Maria Mattessich

maria  mattessich

May 23, 1937 ~ May 9, 2024

Born in: Susak, Croatia
Resided in: Palisades Park , NJ

Maria Mattessich (nee:Bussanich), age 86, of Palisades Park, passed away on Thursday May 9, 2024.  Born on May 23rd, 1937, in Susak, Croatia to the late Giovanni and Francesca (nee: Piccinich) Bussanich.  Maria immigrated to Hoboken, N.J. when she was 14.  In her early life Maria worked as a seamstress.  She later worked in Grand Union and A &P for many years.

She will always be remembered for her love of singing and dancing.  Maria enjoyed gardening and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a devout catholic and very involved in her parish.  She also enjoyed traveling and visited many different places.  Maria was a kind soul who was always willing to help a friend in need.

Maria is predeceased by her beloved husband, Celestino and loving son Raymond. Cherished mother of Joann and son in law Jeffery, Daniel and daughter in law Natalie, Celeste and son in law Ari, daughter in law Vivian.   Beloved grandmother of Samantha, Sarah, Jacob, Evan and Zoe.

The family will receive their friends on Monday, May 13th from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AMat the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home,  327 Main Street “opposite the Fort Lee Library”.  The funeral will leave at 11:30 AM for funeral mass in St. Nicholas  R.C. Church Palisades Park at 12:00 PM.   For condolences, directions, or information or call (201) 944-0100.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations can be made in Maia’s name to the American Heart Association.


Visitation: May 13, 2024 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 7024

Funeral Mass: May 13, 2024 12:00 pm

St. Nicholas R.C. Church
442 E.Brinkerhoff Avenue
Palisades Park, NJ 7650

Entombment: May 13, 2024 1:00 pm

Madonna Mausoleum
2070 Hoefleys Lane
Fort Lee, NJ 7024

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  1. Deepest heartfelt condolences on the passing of your beloved Mother. She was an amazing person and a dear friend.
    Caterina Hroncich

  2. Maria was an amazing woman. I was lucky enough to have many conversations with her and always enjoyed her company. She will be missed!!!

  3. Dear JoAnn, Danny and Celeste,

    Dina and I were deeply saddened upon hearing of your mom’s passing. Yet, I have fond memories of the times I had together with your family and your brother Ray. As teenage boys, we learned how to be shade tree mechanics. As an adult, I often wondered how your mom and dad put up with us. They truly are saints!

    I recall wonderful dinners that your mom prepared for two teenaged boys with voracious appetites. Your mom did so lovingly even though the household was quite busy with a baby, toddler, and a young teenage girl at that time.

    My fondest memory is meeting my wife Dina through you.

    Yes, death brings sadness. Yet we celebrate life as we recall the good times!

    God bless,
    John and Dina Tarabocchia (Tampa)

    PS: When things settle, JoAnn / Jeff shoot me an email.

  4. Maria Mattessich was an active member of the St. Nicholas Church’s family for many years. She was a friend we could count on, always present at our events, and always helping with a smile. We will miss you, Maria. May you rest in peace in the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Your friends at St. Nicholas.

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