ROCKAWAY, NJ - Cynthia Murren Di Giovanna, a Rockaway resident and former mathematics teacher at Edison Middle School, Roosevelt Middle School and Redwood Elementary School in West Orange, died suddenly on July 22 at 53 years old.
Di Giovanna spent 15 years as a teacher in West Orange and was the recipient of several accolades for teaching excellence throughout the years. She served as team leader at both Edison and Roosevelt.
She grew up in Roseland and graduated from West Essex Regional High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree and Masters Degree in psychology and elementary education and began her career at St. Michael's in Newark, followed by the Irvington School District. She began teaching in West Orange at Edison Middle School in 2003. Her family stated that she always took great pride in helping her students to excel.
Di Giovanni loved traveling and cruising as well as shopping. She visited exotic places and enjoyed spending time entertaining at her family’s vacation houses in Ocean Beach and near Mount Snow in Vermont. She also enjoyed watching reality TV, specifically “Jeopardy,” and loved fireworks.
She was a dedicated Miami Dolphins fan, always keeping faith in the team and traveling most Sundays to watch the games with her friends and fellow fans at their longtime gathering place.
Her family describes her as “the best aunt in the world,” writing in her obituary that she could often be found cheering them on at their sporting events or just being with them. She is also described as being hysterically funny, witty, very creative and truly optimistic.
Di Giovanna is survived by her husband, David Di Giovanna; her brother, Andy Murren (Lea); and her sister Sharon Pezutti (Anthony). She is also survived by her beloved nieces and nephews: Andrew and Ian Murren; Stephanie Pezutti, Sabrina and Jared Pelech; Austin and Monica Morris; and Christopher, Anthony and Caroline Colucci. She will be deeply missed by all of her in laws and extended family members.
She is predeceased by her beloved mother Lorrie, father Gene and her dear friends Marci, Kirt, Delmus and other loving family members.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on July 28 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of The Blessed Sacrament in Roseland. Interment will follow at Restland Memorial Park in East Hanover.
Friends and relatives may visit on July 27 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Norman Dean Home For Services, located at 16 Righter Avenue in Denville. A Prayer Service with the KOC will take place at 7 p.m. that evening, where attendees are welcome to share their memories of Di Giovanna.
Her full obituary can be found here.