Thelma Rose Zecchino

Thelma Rose Zecchino (nee Garrone), 95, of Closter, NJ, formerly of Bloomfield, NJ and Huntington, CT, passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Beloved wife of 68 years to Julius Orlando who passed in 2015. Loving mother of Katherine Hoffer and her husband Lawrence of Pearl River, NY and Julius Zecchino and his wife Mary of Closter. Cherished grandmother of Alexander, Melanie and Marina and great-grandmother of Skyler, Braden and Alan. Dearest sister of the late Robert Garrone.

Thelma was born on April 16, 1925 in Newark, NJ  to Joseph and Mae Garrone (nee Russo). Thelma was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She worked as a bookkeeper for many years and became a quilting teacher upon her retirement. She was a classical pianist and loved to play the Moonlight Sonata. She was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed cooking, sewing and quilting.

A private memorial service will be celebrated at a later date. Burial will be at the George Washington Cemetery in Paramus, NJ. We requist that no flowers be sent.

Arrangements were intrusted to the care of Pizzi Funeral Home, Northvale, NJ. To leave condolence messages for the family please visit


  1. Dearest Mother may you rest in peace. We will all miss you.

  2. Dearest lovely lady,

    Not only did you raise a beautiful daughter & a wonderful son, but you filled your life with all that God’s greatness had to offer through the creative arts.

    I never knew you personally, but I got to know you through the beautiful daughter you raised in which you instilled all of your best qualities.

    Your legacy lives on in your children, grandchildren and will continue to live on through your great grandchildren.

    The time has come for you to relax & rest from all of your hard work here.

    May God place you in the higher echelons of heaven, even in the afterlife, you deserve the absolute best!

    Rest in eternal peace!

  3. Cathy Anne Johnson

    Sorry for the lost of your mother. She is no longer suffering and resting peacefully in heaven with God and her husband. Reading about her life she lead a full and happy life. Never knew she was a classical pianist who lived to play Moonlight Sonata. She is looking down from heaven watching over your family and grandchildren. May she Rest In Peace.

  4. So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

  5. I’m so sorry for your loss. I always admired how well you took care of your mother. You always talked about her so much. You are my best friend and sister. I will visit you as soon as it is safe again. I will keep your mother and your family in my prayers.

  6. Mary Zecchino

    Thinking of you today… missing being with you and seeing that sunny smile and hearing that Yeahhh .. I loved talking to you and sharing about books and seeing you making your beautiful quilts… you were a wonderful mother in law… miss you always…

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