much now as I reflect on what her world must have been like - very busy! And most absolutely incredible is that she and Rocco raised the most incredible, wonderful, caring, honest, capable, respectful, hard working and devoted children imaginable. I'm heartened that you had your parents for so many years, but it doesn't in any way make your loss and grief any less. I'm really and truly honored to know and love the Natalicchio Family. From the bottom of our hearts - Our deepest sympathy - Judy and Anthony
February 8, 2020
Our Very deepest sympathy in the passing of your Mom AND Dad!! We have so many great memories of the WONDERFUL Natalicchio family growing up in East Brunswick!! Your parents were ALWAYS smiling , so kind and great neighbors! They were an inspiration to us and I'm sure many others. We will keep you all in our prayers, and "Mom & Dad" in our hearts always!
Miss and love you guys! Kathi, Cleve, Jake and Danielle Hummell
February 6, 2020
Words cannot to describe how i loved her, most beautiful and amazing person I’ve ever meet... Rest In Peace ,,Ernie “ with your lovely husband... I will always remember you both. My condolences to your family...
Ken & Judy Skalla
February 6, 2020
Paul, Judy and I are saddened by this news. Our condolences to you and your family.
February 6, 2020
My condolences to you and your family.
February 6, 2020
Sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.
Jim & Karen LeBlon
February 6, 2020
No words seem adequate to say how we feel about the passing of Ernestine. She, along with her husband Rocco were very special to us and although there is now a huge void here without them, there are now two special Angels in Heaven watching over all of us. Prayers to the entire Natalicchio family. xo