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Antonia Gorga

3/3/2017

Antonia Gorga (nee Campiglia) age 66 of Wayne passed away peacefully on Friday March 3rd, 2017 with her loving family by her side.

Antonia was born in Sala Consilina, Italy. She struggled early in her life, her mom had passed away when she was only twelve years old.  Her father told her that he was going to work in Venezuela but never returned.  Antonia was left to be raised by her grandmother, who passed on from her previous generations a strong work ethic and the idea that there is nothing more important than family.

While growing up in Sala Consilina, at about the age of thirteen, Antonia met a young man by the name of Giacinto “Gino” Gorga. They met in the Piazza in Sala Consilina which happened to be Gino’s twentieth birthday. You could probably say that it was love at first sight, immediately Gino wanted to speak with her. However, Antonia being only thirteen years old, told Gino that he would have to come to the house where she lived with her grandmother and speak with her there. One week later Gino and his parents went to Antonia’s house to share a meal. While they were there, Antonia was preparing the sauce, grinding up tomatoes and including the skin of the tomatoes as well. Gino saw this and told her that he didn’t like the skin and that she shouldn’t put it in the sauce. This sort of set the tone for their relationship.

Gino and Antonia dated for about six months and unfortunately broke up. Five years later, while Gino was in the United States, in 1969 to visit his sister Maria, he wrote letters to Antonia saying that he couldn’t stop thinking about her and that he wanted to marry her. Antonia wrote back to him saying that she wanted to marry him but he would have to come back to Italy if he really wanted her. On September 28, 1969, Gino flew back to Italy and on December 27, 1969 Gino and Antonia were husband and wife. They were married only a short time when they decided that there was a better life waiting for them in America. On October 13, 1971 Antonia and Gino, without being able to speak a word of English bravely left behind their life in Italy to travel to the United States in search of the American Dream. Antonia was also a couple of months pregnant with her first child, unbeknownst to her.

They settled in Paterson when they first arrived in a small attic apartment. Gino got a job washing dishes in a small restaurant called the Mona Lisa in West Paterson. Paterson was the place they would call their home for many years and raise their two children, Teresa and Giuseppe. Antonia quickly settled into the role she would keep and dedicate herself the rest of her life, a homemaker. Gino later moved in to the business of construction and worked long hours. No matter what time Gino got home from work, there was also a clean house and a hot home cooked dinner on the table. Being a devoted mom and wife seemed to come very natural to Antonia. She had dinner on the table at 5:30 every day for her family Monday through Saturday. Sunday dinners were always at two o’clock sharp and not a minute after. Antonia had a strong dedication to her faith as well. While living in Paterson for many years they were parishioners of St Mary’s RC Church and later at St. Gerard’s RC Church also in Paterson. Eventually Gino and Antonia move to the Town of Wayne, where they have lived for the last fourteen years.

Antonia was an amazing cook, her daughter Teresa Giudice has four cook books published, all of them influenced by her mom. One of them with the title “Fabulicious” includes a photo of the family’s three generation together, Antonia, Teresa and her granddaughter Gia. Antonia enjoyed traveling with her family all throughout the Caribbean, Punta Cana being one of her favorite places. She was very fortunate to have spent her last vacation there in November of 2016. To say that Antonia was devoted to her family would be an understatement. She never missed a family gathering, birthday or holiday. While her son Giuseppe, “Joey”, who she affectionately called “Jovi”, was growing up, she never missed a football game or sporting event he played. Her son Joe would always look to the crowd for his mom and she was always there. Antonia would always say that every game she hear the announcer shout, “Touch-a-down Joe Gorga.” Later when Joe went to work in construction, he too would work long hours like his dad did, sometimes coming home past eleven o’clock at night, but his mom would always get up out of bed and make him something fresh to eat.

Antonia fell into roll of grandmother with great ease, there was nothing more precious to her than her grandchildren. Antonia and Giacinto cherished forty-eight years of loving and loyal marriage. There was a classic beauty about Antonia, but at the same time a quiet innocence as well, and she could always make you laugh. Antonia always put her family first even before herself. She was a truly selfless person. She was extraordinarily sweet yet wonderfully simple as well. She touched the lived of so many people and will be sincerely missed everyone that knew her.

