Grace Michelina Gargiulo – August 11, 2020

Grace Michelina (née Simeone) Gargiulo, 92, of Jersey City/North Palm Beach, FL passed away on August 11, 2020.

Born to Peter and Elizabeth Simeone on April 27, 1928, Grace went on to graduate from Notre Dame College, Staten Island in 1949. Her proudest accomplishment was her family and the children she nurtured with her husband of 65 years, Anthony Gargiulo. Grace taught Social Studies at St. Aloysius High School in Jersey City and led an engaging classroom. She was passionate about the world and traveling, and also enjoyed her time reading, knitting, and baking.

Grace is survived by her dear sister, Michelina MacGregor, her dear sisters-in-law Rosalie Maguire and Elizabeth Valenzola, her beloved children, Louis (Gloria) Gargiulo, Michelina (Alan) Cirello, Maria-Grace (Thomas) DiCondina, Peter (Kate) Gargiulo, Bettina (Donald) Kretz, and her many adored 19 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She is pre-deceased by her loving parents, devoted husband Anthony, and beloved daughters Lisa Gargiulo and Celia Gargiulo. She will be forever loved and even more missed.


A celebration of Grace’s life will be held on Friday, August 21, 2020 at 10:00 AM at St. Aedan’s Church in Jersey City (800 Bergen Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306). Family and friends who cannot attend in person may view a livestream on Facebook during the funeral at https://www.facebook.com/800bergen.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Grace’s name may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at https://www.stjude.org/ or by mail 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Lawton-Turso Funeral Home

6 thoughts on “Grace Michelina Gargiulo – August 11, 2020

  1. She sounds like such an amazing loving strong women. What a fabulous Mother to have and family to be raised with. Sooo blessed!!

    All my love to your family….

    Jillian McBride

  2. Always loved her spirit and enjoyed seeing her with her husband ! Sending my prayers and thoughts to all and wishing I could be there to honor her and give a hug to you all ! Love Marcia

  3. Sincerely sorry for your loss. May you find comfort celebrating her life and the memories made together. May she Rest In Peace.

  4. Grace was a remarkable woman who fiercely loved her family. “They should All be well & happy” she said that daily. She felt very loved and just flowed with every phone call she received. She raised a hell of a family who are raised theirs and now third generations are here. She was honest, and spoke from the heart. I have never known anyone who loved as hard as Grace. May you play with your Angels and rest In the arms of your beloved Anthony. May GOD keep you close. Visit us from time to time. You are loved and missed more than you could have ever imagined. And stay out of trouble… no getting the Angels drunk and sneaking them back… Ahhh the stories… I will miss you. I am better for having known you and you introduced me to the craziest bunch of people ever!!! Love you Grace!!!

  5. Freshman year history class was my favorite class in my 4 years at St Al’s. Mrs Gargiulo conducted her class like a college course, lecture style. She’d sit on her stool, clicker in hand & tell us the “stories” of History. If I close my eyes I still see Nefertiti & the ruins of Pompeii projected on the screen from the slide projector. Mrs Gargiulo brought History alive for me and while I eventually became a math teacher, I have never lost that love of history that was born in her class. The last time I saw her was at our 40th reunion in 2011 & she remarkably remembered me, my name & details of my high school self.
    My sincerest condolences to her family. I’m sure the void that she had left will be filled with wonderful loving memories of a life well lived. May she rest peacefully in the arms of the angels.

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