~~Irma Nittoli Morgese, 95, passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2015 in Napa, California, where she had lived for the past 20 years. Prior to that, she lived in San Francisco where she moved from Morris Plains, New Jersey, in 1984.
The daughter of James and Josephine (De Paolo) Nittoli, Mrs. Morgese was born in Newark in 1920. She attended Our Lady of Good Counsel High School and New Jersey State Teachers College in Newark. Mrs. Morgese taught in Bridgewater Township and Newark public schools for 19 years and was a member of the Newark Teachers Association.
Whether in New Jersey or California, Mrs. Morgese was always an active parishioner, but especially at St Phillips Church in San Francisco. Her clear soprano was welcome in any church choir. She brought her experience as a teacher to her roles as lector and CCD instructor. Gifted with a needle and thread, her Altar Society work ranged from laundering purificators to hemming vestments to sewing complete sets of altar linens. Naturally outgoing and sociable, she was an asset to any parish social organization such as the Women’s Guild or Lunch with Friends.
She is survived by her children: Richard, of San Francisco, Albert and his wife Beth (Todd) of Napa, Vincent and his wife Victoria (Curtis) of Napa; her two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Albert; her brother, Michael Nittoli of Ewing, New Jersey; her nephew, James Lecky and his partner Robert Hartman of Newark; and family friend Sandi DeNuto of San Francisco. She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Albert N. Morgese, an orthopedic surgeon, and her sister, Lena (Nittoli) Lecky, a Newark teacher.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at Notre Dame of Mt. Carmel Church, 75 Ridgedale Ave in Cedar Knolls on Monday, November 30th at 10:00am. Entombment will follow at Holy Rood Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit at Bradley-Braviak Funeral Home, 49 Whippany Rd, Whippany on Sunday, November 29th, from 3 to 7pm.