Carmencita Pia Crocenzi
February 28, 1938 – April 24, 2021
On the morning of Saturday, April 24, 2021, following a short illness, Angela (Carmencita) Crocenzi, wife, mother, sister, and friend, passed away at 83. Angela was a kind, funny, magnetic, intelligent woman who always put the needs of others before her own. She was unequivocally devoted and loving to her husband of almost 58 years, Francesco, and her four children. Angela found immense comfort in her Catholic faith and attended mass daily. She was a gifted cook, hostess, piano player, and lover of travel, Pavarotti, combing the beach for seashells, crossword puzzles, and chocolate-covered raisins, mainly of the Kirkland variety.
Angela was born in Passaic, New Jersey, and had three brothers, two of whom predeceased her. She was a bright and committed student throughout her life. Angela attended Benedictine Academy where she was valedictorian of her class, and furthered her education with a scholarship to Marywood College in Pennsylvania. She later transferred to Marymount College in Manhattan and obtained her Master's Degree in French. A portion of her Masters’ studies were completed at Columbia University in New York. After graduate school she taught French at Clifton High School for several years.
Angela met her soul mate, a young Italian doctor named Francesco Crocenzi, through friends when she was 24. At the time, Angela was unaware of the "setup" and was initially irked by the trickery. But she could not deny the instant connection with Francesco, and they were soon married. At that point, Angela did not know how to speak Italian, Francesco's native tongue. But with study and practice she soon became fluent in Italian (in addition to French), yet another admirable feat.
Francesco and Angela built a successful medical practice in Montclair, New Jersey, and a loving home together for their four children. When they retired after years of hard work, they traveled the world, always hand in hand, sometimes alone or with close friends and family, Italy being one of their favorite destinations.
Those who know and love Angela describe her as selfless, spunky, gentle, strong, fun and warm. She had a soft and tender heart and at one moment could be belly laughing to the point of tears, the next, being moved to tears by a memory or church hymn. She is survived by her husband Francesco, her four children and their spouses, Gina Masterson (John), Mia Pafundi (Enrico), Francesco Crocenzi (Amy) and Laura Crocenzi (Seth), as well as six grandchildren and a host of friends and extended family from Boca Raton and Delray Beach, Florida and Montclair, New Jersey. All are sure to miss her smile, her laugh, and her kind and gentle soul.
Angela’s funeral mass was held at Saint Edward Catholic Church in Palm Beach, Florida and she was laid to rest at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Montclair, New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, the family requests support of the Franciscan Missions in her honor, www.franciscanmissions.org.
Mass of Christian Burial
Wednesday, April 28, 2021