Ann Squitieri

ann squitieri

March 23, 1925 ~ December 20, 2017

Ann Squitieri, 92, left this world to be with our Lord and her loved ones on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Ann ( nee Angelina DePalma ) was born March 23, 1925 in Scranton, PA. Early on, the family moved to Bronx, NY where she grew up with her 5 sisters and 4 brothers. Ann's schooling was meritorious as she skipped grades throughout and eventually worked as a Head Bookkeeper for various companies.

Ann married the love of her life, Joseph Squitieri in 1952 and moved to Leonia, NJ with their 4 year old twin boys, Alan and Louis, in 1957. Their third son, Joseph, was born in December of that same year. They were Leonia residents for 58 years. Ann continued to work as both Payroll and Business Manager for Double J Trucking Co. owned and operated by her husband, Joseph. Ann moved to Brighton Gardens Assisted Living in Middletown, NJ in 2014 and more recently to Rosecastle Assisted Living, Brandon, Fl.

Ann was an avid solver of crossword puzzles, amazing homemaker, and baked the most scrumptious and envied Christmas cookies. The Italian Anisette Christmas cookies are legendary and continue to be enjoyed as Deeda's granddaughter Erin, has most admirably honored this family tradition.

Ann, or Nini, or Deeda, or Grandma, as she was affectionately addressed, was the heart and soul of the family. Kind, wise, loving, supportive, non-judgmental, and insightful, Ann was truly a special and cherished woman. She was blessed and loved by all and will be deeply missed.

Ann is survived by her two devoted sons, Alan Squitieri, Red Bank, NJ, and Joseph Squitieri along with his spouse, Nancy, Brandon, Fl., sister Marguerite Fasching, nieces; Rae Bugliarello, Nancy Laiosa, Rose Ludwig, Zisa Monteleone and her spouse, John, Laura Palanza and her spouse, Les, Deborah Little, Lisa Palanza, Nancy DePalma Zimmer, Mary Kimbark, and Valerie Collins, nephews; Anthony Ferrara and his spouse, Anne, John Palanza, Robert Palanza and his spouse, Patty, 6 grandchildren; Megan Squitieri, Erin Pagnanelli and husband Michael, Mark Squitieri, Amanda Warren and her husband, Edmond, David Squitieri and Jessica Squitieri, great granddaughter, Emelia Ann Pagnanelli and daughter-in-law, Alison Squitieri. Ann is predeceased by her beloved husband, Joseph, her son Louis Squitieri, and 8 of her brothers and sisters.

A one hour viewing is scheduled on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 12:00 pm at Frank A. Patti Funeral Home, Fort Lee, NJ. to be followed by an enichement ceremony and blessing at Madonna Cemetery, Fort Lee, NJ. Friends and relatives are invited to attend a celebration of Ann's life following the services at Napoli Restaurant in Fort Lee, NJ. For condolences, directions, or information call (201) 944-0100 or


Funeral Service: January 26, 2018 12:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Visitation at Funeral Home: January 26, 2018 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Final Resting Place:

Madonna Mausoleum
2070 Hoefleys Lane
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

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  1. To my Beautiful Nee,
    Whom I LOVE with all my HEART ❤️ ‼️
    So many beautiful, wonderful memories ‼️‼️‼️
    Love you forever and always,

  2. The description of Nini in her obituary could not be closer to the truth. The words “Kind, wise, loving, supportive,…” perfectly capture her essence as a person, and her position in the family as its “heart and soul.”
    In reflecting on our relationship, what stands out is her wonderful and rare ability to accurately hear my concerns and offer wise guidance. I am forever grateful for the counsel she offered me as a teenager when we both lived at 480 Concord Avenue in the Bronx. I deeply prize the later time we spent together in Leonia prior to my retirement and moving to Maine. (She loved her ritual of starting the day doing the crossword puzzle, listening to the radio, reading the local paper, and nibbling at a piece of cinnamon toast while she sipped her coffee.) While not without concerns for family and our world during this time, I experienced her to be very much at peace.

    It was always amazing to me and Anne that she was able to keep track of all our children and grandchildren, and we know she did this for many of her nieces and nephews. She was always our reliable source of info about the extended family. In later years, she kept notes so she would be able to report accurately on the family’s comings and goings. And how Laraine loved and treasured her. Their weekly conversations brought so much joy to both of them.

    Nini had the rare gift of being fully present to others, as well as being an extraordinary conversationalist and counselor. She made all our lives better because of the meaning she had found in her own life. Rest in peace, dear Aunt Nini, now being called “Angelina” once again.

    Anthony and Anne

  3. Nini,

    You will be missed, remembered and loved everyday. You are a kind and gentle soul with so much love. Thank you for loving me. I love you. I know you are a beautiful Angel in Heaven.

    Alison Squitieri

  4. So many memories of spending time during the summers at 180 Christie St in Leonia. Love you Aunt Nini! Give my mom a big hug!

  5. Aunt Nini was a gem. So kindhearted and sweet and she had such a wonderful sense of humor. I am so happy that I got to spend the day with her last May just before she left for Florida. I have seen pictures of Aunt Nini when she was young – they just don’t make women like that anymore. She was so beautiful! I was blessed to call her “Aunt” and I will miss her.

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