Loretta De Leonardis, 93, of Jersey City, passed away on May 16, 2020 surrounded by her loving family.
Born to Maria Musto and Guiseppi Charles Musto on March 26, 1927 in Hoboken, she came to this world possessing the perfect balance of love, wisdom, and sense of fun while she enjoyed many years in Jersey City. Loretta was always the first person to the dance floor, even when she decided the dance floor was the middle of her living room. Never too far from her puzzles and games, her divulged secret to longevity was, “you just need to keep moving.”
A dear and loving wife, mother, aunt, and friend, Loretta especially enjoyed cooking healthy, nutritious meals for her family; she was also known to enjoy cookies for breakfast, cake for lunch, and ice cream for dinner (with the occasional slice of pie). Loretta’s heart was magnanimous, but all quickly learned to abide by lessons of proper behavior in her presence, a lesson some needed instilled repeatedly.
Loretta was the last in her generation of the Musto family, embodying all their best qualities both past and present. While she will be dearly missed, her family finds dear comfort knowing Loretta has rejoined passed loved ones in laughing, dancing, and watching over the family.
Loretta is the beloved wife of the late Frank De Leonardis; devoted mother of John De Leonardis (Judith), David De Leonardis, Doreen De Leonardis and the late Francis De Leonardis (Kathleen); cherished grandmother of six grandchildren, Drew, Kaitlyn, Rachel, Sarah, John Jr., and Morgaine. She is the loving sister of the late Celia Bright, Mary Ahern, Ralph Musto, Diana Jaccodine, Sebastian Musto, Theresa Shableski, Thomas Musto, Yolanda Musto, Nancy Patti, and Ann Musto. Loretta is the cherished aunt of many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews.
As plans to celebrate Loretta’s life are formalized, more details will be shared in the future on www.lawtonturso.com.