Ethel Helena Matranga

ethel matranga

July 15, 1931 ~ June 12, 2019

Matranga, Ethel Helena (nee: Braun), age 87, of Miramar, Florida, passed away on June 12, 2019. Ethel was born in Ossining, NY to Sarah Agnes Johnson and Leslie Braun. Ethel attended Ossining High School and graduated in 1949. Ethel worked as a waitress for 13 years at the “Half Moon Restaurant” and later at the Holiday Inn in Hollywood Florida for 22 years. Ethel finished her career at “Wild Flowers the Florist” in Hollywood, Florida.

Ethel’s favorite hobby was Bingo. She would attend Bingo up to three times a week. Ethel also loved to travel to most anywhere. Ethel loved to cook family meals and everyone was always welcome. Ethel enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Beloved wife of the late George Matranga, Sr. Devoted mother of Linda Allbritton and her husband Don, JoAnn Matranga, George Matranga, Jr. and his wife Ilkay, Lois Matranga-Kauz and her husband David, Michael Matranga, Sr. and his wife Eileen, and Scott Matranga. Cherished grandmother of Lisa, Tammy, Jay, Peter, Tracy, Candace, Mikey Jr., Ashley, Anthony, Christopher, Scotty Jr., Adored great-grandmother of 19 and 2 Great – Great grandchildren. Dear sister of Gladys Farrell, Leslie Braun, Jr. and late brothers George and John Johnson and late sister Florence Braun.

The family will receive their friends on Thursday 4-8 pm at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home 327 Main Street “opposite the Fort Lee Library”. All are asked to Assemble Friday in the Garden of Memories at 11:30 am for services.


Prayer Service: June 14, 2019 11:30 am

Garden of Memories
Soldier Hill Raod
Washington Twp., NJ 07675

Visitation at Funeral Home: June 13, 2019 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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

Final Resting Place:

Garden of Memories
Soldier Hill Raod
Washington Twp., NJ 07675

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  1. Our Mother has been the sweetest, most tolerant, patient person in the whole world.
    Surrounded by a very large family she would provide whatever the situation at hand called for
    and never expect anything in return. She was a
    Quiet spectator always coming up with solutions to many of life’s challenges. She will be missed by all who had been fortunate to have known her, all who have had the pleasure to have just
    sat down and had a conversation with this most
    spectacular kind woman who loved her family unconditionally. I know as her first child she ever held in her arms, she will be missed terribly
    By everyone.

  2. To Scott, and the entire Matranga Family. I wanted to express my condolences to all of You by saying how sorry I am for your loss. I truly loved meeting your Mom, Although I met Ethel towards the end of her life, I consider it a great gift and a pleasure to have known her although for short time. in life, sometimes God puts certain people in our path, to teach us certain things, or to help us in getting through life's journey. I believe I met Ethel to allow me to know what real kindness and love is in a person, and allow me to see a true role model of a great Mom. I know that there are no words that can help fill the void of losing such an important person in ones life. But I want the Family to know that you are all in my prayers, and I will miss Ethel too. I love all of you.


  3. I will always remember my Aunt Ethal with great fondness and love. She was truly a kind and loving "Auntie." I send my most sincere condolences to my cousins with a virtual hug to all of you.
    I will always remember the times when our families got together on Sunday mornings eating fresh danish from Alter's Bakery; the evenings at the Half Moon Restaurant when we enjoyed her wonderful company and great pizza.
    Auntie, although I have been so far away that I could not visit you, I will always smile when I picture your face and remember your ready smile and sincere sweetness, I know you are now in very good company, playing BINGO with the angels.
    Dear cousins, the pain of losing one's Mom will transition to the joy of remembering the many memories of her love, a lesson learned from having been there.

    All my love,
    Nettie Lizotte Fischer

  4. Dear JoAnn, Tracy and the rest of the Matranga Family,

    We send you our most sincere condolences during this difficult time! We are here for you for anything you need always!
    Wishing that the memories you all have of her help you through this sad time.

    Sending all our love,

    Susana, Jason and Andie.

  5. To the Matranga Family, I send you my deepest sympathies at the loss of your Mom, Ethel. I worked with her at my parents’ restaurant; she taught me how to be a good waitress, all while she did her job very effectively. She was a sweet, charming, and very pleasant lady, who always acted as if all was well, no matter how she felt. She will be missed but never forgotten by the people who knew and loved her!

  6. My whole life my Grandma has been a shining example for how to treat people and how to live with dignity and strength. She was the best and I could not be more proud to be her grandson. Love you Grandma.

  7. God Bless you Aunt Ethel May you RIP. God will keep you in his loving arms.
    To the family, I'm so sorry for your loss., she was a wonderful woman. I was proud to call her my Aunt.

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