Elia G. Catanese (Vitale)

Jun 2, 1935 - Dec 11, 2021

Service

Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

St. Matthias Church

168 John F. Kennedy Boulevard

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Born in June 1935 in Pratola Serra, a province of Avellino, Italy, Elia survived earthquakes, German occupation during WWII, and Fascism under Mussolini. As a young adult, she moved to the big city Rome, where she managed her uncle's Trattoria. She was loved by all the patrons, including one special one, Vincenzo, whom she later married. As a new wife and mother, she worked part-time as a ...

168 John F. Kennedy Boulevard

Born in June 1935 in Pratola Serra, a province of Avellino, Italy, Elia survived earthquakes, German occupation during WWII, and Fascism under Mussolini. As a young adult, she moved to the big city Rome, where she managed her uncle's Trattoria. She was loved by all the patrons, including one special one, Vincenzo, whom she later married. As a new wife and mother, she worked part-time as a seamstress for her sister-in-law who designed custom wedding dresses, gowns, and high Italian fashion.

In 1970, she emigrated to the US, where both she and her husband sought to build on their dreams. She worked as a seamstress in a coat factory in America's Silk City, Paterson. She loved the trips to NYC to adjust garments for model fittings. Before retiring, she worked alongside her brother-in-law, Ciriaco Capone, at Mark Lighting, an innovative and creative lighting design resource and manufacturer.

Elia, as a consummate matriarch of the family, lived and breathed her grandchildren, Joseph and Isabella. She celebrated their triumphs and softened their disappointments. She was there through baptisms, communions, graduations, birthdays, and basketball games. As a selfless and giving soul, Elia supported orphanages in Italy and went on several Padre Pio pilgrimages in the US and abroad to adore the saint's charity, piety, and healing.

Elia loved:

•Everyone with a humble, non-discriminating yet enormous heart
•Feeding anyone not only Italian dishes but also Italian Nonna love
•Being a surrogate grandmother to anyone who needed or deserved one
•Family Feud and Spanish soap operas
•Gardening and cursing out the groundhog
•Farmers' markets
•Morning tea and crackers
•A crunchy loaf of bread that was as illusive as a unicorn
•Our goofy rescue dog, Rocky. Said she'd never love another dog after her German Shepherd

Elia is survived by her daughter, Anna Biunno, and her husband, Richard, and grandchildren Isabella and Joseph of Piscataway, sister Pasqualina Capone, 3 nieces and 6 nephews, and extended cherished family and friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 16th, 2021 from 9:00am to 10:00am in The GLEASON FUNERAL HOME, 1360 Hamilton Street, Somerset, followed by at 10:30am funeral liturgy in St. Matthais Church, Somerset. Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Piscataway.

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