Madeline Boccia Pantaleo, passed away peacefully at her Assisted Living Facility, Valley Terrace, WRJ, VT, with her daughter and Hospice aide at her side. She was born in Fairview, New Jersey 2/23/1927 to Michael and Sarah (Mergliano) Boccia. She had one brother, Michael, deceased. She is a 1944 graduate of Cliffside High School, where she resided for many years with her husband of 60 years, Philip, who passed away in 2008. They had an infant girl, Michele, who died shortly after birth, two sons, Michael (deceased) and Steven, Ridgefield Park, NJ and a daughter Eileen, who resides in Sharon, Vermont with her husband, John.
Madeline worked for Prentice Hall and then Lever Brothers, Edgewater, NJ in Consumer Testing, at a job she loved, for 22 years. She was on a bowling league and she and Phil took dance lessons, being the first and last on the dance floor at any of the many family weddings and celebrations. She and Phil retired to Sea girt, NJ and Colony Cove in Ellenton, Florida where she was very active, walking 2 miles each and every morning, playing tennis, league bowling, playing on various card team, attended church and loved to travel all over the world. Even after Phil died, she traveled to the Holy Lands, something she always wanted to do. As she slowed down, she never stopped moving, motivating her facility to initiate more exercises classes and WI Bowling. She moved to VT three years ago when she knew her eye sight was failing and she could no longer drive.
She leaves behind her children and grandchildren Alicia (Judah) Getz, Michael (Merron) Lanza and 5 great grandchildren, Saida and Benjamin Getz and Carter, Bailey and Roman Lanza and is loved by many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at O’Brien’s Funeral Home, Wall, NJ, of Friday 6/24/22 from 3-7. Funeral mass at St Mark’s will be at 9:30 am Saturday 6/25, with burial to follow at Atlantic View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family would love to continue Madeline’s consistent support to her local food bank. Please donate to your local area and she will have fed people all around the country. She was also known as “The Hostess with the Mostest.” Italians always show their love through food.
The family will be eternally grateful for the three years of loving, extraordinary care from Valley Terrace and Bayada Hospice, bringing comfort and support these past six weeks.