Loretta De Leonardis – May 16, 2020

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.

Lawton-Turso Funeral Home

4 thoughts on “Loretta De Leonardis – May 16, 2020

  1. So sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. She was truly a special woman. I will always remember her walking up to sterling Ave in her beige raincoat and making the rounds of the local stores including my parents fruit store. I know my parents are happy to share stories again In heaven with Your mom their special neighbor and friend . Please let us know if you will be having a memorial mass in the future.

  2. Please accept our deepest condolences .We are saddened by the loss of Loretta from our family. Her smile and presence at our family parties was always pleasant and loving. We will remember her as a caring and warm person with a quick wit and kind word . She will be remembered in our players always. Stella. & Gordon.

  3. Our deepest sympathy to the loss of your mother our aunt. She will always be remember as a fun loving and caring aunt. Knowing that she is now in a better place to be welcomed by her family in heaven make us feel at peace and hope you are too. Our thoughts and prayers are with you DeLeonardis family. Aunt Loreta May your Soul Rest In Peace. You will be missed.
    Love- Ralph,Nora,Christina,Josiah and Natalia Rose

  4. John, David & Doreen, sorry for your loss. Your mom was my godmother, she gave me a beautiful engraved gold bracelet for my birthday that I still have and wear. She also gave me one of the first original Barbie dolls! Special memories, I remember when you lived around the on Grand street, and was sad when you moved to JC.
    My condolences to all.
    Carol De Leonardis

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