~~Natalie E. Albright, 89, of Springfield N.J., passed away into God’s loving arms, on Sunday, September 24, after a brief illness.
A mass of Christian burial will be held at Saint James R.C. Church, in Springfield, on Thursday, September 28th at 11:30 am. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 27th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Smith and Smith Funeral home in Springfield N.J.
Born in Newark on Christmas day to Pasquale and Marietta Iarossi, Natalie was one of 6 children. As a young girl, she worked alongside her father at Iarossi’s bakery. When World War II broke out, Natalie went to work for The N.J. Bell Telephone Company: a career that would span over 40 years. She was also a professional ceramic and needlepoint artist. For decades she made preemie clothes, through the Embroidery Guild of America, for various hospitals. Married to Jack Albright on Sept. 14, 1947, they enjoyed 56 years of marriage, until Jack’s passing in 2004.
For many years, one could find Natalie at the St. James Festival, making sausage and peppers. She was a caring and outgoing person. Her love extended to animals as well. She was starting to get a few complaints at her apartment complex, as she fed all the stray cats and birds, on a daily basis, commenting, “ I have to take care of St. Francis’ animals”.
Natalie was a member of The Senior Citizens of St. James Parish, The Pioneers Club, The Embroidery Guild, The Damiano-Natoli Assoc., The Springfield Seniors Group, The Seton Hall Prep Mother’s Club and many other volunteer organizations. Her passion for life, her dedication to our Blessed Mother, her unbounding love and commitment to family and friends will be sorely missed.
Natalie leaves behind her children, Lance, Glen and his wife Mary, her sister Mary Iarossi, her two grandchildren, Kristen James and Blair Perrina, her nieces Allison Leiter and Robyn DeMattia, her sister in law Joan Ronde and her husband Tony and numerous friends and loved ones.
In Lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude’s Research Hospital or The Humane Society would be appreciated.