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Lucy DePalma (nee Franzese) was born in Molfetta, Bari, Italy, in 1925. She attended Manzoni Elementary School in Molfetta, and lived in Italy until January 1935 when, accompanied by her younger brother Dominick and mother Porzia Franzese, she immigrated to the United States on the steamship SS Rex arriving to join her father Leonardo already then living in Hoboken NJ. After immigrating to the United States, her parents also had a third child Peter, born in New Jersey. She became a naturalized United States citizen, completed middle school and worked in a garment manufacturing factory in Hoboken NJ. In 1949, she married Joseph DePalma of Molfetta, Italy who immigrated to the United States following their marriage in Molfetta. After her marriage, she worked in the home as a devoted homemaker, raising three children and caring for her husband. She lived in New Jersey, first in Hoboken and later in Union City, Weehawken, Little Ferry and Manalapan in turn. Beginning in 1978, she moved to Jensen Beach, Fla., where she resided with her husband, Joseph, in loving devotion to each other, until his death in 2007.

Thereafter she continued living in her Jensen Beach residence in health and independence until her death at the age of 95. She was a longtime parishioner at St. Margaret of Cortona Roman Catholic Church, Little Ferry, and a member of the St. Martin DePorres Roman Catholic Church in Jensen Beach, Fla. She was devoted to many interests, in addition to nurturing her family, including watching professional wrestling, cooking and baking, as well as tracking financial stock exchange markets. Her greatest pride was the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren. Survivors include son, Stephen and wife Penny of Park City, Utah and Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; daughter, Filomena, widow of John Grinberg, of Monroe Twp, NJ; son, Leonardo and fiancé, Jill, of Cedar Grove, NJ; sister-in-law, Camella Franzese, widow of brother Dominick; brother, Peter and his wife Jacqueline of Concord, NC; grandchildren, Michele and her husband Tony, Stefanie and her husband Colby, Allison, Joseph, Andrea and Alexander; four great-grandchildren, Christian, Luke, Giulia and Sofie, and many devoted nieces, nephews, and family members in the United States, Italy and Canada.

Visitation will be held at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank, on Tuesday, December 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Grace R.C. Church, 395 Delano Place, Fairview, NJ. If you are unable to attend in person, the funeral mass will be available via live streaming Internet by clicking on the below link on Wednesday, December 23 at 9:30 am: http://www.olgrc.org/olgweb/ls.html Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum, Fairview, NJ. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to The Joseph and Lucy DePalma Memorial Fund, in support of charitable causes; for convenience, donations can be made online at https://cfnj.org/depalma/ 

 

 

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