Obituary of Ann M. Zito
Ann M. Zito, 97, of Pompton Plains, formerly of Matawan, died at home Saturday, November 20, 2021 in the care of her Family.
The daughter of Orlando and Frances Micalizio, Ann was born and raised in Brooklyn. She graduated from high school there at the age of 16, and went on to earn her B.A. in Education from Hunter's College at the age of 20.
She fell quickly in love with Roland Zito after meeting the WWII Veteran at the Colony Club in New York City, and in June of 1951, the couple wed. They lived first in Kew Gardens, Queens before moving to Matawan, New Jersey, and there raised a son and a daughter.
In addition to caring for her family, Ann worked as a Kindergarten and First Grade Teacher for the Matawan School District. Officially retiring in 1987, she continued working a variety of jobs for the rest of her life, including as a clerk at the Chamber of Commerce in Matawan.
Ann and Roland greatly enjoyed traveling after retirement, and their adventurous spirit brought them to Italy (many times over), as well as Norway and Sweden, and even Alaska. They also greatly enjoyed visiting many of our Nation's National Parks, including Yosemite and Yellowstone.
For more than a decade, she drove to Florida every year with her cousins to spend her winters in its warm climate. The trio had a great time visiting family and friends throughout the state, and always came home with lots of fun stories to share.
In 2004, Ann and Roland moved to Cedar Crest Village in Pompton Plains to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Ann loved the retirement community, and became very involved in many of its activities, including bingo, movie night, teaching Italian, painting (there are many at her home), guitar, dinners, social events and the weekly Friday night Happy Hour. For a woman always on the move, Cedar Crest had enough to offer to keep her going non-stop.
Ann was a strong, independent, articulate and nurturing woman. Her grandchildren especially will fondly remember her homemade chocolate chip cookies and her "Bama soup"; the simple concoction of chicken broth and pastina that warmed their bellies, and their hearts and their bellies.
Ann is lovingly survived by her children, Lorraine Zito Waitkus, her husband Jonathan, Roy Zito- Wolf and his wife, Candy: and her grandchildren: Alex Zito-Wolf, Ariana Zito-Wolf, Alana Waitkus, Lucas Waitkus, James Mavis and Rachael Smith. She was predeceased by her husband Roland in 2012.
Visiting Hours will be Sunday, November 28 from 2 to 6 at the Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be held 12 (noon) Monday, November 29th, at the Interfaith Chapel at Cedar Crest Village, 1 Cedar Crest Drive, Pompton Plains. Cremation will be private.