Antonia was the loving wife of Giacinto Gorga of Wayne for 47 years, devoted mother of her son Giuseppe Gorga and his wife Melissa of Montville, and her daughter Teresa Giudice and her husband Giuseppe of Towaco, cherished grandmother to Gia Giudice, Gabriella Giudice, Milania Giudice, Audriana Giudice, Antonia Gorga, Giuseppe Gorga, and Gino Gorga.

Funeral services and visitation will be held privately.

Guest Book

3/7/2017

Rest peacefully Mrs.Gorga.

Cyndi Gillingham

3/7/2017

My deepest sympathy to you n your family. She was so young. You will always have your memories with your mother. Hold on the times you shared,That is the only thing we have memories. Losing a mother takes time to process. I pray to God to give you n your family the strength to cope with this tough time. She will bless you from the heaven above. Stay strong Teresa.

Francesca Mundy

3/7/2017

To the Gorga family. Our deepest sympathies go out to each of you during this difficult time. The Vancheri Family

Chris Vancheri

3/7/2017

Deepest sympathy to the Gorga Family. May Mrs. Gorga Rest In Peace.

Jeanne Lazzaro

3/7/2017

What a beautiful life she lived. She was an inspiration to many. Death is a heartache that never heals but love is a memory one can not steal. Rest In Peace.

Angela Barabas

3/7/2017

My heart breaks for you and your family may she rest in peace

Jody Hollister

3/7/2017

Deepest sympathies for your family during this incredibly sad time . God bless you all .... Sincerely, the Potrikus family

Anna -Christina Potrikus

3/7/2017

I'm sorry for your loss my prayers are with you all through this tough time you guys are a great family

Stephanie Lacroix

3/7/2017

I have you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. So very do for your loss.

Jan Kingery-Walker

3/7/2017

Fly high with the Angels. Sleep gently sweet soul. Until we meet again. Watch over your family.

Caroline Amoroso

3/8/2017

Very very sorry for the loss of a great woman. May you cherish the wonderful memories of this beautiful lady and remember how much she loved all of you in her family. She will be sorely missed but you know she is in your heart forever. Please continue on reveling in her happiness to have such wonderful children and grandchildren.

A fan

3/8/2017

To the Gorga family, I am so saddened to hear of the passing of your mother, my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time..

Linda

3/8/2017

I'm so very sorry for the sudden passing of your mother. Prayers for strength and hugs and love to you all. And remember she will always be with you.

Nanette Spiegel

3/8/2017

Dear Teresa and Joe, I'm so very sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for all of you as you go through this difficult time. May your mother be a peace now and know that she is looking down on all of you. May your dad find peace too and know that she is shining through all her grandchildren. She had such a life and truly touched so many people. All my love and prayers . Love Darlene Newbury

Darlene Newbury

3/8/2017

With deepest sympathy your family is in our prayers.

The Griffin Family

3/8/2017

I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved mother. She was an amazing woman, who worked hard, raised a beautiful family, and was a very loving and loyal wife. She will b missed by all of you. I remember seeing her on camera and her smile and posie was always something to be admired. Joe and Teresa I cannot begin to understand the pain you are feeling now. Mr. Gorga, I am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful, special, fabulous wife. 47 years together is something to be very proud of. Please lord keep this family in your loving arms, and comfort them, as they need it. XO Michele Scapeccia

Michele Scapeccia

3/8/2017

So very sorry for your loss. Always loved seeing you Mother on the show. Thoughts and prayers for you all.

Ida Munsey

3/8/2017

Sending my sincere condolences at this sad time for the loss of your beautiful mother Antonia. May the lord bless your family with strength ??

Lillian Gemette

3/8/2017

My deepest sympathy. Teresa ganf in there. U r a strong and great mother. So keep your strength for your beautiful family

glory

3/8/2017

My deepest condolences to you and your family may she rest in peace you are a strong women and a great mother may the lord bless your family so sorry for your loss.??

Franca Caetano

3/8/2017

God needed a special Angel sending prayers for the family????????

Geyn

3/8/2017

Sending prayers for strength through this process of acceptance and healing your family is going to face during this difficult time. ?

