Sophie C. Martorano
October 14, 1926 – December 1, 2019
Sophie (Sally) Cora Martorano of Toms River died peacefully at her home on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at the age of 93. Born in Jersey City to the late Camillo and Rachel Camillo, and sister to William Camillo, she moved to Toms River 29 years ago.
After graduating from Ferris high school in Jersey City, where she wrote the Ferris high school graduation song, she worked for Macy’s Department store in New York City. Her father Camillo worked as a shoemaker at the neighboring Lord & Taylor Department Store. Before retiring to Toms River with her husband Sam, she worked for First Fidelity Bank in Nutley New Jersey. During her retirement she cared for her mother Rachel who lived in Toms River with her and Sam until her passing in 2004 at the age of 99.
Her catholic faith and love of family was a testament to her Italian heritage. Sophie was an amazing cook and delighted in preparing meals for her family and friends, most especially over the holidays. Throughout her life she cherished taking pictures of places she had been to and especially of her family and friends. These photos gave her great keepsakes of what was most important in her life. She was an avid animal lover, had a tremendous love for music and was an active member of the Holiday City chorus. During her years in Toms River she always enjoyed bowling, playing bocce and attending weekly games of mahjong with friends. She had a charismatic personality that nicely complimented Sam’s casual demeanor. She was greatly loved and will be missed.
Sophie was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 58 years, Salvatore J Martorano and her brother William Camillo. Surviving are her loving daughter Patricia and her husband Patrick Cleary of South River, sons Joseph Martorano and girlfriend Meri Pace of Lyndhurst and James Martorano and wife Karen of Readington Township and their two sons, Sophie’s grandchildren, Adam and Brian and her dear sister-in-law Ann Camillo of Delray Beach Florida and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
Viewing will be held Thursday December 5, 2019 from 4-8pm at the Quinn Hopping Funeral Home, 26 Mule Road Toms River, NJ 08755. Funeral services will begin with a prayer at the funeral home on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 9:30am followed by a 10:30 funeral liturgy at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Church, 130 Saint Maximilian Lane Toms River, NJ 08757.
Interment will take place at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery, 350 Province Line Road, Wrightstown, NJ, 08562 the following Wednesday December 11, 2019 at 11:30am for all who are interested.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Sophie's Pets Memorial Campaign at https://secure.aspca.org/team/sophie%E2%80%99s%20pets-memorial-campaign-sbhoecou
- Sophie's Pet's Memorial Campaign
- VISITATION Thursday, December 5, 2019
- MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Friday, December 6, 2019
- BURIAL Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Sophie C. Martorano
December 4, 2019
Dear Jim & Family,
I just wanted to let you know how sorry I am for the loss of your mom. I have many fond memories of her during our high school years and especially spending the week with her and your dad down in Wildwood. I also remember eating a lot of great food that she prepared.
I hope the pain will ease with each passing day. One thing is certain you will never forget the love she gave to you and your entire family as that will remain in your hearts forever.
With my deepest condolences,