Mary Terranova

mary terranova

January 25, 1923 ~ April 22, 2020

Mary Terranova (nee Gullace) age 97 of Ramsey, formerly of Palisades Park passed on April, 22, 2020. Mary was born in Jersey City, N.J. to the late Giacomo and Pauline Gullace. Mary was beloved wife of Tony (Skimps) and devoted mother to Tom, Bob and Jim and mother-in-law to Cathy, Judy and Debbie. She was the cherished Grandma of seven and Great Grandma of 8. She loved spending time with her family. She will always be remembered as a warm and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and sister to her many siblings.

Mary was a former parishioner of St. Nicholas R. C. Church and sustained a lifelong faith in God. She was a kind and loving homemaker and a great cook, always baking for her family and friends.

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Graveside Service: April 27, 2020 1:00 pm

Madonna Mausoleum
2070 Hoefleys Lane
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Final Resting Place:

Madonna Mausoleum
2070 Hoefleys Lane
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

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  1. My deepest condolences to the Terranova family. Mary was a special person. May she Rest In Peace .
    Lisa Lattarulo and family

  2. Gram was quite a special lady. Mary made me feel as part of her family from the first visit to her home as just a young boyfriend to her granddaughter(Trish). I feel very fortunate to have become part of her family moving forward.She force fed me ,although she didn’t need to with her great cooking skill. That was her though.., making sure you felt comfortable. Making sure you were fed and doing well.Making you feel special . Mary had a great combination of personality : a sense of humor & genuine care.,with a touch of stubborn (: writing Mary for the sake of this post seems odd as..I called Mary “gram” — and it felt natural and accepted. , as that’s what she felt like to me. Gram LOVEd her family most of all. Her kids ,grandkids,great grandkids etc,. (even in-law grandkids:) . Mary will surely be missed and while leaving us with so many memories, she will always be remembered. -Chris

  3. A beautiful soul and lady to know. Your Aunt was a joy to be around and I am so happy we got to share time with you all while visiting with her and your Mom in many instances over the years. Some of the best childhood memories are filled with the strong ladies of your family. May she Rest In Peace. Love to you all.

    Cassie, Ben and Alex ❤️

  4. Aunt Mary
    I recall how you always lit a room when you entered and I recall how happy all would be when you walked in especially Grandma Ann!! So Many memories of you two clowning around laughing and having good time.
    you will truly be missed , Heaven has gained one more great Angel!!!

    Michael and Maryann Reardon

  5. Aunt Mary, your kindness and simple joy and happiness are among some of my best memories. God, keep her well as I know you will and she has surely earned. – Great-nephew Rob Morris

  6. A Tribute to MaryA Tribute to Mary:

    Mary was always full steam ahead! She was always cheerful and delightful, and so full of life, which no doubt, was instilled from the warmth and compassion she shared and received from her loving family and friends. Truly she was always so highly spirited in a way that when you would see her, she would always add a sparkle to your eyes while adding an extra beat to your heart. As she extended her gentle and kind hand or wrapped you with her warm and tightened embrace, you could feel her loving energy flowing from within.

    Yes she was a skillful and almighty chef, wielding a spoon or a whisk to anyone that came near her table and would wield it once more if you didn’t sit at her table and eat! And so, while the delicious scent from the kitchen permeated the house with a pleasant aroma, her constant and unstoppable boisterous laughter also filled any nooks or crannies that were left unbuttered.

    Although we will no longer hear her true laughter, her laughter will be shared with all the loved ones we miss and loved in the past. And so, I say to all — the next time thunder cracks through the clouds – – Remember this – – Mary is now stirring the heavens and yelling “Bingo!”

    With loving memories,
    The Longo Family

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