Elvira Pezzolla, of Wayne, formerly of Pompano Beach, FL, died suddenly on Sunday, August 6, 2017, just days after celebrating her 92nd birthday.
Born at home in Jersey City, Elvira was the daughter of Rocco and Catarina Leone. Raised there, she graduated Dickinson High School before moving to Wood Ridge with her family. She then secured a job with the NJ Department of Labor.
She met and fell in love with Pat Pezzolla from Lyndhurst, New Jersey. In 1945 they married and lived briefly in Lyndhurst before buying a home in Wood Ridge, where they raised a son and a daughter.
Sadly, Pat died suddenly in 1976, leaving Elvira a widow before turning 50. She made the most of her situation and was a strong foundation for her family. Going back to work, she regained employment as a Claims Examiner with the NJ Department of Labor.
Retiring in 1986, Elvira moved to Pompano Beach, Florida, and lived there until returning to NJ in 2010. While in Florida, she greatly enjoyed life on the water, and regularly would organize senior trips to Miami, where she would entertain her friends by telling jokes on the bus.
A talented and opinionated Italian cook, Elvira loved to share her knowledge in the kitchen, and to talk food with anyone that would listen. She would regularly share her recipes, and was doing just that while being treated in the ICU just hours before her death. The Food Network was always on in her room, and she would jump at any chance to attend meet-&-greets with her favorite chefs, especially Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich, who would greet Elvira as a friendly face.
Elvira is lovingly survived by her children, Janet Geisler and Chris Pezzolla and his wife Simone; and her grandchildren, Thomas Geisler, Kyle Pezzolla and Lisa Pezzolla.
Visiting hours will be held Wednesday from 5-8 pm at the funeral home, with a funeral service to be held at 7:30pm to conclude visitation. Cremation will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Elvira’s memory to the American Heart Association or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital would be greatly appreciated.