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Theresa "Terri" Del Mauro

2/4/2017



Theresa J. Del Mauro (Terri), 81 of Wayne, died on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017.

Terri was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. She was the 4th child of 1st generation Italian-Americans Antonetta Contursi and John A. Del Mauro Sr. She was predeceased by all of her siblings, Phyllis LaPolla, Nina Lelinho, Arthur and John Del Mauro Jr. Sadly, Terri lost her father when she was only 10 years old and her mother had to take on the task of raising five children on her own.

As a testament to her mother’s dedication to the family Terri was instilled with a strong sense of family values from an early age which would stay with her all her life. Terri graduated from Central High School in 1953. She had aspirations and the opportunity to pursue a career in modeling. She had an interview with a New York Agency but couldn’t deal with being away from her family. After graduating from high school she then began work as a key punch operator at Prudential Insurance in Newark, and remained there until she started her own family. She enjoyed time down the Jersey Shore with her friends at the Chatterbox, dancing at the Terrace Ballroom in Newark, and The Plaza in Paterson as well as attending Broadway Shows. She had many stories to tell about seeing Frank Sinatra live on numerous occasions as well as the entire Rat Pack in Las Vegas.

She met Peter Barbier Sr. (1997) also from Newark and they married in 1958. Although their marriage ended in a divorce in 1975, they were both very proud of the three children they brought into the world together. Terri did much of the child rearing herself after the divorce with the values instilled from her upbringing. She was able to take a night shift job at Data Processing in Bloomfield so that she was available to her children during the day, knowing her kids were safe at home with their grandmother. She was able to attend all her children’s school events, was a member of the PTA, chaperoned class trips and remained a vital part of their lives throughout all their formative years. Her children recall she even rode the log flume at Great Adventure during one of those class trips and they recall that she was their for them in every capacity.

Later in life, Terri was able to travel a bit and had visited Hawaii with her daughter and son-in-law as recent as 2015 for her 80th Birthday. She also traveled to the Bahamas and Las Vegas, as well as numerous day trips to Atlantic City. She was also active with the Italian American Club in Totowa, where she served as treasurer for a few years before resigning in 2014 when her health started failing. Friends will recall that she was meticulous in keeping the books balanced, and equally meticulous about her appearance and recall she would never leave the house without her lipstick.

Terri is survived by her three children; Dr. Andrea Barbier and her husband Anthony Gagliano of Wayne, Charles Barbier of Callicoon, NY, and Peter Barbier, Jr. of Wayne, one grandson; Peter John Barbier of Bloomfield, as well as 80 cousins, nieces and nephews. She is also loved by numerous friends, and will be especially missed by her Yorkshire Terrier Phoebe.

Terri a lifelong non-smoker, left us on February 4th from complications of Pneumonia and underlying Pulmonary Fibrosis. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations can be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org.  Terri was a contributor to other foundations such as the American Diabetes Association and the ASPCA.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Wed. Feb. 8, 2017 from 2-4pm & 6-9 PM. Funeral Services will be held at 9:30 AM on Friday Feb. 10, 2017 from the funeral home, then to Immaculate Heart of Mary RC Church, Wayne, where at 10:30 AM a Funeral Mass will be offered. Burial will follow at the Glendale Cemetery in Bloomfield.

Guest Book

2/6/2017

I hope this poem comforts our family in this time of need... We are all creatures of this great earth- interconnected in ways beyond understanding. Take elephants, So big. So strong. And yet, when a member of the herd passes, even elephants mourn. They gather around, extend their trunks, and gently touch the tusks of their fallen friend. It's their ritual. It's how they heal. And it's sad. And it's beautiful. So maybe what I'm trying to say is that the world doesn't expect you to be fine with this. Be how you need to be. Mourn how you need to mourn. And know that you're thought of with love.

Anthony Gagliano

2/6/2017

What a wonderful picture of Aunt Terry. So sad to hear about her passing. The Rose family are sending our condolences. Love Dina, Craig, Madison and Maxwell

Dina Rose

2/7/2017

I remember as a little girl watching you get dressed and putting on makeup. You were my "idol" and I always wanted to grow up to be just like you. Well, I doubt I could ever follow in your footsteps. You were beautiful inside and out, and always kind to everyone. I love you. Barbara

Barbara Michaelson

2/7/2017

May the Lord comfort Dr. Barbier and the family.

Anwar Ghali, MD

2/8/2017

Prayer for a mother who has died Dear Lord, relying on your promises to us, I turn to you in trust that my mother is with you and is enjoying your embrace. You alone know how she loved the best she could and how faithful she endured the struggles she faced. You know the graces you gave her and the grace SHE was for me, and so many. For all the ways she truly loved, please reward her Lord. May she enjoy the communion of all her family and friends who are with you. I ask you this with the faith in the resurrection, trusting my mother's love, that she know my love for her. Baby Girl (I hated when you called me that) Andrea

Andrea

2/8/2017

We are so sad to learn of beautiful Terri's passing and are thinking of you during this difficult time. With much love...

Anu Vijay Ria

2/9/2017

Our deepest sympathy thoughts and prayers are with you Dr B and your family, may the memories you shared remain forever close to your heart. Your Mom obviously was an incredible women to have such a loving caring daughter now God has a special angel. All our love at this difficult time ` the Henry Family XO

Cindy Henry Capasso


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