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Ann Madorma, (nee Rossi), of Cranford, passed away Thursday, February 16, she was 90 years old. Ann was born and grew up in Red Bank, NJ, the daughter of Mario & Angelina (Palmieri) Rossi. Ann is predeceased by her beloved husband of 55 years, Peter, her loving daughter, Angela, & her two brothers, Peter & Vincent Rossi.
Born on the feast of the Assumption, August 15th, Ann was extremelydevoted to the Blessed Mother and her parish church of St. Anthony’s, while growing up. If you were looking for Ann as a preteen into teenage years, she was most likely with the nuns. She fervently wanted to enter into religious life and become a nun but God had other plans for her.
After high school, Ann attended business school and began a career as an administrative assistant at Fort Monmouth for several years. She met her loving husband Peter at a dance, where they loved to jitter bug the night away.
They were married and moved to Cranford, raising their three children and building a beautiful life together with their Catholic faith as the cornerstone of their family.
Ann was a CCD teacher, and a member of the Rosary Society. She worked as an aide then secretary in the Cranford School System for many years.
Ann and Pete made many dear friends in Cranford, friends that became family. If you were coming to the Madorma home, you should come hungry because you wouldn’t be allowed to leave without eating.
Ann was a true family matriarch; she was special to so many people and so loved. Her grandchildren were her world and they treated her with tremendous love, respect and many occasions of laughter. She created a home where family or friends could gather anytime to laugh, eat, and spend time with this very special woman.
As time passed, her health declined but she rarely complained. She faced her passing with acceptance and a deep faithfulness that she would be united with God and her loved ones.
I have a strong sense the Lord said to Ann, “Well done, my loyal and faithful servant” as she entered into paradise.
Ann is survived by her daughter, Denise (Al) DiGiovanni, a son, Michael, eight beloved grandchildren Michael (April), Robert (Brittany), Stephen, Michael Peter (Lauren), Alicia, Gina, Michelle (Chris) & Ryan (Danielle); & five great grandchildren, Christian, Luke, Gia, Avery, & Brayden.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ann’s memory to: