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Pearline T. Nazzaro


Pearline T. Nazzaro, age 89, of Pompton Plains, passed peacefully at home with the comfort of family surrounding her, on Saturday, February 11, 2017.

She was born in Paterson to the late Loreto and Anna Toppetta and graduated from Central High School in Paterson with the Class of 1945. She lived in Paterson and Wayne before moving to Pompton Plains twelve years ago.

Just out of high school, Pearline worked for New Jersey Bell Telephone Company in Paterson as a switchboard operator before getting married. She was introduced to a handsome young man named Rocco Nazzaro by her father and her father-in-law to be who both worked for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Rocco was in medical school studying to be a dentist and gave Pearline his fraternity pin pledging his love for her. They married on April 25, 1948 and honeymooned in Washington, D.C. during the Cherry Blossom Festival. Pearline and Rocco enjoyed fifty years of loving and devoted marriage before his passing in 1997.

Pearline will be remembered as a giving, outgoing, friendly, person who loved people. She can be quoted as saying “I’m the wealthiest person on earth” regarding the love she gave and received from her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She never had a bad word to say about anyone and always had a positive attitude towards just about every aspect of life. She also had great respect and care for those less fortunate than herself, often preparing grocery bags of food she would just give away to those in need. She was an amazing cook, who learned her way around the kitchen from her mother and mother-in-law. She found great joy in making incredible Sunday dinners where everything was made from scratch for upwards of fifteen people. The special ingredient of love in her recipes will always be lovingly remembered.

Pearline was dedicated to her community as well. She was a member of the Wayne UNICO, served as a Den Mother for the Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts, and served with the Brownies and Girl Scouts during her children’s formative years. Pearline had lots of room in her heart for animals as well. Over the years she was host to dogs, cats, ducks, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, a monkey, a parrot, turtles, and fish. She will also be missed by her grand-dog Riley who loved to visit her.

Pearline was the loving wife of fifty years to the late Rocco P. Nazzaro, DDS (1997); devoted mother of Rocco L. Nazzaro and his wife Dorothy of Kinnelon, Virginia Bailey of Pompton Plains, Kathleen Stanicki and her husband Gary of Albrightsville, PA, Loretta Nazzaro-Maloney and her husband Martin of Pompton Plains, Lou Nazzaro and his wife Eileen of Lincoln Park; much loved sister of Loretta Luyster and her husband James of North Haledon; cherished grandmother of Anthony, Rocco G., David, Charles, Nicholas, Brian, and Breanna; dearly loved great-grandmother of Austin, Kyle, Timothy, Vincent, Dylan and Ryan.

Friends may visit with the family from 3-7 PM on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne. A Celebration of Pearline’s life prayer service will be held 6 PM during the visitation hours.

A 10 AM Funeral Service will be held on Friday, February 17, 2017 at the funeral home.

Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations to the Abundant Life Worship Center, 103 Jacksonville Road, Lincoln Park, NJ 07035 or St Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memorial Processing, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105-9959, or visit to donate on line.

Guest Book


Pearline was such a wonderful, classy lady. We enjoyed spending holidays with her at Anthony and Heather's. She will truly be missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. With heartfelt sympathy. Charlie and Carol Ehm

Charlie and Carol Ehm


Dear Dot and Rocco. Please know David and I are sad to hear of the loss of your Mother / Mother-in Law! What a wonderful Woman she was after reading her obituary. Sorry we did not get to know her! What an absolutely wonderful Christian lady! You are so lucky and blessed to have had her as long as you did! thinking of you all and know you will have quite a celebration of life service! Miss you Hugs and kisses to all! Gloria and David Gray

Gloria Gray


Mom , I wonder if you realized how many life's you have touched.My condolences to the family ,Ginny know she's in Heaven with Doc and my mom ,dad , my family .Iwill miss & love then Always Not a day goes by I don't think of Everyone . With Love Always God Bless This is a sad day , a part of this life that can not be prepared for Ever

Chris Bailey


Dear Dot and Rocco and Family, Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Ingrid Lauber


I have many fond memories of Aunt Pearline! Visiting Aunt Pearline and Uncle Rocco was a high light of my childhood! There was always plenty of relatives,great food and lots of fun! Even as I got older, I always looked forward to seeing Aunt Pearline when I went home to visit my Mom. She will be greatly missed!

Greg and Betty -Lou Romaine


We will all forever remember fondly that happy and outgoing lady, who was actually in our lives twice, 40 years apart. Loretta, our hearts, especially mine (Bobby) breaks for your loss, and we wish you peace. You are about the best daughter a mother could ask for. I hope EVERYONE knows that ?????????????? Please know if it were possible we would be there on Friday, but we are there in spirit...

Claire, Bobby & Lee

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