Janelle Birdwell

3/8/2017

Mr. Giacinto,Giuseppe,& Teresa What a sad time of hearing about Mrs. Antonia, what a wonderful person she was to her family & friends. I can't imagine what (children)Joe & Teresa are going though, not to mention (In Laws) Melissa & Joe, I'm sure this is a difficult time for him being away, exspecially for the girls. May GOD BLESS & watch over all of her grandchildren as they go though another departed grandparent, I know this can't be easy on any of them & you'll as well. I pray for her husband, children, & grandchildren that you'll get though her passing with love, wisdom, & strength for each other. That's what she would want to look down and see from each of you'll what she teached you'll as children to parenthood and to her grandchildren. MR. Giacinto, may GOD help you get though this hard time with prayers & the Love of your family & friends. To all her friends also I'm very sorry for you'll precious loss. May Mrs. Antonia, REST IN PEACE ???? Jennifer Bernard Youngsville, La

Jennifer Bernard

3/8/2017

My heart goes out to your family at this very sad time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Claudia Meagher

3/8/2017

So sorry for your loss.. Heaven is a better place now ....

Barb Humphrey

3/8/2017

Find comfort in each other and your wonderful memories...

Kerri

3/8/2017

My condolences and prayers for you and your family. Your mom was such a beautiful lady. Keep her legacy going.

Dora Garcia

3/8/2017

Teresa,Joe,Melissa and all the family.My heart goes out to all of you.Your mom will live on forever in your hearts.I lost both my parents and although they have been gone for a long time there is not a day that goes by that I do not wish they were still here.My prayers are with all of you.May God Bless your mom and all of you.

Kathy Tkazyik

3/8/2017

My deepest condolences to your family, my thoughts and prayers go out to your family, your mother seemed like a wonderful woman!! Rest peacefully Mrs Gorga you were gone to soon, and will be extremely missed but I know you are watching over your family now, smiling down on them ??

Alycia Santarpio

3/8/2017

My deepest sympathy and condolences to Teresa and Joe and both your families on this sad occasion. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

Susan Forney

3/8/2017

My sincere condolences at this diffucult time for the loss of your beautiful Mom Antonia. May the lord bless your family with strength, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you!!! She was a beautiful woman!

Bev

3/8/2017

Joey, We will always remember your Mom & Dad at all of your baseball and football games. RIP Antonia.

Cofrancesco Family

3/8/2017

My deepest sympathies to your family on the loss of your mom, may god bless your families and bring you comfort knowing she is with our heavenly father. May she rest in peace Denise H

Denise H

3/8/2017

So sorry for your loss,

Joyce Goode

3/8/2017

So sorry for the loss of your dear mom, Theresa. I lost my mom in 1969 when I was just 21 years old. It seems like yesterday. She was only 49 at the time. I miss her today as much as I did back then. May your heart heal in the days to come. You will find that she never left. She will walk beside you for the rest of your life. You will feel her and know she is near watching over you. God bless you. P S... my mom's name was Rose. 69

Gerri Brancadora Wetherhold

3/9/2017

To Teresa Guidice and Joe Gorga, My deepest sympathy for the loss of your mom, Antonia Gorga...May she rest in peace...May the Lord guide you and the family with guidance and strength.

Beth Ann Wallendorf

3/9/2017

I am so sorry for your loss! All the times I've seen her on television, I always smiled because she was smiling. I know the pain you're feeling because I've also lost my mother. Your life will never be the same, but you will smile again, because you'll feel her light shining on you every day. Take your rest, Mrs. Gorga- it is well deserved. Giudice and Gorga families: my heart is with you all...

Kimberly Jones

3/11/2017

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Gorga Family on this devastating loss. May your memories of your Beautiful Wife, Mother & Grandmother be a Blessing for you all..RIP Mrs Gorga

Jill Labiosa Bronx, NY

3/11/2017

Deepest sympathies for your loss. It was beautiful seeing the deep love, loyalty and devotion you all shared. Your mother was always beaming with joy and very proud of her lovely children and grandchildren. What a beautiful spirit she had that will live on through all of you. She was a phenomenal example of what a great mother and grandmother looks like. God bless you all.

Ursula Scheffel

3/13/2017

My deepest sympathy and a promise of prayers. She and I were such good bingo partners. I'll miss her.

Alice Militano

3/15/2017

So sorry for your loss. Your mother will always be with you.

Paula Staton

3/21/2017

Dear Teresa I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your beautiful mom there are no words to comfort you nothing can replace the bond the love that you had. Her memory will always be in your heart and the hearts of your children and Joe. God bless you during this time and always . You are so strong

lisa Healey

3/22/2017

Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your truly beautiful and amazing mother, Antonia. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The Wroblewski Family


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