Angela M. Scatina, of Tinton Falls, NJ, passed away on October 30 2020 at 88 years old.
Ann was born September 17, 1932 in Hoboken New Jersey. She spoke of happy times growing up with her three brothers, Alfred, Joseph and Frank. She especially enjoyed family get-togethers. With four aunts, any one of which could have headlined a vaudeville show, their weekly extended family meals were never short on food or entertainment. These happy times surrounded by larger than life characters brought forth in Ann a zest for life and a fun-loving personality.
Ann graduated Paterson State Teachers College in 1953. In teaching she found her true calling and spent her career as a kindergarten and first grade teacher. She was adored by students, faculty and parents and received many awards for teaching excellence. Being musical she arranged yearly student shows which highlighted her singing and piano talents. It was a sight to behold with her first-grade students all knowing their cues and memorizing lines perfectly. All a testament to Ann’s passion and determination to put out a great show.
Ann married Frank Scatina in August 1955 and would be happy to tell you about their multi-course open bar reception at 32 cents per plate. Together they had three children, JoAnn, Catherine and Michael. The family moved to a quiet neighborhood in Bergenfield, New Jersey, just a block away from idyllic Cooper’s Pond and the old water mill. There Ann took her babies for walks around the pond to feed the ducks and enjoy the fresh air.
No one lit up a room like Ann. Her smile was infectious and once she started telling a story, you knew you were in for a treat. She was charismatic and full of life, able to find joy in any situation. Ann’s unwavering optimism in the face of all challenges is a true inspiration. She instilled in her family the importance of a positive attitude even in hard times.
Ann was incredibly determined, whether beating cancer (twice!) or insisting on hanging a picture herself to make sure it was just right. She loved to travel, especially to Italy, played a mean card game, and was a skilled knitter, making everything from blankets to a sweater for her grand-dog. Ann was also a devout Catholic who attended church regularly and enjoyed singing as part of mass.
Above all else, Ann loved her family deeply and was happiest spending time with them. We were all spoiled by her cooking, and have many memories returning from a day at the beach to a kitchen full of food and desserts. Ann dropped everything to take care of her children and grandchildren. She was always there when we needed her to listen, give support, and treat any sickness with homemade chicken soup.
Ann’s memory will live on through her three children and their spouses; Catherine and Walter Marx, Jo Ann and Chip Porfido and Michael and Maria Scatina. She is also survived by her brother Dr. Frank Buda and grandchildren; Megan, Gregory and Chris Porfido, Allison and Kjell Strode, and great grandson Cooper Strode.
Ann is reunited with her husband, Frank Scatina, brothers Al and Joseph Buda, and beloved granddaughter Melissa Marx.
Due to the pandemic, we will be having a private service at Lawton Funeral Home after which she will be buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington, NJ on November 4, 2020. A celebration of Ann’s life will be held at a later date when it is safe to do so.
We are blessed to have experienced 88 years of Ann’s hilarious stories, positivity and unconditional love. She will be forever missed.