SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Laura Teste, a longtime resident of Berkeley Heights, who later lived in Scotch Plains and Fanwood, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at the age of 104.
Laura (nee Vispoli) was born in Upstate New York to Pasqualina (nee Martini) and Luigi Vispoli. Laura made her living as a seamstress at McGregor’s in Summit, and at Essex’s Electronics in Berkeley Heights. She later worked for the Berkeley Heights School System as a cook for 24 years until her retirement. Laura was a member of the Mount Carmel Society, the Berkeley Heights Senior Citizens Club and the Fanwood Seniors Club, which honored her on her 100th birthday in 2015. She was also on the resident council at Ashbrook Care Center, where she lived most recently.
Laura is survived by her son, Samuel, and her granddaughter, Tori Clemens, and her husband Robert. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren: Robert Joseph “RJ” and Samuel Clemens and many nieces and nephews. Laura was predeceased by her husband, Samuel Teste; her son, Joseph Testa, and his wife Bonnie Testa; and her siblings: Grace Mele, Mary Melluso, and Alexander Vispoli.
The funeral service will be held at Ippolito Berkeley Memorial Funeral Home (646 Springfield Ave. Berkeley Heights) on Tuesday, July 16, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Teresa’s Cemetery in Summit. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to another charity of your choice.