Eleanor Emma (Mattioli) Cifaloglio, 93, slipped these earthly bonds on the morning of December 28, attended to by loving family and friends at Somers Place Assisted Living, where she had resided for the past three years. She was born Oct 2, 1924, a Thursday, in Landisville, the second child and oldest daughter of the late Nick Mattioli and Mary (Rossatto) Mattioli. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of forty-four years, Henry Cifaloglio, who passed away in 1990; a son, Nicky Cifaloglio, who died in 1969; brothers Louie and Billy Mattioli; sisters Ida Mattioli DeLiberis and Lorraine Mattioli Martinelli and brothers-in-law Larry Martinelli and Al DeLiberis. Eleanor was a 1943 graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Vineland and earned a degree in business accounting from the Pierce School of Philadelphia in 1946. That same year, she married Henry Cifaloglio and the two began raising a family and building business ventures, first in Landisville and, beginning in 1959, at their home on Harding Highway in Buena. The family operated a grocery store at that location from 1959 to 1967 and started a waste management firm that became Cifaloglio Incorporated. In 1928, at the age of four, Eleanor sailed to Italy with her parents to visit the ancestral towns of the Rossatto and Mattioli families, in Germangana and Borgo Capanne, respectively. During this extended visit, young Eleanor also visited Rome and the ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii and collected chestnuts in the foothills of the Alps. As a teenager, she helped her father and uncles deliver bread from the Mattioli Brothers Bakery to locations all around south Jersey. She played catcher for the Landisville Go Getters girls softball team. She was an accomplished seamstress who made clothes for herself and her family. As children, Eleanor and her siblings and cousins spent summers in Sea Isle City, sharing a house on 42nd Street that is still in the family. When she had children of her own, one of her favorite past times was to spend the day on the beach at Sea Isle with her sisters and sisters-in-law and their families. In addition to teaching her children cursive writing, using the Palmer Method, Eleanor enjoyed playing ball and flying kites with her children and their friends. After retiring in 1987, Eleanor and Henry began to visit Florida during the winter months. In 1992, Eleanor took rooms at the Taromina apartment complex in Hallandale, where a number of friends and relatives, including her sister Lorraine, also spent the winter. Eleanor was a faithful Catholic who worshiped for many years at Our Lady of Victories Church in Landisville.
Survivors include her children Claire Cifaloglio (Rob Abbot), Tom Cifaloglio, Larry Cifaloglio (Arlene Soto), Delmo Cifaloglio (Rina Cifaloglio), and Tina Cifaloglio (Ralph Pappas); grandchildren Matt Cifaloglio, Nicole Cramer, Stacy Rooks, Ellie Cifaloglio, Mary Claire Abbot, Gabriella Cifaloglio, Sage Cifaloglio, Francesca Cifaloglio, Isabella Cifaloglio, and Mya Cifaloglio; great grandchildren Chloe and Kenni Cramer and Maxwell Rooks; step-great grandson Dean Bernadini; sisters-in-law Yola Cifaloglio Saffioti, Dot Mattioli, and Judy Mattioli; many loving nieces, nephews and her long-time companion Doris Jacoby.
Funeral Home Visitations will be held on Tuesday evening from 6pm to 8pm and again on Wednesday morning from 9:30am to 10:30am. A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday at 11:15am from Our Lady Of The Blessed Sacrament - Church Of Our Lady Of Victories, 202 Northwest Boulevard, Landisville. Interment will follow in Our Lady Of Victories Cemetery, Landisville. ARRANGEMENTS are under the supervision of Rone Funeral Service, 1110 East Chestnut Avenue, Vineland, NJ 08360
Donations in memory of "Ellie" may be made to:
Nicandro "Nicky" Cifaloglio Memorial Scholarship, C/O Buena Regional High School, 125 Weymouth Road, Buena, NJ 08310
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